I’m first and foremost a follower of my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, striving to learn more and grow closer to Him. I am also a former public middle school English, Reading, Social Studies teacher now spending my days trying to figure out where God needs me to go next! I'm privileged to help author-friends with beta-reading and editing their work. I’m honored that I get to lead a Bible study and play librarian at my little church in southwestern Colorado. I love to serve God, meditate on His Word, read great books, take photos, be crafty, jot down random thoughts, and crochet poorly.
We had Pastor Alan back for a couple of weeks, and he continued his teaching in the Book of Proverbs. Here is the message from Sunday, January 8th. It’s all about knowing what is godly wisdom, and the process of applying that godly wisdom to your life.
To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included Alan’s outline with links to Bible Gateway for Scripture references. Enjoy!
Proverbs: Instruction on How to Live Life in Godly Wisdom
Godly wisdom involves the learned ability to discern and then apply Godly wisdom to life’s situations and decisions. (Proverbs 4:1-9; James 1:5, 2)
There is a difference between common sense and godly widsom
You can have knowledge without wisdom, but not wisdom without knowledge
Wisdom is applying the knowledge of the Word of God
Godly wisdom is always built on the foundation of the fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 1:7)
The fear of the Lord is to acknowledge God’s existence, power, and control
Godly wisdom calls us to daily repentance (turning).
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, the great German pastor, theologian, martyr, and spy, was asked in 1943 how it was possible for the Church to sit back and let Hitler seize absolute power. His firm answer: “It was the teaching of cheap grace. Cheap grace is the teaching of forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, communion without confession, absolution without personal confession. Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ.” We live in a time and culture that not only teaches cheap grace but praises it.
Hello and Happy New Year! I’m trying to get caught up after a very busy and crazy few months. Pastor Alan has been away, so Terry has been teaching. Most of his messages were recorded, but not all, so I’m posting all that I have of Terry’s “Christian Living” series from the book of Ephesians. To listen to these messages, click play on the audio player of the message you’d like to hear below. Thanks!
Hello again! This past Sunday, Pastor Alan continued his lessons in the book of Proverbs by taking us through an overview of the first 9 chapters before going in depth in chapter 1. To listen to this wonderful teaching, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included is his outline with links to the verses he references. Enjoy!
Title and PreambleProverbs1:1-7 Writer: Solomon Proverbs 1:1 Genre: Proverbs – wise sayings with moral instruction Purpose: The benefits we looked at last Sunday. Proverbs 1:2-6 Recipients: Youths needing training. We all need moral training though. Foundation: The distinction of Hebrew wisdom is the fear of “I AM” Proverbs 1:7
PrologueProverbs 1:8-8:36 Ten lectures on wisdom and two additional sermons by Lady Wisdom to easily induced youths. We will look at part of these today.
EpilogueProverbs 9:1-18 (to the first section) Two invitations, one by Lady Wisdom the other by Madame Folly, to unsuspecting youth to enter their houses. Note: Chapters 1-9 are a sort of roadmap to understanding the rest of the book of Proverbs.
Today’s Message: Don’t Join the Gang (the lure of peers and the quest for belonging and identity) Proverbs 1:8-19
Lecture 1 of 10 – Introduction, main lesson, conclusion
I. Introduction: Proverbs 1:8-9 An address: my son An Admonition: to listen (shema – Deuteronomy 6:4) Listen to your mother and father (both parents are to teach) – Deuteronomy 21:18-21 Motivation: If one listens to a parent’s instruction and teaching it will be a victory wreath. A way to live above your enemy. A life of victory, power, and order. The idea of order is symbolized by the necklace.
II. Main Lesson: Proverbs 1:10-18 The warning here is against the lure of easy money and seduction by peers. The warning is also against the naive idea of a community where all will share their ill-gained money equally. Sound like some political narratives of today? The real underlying problem is they have no fear of the Lord and no regard for law. 1. How to respond: Don’t yield! Proverbs 1:10. 2. Why not to yield: Proverbs 1:11-14 – An environment of violence and greed. All of it is premeditated with the intent of taking others’ possessions. 3. An elaboration on “don’t yield”Proverbs 1:15-18 Don’t even entertain the temptation. It will drag you away. James 1:14-15 Understand the maxim of what you sow you shall reap. You sow a lifestyle of greed, violence and death, you will eventually become its victim. Gangsters always turn on one another. They don’t have the innate sense of danger that even a bird’s brain has (Proverbs 1:17).
Hello! Since Pastor Alan finished our tour through the Gospel of John, he has now begun a wonderful series on the Book of Proverbs. To listen to the first message in this series, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included is the outline of the message with links to the verses referenced. Enjoy (I know I did)!
And finally, the last of Pastor Alan’s messages on the Gospel of John teaches us restoration in Jesus. He also reminds us about all we’ve learned through this series of messages. To listen to this teaching, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the outline and links to the references. Enjoy!
Two Sundays ago, Pastor Alan taught us about some of those important moments when Jesus appeared to His disciples from John chapter 20. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. Pastor Alan’s outline with links to the Scriptures he references can also be found below.
Good evening! Pastor Alan spent the last few weeks finishing up our studies in the Gospel of John. Below, you’ll find the first of three messages that wrap up his series. To listen to his message on John 19:38-20:18, simply click play on the audio player below. Also included is Alan’s outline and links to the verses he references. Enjoy!
Hello again! Yesterday, Pastor Alan taught from John 19:1-37 about the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the outline and links to the Scriptures he references. Enjoy!
Conclusion: Christ finished everything necessary for the forgiveness of our sin on the cross. That was what was accomplished–nothing more, nothing less! The cross was the power for our forgiveness. The resurrection is the power for everything else. The cross itself doesn’t by itself empower you for living out the Christian life. Christ died for the forgiveness of our sins, but He rose to conquer death and impart us with His promised eternal life.
Last Sunday, Pastor Alan taught from the final part of John 18, when Pilate spoke with Jesus and asked his ultimate question, “What is truth?” To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve also included the outline and links to the verses referenced. Enjoy!
The world wants Barabbas (evil/lawlessness/destruction).
The Christian wants Jesus (Truth/Life).
Conclusion: There is such a thing as objective truth! Christ is the Truth. It’s never a matter of whether Christ is or isn’t the Truth. It’s only a matter of whether we will answer the question, “What is truth?” with the declaration of Christ: “I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father but through Me.”
Application: It’s clear that Christ is the King of His kingdom. This calls us to the kingdom living outlined in the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7), Jesus’ model prayer (Matthew 6:9-13), and the High Priestly Prayer (John 17). The call is to be kingdom people who know that Jesus is the Truth.
Good afternoon! A few Sundays ago, Pastor Alan continued his lessons in the Gospel of John by teaching from John 18. He took us through the first part of Jesus’ arrest and betrayal. To listen to this message, simply click play on the audio player below. I’ve included the outline, along with links to the verses referenced for you. Enjoy!
Jesus’ Arrest & Betrayal, pt. 1
Introduction: Acts 4:26-28 helps us to understand what is going on in John 18:1-32. Here we see what Jesus allowed to happen to Himself for us!
Jesus is in total control of the events that will unfold.
Conclusion: Jesus controlled every outcome of His situation. He knew every thought and intention of those involved in His arrest, bogus trial, and crucifixion. He was not a helpless victim or martyr. He orchestrated the plan of our salvation.
Application: Don’t be anxious and afraid of a threatening world. Trust in Christ.