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Messages from Richard Peifer and Bob Christopher

About Spiritual Gifts

Bob Christopher
Bob Christopher

Sunday Apr 6, 2014    Play Audio in Pop-up Window       Play Video in Pop-up Window

About Spiritual Gifts

1 Corinthians 12

Join us as Bob Christopher continues with Paul's first letter to the early Corinthian church. This church was making a mockery of acquiring and using God's spiritual gifts, as do many of today's church groups. God does not leave it up to us to choose the gift that appeals to us. Just as the Holy Spirit moves us to say "Jesus is Lord", He alone determines which person is best suited for each spiritual gift of God's grace. We were not designed to function alone. Just as our eyes and all other members of our physical bodies work together for our good, each person in our church body, using his special gift from the Holy Spirit, makes it possible for us to minister and serve together, showing forth the love of Christ to the world at large.

A Woman's Place?

Richard Peifer
Richard Peifer

Sunday Mar 30, 2014    Play Audio in Pop-up Window       Play Video in Pop-up Window

A Woman's Place?

1 Corinthians 11:2-16

Join us as Richard Peifer shares some insight on the often misunderstood passage of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. In early Corinth, a man often covered his head for pagan rituals, while a woman with a shaved head or short hair was wearing the style worn by pagan prostitutes. When such a man or woman joined Christians in worship, this could be a great distraction for the group, so Paul's suggestions were meant to keep the focus on honoring God and promoting fellowship (Koinonia) and interdependence among the body. As we read the Bible, let us always trust the mind of Christ through His Holy Spirit to transform confusion to clarity. This principle also applies to marriage and other relationships.

Why the Old Testament Matters

Richard Peifer
Richard Peifer

Sunday Mar 23, 2014    Play Audio in Pop-up Window       Play Video in Pop-up Window

Why the Old Testament Matters

1 Corinthians 10

Join us for a study of 1 Corinthians, chapter 10, as Richard points out some important lessons we can learn from Israel's history. Paul shares several examples, mostly Israel's wrong choices first recorded in Exodus and Numbers. Knowing these wrong choices can help us today if we pay attention! Our nation is so blessed by God, but is choosing more and more to follow paths away from Him. People are ignoring the fact that the world system is not our friend. We can learn from history if we 1) read it; 2) understand its setting of time and place; 3) trust the mind of Christ to transform these past circumstances into the present setting; and 4) allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in every aspect of our relationships.

Run to Win

Bob Christopher
Bob Christopher

Sunday Mar 16, 2014    Play Audio in Pop-up Window       Play Video in Pop-up Window

Run to Win

1 Corinthians 9

Join us as Bob Christopher teaches from 1 Corinthians, chapter 9. After Paul met Jesus, his one purpose was to teach only the true message of Christ - His death, burial and resurrection. Constrained by the love of Christ, as if running a race for the prize, Paul taught as an "ordinary guy", telling everyone who would listen that they needed Jesus. The Holy Spirit certified his message as genuine. "Super apostles" appeared on the scene trying to fool people into thinking their own embellished message was of more value, but Paul continued "running the race", not wanting anyone, including himself, to be disqualified from winning the true prize - a crown that will last forever.

The Problem with Knowledge

Bob Christopher
Bob Christopher

Sunday Mar 9, 2014    Play Audio in Pop-up Window       Play Video in Pop-up Window

The Problem with Knowledge

1 Corinthians 8

Join us as Bob Christopher talks about "The Problem with Knowledge", as discussed by Paul in 1 Corinthians, chapter 8. All of us possess some degree of knowledge, but sometimes we flaunt our knowledge, thinking with pride that we know more than we actually do. For example, we must not exercise our freedom to eat certain foods or do other things in the presence of a weaker brother if our choices cause him to fall into sin. This misuse of knowledge becomes a sin on our part, too. We must not let our knowledge keep us from truly loving God and others. Instead, let us remember that "knowledge puffs up, but love builds up"