Nov 27, 2016
What Is The Sin Of Omission?
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James 4:17
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  • Nov 27, 2016What Is The Sin Of Omission?
    Nov 27, 2016
    What Is The Sin Of Omission?
    Series: (All)
    James 4:17
  • Nov 20, 2016How To Live When The Storm of Bereavement Hits Your Life
    Nov 20, 2016
    How To Live When The Storm of Bereavement Hits Your Life
    Series: Bereavement
    *Lifepoint Praise Band - I Can Only Imagine - By MercyMe*
     
    Genesis 35: 16-19
     
    “a time to be born, and a time to die…..” ~ Ecclesiastes 3: 2
     
    “They journeyed from Bethel. When they were still some distance from Ephrath Rachel went into labor, and she had hard labor. And when her labor was at its hardest, the midwife said to her, ‘ Do not be fear, for you have another son. And as her soul was departing……So Rachel died, and she was buried……..”~Genesis 35: 16-19 ESV
     
    “Even when the way goes through Death Valley, I’m not afraid when you walk at my side. Your trusty shepherd’s crook makes me feel secure.” ~ Psalm 23: 4 The Message
     
    “I will never fail you nor forsake you.” ~ Hebrews 13:5 RSV
     
    Why Does God Allow Death To Take Us?
     
    “If we are in a battle with this enemy called Death, I believe we should learn about it, in order to know how to confront the dying experience. We need to know how to face that enemy on our own behalf, and how to deal with the inevitable deaths of loved ones and our friends.’ ~ 1 Corinthians 15:26 NASB
     
    Death is certain Vs 18 “as her soul was departing”
     
    It is important to accept death, grieve, (takes different periods of time for each person) then go forward vs 18-21“as her soul was departing….she was buried….Jacob placed a marker on her grave…then he journeyed on”
     
    God Will Provide During Bereavement
     
    Back to Psalm 23 David “Even though I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff They comfort me.”
  • Nov 6, 2016Do You Have Peace With God and With Yourself?
    Nov 6, 2016
    Do You Have Peace With God and With Yourself?
    Series: Beatitudes
    Matthew 5:9 The Message “You are blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of how to compete or fight. That is when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.” I. The Meaning of Peace In United States of America 17th Century 5 Wars 18th Century 61 Wars 19th Century 2 Wars 20th Century 29 Wars 21st Century 6 Wars PEACE WILL NEVER RULE THE WORLD BECAUSE THE ENEMY OF PEACE RULES THE WORLD. II. Who Are The Peacemakers? III. What Are The Characteristics of A Peacemaker? 1. One who is at peace with God 2. One who has learned to control their tongues 3. One who views every situation in the light of the gospel 4. One who is always looking for ways to make peace
  • Oct 30, 2016Do You Have A Pure Heart
    Oct 30, 2016
    Do You Have A Pure Heart
    Series: Beatitudes
  • Oct 16, 2016The Most Challenging Precept Jesus Taught
    Oct 16, 2016
    The Most Challenging Precept Jesus Taught
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 5: 1-7
     
    I. Jesus Commands Us To Show Mercy
     
    18O TIMES Hebrew word for mercy is translated in scripture
     
    96 times translated loving mercy
     
    38 times translated kindness
     
    30 times translated second chance
     
    30 times translated forgiveness
     
    HAPPY – TO BE CONGRATULATED ARE THOSE WHO SHOW MERCY FOR THEY WILL RECEIVE MERCY IN RETURN FOR SHOWING.
     
    ‘MASTER, WE CAUGHT HER IN THE VERY ACT OF ADULTERY. MOSES SAID WE SHOULD STONE HER UNTIL SHE IS DEAD. WHAT DO YOU SAY, LORD?”
     
    Here is the law:
     
    No forgiveness
     
    Only judgment and harsh judgement
     
    She is a sinner
     
    Kill her
     
    WE HAVE IN CHURCH TODAY MANY LEGALISTS
     
    PEOPLE WHO SPEND THEIR TIME JUDGING OTHERS
     
    CONDEMNING OTHERS
     
    THIS IS NOT GODS WAY OF DEALING WITH SINNERS
     
    THIS IS MAN’S WAY = Pharisees came and said, “She is a sinner, what do we do about her sin?”
     
    God’s way of dealing with sinners. “Whoever is without sin, you may throw the first stone”
     
    And they all drop their stones and quietly slipped away.
     
    "Where are your accusers? Where are those who condemn you? Neither do I condemn you. Go and sin no more"
     
    II. Practice Showing Mercy
     
    Jesus said, “we will never know mercy from God until we give mercy to others”
     
    The Lords Prayer
     
    “Father, forgive us our trespasses,
     
    Forgive us our sins, the way we forgive others”
     
    III. Where Do We Get Mercy?
  • Oct 9, 2016Stop Fighting A Losing Battle With God
    Oct 9, 2016
    Stop Fighting A Losing Battle With God
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 5: 1-6
     
    I. What Is The Righteousness of God That He Wants Us To Desire?
     
    Philippians 3:9 “I want to be found in Him(Jesus), not having a righteousness of my own, but that which is through faith in Jesus Christ…..”
     
