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Jim Thomas

Jim Thomas

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Holiday Sermons
Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration:23 mins 4 secs
Views:12
Into a world of spiritual darkness, uncertainty and insecurity there came the voice of an 8th century BC prophet named Isaiah. One of the most amazing prophecies given by Isaiah was that God was planning to send a Messiah or, in New Testament language, the Christ.Who would this Messiah be? What would Messiah be like? And what was Messiah's purpose in coming? The Bible makes it clear that Messiah was God’s Anointed One come to rescue us from our spiritual darkness, to reconcile us to God, to satisfy our deepest longing, to renew our joy and restore us to peace. Join Pastor Jim as he connects the dots between the ancient prophecies of Isaiah and Jesus of Nazareth, the very one Isaiah predicted would become our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace!
John
Sun, Nov 26, 2017
Duration:41 mins 34 secs
Views:21
We’ve all heard the phrase "God helps those who help themselves.” But in John 5:1-18 Pastor Jim shows us how the great news of the Gospel is that God helps those who cannot help themselves. In the passage, Jesus came upon a man who had been sick for 38 years. Frustrated by his circumstance and failed by everyone who claimed to love him, this man had run out of options. His condition was actually far more hopeless than he actually realized. But on the day Jesus called him out, everything would be different.
John
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration:43 mins 23 secs
Views:35
It was midday when Jesus came to the ancient site of Jacob’s Well in the village of Sychar of Samaria. There Jesus encountered a woman whose life had been a sad series of failed relationships, self-loathing and public shame. But on that day everything would be forever changed as she encountered the mysterious man who was willing to hear her story and then offer her a drink of living water. Join Pastor Jim as he unfolds this story of God’s initiating love and amazing grace.
John
Sun, Nov 05, 2017
Duration:37 mins 17 secs
Views:37
John the Baptist and the apostle John both agreed that Jesus Christ was the most unique individual who ever lived. What did they see in and know about Jesus? What difference does it make to us in our own day and time? What’s so special about Jesus Christ that makes Him the most talked about person in human history? Why does it make so much sense to consider placing your faith in Jesus? Join Pastor Jim for this fascinating look at the preeminence of Christ in all things.
John
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Duration:37 mins 57 secs
Views:49
The Gospel of John includes several one-on-one conversations between Jesus and a wide variety of individuals. What did Jesus mean when He talked with the religious leader, Nicodemus, about being “born again?” What does one of the most well known Bible references, John 3:16, have to say and why do so many people write it on signs and then hold them up at football games? Join Pastor Jim for this interesting study of the good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ from John 3:1-21.
John
Sun, Oct 22, 2017
Duration:42 mins 58 secs
Views:63
Have you ever wondered what makes God mad? In this study from John’s Gospel, Pastor Jim leads us through a passage that is typically entitled “The Cleansing of the Temple.” Jesus was swinging a whip and turning over tables, people were scattering, sheep bleating, goats running, doves flapping their wings to escape, and an avalanche of coins were rolling across the floor. What ever happened to “Gentle Jesus meek and mild look upon this little child?” Exactly what was it that stirred up the anger of Christ? More importantly, what good news does the Christian Gospel have to offer those of us who realize we too are sinners in the hands of an angry God?
John
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration:42 mins 52 secs
Views:53
The first miracle of Jesus recorded in the Gospel of John takes place at the celebration of a wedding. But something had gone wrong as the caterers ran out of wine before the celebration had ended. And so the last recorded words spoken by Mary, the mother of Jesus, are “Do whatever he tells you to do.” Jesus’ instructions are followed but only a few present actually notice that water had become wine. What can we learn from this supernatural intrusion of God’s power into a seemingly everyday event? How does it apply to each of us as it relates to our faith in Christ? Join Pastor Jim as he points us to the glory of God and the life transforming power of Jesus Christ.
John
Sun, Oct 08, 2017
Duration:44 mins 29 secs
Views:30
Who was John the Baptist and what role did he play in the New Testament story of redemption? Who were the first disciples Jesus called to follow Him? Why did Jesus choose and call them? And just what does it mean to “follow" Jesus these days? Join Pastor Jim for this practical and helpful study from John’s Gospel.
John
Sun, Oct 01, 2017
Duration:42 mins 47 secs
Views:73
“In the beginning…” Those three words open the entire Bible in Genesis 1 and they also open the first chapter of the Gospel of John. It’s as if John wanted us all to sit up straight and get ready because with the arrival of Jesus there comes the opportunity to begin life anew. What else does John have to say about Jesus Christ and the mysteries of who He was, His miracles, what He taught, His death and Resurrection? Join us as we begin this new verse by verse study of one of the most beautiful books of all time, the Gospel of John.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration:44 mins 57 secs
Views:57
After hearing the Teacher’s deep and sometimes despairing assessment of life under the sun, how should we respond to a book like Ecclesiastes? Are there timeless truths and practical wisdom that apply to us in our own day and time? Join Pastor Jim as he wraps up our study of this fascinating ancient book that overflows with honesty, humility, and hope!
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Sep 10, 2017
Duration:42 mins 3 secs
Views:41
In another bricolage of pithy proverbs Ecclesiastes 10 shows the sharp contrast between those who are given to wisdom and those who are given to folly. Many years after the time of Qoheleth, Jesus drew the same kind of contrast in the closing part of the most famous sermon ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount. Join Pastor Jim as he draws our attention toward the characteristics of godly and practical wisdom that can be found in both Ecclesiastes 10 and Matthew 7.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Sep 03, 2017
Duration:42 mins
Views:66
