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Only One Master – Romans 6:15-23

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May 31, 2015

“All of us are slaves to the one we obey…so I will stand in His grace in obedience to Christ, my Gracious Master and my God!”Pastor David Horner

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The Ultimate Makeover—Made Alive – Ephesians 2:1-10

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April 12, 2009

While Pastor Horner is away from the pulpit, please enjoy this message from our sermon archives as you consider what it means to be made alive in Jesus Christ.

“At the cross, we rejoice in the death of death in the death of Jesus Christ, and the giving of eternal life through the life of Jesus Christ.” – Pastor David Horner

 

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Unwavering Confidence – Romans 4:13-25

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March 29, 2015

“God is always able to do everything He ever promised, and He invites us to take Him at His Word with complete confidence.” – Pastor David Horner

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“I Want You to Live Forever” – Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors

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623392_featuretteIn an earlier post, I introduced some of you to Ellie Holcomb and posted “The Broken Beautiful” video.  Now it is time to meet Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.  This live performance of “Live Forever” slips in a little bit of “People Get Ready” toward the end.  There is an official video of this song but I love the live performance here.  Enjoy!

Resurrection: The Mark of Authenticity – 1 Corinthians 15:3-6, 12-19

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April 20, 2014

“The power of God that raised Jesus from the dead is unleashed in everyone who comes to know Him through the new life only the Risen Savior can give.”–Pastor David Horner

 

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A Great Finish – 2 Timothy 4:6-8

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March 30, 2014

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Why We Believe Jesus is the Only Way (part 2) — Romans 3:21-31

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Pastor Horner is out of the pulpit for several weeks so we will be posting sermon materials from a series he preached in 2008.  The series was entitled “Is it okay to ask…?”  Each week, we considered questions most followers of Christ have asked at one time or another.  Hope you find it helpful!

July 13, 2008

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Grieving

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1927205_GThis morning, twenty-seven families woke up to a world that will never be the same for them. The unspeakable horror of a murderous rampage that took the lives of twenty-six people in an elementary school has the nation reeling.  And so it should.  When twenty little children have their lives ripped away, sane people should be incensed and sensible people should be broken-hearted.

News accounts keep repeating the same questions:  “Why did this happen?  What motivated the killer?  Has anyone figured out what made him do it?”  When asked by a reporter what she would say to the parents of those whose children died, one mother whose child came out alive gave the only appropriate response–“There are no words at a time like this!”  For a culture that insists on reasons and demands explanations, quietly grieving and simply being there for the bereaved does not seem to be enough.

Many will try to insist that gun control is the answer.  Others will demand higher security in schools across the land.  At a more philosophical level, people will speak to the broader issues of becoming a nation without a conscience.  Still others will point out the consequences of a world view that devalues human life and denies any ultimate judgment against wickedness.  All of these deserve a place in the deliberations to follow in the days ahead.

But for now, we grieve.  There are three ways to grieve and which one you choose will make a significant difference in how you process this senseless tragedy.7ef029713b0ec771c3d2d226e6b0910e

Grieving as those who have no hope.  “But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who  are asleep, that you may not grieve, as do the rest who have no hope” (1Thessalonians 4:13).  Sad as it may be, many of those arising this morning have no hope.  They are devastated beyond measure because there is nothing in what they believe, how they live their lives and where they see their future that gives them any comfort.  With no hope of eternal life, their loved ones are simply lost to them forever.  How incredibly sad!  Pray for such as these to find in this loss a reason to pursue the truth as it can only be found in Jesus Christ!

Grieving as those who have false hope.  Others will be misled into thinking that they do have hope…the false notion that everyone goes to heaven when they die.  Based on that deception, many people will try to build a case for a future hope that depends on wishful thinking, not the reality of a coming day when all must give an answer for their lives to the Lord.  Denying a coming judgment does not make it any less certain.  So for those who base their hope on a misrepresentation of what is to come, the comfort they try to find will be shallow at its best, empty at its worst.

Grieving as those who have certain hope.  “He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life” (1 John 5:12-13).  Is there a way to know for certain that our hope of eternal life has been secured and that we can have life after death?  Without any way to know with certainty the spiritual condition of others (since we cannot know their hearts), that which we can know is whether or not we have eternal life.  Promises that we will see those we love in heaven must begin with knowing that we will be in heaven.  Only Jesus Christ gives that assurance.  Only He has secured a place for all who believe in His name.  Therein lies our certain hope.  Nothing else offers that kind of confident assurance.

So we who know Christ grieve, but not as those who have no hope, or those who have a false hope.  As the hymn says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.  I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name…On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground in sinking sand.”

Pray for the families who suffered such devastating loss.  Ask the Lord to awaken in them a longing to find life that lasts forever, the kind that cannot be stolen by the hands of an evil gunman.  Plead with the Lord that their grief turns to the longings of a wounded heart, a contrite heart which seeks help and hope in Christ; and cry for them not to harden their hearts in desperate anger and shake their fists at the God who wants to reach out to them with compassion and love.  Who can understand better than He?  His Son was murdered by evil men also!  May we all turn to Him and grieve as those who have hope in Him alone!