The Reveal - Dan Teefey

32:19 minutes (14.8 MB)

Sermon text: Genesis 45: 1-28

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This week we finished the book of Genesis in the E100 Bible reading plan. And I think it is important that we understand where we have gone thus far. Genesis answers for us several questions. It tells us how we got here and who created us. It tells us about when sin entered the world. And it tells us about how God began to communicate with us.

One of those primary ways of communicating that is very clear early in the story of God in Genesis, is that God intends to reveal himself uniquely to a line of people and he begins in a sense with Abraham. And Abraham becomes the first of the 3 biblical patriarchs. Isaac, Abraham's son is the second. The third is Isaac's son, Jacob. The God of Abraham becomes the God of Isaac and then the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This provides a theme that became crucial in God's revelation to the Hebrews in Egypt, on their journey to the promise land, and is often repeated in the rest of the Old Testament.

Now this is important as we get to our passage this morning concerning Joseph because though it seems that these chapters are just about Joseph, they are in reality about Jacob and how Jacob ends up in Egypt. These chapters are designed to bring the details of Jacob's life, the third of the great patriarchs, to its conclusion. Throughout the story there is an underlying emphasis on matters relative to Jacob's approaching death and events related to it. Details about the death and burial of both Jacob and Joseph, together with their requests to carry their remains back to Canaan, eventually provide closure to the narrative.

What is Your Name? - Dan Teefey

33:23 minutes (15.28 MB)

Pastor Dan giving the sermon on Jan 17, 2009

Genesis 32:22-32

Tower of Babel - Dan Teefey

30:38 minutes (14.03 MB)

Sermon text: Genesis 11:1-9

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I have often imagined a world where everything and everyone were exactly alike. I have thought to myself I wish that everyone thought exactly like I do and that they had the same interests and the same desires. At the very least, I have thought, things would be perfect in my marriage. If only Dana wanted to watch all sports on television, if only the girls loved putting their seat belts on, if only I did not have to guess what other people were thinking, but they thought just like I do.

I have imagined this world where if everyone just had the exact same language, looked exactly alike and so on everything would be better . . .

This is pretty much the situation that the world had arrived at by Chapter 11 in Genesis.

Thy Word is a Lamp Unto My Feet - Dave Timmerman

32:59 minutes (15.1 MB)

Psalm 119:105

B-I-B-L-E - Dan Teefey

38:48 minutes (17.76 MB)

2 Timothy 3:10-17

O Come, O Come, Emmanuel - Dan Teefey

17:30 minutes (8.01 MB)

Luke 2:1-20

Blue Christmas - Dan Teefey

11:42 minutes (5.36 MB)

Love All - Dan Teefey

33:54 minutes (15.52 MB)

Sermon text: Matthew 5:1-12

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Today we are going to finish our Advent Conspiracy series and as I mentioned earlier, the topic is “Love All.”

I hope you have followed the progression we have tried to make here. Our theme has been an attempt to return Christmas to its rightful place as a remembrance and celebration of Jesus' birth. We began by saying that no matter what our culture has turned Christmas into, for us to take it back we must begin with worship. Every movement of our being must be oriented towards the worship of Jesus. And when it is, and we faithfully assess our culture, we find some alarming things.

In the Advent Conspiracy we discover that Americans spend billions and billions of dollars more on stuff during Christmas than would be needed to provide clean drinking water for the world. And these stats could go on and on. So we discussed the importance of spending less and spending wisely. That our culture has robbed us and tricked us into believing that we would find joy in consumption.

Once we spend less, we are urged to give more. The Creator of the World, God, is a giver. He gave us Himself. And we are told repeatedly throughout the Bible that we are to be people of deep generosity too.

Advent Conspiracy: Give More - Dan Teefey

29:56 minutes (13.71 MB)

Sermon text: 2 Corinthians 8:1-15

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Last week we discussed how the messages that our culture has been giving us are lies. Our joy is not dependent upon our stuff. And we have to be vigilant, especially during the Christmas season, to identify the consumerist thieves and robbers around us and to run towards the true shepherd, who is the source of eternal and abundant life.

Last we talked about spending less and that is good . . . but not enough. So you spend less and less and your income keeps coming and sometimes gets larger and larger . . . does your bank account, and your retirement, and your standard of living just get bigger and bigger too . . . or is there something more we are called to.

We are called to be people that give. When you hear this passage and think through what we are called to, you are probably always going to think about money . . . and that indeed a part of how we demonstrate our generosity . . . but it is not all of it. We want to also think about how God is calling us to be generous with our time, with our presence, and with our talents.

Advent Conspiracy: Spend Less - Dan Teefey

29:34 minutes (13.54 MB)

Does shopping really make us feel this way?

Sermon text: John 10:1-10

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I think we are lied to consistently. We have thieves and robbers that are lying to us about what is important and essential in our lives and that we are being deceived into buying things that we do not need with money that we either do not have or could be better used elsewhere. 

We are being sold a very simple message by our culture . . . I want to show you some of what I mean. Show Pics. 1) competition. 2) happing shopping (4).

This . . . will give you life.

A marketing expert on a blog I read this week said this, “As early as two-years old a child can sit in a shopping cart and point to what they want. Companies need to capture that child as early as possible to get a sale today and retain that customer for the future.”

According to the 2001 marketing industry book Kidfluence, the very effective marketing strategy of pestering or nagging can be divided into two categories—"persistence" and "importance." Persistence nagging (a plea, that is repeated over and over again) is not as effective as the more sophisticated "importance nagging." This latter method appeals to parents' desire to provide the best for their children, and plays on any guilt they may have about not having enough time for their kids.

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