11/29/15

The Word Became Flesh

11/29/15

Description:The Word Became Fleshand Lived with UsOnly Two ChoicesLu 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.Your name, O Lord, endures forever;your fame, O Lord, is known to every generation.For the Lord will give justice to his people and have compassion on his servants. Psalm 135:13-14 The God’s of the Nations Mouths/Don’t Speak Eyes/Can’t SeeEars/Don’t HearMouths/Don’t BreatheAnd those who make idols are just like them, as are all who trust in them. Psalm 135:18The God’s of the Nations Mammon“Confidence”Dumb, Blind, Deaf, DeadIn the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.John 1:1And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. John 1:14 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.John 3:16For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.Romans 10:10Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough….in my Temple. Malachi 3:10Only Two Choices Lu 16:13 No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

11/22/15

Peace at Thanksgiving

11/22/15

Description:Phil. 4:13 For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. “Merry Christmas! What right have you to be merry? You’re poor enough.” “Come, then,” returned the nephew gaily. “What right have you to be dismal? What reason have you to be morose? You’re rich enough.” Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol Finding Peace this Thanksgiving Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. Phil. 4:6 1. Pray About Everything 2. Tell God What You Need 3. Thank Him for What He Has Done. His peace will guard your hearts (Emotions)and minds (Thinking)as you live in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7Anxious ThoughtsPersistent state of apprehension or fear.Feelings of dread without valid cause.Concentration problems.Inner tension and nervousness.Catastrophic thinking.Irritability or edginess.Anxious ThoughtsRestlessness and sleeping problems.Hyper-vigilance towards signs of danger.Absentmindedness and mind blanks.Intense/sudden feelings of panic or doom.Fear of losing control or going crazy.Feelings of detachment and unreality.

11/15/15

Peace in the Midst of my Trials

11/15/15

Description:The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.Elizabeth Kubler-Ross(Death: The Final Stage of Growth, 1975) Many are the afflictions of the righteous,but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (19)Affliction will slay the wicked,……… (21)Psalm 34The difference is not in the suffering, the difference is in the sufferer.Thankful for Suffering as a Saint Christian Suffering is Light2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;Christian Suffering is Limited2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;Christian Suffering is More Logical 2Co 4:17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.AristotleFor I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

11/8/15

The Sheer Grace of God

11/8/15

Description:Grace brings into the heart an entirely foreign element. It does not improve and perpetuate; it kills and makes alive. Unthankful for Grace Underestimate The Sovereign The Sheer Grace of God Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down,that the mountains would tremble before you! 2As when fire sets twigs ablazeand causes water to boil, come down to make your name known to your enemiesand cause the nations to quake before you!- Isaiah 64In his presence the mountains quake, and the hills melt away; the earth trembles, and its people are destroyed.- Nahum 1:5All living things ………….will quake in terror at my presence. Mountains will be thrown down; cliffs will crumble; walls will fall to the earth.- Ezekiel 38:20Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in many parts of the world, as well as famines. But this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come.- Mark 13:8And here on earth the nations will be in turmoil, perplexed by the roaring seas and strange tides. ……..Then everyone will see the Son of Man coming on a cloud with power and great glory.- luke 21“But who will be able to endure it when he comes? Who will be able to stand and face him when he appears? - Malachi 3:2Isaiah 64:5 You come to the help of those who gladly do right,who remember your ways. But when we continued to sin against them,you were angry.How then can we be saved?6All of us have become like one who is unclean,and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf,and like the wind our sins sweep us away.7No one calls on your nameor strives to lay hold of you; for you have hidden your face from usand have given us over to our sins.How then can we be saved?Grace, when it comes to us, is like a firebrand dropped into the sea,Sirs, if an heir of wrath is left to be developed, he will become more and more fit for the place prepared for the devil and his angels! You may take the unregenerate man, and educate him to the highest; but he remains, and must forever remain, dead in sin, unless a higher power shall come in and save him from himself.God is our refuge and strength,always ready to help in times of trouble.2So we will not fear when earthquakes comeand the mountains crumble into the sea.3Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! - Psalm 46:20

11/1/15

Houston We Have A Problem

11/1/15

Description:“Catch the foxes for us,The little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” Song of Solomon 2:15‘Listen to the word of the Lord!Thus says the Lord God, “Woe to the foolish prophets who are following their own spirit and have seen nothing. O Israel, your prophets have been like foxes among ruins.Ezekiel 13:4Verse 21- Mental Illness- Nature Worship- False Religion- Sexual Deviance- Social DIsorder- Intellectual ArroganceYes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship him as God or even give him thanks.Romans 1:21

