Download... December 8, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11-13
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Our life is as a crucible, that needs to be tried by the fire of God’s word, in order to make heaven our home. Fire is an image of something difficult that has to happen. A crucible must endure fire without cracking and falling apart, in order for it to be deemed usable without defects. Not a trial by ease, leisure, hit or miss, come and go. In this sense, God doesn’t have a lighthearted people, but only those who are steadfast, tried, and refined by fire. Gold tried in the fire. Gold is the symbol of many things, and here it is as the Word of God. It is necessary to be tried as gold in the fire, for life is not strengthened by an easy way.
I Peter 1:6,7 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
It’s not always easy to rejoice, but you can if not careless, withstanding the fire of God’s word that can strengthen you. Our prayer needs to be for God to purge out the imperfections that weaken and destroys lives. Purging the habits, etc., that are not a glory to God. Strengthened to be used for God’s purpose.
Are you willing to be separated from the impurities of your life? To be tried in the crucible of difficulty? How much do you love God?
Download... December 1, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: LUKE 7:12-26
12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.
19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
Jesus asked the men round about this encounter, several times, “What went ye out, for to see?” Who did you come to see?,.. is the question. It is what we need to ask ourselves, every time we come to church, wake up, anticipate that we will encounter God, and every day. In this scripture the disciples asked Jesus, if He were the one they were to look for (the Messiah), or was it for another? Today when we are asked (as God’s people), about the when, or what of our experience, we need to show the witness of Jesus to all, especially those seeking Him.
Those looking or seeking for Jesus, must consider who, or what they really desire. Many want to be gathered to someone, or something, but not necessarily with a desire to follow Jesus. The “when or who” of Jesus’ coming, how people pressed to see Him, this must be a living sacrifice shown in our life. When people observe the gathering of God’s children, some might be attracted for a time, but must really seek His salvation ...to be a part of it. Otherwise they will become a confused part of any religious group, swayed from Christ’s holy example. This results in empty discouragement, and losing interest in God.
God designed all to be a part of His gathering. We need that which will stand the test of time. Not the search for just a prophet, but The Christ! Who did you come out to see this morning?
Download... November 24, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 3:10-13
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
People who are not happy, have a difficult time serving God, or having His grace. All God gives, He puts in context, within the “bookends” of our life. The only time life for you can be really good, is when you have Salvation from sin. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Life of itself in this world, is vanity. This verse speaks of “this one’s” unhappiness without God’s gifts. The reality of life. Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 Happiness is the key to true satisfaction in life, but mere life doesn't offer it. Ecclesiastes 4:1 “Human powers” only offer simple answers for life, without substance in truly solving your problems. This brings oppression. Then all is vanity.
When your spirit is suffering without hope, the simple things won’t offer you solutions for the complexities of life. It will only offer vanity with a great dissatisfaction, making happiness difficult. Ecclesiastes 2:3-11 This man had everything in life, and in this world, yet remained unhappy, or dissatisfied. Life often offers fun uplifting scenarios, but it is ‘only’ for a season..or a brief time. This is the vanity of life, of sin, and of selfishness. The vanity of life will cause you to end up like this person was, who spoke to us in these scriptures. But the wells of Salvation can bring you eternal joy.
The conclusion?Ecclesiastes 12:13,14To fear God, and keep His commandments, which is the whole duty of man, and will prove our love for Him. This will bring the gift of happiness.
Download... November 17, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: EXDOUS 2:21,22
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
Moses after seeing one of his brethren who another was smiting, slew the other in that one’s defense. Consequently, Moses out of fear from being discovered, fled for his life. He then came to a land that to him was strange. He (although now in a strange land), married one of the daughters of a man named Zipporah. He then named the son God gave him, Gershom, which means “a stranger in a strange land.”
We as God’s children also have been given a spiritual name as Christians, which reflects a spiritual birth. For it is necessary to be born again through the Spirit. (John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again). Our newly given name, will depict that we are strangers in a strange land. The new birth will make us sensitive to the surrounding spiritual conditions. We will then discern conditions both encouraging and seemingly not. If one then spiritually dies, they will then lose their spiritual discernment.
