Dec 8, 2019
Where God Meets Your Deepest Needs For Peace
Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2:14
 
''Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all were proceeding to register for the census, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. And it came about that while they were there the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.''
 
I. Peace Comes From God Who Prophesied In the 8th century Bethlehem Would Be The Birthplace
 
''Bethlehem you are one of the smallest towns in the nation of Judah. But the LORD will choose one of your people to rule the nations, someone whose family goes back to ancient times.'' ~Micah 5:2
 
''Where is He who is born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east, and we have come to worship Him.''
 
God orchestrates the events of life to accomplish His will.
 
Chp 2:1 (KJV ) “Now it came to pass”
 
Bethlehem means ''house of bread.''
 
Jesus was born in a common place for the common man. So everyone can relate to Him
 
II. Jesus Wanted You To Have Peace From Bethlehem The House of Bread
 
''Listen. You don't need more bread for your stomach. You need the bread of God that will bring life to you, life to your spirit, life to your soul, a living bread.'' they said, ''Yeah, sign us up. Every more, LORD, give us this bread.''
Jesus says these words in John 6:35 ''I am the Bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, he who believes in Me shall never thirst.''
 
Ephesians 2:1 ''And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, dead in your trespasses and sins....''
 
Now there are two types of life.
 
First type of life: eternal life.
 
Second type of life is abundant life
 
You will never have abundant life until you have eternal life!
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  • Dec 8, 2019Where God Meets Your Deepest Needs For Peace
    Dec 8, 2019
    Where God Meets Your Deepest Needs For Peace
    Luke 2:1-7, Luke 2:14
     
    ''Now it came about in those days that a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that a census should be taken of all the inhabited earth. This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all were proceeding to register for the census, everyone to his own city. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, in order to register, along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. And it came about that while they were there the days were completed for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.''
     
    I. Peace Comes From God Who Prophesied In the 8th century Bethlehem Would Be The Birthplace
     
    ''Bethlehem you are one of the smallest towns in the nation of Judah. But the LORD will choose one of your people to rule the nations, someone whose family goes back to ancient times.'' ~Micah 5:2
     
    ''Where is He who is born King of the Jews? We saw His star in the east, and we have come to worship Him.''
     
    God orchestrates the events of life to accomplish His will.
     
    Chp 2:1 (KJV ) “Now it came to pass”
     
    Bethlehem means ''house of bread.''
     
    Jesus was born in a common place for the common man. So everyone can relate to Him
     
    II. Jesus Wanted You To Have Peace From Bethlehem The House of Bread
     
    ''Listen. You don't need more bread for your stomach. You need the bread of God that will bring life to you, life to your spirit, life to your soul, a living bread.'' they said, ''Yeah, sign us up. Every more, LORD, give us this bread.''
    Jesus says these words in John 6:35 ''I am the Bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, he who believes in Me shall never thirst.''
     
    Ephesians 2:1 ''And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, dead in your trespasses and sins....''
     
    Now there are two types of life.
     
    First type of life: eternal life.
     
    Second type of life is abundant life
     
    You will never have abundant life until you have eternal life!
  • Dec 1, 2019How To Find Hope At Christmas
    Dec 1, 2019
    How To Find Hope At Christmas
    Series: HOPE
    Genesis 3:15
     
