The Christmas Story from the Lips of Jesus by Bufe Karraker on 12/10/89

December 7th, 2016

Would you like to hear Jesus' rendition of the Christmas story?  Bufe shares what Jesus says the Christmas story is all about.  Jesus was born to die, to give his life as a ransom for others.  Only Jesus could pay the debt for our sins to God Almighty.  The whole idea of religion is to bring man close to God, but sacrifices could not do it.  God wants obedience to His Will.  We can't buy our way into the forgiveness of God.  Bufe talks about the lesson learned from Saul, Samuel and the Amalekites.  Obedience is far better than sacrifice.  God wants true repentance, a broken and contrite heart.  Jesus' complete, perfect obedience made him the perfect sacrifice for our sins.  This is the glorious story of Christmas.  He did it with incredible joy.  Jesus still comes to this earth through the Holy Spirit to accomplish His purposes in us.  The story still lives because He still lives.  Have you found Jesus Christ as your Savior?  Have you put your trust in Him?  Bufe asks the congregation to turn to the Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem, verse 3, 'How silently the wondrous gift is given'.  Not the past tense, but the present tense.  This is not religion.  It's relationship.  

 

Hebrews 10, 1 Samuel 15, Psalm 51, Isaiah 1, Psalm 40:8

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Mary, Aunt Elizabeth and True Faith by Bufe Karraker on 12/11/94

December 6th, 2016

Mary was a model for all who have trusted Christ.  

Bufe talks about the responses of several people in the Bible to their miraculous births:  Sarah and Abraham (parents of Isaac), Minoa and his wife (the parents of Samson), Zecharias (father of John the Baptist), and the 13 year old virgin, Mary (mother of Jesus).   Mary believed.  Faith is belief plus trust.  Bufe believes in young people and their ability to believe.  Bufe talks about Mary's visit to her Aunt Elizabeth who was pregnant with John the Baptist.   Do you believe that Jesus is God?  Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for your sins?  Do you believe Jesus was physically resurrected?  Do you believe you are a sinner and your only hope is in Christ?  

Luke 1

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Those Men Who Found Christmas by Bufe Karraker on 12/11/88

December 5th, 2016

Bufe talks about the shepherds and wise men who found Christmas.  He looks at their contrast between the shepherds and the wise men and how God reached those men.  Bufe talks about how men need certain things to respond to God while women respond more easily to God.  Bufe was always a 'man's man' and had such a gift at reaching men for Christ.  I pray his messages will still lead many men and women to Jesus.

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Joseph, the Obedient One by Bufe Karraker on 12/4/88

December 4th, 2016

Bufe talks about Joseph, a blue collar carpenter who becomes Jesus' step-father.  Bufe helps us look at people in the bible as real people with real problems.  Joseph saw the Word of God as a commandment, not a suggestion.  God put Joseph in an incredible spot that no other man would ever be put in and He gave Joseph the honor of naming Jesus.  Joseph had marvelous obedience.  

Matthew 1, Luke 2

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Celebrating the Holidays in a Godly Manner by Bufe Karraker on 12/4/88

December 3rd, 2016

The world celebrates.  But how do we, as Christians, celebrate?  How does God tell us to celebrate?  God calls us to come to terms with our relationship with Him.  Without that, we really don't have much to be thankful for or celebrate.  They are all temporary.  God also wants us to have a great festival because of what He has done for us.  Bufe shares about 3 commanded festivals, the Passover, the festival of Weeks, and the festival of  Shelters.  These are 'thou shalts', not 'thou shalt not'.  Bufe also talks about men being spiritual leaders in the family.

Deuteronomy 16, Philippians 4

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How to Celebrate Christmas by Bufe Karraker on 12/3/89

December 2nd, 2016

Is it all just sentimental to you?  Or do you celebrate the real reason for Christmas, that Jesus was God?  Bufe reads a section from a book about what that special night was like for Mary and Joseph.  Jesus, as the Son of God, who he was and why he came into the world - that's the key message of Christmas.  The best way to celebrate Christmas is to become a Christian if you aren't one yet.  If you are already a believer, take time this Christmas to be amazed at what God has done for you.

 

Matthew 1, Luke 1, 2

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Pressures On - Make a Plan by Bufe Karraker on 12/1/85

December 1st, 2016

Let's get ready for the month of December!  After Thanksgiving, all the pressures start.  How can we prepare for it?  We need a plan.  Bufe gives some common sense ideas for a good plan to meet the pressures.  Get decent sleep.  Shop off the peak hours.  Eat right.  Keep it simple.  Financially, you better make a plan.  Don't over spend.  Then Bufe talks about your Spiritual Life during this time.  

2 Corinthians 9:15, Luke 1 and 2

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Fresh Surrender sung by Rusty Karraker and Rachel Hagenzieker on 12/1/85

November 30th, 2016

Bufe introduces his children, Rusty and Rachel, who sing Fresh Surrender.

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Advent Sunday by Bufe Karraker and Children’s Choir on 11/29/87

November 29th, 2016

Bufe uses the Word of God to show us what the real truth is.  He shares a story about his recent stay at the hospital during the sermon.  It was a short sermon probably because Bufe was still recovering from his hospital stay.  It was also the Sunday they celebrated Advent.  At the end is the Children's Choir singing Getting Ready for the Miracle of Christmas Day and then I've Got the Joy, Joy, Joy, Joy Down in my Heart.  Then the children light a candle for Advent and sing one more song, The Gift Goes On.  It ends with Bufe talking to a little boy about his frog, or I mean toad.

1 John 4

 

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How to survive the Christmas Season by Bufe Karraker on 11/29/81

November 28th, 2016

We need to understand the Reason for the Season in order to survive.  Sometimes as believers we take certain things for granted.  Bufe helps us to wake up to the gift that God gave us.

Psalm 100, 1 John 4:9, 2 Corinthians 9:15

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