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11
Feb

It’s Not About Us!

It’s not about us..
2 Corinthians 4

Preaching begins at about 26:15

2 Corinthians 4:3-6
4:3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing.

4:4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

4:5 For we do not proclaim ourselves; we proclaim Jesus Christ as Lord and ourselves as your slaves for Jesus’ sake.

4:6 For it is the God who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

04
Feb

We See Jesus

We See Jesus
pastor Bob Buehler
preaching on Hebrews 2:14-18 at Marbury Church of God, Sunday February 4, 2018. Message begins at about 29:00

28
Jan

The Authority of Jesus

Minister Ben Snyder on January 28, 2018
preached on Mark 1:21-28.

21
Jan

Change Can Happen!

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
3:1 The word of the LORD came to Jonah a second time, saying,
3:2 “Get up, go to Nineveh, that great city, and proclaim to it the message that I tell you.”
3:3 So Jonah set out and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly large city, a three days’ walk across.
3:4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s walk. And he cried out, “Forty days more, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”
3:5 And the people of Nineveh believed God; they proclaimed a fast, and everyone, great and small, put on sackcloth.
3:10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil ways, God changed his mind about the calamity that he had said he would bring upon them; and he did not do it.

Change can happen!
Ninevah was the capital of the Assyrian Empire, located in what is now Iraq.  The Assyrians were well known to be ruthless warriors, and they had invaded the northern kingdom of Israel, taking large numbers of people among the Ten Tribes captive, scattering them among the  nations.  Jonah knew this, and no doubt felt, on behalf of his countrymen, that nothing would be better than to see that wicked city overthrown.  It was for this reason that Jonah did not want to go prophesy to Ninevah:  “This is why I fled to Tarshish at the beginning, for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and ready to relent from punishing.”
The evidence that Jonah was a prophet is that the thing he predicted didn’t happen… because the people repented!
A prophet’s task is to see what’s coming and tell people about it so that they can change what they are doing, and achieve a better outcome.
See Ezekiel chapter 18.
See Jeremiah 31:31ff … the New Covenant.
14
Jan

The Call of God

The call of God: 1 Samuel 3:1–10. Pastor Bob Buehler at Marbury Church of God, Sunday January 14 2018. Preaching begins at about 27:15.
3:1 Now the boy Samuel was ministering to the LORD under Eli. The word of the LORD was rare in those days; visions were not widespread.
3:2 At that time Eli, whose eyesight had begun to grow dim so that he could not see, was lying down in his room;
3:3 the lamp of God had not yet gone out, and Samuel was lying down in the temple of the LORD, where the ark of God was.
3:4 Then the LORD called, “Samuel! Samuel!” and he said, “Here I am!”
3:5 and ran to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call; lie down again.” So he went and lay down.
3:6 The LORD called again, “Samuel!” Samuel got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” But he said, “I did not call, my son; lie down again.”
3:7 Now Samuel did not yet know the LORD, and the word of the LORD had not yet been revealed to him.
3:8 The LORD called Samuel again, a third time. And he got up and went to Eli, and said, “Here I am, for you called me.” Then Eli perceived that the LORD was calling the boy.
3:9 Therefore Eli said to Samuel, “Go, lie down; and if he calls you, you shall say, ‘Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.'” So Samuel went and lay down in his place.
3:10 Now the LORD came and stood there, calling as before, “Samuel! Samuel!” And Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.”
3:11 Then the LORD said to Samuel, “See, I am about to do something in Israel that will make both ears of anyone who hears of it tingle.
3:12 On that day I will fulfill against Eli all that I have spoken concerning his house, from beginning to end.
3:13 For I have told him that I am about to punish his house forever, for the iniquity that he knew, because his sons were blaspheming God, and he did not restrain them.
3:14 Therefore I swear to the house of Eli that the iniquity of Eli’s house shall not be expiated by sacrifice or offering forever.”
3:15 Samuel lay there until morning; then he opened the doors of the house of the LORD. Samuel was afraid to tell the vision to Eli.
3:16 But Eli called Samuel and said, “Samuel, my son.” He said, “Here I am.”
3:17 Eli said, “What was it that he told you? Do not hide it from me. May God do so to you and more also, if you hide anything from me of all that he told you.”
3:18 So Samuel told him everything and hid nothing from him. Then he said, “It is the LORD; let him do what seems good to him.”
3:19 As Samuel grew up, the LORD was with him and let none of his words fall to the ground.
3:20 And all Israel from Dan to Beer-sheba knew that Samuel was a trustworthy prophet of the LORD.
The Call of God: 1 Samuel 3:1-10
07
Jan