10/25/15

Real Worship

10/25/15

Description:REAL WORSHIP IS....Worship is the submission of all our nature to God. It is the quickening of conscience by His holiness; the nourishment of mind with His truth; the purifying of imagination by His beauty; the opening of the heart to His love; the surrender of will to His purpose-and all of this gathered up in adoration, the most selfless emotion of which our nature is capable and therefore the chief remedy for that self-centeredness which is our original sin and the source of all actual sin. Yes- worship in spirit and truth is the way to the solution of perplexity and to the liberation of sin. - William Temple (Readings in St. Johns Gospel)REAL WORSHIP“What makes you think I want all your sacrifices?” says the Lord. “I am sick of your burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fattened cattle. I get no pleasure from the blood of bulls and lambs and goats. When you come to worship me, who asked you to parade through my courts with all your ceremony? Stop bringing me your meaningless gifts; the incense of your offerings disgusts me! As for your celebrations of the new moon and the Sabbath and your special days for fasting—they are all sinful and false. I want no more of your pious meetings. I hate your new moon celebrations and your annual festivals. They are a burden to me. I cannot stand them!When you lift up your hands in prayer, I will not look. Though you offer many prayers, I will not listen, for your hands are covered with the blood of innocent victims. [Isaiah 1: 11-15]REAL WORSHIP“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow. Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.If you will only obey me,you will have plenty to eat.But if you turn away and refuse to listen,you will be devoured by the sword of your enemies.I, the Lord, have spoken!”REAL WORSHIP IS ABOUT…1) OBEDIENCE2) TRANSFORMATIONAnd so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. [Romans 12:1,2]REAL WORSHIP

10/11/15

What Man Sees vs What God Sees

10/11/15

Description:What Does Man See?What Does God See ?Anger...Fear...Broken Heart...Heavy Weights...1 Peter 5:7Cast it all on Him !

10/4/15

When the other shoe drops

10/4/15

Description:Meaning of CrisisThe English word is based on the Greek term “krisis” which means “to decide.”Crises are life-changing, in part, because decisions must be made that nearly always alter the course of life.Heb 9:27 And <kai> as <kata> <hosos> it is appointed <apokeimai> unto men <anthropos> once <hapax> to die <apothnesko>, but <de> after <meta> this <touto> the judgment <krisis>:ATTITUDE4:1 So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.7 The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. 8 Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Pray LoveShare ServeDear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world.1 Peter 4:12-13MEANING OF CRISISThe English word is based on the Greek term “krisis” which means “to decide.”Crises are life-changing, in part, because decisions must be made that nearly always alter the course of life.Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: To choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's way.Viktor Frankl, concentration camp survivor.

9/27/15

I Will Go

9/27/15

Description:Missionaries to Ethopia

9/20/15

I Will Go

9/20/15

Description:Missionaries To Japan

9/13/15

I Will Go

9/13/15

Description:Reaching the world from LondonActs 4 23-31The Believers Pray for Boldness23 When they were released, they went to their friends and reported what the chief priests and the elders had said to them. 24 And when they heard it, they lifted their voices together to God and said, “Sovereign Lord, who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and everything in them, 25 who through the mouth of our father David, your servant, said by the Holy Spirit,“‘Why did the Gentiles rage, and the peoples plot in vain?26 The kings of the earth set themselves,and the rulers were gathered together,against the Lord and against his Anointed’—27 for truly in this city there were gathered together against your holy servant Jesus, whom you anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, along with the Gentiles and the peoples of Israel, 28 to do whatever your hand and your plan had predestined to take place. 29 And now, Lord, look upon their threats and grant to your servants to continue to speak your word with all boldness, 30 while you stretch out your hand to heal, and signs and wonders are performed through the name of your holy servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place in which they were gathered together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and continued to speak the word of God with boldness.

