Archive for January, 2017

January 30, 2017

The Beginning (Mark 1:1-8)

20170122-dt-18_17-19-memeOn Sunday, January 22, 2017, Mr. Robert Mossotti preached “The Beginning” from Mark 1:1-8:

The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,

“Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, the voice of one crying in the wilderness :
‘Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight,’”

John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. Now John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”

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January 28, 2017

Imputation of Wrong Motives (Job 1:6-12)

20170115-1-peter-5_8-10-memeOn Sunday, January 15, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Imputation of Wrong Motives” from Job 1:6-12.

Salvation is not an external blessing which we have caused and that we can be stripped of, but is an internal God-given gift that can never be taken away.

1. Satan’s Job—To accuse God’s people in the Divine Council as the loyal opposition who acts subservient to the LORD. Martin Luther writes: “Satan is God’s Satan.”

2. Satan’s Accusation—Satan presumes Job’s fear of God is tied to God’s blessing and protection of Job, the lack of which would provoke Job to lose his fear of God.

3. God’s Good Government—Since Job’s faith comes from God, Satan’s God-allowed test of Job is equally a test of God’s government of his creatures. In trial don’t claim God doesn’t love you. If Job’s faith was found true, so will that of God’s people.

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January 24, 2017

Blameless and Upright (Job 1:1-5)

20170108-1-john-2_1-2-memeOn Sunday, January 8, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Blameless and Upright” from Job 1:1-5.

Jesus Christ’s work as our Mediator serves as God’s “grace-colored glasses”—when the Father looks at us, he sees the righteousness of his Son.

There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil. There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7,000 sheep, 3,000 camels, 500 yoke of oxen, and 500 female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east.

His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all. For Job said, “It may be that my children have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.” Thus Job did continually.

1. Job’s Godly Character

2. Job’s God-Given Blessedness

3. Job’s God-Supplied Need

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January 23, 2017

The Book of Job and “The Problem of Evil” (Job 1:12)

20170101-acts-02_23-24-memeOn Sunday, January 1, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “The Book of Job and the Problem of Evil” from Job 1:12.

God is in sovereign control of all that happens, and all that happens brings glory to his name and good to his people.

1. The Problem of Pain—Pain is often the thing that brings us to the end of ourselves and drives us to Christ.

2. Not By A Bare Permission—Your present suffering God will use for his glory and your good if you trust in him, although you may never be freed from your suffering in this life.

3. God’s Solution to the Problem—Jesus Christ came to suffer so that you would not have to endure eternal suffering.

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January 17, 2017

Yahweh Saves (Matthew 1:18-24)

20161225-luke-2_10-11-memeOn Sunday, December 25, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Yahweh Saves” from Matthew 1:18-24.

Our enemy, and God’s, is sin, so God sent his Son to save his people from their sins.

Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife, for that which is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit. She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

All this took place to fulfill what the lord had spoken by the prophet:

“Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and they shall call his name Immanuel”

(which means, God with us).

When Joseph woke from sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him: he took his wife….”

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January 17, 2017

A Long-Awaited Son (Ruth 4:13-22)

20161218-zechariah-3_20-memeOn Sunday, December 18, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Long-Awaited Son” from Ruth 4:13-22.

God oversees suffering to carry out his great plan of salvation.

1. The Birth of a Son—A son was needed to preserve the family name.

2. A Blessing to Naomi (vs. 14-16)—Trust in the Lord, he will provide.

3. A Bigger Picture (vs. 17-22)—The providence of God works through generations to prepare the way for his great work of redemption through Christ, the Son of God.

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January 16, 2017

A Testimony True (John 21:20-25)

20161211-john15_26-27-memeOn Sunday, December 11, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Testimony True” from John 21:20-25.

Whoever trusts that Jesus Christ is Life Incarnate will have life in his name.

1. What About Him?—Who are we to complain about God’s dealings with his people?

2. A True But Partial Testimony—The Jesus of whom John writes is the Word who created all things and dwelt among us.

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January 16, 2017

Feed My Lambs (John 21:7, 12-19)

image-1On Sunday, December 4, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Feed My Lambs” from John 21:7, 12-19.

Christ loves the church enough to die for her and ensure she is nurtured and fed in his absence.

1. It is the Lord (v. 7)—The risen Lord feeds his disciples.

2. The Three Loves (vs. 12-17)—He who is forgiven much loves much.

3. Follow Me (vs. 18-19)—“Take up your cross and follow me.”

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January 16, 2017

Ruth’s Redemption (Ruth 4:1-12)

img_3334On Sunday, November 27, 2016, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Ruth’s Redemption” from Ruth 4:1-12.

Now Boaz had gone up to the gate and sat down there. And behold, the redeemer, of whom Boaz had spoken, came by. So Boaz said, “Turn aside, friend; sit down here.” And he turned aside and sat down.

And he took ten men of the elders of the city and said, “Sit down here.” So they sat down.

Then he said to the redeemer, “Naomi, who has come back from the country of Moab, is selling the parcel of land that belonged to our relative Elimelech. So I thought I would tell you of it and say, ‘Buy it in the presence of those sitting here and in the presence of the elders of my people.’ If you will redeem it, redeem it. But if you1 will not, tell me, that I may know, for there is no one besides you to redeem it, and I come after you.”

And he said, “I will redeem it.”

Then Boaz said, “The day you buy the field from the hand of Naomi, you also acquire Ruth the Moabite, the widow of the dead, in order to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance.” Then the redeemer said, “I cannot redeem it for myself, lest I impair my own inheritance. Take my right of redemption yourself, for I cannot redeem it.”

Now this was the custom in former times in Israel concerning redeeming and exchanging: to confirm a transaction, the one drew off his sandal and gave it to the other, and this was the manner of attesting in Israel. So when the redeemer said to Boaz, “Buy it for yourself,” he drew off his sandal.

Then Boaz said to the elders and all the people, “You are witnesses this day that I have bought from the hand of Naomi all that belonged to Elimelech and all that belonged to Chilion and to Mahlon. Also Ruth the Moabite, the widow of Mahlon, I have bought to be my wife, to perpetuate the name of the dead in his inheritance that the name of the dead may not be cut off from among his brothers and from the gate of his native place. You are witnesses this day.”

Then all the people who were at the gate and the elders said, “We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman, who is coming into your house, like Rachel and Leah, who together built up the house of Israel. May you act worthily in Ephrathah and be renowned in Bethlehem, and may your house be like the house of Perez, whom Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring that the LORD will give you by this young woman.”


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