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THIS SUNDAY’S SERMON


Jun 25, 2017
6-25-17 AM- A Spirit Filled Church
Series: This Sunday

A Spirit-Filled Church that OVERFLOWS

Part 3 of the sermon series: LIVING THE OVERFLOW LIFE

Acts 3:1-10

 

“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; (3) who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. (4) And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” (5) So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. (6) Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (7) And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:1-8

 (NKJV)

How many of our co-workers or friends or neighbors appear outwardly to be doing OK, yet inwardly they are struggling?

They are over-extended financially.

They don’t know what to do with their children.

Their marriages are falling apart.

Their job is hanging by a thread.

They’ve lost all self-esteem.

They’re guilty and depressed and don’t know where to turn.

Behind every door there is human need. Every person has a story to tell. We’ve all been hurt, we’ve all been used, we’ve all failed, and we all need healing. We need Jesus—and that’s the biggest need that anyone has. People need a heavenly touch from God.

He was oblivious to the good news of God. He couldn’t get to church, and I’m not sure he would have gone if he could. Why should he go? What was there for him?

Who would bring him a heavenly touch?

 

The emissaries of a spirit-filled church that must share the heavenly touch.

 

  1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

EXPECTANCY vv. 3-5

Peter stopped and said to him,

“Look at us!”

  1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

HEALING vv. 6-7

 

The minute that Peter had this man’s attention he did two things;

First, he admitted his bankruptcy in material things. “Silver and Gold have I none.”

It was not that they were opposed to giving to the poor, but they could not give what they did not possess.

Second, he demonstrated his amazing adequacy in the spiritual realm. “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, arise and walk.”

Because the disciples were

“partakers of the divine nature” (1 Peter 1:4) they could impart the power of Christ because they were full of Christ.

He could only give what he had.

And so it is with us.

If we do not possess a living relationship with Jesus Christ, we will never be able to impart a heavenly touch to others. You can only impart what you have. It is important that we take care to develop our own spiritual life if we would impart spiritual life to others.

 

 

 

III. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

JOY v. 8

“So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”

Not only was he healed, but joy flooded his soul.

The Scripture says,

"Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God."

Vance Havner said, "Some dear souls think them-selves dignified when, really, they are petrified. We have lost our leap."

 

“Erma Bombeck tells how she was sitting in church one Sunday when a small child turned around and began to smile at the people behind her. She was smiling, doing nothing else, not making a sound. When her mother noticed, she said in a stage whisper, ‘Stop that grinning – you’re in church’ gave her child a swat, and said, ‘That’s better!’ Erma concluded that some people come to church looking like their deceased rich aunt left everything to her pet hamster.”

In his book The Crisis in the University, Sir Walter Moberly tells professing Christians, “

If one tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are.”

It would not hurt if once in a while our hearts were ablaze with such joy and excitement over Christ.

  1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

WONDER 3:9-10

“And all the people saw him walking and praising God. (10) Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” Acts 3

: 9-10 (NKJV)
  1. THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS A

WITNESS.

Are you like this lame man?

You’ve been lying at the gate looking for help, and you don't expect any more than a friendly hand, or a little help along the line. But God has so much more to give you -- so much more -- if you will hear that amazing name, the name of Jesus -- all that God has, wrapped up in that one name and made available to you.

 

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  • Jun 25, 20176-25-17 AM- A Spirit Filled Church
    Jun 25, 2017
    6-25-17 AM- A Spirit Filled Church
    Series: This Sunday

    A Spirit-Filled Church that OVERFLOWS

    Part 3 of the sermon series: LIVING THE OVERFLOW LIFE

    Acts 3:1-10

     

    “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; (3) who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. (4) And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” (5) So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. (6) Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (7) And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:1-8

     (NKJV)

    How many of our co-workers or friends or neighbors appear outwardly to be doing OK, yet inwardly they are struggling?

    They are over-extended financially.

    They don’t know what to do with their children.

    Their marriages are falling apart.

    Their job is hanging by a thread.

    They’ve lost all self-esteem.

    They’re guilty and depressed and don’t know where to turn.

    Behind every door there is human need. Every person has a story to tell. We’ve all been hurt, we’ve all been used, we’ve all failed, and we all need healing. We need Jesus—and that’s the biggest need that anyone has. People need a heavenly touch from God.

    He was oblivious to the good news of God. He couldn’t get to church, and I’m not sure he would have gone if he could. Why should he go? What was there for him?

    Who would bring him a heavenly touch?

     

    The emissaries of a spirit-filled church that must share the heavenly touch.

     

    1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    EXPECTANCY vv. 3-5

    Peter stopped and said to him,

    “Look at us!”

    1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    HEALING vv. 6-7

     

    The minute that Peter had this man’s attention he did two things;

    First, he admitted his bankruptcy in material things. “Silver and Gold have I none.”

    It was not that they were opposed to giving to the poor, but they could not give what they did not possess.

    Second, he demonstrated his amazing adequacy in the spiritual realm. “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, arise and walk.”

    Because the disciples were

    “partakers of the divine nature” (1 Peter 1:4) they could impart the power of Christ because they were full of Christ.

    He could only give what he had.

    And so it is with us.

    If we do not possess a living relationship with Jesus Christ, we will never be able to impart a heavenly touch to others. You can only impart what you have. It is important that we take care to develop our own spiritual life if we would impart spiritual life to others.

     

     

     

    III. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    JOY v. 8

    “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”

    Not only was he healed, but joy flooded his soul.

    The Scripture says,

    "Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God."

    Vance Havner said, "Some dear souls think them-selves dignified when, really, they are petrified. We have lost our leap."

     

    “Erma Bombeck tells how she was sitting in church one Sunday when a small child turned around and began to smile at the people behind her. She was smiling, doing nothing else, not making a sound. When her mother noticed, she said in a stage whisper, ‘Stop that grinning – you’re in church’ gave her child a swat, and said, ‘That’s better!’ Erma concluded that some people come to church looking like their deceased rich aunt left everything to her pet hamster.”

    In his book The Crisis in the University, Sir Walter Moberly tells professing Christians, “

    If one tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are.”

    It would not hurt if once in a while our hearts were ablaze with such joy and excitement over Christ.

    1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    WONDER 3:9-10

    “And all the people saw him walking and praising God. (10) Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” Acts 3

    : 9-10 (NKJV)
    1. THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS A

    WITNESS.

    Are you like this lame man?

    You’ve been lying at the gate looking for help, and you don't expect any more than a friendly hand, or a little help along the line. But God has so much more to give you -- so much more -- if you will hear that amazing name, the name of Jesus -- all that God has, wrapped up in that one name and made available to you.

     

 

OUR CURRENT SERIES


Jun 25, 2017
6-25-17 AM- A Spirit Filled Church
Series: Overflow

A Spirit-Filled Church that OVERFLOWS

Part 3 of the sermon series: LIVING THE OVERFLOW LIFE

Acts 3:1-10

 

“Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; (3) who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. (4) And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” (5) So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. (6) Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (7) And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:1-8

 (NKJV)

How many of our co-workers or friends or neighbors appear outwardly to be doing OK, yet inwardly they are struggling?

They are over-extended financially.

They don’t know what to do with their children.

Their marriages are falling apart.

Their job is hanging by a thread.

They’ve lost all self-esteem.

They’re guilty and depressed and don’t know where to turn.

Behind every door there is human need. Every person has a story to tell. We’ve all been hurt, we’ve all been used, we’ve all failed, and we all need healing. We need Jesus—and that’s the biggest need that anyone has. People need a heavenly touch from God.

He was oblivious to the good news of God. He couldn’t get to church, and I’m not sure he would have gone if he could. Why should he go? What was there for him?

Who would bring him a heavenly touch?

 

The emissaries of a spirit-filled church that must share the heavenly touch.

 

  1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

EXPECTANCY vv. 3-5

Peter stopped and said to him,

“Look at us!”

  1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

HEALING vv. 6-7

 

The minute that Peter had this man’s attention he did two things;

First, he admitted his bankruptcy in material things. “Silver and Gold have I none.”

It was not that they were opposed to giving to the poor, but they could not give what they did not possess.

Second, he demonstrated his amazing adequacy in the spiritual realm. “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, arise and walk.”

Because the disciples were

“partakers of the divine nature” (1 Peter 1:4) they could impart the power of Christ because they were full of Christ.

He could only give what he had.

And so it is with us.

If we do not possess a living relationship with Jesus Christ, we will never be able to impart a heavenly touch to others. You can only impart what you have. It is important that we take care to develop our own spiritual life if we would impart spiritual life to others.

 

 

 

III. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

JOY v. 8

“So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”

Not only was he healed, but joy flooded his soul.

The Scripture says,

"Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God."

Vance Havner said, "Some dear souls think them-selves dignified when, really, they are petrified. We have lost our leap."

 

“Erma Bombeck tells how she was sitting in church one Sunday when a small child turned around and began to smile at the people behind her. She was smiling, doing nothing else, not making a sound. When her mother noticed, she said in a stage whisper, ‘Stop that grinning – you’re in church’ gave her child a swat, and said, ‘That’s better!’ Erma concluded that some people come to church looking like their deceased rich aunt left everything to her pet hamster.”

In his book The Crisis in the University, Sir Walter Moberly tells professing Christians, “

If one tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are.”

It would not hurt if once in a while our hearts were ablaze with such joy and excitement over Christ.

  1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

WONDER 3:9-10

“And all the people saw him walking and praising God. (10) Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” Acts 3

: 9-10 (NKJV)
  1. THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS A

WITNESS.

Are you like this lame man?

You’ve been lying at the gate looking for help, and you don't expect any more than a friendly hand, or a little help along the line. But God has so much more to give you -- so much more -- if you will hear that amazing name, the name of Jesus -- all that God has, wrapped up in that one name and made available to you.

 

WatchNotesDownloadDateTitle
  • Jun 25, 20176-25-17 AM- A Spirit Filled Church
    Jun 25, 2017
    6-25-17 AM- A Spirit Filled Church
    Series: Overflow

    A Spirit-Filled Church that OVERFLOWS

    Part 3 of the sermon series: LIVING THE OVERFLOW LIFE

    Acts 3:1-10

     

    “Now Peter and John went up together to the temple at the hour of prayer, the ninth hour. (2) And a certain man lame from his mother’s womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms from those who entered the temple; (3) who, seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple, asked for alms. (4) And fixing his eyes on him, with John, Peter said, “Look at us.” (5) So he gave them his attention, expecting to receive something from them. (6) Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” (7) And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. (8) So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.” Acts 3:1-8

     (NKJV)

    How many of our co-workers or friends or neighbors appear outwardly to be doing OK, yet inwardly they are struggling?

    They are over-extended financially.

    They don’t know what to do with their children.

    Their marriages are falling apart.

    Their job is hanging by a thread.

    They’ve lost all self-esteem.

    They’re guilty and depressed and don’t know where to turn.

    Behind every door there is human need. Every person has a story to tell. We’ve all been hurt, we’ve all been used, we’ve all failed, and we all need healing. We need Jesus—and that’s the biggest need that anyone has. People need a heavenly touch from God.

    He was oblivious to the good news of God. He couldn’t get to church, and I’m not sure he would have gone if he could. Why should he go? What was there for him?

    Who would bring him a heavenly touch?

     

    The emissaries of a spirit-filled church that must share the heavenly touch.

     

    1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    EXPECTANCY vv. 3-5

    Peter stopped and said to him,

    “Look at us!”

    1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    HEALING vv. 6-7

     

    The minute that Peter had this man’s attention he did two things;

    First, he admitted his bankruptcy in material things. “Silver and Gold have I none.”

    It was not that they were opposed to giving to the poor, but they could not give what they did not possess.

    Second, he demonstrated his amazing adequacy in the spiritual realm. “In the name of Jesus of Nazareth, arise and walk.”

    Because the disciples were

    “partakers of the divine nature” (1 Peter 1:4) they could impart the power of Christ because they were full of Christ.

    He could only give what he had.

    And so it is with us.

    If we do not possess a living relationship with Jesus Christ, we will never be able to impart a heavenly touch to others. You can only impart what you have. It is important that we take care to develop our own spiritual life if we would impart spiritual life to others.

     

     

     

    III. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    JOY v. 8

    “So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.”

    Not only was he healed, but joy flooded his soul.

    The Scripture says,

    "Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping, and praising God."

    Vance Havner said, "Some dear souls think them-selves dignified when, really, they are petrified. We have lost our leap."

     

    “Erma Bombeck tells how she was sitting in church one Sunday when a small child turned around and began to smile at the people behind her. She was smiling, doing nothing else, not making a sound. When her mother noticed, she said in a stage whisper, ‘Stop that grinning – you’re in church’ gave her child a swat, and said, ‘That’s better!’ Erma concluded that some people come to church looking like their deceased rich aunt left everything to her pet hamster.”

    In his book The Crisis in the University, Sir Walter Moberly tells professing Christians, “

    If one tenth of what you believe is true, you ought to be ten times as excited as you are.”

    It would not hurt if once in a while our hearts were ablaze with such joy and excitement over Christ.

    1. THE SPIRIT FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS

    WONDER 3:9-10

    “And all the people saw him walking and praising God. (10) Then they knew that it was he who sat begging alms at the Beautiful Gate of the temple; and they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.” Acts 3

    : 9-10 (NKJV)
    1. THE SPIRIT-FILLED CHURCH IMPARTS A

    WITNESS.

    Are you like this lame man?

    You’ve been lying at the gate looking for help, and you don't expect any more than a friendly hand, or a little help along the line. But God has so much more to give you -- so much more -- if you will hear that amazing name, the name of Jesus -- all that God has, wrapped up in that one name and made available to you.

     

  • Jun 18, 2017Father’s Day 2017
    Jun 18, 2017
    Father’s Day 2017
    Series: Overflow

    FATHERS DAY 2017

    “The Lord Has Found a Man”

    Sermon series “Living the Overflow Life” #2

    1 Samuel 13

     

    13 Samuel said to Saul, “You have been foolish. You have not kept the command which the Lord your God gave you. It was at this time that the Lord would have permanently established your reign over Israel,14 but now your reign will not endure. The Lord has found a man loyal to Him,[i]

     and the Lord has appointed him as ruler over His people, because you have not done what the Lord commanded.”

    But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.

     

    Saul had been anointed of God to be king over all Israel

    “when (he) was little in (his) own sight”

    .
    Now he has been rejected by the Lord because of his disobedience and his failure to be a

    “man after God’s own heart.”

    The Lord found such a man in David, son of Jesse, and made him king in Saul’s place.

    The Lord is still looking for men and women today who have a heart like unto His; a heart that is committed to doing the will of God; a heart that strives to please Him at all times.

    God is looking for Men and Women who will “Live the OVERFLOW Life”

    At the baptism of Jesus Christ, the Father said,

    “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Matt. 3:17)

    On the Mount of Transfiguration, He said,

    “this is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye Him.” (Matt. 17:5)

    We have no problem understanding why the Father would make such a statement about Jesus.

    But, there are others whom the Lord may have regarded as people after His own heart.

     

    *Joseph. *Daniel. *Shadrach, Meshech, & Abednego.

    * Esther. *Dorcas. *Mary, the mother of Jesus.

    The Bible records no blemishes on the lives of these people.

    So, we might ask the question,

    Why did the Lord use David as an example of “one after His own heart”??

    **He is, best remembered by some for his sins!!

    **He lusted after and committed adultery with another man’s wife!

    **He had Uriah, her husband, killed!

    **He took a census of the people against God’s will bringing judgment against the people of God.

     

    We often make ourselves feel good when we compare our behavior with David’s.

    I want to point out 3 reasons I feel David was elevated to such status even with such a tainted past.

     

    David experienced the OVERFLOW life not because he was blemish free but rather...

    David Had An Attitude Of Penitence.

    When Nathan, the prophet, confronted David with his sins of adultery and murder, he repented.

    (by the way, did you know that when a person has been given the spiritual gift of prophecy that if they don’t obey God in the same way that Nathan did they sin by quenching the Spirit)

    Psalm 51:1-4  9-10

    Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. [2] Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. [3] For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. [4] Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest. [9] Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. [10] Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

    The Lord is looking for people with a penitent attitude who will acknowledge their sin and confess it to Him.

    Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

    1 John 1:8-2:3 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.

    [2:1] My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: [2] And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world. [3] And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

    We can become people after God’s own heart when we have an attitude of repentance toward God.

    2 Chron. 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

    God is LOOKING for people who will genuinely repent and serve Him.

    Several years ago a huge tree in Colorado fell to the ground with a resounding crash after having stood majestically on a hill for more than 400 years. A mere sapling when Columbus landed in San Salvador, over the centuries it had been struck by lightning 14 times, braved great windstorms, and even defied an earthquake. In the end, however, it was killed by some little beetles. Boring under the bark, they chewed away its mighty fibers until one day that lordly king of the forest came thundering down. So, too, apparently insignificant sins often make substantial inroads into our spiritual lives, and if left unchecked may cause our downfall. The idle word spoken, the prayer time omitted, and the occasional fleshly pleasure indulged -- these things "spoil" the vineyard much more than we realize.

     

     

    David Had An Attitude Of Worship.

    Psalm 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. [2] Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: [3] Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; [4] Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; [5] Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

    Psalm 117:1-2 O praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise him, all ye people. [2] For his merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise ye the Lord.

    “When we worship we express our adoration and appreciation for God’s character and attributes. We don’t come to express our wants or wishes, but to reaffirm our love and devotion.”

    Our purpose in life is to EXALT our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

    Psalm 107:32 Let them exalt him also in the congregation of the people, and praise him in the assembly of the elders.

    Psalm 34:3 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

    Exalt - (Webster) - “To elevate or lift up with joy, pride, or confidence; To praise highly.”

    How do we express WORSHIP?

     

    By praise-

    Psalm 22:23

     - “Ye that fear the Lord, praise him;.... glorify him; and fear him,...”
    1. In Song.

    Psalm 9:11

     - “Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion: declare among the people his doings.”

     

     

    1. With Music.

    Psalm 33:2 - “Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.”

    1. Continually.

    Hebrews 13:15 - “By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.”

    By Good Works.

    Matthew 5:16 - “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”

     

    Example: early Thursday morning Amy pointed out Michelle and Frank

     

    David Had An Attitude Of Service.

    This was characteristic of David’s life.

