Sermon Archive

Why do professional baseball pitchers cover their mouths with their gloves when talking on the mound to their catcher or infielders? To hide their strategy from people who would counter it if they knew. On the day of rejection, the nation of Israel officially rejected Jesus as their Messiah. Many things changed in Jesus’ ministry after the day of rejection. He, too, began to hide the truth from people who didn’t want it. He didn’t use a baseball glove; He used something much more effective.

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Category:Yeshua - Messiah King -- posted at: 10:15am PST

The day of rejection is the most tragic day in the history of the nation of Israel. It is the day recorded in Matthew chapters 12 & 13. It is the day on which the nation of Israel officially rejected Jesus as their Messiah.

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How many of us have ever worried that we have committed the unpardonable sin? Jesus taught there is a sin, blaspheming the Holy Spirit, that is unforgivable. Perhaps you have worried that you have committed the unpardonable sin. Many Christians have.

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Category:Yeshua - Messiah King -- posted at: 8:30am PST

Since the beginning of His public ministry, (which began with His first cleansing of the Temple [John 2:13-25]), Jesus has been presenting Himself to Israel as her promised Messiah King. If Israel will receive Him, two things will happen. On an individual level, they will be born again as Jesus explained to Nicodemus (John 3:1-16). At the national level they will receive the promised Messianic Kingdom.

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The Religious Leaders continued to bristle at the message of Jesus. The Kingdom was at hand, but they were unwilling to accept the King. Although Jesus desired for them to accept Him as their Messiah, they will not. The miracles that He has done, have forced them to make a decision as to who Jesus is. They have to either accept Him, and admit that they have been wrong; or reject Him, and seek His destruction. Distruction is what they chose, so Jesus withdrew to the of the Sea of Galilee.

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If you remember from last week the scribes had, at the time of Jesus, created over 1,500 laws stemming from the one command given by God concerning the Sabbath. Instead of following the heart of the law, which was simply to ​“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy”​, the Sabbath had become a day full of religious regulations that kept people apart, made it difficult to rest, and even more difficult to simply ‘do good’ to one another.

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This morning, we will read an incredible story about the healing of a paralytic man. Jesus uses this healing to reveal to the nation of Israel that He is equal with God. As you can imagine, this totally blows their minds.

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In our last lesson we looked at how the Jewish religious leaders had established “fences” to help protect the people from violating the Mosaic Law (Torah). This was a good thing that actually had its beginning with the prophet Ezra. Israel had come under divine judgment for their rejection of the Mosaic Law, so Ezra established a group of men called the “Sopherim” whose goal was to build the initial fence around the Torah.

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Imagine a situation, where you despise someone so much, that to even sit down across the table with them was unthinkable. And not just that it was unthinkable, but you believed that any contact with them would make you less acceptable to God. It is difficult to even imagine feeling that strongly about someone, yet that is exactly what we find when we come into our passage today.

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Pastor Matt Smith
Blasphemy or Deity?
Luke 5:17-26

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Special Sermon: "Love and Serve"

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For all of us, trusting in Christ is a process of hearing and being persuaded by the evidence. Jesus’ earthly ministry was one of preaching and calling upon people to trust His claim to be the Messiah. He did many, many signs and wonders such as healings and casting out of demons, to back up His claim. These signs and wonders were plenty of evidence in and of themselves to prove Jesus’ claim to be Messiah. But when He did the miracle about which we read today, it put Him over the top.

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Jesus' Authority Over Evil Spirits and Disease
Luke 4:31-41

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Jesus came back to Nazareth a different man. He was now a public figure. Some had seen Him clear the Temple. Others heard Him preach either in Jerusalem or on the way home along the Jordan River. They heard about the boy in Capernaum who had been healed.

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Biblical faith is active trust in what we have good reason to believe is true. If we just met, you have no basis to trust me. But if over the next year I keep my word and follow through on what I say I’m going to do, you have good reasons to trust me.

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In this episode of Jesus Messiah King, Jesus presents Himself to the Samaritans. As we will study, the Samaritans and Jews despised each other. Many of us probably know this. But how many of us know that the Samaritans exist to this day?

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As we continue the story of Jesus Messiah King, Jesus has begun presenting Himself to the nation of Israel as her promised Messiah King. Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptizer, faithfully paved the way and has clearly identified Jesus of Nazareth as the One Who is to come. As a result, a shift occurred. The crowds coming to Jesus were increasing; the crowds coming to John were decreasing.

