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The Bible is a unique book. It was written over multiple centuries by different writers with diverse backgrounds, in various languages. It features a variety of themes and genres culminating in a powerfully all-encompassing prophecy. Yet, the bible is about one person only; Jesus Christ. Whether in prophetic musings, historical remembrances, joyous poetry, or letters of encouragement, the entire Bible points to the work of Jesus, Lord, and Savior.
Believers who long to know Jesus better, grow closer to Him, and reflect His image can only do so when they seek His face through His word. That was His plan and he spoke deeply through it.
Why did God choose the Bible to speak through? Why should we choose it to learn about Him and know Him better?
Please welcome our returning guest pastor, Ryan Buikema, and his family as he takes us through the reasons we can trust God's word, the Holy Bible. Please review I Peter 3:15-16 before listening
This world offers many religions, belief systems, and philosophies. All of them promise things we might think will raise us higher, change our lives, and makes us more acceptable to God. Why, then, would anyone choose Jesus? What makes Jesus different from all other prophets, gods, priests, and kings? What makes Christ's way different from humanism, agnosticism, or atheism? What makes being a Christian different from Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, or any other religion?
Join us in today's sermon in asking the question, "Why Jesus?" This is the first of a two part series taught by Pastor Ryan Buikema. Let's welcome him and his family as he brings this message to us this morning.
Please review I Peter 3:15-16 before listening.
As with the church at Ephesus, many of us can lay claim to a busy life. We stand for this or that conviction, work in community ministries, try to keep our souls clean swept, and shiny bright and focus on honoring God from our bowed heads to our "ready for action" toes. Is that what Jesus wants from His people? Of course, our salvation should show in our choices, behaviors, convictions, and concerns. But is that why Jesus saved us, to have a line of moralists goose-stepping with holy rhetoric locked and loaded?
We were made to praise the Lord. But we sinned and turned our backs on Him. Instead of wiping us from the face of the earth, He sent Jesus Christ to die for our sins so, in repentance and acceptance of Christ as our savior, we could be in fellowship once again. Jesus saved us, so we could walk in communion with Him. Everything else flows from that relationship; that union with the Lover of our soul. Are we in love with Jesus? Are we growing in our understanding and appreciation for Him day by day? Does our view of the world, other people, and their value to Him expand as we draw nearer to His heart?
Let's welcome our guest pastor, Dan Hendon, and his family from Riverside Reformed Church and open our hearts to God's whispering voice as we dig into Revelations 2:1-7. Our sermon this week is "Loving God by Following Jesus." This is part one of a two-part series, Our Purpose. Please review Revelations 2:1-7 before listening.
We often hear people say, "I speak to God." But are we listening?
Suffering has many purposes in the lives of His people. It gets our attention, refines our character and draws us nearer to the only true source of life and contentment, Jesus Christ. How do we cross that bridge from living in our pain to the renewing of our mind? Listening.
When we are in pain, we do a lot of talking, asking, challenging and begging. But how quiet are we before the throne of a sovereign God? Do we tell God what to do like a Genie in a bottle or do we wait upon the Lord to comfort and lead us through the valleys of the shadow of death?
God's word is His voice. Can we seek His wisdom when our minds are filled with chatter? Can we rest in His promise and better know His character when we blather before Him with our own solutions and directions?
Let's learn more about how listening to God impacts a life of suffering to His glory rather than our earthly, temporal desires in this week's sermon, God's Response to Job.
Our visiting pastor is James Kostelyk who comes with his life Paige and son, Theodore (Teddy). Let us welcome his family and God's word through his preaching.
What is a Kinsmen-Redeemer? Why is this person important in the life of Ruth and Naomi and for our eternal future today? When Naomi, her husband, and two sons were looking for a better life. When Ruth and Naomi, her mother-in-law returned to the land of Naomi's birth, they had lost everything. As far as anyone could tell, their losses left them destitute. That was not God's point of view. God had a plan and that plan lay in a Kinsmen-Redeemer. We also have a Kinsmen-Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Our sin-filled life has left us destitute and without hope. But Jesus is the light of our world. He has redeemed us by the shedding of His blood for our sins.
