Sunday, August 15, 2021

AUGUST 15, 2021 | PASTOR JOHN BAYLES | THE PASSION: JESUS STANDS ALONE | MARK 11:1-11

 

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AUGUST 15, 2021 | PASTOR JOHN BAYLES | THE PASSION: JESUS STANDS ALONE | MARK 11:1-11

The Passion: Jesus Stands Alone
Mark 11:1-11

Today we will see Mark turn his attention to the last days before the suffering, trial, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Jesus. This time frame is commonly known as Passion Week, or the Passion of Christ. Passion is a word which comes from the Latin root word, “patior,” meaning, to suffer. Perhaps the greatest suffering that Jesus will experience will come from having to experience these last days of His life alone. As we have seen throughout our study of Mark, Jesus alone understood the true nature of His message and mission. His disciples did not understand much of what He told them even when He broke down his teaching privately with them. He shared with them repeatedly with great detail what lay before Him in Jerusalem, yet they did not understand or embrace his message. His own family did not understand Who He was or had the slightest hint of the purpose of His calling. The crowds followed Him primarily for what He could do for them: heal them, deliver them and feed them. The Pharisees and teachers of the Law, those who were trained in the teaching of the Scriptures, did not understand that He was the subject of its fulfillment. Jesus entered Jerusalem alone, save for His Father Who sent Him and the Word, who shared His body. In the end of His life, even His awareness of these relationships would become dim. His entire life was one of loneliness and isolation. The prophet Isaiah described His condition clearly: “Who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed? He grew up before Him like a tender shoot, and like a root out of dry ground. He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to Him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire Him. He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces He was despised, and we held Him in low esteem.” (Isa.53:1-3). Truly Jesus had walked through the years of His life alone – now He would walk alone through His Passion and die alone on the cross.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

AUGUST 8, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | THE ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE | GENESIS 1:1-14, 22-27

 

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The Eternal Perspective
Genesis 17:1-14, 22-27

As we come to Chapter 17 of Genesis, Abram's household, though it has experienced a redemptive touch from the Lord at the close of Chapter 16, is left dealing with the consequences of sin. Since Hagar's return to Abram's household until present, 13 years have passed. During that time, there has been no communication from the Lord. Over this period of time, Abram has managed a split family situation while having a son in Ishmael, who is now 13 years old. Certainly this period of time offered Abram an opportunity to reflect upon the events that resulted in his circumstances being what they were. Throughout this 13-year period, the silence of the Lord has not meant God has abandoned Abram or His covenant promises (Genesis Chapter 15) and Abram, on the other hand, has been kept in the faith by the grace of God.

Chapter 17 presents to us the greatest of covenantal chapters in the Bible. Foundational and representative to all of the covenants God would establish, the Lord renews His covenant with Abram. In that renewal He reaffirms promises already made and expands upon the details of the covenant itself.

In today's message, we will consider the call of God upon Abram "to walk before (the Lord) and be blameless." Further, we shall consider the temporal promises of God - what they were and what they signify.


                                                  

                                                    Roger and Marsha Melson

Sunday, August 1, 2021

AUGUST 1, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | THE GOD WHO SEES ME | GENESIS 16:1-16

 

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AUGUST 1, 2021 | PASTOR ROGER MELSON | THE GOD WHO SEES ME | GENESIS 16:1-16

The God Who Sees (Me)
Genesis 16:1-16

Genesis 16 follows on the heels of significant events in Abram's life. In Chapter 14 he experienced a great military conquest by the Lord's hand, and in Chapter 15 he has received a vision from God concerning the promise of a son and offspring. He also has experienced the reality of God making a covenant with Him; a unilateral covenant of grace. He is indeed a man confirmed in His faith by the Lord; however, in Chapter 16 Abram, and Sarai with him, experience a significant low point in their lives. They experience the failure of trusting in the Lord, subjecting themselves to behavior unbecoming to people of God. We wonder, "How could this be?" However, such is the experience of the imperfect people of God. As we work our way through the text, we will explore their failure and also see how the Lord works His redemptive purposes even in the midst of their darkest hours. Though the consequences of their actions are not erased, the redemptive purposes of the Lord stand fast. I pray that this portion of Scripture will serve as encouragement to your heart in your pursuit of your faith in Christ.

                                                    Roger and Marsha Melson