Oct 21, 2018
Brian Hudson – 10/21/18
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Sermon preached by Brian Hudson on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
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  • Oct 21, 2018Brian Hudson – 10/21/18
    Oct 21, 2018
    Brian Hudson – 10/21/18
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    Sermon preached by Brian Hudson on Sunday, October 21, 2018.
  • Oct 14, 2018Brian Hudson – 10/14/18
    Oct 14, 2018
    Brian Hudson – 10/14/18
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    Sermon preached by Brian Hudson on Sunday, October 14, 2018.
  • Oct 7, 2018Brian Hudson – 10/07/18
    Oct 7, 2018
    Brian Hudson – 10/07/18
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    Sermon preached by Brian Hudson on Sunday, October 7, 2018.
  • Jul 15, 2018The God Who Majors In The Impossible
    Jul 15, 2018
    The God Who Majors In The Impossible
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    The Lord assigns impossible tasks to His people. The task looks too hard and the enemy looks too big.
     
    Focused on the impossible task, we are overwhelmed. We become paralyzed and tempted to compromise.
     
    The Lord says, "You shall not be afraid ... but you shall remember" [cf. Deuteronomy 7:17-26]. You'll remember what God has done and who God is.
     
    Focused on the Lord, we are emboldened. We are mobilized for the mission and uncompromised in our zeal for God's glory.
     
    Will you trust in the God who majors in the impossible?
  • Jun 3, 2018Community In The Body Of Christ
    Jun 3, 2018
    Community In The Body Of Christ
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    Christ created a new humanity at the Cross (Eph 2:11-18). Whereas differences between Christians would threaten to separate us, the work of Jesus would unite us.
     
    The new humanity functions through the Church (Eph 4:22-32). You must be in the church to put on the new humanity. For, the new humanity is lived out as we relate to each other. 
  • Feb 4, 2018Worship
    Feb 4, 2018
    Worship
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    Jim Ewing served as a guest speaker in our worship service this Sunday, delivering a message on the subject of worship. 
     
    1. Worship is comprehensive.
    2. Worship is competitive. 
    3. Worship is personal and corporate.
  • Dec 31, 2017Giving Thanks
    Dec 31, 2017
    Giving Thanks
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    Are you experiencing a letdown now that Christmas is over? As you look forward to the New Year, it's a good idea to look back to Thanksgiving. For, in God's eyes, giving thanks means a lot more than just being polite. Giving thanks is critical to our spiritual health.
     
    In Luke 17:11-19, we find a Samaritan leper who was exemplary in giving thanks. While ten lepers received a life-transforming gift from Jesus, only one returned to give credit where credit was due. In doing so, this Samaritan leper, on the basis of his faith, received an even greater mercy.
     
    The Samaritan leper's action and Jesus' reaction exhibit how thanksgiving is a big deal! Elsewhere in Scripture, we find how giving thanks acknowledges God as Creator and the source of all blessings, requires us to live by faith, gives evidence of the Spirit's control over our lives, and serves as an antidote for worry and many sins. 
     
    So, has God been good to you? Then it's time to be thankful! Stop and think of how God has been good. Remember God's grace in light of what you deserve. Then, give thanks to the Lord!
  • Aug 13, 2017Great Accomplishments From Unlikely Sources
    Aug 13, 2017
    Great Accomplishments From Unlikely Sources
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    In Proverbs 30:24-28, we learn that small creatures do great things with their God-given abilities and teamwork.
     
    This wisdom teaching is illustrative of the timeless theological truth that God's people can do great things with God's gracious gifts and teamwork. For, God graciously gifts us together with the abilities we need. Furthermore, God uses inadequate people like us so that we boast in Him.
     
    So, work together with the gifts God has given us and do great things for Him.
  • Aug 6, 2017What Can We Do To Prepare For Difficult Times Ahead?
    Aug 6, 2017
    What Can We Do To Prepare For Difficult Times Ahead?
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    Too often, we don't prepare for hardships until after the fact. However, since we know that we will experience hardships and trouble in this world, the wise person prepares in advance. 
     
    In Luke 6:46-49, Jesus explains that how we live our lives in advance of coming storms will determine our ability to withstand the storm when it strikes. It all boils down to how we respond to Jesus' teaching.
     
    The wise person hears Jesus and obeys. It's hard work, but with God's help the result is a transformed life and close fellowship with the Lord that will weather any storm. 
     
    The foolish person hears Jesus and ignores. They may think that trouble won't find them or that they'll be able to handle it on their own. As a result, they end up facing trouble with their own limited resources and are swept away. 
     
    So, prepare for trouble that will inevitably find you by doing what Jesus says! Know that Scripture is not really understood until it is applied as we submit to God's gracious work in our lives. For starters, look back over the Sermon on the Plain. How are you doing? Are you living in God-dependency, no matter the cost? Are you loving your enemies? Do you have a merciful attitude? Are you regularly examining yourself for spiritual fruit?
     
    Remember, Jesus' point is that weathering the storms of life is determined not so much by how one lives during the storm but the pattern of one's life in advance of the storm. Be prepared. Do what Jesus says!
  • Jul 30, 2017How Should You Examine Your Spiritual Life?
    Jul 30, 2017
    How Should You Examine Your Spiritual Life?
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    An unevaluated life is not worth living. Many have made that point when discussing how we approach finances, workplace performance, marriage, and parenting. However, Jesus also makes the same type of exhortation in Luke 6:43-45 when we calls upon us to examine our spiritual lives. 
     
    Jesus' teaching in these verses supports the idea that our spiritual condition determines our conduct. That is, our life will produce something for better or for worse with respect to our speech or conduct or influence on other people. The nature of what our lives produce arises from who we are. Thus, evil hearts produce evil, while good hearts produce good. Of course, the condition of one's heart is determined by whether one has submitted to God's gracious plan of salvation through faith in  Jesus and the transforming work of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Therefore, the truth we can draw from these verse is that those who are spiritual will produce spiritual fruit, although the quality and degree may vary.
     
    However, we must be careful how we judge, since we cannot truly see the conditions and motives of one's heart. So, non-Christians can do "good" things, although such works arise from hearts with impure motives. On the other hand, Christians can do bad things, since we have a daily choice of whether to submit to the work of the Spirit or the selfish desires of the flesh, which still remains. Thus, Jesus is not teaching works salvation in this passage, but rather He is explaining that salvation works!
     
    So, it's time for a fruit inspection, not so much with respect to others, although we must be aware that we will turn out like those whom we choose to follow. Instead, with God's help, the fruit inspection must begin with ourselves. This is for our own sake that we might not deceive ourselves but have greater conviction and confidence as we follow Jesus. This is for the sake of others who are influenced by us, like our children, since they will turn out like us in varying degrees. So, while no one likes exams, this is one exam that we should come back to often.