April 13, 2017

Good Intentions, Poor Execution (Job 4)

16997905_1330160643709280_7690010696290514539_nOn Sunday, February 26, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Good Intentions, Poor Execution” from Job 4.

The retribution your sin deserves was taken by Jesus Christ in his suffering and death on the cross.

1. Accusations and Innuendo—Eliphaz’s remarks confuses suffering with punishment and riches with reward. But God does not deal with his people according to their sins.

2. Not So New, and Not So Special—The religion Eliphaz advances is graceless. It misunderstands God and Man. God is just and the justifier of those who believe in Jesus Christ.

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April 12, 2017

A Day to Lament (Job 3)

IMG_3879On Sunday, February 19, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “A Day to Lament” from Job 3.

Jesus Christ rights the wrongs of a sin-cursed world by his death on the cross.

1. Creation Undone—As if his trials parallel the Fall of Adam, so Job wishes he’d never been born, even to the extent that God had never created the world in the first place.

2. Why, Oh Why?—Job assumes joy will only return to him by means of his own death. He wouldn’t take his own life, but endured his trials.

3. A Greater Than Job—The undoing of creation and relief from suffering in death find their ultimate expression in the death of Christ for fallen sinners, which sufferings result in eternal life and joy in Christ.

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April 12, 2017

Weep With Those Who Weep (Job 2:11-13)

IMG_3690On Sunday, February 12, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Weep With Those Who Weep” from Job 2:11-13.

Jesus Christ shared our suffering humbling himself by taking a body of dust so we can live forever with him in glory.

1. A Concerted Effort—Knowing Job needs help, three friends deliberately arranged to visit him in his trouble.

2. Sharing Sorrows—Job’s friends express their grief and sorrow for Job.

3. Seven Days and Seven Nights—As the friends shared in Job’s sufferings, as Christ shared in ours, even as our sufferings complete his own, so are we to share the suffering of others.

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April 4, 2017

Faith Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine of Justification

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Faith Alone The Evangelical Doctrine of JustificationBook Description

The Reformers broke with the Roman Catholic Church when they insisted that people are justified by faith alone. Today, many Protestants fail to grasp that keystone of faith, and yet the biblical, Reformation view of the doctrine of justification is vital for us to grasp the power of the gospel and proclaim it far and wide. In Faith Alone, R. C. Sproul clearly explains the doctrine of salvation, including why Protestantism and Roman Catholicism split over justification in the first place and why that division remains an uncrossed chasm.

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Dr. R.C. Sproul

About the Author

R. C. Sproul has served the church as a seminary professor, pastor, and author of more than one hundred books. He is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries and the chancellor of Reformation Bible College, and his teaching can be heard daily on the program Renewing Your Mind, which broadcasts around the world. Dr. Sproul is also executive editor of Tabletalk magazine and general editor of the Reformation Study Bible.

262 Pages
Publisher: Baker Books
Publication Date: 1995
ISBN: 9780801019494

March 13, 2017

The Person of Jesus: Radio Addresses on the Deity of the Savior

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Book Description

“The radio addresses of Dr. J. Gresham Machen, delivered from January to April in 1935, are a unique and condensed summary of some of the most significant doctrinal issues that Dr. Machen taught and defended throughout his career…

“…For Dr. Machen, Jesus is not a mere man who serves as an ethical example or a teacher of good principles. He is our Savior, and as Dr. Machen stated, “a purely human, or mere natural, as distinguished from a supernatural, Christ can never be our Savior.” Jesus Christ, God incarnate, came as the Savior and accomplished salvation, according to Dr. Machen. The final demonstration of Jesus Christ’s work was his resurrection. Dr. Machen defends the supernatural bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ, and he asserts that this pivotal historical event evinces the truth of Christianity.