9/6/15

I Will Give

9/6/15

Description:GENEROUS GIVINGLu 17:26 And as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.Ge 6:1 - And it came to pass, when men began to multiply on the face of the earth, and daughters were born unto them, 2 That the sons of God saw the daughters of men that they were fair; and they took them wives of all which they chose. 4 There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.Perhaps it’s not so far-fetched to see the Second Person of the Trinity, the Word, Who was present “In the beginning” (John 1: 1), coming to lay down His life and take it up again (John 10: 18) not only as the Son of Man but also as a Child of other races?- Brother Guy ConsolmagnoBecause the mentality …amongst those who [are] at the…highest levels of Vatican administration and geopolitics, know…what’s going on in space, and what’s approaching us, could be of great import in the next five years, ten years.(Radio Interview in 1997)- Father Malachi MartinMr 13:22 For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect Ga 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.MATTHEW 6Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:Ps 100:3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; (and not an ancient astronaut) we are his people, and the sheep of his pastureA merino sheep from Australia is making headlines after he was discovered in the wild with a massively overgrown fleece.Chris the sheep strayed from his flock about five years ago and grew a fleece that was about five times its normal size, says Tammy Ven Dange from Australia’s Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)At the time of his discovery, Chris’s wool had grown so large and thick that his eyes were obscured and he could barely walk.The sheer weight of his fleece also made it difficult for Chris to get around, making it more likely he could become dinner for a passing predator, Burgher says.Chris was also in danger of falling over and not being able to get back up, Judy Marteniuk, DVM, an associate professor at Michigan State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, tells Yahoo Health. “If sheep have a large wool coat, they can get on their side and back and be unable to rise,” she says. “Then, basically, they go into heart failure and can die.”For your own good, you need to let the preacher fleece you! A Word to the Last ChurchAnd unto the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write; These things saith the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of the creation of God Rev. 3:14 "Because you say, 'I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing' --and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked, -- "I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; Re 3:17-18

8/30/15

I Will Go

8/30/15

Description:Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.Matthew 28:19Jesus blesses childrenOne day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could lay his hands on them and pray for them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.14But Jesus said,“Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to those who are like these children.”15And he placed his hands on their heads and blessed them before he left.Matthew 19:13-15You can’t GO… Until you know where the main issues are.Rich young man… (Dismayed)- Loss of temporal securityBlind Love Syndrome (Denial)- Romans 3:10-18- Hidden DangersRomans 3:10-18No one… All… No one!You can’t GO… Until the Light has revealed the danger…Rich young man… (Dismayed)- Loss of temporal securityBlind Love Syndrome (Denial)- Hidden DangersBroken glass help… (Discovered)- Sin and SecurityRomans 7“it was the law that showed me my sin” v.7“If there were no law sin would not have power.” v.8“the laws commands, which were supposed to bring life, brought spiritual death instead.” v.10But still, the law itself is holy, its commands are holy right and good.” v.12“You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.15No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.Matthew 5:14-15

8/23/15

Serving Together

8/23/15

Description:Jesus is the Way- The Central IdeaWhen Jesus returned to Capernaum several days later, the news spread quickly that he was back home. Mark 2:1Crowds Get in the WaySoon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. Mark 2:2Critics Despise the WayBut some of the teachers of religious law who were sitting there thought to themselves, “What is he saying? This is blasphemy! Only God can forgive sins!”Mark 2:6-7Courage Finds a WayWhile he was preaching God’s word to them, four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. – Mark 2:2-4

8/16/15

Growing Together

8/16/15

Description:Behold, how good and pleasant it iswhen brothers dwell in unity!Psalm 133:1A Song of Ascents Behold, how good and pleasant it iswhen brothers dwell in unity!Psalm 133:1Ge 3:6 And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.Jas 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. Ps 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the hem of his garments;They begged him to let the sick touch at least the fringe of his robe, and all who touched him were healed.Matthew 14:36Behold, how good and pleasant it iswhen brothers dwell in unity!Psalm 133:1

8/9/15

Worshiping the Divine

8/9/15

Description:But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, 24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.Exodus 21Level of SeverityLength of Sentence Punishment should not have to do with offender but rather the offense. Offenses against: Neighbor- nothing, WarningPolice officer - ArrestPresident- Prison for a long time Level of SeverityLength of Sentence Punishment should not have to do with offender but rather the offense. Offend the Infinite: Level of SeverityInfiniteLength of SentenceInfinite You’re an Idiot No person can judge me, God is my judge.Making it Equal Worship should not be about the worshiper, but rather the one being worshipped. Worshiping the Infinite Level of Worship - HolyAnd they called back and forth one to the other,Holy, Holy, Holy is God-of-the-Angel-Armies.His bright glory fills the whole earth. - Isaiah 6“Quit your worship charades….. I’m sick of your religion, religion, religion, while you go right on sinning….. No matter how long or loud or often you pray, I’ll not be listening. - Isaiah 1Length of Worship - Infinite The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make him known. -Psalm 19“Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth……as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? - Job 38

8/2/15

Moving from I Can to I Will

8/2/15

Description:Now concerning the times and the seasons, brothers, you have no need to have anything written to you. 1 Thessalonians 5:1For you yourselves are fully aware that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them…., and they will not escape.1 Thessalonians 5:2-3But you are not in darkness, brothers, for that day to surprise you like a thief.1 Thessalonians 5:416 So don’t let anyone condemn you for what you eat or drink, or for not celebrating certain holy days or new moon ceremonies or Sabbaths. 17 For these rules are only shadows of the reality yet to come. And Christ himself is that reality.Colossians 24 We must work the works of him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.John 98 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, 9 not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 210 For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.Ephesians 2The Lord gave me this message:“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.Before you were born I set you apartand appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5PERSONALThe Lord gave me this message:“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.Before you were born I set you apartand appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5PURPOSEFULThe Lord gave me this message:“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb.Before you were born I set you apartand appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4-5Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.Hebrews 12:1Christianity makes of life a moral drama in which we play a starring role and in which the most ordinary events take on a grand significance.Dinesh D'Souza

