Jan 17, 2021
Sin Is Crouching
Series: 2021

Sin has been a problem since Adam and Eve

 
"4 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a male child with the help of the Lord.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a cultivator of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought an offering, from the firstborn of his flock and from their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering; but for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his face was gloomy. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why is your face gloomy? If you do well, will your face not be cheerful? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain talked to his brother Abel; and it happened that when they were in the field Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him."

Sin is crouching at the door

And it’s desire is for YOU!

This is true for everyone, even today.

How do we keep sin away?

Look at verse 2 - 4
 
Cain and Abel knew what they were supposed to do

Cain tried to do it half way and that is never good

Unfortunately, for many Believers today, we do the same thing

We know what we are supposed to do, but we don’t

Think about this if God was not pleased with Cain is He pleased with us?

Cain gave, but not of the first fruits

Look at verse 5
 
Cain is the one who did wrong, but he was angry

Today we call that deflection.

God asked Cain, "Why are you angry?"

Look at verse 6-7
 
If you do well you will feel better
BUT……

Instead of changing our failures, we dwell and anger burns

When we dwell, we draw sin closer

You see, sin may be crouching at the door

But we are the ones that let it in!

Cain let his anger burn until he opened the door

This anger led to the sin of murder of his brother

You never know how fully the sin will consume you

Therefore do not open the door, don’t even dwell on it

In our world today it’s all about ME

Life was created to be all about Him!

When we don’t put God first, sin is crouching

But if we do well, we can keep sin away through God

Are you a sinner that needs a savior?

Do well and call on Christ today!

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  • Jan 17, 2021Sin Is Crouching
    Jan 17, 2021
    Sin Is Crouching
    Series: 2021

    Sin has been a problem since Adam and Eve

     
    "4 Now the man had relations with his wife Eve, and she conceived and gave birth to Cain, and she said, “I have obtained a male child with the help of the Lord.” And again, she gave birth to his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of flocks, but Cain was a cultivator of the ground. So it came about in the course of time that Cain brought an offering to the Lord from the fruit of the ground. Abel, on his part also brought an offering, from the firstborn of his flock and from their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering; but for Cain and his offering He had no regard. So Cain became very angry and his face was gloomy. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry? And why is your face gloomy? If you do well, will your face not be cheerful? And if you do not do well, sin is lurking at the door; and its desire is for you, but you must master it.” Cain talked to his brother Abel; and it happened that when they were in the field Cain rose up against his brother Abel and killed him."

    Sin is crouching at the door

    And it’s desire is for YOU!

    This is true for everyone, even today.

    How do we keep sin away?

    Look at verse 2 - 4
     
    Cain and Abel knew what they were supposed to do

    Cain tried to do it half way and that is never good

    Unfortunately, for many Believers today, we do the same thing

    We know what we are supposed to do, but we don’t

    Think about this if God was not pleased with Cain is He pleased with us?

    Cain gave, but not of the first fruits

    Look at verse 5
     
    Cain is the one who did wrong, but he was angry

    Today we call that deflection.

    God asked Cain, "Why are you angry?"

    Look at verse 6-7
     
    If you do well you will feel better
    BUT……

    Instead of changing our failures, we dwell and anger burns

    When we dwell, we draw sin closer

    You see, sin may be crouching at the door

    But we are the ones that let it in!

    Cain let his anger burn until he opened the door

    This anger led to the sin of murder of his brother

    You never know how fully the sin will consume you

    Therefore do not open the door, don’t even dwell on it

    In our world today it’s all about ME

    Life was created to be all about Him!

    When we don’t put God first, sin is crouching

    But if we do well, we can keep sin away through God

    Are you a sinner that needs a savior?

    Do well and call on Christ today!

  • Jan 10, 2021Present Yourself Approved
    Jan 10, 2021
    Present Yourself Approved
    Series: 2021

    Today we gather together in a solemn assembly

    Prayerfully, many of you have prepared by fasting and praying together

    The purpose is to begin this New Year by re-committing ourselves to God

     
     
    Look with me to 2 Timothy 2:1-10 NASB
     
    "You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier. Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules. The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops. Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, descendant of David, according to my gospel, for which I suffer hardship even to imprisonment as a criminal; but the word of God is not imprisoned. For this reason I endure all things for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they also may obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus and with it eternal glory."

