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Jan17

The 50/20 Principle of Forgiveness

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by Rev. Craig Bard

The 50/20 Principle of Forgiveness

Read Genesis 50:15-20

In the Bible there are three Josephs that were associated with Christ. One at his birth, Joseph the husband of Mary, another at his death, Joseph of Arimathea a rich man who John tells us “was a disciple of Jesus, but secretly for fear of the Jews” (John 19:38). He asked Pilate for the body of Jesus and laid Him in the tomb he had cut out for himself.

Dec13

Advent 3 - Joy

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by Rev. Craig Bard

Advent 3 - Joy

This week was the Shepherds candle or the candle representing joy. Each candle can have more than one meaning as we have seen. We have given a lot of miles to the Shepherds in the last couple of weeks so I gave them over to the reading. Now let’s talk about joy.

Dec06

Advent 2 - Bethlehem or Love Candle

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by Rev. Craig Bard

Advent 2 - Bethlehem or Love Candle

We just lit the Second Advent candle that is symbolic of Bethlehem and personifies love. If you were here last week, you will recall that we discussed the indifference of the religious leaders when Jesus the Messiah was born. They knew He would be born in Bethlehem, because they knew the scriptures and even reported that information to Herod at the arrival of the wise men from the East. Turn with me to Micah chapter 5:1-5.

Nov29

Prophecy, Expectancy, Hope

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by Rev. Craig Bard

Prophecy, Expectancy, Hope

Lots of people miss Christmas. They might observe the holiday by decorating their homes and exchanging gifts with family and friends, but they completely bypass the spiritual significance of Christ’s incarnation. We don’t say that in judgement, but it’s true. The story of Christ’s birth is full of characters who effectively missed the first Christmas. One significant group of them is mentioned in passing in Matthew’s account of Herod’s deceitfulness. They are the religious leaders. Matthew 2:4-6 describes the scene.

Sep06

Erecting the Walls

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Erecting the Walls

Over the last couple of weeks we established that one of the prominent themes in the Bible is laying a good spiritual foundation. We established our foundation on truth. The truth is found in the Word and Jesus is the Word. Then last week we decided to put walls on our foundation, but decided that the wall was only as good as its corners. Paul calls Jesus the chief cornerstone and we looked at four cornerstones of Kingdom values. God is good, (God is good) nothing is impossible, (nothing is impossible) everything was purchased and settled at the Cross, (it is finished) and we are significant to God (I am significant). Today we will build the walls of protection.

Aug16

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Why Do Bad Things Happen to Good People?

I think a lot of people are confused about who God is. Most people somehow think that God only exists to fix the problems that we ourselves create. When I carefully consider, why life can be painful at times,  I come to the conclusion that there is not a clear cut answer to the question. But there are three common ways we assign the blame when someone suffers.

Aug02

Samson: Saint or Sinner?

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Samson: Saint or Sinner?

Is he a saint or a sinner? He doesn’t fit very neatly into our religious categories. We love to be able to classify people, put them in a little box and call them either bad or good. But Samson defies our categories and challenges our understanding of how God works. In some ways he leaves us with more questions than answers.

Jun21

Child's Play

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Child's Play

In Mathew11:16-17 Jesus gives an illustration of children playing games. Do any of you like to play games? What kind of games do you play?

Jun14

Followed by the Multitudes

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Followed by the Multitudes

Before we get started, we need to look at the story preceding this one.

Matthew 12:9-21 (ESV) 9 He went on from there and entered their synagogue. 10 And a man was there with a withered hand. And they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”—so that they might accuse him. 11 He said to them, “Which one of you who has a sheep, if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 Of how much more value is a man than a sheep! So it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And the man stretched it out, and it was restored, healthy like the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how to destroy him. 15 Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. And many followed him, and he healed them all 16 and ordered them not to make him known. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18 “Behold, my servant whom I have chosen, my beloved with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. 19 He will not quarrel or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; 20 a bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not quench, until he brings justice to victory; 21 and in his name the Gentiles will hope.”

Jun07

Covenant Part 2

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Covenant Part  2

Jeremiah 31:31-34 (ESV) - “Behold, the days are coming, declares the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah, 32 not like the covenant that I made with their fathers on the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, my covenant that they broke, though I was their husband, declares the LORD. 33 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the LORD: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34 And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the LORD. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.”

May31

Covenant Part 1

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Covenant Part 1

We are going to spend the next three weeks talking about covenants. What a covenant is, where they occur in the Bible and how they apply to our lives. This week we are going to lay a foundation, next week we will cover the New Covenant of Grace and tie in communion. The last week we will make a practical application to Trinity Bible Church.

May17

Identity Theft Protection

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Identity Theft Protection

You may have known some of these identity theft facts already. Others, you may not have known. But of all the identity theft facts there are two you should never forget: identity theft is preventable and identity theft is fixable.

Apr26

Dreaming God-Sized Dreams

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Dreaming God-Sized Dreams

Most of us like to play it safe. Don’t rock the boat too much. Don’t get too excited about anything. That may come from having a laid back personality or maybe you’ve just been socially conditioned to do life that way.

Apr12

Trinity Bible Church

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

Trinity Bible Church

Last week Christians all over the world joined together to celebrate the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, Easter. Other religions may respect that we observe this day, but it has no implication for them. Why would we celebrate the gruesome death of someone we love?

Mar08

New Hope

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by Rev. Craig A. Bard

New Hope
‘My Best Advice for Starting Your New Year’.

Watch what you say

Proverbs 18:21 (AMP)

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

God is about life and not death.

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