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  • Nov 28, 2021Thankful For God’s Protection
  • Nov 21, 2021Thankful For God’s Blessings
    Nov 21, 2021
    Thankful For God’s Blessings
    Today we will celebrate our Thanksgiving together after the service What, exactly, are we thankful for each year at this time?
    Many answers to that question may come, but, let me say, the greatest reason to be thankful is God’s blessings
     
    We looked at this verse last week when we talked about God’s Grace Today, I want to look at it through the lens of blessings The first part of this verse says “all things are for your sakes” Understand, that this means the things that are good and the things that we call bad are for our sakes In other words, blessings can come in heartache as well as happiness We need to realize this and thank God for all the blessings I know that it is really hard to give thanks in everything because some things feel so bad Sometimes things happen to us and, at the moment, we can’t see how it is a blessing But God uses these things to change our direction or reinforce our trust in Him When we finally understand that God’s plan for us is never to hurt, but always to bless, it is an amazing revelation God’s blessings in every form give us peace, if we look for them Are you thankful for God’s blessings today?
    The greatest blessing we can be thankful for is found in Romans 5:8
    The KJV says while we were still sinners Christ died for us. The greatest blessing to be thankful for is that Jesus paid for our sin on the cross and He overcame the grave Prior to Jesus death He gathered His disciples together for the Passover meal During this time, He told the disciples that the bread represented His body and the wine His blood He told them to take this supper and remember Him until He returns Thanksgiving is all about being thankful for the blessings God has given us Have you ever received the blessing of salvation?
  • Nov 14, 2021Thankful For God’s Grace
    Nov 14, 2021
    Thankful For God’s Grace
    We celebrated Veteran’s day last week, so you would think that is what we would talk about today; Instead, I want to talk about something even more powerful.
    America, America! God shed His grace on you.
    God’s grace. What a wonderful thing to think about. It is only by the grace of God that we can have salvation As we spend November to Remember, think about how great the grace of God is in your life If God withheld grace and only gave us what we deserve, every single one of us would receive damnation But God! God gives us His incredible grace, and it is the thing we should be thankful for every day.
    Just to get a great picture of God’s grace, look at Psalm 103:1-12 NASB
    If you took all the rest of this passage out and only focused on verse 12, it is the most amazing thing But you can’t take the rest of the passage out because God’s grace is all over us every day What should we do with the knowledge of God’s grace in our lives? Praise Him and thank Him daily. Live our lives graciously, remembering His grace To realize how much God’s grace has done for us and not live thankful is beyond comprehension Knowing God’s grace has covered us in our shortcomings should make us thankful to God for eternity What grace should really do is cause His people, who are called by His name, to extend grace to others in this world Reality is, the very people who are so blessed with God’s grace are the same people who rarely extend grace to others The slave whose debt was forgiven, refused to give that same grace to those who owed him Christians are some of the most brutally judgmental people in the world, but we should give the most grace Understand that as God gives us so much grace, when we also give it to others it spreads When grace is spread, God is glorified In modern day language we would say “Pay it forward” As God gives grace to you, give it to all those around you. “Grace, Grace, God’s Grace, Grace that is greater than ALL our sins” Have you ever experienced God’s grace? Have you trusted Him and realized that, because of His grace, your sins are cast as far as the east is from the west? You can experience the Grace of God that is available today Once you do….pass it on!
  • Nov 7, 2021Thankful For God’s Love
    Nov 7, 2021
    Thankful For God’s Love

    Welcome to Fall! When the weather turns cool and foliage changes, I’m blown away by how Great God is!

    This is when the world seems to look toward Christmas

    November is a great time to remember to be thankful to God for everything

    Over the course of 4 weeks we are going to see how to use November to Remember

    Probably, most of us could quote John 3:16, but have you ever dwelled on it?

    “For God so loved the world”

    Think about the most loved you have ever felt, isn’t that wonderful?

    God’s love makes that look tiny.

    God SO loved, meaning a love that was everything He has

    And He gave it to ALL!

    Understand that God’s love is not withheld from anyone

    Yes! God loves even what we call “bad” people. He loves every person!

    That is a love that is amazing, right?