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Patriotic Service 2019
Evan Young, Jerry Sain, Shawn Percival

 

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As we continue the story of Yeshua: Messiah King we find Jesus still in Jerusalem celebrating the feast of Passover. A prominent Rabbi initiates an evening meeting with Jesus. Little did he know that this man from Nazareth was about to rock his world.

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There are evils in this world that should make us angry and spur us to action. If they don’t make us angry, something is wrong with us. As we continue the story of Yeshua, Messiah King, Jesus encounters a situation that has angered Him for twenty years but up until this moment He has not been at liberty to do anything about it. But this time it’s different.

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"If mom says no, I’ll go ask dad." This timeless phrase has been used and practiced by children throughout the ages! No doubt many of us have either been on the using or receiving end. What kids seem to understand at such an early age, is that sometimes, mom and dad have a different plan for what they want their kids to do. We will see this play out in a very unique and interesting way in our bible passage today. We will see that Mary, the mother of Jesus, has a specific appeal for Jesus, part of which went against Jesus’ Father’s plan for Him. Jesus was in a somewhat difficult spot but managed to satisfy both His Father’s plan and Mother’s appeal in the perfect way.

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In our section today we will see Jesus begins collecting his disciples in preparation for his Messianic ministry. We will see each disciple who ends up with Jesus, does so in a unique way and has a singularly unique story about their first couple days with this Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth. However, despite the variety of invitations, the heart of what they have been invited into is all the same. They are to "come and see." To be partakers in what this Jesus is doing.

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In the 1st century, where proper documentation was far more difficult to obtain, the role of a witness played an important part in society. In our passage today, we will see John the Baptizer provide testimony both about who he is, and far more importantly, about who Jesus is.

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God sent Jesus to be king over God’s creation. But will Jesus, like Satan and Adam before Him, grow proud and rebellious? After His baptism, the Spirit immediately led Jesus into the Wilderness to be tested in order to answer this question: is Jesus worthy of God’s trust? We must not blunt the intensity of this experience nor devalue its significance. In His earthly life, Jesus never drew upon His deity. If He had, He would have disqualified Himself as our Substitute and empathetic High Priest.

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As a young adult, John spent many years isolated in the Judean Wilderness away from the influences of rabbinic Judaism and Sanhedrin politics. In 26 A.D. God called John out of the wilderness to begin his work of preparing the people to receive the Messiah and ultimately identifying the Messiah to the nation of Israel. On the occasion of Jesus' baptism, John received supernatural assistance in identifying the Messiah.

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It's hard to live today in light of something so far in the future. Be that as it may, we're called to live our lives in light of the future Millennial Kingdom knowing that how we serve Jesus now will determine how we will serve Jesus then. This, too, was John the Baptist's challenge to his fellow Israelites. They needed to return to God and live their lives in light of the future.

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Easter 2019

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Many of us are familiar with today’s story: 12-year-old Jesus spent three days in the Temple astonishing Jewish theologians while Mary & Joseph frantically searched for him. How was it that Jesus was so smart? How did he know the Hebrew Scriptures so well he could converse and even challenge the chief rabbis of Israel?

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Joseph and Mary had just been visited by Magi from the east. These Babaloyan scholars, or wise men, had traveled to see the King of the Jews. Joseph must have thought, "Now this is the way that it should be." His young family was settling into life in the small town of Bethlehem. Their world was becoming normal.This must have been more like what they expected.

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That nativity set is very special to me as I’m sure your nativity set is special to you. My purpose is not to bash nativity sets. But to be honest, they’re not historically accurate. First, archeology indicates that in first century Israel, animals were sheltered either in caves or on the ground floor of human dwellings. Barns or stables in first century Israel were probably unknown. Indications are that Jesus was born in a cave.

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As we look into our passage today, we will see, that although there is a number of promises and blessings regarding what this Yeshua will be and do, there are also some hard truths about him, both for Jews and Gentiles, as well as for his mother Mary.

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Palaces, royal heralds, trumpets, crowds, feasts, gifts and a massive celebration. That is what one would expect for the birth of a king. We have recently studied the birth and early days of John the Baptizer (Luke 1:5-24; 39-80) and we saw an Angel, a priest, miracles, prophecies, and crowds of people leaving the event thinking of these things, saying in expectation and excitement “What will this child be?”.

