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Oct 13, 2019
Honoring God as Faithful Stewards of Our Time, Talents, and Treasures

Matthew 25:14-30

The Parable of the Talents

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[1] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[2] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[3] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
  2. Matthew 25:15 talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
  3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 232630
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  • Oct 13, 2019Honoring God as Faithful Stewards of Our Time, Talents, and Treasures
    Oct 13, 2019
    Honoring God as Faithful Stewards of Our Time, Talents, and Treasures

    Matthew 25:14-30

    The Parable of the Talents

    14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[1] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[2] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[3] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

    Footnotes:

    1. Matthew 25:14 Or bondservants; also verse 19
    2. Matthew 25:15 talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years' wages for a laborer
    3. Matthew 25:21 Or bondservant; also verses 232630
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    Guest Speaker: Ken Lewis

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    Psalm 95

    Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

     Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;     let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation! Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;     let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise! For the Lord is a great God,     and a great King above all gods. In his hand are the depths of the earth;     the heights of the mountains are his also. The sea is his, for he made it,     and his hands formed the dry land.

    Oh come, let us worship and bow down;     let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker! For he is our God,     and we are the people of his pasture,     and the sheep of his hand. Today, if you hear his voice,     do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,     as on the day at Massah in the wilderness, when your fathers put me to the test     and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work. 10 For forty years I loathed that generation     and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,     and they have not known my ways.” 11 Therefore I swore in my wrath,     “They shall not enter my rest.”

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    Jonah 4

    Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

    But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[1] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

    Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. Now the Lord God appointed a plant[2] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[3] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?”

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
    2. Jonah 4:6 Hebrew qiqayon, probably the castor oil plant; also verses 7910
    3. Jonah 4:6 Or his evil
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    Jonah 4:1-4

    Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

    But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[1] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?”

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
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    Jonah 3:3-10

    So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,[1] three days' journey in breadth.[2] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

    The People of Nineveh Repent

    The word reached[3] the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes.And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.” 10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God
    2. Jonah 3:3 Or a visit was a three days' journey
    3. Jonah 3:6 Or had reached
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    Jonah 3:1-5

    Jonah Goes to Nineveh

    Then the word of the Lord came to Jonah the second time, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,[1] three days' journey in breadth.[2] Jonah began to go into the city, going a day's journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 3:3 Hebrew a great city to God
    2. Jonah 3:3 Or a visit was a three days' journey
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    Jonah 2:5-10 

    The waters closed in over me to take my life;     the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land     whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit,     Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,     I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,     into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols     forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving     will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.     Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

    10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

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    Jonah 1:17-2:10

    A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

    17 [1] And the Lord appointed[2] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Jonah's Prayer

    Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,saying,

    “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,     and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried,     and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep,     into the heart of the seas,     and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows     passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away     from your sight; yet I shall again look     upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life;     the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land     whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit,     Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,     I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,     into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols     forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving     will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.     Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

    10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
    2. Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
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    Jonah 1:17-2:10

    A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

    17 [1] And the Lord appointed[2] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Jonah's Prayer

    Then Jonah prayed to the Lord his God from the belly of the fish,saying,

    “I called out to the Lord, out of my distress,     and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried,     and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep,     into the heart of the seas,     and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows     passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away     from your sight; yet I shall again look     upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life;     the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head     at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land     whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit,     Lord my God. When my life was fainting away,     I remembered the Lord, and my prayer came to you,     into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols     forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving     will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay.     Salvation belongs to the Lord!”

    10 And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited Jonah out upon the dry land.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
    2. Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
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    Jonah 1

    Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

    Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil[1] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

    Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

    And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[2] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

    A Great Fish Swallows Jonah

    17 [3] And the Lord appointed[4] a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
    2. Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
    3. Jonah 1:17 Ch 2:1 in Hebrew
    4. Jonah 1:17 Or had appointed
     
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    Jonah 1:4-16

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

    Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

    And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[1] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
     
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    Luke 9:57–62 (ESV):
    57 As they were going along the road, someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” 59 To another he said, “Follow me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.” 60 And Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” 61 Yet another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home.” 62 Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.”
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    Jonah 1:4-16

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up. Then the mariners were afraid, and each cried out to his god. And they hurled the cargo that was in the ship into the sea to lighten it for them. But Jonah had gone down into the inner part of the ship and had lain down and was fast asleep. So the captain came and said to him, “What do you mean, you sleeper? Arise, call out to your god! Perhaps the god will give a thought to us, that we may not perish.”

