April 22, 2018


February 18, 2018

                                            WHY EVIL?
                                       2-18-18 ● Psalm 13
 
THREE STATEMENTS that appear to contradict each other:
            God is all GOOD.      
            God is all POWERFUL.    
            EVIL exists.
Psalm 13:1; “How long will you forget me, Lord? Forever? How long will you hide from me?. . .5; “I trust in your love.  My heart is happy because you saved me.   6- I sing to the Lord.”
KEY QUESTIONS:
•   Do you TRULY believe GOD IS ALWAYS GOOD? (Psalm 34:8)
•   Do you TRULY believe GOD IS ALL POWERFUL? (Isaiah 40:25-31)
 If God is always good, and is all powerful, why does Evil exist? 
    Check out these facts:
•     God did NOT create evil, but He created the POTENTIAL for evil.
•     God could destroy all evil, but that would include YOU and me.
  • God has provided a FUTURE without evil for those who CHOOSE Him now.
  • Suffering can serve to PURIFY our faith.
  • Suffering provides opportunity to WALK out our love for one another. 
  • THE DARKER THE DAY, THE BRIGHTER WE SHINE!!
 
How do I grapple with EVIL and suffering?
1. It’s okay to ASK God questions. (Romans 8:28)
2.  Allow yourself to GRIEVE over the consequences of evil. (Romans 12:15)
3.  TRUST – He’s got this! (Isaiah 55:9)

 

January 28, 2018

Jesus is Calling
1 Sam. 16:1-13
 
  • David’s story is YOUR story
 A teaching tells us the truth, but a story INVITES US into its life.
Eugene Peterson
  •  EVERY EVENT in your life story is a CONFRONTATION WITH GOD 
1 Sam. 16:7…People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord LOOKS AT THE HEART.
 
1 Sam.16:13... Samuel… anointed him… and from that day on THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD came powerfully upon David.
 
1 Sam. 13:14… The Lord has sought for Himself a man AFTER HIS OWN HEART
 
Jesus Calls You…
  1. As YOU ARE
  • ORDINARY
  • Katton-young, small, INSIGNIFICANT, the least, UNIMPORTANT
  • Put yourself in DAVID’S place
  • David only had two things going for him:
               1. He had a HEART LIKE GOD
               2.The SPIRIT OF THE LORD came POWERFULLY upon him.
 
2. To be a BRIDGE
  • TO SERVE  people
  • A role of a PRIEST -  presents a PERSON TO GOD and presents GOD TO A PERSON
  • What Christ follower made a great impact in your life?_______________________________________
  • Without a hint of CONDESCENTION
 
3. By NAME
  • HEAR HIM call your NAME today
  • Reach out to the UNNOTICED and UNINVITED and call them by NAME

January 21, 2018

LEAP OVER A WALL!
Ps. 18:29 30  For by You I can run against a troop;
By my God I can leap over a wall.
  • There is NO BARRIER the Lord cannot overcome
  • Don’t be CONTENT where you are spiritually, Lord I want to be passionate about You
  • To STRETCH myself, to meet a NEW CHALLENGE
  • Get out of your COMFORT ZONE. And leap over a wall!
  • EXPECT great things from God. ATTEMPT great things for God.” - William Carey
  1. FIND a Wall!
  • Pin point a DEFENSIVE wall-  OBSTACLES, where the enemy is ATTACKING- you need DELIVERANCE
  • “I can run on through a troop”- GEDUD- a band of RAIDERS- David at Ziklag
  • Take OFFENSIVE action - taking land. DOING THINGS FOR GOD SERVING.
  •  STRETCH  yourself to meet the CHALLENGE
 
 
2. TAKE the wall.
  •  “BY…MY….GOD, I am re-named -“WALL-LEAPER”!!
  • IDENTIFY your SOURCE of power!
  • “POWER” =  dunamis; (Greek) “Strength; might, POWER, marvelous works; physical power, FORCE, ability, energy, - powerful deeds.”
 
3.  DANCE on the wall!
Do something for God and the Lord will put a BOUNCE IN YOUR STEP!
 
2 Sam. 6:14 Wearing a linen ephod, David was DANCING before the Lord WITH ALL HIS MIGHT!
 
2 Sam. 22:47 “The Lord lives! Praise be to my Rock!
    EXALTED be my God, the Rock, my Savior!
49    … who SETS ME FREE from my enemies..51 “He gives… GREAT VICTORIES: he shows UNFAILING kindness…
 
4.  Don’t STOP - Find Another WALL!
• It’s dangerous living…. to ‘SIT’!(Prov. 16:27; Zeph 1:12;Rom 8:31-39)
RESPONSES TO “THE WALL”:
• “I CANT’!                       •“I’m AFRAID
•  “I fell LAST TIME I tried!”     • “I don’t KNOW what’s on the other side!”
“Help me OVER the wall.”

 

January 14, 2018

EQUIPPED
-“I can’t do it without Him!
1-14-18
 
Hebrews 13:20-24; “I pray that the God of peace will give you every good thing you need so you can do what “HE” wants…I pray that God will do in us what pleases “HIM”…”
 
QUESTION ONE:    What am I EQUIPPING for?
 
QUESTION TWO:  Do I want to WANT what He wants?
* be a good parent?
* have an “exceptional-marriage” vs one that just ‘survives’?
* be HAPPY? Have a sense of FULLFILLMENT??
* make a difference?
* know God more …?
           
QUESTION THREE:  Am I ALLOWING the Holy Spirit to equip me?
 
