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  • Response To The Deviation From The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 15, 2018
     | 94 views

    Chapter two of Galatians has been Paul’s biographical defense of his Apostolic authority and the Gospel. After he defended the truth of the Gospel against Peter’s hypocritical actions he explains the doctrine of justification by faith alone

    W. M. Clow, in his book: The Cross in the Christian Experience, summarized the true distinction between human true faith and religion. He said: “The deepest heresy of all, which corrupts churches, leavens creeds with folly, and swells our human hearts with pride, is salvation by works. “I believe,” ...read more

  • Deviation From The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 8, 2018
     | 229 views

    In Galatians 2:11-13 Paul explains Peter’s deviation from the gospel. In this we see 1) The Clash (Galatians 2:11), 2) The Cause (Galatians 2:12) and 3) The Consequence (Galatians 2:13)

    A new study published in the Religion, Brain and Behavior Journal explored the idea that behavioral models displayed by religious parents are often what crafts their child’s future beliefs. It found when parents are insincere and unfaithful, their offspring have a more difficult time believing ...read more

  • Affirmed In The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Sep 1, 2018
     | 296 views

    In Galatians 2:1–10 Paul was “Affirmed in the Gospel”, as shown through 1) His Coming (Galatians 2:1–2), 2) His Companion (Galatians 2:3–5), 3) His Commission (Galatians 2:6–8), and 4) His Commendation (Galatians 2:9–10) that he was of one truth and one spirit with the other twelve apostles.

    The nature of work has radically changed. Moving away from a “job for life”, todays workers struggle with company reorganizations, changing customer demographics, labour laws, environmental regulations, trade pacts and on and on. All this comes on top of personal struggles. This week a congregation ...read more

  • Proof Of Gospel Conversion Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 25, 2018
     | 193 views

    Paul shows how certain events before he was saved, when he was saved, and after he was saved all prove his message was received from God and how we can testify to God’s radically changing grace.

    This week we celebrated the life of our own: Babi: Maria Polomska. Through the tributes, one theme ran throughout: The life of a woman lived for the glory of God. Her love, and hope were expressed in her confidence and readiness to go home to the Lord. Even through she couldn’t always directly ...read more

  • The Gospel & Who We Are Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 18, 2018
     | 482 views

    In Galatians 1:10–12 the Apostle Paul shows presenting the Gospel is not about 1) Pleasing People (Gal. 1:10); 2) A Human Centered Message (Gal.1:11); nor a 3) A Human Devised Message (Gal. 1:12a), but a 4) Christ Centered Message (Gal.1:12b).

    Canada is presently in a fierce diplomatic fight with Saudi Arabia. The government’s confrontation over several human rights issues has resulted in Saudi Arabia, to cut off diplomatic ties, withdraw students and begin a trade war. Critics say that this conflict is over the issue of Saudi Arabia ...read more

  • Defection, Deception & Destruction Of The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 11, 2018
     | 687 views

    In Galatians 1:6–9 we see the dangers of: 1) Defection (Galatians 1:6), 2) Deception (Galatians 1:7), and 3) Destruction (Galatians 1:8-9) of those who would pervert the Gospel of Grace.

    Every culture has unique expressions that can seem foreign to others. For one who is astonished, the British have the expression that one is “gob-smacked.” “Gob” is slang for “mouth.” To be smacked is to be slapped with an open hand. So someone who is “gob-smacked” opens his mouth, claps his hand ...read more

  • The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Aug 9, 2018
     | 851 views

    In Galatians 1:1-5, the Apostle Paul explains these facts of the Gospel in stating: 1) His authority (his right to speak) (Galatians 1:1-2), 2) His message (the truths he speaks) (Galatians 1:3–4), and 3) His motive (his reason for speaking) (Gal.1:5).

    Martin Luther (1483-1546), is known by many as the father of the Reformation. Luther had tried everything he knew to be a good Christian. He wrote:?"I was a good monk and kept my order so strictly that I could claim that if ever a monk were able to reach heaven by monkish discipline I should have ...read more

  • Renewing Your Mind About Leadership

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 24, 2018
     | 771 views

    Leaders must: 1) Be Right with God (Acts 20:28a), 2) Shepherd the flock (Acts 20:28b), 3) Guard the flock (Acts 20:29–31), 4) Study and pray (Acts 20:32), and 5) Be free from self-interest.

