Apr 5, 2020
How You Can Find God Today
John 10:11-16
  • Apr 5, 2020How You Can Find God Today
    Apr 5, 2020
    How You Can Find God Today
    John 10:11-16
  • Mar 29, 2020Where Is God In This Pandemic?
    Mar 29, 2020
    Where Is God In This Pandemic?
    Hebrews 12:25-26 & 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
  • Mar 22, 2020Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
    Mar 22, 2020
    Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good People?
  • Mar 15, 2020How To Handle Impossible Situations
    Mar 15, 2020
    How To Handle Impossible Situations
    Series: Strong Faith for Tough Times #2
    2 Kings 4:1-7
    Mark 10:27 With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God."
    “Is anything too difficult for me?”
    ~ Jeremiah 32:27
    “…..what is impossible for us is made possible with God….” ~ Luke 18:27
    2 Kings 4: 1- 7 "Now a certain woman of the wives of the sons of the prophets cried out to Elisha, (literally she shrieked to Elisha) 'Your servant my husband is dead, and you know that your servant feared the Lord; and the creditor has come to take my two children to be his slaves. And Elisha said to her, 'What shall I do for you? Tell me, what do you have in the house?' And she said, 'Your maidservant has nothing in the house except a jar of oil.' Then he said, 'Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few. And you shall go in and shut the door behind you and your sons, and pour out into all these vessels; and you shall set aside what is full.' So she went from him she poured. And it came about when the vessels were full, that she said to her son, 'Bring me another vessel.' And he said to her,' There is not one vessel more.' And the oil stopped. Then she came and told the man of God. And he said, 'Go sell the oil and pay your debt, and you and your sons can live on the rest.1. When You Face The Impossible Don’t Become Angry With God
    I. When You Face The Impossible Focus On What
    You Have
    III. When You Face The Impossible, Trust God To Be God
    s 3 "Then He said, 'Go, borrow vessels at large for yourself from all your neighbors, even empty vessels; do not get a few.'" set aside what is full."
  • Mar 8, 2020How Is Your Spiritual Eyesight?
    Mar 8, 2020
    How Is Your Spiritual Eyesight?
    2 Kings 6:8-17
    Hebrews 11:1 "Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen."
    "We walk by faith not by sight." 11 Corinthians 5:7
    "Now the king of Aram was warring against Israel; and he counseled with his servants saying, 'In such and such a place shall be my camp.' And the man of God sent word to the king of Israel saying 'Beware that you do not pass this place, for the Arameans are coming down there.' And the king of Israel sent to the place about which the man of God had told him; thus he warned him, so that he guarded himself there, more than once or twice. Now the heart of the king of Aram was enraged over this thing; and he called his servants and said to them, 'Will you tell me which of us is for the king of Israel?' (Who keeps telling our plan to the king of Israel?) And one of his servants said 'No, my lord, O king; but Elisha the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the words that you speak in your bedroom.' So he said, 'Go and see where he is,
    that I may send and take him.' And it was told him, saying, 'Behold, he is in Dothan.' And he sent horses and chariots and a great army there, and they came by night and surrounded the city." ~ 11 Kings 6:8-17
    I. We Have an Enemy Who Plans To Destroy You
    "We don't want any advantage to be taken of us by Satan for we are not ignorant of his schemes." ~ 11 Corinthians 2:11
    John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    Perish- means to be completely destroyed
    II. God Will Never Abandon Us When Life Becomes Tough
    "You shall be My witnesses. I want you to go into Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria and to the remotest parts of the earth and tell people about Me." ~ Acts 1:8
    Jehovah Shammah- the Lord is always present
    “I waited and waited and waited for God. He looked; he listened. He lifted me out of the ditch, He pulled me from deep mud. He stood me up on a solid rock to make sure I wouldn’t slip” ~ Psalm 40: 1-2 (Message)
    " God is our refuge and God is our strength a very present help in trouble." ~ Psalm 46:1
    III. God Will Be With Us As Long As We Need Him
  • Mar 1, 2020How To Handle Loneliness
    Mar 1, 2020
    How To Handle Loneliness
    Luke 6:27-31, 38
    "Look to the right and see, for there is no one who regards me. There is no escape for me. No one cares for my soul."
