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Sermons from the Word of God

This page lists recent weekly sermons delivered to our congregations. These are inspirational, motivational, and informative messages that have value to all Christians seeking the truth of God and His Kingdom.

 

  Can We Teach It? - (Ken Loucks) - October 14, 2017  MP3 
Are we able to teach the doctrines of the church? Are we babes in Christ or well matured? The Kings of Israel were required to write a copy of the law for their understanding and guidance. How much of the sermons we hear do we make a part of us? Bible study reinforces our knowledge of God.
 
  Listen to the Spirit - (Rob Slocum) - October 14, 2017  MP3 
Are we ready for the Kingdom of God? It is coming in a time unexpected. Are we properly clothed? Does the Holy Spirit guide your life? Are we living a godly life?
 
  Spiritual Deception - (Ken Loucks) - September 23, 2017  MP3 
A spiritual virus is spread by spiritual deception. How do we become inoculated against a virus? What does it take to prevent a deception? The internalization of the truth of God is important for eternal life.
 
  Friends of God - (Fred Reeves) - September 09, 2017  MP3 
There are several names for God's people: Children of God, Sons of God, Chosen, Elect, Called out ones, bride. These all denote a relationship with God. But are we friends of God? What does that mean?
 
  The Book of Revelation Part 3 - last 3 churches - (Rex Sexton) - September 02, 2017  MP3  PDF
The sermon is part 3 of the series on the Book of Revelation and summarizes the Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicean churches.
 
  The Book of Revelation Part 2 - 7 Churches - (Rex Sexton) - August 19, 2017  MP3 
Part 2 of this series is a survey of the first 4 churches of Revelation chapter 2.
 
  Book of Revelation Part 1 - (Rex Sexton) - August 12, 2017  MP3 
When will the world end? There have been many so-called prophets that have predicted the end but so far all have failed in their predictions. To whom was the book written? What is the purpose? This is one part 1 of a series.
 
  God: Master Planner - (Ken Loucks) - August 05, 2017  MP3 
Chess is a game of planning and forethought. Some are very skilled in looking at long-term scenarios. God is the master planner and sees the end from the beginning. There are several examples in the Bible of the steps leading up to an end result.
 
  Faith - (Rob Slocum) - July 29, 2017  MP3 
What is Faith? Are we of little faith? Faith is s decision followed by action. Faith can be interrupted. How does Christ affect our faith?
 
  Love Your Wife - (Fred Reeves) - July 22, 2017  MP3 
Husbands are to love their wives as Christ loves the church. They are fellow heirs to eternal life. How should men treat their mates? Did you know that both men and women can be addicted to pornography and that porn is adultery?
 
  Family Integrity - (Rex Sexton) - July 15, 2017  MP3 
The laws of God are not arbitrary. There is a purpose for them. God created the family unit as a foundation for human life. Satan is out to destroy this foundation.
 
  Key Elements of Marriage - (Robert Dick) - July 08, 2017  MP3 
There are several principles that help to make a good marriage. Things that both husband and wife can do or not do that lay the groundwork for minimizing marital problems.
 
  The Missing Dimension in Marriage - (Rex Sexton) - July 01, 2017  MP3 
Part 4 on the continuing series on marriage.
 
  Understanding and Respect - (Fred Reeves) - June 24, 2017  MP3 
Women need to understand some key elements in understanding men. Marriage must be built on respect and learning to understand each other.
 
  Maxims for Husbands and Fathers - (Robert Dick) - June 17, 2017  MP3 
What does Biblical Rule mean when applied to marriage? Does it mean to be a dictator? What is a good father? What if we never had a good fatherly role model? There are three words that describe how a husband should treat his wife. What are they?
 
  Advice to Youth - (Rex Sexton) - June 10, 2017  MP3 
Times have changed since you were a youth. The morals and character of America have deteriorated greatly in a short time. What were you taught about living life and how to have success in marriage?
 
  Message to Ephesus - (Fred Reeves) - June 03, 2017  MP3 
The messages to the churches in the Book of Revelation are both specific and timeless. Part of the message to Ephesus was to remember their first works. He who has an ear...
 
  God Uses Human Variety - (Rex Sexton) - May 27, 2017  MP3 
God uses a variety of people to accomplish His purposes. These people have faults and lessons to learn. The Bible shows examples of this variety and details their faults and the lessons they learned.
 
