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Welcome to the podcast of the Lehman Avenue church of Christ in Bowling Green, KY. This podcast is made from audio recordings of weekly sermons presented at the church. If you live in our area or if you will be traveling to Bowling Green and are looking for a place to worship, we would be happy to…

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    ”The Seven Types of Friends We All Need” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 34:40


    October 2, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   The Seven Types of Friends We All Need - (Proverbs 17:17) Hiram Kemp   4 Lies to Reject I don't need friends There are no good friends, you can't trust people All of my friends are great I'm the best friend I could possibly be A Friend like Nathan - 2 Samuel 12:7 "This world is full of sorrow because it is full of sin. It is a dark place. It is a lonely place. It is a disappointing place. The brightest sunbeam in it is a friend. Friendship halves our troubles and doubles our joys." - J. C. Ryle A Friend Like Ruth - Ruth 1:16-18 A Friend Like Jonathan - 1 Samuel 18:1, 20:17 Friends Like Priscilla and Aquilla - Romans 16:3-4 Friends Like the Unknown Four - Mark 2:3-4 A Friend Like Barnabas - Acts 4:36-37, 15:36-37 A Friend in Jesus - John 15:13-15   Duration 34:40

    ”A Study of Thessalonians” by Phil Hartnady - Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 46:27


    October 2, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class Phil continues his class on the letters to the church of Thessalonica. The lesson for today focuses on chapter 3 of 1 Thessalonians.   Duration 46:27

    ”Why Jesus?” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2022 27:03


    Why Jesus? - (Hebrews 1:1-4) Neal Pollard Introduction A. _____________ Stands For _________________________________ B. Why Jesus? I. WHAT HE'S _____________________ (1-2)  A. God Saved His ____________ Work For ____________ II. _____________ HE ____________ (2-3)  A. He Is _______________ (2)  B. He Is _______________ (2)  C. He Is _______________ (3) 1. He is the _______________ of His ________________ 2. He is the ______________ representation of His ___________________  D. He Is ___________________ (3) III. WHAT HE'S _________________ (3) IV. _____________ HE ______________ (3)  A. This Is A Quotation From _______________ (He Is ______________ With God) Conclusion A. The More Baffling Question: "Why Would ___________ Choose _____________?" Duration 27:03  

    ”A Study of Thessalonians” by Phil Hartnady - Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 41:24


    September 25, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class Phil continues his class on the letters to the church of Thessalonica. The lesson for today focuses on the beginning of 1 Thessalonians.   Duration 41:24

    ”What Is That In Your Hand?” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 30:01


    September 25, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   "What Is That In Your Hand?" - (Exodus 4:1-5) Neal Pollard A. Can You Imagine Having _________ With The _______ Of It All? B. As With Moses, God Asks Us, "What Is That In Your Hand?" I. THERE IS _____________ "IN OUR HAND" (2)  A. For Moses, That Was A _________  B. We All Hold _______________ In Our Hands, Too. What? II. GOD WANTS US TO ______ SOMETHING WITH IT (3)  A. Sometimes We Say The ________ Isn't Right (Jn. 4:35; Hag. 1:2-4; 2 Ki. 7:9)  B. Sometimes We Belittle Our _________ (Nu. 13:31; Acts 17:25; Js. 1:17; Mt. 25:34)  C. Sometimes We Minimize Or Misuse Our ______________ (Ec. 7:8) III. GOD CAN DO ________ _________ WITH IT (3-4)  A. If It's Your ______, Look What God Can Do With It  B. If It's Your ________, Look What God Can Do With It  C. If It's Your ___________, Look At What God Can Do With I  (Exodus 4:5 Proves There's A _________ To The Thing In Our Hand)   Duration 30:02

    Gospel Meeting: Lesson 6 - ”What About the SECOND COMING?” - Robert Hatfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 22, 2022 45:05


