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Four Questions for Dads - Michael Yoder

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As we think about a godly old man, what could bring more joy to him than to see his children walking in the faith and raising godly children? Dads are heroes to their children. Dads, are you the kind of man that you want your sons to become? Are you the kind of person you […]

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Lessons from the Strawberry Transplanter - Lowell Yoder

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This morning we’ll be talking about everyday life… the thread of eternity runs through our ordinary lives. There are several common issues that arise during the process of transplanting these little baby strawberry plants. Lend A Hand to the Struggling Despite the snail’s crawling pace, often one of the planters will fall behind in getting […]

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Remember Thy Creator In The Days of Thy Youth - Rich Bowman

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Good solid men in our society are becoming more and more scarce. This morning we’ll be talking about young men. Godly young men are fundamental in establishing and leading out in Christian homes. There is no better time for young men, or anyone, to start remembering their creator than in the days of their youth.

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The Power of the Gospel - Acts 3 - Delvin Yoder

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Acts chapter three is the core of what we want to talk about, but there are some peripheral things that we’ll be looking at here as well. Are we just following teachings we’ve been taught all of our lives? Is the foundation of the gospel something that we can build on?

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Put on the New Self - Milo Zehr

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The focus in these verses that we’re going to be looking at this morning is putting off the old self and putting on the new self. The KJV begins verse 5 by talking about putting to death, which does sound like a battle! Two questions. Who is this new self that we are called to […]

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Is it Right for You to be Angry? - Galen Yoder

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This morning we’re going to talk about what anger is. Is it wrong to become angry? As well as some other things around anger and what God has to say about anger. So, what is anger? It is an emotion or a range of emotions. It can vary from being hopping mad to just being […]

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God’s Gift of Mothers and Fathers - Milo Zehr

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Parents and pastors and teachers must be mature enough to do what is right for the child and not just what is the easiest. Children need help to learn, boundaries, instruction, etc. Children need an example, they need to see their parents living what they say they believe. The Christian tradition and all that really […]

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The Results of the Resurrection - Milo Zehr

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Paul says that asceticism and mysticism are a failure to understand and experience the death and resurrection of Christ inside ourselves. Paul talks about a philosophy of men, contrasted with who Christ is and living an ordered life out of this living in Christ. How are we raised with Christ? What is the result of […]

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The Tradition of Christ vs the Tradition of Men - Milo Zehr

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This is one of the most difficult chapters in the Bible. Some of the verses are hard to understand. We don’t know exactly what all the errors were that Paul was addressing. Paul criticizes four things that we may or may not be guilty of. The philosophy of man is the foundation for the three […]

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Love at Home - Leon Yoder

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We are always called as Christians to be more fervent in our love, for God and for each other. Love must be everywhere that Christians are. God is love, so His children should portray that characteristic as well. The Christian home is the workshop where love is to be first felt, watched, learned, and observed […]

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Jesus Christ, the Antidote to False Teaching - Milo Zehr

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The purpose of Paul’s struggle for the Colossians church. He wanted to encourage their hearts as they are knit together in love, in close fellowship. The value of this exhorting is in direct proportion to the knitting together in love. Being “knit together” is to be welded together in genuine unity. He also wanted them […]

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Communion, A Time to Remember - John Waldron

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Think of a famous event that happened in your lifetime. Often you’ll remember exactly where you were, and what was happening around you. You’ll remember what was going on in your heart, in your life. Our human tendency is to forget. Things that happen in our lifetime are important, and things that happened before we […]

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What is the Purpose of the Lord’s Supper and Who is Qualified to Partake? - Milo Zehr

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Jesus interprets the character/purpose of the meal as a covenant-making event. This covenant is one that Jesus is making with every person who is unable to save himself, who is unworthy to sit at the table and partake with Christ, he is not able to make himself good enough or valuable enough to sit at […]

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Filled With The Spirit - Brian Yoder

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Man has tried to elevate society to a place where it functions at its best. The reason it has always failed is that the human problem of sin, greed, etc has never been dealt with. When God made man, He didn’t just have the body and its biology in mind. All life originates with God. […]

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Kingdom First - Ricky Bowman

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We have lots of competing demands on our time. It is very helpful to know helpful to have a top priority that we can filter things through. Matthew 6 – Jesus gave his disciples a number one priority. The Kingdom of God is something that Jesus talked about quite a bit, like a treasure hidden […]

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Walking Through Holy Week - Gabriel Yoder

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When we are having communion we are remembering the Lamb of God, His blood applied to our lives. No one enjoys death, not even Jesus. Jesus wrestled with His flesh and won. “Not my will, but Thine be done.” Jesus, walking by the Spirit, showed us how to live. He showed us how to die. […]

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Who is Christ? - Milo Zehr

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Deliverance – we are rescued from the power of darkness, the domain of darkness. This is in sharp contrast to the life spoken of at the end of verse 12. This rescue includes a change in ownership, we are qualified to be children of light by an act of God in us. Translation – we […]

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The Lord is My Shepherd - Rich Bowman

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David had confidence in facing Goliath because the Lord was his shepherd. The Lord had shown up for him in the past, and David had faith that he would do it again. David could identify with the picture of the man who stole his neighbor’s sheep. It stirred up the exact feelings in David that […]

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Using the Right Measuring Tape - Music Tests #2 - Steve Yoder

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Do you know what a standard measurement is? It is a way of measuring things specified by country, or group of countries. Inches, gallons, liters, centimeters, etc. There would be a lot of confusion if there wasn’t a standard to work off of. What is a good way to measure music? If we have a […]

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Music Tests #1 - Steve Yoder

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What is a good method for choosing good music? This morning we are going to look at some music tests that should be helpful for all of us. We all have personal tastes and opinions that form how we look at music. Personal tastes and opinions are not enough for looking at and deciphering what […]

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The Power of Music #2 - Steve Yoder

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Music can grab our attention like nothing else. Does the devil know that? Yes, he does… In seconds most of us can get a message from music. Music is communication. Music has a tendency of going right past all the less personal communication zones straight to the intimate zone. Music matters, we need to be […]

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The Power of Music #1 - Steve Yoder

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What matters more in a song? The music or the words? A lot of people think that music is amoral, neither right or wrong. Is a single note right or wrong? Is a single letter right or wrong? Music, in and of itself sends a message. Music, or most of it, is not neutral. Can […]

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Basis for Choices in Music - Steve Yoder

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When a subject is controversial we tend to not want to bring it up. We all have different opinions on music, there is room for differences. Is music important to you? To some people, it is more important to some people than others, but music is very important to most of us and affects us […]

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Growing Toward Maturity in the Life of the Church - Milo Zehr

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Paul is talking about how people live. In very practical ways how they move, how they walk humbly and worthily. Paul says this is done as we do four things. Bearing fruit – walking worthy of the Lord Increasing in the knowledge of God – the knowledge of God is a source of truth as […]

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Jesus Returns for the Church - Edward Yoder

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Peter’s message here is for the church. The fact that Jesus is going to return is not something that is new to us, but this morning we want to be reminded about Jesus’ return for the church. There will be (are) scoffers and mockers who deny that Jesus will return. “Where is the promise of […]

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Jesus Prays for the Church - Edward Yoder

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There is a sense in which this morning where we should be taking the shoes off of our feet. We are about to tread on holy ground as we look at this precious prayer. Jesus our Lord was a praying man, He prayed a lot. We only have a few sketches of Jesus praying in […]

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Conscience, Conviction, Character - Edward Yoder

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This evening we’d like to look some at the story of Daniel. Daniel chapter 6 is quite a few years after chapter 1. Our convictions in many ways are shaped and formed by our consciences. Our character reveals what our convictions really are. It is the inward conviction to do right to the highest standard […]

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Homes Passing Faith to the Next Generation - Edward Yoder

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Not only does God’s Word teach us how to live, but it also gives us examples of men and women who actually lived such lives. The faithfulness of the Rechabites had been continuing for generations and generations. If the Lord tarries for another 300 years, may he find our children and our children’s, children standing […]

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Three Men & Three Minds - Edward Yoder

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The brain is a computer, as well as a chemical factory. Scientists and doctors have a limited understanding of how all the circuits and chemicals of the brain work together. The apostle Paul is reminding the church at Corinth of how he had come to them a number of years earlier. He had determined to […]

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Following Jesus - Putting Your Hand to the Plow - Edward Yoder

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This evening we’ll be looking at three men who desired to follow Jesus. For us to understand properly we need to understand the context that Jesus gives these words in. What was Jesus experiencing? Jesus was on a mission, He was on the way to Jerusalem. The Call to Follow Christ Requires a Commitment This […]

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Being Renewed on a Daily Basis - Edward Yoder

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The Word of God is for all people, wherever we find ourselves, God’s Word is for all of us. It is our desire to better understand scripture and to grow in wisdom, but just because we haven’t discovered it yet doesn’t mean that it isn’t true. 1 Thessalonians 3 – Pray that the Word of […]

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Offenses will come… - Ben Miller

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Biblical forgiveness must be conditioned upon repentance. Repentance is a turning and changing, and a recognition of what was being done was a sin. God is perfect and holy and in no way in need of our forgiveness. We may feel angry at God, but he doesn’t need our forgiveness. When horrific evil takes place, […]

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An Anchor of the Soul - Leon Yoder

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In the fall from fervently following Christ to bitterly opposing Him, there is a state of sluggishness that occurs. The writer Hebrews says this can happen, but he doesn’t want it to happen to the reader. In verse 13 we have an example of Abraham. We have a God who promised, and we have Abraham […]

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The God of Details - Lowell Yoder

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You’ve heard the saying “the devil is in the details.” This means that the idea sounds simple, but the success of the plan depends on the little plans of the details. This morning we’ll be looking at how God cares about, arranges, and notices the details. The God Who Cares About Details 2 Kings 6 […]

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This Do In Remembrance of Me - Delvin Yoder

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Communion symbolizes why Jesus came. Our commemoration of Christs death and remember His life and sacrifice is symbolized and typified in the symbols of communion. In a larger picture, our lives need to be an extension of what communion is all about. 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 – Paul was not one of Jesus 12 disciples, so […]

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Am I Qualified to Participate in Communion? - Milo Zehr

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Each verse from 6-10 here in 1st John is written as a condition and if that condition is met there is a result. According to scripture, no one can have peace with God and live in known sin at the same time. The remedy for this condition is to walk in the light and to […]

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Making Disciples in the Life of the Church

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The mission of the early church is found in the words of Jesus in Matthew. To grow people into whatever it is that Jesus wants them to do by immersing them in scripture, the presence of other believers, and discipling each other for spiritual and emotional growth. In order to fulfill this mission, a church […]

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Kindness: First Cousin of Goodness - John Waldron

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In Genesis, we have the story of Joseph. Joseph’s response to his brothers when they came down to Egypt to get food during the famine is an incredible act of kindness. Joseph had the power to do whatever he wanted to his brothers, instead, he chose to forgive them. Joseph believed that God had a […]

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Praying for One Another - Milo Zehr

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Colossians 1:1-12 – Paul starts out by talking about people, himself, Timothy. Paul refers to himself as an Apostle, called and appointed by God. Timothy had a Jewish mother and a Greek father, Paul viewed him as a “son in the faith.” Colossians is addressed to the “saints.” This is a position then, separated to […]

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The Miracle of God’s Intervention in History

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Introduction: Theme verses: Fear not, Mary; you have found favor with God and will conceive and bear a Son, for nothing is impossible with God (Luke 1:30-31, 37). How does a person capture the awe and wonder and even fear that Mary and Joseph and Zechariah and Elizabeth experienced?  How can we enter into the […]

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For God so Loved the World - Leon Yoder

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John 3:14-21 – As we learn to know the love of God, it will change us. There is condemnation talked about here, but Jesus explained to Nicodemus that God did not send Jesus into the world to condemn the world, but to save it. The primary purpose of Christ coming to earth is to redeem […]

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A Present Help in Trouble - Rich Bowman

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1 Kings 19 – This is when Elijah realized that his life was in danger and that Jezebel was out to get him. God was present with Elijah and He met his need! John the Baptist is someone that we know a decent amount about. He was a cousin to Jesus, and he paved the […]

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The Pitfall of the Pious - Ricky Bowman

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This first verse kind of sums up the first part of this chapter. If we are doing our good works for the sake of others, that’s as much benefit as we’ll receive from it, there is no eternal reward. Jesus gives three examples of areas that we are prone to do our acts of righteousness […]

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Risking for the Kingdom - Gabriel Yoder

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We often look at life and wonder how we’re doing. How are your dreams? Are they on track? If your childhood dreams haven’t worked out, let’s take a look and see if we can reevaluate some of these things. Many times the things that we think will bring happiness, money, homes, wives, husbands, etc. indeed […]

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Communion is all About Jesus - Milo Zehr

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1 Corinthians 11:17-22 – Paul admonishes them about a sin that they were committing when they come together for a “love feast.” The early church celebrated a feast meal prior to communion. They also had the Lord’s Supper at least weekly (if we understand correctly). Paul is correcting them for selfishness and for lack of […]

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The Cleansing of the Temple - Leon Yoder

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1 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 4:7 – God knows what we are made of, He knew how his disciples struggled. Peter, even with the best of intentions denied Jesus. He knows how the weaknesses that we have in our flesh affect us. Mark 11:1-33 – Jesus was coming into Jerusalem riding the donkey, He was […]

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God's Design for the Family - Part 3 - Davey Showalter

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This discipline, this training, it takes work. Because I care, I am willing to sacrifice. In training our children, we need a no pain, no gain attitude. We have only one life to impart a faith that can save our children. God wants us to communicate our story to our children. tell them what God […]

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God's Design for the Family - Part 2 - Davey Showalter

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In the last message we addressed the role of the husband to lead. Now we will look at the role of his help-meet. Women are designed to care for others, and to help; even in the temptation in the garden, Satan appealed to Eve’s desire to help. When we sin, we often try to cover […]

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God's Design for the Family - Part 1 - Davey Showalter

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We see men that are turning away from leading the home, the church, etc. It’s time for us to step up to the plate and lead spiritually. We are supposed to lead. It is God’s design. It is His proper order of headship. We need to take this seriously, to be committed personally to Jesus […]

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An Acceptable Worship - In Spirit and Truth - Brian Yoder

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Struggle is a theme from Genesis to Revelation. There is a worship that God delights in and there is one that He doesn’t. There is one that He accepts and one that He does not. Truly worship expands beyond what we do on Sundays. How do we prepare to worship? Most of us dressed up […]

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A Better Christian Experience - Galen Yoder

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This morning we’ll be looking at two groups of people in the Bible. Both are having a “frustrated religious experience.” The motivation of this sermon is just to remind us of some basic principles. Isaiah 58 & 59 – This group of people was not doing well, but they are described as seeking God daily […]

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Goodness - Fruit of the Spirit - John Waldron

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God could have made a completely utilitarian creation. He could have made things a lot “uglier” and they would have worked “fine” but that isn’t what He did! He created a world that is wonderful to see and hear and be a part of. God is righteous and good and we are not… yet that […]

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Working With God - Lowell Yoder

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Our hands are very useful things. We can probably all think of someone who is missing arms, or fingers, or legs. For folks in this situation normal things are more difficult, they can usually adapt, but things are more complicated. Why would God want to limit Himself to work through our hands? He is the […]

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The Value of Good Christian Singing - Nathan Good

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The main text for this sermon is Psalm 96. A homework assignment for you. What percentage of singing referred to in the Bible is “group” singing, as opposed to “individual” singing? Singing is useful in teaching and admonishing one another. Singing together provides the music for the worship service. The Bible commands us to sing […]

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Footsteps of Jesus, Come Follow Me - Delvin Yoder

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Matthew 16:4 – Jesus often used the phrase “follow me” when he was inviting people to be His disciple. If we want to be followers of Jesus we should watch how He lived and take up His cross, the life He has for us, and follow Him. We are all “little” in God’s sight. Jesus […]

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Trusting God With Your Treasure - Leon Yoder

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Matthew 6:19-34 – So, what is a treasure? A dictionary would say it is wealth, money, jewels, stored up. Something of great worth and value. For this message we’ll say, a treasure is “that which is valued most, desired most, is most dear to us.” Earthly treasure is temporary. It will perish. There are many […]

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Keeping the Right Focus When Church is in a Lurch - Gabriel Yoder

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Distractions are everywhere. Have you ever started on something, got half way and then got hung up on some details? The enemy is constantly looking for ways to defeat the work that God is doing in the local church. We must not miss what Christ has for the church because the church itself is in […]

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Grace & Works - Delvin Yoder

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God has a reason for salvation, and grace needs to be worked out and expressed in the way that we live. A new Christian can sleep well at night, his sins are forgiven, he can be secure in God’s grace. Yes, there are things to do, but he can rest in Christ. We as humans […]

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3 Characteristics of Profitable, Useful Servants of Jesus - Leon Yoder

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Philemon 1:1-25 – Onesimus, the slave of Philemon was suddenly gone. He didn’t show up, he had run away. Even before running away Onesimus was already a disappointment, he wasn’t a very good servant. How might Paul and Onesimus connected in Rome? We don’t know. Did things get bad for Onesimus and he hit bottom […]

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The Faithfulness of God to His People - Galen Yoder

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2 Timothy 2 – When we talk about God being absolutely faithful we mean it is an absolute truth, it isn’t going to change. There is no circumstance or factor that changes this truth. If we endure, we will also reign with Him. God does have a plan for us, this plan is in the […]

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The View from the Cross - Delvin Yoder

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Grace is what God does… faith, belief, these are the things that are part of our “mustard seed” response to God’s offer. If we respond in faith it results in a “new birth” or the “beginning of the salvation journey.” One thing that is a common thread between the newest most immature babe in Christ, […]

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Can We Believe Romans 8:28? - Steve Yoder

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Romans 8:28 – This is probably one of the most well-known verses in the Bible, right up there with John 3:16. What does it mean for us? Many of us one way or another have experienced hard things in life. Sometimes these hard things are short-lived and then life is back to normal. When those […]

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An Invitation to Come to Jesus, Just As You Are - Leon Yoder

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Whosoever will may come. Whoever desires to, is invited to come to Jesus. These are great invitations, Jesus says that few will respond to his invitation. We’ve sung the song “Just As I Am” many times. Though it is often sung at revival meetings, it seems like it is applicable to all of a Christians […]

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Characteristics of a New Testament Church - Milo Zehr

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Text: Matthew 28:18-20 Other Scriptures referred to: Habakkuk 2:2; Acts 2, 4; Acts 10, 11; Galatians 2:11; Acts 15; Colossians 2 Characteristics of a New Testament church: It has a mission or purpose (Matthew 28:18-20) It has a shared vision of what God wants to accomplish through this church It has struggled with relational and […]

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Life Lessons from Esther Glick - Leon Yoder

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Esther was a remarkable lady. She was born with some handicaps but she didn’t let them stop or discourage her, she was a cheerful soul. She was contented, and at peace with how things were. Esther may not have moved gracefully or easily, but she did move. She had limitations, what can a person with […]

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In The Christian Church Everyone Should Matter - Leon Yoder

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1 Thessalonians 5:11-15 – These are instructions to every member of the church in Thessalonica to comfort one another. Always pursue what is good for both yourselves and for all. Do all of these things in patience. Some churches would say, and would actually have it written in their constitution, that church member problems are […]

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Some Thoughts on What a New Testament Church Means - Milo Zehr

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Matthew 28:18-20 – The mission of the church of Jesus Christ is to make disciples of all nations. Disciples who are formed into the character of Christ. We are called to bring people into a yielded heart relationship with Jesus Christ as Lord. Galatians 4:19 – That Christ may be formed in you. Seeing Christ […]

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Difficulties, Circumstances, Weakness and Their Affect On Our Service to Christ - Galen Yoder

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What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh? There are several ideas, but it seems to be some kind of “bodily ailment.” What does God mean by “weakness?” When God says that His grace is made perfect in weakness He isn’t talking about character flaws. God can do more through weak people. God’s power can do […]

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A Gentle Might Under God's Control - John Waldron

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It isn’t that we’re so strong, it is that we are under God’s control and choose to be gentle no matter what situation we find ourselves in. We often think of cowardly, weakness, etc when talking about meekness, but that isn’t the real definition of meekness. If you care deeply about something you’ll find your […]

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A Conflict of Wills for Horses, Christians, Children - Leon Yoder

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Matthew 6:9-15 – We know that God’s will is not done on earth as it is in heaven… so how does this prayer even begin to be answered? A lack of cooperation is a trait of untrained, unbroken horses. They are big and strong and can be dangerous if they are not under control. To […]

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The Answer to Separation from God and Hopelessness - Redemption - Gabriel Yoder

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It starts in Genesis. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth… God saw it all, and it was good! After Adam and Eve sinned, entropy began. Everything that has order, moves towards chaos. The only way to maintain that order is through an intelligent outside force. Just as a worn-out and wrecked […]

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Attitudes for Elders & All of Us In Service - Galen Yoder

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Our attitude affects us, but it also affects those around us. We do have something to say in our current attitudes. There is a lot of teaching here that applies to everyone in the church, not just Elders. 1 Peter 5:1-4 – Peter first reminds his readers that he is qualified to talk to them […]

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Dealing With Difficult Relationships - Ricky Bowman

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We all know that good relationships make life much more enjoyable. In 1 John 4 we get a clear picture and reminder that our love for each other and our love for God are very much connected. We’ve probably all heard of cure-alls or home remedies that can fix just about anything. When we read […]

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The Mysteries Found in Ephesians - Milo Zehr

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Ephesians is full of lofty ideas. Sometimes they are ideas that dig deep inside. Our focus this morning is on three mysteries that are discussed in Ephesians. The Mystery of God’s Redemption in Christ Ephesians says quite a bit about redemption in Christ. Some of it is simple, and some of it is more complex […]

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How Should I Be Using the Time I Have Left? - Galen Yoder

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Peter talks about a number of things but keeps coming back to the theme of a limited amount of time, there is an end coming. The question then is how should I be using the time I have left? Christians need to keep learning to think like Jesus. People who think like Jesus are a […]

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The Inner Dynamic That Motivates Kingdom Morality - John D Martin

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We are so worried about a works religion that we don’t want to talk about practical things. What are we doing with our stuff? What are we doing with this world? The goal of true religion is perfection and God loves people who are patiently pursuing that goal. Do you have a passion for being […]

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Christian Piety - First Things First - John D Martin

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Matthew 5 deals with moral issues, chapter 6 deals with Christian piety and the spiritual aspects of our lives. Matthew 6:16-18 – Jesus assumes that we will fast, He says, “when you fast.” The Jews were really involved in fasting. To the Jews, fasting was a sign of repentance. The senses are heightened during fasting. […]

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The Ideal Resistance - John D Martin

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Tonight we are talking about resistance against evil, and against those who harm us. Unlimited love was definitely shadowed within the Old Testament. Jesus said that He had come not to destroy lives but to save them. Jesus demonstrated a better way. We are called to a battlefield, we are fighting a real battle, but […]

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Eliminating Our Enemies - John D Martin

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The law was intended for our well-being. God mercifully telling His people how to live. God created the universe, He was telling man right upfront how the universe should be worked with. Man needs law, our wills are lazy. We need the reminder that we need to do some things. We are clever at making […]

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The World is Not a Friend to Grace - John D Martin

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Joy is the infallible evidence of God’s grace in life. The beatitudes don’t leave us staring at the heavens but at a scared and messed up humanity. The Lord really wants to perfect us. We empty ourselves to be filled with the Holy Spirit. Does the Spirit get all of you when you become a […]

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Characteristics of the Newly Reborn - John D Martin

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Jeremiah 10:23 – Right action isn’t intuitive, it doesn’t make sense to forgive, to give your extra money away, to turn the other cheek. Jesus bases His Kingdom on a radically transformed character. Matthew 5 – Did you ever wonder why the sermon on the mount doesn’t start with the new birth? The beatitudes are […]

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What is the Kingdom of God - John D Martin

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God has given us desires, we need to know how to use these desires properly, but the desires themselves are from God. The problem with these desires is that the devil takes these desires and perverts it. God’s righteous rule is just, and kind, and good, and right. The problem is that the gospel is […]

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Little Things - Humble Like A Little Child - John Waldron

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The issue with a fishhook in the finger is not the fishhook so much as the barb on the end of the fishhook. This little tiny barb makes all the difference in the world! If you have something in your eye, it doesn’t need to be very big at all to potentially do a lot […]

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There Will Be Opposition - Leon Yoder

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Ephesians 6:10-20 – We won’t be specifically talking about the armor that is covered here. We read about the spiritual life being a journey sometimes, but it is not just a leisurely stroll, it is often a battle. There is opposition all along the way. Matthew 26 and 27 – We know the story of […]

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The Love of God is Vast and Unsearchable - Gabriel Yoder

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This morning we are going to look at John 15:9-17 – What a packed portion of scripture. Looking at God’s love is such a vast and unsearchable depth.