    **As a lad, he faithfully tended his father’s sheep.

    **He fought against Goliath, defeating him and winning victory for God’s people.

    **As king he looked for ways to serve God and his fellow man.

    Acts 13:22 And when he had removed him, he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he gave testimony, and said, I have found David the son of Jesse, a man after mine own heart, which shall fulfil all my will.

    Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid unto his fathers, and saw corruption:

     

     

    Jesus, also took on the attitude of a servant.

    Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.

    Philip. 2:5-7

    Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: [6] Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:

    [7] But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:

    The Lord is LOOKING for people who are willing to serve Him by serving their fellow man. This kind of attitude is essential if we are to become a people “after God’s own heart”.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pYuSSP5Wls

  • Jun 11, 20176-11-17 AM
    Jun 11, 2017
    6-11-17 AM
    Series: Overflow

    The Purpose and Power of Pentecost Part 2

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    Last Sunday we missed celebrating a very important Birthday. Some of you know last Sunday is called PENTECOST SUNDAY

    What in the world is Pentecost???

    It was on this day, in the Book of Acts, that the Holy Spirit was poured out on 120 Followers of Christ who were gathered in an Upper Room in Jerusalem.

    It was on this day that the Church was born in a Blaze of Glory.

    So, last Sunday June 4 was the official Birthday of

    The Church

     

     

    Acts 1:5-8(HCSB)

    for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”

    So when they had come together, they asked Him, “Lord, are You restoring the kingdom to Israel at this time?”

    He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or periods that the Father has set by His own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come on you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends[a]

     of the earth.”
    Dr. Jerry Vines (retired pastor of FBC Jacksonville, former Pres. SBC) said that

    The Average Christian And The Average Church are Somewhere Bogged Down Between Calvary and Pentecost. They have been to Calvary for Pardon, but they Have Not Been to Pentecost For Power.

    Here is a good way to understand 3 major events in history and how they become major events, defining moments in our lives.

    Bethlehem means God With Us. Calvary means God For Us. But Pentecost means God In Us.

    I believe that the average Christian is much like the Ephesians believers when the Apostle Paul came to them in 

    Acts 19:2 and said to them - Did You Receive The Holy Spirit When You Believed? They Replied that they didn’t even know that there was a Holy Spirit.

    Many Christians do not understand the role of the Holy Spirit and they have not appropriated the power of the Holy Spirit in their own personal life.

    “Pentecost is not a Denomination, but is an Experience every Blood – Bought Child of God Should Receive.”

    We are privileged to live in a generation when God is Again pouring out His Spirit in a Mighty Way.

    The Rain of the Holy Spirit is falling on the Dry, Religious Ground of our day to give Sweet Refreshing to Weary-Hearted Christians and Also to prepare the Precious Fruit of the Earth for Harvest

    .

     

    The Promise of Pentecost.

    In Peter’s sermon 

    Acts 2:38-39 NIV Peter replied, "Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. 39 The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off-for all whom the Lord our God will call."

    In effect he said this outpouring of the Spirit is not a Special Blessing for a Special Few in a Special Age.

    Many of us have allowed the Devil and Religious Tradition to Rob us of the power of God.

    The promise of the Holy Spirit is for

    all

    people who receive the call to repentance.

    Since God is still calling men to unto Salvation, THE PROMISE IS GOOD NOW!!!

     

    Dr. John R. Rice, the famous fundamentalist Baptist preacher, said,

    “There is an experience after Salvation, called the Baptism with the Holy Ghost. All Saved people do have the Holy Spirit. When someone is saved, the Holy Spirit puts him into the Body of Christ. But besides that, Christians ought to be filled with the Holy Spirit and special Soul-Winning Power. Saved people are not always filled with the Holy Spirit, They Ought to Be, and Can Be, but many are not.“

    What Was the Promise of Pentecost?

    -- It was The Pouring Out of the Holy Spirit upon all Flesh, both Men and Women.

    Luke 24:49 NKJV 49 Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

    Dr. R.A. Torrey said, “

    The infilling of the Holy Spirit is a definite and distinct experience. A Christian will know whether he has received the Spirit or not.

    The Promise Fulfilled. Ten days after Jesus ascended into Heaven He sent the Blessed promise of the Father and the Faithful Ones who had obeyed and waited in the Upper Room were filled with the Holy Spirit.

    Peter’s Sermon Declared, “This is it!!!” This is the fulfillment of the promise!

    THE PURPOSE OF PENTECOST

    .
    One word portrays the purpose of Pentecost –

    “HARVEST.”

    Harvest is

    The Heart

    of Pentecost!!!

     

     

     

    Joel 2:23-25 NKJV 23 Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the LORD your God; For He has given you the former rain faithfully, And He will cause the rain to come down for you-- The former rain, And the latter rain in the first month. 24 The threshing floors shall be full of wheat, And the vats shall overflow with new wine and oil. 25 "So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,

    Two things are necessary for the Harvest

    1)Early (former) Rain, which prepared the soil for the planting at Seed-time.

    2) Latter Rain, which Matured the Crop for Harvest.

    Joel 3:9 KJV 9 Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles… V 12 Let the heathen be wakened…V 13 Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full… 14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision…

    It’s Time to Reap the Harvest!!! The Rain of the Holy Spirit is preparing the Fruit of the earth for the Harvest.

    On the Day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was poured out, Peter cast the net and 3,000 souls got saved and came into the Kingdom.

     

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    God Has Not Given Us The Holy Spirit To Enjoy Alone, While The World Around Us Rushes On Toward Hell.

    WE DARE NOT FORGET THE NEEDS OF LOST PEOPLE!!!

     

    The People God Loves, The People Christ Died For, The People Christ Commanded Us to Evangelize.

    There’s so little time left!!!

    When are we going to WAKE UP, forget our silly Religious Games and Mean Business for God???

    Souls are Hanging in the Balance. Some will fall and Topple into Hell unless We go in the Power of the Spirit and Rescue them.

    1. THE POWER OF PENTECOST.

     Acts 1:8 NKJV But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

    We must have the power of the Holy Ghost today!!!

    The Modern Day Church, For The Most Part, Has Lost The Power Of God.

    Most Denominations are nothing more than Social Clubs, Civic Organizations with a Religious Tint.

    Just like Samson in the Bible, They don’t know that the Spirit of God has left them. They still have the form of Religion but have no power.

    Samson laid his head in Delilah’s lap. He Lost his power with God and could do nothing but live a Defeated life. He was Blind, He was Bound, He was Grinding in Circles at the Mill of his enemies.

    Religious Tradition ROBS people and churches of the Power of God and leaves them Grinding at the Millstone in Weakness and Defeat. They are Blinded by the Devil, Bound up in Mickey Mouse Religion, Worst thing is they don’t even know it.!!!

     

    But TODAY, June 11, 2017

    is a New Day of Restoration!!! God is Restoring the Power of the Spirit to the Church!!!

    Consider 3 Major Powers of Pentecost

     

    WORSHIPPING POWER

    .

    The Holy Spirit will help you to Worship God in Spirit and in Truth. The chief aim of man is to worship God. But the Devil has deceived people concerning worship. Go to church and sit in a cold pew & *stare at the Back of someone’s head, Barely Whisper as you pretend to sing a hymn, Then listen to a 15 minute sermonette about some religious theme that means nothing to you, You have to fight to stay awake, and still Call it Worship. You are just a Spectator, an Observer.

    Real Worship Demands Participation. The Holy Spirit will help you to Worship God in the Spirit. He will Help you Lift Your Soul To God And Touch His Heart with Your Heart.

    WARNING POWER

    .

    The Holy Spirit will help you Warn people of the Dangers of Hell and the Lake of Fire. How in the world can people claim to love God and serve God when they have NO CONCERN FOR LOST PEOPLE around them?

    If You Have Much Of The Holy Spirit In You, You Won’t Be Able To Sit Still, You’ll have to Go and Warn people about Sin & Judgment & the Reality of Hell and Eternal Separation from God.

    There is a Lake of Fire, and Unbelievers, those whose Names are Not in the Lamb’s Book of Life, will be Cast into the Lake of Fire.

    When you are filled with the Holy Spirit of God, There will be a Holy Drive Within You To Point People To Christ so they can be Delivered and Set Free.

    If your Neighbor’s House was on fire, would you just sit back and have a Word of Prayer for them??? Would you Just Fold Your Hands and Quietly Say, “Lord wake them up before they lose everything and perish in those flames???” NO! Of Course Not!!!

    Out of Love for Humanity and Respect for Life, you would Go Warn them and Say, “Get Out, You are in Danger of Perishing, Come to Safety while you Can!!!”

    In the Same Way, Out of Respect for Christ who Died for them, and out of Love for Lost people, Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, The Spirit –Filled Christian Warns the Lost.

    WITNESSING POWER.

     Acts 1:8 NKJV But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."

    Through the Power of the Holy Spirit, You can be a Fearless, Flaming Witness for Christ. Instead of being Weak, Vacillating, & Scared of Standing Up for Christ, The Holy Spirit will "take the Chicken out of your life" and will Set You Free From Fear.

    The Power of the Holy Spirit will give you BOLDNESS, CONFIDENCE, and COURAGE to Witness for Christ and Share your Faith with Others.

    Have You Received Your Pentecost?

     

    Acts 2:38, Peter said, “The Promise is unto you.” If you are a Christian, if you are Saved, The Gift of the Holy Spirit is for you!

    Jesus is God’s Special Gift for the world, for the Sinner, For God so Loved the World that He gave His Only Son …

    Holy Spirit is God’s Special Gift for the Christian. Jesus Said in Luke 11:13, How much More shall your Heavenly Father Give the Holy Spirit to them that Ask Him.

    Receiving Jesus

    will give you Power to be a Child of God.

    Receiving Holy Spirit

    will give you Power to Serve Christ by being His Anointed Witness.

    Let’s not Be Satisfied Until We Receive the Promise.

    Let’s Reach out with arms open wide in Faith, and Say,

    Yes Lord, I take what you give, Fill me with the Holy Spirit!

     

 

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Apr 30, 2017
4-30-17 AM- Bro. Phil
Series: Addictions

How to overcome the secret sin of pornography (or any secret sin)

James 5:16

 

No longer does a man or young man need to go into some trashy adult bookstore to view x-rated materials, the so-called adult entertainment industry now pumps the stuff right into our homes.

 

This morning I want to talk about the dangers of and freedom from pornography.

 

Uncomfortable topic

 

***I tried to put it off until next week but didn’t know how well it would be received on Senior Adult Sunday!

 

We laugh but this epidemic is a chronic problem among senior adults as well.

 

 

It is impossible to fully equip men or teenage young men without addressing this subject.

The most enslaving aspect of the sin of pornography is secrecy.

That is why the Lord wanted me to bring it out into the open this morning.

 

90% of born-again Christians have said that they have problems in relating to God or to other people because of shame and guilt over pornography

.

 

You may not have a problem with pornography – but other secret sins? shopping; debt spending; overeating

 

So, how to overcome a secret sin:

 

 

Confess to another person

(James 5:16) Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.

 

 

SO LET ME CLEAR UP YOUR RATIONALIZATION

 

 

1)

Sexual lust is a sin

- the Pharisees thought that as long as they didn’t commit adultery, they could think about it all they wanted to

 

- Jesus said in

Matthew 5:27-30 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.

 

2)

Sexual lust is not an essential part of being a man

– ‘boys will be boys”.

 

-Often hunting lodges or repair shops are full of pornographic pictures

as if lust equals masculinity

.

 

Today because of the explosive exposure to the homosexual lifestyle, some men feel the need to prove to others or themselves that they are not gay

 

3)

There is no acceptable amount of sexual lust.

 
  

 

 

Receive His forgiveness

(1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

 

Do you realize what unconfessed sin does?

 

1)

Causes God to judge our sin

 

1 Corinthians 11:27-32 - Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself… if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

 

This is hard to swallow but I’m telling you the TRUTH – He will judge us and bring discipline and

even hardship

into our lives.

 

 

2) Creates crippling guilt

 

2 Peter 1:9 - For he who lacks these qualities (self-control, love, endurance, etc) is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

 

Guilt has a role (an assignment from God) – like nerve endings in the body – guilt signifies there is something wrong

 

Flee temptation, fill up with God

(2 Timothy 2:22) Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

 

Walk in His power

 

(Galatians 5:16) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

 

 

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  • Apr 30, 20174-30-17 AM- Bro. Phil
    Apr 30, 2017
    4-30-17 AM- Bro. Phil
    Series: Addictions

    How to overcome the secret sin of pornography (or any secret sin)

    James 5:16

     

    No longer does a man or young man need to go into some trashy adult bookstore to view x-rated materials, the so-called adult entertainment industry now pumps the stuff right into our homes.

     

    This morning I want to talk about the dangers of and freedom from pornography.

     

    Uncomfortable topic

     

    ***I tried to put it off until next week but didn’t know how well it would be received on Senior Adult Sunday!

     

    We laugh but this epidemic is a chronic problem among senior adults as well.

     

     

    It is impossible to fully equip men or teenage young men without addressing this subject.

    The most enslaving aspect of the sin of pornography is secrecy.

    That is why the Lord wanted me to bring it out into the open this morning.

     

    90% of born-again Christians have said that they have problems in relating to God or to other people because of shame and guilt over pornography

    .

     

    You may not have a problem with pornography – but other secret sins? shopping; debt spending; overeating

     

    So, how to overcome a secret sin:

     

     

    Confess to another person

    (James 5:16) Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed.

     

     

    SO LET ME CLEAR UP YOUR RATIONALIZATION

     

     

    1)

    Sexual lust is a sin

    - the Pharisees thought that as long as they didn’t commit adultery, they could think about it all they wanted to

     

    - Jesus said in

    Matthew 5:27-30 - “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. If your right hand makes you stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than for your whole body to go into hell.

     

    2)

    Sexual lust is not an essential part of being a man

    – ‘boys will be boys”.

     

    -Often hunting lodges or repair shops are full of pornographic pictures

    as if lust equals masculinity

    .

     

    Today because of the explosive exposure to the homosexual lifestyle, some men feel the need to prove to others or themselves that they are not gay

     

    3)

    There is no acceptable amount of sexual lust.

     
      

     

     

    Receive His forgiveness

    (1 John 1:9) If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

     

    Do you realize what unconfessed sin does?

     

    1)

    Causes God to judge our sin

     

    1 Corinthians 11:27-32 - Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself… if he does not judge the body rightly. For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.

     

    This is hard to swallow but I’m telling you the TRUTH – He will judge us and bring discipline and

    even hardship

    into our lives.

     

     

    2) Creates crippling guilt

     

    2 Peter 1:9 - For he who lacks these qualities (self-control, love, endurance, etc) is blind or short-sighted, having forgotten his purification from his former sins.

     

    Guilt has a role (an assignment from God) – like nerve endings in the body – guilt signifies there is something wrong

     

    Flee temptation, fill up with God

    (2 Timothy 2:22) Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

     

    Walk in His power

     

    (Galatians 5:16) But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh.

     

     

  • Apr 23, 20174-23-17- Bro. Phil
    Apr 23, 2017
    4-23-17- Bro. Phil
    Series: Addictions
    Truth that Hurts and Heals

    Sermon series on addiction

    John 8:31

    This is going to be a message about grace.

    We are all prone to be addicts..

    The fact is that our sinful nature, the default position, is toward addiction.

    Grace does not enter closed doors.

    There is many different “matches” (if I can use that illustration) that inflame addictions.

    That was introduction! Get ready let’s roll....

    John 8:31 “So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed him, ‘If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.’ They answered him, ‘We are offspring of Abraham and have never been enslaved to anyone. How is it that you say, “You will become free”?’
    Jesus answered them, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who practices sin is a slave to sin. The slave does not remain in the house forever; the son remains forever. So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.’”

    What I’d like to do is to give you three truths that you need for freedom. And then what we’re going to do is give you some steps and point the way, and you, with an open heart, must go the rest of the way with Jesus.

     

     

    The first thing I think that we need to know is we need to know ourselves

    .

    Please notice in our text..

    Their self-righteousness closed them off to the possibility of experiencing God’s grace.

    “We’ve never been slaves to anyone. We’re the righteous ones. We go to the Temple. We pray. We keep the Law. What do we need to be set free from?”

    Many of you have taken a stress test. I’ve been told they put you on a treadmill. And the doctor says,

    “At first, you’re going to be able to keep up with the treadmill, but eventually you will lose, and the treadmill will win.”

    Do you know what an addiction means? Do you know what the root word is? It’s to surrender to the gods.

    Second, what we need to do is to know some truth about Satan.

    Verse 44, “You are of your father, the devil.”

    You say, “Did Jesus really say that?”

    But these people are bragging that Abraham is their father. And Jesus says,

    “You’re of your father, the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning (The devil is never interested in life – always death) and has nothing to do with the truth because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks out of his own character, for he is a liar and the father of lies.”

    “The only time you can really believe the devil is if he told you that he was lying.”

    So, we need to know something about ourselves and something about Satan, and of course, something about God.

    He is gracious and merciful

    Now what I’d like to do is to give you what I consider maybe three steps.

    First of all you can’t get free

    . You can’t get free. You must be set free.

    “You shall know the truth, and the truth shall set you free. And if the Son makes you free, you are free indeed.”

    I love Psalm 40 where David says in his experience

    “I waited patiently for the Lord. He inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction (Don’t you love this phraseology?), out of a miry bog, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth. (Do you mean that after you’ve been in the pit you can still sing? Yup!) Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord.”

    Second, your struggle magnifies God’s grace

    .

    A Man struggling with pornography wrote...

    “I remember many times sitting in front of my computer, and the question was to click or not to click. I felt the Holy Spirit tapping me on the shoulder. I knew better. I knew that the peace of God’s presence is better than this rush that I would receive. God was nevertheless even here, present with me, convicting me, yes, but…”

    He said,

    “The way of escape was the presence of the living God. He became my rescue.”

    And he said,

    “I had to come to the point where the peace of God and my fellowship with God meant more to me than the pleasure that I would receive – the guilty pleasure – and that God ultimately, and my fellowship with Him would mean more.”

