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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

2. The Integrity of Paul and the Reliability of Christ (2 Cor. 1:12-22)

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This message on 2 Corinthians 1:12-22 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (November 5, 2006). This message focuses on showing the integrity of Paul in his life and ministry. His life of integrity is a model for us to follow, and a testimony to the reliability of the gospel of Jesus Christ that he carefully preached.

Related Topics: Christian Life, Soteriology (Salvation)

3. What to Do When Others Have Wronged You (2 Cor. 1:23-2:11)

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This message on 2 Corinthians 1:23-2:11 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (September 16, 2007). This message deals with learning how to respond when others wrong us. The apostle Paul models how to respond biblically when others wrong us.

Related Topics: Fellowship, Forgiveness, Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution

4. The Lord’s Conquered Servant (2 Cor. 2:12-17)

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This message on 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 was preached at Arbor Oaks Bible Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa (September 23, 2007). This message deals with life and ministry of Paul as both a conquered individual-- a slave-- as well as a an ambassador-- a servant-- of the King of Kings. Far from being a self-focused ministry of prosperity preaching, the message of the cross is both an aroma of death, and an aroma of life. This message confronts us with such questions as: What is the message of the cross to us--one of condemnation or of life? What is the nature of our ministry? Who does it exalt? Are we sharing the true message of the cross? Where does our strength and message come from?

Related Topics: Character of God, Issues in Church Leadership/Ministry, Pastors, Scripture Twisting, Soteriology (Salvation), Spiritual Life, Suffering, Trials, Persecution, Teaching the Bible

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