170611 Genesis 1:1-2:3

Text: Genesis1:1-2:3
Theme: The Origins Of Intelligent Design

In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, dear friends:

ID. Put those two letters together and they mean different things to different people. If you have a pen pal in Boise, you probably recognize ID as the postal abbreviation for Idaho. If you are looking to buy a bottle of wine at the grocery store, the checkout person might ask for some ID. In that case, ID stands for identification.

In recent years the letters "ID" have become associated with something else, a movement in the scientific community known as intelligent design. At the risk of oversimplification intelligent design is the assertion that certain features of the universe and living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection (a theory that is consistent with evolution and widely accepted by the scientific establishment).

The beginnings of the modern Intelligent Design movement can be traced back to the 1980s, but the term itself is actually much older. It can be found in an 1847 issue of Scientific American, and ironically it appeared in a letter written by Charles Darwin in 1861.

We aren't here today to debate the claims made by the proponents of intelligent design. We don't need to argue about how and when the movement began...because we already know. It began in the beginning, the beginning of the Bible, the beginning of history, the beginning of the world. Only God was present at creation, and in the opening verses of Genesis he tells us everything we need to know about...

THE ORIGINS OF INTELLIGENT DESIGN

I. The design of the Creator
II. The design of his creation

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170604 Psalm 51:10-13

Sermon Text: Psalm 51:10-13
Sermon Theme: Pentecost: A Day to Remember The Often Forgotten Member of the Trinity

For almost two months, you and I gathered for our weekly worship services during the Easter Season of the church year. During this time, we remembered how in great love for you and me God the Father sent his one and only Son to be your Savior and mine. We celebrated the great victory of our Savior, Jesus Christ, as he rose on Easter Sunday defeating sin, death and the devil. As you and I celebrated the Easter Season, how often did you think about the third member of the Trinity, God the Holy Spirit? Today, our worship service gives you and me the opportunity to focus specifically on the quite work of the Holy Spirit. Today, you and I celebrate PENTECOST: A DAY TO REMEMBER THE OFTEN FORGOTTEN MEMBER OF THE TRINITY. Listen now as I read for you from the Psalm appointed for this day. As I read this section of God's Word, note what David has to say about God the Holy Spirit. We read from Psalm 51, verses 10 – 13:

10 Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.
11 Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me.
12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.
13 Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will turn back to you.

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170528 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Text: 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

Theme: Do Not Lose Heart

When was the last time you felt like giving up? Maybe it was when your team was down, and it didn't look like you had any chance of winning the game. Perhaps many parents have felt like giving up from time to time, as they are cleaning up one mess, and their children are right behind them making another. Even the strongest of Christians may find themselves having the kind of attitude that wants to simply give up. When our sin and the sin in our world makes life on this earth difficult for us, we may find ourselves thinking, "What's the use? I might as well give up!" It is at just these difficult times in our life that we need to return to the Word of God. The portion of God's Word before us today is a great place for all of us to turn to when we are experiencing the feelings of "throwing in the towel" and giving up. This morning our loving Savior-God comes to us in his holy Word and encourages each one of us: "Do not lose heart."

Read more: 170528 2 Corinthians 4:16-18

170521 1 Peter 3:15

Text: 1 Peter 3:15
Theme: Are You Prepared?

I am going to guess that there is a lot of preparing that is going on at this time of year. I am thinking especially of students: students who either spent a lot of time or are spending a lot of time preparing to take their final tests of the year; or those students who graduate this year, and the preparing that is taking place as you look forward to hosting a Graduation party; or, as you graduate, you are preparing for the "next step", whether that is the next level of schooling or entering the work force and starting a new job.

To all of us who are students of God's Word, I have a question for you: Are you prepared? Are you prepared to do those things we just sang about in our hymn: "to serve the best I'm able, whate'er the call may be", or "from door to door I witness, to share my Savior's plea"? Are you prepared? For an answer to that question, I invite you to listen again to one verse taken from the Second Lesson that Pastor read earlier for us. It is in 1 Peter chapter three, that we read this in verse 15 of the chapter:

But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.

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