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The Investigative Judgement

22 Apr

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The Investigative Judgement4/22/06

God has gotten a lot of bad press and He deserves none of it. He is viewed as an angry judge and that’s just not the case. Today we’ll see a beautiful picture of the Investigative Judgement that will clear up this misunderstanding of God.

Frank Hardy was our guest speakerFrank Hardy is Pastor Steve’s father-in-law. He is a computer programmer for the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. Frank is the founder of www.historicism.org where he has published many of his research papers on prophecy and other doctrinal topics.

NOTE: This sermon assumes a basic level of understanding of Bible prophecy. If you have not studied prophecy you may have some questions after listening–that’s ok, just use it as an opportunity to start studying prophecy. To help with this study we have included some helpful links on the side bar —> under the “Bible Study” heading.

Key Passage: Revelation 19:1-8

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The Pause

15 Apr

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The Pause4/15/06

NOTE: This sermon/service included lot’s of music and scripture reading. Due to copyright concerns we are not able to stream the music part only the sermonette. If you want the rest you’ll just have to join us in Church!

A pause can be a powerful thing. Any parent can attest that a pause in the regular noise at the wrong time spells trouble. Last year while I was at the Platte Valley Academy Convocation Sirac and another man from Union College gave a concert. One of the piano pieces that Sirac played had measures of silence—a pause—right in the piece which added to the feel of the song.

Jesus was crucified and died on Friday (the preparation day) and He resurrected on Sunday but in the middle of these two days was a pause—the Sabbath. Jesus upheld the law not only by making sure that the penalty for our sins had been paid but also by dying before Sabbath and resting in the tomb during the Sabbath.

What happened on that Sabbath, during that pause?…

Key Passage: Luke 23:26-24:6

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The Communion Bread

08 Apr

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The Communion Bread4/8/06

The Unleavened BreadSymbols are all around us. Marketing executives will pay millions of dollars to design and promote a symbol of their business, also called their logo. They know that a symbol is a very powerful way of communicating a message. That is why Jesus used so many symbols in His teaching.

Today we will observe the Lord’s Supper. Jesus incorporated some very important symbols into this ceremony. Let’s look at one of the many symbols in the communion service—The unleavened bread.

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Key Passage: Luke 22:14-19

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Don’t Be Fooled

01 Apr

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Don't Be Fooled4/1/06

On this April Fool’s day we are looking at some ways that the devil successfully fools Christians.

Most Christians do not go to seances or read crystal balls but some less obvious but just as destructive spiritualistic practices have become widely accepted in many Christian circles. Today we’ll expose two of them, Palm Reading and Yoga and see how New Age/Hindu practices twist the gospel mesage.

Key Passage: John 8:44

From the New York Times, October 31, 1938 (Are we susceptible to such outlandish hoaxes today?)

“A wave of mass hysteria seized thousands of radio listeners between 8:15 and 9:30 o’clock last night when a broadcast of a dramatization of H. G. Wells’s fantasy, “The War of the Worlds,” led thousands to believe that an interplanetary conflict had started with invading Martians spreading wide death and destruction in New Jersey and New York.

The broadcast, which disrupted households, interrupted religious services, created traffic jams and clogged communications systems, was made by Orson Welles, who as the radio character, “The Shadow,” used to give “the creeps” to countless child listeners. This time at least a score of adults required medical treatment for shock and hysteria.”

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