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Mar 28, 2021
Was Palm Sunday A Tragedy or Triumph?
John 12:12-19

“On the next day a large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.’

Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.  These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.

So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him.  For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.  So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are not doing any good: look, the world has gone after Him.” ~ John 12:12-19

I. The Chief Priests and the Pharisees

We find in Matthew 26:3-4 “then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priests, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and to kill him”

Caiaphas is recorded in John 11 of saying, “it is better for one to die than for the whole Nation to perish. So from that day, they plotted to take the life of Jesus.”

II. Ordinary Jewish Worshippers of the Law

III. You and I Also Put Jesus Christ on The Cross

Isaiah 53:5-6 “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

“For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever might believe in Him might not perish but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16

“when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son” ~ Romans 5:10 

“the lamb of God was slain from the creation of the world” ~ Revelation 13:8
 
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  • Mar 28, 2021Was Palm Sunday A Tragedy or Triumph?
    Mar 28, 2021
    Was Palm Sunday A Tragedy or Triumph?
    John 12:12-19

    “On the next day a large crowd who had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and began to shout, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel.’

    Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written, coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.  These things His disciples did not understand at the first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written of Him, and that they had done these things to Him.

    So the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, continued to testify about Him.  For this reason also the people went and met Him, because they heard that He had performed this sign.  So the Pharisees said to one another, ‘You see that you are not doing any good: look, the world has gone after Him.” ~ John 12:12-19

    I. The Chief Priests and the Pharisees

    We find in Matthew 26:3-4 “then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priests, whose name was Caiaphas, and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and to kill him”

    Caiaphas is recorded in John 11 of saying, “it is better for one to die than for the whole Nation to perish. So from that day, they plotted to take the life of Jesus.”

    II. Ordinary Jewish Worshippers of the Law

    III. You and I Also Put Jesus Christ on The Cross

    Isaiah 53:5-6 “He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. We, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

    “For God so loved the world that he gave His only begotten Son that whosoever might believe in Him might not perish but have everlasting life.” ~John 3:16

    “when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son” ~ Romans 5:10 

    “the lamb of God was slain from the creation of the world” ~ Revelation 13:8
     
  • Mar 21, 2021What Are You Pouring Into Your Mind?
    Mar 21, 2021
    What Are You Pouring Into Your Mind?

    2 Timothy2: 6-13

    Series: Final Words of Apostle Paul

    “These are the kind of people who smooth-talk themselves into the homes of the unstable and needy women and take advantage of them; women who depressed by their sinfulness, take up with every new religious fad that calls itself truth. They get exploited every time and never really learn.  These men are those old Egyptians frauds Jannes and Jambres, who challenged Moses.  They were rejects from the faith, twisted in their thinking, defying truth itself.  But nothing will come of these latest imposters.  Everyone will see through them, just as people saw through that Egyptian hoax. You have been a good apprentice to me, a part of my teaching, my manner of life, direction, faith, steadiness, love, patience, troubles, sufferings – suffering along with me in all the grief I had to put up with in Antioch, Iconium, and Lystra. And you also well know that God rescued me!  Anyone who wants to live all out for Christ is in for a lot of trouble; there is no getting around it.  Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They are as deceived as the people they lead astray.  As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.”

    I. Remember Jesus Christ Has Already Won
     
    II. Remember The Life Of A Believer Will Never Be Easy

    Acts 14 Paul said, through many tribulations we must Endure to enter the kingdom of God. He never said it would be easy to be a believer

    Jesus said, “Do not be surprised if the world hates you. Know that it hated me before it hated you” ~John 15:18

    Revelation 2:10 “Be faithful unto death and I will Give you the crown of life”
     
    III. There Are Rewards For The Faithful
     
    “Behold I come quickly(suddenly), and my reward Is with me to render to every one according to Your deeds.”
     
  • Mar 14, 2021How To Live A Life That Is Pleasing To God
    Mar 14, 2021
    How To Live A Life That Is Pleasing To God
    2 Timothy 2
     
    I. Understand and Trust in God’s Grace
     
    Grace - that undeserved – unmerited favor of God
     
    1:9 ”anchor your life in the Lord’s sovereign grace”
     
    2:1 “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus”
     
    strong - means to be increasing in strength continue to grow in grace
     
    grace - means unmerited & undeserved
     
    GRACE IS WHAT CONNECTS US TO GOD
     
    II. You Must Have The Heart Of A Learner
     
    vs 2 “and the things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, teach these
    to others….”
     
    Disciple - means to be a learner
     
    111. You Must Understand As A Believer You Will Face Challenges
     
    vs 3 “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Jesus, of Christ Jesus. No solider in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted Him as a soldier.”
     
    VS 7 “Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything”
     
  • Mar 7, 2021How To Have A Strong Spiritual Life
    Mar 7, 2021
    How To Have A Strong Spiritual Life
    2 Timothy 1: 1-11

    PAUL CLOSES OUT THIS LETTER WITH THESE WORDS:
    “I KNOW THAT I AM GETTING READY TO DIE I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHT I HAVE FINISHED THE COURSE I HAVE RUN THE RACE”
     
    “I, Paul, an apostle on special assignment from Christ, our living hope. Under God our Savior’s command, I‘m writing this to you, Timothy, my son in the faith. All the best from our God and Christ to yours!
     