    Righteousness means to be in right standing before God
     
    Self-righteousness means our attempts to be good sometimes
     
    “All of us have become like one who is unclean and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags.” ~ Isaiah 64:6
     
    “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” ~ 11 Corinthians 5:21
     
    “Little children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteousness, just as Jesus is righteous…no one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning because he is born of God.” ~ 1 John 3: 7-9
     
    II. We Must Invite Jesus To Change Us
     
    “A intelligent person keeps wisdom in view, but a fools eyes wander to the ends of the earth.” ~ Proverbs 17:24
     
    III. We Must Invite People Into Our Lives Who Help Not Hinder
     
    “Like a bad tooth or a lame foot is reliance on the unfaithful in times of trouble.” ~ Proverbs 25: 19
     
    “As iron sharpens iron, so one persons improves another” ~ Proverbs 27:17
     
    IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO BE STUNG, STAY AWAY FROM THE BEES
  • Oct 2, 2016How Should We Vote As America Implodes?
    Oct 2, 2016
    How Should We Vote As America Implodes?
    Series: (All)
    Romans 13:1-2
    “The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.” ~ 1 John 2: 17
     
    “But the day of the Lord will come like a thief in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up.” ~ 2 Peter 3:10
     
    “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.” ~ Revelation 21:11
     
    I. Is It Possible To Delay The Implosion of America?
     
    ISLAM IS NOT A RELIGION OF PEACE
     
    II. How Should A Believer Vote In The 2016 Election?
    “Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.”~ Romans 13: 1-2
     
    III.  How a Christian Should Choose the Candidate they will cast their vote to support.
     
    1. Is the Candidate a Believer?
     
    2. What Impact Would The Candidate’s Faith Have On His Politics?
     
    3. How Does The Candidate View The Scriptures?
     
    4. How Does The Candidate View The Constitution?
     
    Pastor who led prayer Dr. Jacob Duche
     
    “O Lord, our heavenly Father, high and mighty King of Kings And Lord of Lords, who does see from your throne all the Dwellers on earth and you reign with supreme power over All the kingdoms, empires and governments.
     
    Look down in mercy on the American states who have fled From the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Your gracious protection, desiring to be forever dependent Only on you.
     
    Be present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this Honorable assembly. Shower down on them and the millions They represent, with abundant blessings. All of this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, your son and our Savior. Amen
  • Sep 25, 2016The God Who Refreshes His Children
    Sep 25, 2016
    The God Who Refreshes His Children
    Series: Beatitudes
    Matthew 5:5
     
    This is the 4th in this series on the Beatitudes from the Sermon on The Mount
    Salvation is a process – a journey First step is to realize I AM NOT GOD I AM MORALLY BANKRUPT I AM HELPLESS WITHOUT GOD I AM LOST WITHOUT GOD
     
    Step 2 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” I believe God can save me I believe God can help me
     
    Step 3 “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”
     
    By now the ones listening to Jesus teaching Had to have been numb with shock Totally perplexed JESUS WAS TEACHING PRINCIPLES THAT WERE FOREIGN TO THEIR MINDS
     
    Like many in churches all over America today Jesus audience Knew how to act spiritually proud Act spiritually self-sufficient
     
    Whatever method the various individuals/groups expected Messiah to come THEY DID NOT ANTICIPATE HIS COMING HUMBLY AND MEEKLY YET THESE ARE THE ATTITUDES JESUS IS PRACTICING AND TEACHING
     
    I. Are You Meek?
     
    Meek – basically means mild – soft – gentle Sometimes the term was used to describe a soft breeze A soothing medicine Means to be submissive, quiet, tenderhearted Moved with compassion Be willing to carry the burdens of others
     
    Meekness is the way of the NEW TESTAMENT
     
    In Ephesians 4: 1-2 “walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility, gentleness and patience, showing forbearance to one another in love.”
     
    In Colossians 3:12 “put on a heart of compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.”
     
    In Titus 3:1-2 remind those in positions of leadership within the church
     
    “to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be uncontentious, gentle, showing every consideration for all men.”
     
    MEEKNESS DOES NOT MEAN WEAKNESS MEEKNESS MEANS POWER UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST
     
    Three obstacles to being meek
     
    1. The obstacle of pride “The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin.” ~ Proverbs 10:8
     
    Pride prevents you from admitting you need help So many believers are struggling with wounds, hurts, bad habits And they have too much pride to admit they need help. THEY WALK INTO LIFEPOINT ON SUNDAY MORNING WEARING A PLASTIC SMILE ACTING AS IF NOTHING IS WRONG
     
    2. The obstacle of guilt “Troubles without number surround me; my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.” ~ Psalm 40:12
     
    Maybe you have asked God so many times for help – for forgiveness And you are embarrassed to ask again
     
    GOD WILL NEVER SAY I WILL NOT HELP YOU AGAIN I HELPED YOU FOR THE LAST TIME A FEW MONTHS AGO Scripture teaches MERCY IS EVERLASTING Do not allow the enemy to block your way to God with guilt
     
