Monthly Archives: September 2016


When We Deal Seriously with our Sin, God Deals Gently with us

Psalm 51 is the song that David wrote when he repented of his sin with Bathsheba.  It says in verses 1-2: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. 2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin!” Man’s greatest need is for [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 29th, 2016|Blog Posts|0 Comments

God the Creator Creates Clean Hearts

God comforts those He cleanses.  When David was confronted about his sin with Bathsheba, he was not crying out against the punishment of sin, he was sick over the sin itself (Psalm 51).  He was mourning over sin.   He hated that sin had found a home in his heart and he grieved about what [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 27th, 2016|Blog Posts, New Testament, Old Testament, Psalms|0 Comments

Effective Forgiveness

A Comparison of True, Effective Forgiveness and False, Ineffective Forgiveness Brian Lockard (Canyon Verde Elder and Minister of Music) 6:9-15 9 “Pray, then, in this way: ‘Our Father who is in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 ‘Your kingdom come. Your will be done, On earth as it is in heaven. 11 ‘Give us this day our [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 25th, 2016|Matthew, New Testament, Sermons, Special Messages|0 Comments

Godly Grief Over Sin Leads to Genuine Confession

In 2 Samuel 12:7 when Nathan said, “You are the man,” David was cut to the core.  He offered no argument.  He never tried to justify his sin with Bathsheba.  The Holy Spirit brought about an instant awareness of the seriousness of the situation.  Look at what David wrote about his sin in Psalm 51:3-4: 3 For I know my transgressions, and [...]

By |2016-09-13T16:36:06+00:00September 25th, 2016|Blog Posts, II Samuel, Old Testament, Psalms|0 Comments

King David – A Man who Mourned Over His Sin

David was divinely chosen by God and anointed as King over God’s chosen people.  He was the nation’s spiritual leader, as well as their political leader.  He had set up the worship of God in the land and was even the writer of many of the songs they used during their corporate worship gatherings.  David [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 23rd, 2016|Blog Posts, II Samuel, Old Testament, Psalms|0 Comments

How can a Person who “Mourns” be Blessed?

Matthew 5:4 says, “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  The question that is immediately raised in our minds and hearts is, “How can a person be blessed if they are mourning?”  Only the people of God understand the answer to the paradox in question here.  No one ever spoke like Jesus.  Blessedness coming [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 21st, 2016|Blog Posts|0 Comments

Laodicea: Materialism Gone Wrong

Laodicea was a very prosperous, ancient town in Asia minor (modern-day Turkey).  It sat at the intersection of major roadways and controlled trade on the river that flowed through it to the seacoast.  Its prominent position made it one of the wealthiest commercial centers in the ancient world.  Even from the ruins, you can see [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 19th, 2016|Blog Posts, New Testament, Revelation|0 Comments

The Controlled Power of Meekness | Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37

Senior Pastor Mark Stafford The Controlled Power of Meekness Matthew 5:5, Psalm 37   We live in a world that is run by powerful people.  Secular society tends to trample people who do not appear strong.  Perhaps a misunderstanding of meekness is one reason why so many powerful people have little to do [...]

What Does it Mean to be “Poor in Spirit?”

Matthew 5:3 says, "“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."  According to this verse, those who are “poor in spirit” possess the “kingdom of heaven.” Without being “poor in spirit,” the kingdom of heaven is not ours.  Without a realization of this first beatitude in the life of a [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 17th, 2016|Blog Posts|0 Comments

An Illustration of Spiritual Poverty

 Luke 18:9-14.  This is a parable for all people who trust in themselves and their own good behavior to get them to heaven instead of putting their trust in Jesus and His perfect, imputed righteousness.  In this parable, Jesus compares two figures:   a Pharisee (who was considered the ultimate law-abiding citizen) a tax-collector (who was considered [...]

By |2016-11-07T20:10:36+00:00September 15th, 2016|Blog Posts, Prayer, The Call of God|0 Comments