    On my way to the province of Macedonia, I advised you to stay in Ephesus. Well, I have not changed my mind. Stay right there on top of things so that the teaching stays on tract. Apparently, some people have been introducing fantasy stories and fanciful family trees that digress into silliness instead of pulling the people back into the center, deepening faith and obedience.
     
    The whole point of what we are urging is love people uncontaminated by self-interest and counter faith, a life open to God. Those who fail to keep to this point soon wander off into cul-de-sacs of gossip. They set themselves up as experts on religious issues but have not the remotest idea of what they are holding forth with such imposing eloquence.
     
    I KNOW THAT IN MY FUTURE THERE IS LAID UP A CROWN FOR ME OF RIGHTEOUSNESS WHICH THE LORD WILL AWARD TO ME ON THAT DAY AND NOT ONLY TO ME TO BUT ALL THOSE WHO LOOK FORWARD TO HIS APPEARING
     
    It is true that moral guidance and counsel needs to be given, but the way you say it are as important as important as what you say.
     
    It is obvious, is not it, that the law code is not primarily for people who live responsibly, but for the irresponsible, who defy all authority, riding roughshod over God. They are contemptuous of this great Message I’ve been put in charge of by this great God.”
     
    There are some principles upon which we are to build our lives:
     
    (1) DEVELOP A SPIRIT OF GRATITUDE AND THANKSGIVING
     
    GRACE-MERCY-PEACE
     
    Grace - the unmerited favor of god’s providing forgiveness and justification.
     
    Mercy – the inexpressible blessing of deliverance from the misery that sin deserves and creates in our lives.
     
    Peace - the inner tranquility produced by divine grace and mercy. Paul wanted Timothy to have the best God had to offer.
     
    Secondly, talk with God regularly.
     
    Vs 3 “I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers day and night.
     
    Luke 18:1 Scripture teaches from the words of Jesus we must always be praying, and we must not give up!
     
    Third, Discover and Use your spiritual gift
     
    Vs 6 “and for this reason I remind you to kindle afresh the gift of God which is in you through the laying on of hands”
     
    1 Peter 4:10 “Be generous with the spiritual gifts God gave you, using them and do it God’s way.”
     
    Fourth and Final Principle for having a strong spirit-filled life.
     
    Vs 7 “God has not given us the spirit of fear; he has given us power. He has given us love. He has given us discipline.”
     
    We are experiencing some difficult times in our nation
     
    THIS IS NOT THE TIME TO BE ASHAMED OF JESUS SUFFERING FOR JESUS TAKING A STAND FOR JESUS IS HEADED THIS WAY IN AMERICA. WHEN THE TIME COMES IN YOUR LIFE I HOPE YOU WILL STAND FOR HIM!
     
  • Feb 28, 2021Angels Are Here For Us
    Feb 28, 2021
    Angels Are Here For Us
    Series: Angels
    Hebrews 1:14
     
    “they are ministering spirits, sent out to render service for the sake of those who will inherit salvation” ~ Hebrews 1:14 (NASV)
     
    I. Angels Were Created for Us
     
    “they are sent here to minister to believers.”
     
    “Job, where were you when I laid the foundations to the earth? …..while I was doing this the morning stars sang together and the angels shouted for joy.” ~ Job 38
     
    Hebrews 13:2 “Some have extended hospitality to angels without ever knowing it.”
     
    II. Angels Teach Us How To Worship
     
    Matthew 18 “the angels always see the face of my father in heaven.”
     
    Hebrews 1:6 “when God brings his first born into the world, let all God’s angels worship Him.”
     
    Psalm 89:7 “In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him.”
     
    PSALM 99 “Give thanks to God and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; His faithfulness continues through all generations.”
     
    PSALM 29 “Give praise to the Lord God as he is worthy. Give praise to his power – strength – glory worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”
     
    PSALM 148 FROM THE UNKNOWN AUTHOR OF THIS PSALM
     
    “Praise the Lord from the heavens, Praise him in the heights above. Praise him, all his angels, Praise him, all his heavenly hosts.”
     
    III. Never Underestimate The Power of Hell’s Angels
     
    “Satan was a murderer from the beginning, not hold to the truth” ~ John 8:44
     
  • Feb 21, 2021The Story of Mephibosheth
    Feb 21, 2021
    The Story of Mephibosheth
    2 Samuel 9
  • Feb 14, 2021The Mysterious Presence of Angels
    Feb 14, 2021
    The Mysterious Presence of Angels
    Series: Angels
    1 Peter 3:22
     
    Scripture teaches “He will give his angels charge of you to guard you in all of your ways.”
     
    I. Scriptures Teach Us Angels Are Here On Earth
     
    The scripture says, “there was war in heaven. Michael and his angels fought against the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back.”
     
    “Ugly and painful sores broke out on the people. Every living thing in the seas died. The rivers and springs of water became blood. The sun was given the power to scorch people with fire. There was total and complete darkness. There was an earthquake more powerful than any in history. And 700 lbs hailstones.”
     
    II. The Messengers of God To His Children
     
    I close with this story found in Isaiah 6 “in the year King Uzziah died, Isaiah saw the Lord seated on a throne, high and exalted.”
     
    “Am I only a God nearby, declares the Lord, and not a God far away? Can anyone hide in secret place so that I cannot set him? Do I not fill the heaven and the earth?” ~Jeremiah 23: 23-24
     
    “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of the heaven and the earth and does not live in temples made with hands. God is not far from each one of us. For in him we live and have our being.” ~ Acts 17:22-28
     
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