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Far or Near?

The prophet Isaiah informed his brethren just exactly it was that caused their spiritual separation from God: “But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear” (Isa. 59.2). In our world of three dimensions, we understand …

Do Not Be A Stumbling Block

Jesus said, The one who loves his brother abides in the Light and there is no cause for stumbling in him (1 John 2.10-nau) One of the most common refrains in the Old Testament during the time of the divided kingdom was that the northern kingdom’s kings “caused Israel to …

AM Sermon 7/28/13: The Emergence of Sin

AM Scripture Reading: Romans 7.7-12 This Morning’s Sermon: Brent T. Willey THE EMERGENCE OF SIN Introduction: Most people do not think about “sin.” This is a mistake! Just how long has sin existed? When did it emerge? What is sin and how and why is it committed? When does sin …

PM Sermon 7/7/13: “The Issues of Life”

PM Scripture Reading: Proverbs 4.20-27 Brent T. Willey “THE ISSUES OF LIFE” (There’s Always Somebody That Has It Worse Off In Life) Introduction: “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Prov. 4.23). Tōwts-a-ōwth (“issues”): the boundary ends; the limits. In this context …

PM Sermon 5/12/13: The Overtaken

PM Scripture Reading: Luke 15.1-7 Brent T. Willey THE OVERTAKEN Galatians 6.1-2 Introduction: Paul indicates that a brother can be “overtaken in a trespass” to such an extent that his soul is in jeopardy. Consider… Prolambanō [prolamba/nw]– “overtaken” or “caught in” Paraptōma [para/ptwma]- “a false step, a blunder; denotes a …

PM Sermon 3/3/13: The Greater Defeat

PM Scripture Reading: Joshua 7:3-5 David M. Fiddament THE GREATER DEFEAT Introduction: After the mighty victory at Jericho, I can only imagine Joshua’s confusion from the defeat at the battle of Ai. Israel was defeated by more than the people of Ai; they were defeated by sin. I. SIN CAUSES …

“What Did I Do?”

James wrote to Christians this following warning: “Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin” (James 4.17). When children know they are in trouble, they think they did something wrong, otherwise why the problem? They may ask, “What did …

PM Sermon 11/11/12: “Waiting for the Lord”

PM Scripture Reading: Psalm 130.1-8 Brent T. Willey “Waiting For The Lord” Psalm 130 Introduction: The psalmist declared, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope” (Psa. 130.5 – nkjv). “Wait” is from qavah [hwq], a verb meaning, “to wait, look for, hope, …