In this week’s lesson, Bob talks about Labor day, collaboration, and the Tabernacle (a model of which you can see to the left).
Reading from Exodus and John, Bob brings the story of the building of the Tabernacle to life: describing how the people worked together under Moses’ direction of God’s commands.
Exodus 25: Offerings for the Tabernacle
The Lord said to Moses, 2 “Tell the Israelites to bring me an offering. You are to receive the offering for me from everyone whose heart prompts them to give.3 These are the offerings you are to receive from them: gold, silver and bronze;4 blue, purple and scarlet yarn and fine linen; goat hair; 5 ram skins dyed red and another type of durable leather; acacia wood; 6 olive oil for the light; spices for the anointing oil and for the fragrant incense; 7 and onyx stones and other gems to be mounted on the ephod and breastpiece.
8 “Then have them make a sanctuary for me, and I will dwell among them. 9 Make this tabernacle and all its furnishings exactly like the pattern I will show you.
In this week’s message, Bob talks about the importance of staying focussed on the mission. Using an excellent and distdurbing example story about a lifeboat station and how people are not saved when the mission focus is lost: we learn how it is possible to drift from the original mission and at what cost.
“People need to be saved.” Bob Kolodner – 2017-08-27
Mathew 10:24 – 25
24 “The student is not above the teacher, nor a servant above his master. 25 It is enough for students to be like their teachers, and servants like their masters. If the head of the house has been called Beelzebul, how much more the members of his household!
Love the Lord Your God
6 These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess, 2 so that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life. 3 Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you.
4 Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. 6 These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. 7 Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. 8 Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads. 9 Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.
In this week’s sermon, Bob teaches us how to see Jesus in our everyday lives. Using scriptural examples, we learn what we need to be able and ready for a sighting of our Lord Jesus.
Speaking of the disciples when the risen Jesus first appeared to them:
“The impossible just became possible. And defeat was replaced with victory, and dispare – with hope.” Bob Kolodner 2017-08-20
“If you are not prepared, Jesus will appear right in front of you, and you will miss him. It’s as if nothing has happened – if you are not ready for a Jesus sighting.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was with God in the beginning. 3 Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. 4 In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
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In this week’s sermon Bob takes a fascinating detour into the old testament and the book of Nehemiah.
And from here Bob shares the story of Nehemiah’s journey to Jerusalem by order of the king to see the city and start the process of rebuilding the city walls.
Bob encourages each of use to read this wonderful book over the coming days and really learn the full story of Nehemiah. In the meantime here’s a segment of the first chapter.
1 The words of Nehemiah son of Hakaliah:
In the month of Kislev in the twentieth year, while I was in the citadel of Susa,2 Hanani, one of my brothers, came from Judah with some other men, and I questioned them about the Jewish remnant that had survived the exile, and also about Jerusalem.
3 They said to me, “Those who survived the exile and are back in the province are in great trouble and disgrace. The wall of Jerusalem is broken down, and its gates have been burned with fire.”
4 When I heard these things, I sat down and wept. For some days I mourned and fasted and prayed before the God of heaven. 5 Then I said:
“Lord, the God of heaven, the great and awesome God, who keeps his covenant of love with those who love him and keep his commandments, 6 let your ear be attentive and your eyes open to hear the prayer your servant is praying before you day and night for your servants, the people of Israel. I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against you.7 We have acted very wickedly toward you. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws you gave your servant Moses.
8 “Remember the instruction you gave your servant Moses, saying, ‘If you are unfaithful, I will scatter you among the nations, 9 but if you return to me and obey my commands, then even if your exiled people are at the farthest horizon, I will gather them from there and bring them to the place I have chosen as a dwelling for my Name.’
10 “They are your servants and your people, whom you redeemed by your great strength and your mighty hand. 11 Lord, let your ear be attentive to the prayer of this your servant and to the prayer of your servants who delight in revering your name. Give your servant success today by granting him favor in the presence of this man.”
I was cupbearer to the king.
For this week’s sermon we are visited by an old friend of the Warrenton Church of Christ, our very own Phil Stratton. In his message, Phil brings us an interesting story of a man named John. Not the baptizer, nor the author of Gospels, no this is the story of John Newton. And if that name seems familiar to you then look up the author of the hymn Amazing Grace and you’ll see his name preserved in history. But there’s much more to John Newton’s life than a powerful and stirring hymn, so listen to this wonderful sermon captured for you in this podcast.
Before you click on the link below, you must accept my sincere apologies for some edits I had to make to this audio recording. Throughout this sermon, Phil had the congregation sing successive verses of Amazing Grace. This moved the story forward and greatly enhanced the sermon. Unfortunately my recording equipment was overloaded by the signing parts of the audio and distorted greatly, so I had to cut these out. So while Phil’s spoken message is completely in tact, it is not served as well as it deserved to be in this recording. Despite this technical setback, I hope you will greatly enjoy Phil’s wonderful message.
In this week’s sermon, Bob continues his theme of “Being Ready”, with fun stories of some of our own church family members and then of course, Bob reads some excellent selections from the scripture of Galatians, Timothy, and Colossians to reinforce God’s word on being ready.
“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”
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In this topical sermon, Bob talks about recent major news events and then leads us to thinking about our role of ambassador for Christ Jesus. How prepared should we be? What should we know when spreading the news of Christ Jesus?
2 Corinthians: 17 – 20
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
In this week’s lesson Bob speaks from a place of personal sadness and we join him and Nancy in their grief for Nancy’s Mother who passed this Saturday evening. This is a wonderful message about being ready for God. “Are you ready?” Bob asks.
A sermon of this title was already planned for today’s service, however, in light of their loss, Bob delivers a profoundly different message than he had intended under this title.
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
14 Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?”15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, ‘What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.’
18 “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?’
21 “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.”
We will be keeping the Kolodner family in our prayers this week; may God’s love bring you peace.
People of a certain character are the subject of Bob’s sermon this week.
Working from the text of 1 Timothy, Bob talks about the character traits required to be a special leader in the church.
Check out the following podcast to hear the sermon. Unfortunately Bob’s mic periodically cuts out in this recording. I hope this doesn’t ruin your enjoyment of this otherwise wonderful message.
So is there a special office in the church called deacon?
In this week’s lesson, Bob talks about our use of words in the Bible and weather they are ‘translated’ or ‘transliterated’.
Using the scripture of Paul, Bob unpacks how the translations from the greek to english can change the word slightly from the original.
To help us understand this he reads sections of scripture and provides a more literal translation for us to consider as he helps us study and understand.