Motives for Giving

When it comes to living for God and giving to His work on earth, we are committed to honoring the Lord with our time and our treasures for His eternal kingdom, but we’ll never have the resolve to follow through with our good intentions without the right motivation. In order to live a life of giving, we need to answer the question, “Why?”  Why should we give to others and to the Lord’s work through the church?

In 2 Corinthians 8-9, the apostle Paul wrote to the church in Corinth to facilitate a financial gift for suffering believers in Jerusalem. They were eager to give and had the desire to give, but they didn’t have the right motivation to actually give. So, Paul appeals to their hearts (and ours) by presenting 5 motives for generous giving to the Lord and others.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Hallelujah to the King

Hallelujah to the King

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

George Frederik Handel’s Messiah was originally an Easter offering that burst onto the stage of Music Hall in Dublin on April 13, 1742. Since then, it has become more closely associated with Christmas because of its emphasis on the Birth of Christ – For unto Us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given.But the crowning piece of Handel’s oratorio is the Hallelujah Chorus! “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth! Forever and ever!”

Psalm 150 is the Hallelujah Chorus of the Old Testament, an orchestra of praise where every instrument imaginable is poised and lifted up in worship, celebrating God’s incomparable greatness. In fact, the last 5 Psalms  (146-150) all start with the emphatic encouragement to praise the Lord.

Hallelujah! Praising God for who He is and for what He has done is the eternal purpose of our lives.


sermon by: Larry Murray

Coming of the King

The circumstances of how Jesus came to Earth as a baby in Bethlehem (Luke 2) help us as we wait patiently for His return as King (Revelation 19).

God often uses the insignificant actions of others, like Caesar Augustus, to bring about His purposes (Luke 2:1-3). He often uses the inconvenient circumstances of our lives, like Joseph and Mary traveling to Bethlehem, to align us with His plans (Luke 2:4-6). And He even uses the selfish intentions of others and social injustices of this world, like the crucifixion of Jesus, to prepare the way for His Kingdom (Luke 2:7; 18:31-33;19:36-38).

How we respond to the actions of others, the circumstances of life, and the issues of our day require trust in God’s character, plans, and power.


sermon by: Larry Murray

Anticipation of the King

Anticipation of the King

by Larry Murray | PBC Sermons

Anticipation! Anticipation is the wonder of Christmas. We wait expectantly for the presents under the tree. As we grow older, we wait in anticipation for the presence of loved ones around the tree. Anticipation means there is more to come. Christmas anticipates something wonderful: the indescribable gift of JESUS. God’s gift of His Son is greater than any present we’ll find under or around a tree.

In the Gospel of Luke 1:39-56, we find Elizabeth and Mary – two ordinary women who anticipate the extra-ordinary gift of God. We discover two godly examples of how we should worship God with magnificent anticipation.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Promise of the King

Joy to the World, the Lord is come, Let Earth receive her King.

When “Joy to the World” first appeared in Isaac Watt’s hymnal of 1719, it was originally titled, “The Messiah’s Coming and Kingdom.” Watt’s intent for the hymn was celebrating the promise of Christ’s second coming as King to Jerusalem more than His first coming as an infant to Bethlehem. Celebrate the Promise of the King as we examine the Announcement of His coming to Mary in the Gospel of Luke 1:26-38.

Let every heart prepare Him room…  Mary’s heart is a model for ours. Her response to Gabriel’s announcement is an example for ours.

sermon by: Larry Murray

Praise to the King

Thanksgiving week is usually a great time to take time with family and friends to reflect on God’s faithfulness to us individually over the past year. It’s also a great time to take time to look ahead to the Christmas season; not just the rush of busyness of shopping, parties, traveling, wrapping presents or wrapping up end of the year. Today is a great time to take time to look ahead to a season of worship: praising God for the indescribable gift of His Son, Jesus.

Praising God isn’t just occasional or even seasonal -Praising God for who He is and telling others about what He has done is the purpose of our lives. That’s the focus of God’s Word from Psalm 145.

For every mountain You brought me over
For every trial you’ve seen me through
For every blessing
Hallelujah, for this I give You praise

sermon by: Larry Murray

God Our Provider

The letter to the Hebrews concludes with a prayer of benediction for us as followers of Jesus (Hebrews 13:20-21). In its original setting it was especially appropriate for the church as it prepared for persecution and suffering. For us today, the prayer is necessary as we look to Jesus by faith in the challenges of our day.

God provided everything we need for salvation in Jesus Christ and provides all we need to live for His glory. Prayer is the way for us to lay hold of His promises. Prayer acknowledges that we’re needy and that God is faithful to provide. When He does provide, He gets the glory because we know that He did it.

sermon by: Larry Murray

God’s Faithfulness and Ours

God’s Faithfulness and Ours

by Tom Constable | PBC Sermons

As PBC celebrated its 50th Anniversary, Tom Constable walked us through the Old Testament Book of Deuteronomy where Moses addressed God’s past faithfulness, Israel’s present obedience to God’s Law, and encouraged future faithfulness from His people.

As we remember God’s past faithfulness, only love for Him will adequately motivate us to obey and follow Him today and in the days ahead. All that God does expresses His love for us. All that we do should express our love for Him.

sermon by: Tom Constable

Strengthened by Grace

Jesus was the ultimate sacrifice, and by his grace that changes us, we give him praise and give of ourselves. In Hebrews 13, we look to those who have gone before us and lived faithful lives. We imitate them as they imitate Christ! We pray that the same grace that changed them, will change us, and will change our leaders now, as they lead us faithfully.

sermon by: Ryan Rives

WINTER 2019 Sermon Series

God blesses His people, His children with resources (time, talents, and treasures) not only to meet their needs, but to accomplish His purposes on Earth. When we fail to see all of life as a sacred trust from God, over which we have been made stewards (managers or administrators), we run the risk of thinking secularly and acting selfishly - especially with our time, money, and possessions. Living is giving. And giving is living.

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Dr. Constable’s Bible Study Notes

Dr. Constable’s Notes are freely available providing commentary on all 66 books of the Bible. Click HERE for HTML format (best for viewing on-line) or click HERE for PDF format (best for printing).

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