    Paul says to Timothy, suffer hardship with me as a good soldier of Christ

    We are called to be soldiers of the cross; advancing God’s word across the world

    Christ suffered for us and we are called to suffer for Him

    The suffering we are talking about here is from the lost world who rejects Christ

    Paul also compares this to being an athlete

    In order to do that you must compete! You must get in the game!

    Just as a farmer toils, he takes of the first fruits but does feed others

    We, who are believers, are called by God to do His work

    So that others may follow Christ

    Are you a soldier for Christ? Are you in the fight? Are you plowing the fields?

    Vs 10
    Paul says I suffer so that others may receive salvation

    Today, we have become so comfortable that we forget this

    God wants us to be in the battle where, sometimes, we get hurt

    But how can we win the war if we don’t ever get in the battle?

     
    If we died, we live; if we endure, we reign; if we deny, He denies

    Vs 15 says study to show yourself approved

    If we are not studying God’s word, how can we follow it and share it?

    God is not interested in how well you can make something sound

    You speak the truth and God will make sure it does not return void

     
    Today, we are renewing ourselves by asking God to cleanse us

    We want to be useful to the Master

    We desire to flee from sin and pursue righteousness

    The only way that any of this is possible is if you give your heart to God

  • Jan 3, 2021ReNew Your Heart
    Jan 3, 2021
    ReNew Your Heart
    Series: 2021
    Welcome to 2021 All better now right? Of course it hasn’t changed just because the calendar did. Last year was a tough year. Not just the pandemic, but so many things I would say it was a dark time for our Nation especially In the time of Joel, the land of Israel had been devestated There were no crops, no vines; the animals and the people alike were hurting It was indeed a dark time in the land of Israel
     
    "Yet even now," declares the LORD, "Return to Me with all your heart,
    And with fasting, weeping and mourning; And rend your heart and not your garments." Now return to the LORD your God, For He is gracious and compassionate, Slow to anger, abounding in lovingkindness And relenting of evil. Who knows whether He will not turn and relent And leave a blessing behind Him, Even a grain offering and a drink offering For the LORD your God? Blow a trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly, Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her bridal chamber. Let the priests, the LORD'S ministers, Weep between the porch and the altar, And let them say, "Spare Your people, O LORD, And do not make Your inheritance a reproach, A byword among the nations.
    Why should they among the peoples say, `Where is their God?'"
    You see, when the times were so bad, the people were to call diligently upon God Today, more than any time in recent years, God’s people need to call upon the Lord
    Look again at 12-13
     
    God’s people are called to fast and rend their hearts to return to God
    Today I believe that Christians have turned to everything but God to get better The government, money, self, even denial. We need to ReNew our hearts
    Vs 14
     
    When we return to God, we do not know what He will do, but we trust Him
    Throughout history, when God’s people returned to Him, He blessed them But….God does not want lip service! He wants you to show Him you are serious about returning to Him
    Vs 15-16
     
    Consecrate a fast, proclaim a solemn assembly,
    Gather the people and Sanctify the congregation When was the last time you fasted, meaning denied food to pray? We need to be the warriors for our Nation, and we fight by calling on God We do that by denying self and calling upon the Lord to save our Land I am calling for a church-wide fast. Beginning at noon on Saturday 1/9/21 and ending at the end of service Sunday In fact, we are going to consecrate ourselves by taking the Lord’s supper
    Vs 17
     
    This calls for the Lord’s ministers to intercede and pray
    Your Pastor and your deacons are planning to do just that next Saturday In order to see this world saved, we have to consecrate ourselves first You can begin today at the alter None of this is possible until you give yourself to the Lord
  • Dec 27, 2020The Birth Of Hope
    Dec 27, 2020
    The Birth Of Hope
    Series: 2020

    HOPE

    Without hope people give up

    In sports, in love, in life; hope is the driving force

    No matter how bad things get, if you have hope, you can persevere

    In Isaiah’s day, times were bad for the Jews

     
    "For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us;

    And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,

    Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

    There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace,

    On the throne of David and over his kingdom,

    To establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore.

    The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this."

    Suddenly, there is hope and hope for all eternity

    This sign was passed on and the people looked for the future hope

    Because the birth was a lowly one, many people did not believe

    Luke 2:6-14 NASB

    "While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.

    And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

    In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.

    And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.

    But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;

    for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

    "This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."

