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Last update: 2013-06-30

Does the Lord Listen? (Psalm 4)

2013-06-30
Length: 36s

There is no doubt that as Christians we still struggle with sin. Probably one of the most shameful things is that we do not have confidence in the covenant of grace. How sure can we be based on the promises of God that He actually cares? How sure can we be that the Lord actually cares about the little things in our lives? How do we know that having our grounding in the Lord really establishes something significant? If you are curious about these question please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Does the Lord Listen?" …

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All Things for Good? (LD 10; Romans 8:28-39)

2013-06-26
Length: 32s

If you have ever gone through a tough time sometimes the providence of God is not that encouraging. Why is it offensive when people say, "Well, God works all things for your good?" I mean this is what Scripture says. So, why do we not like to hear that promise? What is lacking in only citing Romans 8:28? How is the text actually very encouraging for our lives in the midst of trouble? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "All Things for Good?"…

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A Sermon on Deuteronomy 31:14-29

2013-06-26
Length: 47s

Mr. Jordan Huff preaches on Deuteronomy 31:14-29. …

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Mr. Jordan Huff Preaches on 2 Peter 1:1-4

2013-06-26
Length: 36s

Mr. Jordan Huff Preaches on 2 Peter 1:1-4…

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The King Dethroned? (Psalm 3)

2013-06-23
Length: 28s

It is nice to hear that the Lord reigns, but how do we know that the Lord can really triumph over all the powers of this age? I mean you can declare anything you want about yourself, but the challenge is showing that radical claims are actually true. So, how do we know that God really can sit in heaven and laugh at the schemes of man? How do we know that God will win and will always prevail over evil? How do we know that His kingship will alway be enthroned in glory? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The King Dethroned?" …

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Rejoice! The Lord is Sovereign (Job 42:1-9; LD 9)

2013-06-11
Length: 35s

It is always something that is a bit of a challenge to encourage someone who experiences hardship in this life. There are times when we have done things that are absolutely foolish and we are experiencing the consequences of our actions, choices, or sins. However, there are other times when a person may have done everything right, but then life does not work out the way it was planned. Is God still sovereign? Is God still in control? Is God still watching over us? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Rejoice! The Lord is Sovereign."…

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The Triumph of the King (Psalm 2)

2013-06-09
Length: 36s

It is interesting that when you survey history that many times nations think that if they make a treaty they will establish peace. I am not saying that treaties are bad, but will there ever be peace in this age? How do those treaties show that in reality, they are not establishing peace at all? What is the irony in the nations trying to find peace in their own schemes? Where should we all find our peace and hope in the Lord? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Triumph of the King." …

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A God Proud of His Past (LD 8; Luke 9:28-36)

2013-06-06
Length: 27s

Have you ever wondered why the disciples witness Christ with Moses and Elijah? Why was Christ shining in this glory prior to the cross? Why does the Father say, "This is My Son; my Chosen One, listen to Him?" Why does the Lord give this vision of these men from history? Why not just get redemption done rather than performing all these shows? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "A God Proud of the Past." …

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Assured by Faith (LD 7; Ephesians 2:1-10)

2013-06-04
Length: 32s

Ironically one of the most contentious and yet important things in the Christian life is the discussion regarding faith. All Christians see faith as being important, but how do we receive this faith? Or is this faith a gift in the sense that we have done something nice and so we receive a gift? Is this gift something that is given to completely undeserving people? Why is faith something that is such a great benefit? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Assured by Faith." …

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The Righteous Prosper (Psalm 1)

2013-06-02
Length: 36s

It is interesting that Christians can look at the scripture and some can say that a pious life is one of poverty. There are others who can look at the same revelation that God has given us and say that riches are a sign of God's favor. Now, if we look at Psalm 1 it seems that if we obey the Lord then we will be very blessed. Yet, this is not always true for every Christian. You can find other places in scripture that the pious are not always blessed with an easy life. So, how do we handle a Psalm like Psalm 1 in light of the rest of scripture? What is our hope as Christians in this life? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Righteous Prosper."…

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Do You Love Me? (John 21:1-25)

2013-05-29
Length: 38s

I am sure that we are all somewhat familiar with Jesus asking Peter three times if Peter loves him. Have you ever wondered why Jesus has to ask Peter three times if Peter loves Him? I mean if Jesus is the Son of God who knows all things then what is the point of asking these questions over and over again? Why would Jesus even ask these questions because Peter swam in the sea to get to Christ? It seems to me that it is obvious. So, why does Christ ask these questions about Peter loving Christ? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Do You Love Me?" …

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Why Historic Precedents Matter (LD 6; Gal. 4:1-7)

2013-05-22
Length: 34s

When we consider Christianity there are many who make it sound like Christianity is not really something that is factual or concrete. There is a temptation to think that it is true because I believe it to be true. Yet, there are things that must have happened in history for it to be true. So, what things in history matter? What historic events make Christianity something that is beneficial? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Historic Precedents Matter."…

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The Resurrection that Mattered (John 20:1-31)

2013-05-19
Length: 38s

So often we think that it is the skeptic or the scientist that has the problem with the resurrection. Some people probably think that they are superior in that they do not merely accept these testimonies. I am sure that there are some people who think that they are advanced and developed because they question the resurrection. So, it seems that this is an important doctrine for God to get right. Why does he then record that his own followers doubted the resurrection? Why do we as Christians want to even believe in a resurrection? Why is this resurrection so hard to understand? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Resurrection that Mattered."…

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Redeemer of the Many (LD 5; Romans 5:12-21)

2013-05-15
Length: 31s

So, if God really is not able to overlook a few infractions then why try to please him? I mean if God is going to hold our feet to the fire because one man could not control himself then why worship Him? I mean there are other gods that are much nicer. These are things that people might bring against us, but is this really fair to charge against God? Are we really seeing the whole picture of our redemption when we level these sorts of charges against God? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Redeemer of the Many."…

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Heaven Trumps Human Wisdom (John 19:16-42)

2013-05-12
Length: 41s

The death and resurrection of Christ are probably two of the most controversial things in the Christian faith. I mean, how can we say that Christ actually won the battle by dying on the cross? This sounds like we are seriously chickening out of a challenge. How can you win by losing? How can a warrior win by dying at the hands of his enemies? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Heaven Trumps Human Wisdom." …

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Serving an Unjust God? (LD 4; Ecclesiastes 7:15-29)

2013-05-08
Length: 30s

One of the frustrating things about this world is that when you think you have it figured out then you find a contradiction. In other words when you think you have all the laws for success figured out then things change. One could look at this world and say that it is unstable. Or one could say that there is a bigger picture that we need to see. What is that bigger picture? How do we find wisdom? Is God fair in requiring that we live wisely? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Serving an Unjust God?"…

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The Trial that Changed History (John 18:28-19:16)

2013-05-05
Length: 41s

The Lord made a strong promise in Genesis 3:15 that the Lord would definitively defeat Satan. We all know that truly we are no match for Satan. We can see this because Adam in his perfect state did not stand up to Satan. So, what trick does Christ have up His sleeve? How is Christ going to defeat this strong warrior? How is Christ going to win when there is a kangaroo court stacked against HIm? Or is Christ going to lose? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Trial that Changed History." …

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The Walking Dead (LD 3; Colossians 3:1-11)

2013-05-03
Length: 31s

The Heidelberg Catechism opens on a note that is a bit of a downer. You see there is the message that we are those who naturally hate God and our neighbor. When we hear such strong statements we might be tempted to give up in our Christian life. You see we are just sinful anyway so why not just live in sin? Why should we want to continue to conform to the Lord if we naturally hate the Lord? What is our ultimate motivation to conform to the Lord? Did the Lord make us this way? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Walking Dead." …

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Gary Findley's Afternoon Sermon

2013-05-03
Length: 32s

This is Rev. Findley's afternoon sermon while Rev. Lindemulder was away at classis. …

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Gary Findley's Morning Sermon

2013-05-03
Length: 37s

This is the morning sermon that Findley preached while Rev. Lindemulder was gone to classis. …

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Ironic Betrayal (John 18:1-27)

2013-04-28
Length: 33s

If we are honest we are critical of the words from Hebrews that say, "For we do not have a high priest who has unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin." We do not think that Christ can understand everything we have endured or can really understand temptation. However, are we really being fair? Can we really understand the level of temptation that Christ faces at his last moments on this earth? Can we understand the intensity of His war? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Ironic Betrayal."…

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Do We Really Hate God? (LD 2; Titus 3:1-8)

2013-04-26
Length: 31s

When we look at this world there are many things that concern us. I am sure that if you talked to anyone one the street they would tell you things that they do not appreciate about this world and want it to change. However, what is the root of the problem? How is seeing the root something that is just staggering to consider? What is the ultimate solution? How is that ultimate solution truly humbling? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Do We Really Hate God?" …

