Sermon (7/6/14) – Ask For Wisdom

Ezekiel Mack preaches on James 1:5-8 in a sermon titled Ask For Wisdom.

James 1:5-8 – If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (ESV)

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Sermon (6/29/14) – When We Treasure Our Father’s Words

Mike Lenick preaches on Proverbs 2 in a sermon titled When We Treasure Our Father’s Words

Proverbs 2:
My son, if you receive my words
  and treasure up my commandments with you,
making your ear attentive to wisdom
  and inclining your heart to understanding;
yes, if you call out for insight
  and raise your voice for understanding,
if you seek it like silver
  and search for it as for hidden treasures,
then you will understand the fear of the Lord
  and find the knowledge of God.
For the Lord gives wisdom;
  from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;
he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
  he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,
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Sermon (6/22/14) – The Double Metaphor

Bill Rinehart, former director of SPADE, preaches on Hebrews 6:9-20 in a sermon titled The Double Metaphor

Hebrews 6:9-20 – Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation. For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (ESV)

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Sermon (6/8/14) – Worthy of the Gospel

Pastor Dean Stortz, KBFC Elder, preaches on Philippians 1:27-30 in a sermon titled Worthy of the Gospel

Philippians 1:27-30 – Only let your manner of life be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, and not frightened in anything by your opponents. This is a clear sign to them of their destruction, but of your salvation, and that from God. For it has been granted to you that for the sake of Christ you should not only believe in him but also suffer for his sake, engaged in the same conflict that you saw I had and now hear that I still have. (ESV)

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Sermon (6/1/14) – Worry or Worship?

Pastor Ron Mahurin, BFC Conference Pastor, preaches on Psalm 95 in a sermon titled Worry or Worship?

Psalm 95 – Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;
  let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
  let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
For the Lord is a great God,
  and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
  the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
  and his hands formed the dry land.
Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
  let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
  and we are the people of his pasture,
  and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
  do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
  as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
when your fathers put me to the test
  and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
For forty years I loathed that generation
  and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
  and they have not known my ways.”
Therefore I swore in my wrath,
  “They shall not enter my rest.” (ESV)

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Sermon (5/18/14) – Naturalized into God’s Kingdom

Dan Istera, BFC Missionary to Romania, preaches on Ephesians 2:11-22 in a sermon titled Naturalized into God’s Kingdom.

Ephesians 2:11-22 – Therefore remember that at one time you Gentiles in the flesh, called “the uncircumcision” by what is called the circumcision, which is made in the flesh by hands — remember that you were at that time separated from Christ, alienated from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers to the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. And he came and preached peace to you who were far off and peace to those who were near. For through him we both have access in one Spirit to the Father. So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus himself being the cornerstone, in whom the whole structure, being joined together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord. In him you also are being built together into a dwelling place for God by the Spirit. (ESV)

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Sermon (5/11/14) – God’s Design for a Church

Pastor John Vandegriff preaches on Ephesians 4:1-13 in a sermon titled God’s Design for a Church.

Ephesians 4:1-13 – I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit — just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call — one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all. But grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. Therefore it says,

  “When he ascended on high he led a host of captives,
    and he gave gifts to men.”

(In saying, “He ascended,” what does it mean but that he had also descended into the lower regions, the earth? He who descended is the one who also ascended far above all the heavens, that he might fill all things.) And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ. (ESV)

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