Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing by Connie Clendenan on the Trumpet on 6/23/91

June 26th, 2017

Connie and her wonderful trumpet playing.  And some comments by Bufe at the end.

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Jesus is Returning and Death has Lost its Sting by Bufe Karraker on 6/12/94

June 25th, 2017

Bufe's daughter, Rachel, showed up the day before at 12:05 with a bouquet of flowers.  It was the 25th anniversary of the death of Bufe's daughter, Becky, in an automobile accident on June 11, 1969.   Bufe keeps his eyes on the future because he believes that someday Jesus Christ is coming back.  Without that hope, we are of all people most miserable.  If you're not focused in on the fact that Jesus Christ is coming back, you have no hope.  Bufe talks about the Rapture of the Church.  He also talks about trying to solve the problems of the world without Christ.  First we need to bring people to Christ and then work on the problems with God's help.  How long has it been since you have spent any time meditating on the Return of Christ.  In the New Testament with the early Christians, it was a highlight.  Put your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and be ready when He comes for His Church.  Bufe warns about not setting dates, don't quit your job, don't buy a white robe.  I wish my Uncle Bufe had lived long enough to see Jesus return.  Like Bufe, I expect Jesus to come any day.  

1 Thessalonians 4,5, Titus 2:11

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How Great Thou Art by Rick Karraker and Rachel Karraker Hagenzieker on 6/23/91

June 24th, 2017

I love the way my cousins' voices blend so beautifully together and this is one of my favorite hymns of all time!

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Faith and Trust by Bufe Karraker on 6/12/88

June 23rd, 2017

It had been 19 years since Bufe's daughter, Becky, had been killed in an automobile accident.  Bufe talks about how faith and trust can get you through the major stress points in life.  He talks about how it's easy to become a prisoner to our feelings.  Trusting God is a matter of the will based on the knowledge of who He is.  Learn the Word of God.  Spend time in the Word so when the bad times hit, you can trust God even when you don't understand the whys.

Psalm 56:3,4, 1 Samuel 21, Hebrews 13:5, 1 Peter 5:7, Job 23, Proverbs 18:10,11

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Laugh Again by Bufe Karraker on 9/20/92

June 22nd, 2017

Bufe had been to a dinner with Chuck Swindoll and encourages us to read the book Laugh Again by Chuck Swindoll.  Always be full of Joy in the Lord.  Paul wrote that while he was in jail.   Paul learned the secret of being content in any situation.  If you know Christ, you can get through anything.  If you know Christ, you have eternal security.  You know how the story ends.  Bufe also talks about the difference between needs and wants.    Don't live in the past.  Don't fear the future.  God is the Great I AM.  Live in the present with God's benefits for the day.  Bufe talks about a blue band around his wrist as a reminder to pray for someone or something.  It also had opened up opportunities to tell others about prayer and God.  Bufe talks about the book Choices which is a Bible Study.  Bufe talks about getting serious about the responsibilities written about in John 15.

Philippians 4:4, 11-13, 19, John 15.

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We are Winners by Bufe Karraker on 5/28/87

June 21st, 2017

Bufe asks his congregation to pay attention to his message this day.  Gary Hart had 37% of people polled saying he would win the election.  Bufe thinks he didn't want the responsibility of being President of the US.  It was easier for him to give the speech he did and to say, "I would have been a wonderful President" and deliberately took himself out of the race.  There are great responsibilities as a winner.  Many of us are more committed to losing than to winning.  We feel we don't deserve to win.  We have been crippled by negative attitudes by parents or teachers during the formative years of our lives or we just don't want the responsibilities of winning.  Bufe isn't talking about financial success or security or receiving approval of people.  For Christians, winning is fulfilling the purpose for which we were born. True winning is desiring, discovering and doing the Lord's ultimate will and following His guidance.  We are running a race we already won.  Bufe talks about the 'other' Jesus.  Lloyd Ogilvie talks about him - He's not a soft, errand boy Jesus.  He's the Biblical Jesus, robust, challenging, more than a comforter, he confronts us.  He will accept nothing but first place in your life.  

John 10, Psalm 82

 

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O.J. Simpson and Our Need for a Savior by Bufe Karraker on 6/19/94

June 20th, 2017

It's Father's Day in 1994.  Bufe talks about making homemade ice cream at home and getting to choose what they are eating at the Father's Day Dinner.  It made him think about OJ Simpson.  Recently OJ had been arrested for his ex-wife and her boyfriends' deaths.  He thought about OJ sitting by himself in a cell on Father's Day.  It was the number one story of the time.  Life is full of illusions that cloak reality.  In each of us there is a dark corner where good wrestles evil and no one knows what each of us is capable of doing.  Bufe talks about man's traditions versus God's laws.  He talks about the evil and deceitfulness of man and man's need for a Savior.   Jesus talked about reality and how we have to deal with the heart.  Don't wrap yourself up in your righteous robe and say, "How could OJ have done this?"  Examine your own life and realize "but for the Grace of God go I".  In Romans, Paul says we need to look at the inadequacy of human knowledge.  Whether you play golf or write poetry, don't just read about it, do it!  Same with morality - the knowledge of what to do or a code of conduct.  Christianity is the knowledge of Jesus Christ, it's the knowledge of a person.  Paul also talks about the inadequcy of human resolution and the limitations of diagnosis.  Are people basically good?  That's the popular view today.  The Bible presents a very different view.  We have inherent dignity and value but we are all born with a sinful nature.  We need to humbly admit our true condition and confess our sin to God.  

Matthew 15, Romans 7, 8:1-4, Galatians 5

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1 Corinthians 15 and It is Well With my Soul on 6/12/94

June 19th, 2017

Bufe reads from 1 Corinthians 15 and the Spirit Choir sings It is Well With My Soul on 6/12/94.  The Story behind the song:  http://staugustine.com/living/religion/2014-10-16/story-behind-song-it-well-my-soul. I love this song and the story behind it.

 

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Becky Mello Singing on Father’s Day 6/16/91

June 18th, 2017

Becky Mello singing a song on Father's Day, 6/16/91.  

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I Want to Be There when they Crown Him King by Quartet on 6/18/89

June 17th, 2017

Northwest Quartet singing I Want to Be There When They Crown Him King on 6/18/89.

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