May 29, 2016
America Needs God
Series: (All)
Psalm 85:1-6 “God, you smiled on your good earth! You brought good times back to Jacob! You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people, you put their sins far out of sight. You took back you sin-provoked threats, you cooled your hot, righteous anger. Help us again, God of our help; don’t hold a grudge against us forever. You aren’t going to keep this up, are you? Scowling and angry, year after year? Why not help us make a fresh start- a resurrection life?" Here are three similarities: I. God Has Blessed America Psalm 85:1 “You showed your favor to your land, O Lord” A. God Has Blessed Us With Natural Resources B. God Has Blessed Us Politically C. God Has Poured Out His Spiritual Blessings on America II. Americans Have Forgotten God’s Blessings A. We Are Taking Conversation About God Out Of Public Talk B. We Have Changed Our Moral Values III. America Must Have A Spiritual Revival “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you” - Psalm 85:6 A. We Must Humble Ourselves First and Then Pray Former President Ronald Reagan “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under”
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  • May 29, 2016America Needs God
    May 29, 2016
    America Needs God
    Series: (All)
    Psalm 85:1-6 “God, you smiled on your good earth! You brought good times back to Jacob! You lifted the cloud of guilt from your people, you put their sins far out of sight. You took back you sin-provoked threats, you cooled your hot, righteous anger. Help us again, God of our help; don’t hold a grudge against us forever. You aren’t going to keep this up, are you? Scowling and angry, year after year? Why not help us make a fresh start- a resurrection life?" Here are three similarities: I. God Has Blessed America Psalm 85:1 “You showed your favor to your land, O Lord” A. God Has Blessed Us With Natural Resources B. God Has Blessed Us Politically C. God Has Poured Out His Spiritual Blessings on America II. Americans Have Forgotten God’s Blessings A. We Are Taking Conversation About God Out Of Public Talk B. We Have Changed Our Moral Values III. America Must Have A Spiritual Revival “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you” - Psalm 85:6 A. We Must Humble Ourselves First and Then Pray Former President Ronald Reagan “If we ever forget that we are one nation under God, we will be a nation gone under”
  • May 22, 2016How To Be Positive When Your Life Is Full of Difficulties
    May 22, 2016
    How To Be Positive When Your Life Is Full of Difficulties
    Philippians 1:1-11
    I.When Life Becomes Difficult Remember The Positive
    Vs 3 “Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God. Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart. I am so please that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God’s Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present.”
    A. Don’t dwell on your failures “everytime you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God” “Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life…….do your best to mediate on things that are true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious – the best and not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.” 4: 6-8
    B. Focus on positive people, positive circumstances God has placed in your life
    vs 5 “I am so pleased you have continued on in this with us…..”
    II. Rejoice In Prayer
    Vs 4 “I find myself always praying for you with great joy”
    “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again, rejoice!” ~ Philippians 4:4
    III. When The Storm Comes Look Around For God
    Vs 6 “the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears”
  • May 15, 2016The Power Of Positive Encouragment
    May 15, 2016
    The Power Of Positive Encouragment
    Romans 16:1-20 “But the Lord said to Samuel, Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” ~ 1 Samuel 16:7 The Perfect Church I think that I shall never see A church that’s all it ought to be: A church whose members never stray Beyond the Strait and Narrow way: A Church that has no empty pews, Whose Pastor never has the blues, A Church whose Deacons always deak, And none is proud, and all are meek: Where gossips never peddle lies, Or make complaints or criticize; Where all are always sweet and kind, And all to other’s faults are blind. Such perfect Churches there may be, But none of them are known to me. But still, we’ll work, and pray and plan, To make our own the best we can. I. We Must Affirm Our Spiritual Family Paul shares the names of 27 friends with 21 positive descriptions “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the increase.” “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” ~ Ephesians 4:29 “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have