    September 21, 2022 - Gospel Meeting Lesson 6 - Wednesday PM Sermon This week we are having our fall gospel meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Jesus is the Answer!". Our special guest speaker is Robert Hatfield. Robert is a pulpit minister at Henderson church of Christ, Founder/Director of The Light Network, and author of “A Guide to Your First 90 Days as a Christian from The Light Network.    "What About the SECOND COMING?"  Luke 17:26-27 -  Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all.  1 Corinthians 15:52 - ... in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet... Matthew 25:31 -  the Son of Man ... in His glory Revelation 1:7 -  He is coming with clouds, and every eye [sees] Him ... Matthew 25:31 -  "... all the holy angels with Him ..." 2 Thessalonians 1:7 -  ... when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels ... 1 Thessalonians 4:14 -  ... will bring with Him those who sleep in Jesus.  Matthew 13:41 -  The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers.  1 Thessalonians 4:14-16 ... we who are alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will not precede those who have fallen asleep. For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Corinthians 15:51-54 Behold! I tell you a mystery. We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. For this perishable body must put on immortality. When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: "Death is swallowed up in victory." Revelation 1:7 - Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him ... 1 Thessalonians 4:16 - For the Lord himself with descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 1 Thessalonians 4:17 -  Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. 2 Corinthians 5:10 -  For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.  John 5:28-29 - Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgement.  2 Peter 3:10 -  But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a roar, and the heavenly bodies will be burned up and dissolved, and the earth and the works that are done on it will be exposed. 2 Peter 3:11 - Since all these things are thus to be dissolved, what sort of people ought you to be in lives of holiness and godliness,  2 Timothy 4:8 -  ... the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day ... Revelation 20:11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it ... 2 Corinthians 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgement seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.  Romans 14:12 So then each of us will give an account of himself to God. Hebrews 4:13 And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. 1 Peter 4:3-5 For the time that is past suffices for doing what the Gentiles ... With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you; but they will give account to him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. John 12:48 The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. Revelation 20:15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. Matthew 25:32-33 Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Matthew 25:34 Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Matthew 25:41 Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. Matthew 7:21-23 Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?' And then will I declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.' Matthew 25:46 "... the righteous [will go] into eternal life." Matthew 25:30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:46 And these will go away into eternal punishment ... Matthew 18:8; 25:41 "... everlasting fire ..." 2 Thessalonians 1:7-9 "... everlasting destruction ..." Hebrews 6:2 "... eternal judgement ..." OUR GREATEST VICTORY ... - (1 Cor. 15:57; 2 Tim. 4:6-8) ... OR OUR GREATEST TRAGEDY? - (Heb. 2:1-4) Duration 45:05

    GGospel Meeting: Lesson 5 - ”Will only perfect people go to HEAVEN?” - Robert Hatfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 21, 2022 47:56


    September 20, 2022 - Gospel Meeting Lesson 5 - Tuesday PM Sermon This week we are having our fall gospel meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Jesus is the Answer!". Our special guest speaker is Robert Hatfield. Robert is a pulpit minister at Henderson church of Christ, Founder/Director of The Light Network, and author of “A Guide to Your First 90 Days as a Christian from The Light Network.    "Will only perfect people go to HEAVEN?" - Romans 3:21-26 The SENTIMENTS Behind the Question: "I don't believe I'm really forgiven." "I believe you can earn your salvation." "I don't think I'm good enough." "I'm cynical toward Christianity." "The standard is too high." Observations: Salvation is the subject - (3:21-22) Three words describe salvation - (3:24-25): Justified - (3:24) Redemption - (3:24) Propitiation - (3:25) Everyone stands in equal need for salvation - (3:23). Salvation is independent of perfect obedience to the law - (3:21-22). Faith is the condition of salvation - (3:22, 25, 26) Salvation is a gift, made possible by Christ's death - (3:24-25) Salvation is a testament to and only to God's greatness - (3:25-26)   Duration 47:56

    Gospel Meeting: Lesson 4 - ”Can Jesus Forgive Me?” - Robert Hatfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 20, 2022 48:07


    September 19, 2022 - Gospel Meeting Lesson 4 - Monday PM Sermon This week we are having our fall gospel meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Jesus is the Answer!". Our special guest speaker is Robert Hatfield. Robert is a pulpit minister at Henderson church of Christ, Founder/Director of The Light Network, and author of “A Guide to Your First 90 Days as a Christian from The Light Network.    "Can Jesus Forgive Me?" - Hebrews 2:9-18 A Qualified Savior - Hebrew 2:9-10 Qualification demanded suffering  Are you "qualified" to receive his salvation? - Luke 9:23; Galatians 2:20 A Unified People - Hebrews 2:11-13 To say that Jesus is our brother does not denigrate him; it elevates us! He tells us about God - Hebrews 2:12 He is like us - Hebrews 2:13 He is with us - Hebrews 2:13 A Certified Priest - Hebrews 2:14-18 He had to be made like us... ... to die and destroy death - Hebrews 2:14-16 ... to be our sacrifice - Hebrews 2:17-18   Duration 48:07

    Gospel Meeting: Lesson 3 - ”Am I Saved?” - Robert Hatfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 43:51


