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Lesson 50: The Glory Below (Luke 9:37-45)

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Jesus’s ministry was full of both beauty and mystery. The fact that He was Lord over all creation and could see into each and every soul, correctly assessing the motives of anyone He interacted with, and direct people in a certain way even though their understanding of His words were sometimes destined to be lost on them, lends to the mystery that sometimes surrounded His work. He is seen in this account healing a man while calling the people present part of a twisted generation and then calling for the attention of disciples that had His words concealed from them. What must be understood is that Jesus had an understanding of reality that nobody else had, and though he had shared the transfiguration experience with Peter, James, and John just a short time before, they and others were still struggling to really grasp this “new” reality and what it meant for ministry to the suffering while not on their “mountain-top” experience. Pastor Daniel emphasizes that the key point of this text is that “God’s majesty is not only revealed on the mountaintop; God’s glory is also revealed in the transformed lives of people who have been shattered and then restored.”

Summary by Seth Kempf, Bethany Community Church Staff

Related Topics: Character of God, Christology, Glory

2. God Conquers Infidelity (Judges 3:1-22, Othniel)

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Judges: A Drifting People, A Delivering God (part two)

Faithfulness. Loyalty. Fidelity. Nothing breaks God's heart more-or kindles His anger faster-than when His people choose to follow other gods instead of Him. How frustrating it must be for the Creator to watch His allegedly intelligent image-bearers place their confidence in man-made idols. This is not an exclusive practice of the ancients, however, but continues to characterize God's people today. Our generation has witnessed an unprecedented proliferation of competition with God. Nevertheless, our jealous God will employ any resource at His disposal to encourage the repentance of His adulterous people. Have you remained faithful to God? What will it take to get your attention?

Related Topics: Character of God, Christian Life, Discipleship, Failure, Faith, Spiritual Life

Overcoming Temptation with the Word (1 John 2:12-14)

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This message on 1 John 2:12-14 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (December 27, 2009). This New Years message focuses on the challenge we will all face of temptation to do what we know is wrong. As ones who want to honor the Lord, how will we face and overcome temptation?

Related Topics: Christian Life, New Year's, Spiritual Life, Temptation

Good News! A Savior is Born (Luke 2:10-11)

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This message on Luke 2:10-11 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (December 22, 2009). This Christmas message focuses on the central message of Christmas: a message of good news for all people's. A savior is come. But what is a savior? Why do we need a savior?

Related Topics: Christmas, Soteriology (Salvation)

The Quest for Holiness

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These audio messages were originally prepared for the annual Iron Sharpens Iron conference at Emmaus Bible College in Dubuque, Iowa (2010). The theme for that conference was The Quest for Holiness. These messages were part of the main plenary sessions.

Mark's messages for that conference were so well received that he was asked to re-preach them in his local congregation, Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel.

Related Topics: Basics for Christians, Character of God, Christology, Spiritual Life, Worship (Personal)

Love God not Money (Hebrews 13:5-6)

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This message on Hebrews 13:5-6 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (December 28, 2008). This New Years message focuses on taking time for spiritual reflection. Are we in a better place spiritually than we were at last year? Do we love Jesus Christ more than we did last year? Is He more precious to us than other things that are competing for our affections?

Related Topics: Christian Life, Finance, Love, New Year's, Spiritual Life, Worship (Personal)

1. Holiness and the Problem of Idolatry (Romans 1:16-32)

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This message on The Quest for Holiness was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (August 22, 2010). This message focuses on mankind's problem with being holy: Idolatry. As we pursue holiness we must recognize the main impediment to that quest. We must accurately understand the reality and depth of our condition. As we see our true need we can come to the place of recognizing the only path to holiness. This message delves into the question, what is the reality of our situation in this present world?

Related Topics: Glory, Grace, Hamartiology (Sin), Man (Anthropology), Soteriology (Salvation), Spiritual Life, Worship

2. Holiness through Beholding the Glory of Christ (2 Cor. 3:18)

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This message on The Quest for Holiness was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (August 29, 2010). This message focuses on the positive aspect of holiness. We become what we worship. Thus having seen the problem (idolatry) in the quest for holiness, and the only way of salvation (Christ), the foundation is laid for understanding that growth in holiness comes through beholding the glory of Christ. This message delves into the question of how then do we become more like Christ now in this life?

Related Topics: Basics for Christians, Christian Life, Christology, Discipleship, Glory, Sanctification, Soteriology (Salvation), Spiritual Life, Temptation, Worship (Personal)

2 Corinthians

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This expositional and practical series on 2 Corinthians is being preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel as Mr. Stevenson teaches there on a recurring occasional basis.

Related Topics: Character of God, Christian Life, Discipleship, Glory

1. The Comfort of God in Affliction (2 Cor. 1:1-11)

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This message on 2 Corinthians 1:1-11 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (October 29, 2006). This beginning message for the book of 2 Corinthians shows us that God's chief is concern is not to spare us from affliction and hardship. Rather this passage teaches us that affliction, hardship, and difficulties teach us to depend on God alone.

Related Topics: Glory, Scripture Twisting, Speaking, Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution

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