It is unrealistic for God’s children to have a spiritual citizenship, and also of this world of self and sin. They will be strangers and sojourners in this strange land of sin, if they are true residents of the promised land. One who chooses God’s citizenship will do so because they have become dissatisfied with self and “worldliness.” They no longer rejoice in sin, but the truth, (I Corinthians 13:6). You cannot desire both.
Where do you see yourself? A citizen of God’s promised land? Stay there!
Download... November 10, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: Romans 5:14-17
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
We all began poorly, but we can all end well! We all begin as in this first state of Adam, who brought sin in the world and spiritual death upon all. But it doesn’t have to stay that way! Jesus, as this second Adam, is the Author of our Faith, and the remedy for sin. We’re not judged without the remedy being offered, but freed! God has done this for us! Sin and death traded for redemption and liberty! In the first Adam we were like a dead puppet, dancing to the “tune of sin.” Too often in “that state” we think we have a measure of “freedom,” but in reality are dancing to the puppetier, the enemy of our soul.
I Corinthians 15:45-47 45 And so it is written, “The first Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. It is your choice to choose life with God (the second Adam), or spiritual death through sin and self (the first Adam). The question is, how much liberty will you choose for yourself in your daily living? Without God in our daily living, we won’t be at liberty in God’s holiness, but merely religious. This will only matter to us when we love the power to live a holy life. And without holiness, we will become disconnected from God. A form without the power of God!
Download... November 3, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:1,2,5
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Jesus stood on a mountain near His home, preaching to the multitudes, so they could hear. What a blessing that must have been, to be there in person to hear Jesus! His message for us today is still the same. It is necessary to keep humility, to be faithful to it! Our prayer needs to be, that there would be nothing hidden in our heart, that is not pleasing to God. No attitudes that separate us from Jesus. God gave us all the instructions we need to be successful in our service to Him. The word magnificence may seemed opposed to the meaning of humility, but in context with this scripture, it fits beautifully!
It takes obedience to be drawn to God, which will then bring the humility. Humility is the foundation of our spiritual life. Are you following Christ? When following Christ, you may have some “human” confusion. But truly following Jesus brings something you can really know. Knowing our identity is humbly in Jesus, is spiritually something we can build on! If you choose not to build on the humble station of Jesus, you will become clothed in deception! A biblically built "heart temple,” is our extension of grace. It is the only thing that will bring true satisfaction and fulfillment.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Our love from meekness, shows our humble discipleship. Jesus, our example, was the meekest of all men. Meekness is kneeling before God, and in principal to all others.
The divine principal of submission works through humility, becoming more magnificent, and then our inheritance of God!
Download... October 27, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: EPHESIANS 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
It takes all the armour of God to help win our spiritual battles. Our hope is found in wearing all the “dressing” of God’s armour. We then also need to have a militant faith. If you only have a comfortable faith, it will not consist of a necessary militant one. Putting on full faith, enables us to then be a service to God, found on the front lines of our spiritual battle, against self, sin, and worldliness. A militant faith will be kind to souls, but still against the evil that affects them. It is never about being confrontational with people, but instead definitely against the devil. Against Satan’s violent agenda ..to encourage evil, spiritually. Satan’s desire is for you to make hell your home, and not to be where God lives. His goal to make people’s lives evil, is what ensures our need to battle against his aggressiveness.
Satan will stop at nothing to draw you away. He will never let up! If we think it is only a theological battle, we are mistaken! It is a battle against being spiritually lean and discontented. It will take a militant faith to overcome ..to be victorious. Those who are closest to you often will oppose you. Your battle is not against them personally, but against that which would diffuse your faith ..against the dark powers of sin. Do you see the cause of what you are fighting for? If evil is not recognized, you will cease fighting against it. Are you in the fight against evil hindering souls? If not you will not make it!
Having a militant faith will include doing all you know to do, and then to also stand!
Download... October 20, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Danny Sanders.
TEXT: I KINGS 19: 19-21
19 So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.
20 And he left the oxen, and ran after Elijah, and said, Let me, I pray thee, kiss my father and my mother, and then I will follow thee. And he said unto him, Go back again: for what have I done to thee?
