10 episodes

A Family of Families, A Place to Belong and Grow, A House of Prayer - A Sacramental, Evangelical, Charismatic Church in the Buffalo Area
These are the lectionary-based sermons and teachings of Fr. Joshua Baker and Deacon Michael Kinsey, as well as guest preachers and teachers at CTHS.

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A Family of Families, A Place to Belong and Grow, A House of Prayer - A Sacramental, Evangelical, Charismatic Church in the Buffalo Area
These are the lectionary-based sermons and teachings of Fr. Joshua Baker and Deacon Michael Kinsey, as well as guest preachers and teachers at CTHS.

    Creation or Creator?

    Creation or Creator?

    On this fourth Sunday of Epiphany, Father Joshua walks through Deuteronomy 18 where we find the institution of prophecy and God’s desire to occupy the primary place in our lives and in our hearts.

    • 38 min
    Accepting the Invitation

    Accepting the Invitation

    In this fourth installment in the Temple Teaching series, Jesus is continuing his teachings to the Jewish Crowds. In this teaching Jesus tells about how the Kingdom is heaven is like a wedding feast, but there are those who refuse to give God respect and honor. Indifference, rejection, and attack are their responses.

    How do we tend to ignore God’s call
    Is there such a thing as hate speech against Christians?
    Why do Christians evangelize?
    How do we accept God’s invitation?
    What is the wedding garment we’re supposed to put on?
    How do we love the unlovable?

    • 41 min
    The Most Important Work in the Kingdom of God

    The Most Important Work in the Kingdom of God

    In this third sermon in the temple teaching miniseries, Jesus gives another parable to the crowds who’ve gathered in the temple to celebrate Passover, so that they/we may know the nature of our relationship with God.
    Important Points:

    God Protects His People
    God Made a Way to Save His People
    The Fruit of the Vineyard is a man’s righteous life
    We always, every day, have a choice to make

    • 34 min
    Magnetic Christianity

    Magnetic Christianity

    In this second sermon in the miniseries, Jesus is preaching and teaching to the Jewish crowds who’ve gathered in the temple for Passover week. This week he gives us another parable in response to a challenge to his authority.
    -Is it up to Christians to give truth to everyone?
    -How do we best give our witness?
    – How do we keep Christ in our Christian lives?

    • 26 min
    The Enemy of Envy

    The Enemy of Envy

    Fr. Joshua’s in the midst of the Heaven and Earth Sermon series and enters into a mini-series on the parable he shares with the Pharisees and the Jewish people to draw them to the father. In this sermon, we look at the parable of the master of the vineyard and the laborers.
    – How does seniority work in the kingdom?
    – How does Envy block us from fully entering into the Kingdom?
    – How do we combat envy in our lives?

    • 27 min
    The Highlight Reel – The Good Fight

    The Highlight Reel – The Good Fight

    Fr. Joshua preaches on Matthew 5:38-48. Jesus in this potion of the Sermon on the Mount redefines Levitical Laws that had been misinterpreted. An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Go the Extra Mile. Turn the other Cheek. Love your enemies. What do these terms really mean? Is Christianity the religion of the weak or the strong? Are Christians supposed to be doormats to be walked all over? Can this really be what Jesus meant? How can we fight evil?
    Quotable Lines:
    If the truth doesn’t get to your heart, it never got into you at all.
    The teaching of Jesus is radical… … creating climates where true reconciliation can happen through the ironclad resolve of Christians to bring attention to the truth. To slap people in the face with the truth of their own actions.
    Turn the other cheek is about taking the insult, shaming him in front of others, that his shame may lead him to change.
    Eventually, the inhumanity of what the oppressor does being thrown back in their faces, changes their hearts and makes reconciliation possible.
    Being tough is about more than being able to punch or shoot. It’s about being a Christian who is tough enough to do what it takes to change the world.
    Today, shame is expressed by the dollar. Be willing to have less, pay more, rather than condone shameful actions, because their shame becomes your shame.
    Shame is not a bad thing. If you do something you shouldn’t, you should feel shame…It’s only a bad thing if you still feel it after you’ve been forgiven.
    Jesus was the toughest man in human history, not because He could dish out pain, and He could have, but because He was willing to do what needed to be done, to endure whatever hardships He needed to, to set the prisoner free, to release the captives, to bind up the brokenhearted.
    The only way we can be made perfect is to allow He who was perfect to live inside of us.

    • 39 min

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