    I’m thankful that God loves me, even when I know I’m not a perfect person.

    I’m thankful that God loves even the “bad” people, because it is so easy to become one.

    Now that we are all feeling thankful for God’s love, let me ask you something;

    What do we do with that Love?

    You see being thankful means we live graciously.

    If we live graciously, then we follow the example given to us in our Savior and love EVERYBODY

    I know “that’s impossible!”, right?

    It is, in the flesh, for certain. We all struggle to love, when we can’t even like everyone.

    For believers, one stumbling block to loving everyone, is when people are blatantly living in sin.

    Think of it this way, those are the people who need God’s love most urgently.

    If we don’t live the love God gave us, then how will they see it?

    You see, being thankful means it actually changes your life. You live thankful every day.

    God’s love is the most amazing gift that anyone can receive.

    Have you experienced God’s Love and the Salvation it brings?

    Are you ready to live that love everyday?


Oct 31, 2021
Beware Of The Monster
Series: 2021

As children, we seem to have irrational fears about monsters

We see them in the closet, under the bed and especially in the shadows

Over time, we learn that there is no such thing as monsters and our fears mostly subside

I say mostly because we still see monsters as we grow up

What if I told you a fear, or at least a healthy respect of monsters is a good thing

Today is Halloween and people all over will dress up and celebrate fear

The thing about fear is that it is a mechanism to keep you safe

I titled this sermon “Beware of the Monster”

In our scripture today, we see is that satan is seeking people to devour like a lion

Remember how I said, as we age, we are taught there is no such thing as monsters

Well I want you to know today that there is one monster, and he is in this world, and his name is satan

On Halloween, people, who are normal looking, dress up as something scary

Satan, who is scary, masquerades as an angel of light according to 2 Cor 11:14

We normally fear scary things, but the problem is, satan doesn’t appear scary

Our text says satan is seeking to devour, yet people are not afraid

People treat satan as if he is a child in a costume

Satan can’t destroy those who have given their life to Christ, but he can make us miserable

Look at verse 9

Being firm in our faith, we can resist satan

Because of satan, we will have suffering

What we have to understand is how to overcome the suffering through Christ

Beware of the devil but don’t dwell on him. Instead dwell on Christ.

“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” Phil 4:13

Look back at vs 6-7 of our text

The best way to be on the alert is to humble ourselves and cast our anxiety on Christ

I don’t tell you to beware of the monster so that you dwell on him but so you recognize his attacks

If we can recognize the enemy, we know how to defeat him

The question is; do you know the only One that can defeat him?

Without a relationship with Christ, satan can not be defeated

Are you sure of your salvation today?

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  • Oct 31, 2021Beware Of The Monster
    Oct 31, 2021
    Beware Of The Monster
    Series: 2021

    As children, we seem to have irrational fears about monsters

    We see them in the closet, under the bed and especially in the shadows

    Over time, we learn that there is no such thing as monsters and our fears mostly subside

    I say mostly because we still see monsters as we grow up

    What if I told you a fear, or at least a healthy respect of monsters is a good thing

    Today is Halloween and people all over will dress up and celebrate fear

    The thing about fear is that it is a mechanism to keep you safe

    I titled this sermon “Beware of the Monster”

    In our scripture today, we see is that satan is seeking people to devour like a lion

    Remember how I said, as we age, we are taught there is no such thing as monsters

    Well I want you to know today that there is one monster, and he is in this world, and his name is satan

    On Halloween, people, who are normal looking, dress up as something scary

    Satan, who is scary, masquerades as an angel of light according to 2 Cor 11:14

    We normally fear scary things, but the problem is, satan doesn’t appear scary

    Our text says satan is seeking to devour, yet people are not afraid

    People treat satan as if he is a child in a costume

    Satan can’t destroy those who have given their life to Christ, but he can make us miserable

    Look at verse 9

    Being firm in our faith, we can resist satan

    Because of satan, we will have suffering

    What we have to understand is how to overcome the suffering through Christ

    Beware of the devil but don’t dwell on him. Instead dwell on Christ.

