Victory in Jesus by Men’s Choir including Bufe Karraker on 11/6/94

December 17th, 2017

Bufe joins the Men's Choir with a song that is one of his favorites.

Victory in Jesus

I heard an old, old story,
How a Savior came from glory,
How He gave His life on Calvary
To save a wretch like me;
I heard about His groaning,
Of His precious blood's atoning,
Then I repented of my sins
And won the victory.

Chorus
O victory in Jesus,
My Savior, forever.
He sought me and bought me
With His redeeming blood;
He loved me ere I knew Him
And all my love is due Him,
He plunged me to victory,
Beneath the cleansing flood.

I heard about His healing,
Of His cleansing pow'r revealing.
How He made the lame to walk again
And caused the blind to see;
And then I cried, "Dear Jesus,
Come and heal my broken spirit,"
And somehow Jesus came and bro't
To me the victory.

I heard about a mansion
He has built for me in glory.
And I heard about the streets of gold
Beyond the crystal sea;
About the angels singing,
And the old redemption story,
And some sweet day I'll sing up there
The song of victory.
 

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Jesus Died for the Whole World by Bufe Karraker on 11/8/92

December 16th, 2017

Bufe reads what happens on an average day in America.  Lots of energy, money, and trauma going on each day just in our country.  But then think about the rest of the world.  We only live in part of the world.  Jesus died for the whole world.  We need to tell the whole world about Jesus.  The world has lots of needs - hunger, loneliness, bewildered with life, but the most important need they have is for salvation through Jesus Christ.  Jesus talked about the waiting harvest.  We are the people who have to go to work in the harvest.  

Psalm 136, Matthew 9:38-39, Luke 7, Mark 1, John 4

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How to Celebrate Christmas by Bufe Karraker on 12/10/95

December 15th, 2017

Do you focus on the real reason for Christmas?  Or do you focus on the parties, celebrations, and decorations?  There's nothing wrong with any of that, but as believers, we have responsibility to celebrate the real reason for Christmas. We need to share with others the good news of Christmas, the coming of Jesus, God in flesh, to the world.  We should be spell-bound and astonished about the Christmas story.  Spend time praising God during Christmas.  Ask yourself, 'Am I a cultural Christian only?  Or are you a Biblical Christian?'  

Luke 2 

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Our Desire for Recognition by Bufe Karraker on 3/18/92

December 14th, 2017

The scripture has clear words for us about our desire for recognition.  We are to boast only in the Lord.  Even though there were some in the early church of a lofty nature, it was mostly made up of lowly persons and slaves.  In AD 178, Celsus wrote a bitter attack on the church in his book True Discourse (or True Reason)  - Celsus said 'let no cultured person draw near.'  He wrote the church was full of uneducated people and slaves.  He compared the church to a swarm of bats or ants or frogs or worms.  Bufe shares about King Nebuchadnezzar and Daniel and the interpretation of the king's dream.  Nebuchadnezzar boasted in himself and was humbled by God.  Glory only in the Lord, that you know God and that you understand that God is a loving, righteous, steadfast God.  Christ is our deliverance from our past sin and present helplessness and future fear.  Boast in that.

1 Peter 3, 1 Corinthians 1, Jeremiah 9, Daniel 4

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Allurement, Authority and Abuse of Power in the New Age Movement by Bufe Karraker on 5/15/88

December 13th, 2017

Bufe was very concerned about a subject that was permeating society - The New Age movement.  The New Age Movement offers the best in life, wholeness, completeness.  Jesus offers that too.  The New Age Movement talks about transformation and so does Jesus.  Ascended Masters in the New Age Movement profess Christian principles but twist them to confused and deceive people.   The New Age Movement is a conspiracy of Satan.   Bufe mentions one of the good outcomes of The New Age Movement is a new appreciation for the area of spiritual things by science and psychology.  Bufe encourages us to be equipped to meet them at the point of truth and bring them into a relationship with God who is the author of all truth.  Bufe states All truth is God's truth.   The New Age sidesteps God's Word and tries to find wholeness.  New Age looks to themselves, extra-terrestials, and eventually a guru for authority.  Bufe talks about the simple Gospel and how it's important not to preach a false gospel.  Jesus's gospel is one of grace.  New Age is a gospel of works and twists who Jesus is.   Twist Jesus and you trick yourself out of life.  Trust Jesus and you treat yourself to Life.  And the difference is eternal.  Bufe closes by reading a letter from a man in the church who was a new Christian and had been a part of the New Age Movement.  

