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Saints in the Hands of a Merciful God (2 Samuel 24:10-17)

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A Long-Awaited Son (Ruth 4:13-22)
A Long-Awaited Son (Ruth 4:13-22)
On Sunday, December 4, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A Long-Awaited Son" from Ruth 4:13-22. God sovereignly oversees all things, even the suffering in our lives, in order to carry out his great plan of salvation. 1. The Birth of a Son (v. 13) 13 So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son.  2. A Blessing to Naomi (vs. 14-16) 14 Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! 15 He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given birth to him.” 16 Then Naomi took the child and laid him on her lap and became his nurse.  3. A Bigger Picture (vs. 17-22) 17 And the women of the neighborhood gave him a name, saying, “A son has been born to Naomi.” They named him Obed. He was the father of Jesse, the father of David. 18 Now these are the generations of Perez: Perez fathered Hezron, 19 Hezron fathered Ram, Ram fathered Amminadab, 20 Amminadab fathered Nahshon, Nahshon fathered Salmon, 21 Salmon fathered Boaz, Boaz fathered Obed, 22 Obed fathered Jesse, and Jesse fathered David. mcopc.org/podcast 
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December 04, 2022
A Generous and Growing Church (Acts 2:42-47)
A Generous and Growing Church (Acts 2:42-47)
On Sunday, November 27, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "A Generous and Growing Church" from Acts 2:42-27 (CSB). 42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching, to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and signs were being performed through the apostles. 44 Now all the believers were together and held all things in common. 45 They sold their possessions and property and distributed the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 Every day they devoted themselves to meeting together in the temple, and broke bread from house to house. They ate their food with joyful and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. Every day the Lord added to their number those who were being saved. mcopc.org/podcast
35:55
December 04, 2022
Partners in the Gospel (Philippians 1:3-5)
Partners in the Gospel (Philippians 1:3-5)
On Sunday, November 20, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Partners in the Gospel" from Philippians 1:3-5. 3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. mcopc.org/podcast
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November 23, 2022
An Oath Fulfilled (1 Kings 1:28-40)
An Oath Fulfilled (1 Kings 1:28-40)
On Sunday, November 13, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "An Oath Fulfilled" from 1 Kings 1:28-40. "The Lord redeemed David to ensure that David's future Son would come to redeem sinners like you and me." 1. As Yahweh Lives (vs. 28-31) 28 Then King David answered, “Call Bathsheba to me.” So she came into the king's presence and stood before the king. 29 And the king swore, saying, “As the Lord lives, who has redeemed my soul out of every adversity, 30 as I swore to you by the Lord, the God of Israel, saying, ‘Solomon your son shall reign after me, and he shall sit on my throne in my place,’ even so will I do this day.” 31 Then Bathsheba bowed with her face to the ground and paid homage to the king and said, “May my lord King David live forever!” 2. Fulfilling the Oath (vs. 32-37) 32 King David said, “Call to me Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada.” So they came before the king. 33 And the king said to them, “Take with you the servants of your lord and have Solomon my son ride on my own mule, and bring him down to Gihon. 34 And let Zadok the priest and Nathan the prophet there anoint him king over Israel. Then blow the trumpet and say, ‘Long live King Solomon!’ 35 You shall then come up after him, and he shall come and sit on my throne, for he shall be king in my place. And I have appointed him to be ruler over Israel and over Judah.” 36 And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada answered the king, “Amen! May the Lord, the God of my lord the king, say so. 37 As the Lord has been with my lord the king, even so may he be with Solomon, and make his throne greater than the throne of my lord King David.” 3. The King Anointed (vs. 38-40) 38 So Zadok the priest, Nathan the prophet, and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, and the Cherethites and the Pelethites went down and had Solomon ride on King David's mule and brought him to Gihon. 39 There Zadok the priest took the horn of oil from the tent and anointed Solomon. Then they blew the trumpet, and all the people said, “Long live King Solomon!” 40 And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise. mcopc.org/podcast
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November 13, 2022
The Chief Shepherd and His Flock (1 Peter 5:1-5)
The Chief Shepherd and His Flock (1 Peter 5:1-5)
On Sunday, November 6, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Chief Shepherd and His Flock" from 1 Peter 5;1-5. "To the elders: Shepherd the flock God has given you; To the members: Be shepherded by the elders God has given you; to all: clothe yourselves with humility." 1. Shepherd  2. Members
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November 13, 2022
Bringing Peace to the Throne (1 Kings 1:11-27)
Bringing Peace to the Throne (1 Kings 1:11-27)
On Sunday, October 30, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Bringing Peace to the Throne" from 1 Kings 1:11-27. "Jesus Christ brings true peace between God and Man because he is the Prince of Peace who sits on the Throne." 1. Giver of Good Advice (vs. 1-14) 2. Reminder of the Oath (vs. 15-21) 3. Player for Peace (vs. 22-27) mcopc.org/podcast
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October 30, 2022
Indwelling Spirit: New Creation Begun (Acts 2)
Indwelling Spirit: New Creation Begun (Acts 2)
On Sunday, October 23, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached, "Indwelling Spirit: New Creation Begun" from Acts 2. mcopc.org/podcast
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October 23, 2022
Putting on Heirs (1 Kings 1:1-10)
Putting on Heirs (1 Kings 1:1-10)
On Sunday, October 16, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Putting on Heirs" from 1 Kings 1:1-10. "Though every earthly government and institution will come to an end, Jesus Christ reigns over a Kingdom that will have no end." 1. A Double-Seasoned Saint (vs. 1-4) 1 Now King David was old and advanced in years. And although they covered him with clothes, he could not get warm. 2 Therefore his servants said to him, “Let a young woman be sought for my lord the king, and let her wait on the king and be in his service. Let her lie in your arms, that my lord the king may be warm.” 3 So they sought for a beautiful young woman throughout all the territory of Israel, and found Abishag the Shunammite, and brought her to the king. 4 The young woman was very beautiful, and she was of service to the king and attended to him, but the king knew her not. 2. Self-Exaltation of an Heir (vs. 5-10) 5 Now Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, “I will be king.” And he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 6 His father had never at any time displeased him by asking, “Why have you done thus and so?” He was also a very handsome man, and he was born next after Absalom. 7 He conferred with Joab the son of Zeruiah and with Abiathar the priest. And they followed Adonijah and helped him. 8 But Zadok the priest and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada and Nathan the prophet and Shimei and Rei and David's mighty men were not with Adonijah. 9 Adonijah sacrificed sheep, oxen, and fattened cattle by the Serpent's Stone, which is beside En-rogel, and he invited all his brothers, the king's sons, and all the royal officials of Judah, 10 but he did not invite Nathan the prophet or Benaiah or the mighty men or Solomon his brother. mcopc.org/podcast