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Who Can Harm You? - Galen Yoder

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1 Peter 3:13-17 – Peter asks a rhetorical question here, and the implied answer is “No one.” The whole letter from Peter kind of expects persecution, he is writing to people who are in the middle of suffering. Peter is saying that there is a sense in which no one can harm God’s children. We know […]

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Humility in Our Resolutions - Delvin Yoder

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Regardless of when you hear this, the fact is that the present is always a good time to be preparing for the future. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – Even if it is March, there is time to start the things you need to be working on. The top 13 New Years’ resolutions include things like, lose […]

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Salt & Light - Be Real and Shine Bright - Ricky Bowman

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Matthew 5:13-16 – We know that large crowds were following Jesus as He went around to teach and heal people in different towns. Jesus was seeking out the ones who were outcasts and were despised. Jesus was speaking to people who believed Him and were receptive to Him. Jesus had just started His ministry and […]

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Christ's Mission for the Church as Stated in Matthew 28 - Milo Zehr

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It is an extremely daunting task for a church to figure out how to apply or pursue the vision that they agree upon as their mission. When you try to put this into words and develop a framework in a church it can be quite challenging. We are guilty at times when it comes to […]

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God's Order of Headship in 1 Corinthians 11 - Rich Bowman

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1 Corinthians 11 – Paul was addressing this issue because he felt like it needed attention. We aren’t talking about this morning because we need a major overhaul, but rather to encourage what we’re currently doing. God has a plan for order, when we fit into His order, that is the best place that we […]

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Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past - Milo Zehr

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Philippians 3 Pressing Forward and Forgetting the Past We are in the first month of a new year, and I wonder if you have made any new year’s resolutions, or thought about how you want to live this year, or thought about whether the direction of your life and the target you are aiming at […]

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How to Grow in Wisdom - Galen Yoder

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This is a New Years’ message… sort of. Looking back at 2020 a lot of us would say that it was a very challenging year and we’re hoping that 2021 will be a better year. Regardless of what this new year brings we can know that God will be faithful. We all need wisdom, for […]

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The God Man, Jesus (Wesley Glick Funeral) - Leon Yoder

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James 4:14 – We aren’t here for very long, even for those who live many years it is a short time. Knowing Jesus gives us a bright and very different perspective about brother Wesley’s passing. Because of Jesus, it is possible in grief and loss to have a great and settled hope. John 3:16 – […]

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Joy to the World - Leon Yoder

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There were many people who were looking for the Messiah! Simeon and Anna praised and blessed God. The shepherds believed when the angels appeared and told them about Jesus. There was sickness and death and cruelty and injustice in the world when Jesus, the Messiah, came to earth. He provided a hope, and a peace, […]

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The Miracle of God With Us - Milo Zehr

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This morning we’re going to focus briefly on some of the miracles surrounding God’s supreme gift of His Son. The virgin conceived and the “Word who was in the beginning” came to earth as a baby. In Christ’s birth God is with us. Christ’s self-sacrifice can transform us into humble servants. John 1:1-2 – The […]

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The Man The King Delights to Honor - Ricky Bowman

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Matthew 5, Luke 6 – Here we have a list of things that Jesus values. He promises to bless us if we have these values. We live in a world that has a very different value list than what Jesus talks about here. The rewards for these kinds of people are all about pleasing ourselves […]

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What is the Role of Faith During Discouraging Times? - Milo Zehr

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If you listen to the things around us it is troubling. There are many troubles in the world. Beyond this, we all have our own troubles and burdens. We live in a fallen world, there are physical consequences of the fall that we all experience. What role does faith have in life being what it […]

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Brotherhood in Boots - Walking Each Other Home - Delvin Yoder

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There is a phrase that is often used to talk about helping someone through the end of life journey “walking someone home.” This world is not our home. Walking someone home means going as far as we can with someone towards their destination. Brotherhood looks appealing, maybe even inexpensive. The fact is though that good […]

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Take Care of Each Other, Fight Evil With Good, Stay the Course - Galen Yoder

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1 Peter 3:1-22 Let’s take care of each other. Let’s fight evil with good. Let’s stay the course. Let’s be growing in brotherly love towards each other. Christians should have a special love towards each other. One exercise to think about here if you have a sibling that you really love, is there a resemblance […]

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Qualifications for a Leader - Leon Yoder

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We’re talking together this morning about qualifications for a leader. This is an important part of the life of a church. Our nation just went through an election to choose a leader for our country. The church is not like that! Jesus said that his kingdom is not of this world. It is a holy […]

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2020.11.08 - The Preeminence of Christ - Gabriel Yoder

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When the world is going crazy we need to be doing what we should have been doing all along, going, and looking to Christ. John 15:1-27 – The word of God is all about Jesus. Genesis through Malachi has the theme “He is coming.” The Gospels theme then is “He is here” and the rest […]

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How Far Away is Heaven? - Brian Yoder

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We live in interesting times these days, the issues that our country and the world is facing require a lot of wisdom to get through. Revelation 1:3 – There is a blessing for those who read this book. Regardless of how our week went, God is still on the throne and He is still in […]

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Keep on Asking, Seeking, and Knocking - Leon Yoder

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Psalm 116:1-11 – Imagine yourself on a frosty roof for some reason and you slip and fall. As you slide you are grasping and scratching and clawing, but there is no way to stop yourself. This is a very helpless feeling. Sometimes we feel like we are completely helpless. An inner struggle that has gotten […]

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Don't Worry About Anything & Pray About Everything - Rich Bowman

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This morning we’ll be looking at a story in the Bible that we have a fair amount of detail about. Sometimes we look at different stories in the Bible and wonder why we hear more about one person in a story than another person in the same story. This morning we are going to be […]

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Getting Practical About Information Technology and the Church - Kyle Stoltzfus

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Children becoming functioning adults doesn’t happen by accident. The opposite is also true, it isn’t an accident when people who have struggles emerge from communities and families. Ezra 8:21 – We are seeking a right way for us. This is what the church of Christ is instructed and authorized to do. The digital revolution has […]

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Our Identity - What it Means to Belong to Christ - Kyle Stoltzfus

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With all the “stuff” that information technology offers us, are we really coming out on top? We are constantly wired into things that can give us constant anxiety. When we are too thickly immersed in information technology there are certain skills that we fail to develop. It’s not as simple as just counting on the […]

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How is Information Technology Changing How We See and How We Hear - Kyle Stoltzfus

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When we talk about technology we can say that we are living through a revolution. Technology has made huge changes in all aspects of our lives. Revolutions are unsettling, disruptive times. Most Americans now spend a fair amount of time working in front of a screen. A lot of us have a smart phone in […]

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Husbands, Wives, Marriage and Responsibilities of Both - Galen Yoder

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1 Peter 3:1-8 – This sermon is from the same passage we looked at a few weeks ago when we talked about adornment. However we’re looking at it from a different angle this morning. Characteristics of an Excellent Wife An excellent wife needs to be submissive – Peter suggests that the holy women have understood […]

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Progressive Sanctification - Moving Toward Holiness - Milo Zehr

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This morning we’re talking about progressive sanctification. This is a subject that can take hours and hours of a class, so we won’t be able to chase down all details. What do we mean by progressive sanctification? Progressively separated from sin and more dedicated to righteousness with the result being that the Christian becomes progressively […]

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The Snare of Sluggishness - Leon Yoder

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Hebrews 6:1-20 – Paul was an enemy of Christ. We know how he despised the way, and the followers of the way. He persecuted the church in many ways before he was converted… but he was converted! 2 Peter 2:20-22 – There is no question that the person talked about here is at a very […]

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Jesus is the Way - Daryl Witmer

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Our goal this morning is to stir up our hearts and minds to understand the true meaning in life. There are many things that can be distractions in our lives. Church problems, health problems, personal problems, etc. John 14:1-7 – Jesus tells us that He is the way, the truth and the life. This morning […]

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The Issue of Christian Adornment and Modesty - Galen Yoder

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Is there a Biblical basis for “looking different” and not “adorning ourselves” with makeup, jewelry, etc. Philippians 2:3-9 – Jesus came to us as a simple, humble, unselfish, man. He was a poor carpenter without a lot of “trappings.” Keep that in mind as we continue on. Peter and Paul on Internal and External Adornment […]

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The Christian and Politics - John Waldron

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1 Peter 3:16-17 – We know that Nero was the emperor at this point, he wasn’t kind to many people under him, Christians and non-christians. Peter is talking about the Roman government and he tells us a number of things here. Obey the government. Identify them as God ordained even if they are not Christ-honoring. […]

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Grace, Grace, God's Grace - Leon Yoder

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We’ve read the Bible, the New Testament and the epistles and the greetings and closing farewell blessings many of them have. They are encouraging to read, but we often buzz over them like they are filler and polite expressions. If we read them thoughtfully though, there is power to be found in those words. Romans […]

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Choosing to be Humble - Delvin Yoder

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1 Peter 5:5-6 – God is in charge of what happens in our lives and we want to strive for patience as we encounter life’s issues. Isaac doesn’t get a lot of “press” in the Bible. His life only takes up several pages in the Bible, but even a lot of that has to do […]

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Counting the Cost - Gabriel Yoder

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Texts used – Luke 14:25-33, Psalm 34:8, Luke 9:23-26, John 15:14, John 16:7, I Peter 4:17, Matthew 7:21-23 Jesus put the cost of discipleship front and center. He did not hide the cost of following Him. He was not very “seeker-sensitive”! Seeing Jesus’ bluntness– why did the crowds stumble over themselves to find Him? He […]

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Christian Leaders – Leading as a Servant

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This is a father’s day sermon, but there are things here for all of us. Ephesians 5:23, Ephesians 6:1-4 – The responsibility is placed on the father for his family.

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A Healthy and Sensitive Guidance System - Leon Yoder

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Acts 24:14-16 – Paul says that he goes to great lengths to keep a clear conscience before God and his brothers and sisters. Romans 2:14 – The conscience is a gift from God! Paul says that the law is written in our hearts. Even with the infection of sin in the garden, man still has […]

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Presenting Honorable Conduct to a Messed up World - Galen Yoder

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1 Peter 2:11-25 – This morning we’ll be talking about honorable conduct and how our conduct affects the world around us. We see two possible effects that our conduct can have on the lost around us. First off, they could respond by joining us, this is the outcome we hope for the most! Secondly, they […]

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Faithful in the Little Things and the Big Things - Rich Bowman

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One thing that isn’t in the book of Daniel is much about his life before he came to Babylon. We don’t know anything about his parents or his siblings. Scripture indicates that he was probably from a royal family. The name Daniel means, “God is my judge.” This was a constant reminder to Daniel that […]

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Our Lives Are A Story - Who Is Your Author? - Delvin Yoder

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Are we making the efforts that God expects from serious believers? Are we doing the things that He thinks are important? When things fall apart, what are we left with? What is real when the nonessentials are stripped away? Life is a story. We are writing part of our story today! We have trouble, and […]

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Worshiping the King of Glory - Leon Yoder

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Psalm 24 – The world that we live in is in turmoil. The changes that have happened since the beginning of the year even is incredible. The Bible tells us that there is a place of quiet rest, near to the heart of God. We want to think about worshiping our King of Glory this […]

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The Authority of Jesus - Ricky Bowman

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Texts: Matthew 8; Matthew 9:1-8 Other Texts: Matthew 7:28; Matthew 28; Romans 8:31-39; 2 Peter 1:3 What is authority? A definition might be ‘the power to command obedience or the right to control something or someone’. Without authority, it is hard to command anyone to do anything. What gave Jesus His authority? Jesus knew what […]

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Overcoming Fear - John Waldron

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Matthew 10:28 – The Bible tells us that we should fear the Lord. Fear is “person specific” you might be scared of snakes, but your siblings might not be scared of snakes. Fear is real. The fact that you think someones fear is a little thing doesn’t mean that their fears aren’t real. Fear is […]

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Truth Telling Versus Lying - What's True About That? - Milo Zehr

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Zechariah 8 – Speak the truth to one another, execute justice with truth for peace. Perjury is lying after promising to tell the truth. God cares about truth and he expects people to tell the truth. These days we can google things and find anyone’s opinion about what is true. They don’t all agree, so […]

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God's Mercy & Compassion - Jeff Yoder

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Mercy and compassion are tied very closely together. Compassion has more the idea of something being done on a physical level, while mercy tends to be on another level, forgiving someone who doesn’t deserve it or things like that. Mark 10:46-52 – Bartamaus was a beggar who sat along the road begging. In Jesus time […]

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Lessons From Five Mothers from the Bible - Leon Yoder

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Hannah was in a marriage that had a second wife. There were many sore spots between the two women. Samuel was born to Hannah, a result of the promise of God. 2 Timothy 1 – Before there was a Timothy, there was a godly mother and grandmother. We don’t know much at all about Timothy’s […]

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God is Building a House That Has Things to Do - Galen Yoder

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1 Peter 1:22-2:12 – Peter is pointing out the huge role that the Word of God has in the life of a Christian. It leads to the new birth. It leads to purification. It gives Christians something to stake their lives on. In verse 22 we see the command to love one another fervently. With […]

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Our Father - The Lords Prayer - Gabriel Yoder

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Matthew 5 – Looking at the Lord’s prayer there are a ton of things that could be preached about here. Praying this prayer with sincerity requires us to believe that God is who He is says He is and believe in His Kingdom. We also need to agree with and submit to Him. Our Father […]

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What God Says About Humility - Ricky Bowman

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Humility Shares Philippians 2:1-4 – One thing that Paul wanted to see the Philippian church grow in was in their unselfishness and their care for each other. The message here for us is to look out for the good of others, even though it will be difficult. We’ve all been given good things, testimony about […]

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The Good News of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ - Leon Yoder

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This morning we’ll begin with a brief summary of the resurrection story. The disciples were so sure that Jesus was the Messiah. They had followed Jesus, they saw the lame walk, the blind have their sight restored, they saw Jesus living a perfect and holy life. Peter said emphatically, “You are the Christ, the Son […]

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9 Little Lessons for Christians from 1 Peter - Galen Yoder

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1 Peter 1:1-21 – The pilgrims we usually think about when we think of the word “pilgrim” journeyed across the ocean right at 400 years ago. They were on a journey, far from home. Peter says that we are pilgrims. We are on a journey, our home is in heaven, not here on earth. Peter […]

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Answering God's Call - John Waldron

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Philippians 3:12-14, Acts 9:15-16 – When Paul was called it was with a bright light and a loud voice. That isn’t usually how it works for us today. Clearly God’s call of Paul was away from his old life to a new and very different one. Ephesians 4:1 – God’s call to us today is […]

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The Elder Son - Duane Nisly

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We can have such a wonderful opportunity to come to the Father. Jesus taught us about the good shepherd who knows his sheep, and the sheep know his voice. God wants that for each of us. What does God want to do with His people during this time? Is there something that we need to […]

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The Long Road Home - Duane Nisly

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Luke 15:20-24 – We are continuing with this story of the prodigal son. How far away from home was this young man? We don’t know for sure, we are told that he went to a far country. Do you suppose that his steps got a bit slower as he got nearer home? We don’t know. […]

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The Road of Repentance - Duane Nisly

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We are servants of the Lord Who is in control of all of this. We don’t have to be troubled and perplexed. Luke 21:25-26, 1 Peter 5:7-11 – Let us not let the things around us in the world shake us too much. Let us instead cast all of our anxiety on the Father! Last […]

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Sin And How It Separates Us From God - Duane Nisly

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We are so blessed that God is in control. What would happen if our country would become as concerned about our spiritual needs as we are about the Coronavirus. May God remove from us any spirit of distraction and let us turn our face towards Him to hear what He has for us tonight. May […]

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The Healer of Broken Hearts - Duane Nisly

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Kintsugi is repair work that mends the breakage with lacquer and then dusted with a powdering of gold or silver or platinum. A piece of pottery that is repaired properly with Kintsugi is of more value than the original, unbroken piece of pottery. God has a process of repairing and mending that is so beautiful. […]

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Out of the Closet - Duane Nisly

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Whoever you are, God has a particular and unique journey for you. Your life is not by accident it is ordered and directed by the Lord. A closet is a good place to hide when playing hide and seek, but a closet is not a good place to live. It is tight, and stuffy and […]

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How God Speaks to Us & How We Hear God - Duane Nisly

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We need sensitive spiritual ears. Spiritual ears are imperative to spiritual understanding. There are a number of different ear impairments that sometimes affect our ability to hear with our physical ears. Matthew 11 – Jesus told his disciples that they had had missed at least part of the message that John the Baptist had been […]

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For My Names Sake - Duane Nisly

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In our fellowship and communion here, may we be drawn to God. In drawing near to God may we also be drawn to each other as well. We need to be careful to not put our roots down too deeply here. As Christians we are strangers and pilgrims here on this earth. Let us be […]

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Continue Earnestly In Prayer - Leon Yoder

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Colossians 4:2 – “Be persistent and devoted to prayer, being alert and focused in your prayer life with an attitude of thanksgiving.” Prayer is an expression of our heart to God. It is done in faith that God is, and that God is hearing our words. We express to God our longings and our worship. […]

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How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God - Galen Yoder

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How to Find Refuge & Comfort in God Psalm 62:1-12 – When you talk with someone who has first hand experience with something it is worth listening to it! David when through many difficult things so when he says that we can trust God to be our refuge, we can believe him! The Difficulty David […]

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The Sin of Distracted Living - Jeff Yoder

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Luke 10:38-42 – Distraction is something that we all face, distraction something that prevents us from giving attention to something that is more important. This passage is the story of Mary and Martha. Mary sat and listened, she continued to focus on Jesus and hear His words. Martha was distracted, or troubled with much serving. […]

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The Will of God as a Way of Life - Ricky Bowman

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We all face decisions every single day. What will I eat for breakfast. Should I read a book? What book should I read? Should I go to college? A lot of times we can wonder if we are making the right decisions. As Christians we are concerned about what God thinks of our decisions and […]

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The Doctrine of Nonresistance - Delvin Yoder

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When we face problems in life we tend to try to fix them on our own. Living the way God wants us to may not be popular or comfortable or easy… but it is the best way. As we look at the world around us we see that having a non resistant position isn’t a […]

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Learning to Lean - Steve Yoder

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Psalm 61:1-8 – Have you ever felt overwhelmed in life? We all want to feel strong and independent and like we can accomplish things in our lives. We tend to be stubborn and struggle alone for a long time before we get to a point where we admit that we need some help. God has […]

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Full Commitment Instead of Mediocrity - John Waldron

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Matthew 16 – What does “cross bearing mean” it means bearing ones cross and death to self. Facing one direction and not being able to turn around. A man on a cross cannot turn around and look at what is behind him. The man going to the cross does not say “Peter, I’ll see you […]

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The Power of God - Unleashed by Faith - Gabriel Yoder

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Text: 2 Chronicles 14, 15, 16 Other references: Matthew 9:22,23; 9:28-30; Matthew 15:22-28; Matthew 14:22-33; Acts 11:18 Asa sought the Lord in great distress— but did not in smaller things. His life shows a troubling trend of lessening dependence on God. I believe that it’s possible for us maturing Christians to begin to trust in […]

