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Sunday, June 25, 2017

 

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. (Romans 8:28 NLT)

Though this promise was stated by the Apostle Paul 2,000 years after the time of Abraham, it is based upon the nature of God, who does not change (Malachi 3:6). And so it applies as equally to Abraham as it does to us today.

But Abraham went through some very serious times of trouble, some of which challenged his faith in God, and some of which were due to bad decisions he made.

It will all work out in the end, but the Bible is a realistic book: this promise from God does not mean that we won't suffer sometimes as he moves us in the direction of his sovereign will. But he will bring something very valuable out of our sufferings (James 1:2-4).

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

 

The Bible does not romanticize its significant people: they are presented honestly, with all of their weaknesses, flaws, and imperfections.

For example, Abram (later known as Abraham): God promised him that he would become the father of many nations, and that the Israelites would inherit the land of the Canaanites.

The Bible says "Abram believed the LORD, and the Lord counted him as righteous beacuse of his faith." (Gen.15:6 NLT).

However, the Bible also tells us that out of fear, Abram lied to Pharoah and allowed his wife to be taken into a harem! He even expresses doubts to God about his clearly stated promise of a future homeland for the Israelites (Gen.15:8).

But ultimately Abram believed God and acted upon that belief, leaving his homeland with his family and possessions in tow, as an act of obedience.

God accomplishes his purposes for us, in spite of our doubts and failures. No one can say exactly how our lives will play out, but we can say this: God is at work, and everything will be resolved at exactly the right time.

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Today's guest speaker was Pastor Neil Harris, who was an associate pastor at Grace Bible Church for seven years before answering a call to Victor Valley Christian Church.

Pastor Neil spoke on the topic of love, and pointed out that one dictionary website has 28 definitions for that word!

So what do we do when we want to know the meaning of love in its truest form?

We look to Jesus, of course! He was the perfect expression of God's love for us.

And from his example we learn something huge about love: Experiencing love leads to expressing love!

Here's what Jesus said about it: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you." (1 John 4:19)

Jesus experienced the Father's love, and so he was able to express that love to us.

Love's ultimate expression is through sacrifice. First Jesus invested himself in the lives of his disciples, and then he gave his life for them (and for us: see Mark 10:45).

Jesus said "Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends." (Mark 10:45). And he did more than just talk about love, or tell us that we should love: He showed us how (see Phil. 2:7-8).

The world desperately needs to experience God's love! So follow Jesus' example: Express his love to them by helping them experience that love. 

Invest yourself in the lives of others. Your love makes Jesus known; and where Jesus is known, there is hope.

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Sunday, June 04, 2017

 

Today we had a special speaker: one of our own, Dr. Frank Berg, preached on the topic of baptism. Here are just a few of the powerful, biblical points he made:

Having a wedding ring does not make us married: it's a symbol indicating that we are married.

Similarly, being baptized does not make us a Christian: it's a symbol indicating that a person is a follower of Jesus Christ; i.e., a Christian.

Baptism symbolizes the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus. And as we are immersed and raised from the water it is a public statement that

• we are turning away from our old lives

• we refuse to continue going in the wrong direction, and

• we are being raised into new life in Him.

Baptism means "I'm all in!" It shows the world that we belong to Christ, mind, body, and spirit.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

 

Our God is the Lion
The Lion of Judah
He's roaring with power
And fighting our battles
And every knee will bow before Him

Jesus is called the Lion of the tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:1). Lions are the very picture of strength: huge, muscular, and able to call the shots. There's a reason a lion is called the King of the Jungle!

But wait, there's more to Jesus than that...

Our God is the Lamb
The Lamb that was slain
For the sin of the world
His blood breaks the chains
And every knee will bow before the Lion and the Lamb

That is a very different picture: a humble, gentle creature that is as pure and innocent as its wool is white. And Jesus is also called the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29).

And so the Bible gives us a complete picture of our Lord and Savior: pure and spotless, as the True Sacrifice for our sins must be, and yet also full of power: the power to break the chains of sin that hold us back from the unfettered relationship that God wants to have with us!

