Sunday, June 13th 2021  |  Galatians Ch. 5 How do you define freedom? We generally think of freedom as the autonomous right and power to do whatever we wish, without external restraint of any kind. In the West and in America especially, this definition of freedom, with autonomy itself being...

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What’s in a Name?

Sunday, November 8th 2020  |  Matthew 16:13-20 At the end of 3 years of training, Jesus takes his Jewish disciples to a radically confrontational and stressful pagan location and asks them two vital questions.  The application for our present difficult, confusing and stressful time is helpful and challenging.

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Philippians: The Condescension of the Son

Sunday, March 22nd 2020  | Philippians 2:1-18 We are told to have the attitude and mind-set of Christ Jesus. This is especially true with regard to choosing the downwardly mobile path of self-humility. If this life is made the center of our hopes and dreams, we’ll rebel against loss of...

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The Gentiles, Israel and the Church

Sunday, September 29th 2019  |  Various Passages This is a vital topic for the reader of the Bible! Is there a distinction between the gentiles, Israel and the church in the Bible? If there is, then a whole lot of things fall into place. This sermon seeks to demonstrate that...

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Justification and Spiritual Walk by Faith

Sunday, September 22nd 2019  |  Galatians 5:1-15 Paul really shifts focus now! He urges his believing children in the faith to walk away from obedience to the Law and it’s outward symbol, circumcision, as a means of justification and spiritual walk. He tells them they’ve “fallen from grace”, not meaning...

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Sunday, September 15th 2019  |  Galatians 4:12-31 Up to now Paul has confronted the Galatians with powerful and provocative, reasoned arguments to pull them away from Mosaic legalism and nomism. He now drops argumentation, having fired the full logical broadside at them, and switches to entreating them, appealing to their...

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Justification and Living By Faith Explained

Sunday, September 1st 2019  |  Galatians 3:6-22 In chapter 3 Paul forms three interlocking arguments to prove to the Galatians that the Law is incapable of justifying a sinner before a righteous God. In vv1-5 he argues from their universal spiritual experience. In v6-9 he argues from Abraham’s justification by...

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Sunday, August 25th 2019  |  Galatians 2:20-3:5 Getting your “I” put out! By virtue of his incorporation into Christ (cf. v. 17) and so into Christ’s death, Paul’s existence in relation to the Law has been decisively severed, the Law has ceased to have any claim on him (cf. Rom....

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Paul’s Apostolic Authority Proved

Sunday, August 11th 2019  | Galatians 2:15-21 Paul continues his aggressive defense of his apostleship by Christ by showing that the mother church in Jerusalem had received him as such, and by his confrontation with a back-sliding Peter! The chapter concludes with a stark and oddly beautiful word picture about...

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Paul’s Vital Defense of His Apostleship

Sunday, August 4th 2019  |  Galatians 1:10-24 In this part of the Galatian letter, launches into a defense of the gospel of God’s grace, by defending the fact that he has been given direct, divine revelation, an entire systematic corpus of knowledge and doctrine, personally, by the living and resurrected...

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A different Jesus, a different gospel!

Sunday, July 28th 2019  |  Galatians 1:1-9 Just a few short years after Paul planted the gospel in Southern Galatia, a small band of “Judaizers” led by one particular spokesman, have swayed the newly minted Christians away from the pure saving gospel of God’s grace to a perverted gospel! This...

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Worship of the True and Living God

Sunday, May 19th 2019  |  Daniel 6:6-18 Today’s lesson points out that how we see things, even IF we see things at all, is very much determined by what we believe, and by whether that belief corresponds to the truth, especially the illuminating light of the Scriptures Romans 10:16 However,...

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The Protection from Apostasy

Sunday, February 24th 2019  |  Jude 1:20-25 Jude has been pounding away the warning about apostates within: What happened to make them that way, what they look like in action, and the results of their “ministry”, and what their destiny will be. Now he turns his attention to his beloveds,...