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We all face many different challenges in our lives. Some small, some seemingly insurmountable. In this section of our study, massive challenges abound for every character including our author Mathew!

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Undoubtedly baby John, born to his parents in their old age, touched something deep in Zechariah & Elizabeth. I imagine their wrinkled faces wet with tears as they cradled their newborn son for the first time. Great must have been Zechariah’s regret over his unbelief unable as he was to whisper and coo over his son. He must have wondered when God was going to lift his punishment.

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As we continue to tell the story of Yeshua Messiah King our story focuses on two extraordinary women, Elizabeth and Mary.

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God delights in using people who, in the eyes of the world, are nothings. God chose a “nothing” named David, a shepherd boy little valued by his own father, and raised him up to be the greatest king in the history of Israel.

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Two thousand years ago something critical happened in Israel. In fact, it was the most important thing to happen in human history since the creation of the world. How did God get His people’s attention?

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The King Who Has Always Been There
In this sermon, I will be referring to Jesus as Yeshua. Yeshua is Jesus' name in Hebrew. It means "God saves." Referring to Jesus by His Hebrew name will hopefully reinforce the fact that Jesus is a Jew and that He came to the Jews and taught and ministered in a thoroughly Jewish context.

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There are a lot of things said and done in the Bible that don’t make sense to us. There are many reasons for this. The Bible was written over a period of 1600 years beginning in about 1500BC. Its final book was finished about 100AD. We’re separated from the Bible by 2000 years of history.

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Key Truth: Death is the beginning of a fantastic adventure for the Christian. If we can’t picture the future, how can we face it with joy and hope? God wants us to face our future with joy and hope. He has revealed much about the afterlife, enough to make us realize that death for a believer is the beginning of a fantastic adventure. Let’s think about the future God has for us. First, what happens to a Christian who dies?

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Special Sermon: New and Improving
Phil de Martimprey

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Christmas Eve Service 2018
Pastors Nate Ingvoldstad, Paul Nelson, and Phil de Martimprey

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The first book of the New Testament, the Gospel of Matthew, begins with Jesus’ genealogy. Matthew’s theme is Jesus, the Messiah-King. Matthew quotes the Old Testament over 60 times. He shows that Jesus fulfills the OT prophecies concerning the first coming of the Messiah-King.

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Paul moves from telling the Roman brothers and sisters his hopes and plans to come see them, (15:22-33) to greeting an incredible list of people, including 26 individuals, 2 “families” and 3 “house churches”. Paul hasn’t been to Rome, but we see that he knows a number of people he has either heard about, or that he has met during his ministry, that he believes have now traveled to Rome. There are a couple things that stand out in this section.

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Paul closes out the theological teaching of Romans by reminding and encouraging the believers to welcome and accept one another. Much of this letter has dealt with the differences between Gentiles and Jews, and he has just spent a considerable amount of time dealing with differences in convictions between “weaker and stronger” brothers.

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Elder Commissioning of Scott Stevens

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Needless to say, devout Christians sometimes have very different convictions. Conflicting convictions threatened the unity of the church in Rome to whom the Apostle Paul wrote the letter of Romans. Romans 14:1–15:13 is Paul’s plea for mutual acceptance and unity. Before reading the passage, let’s consider the historical situation.

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Conflicting convictions threatened the unity of the church in Rome to whom the Apostle Paul wrote the letter of Romans. Romans 14:1–15:13 is Paul’s plea for mutual acceptance and unity.

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We owe love to Christians and non-Christians alike. But this runs completely counter to what the world tells us. The world tells us the only people we are obligated to love are members of our family and even that is negotiable. The world also tells us to only love those who love us. Our flesh, when we were in Adam, told us to love ourselves. But God says we owe love to others. Who are we going to believe? Who are we going to follow?

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Paul has just come out of a section describing some powerful ways that the body of Christ can show love in the world, and how we should be relating both to our brothers and sisters, as well as our enemies! He is going to pick back up with the topic of love in 13:8, but in 13:1-7 he launches into a very succinct argument about how believers should relate to the governing authorities.

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Paul has been writing about the importance of understanding that our identity is bound up in the church family, with God given gifts that we are to use properly within that family. He then makes a sharp transition to love. This is the exact same thing Paul does in 1 Corinthians 12-13. It would seem that in all the talk about unity, the body of Christ, gifts and service, that Paul wants to make sure that believers don’t lose the most important and foundational aspect of this new, spiritual family; Love.

