May 16, 2021
The Hiding Place
Series: 2021
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  • May 16, 2021The Hiding Place
    May 16, 2021
    The Hiding Place
    Series: 2021
  • May 16, 2021Stagnant Ponds
    May 16, 2021
    Stagnant Ponds
    Series: 2021

    "You are moving like Pond Water!"

    That is what my drill Sergeant used to say

    Pond water doesn’t move and because of that it is full of all sorts of nasty

    It is when ponds are stirred that makes them teem with life

     
    Hang out on verse 3 with me a moment

    Everything pertaining to life and Godliness

    Who called us by His own Glory and excellence

     
    All of these things boil down to Love, the Love of Christ
     
    This we need to understand is spiritual growth:

    If we are not growing, we are stagnant

    Stagnant water begins clean and clear,

    Due to lack of movement, it turns green and stinky

    This is what happens to believers who are not growing

    He who lacks these qualities is blind

    We sit stagnant and become blind to our stinky condition

    If these qualities are increasing, we are growing

    If we are growing, it means we are full of life and bring life to others

    You will never stumble!

     
    The reality is, we should all stand ready to remind each other

    Are you all stagnant and stinky?

    Are you ready to be full of life in Christ?

  • May 12, 2021Book Of Revelation Study 31
    May 12, 2021
    Book Of Revelation Study 31
     
  • May 9, 2021A Mother’s Faith
    May 9, 2021
    A Mother’s Faith
    Series: 2021

    Mothers are amazing and they are the great teachers of life

    I want to share with you this morning a few things that mother’s teach us

    That list is funny, but it’s true!

    Every year at this time, I try to think of a Biblical mother that we can learn from

    This year I want to learn from Naomi

     
    This is a lot of tragedy for one woman to endure

    Remember, during this time, women didn’t have any rights on their own

    Now, without any males left to take care of her, she decided to return to Bethlehem

    So, look what happened with her daughters-in-law

     
    Naomi must have shown faith for Ruth to want to serve her God

    Mother’s lives are not always easy and sometimes children learn from the struggle

    Reality check.
    Even mother’s struggle with their faith

     
    Naomi means “Pleasant”

    Mara means “Bitter”

    Even so, she strived to take care of her daughter-in-law

    In chapter 2, Naomi’s hope was restored as God provided Boaz to take care of them

    Naomi taught Ruth how to trust God and He provided a redeemer in Boaz

    The story of Naomi and Ruth is unconventional, but, often times, so is life

    Naomi’s faith wasn’t perfect and a Mother’s faith isn’t either

    Moms today, if you have ever struggled thinking you aren’t good enough;

    Understand that all of us struggle with that because we live in a fallen world

    But God made you a mom for a reason and He is always there for you

    God knows exactly what He is doing so trust Him

     
     
    A mother that follows God will be the mother that she is supposed to be

    This goes for Grandmothers, Great-Grandmothers, Step-mothers

    And yes even Mothers-in-law

    In fact, it applies to all people; if we follow God, we will be exactly right

    So are you following God today?
    Do you want to?

  • May 5, 2021Book Of Revelation Study 30
    May 5, 2021
    Book Of Revelation Study 30
     
  • May 2, 2021Salvation
    May 2, 2021
    Salvation
    Series: 2021
    "And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved."

    What does the word Salvation mean?

    Salvation is necessary!

    Vs 12 says we “must be saved”

    Because we are lost, John 3:16 NASB

    Because we can’t save ourselves.

    God provided salvation for us. Why else would He do that except we must be saved

    Salvation in the here and now

    Salvation can’t happen after death. It has to happen in the here and now

    There is only one way under heaven for salvation

    Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.

    Prior to vs 12 we see that the name being talked about here is Jesus

    The incredible thing is that salvation is offered to ALL!

    for "WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED."

    Salvation is a gift

    You can’t buy it

    You can’t earn it

    You don’t deserve it

    It is a perfect gift that God has offered you through Jesus Christ

    He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit,

    Now the question is, will you accept the gift?

    A gift, no matter how amazing, is no good unless it is received.

    God has offered to ALL the ultimate gift of Salvation

    Will you simply accept it and be saved?

  • Apr 28, 2021Book Of Revelation Study 29
    Apr 28, 2021
    Book Of Revelation Study 29
     
  • Apr 25, 2021Start Right Here
    Apr 25, 2021
    Start Right Here
    Series: 2021
     
    "If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people,
     
    and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land."
     
