Caleb by Bufe Karraker on 8/18/91

August 18th, 2017

Do you know much about Caleb? Caleb was from a family of slaves.  His family had been in slavery for 325 years in Egypt.  He was one of 12 spies who scouted out the promised land.  He and Joshua (another of the 12 spies) believed that God would be with them and they could take the promised land.  The others were afraid.  Caleb and Joshua believed God and trusted Him.  The other 10 spies had a pity party.  Are you a 'pity party' person?  Do you know that the Lord loves you?  Do you live like the Lord loves you?  Caleb and Joshua were the only two, out of the millions that originally left Egypt, that were allowed to enter the promised land.  They trusted God.  Bufe tells this story as only Reverend Buford Karraker can.  

Hebrews 12, Numbers 13,14, Joshua 14.

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How Can We be Holy in Today’s Society? by Bufe Karraker on 8/16/87

August 17th, 2017

Most of us in California operate in the fast lane.  Even back in 1987, but even more in 2017.  Bufe has the congregation read the words from the hymn 'Take Time to Be Holy', written in 1882.  Bufe says we can't go back to 'Little House on the Prairie.'  The pace has stepped up.  What is godliness?  What is holiness?  How can we be godly and holy in this world today?  Can we be godly and competitive today?  Bufe points out God looks at the heart.  

1 Samuel 16:7, Psalm 42, 1 Corinthians 9

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Hope That Lasts by Bufe Karraker on 8/15/93

August 15th, 2017

The early Christians were looking forward to Christ's return and when it wasn't happening right away, they worried about their friends and relatives who had already died.  One of Bufe's big responsibilities was to speak at funerals, even the funerals for his daughter and his son.  He offers us the hope that Jesus offers us.  Very powerful message from Bufe that we all need to be reminded of.   Maybe some new thoughts for you too.  The Bible says when you die, you are given a provisional heavenly body - you do not sleep or become a disembodied spirit.  And when Christ returns, there will be a load shout, He will return with those who have died as believers, and those of us still alive will  be changed instantly to meet Him in the air.  What a wonderful day that will be!  And God will wipe away all our tears.  No more sorrow, no more pain, no more death.

1 Thessalonians 4, Romans 10:8-10, 1 Corinthians 15:12-20, 2 Corinthians 5, Romans 8, Revelations 21:3,4.

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Zacchaeus, the Tax Collector by Bufe Karraker on 8/13/95

August 14th, 2017

Bufe talks about the parable where two men prayed.  One is a proud, self-righteous Pharisee and the other is a humble cheating tax collector.  Bufe talks about the difference between the two men's prayers.  Then he shares about Jesus' meeting with Zacchaeus.  What do you think about sudden conversions?  St. Augustine, Zacchaeus, William Booth and the Salvation Army, Frank Laubach and the Literacy Program.  Jesus saw Zacchaeus in the tree and invited himself and his disciples to dinner at Zacchaeus' house.  What do you think they talked about at dinner?  Zacchaeus was a tax collector also, just like the man who was praying in Luke 18.  Are you comfortable having dinner with a sinner?  Do you insulate yourself from sinners or find ways to get close enough to them that you can tell them about Jesus?  What did Zacchaeus promise Jesus after dinner?  He decided not to let his possessions to possess him any longer.  Zacchaeus instantly changed because he spent time with Jesus Christ.

Luke 18, 19

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Colossians 1, Gnosticism, and the New Age by Bufe Karraker on 8/13/89

August 13th, 2017

In the sports world, there's always the concern when you remove the head coach, the team will flounder.  You break fuel line, the motor won't run.  You break the hydraulic line, you can't control the aircraft.  Without the head, the body dies.  You've got to have the right connections for things to work.  The book of Colossians is a book of connections.  Bufe talks about how we have to be connected with Jesus Christ in order to be connected with God.  The false teaching of Gnosticism had entered the church of Collosae.   Bufe shows there is nothing new about 'New Age'.    Gnostics believed:  1. Matter is evil.  Therefore God could not have come to earth in a true body form.  (but Colossians 1:15). 2. God didn't create the world because he wouldn't have created evil.  (but Colossians 1:16).  3. Christ wasn't the unique son of God, but just one of many intermediaries between God and man.  (but Colossians 1:17-19)  4. Refused to see Jesus Christ as the source of salvation, insisting that people can find God through secret and special knowledge.  (but Colossians 1:20-23)  

The central truth of Christianity is the divine nature of Christ.  Bufe reminds us 1. Jesus is equal with God.  John 10:30.  2. Jesus reveals God to us. John 1:18  3. Jesus is completely Holy.  Hebrews 7:26.   Your sins mean death for you or a substitute (Romans 3).  Jesus is our substitute.

Bufe talks about the book, The Present Darkness by Frank Peretti, and how some of us need to wake up about the Spiritual War that is going on around us.