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October 16, 2022
An Altar to the Lord (2 Samuel 24:18-25)
An Altar to the Lord (2 Samuel 24:18-25)
On Sunday, October 9, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "An Altar to the Lord" from 2 Samuel 24:18-25. "Just as Israel was under the curse of a plague, we were under the curse of eternal punishment in hell, but Jesus took our punishment on himself." 1. The Threshing Floor of Araunah (vs. 18-20) 18 And Gad came that day to David and said to him, “Go up, raise an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.” 19 So David went up at Gad's word, as the Lord commanded. 20 And when Araunah looked down, he saw the king and his servants coming on toward him. And Araunah went out and paid homage to the king with his face to the ground.  2. Bought for a Price (vs. 21-24) 21 And Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?” David said, “To buy the threshing floor from you, in order to build an altar to the Lord, that the plague may be averted from the people.” 22 Then Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take and offer up what seems good to him. Here are the oxen for the burnt offering and the threshing sledges and the yokes of the oxen for the wood. 23 All this, O king, Araunah gives to the king.” And Araunah said to the king, “May the Lord your God accept you.” 24 But the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will buy it from you for a price. I will not offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God that cost me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.  3. An Offering Pleasing to the Lord (v. 25) 25 And David built there an altar to the Lord and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord responded to the plea for the land, and the plague was averted from Israel. mcopc.org/podcast
28:40
October 09, 2022
Lecture 03: Biblical Theology of the Temple as Background for Revelation 21 | DFW Reformation Conference 2022
Lecture 03: Biblical Theology of the Temple as Background for Revelation 21 | DFW Reformation Conference 2022
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, Dr. Gregory K. Beale delivered his third lecture at our eighth annual DFW Reformation Conference. mcopc.org/podcast
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October 05, 2022
Lecture 02: Biblical Theology of the Temple as Background for Revelation 21 | DFW Reformation Conference 2022
Lecture 02: Biblical Theology of the Temple as Background for Revelation 21 | DFW Reformation Conference 2022
On Saturday, October 1, 2022, Dr. Gregory K. Beale delivered his second lecture at our eighth annual DFW Reformation Conference. mcopc.org/podcast
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October 04, 2022
Lecture 01: The Purpose of Symbolism in Revelation | DFW Reformation Conference 2022
Lecture 01: The Purpose of Symbolism in Revelation | DFW Reformation Conference 2022
On Friday, September 30, 2022, Dr. Gregory K. Beale delivered the first of three lectures at our eighth annual DFW Reformation Conference.   "Symbols in Revelation will either sedate us, or they will shock us into the reality of our faith." mcopc.org/podcast
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October 03, 2022
An Unexpected Advance of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-14)
An Unexpected Advance of the Gospel (Philippians 1:12-14)
On Sunday, October 2, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "An Unexpected Advance of the Gospel" from Philippians 1:12-14. 12 I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel, 13 so that it has become known throughout the whole imperial guard and to all the rest that my imprisonment is for Christ. 14 And most of the brothers, having become confident in the Lord by my imprisonment, are much more bold to speak the word without fear. mcopc.org/podcast
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October 03, 2022
Saints in the Hands of a Merciful God (2 Samuel 24:10-17)
Saints in the Hands of a Merciful God (2 Samuel 24:10-17)
On Sunday, September 25, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Saints in the Hands of a Merciful God," from 2 Samuel 24:10-17. "Whether in bitterly hard times, or in times of great joy, it is better to be in the hands of the Lord than anywhere else." 1. Try Sorrow for Sin 2. The Lord's Choice 3. Sin's Consequence 4. The Mercy of the Lord mcopc.org/podcast
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September 25, 2022
Jesus Knows What Is In Man (John 2: 23-25)
Jesus Knows What Is In Man (John 2: 23-25)
On Sunday, September 18, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Jesus Knows What Is In Man" from John 2:23-25. "Despite the fact that Jesus knew the sinfulness in us, he willingly died on the cross to save us." 1. Divine Knowledge: Theology  2. To Trust, Or Not to Trust?: Anthropology  3. Still, He Came: Soteriology  23 Now when he was in Jerusalem at the Passover Feast, many believed in his name when they saw the signs that he was doing. 24 But Jesus on his part did not entrust himself to them, because he knew all people 25 and needed no one to bear witness about man, for he himself knew what was in man. (ESV)  mcopc.org/podcast
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September 18, 2022
The Life and Legacy of Abel (Genesis 4:1-8)
The Life and Legacy of Abel (Genesis 4:1-8)
On Sunday, September 11, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached, "The Life and Legacy of Abel" from Genesis 4:1-8. 1. A Fallen, Frustrating, and Futile World (Genesis 3) 2. Seemingly, a Fruitless, Fleeting, and Futile Life (Genesis 4:1-8; Ecclesiastes 1) 4 The man was intimate with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain. She said, “I have had a male child with the Lord’s help.” 2 She also gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel became a shepherd of flocks, but Cain worked the ground. 3 In the course of time Cain presented some of the land’s produce as an offering to the Lord. 4 And Abel also presented an offering—some of the firstborn of his flock and their fat portions. The Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, 5 but he did not have regard for Cain and his offering. Cain was furious, and he looked despondent. 6 Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you furious? And why do you look despondent? 7 If you do what is right, won’t you be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.” 8 Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” And while they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. (CSB) 3. Lives and World Set Free from Futility (Hebrews 11:4; Romans 8:18-23; 1 Corinthians 15:48-58; Hebrews 12:22-29; 13:15-16) mcopc.org/podcast
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September 15, 2022
The Measurement of Power (2 Samuel 24:1-9)
The Measurement of Power (2 Samuel 24:1-9)