Learn more about the story of Ruth, Naomi and how this ancient tale impacts us today. This week's sermon is "Ruth and Redemption." Please review Ruth 3 before listening.
God is Holy. When we hear this, how does it strike us? Do we think how alike He and we are? Or do we realize how different we are from the living, all-powerful, all-knowing, sovereign Lord? We say He is Almighty. We say He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Yet do we live and breathe as if those facts are true to us? Let's examine his word and learn more about what it is to be In His Presence.
Please review Isaiah 6:1-8 before listening.
Today was Pastor Don’s farewell message to the congregation. He left us with a challenge to “ Keep the Word in Your Mouth”. I know you will enjoy the message. Please review Joshua 1:1-9 before listening. May each of you have a blessed week.
How are we running the race to Eternity, beloved? I am not asking whether you are racing toward eternal salvation because attaining salvation is not due to our works, but God's grace. We can not work our way into God's favor. Rather, He opens our hearts to the only path to salvation; believing in Jesus Christ as our only means of salvation. Therefore, for those who have been blessed to know Jesus and His great salvation by believing that He is alone our savior from sin, how are we growing more like our Savior?
How are the challenges and difficulties God allows into our lives molding and recreating us to reflect the characteristics of our Lord and King? Who do we look to when we seek images and life stories to lead us forward? God has given us a cloud of witnesses within His word and in our own life stories to inspire and encourage us to move without fear and with strength in His holy name. How bound are we to God's holy Word? Does it dwell in our hearts richly to help us fight the mental battles which are so often the basis for our failings. Are we in prayer before our loving Lord, chatting with and learning more about who He is and what His concerns are? These are the parts of His armor to help us stand firm whether in soft gentle winds and against hurricane-force gales.
Today's sermon, "Race to Eternity," discusses the support God provides to help us move forward to reflect His image. Listen in to learn more. Please review Hebrews 12:1-2 before listening.
Brothers and sisters, as believers, what have we built our lives upon? What is our foundation? Are we floundering in the shifting sands of social standards, political persuasions, or our own personal safeguards? Or are we grounded in the counter-cultural lifestyle of Christ's word and ways? Is our focus on eternity with Christ or on our lives in this world? This is a question we should always be asking as we daily enter a world that actively stands against the ways of God. Are we living to light the way to Christ or linking arms with the darkness, trying to live a half-life between Christ and the world?
Let's examine our lives before Christ's throne with this week's sermon, "Here is the Church, Here is the Steeple..." Let welcome our guest pastor, James Kostelyk, and his family. Pastor Kostelyk is the son of our former pastor, John Kostelyk and in fact, grew up in our church. Welcome to the Kostelyk family once again!
Please review I Peter 2:1-12 before listening...
Jesus. Name above all names. He is the great physician and His healing hand works majesty and forever joy into our broken lives. Have you met the Great Physician? Has he healed your sin-sick soul? Has he taken your heart of stone and through His death on the cross, turn your heart into a heart of flesh. Check out this Easter Sunday's sermon, "Walking to Emmaus with the Great Physician."
Please review Luke 24:13-35 before listening.
Are you part of the mocking crowd? Of course, you are. We all are. We are all sinners and before we knew Christ, we were enemies of the cross. But because of Christ's sacrifice; because He died for our sins and rose from the grave that we may have eternal life, we are part of that crowd in love with Him. As will those from every tribe, nation, and creed, we who were mockers will bow our knee to praise His name. To which crowd to you belong? Do you continue to mock the Lord of Lords and King of Kings or are you now a part of the body of Christ? Please listen to Good Friday's sermon, "The Crowd."
