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The following are sermons by our preacher, Allen Dvorak, this year and last:

2016

Date
Title Topic
Mar. 12, AM A Failed Marriage
Hosea
Hosea is called "the prophet of the broken heart."  Would Israel learn the lesson?
Mar. 5, AM
What God Wants in a Shepherd
Psalm 23, John 10
Nearly all of an elder's work revolves around his ability to teach.
Mar. 5, PM
Looking Into a Mirror
James 1:19-27
The Word of God is no fun-house mirror.  It shows us the truth.
Feb. 19, AM
Faith as Trust
James 2:14-24
Trusting in a Trustworthy God!
Jan. 29, AM
Make Up Your Mind!
The Book of James
Beware of the Divided Heart!
Jan. 29, PM
The Church and Salvation
Ephesians 1:15-23
Can you be "spiritual" and reject "organized religion?" 
Jan. 22, AM
Where Shall I Go?
Psalm 139
God knows you, better than anyone else!
Jan. 15, AM
So You Want To Be A Husband?
Ephesians 5:22-24
Responsibilities of the husband.
Jan. 15, PM
The Need for Growth
Hebrews 5:11-14
We need to grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  What exactly does that mean?
Jan. 8, AM
Does God Exist?
Romans 1:21-32
How you answer this question has consequences, for this life and beyond.
Jan. 8, PM
The Cost of Discipleship
Matthew 8:18-27
There is a cost to being a disciple of Jesus.  Allen looks at some examples of prospective disciples from the New Testament, some hard sayings, and some rewards of being a disciple.
Jan. 1, AM
The Real Jesus: The Perfect Example
1 Peter 2:21
There are many people in the Bible that we can and should imitate, but only one was without flaw.
Jan. 1, PM
Actions Have Consequences
Galatians 6:7
Remember the Law of Sowing and Reaping!
Dec. 25, AM
The Virgin Birth
Matthew 1:18-23
To deny this essential doctrine is to call into question the integrity of the New Testament, and of Jesus as the Son of God.
Dec. 18, AM
Sharing in Others' Sins
1 Timothy 5:22
Ways in which we can share in others' sins - with Old and New Testament examples.
Dec. 18, PM
Lies Christians Tell
1 John 2:1-6
The apostle John identifies some ways Christians can lie.  We need to avoid!
Dec. 11, AM
Staying the Path
Hebrews 12:1-13
Some examples from the Old Testament show that finishing well is more important than starting well.
Dec. 11, PM
Son of Jonah
Ephesians 2:1-7

Two prophets...
Parallel Stories...
Same location...
Conclusion: The Gospel is for All!

Dec. 4, AM
Missing the Point
2 Kings 18
The Error of Sacramentalism.
Dec. 4, PM
Q&A #85
1 Cor. 15:20-30
How Does God Prune Us?
What was the purpose for the Corinthians being baptized for the dead in 1 Cor. 15:29?
Was Judas possessed by Satan?

Nov. 27, AM A Judgement-Free Zone
Ephesians 2:11-12
In what sense should a local church be a "judgement-free zone?  When are we required to judge?
Nov. 27, PM Divine Wisdom