On Sunday, September 4, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "The Measurement of Power" from 2 Samuel 24:1-9. "God is good, God is sovereign, and God can use even the sinful deeds of men to carry out his purposes." 1. Kindled Anger (v. 1) 1 Again the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel, and he incited David against them, saying, “Go, number Israel and Judah” (cf. 1 Chronicles 21:1). 2. Playing at Power (vs. 2-9)   2 So the king said to Joab, the commander of the army, who was with him, “Go through all the tribes of Israel, from Dan to Beersheba, and number the people, that I may know the number of the people.” 3 But Joab said to the king, “May the Lord your God add to the people a hundred times as many as they are, while the eyes of my lord the king still see it, but why does my lord the king delight in this thing?” 4 But the king's word prevailed against Joab and the commanders of the army. So Joab and the commanders of the army went out from the presence of the king to number the people of Israel. 5 They crossed the Jordan and began from Aroer, and from the city that is in the middle of the valley, toward Gad and on to Jazer. 6 Then they came to Gilead, and to Kadesh in the land of the Hittites; and they came to Dan, and from Dan they went around to Sidon, 7 and came to the fortress of Tyre and to all the cities of the Hivites and Canaanites; and they went out to the Negeb of Judah at Beersheba. 8 So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days. 9 And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to the king: in Israel there were 800,000 valiant men who drew the sword, and the men of Judah were 500,000. mcopc.org/podcast
33:16
September 04, 2022
For I Know (Job 19)
For I Know (Job 19)
On Sunday, August 28, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "For I Know" from Job 19. "Though experience may try to tell you otherwise, God has revealed that your Redeemer lives, and he has stood upon the earth." 1. A Man in Conflict (vs. 1-12) 1 Then Job answered and said: 2 “How long will you torment me and break me in pieces with words? 3 These ten times you have cast reproach upon me; are you not ashamed to wrong me? 4 And even if it be true that I have erred, my error remains with myself. 5 If indeed you magnify yourselves against me and make my disgrace an argument against me, 6 know then that God has put me in the wrong and closed his net about me. 7 Behold, I cry out, ‘Violence!’ but I am not answered; I call for help, but there is no justice. 8 He has walled up my way, so that I cannot pass, and he has set darkness upon my paths. 9 He has stripped from me my glory and taken the crown from my head. 10 He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree. 11 He has kindled his wrath against me and counts me as his adversary. 12 His troops come on together; they have cast up their siege ramp against me and encamp around my tent. 2. Filing of Complaints (vs. 13-22) 13 “He has put my brothers far from me, and those who knew me are wholly estranged from me. 14 My relatives have failed me, my close friends have forgotten me. 15 The guests in my house and my maidservants count me as a stranger; I have become a foreigner in their eyes. 16 I call to my servant, but he gives me no answer; I must plead with him with my mouth for mercy. 17 My breath is strange to my wife, and I am a stench to the children of my own mother. 18 Even young children despise me; when I rise they talk against me. 19 All my intimate friends abhor me, and those whom I loved have turned against me. 20 My bones stick to my skin and to my flesh, and I have escaped by the skin of my teeth. 21 Have mercy on me, have mercy on me, O you my friends, for the hand of God has touched me! 22 Why do you, like God, pursue me? Why are you not satisfied with my flesh? 3. What Job Knows (vs. 23-29) 23 “Oh that my words were written! Oh that they were inscribed in a book! 24 Oh that with an iron pen and lead they were engraved in the rock forever! 25 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me! 28 If you say, ‘How we will pursue him!’ and, ‘The root of the matter is found in him,’ 29 be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.” mcopc.org/podcast
41:29
August 28, 2022
Meritorious Mast for David's Mighty Men (2 Samuel 23:8-39)
Meritorious Mast for David's Mighty Men (2 Samuel 23:8-39)
On Sunday, August 21, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Meritorious Mast for David's Mighty Men" from 2 Samuel 23:8-39.  "Most people desired to be remembered long after their death, but there is nothing greater than to have your name written in the Lamb's Book of Life." 1. The Rule of Three (vs. 8-12) 2. A Libation Unto the Lord (vs. 13-17) 3. Thirty and Change (vs. 18-39) mcopc.org/podcast
34:34
August 22, 2022
From Jesus' Lips to David's Ear (2 Samuel 23:1-7)
From Jesus' Lips to David's Ear (2 Samuel 23:1-7)
On Sunday, August 14, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "From Jesus' Lips to David's Ear" from 2 Samuel 23:1-7. "The promise God made in the form of an everlasting covenant was a promise about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ." 1. The Sweet Psalmist of Israel (v. 1) 1 Now these are the last words of David: The oracle of David, the son of Jesse, the oracle of the man who was raised on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, the sweet psalmist of Israel: 2. The One Who Rules Justly (vs. 2-4) 2 “The Spirit of the Lord speaks by me; his word is on my tongue. 3 The God of Israel has spoken; the Rock of Israel has said to me: When one rules justly over men, ruling in the fear of God, 4 he dawns on them like the morning light, like the sun shining forth on a cloudless morning, like rain that makes grass to sprout from the earth. 3. Plowshares Into Spears (vs. 5-7) 5 “For does not my house stand so with God? For he has made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and secure. For will he not cause to prosper all my help and my desire? 6 But worthless men are all like thorns that are thrown away, for they cannot be taken with the hand; 7 but the man who touches them arms himself with iron and the shaft of a spear, and they are utterly consumed with fire.” mcopc.org/podcast anchor.fm/mcopc
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August 22, 2022
Grace for Those Who Sin Against You (Psalm 4)
Grace for Those Who Sin Against You (Psalm 4)
On Sunday, August 7, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Grace for Those Who Sin Against You" from Psalm 4.  4 Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! 2 O men, how long shall my honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah 3 But know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself; the Lord hears when I call to him. 4 Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah 5 Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the Lord. 6 There are many who say, “Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of your face upon us, O Lord!” 7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. 8 In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. mcopc.org/podcast
45:30
August 08, 2022
For This I Will Praise You (2 Samuel 22:1-51)
For This I Will Praise You (2 Samuel 22:1-51)
On Sunday, July 31, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "For This I Will Praise You" from 2 Samuel 22:1-51. "God is worthy of our praise before, during and after any hardship we might face."  1. I Called Upon the LORD (vs. 1-6) 2. He Heard My Voice (vs. 7-20) 3. The Righteous is God's Delight (vs. 21-33) 4. Great Salvation He Brings (vs. 34-51) mcopc.org/podcast
46:23
July 31, 2022
The Lamp of Israel (2 Samuel 21:15-22)
The Lamp of Israel (2 Samuel 21:15-22)