    September 18, 2022 - Gospel Meeting Lesson 3 - Sunday PM Sermon This week we are having our fall gospel meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Jesus is the Answer!". Our special guest speaker is Robert Hatfield. Robert is a pulpit minister at Henderson church of Christ, Founder/Director of The Light Network, and author of “A Guide to Your First 90 Days as a Christian from The Light Network.    "Am I Saved?"  Five Dangerous Deceptions Salvation by Human Merit - Ephesians 2:8-10; 1 Corinthians 1:29 Cornelius - Acts 10 Salvation by Sinner's Prayer - James 2:18-24; Matthew 7:21 Saul - Acts 9:11; 22:16 Salvation by Emotional Experience - 1 John 2-5 Proverbs 14:12; Jeremiah 17:9 Salvation by Man-Made Religion - Galatians 1:6-10 Hypocritical Jews - Mark 7:6-9 Salvation by Health and Wealth - Mark 8:36, Philippians 4:11-12 Rich, young ruler - Mark 10:17-31 Am I Saved? Hear God's Word - Romans 10:17 Believe it - Hebrews 11:6 Repent of your sins - Acts 17:30 Confess the Christ - Romans 10:9-10 Be immersed in water - Romans 6:4 Duration 43:51

    Gospel Meeting: Lesson 2 - ”What is Church?” - Robert Hatfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 34:44


    September 18, 2022 - Gospel Meeting Lesson 2 - Sunday AM Bible Class This week we are having our fall gospel meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Jesus is the Answer!". Our special guest speaker is Robert Hatfield. Robert is a pulpit minister at Henderson church of Christ, Founder/Director of The Light Network, and author of “A Guide to Your First 90 Days as a Christian from The Light Network.    "What is Church?" - Ephesians 1:1-14 The church is a people. The church is a planned people. The church is a purged people. The church is a possessed people. The church is a purposed people. The church is a people. Duration 34:44

    Gospel Meeting: Lesson 1 - ”Are God's Promises for Me?” - Robert Hatfield

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 33:02


    September 18, 2022 - Gospel Meeting Lesson 1 - Sunday AM Sermon   This week we are having our fall gospel meeting. The theme of the meeting is "Jesus is the Answer!". Our special guest speaker is Robert Hatfield. Robert is a pulpit minister at Henderson church of Christ, Founder/Director of The Light Network, and author of “A Guide to Your First 90 Days as a Christian from The Light Network.    "Are God's Promises for Me?" - Psalm 139 God Knows Everything About Me! - Psalm 139:1-6 God is Everywhere I Am or Will Be! - Psalm 139:7-12 God is All Powerful and I Am His - Psalm 139:13-18 God is All Holy and I want to be Holy too! - Psalm 139:19-24   Duration 33:02  

    ”Restoring Our Passion For The Lost” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 35:06


    September 11, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   "RESTORING OUR PASSION FOR THE LOST" - (Acts 1:1-8)  Neal Pollard  I. ________________ GOD (1-8)  II. _______________ JESUS (1-2)  III. _______________ HIS WORDS (2-4)  IV. _______________ GREAT THINGS (5-8)  A. He ___________ His Disciples (5)  B. He Pointed Them To The Father's ____________ (7)  C. He Cast A _________ For Them (8)   Duration 35:06

    ”A Study of Thessalonians” by Phil Hartnady - Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 36:01


    September 11, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class Phil continues his class on the letters to the church of Thessalonica. The lesson for today focuses on the beginning of 1 Thessalonians.   Duration 36:01

    ”The Sheep's Responsibility To The Shepherds” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 11, 2022 35:33


    September 11, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   THE SHEEP'S RESPONSIBILITY TO THE SHEPHERDS Introduction: Neal Pollard A. How Does God Feel About Authority? (Rom. 13:1-2; 1 Pet. 2:13-14; Eph. 6:1-3; 1 Pt.  4:4; Eph. 5:22) B. _______ And _______ Both Connect Dire Consequences To Disrespect Of __________ I. 1 _________________ 5:12-13 A. The Church Is To __________________ Their Leaders B. The Church Is To __________________ To Their Leaders C. The Church Is To __________________ Their Leaders II. 1 ___________________ 5:17 A. Protect Their ___________________ B. Treat Them In An ____________________ Way III. __________________ 13:7,17 A. We Are To _______________ To Them B. We Are To Let Them Serve With ______ And Not With ___________   Duration 35:33

    ”Questions Christians Must Answer” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 31:21


