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We’ve been going through a Sunday evening series on the book of Proverbs and the wisdom that we find there. And I think it was Cory who defined wisdom in this way. He said, “Wisdom is knowing how to life and what to do when there are no rules telling you what to do.” So we looked at Proverbs and the wisdom it gives us regarding life and...

Now you may be asking, “Why are we looking at it again, then, if he did such a great job?” My answer is that this week you’re going to get in the mail this little booklet which is our 2019 Global Mission Conference summary. It’s going to tell you all about what’s coming in just a few weeks. I’m asking you to think about this booklet and the...

Fifteen years ago, Hans Mumm was given a really difficult assignment. Hans Mumm was a civilian but he worked in the Defense Intelligence Service and the Iraq War had just begun. The intelligence community had identified the fifty most important targets, people, in Iraq. The conviction was, that in order to win the war, these fifty men had to be either captured or killed; one way or another...

How People Change

Titus chapter 3. We’ve been in a series for the last three weeks on how people change. How does God actually change us? And what’s our role in that process? And David Felker has done a really beautiful job looking at a series in the life of David that showed how, in a variety of different ways, the Lord works to change His people. I’d like to add...

The thesis for our study this evening, just before I read our verses, you’ll hear me repeat this over and over again and if you remember nothing else here’s the phrase to remember – the only way to live as a follower of Jesus, the only way to live as a true follower of Jesus, is to become a practicing Trinitarian and to consciously live every day as...

I want to tell you where we’re going to end our study. We’re going to end by singing together, “Amazing love, how can it be that You, my God, would die for me?” That’s where we’ll finish. Let me tell you the thesis from our whole study. If you remember nothing else, you can remember this and you’ll be in good shape. The core of what we’re going...

Before we read the text, I’d like to follow up on what Wiley said earlier at the beginning of the service. That is, our Mission Conference starts this next Sunday. Actually, we have three conferences back to back. What I mean by that is, we have a pre-conference on Friday and Saturday, which is called Gospel Renewal Dynamics for Leaders. But really, we’re all in a sphere of...

Winter Grace

An Advent Service of Comfort and Hope

We’ll come back to that passage, but let’s start at the beginning. It’s a great story; I wish I had several hours to unpack it. I just learned that the Twin Lakes Camp told the story of Esther all summer long. We’re going to try to do it in thirty minutes! Chapter 1. We’ll go through the chapters, I’ll give you a title, tell you what’s there, and...

A couple of weeks ago, I had the privilege of preaching on Isaiah 30 and we centered on verse 18, which the best Old Testament scholars tell us is the hinge on which the entire prophecy swings. It’s not just the backbeat, the undercurrent, the ground-beat of all of Isaiah’s prophecy. In fact, we could make a case for saying it’s the centerpiece for all of Scripture. You...

I want to offer you a challenge. That is, to put your bulletin in your Bible when you go home, and come back to this chapter. I’d encourage you to read this chapter and camp in it for a while as I have been camping in it because it’s profound. What God promises and what He warns will be the bookends of your Christian experience. I’ll come back...

We’re on the doorstep of our Mission Conference as Gabe reminded us. Our theme this year for the conference is “Deep and Wide.” You’ll receive something in the mail from the church, a Mission Conference booklet, with a letter of explanation, even a pledge card, an invitation to engage, to pray, to invest yourself, even to sacrifice for the sake of this mission that is rooted in this...

This is God’s Word and by it, He intends to shape not only our thinking but the affections of our hearts and this is what we’re trusting Him to do. With that in mind, let me tell you where I’ve been thinking and studying over the past several weeks, even months. For whatever the reason, the Lord has had Emily and me both reading and talking, marinating and...

So if I said to you the words, “Have fun storming the castle,” would you know what I was talking about? Those of you who are puzzled, you can ask later! Actually, let me give you a little context. It’s what Billy Crystal’s character, Miracle Max, and his wife, Valerie, said to our hero, Wesley, after Wesley and his motley crew had come to Miracle Max hoping for...

