Evening = Revelation 19:6-10, The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

Last week we began chapter 19 looking at v1-5 where three hallelujahs flow forth from the vast multitude as they gladly give praise to God because God poured out His judgment on the wicked. It not only sobered us but comforted us. Why? Because this world often dupes into thinking it is always making great progress…

Morning = 2 Samuel 23:8-39, Valiant Warriors, (Pt. 2)

If you walked into my office and looked around what would you see? I thought you might say ‘books.’ But while you’re right in one sense you’re wrong in another. As you look around my office you see books yes, but if you look deeper you see a collection of mighty men and women of…

Evening = Revelation 19:1-5, Hallelujah’s To Our God

The most well-known and recognizable piece within the musical masterpiece Handel’s Messiah is the “Hallelujah Chorus.”[1] Even if you’ve never heard this chorus or any of the composition before, or have just heard parts of it, it’s highly likely you’ve heard the famous chorus before in a movie or on TV. Within the chorus itself the word ‘hallelujah’…

Morning= 2 Samuel 23:1-7, David’s Song (Pt. 2)

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels, I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the…

Evening = Revelation 17, The Mystery Woman (Part 1)

In the 1960’s the British Pop band Manfred Mann had many hits. One of my favorites they did is called The Mighty Quinn, but they might be more well-known for another song they covered in 1964. This song would eventually hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 of that year. It’s called Doo Wah Diddy and the lyrics are…

Morning = 2 Samuel 22, David’s Songs (Pt.1)

Remember as we first entered this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another one: A1 – A Three year…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:15-22, Valiant Warriors (Pt. 1)

Remember last week as we first entered into this final section of the Samuels I mentioned chapters 21-24 is an appendix, intended to be a poetic conclusion to the entire 1-2 Samuel story. We’ve spoken of the poetic structure of a chiasm before, often used to highlight a central point, and here we find another…

Evening = Revelation 16:17-21, The Seventh Bowl

What would you say are the most famous words in the Bible? Perhaps many passages come to mind. Starting from the very beginning of Scripture some might say God’s initial creation statement “Let there be light” is most famous. Maybe some would say it’s Moses’ words to Pharaoh “Let my people go!” Or Job’s words…

Morning = 2 Samuel 21:1-14, A Three Year Famine

Before we get to this text, allow me to briefly discuss the nature of these closing chapters in 2 Samuel to orient us to where we’ve arrived. When one enters chapters 21-24 one enters into a theological battlefield. Here’s the issue. Older scholars and theologians, like the Puritans for example, believe these chapters don’t skip…

Morning = 2 Samuel 20, More of the Same?

David was once a holy man, utterly committed to God’s ways and God’s Word, and when he became king his kingdom was righteous and secure. But it’s been quite some time since we’ve seen that hasn’t it? Sadly, over these past months walking through the concluding chapters of 2 Samuel I speak for many when…

Easter Morning = Matthew 28, Great Things

In our world today religious belief is seen as a matter of preference and opinion. Some people believe all religions, though varying in minutiae, are generally all teaching the same thing. Some believe religion is a crutch for those who can’t get through life on their own, or a crutch for those who are scared…

Good Friday = Matthew 27, The Crucifixion

All throughout this holy week our elders have been leading us in brief devotionals through the end of Matthew’s gospel. On Monday Pastor Andrew led us through the moment Jesus turned over the tables after the triumphal entry. On Tuesday Sam Knox taught us about Jesus’ rebuke to the Pharisees and chief priests. On Wednesday…

Evening = Revelation 14:14-20, The Final Harvest

It has been said many times throughout the history of the Church that the mission of the Church is twofold: worship and witness. Worship is clear is it not? We’re to publicly and privately, corporately and personally be engaged in worshipping our God for who He is and what He has done. I think it…

Morning = 2 Samuel 19:8b-43, The Return of the King

Today is a special day for Christians all around the world, it’s Palm Sunday, the day we remember when Christ the King came into Jerusalem humbly and lowly riding on a donkey. As Jesus made His triumphal entry the people lined the streets to shout “Hosanna, hosanna (meaning ‘Our God Saves’)…blessed is He who comes…

Morning = 2 Samuel 18:19-19:8a, A Grief Observed

The author C.S. Lewis is well-known for writing books such as Mere Christianity, The Screwtape Letters, or The Chronicles of Narnia. Those are wonderful reads in themselves but one of his most powerful books is a bit lesser known and came from one of his most painful moments. In 1960 his wife Joy died. And Lewis already believing…

Morning= 2 Samuel 18:1-18, The War Ends

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. We live in a complex age where nothing stays the same very long. A month ago, we were packed into our sanctuary with…

Corona Lockdown Update: 3.31.20

Good Afternoon Church Family, In accordance with our President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America we will be cancelling our Lord’s Day worship services and other gatherings at least through April 26th. Sadly, this includes cancelling our joint Good Friday service with Riverside and Cornerstone as well as limiting Easter Sunday to online. This decision has not been made reluctantly…

Evening=Rev 14:1-4 The Redeemed Worship

Special Sermon By Tim Daniels. Introduction: Mark of the Beast fear; blaspheming the Holy Spirit, surrendering to persecution--fear of losing our faith, overcome by several key realities-- What is the purpose for the book of Revelation? It is partly to give us instruction about God’s plan for our full salvation. We have been redeemed from…

Morning = 2 Samuel 17, Rejoice – The Lord is King!

