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  • The Only Enemy Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 01, 2020

    Who is the only enemy for Christians? It's not found among flesh and bone, but rather spiritual forces of evil. This message describes the enemy of God and some of the schemes from his 'playbook.' Join us at First Mennonite Church of Morton for this part 1 of 4 series on the 'Armor of God' from Ephesians 6.
  • Enemy Love Listen

    August 23, 2020

    How does Jesus expect His disciples to respond to an interpersonal enemy? Is love really required or is it ok to hate as well? What do we need in order to obey Jesus' difficult teaching on this topic? Join First Mennonite Church of Morton as we continue through the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
  • The Severity of Anger Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 19, 2020

    Is lingering anger really that big of a deal?  Consider Jesus' answer with us as we continue studying through the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
  • Whole Bible People Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 05, 2020

    Do Christians need the Old Testament?  If so, why?  We consider Jesus' answer to this question as we continue our study through the 'Sermon on the Mount.'
  • Facing The Enemy Listen

    Aaron Yoder - May 31, 2020

    How ought Christians respond to hatred from enemies?  The answers from the Apostle Paul are simply but very deep.  This is the conclusion of our "Life as Worship" series from Romans 12.
  • The Accessible Will of God Listen

    Aaron Yoder - April 29, 2020

    When we survey the Scriptures, we’ll notice that there are some complexities about the mountain which is named “God’s will.”
  • Wide Awake Listen

    Aaron Yoder - October 21, 2018

    How can we understand the Olivet Discourse - the passage in which Jesus appears to be talking about the 'end of the world' just before His return?  Are those passages only apocalyptic or did they have some practical application for the disciples living in Judea?  We dig into this difficult passage and deal with the debated verse 30.  Finally, we turn towards the practical implications of Jesus' message for us in the 21st century.
  • Engaging With The Government Listen

    Aaron Yoder - October 07, 2018

    When Jesus said, "Render unto Caesar, what belongs to Caesar" what did He mean?  More importantly, what does that command mean for Christians living in the United States in the 21st century?  This text leads us directly into the difficult subjects of taxes, government, voting and the Lordship of Jesus.
  • The Enemy's Work Listen

    Aaron Yoder - June 10, 2018

    What is the 'unpardonable sin?'  More importantly, have you or I committed it?  Furthermore, how do we reconcile that concept, as spoken by Jesus, with the gracious and loving nature of our God?  We dig into those difficult but important topics as we continue our study through the Gospel of Mark.
  • Women and Atonement Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 25, 2018

    What are the challenges that women face as a result of living in a fallen world?  By zooming into Genesis 3:16, we look at the layers of discord which are common for many women.  Then we consider the way in which Jesus makes women...and men...new.
  • Men and Marriage Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 11, 2018

    What is the role of husband in the marriage relationship as determined by God?  This difficult, but important topic, begins by studying why God created Adam before Eve and then assessing the dynamics which make for a healthy, Godly marriage.
  • Spiritual Beings Listen

    Aaron Yoder - February 04, 2018

    What are angels and demons?  Is there really a personal 'devil' who holds temporary authority of the world?  If so, what is his work and battle cry against people?  We dig into these difficult questions - leading to the gift of grace and conquest of Jesus Christ.
  • God Who Knows Listen

    Aaron Yoder - August 20, 2017

    How do Christians discern deceptive spirits, especially around the topic of sexual immorality?
  • Beauty Under Authority Listen

    Aaron Yoder - July 31, 2016

    What does it mean for man to be the 'head' of woman?  And should Christian women be wearing head-coverings?  We dig into one of the most challenging and misrepresented Scripture passages in the Bible - looking first at what Paul was saying within the Greek context then how 'headship' applies to our relationships today.
  • Whose Power? Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 20, 2016

    How do you define power and where is true power found?  Observe the Apostle Paul's answer to these questions as he points out the 'worldly' sources of power in the church in Corinth.  On this Palm Sunday, reconsider the foolish, yet powerful, message of the cross of Jesus.
  • Evicting Idolatry Listen

    Aaron Yoder - September 20, 2015

    Pastor Aaron digs into the difficult topic of Holy War as the Lord asks Israel to cast out evil.  Does this mean that God is not a god of grace?  How does war connect with the merciful person of Jesus?  More specifically, how does Israel's complete destruction of the Amorites apply to us today?  Explore these tough questions in Week 6 of this series through Deuteronomy.
  • Narrow Minded Listen

    Aaron Yoder - March 22, 2015

    Is salvation from Hell limited to only those who trust in Jesus?  Are there multiple paths to God?  We explore the answers to these important questions - arriving at answers that many would perceive as 'narrow-minded.'
  • Malachi - A Covenant People Listen

    Aaron Yoder - November 16, 2014