Sep 1, 2019
What The Bible Has To Say About America And Israel
2 Peter 3:3-4
 
"Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
 
“ Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”~Genesis 12:1-3
 
Genesis 12:3 “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
 
Genesis 17 “between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you in the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
 
11 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man does not work, neither shall he eat.”
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  • Sep 1, 2019What The Bible Has To Say About America And Israel
    Sep 1, 2019
    What The Bible Has To Say About America And Israel
    2 Peter 3:3-4
     
    "Know this first of all, that in the last days mockers will come with their mocking, following after their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation."
     
    “ Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”~Genesis 12:1-3
     
    Genesis 12:3 “in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”
     
    Genesis 17 “between me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you. Also I give to you and your descendants after you in the land in which you are a stranger, all the land of Canaan, as an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”
     
    11 Thessalonians 3:10 “If a man does not work, neither shall he eat.”
  • Aug 25, 2019Controlling The Body’s Strongest Muscle
    Aug 25, 2019
    Controlling The Body’s Strongest Muscle
    James 1:26
     
    “If anyone thinks himself to be religious, and yet does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this man’s religion is worthless. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.” ~ James 1:26
     
    James 3 “tongue is a fire, world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole person, sets the whole course of his life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.” Vs 6
     
    Matthew 15:17-19 “Do you not understand that everything that goes into the mouth passes into the stomach, and is eliminated? But the things that proceed out of the mouth come from within the heart, and that defile us. For out of within heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders.”
     
    “there is no truth in him, when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” ~ John 8:44
     
    “I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME STRENGTH” ~ Philippians 4:13
     
    James 1:18 “be quick to listen and slow to speak”
     
    3:1 “Let not many of you become teachers, my brethren, knowing that as such we will incur a stricter judgment.”
     
    The Message paraphrase “Do not become in a rush to become a teacher
     
    3:2 “for we all stumble in many ways. If the leader does not stumble in what he says he is perfect,
     
    “if we put bits into the horses’ mouth so that they will obey us, we will direct the entire body”
     
    "though the ship size is massive….they are still directed by a very small rudder and will go the direction the pilot wants it to go.”
     
    “so also a large forest fire can be set aflame by a small fire”
     
    “Life apples of gold in settings of silver is a word spoken in right circumstances.” ~ Proverbs 15:11
     
    “For every species of beasts and birds, of reptiles and creatures of the sea, is tamed and has been tamed by the human race. But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly posion.” ~ vs 7-8
     
    “Set a guard, O Lord, over my mouth; keep a watch over the door of my lips.” Psalm 141:3
  • Aug 11, 2019What Does God Expect From Believers?
    Aug 11, 2019
    What Does God Expect From Believers?
    James 1:21-24
     
    “Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. But prove yourselves doers of the word, and not merely hearers who delude themselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror: for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.”
     
    Therefore- on account of or because of
     
    filthiness- any moral defilement or impurity
     
    wickedness- this is sin that is deliberate
     
    I. Remove Sin From Our Lives
     
    “Why do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” ~ Luke 6:46
     
    “the one who reads/hears my truth from scripture and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation”
     
    II. Receive The Word
     
    In humility receive the word implanted
     
    “blessed are the meek for they shall inherit the earth” – Matthew 5:5
     
    Which is able to save your souls- Not salvation but personal deliverance Present tense
     
    III. After Hearing, Receiving Salvation We Become Doers
  • Aug 4, 2019The Secret To A Successful Life
    Aug 4, 2019
    The Secret To A Successful Life
    James 1:19-21
     
    I. Reading The Word of God As God Expects
     
    for the Word of God. Psalm 42:1
     
    “If you abide in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine.” ~ John 8:31
     
    “Take care what you listen to. By your standard of measure it shall be measured to you.” ~Mark 4:24
     
    “it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven….blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear in light of the word of God.” ~Matthew 13:11
     
    Average adult attention span 1988 12 minutes 2008 5 minutes 2017 2 1/4 minutes
     
    “A gentle answer turns away wrath”
     
    ~ Proverbs 15:1 “but a harsh word stirs up anger.”
     
