Sep 23rd, 2015 by rolleen
This was Bufe's sermon of preparation for the last Easter for Bufe on this earth. Easter was a very special time for Northwest Church and Fresno. Throughout the 90's they held 3 very large services at the Saroyan Theatre on Easter Morning so everyone could bring their friends to hear the Gospel. Bufe talks about how Jesus did not die as a martyr as the world thinks. It was all part of the plan of our Heavenly Father. Jesus died for you and me. God placed all of my sin, your sin on his Son, Jesus, so that we may be reconciled to God. And because of the resurrection, we have victory over death.
Sep 23rd, 2015 by rolleen
Oh, I love this song and the singer's voice! His first name is Rick. If anyone knows this man's last name, please let me know. He sang at the June 18, 2000 service at Northwest. Mitch was speaking that day. Beautiful song! Also, if I have the title of the song wrong, let me know.
Sep 22nd, 2015 by rolleen
Life is short, uncertain, and challenging.
This was a very special weekend. Roberta's family came to town to have a big reunion at Bufe and Roberta's house. Aunt Roberta and her sisters, Aunt Loretta, and Aunt Dot and their children and their grandchildren and their great grandchildren. Wonderful weekend. And before we headed home, some as far as Oklahoma, we attended Northwest Church and listened to Uncle Bufe preach and our cousins sing. Rusty and his band sang at the beginning, then Rachel, then Rick and then Rusty again. Uncle Bufe speaks on how short life is and what our priorities need to be.
At the end Rusty, Rachel, and Rick sang Great is Thy Faithfulness.
Aug 31st, 2011 by rolleen
Bufe talks about the Shepherds in the field and how they shared the Good News after hearing about it. Life Magazine had asked 40 famous people "What is your soul?" We live in a world that is so ignorant of God and the matters of the soul. And we just sit by and watch them plunge into Hell. Until you get overwhelmed, astonished, and amazed, you will never get excited about sharing your faith.
Aug 31st, 2011 by rolleen
Do you always give thanks? Do you have the spirit of ingratitude or the spirit of thankfulness? Bufe shares the story of Jesus healing the 10 lepers and only one comes back to thank Jesus. Ingratitude is a sin as much as lying and stealing and immorality. Bufe talks about 5 areas that we need to be thankful for. This is a wonderful Thanksgiving message. Bufe shares a touching story about his grandson, Jack (7 years old) and Jack's prayers. Thanksgiving should be every day, not just one day a year.
Aug 30th, 2011 by rolleen
Second Part of the Signs of John Message. Looking at the last four of the 7 Signs of the Divine Nature of Jesus in the Gospel of John. The 4th one is found in John 6 with the Feeding of the 5,000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Bufe is now in heaven talking to the boy with the 5 loaves and 2 fish! This sign shows God has great resources. Jesus is the Bread of Life. The 5th one is walking on the water of the Sea of Galilee. He is the Master of the Elements. In John 9, Jesus healed on the Sabbath the man who was blind since birth. Jesus is the Light of the World. In John 10, Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead. Jesus is the Master over death.
Aug 30th, 2011 by rolleen
Bufe was 'serious as all get out' but full of fun. He mentions that that's how church should be at the beginning of this audio. What are the 7 Signs pointing to the divine nature of Jesus? This audio talks about the first 3. The first one is Jesus turning water into wine. Wine represented life and abundance. Jesus is the new wine! Then, in John 4, the second sign is Jesus healing the Roman Official's son from a distance. Jesus is the master of distance! In John 5, Jesus heals the lame man at the Pool of Bethesda on the Sabbath. Jesus is the master of time!
Aug 29th, 2011 by rolleen
Jesus is our model for Evangelism. Bufe talks about Affinity Evangelism - get folks who have something in common together and present Christ to them.
Bufe starts out talking about Columbine High School in Colorado. Instead of talking about who or what to blame, we should be allowing these current situations in our nation and in the world to move us to action through the Lord.
In Luke 24, Jesus had died and resurrected and was about to leave his disciples. He gave his disciples HIS authority, to take the message to the world. John 1 talks about the Word. The Word was Jesus and he was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. John 2 Jesus went to a wedding and took his disciples with him where he turned water into wine. John 3 Nicodemus visited him in the middle of the night and Jesus told him he must be born again. How long has it been since you took someone to lunch and looked across the table and said, "You know what, Pal? You need Jesus." "When are you going to give God a chance? You've tried everything else. How about giving God a chance?" John 4, Jesus took his disciples on a trip from Jerusalem to Galilee. He went through Samaria. Jews didn't like Samaritans at that time. He stopped at a well in Samaria. A woman who had been married 5 times and was living with a man at the time was at the well. Jesus talked to her. Bufe encourages the congregation to spend time one on one or in small groups in evangelism. If we are full of unfailing love and forgiveness, others will listen to us when we share Jesus with them.
Aug 28th, 2011 by rolleen
Bufe talks about the 4th of July. His major in college was history and my mother used to say Uncle Bufe had a photographic memory. He would have been a wonderful history teacher because he was such a good story teller and could make history very interesting.
Bufe talks about the role of the church in our American Independence and how most history books don't mention it. Preachers were preaching about submission to the government, but not without limits; that God holds the highest claim on our lives. Bufe talks about Tom Paine's Common Sense. He talks about Pastor William Emerson, grandfather of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who preached that God is with us and will be with us as we go into battle days before the first shot in Concord. At the end of his sermon, he said, "In the End, all the world will know that there is a God in America."
The Church needs to wake up. Only 20-25% of the church votes. Bufe talks about the Gay and Lesbian groups that were pushing their agenda on this country. Bufe warns how the schools will teach ideas and concepts that are against Christian beliefs. He talks about the possible redefinition of marriage in California. He believes pastors need to speak up against these movements and encourage their congregations to take action by registering to vote and voting against issues that are against God's Will.
Jul 18th, 2011 by rolleen
I decided to include this tape. Peter Daniels was a guest speaker - very well-known motivational speaker. Interesting man who started out as an illiterate brick layer who came to Christ through a Billy Graham crusade. His life was radically changed. He believed in the restoration power of God. With God's help he learned to read by reading the dictionary. Then he read 1500 biographies and self-educated himself. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. He went into business, lost everything. He went into business 3 times, lost everything and finally became successful. Time for Christians to take back the economics. It's not right, as a Christian, to be poor. We, as Christians, have an opportunity to make money and give it away. Leadership for Christians is not optional, it's mandatory. We are God's rescue squad. What happens when God gives you a dream and it gets tough? Peter says Don't say God closed the door. Kick the door down!