Sep 3, 2016
Can You Be A Believer In Jesus Christ Without Being A Disciple?
Series: Beatitudes
Hebrews 10: 19-25 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10: 19-25 ESV I. Believers Attend Church Sometimes – Disciples Attend Weekly Vs 25 “let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.”
Google says bad habits: Gambling Overeating Drinking too much Taking illegal drugs Complaining Being chronically late Eating junk food Being superconnected with social media
 
II. Believers Attend Church To Socialize – Disciples Attend Church To Worship
 
III. Believers Attend Church For Many Different Reasons – Disciples Attend To Encourage Each Other
 
IV. Believers Attend Church To Feel Good – Disciples Attend To Establish and Participate In Ministry
 
V. Believers Attend Church To Socialize With Friends Disciples Attend To Prepare For The Second Coming
 
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess….and all the more as you see the Day approaching” Vs 23, 25
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  • Sep 3, 2016Can You Be A Believer In Jesus Christ Without Being A Disciple?
    Sep 3, 2016
    Can You Be A Believer In Jesus Christ Without Being A Disciple?
    Series: Beatitudes
    Hebrews 10: 19-25 “Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10: 19-25 ESV I. Believers Attend Church Sometimes – Disciples Attend Weekly Vs 25 “let us not give up meeting together as some are in the habit of doing.”
    Google says bad habits: Gambling Overeating Drinking too much Taking illegal drugs Complaining Being chronically late Eating junk food Being superconnected with social media
     
    II. Believers Attend Church To Socialize – Disciples Attend Church To Worship
     
    III. Believers Attend Church For Many Different Reasons – Disciples Attend To Encourage Each Other
     
    IV. Believers Attend Church To Feel Good – Disciples Attend To Establish and Participate In Ministry
     
    V. Believers Attend Church To Socialize With Friends Disciples Attend To Prepare For The Second Coming
     
    “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess….and all the more as you see the Day approaching” Vs 23, 25
  • Aug 28, 2016How To Live As A Believer In 2016
    Aug 28, 2016
    How To Live As A Believer In 2016
    Series: (All)
    2 Kings 7: 1-7,17
     
    I. The Word of God Can Be Trusted To Tell The Truth
     
    II. Believers Are Called To Worship And Shine
     
    "Neither do people turn on a lamp and then put something over it to cover up the light. Rather they set it on something tall so everyone in the room can see better.” Matthew 5:15
     
    III. Begin To Give Praise To God Before God Answers Your Prayer
     
    FAITH – the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.
     
    “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently see him.” ~ Hebrews 11:6
  • Aug 21, 2016What Can Believers Do When The Foundations Of America Are Being Destroyed?
    Aug 21, 2016
    What Can Believers Do When The Foundations Of America Are Being Destroyed?
    Series: (All)
    Psalm 11:3
    Almost 22 million federal state local government workers 2 million, 738 thousand work for federal government 1842 federal spending was 2% of our GNP 2016 federal spending is over 25% of our GNP
    Dr Elmer Peterson, Dean of the College of Education at Iowa State University wrote in an editorial that appeared in the Daily Oklahoman in 1951. “A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the majority discovers it can vote itself gifts of money out of the public treasury. After that the majority always votes for the candidate promising the most benefits with the result the democracy collapses because of the loose fiscal policy ensuing, always to be followed by a dictatorship, then a monarchy.”
     
    I. What Can We As Believers Do?
     
    “For it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose. Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like starts in the universe as you hold out the word of life.” ~ Philippians 2: 13-16
     
    Our natural reaction is to do the two things the Bible says BELIEVERS ARE NOT TO DO Believers are told to not complain Believers are told not to argue
     
    II. As Believers We Must Teach A New Generation Truth That Secular Educators are Not Teaching
     
    Historian W. E. Woodward wrote: “The name of Jesus Christ is not mentioned even once in the vast collection of Washington’s published writings.” (George Washington, The Image and The Man, pg 142) Our problem is parents who want to place the responsibility for rearing children into the hands of educators.
     
    Parents: Responsible for teaching morals Responsible for teaching ethics Responsible for teaching the word of God Responsible for teaching manners, respect for authority,’ Responsible for teaching about salvation through Jesus Christ
     
    THE PRIMARY PLACE FOR TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT THE BIBLE AND GOD HAS NEVER BEEN IN PUBLIC SCHOOL BUT THE RESPONSIBILITY HAS ALWAYS BEEN IN THE HOME.
     
    III. Believers Must Pray Diligently When As Our Moral And Spiritual Foundations Crumble
     
    “If my people, who are called by name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. “ ~ 2 Chronicles 7:14
     
    2 Chronicles 7: 19 “I will uproot you from this land, I’ll reject this temple, and I will make you a laughing stock among the other nations.”
     
