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The Earth Shattering Truth (1 Corinthians 6:12–20)

Snap out of it! Snap out of the boring state of Churchy mind, the boring Church; snap out of boring preaching, and wake up! Wake up to the earth-shattering truth: If you are a Christian, you are one with Jesus Christ. There is one God who created heaven and Earth whom you can know and be united with. I dare you! I dare you to get bored as a Christian. If you are a Christian and you are bored, you have eyes but cannot see.

A link to the audio of the message is found below.

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0afWU503wSL

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The Manifold Wisdom Of God (Ephesians 3:1–13)

Ephesians declares that the Church is the manifold wisdom of God made known in the world. In the ancient Church, Christians were sometimes mistaken for atheists. They stuck out like sore thumbs because they did not worship the ubiquitous gods of their age. Is the Church today in any way comparable? Is the Church today the manifold wisdom of God made known to the world? Modern Christians too, should stick out like sore thumbs, and not for bad reasons—but rather for commitment to following Jesus.

A link to the audio of this message is found below. Apologies for the not-perfect audio quality.

https://vocaroo.com/i/s1sAeynTGQdF

2018: A New Year, A New Life (Luke 2:22ff.)

This sermon was preached on December 31st, 2017. For Jesus, God the Father’s great plan was the journey to the cross, dying for the world, and being raised from the dead—and, to our surprise, God’s design for our lives is actually much the same! “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will save it” (Luke 9:23–24). So God’s plan for Jesus mirrors our destiny in Christ. In fact our lives are designed for this very purpose—losing ourselves for Christ. Will 2018 finally be the year when we live how we’re designed by God to live—and thereby live the best life possible?

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0fQ9y1MaSSO

All God’s Children: Christmas Eve Message

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What is the point of the Christmas Gospel narratives? This message addresses the critical issue of CHRISTmas.

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0xbHRxWIh41

“Joy To The World” (1 Thessalonians 5:16–24)

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The following sermon, preached on December 17th, 2017, examines how the love of God can so fill us that we can experience a deeper joy which no one can take away. In John 16:22 Jesus said, “You will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.” Can you say that about yourself? That no one can take away your joy? “Rejoice always,” 1 Thessalonians 5:16 commands.

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0BfngglSUFk

Peace On Earth (Mark 1:1–8)

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The following sermon, preached on December 10th, 2017, examines the peace of God. Scripture speaks very highly of the peace we have with Jesus. Ask yourself: Do worries and thoughts and anxieties control my behavior? Are my troubling thoughts in control of me? Who is really my Lord? The peace of God is instantly available to all Christians, but in order to experience the deeper relationship with God we have to LET Christ dwell in us richly in order to receive His grace.

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s10W6vHF2kzj

The Coming King (Isaiah 64:1–9)

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The following sermon, preached on December 3rd, 2017, examines how Scripture reveals the PROMISE of God that the Holy Spirit can purify every thought and inclination to serve His holy will and diminish and destroy the darkness in our lives. This is the “third coming” of Jesus Christ—the Spirit of Jesus who enters our hearts and melts our hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. In the Gospel Jesus asks a very disturbing question regarding the final arrival of the King: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?” (Lk 18:8).

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s1fy5iFgragP

The True Christmas Spirit (Matthew 25:31–46)

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The following sermon, preached on November 26th, 2017, examines what we call the “Christmas Spirit.” The real Christmas Spirit is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit convicts us of sin regarding righteousness and shows us that justice and compassion define God’s desires (not, do we even have to mention it, materialism and money). “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27).

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0JJrO6F9u4Q

“Thank God” (Luke 17:11–19)

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The following sermon, preached on November 19th, 2017, considers “Thanking God.” We can know God’s grace, “Thank God,” and yet still fall short of receiving saving grace. The difference lies in truly recognizing in our hearts that Jesus is Lord, the Son of God, the Savior—all true—but this realization must be existential! I must know MY personal Savior, believing in Him that He saves even ME, because I need it, I need Jesus, and, thank God, praise God!—Just like the man healed in the Gospel of Luke.

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s1z42cG2F2dQ

What Is God Thankful For? (Amos 5:18–24)

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The following sermon, preached on November 12th, 2017, considers Amos 5:18–24. What Is God Thankful For?—is the message title. Is God thankful for people always coming to Church, not watching bad movies, not cussing, or not smoking? Or is God thankful for justice, social equality, and disaster relief for those in need? Is God thankful for people’s hearts being cleansed from the sinful nature by the Holy Spirit so that they don’t pick up that gun and walk into the Church, guns blazing? The answer is of course, the latter stuff! God cares about things that actually matter! God is in fact **thankful** for it. God doesn’t NEED the things He is thankful for—He’s God. He doesn’t need anything! But God desires that we obey and follow him with a heart transformed by the Gospel.

A link to the audio is found below and we apologize for the not perfect quality of the audio!

https://vocaroo.com/i/s0fkhNOFZoNf