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Listen to sermons from the pulpit of The Heights Baptist Church located in Colonial Heights & Midlothian, VA - Dr. Randall T. Hahn, Senior Pastor.

Dr. Randall T. Hahn

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    Seeing Heaven - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 25, 2022 41:52

    We are a physical people in a physical world, and we were made that way by God. And it is in these physical, concrete images of the world that heaven is described to us in Revelation 21. Don’t dismiss these descriptions as having some indefinable, mystical idea. Hear it for what it is. Let’s read Revelation 21.

    Why It is So Important to Study Heaven and Hell - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2022 39:54

    Why is it so important to study Heaven and Hell when it costs $50, $60 dollars or more to fill my gas tank, when we just learned that our kids are on average 1-2 years behind in their education due to Covid, when we have such a polarized nation, when home is becoming more frustrating, when . . . and where does the list stop of more pressing needs than day dreaming about a Heaven or Hell? What if I were to suggest that clarity and conviction about Heaven and Hell may be the focus we need to navigate our current personal and cultural issues?

    Essentials - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2022 31:27

    Are we really helping, encouraging, providing for people to grow in the Lord, be strong in the Lord, in the context of an increasingly anti-Christian society. Can we stand strong and true? Is our church helping you be and do what God has called you to be and do? As we worked on this, we found ourselves going in a whole new direction. We stopped thinking of discipleship as a class we go to for 8 weeks. I thought about those first century Christians, who had none of these classes, books, training, or even a Bibles. Discipleship had to be the communication of simple ideas and communicated and lived through relationship. We want to introduce you to 6 Conversations, the first one you heard last week. Today, conversations 2-6.

    We Can Do What God Has Called Us to Do! - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2022 44:57

    Today and next Sunday I am going to be sharing around our vision and what we are going to be doing here. at The Heights and I think they bring some great opportunities for you as an individual and us as a church. And on September 17, we are going to start an 8-week series on Heaven and Hell. How important we keep in mind the final destination, an eternal destination, as we work through today’s issues in our lives and world. Hope you will join me as we look at the two places, of which one we will spend all eternity.

    Love Lifted Me - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 28, 2022 42:25

    It looked like baby Moses was as good as dead when Pharaoh commanded that all the Hebrew male children were to be thrown into the Nile river to die. However, Moses was miraculously saved when he was, by faith, placed in an ark. Find out how we, too, can also be saved by placing faith in our ark of safety, Jesus Christ!

    Prodigal - The Older Brother - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2022 37:02

    THE END! Shut the book! For many, maybe even most, that is where the parable ends because that is what we think the parable is all about. Looking at it from our vantage point, we tend to come to the celebration of the lost son coming home and feel good and warm hearted. That is especially true if we have experienced salvation ourselves, realizing that we who rebelled against God and tried to go our way were welcomed home by our heavenly Father. And because of that, we may think of the audience in front of Jesus being teary-eyed and joyful. But for at least half the crowd that was definitely not the case.

    Prodigal - The Younger Son - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 14, 2022 37:36

    As we continue to look at the Parable of the Prodigal Son, Jesus in telling this parable, goes to the worst-case anyone in the audience can imagine. He paints a picture of rebellion and dishonor beyond what His collected audience can even imagine. This story He tells is not just attention-getting, it is shocking. It is gasp-worthy!

    Prodigal - A Look at the Father - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 7, 2022 44:07

    Beginning today, we are going to do a 3-week sermon series on this parable of the prodigal son, looking at it each week from a different vantage point, through a different character. And in doing so, I am willing to guess that many will find they didn’t know the story as well as they thought.

    The Tenth Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 31, 2022 36:06

    Today we come to the end of a 3-month journey to remind ourselves of the commands, renew ourselves to the commands of God. And end is probably not the right word. End of a series, yes, but not the end of seeking a growing understanding of the goodness and rightness of God’s commands for our life. As I study these, I grow in awe of God: His understanding of us, of life, so perfect. And of course, in His commands is a light on my evil. In His commands I see afresh my great need for Jesus. And now the last command, a warning about everything we will try pursue to find love, peace, satisfaction, happiness other than Jesus. Let’s read Exodus 20:1-17.

    The Ninth Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2022 30:22

    Lying is a unique sin in that one lie almost always demands another. If I steal, I don’t have to steal again. If I lust, I don’t have to lust again. But if I lie, it often calls for more lying. Lying is kind of the protector of all sin. To cover all the sins out there, usually involves lying along the way. And we think of lying as a little sin. Let’s read Exodus 20:1-17.

