Sermons

Mike Osthimer

Mike Osthimer

Role: Pastor
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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.
Sun, May 27, 2018
Series: Set Free
Duration: 53 mins 53 secs
God promised Abraham and Sarah a son. At 65 Sarah couldn’t believe it. After all she was past the age of having children. When nothing happened for 25 years, and God still repeated the promise... Sarah just laughed. Yet it was God who got the last laugh as at the age of 90 Sarah had a son, just as promised and she named him Isaac. His name means “laughter”. Here’s how Paul tells the story... Sarah had a son “through promise.” Isaac was the miracle baby. He was God’s work from start to finish - like our salvation. Whereas, Ishmael “was born according to the flesh.” Don’t forget, “flesh” is me, my efforts, my ability - just like our efforts under the legalism.
Wed, May 23, 2018
Passage: Ezra 9-10
Series: Ezra
Duration: 1 hr 2 mins 47 secs
Last week we studied how Ezra and those going with him prepared for the journey. The number of men who responded to Ezra’s invitation to go to Jerusalem—listed in verses 2 through 14—was approximately 1,500. Something to keep in mind is that most of the Jews who had been carried into Babylon had, over time, become comfortable there. So comfortable in fact is this… In the first group, led by Zerubbabel, nearly 50,000 went. In this second group, led by Ezra there are 1,500 who go. Most chose to stay in Babylon. All that to say, the Holy Spirit is a perfect gentlemen. He invites. He encourages. He inspires. He enlightens. But He doesn’t force. Here in chapter 9 upon arrival in Jerusalem and discovering the state of the people, Ezra leads the people through supplication.
Sun, May 20, 2018
Series: Set Free
Duration: 58 mins 21 secs
If you have been with us you know by now that Paul was writing to a group of churches in Galatia who were turning their relationship with Jesus into a bunch of rules and regulations. Instead of trusting in what Jesus has accomplished for them on the Cross and trusting in what Jesus had done, they were turning back to the law in hopes of earning God’s favor. Its important to note that any time someone turns away from the Lord to some “so called” new religion or some new way of serving God, they are not turning ahead or progressing but just they opposite, they are going backwards and digressing.
Wed, May 16, 2018
Passage: Ezra 8
Series: Ezra
Duration: 59 mins 42 secs
Series: Ezra Text: Ezra 8 Speaker: Mike Osthimer View the sermon notes here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1WFQ8wVviXT46HrqY13LMz2YgS9onLAtR3rfudh3G558 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/
Sun, May 13, 2018
Series: Mother's Day
Duration: 47 mins 10 secs
Happy Mothers Day Moms! Today we celebrate you and for good reason. I read a quote this week that said, “It’s Not Easy Being A Mother. If It were Easy Father’s Would Do It” If having babies were up to men I have told you many times through the years that the human race would be extinct. Men would never allow themselves to suffer through what women must suffer through.
Wed, May 09, 2018
Passage: Ezra 7-8
Series: Ezra
Duration: 53 mins 49 secs

After 6 chapters Ezra comes on the scene. The year is 458 B.C. Its at least 60 years after the Jews first returned to Jerusalem. Zerubbabel lead the first group back to Jerusalem. Ezra leads a second expedition from Babylon to Jerusalem to help strengthen the struggling settlers. His purpose is different as the temple is built. He is teaching God’s Word so the people know how to worship the Lord and also how to live lives that are pleasing to God. God prompted Ezra to go and to teach the people. God’s leading is exciting in that He works in us before He works through us.
Wed, May 02, 2018
Passage: Ezra 5-7
Series: Ezra
Duration: 52 mins 55 secs
Coming back to Jerusalem under an edict of King Cyrus to go and rebuild the temple, first rebuilding the altar so they could make sacrifices to God. We are looking at the events surrounding the return of the jewish nation back to Jerusalem after their captivity in Babylon. At this time the Babylonians had been conquered by the Medes and the Persians and Cyrus, king of Persia is now in power. The book of Ezra is a lesson in restoration. There is always a pathway. Be it an individual or a church.
Sun, Apr 29, 2018
Duration: 51 mins 32 secs
I am excited about this morning as I truly believe God has something to say today… God has a message for you. As I was praying about this morning I felt like the Lord wanted me to ask you a couple of questions. First, are you living your life in light of eternity? All through scripture we are taught we are all only here for a very short period of time regardless of how many years you enjoy life. The Second question is just as important as the first. Is what I am doing in my life today going matter 100 years from now…
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