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This podcast is dedicated to sharing the preaching and teaching from New Horizons Christian Church of Winter Garden, Florida. In the coming weeks and months we may begin to offer more in audio content such as devotional thoughts, teaching, discussion, etc. New Horizons Christian Church is an independent Christian Church committed to obeying the teaching of the Word of God, reflecting the character & example of Jesus Christ and following the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our singular Mission, V ...
 
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It can be really nice to get the VIP treatment when you are on vacation, having a nice dinner out, attending a sporting event, etc. It can be a bit intoxicating to have someone tending to whatever need you might have in the moment. Having the best seat, the best view, the best everything, so to speak, can certainly stroke a person's ego. ----------…
 
Who has ever heard a guy utter those famous words, "Instructions? I don't need to follow instructions. I got this!" Admittedly, there are some of the more mechanically inclined among us that can pull that off, but for the most part, that is a daunting challenge for the rest of us. We're always the ones with the "extra" parts left over when our proj…
 
Hannah longed to have the joy of having a child, but she was never able. Her earnest prayers were eventually answered and, as a response to that blessing, she fully dedicated herself to being a Godly mother. The direct result of her prayers and her commitment was that she became the mother of one of the greatest prophets of Israel--a man of God ful…
 
Whose fault is it when we find ourselves facing temptation? Is it God, testing us, asking us to prove our faithfulness by staying firm in our conviction to not succumb to the pressure? Is it Satan, probing our perceived or actual weaknesses, waiting for us to fail so that he might accuse us and mock our commitment to the Father? ---------- The answ…
 
WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE POOR SOUND QUALITY OF THIS WEEK'S WORSHIP. THERE WERE TECHNICAL ISSUES BEYOND OUR CONTROL. The resurrection of Christ is a testimony of God's promise to us. Jesus' death on the cross was an act of grace to forgive our sins and the resurrection confirmed that truth and gives us hope for this life. It is quite truly the hinge of …
 
Confidence can be a funny thing. So many situations in life call for confidence. Yet, it has to be kept in check lest we become overconfident in our own ability or talent. We are reminded that confidence, like so many other things, should be exercised in moderation. ---------- Ultimately, as a Christian, the answer is rather simple. At least in a b…
 
There are many examples in injustice in our world. People taking advantage of others, ignoring normal standards of decency and humanity. This happens for a variety of reasons, but most of them are rooted in wickedness and control of others. ---------- Such was the case of Jesus' "trial" and subsequent sentencing for crimes He, of course, did not co…
 
It can be difficult to go through challenging times alone. Feeling isolated when you are at your most vulnerable adds to the struggle significantly. It is what Jesus experienced before He went to the cross. First through Judas' betrayal and then the fearful abandonment from the other disciples. Yet, in the midst of all that, He never wavered in His…
 
Praying for God's will is a tricky thing. So often, we are in the habit of God's will correlating with our own pre-determined plan of action. Rather than actually praying for His divine guidance, our requests can come off like permission seeking endeavors. ---------- Of course, this isn't to say that it is wrong for us to make plans and have ideas …
 
Because our Lord knows our flaws and how weak we are, Christ is aware of how desperately we need to remember what He did for us? The Christian life is based on what Christ did. Salvation is not a truth you merely look back upon, but a truth you live by every day. We were saved by His grace, and we live by grace every day. God gave us faith and repe…
 
As we move into Mark 14 during our current sermon series, we look at one of the more incredible stories of the ministry of Jesus. At a feast given in Jesus honor, an extravagant act of worship is expressed through sacrificial giving and simple gratitude as He is anointed by Mary. ---------- Of course, this remarkable story is set against the backdr…
 
This week Frank continues our series of messages from the book of Mark. This week, we are reminded about the return of Christ. While it is tempting to look at such Scriptures and wonder about the timing of it all, the true focus of Jesus' message in Mark 13 is on our readiness. We are instructed to be vigilant and prepared each and every day of our…
 
Are we currently in the "Last Days"? There is always speculation about the return of Christ with so called experts determining such things by signs or prophetic formulas that have been concocted. But the truth is, it is merely human explanation. ---------- Of course, if we choose to move out of the realm of speculation, we can choose instead to see…
 
When we say someone is held to a higher standard it can mean something as simple as having a greater expectation of behavior or effort. But personally speaking, it could mean there is a greater accountability or responsibility because of a life we have chosen to live or a calling we have chosen to accept. ---------- This Sunday, Frank finishes up c…
 