On Sunday, July 24, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Lamp of Israel" from 2 Samuel 21:15-22. "David was the lamp of Israel, but Jesus is the Light of the world, and it is through the lamp of David that the Light of Jesus shines." 1. Put On the Bench (vs. 15-17) 15 There was war again between the Philistines and Israel, and David went down together with his servants, and they fought against the Philistines. And David grew weary. 16 And Ishbi-benob, one of the descendants of the giants, whose spear weighed three hundred shekels of bronze, and who was armed with a new sword, thought to kill David. 17 But Abishai the son of Zeruiah came to his aid and attacked the Philistine and killed him. Then David's men swore to him, “You shall no longer go out with us to battle, lest you quench the lamp of Israel.” 2. David's Giant Slayers (vs. 18-21) 18 After this there was again war with the Philistines at Gob. Then Sibbecai the Hushathite struck down Saph, who was one of the descendants of the giants. 19 And there was again war with the Philistines at Gob, and Elhanan the son of Jaare-oregim, the Bethlehemite, struck down Goliath the Gittite, the shaft of whose spear was like a weaver's beam. 20 And there was again war at Gath, where there was a man of great stature, who had six fingers on each hand, and six toes on each foot, twenty-four in number, and he also was descended from the giants. 21 And when he taunted Israel, Jonathan the son of Shimei, David's brother, struck him down.  3. The Battle is the Lord's (v. 22) 22 These four were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants. mcopc.org/podcast
26:00
July 24, 2022
How Shall I Make Atonement? (2 Samuel 21:1-14)
How Shall I Make Atonement? (2 Samuel 21:1-14)
On Sunday, July 17, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "How Shall I Make Atonement?" from 2 Samuel 21:1-14. "David made atonement for the sins of Saul against the Gibeonites; Jesus Christ made atonement for our sins against him." 1. The Covenant Brings Death (vs. 1-6) 21 Now there was a famine in the days of David for three years, year after year. And David sought the face of the Lord. And the Lord said, “There is bloodguilt on Saul and on his house, because he put the Gibeonites to death.” 2 So the king called the Gibeonites and spoke to them. Now the Gibeonites were not of the people of Israel but of the remnant of the Amorites. Although the people of Israel had sworn to spare them, Saul had sought to strike them down in his zeal for the people of Israel and Judah. 3 And David said to the Gibeonites, “What shall I do for you? And how shall I make atonement, that you may bless the heritage of the Lord?” 4 The Gibeonites said to him, “It is not a matter of silver or gold between us and Saul or his house; neither is it for us to put any man to death in Israel.” And he said, “What do you say that I shall do for you?” 5 They said to the king, “The man who consumed us and planned to destroy us, so that we should have no place in all the territory of Israel, 6 let seven of his sons be given to us, so that we may hang them before the Lord at Gibeah of Saul, the chosen of the Lord.” And the king said, “I will give them.”  2. The Covenant Brings Life (vs. 7-9) 7 But the king spared Mephibosheth, the son of Saul's son Jonathan, because of the oath of the Lord that was between them, between David and Jonathan the son of Saul.  3. The Covenant Brings Sorrow (vs. 8-11) 8 The king took the two sons of Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, whom she bore to Saul, Armoni and Mephibosheth; and the five sons of Merab the daughter of Saul, whom she bore to Adriel the son of Barzillai the Meholathite; 9 and he gave them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the mountain before the Lord, and the seven of them perished together. They were put to death in the first days of harvest, at the beginning of barley harvest. 10 Then Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it for herself on the rock, from the beginning of harvest until rain fell upon them from the heavens. And she did not allow the birds of the air to come upon them by day, or the beasts of the field by night. 11 When David was told what Rizpah the daughter of Aiah, the concubine of Saul, had done,  4. The Covenant Brings Joy (vs. 12-14) 12 David went and took the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan from the men of Jabesh-gilead, who had stolen them from the public square of Beth-shan, where the Philistines had hanged them, on the day the Philistines killed Saul on Gilboa. 13 And he brought up from there the bones of Saul and the bones of his son Jonathan; and they gathered the bones of those who were hanged. 14 And they buried the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan in the land of Benjamin in Zela, in the tomb of Kish his father. And they did all that the king commanded. And after that God responded to the plea for the land. mcopc.org/podcast
29:29
July 17, 2022
Rebellion and Reckoning (2 Samuel 19:41-20:26)
Rebellion and Reckoning (2 Samuel 19:41-20:26)
On Sunday, July 10, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Rebellion and Reckoning" from 2 Samuel 19:41-20:26). "Betrayal is an all-too sad reality of life in a fallen world. But one man's betrayal brought about the greatest joy you will ever know." 1. Betrayed by Brothers (vs. 19:41-20:3) 2. Betrayed by a Kiss (vs. 20:4-13) 3. The Betrayer Beheaded (vs. 20:14-21) mcopc.org/podcast 
35:52
July 10, 2022
"Fulfilled," and Yet "At Hand" (Mark 1:14-15)
"Fulfilled," and Yet "At Hand" (Mark 1:14-15)
On Sunday, June 19, 2022, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "'Fulfilled,' and Yet 'At Hand'" from Mark 1:14-15. 1. The Coming of the Kingdom  2. Thy Kingdom Come, Thy Will Be Done 3. The Gospel of God  14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” mcopc.org/podcast
41:56
June 19, 2022
The First Trial of Jesus (Mark 1:12-13)
The First Trial of Jesus (Mark 1:12-13)
On Sunday, June 10, 2022, Rev. Robert Mossotti preached "The First Trial of Jesus" from Mark 1:12-13. 1. Trial in the Wilderness (vs. 12-13a) 12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan.  2. With the Wild Beasts (v. 13b) And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him. mcopc.org/podcast
38:23
June 12, 2022
The New Creation Work of God's Servant King (Psalm 40:1-8)
The New Creation Work of God's Servant King (Psalm 40:1-8)
On Sunday, June 5, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "The New Creation Work of God's Servant King" from Psalm 40:1-8. 1 I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. 4 Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! 5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. 6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required. 7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me: 8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.” mcopc.org/podcast
51:57
June 05, 2022
The Return of the King (2 Samuel 19:1-40)
The Return of the King (2 Samuel 19:1-40)
On Sunday, May 29, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Return of the King" from 2 Samuel 19:1-40. "David pardoned his enemies for political purposes; God pardons his enemies because he loves us." 1. His Grief He Will Not Forget (vs. 1-8) 2. The King Is Come Again Indeed (vs. 9-15) 3. What Does the King Command? (vs. 16-40) mcopc.org/podcast
39:38
May 29, 2022
The Prodigal Who Didn't Return (2 Samuel 18:1-33)
The Prodigal Who Didn't Return (2 Samuel 18:1-33)
On Sunday, May 22, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Prodigal Who Didn't Return" from 2 Samuel 18:1-33. "God will never permit his Kingdom to fail because he loves each person in it." 1. On the Offensive (vs. 1-8) 2. An Unexpected End (vs. 9-18) 3. Messengers of Joy and Sorrow (vs. 19-33)  mcopc.org/podcast
33:34
May 22, 2022
The Incredible Blessing of Forgiveness from God (Psalm 32)
The Incredible Blessing of Forgiveness from God (Psalm 32)
On Sunday, May 15, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "The Incredible Blessing of Forgiveness from God" (Psalm 32). 1. David's Experience with Concealing Sin (vs. 1-5) 1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. 2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. 3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah 5 I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah David's Exhortation to Confess Sin (vs. 6-11) 6 Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. 7 You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah 8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. 9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. 10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord. 11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! mcopc.org/podcast
