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Resurrection

Paul addresses the church in Corinth about the resurrection of the dead in the times to come. The controversy is whether or not there will be a resurrection at the day of the LORD. Paul speaks of the resurrection of Jesus as the undeniable truth of a resurrection to come. After all, Paul argues, if Jesus did not rise from the dead, then our faith is futile and we are still in sin.

Today, we still have that same choice to make - do we believe that not only is Jesus the son of God and that he paid the penalty for our sins but that he also raised from the dead. Make your choice -- death or Jesus.

Be Glad

Jesus' first miracle was in many ways a foreshadow of what was to come. The miracle was turning water into fine wine at a wedding feast in Cana (in Galilee) on what appears to be the third day after Jesus called his first disciples to follow Him. This was only one marker of the future for Jesus and His church. Listen quite closely to other parallels to the final days of Jesus and what it means to His church as well as to you. 

First Century Church - Part 3

Paul is one his way to Rome. In his letter to the Roman church prior to his finally getting to Rome, he writes about his longing to be there with them - to teach them, to encourage them, to fellowship with them, to love them. The first few lines of this letter speak all the work that Paul has done for Jesus and how much more he hopes - LONGS - to accomplish for Jesus. What was true for Paul is true for us today. Let's listen and learn together. 

Jesus and the Holy Spirit

We know that Jesus died for our sins but we often don't realize that he died for much more than that. Paul writes in Galatians (3:13-14) "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”— so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith." If Jesus had not died, resurrected, and ascended to His throne, then the Holy Spirit would not have been poured out as He has been. We begin to look at not what but who the Holy Spirit is and what He does. This week we dig deeper into 1 Corinthians 2:6-16 and examine what Paul has written about the Spirit of God. 

Expect to be Surpised

We are still examining the Resurrection and its after effects on the follower of Jesus. This week using John 21 as the backdrop, we look at how many of the disciples appear to be lost without their teacher. We find several of them back in the region of Galilee with Peter and he announces he is going to go fishing - his old trade; they go with him. The fish all night but catch nothing. However as the sun rises, things take a turn. Deep, challenging, life-changing events take place as one of the fishermen turned disciple turned fisherman recognizes Jesus on the shore building a fire. Let's explore the lessons being offered here by the Holy Spirit. 

After the Resurrection

Over the past few weeks, we examined the last week of Jesus' life, His crucifixion, and His resurrection. Sorrow, more sorrow, intense agony, and then uncontrollable, unspeakable joy! What can surpass the resurrection of Jesus? Well, we know something has to because He is not walking around in the flesh today and that something is the Ascension of Jesus to claim His throne at the right hand of God.

Jesus during His ministry referred to His leaving several times, however, his disciples never really understood. In spite of Jesus telling them that He came to fulfill the prophets, the disciples didn't get it. They didn't understand the He had to die and they didn't understand that He would rise on the third day until they saw it. Now, can you imagine the looks of Jesus' disciples as they witnessed "...and with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him." (Daniel 7:13 ESV)

This week we begin looking at just what the Ascension meant to the early church and to us, the present church. Sit, listen, be blessed. 

Unending Passion of Jesus

In a Resurrection Sunday message we look at what many consider to be the end of Jesus' suffering. But is it really? Jesus, as a son of man, suffered physically before His death. Did this put an end to His suffering, His passion, His love for His people?  

That passion continues today and is seen in the Bride of Christ, the Church living by the Spirit of God in the footsteps of selfless sacrifice for the glory of God!

As a man, Jesus died. He resurrected as the King of Heaven to take His rightful place at the right hand of His Father. He also resurrected as the bridegroom of His people, His church universal. As a man, we know Jesus experienced the full range of human emotions. Did His resurrection put an end to His ability to experience those emotions? 

Before looking at how Jesus longs for His bride and what He did to wed her, we also take a look at what the grief, guilt, and shame Peter may have experienced while Jesus lay in the tomb not knowing that his friend, teacher, and Messiah would soon return. 

Passion of Jesus Part 3

This is the third in the series examing the last week in the life of Jesus in His human body. In this message, we examine the trial of Jesus before the high priest and the Sanhedrin. However before we get into the details of the trial, we take a look at Proverbs 20:28 - "Steadfast love and faithfulness preserve the king, and by steadfast love his throne is upheld." This proverb sets the tone for tonight's message. The trial of Jesus, as unjust as it was, demonstrates the hesed love that God and Jesus, our King, had and have for us. Keep this in mind as you listen to this message about the suffering of Jesus at the hands of His people and the Romans. 