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The High Priestly Prayer (John 17:1-26)

2013-04-14
Length: 34s

If we were facing a very hard time the chances are that we would be thinking of ourselves and how to get out of trouble. If we were giving ourselves for another person we would want them to vow that this sacrifice would not be a waste of time. What does Christ pray for when he goes to the cross knowing that His disciples will scatter? What burdens lay on Him knowing that one of His disciples will betray Him? John allows us to listen to Christ's last words prior to facing the cross. So, if you are curious about these last words please listen to our sermon titled, "The High Priestly Prayer."…

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Does Redemption Make us Indifferent? (Titus 2:11-14; LD 1)

2013-04-10
Length: 34s

What do you say if someone were to ask you, "What is your comfort in life?" I hope that you would answer that Christ is ultimately our comfort. Yet, why is it comforting to know that Christ has redeemed us? Is it so that we can be lazy and not care about conforming to the Lord? Is it so that we have a free get of jail card? Why is this redemption in Christ so comforting and how does it impact us every day? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Does Redemption Make Us Indifferent?" …

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Destined to Be Alone and Afraid? (John 16:4-33)

2013-04-07
Length: 37s

If we are honest about our view of the Lord we are tempted many times to think that Christ has it easy. I am sure that if we were even more honest we would be skeptical that Christ really has been tempted in every way. If we had our chance to dialogue with Christ at our worst moments we would challenge whether Christ knows how hard it is down here when he is in His ivory fortress. Yet, when Christ gives His farewell He tells His disciples that His departing this earth is for our good. How come this is not merely for Christ's good? How can we say that Christ leaving this world is actually better for us today? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Destined to be Alone and Afraid?" …

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A Funny Pep Talk (John 15:18-16:4)

2013-04-04
Length: 38s

If we we know that our time on this earth is finished we are going to choose our farewell words carefully. If we see ourselves as people of destiny then we want people to carry on our legacy. Our words then will motivate our successors to carry on our legacy to make sure that people remember us. There is no doubt that Christ's words are carefully chosen, but yet his words are somewhat dreary. Why does Christ talk about martyrdom if he wants to start a movement? Why does Christ talk about suffering if he wants to continue with a movement? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "A Funny Pep Talk." …

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Saying AMEN to a Complete Kingdom (LD 52; Luke 24:36-49)

2013-04-02
Length: 33s

Easter is a time when we reflect on the resurrection of Christ. This is a good thing for us to do, but do we really grasp the radical nature of the resurrection? I mean the disciples were with Christ and never seemed to have much confidence that the kingdom would be established after Christ died. So, why is this resurrection so significant for Christianity? Why is this resurrection so significant for our Christian walk? How is this Resurrection the ultimate, "Amen?" If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Saying AMEN to a Complete Kingdom." …

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Saying Amen to a Half Kingdom? (LD 52; Luke 19:28-40)

2013-03-27
Length: 34s

There is no question that our God is a perfect and complete God. He is not one who is going to do something in a half hearted way. It would seem that as Christ enters Jerusalem that there is the assurance that Christ has actually won the favor the crowds. You would think that this is a good thing, but Christ scares them off. How come Christ does not embrace their warm reception to his entrance into the city? How come Christ deters the zeal of the crowds and weeps over the holy city of Jerusalem? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Saying Amen to a Half Kingdom?"…

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Abide in Me (John 15:1-17)

2013-03-24
Length: 36s

When we listen to the parting speech of Christ there seems to be a bit of a contradiction. On the one hand his father is the vinedresser and Christ is the vine. Yet, we are told that we are to abide in Christ as He gives us new life. So, why do we abide in Christ? What is the hope that we have as those who are in this vine? How do we know if we have abided enough in the vine? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Abide in Me."…

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Lead Us Not into Temptation (LD 52; Luke 11:3)

2013-03-20
Length: 32s

The Lord's prayer is something that assures us that God is personal. He is not a God who redeems, and then He leaves us without being able to know HIm. So, we think that this prayer is encouraging because it proves that we can communicate with a gracious God. Then we see that we are asking God not to lead us into temptation. If God is good then why would he tempt us? What does it means that we do not want God to tempt us? Does this mean that God wants us to do evil? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Lead Us Not into Temptation."…

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Building a New Place (John 14:1-31)

2013-03-17
Length: 38s

Sometimes when we think of Jesus doing his time in this world he left because he could not hack it. I mean it seems that Christ was eager to return to His ivory palace. After all this world is broken, full of poverty, there is injustice, and there is plain wickedness that is sometimes overwhelming. So, did Christ leave because it was easier to leave than to stay? Why not just fix this world or this creation if He is God? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Building A New Place."…

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Forgive in Order to be Forgiven? (LD 51; Matthew 6:14,15)

2013-03-12
Length: 33s

One of the pillars of our faith is that we believe in Grace alone. This means that we receive grace without doing anything to deserve this grace. So, why does Matthew make it sound like our forgiveness is conditional? Matthew tells us that if we do not forgive then the Lord will not forgive us. Does this mean that for every sin we forgive then the Lord forgives one of our sins? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Forgive in order to be Forgiven?"…

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Ironic Victory (John 13:21-38)

2013-03-10
Length: 33s

If someone desires to win a contest you figure that the person is going to train, and it is going to be a close race to keep you in suspense. We would think that a person is crazy if the person thinks that they can show up, and then seem to quit. We would tell that person that they cannot claim a victory because they lost. Yet, that is almost what it seems Christ has done. Yet, Christ claims a victory. How can Christ claim a victory when one disciple denies him and another betrays him? How can Christ claim glory when it seems that he cannot keep his own men in line? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Ironic Victory." …

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Give Us Our Daily Bread (LD 50; Luke 11:3)

2013-03-06
Length: 33s

When we think of prayer we think of prayer as being something that is reserved for spiritual struggles. We know that God is a spirit and so what can God know about bodies? So, it would seem logical that we would not bother God for our daily physical needs. However, is this thinking consistent with the Lord's prayer? What does the Lord's prayer tell us about our asking God for our physical needs? How can this request be consistent with God being a spirit? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Give Us Our Daily Bread."…

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The Peasant King (John 13:1-20)

2013-03-03
Length: 37s

When we think of leaders or kings we think of individuals that are worthy of glory. They wear expensive clothing, they drive nice cars, and they have the most luxurious mansions. We do not think of them as talking to the lowly people. We do not think of them as having to get their hands dirty. In fact, we are not alone in this assumption. The disciples have a problem with Christ washing their feet as well because that was work reserved for peasants. So, why does Christ wash their feet? Why is it significant that Christ washes even Judas' feet? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Peasant King."…

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Your Will Be Done (LD 49; Matthew 6:10)

2013-02-27
Length: 33s

Normally as people we do not want someone else to impose their will on us. If we allow someone else to impose their will this is a sign of weakness or failure on our part. Yet, in the Lord's prayer we willingly request that the Lord's will be done. Why would we want His will to be done instead of our will? How do we know that the Lord's will being done is something that is positive for us? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Your Will Be Done."…

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Is This Ministry Remotely Effective? (John 12:36-50)

2013-02-24
Length: 32s

The idea that God chooses His people is something that is still controversial today. It sounds mean that the Lord only selects some people and not everyone. On the flip side we could see that Christ as the Shepherd securing His sheep offers us rich comfort. What kind of comfort does this offer? What peace do we have if God chooses His people? Is this just a New Testament understanding that God chooses His people? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Is This Ministry Remotely Effective?"…

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Your Kingdom Come (LD 48; Matthew 6:5-15)

2013-02-21
Length: 39s

When we survey Covenant History we can see that the kingdom has been long time coming, but supposedly has arrived at this point. Yet, when we get to the Lord's prayer there is the request that we make that the Lord's kingdom will come. When is this kingdom coming? Why would we want to pray this request? Why don't we get tired of the kingdom coming? Simply put, when is this request going to be answered? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Your Kingdom Come."…

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Triumphant by Whose Standard? (John 12:12-36)

2013-02-17
Length: 39s

It is always interesting to me that when Christ enters Jerusalem we call that "His Triumphal Entry." Yet, Christ does not see it as triumphal at all. In fact, Christ speaks against the entry being triumphal, and almost rebukes those who greet him. Why does Christ react this way? Why not avoid the cross and enter into the glory of heaven by influencing people? Why are the people turned away from following Christ? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Triumphant by Whose Standard?"…

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Hallowed be YOUR Name (LD 47; Luke 11:2)

