(01-29-23) Esther 3 | Hand Me a Beer! \ Rev. Dr. Luke Wynja
The Actors: Mordecai, the Jew, Haman the Agagite and enemy of the Jews, Ahasuerus the King of Persia, the scribes. The Enmity, the plot, the decree, the indifference of the King. The two kingdoms: darkness and light and their representatives. Do we live in indifference to the situation? Do we sit down in front of the TV with our beer, oblivious to the battle?
January 29, 2023
(01-22-23) Genesis Series Conclusion | The Seed \ John Frese
As we conclude our study in Genesis this morning, I thought you would find it helpful to have a written copy of the questions you’ll be asked to help you hear and heed the text. These are the questions you’ll be asked in the sermon this morning to help you to obey Scripture. Scripture provides the script for our existence. 1. How is God calling me and us to participate in his Great Commandment and Great Commission in the world immediately around me in the time immediately ahead of me? Yet Not I but Through Christ in Me 2a. How do I know and receive Jesus as my own Lord and Savior? 2b. How is God calling me and us to show and to speak Jesus to people immediately around me right now? Don’t fear the Fall; faith works! 3. What fear keeps my faith from working right now? This is the commission you’ll be given in the sermon this morning, to help you hear and heed the book of Genesis in the days ahead. This week, set aside a block of time (30-60min) to write down 2 things. (1) In your own words, what you have learned about Genesis’ message? (2) How you are going to obey Genesis in one more step to the right by engaging the world?
January 24, 2023
(01-15-23) Genesis 50 | In These Days: Covenant Life in Exile \ John Frese
Genesis 50 In These Days: Covenant Life in Exile Dress Rehearsal for Deliverance, 50.1-14 Comfort in the Covenant, 50.15-21 Promise for the Future, 50.22-26 Commission:
January 16, 2023
(01-08-23) Genesis 49 | In the Last Days: The Seed is a Coming King \ John Frese
Genesis 49 In the Last Days: The Seed is a Coming King Let’s Talk Last Days, 49.1-2 Preeminent Judah: Scepter & Lion, 49.3-17 Let’s Talk Salvation, 49.18 Faithful Joseph: Perseverance & Preservation, 49.19-28 Jacob’s Last(!) Word, 49.29-33 Commission
January 08, 2023
(01-01-23) Esther 2 | A New Year’s Contest \ Rev. Dr. Luke Wynja
The Offense of King Ahasuerus. The Deposing of Queen Vashti. An Opportunity to Put It Right. Repeating the Same Mistake. Two Faced Friends. Salvation From an Unexpected Quarter. The Transfer of Power
January 01, 2023
(12-25-22) John 1.35-51 | Jesus is King \ John Frese
Jesus is the King Come and See the Christ, 1.35-42 Come and See the King, 1.43-51 Commission
December 27, 2022
(12-18-22) John-1-14-18 | Jesus-is-the-Word \ John Frese
Jesus is the Word God With Us, 1.14 God Witnessed, 1.15 God’s Grace Given, 1.16-17 God’s Glory Known, 1.18 Commission
December 21, 2022
(12-11-22) John 1:3-13 | Jesus is Life \ John Frese
John 1.3-13 Jesus is Life Light in the Dark, 1.3-5 Witness for Belief, 1.6-8 Unknown by Own, 1.9-11 Adoption as Children, 1.12-13 Commission:
December 11, 2022
(12-04-22) John 1:1-2 | Jesus is God \ John Frese
John 1:1-2 Jesus is God In the Beginning, 1:1 This is the One, 1:2 Commission
December 05, 2022
(11-27-22) Genesis 48 | Chosen & Adopted: Extending the Covenant \ John Frese
Genesis 48 Chosen & Adopted: Extending the Covenant End and New Beginning, 48.1-2 Choosing and Coming, 48.3-7 Adopting and Blessing, 48.8-20 Faith and Inheritance, 48.21-22 Commission
November 27, 2022
(11-20-22) Genesis 47 | “And In You”: One Who Suffers Saves the Nations \ John Frese
“And In You”: One Who Suffers Saves the Nations Family & Pharoah: Two Way Blessing, 47.1-12 Purchasing People: Saving the Nations, 47.13-26 Home Again: Anticipating the Exodus, 47.27-31 Commission:
November 21, 2022
(11.13.22) Psalms 40 | From Pit to Praise \ Kevin Carr
From Pit to Praise Rescued from the Pit of Despair 40.1-5 Renewed by the Mercy of God 40.6-11 Restored to the Throne of Grace 40.12-17 Commission:
November 14, 2022
(11.06.22) Esther 1 | Amateur Hour at the Palace \ Rev. Dr. Luke Wynja
1. The King throws a 6 month long party to show who is in control. 2. The queen defies his authority. 3. The Decree! 4. Who is really in control?
