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Mark 15:16-32

August 12, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

We know and believe that Christ chose to carry a cross for us so that we might experience everlasting life. The obvious implication for us is: "Are we willing to carry the cross for Christ so that others might come to know him and experience everlasting life?" Jesus said, "If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." (Matthew 16:24-25) Pastor Ken

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Mark 16:9-20

September 9, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

What comes to mind when I ask you to think of a dog? A cat? Or maybe a sports car? There's a picture in your mind isn't there? What if I ask you to think of a Christian? What or who comes to mind? What characteristics stand out? Gandhi said, "I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." That's hard to read, but it is right in many ways. Christ-likeness must be the dominant characteristic of the Christian. Do others think of you when asked to think of a Christian? -Pastor Ken

Mark 16:1-8

August 26, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

One irrefutable fact about the ministry of Jesus is his resurrection from the dead. That is what makes him distinct from all other faith leaders. Buddha and Mohammed are buried and their tombs are still visited. Dr. Tim Keller said, "If Jesus rose from the dead, then you have to accept all that he said; if he didn’t rise from the dead, then why worry about any of what he said? The issue on which everything hangs is not whether or not you like his teaching but whether or not he rose from the dead." Pastor Ken

Mark 15:33-47

August 19, 2018 • Dr. Ken Lang

Imagine losing everything that you invested in with no hope of recovery. The disciples and the women who followed Jesus had all their eggs in one basket: the Kingdom of the Messiah. But, now he's dead; now what? The cross didn't kill Christ, but Jesus destroyed death in his death on the cross. We can look back and see God's love in the death of Jesus. "God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." (Romans 5:8) Pastor Ken