Holiness [1 Peter 1:13-16]

August 12, 2018

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Date: 08/12/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: 1 Peter 1:13-16

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Do you remember the Susan B. Anthony dollar? …You know the one that looked like a quarter.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker opens the Bible and draws our attention to a problem in America today: a lack of holiness.

Too often the church looks so much like the world, that those that are unsaved see no need to consider the claims of Jesus on their own lives. To them, they all look like quarters – but they’re really dollars. They don’t stand out because they’re lacking holiness.SBC logo 204x204

If by the saving grace of Jesus Christ you are now considered a “dollar”… act like one. Because as He clearly commands: “Be holy for I am holy.”

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Enjoying His Presence in the Morning [1 Peter 2-3]

June 10, 2018

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Date: 06/10/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: 1 Peter 2-3

Description: As the old saying goes, “If you are too busy for God, then you are too busy.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker takes us to the book of 1 Peter to show us that too often we start our day on a run and never quite get time to talk to our Lord and Savior – leaving us with the sad reality that God is more interested in talking with us, than we are with Him.SBC logo 204x204

Our lack of a dedicated, disciplined, devotional time is perhaps the greatest hindrance to our growth as Christians. But our message reminds us that if we meet God each and every morning, we will experience a deeper, closer, and more wonderful relationship with our Lord… Our Lord who loves us so much that He was willing to die in our place.

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The Secret of Gethsemane [Mark 14:32-42]

April 29, 2018

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Date: 04/29/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Mark 14:32-42

Description: “He plunged into a sinkhole of dreadful agony.” That’s how one Bible translation describes how Jesus felt during His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker opens the book of Mark to explore this prayer that theologians have endlessly pondered. The King James translation says that while praying in the garden, Jesus was “sore amazed” – prompting Martin Luther to describe it as the most astonishing statement in the Bible. SBC logo 204x204

But all this agonizing stress seems out of context for Jesus, doesn’t it? After all, He is the God-man who spoke the universe into existence. But as we examine the situation, it becomes shamefully obvious that He did this for us. All this happened because of our sin. And because of His deep love for us, He surrendered His will and underwent the horrific experience. And then we realize, it’s not out of context for Him at all.

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How Big is God? [Haggai 1:5]

March 4, 2018

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Date: 03/04/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Haggai 1:5

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Scandia Host: Have you ever sat under a starry night sky and marveled at the billions of tiny lights?

Alter Ego: Oh yeah!

Scandia Host: Have you ever wondered how it is that the sun and moon work out their yearly schedules with such clocklike precision?

Alter Ego: And how the tides work? And why birds migrate? And how magnets do there “thing”?

Scandia Host: That I don’t know. But I do know, that if you’re honest, it’s pretty hard to deny that Someone wonderfully powerful and amazing is in charge of our universe.

Alter Ego: That’s for sure.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker opens the Bible in a humble effort to expose our limited minds to the awe and wonder and magnificence of our God.

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Notes:

Lord of the…

  • Heavens
  • Harvest
  • History

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Three Ways God Speaks to Us [Psalm 19:1-14]

January 7, 2018

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Date: 01/07/2018

Preacher: Keith Barker, elder

Key Text: Psalm 19

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Alter Ego: Believing in God is utter nonsense. It’s ridiculous! Anyone who does has obviously checked his intelligence at the door. I mean how can someone believe in a God they can’t even see?

Scandia Host: That was pretty good.

Alter Ego: Thanks, I’ve been practicing.

Scandia Host: Sadly, though, too many people believe this way — so much so that they have their own groups.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Elder Keith Barker opens the book of Psalms to show us that  even the heavens declare His name. They speak of His Glory, His Greatness, His Goodness, and His Grace. Nevertheless, even though God is shouting His existence into creation, a person with perfect vision can still be too blind to see it.

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Three Ways God Speaks to Us

  1. Heavens
  2. Hands
  3. Heart

Challenge: 

If you are one who is unsure of God, consider seeking to know Him. Open a Bible to the book of John, ask God to reveal Himself, and read the text with an open mind. It might just prove to be the most exciting decision of your life.

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