Jun 25, 2012

Wealth and the 1%
Pastor Nathan Norman

Mark 10:17-31
Mk 10:17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Mk 10:18 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone.
Mk 10:19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not give false testimony, do not defraud, honor your father and mother.’ 39 ’”
Mk 10:20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.”
Mk 10:21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
Mk 10:22 At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Mk 10:23 Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich a  to enter the kingdom of God!”
Mk 10:24 The disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!
Mk 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”
Mk 10:26 The disciples were even more amazed, and said to each other, “Who then can be saved?”
Mk 10:27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.”
Mk 10:28 Peter said to him, “We have left everything to follow you!”
Mk 10:29 “I tell you the truth,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel
Mk 10:30 will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age (homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—and with them, persecutions) and in the age to come, eternal life.
Mk 10:31 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.”

Jun 17, 2012

Nathan Norman

Mark 10:1-16
Mk 10:1 Jesus then left that place and went into the region of Judea and across the Jordan.  Again crowds of people came to him, and as was his custom, he taught them.
Mk 10:2 Some Pharisees came and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?”
Mk 10:3 “What did Moses command you?” he replied.
Mk 10:4 They said, “Moses permitted a man to write a certificate of divorce and send her away.”
Mk 10:5 “It was because your hearts were hard that Moses wrote you this law,” Jesus replied.
Mk 10:6 “But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.
Mk 10:7 ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife,
Mk 10:8 and the two will become one flesh.’  So they are no longer two, but one.
Mk 10:9 Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.”
Mk 10:10 When they were in the house again, the disciples asked Jesus about this.
Mk 10:11 He answered, “Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery against her.
Mk 10:12 And if she divorces her husband and marries another man, she commits adultery.
The Little Children and Jesus
Mk 10:13 People were bringing little children to Jesus to have him touch them, but the disciples rebuked them.
Mk 10:14 When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
Mk 10:15 I tell you the truth, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.
Mk 10:16 And he took the children in his arms, put his hands on them and blessed them.

Jun 10, 2012

Graduates and All Need Wisdom!
Bruce Sheets

Note to the listener:  The first couple minutes of this sermon are difficult to here due to some microphone problems.  This issue was resolved quickly and the remainder of the sermon will be much easier to hear.

Proverbs 3:1-26
Pr 3:1 My son, do not forget my teaching,  but keep my commands in your heart,
Pr 3:2 for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity.
Pr 3:3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart.
Pr 3:4 Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man.
Pr 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Pr 3:6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.
Pr 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil.
Pr 3:8 This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.
Pr 3:9 Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
Pr 3:10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.
Pr 3:11 My son, do not despise the LORD'S discipline and do not resent his rebuke,
Pr 3:12 because the LORD disciplines those he loves, as a father the son he delights in.
Pr 3:13 Blessed is the man who finds wisdom, the man who gains understanding,
Pr 3:14 for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold.
Pr 3:15 She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.
Pr 3:16 Long life is in her right hand; in her left hand are riches and honor.
Pr 3:17 Her ways are pleasant ways, and all her paths are peace.
Pr 3:18 She is a tree of life to those who embrace her; those who lay hold of her will be blessed.
Pr 3:19 By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place;
Pr 3:20 by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew.
Pr 3:21 My son, preserve sound judgment and discernment, do not let them out of your sight;
Pr 3:22 they will be life for you, an ornament to grace your neck.
Pr 3:23 Then you will go on your way in safety, and your foot will not stumble;
Pr 3:24 when you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.
Pr 3:25 Have no fear of sudden disaster or of the ruin that overtakes the wicked,
Pr 3:26 for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being snared.

Jun 4, 2012

I Believe: Help My Unbelief

Pastor Nathan Norman

Mark 9:14-50

The Healing of a Boy With an Evil Spirit
Mk 9:14 When they came to the other disciples, they saw a large crowd around them and the teachers of the law arguing with them.
Mk 9:15 As soon as all the people saw Jesus, they were overwhelmed with wonder and ran to greet him.
Mk 9:16 “What are you arguing with them about?” he asked.
Mk 9:17 A man in the crowd answered, “Teacher, I brought you my son, who is possessed by a spirit that has robbed him of speech.
Mk 9:18 Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not.”
Mk 9:19 “O unbelieving generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you? How long shall I put up with you? Bring the boy to me.”
Mk 9:20 So they brought him. When the spirit saw Jesus, it immediately threw the boy into a convulsion. He fell to the ground and rolled around, foaming at the mouth.
Mk 9:21 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.
Mk 9:22 “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.”
Mk 9:23 “ ‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for him who believes.”
Mk 9:24 Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
Mk 9:25 When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the evil spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.”
Mk 9:26 The spirit shrieked, convulsed him violently and came out. The boy looked so much like a corpse that many said, “He’s dead.”
Mk 9:27 But Jesus took him by the hand and lifted him to his feet, and he stood up.
Mk 9:28 After Jesus had gone indoors, his disciples asked him privately,  “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”
Mk 9:29 He replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer.”
Mk 9:30 They left that place and passed through Galilee. Jesus did not want anyone to know where they were,
Mk 9:31 because he was teaching his disciples. He said to them, “The Son of Man is going to be betrayed into the hands of men. They will kill him, and after three days he will rise.” 
Mk 9:32 But they did not understand what he meant  and were afraid to ask him about it.

Who Is the Greatest?
Mk 9:33 They came to Capernaum. l  When he was in the house, he asked them, “What were you arguing about on the road?”
Mk 9:34 But they kept quiet because on the way they had argued about who was the greatest. 
Mk 9:35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “If anyone wants to be first, he must be the very last, and the servant of all.” 
Mk 9:36 He took a little child and had him stand among them. Taking him in his arms,  he said to them,
Mk 9:37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” 

Whoever Is Not Against Us Is for Us
Mk 9:38 “Teacher,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we told him to stop, because he was not one of us.” 
Mk 9:39 “Do not stop him,” Jesus said. “No one who does a miracle in my name can in the next moment say anything bad about me,
Mk 9:40 for whoever is not against us is for us. 
Mk 9:41 I tell you the truth, anyone who gives you a cup of water in my name because you belong to Christ will certainly not lose his reward. 

Causing to Sin
Mk 9:42 “And if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone tied around his neck. 
Mk 9:43 If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. 
Mk 9:45 And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. 
Mk 9:47 And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell, 
Mk 9:48 where “ ‘their worm does not die, and the fire is not quenched.’ 
Mk 9:49 Everyone will be salted with fire.
Mk 9:50 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can you make it salty again?  Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with each other.”