    The Eighth Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 17, 2022 34:45

    And here we are at number 8 and heading to the barn. We started this series on commandments, the great commandment and the ten commandments back on May 1; with the first message entitled, Loving God, because that is what all these commands are about: love. Today’s command can be a little like the murder command. Today is about stealing, and I think we run out there to the big examples of stealing and absolve ourselves of any guilt. I haven’t killed anyone, and I haven’t robbed a bank, so I’m in the good here. But as we said on murder, the goal is not just not killing someone, or not robbing a bank. The goal is being like God. So what is that going to mean here. Look with me at Exodus 20:1-17.

    The Seventh Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2022 44:14

    Today we are going to focus on the seventh commandment: *You shall not commit adultery*. What is adultery? Adultery is typically defined as sexual intercourse between a married person and a person who is not his or her spouse. This is perhaps the commandment that many of us will struggle the most with while on this earth, especially as we understand the heart of the commandment. It’s a struggle because we are sexual beings, that naturally crave physical and emotional intimacy. Part of the struggle is also the sexually immoral society we live in, where we are constantly bombarded with ideas about sexuality that oppose the perfect will of God for one man and one woman in marriage. As we think about adultery, we have to wonder what is at the heart of the commandment.

    The Sixth Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 3, 2022 35:17

    I just read a long passage (Exodus 20:1-17) to get to a short command. Four words: you shall not murder. Or, said positively: You shall value life. How can Jesus say, in Matthew 5:21-22 that anger brings the same judgment as murder? There is a simple logic here. Life is so precious, is to be valued so highly, we don’t even get on the road that leads to murder.

    The Fifth Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 26, 2022 45:55

    We continue our series on the commandments today. We have studied the Great Commandment, and today brings us halfway through the Ten Commandments. Today’s command has everything to do with whether or not you can make it in the world. It is all about authority.

    The Fourth Great Word - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2022 46:56

    Today we look at the Fourth Commandment on the Sabbath. What is the Sabbath? We see its genesis, no pun intended, in Genesis 2:1-3. It says in 2:2 that He rested, and the word is Sabbath. It means He ceased His work. He did not rest because He was tired, for He is omnipotent. He can have powers flow out of Him that create the universe and He doesn’t even need a drink of water. It was His delight to stop after 6 days and celebrate. Sabbath here is not the name of a day, but a reference to stopping one’s normal activity to rest and celebrate. 6 days of work and 1 day of rest was the cycle God gave to us. This is before the law.

    God's Name Is Worthy To Be Praised - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 12, 2022 42:50

    This week we continue with the 3rd commandment. When we are told not to take the Lord's name in vain, what does that mean exactly? On the surface it appears like it's talking about our language of swearing/mocking the Lord's name. But I believe that the commandment may also be referring to something more than verbal expression.

    The Second Great Command - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 5, 2022 41:31

    Last week we looked at the first one of the Ten Commandments: nothing before God. And while we learned that God tests, we came up with a self-test: Can I give this to God? We also said last week that while the *Thou shall nots* can sound foreboding and ominous, they are words of kindness. We need to know what is wrong and what is right. We need to know how to really love. And maybe the most important role the Ten Commandments play is they are a witness to us every day that we need Jesus, for we cannot keep the Ten Commandments and all that come from them. So there is a lot going on with these commandments. Let’s move to #2 today, *Don’t try to capture God in physical form.* Turn to Exodus 20:1-17.

    The First Great Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2022 41:14

    Today we begin our study of one of the most well-known passages in the Bible throughout the world and across religions: the Ten Commandments. I am not saying everyone can recite all Ten, but we know the idea. Some of us remember seeing them posted in schools and various government buildings. Then began the legal battles to take them down, to keep them up. Believe it or not, most Americas still today have a favorable opinion of them being posted, even believe they are relevant. Now while it is a largely favorable view, it is declining view as we as a culture embrace the idea that nothing is wrong, except telling someone that something is wrong. I think posting them is of great value not just for the content, but the symbolism. I also think God is as interested, if not more, on whether they are posted on our hearts. We need the Ten Commandments. They are a moral compass for our soul.