    Luke 6:27, "But I say to you who hear, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who mistreat you. Whoever hits you on the cheek, offer him the other also. And whoever takes away your coat, do not withhold your shirt from him either. Give to everyone who asks of you and whoever takes away what is yours, do not demand it back. And just as you want people to treat you treat them in the same way."
    vs 38 "Give and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over. They will pour into your lap. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return."
    I. When You Feel Lonely Give To God
    "Give Me your heart, my son, and let your eyes delight in My ways." ~ Proverbs 23:26
    "There is a friend that sticks closer than a brother." ~ Proverbs 18:24
    Psalm 62"Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him. God is a refuge for us
    Selah means "pause,"
    “I will not, never, never leave you; I will not, never forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5
    vs35, "Love your enemies and do good and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for He Himself is kind to ungrateful and evil men."
  • Feb 23, 2020How To Handle Depression
    Feb 23, 2020
    How To Handle Depression
    Series: How To Handle Your Emotions #4
    1 Kings 19
    Depression - "An emotional state of exaggerated feelings of sadness & intense discouragement that causes negative circumstances to pass through a cloud of darkness into your life."
    Elijah- means My God is Jehovah
    Elijah said, "Hey, let's find out who God really is. If God is God, if Yahweh Jehovah is God, let's serve Him. But if Baal is god, let's serve him. How long as we going to hesitate, people, between two opinions? Let's decide who is God and let's serve that God, but let's quit straddling the fence."
    I. If You Are Struggling Examine Your Physical Condition

    vs 5"And he (Elijah) laid down and slept under a juniper tree. And, behold, there was an angel touching him. And he said to him, Arise, eat. Then he looked and, behold, there was at his head a bread cake baked on hot stones and a jar of water. So he ate and drank and lay down again. And the angel of the Lord came a second time and touched him and said, Arise, eat, because the journey is too great for you. So he arose and ate and drank and went in the strength of that food 40 days and 40 nights to Horeb, the mountain of God."
    II. If You Are Struggling Examine Your Spiritual Condition
    Vs 9 "Then he (Elijah) came to a cave and lodged there. And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him and He said to him, What are you doing here, Elijah? And he said, I've been very zealous for the LORD, the God of hosts, for the sons of Israel have forsaken your covenant, torn down your altars, and killed your prophets with the sword. And I alone am left, and they seek my life to take it away. So he said, Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD was passing by."
    "So He said to him (verse 11), Go forth and stand on the mountain before the LORD. And, behold, the LORD was passing by. And a great and strong wind was rending the mountains and breaking in pieces the rocks before the LORD. But the LORD was not in the wind. And after the wind came an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. And after the earthquake, a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire, a sound of a gentle blowing, a still, small voice. And it came about when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle and went out and stood in the entrance of the cave. And, behold, a voice came to him and said, What are you doing here, Elijah?"
    Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD; not for calamity, but for welfare, to give you a future and a hope."
    III. Are You Self-Centered?
    Lessons To Be Learned
    1. God looks for broken people at difficult times
    2. God’s methods are often surprising
    3. God Looks For People Who Are Willing To Stand Alone
  • Feb 9, 2020How To Handle Anxiety
    Feb 9, 2020
    How To Handle Anxiety
    Matthew 6:25-34
    Series: How To Handle Your Emotions #3
    Anxiety - Means to divide the mind
    Worry – means to strangle
    "For this reason, I say to you, do not be anxious for your life as to what you shall eat, or what you should drink, nor for your body as to what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: that they do not sow, neither do they reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life span? And why are you anxious about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow. They do not toil, nor do they spin, yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrayed the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown in the furnace, will He not much more do so for you, oh men of little faith. Do not be anxious then, saying, What shall we eat, or what shall we drink, or with what shall we clothe ourselves, for all these things the Gentiles eagerly seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore, do not be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." ~ Matthew 6: 25-34
    I. For Believers God Is Our Father There Is No Reason To Be Anxious
    "Listen. If I feed the birds, how much more am I going to feed you?