21 And he returned back from him, and took a yoke of oxen, and slew them, and boiled their flesh with the instruments of the oxen, and gave unto the people, and they did eat. Then he arose, and went after Elijah, and ministered unto him.
Elisha was ready to fully answer God’s call through Elijah. Do you remember where you were when God first called you? Before God’s call, sin is making it’s call. There does not have to be a long time for sin to cause a decline in our life. After getting Salvation, the friends of the world will diminish, and the knowledge to right our wrongs becomes very important. The previous consecration we have had to family, friends and our worldly pursuits have to go. We must not allow them to come before God. There’s a “cost” that comes for this new-found joy of Salvation.
Things will not be easy on the flesh, when making the necessary changes that comes with our serving God. Have you severed all the ties that would hinder? Does the world recognize that you are now consecrated to God first? Our “new life” can not include living for worldly pursuits. Our life then will also be more than just having a contrite heart filled with emotions. Has the experience you profess come at a cost? Christ did not come and die for a “business as usual” experience! It now takes more than the blood of bulls and goats, but coming with a heart full of devotion, and personal cost to our life, (Hebrews 9:11,12). A willingness to serve in full surrender to God, will make for a complete sacrifice.
Have all the ties to our life been completely surrendered? Is your altar void of a real sacrifice?
Download... October 13, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Richard Lehman.
Text: I Chronicles 29:5
The gold for things of gold, and the silver for things of silver, and for all manner of work to be made by the hands of artificers. And who then is willing to consecrate his service this day unto the LORD?
Consecration has a deeper meaning then many take note of. For instance, people today are frequently getting into relationships without really committing, which is a necessity of a full consecration. It is often because they don’t understand the real meaning of devotion ..in a commitment. Only when we are in purity devoted, can we have a true consecration to the Spirit of God. Observation tells us that much claiming to be consecrated in the name of religion ..is not really of God. So it is clearly important that our consecration be unto God alone, which without we cannot with Him, have a relationship. Consecration to God, is a separation from all that is unclean.
True consecration to God will only produce holiness, the evidence of an intimate relationship with His Spirit.James 4:8 tells us that 'if' we draw nigh to God, He will draw nigh to us! It takes true devotion to God, to draw nigh to His Spirit. Drawing nigh to God, will cause us to ensure that every aspect of our life is continually kept clean from sin ..through the blood of Christ. The apostles demonstrated that consecration to God affects our whole life, (Matthew 4:18-22). The disciples were willing, and left ALL to follow Jesus! They then committed to further consecration to all God would later show them. Today our consecration still needs to be devoted to all God ask, to the way of the cross, without any reservation. Only then can we be effective to reach souls for Christ. Consecrated ...to the Spirit of God.
If not saved, you will first need to be willing to forsake your own way, to be obedient and serve God.
Download... October 6, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: GENESIS 2:1-3
1 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2 And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3 And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
The Sabbath has a special meaning of a comfort and rest, ..a special spiritual connection while in the midst of “our world.” A rest found only in the blessing and channel of a spiritual relationship. A tranquility that comes from the knowledge of God, through being born again. It is found in putting God first, no longer putting instead ..our-self foremost. It is found in a desire for His forgiveness, to have His heavenly way of life. The Sabbath through Salvation is everyday, ..once one is delivered from the unrest of their past labors of sin and self.
Download... September 29, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: AMOS 3:1-8
1 Hear this word that the LORD hath spoken against you, O children of Israel, against the whole family which I brought up from the land of Egypt, saying,
2 You only have I known of all the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.
3 Can two walk together, except they be agreed?
4 Will a lion roar in the forest, when he hath no prey? will a young lion cry out of his den, if he have taken nothing?
5 Can a bird fall in a snare upon the earth, where no gin is for him? shall one take up a snare from the earth, and have taken nothing at all?
6 Shall a trumpet be blown in the city, and the people not be afraid? shall there be evil in a city, and the LORD hath not done it?