    A Faith That Get's Noticed - Youth Sunday - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 22, 2022 22:58

    At the Heights, Our mission is to be a church that the 804 can’t live without. It’s a phrase that if you’re here for any amount of time you’ll hear a lot. Many of us may have ideas of what that looks like, but this morning I would like to look at a church in the New Testament that gives us an example of what it looks like to be part of a church that’s influencing its community in such a way that the rest of the World has heard of the impact its making.

    Loving God Means Loving Others - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 15, 2022 37:37

    All commands can be put under two categories, two great commandments: love God and love others. Last we talked about loving God, and that topic is interesting to most of us. It doesn’t frustrate us to think about it, doesn’t raise questions. We want to love God better. But loving others. Now indeed, there are some others that we want to love better and love more, but the command to love others is not about some of your choosing. It is about all.

    The Great Commandment - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 8, 2022 31:57

    Last week we began a new series on commandments. We are going to spend 3 months studying the two great commandments, then the Ten Commandments, as well as others that come from these. We also introduced the idea that this is all about love. Studying the commandments is studying how to love God as well positioning our lives to best experience His love and presence and blessing. So today we start with the first and the great commandment. Turn in your Bible to Matthew 22:35-40.

    Commandments, They're All About Love - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 1, 2022 35:54

    Possibly the wisest person that has ever lived concluded that life is meaningless. It was Solomon who said that, and it was not a random thought after a bad day, a bad experience, or a bad life. This is his conclusion upon purposely studying all that we put our hands to, to find life and meaning. God put this conclusion of Solomon here in His Word. God wanted us to see this. Why? The key to understanding this book and what Solomon is communicating is 3 words: under the sun. If you only live life under the sun, horizontally, no vertical connection, no relationship with what is above the sun; it will never matter how much you laugh, spend, make, accomplish, achieve or enjoy – you will be empty. He is profoundly communicating that there is no real joy, no meaning life, apart from God.

    God Never Fails - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 24, 2022 48:02

    The time of the Judges was one of the lowest times in the history of Israel. During this time, they turned away from God to the worship of idols, and God allowed their enemies to overcome and enslave them. God did not leave Israel completely without hope. Whenever the Israelites cried out to the Lord, the Lord would raise up judges to deliver them.

    Easter at Luke’s: An Unknowing Conversation with God - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2022 30:25

    Happy Easter, and welcome to The Heights Baptist. What an honor to gather with you here in person and online, and to do so for one reason: He is alive! He is alive! Easter is a Sunday we usually turn to the Gospel accounts of Jesus’ life and look at His crucifixion or resurrection, but today is a little different at The Heights. Today is the 9th message in a series where we have walked verse by verse through the last week of Jesus’ life and we’ve already covered the cross and resurrection. And the story bring us today to what happened afterwards, and that’s where we live, afterwards. Turn in your Bible or Bible app to Luke 24:13-53

    Palm Sunday 2022 - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 10, 2022 55:00

    Rabbi Paul Klassen from Aliyah Foundation leads in a Seder service. Through this, we have a better understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of the prophecy of the promised Messiah.

    Why Don’t Believers Believe - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 3, 2022 35:34

    Why were the disciples not so filled with anticipation, that they were at the tomb waiting for Jesus? Is it because they were overwhelmed with grief? Scared of the Roman guards? Okay, that’s real. But when the women tell them Jesus is alive, His body is gone, they’ve seen angels – the disciples treated their report like nonsense? Shame on them. Yes, they do go and see what is going on at the tomb, and leave wondering what happened? They’re fools, and they don’t deserve to see Jesus. It’s not right for them to have called this nonsense. Yes, believing someone has risen from the grave is hard to believe. That’s not normal. It’s not even abnormal. It just doesn’t happen. Period. So, there’s that. But there is the power of God for whom nothing is impossible and that makes it possible to believe the unbelievable.

    An Extreme Death Brings an Extreme Warning - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 27, 2022 35:53

    What was a painful moment for you? Can your memory feel that pain right now? I can’t imagine any of us has any kind of experience with pain that would help us understand what Jesus endured. Let me read Luke 22:66-23:46.

    With Friends Like These, Who Needs Enemies? - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 20, 2022 33:17

    When I think of Jesus bloodied and beaten on the cross, it is easy to put that on mean Pharisees, Pontius Pilate, the Roman guards, Satan! And indeed, they did that! But so did His friends, so did you and I. His friends betray Him and deny Him. There is no reason to assume you or I would have fared much better. Let’s look at a little closer as Jesus steps into the most difficult night ever lived.

