CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DIVINE: No Secret Encounters

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/23/17

Description:A nameless woman from Mark 5 teaches us that our faith encounters with Jesus cannot remain secret for He calls us out to declare our need and to affirm our faith in Him.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DIVINE: An All-Night Fight with God

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/16/17

Description:Jacob's encounter with God shows that it is possible to fight with God and win!

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DIVINE: Holy Ground

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

6/11/17

Description:This passage with Moses shows us that God always takes the initiative in every encounter with man, choosing the what, when, where, why, and how. We also see that it is incumbent upon man to respond to God's encounter. And perhaps most importantly, we explore what it is that made Moses worthy of this encounter with God.

CLOSE ENCOUNTERS WITH THE DIVINE: Created for Relationship

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

6/4/17

Description:The first encounter man had with God was at creation. That encounter tells us all we need to know about God, all we need to know about man, and all we need to know for successful living. Three keys stand out in this initial encounter with God... God FORMED, God BREATHED, and man BECAME!

What Do These Stones Mean?

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

5/28/17

Description:What is more fitting on Memorial Day than to explore a passage in which God told His people to remember! They were to build a memorial of stones for three purposes... So they themselves would remember... So their children would remember... And so the Nations would come to know the God of Israel!

God Hears

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

5/21/17

Description:Hannah was a special servant of the Lord. She had a perplexing problem of childlessness. She began to share with the Lord, EL SHAMA, the God who hears. God heard Hannah's pain. God heard her plea. God heard her promise. God heard her praise. We serve a God who hears and is prepared to act on our behalf and to walk us through the pain of life if we will but seek Him.

MOTHERS: God's First Gift to Us

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

5/14/17

Description:This passage introduces us to a Gentile woman who seeks out Jesus while He is in a Gentile territory. She comes to Jesus with a particular need... spiritual healing for her daughter. We discover in these verses three characteristics of devoted mothers... Love, faith, and persistence. However, this mom is, above all, a seeker.

Six Signs of Devotion to God

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

4/30/17

Description:The Book of Jonah offers a brilliant mirror through which we can test our personal obedience to God's will. We will not see God's great movement among us until we allow His great movement in us. In the first few verses of Jonah we find several indicators that test our devotion to God.

How You Can Be a Great Neighbor

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

3/26/17

Description:Luke 10 offers a three-pronged job description which challenges evey Believer. Today's message declares that those who inherit the Kingdom of God must care about both God and man. Two questions exist... HOW to be a good neighbors and WHO is my neighbor.

What is Today's Believer to Do?

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

3/19/17

Description:Luke 10 provides a three-fold job description for those who are disciples of Jesus Christ. The first, is that we are to function as Ambassadors. This message focuses on the whos and whats of being an Ambassador and describes the challenges faced by Ambassadors for Christ.

Five Steps Toward Revival

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

2/26/17

Description:Among the many things found in the Letters to the Seven Churches of the Revelation are steps to revival. Jesus loves His church and wants His best for her. We should not think it odd when He finds problems in His church for all churches have problems. Even so, our loving Lord calls attention to areas of concern and invites us to take steps toward renewal.

Three Reasons We Need Revival Today

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

2/19/17

Description:To the world, revival may seem to be an old-fashioned fix for an irrelevant problem. But for anyone who is a follower of Jesus Christ we all know how our spiritual condition may wax and wain over time. It is a reminder that renewal is needed when our spiritualilty grows cold; When our ture heart is exposed; and When we find ourselves living in an ever-worsening world.

BIG IFs of 2017: "If My People..."

Dr. Tobry Pitman, Pastor

2/12/17

Description:Revival is both a blessing and a burden. The blessing of revival is clearly understood in that anytime we draw closer to God it is a blessing. However, scripture indicates that revival is also a burden in which we bear a good deal of personal responsibility for our spiritual condition... and whether or not God will bring His blessing upon His people. The passage today invites us to take certain actions in our own lives which invite His blessing and renewal.

BIG IFs of 2017: "If I Be Lifted Up..."

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

2/5/17

Description:Who is this Jesus of John 12:32? He is the REAL Jesus- the Jesus of history. He is the CRUCIFIED Jesus- the One who gave His own life as a ransom for all. He is the magnetic Jesus for only an attractive Jesus can draw people unto Himself. It is the welcoming Jesus- He who invites all people unto Himself for salvation today.

BIG IFs of 2017: "If Thou art the Son of God..."

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

1/29/17

Description:Jesus went from the blessed, high-holy experience of His Jordan River baptism to the wilderness for a forty-day period of testing by Satan. Jesus was not tested to see IF He would fail but to prove that He would NOT. Three kinds of temptations came His way: 1. Satan tempted Jesus to prioritize the desires of the flesh (1-4), 2. Satan tempted Jesus to tests the promises of God (5-7), 3. Satan tempted Jesus with a shortcut to God's will (8-11). Jesus, tempted as a man, used the very same resources that each of us have: The power of the Holy Spirit (4:1); The power of God's Word (It is written); The power of God living within Him (Joh14:30); The power of His own will (Heb10:9).

