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    December 10, 2017
    Advent Scripture:
    Isaiah 40:1-11
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    In Isaiah's time, Israel had a long, persistent history rebellion, immorality, cruelty to the poor, and idolatry. By the time we get to Isaiah 40, Israel was about to be destroyed as a nation. Life was insecure, with maj...
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Proverbs
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.
Proverbs
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.
Proverbs
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.
Proverbs
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.
Proverbs
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.
Proverbs
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.
Proverbs
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)
Standalone Messages
Sun, May 22, 2016
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43 mins 31 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - How many times does a Christian have to be rejected until they stop sharing their faith? Have you noticed that It does not take much opposition to cause believers to question if the Message of Christ is Sufficient for our Pluralistic Society? Being a real Christian in western culture is not becoming easier. To be an outspoken Christian is frowned upon. Preaching the exclusivity of Christ is the quickest way to be labeled intolerant and a bigot. Many Christians are tempted to question if a life of intentional ministry is worth all of the trials and hardships that come with it. Is the Message of Christ sufficient for today? How are we to live a life of ministry in a culture that redefines truth, undermines Scriptural authority and challenges everything? How do we communicate the sufficiency of Christ to our culture? Thankfully, God gave us the Apostle Paul for an example. Paul faced many afflictions for the Gospel. In 2 Corinthians 11, Paul recounts his imprisonments, beatings, shipwrecks, hunger, sleepless nights, and the constant pressure regarding the health of the churches. On top of all this, false teachers were incessantly opposing him. Some had apparently come into the church of Corinth and attacked Paul by saying he was weak, dishonest, and a corrupter of God’s Word. If anyone had an earthly reason to give up and lose heart, it was Paul. His response was not to commend himself but rather remind the Corinthian believers of what God had done in their lives. He then let their testimony stand as a letter of recommendation commending the authenticity of His ministry. With this backdrop, Paul in 2 Cor. 4 declares what true ministry should look like in the midst of a hostile environment. He reminds us that the message of Christ is sufficient.
Standalone Messages
Sun, May 15, 2016
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43 mins 52 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Psalm 96, the writer calls upon all the people of the earth and all the elements of nature to praise the Lord who is infinitely greater than all the gods of the nations. He alone created all things. He alone rules all things. He alone is coming back to judge the world in righteousness. So this morning let us sing to the Lord. Let us worship him in the beauty of holiness. Let us ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name. And may our worship resound to the nations of the earth that they might join us in praising the true and living God.