Our new sermon series is on the remarkable story of Jonah. Many people have heard of Jonah and the whale
but there is so much more. Join us as we dig deep into God’s Word to obtain a thorough understanding of not
only the events in Jonah’s life but on the amazing extent of God’s grace for the people He loves.
How did the Church begin? What happened after Jesus rose again? Who is the Holy Spirit? How did
Christianity spread throughout the world? How is all of this applicable to us today? You are invited to join us
as we open God’s Word to answer these questions.
Yesterday our nation was hit by a devasting winter storm that crossed over 2000 miles. Chicago, and most of Illinois, was
pummeled by a blizzard of snow. My community of Oxford, Ohio, was not immune either. Ice poured down most of the
day and into the night forming a thick coat of slickness on everything including trees and power lines. About 2am I woke
to the sounds of branches and ice falling heavily on to our roof. Not long after the power went out, I sat in bed thinking
about my wife and children and worried about when the power would come back. I worried about warmth and food in the
refrigerator. I prayed for God to allow us to have this natural power back in our home on which we were so dependent.
But as I did so, He brought to my mind a verse we have been studying in the newest sermon series in Acts 1, v.8 which
says “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you..” I realized just as I can often take for granted
the natural power in my home so to can I forget the need for the power of the Holy Spirit. We want our homes to be filled
with the natural power to function properly, but as Christians we need to be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit to
function properly as Christians. Are you filled with the power of the Holy Spirit?
We just celebrated Father’s Day. Being a father myself it makes me reflect on my 14 years of being a dad. I now have
three children and it is an incredible blessing. However, it is also a challenging job that gets more difficult over time.
Pondering how I could be a better father led me to a passage in the Bible, Luke 15:11-32, that describes a father with two
sons. This familiar passage is often known as the parable of the prodigal son. In fact much of the story focuses on the
younger son who shamed his father by demanding an early inheritance and then wasting it quickly with immoral living
only to find himself literally with the pigs. However, what caught my attention the most was the father’s response when
his son finally came home. It was not anger. It was not even reluctant acceptance and begrudging forgiveness . Rather
the father ran to his son. He kissed him. He gave him a robe, a ring and shoes. In other words he fully restored him.
This is all a picture of God’s love for us and how He is quick to not only forgive us but to fully restore us. As an earthly
father I want to emulate my heavenly Father by displaying this type of love and forgiveness for my children, even when
they make mistakes. As a pastor, I want to be like my Heavenly Father by sharing the love of God and His wonderful
grace to a hurting world, including those that like the prodigal son.
New King James Version, Luke 15:11–32
Parable of the Lost Son
11 Then He said: “A certain man had two sons. 12 And the younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the
portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. 13 And not many days after, the younger son
gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. 14 But when he
had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land, and he began to be in want. 15 Then he went and joined himself to
a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. 16 And he would gladly have filled his stomach with
the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.
17 “But when he came to himself, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and
I perish with hunger! 18 I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and
before you, 19 and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” ’
20 “And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion,
and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in
your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals
on his feet. 23 And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry; 24 for this my son was dead and is
alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.
25 “Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he
called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. 27 And he said to him, ‘Your brother has come, and
because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf.’
28 “But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. 29 So he answered and
said to his father, ‘Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time;
and yet you never gave me a young goat, that I might make merry with my friends. 30 But as soon as this son of yours
came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots, you killed the fatted calf for him.’
31 “And he said to him, ‘Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. 32 It was right that we should make
merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.’ ” -Jesus
May I ask you a question? What is the main thing that motivates you in life? What captivates most of your time? What
uses most of your money? What do you desire more than anything else? I have been thinking about these questions a lot
lately. I have been captivated by a short section of scripture in the book of Mark. Jesus says in Mark 8:36-37:
“For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? For what can a
man give in return for his soul?”
