Why Curse the Fig Tree? – Mark 11:12-14 (devotional)

4/1/18 p.m. devotional

Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
The account of Mark 11:12-14 may be puzzling.  Why did Jesus curse the fig tree when it was not even the time of year for there to be figs?  Some have used it as an attack against the church, but how can we answer those charges?  What is the answer to this intriguing question?
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I’ll Live For Him Who Died For Me – Hebrews 10:19-31

4/1/18 a.m. sermon

Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
On Easter Sunday, many are mindful of the wonderful gift that God has given us in Christ. Since we have been given such a gift, we ought to respond accordingly.  As we study Hebrews 10 together, we will work to understand what we should do in response to such an indescribable gift.

God’s Standard of Authority – Proverbs 30:5-6

3/25/18 p.m. sermon

Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
God’s Word is the absolute authority in all matters of faith, and recognizing that, the restorers of the 19th century understood that Christians ought to “speak where the Bible speaks and remain silent where the Bible is silent.”  We are not permitted to go beyond, or do anything less than what the Bible says.  Unfortunately, many in the world have adopted the idea that whatever the Bible does not expressly forbid is permissible.  We explore that idea and others that are related in tonight’s lesson.

I Am Barabbas – Mark 15:6-15

3/25/18 a.m. sermon

Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
In an effort to free Jesus, Pilate offered the Jews the opportunity to choose between Jesus, the innocent Lamb of God, and Barabbas, a known insurrectionist and murderer.  The people chose Barabbas, and Jesus went to the cross instead.  Each one of us is in the place of Barabbas.  We deserve the punishment, but Jesus took our place in order to set us free.

The Decline of Morality – Romans 1:18-32

3/18/18 a.m. sermon

Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
It only took 10 generations from Adam to Noah for morality in the world that God created to decline so much that only Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  How does that happen?  How does man become so wicked that the thought of his heart is only evil continually?  According to Romans 1, it begins with a denial of God, and multiple sins follow.

A Pattern for Worship in Leviticus – Lev. 23:37-38

3/4/18 a.m. sermon

Speaker: Justin P Sivley
As we read the book of Leviticus, there are a number of instructions given, including specific instructions regarding to worship.  In addition to commanding that they worship only God, He also gave them specific instructions regarding how, when, and where to worship.

What Leprosy Taught Me About God – Leviticus 13-14

2/25/18 a.m. sermon

Speaker: Justin P. Sivley
Many yearly Bible reading plans have come up short thanks to the difficulties of reading and understanding Leviticus.  There is just so much detail that doesn’t quite apply to the church today.  However, that does not mean there are not lessons that can be learned from this book.  In this lesson, we take a look at three lessons that can be drawn from the two chapters in Leviticus dealing with leprosy.