Jesus' road to the cross is fraught with disappointment, distress and determination. Christ was determined to provide the necessary sacrifice to redeem you and me. Have you met the lover of your soul? Have to given your life to Christ for the sacrifice He made for you?
Learn more about Jesus' decision to trust God's plan for His life and ours in this week's sermon, "The Road to the Cross."
The word of God says Jesus makes all things new. Are you relying on Him to fix your broken soul or are you running the race in your own feeble strength. Every good thing is from the Lord, including making our heart of stone into a heart of flesh. Learn morea bout God's restorative powers in this week's sermon, "Restoration in the Garden."
As we continue our series, In The Garden, we follow Jesus as he faces arrest and further persecution. How does he react to his challengers and what does that teach us about reacting to those who may want to or have harmed us.
Check out Christ's conversations in this week's sermon, "Grace Shown in the Garden."
Please review Luke 11:29-32 and 22:47-54
In our new series, “In the Garden,” we will explore Jesus's life, plans, personality and focus on His way to the cross. He is our Savior and Lord, and we will learn more about how He lived and died for us. Our first sermon, Jesus was Intentional, explores how he purposefully laid the groundwork that accentuated God's glory and confirmed His identity as the Messiah as prophesied in the Old Testament.
Please review Luke 9:52 and Mark 10: 32-34 before listening.
Our God is such a gracious God and His love is everlasting. God gives His people spiritual gifts, talents, and abilities to honor His name and care for each other. For those who believe they have nothing to offer, this is simply untrue.
Learn more about gifts God has given every believer in the final sermon in our series, "Tenting With God", The Gifts Given by God.
Please review Exodus 31:1-11 before listening.
We continue in our Messiah series with today's sermon, "The King of Kings." Jesus is King. He will return in all majesty, glory and honor for those who belong to Him. Are you ready to greet Jesus upon His return? Have your repented of your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior? Are you following Christ today? Be very sure of where you stand because this is the time to respond to Christ's fervent call.
The King has come. Are you among those who can call His name as Lord, High Priest, brother and friend? Please review Matthew 1:18-25 and Revelations 19 before listening.
The Messiah has come. He has risen....indeed. The birth of Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God's prophetic word that He would send a Savior to die for our sins. This Savior died for all sins and all sinners. Whether Jews or Gentiles, Christ's good news is universal. Anyone who accepts Christ's death on the cross as payment for their sins is saved. The message is universal but the choice is individual. Repentance and turning to follow Jesus is personal. Each person must make a choice for Christ or not.
Have you made the decision to follow Jesus? Have you repented of your sins and accepted Jesus Christ as your only Lord and Savior? Turn to follow Jesus Christ today. He is the way, the truth and the life. Choose to move from eternal darkness to everlasting life today! Listen in as we talk more about Christ's gracious gift in this week's sermon, "Glory to God, Part II."
Please review Luke 2 before listening.
Have you ever struggled to be at peace? Just to rest and not be bothered by anxieties, fears, and doubts. This year has been overwhelmingly stressful. Catastrophic weather systems, a worldwide pandemic, people running through the streets, divisive political battles, unemployment at new heights, and businesses crashing to the ground. What can we hold onto? Where is our cleft in the rock?
Let's talk about Jesus, the prince of peace. His peace is not like the world's. His peace is eternal and based on our relationship with Him. Do you have a relationship with Jesus Christ. He is the only one who can save our souls from eternal darkness. He is the only one who can lead us through this uncertain life with joy, encouragement, and peace.
Let's learn more about Jesus, King of kings, Lord of lords, and the prince of peace.
Please review Isaiah 9: 1-6 before listening.
Welcome to our Advent season sermon series, The Messiah." Our series is based on selected bible verses and enhanced by the music of George Frederick Handel's Messiah. Join us for the next five weeks as we unfold God's great plan to bless the world with the coming, life, death, and resurrection of the Messiah, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our first sermon, "The Glory of God," focuses on the prophecies that pointed to the Messiah's ministry, mission, and his impact on the entire world.
