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Parables by the Lakeside 3

Published July 29, 2017

Date: 7/23/17 Title: Parables by the Lakeside 3 Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 13:24-30   We often wonder why God’s people and the wicked must co-exist together. Jesus answers this in Matthew 13 in the Parable of the Weeds. It is so that God’s people can increase along side those who are not. The question is are you wheat or a weed?

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Parables by the Lakeside 2

Published July 29, 2017

Date: 7/16/2017 Title: Parables by the Lakeside 2 Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 13:1-23   Sometimes the gospel message is received eagerly. Sometimes it is not. According to Matthew 13 the difference is not due to the presentation, but due to the heart of the one hearing it. In the Parable of the Sower Jesus identifies four types of heart responses to hearing the message of the kingdom of God. What type of heart do you have?

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Parables by the Lakeside 1

Published July 29, 2017

Date: 7/9/2017 Title: Parables by the Lakeside 1 Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Matthew 13:1-17   Jesus often taught in parables. In Matthew 13 the disciples question Jesus on why he spoke in parables rather than directly. His response: so that those with faith can hear and understand.

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The Family of God

Published July 29, 2017

Date: 7/2/2017 Title: The Family of God Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 12:46-50   We are told that everyone is a child of God and that we all are part of God’s family. No matter what we believe or what we do. The problem is that this belief is not biblical and does not match what Jesus taught about the family of God. The true family of God are those who are adopted by Him through the transforming faith in Christ that results in his children looking more and more like Christ.

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The Only Sign That Matters

Published July 29, 2017

Date: 6/25/2017 Title: The Only Sign That Matters Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 12:38-45   In our materialistic and naturalistic world, we demand God show us a sign. We demand a sign that He exists. We demand a sign that He loves us. We demand a sign that He is who He says He is. Although There are many signs that point to God, if we are not careful we will miss the only sign that really matters: The death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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A Man Used by God

Published July 29, 2017

Date: 6/18/2017 Title: A Man Used by God Speaker: Pastor George Gracie Scripture: Ephesians 5:22-32 This Father’s Day we explore God’s Word to learn what it means to be a good father and husband: A man used by God.

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Words Matter

Published June 18, 2017

Date: 6/11/2017 Title: Words Matter Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 12:33-37 We are proverbially told that “sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Yet, if we are honest with ourselves we know that this is not true. Words can hurt and do have consequences. In Matthew 12 Jesus reminds us that our words matter and can have eternal consequences.

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You Must Choose

Published June 18, 2017

  Date: 6/4/2017 Title: You Must Choose Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 12:22-32 When it comes to Jesus we often think that there is neutral ground, that we can put off making a decision concerning Him. The problem is that in Matthew 12 Jesus does not allow this. He declares, “Whoever is not with me is against me, and whoever does not gather with me scatters.” Therefore, you must choose.

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Jesus the Servant of God

Published June 18, 2017

  Date: 5/28/2017 Title: Jesus the Servant of God Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 12:15-21   In the first century many of the Jewish leaders misunderstood Jesus, and thus rejected him as Messiah. If we are not careful, we also can misunderstand Jesus. The result being that we worship a Jesus of our own creation, rather than as revealed in God’s Word. In Matthew 12 Jesus is revealed as God’s prophesied chosen Servant who is both humble and gentle, but also the saving King.

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Avoiding a Legalistic Heart

Published May 22, 2017

Date: 5/21/2017 Title: Avoiding a Legalistic Heart Speaker: Pastor Darryl J. Stalter Scripture: Matthew 12:1-14   In our relativistic world, we are often afraid that we will be viewed a legalistic. However, how God defines legalism is different than the way the world does. The world defines legalism as anyone who upholds a universal standard of truth and behavior, to include God’s Word. In Matthew 12 Jesus defines legalism more narrowly as bowing down to the letter of God’s Law to bolster one’s own self-righteousness often in violation of the very intent of that law and often at the expense […]

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