Dec 10, 2017
It Was Time
Series: MARK
So often, we run our lives by scheduling one event after another.  We allow the clock to take control of our lives and our paths .  If we are willing to take the time and pull ourselves back for a moment, we will see that every major marker on the clock serves to remind us of the events that took place on Good Friday when Jesus paid the price for us to one day enter into a time of rest.  3, 6, 9, 12 forms a cross when you make the connections.  These same time markers are given in Scripture to Mark the events of the day God died for us...in the flesh.  Listen, learn, and live every moment of your life for Him.
 
Mark 15:33-47 ESV
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  • Dec 10, 2017It Was Time
    Dec 10, 2017
    It Was Time
    Series: MARK
    So often, we run our lives by scheduling one event after another.  We allow the clock to take control of our lives and our paths .  If we are willing to take the time and pull ourselves back for a moment, we will see that every major marker on the clock serves to remind us of the events that took place on Good Friday when Jesus paid the price for us to one day enter into a time of rest.  3, 6, 9, 12 forms a cross when you make the connections.  These same time markers are given in Scripture to Mark the events of the day God died for us...in the flesh.  Listen, learn, and live every moment of your life for Him.
     
    Mark 15:33-47 ESV
  • Dec 3, 2017A Life for a Life
    Dec 3, 2017
    A Life for a Life
    Series: MARK
    We ask the question "Why?" when tragedy strikes or when we face trials of many kinds.  We often react emotionally and focus on the physical circumstances we're in--instead of on--the spiritual lessons we can learn from the situation.  And when the trials are sustained, we move on from asking "Why?" or "Why is this happening to me?" to "Why isn't God doing something about it?"
     
    Sometimes we doubt, sometimes we worry, sometimes we lash out and mock God, but we always want Him to do something to deliver us from our trials--even when we cannot fathom what the Father could be doing in that moment.  Listen to today's message, and see how the crowds who gathered around the cross represent the various peoples of the world and how we respond to suffering. 
     
    As followers of Jesus, we must learn to trust that God is working in our lives to shape us for all eternity--even when we cannot see his hand at play or understand what he's doing in the present.  Listen, learn, and live out your faith...so that you (like Jesus) may offer "A Life for a Life."
     
    Mark 15:22-32 ESV
  • Nov 19, 2017Burdens and Blessings
    Nov 19, 2017
    Burdens and Blessings
    Series: MARK
    How many times have you passed up an opportunity to help someone in need?  While most have a desire to help, we refuse to do so when we believe that helping someone else might cost us our time, effort, money, etc.  We are generally willing to stand in the gap and help to a degree, but we hesitate when we believe that it may truly cost us something.  It seems that we are willing to be a blessing to others so long as doing so doesn't become a burden for us.   Listen to today's sermon and see how one man was chosen by God to be a blessing to Jesus as he carried the Cross all the way to Calvary so that through Jesus all nations would be blessed.  Listen to today's teaching to see how Jesus followers must balance personal responsibility with a commitment to community.
     
