“How To Live In Troubled Times” 2 Timothy 3:1-10 by Andrew Green (Click Here to Listen)

Andrew Green is one of the many youth of the Deer Park Church of Christ. Andrew is 16 years old and attended a preachers training camp this summer. Andrew was assigned the topic “How to Live in Troubled Times” and shared it with us during a Youth only lead Worship service Sunday night. We at the Deer Park Church of Christ are very proud of all the youth and look forward to future services lead by them.

“Take Heed What You Hear” Mark 4:21-25 By Michael Reed (Click Here to Listen)

When we have opportunities to hear or read the Word of God are we aware that we will be judged by how we listen? That the blessings we receive are proportionate to how we hear? During His ministry, Jesus began teaching in parables to the public He would tell the parables – Mk 4:1-2. In private He would explain them to His disciples – Mk 4:10-12, 33-34In “The Parable Of The Four Soils” Jesus illustrated how not all receive the Word as they should ended with the cry, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” – Mk 4:9After explaining the parable, Jesus exhorted His disciples to “Take Heed What You Hear” (Mk 4:21-25).

“Choosing The Right Way” by Michael Reed (Click Here to Listen)

Life is full of choices. The most important ones are those of a spiritual nature. We can choose the narrow way or the broad way. We can choose to be like the wise man who built his house on the rock or like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. Daily choices have an accumulated effect. One choice is added to another, and another to another, until eventually an established way of life is formed and an eternal destiny is set.

“The Parable of The Four Soils” Mark 4:1-20 by Michael Reed (Click Here to Listen)

As Jesus proclaimed the gospel of the kingdom He did not always find a receptive audience.  Some listened only to find reasons to accuse Him – Mk 3:2.  Jesus therefore began to teach publicly in parables – Mk 4:1-2In private, He would explain the parables to His disciples – Mk 4:10,33-34. The main reason: many had become “hard of hearing” – Mk 4:11-12; cf. Mt 13:10-15 One of the most well-known parables illustrates the problem Jesus faced. Commonly known as “The Parable Of The Sower”.  But probably more accurately described as “The Parable Of The Four Soils” told by Jesus to illustrate different reactions to the gospel message. Mark’s account of the parable is given in Mk 4:1-20 (please read). 

“The True Family of Jesus” Mark 3:31-35 by Michael Reed (Click Here to Listen)

A wonderful blessing in life is to have a loving, supportive family, Where husband and wife truly love one another where parents and children truly support one another. Such families are becoming increasingly rare. Complicated by cohabitation before marriage, divorce after marriage, eventually death. Children suffering from parents who don’t love each other, who don’t care for them. But there is a Family, where love and support is available to everyone where the relationships need never end. We are reminded of this wonderful Family in our text (Mk 3:31-35), in which Jesus uses the occasion of His earthly family seeking to talk with Him to make the point about His “true family”.

“The Unforgivable Sin” Mark 3:22-30 by Michael Reed (Click Here To Listen)

On this occasion Jesus mentioned an “unforgivable sin…” Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit for which there is no forgiveness. These words are troubling to many, who wonder if they have committed this “eternal sin” that “never has forgiveness”. What is that sin, and can it be committed today? Jesus said there are at least three things we need to keep in mind in regards to this sin, which are the topic of today’s lesson. Just a hint, I believe all sins are “unforgivable” unless we repent and therefore all sin are forgivable if we repent.

“REFLECTION ON JOY” Romans 14:17 by Michael Reed (Click Here To Listen)

A virtue worthy of reflection is that of joy. Many Christians appear to fall short in experiencing such joy. It is often apparent as they go about their daily living and it frequently carries over into our worship. In this lesson I want to help us to understand two things; What is Joy? How can Christians be filled with it?

“THE FAMILY OF JESUS” Mark 3:20-21 by Michael Reed (Click Here To Listen)

The ministry of Jesus in Galilee certainly drew the attention of many, it also drew the attention of His physical family. Who were concerned about what they had been hearing. They sought to take custody of Him, for they questioned His sanity (Mark 3:21).  The reaction of His family is interesting however somewhat understandable.

“LOVE” Mark 12:30 by Michael Reed (Click Here To Listen)

Three things certainly worthy of reflection are faith, hope, and love. Virtues joined together in several passages – 1Co 13:13; 1Th 1:3. Virtues worthy of praise and careful reflection. Previously, we reflected on faithand hope. Now let us focus our attention on the greatest: love… Greeks had four words for Love.

1.     eros – carnal, sexual love, properly reserved for marriage – cf. He 13:4
2.     philia – the love of close friendship, such as brotherly love – cf. Jn 11:3
3.     storge – the love of family relationships 
4.     agape – that love which seeks the highest good of others

It is unfortunate that the English word “love” is not as clearly defined

“THE APOSTLES OF CHRIST” Mark 3:13-19 by Michael Reed (Click Here To Listen)

Important to the ministry of Jesus was the appointment and training of His apostles. Men who would follow Him and continue His work after His death. Men who themselves would experience great suffering and martyrdom. In our text (Mk 3:13-19), we read of their appointmentTo be with Him and later sent out to preach, heal, and cast out demons. Luke tells us that the selection was proceeded by a night of Prayer (Luke 6:12-13). In this lesson, I wish to focus on their overall ministry for Christ and the world.