    “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” Phil 4:13

    Look back at vs 6-7 of our text

    The best way to be on the alert is to humble ourselves and cast our anxiety on Christ

    I don’t tell you to beware of the monster so that you dwell on him but so you recognize his attacks

    If we can recognize the enemy, we know how to defeat him

    The question is; do you know the only One that can defeat him?

    Without a relationship with Christ, satan can not be defeated

    Are you sure of your salvation today?

  • Oct 24, 2021Funerals For Good Living
    Oct 24, 2021
    Funerals For Good Living
    Series: 2021

    Hebrew 9:27 says “it is appointed unto man once to die and after that the judgement”

    In the last 8 days I have been a part of three funerals

    Knowing this was the week ahead, I began to think about eternity and how many people live like there isn’t one

    I found an article about a service in South Korea that is offered to all

    Free funerals for the living

    Since it began in 2012 more than 25000 people have participated in “living funerals”

    These simulated death ceremonies are designed to help you appreciate life and inspire gratitude and even forgiveness

    Death is the destiny of everyone and the living should take it to heart

    I saw many pictures at the funeral home this week that were different

    One had a coffin being transported to the grave in a fishing boat

    Another had a set of golf clubs leaned against the coffin

    I’ve even heard of someone being buried with their rifle in the coffin

    While all of these things were meant to show the things people loved to do in life, they were sad to me

    Because there is no hunting, fishing, golf or football in heaven

    If there is a service for me one day, the only item I want people to see is my Bible

    Because, if death is the destiny of everyone, then, as a living person, we need to understand what really matters

    So why do I say funerals for good living? To remind us that we only have a finite amount of time here

    That should help to remind us do what Matt 6:20 says and store up treasures in heaven

    Look at verse 4

    This is saying, instead of living in this life to pleasure ourselves, we need to remember what is ahead

    Think about this…if you die today what would your funeral look like?

    Would people be talking about what a great football fan you were?

    Maybe they would even say you were a good person and many other nice things

    But what about you….do you know what is going to happen after your death?

    Have you laid up any treasure in heaven?

    Will you be in heaven?

    It isn’t automatic that you are going to heaven

    When we spend time at funerals, it makes us think about our own mortality

    One day death will come for you. So, the question is: Are you ready for what happens after that?

    Have you ever given your life to Christ and accepted the salvation that He offers?

    Let the Funeral help you live better by trusting in God and living every day for Him

    Will you give your life to Jesus today?

  • Oct 17, 2021Don’t Settle For Less
    Oct 17, 2021
    Don’t Settle For Less
    Series: 2021

    Have you ever heard someone say “I got a better offer”

    Sometimes people say that and others looking on don’t think it is a better offer

    Sometimes it is just taking an offer in a moment when it wasn’t thought through

    Often times that better offer ends up being much less than what you could have had

    Don’t settle for less!

    Look with me today to
    Eph 3:14-19 NASB
     
    Paul was writing this passage to the church at Ephesus

    He wanted them to understand that, even if he was in prison, they could still be filled with the Holy Spirit

    Surely after Paul was put in prison they may have felt as if all was lost

    Maybe what they had was as good as it was going to be

    Look at verse 13
     
    Because he knew their weakened state, he prayed for them

    He was praying in 16 that they would be blessed and strengthened through the Holy Spirit

    He knew there was more and he didn’t want them to lose heart and settle for less

    Sometimes it isn’t losing heart as much as it is losing sight of the things ahead

    Believers sometimes get so wrapped up in the here and now they forget about the eternal

    The problem with doing that is we are settling for something temporary

    Instead of striving for something more

    John 10:10 Jesus says “I came that they might have life and have it abundantly”

     
    Paul is still praying here that believers would live in Christ and be rooted in love

    That believers would see the breadth and length, height and depth

    Before we settle for the tiny things this life has to offer we need to see how much more we could have

    The prince of this world, satan, tries desperately to make this world beautiful and pleasing to you

    He knows that if you look past this world you will not settle

     
    “that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God”

    If we allow ourselves to be satisfied in this world, we have not received that fullness God offers

    When we are only partially filled, it is much easier for satan to make us ineffective by settling for less

    The only thing that will lead to is buyers remorse

    Do you long for a life that is full and abundant?

