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For centuries, Christians have traveled to foreign soil to plant churches. Tri-State Community Church is an effort to plant a church right here in the Tri-State area. In a sense we are stateside missionaries with a heart to take the Good news of Jesus Christ to the Tri-State area. Tri-State Community Church operates under the oversight of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP). At Tri-State Community Church we are centered on God through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Through th ...
 
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It is clear from verses three and four that the significance of this story runs much deeper than a blind man being healed nearly 2,000 years ago, as incredible as that is. In this message, Pastor Rick takes us into the heart of the significance of this passage to show the true meaning of this text.By Tri-State Community Church
 
The problem of human suffering has perplexed every generation of mankind. How do we solve the mystery of human suffering in the light of the existence of a Holy, Just, Powerful, and Loving God? In our passage, Jesus sheds much light on this question. In this message, Pastor Rick develops the passage showing Jesus’ response to a human suffering ques…
 
Earlier in John 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness but will have the light of life.” And the following verses are the record of a reaction to this truth. In the midst of dealing with this reaction, Jesus sets forth one of the fundamental marks of the true believer--he or she abides in His wo…
 
In verse 8:12, Jesus said, “I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” In the verses that follow, we have the reaction of prejudice and unbelief. In this message we focus on Jesus’ reaction to this prejudice and unbelief.By Tri-State Community Church
 
Unless you regularly use a King James translation then you have probably noticed a break at the end of John 7 and beginning of John 8. Usually the text is bracketed with a footnote stating that not all ancient manuscripts contain this passage. The age old question is this: Is John 7:53-8:11 part of John’s gospel? In this message we look at the ques…
 
Jesus famously said, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.’” In this message we look at the context in which Jesus shares these words, the meaning of these words, and the reaction of the people to these words.…
 
I am often asked, “Why should you believe Christianity over all other religions?” Here is the answer in one word--”Resurrection.” In this message we look at a number of key events leading up to the crucifixion of Christ and from there follow those who made the remarkable discovery early on the Sunday morning which followed. The tomb was empty--Chri…
 
It would be hard to overstate the significance of the event traditionally entitled Palm Sunday. Here Jesus rides into Jerusalem conscientiously declaring Himself to be both King and Messiah. And the crowds enthusiastically rush out to proclaim Jesus their King. The problem is, Jesus does not turn out to be the King they were looking for. Herein lie…
 
The world asks, “Why should we listen to Christianity? Why Listen to Jesus? In our passage this morning Jesus gives us three reasons: 1) His teaching is from God the Father 2) Jesus, Himself is from God the Father 3) Jesus is returning to God the Father. In lieu of these three realities we must: 1) embrace His teaching as certain fact 2) embrace Ch…
 
What are the biblical sacraments? What is their purpose? What do they do? How does God use them? How should we understand them? Where are the answers to these questions taught in Scripture? In this message, we look at the biblical sacraments of Passover, the Lord’s Supper, Circumcision and Baptism in their historical context with an eye to answerin…
 
In this message we look at Jesus’ response to the charge of Sabbath breaking. In doing this we get some of the ground rules behind Christian ethics. How can the Old Testaments priests work harder on the Sabbath and not be found guilty of breaking it? How can a person be circumcised on the Sabbath and be guiltless of breaking it? These are just some…
 
In this message we discover much about the great mystery in how we become believers as well as gain valuable information in how we should carry out the work of apologetics. How many times have you heard someone respond to the gospel by saying “That is your opinion.” In this message we are reminded that the gospel is not our opinion but teaching dir…
 
2020 has been a challenging year. And as it has closed it has left many anxious, scared, and uncertain. In this message, Pastor Rick leads us in how to address this fear. If you are anxious, scared, or uncertain, or simply wanting to help someone who is, then we hope you will listen to this message.By Tri-State Community Church
 
I would imagine every generation has asked, “What is this world coming to?” At the end of 2020 we have asked and heard this question asked many times. Well, the Scriptures give us a definitive answer to this question. In this message we look at where God is taking us and how only in Him can we be safe and secure.…
 
Jesus has been accused of Sabbath breaking and blasphemy--making Himself equal with the Father. In verses 19 through 30 Jesus made it clear that He is equal with the Father. In our text this morning, Jesus boldly states that the Father bears witness to His claims. The Father bears witness through 1) John the Baptist 2) the works Jesus does 3) the S…
 
As Jesus continues His earthly ministry things begin to heat up. His opponents see Jesus’ acts of mercy conducted on the Sabbath as Sabbath breaking and His calling God His Father as blasphemy. In verses 19 and following, Jesus responds to these charges and in doing so He gives us some of the most remarkable passages in the New Testament concerning…
 
This morning we come to a well known story of Jesus healing a man who had been invalid for 38 years. But as we will see, this miraculous healing is not the main focus of the narrative. Because Jesus healed this man on a Sabbath, the Jews accused Jesus of committing the crime of Sabbath breaking but in actuality, Jesus was healing the man on the Sab…
 