    And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

    "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

    The birth of the Hope of the world was announced

    Look at verse 11
     
    The Savior of the World is the Hope they had all been looking for

    Because of the sin in the world, mankind was destined to Hell

    That is what this Savior is about; saving us from our own destiny

    He would pay the debt we couldn’t pay to reconcile us with God

    Without our Savior, Jesus, there would be no hope.

    Perhaps some did not believe the shepherds

     
    "And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon;

    and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.

    And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.

    And he came in the Spirit into the temple;

    and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,

    then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,

    "Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word;

    For my eyes have seen Your salvation, Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,

    A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel."

    How about Simeon; can you believe him? He was led by the Holy Spirit

    Simeon shared a great hope for us

    He proclaimed a light of revelation to the Gentiles

    This gives hope to all people; Jews and Gentiles

     
    "And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.

    She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,

    and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four.

    She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.

    At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God,

    and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.

    Anna, the prophetess, told everyone that this child was the redemption of Israel

    The hope, that over 400 years earlier had been prophesied, was here

    He was born, the hope of the world

    Romans 3:23 tells us that we have all sinned

    Romans 6:23
    Says the wages of sin are death

    BUT the free gift of God is eternal life

    This is the Hope that we have, and His name is Jesus

    He lived, was crucified, buried, and rose again on the 3rd day.

    Romans 10:9 says WHOEVER believes in Him

    Will not perish but have eternal life

    This is the Hope that gets us through every challenge of life

    Do you know that hope or are you still looking for it?

  • Dec 24, 2020Christmas Eve Service 2020
    Dec 24, 2020
    Christmas Eve Service 2020
    Series: 2020
  • Dec 20, 2020Trusting God (even when it’s hard)
    Dec 20, 2020
    Trusting God (even when it’s hard)
    Series: 2020

    If you have ever attended church, you probably heard "just trust God"

    Sometimes, that seems very easy

    Sometimes, not so easy

    Sometimes, trusting God is downright hard!

     

    "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph,

    before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit.

    And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly.

    But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying,

    "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit.

    "She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins."

    Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

    "BEHOLD, THE VIRGIN SHALL BE WITH CHILD AND SHALL BEAR A SON, AND THEY SHALL CALL HIS NAME IMMANUEL," which translated means, "GOD WITH US."

    And Joseph awoke from his sleep and did as the angel of the Lord commanded him, and took Mary as his wife, but kept her a virgin until she gave birth to a Son;

    and he called His name Jesus."

    Joseph had a hard decision to make

    He obviously loved Mary

    What if you were in that situation today?

    Joseph was chosen by God also

    Now, after hearing from the angel, Joseph still had to make a decision

    Most of the time, in our lives we know what we should do, but it is hard

    Our friends and families sometimes make it harder

    If Joseph trusted God, he would be mocked and shamed

    Perhaps, those who were the closest to him would reject him

    But if he didn’t trust God ……..

    This is a situation we often find ourselves in, and it is hard

    Trusting God doesn’t mean there won’t be struggles

    You may still go through some very hard times

    We know, from scripture, that Joseph and Mary did go through hard times

    Ultimately, it is how God brings you through these times

    So, do you really trust God? He is the one that already knows the outcome.

    We know that this year has been like no other in our lifetimes

    But GOD!!

    Do you trust Him even when it is hard?

    Today is the day to solidly put your trust in Him for all eternity.

    Will you receive Him today?

  • Dec 15, 2020A Christmas Celebration 2020
    Dec 15, 2020
    A Christmas Celebration 2020
    Series: 2020
  • Dec 13, 2020Ordinary To Extraordinary
    Dec 13, 2020
    Ordinary To Extraordinary
    Series: 2020

    Sometimes, when you talk to people about salvation, they give excuses

    One of the most often given is, "God surely wouldn’t want me"

    Many people struggle with low self esteem

    Some just know they have lived a rough life so far

    Either way, they will tell you they are just ordinary and not worthy

    Today, I want to talk about the most well-known woman in the Bible

    Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city in Galilee called Nazareth,

    to a virgin engaged to a man whose name was Joseph, of the descendants of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

    And coming in, he said to her, "Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you."

    But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was.

    The angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God.

    "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus.

    "He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David;

    and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end."

    Mary said to the angel, "How can this be, since I am a virgin?"

    The angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you;

    and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God.

    "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month.

    "For nothing will be impossible with God."