The Mystery of Christ

3:1 This is the reason that I Paul am a prisoner for Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles–
3:2 for surely you have already heard of the commission of God’s grace that was given me for you,
3:3 and how the mystery was made known to me by revelation, as I wrote above in a few words,
3:4 a reading of which will enable you to perceive my understanding of the mystery of Christ.
3:5 In former generations this mystery was not made known to humankind, as it has now been revealed to his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit:
3:6 that is, the Gentiles have become fellow heirs, members of the same body, and sharers in the promise in Christ Jesus through the gospel.
3:7 Of this gospel I have become a servant according to the gift of God’s grace that was given me by the working of his power.
3:8 Although I am the very least of all the saints, this grace was given to me to bring to the Gentiles the news of the boundless riches of Christ,
3:9 and to make everyone see what is the plan of the mystery hidden for ages in God who created all things;
3:10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
3:11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
3:12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
3:10 so that through the church the wisdom of God in its rich variety might now be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.
3:11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose that he has carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
3:12 in whom we have access to God in boldness and confidence through faith in him.
31
Dec

A Hope and a Future: or, What about tomorrow?

Rev. Bob Buehler
Today’s Message
A Hope and a Future

Or, What About Tomorrow?

Jeremiah 29:11-14
29:11 For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope.
29:12 Then when you call on me and come and pray to me, I will hear you.
29:13 When you search for me, you will find me; if you seek me with all your heart,
29:14 I will let you find me, says the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, says the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.

A Hope and a Future

A Hope and a Future:  The Promise to Israel

A letter to the exiles

God’s plans are very specific

A Hope and a Future:  God’s Plan: Eph. 1:9-14

…a plan for the fullness of time, to gather up all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth. In Christ we have also obtained an inheritance, having been destined according to the purpose of him who accomplishes all things according to his counsel and will..

A Hope and a Future:  How God’s Plan will be fulfilled

Then when you call on me and pray to me, I will hear you. When you search for me, you will find me, if you seek me with all your heart.

A Hope and a Future:  What is He waiting for?

Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? (Isaiah 58:7)
Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer. (Is. 58:9a)

A Hope and a Future:  Don’t Worry… He’s Got Us!

The LORD will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters never fail.
(Is. 58:11)

His Eye Is On the Sparrow

24
Dec

A Great Light – the Prince of Peace

9:2 The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who lived in a land of deep darkness on them light has shined.
9:3 You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.
9:4 For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
9:5 For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.
9:6 For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
9:7 His authority shall grow continually, and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will do this.
Today’s Message

A Great Light: the Prince of Peace

A Great Light: the Prince of Peace  -Joy in Victory

You have multiplied the nation, you have increased its joy; they rejoice before you as with joy at the harvest, as people exult when dividing plunder.

A Great Light: the Prince of Peace -The End of Oppression

For the yoke of their burden, and the bar across their shoulders, the rod of their oppressor, you have broken as on the day of Midian.
For all the boots of the tramping warriors and all the garments rolled in blood shall be burned as fuel for the fire.

A Great Light: the Prince of Peace

For a child has been born for us, a son given to us; authority rests upon his shoulders; and he is named Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His Name Is Wonderful

17
Dec

The Anointing

Isaiah 61:1-4,8-11 Pastor Bob Buehler at the Marbury Church of God, 3rd Sunday of advent, Dec 17 2017. Message begins at about 34:30.

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11
61:1 The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me, because the LORD has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;

61:2 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn;

61:3 to provide for those who mourn in Zion– to give them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a faint spirit. They will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, to display his glory.

61:4 They shall build up the ancient ruins, they shall raise up the former devastations; they shall repair the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.

61:8 For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery and wrongdoing; I will faithfully give them their recompense, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.

61:9 Their descendants shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples; all who see them shall acknowledge that they are a people whom the LORD has blessed.

61:10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my whole being shall exult in my God; for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

61:11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

Today’s Message:  The Anointing

Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11

The Anointing:  A Prophecy of Jesus

Luke 4:17-21

The Anointing:  Anointed – for what?

Good news
Liberty
Release
Favor
Vengeance
Comfort

The Anointing: God’s Vengeance

God’s vengeance comes in the form of:

Comfort, Gladness, Praise, Rebuilding; (3)

Justice, covenant (8)

The Anointing:  Rejoicing in the LORD

Garments of Salvation
Robe of righteousness
Garland, Jewels …
GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all nations.

Joy to the world!

10
Dec

Voice in the wilderness

Second Sunday of Advent.
Voice in the wilderness.. Isaiah 40:1-11. Pastor Bob Buehler at Marbury Church of God, Sunday December 10 2017. Message begins at about 28:50.
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