November 06, 2022
(10-23-22) Genesis 45 | "Trading" in Egypt: The One Who Suffers Saves \ John Frese
Revelation: Finally They See, 45.1-3 Redemption: Joseph has Suffered to Save, 45.4-13 Reconciliation: Finally They’re Free, 45.14-15 Redemption: By Joseph, Egypt Sends Blessing, 45.16-24 Revelation: Jacob Finally Sees, 45.25-28
October 23, 2022
(10-16-22) Genesis 44 | It’s in the Bag: Judah and Benjamin \ John Frese
Genesis 44 It’s in the Bag: Judah and Benjamin Silver into the Sack, 44.1-2 Steward Springs the Trap, 44.3-13 Substitute for the Son, 44.14-3
October 16, 2022
(10-9-22) Genesis 43 | Together Again: Finding Mercy in Egypt \ John Frese
Strike out or Starve, 43.1-14 Arrival and Anxiety, 43.15-25 Fulfillment and Feast, 43.26-34
October 09, 2022
(10-02-22) Joshua 23-24 | As For Me and My House \ Luke Wynja
Calling Commitment Covenant Commission:
October 06, 2022
(9-25-22) Mark 4:1-4 | The Parable of the Sower \ Adin Yoon
The Seed of God's Word The Seed Rejected The See of God's Grace Conclusion
September 25, 2022
(9-18-22) Genesis 42 | Hunger Games: Travel and Travail in Egypt \ John Frese
A Trip to Buy Life, 42.1-5 Sweet Dreams, 42.6-17 A Trial to Give Grace, 42.18-28 Fearful Family, 42.29-38
September 18, 2022
(9-11-22) Genesis 40-41 | You Can't Keep A Good Man Down: Over Egypt \ John Frese
Joseph in the Jail House, 40.1-23 Two More Dreams, 40.1-8 God’s Word Given, 40.9-19 God’s Word Kept, 40.20-23 Joseph in the King’s Court, 41.1-57 Two More Dreams, 41.1-8 God’s Word Given, 41.9-49 God’s Word Kept, 41.50-57 Takeaways: Vocation is Ministry Faithfulness is Critical Order Brings Live
September 11, 2022
(9-4-22) Genesis 39 | “With Him”: Integrity in Every House\ John-Frese
With Him: Rising in Potiphar’s House, 39.1-6a War of Words: Temptation and Tenacity, 39.6b-18 With Him: Rising in the Prison House, 39.19-2
September 06, 2022
(8-27-22) Genesis 38 | And For Now Something Completely Different: Judah and Tamar \ John-Frese \ John-Frese
Something Completely Different? Judah the “Canaanite”, 38.1-11 Tamar the “Righteous” Woman, 38.12-26 The Seed Line Saved, 38.27-30
August 28, 2022
(8-21-22) Genesis 36-37 | Peril and Plan: Living the Dream \ John-Frese
Autumn is approaching and we are now in our Fall sermon series in Genesis. We will be following the story of Joseph, from his dreams which earned him the nickname "Dreamer" amongst his brothers to the dreams that bought him to Pharaoh's court and the saving of his family and the brother's that hatted him so much. Genesis 36-37. Two Lines in Two Lands Genesis 37.2-36: Selling the Savior for Silver Trading Covenant for Clothes?: Favored Son, 37.2b-4 Dreams and Dysfunction: Hated Brother, 37.5-11 Dreams Foiled or Fulfilled?: Lost Sheep, Lost Son, 37.12-3
August 23, 2022
(8-14-22) Joshua 11 | Entering Into Rest \ Luke Wynja
What does the story or the Tortoise and the Hare have to do with the Book of Joshua. Dr Luck Wynja explains how like the tortoise we need to keep going at what the Lord has given us to do and He will take care of the end.
August 15, 2022
(8-07-22) Joshua 10 | A Watching God Ensures the Victory \ Luke Wynja
Trusting God for the Victory!
August 08, 2022
(7-31-22) Bill Carr
Bill Carr filled in this week for John Frese
August 02, 2022
(7-24-22) Psalm 32 Just One Covering / John Frese
Psalms 32 | Just One Covering Find Cover in Uncovering, 32.1-5 Find Love in Sheltering, 32.6-11 Commission: Uncover your Sin!
July 24, 2022
(7-17-22) Psalm 30 Just One Savior / John Frese
Psalms 31 | Just One Savior - Notes Refuge in God’s Hand, 31.0-8 Trust in God’s Time, 31.9-20 Waiting in the City, 31.21-24
July 17, 2022
(7-10-22) Psalm 30 Just One Song / John Frese
Psalms 30 describes the substitutionary nature of the work of Christ and the meaning of his shed blood.
July 10, 2022
(7-3-22) Psalm 29 Just One Voice / John Frese
Hear the Call 29:1-2 Hear the Voice 29: 3-9 Hear the Peace 29:10-11
July 04, 2022
(6-26-22) Psalms 28 Just One Cry / John Frese
To You I Call, 28.0-2 Don’t Drag Me Off, 28.3-5 The LORD Has Heard, 28.6-10 Commission: Read Psalms 28 with another person and pray for each other in light of this Psalm.