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For the last 11 chapters Paul has explained very deep and profound theological truths about humanity, sin, God the Father, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Justification, Sanctification and so much more! In chapter 12, Paul takes a new direction with his teaching. He transitions from what we should believe to how we should behave. Though they are different in their thrust, the behavior Paul is going to be prescribing for believers is inseparable from the foundation build in the previous 11 chapters.

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Romans 10 concludes by teaching that God is taking the Gospel directly to the Gentiles because of Israel’s stubborn unbelief. Naturally, some conclude that God is done with Israel. Paul opens Romans 11 with an emphatic declaration that God has not rejected Israel.

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Israel remains hardened in her rejection of Jesus. God has promised that one day all Israel will be saved. But over the last two thousand years, the vast majority of Jews have rejected Jesus and will remain separated from God for eternity. In every generation a few Jews have believed, but even when the entire nation is saved, it will be but a remnant.

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In our study of God’s Word we encounter truths that seem to contradict one another. We call these antinomies. An antinomy is two things that are both true, but they appear to contradict each other. The most common antinomy is the Trinity. The Bible reveals that God is one. The Bible reveals that God is three. All attempts to illustrate or explain the Trinity fall apart because the Trinity is incomprehensible to the human mind.

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This morning we'll look at the big picture of what God is doing today with the nation of Israel. Then, in the next couple weeks we’ll look at the details of God’s plan for Israel. Romans 9-11 deals with God's relationship with the nation of Israel. God made four unconditional covenants with Israel promising her the Land (Gen. 12:7; 15:17-20; Deut. 29:1-30:10), the Seed (Gen. 3:15; 17:1-21; 2 Sam. 7:9-17) and the Blessing (Gen. 12:1-3; Jer. 31:31-37; Ezek. 36). In addition, God promised a Messiah-King Who will deliver the nation of Israel from her sin and reign over her and the gentile nations in righteousness (Isa. 11; 12; 53; Dan. 7:13-14; Zech. 9:9-10; 12; 13).

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Special Sermon: Eldership

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This question surfaces because in Paul's day, the majority of Jews rejected Jesus as Messiah. Lead by their spiritual leaders, the Jews rejected Jesus' messianic claims and with the help of Rome, killed Jesus. Jesus rose from the dead and ascended to heaven. Rather than receiving the promised kingdom ruled by Messiah, the nation of Israel remained subjugated to Rome. By 70AD Israel ceased to exist as a nation.

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Though we deny God, He loves us so much He sacrificed Jesus to pay the penalty of our sin and deliver us from His righteous wrath. God loves us so much that after He justifies us His Spirit imparts new life setting us free from our old lives of sin and death. And if that weren't enough to prove how much God loves you, God promises to complete our salvation by giving us new bodies and a future with Jesus that will never end. All the evidence of God’s love and commitment to you has been manifest. God loves you. Of this there can be no doubt. But do you love Him? That’s the question. Are you ready to commit yourself to Him? We're at a point of decision.

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If you are a Christian, your life is under reconstruction. You’re under new management. God is remodeling your life from the inside out. Your old life was based on a blueprint called the “mindset of the flesh” (Rom. 8:6). The "fleshly mindset" is a life driven by the body.

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Special Sermon: Communion Message 8-12-18

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As we open our Bibles to Romans 8:18-25 we are in that portion of Paul’s letter dealing with the second aspect of our salvation - sanctification. Sanctification is the lifelong process of spiritual transformation in which God is healing our brains, setting us free from self-centeredness and fear and changing our character all to the end of making us more and more like Jesus Himself. The process of sanctification is difficult. We want to live for God and obey Him, but self-centeredness and fear sabotage our godly desires.

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In chapters 5-8 Paul deals with sanctification. Sanctification is the second aspect of salvation. It is the lifelong process of being delivered from the power of sin. The goal of sanctification is that we increasingly become like Jesus (8:29). Sanctification is the lifelong process of healing our brains and being set free from fear and self-centeredness.

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Special Sermon: Nate Keating - The Unexpected Ones

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The process of sanctification is also the process by which we enter more deeply into the life of God. As we read Romans 8:1-13, notice how many times the Holy Spirit is connected with life. If we really want to be fully alive we must realign our life purpose and pursuits on the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit brings life to all those who set their minds on His will.

