Aug 1, 2021
When It All Goes Wrong
Series: 2021

Have you ever had those days, weeks, months even years when everything went wrong?

It seems that no matter how hard you try, none of your plans work like you planned!

Alexander called this a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

Our week seemed to fall perfectly into that category

It is easy to fall into a state of depression or "woe-is-me" attitude

These things are really happening and some of them can be really bad

So how do we, as believers, handle these kinds of days or more?

After about the 5th thing in a row had gone wrong for us this trip, I began to get down

Suddenly God placed in my heart a song and some of the lyrics are:

"Hey, Hey it’s a good day, even if things aren’t going my way, Jesus is alive and I am saved; so hey, hey it’s a good day!"

That song reminded me of scripture and I want to share that with you today

 
This whole chapter, Jesus is telling His disciples of His going away and coming again

He is telling them about the Holy Spirit who will come, and He is preparing them for hard times.

"In Me you will have peace but in this world you will have tribulation", Jesus said.

We have such amazing blessings in this world that when trouble comes we are shocked

The reality is that Jesus plainly told us that we will have trouble in this world

In the midst of all the things that went wrong this week, God said, "count your blessings!"

I began to look at that, instead of the trouble and, you know what, we had a lot of blessings

We were blessed with safe travel, we saw loving family, and hey, during this oppressive heat wave, we had AC!

There were way more blessings than trouble, and I remembered the other part of this verse

Jesus said “take courage, I have overcome the world”

Now when we put this whole verse together;
 
 
We see that Jesus is telling us; it will get bad but my children I will take care of you

We can focus on the negatives, and we will fall into dark places

Or, we can take courage knowing that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus has overcome the world.

You know, after God reminded me of this, things still went wrong

Grasping this scripture didn’t make things suddenly all go right

What it did do, was help me stand back, take a clear look, trust God, and carry on

When you begin to look for the blessings in the trouble, it is amazing how God gives you peace.

The question however is this, do you know the God that has overcome the world?

Because, if you do not know Him, you will have no peace.

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  • Aug 1, 2021When It All Goes Wrong
    Aug 1, 2021
    When It All Goes Wrong
    Series: 2021

    Have you ever had those days, weeks, months even years when everything went wrong?

    It seems that no matter how hard you try, none of your plans work like you planned!

    Alexander called this a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day!

    Our week seemed to fall perfectly into that category

    It is easy to fall into a state of depression or "woe-is-me" attitude

    These things are really happening and some of them can be really bad

    So how do we, as believers, handle these kinds of days or more?

    After about the 5th thing in a row had gone wrong for us this trip, I began to get down

    Suddenly God placed in my heart a song and some of the lyrics are:

    "Hey, Hey it’s a good day, even if things aren’t going my way, Jesus is alive and I am saved; so hey, hey it’s a good day!"

    That song reminded me of scripture and I want to share that with you today

     
    This whole chapter, Jesus is telling His disciples of His going away and coming again

    He is telling them about the Holy Spirit who will come, and He is preparing them for hard times.

    "In Me you will have peace but in this world you will have tribulation", Jesus said.

    We have such amazing blessings in this world that when trouble comes we are shocked

    The reality is that Jesus plainly told us that we will have trouble in this world

    In the midst of all the things that went wrong this week, God said, "count your blessings!"

    I began to look at that, instead of the trouble and, you know what, we had a lot of blessings

    We were blessed with safe travel, we saw loving family, and hey, during this oppressive heat wave, we had AC!

    There were way more blessings than trouble, and I remembered the other part of this verse

    Jesus said “take courage, I have overcome the world”

    Now when we put this whole verse together;
     
     
    We see that Jesus is telling us; it will get bad but my children I will take care of you

    We can focus on the negatives, and we will fall into dark places

    Or, we can take courage knowing that no matter how bad it gets, Jesus has overcome the world.

    You know, after God reminded me of this, things still went wrong

    Grasping this scripture didn’t make things suddenly all go right

    What it did do, was help me stand back, take a clear look, trust God, and carry on

    When you begin to look for the blessings in the trouble, it is amazing how God gives you peace.

    The question however is this, do you know the God that has overcome the world?

    Because, if you do not know Him, you will have no peace.

  • Jul 21, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #5
    Jul 21, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #5
  • Jul 18, 2021The Most Beautiful Bridge
    Jul 18, 2021
    The Most Beautiful Bridge
    Series: 2021
    Bridges are built for the purpose of closing a divide. They are built over any gap, water or land that needs to be closed. Some bridges are not pretty to look at, but they do their job.
    Other bridges are built with grand architecture that makes you just want to stare at them; they are so beautiful.
     
