"The older son in the parable represents the Pharisees who were muttering under their breath at the beginning of the chapter. But he also represents the Pharisee in all of us. You see, there are still lots of people—in church and out—who think they are somehow good enough to be acceptable to God. ‘I follow the rules.’ ‘I don’t hurt anyone.’ ‘I go to church…’ You get the idea."
Sunday Morning Second Service
July 21, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
Sunday Morning Third Service • December 8, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"While it is true that Israel is the prime-time player in end times events, and while it is also true that the fig tree is an often-used symbol for Israel, Luke also focuses on other nations—"all the trees." This is an exhortation for all people-groups, Jew and gentile, who are alive and have accepted Christ during the great tribulation to be ready…"
Sunday Morning Third Service • November 24, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"It’s necessary then that we understand that Jesus deals with Israel’s future as it relates to the great tribulation—the time the OT refers to as the time of Jacob’s trouble. It is the final 7-year period of history where God once again returns to dealing with the nation of Israel after the church has been taken away to be with Him. We at CC believe (the Bible teaches) that the rapture of the church is imminent (could happen any moment) and that event will usher in the 7-year tribulation. At the end of the 7 years, Jesus returns (with us) to establish His kingdom here on earth… Through v19, (today’s focus) He deals with the first half of the great tribulation."