Jun 26, 2022
Unbearable Heat
Series: 2022

Have you been enjoying the Heat lately?

We have had new record high temps all over our area just this week.

I don’t know about you but all this heat made me think about one thing...

HELL!

So many people go through life never giving the existence of Hell one thought

For those who believe the Word of God, thinking about hell should cause us to work even harder to reach people

For those who have never made a decision to follow Christ, the thought of hell should be terrifying

There are those who argue, “a loving God wouldn’t send anyone to Hell”

To that I say you are right. But unrepentant people send themselves to hell

Today I want to look at several scriptures that tell us about hell

Hell is a place of eternal torment and agony

“Where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched”

In this chapter in Mark that phrase is repeated 3 times! Do you think it is important?

“In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”

Have you ever seen a dog that is in terrible pain?

The outer darkness is also a reference to hell as indicated by weeping and gnashing of teeth

Have you ever sat in total darkness for an extended period of time?

There are months in Alaska where the sun never shines and the depression rate is off the charts

Total darkness can make you feel as if you are being crushed to death.

How hot will hell be?

This fire was so hot the guards died just getting near it. We have to believe hell is hotter than that.

We’ve already established that the fire is not only hot but unquenchable meaning it never burns out

The point today is that hell is real and those who do not accept Jesus send themselves there.

There is good news!
1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 NASB

Jesus saves us from the wrath to come.

To perish means to spend eternity in Hell

Good news God did not send Jesus in the world to condemn the world but to save it.

Today if you are here or watching online you still have the opportunity to accept Jesus

“whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”

That eternal life is in heaven with Jesus!

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  • Jun 26, 2022Unbearable Heat
    Jun 26, 2022
    Unbearable Heat
    Series: 2022

    Have you been enjoying the Heat lately?

    We have had new record high temps all over our area just this week.

    I don’t know about you but all this heat made me think about one thing...

    HELL!

    So many people go through life never giving the existence of Hell one thought

    For those who believe the Word of God, thinking about hell should cause us to work even harder to reach people

    For those who have never made a decision to follow Christ, the thought of hell should be terrifying

    There are those who argue, “a loving God wouldn’t send anyone to Hell”

    To that I say you are right. But unrepentant people send themselves to hell

    Today I want to look at several scriptures that tell us about hell

    Hell is a place of eternal torment and agony

    “Where the worm does not die and the fire is not quenched”

    In this chapter in Mark that phrase is repeated 3 times! Do you think it is important?

    “In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”

    Have you ever seen a dog that is in terrible pain?

    The outer darkness is also a reference to hell as indicated by weeping and gnashing of teeth

    Have you ever sat in total darkness for an extended period of time?

    There are months in Alaska where the sun never shines and the depression rate is off the charts

    Total darkness can make you feel as if you are being crushed to death.

    How hot will hell be?

    This fire was so hot the guards died just getting near it. We have to believe hell is hotter than that.

    We’ve already established that the fire is not only hot but unquenchable meaning it never burns out

    The point today is that hell is real and those who do not accept Jesus send themselves there.

    There is good news!
    1 Thessalonians 1:9-10 NASB

    Jesus saves us from the wrath to come.

    To perish means to spend eternity in Hell

    Good news God did not send Jesus in the world to condemn the world but to save it.

    Today if you are here or watching online you still have the opportunity to accept Jesus

    “whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life”

    That eternal life is in heaven with Jesus!

  • Jun 19, 2022A Father’s Blessing
    Jun 19, 2022
    A Father’s Blessing
    Series: 2022
  • Jun 12, 2022God Or Google
    Jun 12, 2022
    God Or Google
    Series: 2022

    A recent study of adults in the United Kingdom found they checked their smartphone every 12 minutes

    I personally believe, today, in the US, it is probably closer to every 5 minutes

    A recent commercial uses this to ask “ever wonder what all those people are doing on their phones”

    The title of the message today is God or Google

    The question is – Who do you turn to first?

    It has been said that, if Google were to suddenly go away, a whole generation of young people would be lost

    The reality is, it isn’t just young people!

    This passage is about having confidence that you can take everything to God and He will answer

    I asked the question "God or Google?", because too many believers ask Google instead of asking God

    Understand that Google is people who have selected possible answers for random questions

    Google isn’t your creator that knows you intimately

    Yet many people would rather just Google it than to get on their knees and give it to God

    John wrote this so that you may know you have eternal life.