    And now here’s the most important thing you may hear from me in this message. When you sin, and when you are loaded with guilt, and when you are in a lifestyle that just increases your guilt, what do you do? Do you know what the big mistake is that people make? They run away from Jesus. They say, “Well, I can’t handle the God thing right now. Someday when I’m out of this and someday when I’m doing better, then I can come to God. I’ll clean myself up and present myself to Him. Then He’s better and I’m better.” And they think He’ll say, “Oh wow! Now that you’ve cleaned yourself up, you are welcome.”

    Remember what I said at the beginning?

    Grace enters open doors – not closed hearts.

    Jesus comes to where we are and says, “Why don’t you find a secret place somewhere? Find time. Take out an hour of your life and just open the suitcase. We’ll look at it together. We’ll bring healing. We’ll bring hope, and I’ll set you along the right path. There will be many struggles, but I’ll walk with you on your journey.”

     

  • Apr 16, 20174-16-17 Easter Sunday
    Apr 16, 2017
    4-16-17 Easter Sunday
    Series: Addictions

    ALL I KNOW IS MY ADDICTION/SIN...WHAT DOES RECOVERY OFFER?

    “What can I expect beyond the cross?”

    Colossians 1:24-27

     Beyond the cross, hope endures even through suffering.

    (vs. 24)

    24 

    I now rejoice in my sufferings for you, and fill up in my flesh what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ, for the sake of His body, which is the church, 

     

    25 of which I became a minister according to the stewardship from God which was given to me for you, to fulfill the word of God, 26 

    the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. 

     

    27 To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which[a]

     is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

     

    Suffering can bring believers closer to Christ.

     

    Suffering assures believers that they belong to Christ.

     

    Suffering reminds believers that this world is not eternal and it is not home.

     

    Suffering changes believers and produces hope within us.

     

    Suffering captures the attention of unbelievers to bring them to Christ

    .

     

    Beyond the cross, hope sustains our purpose.

     

    Beyond the cross, hope reveals the truth.

    (vs. 26)

     

    About ourselves

    .

     

    About our world

    .

     

    People are looking for hope, but they are looking for it in the wrong places

    .

     

    About God

    .

     

    Beyond the cross, hope awaits a reward.

    (vs. 27)

     

    For today.

     

    For tomorrow.

     

    (1 Cor 15:19-22) If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep.

     

    For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.

     

    (2 Cor 4:16-18) Therefore we do not lose heart [we don’t give up hope]. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.

     

    So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

     

    Is there anything beyond the cross?

     

    Yes, there is an empty grave and a risen Savior. There is hope.

     

     

  • Apr 9, 20174-9-17 Bro. Phil
    Apr 9, 2017
    4-9-17 Bro. Phil
    Series: Addictions
    "4-9-17 Bro. Phil"

     

    THE BATTLE WITHIN 

    Romans 7:15-8:2 (HCSB)

    15 For I do not understand what I am doing, because I do not practice what I want to do, but I do what I hate. 16 

    And if I do what I do not want to do, I agree with the law that it is good. 

     

    17 So now I am no longer the one doing it, but it is sin living in me. 18 

    For I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my flesh. For the desire to do what is good is with me, but there is no ability to do it. 

     

    19 For I do not do the good that I want to do, but I practice the evil that I do not want to do. 20 

    Now if I do what I do not want, I am no longer the one doing it, but it is the sin that lives in me. 

     

    21 So I discover this principle:[a] When I want to do what is good, evil is with me. 22 For in my inner self[b] I joyfully agree with God’s law. 23 But I see a different law in the parts of my body,[c] waging war against the law of my mind and taking me prisoner to the law of sin in the parts of my body.[d]

     

     

    24 What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this dying body? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord![e]

    So then, with my mind I myself am a slave to the law of God, but with my flesh, to the law of sin.

     

    Therefore, no condemnation now exists for those in Christ Jesus,[f]because the Spirit’s law of life in Christ Jesus has set you[g]

     free from the law of sin and of death.

     

    How do we battle the sin which so easily besets us?

     

    Is there any way to be completely delivered from the sin that has plagued your life for years and years?

     

    A person who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ may be delivered immediately from sin's grip at the point of his salvation. But this experience is not shared by all believers. Most are not totally delivered from all besetting sins when they first trust God. Instead they find themselves still falling into sin.

     

    There is no doubt that they have received eternal life, but their difficulty with sin remains. They are:

    - going to quit smoking someday

    - going to stop drinking someday

    - going to quit lusting with their mind someday

    - going to get organized someday

     

    - going to quit cussing - losing temper, talking so about other people

    - going to quit talking -gossiping about other people someday

    - going to stop procrastinating & get busy someday

    - going to stop eating so much someday

     

    - going to start attending church regularly, pray regularly, read Bible regularly, witness regularly someday.

    - going to stop looking at porn someday

     

    And on and on the list goes.

    These and other sins keep the Christian and non-christian alike in senseless bondage.

     

    Paul was being defeated by (the law of) sin, forcing him (his renewed mind) to search till God could reveal to him the way of deliverance (the Law of the Spirit).

     

    The law of sin is too strong for anyone so you must yield to a higher law if you would have victory.

     

    God's purposefully reveals to us that in and of ourselves, even our new man, our redeemed self, we are weak and wretched and unable to serve Him.

     

    Only as we submit - surrender to the control of the Spirit of God can we find deliverance from the bondage of sin and the freedom to serve God.

     

    We understand from this passage that the apostle Paul was once a Christian living a defeated life.

     

    Look at the turmoil that was going on in the apostle Paul's life.

     

    1. THE DETERMINATION (15-16).

     

    (15a) - For that which I am doing, I do not understand

     

    Paul states that he is not personally doing what he wants to be doing but something else. He is asking why can a person not do that which he is determined to do.

     

    (15b) - for I am not practicing what I would like to do."

     

    Paul states that he is not continually living the Christian life which he so wants to practice doing.

     

    (15c)- For I am not practicing what I would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate."

     

    We see Paul battling over why he is so prone to do evil when he hates evil. Paul is confused over why he cannot do what he desires to do, yet does the things he hates.

     

    (16) - "But if I do the very thing I do not wish to do, I agree with the Law [confessing] that it is good."

     

    Here we see the difference between the carnal saved and the unsaved man.

     

     

    A SAVED PERSON...

    - Their heart has been soften.

    - They earnestly endeavors after the life of God.

    - Their consciousness has been revived by salvation and when they do anything wrong, they realize it and is repentant.

     

    - They agree with God about the evil they do and hate it.

    - They agree that God's Law is right, and in that agreement strive to live by it.

     

    A LOST PERSON...

     

    - They know to do right (Romans 1:19).

    - God has placed within every one of us the inborn knowledge of right and wrong.

    - Yet the unsaved person does not strive forcibly to do right.

     

    - He may not like the evil he does, but he does not hate it.

     

    1. THE DEFEAT (17-21).

     

    (17a) "So now, no longer am I the one doing it,"

     

    Paul acknowledges that his fierce determination not to do sin,

    proves that he has chosen sides, and pitted

    himself against the evil he does despite his doing of the evil. Now he is no longer the one doing it.

     

    But the reverse is also true.

    The unsaved man is responsible

    for doing it because he has not pitted himself against the sin he does.

     

    (17b) "So now, no longer am I the one doing it, but sin which indwells me."

     

    Paul's fallen sinful nature, (the old man or old self), the fleshly nature he and we live in, drags him down. If it can drag an apostle, a trained Pharisee down, know full well that it will drag you down also.

     

    (18a) "For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, my flesh."

     

    Flesh

    here means man as he is apart from the reign of God in his life. Paul opens his eyes and accepts the fact that he is evil, and that he will do evil.

     

    In the second half of verse

    18(b) we find Paul's realization. "For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, my flesh, for the wishing is present in me, but the doing of the good is not."

     

    Again we see that the constant striving of this determined apostle is not enough to conquer the evil within him.

     

    Since his flesh is what fights him, the one who desires to do good. The flesh, his sin nature, is overcoming his ability to do right.

    The good in him is not strong enough to make him good.

     

    Since evil is the victor, there can be no good thing in him. His self-will, his self-fighting is not winning out.

     

    And neither will yours.

     

    God wants to demonstrate to us that we can do nothing good at all, nothing of eternal worth without Him

    . Until that fact is fully accepted our despair and disillusion will never cease.

     

    A Christian brother who was trying to struggle into victory remarked to his pastor "I do not know why I am so weak." The pastors response is note worthy...

     

    "The trouble with you, is that you are weak enough not to be able to do the will of God, but you are not weak enough to keep out of things altogether. You are still not weak enough.

     

    When you are reduced to utter weakness and are persuaded that in your natural self you can do nothing whatever, then God will do everything through you."

     

    We all need to come to the point where we say: "Lord I am unable to do anything for you, but I trust you to do everything in me."

     

    WATCHMAN NEE was once staying in a place with twenty other Christian brothers. There was inadequate provision for bathing in the home where they stayed, so they went for a daily swim in the river.

     

    One day a brother got a cramp in his leg, and suddenly saw he was sinking fast, so Watchman motioned to another brother, who was an expert swimmer, to hurry to his rescue. But to Watchman's astonishment he made no move.

     

    Growing desperate Watchman cried out: "Don't you see the man is drowning?" The other brothers, as agitate as he was, shouted too. But the good swimmer still did not move.

     

    Calm and collected, he remained just where he was, apparently postponing the unwelcome task

    .

     

    The voice of the poor drowning brother grew fainter and his efforts feebler. In Watchman's heart he said: "I hate that man! Think of his letting a brother drown before his very eyes and not going to the rescue!"

     

    When the man was actually sinking, with a few swift strokes the swimmer was at his side, and both were soon safely ashore.

     

    When Watchman got an opportunity, he let the man have it! "I have never seen any Christian who loved his life quite as much as you do," he said. "Think of the distress you would have saved that brother if you had considered yourself a little less and him a little more."

     

    But the swimmer, Watchman soon discovered, knew his business better than he did.

     

    "Had I gone earlier," he said, "he would have clutched me so fast and hard that both of us would have gone under.

    A drowning man cannot be saved until he is utterly exhausted and ceases to make the slightest effort to save himself."

     

    Do you see the point? When we give up the case, then God will take it up. He is waiting until we are at an end of our resources and can do nothing more for ourselves.

     

    God has condemned all that is of the old creation and consigned it to the Cross.

     

    Every attempt to do His will is a denial of His declaration in the Cross that we are utterly powerless to do so.

     

    Paul's self-realization is continued in

    verse 19. "For the good I wish, I do not do; but I practice the very evil that I do not wish."

     

    Paul cannot even force himself, against his sinful nature, to do the good he so seeks after.

    And not only can he not keep doing the just and right thing he wills himself to do, he cannot continuously keep himself from doing the evil thing that he wills himself not to do.

     

    If you have fallen down on your knees and earnestly sought God, and crying out in desperation that you do not want to do that sin any longer, and you resist with all your strength, and repeatedly resist and beg God for strength each time; then it is no longer you sinning, but the Law of Sin which ruled or rules each one of us.

     

    In verse 20 he reaches a conclusion.

    "But if I am not doing the very thing I do not wish, I am -- no longer the one doing it, but sin which dwells in me."

     

    We are a slave to eventually serve the sin within us. We may hold out for a while, but it wins out in the final analysis. But if we were holding out then we know that we did not choose to do it, but sin wore us down to where it lives, and gets its way with us.

     

    Paul gives us the biblical principle in verse 21of indwelling sin.

    "I find then the principle that evil is present in me the one who wishes to do good."

     

    Each one of us is carrying around in us material with which Satan can work. Our evil desires are constantly searching out temptations to satisfy their insatiable cravings.

     

    You need to realize that evil is right there within you, drawing at you, wearing your self-resistance against doing evil down, keeping you from even doing the good things you so desire to do.

     

    In verse 22 Paul gives acceptance to the reality.

    "For I joyfully concur with the law of God in the inner man."

     

    As the believer struggles with the sin within himself, he is enabled to "see" with spiritual sight, his true natural self.

     

    Then he will agree with the Law written on the tablet of his heart. God' law is right but fallen man has lost the ability to conquer sin and live for God. Only God can conquer sin and only God can live the holy life (Mark 10:27).

     

    (

    23a) "But I see a different Law in the members of my body, waging war against the Law of my mind"

     

    He is finally able to perceive is intertwined within the members of his body. It is the Law that sin conceived in the desires of the flesh eventually conquers the will or the determination of the mind.

     

    The Law of the mind is man's ability to think what he wants and then do what he determines to do.

     

    In our brain the fallen nature works well enough, but in the realm of the eternal and the spiritual, the strength of the flesh is nothing.

     

    Verse 23(b) continues, "Waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin which is in my members."

     

    Yes, the good things God wants Paul to do, those things recorded in the book of Acts, and his epistles, the apostle Paul could not do. He was a prisoner, bound as if in chains, held back as if by spear point.

    [Illustration of THE LAW OF GRAVITY] Why does this handkerchief fall downward? (Drop the handkerchief, then throw it up). And I guarantee you, every time I drop it, it will go down. Why? Because it is a law, thus it remains unchanged, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Gravity is a natural power, it does not need to be manufactured by man.

     

    Now what is the will?

     

    It is man's determination, his decisions.

     

    It is the power of man.

     

    Man just discovers laws, God makes and upholds them. Natural law takes nothing to engage it, its just there.

     

    The will takes my deciding to enact it.

     

    What happens when the will and law conflict?

     

    (Hold Bible out) At first I may appear to overcome gravity, but what about an hour from now, 2 hours, 3 hours? What about when you come back tonight, will I still be holding this Bible up.

     

    I guarantee you no matter how strongly I determine to hold this Bible up, tomorrow morning it will be on the floor. Why? Because the Law of gravity is stronger than my will. It never tires, my arm does though.

     

    Man himself cannot overcome God's natural Law.

     

    The same God who decreed the Law of gravity, decreed the Law of the Ten Commandments, which places man under sins domain.

     

    You can overcome the Law of gravity by your own will at first, so you may be able to overcome the Law of sin at first.

     

    So the apostle Paul discovered this Law of indwelling sin, which eventually drags you down into it. Paul opened his inner eyes and realized all his own mighty efforts were futile. As soon as he saw sin as a Law, not just an influence, he immediately conceded that to will against it was useless.

     

    You can fall on your knees and pray and ask God to give you strength to overcome, then get up from your knees and do the same sin again, because no amount of human effort, no matter how strong, can overcome the Law of Indwelling Sin.

     

    III. THE DELIVERANCE (7:24-8:2).

     

    Paul lays out the only way of deliverance.

    (24a) "Wretched man that I am."

     

    There is nothing sweeter to the Lord's ears than these words. Paul states the seriousness of his personal condition and that he cannot do anything about it.

     

    Like someone who awakes suddenly to find himself in a burning building, his cry is now for help. He has come to the point of complete despair.

     

    Notice all the first person personal pronouns in this section.

    "I, me, my" are used 35 times

    .

     

    Have you despaired of you self-hope or do you still think "you" can make yourself into a better Christian?

     

    Listen to Paul's despondent cry over his fallen nature in the second part of verse

    24(b). "Wretched man that I am: Who will set me free from the body of this death?"

     

    Paul realizes that he cannot deliver himself from his predicament.

     

    Finally void of self-hope he looks outside himself for the solution.

     

    He does not place his hope for deliverance in things or even doctrines, he looks beyond himself and people like himself and

    looks for a supernatural Deliverer, a Savior, and finds Him.

     

    Verse 25 declares the only hope for fallen man.

    "Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord."

     

    In a flash his cry of despair changes into a song of praise. He realizes and acknowledges the only being who can provide his deliverance. He transfers all dependence for doing the will of God from himself to Christ alone.

     

    From start to finish salvation must always be of and from Christ. He not only must save us initially, He must save us -sanctify us- continually and fully, or there will be no salvation. For there is no other name given under heaven whereby men must be saved.

     

    I know that justification is ours through the Lord Jesus and requires no work on our part, but I think sanctification is dependent on our own efforts.

     

    I know we can receive forgiveness and salvation only by entire reliance on the Lord; yet we believe we can obtain deliverance by doing something ourselves.

     

    I fear that if we do nothing, nothing will happen.

     

    Notice the very precious first words of the delivered man; "I thank God."

     

    Why did Paul say "Thank God?" Because God was the one who did everything. Had it been Paul who did it, he would have said, "Thank Paul." But he saw that Paul was a "wretched man" and that God alone could meet his need; so he said, "Thank God."

     

    God must do all the work, for all the glory belongs to Him. If we did some of it, then we could claim some of the glory ourselves. But God will have it all. For He does all the work -all the saving- from beginning to end.

     

    What I have said might seem negative and unpractical if we were to stop at this point, as though the Christian life were a matter of sitting still and waiting for something to happen.

     

    The Christian life though calls for our active engagement.

     

    Paul makes a final analysis of battling forces within his life in

    25b. "So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the Law of God, but on the other with my flesh the Law of sin."

     

    Chapter 8, verse 1 relay a blessed promise. "there is therefore no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus."

     

    Now that Paul has done his analysis and made the discovery he is brought to the point of decision. He can try to live in himself in his old man or he can yield to God and live in Christ Jesus.

     

    Paul has failed, but his failures will not be held against him for he has found the way of forgiveness, the way of cleansing, the way of victory. He has surrendered to living life in Christ, in the power of Christ's Spirit.

     

    LOOK>>>>>

    verse 2 of chapter 8. "For the Law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and death."

     

    The Spirit's ability to give life in Christ Jesus is another Law, a higher Law.

     

    Only a higher Law can overcome another law.

     

    If we

    , in submission, will yield our ourselves to Christ's reign over our life then we can live under another Law.

     

    If we

    will moment by moment yield our self to the Spirit of God then the Law of the Spirit of Life, instead of under the Law of sin and death will rule in us and them over us. For where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3: 17).

     

    [DENSITY AND THE LAW OF BUOYANCY] In school we learn objects have density (the ratio of the mass of an object to its volume- For instance if the density of an object is less than water (1000 kg/m3) it will float in water and if it is more than water's it will sink in water.).

     

    The mass of an object is determined by dividing the weight of the object by the acceleration due to gravity.

     

    THINK ABOUT THIS...

    We see density overcoming the equilibrium point in matter when we fill a balloon with hydrogen or helium. If you release it, the balloon goes up in spite of the law of gravity operating against it.

     

    The density of the gas is too low for the law of gravity to grasp a proper hold on it. Another law has overcome the law of gravity. The law of buoyancy gives the balloon and its cargo the ability to rise upward.