Someone in the church asked me some time back why should I be a Christian today? Why not wait and live my life any way
I want and come to Christ later after I have done my living? First, you are gambling with your soul. You have no idea
what could happen to you even today. Secondly, you yourself may be saved but your life would be a waste—a loss,
unprofitable. You may say why? Let me explain. I have studied and taught accounting for over a decade. I am well
acquainted with profits and losses. I have a Ph.D. in business, teach accounting at a top university and serve as a
consultant to national organizations. But one thing I have learned about my study of business is that it can also give great
insight into the soul. Many people have a chief goal in life of acquiring profits– riches. Take Solomon for example. He was
one of the richest men that ever lived—thousands of stables, glorious palaces, everything a man could ever want in this
world. But he could not buy happiness and in the end he declared it all vanity (see Ecclesiastes). Study throughout time
from the ancient Romans, the medieval kings, to the Railroad barons, the captains of steel, oil, and gas to the traders on
Wall Street. I have studied the Enron fraud in detail. Men who had millions but it was never enough. The wealth was but a
short season in their life and in the wake follows death and destruction. Madoff enjoyed his millions but is now in prison. I
still wonder about the everyday people who make the love and pursuit of money their primary motivation in life.
Is money your main motivation in life?
Maybe you seek something else more than money. You want to be successful and reach your wildest dreams. There was a
young man who when he could barely walk took up the game of golf and made it his chief desire in life. He sacrificed day
after day, year after year, to ultimately be the greatest golfer in the world. To be loved by millions. As a bonus he also
became the most profitable athlete ever as well as having a beautiful wife and kids. Yet that dream can quickly become a
nightmare as circumstances change amazingly fast in this world. Beyond this world and how money, fame, power and glory
can disappear think about the world to come. What will it profit a man in the day of judgment, if he has gained the whole
world? Suppose that man comes before Almighty God, the maker of the Heavens and the Universe, and says don’t you
know me. I was powerful. I was rich. I was famous. I was successful. There will be no profit to man, in all he has
achieved, when he comes before God’s judgment. The soul is worth more than all the wealth in all the world! For all that
wealth could not buy a soul. The soul is made in the image of its Maker. The soul is eternal like God. In fact, the human
soul is worth more than all the profits in all the world. Why? Because of the price Christ paid for it. Not with gold or any
money of this world but with His own flesh and blood He redeems the souls of those who accept Him as Savior.
By Tim Eaton 6-20-10
We have been exploring the Gospel of Mark since September 2009. Mark is the shortest of the four gospels
(Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and was written to an audience that wouldn’t be as familiar with Jewish
customs – people just like us. The Gospel of Mark is noteworthy as it focuses more on what Jesus does than
what he says. Our goal in studying this book is to learn more about Jesus so that we can become more like him.
|Profit or Loss?
By Tim Eaton 1-17-10
By Tim Eaton 2-2-11
Please join us as we go back to the very beginning of the Bible to learn about God as the Creator of all life,
the foundation of marriage, the consequences of sin, God's grace, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, and
the beginnings of human history and our faith in God.
Back to the beginning
Who am I? Where did I come
from? What is my purpose in LIFE?
By Tim Eaton 11-1-10
The Gospel of Mark
By Admin 6-1-10
The Book of Acts
By Admin 1-6-11
The Book of Romans
By Admin 9-21-14
Please join us as we examine the Book of Romans, Paul's letter to the church in Rome. In this letter,
we learn much about the gospel, sin, salvation and sanctification as well as instructions for the early
church. These truths are just as important to us today as they were for the Christians of the early
The Book of Exodus
Join us as we engage in a deep expository study of the Book of Exodus. In this study, we join the
children of Israel in Egypt after the death of Joseph and his generation. "Now there arose a new
king over Egypt who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Behold, the people of Israel
are too many and too mighty for us. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and, if
war breaks out, they join our enemies and fight against us and escape from the land.” " (Exodus 1:8-
10) We will follow the Israelites as they are placed under bondage by the Egyptians, the entrance of
Moses onto the world stage, their struggles and challenges to become free, and how this all applies
to us today.