Striving After The Wind [Ecclesiastes 1:12-18]

July 31, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/31/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18

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Avg Guy: Ecclesiastes is confusing. Isn’t wisdom a GOOD thing???… And shouldn’t we pursue it?

SBC Host: Yes, wisdom is a good thing, and it ought to be pursued; however, there is false wisdom that doesn’t make you wise but empty.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Ecclesiastes and shows us that true wisdom —the only true wisdom— must come from God.

…And while that may seem daunting, it is not, for God promises to give wisdom to all who ask Him.

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The Futility of All Labor Apart From God [Ecclesiastes 1:1-11]

July 24, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/24/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Ecclesiastes 1:1-11

Description:  

Some of the greatest thinkers have ended their pondering by taking their own lives. Why??

Perhaps it is because they have realized the futility of all human labor. After all, what is the point???

Is mankind any better off, or happier? Are there fewer wars, violence, famines, droughts, or plagues?

And apart from God, what does a person believe happens after death? If nothing, then what is the point of life?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao embarks upon our new study in Ecclesiastes — a book of the Bible that takes the reader down the horrifying spiral of life apart from God:

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—life lived as if God wasn’t there;

—life lived as if there were no heaven, no eternity…

—and that everything that ever mattered (or will matter) is found “under the sun.”

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The Pilgrims Hope [1 Peter 1:3-5 ]

July 17, 2022

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Date: 07/17/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, pastor

Key Text: 1 Peter 1:3-5

 

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I could not have begun to love thee hadst thou not

first loved me,

or been willing unless thou hadst first made me so.

O that such a crown should fit the head of

such a sinner!

…And so goes —but a stanza of— a rich, Truth-soaked Puritan Prayer.*

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, in his first official sermon as pastor, Josh Peglow takes to the pulpit to illuminate a marvelous hope — a marvelous truth —  we find in scripture. 

It’s a truth and hope that shows us that God is to be blessed for His work in bringing about an unassailable salvation to His heavenly people. 

And the Puritan Prayer? Well, it encapsulates this reality beautifully:

Let thy love draw me nearer to thyself,

wean me from sin, mortify me to this world,

and make me ready for my departure hence.

Secure me by thy grace as I sail across this

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stormy sea.

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Notes:

  • ORIGIN of our Hope (3)
    • source
    • cause
    • means
  • PERMANENCE of our Hope (4)
    • preserved
    • reserved
  • REALIZATION of our Hope (5)
    • unwavering
    • unveiling
* “The Mover” from The Valley of Vision.

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Benediction from the God of Peace [Hebrews 13:20-25]

July 10, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/10/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:20-25

Description:  

SBC Host: Have you ever fought—

Avg Guy: —to get the last word in a discussion?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao reaches our LAST sermon for the book of Hebrews—

Avg Guy:Imagine a discussion with God, it would always be God who got the final word, right? 

SBC Host: Right. After all, who can argue with God? 

Avg Guy: We would be like Job who exclaimed, “What can I reply to You? I lay my hand on my mouth. Once I have spoken, and I will not answer; even twice…

SBC Host: …and I will add nothing more.”

Avg Guy: But all our fret and worry over what God’s final word to us might be is needless. 

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SBC Host: For God’s final word to His people is always benediction and blessing for those who are in Jesus Christ.

Avg Guy: The Gospel—

SBC Host: —always gets the last word!

 

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ThanksLIVING [Hebrews 13:15-19]

July 3, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 07/03/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:15-19

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Avg Guy: Are sacrifices that we see in the Bible still required?

SBC Host: What do you mean?

Avg Guy: Well, because sacrifices were such a part of Old Testament worship, are there any sacrifices or offerings pleasing to God in the New Covenant?

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and addresses this very question.

Avg Guy: After all, even if the sacrifice of atonement in Christ is complete and perfect, there were other sacrifices that were part of the Old Testament economy.

SBC Host: That’s corr—

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Avg Guy: Do any of these carry over??

SBC Host: Wel—

Avg Guy: And they are still required in the life of the Christian?

SBC Host: You’d better listen up.

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Outside the Camp [Hebrews 13:9-14]

June 26, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/26/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:9-14

Description:  

SBC Host: No one wants to be on the “outside.”

Avg Guy: It is on the INSIDE where we want to be!

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how as much as our desire to be on the “inside” is true for us, it was even more true for the Israelites. For to be on the “outside” usually referred to the curse of being outside the camp or outside the city.

It meant being away from God and His people… apart from His blessing.

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And yet, the author of Hebrews gives us an entirely new way to understand what it is to be considered on the outside… for it is OUTSIDE the gate that Christ suffered and died: And in this traditional place of curse, Christ and all His benefits are found.

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The Unchanging One [Hebrews 13:8]

June 19, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/19/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:8

Description:  

In the fifth century, the philosopher Heraclitus observed,

“There is nothing permanent except change.” 