     

    Just as the law of buoyancy conquered the law of gravity, so does the Law of the Spirit conquer the Law of Sin within us [indwelling]. And how is this done in the life of a believer? By exercising his will and his mind to submit, surrender himself to the Law of the Spirit, to the reign of Christ Jesus within his life.

     

    When the temptation to sin comes, you must deal with the motives and power of indwelling sin by submitting yourself to Christ, because only His ability to overcome will carry you through. You must abide in Christ .

     

    1 Corinthians 10: 13 says; "No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, Who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it. "

     

    God knows when self-will runs out and He has provided the way of escape.

     

    What is the way of escape? Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you (James 4:7).

     

    "No temptation has over taken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful."

    Depend upon the faithfulness of God because God is the only One Who can overcome His Laws. We see this in the reason for the Cross of Christ.

     

    No man is perfect, not even one. Every one of us has turned to his own way.

     

    So Jesus had to come down and live that sinless life, so God could lay upon Him the iniquity of us all.

     

    Still today

    man cannot overcome God's Law.

     

    Still today

    only God can.

     

    God has said that the only way to victory is through Him, through submission to God. To live the life of victory you need to do now what you did initially at the Cross. You believed in Jesus as your risen Savior.

     

    You believed and you submitted your life to God. Still, with each and every opportunity that Satan is allowed, to put before your indwelling sin nature, you must submit to God or you will serve, sooner or later that evil nature.

     

    This is a way God gets you close to Himself, and it is also the way He keeps you near to Himself, in utter dependence unless you should fall.

     

    Thank God that we are not left to ourselves. The Law of Sin serves its purpose well when it leads us to despair of any existing hope of victory within our carnal selves.

     

    [THE ENEMY WITHIN] In Victor Hugo's story, "Ninety-three," a ship is caught in a storm. The frightened crew hears a terrible crashing sound below.

     

    Immediately the men know what it is: a cannon has broken loose and is crashing into the ship's side with every smashing blow of the rolling sea! Two men, at the risk of their lives, manage to fasten it down again, for they know that the unfastened cannon is more dangerous than the raging storm.

     

    Hillery C. Price made this application: People...are like that ship - their greatest danger areas lie within their own lives."

     

    If our "flesh" ... that old tendency to envy, pride, malice, covetousness, and deceit, is not "fastened down" by yielding -ourselves to God's Spirit, we will live under the constant threat of defeat. So believer, let's be alert to that enemy within and surrender to the Christ within.

     

    Master that sin in your heart or it will master you.

     

    A number of years ago, a famous wild BEAST TAMER gave a performance in England. He would take lions, tigers, and leopards through their part of the program; then as a closing act, he would introduce a huge boa constrictor, 25 feet long.

     

    He had bought it when it was only a few days old and, for 25 years, had handled it daily. He considered it perfectly harmless and completely under his control.

     

    The curtain rose on an Indian woodland scene. To the sound of Oriental music, the huge serpent glided its way through the undergrowth. It stopped, its head erect, its bright eyes sparkling. The tamer came forward and at his signal, the snake slowly approached as it had done every day before.

     

    It began to coil its heavy folds around him. At that moment the deadly serpent-nature seemed to return. The tamer screamed as the serpent embraced him for the last time, cracking bone after bone in a final death squeeze. The man's plaything had become his master and destroyer.

     

    So it is with sin. People play around with sin, too, often unaware of its destructive nature.

     

    [TO THE SAVED] Yes the penalty of sin has been paid for by Christ and if you have believed, you no longer bear its condemnation of a devil's hell. But are you still trying to operate under the power of sin?

  • Apr 2, 20174-2-17 Addictions- Bro. Matt
    Apr 2, 2017
    4-2-17 Addictions- Bro. Matt
    Series: Addictions
    "4-2-17 Addictions- Bro. Matt"
     
    Don't Bet On IT
    IT Could Cost You Everything  

    Whenever Paul preached, there was always either a revival, or a riot!  When the Word is preached, Some will take it as the greatest truth ever told and some will be ready to fight.

     It is important to know that these people had made a lot of money as a result of their worship of Diana.  If you really want to offend someone, talk about their money.  His preaching hurt their business…selling statues and shrines to Diana…and when people got saved, they renounced these false gods, and didn’t buy them. 

    I don’t know about you but something changed in me when I got saved. I didn’t have the same mindset anymore. I didn’t view things in the same manor anymore; I had a new heart and a new set of eyes.

    Well, a riot ensued, and about 25k people filled the local amphitheater in opposition to Paul.

    Acts 19:23–29 (NIV84) 23 About that time there arose a great disturbance about the Way. 24

    A silversmith named, who made silver shrines of Artemis, brought in no little business for the craftsmen.

     25 He called them together, along with the workmen in related trades, and said: “Men, you know we receive a good income from this business.

    26 And you see and hear how this fellow Paul has convinced and led astray large numbers of people here in Ephesus and in practically the whole province of Asia. He says that man-made gods are no gods at all.

     27 There is danger not only that our trade will lose its good name, but also that the temple of the great goddess Artemis will be discredited, and the goddess herself, who is worshiped throughout the province of Asia and the world, will be robbed of her divine majesty.

    28 When they heard this, they were furious and began shouting: “Great is Artemis of the Ephesians!” 29

    Soon the whole city was in an uproar. The people seized Gaius and Aristarchus, Paul’s traveling companions from Macedonia, and rushed as one man into the theater.

    The big problem in all of this is how Demetrius is leading people to believe in something for all the wrong reasons…mostly from a profit motive.  And he is a master of rationalizing it, and giving them “good reason” to feel ok with what they’re doing.

    In 1908, Carlisle institute and Harvard University were football rivals.  The Harvard coach believed in a straight-forward, hard hitting game…he depended upon the basics. 

     

    But the coach at Carlisle was different, he depended upon the razzle dazzle…trick plays, ways to bend the rules to his advantage…well, the week before Carlisle was to play Harvard,

     

    They played Syracuse, and when they came out on the field, Coach Warner of Carlisle came up w/ an ingenious scheme which won them the game.  He took brown material, the same shade as a football, 

     

    Cut that mat’l into shapes like a football, same size, and had them sewn on the jerseys of his offensive players.  So, when all 11 men were out there on the field, it looked like they all had a football!

     

    He had checked the rules, and had found out it was not against the rules.

     

    It wasn’t breaking the letter of the law, but it certainly broke the spirit of the law…violating the principles of good sportsmanship…

     

    Well, the next week, they faced Harvard.  The day before the game, the Harvard coach met w/ Coach Warner and said, listen, are you gonna use those trick jerseys tomorrow?  “There’s nothing in the rule book against it!”

     

    Ok, he said, no problem.  The next day, Carlisle trotted onto the field, complete w/ their trick jerseys…then Harvard came out w/ their crimson red jerseys on.  Of course, the home team, Harvard had to supply the footballs.  When they pulled the first ball out of the bag, it was crimson red!

     

    Kinda like the kid told to sit down by parents,  “I may be sitting on the outside, but I’m standing on the inside!”

     

     

    Now, before we go any further, let me say there is not a passage in the Bible that specifically says, “Do not gamble.” There is also not a passage that says, “Don’t do drugs” but we know the widespread destruction they cause.

     

    Let’s admit it, everyone would like to be wealthy, but we’ll see in this session that it matters to God how we get wealth and why we want to be wealthy.

     

    So let’s look at just a few of the wrong assumptions that lead to gambling.

     

     

    1. If I win lots of money I won’t ever have to worry again.

     

    Actually, Paul said your worries have only begun if your goal in life is to be rich:

     

     

    1 Timothy 6:9–10 (NKJV) But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

     

     

    The word “snare” means a trap or noose. Many people view money as a magic rope by which they can climb out of all their problems, only to have that same rope choke the life out of them like a noose!

     

    If Mankind’s “love of money” leads to “all kinds of evils” then we should be extremely cautious of anything (including gambling) that would feed our misguided “desire to be rich.”

     

    Proverbs 10:22 (NKJV) 22 The blessing of the Lord makes one rich,

    And He adds no sorrow with it.

     

    Proverbs 15:16 (The Message) 16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life with a ton of headaches.

     

    Listen to a few stories of people who HIT IT BIG, They show the “temptation, ruin and destruction” that often comes with the desire to “get rich quick.”

     

     

    William Post won $16.2 million in the Pennsylvania lottery in 1988 but now lives on his Social Security. He later said, "I wish it never happened. It was totally a nightmare." A former girlfriend successfully sued him for a share of his winnings.

     

    It wasn't his only lawsuit. His brother was arrested for hiring a hit man to kill him, hoping to inherit a share of the winnings. Within a year, he was $1 million in debt. Now he lives quietly on $450 a month and food stamps.

     

    One Southeastern family won $4.2 million, and eleven years later, the couple divorced, sold the house and they split what was left of the lottery proceeds. The wife got a very small house.

     

    The husband moved in with the kids. Even the life insurance they bought ended up getting cashed in. Their financial advisor said, "It wasn’t the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow [they had hoped for]."

     

     

    Gambling is simply one person trying to get into others pockets, without any discipline to earn the money.

     

    Larry Burkett, “gambling consumes, but it doesn’t produce.  It creates no new money, and no new goods.”

     

    1. If I win lots of money I won’t ever have to work again.

     

     

    Genesis 2:15 (NIV84) 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it.

     

    The very first man that God ever created had a job and a purpose. God never intended for people to sit around and do nothing.

     

    Everyone in this room dreams of relaxing on some tropical paradise place where everyone serves you and you don’t lift a finger. That sounds nice and is fine for a vacation, but were not created to sit around and do nothing.

     

    An Idle mind is the devils playground…..

     

     

    Proverbs 19:15 “Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger.”

     

    Proverbs 20:4 “The sluggard does not plow in the autumn, he will seek at harvest and have nothing.””

     

    Proverbs 15:19 “The way of a sluggard is like a hedge of thorns, but the path of the upright is a level highway.”

     

     

    When you depend on hard work and the blessings of God; the path to success is a wide-open highway! The irony of gambling is that most people will never hit it big and they end up working harder to fund their gambling habit.

     

     

    1. I can win God’s approval by giving part of the money to the church.

     

     

    That is exactly what Jack Whittaker thought. He won $113 million in a Christmas Day drawing. He donated more than $7 million to three churches in West Virginia and California.

     

     

    He sounds like a great guy doesn’t he? But listen to the rest of his story:

     

    One night when he was at a West Virginia strip club, Whittaker opened his briefcase filled with $545,000 in cash and cashier's checks in front of a club employee. He was soon drugged, and the briefcase was stolen. The money was recovered, and two club employees were arrested.

     

    But the incident put a spotlight on Whittaker's habits, which police said included frequent strip-club visits and high-stakes gambling at a dog track and casino. Whittaker said his 16yr old granddaughter lost almost all of her friends.

     

    He went on to say, "She's the most bitter 16-year-old I know. She doesn't communicate with almost anybody but me." By Ellen Goodstein, Bankrate.com

     

    In then we have our own justification process we go through of why we are participating anyway……

    The devil pops in w/ his always present version of the situation…his lie, mixed w/ truth, to deceive:

     

    This will benefit education, this will build roads, etc.  No, it’s just another government tax…as the poor become even poorer as they try their luck.  If you want to give to education, do it directly!

     

     

    Proverbs 15:16

    “Better is a little with the fear of the LORD than great treasure and trouble with it.”

     

     

    Proverbs 16:8

    “Better is a little with righteousness than great revenues with injustice.”

     

     

    Luke 16:11

    [Jesus said] “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches?”

     

     

    What percent of your money actually belongs to God?  Some think 10%, but it’s really 100% His.

     

    Good stewardship says, don’t throw your money away.  That would be wrong!  So is gambling w/ God’s money. 

     

    If you heard the church was gambling with their money, you’d throw a fit! You would say I can’t believe you would do that with God’s money. Who’s money are you playing with? “That’s God’s money”!

     

    Some Christians will say, “to us, it’s just entertainment.  We go with a certain amount of money, and when it’s gone, it’s gone” Yes, it’s gone…God’s money is gone, and you’re still responsible before God for who ends up with His money.

     

    Proverbs 6:27 (NIV84) 27

    Can a man scoop fire into his lap without his clothes being burned?

     

    You see when it comes to addictions and sin, you may not find a passage that says don’t do ………. But you will find many passages that tell you to live wise and not unwise.

     

    If you play with fire, you will eventually get burned. Don’t Bet on IT, IT could cost you everything.

     

     

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    Mar 28, 2017
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    Series: Addictions
     D.U.I. 3-26-17
    Dying Under the Influence
    Proverbs 23:29-35

    29 Who has woe?
    Who has sorrow?
    Who has contentions?
    Who has complaints?
    Who has wounds without cause?
    Who has redness of eyes?
    30 Those who linger long at the wine,
    Those who go in search of mixed wine.
    31 Do not look on the wine when it is red,
    When it sparkles in the cup,
    When it swirls around smoothly;
    32 At the last it bites like a serpent,
    And stings like a viper.
    33 Your eyes will see strange things,
    And your heart will utter perverse things.
    34 Yes, you will be like one who lies down in the midst of the sea,
    Or like one who lies at the top of the mast, saying:
    35 “They have struck me, but I was not hurt;
    They have beaten me, but I did not feel it.
    When shall I awake, that I may seek another drink?

     

    America’s #1 Drug & #1 Killer...ALCOHOL

    You can disagree with the sermon, but you can’t argue with God!

     

    We have a drug problem in the U.S.

     

    cocaine, marijuana, meth, or heroine. Last week Josh Johnson broke our hearts as he shared about how heroine killed his brother and what it cost his family.

     

    However, America’s #1 problem drug is not any of these illegal substances,

     

    But a legal drug called ALCOHOL...

    In the Bible: "Alcohol" represents all the above

     

    This “Beverage” Alcohol Has accomplished much, let me share with you a few of its major accomplishments:

     

    1. The Most death

     

    Produces more death than any other drug. Over

    55%

    of highway deaths are alcohol related. It causes heart probs, liver probs, and powerful addiction…a walking death!

     

    1. The Most addiction

    ****READ portion of J.T. Jordan’s STORY (printed copy in hand)

    There are over 17 million alcoholics in America today, and rising. They, by far, outnumber the addicts of any other drug.

     

     

     

     

    1. The Most misery

     

    Think of the death, disability,

    psychosis

    , addiction…it produces more misery than any other drug.

     

    What makes alcohol so dangerous is that it is sold legally.

     

    Not only is it sold legally, but it is as widely available as a bottle of ketchup, a bottle of shampoo, or a baby’s bottle of milk…it’s just another bottle!

     

    $25 billion will be spent this year on beverage alcohol. Not million, billion!

     

    While it is the most dangerous drug in the world,

    there is no warning label on the bottle! The can doesn’t read, “#1 producer of death”, “#1 producer of addicts”, “#1 producer of misery.”

     

    Advertisers will spend $600 million, quite a lot of it today, telling you that you ought to drink.

     

    With so many telling us why we should drink, I don’t hesitate or apologize today sharing what God says about it.

     

     

     

    Abe Lincoln said, “Alcohol has many defenders, but no defense.”

     

    What Does the Bible say???

     

    Description of Alcohol

     

    The Bible simply says it is so bad...

    v. 31 “Don’t look at it!”

    At what? “wine”.

    Here’s some controversy: what does “wine” mean?

     

    “Wine” in the Bible is a generic term. It is a general term that may at times refer to an intoxicating beverage, or at times it may not. Like we use the word “drink.” “I gotta have a drink!” We assume they mean alcohol.

    In a restaurant w/ attached bar, the waitress may ask you if you would like a drink before dinner. In that context, you understand she means alcohol.

    Or, you might be traveling down the road w/ the family, and one of the kids might ask to stop so they can get a drink. They probably mean soda.

    Bro. Henley may walk thru the foyer and say, “I need a quick drink before church.” We all trust he means water. (If it’s after a deacon’s meeting…well, who knows what he might mean!)

     

    Prov. 23:31—“look not upon the wine…”

    what wine are you talking about?

     

    He goes on to explain, “when it is red”, lit. when it turns rosy. This is a picture of what happens in fermentation.

     

     

    Destruction of Alcohol

     

    When it comes to the pain, suffering and pure misery , alcohol is the number 1 producer!

     

    1. It produces much, Sorrow

     

    I cannot begin to tell you the sorrow and misery I’ve seen in people, both lost people and born-again christian people, resulting from alcohol…

     

    I’ve seen it ruin marriages and become the direct cause of divorce.

     

    Turn teens into rebels who ruin their lives.

     

    Turn normally gentle/docile men into wife-beaters.

     

    Cause children to be deprived.

     

    Send people to an early grave.

     

    Thru the years I’ve seen these things and developed a genuine hatred for beverage alcohol! Sorrow factor…

     

    1. It produces much, Contention

     

    Alcohol is simply a “recipe” for fighting/arguing/divorce/violence/murder?

     

    Time magazine: “1/2 of all murders are alcohol related.”

     

    It drives a wedge between husband/wife, parent/child, friend/friend…?

     

    1. It produces much, Foolishness

    The one who’s usually quiet and introverted…is suddenly running around the room w/ a lampshade on their head! And we think that’s funny.

     

    1. 29 “babbling”

     

    Ever listened to a drunk person babble?

     

    A man once said, “I drink vodka, so you can’t smell it on my breath.”

    His friend said, “maybe you should switch to something they CAN smell…

    …it’s better for them to know you’re drunk, than think you’re stupid.”

     

     

     

    1. It produces much, Mutilation

     

    1. 29 “wounds w/out cause”

     

    Alcohol kills over 200,000 Americans every year.

     

    That means alcohol kills 8 million out of every generation.

    We can talk about Hitler and the holocaust, which killed 6 million.

     

    We talk about 160,000 killed in the recent Tsunami, and yet more than that will die in America alone from Alcohol this year!

     

    We talk about the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, killing 80,000…Nagasaki, and yet nearly twice that die every year from beverage alcohol…how’s that for dropping a bomb on you!

     

    So, it’s more dangerous than the atomic bomb and the holocaust, and

    it’s legal, advertised, and even promoted!

    What’s wrong w/ this picture?