7/26/15

Overcoming Discouragement

7/26/15

Description:Don't let worry kill you off – let the Church helpMy people are destroyed for lack of knowledge;Hosea 4:610How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. 11Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. 12I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.Philippians 4Wrong beliefs fuel bad behavior.Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.Romans 12:2 Identify, Isolate, EliminateIDENTIFYThe prudent understand where they are going,but fools deceive themselves. Proverbs 14:8Hope deferred makes the heart sick,but a dream fulfilled is a tree of life. Proverbs 13:12 ISOLATEYour HabitsGood understanding produces favor,But the way of the treacherous is hard. Proverbs 13:15 NASBYou’re HumanAnd what about the eighteen people who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them? Were they the worst sinners in Jerusalem? Luke 13:4 NLTYou’re Holy The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. John 15:19 NLTELIMINATEYour Habits- Stop being stupid and start being smart. (Ephesians 4) You’re human- Count it all joy! (James 1)You’re Holy- Rejoice and be extremely glad! (Matthew 5)Fear of the Lord is a life-giving fountain;it offers escape from the snares of death.Proverbs 14:27You’re Not Hopeless!

7/19/15

Enduring to the End

7/19/15

Description:"And so," concluded Kierkegaard, "will our age, I sometimes think, go down in fiery destruction to the applause of a crowded house of cheering spectators." CLIMATE CHAOS25“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, 26people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken.Luke 21French Foreign Minister: '500 Days to Avoid Climate Chaos'7:29 AM, May 14, 2014 • By JERYL BIERSecretary of State John Kerry welcomed French foreign minister Laurent Fabius to the State Department in Washington on Tuesday to discuss a range of issues, from Iran to Syria to climate change. Or, in the words of the foreign minister, "climate chaos." Kerry and Fabius made a joint appearance before their meeting, and the foreign minister warned that only 500 days remained to avoid "climate chaos"[emphasis added]:500 Days is September 25th, 2015Climate chaos is not a matter of ecology, it is a matter of theology.Preach20Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22For we know that all creation has been groaning…Romans 8SOCIAL CHAOS5 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. 6 And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.Matthew 24 7 For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in diverse places. 8 All these are the beginning of sorrows.Matthew 24CHRISTIAN CHAOS9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God.1 Corinthians 6 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, 2Th 2:3 Enduring to the EndMt 10:22 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.Christian Calm- Heb. 1035So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! 36Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.37“For in just a little while, the Coming One will come and not delay. 38And my righteous ones will live by faith.But I will take no pleasure in anyone who turns away.” 39But we are not like those who turn away from God to their own destruction. We are the faithful ones, whose souls will be saved.Suffering, failure, loneliness, sorrow, discouragement, and death will be part of your journey, but the Kingdom of God will conquer all these horrors. No evil can resist grace forever.Brennan Manning

