Dec 10, 2017
Is It Possible For America To Return To God?
Series: America

Zephaniah 1:1-3

“The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah, son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah, son of Amon king of Judah: I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth, declares the Lord. I will sweep away both men and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The wicked will have only heaps of rubble when I cut off man from the face of the earth, declares the Lord.” ~ Zephaniah 1:1-3

John Quincy Adams 6th President of United States

Son of John ADAMS 2ND President of United States

July 4, 1837 he made this observation about Christmas:

“Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and venerated festival returns on this day? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the earth? That it laid the corner store of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.”

Delaware 1st colony to form a state constitution:

Article 22 states “Every person, who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust…shall…make and subscribe to the following declaration, to wit: ‘I do profess faith in God the father, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed forever more, and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old & New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.”

I. God Will Send Judgment To Punish Sinners

He list the reasons why God brings judgment

Judah and Israel committing sins

America is committing these sins as well

A. Sexual perversion
God said, “ I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests.” 1:4

B. Astrology
God describes his displeasure, “those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host.” 1:5

C. Religious ignorance

Isrealites very religious as America but they and we mix together different beliefs.

God again describes his displeasure, “those who bow down and swear by the Lord and who also swear by Molech.” 1:5

D. Child Sacrifice
“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech” Leviticus 18:21

E. Superstition

God said, “On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold.” 1:9

F. Obsession with wealth

God said, “their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. They will build houses but not live in them; they will plant vineyards but not drink the wine.”1:13

II. It Is Never Too Late To Turn To God

“On that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me….But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong.”3:11-12

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  • Dec 10, 2017Is It Possible For America To Return To God?
    Dec 10, 2017
    Is It Possible For America To Return To God?
    Series: America

    Zephaniah 1:1-3

    “The word of the Lord that came to Zephaniah, son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hezekiah, during the reign of Josiah, son of Amon king of Judah: I will sweep away everything from the face of the earth, declares the Lord. I will sweep away both men and animals; I will sweep away the birds of the air and the fish of the sea. The wicked will have only heaps of rubble when I cut off man from the face of the earth, declares the Lord.” ~ Zephaniah 1:1-3

    John Quincy Adams 6th President of United States

    Son of John ADAMS 2ND President of United States

    July 4, 1837 he made this observation about Christmas:

    “Why is it that, next to the birth day of the Savior of the world, your most joyous and venerated festival returns on this day? Is it not that, in the chain of human events, the birthday of the nation is indissolubly linked with the birthday of the Savior? Is it not that the Declaration of Independence first organized the social compact on the foundation of the Redeemer’s mission upon the earth? That it laid the corner store of human government upon the first precepts of Christianity, and gave to the world the first irrevocable pledge of the fulfillment of the prophecies, announced directly from Heaven at the birth of the Savior and predicted by the greatest of the Hebrew prophets 600 years before.”

    Delaware 1st colony to form a state constitution:

    Article 22 states “Every person, who shall be chosen a member of either house, or appointed to any office or place of trust…shall…make and subscribe to the following declaration, to wit: ‘I do profess faith in God the father, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, and in the Holy Ghost, one God, blessed forever more, and I do acknowledge the Holy Scriptures of the Old & New Testament to be given by divine inspiration.”

    I. God Will Send Judgment To Punish Sinners

    He list the reasons why God brings judgment

    Judah and Israel committing sins

    America is committing these sins as well

    A. Sexual perversion
    God said, “ I will cut off from this place every remnant of Baal, the names of the pagan and the idolatrous priests.” 1:4

    B. Astrology
    God describes his displeasure, “those who bow down on the roofs to worship the starry host.” 1:5

    C. Religious ignorance

    Isrealites very religious as America but they and we mix together different beliefs.

    God again describes his displeasure, “those who bow down and swear by the Lord and who also swear by Molech.” 1:5

    D. Child Sacrifice
    “Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech” Leviticus 18:21

    E. Superstition

    God said, “On that day I will punish all who avoid stepping on the threshold.” 1:9

    F. Obsession with wealth

    God said, “their wealth will be plundered, their houses demolished. They will build houses but not live in them; they will plant vineyards but not drink the wine.”1:13

    II. It Is Never Too Late To Turn To God

    “On that day you will not be put to shame for all the wrongs you have done to me….But I will leave within you the meek and humble, who trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel will do no wrong.”3:11-12

  • Dec 3, 2017Is There Any Hope For America?
    Dec 3, 2017
    Is There Any Hope For America?
    Series: America

     

    Joel 1:1-3

    I. The Story Of God is found in History.

    Vs 4 “what the devouring locust has left, the swarming locust has eaten; what the swarming locust has left, the young locusts will devour.”

