Changed, Changing, To be Changed • November 29, 2020 • Tim O'Tool
This week we zoom in on the church at Colosse and discover the effects of the Gospel on individuals in this early church. These effects have great implications on how true Christians both then and now will be impacted by the Good News of Christ.
Message #61: Kingdom Community – Part 1
Matthew 18:1-14 • October 25, 2020 • David Cotner
As we enter Matthew 18, we descend upon Christ’s fourth major body of teaching in Matthew’s gospel account. This section of teaching deals with “Kingdom Community” (i.e. how brothers and sisters in the Kingdom of Heaven relate to one another). And up first in our discussion of “Kingdom Community” is the topic of “greatness.” Yes, the disciples want to know who will be the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Jesus’ answer was not what they were expecting…Join us as we unpack the topic of greatness and discover that greatness in the Kingdom has everything to do with humility before God (not our gifts, talents, and abilities), and our humility before God is showcased in our care for others.
November 22, 2020 • Tim O'Tool
This week's sermon will be from Genesis 2. Specifically, we will be discussing man's need for fellowship. We will observe that man is designed to have fellowship with God and fellowship with man. Our fellowship with God is designed to thrive in the context of our fellowship with one another. This has huge ramifications on our responsibilities to one another in our families and in the church. This should ultimately point us to a proper love of God and neighbor.
Message #60: Taxes
Matthew 17:24-27 • October 18, 2020 • David Cotner
Today’s message brings us to Matthew 17:24-27. In this short scene, we are confronted with collectors of the temple tax who ask Peter if Jesus is going to pay his fair share of the taxes or not. At first glance, this whole situation seems rather ho-hum, but it has surprising, relevant application to our lives today. Join us as we unpack this section of Scripture and focus our attention on seven application points that hammer home the truth that as citizens of the heavenly kingdom, we are free…
1 Corinthians 4:1-2 • November 1, 2020
What is a steward? What is required of a steward? What does that look like in our present culture? Get ready to have these questions and more answered as Glen Galbraith (Baptist Mid Missions, England) preaches the Word! Glen will be preaching from 1 Corinthians 4:1-2, where we’ll be challenged by the Apostle Paul to start building our legacy as stewards now. Why? Well, as Glen states, “one day we will each stand before the Lord and be judged.” The question is, will He judge us as faithful or unfaithful stewards?
Message #59: Twisted
Matthew 17:14-23 • October 11, 2020 • David Cotner
In today’s message, we go from the mountain of transfiguration to the valley of demonic possession. Talk about a harsh transition! But in today’s text of Scripture (Matthew 17:14-23), we witness the power of the Evil One as he torments a young man. The disciples, because of their lack of faith, are unable to cast out this powerful demon. So, after rebuking His disciples, Jesus dominates the situation and grants miraculous freedom for this boy. Join us as we take a serious look at demons, our need for faith, and the power of the Gospel.
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!
Message #58: Transfigured
Matthew 17:1-13 • October 4, 2020 • David Cotner
In today’s message, we come upon a dazzling scene that is both breathtaking and bewildering. In Matthew 17:1-13, Jesus takes Peter, James, and John up on a high mountain and is transformed in front of them to the point that He begins to glow while Moses and Elijah appear at His side. This scene is so amazing that Peter says something ridiculous and then is cut off by God Himself who speaks from a cloud. Crazy, huh? But what in the world happened in this event? Why is it so important? And, very practically, how does this event help us and shape us to-day? Join us as we answer these questions and more as we dive into Message #58, “Transfigured”.
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.
Message #57: One Solitary Life
Matthew 16:13-28 • September 27, 2020 • David Cotner
Today we arrive at one of the most important sections in all of Matthew – Matthew 16:13-28. In many ways, this is the crescendo of Matthew, the climax of the book. Everything that we have studied and examined up to this point culminates right here. In this section, the identity of Jesus is clearly verbalized and the mission of Jesus is plainly revealed. This section also ends with a call to follow Jesus, a call that demands self-denial, death row, and unquestioned obedience.
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!