Current Sermon Series

That You May Have Certainty… Luke’s Gospel

1/20/19 – Going Public

 

 

Galatians and the Gospel

True Life in the Gospel– Galatians 5:13-25 – 6/3/18

Defending the Gospel Freedom – Galatians 4:21-5:12 – 5/27/18

NO SERMON THIS WEEK – Extended time of Prayer and Praise – 5/20/18

Defending the Gospel Promise – Galatians 3:1-4:20 – 5/13/18

The Heart of the Gospel – Galatians 2:15-21 – 5/6/18

Defending the Gospel Origin – Galatians 1:10-2:14 – 4/29/18

Opposing the Gospel – Galatians 1:6-9 – 4/22/18

Grace Peace and the Gospel – Galatians 1:1-5 – 4/8/18 (click to download sermon note sheet)

 

 

 

Surprised By Love

Love others well, and don’t hide behind a mask; love authentically. Despise evil; pursue what is good as if your life depends on it. 10 Live in true devotion to one another, loving each other as sisters and brothers. Be first to honor others by putting them first. 11 Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work. Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord. 12 Do not forget to rejoice, for hope is always just around the corner. Hold up through the hard times that are coming, and devote yourselves to prayer. 13 Share what you have with the saints, so they lack nothing; take every opportunity to open your life and home to others. (from Romans 12:9-13 in The Voice)

If I am honest, I often see things in Scripture as a standard for living. Some would say that is the right way to see Scripture. And there is just enough truth there to have made me believe it. And here is where the honesty comes in – I see it as MY new standard of living and I work very hard to keep the standard… to keep the new “rules.” But as I grow in my walk with Jesus, He has been teaching me that seeing Scripture that way is not Truth. Scripture is HIS standard for living and only HE can empower me to live like that. If I can do it on my own, it’s not the Gospel at work in me. It’s just me.

I know that I have been crucified with Christ and that I no longer live but see Christ living in me when I pause, look back on my day or week, and am “surprised by love” where supernatural love showed up where Hard Working Henry normally would have been. Then I know I am His and that He is at work in me, working out my salvation.

So take a moment at the end of this week and reflect and ask, “How much of my week did I live without the Lord Jesus Christ?” and “How much couldn’t I have lived without Him?”

Until next time… Follow the King!

~ Pastor Henry, DRBOBF – Corem Deo, Kyrie Eleison

Being content

I found this verse written in my own hand on a note card in my Bible when I opened it to read the book of James early this morning…

Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have because He has said, “I will never leave you; I will always be by your side.” Because of this promise, we may boldly say,

The Lord is my help—
    I won’t be afraid of anything.
How can anyone harm me? (from Hebrews 13:5-6 The Voice)

I suppose the question at hand is not only do I agree with God’s command to be free from the love of money (seen all throughout Scripture) but will I act on that living faith (that James talks about) by being content.

And if I don’t live/act with contentment, then do I really agree with God that I should keep my life free from the love of money?

God blesses us to be a blessing to others. As I understand the goal of finances and stewardship in the Scriptures, we are to be content, trusting God in all things, and living on as little as is necessary in order to give as much as is needed. There is some wiggle room here by design in my language – “as is necessary”. Actually more wrestle room than wiggle I suppose. (: Because God is after our hearts, that’s where we need to be wrestling. When Jesus said “where your treasure is, there you heart will be also” He meant what He said. Therefore, it is up to us to examine our lives and see where our hearts truly lie.

Until next time… Following the King with you!

Pastor Henry – DRBOBF – Corem Deo, Kyrie Eleison

Oh God, know my heart…

Today is Sophia’s birthday. As part of her gift, I asked her to read Psalm 139. I find it very truthful, very comforting and very encouraging in light of all that is around us as people: new life, death, worry, stress, fear, love, questions, friendship, uncertainty, faith… Take a few moments and read this passage today. May you find strength, encouragement, and peace as only God can give… peace that passes all understanding. Corem Deo. Kyrie Eleison.
~Pastor Henry – DRBOBF

 

Psalm 139 English Standard Version (ESV)

Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

O Lord, you have searched me and known me!
 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
    you discern my thoughts from afar.
 You search out my path and my lying down
    and are acquainted with all my ways.
 Even before a word is on my tongue,
    behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.
 You hem me in, behind and before,
    and lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
    it is high; I cannot attain it.

 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
    Or where shall I flee from your presence?
 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
    If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
 If I take the wings of the morning
    and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 even there your hand shall lead me,
    and your right hand shall hold me.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
    and the light about me be night,”
 even the darkness is not dark to you;
    the night is bright as the day,
    for darkness is as light with you.

 For you formed my inward parts;
    you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
    my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
    intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
    the days that were formed for me,
    when as yet there was none of them.

 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
    How vast is the sum of them!
 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
    I awake, and I am still with you.

 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
    O men of blood, depart from me!
 They speak against you with malicious intent;
    your enemies take your name in vain.
 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
    And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
 I hate them with complete hatred;
    I count them my enemies.

 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
    Try me and know my thoughts!
 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
    and lead me in the way everlasting!

 

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