    Jonah Is Thrown into the Sea

    And they said to one another, “Come, let us cast lots, that we may know on whose account this evil has come upon us.” So they cast lots, and the lot fell on Jonah. Then they said to him, “Tell us on whose account this evil has come upon us. What is your occupation? And where do you come from? What is your country? And of what people are you?”And he said to them, “I am a Hebrew, and I fear the Lord, the God of heaven, who made the sea and the dry land.” 10 Then the men were exceedingly afraid and said to him, “What is this that you have done!” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 Then they said to him, “What shall we do to you, that the sea may quiet down for us?” For the sea grew more and more tempestuous. 12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.” 13 Nevertheless, the men rowed hard[1] to get back to dry land, but they could not, for the sea grew more and more tempestuous against them. 14 Therefore they called out to the Lord, “O Lord, let us not perish for this man's life, and lay not on us innocent blood, for you, O Lord, have done as it pleased you.” 15 So they picked up Jonah and hurled him into the sea, and the sea ceased from its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord exceedingly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:13 Hebrew the men dug in [their oars]
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    Jonah 1:1-3; 3:10-4:2

    Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

    Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil [1] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

     

    10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.

    Jonah's Anger and the Lord's Compassion

    But it displeased Jonah exceedingly, [2] and he was angry. And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster.

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
    2. Jonah 4:1 Hebrew it was exceedingly evil to Jonah
  • Jun 23, 2019Responding to God’s Call
    Jun 23, 2019
    Responding to God’s Call

    Jonah 1:1-4, 12 (ESV)

    Jonah Flees the Presence of the Lord

    Now the word of the Lord came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying,“Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it, for their evil [a] has come up before me.” But Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord.

    But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.
     
    12 He said to them, “Pick me up and hurl me into the sea; then the sea will quiet down for you, for I know it is because of me that this great tempest has come upon you.”
     

    Footnotes:

    1. Jonah 1:2 The same Hebrew word can mean evil or disaster, depending on the context; so throughout Jonah
  • Jun 16, 2019Where Are You Seeking Happiness?
    Jun 16, 2019
    Where Are You Seeking Happiness?
    Series: (All)

    Psalm 1

    The Way of the Righteous and the Wicked

    Blessed is the man[a]     who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners,     nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law[b] of the Lord,     and on his law he meditates day and night.

    He is like a tree     planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season,     and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so,     but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

    Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,     nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,     but the way of the wicked will perish.

  • Jun 9, 2019The Lord’s Supper Proclaims….
    Jun 9, 2019
    The Lord’s Supper Proclaims….
    Series: (All)

    1 Corinthians 11:23-32

    23 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread, 24 and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for[a]you. Do this in remembrance of me.”[b] 25 In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord's death until he comes. 27 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord. 28 Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself. 30 That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.[c] 31 But if we judged[d]ourselves truly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined[e] so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
  • Jun 2, 2019The Ministry of the Believer
    Jun 2, 2019
    The Ministry of the Believer
    Series: (All)
    Tony is no stranger to our church, as he grew up in Pickens and PFBC. He has Master of Divinity and Master of Religious Education degrees from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO. Tony has served as Pastor or Associate Pastor of Baptist churches in North Carolina for 35 years. Tony and his wife, Vonda, have three grown children: Walker, Jesse, and Rachel. Tony and Vonda moved to Pickens earlier this year to assist his mother, Ellen, who has been an active member of our church for over 66 years.
  • May 26, 2019The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 2): Parent-Child Relationship
    May 26, 2019
    The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 2): Parent-Child Relationship
    Series: (All)

    Ephesians 6:1-4 

    Children and Parents

    Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother” (this is the first commandment with a promise),“that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land.”Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.

  • May 19, 2019What Do You Believe?
    May 19, 2019
    What Do You Believe?
    Series: (All)
  • May 12, 2019The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 1): Husband-Wife Relationship
    May 12, 2019
    The Structure of a Healthy Home (Part 1): Husband-Wife Relationship
    Series: (All)

    Ephesians 5:21-33

    21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

    Wives and Husbands

    22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.[a] 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.”32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

    Footnotes:

    1. Ephesians 5:27 Or holy and blameless
  • May 5, 2019The Foundation for a Healthy Family
    May 5, 2019
    The Foundation for a Healthy Family
    Series: (All)

    Genesis 2:24-25

    24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.

  • Apr 28, 2019What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life
    Apr 28, 2019
    What a Difference You’ve Made in My Life
    Series: (All)

    1 Corinthians 15:58

    58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.
  • Apr 21, 2019The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: History, Mystery, and Victory
    Apr 21, 2019
    The Resurrection of Jesus Christ: History, Mystery, and Victory
    Series: (All)

    1 Cor. 15:5-8

    . . . he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles. Last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared also to me.

