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Sermon Notes from Pastor David Yoder’s sermons. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.

To the Church at Smyrna

To the Church at Smyrna

The church at Smyrna did not receive any rebukes, only commendation and counsel. Jesus introduces himself to this church as the first and the last, the one who passed through death into life. Both of these titles are fitting in light of Smyrna’s difficult situation.  Jesus can speak to all of us from the standpoint […]

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To the Church at Ephesus

To the Church at Ephesus

The church at Ephesus was the leading church of Asia Minor.  It was the leading city of Rome in Asia Minor.  Paul spent two years there, Timothy pastored there, and eventually the Apostle John would live there.  It was a blessed city.  It was also a thoroughfare of the ancient world. Jesus’ words to this […]

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Entrust the Father with your Shameless Audacity

Entrust the Father with your Shameless Audacity

Jesus tells us a story.  There is a catch, though.  You are in the story.  Here is your situation.  You have company come late at night and you do not have adequate provision.  It is midnight but… your only option is to go to a friend’s house and ask him for supplies.  Swallowing your pride, you […]

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First Things

First Things

We come now to another incident in Scripture, the story of Martha and Mary.  It is a classic in every sense of the word. Here is how it went down.  Jesus comes to Bethany and he stays at Martha and Mary’s house.  It is a big deal!  Martha seems to be the leader of the […]

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Condemnation and Rejoicing

Condemnation and Rejoicing

Condemnation and judgment are words that make us uncomfortable.  Why?  They speak of finality, lack of dialogue, and generally exploit our deficiencies.  However, it does not fall to believers to engage in the work of condemnation and judgment.  This is the work of Christ.  Jesus is very explicit in our passage that judgment falls upon […]

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Direct Talk from Jesus

Direct Talk from Jesus

After feeding the 5,000 Jesus encountered hardness of heart among those who were following him.  John 6 illustrates this rightly.  Jesus then proceeds to stiff-arm the entire bunch to the end that they all went away.  The disciples observed this interaction.  Jesus then quizzes them on his identity.  Who do people say that I am, […]

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Jesus, Author of Confusion, Compassion, and Provision

Jesus, Author of Confusion, Compassion, and Provision

Herod was confused as to who was causing all the commotion.  He had just put John to death but who was doing this?  We speak here of the preaching, the casting out of demons, and the healing of the sick.  We see the confusion that Jesus brings.  He is elusive in that we can’t put […]

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Jesus Brings Relief to the Desperate

Jesus Brings Relief to the Desperate

We have two stories, one inside the other.  A synagogue official has a daughter at death’s door.  He literally falls at Jesus’ feet and begs for help.  His position may well have brought tension to him because the establishment was steadily turning on Jesus, if not completely, yet.  He was beyond protocol and respectability. Jesus […]

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Parables Explained

Parables Explained

A sower, seed, and soils comprise the elements of the story before us.  The story is also known as a parable.  Parables are NOT used to explain spiritual truth as much as they are designed to HIDE spiritual truth. The kingdom parables are specifically designed to bring understanding to the citizens of the kingdom while […]

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John Expresses Doubt

John Expresses Doubt

The last we heard about John the Baptist, he had been put into jail (Luke 3:20).  He is still there but things are starting to get to him.  Imaginations, doubts, and questions have taken their toll.  The man who had once definitively recognized the Son of God for who he was, is now unsure.  It […]

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