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  • Authority Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 25, 2011
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,171 views

    Who has authority for faith and practise? The state? The Word? The message explores the continuing tension between government and church.

    “Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.” Throughout their long history as a people of faith, Baptists have consistently opposed any diminution of the rights of the individual to seek ...read more

  • Not A Fan, But A Follower

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Apr 24, 2011
    based on 5 ratings
     | 12,696 views

    An exploration of Jesus’ call to discipleship.

    “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow Me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a ...read more

  • What To Do About Cranks

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Oct 17, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 2,155 views

    Divisive people, like divisive doctrine, harms the people of God. Failure to address divisive people ensures that the church is hindered in her labours.

    “As for a person who stirs up division, after warning him once and then twice, have nothing more to do with him, knowing that such a person is warped and sinful; he is self-condemned.” Harry Ironsides was quoted as saying, “The brightest light draws the most moths.” He was referring to cranks, ...read more

  • A Cup Of Cold Water

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Oct 10, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 7,440 views

    A message encouraging the saints to refresh others.

    “John said to him, ‘Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.’ But Jesus said, ‘Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. For the one who is not against us ...read more

  • Barren Branches

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Oct 3, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,882 views

    The message is a call for Christians to vigorously pursue the life to which Christ calls us. The alternative is to be unfruitful and barren.

    “In that day the glory of Jacob will be brought low, and the fat of his flesh will grow lean. And it shall be as when the reaper gathers standing grain and his arm harvests the ears, and as when one gleans the ears of grain in the Valley of Rephaim. Gleanings will be left in it, as ...read more

  • When Death Has Taken My Loved One

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 11, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 10,144 views

    Though unnatural, death comes to all. How shall we respond to death? We explore this neglected subject by looking at an incident in the ministry of Ezekiel.

    “The word of the LORD came to me: ‘Son of man, behold, I am about to take the delight of your eyes away from you at a stroke; yet you shall not mourn or weep, nor shall your tears run down. Sigh, but not aloud; make no mourning for the dead. Bind on your turban, and put your shoes on your feet; ...read more

  • How Can I Survive When I Am So Lonely

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jun 28, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 8,523 views

    When our feelings tell us we are alone, how shall the Christian respond. Reviewing David’s life when he was fleeing from Saul provides insight into a godly response to loneliness.

    “With my voice I cry out to the Lord; with my voice I plead for mercy to the Lord. I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him. “When my spirit faints within me, you know my way! In the path where I walk they have hidden a trap for me. Look to the right and ...read more

  • Dealing With Depression

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jun 14, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 6,731 views

    Everyone is subject to depression. When depressed, how shall the child of God respond? Surely, there are answers given in the Word, and we now look to that divine Word.

    Dr. Tim LaHaye claims to have asked over one hundred thousand people among his audiences if there were any who have never been depressed. Among one hundred thousand people so questioned not one has ever responded to his query by stating “I have never been depressed.” It would actually appear that ...read more

  • Can A Christian Divorce?

    Contributed by Michael Stark on May 23, 2010
    based on 5 ratings
     | 3,149 views

    Christians are taught of the necessity of honouring marriage. However, much of contemporary practise among churches reflects more of the world than of the will of Christ.

    MATTHEW 19:3-12 CAN A CHRISTIAN DIVORCE? “Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, ‘Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?’ He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his ...read more

  • Tickle My Ears, But Don’t Scratch My Heart

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Dec 28, 2009
    based on 9 ratings
     | 8,129 views

    The Apostle foretells a day when Christians will deliberately turn their backs on sound doctrine, embracing error because it makes them comfortable and because the error is convenient.

    “The time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.”[1] There is an old saying that is sometimes heard among ...read more

  • What The Magi Found Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Dec 14, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,922 views

    When the Wise Men arrived at the house where Mary tended the Christ Child, what did they find? If we seek the same One they sought, we also may anticipate finding what they found.

    MATTHEW 2:9-11 WHAT THE MAGI FOUND “After listening to the king, [the wise men] went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. ...read more

  • Pleading For Sodom

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 10, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 4,493 views

    As Christians, we are responsible to pray for wicked people. Though their actions invoke divine censure, our responsibility is to pray for God’s glory through turning the wicked to righteousness.

    “The men set out from [the oaks of Mamre where Abraham had set up his tent], and they looked down toward Sodom. And Abraham went with them to set them on their way. The Lord said, ‘Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, ...read more

  • The Devil Is A Boring Preacher

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jun 24, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 8,000 views

    The message of the preacher blessed by God will disturb the casual, even as it glorifies the Master. Contrary to every expectation, the message presented by the servants of the devil is boring, generating no excitement and no reaction.

    “When they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to ...read more

  • What Happens In Vegas Won’t Stay In Vegas

    Contributed by Michael Stark on May 29, 2009
    based on 8 ratings
     | 4,333 views

    Sin in the life of a child of God will be exposed by the Father who loves us too much to permit us to hide our sin.

    “In the course of time the wife of Judah, Shua’s daughter, died. When Judah was comforted, he went up to Timnah to his sheepshearers, he and his friend Hirah the Adullamite. And when Tamar was told, ‘Your father-in-law is going up to Timnah to shear his sheep,’ she took off her widow’s garments ...read more

  • If You Don’t Want To Be Bitten, Don’t Pet The Beast

    Contributed by Michael Stark on May 24, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 4,011 views

    Modesty in women’s dress is no accident. It is the result of training and adherence to biblical standards of decency in order to strengthen the witness of women.

    “Women should adorn themselves in respectable apparel, with modesty and self-control, not with braided hair and gold or pearls or costly attire, but with what is proper for women who profess godliness—with good works.”[1] A 54-year-old British woman tried to pet a lion in the El Arca wild ...read more