Sunday Morning Service
Sunday Morning Second Service • July 21, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"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 14, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Young men and women often make bad choices. That’s part of what being young is all about. It’s about learning that we never really make our own way. It’s about learning that we’re never really free. You may leave your parents home but there’s always a landlord, there’s always a boss. There are always people who don’t like you. We are never, ever free when not following Jesus."
Sunday Morning Second Service • July 7, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"This is one parable, not three, having three distinct pictures. Look for pictures today—we find all three persons of the Triune God doing their work. God looks for that which is lost—that’s His part. But this parable also demonstrates man’s part—we have to be found and respond."
Sunday Morning Second Service • June 16, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Last week, we focused on our response to a call to discipleship. Today, Jesus brings us full circle back to Him… You see, Jesus is the One surveying this huge crowd of people. They claim to be excited about Him—the works He is doing, the things He is teaching. But remember: Jesus committed Himself to no man because He knew what was in their hearts! That’s why He uses the illustration of salt…"
Sunday Morning Second Service • June 9, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Whenever Jesus was speaking to large crowds, He wanted to be sure they knew what it really means to follow Him. He knew their hearts; most were following Him because of the miracles He was doing. Some followed because they believed/hoped He was the Messiah. But the Lord’s purpose here was to make sure that everyone knew that following Him was hard—very hard. They needed to understand they had to give up things from their old lives, things they valued."
Sunday Morning First Service • June 2, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
RE: verse 15; Like many people today, this man has the wrong idea about the kingdom of God. The parable that follows is a long answer to his statement about being happy (blessed) by the promises of the Messianic banquet. Jesus is asking him—and you here today—this simple question: you are happy about the promised rewards but are you ready (personally, right now) to accept your invitation to it? It is a question we all need to answer in this study.
Sunday Morning Second Service • May 26, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"In this chapter Jesus deals with all kinds of people, all of them having impure motives for wanting to be with Him. Because Jesus is hanging around with less than sincere-types throughout the entire chapter, let’s begin by honestly examining what Jesus knows of our own hearts this; let’s try to be sure that we are sincere."
Sunday Morning Third Service • May 19, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"What follows is tragic. I pray it hits home in your hearts... Too many today are pretend-Christians, insisting they are saved and going to heaven. Yet for many there is absolutely no change in their behavior! People who should be uncomfortable in churches are too comfortable in them."
Sunday Morning Third Service • May 5, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"How many times have you broken His heart? We belong to Him and we promised to bear fruit for Him. Yet so many of us—year after year—make excuses for our trees being barren. It’s time to stop making excuses for not doing what God wants, for not bearing fruit for His kingdom, and come to repentance today."
Sunday Morning Second Service • April 28, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The disciples will, some 50 days after His resurrection, see cloven tongues of fire— symbolic of the entrance of the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Judgment? Yes. But a different kind. He would force all of us to deal with the judgment of our own sin. He would convict the world of righteousness (lack of it), of sin, and of judgment. And of our need for a Savior."
Sunday Morning First Service • April 7, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus shifts our focus here from worrying about present material needs to being careful about our futures. In other words, He instructs how to do/be just the opposite of the foolish farmer in our parable 2 weeks ago. The issues raised in this entire chapter (hypocrisy, greed, worry) all have the same answer—get ready for the Lord’s return!"
Sunday Morning Third Service • March 31, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"It is clear here that Jesus has more in mind than just food and clothing…He is considering our essential personality, our mission for having life in the first place. The essence of who we are and to whom we belong. What should our priority be? Pleasing God! That alone should be the priority of our existence because that, according to Jesus, is what we were created for!"
Sunday Morning First Service • March 24, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Is your life a personal-pronoun life? How many personal pronouns are there in your prayers? Do you make plans for each day (or year or career or even for your kids) based on what you want? Or do you consider/prioritize what God wants? I ask the question because I know the answer: most Christians (by an overwhelming margin) go about their day..... (just like the unsaved world) without even thinking about what God would ask of them! That is a tragedy."
Sunday Morning Second Service • March 17, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus is speaking to His disciples. They are going to be in danger, there is a very difficult road ahead. It is my hope that we don’t downplay this warning. By downplay, I mean that we have a tendency to read this and, because it’s history, we forget that following Jesus is hard! We all need to be warned about the pitfalls that await men and women sold out for Christ. Things are going to get harder, much harder, and Jesus wants us to be prepared."