    If God’s people have turned away and things are bad because of that, vs 14

    So many people want to blame the problems in this world on everyone but self. We say we want to see peace and unity but do nothing to see it happen. In verse 14, the Lord told Solomon exactly what had to happen. I want to say today that, if we want to see our land healed, it has to start right here. It has to start in the hearts of the people who are called by His name. So how do we do that?

    If My People…

    Who are called by My Name…

    Will humble themselves…

    And Pray…

    And seek My face…

    And turn from their wicked ways…

    Then…

    I will hear from heaven…

    And forgive their sin…

    And heal their land…

    It starts right here in the hearts of His people. He will never leave us, even when we have failed Him. It is past time for us to realize that, in order for the world to change, the church has to return to God! It starts right here in the heart of His people. It starts right here in His church. Are you ready to begin?

  • Apr 21, 2021Book Of Revelation Study 28
    Apr 21, 2021
    Book Of Revelation Study 28
     
  • Apr 18, 2021The Best, Kind
    Apr 18, 2021
    The Best, Kind
    Series: 2021

    We live in a world where everyone wants to tell you how to live

    Many people are frozen by the volume of decisions

    The latest social media challenge seems great, even though people are dying from it

    What is a person to do?

    The wisest person that every lived has something to tell us

     
    Solomon was the wisest man to live, and he said listen to counsel and accept discipline

    He goes on to say, the counsel of the Lord will stand

     
    That counsel of the Lord says Kindness is desirable in a person

    Think about how many of our social problems today could be solved with kindness

    Kindness shows love not hate

    I saw on Bro. Kevin Wade’s truck the following statement:

    Be Kind to every Kind

    Kindness diffuses so many situations where people are primed to respond with hate

    The world has primed us all to stand our ground and back down from no one

    People have grabbed onto this so hard that they will fight over anything

    People look for some ulterior motive in everything, even when it doesn’t exist

    The remedy for that is kindness. It is so easy to be kind.

    I’ve seen people, as I approach them, with this scowl on their face

    I smile real big and say Hi! How are you today?

    Even with a mask on, people see the smile and hear the kindness, and they smile

    Kindness comes easily out of joy in your heart

    Joy in your heart comes from a fear of the Lord or a relationship with Him

     
    See how wonderful God is, and this relationship fills us with joy!

    The best thing is kindness!

    But kindness, true kindness, comes out of a relationship with our Savior

    Do you have that relationship that fills you with joy and allows kindness to overflow?

    Do you want to?

  • Apr 14, 2021Book Of Revelation Study 27
    Apr 14, 2021
    Book Of Revelation Study 27
     
  • Apr 11, 2021What Now?
    Apr 11, 2021
    What Now?
    Series: 2021
     
    Can you imagine the emotional roller coaster the Apostles were on?

    They had been with Jesus when He made His triumphant entry into Jerusalem

    They celebrated the Passover with Him and He told them He was going to die

    They saw the arrest and they saw Him crucified

    Then something incredible, He arose from the grave!

    Now, in today’s passage, He was about to leave them again

    As I thought about this journey, it reminded me of something

    LIFE!

    We are all on a journey that has unpredictable twists and turns

    Jesus is always steady

    Jesus told His disciples all of this would happen before it occurred

    So what about after the resurrection?

    What did He share with the disciples and is it relevant to us today?

    I want us to see three things Jesus talked to His disciples about and it is for us too:

    First, Jesus talked with His disciples about the end times.
    Vs 6-7
     
    “It is not for you to know” Jesus said. So we need to be prepared for whenever

    The Father knows the time but our job is to live every day as if it is our last

    If you were told your time was ending tomorrow, what regrets would you have?

    Did you use your time to further the Kingdom of God?

    Secondly, Jesus told the disciples about the Holy Spirit
    Vs 4-5
     
    So how do you live every day as if it were your last?

    Through the
    Holy Spirit

    If we trust the Holy Spirit to guide us and follow, we can live every day for God

    People tend to shut out the prompting of the Spirit instead of listening

    In fact, if we simply listen to the Holy Spirit, we receive that Power that we talked about

    We need that power to follow through with the last thing Jesus told the disciples

    Lastly, Jesus gave the disciples and us our instructions until His return
    Vs 8
     
    We are to go out into the world and build the Kingdom by reaching people

    We’ve been given the power through the Holy Spirit

    So when the end time comes, have you done all you could?

    When Jesus ascended into heaven, He charged His believers with the mission

    Let’s be an Acts 1:8 church, taking the gospel everywhere

    Today you need one thing to be able to do that.

    A relationship with Jesus. Do you know Him today?

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