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Luke 1:36-56

67:30 minutes (14.47 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:36-56 in which he covered how nothing is impossible with God, the possibility of Jesus being conceived in Hebron, election by God from the womb, and how humility comes before honor.

Zealously Serving God

104:36 minutes (22.51 MB)

I. This is an exhortation to be zealous for God, His word, His church, His religion, His gospel, His truth, His commandments, His people, and His service; and to provoke you unto love and to good works (Heb 10:24).

Luke 1:27-35

83:49 minutes (18.06 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:27-35 in which he covered the Roman Catholic heresy of Mariolatry including how Mary was not a perpetual virgin, the Queen of Heaven, or the Mother of God. He also extensively proved from the scriptures and reason that Jesus Christ is the Son of God in His human nature, not in His divine nature, and therefore is not "eternally begotten", as many creeds state.

Luke 1:18-26

68:04 minutes (14.62 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:18-26 in which he covered several examples of how faithful children of God sometimes doubt God's word and promises; how God punishes His children for unbelief; how punishment should fit a crime; how parents should teach their children to not bully and reproach their peers and discipline them when they do; and how that the wise men which came to worship Jesus in Matthew 2 did so when He was a young child under two years of age, not a new born baby, and therefore there is no contradiction between Matthew 2 and Luke 2.

Luke 1:10-17

81:22 minutes (17.41 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:10-17 in which he covered the nature of angels, the method of effective prayer, being great in the sight of the Lord, how a person who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist, how John the Baptist was Elijah, and the importance of fathers turning their hearts to their children and bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Luke 1:8-9

62:43 minutes (13.54 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:8-9 in which he covered the importance of worshiping God according to the due order given in scripture.

Luke 1:6-7

61:03 minutes (13.16 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:6-7 in which he covered how sinners are made righteous by Jesus Christ's faith, grace, blood, and knowledge, how the faith and works of God's righteous children show evidence that Jesus made them righteous, how good and bad things happen to both good and bad people, and how God doesn't forsake the barren or the elderly.

Luke 1:1-5

58:30 minutes (12.52 MB)

Pastor Wagner preached an extemporaneous sermon on Luke 1:1-5 in which he covered the veracity and reliability of the gospel records, the ability to know truth with certainty, and the date of the birth of Jesus Christ (August/September, not December 25th).

The Digital Invasion (Part 6) - Internet Addiction, Setting Digital Boundaries

95:08 minutes (20.49 MB)

XV. Internet addictions
1. Internet use, like many other activities or substances, can be addictive if overused.
A. If you can't stop doing a certain habitual thing (surfing the internet, video gaming, shopping, playing a sport, gambling, etc.) or using a certain substance (alcohol, cigarettes, coffee, pain medication, sleeping medication, etc.) without having withdrawal symptoms, you are addicted to that activity or substance.

The Digital Invasion (Part 5) - Overcoming Pornography Addiction, Sexting

70:44 minutes (32.39 MB)

8. How to avoid the temptation to view pornography.
A. Keep your thought-life pure.
i. Think on godly things (Phi 4:8).
ii. You are what you think about (Pro 23:7).
iii. Commit your works unto the Lord and your thoughts will be established (Pro 16:3).
a. "Action seems to follow feeling, but really action and feeling go together; by regulating the action, which is under the more direct control of the will, we can indirectly regulate the feeling, which is not." (Dale Carnegie, How to Win Friends and Influence People, page 70)

The Digital Invasion (Part 4) - Internet Pornography

60:46 minutes (12.57 MB)

XII. Internet pornography
1. "The greatest threat to the body of Christ, to the church, to families, and to the individual Christian is the pervasive, destructive pornography available through the Internet." (Josh McDowell)
2. Internet pornography is an evil invention of men which people go a whoring after (Psa 106:39).
3. Pornography used to be harder to get.
A. It required going to a store and buying a magazine in person.
B. This was a deterrent to decent people.
C. Then it became available on the internet in the privacy of one's home.

The Digital Invasion (Part 3) - Sharing and Comparing Too Much Online, Internet Gambling, Video Games

78:53 minutes (16.41 MB)

VII. The tendency to say, share, and gossip too much online
1. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter provide an easy avenue to blab things we should not and would not normally have the opportunity to in real life.
A. The definition of twitter is telling.
B. Twitter v. - 1. intr. Of a bird: To utter a succession of light tremulous notes; to chirp continuously with a tremulous effect. b. transf. Of a person: To sing after the above manner; also (esp. of a woman), to talk or chatter rapidly in a small or tremulous voice.

