Pastor Rusten Harris

Pastor of Youth Community

Rusten leads our Youth Community and also provides teaching/preaching support. He and his wife live in Kingston with their four kids. He loves reading, writing, cooking, feasting, music, and family dance parties.

Episode 26 - The Suffering of Job and Jesus - Job 1:7–12

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten takes a break from the Lord's Prayer to consider an observation from the book of Job and its...

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Episode 50 - Trusting God vs. False Humility - Psalm 40

Moments of distress and affliction remind us of our need for help and reveal what we are putting our trust in. In this episode of Sermon B-Sides...

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Episode 25 - "Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread" - Matthew 6:11

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten considers what it means to pray for God to give us our daily bread and how daily bread reminds us...

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Episode 49 - Delivered from Our Fears by the Fear of God

Everyone's life is shaped by their fears. What you fear will determine how you live, how you speak, and what you love. Every fear outside of the...

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Episode 24 - "On Earth as It Is in Heaven" - Matthew 6:10

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten considers what it means to pray for God's kingdom to come and his will to be done on earth as it...

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Episode 48 - The Imprecatory Psalms and Loving Our Enemies

There is a Psalm to give a voice to every human experience. Some Psalms, known as the imprecatory Psalms, call on God to judge our enemies and evil...

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Episode 23 - "Your Kingdom Come, Your Will Be Done" - Matthew 6:10

We tend to think that prayer is only a practice for the sake of spiritual health, or that prayer doesn't do anything because "God is sovereign...

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Episode 47 - Be Anti-Gnostic and Feast upon God's Gifts

The ancient heresy of Gnosticism is alive and well, but the Psalms will have none of that nonsense. Want to know how to be Anti-Gnostic? In this...

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Episode 22 - "Hallowed Be Your Name..." Matthew 6:9

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at part of the Lord's prayer and considers what it means to ask God to hallow his name. What...

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Episode 46 - True Confession and the Joy of Forgiveness

What would the aroma of your family and church be if you were committed to the habit of confessing sin to one another and reminding one another of...

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Episode 21 - "Our Father..." - Matthew 6:9

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at the introduction of the Lord's prayer and considers what it means that Jesus teaches us...

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Episode 45 - The Wickedness of Man vs. God's Steadfast Love

Wickedness seldom comes to being abruptly, but rather it grows slowly and follows a regular progression. In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor...

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Episode 20 - Pragmatism and Infidelity - Jeremiah 44:16–26

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Jeremiah 44 to learn from an example of pragmatism gone awry. The Bible is not pragmatic...

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Episode 44 - Eunuchs, LGBTQ, & Belonging to Christ

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss Simon the magician, the worldview behind magic, the revival of the occult...

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Episode 43 - Magicians, Mythology, & Science

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss Simon the magician, the worldview behind magic, the revival of the occult...

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Episode 19 - The Open Statement of the Truth - 2 Corinthians 3:17–4:6

Why do some hear the Gospel and respond with faith while others disbelieve? It can be tempting to "practice cunning or tamper with God's Word" to...

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Episode 42 - Persecution and a Joy that Surpasses Understanding

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the joy and deliverance that the Gospel brings to those who are dead in...

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Episode 18 - Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving - Psalm 100

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Psalm 100 and considers the joy of gratitude and the hope that we have because of God's...

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Episode 41 - "The Vineyard is Mine"

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the sermon and martyrdom of Stephen and how it unpacks and demonstrates a...

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Episode 17 - Can These Bones Live? - Ezekiel 37:1–14

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Ezekiel 37:1–14 and the valley of the dry bones. God confronts this seemingly hopeless...

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Episode 40 - Deacons, Women, Widows, and Work

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the role of deacons within the church, the question of female deacons, the...

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Episode 16 - Jesus Saves. Jesus Disciplines. - Matthew 18:15–18

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten looks at Matthew 18:15–18 and considers Jesus’ teaching on Church discipline, and the context of...

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Episode 39 - The Looming Danger of "Deeds vs. Creeds"

In this episode of Sermon B-Sides, Pastor Jon and Pastor Rusten discuss the priority of the ministry of the Word in the early Church and the...

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Episode 15 - The Warning of the Watchman - Ezekiel 33:7–11

In this episode of Bible Thoughts, Pastor Rusten considers Ezekiel 33:7–11 and the responsibility that God gives Ezekiel to warn his people of...

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