Nov 15, 2020
The Power of Contentment
 
Philippians 4:13 
 
4:10-13 ''Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.'' (Philippians 4:11-12, ESV)
 
I. Poverty Teaches Us Dependence Upon God
 
II. Prosperity Teaches Us The Lessons of God As Our Source
 
“To whom much has been given, much is required.” ~Luke 12:48 (NASV)
 
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  • Nov 15, 2020The Power of Contentment
    Nov 15, 2020
    The Power of Contentment
     
    Philippians 4:13 
     
    4:10-13 ''Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.'' (Philippians 4:11-12, ESV)
     
    I. Poverty Teaches Us Dependence Upon God
     
    II. Prosperity Teaches Us The Lessons of God As Our Source
     
    “To whom much has been given, much is required.” ~Luke 12:48 (NASV)
     
  • Nov 8, 2020Why Has God Blessed America?
    Nov 8, 2020
    Why Has God Blessed America?
     
    Psalm 85:1-6
     
    “O Lord, you showed favor to your land; you restored the captivity of Jacob. You forgave the iniquity of your people; you covered all their sin. You withdrew all your fury; you turned away from your burning anger. Restore us, O God of our salvation, and cause your indignation toward us to cease. Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generations? Will you not yourself revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” ~ Psalm 85: 1-6 (NASV)
     
    Vs 6 “ will you not yourself revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?” (NASV)
     
    61,628,584 babies have been aborted in America since 1973.
     
    In North Carolina (according to NC Right To Life)
    2018 76 abortions each day 27,581 babies murdered in NC
     
    I. Why has God blessed America?
     
    2 Chronicles 7:14 “My people who are called by name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (NASV)
     
    II. What Can Believers Do?
     
  • Nov 1, 2020God Moves In Mysterious Ways
    Nov 1, 2020
    God Moves In Mysterious Ways
    Isaiah 55: 6-9
     
    “Seek the Lord while he may be found; call on him while he is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and he will have mercy on him, and to our God, for he will freely pardon. For my
    Thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the Heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” ~ Isaiah 55: 6-9 (NASV)
     
    1. God Is Mysterious
     
    GOD IS A GOD OF LOVE EVEN WHEN TRAGEDY STRIKES IN OUR LIVES
     
    II. We Will Never Fully Understand God
     
    “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! Who has know the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counselor? Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him. For from him and through him and to him are all things. To Him be glory forever! Amen.” ~ Romans 11:33-36 (NASV)
     
    “When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon, and the stars, which you have set in place. What is man that you are mindful of him?” ~ Psalm 8:3-4 (NASV)
     
    III. God Has Revealed His Greatest Mystery
  • Oct 25, 2020When God Shuts One Door He Opens Another
    Oct 25, 2020
    When God Shuts One Door He Opens Another
    Acts 16:6-10
    # 7 In Biblical Misunderstandings 101
     
    “Paul and his companions traveled through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the Word In the province of Asia. When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the spirit of Jesus would not allow them to do so. So they passed by and went to Troas. During the night Paul had a vision
    Of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, COME OVER TO MACEDONIA AND HELP US. Beginning the next day Paul prepared to leave for Macedonia.” ~ Acts 16: 6-10 (NASV)
     
    I. God Will Guide You If You Will Trust Him
     
    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will direct your paths.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASV)
     
    II. God Has The Door of Opportunity He Wants You to Enter
     
    “I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you and watch over you. Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle.” ~ Psalm 32:8-9 (NASV)
     
    “He would send The Holy Spirit who would guide the disciples. For you know He lives with you and will be in you.” ~ John 14:18 (NASV)
     
    “Whether you turn right or left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way, walk in it.” ~ Isaiah 30:21 (NASV)
     
    "I gain understanding from your precepts, therefore I hate every wrong path. Your word is a lamp unto my feet;
    and a light unto my path." ~ Psalm 119: 104-105 (NASV)
  • Oct 18, 2020God Will Not Put More On You Than You Can Bear
    Oct 18, 2020
    God Will Not Put More On You Than You Can Bear
    1 Corinthians 10:13
    #6 in series Biblical Misquotes 101
     
    I. Believers Often Experience Pain In Their Lives

    “We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He
    Has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us with your prayers.” 2 Corinthians 1:8-10 (NASV)
     
    “five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I spend a day and night in the open sea, I have constantly been on the move. I have been in danger from rivers, in danger from bandits, in danger from my own countrymen, in danger from the Gentiles, in danger in the city, in danger in the country, in danger at sea, and in danger from false brothers. I have labored and toiled and have often gone without sleep; I have known hunger and thirst have often gone without food; I have been cold and naked. Besides everything else, I face daily pressure of my concern for all the churches.” ~ 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 (NASV)
     
    II. The Misquote Will Cause Confusion and Doubt
     
    GOD DOES NOT PUT SUFFERING ON US BUT GOD DOES ALLOW SUFFERING TO HAPPEN
     
    III. Unbearable Pressure Teaches Me I Cannot Make It Alone
     
    IV. God Will Provide His Grace To Sustain Me In Tough Times
  • Oct 11, 2020God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
    Oct 11, 2020
    God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
    2 Thessalonians 3:10-12
    Part 5 In the series: Biblical Misunderstandings 101
     

    GOD HELPS THOSE WHO HELP THEMSELVES IS NOT FOUND IN THE BIBLE
     
    I. God Will Not Bless A Lazy Work Attitude

    “We give you this rule; if a man will not work, he shall not eat. We hear that some among you are idle. They are not busy, they are lazy, good-for-nothings. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ, to settle down and earn the bread they eat.” 2 Thessalonians 3: 10-12 (NASV)
     
    II. The Lie Found in Self-Help
     
    “You may say to yourself, my power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me. But remember the Lord your God, for It is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” ~ Deuteronomy 8:17 (NASV)
     
    III. God Helps The Helpless
     
    “Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, My foot is slipping, your love O Lord supported me. When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought joy to my soul.” ~ Psalm 94:17-19 (NASV)
  • Oct 4, 2020Money Is The Root Of All Evil
    Oct 4, 2020
    Money Is The Root Of All Evil
    1 Timothy 6:6-10
    #4 Biblical Misunderstandings 101
     
    “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” ~ 1 Timothy 6: 6-10 (NASV)
     
    I. Acknowledge That Money Is Not Evil
     
    II. MONEY IS A TOOL
     
    III. The Love Of Money Is The Center Of Evil
     
    “The wicked borrow and do not repay” ~ Psalm 37:21 (NASV)
     
    “honor the Lord with our wealth, with the first fruits of all we produce.” ~ Proverbs 3:9