Please review Isaiah 40 before listening.
Did you know that God has plans for you personally? He sees and cares for you as an individual and calls you to His side through the blood of Jesus Christ. Listen for His voice. Seek Him when He may be found. Because there is no other God and His salvation is for all who would repent and follow Jesus Christ. He is the provider, creator, father, and friend. Let's learn more about this gracious God in this week's sermon, "Personal Providence."
Please review Psalm 145:9-21 before listening.
Our God is a God of Love but that's not all. God has many characteristics. One is love. A few of the others include holiness, forgiveness, grace, and mercy. That list is just the tip of the iceberg. However, when we read through God's word, the word most often used to describe God is the God of Holiness. Holiness means set apart. God is holy, and He has a right to expect his creation, human beings to reflect Him.
Because of our sin, we are not naturally holy. We do not meet God's standards for obedience. We are rightfully hell-bound because we are born with a sinful nature, and we choose to act upon this nature every day. This is where the God of love intervenes. Because God loves us, He has a solution. His solution to our sinfulness is Jesus Christ. Jesus died for our sin and rose again to give us eternal life with God. If we repent of our sins and turn to follow Jesus as Savior and Lord, we are made holy through Christ's sacrifice. We are made holy by the shedding of Christ's blood.
Learn more about the Old Testament image of God's holiness in this week's sermon, "Altar of Bronze."
Please review Exodus 27:1-8 before listening.
Did you know that the emblem of modern-day Israel is the Golden Lampstand honoring God as the Light of the World? Why is God the light of the world? Why should we submit our lives to Him as our light; the one we call Savior and King? Let's learn more about God's images of Himself as the Israelites built His tabernacle in this week's sermon, "The Lampstand of Gold."
Please review Exodus 25:31-40 and 27:20-21 before listening.
Did you know that when Jesus returns, there will be a great feast to celebrate our being present with Him and the completion of His work? We will forever be before His throne and sit at His feet for eternity.
In Exodus, God uses the table of Showbread in His tabernacle to remind the Israelites of His constant presence. After Christ came and died for our sins, God is now present in the hearts of every believer as a guarantee of His promise that we are forever His.
Learn more about the connection between the Old Testament table and God's presence with us today in this week's sermon, "The Table with Bread."
Please review Exodus 25:23-30 before listening.
God Almighty is everywhere. He is the All in All. Why then would He ask the newly freed Israelites to make Him an Ark to represent His presence? Could it be He wanted His people to be assured of His continuous oversight and interest? Could it have been a reminder that His holiness was to be their constant consideration? Could it represent His eternal love for His people?
Learn more about this Ark in this week's sermon, The Ark of the Covenant.
Please review Exodus 25:10-22 before listening.
God wants to be known by His people. He deserves and arranged to be in the midst of those He loves and has chosen. In the Old Testament, He called His people, Israel, to build a tabernacle in the middle of their encampment so that God could "tabernacle" or reside in the midst of them.
Today, because of Jesus, God "tabernacles" within the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ. He is able to do this because through the blood of Christ, we have been made holy. The Holy Spirit can and does therefore reside within the believer and sits on the throne of our lives to guide, care for and direct us according to His glory. Do you know Jesus? Are you a follower and a lover of Jesus Christ? If you are, Christ "tabernacles" with you and will throughout eternity. Learn more about God's "tenting" with His people in today's sermon, "A Tent in the Wilderness." Please review Exodus 25:8-9 before listening.
The blessing of being a believer is that we can give of what God has given us. What God has given us is everything we are, have, will have and will be. We can afford to give some of the great riches God has given us. But do we have a right perspective of what we have? Do we trust God to care for us? Do we think what we have is ours or do we believe the truth of His word, that we are stewards, entrusted with His riches to honor His name?
Learn more about God's resources and how we are to seek His will regarding them in this week's sermon, "Giving for the Tabernacle." Review Exodus 25:1-7 before listening.