And he as the power to conquer the brokenness of this world, just as he conquered death when he rose from the grave. But it will happen in his timing (Isaiah 14:26-27). For now we trust him to be true to his word, which tells us "...what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later" (Romans 8:18).

...For who can stop the Lord almighty?

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To listen to the Lion and the Lamb on YouTube, click here.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

 

Bless the Lord, oh my soul

Oh, my soul

Worship His holy name

--- 10,000 Reasons (Myrin/Redman)

What's in a name?

There are many cultures in which a name bears much greater significance than merely being a label. So much so, for example, that many people write "G-d" instead of "God" out of reverence for his name.

God told the Jewish people many of his names, of which YHWH is the most holy. This is known as the Tetragrammaton, and it's an abbreviation for "I AM that I AM" (Exodus 3:14), the name God revealed to Moses from the burning bush.

And the Bible tells us that "at the name of Jesus every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth" (Phil. 2:10).

There is power in the name of God, power enough to rescue his people from bondage, sin, and death.

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Sunday, May 14, 2017

 

All of my life, in every season

You are still God, I have a reason to sing

I have a reason to worship.

There are many seasons of life: some seem dry like our desert, some seem to burn out of control like a forest fire, some seem like a major battle, and some seem like a bountiful harvest. The verses to Desert Song take us through each of these scenarios.

But no matter what season of life we are experiencing, it is part of being refined and blessed by our heavenly Father. And if we are trusting in his Son, Jesus Christ, then the full force of the promises made to God's people throughout the Scriptures are ours to claim.

These promises point to the end result of being His people, though; we have also been promised that we will have trouble during this life (John 16:33). But He has overcome the world, and the victory belongs to us through Him.

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Sunday, May 07, 2017

 

My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus' blood and righteousness

These words from the 19-century hymn "The Solid Rock" have been incorporated into a contemporary worship song called "Cornerstone". The message of Christianity has remaind the same through the years: We can be united with Jesus, so that God views us based on our relationship with Jesus.

"For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Christ alone; Cornerstone
Weak made strong;
in the Savior's love

Through the storm,
He is Lord,
Lord of all

The idea of Jesus being our cornerstone is that we are aligned with him.

"You are coming to Christ, who is the living Cornerstone of God's temple." (1 Peter 2:4)

"As the Scriptures say, 'I am placing a cornerstone in Jerusalem, chosen for
great honor, and anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.'" (1 Peter 2:6)

That promise is made to those who trust in Jesus, not to those who don't. We pray that if you do not already trust Jesus as the only one who can save you from your sins, that you will come to know, love, and trust him because he loves you more than life itself!

To listen to Cornerstone on YouTube, click here.

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017


Lord, I come, I confess
Bowing here I find my rest
Without You I fall apart
You're the One that guides my heart

These lines from the song "Lord I Need You" are a great reminder of the holy, intimate relationship that exists between our heavenly Father and each one of us because of what Jesus has done to make that relationship possible.

And the disciple who was closest to Jesus during his earthly ministry says that "...if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness." (1 Jn 1:9)

Lord, I need You, oh, I need You
Every hour I need You
My one defense, my righteousness,
Oh God, how I need You

God's standard is perfection.
As long as our lives are anything less than perfect, we are unfit for God's kingdom.

But the good news is that "God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God." (2 Cor. 5:21)

"… not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith." (Phil. 3:9)

"My one defense; my righteousness," is that God sees me as being in Christ, and God is changing me to be like Christ.

There is lots more good news where that came from! To download the audio of today's sermon, click here.

To listen to Lord I Need You on YouTube, click here.
 

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

 

"Music is the universal language of mankind." -- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Music can unify, console, teach, and unravel us.

One of the major things that distinguishes humans from animals is our ability to make music. Birds have songs, but that isn't music; their songs are often used to identify entire species that share the same song.

But the music made by humans is endlessly variable, with themes, counterpoint, harmony, orchestration, and an infinite number of instruments and styles that stretch back to the dawn of humanity.

Our ability to create, be it music, art, stories, or technology, is one characteristic we derive from being made in God's image: he is the ultimate story teller, artist, composer, and Creator!

To listen to No Longer a Slave on YouTube, click here.

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