SERMON: “God’s Judgment: No More Delay” – Jack G. Ebner Reply


SERMON: “GOD’S JUDGMENT: NO MORE DELAY”

SERMON: “HOPE AT THE NEW YEAR – 2018” – Jim Robinette


 

SERMON: “Hope at the New Year”

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SONGS: MAHALIA JACKSON

SERMON: THE THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT


SERMON:

ADVENT


The Meaning of “Advent”

“The word Advent means “coming” or “arrival.” The focus of the entire season is the celebration of the birth of Jesus the Christ in his First Advent, and the anticipation of the return of Christ the King in his Second Advent. Thus, Advent is far more than simply marking a 2,000 year old event in history. It is celebrating a truth about God, the revelation of God in Christ whereby all of creation might be reconciled to God. That is a process in which we now participate, and the consummation of which we anticipate. Scripture reading for Advent will reflect this emphasis on the Second Advent, including themes of accountability for faithfulness at His coming, judgment on sin, and the hope of eternal life.

Advent is marked by a spirit of expectation, of anticipation, of preparation, of longing. There is a yearning for deliverance from the evils of the world, first expressed by Israelite slaves in Egypt as they cried out from their bitter oppression. It is the cry of those who have experienced the tyranny of injustice in a world under the curse of sin, and yet who have hope of deliverance by a God who has heard the cries of oppressed slaves and brought deliverance!

It is that hope, however faint at times, and that God, however distant He sometimes seems, which brings to the world the anticipation of a King who will rule with truth and justice and righteousness over His people and in His creation. It is that hope that once anticipated, and now anticipates anew, the reign of an Anointed One, a Messiah, who will bring peace and justice and righteousness to the world.

Part of the expectation also anticipates a judgment on sin and a calling of the world to accountability before God. We long for God to come and set the world right! Yet, as the prophet Amos warned, the expectation of a coming judgment at the “Day of the Lord” may not be the day of light that we might want, because the penetrating light of God’s judgment on sin will shine just as brightly on God’s people.”

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SERMON FOR FIRST SUNDAY OF LENT

“That’s the way God planned it.”


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BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY


But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything done in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives

2 Peter 3:10-11 NIV

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY


Psalm 136 ] Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of heaven. His love endures forever.

Psalm 136:1,26 NIV

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY


Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done.

1 Chronicles 16:8 NIV

BIBLE VERSE FOR TODAY


Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Colossians 3:15 NIV

SERMON: “FORGIVENESS” – DR. VODDIE BAUCHAM


Jacob’s favorite son. He could interpret dreams. sold as a slave by his brothers. Egypt he becomes second in command to Pharaoh. bothers come to Egypt looking for food. Test his brothers & forgives. His family moves to Egypt, and this is how the Pharaoh enslaves the Israelites.

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SCRIPTURE:  GENESIS 45

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SERMON:  “FORGIVENESS”

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