7/12/15

Prodigal Freedom

7/12/15

Description:“It is impossible to rightly govern a nation without God and the Bible.” George Washington(1st President of the United States)“We recognize no sovereign but God, and no King but Jesus!” John Adams(2nd President of the United States)“The reason that Christianity is the best friend of government is because Christianity is the only religion that changes the heart.” Thomas Jefferson(3rd President of the United States)It can not be emphasized too strongly or too often that this great nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians, not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ!Patrick Henry(Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.)Supreme Court DecisionsRomans 1:22 and 25 “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ………they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” *Engle v Vitale (1962) Prayer in Schools Unconstitutional(Ruled Against New York) ==========Romans 1:22 and 25 “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ………they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” *Abington v Schempp (1963)Daily reciting of Bible in School Unconstitutional(Ruled Against Pennsylvania) ===========Romans 1:22 and 25 “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ………they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” *Epperson v. Arkansas (1968)Evolution Must Be Included(Ruled Against Arkansas)==========Romans 1:22 and 25 “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ………they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” *Roe vs. Wade (1973)Restrictions to Abortion Unconstitutional (Ruled Against Texas)==========Romans 1:22 and 25 “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ………they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” *Wallace v. Jaffree (1985) Minute of Silence Unconstitutional (Ruled Against Alabama)==========Romans 1:22 and 25 “Claiming to be wise, they became fools, ………they exchanged the truth about God for a lie.” *Obergefell v. Hodges (2015) Gay Marriage Made Legal (Ruled Against Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Texas. )==========The Constitution is not an instrument for the government to restrain the people, it is an instrument for the people to restrain the government - lest it come to dominate our lives and interests.Patrick Henry (Governor of Virginia, from 1776 to 1779 and from 1784 to 1786.)Dred Scott v. Sandford (1857The Supreme Court however ruled against Scott, returning him to slavery because African-Americans could not be citizens of the U.S. and therefore had no right to sue.And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, Abraham Lincoln-March 30, 1863"When all Americans are treated as equal we are all more free. Barack ObamaWhy are the nations so angry?Why do they waste their time with futile plans?2The kings of the earth prepare for battle;the rulers plot together against the Lordand against his anointed one.3“Let us break their chains,” they cry,“and free ourselves from slavery to God.”Psalms 2"We have gone from One Nation Under God to a Nation Out From Under God. …..Like the Prodigal Son who left his Father’s House, we think we are finally free………BUT WE HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE ENSLAVED.Provision Lost- Protection Lost – Preach “Sometimes there are days like this, when that slow, steady effort is rewarded with justice that arrives like a thunderbolt,”Barak Obama Reaction to Gay Marriage Ruling For as the lightning flashes in the east and shines to the west, so it will be when the Son of Man comes. Matthew 24:27Ez. 33Once again a message came to me from the Lord: 2“Son of man, give your people this message: ‘When I bring an army against a country, the people of that land choose one of their own to be a watchman. 3When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. 4Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die. 5They heard the alarm but ignored it, so the responsibility is theirs. If they had listened to the warning, they could have saved their lives. 6But if the watchman sees the enemy coming and doesn’t sound the alarm to warn the people, he is responsible for their captivity. They will die in their sins, but I will hold the watchman responsible for their deaths.’And, insomuch as we know that, by His divine law, nations like individuals are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war, which now desolates the land, may be but a punishment, inflicted upon us, for our presumptuous sins, It behooves us then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.Proclamation of a National Day of Fasting Abraham Lincoln-March 30, 1863

7/5/15

Why Sit Here

7/5/15

Description:And there were four leprous men at the entering in of the gate: and they said one to another, Why sit we here until we die?2 Kings 7:3Why Sit Here ?RAGS .... to RICHES .... to RESPONSIBILITY

6/28/15

Session 1

6/28/15

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6/28/15

Session 2

6/28/15

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6/28/15

Session 3

6/28/15

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6/28/15

Session 4

6/28/15

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6/21/15

Special Message

6/21/15

Description:Father's Day

6/14/15

Filling the Empty Cup

6/14/15

Description:Filling the Empty CupProverbs 22:6Train up a child in the ways he should go. Even when he is old he will not depart from it.STEP 1 - BE AN EXAMPLELet’s get to trainingSTEP 2 - TEACH IN THE HOMEShow upReadWalk as Enoch and God did. Catch the teachable moments.STEP 3 - SERVEIt's going to take all of us !

6/7/15

The Terminal Generation

6/7/15

Description:Mt 25:1 - "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.Mt 25:3 "Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 "but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.Ps 45:6 -Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; A scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You With the oil of gladness more than Your companions.Zech. 1:6 "This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: 'Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,' Says the LORD of hosts.Outward appearances or statements of faith are not enough to really know whether or not a person has “oil in their lamp”. It is not until one understands the effect the Holy Spirit has on a person that it becomes evident. -Preach- John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth. John 16:8 "And when He has come, He will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:13 "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth.Mt 25:1 - "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.Mt 25:1 - "Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.2Ti 3:1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come….5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!The church of the Terminal Generation is one that is half full of people who say they are Christians but do not hold to the truths found in God’s Word. They simply are not being led into truth by the Spirit. -Preach-1Jo 2:4 - He that saith, I know him, and keeps not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him

5/31/15

The Parable of the Talents

5/31/15

Description:“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.Matthew 25:14He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. Matthew 25:15“The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.Matthew 25:16-18“The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.Matthew 25:16-18Live your life on the cutting edge of failure, not foolishly, but where God will give you what you need to achieve the goal. Doing nothing is never an option. -Preach-13 And it shall come to pass, as soon as the soles of the feet of the priests that bear the ark of the LORD, the Lord of all the earth, shall rest in the waters of Jordan……17 And the priests that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD stood firm on dry ground in the midst of Jordan, and all the Israelites passed over on dry ground,Joshua 3Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’Matthew 25:24-25========================================'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.‘Matthew 25:23

