Sunday’s Sermon: “Strugglers Anonymous”

Strugglers Anonymous
July 11, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
7.11.21
Scripture Reading

Scripture Reading: 1st Thessalonians 2:1-8

Paul’s Ministry in Thessalonica

You know, brothers and sisters, that our visit to you was not without results. We had previously suffered and been treated outrageously in Philippi, as you know, but with the help of our God we dared to tell you his gospel in the face of strong opposition. For the appeal we make does not spring from error or impure motives, nor are we trying to trick you. On the contrary, we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God, who tests our hearts. You know we never used flattery, nor did we put on a mask to cover up greed—God is our witness. We were not looking for praise from people, not from you or anyone else, even though as apostles of Christ we could have asserted our authority. Instead, we were like young children[a] among you.

Just as a nursing mother cares for her children, so we cared for you. Because we loved you so much, we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well.

Sunday’s Sermon: “Freedom Isn’t Free!”

Freedom Isn’t Free!
July 4, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
7.4.21
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Scripture Reading

Scripture Reading: Psalm 33:12 & Isaiah 33:22

Psalm 33:12

Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
    the people he chose for his inheritance.

Isaiah 33:22

For the Lord is our judge,
    the Lord is our lawgiver,
the Lord is our king;
    it is he who will save us.

Sunday’s Sermon: “If Not Now, Then When?”

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If Not Now, Then when?
June 28, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
6.28.21

Scripture Reading: Numbers 13:25-33, James 4:17

Numbers 13:25-33

25 At the end of forty days they returned from exploring the land.

Report on the Exploration

26 They came back to Moses and Aaron and the whole Israelite community at Kadesh in the Desert of Paran. There they reported to them and to the whole assembly and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 They gave Moses this account: “We went into the land to which you sent us, and it does flow with milk and honey! Here is its fruit. 28 But the people who live there are powerful, and the cities are fortified and very large. We even saw descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites live in the Negev; the Hittites, Jebusites and Amorites live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live near the sea and along the Jordan.”

30 Then Caleb silenced the people before Moses and said, “We should go up and take possession of the land, for we can certainly do it.”

31 But the men who had gone up with him said, “We can’t attack those people; they are stronger than we are.” 32 And they spread among the Israelites a bad report about the land they had explored. They said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size. 33 We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.”

James 4:17


17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them. 

Sunday’s Sermon: “What is God’s Image to You?”

What is God’s Image to You?
June 20, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
6.20.21
Scripture Reading
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Special Father’s Day Music by Dave Buckley
A Brief Message from Steve Siegel

Prayer

Heavenly Father,

I choose right here and right now to set my mind and focus completely on You.  Not just for this moment, but for as long as You have me in this world.  I choose right here and right now to Never create in my mind or fashion with my hands any false god. 

For You alone are the One and Only True and Living God; the God of the Holy Scripture You breathed into being.  I choose right here and right now to obey Your every word and do Your will now and always.  I thank You with my whole heart for Your endless blessings in my life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:1-6

The Ten Commandments

20 And God spoke all these words:

“I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

“You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

“You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

Sunday’s Sermon: “More Than a Matter of Trust”

More Than a Matter of Trust
June 13, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
6.13.21
Scripture Reading
Slide Show

Scripture Reading: John 19:25-27

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman,[a] here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.

Sunday’s Sermon: “The Truth About Angels”

The Truth About Angels
June 6, 2021
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Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
6.6.21

Scripture Reading: Hebrews 1:4-5 & 13-14

Hebrews 1:4-5

So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.

The Son Superior to Angels

For to which of the angels did God ever say,

“You are my Son;
    today I have become your Father”[a?

Or again,

“I will be his Father,
   and he will be my Son”?

Hebrews 1:13-14

13 To which of the angels did God ever say,

“Sit at my right hand
    until I make your enemies
    a footstool for your feet”[a]?

14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?

Sunday’s Sermon: “A Time to Remember”

A Time to Remember
May 30, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
5.30.21
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Scripture Reading

Scripture Reading: Exodus 28:6-14, John 15:13, 1st John 4:10     

Exodus 28:6-14     

“Make the ephod of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen—the work of skilled hands. It is to have two shoulder pieces attached to two of its corners, so it can be fastened. Its skillfully woven waistband is to be like it—of one piece with the ephod and made with gold, and with blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and with finely twisted linen.

“Take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Israel 10 in the order of their birth—six names on one stone and the remaining six on the other. 11 Engrave the names of the sons of Israel on the two stones the way a gem cutter engraves a seal. Then mount the stones in gold filigree settings 12 and fasten them on the shoulder pieces of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Israel. Aaron is to bear the names on his shoulders as a memorial before the Lord. 13 Make gold filigree settings 14 and two braided chains of pure gold, like a rope, and attach the chains to the settings.

John 15:13

13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.

1st John 4:10 

10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

Sunday’s Sermon: “Stop Enduring and Start Living”

Stop Enduring and Start Living
May 23, 2021
S
ermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
5.23.21
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Scripture Reading

Scripture Reading: Romans 12:11-13, John 10:10   

Romans 12:11-13

11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. 13 Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.

John 10:10

10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

Sunday’s Sermon: “Your Most Treasured Possession”

Your Most Treasured Possession
May 16, 2021
Sermon by Rev. Dr. Austin Brinkerhoff
5.16.21
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Scripture Reading: Mark 8:27-38

Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

27 Jesus and his disciples went on to the villages around Caesarea Philippi. On the way he asked them, “Who do people say I am?”

28 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, one of the prophets.”

29 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Peter answered, “You are the Messiah.”

30 Jesus warned them not to tell anyone about him.

Jesus Predicts His Death

31 He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. 32 He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him.

33 But when Jesus turned and looked at his disciples, he rebuked Peter. “Get behind me, Satan!” he said. “You do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”

The Way of the Cross

34 Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save their life[a] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. 36 What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? 37 Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 38 If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

Sunday’s Sermon: “It’s Hard to be Humble”

It’s Hard to be Humble
May 9, 2021
Sermon by Pastor Dave Buckley
5.9.21

Scripture Reading: Matthew 23:11-12

11 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.