    “……Let all who live in the land tremble, for the day of the Lord is coming and unless Judah repents, the coming day of Judgment will make the locusts attack look like a picnic in comparison. “

    “Then you will know that I, the Lord your God, dwell in Zion, my holy hill. Jerusalem will be holy; never again will foreigners invade her.” Joel 2:1

    Does God send disasters to our nation?

    Did God send 9/11?

    Did God send Hurricane Katerina?

    Did God send Hurricanes-earthquakes disasters?

    YES GOD IS OVER THE UNIVERSE BUT THAT DOES NOT MEAN GOD CAUSES BAD THINGS TO HAPPEN

    II. God Invites Sinners To Repent

    MIDWAY IN THE 2OTH CENTURY A LOCUST ATTACK AROSE

    THEY CAME IN DROVES 1947 OUR SUPREME COURT FIRST USED THE PHRASE “SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE”

    1954 The locusts struck America again when the Johnson Amendment muzzled pastors from speaking about moral issues that were also political.

    1962 The locusts struck again when school prayer was removed.

    1973 a large swarm of locusts struck and our government decided that it was okay to murder unborn babies.

    “The future is in God’s hands. It isn’t in mans” - Dr. Ray Stedman

  • Nov 26, 2017What Was America Like 100 Years Ago?
    Nov 26, 2017
    What Was America Like 100 Years Ago?
    Series: America
    Nathan 1:1-8
    I. Lessons From The Historical Setting King of Nineveh sent out a letter: “Let everyone call urgently on God. Let them give up their evil ways and their violence. Who knows? God may yet relent and with compassion turn from his fierce anger so that we will not perish.” “with an overwhelming flood he will make an end of Nineveh.” “you will have no descendants to bear your name….I will prepare your grave for you are vile.” ~ Nahum 1:8,14 II. Has America Changed Morally and Spiritually In The Past Century? What Was America Like 100 Years Ago? 1917 U.S. population was 103 million – 2017 326 million 1917 life expectancy was 48 yrs male & 51 yrs female 1917 gallon of milk .10 cents – 2017 $3.27 1917 gallon of gas .7 cents – 2017 $2.29 1917 Model T Ford only sold in black $690 1917 average highway speed 7 miles per hour 1917 average take home pay $687 compares to $16,063 100 years ago 99.8% of Americans professed a belief in God No stores were open on Sundays 2 out of 3 attended church every Sunday President Woodrow Wilson was the 28th President of United States “A nation which does not remember what it was yesterday, does not know what it is today, nor what it is trying to do. We are trying to do a futile thing if we do not know where we came from or what we have been about….America was born a Christian nation. America was born to exemplify that devotion to the tenets of righteousness which are derived from the revelations of Holy Scripture.” “When you have read the Bible, you will know it is the word of God, because you will have found the key to your own heart, your own happiness, and your own duty..” “The wicked return to the grave, and all the nations that forget God.” ~ Psalms 9:17 III. The Character Of Almighty God A. God is slow to anger
    “The Lord is slow to anger and great in power; the Lord will not leave the guilty unpunished.” ~ Nahum 1:3
    2 Peter 3: 9 “He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” B. God has unlimited power Nahum said, “The mountains quake before him and the hills melt away. The earth trembles at his presence, the world, and all who live in it.” ~ Nahum 1:5 C. God is our safe person when we are in trouble Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in him.”
  • Nov 19, 2017Does God Have A Plan For My Life?
    Nov 19, 2017
    Does God Have A Plan For My Life?
     
