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    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, Nov 29, 2015
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57 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This chapter is a song of praise to the Lord from the believing remnant. It exposes the futility of walled cities as a source of protection, and points people to the Lord as their refuge and strength. God cares for his own in times of trial and judgment. Just as he kept Noah and his family alive through the flood, and guarded Israel when judgment fell on Egypt, so God will preserve a faithful remnant in the “day of the Lord.” This is the Lord who saves! So, we are called to patiently trust and confidently wait for him. We are called to “be glad and rejoice in his salvation” (Is 25:9). May the Lord fill our hearts with such praise this morning.
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Sun, Nov 22, 2015
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54 mins 38 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Isaiah 12 displays what God will do when he establishes his kingdom and it kindles an attitude of praise, joy, thanksgiving and victory. There seems to be some connection between this song of praise, and the one sung by Moses and the people after crossing the Red Sea (Ex. 15). As God was the salvation of the Israelites at the exodus, so God will become the salvation of future generations. He is the source of salvation, like a well, a fountain of life (Is 55:1; Ps 36:9; Jer. 2:13; John 4:10-14). In response to this, the community of believers (seen by the shift from singular to plural) is encouraged to worship and praise the greatness of God. Glorify him, exalt him, spread his name and make him known in all the earth. There is a beautiful collision of worship and witness as the goodness of God is proclaimed.
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, Nov 15, 2015
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56 mins 58 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "Christians are not always on top of things. No where in the Bible are we taught to expect unruffled composure and unbroken victory. Sometimes life is so troubling, we feel defeated even in in prayer. And if we cannot pray, we are really in trouble. At the very moment when we most need to draw upon God’s promises through prayer, what if we fail at that vital point of connection? Will our weakness bungle the purpose of God? Under normal conditions we tell ourselves that, when all else fails, we can fall back on prayer. But what if we do come to the end of ourselves only to discover that we do not even know what to pray and God seems far away? What then? What encouragement can we look to beyond our own weakness?” (Ray Ortlund) This morning we look to Romans 8, and in it we find good news for the weak.
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Sun, Nov 08, 2015
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56 mins
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Suffering is one of the few aspects of life that everyone gets a shot at. The question is not if you will face suffering and trials, the question is when. James 1:2 says, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds…” When we face trials, God wants us to know how to respond. What is great about our text this morning is that it doesn’t just tell us how to respond, but it also explains why. God says, "I want you to deal with trials this way, and here’s why.” Our prayer this morning is that God would give us faith to face trials with joy. May He apply His Word to the needs of our hearts.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Nov 01, 2015
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49 mins 23 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - The book of Isaiah begins with a heading that defines the nature of Isaiah's message as a “vision” concerning Judah and Jerusalem received during the reigns of four kings of Judah: Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah. This would place the date of Isaiah's work approximately 739-690 B.C. Isaiah chapter 1 serves as an introduction to the entire prophecy, and provides an example of the messages God wanted Isaiah to deliver. It begins with the Lord’s indictment of Israel for rebellion. The corrupt condition of the nation and city is described and their hypocritical worship condemned (v. 2-15). Even so, the Lord offers a call to repentance. For those willing to return to the Lord for cleansing and replace their evil doings with justice and compassion, they can be forgiven and eat the good of the land. For those who refuse and continue in their rebellion, they will be devoured by the sword (v. 16-20). Our encounter with the first chapter of Isaiah should expose the depths of our sin while at the same time encourage us in the gracious forgiveness of God. Give praise this morning, for “though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be white as snow”(v. 18) – that is the work of our God.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Oct 25, 2015
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1 hr 4 mins 38 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In this passage we will encounter the holiness of God in a way that will leave us breathless. Picture in your mind’s eye – the heavenly temple, an exalted throne, God – whose glory can’t be gazed upon, while the smell of incense fills your nostrils and thick smoke clouds your view. You stare downward at the hem of his robe, because looking at the King of glory could be deadly. Fiery angelic beings hover all around singing in thunderous praise, “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY.” Over and over these seraphim proclaim the majestic transcendence of God with such resounding volume, that the whole earth shakes. The echo of their voices is almost deafening. So, why would God reveal himself like this? Why would he manifest himself as the high and holy One, clothed in unapproachable light? Perhaps it is so that we might become people with a big vision of God, people with a deep awareness of our sinfulness, people with a profound experience of grace, and an unreserved willingness to spend and be spent in His service.
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Sun, Oct 18, 2015
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50 mins 41 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - Continuous access and warm intimacy with God is sometimes difficult to maintain. Times of spiritual dryness, "busyness" and adversity may capture our attention and rob us of regular meeting times with God. Psalm 84 reflects a time of spiritual dryness common to many believers experientially and to Israel historically. This psalmist laments his forced and prolonged separation from God (likely during the Babylonian exile), which has robbed him of the appointed duties, freedom of access and the warm intimacy he once enjoyed. In this Psalm, we trace his spiritual journey back to a place where he once again yearns to worship with God’s people, depend on God’s strength and trust in God’s provision. May the Lord help us to examine and orient our hearts toward him this morning.
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, Oct 11, 2015
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53 mins 24 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - So far in Romans 8, Paul has been laying out what it means to be a child of God, and it is incredible. God gives wonderful things to those He loves in Christ. Romans 8 is good news! It is good news for the guilty and failing. In Christ, they are safe and strong. It is good news for the defeated. Victory is guaranteed in the Spirit. It is good news for the fearful. God is our loving Father. These are amazing truths! But, in all of those truths we are never removed from the reality of life in a fallen world. Life on this earth is full of hardship and pain and suffering. None of us escape it anymore than our Savior did. “If [we are God’s] children, then [we are] heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.” Yes, everyone on this earth will suffer, but for the Christian that suffering is not the end. The best is yet to come.
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Sun, Oct 04, 2015
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45 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Due to technical difficulties, sermon audio is not available. Please click here to download a manuscript of Sunday's Message. The Apostle Paul had embarked on his long-anticipated return to Jerusalem. Several decades had passed since his leaving, and he wanted to be back for Pentecost. He was a passenger on a merchant ship slowly making its way down the Aegean toward the Mediterranean, stopping at various trade cities. As the Lord would have it, the boat stopped in Miletus, which is just 30 miles from Ephesus as the crow flies. The layover was scheduled for several days, so Paul called for the elders from the church of Ephesus. They came to meet Paul, and he delivered some farewell words regarding ministry. In his conversation with the elders, Paul describes the character of Christian ministry, the thoroughness of Christian ministry, and the commitment of Christian ministry. May the Lord use this model of faithful service to encourage and challenge us this morning.
Open House
Sun, Sep 27, 2015
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61 mins 16 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Why does the church matter? This question is asked by people who have not come to see how much the church matters to Jesus Christ. How can anyone say the church doesn’t matter when they hear that “Christ loved the church and gave himself for it” or hear the very words of Jesus, “I will build my church and the gates of hell will not prevail against it”? The truth is many people through the years have simply viewed church wrong. Many people through the years have treated the church wrong. But just because messed up people are in the church, it doesn’t mean that the church is messed up. We need to share Christ’s heart for the church. And we need to look to the Scriptures for Christ’s plan for the church. May the Lord deepen our love and strengthen our conviction concerning the church; it really does matter.