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.
“What we’re going to focus on this morning is that first sermon after Jesus is raised from the dead, and that first response to the good news, on that first day when the gospel is preached” – Bob K. 2017-05-28
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place.2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
In another excellent lesson, our dear brother and Minister Bob Kolodner walks us thoughtfully and slowly through the book of Acts examining the events around Pentecost some 50 days after Jesus has been crusified and resurrected.
In an oratory rich in scripture and powerful in message, Bob reminds us the importance of studying the word of God.
“If we’re going to say ‘as You wish’ to Jesus, then this is what Jesus desires. Jesus wants transformed lives, He doesn’t want pew sitters: He doesn’t want people who are cultural Christians: He doesn’t want people who are just in it for the goodies – He wants disciples.” Bob K. 2017-05-28
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In this sermon podcast Bob takes a close look at the concept of grace. What does it mean? Is it some blank check from God to do whatever we please? Or are there boundaries to this concept, and if so what are they? Once more Bob brilliantly unravels the mysteries surrounding grace through his choice of scripture as selection of which you can see below as taken from Epg.
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Ephesians 2: 1 – 9 (NIV)
Made Alive in Christ
As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, 2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. 3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. 4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, 5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved. 6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus, 7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
In this week’s lesson, our dear brother Sean Treadway preaches about the importance of hope. In the wake of personal tragedy, Sean delivers an incredible lesson that underscores just how critical hope is to us all. The hope that Jesus brings us cannot be overstated and Sean underlines this again and again, referencing Psalms and scripture that vividly illustrate how hope has been the salvation of so many key figures in the bible and how this is true for each of us today.
Romans Chapter 5: 3 – 5 “And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the holy spirit who was given to us. (King James).
“Let’s learn to put our hope in the One who is ever lasting, and I can promise you – because of the word of God – because of what the book says, He will never leave us, and He will never forsake us, and He will help us make it through all of our trials throughout this life.” Sean Treadway, 5/7/2017
“With hope, we can get through the most difficult times in our lives.” Sean Treadway, 5/7/2017
Brothers and Sisters, we are truly blessed as a family to have not just one, but now two gifted preachers in our midst. Please keep Sean and his family in your prayers as we walk with him and with Jesus at this time. What a gift he has given us today, as from his heart and from his own pain he teaches us how to endure tremendous loss with the hope that God gives us through our lord Christ Jesus. There are so many of our Brothers and Sisters suffering from this pain, this very hour, and Sean’s message is an awesome reminder to seek hope through our most gracious heavenly father.
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In another wonderful sermon message our dear minister Bob Kolodner talks about the importance of communion. He looks at the history of this most honored and sacred christian traditions from when Jesus himself started this tradition as a way to remember his sacrifice in blood for the sins of all humanity, for all time.
26 While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.”
27 Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. 29 I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.”
This week’s fun sermon sees Bob talking about various perceptions of Jesus, and how it matters where we get our truth. Bob builds from the words of the song, ‘Jesus loves me, this I know’, and walks us forward through the centuries talking about the changes that history has placed upon our known truth in those periods.
With all these versions of truth, all these versions of Jesus that have risen from these changing truths, why, therefore, does bible study matter?
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In this sermon, Bob asks us to think about who our neighbor really is. As God commands that we love our neighbor as ourselves, Bob explore how far do we take that idea, and tells the ‘Good Samaritan’ story with particularly energy and power in his delivery.
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In this week’s sermon, Bob talks about what Jesus means to each of us, and how different cultures express what Jesus means to them.
He also introduces us to Hezekiah Walker’s new video “Every Praise” where we see people dancing in the streets signing the lords praise. Click on the image below or go to Bob’s Facebook page to see this wonderful and uplifting music video.
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This week Bob talks about how lost we are: “lost like sheep without a shepherd”. Jesus saw the lost people and it filled his heart with compassion. We as his disciples are asked to have compassion, and to go out into the world and guide those who are lonely and lost. From Mathew 9:
36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask (petition in prayer) the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers (us) into his harvest field.”
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On this third Sunday of advent, our dear brother and associate minister Chris honors God in praise and worship with his most thoughtful sermon concerning not just the main protagonists in the story of Jesus’ birth, but the minor supporting characters too. Working from the gospel according to Luke, Chris asks us to think about the Shepherds who saw an angle and received word that the messiah is to be born. He goes on to ask how we can serve God in our own way, even if our part is very small or mundane in the ongoing story of Christ Jesus. As Chris puts it: “faithful, quiet, obscure obedience does matter to God.”
Sadly this will be our last chance to hear one of Chris’ sermons as he is heading south on December 20th, back to his home town after serving this church so faithfully for the last year-and-a-half. Among other things, Chris has been our youth minister and our principle worship leader in that time. He has brought us new songs to sing in God’s praise and introduced us to new friends such as Scott Lippiatt. We have been blessed to have Chris with us for the time that God has allowed, and we now must say farewell dear Brother, safe travels, and keep in touch. We will keep you in our hearts and in our prayers as you follow new callings and new oportunities to serve. Your humble and gentle spirit will be surely missed. God bless you.