LET’S GET EQUIPPED FOR WHERE WE WANT TO GO!
 
How do I RECEIVE the ‘equipping’ HOLY SPIRIT?
  • Ask for Him to fill you.
  • Be STILL enough for Him to fill you.
  • BELIEVE He will.
  • Be YIELDED’ to what He speaks into your heart.
  • Be BOLD.
  • REMEMBER, it’s His GIFT to you!
 
John 14:26; “But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative – that is, the Holy Spirit – he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you.”

 

January 7, 2018

“Put Your Whole Self In”
Rom. 12:1-2
 
  • Giving your total life to God is your rational, logical, intelligent, act of worship. AMP
  • Worship is the total COMMITMENT of the total PERSON for the total LIFE.
 
To be transformed, we offer ourselves to God…
1.  Because of His MERCY
Rom. 2:4 … God’s KINDNESS is intended to lead you to repentance?
  • Love so amazing, so divine, DEMANDS  my SOUL, my LIFE, my ALL.
  •  Offer- PRESENT -  a JOYOUS act
2. As a LIVING sacrifice
  • Living – fully ALIVE, FULL of vigor, fresh, strong
  • HOLY -  set apart, DEVOTED to God, for God’s use
  • PLEASING - doing what blesses God
3. ALL the time
  • A Living Sacrifice- is alive and CONTINUOUS
  • Offering  EVERYDAY LIFE to God
4. And HE TRANSFORMS us
  •  Transform- Metamorphoo- meta, implying CHANGE, and morphe, FORM
  • Don’t be Conformed- MOLDED or STAMPED according to a PATTERN. -  ACTIVELY and INTENTIONALLY resist this age
  • Be transformed by the RENEWING OF YOUR MIND -Saturate yourself in GODLY THINKING
  1. ABSORBING and INTERACTING with God's Word
  2. SLOW DOWN -  be still, and know that He is God
  3. OBEY His word- As you obey God’s REVEALED will, He may well unveil His SPECIFIC will.

December 31, 2017

“The Tipping Point”
Pastor Marc Hines
Col. 3:13 Dec. 31, 2017
 
13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Colossians 3:13
 
  1. Are we sharing with the RIGHT HEART?
  • Is it a SHALLOW HEART?
  • Is it a CROWDED HEART?
  • Is it a FRUITFUL HEART?
 
  1. Are we sharing the right KNOWLEDGE
  • Evangelism is OUR STORY
  • Apologetics is OUR LOGIC
 
  1. Is your HEART and KNOWLEDGE on the SAME PAGE?
  • (S)ubjective- HOW DOES IT MAKE YOU FEEL?
Phillipians 2:1-3 
  • (O)bjective- IS IT TRUE? - Phillipians 4:8
  • (A)ssessment- IS IT UPLIFTING? WILL IT BRING LIFE? IS IT GLORIFYING TO GOD?
– Ephesians 4:29
  • (P)ray THEN POST. - 1 Timothy 2:1-4


Many people missed the coming of the Messiah that first Christmas. God was full of surprises! A wild family background, an unusual guest list, a one of a kind kingdom. See Jesus in an unexpected way this Christmas and be changed to be more like Him.

December 24, 2017

SHAKING THE FAMILY TREE
Mt. 1:1-19
An Unexpected Christmas #3
 
 
  • He was an unexpected SAVIOR
  • Through Him ALL THINGS were made
  • Without Him NOTHING would be made
  • He gave and gives us LIFE
The story of Christmas is God becoming FULLY HUMAN so we can have A DEEP RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.
  1. JUDAH
  • He hides his sin and lives in SECRET
  • Gen. 49:10 - The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from his descendants, until the coming of THE ONE to whom it belongs, ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­THE ONE whom all nations will honor  
  • The story of Christmas is you don’t have to HIDE from God. He brings FULL FORGIVENESS
  1. RAHAB the …HARLOT
  • Christmas is a story of hope for people who have a LABEL.
John 1:17 - for the law was given through Moses, GRACE and TRUTH came through Jesus Christ
  • Rahab the HARLOT became Rahab the grandmother (x32) of JESUS
  • The story of Christmas is he makes us HOLY, RIGHTEOUS
2 Cor. 5:21 God made him who had no sin TO BE SIN FOR US, so that in him we might become the RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD.
  1. DAVID
  • David HURT a lot of RELATIONSHIPS
Mt. 1:21…and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will SAVE his people from their SINS.”
The Christmas story is that you can FINISH WELL.

 

December 17, 2017

NO HANDOUT FOR TODAY'S SERVICE

December 10, 2017

“Personal Gifts For Mary”
‘THE UNEXPCTED CHRISTMAS’ -#1
 
Luke 1:38 Mary said, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let this happen to me as you say!”

The Unexpected GIFT of….
1)      UNEXPECTED TRUST
  • And you can’t experience THIS gift without a TRIAL!
  • Unexpected gifts come as you WALK OUT life in the ‘unexpected’! 
  • If God ‘appoints’…God ‘EQUIPS’
  • QUITTERS don’t get the gift! 
  • (Hang tough!)
 
2)      UNEXPECTED STRENGTH
  • Rises up IN you at the EXACT moment when you need it!
  • In the EXACT MEASURE to get you thru!
 
3)      UNEXPECTED FRUIT
  • Mary had ‘fruit’ in HER lifetime.
  • Mary has ‘fruit’ in OUR lifetime.  US.
 
