Feb 28, 2021
In His Steps
Series: 2021

Ever wonder how do I live life as a Christian

I know that my life is supposed to be different but how?

If you ask 50 people what a Christian life looks like you would get 50 different answers

One reason people struggle so much is we listen to the world instead of Jesus

Leaving you an example to follow in His steps

So how do we live our life as Believers?

We follow His example!

This is good news but also very hard
 
So part of the example is do not sin

That means I have to be perfect and I am not able to do that!

How is it possible to follow in His steps when His steps were perfect?

There is probably no one who has ever 100% lived up to their parents expectations

But Godly parents will say they are very proud of their children

Shoot for the stars and maybe you can at least hit the moon right.

Strive to try to follow in His steps every day and even if you fall short try again

He kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges rightly

In other words while we are striving to live rightly trust God to help us

Yes, Jesus was perfect and lived a perfect life and yes we are to follow His example

Vs 21
Since Christ also suffered for YOU

We are weak
but He is strong!

Jesus loves you and suffered for you and left an example for you

He also made a way for you!

Romans 6:23
 
We are to work hard to follow in His steps even knowing we will fall short

Work hard every day and know that He has covered our shortcomings

He paid the price for our sins already so keep striving

The first step in living like a Believer is to actually become one

Are you a Believer today?

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  • Feb 28, 2021In His Steps
    Feb 28, 2021
    In His Steps
    Series: 2021

    Ever wonder how do I live life as a Christian

    I know that my life is supposed to be different but how?

    If you ask 50 people what a Christian life looks like you would get 50 different answers

    One reason people struggle so much is we listen to the world instead of Jesus

    Leaving you an example to follow in His steps

    So how do we live our life as Believers?

    We follow His example!

    This is good news but also very hard
     
    So part of the example is do not sin

    That means I have to be perfect and I am not able to do that!

    How is it possible to follow in His steps when His steps were perfect?

    There is probably no one who has ever 100% lived up to their parents expectations

    But Godly parents will say they are very proud of their children

    Shoot for the stars and maybe you can at least hit the moon right.

    Strive to try to follow in His steps every day and even if you fall short try again

    He kept entrusting Himself to Him who judges rightly

    In other words while we are striving to live rightly trust God to help us

    Yes, Jesus was perfect and lived a perfect life and yes we are to follow His example

    Vs 21
    Since Christ also suffered for YOU

    We are weak
    but He is strong!

    Jesus loves you and suffered for you and left an example for you

    He also made a way for you!

    Romans 6:23
     
    We are to work hard to follow in His steps even knowing we will fall short

    Work hard every day and know that He has covered our shortcomings

    He paid the price for our sins already so keep striving

    The first step in living like a Believer is to actually become one

    Are you a Believer today?

  • Feb 21, 2021A Working Relationship
    Feb 21, 2021
    A Working Relationship
    Series: 2021

    Relationship: The way in which two or more objects or people are connected

    As people we have many types of relationships

    We are connected in many ways

    All of our relationships take work, and none of them work without work

    There is one relationship that is more important than the rest

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
  • Feb 14, 2021Put On Love
    Feb 14, 2021
    Put On Love
    Series: 2021
    So, today, being Valentine’s Day, means the world is talking about love

    As Believers, we should be thinking about love every day

    Colossians 3:1-17 NASB

    The first verse of this chapter reminds us of a reality of where our thoughts should be

    Seek things above if you have been raised with Christ

    Our minds should be focused on things above to make a difference here

     
    Vs 5 lists many things we should be dead to because they all lead to idolatry

    Idolatry means we are consumed with something besides God

    This keeps us from our true love

     
    Revelation talks about the wrath of God being poured out

    Remember believer, you once were a son of disobedience

     
    As believers, there are more things that we must put aside

    While we are doing this, we are being renewed

    We also call this sanctification and it is a process that continues until Glory

    This renewal is for every believer, no matter any worldly differences

     
    In this fallen world, all these things are hard to put aside, but we can through Christ
     
     
    This is how we put those things aside

    DO you recognize any of the things in these verses?

    Yes, they are the fruit of the Spirit, which all believers have been given

    It is through this fruit that we can overcome the evil of this world

    There is one thing that is greater than any other; that is LOVE

     
    Put on Love, this means we have to do it every day

    We put on love just like putting on clothes; we clothe ourselves in it

    When we clothe ourselves with love, it covers all those other things

    It is a perfect bond of unity!

    Being United in Love is exactly where believers need to be today

    This unified love is exactly what the world needs to see

    When we put on God’s love, we are able to do what vs 15-16 tell us
     
    Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts

    Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you

     
    The greatest of these is Love, God’s Love!

    Do you know God’s love today?

  • Feb 7, 2021Overturned Tables
    Feb 7, 2021
    Overturned Tables
    Series: 2021
    "12 And Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all those who were selling and buying on the temple grounds, and He overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who were selling doves. 13 And He *said to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”"

    Sometimes we like this passage because it shows a human reaction from Jesus

    We realize he did get angry too

    But have you ever stopped to think about what made him angry?

    Why were there money changers in the temple in the first place?