The Irish rock singer Bono calls Ecclesiastes one of his favorite books of the Bible and describes it like this: “It’s a book about a character who wants to find out why he’s alive, why he was created.” In Ecclesiastes 9 Qoheleth talks about the unavoidable certainty of death, the frustrating unpredictability of life and the unique fullness of joy found in a right relationship with God. Join Pastor Jim as he walks us through these timeless truths from the ancient sage known as Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Aug 27, 2017
Duration:41 mins 19 secs
Views:64
The 17th century French philosopher and mathematician Blaise Pascal once said “Reason’s last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it.” Since Pascal was himself a Christian believer, it is quite probable he had read Ecclesiastes 8 in which Qoheleth said something quite similar. Join Pastor Jim as he helps us draw from the well of the wisdom of God preserved for us in Ecclesiastes 8.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Aug 20, 2017
Duration:45 mins 20 secs
Views:50
Ecclesiastes 7 contrasts the biblical views of wisdom and folly. With a landslide of pithy and provocative proverbs, some honest reflection on the brokenness of the human condition, and a reminder of the awesome faithfulness of God, Ecclesiastes continues to challenge, inform and inspire. Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks the ancient wisdom found in Ecclesiastes 7.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Aug 13, 2017
Views:63
Written by one of the wisest and wealthiest persons who ever lived, what does the ancient wisdom book of Ecclesiastes have to teach to us about wealth? In what ways has the human condition changed or stayed the same when it comes to the accumulation and management of wealth in our own time? Join Pastor Jim as we explore the riches of God’s wisdom found in Ecclesiastes!
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Aug 06, 2017
Duration:39 mins 55 secs
Views:68
Ecclesiastes has taught us that God has placed eternity in our hearts. This means we will always have a deep longing for God. Now, in chapter 5, Qoheleth gives us some instruction on the ways we should go about approaching God to worship Him. Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks this short passage, shows us how it connects to New Testament teaching and ultimately, finds its completion in the Gospel of grace through Jesus Christ.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration:44 mins 36 secs
Views:38
Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16 serves up another patchwork quilt of wisdom from above. What’s the difference between human beings and animals? What’s the difference between human beings and God? Why do the powerful so often take advantage of the weak and vulnerable? What are the benefits of faithful companionship and friendship? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks some practical and timeless truths from this ancient wisdom book.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Jul 30, 2017
Duration:44 mins 36 secs
Views:26
Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16 serves up another patchwork quilt of wisdom from above. What’s the difference between human beings and animals? What’s the difference between human beings and God? Why do the powerful so often take advantage of the weak and vulnerable? What are the benefits of faithful companionship and friendship? Join Pastor Jim as he unpacks some practical and timeless truths from this ancient wisdom book.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Duration:43 mins 54 secs
Views:51
Ecclesiastes 3 begins with a simple but profound statement: “There is an appointed time for everything.” Then follows an amazing ancient poem which may be the most well known passage from Ecclesiastes, made popular in 1965 by a band called the Byrds. The author continues to give voice to our deepest questions and to point forward to his grand conclusion in chapter 12. What does it mean when he says God has put eternity in our hearts? What does it mean when he says God has worked it so that we should fear Him? Join Pastor Jim for this insightful and encouraging study from Ecclesiastes 3.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Duration:43 mins 54 secs
Views:38
Ecclesiastes 3 begins with a simple but profound statement: “There is an appointed time for everything.” Then follows an amazing ancient poem which may be the most well known passage from Ecclesiastes, made popular in 1965 by a band called the Byrds. The author continues to give voice to our deepest questions and to point forward to his grand conclusion in chapter 12. What does it mean when he says God has put eternity in our hearts? What does it mean when he says God has worked it so that we should fear Him? Join Pastor Jim for this insightful and encouraging study from Ecclesiastes 3.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Jul 16, 2017
Duration:46 mins 56 secs
Views:71
What do knowledge, laughter, pleasure, productivity and wealth all have in common? The author of Ecclesiastes was able to accumulate and experience more of these things than anyone else and yet he still declared they left him feeling empty, and everything under the sun was mere vanity. What lessons can we learn from this ancient Old Testament book and how does it lead us to God’s solution for our chronic dissatisfaction and ennui? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the answers to these questions and more from one of the most overlooked wisdom books, Ecclesiastes.
Ecclesiastes
Sun, Jul 09, 2017
Duration:37 mins 37 secs
Views:111
The book of Ecclesiastes offers clear-eyed realism and stirs us to wrestle with some of the life’s biggest questions. Join Pastor Jim as he shows us how this ancient wisdom book acknowledges the tension of living life with mystery, restlessness and ennui without trivializing anyone’s lament or cynicism or by offering simplistic, glib, or jejune answers. There is a grand conclusion, and yes, it points to the gospel of Jesus Christ!
Psalms
Sun, Jun 25, 2017
Duration:32 mins 8 secs
Views:48
Psalm 92 starts off with the bold declaration that "it is good to give thanks to the Lord!” What is it about giving thanks to God that is so “good” and for whom is it good? Join Pastor Jim as he explores the lyric of this ancient song and tells us the reasons he believes it holds the secrets of a flourishing soul.
Psalms
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
Duration:42 mins 53 secs
Views:22
Psalm 91 expresses confidence in God’s power and intention to save those who trust in Him. It begins: “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the LORD, 'My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!'” Here we find one of the most comforting and reassuring of all the psalms, filled to overflowing with the promises of God for those who place their hope in God. Join Pastor Jim for an encouraging look at this ancient song of trust and confidence in the Lord.

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