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Be Ready!

Be ready! Matthew 25:1-13. Pastor Bob Buehler at Marbury Church of God, Sunday November 12 2017. Preaching begins at about 26:15.
25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like this. Ten bridesmaids took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom.
25:2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise.
25:3 When the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them;
25:4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.
25:5 As the bridegroom was delayed, all of them became drowsy and slept.
25:6 But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Look! Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’
25:7 Then all those bridesmaids got up and trimmed their lamps.
25:8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’
25:9 But the wise replied, ‘No! there will not be enough for you and for us; you had better go to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’
25:10 And while they went to buy it, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went with him into the wedding banquet; and the door was shut.
25:11 Later the other bridesmaids came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’
25:12 But he replied, ‘Truly I tell you, I do not know you.’
25:13 Keep awake therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.
Parables of the Kingdom
 The Reign of Heaven
 Wise and Foolish
 It’s all about time
 What are you doing now?

A Great Cloud of Witnessess

A Great cloud of witnesses: Hebrews 11:1-3, 8-16, 12:1-2. Sunday service at Marbury Church of God, November 5 2017. Preaching gets going at about 47:15.

1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.
9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;
10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude–innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland.
15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return.
16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Questioning Jesus?

Questioning Jesus? Matthew 22:13-22
Pastor Bob Buehler at Marbury Church of God, Sunday October 22, 2017.
Sermon begins at about 34:05
22:15 Then the Pharisees went and plotted to entrap him in what he said.
22:16 So they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are sincere, and teach the way of God in accordance with truth, and show deference to no one; for you do not regard people with partiality.
22:17 Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to the emperor, or not?”
22:18 But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why are you putting me to the test, you hypocrites?
22:19 Show me the coin used for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius.
22:20 Then he said to them, “Whose head is this, and whose title?”
22:21 They answered, “The emperor’s.” Then he said to them, “Give therefore to the emperor the things that are the emperor’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
22:22 When they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.
Pastor Bob Buehler

Today’s Message:  Questioning Jesus?

Jesus in Jerusalem: Teaching in the temple
His authority challenged: Matthew 21:23-27

Questioning Jesus:  An argument over taxes?

The Image and Inscription
Give To God what is God’s
Keeping Focus
“when they heard this, they were amazed; and they left him and went away.”

Questioning Jesus:  More Questions

The Sadducees
The greatest commandment

Jesus asks a question:

“What do you think of Christ?”

Attitude Adjustment

4:1 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm in the Lord in this way, my beloved.
4:2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to be of the same mind in the Lord.
4:3 Yes, and I ask you also, my loyal companion, help these women, for they have struggled beside me in the work of the gospel, together with Clement and the rest of my co-workers, whose names are in the book of life.
4:4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
4:5 Let your gentleness be known to everyone. The Lord is near.
4:6 Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
4:7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
4:8 Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
4:9 Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.
Scripture texts are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible.

Pastor Bob Buehler

Today’s Message

Attitude Adjustment:  Philippians 4:1-9

Attitude Adjustment

Stand Firm: A Pastor’s Plea

A Attitude Adjustment:  A word to the family (1)

Therefore, my brothers and sisters, whom I love and long for, my joy and  my crown…

Attitude Adjustment:  A Plea for Unity (2-3)

Euodea and Syntyche

Attitude Adjustment:  Guide for Daily Living (4-5)

 Rejoice in the Lord!
Guard your reputation

Attitude Adjustment:  Don’t worry… Pray! (6-7)

Step by step instructions

Attitude Adjustment:  Practice…

Right Thinking…  (8)
… and right acting (9)

God’s Glory

Psalm 19
19:1 The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork.

19:2 Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge.

19:3 There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard;

19:4 yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In the heavens he has set a tent for the sun,

19:5 which comes out like a bridegroom from his wedding canopy, and like a strong man runs its course with joy.

