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To The Death (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

The short stories of Mark 8 are drawn together by the lesson Jesus is trying to teach his disciples. You are either being slowly corrupted by the world or slowly purified by the Gospel. Slow growth eventually results in big changes. Jesus desires us to know who he is and why he came to earth. His purpose was to die; and, as his followers, we must do the same. However, if we trivialize the meaning of Christ and the cross, you will trivialize what it means to be a follower. Are we willing to take up our own cross and follow him to the death of our old selves in order to be slowly purified by Him? Listen to Audio

Proof of the Value of Preaching

This video/dance/moment of insanity was a surprise wedding gift from a family in our church to their daughter and new son-in-law. Some things are just too funny not to share. Those same things also serve to show that you may be preaching to the same people week after week; but what you say is making absolutely no difference in their lives. There is no cure for crazy! Thanks for sharing this Randy. The people of RBC will forever be grateful and highly entertained. Hang with the video. Watch it to the end. It is worth the time. Be careful who you are sitting with at church!!!!

Day of Prayer in Alabama

Governor Riley Declares Sunday a Day of Prayer Over Gulf Oil Disaster MONTGOMERY - Governor Bob Riley has declared Sunday, June 27 as a Day of Prayer and he is encouraging Alabamians to pray for the well-being of people who have been impacted by the BP oil disaster. "Citizens of Alabama are urged to pray for the well-being of our fellow citizens and our state, to pray for all those in other states who are hurt by this disaster, to pray for those who are working to respond to this crisis, and to pray that a solution that stops the oil leak is completed soon," the Governor's proclamation declaring Sunday a Day of Prayer states. "Throughout our history, Alabamians have humbly turned to God to ask for His blessings and to hold us steady during times of struggle.  This is certainly one of those times," said Governor Riley. The text of the Governor's proclamation is below: WHEREAS, Alabama

Clean Hands, Dirty Heart (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

As Jesus went about healing the deaf and casting out demons in Mark 7, the Pharisees were much more concerned with whether or not this miracle worker and his disciples had washed their hands. Jesus then exposes their trite and hypocritical attitudes. Unfortunately, we are still just as guilty of this today in the modern church. We too have taken the holiness of God and turned it into the traditions of man. We have twisted scripture to justify our own agendas and masked our sin in legalism. Just like the Pharisees of the day, we desire to keep our relationship with Christ on the surface without being truly changed and healed from the real issues. We have “clean hands, but a dirty heart.” Listen to Audio

Permission to Be Done

“Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor, and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, you, or your son, or your daughter, your male servant, or your female servant, or your livestock, or the sojourner who is within your gates.   For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.”   Exodus 20:8-11 The fourth commandment is the divine right to be done.   It is no accident that the commandment to be done is the longest.   We have a hard time stopping.   The concepts “finished”, “accomplished”, and “completed” are mirages in the dessert, carrots on a string, ox goads.   It is the subtle temptation that you can do something more so that you can finally do something less, or eventually do nothing at all.   The reality is that nothing ever is finished, accomplished, or complet

The Second Exodus (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

The challenge of Mark 6 is allowing God to deliver us out of the bondage of our sin. In each of the short stories we find a developing sequel to what God was doing with the children of Israel in the book of Exodus. Deuteronomy 18:15 says there will come another prophet like Moses. This prophet is Jesus, who in Mark 6, would feed the 5000, walk on the water to reveal his glory, and calm the apostles fear by stating, “It is I.” The disciples had been serving and were sent out in the power of the great “I AM.” Meditate on these well known scriptures from a perspective perhaps you have never considered before, and realize God’s on-going mission throughout history is still taking place today - the redeeming work of salvation through His son, Jesus Christ. Listen to Audio

Doing Nothing In God's Name

You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes his name in vain (Exodus 20:7). For most of my life I thought that commandment three was a message to Hollywood, NASCAR, and frustrated rednecks everywhere who could not refrain from calling down the damnation of God with every other word.   Every child raised in the religious south knows that taking the Lord’s name in vain is usually followed by getting your mouth washed out with soap.   You should not say “Oh Lord” or “My God” or “God D***” unless you are praying for rain or preaching against the lottery.   All other uses of the name of God are just plain old cussing; taking the Lord’s name in vain. While men driving Chevrolets should not cuss God, they are not the primary concern of commandment three.   The original language literally reads that one should not “lift up” the name of the LORD to “emptiness.”   It means to connect His name with nothingness, emptiness or to mak

How He Heals (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Mark 5 unfolds the stories of three people in desperate need of the same thing - healing. The woman with the issue of blood, Jairus’ daughter, and the maniac of Gadara are all examples of people who needed a touch from the Savior. This chapter reveals some interesting aspects of the miracle of healing. As with the woman, we see that her faith healed her, but not just her physical problem; it also saved her soul. Nothing could get in her way of touching the Savior. Faith does play a major role in our healing because God is interested in redeeming our bodies and souls. Earthly healing is only temporary, but gives us a small taste of what is to come when God’s redemption plan is complete. Listen to audio

Define the Relationship (sermon audio: Sunday a.m.)

Mark 3 reveals five different sets of people who, when confronted with Jesus, had very different responses to his message and ministry. These responses forced them to “define the relationship” they would have with the Christ. Likewise, today our motivations, commitment, and reactions to the Gospel require us to determine how we will relate to this same Son of God. As Scripture unfolds, we see that each group also had a very different result. Our result is determined by our relationship, and only those living and doing the will of God will be found right in the end. How would you DTR? Listen to Audio