    Genesis ~ Jesus is the RAM at Abraham’s altar
    Exodus ~ Jesus is the PASSOVER LAMB
    Leviticus ~ Jesus in our HIGH PRIEST
    Numbers ~ Jesus is our CLOUD BY DAY & PILLAR OF FIRE BY NIGHT
    Deuteronomy ~ Jesus is our CITY OF REFUGE
    Joshua ~ Jesus our SCARLET THREAD HANGING OUT RAHAB’S WINDOW
    Judges ~ Jesus is our JUDGE
    Ruth ~ Jesus is our KINSMEN REDEEMER
    Kings & Chronicles ~ Jesus is our REIGNING KING
    Ezra ~ Jesus is our FAITHFUL SCRIBE
    Nehemiah ~ Jesus is the REBUILDER OF EVERYTHING THAT IS BROKEN
    Esther ~ Jesus is MORDECAI SITTING FAITHFUL AT THE GATE
    Job ~ Jesus is MY REDEEMER THAT EVER LIVES
    Psalm ~ Jesus is MY SHEPHERD & I SHALL NOT WANT
    Proverbs & Ecclesiastes ~ Jesus is OUR WISDOM
    Song of Solomon ~ Jesus is the BEAUTIFUL BRIDEGROOM
    Isaiah ~ Jesus is the SUFFERING SERVANT
    Jeremiah & Lamentations ~ it is Jesus who is the WEEPING PROPHET
    Ezekiel ~ Jesus in the WONDERFUL 4-FACED MAN
    Daniel ~ Jesus is the 4TH MAN IN THE FIERY FURNACE
    Hosea ~ Jesus is my love who is forever faithful
    Joel ~ Jesus BAPTIZES US IN THE HOLY SPIRIT
    Amos ~ Jesus is our BURDEN BEARER
    Obedieh ~ Jesus is OUR SAVIOR
    Jonah ~ Jesus is THE MISSIONARY WITH THE BEAUTIFUL FEET
    WHO TAKES SCRIPTURE INTO ALL THE WORLD
    Micah ~ Jesus is the messenger
    Nahum ~ Jesus is THE AVENGER
    Habakkuk ~ Jesus is THE WATCHMAN EVER PRAYING FOR REVIVAL
    Zephaniah ~ Jesus is THE LORD MIGHTY TO SAVE
    Haggai ~ Jesus is THE RESTORER OF OUR LOST HERITAGE
    Zechariah ~ Jesus is OUR FOUNTAIN
    Malachi ~ Jesus is THE SON OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, RISEN WITH HEALING IN HIS WINGS
     
    I. The Problem Is Sin
    “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” ~ 1 Peter 5: 8 (NLT)
     
    II. The Promise of Jesus, The Only Son of God
     
    “and I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between Your offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” ~Genesis 3:15 (NLT)
     
    “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.” ~ Ephesians 6:12
     
    III. How To Have Hope At Christmas
     
    “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our inequities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him, and by his wounds we are healed.” ~ Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)
  • Nov 24, 2019Is There Hope When I Feel Like Quitting?
    Nov 24, 2019
    Is There Hope When I Feel Like Quitting?
    Series: HOPE
    1 Kings 19: 1-5
     
    “Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with his sword. So
    Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like one of them. Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. I have had enough, Lord, he said. Take my life’ I am no better than my ancestors. Then he lay down under the tree and fell asleep.” ~ 1 Kings 19:1-5
     
    “For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the scriptures we might have hope.” ~ Romans 15:4
     
    I. How To Handle Discouragement
     
    II. How To Find Hope In Depression
     
    1 Kings 19:7-8 “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.”
     
    “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord…..after the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. After the fire came a gentle whisper…..What are you doing here, Elijah?” ~ 1 Kings 19:11-13
     
    “DEPRESSION CAN BE COMPARED TO LIVING IN A CAVE, AND WHEN WE ARE ENLIGHTENED BY TRUTH, IT IS LIKE WALKING OUT OF A CAVE INTO THE SUNLIGHT.” ~ Plato
     
    III. Learning To Hear The Voice Of God
     
  • Nov 17, 2019Is There Hope When I Am Frightened?
    Nov 17, 2019
    Is There Hope When I Am Frightened?
    Series: HOPE
    Psalm 55
     
    Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down suffering upon me and revile me in their anger. My heart is in anguish within me; the terrors of death assail me. Fear and trembling have paralyzed me; horror has overwhelmed me. I said, Oh, that I have the wings of a dove! I would fly away and be at rest – I would flee far away and stay in the desert; I would hurry to my place of shelter, far from the turmoil and storms.” Psalm 55: 1- 8
     
    Vs 16 “ But I call to God, and the Lord saves me. Evening, morning, and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice.”
     
    Vs 22 “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.”
     