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Apostates in Their Midst!

Sunday, February 10th 2019  |  Jude 1:12-16 Jude is deeply concerned for the spiritual, moral and social health of the local body of Christ. He illustrates apostate teachers in their midst with five metaphors from nature. These metaphors were things everyone in the ancient near east would immediate connect with....

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The Exposure of Apostate Teachers

Sunday, February 3rd 2019  |  Jude 1:5-13 We’ve all heard of the wolf in sheep’s clothing. Last Sunday Jude showed us that apostasy migrates downhill in an individual: from ungodliness (rebellion/disbelief), to licentiousness (immorality), and finally to denial of key doctrines of the faith (telling God He’s wrong and the...

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The Descent Into Apostasy

Sunday, January 27th 2019  |  Jude 1:4-7 There are three sequential steps into full blown apostasy. Know them, know the signs and we have a fighting chance to stop them in our churches and in ourselves! “The greatest danger to the church today is not humanism, paganism, atheism or agnosticism....

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The Second Coming

Sunday, January 20th 2019  |  2 Peter 3:1-18 Tom Meyer recites 2nd Peter from memory and then preaches on the 2nd coming from chapter 3! It is riveting! About Tom Meyer: Tom Meyer is a professor at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School, has lived in Israel, receiving two M.A. degrees...

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Sunday, January 13th 2019  |  Jude 1:1-3 The compact, 25 verse sermon of Jude packs a powerful punch about the maximum effort, high priority call of the local church and all believers to contend for the “The Faith” (the body of doctrines which are given in all scripture). No one...

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Between the 6th and 7th Trumpet of Judgment

Sunday, September 2nd 2018  |  Revelation 10-11:6 The Revelation takes a break before the last trumpet (7th) to give additional revelation. John meets a mighty angel with authority and power of both land and sea (all the earth). The angel brings him a little scroll of additional revelation. He experiences...

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Sunday, June 10th 2018  |  Revelation 2:1-7 You have left (deliberately abandoned) your first love! This implies an intentional decision to make love for Christ of lower importance in their thinking, their emotions, devotions, compared to something else, not merely a love neglected through dis-use. The cure for a hard...

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Sunday, May 27th 2018  |  Revelation 1:9-20 In this portion of the introduction (pt II), John gets personal and down in the trenches with those he’s writing to. He joins them in their present condition of trial, and grounds it in obedience to the will of God! Then he takes...

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Sunday, May 20th 2018  |  Revelation 1:1-11 The book of Revelation/Apocalypse: The revealing, the unveiling of the Lord Jesus Christ in all His regal authority as final judge and terminator of the kingdoms of men (see Daniel 2:31-36), as the Lord who disciplines and then redeems Israel, as the Son...

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Sunday, April 8th 2018  |  John 3:12-18 Jesus told Nicodemus, as recorded in John 3, that “just as (in the same manner) Moses lifted up the serpent in the desert” – so that every sin-striken, deadly snake-bit, helpless Israelite who merely looked in faith to the serpent lifted up on...

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Sunday, March 4th 2018  |  Romans 6:1-14 We’re used to hearing that Christ died for our sins. But Romans 6:1-14 teach something different: That Christ died TO our sin (singular). This is the concept that he died to sin as the ruling/reigning Master, and we (the Old Man, the man...

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O Felix Culpa! (Part 2)

Sunday, February 25th 2018  |  Romans 5:12-21 O Felix Culpa! – Oh Happy Fault! The universal domination of sin and death. The glorious freedom of God’s grace in the shed blood of His Son.  Not the name of a rock band or movie star. It is Latin for, “Happy fault!” –...

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Justification by Faith (Part 1)

Sunday, February 18th 2018  |  Romans 5:1-11 Justification by faith alone. Sola Fidei. Just what does this mean? Who is it for? Why is it so? Why is this a most necessary doctrine to grasp?  In this tender handling of Romans 5:1-11, Molher gives us the vital context of Paul’s discussion...