The Digital Invasion (Part 2) - The Need for Human Connection, The Narcissism Epidemic

78:37 minutes (16.23 MB)

V. The need for human connection.
1. This new digital world with its social networking, emails, and texts boasts itself a utopia for human connection.
A. We can now connect with long-lost relatives, friends, co-workers, and classmates from around the country or world.
B. People now have hundreds of "friends" on Facebook or LinkedIn.
C. But has all this digital connection actually improved our relationships and our fullness as individuals?
2. The scripture emphasizes the importance of face-to-face interaction.

The Digital Invasion (Part 1) - Dangers of Technology, Need to Rest the Brain, Multitasking

75:04 minutes (15.56 MB)

I. The dangers of technology
1. Inventions aren't always a good thing (Ecc 7:29; Psa 106:29,39).
2. "If there is technological advance without social advance, there is, almost automatically, an increase in human misery, in impoverishment." (Michael Harrington, The Other America, 1962)
3. "Our inventions are wont to be pretty toys, which distract our attention from serious things. They are but improved means to an unimproved end." (Henry David Thoreau, Walden, "Economy," 1854)

The Love of the Truth

69:47 minutes (15.52 MB)

Brother Bud Schaitberger preaches a sermon on the love of the truth.

Appreciate Your Pastor

48:58 minutes (10.4 MB)

I. The blessing of a pastor
1. A pastor is a gift to the church from Jesus Christ (Eph 4:8,11).
2. As God sets members in the church as it pleases Him (1Co 12:18), so he gives ministers to the church (1Co 3:5).
3. God gives pastors after His own heart to feed His churches with knowledge and understanding (Jer 3:15).
4. God gives the church a pastor for several reasons:
A. For the perfecting of the saints (Eph 4:12).
i. Perfect v. - 1. a. trans. To bring to completion; to complete, finish, consummate; to carry through, accomplish.

Nonintervention Foreign Policy

73:43 minutes (15.26 MB)

Nonintervention Foreign Policy

I. We have discarded and forgotten the biblical position of nonintervention and nonaggression which this nation was founded upon.
1. Proponents of an interventionist and imperialist foreign policy will cite O.T. examples of where God commanded Israel to utterly destroy wicked nations and possess them as justification for their position (Jos 6:17,20-21; 1Sa 15:2-3).
A. They will say that God hasn't changed (Mal 3:6; Heb 13:8) and therefore a Christian nation such as the USA still has such a mandate.
B. While God hasn't changed, His law has (Heb 8:13).

Being Called to the Ministry

33:55 minutes (7.03 MB)

This sermon was preached by Pastor Wagner at the Ecclesiastical Law Center Conference in Union City, IN.

Being Called to the Ministry

I. The calling, training, and ordination of a minister.
1. How do you know if you're called to the ministry?
2. The standard answers:
A. I just feel/felt God calling me.
B. God told me.
C. I have always wanted to be a preacher.
D. My mom/dad/grandma told me that they knew from the time I was a boy that I was going to be a preacher.

Trusting In and Fearing Men

82:58 minutes (17.19 MB)

Trusting In and Fearing Men

I. There is a tendency among people to put too much trust and fear in men.
1. People have a tendency to trust men (governments) to provide for their needs and their safety.
2. People have a tendency to fear wicked men and governments.
3. Sometimes we give wicked men too much credit.
A. We credit them with controlling the markets, elections, world events, and even the weather.
B. Even if we view what they allegedly do with contempt, we still are in effect having confidence in them to control the world.

The Names of Jesus (Part 7)

70:18 minutes (14.58 MB)

52. The Apostle (Heb 3:1).
A. Apostle - I. A person sent. 1. a. (As in Gr.) One sent on an errand, a messenger. b. Applied in N. T. to Jesus Christ. 2. spec. (Now with capital initial.) The twelve witnesses whom Jesus Christ sent forth to preach his Gospel to the world; also the subsequently-commissioned Barnabas (Acts xiii. 2, xiv. 14), and Paul, the ‘Apostle of the Gentiles.’
B. As the definition states, Apostle means sent (Mat 10:2,5).
C. Jesus was that messenger of the covenant (Mal 3:1) who was sent by God.
i. Jesus was sent by God (Joh 5:24; Joh 6:29; Joh 8:29; Joh 17:3).

