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Ten Commandments

Ten Commandments

June 2014 - September 2014
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Sep 14, 2014
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43 mins 18 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Sally Lloyd-Jones summarizes the 10 Commandment this way - God called Moses up the mountain. The great mountain shook. A thick cloud fell. Thunder roared. Lightening crackled. And God gave Moses Ten Rules, called Commandments. “I want you to love me more than anything else in all the world – and know that I love you, too,” God told them. God gave them other rules, like don’t make yourselves pretend gods; don’t kill people; or steal; or lie. The rules showed God’s people how to live and how to be close to him, and how to be happy. They showed how life worked best. “God promises to always look after you,” Moses said. “Will you love him and keep these rules?” “We can do it! Yes! We promise!” But they were wrong. They couldn’t do it. No matter how hard they tried, they could never keep all God’s rules all the time. Only one Person could keep all the rules and many years later God would send him. Jesus would come to stand in their place and be perfect for them. Jesus would come and demonstrate great love. May the Lord teach us his love this morning and may his example motivate us to love Him supremely and love others genuinely.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Sep 07, 2014
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53 mins 9 secs
Speaker - Will Galkin: We are made to look for things that are beautiful. How is it that all of us from different cultures stop when we see a beautiful sunset. We gasp when finally see the Grand Canyon. We stand in awe when we gaze upon sequoias. That's why we like art. That's why we like curves on a car. We are made to enjoy. That's why we laugh when a baby does. That is why we want to go back to the same restaurant and order the same entrée. That's why we watch stories. That's why we have friends over. That is why we touch. That is why we listen to music We are made to desire. God made us to be creatures of desire. Our desires for food reminds us to eat. Our desire to do something useful motivates us to work. Our desire for friendship draws us into community. Yet, somewhere in our sinful hearts, normal and good desires can turn into covetousness--envy and enslaving lust. Sinful desires for the things that belong to others. Sinful desire that cause us to love the gift more than the Creator. Therefore, the goal is not the elimination of desire. The goal is to find our ultimate in the One who can save us. “It is not poverty or wealth that leads us to contentment and trust in the Lord, but the confidence that if God provided so richly for our salvation by choosing, redeeming, calling, adopting, and justifying us, and by sending his Spirit to cause us to grow up into Christ's likeness, then surely we can count on him for the less essential matters of daily existence.” Micheal Horton
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Aug 31, 2014
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44 mins 50 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - Before Christ (Rom. 3:13) says that our mouths were like open graves and we practiced deceit with regularity. Our father was the Devil who himself is a liar and the father of it (John 8:44). But when we heard the “word of truth, the gospel of our salvation” (Eph. 1:13), the Spirit of truth (John 15:26) led us to Jesus who is the Way, the Truth, and the Life (John 14:6). When we believed the truth about Jesus – his crucifixion, burial, and resurrection for our sins, and responded in repentance and faith – we escaped the lie. Humanity has been under the lie since the fall (Gen. 3), but Christ came to rescue us from our delusion and deceit. May the prayer of our heart this morning echo the psalmist in (Psalm 25:5): “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation.” May the “truth set us free” today (John 8:32).
Sam Horn
Sun, Aug 24, 2014
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50 mins 11 secs
Speaker: Sam Horn - The law-code given by God to Moses is the most familiar, most enduring, and most impacting of any set of code of laws every set forth in any civilization; ancient or modern! These ten ancient “words” have endured from the day God gave them to Moses until now. They are familiar to virtually every human being living on the planet today. We have been talking about these ten words for several weeks, and we now come to the eighth of these words in the hopes of understanding what God had in mind for His people then, and for us now so we may live in ways that reflect the power and intent of the gospel accurately and attractively to a world that has embraced stealing as a primary means of sustaining, preserving, and enhancing their personal life.
Pastor Jonathan Albright
Sun, Aug 17, 2014
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45 mins 54 secs
Speaker: Jonathan Albright - The reality is, that we live in an adulterous generation. We’ve institutionalized and trivialized adultery through our entertainment culture. Although one might expect this kind of behavior from a world that does not embrace the biblical teaching of morality, this serious sin of adultery is still committed among many who claim to be children of God. When we talk about adultery we really are talking in a broader sense about sexuality. It is not as though the Bible is silent about sexuality. The Bible has much to say about sexuality and sexual sin. The church has been relatively silent about the Bible’s rich, full teaching on sex. In fact from the very beginning to virtually the end the Bible is a book that is full of sex both good and bad. It is full of instruction for the proper enjoyment of sex within the bonds of marriage. The Bible deals very straightforwardly with sexuality. It also deals very clearly with what is prescribed, and what is prohibited when it comes to sex. The seventh commandment, do not commit adultery, points us to several of those places in the Scripture where we are taught how God sees sexual sin and how crucial it is for us to deal with it. We are going to examine this commandment by asking four important questions.