Colossians 1, 2 Corinthians 11, 2 Corinthians 4, 1 John 4:2, 1 Corinthians 12:3, 1 John 5:6-8, Romans 1:16, 1 Timothy 6:20

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Have You Met Jesus? by Bufe Karraker on 5/15/94

December 12th, 2017

Bufe talks about the blind man born blind, the questions that came up, and the method that Jesus used to heal the blind man.   Bufe talks about the boy who had the sack lunch of 5 loaves and 2 fish at the feeding of the 5,000.  Bufe's story telling is terrific in this message.  Bufe wants to talk with this boy when he gets to heaven.  Bufe is there now.  I wonder if he has already spoken with that boy.  Bufe tells us about the woman whose son had died in Luke 7.  He also tells the story of the paralyzed man by the pool who was healed by Jesus.  These people had all met Jesus.  Have you met Jesus?  Do you really want to meet Jesus?

John 9, John 6, Luke 7, John 5, John 12

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God’s Command is Joy by Bufe Karraker on 5/19/96

December 11th, 2017

The week before Bufe had given the congregation an assignment that had to do with forgiveness and love and peace and thankfulness and joy.  No one seemed to have done the assignment.  Bufe was in a series of messages about growth and maturity.  As a Christian, a new life has begun.  You should be different.  In Philippians it says, "Always be full of Joy".  That was a command.  Bufe talks about Watergate out of the book of Nehemiah.  Bufe has such a gift in paraphrasing Bible stories.  (Bufe talks about the Life Application of the Living Bible Translation Bible and an upcoming New Living Translation as a good Bible to read.). The Joy of the Lord is your Strength.  Obedience to the Lord's commandments brings joy into your life.  Put God first in your life.  Joy is a bi-product of what the Holy Spirit is doing in our life.  Bufe tells a moving story about joy being present in a difficult situation.

2 Corinthians 5, Philippians 4, Nehemiah, Deuteronomy 14, Galatians 5

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Jump-Start Your Christian Life by Bufe Karraker on 5/21/95

December 10th, 2017

Bufe tells an interesting story about an old car he had during the time he and Roberta were married in his last year of college.  He had to jump-start the old car.  Some of us, as Christians, need to be jump-started as well!  Don't be stuck in routines or formulas for being a Christian.  Add some pizzazz in your Christian life!  Bufe gives us a list to help us jump-start our Christian life. Wonderful advice!  1. Go on an ego (edging God out) fast.  2. Read outside your comfort zone.  3. Let God question you.  Bufe reads parts of Job where God questioned Job.  4. Hang out with some children for a little bit.  5. Take a servant (someone who has served you well in a spiritual part of your life) to lunch.  6. Pray through the newspaper.  7. Pray with diversity.  8. Be like Scrooge.  Try and imagine what you will be like in the future and then make a plan to change for the better.  

Acts 17, Job 38-42, 1 Timothy 2

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Answers to Loneliness by Bufe Karraker on 6/25/89

December 9th, 2017

This sermon was a followup sermon to the one on Loneliness Bufe had taught earlier.  Church sometimes is a place you go to but you don't bring your life with you.  You put on a game face.  Intimacy is something we need in our lives.  God has built into us a need for intimacy.  Bufe shares 3 questions that God asks when we try and get close to God.  The answers to these questions are not true and false, but yes and no.  1. Will you trust me with your life?  Bufe talks about Abram (Abraham) and God's command to him to leave his land and people.  Mary is another person who trusted God with her life.  2. Will you entrust yourself to a part of my family?   Bufe talks about Jesus the night before his crucifixtion and his need for close friends.  Bufe tells an emotional story about a family in the church who lost their daughter.  He remembers the time he lost his son, Randy, to an illness, and his daughter, Becky, to an accident.  He shares how much the church family meant to him and to others during loss and sadness.  Can you trust your secrets, your inabilities, your weaknesses to others in the Church?  The Salt Groups at Northwest were a way to share your life with others in a small group setting.  3. Will you get out and be involved some place in the world?  Will you lose your life for my sake?  Are you looking for a quick fix to your loneliness?  Or you doing it the right way, God's way?

1 Peter 3, Genesis 12, Matthew 26

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Soon, Very Soon We are Going to See the King by Northwest Church Quartet on 11/6/94

December 8th, 2017

Soon and Very Soon We Are Going to See the King
 
Verse 1
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King.
Soon and very soon,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, hallelujah,
We are going to see the King.
 
Verse 2
No more crying there,
We are going to see the King,
No more crying there,
We are going to see the King.
No more crying there,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We are going to see the King.
 
Verse 3
No more dying there,
We are going to see the King,
No more dying there,
We are going to see the King.
No more dying there,
We are going to see the King,
Hallelujah, Hallelujah,
We are going to see the King.
 
Interlude
Hallelujah.
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ah.
 
Bridge
Should there be any rivers we must cross,
Should there be any mountains we must climb,
God will supply all the strength that we need,
Give us grace ’til we reach the other side.
We have come from every nation,
God knows each of us by name.
Jesus took His blood and He washed our sins,
And He washed them all away.
Yes, there are some of us,
Who have laid down our lives,
But we all shall live again,
On the other side.
 
Ending
Hallelujah.
Ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ooh, ah.
Hallelujah.
 
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