Nov. 20, AM
Follow Me
John 21:1-4
As in the beginning, and now before he returns to His Father, Jesus tells his disciples to "follow me."
Nov. 20, PM
Becoming One
John 17:11, 20-23
The challenge of unity - in marriage and in the body of Christ.
Oct. 23, AM
The Leadership of Elders
1 Peter 5:1-5
Some leadership models tend to focus on authority and process.  The Scriptural model is all about relationships.
Oct. 23, PM
Facts About Sin
2 Thessalonians Chapter 1
An unpleasant subject perhaps, but there is nothing more important than understanding God's teaching on sin.
Oct. 16, AM
It's About Grace
2 Timothy 4:6-8
Allen identifies some extreme views regarding divine grace, and then allows the Scriptures to teach us the truth about it.
Oct. 16, PM
Spiritual Apathy
2 Peter 1:5-9
Causes and cures for this all too common ailment.
Oct. 9, AM
The Great Physician
Jesus is indeed the Great Physician.
Oct. 9, PM
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
Jesus, the master teacher, responds to a lawyer's question.
Oct. 2, AM
Eternal Fire
Allen discusses what Jesus said about hell and eternal punishment.
Sept. 25, AM
Mocking God
Hebrews 4:12
When it comes to God's law, you can't "game the system."
Sept. 25, PM
The Real Jesus: A Controversial Man
Matthew 10:34-39
Jesus was both the subject, and agent of controversy.
Sept. 11, AM
It's Your Destiny
1 Thess. 5:1-11
God has plans for us!
Sept. 11, PM
The Prayers of Saul of Tarsus
Acts 9:1-9
Dealing with the "Aha!" moment.
Sept. 4, AM
Number Our Days
Job 14
"So teach us to number our days that we may get a heart of wisdom." -Psalm 90:12
Sept. 4, PM
Q&A #84: Why do we "eat the body" and "drink the blood?"  and The Tabernacle
Question and Answer sermon:  Allen answers questions about the Lord's Supper and the tabernacle.
August 28, AM
According To Your Faith
Hebrews 11:6
The relationship between miracles and faith.  What if our blessings depended upon the measure of our faith?
August 21, AM
Psalm 37: Do Not Fret
Counsel to the righteous.
The future of the wicked.

August 21, PM
Character Over Circumstances
Matt. 7:17-20
What is character?  Building character.  Over-comer vs victim.
July 31, AM
Am I Your Enemy?
Galatians 4:16
Jesus, Paul, and others were fearless in their preaching.  What is the goal of Biblical preaching?
July 31, PM
Bible Lands Tour - The Valley of Beracah
II Chronicles 20:1-30
The place where we bless God.
July 24, AM
The Real Jesus: Man with a Mission
Luke 19:10
What was Jesus mission?  What was it not?
July 10, AM
Non-blushing Christians
Jeremiah 6:15
The challenge of maintaining shamefastness and modesty as a Christian in today's culture.
July 3, AM
Reading the Psalms
Psalm 1:1-2
Allen explains the different types of Psalms and things to look for as we read them.
July 3, PM
The Sin of Fornication
What is fornication?  How do we deal with today's "hook-up" culture?
June 19, AM
Christ, Our Ransom
Mark 10:45; 1 Timothy 2:5-6
What was the price of our freedom?
June 19, PM
Connecting Knowledge with Obedience
1 Samuel 15
Why do we sometimes do wrong?  Ignorance? Weakness?  Why should we do right?  Building a strong desire to do right.
June 12 AM
Strengthening the Hands of the Wicked
Jeremiah 23:14
Allen discusses ways that we can "strengthen the hands of the wicked," and how to avoid doing so.
June 12 PM
Why Ignore the Warnings?
2 Kings 17:7-15
God provides warnings for us to turn away from evil and its consequences.  Why do we ignore them?
June 5 AM
When God Says "No"
1 John 5:14, James 1:5-8
God does not always give us what we ask for, but he does give us what we need, according to His purpose.
June 5 PM
Wanted: Priests
1 Peter 2:1-10

