Children of God and Joint Heirs with Christ by Bufe Karraker on 1/20/85

October 22nd, 2017

Some audio problems with this, being an old audio.  I apologize but still wanted to include this powerful message.  The next day was the second inauguration of the President of the United States, Ronald Reagan.  And that morning Superbowl 19 was about to be played, SF 49ers against the Miami Dolphins.

Bufe talks about becoming an heir of God, a child of God.  He talks about baby baptism versus baby dedication.  Bufe stresses the importance of being born again.   He mentions the book, "Your God is Too Small" by J. B. Philips.  Excellent book.  Have you made an intelligent decision to follow Jesus Christ?  Bufe was born again 42 years before at a tent revival meeting in Long Beach, CA with Dr. John Brown preaching.   All those born again are IN Christ.  We all will share his treasures.  And our eternal life starts at the moment we are born again.  We are joint heirs with Christ.  Bufe reads what we have right now while on earth when we are born again.  And then he reads what we will have in the future when we are born again.

Romans 8, John 3, Titus 3:4-7, Ephesians 3:14-21, Revelation 21:1-4

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Focus of the Early Church by Bufe Karraker on 7/25/93

October 21st, 2017

Learn about some of the problems that existed in the early church.  Yet none of them stopped the growth of the church.  Lives were turned around and people were committed to Jesus Christ and doing His will.  Bufe talks about Paul's Macedonia Call and the visit in Philippi and Thessalonika.  Paul was focused on a mission.  Are you focused on any mission having to do with the kingdom of God?  We are God's messengers.  Paul had integrity.  Paul stuck with the message.  Paul knew that Jesus was his great reward.  

1 Thessalonians 2, Acts 9

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Epaphrus (Blessed Man) by Bufe Karraker on 7/28/91

October 20th, 2017

Bufe shares about Epaphras.  Additiional info is below.

Epaphras. Epaphras was a colleague of the Apostle Paul mentioned twice in the New Testament epistle of Colossians and once in the New Testament letter to Philemon. In the first instance he is described as a "fellow servant" (Colossians 1:7) of Paul in his ministry.

Epaphras [Ĕp'aphrăs]—charming or foamy. A fellow laborer of Paul and in some sense his fellow-prisoner (Col. 1:7; 4:12; Philem. 23.

This Colossian is described in many ways. He was Paul’s “fellow-servant” and “servant,” his “fellow-prisoner,” and a “faithful minister.” He was also Paul’s representative at Colossae where he had founded the church (Col. 1:7), and sought under Paul’s advice to combat prevalent heresies there. The apostle had affection for Epaphras, who ministered unto his need and the need of others.

It is in his prayer-ministry, however, that Epaphras is conspicuous. This giant in prayer knew how to lay all before the Lord, and laboring in secret, made the saints to be perfect and complete in their standing through his kneeling. He “strove earnestly in his prayers” for the Colossians. He wrestled in prayer that they might be perfect in the perfection of Christ, and “fully assured in all the will of God.” Paul also testified to the perseverance as well as the prayers of Epaphras. He knew how to toil on behalf of the saints of God. He was practical as well as prayerful.

His prayers for the stability and maturity of others were numerous, continuous and strenuous. Epaphras brought to Paul at Rome a report of the Colossian Church where he had ministered in Paul’s stead, an account that cheered his heart and resulted in the writing of the Colossian Epistle which Epaphras took back with him to his flock. Can we say that we are true successors of the devoted servant of God? Like him, do we know how to wrestle in agony of prayer? (Rom. 15:30). Epaphras also manifested great zeal or properly “great labour of anxiety” for those under his care. Too few of us are concerned about the spiritual welfare of others.

Colossians 1:7, Colossians 4:12, Philemon 23

 

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Amazing Grace by Ed on the Trombone on 7/28/91

October 19th, 2017

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Whom do you Serve - God or Mammon? by Bufe Karraker on 11/15/92

October 18th, 2017

Bufe had been reading about Ghana.  When they ask 'What is your religion?' they actually ask 'Whom do you serve?'  Whom do you serve?  God?  Money?  You cannot serve two masters.  Jesus put that question before us.  You cannot serve both God and Mammon.  

The word mammon comes from the Greek word mammonas. Similar root words exist in Hebrew, Latin, Aramaic, Chaldean and Syriac. They all translate to “money, wealth, and material possessions.”