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Patriotic Service 2018

Shawn Percival
Jerry Sain
Evan Young

 

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In chapter 7 Paul teaches that God's law cannot sanctify us. 7:7-12 affirms that God's law is not the problem. Sin is the problem. God's law is holy, righteous and good. The problem is that sin is aroused by God's law. Rather than subduing sin, God's law actually stirs it up. Sin sabotages the good purposes of the law. In 7:13-25 Paul demonstrates through his own life experience that believers cannot fulfill the righteous requirements of God's law by their effort alone.

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In Romans 7 Paul teaches us that the Law, by itself, cannot transform us into the likeness of Christ. But, even though that is the case, the Law is not the problem. God’s Law is holy, righteous and good. The real problem is the treacherous nature of sin that still resides in us. As we come to Romans 7:7-12 keep in mind Paul is dealing with sanctification. He is answering the question, "What is the process by which our lives are transformed to become like Jesus?"

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In Romans 7:1-6, Paul’s main point is that the law does not have the power make us right with God, and it also does not have the power to make us more like Jesus. As Christians, we will not bear spiritual fruit by striving to following the law. It is through our union with Christ, having died to the law, that we are now free to bear fruit for God in the Spirit.

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Though the Apostle Paul did not know about neuroplasticity, he did understand its practical outworking: whatever we give our minds and bodies to eventually controls us. As we’ve just seen, whatever we think about over and over again strengthens the neural pathways involved with that thought process. Whatever we do repeatedly with our bodies eventually controls us for good or for ill. What we will discover in Romans 6:15-23 is that neuroplasticity or rather its practical outworking is one of the reasons why Christians should not continue in a sinful lifestyle.

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As we come to Romans 6, Paul will say repeatedly in a variety of ways that in Christ we died to sin. Paul stresses this because it is crucial to the process of our sanctification. Yet it's difficult to understand because we don’t feel very dead to sin! In fact, most of us rarely feel kind of faint! God’s salvation plan includes both delivering us from the penalty of sin and delivering us from the practice of sin. Deliverance from the penalty of sin we call justification. Deliverance from the practice of sin we call sanctification.

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In Christ we are part of a new reality. We are no longer "sinners". In Adam we were “sinners”. In Christ we are the justified; the redeemed; the righteous.

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Mother's Day 2018

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Since chapter one of Romans we have been focused on justification. When a sinner trusts in the blood of Jesus to pay the penalty of their sins, God declares that sinner righteous. But like adoption, justification is not the end of God's saving us; it's just the beginning. Justification opens the way to a whole new life.

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Our words often imply that people in the Old Testament were saved by the Law. We say people in the Old Testament were "under the Law," but we are "under grace." It is easy to see how we can misunderstand. God's means of salvation has always been by faith. Justification by faith is not a New Testament thing. This is the message of Romans 3:27-4:25.

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In Romans 1:18 - 3:20 Paul shows that we are all sinners under God’s wrath. None is righteous, no, not one. No one does good. He further shows we cannot improve our condition; for by works of the law no human being will be declared righteous in his sight. Paul has driven us to the edge of the cliff. There is nothing we can do. We cannot make ourselves right with God. Left to ourselves we are hopeless. The glorious message of the Gospel is that God has made a way for us to be right with Him. But in making us right with Himself God does something very peculiar.

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In 2008 we were rocked. Cancer. Stage 4. Aggressive. At first we were numb. We weren’t angry. God’s Word trained us to know we all fall into trials of various kinds. I hurt for the pain Cathy would suffer. But we accepted the diagnosis. Rejecting the diagnosis would have signed Cathy’s death warrant. Accepting the diagnosis was the first step towards her healing. In our passage today God delivers a devastating diagnosis. The question is, will we accept it or reject it?

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Easter 2018, "The Lie"

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Our passage today takes us deeper into the Jewish mind and its reasons for rejecting the Gospel. Unbelieving Jews have already been condemned by Paul in chapters 1 and 2. Paul taught that all humanity is under God’s wrath because of our refusal to acknowledge the evidence of God's "eternal power and divine nature," that is clearly seen through His creation. God's present wrath is expressed in that God gave humanity over to various forms of sin (1:18-32).

