Monthly Archives: April 2012

Sunday Service April 29, 2012 – Gracious Merciful Justice

Are you thankful for God’s gracious merciful justice?  David experienced God’s gracious merciful justice and so do we.  Learn about it by giving this message a listen:

Sermon Title: Gracious Merciful Justice



Communion Meditation:  We are here to remember our Savior . . .While Jesus’ body was broken and He bled on Calvary’s Cross, He made 7 last utterances:

First – Christ’s Intercession:  Luke 23:34

And Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do . . .”

Second Christ’s Intervention: Luke 23:39-43

One of the criminals who were hanged railed at him, saying, “Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us!” But the other rebuked him, saying, “Do you not fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving the due reward of our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.” And he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” And he said to him, “Truly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.”

Third – Christ’s Interests:  John 19:26-27

 When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” And from that hour the disciple took her to his own home.

 Fourth – Christ’s Isolation: Matthew 27:46

 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani?” that is, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

 Fifth – Christ’s Identification: John 19:28

 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said (to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst.”

 Sixth – Christ’s Indemnity (payment and guarantee): John 19:30

 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” . . .

 Seventh – Christ’s Invincibility: Luke 23:44-48

 It was now about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour, while the sun’s light failed. And the curtain of the temple was torn in two. Then Jesus, calling out with a loud voice, said, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit!” And having said this he breathed his last.  Now when the centurion saw what had taken place, he praised God, saying, “Certainly this man was innocent!” And all the crowds that had assembled for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, returned home beating their breasts.

Note:  Outline taken from The Day God Died, by Lehman Strauss,  Z0ndervan, 1972

How Do You Respond to God’s Promises?

If you have spent some time reading the Bible you know that it is filled with promises to those who will respond with belief and trust in God.   David’s response to God’s truth and promises are very instructive in guiding our own response to God’s promise to us.   Listen to this message for a blessing and challenge that can change your daily perspective on life, if you take it to heart!

Title:  How Shall We Then Respond?

Have a great week!

With prayer, Pastor Mark

Sunday, April 15 – Sermon: The Christ Centered Life!

Pastor Don’s introduction that we failed to get recorded:   What is at the center of your life?  Think about your life, like a spoked wheel.  And everything you think about and all of your activities are the spokes.  What is at the center?  The hub, or that which is at the center of your life, is usually what you love.  For many, it is themselves, and the world might as well revolve around them.  Some people are all about sports, or they are all about a particular sport, or a particular hobby, or their career has become the center of their life, the hub all activities and thoughts are connected to.  Life is wasted in all these cases.  We have been going through the life of David, a man after God’s own heart, who we see really had Christ at the center of his life.  I could say God was at the center of David’s life, but even in that day, it was God in Christ, because anyone who really knew God could see they could only know God because God was our Redeemer, from sin, and the coming Christ was to bring redemption.  In David’s day redemption was in the sacrifices of the priests, all foreshadowing Christ… (the audio takes up here and below the audo link here, you will see the pictures of the ark spoken of during the audio message)

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Title: The Christ Centered Life!


















Special Church News: A new brother to show off!  Happy times! Life is a gift from God!

2012 Easter Service: He is Risen! He is Risen, indeed!

We began our service with this video:
Life, Death and Resurrection of Jesus Twitter Style

Title: The Path to Glory

Video Illustration during message – Pause sermon audio and watch at the time indicated:

Have a worshipful Resurrection Sunday!  Blessing to you in Christ!

With prayer,  Pastor Mark