July 12, 2020
Today we are privileged to have Cole Albright with us. Cole is a Missionary-Appointee headed to the country of Peru. He is a graduate of both Faith Baptist Bible College and Liberty University. He and his wife Debbie have four children (two biological and two adopted). Today Cole will explain a little bit of his passion for Peru, the Gospel, and the work of missions both here and everywhere. Welcome, Cole, to the prairie!
Every People & Tribe
June 7, 2020 • David Cotner
As our nation is being ripped apart by racism and riots, many of us, as the people of God, are scared, confused, angry, and grieving. How do we make sense of all this? What does the Bible say about all this? Many of us would just rather hide under the proverbial blanket and hope (and pray) it all goes away. But should we be doing something more? What else can we do? Join us as we open God's Word and administer biblical perspective and hope amidst pain and panic.
Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times - Part 5
Psalm 150 • April 26, 2020 • David Cotner
As we land the plane on this special COVID-19 mini-series, we find ourselves in a "parable of praise" - Psalm 150! Indeed, this psalm is all about praise. As we dive into the text, we come face to face with a command (given no less than 13x), namely, "praise the Lord!" But what is praise? And where, why, and how should we praise the Lord? Find out as we dive into the jubilant world of Psalm 150!
Message #56: Hostility, Honesty, and Hard-Heartedness…
Matthew 16:1-12 • September 20, 2020 • David Cotner
As we journey through the Gospel of Matthew, we run into a familiar scene in Matthew 16:1-12. Jesus is being confronted (again) by the religious leaders of His day. They ask Him for a sign (some grand miracle) that will once and for all prove to them that Jesus really is who He says He is. In response, Jesus confronts their masked hostility by honestly indicting them for who they really are, namely, “an evil and adulterous generation.” But even Jesus’s disciples are hard-hearted and don’t seem to readily understand Jesus’s words and identity. Join us as we explore this passage and apply it to our own lives of hostility and hard-heartedness.
Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times - Part 4
Psalm 90 • April 19, 2020 • David Cotner
As we continue with our special COVID-19 mini-series, we come now to the oldest psalm in the book of Psalms - Psalm 90! It's a psalm of Moses and in it we have some timeless truths about God and us. Join us as we dissect Psalm 90 and rediscover our forever God, our finite nature, and the blessings that God gives to us if we but know Him and seek Him!
Message #55: Rerun
Matthew 15:32-39 • September 13, 2020 • David Cotner
How many of you would classify yourself as a knucklehead? The sad reality is many of us are hardhearted, slow learners who fail to learn our lessons the first time around. The disciples of Jesus were no different than many of us. They failed to grasp the identity, character, and power of Jesus though they witnessed miracle after miracle. So, what does Jesus do? In grace, He gives to them a rerun of a miracle (Matt. 15:32-39) just to prove to them (and to us) that He alone can meet our every need and satisfy the deepest longings of our souls.
1 Corinthians 15:12-26 • April 12, 2020 • David Cotner
In our very special Easter 2020 message, we declare with gusto and authority that "Jesus is alive!" Indeed, Jesus died, was buried, and rose again on the third day. Yes, Jesus is alive even today! But what if the resurrection of Jesus never took place? What if Jesus remained dead? We investigate the ramifications of such a scary hypothetical by walking through Paul's words in 1 Cor. 15. Indeed, if Jesus never rose again, "we are of all people most to be pitied..."
Message #54: Crumbs of Mercy
Matthew 15:21-31 • September 6, 2020 • David Cotner
As we journey through the Gospel According to Matthew, we come now to another healing miracle of Jesus. In Matthew 15:21-31, Jesus is approached by a Canaanite woman who begs him to heal her daughter from demon possession. How does Jesus respond? First with silence and then eventually with sarcasm, comparing her to a dog! Jesus eventually heals this woman’s daughter, but why does Jesus talk this way? Was he merely testing her faith? Join us as we examine this woman’s request, our Lord’s response, and what makes faith truly great.
Message #53: Purity vs Impurity
Matthew 15:1-20 • August 30, 2020 • David Cotner
In today’s message, Jesus is confronted (again) by the Pharisees and scribes. Their issue? They want to know why Jesus and His disciples are violating the “tradition of the elders.” To their question, Jesus offers a stunning rebuke and a shocking pronouncement, “You hypocrites!” What exactly is the “tradition of the elders” and why did Jesus label these religious leaders as hypocrites? This morning we’ll unearth answers to these questions and more as we discover that true purity of life is internal in nature, it’s not simply external.
Christ Died For Us
Romans 5:6-8 • April 10, 2020 • David Cotner
In our very special Good Friday message, Pastor Dave dissects the magnificent statement that "Christ Died For Us." But do you know HOW Christ died for us? In this message, Pastor Dave graphically details the death of Christ and invites us to reflect deeply on this death so that we might rejoice well in this death. Yes, Christ died for us, and that makes Good Friday good indeed. Thanks for joining us.
Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times - Part 3
Psalm 23 • April 5, 2020 • David Cotner
Our third installment in our COVID-19 mini-series takes us into familiar territory - Psalm 23! In this psalm, David describes our great God as a good Shepherd and generous Host who gives to us all that He deems best. Indeed, our great God gives to us all that He deems best in terms of provision, protection, and pleasure. Join us as we immerse ourselves into the beautifully powerful world of Psalm 23 and be challenged to believe in the fact that God is always with us, leading us through good times and bad times while overwhelming us with goodness and mercy!
Message #52: Strong Storm – Weak Faith – Strong Branch
Matthew 14:22-36 • August 23, 2020 • David Cotner
As it regards storms, there are only three types of believers: 1) Those in the storm, 2) Those coming out of the storm, and 3) Those who are headed into the storm. The question is, where are you on that spectrum? In today’s message, we will examine the storms of life in relation to Jesus. As we do, we’ll discover that no matter what we face in this life, the great I AM is with us, and He may not rescue us from the storm, but He’ll walk with us through it all.
Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times - Part 2
Psalm 77 • March 29, 2020 • David Cotner
In our second installment of Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times, we dive into the world of Psalm 77. In this world, painted for us by Asaph, we discover the life cycle of a believer in turbulence. This life cycle is presented to us in five phases and is summed up in the words: need, doubt, strength, rest, and tell. What does all of that mean? Pastor Dave explains in this brand-new message within our COVID-19 mini-series!
Message #51: 5 Loaves & 2 Fish
Matthew 14:13-21 • August 16, 2020 • David Cotner
“Little is much when God is in it. Labor not for wealth or fame; there’s a crown, and you can win it, if you go in Jesus’ name.” Do you remember this song? Yes, “little is much when God is in it!” As we dive into Matthew 14:13-21, we discover just what God can do when we surrender all to Him. Join us as we see the humanity, compassion, power, and satisfaction of Jesus as he wields his most famous and public miracle, using only five loaves and two fish, to feed about 15,000-20,000 people!
Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times - Part 1
Psalm 102 • March 22, 2020 • David Cotner
With the COVID-19 pandemic upon us, we are certainly living in crazy, turbulent times! So much anxiety, pressure, anger, and sadness is out there in our country and world today. In the midst of such turbulence, what can we bank on? What can we truly count on? In this message, Pastor Dave steers our hearts and minds towards "Timeless Truths In Turbulent Times." In this first installment of our COVID-19 mini-series, we will explore major turbulence and mega truths in Psalm 102 and discover that despite all of the changes around us, our God reigns and remains the same!
Message #50: The Dance of Death
Matthew 14:1-12 • August 9, 2020 • David Cotner
As we dive into the 14th Chapter of Matthew, we encounter “The Dance of Death.” Matthew reveals the sinister circumstances and the grisly death of Jesus’ cousin, John the Baptist. In this message, we will debunk the notion that “the safest place to be is in the center of God’s will.” For as we will discover, the most dangerous place to be is sometimes smack dab in the center of God’s will. John the Baptist had his head severed from his body for his love of and loyalty to the truth. What are you willing to lose for the cause of truth?
Message #49: Rejection at Home
Matthew 13:53-58 • August 2, 2020 • Tim O'Tool
This week, we wrap up Matthew Chapter 13. In our passage today, we cap off Jesus’ “Parables of the Kingdom” with the response of the people in his hometown. Jesus faces rejection from the people who should have been most ready to accept Him as their King. Today we examine what this means for us.
Perseverance • January 12, 2020 • David Cotner
Today we will land the plane on our current mini-series, “Reset 2020.” In today’s installment, we will unpack the importance of perseverance in the Christian life. Perseverance is the ability to bear up under pressure and keep on keeping on. We see this concept of perseverance everywhere in the Scriptures. So, it would appear that one of the hallmarks of being a Christian is continuing on, not giving up. Join us as we discuss four key areas of our lives that we should, by God’s grace, bear up under the pressure and keep on keeping on!
Message #48: Parables of the Kingdom - Part 4
Matthew 13:47-52 • July 26, 2020 • David Cotner
In our final installment in the “Parables of the Kingdom” mini-series, Jesus makes it clear (once again) that not everyone will be a part of His future Kingdom. “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the Kingdom of Heaven...” (Matt. 7:21a). So, who will be a part of Jesus’ Kingdom? What are the requirements? How does the sovereignty of God and the free will of man work together in terms of Kingdom entrance? Get ready as we jump into the deep end of the swimming pool today...“He who has ears, let him hear!"
Prayer • January 5, 2020 • David Cotner
For the first two Sundays of this brand new year and decade, we will focus our attention on two pivotal, but basic aspects of the Christian life - prayer and perseverance. This mini-series will motivate us to recharge and reset our lives around these important spiritual disciplines. In today’s message, we will talk about the importance of prayer. Pastor Dave will outline his vision on prayer, the problems he sees surrounding our lack of prayer, and then discuss what God’s Word has to say on the topic of prayer.
The Grateful Saint • November 24, 2019 • David Cotner
In today’s anchor text of Scripture, we will continue our series on gratefulness by looking at Psalm 100. In these five verses, we get a holistic picture of what gratitude to God looks like and feels like. This passage also presents the fuel of our gratitude to God, namely, knowing God. In this special Thanksgiving message, we will discover that knowing God (and truly believing what we know about God) fuels our feelings of gratitude to God.