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Dec 2, 2018
Herod’s Story Sermon 12-2-18
Series: Stories
HERODS STORY HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS THE STORY Matthew 2:1-18, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He send them to Bethlehem and said,’ Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’ After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’ When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.’ For the Grinch, he had a heart that was two sizes too small. For Herod, his heart was hard and filled with venomous emotions.  
  1. HEROD’S HEART TREMBLED WITH FEAR
Matthew 2:3, “When King Herod                                                                                                                                                 this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” Fear will cause is to alter our lives in unreasonable ways. Herod had a problem with insecurity.
  1. HEROD’S HEART OVERFLOWED WITH JEALOUSY.
“Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’” III. HEROD’S HEART BURNED WITH ANGER. Matthew 2:16, “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” Proverbs 29:11, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
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  • Dec 2, 2018Herod’s Story Sermon 12-2-18
    Dec 2, 2018
    Herod’s Story Sermon 12-2-18
    Series: Stories
    HERODS STORY HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS THE STORY Matthew 2:1-18, “After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, ‘Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Christ was to be born. ‘In Bethlehem in Judea,’ they replied, ‘for this is what the prophet has written: ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler who will be the shepherd of my people Israel.’ Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He send them to Bethlehem and said,’ Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’ After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and of incense and of myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to go back to Herod, they returned to their country by another route. When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. ‘Get up,’ he said, ‘take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child kill him.’ So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: ‘Out of Egypt I called my son.’ When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: ‘A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more.’ For the Grinch, he had a heart that was two sizes too small. For Herod, his heart was hard and filled with venomous emotions.  
    1. HEROD’S HEART TREMBLED WITH FEAR
    Matthew 2:3, “When King Herod                                                                                                                                                 this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him.” Fear will cause is to alter our lives in unreasonable ways. Herod had a problem with insecurity.
    1. HEROD’S HEART OVERFLOWED WITH JEALOUSY.
    “Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, ‘Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.’” III. HEROD’S HEART BURNED WITH ANGER. Matthew 2:16, “When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi.” Proverbs 29:11, “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”
  • Nov 25, 2018The Great Pretender Sermon 11-25-18
    Nov 25, 2018
    The Great Pretender Sermon 11-25-18
    Series: Stories
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  • Nov 4, 2018Stories Sermon- The Orphan’s Story 11-4-18
    Nov 4, 2018
    Stories Sermon- The Orphan’s Story 11-4-18
    Series: Stories
    Stories of our faith part 6 The Orphans Story Romans 8:14-16 God’s arrangement, access and assurance 1) Arrangement of Adoption Romans 8:14 For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. The believer is not just a child of God, but an heir of God as well. Being a child means that I have a family now; being an heir means I am included in the family 2) Access through Adoption Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" The first adoption recorded in Scripture was that of Moses (see Ex. 2:1–10).. Because Esther’s parents had died, she was adopted by an older cousin named Mordecai, who loved her as a father and took special care to look after her welfare (see Esther 2:5–11). The most touching adoption mentioned in the Old Testament was that of Mephibosheth, the crippled son of Jonathan and the only remaining descendent of Saul.
