Jun 30, 2021
Bible Study – Isaiah #2
 
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  • 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 23, 2021Bible Study
    Jun 23, 2021
    Bible Study
    Series: Bible Study
     
  • 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?

  • Jun 16, 2021Book Of Isaiah 1
    Jun 16, 2021
    Book Of Isaiah 1
  • Jun 13, 2021Wisdom and Folly
    Jun 13, 2021
    Wisdom and Folly
    Series: 2021
     
    A wise woman builds her house

    We aren’t talking about a physical house here

    What this is talking about is building her life

    Our lives are built every day by the decisions we make

    If we build wisely, our lives will be good and pleasing in God’s sight

    If we are foolish, we end up tearing down

    This whole passage is talking about building up for the sake of the body of Christ

    The foolish tears it down with her own hands

    You see, we have choices to make and they include building up or tearing down

    In our world today, everywhere you look there is destruction in the name of prosperity

    The family unit is being destroyed so individual pleasure can strive

    Instead of teaching people that God’s love includes rebuke

    Destruction is happening by accepting sin as normal

    Instead of reaching out to people as believers, we are building walls of selfishness

    The truly foolish thing is, this house is being torn down by our own hands

    Believers, I am saying that our tearing down is why the world is distant from God

    Instead of building up in God’s love, we became legalists

    Instead of trying to edify we have been busy building a chasm

    Am I saying we should be ok with the sinful world?

    May it never be!!
    We should build up by showing God’s love to a sinful world

    Yes, God’s love does include rebuke but love comes first

    Fear of the Lord is what we have forgotten

    Instead, we practice deceit by acting one way on Sunday and different after

    We tear down others by putting ourselves above them

    This isn’t Godly rebuke through His love. This is worshipping self!

    You can’t walk upright while tearing down someone else to build up yourself

    If tearing down others is what you need to be built up, you aren’t walking in God’s love

    If we spent our time building through God’s love…..

    How much better could our world be here?

    The wise woman and man builds

    Today, are you full of wisdom or folly?

    If you know God as Savior, are you trusting Him as you live?

    Do you really know Him as Savior or perhaps you just know about Him?

    It’s time to make wise choices, starting with giving your life to Him.

  • Jun 6, 2021Old Things
    Jun 6, 2021
    Old Things
    Series: 2021

    What a title for a sermon right?
    Old Things

    First of all, I’m not talking about people!

    Secondly, I’m talking about good, old things

    Does anyone have a favorite couch, hat, shoes, even clothes?

    Sometimes you get that piece of furniture or article of clothing, and they are just perfect.

    However, time goes by, and although it just keeps being your favorite, it has worn and is beginning to look terrible.

    To you, it is still awesome, but to everyone else, it doesn’t look good and should probably be tossed.
     
    Relationships, especially Marriage relationships, are similar to this.

    In the beginning, your spouse is your favorite thing to pour into. You do everything together.

    Time goes by, kids, jobs, finances and on and on, begins to change the way you act with each other.

    You still love your spouse, but what anyone else would see doesn’t truly show it.

    In fact, even your spouse may begin to wonder if that is true.

    It seems that while this thing or this relationship may still be important to you, it isn’t as important as it was.

    Turn with me to Revelation 2:1-7 NASB

    You have lost your first Love!

    The church at Ephesus was still doing many good things, but to God, it wasn’t sincere

    Just like the church at Ephesus, today’s churches can seem cold

    I don’t mean the buildings, but the people that are the church

    Today, often times, the church is super busy

    The things that we are doing are wonderful things, and we work hard at them

    If anything, sometimes we could be accused of having too much going on

    What does that mean?

    That, out of all these things you are doing, you have forgotten who you were doing them for

    Perhaps, you are so busy that you are no longer actually worshipping

    The acts have become greater than loving the Lord

    These things we spend so much time doing become cold without loving God first

    I have this against you

    No one wants to hear God say that to them

    If He stood in front of you today, would that phrase fit?

    The Pharisees strived to do all the stuff, but they didn’t have that love.

    Have you lost your first love of God today?

