Sunday Morning Second Service • March 8, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"There is a significant picture here. As I’ve already indicated, the disciples were all filled with fear. It’s in those times when you are most afraid that Jesus will come and stand right in the middle of the things you are afraid of and make you this offer of peace! He is with you! He is never closer than when you are truly afraid and about to be overwhelmed. It doesn’t matter if you feel His presence. It doesn’t matter to Him that you are afraid when you should have believed. He is there because He loves you! No other reason."
Sunday Morning Second Service • February 16, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"Luke’s account (remember, he was NOT there personally) reads like an eyewitness account. I am personally convinced that Luke’s detail of these final moments was ascertained from an interview with those who were there. Most likely, the centurion himself who no doubt became a believer."
Sunday Morning First Service • February 2, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"(Pilot) was not innocent. Even not knowing (or caring) about who Jesus was, Pilate was responsible to God to guard his position of authority and do what is right! Setting an innocent man free against the wishes of the unruly crowd—that would have taken courage! None of us gets off the hook that easily. Every one of us has to make our own decision about Jesus—what we are going to do with Him."
Sunday Morning Second Service • January 26, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus hadn’t yet been found guilty but, still, the soldiers were permitted to mock Him. They were challenging His claim to be a prophet; later they would mock His claim to being a King. Please notice that Jesus offered no resistance nor did He offer any defense. He simply left His treatment (and reputation) in the hands of God."
Sunday Morning First Service • January 12, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"Jesus would certainly be thinking of David here. Israel’s greatest king would have crossed the very same brook when he fled Absalom in Jerusalem. He would be met by a man named Shimei who would curse him and throw rocks at him. Both kings— David and Jesus—were kings without thrones suffering through what seemed at the time to be the worst defeats of their lives."
Sunday Morning Second Service • January 5, 2020 • Ron Arbaugh
"Be careful of overconfidence!...We often overestimate our own strength and underestimate the power of the devil. When Satan is asking for you by name, the only way to insure that you will be OK is to admit that you cannot be OK without Jesus."
Sunday Morning First Service • December 29, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"What we call communion provides a wonderful opportunity to look back and look forward. You see, the body broken and the life given makes us remember the cross, the price paid for our sins. We remember that Jesus was treated like a common criminal even though He was, by Judas’ own words, innocent! We are reminded via His punishment how seriously we are to take our own sin and about how grateful we should be because He took punishment in your place."
Sunday Morning First Service • December 15, 2019 • Ron Arbaugh
"This feast was one of three held in Jerusalem each year that every Jewish male was required to attend (Pentecost and Tabernacles being the other two). Not all did, of course, but that was the Law. The Passover feast celebrated the Jewish exodus from Egypt but few realized that the real Passover Lamb had arrived! But the Messiah would not be king just yet…"
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."