Sermons

Mike Osthimer

Mike Osthimer

Role: Pastor
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Wed, Jul 11, 2018
Passage: Nehemiah 4
Series: Nehemiah
Duration: 55 mins 21 secs
A couple of weeks ago we finished in chapter 3 and looked at the placements of the gates and saw a progression as it were that resembles the Christian life. The Christian life starts at the Sheep Gate – embracing Jesus as our sacrifice. Next is the Fish Gate where we become fishers of men. At the Old Gate we learn the unchangeable truths of the Bible. At times we’re by the Valley Gate and need encouragement. Invariably, we end up at the Refuse Gate where we have to toss out some garbage from our lives. That’s when we find the Holy Spirit’s refreshment at the Fountain Gate. And are cleansed by the Word at the Water Gate, And find strength at the Horse Gate. The journey continues until Jesus returns. When He does, He sets His foot down on the Mount of Olives and enters the Eastern Gate where He judges the nations - the Inspection Gate. Embedded in Nehemiah 3 you find a wall-to-wall account of the whole Bible.
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
Passage: Psalm 2
Duration: 1 hr 7 mins 29 secs
If you could only have one book of the Bible to read which book would you pick? In most surveys its the book of Psalms that is chosen more than any other book. It's been well said that “Life isn’t best measured by the number of breaths we take but rather by the moments that take our breath away.” I think most of us would agree that much of life is routine but that within our daily routines lie opportunities for life changing moments. Most us have had life changing experiences… A moment in time that forever changed us and has played a role in shaping us, the way we think, the way we feel and who we are today. One of the things we love about the Psalms is that they are full of life changing accounts people had with God.
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
Passage: Psalm 1
Duration: 1 hr 1 mins 4 secs
In every circumstance in life there is a reason to worship God and to praise Him. We read 1 and 2 Samuel, 1 and 2 Kings and we read about the experiences David encountered as he was anointed king over Israel. We read about the tests and challenges the sin and failure and yet its in the Psalms where we learn what was David feeling, what was going on
Wed, Jun 27, 2018
Passage: Nehemiah 3
Series: Nehemiah
Duration: 57 mins 11 secs
The walls of a city are critical for the safety of its inhabitants. We might not think much of walls today, or maybe we do. Interestingly God is very interested in the walls surrounding Jerusalem. Notice what Isaiah 49:15-16 (NKJV) says, “15 "Can a woman forget her nursing child, And not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I will not forget you. 16 See, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands; Your walls are continually before Me.”
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Passage: Galatians 6
Series: Set Free
Duration: 53 mins 30 secs
Here we go… the last sermon in the book of Galatians. I have never had a series be so dividing in so many people's lives and is why I titled this morning's message, “Lay Your Rock Down”. Grace is something we all want but unfortunately not grace is not something we just willing give. The cost is too great for some. The apostle Paul understood this and is why the message here in Galatians 6 is pretty straight forward.
Sun, Jun 17, 2018
Passage: Psalm 112:1-6
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 18 secs
Series: Father's Day Text: Psalm 112:1-4, 6 Speaker: Mike Osthimer View the sermon notes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=11ERBcZgcoL5fv3Vybem3hV5dzmK1GBYbvyQYVjbLjAo Join us! Service times are: Sun: 08:30 am / 10:30 am Wed: 07:00 pm What We Believe http://ccbakersfield.com/index.php/about-us/bible-readings Our weekly sermon podcasts can be found here: iTunes https://pcr.apple.com/id1137464790 Visit us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/CCBakersfield/ or http://ccbakersfield.com/
Wed, Jun 13, 2018
Passage: Nehemiah 2
Series: Nehemiah
Duration: 57 mins 31 secs
It took four months for Nehemiah’s prayer to be answered. God never panics, but we often do. We pray today and expect a change to occur at once. But if we look at Scripture and think about our own personal experience, we might agree that four months is actually a short time frame for God to work. He knows what He is doing, and He knows the right time to do it. Sometimes He is teaching us patience. Other times He is dealing with our stubbornness. Sometimes we just don’t know why we have to wait. But the lack of an immediate answer does not mean that a good answer is not coming. Like Nehemiah, we may have to wait, continuing in prayer and trusting fully in God.
Sun, Jun 10, 2018
Series: Set Free
Duration: 58 mins 45 secs
Paul concludes with one of the best teachings ever on refuting legalism. Remember, a legalist is someone who puts burdens on others that they themselves cant carry. Galatians 5:13 “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.”
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
Passage: Galatians 5
Series: Set Free
Duration: 51 mins 56 secs
Paul knows we are prone to be tangled in legalism We sometimes add a few good works to feel on the safe side regarding our relationship with the Lord. Performance based faith is like running on a treadmill. It not only will eventually wear you out, but it takes you nowhere fast…
Wed, May 30, 2018
Passage: Nehemiah 1
Series: Nehemiah
Duration: 54 mins 1 sec
Jewish tradition identifies Nehemiah himself as the primary author of this historical book. Much of the book is written from his first-person perspective. Nothing is known about his youth or background; we meet him as an adult serving in the Persian royal court as the personal cup-bearer to King Artaxerxes (Nehemiah 1: 11– 2: 1). This prestigious position reveals something of Nehemiah’s upright character. Though he remained in Persia after the exiles had been allowed to go home, he was highly interested in the state of affairs in Judah (his brother Hanani had returned there earlier; Nehemiah 1: 2). The book of Nehemiah could be read as a sequel to the book of Ezra, and some scholars believe the two were originally one work. It is possible that Ezra compiled Nehemiah’s original accounts with other material to create the book of Nehemiah. However, most scholars believe Nehemiah himself wrote the book.
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