    Mark 15:21 ESV
  • Nov 12, 2017Silence, Substitution, and Suffering
    Nov 12, 2017
    Silence, Substitution, and Suffering
    Series: MARK
    In today's teaching, Pastor Stephen tells a familiar story and unpacks some hidden gems that puts God's sovereignty on full display during the trials of Jesus by both Jew and Gentile alike. See how mob mentality influences weak leaders to do what is popular instead of what is right--which still takes place in the world today. Also, learn how the people choosing Barabbas over Jesus clearly displays the gospel when the lawless one would be set free and the Flawless One would be condemned. Mark 15:1-20 ESV
  • Nov 5, 2017Jesus’ Trial and Peter’s Denial
    Nov 5, 2017
    Jesus’ Trial and Peter’s Denial
    Series: MARK
    While Jesus was facing an unfair trial in the High Priest's palace above, Mark was warming himself by the enemy's fire in the courtyard below. Listen to today's sermon to see how Jesus models how we should respond to unfair trials in life and how Peter allowed his shortcomings to drive him back to Jesus for forgiveness and a new beginning. The rooster's crow not only served as a reminder for Peter of how he fell short, but it also signified the dawning of a new day in his life as a Christ follower. Though Peter failed Jesus; Jesus would not fail Peter. Listen, learn, and live out Scripture's lessons. Mark 14:53-72
  • Oct 29, 2017Moving Beyond Betrayal
    Oct 29, 2017
    Moving Beyond Betrayal
    Series: MARK
    This week, Pastor Stephen teaches on Moving Beyond Betrayal.  He shares how Jesus' deepest wound was inflicted in the garden...before the beatings and the crucifixion even began.  We know this to be true in our own lives where it seems that the people we love the most are oftentimes the ones who hurt us the most.  Jesus loved Judas, but Judas loved money.   Peter had good intentions, but they didn't translate into good actions.  Under the cover of darkness, all would desert Jesus and the mob would seize him.  Listen to today's message and apply the lessons learned to your lives.
     
    Mark 14:43-52
  • Oct 22, 2017Fear, Faith, and Following
    Oct 22, 2017
    Fear, Faith, and Following
    Series: MARK
    How do you follow God when you know that he's leading you in a direction that you don't want to go?  Will you choose your way or his way?  Maybe you had good intentions, but what happens when they don't translate into right actions?  The Apostle Peter will experience this very thing as he promised to stand by Jesus through any trial...but denied him as soon as the trials began.  In today's message, we look at how Jesus' friends left him when he needed them the most.  We look at how Jesus prepared himself to face the trials to come, and we learn lessons from how he yielded to his Father's will in the garden that would carry him all the way to the cross.  Listen, learn, and apply the lessons Jesus taught us in his life to your life.
     
    Mark 14:26-42
  • Oct 15, 2017The Betrayal, the Bread, and the Blood
    Oct 15, 2017
    The Betrayal, the Bread, and the Blood
    Series: MARK
    For nearly 1500 years, they celebrated the Passover meal the same way--remembering their deliverance from Egypt. This Passover was different. They were crying out for God to save them, and he came as the Passover Lamb to do exactly that. The Last Supper would become the Lord's Supper--when Jesus flipped the script to give this old meal a new meaning. He can do the same for your life today. You will either betray him or believe him. Which will it be for you? Listen to today's message on The Betrayal, The Bread, and the Blood. Mark 14:10-26 ESV
  • Oct 8, 2017Counting the Cost
    Oct 8, 2017
    Counting the Cost
    Series: MARK
    In today's message, Pastor Stephen tells the story a woman who selflessly poured out a bottle of expensive perfume on Jesus to both anoint him as King and prepare his body for burial.  The gift she gave was costly--and it offended others in the room.  What the disciples saw as waste, she saw as worship...and so did Jesus who quickly came to her defense for doing a beautiful thing to him.  What are you doing for Jesus?  What is he worth to you?  Are you willing to break the bottle, pour yourself out, and hold nothing back?  Listen, learn, and live out the Word.
     
    Mark 14:1-9 ESV
     
     
  • Oct 1, 2017What Really Matters Most in the End
    Oct 1, 2017
    What Really Matters Most in the End
    Series: MARK
    In today' sermon, Pastor Stephen continues to unpack Jesus' warning to his disciples regarding the destruction and deception that will come upon Israel as Jesus laid out in his Olivet Discourse where he speaks of a specific sign that will take place called an abomination of desolation.  Listen to today's sermon to understand the origins of this phrase and possible fulfillments of Daniel's vision of 70 weeks.  Was it literal or figurative?  Has it been fulfilled in history or will it be fulfilled in the future (or both)?  With so many interpretations of the timing of end time events, what should believers be focused-on?  (Hint:  It's not date-setting or fretting or predicting who the antichrist might be or when the end will come--BUT we are to focus on the Gospel--because that is "What Really Matters Most in the End!"
     
    Mark 13:14-36 (ESV)