BIG IFs of 2017: "If Only Thou Hadst Been Here..."

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

1/22/17

Description:What can Jesus do in the midst of your biggest trial? Martha believed Jesus to be the Son of God. In that belief she found the toe-hold of faith she needed. She knew He could do something. She just didnt know what He would do. Jesus not only showed up but He spoke hope into the hopeless Martha and life into the lifeless Lazarus.

BIG IFs of 2017: "If I Confess..."

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

1/8/17

Description:One of the greatest promises in all of scripture has to do with how each one of us can maintain a "clean slate" with God regarding our sins. John explains how the cleansing takes place as well as why the cleasing takes place.

What Took Place in the Upper Room?

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

1/1/17

Description:Five truths stand out regarding events that took place in the Upper Room that remind us that the ordinance is a serious matter and must not be taken lightly or without due consideration.

The Journey of the Shepherds

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

12/25/16

Description:On the night of the Nativity, so many years ago, an ancient promise was fulfilled. The good news was delivered to a group of nobodies- sheep herders. However, they took the announcement seriously and began a journey which led them to faith, worship, and a change in direction.

Gabriel, the Special Messenger of God

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

12/18/16

Description:God sent a most powerful messenger to deliver a most powerful message about a most powerful Messiah.

Jesus is God's Promised Savior

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

12/11/16

Description:Simeon was aware of God's promised Messiah and was blessed with long life... another promise from God that He would live long enough to see the Savior. Simeon, upon completion of God's promise to him, was prepared, at peace, and fulfilled.

Good News from the Magi!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

12/4/16

Description:With great purpose and intentionality Matthew included the amazing passage about the wise men! Why? The answer to that question provides good news for us today. Will we listen, hear, and obey?

The Little Things of Christmas

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

11/27/16

Description:We begin celebrating one of the greatest events in all of history today. God could have chosen any era, venue, or family to welcome the arrival of His only begotten Son. But instead of choosing the most grandeur of palacial possibilites the most humble and simple of hospitalities was chosen. God often used little people, little places, little things, and little tasks to accomplish His greatest works! What good news for a world filled with little people.

Thanksgiving Found

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

11/20/16

Description:The Children of Israel teach us so much about thankfulness! They spent 450 years as slaves making bricks for the Egyptian Pharoahs. They groaned under to pressure but their work only intensified. God heard their cry and began a process of deliverance. They came to understand that both slavery and freedom carry a big price and vascillated between thankfulness and ingratitude. God calls us to be a thankful people!

What Daniel Knew About Giving Thanks

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

11/13/16

Description:Daniel lived an open lifestyle of praise, honor, and thanks to God. Even when challenged by a new law that prohibited his devotion to any but King Darius, Daniel changed nothing. God protected and promoted Daniel. Our God is faithful even during the greatest challenges of life.

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCHES: The Way Back!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

10/30/16

Description:The letter to the Church at Laodicea could be called the saddest of teh seven letters. What a tragedy the Lord had speakmsuch strong words to His church! This passage is short on commendation but long on opportunity!

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH: Abundant Praise

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

10/23/16

Description:The Church at Philadelphia was a small-town congregation. Indications are that they struggled with weakness and limited resources. Yet, they receive perhaps the highest commendation and praise from the Lord. Here we learn to see from God's perspective, to approve what He approves, and to reject what He rejects.

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH: Come Back to Life!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

10/16/16

Description:Sardis is a city with a glorious past. In Sardis was the fifth among the churches of the Revelation. Commentators used various words to describe this church including asleep, feeble, hollow, washed-up, and degenerate. However most commentators danced around the unflattering word used by Jesus... dead. What is needed to enliven a dead church? Jesus provided the answer in this passage.

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH Keep Morally Pure!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

10/9/16

Description:The Church at Thyatira was given glowing compliments and severe criticisms. They tolerated an outbreak of immorality in their midst from which they must repent or perish.

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH: Cling to the Truth!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

10/2/16

Description:Some Believers in the church at Pergamos- but not all- perverted moral truth in order to make their lives easier in this wicked city. Christ commended them for maintaining their commitment to Him. Christ called for repentance and promised judgement upon unrepentant Believers.

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH: True Riches!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

9/25/16

Description:Jesus' message to the church in Smyrna was to a church enduring extreme pressure from competing heathen groups. Jesus' message warned that more difficulty is coming for a season- that it would get worse before it got better. The suffering saints at Smyrna were to take comfort in knowing that nothing ever takes place without Jesus having His hand on the thermostat, His eye on the timer, and His child in His hand.