Well, the Coronavirus has gone from a local reality in China to a global pandemic according to the World Health Organization. Because of this nations have closed themselves off, travel bans have begun, universities have sent students home, sports leagues abroad have suspended seasons, and all over the world people have grown concerned. Watching and…

Coronavirus Sunday Worship Update – Please Read

Hey Church, After careful consideration, we believe that it is prudent for us not to gather corporately for worship this Sunday, March 15 as well as next Sunday, March 22. This has been a difficult decision for us to make as we will miss being together very much. In light of the ever-changing status of…

Evening = Revelation 13:11-18, The Second Beast

Last week Andrew covered the first half of Revelation 13 and the first beast that rises out of the sea. The second half of the chapter before us now shows us that this first beast is not alone.[1] No, he is joined by a second beast who rises out of the earth. Taking these two beasts…

Morning = 2 Samuel 16, Meekness & Weakness

Do some of you wonder why we’ve taken so long in this series to walk through 2 Samuel? I mean, ‘Aren’t we New Covenant Christians?’ This is a very understandable question about the present-day application of the Old Testament that eventually every Christian asks themselves. Perhaps I can settle this for some of you. In…

A2: Episode 60- On Preaching

As the guys hit their sixtieth episode they wanted to take a moment and reflect once more on the importance of preaching in the life of the church. In this weeks Podcast they discuss the importance of preaching to the life of the church and weight of preaching in the heart of a pastor.

Evening = Revelation 13:1-10, The First Beast

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Rev 12-The casting out of the Dragon & his defeat in Heaven (Taking place at Christs death & resurrection) New cycle of seven…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:13-37, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 2

At the end of C.S. Lewis’ adventurous Narnian tale The Horse and His Boy a king tells his son what it means to be king saying this, “For this is what it means to be a king: to be first in every desperate attack and last in every desperate retreat, and when there's hunger in the land (as must be now…

Evening = Historic Faith: Anselm – Scholasticism – Aquinas

Thus far in our overview of the middle ages we’ve covered a lot of ground. We began in the Byzantine Empire, moved onto the expansion of holy Roman Empire, and how these things culminated in the great schism between the East and the West. We then turned to examine the dawn and growth of Islam,…

Morning = 2 Samuel 15:1-12, Absalom’s Rebellion, part 1

As the events of 2 Samuel 11-14 unfold readers might very easily sympathize with Absalom. He had grown up watching his father as king of Israel. He heard stories of his father’s youth, how he bravely fought Goliath, how he won many victories, how he righteously fled from Saul, and how God had given him…

A2: Episode 59- On Prayer, Part 2

This week the guys continue with their previous discussion on Prayer and the life of a believer. Specifically this week they address the corporate nature of prayer and the importance of corporate prayer in worship. Take a listen and be encouraged.

Evening= Historic Faith: The Crusades

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. The Crusades (1096-1204) Important Facts: -Different from Byzantine wars with Islamic Forces. -Byzantines saw nothing holy about their wars, rather seeing them as…

Evening= Historic Faith: The Holy Roman Empire

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Empire: -Frankish Kings were subject to the leadership of their prime Ministers and Nobility -Primary Family- the Carolingians: lead by Pepin of Laudon…

Morning = 2 Samuel 14:1-33, Back Into the King’s Presence

Throughout this chapter we see a lot of scheming. Joab schemes in v1-20, David schemes in v21-24, and Absalom schemes in v25-33. Joab’s Activity (v1-20) Let’s begin in v1-3, where the scene is set up for us. “Now Joab the son of Zeruiah knew that the king’s heart went out to Absalom. And Joab sent…

A2: Episode 58- On Andrew’s Engagement

This week the guys shot a special episode talking about the wonderful event of Andrew's engagement to his amazing fiancee Janelle. If you would like to hear about their journey or more about what is to come for them and their life together have a listen and be an encouragement to them as they begin…

Morning = 2 Samuel 13:22-39, The Foul Aftermath

In 1971 the original Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was filmed. I’m of the opinion that it’s much better than the modern remake, but anywho…do you remember the boat ride scene? As they wind their way through the factory they all get on a boat and two Oompa Loompa’s begin rowing them down stream. As they…

