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Mike Osthimer

Mike Osthimer

Role: Pastor
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Sun, Aug 05, 2018
Passage: Psalm 121
Duration: 47 mins 30 secs
Psalm 121 is one of the 15 psalms (120-134) known as the Songs of Ascents. These psalms were sung by those traveling to Jerusalem for the three great feasts. (Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles) And so these psalms you might say are travel songs, songs for the road, songs for the journey of life. They are called Psalms of Ascents not only because the people were going up to Jerusalem, but because the psalms themselves lead us upwards to God in our own personal walk with the Lord. The call of the Psalm is to trust in the Lord as you make your journey. Psalm 121 is a psalm about trusting in God’s providential care. It is a travel Psalm. Many families read this Psalm together before going on a trip.
Sun, Jul 15, 2018
Passage: Psalm 23
Duration: 56 mins 30 secs
Psalm 23 writes Spurgeon, “It has charmed more griefs to rest than all the philosophy of the world. It has remanded to their dungeon more felon thoughts, more black doubts, more thieving sorrows, than there are sands on the sea–shore. It has comforted the noble host of the poor. It has sung courage to the army of the disappointed. It has poured balm and consolation into the heart of the sick, of captives in dungeons, of widows in their pinching griefs, of orphans in their loneliness. Dying soldiers have died easier as it was read to them; ghastly hospitals have been illuminated; it has visited the prisoner, and broken his chains, and, like Peter’s angel, led him forth in imagination, and sung him back to his home again. It has made the dying Christian slave freer than his master, and consoled those whom, dying, he left behind mourning, not so much that he was gone, as because they were left behind, and could not go too.” Boice writes in his commentary, “Millions of people have memorized this psalm, even those who have learned few other Scripture portions. Ministers have used it to comfort people who are going through severe personal trials, suffering illness, or dying. For some, the words of this psalm have been the last they have ever uttered in life.”
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.”
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