GREEK word of the day:  – Karpos – “FRUIT”  =
  • “new converts to the faith of Christ”
  • “being the visible expression of POWER working INWARDLY and INVISIBLY
 
God appoints – God equips!
Let’s open our presents!

December 3, 2017

HASTA LA VISTA to Greed”
Preparing Your Heart for the Holidays - Series #4
Luke 12:13-34

 
  • Greed – I OWE ME
Three Different Views on Money- Dave Ramsey
  1. Spirit of PRIDE - Look what I’ve EARNED, DESERVED
  2. Spirit of POVERTY -  money is EVIL -  sisters are envy and jealousy
They’re the money monitors making sure people aren’t buying a car newer then theirs
  1. Spirit of GRATITUDE -  All money IS GOD’S and Comes from GOD.
 
  • Greed-What’s mine is MINE,  I’ve EARNED IT -  and A LOT MORE is coming.
 
Luke 12:15 Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
 
  1. LIFE does not consist in an abundance of POSSESSIONS.
  • Greed is  “Life = STUFF
  • Do You Suffer from “BBS”? (BIGGER BARN Syndrome)
  • LORD WHAT DO YOU WANT me to do with the extra?
  • You’ll never get peace from ACCUMULATED WEALTH

2.Live GENEROUSLY 

  •  God’s answer - GIVE
Two Types of Biblical Giving
  • TITHING -  consistent, PERCENTAGE giving
  • SPONTANEOUS Giving- OFFERING -  You See a NEED
*We are not OWNERS we’re MANAGERS
Why do We Give?
*Fund JESUS KINGDOM before yours- to glorify God
* Change your  HEART
* To Love your neighbor
 
Luke 6:38 GIVE, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

 

November 26, 2017

“Adios to Anger”
PREPARING YOUR HEART FOR THE HOLIDAYS - #3
 11-16-17
 
Ephesians 4:31-32; “Banish bitterness, rage and anger, shouting and slander, and any and all malicious thoughts—these are poison32 Instead, be kind and compassionate. Graciously forgive one another ‘just as’ God has forgiven you through the Anointed, our Liberating King.
           
 “GREEK-GEEKS” WORD OF THE WEEK’: J
            ‘BANISH’ – ekballo  (ek-bal'-lo)= “get it off of you”
 
Adios to Anger:
            1)  Get it (anger) OFF of you!
 
 “ANGER” from FOUR BIBLICAL viewpoints.
1) SUDDEN anger. (Proverbs 14:17; Proverbs 15:18;
     Proverbs 18:13) 
2) VENGEFUL anger. (I Thess. 5:15)
3) CHERISHED anger. (1 Corinthians 13:5; Eph. 4:27)
4) JUSTIFIABLE anger. (Eph. 4:26)
GOD’S SOLUTION TO ANGER….

Ephesians 4:31-32; “… Graciously forgive one another ‘just as’ God has forgiven you through the Anointed...”

 
IT ALL COMES DOWN TO TWO WORDS…..
            2)  Remember….. “JUST AS”!
            3)  Make the decision to CANCEL the debt!
 
It comes down to…..
 THE CROSS AND YOU! 
“Forgive as He has forgiven you….”

 

November 19, 2017

“Farewell to Jealousy!”
James 4:1-3;1:17

Preparing Our Hearts For The Holidays #2

The Human heart
  1. We need a CHANGE of heart
  2. God is the ONLY ONE who HEALS the heart
  3. Happiness is the overflow of a HEALTHY HEART
  • Jealousy – is GOD owes you
 
  1. Jealousy-You want something but DON’T GET IT
  • Two people want their way- ONLY ONE will get it
  • Covet- constantly trying to meet a need that CAN’T EVER seem to be met.
  1. Bring Your DESIRES to Jesus.
 
James 4:2…You do not have because YOU DO NOT ASK GOD. When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
  • God loves you TOO MUCH to give you EVERYTHING you ask for
  1. Develop a New HABIT…
  • CELEBRATING when others get good things
* REJOICE with those who REJOICE Rom. 12:15
* LOVE our neighbor as OURSELVES
  • Sit In the CHAIR OF THANKFULNESS
* TRUE GRATITUDE and jealousy can’t share the same
  HEART
*Lord every GOOD GIFT comes from you. James 1:17* give thanks in ALL CIRCUMSTANCES; for this is
God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thess. 5:18
* COUNT your blessings this week

 

November 12, 2017

“BYE-BYE GUILT”
Preparing Your Heart For the Holidays -1
11-12-17

Psalm 32:5; “Then I confessed my sins to you and didn’t hide my guilt.  I said, “I will confess my sins to the Lord,” and you forgave my guilt.”

Your heart is under ASSAULT!

Prov. 4:23; “Above all else, WATCH over your heart; diligently GUARD it because from a sincere and pure heart come the good and noble things of life.”

Ezekiel 36:26I will plant a NEW HEART and new spirit inside of you. I will take out your stubborn, STONY HEART and give you a willing, tender heart of flesh.”
  “God, I don’t want the ‘sin-confession’ game, I want
CHANGE!”
  • Give God full ACCESS.  Psalm 139:23-24;     

           

Why is it critical to FACE the ENEMY of GUILT?

  • GUILT chips away at your SELF-RESPECT
  • GUILT separates you from healthy RELATIONSHIPS
  • GUILT separates you from INTIMACY with God.
  • GUILT damages your PHYSICAL body.
  • Discern the SOURCE of the GUILT.      

