Archives for June 2014

Seven Keys to Keep You From Walking Backward in Your Christian Faith

Sermon Audio

by Pastor Bryan Jurkowski

ACTS 2:41-47

1. FAITH  2:41, 44.  “And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.”  Heb 11:6 “I have been crucified with Christ, and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.  The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God who loved me and gave himself for me.”  Gal 2:20

2. LEARNING  2:42 “apostles teaching”  But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  2 Peter 3:18a

3. FELLOWSHIP  2:42, 46  But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 Jn 1:7

4. LOVING  2:42   A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 35 By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”  Jn 13:34-35

5. GIVING 2:45,  And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”  Mark 12:41-45

6. WORSHIP  2:42  not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Heb 10:25

7. PRAYER  2:42  But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. Luke 5:16  “When you pray …  Luke 11:2


Saying Goodbye

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It’s getting close for Jennifer and me to say good-bye. This is bitter-sweet for us. We want to go and even feel called to go, but at the same time saying good-bye to so many we love and care for is hard. So I have been thinking of the only passage in the Bible that I know of that is similar. It’s when Paul the great apostle said good-bye to the Ephesian Elders. (Acts 20:17-38) You have to understand something about this passage. Paul spent more time in Ephesus than any other church – he loved them and they loved him. He stops in Miletus, the port city just outside Ephesus, and only calls the Elders to say good-bye to them. Why? It would take him far too long to say good-bye to everyone he would know and love in the church. In this wonderful, tearful passage Paul tells them why he has to leave them. He tells them he is “compelled by the Spirit to go on to Jerusalem.” They cry together and pray together – but he has to leave them because he feels compelled by the Holy Spirit that God wants him to move on. So it is with us, we feel compelled by the same Holy Spirit.

What compels you? Is there anything in your life you feel “compelled” to do? In other words you just have to do it? If not, let me give you some ideas – 1) romance your wife or romance your wife to win her love back to you. 2) Feel compelled to be the best “Christian” business owner or “Christian” partner. 3) Feel compelled to be a “Godly” woman. 4) Feel compelled to stand for Christ in college or high school.

Life is so much fuller when you have a purpose or a goal. So it is when you are compelled by the Spirit. Go get compelled about something and live life much fuller. If you know nothing to be compelled about, just ask God. He will give you something.

Your Life Revealed in the Book of Romans

A Message by Pastor Bryan Jurkowski – 6/22/2014

Wise Witnessing

As I write this week’s devotion, I am on a business trip with a Buddhist and his Atheist wife. They are dear friends who I’ve known for 20 years. We’ve spent 15 hours in a car together over the past few days. We often talk about religion and I see God planting seeds in their hearts and mine. Yet, I still feel terribly inadequate when I fail to say the right thing in a moment or give them a poor example of what I think a Christian should be.

Paul gives sound, simple advice:

“Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone.” Colossians 4:5,6 NLT

This practical, powerful, 3-step guide will help any of us wanting to witness to the saving Grace of Jesus Christ.

1) Live wisely
2) Make the most of every opportunity
3) Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response.

Often the most powerful, “right response” is love, empowered by prayer. Paul’s advice came from a prison cell. As he loved Timothy and the church in Colossae, he encouraged them to pray in verses 2-4:

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart. Pray for us, too, that God will give us many opportunities to speak about his mysterious plan concerning Christ. That is why I am here in chains. Pray that I will proclaim this message as clearly as I should.”


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Keys to a Dynamic Church – Accepting Christ’s Commission

Today’s Sermon is from Elder Bryan Lindman

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