Collosians 1, John 10:30, John 1:18, Hebrews 7:26, Romans 3, Isaiah 53

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Promises of God by Bufe Karraker on 8/11/91

August 12th, 2017

God wants us to Commit, Trust, and Watch Him Work.  God gives us generic promises but we need to give him the authority to work out the promises.  Abraham had a specific promise from God about a son and many descendants.  It didn't happen immediately.  The promise was eventually fulfilled years later.   Abraham relied on the Word of God.  Abraham was a risk taker.  Some of us are not soul-winners because we aren't risk takers.  Abraham didn't doubt God.  He drew strength from his faith.  Bufe shares a story about a young man who was fighting a rare kind of cancer and suffering greatly.  Even in those dark hours of our life, we need to trust God and we will find joy.  Trust God THROUGH the difficult times.

Romans 4, Genesis 15, Psalm 37:4,5 

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Can Laity Get the Job Done? by Bufe Karraker on 8/7/94

August 11th, 2017

Can lay people get the job done or does it have to be the professionals that get it done?  The professionals cannot get it done by themselves.  Jesus called together 9 men in Luke 9.  In human terms, these 9 men didn't have great credentials.  Jesus saw something in these men and recruited them.  Bufe talks about the authority Jesus gave them and 5 mistakes that we would think would disqualify them.  1.  All 12 wanted the crowds to go since they didn't have food.  They acted with short-sided vision.  How much vision do you have for the Word of God in your city?  2.  At the Transfiguration, Jesus took Peter, James and John to pray.  When Jesus was transfigured and Moses and Elijah showed up, they had fallen asleep.  The Christian world is asleep at the switch.  We are missing great opportunity.  3. When they woke up, Peter is all confused.  Peter wanted to preserve the status quo and build 3 tabernacles.  Many want to just maintain the status quo.  4. Jesus healed an epileptic and others and Jesus told them he would be betrayed.  Fear took over the disciples.  And they were afraid to ask.  Christians sometimes are afraid to get involved in Bible Studies and to ask questions.  5. An argument rose up about who would be the greatest in the kingdom.  Who's going to be best?  Who's going to be most important?  Being in the ministry, either as a layman or as a professional, means service.  You cannot call your life your own.  6. One man said, "I will always follow you no matter where you go."  Jesus reminded him that he had no earthly home.  When Jesus invited him to follow him, he said he had to bury his dead first.  Another said they had to get permission from someone at home.  They talked a big talk but ran like rabbits when confronted with the chance to follow Jesus.   

Romans 12, Luke 9, Acts 2

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Rick Karraker singing A Chasing of the Wind / Why Do We Live Without Jesus on 8/7/94

August 10th, 2017

A Chasing of the Wind / Why Do We Live Without Jesus?

Every heart is filled with longing
To be free from all life’s pain
Yet the search through earthly pleasures
Always ends in vain
Only God who made the heavens
Can satisfy our souls
Apart from Him and all His meaning
All things fail as they begin
And hearts deceived
Can only know
A chasing of the wind

All achievements, all possessions
All with time return to dust
Only God can be our reason
For deep and quiet trust
He will guard us from the dangers
That gladly make men fools
Apart from Him and all His meaning
All things fail as they begin
And hearts deceived
Can only know
A chasing of the wind
A chasing of the wind

Why do we live without Jesus?
Why do we waste another day?
He is the life that sustains us
The only hope for us today
So tell me, why do we live
Why do we live without Him?

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Undivided Singing Undivided on 8/25/91

August 9th, 2017

Rusty, Rick and Rachel Karraker formed a trio group called Undivided in the 90's.  Here's them singing on Sunday morning 8/25/91 and they had a concert the evening before and again that evening with more songs to follow.  Again, I'm so proud of my cousins.  Rusty starts out with the introduction to their group and the song, Undivided.  Bufe, their father, talks about some of the other songs they will sing at the concert that evening.

Undivided

We may worship different ways
We may praise Him and yet spend all of our days
Living life divided
But when we seek Him with open hearts
He removes the walls we built that keep us apart
We trust Him to unite us

Chorus:
In our hearts, we're undivided
Worshipping one Saviour, one Lord
In our hearts, we're undivided
Bound by His spirit forevermoreve
Undivided

It doesn't matter if we agree
All He asks is that we serve Him faithfully
And love as He first loved us
He made us in His image
And in His eyes, we are all the same
And though out methods they may be different
Jesus is the bond that will remain

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Salty Saints by Bufe Karraker on 8/6/95

August 8th, 2017

Rob Farnsley was a missionary from Northwest and Bufe starts this message talking about him.  Bufe talks about Enthusiasm in God.  He talks about spending time in prayer, serving, and giving.  Jesus was talking to a group of people in Luke 14 about Salty Saints.  Are you just a bland, mediocre believer or you a 'Salty Saint'?  The saltiness of life comes from the indwelling Christ himself.  We are to love God first, more than our own life.  The power to do that is in the cross.  The secret of the Christian life is in its impossibility.  It can only be lived with the power of Christ.  Also, count your blessings and then renounce them.  Follow God's plan and God's provision.  Without God we becme immobilized and never get into the battle.   Or do you make peace with intangling compromises in your life and forget who the general is in the war?  Have you only made it to the pew and personal salvation or have you become a disciple and made it to the war?

Luke 14:26-31, Philippians 3:10,11, John 15

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