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Sunday, January 28th 2018  |  Matthew 24:32-51 What did Jesus mean by “this generation will not pass away until all these things take place”? This is a serious matter and some even think it means Jesus was a false prophet! Pastor Kooyers takes us through the options and tells us...

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Sunday, December 3rd 2017  |  1 Corinthians 13:1-13 No talent, gift, or exercise of moral virtue is meaningful in the divine sense, nor reward-able at the Bema, (“it profits me nothing”) unless it is driven by and infiltrated with genuine love.

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Sunday, July 16th 2017  |  Acts 10:24-11:1 The use of tongues in churches and as a “private prayer language” over the past century has become an explosive, and sometimes divisive issue, even schisming churches and causing entirely new denominations to form. But what are “tongues”, from a strictly Biblical perspective?...

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Sunday, July 9th 2017  |  1 Thessalonians 5:12-18 This tender and detailed exposition of Paul’s instruction to the church in Thessaloniki is worth hearing. What is the relationship of the congregation of the local church to its elders/pastors, and vice-versa. How should they respect and love the elders, and why?...

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Suffering and the Christian

Wednesday Bible Study, June 21st 2017  |  1 Peter 4:12-19 This message discusses how the growing Christian think of suffering for the name of Christ. About Mike Fenton: Mike Fenton is pastor of Trinity Baptist Church, Ukiah.

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King Josiah and Total Warfare Against Idolatry

Sunday, February 19th 2017  |  2 Chronicles 34:1-33 Young king Josiah, against the evil tradition of his fathers, sought the Lord early in life, and persistently expanded and reinstituted the worship of the true God. He did this through a strategy of total warfare against pagan idolatry and its wicked,...

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Sunday, February 12th 2017  |  John 14:15-26 Part 2 of the exposition of John 14 – the Upper Room Discourse. Here Jesus comforts, encourages and prepares his disciples for his departure by emphasizing the superior and enduring ministry of the Holy Spirit, who He will ask the Father to send...

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Sunday, February 5th 2017  |  John 14:1-14 Jesus comforts his distraught disciples in view of his soon departure, with six specific encouragements, the 6 P’s: Promise of Provision in the Father’s house (v2), Pledge to Rapture them to a prepared Father’s house (v3), the Prospect of doing greater works (v12),...

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Introduction to a Betrayal

Sunday, January 29th 2017  |  John 13:12-30 In considering all that Jesus had taught and done, there were the two things (one is in this passage) that Judas Iscariot seems to have understood that the other disciples did not seem to fully grasp yet? It is what Judas did understand...

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God’s Kindness & Design in Trials

Sunday, October 23rd 2016  |  James 1:1-4 Trials, painful and sometimes bitter. What does the Christian faith have to say and offer the believer? How do we cope? Are we to escape by any means we can? Trials are Providentially ordained by a sovereign and good God with kind intentions...

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The Exclusivity of Jesus Christ

Sunday, October 16th 2016  | Acts 3:1-4:22 Peter and John interact with a crippled beggar seated at the Gate Beautiful. The fascinating cultural background set us up to illuminate vital truths about Jesus Christ! About Karl Poppelreiter: Karl has been a pastor/elder in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He served as pastor/elder...

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The Woman Caught in Adultery

Sunday, October 2nd 2016  |  John 8:1-11 Jesus is caught in the horns of a dilemma. He’s called to judge a capital case by the Law of Moses, but if he does that properly, he’ll be guilty of treason against Rome. See how Jesus rigorously applies the Law of Moses,...

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We Have Found the Messiah!

Sunday, June 5th 2016  |  John 1:35-51 Jesus calls John, Andrew, Peter, Phillip and Nathaniel to follow Him as disciples. Each one is dealt with distinctly, and Jesus reveals both His deity and his ancient existence as the one Mediator between heaven and earth!