    September 4, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   "Questions Christians Must Answer" - (Romans 8:31-39) What shall we say to these things? - Romans 8:31 If God be for us, who can be against us? - Rom. 8:31 Will God give us all things through Jesus? - Rom. 8:32 Who will lay anything to change of God's elect? - Rom. 8:33 Those who bring charges Satan - Rev. 12:10 Ourselves - 1 Jn. 3:20 Our Past - 1 Tim. 1:15 Enemies - Matt. 26:66 Who is he that condemns? - Rom. 8:34 What Jesus has done. Jesus died for us - 1 Tim. 2:6 Rose from the grave - Lk. 24:6 Seated at the right hand of God - Heb. 1:3 Makes intercession for us - Heb. 7:25 Who will separate us from the love of Christ?    Duration 31:21  

    ”A Study of Thessalonians” by Phil Hartnady

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 37:34


    September 4, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Phil starts a new class on the letters to the church of Thessalonica. The lesson for today focuses on the history and surrounding details of events leading up to the books, 1 & 2 Thessalonians.   Duration 37:34

    ”God Approved Elders: Examining the Qualifications” - Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2022 38:23


    September 4, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   "God Approved Elders: Examining the Qualifications" - 1 Timothy 3:1-7; Titus 1:5-9 1.Serving as an __________ is one of the most ____________ works in the world. 2.The office of an ___________ cannot be ______________ by _____________,  there are certain ___________ that must be _____________. 3.The ____________ for an ___________ are not a _______________ list of  qualities to ____________. They are ________________ standards that God  expects these men to _________________ and ___________________.    I. _______________ their _____________ (1 Tim. 3:4-7, Titus 1:9, Titus 1:13)  II. ___________________ Required (1 Tim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:6-8)  III. Capabilities ________________ (1 Tim. 3:2-7; Titus 1:5-9)  IV. Correcting _____________ Views (1 Tim. 3:1-7)  V. Christ: Our Perfect Example (1 Pet. 5:4) Conclusion: 1. Elders are not _____________ men, but they do ____________ ____________  qualities necessary to do _______________ work. 2. All of these ________________ should be _____________ and _____________  by us all as we seek to ________________ _______________.    Duration 38:23

    August Monthly Question & Answer Service by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 27:01


    August 28, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   Monthly Questions & Answers with Hiram Kemp   Questions to be covered. Is it wrong for a Christain to fear death? - John 5:24, 11:25-9-26; Hebrews 2:9-10, 2:14-15; Philippians 1:21, 3:20-21 Can a woman baptize a man? - Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16; Acts 8:35-40; 1 Corinthians 1:12-17; Proverbs 4:7 Can a woman perform a wedding ceremony? - 1 Timothy 2:8-3:7; Philippians 1:10; Galatians 5:13; Matthew 19:4-6; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Thess. 5:22 What about fasting? - Lev. 16:29; Acts 27:9; Zech. 7:3-7; Isaiah 58:3-12; Matthew 6:16-18, 9:14-17; Acts 13:3, 14:23 If God knows everything, why does He allow bad things to happen? Is He trying to teach us a lesson? - Psalm 147:5; Romans 11:33-36; John 16:33; James 1:2-4; Galatians 6:7-9; Romans 8:28; 1 Peter 1:3-5 Duration 27:01

    ”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 12

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 29:57


    August 28, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Today, David concludes his study of the book of Esther.   Esther - For Such a Time as This Esther: A Book without God? Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious.  But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God? Humility Esther: A Lesson of Humility In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility. Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility: The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it. While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it.  There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material: Archeology as a field is not static There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate. Our Perspective depends on what we've found In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far. Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered. When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you? Frankly, we just don't know a lot Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part. Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information. Opinion: Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us. Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it. Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength. The arguments about Esther are not very strong either: Absence of God Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3) Purim "Chicken or the Egg" If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity? Esther is not a Godless Book What to Expect from this class Overview of the narrative of Esther Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity ... and more. Homework Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!       Duration  29:58

    ”The Work Of Elders” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 39:23


    August 28, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   The Work Of Elders Neal Pollard  Introduction  A. ____________ Refers To A Person Of _____________ On __________ Matters  I. ____________________________  A. ______________ The _________________  B. ______________ The _________________  C. ______________ The _________________  1. Psalm 23 tells us what a good shepherd does  2. John 10:1-18 gives us other qualities  D. Being On The ________________  II. ______________________________  A. ______________--"Manage"  B. Take __________ Of The Church Of __________________  III. _______________________  A. _____________________  B. _____________________  C. Stop The ____________________  Conclusion  A. The Work Of Elders Is To Center Around The _________________ Of God  B. The More Qualified Men Serving, The Greater The ____________________   Duration 39:23