    I. We Need To Understand Fear
     
    Psalm 19:1-2 “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
     
    II. If We Have Paralyzing Fear We Should Set A Goal To Overcome
     
    2 Timothy 1:7 “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and a sound mind.”
     
    “For, to me, to live is Christ and to die is to gain” ~Philippians 1:21
     
    “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” ~Psalm 23:4
     
    Vs 23 “But I will trust in you.”
  • Nov 10, 2019Is There Hope When My Life Is A Disaster?
    Nov 10, 2019
    Is There Hope When My Life Is A Disaster?
    John 4: 7-29
     
    “so he came into a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to
    His son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour. When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, Will you give me a drink? (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.) The Samaritan woman said to him, you are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink? Jesus answered her, If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water. Sir, the woman said, you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us this well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his flocks and herds? Jesus answered, Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water I will give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him as spring of water welling up to eternal life. The woman said to him, Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water. He told her, Go, call your husband and come back. I have no husband, she replied. Jesus said to her, You are right when you say you have no husband.
    The fact is you have had five husbands, and the man you are living with now is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true. Sir, the woman said, I can see that you are a prophet."
     
    Vs 25 The woman said, I know that Messiah (called Christ) is coming. When he comes, he will explain everything to us. Then Jesus said, I who speak to you am he.”
     
    Vs 39 “Many of the Samaritans from that town believed him because of the woman’s testimony,
    He told me everything I did.
     
    I. Jesus Knows When We Make Poor Decisions
     
    Romans 3:23 “ we have all sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.”
     
    “I have not come to call the righteous but sinner to repentance.” ~ Luke 5:32
     
    II. Jesus Has Unconditional Love For Failures
     
    “Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7
     
    III. Jesus Provides Forgiveness For Our Failures
     
    IF YOU WANT THE FORGIVENESS OF GOD HERE IS WHAT YOU MUST DO
     
    Admit Your Sin
    Quit Your Sin
    Forget Your Past Sin
     
    Romans 7 “the things I want to do, I don’t do. And the very things I don’t want to do, I find myself doing.”
     
    “One thing I do: forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God Has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” ~ Philippians 3:13-14
  • Nov 3, 2019When Life Is Worth Living
    Nov 3, 2019
    When Life Is Worth Living
    Philippians 4:4-7
     
    “Rejoice in the Lord always: again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near.
    Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
     
    Vs 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
     
    John 10:10, ''I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly.''
     
    I. Having A Life Worth Living Means We Make Praise Of Jesus The Breath Of Our Lungs
     
    II. Having A Life Worth Living Means We Are Wound Healers
     
    4:3 “I want you to help Euodia & Syntche they have worked hard with me and now they are fighting with each other.”
     
    “…..the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in an affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
     
    III. Have A Life Worth Living Means We Discipline Ourselves to Pray With Gratitude
     
    Vs 6 “……pray with thanksgiving”
     
    5:18, ''In everything give thanks, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.''
     
    Psalm 135:3 praise the Lord for the Lord is good.
     
    IV. Living A Life Worth Living Means We Have A Life Filled With Inner Peace
     
    Vs 7 peace of God will guard your hearts and minds”
     
    ''peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you.'' not as the world gives do I give to you. ~ John 14:27
  • Oct 20, 2019Celebrative Worship and Reaching People
    Oct 20, 2019
    Celebrative Worship and Reaching People
    Acts 2:42-47
     
    Top 10 Bad Habits of Americans
    (1) Snacking non-stop, even when you are not hungry
    (2) Spending too much time watching television
    (3) Overspending to purchase wants
    (4) Eating too much fast food
    (5) Getting sunburned a few times every year
    (6) Biting your nails
    (7) Skipping breakfast
    (8) Binge drinking alcohol
    (9) Smoking cigarettes
    (10) Overusing pain killers and sedatives
     
    “Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” ~ Acts 2: 42-47
     
    I. As A Believer I Regularly Participate In Celebrative Worship
    Vs 42 continually - means committed
     
    “if you abide in my word, then you are truly disciples of mine.” ~ John 8:31
     
    “My soul shall boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together.” ~ Psalm 34:2-3
     