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The Values of Jesus’ Disciples - Galen Yoder

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Texts: Matthew 10:24-39; Matthew 16:21-27; Luke 14:25-33 Companies have their own set of values; People have their own set values. Jesus gave us a unique set of values. These are the values we are to learn in discipleship. Do we live them? Disciples of Jesus value being right with God over being right with men. […]

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The Omniscience of God - Leon Yoder

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Texts used – Matthew 25:4, Ephesians 1:4, 2 Chronicles 16:9, 2 Thessalonians 3:3, Psalm 23 God knows our frailties. God has provided gracious provisions for us. So that we can respond correctly and grow in character. Only an all knowing God could orchestrate move and work in these kinds of ways. 2 Chronicles 16:9 – […]

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Towards a Fruitful New Year - Delvin Yoder

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It is a good thing for us to be introspective at this time of the year. It is very important where our hearts are so it is a good thing for us to spend some time considering and thinking about. John 15:1-17 – Vines and fruit. The Passover is at full moon. There’s a good […]

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The Coming of Our Rescue - Gabriel Yoder

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The first Christmas broke the silence that had been in place for some 400 years. What the people on earth couldn’t see was “the other side.” Heaven was mounting a full scale rescue operation. God was sending forth a living word, in flesh, breaking the silence. Luke 1 – Zechariah was chosen to go in […]

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What is True About My Route Through Life - Jeff Yoder

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John 18 – Pilate in the trial of Jesus asked the age old question, “what is truth?” Truth originates with God, it is the self expression of God. It is consistent with who God is. God is who we measure truth by. Today there is so much information that truth can get somewhat muddy. John […]

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Answering the Question “Who is My Neighbor” - Delvin Yoder

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Luke 10:25-37 – There are roles in this story that we can identify with at different times in our lives. Parables are interesting. We like stories. Jesus told stories that a lot of people could relate to. His parables should be taken to make a simple point. At times we can try to pull too […]

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When You Start Down a Road You Are Choosing a Destination - Rich Bowman

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We live in a world of many religions and there is a constant call to be more tolerant of other peoples beliefs and views. You have your god and I have mine. Some people would say that it is wrong to claim that “my way is the only way.” This morning we want to look […]

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The Sacrifice of the Good Shepherd - Leon Yoder

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1 Corinthians 11 – Where Jesus instituted the communion service. We certainly want to remember and think often of what Jesus has done for us, and that is part of why we are here this morning. As we remember Jesus and what he has done, if we really remember him as we should, it brings […]

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The Most Dangerous Creature - Ricky Bowman

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There are about 3200 tigers in the wild. There are close to 5000 in captivity, the majority of them are owned by private owners, not zoos. James 3:1-18 – We all make mistakes. Those who are instructing others are in a place that gives them increased opportunity to make mistakes. How We View the Tongue […]

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The Spirit of Prophecy - Anthony Gingerich

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Text: Revelation 19:1-10; 17, 18 Understanding prophecy is not that you understand how everything will happen but that God will win. We can’t sit back and wait for God to do all the pulling! We must understand that there is a glorious end. When we lose sight of that we get discouraged. He will defeat […]

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The People of God - Anthony Gingerich

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Text – Matthew My unofficial title this weekend, is why do church? Church attendance and membership has declined in the west. Large inner city church buildings are being sold. They are being converted into office buildings and gyms. It is a sign of what is happening spiritually, under the surface. There are two factors here: […]

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Components of Matthews Vision of the Church - Anthony Gingerich

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Text: Ephesians 4:1-16 What are some of the out workings, how we do Church? We might do church in different ways, but each church needs to have certain things. There are some components that are necessary. Key components of the church: Repentance – reorientation of life Separation – a different kingdom Mission – proclaiming the […]

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Our Hidden Life in Christ - Galen Yoder

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Text: Colossians 3:1-4; 5-11; 12-17 Other references: Romans 6:5; Ephesians 2:6; Colossians 2:1,2; Philippians 3:7; Romans 13:14 You have died an earthly death; And you now have a heavenly life hidden in Christ. As we have put our faith in Jesus, we die and are raised with Him. You are now reconciled with God… It […]

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Time & Opportunities - The Treasure is Jesus - Leon & Galen Yoder

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Galen Yoder – Time & Opportunities Ephesians 5:15-17, Colossians 4:5, Psalm 90:12, Psalm 39 – A few things for us to think about. Wise people understand the significance of time passing. It is an ordinary event, but it is an important thing to realize. Wise people understand these consequences before they become irreversible. Running out […]

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Why Pray for Deliverance from the Evil One? - Leon Yoder

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Matthew 6:9-15 – As Christians we should not be obsessed with the devil. We shouldn’t be constantly fearful or wrapped up in things of the devil and what he is doing now, today. When we hear of evil, or are tempted with evil, we need to remember that he is our enemy, he has clever […]

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What Happens When We are Born Again - John Waldron

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John 3:1-21 – Nicodemus doesn’t seem to be like at least some of the other Pharisees. Nicodemus was a man in darkness and he was seeking the light. It is entirely possible that Nicodemus came to Jesus at night just to try to get some answers and he knew that fewer people would be around […]

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Work in Progress - Dan Freed

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Text: Philippians 1:6 (1:1-30) Other References: Ephesians 2:9,10; Romans 8:28,29; Philippians 3:12; Jesus is making a masterpiece of you and me. I pray that you can stop and think on the journey of all the grace that God is pouring out on us. God has a plan for each person— He wants to work His […]

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Giving Glory to God Like a Baptist - Ricky Bowman

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Matthew 11:11 – Jesus said that John the Baptist was one of the best. This morning we’re going to look at Johns life and some lessons we can learn from his life. There is something inspiring and intriguing about young people who are so on fire for God and that are “consumed” at a young […]

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The Life of Hezekiah - Milo Zehr

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Isaiah 38 & 39 Have you ever been in really bad shape and thought you might die? Or perhaps you were bad enough off that you kind of wished you could die? Have you been in overwhelming trouble and great distress? What did you do? Have you ever made a poor decision because you were […]

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God's Desire for Covenant People - Galen Yoder

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2 Corinthians 6:11-18 – God is inviting us into a covenant relationship with himself. We should be willing to give up anything that hinders that relationship. God’s desire for a covenant people is present in the Old and New Testaments.

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Rejoice in the Lord Always - Dan Freed

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Philippians 4:1-23 – In Philippians 2 Paul is saying that it is time to get our minds in sync with the mind of Jesus. God created us to live in community and to live with other Christians. In chapter 4, Paul says that the church had a problem. Something was amiss between a number of […]

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The Christian and Suffering - Gabriel Yoder

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Text: John 9: 1-12 – Other references: Matthew 7:25; I Corinthians 6:19; Galatians 6:2; Romans 8:28; II Timothy 1:7; John 16:33; Isaiah 53:5; Romans 8:17 Suffering is something that is all around us, physical suffering, emotional suffering, and suffering that involves both. It a difficult subject. Part of the discussion of suffering is the question […]

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Raised with Christ - Leon Yoder

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Galatians 5:16-26 – We see here what can happen when the Holy Spirit is working in cooperation with a converted heart and a renewed mind. We see two masters in this passage, the Spirit and the flesh. We also see that these two masters produce vastly different results in the lives of those who follow […]

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Heaven With Us Now - Delvin Yoder

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This morning we are going to talk about heaven. We want to go there, but we also have heaven here with us now. As we get a little older and feel more aches and pains, as people go on before us we often think about heaven and how wonderful going home will be. The world […]

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Nine Duties You Have to Your Local Church - Galen Yoder

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What does the New Testament teach about our obligation to the local brotherhood? We are going to look at nine different obligations this morning. They are directed to the body as a whole, not a particular individual. The goal of this message is to remind us of our obligations to each other and to the […]

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Giant Eating Grasshoppers - Milo Zehr

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Numbers 13 and 14 – This is the story of Israel in the wilderness. The story of the spying out of the land of Canaan by the 12 spies. It is the negative report of the 10 spies and the good report of the 2 spies. The spies went and they returned after 40 days […]

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What Would Jesus Do? - Jeff Yoder

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Jesus always had a connection with people. He always saw their needs and impacted them in some way. How can we be like Jesus? Jesus’ actions came from who he was. He wasn’t trying to “act” a certain way, he wasn’t trying to impress people. Who we are results in actions, either doing the right […]

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Resting - John Waldron

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Rest is stopping work in order to regain strength and to be refreshed. Our human tendency is to wait to rest until our bodies force us to rest. Galatians 6:9 – Paul wasn’t dump, he knew that people get tired, he got tired to. Rest when you need to but continue doing good even when […]

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Christ in You, The Hope of Glory - Leon Yoder

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Colossians 1, Colossians 3 We are praying in this song (Break Though the Bread of Life) that God would speak to us beyond just the words on the page. The Word is Spirit and life, Christ is life. Colosse was a small town. It had once been a pretty large town, but by this time […]

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God the Keeper of Doors - Rich Bowman

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Doors that God Opened At times we may wonder if things have gotten out of God’s control. Does He know what I am going through? Is He involved? The goal of this message is to make sure we realize that God is in control. If there are doors in our lives that should be opened, […]

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Life Lessons from the Rich Young Ruler - Galen Yoder

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The world has a way of continually sneaking up on us, so it is always good to be reminded that we need to “put the world behind us.” Mark 10:17-31 – Five things we can learn about following Jesus from the story of the rich young ruler. Three Questions About This Passage Was the rich […]

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Opportunities in the Kingdom of God - Gabriel Yoder

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Text: Matthew 25:14-30 Parables are simple stories that illustrate spiritual truths. Our job as Christians is to study them to find those truths, while being careful not to over-interpret them and make them say things they don’t say. Who is the man traveling? I believe it is Jesus. (John 14:3) The far country? Heaven. Who […]

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People of Faith - Jeff Yoder

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Text: Hebrews 11:1-16 Other References: Hebrews 11:27; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 18:7,8 Characteristics of Faith: 1) Faith is led by something beyond the immediately visible (v.15) Christians are strangers and pilgrims, seeking a city God has prepared for us. Above all the other differences, a foreigner is particularly different from those around him in […]

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Proper Attitudes Towards the Worn and Needy - Milo Zehr

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Luke 18 – How do you think about people who have disabilities, or who aren’t able to do things the way that you do? Exodus 22 and 23, Leviticus 25, Deuteronomy 12 and 24 – What do you think God thinks about abortion and the things that are being said by people today about children? […]

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Child Training #2 - Freeman Miller

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A second evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training. Here is a link to the first.

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Motivated by Love - John Waldron

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Jeremiah 17:9 – We are good at hiding our motives— even from ourselves. Isaiah 64:6 – It’s easy to look back at ancient Israel and say that about them… But what about us? So often our motives are not good either. Psalms 139:1,2 – God knows our hearts. I would like to first discuss some […]

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The Church, God’s Masterpiece - Michael Yoder

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Text: Ephesians 3 and 4 Are you experiencing all the blessings that God has to offer you in brotherhood? What makes the difference between a mediocre Church and an outstanding Church? It seems disrespectful almost to rate a church like we would food or other products. But what determines the success of a Church? What […]

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Filled with the Glory of the Lord - Leon Yoder

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Numbers 14:21 – But truly as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord. Habakkuk 2:14 – For all the earth will be filled wit the knowledge of the Lord, as the water covers the sea. Genesis 6:11 – It didn’t take long for the beautiful earth that God […]

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Jesus the Unity of Scripture - Eric Oberholzer

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The Old Testament anticipates Christ; The New Testament reveals Him. The Bible has 66 books; Writers were from very different times; and thier was a gap of hundreds of years between the Testaments— And yet it is entirely unified. Key to this is the focus on Christ, in every book. In Genesis, Jesus is present […]

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All - Rich Bowman

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Theme verse: 2 Timothy 3:16 We believe that almighty God decided to write His Word for us to read. He gave us the gift of His Word through men moved by the Holy Spirit. He has given us ALL that we needed. Jesus is central to God’s plan. He told us before He left that […]

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A Pilgrimage Towards the Father - Dan Freed

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“Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness… for they will be filled!” Psalm 84 – This is one of several Psalms written by the sons of Korah. The writer of this Psalm is crying out for God. He is even jealous of the birds that get to be there at all times! Christians […]

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Children Story Time with Wayne Schrock

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Wayne spent the first hour of the service Sunday morning telling stories to the children. This is that session…

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Embracing Your Brother In Christ - Wayne Schrock

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Romans 14:1-23 My prayer is that the things I share from Romans will give you a hunger to search for the deep things of God. The principles Paul gives are timeless and firmly anchored in divine revelation. Beginning in verse one, Paul exhorts us to accept the one who is weak in the faith. We […]

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Relating to Those Without - Wayne Schrock

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Text: Romans 13:1-14 Last night we talked about our relationship with the body of Christ, but tonight our focus is on our relationship with those without. These include our non-Christian friends and neighbors and the government. Beginning in verse 14 of Romans 12 Paul begins to focus beyond the sphere of the Church. It seems […]

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Finding Your Place in the Body - Wayne Schrock

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The Body of Christ is mentioned a number of times here in the first part of chapter 12. To begin with Paul covers the relationship of the church to the World. Then he talks about the individual Christian finding his place in the Body of Christ. It is obvious from the title of the sermon […]

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A Call to Total Consecration - Wayne Schrock

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Romans 11:33-36, Romans 12:2, Psalm 4:1, Titus 3:5, Ephesians 5:25 The unsearchable riches of God should not be left unexplored; Part of man’s uniqueness is being created in the image of God. This allows us to think and contemplate the “depths of the riches of God.” “Inexhaustible fullness” of God’s wisdom. 3 Questions – Romans […]

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An Overview of Romans 9-11 - Wayne Schrock

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Romans 9 Israels rejection of Christ and the Gospel raised profound questions, wherever Paul went across the Roman Empire. Since we don’t have Jewish roots we probably will have a bit of a hard time understanding the depth of some of these questions. At first glance Romans 9 contains some theological concepts that we have […]

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What Does it Mean to Belong to God? - Milo Zehr

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John 17:1-26 – This is Christ’s prayer immediately before his trial and death. Hopefully we can be drawn into God’s intentions for and toward us as we look at this this morning. There are many thoughts in these verses. Verses 1-5 Christ says “Glorify your Son” – this speaks of the relationship that the Father […]

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The Holy Spirit - Our Comforter - Delvin Yoder

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The Spirit that is big enough to hover over the whole world at the creation is also small enough to nestle in each one of us. Most of what I have to say about the Spirit could also be the other members of the Trinity. But we should remember that the Trinity is made up […]

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Faith, Prayer, Vision - Jeff Yoder

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Matthew 20:29-34 – Jesus and His 12 disciples were traveling, along with them was a multitude following Jesus and being interested in what he was doing. This is just before the triumphal entry and towards the end of Jesus ministry. The characters of this story are two blind men. Jesus mentions that he was sent […]

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Our Attitudes - Raun Schrock

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How we feel is not determined by our circumstances, but by what we focus on. Internal attitudes are more important that external circumstances. This means that we tend to see what we’re looking for. Including in other people. I think there are two kinds of people— complainers and worshippers. They may have the same circumstances, […]

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Who are You? - Raun Schrock

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Ephesians 6:10-13 Often we express our identity by what we “stand”. If we don’t know our identity, the easier a target we are for Satan. If we know our Christian identity we have freedom to live it. HOW SATAN STEALS OUR IDENTITY 1) He gets us caught up in the routine of life Satan wants […]

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Authenticity - Raun Schrock

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I want to talk about being authentic Christinas. Sometimes we get caught up in the pretense of being real. How real are you? Joshua 24:9-15 I think because of our background we learn really well how to pretend. I’m afraid that sometimes we as young people grow up faking it. That’s not an authentic life. […]

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Humility - Raun Schrock

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A very very long time ago I went to Maranatha Bible School. In the second term, the choir director asked me to have a speaking part during a song. About two days before the program, we had a little get together, with some singing. We sang the song, and I’m wondering should I do my […]

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Our Appetites - Raun Schrock

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All of us have some growing to do… My theme this weekend is Purpose. The subjects I’m going to talk about are Appetite, Identity and attitude. I want to talk about your spiritual appetites first. I want to tell you a story. There once was a young man who walked on the farm with his […]

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The Fullness of Christ - Milo Zehr

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Text: Colossians 1:15-23 Other Scriptures: Philippians 2:6, John 10: 30, 38, John 12:44-45, John 14:6-11, John 1:18 Who is Jesus? The person of Christ… His humanity and divinity, His relationship to the Father, His relationship to creation, and His relation to us. There are a lot of bad things in life; there are bad things […]

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The Holy Spirit in the Old Testament - Delvin Yoder

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Scriptures: Romans 8:9; Genesis 1, 2; I Samuel 10; II Samuel 23; Ezekiel 2:36-?; Isaiah 11, 42, 61; A genuine Christian has the Spirit indwelling Him. And He does this for all believers around the whole world at once! I’m afraid we are prone to take the Spirit for granted. At creation, the Godhead worked […]

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Listening in on Jesus Prayer - Dan Freed

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Text: John 17:1-5 Other references: Romans 8:26; John 12:23-29; Romans 11:33-36; Hebrews 7:25 No one understands us like Jesus. When we join Him in prayer we can experience love and acceptance. We can never wrap our minds around the depth of His love. Jesus is still praying for us. he invites us to pray with […]

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All Scripture is Given by God - Galen Yoder

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Text: 2 Timothy 2:16,17 I would like to present some evidence for the truthfulness of Scripture. I will mostly focus on archaeology and fulfilled prophecy. Science provides evidence for the creation. The world is filled with highly developed organisms. There is the scientific thoughts in Scripture that were far ahead of their time. Archaeology… If […]

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Faith, Hope, and Love - Milo Zehr

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Text: Colossians 1:1-14 Other References: I john 3:12 This letter was written after Paul had a visitor from Colossae. Paul was dealing with some heresy present in the Colossian church. Two heresies addresses: 1) a belief that a Christian must follow the Old Testament ceremonial law, and 2) that salvation is primarily a matter of […]

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His Eye is on the Sparrow - Steve Yoder

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Have You Ever Been Afraid? Matthew 10 – Fear is something that all of us have experienced. The disciples here were probably experiencing some fear as well! If we are true disciples of Jesus we will also be asked to face some times and situations in our lives that will cause us some fear. Jesus […]

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A Workshop on Meekness - Leon Yoder

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Meekness is closely related to humility. They cannot really be separated, but they are not the same thing. Humility is how we see ourselves compared to other people, pride would be the opposite of what humility is. Meekness is a response to others, to circumstances, and to God. There must be humility along with meekness, […]

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Child Training - Freeman Miller

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An evening talk from our neighbor to the north. Freeman Miller talking about child training.