    And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

    Of course, the woman I’m talking about is Mary, the mother of Jesus

    Mary was a young lady of around 13 or 14 and she was engaged

    This was the norm for those days and there is no mention of anything special

    She would more than likely have been illiterate, as most women were

    She probably worked about 10 hours a day

    The scriptures would have been taught to her by her father

    The angel said "Greetings, favored one" and this perplexed her

    She didn’t see anything special about herself

    In fact, prior to this moment, there wasn’t anything special

    Why was she a favored one?

    Because God choose her!

    She still had a choice; look at the end of this passage, vs 38
     
    It was at that moment that she went from ordinary to extraordinary

    You see, when God calls you and you accept,

    It changes everything

    But this was Old Testament

    Has anyone ever heard of Billy Graham?

    How about Lee Strobel?

    How about George Riek, Sharon Vittor, or Hugh Ellis?

    You see, it isn’t what you have to offer, it is what God has to give

    We are all just ordinary, but God still loves us and wants a relationship with us

    It is when we say yes to God that He changes us

    Will you go from Ordinary to Extraordinary today?

  • Dec 6, 2020Love Conquers All
    Dec 6, 2020
    Love Conquers All
    Series: 2020

    We have been talking a lot lately about struggles, fear, hard times

    2020 seems to have brought all these things to the surface

    Today I want to talk to you about something that is greater than all that

    Love

    Not love in the traditional way the human way

    The greatest love!

    GOD’s
    Love

     
    "For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son,
    that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life."
     
    For God - God is the creator and He is greater than anyone or anything!

    So Loved - We often recite this verse and say it so quickly that we skip over the word “so”

                 That word is the emphasis that makes the word Love even stronger

                 It means He loved with everything He has

                 Let that sink in for a moment

                 The one, who is greater than all, loves YOU with all He has

                 How do I know that He loves you?

    The world - This doesn’t mean the Earth; this means those who make up the world

         ALL the people:
         Past, Present, and Future

         The God of ALL loves YOU

         How much does He love YOU?

    That He gave His only begotten Son - The first Christmas gift, the baby in the manger, Jesus
     
         I dare say there is not a human alive that would give their only child for a stranger

        This is the ultimate Love, and because of that Love, nothing can overcome it

    Who ever, believes in Him shall not perish - You see, His love is so great that it conquers ALL

                  The one thing that all people do that condemns them to Hell is Sin

        God’s love conquers even that sin

        It is greater than trouble, hard times, fear; greater than ALL!

    But have eternal life - God’s great love sent us His Son as the first Christmas present

        So that He would conquer ALL for Us
        That we may have a relationship with God, our Father, through eternal life

    Have you received the gift of ultimate love today?

  • Nov 29, 2020Don’t Worry, Be Thankful
    Nov 29, 2020
    Don’t Worry, Be Thankful
    Series: 2020

    2020

    For many people it has become synonymous with worry

    There has been plenty to worry about this year right?

    Pandemic, a word we all wish we could forget

    Record number of Hurricanes, we all learned some Greek this year

    Civil unrest, most of us thought this couldn’t happen like it did.

    Election fatigue, everyone is there right?

    Worry seems to have come standard with this year model.

    Matt 6:25-34

    This entire passage is Jesus speaking and the first thing He says is don’t worry.

    That seems easy to say and very hard to do. How can I not worry.

    Jesus says do not worry because your Heavenly Father will take care of you.

    How do we know that?

    Vs 26-30

    Jesus says God feeds the birds and clothes the flowers so He will take care of you.

    In other words in order to not worry we have to be thankful

    If you are sitting here today you have much to be thankful for!

    During this season of Thanksgiving did you pause and thank God for the blessings?

    We have so much to be thankful for because as bad as things are……

    They could be even worse!

    In looking around and surveying what we have to be thankful for…..

    We begin to seek Him and trust Him

    Vs 31-33

    Do not worry but seek first the Kingdom of God

    When we seek Him first meaning this becomes the greatest priority

    All these things will be added unto you

    What things, what you eat, what you drink, what you wear

    In other words all of life’s needs will be taken care of

    Don’t worry, be thankful and Seek God First

    Look at vs 34

    This passage closes showing us that worry isn’t productive

    Each day has enough trouble of it’s own!

    There is only one way for us to deal with this and that is to trust God

    Do you know the only one that can take care of you?

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