Apr 3, 2022
Extraordinary Love – Love Rejected
Series: 2022

First let’s look at what Jesus encountered

Demon possessed men

These men did not want to be filled with demons, but they, in fact, were

Mark 5:9 says when asked the name of the demon, the response was, Legion for we are many

A legion of troops was 5,000. So it could reasonably be estimated that there were 5,000 demons living in these men

Nothing is so bad that God can’t help you.

People today sometimes believe they are in such a bad way, that there can be no help for them

but ALL things are possible with God!

These demons were completely destroying the men and they could not stop it, nor could anyone in the town

They were so violent no one could pass by their way

Even the demons immediately responded to Jesus knowing exactly who He was

God has placed it in us to know who He is, just like the demons, but He gave us also the ability to reject

The demons knew Jesus was about to cleanse these men and they asked to be able to go into a new host

Even the swine didn’t want to be possessed by the demons and they all ran off into the lake and drowned

Why is this even relevant?

During that time swine were considered unclean and Jewish law prohibited them from even being around them

These men that Jesus cleansed were not only victims but they were in fact living against the law as well

“Only good people can be loved by God”

If that were true no one would be loved by God, because we know there is not one who is good.

This incredible miracle happened and the herdsmen immediately went to tell everyone.

Sometimes it is the things that happen around you and not necessarily to you, that can make a huge difference in your life.

Imagine the herdsmen excitedly relaying everything that happened to the townspeople

Jesus displayed an extraordinary love, by cleansing these men of thousands of demons

You would expect the town to be overjoyed!!

The whole city came out to Jesus but instead of being overjoyed

They said take your love and miracles and get on out of here. We don’t want that here!!

They saw the love that Jesus displayed and they flat out rejected that love!

You see Jesus came in love and healed the men in love but the people rejected that love.

That is the great and awful thing about God’s love it can be rejected

The townspeople were more concerned about keeping their way of life and their money

So many people today reject the Love of God because they don’t want to change their lives

Mark's version of this story tells us the man, that was freed from the demons, wanted to leave the city and go with Jesus

Jesus said instead no, go back into the city and tell people what I have done for you.

Even after rejecting Jesus until eternity people can still accept that Extraordinary Love.

Will you accept it today?

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  • Apr 3, 2022Extraordinary Love – Love Rejected
    Apr 3, 2022
    Extraordinary Love – Love Rejected
    Series: 2022

    First let’s look at what Jesus encountered

    Demon possessed men

    These men did not want to be filled with demons, but they, in fact, were

    Mark 5:9 says when asked the name of the demon, the response was, Legion for we are many

    A legion of troops was 5,000. So it could reasonably be estimated that there were 5,000 demons living in these men

    Nothing is so bad that God can’t help you.

    People today sometimes believe they are in such a bad way, that there can be no help for them

    but ALL things are possible with God!

    These demons were completely destroying the men and they could not stop it, nor could anyone in the town

    They were so violent no one could pass by their way

    Even the demons immediately responded to Jesus knowing exactly who He was

    God has placed it in us to know who He is, just like the demons, but He gave us also the ability to reject

    The demons knew Jesus was about to cleanse these men and they asked to be able to go into a new host

    Even the swine didn’t want to be possessed by the demons and they all ran off into the lake and drowned

    Why is this even relevant?

    During that time swine were considered unclean and Jewish law prohibited them from even being around them

    These men that Jesus cleansed were not only victims but they were in fact living against the law as well

    “Only good people can be loved by God”

    If that were true no one would be loved by God, because we know there is not one who is good.

    This incredible miracle happened and the herdsmen immediately went to tell everyone.

    Sometimes it is the things that happen around you and not necessarily to you, that can make a huge difference in your life.

    Imagine the herdsmen excitedly relaying everything that happened to the townspeople

    Jesus displayed an extraordinary love, by cleansing these men of thousands of demons

    You would expect the town to be overjoyed!!

    The whole city came out to Jesus but instead of being overjoyed

    They said take your love and miracles and get on out of here. We don’t want that here!!

    They saw the love that Jesus displayed and they flat out rejected that love!

    You see Jesus came in love and healed the men in love but the people rejected that love.