Pastor Will Galkin
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
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57 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Will Galkin - The 20th century was one of the bloodiest centuries our world has ever known. Historians approximate 125 million lives lost. Two World Wars, terrorism, genocide, atomic warfare and tribal warfare scarred the the globe. Local eruptions of bloodshed via drive-by and school shootings brought the violence to the neighborhood. All the while the TV replayed the gore of serial killers and the sad news of another suicide. Violence and murder hit home. Yet, due to the graphic nature of our society. Many of us do not connect the 6th Commandment to our lives. We are tempted to think that it is someone else's problem. To help us better understand this commandment we are going to ask three questions. What does it mean to commit murder? Why is it wrong to commit murder? How can we commit murder today?
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Aug 03, 2014
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57 mins 43 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - It’s easy to talk about loving other people in general terms, but actualizing it is more of a challenge than you might think. The phrase, “Love your neighbor” seems to roll right off your tongue, but the problem comes when the principle is first applied in the home. The fact of the matter is none of us can claim to love our neighbor if we are shrugging off our parents. The 5th commandment instructs us to honor our father and mother. Love for others begins with displaying love for those who raised us – our parents. This morning we are going to learn what it means to honor our parents, how we can practically honor them through the different stages of life, and then what’s at stake if we fail to follow God’s command. In other words, the 5th Commandment teaches us the meaning, application, and importance of honoring our parents. May the Lord impress his Word upon our hearts this morning.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 27, 2014
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53 mins 39 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - With the Sabbath Commandment, we come to the end of the first table of the Decalogue, that is, those commandments that focus on the proper worship and love of God. This is seen in the phrase (Ex. 20:10a) “The seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God.” The grace of the Sabbath was to provide a day to be still and know God. At the same time, this commandment serves as a crucial bridge connecting to the commandments having to do with love of neighbor and the protection of our neighbor’s well-being. This is seen in (Ex. 20:10b) “On it [the Sabbath] you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.” The grace of Sabbath was to provide rest and renewal for all. It wasn’t meant to be horded by those who could afford it. It was to be shared with servants and strangers as an expression of love. In our consideration of the Sabbath Commandment, we will be challenged to evaluate our lives. Do we really understand the dignity of work? Do we really understand blessing of rest? And do we really understand how Jesus fits work and rest together in His redemptive plan? May the Lord teach us as we listen to his Word.
Pastor Jon Kopp
Sun, Jul 13, 2014
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52 mins 54 secs
Speaker: Jon Kopp - William Shakespeare has famously said, "What's in a name? that which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet." But, as we will see this morning, the third commandment would disagree. There is a name that does matter. And that is the name of God. But it doesn't gain significance, because of the order or collection of the letters that make it up. The name of God is much more than that. When the Bible speaks of God’s name, it isn’t indicating that a set of letters or sounds carries some mystical power. The Bible is pointing out that the name of God is inextricably linked with the character, nature and identity of God. His name and who He is are inseparably connected. Therefore, how we take that name is very important. We cannot take God's name in vain, because He has filled His name with all that He is. So, as we will see today, this commandment has much more to say to us than simply, don't use the name of God as a curse word when you hit your thumb with a hammer. Ultimately, this commandment helps us to worship the correct God correctly in front of other people. May God free us from taking His name in vain that we might hallow His name in all that we do and say.
Pastor Lukus Counterman
Sun, Jul 06, 2014
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52 mins 33 secs
Speaker: Lukus Counterman - When it comes to worship, both the “who” and the “how” are important. We live in a day of “Consumer Christianity” and there never has been a more timely need for the second commandment. It teaches us that we must worship the correct God correctly. In other words, the church doesn’t need to simply figure out the right God to worship, it needs to figure out how to worship Him in the right way. In order to do so, our gaze must be directed to the glory of God as revealed in his Word. Now the Word is important, because we are not an image-centered religion. Ours is a religion of the book. We are not free to follow our own intuitions when it comes to worship. We are not at liberty to extrapolate God from our own imaginations. We cannot minimize or manipulate Him through the construction of man-made images. Instead, we must worship Him based on the revelation of his Word. Moses wrote in (Deuteronomy 4:12) “The Lord spoke to you out of the midst of the fire. You heard the sound of words, but saw no form; there was only a voice.” May the Lord help us listen to his voice and hear his Word today. Through that, may we learn to worship the true God truly.