Heartland Church of Christ http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/ Messages produced by the Heartland Church of Christ 6120 NW Prairie View Rd. in Kansas City, MO 64151 Podcast Generator 2.5 - http://podcastgen.sourceforge.net Mon, 24 Jul 2017 20:27:40 -0400 en Copyright Heartland Church of Christ http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/images/itunes_image.jpg Heartland Church of Christ http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/ Messages produced by the Heartland Church of Christ 6120 NW Prairie View Rd. in Kansas City, MO 64151 Sermons, Classes & Events Heartland Church of Christ Heartland Church of Christ podcast@heartlandchurch.us clean How To Be Us by John Turner John brings us a lesson on loving one another as Jesus loves us. Next Steps: 1. Memorize John 13:34-35; "A new command I give you; Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." 2. Consider whether you are more of a church attender or church member. Make a list of ways you can be more of a member.  --John John brings us a lesson on loving one another as Jesus loves us. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-07-11_7_9_2017howtobeusjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-07-11_7_9_2017howtobeusjohnturner.mp3 26:33 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 09 Jul 2017 18:15:00 -0400 Psalm 90 study Eric brings us a great study tool from Psalm 90 Eric brings us a great study tool from Psalm 90 Eric brings us a great study tool from Psalm 90 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-07-06_7_2_2017psalm90ericgiboney.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-07-06_7_2_2017psalm90ericgiboney.mp3 29:17 podcast@heartlandchurch.us (Heartland Church of Christ) Heartland Church of Christ no Sun, 02 Jul 2017 19:46:00 -0400 Attitude of Gratitude by John Turner John brings us a message on being thankful. Next Steps: 1. Re-read Colossians 1:3-5 2. Memorize 1 John 3:23 "And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us." 3. Think of a creative way to be grateful everyday. It is so easy to take one another for granted. When you have an attitude of gratitude you bless the lives of others. Kailey Bartholomew, for example, created 365 Grateful to be a more grateful person. She took on a photographic project, taking a photograph of something she was thankful for each day. It was life-changing. Gratitude enriches our lives and aligns us with the proper attitude of praising God for what he has blessed us with. --John John brings us a message on being thankful. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-06-27_6_25_2017attitudeofgratitudejohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-06-27_6_25_2017attitudeofgratitudejohnturner.mp3 26:28 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 25 Jun 2017 17:56:00 -0400 God The Father, Dad the Hero by John Turner John brings us a message on Father's Day. http://www.focusonthefamily.com/ parenting/parenting-roles/the-involved-father/how-dads-can- stay-involved --John ]]> John brings us a message on Father's Day. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-06-27_6_18_2017godthefatherdadtheherojohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-06-27_6_18_2017godthefatherdadtheherojohnturner.mp3 24:13 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 18 Jun 2017 16:46:00 -0400 Remembering Together by John Turner John brings us a lesson on remembering sacrifice. Next Steps: 1. Re-read Deuteronomy 8:11-18 2. Memorize Hebrews 13:15-16 "Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise -- the fruit of lips that confess his name. And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." 3. Use your day off tomorrow to honor the sacrifices of those who gave their lives fighting for your country. Remember there are those who do not have the day off tomorrow, so that you can. 4. Dedicate your time on Earth to honor the One who gave his life fighting for your eternal salvation. The Hebrew writer says, "do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased." Doing good and sharing with others are sacrifices we can make to honor our Savior. John John brings us a lesson on remembering sacrifice. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-06-27_5_28_2017rememberingtogetherjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-06-27_5_28_2017rememberingtogetherjohnturner.mp3 25:15 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 28 May 2017 20:35:00 -0400 Grace Is Gonna Catch Ya by Jeff Adair God showed His grace and redemption to a Gentile who had heard and believed that the God of Israel was the true God of heaven and earth. Her reaction to the coming days of Israel taking over the land of Canaan was one of true faith and humility. We have been going through the Bible book by book at the Teen house on Sunday mornings and this week we will be journeying through the book of Joshua. While I was prepping my lesson for the youth group, the story of Rahab struck a different cord with me than it has in the past. God showed His grace and redemption to a Gentile who had heard and believed that the God of Israel was the true God of heaven and earth. Her reaction to the coming days of Israel taking over the land of Canaan was one of true faith and humility. She first wanted to keep her family safe before she even mentions herself. Rahab and her family tied a scarlet cord in her window to let Israel know that her family would be saved. This led me to the Parable of the Unforgiving Servant and the teaching that Jesus used to describe how we are to treat others when we have been so well treated by God. Let us make sure that no one misses out on the grace of God this week as we strive to give the same amount of grace that we have been given. --Jeff God showed His grace and redemption to a Gentile who had heard and believed that the God of Israel was the true God of heaven and earth. Her reaction to the coming days of Israel taking over the land of Canaan was one of true faith and humility. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-22_5_21_2017graceisgonnacatchyajeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-22_5_21_2017graceisgonnacatchyajeffadair.mp3 17:03 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 21 May 2017 21:43:00 -0400 Humility Before Honor by John Turner In the first two years of Liesl's life I have grown to really appreciate the role that Alicia plays in our family as mother. The role of motherhood certainly has a way of teaching humility. Memorize Proverbs 15:33: The fear of the Lord teaches a man wisdom and humility comes before honor. In the first two years of Liesl's life I have grown to really appreciate the role that Alicia plays in our family as mother. The role of motherhood certainly has a way of teaching humility. The mother takes the brunt of the bad attitude. The mother's time and energy is on high demand by her children's wants, needs, ouchies, appetites, heartbreaks, fits, fevers, and moods. When stress and hardship are often used to shape godly character, is it any wonder why we love and respect our mothers so much? Happy Mother's Day to all our humble moms! We can learn a lot from you. --John In the first two years of Liesl's life I have grown to really appreciate the role that Alicia plays in our family as mother. The role of motherhood certainly has a way of teaching humility. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-22_5_14_2017humilitybeforehonorjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-22_5_14_2017humilitybeforehonorjohnturner.mp3 17:34 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 14 May 2017 18:26:00 -0400 The Tire and the Bucket by John Turner John brings us a message from Philippians Next Steps: 1. Read Philippians 2:1-11 again. 2. Memorize Philippians 2:3-4. "Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. 3. Use your relationships at Heartland as a gauge to determine the kind of relationship you have with Christ. What does the gauge say? --John John brings us a message from Philippians http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-11_5_7_2017thetireandthebucketjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-11_5_7_2017thetireandthebucketjohnturner.mp3 20:58 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 07 May 2017 16:40:00 -0400 Now What? by Jeff Adair Jeff brings us a lesson on the importance of dialogue within our church Today we are celebrating six graduating seniors from our youth group. Please take time to encourage them in this next amazing step in life. They are: Emily Azpell, Jackson Bridgeman, Dalton Dishman, Aileen Martinez, Jake Morris and Ryan Rippy. Since I have the great responsibility of being their youth minister, I have been blessed to get to know these young people’s hearts, and I am very excited to see what God is going to do through them as they mature. These young adults will eventually become leaders in the church and as an older generation, we should welcome them just as the Jerusalem church welcomed Gentile believers into the faith. They are going to have ideas and talents to help spread the Gospel and to help unify God’s Kingdom. Let us not stifle that dialogue with the help of The Holy Spirit that was poured out unto us when we gave our life to Jesus through baptism. Acts 15 tells us the story of the first major decision the church had to make. It teaches me that there was open discussion and everyone was obedient to the final decision made by the apostles and elders, as we should be obedient to the decisions that our elders make here at Heartland. This process is being worked on through our search committee. There are a wide range of people in that group that are coming to a decision to help this church in doing God’s Will in finding our next pulpit minister. I know the committee is working hard and asking for guidance from the Holy Spirit in their quest. Let’s be excited about new opportunities, new faces, new relationships that will be established in the coming year for not only Heartland but for these six seniors! --Jeff Jeff brings us a lesson on the importance of dialogue within our church http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-02_4_30_2017nowwhatjeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-02_4_30_2017nowwhatjeffadair.mp3 25:26 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 30 Apr 2017 17:07:00 -0400 Do you think Tiffany's will engrave this? by John Turner Consider whether you are living in accordance with the scripture above (Gal 5:25-26). Are there ways you need to be more humble? Memorize Galatians 5:25-26: "Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit. Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other." Consider whether you are living in accordance with the scripture above (Gal 5:25-26). Are there ways you need to be more humble? If arrogance was not common to mankind, the Bible would not address it so often. For instance, Romans 11:18 says, "do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches. If you do, consider this: You do not support the root, but the root supports you." The apostle Paul is talking about people in the church believing they are better than others in the church. Paul reminds those who think they are superior that every single one of them completely relies on Jesus for support. All are lost and hopeless without Jesus. We are all the same; No one is any better than any other. The same goes at Heartland Church of Christ as it did at the church in Rome. --John Consider whether you are living in accordance with the scripture above (Gal 5:25-26). Are there ways you need to be more humble? http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-02_4_23_2017willtiffanysengravethisforusjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-02_4_23_2017willtiffanysengravethisforusjohnturner.mp3 16:35 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 23 Apr 2017 18:05:00 -0400 This Changes Everything by John Turner John brings us a lesson on the importance of The Resurrection Rejoice today because death could not hold our Savior hostage! Think about ways your own life is changed forever because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Text someone the following message: "The tomb is empty. Jesus is risen!" --John John brings us a lesson on the importance of The Resurrection http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-02_4_16_2017thischangeseverythingjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-05-02_4_16_2017thischangeseverythingjohnturner.mp3 25:22 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 16 Apr 2017 17:02:00 -0400 A Whole New World by John Turner John brings us a lesson about the importance of baptism. If you would like to be baptized either 1) come forward during invitation song or 2) check the bubble on the back of your Communication Card indicating that you would like to be baptized next week on Easter Sunday and leave your phone number. If you are a baptized Christian, renew your conversion moment by reflecting on the meaning of your own baptism. Jesus is on people's minds more this week than normal because we prepare to celebrate Easter. Let's take advantage of it and look for opportunities to share our faith. --John John brings us a lesson about the importance of baptism. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-04-10_4_9_2017awholenewworldjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-04-10_4_9_2017awholenewworldjohnturner.mp3 32:16 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:09:00 -0400 Desert University Part 3: Rooted in Christ by John Turner I'll be honest, studying for this series on the discipline of God has left me a little nervous, but hopeful at the same time. Nobody enjoys hardship or discipline. Next Steps   1. Read John 15:1-12 2. Memorize John 15:1-2 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful" (NIV). 