Passion of Jesus Part 2

This week we continue to look at the final days of Jesus' life as a human being. After He celebrated the Passover meal with his disciples, Jesus was betrayed and handed over to the Pharisees. Jesus was fully aware that this was going to happen after all Jesus is God and was present in the beginning when God planned all of this. We examine the events starting with Genesis. Listen and be blessed. 

Passion of Jesus Part 1

As we approach Resurrection Sunday we begin a series of lessons to examine why the Resurrection of Jesus should be of central importance to our lives as Christians.

This week we begin the journey with Jesus' arrival to Jerusalem in the week culminating in the celebration of Passover (and, of course, His own crucifixion). It is not simply Jesus riding on a donkey; there is the history of a nation and mankind to consider -- from the fall in the garden to weeping over Jerusalem and a lot in between. 

Pray, listen, and be blessed. 

Transform Your Mind

Paul's letter to the Romans has been called one of the most important books in the Holy Bible. In chapter 12, Paul exhorts us to "...not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect." (Verse 2, ESV)

What does the renewal and transformation of your mind look like? How is it achieved? Can it happen overnight? If not, how long will it take? Well, the short answer is pretty simple - it can  be complicated. Give a listen and learn about renewing and transforming your mind.

A Jar of Clay

Paul writes in a letter to the Corinthians "But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us." (2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV) This after having been afflicted in so many ways to the point of being crushed but not driven to despair. 

With this as the basis for his sermon, Pastor Andrew speaks of how Paul's message still resonates in the 21st century. He speaks of his own experiences, afflictions, shortcomings, doubts, and other attempts to cause him to despair and give up. 

Listen carefully and attentively to discern if anything in this message applies to you. Was it recent? Or perhaps a lifelong pattern? 

Remember, however, as with Paul, "For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, 18 as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal." (2 Corinthians 4:17-18) ESV

Do you desire to be subhuman?

Jesus calls us to follow Him and be his disciples. Tonight we look at some parables that illustrate this call and the results of the call. When we are called by Jesus, we have a choice -- we can respond affirmatively and live a life giving glory to our Creator; or we can, in effect, say we know better and we can make it on our own with our lack of commitment, our love of money, our need for worldly possession. In short, when we refuse our Creator and King, we desire to be less than a human can be. 

Get Off The Roller Coaster

Is your life a mess, full of up and down cycles? Are you happy one day, minute, hour then a hot mess -- angry, confused, depressed -- the next? Yep, you are caught on the roller coaster of life. Let's take a look at how your spiritual life has an effect on your physical life and the roller coaster. We are going to look at how Jesus' referred to His hour on several occasions and when His hour did arrive, it was for the His glorification and the glorification of the Father. 

Genesis 27 - A Father's Blessing

Issac (son of Abraham) has two sons who are twins-Esau, the older, and Jacob. Esau is Abraham's favorite while Jacob is his mother's favorite. When it is time to give his final blessing to his heir, the blessing does not go to the older. 

We all desire the approval of our father (or father-figure) when we don't get that approval things can spiral out of control. However, when we realize that no matter what we do, no matter how badly we screw up, there is ONE FATHER who (while not always approving) always blesses us. 

Give a listen. 

Jeremiah's Prayer

Using the LORD's calling of Jeremiah to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1) for background, we look at Jeremiah's prayer in Jeremiah 20:7-18. The honesty and emotion that Jeremiah displayed to his creator, the Lord God, is amazing. Jeremiah at this point in his ministry was really unhappy with God feeling that he had been deceived by God. Indeed the word used in Jeremiah 20:7 is the same used in Exodus 22:16 and Deuteronomy 11:16. Pretty strong. But Jeremiah did not lie to God in how he felt in his prayer. Can we say the same? Give a listen.

1 Samuel 14 - Part 2

Continuing with Jonathan and his Armor Bearer rabble raising with the Philistines, we first look at why God has left enemies of Israel in the land He promised to give to the descendants of Abraham. The reasons for God's actions then are still as applicable to our lives today -- collectively and as individuals. Good stuff, good lessons. Let go see who the heroes, traitors, and cowards are.