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  • Authority Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 23, 2011
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,383 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
     | 13,736 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
     | 2,341 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

  • When Death Has Taken My Loved One

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 11, 2010
    based on 6 ratings
     | 11,228 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 26, 2010
    based on 4 ratings
     | 8,817 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 13, 2010
    based on 8 ratings
     | 7,412 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
     | 3,366 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

  • What The Magi Found Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Dec 13, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 5,056 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

  • The Devil Is A Boring Preacher

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jun 23, 2009
    based on 4 ratings
     | 8,377 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
     | 4,621 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

  • Interceding For Her Children

    Contributed by Michael Stark on May 9, 2009
    based on 5 ratings
     | 7,169 views

    Mrs. Zebedee has received a bad rap. Perhaps it is all right to ask for great things for our children--if it honours the Master.

    *Matthew 20:20-23* *Interceding for Her Children* “The mother of the sons of Zebedee came up to Him with her sons, and kneeling before Him she asked Him for something. And He said to her, ‘What do you want?’ She said to Him, ‘Say that these two sons of mine are to sit, one at Your right hand ...read more

  • Dining With Jesus Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Mar 23, 2009
    based on 6 ratings
     | 10,105 views

    The grave danger of familiar traditions is that they will become routine; and thus, the power of the symbol is diluted, if not destroyed. The Lord’s Supper is the continuing ordinance given to believers by our Saviour.

    MATTHEW 26:26-29 DINING WITH JESUS “Now as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and after blessing it broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And He took a cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink of it, all of you, for this is ...read more

  • What Has Jesus Done For Us? Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Dec 6, 2008
    based on 4 ratings
     | 4,618 views

    The new song which the people of God sing in Heaven looks back to all that Christ accomplished on behalf of His people. All that we now enjoy and all that we shall enjoy are because of His sacrifice.

    REVELATION 5:6-10 WHAT HAS JESUS DONE FOR US? “Between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. And he went and took ...read more

  • Spiritual Schizophrenia Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 20, 2008
    based on 5 ratings
     | 2,274 views

    It is impossible to live a life characterized by blessing God while simultaneously cursing other believers. To attempt to so live is to demonstrate that one is suffering spiritual schizophrenia.

    JAMES 3:7-12 SPIRITUAL SCHIZOPHRENIA “Every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people ...read more

  • The Devil Goes To Church Series

    Contributed by Michael Stark on Jul 12, 2008
    based on 17 ratings
     | 4,093 views

    Uncontrolled speech may reveal a devilish heart that has never been regenerated. James challenges us to review our heart by examining our speech to determined our relationship to the Master.

    JAMES 3:5b, 6 THE DEVIL GOES TO CHURCH “How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell.” At 9:00 ...read more