Tag Archives: worship

The Compassionate Shepherd



We probably don’t know much about shepherds like folks did in David’s day. But someone who cares for helpless animals by protecting, nurturing, and tending their needs is what David is telling us and more. Let’s see how the illustration of a shepherd with sheep is helpful for us to learn about how God cares for us through Christ Jesus, our Lord.

Psalm 23
Model Prayer – Matthew 6:9-13

Taught Sunday morning, January 16, 2022 by Brad D Harris

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His Name is Wonderful



The LORD sent Isaiah with a message of repentance and a reminder that God would keep His promises. And the big promise was that the Messiah would still descend from David to defeat the serpent and establish a better kingdom. Isaiah 7:14 is the start of this section and in culminates here with the fourfold double description of the Messiah to be born of the virgin. We have reason to celebrate!

Isaiah 7:14 and 9:6-7

Taught Sunday morning, December 12, 2021 by Brad D Harris
(my apologies for breaking out in song midway through)

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The Place for His Presence



Following the spiritual disaster with the golden calf idol, Moses successfully intercedes for the nation to still have the presence of God in their midst. They chose the presence of God over the promised land without Him. Yet there was still the task of preparing a place for God’s presence to be with them, according to His specifications. The focus shifts to the nation as a whole in giving and Spirit empowered craftsmen (men and women) to obey the LORD’s instructions to build the tabernacle.

Exodus 35 – 40

Taught Sunday morning, October 3, 2021 by Brad D Harris

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Necessary for Obedience



Jesus beautifully illustrated the command to love one’s neighbor with the story of the Good Samaritan, where someone who had no reason to show compassion to a hurting person went above and beyond to help.  But how can one have that kind of love for another?  The following episode that Luke reports shows that Jesus answers that question for Mary and Martha.  The most needful thing is to sit at the feet of Jesus to learn of His love.

Luke 10:25-42

Taught Sunday morning, September 26, 2021 by Stuart Estes
Ministry Team Leader at Association of Baptist Students

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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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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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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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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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Trail of the Tree of Life



Genesis sets the foundation for understanding the rest of the storyline of the Bible, in particular the first few chapters.   The Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil play a significant role throughout that storyline of the Scriptures, but we may not always recognize it when we see it.

Scriptures that I read or reference include… Genesis 2:7-9, 15-17; John 17:3; Genesis 3:22-24; Exodus 3:2; Deuteronomy 21:22-23; Psalm 1:1-3; Jeremiah 17:7-8; 1 Peter 2:24; Isaiah 53; Galatians 3:13; Revelation 2:7; Ezekiel 47:1-12; Revelation 22:14.
There are other Scriptures that develop these ideas, can you find others? 😉

Taught Sunday morning, June 13, 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!