Lessons Learned from Bufe’s Father by Bufe Karraker on 4/23/89

April 21st, 2017

Bufe talks about what his father, Dean Karraker, taught him when he was growing up.  Bufe's father had died the week before.  Bufe talks about fathers as role models.  He talks about obedience.  Interesting story about his dad's first encounter with Christianity.  The family lived in Placentia and it was years later that Bufe's dad became a Christian.  Bufe  shares 6 areas of learned obedience he learned from his dad's role model:  Baptism, Witnessing, Love the Pastor, Giving of time and service and money, faith even when he lost his son, Dean Jr., who was 17 at the time, and growing old gracefully.  Bufe shares how he called his dad first and told him he needed him when Becky (Bufe's daughter) was killed in her early 20's.  He walked through that tragedy with Bufe.    A beautiful tribute to Bufe's father and wise advice to all who call themselves Christians.  

Romans 12, Hebrews 5:8,9, Romans 6:3,4, 1 Thessalonians 5:13, 1 Peter 2:8, Psalm 96, Ephesians 2:8,9

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He Lives sung by Northwest Congregation on 4/23/95

April 20th, 2017

An old favorite especially sung around Easter.  Jesus lives.  He is alive today.  And He is coming back soon.  

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Your Self Image by Bufe Karraker on 4/17/88

April 19th, 2017

Our view of ourselves program our behaviors.  They can be self-fulfilling prophecies.  The New Testament teaches us that we appear guilty before our Holy God.  It also teaches us how far He went to save us. And it teaches the reality of full forgiveness, acceptance, and a clean slate with God because of what He did for us.  What kind of self-image do you have?  Are you in Christ?  If so you have a new identity!  Do you understand who you are because you are in Christ?  We are God's adopted children and will inherit all the treasures of Jesus.  We are travelers, not permanent residents of this world.  We are on our way home in Heaven.  Heaven is infinitely better than anything we have here on earth.  Bufe talks about visiting missionaries in the Borneo jungle.  In relation to the worldly pulls and sins promptings, we must see ourselves as fighters.  Bufe challenges us to find a good, Christian friend and sit down with them and evaluate your lives in terms of time, money, and talents.

Romans 3:10, Romans 5:6, Romans 5:11, Romans 8:15-17, Hebrews 13 and 14, Ephesians 6:11-18

 

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Skit with Bufe about the Prime Timers on 4/17/88

April 18th, 2017

Cute skit with Bufe Karraker and his powerful personality!  Makes me think of some of the times he used to tease me as his niece.  I loved it but he was a little overwhelming at times!  I decided to save and share this because I thought it was a different look at Bufe Karraker.  It also shows he wanted to minister to the older folks as well as the young people, although I think his heart was always with the young people.

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Brad Playing Amazing Grace on the Violin on 4/17/88

April 17th, 2017

Beautiful arrangement of an old favorite.  

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Spiritual Preparation for Easter by Bufe Karraker on 3/10/96

April 16th, 2017

Is your heart and your life right toward God?  It's the evening of Passover Day and Jesus is washing the feet of his disciples.  Judas was still in the room.  Jesus washed even the feet of Judas.  Going to the cross was not easy for Jesus.  Bufe talks about what Jesus went through the night he died.  Jesus had a talk with his disciples before he went to Gesthemene where he was arrested.  Bufe shares some of the high points of the conversation that takes place in John 13 thru 17.  Do you ever look at your life and think of how God will be glorified in your life?  Jesus gave us the new commandment to love each other as much as Jesus loves us.  Jesus also said "If you love me, obey me."  How is your obedience to God and His Word?  He promises over and over that he will send the comforter, the Holy Spirit.  "Tell everyone about me," Jesus says.  Jesus says the #1 sin of the world is unbelief in Him.  Have you committed the #1 sin?  As believers, we are clothed in righteousness.  

John 13 - 17

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The Miracle of God’s Forgiveness by Bufe Karraker on 3/10/91

April 15th, 2017

Bufe talks about the woman who was about to be stoned for adultery and the response of Jesus.  She was guilty but being used to try and trap Jesus.  Jesus had the right answer to the problem.  Listen to Bufe tell this beautiful story.  Bufe focuses on what Jesus did - the ultimate miracle - he granted forgiveness.  As believers, we have experienced the results of the ultimate miracle - peace with God.    

John 20:31, John 8, Matthew 27

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Boast Only in What the Lord Has Done by Bufe Karraker on 3/8/92

April 14th, 2017

No one will be bragging when they stand in front of Almighty God.  Everyone will be there with the same ticket.  'Jesus died for me and that's how I got here.'  We will all be bragging about Jesus!  Do you brag about Jesus today?  Or do you just brag about yourself?  Bufe talks about King Nebuchadnezzar and what happened to him because he bragged about himself and not God.  

Jesus is Wisdom.  Jesus is Righteousness.  Jesus is Consecration.  Jesus is our Deliverance.  We should boast only in the Lord.  What has the Lord done for you?  Focus on that and boast boldly in the Lord!

1 Corinthians 1:26-31, Jeremiah 9:24, Daniel 4

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Fallible Theories Against the Resurrection by Bufe Karraker on 3/6/88

April 13th, 2017

The resurrection of Jesus was known to his enemies before it was known to his followers.  They made up a story to explain his missing body.  Bufe talks about those who have tried to explain away the resurrection, both Catholic and Protestant.  He talks about those who knew the truth, this good news, and yet were persecuted for their belief.  The persecution didn't stop the believers.  They knew Jesus had raised from the dead.  He shares interesting thoughts on Jesus' resurrection and the sequence of events reported in the Bible.  

It's easy for us to talk vaguely about God in today's world, but when we start talking to people about Jesus arising from the dead, people get upset and there may be consequences for our words.

Matthew 28, Acts 2:23,24, Acts 3:13, Acts 4

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Where is Your Foundation? by Bufe Karraker on 3/5/89

April 12th, 2017

Powerful message by Bufe.  He talks about Jeff Neal and his testimony, how his life changed when he trusted Jesus as his Savior while going through the Timothy Group.  He became a part of a Salt Group, small group of believers.  Soon after he found out he had lung cancer.  All his Christian friends prayed for him.  Jeff continued to trust God, praying for healing, but was willing to accept whatever God's will was for him and his family.  His wife, Deirdre, had that same strong faith.  Jeff was only 36 years old.  It's only human to ask, 'What happened?  We prayed, we trusted God, and we didn't get the answer we wanted.'  Bufe helps us come to terms with these questions we might have.  

Bufe talks about how Satan is alive and well today and he is the one that brings sickness and death to people.  He also mentions that it's okay to feel pain and agony when faced with loss and sadness.  Job felt that agony.  But in the end, Job had his foundation built on God.  Like Job, our hope is in the Lord.

Job 1, 2, 3, Colossians 1:16, Romans 8:31-39.  

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