        
    These bridges are all amazing, both in engineering and in beauty The purpose of all these bridges is the same as for any bridge. It’s purpose is to close a gap. Some gaps are very large some, not so large, but they are all impassible without a bridge
     
    You see, there is a great gap between God and man; and that gap was created by sin
    It is a man-made gap that is so huge, no engineering will ever be able to close that gap.
     
    I want to be clear. In the beginning, God was with man and there was no gap,
    until man committed their first sin. At that point, there became a separation that man couldn’t close
    "Well, I guess that means I have no hope. If no man can bridge that gap, then certainly I am without hope."
     
    There is one mediator between God and man, and He is the Hope that we can have. He is the bridge for the Gap we can’t close. John 3:16 says “for God so loved the world that He sent His only Son”
    This is Jesus! Jesus paid the price we were unable to pay on the cross at calvary, therefore, bridging the unbridgeable gap!
    This is the Most Beautiful bridge, because it leads to LIFE! There is one thing, however; Have you ever heard of a toll bridge? In order to cross it, you must pay a price. Jesus has paid your toll to cross this bridge. You just have to accept the gift, and you will be allowed to cross Jesus shed His life blood on the cross in order to bridge the gap for you Will you accept this gift and cross over that bridge to reconciliation with God today? This is the only way the separation between God and man can be closed. Are you ready?
  • Jul 14, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #4
    Jul 14, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #4
  • Jul 11, 2021Faith and Forgiveness
    Jul 11, 2021
    Faith and Forgiveness
    Series: 2021
     
    Does anyone struggle with forgiveness?

    I believe that, as human beings, this is something we all struggle with.

    No one wants to be treated in a way they feel is wrong.

    Many arguments stem from simple misunderstandings or miscommunications

    The result however, is not simple at all.

    When we have a hard time with forgiveness, sometimes, we hold on to that unforgiveness for a lifetime.

    Unforgiveness in our lives can have a very negative effect on our prayer life.

    In our text this morning, Jesus is telling his disciples that prayer is powerful, if you have faith.

    In fact, He says, when you pray, believe that it is already been given and it will be.

    If we look at these two verses together, we see that unforgiveness will truly block our prayers

    In order to have true faith, we have to believe that God can conquer all things

    A word spoken to a fig tree caused it to wither, and Jesus says you can cause mountains to be cast into the sea

    These things seem impossible, but we know that Jesus said they are possible through faith

    If we can trust that He is able to do these things, don’t you think He is able to help us overcome unforgiveness?

    Faith!
    Faith!
    Faith!

    True faith means giving everything to God

    We give Him our fears, our hurts, our joys, our struggles, and yes, we can give Him our unforgiveness

    This passage is showing us that, if we are to pray effectively, we have to forgive first

    Matthew 5 says leave your sacrifice at the altar go and be reconciled and then return to offer it

    In other words, forgiveness has to happen before God will even accept our offerings

    In our world today, there is much unforgiveness. Certainly this is one of the reasons for so much discord.

    We ask believers to pray without ceasing about our Nation, but we also need to forgive without ceasing

    In our individual lives, as well as the lives of our Nation, we must rid ourselves of the hate through forgiveness.

    Today I’m asking you to examine your heart. If you find there is unforgiveness there, please ask God to help you forgive today

    Perhaps you don’t understand how that can be because you’ve never asked for forgiveness from your own sin

    God is offering full forgiveness today, but you have to repent of the sin in your life and ask Him to forgive you

    He stands with open arms waiting for you today.

  • Jul 7, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #3
    Jul 7, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #3
  • Jul 4, 2021Under God
    Jul 4, 2021
    Under God
    Series: 2021

    Today, as we celebrate Independence Day, I want to reflect on true Independence

    People have longed to be independent since the beginning of time

    The problem is, what do we want to be independent from?

    Today, much of our nation truly wants to be independent from our creator, God

    They seek an independence that allows them to have freedom

    They think that God represents oppression

    The truth is, mankind can never be independent from God

    John 15:5 says, "apart from me you can do nothing"

    See, to be out from under God places you squarely under satan

    You see, those who are not under God, add sin to sin with their rebellion

     
    Those who execute a plan not under God cause more pain and suffering from sin

    What you take safety in, that is not God, will be your shame

    "We are endowed by our creator", says the Declaration of Independence

    Our creator is clearly a reference to God, the creator of all

    Our founding fathers recognized that it is our creator that gives us everything

    To seek independence from God is like saying I want to be free from breathing

    As an Independent nation, we are independent from other nations

    The reason we can be independent from other nations is our dependence on God

    President Eisenhower recognized that, and pushed to add that language in our pledge

    In fact, if we are not Under God, then we are against God

    Matt 12:30 says “He who is not with Me is against Me; and

    He who does not gather with Me scatters"

    Your life, just like our Nation, must be under God

    God, our creator, has a purpose for you, but you have to be under Him to find it

    How blessed are all those who long for Him

    A true celebration of Independence from foreign powers

    Is actually a celebration of dependence on our perfect God

    Will you choose, today, to be Under God or against God?