  Perfect Character - (Rob Slocum) - May 13, 2017  MP3 
We are taught to look below the surface when dealing with the issues of life and how we view others. God looks at our heart. What is He looking for? What is perfection?
 
  Evil Teachings of Jezebel - (Rex Sexton) - April 29, 2017  MP3 
The message to Thyatira mentions that they tolerated Jezebel to teach and seduce God's servants. Who was Jezebel and what influence did she have on world governments and religious beliefs?
 
  Finding the True Church - (Rex Sexton) - April 22, 2017  MP3 
How does one seeking God discover the true church? What are the identifying signs of that church? Is is one of the major denominations? This sermon reveals the key markers of God's church.
 
  Meaning Behind the Spring Holy Days - Unleavened Bread (Fred Reeves) - April 17, 2017  MP3 
The spring Holy Days reveal the starting point of God's plan. The Passover focuses on Christ. The Night To Be Observed pictures coming out of sin. The Days of Unleavened Bread picture a sin-free life as Christ lived it. But there are a number of richer meanings to consider.
 
  God became man so man can become God - Unleavened Bread (Rex Sexton) - April 17, 2017  MP3 
There is a verse in the old testament that is quoted in the new testament more than any other scripture. It is Psalms 118:22. Christ is revealed as the chief cornerstone. God's divine power gives us all the tools we need to attain the kingdom of God. The Holy Spirit grants us a taste of the divine nature of God. We are to hold fast to that corner stone.
 
  True Repentance - (Ken Loucks) - April 15, 2017  MP3 
There is worldly repentance and godly repentance. What is the difference between the two? The world teaches tolerance which leads to acceptance and approval of sin. Who defines sin? How do sin and the law of God relate? Who were some biblical examples of true and false repentance?
 
  Reverse Engineering 1 Corinthians - Unleavened Bread (Robert Dick) - April 11, 2017  MP3 
I Corinthians is a book written to a Gentile church keeping the Days of Unleavened Bread. Each year we read I Corinthians 11:23-26 at the Passover service but where was Paul coming from when He made this statement? We will walk backwards through I Corinthians asking where Paul was coming from at each juncture along the way to better understand a message for this Holy Day season.
 
  Reconciliation of God and Man - (Rex Sexton) - April 08, 2017  MP3 
God has a plan to reconcile all mankind to Himself. What separated God from us in the first place? What are the details of this plan? Who is primarily involved in this plan?
 
  Be Thou My Vision - (Howard Davis) - April 01, 2017  MP3 
Is Christ our Vision? Do we reflect justice, Mercy, and walk humbly before our God? Do we reflect godly wisdom?
 
  Parable of the Talents - (Rob Slocum) - March 25, 2017  MP3 
Jesus used parables to teach His followers. Why did He do this? Parables reveal moral truth. Godly actions vs human actions. Provided teaching in a more palatable form for those seeking to discredit Him.
 
  Hebrews: Then and Now - (Rex Sexton) - March 18, 2017  MP3 
Who where the zealots? Why where there various factions? Before Jerusalem fell, the church fled. The Book of Hebrews was written to this group. They are very similar to the church today.
 
  Judgements - (Rex Sexton) - March 11, 2017  MP3 
The concept of justice is lost in society today. God created the concept of justice and He executes it perfectly. The principles of Godly justice has been replace by moral relativism. What are the consequences of subscribing to moral relativism?
 
  Timeline of the Passover - (Rex Sexton) - March 04, 2017  MP3 
Some of the people during the time of the Apostle Paul were not giving reverence to the Passover service. Jesus gave specifics as to how the Passover was to be observed. The Old Testament provided instruction on the Passover as well.
 
  The Last Days - (Fred Reeves) - February 25, 2017  MP3 
Have we prayed Thy Kingdom Come? We look at the world conditions and realize there is much sorrow present. When will the end come when Christ returns? What did Jesus say about the end?
 
  How Do We View God and Christ? - (Robert Dick) - February 11, 2017  MP3 
The previous sermon from Robert Dick it was discussed who is your God? In this sermon he discusses how we relate to both the Father and the Son. What is our approach to God? Do we show gratitude, respect and acknowledge both?
 
