Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory of the Coming of the Lord by Congregation on 1/20/91

February 22nd, 2017

Congregation singing patriotic Christian song after a difficult week - January 17, 1991 was the beginning of Desert Storm against Saddam Hussein and Iraq.

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With All My Heart by Rachel Hagenzieker on 1/20/91

February 21st, 2017

Beautiful song by my beautiful cousin, Rachel Karraker Hagenzieker.

Lyrics:

In this quiet place with you

I bow before your throne

I bare the deepest part of me

To you and you alone

I keep no secrets

For there is no thought

You have not known

I bring my best and all the rest

To you and lay them down

 

With all my heart

I want to love you Lord

And live my life

Each day to know you more

All that is in me

Is yours completely

I'll serve you only

With all my heart

 

You faithfully supply my needs

According to your plan

So help me Lord to seek your face

Before I seek your hand

And trust you know what's best for me

When I don't understand

Then follow in obedience

In every circumstance

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Giving God Your All by Bufe Karraker on 1/17/88

February 20th, 2017

Bufe talks about meeting Billy Martin of Baseball and how Bufe had prayed for him for many years.  Billy Martim had lived a wild and crazy life and Billy told Bufe "God is the source of my strength".   Bufe talks about being leaders in our own realm, about giving God all of us, our body, our mind, not letting the world squeeze you into its mold.  We should be using our gifts that God blessed us with.  We all need to be givers.  In our personal, political, and public relationships, we need to give all to God.  The reason for right living is because Jesus is coming back soon.

Romans 12, 13

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Are All Religions the Same? by Bufe Karraker on 1/16/93

February 19th, 2017

Bufe had been to an Interfaith Service on Martin Luther King Day and shares his thoughts on it.  He talks about being tolerant in a pluralistic society.  Many people believe that all religions are alike, basically the same, and we'll all get to the same place.  That's a myth.  There is a desire for everyone to get along.  There's a notion that faith itself is what really matters.   Those that buy into the myth puts off serious thinking about what the truth is.  There's lots of motives that brings people into religion.  Christianity is unique.  The ultimate disclosure of God was in Jesus Christ.  Bufe shares the testimony of the Police Chief in Fresno.  

Acts 3, 4

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True Confessions Then and Now by Bufe Karraker on 1/15/95

February 18th, 2017

Bufe talks about Paul and his testimony.  Paul was a religious legalist who came face to face with Jesus Christ.  His life totally was changed.  As believers, we have been transformed also.  Are we sharing our testimony with others? Do you live in the light or do you live in darkness?  Jesus delivers us from the fear of our past and fear of the future.  The number one sin is to reject Jesus for who He said He was.  Bufe gave the congregation a challenge.  Prepare to tell someone the story of their conversion, where and when they made a commitment to Christ. 

Acts 26, John 3

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Sharing Jesus in Your Own Style by Bufe Karraker on 1/13/91

February 16th, 2017

In an article by Christianity Today, "Churches Die with Dignity", it said most churches peak in attendance, giving, and outreach by their 12th birthday.  Northwest was a lot older than 12 years old, but Bufe cautions not to look at the history and feel good about it.  Bufe talks about witnessing in your style.  We all have different styles and we all share Jesus in our own, unique way.  Authentic evangelism fills the evangelist with confidence and excitement.  What will motivate you to share Jesus with others? Do you take time every day to think about all the incredible things God has done for you?  Did you know you are a special agent of God with the power to witness to people in a certain group?  That should be an overwhelming honor.  We also need to face the reality of hell.  Jesus was filled with sorrow and wept when people chose to reject God's free gift.  When one sinner repents, there is great rejoicing in heaven.  

Luke 15, 2 Kings 6:24 - 2 Kings 7:9, Psalm 34:8, Acts 1:8, Luke 16:19-31

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True Disciples Produce Fruit by Bufe Karraker on 1/13/85

February 15th, 2017

Bufe starts out talking about how believers are each a key person in the congregation.  We are all vital parts to the ministry.  Then he talks about preparation for life whether that is for parenthood, or as a member of a congregation.  We are all part of one body as the Church.  The key responsibility of the believer is to grow up to the point where they are bringing others into the family of God.  He quotes Charles Spurgeon who preached 100 years ago and was way ahead of his time.  We are chosen by God, we are part of a holy priesthood.  And our purpose is to become 'fishers of men'.  We need to follow Jesus, catch His spirit by abiding in Him, and you will produce fruit, enlarging the family of God.  A true disciple produces much fruit in God.  If you abide in Christ, He will show you how to fish for men.  Jesus Christ is the Master Teacher.  True soul-winners are not self-made.  They're Christ-made.  

Matthew 4:19, John 15, Mathew 28:19,20

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The Bema Seat by Bufe Karraker on 1/10/88

February 14th, 2017

This message is for one that is 'born again'.  We all will give an account of our lives to God and Jesus will be the judge.  What have you done with the gift of life?  We will all be examined.  We need to look at our motives, because our motives will be made public when we stand before the Bema Seat.  The quality of our work will be judged.  Our works will be evident to all.  Be careful not to squander your time, your money, your opportunities.  We all struggle with the Lordship of Jesus, with putting Him in charge of our lives.  No good deed with proper motive will ever be forgotten by God.  He will give the proper reward.  If you aren't 'born again' you won't be at the Bema Seat Judgment, but you will stand before God and He will ask 'What have you done with Jesus?'

Romans 14:10, 12, Luke 19:12-27, 1 Corinthians 4:4,5, 1 Corinthians 3:10-15, 2 Corinthians 5:1-11

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We are in this World for a Purpose by Bufe Karraker on 12/3/95

February 13th, 2017

Everyone in the Christmas story had their own angle.  What was Jesus' angle on the Christmas story?  Jesus was in this world for a purpose.  We are in this world for a purpose as well.  Do you know what God's purpose for your life is?   Everyone is giving their life for one thing or another.  What are you giving your life for?  Bufe asks a woman to share her interesting, beautiful story about visiting a woman in Chowchilla prison and helping her when the woman was released.  God wants to work through our lives.  

Hebrews 10:5-7, Psalm 40

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Who You Are As A Believer by Bufe Karraker on 12/31/89

February 12th, 2017

Bufe challenges us to do an inventory of your priorities in life.  Do you have the courage to face the sin, the mistakes of the past year?  Consider fruitfulness as a believer.  Can you thank God for specifics where God has brought forth fruit because of your life?  I suggest you pause the podcast and give yourself two minutes or more to do exactly what Pastor Bufe encourages you to do and then listen to the rest of the podcast.  Bufe helps us see who we are as a believer.  Are you prepared for the next opportunity you will face?  God chose us.  God gave us the inward call of God to become part of his family by my faith in Jesus Christ.  He has declared me to be not guilty.  He has filled me with Christ's goodness.  He has given me right standing with God himself.  And He's promised me His glory.  Are you filled with the excitement of what God has done for you?  Do you have an excitement to tell others of this good news?  Since God is on our side, who could ever be against us?  

Romans 8:30,31,32.  1 Peter 2:9

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