June 26, 2022
(6.19.22) Psalms 27: Just One Thing / John Frese
John Frese discusses these topics: Whom Shall I Fear?, 27.1-3 Desire to Live, 27.4-6 Desire to Love, 27.7-10 Desire to Learn, 27.11-12 I Will Wait, 27.13-14
June 20, 2022
(6.12.22) Psalms 1 - 2 Song of the Son / John Frese
Pastor John Frese gives a review of the book of Psalms in preparation for the Summer Psalms series. He explains that the book of Psalms is the story of Jesus. Psalms is actually 5 books in one and every book Book One, Psalms 1-41 - Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting, Amen and Amen. Book Two, Psalms 42 - 72 - Blessed be his glorious name forever, may the whole earth be filled with his glory, Amen and Amen! Book Three, Psalms 73 - 89 - Blessed be the Lord forever! Amen and Amen. Book Four, Psalms 90 - 106 - Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! And let all the people say, "Amen!" Book Five, Psalms 107 - 150 - Let everything that has breath praise the Lord! Praise the Lord!
June 13, 2022
(6.5.22) Psalms 125 Orderly Love / Patrick O'Banion
God promises rest to those who trust in Him through what Jesus accomplished. Jesus did what we could not and cannot do when He gave himself on the Cross.
June 05, 2022
(5.29.22) Acts 4:23-37 The Christian Community / Brandon Haan
What does it mean to live in Christian Community 1. Prayer of the persecuted (a). The sovereignty of God, (b). Boldness to continue, (c). God's response 2. Generous sacrifice (a). Deep unity, (b). Stewarding God's gifts, (c). Wisdom in giving and distribution
June 03, 2022
(5.22.22) 1 Thessalonians Conclusion | Tender Discipleship / John Frese
Pastor John Frese, in the conclusion the book of 1 Thessalonians, summaries as We are Thankful you are Imitators, 1:2 - 2:16 Torn Away, Brought Together, 2:17 - 3:13 Loving Exhortations for Imitators, 4:1 - 5:24 Closing, 5:25 - 28 He leaves us with three commissions: Give Thanks (Joyful Gratitude) Become Imitators (Diligent Discipleship) Now We Live (Godly Motivation) Every Day Until the Day (Eschatological Endurance)
May 23, 2022
(5.15.22) Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2 Living the New LIfe / Adin Yoon
Paul admonishes and encourages the Ephesians to Live the New Life they have in Christ, by putting away dishonesty, anger, laziness, stealing, corrupting talk and bitterness and wrath. Instead speak the truth, work honestly with their hands instead of using the hands to steal, build up with our words, be kind and tenderhearted toward each other and forgive one another. Give not opportunity to the devil nor grieve the Holy Spirit.
May 23, 2022
(5.8.22) 1 Thess. 5: 23 - 28 God of Peace, God of Grace / John Frese
"Now may the God of peace sanctify you completely..." Pastor John Frese explains what Paul meant by "sanctify you completely" and points us to the coming of Christ for the fulfillment of that prayer.
May 08, 2022
(5.1.22) Joshua 8:1-2, 9:1-14 Seek the Lord in Everything / Luke Wynja
Joshua and the Israelite were up and down in seeking the Lord for his guidance. In this story from the time of the conquest they were deceived by the clever trick of some local people God commanded them to destroy, all because they failed to seek the Lord for insight into the story they were being told, and thought their earlier success had given them the wisdom they needed. We can learn from this story and seek the Lord for his wisdom when faced with difficult situations and not rely on our own understanding for direction.
May 02, 2022
(4.24.22) 1 Thess. 5: 16-22 Everyday Gospel Habits: Thanksgiving & Worship / John FresePastor-John-Frese
Develop habits that display the effect of the Gospel in your life:m Rejoice, Pray, Give Thanks. Do not quench the Spirit, do not despise prophecies. Test everything, hold fast to what is good, abstain from evil.
April 26, 2022
04-17-22 1 Thess. (Selected Texts) To Wait for His Risen Son / John Frese
To Wait for the Risen Son
April 21, 2022
(4.10.22) 1 Thess. 5:12-15 Everyday Gospel Habits: Honor & Imitation / John Frese
Understanding Paul's encouragement to honor those who serve in the church and to for habits that imitate those leaders. Paul uses words like Labor, admonish, and rule. He encourages us to warns our fellow believes, to encourage and help others, to be patient, and to not repay evil with evil, but to do good.
April 10, 2022
(4-3-2022) 1 Thess. 4:1-8 Live Today for the Day / John Frese
A new sermon by John Frese
April 05, 2022
(3.20.22) 1 Thess 4:1-8 | Bound to Abide and Abound - John-Frese
This is the will of God: our sanctification. This text tells us the practical side of that process - controlling our passions.
March 29, 2022
(3.13.22) 1 Thess. 3:6-13 | Now We Live - John Frese
A study of the meaning of Paul's words in 1 Thessalonians and how they should direct our life.
March 29, 2022
1 Thess. 2.17 - 3.5 | Concern for the Gospel / Luke Wynja
When adversity comes into the Christian life, at times there is a desire to avoid it or fix it. The apostle Paul expected it, but also expresses his concern for how persecution and adversity can challenge faith. In this message, the Challenges, Concerns, and Calling of Christians is set against the backdrop of Paul's love for the church and his greater love for the gospel.
March 07, 2022