Morning = Colossians 3:12-17, Putting On the New

Over the past two weeks in Colossians 3 we’ve emphasized that by believing in Christ God has done a wonderful thing and united us to Christ. Spiritually speaking then, in Christ’s death we died - in Christ’s resurrection we rose - and in Christ’s ascension we have truly and already been seated with Him in…

Evening= Historic Faith-The Byzantine Empire

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. As Empire: Capital- Constantinople -Originally Byzantium, thus the Byzantine Empire -Original remnant of the Eastern Roman Empire -Thus, claimed to be the true…

Evening= The Historic Faith: Islam & the Church

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s teaching outline from Sunday evening's church history study, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the lesson. Matthew 16:18 ESV And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of…

Morning = Colossians 3:5-11, Putting Off the Old

If you have not already done so I invite you to turn in your Bibles to Paul’s letter to the Colossians, where today we’re continuing in our beginning of the year sermon series on the Church titled ‘3 Marks.’ As we did last week, let’s once again pray the words on the screen above together,…

A2: Episode 56- On Devotionals

This week the guys address a common question that occurs around the beginning of each year: "What is a good devotional for me to use?"  If you are in the midst of figuring out how best to spend some quality time with the Lord and His word take a listen.

Morning = Colossians 3:1-4, The Life Above Lived Below

Pastor Allan Babcock, the previous pastor of SonRise and the man whose shoes I’m now filling, told me many things as I arrived to take up his place and carry on the work. One of those things was this, “As a year ends and a new year begins I need, and my people need, a…

A2: Episode 55- On Resolutions

It's a new year and the guys are back. On this week's podcast they discuss the wisdom and folly associated with New Year's resolutions. We hope you will find this podcast and encouragement and a challenge as we embark on a new year. Have a listen.

Morning= Isaiah 61: The Proclamation of Hope

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Intro: looking forward into the New year includes what has gone before and all the more is informed by it. As we come to 202 one…

Morning = Psalm 22, From Trouble to Triumph

Sometimes a single line in a movie is so well crafted and so well delivered that to hear it is to experience the whole of that movie all over again.[1] “Go ahead, make my day.” “You can’t handle the truth!” “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” “Bond, James Bond.” And who could forget, “Life is like…

Morning = Psalm 16, Pleasures Forevermore

“God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!”[1] Perhaps you didn’t hear that clearly, let me tell you that again. “God promises terrible things if you will not be happy in Him!” What’s your reaction to that quote? Do you agree? Do you disagree? Does it confuse you? Let’s explore this a…

Evening = Revelation 12:7-17, Conquering By the Blood

“You will be eaten by cannibals!” These words came out of the mouths of Christians and pastors who were seeking to dissuade a young man named John Paton from taking the gospel to the New Hebrides Islands. These islands were long known as a center of violent barbarism and yes, rumors of cannibalism abounded. Yet,…

Evening= Revelation 12:1-6 The Child & the First Sign

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Chapter 11 closed out the first part of the book, and now as we turn to 12-22 we begin to see a more vivid picture of…

Morning = Psalm 2, The Son of God

Advent is upon us! Of the many places we could go these few weeks to rejoice over the birth of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ, we’ll be turning to the Psalms. Now, there are many genres of Psalms throughout the 150 we have: wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential…

Evening= Revelation 11: The Witnesses & The End

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Overview ch. 10 and the commissioning of John Ezekiel 1-3 Possible approaches to this text: The New International Greek Testament Commentary: The Book of Revelation The…

Morning = 2 Samuel 12, David Repentant

Today’s text is about repentance. Repentance has been defined as “…a saving grace, whereby a sinner, out of a true sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, does, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with full purpose of, and endeavor after, new obedience.”[1] But when it comes down…

Evening = Revelation 10, The Mighty Angel & The Little Scroll

As we begin chapter 10 this evening we come to another repetition in the book of Revelation. In the seals we saw earlier the first four were grouped together, then the fifth and sixth were grouped together, then there was a minor break or intermission, culminating in the moment when the seventh and final seal…

A2: Episode 53- On foundation Church with the Varneys

On this week's podcast the guys are joined by David and Marion Varney from Foundation Church Belfast. Listen as they discuss how the Lord has worked in the them over the years, from their days in Medical school to the planting of Foundation church, to impact the kingdom.  It is a blessing to know this…

Evening= Revelation 9: From the Pit

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Sci-Fi movies. Our text today features some of the most bizarre imagery in all of scripture. It is in text like this that many people turn…

Morning = 2 Samuel 11, David the Sinner

2 Samuel 1-10 showed us the glory days of Israel under David’s rule. War, victory, expansion, peace, rest, worship, and triumph characterize the first 10 chapters. But in chapter 11 we see the troubles, the dark days of David’s kingdom beginning. And rather than these dark days beginning with the actions of a foreign pagan…

A2: Episode 52-On Small Groups

This week the guys discuss the role Small groupscan play in the life and health of the local church and why SonRise will be implementing them in the New Year. Take a listen as they walk through the benefits of this new endeavor as well as discuss some draw backs that they have considered.