    Do you know the one that can give it to you?

    Don’t settle for less when the best is available!

  • Oct 10, 2021Let’s Be Builders
    Oct 10, 2021
    Let’s Be Builders
    Series: 2021

    Division

    This seems to be the word of the 21st century

    Every time you read a news story some group is angry at another group and unwilling to come together

    We know that the lost world will always be this way but it is not how the church is called to be

    In today’s world the church is just as much divided as the lost world

    Do you know that almost anyone can do demolition but it takes skill to build

    Look with me to
    1 Thes 5:11-25 NASB
     
    The very first verse of this passage is encouraging building one another up

    Let’s be builders within the church and those outside the church will notice

    When I say the church, I’m speaking of the church universal, meaning all God’s people

    This is something that 21st century Christians do not do very well. Build across the spectrum of all believers.

     
    “Live in peace with one another”

    Are you getting this, we are to build up the whole body not just one arm and demo is not a good thing

     
    This is called building up of the body of Christ

    As I said before it takes skill to be a builder

    You aren’t going to find a video on YouTube on being a builder of the body.

    There isn’t a book at Lowes or Home Depot that can teach you.

    How do I attain the skills to be a builder of the body?

     
    This is exactly how you become a good builder

    Notice the first steps are “rejoice always” and “pray without ceasing”

    If we follow those two steps, then what we are really doing is living in Jesus so he can teach us.

    Something modern believers find very hard to do is give thanks in “everything”

    We only want to be thankful for the “good stuff”

    God uses all things to teach us how to be good builders

    Vs 21 – 22 sound so easy but in this world these are areas we struggle in

    When we do not abstain from evil we are tearing down and not building up

    Satan is throwing everything he can at you to help you fail

    But ultimately we are the ones that give in to evil or not

    When we overcome the evil, through constant prayer it is God sanctifying us to continue to build

    The greatest thing we can do to help each other in this endeavor is vs 25
     
    Pray for one another

    Are you a demolition specialist or are you ready to build?

  • Oct 3, 2021Rest
    Oct 3, 2021
    Rest
    Series: 2021
    The word rest brings many different thoughts to people Some immediately think of sleep Some a vacation Some even think of Retirement I want to look at why rest is important for the Human body 1 in 3 adults are not getting enough sleep according to a new study by CDC The American Psychological Association says that one large factor of sleep deprivation is STRESS WebMD lists stress as a factor in Heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and even alzheimers disease No wonder rest is something people say they want
    Look with me today to Matthew 11:27-30 to see what the scripture says about rest
     
    First of all Jesus says “ALL things have been handed over to me by my Father”
    In vs 28 Jesus says “Come to Me” “Come to Me” doesn’t mean swing by for a minute. It means to live in Him. When we live in Christ daily we give Him everything. “All who are weary and heavy laden” are you tired, worn out, at the end of your rope? “come to Me” Jesus says and “I will give you rest” This isn’t a temporary rest. It’s not a day that you can sleep late or a vacation or even a day to just relax. This is permanent rest. He will give you rest by you living in Him daily. Vs 29 says “take my yoke upon you and learn from me” Jesus is telling you if you come to Him to live in Him daily He will give you rest by teaching you to give all your troubles to Him In order to take His yoke…..we have to let Him remove ours. “you will find rest for your souls” The burdens, the weariness, all this can be overcome if we allow Christ to remove our yoke and place His on us Again however, I want to remind you this isn’t a picture of a brief rest and then back to the grind This passage is showing us that Jesus wants us to live in Him and let Him be our Lord every day and night When we say Jesus come be my Lord, we have to let Him, every day
     
    “My yoke is easy and My burden is light”
    Doesn’t that sound much better than to be overloaded and burdened down? If you have never come to Jesus, He is calling you today, to give Him your life If you have asked Him to be your Lord already then strive to live in Him everyday, it is what He wants from us. Are you ready to Rest today?
  • Sep 26, 2021First Place
    Sep 26, 2021
    First Place
    Series: 2021
  • Sep 19, 2021Outside The Camp
    Sep 19, 2021
    Outside The Camp
    Series: 2021
  • Sep 12, 2021We Will Never Forget
    Sep 12, 2021
    We Will Never Forget
    Series: 2021
  • Aug 29, 2021The Cowardly Lion
    Aug 29, 2021
    The Cowardly Lion
    Series: 2021

