January 20th, 2017
We have lots of questions every day. Some are unanswerable. Some are not worth answering. Who will win the Superbowl? How far will the market drop? How long will certain politicians last in office? Most are dealing with temporary issues. No eternal value at all in these questions. Jesus asked the question, "Who do the people think I am?" That was a very important, eternal question. Bufe asks you, "Who do you say Jesus is?" Bufe talks about living in the age of great tolerance - great tolerance, unless you stand up for something you believe, like your belief in Jesus. Bufe lays out 5 things that are determined by your answer to the question. Bufe talks about Jesus being the mighty power that regulates the entire universe and also the one who died for our sins.
Mark 8, Hebrews 1:1-3, John 17:3, 1 John 5:11, 12
January 19th, 2017
The world was changing at the beginning of the 90's. The Berlin wall had come down. India was changing. Africa was changing. The US and Russia were getting along. What did it all mean? Bufe believed God was preparing the world for a great push in global evangelism. There were opportunities everywhere like never before. Bufe shares the story of the Good Samaritan and how to truly show love and mercy to others.
Matthew 9, Luke 10, 1 John 3
January 18th, 2017
How did the apostle Paul check up on himself? Starting a new year, it might be a good idea to look at our lives. Find out what those 4 priorities for living are by listening to Bufe share the story about the lives of Paul and Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 2, Acts 16, Hebrews 4:12,13
January 17th, 2017
His message is about Joseph, Jesus' earthly father, the silent one. He had a life of obedience with his responses to the angels. Quite different from the response of Zechariah or even Mary or Moses or Isaiah or Jeremiah or Amos. Joseph obeyed and didn't ask questions. What about us? Do we just have questions? Or do we obey? Do you give God a hard time about His call upon your life?
Matthew 1, Luke 1, Exodus 3
January 16th, 2017
Beautiful trumpet arrangement of an old Hymn that I love.
January 15th, 2017
Who were the wise men who came to worship Jesus and bring him gifts? They were gentiles who came to worship the Jewish Messiah. Beyond that, we look at the gifts they brought to see how that should influence our lives. They brought gold, frankincense and myrrh. What was the symbolism of these gifts?
Hebrews 10:1-14, Matthew 2, Psalm 22, Isaiah 53, Mark 15, Isaiah 60
January 14th, 2017
We see our reality as the center of everything because this is where we live. But Christ existed before the world existed and He created the world and He chose to come here and touch our lives. Christ became a human being and took the name Jesus, meaning Savior, for He will save those who willingly becomes His people, from their sins. He came to give us Loving Forgiveness. He was also full of Truth. Do you know His truth? Have you studied the Word of God to know His Truth? Jesus said, "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life and no one gets to the Father but through me." Jesus was the body of God on this planet for 33 years and e now are the Body of Christ in this world. We are all tied together as the body of Christ on this planet. Evangelism and discipleship are an important part of obeying God in our new life. We need to model the Word of God and explain it to others.
John 1, John 17
January 13th, 2017
How do we respond to the pressures of life that are vital to the building of the kingdom of God. What the kingdom is all about is power. We need to understand that God wants to release His power through the actions and steps of his children. Inviting people to church is part of building the kingdom of God. Where is the Kingdom to be planted? In the real world, a hostile world. You can't run away from this world. It's all around us and we are to function in it as part of the kingdom of God. Where's the model for the Kingdom Builder? Jesus is our model. His whole ministry was overcoming the world. Read the gospels and know Jesus. Know that the power that works through Jesus now works through us, the believers. Bufe talks about Jesus' meeting with the man full of demons in the Gadarenes. Even the evil spirits acknowledge the power of God. Do we? Jesus' stilled the storm at sea. That's power! Jesus' ultimate power was His resurrection.
Matthew 4: 23-25, 1 John 4, Ephesians 6, Mark 5, Matthew 28
January 12th, 2017
What does God want for us? What's the New Thing that God wants to do for us? Bufe talks about the Hebrews leaving Egypt with the Egyptians chasing them and the parting of the Red Sea. That was a wonderful miracle but God did so much more for them and for us. Man's chief end is to glorify God and enjoy Him forever. But man has a problem with being able to cope. Do you just bring God your sins and your inability to cope? The nature of God is to love us and to care for us. Believers, don't continue to focus on your past sins. God doesn't. He blots them out when you repent. With God and you, the Best is yet to come!
Isaiah 43:15-26, Exodus 14, 1 Peter 2:9, Matthew 5:15, John 15:8
January 11th, 2017
There is a little trouble at the beginning of this with the microphone but it only lasts a couple of minutes. Bufe talks about the life of Jesus and being tuned into what is going on around them. Jesus meets the tax collector, Levi, who became Jesus’ disciple, Matthew. Tax collectors were mostly cheats at that time. But Jesus asked Levi to ‘follow him’. He went to his house and there he was surrounded by tax collectors while they all ate together. The Pharisees didn’t like that and Jesus spoke up that it was the sick who needed a doctor. Bufe's messages encourages us to reach out to those who do not know the Lord.
Luke 5:27-31, Matthew 9:35, 2 Corinthians 5, 6
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