45:09
May 15, 2022
The Israel of God (Matthew 2:13-23)
The Israel of God (Matthew 2:13-23)
On Sunday, May 8, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Israel of God" from Matthew 2:13-23. "This passage calls us to confess Jesus as our King and Savior who gives salvation to all who repent and believe in him." 1. Into Exile (vs. 13-15) Now when they had departed, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you, for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” And he rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed to Egypt and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet, “Out of Egypt I called my son.” 2. From Weeping to Gladness (vs. 16-18) Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, became furious, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time that he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah: “A voice was heard in Ramah, weeping and loud lamentation, Rachel weeping for her children; she refused to be comforted, because they are no more.” 3. The Despised Branch of Jesse (vs. 19-23) But when Herod died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, saying, “Rise, take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those who sought the child's life are dead.” And he rose and took the child and his mother and went to the land of Israel. But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there, and being warned in a dream he withdrew to the district of Galilee. And he went and lived in a city called Nazareth, so that what was spoken by the prophets might be fulfilled, that he would be called a Nazarene. mcopc.org/podcast
45:29
May 08, 2022
The Confusion of Our Enemies (2 Samuel 16:15-17:29)
The Confusion of Our Enemies (2 Samuel 16:15-17:29)
On Sunday, May 1, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Confusion of Our Enemies" from 2 Samuel 16:15-17:29. "No matter how difficult your life may get, remember that God has ordained the defeat of all of his and our enemies." 1. Confounded by Counsel (vs. 16:15-17:14) 2. Protection and Provision (vs. 17:15-29) mcopc.org/podcast
32:08
May 01, 2022
Delivered from Despair (Psalm 22)
Delivered from Despair (Psalm 22)
On Sunday, April 24, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Delivered from Despair" from Psalm 22. My God, my God, why have you abandoned me? Why are you so far from my deliverance and from my words of groaning? My God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, by night, yet I have no rest. But you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. Our ancestors trusted in you; they trusted, and you rescued them. They cried to you and were set free; they trusted in you and were not disgraced. But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by mankind and despised by people. Everyone who sees me mocks me; they sneer and shake their heads: “He relies on the Lord; let him save him; let the Lord rescue him, since he takes pleasure in him.” It was you who brought me out of the womb, making me secure at my mother’s breast. I was given over to you at birth; you have been my God from my mother’s womb. Don’t be far from me, because distress is near and there’s no one to help. Many bulls surround me; strong ones of Bashan encircle me. They open their mouths against me— lions, mauling and roaring. I am poured out like water, and all my bones are disjointed; my heart is like wax, melting within me. My strength is dried up like baked clay; my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You put me into the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded me; a gang of evildoers has closed in on me; they pierced my hands and my feet. I can count all my bones; people look and stare at me. They divided my garments among themselves, and they cast lots for my clothing. But you, Lord, don’t be far away. My strength, come quickly to help me. Rescue my life from the sword, my only life from the power of these dogs. Save me from the lion’s mouth, from the horns of wild oxen. You answered me! I will proclaim your name to my brothers and sisters; I will praise you in the assembly. You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, honor him! All you descendants of Israel, revere him! For he has not despised or abhorred the torment of the oppressed. He did not hide his face from him but listened when he cried to him for help. I will give praise in the great assembly because of you; I will fulfill my vows before those who fear you. The humble will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him. May your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord. All the families of the nations will bow down before you, for kingship belongs to the Lord; he rules the nations. All who prosper on earth will eat and bow down; all those who go down to the dust will kneel before him— even the one who cannot preserve his life. Their descendants will serve him; the next generation will be told about the Lord. They will come and declare his righteousness; to a people yet to be born they will declare what he has done. mcopc.org/podcast
53:58
April 24, 2022
If Christ Be Not Raised (1 Corinthians 15:1-20)
If Christ Be Not Raised (1 Corinthians 15:1-20)
On Sunday, April 17, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "If Christ Be Not Raised" from 1 Corinthians 15:1-20. "Jesus Christ's resurrection from the dead is a fact of history, and it is essential to the Christian faith." 1. Of First Importance (vs. 1-11) 1 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand, 2 and by which you are being saved, if you hold fast to the word I preached to you—unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, 5 and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6 Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. 8 Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them, though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed. 2. If The Dead Are Not Raised (vs. 12-19) 12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hope in this life only, we are of all people most to be pitied. 3. But In Fact (v. 20) 20 But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. mcopc.org/podcast
41:29
April 17, 2022
Repaying Evil with Good (2 Samuel 16:1-14)
Repaying Evil with Good (2 Samuel 16:1-14)
