Jul 14, 2019
Angels At Work In Our Lives
Psalm 34:7; 91:11
 
Psalm 34:7 “God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.”
 
Psalm 91:9-12 “yes, because God is your refuge, the Most High God your very own home. Evil cannot get close to you, harm cannot get through the door.
 
He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble they will catch you from falling. You will walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.”
 
I. God Uses Angels To Care For Us
 
Angel – means messenger.
 
1 Kings 19:5 “He lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, Get up and eat!”
 
Exodus 23:20 , “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way & to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
“The time came when the beggar (Lazarus) died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.”
 
II. God Uses Angels To Teach Us How To Praise
 
Psalm 148:2 “Praise him, all his angels, praise him all his heavenly hosts.”
 
Heavenly hosts- means angelic armies
 
Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we are also surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
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  • Jul 14, 2019Angels At Work In Our Lives
    Jul 14, 2019
    Angels At Work In Our Lives
    Psalm 34:7; 91:11
     
    Psalm 34:7 “God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.”
     
    Psalm 91:9-12 “yes, because God is your refuge, the Most High God your very own home. Evil cannot get close to you, harm cannot get through the door.
     
    He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble they will catch you from falling. You will walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.”
     
    I. God Uses Angels To Care For Us
     
    Angel – means messenger.
     
    1 Kings 19:5 “He lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, Get up and eat!”
     
    Exodus 23:20 , “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way & to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
    “The time came when the beggar (Lazarus) died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.”
     
    II. God Uses Angels To Teach Us How To Praise
     
    Psalm 148:2 “Praise him, all his angels, praise him all his heavenly hosts.”
     
    Heavenly hosts- means angelic armies
     
    Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we are also surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
  • Jul 7, 2019The Evil Lies Of Satan
    Jul 7, 2019
    The Evil Lies Of Satan
    Ezekiel 28:11-19
     
    ''We're not born of fornication. We have one Father, even God.''
     
    Jesus answered ''You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.''
     
    I. Who Is The Devil?
     
    The serpent, another name for the devil, ''...he's more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.''
     
    ''Again, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD GOD, you had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering. The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper. The sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald. And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you on the day that you were created. They were prepared. You were the anointed cherub who covers...''
     
    Lucifer, means ''light-bearer,''
     
    vs 12 ''You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.''
     
    Vs 14 ''You were the anointed cherub who covers...''
     
    ''You were the anointed cherub who covers, who, literally, guards.''
     
    vs 13, '' ..and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets...'' Settings mean tambourines. sockets mean pipes.
     
    II. What Happened To The Beautiful Angel That Caused Him To Become Satan
     
    vs 15, ''You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned. Therefore, I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God, and I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.''
     
    (1) The sin of pride
    Isaiah 14, ''How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning...''
     
    'I will ascend to heaven. I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will make myself like the Most High God!'''
     
    ''I'm too beautiful. I'm too glorious.
     
    (2) the Sin of ingratitude.
     
    (3) The Sin of Rebellion
     
    ''He sails a sinking ship. He rules a doomed domain.'' ~ Adrian Rogers
     
    vs 17….. I put you before kings, that they may see you.''
  • Jun 30, 2019Believers and Citizenship
    Jun 30, 2019
    Believers and Citizenship
    1 Peter 2:13-17
     
    “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”
     
    I. We Are To Have Proper Respect of Others
     
    Proper respect- means to assign value
     
    (a) We are to love believers
    Love- unselfish love – Agape – God love
     
    (b) We are to show loving fear to God
    Show reverence Show respect Be in awe
     
    “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” ~Proverbs 1:7
     
    (c) We are to submit to the Government
    VS 13 Submit yourself to every authority instituted among men
     
    Submit - military word literally meaning to line up under the authority
     
    II. Believers Are To Understand The Purpose Of God in Government
     
    Vs 14 government officials “are sent by God to punish those who do wrong and to commend those Who do right”
     
    III. Believers As American Citizens Can Make A Positive Difference
    (1) Study the issues and vote
    (2) Pray for our elected leaders
    (3) Communicate Your Convictions
  • Jun 23, 2019Have You Surrendered Your Life To God?
    Jun 23, 2019
    Have You Surrendered Your Life To God?
    Romans 12:1-2
     
    Romans 12:1 “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
     
    I. Because God Is God of The Universe
     
    Romans 11:33 "Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God; how unfathomable, unsearchable, are His judgments and unfathomable His ways. For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has become His counselor, or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever, amen."
     
    Hebrews 4 "We don't have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us come before Him with boldness, with confidence. Come before the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. He's the God of mercies."
     
    II. Pride Makes Surrendering To Our Lord challenging
     
    III. Fear Makes It Difficult To Surrender All To Our Lord
     
    1 Peter 5:6 "Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time."
     
    Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path." 
  • Jun 16, 2019Parenting In 2019 Culture (Part 2)
    Jun 16, 2019
    Parenting In 2019 Culture (Part 2)
    Ephesians 6:1-4 - “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor your father and mother that it may go well with you and that you may live long in the land. Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.”
     
    I. God Speaks To Children First
     
    ''Honor your father and mother''
     
    Children, obey your parents
     
    Children- word for offspring,
     
    Obey- idea of acknowledge authority.
     