the opportunity, lets us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” ~ Galatians 6:9-10 16:16 Holy embraces all around! Give each other a holy kiss. 5 times in the epistles we are told to greet one another with a holy Kiss We changed that to a holy handshake II. Be Alert And Watchful For Those In Church Who Cause Trouble III. How To Deal With People Who Are Disruptive ‘GIVE THESE PEOPLE A WIDE BERTH. THEY HAVE NO INTENTION OF LIVING FOR OUR MASTER CHRIST. THEY ARE ONLY IN THIS FOR WHAT THEY CAN GET OUT OF IT, AND AREN’T ABOVE USING PIOUS SWEET TALK TO DUPE UNSUSPECTING INNOCENTS…………STAY ALERT Titus 3:9 “Stay away from mindless, pointless quarreling over genealogies and fine print in the law code. That gets you nowhere. Warn a quarrelsome person once or twice, but then be done with them. It is obvious that such a person is out of line, rebellious against God. By persisting in divisiveness he cuts himself off.” Proverbs 16:20 “Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down”
  • May 8, 2016An Unnamed Mother Remembered For Her Faith
    May 8, 2016
    An Unnamed Mother Remembered For Her Faith
    Series: (All)
    Matthew 15:21-28
    Forbes magazine did a study on the estimated value of mothers in todays market Chauffeur, gardener, landscaper, maintenance worker, cleaning woman, Housekeeper, Cook, Errand runner, Bookkeeper, Interior decorator, Caterer, Dietician, Secretary, hostess
    The value is estimated at $120,000 a year
    I. Anyone Can Come To Jesus For Salvation
    Here was a mother – only child a daughter who was prepared to do whatever it took – cross whatever barrier – overcome whatever obstacle
    NOTHING WAS GOING TO STAND IN HER WAY
    Life in 2016 that we sometimes permit to keep us away from God’s miracles in our lives: TIME CULTURE PRIDE: SCIENCE: II. This Mother Is Persistent 3 intimidating factors are happening in this encounter Silence of Jesus vs 23 She was not offended, she did not think he was indifferent We must understand there will be times of silence from God Rebuke of the disciples vs 23 she ignored them and stayed focused on Jesus She simply ignored them and went over their heads to the leader Behavior of Jesus vs 24 Washington Irving: “The love of a mother is never exhausted. It never changes – it never Tires-it endures through all; in good repute, in bad repute, in the face Of the world’s condemnation, a mother’s love lives on.” III. This Mother Depended On What She Had Heard About the Unlimited Grace of Jesus to Others CHARLES SPURGEON “ THE LORD OF GLORY SURRENDERED TO THE FAITH OF THIS WOMAN.” “SHE KEPT ASKING UNTIL SHE RECEIVED, SHE KEPT SEEKING UNTIL SHE FOUND, SHE KEPT KNOCKING UNTIL IT WAS OPENED TO HER” Matthew 7:7
  • May 1, 2016A Positive Attitude Begins With Giving Praise To God
    May 1, 2016
    A Positive Attitude Begins With Giving Praise To God
    1 Peter 2: 9-10 “You are the ones chosen by God, chosen for the high calling of priestly work, chosen to be a holy people, God’s instruments to do his work and speak out for him, to tell others of the night-and-day-difference he made for you-from nothing to something, from rejected to accepted. Friends, this world is not your home, so don’t make yourselves cozy in it. Don’t indulge your ego at the expense of your soul. Live an exemplary life among the natives so that your actions will refute their prejudices.” 1. Before You Can Have A Positive Attitude You Must Know Who You Are Ephesians 2:8-9 “All we do is trust him enough to let him do it. It is God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we would probably go around bragging that we had done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” GOD IS TEACHING US WE ARE PRIESTS WHAT DO PRIESTS DO? They build bridges – Latin word of priest is pontifex – comes from 2 Latin words meaning bridge to make 11. Before You Can Have A Positive Attitude You Must Know Your Purpose In Life Vs 9 “you are God’s instruments to do his work, and speak out for him, to tell others of the night and day difference he made for you, From nothing into something, From rejected to accepted.” God’s purpose for your life and my life is to shout his praises! (1) Give praise in all circumstances (2) Positive Praise Must Be Expressed Hebrews 13:15 “Praise must be the fruit of our lips” (3) Positive Praise Liberates Us Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” ~ John 8:32 (4) Positive Praise Can Heal Your Pain “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.” ~ Job 1:20-21
  • Apr 24, 2016Our Members Are Our Ministers
    Apr 24, 2016
    Our Members Are Our Ministers
    Series: (All)
    Ephesians 4:12-16
    1.   The Church Is To Be A Place of Unity and Training
    Train – means to equip, to be made complete
    “Finally, brethren, rejoice, be made complete.” (2 Corinthians 13:11)
     
