Synopsis: The beauty of Christmas lights is best seen and best enjoyed against the backdrop of a dark night. Even so, our text in Isaiah 9 reveals the beauty, magnificence and joy that is to come because a great Light would shine brightly in the darkness surrounding it. It is a passage that is rich in messianic significance. Christ is the child to be born and the Son to be given! If you would benefit from the message and Messenger of Hope, you must personally respond to Him and His message!
Synopsis: In the previous message, we answered the question "What does it mean to love God?" We found that Mark 12:30 deals with the essence of our value system as well as the expression of that value system at a very core level. Have defined the love this text calls for, we move on today to consider how to display that love. How do you love God?
Synopsis: Luke 2 records for us a third instance of an encounter with an angel who delivered good news from Heaven--this time to the shepherds who were out in the fields near Bethlehem. As we consider their encounter with "the Christmas angel" there is important truth for us to learn and by which to be challenged.
Synopsis: A scribe asked Jesus which of the 613 Jewish commandments had the highest ranking, was the most important to obey, was of fundamental importance and central to everything else. Jesus' answer is given in Mark 12:30-31. Together they summarize the essence of and the entirety of the OT law. that gives rise to three important questions: 1) What does it mean to love God? 2) How does one love God? and 3) Is loving God an emotion, a decision or both? This message begins looking at just what Jesus was driving home in Mark 12:30.
Synopsis: In part two of this message from Psalm 145, we look at the second key component of biblical praise. When these two components are embraced and practiced, they generate a genuine spirit of thanksgiving to God.
Synopsis: There a number of unique features about this psalm and reasons that justify referring to it as "The Psalm of Perfect Praise." If we would praise God as we ought, then we must learn from David how to praise God as He deserves. Why? Because this type of praise generates genuine Thanksgiving! Learn two key components to biblical praise that will help us pattern our praise of God after David!
Synopsis: Today we begin looking at the type of response that should be given by all those who confess Christ to be their personal Savior. It goes well beyond a mere confession of who Christ is to something far more life-impacting and life-directing. That perspective is wrapped up in one word that occurs 46x's in this gospel - "disciple." What is a disciple? What does that involve? What is required? From our survey of Mark's gospel, we note three things: 1) The Call of the Disciple, 2) the Cost for the Disciple, 3) The Character of the Disciple. There is great encouragement to be found here in God's Word!
Synopsis: This NT text establishes the fact of Satan's Fall that Jesus witnessed. That raises the question--when did this happen? In this brief survey of the OT, there are some interesting hints of Scripture that may give us an idea of when it took place! The fall of Satan also encourages us that Satan's power is broken and Christ's entrance into this world was for the purpose of destroying the works of the devil (1 John 3:8).
Synopsis: In this message we look at the other two characteristic responses given to Christ during His three years of public ministry--1) Confrontation (antagonism towards Christ), 2) Confession (acknowledgement of Christ's identity). It might surprise you to see which groups offered these responses! The message ends with a challenge to personally answer the question Jesus posed to His disciples: "Whom say ye that I am?" Our lifestyles and actions reveal our true inner conviction regarding His identity.
Synopsis: Many things are taught and believed about baptism and there are various practices associated with it. In this brief message delivered before observing the ordinance of baptism, our pastor answers three questions from God's Word regarding baptism: 1) Why should a person get baptized? 2) When should a person get baptized? 3) What is the significance of baptism? What does it picture or illustrate?
Synopsis: In Mark 11:22 Jesus' rebuke to the disciples was "Have faith in God." Out of the five times in this gospel that "a hardness of heart" is spoken of (the exact opposite response of Mark 11:22), three times is is used with reference to Christ's disciples! What causes a person to have a hardened heart so that he/she doesn't respond as he ought? In today's message we discover three causes for a hardness of heart and here's what needs to be done to have that matter corrected.