Sunday Morning Service
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."
Sunday Morning First Service • March 10, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Warren Wiersbe says ‘reputation is what people think we are; character is what God knows we are.’ Lots of Christians have forgotten about how important it is to have Godly character. Integrity. For many, there is simply no fear of God. 'As long as people think I am serving the Lord, what does it matter what my motives are?' Character is sadly lacking among many Christians—even leaders."
Sunday Morning Third Service • March 3, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"God has placed you and me as lights in this dark world. How illuminating is your light? Is your life on display for Jesus or is your light so hidden that people can barely tell you are a Christian? Are there some people in your life (work, buddies, relatives) that would actually be surprised to hear you are a Christian? God says we are to shine."
Sunday Morning Second Service • February 24, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"The problem I am led to deal with today is this one: what if one lays claim to being with Jesus but, by his/her actions, instead appears to be scattering (v.23)? This is what each one of you has to decide internally and individually. Do you really belong to Jesus? If so, your relationship is much more than just hoping you’ve somehow managed to get to heaven. It means you are gathering with the Lord—doing His will and spreading His message. If you are not doing those things, how is it possible to seriously think you are saved? Today we have to decide."
Sunday Morning Second Service • February 17, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"This is a different occasion altogether than when Jesus was asked by His disciples to teach them to pray in Matthew’s gospel. For the disciples, learning to pray was essential. It seems they sensed the need to learn; in a few short months Jesus will be gone. They will be on their own and they need to know how to seek God for direction, strength. The disciples did not ask Jesus to teach them to do miracles, nor did they ask Him to teach them to preach. They wanted to learn the secret of His powerful prayer life!"
Sunday Morning Third Service • February 10, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"This story is not about Mary (though I will talk about her today as we finish); we often forget that. Because Jesus said she found the better part, we tend to think of her as the central character. Not so. Martha is the one in view here as Jesus is going to deal with some issues in her heart."
Sunday Morning First Service • February 3, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Most of us would love for God to give us a list of things to accomplish in order to secure our place in heaven. The problem is that even the desire to merit our way into heaven is born of pride. Please pay attention because our study today is really about the heart we serve with, the heart with which we approach God."
Sunday Morning First Service • January 27, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"To be an ambassador is to hold a position of honor and significance. Jesus appoints these 72 men (and us—because we have been given the same, great commission) to be His personal representatives to accomplish the work of God on earth AFTER He leaves. Consider this a training-mission of sorts."
Sunday Morning Third Service • January 20, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus, knowing the time for His death was near, wanted to teach His disciples—to prepare them. Having just received this terrible news, the true heart of the disciples is revealed—they are selfish to the core. You see, most of us are only interested in one thing: what’s in it for me? Whatever was going on behind the scenes, I know it broke Jesus’ heart, thus another action sermon is on the way."
Sunday Morning Third Service • January 6, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"A voice came from the cloud, saying, 'This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.' This really is the only advice we ever need. Listen to Jesus… Moses, of course, represents the law. Elijah the prophets. Jesus said the law and the prophets testified of Him. That means that in the message of Jesus we have the sum total of everything the OT said! We need no other message—JUST JESUS."
Sunday Morning First Service • December 30, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
Verse 18 says: Once when Jesus was praying in private and his disciples were with him, he asked them, "Who do the crowds say I am?" Our story today opens the way many of our days should—in prayer. Jesus is not taking a public opinion poll here, nor is He insecure and wondering what people think about Him. He is asking this question with a purpose in mind—He wants His disciples to be sure of His true identity because they have to know when He asks them to pick up their crosses for Him."
Sunday Morning Second Service • December 16, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Here’s something I promise you: if you will be faithful to venture out and share your faith everywhere you go, you will find that miraculous power is occasionally available to you! Don’t be afraid to ask people on the streets what they need to see from God to believe! I never hesitate to ask if people need to be healed. There is nothing more wonderful than those rare—very rare—occasions when God allows you to do something miraculous."
Sunday Morning First Service • December 9, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"This is something I feel very strongly God wants us all to hear this morning. Hope— we need hope! Not hope in circumstances, our spouses, our marriages getting better or our bodies being healed. Our hope needs to be in Jesus! Alone. We need to take Him at His word and expect God to move on our behalf. Far too many of us have given up hope; we’ve stopped believing—really believing—that Jesus would restore us."
Sunday Morning First Service • December 2, 2018 • Ron Arbaugh
"Demon-possession is very much in existence today. Not so much in a country like ours where access to Christianity is relatively free, but in other countries where occult practices are normal, demon possession is abundant; I have encountered demons. I don’t want to do so again though it is likely I will. It is perhaps the saddest condition that any of us will ever encounter. The only intent demons have is to kill (as we will see with Jesus’ action-illustration). The only hope for demon-possessed people is Jesus Christ."