    3. The Obstacle of fear “Fear and trembling have surrounded me, horror has overwhelmed me. ~Psalm 55:5
     
    II. How Do We Become Meek?
     
    This word is totally misused and misunderstood in our culture World does not present CEO of Fortune 500 company as meek NFL Quarterbacks are not meek TODAYS CULTURE TEACHES THE MEEK ARE PASSIVE, WEAK, MILD, WIMPS A COMPLIANT DOORMAT SOMEONE WHO PERMITS PEOPLE TO WALK ALL OVER THEM
     
    May I introduce you this morning to the model of meekness This man modeled his entire life in meekness
     
    Jesus said “I am gentle and humble of heart” ~ Matthew 11:29
     
    MEEKNESS IS OUR STRENGTH UNDER THE CONTROL OF JESUS WHEN JESUS WAS ON CROSS HE COULD HAVE CALLED 72,000 ANGELS HE HAD THAT STRENGTH BUT UNDER CONTROL
     
    III. Have You Placed Christ In Control Of Your Life?
     
    Paul describes surrender of our lives like this: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going to work, and walking around life – and place it before God as an offering.” ~ Romans 12:1 (The Message)
     
    May I give 3 characters found in scripture who demonstrated meekness
     
    1. Abraham God gave him 1,000 of acres of rich land in the Promised Land. His servants and nephew Lot got into an argument over who had the right to use the land. ABRAHAM RATHER THAN STANDING UP FOR HIS OWN RIGHTS Preferred the testimony of harmony gave up the land And left to find other land
     
    2. Joseph Spoiled by his father as the favorite, Abused by his jealous brothers Yet when they came to Egypt asking for food so they would not Starve during the famine JOSEPH RATHER THAN REFUSING GAVE ONLY FORGIVENESS AND LOVE
     
    3. David Chosen by God – anointed by Samuel To replace Saul as King of Israel Saul jealous of David because people loved him Plotted to kill him David ran for his life SUDDENLY HE FOUND HIMSELF IN A CAVE SAUL WAS ASLEEP IN THE CAVE AND THE OPPORTUNITY TO ASSISNATE THE KING “Far be it from me that I should take the kings life because of the Lord that I should do this thing to my Lord, the kings anointed to stretch out my hand against him, since he is the Lord’s anointed.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:5-6
     
    Years later when David’s rebellious son Absalom had driven his father from the capital city of Jerusalem Another distant relative of David’s cursed King David Threw stones at him David’s soliders wanted to retaliate David prevented them “Behold, my son who came out from me seeks my life; how much more now this Benjamite? Let him alone and let him curse, for the Lord has told him. Perhaps the Lord will look on my affliction and return good to me instead of cursing this day.” ~ 2 Samuel 24:5-6
     
    Meekness is strength under the control of God GOD WANTS TO BREAK YOU AND PLACE YOU UNDER HIS AUTHORITY GOD WANTS YOU SENSITIVE TO HIS LEADERSHIP RATHER THAN FOLLOWING YOUR OWN WILL HE WANTS YOU TO FOLLOW HIS WILL
  • Sep 18, 2016God May Use Adversity To Get Our Attention
    Sep 18, 2016
    God May Use Adversity To Get Our Attention
    Series: Beatitudes
    Matthew 5:4
     
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
     
    “Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” ~ 11 Corinthians 7:10
     
    Blessed- means happy.
     
    Mourning- means spiritual, emotional, or financial loss resulting from sin when it leads to a longing for God’s forgiveness and healing
     
    I. God Does Exist Whether I Believe Or Not
     
    “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6
     
    “When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place…The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of your hands.” ~ Psalm 8:3; 19:1
     
    II. Once You Believe God Does Exist What Kind Of God Is He?
     
    “He is the image of the invisible God.” ~ Colossians 1:15
     
    1. God knows everything happening in our lives every day
    “You have kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights. Every tear is entered your ledger, each ache written in your book.” ~ Psalm 56:8
     
    2. God cares about everything happening in our lives every day“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.” ~ Psalm 103:13-14
     
    3. God has the power to change our situation “what is impossible with men is possible with God” ~ Luke 18:27
     
    “You are blessed when you are saddened because it seems you have lost control. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.” ~ Matthew 5:4 The Message
  • Sep 11, 2016Is Your Life Crashing?
    Sep 11, 2016
    Is Your Life Crashing?
    Series: Beatitudes
    Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them, saying: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” ~ Matthew 5: 1-3
     
    I. Your Life Will Crash Because We Are Sinners
    “I know that I have nothing good in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.” ~ Romans 7:18
     
    II. Many Choose Rebellion Over Release
    1. Fear
         “I heard you in the garden God, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” ~ Genesis 3:10
         Adam never experience fear until he sinned
       
    2. Frustration
       “When I want to do good, I inevitable do what is wrong….something deep within me…is at war with my mind and wins the fight and makes me a slave to sin.” ~ Romans 7:21-23
         
         3. Fatigue
             “My strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not  cover up my
              iniquity.” Psalm 32:4-5
     
         4.  Failure
               “You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins. Confess them and give them up; then  God will show
                mercy to you.” ~ Proverbs 28:13 
     
    III. Will You Admit You Have Failed?