Why did God want the Israelites to build a temple for Him? God has cattle on a thousand hills. He owns the universe and heavens. Every star was made by His own hand.
His reason for having Israel built a temple was to symbolize His eternal presence among them. He promised to dwell among them and wanted a structure in the center of their camp that gave them just a taste of His magnificence.
Learn more about God's temple in this week's sermon, "A House for God." Please review Exodus 25 before listening.
What is the purpose of Communion? Why does Jesus consider this remembrance so important? Jesus is the mediator of the new covenant, bringing those who follow Him into the throne of the living God. Jesus wants us to understand all that He has done in dying for our sins and rising again. Learn more about Communion and what we are really being called to remember in this week's sermon, "The Cross Speaks."
Please review to Hebrews 12:22-24 before listening.
There are a lot of ideas about who Jesus is. Some say he is a good man. Some believe he is one of the prophets. Many herald him as a great humanitarian. Others called him crazy. We have a lot of ideas about Jesus but who is He really? Who does the bible, God's own word, say Jesus is? Do we believe in the biblical Jesus Christ? What does it mean if we do or don't?
Let's dive into that question in today's sermon, "Peter's Confession of Faith." Please review Matthew 16:13-20 before listening.
In Christ, we are made holy through His blood. God sees us as redeemed and calls us to Himself as His own. Yet, we still struggle with sin. God is committed to recreating us in the image of His son. To this end, He first shows us our sin then works in us to change our minds about it.
Has God shown you an area of sin He wants to work on? What has been your response? It is not God's way to give up so once He has opened our eyes, He will continue to point out what can not remain as part of a believer's way of life.
Learn more about the yeast in our lives and how God combats it in today's sermon, "Get Rid of the Yeast."
Eternity. Do you believe in it? Most people have an idea of an 'afterlife' but is every opinion equal. Can every view of heaven be true? The bible says that eternal life is only accessible by repenting of our sins and accepting Jesus Christ as our savior from the consequences of our sin. That consequence is hell, including eternal separation from God the father.
Jesus died on the cross for our sins and rose again to join God the father in heaven. Only through Christ's sacrifice, can God accept us. Do you believe that?
Let's learn more about Christ's death, resurrection and the eternal life His death provides in this week's sermon, "I believe in the Resurrection and the Life Eternal. Please review I Corinthians 15:42-54 before listening.
God's offer of forgiveness through Jesus Christ may seem easy to accept but it was never easy to provide.
Jesus, 100% God, left heaven, a place of perfection, glory and holiness to become 100% man as well. He was born, grew up and lived in a sinful world, experienced human difficulties and struggles. He then paid for our sins by dying on the cross in our place. God's forgiveness may seem so simple to receive but it was never simple to provide.
We continue in our series "What Must a Christian Believe" with this week's sermon, "I believe in the Forgiveness of Sins" and learn more.
Please review Psalm 103: 1-4; 8-12 before listening.
As Christ's children, we are not called to walk alone. We called to walk with Jesus and His body. The body of Christ are believers who have also been called to praise, honor and serve Jesus, mind, body and soul. The local body of Christ as well as believers all over the world are our family; redeemed to walk in unity, loving, caring, encouraging and uplifting each other in this battle against evil and for the glory of God.
Learn more about God's purposes and plans for His bride, the family of God in this week's sermon, “I Believe a Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints.” Please review John 10:14-16, 27-30 before listening.
The Holy Spirit, that still, small voice who wields power like a mighty wind. When we come to Christ, the Holy Spirit moves into our souls. He is the third person of the Godhead, equal in authority with God the Father and Jesus Christ. He convicts our souls of sin. He guides us through the Scriptures, opening our minds to God's truth. Yet He is the one we generally know the least about. What exactly is the Holy Spirit's ministry? What are His character and concerns? Just who is this Holy Spirit and how does He relate to the believing heart?
Learn more about the Holy Spirit in our sermon this week, “I believe in the Holy Spirit.”