    III. My Membership Will Be In A Church That Will Reach Out and Welcome In
     
    “Whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” ~ Matthew 18:5
     
    Little child – applies to people of all ages
  • Oct 13, 2019The Spiritual Gifts of Leadership and Administration
    Oct 13, 2019
    The Spiritual Gifts of Leadership and Administration
    Nehemiah 1:1-4
     
    Leadership/administration – means the one who stands out front
     
    “Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.” ~ James 4:17
     
    I. Leaders Must Be People of Prayer
     
    “Be anxious for nothing, but by prayer make your needs known to God who hears and answers prayer.” ~ Philippians 4:6
     
    II. Leaders Prepare Themselves To Lead
     
    chp 1 ends “Nehemiah was a cup-bearer to the king”
     
    cupbearer- probably head of palace security
     
    Leader means “standing out front”
     
    III. Leaders Lead Until Completion of Task
     
    EVERY CHURCH DETERMINES EACH YEAR WHETHER THEY WILL LIVE OR DIE
     
    “My word will not return empty” ~ Isaiah 55:11
  • Oct 6, 2019Quiet But Essential Spiritual Gifts
    Oct 6, 2019
    Quiet But Essential Spiritual Gifts
    Romans 12:6-8
     
    Luke 10: 26 – 27 “A lawyer stood up and put him to the test, saying, ‘Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?’ And he said to him, ‘ What is written in the law? How does it read to you?’ And he answered, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all you mind, and your neighbor as yourself.’
     
    E=mc2
     
    I. A Person In A Desperate Crisis
     
    II. Quiet But Essential Often Needed
     
    Mark 12:41-44 “and He sat down opposite the treasury and began to observe how the people were putting money into the treasury; and many rich people were putting in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two copper coins, which amount to one cent. Calling His disciples to Him, He said to them, Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more that all the contributors to the treasury; for they all put in out of their surplus, but she, out of her poverty, put in all she owned, all she had to live on.”
     
    GIFT OF GIVING
    This person has a special God-given capacity to give
    An inner drive
    A longing to help with needs of the body
     
    Gift of Helping- This is a gift to enable someone to assist & support other believers in practical ways
     
    Diakonos – Greek word translated deacon means to care for or to wait upon
     
    Gift of Showing Mercy - means compassion.
    The ability to empathize with the needs, pains, heartaches, disappointments or sorrows of others & become an agent of healing
  • Sep 29, 2019Do You Have The Spiritual Gift Of Serving?
    Sep 29, 2019
    Do You Have The Spiritual Gift Of Serving?
    1 Peter 4:10-11

    GOD ORCHESTRATED HIS CHURCH TO BE A SYMPHONY NOT A ONE PERSON BAND
     
    Several gifts are under the umbrella of serving gifts
     
    Gift of Administration – not secretarial but CEO
    One who is visionary – sets goals
     
    Gift of Orchestration – responsible for a group
    All on same page - rehearsed – ready
     
    Gift of Exhortation – come along beside to help
    Will take scripture & place it in relevant understanding
     
    Gift of Faith – unique ability to trust God even when circumstances suggest otherwise
     
    Gift of Giving – sensitive to the needs & provides
     
    Gift of Helping-ability to assist & support others In practical ways
     
    THESE ARE THE GIFTS UNDER UMBRELLA OF SERVING
     
    ALSO A Gift of serving- alert to practical needs &
    Has a desire to meet them
     
    “as each one has received a special gift, employ it in serving one another as good stewards of the manifold grace of God……..whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies…..” ~ 1 Peter 4:10-11
     
    I. Discipline Yourself To Live As A Servant
     
    “and he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, ‘If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” ~Mark 9:35
     
    “And whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” ~Mark 10:44-45
     
    II. Steps To Follow To Exercise Gift of Service
     
    “whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” ~ Colossians 3:23-24
     
    III. Recognize We Are Created To Worship
     
    hymn based on Revelation 4:11
    Thou art worthy, Thou art worthy,
    Thou are worthy, O Lord.
    Thou art worthy to receive glory,
    Glory, honor, and power.
    For thou has created, hast all things created,
    For Thou has created all things.
    And for thy pleasure they are created;
    Thou art worthy, O Lord.