Sunday, May 30, 2021

MAY 31, 2021 | PASTORN JOHN BAYLES | COMING HOME: INSTRUCTION WITH THE MASTER | MARK 9:30-50

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MAY 31, 2021 | PASTORN JOHN BAYLES | COMING HOME: INSTRUCTION WITH THE MASTER | MARK 9:30-50

Coming Home: Instruction with the Master (Part 1)
Mark 9:30-40

Our text picks up today as Jesus and His disciples continue their journey around the area between the city of Bethsaida and the region south of Caesarea Philippi – the lands of the Gentiles (note: 8:22-27). Recently, during this trip Peter declared that Jesus was the Messiah, in one breath. In the next breath, Peter rebuked Jesus for making the claim that He would soon suffer, die and be raised from the dead in Jerusalem. To which Jesus said to him, “Get behind me Satan. You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” Soon after this event, Jesus took Peter, James and John with Him to the top of a high mountain and was transfigured before them, speaking with Elijah and Moses. After suggesting that they build three shrines, Peter was again corrected, this time by the Almighty with the words, “This is my Son, whom I love. Listen to him!” Coming down from the mountain, they found the other disciples arguing with the Pharisees and with a man whose son had an impure spirit, which they could not cast out. After casting out the demon, Jesus decided to bring the disciples home from the journey. It was time for some rest and needed, concentrated instruction.

Sunday, May 23, 2021

MAY 23, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | HE BELIEVED THE LORD (PART 2) | GENESIS 15:1-6

 

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MAY 23, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | HE BELIEVED THE LORD (PART 2) | GENESIS 15:1-6

    In Genesis 14 Abram, with an army of 318, overwhelms an army of possibly 10,000 in number, as he rescues Lot from his captivity. As the chapter closes, he is reminded by Melchizedek that it was the Lord who gave him this great victory. As Chapter 15 opens, "the word of the Lord" comes to Abram as he has questions regarding the fulfillment of the Lord's promise that he and Sara will have a son. The Lord affirms His promise will be fulfilled by giving him a visual sign. Upon this confirmation given, it is said "he believed the Lord."

    For the first time in Scriptures, this word "believe" (having faith) is used. In today's message we will explore why this word is used here in this context. We will explore the word "believe," considering its meaning and the characteristics of faith. Finally, we will briefly explore how it came to pass in Abram's life and how it is birthed in the lives of those who believe.

I hope that this message bring glory to God and is an encouragement to you!


                                                    Roger and Marsha Melson



Sunday, May 16, 2021

MAY 16, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | THE GLORY OF GOD IN THE PRAYERS OF HIS SAINTS | LUKE 11:1-4


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The Westminster Larger Catechism has as its first question, "What is the chief and highest end of man?" The answer is: "Man's chief and highest end is to glorify God and fully to enjoy Him forever." That which is mentioned foremost is to glorify God. This theme, to glorify God, is mentioned in the Old Testament in Psalms 86:9. The Apostle Paul states that his focus was to glorify God in all things. The driving passion of the Lord Jesus, our chief example, was to glorify the Father. If in our daily lives that is also to be our chief end/goal, then how much more should that be true of our communications with God in prayer?

In Luke 11, when Jesus was asked by his disciples to teach them how to pray, the Lord taught them what we call the Lord's Prayer. Jesus began his instruction by teaching them to have the glory of God foremost in their minds. It is not just His glory that we should first mention in protracted prayer, but it is His glory that should be the over-arching principle in all of prayer itself.

In today's message, we will attempt to briefly consider the different divisions found in the Lord's Prayer considering the glory of God and how our prayers should be framed by that mindset.


                                                 
                                               Roger and Marsha Melson

Sunday, May 2, 2021

MAY 02, 2021 | PASTOR JOHN BAYLES | THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST | JOHN 17:20-26

 

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MAY 02, 2021 | PASTOR JOHN BAYLES | THE MESSAGE OF CHRIST | JOHN 17:20-26

What Jesus is praying for in this text is of the greatest importance.  He is praying for those who will carry the message to others and, in turn, for those who will carry the message throughout the ages.  What is the substance of their message, and our message today?  The message which Jesus is underscoring is a powerful message of love and redemption.