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Behold, The Lamb of God

Sunday, May 29th 2016  |  John 1:19-34 John the Baptist! Just who was this man, where did he come from, and what was his relation to and message about the Word, the Messiah

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The Eternal Word & John His Witness

Sunday, May 22nd 2016  |  John 1:6-18 Just who was Jesus Christ? Was he a prophet? A great spiritual teacher? Was he sent as an example of how we should live and love? Was he the founder of a new religion? Was he just a misunderstood itinerant preacher?

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Sunday, March 6th 2016  |  2 Timothy 2:1-13 If you were entrusted with spectacular, invaluable special knowledge (like that found in the movie, National Treasure), how would you behave, who would you trust, and how would your life be different? Paul tells Timothy that because of the priceless treasure of...

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Sunday, February 28th 2016  |  2 Timothy 1:8-18 Paul describes the characteristics of a Roman Pretorian Guard, and uses that as the standard of faithfulness expected of Timothy. But he doesn’t leave him to his own strength, he commends Timothy to the love and grace in Christ, who sends the...

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The Beginning of the End (Part 1)

Sunday, February 21st 2016  |  2 Timothy 1:1-7 Introduction to Paul’s last epistle, from Rome, just before his beheading on the Ostian way under emperor Nero. Paul’s final charge to Timothy is full of care and seriousness. Timothy must be faithful to carry on the work of the gospel and...

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The Greatest Love Story Ever Told

Sunday, February 14th 2016  |  Romans 8:31-39 God’s love in creation, and God’s love expressed in fullness in the Person of Jesus Christ, the effulgence of God Himself. About Karl Poppelreiter: Karl has been a pastor/elder in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He served as pastor/elder with Eric Peterman from 1991 to...

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How Much Faith to Be Saved?

Sunday, February 7th 2016  |  Exodus 11:1-12:-14 Just how much faith, and what great quality of faith does it take to be saved from the wrath of God and be put in right standing with Him? Is that even the right question? An examination of the Passover passage in Exodus 11-12...

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In Defense of the Gospel

Sunday, October 25th 2015  |  Galatians 1:5-24 The gospel of grace is under various kinds of siege in our day. In this sermon Karl demonstrates how humanism and self-reliance and human “ability” have undermined the gospel and it’s authority and power to save and to change lives supernaturally. About Karl...

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Sunday, August 16th, 2015  |  Romans 4:1-5 What conditions must be present in the life, attitude and mind of the unbeliever before they can be justified by faith alone in Christ? The answer from the Bible catches many people off-guard, because it is against human nature, and because wrong ideas...

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Sunday, August 9th 2015  |  Daniel 9:24-27 Daniel is given the prophetic interpretation by the holy angel regarding the 70 years of captivity written by Jeremiah. The Jeremiah scroll has made its way to Babylon. Also included is the specific calculation for when Messiah will enter Jerusalem in 33 AD.

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Sunday, July 12th 2015  |  Daniel 7:10-28 Daniel is revealed the Little Big Horn, the blasphemous fake messiah-Christ that is given power for a short time to persecute the people of Israel and draw all worship to himself as the great deceiver. The court of Heaven sits and passes judgment...

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Sunday, July 5th 2015  |  1 Corinthians 5:1-13 In light over recent cultural and legal changes, how should the body of Christ respond to sins within and without. 1 Corinthians 5 gives us a good idea. The most important moral task the church has is to keep itself free from...

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Sunday, June 21st 2015  |  Daniel 6:1-28 Like Nebuchadnezzar, Darius’ pride gets the best of him, and is used by his usurping Satraps to control him. Daniel’s humility before man and God causes him to disobey the king, and thus bring about the restoration of Darius’ authority, and Darius’ conversion....

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The Thief on the Cross

Sunday, June 7th, 2015  |  Luke 23:33-47 The sure and certain promise of Jesus to the dying thief is powerful proof that grace from God does the work of converting, and then begins the work of working out sanctification, even in the last hours of a life saved by Christ....