2013-02-13
Length: 32s

When we memorize the Lord's prayer we use this strange language for the Lord to hallow His name. What does this mean that the Lord has to hallow His name? This word hallow means sanctify. If God is holy then why does He need to be sanctified? Are we cheering on an incomplete God? Are we making this request because God is too weak to be consistent with Himself? So, why would we ask the Lord to be sanctified when He is the essence of holiness? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Hallowed be YOUR Name."…

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Ironic Anointing (John 12:1-11)

2013-02-10
Length: 35s

Some think of Jesus as an ethical teacher, or maybe an example of ethics. There is some truth to this reality, but yet Christ rebukes Judas for being concerned about the poor. Why does Jesus rebuke Judas? How come Jesus does not rebuke Mary for wasting expensive perfume? Why does Mary pour perfume on Jesus' feet? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Ironic Anointing."…

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Fighting the Fight (1 Timothy 6:12)

2013-02-06
Length: 35s

How come in our church we do not have someone receive baptism when they profess to believe in Christ? Have you ever wondered why Reformed churches will baptize infants, and then have someone make a public profession of faith? Do we find any Biblical evidence for such a practice? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Fighting the Fight." …

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He is Christ the Prophet (Luke 4:14-37)

2013-02-03
Length: 34s

Rev. Adrian Dieleman is the pastor of Trinity URC in Visalia, CA. He bring us a message from the gospel of Luke. …

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Why We Want Our Father in Heaven (LD 46; Matt. 6:1-15)

2013-01-30
Length: 37s

When Christ walked upon this earth Christ taught us how to pray. We open this prayer by praying to our Father in heaven. This is strange that we would pray to our Father in heaven because this makes Him sound so distant, distracted, and disconnected from us. Yet, this is how we are commanded to pray. So, what is good about praying our Father in heaven? Why do we want our Father to be in heaven? How can it even be encouraging for HIm to be in heaven? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why We Want Our Father in Heaven."…

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The Settled Verdict (John 11:45-55)

2013-01-27
Length: 31s

Man thinks that he is very wise, and can determine his own destiny. This is not something that is new, but we see this mindset especially at the time of Jesus. How can we be sure that the Lord is more powerful than all the rulers of this age? How do we know that God will see to it that His decision will be the final decision? How can we be assured that the Lord's will is never going to be sidetracked? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Settled Verdict."…

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Why Do Christians Pray? (LD 45; Luke 11:1-13)

2013-01-23
Length: 31s

As Christians we believe that God knows all things. If it is true that God knows all things then why do we have to pray? Why do the disciples want Christ to teach them how to pray? I mean we can see many prayers in the Psalms so the disciples should know how to pray. Why does Christ teach them a prayer? Why is it so encouraging that Christ teaches them a prayer? Why would we as Christians want to use this prayer and pray to God if He knows all things? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Do Christians Pray?"…

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I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John 11:1-45)

2013-01-20
Length: 34s

hope that as Christians we see the resurrection as a great blessing. This is the assurance that we will be raised from the dead. While this is nice to know today, how do we know that it is really something that is fully beneficial? In other words how can a blessing that happens at the end of time be something that helps me now? So, the issue is simply: if the resurrection is future why is this important today for my Christian life, growth, and assurance of faith? If you are curious about these questions please stay turned to our sermon titled, "I AM the Resurrection and the Life."…

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Coveting the Goal (LD 44; Philippians 3:12-4:1)

2013-01-16
Length: 36s

I think that many times when we live the Christian life we are surprised by how hard the life is to actually live. There are so many things out there that are so alluring. There are times when we might think that God loves us because we are very lovable. There might be times when we think that God does not love us because we are so unlovable. How do we keep all these different issues in check? Where do we find our hope and strength to continue to fight through this age? In other words why do we keep on struggling? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Coveting the Goal."…

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The Shepherd's Trial (John 10:22-42)

2013-01-13
Length: 37s

You can see in scripture in many places that God is a shepherd of His people. I hope that we find our hope in the reality that God is our shepherd. Yet, what does it mean that He is our shepherd? How did we ever receive the privilege of being called His sheep? What comfort is it to know that we are His sheep? Who would have issues with God being a shepherd of His sheep? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Shepherd's Trial."…

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The Radical Truth About Slander (LD 43; Luke 6:37-42)

2013-01-09
Length: 27s

If you spread lies about someone in the world they can sue you for libel. This means that you have done damage to their reputation. Certainly, a lawsuit is something that deters us from spreading gossip. However, what is the motivation for a Christian not to spread lies about people? If we are forgiven anyway then what is the harm in spreading a few juicy rumors? Why should we be concerned not to slander someone in the church or in the world? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Radical Truth about Slander." …

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The Benefits of Our Last Adam: Born to Die (1 Corinthians 15:45)

2013-01-06
Length: 30s

It is tempting to think of the story of Adam as something that is merely pretend, nice, or maybe a neat sentimental story. If we make this concession we can please a lot of people who pride themselves on being advanced in terms of today's standards. However, what happens if we deny that there was a real man named Adam? What happens if we deny that his sin actually plunged the human race into sin? How can that event that seems so small radically impact the gospel message? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Benefits of Our Last Adam: Born to Die." …

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Stealing from God (1 Corinthians 6:1-11; LD 42)

2013-01-02
Length: 31s

There is a segment in our economy that makes a living by securing homes, workplaces, and even individuals. This is a necessary evil in this age because man is sinful and steals from fellow man. We can hide in our homes and look down on the common thief, but in what ways do we also steal? Is stealing only bad for an economy or is there more to it than just impacting an economy? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Stealing from God" …

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God's Blunder or Blockbuster?: Born to Die (Luke 2:1-21)

2012-12-30
Length: 36s

If you want people to take you serious when you speak you need to be articulate. If you make blunders, trip over words, and worst of all make a series of promises that appear more like bloopers than blockbusters people are not going to take you serious. So, we would expect the red carpet and a sensational stage performance when Christ enters history. Yet, this is not the case. Is the Lord weak? Is the Lord failing to measure up to the hype? What is the Lord expecting to accomplish with a rejected peasant king? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "God's Blunder or Blockbuster?: Born to Die"…

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Living a Pure Life (LD 41; Ephesians 5:5)

2012-12-28
Length: 38s

There is a temptation to pick through the commandments as if they are merely a checklist. For instance if someone is single they might look at a commandment that forbids adultery and say that it does not matter. How can they commit adultery if they are single? They can fornicate, but adultery is something between married people then why does this command matter? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Living a Pure Life."…

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The Suffering Servant: Born to Die (Isaiah 52:13-53:12)

2012-12-23
Length: 41s

There is no doubt that there are benefits to knowing that the Lord is the one who is mighty. He is a God who can slaughter anyone who dares to challenge Him. In fact, there is not one worthy opponent who can stand in the way the Lord. So, are we called to be terrified of God? I mean, if he is so powerful and strong why not just live in utter terror of HIs name? Clearly, God is serious about His justice. How do we know that He is also a God who is just as serious about His mercy and grace? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Suffering Servant: Born to Die."…

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Why Should We Respect Humanity? (LD 40; Genesis 8:20-9:17)

2012-12-21
Length: 42s

We have been told to respect people. We are reminded again and again to be considerate of other people around us. Why should we care about those around us? Really, is there any Biblical basis to care about people who are not in the Christian community? We can see why would care about Christians, but why have compassion for those outside the church? Why respect those outside the church? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Should We Respect Humanity?"…

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The Building Branch: Born to Die (Zech. 3; 6:9-15)

2012-12-16
Length: 37s

I still cannot imagine the relief that Adam must have experienced when he realized that God was not going to give him what he deserved. Adam must have had a great does of relief, and assurance of knowing that another would receive what he deserved. So, we would expect the Lord to make this happen quickly, but yet we see a scene where the high priest is accused by Satan because the priest is not pure enough. Satan is concerned about the purity of God's people. Yet, the Lord rebukes Satan. Why is Satan so out of line? What is at the heart of Satan's accusation of Joshua? How is this accusation answered in a way that shows the significance of Christmas? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Building Branch: Born to Die."…

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Why Honor Authority? (LD 39; Ephesians 6:1-9)

2012-12-13
Length: 32s

It seems that today many people are suspicious of individuals in authority. It seems that the expectation is that one has to question authority and rebel against authority to show that they are not going to be one of the herd. Ironically, this is something that is not that new, but is intrinsic to fallen man. So, now that we claim to be Christians why would we follow authority? Honestly, we do not have to think too hard to lay out abuses of authority. So, why do we as christians submit and obey authority? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Honor Authority?"…

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The Champion Sacrificed: Born to Die (Genesis 22:1-19)

