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  • Choose Life

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jan 20, 2019
     | 36 views

    Each day we live, we face many choices. Some are minor and insignificant, while others are major with lasting consequences. Moses offered a serious admonition to Israel - choose life!

  • Buried By A Friend Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jan 16, 2019
     | 53 views

    Following the crucifixion, the hill of Calvary had grown silent. The sneering crowds had gone, and the soldiers were left to their work. An unlikely candidate showed up to remove Jesus' body and provide for His burial.

    Buried by a Friend Mark 15: 42-47 Our text records a somber and uncertain time for Jesus’ followers. He and the other malefactors are now dead. Calvary has become silent as the mocking crowds have dispersed, leaving the soldiers to their work. From a human perspective, all seemed lost as Jesus ...read more

  • The Death Of The Savior Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jan 9, 2019
     | 85 views

    In best-selling scripts, the hero beats the villain and rides off into the sunset. Our text today reveals a different scene - the hero dies. however, this is not the final chapter or the closing scene. He will live again!

    The Death of the Savior Mark 15: 33-41 The text we have read today is contrary to the narrative most popular scripts of our day follow. In best selling books and block-buster movies, the hero always beats the villain and rides off into the sunset. Rarely, if ever, does the hero die in the script. ...read more

  • The Man In The Middle Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Jan 2, 2019
     | 100 views

    Jesus endured much as He was crucified on Golgotha. He was beaten, humiliated, mocked, and blasphemed. He endured all of that for you and me. He took our place on the cross. I am thankful for the Man in the middle.

    The Man in the Middle Mark 15: 22-32 Today we begin the most sobering and somber section of Mark’s gospel, dealing with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ our Lord. I am well aware that this was God’s plan for our redemption. I am thankful for the cross and the willingness of our Lord to take our ...read more

  • Committed To Finishing Well

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Dec 30, 2018
     | 1,277 views

    Paul found himself within a Roman prison, but he refused to be defeated. Although confined and isolated, he desired to continue for the Lord. As long as he lived, he wanted to be useful for the Lord. He refused to allow circumstances to dictate his life.

  • The Crown Of Suffering Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Dec 19, 2018
     | 112 views

    The scourging Jesus endured would have been unimaginably horrific, but His suffering was from over. Following the merciless beating, Jesus was then subjected to ridicule and mockery. All of this was done for you and me!

    The Crown of Suffering Mark 15: 16-21 Our last study ended with a gripping statement: And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified. It doesn’t reveal much detail. We are merely told that Jesus was ...read more

  • The Man Of Sorrows

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Dec 16, 2018
     | 294 views

    Isaiah lived some seven hundred years prior to Jesus, and yet he revealed much about the significance of His life and death. Jesus fulfilled every prophecy regarding His first advent. I am thankful He came to provide the means of our salvation.

    The Man of Sorrows Isaiah 53: 4-6 As I consider the Bible as a whole, there are specific chapters that seem to stand out above the rest. I do not imply these are any more inspired, or needful than the rest, but they are of such rich substance that I feel inadequate to enter their eternal standing. ...read more

  • The Day The Criminal Was Set Free Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Dec 12, 2018
     | 111 views

    The day Jesus was crucified, we read of a man who was apprehended, convicted of serious crimes, and sentenced to death. His guilt was beyond question, and yet he was released, set free and pardoned of all charges. In his place, and innocent man died.

    The Day the Criminal was Set Free Mark 15: 6-15 This had been a week of extreme emotion for all involved. Jesus, our precious Lord, was in His last hours prior to the crucifixion. These events have taken place very early on Friday morning. Just five days before Jesus had made His triumphant ...read more

  • Brought Before Pilate Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Dec 5, 2018
     | 208 views

    As Jesus stood before Pilate and His accusers, they were astonished at His silence. The King of glory stood before them, and yet they failed to see Him. He was committed to the cross, to provide our redemption.

    Brought before Pilate Mark 15: 1-5 It had been a long, grueling night for Jesus, but the extreme difficulty was not over. He had been betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane and arrested by the angry mob. From there He was led to stand before the high priest in a mock trial, filled with ...read more

  • Thankful For The Church

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Dec 2, 2018
     | 372 views

    Of the many blessings we enjoy through our relationship with Christ, I am especially thankful for the fellowship with those of like faith. I am blessed to be part of the church, the body of Christ.

    Thankful for the Church 1 Thessalonians 1: 1-4 Over the past few weeks, we have been discussing particular blessings received through our relationship with Christ, and the thankfulness we should possess for those blessings. As I pondered all I have received in Christ, one of the greatest blessings ...read more

  • Driven To Denial Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Nov 28, 2018
     | 232 views

    Although there were clear warnings, Peter ignored those and denied Jesus. We may tend to be critical, but we have been guilty of failing to heed the warnings of the Spirit. Warnings left unheeded are of no value.

  • Thankful For The Commission

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Nov 25, 2018
     | 208 views

    Many are the blessings we receive through a relationship with Christ. One of which is being commissioned with sharing the Gospel. Rather than a burden, this is a tremendous honor!

    Thankful for the Commission Acts 5: 40-42 This morning I want to continue the thought we began last week in regard to the blessings we have through a personal relationship with the Lord. As believers in Christ, pardoned from sin, placed within the body of Christ, and promised eternal life, there ...read more

  • Thankful For The Cross

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Nov 18, 2018
     | 337 views

    As we consider Thanksgiving, we should be mindful of the many blessings we have in Christ. While these are too numerous to name, every believer should be thankful for the cross!

    Thankful for the Cross Galatians 6:14 This particular epistle of Paul was written to the churches in the region of Galatia. As you read and study this letter, a common theme becomes evident. Many in the region of Galatia had been influenced by the Judaizers, those who insisted the Law must be ...read more

  • Accused Before The Council Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Nov 14, 2018
     | 189 views

    Having been betrayed, arrested, and taken to the home of the high priest, Jesus then faced preposterous allegations. Finally admitting that He was the Son of God, the council voted to codemn Jesus for blasphemy.

    Accused before the Council Mark 14: 53-65 Jesus has now been betrayed by Judas in the Garden of Gethsemane and is led away to stand trial before the Sanhedrin. Our text deals with the mock trial, standing before the council of the Pharisees. John’s gospel records that Jesus stood before Annas, ...read more

  • Betrayal In Gethsemane Series

    Contributed by Christopher Benfield on Nov 7, 2018
     | 247 views

    Following the agony Jesus endured in Gethsemane, Judas led the multitude there to arrest Him. Having all power, Jesus could have resisted, and yet He submitted to the Father's will. He endured Calvary for you and me!