     

    In the 9 years of the Vietnam War, 57,000 Americans died fighting for our country. Millions protested that atrocity in the streets, completely blind to the 2 million dying at the hands of alcohol during the same period of time.

     

    Where are the protesters to the World War called alcohol?

     

    Where’s Jane Fonda when we really need her?!

     

    We ask, what can we do about

    cancer/aids…well, what about alcohol

    ?

     

    If it were any other plague affecting us then America would be up in arms!

     

    Hollywood actors would put on telethons raising money to find a cure!

     

    Rock stars would pack ‘em in by the thousands for benefit concerts!

     

    Scientists would be hard at work…Rewards would be offered for anyone who could find an antidote!

     

    Politicians would run on the platform of “stopping the plague that’s killing America!”

     

    More than 400 Americans will die this week in alcohol-related car wrecks…

     

    …many of them innocent people, victimized by drunk drivers.

     

    That’s more people than fit on a 747! What if a packed 747 went down once a week every week and everyone died.

     

    Would we be up in arms? Would there be a congressional investigation?

     

     

    We hear the name Busch and think of gardens or a baseball stadium!

     

    Coors has us thinking about snow-capped mountains and icy springs when we hear their name!

    But it’s destruction! Mutilation factor…

     

    1. It produces much, Mental anguish

     

    1. 29 “redness of eyes”—indicates you have been weeping and not sleeping!

     

    Sadly, people are drinking trying to find happiness and in the end it’s the one thing they have the least of!

     

    Alcohol offers you:

    Red eyes/white liver/dark brown breath/a yellow streak/and a blue outlook.

     

    On the other hand, the Bible says,

    “The joy of the Lord maketh full, and bringeth no sorrow with it.”

     

    1. It produces poor Health

     

    1. 31-32 What is in the bite of a serpent? Poison!

     

    Why do people drink and vomit? Their stomach has more sense than their head! Their body rejects the poison. That’s why we call it being “intoxicated.” It’s a toxin! Health factor…

     

    1. It produces much, Immorality
    2. 33 “strange women”=someone you’re not married to! Look at vv. 26-27.

     

    Alcohol breaks down inhibitions and restraint. Guys know it and they jest,

    “candy is dandy but liquor is quicker!”

     

    1. It produces much, Instability

     

    1. 34 “tottering, staggering drunk” can’t walk straight, talk straight, or think straight…and yet the commercial calls him “the man of distinction.”

     

    1. It produces much, Insensibility
    2. 35 his sensibilities are deadened.

     

    1. It produces much, Addiction
    End of

    v. 35 “I will seek it yet again.”

    They sober up and realize it’s wrong, and regret it. They agree with this message, and still say, “I will seek it yet again.”

     

    Social drinkers say, just keep it in moderation…just one drink and then put it down.

     

    Chinese proverb, “first the man takes a drink, then the drink takes a drink, and then the drink takes the man.”

     

     

     

     

    The Deception of Alcohol

     

    Prov. 20:1 “whoever is deceived thereby is not wise”.

     

    “wine is a mocker”—what a mockery for the beer companies to have such control over America. P.T. Barnum made millions on the premise that

    “there’s a sucker born every minute.”

     

    Think w/ me what a mockery they make of us:

     

    At many/most weddings the couple takes their glass and hold them up in the air something which is the most likely thing in the world to destroy their marriage. What a mockery!

     

    A new baby arrives…same thing…a mockery!

     

    Superbowl/Athletic events: who’s the biggest sponsor? And yet it will ruin an athlete.

     

    Beer companies put on commercials talking about money they give to charities…they don’t talk about the money they cost us, even us who don’t drink, in crime, welfare, taxes, insurance rates, etc.

     

    Experts say for every dollar they give it costs us 4 to clean up the mess!

     

     

    It’s a mockery!

     

    We drink for:

    happiness become unhappy

     

    Joy - miserable

     

    Sociability - argumentative

     

    Sophistication - obnoxious

     

    Friendship - enemies

     

    Sleep - can’t rest

     

    Strength - become weak

     

    Relaxation - begin shaking

     

    Bravery - afraid

     

    Confidence - doubtful

     

    Strike up a conversation - slurred speech

     

    Feel heavenly - Hellish

     

    Forget - forever haunted

     

    Freedom - slaves

     

    Escape problems - multiplied

     

    Cope w/ life - die

     

    What a mockery alcohol is making of our society!

     

     

    Deliverance From Alcohol

     

    1. 31-- “don’t look at it!” Even if you think YOU can handle it, God says, because of all the above, don’t even look at it!

     

    Back in v. 20-- don’t be together with anyone who drinks!

     

    Alcohol is the devil’s substitute for a spirit-filled life.

     

    Eph. 5:18—“be not drunk w/ wine, but be filled w/ the spirit!”

     

    If you’re here and you’ve been a social drinker, please realize I’m not mad at you. I’m mad at the devil and his followers who have deceived you.

     

    After hearing God’s Word on this matter, I’m sure you’re mad, too!

     

    Some may need to go home and pour something out…

     

    Every Christian in the room should come to this altar and pour their heart out to God for loved ones bound in the chains of alcohol.
     
     
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    Series: Addictions
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Jan 22, 2017
Miracles #3
Series: Miracles

THE WALKING DEADActs 20:7-12

How are we to deal with tragedy in our lives?

On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper.[a] Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. 10 Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!”11 Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper,[b] and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left.12 

Meanwhile, the young man was taken home alive and well, and everyone was greatly relieved.

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Eutychus

It was a tragedy, and worse than that it was a tragedy that could have been prevented. But really isn’t that the way of most tragedies?

Other miracles could have been used this morning is the

10 lepers

who were healed and given their lives back. Lepers were the walking dead, when they were diagnosed they were declared legally dead, their spouse was allowed to remarry and their estate was divided among their heirs.

Jesus miraculously intervened and literally gave them their lives back.

Lazarus

was another walking dead man he had been dead for four days when Jesus called him out of his tomb and gave him his life back.

For many he would always be one of the walking dead,

How about

Ezekiel’s Valley of the Dead Bones

??? Amazing!!!

All are stories from the Bible where people have been given their lives back.

It’s easy to minimize these stories, but they aren’t normal.

Dead men aren’t called out of their tombs; people with incurable diseases aren’t suddenly and miraculously healed, valleys full of dry bones don’t suddenly begin to move.

The sermon title comes from a Television show that set in a world populated by Zombies or Walkers as they are called in the show.

The hero of the show is Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes who joins with a small band of survivors who are trying to stay alive while at the same time solve the mystery of what has happened to the world as they knew it and whether or not they will be able to reverse the Zombie Apocalypse.

 

 

 

 

THE STORY

It was a tragedy, and worse than that it was a tragedy that could have been prevented. But really isn’t that the way of most tragedies?

 

Paul is on his last missionary journey and he ends up making a brief stopover in Troas. After being there a week Paul is ready to move on to Assos. Before he leaves we are told

Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper.

Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight.

It is interesting to note that the church has gathered to celebrate communion.

Because he was leaving the next day Paul wanted to spend as much time as possible bringing the church up to speed and teaching them all they would need to know as believers.

So that he talked until midnight.

Paul was downloading as much information as possible for the believers.

And as we continue on in the story we read

Acts 20:8-9 The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below.

So it’s easy to visualize what’s happening.

It’s late, people have worked all day and now that have come weary but eager to listen to Paul. They meet in a room crowded with people, probably hot and stuffy to start with, lit with oil lamps and not just a few, the author here, who was an eye witness, makes sure we understand that there were many flickering lamps.

This isn’t just a detail he throws in, we are told that the author, Luke, was a doctor and I’m sure he seeking to isolate or at least identify some of the causes for what would happen.

And the hero of the story begins to nod off, but instead of slumping asleep in his chair he tips back through an open window and falls to his death.

I understand that there are those who would suggest that Eutychus wasn’t dead that he was just knocked senseless. But remember that this was a doctor who witnessed what had happened.

Luke seems pretty sure of himself…the boy was dead!

Eutychus fell asleep and woke up dead.

It was a tragedy, and worse than that it was a tragedy that could have been prevented. But really isn’t that the way of most tragedies?

Tragedies are something we all have in common, the degrees of our tragedies may differ but it’s very doubtful that we will escape this life without experiencing a loss.

It’s tough to prepare for them, nobody in Eutychus’ family would have been expecting him to go to church and die.

Ecclesiastes 9:12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.

So… How Do We React to Tragedy?

My title at first was “The Church, boring people to death for 2000 years.”

 

Probably the most common response to tragedy for most is that We Question We ask, why did this happen? Or more often why did this happen to me?

That’s tough to answer. Often there is no answer or the answer is one we don’t want to hear and that is: Why not you? Is there someone who is more deserving of the tragedy?

It would be more comforting for tragedy to only happen to bad people, but who gets to determine who is bad enough to be subjected to the loss of a child or the loss of a spouse.

Who gets to pick the person who should get cancer or should lose their job because of a bad economy?

If not Eutychus was there someone else in the room who was more deserving of falling to their death? Would another family have been more deserving to lose their son?

The answer to “Why?” Often is no answer. There is no reason. It wasn’t because you were bad, it wasn’t because you needed to be taught a lesson, it wasn’t because God knew you were strong enough to stand it. It happened because you were a person.

We could ask you to look around and see how others have suffered more than you, but really would that do any good? Would that make you feel any better?

And once we are done questioning the next thing we tend to do is:

We Blame: If we can’t figure out why it happened to us than we need to find someone to point the finger at.

In the story that we have we find lots of opportunity to pin the blame on, and often when we are faced with tragedy we seek the usual suspects.

Perhaps it was

Satan’s Fault

as Christ Followers this seems to be our first stop when we play the blame game. We feel that we are under attack by the forces of evil. And I would never want to minimize the power of Satan. We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

In this case you could see how Satan would benefit from what happened. The early church is starting to gain traction in Asia, people are coming to know Jesus, leadership is being developed, and the message is poised to spread into Europe. A little distraction might be what is needed. So it would be easy to picture Satan giving Eutychus a little shove backward.

Sometimes when troubles come to us personally or in our church we want to blame Satan for what’s happening. “After all” we say “Look at Job.” True enough, the central theme of the book of Job seems to be what Satan did to Job. Actually the central theme of the book of Job is how Job stands up to those attacks. And remember what qualified Job for Satan’s wrath, Job 1:1 There once was a man named Job . . . He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. Probably most of us are safe. When we focus on Satan being the author of our problems often it causes us to be looking in the wrong direction.

The Devil is our enemy, but he is a defeated enemy. That fact is reiterated time and time again in the New Testament. 1 John 4:4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

That is your promise for today: You have already won the victory.
Well if it isn’t Satan who caused the tragedy then Perhaps it was

God’s Fault

Ultimately God could have prevented Eutychus’ fall and subsequent death. He could have nudged him to wake him up, he could have provided an angel to catch him on the way down, or he could have just done a God thing and the kid could have fallen and not been hurt.

And it’s easy to blame God for all the things he doesn’t do. Why didn’t he prevent the accident? Why didn’t he cure the cancer? Why didn’t he keep my spouse from cheating? Why didn’t he keep our child from rebelling? And sometime those questions are valid, but in many instances they move into the realm of removing our free will.

Some go further instead of blaming God for not interceding that have been those who would say that maybe God had a direct hand in what happened. That maybe he gave Eutychus the nudge that sent him hurtling to his death.

Matthew Henry writes “Others think that God designed it for a warning to all people to take heed of sleeping when they are hearing the word preached; and certainly we are to make this use of it. . . Let us watch and pray, that we enter not into this temptation, and by it into worse. Let the punishment of Eutychus strike an awe upon us, and show us how jealous God is in the matters of his worship; Be not deceived, God is not mocked.”

Seriously? A kid falls asleep in a service and God pushes him out a window? Not the God I serve. Not the God who told Jeremiah in

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

Or maybe we are just stretching it to the supernatural. It would be easy to look around for someone with skin on them to cast the blame on. So Perhaps it was

Paul’s Fault

If Paul hadn’t preached so long, if Paul had of realized how tired Eutychus really was, and why didn’t Paul warn Eutychus that he shouldn’t be sitting in an open window. Bad Paul.

After all, listen to what Paul himself writes in

2 Corinthians 10:10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” So maybe if Paul had of been a better preacher. . .

I’ve been preaching for thirty plus years I’ve copped the blame for all kinds of things. Kid’s rebel, must be the preacher’s fault. You aren’t getting enough out of church, you aren’t being fed spiritually, must be the preachers fault. Your spouse just doesn’t’ get it, must be the preachers fault.

And if it’s not the preacher it must be someone else. We don’t want to blame ourselves or the ones we love so we look around to see where the blame should go. Your kid’s not doing well in school, blame the teacher, it couldn’t possibly be that your child isn’t interested in learning and has behavioral issues. You can’t seem to catch a break at work and then you lose your job, must be because your boss is a jerk and the other employees are out to get you.

Every once in a while there will be story on the news of a police chase that ended tragically, for whatever reason the police attempt to pull over a car and the car decides they can outrun the police they miss a turn, hit a tree or whatever and then we hear the hue and cry in the media blaming the police. Really? When I’m driving and the lights and siren come on behind me I pull over.

Maybe Paul could have been a little more engaging but I’m sure it wasn’t his fault.

Or Perhaps it was

Eutychus’ Fault What was he doing going to sleep while Paul was preaching? And then what was he thinking sitting in an open window three stories up? Why didn’t he think? The truth is in Billy Sunday’s words “Sinners can repent, but stupid is forever.”

It wasn’t the wisest move to sit in an open window, but hey the room was hot and he was trying to stay awake. You at least have to give him credit for that.

Sometimes when tragedy hits, people blame the person involved. We play the “If only” game or “What were they thinking?” Reality, they probably weren’t. They didn’t do it hurt you, or ruin your life, they were probably as surprised as anyone when the accident happened, or they got arrested, or fired or discovered they had lung cancer.

The truth of the matter if we are looking to cast blame

All of the Above and None of the Above If Satan didn’t cause it he probably enjoyed it, God could have prevented it, fallen in a wagon full of hay, could have nudged the kid and woke him up before he fell.

Eutychus what were you thinking? It’s an open window! And Paul wouldn’t be the first preacher to have put someone to sleep. And while bad preaching seldom kills anyone physically I would hate to think of those my preaching has caused to reject the gospel.

The reality is, the hour was late, people were tired, regardless of how good Paul was when he started to preach it’s hard to maintain people’s attention forever. The room was probably too warm and because of all the lamps that were lit it was probably stuffy and the CO2 was probably a factor.

So if it’s not Questioning or Blaming what should our response be to tragedy?

As Christ followers We Need to Learn to Trust.

This can be tough, to be able to say, I may not understand it, I may not like it, I might not even agree but I will believe that you can be trusted.

Why trust God? Listen to what we are told in

1 John 4:16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

We need to trust God. Why? Because we need to trust his love. How much does he love us?

John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

Let’s go back and pick up the story of Eutychus, remember he’s fallen asleep and fallen three stories to his death, Acts 20:10-12 Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!”

Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper, and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left. Meanwhile, the young man was taken home unhurt, and everyone was greatly relieved.

And I know, it doesn’t seem fair that Eutychus was raised from the dead but your loved one wasn’t. but ultimately Eutychus died again, and that time he stayed dead, just like the rest of us. And if his parents or other loved ones were there when he fell then they would have to experience the loss of Eutychus not once but twice.

Maybe we need to understand and embrace the words of Samuel Johnson who wrote:

“When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.”

Do you trust God today?

 

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  • Jan 22, 2017Miracles #3
    Jan 22, 2017
    Miracles #3
    Series: Miracles

    THE WALKING DEADActs 20:7-12

    How are we to deal with tragedy in our lives?

    On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper.[a] Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight. The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below. 10 Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!”11 Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper,[b] and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left.12 

    Meanwhile, the young man was taken home alive and well, and everyone was greatly relieved.

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    Eutychus

    It was a tragedy, and worse than that it was a tragedy that could have been prevented. But really isn’t that the way of most tragedies?

    Other miracles could have been used this morning is the

    10 lepers

    who were healed and given their lives back. Lepers were the walking dead, when they were diagnosed they were declared legally dead, their spouse was allowed to remarry and their estate was divided among their heirs.

    Jesus miraculously intervened and literally gave them their lives back.

    Lazarus

    was another walking dead man he had been dead for four days when Jesus called him out of his tomb and gave him his life back.

    For many he would always be one of the walking dead,

    How about

    Ezekiel’s Valley of the Dead Bones

    ??? Amazing!!!

    All are stories from the Bible where people have been given their lives back.

    It’s easy to minimize these stories, but they aren’t normal.

    Dead men aren’t called out of their tombs; people with incurable diseases aren’t suddenly and miraculously healed, valleys full of dry bones don’t suddenly begin to move.

    The sermon title comes from a Television show that set in a world populated by Zombies or Walkers as they are called in the show.

    The hero of the show is Deputy Sheriff Rick Grimes who joins with a small band of survivors who are trying to stay alive while at the same time solve the mystery of what has happened to the world as they knew it and whether or not they will be able to reverse the Zombie Apocalypse.

     

     

     

     

    THE STORY

    It was a tragedy, and worse than that it was a tragedy that could have been prevented. But really isn’t that the way of most tragedies?

     

    Paul is on his last missionary journey and he ends up making a brief stopover in Troas. After being there a week Paul is ready to move on to Assos. Before he leaves we are told

    Acts 20:7 On the first day of the week, we gathered with the local believers to share in the Lord’s Supper.

    Paul was preaching to them, and since he was leaving the next day, he kept talking until midnight.

    It is interesting to note that the church has gathered to celebrate communion.

    Because he was leaving the next day Paul wanted to spend as much time as possible bringing the church up to speed and teaching them all they would need to know as believers.

    So that he talked until midnight.

    Paul was downloading as much information as possible for the believers.

    And as we continue on in the story we read

    Acts 20:8-9 The upstairs room where we met was lighted with many flickering lamps. As Paul spoke on and on, a young man named Eutychus, sitting on the windowsill, became very drowsy. Finally, he fell sound asleep and dropped three stories to his death below.

    So it’s easy to visualize what’s happening.

    It’s late, people have worked all day and now that have come weary but eager to listen to Paul. They meet in a room crowded with people, probably hot and stuffy to start with, lit with oil lamps and not just a few, the author here, who was an eye witness, makes sure we understand that there were many flickering lamps.