2012-12-09
Length: 37s

In our last sermon the Lord made the remarkable promise that He was going to divide two seeds, and He was going to triumph over the seed of the serpent. It is great to know that there is the promised victory that will come in history. So, is the warrior who faces off with the serpent going to be strong? Is he going to have a mighty army? Will he be one who is so powerful that no one would dare to come against him? What does Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac have to do with this promised victory? What does a sacrifice have to do with the victory of this war? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Champion Sacrificed: Born to Die."…

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Are We Just Boring? (LD 38: 1 Corinthians 14:13-40)

2012-12-05
Length: 47s

Many times we do not associate Reformed Worship with something that we would call fun. In fact, some might say that it is downright boring compared to some other expressions of worship. Do we worship the way that we do because we are boring or is there actually a reason for it? Is there a way that we can come together in a reverent way and still be very edified? Is there anything in scripture to which we can appeal to demonstrate that worship is supposed to be orderly? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Are We Just Boring?"…

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The First Gospel: Born to Die (Genesis 3:15)

2012-12-02
Length: 50s

We associate Christmas with the birth of Christ. This is not something that is bad because that is what we say is the point of Christmas. However, why did Christ enter into history? Why is it that Christ took on the flesh to redeem us? Does the Lord do this merely because He is a God of drama or is there a far bigger picture than merely Christ being a cute baby? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The First Gospel: Born to Die."…

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Swearing in the Lord's Name (LD 37; Genesis 31:36-55)

2012-11-29
Length: 30s

I remember being a kid and asking my parents why people swore on the Bible. It seems so strange to hold your hand on a book and swear that you will tell the truth. Why do we do that? Where do we see a precedent or an example of people doing this in the Bible? Why would we want to take such an oath where we bind ourselves to be avenged by God if we fail to keep the promise? ? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Swearing in the Lord's Name."…

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Do You Follow the Good Shepherd? (John 10:1-21)

2012-11-25
Length: 32s

In today's world it would sound strange to say that we cherish the Lord being a shepherd. One might wonder what does that mean? Does that mean that we are just sheep who aimlessly follow along with the herd? Does that mean that God does not love us as individuals? Does that mean that we have to be dumb in order to want to follow this God? Or are all these questions missing the beauty of what the Lord reveals about Himself? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Do You Follow the Good Shepherd?"…

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No Other Name Can Stand (LD 36; Isaiah 45:14-25)

2012-11-21
Length: 40s

We most certainly believe that the name of God should not be mocked. He is the Lord who has created all things. We also know that people who make idols make a mockery of God's name. How does the Lord deal with them? How is the Lord's name tied to His actions? You would think that the Lord's name is the Lord's name, but how must the Lord ultimately vindicate His name? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our message titled, "No Other Name Can Stand."…

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Blinded by Righteousness (John 9:1-41)

2012-11-18
Length: 41s

I bet that if you went out into the street and asked people about a pharisee I am sure you would get a variety of answers. I bet if you asked in the church you would get a variety of answers as well, but most people would agree that they wanted to be righteous. Is it bad to be righteous? We are called to conform to Christ, and so what is wrong with being righteous? How do we know if we are pursing the things of the Lord or whether we are being a pharisee? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Blinded by Righteousness." …

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Why Worship One God? (LD 35; Isaiah 40:12-31)

2012-11-15
Length: 36s

So often we can think that false worship is something that is an old problem. We can think that only the people who were simple wanted to make their idols. We are those who are more advanced than the people of old so this problem is not really our problem anymore. We can think this until we look at Isaiah 40 where he writes his words of encouragement for Israel in exile. Why should Israel worship only one God? Why should we worship one God when tangible things like paychecks, bank accounts, and retirement funds are so alluring? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Worship One God?"…

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Who is a Son of Abraham? (John 8:31-59)

2012-11-11
Length: 33s

There are many debates about who is in Israel. Who is the true Israel? There are some who say that you literally have to have your genealogy trace you back to Abraham. There are others who say that Israel is the church. I think one of the key ways to settle this is to listen to the words of Christ and what Christ says about who is part of the true Israel. So, how does Christ define a true son of Abraham? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Who is a Son of Abraham?"…

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A Flickering Light (John 7:53-8:30)

2012-11-04
Length: 42s

As Christians we sometimes quote Scripture saying, "Jesus is the Light of the World." This is from the Word of God so what Christian will challenge this claim? However, if Jesus is the light of the world then why is He in heaven? Did Jesus go to heaven because He was sick of it? Is His light somehow compromised because now He is in heaven? Did He go to heaven because He was sick of us? How do we reconcile Jesus saying He is the light of the world with Him being in heaven? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "A Flickering Light." …

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Why Not Commit Idolatry (LD 34; Psalm 111)

2012-11-01
Length: 41s

When we hear that the Lord does not want us to have any other gods this sounds rather strange. I mean if God is really god why should He be threatened by other gods? Besides what is the harm in trusting in things other than the Lord? If we are really honest, why would we trust in the Lord exclusively when there are so many other things that can provide for what we need? Why would we not want some sort of backup plan in case our God does not work out? Or are all these questions just foolishness? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Not Commit Idolatry?" …

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Drinking At Zion (John 7:25-52)

2012-10-28
Length: 42s

It always hurts my ears when people talk about Jesus being a moral teacher or when people speak of Jesus being some sort of a guru. Yes, Jesus taught morals and yes he was a teacher, but why does this bother me? What is wrong with speaking about Jesus being only a moral teacher? How does such speech about morality miss the radical nature of the gospel? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled "Drinking at Zion." …

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Elect in the Son (Ephesians 1:1-11)

2012-10-24
Length: 25s

Rev. Findley preaches about the beauty of our election in love in the Son. …

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Love Not the World (1 John 2:15, 16)

2012-10-21
Length: 36s

Rev. Findley encourages the church not to pursue the things of the world, but to see that we have a greater security in Christ. …

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Redeemed in God's Image (Gen. 1:26; Eph. 4:24)

2012-10-19
Length: 35s

There are several places in the New Testament where the saints are called to conform to Christ. Why are we reminded of this if we are secured by grace? Did God create us in such a way that we lack something? Did we lose something? What is so rich about Paul stating that we are to put on the new self created after the image of God? How can this be positive motivation rather than something that is threatening? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Redeemed in God's Image." …

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Rev. Findley Preaches on Romans 4

2012-10-19
Length: 23s

Rev. Findley preaches on the different kinds of faith that are found in scripture. …

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Realizing the True Sabbath (John 7:1-24)

2012-10-14
Length: 30s

I think it is pretty much common that if someone wants to get their ideas into the public square they generally need to be assertive. They have to promote themselves or they need to have others spend much time and energy promoting on their behalf. This is common sense right? Well, this is along the lines of what Jesus' brother's tell Christ. Yet, Christ does not listen to their advice and this common sense. Why not? How come Christ does not assert his position more aggressively? What is different about this kingdom? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Realizing the True Sabbath."…

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Striving for Perfection (LD 32; Eph. 5:1-14)

2012-10-12
Length: 34s

The catechism asks a very important question, if we are delivered from our misery, merely of grace, through Christ, without any merit of ours, why must we still do good works? This is a very good question because there are exhortations in the New Testament calling us to conform to the Lord. There are commands that we are to do things to bring glory to Christ. So, how do we reconcile this being saved by grace, and this call for us to conform to the Lord? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Striving for Perfection."…

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How Do you Get Eternal Life? (John 6:60-71)

2012-10-07
Length: 29s

One could make the case that Christ always seems upset and cranky in the gospel accounts. When we look at John 6 Christ uses some strong language about being the bread from heaven. The jews are not happy with this message, but yet Christ does not back down or recant anything that he stated. Why is Christ so sure that he is right? Is there a problem with his message? Or is there another problem and how can it be fixed? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "How Do you Get Eternal Life?" …

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Opening the Kingdom (LD 31; Isaiah 52:3-12)

2012-10-03
Length: 33s

Normally when we want to find some encouraging words from Christ we turn to the Gospels. I mean this is the place where Christ speaks, and where we can find warm words from our Savior. Who does not like that? Yet, we can find that the prophets also speak rather encouraging words. Where can we find the beauty of gospel preaching in the prophets? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Opening the Kingdom." …

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Feeding the World (John 6:22-59)

2012-09-30
Length: 36s

What do we mean when we talk about the Christian life? Really? Do we mean that we work harder to please God? Do we mean that we struggle through this age? Why do we want to live the Christian life? I think the core of this question is: what is the basis, the hope, the nourishment, or the comfort of the Christian? What is the true nourishment of the Christian life? If you are curious about this question please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Feeding the World."…

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Who is Worthy to Eat? (LD 30; Lev. 6:24; 1 Cor. 11:27-33)

