June 2013

The Gospel of Mark – I Believe! Lord, Help My Unbelief!

The disciples, Peter, James and John, have just descended from the Mountain of Transfiguration. They have just witnessed the glory of the transfigured, glorified Lord, only to be greeted in the valley with a demon possessed boy and a father desperate for answers and deliverance for his son. This message, “coincidentally” landing on father’s day 2013, is a remarkable study on faith, from our Lord’s perspective, from our heavenly Father’s perspective and from the perspective of a normal dad concerned for the well-being of his family and more specifically his beloved son. In this lesson Pastor Pete will share the seven levels of faith, from: unbelieving faith, powerless faith, faithless faith, weary faith, simple faith, great faith and lastly, rewarded faith. Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – It Is Good For Us To Be Here Part Two

In this two part series on the Mount of Transfiguration Pastor Pete opens Mark 9:9-13 to our thinking. Most of us approach life with both negative and positive reactions as it pertains to us. We see life from a selfish, temporal perspective. What is it that God wants and expects from us? In this week’s message we will learn what our religious, eternal and temporal perspective needs to be, as we bring the mountains into our valleys. It all comes down to our perspective of what and WHO we are gazing at. Where does our full orbed attention rest? As we descend the mountain of transfiguration we need to Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – It Is Good For Us To Be Here

“Religion must die in order for faith to be born.” In the passage of Mark 9:1-13 Pastor Pete shares the context of the transfiguration of Jesus Christ. The Apostle and Disciple Peter, true to form, felt like he needed to contribute something to the perfect situation, the perfect setting and the perfection of God represented in the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. How often do we in our attempts to please God try and contribute our lame ideas to a perfect plan. God doesn’t need our help but He graciously asks for it but only under His instruction and direction. How well do we take instruction? How teachable are we really when it comes to true faith? Do we feel like we must add something to the perfect plan of God? This message is extremely relevant for those of us who want to erect monuments to our past experiences or even to ourselves. Listen for LIFE!

May 2013

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The Gospel of Mark – Knowing the Cost; Paying the Price

Why doesn’t God do something about the mess we are in? What in the world is God doing? Does He even care? How can we explain the pain, suffering, death, hunger, injustice, poverty, tyranny that seems to be exploding all around us? Why doesn’t God step in to this mess and clean things up? You will be surprised to learn that God is very much concerned and actively participating in the redemption and salvation of man. What seems so ironic is that He has entrusted to redeemed man the job of proclaiming to the world the solution to their many problems. Jesus waits for us to share the gospel message and then in partnership with His Holy Spirit He convicts of sin, righteousness and the coming judgment. He draws the unsaved to Himself, He redeems, justifies, sanctifies and one day even glorifies saved men. Pastor Pete shares from Mark 8:34-38 the words of Jesus as He tried to share the cost of salvation and challenged them to be willing to pay the price. When we hear that salvation is free, this only partially true. It cost our Lord His life. But in His death life came for not only Himself but for all who place their trust in Him alone for salvation! This section of Scripture has the potential of changing once and for all everything. True salvation does! Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – “I See,” says the Blind Man

American Christianity is woefully negligent in hearing the truth, seeing the truth, believing the truth and preaching the truth. We have our ears wide open and are as deaf as stones. We have our eyes wide open and are as blind as bats. Jesus said, many religionists, Pharisees are like the blind leading the blind. In Mark 8:22-33 Jesus goes out of His way to heal the blind man and then proceeds to speak to His disciples of what they heard and saw, in Jesus, and who they said He was. Pastor Pete shares insights into this passage with three main points of consideration: 1.) “I SEE,” said the blind man: the Natural man who needs a second touch. (8:22-26) 2.) “I’m BLIND!,” said the seeing men: The Spiritual man who needs a spiritual touch. (8:27-29a) 3.) “I See and am Blind, “ said the seeing man: the Carnal man who needs an eternal touch. (8:29b-33) Listen for LIFE!

April 2013

The Gospel of Mark – Why Christians Forget to Remember

Why does it seem like, as believers, we have such a hard time remembering not to forget? We forget the goodness of God, the grace of God, the mercy of God the good news of the gospel of God. We are so consumed with ourselves we forget to remember the needs of others around us who desperately need the message of hope and salvation. Pastor Pete opens Mark’s gospel to chapter 8:1-21 and the second account of the feeding of the four thousand and how quickly the disciples forgot the work of their Lord in the feeding of the five thousand. This is the tension of believing: remembering not to forget all that God has done in the past, is doing in the present and promises to accomplish in the future. Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – Standing Between; Standing Beside

Can you say of God, in your own life and in the life of others, as the disciples and multitude did in Mark 7:37, “He has done all things well?” Religion by definition silences the lambs, chokes out joy, kills hope and destroys freedom of expression and spontaneous faith. In Pastor Pete’s message, from Mark 7:24-37, we see the Lord Jesus Christ, freeing those possessed from the bondage of the enemy and making the deaf to hear and the mute be able to speak. As believers we have a unique opportunity to hear God and speak for God, standing between and standing beside others before God. When was the last time God used you to bring others to Christ and to encourage others in Christ? Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – The Problem With Religion

Have you ever entertained the question, “What if we’re wrong? So many religions, faiths, beliefs, which one is right, what if they are all right? What if all roads really do lead to Rome / Heaven?” Pastor Pete will carefully unwrap the passage from our Lord’s encounter and confrontation with the religious leaders of His day in Mark’s gospel chapter 7:1-23. From our Lord’s exposure with the religionists, Scribes and Pharisees, He gives the final word on faith, religion and the belief systems of men and of God. Clarity will rise as we seek to understand, with the help of the Holy Spirit, the “Illuminator”, how we can know for sure what is true and false faith. Is there only one road to God, and if so how can one find it and begin to walk on it in confidence? Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – How To Walk On Water

One of the most famous stories in all of the New Testament was of Jesus and Peter walking on the rough Galilean Seas. Why do you think this amazing account wasn’t mentioned in the Apostle Peter’s account in Mark’s Gospel? Pastor Pete will share eight simple principles for how to walk on water in our day to day faith: Show up for your next appointment with the Master. Be aware of the presence of the Master in your current surroundings. Watch for the Master’s approach and do not let Him pass by. Don’t be alarmed at the Master’s power. Don’t be afraid to step out of the boat to walk on water. Take comfort in the assurance of the Master’s presence in your boat. Be amazed and at rest in the Master’s calming influence over troubled seas. And lastly, set your anchor in no one or in anything but the Master Himself. Listen for LIFE!