More than a Name



The LORD descends to the mountain to proclaim His Name, to declare His character, for Moses and the children of Israel for all generations of those who love the LORD. We do well to meditate upon these verses and the character traits revealed here.

Exodus 34:6-7

Taught Sunday morning, September 19, 2021 by Brad D Harris

I am including links to some resources from Bible Project that go much deeper than we have time to do today. Check out all six videos.  Beyond the videos are hours of more learning in the amazing podcast.
The Bible Project – The Character of God

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Greater Intimacy with God



Moses has interceded in behalf of the idolatrous Israelites that God would not disown them. Desiring God to continue to be present with them in the journey ahead, Moses asks to see the glorious presence of God. The glory Moses experiences is not what he asked, but is so instructive for him and us. He experiences greater intimacy with the LORD than possibly anyone before Him had known.

Exodus 33:17 – 34:9

Taught Sunday morning, September 12, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Repent for More



The children of Israel had broken the covenant of love and broken the heart of God with their traitorous turn with the golden calf. Moses had successfully pleaded with God to turn away His wrath. But the people would need to turn from their sinful attitude if they wanted God to still be in their presence. That turning is called “repentance.” And it’s kind of a big deal.  But it is the path to a closer vision of God.

Exodus 33:1-6 and Luke 3:1-14

Taught Sunday morning, September 5, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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An Idol or the Intercessor



It is ironic but hopefully no surprise that the very stories designed to warn us against making idols are often most likely to tempt us modern people to make idols. Why? Because they reveal God to not be what we expect God to be. Thus we want to think of our God to be more like we prefer Him to be, rather than what He reveals. I hope that a second look at this Spirit-inspired story will help us see the warning and more important, see the the LORD for who He really is.

Exodus 32:1-14

Taught Sunday morning, August 29, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Practicing the Preaching



First a review of the Ten Commands. Have you got them memorized by now? But knowing them by heart is only the first step. You won’t do what you don’t know. The big step is being one who does the commands. And because we fall short, thankfully Christ practiced them perfectly.

Exodus 24:1-8 and James 1:21-25

Taught Sunday morning, August 22, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Love Your Neighbor



Jesus summed up all the Law and Prophets into two commands: Love God and love your neighbor (Matt 22:35-40). And for some reason, this can be more convicting than the individual commands He gave at Sinai. And the last few months and especially the last week has revealed in town hall meetings that even Christians fail miserably with the command to love your neighbor as yourself.

Matthew 5:43-48

Taught Sunday morning, August 15, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Living the Living Word of God



I wanted to spend a few minutes sharing about a Bible study method we are using at Prairie Oaks. Plus I wanted to plug the Gideons International as the local chapter visits our congregation on Sunday. Our God is not silent. But we must choose to prioritize listening for His voice through His Word by His Spirit.

References: Gideons International
The Hedge at ABS
Student Ministry Matters
SOAP Bible Study Method

Hebrews 4:12

Taught Sunday morning, August 8, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Valuable Parents



Ten Commands from the LORD. The middle is the command to honor your mother and father. The Spirit through Paul repeats and elaborates on this command in his letter to the Ephesians. Minor children obey. Adult children honor. Parents lead children to Christ. To model Christ as He modeled God the Father is an impossible assignment. But He gives grace and His Spirit with His commands to those who believe.

Ephesians 6:1-4

Taught Sunday morning, August 1, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Lose All to Gain All



We were privileged to have Jo from Thailand preach the word of God for us after sharing about his work in Bangkok.  His message was from Matthew 13:44-46 and includes the stirring story of Jim Eliot.  What is your treasure?  Are you willing to lose all in order to gain the treasure of Christ?

Matthew 13:44-46

Taught Sunday morning, May 30, 2021 by Bro. Jo of Thailand

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Jesus is our Sabbath



The Sabbath reminds us of the Creation Ideal. The Sabbath reminds us of our redemption. The Sabbath reminds us of the Eternal Hope. The Sabbath is fulfilled in Christ Jesus, the Lord of the Sabbath. The pastor of Hebrews challenges his readers to not miss out on this opportunity to participate by faith in God’s gift of rest in Jesus Christ. There is no other rest.  Not today.  Not for eternity.

Hebrews 4:1-10

Taught Sunday morning, July 18, 2021 by Brad D Harris

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  It is funded by the generous participants of Prairie Oaks Baptist Church.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks and their audio ministry, we now have a donation page so that you can securely give online to help this ministry.  Thank you for listening and prayerfully supporting us.  I hope we continue to further you in your journey with Christ!