    I asked Google “How can I have eternal life?”

    I received 201 million possible answers

    I asked God “How can I have eternal life?”

    One answer! The true answer!

    Don’t get me wrong, Google can help you find out some things, but it is not always right!

    You see there is never a time that God is unreachable

    We know, without a doubt, that, when we pray, God hears us.

    When He hears us, He will answer

    Romans 10:9 gives you a definite answer

    Google gives you possible answers

    The point I’m trying to make here today is the same point I was making Wednesday night

    We have got to live Godly and not worldly lives

    If we are believers, why are we not going straight to the creator first and always for the answers we need?

    What if we talked to God every five minutes during a day instead of our smartphone?

    What if “knee” mail became more important than email?

    What if we in this world, truly trusted God more than Google

    What a huge difference that would make in our world

    Are you ready to do that today?

  • Jun 5, 2022In The World
    Jun 5, 2022
    In The World
    Series: 2022

    Have you ever just wished you could get away from all the junk in the world and have your own private world?

    You’re not alone!

    The truth is that if you know Jesus as Savior you are not of the world.

    Because you are not of the world, the world hates you!

    This is the main reason that we, as believers, desperately want to be apart from the world.

    Take heart because the world hates you just like the world hates your Father

    If we were comfortable in the world, it would mean we were not of our Father

    Notice that Jesus says He did not ask to take us out of the world

    Some believers want to hide away from all things and just be out of touch

    This is not what Jesus said. He said He didn’t want us taken out of the world, just protected from the evil one

    So if we aren’t intended to be taken out of the world, what does that mean?

    Once again Jesus says we are not of the world as He is not of the world.

    Why is something repeated in scripture?

    For emphasis! Jesus says twice we are not of this world.

    Then in vs 17 Jesus asks the Father to sanctify them in the truth

    He also emphasizes the fact that God is the truth.

    Don’t take them out of the world, just sanctify them, meaning prepare them in truth.

    One of the reasons that God’s people would rather be out of the world is they aren’t spending time in His Word

    Instead of spending time wishing we could get out, spend time studying why we are here.

    Pay very close attention to vs 18

    Jesus says He has sent us into the world.

    If He sent us, why are we trying to get out of it.

    This passage shows that God’s people are to be in the world but not of the world

    We, as a the human race, spend large amounts of time trying to get out of stuff

    Probably if we spent more time just doing things instead of hiding we would all be more joyful

    If Jesus says He sent us into the world then isn’t it about time we obeyed and went out trying to reach people

    Instead of hiding in the safety of the church walls, let us Go and Tell!

    Join me today in praying that God will reveal to us where and how we need to go

    Are you ready to be part of this awesome family?

  • May 29, 2022Peace
    May 29, 2022
    Peace
    Series: 2022
    This is a time when we remember all the brave men and women that gave their lives for our Freedoms! There is something about that….it took people before us to give us the freedom to live! I will always celebrate my fallen brothers and sisters and the legacy they left behind Today, however, I want us to look at another who died for ALL This is Jesus who died for ALL He spoke these things so that we might have peace.
    What things? Vs 29-32
    Jesus said in vs 33 “in Me you may have peace” It is because of his death, burial and resurrection that peace was possible Peace from the desires of Satan because Jesus was greater In the United States today, we can have peace because of those who paid the price for us. Because they were willing to fight for the freedom to become “One Nation Under God” Because they were willing to fight that you may be able to execute the free will that God gave us As wonderful as that is, only Jesus death, burial and resurrection granted us real freedom…..from the penalty of sin. Jesus said “in Me you may have peace, in the world you will have tribulation.” The peace that we all so desperately seek is available but the world tries to block it from you In the world, we have senseless slaughter of children both unborn and born We have evil that is more celebrated than good. We have immoral and illegal acts that are everyday cast as “normal” or even “good” How can we look at our world today and find any peace? Our men and women, that gave their lives for this country, gave everyone freedom but some misuse it Jesus gave us freedom from the very sin that we commit which gives ultimate peace In fact, even after He said there will be trouble in the world He said “take courage, I have overcome the world” Today, in all the anxiety of this wicked lost world, remember Jesus has overcome! Today you may be still anxious because you do not know Jesus My question is, are you ready for peace? Know Jesus Know Peace No Jesus No Peace
  • May 22, 2022God Provides
    May 22, 2022
    God Provides
    Series: 2022

    Perhaps today you are very concerned about all the mess going on in the world

    There are real problems that are very scary especially to consumers

    This isn’t the first time people have been scared and concerned about their immediate future

    The Israelites had finally been released from the bonds of slavery only now afraid they will starve to death in the wilderness

    It is a natural thing as humans to fret when we see situations that seem impossible to overcome.