To be clear, he wasn’t rejoicing in new things but pessimistically concluding that all good things come to an end.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how as Christians we can have an entirely different outlook on life because we know the unchanging One.

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While it is true that changes often happen for the worse, it is also true that the Lord Jesus never changes; and as He helped the saints of the past, He will also help us in the present, and even the future — for what is unknown to us is known to Him, and He will prepare our way.

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Pastoral and Congregational Charge [Hebrews 13:7, 17]

June 12, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/12/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:7, 17

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To be a pastor is, indeed, a high calling.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how the Bible clearly lays out the duties and responsibilities of a pastor to his flock, along with the duties and responsibilities of the congregation to their pastor.

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This morning Scandia Bible Church has the honor of ordaining Joshua Peglow to the office of pastor.

In light of this historic ordination for our church, today’s sermon serves as a charge: both pastorally and congregationaly… instructing all in the meeting of their duties before Christ.

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The Greatest Promise for Pilgrims on the Way [Hebrews 13:1-6]

June 5, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 06/05/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 13:1-6

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Have you ever considered how much of your future is unknown?

“What security do I have?”

“What promises can I bank on?”

“Which of my plans is foolproof?”

The more you dwell upon what is unknown, the greater the unknown becomes.  Eventually, you have to conclude that all of it is unknown.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that contemplating the unknown can provide fodder for great anxiety.

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But the Bible gives us a promise that is greater than all of the unknown…. a promise so great that we can look upon those things that once caused us anxiety with confidence — even boasting:

“I will not be afraid.”

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The Unshakable Kingdom [Hebrews 12:25-29]

May 29, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/29/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:25-29

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Depending where you sit, it will either be the BEST NEWS Imaginable… or the worst news ever.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we learn that Jesus’s return will “shake” the heavens and the earth.

And how you receive this news depends on whether you have been justified by His blood, adopted into God’s family, and thus are a citizen and heir of Christ’s kingdom.

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To receive the King is to receive His kingdom.

To refuse the King is to provoke God’s wrath and learn the fullness of what it means that our God is a consuming fire!

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Christ Alone [John 1:1-18]

May 22, 2022

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Sermon Notes

Date: 05/22/2022

Preacher: David Teves, guest preacher

Series: Five Solas

Key Text: John 1:1-18

Description:

Alone.

In Grace Alone. In Faith Alone. In Scripture Alone. In Glory to God Alone. And… In Christ Alone.

Today on the Scandia Bible Church Podcast, David Teves returns to the pulpit to continue his Five Solas Series… Five Solas which provide the answer as to how and why a sinful man can be made righteous.

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But of all the solas, it is the sola of “In Christ Alone” that ties all of the others together.

But just who is Christ? What work did He do? And how does this give us hope?

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Notes:

Christ as…

  • God
  • Creator
  • Savior
  • Profit, Priest, & King

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Not Sinai but Zion [Hebrews 12:18-24]

May 15, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/15/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:18-24

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Superior.

The Bible presents a clear and superior contrast between Mount Sinai and, heavenly, Mount Zion… as well as between the “church in the wilderness” gathered under the mediator Moses and the “church of the firstborn” who are gathered under the mediatorial ministry of Jesus Christ.

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and points us to this superiority, in that Jesus, who is the superior high priest, has brought the superior sacrifice into the superior sanctuary… and in His blood has brought us under a superior covenant.

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Classic Edition – Mark 16:19

May 8, 2022

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Date: 01/21/2001

Preacher: James Allen, pastor

Series: Mark

Key Text: Mark 16:19

Description:

Join us as we turn the back the clock to 2001 to listen to a Scandia Bible Church “Classic.” In this Classic Sermon Pastor James Allen continues our study of the Gospel according to Mark.

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The Call to Holiness [Hebrews 12:12-17]

May 1, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 05/01/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:12-17

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God does not look at our holiness to determine if we are righteous enough for salvation. In fact, God does not even require holiness as a condition of our acceptance by Him.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and explains that holiness is the evidence of a living faith — it’s the visible fruit of Christ’s work in our lives.

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And though this fruit of holiness can be seen as works of righteousness we have accomplished, it is only according to His mercy and workmanship that we have even — and could have even — done them.

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Don’t Draw the Wrong Conclusion [Hebrews 12:4-11]

April 24, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/24/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:4-11

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“By affliction, He teaches us many precious lessons, which, without it we should never learn. By affliction, He shows us our emptiness and weakness, draws us to the throne of grace, purifies our affections, weans us from the world, and makes us long for heaven. In the resurrection morning, we shall all say, ‘It is good for me that I was afflicted.’ We shall thank God for every storm.”

— JC Ryle

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us how our passage this morning is one of the Scriptural foundations for Ryle’s outlook on affliction…

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He understood what many of us miss when troubles come our way:

We see our troubles, and we sinfully draw the wrong conclusions.

