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Archive for the ‘Forgiveness’ Category

Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on April 19, 2010

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s message, “Surviving the Failure of Sin” based on John 21:15-17:

  • We often buy into Satan’s lie that once we sin, we are of no use to God.
  • There is a way to survive the failure of sin.
  • We must re-affirm our love for Jesus and confess our sin.
  • We must continue to follow Him without hesitation.
  • We must keep our eyes on the goal and off other people.

You can listen to the message here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2393162

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on February 3, 2010

Here are some “sound bites” from the Sunday morning message on January 24, 2010, “A Matter of Forgiveness” based on Matthew 18:21-35:

  • We have been forgiven much.
  • We should be able to forgive anyone of anything at anytime.
  • If we aren’t able to forgive, we need to examine our relationship with God.
  • When we forgive others, it is as much for ourselves as for the other person.

You can listen to the message here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2336988

You can also listen to the evening message, “Law for the Lawless” based on I Timothy 1:8-11 here or by clicking on the audio player below.

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-2335765

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on April 21, 2009

Here are some sound bites from Sunday’s message, “Don’t Waste Your Miracle” based on Mark 2:2-12.  It is important to note that there are two interviews during the message; one with Marty Berryhill, whom God brought back to life on Easter Morning 2009 after dying of a heart attack, and one with Dee Berryhill, Marty’s husband, who has been faithful to share this miracle with others:

  • So many came to hear Jesus speak that there was “Standing Room Only” in the house.
  • Four friends got together and decided to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus for healing.
  • After digging a hole in the roof, the lowered him down in front of Jesus.
  • Jesus saw their faith and responded by forgiving the man’s sins.
  • This made people murmur in their hearts that Jesus was blaspheming because only God can forgive sins.
  • Jesus saw their hearts and told them that if they needed proof that He could forgive sins, then He would make the man walk.
  • The whole household of people were amazed at the miracle and began glorifying God.
  • If you are waiting for God to perform a miracle before you believe, then listen to Marty’s story.
  • It is no less a miracle for God to forgive YOUR sins than it is for Him to raise someone from the dead.

You can listen to the message here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-217465

You can also listen to Sunday Evening’s message, “The Emmaus Experience” based on Luke 24:13-31 here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://sermon.net/download.php?c=17998-count_audio_download-217506

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on January 20, 2009

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s sermon, “God’s Bail-Out Plan” based on Acts 4:8-12:

  • The economy is in crisis.  We got that way by the irresponsible actions of many.
  • The government has tried/is trying multiple “bailout plans” to rescue the economy.
  • Two of the bailout plans seem to have failed.  The third may not do much either.
  • Our spiritual condition is in crisis.  We got that we because we sin.
  • We have tried multiple ways to get ourselves out of this mess, but nothing seems to work.
  • God decided that HE would take charge of the situation and bail us out.
  • God became Flesh and dwelt among us as Jesus Christ.
  • Jesus died for us on the cross, taking our punishment upon Him.
  • If we accept His act on our behalf, we are “bailed out” of our sin debt.
  • If we do not accept Jesus’ act on the cross, we must face the full wrath of God.

You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below.

You can also listen to Sunday evening’s sermon, “The Church Has Left the Building” based on Matthew 9:10-13 here, or by clicking on the audio player below.

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The True Meaning of Christmas

Posted by Rick on December 24, 2008

Just in case you were wondering, the true meaning of Christmas cannot be found in Christmas Trees, Christmas Lights, or even Christmas Presents. We don’t buy it at Wal-Mart or Macy’s.

The true meaning of Christmas is this: God became flesh and dwelt among us. Immanuel. (John 1:14)

The full story can be found here: Luke 2:1-20

But why? What was the purpose of Jesus? John 3:16 says “God loved the people of this world so much that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who has faith in him will have eternal life and never really die.” (CEV)

You see, there was a problem. God loves us, but He HATES sin. There was only one solution: “He made Him who knew no sin (Jesus) to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” (I Corinthians 5:21) God punished Jesus for OUR SIN! All of God’s wrath was poured out on Jesus on the cross.