3. Examine your attitude towards God in hardship. Are you resentful? Are you resignedly defeated? Impatient? Drowning in self-pity? Or are you looking for what you can learn from a loving Father and trusting that He knows best? I'll be honest, studying for this series on the discipline of God has left me a little nervous, but hopeful at the same time. Nobody enjoys hardship or discipline. The appropriate attitude for the follower of Christ is to trust God and learn from His discipline. The fact that God sent His son to the cross for you proves that there is nothing God will not do for you that is for your own good. He is trustworthy. May we be a church body that bears each other's burdens and encourages one another through thick and thin! --John I'll be honest, studying for this series on the discipline of God has left me a little nervous, but hopeful at the same time. Nobody enjoys hardship or discipline. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-04-06_4_2_2017desertuniversitypart3johnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-04-06_4_2_2017desertuniversitypart3johnturner.mp3 34:37 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 02 Apr 2017 17:02:00 -0400 Desert University Part 2 by John Turner John brings us Part 2 of his sermon series, Desert University Read Hebrews 12:5-13 Memorize Hebrews 12:11 "No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it." Look beyond the "why?" If you are experiencing any kind of hardship, whether it be your fault, someone else's fault, or nobody's fault, look for God's discipline within it. Look beyond the "Why" and realize that God has something to teach you and something to prepare you for. Hebrews 12:9 says to "submit to the Father" in the midst of hardship. Without submitting to Him the growth that the Lord wants you to experience will not occur. --John John brings us Part 2 of his sermon series, Desert University http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-29_3_26_2017desertuniversity2johnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-29_3_26_2017desertuniversity2johnturner.mp3 33:40 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 26 Mar 2017 18:33:00 -0400 Desert University by John Turner John brings us a lesson on how and why the Israelites were in the desert. Reread Exodus 15:13-26 and Luke 3:3-14 Memorize Exodus 15:26 Go to the desert! (Exodus 15:13-26) Make time to consider if you have a posture of dependence upon Jesus alone. Is there anything in your heart saying, "God is not enough"? Try fasting for a day this week or writing a prayer of dependence upon God and praying it at least once a day this week. Bear fruit! (Luke 3:3-14) Contemplate if there are ways you need to repent of neglecting the needs of others, of not being content with what you have, and of not being a person of integrity. Then realign your behavior accordingly. --John John brings us a lesson on how and why the Israelites were in the desert. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-29_3_19_2017desertuniversityjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-29_3_19_2017desertuniversityjohnturner.mp3 35:00 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:28:00 -0400 Voice of Jesus by Dr. Jim Martin Dr. Martin brings us a lesson on listening for and to the voice of Jesus Christ Dr. Martin brings us a lesson on listening for and to the voice of Jesus Christ Dr. Martin brings us a lesson on listening for and to the voice of Jesus Christ http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-29_3_12_2017voiceofjesusjimmartin.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-29_3_12_2017voiceofjesusjimmartin.mp3 34:19 office@heartlandchurch.us (Jim Martin) Jim Martin no Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:22:00 -0400 Redemption by Jeff Adair The book of Job was a tough one for me to grasp when I first started studying God’s Word. But as I grow in faith, it has become one I find myself turning to quite often. It speaks of what goes on in the Heavenly realms and how God looks upon His children The book of Job was a tough one for me to grasp when I first started studying God’s Word. But as I grow in faith, it has become one I find myself turning to quite often. It speaks of what goes on in the Heavenly realms and how God looks upon His children. Almost boasting to Satan He says, “Have you considered my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.” God is so proud of us and His love is so evident when you look at the life and ministry of Jesus. God sent His Son to earth to teach us how to mature in a relationship with Him so that we can show others how awesome it is to serve a living God, a God who Redeems people’s lives. When we are going through troubles, grief and suffering, we cannot forget that blame is the opposite of praise. We need to praise God while we are suffering, knowing that in the end, He is a good God, a God who believes in you and wants to spend eternity with you! --Jeff The book of Job was a tough one for me to grasp when I first started studying God’s Word. But as I grow in faith, it has become one I find myself turning to quite often. It speaks of what goes on in the Heavenly realms and how God looks upon His children http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-08_3_5_2017redemtionjeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-08_3_5_2017redemtionjeffadair.mp3 30:23 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 05 Mar 2017 17:36:00 -0500 Followers of Christ by Dr. Huffard Dr. Everett Huffard brings us a lesson on what kind of followers Christ wants us to be. Dr. Everett Huffard brings us a lesson on what kind of followers Christ wants us to be. Dr. Everett Huffard brings us a lesson on what kind of followers Christ wants us to be. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-02_2_26_2017followersjesuswantseveretthuffard.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-03-02_2_26_2017followersjesuswantseveretthuffard.mp3 30:45 office@heartlandchurch.us (Everett Huffard) Everett Huffard no Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:19:00 -0500 It's a bird, it's a plane, it's forgiveness! by John Turner In physician Ira Byock's book called The Four Things That Matter Most, Dr. Byock identifies the basic messages that people most need to speak and hear as they face death. In physician Ira Byock's book called The Four Things That Matter Most, Dr. Byock identifies the basic messages that people most need to speak and hear as they face death. The four messages are: Please forgive me. I forgive you. Thank you. And, I love you. I am struck that two of the four are forgiveness. The truth is, these messages, including the two about forgiveness, need to be heard and spoken throughout one's life, not just when facing death. Romans 14:19 says, "make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification". Ephesians 4:3 says, "Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Hebrews 12:14 says, Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy." Do you see what each of these have in common? Do not wait for your deathbed. Make every effort to forgive, be reconciled, and make peace today! --John In physician Ira Byock's book called The Four Things That Matter Most, Dr. Byock identifies the basic messages that people most need to speak and hear as they face death. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-21_2_19_2017birdplaneforgivenessjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-21_2_19_2017birdplaneforgivenessjohnturner.mp3 29:45 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 19 Feb 2017 19:29:00 -0500 ForGIVEness by John Turner Consider your own sinfulness and the way God forgives your sins through Christ. Here are two ways to know if you are on the right track of forgiving your brother or sister: 1) You can pray a blessing on him/her rather than a curse 2) You can put yourself in his/her shoes and have empathy for him/her. Consider your own sinfulness and the way God forgives your sins through Christ. See the person as a person and not an object and make the choice to forgive. Remember your own healing comes only after the decision to forgive. And remember they may not deserve it. It is a gift. --John Consider your own sinfulness and the way God forgives your sins through Christ. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_2_12_2017forgivenessjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_2_12_2017forgivenessjohnturner.mp3 34:13 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 12 Feb 2017 20:58:00 -0500 God as Center by Clark Morris Our Deacon of worship brings us a message on keeping God as the center of our everything. Our Deacon of worship brings us a message on keeping God as the center of our everything. Our Deacon of worship brings us a message on keeping God as the center of our everything. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_2_5_2017sermonclarkmorris.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_2_5_2017sermonclarkmorris.mp3 25:13 office@heartlandchurch.us (Clark Morris) Clark Morris no Sun, 05 Feb 2017 19:56:00 -0500 Spiritual Networking by Jake Morris Many times a roadblock within our own spirituality is the block of social interaction with others. Our Creator made us to be social beings, so that we may share our own spiritual strifes, accomplishments and beliefs with our brothers and sisters in Christ Many times a roadblock within our own spirituality is the block of social interaction with others. Our Creator made us to be social beings, so that we may share our own spiritual strifes, accomplishments and beliefs with our brothers and sisters in Christ and the world. Connecting spiritually with others, strengthens not only ourselves but it strengthens the body of Christ as a whole. When we take each and every opportunity we have to connect with others, more people will get to experience the never ending love found in Jesus and have eternal life with Him. I want you to pick out three people you don’t know real well and make it a point to introduce yourself and establish a relationship with them this week. I pray that many seeds be planted this week and much fruit will come from those seeds. --Jake Many times a roadblock within our own spirituality is the block of social interaction with others. Our Creator made us to be social beings, so that we may share our own spiritual strifes, accomplishments and beliefs with our brothers and sisters in Christ http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_1_29_2017spiritualnetworkingjakemorris.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_1_29_2017spiritualnetworkingjakemorris.mp3 8:56 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jake Morris) Jake Morris no Sun, 29 Jan 2017 20:55:00 -0500 Public Faith by John Turner After the Samaritan woman shared her testimony with the people she knew, and brought them to Jesus, the people believed that Jesus was the "Savior of the world" (Jn 4:42). After the Samaritan woman shared her testimony with the people she knew, and brought them to Jesus, the people believed that Jesus was the "Savior of the world" (Jn 4:42). Jesus is not only the Savior of the Jews, but the Samaritans too! This is wild, considering Jews and Samaritans were enemies. The truth is, Jesus is not only the Savior of the Jews and the Samaritans, he is not only the Savior of all the good people, and he is not only my personal Savior, he is the Savior of the world. Your testimony is good news for anybody. There is no exclusive group based on race, religion, or morality that can only hear the good news that you have to share. The good news is for everybody, because Jesus is the Savior of everybody. --John After the Samaritan woman shared her testimony with the people she knew, and brought them to Jesus, the people believed that Jesus was the "Savior of the world" (Jn 4:42). http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_1_22_2017publicfaithjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-02-14_1_22_2017publicfaithjohnturner.mp3 28:02 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 22 Jan 2017 19:53:00 -0500 Obey Your Thirst by John Turner One our our goals in 2017 is to be a community of believers who are inspired by God’s Word. One our our goals in 2017 is to be a community of believers who are inspired by God’s Word. We believe time spent reading God’s Word is essential to Spiritual formation and maturity, teaching us how to be followers of Christ while equipping us to do good works. We believe that if we commit to reading the Bible more as a group, we will become more faithful, loving, peaceful, and forgiving as a group. That’s why the challenge has been issued in 2017 to commit to daily Bible reading. Our goal is that the believers at Heartland will collectively read 100,000 chapters in 2017. Just imagine how that much time in God’s Word can transform your life! In order to track the number of chapters we are reading, please indicate how many chapters your family has cumulatively read during the week on the attendance card each Sunday morning. You may also make a weekly post on Heartland’s facebook page, or e-mail the office if you prefer. Won’t it feel great to celebrate together as a family at the end of the year; 100,000 chapters read in the Bible. Let’s make it happen! --John One our our goals in 2017 is to be a community of believers who are inspired by God’s Word. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-01-10_1_08_2016obeyyourthirstjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-01-10_1_08_2016obeyyourthirstjohnturner.mp3 24:41 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 08 Jan 2017 18:43:00 -0500 The Inspiration of Scriptures by John Turner In his book, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer notes, "The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God.... In his book, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer notes, "The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and centre of their hearts." As we embark on another trip around the sun today, my prayer for Heartland Church of Christ is that this time around will bring us into greater fellowship with God and one another through a commitment to reading the Scriptures. May we taste and experience the sweetness of God together as a body. May we be brought into an intimate and satisfying relationship with each other as we pursue the same with God, our Father, our Creator, our Deliverer. --John  In his book, The Pursuit of God, A. W. Tozer notes, "The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God.... http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-01-10_1_01_2017inspirationofscripturesjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-01-10_1_01_2017inspirationofscripturesjohnturner.mp3 32:05 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 01 Jan 2017 18:41:00 -0500 God's Mission Statement by John Turner In Luke's gospel account, Mary receives a message from an angel named Gabriel. Mary will have a child who "will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. In Luke's gospel account, Mary receives a message from an angel named Gabriel. Mary will have a child who "will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end" (Lu 1:32-33). Mary's response was COMPLETE SURRENDER: "I am the Lord's servant. May it be to me as you have said" (Lu 1:38). Now, normally when we think of someone surrendering we think of weakness and defeat. However, consider this: Mary and Joseph were poor Hebrews living in a Roman Empire who took advantage of folks like them. They lived under the rule of a corrupt Jewish king, Herod, who put the Roman Empire above his own people and above God. When Mary receives news that she will play a part in the coming of the Messiah who will restore the kingdom of David forever, how powerful was the white flag of Mary's surrender! By surrendering she's saying, "Let's do this!" Likewise, when we surrender to God's will, we are not weak. Quite the opposite. When we surrender to God's will, it puts us in a position of power. "If God is for us, who can be against us?" (Rom. 8:31). "The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever" (1 John 2:17). --John In Luke's gospel account, Mary receives a message from an angel named Gabriel. Mary will have a child who "will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-01-10_12_25_2016godsmissionstatementjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2017-01-10_12_25_2016godsmissionstatementjohnturner.mp3 23:52 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 25 Dec 2016 18:39:00 -0500 Putting Legs On The Word by John Turner In the days of the prophets, being a recipient of the Word of the Lord was not always a prestigious thing. In fact, it was often a treacherous responsibility and just flat out scary. In the days of the prophets, being a recipient of the Word of the Lord was not always a prestigious thing. In fact, it was often a treacherous responsibility and just flat out scary. The Word of the Lord was usually a strong rebuke against a hostile, rebellious people. How would you like to be the bearer of this message? God says to Jeremiah when Jeremiah received the Word of the Lord: "Now, I have put my words in your mouth. See, today I appoint you over nations and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy and overthrow, to build and to plant" (Jer. 1:9-10). That's quite the responsibility. No wonder God must constantly encourage Jeremiah not to be afraid. John's gospel (and Luke's too) reveal Jesus as the Word. When someone receives Jesus, the Word of the Lord, into their life, it can be quite pervasive as well. Jesus has this thing about turning people's world upside down. It can even be scary because it can be difficult to live by faith. But Jesus, too, constantly encourages, "do not be afraid". --John In the days of the prophets, being a recipient of the Word of the Lord was not always a prestigious thing. In fact, it was often a treacherous responsibility and just flat out scary. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-12-15_12_11_2016puttinglegsonthewordjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-12-15_12_11_2016puttinglegsonthewordjohnturner.mp3 25:41 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 11 Dec 2016 13:50:00 -0500 Putting Legs On The Temple by John Turner When is the last time you completed a home improvement project? It likely included hard work,unexpected obstacles,and several trips to the hardware store.But when a project is completed and the work is done,it is nice to take pride in the improvement made When is the last time you completed a home improvement project? It likely included hard work, unexpected obstacles, and several trips to the hardware store. But when a project is completed and the work is done, it is nice to take pride in the improvement that was made. The hard work paid off. Humans are geared to take on projects and we were made to work and improve our piece of the world. Yes, we fail at this on many levels because we are sinful, but we still gain a sense of worth when we have a project to work on. Ephesians 2:19-21 depicts Christians as a temple. Perhaps this seems odd, but the temple in Jerusalem was supposed to represent hope, restoration with God, and forgiveness of sins. As a walking temple, the church can now take these elements (the gospel) to the people, rather than people coming to one geographic location. This is our project. It is THE improvement project and nothing should give us more sense of worth than bringing God to the people. And we look to Jesus as our example of what a walking temple does and where a walking temple goes. --John When is the last time you completed a home improvement project? It likely included hard work,unexpected obstacles,and several trips to the hardware store.But when a project is completed and the work is done,it is nice to take pride in the improvement made http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-12-15_12_04_2016puttinglegsonthetemplejohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-12-15_12_04_2016puttinglegsonthetemplejohnturner.mp3 30:58 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:47:00 -0500 Jesus Opens His Mouth by Jeff Adair As we are heading into a season that most associate with blessings and joy, let us not forget where those two things come from. Jesus gave this Sermon on the Mount to let His disciples, and the crowds that gathered, know who was welcome into God’s Kingdom As we are heading into a season that most associate with blessings and joy, let us not forget where those two things come from. Jesus gave this Sermon on the Mount to let His disciples, and the crowds that gathered, know who was welcome into God’s Kingdom. These ‘Beatitudes’ have helped so many over the years see that they, too, are welcome. I have loved studying this sermon from Jesus since I started reading the Bible. I always found it fascinating that the Old Testament ended with a curse (Malachi 4:6) and the New Testament starts out with blessings. The words that Jesus taught in this sermon are so needed in our world/ culture today. There are many people who are in need of God’s help (poor in spirit), who need to be shown mercy and many who hunger and thirst for righteousness. As we gather here this morning, let us not forget that we gather to be sent out. We will come in contact with people who are poor in spirit, meek, and hunger for truth. Let’s show and tell them that they are welcome right where they are at in their life. -Jeff As we are heading into a season that most associate with blessings and joy, let us not forget where those two things come from. Jesus gave this Sermon on the Mount to let His disciples, and the crowds that gathered, know who was welcome into God’s Kingdom http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-22_11_20_2016jesusopenshismouthjeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-22_11_20_2016jesusopenshismouthjeffadair.mp3 16:55 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 20 Nov 2016 14:29:00 -0500 Final Instructions by Tony Dishman Brothers and sisters this is my final message of encouragement and love for you. May God bless you and keep you. His grace be with you and may you walk in His ways. Jeanette and I love you and we have been blessed to serve you. Brothers and sisters this is my final message of encouragement and love for you. May God bless you and keep you. His grace be with you and may you walk in His ways. Jeanette and I love you and we have been blessed to serve you. --Tony Brothers and sisters this is my final message of encouragement and love for you. May God bless you and keep you. His grace be with you and may you walk in His ways. Jeanette and I love you and we have been blessed to serve you. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-18_11_13_2016finalinstructionstonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-18_11_13_2016finalinstructionstonydishman.mp3 23:55 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 13 Nov 2016 10:49:00 -0500 Today's Gospel by Tony Dishman The word “apostle” means “one sent.” Or one set apart. In the strictest sense of the word there were only 12 apostles who were set apart for a special ministry. But we, too, are sent into this world by the great commission. Of course, I wouldn’t go around Did you ever see the 1997 movie entitled, “The Apostle” starring Robert Duvall as the preacher/apostle? Here’s a short take on that movie. Eulis 'Sonny' Dewey is a preacher from Texas living a happy life with his beautiful wife Jessie. Suddenly his stable world crumbles: Jessie is having an affair with a young minister Horace. Sonny gets enraged and hits Horace with a softball bat, putting him into a coma. After that he leaves town, takes a new name, 'Apostle E.F.' and goes to Louisiana. There, he starts to work as a mechanic for local radio station owner Elmo, and Elmo lets him preach on the radio. E.F. starts to preach everywhere: on the radio, on the streets, and with his new friend, Reverend Blackwell he starts a campaign to renovate an old church. It was a pretty good movie, in the sense that Duvall played his part well, but his life was not what I’d call the life of a true apostle. In the first place, he was never qualified to be an apostle just like preachers today who might call themselves apostles of Christ. In the second place, Duvall did not live the Christian life. You just don’t go around beating up people with a ball bat. You may want to, but you don’t do that. You don’t give in to your sinful nature to that extent. Maybe to a lesser extent we do, however. In the strictest sense of the word “apostle,” there are none today. In the broader sense of the word we all could be apostles. The word “apostle” means “one sent.” Or one set apart. In the strictest sense of the word there were only 12 apostles who were set apart for a special ministry. But we, too, are sent into this world by the great commission. Of course, I wouldn’t go around calling myself an apostle because someone might call you on it! Written By Steve Shepherd The word “apostle” means “one sent.” Or one set apart. In the strictest sense of the word there were only 12 apostles who were set apart for a special ministry. But we, too, are sent into this world by the great commission. Of course, I wouldn’t go around http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-08_11_06_2016todaysgospeltonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-08_11_06_2016todaysgospeltonydishman.mp3 31:13 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 06 Nov 2016 19:15:00 -0500 Power of Words 2.0 by Jeff Adair As we celebrate another Teen led worship here at Heartland and welcome new Deacons into their new roles, let us remember that there is a whole generation ready to listen and learn from us. As we celebrate another Teen led worship here at Heartland and welcome new Deacons into their new roles, let us remember that there is a whole generation ready to listen and learn from us. I will be sharing some statistics with you this morning regarding the Millennial generation and how they perceive God’s Word. I would like for us to meditate on the information and see how we can help build up the next generation of leaders to be the Lions of The Gospel we are called to be. Because of the men and women that have been unashamed in sharing the love of Jesus Christ with their families for generations, the young men and women that I minister to are full of God’s Holy Spirit. I would like to thank all of the families for never giving up sharing Jesus, even when struggling in their own personal lives. God didn’t create us to give up. Thank you for not listening to the Devil and listening to God! --Jeff As we celebrate another Teen led worship here at Heartland and welcome new Deacons into their new roles, let us remember that there is a whole generation ready to listen and learn from us. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-01_10_30_2016powerofwords2jeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-11-01_10_30_2016powerofwords2jeffadair.mp3 13:36 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 30 Oct 2016 21:19:00 -0400 Culture S.H.O.CK. by John Turner Evidenced by divorce rates, racial tensions, drug abuse, ethical failures in leadership, road rage, and so forth, our culture is one of high anxiety, especially in election years when there is more uncertainty and conflict. Evidenced by divorce rates, racial tensions, drug abuse, ethical failures in leadership, road rage, and so forth, our culture is one of high anxiety, especially in election years when there is more uncertainty and conflict. It is important that the Lord's Church be a place where anxiety is not a primary characteristic. Otherwise the world will not see us as a light. In 1 Peter, we find ways for the church to insulate herself from the anxiety that pervades our society. Just remember culture S-H-O-C-K: Strangers -- Live your lives as strangers here (1 Peter 1:17) Holiness -- Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do (1 Peter 1:15) Obedience -- As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance (1 Peter 1:14) Crave God's Word -- Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk (1 Peter 2:2) Karis (Greek word for Grace) -- Set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed (1 Peter 1:13). --John Evidenced by divorce rates, racial tensions, drug abuse, ethical failures in leadership, road rage, and so forth, our culture is one of high anxiety, especially in election years when there is more uncertainty and conflict. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-27_10_23_2016cultureshockjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-27_10_23_2016cultureshockjohnturner.mp3 29:32 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 23 Oct 2016 21:00:00 -0400 Power of Words by Jeff Adair Jeff brings us a lesson on the power of God's words and how we can use them. Today, we will be taking a look at a couple of different stories given to us by God so that we may learn more about His Kingdom. We will start in the Old Testament with a story some may not be familiar with, The Bronze Serpent. It is a great story of how God listens to His people and reminds them who they should stay focused on. It is so easy for us to forget why we are here and who we are to serve while here on earth with the expectations society puts on everyone. When God gave Moses a solution/anecdote to remind Israel on whom they should turn when they need healing, it was a reminder that God will always have our backs. For centuries, the symbol that has represented “healing” has been a snake on a stick. You will still see this symbol at most hospitals. This story in Numbers 21 about the serpent on a stick being raised up, is what Jesus Christ used to help Nicodemus understand what Jesus was doing. This conversation between Jesus and a high leader in the Sanhedrin was recorded for us to remember on whom we should focus and who we should lead others to know and fall in love with, Jesus Christ. As we go out into our week, let the words we use be a bronze serpent to the world. Let them be a reminder of how awesome God is, and how loving He is that He sent His only Son to die so that we can spend eternity with Him. —Jeff Jeff brings us a lesson on the power of God's words and how we can use them. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-18_10_16_2016powerofwordsjeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-18_10_16_2016powerofwordsjeffadair.mp3 23:27 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:48:00 -0400 In God We Trust by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on who will always be in control, regardless of the upcoming election. We are living in a time that patriotism, faith, and Christian-based moral principles are under attack. The election cycle always highlights this cultural development. Many people have asked me recently who I intend to vote for in the November election. Like most, I am not willing to share that information. The conversation usually moves into a deeper discussion of how a Christian can vote and have any conviction considering the pool of candidates. I want to take a couple of weeks this month and attempt to answer that question. I feel strongly that a Christian should make every effort to be independent in their political view. Obviously, even ministers are not void of having political opinions. They just need to be careful in how they express those convictions so they do not hurt their brothers and sisters in Christ. The bottom line is that our church family and relationship with Jesus takes precedence over our President. In today’s lesson we are going to cover some of the ideology in the establishment of our government and then the theology we can use in preparing to vote faithfully as a Christian in November. --Tony Tony brings us a lesson on who will always be in control, regardless of the upcoming election. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-18_10_9_2016ingodwetrusttonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-18_10_9_2016ingodwetrusttonydishman.mp3 31:47 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 09 Oct 2016 20:46:00 -0400 Grace, Free Will and Judgment by John Turner John brings us a lesson from Joshua 24 Have you ever heard of Tom's of Maine? Tom's of Maine is a company that produces personal hygiene products, like toothpaste. Tom Chappell, the CEO, was 43 years old when he led the company through a period of aggressive growth. He became very wealthy and many people told him to sell the company, retire, and sit on a beach somewhere where the weather is nice. Burned out and tired from all the hard work, retirement sounded good to Tom until a minister's wife convinced Tom that his company was not simply a way to make money. She said the company was his ministry. This struck Tom and, instead of retiring, Tom enrolled at Harvard Divinity School. Tom graduated in four years and the lessons he learned there motivated him to adopt a new plan for his company. Profit would no longer be the main priority. Moral and ethical values would take top billing, including generosity to the poor and giving back to the community. Tom made a decision about what kind of company his would be based on his relationship with God. Joshua urged the Israelites to decide for themselves what kind of people they were going to be now that they had land, homes, a dog and a cat. How were they going to run their businesses, their families, and their lives? Joshua said "Choose this day for yourselves whom you will serve." Joshua encouraged their relationship with God to be the deciding factor in how they ran their lives. Will you do the same? --John John brings us a lesson from Joshua 24 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-04_10_02_2016gracefreewillandjudgmentjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-04_10_02_2016gracefreewillandjudgmentjohnturner.mp3 26:16 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 02 Oct 2016 18:50:00 -0400 Impact Lesson 5 by Tony Dishman Tony brings us lesson 5 from the series of how Jesus impacted our lives. Today he focuses on death We finish our series “Impact” today. This last lesson will focus on the impact Jesus’ death had on the world. Found in the teaching today is a message of urgency. Teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ is the most important thing His church does. The responsibility of evangelism is the cornerstone of any goal set or mission statement we will ever have. If one studies the life of Jesus, it becomes crystal clear that His death on the cross had the greatest impact on the world that it ever experienced. The impact of Jesus’ death became the foundation of victory over sin for all humanity. I pray that this lesson will help us see death a little bit differently. I also pray the experience helps encourage us along with a sense of urgency in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ. --Tony Tony brings us lesson 5 from the series of how Jesus impacted our lives. Today he focuses on death http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-04_9_25_2016impactedbydeathtonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-10-04_9_25_2016impactedbydeathtonydishman.mp3 26:08 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:49:00 -0400 Impact Lesson 4 by Tony Dishman Tony brings us lesson 4 from a series on Jesus' impact on our world. If you were to be arrested leaving here today and charged with being a Christian, would those arresting you have enough evidence beyond your presence here to convict you? While this seems like a silly question, it actually is not to many who meet in the name of Jesus each week in places around the globe. One might say that we have it good here in the United States. One might also say that not being persecuted or threatened with persecution has created in us a Christianity that is challenged in the way of authenticity. It may bother some today to ask whether their Christianity is real. It made me a bit uncomfortable in writing the question. However, this question is essential. Real Christianity is becoming more and more difficult to find and even harder to define. In Acts chapter 4, we see a church impacted by a mission described all the way back in the Psalms of David. I pray we might be able to see the same mission and make that mission our own here at Heartland. --Tony Tony brings us lesson 4 from a series on Jesus' impact on our world. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-09-20_9_18_2016impactedbymissiontonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-09-20_9_18_2016impactedbymissiontonydishman.mp3 29:13 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 18 Sep 2016 19:00:00 -0400 Impact Lesson 3 by Tony Dishman Tony brings us lesson 3 in his series on how Jesus Impacts our lives today. Today's sermon is focused on prayer On this day in 2001 prayer became a method used by many to cope with the tragic event we recognize as 9/11. As many of you, I remember my location on that day. I had just entered the office at Fairlawn Church of Christ.  One of our elders served as our secretary and he sat at the front desk with his head bowed. He was engaged with God in fervent prayer. His prayer, in this moment, so intense that he was in tears. Upon his finishing, I asked what was the matter and he turned on the TV monitor in the office. It is in that moment I learned that the towers had been hit and, in the mind of most, we were at war. The way God intervened with myself and the church in Muncie was through prayer. We met that evening, which was a Tuesday evening, and prayed together as a congregation. A number of folks from the local neighborhood joined us. We spent time in prayer and then in song. As I prepare for the message this week I find myself asking a simple question. I wonder how things would be different if we practiced this type of prayer more often. I feel secure that doing so would be very pleasing to God. I want to challenge both myself and this congregation to be prayer focused the remainder of this year and into the future. --Tony Tony brings us lesson 3 in his series on how Jesus Impacts our lives today. Today's sermon is focused on prayer http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-09-13_9_11_2016impactedbyprayertonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-09-13_9_11_2016impactedbyprayertonydishman.mp3 30:02 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:53:00 -0400 Impact Lesson 2 by Tony Dishman In Lesson 2 of our series “Impact,” I want us to look at the impact Jesus has on a community and in turn the impact a community has on the individual. In Lesson 2 of our series “Impact,” I want us to look at the impact Jesus has on a community and in turn the impact a community has on the individual. Together we will look at the community of believers from Acts chapter 2 and the individual impacted by Jesus and His disciples seen in Luke chapter 5. Heartland is an amazing congregation. We have been blessed in so many ways by God. The most important blessing is the impact Jesus has on our community. He has made a difference in so many lives. He has encouraged, strengthened, healed, and guided so many in this congregation. Our challenge as a community is obedience to God’s expectation of using that impact to impact others. As a community of believers, we are here in this place and in this time to have an impact. Jesus set the standard in His impact on us. Now it is our opportunity through testimony, love, and service to share that blessing with others. --Tony In Lesson 2 of our series “Impact,” I want us to look at the impact Jesus has on a community and in turn the impact a community has on the individual. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-09-06_9_04_2016impactlesson2tonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-09-06_9_04_2016impactlesson2tonydishman.mp3 26:15 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 04 Sep 2016 18:53:00 -0400 Impact Lesson 1 by Tony Dishman This morning we begin a series of lessons I am calling “Impact”. We will spend the next few weeks looking at the different ways Jesus impacts our lives. Lesson one is “Impacted By Jesus”. This morning we begin a series of lessons I am calling “Impact”. We will spend the next few weeks looking at the different ways Jesus impacts our lives. Lesson one is “Impacted By Jesus”. In today's lesson, we will look at the church from a perspective of cause and effect. We know that in the 1800’s the Churches of Christ were part of a movement known as the reformation movement. The desire of those who led God’s people into this reformation was to re-establish a church that one sees in the book of Acts and throughout the rest of the New Testament. An important thing to remember is that the church seen in Acts is actually the effect of what happened between Jesus and His followers in the Gospels. It is in this way that Jesus impacted the church and all of His people. It was not the rules, disciplines, or specific approaches that made the church in Acts explosive and dynamic. It was love practiced in obedience, discipleship, encouragement, hospitality, servanthood, prayer and worship. All of the characteristics were caused by the example of Jesus in His teachings found in the gospels. What are the Gospels? They are Jesus’ impact on the church and His people. We have all been impacted one way or the other. --Tony This morning we begin a series of lessons I am calling “Impact”. We will spend the next few weeks looking at the different ways Jesus impacts our lives. Lesson one is “Impacted By Jesus”. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-30_8_28_2016impactpart1tonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-30_8_28_2016impactpart1tonydishman.mp3 25:59 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 28 Aug 2016 19:39:00 -0400 With Jesus at the Edge of Hell by Tony Dishman While on vacation, I spent some time studying the text of Matthew 16. I have always wondered exactly what Jesus meant when He answered Peter in verses 17-18, In my studies I came across some information that really deepens my understanding of this text. While on vacation, I spent some time studying the text of Matthew 16. I have always wondered exactly what Jesus meant when He answered Peter in verses 17-18, "17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. In my studies I came across some information that really deepens my understanding of this text. Jesus and His disciples stand in the region of Caesarea Philippi. In this rocky, rugged region there are caves which lead to fresh water pools. When the Romans took over the region, they bought into the mythology that these caves were used by gods to travel underground. These gods, like Pan, Baal, and Hades, were all viewed by the Romans as potential problems. Every effort was made to keep these gods pleased and idolatry was rampant. Fact is that on this day Jesus took His disciples as close to hell on earth as one can get. As He stood with them literally at the gates of Hades He tells them that it is on that rock He will build His church. Whether Jesus intended for those words to be about Peter, Himself, or these rocks surrounding Caesarea Philippi really is not as important as the fact that no power of hell, in any shape or form, will ever overcome the power of our Lord. --Tony While on vacation, I spent some time studying the text of Matthew 16. I have always wondered exactly what Jesus meant when He answered Peter in verses 17-18, In my studies I came across some information that really deepens my understanding of this text. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_8_21_16withjesusattheedgeofhelltonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_8_21_16withjesusattheedgeofhelltonydishman.mp3 20:45 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 21 Aug 2016 18:06:00 -0400 Virtues In Increasing Measure by John Turner John talks to us about Peter's list of things important for us to add to our faith. 2 Peter 1:5-7 lists seven virtues Peter wants Christians to add to their faith: "Make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self- control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love.” I would encourage you to take a few minutes to pray over these virtues below and make every effort to add them to your faith: Goodness: a characteristic of those who live a life of integrity, based on the character of God. Knowledge: the deeper matters of faith ("solid food" as opposed to "milk" -- 1 Cor. 3:2); also could mean the ability to discern God's will (see Philippians 1:9-10). Self-control: the ability to restrain oneself from the passions and desires of the flesh (sinful nature). Perseverance: the ability to withstand temptation, hardship, or persecution by trusting and hoping in the Lord. Godliness: Holy living out of respect for a holy God. Brotherly kindness: Tender feelings and loving actions among believers (Jesus spoke of these as even greater than that among one's biological family -- Lk 18:29-30). Love: self-sacrificial beneficence towards others; listed last perhaps to indicate that all other virtues are encompassed in this one. --John John talks to us about Peter's list of things important for us to add to our faith. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_8_14_16virtuesinincreasingmeasurejohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_8_14_16virtuesinincreasingmeasurejohnturner.mp3 30:18 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 14 Aug 2016 18:53:00 -0400 We Will Reap What We Sow by Tony Dishman The apostle Paul takes time in his letter to the Galatians to discuss an important aspect of Christianity. In Galatians 6:7-10 Paul teaches that the believer will reap what he or she sows The apostle Paul takes time in his letter to the Galatians to discuss an important aspect of Christianity. In Galatians 6:7-10 Paul teaches that the believer will reap what he or she sows. He goes on to encourage every believer not to grow weary in doing good, to do good for all of mankind, and most importantly, those who are fellow believers. This week, I intend to discuss the process of sowing just a bit and especially focus on our children. In the context of Bible learning and congregational strength in participation, there is some work to be done at Heartland. Like every congregation, Heartland has some things we do that we are really good at. Things such as giving, serving, welcoming, and providing, Heartland does very well. That being said, there are areas we in which we need to continue to grow, both individually and collectively. My hope is we can discuss a few of these things this morning, and then move forward encouraging one another as we go. --Tony The apostle Paul takes time in his letter to the Galatians to discuss an important aspect of Christianity. In Galatians 6:7-10 Paul teaches that the believer will reap what he or she sows http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_8_7_16wewillreapwhatwesowtonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_8_7_16wewillreapwhatwesowtonydishman.mp3 26:51 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 07 Aug 2016 18:45:00 -0400 A Shield About Me by Dalton Dishman Dalton brings us a lesson on how we need not to worry and God always is our shield. God is our shield. We should always seek refuge and strength, even in times of discomfort and trials in our life. Sometimes we need the support and love God provides to make it through these struggles. David demonstrates this strength in 2 Samuel 15. Even as Absalom has kicked David out of his kingdom, and David feels betrayed, he still turns to God. Through giving the situation to God, in prayer, David lets God carry him through. Many times we let ourselves fall victim to depression and anger in our own lives. Sometimes, it’s good to just take a step away and give the situation to God. He will carry us through. With the strength and guidance that God provides, we will find ourselves on the other side of our problems. Often, with a different outcome than what we expected. God’s will leads us to new places and calls us to serve. But first, we have to let God’s will take place by finding refuge in the fact that he is our Shield. I pray this morning that we will all let God be our shield. And, we let his will take place, no matter where it leads us. --Dalton Dalton brings us a lesson on how we need not to worry and God always is our shield. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_31_16ashieldaboutmedaltondishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_31_16ashieldaboutmedaltondishman.mp3 8:13 office@heatlandchurch.us (Dalton Dishman) Dalton Dishman no Sun, 31 Jul 2016 19:39:00 -0400 Mayhem is Everywhere, Are you in Good Hands? by John Turner I don't know what kind of insurance policy Jesus would have if he lived on Earth today, but I do know he expected risk and challenges in following God's will. Did you know you can buy alien abduction insurance? How about zombie insurance? You can buy that too. You can buy kidnap and ransom insurance as well as terrorism insurance. What does this say about our culture? We are prone to have an unhealthy fear of risk and peril. One can buy all kinds of insurance if it makes him feel safer, more secure, and safeguarded. But isn't it extreme to think someone can completely insure against anything harmful that might possibly happen to him? I don't know what kind of insurance policy Jesus would have if he lived on Earth today, but I do know he expected risk and challenges in following God's will. I would recommend life insurance for your eternal life, not your earthly life. Jesus is the way the truth and the life (Jn 14:6). He has overcome the world and only through him can you secure your eternal life. "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world!" (Jesus in John 16:33) --John I don't know what kind of insurance policy Jesus would have if he lived on Earth today, but I do know he expected risk and challenges in following God's will. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_24_16mayhemiseverywherejohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_24_16mayhemiseverywherejohnturner.mp3 26:32 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 24 Jul 2016 18:33:00 -0400 A Servant's Priorities by Tony Dishman God uses creation to serve creation. Sounds funny but this statement is actually very true. God created you to serve and be served. Like me, you have probably figured out that service is something that one often must be very intentional about. God uses creation to serve creation. Sounds funny but this statement is actually very true. God created you to serve and be served. Like me, you have probably figured out that service is something that one often must be very intentional about. In fact service must be made a priority to happen as God desires. A problem that has been in the making for some time is that Christians struggle to set their priorities. We are pulled in so many directions and Satan often finds this to be the perfect place to gain a foothold in our lives. He uses our sinful nature to drive our desires and in our sometimes fragile and exhausted states we begin to set really bad priorities. My desire this morning is for every listener to hear one theme. The kingdom needs you and you need the kingdom! I believe most Christians would agree with this statement. If this is the truth then the kingdom must be our priority. I pray this morning that this lesson helps us be encouraged to review our priorities and where needed make spiritually driven adjustments. --Tony God uses creation to serve creation. Sounds funny but this statement is actually very true. God created you to serve and be served. Like me, you have probably figured out that service is something that one often must be very intentional about. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_17_16aservantsprioritiestonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_17_16aservantsprioritiestonydishman.mp3 32:06 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 17 Jul 2016 18:19:00 -0400 Mustard Seed Kind of Faith by Tony Dishman Jesus teaches us about having faith in one of His many Parables. In the film “Little Boy” there is a character who is a young boy. His father is away at war in WW II. The movie depicts the boy’s willingness to do almost anything to bring his father home alive. The little boy demonstrates the attributes of faith, hope and love as he lives out a willingness to listen to God and His teachings hoping it will bring home his father. The movie takes its viewers through the journey of ups and downs for this boy in his faith. Life is like that. Often, it seems that the things that are obstacles to our happiness and joy are as big as the widest and tallest mountains you can imagine. Jesus uses the illustration of a mustard seed in 2 places of scripture. In Matthew 13 Jesus uses the mustard seed and teaches that something as small as the beginning of the Kingdom on earth (12 earthly men) would eventually become identified as a group of people the world would rely and rest upon. In the second place Jesus uses the mustard seed to illustrate that individual faith has a small beginning but can grow into something capable of moving those mountains that are obstacles in our path. This morning I want to look at the lessons Jesus taught in regard to faith using the illustration of a mustard seed. My hope is that through this time together, we will all begin to grow in Spirit just like Jesus describes in His parables. --Tony Jesus teaches us about having faith in one of His many Parables. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_10_16mustardseedfaithtonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-08-23_7_10_16mustardseedfaithtonydishman.mp3 29:17 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 10 Jul 2016 19:10:00 -0400 Freedom Is Not Free by Tony Dishman Tomorrow we will celebrate freedom as a country. There will be families and friends spending time barbecuing, swimming, playing yard games and ending the night with some awesome fireworks. I want to take a moment to simply remind us that the freedom we ce Tomorrow we will celebrate freedom as a country. There will be families and friends spending time barbecuing, swimming, playing yard games and ending the night with some awesome fireworks. I want to take a moment to simply remind us that the freedom we celebrate was not and is not free. Thousands of men and women have paid the ultimate price of giving their lives to secure our freedom. Take some time tomorrow in the groups you are celebrating in and say a prayer for those who have given it all and their families. While you are at it, I want to encourage you to take a moment and remember that our spiritual freedom was not free either. Jesus paid the price of His life so we could worship, love, encourage and grow together. I pray that all of us take the time to pray and thank God for the gift of freedom and are mindful that each time we practice our freedom someone ultimately paid for our ability to do so. God called us to be free. Free Indeed! --Tony Tomorrow we will celebrate freedom as a country. There will be families and friends spending time barbecuing, swimming, playing yard games and ending the night with some awesome fireworks. I want to take a moment to simply remind us that the freedom we ce http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_7_3_2016freedomisnotfreetonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_7_3_2016freedomisnotfreetonydishman.mp3 32:04 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 03 Jul 2016 19:27:00 -0400 The Strength Of The Ox by John Turner Have you ever walked out to your car and realized you left your windows down after it rained overnight? I have. I've accidentally left tools out in the yard overnight that got wet. These things are frustrating because we depend on our tools and our techno Have you ever walked out to your car and realized you left your windows down after it rained overnight? I have. I've accidentally left tools out in the yard overnight that got wet. These things are frustrating because we depend on our tools and our technology in order to get things done. We must take care of them. The work of the church, the mission of God, cannot be done on our own either. We must rely on the strength of three things: Jesus, the Holy Spirit, and each other (the church). Therefore, we cannot neglect the upkeep and maintenance required in our relationship with these strengths. Just as you change the oil in your car, so you nurture your relationships with your brothers and sisters. Jesus says in John 15:4, "No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me." We maintain our relationship with Jesus when we love each other like Jesus has loved us (John 15:12). Zig Ziglar says love is spelled T-I-M-E. Jesus would affirm. How much time are you putting into your relationships? Do they need some upkeep and maintenance? --John Have you ever walked out to your car and realized you left your windows down after it rained overnight? I have. I've accidentally left tools out in the yard overnight that got wet. These things are frustrating because we depend on our tools and our techno http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_6_26_2016strengthoftheoxjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_6_26_2016strengthoftheoxjohnturner.mp3 23:05 john@heartlandchurch.us (JohnTurner) JohnTurner no Sun, 26 Jun 2016 18:25:00 -0400 Perfect Peace by Tony Dishman Perfect peace is difficult to find. In a world filled with turmoil such as the terrible shooting this past week finding peace is nearly impossible. We live in a world where turmoil and strife will always be present. Perfect peace is difficult to find. In a world filled with turmoil such as the terrible shooting this past week finding peace is nearly impossible. We live in a world where turmoil and strife will always be present. There is hatred in the world that does not stop with the exchange of words. People all over the world are becoming targets for hate that focuses on any individual that doesn’t believe as another group of people feel they should. This type of hate and turmoil is very similar to the time of Isaiah the prophet. In Isaiah 26 the prophet writes a message of hope that is found in “Perfect Peace”. This peace mentioned is found in the relationship a believer has with God. God and God only can give us peace when we find ourselves in the midst of turmoil like our nation endured this week. One may look toward organizations, community, or government for peace, but as for me, I will seek peace that is of God and from God. Perfect Peace is that which comes from above! --Tony Perfect peace is difficult to find. In a world filled with turmoil such as the terrible shooting this past week finding peace is nearly impossible. We live in a world where turmoil and strife will always be present. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_6_19_2016perfectpeacetonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_6_19_2016perfectpeacetonydishman.mp3 25:09 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 19 Jun 2016 11:24:00 -0400 Breaking Barriers by Tony Dishman Navigating life on this earth is difficult. Mankind has erected a number of barriers Christians must deal with each day. Those of us who consider ourselves Christ followers must look to the life of Jesus for direction on clearing the barriers in our paths Navigating life on this earth is difficult. Mankind has erected a number of barriers Christians must deal with each day. Those of us who consider ourselves Christ followers must look to the life of Jesus for direction on clearing the barriers in our paths. In John chapter 4 there is a text that is very familiar to most of us. The story of when Jesus met a woman at a well outside the town of Sychar in Samaria. The story makes it clear that this woman is despised by the Jews and at best an outcast of her own community. So many sermons have taught the encounter from different perspectives that it is near impossible to come at the story from a direction never taken. However, today I would like to study the encounter Jesus has with this woman focusing on the barriers that were present. Jesus demonstrates how to go around, over, and through the barriers of gender, race, social class and sexuality that mankind built to discourage evangelism. To be Christ followers we are to be like Christ. To be like Christ, we must become competent in working through the barriers to evangelism present in our modern culture. --Tony Navigating life on this earth is difficult. Mankind has erected a number of barriers Christians must deal with each day. Those of us who consider ourselves Christ followers must look to the life of Jesus for direction on clearing the barriers in our paths http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_6_12_2016breakingbarrierstonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-07-05_6_12_2016breakingbarrierstonydishman.mp3 31:30 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 12 Jun 2016 21:23:00 -0400 Temptation by Jeff Adair Jeff brings us a lesson on Jesus' temptation and how it is a story of our spiritual growth. After Jesus is baptized, the spirit leads Him into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. The devil takes Jesus on a journey with three different temptations or tests; starting at the bottom and ending up on top of a mountain. With each temptation, Jesus goes higher and higher and the tests get harder and harder. I ask that we go on a theoretical mountain climb this morning, so that we can see how to ward off the tricks and temptations the devil throws at us. This account of Jesus’ first tests after He was baptized is something we all can relate to today. We learn how to get the help of the angels from what Jesus had to say to the devil. We will face many temptations throughout our week, and with the help of scripture and God’s unending love, we are equipped to beat every temptation that comes our way. --Jeff Jeff brings us a lesson on Jesus' temptation and how it is a story of our spiritual growth. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-06-09_6_5_2016temptationjeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-06-09_6_5_2016temptationjeffadair.mp3 16:06 podcast@heartlandchurch.us (Heartland Church of Christ) Heartland Church of Christ Temptation no Sun, 05 Jun 2016 17:41:00 -0400 Discerning God's Will by John Turner John brings us a lesson on following God's will. In Deuteronomy chapter 13, Moses is instructing the Israelites about whose voice to follow in their lives. He urges them not to listen if someone comes around and announces a miraculous sign that comes to fruition and then says "Let's follow other gods and worship them". In 13:3-4, Moses says if this happens, it is the Lord's doing: "The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him." Throughout our lives we encounter many voices and we must decide whose voice to hear. Our friends, family, teachers, televisions, and radios all get a piece of our ear. Don't forget that God has spoken too and he continues to seek your devotion. God wants you to choose him over all the voices this world throws at you. Who are you listening to? --John John brings us a lesson on following God's will. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-24_5_22_2016discerninggodswilljohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-24_5_22_2016discerninggodswilljohnturner.mp3 26:06 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 22 May 2016 17:20:00 -0400 Pure In Heart by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on how easy it is to put on a front for other people but not to God. There is a wonderful musical that I have watched called “Honk”. The musical is the story of the ugly duck. One of the songs in the musical is “Warts and All”. This song tells the story of a character that is going to be loved warts and all. I thought of the song while reading the book “The End of Me” by Kyle Idleman. Idleman deals with authenticity issues in chapter 4 and bases his discussion for the blessing Jesus says those who are pure in heart will enjoy. The question that came to my mind is why we are so worried about being authentic. Idleman says we are concerned primarily with what people around us think. We want people to see us at our best and hide our warts. In many cases we will throw authenticity out the window to make others believe we are in better shape than we really are. I believe purity of heart begins and ends with authenticity. God needs others to see our warts. He needs us to use those warts as testimony of how He uses them to bring Him glory. One thing is for certain. God loves us warts and all. --Tony Tony brings us a lesson on how easy it is to put on a front for other people but not to God. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-17_5_15_2016pureinhearttonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-17_5_15_2016pureinhearttonydishman.mp3 27:21 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 15 May 2016 19:41:00 -0400 Humility Found In A Mother's Love by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on how important our Mother's are. This day in America has been designated to recognize those who have been blessed to be mothers. Being a mother is truly a blessing from God. This blessing goes beyond biology and embarks in spirituality. While Mary was biologically the mother of Jesus she was also called to be spiritually strong by the nature of her pregnancy. Without humility Mary would have found a great deal of difficulty fulfilling the responsibility God placed upon her. In scripture the response Mary offers to the messenger included in the Gospel of Luke is very telling. Mary cites humility as priority in her ability to carry out the task of birthing and raising the Son of God. In our culture, and especially in the church, God places upon His family the responsibility of training our young ones to be humble. Whether a biological mother or a spiritual mother, the task to the youngest of our flock is the same. Raise them all in humility to love God and love those who are neighbors to them. The lesson this morning is meant to recognize the mother’s in our family who biologically gave birth but also to identify with the responsibility all women have in helping our young ones to grow in humility and love. Men don’t feel left out as I have plans for you next month. --Tony Tony brings us a lesson on how important our Mother's are. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-09_5_8_2016humilityfoundinamotherslovetonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-09_5_8_2016humilityfoundinamotherslovetonydishman.mp3 25:33 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 08 May 2016 19:33:00 -0400 Life Lesson #1 by Tony Dishman The idea of loving God and loving each other is one of those things that looks easier than it really is. In fact, many Christians who are surveyed, report having doubt whether they are proficient at this command. The idea of loving God and loving each other is one of those things that looks easier than it really is. In fact, many Christians who are surveyed, report having doubt whether they are proficient at this command. Obedience to this command is not only important, but essential. To the Christian the greatest command Jesus gave was to love God and love those living in the world with us, (neighbor). What some do not realize, is that this command was given to God’s people immediately upon them receiving the law. Yes, God gave His people very specific commands of things to do and things not to do. However, Deuteronomy 6:1-9 tells us the summary of His law was to love God and love those we have been created with. This was lesson number one in the Jewish home. To this day, pious Jews practice a daily reading of the “Shema”. In the Hebrew language. This word means “hear”. If this command meant so much then, and Jesus included the same command in His teaching, my hope would be that Christians today are practicing daily to love God and love their neighbors. This is truly lesson number one in the Christian home. As we recognize new life in three of our Christian families today, my prayer would be that each child be raised in a home that loves God and loves those that they share life on this earth with. --Tony The idea of loving God and loving each other is one of those things that looks easier than it really is. In fact, many Christians who are surveyed, report having doubt whether they are proficient at this command. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-03_5_01_2016lifelesson1tonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-05-03_5_01_2016lifelesson1tonydishman.mp3 21:24 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 01 May 2016 18:49:00 -0400 You Have Turned My Mourning Into Dancing by Tony Dishman Tony talks about how God shows us that mourning can be turned into joy. “You Have Turned My Mourning Into Dancing” is a song the teens sing. Many adults may also know the song. The words praise God for having the ability to turn the moments of life when there is mourning into a time of celebration (dancing). This week I want to focus on the second “beatitude” Jesus offers in Matthew 5. Death and loss are both part of the brokenness every individual will face in their life. When this brokenness occurs, it is very difficult to manage alone. Grieving begins from within the human soul. The Holy Spirit is God’s means of blessing in these moments. My hope is that we will gain a deeper understanding of God’s wish that our mourning be moments of fellowship with Him. In that fellowship we find the grace, mercy, love and power that God offers through faith in Jesus Christ. --Tony Tony talks about how God shows us that mourning can be turned into joy. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-26_4_24_2016mourningintodancingtonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-26_4_24_2016mourningintodancingtonydishman.mp3 28:26 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman mourning no Sun, 24 Apr 2016 18:05:00 -0400 Broken to be Whole by Tony Dishman Tony brings us lesson one of four from "The End of Me" Heartland Family and Friends, You will notice a difference this morning in what I have provided to accompany the sermon. Generally I provide fill in the blank statements that aid in following along with the content of the message. For the next few weeks, I will be preaching sermons inspired by a book I finished reading while vacationing. The book is “The End of Me” and was written by Kyle Idleman. The book focuses on stories from scripture which demonstrate the desire God has for all of us who follow Christ to become much less about us and all about Him. The book concludes with some challenging questions which I thought would be appropriate to share with my church family. My hope and prayer would be that you would consider these questions both during the sermon presentation and again during the course of the week. They might also serve well in a small group setting as a tool to process the lesson. I am not as concerned with how you use them, as long as they are used for your growth and encouragement. In Christ, Tony Tony brings us lesson one of four from "The End of Me" http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-19_4_17_2016brokentobewholetonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-19_4_17_2016brokentobewholetonydishman.mp3 21:11 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 17 Apr 2016 19:53:00 -0400 The Parable of the Lost Coin by John Turner John brings us a lesson from the Parable of the Lost Coin in Luke 15 I once heard the story of a man who got in trouble frequently while in prison. His punishment was several trips to "the hole", a room of which no light could enter, making it pitch black. He couldn't even see his hand in front of his face. This type of isolation, not only from the presence of people, but from the presence of light, can be damaging to the human psyche. To pass the time, the man would take a button off of his shirt and give it a careless fling. He would then have an activity to pass the time; he would search diligently until he found his lost button and repeat. As a community of Christians, let's not let this scenario play out spiritually. Let's shed some light into darkness and find what has been lost. --John John brings us a lesson from the Parable of the Lost Coin in Luke 15 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-12_4_10_2016parableofthelostcoinjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-12_4_10_2016parableofthelostcoinjohnturner.mp3 21:44 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 10 Apr 2016 17:55:00 -0400 Grace, Love and Mercy by Jeff Adair Jeff brings us a lesson from the Parable of the Lost Son The Parable of the Lost/Prodigal Son is an awesome story about how God’s love, grace and mercy are ever flowing. We are made in His image but yet, we continue to fall short and He picks us up, dusts us off and gets us back in the game. Without grace, I would not be standing up on that stage today. I was a sinner who repented and found out what God’s grace is capable of. When I gave my life to Christ through baptism, I was filled with the same power that rose Jesus from the grave. That power tells me to tell people about how God loves them and will continue to love them even when they mess up. It’s ok, grace is not an excuse to sin, but rather a reason to love and serve Him more fully! We receive gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and for being good spouses all the time. But those gifts can’t compare to Jesus Christ dying for us so that we can receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and be washed clean from our sin. As we walk in the world this week, let us show others the grace and mercy our loving Father has bestowed upon us. --Jeff Jeff brings us a lesson from the Parable of the Lost Son http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-04_4_3_2016gracemercylovejeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-04-04_4_3_2016gracemercylovejeffadair.mp3 19:17 podcast@heartlandchurch.us (Heartland Church of Christ) Heartland Church of Christ no Sun, 03 Apr 2016 20:01:00 -0400 The Transformed Life by Tony Dishman Having established the resurrection of Christ as the demonstration of the pledge to raise the believer's body. Paul expects to answer two questions. In 1st Corinthians 15:35-42 Paul writes to answer these two questions. Having established the resurrection of Christ as the demonstration of the pledge to raise the believer’s body, Paul expects to answer two questions. “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body?” In 1st Corinthians 15:35-42 Paul writes to answer these two questions. The questions would probably be generated by someone still not convinced in the supernatural event of resurrection. Paul uses illustrations which would make sense in his time to try and explain God’s plan. Essentially, God takes a seed (physical body) and plants it in its appropriate environment (earth). The seed then dies and germinates (spiritual transformation) becoming a new sprout that while related to the seed and sharing internal qualities of the seed (connected to what was sown) is quite different in appearance and purpose. The sprout then continues to grow and produce life (demonstrating continuity). This is the glory and hope for the resurrected. While death must take place, that death brings forth newand eternal life. Resurrection of the body leads to the gift of eternity with God. --Tony Having established the resurrection of Christ as the demonstration of the pledge to raise the believer's body. Paul expects to answer two questions. In 1st Corinthians 15:35-42 Paul writes to answer these two questions. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-22_3_20_2016thetransformedlifetonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-22_3_20_2016thetransformedlifetonydishman.mp3 23:47 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 20 Mar 2016 19:33:00 -0400 I Serve A Risen Savior by Tony Dishman Tony continues to bring us his lessons on 1st Corinthians. As we continue to study 1st Corinthians 15, the importance of the resurrection becomes even more evident. Paul is working to establish that without the resurrection Christianity has no foundation. This week we will look specifically at 1st Corinthians 15:12-19. These are passages that clearly share Paul’s Spirit led view of the importance of the resurrection. His challenge is to make this point in the cultural environment which includes deep belief in Greek philosophy rooted in the teachings of Plato. Another challenge Paul faced came from the Sadducees. Even though the Old Testament scriptures taught that resurrection was possible, there were Jews living in Corinth that refused to believe. Many of Paul’s struggles are still prevalent today. As Christians, we battle the ideologies of Materialists, Darwinists and Agnostics. Our battle plan is one founded in love and purpose. Our purpose is to introduce them to Jesus and the gospel. Obviously, the highest hurdle of this process is getting those who believe in some of this ideology to believe in the resurrection. Our conviction and dedication to our faith is huge in the testimony we share. If in the darkest and most difficult times we continue to love, then those believing some other way will begin to ask why. It is in this moment that we can share a gospel anchored to the death, burial, and most importantly, the resurrection of Jesus. Our message of love is that because He loved us enough to rise from the grave we can die to ourselves and one day be raised with Him in eternity. The integrity of the gospel is why the resurrection is important. --Tony Tony continues to bring us his lessons on 1st Corinthians. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-15_3_13_2016iservearisensaviortonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-15_3_13_2016iservearisensaviortonydishman.mp3 25:08 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 13 Mar 2016 18:25:00 -0400 A Very Important Witness by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on Saul of Tarsus and how his life changed after meeting Jesus. The month of March will include Easter Sunday. As we progress toward the Sunday designated by the world to acknowledge the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus we should find hope and blessing that we see the gospel as something to share every day of our lives. The resurrection chapter of the gospel is of most importance. The gospel includes the darkest and brightest days of the world’s history all in a time period of about 3 days. In 1st Corinthians 15 the apostle Paul writes about his testimony of seeing a risen savior. His experience in seeing Jesus made him a very special witness to the story. The tests that all of us use to prove out a story are represented in the list of witnesses provided by Paul. In himself Paul provides a witness that was objective and in fact had to be won over. As we work our way toward Easter Sunday, my hope is that we can take the testimony Paul offers of the bright spot in the gospel story and develop our own way of sharing that message with others. --Tony Tony brings us a lesson on Saul of Tarsus and how his life changed after meeting Jesus. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-08_3_6_2016averyimportantwitnesstonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-08_3_6_2016averyimportantwitnesstonydishman.mp3 27:03 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman witness no Sun, 06 Mar 2016 17:16:00 -0500 Winning Life's Battles by Tony Dishman Tony brings us his lesson on Jehoshaphat and the armies and what we can learn from their battles. The account of the battle between Jehoshaphat and Moabite and Ammonite armies is one broken into three distinct divisions. Within these three divisions we can take away a strategy for winning the battles we fight in our own life. Our battles against fear, anger, dread and grief are no different then those that Jehoshaphat faced when considering the size, strength, and reputation of his enemy. Jehoshaphat’s victory in this battle is played out in three chapters. The first is Jehoshaphat prays to God for deliverance from the situation. He prays for victory. The second is that Jehoshaphat listens and hears God’s response. In hearing God he is obedient to his wishes through faith. The third is simply enjoying the victory and God’s favor earned by his obedience, faith and courage. This same formula can, and should be applied to our daily life battles. God continually provides when we stop, pray, listen, and praise in celebration. May we all enjoy God’s favor in our day to day battles and be blessed by the celebration in praise to God! --Tony  Tony brings us his lesson on Jehoshaphat and the armies and what we can learn from their battles. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-01_2_28_2016wininglifesbattlestonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-03-01_2_28_2016wininglifesbattlestonydishman.mp3 32:45 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 28 Feb 2016 19:37:00 -0500 The Tree Planted by the Water by John Turner John brings us a lesson on having a strong foundation in Christ. Lyrics of I Shall Not Be Moved, by Edward H. Boatner Glory hallelujah, I shall not be moved Anchored in Jehovah, I shall not be moved Just like a tree that's planted by the waters I shall not be moved In His love abiding, I shall not be moved And in Him confiding, I shall not be moved Just like the tree that's planted by the water I shall not be moved Though all hell assail me, I shall not be moved Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved Just like the tree that's planted by the water I shall not be moved Though the tempest rages, I shall not be moved On the rock of ages, I shall not be moved Just like the tree that's planted by the water I shall not be moved --John John brings us a lesson on having a strong foundation in Christ. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-22_2_21_2016thetreeplantedbythewaterjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-22_2_21_2016thetreeplantedbythewaterjohnturner.mp3 24:21 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 21 Feb 2016 19:56:00 -0500 Is Being A Christian Safe? by John Turner There is nothing wrong with having a desire to be safe. We have locks and security systems on our homes, cars, computers, and cell phones, all in the name of safety and security. When God calls a person to a task it normally involves some risk to the pers There is nothing wrong with having a desire to be safe. We have locks and security systems on our homes, cars, computers, and cell phones, all in the name of safety and security. When God calls a person to a task it normally involves some risk to the person called. The question becomes, are you willing to sacrifice some safety for God? Moses shied away from the call of God as did Jeremiah. Jonah ran from the call of God. Why? Because it takes us away from the plans we have for ourselves, which are always safe. Proverbs 16:9 says, "In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps." I challenge you to look back at your life and find ways God was behind the scenes directing your steps, even in challenging moments in your life. Now think about Jesus on the cross. Definitely not safe. This moment in Jesus' life was his deepest, darkest despair. His scariest moment. He even cried out to God, "Why have you forsaken me?!". But, even in such a dark moment, Jesus was never closer to God's will and calling for him. God came through for Jesus, raising him from the dead and bringing Him home. God is there in the dark moments and He is for you; He will come through for you. --John There is nothing wrong with having a desire to be safe. We have locks and security systems on our homes, cars, computers, and cell phones, all in the name of safety and security. When God calls a person to a task it normally involves some risk to the pers http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-16_2_14_2016isbeingachristiansafejohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-16_2_14_2016isbeingachristiansafejohnturner.mp3 28:25 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 14 Feb 2016 20:29:00 -0500 Friendship Found at the Cross by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson how important the friendship with Jesus is in our lives. Tony brings us a lesson how important the friendship with Jesus is in our lives. Tony brings us a lesson how important the friendship with Jesus is in our lives. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-09_2_7_2016friendshipfoundatthecrosstonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-09_2_7_2016friendshipfoundatthecrosstonydishman.mp3 18:23 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 07 Feb 2016 10:39:00 -0500 Finding Joy in Christ by Jeff Adair and Jake Morris Jeff and Jake deliver a message of how awesome it is to get out of your comfort zone and really grow in Christ in our Teen led Worship. Jeff and Jake deliver a message of how awesome it is to get out of your comfort zone and really grow in Christ in our Teen led Worship. Jeff and Jake deliver a message of how awesome it is to get out of your comfort zone and really grow in Christ in our Teen led Worship. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-04_1_31_2016findingjoyinchristjeffadairjakemorris.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-02-04_1_31_2016findingjoyinchristjeffadairjakemorris.mp3 15:17 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 31 Jan 2016 10:48:00 -0500 The Choice is Yours by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on the choices we make. Tony brings us a lesson on the choices we make. Tony brings us a lesson on the choices we make. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-26_1_24_2016thechoiceisyourstonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-26_1_24_2016thechoiceisyourstonydishman.mp3 21:21 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 24 Jan 2016 17:19:00 -0500 A Calming Spirit by Tony Dishman Tony tells us about the power of the Holy Spirit Tony tells us about the power of the Holy Spirit Tony tells us about the power of the Holy Spirit http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-26_1_17_2016acalmingspirittonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-26_1_17_2016acalmingspirittonydishman.mp3 23:28 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 17 Jan 2016 18:17:00 -0500 The Power of His Name by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on the Power of Jesus' name Tony brings us a lesson on the Power of Jesus' name Tony brings us a lesson on the Power of Jesus' name http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-26_1_10_2016thepowerofhisnametonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-26_1_10_2016thepowerofhisnametonydishman.mp3 24:58 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:15:00 -0500 Your Dream for Sixteen by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on how important it is to want a better life for this new year Tony brings us a lesson on how important it is to want a better life for this new year Tony brings us a lesson on how important it is to want a better life for this new year http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-20_1_03_2016thepowerofhisnametonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-20_1_03_2016thepowerofhisnametonydishman.mp3 23:29 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 03 Jan 2016 18:26:00 -0500 Immanuel by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson on how awesome it is to celebrate that Immanuel, "God with us" came to this earth for us. The season is upon us in which many in the world at least acknowledge the birth of Jesus.  As Christians we have been left with a responsibility. In Matthew 28: 19-20 Jesus instructed all believers to go into all the world and teach them the story of Jesus.  Obviously the story of Jesus’ physical life includes a beginning and end.  The virgin birth of Jesus is a miracle that rivals the miracle of death, burial and resurrection.  Like the end of Jesus’ life the beginning was also rooted in Old Testament prophesy. Isaiah the prophet shared the prophesy of the virgin birth some 700 years before Mary delivered.  He proclaimed that the baby would be called Immanuel and would mean God with us.  “The Great Commission” leads us to a life of sharing this story with the world.  This responsibility is to be carried out each and every day not just once a year.  Each day we make the choice to share Jesus we can be assured that Immanuel is with us! --Tony Tony brings us a lesson on how awesome it is to celebrate that Immanuel, "God with us" came to this earth for us. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-20_12_20_2015immanueltonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2016-01-20_12_20_2015immanueltonydishman.mp3 22:06 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:06:00 -0500 Creating a Culture of Hospitality Part 2 by John Turner John continues his lesson on how we need to be hospitable Creating a Culture of Hospitality Part 2: He Remembers that We are Dust If you have a hard time talking to new people, sometimes all you need is a little help with what to say exactly. If you're not sure what to say, here's a few simple examples of what you can say to guests. Give it a try and see where it leads! "Welcome to Heartland this morning!" "We're glad you are here this morning!" "Good morning, welcome to our church!" "I've not met you yet. My name is..." "I don't believe I've met you yet, have I?" Now, here's what not to say: "Are you new here?" or "Is this your first time?" (these affirm the guest's nervous situation and make them feel like outsiders) Nothing. Remember Colossians 4:6, "Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." --John John continues his lesson on how we need to be hospitable http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-15_12_13_2015creatingacultureofhospitalityjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-15_12_13_2015creatingacultureofhospitalityjohnturner.mp3 20:23 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner Hospitality no Sun, 13 Dec 2015 17:57:00 -0500 Creating a Culture of Hospitality by John Turner With an awesome Greeting team here at Heartland, it is an awesome feeling to walk in to a place and feel welcome. We need to spread this ministry into all of our congregation. In her book titled The Work of the Greeter, Paige Lanier Chargois says, "a good greeting ministry will: •Significantly affect visitor impressions •Help to transform visitors to members •Increase the perceived warmth of the congregation •Raise the level of excellence expected in your ministries •Deepen the overall quality of hospitality in your congregation •Change the concept of hospitality from being food- centered to emphasizing fellowship, outreach, and care •Enable members to move beyond themselves in a new outreach •Help members to derive as much benefit as visitors •Instill pride and increase friendliness even among members." Here at Heartland we have designated "greeters" who meet you with a friendly face and a warm reception. It is a good feeling to walk into a place with this experience. This type of experience is especially important for our guests. What if our greeting ministry was an all-member ministry about which all Heartland Church of Christ members were passionate? That would go a long way in accomplishing all the developments listed above. In four of Paul's letters, he says to greet one another with a holy kiss. In today's culture we may not actually practice holy kisses, but we can still practice the principle behind it. We should greet each other in accordance with the blessedness of our relationship as holy brothers and sisters of Christ. What impression would those types of greetings make on our guests? Would they see Jesus there? --John With an awesome Greeting team here at Heartland, it is an awesome feeling to walk in to a place and feel welcome. We need to spread this ministry into all of our congregation. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-07_12_6_2015creatingacultureofhospitalityjohnturner.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-07_12_6_2015creatingacultureofhospitalityjohnturner.mp3 23:27 john@heartlandchurch.us (John Turner) John Turner no Sun, 06 Dec 2015 18:54:00 -0500 Elijah and the Next Generation by Jeff Adair Our youth minister Jeff Adair brings us a lesson on the importance of building up the next generation. Elijah knew the importance of having someone continue the work of God in 1 Kings. He brings the boy back to life by asking God in prayer and he draped his cloak over Elisha in the field. He knew that he could not live forever and the power of God had to be passed on. If we don't build up our next generation of leaders, God's kingdom cannot grow. The next generation of believers are a faithful one, they have huge hearts and they love Jesus. Let's not forget who will be our Elders, Deacons and ministers when we get to be too old to do things.  It is such a blessing to get to witness the growth of the youth here at Heartland. --Jeff Our youth minister Jeff Adair brings us a lesson on the importance of building up the next generation. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-03_11_29_2015thenextgenerationjeffadair.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-03_11_29_2015thenextgenerationjeffadair.mp3 16:15 jeff@heartlandchurch.us (Jeff Adair) Jeff Adair no Sun, 29 Nov 2015 18:31:00 -0500 Arms Wide Open by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson built around the many blessings that God has given Heartland. There are many moments in life which lend to marking our personal journey’s. In my personal life I think of things such as the divorce of my parents, the remarriage of my mother, the blizzard of 1978, the Iran hostage crisis, the first football game I played in high school, my first prom, the first kiss, my graduation night, my diagnosis with cancer, the first date with my wife, our wedding day, and our first vacation to the beach. None of these events come close to the wonderful blessing of the births of our three children. This is a blessing God gives to many of us that cannot be matched. A child enters this world with “Arms Wide Open”. The child’s arms open wide to the love of it’s parents and the parent’s arms open to love their new-born child. What I pray we will learn this week is that God’s “Arms Are Wide Open” as well. When the blessing is given to us His desire is to have that blessing given back to him so that His Spirit my dwell in the life of the family and especially the child in it’s journey through life. --Tony Tony brings us a lesson built around the many blessings that God has given Heartland. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-03_11_22_2015armswideopentonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-12-03_11_22_2015armswideopentonydishman.mp3 21:06 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman Blessing no Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:26:00 -0500 God Can Use You by Dr. Tim Gunnells Dr. Tim Gunnells brings us a lesson on how God can use each one of us. Dr. Timothy (Tim) Gunnells serves as a faculty member in the Turner School of Theology at Amridge University. He also serves as an Academic Services Coordinator and the Assistant Director of Institutional Research. Before coming to work with Amridge, Dr. Gunnells was the senior minister for the Canyon Church of Christ in Phoenix, Arizona. Before moving to Arizona, he served as the senior minister for the Athens Church of Christ in Athens, TN for almost six years. He has also worked with churches in Elba, Mobile, and Montgomery, Alabama; New Albany, Mississippi, and Clarksville, Tennessee. He has several years of experience as a college instructor and has worked with numerous churches in the areas of leadership development, church growth, and spiritual formation. He holds a BA in Bible from Freed-Hardeman University, an MS and MDiv from Amridge University, and a Doctor of Ministry from Harding School of Theology. He writes a weekly blog for Start2Finish.org. He started the blog entitled, Desert Spiritual, while living in Arizona. He also has a Facebook page and Twitter account for the blog where he daily shares sayings, verses, and photos. Dr. Gunnells has served in leadership of various community organizations such as the American Red Cross, the Coffee County (Alabama) Department of Children’s Services, the Optimist Club, and Kiwanis Club, among others. He has also been active in Summer Christian Camps for most of his life, having served as a director of camps in both Arizona and Tennessee. He and his wife, Kristin, have been married for 21 years and they have four children: Emma, Ella, Ean, and Emory. They currently reside in Pike Road, Alabama. Dr. Tim Gunnells brings us a lesson on how God can use each one of us. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-11-16_11_15_2015godcanuseyoutimgunnells.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-11-16_11_15_2015godcanuseyoutimgunnells.mp3 29:23 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 15 Nov 2015 18:10:00 -0500 The World is a Big Place, Leaders Make Room by Tony Dishman Tony brings us a lesson telling us how Jesus could attract a crowd. There is one thing for sure. Jesus attracts a crowd. We can certainly relate to the attraction of large crowds here in Kansas City this week. I was a little surprised when I saw the massive crowd in downtown KC this past Tuesday morning. Not because I am an simple Indiana boy from a small town, or because I have never experienced a winner or champion. (Remember I am a Colts fan!) I was a bit surprised because, until I experienced the past few weeks and months, I had kind of lost my faith in whether something that provides happiness, healing, community, joy, love, family and opportunity could attract a large following. My measure has been the church and well, the church has not as a whole performed well in recent years. However, as I said before, the past few months here at Heartland watching a team of individuals working together and having the enjoyment of watching our Kansas City Royals team work ,my faith has been strengthened. The qualities I shared earlier, when shared among a team of people working to form a family atmosphere will still draw a large crowd. It is God’s plan by the way. He told us they would be attracted to Him by our love for each other. People are drawn to awesome things. God and His church are awesome! That raises the question. What happens next? This is the question that creates the need for God to have leaders who make room. Leaders at the local church level. --Tony Tony brings us a lesson telling us how Jesus could attract a crowd. http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-11-12_11_18_2015leadersmakeroomtonydishman.mp3 http://podcast.heartlandchurch.us/?name=2015-11-12_11_18_2015leadersmakeroomtonydishman.mp3 21:12 tony@heartlandchurch.us (Tony Dishman) Tony Dishman no Sun, 08 Nov 2015 11:20:00 -0500