On Sunday, April 10, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Repaying Evil with Good" from 2 Samuel 16:1-14. "Though God is not the origin or author of evil, he uses evil in this world for good, and very often repays evil with good." 1. The Appearance of Fruit (vs. 1-4) 1 When David had passed a little beyond the summit, Ziba the servant of Mephibosheth met him, with a couple of donkeys saddled, bearing two hundred loaves of bread, a hundred bunches of raisins, a hundred of summer fruits, and a skin of wine. 2 And the king said to Ziba, “Why have you brought these?” Ziba answered, “The donkeys are for the king's household to ride on, the bread and summer fruit for the young men to eat, and the wine for those who faint in the wilderness to drink.” 3 And the king said, “And where is your master's son?” Ziba said to the king, “Behold, he remains in Jerusalem, for he said, ‘Today the house of Israel will give me back the kingdom of my father.’” 4 Then the king said to Ziba, “Behold, all that belonged to Mephibosheth is now yours.” And Ziba said, “I pay homage; let me ever find favor in your sight, my lord the king.” 2. Curses Met with Grace (vs. 5-14) 5 When King David came to Bahurim, there came out a man of the family of the house of Saul, whose name was Shimei, the son of Gera, and as he came he cursed continually. 6 And he threw stones at David and at all the servants of King David, and all the people and all the mighty men were on his right hand and on his left. 7 And Shimei said as he cursed, “Get out, get out, you man of blood, you worthless man! 8 The Lord has avenged on you all the blood of the house of Saul, in whose place you have reigned, and the Lord has given the kingdom into the hand of your son Absalom. See, your evil is on you, for you are a man of blood.” 9 Then Abishai the son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and take off his head.” 10 But the king said, “What have I to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the Lord has said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who then shall say, ‘Why have you done so?’” 11 And David said to Abishai and to all his servants, “Behold, my own son seeks my life; how much more now may this Benjaminite! Leave him alone, and let him curse, for the Lord has told him to. 12 It may be that the Lord will look on the wrong done to me, and that the Lord will repay me with good for his cursing today.” 13 So David and his men went on the road, while Shimei went along on the hillside opposite him and cursed as he went and threw stones at him and flung dust. 14 And the king, and all the people who were with him, arrived weary at the Jordan. And there he refreshed himself. mcopc.org/podcast
30:04
April 10, 2022
Flee Toward, Not Away From (2 Samuel 15:13-37)
Flee Toward, Not Away From (2 Samuel 15:13-37)
On Sunday, April 3, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Flee Toward, Not Away From" from 2 Samuel 15:13-37. Rather than fleeing from something in fear, flee to Jesus in faith. 1. Fleeing to the King (vs. 13-29)  21 But Ittai answered the king, “As the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king shall be, whether for death or for life, there also will your servant be.” (Compare John 6:66-69) 2. Ascent in Mourning (vs. 30-31)  30 But David went up the ascent of the Mount of Olives, weeping as he went, barefoot and with his head covered. And all the people who were with him covered their heads, and they went up, weeping as they went. 31 And it was told David, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” And David said, “O Lord, please turn the counsel of Ahithophel into foolishness.” 3. The Seeds of Victory (vs. 32-37)  32 While David was coming to the summit, where God was worshiped, behold, Hushai the Archite came to meet him with his coat torn and dirt on his head. 33 David said to him, “If you go on with me, you will be a burden to me. 34 But if you return to the city and say to Absalom, ‘I will be your servant, O king; as I have been your father's servant in time past, so now I will be your servant,’ then you will defeat for me the counsel of Ahithophel. 35 Are not Zadok and Abiathar the priests with you there? So whatever you hear from the king's house, tell it to Zadok and Abiathar the priests. 36 Behold, their two sons are with them there, Ahimaaz, Zadok's son, and Jonathan, Abiathar's son, and by them you shall send to me everything you hear.” 37 So Hushai, David's friend, came into the city, just as Absalom was entering Jerusalem. mcopc.org/podcast
30:41
April 03, 2022
Into the Wilderness (1 Samuel 27:1-28:2)
Into the Wilderness (1 Samuel 27:1-28:2)
On Sunday, March 27, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Into the Wilderness" from 1 Samuel 27:1-28:2. "Jesus Christ represented us in his temptations, trials and death so his righteousness is counted as the possession of all who believe in him." 1. A New Hero in Gath (27:1-7) 2. The Southern Campaign (27:8-12) 3. The Test in the Wilderness (28:1-2) mcopc.org/podcast
34:48
March 27, 2022
Weep with Those Who Weep (Job 2:11-13)
Weep with Those Who Weep (Job 2:11-13)
On Sunday, March 20, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Weep with Those Who Weep" from Job 2:11-13. "Jesus Christ shared in our suffering, humbling himself by taking up a body of dust so that we can live with him forever in glory." 1. A Concerted Effort (v. 11) 11 Now when Job's three friends heard of all this evil that had come upon him, they came each from his own place, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite. They made an appointment together to come to show him sympathy and comfort him.  2. Sharing Sorrows (v. 12) 12 And when they saw him from a distance, they did not recognize him. And they raised their voices and wept, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads toward heaven.  3. Seven Days and Seven Nights (v. 13) 13 And they sat with him on the ground seven days and seven nights, and no one spoke a word to him, for they saw that his suffering was very great. mcopc.org/podcast
32:16
March 20, 2022
Confidence in Distress (Psalm 3)
Confidence in Distress (Psalm 3)
On Sunday, March 13, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Confidence in Distress" from Psalm 3. 1 O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul, “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord, and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord; your blessing be on your people! Selah mcopc.org/podcast
48:07
March 13, 2022
Counterfeit King and Thief of Hearts (2 Samuel 14:25-5:12)
Counterfeit King and Thief of Hearts (2 Samuel 14:25-5:12)
On Sunday, March 6, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached, "Counterfeit King and Thief of Hearts" from 2 Samuel 14:25-5:12. "Jesus and his people will always face fierce opposition, but the Lord abides in you if you trust in Jesus Christ." 1. Beauty Masks the Beast (vs.14:25-33) 2. Stealing Hearts (vs. 15:1-6) 3. Counterfeit of the King (vs. 7-12) mcopc.org/podcast
31:29
March 06, 2022
Serving the Heir-Apparent, or Serving the King? (2 Samuel 14:1-24)
Serving the Heir-Apparent, or Serving the King? (2 Samuel 14:1-24)
On Sunday, February 27, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Serving the Heir-Apparent, or Serving the King?" from 2 Samuel 14:1-24. "Jesus, the True Heir of David, whose throne God promised he would establish forever, shares his inheritance with all who believe in him." 1. An Attempted Parable 2. Discerning Good and Evil 3. The Prince Returns  mcopc.org/podcast
34:10
February 27, 2022
The Iniquity of the Fathers (2 Samuel 13:1-39)
The Iniquity of the Fathers (2 Samuel 13:1-39)
On Sunday, February 20, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Iniquity of the Fathers" from 2 Samuel 13:1-39. "We do not hate sin enough; but God so hated our sin, yet so loved us, that he sent his Son to suffer his hatred and pour out his love on us." 1. From Lust to Hatred (vs. 1-19) 2. Meditating on Murder (vs. 20-29) 3. Mourning a Lost Son (vs. 30-39)
48:48
February 20, 2022
God's King Who Will Restore the World (Psalm 2)
God's King Who Will Restore the World (Psalm 2)
On Sunday, February 13, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "God's King Who Will Restore the World" from Psalm 2 (CSB). 1 Why do the nations rage and the peoples plot in vain? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand, and the rulers conspire together against the Lord and his Anointed One: 3 “Let’s tear off their chains and throw their ropes off of us.” 4 The one enthroned in heaven laughs; the Lord ridicules them. 5 Then he speaks to them in his anger and terrifies them in his wrath: 6 “I have installed my king on Zion, my holy mountain.” 7 I will declare the Lord’s decree. He said to me, “You are my Son; today I have become your Father. 8 Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance and the ends of the earth your possession. 9 You will break them with an iron scepter; you will shatter them like pottery.” 10 So now, kings, be wise; receive instruction, you judges of the earth. 11 Serve the Lord with reverential awe and rejoice with trembling. 12 Pay homage to the Son or he will be angry and you will perish in your rebellion, for his anger may ignite at any moment. All who take refuge in him are happy. mcopc.org/podcast