  Foundations of Marriage - (Rex Sexton) - February 04, 2017  MP3 
There are 4 basis of marriage: Conflicted, Traditional, Harmonious, and Vitalized. These are explained in this sermon on marriage as well as some examples of good and bad marriages listed in the Bible.
 
  Pleasing the Father Part 2 - (R Sexton) - January 28, 2017  MP3  MP4 (video)
Part 2 in this series. What are our priorities in our daily life? We have many activities, some items we must do and others are lower priority. How do we prioritize our life. What are the most important activities?
 
  Who Is Your God? - (Robert Dick) - January 21, 2017  MP3 
Our perception of God is influenced by our background and society. Primitive societies focus on the spirits. The Greeks and Romans had a pantheon of gods. They felt they needed to appease the gods. Their gods were unpredictable. What are the characteristics of the God of the Bible? To what other gods can we compare Him?
 
  Pleasing the Father - (Rex Sexton) - January 14, 2017  MP3 
Are we living to please God? Christ has always pleased the Father. How did Christ do this?
 
  Why God's Holy Days? - (Ken Loucks) - December 31, 2016  MP3 
Most of Christianity observes holidays such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas, and New Years. Why does the church observe the Holy Days given to all men? God says these are His days to be observed. Why do you or don't you observe what God commands?
 
  No Regrets - (Rex Sexton) - December 24, 2016  MP3 
As we mature we may think back on things we did or didn't do that created a feeling of regret. There are examples in the Bible of people whose regrets are documented for our edification. Do you have regrets? How can we live a life free of regrets? Is our spiritual life leading us towards no regrets?
 
  Walking Towards Perfection - (Roc Corbett) - December 24, 2016  MP3  PPS
Life is a continually changing process. How has life changed since we were children? At some point God may have shown you His way. How did we react to the revelation? Are we on an upward path towards godly perfection or are we following the downward trend of the world?
 
  Immortal Soul? - (Fred Reeves) - December 10, 2016  MP3 
Does mankind have an immortal soul? Where did this idea originate? Is it Biblical? Is there a heaven or hell? Is transmigration of the soul accurate? What is the spirit in man? Just what is the soul?
 
  Lessons from Barak and Balaam - (Rex Sexton) - December 03, 2016  MP3 
We can learn much from the story of Barak and Balaam. Balaam was faithful up to a point then he sold out Israel for personal gain. How is that different from conditions today? Listen to this informative sermon for enlightenment.
 
  The Book of Life - (Rex Sexton) - November 26, 2016  MP3 
What is the Book of Life? Is everyone written in it? What does scripture say about this book? Is our name written in this book? What happens if your name is not written in the book or has been blotted out?
 
  Clean and Unclean - (Rex Sexton) - November 12, 2016  MP3 
God gave His laws for clean and unclean things to eat. These included land animals, sea creatures, and flying things. Plants, insects and crawling things are listed. God separates things that are Holy and profane. God wants His people to be separate. How does clean and unclean apply to our spiritual lives?
 
  Faith and Works - (Fred Reeves) - November 05, 2016  MP3 
What is faith? Is it not having a complete trust in someone or something? Is it a strong belief in God or a religion? Does it require some kind of proof to have faith? Or can you have faith in the unseen? How about works? Can you have faith without works? The Bible says you can't have one without the other.
 
  God's Temple - (Rex Sexton) - October 29, 2016  MP3 
Is there a place of safety for the church? Will the temple be rebuilt and sacrifices to resume before the end of the age? Is there a physical temple or is there some other temple? What is the Holy Temple in the Lord?
 
  Rewarded According to Works - (Rex Sexton) - October 08, 2016  MP3 
Is man justified by faith alone apart from the deeds of the law? Is faith the only element of justification? Can we pay for our sins? Are we saved by grace? There is a grass church movement that believes in cheap grace. The scriptures state that we will be rewarded according to our works.
 
  Prepare for Challenges - (R Sexton) - October 01, 2016  MP3 
There are examples in the scriptures of people who were faithful to God. God did not allow them to suffer damage. And yet there are others who were persecuted and suffered hurt. What challenges await each of us as we live a Christian life?
 
  Anger Management - (Rex Sexton) - September 24, 2016  MP3 
The Biosphere experiment proved that life needs resistance for proper growth. The Bible states that we should count it all joy in our trials. Do we blame God for what people do? How do we handle adversity and our anger? Mr Sexton provides insight into these topics.
 