    1 Cor.15:50-53

    I tell you this, brothers: flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. Behold! I tell you a mystery. 
    We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 
     
    For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and this mortal body must put on immortality.
     

    1 Cor. 15: 54-57

    When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written:
    “Death is swallowed up in victory.” “O death, where is your victory?     O death, where is your sting?”
    The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Apr 14, 2019God is on Your Side!
    Apr 14, 2019
    God is on Your Side!
    Series: (All)
    Romans 8: 31-39
     
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  • Apr 7, 2019Cultural Influencers
    Apr 7, 2019
    Cultural Influencers
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 5:13-16 Salt and Light 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet.
    14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that[a] they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
     
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    Josh Jennings and his wife, Shannon moved to Sedona with their 3 kids in 2014 to start Aletheia Church. Josh has pastored churches in Kentucky and South Carolina prior to moving to Sedona. He has a passion for building relationships with people and for teaching others about Jesus Christ. In his free time, you can find Josh riding his bike, reading, or grabbing a cup of coffee.
     
  • Mar 31, 2019Who is Your One?
    Mar 31, 2019
    Who is Your One?
    Series: (All)
    Luke 5: 27-32
    27 After this he went out and saw a tax collector named Levi, sitting at the tax booth. And he said to him, “Follow me.” 28 And leaving everything, he rose and followed him. 29 And Levi made him a great feast in his house, and there was a large company of tax collectors and others reclining at table with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes grumbled at his disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 And Jesus answered them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.”
  • Mar 24, 2019The Key to Enjoying a Close Relationship with God
    Mar 24, 2019
    The Key to Enjoying a Close Relationship with God
    Series: (All)
    1 Peter 5: 5b-7
     
