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  • Scripture Or Tradition

    Contributed by Michael Koplitz on Jun 1, 2021

    When is it time to challenge church leadership as to whether or not they are following the Scripture? The last was 1517 and we called that the Reformation. It is time for another Reformation.

    Rev. Dr. Michael H. Koplitz Mark 7:1-13 For 2000 years, the church has been creating ordinances for the people of God to follow. Many of these ordinances are not based on biblical Scripture but on the theological beliefs developed over the centuries. For example, in the Catholic Church, a priest more

  • Defilement Comes From Within Series

    Contributed by Donald Whitchard on Mar 22, 2021

    It is not the food you eat or religious observation you practice that enables you to claim that you are right with God. Your attitude, behavior, and response to His commands show whether or not your life is defiled before Him.

    Worship is supposed to come from a grateful heart and mind, focused on how God's mercy and grace has taken us off of the road to hell and by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on our behalf, placed us on the narrow road leading to eternal life. Our submission to Him as Lord and Savior, more

  • Tradition Series

    Contributed by Aneel Aranha on Feb 8, 2021

    Tradition is a good thing, provided it does not nullify the word of God.

    Scripture Reading: Mark 7:1-13 The Pharisees and some of the teachers of the law who had come from Jerusalem gathered around Jesus and saw some of his disciples eating food with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. (The Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they give their hands a more

  • #30 The Problem Is The Heart Series

    Contributed by Chuck Sligh on Oct 12, 2020

    The Pharisees and scribes were all wrapped up in rules and externals.

    #30 The Problem Is the Heart Series: Mark Chuck Sligh October 13, 2020 The Pharisees and scribes were all wrapped up in rules and externals. In Mark 7:1-23, Jesus taught that what pleases Him most is worship from the HEART. NOTE: PowerPoint or ProPresenter presentations are available for this more

  • 4 Hearts Of Stone And Handwashing Series

    Contributed by Roberta Karchner on Mar 14, 2020
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    Written in Midst of Coronavirus epidemic: The Pharisees criticized Jesus for not washing his hands correctly. But they had unclean hearts. In this time, what does it mean to have a clean heart

    Mark 7:1-8 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV) 7 Some Pharisees and some teachers of the law came from Jerusalem and gathered around Jesus. 2 They saw that some of his followers ate food with hands that were not clean, meaning that they did not wash their hands in a special way. 3 The Pharisees and all the more

  • What Faith Requires: Focus Series

    Contributed by John Dobbs on Feb 15, 2020
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    We live in a world that is defined by being distracted.

    WHAT FAITH REQUIRES: FOCUS Mark 7:1-23 Introduction We live in a world that is defined by being distracted. We do not even relax and watch television anymore. A study by the Mobile Marketing Association found that “88% Of U.S. Consumers Use Mobile As Second Screen While Watching TV”. Clive more

  • Trust Not In Princes Series

    Contributed by W Pat Cunningham on Feb 8, 2020

    The Scriptures enjoin us not to trust in princes, because God’s word is very clear about human minds and wills. We are weak, and so we sin.

    Tuesday of 5th Week in Course 2020 Our Lady of Lourdes This is a grand tableau from the First Book of Kings: Solomon has spent years constructing the Temple of the Lord, and here he is dedicating it to the worship of the God of Israel. But even he knew that the God who had called Moses, used signs more

  • Radical Reformation

    Contributed by Dr. Casey Adams on Oct 11, 2018

    This message covers the topic of personal reformation through Christ Jesus

    I. "FOR FROM WITHIN, OUT OF THE HEART OF MEN PROCEED EVIL THOUGHTS, ADULTERIES, FORNICATIONS, MURDERS . . . ALL THESE THINGS COME FROM WITHIN" A. A careful study of the life and teachings of our Lord reveal: 1. That He taught the most radical reform of all reformers 2. He pointed to the very root more

  • Did You Wash Your Hands?

    Contributed by Howard Gunter on Sep 2, 2018
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    Understanding Traditions in the Church

    Weekend Message/Devotion Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23 September 2, 2018 How many times have you heard: “Okay everyone, wash your hands and get to the table, dinner is served!”? Those instructions had nothing to do with religion or religious practice, did they? Washing our hands before eating is a more

  • Cleaning Up Our Act

    Contributed by Geoffrey Foot on Sep 2, 2018

    We all know about protecting our natural environment and the problems we have created in the past but what about moral pollution? Our Sin is moral pollution how can we counteract it?

    CLEANING UP OUR ACT. MARK 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23. Over the years we have become more and more concerned about protecting our natural environment. Once such concern was expressed by a few scientists and they were regarded as alarmists. The rest of the world thought that our earth was so vast and more

  • Meaningless Worship = Sins Unforgiven

    Contributed by Clarence Eisberg on Aug 25, 2018

    Sermon based on false Jewish traditions which they designed to "earn" God's blessings. Jesus challenges their theology of how to receive forgiveness. Includes a story about "team work in the ministry".

    In Jesus Holy Name August 26, 2018 Text: Mark 7:5,7,21,23 Pentecost XIV “Meaningless Worship=Sins Unforgiven” Mark records for us today another encounter with the Pharisees. Jesus was constantly being challenged by the Pharisees. They challenged His authority to heal on the more

  • Wash Your Hands Or Heart?

    Contributed by Ernie Arnold on Aug 23, 2018

    Theme: Righteousness and Rituals This sermon deals with what really matters - how do we deal with all the rules, rituals and traditions we find in our churches? What really matters?

    Scripture: Mark 7:1-23 Title: Should You Wash Your Hands or Your Heart? Theme: Righteousness and Rituals This sermon deals with what really matters - how do we deal with all the rules, rituals and traditions we find in our churches? What really matters? INTRO: Grace and peace this morning more

  • No Se Lavaban Las Manos

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Aug 1, 2018

    Jesús está diciendo que no son las cosas externas sino las internas, las que tienen que ver con la disposición del corazón. las que pueden o santificarnos o llevarnos al pecado.

    22B Marcos 7:3 nos habla hoy de los fariseos y judíos que no comían sin lavarse antes las manos, y purificar los vasos, las jarras y las ollas. Hay un dicho, "la limpieza va del lado de la piedad. La razón por la que los discípulos no se lavaban las manos en ese episodio de nuestro more

  • Telos

    Contributed by Paul Andrew on Jul 9, 2018

    Of all the sins listed in our Gospel today, the telos in that list is extremely off-course from God.

    22B People put their entire moral analysis on intention only; e.g. If my intention is good, I can do it. But actually, “telos” is the word in the Bible that orients ourselves toward God. Telos means “purpose, intent, goal.” E.g. Bulimia is acting against the telos of eating. A couple good more

  • The Ins And Outs Of Religious Purity

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Jul 8, 2018
    based on 3 ratings

    Timeless teaching from Jesus as to the true nature and source of sin.

    THE INS AND OUTS OF ‘RELIGIOUS’ PURITY. Mark 7:1-23. Every branch of society has its own traditions: some good, some bad, and some inconsequential. It doesn’t matter whether it is the pomp and ceremony of monarchy, or the ritual ‘pardon’ of a turkey at Thanksgiving. Some traditions are more