2015-05-17: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Lord Teach Us To Pray (Part 1)

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Sermon Audio: Lord Teach Us To Pray (Part 1)
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 11:1-4
Duration: 17:47
Size: 8.14 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Lord Teach Us To Pray
Part 1
Luke 11:1-4

Jesus gave the Lord’s Prayer in response to the disciple’s request in verse 1, “Lord, teach us to pray”.

It is actually given to us as the Lord’s blueprint for prayer that is acceptable to God.

1. Praying On the Basis of A New Relationship

Jesus is stating the importance of starting our prayers with the awareness that God is our Father.

Perhaps your father was angry and unapproachable or abusive or just not around.

God is not an angry judge looking for an opportunity to condemn us, nor is aloof and distant, too busy to hear you.

2. Praying On the Basis of a New Respect – “Hallowed be Your Name”

We hallow his name with our lips, both privately and publicly, and by our actions.

3. Praying On the Basis of a New Priority – “Your Kingdom Come”

When we pray, “Your kingdom come,” we are acknowledging God’s right to rule all people, including us.

4. Praying On the Basis of a New Submission – “Your Will be Done On Earth As It Is In Heaven.”

Notice you are not asking God to change His will or to bless your will, you are asking Him to help you find and do His will in your life.

2015-05-10: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – Duty vs. Devotion

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Sermon Audio: Duty vs. Devotion
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 10:28-32
Duration: 23:13
Size: 10.6 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
Duty vs. Devotion
Luke 10:28-32

I believe that we many times have wrongly contrasted Martha and Mary, as though each Christian should make a choice to either be a worker like Martha or a worshiper like Mary.

1. Loss Of Focus Caused Martha To Resort To Self-Pity.

Martha’s problem was one of balance, between the going and doing and the sitting and listening.

2. Loss Of Focus Causes Martha To Become Angry At Others.

And the more the pressure, the most tempting it is to focus on the urgent rather than the essential.

It is even worse when we can think of someone who we do not feel is pulling their weight and who has let us down.

3. Loss Of Focus Causes Martha To Find Fault With Others.

We all have ways that we use to get a message across.

4. Loss Of Focus Causes Martha To Question God’s Care.

Martha was angry at Mary for being so selfish and she is angry at Jesus for allowing this to go on.

Whenever our service causes us to criticize others and pity ourselves because we feel overworked, we had better take time to examine our lives!

It all boiled down to the fact that Martha wanted to force Mary to serve Christ her way.

5. Loss of Focus Can Be Eliminated by Remembering Why We Are Doing What We Are Doing?

It was Martha’s attitude that needed correction, but Martha’s work was both good and necessary.

The Christian life is learning to balance duty and devotion.
Sitting without serving is powerless.
Serving without sitting is directionless.
Serving after sitting produces power and balance.

2015-05-03: Luke-The Investigative Gospel – The Story of the Good Samaritan

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Sermon Audio: The Story of the Good Samaritan
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Luke 10:25-37
Duration: 25:29
Size: 11.6 MB

Luke-The Investigative Gospel
The Story of the Good Samaritan
Luke 10:25-37

The question asked of Jesus by this lawyer is: “What do I have to do to have eternal life?”

Jesus wants the lawyer to see that law cannot save anyone because no one can keep the law perfectly.

Jesus defines neighbor with a story but notice that Jesus did not call this story a parable, so it could be the report of an actual occurrence not unlike a first century “Kitty Genovese Story.”

1. Compassion Is Based On Need Not Worth.

The priest has been excused by some down through the years, by saying that he didn’t want to touch the man because he might have been dead, and this would have made the priest ceremonially unclean and he would have been unable to carry out his duties.

Both of these men, saw the man but ignored the need.

2. Compassion Feels Something.

The Samaritan saw the same pitiful man lying in agony beside the road and his heart churned within him so that he could not pass by without helping.

3. Compassion Does Something.

You must move toward people to express compassion, in order to build relationships.

In every one of his acts he demonstrated compassion as he responded in a practical, timely and unselfish way.

4. Compassion Cost Something.

There is nothing more the Samaritan could have done to show his compassion for this man.

5. Compassion Demonstrates Our Relationship to God.

The second question that the lawyer had asked was, “Who is my neighbor?” the question had been turned on him and is now, “What kind of neighbor am I?”

2015-04-26: The Danger With Wineskins

Posted April 26th, 2015 by admin and filed in 2015 Sermons
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Sermon Audio: The Danger With Wineskins
Speakers: Pastor Frank Clore
Scripture Text: Mark 2:22
Duration: 22:16
Size: 10.1 MB

The Danger With Wineskins
Mark 2:22

2015-04-19: Peter Remembers: The Rest Of The Story

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Sermon Audio: Peter Remembers: The Rest Of The Story
Speakers: Pastor Frank Clore
Scripture Text: John 21:15-19
Duration: 24:55
Size: 11.4 MB

Peter Remembers: The Rest Of The Story
John 21:15-19