Evening = Revelation 8:6-13, The First Four Trumpets

As the newly redeemed host of Israel is led out of slavery in Egypt into the wilderness to worship God at Mt. Sinai and receive His Law, trumpets were heard loud and clear. Exodus 19:16-20 describes this scene, “On the morning of the third day there were thunders and lightnings and a thick cloud on…

Morning = 2 Samuel 10, O Church Arise!

Perhaps you remember the story. Two women come to king Solomon, both had a son each but one of their sons had recently died and that mother switched her dead son with the living son in an effort to trick the other woman that it was actually her son that had died. Solomon’s famous wisdom…

A2: Episode 51- On a Continued Reformation

On this week's Podcast the guys reflect on the 502nd anniversary of the reformation by talking about its impact on today. They examine both the history of where the reformation has taken us as a people, and look into how we as a people continue the reformation in our lives and our churches. Take a…

Evening= Revelation 8:1-5 Into The Silence

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Review: 6 Previous Seals: (Seals1-4) 4 Horsemen (Seal 5) Prayer of the Saints from the Alter of God (Seal 6) Cataclysmic destruction upon the earth Brief…

Morning = 2 Samuel 9, The Kindness of the King

2 Samuel 9 is no doubt one of the most beautiful chapters in the entire Bible. It is one of my favorite chapters in the Bible for reasons you’ll see today. In fact, it’s so meaningful to me that after moving here to become the next pastor of SonRise Community Church 5 and half years…

Evening = Revelation 7:9-17, A Multitudinous Throng

We’ve just come through the passage about the 144,000 last week and as we press on tonight do not forget what we concluded then. Though some do believe the 144,000 to be a literal number/group of people we do not. Instead we believe the 144,000 to be a symbolic number of the Church as the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 8:1-18, Wars of David

“For not with swords loud clashing, or roll of stirring drums; with deeds and love mercy the heavenly kingdom comes.” Those words, written in 1887, are from the hymn ‘Lead On, O King Eternal.’ It really is a great hymn describing the moment when God’s final judgment will be carried out as He ushers in…

A2: Episode 49- On Reviewing the 2019 Publicans Conference

The guys are back after a small break due to the Publican's conference to talk about, well, the Publican's conference. In this episode, the guys reflect back on the last weekend and highlight some of their favorite parts and give us a quick preview of what is in store for next year.

Morning = 2 Samuel 7:18-29, David’s Prayer of Gratitude

Today, our passage is going to show us the difference between cats and dogs. Think what cats are like. When you feed a cat, pet a cat, care for a cat, and love a cat the cat concludes that it must be god. Dogs on the other hand are different. When you feed a dog,…

Evening= Revelation 7:1-8; Sealed By God

*Below is Pastor Andrew’s preaching outline from Sunday’s sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Where we have been: 6 seals opened: 1-4: 4 Horseman from Zechariah 5: The Alter of the Lord, where the saints cry out for the day…

Morning= II Samuel 7:1-17; Our Covenant God

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Seminary: working non-stop for 4 years: 60 hrs a week and school.... coming home afterward and having rest. In rest there is time to think and…

Evening= Revelation 6- So It Will Be

*Below is a copy of Andrew's sermon notes and outline. -Last week we entered the majestic throne room of God. Here John was given a vision of the day where Christ was slain and rose. We saw the celebration in heaven as the slain lamb took the throne alongside the Father. We saw the whole…

Morning = 2 Samuel 6:1-23, Death – Dancing – Delight – Disgust

In my office I’ve got two small busts, one of John Calvin and the other of Charles Spurgeon. I see them every day and every day they encourage me, not because I’ve got some kind of deep love for historical personages, no. They encourage me because though they were flawed men, they were also faithful…

Evening = Revelation 4-5, Worthy is the Lamb!

Our passage this evening is both like and unlike The Wizard of Oz.[1] It is very much like Oz because just as Dorothy and Toto are taken from the black and white ho-hum world of Kansas into the technicolor and stunningly glorious world of Oz, so too John in 4:1 is taken by vision from the…

Morning = 2 Samuel 5:1-25, The Wait is Over!