THE “TRUTH TEST”:

      1. Have I already confessed this sin?

      2. When did I confess it?

      3. Was I truly sincere?

            4. Have I been completely honest with God?
Take the steps to FREEDOM from guilt.

1) ACKNOWLEDGE – ‘Guilt over confessed sin is your refusal to allow Jesus Christ to make full payment.’
2) ACCEPT - the “new heart and new spiritinside of you and allow God to take out your stubborn, stony heart”!
3)  LIVE by the FACTS, not the feelings! Psalm 103:12
4) Don’t IGNORE the guilt and condemnation! Romans 8:1
5) Make RESTITUTION where possible!
  • Guilt is about “OWING” someone something.
  • If the Holy Spirit whispers to you– DO IT! 


November 5, 2017

Hearing Jesus in the Pain
Job 6:10
 
joy amid unsparing pain… I have not denied or hidden the words of the Holy One. Job 6:10
 
  • God wants to give HIS JOY in the midst of pain…
  • Calad- jumping for joy but dancing on DISAPPOINTMENT.
 
  1. LEAN on God
  • I trust your WORD…and LISTEN
  • Remember Heaven is a PAIN-FREE ZONE
  • Trials become our PLATFORM – to HELP others
 
  1. Contend, FIGHT for Hope
  • Fight the feeling of HOPELESSNESS
 
1 Ti. 6:12 the GOOD FIGHT of the faith. Take HOLD of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good CONFESSION in the presence of many witnesses.
 
Acts 2:26… I’ve pitched my tent in the LAND OF HOPE.  (msg)
  • God is contending FOR YOU
 
  1. Worship, WORSHIP, Worship
Job 1:20 At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in WORSHIP
  • Don’t let what’s wrong with you keep you from worshipping WHAT’S RIGHT WITH GOD.
  • Worship Him with all of you- LOOK to Him, My LIPS will praise you, I lift my HANDS, I THINK of you.
  • DECLARE the truth
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October 29, 2017

‘THE DIVINE DOMINO EFFECT’
Hearing God Through The Noise - #7
October 29, 2017
 
ISAIAH 30:21 “Your EARS WILL HEAR a word behind you, “This is the way, walk in it,” whenever you turn to the right or to the left.”
 
John 14:26; “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, He will TEACH you all things and bring to your REMEMBERANCE all that I have said to you.”
 
ACT – “Actual CHANGE Transpires”! 
  • ANTICIPATE God is up to something!
  • CLEAR your mind to hear His prompting!
  • TRAIN yourself to MOVE! (Just DO it!)
 
 1) ANTICIPATE God is up to something!
  • God is in the business of strategically positioning you in the right place at the right time.
 
2) CLEAR your mind to hear His prompting!
  • PERCEIVE His Promptings!
  • Supernatural synchronicities  = “Divine APPOINTMENTS
 
3) TRAIN yourself to MOVE! (Just DO it!)
*Two words for “time” in the N.T.
- “chronos” refers to ‘clock time’ or ‘calendar time’
- “kairos” refers to the right, critical or OPPORTUNE moment.
 
  • Kick “FEAR” to the curb in your “Spirit-led” prompted moments!
  • Turn an ORDINARY day into a GOD-ADVENTURE of a life-time!
  • When we ACT on God’s promptings (kairos) moments, we affect CHRONO moments – the FUTURE of others.

October 22, 2017

God Speaks Through People
10-22-17 ● Heb. 12:1
 
 
…such a great cloud of witnesses… Heb. 12:1
  1. I AM A WITNESS
Acts 1:8 But YOU will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my WITNESSES
2 Tim. 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us TIMID, but gives us power, LOVE and self-discipline.
 
  1. I  HAVE HURTS, HANG UPS AND EXCUSES
  • The gospel stands in BROKENNESS and humility as much as in our wholeness.
  • Be PRESENT with others and SUFFER with them.
 
  1. I NEED TO BE FULL OF GRACE AND TRUTH
  • Give a PROPHETIC ear
  • A word  that strengthens, ENCOURAGES, and comforts
  • Words that restore, GENTLE, and humble
  • See people as who they can BECOME
  • There is power in ONE WORD
  • LISTEN HARD and long before you dish out advice 
  • We’re human so allow for margin of ERROR 
  • Always encourage before you CORRECT

October 15, 2017

“The Dream-Giver”
HEARING THRU THE NOISE- #4
10-15-17

“God says: In the last days, I will POUR out my spirit on all kinds of people.  Your sons and daughters will prophesy.  Your young men will see VISIONS, and your old men will dream DREAMS.” Acts 2:17
PURPOSE OF “DREAMS and VISIONS”:
1)  He uses them to REVEAL things to you.
2)  He uses them to INSPIRE you! (motivate)
3)  He uses them to  WARN you.
     Job 33:16-18; “In a dream..God opens their ears and impresses them with warnings to turn them back from something bad they’re planning, from some reckless choice…”

4)  He uses them to CORRECT you.

Heb. 4:12; “For the Word of God is alive and active…it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”

5)  He uses them to  ENCOURAGE you.
6)  He uses them to  COMFORT you.
PS. 147:3;“ He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.”
7)  He uses them to  HEAL you.
8)  He uses them to GUIDE you.

TESTING YOUR DREAMS/VISIONS:
1)  Does it CONTRADICT the Word of God?
2)  Does it lead me to a CLOSER walk with God?
3)  Does it stand the test of COUNSEL?