Allen talks about the qualifications and functions of Levitical priests.  How do these apply to us?
May 29 AM
Two Opinions
1 Kings 18:21a
Elijah challenged Israel to choose Jehovah or Baal.  They "limped between two opinions." Allen discusses areas in which we cannot afford to do likewise.
May 29 PM
Q&A#83 Questions About Fasting
Acts 13:1-3
Is fasting required for all Christians?  If so, what constitutes fasting?
May 22 AM
A Good God in an Evil World
Reading:Psalm 1
Allen discusses evil and suffering in the world.  How could a good, omniscient and omnipotent God allow it?
May 12, AM
Wonderful Insults
Acts 17:1-9
When insults are actually compliments!
May 12, PM
Living in Enemy Territory
Hebrews 11:8-16
It's all about focus!
May 5, AM
If You Could Warn
Luke 16:19-30
If you knew of an impending danger, would you warn others?  Allen explores some of the warnings in Scripture and our duty to warn others.
May 5, PM
The Real Jesus: Master Teacher
John 4:1-10
Allen continues his series on "The Real Jesus" and looks at some of the teaching strategies employed by Jesus.
April 24, AM
God Answers Prayer
Isaiah 38:1-7
Allen presents Scriptures that affirm that God answers prayer and discusses conditions for answered prayer.
April 17, AM
The Real Jesus - Unprejudiced
Galatians 3:28
Allen discusses examples of first century prejudices and shows how Jesus refused to bow to prejudice.
April 17, PM
Growth in Marriage
II Peter 1:3-15
Marriage is not so much about finding the right person, but being the right person.
April 10, AM
Words of Eternal Life
John 6:60-71
Jesus has the words of eternal life.
Words of eternal life include
-Words of warning.
-Words of rebuke.
-Words of encouragement.

April 10, PM
How to Make Good Choices
1 Kings 11:26-40
The process of making good choices:
-Allen helps us to identify options and then evaluate them based on Biblical principles.

March 27, AM
Sorrow 101
2 Corinthians 7:5-13
-The two types of sorrow - how to distinguish.
-How we should respond to sin.


March 6, AM
Jesus - A King
Continuing the series "Who Was This Jesus of Nazareth?"
The Kingship of Jesus
He rules over a kingdom like no other.

March 6, PM
Psalm 50
I will Testify Against You
Psalm 50 sets forth two charges against Israel, and God's counsel for them - and for us!
February 28, AM
Washed in the Blood
An interesting expression...
Revelation 1:5
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth.  To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood,


February 28, PM
Bible Lands Tour - Alexandria
Why did Jesus come when he did?
...may have something to do with the development of the LXX)

February 14, AM
As the Deer
Learning from God's Incredible Creation
Deer have been designed with impressive defenses.  Yet, they can still let their guard down and fall prey to the hunter.  Let's learn from these deadly deer mistakes.
February 14, PM
Unless the Lord Builds the House
Psalm 127
We must allow God to direct our lives.
January 31, AM
A Man With Time to Pray
Continuing the series "Who Was This Jesus of Nazareth?"
Jesus prayed
-often
-both publicly and privately
-both long and short prayers
-in times of decision and difficulty

January 24, AM
Meaningful Worship
What does it mean to worship "in spirit and in truth?"
January 17, AM
Whisperers

January 17, PM
Sin
Purpose of this lesson:
-Identify what sin is
-Survey its exact nature
-Encourage us to abhor sin.
January 10, AM
It Is Finished
Finished - but not totally done.
The Redemptive Plan

January 10, PM
New Wineskins

January 3, AM
Showdown in the Wilderness
-The temptation of Jesus in the wilderness
-The nature of the temptations
-How to resist temptation
January 3, PM
The Hourglass of Life
-Time is fleeting
-Time is like money - it needs to be budgeted
-What is your purpose in life?
-Do you have a sense of urgency?

2015

Date
Title Topic
December 27, AM
KSR 2017
-Now is the time to think about what we want this congregation, and ourselves, to be like in 2017.
-Specific goals for us, as individuals
-Goals of this, or any, congregation
December 27, PM
The Plague of Pornography
-A pandemic is sweeping across our nation, and it is destroying lives and souls.
-How to defend yourself against it.
December 20, AM
Jesus and Tough Love
Continuing the series "Who Was This Jesus of Nazareth?"
-Jesus, a loving person, yet firm and stern.
-The dangers of "Political Correctness."

December 20, PM
Calling and Election
A study of the "U" in the Calvinist TULIP - "Unconditional Election."
"Calling" and "Election" are two different things.

December 13, AM
Question and Answer #82
-Why is the Eunuch's confession in Acts 8:37 omitted in some translations?
-Was Paul speaking for himself, or quoting others in 1 Cor. 7:1 and 8:1,4?