    “Get rid of all bitterness, rage, & anger, brawling & slander, & every form of malice”~Ephesians 4:31
     
    “A fool gives full vent to his anger, but a wise man keeps himself under control.”~ Proverbs 29:11
  • Jul 28, 2019How To Handle Life When Facing Difficulty
    Jul 28, 2019
    How To Handle Life When Facing Difficulty
    James 1:1-4
     
    “Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to test you, as though some strange thing happened to you.” ~ 1 Peter 4:12
     
    Various trials - means outward trails & inward temptation
     
    Acts 27:41 “they had taken up the anchors, they committed themselves unto the sea, and loosed the rudder bands, and hoisted up the mainsail to the wind, and made toward shore. And falling into a place where two seas met, they ran the ship aground.”
     
    I. Rejoice in the Trial
     
    II. Don’t Give Up
     
    III. Pray More As You Walk Through The Struggle
     
    Vs 5 “If any of you lack wisdom ask God”
     
    Ask - means to beg
     
    “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of trials.” ~ 2 Peter 2:9
     
    Vs 2 consider - Greek word comes from a root term
     
    Means to lead or to guide
     
    Vs 3 knowing - God can provide you with the strength with the resources
     
    “I CAN DO EVERYTHING THROUGH HIM WHO GIVES ME THE STRENGTH” ~ Phil. 4: 13
     
    “An anxious heart weighs one down, but a kind word cheers him up.” ` Proverbs 12:25
  • Jul 21, 2019Tools Needed For Spiritual Battles Today
    Jul 21, 2019
    Tools Needed For Spiritual Battles Today
    Ephesians 6:10-17
     
    “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take you stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” ~ Ephesians 6:10 – 17
     
    I. Belt of Truth
     
    John 8:32 “Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”
     
    II. Breastplate of Righteousness
     
    Covers the chest & protects vital organs of the body Leather vest with overlapping plates of thin metal sewn on top.
     
    “It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God-that is our righteousness, holiness and redemption.” ~ 1 Corinthians 1:30
     
    “not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ – the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith.” ~ Philippians 3:9
     
    III. Boots of Peace
     
    IV. Helmet of Salvation
     
    Rough layers of leather with hammered metal wrapped around it to fit tightly on the soldiers head Leather wrapped not only head but neck down to chest
     
    “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given by which we must be saved” ~ Acts 4:12
     
    Helmet of salvation protects us from doubting our Salvation.
     
    “I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know you have eternal life” ~ 1 John 5:17
     
  • Jul 14, 2019Angels At Work In Our Lives
    Jul 14, 2019
    Angels At Work In Our Lives
    Psalm 34:7; 91:11
     
    Psalm 34:7 “God’s angel sets up a circle of protection around us while we pray.”
     
    Psalm 91:9-12 “yes, because God is your refuge, the Most High God your very own home. Evil cannot get close to you, harm cannot get through the door.
     
    He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble they will catch you from falling. You will walk unharmed among lions and snakes, and kick young lions and serpents from the path.”
     
    I. God Uses Angels To Care For Us
     
    Angel – means messenger.
     
    1 Kings 19:5 “He lay down under the tree and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, Get up and eat!”
     
    Exodus 23:20 , “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way & to bring you to the place I have prepared.”
    “The time came when the beggar (Lazarus) died and the angels carried him to Abraham’s side.”
     
    II. God Uses Angels To Teach Us How To Praise
     
    Psalm 148:2 “Praise him, all his angels, praise him all his heavenly hosts.”
     
    Heavenly hosts- means angelic armies
     
    Hebrews 12:1 “Wherefore seeing we are also surrounded with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.”
  • Jul 7, 2019The Evil Lies Of Satan
    Jul 7, 2019
    The Evil Lies Of Satan
    Ezekiel 28:11-19
     
    ''We're not born of fornication. We have one Father, even God.''
     