This morning we take a fresh look at the well known story of Jesus’ encounter with the woman of Samaria. Listen in as we discuss: What is the significance of this story? What is its main message? What is meant by “Living water?” What is it to “worship in spirit and truth?”By Tri-State Community Church
 
As the Pharisees hear that Jesus is making and baptizing more disciples than John, Jesus leaves for Galilee. The Pharisees had created a complex man-made system of religion that looked orthodox to many people, yet it was a system of religion which hated Jesus. Jesus’ increased popularity and teaching threatened this system of religion. Do we have a…
 
Our text this morning covers a brief time period when the ministry of John the Baptist overlaps that of Jesus. During this time, John’s disciples become upset that more people are going to Jesus than John. John responds to his disciples with extraordinary humility--Jesus must increase while he must decrease. And in verses 31-36, John proclaims a po…
 
In John 3:22-30 we have one of the most important lessons in gospel ministry. John’s disciples become upset because more people are going to Jesus than John. John’s answer to his troubled disciples exhibits extraordinary humility. In this message, Rick explores this extraordinary humility to show that it is what he calls an “informed humility.” Lis…
 
John 3:16 is one of the most glorious passages in Scripture--at one time it could be seen on massive billboards all along our nation’s highways. Because of this, John 3:16 is often very isolated from its context. If you have memorized 3:16 ask yourself this question: what is said in John 3:14, 15, 17, 18, 19. Often our minds go blank. In this messa…
 
Jesus tells Nicodemus “Unless a man is born from above he cannot see the Kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Jesus’ words amount to this: unless God saves you, you cannot be saved. Should we share this with unbelievers? In this message, Rick answers yes, explains why and when we should share this, and what should follow this hard word, namely, Christ “lift…
 
In this message, Rick explores the mysterious wonder of Jesus’ words to Nicodemus, namely, “You must be born from again or born from above” (John 3:3). What does Jesus mean by this? What is the context of His words? What is it to be “born from above”? What are some of the practical implications of this? Listen in as we discuss this glorious truth.…
 
In this morning’s message we come to the end of this glorious chapter where we get a snapshot of the true nature of the Christian faith. Verse 37 tells us the disciples heard, followed, and were wonderfully received by Christ. In this message we explore this hearing, following and receiving. There is a lot of hearing but not much true hearing and t…
 
In John 1:6 we learn of a man sent by God who was given the charge to “Make straight the way of the Lord” (vs. 23). This man was John the Baptist and his assignment was to clear the obstacles from our hearts which stand in the way of our Savior. In this message, Rick shows us three of these obstacles: 1) constantly looking at self 2) failing to loo…
 
Death is one of those subjects we ignore and resist. It is often neglected in the pulpit because of its uncomfortable nature. But we must take it up and learn how we are to think about death. How are we to face death? God is far from silent on this subject and His instruction is very comforting. In this message, Rick takes up these issues in order …
 
King Asa started out as a good and faithful king who once stood up to a one million man army by leaning wholeheartedly upon the Lord. But all that starts well does not necessarily end well. Asa’s later years as king were a disaster which brought his kingdom much suffering. In this message, Rick draws a number of lessons from this disastrous end, es…
 
In this message, Rick Anderson threads two points together. The first concerns how to interpret and apply Old Testament narratives. To illustrate this point, Rick deals with a common objection which skeptics often ask: “How can you believe in a Bible which calls for the death of those who will not seek the Lord?” The second and main point, building…
 
A halfhearted devotion to the Lord is readily accepted as saving faith in many quadrants of the church today. But this is dangerous and to be vehemently rejected. In this message,after showing a halfhearted devotion to be unacceptable to God, Rick calls us to seek the Lord with the end of making Jesus our first love.…
 
In Proverbs 9 we have two opposing voices, two opposing paths, two opposite roads. You cannot travel both. You must choose one or the other. In this message, Rick begins by explaining Proverbs 9 and from there goes to the New Testament parallels. As the light of the New Testament shines upon Proverbs 9 it reveals Christ’s presence all over it. Furt…
 
We have all heard people say, “what is becoming of this world.” Where are things headed as we march toward what we are calling “a new normal”? Where is this world headed? How do we process all the radical changes that have taken place in the last two months? Think about how different this word was at Christmas time? In this message we find a solid …
 
Every believer should be a man or woman of prayer. But prayer is not always easy. Many times, we come to God with minds and hearts that are blank—we don’t know what to say or how to say it. Psalm 86 provides us with help in this. Listen in as Rick identifies and explains seven prayerful petitions to guide our prayers in the hour of trouble.…
 
Every Lord’s Day is a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But on this particular Sunday we especially focus on this great historical event. As the eye of faith meets the risen Savior new life is breathed into our souls. In this message, Rick Anderson, shows us Jesus’ resurrection is the believer’s victory over the grave and death as we…
 
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