Sep 30, 2018
The Church and Serving It
Series: (All)
Guest preacher Allen Woods addresses the questions of why we come to church, what is happening to the church, and what we are to do about it. 
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  • Sep 30, 2018The Church and Serving It
    Sep 30, 2018
    The Church and Serving It
    Series: (All)
    Guest preacher Allen Woods addresses the questions of why we come to church, what is happening to the church, and what we are to do about it. 
  • Sep 23, 2018Habakkuk’s Third Prayer
    Sep 23, 2018
    Habakkuk’s Third Prayer
    Series: Habakkuk
    For the last three weeks, we have been working our way through the book of Habakkuk.  If you’ll recall, we noted at the beginning that Habakkuk was surrounded by all manor of evil being committed by God’s own chosen people.  Habakkuk raised the question that many of us have at least asked in our own minds, which is, “Why do You allow this, God?” The disturbing answer to Habakkuk’s question, as you may recall is that God will use that evil Chaldeans to punish His own people.  This of course, distresses our prophet, because, he cannot fathom that God could use people who are even more wicked to punish the Jews. God’s reply was that the evil Chaldeans would also face their end.  God points out in His response that those who oppress will be oppressed, those who are violent will have violence done to them, and that those who are idolatrous will find that their idols will not save them.  God’s judgment will be swift and sure, and it will take place in His own timing. We have worked to recognize that the same principles apply even today. We of course, as believers know of a certainty that Christ will return, and we wait for this day.  We also know, from our previous study of prophecy, that things will continue to get worse and worse until the Lord returns. Habakkuk finds himself in the same situation.  He is told by God that things will get a lot worse before they get better.  There is going to be disaster in the land. They are going to be conquered by a ruthless enemy, and it’s going to be a long time before the enemy that conquers them is going to be overthrown.  Lots of people will die. The situation seems totally desperate. So what does our prophet Habakkuk do in this situation? Once again he prays! This time his prayer takes a different form. This is really more the form of a song, or a poem.  We start at a bit of a disadvantage, not being able to read it in the original Hebrew, because we really miss out on the meter and organization of it, because it just doesn’t translate into English in the same pattern. Even in light of this, we can still get the points being made in Habakkuk’s third prayer.  Habakkuk recognizes that GOD’S WRATH IS REVEALED, GOD’S DEEDS DEMONSTRATE GOD’S POWER, and THOSE WHO TRUST IN GOD WILL REJOICE.
  • Sep 16, 2018The Five Woes
    Sep 16, 2018
    The Five Woes
    Series: Habakkuk
    For the last two weeks, we have been working our way through Habakkuk.  We noted at the beginning that the prophet Habakkuk was distressed about all the evil that he found himself surrounded  by. Remember that in Chapter 1, he was decrying the violence and injustice with which he found himself surrounded. And this was among God’s own chosen people!  As Habakkuk expressed his dismay to the Lord, he finally got an answer, and the answer seemed even worse than the original problem that he complained about.  God’s answer to the problem was to allow the evil Chaldeans (Babylonians) to capture them.  These were people who were more greedy, more violent, and more insatiable than those of evil King Jehoiakim.  How could God allow this? Habakkuk was certainly distressed by the answer to his prayer. So he prayed again, seeking an answer and waiting for God’s reply.  We are not told how long Habakkuk had to wait for the reply, but God does give him a reply. We started on that reply last week, noting that Babylon will eventually get what’s coming to them.  It’s in the midst of this reply that we pick up this week with what are known as “The Five Woes”. These five woes are really given in the form of a song, and they are to give Israel a hope for the future.   God’s justice always prevails in the end, and we have discussed before that His justice comes in like manner to the offense.  In the case of the woes pronounced here, God is pronouncing woes on five categories of offenders: THE GREEDY, THE EXPLOITER, THE VIOLENT, THE WRATHFUL, and THE IDOLATER.  So we will take a look at each of these today. As we do, bear in mind that these same principles still apply today!
  • Sep 9, 2018Wait For It…
    Sep 9, 2018
    Wait For It…
    Series: Habakkuk
    Last week we started on the book of Habakkuk. We seem to find a lot of similarities between his time and our time, such as oppression, violence, injustice, disobedience to the law, perverted justice. Habakkuk, if you remember has asked God in his first prayer, “How long, Lord, must I call for help?” Habakkuk cannot believe the way that God’s chosen people are acting. But then, God’s answer creates another problem for our prophet, which is that God is going to use the heathen Chaldeans to pass judgment on His own people! We discussed that this will be a matter of people receiving in kind what they have given, but this is a terrible shock to Habakkuk. It would seem out of the character of God to use a nation that not only does not worship Him, but actively worships idols. They even, according to verse 11 of chapter 1 idolize their own strength. So, it’s with the shock of this revelation from the Lord that Habakkuk prays his second prayer, which we will go into today.
  • Sep 2, 2018How Long, Lord?
    Sep 2, 2018
    How Long, Lord?
    Series: Habakkuk
    The Old Testament prophet Habakkuk had a dilemma.  He was watching all the suffering going on around him, and society getting increasingly wicked.  His question, "How long, Lord?" was to ask God how long this would continue.  How long would God ignore the suffering that was so prevalent?  Join us for the next few weeks as we address Habakkuk's prayers and God's answers.
  • Aug 26, 2018To Him Be the Glory Forever!
    Aug 26, 2018
    To Him Be the Glory Forever!
    Series: Romans
  • Aug 19, 2018Who Are These People?
    Aug 19, 2018
    Who Are These People?
    Series: Romans
    Have you ever noticed the people that are named in Scripture that are only mentioned once, perhaps in a greeting?  Have you ever wondered who they were and why they were mentioned?  In this message, we look at the ones Paul greets in Romans 16.
  • Aug 12, 2018Paul’s Strategic Mission Plan
    Aug 12, 2018
    Paul’s Strategic Mission Plan
    Series: Romans
    It is evident the the heart of the Apostle Paul was Mission.  He set the standard for missionaries to this day.  In fact, Paul had a plan to reach the known world with the gospel.  Today, Mike examines some elements of Paul's plan, which includes so much more than just proclaiming the gospel.  His mission strategy included developing disciples, providing for the poor, and partnering in prayer.  And most importantly, he gave God the glory, because he worked in God's strength instead of his own.
  • Aug 5, 2018Endurance and Encouragement
    Aug 5, 2018
    Endurance and Encouragement
    Series: Romans
  • Jul 29, 2018Every Knee Will Bow
    Jul 29, 2018
    Every Knee Will Bow
    Series: Romans