    When Satan Enters - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 13, 2022 40:05

    One thought on this for today though is Judas. What happened to him, why did he do this? He is chosen to follow Jesus, along with 11 others. That takes place early in Jesus’ ministry so we can assume Judas would have seen almost all of Jesus’ miracles. He would have heard almost all of Jesus’ teachings. He would have enjoyed the friendship of Jesus on a daily basis. We might even say, Judas knew Jesus as well as, maybe better than any of us. And not only Jesus, but Judas ran with the likes of Peter, John, Matthew and James. So what happened?

    What's Preparing - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 6, 2022 50:41

    If you knew you were going to die in a couple days, and it wasn’t because of sickness, you’re healthy and mobile, but you are going to die; what would be important to you to do? What people would that involve? What would you be talking about? A hypothetical exercise for us, but for Jesus it was His reality. He is down to a couple of days, and we get to see who He is talking to, what He is talking about, what is important to do in the time left. Luke 21 shows us a day in the life of Jesus, when there are just a few left.

    Jesus Is Our Rock - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 27, 2022 43:57

    We continue our second week in our study of Easter at Luke's. We are studying this week in Luke 20.

    Easter At Luke's: Starts With A Parade - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 20, 2022 45:52

    Here I am today starting an Easter series in February, also the earliest I have done that, and Easter is not till April 17. I have so often handled both Easter and Christmas with 2, 3, maybe 4 messages; but there is so much more. And I wanted to do something a little more thorough. I choose Luke, for his expressed purpose of a gospel account that encourages our certainty. When it comes to the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus, we need to be certain, so certain, we’d stake our life on it, as many have.

    Jesus, Would You Be My Valentine - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 13, 2022 46:37

    I hope we are all loving those we need to love well enough that we don’t need a special day, but don’t miss the special days. On this Valentine’s I wanted to take a moment to look at a great expression of love for the One who should be the greatest object of our love. Look with me today at John 12:1-8.

    WWGP for the Government - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 6, 2022 39:19

    We have been now 5 weeks in a series called, What Would God Pray. God does not pray like we think of praying, but what are prayers, but us communicating to God our desires and our will. Well, God has desires and a will, and we do well to bring our desires and will, our prayers in line with His, and that is where we get the phrase what would God pray. We have gone to the Scriptures that reveal to us God’s will and desires, so as to learn what to pray for ourselves, our family, our church, and today our government.

    WWGP for My Church - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 30, 2022 42:25

    This morning we are thinking about what God would pray for the Church. If Jesus loves the Church, and we love Jesus and want to be like Him, then would we not also love the Church, and if we love her want to pray much for her?

    WWGP for Me - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 23, 2022 40:27

    I’d like to give us 7 things to pray for ourselves considering this appointment. These seven things are my own list. You can certainly look to God’s Word and build your own. The key is praying the Scripture, letting it build our prayers.

    WWGP for My Family - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 17, 2022 29:47

    I hope you are excited today to find out what to pray, and today, what to pray for family, whether your family is parents and siblings, or a mate, or a mate and kids, or just kids, or grandkids. We are not talking about how to pray or why to pray, which are very important, but going straight to what, what to pray.

    What Would God Pray - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 9, 2022 42:33

    This is going to be a different prayer series. We are not going to talk about why we should pray. That’s important, but not what we are doing. We are going straight to what. What to pray for yourself, your family, your church, your nation; and in covering what, we may get some how and why in there. The key is just to figure out what would God pray.

    12-Year-Old Jesus Has my Next Step - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 3, 2022 44:32

    Today we are going to look at Luke 2:40-52 because I just could not leave this one passage dangling, but if I did, it would not be the first time it was left dangling. We don’t study Luke 2:40-52. Oh, we want to know more about the childhood of Jesus, but then ignore the passage about the childhood of Jesus. It is understandable. We come to Luke 1-2 for Christmas, and by time we get to verse 2:20, 2:39 we have what we need and it’s time to move on to the New Year. This passage is not a part of Christmas, and it doesn’t really fit into our study of the life and ministry of Jesus, so it is just left there by itself. But God did give us this story. He wants us to see 12-year-old Jesus. 12-year-old Jesus has something 56-year-old Randy needs, as do you. I think there is something here for a decision you need to make in 2022. Let’s look at Luke 2:40-52.