    ”Developing Spiritual Resilience” by David Pahman

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 22, 2022 39:21


    August 21, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   "Developing Spiritual Resilience" -  Matthew 13:18-23 by David Pahman 1. It is the primary responsibility of____________________. 2. It is a 24/7 process that begins at________and continues through ________. 3. _____________, ____________and other Christians have responsibilities. Five practices of Resilient Faith:   1) Experiencing Jesus,   2) Cultural discernment  3) Forge meaningful, intergenerational relationships  4) Train for vocational discipleship  5) Engage in countercultural mission   Duration 39:21 

    ”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 11

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 30:33


    August 14, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.   Esther - For Such a Time as This Esther: A Book without God? Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious.  But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God? Humility Esther: A Lesson of Humility In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility. Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility: The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it. While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it.  There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material: Archeology as a field is not static There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate. Our Perspective depends on what we've found In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far. Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered. When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you? Frankly, we just don't know a lot Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part. Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information. Opinion: Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us. Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it. Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength. The arguments about Esther are not very strong either: Absence of God Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3) Purim "Chicken or the Egg" If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity? Esther is not a Godless Book What to Expect from this class Overview of the narrative of Esther Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity ... and more. Homework Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!       Duration 30:34

    “Balance Amid Transitions” by David Chang

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 40:33


    August 21, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   “Balance Amid Transitions” by David Chang A look at Joseph's lowest moment to rise to power (Genesis 37-41)  and what we can learn about the transitions in our lives..   Duration: 40:33

    ”Living With Loss:   A Widowhood Workshop” by Dean Miller - Part 5

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 26:44


    August 14, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class - Widowhood Workshop   "Living With Loss: A Widowhood Workshop"  by DEAN MILLER August 12-14th  Friday 4:30 - 6:15 PM  Light food……………….…….4:30 PM  Life, Love, and Loss….5:00-6:15 PM  Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM  Breakfast….9:00-9:30 AM  Divine Perspective of Widowhood……...9:30-10:30 AM  Break…….10:30-10:45 AM  Personal Perspective of Widowhood….10:45-12:00 PM  Lunch…....12:00-1:00 PM  Marriage After Loss…………………….1:00-1:45 PM  Sunday 9:30 AM & 10:40 AM  What We Ought To Do When We Are Overwhelmed….... (9:30 AM)  Praise the Lord...No Matter What……….... Bible Class… (10:40 AM   Duration 26:44

    ”DANIEL: BEING FAITHFUL IN A FOREIGN LAND” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 33:34


    August 14, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   DANIEL: BEING FAITHFUL IN A FOREIGN LAND -  (Daniel 1) by Neal Pollard  I. WE MUST BE _______________ (8)  II. WE MUST TRUST DIVINE ________________ (9-10)  III. WE MUST HAVE ________ THAT GOD WILL BE _________ US (11-16)  IV. WE MUST CULTIVATE ____________ AND _____________ (17-20)  V. WE MUST BE IN IT FOR THE ___________ ____________ (21)   Duration 33: 34

    ”Living With Loss:   A Widowhood Workshop” by Dean Miller - Part 4

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 36:21


    August 14, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon - Widowhood Workshop   "Living With Loss: A Widowhood Workshop"  by DEAN MILLER August 12-14th  Friday 4:30 - 6:15 PM  Light food……………….…….4:30 PM  Life, Love, and Loss….5:00-6:15 PM  Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM  Breakfast….9:00-9:30 AM  Divine Perspective of Widowhood……...9:30-10:30 AM  Break…….10:30-10:45 AM  Personal Perspective of Widowhood….10:45-12:00 PM  Lunch…....12:00-1:00 PM  Marriage After Loss…………………….1:00-1:45 PM  Sunday 9:30 AM & 10:40 AM  What We Ought To Do When We Are Overwhelmed….... (9:30 AM)  Praise the Lord...No Matter What……….... Bible Class… (10:40 AM   Duration 36:21

    ”Living With Loss:   A Widowhood Workshop” by Dean Miller - Part 3

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 59:26


    August 13, 2022 - Widowhood Workshop   "Living With Loss: A Widowhood Workshop"  by DEAN MILLER August 12-14th  Friday 4:30 - 6:15 PM  Light food……………….…….4:30 PM  Life, Love, and Loss….5:00-6:15 PM  Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM  Breakfast….9:00-9:30 AM  Divine Perspective of Widowhood……...9:30-10:30 AM  Break…….10:30-10:45 AM  Personal Perspective of Widowhood….10:45-12:00 PM  Lunch…....12:00-1:00 PM  Marriage After Loss…………………….1:00-1:45 PM  Sunday 9:30 AM & 10:40 AM  What We Ought To Do When We Are Overwhelmed….... (9:30 AM)  Praise the Lord...No Matter What……….... Bible Class… (10:40 AM   Duration 59:26

