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Christ’s Agenda

Sometimes, straight talk is what we need, even though we may not want to hear it. In today’s message, Dr. John teaches on the straight talk Jesus had with the disciples about the temple and the end of this age. Dr. John will highlight five signs which follow the destruction of the temple. Jesus also gives a caution. Even when you can discern the signs, you will not know the hour or the day. So be ready now.

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The Danger of Hypocritical Religion

This may sound harsh – but it is better to have cancer and know it, than to have it and pretend that you don’t. Both situations are life threatening, but the first has the hope of treatment. In today’s message, Dr. John echoes Jesus’ words against hypocrisy. Hypocrisy is worse than ignorance or heresay. Those can be treated with truth. But hypocrites knowingly put on a pretense of health to mask their disease. Condemnation is the consequence.

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Shutting the Door to the Kingdom

Jesus consistently extended a free and full invitation to the Kingdom of God. In a word He said, “Come!” It may surprise some that His harshest words were directed to those who put barriers in front of the door to the Kingdom. In today’s message, Dr. John walks through the “woes” Jesus proclaimed against those who were hindrances to the Father’s offer of grace. The warning is clear. When God extends an invitation of grace, we do well not to tie strings to it.

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Death to the Snake

We are again entering into the Christmas Season. Advent, the celebration of expectation, is an important time in the Christian calendar. It reminds us that the expectation of God’s deliverance is the story of the human race. Genesis 3:15 is often called the first mention of the gospel in the Bible. It promises that God…

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Pride and Humility

There may be sins that we are less prone to commit. Not many of you reading this will rob a bank. There are other sins so common that we fail to recognize them in ourselves. Pride is one. In this message, Dr. John echoes the words of Jesus about pride – especially religious pride. It is the way of God to strip us of our self orientation, and in that empty space, grow faith. God blesses humble lives with grace upon grace.

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The Greatest Commandment

There are 613 commands in the Law of Moses. Trying to obey each one daily could become overwhelming. So we understand why a lawyer would ask Jesus, “What is the greatest command?” Listen as Dr. John teaches on the Greatest Commandment. We will find that reducing the commands down to a primary expectation doesn’t eliminate all the others. In fact, knowing the primacy of love informs and guides our obedience in all that God has said.

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Life After Death

What happens when we die? You have wondered about it and talked about it. Our imaginations try to satisfy our curiousity. While God doesn’t answer every one of our questions, there is enough to give hope and goosebumps. Today, Dr. John teaches on Jesus correcting misconceptions about the afterlife. We will find that there is a continuation of this life and the next. There are changes between this life and the next. God’s power and wonder continue from this life into the next.

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What Kind of Messiah?

What is the relationship of Christians to the state? That is not a theoretical question. We face the implications of it in our day. It was the same in Jesus’ time. In today’s message, Dr. John uses Christ, Ceaser and a coin to demonstrate the response of faith in culture. We will find that the allegiance of faith is to Jesus and the expression of that faith honours the state.

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The Marriage Feast of the King’s Son

Have you ever received a wedding invitation and thought, “Do I have to go?” But if the invitation came from royalty for a party of the year, you might think differently. Dr. John teaches on Jesus’ parable of the final wedding banquet. Many reject the invitation, but that doesn’t extinguish the generosity of the King. The invite is extended to everyone found in the streets. Listen to this message and consider God’s great grace and your own response to the King.

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The Cornerstone and His People

A corner stone is the marker which sets the rest of the building aright. Everything is alinged to the cornerstone. In this message of Dr. John, we hear Jesus speak a parable which describes the rejection of Jesus as God’s Son. But Jesus is the One against whom all things are measured. While he is the Rock which is rejected, he is also the Stone by which we are judged.

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