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You Must Know God and the Power of the Resurrection [Philippians 3:4-11]

April 17, 2022


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Date: 04/04/2021, Easter Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Key Text: Philippians 3:4-11

Description:

Filth.

Garbage.

Pile of waste.

Dung.

That’s how Paul described all of his past accomplishments — his background, his accolades, even his religious fervor.

He counted it all rubbish.

Today on this Resurrection Sunday Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao opens the book of Philippians to show us how, when talking about himself, Paul now finds other things of surpassing value: namely, knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection. But…

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What does it mean to know Christ? 

What does it mean to know the power of His resurrection?

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For the Joy Set Before Him [Hebrews 12:1-3]

April 10, 2022

Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/10/2022, Palm Sunday

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-3

Description:

SBC Host: When you are suffering in the midst of life’s battles, where do you find your hope?

Avg Guy: Jesus.

SBC Host: Exactly. But what about when He was suffering?  Have you ever stopped to wonder what it was that Jesus considered?

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Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews and shows us that we ought give thought to this, as Jesus is not only the premier example of godly living… but also of godly suffering.

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Fixing Our Eyes Upon Jesus [Hebrews 12:1-2a]

April 3, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 04/03/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 12:1-2a

Description:  Reading through chapter 11 of Hebrews — the Hall of Faith chapter — may seem like a history lesson, but that was not the intent of the writer.

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Pastor Monty Simao continues with our study in the book of Hebrews in which we begin chapter 12 — a chapter in which the true intent of the Hall of Faith chapter is revealed: encouragement… encouragement to the believer.

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The Christian life is like a race. And our encouragement in this race comes, not only from the throngs of witnesses who have gone before and who live in God’s presence, but most importantly, the greatest encouragement and strength comes from Jesus, Himself, who not only is the supreme example of faith… but faith’s object, author, and finisher.

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Trust God, Not Man [Jeremiah 17:5-8]

March 27, 2022

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Date: 03/27/2022

Preacher: Josh Peglow, guest preacher

Key Text: Jeremiah 17:5-8

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Thus says the Lord,

Cursed is the man who trusts in mankind

And makes flesh his strength,

And whose heart turns away from the Lord.

For he will be like a bush in the desert

And will not see when prosperity comes,

But will live in stony wastes in the wilderness,

A land of salt without inhabitant. [Jeremiah 17:5-6]

Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Josh Peglow returns to our pulpit and opens the book of Jeremiah… a book that addresses a point we all struggle with: putting our trust in man versus God.

Why?

Because Jeremiah struggled with it too.

For Jeremiah exhorts that the Lord says:

Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord

And whose trust is the Lord.

For he will be like a tree planted by the water,

That extends its roots by a stream

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And will not fear when the heat comes;

But its leaves will be green,

And it will not be anxious in a year of drought

Nor cease to yield fruit. [Jeremiah 17:7-8]

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Notes:

  • MISPLACED Trust (5-6)
    • isolates
    • takes life
  • Trust in Almighty GOD (7-8)
    • provides life
    • provides protection
    • makes fruitful

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Faith and the Perfection of God’s People [Hebrews 11:39-40]

March 20, 2022

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Monty Simao 2014Sermon Notes

Date: 03/20/2022

Preacher: Monty Simao, pastor

Series: Hebrews

Key Text: Hebrews 11:39-40

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Avg Guy Sportscaster: [sport theme music] Welcome everybody to the Big Game! We’re in the Hall of Faith where the Old Covenant Saints will face the New Covenant Saints… Who will win?… It’s anybody’s call… should be pretty close.

SBC Host: Hold on! [sport music stops]

Avg Guy Sportscaster: Oh, do you want to be my color commentator?

SBC Host: No! This isn’t a game!!

Avg Guy Sportscaster: Are you kidding me?? This is the game of games! It’s like the “Bible Pro Bowl!”

SBC Host: What?? [Pause. Has an idea.] Wait. Hold on a second…. Keep going and take my opening lines. I need to look up something.

Avg Guy Sportscaster: [sport music resumes] All right!… Today on Scandia Bible Church Podcast, Game Official and Pastor, Monty Simao, is on the field to continue our study in the book of Hebrews and to oversee these final verses in the Hall of Faith. And like I said, it doesn’t appear that one side has an advantage over the other since both sides of believers — both Old Testament and New Testament — must still look to God in faith.

SBC Host: Okay I’ve got it! Stop the music. [sport music stops] …Ok. While I’m not technically betting here, I’m willing to give up my place in line for common meal and give the advantage to the New Covenant Saints.

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Avg Guy Sportscast: You seem pretty confident there. Do you have some inside information?

SBC Host: Let’s just say that got a tip from the author of Hebrews. And while the Old Covenant Saints are to be revered, [sport music fades back in] the New Covenant Saints have got “something better.”

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