    ”Living With Loss:   A Widowhood Workshop” by Dean Miller - Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 56:45


    August 13, 2022 - Widowhood Workshop   "Living With Loss: A Widowhood Workshop"  by DEAN MILLER August 12-14th  Friday 4:30 - 6:15 PM  Light food……………….…….4:30 PM  Life, Love, and Loss….5:00-6:15 PM  Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM  Breakfast….9:00-9:30 AM  Divine Perspective of Widowhood……...9:30-10:30 AM  Break…….10:30-10:45 AM  Personal Perspective of Widowhood….10:45-12:00 PM  Lunch…....12:00-1:00 PM  Marriage After Loss…………………….1:00-1:45 PM  Sunday 9:30 AM & 10:40 AM  What We Ought To Do When We Are Overwhelmed….... (9:30 AM)  Praise the Lord...No Matter What……….... Bible Class… (10:40 AM   Duration 56:45

    ”Living With Loss:   A Widowhood Workshop” by Dean Miller - Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 51:54


    August 13, 2022 - Widowhood Workshop   "Living With Loss: A Widowhood Workshop"  by DEAN MILLER August 12-14th  Friday 4:30 - 6:15 PM  Light food……………….…….4:30 PM  Life, Love, and Loss….5:00-6:15 PM  Saturday 9:00 AM - 1:45 PM  Breakfast….9:00-9:30 AM  Divine Perspective of Widowhood……...9:30-10:30 AM  Break…….10:30-10:45 AM  Personal Perspective of Widowhood….10:45-12:00 PM  Lunch…....12:00-1:00 PM  Marriage After Loss…………………….1:00-1:45 PM  Sunday 9:30 AM & 10:40 AM  What We Ought To Do When We Are Overwhelmed….... (9:30 AM)  Praise the Lord...No Matter What……….... Bible Class… (10:40 AM   Duration 51:54

    ”What The Church Owes New Converts” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 34:05


    August 7, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   What The Church Owes New Converts Hiram Kemp     Duration  34:05

    ”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 10

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 31:46


    August 7, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.   Esther - For Such a Time as This Esther: A Book without God? Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious.  But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God? Humility Esther: A Lesson of Humility In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility. Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility: The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it. While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it.  There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material: Archeology as a field is not static There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate. Our Perspective depends on what we've found In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far. Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered. When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you? Frankly, we just don't know a lot Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part. Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information. Opinion: Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us. Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it. Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength. The arguments about Esther are not very strong either: Absence of God Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3) Purim "Chicken or the Egg" If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity? Esther is not a Godless Book What to Expect from this class Overview of the narrative of Esther Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity ... and more. Homework Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!       Duration 31:46

    ”Embracing the Truth About God's Grace” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 33:46


    August 7, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon "Embracing the Truth About God's Grace" - 1 Peter 5:12 Hiram Kemp Introduction: 1. The word ________ appears more than __________ times in the Bible. 2. The ________ of __________ is both an _______ and _________  Testament idea. 3. The _________ of ________ is the ____________ of God ___________ to  ____________ at _____________ expense. 4. In 1 Peter 5:12, Peter mentions the ________ grace of ____________. I. ___________ is for _____________ (Titus 2:11) II. __________ brings ___________ (Titus 2:12-14) III. _________ can be ___________ (Jude 4) IV. We can _________ from ________ (Gal. 5:4) V. We are ____________ by __________ (Eph. 2:5, 2:8-9) Conclusion: 1. Jesus is the _________ of ___________ grace. 2. We need to ________ the _________ of ___________ ______________.   Duration 33:46

    ”God's Providence” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 16:37


    July 31, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon   God's Providence  by Hiram Kemp Looking at Acts 16:6-10, Hiram discusses how sometimes God responds with a "No" to your requests such that his will may be done.   Duration 16:37

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Worship” by Dale Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 32:48


    June 22, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Worship" by Dale Pollard Duration 32:48

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Evangelism” by Aubrey Johnson

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 37:33


    July 27, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Evangelism" by Aubrey Johnson   Duration 37:33

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Assurance” by Ty Rhymes

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 40:52


    June 20, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Assurance" by Ty Rhymes Duration 40:52

