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1 John 4 : 1 - 6

In Matthew 10:16, Jesus tells His disciples to be "wise as serpents, but innocent as doves." Sometimes, we focus on the latter and forget the former. In the opening of John 4, John calls the church to "test the spirits to see whether they are from God." He is calling the church to wisde action, to discern between truth and error. Because "many false prophets" have gone into the world" (4:1), the church must know the Gospel, in order to guard the truth of the Gospel. For if the Gospel is compromised, so is salvation. There are, in fact, grave consequences for missing the truth. (September 18, 2022)

1 John 3 : 10 - 24

In 1 John 3:4-10, John addressed the difference between those who are the children of God and those who are the children of the devil. This week, he continues with that theme. But rather than speaking generally about it as "sin," vs. "righteousness," he speaks specifically about it as "hate" vs. "love." The mark of the follower of Christ - indeed, the mark of righteousness, is love: love in deed and truth, not merely in speech (v. 19). Come and hear what John says about the Christian necessity of love. (September 11, 2022)

1 John 3 : 4 - 10

In the previous passage, John marveled at the love of God that would see us become "children of God." In this passage, John presses into the fact that being children of God gives us a new nature - a nature that must take on the characteristics of the Father and His Son. John says very plainly here that whose we are determines who we are and, thus, how we act. Come and listen. (September 4, 2022)

1 John 2 : 28 - 3 : 3

In this brief section, John wants his readers to know that they can be assured of their being in Christ. His previous identification of the antichrists ought not to unsettle them, but to exhort them to lean more intently (and intensely) into the One who knows them and Whom they know. They can do this because they are God's children. They must do this because Jesus is coming back. (August 28, 2022)

1 John 2 : 18-27

In his first letter, John has a goal to identify the people of Christ and what differentiates them from those outside of Christ. He's talked about walking in the light, confessing sin, and loving our brothers. In this section, he examines the habits of those who are opposed to Christ, and then identifies the church's proper reaction to them. Not surprisingly at this point, the word "abide" figures centrally. Another way to say that is this: Cling to Christ. Listen to the way John delivers that message. (August 21, 2022)

1 John 2 : 12-17

There's a common and accurate saying in biblical study: the indicative precedes the imperative. In other words, the declaration of what God has done (the indicative) comes before the commands He gives to us (the imperative). Thus, we are not obeying to earn His favor or salvation; rather we are living out of the rich and beautiful grace He has already shown us. That truth is displayed beautifully by John in 1 John 2:12-17.  Come and listen, and marvel at the grace of God. (August 14, 2022)

1 John 2 : 3-11

Being able to identify people is important. Mistaking someone's identity can be embarrassing or even costly. Is there a way to identify the people called out of darkness and into Christ's marvelous light (1 Peter 2:9)? Do the gathered people of God in Christ have distinguishing, identifiable marks? John would answer, "Yes." Listen and see the way(s) in which John says the church ought to be known. (August 07, 2022)

1 John 1 : 5 - 2:2

Far too often, there is a discrepancy between what we say we are (e.g. Christians) and how we act. In 1 John 1:5 and following, John says that this ought not to be so. Those who claim fellowship with the God who is light must walk in the light. Obviously, we don't always succeed. But thankfully, even when we fail, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from our sin. Praise God that it is so. (July 31, 2022)

1 John 1 : 1-4

In the opening verses 1 John, the Apostle John makes a staggering claim: the life has come. In this statement, John grounds Christianity neither in concepts nor in principles, but in a historical Person who is a historical fact. And this Person can and will give not merely extended life, but eternal life to all who believe in Him. Advertisements are all essentially aimed at making the same claim: we can make your life better. But none of them can claim to give you life, much less eternal life. This, says John, is what Jesus does.  (July 24, 2022)

Jonah 4

The final chapter of Jonah's story is simultaneously strange and beautiful. It's strange both because Jonah seems to end as he began - trying to distance himself from God - and because it ends with a question to which we never get to hear Jonah's answer. It's beautiful because it shows us a glimpse of the depths of God's compassion, that He is, as Jonah attests, "a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster." The final question is meant, then, not merely for Jonah, but for all who will read his book. And it asks us to consider the extent to which our own hearts reflect the heart of God. (July 17, 2022)

Jonah 3

When we think of the book of Jonah, we get so fixated on the "fish" part that we forget that there is a larger, God-given purpose to, and for, Jonah. Chapter 3 brings us back to that larger purpose: God's grace in calling sinners to faith and repentance. We see that God delights to save sinners - yes, even the worst of sinners. As we come to Jonah 3, we would do well to keep in mind the words of our Lord from John 6:37, "All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never cast out." Praise the Lord for His saving grace! (July 10, 2022)