Today’s ‘fun’ words:                               
Hebrew- VISION: “chizzayown”-"a revelation, or an expectation by dream" Greek- VISION : “horasis”- "the act of gazing at something or an inspired appearance."

 

October 8, 2017

Hearing God’s Voice Through:
OPEN AND CLOSED DOORS
Hearing Through the Noise - Series #3
Rev. 3:8
October 8, 2017

…I have placed before you an open door…Rev. 3:8

Doors – God speaking to us through CIRCUMSTANCES in our lives.

Four ingredients in discerning God’s will
  1. SCRIPTURE test
  2. The PEACE test
  3. WISE GODLY COUNSEL test
  4. EXCITEMENT Test
 
Rev. 3:7 “He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens”:
  • JESUS opens and closes Doors!
 
Col. 4:3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message…
  • PRAY for open doors
1 Cor. 16:9…a great door for effective work has opened to me, and there are many who oppose me.
  • Open Doors are OPPORTUNITIES for God to USE YOU (1 Cor.16:6-9)
  • Open doors lead us to HEARTS THAT ARE OPEN ( 1 Cor. 16:9)
  • An Open Door doesn’t mean it’s EASY
  •  The Holy Spirit closes doors with a CHECK in our Spirit- uneasiness, lack of peace (Acts 16:7)
  • Closed doors- PROTECT us, redirect us, are less than GOD’S BEST
  • Following through open doors ultimately brings UNSPEAKABLE JOY.

October 1, 2017

“HOLY DESIRE”
“HEARING BEYOND THE NOISE” – PART 2
10-1-17   (YOUTH SERVICE)
           
Psalm 37:4 “DELIGHT yourself in the Lord; And He will give you the DESIRES of your heart.”
 “Delight” means – “extreme SATISFACTION.”

C. S. Lewis puts it like this: “We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite JOY is offered us.”  He goes on to say, “Our Lord finds our “desires” not too strong, BUT TOO WEAK.”

1) ENJOY God appointed desires!

2) GO AFTER GOD appointed DESIRES!

 “DESIRE” = “to LONG for; or wish for…to have great ENTHUSIASM for… it means to “HUNGER for”

3) Make God the LOUDEST voice!

Psalm 16:11;   “You will TEACH me how to live a holy life. Being with you will FILL me with joy; at your right hand I will find PLEASURE forever.”

Romans 12:2; “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God TRANSORM you into a new person by CHANGING the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is GOOD and PLEASING and perfect.”
           
Is He your “One and Only”?

September 24, 2017

Hearing God’s Voice through Scripture
2 Tim. 3:16 ● September 24, 2017


2 Tim. 3:16 All Scripture is God-breathed
  •  God’s voice usually is a WHISPER (1 Kings 19:12)
  • He makes your HEART BURN (Luke 24:37)
When you read the scripture…
  1. DEEPLY DESIRE to Hear the LORD’S VOICE not just Bible knowledge
  • Speak Lord for your servant is LISTENING (1 Sam. 3:10)
  • Bible Knowledge alone Puffs up- Just leads us to PRIDE
  • The Bible is MISUSED and ABUSED
2 Tim 2:15 Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
  1. Ask the HOLY SPIRIT to teach you
  • Holy Scripture – HOLY SPIRIT = Lifeless religion/ LEGALISM
  • Holy Spirit QUICKEN me – arouse, INVIGORATE restore to life
John 14:26 But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will TEACH you all things, and bring to your REMEMBERANCE all things that I said to you.
  1. HIDE the word in your Heart and DO IT.
Ps. 119:11 Your word I have HIDDEN in my heart,
That I might not sin against You.
  • Hidden- TREASURED, stored up, CHERISHED
Heb 4:12- For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and ATTITUDES OF THE HEART
  • The Bible comes alive when we ACTIVELY OBEY it.
Reading for depth is like a meal
Reading – 1st bite
Meditating- chewing
Praying- Savoring
Contemplating- digesting, absorbing
Doing- getting up and living it

September 17, 2017

Hearing Through the Noise!
Is. 55:3 ● September 17, 2017
           
  1. Shut out the NOISE – and LISTEN!
  • “Listen closely….”   Is. 55:3 (a)
  •  “Be still and know that He is God”….in Ps. 46:10        
 
“Be STILL and know that He is God”….in Ps. 46:10
  • Hebrew word for ‘STILL” -rapa, meaning “to slacken, let down, or CEASE,  to DROP.”
 
  1. Move in CLOSER!
  • “Listen CLOSELY, and come even CLOSER.”  Isaiah 55:3
  • 1 Kings 19:11-12: “Then he was told, “Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by.” A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn’t to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn’t in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn’t in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and QUIET WHISPER…”
 
Don’t LIMIT HOW God will speak.  You will have to let GO of your human hearing and GO SPIRITUAL!
 
  1. STAY until you hear!
  • My words will give life, for I will make a covenant with you that CANNOT be broken, a promise Of My enduring PRESENCE and support…
  • I’M NOT LEAVING UNTIL I HEAR!
 
He is still speaking even when we are not listening so why miss out on what He’s saying.

