January 14, 2018: Visually Impaired

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:41)

God improves your sight to let you see circumstances better.

As we get older our eyes start to have problems. Our physical eyes can begin to weaken as we age, but our spiritual vision is weak or impaired from a young age. Spiritual vision improves as you get to know God more personally.

Situations come into our lives and we don’t see them they way God wants us to see them. Things you want to visually disappear are sometimes the very things God brings into your life to make you holy and look more and more like Jesus Christ.

Be encouraged to have corrected vision.

Scripture references: James 1:2-5; Luke 22:31-32

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November 5, 2017: How’s Your Soul?

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:31)

How’s your soul? Are you caught up with the circumstances of your life or are you caught up in the Spirit of God?

How can you make it through dark times of life and still be joyful? The condition of your soul has much to do with how you respond.

A healthy soul has less to do with how perfect people think you are and more with who you rely on. Jesus is the sure foundation for life. If you lean on Jesus, then you will still be joyful even when your emotions and physical body feel pain. Can you keep your eyes on Jesus Christ or are you swamped with the circumstances of life?

Scripture Reference: 1 Corinthians 11

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September 18, 2016 – Acts: A Transformed Life – It takes time

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Preached by Rod Benner (00:45)

When you think of the life of Paul, what comes to your mind?  Maybe: transformation, mighty servant, passionate, zealous.  He’s remembered for transformation and zeal because he once hunted for Christians because they dishonored God according to his understanding of God.  At first, Paul had much knowledge about God but he missed the greatest piece of knowledge; Jesus as the Son of God.  Although he knew much about God and lived a moral life, he ultimately proved that he didn’t know God because he thought Jesus was an enemy.  That all changed when he encountered Jesus as the Son of God.  He went from a zealous enemy of Jesus to one of the most passionate friends of Jesus.

The surprising fact is that Paul spent some three years after his encounter with Jesus before he began the work he is known for today.  It’s easy to assume that Paul was an effective Christian from the first minute of meeting Jesus.  As if he started writing parts of the Bible the minute he received his sight after the Damascus road incident.  Yet, even he had to go through a time of basic training and growth before he became known as the great Apostle Paul.

A transformed life takes time to achieve and we often forget that.  The transformation process is full victory but also full of failure and mess.  As a church, we often expect a person to go from terrible sinner to perfect saint the minute after a prayer is said all the while forgetting that it took each of us many years to get to where we are currently at – still far from perfect practice.  There is always a time of reorientation and learning.  A transformed life is one built though many experiences that teach humility and wisdom.  God walks with each of us on our own specialized learning plan to teach us who he is and how to depend on him.  The Christian life doesn’t mean smooth sailing, but it does mean that God is with you and for you.

Scripture References: Acts 9:19-30. see also Galatians 1:11-24; Philippians 3:3-7

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August 21, 2016 – Acts: What hinders me from baptism?

Preached by Rod Benner (00:40)

The royal treasurer of Ethiopia heard about Jesus, he understood the way to salvation, and then he asked Philip, “Why can’t I be baptized?”

The Ethiopian was a religious man, he traveled across the continent from Northern Africa to Jerusalem to learn about the God of the Jews.  Yet, he wasn’t a Christian just by studying the prophets and praying at the Temple.  He wanted to honor and obey God, but he didn’t yet know the Son of God.  He became a Christian when he trusted in Jesus as the Son of God.  That day, the Ethiopian heard and responded to Jesus the person, not Jesus the religious system.  The first fruit of the Ethiopian’s decision was his question, “Look, there’s some water!  Why can’t I be baptized?”

Philip showed him that there was nothing stopping him from being baptized.  He declared his faith that Jesus is the Son of God and he responded in the first step of obedience Jesus expects; baptism in water.

Scripture References: Acts 8:29-38

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