Isaiah 43:1-7

When tragedy strikes, when trials come, or when sorrow seems to overwhelm us, is there comfort to be had? The Word of God assures us that the God of the Word not only provides comfort for His people, but that He is the comfort for His people. If you're in need of encouragement and comfort today, listen to God's Word from Isaiah 43:1-7. And may the Lord bless and comfort you. (July 3, 2022)

Jonah 2

Jonah is neither a children's tale nor a cartoonist's cash cow. It is, at its heart, a story about the grace of God extended to the chief(s) of sinners. This week, in Jonah 2, we see in descriptive, watery detail the consequence of sin for all people. But it's not all gloom! Against that dark backdrop shines the wonder of God's grace. Come and listen.  (June 26, 2022)

Jonah 1

The book of Jonah is one of the best known (and best loved) stories in the Bible. But it's far more than the story of a man and a fish. It's a story of the God who pursues lost sinners in His grace and brings them into relationship with Himself. Jonah chapter 1 shows us both the extent and the effect of God's grace when it meets a rebellious prophet and terrified pagans. And it reminds us that the heart of God's people must reflect the heart of God. (June 19, 2022)

The Word of God (Assorted Scriptures)

There is a book called the Bible that makes a claim about itself. It's claim is that there is no other book like it. It's claim is that it is the sole source of truth. It's claim is that while written by men, it's utlimate author is God. Do you believe the claim of this book? Could it really be that God would talk to you and me through this book? (January 23, 2022) 

The Life of the Chosen (Matthew 10:16-42)

Can it be that you or I are numbered amongst the chosen? What mercy! What a privilege! Yet, what commands are laid upon those Jesus chooses. (January 9, 2022) 

The Covenant of Redemption (Exodus 6:1-8)

When wecome to understand that the New Testament is not God's plan B but that God has only had one plan, the Old Testament becomes a treasure trove of Gospel truth. In the Old Testament we find Jesus and God's plan of redemption everywhere. This morning we find the gospel in Exodus chapter 6.  (December 19, 2021) 

A Priviliged Position, a Great Requirement (Matthew 10:1-22)

The twelve Apostles were granted a priviliged place amongst the disciples. With their position they were granted great power and authority. They also soon learned that their priviliged place would require much of them. So it is with every disciple, we have received much from the Lord and a priviliged place. With these mercies we must also embrace what being the Lord's messenger requires. (December 12, 2021) 

The Twelve Apostles (Matthew 10:1-10)

Jesus chose twelve men through whom He would turn the world upside and down and build His Church. There is much to learn about God through His choice of these men who were not learned, rich, powerful or influential. Mysteriously, one of these twelve turned out to be the Son of Perdition. Considering the Apostles can encourage us for in them we can see ourselves and through them we learn that God can use ordinary people like you and me to do His will. (December 5, 2021) 

Like Sheep Without a Shepherd? (Matthew 9:32-28)

What does Jesus think when He looks on needy people like you and me? Does He view us a company that needs a CEO? An army that needs a general? No, thank God. As Jesus looks upon us He sees sheep who need a shepherd. (November 21, 2021) 

"Touching the Hem of His Garment" (Matthew 9:18-26)

A man's daughter has died, a woman has an incurable disease and two men are blind. These three have more in common than their trouble, they have faith. Let's see what happens when we turn to Jesus with faith. (November 14, 2021) 

"New Wineskins" (Matthew 9:14-17)

One must be careful when asking Jesus a question. You might get a question in return and you will certainly get more than you bargained for in His response. But what you will also get is the path to eternal life. (November 7, 2021)

"Go and Learn What This" (Matthew 9:9-13)

The setting is Matthew's house and a feast given in Jesus' honor. Many "sinners" and tax collectors are present and quite willing to be near Jesus. But the Pharisees do not see how a man of God would eat and drink with the likes of Matthew's guests. Jesus in response to their accusations tells the Pharisees that they need to go and learn something. Perhaps we need to learn it too. (October 17, 2021)

"The Authority of Jesus" (Matthew 9:9-13)

In Matthew 9 we read that Jesus walked up to Matthew and simply said, "Follow Me" and that Matthew got up from his privliged postion of wealth and authority and follows. Does ths make sense? It does if we understand the Jesus that Matthew is holding before us in his gospel. (October 10, 2021)

"Forgiveness First, Healing Second" (Matthew 9:1-8)

The story of the paralytic lowered down through the roof is famous. But, there is much more going on here than a man receiving the ability to walk. (October 3, 2021)

"Demons, Swine and the Power of God" (Matthew 8:28-34)

The concluding verses of Matthew chapter 8 tell us of a confrontation between Satan and demons. It was a confrontation but it wasn't really a battle. Behold and wonder at the absolute supremacy of Jesus over the Devil and those who serve him. (September 26, 2021)

"Call Upon Me in the Day of Trouble" (Psalm 50:15)