SEVEN MESSAGES TO THE CHURCH: Love Greatly!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

9/18/16

Description:The letter to the church at Ephesus is an ancient message to an ancient people that has a clear relevent application to His church today!

Jesus in the Midst of His Church

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

9/11/16

Description:The Book of Revelation begins with Jesus revealing Himself to John the Beloved Apostle. Our first glimpse of Jesus is through the eyes of John who points out several amazing reminders of who Jesus is.

Ambitious Faith

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

9/4/16

Description:The Apostle Peter was a master of mistakes. Even so, Jesus chose Peter to be the leader of the Twelve. Even after his denial at the crucifixion and after the death of Jesus Peter continued as the stand-out leader of the Twelve and in the early church. We should not allow our mistakes to sideline us from service to the Lord. Rather we should allow our mistakes to become teachable moments equipping us for greater service.

Generosity that Matters

Dr. Tobey Pitman

8/28/16

Description:Jesus teaches about generosity by comparing and contrasting the flamboyant and supposedly generous giving of the scribes with the meager, timid gift of a poor widow. He demonstrates that less can be more when it comes from the heart.

What Will You See? Part 2

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

8/14/16

Description:God's people went through a 40 year period of punishment for their failure to faith God regarding the Promised Land. Deuteronomy 8 takes a backward look- a review- of those years. Here we find a reminder that even in times of "wandering," God remains faithful to His people, providing, protecting, and proofing.

What Will You See?

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

8/7/16

Description:Sometimes the Lord reveals His plan to His people up front as He did in this case regarding the Promised Land. But the question became, "What would the people see?" Spiritual leaders are to be people of vision. God's people are to see with eyes of faith rather than eyes of fear.

Build a Home That Lasts

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/31/16

Description:Jesus capped His greatest discourse with an illustration about foundations. He stressed that no building- or life- can be stronger than it's foundation. Jesus is the one and only foundation upon which the life of the Believer is built. If you have heard His word and yet refuse to live according to His standard, then clearly He is not your Lord and Master.

Displaced Priorities

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/24/16

Description:The Prophet Haggai came on the scene among God's people to address their failure regarding the Temple. He exposed their excuses and silenced their selfishness as he encouraged them to evaluate their priorities.

Get in the Game!

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/17/16

Description:The tiny Old Testament book of Obadiah identified a problem among God's people. The problem was complacency. But God's Word, being what it is, offers not only a solution but also a reason that complacency must be addressed and eradicated among God's people.

Ruled by Faith or by Circumstances

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/10/16

Description:Habakkuk, the prophet, faced a day much like ours- rampant with violence, evil, and injustice. He entered into a dialogue with God asking the same questions we would ask today. Habakkuk was reassured that God is in control. Habakkuk was content to continue "resting" in God, remaining faithful, and trusting in Him.

The Decline of Any Nation

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

7/3/16

Description:The decline of any nation may be expressed in three huge words... Apostasy, Arrogance, and Apathy.

Six Lessons on Trust

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

6/26/16

Description:Great encouragement is found in Gideon, an ordinary man who became an extraordinary leader. How? Simply by his willingness to hear, believe, and follow God's direction. Gideon's faith became contagious and God used him to bring Israel out of a dark period of oppression.

Four Friends Every Father Needs

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

6/19/16

Description:Fathering is a difficult task that requires every bit of energy, wisdom and good counsel that can be found! Fathering shouldn't be tackled alone. Effective fathers need these four friends in their lives.

BETTER HALVES: Building a Godly Home

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

6/12/16

Description:Psalm 101 offers twelve "I" and "my" statements along with five measures that helps us build a godly home.

BETTER HALVES: Managing Conflict

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

6/5/16

Description:Conflict is a basic disagreement over some particular issue. Mangaging conflict is a skill that is useful to everyone and in every relationship... may be just the tool needed to keep us from going to far down the trail of disagreement. Ecclesiates 4:10 says to "pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up."

BETTER HALVES: Small Things Matter

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

5/29/16

Description:Marriage is made up of many big and small events. While the big things can make or break your marriage it is the small things that often provides the glue to hold marriages together.

BETTER HALVES: The Power to Bless

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

5/22/16

Description:How much would you love for your spouse to be overwhelmed with God's grace and enlightenment? Here is a scriptural key for asking God to bestow His grace upon our spouses.

BETTER HALVES: Mapping Your Marriage

Dr. Tobey Pitman, Pastor

5/15/16

Description:The journey of your life (your map) is a special path with unique mountains and valleys. The same is true of your marital map. God desires that path to be a source of blessing, strength, cohesion. We see in the map of Mary and Joseph that they encountered many difficult challenges. Yet, those experiences became a source of blessing to them and their family.