    Don’t forget about those selling doves as well, why were they there?

    Way back in Exodus 30:11-16 God required a half shekel from His people

    The temple tax was derived from this requirement for the upkeep of the temple

    People outside of Jerusalem came to worship and had different money

    It needed to be changed into the correct currency

    So why is that a problem for Jesus?

    The money changers were extorting money as they made the exchange.

    Also, the dove sellers were a problem because of how they cheated the people

    They inspected peoples sacrifice and often told them it was imperfect

    Then the only option the people had was to buy another sacrifice

    So again why is Jesus so angry?

    "13 And He *said to them, “It is written: ‘My house will be called a house of prayer’; but you are making it a den of robbers.”

    In the name of doing something right, the people were robbing the temple goers

    Why am I sharing this message today?

    The modern church is no different.

    There are all sorts of false religious entities that use the name of Jesus to rob people

    There are churches today that promote a feel good attitude instead of truth

    This robs the people of the true messages God has for them

    God’s house is supposed to be a house of prayer not an entertainment venue

    Too many believers have been robbed of the real worship they need

    That’s why even Christians are seeking ungodly things to fill their heart

    When they attend worship, it is everything but worship

    When we, as God’s children, are not willing to share the hard truth

    Because it may be offensive to someone, we are robbing them of what they need

    We advertise one thing, but then cheat people when we don’t share truth

    Stop robbing people and start spending real worship with God.

    This false religion has also made it hard for people to realize their need for salvation

    The blunt question today is, are you a sinner?

    Have you ever asked God to forgive your sin and gave your life to Him?

    This is the only real reconciliation you can have. If you haven’t done that,

    Every religious thing you do is not real, no matter what you have been told.

    Are you ready to give up the fake and accept the real Truth today?

    Completely giving yourself to Jesus is the only real way for Salvation

  • Jan 31, 2021Land Of The Free
    Jan 31, 2021
    Land Of The Free
    Series: 2021

    I often remind people that we live in the greatest country

    We live in a country that gives freedom to it’s people

    Unfortunately, some people confuse this freedom….

    With real freedom

     

    "31 So Jesus was saying to those Jews who had believed Him, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly My disciples; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 33 They answered Him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been enslaved to anyone; how is it that You say, ‘You will become free’?”

    34 Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave of sin. 35 Now the slave does not remain in the house forever; the son does remain forever. 36 So if the Son sets you free, you really will be free."
    Real freedom is freedom from sin
     
    The Israelites thought they were free because of heritage;

    Americans think we are free because we are Americans;

    Sin doesn’t care about heritage or government

    Sin enslaves every sinner.

    Once sin is committed, the penalty is locked on

    "23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gracious gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord."
    Jesus said the truth will set you free.  John 14:6 NASB
    "6 Jesus *said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me."

    Jesus is the Truth, but sin is a liar!

    Sin says you don’t need Jesus

    We live in a world today that loves sin and even glamorizes it

    Sin looks beautiful and is popular

    Sin says, "Hey, Why not?!? It is a free country"
     
    The free gift of God is eternal life
    How does that work?
     
    The Son makes you free by paying for your sins on the cross

    Jesus has paid your debt allowing you to be free

    But you still have to accept it

    Are you ready to be free, free indeed?

  • Jan 24, 2021God Of ALL
    Jan 24, 2021
    God Of ALL
    Series: 2021

    President Biden this past week called for Unity

    Many politicians have used the word without really meaning it

    Regardless of your feelings about our new administration,

    Unity is something we should strive for in this world

    How is that really possible, you ask?

    God is God of ALL

    "4 Therefore I, the prisoner of the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being diligent to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you also were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all."

    Vs 1 says walk in a manner worthy of your calling

    In other words, don’t do things to draw people away from God

    What we need to do is show God’s love in all we do.

    I know that sometimes we let the world’s ugliness get to us,

    Look at vs 2
     
    The word tolerance here doesn’t mean be tolerant of sin;

    It is speaking of being tolerant of our human failures, tolerant in love

    Vs 3
     
    Here is that word unity again, but this time it says the unity of the Spirit

    Meaning, we are to be united with God, and by doing so, walk worthy of Him

    Vs 4-5
     
    One Body, one Spirit, one Hope, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism

    Knowing this, we must be unified in our walk with Christ, worthy of our calling

    This unity, this oneness, means stop trying to be about you

    Satan is the prince of this world, and, because of that, tribulation abounds

    We get caught up in worldly things and act all kind of crazy

    We don’t understand how some of the leaders of this country got there

    Let me remind you that no one gains power without God giving it to them

    "13 Every [a]person is to be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except [b]from God, and those which exist are established by God."
    Now, to help us better understand our role, look at Eph 4:6 NASB
    "6 one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all."

    God and Father of ALL

    Over ALL, through ALL, and in ALL

    ALL means…….

    ALL

    So, if God is God of ALL, and He told us to walk in a manner worthy of Him,

    We need to do exactly what He called us to do

    Live our life reflecting the love of Christ so others can see Jesus in us.

    Are you ready to walk worthy for the God of ALL today?

    Are you ready to be Unified in the Spirit?

  • 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?

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