August 2014

The Gospel of Mark – The Current Ministry of Jesus Christ

Mark 16:9-20 is under attack today by Christians as well as unbelievers. In the last teaching message from the Gospel according to Mark, on Mark 16:15-20, we are reminded once again of the “Current Ministry of Jesus Christ” (The Continuing Story of the Christian Church) Pastor Pete unfolds Our collective Command in verses 15,16 to (Go, Preach and Believe); Our collective Confirmation in verses 17,18 to (Follow Boldly, Follow Fearlessly and to Follow Compassionately); and Our collective Confidence in verses 19,20 of (Christ Glorified, Christ Victorious, and Christ Enthroned). What a blessing this amazing book has been to my life personally (Pastor Pete) and to our church family. Since March of 2012 we’ve covered eighty-one messages from this diamond mine of glorious teaching from the life experiences of the Apostle Peter to us. May your life be enriched as well as you Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – The Resurrection Appearances of Jesus Christ

Have you ever tried sharing a personal experience that few believed? Imagine how frustrating for those who witnessed and experienced the resurrection visitation of Jesus Christ and then when they tried to share their good news were soundly rejected and disbelieved? What is the gospel (Good News) of Jesus Christ? What should we expect from both the church and unchurched when we share our experience with the resurrected LORD? Pastor Pete will be sharing from Mark 16:9-15 in this week’s sermon. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – “The Mark Dilemma”

Why do some Bible’s contain Mark 16:9-20 and others either leave it out completely or strongly suggest that it doesn’t belong in the “Earliest and BEST manuscripts.” Is this section of Scripture the true Word of God or an addition by unscrupulous translators? If it is an addition can we trust the rest of Scripture? There is a war raging in the heavenlies and here on planet earth as well to pervert, distort, call into question the integrity, authority, veracity and reliability of our Holy Scriptures. What do we believe about the truth of Scripture? Is it the very Words of God, God breathed, inspired and true from cover to cover? In this week’s message Pastor Pete will take the time to answer these questions in the “Mark Dilemma” (Is this the end to Mark’s Gospel?) Mark 16:9-20. Listen for LIFE!

July 2014

The Gospel of Mark – The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

This week’s message will seek to put you into the scene and sandals of the women approaching the empty tomb of Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:1-8 we see the grief of the women as they approach the tomb and then the glory of the angelic announcement of His resurrection. Pastor Pete will pose a number of questions to the hearer of the seeming insurmountable stones and obstacles that tend to keep us from entering into the resurrection story of victory, praise and the glory of Christ. Often our attention is focused backwards, inwards, outwards but rarely upwards. What will it take for us to see and experience for ourselves the power and glory of the cross and the gospel message of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? Please listen for LIFE!

June 2014

The Gospel of Mark – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ – Part Two

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The Gospel of Mark – The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ Part One

On Father’s Day 2014 we remember our heavenly Father who visited His Son at Calvary. In this week’s message Pastor Pete will share the story of the cross of Christ in the Cup for the Cross, the Covering below the Cross, the Citation upon the Cross, the Criminals beside the Cross and the Contempt towards the Cross. From Mark 15:22-41 in Part One, “The Crucifixion of Jesus Christ” (When God the Father Visited God the Son at Calvary). Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark –

Humble Pie. No one likes to see it, smell it or have to eat it. In last week’s message Pastor Pete made the remark that when we are confronted with darkness we need to “Man Up, Cowboy Up, Buck Up!” While that may be true it doesn’t change the fact that every one of us, when having to face trials and difficulties of our own, it is easier to judge someone else’s attitude in their trials and tribulations then to judge ourselves under similar circumstances. A good slice of humble pie is a necessary treat for each one of us when having to take our own bitter medicine. This week’s message is a continuation of what we began last Sunday. In these eight events leading up to the crucifixion of Jesus Christ we see the last three: the Contempt (15:16-20); the Cross Bearer (15:21); and the Crucible (15:22,23). Listen for LIGHT! Listen for LIFE!

The Gospel of Mark – Trial By Pilate

When darkness comes in like a flood and seems to cover and smother you and all you hold sacred know this: darkness cannot stand in the presence of light. Jesus Christ is the LIGHT of the world. There is no darkness or shadow in Him. The worst of the world, the flesh and the Devil is no match for the blazing presence and essence of Jesus Christ Himself. When will we learn we should not, we cannot be intimidated with the world, our flesh or even our one and only enemy: the Prince of Darkness, the Devil. We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. Romans 8:37. In this week’s sermon Pastor Pete shares seven events that preceded the crucifixion of Christ from Mark 15:1-23. Take hope in the Light of Christ no matter how great the darkness. Listen for LIFE!

May 2014

The Gospel of Mark – How To Win When Tried

This week’s message is taken from a side by side account, from all four New Testament Gospels, of the trial of Jesus and of Peter. Yes, Peter was also on trial, he just didn’t realize it until it was too late. This week’s message: “How to Win When Tried” from Mark 14:53-72 Pastor Pete shares seven biblical ways to win when tried, when we are led away and falsely accused, questioned, condemned maybe even emotionally and physically beaten how should we respond? We need to take our cues from the life and example of the Lord Jesus. When we are rightly accused and feel threatened how should we respond? We take our cues from the life of Peter? Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – The KISS of BETRAYAL!

We’ve all experienced one form or another of abandonment and betrayal. The truth is it hurts! It leaves a scar on our past, present and even our futures. Jesus suffered in all points as we yet without sin. He was perfect and yet condemned to die as a common criminal on a cruel cross. In this week’s sermon, from Mark 14:43-52, Pastor Pete unpacks “The KISS of BETRAYAL” (A Moment of Naked Reflection) in the arrest and abandonment of Jesus: The kiss of Judas, the betrayal of Peter, the forsaking of the eleven disciples and even of one young man caught with just a sheet wrapped around his naked body. This is our story, one of shame, regret, sorrow, remorse and hopefully honest repentance. As we take a moment of naked reflection what will we discover of the naked truth about ourselves? Listen for Life!