"For it is all for your sake, so that as grace extends to more and more people it may increase thanksgiving, to the glory of God." — 2 Cor. 4:15

Author Archive: Walt Harrah

December 17, 2017

“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel…” LUKE 1:68 Remember how the angel Gabriel appeared to Zechariah while he was offering priestly prayers for the people? And remember how exuberantly the angel announced the good news that Zechariah was about to become a father in his old age? Remember how Zechariah totally wiffed […]

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December 10, 2016

Luke tells us that “at that time Mary got ready and hurried” to where Elizabeth and Zechariah lived. Wouldn’t you have loved to have been there, as the old woman Elizabeth (with John the Baptist in her womb) welcomed the girl Mary who was carrying the long-awaited Messiah inside her young virgin body? Elizabeth had […]

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December 3, 2017

“Be it according to thy word.” LUKE 1:38 Mary’s permission to the angel Gabriel gave the green light for heaven’s eternal plan to proceed, ushering in an outrageously wonderful plan that only the mind of God could dream up. I believe in Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy […]

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November 26, 2017

“Nothing will be impossible with God.” LUKE 1:37 im·pos·si·ble imˈpäsəb(ə)l/ adjective: impossible not able to occur, exist, or be done. “a seemingly impossible task” synonyms: not possible, out of the question, unfeasible When God is factored in, the word impossible needs asterisks. God and the word impossible have nothing in common. In fact, with Him […]

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November 19, 2017

Is anything too hard for the Lord? GENESIS 18:14 This is the rhetorical question to end all rhetorical questions, put to Abraham and Sarah about himself. The angel Gabriel put it another way to Mary, “Nothing will be impossible with God.” There was that occasion in Jesus’ ministry when a boy who was demon-possessed was […]

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November 12, 2017

“See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” MATTHEW 18:10 “Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red and yellow, black or white, they are precious in his sight. Jesus […]

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November 5, 2017

Now to him who is able to do IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we ask or imagine… EPHESIANS 3:20 God’s plans dwarf our puny plans. Surveying the whole playing field all at once, He orders our lives so that not only are his purposes fulfilled, we get written into the story of redemption. Knowing this in […]

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October 29, 2017

Then he opened their minds so they could understand the Scriptures. LUKE 24:45 “Finally God took pity on me. While I was meditating day and night, and examining the implications of the words ‘the righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel, as it is written: the righteous shall live by faith.’ I began to […]

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October 22, 2017

“The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” GENESIS 16:2 God’s promise of an heir and the interminable waiting now takes a painful turn, as Abram and Sarai contrive their own solution to the problem. A child is born, but not a […]

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October 15, 2017

But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know…? GENESIS 15:8 Even a friend of God like Abram, or the highly favored Mary, occasionally need reassurances. (“How will this be, since I am still a virgin?” LUKE 1:34) And what does God do? He responds with assurance. Surely the Sovereign LORD does nothing without revealing his […]

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October 8, 2017

“…the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” ROMANS 4:17 Abram found himself in need of that exact kind of God. The child he and Sarah had been promised was definitely a “thing that was not,” and needed to be “called into being.” And God could do […]

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October 1, 2017

“….if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek…according to the power of an indestructible life.” HEBREWS 7:15-16 Last week a very mysterious character walked into the story of Abram, blessing him and then exiting just as quickly. Mentioned again in the Psalms, the book of Hebrews lays out his role and significance. This […]

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September 24, 2017

“Blessed be God Most High, who delivered your enemies into your hand.” Genesis 14:20 Lot’s decision to not stay near the safety of his uncle and the ongoing blessing of God now creates an opportunity for the breadth of the promise to Abram to be displayed in a very specific deliverance. Much of life creates messes […]

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September 17, 2017

Lot chose for himself… GENESIS 13:11 Last week we saw the selfish side of Abram as he followed his natural instinct, carelessly putting his wife Sarai at risk, ending in a harsh rebuke and banishment from Pharaoh. This week is Lot’s turn, as he makes a decision that ultimately ends in tragedy for his family. […]

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September 10, 2017

Now there was a famine in the land… GENESIS 12:10 Uh oh… With God’s words of blessing still ringing in his ears, Abram suddenly had reason to wonder about this “land of promise.” A famine? He had mouths to feed and flocks to care for. So just what were his options? Going down to Egypt […]

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September 3, 2017

The Lord had said to Abram, “Go…so Abram went as the Lord told him.” GENESIS 12:1, 4 In between that “go” of God, and Abraham’s response of obedience, stands the grandest promise ever made to a human being – a plan so boldly audacious that only the imagination of Almighty God Himself could dream it […]

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August 27, 2017

As we say “goodbye” to the Psalms and re-enter the world of Genesis, a reading service this Sunday will introduce to us Abraham, the father of our faith, and the grandest of adventures that God leads him into. Joshua assembled the elders, leaders, judges, officials and all the tribes of Israel at Shechem., where they […]

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Sunday, June 4, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 145

Last Sunday, Jackson Randall led us through the importance of the Psalms in growing into a God-centered life.  The Psalms teach us to deal with our human emotions, teach us to pray and bring everything before the Father, orient us toward what is truly important, and model for us what it is to be humble […]