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Study” by Eric Garner

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 42:13


    July 13, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Study" by Eric Garner Duration 42:13

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Prayer” by Justin Rogers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 42:40


    July 6, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Prayer" by Justin Rogers   Duration 42:40

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Repentance” by Bart Warren

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 39:45


    June 29, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Repentance" by Bart Warren Duration 39:45

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Rest” by Dan Chambers

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 44:17


    June 15, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Rest" by Dan Chambers   Duration 44:17

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Service” by Maurice Williams

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 49:54


    June 8, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Service" by Maurice Williams   Duration 49:54

    2022 Summer Series - ”Building Balanced Believers: Through Joy” by John DeBerry

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 48:21


    June 1, 2022 - Wednesday PM Sermon Every Wednesday for the months of June and July we will be having special guest speakers as part of this year's Summer Series. The theme of the summer series will be "Building Balanced Believers" Tonight's lesson is  "Building Balanced Believers: Through Joy" by John DeBerry   Duration 48:21

    ” Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 9

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 33:50


    July 31, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.   Esther - For Such a Time as This Esther: A Book without God? Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious.  But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God? Humility Esther: A Lesson of Humility In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility. Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility: The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it. While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it.  There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material: Archeology as a field is not static There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate. Our Perspective depends on what we've found In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far. Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered. When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you? Frankly, we just don't know a lot Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part. Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information. Opinion: Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us. Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it. Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength. The arguments about Esther are not very strong either: Absence of God Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3) Purim "Chicken or the Egg" If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity? Esther is not a Godless Book What to Expect from this class Overview of the narrative of Esther Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity ... and more. Homework Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!       Duration 33:50  

    ”What is the Church? Who is the Church for?” by Hiram Kemp and Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 43:35


    July 31, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   WHAT IS THE CHURCH? Ephesians 2:19-22, 3:6-21 Hiram Kemp Introduction: 1. There are a lot of ____________ and _______________ in our world about    the ________. 2. Many have been _____________ by the ____________ and want   ___________ to do with it. Others have ideas about the ___________ that   are not ___________ and need to be ____________. 3. Since the __________ began with __________ we should let him tell us what  it is and what to __________ from _____________. I. The ___________ of _____________ (Eph. 2:19-22) II. The _____________ of ____________ (Eph. 3:6) III. A ___________ of ___________ wisdom (Eph. 3:9-10) IV. A ___________ of ____________ eternal _____________ (Eph. 3:11) V. ___________ who _____________ God (Eph. 3:21) WHO IS THE CHURCH FOR? (Ephesians) Neal Pollard I. FOR THOSE ________ IN TRESPASSES AND SINS (2:1-5) II. FOR THOSE WHO FEEL _______________ (2:12) III. FOR THOSE WHO FEEL _______________ (2:19) IV. FOR THOSE WHO ARE TIRED OF _____________ (4:17-32) V. FOR THOSE WHO ARE DONE WITH ______________ (5:1ff) VI. FOR THOSE WHO ARE ____________ BY THE WORLD (6:10ff)   Duration 43:35

    ”VBS 2022 - Day 3” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 46:08


    July 26, 2022 - Vacation Bible School Day 3 by Neal Pollard   * Sorry sermon notes are not available at this time, but they will be posted at a later time.   Duration 46:08

    ”VBS 2022 - Day 2” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 46:49


    July 25, 2022 - Vacation Bible School Day 2 by Hiram Kemp   * Sorry sermon notes are not available at this time, but they will be posted at a later time.     Duration 46:49

    ”VBS: DIVINE KINGSHIP” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 34:18


    July 24, 2022 - Sunday PM Sermon  First day of Vacation Bible School   DIVINE KINGSHIP - (Daniel 2:44) I. IT IS ______________________ II. IT WAS _________________ III. IT IS _____________________ IV. IT IS ___________________ V. IT IS _____________________   Duration 34:18

    ”What Must I Do To Be Saved?” by Neal Pollard

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 37:29


    July 24, 2022 - Sunday AM Sermon   "What Must I Do To Be Saved?" -  (Acts 2:36-41) Neal Pollard Introduction A. Each Of These __________ Build On One Another B. ____________ Means Acquitted, Set Free, And Declared Righteous C. There Are ____ Places In The New Testament Where Our Question Is Asked D. This Question Implies... I. THERE IS SOMETHING _______________________ II. THERE IS SOMETHING ______________________ A. We Must Be _________ And Know It B. We Must ____________ To Be Saved C. We Must Be _________ Enough To Obey III. THERE IS SOMETHING _____________________ A. Not _______________ (Ezek. 18:20) B. Not Done By __________ Else IV. THERE IS SOMETHING ___________________ Conclusion A. "Redemption Is Tailor-Made For The ___________" (Tookie Williams)   Duration 37:29