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The Wages of Nebuchadnezzar’s Pride

Sunday, May 31st 2015  |  Daniel 4:1-37 The humiliation of a king – recorded by his own hand and published to the people of his kingdom. Nebuchadnezzar is given Divine revelation, but it is to his utter horror and judgment, and the fact appalls Daniel. The king’s pride brings him...

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Folly

Sunday, May 24th 2015  |  Daniel 3: 1-30 The unregenerate, semi-believing mind and heart receive God’s blessings and attention not as a reason for humble rejoicing, but as reason for self-approbation and self-exaltation. God is able to use the salt and light of believers to humble the proud… if, and...

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Part 2)

Sunday, May 17th 2015  |  Daniel 2:37-45 God uses the humility of Daniel to reveal His decree, His sovereign will to and through pagan Nebuchadnezzar. The God of history reveals to the king that his Babylon is at the top of the slope of what will be the course of...

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Nebuchadnezzar’s Dream (Part 1)

Sunday, May 10th, 2015  |  Daniel 2:1-35 Charismatics feel that the right environment must be cultivated for the gifts to shower down in the service. But Nebuchadnezzar shows us that when God determines to reveal a divine mystery of the ages, the only qualifications were: 1) Be a pagan, 2)...

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What is Worship?

Sunday, May 3rd 2015  |  Daniel 1:8-31 The key point from this sermon is that God does not need our worship or our great service. He merely uses our smallness to be most glorified in us.  The advantage that Daniel and his friends had was their smallness and insignificance compared...

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Hope: An Anchor for the Soul

Sunday, April 12th, 2015  | Hebrews 6:10-20 Hope is what makes the future worthwhile. The hope of the future of the believer, after this life, is anchored firmly in the character, promise and perfection of God. We are storm tossed, yet the captain of our ship has gone ahead and...

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Sunday April 5th, 2015  |  Luke 24:13-35 Our Easter day sermon. The two disciples on the road to Emmaus show the tragic personal result of not believing the difficult passages of Scripture, and show us what happens when we pick and choose the “happy” passages for ourselves. Jesus uses the...

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The Triumphal Entry of the King

Sunday, March 29th 2015  |  Matthew 21: 1-14 This sermon takes a different approach to the Triumphal Entry (Palm Sunday) and traces the coming of Messiah back through the Abrahamic and Davidic covenants and then finally connects the body of Christ, by God’s grace through faith alone in Christ alone,...

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Sunday, March 22nd 2015  |  John 15: 12-16:1 The Lord Jesus does not leave his disciples, who would become apostles to the church, without instruction, comfort, and the promise of Divine unction to carry out the Father’s mission to the world, and to build Christ’s church. In this passage they,...

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Sunday, March 15th 2015  |  1 Corinthians 15: 14-32 The earthquake, rocks splitting, graves opening at the crucifixion attest to atonement for our sins on Calvary. The subsequent raising of many dead believing Old Testament era saints provide further proof of God’s acceptance of the atonement and of the power...

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Sunday, March 8th 2015  |  Hebrews 9: 1-14 The veil indicated both the utterly alien holiness of God and the vulgar sinfulness of man, and was an implement specified by God as an act of mercy and grace so to protect those priests and followers who served and brought sacrifices...

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Sunday, March 1st 2015  |  Matthew 27: 45-53 There were 5 miracles performed by the Father and the Spirit to attest to the uniqueness of Jesus Christ as the only man who could atone for our sins. This sermon introduces those miracles, their necessity, and then exposits the miracle of...

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Messianic Prophecies

Sunday, December 7th 2014   |  Amos 3: 7-8 Introduces the 4 main types of OT messianic prophesies then dives into 14 specific OT messianic prophesies. Christmas is not about our “spirit of giving” it is about the sovereign, saving God who is the author of history. Sermon includes a personal story...

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