2012-09-19
Length: 22s

When we consider the Lord's supper in some ways we can see this meal as a rather exclusive meal. I mean the only people who can eat of this meal are those who can examine themselves in light of Christ's work. Is this meal only for believers something that is just NT elitism? Can we see meals where only some of Israel can eat and others could not? And, if some in the Corinthian church were sick then how do we know that we will not get sick if maybe we forgot about something we did last week? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Who is Worthy to Eat?" …

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Why Walk on the Water? (John 6:16-21)

2012-09-16
Length: 31s

It is interesting that in society it has become a cliche to say something along the lines of, "When is the last time you walked on water?" The point of this saying is to communicate that someone is not in a place to judge another person. We find that Christ did in fact walk on the water. Does Christ walk on the water merely to judge people? Does He walk on the water to show that He is merely superior to creatures? Or is there something that is far deeper and more encouraging that is happening in the text? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Why Walk on the Water?"…

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What Did Corinth Miss about Communion (LD 29; Ex. 12:1-15; 1 Cor. 11:17-33)

2012-09-12
Length: 38s

Can you imagine your relatives being held captive by another nation for 400 years, and then all of a sudden you are promised to be free? Would you slaughter a lamb and make the meal as prescribed or would you be a cynic? We are talking about passover when Israel was lead out of Egypt by the mighty hand of God. How can this meal in a sense encourage the church to see her redemption? Or why should the church care about fellow people in the congregation? How does the passover and the Lord's supper demonstrate that we should care about one another? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "What Did Corinth Miss about Communion?"…

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A Greater Feast than Cana (John 6:1-15)

2012-09-09
Length: 31s

We have all be in those situations where friends might be in town, and we know that we do not have enough food. Sometimes we might even find ourselves in a situation where we are hosting a meal and something does not turn out right. What are you going to do? You have this responsibility, and you totally messed it up? This is basically where the disciples find themselves, and they forget about their teacher. How does Christ handle this situation? What is so significant about Christ feeding the 5000 people? I mean why should we care about this story today? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "A Greater Feast than Cana."…

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Participating in the Sacrifice (LD 28; Lev. 7, 1 Cor. 10)

2012-09-05
Length: 38s

As Christians I hope we can see the Sacraments as being visible pictures of the gospel. At what point can the sacraments become idolatry? If there is a potential of them being idolatry do we put them out of the church for our protection or do we look for a better solution? What is the solution that Paul puts forth to the Corinthian people? How does Paul even use the sacrament to encourage the church to live in light of the gospel? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Participating in the Sacrifice."…

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The Defense's Case (2) (John 5:31-47)

2012-09-02
Length: 36s

Many times we think that we are very advanced today. Our mode of transportation is advanced compared to just a few decades ago. Many people in developed nations live in houses with climate control. We are people who understand science, and are in a position to question things that just were not possible in years past. We want to think that this is a new freedom, but is it? You see it is tempting not to talk about the things in Christianity that seem primitive because we are more advanced than years past. However, are we really so advanced that we can question the things of the Lord? Is our questioning something new? Or is this questioning just something man has done since the fall? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Defense's Case (2)." …

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Flooded By Grace (3) (LD 27) (Gen. 9:18-28; 2 Peter 3:1-13)

2012-08-29
Length: 39s

So, we know that Noah's flood must have been quit an event for someone to endure in the ark. One would think that after experiencing the flood waters pour down that one would have an absolute reverence for the Lord. Yet, we find that not too long after the flood that the serpent seed still exists. So, what does the flood prove then? Is there any reason to fear the Lord? Does Peter see the flood as establishing any precedent at all? What can this event in history teach us about the implications of Baptism? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Flooded By Grace.(3)"…

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The Defense's Case (John 5:19-30)

2012-08-26
Length: 35s

Many times as Christians we think about our resurrection as being one of those difficult doctrines to explain to non Christians. It seems so absurd. Yet, why is the resurrection encouraging for us today rather than just in the future? Why is the resurrection so important to Christianity? What does the resurrection have to do with Christ defending His divinity? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Defense's Case."…

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The Problem of Religion (John 5:1-18)

2012-08-19
Length: 36s

I think if you talked to most people about why they do not like Christianity that you will discover that it is not Christianity that is a problem, but Christians. Sometimes when people fall they affirm their righteousness until the end, or make excuses for their sin. Why are self righteous people such a problem? What can be distracting in pursuing moral purity? How can religion get in the way of the Lord? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Problem of Religion."…

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Flooded By Grace (LD 25; Genesis 6:1-8; I Peter 3:8-22)

2012-08-14
Length: 36s

I wonder what people thought about Noah's flood a week into the flood. Imagine mocking Noah all those years while he built the ark only to find out that Noah was showing God's long suffering toward sinful man. We can look at this and be proud that we would probably be in Noah's ark, but how do we know? What assurance do we have that we have passed through Noah's flood? Does Noah's flood just show us that God is really angry and vindictive or is there another purpose to the flood? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Flooded By Grace."…

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Cana Still Bears Witness (John 4:43-54)

2012-08-12
Length: 25s

When we consider our time today it is hard for us to believe because we do not have Christ performing miracles in our presence. We cannot evaluate whether Christ is really the Messiah or not. This is somewhat frightening, but what do we see in the text that assures us that the Word of God is enough? How do we know that the testimony of John is enough? How do we know that we are faithful enough to receive the blessings of the kingdom? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Cana Still Bears Witness." …

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Are We Happily Sinning? (Psalm 143)

2012-08-08

I do not know if you have ever explained the gospel to someone and then had them look you square in the eye and ask, "But if I am forgiven then why not just sin more?" This is the very thing that the Apostle Paul address in Romans 6, but how can we even see an answer in a Psalm of repentance? In other words can see see a call to live for the glory of the Lord motivated by grace in the Old Testament as well? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Are We Happily Sinning?"…

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Rev. Gary Findley Preaches on Romans 3:21-26.mp3

2012-08-08

Rev. Gary Findley preaches on Romans 3:21-26 while Rev. Paul Lindemulder was away on vacation. …

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Rev. Findley Preaches on 1 Timothy 2

2012-08-08

Rev. Gary Findley preaches on 1 Timothy 2 while Rev. Paul Lindemulder is away on vacation. …

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It Takes a Village (John 4:31-42)

2012-08-05
Length: 30s

It is sometimes easy for us to look at the disciples as individuals who are not that sophisticated. It seems that Christ will say something and it just flies right over their heads. Yet, are we really any better? Or maybe we think this because we are so sophisticated that maybe we have missed the simple beauty of the gospel. How does a village of people help us see the beauty of the gospel message? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "It Takes a Village."…

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Rev. Angelo Contreras on Ephesians 5:1-21

2012-08-04
Length: 35s

We welcome Rev. Angelo Contreras to our pulpit while Rev. Lindemulder is away on vacation. …

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Rev. Angelo Contreras on 1 Peter 1:3-12

2012-08-04
Length: 27s

We welcome the Rev. Angelo Contreras to our pulpit while Rev. Lindemulder is away on vacation. …

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Oh, the Iniquity! (Psalm 130)

2012-08-01
Length: 35s

There is no doubt that all Christians cherish the promises of the Gospel. Yet, when we have our times of trouble the last place we turn to find our joy is the gospel. We turn to our jobs, our backup plans, or our strategies to put off our sin. What does the Psalmist do that is so radical in the midst of his struggle? If you are curious about this question please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Oh, The Iniquity!"…

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Is Jesus Only a New Testament Savior? (Zechariah 3; LD 11)

2012-03-13
Length: 38s

Many times when we present the gospel to people who are curious about the church we turn to the New Testament. For instance one place we are tempted to turn is John 3 with Jesus talking to Nicodemus about Jesus' ministry. This is a good thing to do, but are there any passages in the Old Testament that speaks about Christ's atoning work besides the servant songs? What passages can you recall? Are you thinking of any prophets? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Is Jesus Only a New Testament Savior?"…

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The Dreaded Day Delayed? (Joel 2:12-17)

2012-03-11
Length: 30s

We have mentioned before that sometimes people make the claim that the God of the Old Testament is mean, vindictive, and angry. However, the God of the New Testament is compassionate, gracious, and very nice. If you look at parts of Joel's prophecy you can see that, and we have seen how Christ passes through the day of the Lord in our place showing the Lord's grace. However, does Joel ever make this more explicit in his prophecy? If you are curious about these question please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Dreaded Day Delayed?"…

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The Deaf Shall Hear (Isaiah 29:11-24; LD 10)