In biblical culture the word mammon often carried a negative connotation. It was sometimes used to describe all lusts and excesses: gluttony, greed, and dishonest worldly gain. Ultimately, mammon described an idol of materialism, which many trusted as a foundation for their world and philosophy. While the King James Version retains the term Mammon in Matthew 6:24, other versions translate the Greek as “money,” “wealth,” or “riches.”

The city of Babylon (Revelation 18), with all its avarice and greed, is a description of a world given over to the spirit of Mammon. Some scholars cite Mammon as the name of a Syrian and Chaldean god, similar to the Greek god of wealth, Plutus.

Matthew 26:24, 1 John 2

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How to Make a Difference in our Culture by Bufe Karraker on 10/8/95

October 17th, 2017

There's more resistance to the Christian message in our culture today.  Some Christians get involved in politics.  The effects of that are limited though.  Some get involved in a strong, apologetic message.  The best effects to deal with the problems that exist is Jesus' central teaching on how to reach the people of any culture.  Folks only hear the message they see.  We need to live a life of love and obedience and people will see Jesus in us.  

John 13, John 17, Matthew 22

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Biblical Examples of Sacrifice by Bufe Karraker on 10/10/93

October 16th, 2017

The law of tithing works.  Learning to give to God what belongs to God.  And then give to God out of sacrifice.  God will bless you.  Bufe looks at 3 Biblical examples of sacrifice - Abraham, King David, and Jesus.  

Genesis 22, 2 Samuel 24, John 10

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Four Areas that should not Change by Bufe Karraker on 10/01/89

October 15th, 2017

Bufe starts out talking about education and young people.  He believed teaching was as much a calling as preaching.  He talks about the differences with schools in 1989 with the schools when he went to school in the 30's.  Computers were now in the schools.  Elementary kids were learning foreign languages.  Changes are all around us then and now, but there are basics that are areas of no change.  Bufe shares 4 areas where things should not change.  The Nature of God has not changed.  The Word of God has not changed.   The Way of Salvation has not changed.  Find out what all 4 areas are by listening to his talk.  

Romans 5, Psalm 119:84, Psalm 40:8, Acts 4:12

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A Servant’s Spirit by Lars Dunberg on 10/11/87

October 14th, 2017

Bufe sometimes hummed along with the opening song.  I love hearing his voice.  Lars Dunberg was the special guest speaker this day.  Marta, his wife, starts with The Lord's Prayer.  She sings it first in English and then in Swedish.  Made me cry the first time I heard it.  My ancestry is mostly from Sweden and somehow it touched my heart.  You can see Lars on youtube:  Lars Dunberg. Lars talks about civil liberties, consitution liberties, and how the world is just 'taking liberties', looking out only for what we want.  He talks about the antidote for this problem, a medicine for selfishness, a Servant's Spirit.  We are living in a society that talks about self-improvement.  But God is looking for an explosion of change in your life.  The early church was very aware of the servant's spirit.  A servant is a giver, not just with money, with time, as a volunteer.  A servant's spirit is one of forgiveness for others.  His heart is full of love.  The sign of servitude is the towel.  The cross is the sign of submission and suffering.  We use the sign of the cross more than the sign of the towel.  

Acts 13, Ephesians 4

 

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Social Action is a Part of Our Responsibility by Bufe Karraker on 10/4/98

October 13th, 2017

This starts with a song by Marty, Man After Your Own Heart

O God, Father in heaven and earth
I call to You like deep calls to deep over water
Show me Your endless measure of grace
Let tender mercies shine once again
From Your holy face

Deep in my soul there's a craving
To please the One who has saved me
O God, though I have wandered so far
You know that I'm still
A man after Your own heart

I am driven by rivers of pride
You are my rescue
The Maker and Keeper of my life
Lead me by the still waters again
Use me in spite of the prodigal child
That You know I am

Just as a deer runs to water
So does my soul to You, Father
O God, though I have fallen so far
You know that I'm still
A man after Your own heart

Bufe talks about the controversial advertisement for Carl's Jr. at that time. (Sex, Burgers and Outrage).  He talks about Social Action being a part of our responsibility.  When we see evil, we need to respond.  

Ecclesiastes 9:11, 1 Peter 3

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