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May 28, 2017

The Psalter is a book of prayers rather than a prayer book. Its words leap to the page from the heart of man, racked by pain, jubilant with joy, despairing, aspiring, questioning, worshiping, but never ceasing to reach for God. The world changes, knowledge grows, but the heart of man remains as it has always […]

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Sunday, May 28, 2017 Sermon Prep for Psalm 16

The Psalter is a book of prayers rather than a prayer book. Its words leap to the page from the heart of man, racked by pain, jubilant with joy, despairing, aspiring, questioning, worshiping, but never ceasing to reach for God. The world changes, knowledge grows, but the heart of man remains as it has always […]

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May 21, 2017

And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. ACTS 2:47 This verse is a bit unsettling, isn’t it? Intimidating even. Who ever heard of such a church nowadays? It does remind us though, of what is possible when God’s people are awakened. Do you long for such a day? Just […]

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May 14, 2017

“It is hard for you to kick against the goads.” ACTS 26:14 Testifying in front of King Agrippa, Paul recounted his conversion on the Damascus road and those words from the Lord Jesus himself that told him his resistance was a losing battle. He was a marked man. Almighty God was determined to get him […]

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May 7, 2017

They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might. 2 THESSALONIANS 1:9 In The Great Divorce, C. S. Lewis wrote, “There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, ‘Thy will be done,’ and those […]

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April 30, 2017

Now the Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. ACTS 17:11 Isn’t it curious that Luke would make this comparison? Clearly the Berean Jews stood out to him as […]

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April 23, 2017

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any […]

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April 16, 2017

He then began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and after three days rise again. He spoke plainly about this, and Peter took him aside and began to […]

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April 9, 2017

See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey… MATTHEW 21:5 This Sunday is Palm Sunday, the beginning of a week that rehearses the seven most significant days in a row this world has ever known. Nothing can match the significance of the incarnate Son of God, who… ….being found in appearance […]

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April 2, 2017

Then those who feared the Lord talked with each other, and the Lord listened and heard. A scroll of remembrance was written in his presence concerning those who feared the Lord and honored his name. MALACHI 3:16 So much happens when God’s people get together in His name. We are actually being transformed as we […]

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March 26, 2017

But God remembered…. GENESIS 8:1 When our sermon series in Genesis left off last week, Noah’s ark was floating on the surface of the waters, populated by two of every kind of animal and eight people – and no place to land. What next? If God had a plan, this would be a good time […]

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March 19, 2017

Noah did everything just as God commanded him. GENESIS 6:22 Do you ever think about what you might want written on your tombstone as an epitaph, or said at your memorial service? What greater tribute could be made than the qualities of godliness that Moses attributes to Noah? God watched in horror as the human […]

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March 12, 2017

The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth. GENESIS 6:5 What did he do? How did God respond? Did he shrug? “There they go again.” Hardly. We know from Adam and Eve’s rebellion that God never overlooks sin. Rather, he walks straight toward it, confronting it, getting […]

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March 5, 2017

Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe, for our “God is a consuming fire.” HEBREWS 12:28 This coming Sunday, Kenny Clark will preach from Genesis 4, as we see the consequences of Adam and Eve’s sin play out […]

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February 26, 2017

“By one man’s disobedience, many were made sinners.” ROMANS 5:19 Earth felt the wound; and Nature from her seat, Sighing through all her works, gave signs of woe, That all was lost.  “Paradise Lost” MILTON The poet Francis Quarles wrote the following lines: Poor man! Are not thy joints grown faint with shaking To view […]

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February 19, 2017

“Did God really say..?” GENESIS 3:1 Is it possible that four words in a row could do more damage than these words did? A perfect garden setting was ruined, the relationship between God and man was marred, to say nothing of the relationship between man and woman. Upon close inspection and at the urging of […]

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February 12, 2017

“…they become one flesh…” GENESIS 2:24 “I do.” Made you think of the marriage vows, didn’t it? When those two words are said in the context of a wedding ceremony, it is a profound and holy moment, as God listens in. Mike Mason, in his book The Mystery of Marriage, says that during his yearlong […]

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February 5, 2017

For this is what the LORD says– he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the LORD, and there is no other. ISAIAH 45:18 This coming Sunday […]

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January 29, 2017

Then Job replied to the Lord: Surely I spoke of things I did not understand, things too wonderful for me to know. JOB 42:1-3 When Job offers his “mea culpa,” it is in reaction to a blistering litany of creation wonders that God has listed off. Caught up in wonder at the greatness of God, […]

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January 22, 2017

For everything God created is good… 1 TIMOTHY 4:4 Genesis 1 gives us a unique insight into God, and the obvious pleasure He derives from creating out of nothing a universe with stars and worlds and lifeforms, a world of color and contrasts and variety, and most wonderfully, of order. And God saw that it […]

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January 15, 2017

“God created the world…” JESUS MARK 13:19 For this is what the Lord says – he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited— he says: “I am the Lord, and there […]

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January 8, 2017

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. ACTS 17:26 Paul said these words on Mars Hill, as he argued for the One True God. And as the book of Genesis opens, we […]

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