2012-03-08
Length: 34s

The prophet Isaiah gives the assurance that Jacob will not be ashamed. This must have sounded nice for Israel, but how is this hope for us? How does this help us today? We are not literal heirs of Abraham nor can many of us trace our lineage back to Jacob or Abraham for that matter. So, how does Isaiah's promise that Abraham and Jacob will not be ashamed ultimately comfort us today? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "The Deaf Shall Hear."…

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Who Can Endure the Day of the Lord? (Joel 2:1-11)

2012-03-04
Length: 31s

Our series in Thessalonians made the Day of the Lord sound like something great. Paul exhorted the church to live in light of the day of the Lord being confident that it would be a reunion, and she should live today in confidence of the day. If this is true then it seems that the saints throughout all the ages should be excited about the Day of the Lord right? Well, if you listen to Joel present the day of the Lord it does not sound enjoyable at all. So, is there a divide between Paul and Joel? If not how do we reconcile this different presentation on the day of the Lord? Please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Who Can Endure the Day of the Lord?"…

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Foolishly Independant (LD 9; Psalm 33)

2012-02-28
Length: 36s

As Christians we believe that God created the heavens and the earth. We believe that God also sustains the heavens and the earth. We believe that God is one God and three persons. These are nice things to know, but why do they even remotely matter for our Christian life? In other words how does knowing Christian doctrine impact my life today? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Foolishly Independent."…

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Possibly Escaping God's Judgment (Joel 1:13-20)

2012-02-26
Length: 32s

The Lord has promised that the champion line will come from the line Judah. In order for this to happen Judah has to remain a tribe in history. So, if this is true then how can the prophet Joel have such a negative message against the tribe of Judah? How can the promised land be so desolated when it is the land of milk and honey? What is more, how can this be helpful for us today? As we consider these questions please stay tuned to our message titled, "Possibly Escaping God's Judgment."…

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Christ Equipped and Commissioned (LD 8; Isaiah 61:1,2; Luke 4:16-19)

2012-02-19
Length: 35s

Luke recounts Christ entering the synagogue and reading from the prophet Isaiah. We would be honored to experience such a thing, but why are some people in the synagogue so offended? What did Christ say in his sermon that was so controversial? Why is it so significant that Christ reads from Isaiah 61:1,2 when he enters the synagogue? What does Isaiah tell us about our identity as we are set apart in Christ? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our message titled, "Christ Equipped and Commissioned"…

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Judah's Plague (Joel 1:1-12)

2012-02-19
Length: 33s

The name Joel means Yahweh is God. This is something that is very encouraging to hear, but when we open his prophecy it is not something that is encouraging. Why would we want to read this prophet? Why would we want to know of the locusts coming against the land? How is this helpful for us to know these truths? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Judah's Plague."…

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Sharing the Faith (LD 7; Gen. 17:1-8; Romans 4:13-25)

2012-02-12

There are people in the history of the church who have put forth an idea that there is a god of the Old Testament and a god of the New Testament. The reason being is that the god of the Old Testament seems so mean and vindictive. Is this really true? If we really believe that we are saved by faith alone through grace alone then how were the individual saints saved in the Old Testament? Do we know if they were saved through faith? How do we know they were saved by faith? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Sharing the Faith."…

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Kept for the Day of the Lord (1 Thessalonians 5:23-28)

2012-02-12

Paul closes the letter to the Thessalonian church with the exhortation to kiss one another with a holy kiss. Why would Paul want this to be a practice? How does this exhortation fit into the concept of the day of the Lord? How does this call to greet one another this way show how the Lord preserves the church? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Kept for the Day of the Lord."…

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Almighty Counselor (LD 6; Isaiah 9:6)

2012-02-05
Length: 40s

If we face a mighty enemy we want a strong warrior to defend us. If we are discouraged in life that mighty warrior defended us probably would not be the one to whom we turn for our encouragement. Sure, he was good at fighting, but will this same person be able to give compassionate advice as well? I would dare to say that compassion would probably not be the warrior's best strength. What if we had a mighty Warrior who was also a mighty counselor? If this is something you desire then please listen to our sermon titled, "Almighty Counselor." …

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What is a Good Christian? (1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

2012-02-05
Length: 44s

If you were to ask someone what it means to be a good Christian I am sure that you would get a variety of responses. The apostle Paul exhorts the church to be good Christians, and his exhortations are rather surprising as to how the community is to function together. So, what does Paul say about being a good Christian? If you are curious about these question please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "What is a Good Christian?"…

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Encouraged by Judgment Day? (1 Thessalonians 5:1-11)

2012-01-29
Length: 37s

There are a variety of answers that could be given to the question, "If you were to die tonight would you go to heaven?" . However, it would be interesting to ask Christians, "Would you be happy if Christ was to come today?" Or "Would you be eager to enter into God's judgment day?" I wonder what people would say. Yet, Paul uses such a day to present hope for the church. How can this last day be a day of hope, a day of joy, and even a day in which we anchor our current days? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Encouraged About Judgment Day?" …

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To Him Who Conquers (Genesis 3; Revelation 2:7; 22:2)

2012-01-29
Length: 37s

There are two trees in the midst of the garden of Eden. The one tree is off limits because this is the tree that is the knowledge of good and evil. This tree will change the course of human history. However, what is the significance of the other tree, namely, the tree of life? Why is it significant that we see this tree in heaven? What does the Lord mean when he says, "To the one who conquers I will grant to eat of the tree of life?" If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "To Him Who Conquers."…

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God is Righteously Loving (Genesis 3; Romans 5:12-21; LD 4)

2012-01-22
Length: 36s

Many times people look at Christianity and see it as a judgmental religion that takes away our fun. I am sure that we have all experienced Christian pharisees, but is God really a God who is mean? Is God one who is only love? Is God more loving than just? Is God angry? Is God only compassionate and forgiving? How does God remain merciful without setting aside his love and justice? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "God is Righteously Loving."…

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Sleeping Until the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18)

2012-01-22
Length: 33s

Many of us have lost loved ones to death. We know the pain, and we know the grief that comes upon us when we experience such a loss. Paul speaks of death for a Christian as sleep. How can Paul speak in such terms? Is Paul callous to the pain that we experience at the loss of a loved one? If death is just sleep then why does it hurt us so much? Why does Jesus weep at the loss of a close friend? If death is merely sleeping, then why does Paul celebrate the sparing of a close friend's life from death? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Sleeping Until the Rapture"…

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Living in the Heavenly City of Philadelphia (1 Thessalonians 4:9-12)

2012-01-15
Length: 31s

The city of Philadelphia is a city that is supposed to mean brotherly love. That is a nice thing to say in itself as it connotes that people look out for one another as a family. However, what does Paul mean when he exhorts the church to show this philadelphia? How is this brotherly love Christian rather than just a nice ethic? How does this brotherly love spill out from the church to the world? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "Living in the Heavenly Philadelphia."…

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It Was that Woman YOU Gave Me (LD 3; Genesis 3)

2012-01-15
Length: 38s

Genesis 3 records for us one of the most tragic days in the world's history. It is the day when man decides what is good for himself. You would think that this is a day of freedom, but man finds out rather quickly that it is not an independence day at all. How does the Lord free man once again? In other words how can we be free in serving the Lord? Why would we want to serve the Lord? How do we know that the Lord is gracious? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "It Was that Woman You Gave Me."…

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Sinners in the Hands of a Patient God (LD 2; Genesis 6:1-8)

2012-01-08
Length: 38s

When most people think of God or Christianity they think that God is just a mean God. He is a God who is angry, vindictive, and eager to kill people in His judgment. Is this really a fair presentation of God and his working? Does God want to strike people down because he like striking people down or is there another reason for it? Also, how does a narrative that leads into the great flood compel us to see the graciousness of God? If you are curious about these questions then please listen to our sermon titled, "Sinners in the Hands of a Patient God." …

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You Have the Holy Spirit (1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

2012-01-08
Length: 31s

Many times it is tempting to think about the commands in scripture as being the practical parts of scripture. Also, when cynics read the commands of the Lord they think that it is a religion of boredom and just pure discipline. How does the apostle Paul show that the commands of the Lord are not just tyranny from a mean God, and also how does Paul remind us that we do not keep these commands in our strength? If you are curious about these questions please stay tuned to our sermon titled, "You Have the Holy Spirit."…

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Speaking the Truth in Love (LD 43; Ephesians 4:25)

2011-10-02
Length: 33m 19s

LD 43; Ephesians 4:25 (fresnourc.com)…

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Serving in the City of Man (Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:6)

2011-10-02
Length: 36m 52s

Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:6 (Fresnourc.com)…

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Living in a Foolish World (Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:15)

2011-09-25
Length: 33m 47s

Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:15 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Paul's Countercultural Movement (LD 42; 1 Corinthians 5:11)