September 10, 2017

“Com’in Home”
Gen.  32 ● 9-10-17
 
Where ever you’re at in your journey, Jesus is calling you closer; to your next step- just as He called Jacob “come home”.
If You’re Com’in home…
 
  1. It Takes PERSISTENCE- DON’T LET GO
Gen. 32:26… “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”
  • I will not go without YOUR PRESENCE
  • Spirit Fall FRESH on me
  • The Lord BLESSED THEM there v.29
       2. Expect LASTING CHANGE Gen. 32:28 …“Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel;
  • Jacob- deceiver, POSER, one who MANIPULATES
  • Israel- The man who wrestled God AND WON!
  • Be my LORD, Change my name – my REPUTATION my CHARACTER
  • God put a  LIMP  in his step –Went from full being proud to being  HUMBLE
  1. You’ll SEE JESUS
Gen. 32:30-… I have seen God face to face
  • KAVA- waiting hopefully, expectant, SEEKING
  • KAVA-  ACTIVELY EXPERIENCING His presence because we’re focused on Him
Gen. 33:4  But Esau ran to meet Jacob and embraced him; he threw his arms around his neck and kissed him. And they wept.
Gen.33:10 …For to see your face is like seeing the face of God, now that you have RECEIVED ME favorably.
  • In com’in home we realize how much we need the FAMILY OF GOD.

September 3, 2107

“I’m Headed Somewhere!”
    Acts 9 Sept. 3, 2017
 
Six positions on your journey “to” and “with” Jesus:
Position One:   SEEKER.  Acts 9:3-5;
Position TwoNew BELIEVER!  Acts 9:18, Acts 9:20
Position Three: HUNGRY to LEARN More of “WHO” Jesus Christ (our New Father) is! Acts 9:19, 20, 22 , 28, Acts 13:9
Position Four:  Growing DESIRE to be more LIKE Him.  
You begin to see life….
  •  “OUTWARD” vs. “inward”… “OTHERS” vs. “self”…. 
  • SERVE” vs. “being served”. Acts 13:3
Position Five:  You begin bringing OTHERS into the family.  
Position Six: You find yourself TEACHING (discipling) others.
 
Enemies plot to take the Christ follower “BACK”!
6-  Jesus is your EVERYTHING. You KNOW where you are headed. 
  • ROMANS 12: 1-2 ;Colossians 3:1-2
5-   The intense ‘INTEREST’ in Him begins to FADE a bit
4- The “ME” in you begins to grow bigger.
  • It’s a “SHARED” life.
  • Add Jesus to your day when it’s CONVENIENT.
3-   Increased ‘NUMBNESS’ settles over your heart.
  • His voice is DISTANT         
  • Begin to WITHDRAW from other believers fellowship.    
  • You’ve become an ‘OBSERVER’ instead of a ‘participant’. 
  • You add a LITTLE bit of Jesus where you can.
2-  A SEPARATION happens.
1- Your heart has ‘INDEPENDENT’ when it comes to God. 
  • The devil is happy…YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN.
Tell the enemy… “I’m onto your plot!... I’m staying in the Shadow of Jesus! You can’t have me, my marriage, my kids, my neighborhood or my church! I AM TAKING STEPS OF ACTION TO GROW DEEPER IN JESUS CHRIST! I know where I am headed!!

July 30, 2017

“Start a Fire!”
Luke 24:32 ● July 30, 2017
“Were not our hearts burning within us…?” Luke 24:32
 
  • Make Jesus the CENTER OF YOUR LIFE
  1. Fellowship- CLOSE CHRISTIAN FRIENDS
  2. TALKING to God-
  3. Jesus talking to them through the SCRIPTURE
  4. Going to CHURCH
  5. Sharing YOUR STORY
2 Tim. 1:6 That is why I remind you to FAN INTO FLAME the gracious gift of God, [that inner fire—the special endowment] which is in you through the laying on of my hands…AMP

2 Tim. 1:6 Therefore I remind you to STIR UP the gift of God which is in you…

 
2 Tim. 1:7 For THE SPIRIT God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
 
Top Three Passion killers
 
  1. An UNBALANCED SCHEDULE
  2. An UNCONFESSED SIN
  3. An UNRESOLVED CONFLICT
 
Job 5:2 RESENTMENT destroys the fool and JEALOUSY kills the simple.
 
Job 18:4 You are only hurting yourself with your ANGER. 

Remember how God feels about you

John 15:13 GREATER LOVE HAS NO ONE than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
 

July 23, 2017

“Significance of Your Story”
Pastor Christina Wagaman
Jeremiah 1:4-10,12-19 NLT
July 23, 2017
 
 
1. Your life is to be SET APART.
 
  
2. Your life is to be SHARED.
 
  
3. Your life is to be SENT.
    (Proverbs 16:9NLT)

 

July 16, 2017

“Why Chase A Lion On A Snowy Day?”
2 Samuel 23:20 ● 7-16-17
 
 
2 Samuel 23:20; “….on a snowy day, he (Benaiah) chased a lion down into a pit and killed it.” 
CHASING LIONS” - metaphor for facing your fears, taking risks, overcoming adversity and conquering the biggest obstacles in your life.
THREE “F’s”: 
  • “I am moving “FORWARD”…
  • toward my “ FOE”…(opposition, competition or enemy)
  • without any “ FEAR”.
Why chase a lion on a snowy day? - Because playing it safe is over -rated!
1)  Quit playing it SAFE – go CHASE a lion!
“…on a snowy day, he CHASED a lion …”
  • 2 Cor. 3:12; “Since this new way gives us such CONFIDENCE, we can be very BOLD.”
 