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Jesus Our Perfection - Gabriel Yoder

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Text: Matthew 19:16-22 Other references: Romans 3:19,20; Romans 3:21-24, 26; Romans 8:29; Matthew 10:25 Each of us must be perfected to enter into the presence of God. Every one of us has a time appointed when we will experience Him, in His absolute perfection and holiness. Are we ready? Jesus is the standard by which […]

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Three Wise Men Stand Firm - Galen Yoder

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Hebrews 10:35-39 – Nebuchadnezzar had men picked out from among the captives to serve the kingdom. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were three such young men. Daniel 3 – Nebuchadnezzar built an image. Likely an image of himself. He wanted to see all people bow down and worship this image. These three young men were “caught” […]

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Feeding of the 10,000 and the Millions - Leon Yoder

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Matthew 14:13-21 – One thing that John mentions that Matthew didn’t is that the source of the loaves and fishes was a young boy. This miracle was a powerful statement about who Jesus was. John 14:10-18 – Jesus said that those who believe in him will do the same kinds of things that he did… […]

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Are You Ready for Christmas? - Delvin Yoder

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Texts: Psalms 45:1-8; Philippians 2:7; Hebrews 12:2; Luke 2:28-32 Are you ready for Christmas? Some of the ways that people celebrate Christmas… How does God view Christmas? The incarnation was God’s plan, not ours. Our text gives us Heaven’s perspective. How does the incarnation affect me personally? Christmas is about God mending something that has […]

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A Transformed Life - Ricky Bowman

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Text: Romans 12:1,2; 3-8, 9-21 Other Scriptures: Romans 11:33-36; I Samuel 1; 1 Corinthians 6:19,20; Ephesians 2:12; Hebrews 2:3; Philippians 2; John 12:37; Luke 13:34; Ephesians 5:26; Ephesians 4:11-14; Proverbs 15:17; Matthew 6:12 Four questions: (Verses 1-3) Give our lives as a sacrifice What should we do? Why should we do it? How should we […]

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Loving Jesus - Feeding Others - Dan Freed

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God is on the throne and He is alive in the world through the Holy Spirit! Jesus taught a lot by telling stories, but he also taught by asking questions. Jesus was a master question asker. Even at age 12 this attribute showed up when he asked questions of the elders in the temple. John […]

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Where God Wants us to Be - Galen Yoder

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-28 Where God Wants Us to Be V23-24 – Paul is confident that the Thessalonians will be completely sanctified. This is where God wants to get us as well, complete sanctification and blamelessness. Paul is asking God to continue to change the people in the Thessalonian church. Paul is also asking that God […]

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Mourning What Was Lost and Hoping Again - Leon Yoder

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Text: Luke 22:14-20 Other references: Hebrews 10:1-4, 11, Jeremiah 13, Galatians 4:4, Matthew 27:39-42; Luke 23:36-42, Hebrews 7:25; Hebrews 9:12-14; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10:17, Hebrews 2:14,15, Galatians 2:20; Ephesians 2:1-22, I Timothy 1:15, II Corinthians 9:15, Galatians 6:14 In Eden, Adam and Eve lived in perfect bliss in the presence of God. After the fall, […]

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Build Culture - Some Specifics - Melvin Lehman

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We’re talking about creating culture, not reacting to it. Continuing on from where we stopped in session 3. Values lead to …Passion. Passionate people are the people with impact. Passionate salesmen sell things. You cannot manufacture passion. It must come from core values. First, we must be saved. Then we are to build on that […]

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How to Build Culture - Melvin Lehman

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You cannot preach vision into people. There must be something behind it. Even if vision is present, to actually move it to reality does require some parts and bits and pieces. Behind VISION is VALUES. Culture-driven values Principle-driven values Hero-driven values (“You want to change the values of people? Change their heroes.”) Visions of the […]

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The Importance of Culture - Melvin Lehman

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21st century Christianity became so focused on personal salvation that the details of Christian culture was neglected. Billy Graham understood this himself and tried to emphasize the importance of discipleship. The story of Penicillin… Four words: Pathogen: A real problem… Sterilize or Inoculate (Matthew 13:1-9) What part of this story do we have the most […]

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Create a Culture - Melvin Lehman

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The Kingdom of God and Creating a Culture We need to stop reacting to culture, and start creating one. We come to an understanding of truth in the brotherhood and community. We need to put issues out and address them. Doctrine and Practice Hebrews 5:11-6, I Corinthians 3:9 It matters a great deal how we build […]

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For The Good of Everyone - Galen Yoder

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I Cor. 11:27-29 Before communion we need to examine ourselves. What questions should be included in this examination? Are we at peace with 1) God and 2) our fellow man? Matthew 5:23,24 Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:15 Have I been seeking the good of each other? Or have we been repaying evil for evil. What are […]

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Lessons on Prayer - John Waldron

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Prayer is not a gift that we are born with. Rather it is a habit that is developed and learned. Prayer is a way to humble ourselves before God, and demonstrate our faith in Him. Mistakes in prayer: Not praying at all or using empty words without meaning Not praying according to God’s Law Not […]

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Relationships Within the Church - Galen Yoder

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1 Thessalonians 5 – Paul talks about some pretty important things starting at verse 12. How the ordained relate to the non ordained. How the church deals with needs and weaknesses within the church. These areas are important indicators of the health of our congregational life. The non ordained need to respect and esteem the […]

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Dig a Ditch - Eric Oberholzer

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This morning we’ll be looking at and thinking about what God’s power looks like in our lives. A few introductory passages – Numbers 21:1-9, John 3:1-21 Look to Jesus and live. God’s power in our lives is meant to extend beyond just salvation. Steps in faith and obedience. 1 Kings 19 – Elisha answered the […]

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The Power of God in the Lives of His People - Rich Bowman

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Creation: The story of creation is an astounding demonstration of the power of God. It does matter what we believe about origins. If we doubt the account of creation in Scripture we cast a shadow of doubt on the rest. Colossians 1:16 – God demonstrates His power by interrupting the natural order. Care for His […]

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Two Choices - Gabriel Yoder

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I Samuel 1:1-18 – It seems that Hannah’s defining characteristic was her inability to bear children. Surely this was a great grief for her. Elkanah loved her, and gave her a double portion. He saw that she was hurting. Yet he seemed to be insensitive, asking her if he was not better to her than […]

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The Importance of Relationships - Jeff Yoder

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Matthew 22:35-40 – Jesus was focusing on relationships here. He is saying that there are two types of relationships that are vitally important. Our relationship with God and our relationship with other people. What are relationships? – Two beings interacting. Contact. Communication. There are many levels of relationships as well. Any person that we have […]

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The Patience Test - Leon Yoder

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James 5:11 – James refers here to Job as being a “patient man.” When we think of Jobs patience and our own patience, where do we feel like we stack up? Have you heard of the patience of {insert your name here}? “Exercise patience, kindness and forbearance…” This is part of the marriage vows. These […]

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Anabaptist Distinctives - Part 3 - Milo Zehr

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This is not going to be a normal kind of sermon. They are more historical reflections. We’ve had two sessions already where we contrasted the Catholic, Protestant and Anabaptist views of a number of issues. First I’ll review the areas we talked about to give a few more reflections on each. One’s conclusion about some […]

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God’s Plan for Christ’s Return - Galen Yoder

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What Happens to Christians Who Die Before Christ Returns? 1 Thessalonians 4:13-5:11 – Grief is a lot sharper when we don’t have answers for questions like this. Paul doesn’t tell the church here to stop grieving. He says that they can have hope! God will bring with him those who have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians […]

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Be Prepared - Delvin Yoder

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Life has many twists and turns. We will face many difficult things. How can we be prepared? God has a plan, a reason for what is happening. This morning we will be looking at some of the tools that Daniel used when he faced difficulty. He was there to stay: Daniel 1:21 “And Daniel continued […]

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Peace in Prayer - Leon Yoder

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Text: Philippians 4:6,7 A few weeks ago we looked at Mark 11 and found some lessons about believing prayer. If we pray in faith God will help us. Sometimes when we pray the answers come immediately. But sometimes they don’t… This morning we want to think about peace in unanswered prayer. We need to pray […]

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Anabaptist Distinctives – Part 2 - Milo Zehr

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##Point 4 What does it mean to be saved? Catholic view: receive the sacraments Medieval Pietism/mysticism: Focus on reproduction of Christ’s death and resurrection in the soul rather than at Mass; Focus on yielding the self to God in Gelassenheit Luther’s view: early view was medieval pietism; Later view was imputed righteousness General Protestant view: […]

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The Value of Identity - Brian Yoder

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Having an identity is important. When there is no history there is no identity. When there is no identity there is a tendency towards “redefining” an identity. Deuteronomy – Moses reviews the history of the Children of Israel. He is calling them to remember who they are, and who God. Joshua 24 – Remember your […]

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Anabaptist Distinctives - Part 1 - Milo Zehr

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This evening’s service is kind of “jumping in with both feet” not a lot of background but going straight into things that make the Anabaptist position distinctive. Religions Options in 1525-1535 Roman Catholic & Eastern Orthodox Lutheran: Luther, Melanchthon Reformed Zurich – Zwingli; Leo Jud; Bullinger Geneva – Calvin; Beza Strasburg – Capital; Bucer Scotland […]

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Trusting God Even in Trials - Nathan Good

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Proverbs 11 – Since we cannot go back in time, we need to say, “God, this is where I am, but I’m willing to lay the past down and start from here.” When we give that which isn’t ours to keep, God will bless. Ecclesiastes 11, Genesis 22 – “The Lord will provide.” Abraham had […]

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Guidelines for Edifying and Encouraging - Nathan Good

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Are we open to listening to the Holy Spirit this morning? Are we willing to be tapped on the shoulder and then to obey? This is vitally important whenever we sit under the preaching of the word. To edify means: to build up, to make some progress towards a goal. Have we been growing? Are […]

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Lessons on Prayer - Leon Yoder

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What “Mountains” do we face? God offers His wisdom and power through prayer. He will only give us good things, and will change us as take our needs to Him. Is it possible that we have not, because we ask not? We can be confident in the working of God. Text: Mark 11:12 – 14, […]

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The Urgency of Holiness - Galen Yoder

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God cares a great deal about holiness— if we want to please Him we must be holy. We need to remember that holiness is a process. Paul expects the Thessalonians to do better— he has hope for them. God is merciful. But it is not an excuse to not strive, as God can help us […]

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Sin and It’s Conquerer - Leon Yoder

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Jeremiah 17:7-10 – The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked. Who can know it? The human heart is in a desperate and helpless condition. This heart hides from itself. It’s owner sometimes doesn’t even know his own heart, and can believe that he is doing better than he really is. The Lord […]

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The Sweat and Joy of Discipleship - Galen Yoder

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I Thessalonians 2:13-20; 3:1-11 We continue our study through the book of First Thessalonians. Today’s passage focuses on the perseverance of this church and Paul’s love for them— his “hope”, “joy”, and “crown” (v.19). Paul cared about discipling the Churches that he started. He was aware of the needs they had, and did what it […]

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A Father's Footprints - Rich Bowman

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Malachi 4:6 God’s desire is that our hearts would be turned to Him as our Heavenly Father, and our human fathers. If there is going to be a heart change, Jesus is the only one who can do that. The presence of the father in the home and the lives of their children is of […]

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The Lord Speaks to Gideon - Dan Freed

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We’ll be looking at Judges 6 this morning. The people of God were hiding, they were hopeless against the Midianites who were oppressing them. God had a message for Gideon and he shares it with him. It is a message of God’s presence. God’s Presence Gideon really needed some assurance that God was present with […]

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Past, Present and Future Tenses - Leon Yoder

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Paul writes to Timothy and says, that he serves God with a “pure conscience.” Paul probably wasn’t perfect all the time, but he knew how he needed to live and he lived that way. Three basic verb tenses. Past. Present. Future. There are more, but we’ll keep it fairly simple here. Past tense: Jack jumped […]

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What Does an Excellent Servant of Jesus Look Like? - Galen Yoder

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I Thessalonians 2:1-12 Paul reminds the believers at Thessalonica of his conduct among them. His coming had not been in vain— because they were bold in the gospel through God’s power. Paul had been tested by God, and had been “approved”. He did not flaunt his authority among them or ask them for material support. […]

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What it Means to Worship - Sam Troyer

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Text: John 12:1-8 | Other references: Romans 12:1,6-8; Hebrews 13:15; Revelation 3:20 Worship is our response to the love and goodness of God. Everything good comes from Him. We honor Him with extravagant love and extreme submission. True worship is mindful and comes from a heart of love and gratefulness. Using Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, […]

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Jesus Has Compassion on Mothers and Mothers Have Compassion on Others - Rich Bowman

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Its hard to know what to say about mothers. Here are some quotes about mothers. The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother. All I am. I owe to my mother. A school teacher said, tell mothers to train their children so that I don’t have to do […]

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The Law of Life In Christ Jesus - Wayne Schrock

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Free From the Law of Sin and Death Romans 7, it is built around three rhetorical questions. Know ye not that the law has dominion over man as long as he lives? Is the law sin? Was that which is good made death unto me? We are freed by the dominion of sin by Gods […]

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Shall We Continue In Sin? - Wayne Schrock

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Romans 6:1-23 Jesus offering himself on the cross was something that he did for us. His suffering, death and shedding of blood was effective in allowing us to have a changed relationship with God. As justified and sanctified believes we can stand in the hope that comes from God. We no longer have to come […]

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Justification By Faith Affirmed - Wayne Schrock

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In tonight’s session we explore Paul’s teaching on justification. Already in the Old Testament justification was based on faith. Justification is our being brought into a right relationship with God– it changes everything. We are actually made holy before God. The Doctrine of Justification The doctrine of justification by faith in the old testament The […]

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God Has Set Forth a Propitiation - Wayne Schrock

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Romans 3:21-31 The things that we’ve been looking at this week are nothing new, but they are fundamental to our understanding of faith and salvation. There is no appeal, no plea bargain, no defense to be made in reality. The only right response is to see how “vile” we are, as Job did in the […]

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All Are Under Sin - Wayne Schrock

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While our judgement is often untrustworthy, God’s judgement is always reliable. “To believe in the fact of divine judgement points to the intrinsic value of human existence. For if God regards what we do important enough to judge, He must regard us important enough to matter.” (Stuart Briscoe) Paul also examines the presumptuous piety of […]

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The Sinfulness & Ungodliness of Man - Wayne Schrock

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Text – Romans 1:18-32 In the opening chapters of Romans, Paul brings all men into the courtroom of Heaven, and he indites them all as sinners before a holy God. He explores how sin corrupts the experience of man; Sin and disobedience are a slippery slope that leads to a degenerate life. Properly understanding sin […]

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The Power of the Gospel - Wayne Schrock

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The spiritual truths found in this scripture (and many scriptures!) are incredibly deep. No matter the amount of times that we look at these scriptures we will usually find something new here. Romans 1:1-17 – This seems to basically a prologue to the book of Romans. It is an overview of what the author is […]

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Not Only in Word, but with Power - Galen Yoder

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Texts: I Thessalonians 1; Also Acts 17:1-10, James 1:23,24 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (Romans 1:16) The gospel– the power of God– is vital, not only at […]

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Worship in Lament - Milo Zehr

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Referenced texts: Psalm 130, 6, 22, 38; Lamentations 1, 2, 3; Habakkuk; Job 3, 6, etc.; Isaiah 53, 57, 58; Matthew 4:23, 8:14-17 Summary: Many people experience times of darkness and despair- a ‘midnight of the soul’. This is a consequence of living in a world broken and thrown into chaos by the tyranny of […]

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From Defeat to Victory - Leon Yoder

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Throughout history, God’s people have found themselves in bleak circumstances and despair… and yet God provided great deliverance for them. We know that God wins. God is able to work through weakness and seemingly impossible situations to bring glory to Himself. Some examples from Scripture: Joseph Moses The People of Israel/Ai Paul Jesus Christ Christians […]

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What Are You Doing Here Elijah? - Dan Freed

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Romans 15:4 and 1 Kings 19:1-18 We have faith in a living, risen Christ! This gives us a hope for the future as well as today and this week. Elijah on the run ‎Elijah under the tree ‎Elijah in the cave What are you doing here? God has a purpose for each of us! Elijah […]

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A Resurrected Life - Galen Yoder

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Four qualities of the resurrected life: Purpose – 2 Cor. 5:14-17; Eph. 2:10 Hope – 1 Peter 1:3-5 Joy – John 20:19-20 Power – Eph. 1:15-20; Romans 6:4, 5

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Real Faith - Jerrill Schrock

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Text: Hebrews 11 There are many things we can put our faith in Our faith is not in God, not ourselves Five Essential Elements of our Faith Solid Foundations – 1 Peter 2:4-7, Luke 6:48, Psalm 71:3 – We find this in God, in His word, and in prayer A Sure Hope in the Father […]

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The Day of Reckoning - Brian Yoder

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This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning Texts: Revelation 22:12 and Luke 19:12 – 27; Other references: Matthew 10:32, Romans 8:17, Luke 12:42 – 46 Our […]

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My Father’s Business - Brian Yoder

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This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning Texts: Luke 2; Ephesians 1:4,12,23,24; II Corinthians 9:12; Numbers 14:21; Habakkuk 2:14 Ephesians 4:15,16 Who are we and what […]

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Whats In Your Vessel - Brian Yoder

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This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning It matters what’s in our vessels. Serving God is a Spiritual exercise. What was the dif between Cane and […]

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A Vessel Prepared - Brian Yoder

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This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning John 12:26 God’s goal is to change us to his image. Life is not meant to entertain. It is […]

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Called To Serve The King - Brian Yoder

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This message is part of the 2018 Youth Rally. Here are links to each of the sermons. Called To Serve The King A Vessel Prepared Whats In Your Vessel My Father’s Business The Day of Reckoning John 12:26 We can choose who we will follow and serve. The biggest obstruction between me and God is […]

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Life Giving Blood - Jerrill Schrock

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This morning we are talking about Easter. Moses was called upon to go into Egypt and take the Israelites out. Then there were then plagues. The last and most important one was the last where God killed all of the firstborns Luke 22:7 the Communion, life giving blood from Jesus They were ready for the […]

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Ye Must Be Born Again - Sam Troyer

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John 3:1-16 What does it mean to be born again? We all know what it means to be born? At least we know the basics… the key word in our text this morning is the word right after born – “again.” This birth comes by the power of God. We can’t be born by our […]

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My Life is a Letter - Leon Yoder

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In the Old Testament we read about the Children of Israel being led out of Egypt by Moses. It was a great crowd of people. After much time they arrived at Mount Sinai. Text: Exodus 31 and 32 It is one thing write the law of God on stone, to preserve it, to hold it, […]

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Greatness in the Kingdom - Galen Yoder

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Text: Matthew 20:20-25 4 Lessons: Those that suffer greatly for Christ will be rewarded greatly Committed followers of Christ eventually grow up Pursuing “greatness” leads to division and hinders the gospel God rewards lowly service 4 Ways We Might Quietly Seek “Greatness”: Being stingy with our praise for piers Focusing on Flaws Keeping quiet about […]

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Blameless, Righteous, Truthful - Jerrill Schrock

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Psalm 15 and 1 Samuel 4 – Israel was defeated before the Philistines. Why did this happen? They recognized it was from the Lord. Then they decided to take the ark out to the battle. We serve God, God doesn’t serve us The Philistines had to deal with God God demonstrated that He is greater […]

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Is God my Friend? - Leon Yoder

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Genesis 1:1-2 – There was perfect fellowship between God and man. Then came the fall. We know the story, it is a tragic story. From a clear understanding of the greatness and goodness of God to a sinful choice… a choice that brought a number of circumstances with it. What happened in the Garden? What […]

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Praise in Trial - Jerrill Schrock

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Acts 16:6 – This is a message about a great God among ordinary people. We as Christians have a constant “Macedonian call.” Often what we dream and what reality ends up being are very different. We plan our lives one way and then the unplanned comes along and changes things. This lady named Lydia was […]

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Root Out the Thorns in Your Life - Leon Yoder

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Luke 8:1-15 – Mark 4 What is God’s purpose for every seed that is sowed? That it would grow and be fruitful! Some of the seed did this, while some of the seed did not produce seed. Be carful how you listen. Pay close attention. Other places Jesus talks about loosing what we have. In […]

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Pray For Each Other - Galen Yoder

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1 John 5:1-21 – There are a few questions in this passage that we will try to wrestle with a little this morning. What are the water and the blood? How do they testify? Why are verses 7 and 8 so different in different versions? What is a sin that leads to death? Is the […]

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Immanuel - God With Us - Sam Troyer

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Isaiah prophesied about Jesus coming to the Earth many years before he was actually born. God did not leave us alone. He created man in a beautiful situation, but man messed it up right away. Ever since there was a separation between man and God. What we want to focus on this morning is that […]

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An Unfaltering Focus - Jerrill Schrock

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Just as there were Herod’s and Pharisees and scoffers and doubters in the days of Jesus and following… so we too have many things fighting for our attention today. We need an unfaltering focus on our Savior. Nehemiah 6 – The walls are up, the gates are about ready to go in and there seems […]

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The Great Birth Announcement - Dan Freed

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Luke 2 – When any of us where born there were people who were excited! Our lives, as insignificant as they might be can become significant. This is the greatest birth announcement ever known. The Great Announcement Revealed What are some of the great things about this announcement? Great light Great fear Great announcement Great […]

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Receiving the Gift of Christmas Peace - Galen Yoder

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John 14, Romans 5 – these are the main two passages behind this message. Jesus is telling his disciples not to be troubled, that they need to “Believe in me instead.” If they believe in him Jesus promises them peace. What kind of peace is this? This is not the world’s versions of peace. It […]

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Mustard Seed Conversions - Jerrill Schrock

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John 3 – Nicodemus had a lot of questions, questions that we would likely have had in the same situation. Romans 12 – We come to Christ as a “living” sacrifice. What am I doing to convert the blessings that are in my life into fruit for the Kingdom? How can I be a partaker […]

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A Cup for Salvation - Leon Yoder

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Matthew 27, 1 Corinthians 10:16 – A cup for our salvation, for the saving of our souls. Scripture speaks of a number of other cups that we are far more deserving of. Think about the great things that Jesus has done for us. Great mercy. Great forgiveness. We can begin to take for granted the […]

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What is That in Your Hand? - Sam Troyer

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Evaluating the influence of digital technology in our hearts and lives. Is this an area with some shadiness in our lives? Are we living under the influence of our digital technology?

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The Cancer of Complacency - Josh Good

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Breaking the bread of life is a sobering responsibility. Let us pray that we can hear the call this evening to pursue a life of godliness and holiness. Jesus is soon returning for His bride, His church. The Church is made of people just like me and people just like you. If the Church is […]

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The Deceitfulness of Disobedience - Part 2 - Josh Good

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Ephesians 4:11-16 – This is the prayer that we need to have for ourselves. This is a beautiful picture. Christ is the head of the church. There are those put in different places within the body of Christ to further grow and nurture the group of believers. This is how an army of disciples of […]

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The Deceitfulness of Disobedience - Part 1 - Josh Good

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Peace is a beautiful thing that cannot be bought with money. Peace also doesn’t come in the same package as the Devils schemes. When we follow the truth of God’s word, God grants us a peace that is hard to explain. Hebrews 3:12-14 – Deception is one of the most worn tools in Satan’s toolbox. […]

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The Poverty of Prosperity - Josh Good

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1 Corinthians – We have so much at our disposal spiritually but too often we choose poverty as it relates to spiritual prosperity. The Bible has very little positive to say about wealth. Most of scripture speaks of the power of wealth to cause us to forget God and trust in ourselves. What are the […]

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What Trophy Are You Chasing? - Steve Yoder

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1 Corinthians 3 – What is my purpose in life? What should be my priorities? In my business am I doing what God has placed me to do? The world may forget what we do while we are here. God will never forget what we’ve done while here on earth in the cause of the […]

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Model Forgiveness - Leon Yoder

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Luke 6:35-38 – When Jesus was teaching the Lord’s prayer to his disciples, immediately after he taught them about forgiveness. Forgive and be forgiven Jesus taught. This is a sobering truth. Why does God consider forgiveness so important? Why is he so concerned that his children should forgive and be forgiven? Our father which art […]

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Faith - The Source of Victory - Galen Yoder

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1 John 5 God’s commandments are not burdensome. Christians are over-comers. Our source of victory is our faith.