“These transcribed radio addresses are commended as a clear and wonderful presentation of the basic orthodox Christian commitments that Dr. Machen embraced and defended. They are delivered by a renowned scholar, but presented in a way that encourages everyone to read and carefully reflect on them. “

~from the Introduction by Jeffrey K. Jue, Ph.D., Provost & Executive Vice President, Westminster Theological Seminary

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Dr. J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937)

About the Author

John Gresham Machen was born at Baltimore on July 28, 1881, the middle of three sons born to a southern lawyer, Arthur Machen, whose brother had fought for the Confederates in the Civil War. Some time in his youth Machen came to a personal faith in Christ, but there was no dramatic conversion experience. In later years he was not even able to recall the date (4 January 1896) when he had publicly professed faith and become a church member in Franklin Street Presbyterian Church. He was educated at Johns Hopkins and Princeton Universities, Princeton Theological Seminary and the Universities of Marburg and Göttingen in Germany.

Machen taught at Princeton Seminary from 1906 until its reorganisation in 1929. Then he left to help found Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, where he served as professor of New Testament until his death from pneumonia on New Year’s Day, 1937. In 1936 Machen was instrumental with others in founding what became the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, and was its first Moderator.

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Book Details

Paperback
101 Pages
Publisher: Westminster Seminary Press
Publication Date: 2017
ISBN: 9780998005140

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March 7, 2017

Intensive Trials (Job 2:1-10)

20170205 Job 2_1-10 MemeOn Sunday, February 5, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Instensive Trials” from Job 2:1-10.

Jesus Christ at every point of his earthly life blessed God and still died so all who cursed God and believe in his Son will never die.

1. Skin for Skin—Though Job was faithful, he was treated as one who had abandoned the Lord. Our suffering for the sake of Christ points back to the suffering of Jesus himself.

2. Six Little Words—Three Hebrew words echo Job’s faithfulness; three echo the curse. Wife holds our his two choices: to bless God or curse him. As Joshua’s call to choose whom you will serve, Job’s response shows he makes the better choice.

3. The Good with the Bad—In Christ, the justified believer is viewed by God as one who has faithfully endured trials .

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March 1, 2017

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt By Day

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Book Description

The Hawk That Dare Not Hunt by Day by award-winning author Scott O’Dell is historical fiction set in Europe during the 1500s. In this Christian fiction book Tom Barton and his uncle Jack are smugglers who are used to breaking the law. With quick wits and secret cargo holds, they have managed to make a comfortable living. And then William Tyndale asks them to carry English Bibles along with their usual cargo. As enemy after enemy rises to oppose Tyndale’s Bible translation, Tom is confronted with a choice between what he wants and what he knows to be true.

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Scott O’Dell (1898-1982)

About the Author

Scott O’Dell (May 23, 1898 – October 15, 1989) was an American author of 26 novels for young people, along with three novels for adults and four nonfiction books. He wrote historical fiction, primarily, including several children’s novels about historical California and Mexico. For his contribution as a children’s writer he received the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1972, the highest recognition available to creators of children’s books. He received The University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 1976 and the Catholic Libraries Association Regina Medal in 1978.

O’Dell’s best known work is the historical novel Island of the Blue Dolphins (1960), which won the 1961 Newbery Medal and the 1963 Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis in its German translation. It was also named to the Lewis Carroll Shelf Award list. He was one of the annual Newbery runners-up for three other books: The King’s Fifth (1966), The Black Pearl (1967), and Sing Down the Moon (1970).

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Book Details

182 Pages
Publisher: BJU Press, JourneyForth
Publication Date: 1975
ISBN: 978-0-89084-368-0

This book was generously donated by the John and Julie Anderson family.

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February 7, 2017

“Cursed,” Yet Blessing Yahweh (Job 1:13-22)

img_3641On Sunday, January 29, 2017, Pastor Joe Troutman preached “Cursed,” Yet Blessing Yahweh from Job 1:13-22.

God gives and God takes away; God is God, and he is to be worshipped.

1. Devastation and Disaster–Fourfold tragedy befalls Job and he falls on the ground to worship. “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away…”

2. Sorrow and Service–when trouble befalls you, you are to worship. “…blessed be the name of the LORD.”

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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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