5/24/15

The Angry Farmer

5/24/15

Description:Matthew 2145 When the leading priests and Pharisees heard this parable, they realized he was telling the story against them—they were the wicked farmers. 46 They wanted to arrest him,The InvestmentThe PlotThe PlantsThe ProtectionThe PressThe ProtectorsThe InsultKilled the ServantsKilled the SonWe Don't Do That !The Interrogation 40“When the owner of the vineyard returns,” Jesus asked, “what do you think he will do to those farmers?”The Instruction 44Anyone who stumbles over that stone will be broken to pieces, and it will crush anyone it falls on.”They that know God will be humble and they that know themselves cannot be proud.” John Flavel

5/17/15

Press On

5/17/15

Description:I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me. 13No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us. (Philippians 3:12-14 NLT)Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you. (Philippians 3:15 NLT)But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. (Philippians 3:16 NLT)

5/10/15

The University of Mom

5/10/15

Description:The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him:Proverbs 31:11. Stay Sexually Pure! Do not waste your strength on women,on those who ruin kings.Proverbs 31:22. Stay Away from Alcohol! It is not for kings, O Lemuel, to guzzle wine.Rulers should not crave alcohol.Proverbs 31:43. Speak up for those who have no voice. Pr 31:8 Open your mouth for the speechless, In the cause of all who are appointed to die.4. Speak up for the poor. Pr 31:9 Open your mouth, judge righteously, And plead the cause of the poor and needy.

5/3/15

The Weeds

5/3/15

Description:PLEASE NOTE: The recording of this sermon was partially cutoff at the beginning because of a software issue. I think only a couple of minutes was lost, but i'm not sure. Sorry for the inconvenience.Mt 13:24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;Mt 13:24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field;25 "but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way.The Kingdom of Heaven...1. UniversalPs 103:19 -The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.2. MediatorialMt 6:10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.Mt 16:19 "And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."Mt 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.Mt 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.Mt 5:20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

4/26/15

The Four Soils

4/26/15

Description:PARABLESA parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaningA person is not locked out of understanding by election but by rejection. Mt 13:3 Then He spoke many things to them in parables, saying: "Behold, a sower went out to sow. 4 "And as he sowed, some seed fell by the wayside; and the birds came and devoured them. 5 "Some fell on stony places, where they did not have much earth; and they immediately sprang up because they had no depth of earth. 6 "But when the sun was up they were scorched, and because they had no root they withered away. 7 "And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up and choked them8 "But others fell on good ground and yielded a crop: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. 9 "He who has ears to hear, let him hear!"One Sower, One Seed, Four Soils PathStonyThornyGoodSo what’s the Problem? Sower?Seed? No, it’s the Soil! Jer 4:3 For thus says the LORD to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: "Break up your fallow ground, And do not sow among thorns.Ho 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness; Reap in mercy; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD, Good soil is not good because it has a different composition, but because it is properly prepared.- John MacArthur

4/19/15

Message 1

4/19/15

Description:An Earthly Story with a Heavenly Meaning Matthew 13:10 And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” “Judgment because it kept them in the darkness that they loved (cf. John 3:19); but mercy because they had already rejected the light, so any exposure to more truth would only increase their condemnation.”Rom 1:21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.You don’t know what you don’t know!2 Th 2:11And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousnessGod will not give you more until you are obedient with what you have. Isa 55:6 Seek the LORD while He may be found, Call upon Him while He is near.

3/15/15

7 Sayings of Jesus on the cross

3/15/15

Description:Man had done his worst, but the death of Jesus had been premeditated by God Himself. Ac 4:27 "For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together 28 "to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.Isaiah 53:9Although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth.10 Yet it was the will of the Lord to crush him; he has put him to grief;#1 - The Word of ForgivenessThen said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do. Luke 23:34 Ignorance might be bliss but ignorance is not innocence when it comes to the things of God. #2 - The Word of SalvationAnd Jesus said to him, "Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with Me in Paradise.“Luke 23:43 36Let all the house of Israel therefore know for certain that God has made him both Lord and Christ, this Jesus whom you crucified.”37Now when they heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?”