    Untroubled in the Midst of Trouble - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 27, 2021 29:32

    Now my prayer is for each of you to have the best year ever, but the reality is even if you have your most amazing year, there will be times of struggles, trials, and troubles. How do we face an uncertain future? How do we live untroubled in troubled times?

    The Faith of a Child - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 19, 2021 41:12

    Today we finish our study of the Christmas story as the Holy Spirit gave it to Luke. It is a story about an 8-day old Jesus, and two other children, Simeon and Anna. Luke 2:21-39.

    A Sovereign, for You - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 12, 2021 43:53

    The headlines for weeks in the Roman Times, Jerusalem Today, and every other paper would have been, Augustus Mandates Census. And that caused a great amount of time, money, and headache. We have been studying the Christmas story for 4 weeks, and now today we come to the heart of the story. Look with me at Luke 2:1-20.

    What Happened to the Awe? - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 5, 2021 48:51

    What gives you a sense of awe? You might be thinking, the mountains and the moon sure, but the castles and the football game. Yep, God did that. Look with me today at Luke 1:57-80. This is the fourth of our six Christmas messages from the Gospel of Luke. I have learned so much, been challenged so much in this, and I pray the same had been true for you.

    Leave the Enemies to the Blood - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 28, 2021 31:11

    Thinking about the Thanksgiving table, and then coming today to the Lord’s Table, reminded me of how much of life is lived around a table and a meal. There are all kinds of traditions and ways from one family to another, one culture to another, but in a birthday, an anniversary, a Thanksgiving, a Christmas, a wedding, and even a funeral, it always involves a table and a meal and the people gathered around it. Our Lord, the great I am, the First and the Last, the One for whom all things were created by and for and through, Jesus; also lives life around a table, with a meal, and those He loves.

    Mary, an Example to Follow - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 45:22

    Today is our third of six messages in the Christmas series and it brings us to Mary, a truly incredible woman of God. Let’s remember that Luke is writing to encourage the faith of believers who are being persecuted. This isn’t about Christmas stories and religious traditions. This is about the certainty of why I am following Christ, no matter the cost. Today we are covering an incredible and important passage of the Bible, Mary’s meeting with Gabriel and her response of praise referred to as The Magnificat.

    Faith is Knowing the Future - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 43:18

    Turn with me today to Luke 1:5-25. We have begun our Christmas series early this year to give ourselves time to work through the entire Christmas story as given to Luke. Today is our second of six messages, bringing us to 1:5-25.

    Christmas is All About 'I Believe' - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 46:50

    Christmas is all about believing. In the weeks in front of us, we will see Christmas movies, commercials, and cards that call us to just believe. Believe in Santa. Believe in humanity. Believe in the Christmas spirit. And belief is just a warm feeling that doesn’t need things like truth and reality. Now that belief, that warm feeling doesn’t actually accomplish anything, help us solve real problems, but you will feel good, for a moment, at Christmas, I think. I am not sure where this idea of believing came from, but it did not come from the Bible or Christianity. And we see that so clearly in the opening lines of the Christmas story in Luke.

    Journey of a Lifetime - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 37:27

    In reading Mark 1:16-20, do you see them there on the shore? Can you see them drop the nets and follow? Do you realize this building, the campus, the ministry shown you today, you – it is all here at this moment because of that moment. They said, yes, not even close to understanding all that would follow in the journey. They just took the next step. Will you?

    The Invitation: It’s Not a Moment of Decision, but the Journey of a Lifetime - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 26:40

    You will never hear Jesus say, 'I invite you to make a decision about Me.' You will hear Him say, 'Come follow Me.' Jesus invites us to the journey of a lifetime. What will it be like? Well, read the Gospels, see what happens with the disciples, and you will have a pretty good idea of what is ahead. And Jesus has a plan, just for you.

    Living On Purpose - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 17, 2021 26:33

    Rev. Jerry Witte, NextGen Pastor, shares about living a life on purpose.

    The Gospel, Front and Center to the Vision - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 31:38

    I just finished a 4-week series laying the groundwork for today. There are a lot of things the church needs to do, and God has called and equipped some of us to do those things: Christian politicians can shape law, Christian intellectuals can shape thought, and Christian revolutionaries can bring about change. God calls some to do those things, but He calls all of the church to live and share the gospel. It is the Gospel that is God’s power for life change. If we do not carry the gospel, it will not matter what the intellectual, the politician, or the revolutionary accomplishes, because the heart has not been changed, the heart of people, the heart of culture.

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