In Times of Distress – Herb Codington

2020-5-17 Main Sermon
Psalm 123 – a psalm or prayer of distress
Mental attitudes or postures of the psalmist
• humility, dependency, inadequacy. Gratitude comes out of humility. We come humbly before the one who is all-sufficient, Micah 6:8
• trust in God as the source of mercy. It’s not our sufficiency but God’s mercy – a simple, confident trust.
• a belief that God will act and we keep believing until He does act. Always pray and not give up. Are we embracing God’s promises?
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God’s People in Time of Crisis – Herb Codington

2020-5-10 Main Sermon
Nehemiah 1:1-11
Nehemiah – an activist – rebuilt the walls of Jerusalem
but also a man of prayer – 12 references to prayer in the book
What does his prayer tell us about Nehemiah’s (my) God?
• supreme or transcendent Creator (great and awe-inspiring God)
• a covenant-making and -keeping God with tenderness, care and mercy
• trustworthy, a God of Truth
Nehemiah’s prayer
• prayer of emotion – feelings can serve as a barometer for our spirit
• prayer of concern
• prayer of corporate responsibility – identifies with the sins of others
• prayer of remembrance
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What Do We Mean by The Body of Christ? – Herb Codington

2020-5-3 Main Sermon
Ruth 1:6-9, Luke 19:44, Proverbs 22:6
God is sovereign. Wherever His people are, He is.
God is the initiator – demonstrating His power through blessing or judgment.
Naomi –
1.) Remembers
2.) Returns (responds to God’s call)
3.) Prays
God is speaking. Are we listening?

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What is God Saying and Doing? – Herb Codington

2020-4-26 Main Sermon

Ruth 2:1-3, Joshua 13-17, I Corinthians 7:14, Exodus 20:5-6, Leviticus 19:9-10, Ezekiel 16:490, Romans 12:16

God’s Provision and Care

In the Book of Ruth – highlighting three concepts – 1. the role of family/the concept of clan/kinsman redeemer, 2. law of gleaning/care for the most vunerable (modern day food banks and soup kitchens), 3. God’s providential care

Stay in touch with what God is doing

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Pursuing Jesus – Herb Codington

2020-4-19 Main Sermon
Philippians 3:10-14
Suffering of Jesus and His Resurrection – Jesus taking hold of us
Apostle Paul in pursuing Jesus – 5 D’s
• DROP certain things
• A holy DISSATISFACTION (not satisfied where he is)
• Passionate DEVOTION
• DETERMINATION in achieving the goal
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Easter Service – Herb Codington

2020-4-12 Main Sermon Herb Codington
Luke 24:1-8
Why do you look for the living among the dead?
No one was anticipating a resurrection.
Disciples feeling hopelessness move to vital hope.
God’s cosmic joke on Satan
Good Friday to Easter – God weeps with us so one day we may laugh with Him

Rev. Herb Codington
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Forgiveness – Herb Codington

2020-4-5 Main Sermon Herb Codington
Luke 23:26-34, Roman 8:15, Isaiah 53, Acts 3:17
The Passion of Jesus
Final Words of Son of God – Begins and ends addressing the Father
Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.
Today you shall be with me in paradise
Into thine Hands I commit my Spirit.
Forgiveness is not easy.
What Jesus did he modeled his whole life and is a model for us.
We are without excuses. Don’t take forgiveness for granted.

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He Loves Us So Much – Herb Codington

2020-3-29 Main Sermon
First Drive-In Church Service
Revelation 1:5-8, Malachi 1:2, Hosea 1:2-3
The incredible depth and breadth of God’s love
First Commandment – Love God with your whole being
He gives us the wisdom and empowers us to carry it out
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The Lord’s prayer – Herb Codington

2020-3-22 main sermon – Herb Codington
pastor of Bethany, Lydia and Todd Presbyterian Churches

John 17:1-26 – longest recorded prayer in the Bible
Jesus prayed for Himself, His immediate disciples and all those who will believe in Him
Believers’ aim in life – to know God
Eternal Life – knowledge of God
Fruits of Knowing the Lord: Desire to know Him more, motivation for the things of the Lord and a contentment and joy in life
Group witness: greater impact and greater revelation/understanding of God’s character
other Scripture references – John 9:23, Hosea 4:6 and 6:6, Daniel 11:32
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Why Do International Missions? – Herb Codington

2020-3-8 Main Sermon – Herb Codington
Fundamental Reasons for Missions:
Missions grow out of the very nature of God Himself
We want to follow the model Jesus laid out of ministry to the least, the last, the lost
We do missions so that all people will become believers in God and experience the fuel joy of worshiping in the presence of the Almighty
The love of God
We are under orders – the Great Commission
A sense of gratitude
The need is still there
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