3/1/15

Did God Say That

3/1/15

Description:In those days there was no king in Israel: every man did that which was right in his own eyes. (perception) Judges 21:25Every way of a man is right in his own eyes,But the Lord weighs the hearts.Proverbs 21:2Matthew 5You Have Heard, But I Say….Teaching About Anger Teaching About AdulteryTeaching About DivorceTeaching About VowsTeaching About RevengeTeaching About EnemiesYou Have Heard….Silly ThingsAdam ate an apple. Jonah was swallowed by a whale. The Lord works in mysterious ways.Cleanliness is next to Godliness. Three Wise Men Visit Jesus .God helps those that help themselves. You Have Heard….Social Things1. Religion and Politics Don’t Mix.Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.2Pe 2:10 But chiefly them that walk after the flesh in the lust of uncleanness, and despise government. Presumptuous are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities.Pr 14:34 Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any peopleSaying that religion and politics don’t mix is like saying religion and the family don’t mix, or that religion and the church don’t mix. One must realize that God created the government, the family, and the church for His purpose. Each of these entities is designed by God to bring holiness to an individual and with that, order to society.-Preach- 2. Jesus was not anti-gayNo where in the NT does Jesus ever speak against homosexuality. Mt 5:18 "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Le 18:22 'You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.Le 18:24 'Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you.You Have Heard….Eternal Things1. There is no Hell. Lu 16:22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments,2. All roads lead to HeavenMatthew 7:13: You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.Joh 14:6 Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

2/22/15

Afer I Do

2/22/15

Description:Find Your Place (Eph. 5)21 And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.Fuel Your Passion (Eph. 5)25 For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for herAgape- UnconditionalStorge- AffectionPhilia- FriendshipEros- Sexual Needs Focus on Purity (Eph. 5)26 to make her holy and clean, washed by the cleansing of God’s word. Follow the Pattern (Eph. 5)32 This is a great mystery, but it is an illustration of the way Christ and the church are one"So highly does the Lord esteem the communion of His church," Calvin wrote," that He considers everyone a traitor and apostate from religion who perversely withdraws himself from any Christian society which preserves the true ministry of the word and sacraments." - Charles W. ColsonThe church and family are so closely linked that you can be a traitor to one by leaving the other.- Preach

2/15/15

Before I Do

2/15/15

Description:The Church at Ephesus4 But I have this against you: you have let go of the love you had at first. 5 So remember the high point from which you have fallen. Change your hearts and lives and do the things you did at first. Ephesians 51 Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.2 Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God.Two Myths About Marriage Everything good will get better. Everything bad will disappear. Thomas a KempisIf you cannot make yourself be as you would like to be, how can you expect to have another person be to your liking in every way? We desire to have others perfect, and yet we do not correct our own faults. Sexual Boundaries3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.Financial Boundaries3 Let there be no sexual immorality, impurity, or greed among you. Such sins have no place among God’s people.Thought Life Boundaries4 Obscene stories, foolish talk, and coarse jokes—these are not for you. Instead, let there be thankfulness to God.Speech Boundaries12 It is shameful even to talk about the things that ungodly people do in secret.Friendship Boundaries6 Don’t be fooled by those who try to excuse these sins, for the anger of God will fall on all who disobey him.Social Boundaries7 Don’t participate in the things these people do.11 Take no part in the worthless deeds of evil and darkness; instead, expose themDo This…….Don’t be lazy. Seek God’s Will for your life. Be filled with the Spirit. Listen to good music/it affects your heart. Be thankful to God! Learn to Honor others Chains do not hold a marriage together. It is threads, hundreds of tiny threads, which sew people together through the years. -Simone Signoret Eph 5:31 'For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and be united to his wife; and the man and his wife shall become one.'

2/8/15

Message 2

2/8/15

Description:The Greatest Thing of AllThree things will last forever- faith, hope, and love- the greatest of these is love. I Corinthians 13:13Greek Words for Love “Storge”- Affection“Philia”- Friendship“Eros”- Romance“Agape”- Unconditional loveC.S.Lewis That just as Lucifer —a former archangel—perverted himself by pride and fell into depravity, so too can love—commonly held to be the arch-emotion—become corrupt by presuming itself to be what it is not.The Doctrine of EvilEvil is love perverted. We either love too much, too little, the wrong thing, or the wrong way. Ro 12:10 Be kindly affectioned <philostorgos> one to another….Rom 12:10… with brotherly love; <philadelphia> 1Th 4:5 Not in passion of lust, like the Gentiles who do not know God;Heb 13:4 Marriage is honorable among all, and the bed undefiled; but fornicators and adulterers God will judge.I Corinthians 13:13….the greatest of these is love. <agape>“Agape” Love ….is best displayed on a dark canvas. It is a “top down” love. Unconditional. -PreachAgape” Love Joh 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