    Jesus answered ''You are of your father, the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.''
     
    I. Who Is The Devil?
     
    The serpent, another name for the devil, ''...he's more crafty than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made.''
     
    ''Again, the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 'Son of man, take up a lamentation over the king of Tyre and say to him, 'Thus says the LORD GOD, you had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty. You were in Eden, the garden of God; every precious stone was your covering. The ruby, the topaz, and the diamond; the beryl, the onyx, and the jasper. The sapphire, the turquoise, and the emerald. And the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets was in you on the day that you were created. They were prepared. You were the anointed cherub who covers...''
     
    Lucifer, means ''light-bearer,''
     
    vs 12 ''You had the seal of perfection, full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.''
     
    Vs 14 ''You were the anointed cherub who covers...''
     
    ''You were the anointed cherub who covers, who, literally, guards.''
     
    vs 13, '' ..and the gold, the workmanship of your settings and sockets...'' Settings mean tambourines. sockets mean pipes.
     
    II. What Happened To The Beautiful Angel That Caused Him To Become Satan
     
    vs 15, ''You were blameless in your ways from the day you were created until unrighteousness was found in you. By the abundance of your trade you were internally filled with violence, and you sinned. Therefore, I have cast you as profane from the mountain of God, and I have destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the stones of fire.''
     
    (1) The sin of pride
    Isaiah 14, ''How you have fallen from heaven, O star of the morning...''
     
    'I will ascend to heaven. I will raise my throne above the stars of God, and I will sit on the mount of assembly in the recesses of the north. I will ascend above the heights of the clouds. I will make myself like the Most High God!'''
     
    ''I'm too beautiful. I'm too glorious.
     
    (2) the Sin of ingratitude.
     
    (3) The Sin of Rebellion
     
    ''He sails a sinking ship. He rules a doomed domain.'' ~ Adrian Rogers
     
    vs 17….. I put you before kings, that they may see you.''
  • Jun 30, 2019Believers and Citizenship
    Jun 30, 2019
    Believers and Citizenship
    1 Peter 2:13-17
     
    “Submit yourselves for the Lord’s sake to every authority instituted among men: whether to the king, as the supreme authority, or to governors, who are sent by him to punish those who do wrong and to commend those who do right. For it is God’s will that by doing good you should silence the ignorant talk of foolish men. Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cover-up for evil; live as servants of God. Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.”
     
    I. We Are To Have Proper Respect of Others
     
    Proper respect- means to assign value
     
    (a) We are to love believers
    Love- unselfish love – Agape – God love
     
    (b) We are to show loving fear to God
    Show reverence Show respect Be in awe
     
    “the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom” ~Proverbs 1:7
     
    (c) We are to submit to the Government
    VS 13 Submit yourself to every authority instituted among men
     
    Submit - military word literally meaning to line up under the authority
     
    II. Believers Are To Understand The Purpose Of God in Government
     
    Vs 14 government officials “are sent by God to punish those who do wrong and to commend those Who do right”
     
    III. Believers As American Citizens Can Make A Positive Difference
    (1) Study the issues and vote
    (2) Pray for our elected leaders
    (3) Communicate Your Convictions
  • Jun 23, 2019Have You Surrendered Your Life To God?
    Jun 23, 2019
    Have You Surrendered Your Life To God?
    Romans 12:1-2
     
    Romans 12:1 “I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
     
    I. Because God Is God of The Universe
     
    Romans 11:33 "Oh, the depth of the riches, both of the wisdom and knowledge of God; how unfathomable, unsearchable, are His judgments and unfathomable His ways. For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has become His counselor, or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to Him again? For from Him, and through Him, and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever, amen."
     
    Hebrews 4 "We don't have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore, let us come before Him with boldness, with confidence. Come before the throne of grace to receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. He's the God of mercies."
     
    II. Pride Makes Surrendering To Our Lord challenging
     
    III. Fear Makes It Difficult To Surrender All To Our Lord
     
    1 Peter 5:6 "Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time."
     
    Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path."