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Jesus - The Master Carpenter - Rich Bowman

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As we go through life we tend to use examples from our daily lives to explain thoughts/concepts that we have to someone else. David often used sheep/shepherds to talk about his relationship with God. Paul used a soldiers armor to talk about spiritual warfare. He also used the human body to talk about the body […]

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God's Inexhaustible Grace - Jerrill Schrock

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Nehemiah 5:1-19 In the first verse we see that “There was a great cry!” There was an outcry. Nehemiah’s response was very direct, he set up an assembly. He appeals to the nobles to restore and repair. Help bring them back up, they are your people and your brothers. Usary. Justice. Compassion/Mercy Let’s Talk About […]

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Koinonia In the Church - Galen Yoder

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1 John 1 – Koinonia is a greek word used to talk about the church and the relationships within churches. How much does this matter to me? How much am I willing to invest into a Koinonia? Fellowship with the Saints 2 Corinthians 6:14 – If you’re not walking in the light you cannot have […]

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God is Working - Sam Troyer

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Continuing on in a series about the doctrine of God. John 9 – We’ve looked at God’s attributes and His character, but what about his work? God’s work defines Him we get a better idea of who God is when we look at the things that God does. God’s Plan for Us Ephesians 1:3-14 – […]

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What Are You Full Of? - Leon Yoder

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John 7, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17 – Jesus speaks of those who believe in him and how, out of them will flow rivers of living water. A living testimony flowing outward. This morning we’ll look at some practical examples of how this living water can and should flow out of us. Demands for what we own. […]

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Beguiled and Cursed - Jerrill Schrock

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Genesis 1 – 3 This is a review for us. First of all about who we are as a people in God’s sight because of what happened in the garden shortly after creation and then how we can be restored to a good relationship with our God. Man was made in God’s image. Male and […]

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That Kind of Love - Galen Yoder

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1 John 4 – God could not have done a better job of proving that he loved us. He sent his son so that we might live through him. This is an ongoing relationship that produces life in us. The poorest person on earth who has Christ is far better off than the richest person […]

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What Mean Ye By These Stones? - Steve Yoder

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Sermon text Joshua 3, 4 More important than what your last name is, is whether or not your name is in the book of life. The title of this sermon is a question that was meant to be asked by the generations following the ones that are written about in our text. What did they […]

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God is All-Wise - Sam Troyer

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Experience and wisdom, what we can get from years and years of doing something, is what can make the difference between success and failure. Would you rather have a pilot who has been flying for 2 years or 20 years in the case of an engine failure? It isn’t always easy to comprehend God’s nature. […]

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Committed To Building Spiritually - Jerrill Schrock

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Nehemiah 3 and 4 – If you’ve ever done clean up work, you know that it isn’t the most fun kind of work. It is dirty. There is sweat. In chapter 4 we see more of the “how” of the rebuilding of the wall. Some questions we can ask here. Can evil be stopped? Can […]

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What Kind of Steward are You? - Rich Bowman

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Would you say that you are a steward? 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – we are all stewards. Stewards of everything. When we think of a steward the main thing that we are concerned with is whether or not they are a trustworthy and faithful steward. Genesis 15 – Abraham had a serious situation. He needed to […]

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Five Attributes of Spiritual Cynics - Galen Yoder

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Several weeks ago we talked about the seven attributes of effective seekers. We all face disappointments. Maybe we are failing, or maybe we don’t find God doing the things that we wanted him to. Malachi was a contemporary of Nehemiah. Malachi is a good book for studying the topic of cynicism. 5 Marks of Spiritual […]

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The Man With a Godly Plan - Jerrill Schrock

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Once again I don’t have notes from this service. I apologize for that… but the text is taken from Nehemiah 2.

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Leadership, Laity and Roles in Church Decision Making - Leon Yoder

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Ministers Ministers are called by God. Ministers are charged when they are ordained. Ministers are human. They need God’s grace, just like everyone else. Ministers are brothers. Although they have a different role in the church, they are not to be regarded as “lords” with a different status. – Colossians 1, Hebrews. Let all of […]

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Seven Attributes of Effective Seekers

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2 Chronicles 11 – Those who had set their hearts to follow the God of Israel followed the levites as they left. What does it mean to set your heart to seek God? King Asa and Jehoshaphat 2 Chronicles 14 – Asa did what was right and took away foreign alters. He called the people […]

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Joab - Winner, Loser - Galen Yoder

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There are no notes available for this sermon. Some of the scriptures used are 2 Samuel 2, 1 Chronicles 21, 1 Kings 2.

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Maintaining and Gaining Altitude - Leon Yoder

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Ephesians 1:19 – A christian has a connection to God’s power. It isn’t just important for an airplane to take off, but it also needs to have sufficient power to climb and fly. For the Christian, we need the power of the Spirit to lift and rise against the pull of the world around us. […]

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The Heritage of a Father - Jerrill Schrock

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Psalm 127 and 128 – Psalms of Ascents. Fathers, in everything we are dependent, fully dependent on the grace of God. Except the Lord build the house, they labor in vain that build the house. We do our part, but the increase is God’s. It is so easy to be pulled in to the trap […]

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No Compromise - Galen Yoder

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Psalm 127:1-5 – If God isn’t with you in the things that you do, they will turn out to be a waste of time and energy. 1 Kings 11:28-43 – The story of Jeroboam. He had a lot going for him, but he got scared. Jeroboam received a great promise from God. If you walk […]

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Faith Is - Milo Zehr

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Hebrews 11 – Faith, “the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is one of, if not the, most important things we need for pleasing God. What does it mean to “believe that God is?” How does faith make it possible to please God? What does it take to […]

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Lessons in Building from Nehemiah - Jerrill Schrock

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Romans 12:1-8 – A living sacrifice. Not to think highly, but to think soberly. Nehemiah 1:1-11 – Nehemiah felt and accepted the responsibility for his people and responded with prayer and fasting. In his prayers Nehemiah went back to the promises of God. The more one grows in grace, the meaner he is in his […]

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Who God Is

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Is God a big part of your life? What is he to you? Deuteronomy 6:1-15 Can I Know God? Isaiah 55 – God is incomprehensible, this is one of his characteristics and attributes. We are finite, this limits in our ability to understand and infinite God. Psalm 50 – God has chosen to reveal himself. […]

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Since We Have…

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Hebrews 10:19-25 – The blood is the basis for the new covenant. Jesus told his disciples that his blood was the new covenant. Less than a day after Jesus told his disciples this, Jesus blood was poured out and he died. We have confidence this morning since we have the blood of Jesus. We also […]

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Christian Victory

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We have an enemy whose purpose is to steal, kill and destroy. He is an enemy with limitations and boundaries that he isn’t able to cross. Our enemy knows our weak points and he tries to capitalize on those. Paul tells us that we can’t give any ground to Satan, when we do we give […]

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Put Your House in Order – Cameron Funeral

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This death has rocked us to the core. Young person, old person, all of us in between. If you’re gambling with the decision of whether to accept Christ as your Savior, you’re making a huge mistake. John 11 – Lazerus died and his sisters said, “Lord if you had been here our brother wouldn’t have […]

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Jesus Took Time for Two of “The Rest”

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Luke 24:13-49 – They were just two of “the rest” of the disciples. They were going home. They had had a couple of really bad days, and they were walking home. Disciples of the Lord, pouring out their hearts to each other. This is the picture that we get here of these two disciples. They […]

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What Makes God Accessible?

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God is accessible, we can reach out to him and experience what he offers us through Christ. Salvation and a holy life that is useful in the kingdom. Acts 17:22-34 – Paul is in Athens, waiting for Silas and Timothy. He had just been pushed out of Thessalonica and Berea and ended up in Athens. […]

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Irvan Swarey Funeral Message

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John 11 – When Lazarus died Jesus came to the community. He cared. He cried. The Jews noticed… they said, “see how he loved Lazarus!” God gives comfort and healing over time, but life will never be quite the same. What has happened cannot be avoided or ignored, it is previous… We must hold to […]

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We Wrestle Against Spiritual Powers of Darkness

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Ephesians 6:10-18 God has called us to wrestle spiritually in such a way that the result will expand the borders of the Kingdom of God. We need to love truth more than we love ourselves. If we don’t love truth we are going to, by default, choose to love ourselves. The first purpose of the […]

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Youth With Influence

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Part 1 God wants to change the world through Christian influence. We can’t hold people at gunpoint, but we may, should and are be influencing others. How does ketchup come out of a bottle? It is through the “squeezing” action. Christian influence is God being able to release the treasure of the Holy Spirit through […]

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Ernest Yoder Funeral Message

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This is the message that was preached at the funeral of Ernest Yoder on the 1st of April 2017. I don’t have any notes from the service, but the speaker is none other than Calvin Yoder who was here for a week of meetings.

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Exposing the Veil of Self

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A couple of the texts used in this sermon. Romans 6: 1-13 Colossians 3:1-13 Matthew 27 Some of the points that are covered Self admiration Self indulgence Self defense Self righteousness Self preservation

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A Burden for the Local Church

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What is the super glue that will hold a church together? How much wind does it take to blow the house over? God has a purpose for the church – and we are to align ourselves to the purpose of the church. Acts 4:31-35 What are the things that the Holy Spirit birthed when he […]

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The Call of the Kingdom

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We all want to be relevant in our churches. Something more important than being relevant to being relative in the culture – it’s being relevant in the Kingdom of God. And when we are relevant in the Kingdom of God we are relevant in the culture. If we are going to be Christians of influence, […]

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Life Which is in Christ Jesus

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John 7:37-38 – Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink. 38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. 2 Timothy 1:1 – We are not born with a spiritual life that is vibrant, […]

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A Marriage on the Rock

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Ephesians 5, Matthew 7:24-27 In a marriage a man and woman leave their parents and come together as one flesh. If you have a treasure you cherish it. You take care of it. It takes value over all things. This is the way a spouse is supposed to be treated, as a treasure, a cherished […]

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Go Ye Therefore

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We’ve been to the mountain. Now what? Jesus doesn’t just call us to the mountain. He then tells us to go, to go forth and put the things that we’ve learned to good use. Matthew 28 – These last recorded words of Christ in Matthew are ones that we should listen to. Wheel look at […]

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Scaling the Heights

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We need to be prepared if we are going to be climbing mountains. Some things you’ll need as you climb – each of these have spiritual parallels as well. A good set of hiking shoes Plenty of water A map of the area you’ll be visiting Not only will you need to be prepared with […]

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Meeting God on the Mountain – Part 2

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Olivet – God’s Protection 2 Kings 6 – This mountain is not named. This is a story of Elisha. Often we don’t see things as they actually are, instead we tend to see things as they “seem to be.” In this story Elisha and his people were completely surrounded by the enemy. Elisha could see […]

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Meeting God on the Mountain – Part 1

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As you read the scriptures mountains seem to have some sort of significance in numerous places. Jesus spent a fair amount of time with his disciples on mountains. …and he will teach us His ways. — Isaiah Have you asked yourself, “where is God?” God showed himself to other people and he showed up in […]

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Called to the Mountain

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” Why climb mount Everest? Because it is there.” – George Mallory Isaiah 2:3 – There are spiritual mountains to climb. Our desire this weekend is to go to the mountain, meet God and allow Him to teach us and then to walk in His paths. Matthew 28:16-20 – This is the great commission. We […]

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Why Doctrine Matters

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2 Timothy 3:14-17 Doctrine isn’t something that we can just tailor to fit what we like. Doctrine is foundational, it is the basis for our view of scripture and our view of God. Doctrine is a word that means “teaching.” The Bible refers to the teachings or doctrine of men, demons, and God. Doctrine is […]

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Beams, Moats & Judging

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Matthew 7:1-29 God is the one who divides asunder the soul and spirit discerning the very thoughts of everyone. Very often we don’t know all of the details about situations and we need to be careful before we jump to too many conclusions. When we are able to get the whole picture often times it […]

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Confidence, Assurance and Fruit

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1 John 3:11-24 – There are three lessons we want to think about from this passage. Our Fruit Should Be a Reassurance There are times when it is hard to know whether our heart is telling us the truth or not. There are people who feel like they are fine and are not fine with […]

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Wisdom Age and Grace

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It is a great comfort to know that Jesus loves us. Whether we are young or whether we are older folks. Just as children are an important part of our church, so older folks are also a very important part of our churches and families. Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 – Solomon is here describing an older person […]

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Avoiding the Trap of Balaam

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Numbers 24:10-14, Revelation 2, Peter 2:15 We are being affected today. We are witnessing an unprecedented acceptance of God’s word to turn around and negate his message. Genesis 3:1 – The devil brings a question into the mind of Eve, “hath God said?” This isn’t something new that has come into existence recently, this is […]

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Awareness of Spiritual Failure

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1 Corinthians 10:1-13 Most of us know at least some of the story of the Titanic. A huge boat that sank in the early 1900’s. Something in the neighborhood of 1500 people lost their lives. It is easier to learn from others mistakes than our own. It can also save us a lot of heart […]

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He Gave Gifts Unto Men

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Ephesians 4:1-16 Salvation is a gift from God. None of us are worthy in and of ourselves. It is only through Christ that we can live a changed life walking as Jesus would have us to. At Christmas time there is often a pile of gifts, different shapes, different sizes, different things. The church is […]

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Righteous Behavior and Growth

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1 John 2:29-3:10 A few things that we want to look at today. Being God’s Children How do we, as God’s Children, behave? How is this passage useful today? Being God’s Children You cannot find a righteous person who is not a child of God. People born of God live righteous lives. This is the […]

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Serving the Lord with Gladness

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Luke 1:6 – Zechariah and Elizabeth Luke 1:38 – Mary Matthew 1, 2 – Joseph – every time God spoke Joseph obeyed swiftly Luke 2 – Simeon & Anna – servants at heart Luke – Shepherds – Wisemen Sermon Text: Psalm 100 – God wants us to be faithful servants but he also wants us […]

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God is With Us – Emmanuel

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Texts: John 3:16, Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:11, Luke 2, John 1:14 In the joy of Christmas let us not lose sight of the incredible cost of Christ coming to earth, living among the people, and dieing as a sacrifice that allows us to be sons and daughters of the King!

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The Secret of Contentment

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Sermon Text: Philippians 4:1-23 What is contentment? What is the secret of contentment? How can we learn contentment? What is Contentment? Dictionary definition of contentment is – Contentment is the state of happiness and satisfaction. Is the secret of contentment having the right stuff? If we were to believe all of the advertisements we come […]

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The Head Covering – A Sign of Authority

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Sermon Text: 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 Ruth 1:16 – Ruth had married into this family and she was committed to this family in a way that is really incredible. Ruth would not leave her mother in law because of her faith in God and his direction. The head covering is a symbol of obedience to the […]

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The Temptations

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Text: Luke 4:1-13

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A Proper Response to Chastening

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Faith and the Cloud of Witnesses Hebrews 12 – This is a familiar passage. It follows the chapter of faith, a chapter telling us what faith is. The substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things unseen. We see people who believed the promises of God and looked beyond the things of this […]

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Abide in Him

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1 John 2 Those who are trying to deceive you Anti-Christs aim to deceive. It isn’t that they are accidentally spreading false teaching, they teach with the motive of deception. Anti-Christs remind us that we are in the “last era.” The next thing on the horizon is the return of Christ. Anti-Christs are not “of […]

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The Just Shall Live By Faith

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A Close Communion

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A Participation A Proclamation A Remembrance A Feast A Call to Accountability

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Submitting to Authority in My Life

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Matthew 8:5-13 – The attitude of this centurion towards authority is impressive. Jesus was impressed by it, and when we see Jesus being impressed we should sit up and take notice. This centurion was humble. He knew that his bloodline didn’t make him part of “the people of God.” We also see that he had […]

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Sitting at Jesus’ Feet

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Luke 10:38-42, John 5:24 – Are you thrilled to be a Christian today? We have passed from death to life because of Christ. There was an important visitor coming to Martha’s house. The place was buzzing with excitement! Jesus was coming to visit Martha, Mary and Lazarus. John 10:5 – Jesus loved this family very […]

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Abrahams Persevering Faith

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Hebrews 11:8-19 – People of faith experience a lot of things. At times it can seem like God isn’t taking action and that things aren’t really going anywhere. The call this morning is to keep on. To have persevering faith. We can do this because of the promises of a faithful God. Abraham seemed to […]

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The Righteous Tongue

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James 3:1-18, Proverbs 25:11, Colossians 4:6 There are lots of “taste receptors” on our tongues that pick up the intricacies in the flavor of things. The tongue is there for many things having to do with eating. It is also there of course for speech. It would be very difficult to speak and enunciate clearly […]

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What does John Mean to “Not Love the World?”

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Encouragement For Each Maturity Level 1 John 2:12-14 – This is a passage that has puzzled a lot of people over the years. There is some repetition here, but enough differences that you notice them. John is talking about different levels of maturity in faith. Those who are young in the faith – new believers. […]

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Why Should I Love my Brothers and Sisters?

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1 John 2 – This passage is full of indicators or “barometers” of how we are doing spiritually. Those who know God will have this pattern of obedience in their lives. There are lots of people who know a lot about God but who don’t do well at obeying God. This isn’t a “head knowledge” about […]

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Renewed Strength

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Isaiah 40:1-31 Isaiah is addressing this letter to the people of Israel. Before they were even in captivity. He gives strength to the weary, and gives power to the week. He gently leads those who have young. There is no possibility of us as humans holding the moon and stars and heavenly bodies in their […]

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Jesus First Myself Last and Others in Between

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2 Timothy 3:1-4 – A somewhat depressing description of our times. Of mankind, unregenerate. It is important for children to learn to share and get along with others. We expect to see this be a struggle with children, we don’t expect adults to be this way. Unfortunately though, being selfish is something that we as […]

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What Does it Mean to You to be Part of the Family of God?

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Which is the greatest institution of God? The home or the church? The same things that make marriage work, makes the church work. It takes commitment to make a marriage work and to make a church work. Adoption is a wonderful thing, a family reaching out and saying, “we want you to be a part […]

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Hope in God

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Romans 5:1-5 – We see the word “hope” in this passage a number of times. We know that it has a range of meanings. “I hope we have nice weather.” “The hope of the glory of God.” The opposite of hope is a miserable place. It is an awful thing. Despair. Darkness. Gloom. No encouragement. […]

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A Case for Atonement

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1 John 2:2 – He himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not only for ours, but also for those of the whole world! Let’s look at this verse and try to understand it. There are basically two ways to think of this… Jesus provided a potential for forgiveness for everyone. Unlimited Atonement. Jesus […]

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Spiritual Entitlement Denied

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Romans 9 Abraham was called out of the land where he was living. Israel was the apple of God’s eye. She was miraculously led out of Egypt by a pillar of cloud and fire. Christ is over all. As his children we need to know this and let others now about it. John 3:16 – […]

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Growing and Changing

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We are all changing. There is no such thing as “staying the same” or “being static.” The choices we make today, the things we are doing today become habits. Whatever this is it takes as long to change the thing as it did to grow it. People are not math problems. The things that affect […]

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A New Better Covenant

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Hebrews 8:1-13 A covenant is: An agreement between two people or groups that involves a promise on the part of each to the other. (Nelson’s Bible Dictionary) A covenant is however more than just a contract. It is setting up a relationship. There were other covenants in scripture. Why would God set up a covenant […]

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God is Light

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Let me warn you first… the audio for this particular podcast episode is pretty horrible. I apologize… totally my fault. 1 John 1:1-2:2 Although he doesn’t specifically say it, it seems that this letter is written by John. John obviously had no idea how big things would get. He started his career as a lowly […]

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Redeeming the Time

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Ephesians 5:1-21 We are often struck with a thought of “where did the time go?” We all find ourselves in “times” or “seasons” of life. Regardless of where we are in life we are called to live and take advantage of the moments that we find ourselves living in. Often times it is the mundane […]

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Our Victorious Jesus

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Luke 4:1-13 Luke wrote both the book of Luke and the book of Acts to this “Theophilus” guy. In Luke 4 we will be taking a look at Jesus and his temptation in the desert. He was tempted for 40 days! A lot of times we struggle because of past sins. We are tempted partially […]

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The Rest

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Hebrews 3,4, Numbers 13:27 Rest is faith in action, it can happen when we know that we belong to God, that we are his. Joshua and Caleb saw an opportunity for God’s power to take care of the Children of Israel. The other spies saw themselves in front of the giants, just small flesh against […]

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Rich Beyond Measure

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1 Timothy 6 If we take a look at what we have and compare it to many in the world we are very rich. We have worked hard, we’ve (generally) earned what we have. Regardless of what we have or what we’ve accumulated we should not be proud of it. Ultimately all that we have […]

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Because of Their Faith

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Hebrews 11:8-16 – They were seeking something beyond this life here. A better and a heavenly place. As strangers and pilgrims here on earth. Abraham considered his life a pilgrimage. A pilgrim is one who is traveling through a foreign land. Or a devotee traveling to a shrine or a holy place. For us as […]

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Being Serious About Sin

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Mark 9:42-50 – There is a central message here that we need to be sure not to miss. Sin is serious. As we go in to this we need to be sure to remember that we will never be sin free people. We will always be in need of the grace and cleansing of Christ. […]

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The Leader Man

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This is a message directed to fathers. It doesn’t come from a place of having attained perfection as a father, but out of a call to deeper commitment to leading as God calls fathers to lead. Genesis – We see Adam in the garden as a groundskeeper. For Adam there wasn’t a helper found. So […]

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Our Words

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Isaiah 50:4-7, Psalms 19:12-14 God knows our words even before we speak. God will judge our words. We should all be concerned that all our words are acceptable to God. Words come from the heart…the heart is the real person. Words carry messages. Words are like trucks. Some are empty, some carry explosives, some carry treasures. […]

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A Perfect Salvation

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Matthew 5:48 – Jesus told his disciples that they need to be perfect. As we get older it is easier to become more skeptical. More problems come up. More disappointment. Fewer answers. A measure of insecurity can come into our lives as we realize that we often fail. One of the main answers to this […]

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The Love Not the World Side of Loving the Lord with All Our Heart

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Deuteronomy 6:4-5 – It was often easier for the Children of Israel to recognize and fear the Lord than it was for them to remember to love him. Matthew 22:35 – This command of love for God and others will never be demoted. This first commandment is still the first. It supersedes doctrinal differences. It […]

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Adoring Jesus at Communion

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Hebrews 3:1-19 Let us focus in on Christ this morning in a worshipful way. It is often difficult to push away the things of life and this world and really focus on Christ, but our prayer this morning is to do this. Hebrews was written to show the supremacy of Christ. The writer seems to […]

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What Does it Mean to Be Great in God’s Kingdom?