    “Now I exhort you brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you will all agree, and there be no divisions among you, but be made complete….the equipping of each believer results in the unity of all.” (1 Corinthians 1:10)
     
    God reveals four basic tools for the spiritual equipping of the saints.
     
    1.   The Word of God
    “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another – showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us.” (2 Timothy 3:16)
     
    2.   Prayer
    This is the second tool of equipping and the pastor/teacher is responsible to prepare himself and to lead his people to prepare themselves in prayer.
    3.   Testing
    4.   Suffering
    These usually go together and God uses these methods to refine believers to greater holiness.
    James goes so far as to say,
    “Consider it all joy…when we encounter various trials knowing that the testing of faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4)
    “Walk in a manner worth of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”
     
    God never designed the church for his people
     to wait Around for a pastor to do the work for them
     
    A healthy church – many people have keys to the building
                                 Meetings take place and the pastor does not have to show up for all meetings
                                 People assume responsibility for unlocking doors turning on lights, etc
                                 Where people are on a waiting list to teach Bible
                                 Study classes and work with youth
     
    Ephesians 4 the responsibility of the teacher/pastors
    TO PREPARE GOD’S PEOPLE FOR WORKS OF SERVICE, SO THAT THE BODY OF CHRIST MAY BE BUILT UP”
     
    IT IS NOT THE LACK OR PROGRAMS
              IT IS NOT THE OUTDATED METHODS
              THAT DESTROY THE CHURCH
    Programs, ministry, 21st century methods are important
              WHAT DESTROYS THE CHURCH IS HAVING A TEACHER/PASTOR
              WHO DOES NOT TEACH/PREACH THE WORD OF GOD
     
    11. How Do We Train Leaders For Ministry?
     
    Pastors/teachers create an atmosphere where that comes naturally
    Hebrews 10:24 describes the church as a place
            “Where we encourage one another on toward love and good service
  • Apr 21, 2016One Thousand Years of Heaven On Earth
    Apr 21, 2016
    One Thousand Years of Heaven On Earth
    Series: ISIS
    Revelation 20: 1-15
    Basically three views held by believers
    1. Amillennial
    Those who hold this view do not believe what I am preaching this morning from the Word of God will happen.
     2. Postmillennial
    Those who hold this view believe that God working with humanity will establish a Golden Age on earth. Humanity will have finally attained our potential
    3. Premillennial
    This is the view I hold – Jesus is going to come as prophesied in Chp 19. At the battle of Armageddon which is the last war of Tribulation Period.
    Revelation 20:1-3
    “I saw an Angel descending out of heaven. He carried the key to the Abyss and a chain – a huge chain. He grabbed the Dragon, that old Snake- the very Devil, Satan himself! – chained him up for a thousand years, dumped him into the Abyss, slammed it shut and sealed it tight. No more trouble out of him, deceiving the nations – until the thousand years are up. After that he has to be let loose briefly.”
    Vs 10 “The Devil, who deceived them will be hurled into Lake Fire and Brimstone, joining the Beast and the False Prophet, the three in torment around the clock for ages without end.”
    1. The Reality Of Millennial Kingdom On Earth
    Matthew 24:3 “What will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the world?”
    Matthew 24: 4-5 Jesus said, “Watch out for doomsday deceivers. Many leaders are going to show up with forged identities, claiming, I am the Christ, the Messiah. They will deceive a lot of people. When reports come in of wars and rumored wars, keep your head and don’t panic. This is routine history; this is no sign of the end. Nation will fight nation and ruler fight ruler, over and over. Famines and earthquakes will occur in various places. This is nothing compared to what is coming.”
     