  • Oct 28, 2018Stories Sermon-The Ministers Story 10-28-18 AM
    Oct 28, 2018
    Stories Sermon-The Ministers Story 10-28-18 AM
    Series: Stories
    “The Ministers Story” The minister’s story can be summarized in one word…availability not ability Luke 5:1-11  One day as Jesus was preaching on the shore of the Sea of Galilee,[a] great crowds pressed in on him to listen to the word of God. He noticed two empty boats at the water’s edge, for the fishermen had left them and were washing their nets. Stepping into one of the boats, Jesus asked Simon,[b] its owner, to push it out into the water. So he sat in the boat and taught the crowds from there. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, “Now go out where it is deeper, and let down your nets to catch some fish.” “Master,” Simon replied, “we worked hard all last night and didn’t catch a thing. But if you say so, I’ll let the nets down again.” And this time their nets were so full of fish they began to tear! A shout for help brought their partners in the other boat, and soon both boats were filled with fish and on the verge of sinking. When Simon Peter realized what had happened, he fell to his knees before Jesus and said, “Oh, Lord, please leave me—I’m such a sinful man.” For he was awestruck by the number of fish they had caught, as were the others with him.10 His partners, James and John, the sons of Zebedee, were also amazed. Jesus replied to Simon, “Don’t be afraid! From now on you’ll be fishing for people!” 11 And as soon as they landed, they left everything and followed Jesus.   We need to be AVAILABLE to do the ministry that God has called us to do. - God uses those who make themselves AVAILABLE to Him. 5:1 – Through the Word comes salvation & Spiritual growth – Romans 10:17 – God uses AVAILABLE sources. 5:2 – They were thirsty for the Word of God. 5:3 – Simon Peter’s boat became AVAILABLE for Jesus to use. - Peter could have refused … Jesus doesn’t force us. 5:4 – When we make AVAILABLE what little we have, He will lead us into deeper and greater things. - Jesus will lead you one step at a time. - You have to let Jesus into your boat. - If you want to catch fish, you have to let down your nets. - Don’t do nothing, because you see all that you can’t do. - Jesus wants you to do what you can – Mark 14:8 5:5 – Don’t let failure in the past keep you from a ministry now. - Victory comes when we do what Jesus says. 5:6-7 – If Peter had obeyed completely, his nets wouldn’t have broken. - We look at our inadequacies & inabilities, and see holes in our net. - Even with a broken net, Peter still caught fish. 5:8-9 – You will be amazed at what God can do with your broken net. - Make your weaknesses AVAILABLE for Christ to use. - If you give Jesus the nothing that you are and have, He will make you something for Him. - We aren’t worthy to be a pulpit for Christ … but we are. 5:10-11 – Jesus brought them from doing little things, to doing great things.
    • When Jesus speaks … you listen.
    • Where the Lord leads you … you go.
    • What the Lord gives you … you make AVAILABLE to Him.
    Make sure Jesus is in your boat!
  • Oct 21, 2018The Stories of Our Faith Part 3 Sermon 10-21-18
    Oct 21, 2018
    The Stories of Our Faith Part 3 Sermon 10-21-18
    Series: Stories
    STORIES OF OUR FAITH part 3 The Marriage Story “We had no idea what we were getting into. That was probably a good thing”.  
    1. The Problem: Busy but Lonely
    “The Lord God said, ‘It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him.’ Now the Lord God had formed out of the ground all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds of the air and all the beasts of the field. But for Adam no suitable helper was found” (Genesis 2:18-20).  
    1. The Solution: A Partner Who Completes
    “So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep; and while he was sleeping, he took one of the man’s ribs and closed up the place with flesh. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man. The man said, ‘This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called “woman,” for she was taken out of man’” (Genesis 2:21-23). III. The Design: Intimacy and Transparency “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. The man and his wife were both naked, and they felt no shame” (Genesis 2:24-25). Leaving means breaking away from your parents to establish a home of your own. Cleaving means being glued together so tightly no force can tear you apart. Intimacy involves growing together over the years so that while you are still two people, in a deep way you have become “one flesh.” It includes sexual relations, but it is more than that. Transparency means having a relationship built on such trust that you can let down the barriers and allow another person to know you deeply — body, soul and spirit.
  • Oct 14, 2018The Stories of Our Faith Part 1 Sermon 10-14-18
    Oct 14, 2018
    The Stories of Our Faith Part 1 Sermon 10-14-18
    Series: Stories
    The Stories of Our Faith part 1 Luke 5 Have you noticed how much of Gods Word is stories? There is power in a story. God’s story has the power to save and transform. Top of Form Bottom of Form “I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to all who believe, but the Jew first and also the Greek.” Romans 1:16. The spiritual forces of evil are working in the sons of disobedience to craft their messages and tell their stories in our entertainment business with amazing success. Luke 5 Jesus has four encounters with four individuals whose lives were impacted by Jesus and they were never the same again. These stories are told to show us what happens when we meet Jesus. Through the stories we are invited to participate and see Jesus. God wants us to join in the story. What is your story? Can you tell it?