Sermon Archives

Archived sermon messages from First Reformed Church, Orange City, Iowa.

Asking for a Friend: Is There Hope for Addicted People?

John 4 (Oct 25 AM) • October 25, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Everybody's addicted to something, so the saying goes. How does scripture speak to the dark power of addiction? What are the spiritual issues at stake, and how can we take practical steps toward freedom from these prisons?

Asking for a Friend: How Does a Person Know When to Speak or Be Silent?

James 1:19 and Ecclesiastes 3:7 (Oct 18 AM) • October 18, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

When to say something, when to just be quiet...tough questions indeed! In our current culture we are bombarded with information and opinions. Pastor Mark will take a look at the Bible and review some classic passages that will give some good insight.

Asking for a Friend: Does Prayer Change God's Mind?

Luke 18:1-8 (Oct 11 AM) • October 11, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

If God already has the future planned out, can our prayers move him to change his plans? Are our petitions effective and meaningful, or does God's sovereignty imply that the future is fixed? Pastor Tim will explore the theology and Biblical references that help us understand why prayer is so important.

Asking for a Friend: Is It OK to Feel Disconnected From God?

Psalm 42 & 43 (Oct 4 AM) • October 4, 2020 • Devon Rook

As a Christian, is it okay to feel disconnected from God at times? What does that say about our faith? This Sunday, we will wrestle with these questions and learn what steps we can take to reconnect with God.

Asking for a Friend: What Does a Christian Worldview Look Like?

1 Thessalonians 1:1 (Sep 27 AM) • September 27, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Are there certain beliefs that Christians won’t ever concede? How can you tell a Christian from a non-Christian? Are there certain things that our own congregation holds to be essential? This Sunday, Pastor Tim will look into the core of Christian convictions and map out what’s most important for a follower of Jesus to know and believe.

Asking for a Friend: What's the Good News of the Gospel?

John 3:16-17 (Sept 20 AM) • September 20, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

This week’s question: “What's the good news of the Gospel?” It's difficult to find good news. When we are bombarded with the reality around us, it's easy to focus on the negativity and pain...despite this...there is good news - it's the Gospel of Jesus! Pastor Mark will be helping us to see the good news using teaching text: John 3:16 - 17.

Asking for a Friend: Is God Still Paying Attention?

Habakkuk 1-3 (Sep 13 AM) • September 13, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

This year hasn't been great, has it? COVID, racial strife, loneliness, and on and on it goes. Is God paying attention to all this pain? Pastor Tim brings a special word of encouragement from his home in this morning's message - Asking for a Friend: Is God Still Paying Attention?

Asking for a Friend: Is it Normal to Still Feel Guilty?

Jeremiah 31 (Sep 6 AM) • September 6, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Why is it so difficult to let go of the past? Why do we keep beating ourself up? This Sunday morning, Pastor Tim will explore what it means to forgive yourself when it's been hard to do. Jeremiah 31 is our focus text.

Asking for a Friend: Do You have to Pick Just One Church?

Romans 12:1-8 (Aug 30 AM) • August 30, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Do I have to attend Church, or can I be a Christian on my own time and schedule? Does membership really matter? This Sunday, Pastor Tim continues "Asking for Friend" with a teaching from Romans chapter 12.

Asking for a Friend: Is Everything in the Bible Literally True?

2 Timothy 3:10-17 (Aug 23 AM) • August 23, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Pastor Tim Breen will lead us off with a new sermon series titled: Asking for a Friend. This week’s question: “Is Everything In The Bible Literally True?” Teaching Text: 2 Timothy 3:10-17

Holy Ground: The Wailing Wall

Psalm 122 & Luke 19:41-44 (Aug 16 AM) • August 16, 2020 • Devon Rook

The Wailing Wall in Jerusalem is our last stop on the Holy Ground tour. Ministry Intern Devin Rook will be giving us the message: Finding Peace In The Midst Of Grief. Teaching Text: Psalm 122 and Luke 19:41-44.

Holy Ground: Mount of Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-11 (Aug 9 AM) • August 9, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Today we visit the beautiful Galilean countryside where tradition holds that Jesus presented the Sermon on the Mount. Pastor Tim will explore Jesus' notion of True Blessings as we listen to the voice of the Great Teacher. Text: Matthew 5:1-11

Holy Ground: Capernaum

Mark 1:21-34 (Aug 2 AM) • August 2, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

Capernaum is a significant place of ministry for Jesus...over 40 miracles were performed here as well as a good portion of Jesus' original disciples responded to his call to "Follow Me".

Holy Ground: Caesarea Philippi

Matthew 16 (Jul 26 AM) • July 26, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

We will continue to explore the northern regions of Israel this morning as Pastor Tim shares about the pagan sanctuary at Caesarea Philippi and how Peter's confession anchors the church of Jesus.

Holy Ground: Megiddo

2 Kings 23 & Matthew 13 (Jul 19 AM) • July 19, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Communion will be celebrated today. In our meditation, Pastor Tim will share a few details from the magnificent tel at Megiddo, and think about what it means that Jesus is a different kind of king. Text: 2 Kings 23 & Matthew 13

Holy Ground: Arad

Deut 12 & Matt 27 (Jul 12 AM) • July 12, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Holy Ground, our pilgrimage through the Lands of the Bible, continues in the Judean city of Arad. Here, Pastor Tim will explore the theology of the temple and what it means that Jesus's Church is the new residence for God's Holy Name. Text: Deuteronomy 12 and Matthew 27

Holy Ground: Qumran

2 Timothy 3:16, Isaiah 40:6-8 (Jul 5 AM) • July 5, 2020 • Pastor Mark Haverdink

We continue our tour of the Holy Lands and stop today in a remote area where faithful followers of God committed themselves to the study of God's Word. Later, much later in fact near this community called Qumran ancient Biblical texts (the Dead Sea Scrolls) were discovered validating the authenticity of God's Word, the Bible. Text: 2 Timothy 3:16 and Isaiah 40:6-8

Holy Ground: Beth She’an

Matthew 23 & 1 Samuel 31 (Jun 28 AM) • June 28, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

This Sunday's Holy Ground tour brings us to the city of Beth She'an in the Jordan River Valley. Pastor Tim will focus on the theater there, discussing Jesus and the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Text: Matthew 23 and 1 Samuel 31

Holy Ground: Masada

Psalm 31:1-5 and Jude 1:3 (Jun 21 AM) • June 21, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Happy Father's Day! Pastor Tim will be offering a tour and lesson on the desert fortress of Masada and posing the question: What's worth fighting for?

Holy Ground: Dan and Beersheba

Genesis 21 & 1 Kings 12 (Jun 14 AM) • June 14, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Pastor Tim Breen will be starting a new series titled: Holy Ground. This week the message is: Dan and Beersheba. Text: Genesis 21 and 1 Kings 12.

Racism & Reconciliation: What Part Must I Play?

Amos 5, Ephesians 2 (Jun 7 AM) • June 7, 2020 • Pastor Tim Breen

Pastor Tim Breen will be giving an important message: Racism and Reconciliation: What Part Can I Play? Text: Amos 5 and Ephesians 2