2)  FIGHT the lion when you catch him!
“…on a snowy day, he chased a lion DOWN into a  PIT…”
  • Ephesians 3:20; “With God’s POWER working in us, God can do much, much more than ANYTHING we can ask or imagine.”
  • The impossible is an ILLUSION!
  • The impossible is also TEMPORARY, when God gets involved!
  • “You rob Jesus of his glory, when you don’t have the guts to step out on faith and chase a lion!”   Mark Batterson
 
 3)  KILL the lion!
“…on a snowy day, he chased a lion down into a pit and KILLED it…”
  • I Cor. 3:16; “ Don’t you know that you are God’s temple and that God’s SPIRIT lives in you?”
  • God LOVES long shots!
  •  Roar back……“Hold on… I CHASE LIONS, FIGHT THEM and EAT THEM FOR LUNCH!”
 
Are you playing it safe?Be a “Benaiah” in 2017!

 

July 9, 2017

I’m Free
John 8:31-36
 
 
So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. John 8:36
 
Freedom comes in two flavors
  • Freedom FROM
 Sin- John 8:34 Jesus answered, “… everyone who practices sin habitually is a SLAVE OF SIN.
Fear- The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you LIVE IN FEAR again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” Rom. 8:15
  • Freedom TO BE all that God has designed for you.
  1. HOLD to My TEACHING             
  •  Hold- STICK WITH , obey, LIVE BY, continue in
  • SURRENDER-the way to experience freedom
  • Freedom is not INDEPENDENCE        
  1. Then you’re REALLY MY DISCIPLE-
  • REPLACE your bad habits with “JESUS habits”
  • When SIN becomes a HABIT we lose FREEDOM        
  1. Don’t DENY- CONFESS
  2.  Depend completely on GOD’S POWER- will power will not work.
  3.  Get a NEW SET of HABITS
  4. MEET TOGETHER regularly for support, accountability and teaching.
3.THE TRUTH sets you FREE 
  • The truth is I need Jesus LOVE and POWER and WORD in my life.
  • To know- by EXPERIENCE not just a head knowledge.
 
Ps. 119:45 I will walk about in FREEDOM, for I have sought out your PRECEPTS .
James 1:25 But whoever looks INTENTLY into the perfect law that gives FREEDOM, and continues in it--not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it--they will be blessed in what they do.

 

June 25, 2017

Experiencing Jesus 24/7
John 15:1-17 ● June 25, 2017
 
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
  • Remain in me- To have an INTIMATELY  CLOSE relationship to God, MOMENT  BY  MOMENT.
 
  • God wants to make EVERY MOMENT of my life GLORIOUS in His PRESENCE.
 
  • Our goal is not to SIN LESS but to ABIDE MORE.
 
  • Ps. 16:8 I have SET the Lord ALWAYS before me…
 
  • 2 Cor. 10:5…TAKE CAPTIVE every thought to make it obedient to Christ.
 
  • HURRY is the greatest killer of  experiencing God’s presence
 
  1. Expect to be PRUNED- so you will be more FRUITFUL. (v.2)
 
  1. Apart from me you can do NOTHING (v.5)
 
  1. TALKING with God and reading HIS WORD is paramount. (v.7)
 
  1. LOVE as I have loved you (v. 9-12)
 
  1. JOY is made COMPLETE while remaining in Jesus (v.11)
 
  1. When you remain in Him you have a totally NEW FRIENDSHIP (v. 14-15)

June 18, 2017

“HERE COME THE WONDERS!”
June 18, 2017
Joshua 3:1-5

 
 
  1. WHERE GOD GOES…..GO!!
Joshua 3: 3; “…..When you see the Levitical priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant of the Lord your God, MOVE OUT from your positions and FOLLOW them.
  1. GOD IS TAKING YOU TO ‘NEW’ PLACES!
Joshua 3:4; “Since you have NEVER traveled THIS WAY before, they will guide you…”
  1. PREPARE YOURSELVES!
Joshua 3:5; “Then Joshua told the people, “Purify yourselves…”
  • The Hebrew word for ‘purify’ means "to prepare, to dedicate, to be hallowed, to be holy, to be separate or set apart."
  1. HERE COME THE WONDERS!
Joshua 3:5 (b) “… for tomorrow the Lord will do GREAT WONDERS among you.”

Joshua 1:5-6 “5 No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you.

“Be strong and courageous…”
  • What ‘wonders’ are you looking for?
  • Knowing…. NO ONE can stand against you and succeed,
  • GOD HIMSELF will be with you….
  • GOD HIMSELF will not fail you…
  • GOD HIMSELF will not abandon you….

June 11, 2017

“Where Have You Come From and Where Are You Going?”
Genesis 16 ● June 11, 2017
 
2 So Sarai said to Abram, “Now behold, the Lord has PREVENTED me from BEARING CHILDREN.
 
4 He went in to Hagar, and she CONCEIVED; and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was DESPISED in her sight.
 
5And Sarai said to Abram, “May the WRONG done me be upon you. I gave my maid into your arms, but when she saw that she had conceived, I was despised in her sight. May the Lord JUDGE between you and me.”
 
7 Now the angel of the Lord FOUND her by a spring of water in the WILDERNESS, by the spring on the way to Shur.
8 He said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you COME  FROM and where are you GOING?
 
9 Then the angel of the Lord said to her, “Return to your mistress, and SUBMIT yourself to her AUTHORITY.”
 
10 Moreover, the angel of the Lord said to her, “I will GREATLY   MULTIPLY your descendants so that they will be too many to count.”
 
