May 2013

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!

March 2013

The Gospel of Mark – The Lord’s Deli

Our Lord is Creator of heaven and earth and it is by His hand we are created and sustained. Nothing is ever wasted in God’s economy. Imagine the disciples angst when the day was far spent, they were weary, tired maybe even a bit annoyed with the crowds that hadn’t prepared for their own basic necessities. Their appeal to the Lord was to send the multitudes away to dine out. Jesus solution was for them to dine in. All they had at their disposal were five loaves and two scrawny fish. Listen for LIFE as Pastor Pete shares the amazing story of the LORD’S Deli: A place with great ambience, great value, great customer service, great investment opportunities, a great place to hang out with great owners and last but not least, Great FOOD!

The Gospel of Mark – The Murder of John the Baptist

Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest of all the Prophets and yet here we are in Mark 6:14-29 with John the Baptist giving his life in a martyrs death, losing his head, for the sake of truth and the Gospel. What will faithfulness to the mission of the gospel look like? It may cost us our very lives. Have you ever considered what our attitude should be when we are misunderstood, mistreated or even murdered? When our name, reputation or even death is put on the line for the sake of the Gospel many of us give a second thought as to the degree of our commitment. John was all in as was Jesus. John, like most of the New Testament church fathers were abandoned to Christ. God expects nothing less from any one of us. Pastor Pete brings this message on how to finish strong no matter the issues on the journey or the situation God allows to pass from His hand into ours. It is all good, meant for God’s glory and our good. (Romans 8:28) Listen for LIFE!

February 2013

The Gospel of Mark – Partnering With God (Part Four)

Pastor Pete will carefully unwrap twelve essential ministry principles from Mark 6:6-13, 30,31. From the ministry of Jesus, as He sent out His disciples, apostles two by two, why did our Lord send His disciples out with nothing but a message? What was the lesson for them then and for us today? Once we know our calling and our message we need to come to understand who we are in partnership with, what our motives are, where we get our provisions, what to do with our baggage, what is it that betrays our identity, integrity and attitude? We will answer the question of who we are accountable to, what should be our life focus and lastly, what will our fruit look like when we faithfully finish the course set before us. Listen for Life!

The Gospel of Mark – Dealing With Failure and Rejection in the Ministry Part Three

Most believers today are wasting their lives pursuing the empty dreams and promises of the Enemy. In Mark 6:6,7 The Lord Jesus called out His twelve apostles, disciples to go out two by two to share the gospel message of good news to a lost and dying world. For one and a half years Jesus had done all the preaching, teaching, healing and evangelizing. It was time for the disciples to move from the principles to the practical application of doing the ministry for themselves in the power of Christ and His gospel. It is high time for the church as well to move out for the King into His kingdom, not only because we’ve been called but because we’ve been given a message. We are ambassadors for Christ. God is pleading through us to those who are lost to come to repentance and salvation in Christ alone. In this message Pastor Pete will carefully examine our calling, the five phases of God’s calling, and our message: what exactly is the gospel of Jesus Christ? As willing bond slaves of Jesus Christ we give ourselves completely to the Lordship of Christ. Our lives are at His disposal for the faithful deliverance of His gospel, even to people who will reject the message and the messenger because they are lovers of self over lovers of God. Listen for LIFE!