Today, September 22, Holly and I have been married for 12 years. We were able to get away yesterday, we spent the whole day on the beach and it was a joy reflecting over the eb and flow of these past 12 years together. But going back before we were married I was so struck…

Evening = Revelation 3:14-22, The Lukewarm Church

I invite you to open your Bibles to Revelation 3:14-22, where tonight we’ll end our time on the seven churches by walking through the letter to the church in Laodicea. Located in the famous Lycus River Valley Laodicea was a prominent city that sat in the intersection of the three most-traveled trade routes in Asia…

Morning = 2 Samuel 3:22-4:12, Civil War, Pt. 3

Before us this morning, is a large chunk of text that shows the end of the civil war in Israel. It covers two murders that are strangely similar. Both murders occur in secret, both involve deceit, both men die from being struck in the belly, and in both cases murder is carried out by brothers.[1]And…

A2: Episode 47- On Ministry & Education

Adam went back to school, so the guys thought they would talk more in depth on the role education plays in the life of a pastor and how that works itself out in the church. Take a listen and hear what the lord is doing in Adam's life as well as the guys thoughts on…

Evening= Rev 3:7-13: The Church in Philadelphia

Introduction to the Church of Philadelphia: Philadelphia was thirty miles southeast of Sardis on the main trade route from Smyrna. Its volcanic soil was extremely fertile and ideal for growing grapes. It was the most recent of the seven cities, founded sometime after 189BC by either Eumenes II, king of Peramum, or his younger brother…

Evening = Revelation 3:1-6, The Dead Church

Any of you ever been to Detroit? I have a few times, and what strikes me about Detroit in our present day is the emphasis on what Detroit used to be. When you fly into Detroit and walk into the airport you’re met with historic photos of old downtown Detroit, muscle cars made in Motor…

Morning= 2 Samuel 3:1-21: The Civil War, Pt. 2

This Week's Sermon was preached by one of our Elders, Sam Knox. 2 Samuel 3:1-21 If you should visit St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, you will find an old, weathered door dating back to the year 1492. In the center of this door, you will notice that a section of the door is missing. One…

Evening = Revelation 2:18-29, The Corrupt Church

Tonight we’re looking into Jesus’ fourth letter to the churches in Revelation 2-3, where the church of Thyatira comes into view. The city of Thyatira was the smallest of all the cities mentioned in Revelation 2-3, yet it receives the longest letter from Jesus out of all seven letters, we’ll soon find out why. Thyatira…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:12-32, Civil War, Pt. 1

What comes to mind when you hear the word politics?[1]Warm, fuzzy, and relaxing feelings right? I mean, isn’t it O’ so nice to come home from a busy day at work and settle down with a nice presidential debate? Would you be surprised that the Bible has an overwhelmingly positive view of politics? God encourages us…

Evening = Revelation 2:12-17, The Word to those Where Satan Dwells

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. This is the third city on our journey and is the first of the three compromised churches The First and Last churches (Ephesus & Laodicea) are…

Morning = 2 Samuel 2:1-11, The Already & More to Come

At first glance this passage might just seem to be a moment of Israelite political drama that’s far removed from our current day. But upon further investigation, this passage stands out in the biblical story line, the history of redemption, as a moment of extraordinary significance. For the first time in history God’s kingdom becomes…

Evening = Revelation 2:8-11, The Persecuted Church

I invite you to open your Bibles to Revelation 2:8-11, where we’ll spend our time this morning.  Last week we looked at the letter from Christ to the church in Ephesus (the loveless Church), this week we’ll look at the letter from Christ to the church in Smyrna (the persecuted Church). As a whole, the letter…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – The Mightiest Will Never Fall!

Last week as we began our new series through 2 Samuel I told you of the moment when I first received the news that my grandfather had died. As I was going back over the details of this event, though I didn’t intend it to do so, the sting of my grandfather’s death hit me…

Evening = Revelation 2:1-7, The Loveless Church

Revelation 2:1-7“To the angel of the church in Ephesus write: ‘The words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand, who walks among the seven golden lampstands.I know your works, your toil and your patient endurance, and how you cannot bear with those who are evil, but have tested those who call…

Morning = 2 Samuel 1:1-16, Endings & Beginnings

The date was April 4, 2010. Holly and I had just left church after a wonderfully powerful Easter service when, on our way to meet family and friends, we received a call from my Mother with news that my Grandfather had just died. It was sobering. Having just rejoiced in Christ’s resurrection might and victory…

Evening = Revelation 1:9-20, A Vision of the Son of Man

“There is a type of happiness and wonder that makes you serious.” (C.S. Lewis) I think this is very similar to what John felt when he saw his vision of Jesus. Let’s see this in the text. v9-20 comes to us in 4 sections: John’s Commission (v9-11), John’s Vision (v12-16), John’s Reaction (v17a), and John’s…