    He gives that choice to ALL

  • Jun 30, 2021Bible Study – Isaiah #2
    Jun 30, 2021
    Bible Study – Isaiah #2
     
  • Jun 27, 2021A Time Like This
    Jun 27, 2021
    A Time Like This
    Series: 2021

    The Jews were under constant persecution

    They were still allowed to come and go and do business, but they were hated

    Mordecai knew that one day all this would boil over

    When his niece, Esther, was taken as a possible choice for Queen, he had hope

    Not hope that she would be royalty, but that God would use her to help her people

    2021 in the United States

    God’s people are under constant persecution

    We are still allowed to meet together and come and go, but we are hated

    Those in power, as well as those who influence those in power, hate Christianity

    Those against Christianity claim we should love everyone

    Isn’t that exactly what Christians have quoted forever? Love conquers all!

    The difference is the love we speak of is God’s love

    Those who hate Christianity say love everyone except those of God

    Mordecai was hated, and the King was tricked into calling for destruction of Jews

    Esther was called upon to intercede with the King, but she was afraid

    Mordecai reminded her that she too was a Jew

    Perhaps the reason God had allowed her to become Queen was for this time

    Christians around the Nation and the world are being complacent

    Those who are not directly affected by the evil being called good just ignore it

    If you are a child of God, the world hates you too

    One day you will be greatly affected by this hatred of Christians

    Esther asked her people to pray for her and, in that strength, she faced her fear

    Today, in this country, we need to lift up one another in prayer

    We especially need to pray for all those in positions of influence to be strengthend

    Perhaps God has placed them in the position for a time like this

    We need to consider how can we face our fears and stand up against this evil

    God has given us the power to defeat evil but we have to face it

    The power we have is the love of God

    We face the evil by sharing the good and perfect love of Christ with ALL

    Perhaps any situation you may be in, is the one you were put in for a time like this

    We need to understand like Esther, that God uses all of us

    Not to place us above others but to use us to reach others

    Will you commit to pray for all believers to be used for God’s good

    Will you conquer your fears and allow yourself to be used for God?

  • Jun 20, 2021The Prodigal’s Father
    Jun 20, 2021
    The Prodigal’s Father
    Series: 2021

    This passage is usually used to focus on the Prodigal son

    Today I want to look at the Prodigal’s Father

    As Fathers, we have an awesome responsibility to raise our children

    To raise them in the admonition of the Lord

    The problem is they grow and develop their own ideas, and become their own person

    Sometimes, it seems that all your teaching falls on deaf ears as they stray away

    In this passage we see a Father, who in trying to teach his son rightly, was wise

    He was wise enough to let his son make his own mistakes and learn from them

    Still you must wonder how hurt was the father by the son’s actions

    Every time I read this story, I think of how far away from the Father I once was

    My heavenly Father showed me love and kindness and I ran away from Him

    Perhaps today you are thinking the same thing

    I wonder how God feels when his children turn their backs on Him

    All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God

    Believers, too, still fall short and sometimes walk away from the Father

    Look at vs 20

    While he was still a long way off

    We get that, while the father let the son leave, he was looking for his return daily

    The father was wise enough to know that his son would learn from his mistakes

    That when he realized he needed his father he would return

    Sometimes, I wish that God would have designed us to only follow Him

    No free will, but only able to do the right things

    Then I realize, if we had no free will to choose, we would be like robots

    I believe that God the Father is standing looking daily for those who have strayed

    That, even though we turned our backs on Him, He will never turn His back on us

    God loves us so much that He gave Jesus, His only son, as the perfect sacrifice

    We had to have that sacrifice in order to be saved

    While we were busy walking away, He was busy making a way for us to return

    Perhaps you have turned on the live stream today because you were searching

    Maybe you came in this building today as a last resort

    I want you to know today, the Father is still waiting to receive you home with open arms

    No matter how far away you have gone or how many bad things you have done

    Jesus has made a way home to the Father for you

    Will you come home today?

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