    That is the great and awful thing about God’s love it can be rejected

    The townspeople were more concerned about keeping their way of life and their money

    So many people today reject the Love of God because they don’t want to change their lives

    Mark's version of this story tells us the man, that was freed from the demons, wanted to leave the city and go with Jesus

    Jesus said instead no, go back into the city and tell people what I have done for you.

    Even after rejecting Jesus until eternity people can still accept that Extraordinary Love.

    Will you accept it today?

  • Mar 27, 2022Extraordinary Love – In The Beginning
    Mar 27, 2022
    Extraordinary Love – In The Beginning
    Series: 2022

    Today we begin a series that will take us to Resurrection Sunday

    Every story has a beginning, and your story has a beginning too

    This is all about the love of God, and He loved you from the very beginning

    He loved you so much He created you in the first place

    I want you to understand, that God made a way for us from the beginning, it wasn’t a backup plan after we sinned

    The light of men, that we read about in this passage, is Jesus

    But you see from the beginning that the world could not understand it

    But God did not leave us in this state of lostness, instead, He sent a messenger

    We know this messenger as John the Baptist. He came to tell the world about Jesus, the Christ

    It is the job of every believer to continue this mission of shining a light into the darkness by telling about Christ

    This is LOVE, that God didn’t let us stay confused and lost, but sent someone to show us the light

    We see here, the light was in the world but man could not see Him

    You’ve heard of not seeing the forest for the trees. The world couldn’t see Jesus because they didn’t know how to look

    But through the love of God He was already here, in fact the world was made through Him

    So grasp this fact, God loves you so much, He created ALL through the Savior and placed the Savior here for ALL

    When we think about the crucifixion and the resurrection, we truly see God’s love

    But it didn’t start there, it was from the beginning!

    Verse 12 is the greatest news we could ever receive, that as many receive Him become His children

    God created us, provided the light for us, and gave us the opportunity to accept the Savior, all in the beginning

    This is extraordinary Love and there is nothing like it in this world or beyond

    The love is so extraordinary that the Word became flesh and dwelt among us!

    So today I want you to see that God sent His Son Jesus, the light of the world, into the darkness

    So we would finally be able to see the light and accept that extraordinary love, so we could receive salvation

    Salvation from the penalty of sin, eternal death

    So the question is, do you see the light and are you ready to give your life to Him today?

  • Mar 20, 2022Time For An Intervention
    Mar 20, 2022
    Time For An Intervention
    Series: 2022

    I recently read how some friends, recognizing signs of depression in another friend, staged an intervention

    Their goal was not to make the friend feel bad, but instead, to affirm the friend was loved

    Many people initially respond to an intervention with anger, frustration, and embarrassment

    However most times they eventually come to realize, it was done with love and it actually helps them

    The thing I want you to see is that, we are to abide in Christ always and because of that we bear much fruit

    However, sometimes, things pull us away and we get lost in our walk

    When that happens, our brothers and sisters in Christ need to stage an intervention

    First, we must draw close enough to one another that we can recognize the struggles

    Second, the intervention is always done because of love

    The goal is always to help each other find our way back to the right walk

    If we abide in His love, we are doing exactly what we are called to do

    I’m convinced that God’s people have forgotten what it means to abide in His love

    We become lost in our walk and don’t even realize it, because we have walked so far away

    What if, first we abide in Him and second we actually share His love with others

    We would truly become close to our brothers and sisters, instead of just being someone we see at church sometimes

    This bond of love stretches from God, to you, to those around you and it becomes a three stranded cord not easily broken

    If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love!

     
    This is My commandment!

    Understand, that this is a commandment, which means we are called to show His love with ALL people

    Not only do we need to stage an intervention within the church and God’s people,

    We also need to intervene in the world, to help people see what they really need

    People are searching for everything and anything in this world and we know what they really need

    God’s love!! If we are abiding in Christ and He is in us, we can show others the love they are searching out

    We are more likely to perform an intervention if someone is depressed, or addicted, which is good,

    What about when they need to find the true love that will give them salvation

    Interventions are not easy because most people don’t want them

    But only through an intervention can some people finally see what they really need

    Are you ready?

