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Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

Welcome to a very special Memorial Day broadcast as we remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and the families they've left behind. We know what the Bible has to say about this: "Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. You are my friends if you do what I command."

  • There are two sacraments we celebrate as the church. Those are baptism and the Lord's Supper. The first thing we realize is that both of these start with the memory of sacrifice - Jesus' death on the cross. It's a time of celebration because of the freedom found through His sacrifice. It is a joyous occasion to remember all that Christ's death accomplished for us. God remembers our sins no more. We have been set free from the law of sin and death. Through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ we have been made holy. We have been set apart for God's use. Apart from Jesus' sacrifice that would not be possible.
  • Today, as you remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom, think about what Jesus has done for you by His death.
  • All of us look for a sense of purpose. What is our purpose in life? It is to be used by God. That's what it means to be made holy - to be set apart by God for His use. Jesus made that possible. There is nothing more worthwhile than to make ourselves a "living sacrifice" for God's work.
  • Philippians 2:12, 13 "Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose."

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Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

We see that one of the themes throughout the Bible is God trying to find a home on Earth. Initially it was in the Garden. Later it was the Tabernacle. And we see that David had the desire to build the Temple. On the day of Pentecost a new temple was established. We have become the new temple of God. In 1 Corinthians 3:16 we read "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in your midst?" and again in 6:19 "Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?"

  • Philippians 4:8 tells me what to think about —"Whatever is true, pure, lovely...". What do I think about based on this verse? Do I think about what Jesus has done for me?
  • When Jesus said, "I go to prepare a place for you" - was He saying He would prepare a place through the cross?
  • In regards to grace and sin, Teresa asks, "who would willfully want to grieve a loving and compassionate Father?"
  • Does our holiness have to do with our appearance as well as our heart?

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Categories: Christian Living Heaven Grace Righteousness/Justification

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

Living out the Gospel in daily life is made possible by Pentecost. There's great significance we find in the Old Testament. 50 days after the Israelites left Egypt they camped at Mt. Sinai and were given the law. We see the Old Covenant law written on stone at the mountain and now as a result of Pentecost we have the New Covenant law written on our hearts. Romans 8:2 describes this as the Spirit of Life. James calls it the law of liberty.

  • Eric wants to know if he was cursed because he fell away long ago, but has since repented. He asks if this is a Hebrews 6:4-8 example.
  • What will the new heaven and earth will be like and where will we spend eternity?
  • What does it mean to be above reproach?

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Categories: Forgiveness/Repentance Heaven Christian Living

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost. This distinguishes Christianity from every other religion on earth. The very Spirit of God — the teacher — comes to live in believers. Paul put it this way in Colossians 1:27: "To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory."

  • What is the true mode for baptism? In the name of Jesus or the Father, Son, and Holy Spirt?
  • Why does Paul's statement seem uncertain in 2 Corinthians 13:14 "May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all."
  • Why does Paul continue to pray for things we should already have? 2 Thessalonians 1:11 "With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith."
  • How do we grow in grace? Is it through our intentional work to grow?
  • Don asks the question: "What are we doing with the reality of Christ in us?"
  • I'm confused with the churches where the emphasis was on the ministers and not Jesus.

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Categories: Baptism Bible Grace Christian Living Apologetics

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

Pentecost really is the intersection of the Gospel and our daily lives. It's a wonderful truth and so often it's not taught. Acts 2:1-4 "When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them."

  • When Jesus said "if you deny me before men, I'll deny you before the father", does that apply to me?
  • Is it right for me to be bothered when I hear pastors on the radio or behind the pulpit to describe what my Lord did on the Cross as atonement?
  • Can you help me understand Hebrews 6? "Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,[a] and of faith in God..."

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Categories: Christian Living Sin Bible

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

This Sunday we will celebrate Pentecost. It is not often celebrated in the US. But it is one of the most important days in a believer's calendar. It truly connects us to Jesus' life. His life becomes our life. It marks the place and time when Jesus' death, burial, and resurrection intersects with our lives. When you hear the word "Pentecost", what comes to mind?

  • Concerning Romans 3:31 - Does the law "inspire" and grace "motivate"?
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  • Do you have to speak in tongues to go to Heaven?
  • Is Romans 11:25-26 saying that the nation of Israel will all respond to the grace of God or is it referring to the "Israel" of Jew and Gentile?
  • Was the gifts of tongues to prove to the Jewish people that He was grafting others into the Kingdom?

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Categories: Grace Heaven Bible Holy Spirit

Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

Why is the overwhelming grace of God true? Romans 3:3 Romans 7:4-6 How can we uphold the law and die to it at the same time? Romans 6:14 Are you living under grace or under the law?

  • John 10:28-29 Can a Christian lose salvation?
  • Is there a Hell? How does a person end up there? God knows how to get through to people.
  • Rev 22:15 Are all people forgiven? Romans 6:1 Are sinners excused or forgiven of sins? What is repentance?
  • Ecc. 3:18 How are man and animals both the same?

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Categories: Salvation Hell Forgiveness/Repentance Bible

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

The wonderful good news. Romans 6 What is the grace of God? How is the Christian life to be lived? What is this new covenant all about? Do you live in the old or the new covenant?

  • Does God hold anything against us? Because of Christ there is no condemnation for you. What does God think about us?
  • Will we be with the Son in Heaven forever? Who do we trust for truth?
  • 12 Days of Simply Grace. Growing in grace as a Christian. Live by faith and producing the fruits of the Spirit.

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Categories: Forgiveness/Repentance Heaven Grace

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis, Andrew Farley

When Jesus died this New Covenant went into effect. And it's important that we recognize we are new covenant. In the New we find the ability to say "no" to sin. So often we're asked to compromise grace. But if we compromise grace you compromise my victory over sin. Grace teaches us to "live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age."

  • When we pass away do we go straight to Heaven?
  • No matter how hard I try not to sin I still sin. What is true grace?
  • My wife divorced me last year. I long to have a kind and honest relationship with her but I am torn as to the issue of forgiveness with her and her new man. I honestly don't know what God expects of me. Can you please help?
  • Thank you. I lived in condemnation for so many years.
  • Where and when does the Holy Spirit come on us?

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Categories: Heaven Grace Marriage/Divorce Holy Spirit

Bob Christopher, Richard Peifer, Bob Davis

One of the basic truths that we find is that we are New Covenant Christians. This is a covenant of grace. There's a big distinction between the old and the new. The Old shows us our sin and the wages for sin - which is death. The Old doesn't teach us to say "no" to sin. But in Titus 2:12 we find that "[grace] teaches us to say 'No' to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age,"

  • Does God watch over everything we do? Is He like a meddlesome government trying to only do good for itself?
  • Is "the all things for life and godliness" the Holy Spirit?
  • In Matthew 7:23 Jesus says, "Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!'" What did Jesus mean by this?
  • What does Hebrews 9:27 mean? "Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment"
  • Dominic wonders how God can be everywhere if He's not in Hell?

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Categories: Christian Living Holy Spirit Jesus Christ Bible Hell

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