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    October 15, 2017
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    John 6:33-59
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    John 6 beautifully illustrates a very typical pattern in the Fourth Gospel. After a significant event is narrated, discussion with either the Jews or the would-be disciples follows. Their misunderstanding opens the way f...
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Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Feb 07, 2016
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57 mins 47 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - This section of Isaiah was written for the people of Judah who had been taken captive to Babylon. They were stripped of their possessions, removed from their homeland, and humiliated as captives. After trudging through the dirt of exile, they had to transition into a pagan culture. They moved and were setting up life in a different place. The major problem was that they were relationally distant from their God. The temple had been destroyed and they had long ignored the word of the Lord. I think you get a picture of where the people were at if you look at Isaiah 42. In (v. 18) they are called “deaf” and “blind,” In (v. 22) they are described as “a people plundered and looted… all of them trapped in holes.” The people of Judah were like (v. 18) “plunder with none to rescue, spoil with none to say ‘Restore!’” Judah was discouraged and beyond that, they felt disenfranchised. Their lives had deteriorated to a pile of smoldering firebrands. They were spent and used with nothing in themselves. They were coals raked over and spread in the dirt, left to dwindle and die out. Many probably wondered if beauty could ever rise from such piles of ash? Into that situation God revealed himself, made promises of goodwill to his people, and clarified their purpose in life.
Isaiah: The Lord is Salvation
Sun, Jan 31, 2016
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56 mins 17 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Just as prophets, priests, and kings were anointed for service, so Cyrus was anointed by God to perform his special service for Israel’s sake. God called him by name over a century before he was born. God raised up this Persian king to do his specific will and nothing would prevent him from succeeding. Through his control of history, creation, and all the nations of the world, God wants to show us that he alone is the sovereign God. The intended goal is that by knowing, we would look to him and live. May the Lord convince us of his sovereignty this morning and cause us to find our salvation in him alone.
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.