Caleb, A True Role Model by Bufe Karraker on 6/17/90

October 20th, 2016

This was Father's Day.  Time was when Dad was the hero, or a role model.  He worked hard, had little or no time for recreation.  Work was the name of the game.  Mom was in the same boat.  Women used to work hard as hard could be.  Bufe tells a colorful story about his grandmother.  We live in a different age now, where roles are not so defined.  Bufe talks about Caleb who was a hero, a real role model in the Bible.  Caleb obeyed God fully.  Refusing to trust God, refusing to believe God, refusing to acknowledge His Word is the most foolish thing humans do.  Bufe ends with a 'Dad' assignment for his congregation for Father's Day.  

Numbers 13, Joshua 14.

When was the Last Time You went to a Dinner Party that had an Eternal Purpose? by Bufe Karraker on 2/4/90

October 19th, 2016

Bufe shares about a dinner party he attended where an eternal purpose was served.  New Birth excites people.  Then Bufe tells the story of Simon the Leper's dinner party in the gospel of Mark.  Martha fixed the food and brought it to Simon's house.  Martha's brother was Lazarus, the one that Jesus raised from the dead.  Lazarus and his other sister Mary was there too.  Mary pours very expensive perfume over his head and feet and dries his feet with her hair.  It's easy to talk about how we love the Lord, but when was the last time you did any kind of public, impulsive, extravagant act demonstrating your love for Christ? 

Mark 14

Heaven is Your True Home by Bufe Karraker on 7/15/90

October 18th, 2016

How aware are you that heaven is your real home?  Or are you wrapped up in what is happening now on this earth?  When was the last time you had a good discussion with someone about heaven?  Bufe talks about Joni Erickson Tada and her testimony from a wheelchair.  She brushes paintings using her teeth and wrote a book, "A Step Further".  In the book she drew her wheelchair and a for sale sign on it.  She is looking forward to heaven; she has anchored her heart to heaven.  But in the meantime, even in the midst of pain, she has touched many people and brought them to Jesus.   We have a future in heaven.  We have a guaranteed hope.  We shouldn't get caught up in secular materialism and the worries of the world.  What is your purpose in this life?  Do we share the good news of heaven with those around us?

Colossians 3, Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

Radical Discipleship by Bufe Karraker on 10/11/81

October 17th, 2016

Great sermon by Big Bufe!  How many Bibles are in your home?  Have you ever read the Bible?  How often do you read it?  How often do you study it?  We say we believe it, we say it's God's truth, and yet so many of us neglect it.  1981 and the world was in a mess.  Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt, had been assassinated.  The answer to the world's problems then and now is found in the Bible.  Bufe talks about Jesus' encounter with the Woman at the Well.  Bufe gives a message about the importance of meeting regularly with others and having the Joy of the Lord as our strength.  Joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian.  Bufe talks about how important it is to make disciples.  Not just teach, but make disciples.  We, ourselves, need to be disciples - constantly learning followers of Jesus.  How have you gotten involved in social justice?  God cares about the poor and the hungry.  What are you doing to help those in need?  We think about radical discipleship and we back away because we think it will be too costly.  But Radical Discipleship is the most exciting life you could ever live!

John 4, 1 John 5:21

It is Well with My Soul by Northwest Choir on 10/31/93

October 16th, 2016

There is an intro before the song telling the history of the song and at the end, Bufe adds a personal note about the song and losing his daughter, Becky in a car accident.


Corinth by Bufe Karraker on 6/3/90

October 16th, 2016

What do you know about Corinth?  What do you know about Paul?  Paul was a gutsy guy.  Bufe shares about Paul starting a church in Corinth.  Corinth was a city of 700,000 people at that time.  Most people don't picture Corinth that big.  It was a great center of commerce.  They worshipped the goddess of Aphrodite.  Bufe talks about how Paul went to Corinth to tell them about Jesus.  He challenges you to share with others the same Jesus Paul shared.  He talks too about the problems that the church of Corinth had because they had come out of the pagan culture of Corinth.  


A New Era in the United States by Bufe Karraker on 3/25/90

October 15th, 2016

We're living in a new era in the United States.  Bufe talks about the founding fathers and Washington, DC, and how things have changed.  Things seem to be closing down around the world and in the US when it comes to Christianity.  People are fickle and when times get tough, they fall away.  This is a pagan nation we live in today.  Do we deny Jesus because of what the world thinks?  Are we silent when people around us need to know Jesus?  Do we deny Jesus by our actions?

Matthew 10, John 2:24,25, Philippians 1:29

Water into Wine by Bufe Karraker on 10/14/89

October 14th, 2016

Bufe starts out talking about the Bethlehem Bazaar that was held and how it was a success.  Then he talks about John clearly acknowledging the objective of the book, a powerful argument of the Incarnation, that Jesus is God in Flesh.  He is the only source of eternal life.  Bufe talks about our behavior at home and how Jesus went to a home to do his first miracle, changing water into wine at a wedding.
John 20:30, 31. John 2

Preaching Truth in an Age of Tolerance by Bufe Karraker in the Late 90’s

October 13th, 2016

This is a sermon that is so needed today. I know you will find this both entertaining, because of Bufe's wonderful, crazy sense of humor and also possibly life changing.  Bufe was not a politically correct preacher.  He preached the Word of God and what it says is the truth.

John 14:6, Matthew 7:13,14, Matthew 12:30, John 3:30, Acts 4


Learning to Enjoy Giving by Bufe Karraker on 4/28/91

October 12th, 2016

Bufe talks about finding happiness in generosity.  Bufe talks about the early Jerusalem church being in trouble financially.  He also encourages us to stay in the Word of God.  Our spiritual maturity is in direct proportion to how we learn to give.

Acts 2, Acts 20:35, 2 Corinthians 

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