We take a brief pause from our study of Matthew to consider this tremendous promise of God. Are you in trouble? Then listen to God, "Call upon Me in the day of trouble and I shall rescue you and you will honor Me". How wonderful. (September 19, 2021)

"The Real Story?" (Matthew 8:23-27)

In Matthew chapter 8 Matthew records the miracle of Jesus calming a storm on the sea with a word. What a story! But is it the story? (September 12, 2021)

"Two Men Stiff-Armed" (Matthew 8:19-22)

Two men approach Jesus declaring their willingness to follow Jesus. Both of them receive responses that if we are honest, take us aback. Perhaps being a disciple means more than have understood.  (September 5, 2021)

"Illness Healed and Demons Cast Out" (Matthew 8:14-18)

After an already demanding day, Jesus comes as a guest to Peter's house. Upon arriving it becomes clear that His day is not over. After healing Peter's mother-in-law of illness the word goes out and soon, many sick and demon possesed people are on the scene. With just a word Jesus prevails over demons and heals all those who come to Him. Hallelujah! What a Savior!   (August 29, 2021)

"Two Desperate, Believing Men" (Matthew 8:1-13)

A leprous man and Roman centurion come to Jesus facing desperate circumstances. To the eye they could hardly be thought to be examples of faith but they are. Join us as we seek to learn from these men.  (August 22, 2021)

"Not Everyone Who Says To Me..." (Matthew 7:24-23)

Jesus concludes His Sermon on the Mount with a powerful illustration of two men who are building houses. Both men have a storm that beats against their house. One house remains and the other collapses entirely. What is this storm? Why does one house endure and the other not? Which house are you building? (August 15, 2021) 

"Not Everyone Who Says To Me..." (Matthew 7:21-23)

It isn't even close. Nothing could be worse that to have Jesus say, "Depart from Me, I never knew you." Frighteningly, Jesus tells us that He will say this to many on the Day of Judgment. How can we be sure He won't say this to us? (August 8, 2021)

"Wolves in Sheep's Clothing" (Matthew 7:15-20)

When Jesus says, "Beware", we must know the danger is real and great. What greater danger can there be than the loss of our soul? Jeus warns us that there many messengers who claim to be sent by God but who are in truth, ravenous wolves in sheep's clothing. How can know a false prophet when we see one?   (August 1, 2021)

"The Broad Way to Hell" (Matthew 7:13-14)

Jesus tells us that the path that leads to hell is broad and that many are travelling on it. Why would so many choose this path? Who would want to go to hell?   (July 25, 2021)

"The Wide and Narrow Way" Part #1 (Matthew 7:13-14)

We have long comforted ourselves with the belief that most people go to heaven. But Jesus tells us something else. The Son of God has revealed that only a "few" are on the path that leads to life. Are you?   (July 18, 2021)

"Ask, Seek, Knock" (Matthew 7:7-11)

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus makes a seemingly unbelievable promise, if we ask, we will receive. If we seek, we will find. If we knock, it shall be opened to us. Perhaps this is the problem, perhaps we don't believe His promise. (July 4, 2021)

"Dogs and Swine" (Matthew 7:6)

Sometimes Jesus says things we wish He wouldn't say. Referring to some people as dogs and swine? Why would Jesus say such things? What does it mean for those are His disciples? (June 27, 2021)

"Do Not Worry About Your Life" (Matthew 6:25-34)

In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus commands us not to worry about our lives. Is He serious? Does He know what life in this world is like? Does He know what your life is like? On what basis does He tell us not to worry? Listen and find out. (May 23, 2021)

"Who Is Your Master?" (Matthew 6:19-24)

Jesus never pulls punches or sugar-coats anything. In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus declares that we all have a master, either God or Mammon. We are either storing up treasures on earth or in heaven. Who is your master? Where are you storing up treasure? (May 16, 2021)

"Forgive and Be Forgiven" (Matthew 6:14-15)

The Gospel proclaims that you and I can do nothing to earn our forgivness. Yet, Jesus, at the conclusion of the Lord's Prayer, declares that to be forgiven, we must forgive and that if we refuse to forgive others, we will not be forgiven. (May 2, 2021)

"A Spiritual Gut Check" (Assorted Scriptures)

Christians live in the midst of a sinful world with much that is wrong in it. But if we are not careful, we might become convinced that the real problem is, "out there" instead of taking stock of oursevles as God's people and His Church. Today's message is a spiritual gut-check for the people and Church of God. (April 25, 2021)

"For Thine is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory"  (Matthew 6:13)

Talking to God in prayer should result in something. The conclusion of the Lord's Prayer teaches us just what prayer should result in, praise!  (April 18, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer: "Deliver Us from Evil"  (Matthew 6:13)

