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  • The Character Of False Teachers Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 19, 2019
     | 43 views

    False Teachers: 1) Hinder the Truth (Galatians 5:7), 2) Are Not of God (Galatians 5:8) 3) They Contaminate the Church: (Galatians 5:9), 4) They Will Be Judged: (Galatians 5:10), 5) They Persecute True Teachers: (Galatians 5:11), 6)They Should Be Cut Off: (Galatians 5:12)

    One of Aesop’s Fables is about a wolf in sheep’s clothing. A wolf had his eye on a certain flock of sheep, but he couldn’t get any of the sheep he wanted because of the vigilance of the shepherd and his dogs. Then he saw the skin of a sheep that had been flayed, so he put the skin on as a costume ...read more

  • Free At Last Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 10, 2019
     | 100 views

    In Galatians 5:1-6, we see Liberty 1) Defined (Galatians 5:1) 2) Defended (Galatians 5:2-4) and 3) Described (Galatians 5:5-6)

    In 1963 American civil rights proponent Martin Luther King said: "So let freedom ring. From the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire, let freedom ring. From the mighty mountains of New York, let freedom ring. From the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania, let freedom ring. But not only ...read more

  • A Fresh Start For A New Year Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Jan 5, 2019
     | 261 views

    In order to make “A Fresh Start for the New Year”, therefore, we need to understand and walk in 1) The Desire for Freedom (Galatians 4:21-23 , 2) The Design for Freedom (Galatians 4:24-27), and celebrate 3) The Delight of Freedom (Galatians 4:28-31).

  • The Potter's Hands Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 29, 2018
     | 277 views

    In order to have Christ formed in us, we look to Galatians 4:12-20, where the Apostle Paul shows: 1) The Godly Example. (Galatians 4:12a.) 2) The Godly Focus. (Galatians 4:12-16 3) The Deadly Distraction. (Galatians 4:17-18) and finally: 4) The Godly Objective: (Galatians 4:19-20)

    How you are right now going into 2019 is a result of the choices you have made in 2018. Your fitness, knowledge, compassion and ability to show mercy is a result of how you have cultivated those disciplines in 2018. What is formed in you is a result of how you have allowed yourself to be formed. If ...read more

  • Joseph's Obedience: The Message Of Peace Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 20, 2018
     | 503 views

    Matthew 1:18-25 highlights that obedience as seen through the: 1) The Predicament of Joseph (Matthew 1:18-19), 2) The Point to Joseph (Matthew 1:20-21), 3) The Prophecy for Joseph (Matthew 1:22-23), and 4) The Performance of Joseph (Matthew 1:24-25)

    Families have various expectations for one another at Christmas. Regardless of how far away you might live, many times they expect a visit or even a grand get together for Christmas. Regardless of the reason, the various means of travel from air, train or road are often congested and difficult. ...read more

  • Prepare His Kingdom Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 14, 2018
     | 200 views

    To "Prepare His Kingdom" John the Baptist inquires about Jesus' Kingship through 1) The Request (Matthew 11:2-3), 2) The Reply (Matthew 11:4-6), and 3) The Recognition (Matthew 11:7-11)

    During the opening festivities for Kitchener’s annual German Christkindl (“Christ Child”) Market on Thursday night, a choir sang traditional carols and a hymn. Then a woman stepped forward to read the Christmas story from the German translation of the Gospel according to Luke. She was interrupted ...read more

  • Prepare His Coming Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Dec 1, 2018
     | 737 views

    Although we do not know the precise day and hour of Christ's coming, in "Preparing for Christ's' Coming" we must be: 1) Alert (Matthew 24:37–42) and be 2) Ready (Matthew 24:43–44).

    As children prepare wish lists, and adults plan Christmas get-togethers, this is an exciting time of year. Although it means extra planning and work, there is something exciting in the anticipation of Christmas. "Ready or not", Christmas celebrations are coming soon. The familiar ...read more

  • Leave The Old Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 27, 2018
     | 543 views

    Just as fall turns to winter we can Leave the Old behind. But in order to do this we must: 1) Forsake our Former life (Galatians 4:8), 2) Understand our Present Life (Galatians 4:9) and 3) Live for our Future Life (Galatians 4:10-11)

    As we come to the final season of the year, it tends to be a time of extremes. We are called to more events, to buy more and decorate more than the rest of the year combined. People will also go to personal extremes. Those who have been able to control spending, drinking and personal habits, ...read more

  • The Coming Of The Messiah Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 17, 2018
     | 1,081 views

    From Galatians 4:4-7 we see 1) The Elements (Galatians 4:4a)., 2) Reason : (Galatians 4:5). and 3) Benefits of Christ’s Coming: (Galatians 4:6-7).