December 13, PM
The Joy of Your Master
Focusing on the Reward
Taking a look at the parable of the talents.
December 6, PM
A Dangerous Critter
James 3:1-12
Talkin' 'Bout the Tongue
November 29, AM
What Do I Still Lack?
A Question for Jesus
-Some positive things about the rich young ruler
-Some hard sayings
-Some mistakes made
-How sad!

November 29, PM
Don't Just Stand There!
Hebrews 12:1-2
How to run the race
November 22, AM
The Judgement of Solomon
1 Kings 3
The Case of the Two Babies
Lessons about sin
-Sin breeds sin
-Sin has serious consequences
-Sin provides false security
November 15, AM
The Real Jesus
We must get to know the real Jesus.
-Not modern caricatures
-He is the theme of the Gospel
-He is our example
November 15, PM
Bible Lands Tour: Sodom
Genesis 19, 2 Peter 2:4-10
-Lot's story
-What was the sin of Sodom?
-"the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment..."

November 8, AM
"We Will Obey the Voice of the Lord"
Jeremiah 42-43
-We need to obey God, regardless of the circumstances.
-We must tell others about God's word - in season and out of season.
-We must be willing to teach ALL of God's word.

November 8, PM
The One Church
-Identifying the Church that Belongs to Christ.
-Understanding the illustration of the vine and the branches.

November 1, AM
"The Milk of Human Kindness"
Kindness
-The trademark of a Christian
-Kindness defined
-Suggestions for being kind

November 1, PM
The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible
-The discovery of the scrolls
-Old Testament Textual Criticism
- Confirmation of the Masoretic Text

October 18, AM
The Danger of Pride
Reading: Acts 5:1-11
Pride is insidious.
-What sinful pride prevents.
-What sinful pride causes.


October 18, PM
Sin: Its Consequences and Punishment
Reading: 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12
Alan discusses
-how the consequences and punishment for sin are distinct.
-Jesus' death in more detail
-Did He take our punishment?

October 11, AM
Holding True
Philippians 3:1-16
"Only let us hold true to what we have obtained..."
Why do many not stay on course?
Valuable traits: Focus and Persistence
October 11, PM
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage - Final Questions
Allen addresses important questions about:
-the guilty party
-adulterous marriages

October 4, AM
The Parable of the Lost Son
The parables of lost things in Luke 15 are really about lost people!
October 4, PM
God's Call to the Sinner
Is God's grace "irresistable?"
How does God call sinners?
September 27, AM
Water Baptism - Its Purpose and Results
Are we saved by grace, or works?  -Grace, of course!
-Is baptism a work, and therefore plays no part in salvation?
-Or is it an act of faith and an appeal to God's grace, and essential to man's salvation?

September 27, PM
Question and Answer #81


-Who was the second king of Israel?
-Did David's sons actually serve as priests?
-Why wasn't David executed for his sins in 2 Samuel 11?
September 6, AM
The Righteousness of Faith
Romans 10:5-17
The righteousness that is based on faith (Romans 10:6).
Examining Paul's "For" chains in Romans 10:
-God has made all things ready.
-It is near you - in your heart and in your mouth
.
-Will you obey the gospel?
September 6, PM The Athiest's Worldview
Romans 1:18-32
-The athiest's worldview
  -No objective code; no absolute moral authority, only subjectivism, relativism, and pragmatism.
  -Contrast with the Christian worldview
    -Moral code higher than himself
    -Purposeful
    -Hopeful


August 30, AM
The God We Serve
"Who is Yahweh, that I should obey his voice...?"  Pharoah, Exodus 5:2
A God who reveals Himself
-through Natural Revelation
-through Special Revelation
-As He works
-As He speaks
-What others have said
August 30, PM
The Relationship between Faith and Works
Is salvation by merit, or by grace?
Paul said we're justified by faith and not works.  James said we're not justified by faith alone, but by works.  Apparently a conflict.  But is it really?  There is no more vital a topic for today.
August 23, AM
Cursing the Deaf
Leviticus 19:9-8

