Leaders that can Lead us to Justice by Dr. John Perkins on 6/2/85

May 21st, 2017

Dr. John M. Perkins is an American Christian minister, civil rights activist, Bible teacher, author, philosopher and community developer. He is Founder & President Emeritus of John & Vera Mae Perkins Foundation with his wife Dr. Vera Mae (also known as "Grandma"). Perkins has received 13 Honorary Doctorate degrees from Belhaven University, Lynchburg University, Wheaton College, Gordon College, Taylor University among others. He has served on the Board of Directors for World Vision and Prison Fellowship.  Reverend Buford Karraker introduces him to be the speaker at Northwest Church on June 2, 1985.   John Perkins shares the burdens that are on his heart - what is happening in the inner cities?  He talks about leadership development.  He was looking to the prisons for finding leaders for the black community.  His prayer every day was 'Lord, give us leaders that can lead us to justice.'  He feels justice might be God's only concern.  He talks about Biblical leaders, one who has met God in a personal way.  What is justice and how do we work for justice?   He talks about us being the salt of the world and the light of the world.  He talks about the need to re-establish the family in the community.  Also there is a need for faith in the Word of God in the community.  We need to re-establish courage in convictions in today's society.    We also need a sense of purpose and destiny - people need to understand we were created in the image of God.  He talks about understanding our heritage, having a sense of history.  We need to return back to the church the excellence of suffering as opposed to the prosperity gospel.  Suffering is a virtue.  We need to get away from the Self-Me-Religion.  Also Leaders lead in obedience to the Word of God and the voice of God.

This was in 1985.  It was over 30 years ago.  We still have these same problems.  His message needs to still be heard in our nation.  

Hebrews 11:23, Isaiah 6.


Mary, the Mother of all Time by Bufe Karraker on 5/11/97

May 14th, 2017

Bufe talks about Mary, the mother of Jesus.  He takes us through the Bible sharing all the scriptures that have to do with Mary.  The first time we see her is at the Announcement of her miraculous birth of Jesus.  She was a 14 or 15 year old young girl at the time.  He talks about her relationship with her cousin, Elisabeth, mother of John the Baptist.  Bufe talks about Jesus' birth and his dedication at the temple.    Then he talks about the missing 12 year old Jesus at the Festival at the temple.  He was missing 3 days.  Jesus was obedient to his parents as he grew up.  Then Bufe talks about the wedding in Cana and the wine that ran out.  And he talks about Mary at the foot of the cross.  And then in Acts, where Mary was with the believers after the Resurrection.   Bufe talks about Mary's commitment that started at age 14 and continued through Jesus' ministry and death and resurrection and ascension and after.  

Luke 1, 2, 3, John 2, John 19, Acts 1:14


Nothing Can Separate Us from the Love of God by Rachel Karraker Hegenzieker on 5/11/97

May 13th, 2017

It was Mother's Day and Rachel was singing at Northwest Church.  Wonderful job, my cousin, Rachel.  And Bufe speaks about where you can find the words from this song in the Bible.  Romans 8 and in Job.


Just as In the Days of Noah by Bufe Karraker on 5/10/92

May 12th, 2017

Bufe not only spoke at 3 services every Sunday, but also had a live radio program in Fresno at 6:30 am Sunday mornings.  He starts out talking about the condition of the country at that time and how time was running out before Jesus would return.  He shares stories about those who went to Borneo to share Jesus with the people.  We must all go and tell the story.  Bufe talks about the second coming of Jesus.  He talks about the world during the time of Noah before the flood and how it will be the same when Jesus comes.    The earth was filled with crime because of man.  Man's heart was wrong.  Same thing today.  The world was a mess but Noah was a pleasure to the Lord.  Noah was a righteous man.   Just like then with the flood, someday God will judge the world.  The Holy Spirit is here to convince the world of sin.  Most people believe they are sinners.  But many believe they can somehow get through judgment in spite of it or they believe they have sinned too much, there's nothing that can be done about it.  But we can have deliverance from judgment.  It's free, it's available.  John 3:16-18.  Through trusting Jesus as our Savior, we are forgiven of our sins.  The door is still open.  Don't delay any longer.  

Genesis 6-9, John 3:16-18.


Becky Mello Singing Built His Church on a Rugged Cross and Three Old Rusty Nails on 5/11/97

May 11th, 2017

Becky Mello singing the song she wrote 'Built His Church on a Rugged Cross and Three Old Rusty Nails'.


I Will Glory in the Cross by Bob Bergthold on 5/10/92

May 10th, 2017

I Will Glory In The Cross   

I boast not of works or tell of good deeds
For naught have I done to merit His grace
All glory and praise shall rest upon Him
So willing to die in my place

I will glory in the cross
In the cross
Lest His suffering all be in vain
I will weep no more for the cross that He bore
I will glory in the cross

My trophies and crowns, my robe stained with sin
Twas all that I had to lay at His feet
Unworthy to eat from the table of Life
Till Love made provision for me


Four Things the Church Needs Today by Bufe Karraker on 5/9/93

May 9th, 2017

Bufe lost track of time this week and only had only 10-11 minutes to preach his sermon.  He talks about the early Christians in the book of Acts.  He points out how important it was for the early Christians to spread the good news of the Gospel.  Because of them and the Holy Spirit we have the message today a couple of thousand years later.  Bufe gives us 4 things they had in the early church:  Spiritual Worship, Great Instruction, True Fellowship, and Expression (Evangelism).    

Acts 2, 2 Timothy 4




Rick Karraker Singing on Mother’s Day 5/9/93

May 8th, 2017

Rick sings The Lord my God is the Strength of my Heart.  I know his mother, Roberta, enjoyed hearing this.


Filled with the Holy Spirit by Bufe Karraker on 5/26/85

May 7th, 2017

It was Pentecost this day.  Bufe talks about being filled up with the Holy Spirit.  He talks about two groups, the Charismania folks and the Charisphobia folks.  Pentecost happened one time.  But every time someone becomes a believer, the Holy Spirit enters them.  Bufe gives us four things we will enjoy when filled with the Holy Spirit:  Joy, Compassion, Vision, and Freedom.

Nehemiah 8:10, Psalm 51:12, John 15:11, Galatians 5:22, Luke 9:52-54, Galatians 5:13-25


I am Precious to My Father by Bufe Karraker on 5/7/95

May 6th, 2017

Bufe talks about the disciples of Jesus and how little they really knew about what was really going on at the time.  They were like wide-eyed children eager to learn.  He gives us a fresh look at the 12 men who followed Jesus.  Do you live your life like the disciples?  Is your prayer life and reading His Word giving you intimacy with God?  Bufe reads The Lord's Prayer from The Living Bible and shares the meaning of an interesting parable.  The one thing Bufe wants you to take away with you is "We are dear to our heavenly Father."

Luke 11


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