"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

May 6, 2018

This Sunday we are returning to the book of Genesis and picking up where we left off with God’s plans to bless all the nations of the earth through the one man, Abraham. Here’s where we left the bookmark: Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full […]

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April 29, 2018

Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain. 1 CORNITHIANS 15:58   Remember what we’re supposed to do when reading scripture and we encounter the word “therefore”? We […]

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April 22, 2018

As in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:22   You just read the most exciting and thrilling and hopeful words that could possibly be written – ever. We will rise again. Death does not have the final say. Jesus does. He who was raised from the dead […]

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April 15, 2018

And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 1 CORINTHIANS 15:17   Notice that Paul does not say “if Christ had not died upon the cross, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.” The resurrection of Jesus has huge implications for our salvation. […]

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April 8, 2018

No one has ever gone into heaven except the one who came from heaven – the Son of Man. Just as Moses lifted up the snake in the wilderness, so the Son of Man must be lifted up, that everyone who believes may have eternal life in him.” JOHN 3:13-15 Each year, Easter seems to […]

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April 1, 2018

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ROMANS 15:13 What could possibly promote hope more than knowing that Jesus rose from the dead? This coming Sunday, we get reminded all over […]

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March 25, 2018

Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. ZECHARIAH 9:9 What an amazing Old Testament heads-up! An event was predicted that would elicit great joy for God’s people. A king – righteous and […]

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March 18, 2018

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. HEBREWS 4:12 This coming Sunday will be a reflection service when we look to you, the congregation,  to encourage one another […]

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March 11, 2018

“You will go to your ancestors in peace and be buried at a good old age.” GENESIS 15:15 It is said cynically that in this life only two things are certain –  death and taxes. When Abraham’s life was still not yet half gone, God told him of his eventual passing. And 10 chapters later, […]

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March 4, 2018

Then I bowed my head and worshipped the Lord… who had led me by the right way… GENESIS 24:48 The “I” speaking here is Abraham’s oldest servant. The “right way” that he mentions is the remarkable finding of a wife for Abraham’s son Isaac. And the worship flowing from a grateful heart is in response […]

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February 25, 2018

All these people were still living by faith when they died. HEBREWS 11:13 ‘Til death do us part. It’s a well-known part of the marriage vows, hinting at the eventual reality of becoming a widow or widower. This coming week in our Genesis preaching series, Abraham faces the challenge of burying his 127 year-old wife […]

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February 14, 2018

Some time later God tested Abraham. GENESIS 22:1 Does that verse make you tense up? We know as Hebrews tells us, that “the Lord disciplines the one he loves, and he chastens everyone he accepts as his son.” So why Abraham? And why now? Hasn’t he already been tested enough? Jon Bloom, a staff writer […]

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February 11, 2018

For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 2 CORINTHIANS 4:17 They had waited for what seemed like forever, and now, at last, Isaac was born to a very old Abraham and Sarah. This time when Sarah laughs, it is the kind of laughter that […]

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January 28, 2018

The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it? JEREMIAH 17:9 The Bible is full of examples that back up this claim. Adam and Eve, Saul, David, Uzziah, Samson, Judas, Demas. We probably don’t need the Bible to bear out this truth – our own lives have proven it to […]

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January 21, 2018

“Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do?” GENESIS 18:17 He didn’t, as we found out last week. God and Abraham negotiated over the point at which the city would be spared, but the righteous were too few. It was too late. The sin of Sodom had become the point at which […]

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January 14, 2018

“Even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.”  LUKE 11:8 When is the last time you could be accused of shameless audacity in regards to your prayer life? What is […]

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January 7, 2018

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 Why is Luke so enthusiastic about the Berean believers? Apparently they delighted not only in the hearing of […]

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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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