How to treat your fellow man, for the Lord's sake.
August 16, AM
Let's Be Peacemakers!
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God”— Matthew 5:9
In this lesson, Allen
-Identifies the need for peacemakers.
-Describes some things that make for peace in local congregations.
-Discusses what it means to be a peacemaker.
August 16, PM
The Suffering Servant of Isaiah 52-53
Jesus suffered on our behalf.
Allen discusses
-The purpose of Jesus' death.
-Why did Jesus have to die the type of death that he did?
August 9, AM
God Is My Judge
How Daniel lived up to his name, and his convictions, in serving God.
Daniel was tested, but stood by his convictions in Babylon, because he understood that God was his judge.
August 9, PM
The Year of Jubilee!
Leviticus 25:7.  And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout the land to all its inhabitants.
-A time of rejoicing, freedom, and restoration that began with a day dedicated to the somber remembrance of sin.
-Such bittersweet combining of sorrow and joy is an essential aspect of the Gospel.
August 2, AM
Some Last Words...
So...you're headed off to college...
A sermon to
-Help young people handle the freedom and responsibilities associated with leaving home and going to college.
-Offer some specific counsel about personal faith and conduct.

August 2, PM
The Adulteration Theory
Have we adopted the practice of penance in our teaching of marriage, divorce, and remarriage?
-The Adulteration Theory explained.
-It's consequences.
-Misunderstandings.
-Objections.

July 26, 2015
What Will Happen Next?
-Recent supreme court decisions, wars and unrest may be causing us to think "What will happen next?"
-How do we prepare for "troubled times."

July 19, PM
Question and Answer #80
-Was Jesus actually three days and three nights in the tomb prior to his resurrection?
-Did God give David a "pass" when he ate the bread of the presence in the tabernacle?

July 12, AM
The Christian's Joy
Why should we be joyful?
-The importance of joy.
-Even in times of difficulty.
-Joy overcomes anguish.

July 12, PM
Bible Lands Tour - Tyre
An example of detailed prophecy fulfilled.
July 5, PM
Divorce and the Non-Christian
What is the relationship of a non-Christian to Christ's marriage law?  Allen presents a thorough analysis of a very important subject.
June 28, AM
Clanging Symbols
1 Corinthians 13
-The Absolute Necessity of Love
-The Character of Love
June 21, AM
The Tough Task of Being a Father
A Salute to Fathers!
-Good leaders...poor fathers
-A shortage of fathers
-A father must...
June 21, PM
What I Learned from Cornelius
Acts 10

Cornelius:
-A very good man!
-The kind of person you would want for a neighbor.
-Yet, a lost person!
June 7, AM
Things Above
Colossians 3:1–2
-Identify the desired focus of the Christian.
-Suggest how we can attain/keep that focus.
June 7, PM
Q&A#79: The Chronology of the Crucifixion
-Did Jesus observe the Passover with His apostles?
-On what day was Jesus crucified?
-How long was Jesus on the cross?
-Was Jesus actually three days and three nights in the tomb prior to His resurrection?
May 31, AM
The Lust of the Eyes
Genesis 3:6, 1 John 2:15-17
Eyes, or mind?
Those who "looked" with intent.
Those who "look" without intent.

May 31, PM
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: The "Pauline Privilege"
A second Scriptural cause for divorce?
"Not enslaved" vs "not under bondage."

May 24, AM
Who Owns You?
Luke 12:13-21
Covetousness
-It
is Foolishness
-You don't know what the future will bring.
-You can't take your stuff with you.
May 17, AM
A Citizen in the Kingdom
Philippians 3:17-20
The Importance of Citizenship
The Privilege of Citizenship
The Responsibilities of Citizenship

May 17, PM
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage: The Guilty Party
Two theories. Two observations.
May 10, AM
Victory in Jesus
Living a Successful Life
2 Timothy 4:1-8
Affirming the Biblical measure of a truly successful life.