2011-09-25
Length: 34m 54s

Lord's Day 42; 1 Corinthians 5:11 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Secret to a Happy LIfe (Ecclesiastes 9:1-12)

2011-09-18
Length: 38m 8s

Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Reserved for Marriage (LD 41; 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8)

2011-09-18
Length: 32m 16s

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Did I Murder? (LD 40; 1 Peter 3:8-22)

2011-09-12
Length: 34m 49s

1 Peter 3:8-22 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Using Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 8:1-17)

2011-09-12
Length: 36m 52s

Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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A Quest for Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 7:15-29)

2011-09-04
Length: 39m 30s

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Heavenly Households (LD 39; Colossians 3:18-4:1)

2011-09-04
Length: 37m 32s

LD 39; Colossians 3:18-4:1 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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God's Means of Perseverance (LD 38; 1 Timothy 4:11-16)

2011-08-28
Length: 43m 27s

LD 38; 1 Timothy 4:11-16 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Resting in a Wise God (Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:14)

2011-08-28
Length: 32m 56s

Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:14 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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God as my Witness (LD 37; 2 Corinthians 1:23)

2011-08-21
Length: 32m 42s

2 Corinthians 1:23 (http://fresnourc.com)…

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What is Wealth? (Ecclesiastes 5:8-17)

2011-07-31
Length: 34m 24s

Ecclesiastes 5:8-17 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Joy of the Lord (LD 36; Col. 3:17)

2011-07-31
Length: 33m 7s

Lord's Day 36; Colossians 3:17 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Wisely Fearing God (Ecclesiastes 5:1-7)

2011-07-25
Length: 37m 44s

Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Our God is a Consuming Fire (LD 35; Hebrews 12:28, 29)

2011-07-25
Length: 39m 28s

Lord's Day 35; Hebrews 12:28,29 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Finding Contentment Under the Sun (Ecclesiastes 4:1-16)

2011-07-17
Length: 33m 11s

Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Why Not be Idolatrous? (LD 34; Ephesians 2:11-18)

2011-07-17
Length: 39m 24s

Lord's Day 34; Ephesians 2:11-18 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Problem of Justice (Ecclesiastes 3:15-21)

2011-07-10
Length: 35m 26s

Ecclesiastes 3:15-21 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Is it Possible to Please God? (LD 33; Heb. 11:1-6; 39-40)

2011-07-10
Length: 35m 41s

Lord's Day 33; Hebrews 11:1-6; 39-40 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Perfect Timing (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15)

2011-07-04
Length: 32m 21s

Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Always Striving and Never Failing (LD 32; 2 Peter 1:3-11)

2011-07-04
Length: 36m 31s

Lord's Day 32; 2 Peter 1:3-11 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Is There Any Joy in this Life? (Ecclesiastes 2:12-26)

2011-06-26
Length: 36m 42s

Ecclesiastes 2:12-26 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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A Triumphant Church? (LD 31; Matthew 16:13-23)

2011-06-26
Length: 38m 6s

Lord's Day 31; Matthew 16:13-23 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Wisdom of Selfishness (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

2011-06-19
Length: 30m 13s

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Examine Yourself (LD 30; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34)

2011-06-19
Length: 39m 14s

Lord's Day 30; 1 Corinthians 11:17-34…

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Fellowshipping and Feasting (LD 29; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22)

2011-06-12
Length: 34m 31s

Lord's Day 29; 1 Corinthians 10:14-22…

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The Wind of Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 1:12-18)

2011-06-12
Length: 30m 43s

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Last Supper or the FIrst Supper? (LD 28; Luke 22:14-23)

2011-06-05
Length: 29m 7s

LD 28; Luke 22:14-23 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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A Sanctifying Sign (2) (LD 27; Misc. Texts)

2011-05-30
Length: 45m 54s

Lord's Day 27, Misc. Texts (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Paul's Concluding Directions (Titus 3:12-15)

2011-05-30
Length: 32m 12s

Titus 3:12-15 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Dealing with Division (Titus 3:8-11)

2011-05-22
Length: 30m 16s

Titus 3:8-11 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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A Sanctifying Sign (LD 26) Romans 6:1-4

2011-05-22
Length: 30m 52s

Lord's Day 26 Romans 6:1-4…

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The Seal of Righteousness (LD 25; Romans 4:11)

2011-05-16
Length: 32m 51s

Romans 4:11; Lord's Day 25 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Devoted to Good Works (Titus 3:1-8)

2011-05-16
Length: 30m 9s

Titus 3:1-8 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Why Do we Need Christ? (LD 24; Galatians 3:10-14)

2011-05-08
Length: 36m 14s

Lord's Day 24; Galatians 3:10-14 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Christianity Without Paul (LD 23; 2 Corinthians 5:16-23)

2011-05-02
Length: 35m 26s

Lord's Day 23; 2 Corinthians 5:16-23)…

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Living as a Cretan Christian (Titus 2;1-10)

2011-05-02
Length: 35m 37s

Titus 2:1-10 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Corrected Cynics (Luke 24:36-49)

2011-04-25
Length: 27m 54s

Luke 24:36-49 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Does Christ's Resurrection Matter? (LD 22 1 Corinthians 15:50-58)

2011-04-24
Length: 37m 38s

1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (LD 22)…

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Triumphal Entry on Whose Terms? (Luke 19:28-40)

2011-04-17
Length: 33m 45s

Luke 19:28-40 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Ironically Persevereing with Ease (Psalm 32; Rom. 4:7, 8; LD 21)

2011-04-10
Length: 30m 26s

Psalm 32, Rom. 4:7,8; LD 21 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Put God's House in Order (Titus 1:5-9)

2011-04-03
Length: 36m 29s

Titus 1:5-9 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Our God Who Never Lies (TItus 1:1-4)

2011-03-27
Length: 32m 17s

Titus 1:1-4 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Knighted by the King (LD 20; Isa. 11:1-5; 59:15-21; Eph. 6:10-20)

2011-03-27
Length: 31m 45s

LD 20; Isa. 11:1-5; 59:15-21; Eph. 6:10-20 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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A Priest in Melchizedek's Line (LD 19; Psalm 110; Hebrews 7:11ff)

2011-03-20
Length: 32m 43s

Lord's Day 19, Psalm 110, and Hebrews 7:11ff (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Reconciled or Not Reconciled? (Judges 21:1-25)

2011-03-20
Length: 30m 34s

Judges 21:1-25 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Beyond Sibling Rivalry (3) (Judges 20:18-41)

2011-03-13
Length: 30m 13s

Judges 20:18-41 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Are we Content with God? (LD 10; Job 1:1-12, 42:1-17)

2011-01-09
Length: 40m 8s

LD 10; Job 1:1-12; 42:1-17 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Samson's Rise and Fall (Judges 14:1-20)

2011-01-09
Length: 34m 39s

Judges 14:1-20 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Looking Forward to Our Last New Year's Day (2 Peter 3:1-13)

2011-01-03
Length: 34m 43s

2 Peter 3:1-13 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Messiah's Rise and Fall (Luke 2:22-36)

2011-01-03
Length: 32m 46s

Luke 2:22-36 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Christ's Mission: Success or Failure? (Luke 2:1-21)

2010-12-26
Length: 33m 4s

Luke 2:1-21 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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What does John have to do with Christmas? (Luke 1:57-80)

2010-12-26
Length: 29m 40s

Luke 1:57-80 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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The Lowly Unite (Luke 1:39-52)

2010-12-20
Length: 34m 16s

Luke 1:39-52 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Why Do we Only Have the Helper? (LD 8; John 15:26)

2010-12-20
Length: 32m 29s

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Is Salvation or Faith a Gift from God? (LD 7; 1 Corinthians 3:1-15)

2010-12-12
Length: 26m 32s

1 Corinthians 3:1-15; Lord's Day 7 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Why Do We Need Jesus Christ? (Luke 1:26-38)

2010-12-12
Length: 30m 2s

Luke 1:26-38 (http://Fresnourc.com)…

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Helpless Before a Just Judge (John 3:16; LD 6)

2010-12-05
Length: 32m 43s

John 3:16; LD 6 (www.frenourc.com)…

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Christmas Unsung Hero (Luke 1:1-25)

2010-12-05
Length: 29m 35s

Luke 1:1-25 (www.fresnurc.com)…

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Where is Israel's Temple? (Ephesians 2:18-22)

2010-11-28
Length: 26m 45s

Ephesians 2:18-22 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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United and Unified (Philippians 2:1-11 )

2010-11-28
Length: 34m 9s

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Why Be Thankful to the Lord? (Psalm 100)

2010-11-26
Length: 29m 51s

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A Warrior Child (Judges 13:1-25)