  • Mar 13, 202210 Second Wait
    Mar 13, 2022
    10 Second Wait
    Series: 2022

    We live in the microwave generation and expect everything to happen quickly

    Research shows that most people expect to wait only 2 seconds for an online video to load

    After 5 seconds 25% of people leave the site and after 10 seconds the abandonment rate is 50%

    Half the people can’t even wait 10 seconds for something they desired in the first place

    Romans 8:26 NASB

    Today I want to start with a verse that is out of order in the passage we will look at

    This verse says we do not know how to pray and as previously mentioned we don’t want to wait either

    We are trying to move through life at warp speed and we try to make our relationship with God fit that mold

    But a 10 second wait may not be enough for the Spirit to show us how to pray

    This verse says the Spirit intercedes with groaning too deep for words

    Certainly most of us have had hearts that were full but didn’t know how to express our feelings

    Every time we spend time we God, we don’t have to know what to say and sometimes we just need to open our hearts to Him

    You see we are living in a world that is not our home and this wait for redemption takes a toll

    This is not a 10 second wait. This wait is a lifetime and we must listen to the Holy Spirit as our guide

    The point is, one of the reasons our relationship is not deeper, is that we aren’t waiting on the Holy Spirit to guide us

    Today’s believer spends most of their prayer time giving God a want list

    But true prayer is when we wait on the guidance of the Holy Spirit to show us what to pray because that is what God wants for us

    We have been saved with the Hope of salvation. Not hope meaning a wish but hope meaning an assurance

    If our hope is in Christ we wait eagerly for that day when our hope shows us Glory

    While we wait we listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit.

    Sometimes that voice is simply groanings within our being that we don’t know how to express

    Instead of giving up when we aren’t sure what to say, let the Spirit reveal the answer

    Most of the time this is more than a 10 second wait

    We don’t know how to pray but the Spirit intercedes for us

    What if we took some real time and listened to the Spirit, instead of just speaking words

    What if we truly prayed what God wanted us to pray

    If we pray what God is telling us to pray the answer will be amazing and the blessings incredible

    One of the biggest problems we have today, is we are structured for that 2 second wait

    Stop trying to fit a Holy God into our worldly mold and instead climb into a new mold, with the Holy Spirit as the guide

    Jesus said the Holy Spirit would come and be our helper.

    Isn’t it time you listened to the one that was sent to help you in the first place

    Have you ever listened to the Spirit?

    Do you know God?

    Today I plead with you to listen, even if it takes a while for you to hear, and then respond.

  • Mar 6, 2022Be A Good Steward
    Mar 6, 2022
    Be A Good Steward
    Series: 2022

    Probably many of you, like me, grew up hearing about being a good steward

    For most of us that was always taught about money

    Since God gave you the money, be a good steward of it and tithe, use it wisely not foolishly

    Let me start by saying that is all good practice and being a good steward of God’s money is something we should all do

    However, today I want to look at that phrase “Be a Good Steward” in another light

    In this passage what we are seeing is that we are to be good stewards of everything God has given us

    This means our time, our gifts, our money, our friendships, our love, everything

    Vs 7
    “The end of all things is near”

    I don’t know when the end will come but I know we are closer today than we were yesterday.

    As people find out that their lives are coming to an end it causes them to reflect on what is really important

    They may think about how they have lived and wish they had lived better.

    The one thing almost everyone has in common, when that reality sets in, is what about eternity

    This verse is telling us that as the end grows nearer every day we need to focus our relationship with God through prayer

    When we figure out how to be purposeful about that prayer relationship, we are in a closer walk with God and things become clear

    So we need to be good stewards with our time and make sure God gets that time

    Vs 8 says “keep fervent in your love for one another”

    This world needs a lot more love! If we are good stewards of our love, we will give it freely and often

    I’m speaking of course of God’s love. What if we daily worked to show God’s love to everyone we came in contact with

    I believe conflict with people would all but disappear and certainly more people would be open to hear the gospel

    This seems so easy but in reality it’s probably the hardest thing for most of us to do

    The biggest reason this is so hard, is the world has taught us everything is about you……but it isn’t

    “Each one has a special gift” We have probably all been told this in our life but most people never explore their gift

    Most of us believers have not identified what our special gifts are and so therefore we are not good stewards of them

    If we identified our gifts and used them as God intended them to be used, I believe our world would look so much different

    When we don’t use God’s gifts in the way He wants, we are not good stewards of that gift

    Basically what we see here is that when our gifts are used, they should directly point to the God that gave them

    If we are truly good stewards of the things that God has given, (and He gave everything) He is glorified

    When our lives glorify God, we receive that Joy of knowing we are being good stewards and living our purpose

    The bottom line is that if we as the children of God, work to be good stewards of the things God gave us, people will see Jesus in us

    However, you can’t use your gifts for a God you don’t know

    Do you know Him today?