    BUT GOD!!!

    Even today our heavenly Father knows what we need and he will take care of us

    The Israelites were desperate and they began to grumble against God but God said, I got this.

    Nothing is impossible with God!

    That still applies today!

    The people heard what was said but they had yet to experience it.

    It as if God said to the people, watch this!

    He provided meat in the evening and what was eventually called Manna in the morning.

    Neither of these things could have been done by men but God provides

    Has there ever been a time in your life when you didn’t know how you were going to make it and something unexpected happened?

    BUT GOD!!

    He always does it in His way and perhaps we can’t even understand

    “What is it?”

    In Hebrew that phrase “what is it?” translates to “Ma’n Hu? Which we pronounce as Manna

    Notice how the people gathered different amounts but it was exactly what they needed

    Even though we don’t always understand, God provides exactly what we need, exactly when we need it.

    Today I want us to understand that even in these uncertain times, God Provides

    Instead of living fearful we can trust God to see us through.

    So the only question is, do you know the God that Provides?

  • May 15, 2022Sweet Aroma
    May 15, 2022
    Sweet Aroma
    Series: 2022

    “Thanks be to God who always leads us”

    Paul’s original plan had been derailed slightly, and he wanted to let the Corinthians know he was following God

    This is how we all need to be, followers of God no matter if it isn’t according to our plans

    Smells tend to stick in our memory. Both pleasant and unpleasant smells.

    In this passage it is talking about a triumph parade during which the generals burned incense as they passed by

    The picture here is of God in His triumph as a sweet aroma that we should always remember

    We too should have a sweet aroma to God as we serve Him daily

    The aroma of the triumph smelled great to the victors but very bad to those defeated

    In this passage the drastic difference is the gospel is sweet to those who have received and foul to those who have rejected

    Never the less, we are to strive to send that sweet aroma to God’s nostrils as we serve Him

    Who is sufficient?

    Is anyone sufficient?

    Truly not one is really worthy but through Christ we can consult God

    When we truly spend time with the Father our message to others is not corrupted by self

    We give to them what God gives to us and it is a great thing

    “we are not peddling the Word of God”

    The meaning here is that we aren’t watering down or changing the Word of God but delivering it as we receive it

    Have you ever watched an interpreter?

    Sometimes I wonder are they really saying exactly what the person told them to say or not?

    There are people in this world today that try to spin God’s word to fit their desire

    When this happens the aroma is actually a stench

    “we speak in the sight of God in Christ”

    It is because of Christ and His propitiation of our sins, that we can hear from God in the first place

    Through Christ we speak the Word of God and the first audience of that is God

    When we hear from God and then share the gospel with others, God is the first audience member

    He is listening so you better not spin it but pass it on, just like you received it.

    When we do, God is pleased and we are like that sweet aroma that God loves so much.

    If you choose not to share the word that God has given you, the aroma is not sweet but foul

    Today will you march in triumph and produce a sweet aroma as you speak the gospel message?

    Or will you remain stagnant and give off a foul stench that would not be pleasing to anyone especially God?

  • May 8, 2022A Mother’s Laugh
    May 8, 2022
    A Mother’s Laugh
    Series: 2022

    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Today I would like to look at one biblical mother named Sarah

    So we see that Sarah could not believe what she heard

    Some people want to say that Sarah didn’t have much faith

    Sarai, as she was originally called, is found following her husband in faith

    She didn’t know where they were going or what they were supposed to do

    But she did not protest; she followed where God told them to go

    We can learn a lot from this mother

    God could choose to show us everything planned for us up front

    But, He doesn’t

    So many of us are hesitant to step out on faith for any reason

    What we can learn from Sarai/Sarah, it is most important to just go

    I sometimes wonder how many people remain lost today due to our reluctance

    In our text today, we are critical of Sarah because she laughed at a miracle

    Most of you ladies in here could relate that, at an old age, childbirth would be impossible

    All things are possible with God

    Vs 1 says “the Lord did for Sarah as he had promised”

    You see when we take that step of Faith God honors that

    Sarah, at 99 years of age, gave birth to a son

    I know what you are thinking

    "I’m so glad that wasn’t me"

    But for Sarah, God was faithful and He always is

    Again, what we see is, even though Sarah doubted...