Morning=Psalm 29: The Sovereign Voice of Glory

“The Sovereign Voice of Glory” Preached by Michael Joas The voice of the Lord sovereignly reigns that all may cry Glory. This psalm is unlike any other we have gone through in our psalm summer series. Psalm 29 is a victory psalm which gives us vocabulary to worship the God of creation. It was originally…

Evening = Revelation 1:1-8, The Revelation of Jesus Christ

How many of you have ever been out of the country? I have, and every time I go abroad I always look forward to one moment: walking out of the airport in the new country for the first time. Any of you know what I mean? It’s a different country, with different sights, different sounds,…

Morning = Psalm 110, The New Testament’s Psalm

We’ve seen many categories of poetry in the Psalms so far this summer. We’ve seen wisdom Psalms, lament Psalms, Psalms of confidence, Zion Psalms, penitential Psalms, and Psalms of consolation. But there is one category we’ve yet to cover, royal Psalms. As the name reveals, royal Psalms have a kingly tone to them, and are…

Morning = Psalm 91, The Shadow of the Almighty

In our Psalm summer so far we’ve come across many different kinds of Psalms expressly fit for every season of the soul. Today, as Psalm 91 lies open before us, we come to what many call a Psalm of consolation.[1]These Psalms express deep relief and comfort, but because they tend to focus so much on…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 5)

Every individual text of Scripture gains it’s meaning from its immediate context, and the immediate context of Genesis 3:15 is Genesis 1-3.  So allow me to briefly summarize where we've been in these first three chapters.  In Genesis 1 we see creation, God speaking into the dark void and creating everything by the Word of His power.  In…

Morning= Psalm 88: A Cry in the Dark

*Below is Pastor Andrew's preaching outline from Sunday's sermon, not a word for word manuscript. This is meant as aid in seeing the thought and direction of the sermon. Why the 88th Working with teens and college students for many years the Lamentations of the Psalter were such a help, (I mean they were a…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 4)

The Garden-Temple of Eden Throughout the history of the Church, and I’d even say today also, most people have viewed Eden as a Mesopotamian farm, and since it’s viewed as a farm, most people view Adam as a farmer.  Here’s a few quotes to show you this.  Henry Morris said, “Adam was instructed merely to till the…

Morning = Psalm 51, Great Misery & Great Mercy

Psalm 51 brings us to a new category of Psalms in our summer series, penitential Psalms or sometimes called the Psalms of confession. Like the Psalms of lament and the Psalms of confidence, Psalms of confession present the Psalmist in deep distress and in need of immediate help and rescue. But what’s different here in…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 3)

Genesis Creation Days: Kings and Kingdoms Many people naturally think of the length of creation when Genesis comes to mind, and I don’t think we should avoid such conversations but when you look back over the creation days with the 100,000 ft. view an interesting point is made.  Notice that on days 1-3 God made the…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 2)

Let’s begin digging into the text itself... Genesis 1:1 – “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Right away notice a few things. 1) First, notice the difference between the way Moses begins Genesis and the way a common fairy tale begins. Moses says, “In the beginning…”, how do fairy tales begin?  “Once upon a time…”…

Morning = Psalm 46, A Mighty Fortress is Our God

As the fires of the 16thcentury Reformation ebbed and flowed in those first years, Martin Luther often faced hardship, danger, distress, and persecution of all kinds. In his more honest moments he would confess that he feared the cause would die out. On one occasion his confidence broke through his fears in a tide of…

Morning = Psalm 23, From Pasture to Sanctuary

Have you ever wondered why Jesus says what He does in His teaching and preaching? Some believe Jesus gets the content for what He taught from His surroundings. For example, we hear Jesus teach about the wheat and the tares, and we hear Jesus teach about the vine and branches. So naturally, one might conclude,…

A2: Episode 44- On Mercy & Grace

On this week's podcast the guys continue their on going discussion on the attributes of God, specifically looking at His mercy & grace. Take a listen as the guys unpack the difference between the two attributes and how they both find their completeness in Christ and how through Him we experience both of these attributes…

Evening = Christ in Genesis (Pt. 1)

Martin Luther once wrote the following about Genesis, “The first chapter is written in the simplest language; yet it contains matters of the utmost importance and very difficult to understand.  It was for this reason, as St. Jerome asserts, that among the Hebrews it was forbidden for anyone under thirty to read the chapter or to…

Morning = Psalm 13, How Long, O Lord?

I once read a story about a dog named Bailey. Bailey was a two -year old basset hound who had a gentle playful temper, eager to love anyone near him. But though this is true, Bailey has a bit of baggage. You see, Bailey was just a puppy when an F-5 tornado came through his…

A2: Episode 43- On the Psalms

On this Week's Podcast the guys talk about the importance of the Psalms. Here they talk about why the Psalter is so important for Christian worship both inside and outside of weekly gatherings, along with some of their own favorites. Have a listen and be encouraged.