May 10, PM
What Our Children Will Remember

Deliberately Creating Memories
May 3, AM
Nehemiah's Prayer
Nehemiah 1:4-11
Nehemiah trusts in God's promises, and calls on God to fulfill them.  Do we?
May 3, PM
Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage - "Mental Divorce"
A scriptural marriage out of every divorce?
"Mental Divorce" theory:
-Fails to distinguish between being married and being bound.
-Stems from an improper definition of adultery.
-Plainly contradicts Scripture.
April 26, AM
What Is The Truth?
Truth is objective.
It's source is God, and we can know it.

April 19, AM The Strong Winds of False Doctrine
Four ways that we can be "carried about."
Strategies to avoid that.

April 12, AM The Danger of Big Churches
Dangers identified - and how to avoid.
"Someone else will do it..."
Hiding in the crowd.
We versus me.
It's all about the attitude of individual members.
April 12, PM
Bible Lands Tour: Shechem
A Reminder of God's Faithfulness
-God's land promise made to Abraham at Shechem.
-Gathering at Shechem after conquest of Jericho and Ai.
-He brings them back to Shechem to show promise fulfilled.

April 5, AM

Who is a Christian?:
What is the real criteria for identifying a Christian?

Am I a Christian because I claim to be one?
…or because I believe in God and read my Bible?
…or because I’m religious and I go to church?
…or because I’m a good person?

April 5, PM

Divorce and Remarriage:
Being bound, and being married - there is a difference.

The Scriptural definition of adultery;
Who can remarry?

Mar 23, AM

Why Study the Old Testament?:
The Old Testament made early Christians “wise for salvation!”

The use of the O.T. by N.T. writers;
It’s value to us

Mar 23, PM

Questions:When Someone Sins Against You:
Are there different courses of action for private and public sins?

Matt. 18:15-17: What do the “one or two others” witness?
Examples of public rebuke in the N.T.

Mar 8, PM

Kill the Spider:
Don't simply brush away the cobwebs!

Strategies and fruits of repentance;
Conditions for being forgiven

Mar 8, AM

Guilt: Defining It and Dealing with It

Bible basics; *Being* guilty versus *feeling* guilty;
Repenting and confessing

Mar 1, 2015

Making Ourselves Good Clay:
Choosing our fate

Christian living; Jeremiah's warnings;
Free moral agency

Mar 1, AM

Better Young People in 2015: Self-Discipline, Respect,
Honesty, and Excellence

Home and Family; Honoring parents;
Choices, opportunities, and how to grow

Feb 22, PM

The Danger of Political Correctness

Christian living
Speaking the truth in love and boldly

Feb 15, PM

Spiritual Preppers:
Are you ready?

Christian Living
Priorities; Temptation; Judgment

Feb 15, AM

Good Christianity:
Are Christians responsible for society's problems?

Bible Basics; The nature of Christianity
Judge a religion by its book

Feb 1, PM

Lessons from a Window:
Intelligent design; the harshness of nature

God's power and wisdom
Man's dependence and spiritual difference

Feb 1, AM

Better Wives in 2015:
Behaving like the church

Home and family; 1 Peter 3:1-7
Submissive, industrious, homemakers

Jan 25, AM

Better Husbands in 2015:
Leaders and Lovers

Home and family; Ephesians 5:22-33
Relationship complacency; Excuses

Jan 18, PM

Questions: Witnesses and Rebuke

Christian living;
Church discipline; gaining your brother

Jan 18, AM

The Church's Servants: What kind of men should deacons be?

Church organization; Qualifications;
1 Timothy 3:8-13; Acts 6:1-6

Jan 11, PM

True Courage: Needed in a Christian's Life

Bravery in the face of threats;
Daniel's friends; Six applications

Jan 4, PM

Sardis:
The dead church?

Bible Lands Tour;
Problems, Counsel, and Promises

Jan 4, AM

Redemption...
of Israel, and of Mankind

Bible basics;
Price of a Christian's freedom


 

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