  Ecclesiastes - is it a Pessimistic Book? - (Robert Dick) - September 17, 2016  MP3 
Many think Ecclesiastes is a pessimistic book yet in Jewish synagogues it is read each year as part of the celebration of Sukkoth-the Feast of Tabernacles. Is there something we are missing? This sermon explores the Book of Ecclesiastes and how it can enhance even our observance of the Feast of Tabernacles.
 
  Dancing With Our Scars - (Rex Sexton) - September 10, 2016  MP3 
We suffer wounds and they may heal but scars seldom go away. We are to learn to live with our scars. Put past things behind us. Satan wants to use our scars against us. Mr Sexton provides encouragement to help us properly handle our emotional and spiritual scars.
 
  Current Events and Prophecy Part 5 - (Rex Sexton) - August 20, 2016  MP3 
Mr Sexton continues his series of prophecy. This edition covers the place of safety, the Throne of God, being translated, the remanent.
 
  The Three Resurrections - (Fred Reeves) - August 13, 2016  MP3 
Many churches teach the resurrection. Is there a reward of being in Heaven after we die? The Bible states that there will be a resurrection at Christ's return. But is that the only resurrection for all mankind? Mr Reeves explains what the Bible teaches.
 
  Current Events and Prophecy Part 4 - (Rex Sexton) - August 06, 2016  MP3  PDF
The Babylonian system: the beast, the healing of the wound, the restoration, the Scarlet beast and the Harlot are covered in part 4 of this series.
 
  It All Comes Down to Attitude - (R Dick) - July 30, 2016  MP3 
The Holy Grail of modern physics is the search for a great unifying theory–The Theory of Everything. Ancient Greek philosophers searched in vain for something that would unify and make sense of their philosophies. This sermon explores the universal quality that governs the spiritual success or failure of both men and angels.
 
  Current Events and Prophecy Part 3 - (Rex Sexton) - July 16, 2016  MP3 
Who are the King of the North and the King of the South? Where are the nations of Israel when the North/South conflagration occurs? Why does God withdraw Himself from the many nations of Israel? What leaders call themselves great? Does Israel repent of their ways? Mr Sexton continues his series.
 
  Current Events and Prophecy Part 2 - (Rex Sexton) - July 02, 2016  MP3 
The Roman Empire. Understanding the Roman Empire and the leaders helps us to understand many Biblical Prophecies. This Part 2 of the series explains the background of Rome's powerful influence on the world.
 
  Current Events and Prophecy Part 1 - (Rex Sexton) - June 25, 2016  MP3 
With Britain exiting the EU does this mean the end of the EU? Will other nations follow suit? What does this mean in the prophetic time line? Who are the 3 major players in prophecy? Mr Sexton provides insight.
 
  The Sabbath Day - (Fred Reeves) - June 18, 2016  MP3 
Why is the Sabbath day special? Does what we do on the Sabbath reflect our relationship with God? What does it mean that we are not to work on the Sabbath? Why did the Jews make the Sabbath a burden? The Sabbath is a test commandment - what does that mean? Is the Sabbath a covenant? Mr Reeves helps us understand more about the keeping of the Sabbath Day.
 
  What the Holy Spirit Is Not - (Ken Loucks) - June 11, 2016  MP3 
Is the Holy Spirit a person? Does it control our minds? Does it manipulate us? Just what is the Holy Spirit? Mr. Ken Loucks provides an interesting look at the Holy Spirit.
 
  The Sin of Boasting - (R Sexton) - June 04, 2016  MP3 
The boxer Ali claimed to be the greatest. Was he? There are 8 reasons that people boast. Do you know what they are? Is it ok for a Christian to boast? Mr. Sexton discusses boasting.
 
  The Great Disappointment - (R Sexton) - May 28, 2016  MP3 
What is the Great Disappointment? How to these apply to us as a church and personally? What are the fullness of the gentiles? Mr Sexton brings to light many prophecies that are to be fulfilled.
 
  Christ Our Wave Sheaf - (Fred Reeves) - May 21, 2016  MP3 
There are Holy Days associated with 3 seasons of the year. Do you know what was harvested during each of these seasons? How do they relate to Christ? Mr Reeves provides insight.
 