2010-11-22
Length: 32m 7s

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The Only Priceless Payment (Heb. 2:14-18; LD 5)

2010-11-22
Length: 33m 29s

Hebrews 2:14-18; LD 5 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Is There Finally Peace? (Judges 12:1-15)

2010-11-14
Length: 34m 10s

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Can God Require what Man Cannot Do? (Romans 3:19-29)

2010-11-14
Length: 31m 3s

Canons of Dordt Head 1 Article 1 (Romans 3:19-29)…

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Jephthah's Religiosity (Judges 11:29-40)

2010-11-07
Length: 32m 6s

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Does Man Do Good? (Gen. 8:20-9:17; 1 Peter 2:13-18; 1 Cor. 12:1-6)

2010-11-07
Length: 32m 9s

Gen. 8:20-9:17; 1 Peter 2:13-18; 1 Cor. 12:1-6 (LD 3) (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Reformation Joy (Psalm 51; LD 2)

2010-10-31
Length: 37m 29s

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Jephthah the Rejected (Judges 11:1-28)

2010-10-31
Length: 32m 23s

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What is Your Only Comfort? (LD 1; Luke 14:25-35)

2010-10-24
Length: 34m 22s

Luke 14:25-35 Lord's Day 1 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Has Israel Returned (Judges 10:1-18)

2010-10-24
Length: 29m 45s

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Focused Pilgrims (1 Peter 1:13-21)

2010-10-17
Length: 38m 17s

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Abimelech's Rise and Fall (2) (Judges 9:22-57)

2010-10-17
Length: 35m 22s

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The Last Coming (1 Cor. 15:20-28; 50-58)

2010-10-10
Length: 28m 43s

1 Cor. 15:20-28; 50-58 (BC 37) (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Abimelech's Rise and Fall (Judges 9:1-21)

2010-10-10
Length: 34m 11s

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Rejoice in God (2 Corinthians 13:11-14)

2010-10-03
Length: 35m 37s

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Sojourning as a Temple People (Hebrews Texts)

2010-10-03
Length: 40m 27s

Heb. 3:1-6; 8:1-13; 12:1-3…

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Examine Yourself (2 Corinthians 13:1-10)

2010-09-26
Length: 37m 11s

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Living in the 70th Week (Daniel 9 BC 37)

2010-09-26
Length: 36m 34s

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What's So Grievous? (2 Cor. 12:11-21)

2010-09-19
Length: 34m 52s

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Sojourning Citizens (Misc. Texts)

2010-09-19
Length: 32m 23s

Jer. 29, 1 Pet. 1:1-2; 1 Thess 4:11 (www.fresnourc.com)…

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Death (Romans 5:12-21)

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Length: 37s

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Justification According to Jesus Christ

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Length: 34s

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How Can I Gain Wisdom? (LD 45; James 1:5)

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Length: 33s

Do you consider yourself a wise person? If you do consider yourself wise how did you gain such wisdom? If you do not think you are wise what are you going to do to gain more wisdom? Our temptation is probably to read more or think more, but what does J…

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The Essence of Wisdom (Ecclesiastes 12:9-14)

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Length: 30s

Paul says that "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work." This is pretty inclusive regarding how…

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Pray without Ceasing (LD 44; 1 Thessalonians 5:12-22)

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Length: 33s

When we think of coveting we think it is desiring something we should not have. This is something that even a worldly person could affirm is wrong, but why is it wrong for a Christian? Also, why would the catechism move from this tenth commandment to pr…

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Enduring for a Season (Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8)

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Length: 35s

The preacher has stated in Ecclesiastes 3 that there is a time for everything. He goes through the different seasons of this creation and life. Does this mean that this world which has existed will always exist? If life is vanity then should one want t…

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Our Father (Ephesians 3:14-21)

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Length: 35s

We are those who are commanded to call upon God as our Father in heaven. This is something that we can easily take for granted. How come we should not take this for granted? What is so encouraging about knowing we can call upon God as our Father? What…

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The Ideal Church (1 Thessalonians 1:1-10)

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Length: 35s

If someone was to ask you to recommend a church, what would you say? In other words what churches would be worthy of your recommendation? Why would you prefer some churches over other churches? Why does Paul seem to be so encouraged by the Thessalonian…

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You Alone are Worthy of Glory (LD 47; Psalm 115:1)

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Length: 35s

As Christian people we are called to live our lives before the face of God. When we consider the people of Israel we can wonder why they turn to idols made of hands. How do these idols also get in our way of living before the Lord? How are our idols p…

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Living Like the Thessalonians (1 Thessalonians 2:1-12)

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Length: 38s

Paul spends 8 verses talking about his coming to the Thessalonians. This is fine, but how can Paul claim to be a self sacrificing man if he focuses so much time talking about himself? How can the exhortation in verse 12 be a proper building up from Pau…

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Your Kingdom Come (LD 48; Psalm 122)

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Length: 37s

We are those who are called by the Lord to pray, "Your Kingdom Come." This is something that the Israelites would pray as well as us today. What is different about our praying this request verses the Israelites? How can we as Christians take Psalm 122…

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Receiving the Same Gospel (1 Thessalonians 2:13-16)

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Length: 35s

Many times in the midst of suffering we all struggle as to whether the Lord still loves us. How does Paul encourage the Thessalonians in their suffering and persecution? Does Paul hate the jewish people when he speaks of the suffering the churches have …

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The Gentle Warrior Shepherd (Isaiah 40:1-11)

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Length: 29s

The prophet Isaiah says, "Comfort, Comfort my people." These are very encouraging words to hear, but how do we know that there is substance behind these words? In other words it is nice when people tell us to be comforted, but we need to have some real …

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Lead Us Not into Temptation (LD 52; Psalm 141)

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Length: 36s

We can see in scripture the description of our God as a faithful shepherd. We certainly need to praise the Lord for his faithful care in bringing us through this life, and there is no mistaking that Christ identifies himself as a Shepherd in John 10. S…

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Forgive Us Our Debts (LD51; Psalm 143)

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Length: 35s

The Lord calls us to ask the Lord to forgive us our debts. Do we really stop to think about what this means? When we pray this we are confessing that we are indebted to the Lord. If this is the case, then how can we ask the Lord to provide for us? Ho…

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The True Shepherding King (Psalm 23)

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Length: 32s

We are approaching Christmas Sunday. We can think about Mary being the woman in covenant history who fulfills the promise made in Genesis 3:15. We can think of the angels who sing praises to the Lord regarding the birth of Christ. Do we think about the …

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread (LD 50; Psalm 104)

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Length: 37s

When we ask the Lord to give us our daily bread, do we really believe that he can really provide for us? I mean honestly ask yourself, do you pray this prayer out of desperation or out of sincere faith and reverence for the Lord? How does the Psalmist …

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Why is God so Praiseworthy? (! Thessalonians 3:11-16)

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Length: 34s

Paul seems to have a real praiseworthy attitude toward the Lord. Paul also seems so sincere in his desire to come to this church in Thessalonia. Why care so much? This is only one church. Why would he want this church to manifest the fruits of the g…

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Encouraged by Their Endurance (1 Thessalonians 2:17-3:10)

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Length: 27s

I remember the Saturday Night Live skit with the church lady who would always interject, "Satan." It always struck me as an interesting satire on the church that we are quick to blame Satan for our sin. Why does Paul blame Satan for blocking his visit …

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Your Will Be Done (LD 49; Psalm 103)

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Length: 35s

I hope that Christians everywhere pray that God's will be done. This is what Christ commands us to pray in our example of prayer found in the Lord's prayer. What does this mean? How can we as humans really want to have the Lord's will be done? How do…

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The Scandalous Witnesses (Luke 2:1-21)

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Length: 36s

In America we know that if you want the word to get out you release a sound bite to newspapers like the New York Times or the Wall Street Journal. You see these are organizations that have credibility, as opposed to tabloids. People will doubt the repor…

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Our Exclusive Amen (LD 52; Psalm 16)

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Length: 42s

It is sad to admit, but we are often too busy to really think about our prayers. For instance when is the last time you really questioned or wondered why you close your prayer with "Amen?" Have you considered how this word communicates an exclusive rela…

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Our Good Shepherd (John 10:1-21)

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Length: 36s

We have been consider the theme of God as Shepherd in scripture for this Christmas season. The Lord has revealed himself as a shepherd of His people, but does this concept of shepherd still mean anything for us today? In other words what benefit is it t…

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Sovereign Another Year (LD 1, Romans 8:28)

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Length: 41s

When we face trials and struggles we are tempted to question the goodness of God. When friends and family go through tough times we might give them Romans 8:28. Do we ever think of this passage having to do with blessings as well? How does this passag…

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