19:6 Its rising is from the end of the heavens, and its circuit to the end of them; and nothing is hid from its heat.

19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the decrees of the LORD are sure, making wise the simple;

19:8 the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is clear, enlightening the eyes;

19:9 the fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever; the ordinances of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey, and drippings of the honeycomb.

19:11 Moreover by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.

19:12 But who can detect their errors? Clear me from hidden faults.

19:13 Keep back your servant also from the insolent; do not let them have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, and innocent of great transgression.

19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.


Think Like Jesus

Think Like Jesus

Philippians 2:1-13
2:1 If then there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy,
2:2 make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind.
2:3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves.
2:4 Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.
2:5 Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,
2:6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited,
2:7 but emptied himself, taking the form of a slave, being born in human likeness. And being found in human form,
2:8 he humbled himself and became obedient to the point of death– even death on a cross.
2:9 Therefore God also highly exalted him and gave him the name that is above every name,
2:10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
2:11 and every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
2:12 Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling;
2:13 for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure.

Philippians 2:1-13:  Think Like Jesus
The Church of God at Philippi

An appeal to unity

Think Like Jesus:  Beginning in Heaven (6)

He did not consider being equal with God something to be exploited.

Emptied (7)

See Matthew 20:25-28


THEREFORE God has highly exalted Him…

Think Like Jesus:  Work it out! (12-15)

It is God who is at work in you.


Does God Pay Fair Wages?

Matthew 20:1-16
20:1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
20:2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard.
20:3 When he went out about nine o’clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace;
20:4 and he said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.’ So they went.
20:5 When he went out again about noon and about three o’clock, he did the same.
20:6 And about five o’clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ‘Why are you standing here idle all day?’
20:7 They said to him, ‘Because no one has hired us.’ He said to them, ‘You also go into the vineyard.’
20:8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ‘Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.’
20:9 When those hired about five o’clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage.
20:10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.
20:11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner,
20:12 saying, ‘These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.’
20:13 But he replied to one of them, ‘Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?
20:14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you.
20:15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?’
20:16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.”

Ben Snyder
Today’s Message

Does God pay Fair Wages? Matthew 20:1-16

Matthew 20:1-16

Jesus’ view of what the Kingdom is like

Does God Pay Fair Wages?
1. Call for Laborers
The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

2. Agreement of Pay

After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into the vineyard.

When he went out… he saw others… and said to them, “You also go into the vineyard and I will pay you whatever is right.”

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

3. Work Performed

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

4. Payment for labor

“Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.”

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

5. God is not profit motivated

“Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage?”

Does God Pay Fair Wages?

6. God’s Generosity

“…are you envious because I am generous?”



Genesis 50:15-21
50:15 Realizing that their father was dead, Joseph’s brothers said, “What if Joseph still bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the wrong that we did to him?”
50:16 So they approached Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this instruction before he died,
50:17 ‘Say to Joseph: I beg you, forgive the crime of your brothers and the wrong they did in harming you.’ Now therefore please forgive the crime of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
50:18 Then his brothers also wept, fell down before him, and said, “We are here as your slaves.”
50:19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid! Am I in the place of God?
50:20 Even though you intended to do harm to me, God intended it for good, in order to preserve a numerous people, as he is doing today.
50:21 So have no fear; I myself will provide for you and your little ones.” In this way he reassured them, speaking kindly to them.

Rev. Bob Buehler
Today’s Message: Reconciliation

Genesis 50:15-21

Reconciliation:  The Joseph Story

Genesis 37, 39-50

One-fourth of the Book of Beginnings is about Joseph


Favorite Son
Hated by Brothers
Sold into slavery
Falsely accused
13 years in Prison


Working for Pharaoh
The benefit of paying attention to dreams….
Prime Minister of Egypt
Feast and Famine
The Brothers, twice

Jacob’s Family moves to Egypt


Fears of revenge (50:15)
An example of Grace


Fulfilling the Law

8 Owe no one anything, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.
9 The commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet’; and any other commandment, are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.
11 Besides this, you know what time it is, how it is now the moment for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we became believers;
12 the night is far gone, the day is near. Let us then lay aside the works of darkness and put on the armor of light;
13 let us live honorably as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy.
14 Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.