  Prayers - (R Sexton) - May 07, 2016  MP3 
We are not naturally prayerful people. What are the purposes for prayers and the type of prayers. Does God remember our prayers? Mr Sexton reviews prayers.
 
  Signs of a True Christian - Unleavened Bread (Rex Sexton) - April 29, 2016  MP3 
What are the signs of a Christian? Are we a True Christian with symptoms or do we just have signs of being a Christian? Would our lives as Christians hold up in a court of law or from a medical diagnosis? Are we tolerant of sin? Do we bear fruit of the spirit? Mr Sexton discusses this topic.
 
  Preparing for Passover - (R Sexton) - April 16, 2016  MP3 
God told Israel how to begin a calendar year - in the spring not the dead of winter. He also gave them instructions as to which days to observe. Jesus and the apostles set an example as to their observance. The Passover is one of those. Jesus became the lamb sacrificed for all mankind. This event was created before the worlds were created. Mr Sexton explains the background of the Passover, the perfect lamb, and how Passover ties in with salvation.
 
  7 Last Sayings of Christ - (R Sexton) - April 02, 2016  MP3 
Christ uttered 7 saying just before He died. What were they and what meaning do they hold for us. Mr Sexton explains.
 
  Passover Lamb - (Fred Reeves) - March 26, 2016  MP3 
Mr Reeves explores the Old and New Testament Passovers and the sequence of events leading up to the death of Jesus. A thought provoking message.
 
  Jesus Curses the Fig Tree - (R Sexton) - March 05, 2016  MP3 
Why did Jesus curse the fig tree so that it withered? How are the promises of God tied to this event? What did the people mean when they shouted Hosanna upon Jesus' entry into Jerusalem? Mr Sexton explains this important topic.
 
  Two Gods - (Fred Reeves) - February 27, 2016  MP3 
How does the God of the Old Testament differ than the God of the New Testament? It is said that the God of the OT is strict and harsh, whereas the NT shows a loving, caring God. How do we reconcile the two. Is there one God, two or three? Mr Reeves provides insight.
 
  What is Truth? Part 2 - (R Sexton) - February 20, 2016  MP3 
Mr Sexton continues his series on the Truth of God.
 
  The Tabernacle - (R Sexton) - February 06, 2016  MP3  PPS
The Tabernacle of ancient Israel during the time of Moses had carefully crafted objects and construction. Mr Sexton goes into some detail to explain the construction, features and proper use of this tent of meeting.
 
  Salvation and God's Long Suffering - (R Sexton) - January 16, 2016  MP3 
God gives humanity time to so He can determine the true character of people. He is interested in who will be faithful to Him. God doesn't ignore sinful actions, He wants to see the overall nature before He takes action. Mr Sexton explains why God doesn't always act on human activities immediately.
 
  What Is Truth? - (Rex Sexton) - January 09, 2016  MP3 
What is Truth? How does perception alter a view of truth? What are things that truth is not? How does relativism relate to truth? What is the ultimate truth? Mr Sexton discusses aspects of truth.
 
  Modern Gnosticism - (Rex Sexton) - January 02, 2016  MP3 
The Gnostics suppose themselves to be "in the know". Gnostic ideas were present long before Christianity. Who are the Ascetics? Do you know about the dispensationalists? Mr Sexton covers the teachings of Gnosticism.
 
  The Rock - (Rex Sexton) - December 19, 2015  MP3 
What was Jacobs pillar stone and how does it figure into the history of Israel and it's present location. Mr Sexton follows the history of the rock and it's relation to our Rock.
 
  Journeys of Paul Part 3 - (Rex Sexton) - December 12, 2015  MP3  PPS
Mr Sexton wraps up the series on the journeys of the Apostle Paul. Paul visited many countries in Europe as well as the British Isles.
 
  Keys to Personal Growth - (Ken Loucks) - November 28, 2015  MP3 
We all may have had job evaluations. How did we measure up? In our Christian lives we are to be growing in grace and knowledge. Mr Loucks presents 5 keys to personal growth.
 
  Journeys of Paul Part 2 - (Rex Sexton) - November 21, 2015  MP3  PPS
Mr Sexton continues his series on the Journeys of Paul. This edition describes the second Journey of the apostle.
 
  Journeys of Paul Part 1 - (Rex Sexton) - November 14, 2015  MP3  PPS
Mr Sexton begins a series of the Journeys of the apostle Paul.
 

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