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Are you pecksniffian? You really don’t want to be pecksniffian but if you are you probably don’t see it. People around you know if you’re pecksniffian. It’s unpleasant to say the least. Religious people are very susceptible to it. It was a deep seated problem in Judaism. It’s understandable why the Jews struggled with pecksniffianism given their special relationship with God:

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When our children were little and we were out in public, they would wander. Despite our instructions to stay with us, they would wander off. A few times I just let them; I could always see them, but they couldn’t see me. They thought it was great; they didn’t realize I was disciplining them by letting them wander off. They were having a great time free to go wherever they pleased until after a little while it dawned on them they were alone, they couldn’t see us, they didn’t know how to find us…

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I was trying to remember the first time I shared the Gospel. In 1976, Campus Crusade for Christ launched a nationwide evangelistic campaign called “I Found It”. I was a high school sophomore. The campaign included telephone evangelism. I remember several evenings at the church calling through our local telephone directory and sharing the gospel with those willing to listen. I vividly remember how nervous I felt; my heart was racing and my mouth was completely dry I could hardly speak. Truth be told, each time I dialed I hoped nobody would pick up!

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Many years ago a young man completed our youth pastor internship and began searching for a youth pastor position. We were shocked to encounter churches that offered to hire him on the first phone call sight unseen. He was offered jobs without submitting a resume, a statement of faith or references. How would you feel if we did this here at Grace? How would you feel if we hired a youth pastor after one phone call? Moms and Dads, how would you feel sending your junior high and high school students to be taught by a young man we knew nothing about?

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The book of Romans is one of the most powerful and influential books ever written. Augustine, one of the most brilliant theologians of the early church, came to faith after reading Romans chapter thirteen. Martin Luther recovered the doctrine of salvation by faith from his study of Romans 1:17 and went on to lead the Protestant Reformation. While listening to the preface of Luther’s commentary on Romans, John Wesley felt his heart "strangely warmed" and he was saved. John Wesley and his brother Charles were used mightily by God in both England and the United States to bring revival in the eighteenth century. The great Puritan preacher, John Bunyan, was so inspired by Romans that he wrote the immortal Pilgrim’s Progress.

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Our horizon includes the Rapture, the Kingdom, the Crushing of Satan and, as we will study today, Paradise Restored. The horizon for people separated from God is, however, horribly different. Many people in our society believe there will be some type of judgment in the afterlife. Mistakenly, they believe this judgment will determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. The Bible reveals three judgments none of which determine who goes to heaven and who goes to hell. One’s eternal destiny is determined in this life by one's response to Jesus Christ.

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Jesus will fulfill His promises through an event called the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). At the Rapture, the souls of deceased believers will be united with their resurrection bodies. Believers alive at the time of the Rapture will be changed and then caught up to meet the Lord after the resurrection of deceased believers. We don’t know the day or hour of the Rapture. But we do know it happens before Jesus returns.

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As we continue God’s Story of Hope Jesus will reveal something that will not make sense to His disciples. But in the end they will see Jesus was right. We pick up the story early on a Sunday morning in April 33AD.

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Now that Judas is out of the room and into the night, Jesus concludes the last Passover feast in a very intimate way. Speaking dearly to the eleven, He institutes a new type of remembrance. Jesus picks up a cup of wine and some bread. This cup is the third cup of wine that is drunk during the Passover meal. It comes after the main course. It is called The Cup of Redemption. In the Jewish Passover it was symbolic of the blood of the lamb that was sacrificed at the first Passover in Egypt.

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Last week we ended with Jesus and his disciples in the town of Bethany. Jesus had just called out a dead man from his grave. The countryside was ablaze with the news, and since Bethany is less than two miles from Jerusalem, the leaders of Israel heard the news quickly. Throughout the last few years, Jesus had not only claimed to be God, but had systematically demonstrated control and authority over all areas of life. It was an authority and control that only God could possess. Wind and waves recognized His voice. Demons trembled in fear and followed His instruction. He healed sickness and disease as simply as if he were ordering food from a restaurant. Lazarus was the final straw. Bringing a man back to life, Jesus had control over life itself.

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It is pretty easy to make an incredible claim. Many people do it all time. From Muhammad Ali's "I am the greatest" speech, to the friend who somehow always has that lower golf score when he’s not with you. It is not difficult to make these claims, the real challenge comes when a person is called on to prove it. Are they able to backup their claims? We will see in this section that Jesus may take the cake when it comes to incredible claims, but he doesnt leave their validity up in the air, he gave plenty of proof.