    5b Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
    Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. (1 Peter 5:5b-7)
  • Mar 17, 2019Until Then (Part 5)
    Mar 17, 2019
    Until Then (Part 5)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3:13-18
    13 But according to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
    14 Therefore, beloved, since you are waiting for these, be diligent to be found by him without spot or blemish, and at peace.
    15 And count the patience of our Lord as salvation, just as our beloved brother Paul also wrote to you according to the wisdom given him,
    16 as he does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
    17 You therefore, beloved, knowing this beforehand, take care that you are not carried away with the error of lawless people and lose your own stability.
    18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.
  • Mar 10, 2019Until Then (Part 4)
    Mar 10, 2019
    Until Then (Part 4)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Mar 3, 2019Until Then (Part 3)
    Mar 3, 2019
    Until Then (Part 3)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Feb 24, 2019Until Then (Part 2)
    Feb 24, 2019
    Until Then (Part 2)
    Series: (All)
    2 Peter 3: 13-18
  • Feb 17, 2019Until Then (Part 1)
    Feb 17, 2019
    Until Then (Part 1)
    Series: (All)
  • Feb 10, 2019Christians Will Enjoy a Perfect Life in a Perfect Place for Eternity
    Feb 10, 2019
    Christians Will Enjoy a Perfect Life in a Perfect Place for Eternity
    Revelation 21:1-8
  • Feb 3, 2019Christians Receive New Bodies at the Second Coming of Christ.
    Feb 3, 2019
    Christians Receive New Bodies at the Second Coming of Christ.
  • Jan 27, 2019Christians Go Immediately to Be With Jesus
    Jan 27, 2019
    Christians Go Immediately to Be With Jesus
  • Jan 20, 2019Everyone Continues to Live
    Jan 20, 2019
    Everyone Continues to Live
    Luke 16: 19-31
  • Jan 13, 2019The Ultimate Relational Resolution
    Jan 13, 2019
    The Ultimate Relational Resolution
    Series: (All)
  • Jan 6, 2019What Are You Aiming For?
    Jan 6, 2019
    What Are You Aiming For?
    Series: (All)
    1 Corinthians 10: 31
  • Dec 30, 2018Give Your Christmas Away
    Dec 30, 2018
    Give Your Christmas Away
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 28: 16-20
  • Dec 24, 2018The Greatest Search and Rescue Mission of All Time
    Dec 24, 2018
    The Greatest Search and Rescue Mission of All Time
    Series: (All)
    Christmas Eve Service
  • Dec 23, 2018Born to Save
    Dec 23, 2018
    Born to Save
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 1: 21, 1 Timothy 1: 15
  • Dec 16, 2018A Model of Commitment
    Dec 16, 2018
    A Model of Commitment
    Series: (All)
    Luke 1: 26-38
  • Dec 2, 2018Practice What You Preach
    Dec 2, 2018
    Practice What You Preach
    Series: (All)
    Romans 2: 17-29
  • Nov 25, 2018Resisting Temptation
    Nov 25, 2018
    Resisting Temptation
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 39: 6-21
  • Nov 18, 2018Awakening a Sleeping Conscience
    Nov 18, 2018
    Awakening a Sleeping Conscience
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 42
  • Nov 11, 2018Lesson’s Learned in God’s School of Hard Knocks
    Nov 11, 2018
    Lesson’s Learned in God’s School of Hard Knocks
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 39-41
  • Nov 4, 2018Experiencing the Comfort and Security of God’s Hand
    Nov 4, 2018
    Experiencing the Comfort and Security of God’s Hand
    Series: (All)
    Romans 8:28
    Genesis 45:3-8
  • Oct 28, 2018The Reason for Trials
    Oct 28, 2018
    The Reason for Trials
    Series: (All)
    James 1: 2-4
  • Oct 21, 2018Death: A Defeated Enemy
    Oct 21, 2018
    Death: A Defeated Enemy
    Series: (All)
    1 Corinthians 15: 54-57
  • Oct 14, 2018Fishers of Men (2018 Mission Conference)
    Oct 14, 2018
    Fishers of Men (2018 Mission Conference)
    Matthew 4: 18-22
  • Oct 7, 2018Final Words
    Oct 7, 2018
    Final Words
    Ecclesiastes 12: 9-14
  • Sep 30, 2018Enjoy the Gift and Giver of Life in this World-While You Can
    Sep 30, 2018
    Enjoy the Gift and Giver of Life in this World-While You Can
    Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8
  • Sep 23, 2018Do Something!
    Sep 23, 2018
    Do Something!
    Ecclesiastes 11:1-6
  • Sep 16, 2018What is the Foundation of Your Life?
    Sep 16, 2018
    What is the Foundation of Your Life?
    Matthew 7:24-27
  • Sep 2, 2018The Opposite of a Wise Person- A Fool (Part 2)
    Sep 2, 2018
    The Opposite of a Wise Person- A Fool (Part 2)
    Ecclesiastes 10:1-3
  • Aug 26, 2018The Opposite of a Wise Person- A Fool (Part 1)
    Aug 26, 2018
    The Opposite of a Wise Person- A Fool (Part 1)
    Selected Scripture
  • Aug 19, 2018What Wise People Understand
    Aug 19, 2018
    What Wise People Understand
    Ecclesiastes  9:1-12
  • Aug 12, 2018Signs of Real Wisdom (Part 3)
    Aug 12, 2018
    Signs of Real Wisdom (Part 3)
    Ecclesiastes 8:1-13
  • Aug 5, 2018Signs of Real Wisdom (Part 2)
    Aug 5, 2018
    Signs of Real Wisdom (Part 2)
    Ecclesiastes 7:15-29
  • Jul 29, 2018Signs of Real Wisdom (Part 1)
    Jul 29, 2018
    Signs of Real Wisdom (Part 1)
    Ecclesiastes 7:13-14
  • Jul 22, 2018Lessons Learned at a Funeral
    Jul 22, 2018
    Lessons Learned at a Funeral
    Ecclesiastes 7: 1-14
  • Jul 15, 2018America The Beautiful
    Jul 15, 2018
    America The Beautiful
    Series: (All)
    Acts 17:24-27 - English Standard Version 24 The God who made the world and everything in it, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not live in temples made by man, 25 nor is he served by human hands, as though he needed anything, since he himself gives to all mankind life and breath and everything. 26 And he made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place, 27 that they should seek God, and perhaps feel their way toward him and find him. Yet he is actually not far from each one of us.
  • Jul 8, 2018The Frustrations of Living Without God
    Jul 8, 2018
    The Frustrations of Living Without God
    Ecclesiastes 6: 1-12
  • Jul 1, 2018Never Give Up!
    Jul 1, 2018
    Never Give Up!
    Series: (All)
    Galatians 6:9
  • Jun 24, 2018Experiencing Christian Freedom
    Jun 24, 2018
    Experiencing Christian Freedom
    Series: (All)
    Galatians 5:1, 13-15
     