    Ephesians 5:17
    "Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is." I. How Can I Understand The Will of God For Me? “For I know the plans I have for you, (says the Lord)plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” ~ Jeremiah 29:11 “a righteousness from God is revealed step by step.” ~ Romans 1:17 II. How I Can Know God Is Speaking Psalm 48:14, "For this God is our God for ever and ever; He will be our guide, even to the end." "guide" means to drive as a chariot Psalm 37:23, "If the Lord delights in a man's way, he makes his steps firm." KJV "He orders our steps." firm or order means "pointed" "delicate." Psalm 139:9-10 "If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will (there it is again!) GUIDE me your right hand will hold me fast." Isaiah 58:11, "The Lord will (here's that word again) guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail." "I will guide you as a colony of people going into a strange land." III. Attitudes In Knowing God’s Will For Our Lives Our thoughts produce our attitudes, our thoughts precede our attitudes. Psalm 25:9 "He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them His way." "I know the way; I know the plan I have for you; I can lead you in the way. You can think your way; get your own ideas; you can leave Me behind; you can do what you think is right. But if you will trust Me and obey Me I'll get you there!"
  • Nov 12, 2017Why Do I Live In Fear?
    Nov 12, 2017
    Why Do I Live In Fear?
    II Corinthians 4:7-18
    II Timothy 1:7 ''For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.'' (II Timothy 1:7, NKJV) I. Remember Failure Happens
    ''We often suffer, but we are never crushed. Even when we don't know what to do, we never give up. In times of trouble, God is with us, and when we are knocked down, we get up again.'' II Corinthians 4:8-9, CEV
    ''We all make many mistakes.'' (James 3:2, NLT) ''There is no one on earth who does what is right all the time and never makes a mistake.'' (Ecclesiastes 7:20, GN) II. Refuse To Fear Failure ''We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don't give up and quit. We are hunted down, but God never abandons us. We get knocked down, but we get up again and keep going.'' (II Corinthians 4:8-9, NLT) The difference between successful people and unsuccessful people is not that successful people never fail - the difference is - successful people never quit. III. When Failure Comes Hold Your Head Up And Try Again ''We never give up. Our bodies are gradually dying, but we ourselves are being made stronger each day. These little troubles [failures] are getting us ready for an eternal glory that will make all our troubles [failures] seem like nothing. Things that are seen don't last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That is why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.'' (II Corinthians 4:16-18, CEV) ''God canceled our debt which listed all the rules we failed to follow. He took away the record with its rules and nailed it to the cross.'' (Colossians 2:14, NCV)
  • Nov 5, 2017Why Is There Evil and Suffering In The World?
    Nov 5, 2017
    Why Is There Evil and Suffering In The World?
    2 Corinthians 12: 7-10 I. God Has A Plan and His Plan Has Not Changed “and we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” ~ Romans 8:28 It was Jesus who said, “the enemy only comes to kill, steal, and destroy.” “Keep awake. Be on guard at all times. The devil is working against you. He is walking around like a hungry lion with his mouth open. He is looking for someone whom he can destroy.” 1 Peter 5:8 Psalm 2:1 “Why do nations conspire and the peoples plot in vain?” Vs 4 “The One enthroned in heaven laughs.” Psalm 34:7 “The angel of the Lord encamps all around those who fear Him and delivers them.” II. The Ministry of Suffering “He gives us more grace – God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 Marvelous Grace – remember that old hymn Grace, Grace, God’s Grace Grace that will pardon and cleanse within; Grace, Grace, God’s Grace Grace that is greater than all my sin. Vs 9 “my grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Vs 9 “Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest on me.” “He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord” Isaiah 26:3 ~Living Bible
  • Oct 29, 2017Do You Really Love Me Unconditionally?
    Oct 29, 2017
    Do You Really Love Me Unconditionally?
    John 3:16, 1 John 4:7-10 I.The Only Picture of God Is Found In The Word of God Exodus 20:1 - 5 Exodus 20:5 (NLT) Then God instructed the people as follows:I am the LORD your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt. Do not worship any other gods besides me. Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! Colossians 1:15 - 17 (NIV) He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 1 John 4:7-10 (NIV) Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. II. We Were Created By God Psalm 145:17 (NIV) The LORD is righteous in all his ways and loving toward all he has made. Psalm 103:13-14 (NIV) As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. III. God Knows Everything I Say and Do Matthew 10:29-30 (NLT) Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. IV. God Has Great Plans For My Life Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. V. Jesus Wants Us To Spend Eternity With Him Romans 5:8 (NIV) But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Jesus Loves You So Much He Was Willing To Go To Hell For You Rather Than To Go To Heaven Without You!
  • Oct 22, 2017One Day King Jesus Will Control The Earth Forever
    Oct 22, 2017
    One Day King Jesus Will Control The Earth Forever
