How to Keep Yourself Pumped Up by Bufe Karraker on 11/8/81

November 18th, 2017

We, as Christians, have hold to the Message of Life.  We need to keep ourselves pumped up to share the gospel with those who are still lost.  Those who die without Christ are bound for Hell.  We need to take that seriously and not forget about ouir responsibility of sharing Jesus with others.  Jesus' last words were "Go and make disciples and teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you."  That is still the major responsibility on our backs as Christians.  Bufe talks about the apostle, Paul, and how he never quit.  Bufe asks the question, "Who are you living for?"  Are you living for yourself or for Christ?  We trust God for eternal life.  Do we trust God for the 60 to 70 years we live down here?  Bufe talks about the imminent return of Christ and how we are running out of time.  Bufe says you can't keep it (the joy and delight of your faith) unless you give it away.  

Matthew 28:18-20, 2 Corinthians 5, Matthew 24:14, Romans 1-3

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Lunch with Sinners by Bufe Karraker on 11/1/87

November 17th, 2017

Bufe talks about a missionary in Sri Lanka.  He pauses to talk about a woman in the congregation that day who had recently lost her husband and had demonstrated grace and faith thru a difficult situation.  He continues on with talking about the missionary, Ajith, in Sri Lanka.  He reads part of a letter from the missionary.  "Lostness seems to be a forgotten doctrine in the church."  We become so busy in the church with our activities that we forget the Lost.  Dishonest tax collectors and notorious sinners often came to listen to Jesus' sermons.  The rule of life for Jesus was that notorious sinners came to hear Him speak.  He even ate with them!  When was the last time you invited a notorious sinner to go to lunch with you?  Bufe encourages us to stay in the gospels daily.  Watch Jesus' pattern.  Bufe shares the 3 stories Jesus told in Luke 15, the one lost sheep that was found, the one lost coin that is lost and found, and the story of the prodigal son who ran away and later came back home.  All of these showed cause for rejoicing when what was lost was found.  Jesus was talking to strict Jews at that time.  They were full of pride because of their religiious accomplishments.  They spent their time looking down on others and talking about how good they were, how often they fasted, and how much they gave.  Bufe talks about why each of the three lost items in the story were lost.  We are to share the gospel with those who are lost.

Luke 5:32, Luke 15 

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This Life Sung by Rachel Hagenzieker on 5/26/91

November 16th, 2017

Evie Tornquist - This Life lyrics
I sit here quietly listening to your Word
You talk about eternal life
You talk about your kingdom coming in this world
A kingdom without space or time
You talk about a people that will follow you
For your disciples you will pray
I love you so my Jesus, my life is guided by your hand.

Chorus:
This life that I’ve been given
Is but a moment’s time
This life, I have received it
As a gift from your hand.
Let all my days reflect your precious, holy name
Everything that I do, let it glorify you,
My Savior and my God.

My child, you don’t have to worry about your life
My word is all the strength you need.
My child, only one thing matters that at last
It’s that you’ve lived your life for me
You have to choose the good part that will never fail
Though all the world may fade away
I’ll listen to my Jesus, He is to me the bread of life.

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Reverence for God by Bufe Karraker on 5/26/91

November 15th, 2017

Bufe talks about understanding the fear of the Lord, reverence for the Lord.  That's a topic not talked about much today.  In today's prosperous, technology-filled world, we no longer have the fear of the Lord.  The fear of the Lord means to love what God loves and also to hate what God hates.  God gives wisdom to those who know Him and who have reverence for Him.  Bufe ends the message with a prayer about the Fear of the Lord.

Proverbs 2, Proverbs 3, Proverbs 8:13, Ecclesiastes, John 6, John 17

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Opportunities to Believe in Jesus by Bufe Karraker on 3/17/91

November 14th, 2017

Bufe shares a story about Jesus and Lazarus and points out some interesting parts of the story.  He talks about Thomas and Martha too and the wonderful miracle of the resurrection of Lazarus from the grave.  Do you believe that Jesus is the Son of God?  Have you committed your life to Jesus?  What will it take for you to believe?  And believer, do you allow Christ to live His life through you?

John 20:31, John 11, Galatians 2:20

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The Christ-filled Life by Bufe Karraker on 9/9/90

November 13th, 2017

Bufe talks about what it cost Jesus for our salvation.  Jesus is the creator and the redeemer of the world.  The plan of salvation was put in place before the world was created.  Bufe also talks about a Christless life.  It existed in early Christianity and it exists today.  What makes a Christ-FILLED life?

1 Peter 1:14-25, Isaiah 53

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Love Found a Way by Rusty Karraker on 9/9/90

November 12th, 2017

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Praise is the Fundamental Solution to Every Problem by Bufe Karraker on 9/10/89

November 11th, 2017

Jehoshaphat is king of Judah.  Word reached him that a vast army was marching against him.  Great trouble was coming!  Johosafat was badly shaken.  He determined to beg for help from the Lord.  He and the people fasted.  Bufe talks about difficult times we may have to go through, including hearing the news that your child has Aids.  Johosafat discovered that Praise is the fundamental solution to every problem.  Sometimes pride, unbelief and other things stand in the way of our praise.  Bufe talks about 5 praise builders in Jehoshaphat's prayer.  

John 14:1-14, 2 Chronicles 20, Piercing the Darkness by Frank Peretti

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What if Jesus had been born in the 1950’s by Bufe Karraker on 9/13/87

November 10th, 2017

Bufe starts out talking about typos and how one letter can make a big difference.  Then he asks Suppose Jesus had been born in the 1950's and in the 1980's he was in the middle of his ministry.  Would he have done things differently?  Would he be appearing before the UN to speak to leaders about the problems of the world?  Did he seek to have influence with the emperor of Rome back then?  Did he crusade against social evils when he was on earth?  Bufe feels Jesus would be following the same plan today as he did back in 30 AD.  Very interesting sermon by Bufe looking at Jesus' ministry, the work of the Holy Spirit, and Jesus' plan for getting the gospel out to the world.  Bufe stresses that we need to get back to sharing the gospel, preaching the gospel, the simple message of Jesus on the cross.

1 Corinthians 2:2, Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, Romans 1:16, 2 Timothy 3:14 - 2 Timothy 4:5

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Extraordinary Living for Ordinary People by Bufe Karraker on 9/15/91

November 9th, 2017

Bufe starts out sharing two stories about the prayer bracelet he and others were wearing.  The message is about being excited to serve the Lord.  Are you serving the Lord or just coasting along?  Bufe talks about Dr. Sam Shumaker and his book 'Extraordinary Living for Ordinary People.'  Bufe talks about the time after Jesus' resurrection and ascension and then the Holy Spirit descended on Pentecost.  Thousands were saved.  But soon after, people started to grumble and complain about discrimination and other things.  So the twelve disciples called a meeting. Bufe talks about the meeting and relates it to today's church.  Bufe talks about the deacons in today's church.  Learn about the original deacons, 7 men, and what happened to one of them (Stephen) soon after.  Also learn about Philip, the layman, who fled to Samaria, and then was called to the desert in Gaza, and witnessed to the Ethiopian treasurer.  Bufe talks about how the Holy Spirit is constantly working through us.    Philip became a strong, leading layman in the city of Cesarea.  

Acts 1-8, John 15

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