    The Lord's Supper
  • Jun 17, 2018The Holy Spirit_ THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 5)
    Jun 17, 2018
    The Holy Spirit_ THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 5)
    Galatians 6:7-8
  • Jun 10, 2018The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 4)
    Jun 10, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 4)
    Galatians 5:26-6:5
  • Jun 3, 2018What is the Gospel?
    Jun 3, 2018
    What is the Gospel?
    Series: (All)
    Romans: 1: 1-17
  • May 27, 2018The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 3)
    May 27, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 3)
    Demonstrate the Holy Spirit's Fruit in a All Your Relationships
     
    Galatians 5:26-6:5
  • May 20, 2018The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 2)
    May 20, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life (Part 2)
    Make the Holy Spirit the Dominant Influence in Your Life
     
    Galatians 5:19-25
  • May 13, 2018The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life
    May 13, 2018
    The Holy Spirit: THE Key to Living a Faithful Christian Life
    Galatians 5: 16-18
  • May 6, 2018Because Kids Matter to God
    May 6, 2018
    Because Kids Matter to God
    Series: (All)
    Mark 10: 13-16
  • Apr 29, 2018Evaluating Our Attitudes and Actions Concerning Money
    Apr 29, 2018
    Evaluating Our Attitudes and Actions Concerning Money
    Series: (All)
    1 Timothy 6: 17-19
  • Apr 22, 2018The Dangers and Joys of Money
    Apr 22, 2018
    The Dangers and Joys of Money
    Ecclesiastes 5: 10-20
  • Apr 15, 2018The Right Way to Approach God in Worship (Part 2)
    Apr 15, 2018
    The Right Way to Approach God in Worship (Part 2)
    Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
     
  • Apr 8, 2018The Right Way to Approach God in Worship (Part 1)
    Apr 8, 2018
    The Right Way to Approach God in Worship (Part 1)
    Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
  • Apr 1, 2018No Fear of Death
    Apr 1, 2018
    No Fear of Death
    Series: (All)
    1 Corinthians 15
     
    Resurrection Sunday
  • Mar 25, 2018We Do Not Have to Fear Judgment
    Mar 25, 2018
    We Do Not Have to Fear Judgment
    Series: (All)
    Romans 8:1
     
    Palm Sunday- The Lord's Supper
  • Mar 18, 2018A Message from Smyrna
    Mar 18, 2018
    A Message from Smyrna
    Series: (All)

    Revelation 2:8-11 

  • Mar 11, 2018Me or We?
    Mar 11, 2018
    Me or We?
    Ecclesiastes 4:4-16
  • Mar 4, 2018A Time for Judgment (Part 2)
    Mar 4, 2018
    A Time for Judgment (Part 2)
    Ecclesiastes 3:16-21
  • Feb 25, 2018A Time for Judgement
    Feb 25, 2018
    A Time for Judgement
    Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3
  • Feb 18, 2018Understanding the Times
    Feb 18, 2018
    Understanding the Times
    Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
  • Feb 11, 2018The Search for Satisfaction
    Feb 11, 2018
    The Search for Satisfaction
    Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
  • Feb 4, 2018How Do You Look At Life
    Feb 4, 2018
    How Do You Look At Life
    Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
  • Jan 28, 2018Keys to Discovering What Matters Most
    Jan 28, 2018
    Keys to Discovering What Matters Most
    Ecclesiastes 1:1-3
  • Jan 21, 2018Marriage That Last
    Jan 21, 2018
    Marriage That Last
    Series: (All)
    Genesis 2:24
  • Jan 14, 2018A Spiritual Wellness Plan for 2018
    Jan 14, 2018
    A Spiritual Wellness Plan for 2018
    Series: (All)
    Acts 2: 42-47
  • Jan 7, 2018Spiritual Health Check-Up: How’s Your Heart
    Jan 7, 2018
    Spiritual Health Check-Up: How’s Your Heart
    Series: (All)
     Proverbs 4:23
  • Dec 31, 2017Faith Against All Odds
    Dec 31, 2017
    Faith Against All Odds
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 24, 2017Christmas Eve Service – Celebrate Christmas
    Dec 24, 2017
    Christmas Eve Service – Celebrate Christmas
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 24, 2017What Does the Christmas Story Reveal About Jesus (Part 2)
    Dec 24, 2017
    What Does the Christmas Story Reveal About Jesus (Part 2)
    Series: (All)
     
  • Dec 17, 2017Worship – Celebration of Christmas
    Dec 17, 2017
    Worship – Celebration of Christmas
    Series: (All)
  • Dec 10, 2017What Does the Christmas Story Reveal About Jesus? (Part 1)
    Dec 10, 2017
    What Does the Christmas Story Reveal About Jesus? (Part 1)
    Series: (All)