A Declaration of Our Purpose by Bufe Karraker on 9/16/90

September 30th, 2016

 Before anything else existed Christ was with God.  Jesus created everything.  He made the whole universe out of nothing.  The universe he created is immense and we live on little planet earth.  But we have a great purpose on earth. Jesus gives life and light.  Our purpose is to pray for and tell others about the good news, about Jesus.

John 1
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Witnesses for Jesus by Bufe Karraker on 9/30/90

September 29th, 2016

Bufe talks about John the Baptist and what kind of man he was and what his purpose was.  John was Jesus' cousin and 6 months older than Jesus.  Then Bufe talks about witnesses of the uniqueness of Jesus: The Father, Jesus, the scriptures (the Prophets, the people who came in contact with Jesus including the disciples), the Holy Spirit, and You.

John 1, 5, 8:18, 15:24, 15:27, 19:35, Acts 1:8

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On Hearing Sermons by Bufe Karraker on 2/4/96

September 28th, 2016

Bufe starts out surmising what it will be like when the rapture comes.  It has nothing to do with the sermon but is fun to think about.  Then Bufe talks about Prison Ministry, Ministry in the Schools,  prayer, CBMC (Christian Business Men's Committee), Navigators at the beginning.  Bufe then tells a moving story about Tom Thaxter, a high powered surgeon with cancer who gave his life to Christ.  Bufe bases his sermon on Tom's testimony.  Very strong salvation message.

John 14:6, 1 John 4

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Your Care for Others is the Measure of your Greatness by Bufe Karraker on 9/27/81

September 27th, 2016

Your Care for Others is the Measure of your Greatness by Bufe Karraker on 9/27/81.  

Bufe mentions how much he loves reading about and studying history.  It's important to understand that your care for others is the measure of your greatness.  Some people are famous but not great.  Pilate was a famous man but not great.   

Luke 9:48, Mark 15.

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Proper Prayer by Bufe Karraker on 4/27/97

September 26th, 2016

Bufe asks the congregation some questions.  Do you pray for the following people often, occasionally or never?  Do you pray for the President, the Secretary of State, the Governor, the Mayor, the Police Chief?  There needs to be a revival in the church when it comes to prayer.  Bufe talks about making a plea to God on behalf of those who don't know Him and give thanks to God for what He will do.  We are to pray for the leaders of our country.  

Acts 24, 26
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Self Examination by Bufe Karraker on 8.23.87

September 25th, 2016

Dr. Evan Kane was convinced that most major operations could be executed with a local anesthetic.  To prove his point, on 2/15/1921 he removed his own appendix using local anesthesia.  Bufe encourages us to do some self exploratory surgery on ourselves today. He asks us to look at our lives and do a check on how we are doing.  How do you do with adversity?  How is your integrity?  How is your attitude?  How often do you get alone with God?  How is your prayer life?

Hebrews 4:12, Daniel 6
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The Duty of the Christian by Bufe Karraker on 2/16/92

September 24th, 2016

What are some of the duties of a Christian while citizens of this nation?  What did Jesus say?  Do we need to obey the government?  Do we need to pay taxes?   First century Christians lived in an authoritarian state.  Today we live in a democracy.  We need to pray for those in authority.  We are to vote in elections.  We are to love others.  

1 Peter 2, Romans 13, Mark 12, Galatians 5
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Specific Prayer by Bufe Karraker on 7/11//93

September 23rd, 2016

Bufe talks about the believer's responsibility to pray.  He talks about Paul's continued preaching even in the midst of persecution.  Paul asked the Thessalonians to pray for him and Silas and other leaders of the church then.  We have a responsibility to pray for our pastors and Sunday School teachers and Missionaries.    Each believer is part of the priesthood of Christ and we all have a direct line to God.  We need to pray that the Word of the Lord will have an effect on people.

Acts 16, 17, 2 Thessalonians 3
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Are You a Quitter? by Bufe Karraker on 5/24/92

September 22nd, 2016

Believers need to 'stay with it'.  If you grasp what the gospel is all about you will not lose your enthusiasm.  Bufe talks about Simon Peter and the other disciples after Jesus' death and how some of them wanted to quit.  Thank goodness they didn't!   Don't look back!  Don't look for perks!  Don't compare yourself to others!   Are you in the boat with Jesus?  Get in the boat today!

Matthew 28 

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Are you in Denial? by Bufe Karraker on 8.27.89

September 21st, 2016

Bufe uses baseball stories to get his sermon started.  He talks about denial.  Are you still not a Christian because you have not admitted you have sin?  Are you in denial?  He moves from baseball to clowns in his sermon.  He talks about it being easy to fall into the trap of looking in easy places to find God.  Bufe talks about the New Age movement going on at that time.  Bufe talks about acknowledgement of need and not being in denial.   Do you know with real certainty that you are in Christ?  Do you know the secret plan of Christ?  

Colossians 1,2
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