    THREE THINGS BELIEVERS MUST DO 1. We must repent of our self-righteousness 2. We must study the political issues carefully and we must vote according to our convictions 3. We must and this is the most important – we must pray.
  • Aug 14, 2016How To Have Your Prayers Answered
    Aug 14, 2016
    How To Have Your Prayers Answered
    Series: (All)
    Psalm 46:1-11
     
    “ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN YOU; SEEK, AND YOU SHALL FIND, KNOCK, AND IT SHALL BE OPENED UNTO YOU” ~ Matthew 7:7
     
    “You do not receive because you do not ask” ~ James 4:2
     
    I. What Is The Correct Position To Assume When We Pray?
     
    II. God Want Believers To Learn There Are Times When We Need To Be Quiet As We Pray
     
    “when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent” ~ Psalm 4:4
     
    “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” ~Psalm 27:14
     
    “God is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken. For God along, O my soul, wait in silence…” ~ Psalm 62: 2, 5
     
    “but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” ~ Isaiah 40:31
     
    Psalm 37: 5-7 “Commit your way to the Lord, trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. BE STILL before the Lord and WAIT PATIENTLY FOR HIM….”
  • Aug 7, 2016When You Are Saved By Grace You Are Going To Heaven
    Aug 7, 2016
    When You Are Saved By Grace You Are Going To Heaven
    Series: Grace
    When You Are Saved By Grace You Are Going To Heaven John 6:39 “It is not that we keep His commandments first, and that then He loves; but that He love us, and then we keep His commandments.” ~ Augustine
    “Grace is the gift of feeling sure that our future, even our dying, is going to turn out more splendidly that we dare imagine”~ Lewis Smedes
    “And I give them eternal life, and they shall never lost it or perish throughout the ages. And no one is able to snatch them out of My hand.” ~ John 10:28 AMP
     
    "Whoever hears my word and believes in him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life” ~ John 5:24 NIV
     
    “By His spirit He has stamped us with his eternal pledge – a sure beginning of what he is destined to complete.” ~ 2 Corinthians 1:22 MSG
     
    “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” ~ 2 Timothy 1:12 NIV
    I. God Promises To Be Our Shepherd
     
    Vs 28 “I will give them eternal life, and they will never perish – ever! No one will snatch them out of my hand
     
    II. God Promises Not To Lose Even One of His Sheep
     
    John 10:27 NASV “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me”
     
    "The sheep which are mine are in the habit of listening to my voice, And I know them by experience, and they take the same road that I Take with me, and I give to them life eternal”
    “Holy Father, keep them and care for them – all those you have given me – so that they will be united just as we are. I am praying not only for these disciples but also for all who will ever believe in me because of their testimony.” ~ John 17: 11, 20
  • Jul 31, 2016How To Live And Give Grace To Others
    Jul 31, 2016
    How To Live And Give Grace To Others
    Series: Grace
    Ephesians 4:32, Genesis 45: 1-15
     
    “If you do not transform your pain, you will surely
    transmiit”~ Richard Rohr I. Why Do Believers Often Experience Unfair Hurts?   Why does God allow pain in our lives? He often permits pain to bring us closer to Him Because God has allowed this to provide us with the opportunity to learn more about  him II. Forgiving Others Is Necessary For Our Health WE ALL KNOW INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE ALWAYS READY TO POINT OUT THE TROUBLES, DEFECTS, FAULTS, AND THE BLEMISHES.  BACKBITING- MEANS TO SHOUT AT THE OTHER PERSON IN GREAT RAGE Profane talk-this is a person who enjoys, takes delight in slandering others. III. Forgiveness Means To Release A Painful Experience And Release The One Who Caused It FORGIVENESS IS FORGETTING WHAT SOMEONE HAS DONE TO HURT US FORGIVENESS IS NOT RECONCILING WITH OUR OFFENDER Forgiveness and reconciliation are two different actions. FORGIVENESS HAS NO CONDITIONS RECONCILIATION HAS CONDITIONS
           
