December 2012

The Gospel of Mark – Peace Be Still

The teaching in Mark 4:35-41 is a picture most people remember and can relate to. The picture is of Christ asleep in the stern of the boat, with His head on a pillow while the disciples are frantically fighting for their lives. The boat tossed to and fro from the mighty wind and storm is calmed in an instant once the Savior awakes. In this teaching Pastor Pete will carefully explain how we can enjoy the ride in the inevitable storms of life. Jesus is not unaware of our plight on the raging seas of life, He just wants us to learn to trust Him and wait and even rest on and in His perfect timing. All of us eventually will cross to the other side the big question is how will we enjoy the ride in our crossing? Listen for Life!

November 2012

The Gospel of Mark – MUSTARD SEED FAITH

This week Pastor Pete shares insights into the gospel account from Mark 4:11-32. In this section our Lord Jesus instructs His true disciples on the need to be light (Mark 4:21-25), the nature of the seed and evangelism in the mystery of the Gospel how once planted and watered it grows on its own (Mark 4:26-29) and lastly Jesus teaching on the Mustard Seed in (Mark 4:30-34). God loves to take small beginnings and do a great work for His glory. The mustard seed is the smallest herbal seed and yet it can blossom and grow into a fifteen foot tall tree where the birds can rest in its branches. We who have ears to hear let us hear, let us listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – ‘L I S T E N!’ Part Three

In this third of a three part message, from Mark 4:1-20, Pastor Pete shares the truth of the third and fourth soils: Thorny Soil and Good Soil that yields fruit some 30, 60 and 100 fold. What is it that keeps us from growing spiritually and bearing the fruit we should as believers? Could it be we are not acknowledging the miracle of the soils preparation from the hand and heart of God alone as well as our role in breaking up the fallow ground knowing that today is the day of salvation? If you are longing for a personal spiritual breakthrough with the Lord or a breakthrough for a loved one or friend that is hardened, stony and caught up with the thorns and cares of this life: Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – L I S T E N! Part Two

In Mark 4:1-20 Jesus explains who and what a true hearer of the Word is using the unique teaching tool of the parable of the sower, the seed and the four kinds of soil (hearers). In this, second of three part message, Pastor Pete will review the meaning of the sower, the seed and the first of the four soils: the Wayside Soil. We will then be introduced to the other three soils: the Rocky Soil, the Thorny Soil and the Good Soil that produces 30, 60 and 100 fold return. What kind of a hearer, soil type are you? LISTEN for life!

The Gospel of Mark – L I S T E N!

Why is it that some hearers of the Word of God seem to flourish and grow in their faith while others flounder and fade away? As Jesus taught the multitudes, the Scribes and the Pharisees and even His own disciples few seemed to comprehend and truly understand what it was He was saying to them. In Mark 4:1-20 Jesus explains who and what a true hearer is using the unique teaching tool of parables. He gives the definition of a parable and then an explanation of a true hearer of the Word in the form of a relevant story of a sower, his seed and the four types of soil the seed is sown in. This is the first of the parables that serves to be a key to unlock all the rest of them. A parable is meant to illustrate four kinds of hearers of the Word: (the Seed). What kind of a hearer are you? LISTEN for life!

October 2012

The Gospel of Mark – He Is Out of His Mind?

Have you ever wondered how it is people can insult the Person of Christ by calling Him, just a good man, a prophet, a legend or maybe even a lunatic? When carefully examining the Biblical record Jesus Christ leaves us no other option then to acknowledge and bow before Him as LORD. Pastor Pete will share from Mark chapter 3: the courage of Jesus(3:1-6) the compassion of Jesus (3:7-12) the call of Jesus (3:13-19) the critics of Jesus (3:20-30) and lastly, the clarity and clarification of Jesus in 3:31-35. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – The Search for Intimacy

What’s missing in your walk with Jesus Christ? We can go through the motions, live a life of obedience, seek the continued filling of the Holy Spirit and still feel as though something is missing from our lives. Whatever happened to the passion, the love, the all-consuming interest in our Christian walk? Maybe it is still fresh for you, for most, the fervor and passion tends to fade and the glory diminish. This message from Mark 3:7-19 is all about our search for intimacy and what we can do as believers to get the passion back in our faith and walk with Jesus Christ. Listen for Life!

September 2012

The Gospel of Mark – The LORD of the Sabbath Part Two

The Sabbath principle is one many believers struggle to understand, much less practice. In this second of two parts message, Pastor Pete shares the REST of the story in the teachings of Jesus, having fulfilled the requirements of the Law, Jesus fulfilled the Law. We can therefore rest in the work of Christ and worship the substance of Christ and not His shadow, a day or a list of expectations from men. This by definition is a religion of works. The REST of the story is learning what it means to rest in Christ as opposed to working to attain a works righteousness. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – The LORD of the Sabbath*

In this message from Mark 2:23-3:5 Pastor Pete shares the difference between the shadows of Christ and the very substance of Christ Himself. Often, in religious exercise we would prefer to worship shadows instead of having to have a personal, intimate ongoing relationship with God through His Son Jesus Christ. The law and expectations of the law only serve to draw us to Christ and to reveal to us our utter inability to please God on our own. Is the fourth commandment to keep the Sabbath day holy a requirement of the church and believer today or is it simply a shadow of Christ Himself who be definition is our Sabbath Rest because He alone is the Lord of the Sabbath. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – New Wine in Old Bags

How do you respond when under pressure? What do you do when you feel as if your life is ready to explode? Jesus addresses the issue of true and false worship and religion in Mark 2:18-22. What is authentic faith? What is the true gospel of Jesus Christ? These are questions people across the world continue to struggle with even today. Within the church of Jesus Christ we seem to drift from one extreme of religion and works faith to another religion of faith and practice. The whole of creation is groaning for redemption. Believer and unbeliever alike can feel the pressure building. In “New Wine in Old Bags” Pastor Pete, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, will open for our understanding the mystery of the matchless distinctiveness of the true gospel. Listen for Life!