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Mark 9:33-37 – Matthew 18:1-6 Before we look at what Jesus has to say about greatness, lets take a look at this argument the disciples had just had. Jesus had just warned his disciples again that he would die and rise again. The disciples knew that they were going to Jerusalem, and although they didn’t […]

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The Help Meet

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Genesis 2:18-25, 1 Corinthians 11:3, Ephesians 6:4, Titus, 1 Peter – Leaders and help meets are never born with all of the qualifications they need. They are however able to grow. There is no doubt that the mother speaks a lot of influence into the future of a child. Holy Behavior 1 Peter 3:3 – […]

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The Baptisms of Jesus and John

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Luke 3:1-22 John the Baptist was an incredible man. Jesus and others throughout the New Testament spoke highly of him. John lived in the same as some very important people, Caesar, Herod and some others. Yet we are told in the New Testament that John the Baptist “eclipsed them all.” John the Baptist was stern […]

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There is a City of Light

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3 John 4, Isaiah 61:3, Job 7, Romans 8:28, Job – Life is serious and short. You can live a life of pleasure committed to sinful things or you can live a life dedicated to Christ and to the church. When we are born we all have a specific number of days assigned us. For […]

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Church and Family

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Too often we have a vision for how to grow our business but lack having a vision for the future of the church. Comparison is the biggest robber of joy, be content with what God is asking you to do. Once a culture is developed and engrained, it is difficult to change the culture. Church […]

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A Man After God’s Own Heart

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Isaiah 45, Romans 9:20 – Are you satisfied with the way God made you? Surrendering to the will of God is often not easy. There are times when we won’t know why, but it is the only place to be. All of us want to be part of the cool group don’t we? The pharisees […]

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An Encouragement for Mission and Outreach

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Revelation 5:9 – Every tribe, every nation, every kind of people… not just our kind of people! My race, my clan, your race, your clan… all are recipients of God’s grace. We have a tremendous responsibility to share the things that God has done for us, and that he wants to do for those around […]

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Living Consistently in Front of Our Children

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Genesis 22:1-14 – To take a biblical position in your child training when the world has gone far off course is difficult. Yet it is vitally important. Parenting wasn’t for cowards in the olden days, it is still definitely not for the faint of heart. There are a lot of things that are not said […]

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Reading and Living by the Book

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Psalm 1:2, Joshua 1:7-9 – What are we thinking about as we go about our days? Do we constantly reflect on Biblical truth and its principles? Many Christian people are in a rut, there is no or little joy in their Christian journey. Could it be that we are “doing it wrong” and have been […]

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A Call to be Saints

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What is a saint? Are you and I saints? Isaiah 6:1-7 – Even our greatest efforts fall far short of God’s Holy and perfect standard. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 – A summary of God’s will and desire for his people. God expects the same of us today. At times it seems as if those who call themselves […]

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Everyone Needs a Little Hope

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Everyone needs a little hope. Ecclesiastes 5:4 – Vows are to be taken seriously. Don’t promise something that you don’t intend to keep. Genesis 6:9 – Noah was righteous, he was blameless among the people of his time. Noah walked with God. James 1:27 – A picture of pure religion. Colossians 2:20-23 – We can […]

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Faith is the Victory

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Mark 9:14-29, Matthew 12 In whatever struggle we are facing, the key to victory is faith. Satan’s forces are at war with us Satan doesn’t let go easily, this demon in this boy was difficult to cast out. It was constantly trying to torment him, and even kill him. Satan is prowling around, looking for […]

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Advantageous – A Clear Advantage for You

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For a number of reasons the sermon this morning does not have any notes attached to it… We apologize for this, and will try our best to return to doing things in a consistent manner going forward. John 16 – A Clear Advantage for You

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Basic Bible Study

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The scripture is precious to us, or it should be. We should look at scripture differently than we do any other works of literature. The Bible has a consistent message throughout, although there are many authors. The Bible has a larger circulation than any other book and can be found in almost every corner of […]

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Who Owns Your Heart

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Ephesians 6:1-9 – All of these things need to be done with a common central theme. That theme is Jesus, and bringing glory to God. In the New Testament the strict jews would fast twice each week. Jesus spoke against this attitude and this kind of fasting, instead he brought the focus back to God. […]

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The Significance of Easter

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Philippians 2:5-11 – Jesus became obedient, even to death on the cross. At some point in your life you will become aware that the only relationship that really matters is the one that we can have with Jesus. The Easter story is one of love, humility, obedience, scorn, blood, death, spiritual life, and many other […]

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Living Life with Purpose – Session 5

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God is Holy If there was a single word to describe God, this is it. God is holy. Psalms, Isaiah, 1 Peter, Revelation It is only right that we, as the children of God would live in a pure and holy way. If God’s holiness is his main and defining characteristic, it should be evident […]

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Living Life with Purpose – Session 4

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Revelation 3:21 – This verse speaks of a very special time, a day when we can leave behind the struggles that we face in this life and can sit down with Christ on the throne of victory. Purity Matthew 5:8 – Pure in heart, free from iniquity, free from the corruption of the world around […]

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Living Life with Purpose – Session 3

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Honesty Matthew 5:37 – Any time that your yes or no means more than yes or more than no… Jesus says that is unnecessary, indeed it is evil. Ephesians 4:25 – Put away lying. It is an “old man” behavior. Colossians 3, Revelation 21:8 – Honesty is a principle that should govern the life of […]

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Living Life with Purpose – Session 2

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What is a rule? “A rule or belief governing one’s personal behavior.” A rule is external, but a principle is a personal, deep conviction that is core to who you are. Everything that you do will be governed by this principle. A speed limit is a rule, not a principle. Living with purpose has to […]

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Living Life with Purpose – Session 1

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Even if you don’t know why you are here this morning, God knows why you are here. Titus 2:11-14 – John 3 – Numbers – Jesus tells us that we need to be saved, and that we need to be born again. He also refers back to a place in Numbers, where the people of […]

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Lessons from Lent

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What is Lent? Lent is a 40 day period prior to Easter, it begins on Ash Wednesday. Lent usually skips Sundays, although there are some different ways of approaching that.

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The Power of Christ’s Influence

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Think for a minute about the food pyramid that the FDA has created. It gives us divisions or groups to put the food that we eat into. The power of Christ’s Influence in our lives is something that we should look at, it is integral to our very Christian life. The disciples had seen the miracle of loaves and fishes. Their boat had been suddenly transported from one side of the lake to the other.

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To Follow Jesus

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What was Jesus doing here by referring to himself as “the son of man” instead of the “son of God?” Jesus is emphasizing his humanity, and is actually referencing a prophecy in Daniel 7:13. Peter recognized Jesus as being not only the Christ, but also the son of God. Jesus praises Peter for his answer and blesses him. When we recognize Jesus as the son of God, we will be blessed as well. The disciples here are still thinking that Jesus has come to set up an early kingdom. They know that he has God’s power...

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Recognized by Jesus

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Why don’t you “come and see.” This is one of the simplest ways to talk to people about Jesus. We can argue all day about Jesus, but often it is best to simply say, “come and see.” Jesus called 12 disciples. He calls us as well. We are his disciples, we his work must do. Jesus knew Nathanial. He saw him under the fig tree, before Philip called him. Jesus knows everything about everyone. Which would be scary, except that Jesus loves all of us. Do we recognize Jesus? Jesus knows and recognizes us, but can...

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How to Enter the Kingdom

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What are the spiritual “things” that happen, or are happening when a person enters the kingdom? Who is qualified to enter the kingdom? What is the promise of God to Abraham, that all people throughout history would be his children, and they are all qualified to enter (there is some qualification). Jesus words here focus on the necessity of believing that Jesus is the son of God. He is the source of life, he is the one who can deliver us from condemnation and death. It is only those who fear and believe that...

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The Stunted Christian

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Babies are cute. They are sweet. They are helpless. Perhaps God made them that way so that we would take care of them even though at times they are a bit of a chore to take care of. While it is incredibly amazing to watch a child develop and grow. It is very painful for a parent to watch their child grow and realize that they are not growing and developing as they should. Time does not bring maturity automatically in the Christian life. Are you still as you were when you became a Christian...

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When They Knew God

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“When they knew God.” In that chapter there is a progression downward of ungodly people. When they knew God, they didn’t follow him or worship him, they grabbed at their own wisdom instead of God’s wisdom. They worshiped idols. “Grace and peace be multiplied unto you.” God is offering you abundance. The isn’t just a wish or wishful thinking on the part of Peter, rather it is the desire of a loving heavenly Father. We need to have a foundation. A place to start from. Peter begins by...

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Listening to & Understanding Jesus

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Jesus is the image of an invisible God. Here in Mark we get a good glimpse at this image. Jesus isn’t a teacher who stands apart and teaches, refusing to intermingle with the people. Jesus was very involved with the people. Jesus is compassionate for the people. He wasn’t just combining ingredients, he was creating fish out of nothing. This is the third time that Jesus creates fish out of nothing. The religious leaders of the day often had a lot of differences between themselves, but they...

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The Narrative of the Magi

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There is potential to get “Christmas fatigue.” However we should never get tired of the true Christmas story. Numbers 24:17 - A prophet, Balaam, from the Old Testament foretells the star. Balaam was a wicked prophet who continually tried to bring a curse against the people of Israel. His goal was to earn some money… Mathew 2:1-23 - The story of the Magi following a star to find Jesus. The Magi were the first gentiles to come to see the fulfillment of the prophecy of Jesus.

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Spiritual Stairways

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Jacob in his dream saw a ladder/stairway, on the ladder where angels going up and down. God was at the top of the ladder and he spoke a blessing and encouragement on Jacob. Spiritual progress for us here on earth is usually in “steps” as well. The angels on the ladder didn’t make great leaps from earth to heaven. Instead they made a bunch of smaller steps… steps that led them up and down the ladder. “When they knew God.” Everyone of us has a start...

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Christmas and the Shepherds

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This morning we are going to talk some about the shepherds. We are reading somewhat between the lines, but it appears that they were people who were in touch with God. The life of a shepherd does look attractive at times. There is a lot that we don’t know about these “faithful few” who surround the Christmas story. It doesn’t take a lot of imagination to realize that they must have had a relationship with God before He put them in as a part of the...

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The Kingdom of Jesus

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How do we process all that is going on around this time of year? We are part of the kingdom of Christ, but do we loose focus because of the events in the news and the times we find ourselves living in? How do we relate to all this? It is good for us to know that living our lives in a way that reflects Christ does make a difference. Even though we aren’t always aware of the differences we are making in the lives of those around us. If you were to set up a king...

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A Christian’s Devotional Life

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We must be abiding, living, remaining in Jesus to be fruitful Christians. Abiding involves all the Christian's life. We are to be fruitful in every area of our life. A critical part of abiding in Christ is devotional time. One good measure of our spiritual health is our devotional life. Let's be idealistic and think about a perfect devotions: Regulatory - a pattern of planned events. Prepare - putting away distractions. Prayer - asking God to speak to us from his word...

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Commas Save Lives

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Lets eat, grandma. vs Lets eat grandma. There is only one difference between these two statements. The comma changes everything. We are talking about gossip and lies. The tongue is a very small and common thing. It’s like the comma in these two sentences, it changes everything. Gossip is like dandelion seeds. Once they are turned loose there is no bringing them back. They are “in the wind” its impossible to tell where they will go...

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Thanksgiving With Jesus

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God is good. Even when we don't understand. Colossians 1:12 - God rules over the powers of darkness today, just as he did at the time that these words were written. All of God's creation is sustained by his power. All of creation, the milky way, the stars, the oceans, all of it is under the control and is sustained by God. Isaiah 40:12-20 - How big is God. He weighed out the mountains and the valleys. We can come together and worship Christ...

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An Inconvenient Truth

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Marriage is for life. Divorce is not God's plan. These are things we believe, but that we don't talk about too much. The permanence of marriage is an inconvenient truth for many different groups of people. Many conservative christian people are "up at arms" about homosexuality, it is a sin. That remarriage after divorce is a sin as well is something that is also true. How grounded are you in the teaching of the scripture on the topic...

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Father Glorify Thy Name

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We don't know exactly what Mary new at this point and what she didn't know. Did she know that Jesus was going to die? Jerusalem was crowded with pilgrims who had come from all over to celebrate the Passover. They didn't know that they were about to witness the "real" Passover lamb's sacrifice. There was a large crowd of people following Jesus. The religious leaders of the day didn't appreciate this fact. They were scheming that...

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Trumpets Shall Sound

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The people of Jericho knew that there was a people coming who were formidable beyond anything that they had seen before. These people had crossed the read sea. They had went up against numerous nations along their journey towards the Canaan. When the son of man appears it will be incredibly clear. It is incredibly easy to become depressed when we see the terrible things that go on around us. It is an encouragement to know...

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Living Christ Like at Home at Work and in the World

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Our attention must be on Jesus Christ and the Word. By recognizing Jesus and his death and resurrection our old life is dead and buried… we are raised with Christ. We are told to live out our faith within our homes, to grow up to maturity. When we are at home we tend to let down our guard and drop the pretenses that we may have… even there we are called to live out the Christ life.

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The Way of the Cross

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Let’s take another look at the cross of Christ and think about what it really means for each of us. The blood of Jesus is something that we understand as Christians. The blood is only part of the cross experience. By faith we also die with Christ on that cross. Every day as we take up the cross anew we experience death again. The disgrace that Hebrews talks about here is the cross, the symbol of disgrace and death.

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Settling Who God Is

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Thomas was a loyal disciple of Jesus. He wanted to know the truth. He didn’t trust the other disciples when it came to whether Jesus had actually been raised from the dead. Thomas wasn’t going to be mislead by his friends. When Jesus talked to Thomas he said, “look at my hands and my side…” He didn’t say, “Thomas, here I am, believe it.” What would the other disciples have said if they were in Thomas’s place? Have we settled who God is?

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New Behavior of the New Man

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We see in verses from both the old and the new covenant - truth is very important to God. Even Christians within the body of Christ struggle with telling the truth. Maybe we complement people when we don’t really feel it. You might say you’re glad to see someone when you’re not. You may say you’re fine when you’re not. Lying is a bad thing for the body… silence is also not a good thing for the body of Christ. As Christians we...

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Sow Seed and Faint Not

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If we are going to reap fruit we do need to plant. Paul says here that we will plant… we need to make sure we are planting good seed, that we are making a good investment. A farmer invests in good seed and good fertilizers he puts in the work. He trusts that if he puts in the work, effort and investment he can reap some kind of benefit at some point in the future. It takes an ongoing will and determination on our part if we...

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After God’s Own Heart

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The heart is very important. It is the seat of our thoughts and attentions and attitudes. Above all things, guard your heart. The heart of a man (or a woman) is very important. Our heart makes us who we really are. God knows our hearts. He knows our hearts completely. What God sees in our hearts should matter to us. What kind of heart pleases God? David was described as a “man after God’s own heart."

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The Holy Spirit in the Life of the Believer

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The Holy Spirit is associated with the power to live differently than we would live without the Holy Spirit. The Holy Sprit was within Jesus “without measure.” The Holy Spirit will also be given to us in sufficient abundance that it will pour out. The Holy Spirit is available for you and me “without measure.” We are the only ones who can hinder the amount that we have in our lives. Be filled with the Spirit. The context tells us...

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Practicing a Forgiving Spirit

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God is big enough to bring healing in any situation. How do you sense when someone has a problem with you? How do we deal with it once we realize that a brother or sister has a problem with you. We need to ask ourselves, is this person intentionally trying to hurt me or are we just being too sensitive. Both Jacob and Esau had a responsibility here in their reconciliation and forgiveness.

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The Need of Forgiveness

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If we confess our sins God is faithful and just to forgive our sins. Our sins are removed as far as the east is from the west, not as far as the north and the south. We needed forgiveness and God has given us forgiveness. Not only at the point of our conversion, but also on an ongoing basis. This is a reality of life, we all need forgiveness. Jesus is willing to forgive us. When we look at the cross and we see what Jesus did...

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Learning to Walk in Sanctification

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Our society has more access to information than at any time in history. We are also more educated than ever… yet we seem to be somewhat more ignorant than we’ve ever been. Paul is talking about a change of behavior to match the change what has changed on the inside. The new self isn’t something that we just come up with on our own. It is created. This process is only possible for those who have been born again. We aren’t just...

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The Church 1.0

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With Christ as the cornerstone the church will be built. The gates of hell won’t be able to overcome the church. The children of Israel were one of the first referred to as a “congregation.” We see here the beginning of the “congregation of Israel.” Abraham was called and he went. "Abraham was our father. We are part of his bloodline, that's what is important.” It was for Abraham's faith that God chose him as the father of Israel.

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Listen to the Speaking Blood

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Abel's blood was speaking so loudly that it was heard in heaven. The blood of Jesus, which was shed on the cross is speaking better things than the blood of Abel. Blood is very important. If you lose too much blood you lose life. Blood is important because life is important. What is it that Abel’s and Jesus’ blood is speaking to us? Abel’s blood in the ground was really bad news for Cain. Jesus blood for us is very good news!

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Man and God’s Sovereignty

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The sovereignty of God is well established in scriptures. God is over all, all-powerful, all-knowing and all-wise. Just as nothing was created without him, nothing is beyond his reach or beyond his rule. When God decrees something, it will happen. Man can choose to rule his own life. God holds man accountable for the choices that he makes. Whether we are a christian or a sinner, to hear that God is sovereign will make us feel differently.

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Thankfulness in Colossae

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What we really need, and the only way to grow in Christ, is to have a life giving and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Paul makes it clear that he and Epaphras were not competing. They were in fact working together. The gospel was being preached, people were accepting it and lives were being changed. How can we be planters and waterers and proclaimers and encouragers? It seems like Paul was praying constantly.

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Growing Up A Church

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If the Holy Spirit lives in you, you are a gifted person. Maybe you don't feel like you have something special to offer all the time... but you do. What Jesus has given you is valuable, Jesus is not a stingy giver. He knows you better than anyone and has created you for a special purpose. If the price of these gifts that we have received was Jesus coming to earth and dying on the cross... that is a very expensive gift. We need to show...

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Jesus – The Same Today and Forever

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There are a lot of things that change, but Jesus never changes. He is rock solid. This doesn't mean that he doesn't move. Jesus is always at work and moving among and within those who are his. We will all face death. Death is a huge change. If we know Jesus it is a great change. If we do not know Jesus it is a really bad change. Niagara falls is considered to be one of the 7 wonders of the world.

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Death – The Final Enemy

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The last enemy to be destroyed is death. We shouldn't be preoccupied with dead, but it is very good for us to take a look every once in awhile at the issue of death. It is a very important subject for us to think about and come to terms with. God did not plan for death but He knew it would happen. God did not say that if Adam and Eve ate of the tree they weren't supposed to that he would kill them.

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The Water of Life

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Our bodies need water. Water is a solvent, which means that it dissolves other things, in our body this means that water carries all kinds of things to all parts of our body. A healthy body needs to have a correct balance of water inside and outside of each cell. Our bodies are largely water... we can live without food for a long time, but we can't live without water.

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The Forgiving Brother

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Jesus wants the living seed that he has given us to grow deep and change the way that we interact with those around us, especially our brothers and sisters in Christ. After Jacob had died and was buried. The brothers of Joseph began to wonder what Joseph would do to them. Would he punish them for how they had treated him years ago?

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Occupy Your Mountains

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Some opportunities are fun and exciting. Other times we wish that opportunities that come our way would go on past us. What would happen if instead of trying to find excuses and reasons for not taking part in some opportunities we would instead look at them as opportunities to "occupy our mountain." Ephraim and Manasseh were asking that...

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The Role of a Parent

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It is much easier to begin planting and watering when children are younger. Teaching our children is something that begins at a very early age. Every home has to deal with difficult things. How parents respond and how they deal with that can be a real testimony to their children. There is a spiritual battle going on. Each of us are being attacked.

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The Gospel of the Kingdom

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Jesus calls people to submit to him as Lord, but Jesus always claims that submitting to him as Lord will be in our best interest. Submitting to him will be a restful place, a place in which you will not be harassed, and Jesus will have your best interest in mind. He will care for you. Is this still the gospel of the kingdom today? Do we live today as if...

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Moses’ Decisive Faith

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Today when we talk about having “a situation,” we are often saying that we have a dilemma. We will face dilemmas in our lives, situations that require us to make a decision. Is your faith going to factor into the decision that you make? Will you look inward? Will you look back at situations you’ve had in the past? Will you look at other people...

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I Will Trust Him

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The times we live in can be confusing. It is important to stop and analyze life and to choose to trust God. This is the point that all of us need to come to. God is the only one who is truly trustworthy. Life can get very confusing and we might not know what’s going on… God can seem distant at times. It is in those times that we need to come to the place where we can say...

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Bartimaeus Cries To Jesus

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We don’t know whether Bartimaeus was born blind or if it was something that happened to him later in life. Regardless, he faced a sever handicap that affected how he faced each and every day. Bartimaeus had heard about Jesus. When a crowd passed by and Bartimaeus heard that Jesus was coming by he cried out to Jesus… and kept calling earnestly.

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Worthy is the Lamb

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We are here to remember. We are here to remember while we take of the bread and drink of the cup. We remember Him, who he is, what he did and what he is like. Who is Jesus? He is the lamb of God who came and made provision so that the sin of the world could be taken away. The Jewish people were expecting a warrior, instead they got a “lamb of God.”

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Honoring Our Sisters (and Mothers)

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The husband wife relationship is a relationship. We are all in relationships, whether or not we are married. Have we been awake to our responsibilities and relationships? We need to be attentive to the needs of those that are around us. All of us need to be “awaken” at times to see the needs of the ones we relate to...

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Personal Authority in Christ

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When Christ talked people listened. Jesus taught as one having authority. We need to keep in mind that our kingdom is not of this world. Our king commands, based on this truth, that we not fight. Instead of fighting authority we are told that we should obey authority and respect those in authority and pray for them. There will be times when...

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The Power of Our Gospel

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When we stop hearing and we stop doing - we stop walking with him. The time is here and the time is now. If we don’t act on what we hear the urgency goes away. Here we are and if “it” still isn’t done, the best time to do it is today. If God has been showing you something, take care of it now. Today is the best day to do it. As believers we have something...