    God blessed her

    What we need to take away from this is, God is able

    Knowing God is able, we need to trust Him and be faithful

    One of our biggest problems today is we don’t fully trust God

    We don’t want to step out on faith, but you never know when God will use YOU.

    Sarah, after seeing the miracle that God did, said “God has made laughter for me”

    “Everyone who hears will laugh with me”

    When we are faithful, all those who are around us are lifted up too

    Do you truly trust God?

    Are you ready to do that right now?

  • May 1, 2022Rejoice!
    May 1, 2022
    Rejoice!
    Series: 2022

    Have you ever been so excited that you just felt like shouting?

    Surely most of you in here have let out a big "woohoo!" a time or two in your life

    Sometimes, something happens that is so good we just want to break out in song!
     

    This is one of those things
    Zephaniah 3:14-17 NASB

    Sing! This passage shows great joy. So much so we should burst forth in song!

    I get so tired of us Christians who jump and shout and scream during a meaningless football game

    And we won’t even shout out a good "AMEN!" in a church service. The Holy God should excite you!

    The LORD is in your midst!

    That ought to make you shout with praise, or maybe fear, if you’ve been living wrongly.

    Don’t stop there however, the LORD is in our midst, with power to save!

    We have committed sin which dooms us to eternal Hell, BUT GOD, shows up with the power to save!

    God takes Joy in you!

    You know I am messed up there is no way God could be joyful in me.

    You can rest in His love!

    This is the craziest thought ever….. God sings over you

    Our messed up view of this stoic, rock faced God, sitting on His throne, makes it hard to think that God would sing

    “He will rejoice over you with shouts of Joy”

    You make God so joyful he breaks out in song!!

    We often think we have failed so badly that God is annoyed with us but here we see God sings over us.

    Fear NOT!
    God loves YOU

    Because of God’s great love “do not let your hands fall limp”

    Don’t grow weary in your service to God

    Rejoice!!

    Sing praises, tell others, serve Him in every way because He saved you.

    But all the downfalls I’ve had and the evil people that are never punished.

    Rejoice!!
    God will defeat the enemy!

    He will gather His people to Himself

    Rejoice! Show the world that you know the LORD is in our midst and He is mighty to save!

    God has NEVER abandoned His people and He never will!

    Perhaps you can’t seem to Rejoice today

    I ask you this question…Do you know Jesus?

    Have you truly given your life to Him?

    Rejoice, Rejoice oh people of God!!

  • Apr 24, 2022Staring At The Cross
    Apr 24, 2022
    Staring At The Cross
    Series: 2022

    As a Christian, the celebration of Easter is a huge deal!

    The build up, the long day of celebration, the tremendous joy that we feel knowing Jesus is alive.

    Today, I want to talk about what sometimes happens after that day.

    First, look with me to
    Acts 1:1-3 NASB

    The first thing I want us to see here is; Jesus gave orders to His apostles

    There was a purpose of showing Himself, alive, to the disciples. He wanted them to believe, so they would actually carry out His orders

    They had heard that he was going to rise from the grave, but doubt is powerful

    Now, they have the motivation to carry out the orders that Jesus left them, knowing there is no doubt

    Jesus gives them another command, to wait for the Holy Spirit

    Sometimes, after a great event like Easter, we are energized and want to just strike out doing things for Jesus

    But, we need to receive, through the Holy Spirit, what or how we are to do these things.

    In other words, take time to pray for guidance before striking out.

    When you receive the Holy Spirit, you will be My witnesses even unto all the earth

    Basically what Jesus said in this passage is, you don’t have to know everything, you just have to believe and be obedient.

    We may not know the days or times, but we know that Jesus will come again.

    When we listen to the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit says to go here, tell this person, wait on this to happen, we need to answer

    Jesus had equipped the disciples and given them orders to carry out because He knew He was about to leave.

    While they were standing there with Him, He ascended into heaven.

    They had to be amazed, excited and also fearful all at the same time.

    Jesus, whom they had been walking with for all this time, has now gone to be with the Father

    He didn’t leave them alone and He didn’t leave them without direction.

    However, this event was so powerful, all they could do was stand and stare

    We, as modern day believers, sometimes find ourselves after Easter standing and staring at the cross because it has been so powerful.

    We want to just stay in the moment of the love that Jesus showed on that cross.

    But look at verse 11 again

    Why do you stand and stare? Don’t you remember what He said? He will come again.