Morning = Psalm 1, Into the Psalter (The Songs of the Blessed)

Starting our Summer off with a journey into the vast emotional truth’s that are seen in the Psalter. Week in and week out in both corporate and personal worship we are encouraged to think biblically about the words we sing, and to approach the Lord in proper adoration and thought. Most of the times this…

Evening=But God….Grows

Wk. 1: But God Judges Wk. 2: But God Saves Wk. 3: But God Preserves Today we see that through everything we may be blessed with and every advantage that we have been given it is God who gives spiritual growth to the church. In a day and age of the next best thing and…

Morning = John 21:15-25, Final Words

Last week we began the grand finale of our journey through John by entering chapter 21, where Jesus miraculously provided seven of His disciples a surprising super abundance of large fish and invited them to come and eat breakfast. What we come to this morning in John 21:15-25 is part two of this same sea…

Evening = But God…..Preserves

Week 1: But God…Judges In our first week we set the foundation with the truth that sins is a corrupting force that God will Judge. His wrath remains against sin from the most devious and wicked such as the acts of Doeg to the most common and some may say passive as the Rich-Man of…

A2: Episode 41-On The Immutability of God

The guys are back on the topic of the nature of God this week. Specifically this week they are tackling the question of does God change. They dive into the many avenues this topic leads to such as open theism, the emotions of God and to a degree prayer. Take some time and be encouraged.

Morning = John 21:1-14, Breakfast with Jesus

As a young boy and up through my teenage years our family usually vacationed in Sarasota, FL during the 4th of July weekend. We would eat at the same beachside diner every year, enjoy live music, there’d be a large dance, shoot off our own fireworks, chase tiny crabs by the water with flashlights, and…

Evening = But God….Saves

Last week we set the foundation of the series but walking through the reality that Judgment and wrath are true realities. God will judge one day, and as was seen in both Ps. 52 and Luke 12 that day is unknown to us, but it is a reality, and for those apart from Christ it…

Morning = John 20:30-31, A Compelling Content

‘Why the Chronicles of Narnia?’ was the question asked again and again by C.S. Lewis’ colleagues at Magdalene College and friends in the pub. ‘Of all that you could give yourself and all your talents too, why devote such time to a Children’s fantasy novel?’ Such a question was not out of bounds for a…

A2: Episode 40- On books & Desert Islands

This week the Podcast hits its mid-life crisis, so the guys are going for a journey onto a desert island and contemplating what books they would bring with them if they were to get stuck on such a place for the rest of their lives......Yes they are ripping off Stephen Nichols, but it's fun. Have…

Evening = But God….Judges

Intro: 4 week series looking at the 2 most transformative Words in Scripture: But God Overview Where we are going -Week 1: But God Judges (the Wicked) -Week 2: But God Saves (Sinners) -Week 3: But God Preserves (His Own) -Week 4: But God Builds (His Church) Now again the focus point of our series…

Morning = John 20:19-29, The First Easter (Pt. 3)

This morning we continue on in our consideration of John’s account of this First Easter. So far we’ve seen Peter and John greatly perplexed and greatly encouraged by seeing the grave clothes in the tomb, we’ve seen Mary turn from deep distress to deep joy with a sight of the Risen Christ, and now in…

A2: Episode 39- On Sermon Prep

This Week the guys take a moment from prepping their sermons to talk about what goes into Sermon Preperation. Take a listen as they discuss the similarities and differences in styles and how the ultimate goal isn't in the style used in preparation, but the how the work done along the way is to properly…

Evening = Church History, Divisions in the East

Last week as we wrapped up the climate of the Church in the West, we mainly focused on how the invasions of the Germanic barbarian peoples invaded Rome and changed nearly everything for them. This week, which is the last evening in our series looking at the first 500 years of Church history, we turn…

Morning = John 20:11-18, The First Easter (Pt. 2)

The Apostle Paul tells us, “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love” (1 Cor. 13:13). If we were to seek an illustration of Paul’s great love text, it would indeed be Mary Magdalene. She drew the near the tomb on that first Easter morning, and I…

A2: Episode 38- On Andrew………..?