    This morning we are all keeping our eyes on the weather. Hurricane Ida is making her presence known

    For most of us the words “Hurricane headed for the Gulf Coast” are words that bring fear

    Goliath:
    Over 9 feet tall
    Armor weighed 125lbs
    Spear was over 12 ft long
    Spear head weighed 33+ lbs

    David:
    Less then 6 ft tall
    Still a teen
    Used a sling and a rock

    I give you all this information because I want you to get a context of this story

    The point I want you to take away from all of this is: “the battle is the Lord's”

    How did David, a young teen, have the courage to face the giant with only a sling and a rock?!?

    He knew he had the power of God on his side, and nothing is impossible for God!

    God is described as the Lion of Judah

    Why the Lion?

    Because the Lion is the fiercest animal in the Kingdom

    David showed the courage of the Lion because, in God, he had that same power

    Understand this, when you accept Jesus as your Lord, you too are given the power to overcome the world

    Believers today have been given that same power to overcome the world

    Christians you have the strength of the Lion

    I spoke with the children this morning about the cowardly lion from “The Wizard of Oz”

     
    He was the King of the jungle but he lacked the one thing he needed most...

    Courage

    How could this be?!? He was a lion!

    Somehow, something had happened to the Lion, and he lost his courage and believed he was forever weak

    This gave him a paralyzing fear

    Believers, today we are walking around in this world in some paralyzing fear believing we can’t

    The one thing that can change all that, is remembering this fact: "the battle is the Lord’s"

    David could look at that giant and know that he physically wasn’t able to defeat him

    But, he knew that, without a doubt, God was able and the battle was His anyway

    As believers, we wonder sometimes how someone can say “I don’t need God”

    Then we turn around and live our lives as if “we don’t need God all the time”

    Most days we think "I got this on my own"

    When trouble strikes, we call on God. "Ok God, I need you this time."

    The fact of the matter is that apart from God we can do nothing – John 15:5

    When we trust in our own strength, we run around like a cowardly Lion,

    Afraid to engage people in conversation about Jesus

    Afraid to take a stand for our Heavenly Father

    Afraid to do the mission that we were given as Christians – Go and Tell

    We are the offspring of the Lion of Judah! Stop being a cowardly lion and walk in the power of God!

    You can’t do that if you don’t know Him

    Would you like to know Him today?

  • Aug 22, 2021God Knows You
    Aug 22, 2021
    God Knows You
    Series: 2021

    Psychologists say that, as a people, we typically only allow a few people to truly know us

    That means that, we show most people what we want them to see instead of our true self

    This includes close friends and family as well

    As a result of that behavior, we sometimes believe that we can do the same thing with God

    If we only behave a certain way around our church or our friends, surely God will believe this is how we are truly.

    In fact, sometimes we try so hard to convince others that we believe the lies we tell ourselves

    However, there is only one truth of who we are, and I promise you, God Knows you

     
    “You have searched me and known me”

    In other words, God has looked in all our hidden places, and He knows us intimately

    He knows us fully and completely, better than we even know ourselves

    Look at vs 5-6
     
    This means that God has us grasped in His hand. He didn’t make us and leave us.

    He is protecting us from every side and He wants us to grasp that fact

    The next several verses say; where can I go from your Spirit? The answer is nowhere

    In other words, God is always with us. No matter what we get into, He is there

    Sometimes, people believe that they have just strayed too far and God can’t reach them

     
    There is no place too dark for God to reach you. God knows you completely and He loves you.

    Why?

    Why does God love me and why does He care?

     
    God hand-made you personally

    We aren’t a mold that a factory uses to mass produce things

    God spent time individually making every person in this world. He made us with His love.