The power of evil is great and so is the power of the Evil One. Jesus teaches us that we must ask God to deliver us from the power of evil, it also teaches us that evil is not only outside of us, but within us. (April 11, 2021)

The Resurrected, Glorified Christ (Revelation 1)

 The Jesus of many has brown hair, blue eyes and a dreamy look about Him. But Revelation chapter 1 confronts us with the resurrected Savior, with hair that is white like wool and with eyes that are a flame of fire. Is this your Jesus? (April 4, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer: "Thy Will Be Done"  (Matthew 6:9-10)

The great proof that we have become the children of God is that we want His will to be done most of all. (February 14, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer: "Thy Kingdom Come"  (Matthew 6:9-10)

Most of us have prayed, "Thy kingdom come" many times but what are we exactly asking of God when we make this request? (February 7, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer Part #4  (Matthew 6:9-10)

Our study of the Lord's Prayer continues with a consideration of the amazing fact that through Christ, we can speak to the God of Heaven. We also consider the first request of the Lord's Prayer, "Hallowed be Thy Name." (January 31, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer Part #3  (Matthew 6:5-15)

Through the gospel, God becomes our Father. What a privilege that the Christian can truly say to God, "My Father". Even more, there is nothing more powerful than when Christians join together and pray, "Our Father". (January 24, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer Part #2  (Matthew 6:5-15)

We cannot rightly understand The Lord's Prayer or any prayer until we understand what prayer is and Who it is that authors all true prayer.  (January 17, 2021)

The Lord's Prayer  (Matthew 6:5-15)

Most people are familiar with the Lord's Prayer and can recite it very easily. But is reciting all there is to prayer? Why did Jesus give us the Lord's Prayer? What does He want us to learn about God and prayer through it? (January 10, 2021)

Your Light Has Come  (Isaiah 60:1-7)

Reverend David Lort unfolds the glorious prophecy of Christ foretold by Isaiah the Prophet. We praise God that the prophecy has been fulfilled in Jesus, Who is our Light.  (January 3, 2021)

Jesus, The Destroyer  (Hebrews 2:14-16)

God is nothing but gracious and kind to His children. Join us in this examination of Psalm 103 as we seek to remember the Lord and all His benefits. (November 22, 2020)

The God Who is So Good to Us 

God is nothing but gracious and kind to His children. Join us in this examination of Psalm 103 as we seek to remember the Lord and all His benefits. (November 22, 2020)

The Lord's Prayer (part #1)-Matthew 6:5-13 

The Lord Jesus gave us The Lord's Prayer for instruction but what exactly does He intend for us to learn from it?  (November 15, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

A Secret Life (Mathew 6:1-8)

A Christianity that is lived to be seen by others is not Christianity. The New Birth creates life in a person that leads to a secret life with God. Has this work been done in you? (November 8, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

The God Whose Will Does Not Depend on Elections (Isaiah 40)

Electons are not nearly as important as we think they are. God's will is not dependent upon the outcome of elections. Get a cup of coffee, set aside 45 minutes and let the truth of God reassure you that if you are Christ's, all is well. (November 1, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

Jesus, God's Beloved, Well-Pleasing Son (Mathew 3:13-17)

The baptism of Jesus is one of the most profound, important events that has ever taken place. Take some moments to ponder what was revealed and can be learned through this event. (March 8, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

Jesus, What Are You Doing Here? (Mathew 3:13-17)

It makes sense that sinners would come to John the Baptist to hear a messeage of repentance and to be baptized, but what in the world is Jesus doing here? (March 1, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

Explain It: Thronging to Hear a Bug Eating, Preacher of Wrath (Mathew 3:1-12)

Churches today increasingly believe that the way to attract people is to avoid what might offend. How then do we explain the fact that "all the region around the Jordan" went out to hear the hairy, locust eating, John the Baptist who preached of a wrath to come and a Jesus who will throw people into an unquencable fire?  (February 23, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

Repentance: What it Is and Isn't (Matthew 3:1-12)

The message of John the Baptist was, "Repent". When one considers that Jesus teaches that without repentance we will perish (Luke 13) we had better be sure we understand what repentance is and if it has taken place in our lives.  (February 16, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

John the Baptist: His Ministry and Message (Matthew 3:1-12)

Even those with minimal Bible knowledge have likely heard of John the Baptist. But who is this strange man who dressed in a coat of hair and ate locusts and wild honey? He becomes even more intriguing when we learn that Jesus tells us that there has been no one born who is greater than John. What was John's message? Is his message ours?  (February 9, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

Herod, the Dragon and the War that Continues (Matthew 2)

Most of us know the tragic story of King Herod and his Slaugher of the Inncocents. What we may not know is that someone more powerful than Herod was behind his attempt to kill the infant Jesus.  (February 2, 2020 - Pastor Gary)

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