Tag Archives: Love

God asks for relationship.



The teacher asked one question of the Greatest Teacher. What is the greatest commandment that God gave us? Jesus gives him two commands that go well beyond obedience. The commands are invitation to relationship with the Eternal Holy God Almighty. And in relationship with Him, God challenges us to join Him in His pursuit of love relationship with others.

I included more of the audio from the worship service just to give you a glimpse of our time on a Sunday morning.  I record the podcast through a microphone I wear, hence the reason you hear me better than those who pray or lead singing.  But we love all these parts of our worship service.

Mark 12:28-34

Preached Sunday morning, August 23, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Forgiven by God to Know Him



“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom” (Proverbs 9:10).  But what does it mean to fear the LORD?   Yet the psalmist tells us in Psalm 130 that we are forgiven our sins in order that we would fear the LORD.  Perhaps we should reconsider our forgiveness in order to better know the LORD who forgives.

Psalm 130

Preached Sunday morning, June 7, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Tying up loose ends



John wrote his gospel account after the other three and added details pertinent to His purpose – “that we might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name” (John 20:31).  But then he added an epilogue to tie up some loose ends from his narrative.  And it turns out that Peter is not the only loose end, so are we.

John 21:1-24

Preached Sunday morning, April 19, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Returning to God together



Naomi decided to return back home after years away.  Yet the Spirit seems to imply that there is something spiritual about her return as well, something we call “repentance.”   But surprisingly, her sister-in-law chose to go with her which implies a significant step of repentance and faith on her part.  And for her as a Gentile to make that decision is even more intriguing when you consider that her only source of information about God is her mother-in-law.   Would someone follow Christ based on your testimony, even when your world falls apart?

Ruth 1:1-18

Preached Sunday morning, February 16, 2020 by Brad D Harris


Christ is Faithful



Our series in Revelation comes to its conclusion this week.  But we discover that last message is a very sobering reminder that we as individuals as well as churches can get far away from what we were created to be.  Yet even in the midst of correction from the Faithful and True Witness, Christ is Faithful to His wayward saints in love and righteousness.  He invites and even disciplines us back into fellowship with Him.  Jesus is the good news.
This is the last in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

I added a short intro before the audio of the sermon audio begins.   Let me know in the comments what you think.

Revelation 3:14-22

Preached Sunday morning, December 15, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Faithful in Purity



Some of us just want to be nice and get along.  Kindness is a Christian virtue.   But Jesus, the Son of God, seems harsh when He calls for integrity and purity of His church in Thyatira.  They have allowed false doctrine and immorality to infiltrate and infect their growing body of Christ.  And Christ of the penetrating discernment is coming to judge the problem.  His church is doing things right and He wants to continue that with integrity.
This is the fourth in a seven-part sermon series on church revitalization.

Revelation 2:18-29

Preached Sunday morning, November 24, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Foremost Love



We begin a series from Revelation to hear from the eternal God His message to His churches through the messages given to seven churches in the Roman province of Asia.  Churches are not buildings but people – people who have His Holy Spirit within them, bonded together by His Spirit.  Thus we each profit from responding rightly to His Word in order for His church to profit from responding rightly to His Word.
This is the first in a multi-part sermon series on church revitalization

We hope that this online service has blessed you.  If you would like to contribute to Prairie Oaks Baptist Church 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!

Revelation 2:1-7

Preached Sunday morning, November 3, 2019 by Brad D Harris


Children of God – Lavished with Love



As the song says, to be fully known and fully loved is a gift only God can give.  When we are born again, the LORD also adopts us as His sons and His daughters, to be lavished with unconditional love – a love we did not deserve nor need to try to deserve.  It is ours by unmerited grace.  And as we contemplate that love and grace, especially as embodied in Jesus Christ, we are being transformed into that same image in preparation for that day of completion when we see Him as He is.

1 John 3:1-3

Preached Sunday morning, September 22, 2019 by Brad D Harris