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Christmas Message

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Life is full of the unexpected. Sometimes positive and sometimes negative. If you think back just this week you can probably identify some of both. Our story in this section will be no exception. Jesus has been baptized, overcome the temptation of Lucifer in the wilderness and has been proclaimed the Son of God and the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. What a beginning to this rescue story! But, as readers and hearers of this Story of Hope, there's one thing we know for sure, this Rescuer is not following anyone's expectations except His Father's. There is a rescue plan unfolding, so what will the next pages reveal about this plan and this Rescuer?

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The promised rescuer has arrived! The son of Eve, the son of Abraham, the son of David, and most incredibly, and unbelievably, the Son of God. The silence of the last 400 years has been shattered with the proclamation that not only is God speaking again, but He has actually come in the flesh to be with His most precious creation again, and to rescue them once and for all. But how was this going to happen? Jews are under the brutal control of the Roman empire. How will this rescuer overthrow this major world power? How will he set his people free? In this section we will see the themes of God, Man, Sin, Christ, and Faith.

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Last week we were working through the times of the Judges, Prophets, and Kings. This took us from the book of Judges, all the way to the end of the Old Testament. During the span of those years, the Israelites seemed to be on an endless cycle of self destruction. Forgetting their Creator and Savior, they would drift from the truth and into the worship of false gods. In divine discipline, God would give them over to this way of life, which would always lead to horrible destruction. Foreign nations would harass and battle with them. This would often end in their capture and enslavement, where they were drug off to faraway lands. Their situation would become desperate, and then their leaders would remember who they were. Finally, they would cry out to God once more. Ture to his character, God would answer and raise up a leader. He would RESCUE them and return them to the land of promise.

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Forty years have passed since God delivered the Israelites out of the clutches of Pharaoh. The exodus generation, those who had seen the many signs and wonders of the Lord, now had died off. Even their great leader, Moses, had given over to the curse of death. A man named, Joshua was appointed by God to lead the Israelites into the land of promise. Joshua was a commander, and God commissioned him to sweep across the new land and drive out the wicked tribes who lived there. The Israelites were to completely remove their presence from the land.

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The law has been given. God has established in very clear terms what He expects from His chosen people. These 613 laws govern how Israel is supposed to behave toward God, toward one another, and even toward animals and other creation. God gives these laws and expects Israel to follow them, yet God knows that they will fail regularly, so He includes laws for that, or more precisely, He formalizes the sacrifice system. This is a way that the Israelites can show that they understand they have failed to obey the law (sinned) and express remorse, as well as have their sins covered through the death of an innocent animal. As we saw in the last lesson, this system anticipated something greater, something that would be able to completely repair the broken relationship with God. Somehow, the promised rescuer would repair this brokenness once and for all. Now the people will be led around the wilderness as God prepares and tests His people, and reveals the condition of their hearts.

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The crashing waters of the Red Sea have settled. The nation of Israel, about 2 million people, look on in unbelief and awe as the God who led them out of slavery just destroyed the entire Egyptian army. They are now a completely free people! As the last line of their magnificent rescue song rings out, "The Lord will reign forever and ever" (Ex. 15:18). We can imagine the promises to Abraham, so many hundreds of years before, now echo anew in their hearts and minds. They will be made a great nation, they will receive a beautiful land of promise, and they will be used by God to bless the whole earth. But they are not at that promised land yet, and God has some work to do with them before they will be ready to enter it. God is going to establish a new covenant with them, the Mosaic Covenant. It will be defined by the giving of the Law to the people. In this section we see the themes of God, Man, Sin, Death, and Faith.

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God had communicated to Moses that they were not to leave Egypt as paupers. They would leave as a wealthy nation. Moses told the Israelites to ask the Egyptians for their riches. Wanting to avoid further calamity, the Egyptian people unloaded their wealth into the bags of the Israelites. The progression of the plagues had led them to a place where they feared for their own lives. The possibility that they could all be wiped out was heavy on their thoughts. So consequently, they gave the Israelites everything they asked.

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Response Reveals Belief. God reveals Himself to mankind and mankind is given a season of choice. A time to choose to respond in belief, or to not. It is God who then closes the door on man's season of choice. Pharaoh is a perfect example of this. God revealed Himself to Pharaoh through a series of signs and wonders, but Pharaoh hardened his heart against God and refused to listen. His response revealed his unbelief. God then closed the door on Pharaoh's season of choice. God hardened Pharaoh's heart, and God used Pharaoh to punish the Egyptians who believed in him as a god. The Israelites on the other hand responded in a way that revealed their belief.

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