Message given 7-17-16. Fourth sermon in the series "Best of the Best" is called "A Man for All Seasons."
Message Given July 10, 2016. Pastor Ed continues his "Best of the Best" sermon series with this third installment called "What Matters Most"
Message Given 7-3-16. Join Pastor Ed as he continues the series "Best of the Best." This week's sermon is titled "Good the Enemy of the Best.
Message given June 26, 2016. Pastor Ed begins a new series for the summer called "Best of the Best." These are a collection of sermons that Ed has preached over the years that Ed feels are among his best. Each of these sermons will challenge you and encourage you as you live out your Christian Faith. The first installment in this series is titled "What's in a Name?"
Message given June 19, 2016. Justin Walker, one of the great young fathers of our congregation delivers this year's Father's Day Message
Message Given June 12. Pastor Ed concludes his series on Combating Unbelief by diving into a topic not often dealt with in the church. A topic that the Bible doesn't shy away from, therefore we shouldn't either. So join Ed as he looks at what the Bible has to say about Lust, and how that lust is a way we demonstrate unbelief in our lives.
Message Given June 5, 2016. Join Pastor Ed as he continues with his Sermon Series titled Combating Unbelief. This week Pastor Ed looks at the subject of Despondency
This week we have a special Guest Speaker, Don Fletcher. Don is the current Chairman of our Elder's board, and is also the key leader in our Divorce Care and Grief Share Programs. Listen as Don shares what it take to become a Hero.
Message from May 22, 2016, Join Pastor Ed as he continues the series of messages on Combating Unbelief. This week Pastor Ed takes on the subject of bitterness.
This Mother's Day we had a special treat as our own Dorothy Calvert shared from her wisdom that she has earned through being a Mom, Grandma, and now a Great-Grandma. Listen as Dorothy encourages all mothers to have the "3 Ps". What are the "3 Ps"? You'll have to listen and find out.
Pastor Ed Continues with the series on Combating Unbelief. This week Ed takes a look at how impatiences is really a sign of unbelief in God.
In this session Pastor Jim speaks only to the men about being men of integrity. Jim has a straight forward approach to this topic that is refreshing and very much needed.
Listen to our special guest speak Jim Lyon, General Director of Church of God Ministries. In this first session Jim speaks to both the Men and Women of the Church of God in Colorado.
Pastor Ed continues in his series Combating Unbelief by looking this week at the topic of shame.
Join Pastor Ed as he looks into Combating Pride in this second message in the series Combating Unbelief.
In his book To End All Wars, Ernest Gordon tells the true story a group Of POWs under Burma Railway during World War II. Gordon writes:
Good days work had ended; the tools were being counted, as usual. The party was about to be dismissed, the Japanese guard shouted that a shovel was missing. He insisted that someone had stolen it to sell to the Thais. Striding up and down before the men, the guard ranted and denounced them for their wickedness, and the most unforgivable of all their ingratitude to the Emperor. As he raved, he worked himself up into a paranoid fury. Screaming in broken English, he demanded that the guilty one step forward to take his punishment. No one moved; the guard’s rage reached new heights of violence. “All die! All die!” He shrieked. To show that he meant what he said, He cocked his rifle, put it to his shoulder and looks down the sights, ready to fire at the first man at the end of them.
At that moment the Argyll, who we called Highlander, steps forward, stood stiffly to attention, and said calmly, “I did it.”
The guard unleashed all his whipped up hate; he kicked the helpless prisoner and beat him with his fists. Still the Argyll stood rigidly to attention, with blood streaming down his face. His silence goaded the guard to excessive rage. Seizing his rifle by the barrel, he lifted it high over his head and with a final howl, brought it down on the skull of the Argyll, Who sank limply to the ground and did not move. Although it was perfectly clear that he was dead, the guard continued to beat him and stopped only when he was exhausted.
The men of the work detail picked up their comrade’s body, shouldered their tools and marched back to camp. When the tools were counted again at the guardhouse no shovel was missing. The guard had miscounted. The young soldier who had stepped forward had not stolen the shovel. He had given his life for his friends.
How could that young man who happened to be a Christ follower, live out such a loving, heroic act in the midst of that terrible war? I believe it is because of the transforming power of faith that was produced by his belief in the promises that he found in the Word of God – the Bible.
As John Piper reflects on this moment he says: “He may have thought in a flash: ‘Jesus you died for me. My sins are forgiven. I have eternal life. I love you. You are my greatest treasure. I am eager to be with you. My friends are not all ready to die.’ Perhaps he took fifteen seconds to remind himself what Christ had done for him, and what it meant for his future after death. Then, sustained by his faith in God’s promises, he stepped out and died.”
That is the fruit of faith in God’s promises. More importantly, that is how we who are Christians combat those moments when we waver between belief and unbelief. And that is what I want to wrestle with in this spring series of messages. The unbelief that I want us to learn to combat is not the unbelief of the person who does not know Christ as Savior; rather the unbelief that I have in mind is the failure of the believer to trust in God’s promises which sustain our radical obedience into our immediate future and beyond. For those are the moments our lack of faith and belief in God’s Word causes us to fail in our obedience.
This is an important step in your Christian maturity. For whenever we act in unbelief that is sin. More than that, our sin of unbelief causes us to sin in other areas of our life. Satan comes into our life with promises like: “If you cheat on your tax returns you’ll have extra money and that will make you happier…or…If you look at that pornography it will give you a sense of pleasure that is better than the joys of a clear conscience…or…If you eat those cookies when no one’s looking it will soften your sense of woundedness and help you cope better than anything else just now.” You see Satan’s promises are lies. And the only way to combat the lies of the Enemy is to stand on the superior promises of God’s Word and thus sever the root of sin in our life.
So from now to early June we are going to look at those arenas in our life where Satan can so easily speak his lies into our lives: arenas like anxiety, pride, shame, impatience, and bitterness, etc. And we are going to learn to combat those moments with God’s promises. To put it in Biblical terms we are going to do what Hebrews 3:13 tells us: 13But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called Today, so that none of you may be hardened by sin's deceitfulness. (NIV) The series is inspired and informed by John Piper’s book, Battling Unbelief.
Pastor Ed Nelson
1 Earnest Gordon, To End All Wars (Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1963), pp. 101-102 - as shared in Battling Unbelief by John Piper.
2 John Piper, Battling Unbelief (Multnomah Publishers, Colorado Spring, CO. 2007), pp 11-12.
Join Pastor Ed as he begins a new series called Combating Unbelief. Pastor Ed found his inspiration for this series from a book by John Piper called Battling Unbelief, and while this book does not appear to be in print, Pastor Ed would encourage you to find a used copy if you can. In this first of the series Ed will be looking at how we combat anxiety as a follower of Christ.
Pastor Ed Concludes the Giving It Up Series on Easter Sunday 2016. HE IS RISEN. Listen as Pastor Ed shows us that we can "Give up death"
This week Pastor Alan continues with this sermon series called Giving It Up. Listen as he encourages us to Give up Popularity.
Pastor Ed continues the Lenten Sermon Series "Giving It Up". This week Ed focuses his attention on encouraging us to Give Up Our Lives.