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  • Today, If You Hear His Voice . . . Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Feb 1, 2021

    The possibility of falling away from Christ is greater than most of us think--no one is entirely immune from this awful outcome. It all begins with how we come to respond to God's voice, when we know He has spoken to us, and even in small things, choose to ignore Him.

    One of the great challenges of the pastoral profession is discerning who to help among those who are in evident financial need, and when to help them, and then how much to help them. Despite our best and most sincere efforts, pastors young and old, sometimes fail. I remember well the story of a more

  • The Peril Of Hardening Your Heart Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Jan 25, 2021

    Have you gotten used to saying "No" to God? It became a habit of the Children of Israel in the wilderness and ultimately resulted in an all-out rebellion against God that disqualified most of them from God's rest.

    Author, theologian and Professor Craig Keener tells how his mother asked him if he believed in an after-life at the age of nine, and he replied no. She agreed with him and told him how most intellectuals did as well. So he felt affirmed in his atheism. The problem was that such a worldview left more

  • Forgivable & Unforgivable Sin? Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Aug 13, 2018

    Jesus talked about a sin that was unforgivable, or unpardonable. What is the unpardonable sin? Is it possible that a believer can commit it? Let's do some hard thinking about what Jesus said in Matthew 12:30-32 and what the book of Hebrews says.

    The Paradoxical Sayings of Jesus: Forgivable & Unforgivable Sin? Matthew 12:30-32 This morning we consider another of Jesus' paradoxical statements: "Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. 32 Whoever more

  • How To Endure To The End Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on May 4, 2021

    Jesus assured us in the Parable of the Sower that people falling away from the faith would be a regular part of our experience. However, we certainly don't want it to be our personal experience! An oft-ignored & challenging warning tells us how we can prevent that possibility.

    As we have made our way through the book of Hebrews, the single New Testament book devoted to the topic of Christians who are tempted or actually do fall away from the faith, I naturally have been led to sadly contemplate those Christians I have known who have fallen away. These, tragically, were more

  • Joy From Jesus

    Contributed by Richard Papafio on Feb 21, 2018

    The second coming of Jesus would bring us permanent joy in our hearts and our sorrows would be forgotten forever

    May the peace of the Lord be with you. Topic: JOY FROM JESUS John 16:20-22 King James Version (KJV) 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That ye shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and ye shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is more

  • Reflection C.8 Does God Have A Purpose In Coronavirus? Summary Of New Testament So Far...

    Contributed by Simon Bartlett on Jun 3, 2020

    In the previous seven 'Reflections' I've looked at what the New Testament, excluding Revelation, says about 'End Times'. In this Reflection I try to draw the threads together and show how they are relevant to our question.

    Today is a milestone – the end of the second stage of my study. At the end of March, I decided to try to answer the question, ‘Could God be behind coronavirus?’ I knew that people were asking the question and it seemed like a good question. I decided to split the task into three parts. I would more

  • Why Hebrews? Series

    Contributed by Dale Mcintire on Feb 10, 2009
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    Setting expectations for a multiyear expositional series on the book of Hebrews.

    God Has Spoken Hebrews 1:1-2 I. Why Hebrews? A. The Challenge of Hebrews 1. “It has been said that the book of Hebrews is the least known of all New Testament epistles.” 2. Full of unfamiliar O.T. References 3. Logic complex and difficult to understand without extensive study 4. Yet, it more

  • How To Finish Well Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Feb 8, 2021

    Stories abound of folks who began well in the Christian faith, and in ministry, but failed to finish well. What does the Word of God say about how we can be motivated to follow Jesus faithfully to the end?

    I was listening to one of our secular news and talk radio stations one morning this past week. And there was an innocent joke, of all things, about our subject this morning. A married couple was having a debate about who should get out of bed in the mornings to brew the coffee. Finally, the more

  • The Very Real Danger Of Spiritual Neglect Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Jan 1, 2021

    The issue of Christians who fall away from the faith was present in the New Testament, even as it is today. How can we prevent this from happening, and be vigilant against growing weary of following Christ ourselves?

    Today we begin a new message series from the Book of Hebrews which I’ve entitled “The Faith that Endures.” It’s a sobering book because it addresses a sobering topic—an issue that I know that I would prefer not to admit that it exists. It addresses the issue of Christians who are tempted to fall more

  • Accept No Substitutes Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Feb 15, 2021

    Various pseudo-Christian spin offs claim to provide exclusively the priesthood that allows its worshipers to be made right with God. However, Hebrews 5 presents the truth that there is only one priest we will ever need--the Great High Priest Jesus Christ.

    In the summer of my 19th year I was excited to take a summer job in Yellowstone National Park working as a dishwasher in Canyon Village. I say I was excited, because I had longed dreamed of the great trout fishing amid all the natural beauty that Yellowstone is famed for. But what I didn’t count more

  • Behind The Scenes Of The Nativity

    Contributed by Don Schultz on Dec 5, 2013

    Behind the scenes of Christmas, all was not calm, all was not bright...

    This week we are going to get a behind the scenes look at the Nativity, the Cross, and Life. God is going to pull back the curtain and show us what was really happening in the spirit world that isn’t so evident or obvious to us who live in the physical world. We’re going to look at a more

  • Behind The Scenes Of 2013 And 2014

    Contributed by Don Schultz on Dec 5, 2013
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    There are 2 things that happened behind the scenes of 2013. You'll see those same two things next year...

    Have you ever been given a backstage pass to a concert? Or maybe you watched a video that explained to you all the things that happened behind the scenes of your favorite movie. When you watch a concert or go to a movie, you’re hardly aware of all the things that happened – the more

  • Four Soils And The Gospel

    Contributed by Jason Jones on Jan 30, 2012

    A sermon dealing with the different types of "soil", or hearts, in which God plants His Word, and the evidence of faith the seed produces.

    Text: Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 Title: Four Soils and the Gospel Date/Place: NRBC, 1/29/12, AM Opening illustration: the college Physics profession and the student’s responses. Background to passage: Only instructional passage to the crowds. Palestinian farming practice of sowing more

  • Apostasy Part 2

    Contributed by Ronald Crandall on Jan 16, 2003
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    This is another in this series on Apostasy or the falling away of believers.

    Apostasy Part 2 By: Pastor Ron Crandall Text: " And then many will fall away, and betray one another, and hate one another. And many false prophets will arise and lead many astray" (Matt. 24:10-11 RSV). Introduction „« The Greek word for "apostasy" means a falling away, a withdrawal. more

  • No Turning Back Series

    Contributed by James Wallace on Feb 22, 2021

    One of the most sobering warnings in all of Scripture is found in Hebrews 6. There is a great, even awful danger of making an irreversible and eternally destructive choice to abandon Christ. This passage stresses why you don't want to go there.

    This past year I faced a bit of a dilemma. My high school class, the class of 1970, was planning to celebrate its 50-year class reunion. I was invited. Would I go? That wasn’t the real dilemma. The real dilemma was that my spiritual father was on the organizing committee—yes, the fellow who more