Synopsis: Tonight before the observance of The Lord's Supper, we look at Zechariah 13:7 and note two powerful thoughts that are designed to fill us with wonder and amazement when we contemplate upon them.
NOTE: Extended periods of silence during the distribution of the elements, prayer time and the final song were deleted in the interest of the hearer listening to this recording.
Synopsis: In part 4 of our look at Hebrews 12:1-3, we noted two components of this exhortation to run the race with patience that require Faith's Vision of Christ to successfully fulfill. We looked the motivation for running and the preparations for running.
In part 5, we look today at two characteristics of this race that we are exhorted to run that enable us to have a realistic and encouraging perspective about life.
Synopsis: In this second part of our look into Psalm 23, we note the condition or the prerequisite that must be met in order to enjoy the five personal freedoms mentioned in this psalm. We also discover the unique basis that guarantees these personal freedoms.
Synopsis: In this very personal psalm of praise to God, David reflects upon God and His providential care of him. We live in times of great uncertainty - visible threats as there is much unrest in cities throughout our country in which roaming mobs of anarchists are looting, destroying, defacing, or toppling historical monuments and threatening the lives of citizens, as well as the continued invisible threat of the Corona virus.
So it's good for us to address those issues from God's Word. On a weekend that we celebrate our nation's 2444th birthday, our thoughts naturally go to the concept of freedom. This psalm details five freedoms (vv. 1b-6) that are to be experienced by every one who is a sheep in God's pasture.
Synopsis: While organized differently than good angels, they are nonetheless part of a highly structured kingdom with their differences between being in the way they are organized and in their locations. They have differing duties or spheres of influence as well.
Synopsis: Today we look at an exhortation in Hebrews 12:1 that makes a vision of Christ so vital. Using the analogy of running, there is much truth to glean from our running the race of faith with endurance.
Synopsis: At this time of year when our thoughts naturally gravitate to knowledge, learning, and wisdom, particularly as we honor our high school and college graduates, what is being said here in Proverbs then is not just applicable for those who have earned a diploma, but to each one of us as well--regardless of how little or how much formal education we have received!
How does one become truly wise? How can one be assured of making the right choices in life so that he displays wisdom by those choices? Proverbs 9:10 reveals 2 ways; tonight's message covers the first one
Synopsis: Regardless of what kind of earthly father we have had or currently have, it’s good for us to go to the Scriptures and see what God has revealed about Himself as “The Father.” He is the only perfect role model for us to follow and He is the ideal Father to possess as our own!
From our text today in Matthew 6, which is commonly referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer” but in reality, more accurately called “the Disciples’ Prayer,” I want us to see four qualities of God’s fatherhood that are designed to bring comfort and encouragement to us – especially in these uncertain days in which we are living.
Synopsis: In part 2 of this message, we look at the the cure for the problem of racism, riots and reconciliation. What we are experiencing right now with all the racism, rioting, and lawlessness is not unique to 21st century America. It's the sordid history of mankind ever since the Fall in the Garden of Eden. God's Word records the true history of mankind and it also reveals the message of hope and rescue through the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Synopsis: When you keep in mind the flow of thought from Hebrews 11 to 12, you find that Jesus is not the final example of enduring faith that concludes the listing given in chapter 11. Instead He is the supreme example of enduring faith in the race. The reason for that is His relationship to faith is much different than any of those mentioned in chapter 11: it is qualitatively different! Today's text reveals three qualities about Jesus that set Him far above all the others mentioned in chapter 11 and qualifies Him to be the Object of our deliberate focus today, just as He was theirs, many years ago.
Synopsis: Current events have brought much uncertainty and have unsettled so many: we are not only dealing with the Covid-19 health crisis but now the terrible losses sustained by riots, looting and other expressions of lawlessness in cities across the U.S. in response to the horrible and wrongful death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Is there a solution to all the hatred, anger, prejudice, chaos and uncertainty it all brings? Where's the hope for unity and harmony so these problems can be resolved?
In part one of two, we look tonight at the cause of the problem that fills so much of our news feeds and the TV news. Then we look at the solution God proposes.
Synopsis: To run the race of life successfully, genuine faith endures hardships by maintaining the right focus and meditating upon Christ's person and work. Where do we get the ability to endure? Verse 2 answers the question. Why should we consider Christ as we run the race? Verse three answers that! Both verse supply the resources we need to run the race of life successfully.