What is lacking in your spiritual life? If the Lord's statement to you was, "You are not far from the kingdom," what would be the thing that would be keeping you from being fully included. ---------- Most of us can list the things that keep us close: connection to a church family, a consistent prayer life, study and knowledge of His Word, etc. But …
 
As a believer in Jesus Christ, it is not difficult to talk about the cross and the resurrection because we either grew up hearing the stories or at some point in our lives, we accepted these truths because of faith. But for someone who does not have a foundation of faith in Christ, how absurd those things might seem. ---------- A perfect man offeri…
 
What does it mean to be called a Christian? We accept that the term itself essentially means, "of Christ," or if you prefer, "one who follows Christ." But in a larger sense, what perception or expectation do people have when they refer to someone as "Christian." ---------- For some, it might be descriptive of a person with a charitable nature in th…
 
Jesus often spoke in parables to teach those who were open to learning and growing. In this week's message we focus on a parable that had such a clear meaning that the religious leaders that opposed Him became infuriated with Him because the implications cast a light on their motives and intentions. ---------- So what application does this parable …
 
Jesus never had a question about His own authority. It was never in doubt in His mind. He was sent by the Father with full authority. Of course, the religious leaders of the day were constantly questioning His authority to teach, to heal, to forgive sin, etc. Oftentimes, they would question Him about these things in an effort to trap Him in His own…
 
As we near the Christmas season, we will begin a brief, new four-part Christmas sermon series called Born to Die. In this series, the messages will be based on Scriptures from Isaiah 53. ---------- In this second message from the series, we look together at another effect of His coming into the world, to be a substitutionary offering for mankind. H…
 
As we near the Christmas season, we will begin a brief, new four-part Christmas sermon series called Born to Die. In this series, the messages will be based on Scriptures from Isaiah 53. ---------- Of course, Christians understand the suffering servant from this passage is Jesus Christ, who "bore the sin of many" (v. 12). Jesus once declared, "The …
 
Jesus' entry into Jerusalem reveals much about the continued misperception there was as to His reason for coming and the reality of His kingdom. There was a great deal of excitement over His arrival on that day that we often refer to as the triumphal entry. But much of that excitement seems to have been based on people's desire to see Jesus come an…
 
Since we don't always know the exact chronology of biblical events, sometimes a passage follows another that makes us wonder if some time had passed. In the case of this week's passage that Frank will be using, one can only hope so. ---------- After Jesus shared that he would go to Jerusalem--that he would suffer and die--it seems rather calloused …
 
The suffering that Jesus faced on the cross did not come as a surprise to Him. It had been prophesied for many years and He clearly understood the journey He would endure in going to the cross. ---------- In this week's message, we will look at His clear indication in His conversation with the disciples of His understanding of the events that would…
 
Can you believe it is just about seven weeks until Christmas? Where has this year gone. Of course, with that season looming so many people begin to fret and worry about what gifts to get for different people, when to get them, where to hide them from the kids, etc. ---------- This Sunday, Frank continued our series of messages from the book of Mark…
 
We recognize that there are things today that are more commonplace today than in the time that the Scriptures were written. However, it would be wrong for us to assume that just because society has changed that God's Word has adapted to allow for sin. ---------- Today, half of all marriages performed in the United States will end in divorce; and th…
 
Sometimes very descriptive words get hijacked by culture. Such is the case with the word "radical." The words seems diminished due to the overuse of the word as a trite descriptive term. ---------- In the second half of this message, Frank discusses that while many people today have settled into a casual form of Christianity, Jesus calls us to be r…
 
Sometimes very descriptive words get hijacked by culture. Such is the case with the word "radical." The words seems diminished due to the overuse of the word as a trite descriptive term. ---------- In our message this week, Frank discusses that while many people today have settled into a casual form of Christianity, Jesus calls us to be radical fol…
 
Jesus taught about humility in a very practical way. Yet, sometimes people didn't understand the magnitude of what he was saying. Even those who were close to him, such as His disciples, missed that teaching. One of their most common arguments centered on the question of which of them was the greatest or would be the greatest one day. ---------- On…
 
It is comforting to know that when we have doubts in our relationship with God, it isn't the first time and it won't be the last time that someone doubted. It is also encouraging to know that such doubts do not limit God's love for us or willingness to provide for us. ---------- This week, as Frank takes us further into the book of Mark we read the…
 
The Merriam-Webster dictionary/description of the word "transfiguration" reads as follows: "The Gospels relate that one day Jesus took three disciples up a mountain, where they witnessed his transfiguration into divine form: his face shone like the sun, his garments became brilliantly white, and a voice from heaven proclaimed that this was the son …
 