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Psalm 31. If you’re using the pew Bible in front of you, it’s on page 461. This is a longer psalm, but a powerful psalm in that it not only shows us the rescue of God, but it shows us what we need to be rescued from in ways that we don’t normally think...

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Matthew, chapter 24. It’s on page 829 in your pew Bible if you’re using it. We’re in this chapter because this chapter contains the theme verse for our rapidly approaching Mission Conference, the theme of which is, “Finish the Mission.” Before we read that verse and begin thinking about what’s coming, let’s go to...

Our Scripture reading this evening is Luke chapter 14 verses 12 through 24. It’s on page 874 in your pew Bible if you’d like to use that. Luke chapter 14. Let’s go to the Lord in prayer.

Holy Spirit, we come to You this evening because we desperately need You. We stand at a crossroads with a divine transaction before us. You...

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Psalm 25. It’s on page 459 in your pew Bible if you choose to use it. As you’re turning there, let me offer to you a word of thanks. My family and I are very grateful to you for your prayers on our behalf. Last week we went to visit my father who is eighty-two years...

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Psalm 34. This is one of the psalms that has a short superscription, an introduction that sets the words of this psalm in context. And they’re brief. They say, “Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech, so that he drove him out, and he went away.” Now that little introduction points us back to...

Let me invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to 2 Corinthians chapter 5. As you’re turning there, let me give you a brief review of where we’ve been over the last several Sundays and try to bring you up to speed. As Greg Meyer spoke to our kids, nearly preaching the whole Sunday evening sermon, thank you! We’ve talked about the fact that if...

One of the pleasures of being invited to preach here is you get to pick all the hymns so you’ve just sung some of my favorites and we’ll finish at the end of the service with the rich words of “Come We That Love the Lord,” an invitation to go forth with joy and to celebrate as we sing. But between here and there, there’s a calling. And...

You know if we’re not going to sing the fourth verse at least let me read it to you because it’s great! “Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe, but the King’s own army none can overthrow. Round His standard ranging victory is secure, for his truth unchanging makes the triumph sure. Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine, we are on the Lord’s side; Savior...

The Word Became Flesh

I invite you to take your Bible and turn with me to Matthew’s gospel, chapter 20.  Would you bow with me as we ask God’s blessing on our time together in His Word?

Holy Spirit, would You please open our eyes, open our hearts, open our lives, that we may behold, that we may treasure, and that we may celebrate wonderful things that You...

The Lord's Day Morning

January 29, 2012

“The Gospel of the Kingdom”

Matthew 24:3-14

The Reverend Dr. Ed Hartman

I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24. This is...

It is a pleasure again to be before you this evening to explore the depths of God's Word and to revel in the truth that He set before us. This morning we looked at Matthew chapter 24. We talked about the Gospel of the kingdom. We drew one significant conclusion from that verse, Matthew 24:14, and saw the fact that the Gospel is of the kingdom clearly states...

The Lord's Day Evening

January 29, 2012

“When God Gives Up”

Romans 8:28-39

The Reverend Dr. Ed Hartman

It is a pleasure again to be before you this evening to explore the depths of...

The Lord's Day Morning

January 29, 2012

“The Gospel of the Kingdom”

Matthew 24:3-14

The Reverend Dr. Ed Hartman

I'd like to invite you to turn with me to Matthew chapter 24. This is a portion of what is known as the Olivet Discourse. It's repeated in three of the gospels — Matthew, Mark, and Luke. And Mark's gospel tells us that this is a private conversation not...

The Lord's Day Morning

February 15, 2009

Missions Conference

Philippians 1:27-30

“A Mission Worthy of the Gospel”

Dr. Edward Hartman

What a pleasure it is to hear the choir sing, to hear this congregation sing (and that in English!)…what a delight. I pray that you never tire of worshiping in that way in this place. You have no idea what a gift it is to be here.

I...

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