    This isn’t just a detail he throws in, we are told that the author, Luke, was a doctor and I’m sure he seeking to isolate or at least identify some of the causes for what would happen.

    And the hero of the story begins to nod off, but instead of slumping asleep in his chair he tips back through an open window and falls to his death.

    I understand that there are those who would suggest that Eutychus wasn’t dead that he was just knocked senseless. But remember that this was a doctor who witnessed what had happened.

    Luke seems pretty sure of himself…the boy was dead!

    Eutychus fell asleep and woke up dead.

    It was a tragedy, and worse than that it was a tragedy that could have been prevented. But really isn’t that the way of most tragedies?

    Tragedies are something we all have in common, the degrees of our tragedies may differ but it’s very doubtful that we will escape this life without experiencing a loss.

    It’s tough to prepare for them, nobody in Eutychus’ family would have been expecting him to go to church and die.

    Ecclesiastes 9:12 People can never predict when hard times might come. Like fish in a net or birds in a trap, people are caught by sudden tragedy.

    So… How Do We React to Tragedy?

    My title at first was “The Church, boring people to death for 2000 years.”

     

    Probably the most common response to tragedy for most is that We Question We ask, why did this happen? Or more often why did this happen to me?

    That’s tough to answer. Often there is no answer or the answer is one we don’t want to hear and that is: Why not you? Is there someone who is more deserving of the tragedy?

    It would be more comforting for tragedy to only happen to bad people, but who gets to determine who is bad enough to be subjected to the loss of a child or the loss of a spouse.

    Who gets to pick the person who should get cancer or should lose their job because of a bad economy?

    If not Eutychus was there someone else in the room who was more deserving of falling to their death? Would another family have been more deserving to lose their son?

    The answer to “Why?” Often is no answer. There is no reason. It wasn’t because you were bad, it wasn’t because you needed to be taught a lesson, it wasn’t because God knew you were strong enough to stand it. It happened because you were a person.

    We could ask you to look around and see how others have suffered more than you, but really would that do any good? Would that make you feel any better?

    And once we are done questioning the next thing we tend to do is:

    We Blame: If we can’t figure out why it happened to us than we need to find someone to point the finger at.

    In the story that we have we find lots of opportunity to pin the blame on, and often when we are faced with tragedy we seek the usual suspects.

    Perhaps it was

    Satan’s Fault

    as Christ Followers this seems to be our first stop when we play the blame game. We feel that we are under attack by the forces of evil. And I would never want to minimize the power of Satan. We are warned in 1 Peter 5:8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.

    In this case you could see how Satan would benefit from what happened. The early church is starting to gain traction in Asia, people are coming to know Jesus, leadership is being developed, and the message is poised to spread into Europe. A little distraction might be what is needed. So it would be easy to picture Satan giving Eutychus a little shove backward.

    Sometimes when troubles come to us personally or in our church we want to blame Satan for what’s happening. “After all” we say “Look at Job.” True enough, the central theme of the book of Job seems to be what Satan did to Job. Actually the central theme of the book of Job is how Job stands up to those attacks. And remember what qualified Job for Satan’s wrath, Job 1:1 There once was a man named Job . . . He was blameless—a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil. Probably most of us are safe. When we focus on Satan being the author of our problems often it causes us to be looking in the wrong direction.

    The Devil is our enemy, but he is a defeated enemy. That fact is reiterated time and time again in the New Testament. 1 John 4:4 But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

    That is your promise for today: You have already won the victory.
    Well if it isn’t Satan who caused the tragedy then Perhaps it was

    God’s Fault

    Ultimately God could have prevented Eutychus’ fall and subsequent death. He could have nudged him to wake him up, he could have provided an angel to catch him on the way down, or he could have just done a God thing and the kid could have fallen and not been hurt.

    And it’s easy to blame God for all the things he doesn’t do. Why didn’t he prevent the accident? Why didn’t he cure the cancer? Why didn’t he keep my spouse from cheating? Why didn’t he keep our child from rebelling? And sometime those questions are valid, but in many instances they move into the realm of removing our free will.

    Some go further instead of blaming God for not interceding that have been those who would say that maybe God had a direct hand in what happened. That maybe he gave Eutychus the nudge that sent him hurtling to his death.

    Matthew Henry writes “Others think that God designed it for a warning to all people to take heed of sleeping when they are hearing the word preached; and certainly we are to make this use of it. . . Let us watch and pray, that we enter not into this temptation, and by it into worse. Let the punishment of Eutychus strike an awe upon us, and show us how jealous God is in the matters of his worship; Be not deceived, God is not mocked.”

    Seriously? A kid falls asleep in a service and God pushes him out a window? Not the God I serve. Not the God who told Jeremiah in

    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

    Or maybe we are just stretching it to the supernatural. It would be easy to look around for someone with skin on them to cast the blame on. So Perhaps it was

    Paul’s Fault

    If Paul hadn’t preached so long, if Paul had of realized how tired Eutychus really was, and why didn’t Paul warn Eutychus that he shouldn’t be sitting in an open window. Bad Paul.

    After all, listen to what Paul himself writes in

    2 Corinthians 10:10 For some say, “Paul’s letters are demanding and forceful, but in person he is weak, and his speeches are worthless!” So maybe if Paul had of been a better preacher. . .

    I’ve been preaching for thirty plus years I’ve copped the blame for all kinds of things. Kid’s rebel, must be the preacher’s fault. You aren’t getting enough out of church, you aren’t being fed spiritually, must be the preachers fault. Your spouse just doesn’t’ get it, must be the preachers fault.

    And if it’s not the preacher it must be someone else. We don’t want to blame ourselves or the ones we love so we look around to see where the blame should go. Your kid’s not doing well in school, blame the teacher, it couldn’t possibly be that your child isn’t interested in learning and has behavioral issues. You can’t seem to catch a break at work and then you lose your job, must be because your boss is a jerk and the other employees are out to get you.

    Every once in a while there will be story on the news of a police chase that ended tragically, for whatever reason the police attempt to pull over a car and the car decides they can outrun the police they miss a turn, hit a tree or whatever and then we hear the hue and cry in the media blaming the police. Really? When I’m driving and the lights and siren come on behind me I pull over.

    Maybe Paul could have been a little more engaging but I’m sure it wasn’t his fault.

    Or Perhaps it was

    Eutychus’ Fault What was he doing going to sleep while Paul was preaching? And then what was he thinking sitting in an open window three stories up? Why didn’t he think? The truth is in Billy Sunday’s words “Sinners can repent, but stupid is forever.”

    It wasn’t the wisest move to sit in an open window, but hey the room was hot and he was trying to stay awake. You at least have to give him credit for that.

    Sometimes when tragedy hits, people blame the person involved. We play the “If only” game or “What were they thinking?” Reality, they probably weren’t. They didn’t do it hurt you, or ruin your life, they were probably as surprised as anyone when the accident happened, or they got arrested, or fired or discovered they had lung cancer.

    The truth of the matter if we are looking to cast blame

    All of the Above and None of the Above If Satan didn’t cause it he probably enjoyed it, God could have prevented it, fallen in a wagon full of hay, could have nudged the kid and woke him up before he fell.

    Eutychus what were you thinking? It’s an open window! And Paul wouldn’t be the first preacher to have put someone to sleep. And while bad preaching seldom kills anyone physically I would hate to think of those my preaching has caused to reject the gospel.

    The reality is, the hour was late, people were tired, regardless of how good Paul was when he started to preach it’s hard to maintain people’s attention forever. The room was probably too warm and because of all the lamps that were lit it was probably stuffy and the CO2 was probably a factor.

    So if it’s not Questioning or Blaming what should our response be to tragedy?

    As Christ followers We Need to Learn to Trust.

    This can be tough, to be able to say, I may not understand it, I may not like it, I might not even agree but I will believe that you can be trusted.

    Why trust God? Listen to what we are told in

    1 John 4:16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in his love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

    We need to trust God. Why? Because we need to trust his love. How much does he love us?

    John 3:16 “For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.

    Let’s go back and pick up the story of Eutychus, remember he’s fallen asleep and fallen three stories to his death, Acts 20:10-12 Paul went down, bent over him, and took him into his arms. “Don’t worry,” he said, “he’s alive!”

    Then they all went back upstairs, shared in the Lord’s Supper, and ate together. Paul continued talking to them until dawn, and then he left. Meanwhile, the young man was taken home unhurt, and everyone was greatly relieved.

    And I know, it doesn’t seem fair that Eutychus was raised from the dead but your loved one wasn’t. but ultimately Eutychus died again, and that time he stayed dead, just like the rest of us. And if his parents or other loved ones were there when he fell then they would have to experience the loss of Eutychus not once but twice.

    Maybe we need to understand and embrace the words of Samuel Johnson who wrote:

    “When any calamity has been suffered, the first thing to be remembered is how much has been escaped.”

    Do you trust God today?

     

  • Jan 15, 2017Miracles- Criminal or Child of the King
    Jan 15, 2017
    Miracles- Criminal or Child of the King
    Series: Miracles
    • Criminal or Child of the King?
    • Trash or Treasure (miracles: sermon series #2)
    • LUKE 8:26-39
    • 26 So they arrived in the region of the Gerasenes,[a]across the lake from Galilee. 27 As Jesus was climbing out of the boat, a man who was possessed by demons came out to meet him. For a long time he had been homeless and naked, living in the tombs outside the town.
    • 28 As soon as he saw Jesus, he shrieked and fell down in front of him. Then he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? Please, I beg you, don’t torture me!” 

     

    • 29 For Jesus had already commanded the evil[b]spirit to come out of him. This spirit had often taken control of the man. Even when he was placed under guard and put in chains and shackles, he simply broke them and rushed out into the wilderness, completely under the demon’s power.
    • 30 Jesus demanded, “What is your name?”
    • “Legion,” he replied, for he was filled with many demons. 31 The demons kept begging Jesus not to send them into the bottomless pit.[c]
    • 32 There happened to be a large herd of pigs feeding on the hillside nearby, and the demons begged him to let them enter into the pigs.
    • So Jesus gave them permission. 
    • 33 Then the demons came out of the man and entered the pigs, and the entire herd plunged down the steep hillside into the lake and drowned.
    • 34 When the herdsmen saw it, they fled to the nearby town and the surrounding countryside, spreading the news as they ran. 
    • 35 People rushed out to see what had happened. A crowd soon gathered around Jesus, and they saw the man who had been freed from the demons. He was sitting at Jesus’ feet, fully clothed and perfectly sane, and they were all afraid. 3
    • Then those who had seen what happened told the others how the demon-possessed man had been healed. 
    • 37 And all the people in the region of the Gerasenes begged Jesus to go away and leave them alone, for a great wave of fear swept over them. So Jesus returned to the boat and left, crossing back to the other side of the lake. 38 The man who had been freed from the demons begged to go with him. But Jesus sent him home, saying, 
    • 39 “No, go back to your family, and tell them everything God has done for you.” So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.
    • The world’s most expensive coffee is dung (poop), literally.
    • Luwak coffee, or kopi luwak, cost hundreds of American dollars a pound, but the beans are the droppings of the civet creature found in South East Asia.
    • Originally seen as pests to coffee farmers YET a delicacy to food lovers. The animals are now treasured by the coffee world a thriving business today.
    • The locals patiently wait at night in the remotest forests for the animals that eat the ripest, sweetest and tastiest coffee beans to excrete the beans that the critter could not digest.
    • The indigestible coffee beans spend at least a day in the animal’s stomach acids and enzymes before resurfacing on the other end. The beans are then thoroughly washed and sun-dried for a smooth, aromatic and chocolaty brew with no bitter aftertaste.
    • The company exports the product to distributors overseas, especially Japan and South Korea, for $227 a pound.
    • Our Story
    • In Luke 8 Jesus came to a man whom society considered an outcast, an untouchable, a demon, a scumbag or a bum.
    • Jesus treated him as a person and a soul. Jesus was unafraid of and uncompromising to the unwanted man. Jesus refused to give up and go away; instead the demons were cast out and wiped out.
    • How did Jesus treat society’s abandoned people?
    • What do we learn from this miracle?
    • God Pursues Us with Passion
    • 26 They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. 27 When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs. (Luke 8:26-27)
    • Up to this point, even though Jesus traveled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good
    • news of the kingdom of God (Luke 8:1), His ministry and travels were mainly confined to the Jewish side of Galilee.
    • The first thing we notice in this chapter about this miracle is that Jesus took the time and initiated the trip to the region of the Gerasenes, which is on the Gentile side, across the lake from Galilee (v 26).
    • Jesus suggested the trip to His disciples (v 22).
    • No one prompted and pressured him to do so.
    • The book of Matthew indicated that Jesus got into the boat first and his disciples followed him (Matt 8:23).
    • It was a planned, premeditated, and punishing trip.
    • The trip was strange and surprising. It was unusual, unnecessary and unwanted in the eyes of others. It was a risk and a ride no disciple wanted.
    • They were headed to nowhere land (the boonies).
    • The place seems so far and foreign that Luke uses another one-of-a-kind word in the Bible: “across” (v 26), which should be translated as “over/beyond against” Galilee.
    • It was an extremely dangerous and long trip. They started in the evening, according to Mark 4:35, and arrived the next day when farmers were already herding pigs (v 32).
    • When they finally arrived to the other side, the person who met them was not only a Gentile outsider, but a society outcast and a human oddball!
    • Can you imagine Jesus scheduling only one event for one person on a day-trip over troubled waters and beyond yonder? All this trouble for the sake of a naked and homeless demon-possessed man?
    • Matthew 8:28 describes him as “violent” or “exceedingly fierce”
    • He was a threat, a terror and a tyrant. HE WAS TRASH TO MOST, BUT TREASURE TO JESUS.
    • Jesus came to find a man the locals ran from; a ghost and a monster of a man the locals feared and forsook.
    • God Empowers us for Purpose
    • 28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out and fell at his feet, shouting at the top of his voice, “What do you want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I beg you, don't torture me!”

     

    • 29 For Jesus had commanded the evil spirit to come out of the man. Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard, he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.

     

    • 30 Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” “Legion,” he replied, because many demons had gone into him. 31 And they begged him repeatedly not to order them to go into the Abyss. 32 A large herd of pigs was feeding there on the hillside. The demons begged Jesus to let them go into them, and he gave them permission.

     

    • 33 When the demons came out of the man, they went into the pigs, and the herd rushed down the steep bank into the lake and was drowned. (Luke 8:28-33)
    • What do we know about demons from this passage?
    • They are unclean, translated as “evil”
    • They are undisciplined
    • They are unsparing
    • They are unrepentant
    • “NIGHT AND DAY among the tombs and in the hills he would cry out and cut himself with stones.”
    • “chained hand and foot”
    • ruthlessness, ferociousness and maliciousness (Mark 5:5).
    • Like hardened criminals, the demons give up only when they are exposed or expelled.
    • Demons survive and thrive on people who are intimidated, isolated, irrational, irresponsible and ill.
    • Fearful, fretful and fateful people are their prey.
    • The way to deal with the devil is to receive the Lord, resist the devil (James 4:7), repent from sin (2 Tim 2:25-26, 1 John 3:8).
    • The three-fold purpose of Jesus’ appearance in this story and ours is to…
    • demonstrate His authority,
    • deliver the sinner
    • destroy the devil (1 John 3:8)
    • Jesus opposed the demons,
    • ordered their departure (v 29)
    • overlooked their pleas.
    • The verb “command” (v 29) occurs seven times in the gospels all used exclusively by Jesus. He sees them for the fallen nature they are and the fate they deserve.
    • God is not looking for our Strength but rather our Surrender. We must Surrender to His Purpose.
    • 34 When those tending the pigs saw what had happened, they ran off and reported this in the town and countryside, 35 and the people went out to see what had happened. When they came to Jesus, they found the man from whom the demons had gone out, sitting at Jesus' feet, dressed and in his right mind; and they were afraid.

     

    • 36 Those who had seen it told the people how the demon-possessed man had been cured. 37 Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them, because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.

     

    • 38 The man from whom the demons had gone out begged to go with him, but Jesus sent him away, saying, 39 “Return home and tell how much God has done for you.” So the man went away and told all over town how much Jesus had done for him. (Luke 8:34-39)
    • Claudia Minden Weisz (the mother of a Rett Syndrome child with a neurodevelopmental disorder) wrote this wonderful poem:

     

    • I asked God to take away my pride. And God said “No”.
    • He said it was not for Him to take away, but for me to give up.
    • I asked God to make my handicapped child whole. And God said “No”.
    • He said her spirit was whole, her body was only temporary.
    • I asked God to grant me patience. And God said “No”.
    • He said patience is a by-product of tribulations. It isn't granted, it is earned.
    • I asked God to give me happiness. And God said “No”.
    • He said He gives me blessings, happiness is up to me.
    • I asked God to spare me pain. And God said “No”.
    • He said suffering draws me apart from worldly cares and brings me closer to Him.
    • I asked God to make my spirit grow. And God said “No”.
    • He said I must grow on my own. But He will prune me to make me fruitful.
    • I asked for all things that I might enjoy life. And God said “No”.
    • He said He will give me life, that I may enjoy all things.
    • I ask God to help me love others, as much as he loves me.
    • And God said “Ah, finally you have the idea!”
    • There was nothing the healed man could do for Jesus in Jerusalem or in Judea, but His witness in Gerasenes was needed to turn the villagers’ fear into faith.
    • His usefulness across the other side of the lake in Jewish circles was limited. However, the local boy’s turnaround was the key to reaching those that no one else could reach.
    • The people were opposed to Jesus, but they were never opposed to the man.
    • The locals asked Jesus but not the demon-possessed man to leave.
    • This young man that Jesus set free was given a pass all over town and had plenty of contact with others, telling them how much Jesus had done for him (v 39).
    • When Jesus was about to leave the young man begged but never bargained. He approached and asked, but he did not argue, submitting and surrendering to His will.
    • Because of this one miracle, the people were no longer afraid but were amazed.
    • The man later shared his miraculous story in Decapolis (Mark 15:20)
    • This young man made his mark all over town (v 39).
    • This young man is the first person to “preach” the good news of Christ (v 39) So he went all through the town proclaiming the great things Jesus had done for him.
    • In Jesus, no willing soul is left behind.
    • In Him, trash becomes treasure.
    • He specializes in souls and lives that are wretched, wasted and worthless.
    • Have you gone out of your way to share the good news (gospel)?
    • What kind of practical ways have you ministered to those trapped in their poverty, misery, and disability?
  • Jan 8, 2017Miracles Series- Part One
    Jan 8, 2017
    Miracles Series- Part One
    Series: Miracles

    Miracles

    Luke 13

     

    What is a Miracle?