Jesus calls his disciples to something much deeper than surface-level commitment. No where is that more evident when he tells those in His audience in Mark 8, "If anyone would be my disciple, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily and follow me." ---------- It is a call that requires courage, commitment and conviction that simply does not al…
 
Eyesight is something we can very easily take for granted. But what if you experienced temporary blindness or suffered from permanent blindness. What might be the first things you would want to see in the event that you received sight? Your family? A sunset? A beautiful painting? A scenic view? ---------- In this week's message, we look together at…
 
What does it truly mean to "love like Jesus loved"? A standard response could focus on his willingness to sacrifice Himself on the cross for our sins. Selfless sacrifice seems to be consistent with loving like Jesus. ---------- Of course it goes beyond that. It also involves being willing to show compassion to those who don't deserve it or express …
 
Throughout the length of our current sermon series, one of the main emphases has been the fact that the good news about Jesus just cannot be contained. Whether it was the religious leaders of His day trying to squelch His message or undermine His ministry or even Jesus himself telling someone to "keep it to themselves," the word of Jesus' teaching …
 
This week we continue our series of messages over the book of Mark we look into a story of persistent faith in the life of a woman who had come to Jesus, seeking His help. ---------- It brings to mind the simple truth that genuine faith is a model of perseverance; that we remain faithful in spite of the difficult circumstances of life, not because …
 
It is increasingly difficult to maintain a focus on what is good and right. So many things distract us, lure us, and persuade us to take our attention off of important things. No where is this more evident than in our worship. Not the Sunday morning time where we all gather together, but rather the general worship of God that occurs in our day-to-d…
 
In one story from the book of Mark, a great storm caused the disciples a lot of fear while Jesus slept in the boat. They woke him out of desperation and He calmed the storm. In their amazement, their faith grew. They came to understand that Jesus with them was bigger than even a vicious storm. ---------- Of course, a little while later, they found …
 
There's nothing like a great church dinner with all the different casseroles, side dishes, desserts, etc. The great thing about them is everyone is welcomed. Even if you forgot about the dinner and didn't bring anything, the call goes out to join us anyway because, "There's always plenty to go around." ---------- Such was the case when Jesus fed th…
 
Matt Chandler once said, “The gospel of Jesus Christ is worth living for, yes, and it is worth dying for, of course, but we show it is supremely valuable to us when we deny ourselves and take up our crosses to be a blessing to the people who the gospel is calling us to.” ---------- We live in a world where hyperbole rules the day. Whether it is the…
 
What does it mean to be a faithful messenger of the Gospel? What is a reasonable level of effort we should dedicate to trying to share God's Word and truth with someone? How do we handle rejection from others when we are trying to share our faith? Is it really our rejection? ---------- This are all questions we can ponder as we continue to make our…
 
One of the things that we cannot control is how people respond or feel about the things we say. We can be people of the highest integrity, with no hint of deception or indiscretion, but we cannot make someone believe us. The very essence of belief is based in the mindset of the one hearing. It can frustrate us if someone doesn't believe what we are…
 
One thing is clear from Jesus' ministry was that no matter how important it was for him to share His message, teach His disciples, or accomplish His Father's will, He didn't ignore the opportunity to touch people's lives who came to Him in faith. ---------- Such is the case in the narrative that Frank will be preaching on this Sunday--a story withi…
 
Things that go bump in the night, monsters under the bed, dark alleyways... all things that can be fear-inducing for us. Of course, our fears are often based less on what we can see and more on what we can imagine in our minds. But what if we could have real assurance that none of these things could do us harm? Wouldn't that go a long way to allevi…
 
What causes our faith to grow? Often it can grow out of a habitual commitment to prayer and Bible study--a regular routine that promotes a stronger connection to our Lord and Savior and thus, instills a greater level of faith in Him. ---------- But sometimes it is an event or circumstance where we face uncertainty, danger, loss or great discouragem…
 
Jesus often used parables as a teaching tool to both emphasize and illustrate truths about the Kingdom to those who were ready to listen and to confound His critics as they looked for loopholes and opportunities to entrap Him. ---------- This week, Frank uses three such parables from Mark chapter 4, all using a seed as the foundational element of t…
 
Frank continues our current sermon series, "The Gospel Can't Be Contained" by looking at the questions that began to swirl around Jesus as he grew in popularity with the people. ---------- The truth is, while opinions may vary, who Jesus truly is comes down to just a few options: either His whole approach was deception, that He was delusional or th…
 
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