    FORGIVENESS SHOULD BE OFFERED WHETHER THE OTHER PERSONS ADMITS A WRONG OR NOT
    RECONCILIATION CAN ONLY HAPPENED AFTER REPENTANCE AFTER ADMIT THEY HAVE WRONGED YOU FORGIVENESS RELEASES THE DEBTOR TO GOD TO FORGIVE means we understand people to sin Reconcile is separate but release them to God as quickly as you can for your own emotional health
  • Jul 24, 2016Let Grace Mold Your Life
    Jul 24, 2016
    Let Grace Mold Your Life
    Series: Grace
    Psalm 24:1, Matthew 25:14-29 I. Everything We Have Belongs To God
    I will loan it to you while you are alive on earth” Matthew 25: 14
    “It is like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants And delegated responsibilities….(his investments later on it says)The responsibilities belong to the owner not the servant
    II. God Gives Each One Of Us Unique Talents Talent – word we use in the English language comes from this word here in This biblical story. Means money-specifically around $1,000 dollars Today it means the natural gifts and abilities God has given each of us Vs 15 “To one He(that is God) gave 5,00, to another 2,000 and to another 1,000 talents, each according to his ability.” “we have different gifts according to the grace given to us” Romans 12:6 III. God Expects Us To Use Our Talents For His Glory “ Vs 19 “After a long time the wealthy man returned and settled the accounts”
  • Jul 17, 2016How Believers Discover The Will Of God In Making Decisions
    Jul 17, 2016
    How Believers Discover The Will Of God In Making Decisions
    Series: Grace
    Proverbs 2:5-9 “If you want better insight and discernment, learn the importance of reverence to the Lord and of trusting him. He shows how to distinguish right from wrong and how to find the right decision every time.” Proverbs 2:5-9 I. Never Make A Decision That Leads You To Disobey Clear Biblical Teaching of Right and Wrong II. Will The Results of This Decision Be Beneficial? “ Everything is permissible but not everything is beneficial and not everything is constructive.”1 Corinthians 10:23 Romans 14:14 “If someone believes something is wrong then he should not do it because for him it is wrong.” III. Will The Results of This Decision Bring Other People Closer To Jesus Or Drive Them Farther Away? “Each of us will give account of himself to God. Try to live in such a way that you will never make your brother stumble by letting him see you do something he thinks is wrong.” Romans 14:12 “even if we believe it makes no difference to the Lord whether we do these things. We still cannot just go ahead and do them just to please ourselves. We must bear the burden of being considerate of the doubts and fears of others.” Romans 15: 1-3 TLB
  • Jul 10, 2016How To Live As A Christian In America
    Jul 10, 2016
    How To Live As A Christian In America
    Series: Grace
    1 Corinthians 15:10, John 1:16 I. What Is Grace? Romans 11 “if it is by grace it is no longer on the basis of works otherwise grace is no longer grace.” “I DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE MYSTERY OF GRACE – ONLY THAT IT MEETS US WHERE WE ARE BUT DOES NOT LEAVE US WHERE IT FOUND US.” ~ Anne Lamott “CHRISTIANITY IS NOT THE SACRIFICE WE MAKE, BUT THE SACRIFICE WE TRUST.” ~ P. T. Forsyth “it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me.” ~ Galatians 2:20 “Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.” ~ 1 John 4:15  
  • Jun 26, 2016How To Handle Loss In Your Life Without Drowning
    Jun 26, 2016
    How To Handle Loss In Your Life Without Drowning
    John 11: 33, 36, Matthew 5:4 Augustine “God had one Son without sin, but not one without Suffering” I. Loss Will Enter The Lives of Everyone II. How To Handle Loss and Remain Healthy “When Jesus saw Lazarus’ sister sobbing, and he saw how all those with her were crying also, his heart was touched, and he was deeply moved…Then Jesus started crying. ‘See how much he loved Lazarus!’ they said.”
     1. I am afraid of not trying 2. I am afraid of not doing my best at something 3. I am afraid of spending my time on things that do not matter, and not giving my time to things that matter a great deal. 4. I am afraid of following fads 5. I am afraid of putting my flesh before God’s spirit 6. I am afraid of becoming a castaway 7. I am afraid of letting fear rob me of life’s opportunities
    Psalm 37:23-24 “Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and cultivate Faithfulness. Delight yourself in the Lord; trust also in Him, And he will give you the desires of your heart” Psalmist “In the valley he restoreth my soul” “The steps of a good man (person) are ordered by the Lord” Ordered- means to make sure literally means prepared or confirmed Vs 3A “Trust in the Lord” Vs 3B “do good” Vs 4A delight yourself in the Lord; trust also in him and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Vs 5 Commit your way unto the Lord Vs 7 Rest in the Lord “Do not fret over others prosperity and your dilemma” “cease from anger and forsake wrath” “wait patiently for him” “though he fall, he shall not be totally thrown into a hold” Psalm 23 “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil…..surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” III. Ask Jesus To Bring Healing To Your Brokenness Psalm 103: 13-14 “The Lord is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who honor him. For he understands how weak we are”