7 Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
8 The lion hath roared, who will not fear? the Lord GOD hath spoken, who can but prophesy?
God is telling His people that they need to be in full agreement, to truly walk with Him. Amos is dealing here with a very troubled Israel, and he reminds them of the importance of a relationship with God. God is essentially telling them, “I have some things to say.” It was because they had not walked in agreement, to be made aware of what He would instruct them in. If you are fully persuaded in your heart toward all that God has to say, it will be harder to allow a separation from Him. Persuaded of Salvation! Saved from destruction. We are our own worst enemy! Our ideas, thoughts, and wisdom are not of God’s. We must see that there is only one who can help us, ..God! He will save us from ourselves!
Can we really walk together with God, if in disagreement, in one part? Not just agreeing sometimes, but fully. If we are promised to “each other” (as if an engaged couple) we will be walking together. When God saves us from destruction, we are then promised and spiritually “married” to Him. God needs us to be a holy example, so the world might see Him, through our life of agreement. Satan needs to see and know, by all our strength and mind, that we are in full agreement ..in our walk with God.
Download... September 22, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MARK 1:16-20 (?)
16 Now as he walked by the sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers.
17 And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.
18 And straightway they forsook their nets, and followed him.
19 And when he had gone a little farther thence, he saw James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, who also were in the ship mending their nets.
20 And straightway he called them: and they left their father Zebedee in the ship with the hired servants, and went after him.
Consecration requires a person to keep, and make their election sure (1 Peter 1:10). This is so necessary if we are going to follow Jesus, as Simon (Peter), Andrew, John, etc., who were typical people just like us. Today, God still ask us to commit to following Him in consecration. It is our reasonable service, (Romans 12:1).
Too often today, some would still hold these disciples above, what we can ever aspire to reach. But this is a mistake, as the disciples were not “lifted up,” but humblefishermen. Jesus called them, just the same as He does for us. Jesus is still looking for ordinary people, to follow Him in a full consecration.
We all are no less, (or unlike), those found in their fisherman boats that day. Christ today, as then, ask us to come away from our own ways and ideas, to follow Him ..in all He ask of us. We then must leave behind much of our own ideas and understanding, to have a consecration toward God.
Download... September 15, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ROMANS 6:15-18
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
Paul here is referring to the battle between sin and righteousness, and the nature of freedom. To whom one yields themselves to obey, you are servants, whether to sin or righteousness, (verse 16). We aren’t at liberty to sin simply because we are under grace. God’s grace is not meant to cover us for sins committed, after He already saved us out of it. (Romans 6:1,2) God cares how we “use” the Truth that He has shown us. The truth is simple enough, that we can get what we personally need. The vanity of sin (shown by fruits of unrighteousness, unthankfulness) brings spiritual death. Be thankful, ...regardless of a spouse, family, friends, etc., in oppostion to your service to God and His Righteousness.
Paul tells us that those who knew God, and glorified Him not ..being unthankful, ..became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish hearts were then darkened. (Roman 1:21) In those great temptations, don’t lose your thankfulness! Thankfulness will guard against vanity! Vanity is like a veneer, (which is a thin covering on the surface). That “veneer” won’t help to have true thankfulness. Vanity causes one to be free then from all good, because of the choices of selfishness and sin. But one can be dead to sin instead, IF they choose it! Choosing to be a servant of righteousness, will make one dead to, or free from, sin. Sin then will have no power over you. Then you will no longer want that freedom to sin, or cause another to spiritually stumble.
Your life can and will reveal where your service is. Through your choices, every moment, every day. Sin or Righteousness. The choices will be what you want in your heart. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:21
Download... September 8, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 8:1-4
1 When he was come down from the mountain, great multitudes followed him.
2 And, behold, there came a leper and worshipped him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
3 And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
4 And Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.
Curiously there are four examples of Christ telling those healed, not to tell others about it, ..or who He was. The leper came and Jesus healed him. Jesus told him not to tell any man, but go to the temple and give an offering for that healing. This is the first example. In Matthew 16:13-20, The Second example where Jesus told some not to tell any man that He was the Christ. Mark 7:31-36 Here Jesus made a deaf man to hear, and healed his speech impediment. He then charged that it was not to be “published” (or told). This is a third example of Jesus not wanting attention drawn to Him(36). In Matthew 17:9, the disciples were shown a vision exalting who Jesus was as God’s son. Here again Jesus was asking them not to tell of this miracle, a vision from heaven. This is our fourth example.