This week on the Podcast Adam comes under the weather and Andrew is left all alone to cover the conversation. So what do you do in a pinch, well you give the people a look into your life. So on this week's podcast Andrew gives you a rundown on His testimony and how he came…

Good Friday = Boasting in the Cross

BTonight is a celebratory occasion (for the cross of Christ is the launching pad that ultimately gets us to Easter morning). But tonight, is also a solemn occasion (for on it the sinless Son of God became sin and was forsaken by God for all who believe in Him). We speak of this often and…

Morning = John 20:1-10, The First Easter

Whether you’re brand new to SonRise or have been around SonRise for a while, let me briefly state what we seek to accomplish in this sermon moment each week. During the preaching portion of our Sunday morning gathering we employ and enjoy a style of preaching called expositional preaching. Which means that whoever is preaching…

A2: Episode 37- On Holy Weekend

This week the guys are joined by a special guest, Sam Knox. Sam is one of the Elders at SonRise and was excited to join the guys as they discuss the importance of Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday. In this Podcast the guys examine why they observe Good Friday along with Resurrection Sunday, along with…

Evening = Church History, The Fall of Rome & A New West

We’ve come through much in our survey of the first 500 years of Church history. We must draw it to a close somehow, and so in these last two weeks we have for this series we’ll be covering how both the West and the East ended up before we launch into the dark ages, or…

Morning = John 19:38-42, The Humiliation of the King

Today is Palm Sunday. The day on which we usually look back and remember what we call Jesus’ triumphal entry. When He rode into Jerusalem on a donkey and the people gathered round to shout out praise and hosannas saying as Mark 11 records, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the…

A2: Episode 36- On the Incomprehensibility of God

On this week's episode the guys discuss the importance of understanding the transcendence and immanence of God in relation to knowledge of Him. They dive deep into the reality that God is beyond human comprehension and reason, and yet at the same time he has made himself known to us in such a way that…

Evening=Historic Faith: The Battle for the Son

Augustine cont…(Pelagianism) -Pelagianism -Belief circulated by the Pious British Monk Pelagius -Arose out of his distaste for the Christian church he found in Rome, where the faith seemed reduced to ritualistic practices meant for future life in heaven, with no regard for current holiness. -From this moment in 383 he felt his mission was to…

Morning = John 19:31-37, His Pierced Side

*Due to technical difficulties the Audio is unavailable for this week's sermon. The month of April is said to get its name from the Latin word aperio, meaning ‘to open.’ We can understand why it means this. April is a time of budding and blossoming, a time of resurrection and growth, where new life emerges…

A2: Episode 35- On Church Partnerships & N. Ireland

This week the guys discuss their recent trip to N. Ireland and the church partnership that SonRise is beginning with Foundation Church Belfast. In this episode they discuss the importance of partnerships, both for churches and pastors, as well as some of their experiences during their time in N.Ireland. We hope you will enjoy this…

Evening= Historic Faith: Three Pillars of a New World

Pillar 1: Preaching- John Chrysostom (349-407) •    Born around 349, to a widowed 20 yr old mother named Anthusa (her late husband Secundus was a High-ranking government official). She never remarried and made it her goal in life to train her son in the ways of the Lord and pray that he would grow in…

Morning = John 19:13-16, Abandon All Hope?

Last week we sat back and watched as the angry mob before Pilate failed in their attempt to get Jesus executed based on charges of insurrection. We also then saw the Jews, in response, seek to get Jesus executed based on charges of making himself a king, saying in 19:12, “If you release this Man,…

A2: Episode 33- On Ministry Wives

On this week's podcast, the guys are off and in their place are the amazing Holly and Ange. The ladies are tackling the question of what it is like to serve along side their husbands in Ministry. Holly looking at it from the perspective of a pastor's wife living here in the states and Ange…

Evening= Historic Faith: The Battle for the Trinity

Last week we were introduced to the Council of Nicaea and the initial battle over the Divinity of Christ The council of Nicaea was 1 of 4 major universally accepted Councils of the Christian faith. (each council sought to bring clarity to the truths found in Scripture. -4 Councils: Nicaea (325)-Last week Constantinople (381)- This…

Morning = John 19:7-12, Surprised by Christ

For most of his early life C.S. Lewis, being a convinced atheist, rejected Christianity. But slowly but surely he began to convinced otherwise. Through reading G.K. Chesterton and others he began seeing the holes in the atheistic argument. He began reading Scripture and was more and more convinced that Christianity was proving true. Then in…

Evening = Church History, The Arian Controversy

Last week Andrew traced over the entire 4thcentury transformations of the Church, covering the notable figures and events of the period. Tonight, we begin hitting them one by one and the first one to come into view is the Arian controversy. There is no doubt that the Arian controversy was one of the greatest disputes…

Morning = John 18:38b-19:6, Behold the Man!

Time and time again the New Testament writers speak of the connection between Jesus’ suffering and death and the Old Testament Passover. That they do this so often carries with it one large implication: as Old Covenant Israel was spared from God’s judgment at midnight on account of the blood of the lamb slain in…

A2: Episode 31- On God’s Aseity

The guys are back and on this week's Podcast they continue their discussion on the doctrine of God, specifically they are looking at the often over looked doctrine of God's Aseity. Now you may be asking what is that? If that is the case have a listen and find out, for those who may already…

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