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    Speaker: Lukus Counterman - John the Baptist makes his final appearance in the Gospel and utters his most significant exhortation to his followers regarding the person of Jesus. He is the Son of God who must increase. Jo...

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Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 24, 2016
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45 mins 20 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In our text this morning Isaiah prophesies to the Jews exiled in Babylon. They were people teetering on the edge of despair. It was as though the ships bearing their dreams had sailed out of sight and all that was good had been taken from their lives. Perhaps they thought, “There goes my hope. There goes my happiness. All I can look forward to now is one long death sentence.” But when our thoughts fall that way, what does God do? He comes with a message of consolation and comfort. To all who are oppressed and afflicted, to those who have shattered dreams and failing hopes God comes with a message of comfort this morning. He offers strength to the weary and endurance to the fainting. May the Lord help us to wait on him and be renewed this morning.
Supernatural Living for Natural People
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
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52 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - "If you live inside the massive promise of Romans 8:28, your life is more solid and stable than Mount Everest. Nothing can blow you over when you are inside its walls. Outside of Romans 8:28 all is confusion and anxiety and fear and uncertainty. Outside this promise of all-encompassing grace, there are straw houses of drugs and alcohol and numbing TV and dozens of futile diversions. There are slat walls and tin roofs of fragile investment strategies and fleeting insurance coverage and trivial retirement plans. There are cardboard fortifications of deadbolt locks and alarm systems and antiballistic missiles. Outside are a thousand substitutes for Romans 8:28. Once you walk through the door of love into the massive unshakable structure of Romans 8:28 everything changes. There comes into your life stability and depth and freedom. You simply can’t be blown over anymore. The confidence that a sovereign God governs for your good all the pain and all the pleasure that you will ever experience is an incomparable refuge and security and hope and power in your life." (John Piper, Future Grace, 122-123)
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 10, 2016
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51 mins 27 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - In Isaiah’s time, Israel had a long, persistent history of 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 major superpowers of the day fighting for control of the region. The prophet Isaiah repeatedly warned the Israelites of God’s coming judgment. This section is addressed to those who are in exile and who later return from the exile. It is a message of comfort and consolation. As captive people in a foreign land, distress and discouragement were easy to get lost in. When the people focused on the horizontal plain, doubt and fear seemed overwhelming, so the prophet looks at the people and says, “Behold your God!” In whatever distress or difficult situations we might be facing, the call of the prophet rings true today just as it did long ago. We too must behold our God!
Standalone Messages
Sun, Jan 03, 2016
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41 mins 49 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Beginning in Ephesians 4 and proceeding through the rest of the epistle, Paul exhorts the Ephesians to walk in a manner worthy of their calling. Having described earlier how Jesus attained unity between Jew and Gentile through His death on the cross, Paul now pleads with them to "walk in unity." With humility, gentleness, longsuffering, forbearance and love, they should be diligent to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. The unity of the Spirit is then defined as consisting of one body, one Spirit, one hope, one Lord, one faith, one baptism and one God. Perhaps as motivation, Paul reminds them of the gracious gifts Christ gave His church following His ascension to heaven. Such gifts included the offices of apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors and teachers, which are designed to equip the saints for ministry and bring the body of Christ to maturity. Our prayer is that God would use the gifts of believers here at Gospel Grace Church for intentional body building in 2016.
Standalone Messages
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.
Standalone Messages
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.
Standalone Messages
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.