    If I clothe the lilies of the field in tremendous splendor, more so than Solomon ever clothed himself, and the lilies of the field are alive today and tomorrow they're thrown into the furnace, how much more will I do for you?"
    "Trust Me with your life. Trust Me to take care of you."
    VS 30 Worry's a faith issue”
    When We Worry We Are Saying To God 3 things
    (1) God, I do not believe you are aware my situation
    Psalm 139 David said, "You know when I sit down and when I rise up. You understand my thought from afar. You scrutinize my path and my lying down and are intimately acquainted with all my ways. Even before there was a word on my tongue, behold, O Lord, You know it all."
    Vs 32 "Your Father knows that you need all these things."
    (2) God you are indifferent – unmoved – ignoring
    Of my situations When we worry, we say that to God.
    "God, You're not willing. God, You don't care."
    1 Peter 5: 7 "Cast all your cares upon God because He cares for you."
    (3) God you are inadequate for this situation
    "Now to Him who is able to do exceeding abundantly beyond all we ask of think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory." ~ Ephesians 3:20
    II. Recognize God Owns All Of Our Possessions
    Psalm 24:1 "The earth is the LORD’S and all it contains."
    III. Remember God Controls Our Future
    “If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers – most of which are never seen – don’t you think He will attend to you, take pride in you, do His best for you? What I am trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving.
    People who don’t know God and the way He works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how God works.
    Steep your life in God-reality
    God – initiative
    God provisions
    Don’t worry about missing out.
    You will find all your everyday concerns will be met
    Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Vs 30-34
  • Feb 2, 2020How To Handle Anger
    Feb 2, 2020
    How To Handle Anger
    Jonah 4: 1
    Series: How To Handle Our Painful Emotions #2
    Jonah 4:1- “But it greatly displeased Jonah and he became angry.”
    I. Anger At Its Root Cause Is Control
    II. Unforgiven Anger Continues With Bitterness and Resentment
    "Arise and go to Nineveh, the great city, and preach the message I will give you."
    Jonah obeyed & preached this one sentence message
    "Yet forty days and Nineveh will be destroyed."
    “ Now, O Lord, take away my life, for it is better for me to die than to live.” Vs 3
    III. God Has A Plan For Controlling Anger
    "He who is the blessed and only sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords." ~ 1 Timothy 6:15
    "I am God and there is no other." ~ Isaiah 45:5
    How To Release Anger
    “The Lord said, Do you have good reason to be angry?” ~ Jonah 4:4
    (1) Decide right now you will release your anger
    (2) Let God handle those who have intended to do you harm..
    “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves…..vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith
    The Lord.” ~ Romans 12:19
    (3) Forgive those who have hurt you so you can begin to live again.
    (4) Reject your arrogant and controlling attitude and humble yourself before God
    “So be content with who you are, and don’t put on airs. God’s strong hand is on you; He will promote you at the right time.” 1 Peter 5:6 (The Message)
  • Jan 26, 2020How To Handle Feeling Inferior
    Jan 26, 2020
    How To Handle Feeling Inferior
    John 13:1-5
    I. The Gift of Salvation Provides Us With Security
    Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper; and every tongue that accuses you in judgement you will condemn......this is what God’s servants can expect. I will see to it that everything works out for the best.”
    II. God Created You As A Masterpiece
    “Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth
    from God and was going back to God." ~ John 13
    “God created us in the image of God” ~ Gen. 1:27
    "I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Thy works, O Lord, and my soul knows it very well." ~ Psalm 139
    Ephesians 2:10 "For we are His masterpiece”
    Isaiah 43: 4 "Since you're precious in My sight. Since you're honored, and I love you, I will give other men in your place, and other peoples in exchange for your life."
    III. God Has Your Future Planned
    "Jesus ,knowing that the Father had given all things into His hands, and that He had come forth from God and was going back to God, rose from supper and laid aside His garments. And taking a towel, He girded Himself about."
    “For I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 (Message)
    1 Corinthians 2:9 "Things which eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man."