    The crucial component in any organization, institution, or business is its leadership. Good leadership can lift an organization to the heights of success, whereas poor leadership can plunge it into the depths of ruin. Not surprisingly, a vast amount of material is available for those wishing to ...read more

  • A Father’s Compassion Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 16, 2018
     | 1,246 views

    The: 1) Personal (Psalm. 103:1-5), 2) National (Psalm. 103:6-18) and 3) Universal (Psalm. 103:19-22) praise for the compassion of God the Father.

    Of all the qualities that fathers are generally known for, love and compassion is often not high on the list. There are social norms, popular depictions and personal history on how we have been fathered that makes those qualities rare. As much as we might strive to achieve them, we can find it ...read more

  • Baptism: Buried With Him In Death, Raised To Walk In Newness Of Life

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 8, 2018
     | 1,162 views

    Baptism points to 1) The Antagonist (v.1), 2) The Answer (v.2), and 3) The Argument explaining and defending that Answer (vv.3–5) of the spiritual reality shown in the public act of baptism.

    A bucket list, is a list of things that people write down that they want to do before they die, otherwise known as “kick the bucket”. It can be a desire to visit an exotic country, drive a particular car, see an entertainer or sports team that they always wanted, or any number of other activities. ...read more

  • Pray For Justice Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jun 2, 2018
     | 365 views

    While Scripture reveals that God is loving, merciful, and gracious—a savior of repentant sinners, one truth about Him that is decidedly unpopular today is that He is a God of vengeance against those who reject Him and salvation in His Son.

    Observing common perceptions, it has been said that God created humanity in His image and humanity has returned the favor. People have created gods in whatever form pleases them to accommodate their sinful lifestyles. God rebuked such foolish people in Psalm 50:21: “You thought that I was just like ...read more

  • The Value Of A Woman Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 15, 2018
     | 1,429 views

    Paul proclaims The Value of a Woman, as specific women are identified and 1) Commended as an Excellent Helper (Romans 16:1–2), 2) Commended for Excellent Hospitality (Romans 16:3-5a) and 3) Commended for Excellent Hard Work (Romans 16:6-7, 12-13).

    It’s not uncommon on Mother’s Day, to thank moms for all they do. We praise them for their hard work, attentiveness, thoughtfulness, compassion and care. As appreciative as we may be, the unfortunate inference is that we just value them for what they do. Naturally, with God, His valuation is much ...read more

  • The Beginning Of The End Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on May 8, 2018
     | 888 views

    Just as a mother’s birth pains increase in frequency and intensity as the time to give birth approaches, so the judgments depicted by the seals will intensify throughout the Tribulation until they culminate in the arrival of the Lord Jesus Christ.

    In what many never expected to see in their lifetime, there seems to be real movement towards ending the Korean war between North and South Korea. Many are hoping that this will not only transform the Korean peninsula, but encourage other nations in conflict, like Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan and ...read more

  • Worthy Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 29, 2018
     | 1,243 views

    Christ is Worthy to redeem in Revelation 5:1-14 through: 1) The search for the worthy one (Revelation 5:2-4), 2) The selection of the worthy one (Revelation 5:5–7), and 3) The song of the worthy one (Revelation 5:8–14).

    Recently, there was a meeting of commonwealth representatives to discuss plans of succession in the event of the death of Queen Elizabeth. It was not an open and shut case, for they sought to determine who was worthy to occupy the throne. Eventually they choose Prince Charles. Of the many factors ...read more

  • To Him Who Sits On The Throne Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Apr 15, 2018
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     | 3,697 views

    John describes worship “To Him who Sits on the Throne”

    Alex Malarkey, who was left paralyzed and spent two weeks in a coma after a 2004 car accident, filed a lawsuit this month against Christian publisher Tyndale House for associating his name with the controversial book coauthored with his father, The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven, and not paying him ...read more