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Working Towards Unity

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Sometimes the initial beginnings of a church are easier than “the long haul.” Maintaining purpose and maintaining unity requires ongoing maintenance. It is easy at times to become disillusioned with our churches and believe that other churches “have it figured out.” Rest assured that there is no “perfect” church. How is Christian brotherhood...

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The Church and Brotherhood

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Wherever God’s spirit is working he is working to build a local body that functions as a reflection of the New Testament practice. There is a lot of definition here - either of us or not of us. The requirement to be "of us" is to continue with us and among us. How would we apply this thing of submitting to our brothers and sisters...

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A Living Sacrifice

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1 Kings 20:1-12 - Can you imagine the position that king Ahab was in here? Ahab surrendered to the wishes of the king outside. Have we surrendered our lives to Jesus? What kind of relationship are we going to have with Jesus? A mediocre Christian life isn’t really worth it. Jesus work on Calvary was a very expensive transaction...

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Living in Bondage and Finding Victory

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When we come from the outside to the inside of the kingdom of God that is only the beginning. The world around us, the temptations, the struggles, they are all still very much a part of our lives. Even people who are in the kingdom of God struggle. There is some debate around holiness and how “free from sin” God...

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A Holy God & the Problem of Sin

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God knows those who are his own. He will never make a mistake. We don't know about some of the people we see around us at times, but God never makes those kinds of mistakes. This is a comfort to the children of God while at the same time being something that should be terrifying to those who don't know...

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Part of the Kingdom of God

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Can you imagine a place where God’s character is the law? Can you imagine the perfection… perfect love, nothing out of place, selfishness is so unheard of that every action is motivated by selfless concern for another, perfect holiness, a sin free place. A place where God’s spirit is the atmosphere. This place of course fits the definition of heaven perfectly.

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If You Would Walk With God

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Any time a relationship happens between man and God it only happens because of God’s initiative. Jesus is the only hope we have to know God. We are faced with the choice to open the door and have a relationship with the creator of the universe. Or to not open the door when he calls us. How can a man walk with God? Man, even in his wisest...

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What is Your God Like?

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God is a lot smaller and impersonal to people today than he should be. God is neither small nor impersonal. God told Moses in Exodus 3, that “I am that I am.” God is eternal, the self existing one. When we look at the names of God we start to get an idea of who he is. God is all powerful. God needs nothing outside of himself.

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Never Stop Improving

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Our spiritual lives are somewhat like a house. When we become Christians, God makes a bunch of really great changes in our lives, but there is still work that needs to be done. James 1:19-27 - Using a mirror is a good place to start if we have something on our face. However just looking into a mirror doesn’t make the food on our face go away.

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A Rebellious Heart Is A Serious Thing

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Every two year old has two questions that they are grappling with. If they can’t get these two questions answered in the right manner, they will find that they have a “tough row to hoe.” Can I do what I want to? Do I really have to obey authority? If we as parents have children who are growing up without getting the answers...

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The Importance of the Resurrection

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The news cycle today is pretty short. The resurrection of Jesus is never old news. Acts, Romans - The disciples continually were preaching about Jesus being raised from the dead. The fact of the resurrection is told in Scripture, it is believable to those who are open to it. Jesus resurrection was prophesied in the Old Testament.

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Triumphal King!

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If we go home today in a mindset of refection of what Christ has done for us, then we will have gotten what Christ has for us today.The history of the Passover makes the Passover very important to the Jewish people in years past and today. There is much more importance for us as Christians. From a kingly point of view the donkey wouldn't have...

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Two Enemies of Stewardship

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It is a blessing of each of us to be able to give. Giving is an act of faith. Jesus didn’t say that we would necessarily receive a return in the same kind of currency. Jesus makes it clear that the return is only valid in the Kingdom of God. Jesus isn’t just talking about money of course. He is also talking about time, energy and things like that.

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Establishing Ownership

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Let’s look at God’s ownership of our bodies. In the beginning Satan lied to Adam and Even by telling them that God was with-holding good things from them. It is the same lie that Satan uses on us today as well. In what sense does “God own us?” He created us! God also gave us a free will. God didn’t make us to be a robot. God made us in...

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The Truth Misrepresented

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God gave Solomon an extra dose of wisdom. He didn’t need a DNA test to tell which of the two ladies was the actual mother of the baby. The motive for the one lady being willing to give the baby to the other woman was love for her baby. This is the same motive that will have a large part to play in our eternal judgement as well. Today everything...

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New Covenant Stewardship

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Many fallacies in doctrine stem from a false understanding of who God is, but a lot of them also come from a false understanding of who we are. If we look at creation we can see how each part of creation, apart from humans, operates on instinct. God could have made humans who did the same thing… but he didn’t. A clarity and understanding...

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The Chief End of Man

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God is a social God… He loves to interact and he created us in his image so that he could interact with us. God said that it is “not good that man should be alone.” God was planning a time of fellowship way back then, he was planning for fellowship when he made you. To bring glory to God is man’s “purpose,” but to “become known” and to “have a relationship...

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The Danger of Anger

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In the small country of Cameroon, there is a lake. This lake is known to be “the deadliest lake in the world.” This lake is an extinct volcano with the lake in the center of it. The lake is around 700ft deep. There is a small village there on the mountainside. On August 22nd, 1986 there was a man who was riding a bike towards the small village...

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Let My People Go!

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This may bring to mind the Old Testament story of Moses, Aaron and Pharaoh. As we look at this story of Moses let's think of how it correlates to the season of Easter. This is a time of year that should be leading up to a really special and deep experience for the Christian. What do you think of when you think of Easter? Do you think of lent?

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A Product of God’s Grace

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We sometimes take so much credit for ourselves that we forget where everything comes from. Everything is a product of God’s grace in our lives. God’s grace comes down to us and is showered freely upon us. We are to pass this grace that we have received on to those around us. God’s grace is not for us to keep, but rather to pass on to others.

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Qualifications of a Minister

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If you want to be where God wants you to be and you want to serve him the best you know how... he will be faithful. Romans 10:14 - Paul tells us that we need some preachers. Some people need to be in a leadership opportunity, but we do all need to be teachers. God could get his message out in a lot of different ways, but he uses men and women to get the...

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Qualifications of a Church

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Romans 15:5-6 - One mind and one mouth glorifying God. 1 Corinthians 1:10-17, Philippians 1:27-30 - The church is to stand together, with one heart, one mind and one voice. United. We need to have one goal in mind as we move forward, to find leadership going forward, leadership that can lead us as God would have us go. How do we find...

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Gaining Spiritual Perspective

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We don't always understand everything and we don't always know what God wants. There are times when we need to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We are influenced by those people and things around us that we place importance on and value. Those are the things that have an impact on us. If we value the Holy Spirit and his impact on us, we will...

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Leading our Children to Truth

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When we stop and think about the volume of truth that is available as well as the amount of untruth that is available it is truly incredible. We have a responsibility to lead our children into truth, helping them to discern the differences between truth and the untruth. As parents we are specifically called to that role. 1 Samuel 2:1-21 - This is Hannah's prayer...

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My Life Story – Tim Croft

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Tim Croft shares his life story with us. Simply put his life has had a lot of twists and turns that most of us have never had to experience. Throughout the entire evening he puts an emphasis on the wonderful grace and mercy of God that is the only reason any of us can have hope. "This is a work that God himself has done!" "Each one of us can give a testimony of a salvation that is great."

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Relationships & I’m Sorry

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There are two ways that our relationship with others can be disturbed. We can be offended. We can offend someone else. As God’s people, who are concerned about pleasing God, we want to follow peace with all men. Whether we have been offended or whether we have offended someone else, we have an obligation. If we have been wronged we are...

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Why Praise the Lord?

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We should praise the Lord because God hears us when we pray. God doesn’t always answer prayer the way that we want him to, but he does hear our prayers. David was experiencing great fear that the people of Gath would kill him. So he did something very strange… he pretended to be insane. God is near to those who have a broken and crushed spirit.

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The Rise and Fall

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The Jews were a very patriotic bunch of people. Many people came to rely on the Jewish religious structure. A lot of Jews traded their heavenly inheritance for an earthly religiosity. The day the casket lid closes… that isn’t the end of the tree. That tree continues to grow and becomes more and more beautiful. A person without Christ’s leavening can only...

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Christian Humility

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We, as Christians are to “have the mind of Christ." Jesus is the perfect model of humility. There is another model of “humility." Ever since the fall of man, we have known about both models of humility. Both pride and humility. True humility begins with a bowing before God and acknowledging him. Humility abounds in a heart that has crucified...

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What To Do With Disappointments

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It’s the end of the year. For a lot of people it is a time that we do inventory, looking at the year that has passed and thinking about the year to come. Because Bible stories are true stories, we can definitely learn from Bible stories. The Lord was with Joseph, time and time again throughout this story we are told...

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A Reminder of Who Jesus Is

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If we want to make something, or fix something, there is generally a lot of effort involved. Jesus spoke and created the world, the stars, the sun, the moon, the universe… Not only did God make the stars, he also put them in the exact perfect place.

The detail in the world...

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Not By Bread Alone

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Jesus was led into the wilderness. He was alone… except for God the father and the Satan was there. This was a time of deep communion with God.

Besides fasting and communion in the wilderness, Jesus was tempted as well. After 40 days Jesus was understandably hungry.

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Fitting Into the Kingdom – Single or Married

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We all are all co-creators and rulers with God. There is a place for us in God’s kingdom to participate in whatever it is that He is trying to do in this world. This is true regardless of whether we are single or married.

The kingdom of God is wherever God is working and moving. When we make choices that bring righteousness...

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Digging and Dunging for Our Lord and Redeemer

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What is Jesus talking about? He is talking about people.

The goal is to have a life that is fruit bearing. It is important for us and for those around us that we live a life that bears fruit.

It’s quick and easy to cut the tree down. For us it is much easier...

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An Appointment With Death

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Death is not something we are accustomed to dealing with. Especially not something we plan into our daily lives. It isn’t something we wake up and think about every morning.

Life can end so quickly. Suddenly. In the blink of an eye.

Each one of us has an appointment with death. It isn’t something that we have set...

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Thanksgiving 1456 BC

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It is good to step back and remember what all God has done for us.

This week during our thanksgiving celebration we are remembering the goodness of God to us. As Christians we have a lot of extra things that we are and can be thankful for. Above all we have Jesus and all that he has done for us. Moses here is leading the children of Israel...

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Unreasonable Grace #2

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Previously we looked some of the prerequisites to where we are.

- God’s plan is in place
- We are God’s workmanship
- We are created to do good
- We are God’s - Psalm 100
- We are eternally dead without Christ. However, through grace we can be saved, the gift of God, through Christ. Ephesians 2:8

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The Light of the Crucifixion

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The crucifixion may be one of the darkest moments in the history of Man. A lot of the story happened in the dark.

Jesus said that evil men like darkness more than they like light because they are evil. Jesus was hauled through the dark, the people who led him were bent on destroying him. Pilate was in the dark. Void of understanding yet asking Jesus questions. Jesus offered the truth...

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Unreasonable Grace #1

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There is no way that we can give a true presentation of God’s unreasonable grace, other than to get a glimpse through scripture and experience it ourselves.

God created us and gave us the ability to choose. God has a divine purpose - man has a choice whether to fit into that divine purpose or not. In our natural state and due to our “sin issue,” in a spiritual sense we are born dead.

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The Holy Kiss

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This is a prayer prayed with “plural” language. David is praying not only for himself but also for all of God’s people. A lot of the prophets of old prayed in this manner… we should probably be praying in a similar manner as well.

God is building a spiritual kingdom. God is building his church. We do know that God is building this kingdom from every tribe and every nation.

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The Remnant

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This morning I want to talk about how to respond to “the gloom and doom,” that exists in this world.

There will always be a remnant of those who reach out and embrace the grace that is offered to us.

Elijah here seems to be a man that is quite discouraged. In simple terms he was “wore out.”

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Healing Reconciliation and Restoration

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We live in a world that is full of hurting people. People who have deep hurts and emotional baggage. We have the blessed opportunity of giving the good news of the Bible to those who are hurting.

David did what he knew he wasn’t supposed to. Joab even tried to tell him that he shouldn’t count the people. The law said that the king...

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Davids Altar

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There is peace. Perfect peace in knowing God.

We have a God who answers our prayers. No other God is like our God. No other God can do what our God does… No other God has made the promise that if we ask we will receive.

God will get as serious with us as we get with Him. Those who fully trust God will find a much deeper relationship with Him.

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Three Altars

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There are no notes for this message. I was gone, my backup was gone and unfortunately we are only “two deep” in the line for note taking.

I do apologize for the lack of notes but the audio is here…!

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Psalm 100 – A Psalm of Praise and Thanksgiving

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We’ve all sung praises. We’ve sung songs expressing our thankfulness already this morning.

God calls us to be holy as he is holy, to be merciful as he is merciful, to be kind and to be patient… We don’t read “be ye thankful as God is thankful.” God isn’t thankful in the same way that we are to be thankful.

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Pillars of Wisdom

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There are no notes for this message. I was gone, my backup was gone and unfortunately we are only "two deep" in the line for note taking.

I do apologize for the lack of notes but the audio is here...!

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Sent By God

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He who was “sent from God” is a special person. Moses was called. The disciples were called. Paul was called. These were all people who were more than just people. They were “sent from God.”

Anyone who accepts the call from God is sent from God. Not everyone who accepts God’s call and is sent fulfills his mission. Some get distracted. Some shirk their duty and their calling.

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Slaves of the Master

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Let us first consider who Jesus is speaking to in this account. The disciples were his audience and they were eager and sincere followers of Jesus. There were also pharisees there. He may be speaking to the pharisees, but likely he was speaking to the disciples as well.

Jesus begins with a stern warning to those who would offend or hinder others in their faith. The pharisees were concerned...

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The Power of the Resurrection

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Mary must have been very surprised to see her teacher after everything that had happened in the days preceding. She very likely didn’t know what part she was playing in the most incredible narrative and story that the world will ever know.

There were people who sought to rob the power of the Gospel in that day as well as there are today. The gospel however can’t be corralled and “managed” by man.

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Finding My Place in the Kingdom

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Why did you become a Christian? What were you looking for or hoping for? What kind of experience were you looking for?

For many people what God has in mind for them as a believer is way beyond anything they have imagined.

What if God is up to something really grand in the world?

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Speak Five Good Words

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Five words can communicate so much if they are in a language that we can understand.

Jesus said...
- I will build my church.
- Ye must be born again.
- Seek ye first the kingdom.
- Ask and you shall receive.
- I am with you always.

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Reaching Up – Reaching Out

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Selfishness is like the force of gravity. Everything is pulled in towards me, towards myself. To counteract this inherit selfishness that is part of our human nature, we need the help of God. In order to counteract this tendency towards selfishness we must reach up to God. It is only when we are able to reach up towards God that we can reach out in compassion to others...

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A Stone in the Building or in the Dumpster

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1 Peter 2:1-10 There is something about stone. It is long lasting, you can rely on it. When the Bible talks about us being “living stones” in the building of Christ, that is a pretty special thing. Keep this in your mind as we go through the message. Take a building that is functional and […]

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A Cheerful Giver

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There are two kinds of givers. One feels like he has a good reason (excuse) not to give. He is a grudging giver. 2 Corinthians 9:6-7, 2 Chronicles 17:1-19 – an example of grudging givers. The second type of giver is glad for the opportunity. Giving for him is a joy. There were two chests […]

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Growing Through Temptation

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Temptation Mathew 4:1-11 Temptation and trial kind of run together. It is difficult to articulate the difference between the two. We often read about trial and temptation in the same or similar context. The devil promises earthly pleasure in order in order to rob us of heavenly reward. Genesis 3:1-24 The devil uses bits of […]

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Love at Home

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Love at home… This song is a song of ideals. Love at home is a beautiful thing. Some people are even a bit annoyed at the words of this song because they are so “idealistic.” This song does make a very important point. If there is love at home, that home is a much better […]

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Hope – An Anchor for the Soul

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Hope – An Anchor for the Soul Hope is an anchor for the soul. Let’s think this morning about how our anchor is doing. Hebrews 6:11-20 There are three things that are necessary for happiness. – Someone to love – Something to do – Something to look forward to The third part of this, having […]

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You Finish the Story

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Luke 15 These stories were told to the publicans and the tax collectors. Tax collectors worked form the Roman government. They were considered traitors, collaborating with the “enemy.” Tax collectors were shunned by the jews. The sinners mentioned here were those who had been “out cast” by the jews. The tax collectors and sinners were […]

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Jesus the True Vine

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Without me you can do nothing… John 15 –sorry no notes from this sermon.

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Fully Persuaded – Unwavering Faith

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Abraham – A Great Example of Faith Romans 4:16-25 Hinderances to Faith Unbelief Considering the problem too much Matthew 14 Peter, even when he was sinking new where his hope came from. 1 Samuel 17 Example of David, who focused on God – not the problem. People of Faith believe in a God that can […]

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The Memorial Stones

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A sermon by Jerrill Schrock Sorry… no notes for this sermon.

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A Way of Escape

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A sermon by Leon Yoder Sorry, there were no notes taken…

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A Mothers Day Message

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The Attributes of a godly Woman The Lord loves his people. We delight in our children and the Lord takes delight in His children. God could have chosen a different way to bring salvation to the earth. He didn’t though, God chose to use Mary, a mother… to bring the savior into the World. 1 […]

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They Will Live Glorious

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Romans 6 The true church is made up of those who have been baptized into the death of Christ. Do we want the symbolic cross, instead of the real thing?

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A Life of Watchfulness

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Leon Yoder Let’s look up. Remember that Jesus is coming again. Let’s not be tied to the earth. Passages used; Acts 1:6 Mark 13 Luke 14:16 Luke 12 1 Thessalonians 5:6

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The Lamb Thread

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Easter morning sermon at Bethel. …no notes… Sorry!

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Three Gardens

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Three Gardens The story of God working with mankind can be brought together into three gardens. In each case, God meets with man and provides. And in each case man has a choice. The Garden of Eden Eden – pleasure / paradise The region of Adam’s home. Genesis 2:7-10, 15 A perfect place to live. […]

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You and Your Brotherhood

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You and Your Brotherhood Sermon Text Romans 12:1-17 1 Corinthians 3:9 Whenever we don’t appreciate the church we begin to back away from the church…and when we back away from the church we can often say “I don’t like what I see.” We are to share our brotherly love. If you don’t have love, don’t […]

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Keep Thyself Pure

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Keep Thyself Pure 1 Timothy 5:21-25 There’s an all out attack on personal purity. It isn’t just what we see. The devil is at work trying to destroy spirit, soul, and body. He enjoys taking away our power to live in victory. God’s desire for us is that we live for his glory – and […]

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Relationships At Home

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As We Surrender to God, He will bring restoration. Our homes – our families – our backgrounds are very different. Five important ingredients for good relationships Forgiveness – we need to learn to forgive – in a the small things and in the big things. Mathew 6:14, 15 Mathew 18:21,22 Patience – are we patient […]

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You Must Be Born Again

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Ye MUST Be Born Again John 3:7-21 “Ye Must Be Born Again” We do not, automatically, through our parents inherit new life. Doing good will not bring you to a new birth. Ezekiel 36:24-28 What does it mean to be born again? You must believe – believing in the work that Christ has done for […]

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Revival At Any Cost

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Revival at Any Cost How badly do you want revival? How seriously are you seeking after revival. How much time and effort are you willing to commit. Any cost is at “any cost” – no price to high. Psalm 138 The psalmist says here that he “praised God with his whole heart”. There is a […]

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Childlike vs Childishness – Growing and Maturing

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We need to always be growing We all know that we need to continue to grow in our spiritual walk. This sermon takes a look at the difference between being “child like” and “childishness.” I apologize for the lack of content in the post here… We are working through a few changes in our “recording […]

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What is Jesus saying? Are we obeying?

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What is Jesus saying? Are we obeying? One morning Jesus was with his disciples. He was spending some personal time in prayer. Maybe all night. The crowds started coming and they grew and grew throughout the day. People were being trampled the crowd was so large. The crowd was made up of many different people. […]

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A Servant Heart – Howard Bean

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A Servant Heart The Example of Dorcas Acts 9:36 Admit – acknowledge Believe – believe Confess – confess in Christ the Lord. Hebrews 12:28 Serve God Acceptable Jesus Christ came to serve Service should be a way of life. We reject man’s approaches and ways to living. By love serve one another. It can be […]

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Failing Successfully – Howard Bean

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Failing Successfully Sometimes our mistakes are able to be overcome. Learning from the mistakes of others Romans 15:4 1 Corinthians 10:6-11 Avoid evil desires Do not be idolaters Don’t be overly confident Genesis 4:4 Cain and Able Joshua 7:1 The Mistake of Akin Sometimes we mistakenly assume things. Exodus 2:11 The Mistake of Moses – […]

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Choosing a Life Long Companion – Howard Bean

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Choosing a Life Long Companion Jesus says that he will never leave us nor forsake us. Proverbs 18:22 1 Thessalonians 4:1-18 Principles for Choosing We want to please God in all that we do. We definitely want to have God’s blessing on it. Purity is a principle for choosing. Many in the world live together […]

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Encouraging Church Loyalty – Howard Bean

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Encouraging Church Loyalty We are a lot of odd people. That is a good thing. More important than being in a Church physically is being in a church spiritually. The church is one body, many members working together as a unit. Jesus placed supreme value on the church. He purchased it with his own blood. […]

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Ten Lessons from my Youth – Howard Bean

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Ten Lessons from my Youth Each of us walks a unique path. No matter where we come from, each of us is cared for by our savior. 1 Peter – He careth for you. In the Greek it would mean, “It matters to Him.” Sometimes we learn from experience and other times we learn from […]

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Our Place of Worship

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This sermon – Our Place of Worship  – was originally preached 2014.03.09 by Sam Troyer. Hebrews 12:18-29 How do you view worship? To many of us worship is a Sunday morning in church. We come together and sing songs and pray together. To some of us we worship when we are listening to music. For […]

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Will He Find Faith When He Returns?