    Revelation 20:1-10 ''I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I was dead and, behold, I am alive forevermore.'' Jesus told us to pray, ''Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.'' Now we can look out at our earth and say,''Is God's will done on earth as it is in heaven today?'' 7 characteristics of the kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ when His kingdom comes to this earth. First characteristic: There will be no devil Revelation 20: 1, ''And I saw an angel coming down from heaven, having the key of the abyss and a great chain in his hand. And he laid hold of the dragon, the serpent of old, who is called the devil and Satan, and bound him for a thousand years, and threw him into the abyss, and shut it and sealed it over him so that he should deceive the nations no longer, until the thousand years were completed. After these things he must be released for a short time.'' Second characteristic: Judgment Matthew 25: ''But when the Son of man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. And all the nations will be gathered before Him; and He will separate them from one another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. Then the King will say to those on His right, Come, you who are blessed of my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. Then He will also say to those on His left, Depart from me, accursed ones, into the eternal fire which has been prepared for the devil and his angels.'' Third characteristic: The marriage supper of the Lamb. Revelation chapter 19, he was told by the angel, ''Let us rejoice and be glad and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen bright and clean, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. And he said to me, Write, 'Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.' And he said to me, These are the true words of God. And John, when he heard about the marriage supper of the Lamb, and he saw what was getting ready to happen, he fell down to worship the angel. He knew better. He knew you weren't supposed to worship an angel. The angel tells him, ''Get up! Worship God! The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy. Don't worship me. I'm an angel. I'm a fellow servant of yours.'' Fourth Characteristic: King Jesus will rule and reign from Jerusalem Characteristic number five: You and I are going to reign with Him. Revelation 20;4, ''And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of the testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshipped the beast or his mage, and had not received the mark upon their forehead and upon their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.'' Sixth characteristic: Heaven comes to earth Characteristic number seven: There's going to be a final rebellion Verse 7: ''And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog (just a reference to the nations), to gather them together for the war; the number of them (now watch this), the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.''
  • Oct 15, 2017The Final World War
    Oct 15, 2017
    The Final World War
    The Final World War Revelation 19:11-19 (#8 in 9 series sermons Future Events) I. Battle of Armageddon Zechariah 14:2, ''For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle...'' Zechariah 12:3, ''...and all the nations of the earth will be gathered against it....'' 16:14 ''For they are demonic spirits performing signs who go abroad to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty...and they assembled them at the place that in Hebrew is called Armageddon.'' Daniel 9:27, that says that he makes a covenant with the many for one week, for a seven-year period of time. II. The Middle Of Tribulation Period Now why is it so important for the devil to destroy Jerusalem? III. Toward The End of Tribulation Period The heavens will open and Jesus Christ will return. Revelation 19:11…. ''And I saw heaven opened; and, behold, a white horse, and He who sat upon it is called Faithful and true; and in righteousness He judges and wages war. And His eyes are a flame of fire, and upon his head are many diadems; and He has a name written upon Him which no one knows except Himself. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood; and His name is called The Word of God.'' Acts 1:11 ''Men of Galilee, why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen Him go into heaven.'' II Thessalonians chp 1 ''The Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.'' II Thessalonians 3: 13 ''...at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.'' 19: ''And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat upon the horse and against His army.'' verse 15, ''And from his mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it he may smite the nations, and he will rule them with a rod of iron; and he treads the winepress of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on his robe and on his thigh he has a named written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.'' verse 20, ''And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone.'' Revelation 19: 17, ''And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in mid-heaven, Come assemble for the great supper of God in order that you may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of commanders, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.'' Which side are you on - Christ or the antichrist?
  • Oct 8, 2017Why Did God Permit The Mass Shootings In Las Vegas?
    Oct 8, 2017
    Why Did God Permit The Mass Shootings In Las Vegas?
    Series: (All)
    Psalm 23, 1 Peter 3:12-14 1 PETER 3: “ For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil. Don’t give your opposition a second thought. Through thick and thin, keep your hearts at attention, in adoration before Christ, your Master.” I. Move Closer To God Vs 12 “ Dear Christians, do not be surprised, shocked….as though some strange thing were happening to you. Keep a cool head. Stay Alert. The devil is poised to pounce, and would Like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep up your guard. You are not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It is the same with Christians all over the world.” II. We Want To Remember God Has A Purpose Vs 12 “…..this fiery ordeal that comes upon you for your testing” Testing – means furnace III. Salvation Until God Calls Us Home He Is Always With Us Psalm 23 “I will go with you through the valley. There is no need for you to be afraid, I am with you.”