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

April 29, 2018

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Keith Barker 2014Sermon Notes

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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