Are we salt and light to the world? Are we plugged into Jesus Christ? How are you living your life today? Christians are fundamentally different from non-Christians. Christians must penetrate the non-Christian culture. Christians can influence and change society. Are we salty salt and bright lights in today’s world? Does the demonstration of your life match the words you speak? Matthew 5 Romans 1
Nov 20th, 2015 by rolleen
Great, uplifting song about our home being in Heaven and Jesus Returning for Believers.
Nov 18th, 2015 by rolleen
Are you feeling guilty because you think you don’t pray enough? Paul says to stay true to the Lord, always be full of joy to the Lord, be a positive person, and be at peace. Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything, thank Him in advance, and experience God’s peace. So, why do we struggle with prayer? Even Bonhoeffer wasn’t satisfied with his personal prayer life. Martin Luther spent 3 hours a day in prayer and yet he wasn’t even satisfied with his prayer life. Surgeon was another one unsatisfied with his prayer life. We have made prayer a guilt giving discipline. Paul says it should be an anxiety-relieving practice. Jesus talks about prayer. He hated hypocrisy. He didn’t like the formal long, flowery, ritualistic prayers. So many don’t pray in public because we think we don’t know how to do it. Jesus gives us 3 things to remember: 1. Don’t be a hypocrite trying to impress others with our prayers. 2.Don’t use a lot of repetition or use another voice. Be natural. Be personal. 3. Forgive others so God will forgive you. Philippians 4, Matthew 6, Psalms 66
Why are we here? What's our purpose? Zacharias, father of John the Baptist, knew his son would announce the coming of the Messiah. It had been 400 years since the Jews had heard from God, since the days of Malachi. Find out about the priest, Zacharias, and his wife, Elizabeth. Hear about Zacharias' doubt at the moment of angel Gabriel's announcement. Questions: Are you believing God for anything supernatural? Do you believe the scriptures? Luke1, Hebrews 11, Malachi 4, Isaiah 40, 53, John 5, 6, 8
Nov 17th, 2015 by rolleen
Beautiful medley of great hymns - 'In the Garden' with Rick Karraker in the lead, 'Tis so Sweet to Trust in Jesus' with Rachel Karraker-Hagenzieker in the lead, 'Grace Greater than our Sin' with Rusty Karraker in the lead, and 'Amazing Grace', all 3 harmonizing. Bufe Karraker at the end.
Nov 8th, 2015 by rolleen
Great music, a thought-provoking drama, and a wonderful Easter Message by Pastor Bufe Karraker. For many Easters, Northwest Baptist Church held their Easter services at The Saroyan Theater in Fresno.
Nov 6th, 2015 by rolleen
Who is Edward Kimball? What was his contribution to the church in the 1850’s? Bufe opens up his sermon with a vey interesting story about our lives can have an impact on the world. Ananias was similar to Kimball. Ananias ministered to Saul (Paul) after Saul was blinded by meeting the Risen Jesus on the road to Damascus. It took faith and courage for Ananias to go to Saul since Saul was persecuting Christians at that time. God takes ordinary people and pours his powerful spirit in them and works through them. God wants to use you to get his work done. Be ready, willing and faithful in service. Acts 9
Bufe paints a picture of Mark, the author of the gospel of Mark, that only Bufe can paint. He also talks about Mark's mother and her influence in the early church, his relative Barnabas, and his relationship with Paul. Sometimes we think we don't need someone, yet as Christian brothers and sisters we all need each other. Great message by Bufe. Mark 14. Acts 13, 15. Colossians 4. 2 Timothy 4. Psalm 37.
How do you react to the word ‘Failure’? Academic failure, spiritual failure, moral failure. Lots of people in the Bible failed including Peter and the Bible does not cover it up. The Bible is the story of Failure and Grace. Charcoal Fire when Peter denied Jesus and when he was in a one on one encounter with Jesus. Peter denies Jesus 3 times. Jesus asks Peter ‘Do you love me?’ 3 times. When coming back from failure, love God and feed people. Sin and failure are communal. Repentance and restoration are communal. David is another example of failure and repentance in the Bible. Luke 5. John 21. Psalms 51.
We’re in a War. Too many of the troops are forgetting to go to Ephesians 6 and suit up. We need to put on the whole armor of God as we fight in the spiritual battles of life. What kind of staying power or standing power do you have? Bufe uses Moses and the book of Exodus as an example of good staying power. Moses persevered, he believed God, he would not quit. He kept his eyes on the one who was invisible….by faith. Where are your eyes fixed? Exodus, Ephesians, Hebrews.