48:52
February 13, 2022
Beloved of the Lord (2 Samuel 12:24-31)
Beloved of the Lord (2 Samuel 12:24-31)
On Sunday, February 6, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Beloved of the Lord" from 2 Samuel 12:24-31. "God sent his only begotten and beloved Son so that all who belong to him would know that we are the beloved of the Lord." 1. Peace and Love (vs. 24-25) 24 Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the Lord loved him 25 and sent a message by Nathan the prophet. So he called his name Jedidiah, because of the Lord. 2. The Victor's Crown (vs. 26-31) 26 Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the Ammonites and took the royal city. 27 And Joab sent messengers to David and said, “I have fought against Rabbah; moreover, I have taken the city of waters. 28 Now then gather the rest of the people together and encamp against the city and take it, lest I take the city and it be called by my name.” 29 So David gathered all the people together and went to Rabbah and fought against it and took it. 30 And he took the crown of their king from his head. The weight of it was a talent of gold, and in it was a precious stone, and it was placed on David's head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount. 31 And he brought out the people who were in it and set them to labor with saws and iron picks and iron axes and made them toil at the brick kilns. And thus he did to all the cities of the Ammonites. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem. 3. Beloved Children (1 John 3: 1-2) 1 See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are. The reason why the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Beloved, we are God's children now, and what we will be has not yet appeared; but we know that when he appears we shall be like him, because we shall see him as he is.  mcopc.org/podcast
28:38
February 09, 2022
A Child of the Covenant (2 Samuel 12:16-23)
A Child of the Covenant (2 Samuel 12:16-23)
On Sunday, January 30, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Child of the Covenant” from 2 Samuel 12:16-23.  "The covenant between God and his people is unbreakable because God keeps his as well as our part of the covenant." 1. Seeking the Lord (vs. 12-17) 16 David therefore sought God on behalf of the child. And David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. 17 And the elders of his house stood beside him, to raise him from the ground, but he would not, nor did he eat food with them.  2. Substitutionary Death (vs. 18-22) 18 On the seventh day the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke to him, and he did not listen to us. How then can we say to him the child is dead? He may do himself some harm.” 19 But when David saw that his servants were whispering together, David understood that the child was dead. And David said to his servants, “Is the child dead?” They said, “He is dead.” 20 Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. He then went to his own house. And when he asked, they set food before him, and he ate. 21 Then his servants said to him, “What is this thing that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child while he was alive; but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” 22 He said, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, ‘Who knows whether the Lord will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’  3. Judgment of Charity (v. 23) 23 But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me.”  mcopc.org/podcast
39:09
January 30, 2022
Two Fountains, Two Fruits, Two Destinies (Psalm 1)
Two Fountains, Two Fruits, Two Destinies (Psalm 1)
On Sunday, January 23, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached, "Two Fountains, Two Fruits, Two Destinies" from Psalm 1. 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. mcopc.org/podcast
51:52
January 23, 2022
The Church's Glory (Zechariah 2:1-5)
The Church's Glory (Zechariah 2:1-5)
On Sunday, January 16, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Church's Glory" from Zechariah 2:1-5. "God will rule and defend the city he has built of his own people, the church." 1. The Measuring Line (vs. 1-2) 1 And I lifted my eyes and saw, and behold, a man with a measuring line in his hand! 2 Then I said, “Where are you going?” And he said to me, “To measure Jerusalem, to see what is its width and what is its length.”  2. A City Without Walls (vs. 3-5) 3 And behold, the angel who talked with me came forward, and another angel came forward to meet him 4 and said to him, “Run, say to that young man, ‘Jerusalem shall be inhabited as villages without walls, because of the multitude of people and livestock in it. 5 And I will be to her a wall of fire all around, declares the Lord, and I will be the glory in her midst.’” mcopc.org/podcast
28:46
January 16, 2022
Two Ways (Psalm 1)
Two Ways (Psalm 1)
On Sunday, January 9, 2022, Rev. Joe Keller preached "Two Ways" from Psalm 1. 1 Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; 2 but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. 3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 4 The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; 6 for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish. mcopc.org/podcast
44:39
January 11, 2022
Strengthened by Grace (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
Strengthened by Grace (2 Timothy 2:1-2)
On Sunday, January 2, 2022, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "Strengthened by Grace" from 2 Timothy 2:1-2. "Because Jesus died and has risen from the dead, you therefore, be strengthened by the grace of Jesus Christ." 1. Strength Training (v. 1) 1 You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus,  2. Passing It On (v. 2) 2 and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men, who will be able to teach others also. mcopc.org/podcast
30:46
January 02, 2022
We Have Seen His Glory (John 1:14-18)
We Have Seen His Glory (John 1:14-18)
On Sunday, December 26, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "We Have Seen His Glory" from John 1:14-18. "God's only Son the eternal Word, became flesh so that we might behold his glory and worship him." 1. Of Human Flesh and Divine Glory (vs. 14, 15) 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”)  2. Seeing Jesus is Seeing God (vs. 16-18) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father's side, he has made him known. mcopc.org/podcast 
27:21
December 28, 2021
The Child Who Was Born to Die (2 Samuel 12:1-15)
The Child Who Was Born to Die (2 Samuel 12:1-15)
On Sunday, December 19, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "The Child Who Was Born to Die" from 2 Samuel 12:1-15. "Unto us is born a Savior in the city of David, of the house and lineage of David, who is Christ the Lord, who died for our sins." 1. A Lamb like a Daughter 1 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 2. Sin and its consequences 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’  3. True Sadness 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die. 14 Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the Lord, the child who is born to you shall die.” 15 Then Nathan went to his house. And the Lord afflicted the child that Uriah's wife bore to David, and he became sick. mcopc.org/podcast 
30:34
December 19, 2021
But for the Grace of God (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