  • Feb 27, 2022Here We Grow
    Feb 27, 2022
    Here We Grow
    Series: 2022

    Last week we heard a great message about self examination

    We all need to come to a place where we have complete assurance of our salvation

    If you have not yet gotten to that place, I would love to talk to you after the service today

    If you know, without a doubt, that you have the salvation that Jesus offers, then it is time to Grow!

    Perhaps you say “We understand this because we have known Christ a long time.”

    You see, we are never too old to keep growing

    Understand that we all have been given tasks according to how God saw fit to give them

    Some preachers, some teachers, some apostles and some evangelists

    The point here is that he didn’t appoint any of us to do nothing

    He appointed all of us for the building up of the body of Christ

    Vs 13 is talking about when we are in Glory and we have become mature

    The point is, that until that time, none of us will reach full maturity

    Then we will no longer be infants, but for now…

    Tossed back and forth, blown here and there, this is how we are if we are not trying to Grow

     
    If you have received salvation, you are to put off your old self and put on the new self to be like God

    We have to grow! We begin with the spiritual milk immediately after salvation as an infant in Christ

    Infants do not stay infants! As they take nutrients, their physical body develops

    As spiritual infants, we need the spiritual nutrients to grow in Christ

    Speech, conduct, love, faith and in purity

    Devote yourselves to reading of scripture, preaching and teaching

    Like Psalm 92:13 says “plant yourself in the house of the Lord” both physically and spiritually

    Plant yourself through your own reading and studying of God’s word

    Plant yourself through the corporate teaching and preaching of God’s word

    Always devote yourself to a time of prayer daily

    If I planted a Satsuma tree, and it didn’t grow to produce fruit, I would cut it down.

    When we are planted in salvation, we need to Grow and produce fruit as the sower expected us to do.

    Have you been planted in salvation?

  • Feb 20, 2022Self-Examination
    Feb 20, 2022
    Self-Examination
    Series: 2022
  • Feb 13, 2022A New Perspective
    Feb 13, 2022
    A New Perspective
    Series: 2022
  • Feb 6, 2022Vacation Or Peace
    Feb 6, 2022
    Vacation Or Peace
    Series: 2022

    Probably every person in this room or listening online has spoken these words:

    I NEED A VACATION!!

    Life gets hard and sometimes we just feel the need to unplug from everything

    I don’t know about you, but after almost every vacation I have ever taken, when I get home, I need another vacation

    Unplugging from the daily grind is good, but, while it brings some relief, it adds other stressors too

    "It costs more than I planned for; I’m running late to the next place; I can’t sleep in this bed…….. "

    Do you know that Jesus said we would have tribulation in this world?

    It is not a quick vacation, or stress break, or shopping trip, or any of these things we need:

    We need the peace that only God can give.

    Jesus was talking to His disciples here, and they had finally believed that He was God

    Vs 31 Jesus says “Do you now believe?”

    Guess what, now that you finally believe you are about to find trouble

    Just like I talked about on Wed night, it is when you act upon those things of God that Satan comes against you

    You will be scattered, you will have tribulation, in other words this world is going to be against you!

    New believers often have trouble because somehow, they thought, once they accepted Christ, trouble was over

    Jesus never ever told us that we would not have trouble, in fact twice in this passage He warns of trouble

    So a vacation, while it is good to relax a little, doesn’t solve the problems in our world

    What we really need is the peace that only God can give.

    So how do we get that?

    Vs 33

    “in Me you may have peace”

    The greatest thing about God’s peace is that He gives it to us freely.

    Believing in Jesus, and walking with God daily brings peace greater than anything in this world can give

    The next part of vs 33 immediately says “in the world you have tribulation”

    You see the peace that God gives doesn’t stop tribulation; while we are in this world, it will come

    One of the greatest phrases ever spoken is the end of
    vs 33

    “take courage, I have overcome the world”

    Jesus conquered the grave, and overcame this earthly world so that we too can have that power

    Don’t be disheartened when trouble comes, but, instead hold onto that peace in God, knowing He has overcome ALL

    Are you finally ready to accept that peace that passes all understanding today?