    ”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 8

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 26:22


    July 24, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.   Esther - For Such a Time as This Esther: A Book without God? Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious.  But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God? Humility Esther: A Lesson of Humility In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility. Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility: The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it. While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it.  There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material: Archeology as a field is not static There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate. Our Perspective depends on what we've found In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far. Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered. When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you? Frankly, we just don't know a lot Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part. Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information. Opinion: Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us. Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it. Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength. The arguments about Esther are not very strong either: Absence of God Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3) Purim "Chicken or the Egg" If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity? Esther is not a Godless Book What to Expect from this class Overview of the narrative of Esther Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity ... and more. Homework Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!       Duration 26:22

    ”Help: Someone I know has lost their faith!” by Hiram Kemp

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 38:17


    Help: Someone I know has lost their faith! James 5:19-20 Hiram Kemp     Duration 38:17

    ”Esther - For Such a Time as This” by David Chang - Part 7

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 20, 2022 35:23


    July 17, 2022 - Sunday AM Bible Class   Today, David continues his study of the book of Esther.   Esther - For Such a Time as This Esther: A Book without God? Esther is one of two books of the Bible in which the Tetragrammaton (YHWH) does not appear at all Even During the development of the Hebrew canon, Esther was contested as an apocryphal work because of this reason There are also skeptics of the book among modern scholars, mainly because of the aforementioned absence of the Tetragrammaton, the lack of extra-biblical record of the events of Esther, and the book's strong nationalistic theme Some of these theorize that someone much later wrote the book to give more authority to the origin of Purim It is true that there are difficulties in reconciling the events of the book of Esther with the extra-biblical records and/or archeological finds It is also true that the name of God is absent in the entirety of the book, and the focus of the Jewish identity is more ethnic and cultural rather than religious.  But are these current realities justify the dismissal of Esther as a canonic book of the Old Testament? What possible lessons can we learn from such a doubted book - one that doesn't even mention God? Humility Esther: A Lesson of Humility In our perspective of the present time, it is easy for us to criticize ancient texts and question their place in the biblical canon Through critical thinking about the canon itself is not wrong, it must be done with utmost care and humility. Here is why the book of Esther - before even reading the text itself - gives us a lesson on humility: The Bible is a book of faith first and foremost The Bible has a lot of manuscripts, archeological discoveries, and other evidence that "validate" it. While those evidence can be instrumental in strengthening our faith, it cannot replace it.  There is danger in depending too much on archeological findings and extra-biblical material: Archeology as a field is not static There will always be different interpretations of archeological discoveries So, even with "better" or "more" evidence, there will always be a debate. Our Perspective depends on what we've found In other words, we are working with theories based on what we have found so far. Because these are educated guesses, they will change if new information gets discovered. When you look at a jigsaw puzzle with missing pieces, do you dismiss the existence of the whole picture or the missing piece because you can't see it in front of you? Frankly, we just don't know a lot Compared to what God can see and what human history has actually been throughout the millennia, our knowledge of the ancient world is very limited While it is difficult, books like Esther challenge us even before we open the text: God's will demand humility on our part. Think about it; if either "side" had definitive and undeniable evidence, do you think there would be a debate? It is because both "sides" are working with limited information. Opinion: Instead of putting up walls with the little information that we have, our time is better spent trusting God and learning what books like Esther has to teach us. Its harmony with the rest of the Bible is far more important. If its principles and messages are sound, then it is better to learn from it than doubt it. Sometimes, this takes a lot of intellectual humility to do. Acknowledging that we do not have all the pieces also takes strength. The arguments about Esther are not very strong either: Absence of God Though God is not mentioned explicitly, the author indirectly hints at God and his presence with the practices and culture of the Jews (Esth. 3: 8, 4:3) Purim "Chicken or the Egg" If it were the case that someone made up the story of Esther to authorize the feast of Purim, then why didn't he make more mention of God? Why risk it with the ambiguity? Esther is not a Godless Book What to Expect from this class Overview of the narrative of Esther Further discussion about some of the challenges to Esther Exploration of structure, themes and the choices of the author that play into the message of the book Comparison of Esther and Mordecai's circumstances to modern Christianity ... and more. Homework Please read Esther all the way through as many times as you can!     Duration  35:23

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