When He came back to life, He provided the way for us to have eternal life, if we believe that Jesus is the Son of God and that God raised Him from the dead, we can be saved from our sins. (Romans 10:9-10)

As we put our presents UNDER the Christmas Tree, God hung His gift to us ON the tree, that is the cross. If we accept that gift, then the punishment for our sin is fulfilled in Jesus. If, however, you do not accept that gift, you will face the full brunt of God’s wrath when you die. That is the “Good News” or the Gospel. That Jesus died in your place so that you don’t have to!

This Christmas, won’t you open your gift from God? The Bible says that “Whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved!” (Romans 10:13)

May God bless you and your family for a very Merry Christmas!

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on November 25, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday Morning’s sermon, “Thank You, Lord” based on Luke 17:11-19:

  • Sin is like leprosy; it separates, stinks, and kills.
  • Jesus can heal our souls of sin, just as He healed the lepers of their disease.
  • There is so much to be grateful for, but we often ignore it.
  • The other nine were happy about their healing, but they didn’t take the time to say “thank you”.
  • We must find God at work in everything and give Him thanks.

You can listen to the sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below.

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on August 11, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from yesterday morning’s sermon, “Set Free!” based on Romans 8:1-8:

  • Before we accept Christ, we are “condemned captives”.
  • Our condemnation is eternal separation from God in Hell.
  • We are condemned because we have sinned.
  • However, Jesus became in on our behalf that we might be righteous to God.
  • Jesus took the full brunt of the wrath of God.
  • We then are preserved for eternity with God in Heaven.
  • We are rescued & redeemed.
  • There are those who do not know this good news and are going to face the full wrath of God.
  • We must make every effort to share Jesus with them.

You can listen to the morning sermon here or by clicking on the audio player below:

You can also listen the evening sermon, “A G-Rated Life in an R-Rated World” based on Ephesians 5:1-14 here or by clicking on the audio player below:

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on July 28, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from yesterday morning’s sermon, “The Unforgivable Sin” based on Matthew 12:22-32,

  • God will forgive every sin, except one.
  • Many people are confused about what that one sin is.
  • People think it might be a secret abortion, murder, abuse, or something else.
  • Jesus explains that the unforgivable sin is rejecting the Holy Spirit’s conviction of your sin and of the forgiveness through Jesus.
  • All other sins can be forgiven.
  • If you deny Jesus, it won’t be forgiven.

You can listen to the sermon here, or by clicking on the audio player below.

Sunday evening’s sermon, “Lay Aside the Old Self” based on Ephesians 4:17-24 is available to listen to here or by clicking on the audio player below.

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on June 16, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from yesterday morning’s sermon, “Who’s Your Daddy?” based on Romans 8:12-17:

  • Father’s Day is for some a special day.  For others, it is a day filled with bitterness.
  • God gave us our earthly fathers so that we might know how to relate to Him.
  • Unfortunately, our earthly fathers are not perfect, so we often transfer our negative feelings from them toward God.
  • God adopted us and has given us His name and a rich inheritance.
  • God loves us and there is nothing we can do about that.
  • God wants to spend time with you.

You can listen to “Who’s Your Daddy?” here or by clicking on the player below.

http://www.mypodcast.com/members/file-246902

Sunday evening’s sermon, “Created for Good Works” based on Ephesians 2:1-10 can be heard here or by clicking on the audio player below:

http://www.mypodcast.com/members/file-246958

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Bits & Bytes

Posted by Rick on May 27, 2008

Here are some “sound bites” from Sunday morning’s sermon, “Sin? What Sin?” based on Romans 6:1-14:

  • We don’t like to talk about sin because it makes us “feel bad”.
  • Sin IS bad and we SHOULD feel bad about the sin we do.
  • The unrighteous person looks around and says, “I am a good person; I’ve never killed anyone”
  • God says “for all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God”.
  • The penitent (or broken hearted) person says, “My sin is ever before me”.
  • God says “if you confess your sins, God is faithful and just to forgive your sins.”
  • The Forgiver of sins (God) says, “Come now, let us reason together. Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they will be like wool.”
  • God is in the “forgiveness business”.

You can listen to Sunday’s sermon here, or by clicking on the player below:

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