    2 Timothy 3: 13 “Unscrupulous con men will continue to exploit the faith. They’re as deceived as the people they lead astray. As long as they are out there, things can only get worse.”
    Dragon- means fierceness.
    Snake- sneaky, slimy, tries to hid actions
    Devil – means slanderer or one who speaks against others
    Satan – means the evil one
    Philippians 2:6-7 “Jesus being in the form of God, didn’t think it robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation and humbled himself and became as a servant”
     
    Jesus said, “I give you authority over all the power of the devil of the wicked one”
            That is not for future events
            That is now – TODAY
     
                    11. The Reign of Christ During The One Thousand Years
    “When the thousand years are up, Satan will be let loose from his cell, and will launch again his old work of deceiving the nations, searching out victims in every nook and cranny of the earth, even Gog and Magog! He will talk them into going to war and will gather a huge army, millions strong. They will stream across the earth, surround and lay siege to the camp of God’s holy people, the Beloved City. They will no sooner get there than fire will pour out of heaven and burn them up. The Devil who deceived them will be hurled into Lake of Fire and Brimstone, joining the Beast and the False Prophet, the three in torment around the clock for the ages without end.”
    God will permit this brief revolution at the end of the thousand years to show only God can change the human heart.
            1,000 years of perfect society – perfect provision
            Perfect prosperity
            There will be those who still choose to follow Satan.
  • Apr 10, 2016Where Is The World Headed?
    Apr 10, 2016
    Where Is The World Headed?
    Series: ISIS
    Revelation 6 THE NEXT THING ON GOD’S CALENDAR IS THE RAPTURE OF THE CHURCH Seal 1 False Leader of Peace Vs 2 White - means bloodless and a horse is a symbol of war “seventy sevens are set for your people and for your holy city to throttle rebellion, stop sin, wipe out crime, set things right forever, confirm what the prophet saw, and anoint the Holy of Holies.” - Daniel 9:24 77 years means 490 years “Here is what you must understand: From the time the word goes out to rebuild Jerusalem until the coming on the Anointed Leader (Jesus), there will be seven sevens. The rebuilding will take 62 sevens, including building streets and digging a moat. Those will be rough times” 434 years equals 62 sevens “The city and Sanctuary will be laid in ruins by the army of the newly arriving leader. The end will come in a rush, like a flood. War will wage right up to the end, desolation the order of the day.” “Then for one seven, (Antichrist) will forge many and strong alliances, but Halfway through the seven (3 1/2 years) he will banish worship and prayers.” Vs 27 last part of the verse “At the place of worship, a desecrating obscenity will be set up and remain until finally the desecrator himself is decisively destroyed.” Gabriel said to Daniel 490 years Daniel and Gods plan for Israel will be complete 49 weeks until the issue is decreed for the Temple to be rebuilt 462 years from then until the Messiah is crucified (all history) 434 plus 49 = 483 of the 490 years has taken place That leaves 7 years Seal #2 Antichrists Policy for Destruction
    Revelation 6:3 “When the Lamb ripped off the second seal, I heard the second animal cry, Come out! Another horse appeared, this one red. Its rider was off to take peace from the earth, setting people at each other’s throats, killing one another. He was given a huge sword.”
    Huge - Greek word means a dagger Seal #3 Global Poverty 6:5 “When he ripped off the 3rd seal, I heard the 3rd animal cry Come out! A black horse this time. Its rider carried a set of scales in his hand.” Seal #4 World health crisis “When he ripped off the 4th seal, I heard the 4th animal cry, Come Out. I looked. A colorless horse, sickly pale. Its rider was Death, and Hell was close on its heels. They were given the power to destroy a 4th of the earth by war, famine, disease, and wild beasts.” Seal #5 Persecution of Believers “When he ripped off the 5th seal, I saw the souls of those killed because they had held firm in their witness to the Word of God. They were gathered under the Altar, and cried out in loud prayers, “How long, Strong God, Holy and True? How long before you step in and avenge our murders? Then each martyr was given a white robe and told to sit back and wait until the full number of martyrs was filled from among their servant companions and friends in the faith.” Seal #6 Global Panic Vs 12-17
  • Mar 27, 2016The Celebration of the Empty Tomb
    Mar 27, 2016
    The Celebration of the Empty Tomb
    Series: (All)