    Your parents- children are to obey their parents.
     
    The chief authority in a child's life under God is the parent
     
    In the Lord- Obedience is not unto sin.
     
    For this is right - It is the right thing to do!
     
    Why because God's Word says so.
     
    Children obey in the Lord... parents bring them up in the instruction of the Lord.
     
    God is the SUPREME AUTHORITY
     
    II. Children Honor Your Parents
     
    III. God Promises Children Who Honor Parents Will Be Blessed
     
    IV. God Speaks To Fathers (Parents)
     
    Do not provoke to anger-provoke means to stir up
     
    Prov. 22:24-25- “Make no friendship with someone given to anger, nor go with a wrathful man, lest you learn his ways and entangle yourself in a snare.”
  • Jun 2, 2019Worship
    Jun 2, 2019
    Worship
    Romans 1:16-26; 28-32
  • May 26, 2019The Parable of the Sower – Cultural Christianity
    May 26, 2019
    The Parable of the Sower – Cultural Christianity
    Mark 4
  • May 19, 2019How To Handle Doubt
    May 19, 2019
    How To Handle Doubt
    Series: Christianity 101 Matthew 11:2-6
     
    Matthew 11:2-6 "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ, he sent word by his disciples, and said to Him, Are You the Expected One, or shall we look for someone else? And Jesus answered and said to them, Go and report to John what you hear and see - the blind receive sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, and the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he who keeps from stumbling over Me." John, Jesus goes on to say, is the greatest prophet. He said, "Of those born of women, there is none greater than John the Baptist." And so the greatest of men, the greatest of prophets, he was struggling with doubt. "Are You the Expected One, or should we look for someone else?"
     
    I. Be Aware Doubts May Enter Your Life
     
    Some reasons why doubts arise.
     
    (1) When we face difficult circumstances
     
    vs 2, "Now when John in prison heard of the works of Christ...."
     
    "Hey, follow Him. Follow Jesus. He must increase; I must decrease."
     
    (2) doubts come when we get impatient with God
    II. Doubts Enter When You Place Your Feelings Ahead Of Your Faith
     
    Psalm 62: 8 "Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us."
     
    III. When Doubt Enters Take Time To
     
    Examine The Truth Of The Word Of God
     
    Isaiah 35, 3-6 "Encourage the exhausted, and strengthen the feeble; say to those with anxious heart, Take courage, fear not. Behold, your God will come with vengeance. The recompense of God will come, but He will save you. Then the eyes of the blind will be opened, and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped. Then the lame will leap like a deer, and the tongue of the dumb will shout for joy, for water will break forth in the wilderness and streams in the Araba."
  • May 12, 2019Parenting In 2019 Culture
    May 12, 2019
    Parenting In 2019 Culture
    Ephesians 4:29-32
     
    Ephesians 4:22-24 “in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupt ed in accordance with the lusts of deceit. Be renewed in the spirit of your mind, put on the new self, which is in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.”
     
    Proverbs 14:12, ''There's a way that seems right to a man but the end thereof are the ways of death.''
     
    I. Home Should Have A Culture of Encouragement
     
    vs 29, ''Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment that it may give grace to those who hear.''
     
    Hebrews 3:13 ''But encourage one another day after day as long as it is still called today lest any of you be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin.''
     
    Encouragement – means to give other person strength
     
    Unwholesome- corrupt, bad, rotten
     
    Proverbs 18, ''Death and life are in the power of the tongue.''
     
    II. Home Should Have A Spiritual Culture
     
    vs 30 ''And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption."
    Grieve means ''to distress.'' ''to make sorrowful.'' ''to offend.''
     
    III. Home Should Have A Kindness Culture
     
    vs 31: ''Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice.''
     
    ''And be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.''
     
    Bitterness means a smoldering resentment
     
    Clamor is noisy complaint
     
    slander, that's the word for the devil, he's the slanderer.
     
    Malice is to plot & think evil of others.
     
  • May 5, 2019Where Is The Evidence You Are A Believer?
    May 5, 2019
    Where Is The Evidence You Are A Believer?
    Series: Christianity 101
    John 15:1-11
     
    ''I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it shall be done for you. By this is My Father glorified that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love; just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. These things I have spoken to you that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full.”
     
    John 15, ''I am the Vine, you're the branches, you're going to bear fruit for Me.''
     
    the fruit of the Spirit, that's inner fruit - love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control
     
    ''Let your light so shine among men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father who's in heaven.''
     
    I. Some Believers Never Bear Fruit
     
    ''that you bear much fruit and so prove to be My disciples.''
     
    II. How Does A Believer Bear Much Fruit?
     
    Vs 5: ''I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit...'' ''...for apart from Me you can do nothing.''
     
    Abide- used 10 times in this passage
     
    ''to dwell, to live, to remain, to stay in a place, to stay in a state.''
     
    III. How Does A Believer Abide in Jesus?
     
    Vs 9 Jesus said, ''Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love. Just as the Father has loved Me...''
     
    Sum up Christianity: “Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.''
     
    ''He still working on me to make me what I ought to be. It took Him just a week to make the moon and the stars and the sun and the earth and Jupiter and Mars. How loving and patient He must be. He's still working on me.''