Fulfilling the Law:  Romans 13:8-14

Fulfilling the Law:  (Background: Romans)

Living before God in a hostile world

Fulfilling the Law:  Genuine Love (12:9-21)

* Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good
*demonstrate mutual affection
*outdo one another in showing honor*Keep going
*Help people you know
*Show hospitality to strangers

Fulfilling the Law:  Respect Authority (13:1-7)

Rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad.

Fulfilling the Law: The Heart of the matter (13:8-10)

*Our continuing debt
*One Commandment

Fulfilling the Law:  No time to waste!

*wake up! (11)
*put on armor (12)
* Be Consistent (13-14)

Let Love Be Genuine

Let Love Be Genuine

(Background: Romans) We’re looking at Romans chapter 12 verses nine through 21.
In Romans:
chapter 1 says there are people we all know who have rebelled against God and are doing obvious obviously wrong things.
Chapter 2 says you who judge those people are just as guilty as the people who are doing those things.
Chapter 3 emphasizes we all are sinners in need of a Savior, and that savior has come to bring us righteousness apart from the law.
chapter 4 tells how this salvation in Christ is accomplished by the same faith that Abraham had when he believed God
chapter 5 celebrates the peace we have with God and talks about the love of God demonstrated in Christ
chapter 6 says just the fact that we are saved is no excuse to keep on doing wrong
chapter 7 tells us that by ourselves we don’t have the ability not to do wrong. It describes the experience Paul had as a Pharisee.
chapter 8 says that in Christ we are given that ability and there is no condemnation
chapter 9 asks: what about Israel?
chapter 10 Says blindness in Israel happened so that all the nations can be saved
chapter 11 says still, what about Israel? and affirms the promise that God’s mercy is for all.

Then we get to chapter 12 which is where we start to get the question, “now that we have it, what are we going to do with it?” This begins with an appeal, not a command, by virtue of God’s mercies which are outlined in all the previous chapters, that we present ourselves to God physically as our worship. The first part of chapter 12 talks about how each of us has a place and a part in the body of Christ; just as the body has many members, so each of us has a particular function. we all need each other.

and now we come to the part we’re going to talk about today, Let love be genuine: I wanted to call this “how to live as a persecuted minority,” because this is the situation of the church to whom Paul is writing this letter.

Today’s Message: Let Love Be Genuine

Romans 12:9-21
12:9 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good;
12:10 Love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor.
12:11 Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord.
12:12 Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.
12:13 Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.
12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.
12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.
12:16 Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are.
12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all.
12:18 If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.
12:19 Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”
12:20 No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.”
12:21 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

Individual members in one body (1-8)

Let Love Be Genuine: A practical guide to living in love (9-13)

  •  Hate what is evil; hold fast to what is good
  • demonstrate mutual affection
  • outdo one another in showing honor
  • Keep going
  • Help people you know
  • Show hospitality to strangers

Let Love Be Genuine: How to be a persecuted minority (14-21)

  • *Bless, don’t curse, those who mistreat you (14)
    (that means say good things about them, not bad things)
  • Be open to how others feel (v. 15)
  • Practice humility (16)
  • Control your reactions (17)
  • Pursue peace (18)
  • Never get even (19)
  • Be Consistent (20-21)

Let Love Be Genuine: Overcome Evil With Good

(two lessons from Romans 13)

  1. Respect civil authority (1-7)
  2. The law of love (8-10)

Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

To finish the outline of Romans:

  • chapter 14 explains how not to judge
  • chapter 15 tells each of us to welcome one another, whatever our differences in background or associations
  • chapter 16 includes personal greetings and a warning against division.
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