    Hebrews 2:14-15 Aristotle called death the thing he feared the most because it appears to be the end of everything.   Jean-Paul Sartre (an extistentialiast, philoaopher) SAID death removed all meaning from life. John 20:1-4 “Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus love, breathlessly painting ‘they took the master from the tomb. We don’t know where they have put him.”   “Matthew records his account “there was an earthquake on Easter Sunday morning Prior earthquake on good Friday when Jesus died on the cross The earth shook WHEN GOD IS GETTING READY TO DO SOMETHING BIG THE EARTH DOES SHAKE WHEN JESUS DIED ON THE CROSS THE EARTH SHOOK WHEN JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD THE EARTH SHOOK WHEN YOUR WORLD BEGANS TO SHAKE GOD IS PREPARING TO DO SOMETHING IN YOUR LIFE   John 20:5-8 Peter and the other disciples left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. Stooping to look in, the saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, by the didn’t go in. Smion Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his heard not lying with the linen clothes but separate, neatly folded by itself. The other disciples, the one who had gotten first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed.
    1.   Allow Jesus Christ To Get Your Outside Your Comfortable Zone
    FOUR LADIES COMING TO THE TOMB: They did not come to see an empty tomb They came to anoint the body because they knew for sure Jesus was dead
    They had forgotten he had said he would rise of the 3rd day
    Not just these woman all his followers had forgotten THEY DID NOT THINK FOR ONE MOMENT HE WOULD RISE AGAIN
    1stcentury woman had no rights – could not stand up in court
    Could not own peroperty, could not go out alone Yet God choose women to pronnounce and spread the good news THE MOST INDISPUTABLE FACT IN ALL OF HISTORY IS THIS GLORIOUS TRUTH JESUS ROSE FROM THE DEAD AND THE TOMB IS EMPTY.
    1. The Tomb Screams Out Forgiveness For All
    “FATHER FORGIVE THEM, FOR THEY DO NOT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING
    (LUKE 23:34)
    Greek verb here indicates he did not say it once – repeated over and over FATHER FORGIVE THEM FATHER FORGIVE THEM FATHER FORGIVE THEM FATHER FORGIVE THEM When the solider drove the spike into his side, FATHER FORGIVE THEM When they lifted him up to the sky, FATHER FORGIVE THEM When they walked by and insulted him, FATHER FORGIVE THEM
    1. The Tomb Proclaims Peace
    Recent Gallap Polls of Americans criteria for judging personal success
    1. 58% good health
    2. 49% enjoyable employment
    3. Happy family life
    4. Good education
    5. Peace of mind
    6. Good friends
    Was below # 10 on the list was materialistic factors such as unlimited money – luxury automobile – luxurious second home
    I found it interest of the top 5 qualities of a successful life one of those would be  peace of mind. 
    “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men,” ~ Luke 2:14 “I leave with you; my peace I give you.” ~John 14:27 Isaiah prophesied when Jesus came he would be called THE PRINCE OF PEACE I CHALLENGE YOU THIS WEEK Take a sheet of paper Write down that which disappoints you in your life Things you don’t have Things you want Things you feel you should have Take a second sheet and write down your blessings from God
  • Mar 13, 2016Will Radical Islam Come To America?
    Mar 13, 2016
    Will Radical Islam Come To America?
    Series: ISIS
    Matthew 5:11-12
    I. Persecution Is a Sign Of A Relationship With Jesus Christ “All who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted”~ 2 Timothy 3:12 “Suffering persecution is part of the normal Christian life” ~ Romans 8:16-17
    “If you suffer as a believer, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name” ~ 1 Peter 4:16
    II. Will Islamic Terrorists Strike America Again?
    ISIS has declared ‘provinces’ in 10 nations
    Algeria with 2nd  largest oil reserves in Africa and the largest nation
    Egypt with 4 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Saudi Arabia with 268 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Syria with 2.5 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Iraq with 140 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Libya with 48 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Yemen with 3 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Nigeria with 37 billion barrels of proven oil reserves Afghanistan with 962 million barrels of proven oil reserves
    Pakistan with 60 million barrels of proven oil reserves
    III. Islam Has Major Disagreements With Christianity
    Shunnis believe Abu Bakr, the prophets friend is true successor United States, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and most Muslim nations agree Shiites- who believe Ali Bin Abu Talib, Muhammads son-in-law and cousin is the true successor  Russia, Iran, Syria, Iraq and their allies are with this group