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This sermon – Will He Find Faith When He Returns?  – was originally preached 2014.03.02 by Jake Troyer. The faith that Jesus will be looking for will be faith in our hearts. What is faith? – Faith is believing in something that we can’t see. Hebrews 11 Why do we close our eyes when we […]

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Perilous Living – Our Response

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This sermon – Perilous Living – Our Response  – was originally preached 2014.02.23 by Jerrill Schrock. We live in perilous times. Whether we are two hundred years, two years or two weeks from the end, the times we live in are perilous. There will be more deception, there will be more pressure, but we have someone far […]

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The Revelation from Jesus Christ

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This sermon – The Revelation from Jesus Christ – was originally preached 2014.02.16 by Leon Yoder. Revelation 1:1-20 We know that this book was written by John. John was on the small island of Patmos off the coast of Greece. He was there because he was a banished criminal. It was there that he had visions […]

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The Good Shepherd

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This sermon – The Good Shepherd – was originally preached 2014.02.09 by Jerrill Schrock. Isaiah 40:1-11 We want to look at Jesus as the good shepherd. John 10:1-18 Sheep learn to know their shepherds voice. When another shepherd tries to call the sheep of another shepherd, they won’t come out. When a sheep recognizes the voice […]

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Praise and Thanksgiving

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This sermon – Praise and Thanksgiving – was originally preached 2014.02.02 by Leon Yoder. Psalm 67:1-7 Do I praise the Lord in a way that he would be pleased with my praise? We understand that the world around us doesn’t praise God. Too often though, the people of God don’t praise the Lord either. How often […]

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Joseph Foreshadowing Jesus

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This sermon – Joseph Foreshadowing Jesus – was originally preached 2014.01.26 by Dan Freed. Joseph Foreshadowing Jesus A shadow is not “the real thing” it is rather an appearance, something that mirrors the real thing. Colossians 2:16-19 It is fascinating to look for Jesus as we read the Old Testament. The greatest class ever taught about […]

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Peace in the Local Church

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This sermon – Peace in the Local Church – was originally preached 2014.01.19 by Sonny Yoder. Philippians 4:1-23 This last part of Philippians has much to say about church life. Paul had a deep love for the church at Philippi. Love goes a long way in a church. It is essential among believers. Paul says […]

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The Beauty of Chastisement

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This sermon – The Beauty of Chastisement – was originally preached 2014.01.12 by Jerrill Schrock. The Beauty of Chastisement Hebrews 12:6-29 God chastens us because he loves us. We are part of his household and he wants to have the best sons and daughters that he can. Because of his desires for our good, he chastens us. […]

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Living By Faith – Forming Convictions

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This sermon – Living By Faith – Forming Convictions – was originally preached 2014.01.05 by Leon Yoder. The Just Shall Live by Faith Hebrews 10:38-39 The world is full of deceptions, darkness and untruth that will deceive man. Man has a tendency to go towards the things that he wants, an unsaved man tends to go towards […]

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Our Savior Has Come

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This sermon – Our Savior Has Come – was originally preached 2013.12.22 by Leon Yoder. Our Savior Has Come Luke 1:67-80 Man is lost and needs to be rescued. He needs a savior. Mankind is facing an awful enemy and awful circumstances if he is left unsaved. But there is an opportunity by which we can be […]

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Sitting at the Feet of Jesus

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This sermon – Sitting at the Feet of Jesus – was originally preached 2013.12.15 by Jerrill Schrock. Sitting at the Feet of Jesus Luke 8:26-39 Mathew 12:16-21 How has Jesus healed you? What can he do for you? What should our response to him be? It was a good day for the people here, the Gadarenes. But […]

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All Wet for Jesus

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This recording of a baptismal service at Bethel includes the sermon – All Wet For Jesus – originally preached 2013.12.01 by Sam Troyer. Mathew 3:1-12 The first Baptist that we know of was John. John the Baptist. John was a prophet, a reformer, a person you would not soon forget. People came from miles around to hear […]

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Thanksgiving Service 2013

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This was a special Thanksgiving service that was held at BMC. Note: To download the mp3 file directly from this page, right click the download button above and choose Save Link As… Browse to where you want to save the file and click save. Also you can subscribe to the podcast feed via email using […]

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Preserving the New Song

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This sermon – Preserving the New Song – was originally preached 2013.11.24.03 by John D Martin. This message is part of a series preached at BMC in the fall of 2013 by John D Martin. Here is a list of all the messages in this series. Why We Must Sing the New Song Profile of the New […]

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Lead the New Song

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This sermon – Lead the New Song – was originally preached 2013.11.24.02 by John D Martin. This message is part of a series preached at BMC in the fall of 2013 by John D Martin. Here is a list of all the messages in this series. Why We Must Sing the New Song Profile of the New […]

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Profile of the New Song

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This sermon – Profile of the New Song – was originally preached 2013.11.24.01 by John D Martin. The Profile of the New Song This message is part of a series preached at BMC in the fall of 2013 by John D Martin. Here is a list of all the messages in this series. Why We Must Sing […]

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Why We Must Sing the New Song

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This sermon – Why We Must Sing the New Song – was originally preached 2013.11.24 by John D Martin. This message is part of a series preached at BMC in the fall of 2013 by John D Martin. Here is a list of all the messages in this series. Why We Must Sing the New Song Profile […]

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Called to Be Saints – Jerrill Schrock

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This sermon – Called to Be Saints – was originally preached 2013.11.10 by Jerrill Schrock. 1 Corinthians 1:1-3 Corinth was a city of commerce that was a connection between two seas. The Christians in Corinth were very likely common Christians. In a lot of ways their situation would be more along the lines of our situation in […]

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Expressing Deep Gratitude to Jesus for His Life Giving Blood

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This sermon – Expressing Deep Gratitude to Jesus for His Life Giving Blood – was originally preached 2013.11.03 by Rich Bowman. How do we express our gratitude to Jesus? The early church was steadfast Acts 2:42. We want to be reminded this morning of Jesus precious blood and what it has provided us with. Colossians 1:1-22 Paul […]

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Life Lessons – Leon Yoder

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This sermon – Life Lessons – was originally preached 2013.10.27 by Leon Yoder. Scriptures used: Mathew 16:24, Mark 12:41, Romans 12. Life Lessons Lesson 1 – Cross bearing The way this expression is often used we see it as having a burden or responsibility to carry alone. It is heavy and cannot be easily changed. There are […]

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Men of Courage – Sam Troyer

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This sermon – Men of Courage – was originally preached 2013.10.20 by Sam Troyer. Scriptures used: Ezekiel 22:30, 1 Corinthians 11:2-3, Ephesians 5:22, Romans 5:17-19, Deuteronomy, Romans 1:28, Timothy, Hebrews 13:7, James 5:16. Men of Courage, Never Give Up God is looking for “a few good men,” men who will, “man up.” There are not a whole […]

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Teach Us To Pray – Leon Yoder

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This sermon – Teach Us To Pray – was originally preached 2013.10.13 by Leon Yoder. Scriptures used: Luke 11, Luke 3, Psalm, Isaiah, Hebrews 12, John 17, 1 Peter 5, James 5. Today’s message is a reminder. It is a review. If we were in school it might be going over the alphabet again, or counting to […]

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Esther Yoder Funeral Service

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Esther Yoder After talking to some of the Esther Yoder family this recording is now available here on the Bethel Mennonite Church website. You may either listen to it here or download it to listen to it later. Note: To download the mp3 file directly from this page, right click the download button above and […]

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To Raise A Child – Jerrill Schrock

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This sermon – To Raise A Child – was originally preached 2013.10.06 by Jerrill Schrock. Scriptures used: Ephesians 6:1-4, Mark 9, Mark 10. A Couple of Questions and Points Considered in this Message What Does Jesus Think About Children? How Does Herod (the Devil) View Children? What are our responsibilities as Parents? How do we as Parents Fulfill […]

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Kingdom People and Eternal Destiny – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – Kingdom People and Eternal Destiny – was originally preached 2013.09.29 by Ivan Weaver. Scriptures used: Mathew 7:13-29, Ecclesiastes, Jeremiah 21:8, Psalms 37:38, Proverbs 11:19, Mathew 24:12, 2 Peter 2:2, 1 John 4:1, Ephesians, John 12:24-25, Revelation, Mathew 6, Mathew 25, Mathew 8:12, 1 Corinthians 11, John, Revelation 22:6, Mathew 8. The victory at the end […]

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Kingdom People and Interpersonal Relations – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – Kingdom People and Interpersonal Relations – was originally preached 2013.09.29 by Ivan Weaver. Scriptures used: Mathew 7:1-12, Mathew 5, Romans 2:1, Romans 14:4, James 4:12, Romans 13, Romans 2:11, Hebrews, 1 Peter 3:7. Jesus is again dealing with attitudes. As we know attitudes sooner or later turn into actions. It is important to have the […]

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Kingdom People and Trust – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – Kingdom People and Trust – was originally preached 2013.09.28 by Ivan Weaver. Saturday Evening – Ivan Weaver Kingdom People & Trust Matthew 6:24-34 Anxiety is an enemy of trust. Anxiety About The Future Jesus says to observe the birds. They do not reap or gather into barns -but the Heavenly Father feeds them. They […]

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Kingdom People and Their Treasures – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – Kingdom People and Their Treasures – was originally preached 2013.09.27 by Ivan Weaver. Friday Evening – Ivan Weaver Mathew 6:19-24 Our attitude towards material things is important. Earthly treasures do effect our attitude. A NEGATIVE WARNING A clear command “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth” Material possessions have a tendency to […]

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Kingdom People and Higher Righteousness – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – Kingdom People and Higher Righteousness – was originally preached 2013.09.25 by Ivan Weaver. Scriptures used: Mathew 5:20-48, 1 John 3:15, Ephesians 4:26, Proverbs 4, Mathew 19:7-8.   We have a responsibility to move beyond the righteousness of the Scribes and the Pharisees. In fact we are told that we will not be able to […]

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Kingdom People and Personal Piety – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – Kingdom People and Personal Piety – was originally preached 2013.09.26 by Ivan Weaver. Scriptures used: Mathew 6:1-18, Romans 8:26, Mathew 23:14, Deuteronomy 16:19. Preface: The Sermon on the Mount is our Magna Carta (magnificent letter) – its our constitution Message Theme: Considering the need for private and personal devotional experiences (focus not on formal worship but on […]

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The Influence of Kingdom People – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – The Influence of Kingdom People – was originally preached 2013.09.24 by Ivan Weaver. Scriptures used: Mathew 5:13-19, 2 Corinthians 4:7, Revelation 3:16, Ephesians 5:8, Philippians 2:15, 1 Thessalonians 5:5, 1 Peter 2:9, Proverbs 4:18-19, John 8:12, 1 Timothy 6:18, Ephesians 2:10, 1 Peter 2:12, Mathew 24:35, Deuteronomy 4:2, Revelation 22:18, 19. Never underestimate the […]

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The Character of Kingdom People – Ivan Weaver

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This sermon – The Character of Kingdom People – was originally preached 2013.09.23 by Ivan Weaver. Scriptures used: Mathew 5:1-12, 2 Corinthians 1, 2 Timothy 2:24, Psalm 119:31, Proverbs 11:17, 1 Timothy 5:22. Jesus saw the multitude. Jesus was moved by the people. He had compassion for them. This message seems to be for the disciples but not […]

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Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Or My Brother’s Brother?

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This sermon – Am I My Brother’s Keeper? Or My Brother’s Brother? – was originally preached 2013.09.22 by Steve Yoder. Scriptures used: Genesis 4, John 15, Galatians 6, Psalm 121:3-5, Romans 8:35, 1 John 3, Jude. Cain asked God a question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” God didn’t answer Cain directly here, but as we look through […]

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What Is Faith? – Sam Troyer

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This sermon – What is Faith? – was originally preached 2013.09.15 by Sam Troyer. Scriptures used: Hebrews 11:1-6, Hebrews 10:36-39, 1 John 5:4, Romans 1:18, Hebrews 6:13, Hebrews 10:12, Isaiah. What is Faith? Will there be faith on the earth when Jesus returns? What is faith? Faith is playing the notes that we may never hear. […]

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The Beauty of the Moment – Jerrill Schrock

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This sermon – The Beauty of the Moment – was originally preached 2013.09.08 by Jerrill Schrock. Scriptures used: Mathew 6:24-34, Luke 22:44, Malachi 1:9, 2 Peter 2:22. The Beauty of the Moment Jesus wasn’t just rambling and telling stories. He was speaking with divine power and wisdom. What does he mean here? Jesus it speaking here […]

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Finishing Well – Sam Troyer

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This sermon – Finishing Well – was originally preached 2013.09.01 by Sam Troyer. Scriptures used: Hebrews 12:12-17, Philippians, Romans 12, 1 Peter 2, Mathew 5:9, Acts 13:42, James 4. Finishing Well We are running a race. We are on the track. We have been asked to run with perseverance. The race that we are asked to run […]

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What Is A New Testament Church? – Rich Bowman

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This sermon – What Is A New Testament Church? – was originally preached 2013.08.18 by Rich Bowman. Scriptures used: 2 Corinthians 6, Acts 20:28, Hebrews 13:17, Revelation 2, 1 Corinthians 5, 2 Corinthians 2, Galatians 6:16, Philippians 3, 1 Corinthians 12, Ephesians 4, Acts 16, Acts 26:8. What Is a New Testament Church? A couple thoughts that […]

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Abounding In The Works Of The Lord – Leon Yoder

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Windows of Heaven – Dan Freed

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The Danger of Drifting – Leon Yoder

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The Planted Man – Jerrill Schrock

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The Perseverance of the Saints – Raising Awareness and Encouraging

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Conduct Worthy of Christ – Jerrill Schrock

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Asking of God – Leon Yoder

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A Clear Conscience Before God and Man – Leon Yoder

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The Father Has Provided – Sonny Yoder – 2013.05.26

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Filled With Light – Rich Bowman – 2013.05.19

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The Perspectives of the Grasshopper and the Eagle – Leon Yoder

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Meaning for Life – Merle Burkholder

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Why God Created Families – Merle Burkholder

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A Picture of Christ and The Church – Merle Burkholder

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Interpersonal Relationships – Merle Burkholder

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Standing Before God – Rich Bowman – 2013.04.28

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Pilates Bane – Jerrill Schrock – 2013.04.21

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The Problem of Man – Leon Yoder – 2013.04.14

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Does God Have Your Ear – Sam Troyer – 2013.04.07

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Along The Emmaus Road – Sonny Yoder – 2013.03.31- Easter

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Discerning Truth – Leon Yoder – 2013.03.24

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That You May Know You Have Eternal Life – Dan Freed – 2013.03.17

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The One Who is in You – Dan Freed – 2013.03.17

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God’s Love and Our Love – Dan Freed – 2013.03.16

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Jesus Our Lawyer – Dan Freed – 2013.03.16

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Jesus the Light – Dan Freed – 2013.03.16

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Come and Rest – Sonny Yoder – 2013.03.10

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The Call To Repentance – Leon Yoder – 2013.03.03

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This sermon – The Call To Repentance – was originally preached 2013.03.03 by Leon Yoder. Passages used: Mathew 3:1-12, 2 Corinthians 7:9-10, Ezekiel, Romans, Galatians, Ephesians, Hebrews 11, Romans 13, Ephesians 4:24. Quotable Quotes A lot of people came to hear John and Jesus talk, there was a deep desire in their hearts for something that would fill […]

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Finding Rest For Our Souls – Rich Bowman – 2013.02.24

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This sermon – Finding Rest for Our Souls – was originally preached 2013.02.24 by Rich Bowman. Passages used: Mathew 11:28-30, 1 Peter 2:21-25, Acts 7:54-60, Genesis 42:19-22, Genesis 45, Luke 19:8-10, Luke 12, Luke 15, Hebrews 4:9. Quotable Quotes How does a person go about finding rest for their soul? Is it something I do? Is […]

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Isolation VS Brotherhood – Steve Yoder – 2013.02.17

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This sermon – Isolation VS Brotherhood – was originally preached 2013.02.17 by Steve Yoder. Passages used: 1 John 1, Genesis 2, 2 Corinthians 6, Hebrews 10, 1 John 3, 1 John 4, Mathew 18:5, Philippians 2:4, Ephesians 4:32, 1 Corinthians 12, Galatians 6, John 13, 1 Corinthians 13, John 15, Romans 12, 1 Peter 1:22, 1 […]

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What Does the Blood Say to Us Today – Sam Troyer – 2013.02.10

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This sermon – What Does the Blood Say to Us Today – was originally preached 2013.02.10 by Sam Troyer. Passages used: Hebrews 9, Mathew 26:27, 1 Peter 1, Mathew 20:28, Isaiah 1, 1 John 1:7, Revelation 7:13. Quotable Quotes There is no atonement with out the blood of Jesus – nothing can take its place – nothing. […]

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Paul’s Appeal – Jerrill Schrock – 2013.02.03

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This sermon – Paul’s Appeal – was originally preached 2013.02.03 by Jerrill Schrock. Passages used: Romans 7:7-25, Romans 3, Romans 2, Romans 6, Romans 8. Quotable Quotes Paul really loved the Jews. He even says that he would be willing to be eternally damned if it would save the Jewish people. A whole lot was invested […]

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Laying Up Treasure – Leon Yoder – 2013.01.27

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This sermon – Laying Up Treasure – was originally preached 2013.01.27 by Leon Yoder. Passages used: Mathew 6:19-end, 1 Peter 1, Luke 12, 1 Timothy 6, 1 John. Quotable Quotes What a man loves most – that is his god, that is his treasure. How tragic it would be if we worked and got all the […]

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Psalm 33 – Dan Freed – 2013.01.20

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This sermon – Psalm 33 – was originally preached 2013.01.20 by Dan Freed. Passages used: Psalm 33, Luke 24:27, Psalm 145, Psalm 106, Psalm 94, 1 John. Quotable Quotes The purpose that God has for me is the same that God has for everyone – to lead a life that brings praise and glory to God. […]

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Hearken To The Voice of God – Rich Bowman – 2013.01.13

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This sermon – Hearken To The Voice of God – was originally preached 2013.01.13 by Rich Bowman. Passages used: Deuteronomy 28, Mathew 7:7-12, Jeremiah 29:10-11, John 10, Genesis 3, Mathew 5, 1 Peter 2:23, 1 Peter 4:12-16, Joshua, Deuteronomy 30:10-20. Quotable Quotes What might look bad to us in this new year, may be something that […]

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A Walk Through The Graveyard – Bethel – Delvin Yoder – 2013.01.06

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This topic – A Walk Through The Graveyard – Bethel – was originally given 2013.01.06 by Delvin Yoder. Note: To download the mp3 file directly from this page, right click the download button and choose Save Link As… Browse to where you want to save the file and click save. Also you can subscribe to the […]

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You Are The Light Of The World – Jerrill Schrock – 2013.01.06

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This sermon – You Are The Light Of The World – was originally preached 2013.01.06 by Jerrill Schrock. Passages used: Mathew 5:16, Genesis 1, 1 John 1:1-4, John 8:12, Psalm 103, Mathew 4:16, Ephesians 2:5. Quotable Quotes If we have a light this morning it is not something we have created. Without the sun there is […]

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The Greatest Gift – Sam Troyer – 2012.12.23

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This sermon – The Greatest Gift – was originally preached 2012.12.23 by Sam Troyer. Passages used: 2 Corinthians 9:15, John 3:16, 2 Corinthians 5:19, Romans 8:32. Quotable Quotes We are celebrating the greatest gift – Jesus. The measure of love is always its willingness to give. If we want to measure God’s love we need to […]

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Our Offering To God – Jerrill Schrock – 2012.12.23

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This sermon – Our Offering To God – was originally preached 2012.12.23 by Jerrill Schrock. Passages used: Romans 12:1-3, Psalm 145:8, Malachi 1:7,8, Mathew 5,6, Romans 6. Quotable Quotes God is very aware of our humanity, that we are but dust. We all come to God in the same situation. God asks for our all… God […]

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The Glory of God’s Presence – Sam Troyer – 2012.12.16

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This sermon – The Glory of God’s Presence – was originally preached 2012.12.16 by Sam Troyer. Passages used: Exodus 25:10-22, Psalm 99, Acts 7, Hebrews, Isaiah 43. Quotable Quotes God’s presence. Is it a part of your life. Can you feel it here this morning? The Ark of the covenant was the center of the worship of […]

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But As For You – Man of God – Sonny Yoder – 2012.12.09

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This sermon – But As For You – Man of God – was originally preached 2012.12.09 by Sonny Yoder. Passages used: 2 Timothy 3. Quotable Quotes In these last days there will be difficult times, because people are sinful. We as Christians need to live very differently than the prevailing culture that we live in. God is […]

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The Wonder Working Power of God – Rich Bowman – 2012.12.02

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This sermon – The Wonder Working Power of God – was originally preached 2012.12.02 by Rich Bowman. Passages used: Romans 1:1-17, Romans 16, 1 Corinthians 15, 1 John 1:7, Romans 6:1-18, Revelation 12:11, 2 Corinthians 10, Luke 9:23, Mathew 10:22. Quotable Quotes This letter was written to the believers at Rome. If we can understand them a […]

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Faith Is – Leon Yoder – 2012.11.25

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This sermon – Faith Is – was originally preached 2012.11.25 by Leon Yoder. Passages used: Hebrews 11, Mark 9, Mathew 17, Romans 10, Psalm 78. Quotable Quotes With their faith they pleased God. To approach God and to be pleasing to Him we must believe that He exists and that He rewards sincere seekers. The list […]

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Repentance – Jeff Yoder – 2012.11.18

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This sermon – Repentance – was originally preached 2012.11.18 by Jeff Yoder. Passages used: Luke 15:11-32, Romans. Quotable Quotes That We Have Sinned… A lot of times we tell God that we want to go another way, that we want to set out on our own. The Father loved his son enough that he allowed him […]

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