    “And my soul knows it very well”

    The reality is, that deep down we know that God made us and He loves us

    However, we allow ourselves to believe the lies of the world

    Satan and the world say that you are better than God and you don’t need God

    Those are all lies and truly our soul knows it, if we listen

    God made you to have a relationship with Him

     
    For everyone of us, this should be our prayer daily

    As humans, we lie, and we lie even to ourselves, but God Knows you

    He is always with you no matter where you go

    Won’t you give yourself to Him today?

  • Aug 15, 2021Beware Of Imitation Armor
    Aug 15, 2021
    Beware Of Imitation Armor
    Series: 2021

    We live in a world where Satan is the Prince of this world
     
    That means that everyday Satan and His army are trying to defeat God’s children
     
    He knows he can’t snatch us out of God’s hand
     
     
    Since satan knows there is no way he can get you, he tries to make you ineffective
     
    How does he do that?
     
    He attacks you on every front that he can, to find a weakness to make you confused and hurt
     
    If he can do that, you stop working for God and spend all your time worrying and upset
     
     
    Put on the full armor of God
     
    I want you to understand that this armor has to be God’s armor otherwise it doesn’t work
     
    Let’s look at what God’s armor includes
     
    Gird your loins with TRUTH
     
    Everything satan does is calculating and he will try to convince you to use imitation armor
     
    He says what is truth, isn’t that relative to each person. Your truth can be whatever you want it to be.
     
    Put on the breastplate of RIGHTEOUSNESS
     
    Imitation armor doesn’t work.  Just ask the Army.
     
    Do you really want to protect your heart with imitations
     
    God’s armor is actually impenetrable
     
    Shod your feet with the preparation of the Gospel of PEACE
     
    The military spends millions of dollars on boots.  They understand that if a soldier’s feet are injured the soldier is immobilized
     
    If satan can immobilize us, he gets a win because how many others won’t hear the gospel
     
    The imitation we rely on is that someone else will go
     
    When you put on the full armor of God satan is defeated and the Gospel is spread
     
    The SHIELD of FAITH
     
    This shield is able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one
     
    What if your imitation shield was hit by one of satan’s arrows
     
    The imitation shield is believing that satan isn’t going to bother you
     
    Satan deploys many demons throughout the world and we are all in danger of a satanic attack at any time
     
    The HELMET of SALVATION
     
    The biggest thing that satan does, is try to tell you that you are not saved and unworthy to be saved
     
    When you know that you have received salvation hold onto that hard
     
    Make sure that you are sure
     
    One way to continually live in salvation and battle the evil one is to use the SWORD of TRUTH
     
    There is no substitute and imitations will fail
     
    A good soldier spends a lot of time making sure their weapon is in great condition and ready always for battle.
     
    When is the last time you cleaned your weapon and gave it a good inspection
     
    Satan will throw every kind of imitation at you and if you put on imitation armor you can’t battle
     
    Accept no substitute, only use the armor of God!
     
    Now the question is do you know Him in order to receive that armor?
     
  • Aug 8, 2021Workmen For God
    Aug 8, 2021
    Workmen For God
    Series: 2021

    During these crazy days, it is easy to get lost as to your real purpose in this world.

    We are seeing Covid increasing at rapid levels once again and many hospitals are filling up

    In fact, one of my High School classmates, Bubba Wood, needs your urgent prayers today

    He is in ICU waiting for a respirator, which he desperately needs

    When people are scared of death, they are usually more receptive to the Gospel

    Therefore, we need to be ready to show people the truth of the Gospel

    How can we make sure we are ready to share?

    Look with me to 2 Timothy 2:15 NASB
     
    KJV says: "Study to shew thyself approved"

    Be approved as a workman for Christ

    How are we workmen for God? Look back to vs 10-14
     
    I want us to break down each of these verses
     
    Now think about all these things in the context of being workmen for Christ

    However, there is a trap that we need to avoid

     
    We spend years serving our earthly bosses in jobs, trying to do our very best

    If we are lucky, we might make a difference or we might be remembered for a few years

    Think about this, if we are good workmen for God, the outcome is the population of heaven will grow.

    There will be people that change their final destination from Hell to Heaven because we worked for God

    Are you a workman for God today?

    Do you know Him in the first place?

    Do you want to?

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