Monthly Archives: January 2010

Sunday Morning 1/24/10

Here is the sermon from Sunday.  The text is from Mark 4 and covers the parable of the sower and the seed.  My prayer is that His Word would be planted deep within and allowed to grow in each of the hearers of this message.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

The Parable of the Sower and the Seed

Sermon notes 1/24/10

Mark 4:1-20

  1. A Keystone Parable
    1. If they didn’t understand this one they wouldn’t understand any parables – v. 13
    2. The meaning of seeing and hearing without “seeing” and “hearing”
      1. Isaiah 6:9-10
      2. Isaiah 42:18-25
      3. Ezekiel 12:2
    3. The Hebrew word Shema – hear and obey
  2. The Word is the Seed – v. 14
    1. Isaiah 55:9-11
    2. God’s Word must be planted in your life
  3. Four types of soil and four types of hearers
    1. The path –
    2. Rocky ground –
    3. Thorny ground –
    4. Good soil –
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Where Does Faith Belong?

I have been saving a few stories for blogging, but I couldn’t quite decide what to write.  I have been doing columns for this month in the local newspaper and coming up with topics can sometimes be difficult.  I used a couple of posts from the past year to build a couple of columns around this time, so I probably won’t post those here, but I might post one or two of them later on.

The question of this post was something that struck me based on a statement I read in a recent news article.  The article is about a teacher who is accused of teaching creationism to his science students (which is heresy against the great and powerful Darwin), along with some other charges that may or may not be true.  I have honestly learned that even a sympathetic story in a newspaper or other media tends to have a few simple mistakes; and by extension a story with an axe to grind as this one seems to be is probably loaded with more truth shading of an intentional sort.  That said, there was an interesting quote at the end of the story that the writer used to sum it up with what is likely a view closer to his agenda.

“We are Christians,” she said, “who practice our faith where it belongs, at church and in our home and, most importantly, outside the public classroom, where the law requires a separation of church and state.”

Is faith something to be cordoned off to a church building or hiddin away from view at home?  Nevermind the gross misunderstanding here of the original intent of separation of church and state, is this an accurate portrayal of how Christians are supposed to “practice our faith?” Continue reading

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Sunday Morning 1/17/10

I am getting caught up on sermons for the site.  Here is the message from 1/17.  This message is from Mark 3 and speaks about being a part of God’s family.  If you are near Langdon and are looking for a church family, I would encourage you to be a part of ours.  If you are far away, I would encourage you to find a family of God nearby that preaches and lives His Word.  I also want to encourage those who stop by to listen frequently or even just once to leave a comment so we know about you and can pray for you.  May you be richly blessed through the powerful Word of God.

The Family of God

Sermon notes 1/17/10

Mark 3

  1. The choosing of the 12 Disciples – Mark 3:13-19
    1. A reminder about God’s call – Jesus called only a few from the crowd (v. 7-12)
    2. They were called to be with Him
    3. They were called to take His message
    4. They were given His authority – Matthew 28:18-20
  2. A Divided House – Mark 3:20-32
    1. Drawing a crowd isn’t the point of ministry – (v. 7-12)
    2. When God’s people are divided – ministry will suffer
      1. Psalm 133 and unity
      2. Blaspheming the Holy Spirit –
        1. Beware of uncharitable attitudes – Romans 14
        2. Be careful of possibly condemning a brother or sister in Christ
  3. A United House
    1. The Family of God – Mark 3:33-35
    2. God’s family is made up of His disciples – those who do His will. – v. 35
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Sunday Morning 1/10/10

Sorry for the delay in getting this message posted to the site.  The new year has started out busy.  This message is about God’s call to each of us both collectively and individually.  My prayer is that we gain new appreciation and focus on being a disciple and making disciples as we have been called to do.  May God richly bless you through His Word.

God is Calling You

Sermon notes 1/10/10

Exodus 3-4; Mark 1:14-20; Matthew 28:16-20

  1. The call of God will get your attention
    1. What if Moses hadn’t been curious to check out the bush? – Exodus 3:2-4
    2. The disciples knew something about Jesus already
      1. Luke 4:14-15 tells us that He was known all over Galilee
      2. Jesus called “curious” men
      3. They didn’t have all the answers when they started the journey
  2. The call of God will change your direction
    1. Moses dropped what he was doing to answer the call of God – Ex. 4:18
    2. The disciples dropped what they were doing to follow Christ – Mark 1:14-20
  3. The call of God will be your commission – Matthew 28:16-20
    1. Go and make disciples of all the nations
    2. Disciple making is a lifelong process

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Bible Wins Another Round

At some point, perhaps the brilliant scholars will learn a valuable lesson.  It is wise to take God’s Word at face value.  Scholars are continually proved wrong it, every time they decide that the Bible might have made a historical faux pas.  Now the date of the early writings of the Old Testament has been bolstered with a new discovery in Israel.  The article is a short read, but  good one.  This find pushes the possible date of written Scripture back over four centuries and further shows how widespread writing was at that time.

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