    Have you ever truly had love for God, or is it something else?

    It is time for that love to be re-kindled today!

  • Jun 2, 2021Book of Revelation Study 34
    Jun 2, 2021
    Book of Revelation Study 34
     
  • May 30, 2021In Memoriam
    May 30, 2021
    In Memoriam
    Series: 2021

    Memorial Day

    The idea of making a memorial to remember something goes all the way back to Genesis

    Genesis 28:18-22 NASB
    Jacob’s Memorial

    Exodus 39:6-7 NASB
    Memorial to the sons of Israel

    Numbers 10:10 NASB
    I AM your God

    Joshua 4:4-7 NASB
    Memorial stones

    We see that memorials are an important part of shaping our lives

    Unfortunately, sometimes a memorial's real meanings are swept away

    Memorial Day has become known as the start of summer

    BBQs and beach days have replaced decorating graves and remembering heroes

    The biggest reason is, we as a people haven’t passed the memorial on to our children

    The stones on the bank of the Jordan were to be used to tell the story to generations

    Throughout biblical history we are told to remember and pass it to our children

    Nehemiah, in the rebuilding of the temple, had the law read to all the people

    This act brought about repentance and renewed love of God

    I believe that the true meaning of Memorial day should renew patriotism

    As believers we must keep in memoriam our God and our Savior Jesus

    We must teach this to every generation and that is something we haven’t done well

    The greatest need our country has right now is to remember Jesus

    1 Cor 11:23-26 NASB
    Body and blood

    There is one symbol that we still see everywhere that needs to be remembered

    John 19:16-19 NASB
    The cross of Jesus

    Like Memorial day, for many, this has lost it’s original meaning

    It’s just a decoration many people wear, some not knowing it’s true meaning

    This symbol should daily break our hearts and bring us to live for Him

    He gave
    ALL
    for
    ALL

    Tomorrow is Memorial Day, and I pray you spend time remembering the fallen

    However, I pray that every day you remember what Jesus did for you

    If you know Him, tell others what He did for you!

    If you have never known Him, today could be your day to do that.

    “Do this in remembrance of Me”

  • May 26, 2021Book of Revelation Study 33
    May 26, 2021
    Book of Revelation Study 33
     
  • May 23, 2021Be Imitators of God
    May 23, 2021
    Be Imitators of God
    Series: 2021

    Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

    In today’s world, people are always trying to imitate others

    Get your hair cut like your favorite star

    Wear the same type of clothes as your favorite singer

    Some people even wear costumes to look exactly like someone else

    Eph 5:1 says be imitators of GOD

    Out of everything you could imitate, God is the perfect subject

    How can I imitate God?

    Ephesians gives you instructions of how to imitate God
     
     
    First, walk in Love, just as Christ loved YOU

    We know how He loved us, so do that

    Then, there is a list of things to avoid in order to imitate God

    Immorality
    Impurity
    Greed

    These are things that a Holy God is not capable of

    They seem like no brainers, that we should stay away from these things

    However, the world embraces these, and so, we tend to let them in too

    We write off immorality and impurity as a new normal

    Greed is not really greed, we just need to have enough

     
    Be Imitators of God

    Words do matter and our words can cause someone to turn away from God

    "I didn’t mean anything by it! I wasn’t trying to be hurtful."

    We all try to walk a line of saying things but not saying things

    I've even had someone once ask me if cursing was ok as long as it wasn’t at someone

    Their reasoning was it was just words and not inended to be ugly

    If we are truly trying to imitate God, we need to stay away from these things

    No one has ever felt bad about being nice or saying kind things

    I don’t wish I could take back compliments or loving words

    I am not afraid someone will find out I acted righteously

     
    So, this doesn’t mean someone who made a mistake and was sorry for it

    This means someone who lives this way with no regret

    Every time we act that way, we are closer to becoming that way

    Instead, be imitators of God and the same applies

    Every time we act that way, we are closer to becoming that way

    The only way to imitate God is to know Him

    Do you know Him today?

  • May 19, 2021Book of Relevation Study 32
    May 19, 2021
    Book of Relevation Study 32
     
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