    A miracle is when God, breaks His usual pattern and does something extraordinary

     

    Are all miracles of God?

    Not everything that is miraculous is from God. Jesus’s miracles were intended to lead men and women to Him, Satan wants his miracles to lead multitudes to worship him.

     

    What Is The Purpose Of God’s Miracles?

    Miracles help someone in need. But the meaning is always deeper: God gets our attention so that we are invited to look beyond the event to a Miracle Worker. The primary purpose of the miracles was to authenticate the message of Christ and the apostles.

     

    Jesus lived thirty years, before he exercised his power to perform a miracle.

     

    The order of the miracles as they are given here is the actual historical order – as best that we can tell (indications of time and place are often not precisely given – in which these miracles occurred, although they may be sequenced differently in the different Gospel accounts.

    1. Jesus Turns Water Into Wine (Jn 2: 1- 11)
    2. Jesus Heals The Noble Man’s Son (John 4:46-54)
    3. Jesus Provides A Great Catch Of Fish (Lk 5:1-11)
    4. Jesus Heals A Demonic In A Synagogue (Mark 1:21-28, Luke

    4:31-37)

     

    1. Jesus Heals His Peter’s Mother-In-Law (Mt 8:14-15, Mark

    1:29-31, Luke 4:38-39)

    1. Jesus Cleanses A Leper (Mark 1:40-45, Luke 5:12-15)
    2. Jesus Heals A Paralytic (Mt 9:2-7, Mark 2:3-12, Lk. 5:18-26)
    3. Jesus Heals A Cripple At Bethesada (John 5: 1-18)

     

    1. Jesus Heals A Withered Hand (Mt 12:9-12, Mark 3:1-6, Luke

    5:6-10,)

    1. Jesus Heals A Centurion’s Servant (Mt 8:5-13, Luke 7:1-10)
    2. Jesus Raises A Widow’s Son (Luke 7:11-17)
    3. Jesus Stills A Storm (Mt 8:23-27, Mk 4:35-41, Lk 8:22-25)

     

    1. Jesus Delivers A Demonic In Gedara (Mt 8:28-34, Mk 5:1-20,

    Luke 8:27-39)

    1. Jesus A Woman Of A Hemorrhage (Mt 9: 20-22, Mk 5:25-34,

    Luke 8:43-48)

    1. Jesus Raises Jairus’s Daughter (Mt 9:18-26, Mk 5:22-43,

    Luke 8:41-56)

    1. Jesus Heals Two Blind Men (Matt. 9:27-31)

     

    1. Jesus Cast Out A Mute Spirit (Matt. 9:32-25)
    2. Jesus Feeds The 5,000 (Mt 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke

    9:10-17, John 6:1-14)

    1. Jesus Walks On Water (Matt. 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52,

    John 6: 15-21)

    1. Jesus Heals A Syro-Phoneician Girl(Mt 15:21-28, Mk 7:24-30)

     

    1. Jesus Heals the Deaf and the Dumb Man (Mark 7:31-37)
    2. Jesus Feeds The 4,000 (Mt 15:30-38, Mark 8:1-9)
    3. Jesus Heals The Blind Man (Mark 8:22-26)
    4. Jesus Delivers The Demonized Boy (Mt 17:14-21,

    Mk 9:14-29, Luke 9:37-43)

     

    1. Jesus Provides Money In A Fish’s Mouth (Matt. 17:24-27)
    2. Jesus Heals A Man Born Blind (Jn 9:1-7)
    3. Jesus Heals A Woman Bound By Satan (Luke 13: 10-17)
    4. Jesus Heals A Man With Dropsy (Luke 14:1-6)

     

    1. Jesus Raises Lazarus (John 11)
    2. Jesus Cleanses Ten Lepers (Luke 17:11-19)
    3. Jesus Heals Bartimaeus (Mt 20:29-34, Mark 10:46-52, Luke

    18:35-43)

    1. Jesus Curses A Fig Tree (Mt 21:17-22, Mark 11: 12-14, 20-24)

     

    1. Jesus Replaces Malchus’s Ear (Mt 26:51-56, Mk4: 46-47,

    Lk 22:50-51, Jn 18: 10-11)

    1. Wonders At Calvary
    2. Jesus Provides A Catch Of Fish (Jn 21:1-14)

     

    (There are 35 miracles of Jesus (the number can vary from 33-40 depending on the commentator) given in the New Testament.

     

    • No Gospel writer includes all 35.
    • Scripture makes it clear that Jesus performed many more miracles than the Gospel’s record. (John 20:30-31)
    • Some miracles are included in all four Gospels and some in only one.
    • The miracle accounts may occur in a slightly different order in the different Gospels.

     

    Now let’s focus on…JESUS-THE MIGHTY MIRACLE WORKER

     

    No Matter what miracle the pattern is always the same…

     

    NOTICE THE CRIPPLE THAT IS MENTIONED: 11

     

    Luke 13:11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.

     

    We See Her Hindrance: 16

     

    16 This dear woman, a daughter of Abraham, has been held in bondage by Satan for eighteen years. Isn’t it right that she be released, even on the Sabbath?”

     

    Jesus said the woman hindrance was the devil who had bound her.

    According to Romans 8:15, Jesus does not bind us but free us.

    I wonder today how many people the devil has fooled and in doing so has bound them in shackles?

     

    A man was out hunting and came across a large hole in the ground. Seizing a pole he thrust it into the hole. But, to his dismay, the ground under him suddenly caved in and, before he realized what had happened, he found himself in a den of hissing, squirming, biting snakes.

     

    He was unable to extricate himself from these fearful creatures or to combat them. He cried piteously, and his cries brought his companions. They threw him a rope and he clung to it while they pulled him out, but he was badly bitten.

     

    We should be careful how we tamper with sin and play around the devil’s dens

     

    The Devil has many devices in his den to attract them and get them into bondage.

     

    He binds people today with:

    Alcohol-

    .

    Drugs

    -Drugs are killing My Brother (article) by John’s 10-year-old brother. It used to be a happy world before drugs came into it. My brother John* learned to use alcohol and smokes at school, from his schoolmates and their parents.

     

    Those drugs made him depressed and sad, so he changed to speed. He can’t get his car licensed because he spends his money on drugs. John lies, too. We asked him about a mark on his arm and he said he scraped it on a car, but we found out it was from needles. John is skinny because the speed takes away his appetite.

     

    Speed has made his back teeth go rotten and black, too. He lost his job because he hit his boss when he was in a bad temper. His eyes look like Frankenstein’s eyes when he takes drugs. I wish John would not do drugs.

     

    Material things

    -

    Sexual Perversion

     

    We See Her Hurting:

    11 he saw a woman who had been crippled by an evil spirit. She had been bent double for eighteen years and was unable to stand up straight.

     

    She was bent double, she was never able to look up and see the sky, but always had to look down into the dirt.

     

    Can you imagine how embarrassing/humiliating that must have been to her? Yet sin is like that, it will embarrass you, it will hurt you.

     

    We See Her Helplessness:

    11

    and could in no wise lift up herself.

     

    She had probably tried many time to lift herself up but she would always fail.

    Many are like her today, they try to lift themselves out of sin with their own power. The need to know that only Jesus can lift them and make them right.

     

    I have heard testimonies from so many who have gone through REHAB programs. They got victory over drugs or booze through Christ.

    The rehab hospitals could get them off drugs or booze but gave them no power to stay off. Christ gave them the power to have victory.

     

    The awesome power of a God given conviction to say NO is a simple solution to booze and drugs.

     

    We See Her Hope

    :

    10 

    One Sabbath day as Jesus was teaching in a synagogue,

     

    Notice where she was at? At the Synagogue, at God’s house. She was there hoping to find hope.

    This lady really had a desire to go to God’s House. Think of what it took her to get dress and walk to Church.

     

    I amazed at the excuses I have got over the years about not coming to Church.

    I not sure I be at Church Sunday, I think I might be sick,

    I have to stay with my sick boy, yet I saw both eating out Sunday.

    I can’t come until I lose weight.

     

    I can’t come, I get nervous around crowds, yet I saw him at a ball game.

    An old question: “Can I be a Christian without joining the church or attending worship?”

    Answer: “Yes, it is possible. But it is something like being:

    l A student who will not go to school;

     

    l A soldier who will not join the army;

    l A citizen who does not pay taxes or vote;

    l A salesman with no customers;

    l An explorer with no base camp;

     

    l A seaman in a ship without a crew;

    l A businessman on a deserted island;

    l An author without readers;

    l A football player without a team;

     

    l A politician who is a hermit;

    l A scientist who does not share his findings;

    l A bee without a hive.”

     

    NOTICE THE CHRIST THAT IS MENTIONED:

    12

     

    Notice That Christ Saw Her

    : 12

    And when Jesus saw her

     

    Out of the crowd, Jesus saw her, not the building, or the choir but her. He saw her pain, he saw her problem.

     

    Jim Bishop writes this interesting story: “You don’t hear much about Robert De Vincenzo, the tough Argentine golfer, and he may not be the world’s greatest, but he is all man all the way. Not long ago, he surprised everybody by winning a tournament, and they gave him his check on the eighteenth green. He flashed a smile for the flash bulbs and walked alone to the clubhouse.

     

    “In back, where his car was parked, a sad-eyed young lady walked up to him. ‘It’s a good day for you,’ she said, ‘but I have a baby with an incurable disease. It’s of the blood, and the doctors say she will die.’ De Vincenzo paused. In slow English, he said, ‘May I help your little girl?’

     

    The woman’s face froze. He took out a pen, endorsed his winning check, and pressed it into her hand. ‘Make some good days for the baby,’ he said. He accepted all the congratulatory handshakes soberly and said nothing.

     

    “A week later, he was having lunch in a country club when a PGA official approached. ‘Some of the boys in the parking lot told me you met a young woman after you won the tournament,’ he said. De Vincenzo nodded. ‘Well,’ said the official, ‘I have news for you. She’s a phony.

     

    She has no sick baby. She’s not even married. She fleeced you, my friend.’ The golfer looked up. ‘You mean that there is no baby who is dying without hope?’ he said. The PGA official said, ‘Right.’ De Vincenzo grinned. ‘That’s the best news I’ve heard all week,’ he said.”

     

    Notice That Christ Spoke To Her

    :12

    and said unto her

     

    This woman felt like no one cared for her, she probably hated to walk Church because nobody wanted her fellowship.

    But Jesus spoke to her with tender words. Words of care and concern about her problem.

     

    You may be here today, and feel like that no one cares for you; you think that you don’t count. But I got news for you, you count for Jesus, He loves you.

    Because Jesus showed love and compassion, we who are in His family should do the same to the world around about us.

     

    NOTICE THE CURE THAT IS MENTIONED:

    12

     

    Notice Rapidness Of The Cure:13A

    And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight,

    and glorified God.

     

    When Jesus touched her, she was made well right there on the spot. He didn’t’ tell her to go home and take pill for 30 days, but He made her straight.

    After looking in the dust for 18 years, she looks and the first thing she sees is the face of Jesus. Then she sees the people and the world around her.

     

    I am glad that Jesus can make a sinful life straight also. Jesus knows just where to touch you, He knows how to meet your need.

     

    Notice The Rejection Of The Cure:14-15

    And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

     

    [15] The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

     

    The poor woman who had been set free was praising the Lord, and all her friends were rejoicing and shouting, “Hallelujah, Praise the Lord!” But the leader of the synagogue couldn’t stand it. In the midst of the rejoicing, he jumped to his feet and ordered everyone to be quiet and stop rejoicing. There wasn’t going to be any healing in HIS synagogue on the Sabbath.

     

    Jesus pulled back curtain of their life and it showed they were hypocrites, they were more in the needs of their oxen that the needs of people.

     

    Notice The Rejoicing Of The Cure:13,17

    And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

     

    I believe if you had been bowed down for 18 years and Jesus made you straight, you too would have rejoiced as this woman did and her friends with her.

     

    Jesus wants to do the same for you that He did for this woman. Here’s His word for you: “Straighten up.” If your marriage is a mess and you feel bent over from the burden, let Jesus touch you, then straighten up and praise Him. If addicted to something, Satan has you bound, let Jesus touch you, then, straighten up.

     


Jun 4, 2017
6-4-17 AM

Exploring and Discovering Gods Plan

SEARCHING THE VISIBLE,

DISCOVERING THE INVISIBLE

 

 

Colossians 1:15-16

 

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions 
or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 

 

Daniel 2:1

 

 

In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

Have you ever felt that God has lost control?

Top of Form

Bottom of Form

  • Woman who had been involved in an accident was filling out the police report.
  • "I hit a patch of ice, my car began to spin counterclockwise. I hit the curb at which point my car began to spin clockwise. After that I narrowly avoided getting a house and a telephone pole. And if that point I lost control of my vehicle."

Have you ever felt like your life was out of control?

Have you ever felt even God had lost control?

Sometimes we look at the events in our life, or t of our friends, or at the evening news, and we can’t help but wonder

, "God what is your plan for this world?"

THIS WEEK OUR VBS TEAM and GALACTIC EXPLORERS will DISCOVER GODS PLAN

 

SPOILER ALERT!!!!

I want to assure you that, even we can’t see it, God is still in charge and God still has a plan.

Whether you know it or not you are involved in at least three aspects of God’s plan!

King Nebuchadnezzar

found out the hard way

that God had a plan.

He has a dream one night. He can’t remember his dream, but it troubled him and kept him from sleeping.

Eventually, Daniel is called in to interpret the dream.

"God has a plan, Oh King, and you are part of it!"

We will look at this in more detail this, I want to use it this morning as a starting place to explore God’s plan in the world today.

What is God’s plan, and how does it involve us?

God has a cosmic plan

What is God’s cosmic plan? What does that even mean? Cosmic Plan?

It is His eternal plan of

reconciliation and redemption

.

Follow this progression:

*the creation of the universe

*the fall of humanity into sin, it’s tragic results in the human race

*Christ’s incarnation and death of the cross

*the ultimate redemption of all that has been tainted by sin

THAT IS THE WHOLE PICTURE IN A VERY FEW WORDS

Unless you see and believe the

big picture

you will miss the detailed plan

 

VBS THEME is AWESOME....

SEARCHING THE VISIBLE,

DISCOVERING THE INVISIBLE

  • The Bible is like that. Unless you understand that the bible is really just God giving us the details of His Cosmic plan, those details won’t make much sense to you.

You might say "that’s really nice to know, but it doesn’t have very much to do with me!"

Wrong!  

John 3:16

.

 

How you relate to God’s cosmic plan will determine where you spend eternity.

Through God’s cosmic plan He is able to offer us forgiveness and redemption.

How we respond to His offer of forgiveness and redemption makes all the difference in the world!

God has a cosmic plan, and one way or another you are involved in that plan.

God has a national plan

Back to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream... Let me just give you the punch line:

It involved the rise and fall of different nations that would play a part in God’s plan. And the rise and fall of those nations is in the hand of God!

This might surprise you, but the reason Babylon existed was to judge the nation of Israel. See 

Habakkuk 1:6

.

For 490 years Israel had been sinning against God. At the end of 490 years God said, "That’s enough!" And so He sent Babylon into Israel to judge the nation.

 

  • An Atheist in Midwest wrote to paper and said, “I’m going to prove there is no God.” Planted corn in one certain section of farm. Only worked it on Sunday. Would curse the name of God as he worked it. Produced more per acre than any other part of his farm, and more than any of his godly neighbors.
  • Wrote editorial letter and said, “I guess that proves there is no God.”
  • The wise and godly editor simply added this comment after the man’s letter. “No, it only proves that God doesn’t always settle accounts in September.”
  • God waited 490 years to settle his account with Israel, and when he did settle it he used to Babylon to do so.
The Bible says,

"Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."

God blesses those nations that honor him. But he also judges those nations that dishonor Him.

I tremble for our country.

Our country was founded on Christian principles. More and more, we are living in a time when those principles are just being ignored. They are being violated! We need to remember the lesson that Israel learned, and that Babylon learned, and that all the other nations that have preceded us learned. We exist only by the grace and forbearance of God. When we stop honoring him we do so at our own risk.

God has a national plan.

God has a personal plan

The things that happened in Daniel’s life were no accident.

 

 

He was where he was at the time he was, was all part of God’s sovereign plan for his life.

God had a personal plan for Daniel’s life!

I want you to know something. God has a personal plan for each and every person who has ever been born.

He has one for me, and he has one for you! Now, I’m not certainly not the only person who believes this:

q Jeremiah did. 

Jeremiah 1:5

q Psalmist did. 

Psalms 139:16

q Jesus did. 

Matthew 26:39

Many believe life just happens by

random chance

.
  • We weren’t created by design- we’re just products of chance. They believe there is no plan or purpose behind our lives- we are what we are because we just happened to be that way.
  • God says something different, however. He says, “I created you, and I created you for a purpose. I have a plan and a will for your life!”

God has a will for our lives.

We may be ignorant of that will, or we may choose rebelliously not to follow that will, but the fact remains that God has a will for our lives!

I used to think that most people didn’t know God’s will for their life. But do you know something?

I’ve changed my mind on that. I believe that most people know at least a large portion of God’s will for their life.

 

 

The problem is not with knowing God’s will; the problem is with doing God’s will.

 

May I ask you something?

What would be different in your life if you were perfectly living out God’s will?

 

God has a cosmic plan:

Do you know Christ?

God has a national plan:

Are you praying for your country?

God has a personal plan for you:

Are you following it?

 

____________________________________________

 

GALACTIC STARVEYORS

DISCOVERING THE GOD

OF THE UNIVERSE

 

Discover the incredible mysteries of the final frontier—right from your own backyard. Your telescope becomes a portal through which you encounter amazing and wonderful things designed by a Creator who is even bigger than the vastness of His creation. But the most amazing wonder to be discovered truly boggles the mind. The God who created everything there is—the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible—wants a relationship with you! And from the very beginning, God had a plan to restore the relationship He knew we would break.