The Names of Jesus (Part 6)

57:03 minutes (11.85 MB)

45. The Holy One (Act 3:14).

The Names of Jesus (Part 5)

59:51 minutes (12.42 MB)

39. The Bread of Heaven (Joh 6:41); Bread of God (Joh 6:33); Bread of Life (Joh 6:35,48); Living Bread (Joh 6:51).
A. Bread n. - 1. (Only in OE.) Bit, piece, morsel (of food). 2. a. A well-known article of food prepared by moistening, kneading, and baking meal or flour, generally with the addition of yeast or leaven. 5. a. Livelihood, means of subsistence.
B. Bread is food (Joh 6:5) and a means of subsistence (Mat 6:11).
C. God gave Israel bread from heaven to sustain them in the wilderness before they entered the promised land (Joh 6:31).

The Names of Jesus (Part 4)

59:18 minutes (12.32 MB)

29. Counsellor (Isa 9:6).
A. Counsellor - 1. a. One who counsels or advises; an adviser.
B. Counsel v. - 1. to counsel a person: to give or offer (him) counsel or advice; to advise.
C. Counsellor is a fitting name for Jesus Who is the wisdom of God (1Co 1:24 c/w Pro 8:1) who says "counsel is mine" (Pro 8:14).
D. Jesus gives us counsel (Rev 3:18).
E. He does so by His word (Psa 119:24).
F. There is no counsel against Him (Pro 21:30; Rom 11:34).
G. This name of Jesus shows us that He is our counselor and adviser Who tells us how to live.
30. The Only Wise God (Jud 1:25; 1Ti 1:17).

The Names of Jesus (Part 3)

54:44 minutes (11.36 MB)

20. The Mighty God (Isa 9:6).
A. Mighty adj. - 1. Possessing ‘might’ or power; powerful, potent, strong.
B. "The Mighty God" is Jehovah (Jer 32:18; Psa 50:1).
C. Jesus is powerful (1Ti 6:15).
D. Potentate - 1. A person endowed with independent power; a prince, monarch, ruler.
E. This name of Jesus shows that He is the almighty Jehovah God.
21. The Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6).
A. Everlasting adj. - 1. a. Lasting for ever; infinite in future duration; endless; = eternal
B. Father n. - 1. a. One by whom a child is or has been begotten, a male parent, the nearest male ancestor.

The Names of Jesus (Part 2)

62:34 minutes (12.98 MB)

9. Messiah (Joh 1:41)
A. Messiah - The Hebrew title (= ‘anointed’) applied in the O.T. prophetic writings to a promised deliverer of the Jewish nation, and hence applied to Jesus of Nazareth as the fulfilment of that promise.
B. Messiah is another name for Christ (Joh 4:25).
C. The Messiah would be a Prince (Dan 9:25).
D. This name of Jesus shows that He is the Lord's anointed Christ, king, and deliverer.
10. Master (Mat 8:19)

Giving to God (Part 2)

83:06 minutes (17.23 MB)

Giving to God (Part 1)

67:32 minutes (13.97 MB)

The Names of Jesus (Part 1)

65:06 minutes (13.52 MB)

I. The importance of the name of God
1. God's name is very important to Him and should be important to us.
A. God raised up Pharaoh so that His name would be declared throughout all the earth (Exo 9:16).
B. The third of the ten commandments is "thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain" (Exo 20:7).
C. God's name is hallowed (Mat 6:9).
D. Hallowed adj.- Sanctified, blessed, consecrated, dedicated.
2. God has many names, but His memorial name is I AM THAT I AM, or I AM for short (Exo 3:14-15).
A. This is His name for ever.

Unbelieving Children of God

80:54 minutes (16.79 MB)

I. Defining the terms.
1. Unbelief n. - Absence or lack of belief; disbelief, incredulity. a. In matters of religion.
2. Belief n. - 1. The mental action, condition, or habit, of trusting to or confiding in a person or thing; trust, dependence, reliance, confidence, faith.
3. Unbeliever n. - One who does not believe; spec. one who does not accept a particular religious belief, an infidel.
4. Believer n. - One who believes. a. One who has faith in the doctrines of religion; esp. a Christian, Christian disciple.

Vanity of Vanities, Saith the Preacher

44:33 minutes (9.25 MB)

Vanity of Vanities, Saith the Preacher

I. "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." (Ecc 1:2)

II. Vanity, vanity.
1. Vanity - 1. a. That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value or profit.
2. Vain adj. - I. 1. Devoid of real value, worth, or significance; idle, unprofitable, useless, worthless; of no effect, force, or power; fruitless, futile, unavailing.

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