    When He comes again, don’t you want Him to find you carrying out the orders He left?

    Remember, that those same orders Jesus gave to the apostles, He gives to all believers

    GO! And TELL!

    The cross is so amazing, because without the love that Jesus showed on that cross, we would have no hope.

    However, He didn’t go to the cross for us to stare at it, but so that we could take that hope and share it with all who will listen.

    We have been given an order and it is one that has never been rescinded.

    Are you carrying out the final orders of Jesus today? Are you ready to begin doing just that?

  • Apr 17, 2022Extraordinary Love Unveiled
    Apr 17, 2022
    Extraordinary Love Unveiled
    Series: 2022

    Today we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!

    Many people today do not believe that Jesus existed or, if He did, surely He was not resurrected

    We have been talking about Extraordinary love

    I want you to see that Extraordinary love unveiled today

    Jesus, the Son of God, lived, was crucified, and was resurrected

    Now, I want you to understand why

    God loves you more than you can even comprehend

    The scripture today may seem unusual for resurrection Sunday, but hang in there

    Jesus wanted us to know that He was going to prepare a place for us in eternity

    This brings a peace, if you let it, about the end of this life.

    Once you accept Jesus, you can have peace knowing that He has a special place for you.

    Vs 3 says He is coming again! That is the ultimate peace!

    You said (if we accept Him) what do we know about that?

    Jesus said you know the way!

    That is great, but I don’t know what He means by that, because I don’t know the way.

    Thomas asked this question for you, and Jesus replied:

    "I am the Way!"

    You don’t have to be perplexed. Jesus said, I am the way, trust ME!

    Knowing Jesus is knowing God!

    Jesus told the disciples this before He died.

    What if those are empty words?

    The disciples, just like people today, heard Jesus, but then he died; so they were very confused

    They, just like us, needed to be certain.

    This passage shows us that they were first very afraid until Jesus appeared in the room

    For the disciples and for us, this is a confirmation of the Resurrection

    But Thomas was not convinced and said "I have to see it myself"

    A week later, Jesus appeared once again in the upper room and showed Thomas His wounds

    We never see where Thomas actually put his fingers in the nail prints, but having seen, he believed.

    Jesus said Thomas believed because he saw but blessed are those who believe without seeing

    Today we don’t physically see Jesus with our own eyes, but we can see Him in our heart

    Once Thomas eyes were unveiled, he replied with “my Lord and my God”

    He doubted, but once it was revealed, he was the first to call Jesus God.

    Are you ready to accept the Way, the Truth, and the Life through Jesus today!

  • Apr 10, 2022Extraordinary Love – Beautiful Light
    Apr 10, 2022
    Extraordinary Love – Beautiful Light
    Series: 2022

    Have you ever groped around in a dark room trying to find a light?

    There are so many things that can cause problems when you can’t see. How beautiful that light switch is when you find it.
     
     
    Jesus is the light and He is the only light in a dark world.

    We stumble around with all sorts of dangers in this dark world but Jesus wants to be the light that saves us!

    Some believe that Jesus just wants to judge them for their failures and make them feel bad

    But Jesus wants to be the light so you don’t have to walk in the darkness.

    Jesus clearly says I did not come to judge the world but to save the world!

    We get ourselves into all sorts of trouble but Jesus doesn’t say, you did this so you deserve it

    Jesus says, I’m here to save you from all the darkness no matter how you got there.

    Jesus does love everyone and that is important to know

    But just as important to know, is the fact that there is a judge that will judge you for all eternity

    Jesus says if you reject me then you will be judged and that judge is the Word

    He says it is not His word but God’s word and if you reject Jesus you are rejecting God

    God the Father sent God the Son who is Jesus into this dark world to be the light

    God gave Jesus exactly what to say and to do that we might see the light

    As we consider this extraordinary love that God has given the world think about this

    We could have been left alone in the darkness trying uselessly to find our way

    But God sent the beautiful light into the world and He is able to light the whole world

    But you do not have to follow the light. You can turn away from the light and continue however you choose

    Jesus spoke the commandment of God which is eternal life

    He didn’t come to judge but there is a judge

    The judgement comes from your decision to accept Jesus and all He said or to reject

    What I want you to see here today is that in essence, you are your own judge. You make the judgement to accept or reject

    Jesus came, He lived, He died, and rose again, all for you

    Will you accept the beautiful light or turn back into the darkness?

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