Our Psalms for Revival series continues today with the second half of Psalms 34, with instructions for life more abundant. Today’s video also includes the closing worship song from the service.
Easter music playlist
If you use spotify to listen to music, here’s my playlist of good songs for the celebration of the Easter season that you might be blessed to listen to.
2nd Revival Sermon video
In this second in our series of Psalms for personal revival that can lead to corporate revival, we look at several important, life-giving truths from the first 10 verses of Psalms 34.
Revival Sermon video – Psalms 86
In Psalms 86, we see a beautiful heartfelt prayer that guides us to restoration, deeper faith, and greater intimacy with our Savior. Through that we find a key to personal revival.
Sermon video – Mark 12:35-44
Mark 12:35-44 includes Jesus’ teaching in the temple about Who the Christ really is, how to spot false teachers to avoid, and the value of giving sacrificially to the Lord.
Sermon video Mark 12:28-34
In this message from Mark 12:28-34, the crucifixion week’s examination of the Lamb of God in the temple continues, this time with an honest questioner, who receives a deep and true answer, teaching us about God’s standard of love.
Sermon video Mark 12:18-27
In Mark 12:18-27, the sadducees lead the next attempt challenging the Messiah. Their question is rooted in unbelief in the scriptures and God’s power, so their question is the most senseless—much like skeptics today.
Sermon video – Mark 12:13-17
In a message from Mark 12:13-17, part of our ongoing series through the book, we see Jesus get past a trap set for Him in order to teach us something very meaningful we don’t want to miss.
Sermon vid – Judges 1 and 2
The opening message in a sermon series on the Old Testament book of Judges, in which we look at the first two chapters of the book and learn about the benefits of following the Lord vs the difficulties of having turned away. https://youtu.be/RgTBwhO50K0
The Berean Test: 3 traits you need to carry the mantle of Berean
The Berean Test: 3 traits you need to carry the mantle of Berean
Be careful not to be found a false berean
By Pastor Dave Bunnell
“Now these Jews (of Berea) were more noble than those in Thessalonica; they received the word with all eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily to see if these things were so. Many of them therefore believed….”
One of the things I’ve found surprising the last several years of engaging in online Bible discussions, is how many Christians consider themselves “Bereans,” when they aren’t that. There are three things that Acts 17 tells us made the Berean Jews a noble group; but so many of the ones who want to carry the mantle “Berean” on social media only major on one of the three, and do so cantankerously. I get the feeling many of them bragging about their bereanousness couldn’t even name the other two traits that make a Christian worthy of the label.
Why were the Bereans noble in their response to preaching?
1) They received the word with all eagerness. (So many online self-proclaimed Bereans don’t have an ounce of that trait. In fact, I’ve seen several that actually boasted about the fact that they don’t go to church because they can’t stand the preaching that happens in every church they can find. It all fails to measure up to their personal standards.) To be Berean is to not only listen to preaching of the word, but to long to do so with eagerness, because a Berean wants to hear from God more than he wants to reflect on his own thoughts and ideas.
2) They examined the Scriptures daily to see if the things preached were so. (This is the one the self-proclaimed Bereans want credit for.) But for many of them, what they really do is argue with everything they hear, assume the worst possible imaginable interpretation of every sermon, and accuse every Christian pastor of heresy. (Or just listen in their hearts to the accuser of the brethren and repeat whatever he tells them about a pastor, rejecting said pastor without ever hearing him preach at all.) They don’t trust God that He does actually have pastors in the world that He has chosen and given to the church to do the work of ministry. And some of them, presumably with straight face, will call themselves Bereans in the same sentence that they tell you they’ve not been active in a church in years.
Don’t get me wrong. Pastors’ words should be tested by the scriptures. And good pastors want that to happen. Good pastors actually like to learn the word further and to have God redirect their thinking when it is out of line. And certainly on issues of the gospel of salvation by faith alone in Christ alone, a preacher must be solid. I’ve many times told the congregation I pastor that I want them to be so dedicated to defense of the true biblical gospel that if I ever abandoned it, they would abandon me. If that’s your attitude, don’t feel like I’m stepping on your toes with this article, because it isn’t you I’m talking about. I’m talking about those who think they are Bereans not because they love to hear the word preached, but because they don’t.
3) Many of them therefore believed. That’s the third thing, and it tends to be ignored as much as the first by those who know only the second and interpret it to mean a good church member is putting all his or her energy into critiquing every sermon instead of receiving it for spiritual growth in the Lord. Some also have the attitude of correcting any pastor who preaches God’s promises and encourages them to trust Him. Their critical spirit causes them to dig in their heels, because it is more important to them to take preachers down with cries of “word of faith heresy,” than it is to believe God’s promises and receive His blessings. They cause themselves to miss out on so much, by burying His precious word in the ground instead of investing it in their lives and making church and following God their chief focus.
The solution: Be a real Berean, not a self-deceived fake one. Love the Lord, Love His word, Love hearing it preached, Love its preachers, put everything to the test of scripture, and believe wholeheartedly everything that passes the test (which is most of what your local Bible-believing church preaches each week.)
But if your attitude is that of critic, accuser, skeptic—so that you don’t ever experience great joy that a sermon has moved your heart closer to the Lord or increased your faith, please don’t kid yourself any longer–you’re no Berean. Not until you love to hear and receive preaching AT LEAST as much as you love critically analyzing it.
Romania church caroling concert
Here’s our HD video of the Christmas Caroling outreach ministry this year. Hope you enjoy it.
Christmas messages for your enjoyment
Here’s a youtube playlist for anyone interested of my Christmas season sermons from 2020 through this year so far (7 messages and counting). My hope is that these messages will help you celebrate Christ deep in your heart, greatly enhancing your enjoyment of the holiday.