  • Jan 30, 2022A Blessed Man
    Jan 30, 2022
    A Blessed Man
    Series: 2022
  • Jan 23, 2022Send Me
    Jan 23, 2022
    Send Me
    Series: 2022

    On January 20, 1961 President John F. Kennedy made this statement:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country”

    As we began our study in Nehemiah this week, that thought pattern came to mind about believers and God

    What if we stopped asking God to give us everything and make our lives easy and instead asked...

    How can we serve you, Father?

    For the first time really in Isaiah’s life he saw the glory of God and how small and sinful he was.

    What if we could each have that experience of seeing the true Glory of God

    The reality is that through Isaiah’s experience we should be able to see ourselves in that throne room

    The experience was amazing, beautiful, and terrifying all at the same time

    Most importantly, it truly showed Isaiah the sinfulness of his self and it shook him to the core

    “Woe is me, for I am ruined”

    Perhaps that is the true thing that we all need to see, how sinful and ruined we truly are next to Holy God

    But Isaiah was not allowed to wallow in his realization of sin

    His sin was taken away by the Holiness of God

    Even in our sinful state God loves us and is willing to cleanse you

    Why?

    He created you for a purpose and He wants you to be used for that purpose

    If God had nothing for us, once He cleansed us, He would simply take us home

    Once Isaiah saw his sin, then was cleansed, he heard the voice of the Lord

    God asked “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”

    Without any hesitation Isaiah said “here I am, send me”

    Today as believers we seem to be more concerned in what can God do for us.

    What if……think about this

    What if God’s people paused for a moment and considered not what God can do for us

    Instead what can we do for God!

    John F. Kennedy’s speech moved thousands of Americans to civic work that had never considered that before

    If believers could get that message and move to action I have no doubt there would be a revival like has never been

    Will you ask God,
    "What can I do for you in 2022?"

    Maybe what you need to do is give your life to Him in the first place. Are you ready?

  • Jan 16, 2022All God’s Children
    Jan 16, 2022
    All God’s Children
    Series: 2022

    Tomorrow is a Federal Holiday marking Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday

    He spent his life preaching that ALL people were created in God’s image and we need to love one another

    Today, the divisions between people simply because of skin color, are still in full existence

    Even though God created ALL people in His image, the world has divided us because we look different

    We are ALL God’s children! We are ALL created in His image!
    He loves us ALL!

    There is only one hope for all this racisim and division to be healed, and that is humility

    Yes, I have preached on this passage before and, to be honest, I will probably preach on it again later

    Our world today is not what Martin Luther King Jr dreamed about

    But it can be!

    “If My people, who are called by My name”

    Understand that God’s people, who are called by His name, do not have a race

    Our race is “God’s people”, no matter what we look like on the outside.

    Only if you are identical twins, do any of us actually look just like one another

    We are all unique creations and if we have given our life to Christ, we are ALL God’s children

    You say, "Preacher, we know that!"

    But do you live that way?

    How many people, who say they are believers, have close friends of another ethnicity?

    Do you have them over to your house for dinner?
    Do you go to their's?

    If my people….”will humble themselves”

    Humility is exactly what we all need to live. When we do that, we are pleasing to God.

    When we stop thinking so highly of ourselves, we can live in Christ, as we are called to do

    When ALL God’s children humble themselves, and make friendships, and let others see, it is amazing!

    If my people….”and pray and seek My face”

    How do we live as God’s children? We pray and seek His face

    It is when we pray and seek Him that we hear from Him, and know how to live each day

    If my people……”and turn from their wicked ways”

    When we don’t treat people as one of God’s children, it is hatred of that person, and that is wicked

    We can say, "I don’t hate people, I just don’t have anything in common with them"

    But we don’t know because we haven’t tried to get to know them

    I’m specifically talking about ALL people who look different from you

    “Then I will hear from heaven, I will forgive their sin, and will heal their land”

    So, we know the answer to all the division and hatred in our land today, so let’s just do it.

    God created every single life in this world today, yesterday, and tomorrow

    ALL God’s children

    Are you called by His name today? Then, it is time we act like it!

    If you don’t know Him, do you want to?

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