2/1/15

Message 1

2/1/15

Description:First, Who is God ?Next, Who Am I ?Last, What is Love ?First, Who is God ?The Command“Be Still and Know That I am God”A.W.TozierThe Low view of God entertained almost universally among Christians is the cause of a hundred lesser evils everywhere among us. God is All-KnowingHow great is our Lord! His power is absolute!His understanding is beyond comprehension!Psalm 147:5Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon me, and he told me to say, “This is what the Lord says…..I know every thought that comes into your minds.- Ezekiel 11:5God is All-Powerful Then Job replied to the Lord:“I know that you can do anything,and no one can stop you.- Job 42:2Our God is in the heavens,and he does as he wishes.Psalm 155:3It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God.Hebrews 10:31Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands.Deut. 7:9Next, Who Am I ?Man is created in the image of God, fallen, and now he creates God in his image. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.” Genesis 3:5So now,In man’s quest to be God, (who is love perfected) he, in his fallen state, ends up in a state of love perverted. Man thinks he knows all things and thinks he is all powerful but fails to recognize that he is perverted. This creates all kinds of evil. – Preach The Doctrine of EvilEvil is love perverted. We either love too much, too little, the wrong thing, or the wrong way. In the end,Sin will be rampant everywhere, and the love of many will grow cold. Matthew 24:12What Does Love Have to do with it ?Three things will last forever- faith, hope, and love- And the greatest of these three things is love. 1 Corinthians 13:13Last, What is Love ?-- Next Week --

1/25/15

Message 2

1/25/15

Description:Are the things you are living for worth Christ dying for ?- Leonard RavenhillAc 2:42 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. 43 Then fear came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were done through the apostles.Four Things Worth Dying For1. Doctrine- What we Learn 2 Timothy 4:3For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. 4They will reject the truth and chase after myths.Doctrines of Social Issues-Rev. 316 But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth! ……. So be diligent and turn from your indifference.Doctrines of Social Issues Gen 197 “Please, my brothers,” he begged, “don’t do such a wicked thing. “Stand back!” they shouted. “This fellow came to town as an outsider, and now he’s acting like our judge! We’ll treat you far worse than those other men!” And they lunged toward Lot to break down the door.“I tell you the truth, of all who have ever lived, none is greater than John the Baptist. Matt. 11:11Four Things Worth Dying For 1. Doctrine- What we Learn 2. Fellowship- How we LiveTrue Fellowship – Acts 1625Around midnight Paul and Silas (in prison) were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening.Four Things Worth Dying For 1. Doctrine- What we Learn 2. Fellowship- How we Live3. Breaking of Bread – How We Love 4. Prayer- Our Language Albert Barnes says…..In prayers…This was one effect of the influence of the, Spirit, and an evidence of their change. A genuine revival will be always followed by a love of prayer.

1/18/15

Message 1

1/18/15

Description:EXCELLENCELuke 13:7 "Then he said to the keeper of his vineyard, 'Look, for three years I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none. Cut it down; why does it use up the ground?' 8 "But he answered and said to him, 'Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and fertilize it.AristotleWe are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore is not an act, but a habit.The "Guts" of a ChurchPersonnel- Paid and VolunteerPrograms- ContentProperties- Policies- Constitution, S.O.F. (Managing our Context)

1/11/15

1 5 4

1/11/15

Description:1 - 1 Purpose 5 - 5 Functions4 - 4 ResultsPURPOSEThe Great CommissionFUNCTIONSEvangelismDiscipleshipFellowshipMinistryWorship4 RESULTSNumerical GrowthSpiritual GrowthExpanding MinistriesExpanding Missions1 5 41 Purpose5 Functions4 ResultsHow Are We Doing ?How Are You Doing ?

1/4/15

Self-Aware

1/4/15

Description:Biblical Self-Examination for a New Year James 123 For if you listen to the word and don’t obey, it is like glancing at your face in a mirror. 24 You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like. Luke 136 Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. 7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’ “The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.9 If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’”“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.SELF AWARE ?2 For people will love only themselves and their moneySELF AWARE ?3 They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control.SELF REGULATE ?“Watch out! Don’t let your hearts be dulled by carousing and drunkenness, and by the worries of this life. Don’t let that day catch you unaware. Luke 21:34“Suppose you sin by violating one of the Lord’s commands. Even if you are unaware of what you have done, you are guilty and will be punished for your sin.Leviticus 5:17In an age of self-love, we have become terribly self-unaware. – Preach Self UnawareMen will be lovers of themselves - 2 Timothy 3Love is BlindLove Covers a Multitude of Sins- 1 Peter 4:8Self LoveMen Become Self Unaware But very Self-Actualized. (2 Timothy 3)7 Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’Self Aware ?OMNIPOTENCE: The belief that I can do anything. I have no needs, and I don’t require help from those around me.DENIAL: The conviction that problems (or my limitations) are not really there, especially when I only focus on the stuff I perceive as good.IDEALISATION: The sense that I/we are moving to a bright and perfect future. There are no problems there. Any problems that remain can just be dressed up and turned into virtues.“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer.GALATIANS 522 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.