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

March Spotlight! 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).

Source: Wikipedia

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.

Library patrons who have read this book are invited to share their comments, reviews, questions or criticisms for discussion in the comments below this post.

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.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “‘Cursed,’ Yet Blessing Yahweh” (Job 1:13-22) at mcopc.org.

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.”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “The Beginning” (Mark 1:1-8) at mcopc.org

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.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “Imputation of Wrong Motives” (Job 1:6-12) at mcopc.org.

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….”

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “Yahweh Saves” (Matthew 1:18-24) at mcopc.org.

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.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “A Long-Awaited Son” (Ruth 4:13-22) at mcopc.org.

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.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to “A Testimony True” (John 21:20-25) at mcopc.org.