Download... August 25, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Jack Klemstein.
This morning you can look at me, as a “trainer.” What do you want your trainer to tell you? “Puff you up,” ..to rest on your laurels? Or do you want me to tell you the truth?
TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 15: 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
Awake to righteousness and sin not! You might ask, "who do you think you’re talking to?" Well there is in the character of people, the tares (insincere) or the wheat (sincere). There is often “just hanging around,” ..the tares amongst the wheat. God and His people don’t want you to be a tare. But the only one that can change that is you! So God’s message to you is to Wake up! Wake up and quit your sinning! The issue here, is'n’t your home life, non education, lack of privileges, etc. The issue is sin, and all of it’s ugliness, ...that is the problem! Awake to righteousness, ..right around the house of God, ..for some have not the knowledge of God. Why wouldn’t you believe the word of God?
Download... August 25, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 1 THESSALONIANS 4:15-18
15 For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.
16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:
17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
18 Wherefore comfort one another with these words.
The end of your life is more important than how you began spiritually or otherwise. It is your end that makes the difference, when you take your last breath. Christ is coming back for a Church that is measured up to His word, and ready! There will be no second chances after death. Salvation brings an assurance that we must not neglect it.
Download... August 18, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: GENESIS 22:1-13
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you.
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?
8 And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son.
11 And the angel of the LORD called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I.
12 And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
This account of Abraham and Isaac, is the foundation of our message, “What, Is Your Isaac?” This thought is about how individually we each are going through the tests God has for us. God doesn’t tempt us with sin, but He does test us. It is to help us know if we really do love Him above all else; above our children and family, religion, etc. It’s about sacrificing it, and our all for Him. God wants us to have victory in tests to keep you from whatever you love instead, essentially a kind of “idol.” It’s about truly sacrificing oneself, your own thoughts, opinions, and ways (your Isaac). It’s about unconditional love, honor, and worshiping God, and not that of a tormenting fear of reverence. This test of Abraham proved what he was, and that there is only one true God. Our proving will also be evidenced by how we go through the trials of this life.
We don’t have to judge one another, for our own actions prove what we really are. Likewise God also proves us in the challenges of our life, to reveal whether He is truly first in our heart. There are certain tests God allows us to go through, so we can please Him, and also be in a place that the gospel can help us. God wants to know, “Do you love me supremely? Because those that do will truly follow me.”
Download... August 4, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Richard Lehman.
TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 13:8-13
8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.
9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.
10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.
11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.
This chapter conveys charity, a divine love, that Christ has shown us. It is thatwhich we did not deserve, of His ultimate sacrifice. This is what we are in so desperately need of. That, which of people, and things, ..only fail to meet our needs in this life. Whether we know it, ..or not. Verse 8, and verse 9 speaks of the best that we can provide. Verse 10, speaks of how that perfect part does away of our limited part, ...which is imperfection. If we are missing that perfect part, the love of God, we’ve been robbed!
Download... August 4, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 14:22-32
22 And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away.
23 And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.
24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.
25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.
28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
29 And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased.
We all are going to be participants in the midst of life’s storms, and need to be found in the right boat. If properly focused on your storm, and found in the “right boat,” (Salvation) ...God will help you! We have a Savior that walked on the water to show us the way! You also can step out of the boat on the waters of faith, to “participate” where Jesus is found. In this thought, Christ instructed His disciples to get in a boat to sail to the “other side.” Jesus was aware that there was a storm coming, yet still told them to launch out. Christ instructs us the same today in faith, to learn from Him.
Download... July 28, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
There are times when we feel faint and weary. God can renew your strength when faint, giving power to those who have become weary! A thesis is being addressed here, and also in Isaiah 40:17,18, that all of this worldly wisdom is less than nothing and is as vanity. There is strength in God to fight those ongoing spiritual battles in life, for you will sometimes find yourself weakened. God tells us to remember where your strength comes from...to fight those battles. God created and knows all! God is aware and has all control. The oppositions are all vain. Those vain oppositions want you to doubt God’s renewed strength.