    If you have been to a department store since Thanksgiving, you most likely have been struck by all the Christmas displays. The timing of the displays can be a tricky issue. Wholesalers showcase Christmas options to retailers in the summer. For those who place their orders at that time and soon ...read more

  • Freedom Is Never Free Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Nov 10, 2018
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     | 531 views

    Galatians 3:23-4:3 shows how “Freedom is Never Free” with the sacrifice of Christ achieving liberation from sin and death, as seen through humanity’s :1) Collective Bondage (Galatians 3:23-24), 2) Individual Freedom Galatians 3:25-27), 3) Collective Freedom (Galatians 3:28-4:3)

    During the Second World War, Nazi forces occupied Czechoslovakia, Austria Poland, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, the Channel Islands, the Soviet Union, and Italy, (https://www.warhistoryonline.com/world-war-ii/11-countries-invaded-nazi-germany-invaded.html). In this occupation, ...read more

  • Why Then The Law? Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 27, 2018
     | 381 views

    Paul now shows the inferiority of the covenant of law-first in regard to 1) Its Purpose (Galatians 3:19a), then in regard to 2) Its Mediator (Galatians 3:19b-20), and finally in regard to 3) Its Accomplishment (Galatians 3:21-22)

    On October 31, 1517, a young Augustinian Monk, schooled in the law, named Martin Luther, posted 95 Theses of concern to the church door in Wittenberg Germany. This act triggered the Reformation, as they were immediately translated and distributed across Germany in a matter of weeks. The Protestant ...read more

  • The Promise Of Justification Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 19, 2018
     | 308 views

    In Galatians 3:15-18 four reasons are given for affirming the superiority of the covenant of promise: God presents its 1) Confirmation (Gal. 3:15), its 2) Christ-centeredness (Gal. 3:16), its 3) Chronology (Gal. 3:17), and its 4) Completeness (Gal. 3:18).

    Many of the delightful things that we anticipate in our lives are based on promises. We enter into relationships with people we care about and in broader organizations through promises. The word “promise” itself is filled with hopeful realities. We love it when someone makes a promise. It has the ...read more

  • Justification By Faith Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 13, 2018
     | 716 views

    Justification by Faith Alone as seen through the 1) Positive OT proof (Ga. 3:6-9) 2) Negative OT proof (Gal. 3:10-12) & 3) Positive Hope in Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:13-14)

    The three great monotheistic religions of the world—Judaism, Christianity, and Islam—all trace their start to God’s promise of blessing to Abraham. More than half the world’s population, over three billion people, have a vested interest in this issue. God tells us that anyone can share in the ...read more

  • The Purpose Of Thanksgiving

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 10, 2018
     | 1,265 views

    In Colossians 3, the Apostle Paul shows: three aspects of thankfulness. A believer shows: 1) Thankfulness in Themselves (Colossians 3:15-16a), 2) Thankfulness to Others (Colossians 3:16b) and 3) Thankfulness to God (Colossians 3:15-17)

    Thanksgiving is a time when we can formally recognize and give thanks for the obvious and more abstract things that shape our lives here in Canada. The first recognized Canadian thanksgiving was held in 1578, at least forty years earlier than that of our friends to the south. In an attempt to ...read more

  • Justification Through The Gospel By The Triune God Series

    Contributed by Matthew Kratz on Oct 4, 2018
     | 393 views

    1) A believer’s experience of the Lord Jesus Christ (Gal. 3:1), 2) of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 3:2-4), & 3) of God the Father (Gal. 3:5) are incontrovertible evidence of having been graciously made acceptable to God through personal faith in the perfect, complete work of Christ.

    If you are a fan of classic TV, you will remember the show Bewitched. It is the longest running supernatural themed sitcom of the 1960s–1970s. The focus of the show is on the mixed marriage of a nose-twitching witch, Samantha Stephens (Montgomery), and her mortal husband, Darrin (originally played ...read more