BIBLE VERSE: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions 
or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16

The Relationship Began

Bible Passage:

 Genesis 1:1-2,26-31; John 1:1,14

Bonus Verse: He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

The Point:

 The God who created everything wants a relationship with us.

 

The Relationship Broken

Bible Passage:

 Genesis 3

Bonus Verse: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

The Point:

 Sin messed everything up, but God is still in control.

 

The Restoration Promised

Bible Passage: 

Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 2:22-38

Bonus Verse: The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. John 1:14a

The Point:

 God sent His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.

 

The Relationship Restored

Bible Passage:

 Mark 15:22–16:7

Bonus Verse: In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them. 2 Corinthians 5:19a

The Point: 

Jesus gave His life to be my Savior.

 

The Relationship Continues

Bible Passage:

 John 21:1-19; Acts 1:4,8

Bonus Verse: But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit–the Father will send Him in My name–will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26

The Point:

 Even though I mess up, God still loves me and will never leave me.

Motto:

SEARCHING THE VISIBLE, DISCOVERING THE INVISIBLE

 

 

 

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  • Jun 4, 20176-4-17 AM
    Jun 4, 2017
    6-4-17 AM

    Exploring and Discovering Gods Plan

    SEARCHING THE VISIBLE,

    DISCOVERING THE INVISIBLE

     

     

    Colossians 1:15-16

     

    He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions 
or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. 

     

    Daniel 2:1

     

     

    In the second year of his reign, Nebuchadnezzar had dreams; his mind was troubled and he could not sleep.

    Have you ever felt that God has lost control?

    Top of Form

    Bottom of Form

    • Woman who had been involved in an accident was filling out the police report.
    • "I hit a patch of ice, my car began to spin counterclockwise. I hit the curb at which point my car began to spin clockwise. After that I narrowly avoided getting a house and a telephone pole. And if that point I lost control of my vehicle."

    Have you ever felt like your life was out of control?

    Have you ever felt even God had lost control?

    Sometimes we look at the events in our life, or t of our friends, or at the evening news, and we can’t help but wonder

    , "God what is your plan for this world?"

    THIS WEEK OUR VBS TEAM and GALACTIC EXPLORERS will DISCOVER GODS PLAN

     

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!

    I want to assure you that, even we can’t see it, God is still in charge and God still has a plan.

    Whether you know it or not you are involved in at least three aspects of God’s plan!

    King Nebuchadnezzar

    found out the hard way

    that God had a plan.

    He has a dream one night. He can’t remember his dream, but it troubled him and kept him from sleeping.

    Eventually, Daniel is called in to interpret the dream.

    "God has a plan, Oh King, and you are part of it!"

    We will look at this in more detail this, I want to use it this morning as a starting place to explore God’s plan in the world today.

    What is God’s plan, and how does it involve us?

    God has a cosmic plan

    What is God’s cosmic plan? What does that even mean? Cosmic Plan?

    It is His eternal plan of

    reconciliation and redemption

    .

    Follow this progression:

    *the creation of the universe

    *the fall of humanity into sin, it’s tragic results in the human race

    *Christ’s incarnation and death of the cross

    *the ultimate redemption of all that has been tainted by sin

    THAT IS THE WHOLE PICTURE IN A VERY FEW WORDS

    Unless you see and believe the

    big picture

    you will miss the detailed plan

     

    VBS THEME is AWESOME....

    SEARCHING THE VISIBLE,

    DISCOVERING THE INVISIBLE

    • The Bible is like that. Unless you understand that the bible is really just God giving us the details of His Cosmic plan, those details won’t make much sense to you.

    You might say "that’s really nice to know, but it doesn’t have very much to do with me!"

    Wrong!  

    John 3:16

    .

     

    How you relate to God’s cosmic plan will determine where you spend eternity.

    Through God’s cosmic plan He is able to offer us forgiveness and redemption.

    How we respond to His offer of forgiveness and redemption makes all the difference in the world!

    God has a cosmic plan, and one way or another you are involved in that plan.

    God has a national plan

    Back to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream... Let me just give you the punch line:

    It involved the rise and fall of different nations that would play a part in God’s plan. And the rise and fall of those nations is in the hand of God!

    This might surprise you, but the reason Babylon existed was to judge the nation of Israel. See 

    Habakkuk 1:6

    .

    For 490 years Israel had been sinning against God. At the end of 490 years God said, "That’s enough!" And so He sent Babylon into Israel to judge the nation.

     

    • An Atheist in Midwest wrote to paper and said, “I’m going to prove there is no God.” Planted corn in one certain section of farm. Only worked it on Sunday. Would curse the name of God as he worked it. Produced more per acre than any other part of his farm, and more than any of his godly neighbors.
    • Wrote editorial letter and said, “I guess that proves there is no God.”
    • The wise and godly editor simply added this comment after the man’s letter. “No, it only proves that God doesn’t always settle accounts in September.”
    • God waited 490 years to settle his account with Israel, and when he did settle it he used to Babylon to do so.
    The Bible says,

    "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord."

    God blesses those nations that honor him. But he also judges those nations that dishonor Him.

    I tremble for our country.

    Our country was founded on Christian principles. More and more, we are living in a time when those principles are just being ignored. They are being violated! We need to remember the lesson that Israel learned, and that Babylon learned, and that all the other nations that have preceded us learned. We exist only by the grace and forbearance of God. When we stop honoring him we do so at our own risk.

    God has a national plan.

    God has a personal plan

    The things that happened in Daniel’s life were no accident.

     

     

    He was where he was at the time he was, was all part of God’s sovereign plan for his life.

    God had a personal plan for Daniel’s life!

    I want you to know something. God has a personal plan for each and every person who has ever been born.

    He has one for me, and he has one for you! Now, I’m not certainly not the only person who believes this:

    q Jeremiah did. 

    Jeremiah 1:5

    q Psalmist did. 

    Psalms 139:16

    q Jesus did. 

    Matthew 26:39

    Many believe life just happens by

    random chance

    .
    • We weren’t created by design- we’re just products of chance. They believe there is no plan or purpose behind our lives- we are what we are because we just happened to be that way.
    • God says something different, however. He says, “I created you, and I created you for a purpose. I have a plan and a will for your life!”

    God has a will for our lives.

    We may be ignorant of that will, or we may choose rebelliously not to follow that will, but the fact remains that God has a will for our lives!

    I used to think that most people didn’t know God’s will for their life. But do you know something?

    I’ve changed my mind on that. I believe that most people know at least a large portion of God’s will for their life.

     

     

    The problem is not with knowing God’s will; the problem is with doing God’s will.

     

    May I ask you something?

    What would be different in your life if you were perfectly living out God’s will?

     

    God has a cosmic plan:

    Do you know Christ?

    God has a national plan:

    Are you praying for your country?

    God has a personal plan for you:

    Are you following it?

     

    ____________________________________________

     

    GALACTIC STARVEYORS

    DISCOVERING THE GOD

    OF THE UNIVERSE

     

    Discover the incredible mysteries of the final frontier—right from your own backyard. Your telescope becomes a portal through which you encounter amazing and wonderful things designed by a Creator who is even bigger than the vastness of His creation. But the most amazing wonder to be discovered truly boggles the mind. The God who created everything there is—the knowable and the unknowable, the visible and the invisible—wants a relationship with you! And from the very beginning, God had a plan to restore the relationship He knew we would break.

    BIBLE VERSE: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For everything was created by Him, in heaven and on earth, the visible and the invisible, whether thrones or dominions 
or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. Colossians 1:15-16

    The Relationship Began

    Bible Passage:

     Genesis 1:1-2,26-31; John 1:1,14

    Bonus Verse: He is before all things, and by Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:17

    The Point:

     The God who created everything wants a relationship with us.

     

    The Relationship Broken

    Bible Passage:

     Genesis 3

    Bonus Verse: For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. Romans 3:23

    The Point:

     Sin messed everything up, but God is still in control.

     

    The Restoration Promised

    Bible Passage: 

    Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:18-24; Luke 2:22-38

    Bonus Verse: The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. John 1:14a

    The Point:

     God sent His Son, Jesus, to be the Savior of the world.

     

    The Relationship Restored

    Bible Passage:

     Mark 15:22–16:7

    Bonus Verse: In Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them. 2 Corinthians 5:19a

    The Point: 

    Jesus gave His life to be my Savior.

     

    The Relationship Continues

    Bible Passage:

     John 21:1-19; Acts 1:4,8

    Bonus Verse: But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit–the Father will send Him in My name–will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have told you. John 14:26

    The Point:

     Even though I mess up, God still loves me and will never leave me.

    Motto:

    SEARCHING THE VISIBLE, DISCOVERING THE INVISIBLE

     

     

     

  • May 28, 20175-28-17
    May 28, 2017
    5-28-17
    Memorial Day and Lord's Supper
     

    EXPRESSION, EXPLANATION, EXPECTATION, EXAMINATION, ENCOURAGEMENT.

    Top of Form

    Bottom of Form

    WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THE MEMORY?

    I Corinthians 11:23-33

    With five words, I want to attempt to make a lasting

    impact

    on your mind concerning the Lords Supper.

    I- EXPRESSION: V-24

    And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.

    We are expressing our Love for Jesus, for it is a way we can say to Jesus, we love you, we remember what you did for us.

    On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941, 350 Japanese war planes bombed Pearl Harbor. 18 battle ships were sunk or destroyed. 200 airplanes were put out of commission. 3, 581 servicemen were either killed or wounded.

    Because of that America’s war cry as she entered World War II was this motto: “Remember Pearl Harbor”.

    This Morning, we too have a battle cry and it is: “Remember Jesus Christ.”

    We are to remember the high cost of our salvation

    . What’s free to you and I, cost Jesus dearly, his body and his blood. He paid it all with his very life.

    In Psalms 34:20, it says that no bones of Jesus Christ would be broken. And it was fulfilled when the soldier came to break His legs and found him already dead.

    Yet Jesus said, this is my body, which is broken for you. We are to remember His body was broken in many ways.

    His back was broken by the whip.

    They broke his bow with the crown of thorns.

    They broke His cheeks when they ripped his bread from His face.

    They broke his hands when they drove the nails through them.

    His side was broken when they thrust the spear into His side.

    We must never forget that the body of Jesus Christ was broken on the cross for you and I.

    II-EXPLANATION: V-26

    For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.

    The word “show” means to tell, to explain. Thus every time we gather at the Lord’s table, we are preaching a sermon that Christ is the Savior of the world through His death on the cross.

    The owner of a large warehouse was concerned about his profit margin, and he decided to make an onsite inspection. He saw a young man leaning up against a wall apparently not working. The owner said to him, "How much do you make per week?" The young man said, "$320." The owner reached into his pocket and pulled out $320 and handed the man the money and told him, "You can leave. We don’t need you around here anymore." As the young man walked away, the warehouse supervisor arrived and the owner asked him, "How long has that fellow been working for us?" The supervisor looked as the young man drove away and replied, "He doesn’t work for us; he was here making a delivery." Moral of the story: DON’T JUMP TO CONCLUSIONS.

    Don’t be like the little boy who said to his dad, I am glad we having the Lord’s supper tonight. I guess that means we want have any preaching?

    Well he was jumping to the wrong conclusion, for the Lord’s is preaching at its best.

    III- EXPECTATION: V-26B

    For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord’s death till he come.

    When we come to the Lord’s table, we are testifying that one-day we will be caught up together in the air by the Lord.

    The Christ who was born at Bethlehem, the Christ who was crucified on the cross, the Christ who arose from the grave, the Christ who we fellowship with today; this Christ is coming again.

    As we look around at the world this morning, we see some bad things. Crime is everywhere, in cities and in countryside; Alcohol and drug consumption is destroying people’s lives; Families are being torn apart by the devil; All types of sins are abounding everywhere.

    But as we come to the Lord’s table today, we can still be joyous in the midst of a troubled world for Jesus one day will take us out this world to a better place in heaven.

    IV- EXAMINATION: V-28

    But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

    Some people say, I will not take of it, for I am not worthy. In saying that, they don’t realize that they are saying, God you are not able...You wasted the death of your son. You are really saying...I AM NOT WILLING

    I believe there are two ways a person can take of it unworthy.

    1. One would be that a lost person should never take the Lords Supper verse 29 says, they “drinketh damnation to himself”.

     

    1. Also I believe a Christian can be guilty if there is unconfessed sins in their life. Verse 3 says, ” For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.”
    But notice what verse 31 says,

    “For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.”

    Like the disciples at the first supper, when they said,

    Lord is it I?

    When a person who is a Christian refuses to take the Lord’ s supper, they are saying, I refuse to examine my-self, I refuse to repent of my sins.

    For the commandment is for all to take of it.

    Now it says a man is to examine him-self

    Examine you self.

    Listen, if you are here today without Christ, you are standing on the brink of eternity gambling with your soul. And where you will land is a place called hell. You will plunge to your eternal death. My friend don’t gamble with your soul. Don’t guess; take the test. Receive Christ today.

    Christian, what about you. Examine yourself before the table. What’s your temperature? Hot or Cold?

    V-ENCOURAGEMENT: V-33

    Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another.

    In these verses, five times, Paul says, “come together.” He is saying when you come to the Lord’s table, not be only thinking what you will get out if it, but thing about others also.

    I can’t imagine taking the Lord’s Supper alone. I need every one of you. I need your presence to encourage me.

    A little boy was taken to an orphanage after his parents were killed. The first need was to find him a new set of clothes. He was given a new pair of pants, a new shirt, and a pair of shoes that shinned as he saw his face in its glow. Lastly, he was offered a new hat. But he refused to take it. He hung on to his worn out and dirty hat. Finally, the Sister was able to coax him into trying on the new cap. He tried it on, liked it, but then did something very funny. He reached inside his old cap and tore the lining out and placed it in his pocket. Noticing the Sister had a puzzled look on her face, he said,

    "Mom put the lining in my cap... the lining is a part of her dress; it’s all I’ve got left of her and somehow it seems to bring her back."

     

  • May 24, 20175-24-17 Wed.
    May 24, 2017
    5-24-17 Wed.
    Wednesday Night 5-24-17
    Phil and Caleb
     
    Paul and Timothy Dialogue
  • May 21, 20175-21-17 AM
    May 21, 2017
    5-21-17 AM

     

    Graduate Recognition

    Impression VS Impact

     

    “What one generation tolerates, the next generation will embrace.” John Wesley

     

    “If the church marries herself to the spirit of the times, she will find herself a widow in the next generation.” Charles Stanley

     

    Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)
    Mt 5:13

    “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.


    Mt 5:14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
    Mt 5:15

    Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.


    Mt 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

    Matthew 5:13-16 (MSG)

    “Let me tell you why you’re here. You’re here to be salt-seasoning that brings out the God-flavors of this earth. If you lose your saltiness, how will people taste godliness? You’ve lost your usefulness and will end up in the garbage.

     

    Here’s another way to put it: You’re here to be light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill.

     

    If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a bucket, do you? I’m putting you on a light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand – shine!

     

    Keep open house; be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, you’ll prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven.”

     

    We should not ask, "What is wrong with the world?" for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, "What has happened to the salt and light?"
    John R. W. Stott

     

     


    Seasoned For Purpose

    Matthew 5:13 (NIV) 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. [1]

     

    Either of the main functions of

    salt, as flavor or as preservative, fits the image. The rabbis used salt as a symbol for wisdom (loses its saltiness is lit. ‘Becomes foolish’).[2]

     

    In a world that is in desperate need of the flavor of God, this is where we find that the believer is made to impact the world with His “saltiness.”


    “What have you given the world it never possessed before you came?”
    Billy Sunday

     

    God equips us with the salty flavor. We have to be willing to go deeper than making an impression, to making an impact.

     

    Impression

    : impression n. An effect, feeling, or image retained as a consequence of experience. A vague notion, remembrance, or belief

     

    Impact: to have a direct effect or impact on

    impinge on

     

     

    “We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining- they just shine.”

    Dwight L. Moody

     

    Showcased For Persistence

     

    Matthew 5:14-15 (NIV) 14 “You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15

    Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

    Christ showcases you and me, the Christ followers of the world, in order that we might be seen.

     

    There are moments in my life that I would want no one to see me, for I feel as if I’m not “showcase” worthy.

     

    We have to realize that we are living in a world without power, in total darkness, and we are to be the “switch” in which they can turn on in order to see the gospel shine forth.

     

    James 1:27 helps us see that we are to refuse to let the world corrupt you stay pure and persistent in the gospel in showcasing Jesus in whatever you do.

     

    Persistence: the continuance of an effect after the cause of it has stopped

     

    “Unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils. But if God be for you, who can be against you? Are all of them together stronger than God? O be not weary of well doing!”

    ― John Wesley

    Saved For Praise

     

    Matthew 5:16 (NIV) 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. [3]

    On a daily basis would you say that your life could be seen by others as one who truly knows and praises the Lord in all aspects of your life?

     

    I think that we have been raised to think that works are a bad thing. Works are not bad in themselves, it is the motivation and inspiration behind them that can be bad.

     

    In fact this verse calls us to “let our light shine…….see your good deeds” so that they will praise the “Father in Heaven.”

     

    We are saved so that we will want to do great things for Christ, and through our works others will see His light shining through us, and we will not just impress them but we will impact them to worship Christ.

     

    In the smallest of things done for the gospel, the greatest of glory is given to Christ. In the greatest of things done for the gospel, the greatest of glory is given to Christ.

     

    We are given light for the purpose of praise.

     

    Brings a new meaning to Col 3:23:

    Colossians 3:23 (NIV) 23 Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, [4]

     

    Will you make a great impression or make a great impact?

     

    [1] The Holy Bible : New International Version

    . electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984

    lit. literally

    [2]Carson, D. A.: New Bible Commentary : 21st Century Edition

    . 4th ed. Leicester, England; Downers Grove, Ill., USA : Inter-Varsity Press, 1994, S. Mt 5:11

    [3] The Holy Bible : New International Version

    . electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984

    [4] The Holy Bible : New International Version

    . electronic ed. Grand Rapids : Zondervan, 1996, c1984
  • May 14, 20175-14-17 AM
    May 14, 2017
    5-14-17 AM
    "5-14-17 AM" Mother's Day and Parent/Baby Dedication