But for the Grace of God (2 Samuel 11:1-27)
On Sunday, December 12, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "But for the Grace of God" from 2 Samuel 11:1-27. "Christians can descend to great depths in our sinfulness; the good news is that Jesus descended to the hellish fires of God's wrath to save us." 1. Idle Hands (vs. 1-5) 2. The Craftiness of the King (vs. 6-19) 3. Collateral Damage (vs. 20-27) mcopc.org/podcast
46:46
December 12, 2021
God Does What Is Good (2 Samuel 10:1-19)
God Does What Is Good (2 Samuel 10:1-19)
On Sunday, December 5, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "God Does What Is Good" from 2 Samuel 10:1-19. "God's plan is perfect, and his purposes are for the good of those who love him." 1. Kindness and Contempt (vs. 1-5) 1 After this the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son reigned in his place. 2 And David said, “I will deal loyally with Hanun the son of Nahash, as his father dealt loyally with me.” So David sent by his servants to console him concerning his father. And David's servants came into the land of the Ammonites. 3 But the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think, because David has sent comforters to you, that he is honoring your father? Has not David sent his servants to you to search the city and to spy it out and to overthrow it?” 4 So Hanun took David's servants and shaved off half the beard of each and cut off their garments in the middle, at their hips, and sent them away. 5 When it was told David, he sent to meet them, for the men were greatly ashamed. And the king said, “Remain at Jericho until your beards have grown and then return.” 2. Behind and Before (vs. 6-14) 6 When the Ammonites saw that they had become a stench to David, the Ammonites sent and hired the Syrians of Beth-rehob, and the Syrians of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob, 12,000 men. 7 And when David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the host of the mighty men. 8 And the Ammonites came out and drew up in battle array at the entrance of the gate, and the Syrians of Zobah and of Rehob and the men of Tob and Maacah were by themselves in the open country. 9 When Joab saw that the battle was set against him both in front and in the rear, he chose some of the best men of Israel and arrayed them against the Syrians. 10 The rest of his men he put in the charge of Abishai his brother, and he arrayed them against the Ammonites. 11 And he said, “If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me, but if the Ammonites are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 12 Be of good courage, and let us be courageous for our people, and for the cities of our God, and may the Lord do what seems good to him.” 13 So Joab and the people who were with him drew near to battle against the Syrians, and they fled before him. 14 And when the Ammonites saw that the Syrians fled, they likewise fled before Abishai and entered the city. Then Joab returned from fighting against the Ammonites and came to Jerusalem. 3. Defiance and Defeat (vs. 15-19) 15 But when the Syrians saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they gathered themselves together. 16 And Hadadezer sent and brought out the Syrians who were beyond the Euphrates. They came to Helam, with Shobach the commander of the army of Hadadezer at their head. 17 And when it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan and came to Helam. The Syrians arrayed themselves against David and fought with him. 18 And the Syrians fled before Israel, and David killed of the Syrians the men of 700 chariots, and 40,000 horsemen, and wounded Shobach the commander of their army, so that he died there. 19 And when all the kings who were servants of Hadadezer saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and became subject to them. So the Syrians were afraid to save the Ammonites anymore. mcopc.org/podcast
36:46
December 05, 2021
A Feast in the Wilderness (John 6:1-15)
A Feast in the Wilderness (John 6:1-15)
On Sunday, November 28, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached "A Feast in the Wilderness" from John 6:1-15. "Jesus Christ, who is greater than Moses, leads his people from slavery, sin and death into the promised land of salvation." 1. Wilderness Testing (vs. 1-9) 6 After this Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of Tiberias. 2 And a large crowd was following him, because they saw the signs that he was doing on the sick. 3 Jesus went up on the mountain, and there he sat down with his disciples. 4 Now the Passover, the feast of the Jews, was at hand. 5 Lifting up his eyes, then, and seeing that a large crowd was coming toward him, Jesus said to Philip, “Where are we to buy bread, so that these people may eat?” 6 He said this to test him, for he himself knew what he would do. 7 Philip answered him, “Two hundred denarii[a] worth of bread would not be enough for each of them to get a little.” 8 One of his disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to him, 9 “There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what are they for so many?”  2. That Nothing May be Lost (vs. 10-15) 10 Jesus said, “Have the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, about five thousand in number. 11 Jesus then took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed them to those who were seated. So also the fish, as much as they wanted. 12 And when they had eaten their fill, he told his disciples, “Gather up the leftover fragments, that nothing may be lost.” 13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with fragments from the five barley loaves left by those who had eaten. 14 When the people saw the sign that he had done, they said, “This is indeed the Prophet who is to come into the world!” 15 Perceiving then that they were about to come and take him by force to make him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain by himself. mcopc.org/podcast
30:50
November 28, 2021
A Seat at the King’s Table (2 Samuel 9:1-13)
A Seat at the King’s Table (2 Samuel 9:1-13)
On Sunday, November 21, 2021, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Seat at the King’s Table” from 2 Samuel 9:1-13.  "If David showed steadfast love--hesed--to Jonathan's son because of a promise he made, how much more will God show steadfast love to his covenant people?"   1. Remembering the Covenant (vs. 1-4) 1 And David said, “Is there still anyone left of the house of Saul, that I may show him kindness for Jonathan's sake?” 2 Now there was a servant of the house of Saul whose name was Ziba, and they called him to David. And the king said to him, “Are you Ziba?” And he said, “I am your servant.” 3 And the king said, “Is there not still someone of the house of Saul, that I may show the kindness of God to him?” Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan; he is crippled in his feet.” 4 The king said to him, “Where is he?” And Ziba said to the king, “He is in the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar.”  2. A Royal Invitation (vs. 5-8) 5 Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, at Lo-debar. 6 And Mephibosheth the son of Jonathan, son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and paid homage. And David said, “Mephibosheth!” And he answered, “Behold, I am your servant.” 7 And David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will show you kindness for the sake of your father Jonathan, and I will restore to you all the land of Saul your father, and you shall eat at my table always.” 8 And he paid homage and said, “What is your servant, that you should show regard for a dead dog such as I?”  3. An Unexpected Inheritance (vs. 9-13)  9 Then the king called Ziba, Saul's servant, and said to him, “All that belonged to Saul a