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    June 25, 2017
    John - That You May Believe Scripture:
    John 1:9-13
    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The Word of God incarnate is the light of the world. He is the true light who shines on all mankind and the question is, how will people respond. Irreligious may refuse to recognize him becau...

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Sun, Aug 14, 2016
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1 hr 5 mins 36 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This morning we will be looking at a famous section of the “Sermon on the Mount.” In the first part of Jesus’ message, He describes the character of those who are true disciples. In Matthew 5:3-12 we find a profile of those who have eternal life, those who are saved – they are poor in spirit, meek, merciful, pure in heart, peacemakers, humble, and hungry for righteousness. That is what true followers of Christ are like. But then Jesus changes the direction of his sermon in Matthew 5:13-16. He focuses not on the character of true disciples, but rather their influence on the world around them. How do real followers of Jesus affect the fallen society in which they live? What force do they exert on the world around them? How do disciples of Jesus shape their culture? We will take some time to answer that question from the text, and what we will find is that the church is supposed to be salt and light.
Sun, Aug 07, 2016
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50 mins 24 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - Proverbs is an immensely practical collection of Scripture. The book of Proverbs brings up all sorts of “everyday stuff” and calls us to live in a manner that is wise. Wisdom is the ability to make the right choice, right now. Yet, sometimes we can find ourselves discouraged by our lack of growth in wisdom. Thankfully, God loves us and exhorts us to be wise through His gentle yet firm discipline. The author of Hebrews 12:5-11 quotes Proverbs 3:11-12 and reminds his readers that God has a plan for His discipline in our lives. May we response correctly to the discipline of our Father so that, “When you walk, your step will not be hampered, and if you run, you will not stumble.”
Sun, Jul 31, 2016
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49 mins 28 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Repentance and renunciation of sin bring God’s mercy and blessing. Our text this morning from Proverbs 28:13 captures the theology of forgiveness woven throughout the pages of scripture. It summarizes themes found in 1John 1:6-9 and Psalm 32:1-5. The contrast is between one who conceals his sins and one who confesses and renounces them. The former will not prosper, but the latter will experience God’s mercy. May the Lord soften our hearts, expose our sin, and lead us to confession today. May the balm of his mercy be applied to our needy hearts.
Sun, Jul 24, 2016
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40 mins 26 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The book of Proverbs offers wisdom for life in very practical terms. It teaches us how to remain clean in a dirty world. When it comes to moral purity in this day and age, that which is not fervently guarded is quickly lost. So perhaps more than ever, God’s wisdom needs to be applied to our lives. This morning we are going to see that vacuums always seek to be filled. The heart that is empty and hungry is in danger of being filled with bitter and immoral things. So the sage of old will call us to have souls that are fully satisfied in God. May the One who “fills all in all” fill us and protect us.
Sun, Jul 10, 2016
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47 mins 40 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - In this surprising proverb, we find a summary of what the Bible teaches about hope. It is surprising, because in this seemingly trite few words is hidden a very deep truth. One preacher said that you’ve heard of the milk of the word and the meat of the word. Well, Proverbs is the hard candy of the Word. You can’t gulp it down like milk and you can’t just chew and swallow it like meat, you have to ponder it, roll it around for a while until the sweetness oozes out. And that is abundantly true as we approach this proverb. Because if we aren’t careful, we can look at this proverb and totally miss what it is saying. And we can think that all it is saying is that when we don’t get what we want, we aren’t happy, and when we do, we are. But, this proverb is saying much more than that. Solomon is going right to the core of who we are to reveals to us our only true source of hope. This proverb is going to help us wisely handle our hope.
Sun, Jul 03, 2016
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1 hr 0 mins 38 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Proverbs overall advocates a temperate expression of emotion. We thus are not surprised that anger is identified as destructive when it is out of control. The wise person is coolheaded, whereas the fool is an impetuous hothead. Proverbs explains how anger destroys family and community relationships. Therefore the wise will not only control this emotion in themselves but will also seek to minimize it in others. It is not that the wise are emotionless or that they don’t express anger or disappointment, but they do so in a way that is appropriate to the context. So when it comes to the wise expression of anger it is not “no anger,” nor is it “blow-up anger.” Instead it is “slow” anger that allows the wise to think and strategize so that they can navigate life.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016
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54 mins 48 secs
Lukus Counterman - Wisdom is skill for living when there is no obvious rule to go by. That is what the book of Proverbs is for – God’s wisdom for complicated lives. A major area where wisdom helps us is friendship. Without friends, people suffer a painful awareness of being disconnected and alone. One research study concluded that loneliness was a serious personal problem for at least 10% of the general adult population. The first thing in human history that was “not good” was aloneness. Friendship is one of God’s means of comforting hearts and developing community. Proverbs 18:24 says, “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly.” An accompanying maxim goes like this, “I went out to find a friend but could not find one there. I went out to be a friend, and friends were everywhere.” Don’t let loneliness paralyze you, reach out and be a friend. May the Lord guide us in scripture about how to be a friend and how to find a friend that sticks closer than a brother.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
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52 mins 29 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning, Solomon is going to show us that we we need more than a list of rules and principles to find true life. What we need is trust. We need trust in God written deep on our hearts as we hurry through life’s complex decisions, moment by moment. Apart from an entire, exclusive and exhaustive trust in the Lord, we find false security in life’s plenty and confusion or threat in its troubles. But, with trust in God deep in our souls, we find the path to true life, and we find our souls coming alive more and more. Irenaeus, the early Christian theologian, has famously said, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” And, that is exactly where Solomon wants to take us in Proverbs 3. Solomon wants to show us where true life is found. This morning, we will find that true life is only found in trusting the Lord.
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
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49 mins 3 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Wisdom is the word (hokmah) in Hebrew, and means “skill” or “expertise.” In Proverbs, it is the skill or expertise of living. Proverbs picks up the details of life that are too small to be caught in the mesh of the law and too fine to be hit with the broadside of the prophet. Proverbs talks about things like the type of person you want to live with or employ. It speaks to things like managing your affairs, your time, and even yourself. It addresses people like that neighbor woman who talks too much, or that cheerful soul who is unbearable in the early morning. It deals with the friend who is always dropping in, or the child who wanders about aimlessly. But don’t mistake Proverbs for a portrait album of different types of people, or a simple a book of manners or moralisms. The book of Proverbs holds all of life up to an overarching question “Is this wisdom or folly?” The wisdom taught here is God-centered because even the most down-to- earth elements talk about handling life in God’s world in submission to God’s will. (Prov. 22:19) “I have made them known to you today… that your trust may be in the LORD.”
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, May 29, 2016
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49 mins 29 secs
Speakers: Jon Kopp - In today’s passage, Paul wants us to see all the enemies of the child of God “swirling around us. He wants us to imagine the worst case scenarios. He wants us to ask the tough questions, to see if the love of God remains credible even then. And he admits, Yes, life beats us up. We get bloodied all along the way. But in it all, there is a love that will not let us go. God’s love will not allow our faith to die, because his love undergirds our faith. We waver. We weep. We agonize. But, we get back up again and say, ‘I will trust God. He must have a good reason for this. I go on with God.’ Why do we do this? Why don’t we give up on God? Because God loves us. His love created our faith. His love undergirds our faith. His love is deepening our faith. And He is going to bring us by our faith through all our afflictions, more like Christ and more fit to be with Christ.” (Raymond Ortlund)