11 The angel of the Lord said to her further, “Behold, you are with child, And you will bear a son; And you shall call his name ISHMAEL, The Lord has heard. Because the Lord has given heed to your AFFLICTION
 
13 Then she called the name of the Lord who spoke to her, “You are a GOD WHO SEES.”

15 So Hagar bore Abram a SON; and Abram CALLED the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, ISHMAEL.

 

June 4, 2017

 “Who Am I?"
John 1:12 6-4-17
Guest Pastor Josh Renschler

1.    I AM FREE.   Romans 8:2-6  - We are free from the Penalty of Death owed by our Sins because in HIS Love, He payed that Penalty in FULL.  We have within us the power to break free from the chains of addiction and sin which once drove our thoughts and actions.  By tuning into the Holy Spirit we get: Love, Joy, Peace, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. (Galatians 5:22-23)

2.     I AM HOLY Ephesians 1:4  Definition- holy adjective- dedicated or consecrated to God, Sacred. Before the Foundation of the World, we were set apart to be God's people, we are Holy to Him because He who created us and modeled us after His Image and Likeness is Holy- We are His! (Leviticus 20:26)

3.        I AM ACCEPTED .  Ephesians 1:6 - Nothing we can earn or achieve; but by GRACE and the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, we are ACCEPTED by God.

4.        I AM POWERFUL .  2 Timothy 1:7 - God has given us a spirit of POWER and love and sound mind.  The Spirit of God lives within us, a Spirit of POWER (Acts 1:8, Luke 4:14)

5.        I AM LOVABLE .  Romans 8:38,39  - NOTHING, I repeat, NOTHING can separate us from the Love of God.  God's Love is a perfect Love that does not have to be earned, it is unconditional and it is OURS. (Romans 5:8)                  

6.        I AM CONNECTED .  Galatians 3:26 - We are ALL God's Children, All who are saved are a part of Christ's Body. (1 Corinthians 12:27)

7.       I AM ROYALTY .  Romans 8:15  - We have been Adopted by God, that we may call Him Father!!  We are now considered as citizens with the Saints and are members of the house of God!! (Ephesians 2:19)      


May 28, 2017

COMPLETE THE CYCLE OF FORGIVENESS
5-28-17
Eph. 4:32, Matt. 18:21-35

 

Ephesians 4:32; “Be kind and loving to each other, and FORGIVE each other ‘JUST AS’ God forgave you in Christ.”


Four Phases to complete the cycle of forgiveness:

PHASE ONE:

 Be HONEST-  Pinpoint “WHO”  you are angry with! 

·Don’t assume you’ve forgiven someone just because you’ve ‘put it BEHIND you’. *who do you have imaginary conversations with?

·Attempting to ‘forget’ a debt isn’t the same as ‘REMOVING’ it.

·No one is too spiritual to have an OFFENSE

·Forgiveness is a gift from one UNDESERVING soul to another.

·PERSPECTIVE is everything – view forgiveness from the perspective of the CROSS.

 

PHASE TWO:

 Determine “WHAT” was taken from you?

·What do they OWE you?

·Forgive SPECIFICALLY vs. generally. 

“GENERAL forgiveness” doesn’t heal “SPECIFIC” hurts.” Andy Stanley

 

PHASE THREE:

NULLIFY the debt!

·Bring it to a ZERO balance owing.

·Jesus CANCELED your debt of sin on the cross

 

PHASE FOUR:

 ERASE the debt!

·Forgiving someone doesn’t erase our MEMORIES.

·DAILY decide. . . they don’t owe you anymore!

·INSTEAD. . .RESTATE your declaration… “you released them from that debt. They don’t owe you anymore.”

May 21, 2017

What if Jesus Lived at My House?
THE CASE FOR CHRIST SERMON SERIES #4
Mt. 5:13-16
 
  • Salt- Make people THIRST for God. Help people TASTE GODLINESS.
  • Shine- His GRACE, love, hope and COMPASSION
  • Be MOTIVATED, AVAILABLE and PRAYERFUL 
 
“What if Jesus lived in my house?”
He would...
  1. TALK TO THE FATHER about your neighbors
Mark 1:35 Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where HE PRAYED.
 
James 5:16…The prayer of a RIGHTEOUS person is POWERFUL and EFFECTIVE.
 
“When I pray, COINCIDENCES happen. When I stop, they DON’T.”  
- Mother Teresa

2. Let the neighbors know the door is ALWAYS OPEN for QUESTIONS
 
1 Peter 3:15 says, “Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with GENTLENESS and RESPECT.”
​​​​​​​
  • Don’t DEBATE but DIALOGUE. It’s about discussions, FRIENDSHIPS, and relationships.
 
  1. LIVE OUT an AUTHENTIC faith.
 
Matthew 5:16: “Let your light shine before others, that they may see your GOOD DEEDS and glorify your Father in heaven.”
  • Good- WINSOME, attractive and AUTHENTIC
  • Turn up your COMPASSION RADAR.
  • A healthy soul flourishes in GOD’S PRESENCE and becomes a GIFT to the world around them.
  • “I just met a whole bunch of people who were like JESUS.”
 
Going deeper:
  1. What touches your heart the deepest from this lesson?
  2. Make a list of ways you could be a better friend to your nonbelieving friends and contacts. What keeps you from doing it?
  3. Which scripture spoke you the most?
  4. How do you feel about the final statement on the outline?

MOTHER'S DAY - 5/14/17

It’s A Mom’s Job:  “Wake Up”!
MOTHER’S DAY
MAY 14, 2017
 
Moms’ turn the….
1) LIGHT On!
  • LIGHTS ON – WAKE UP! 
  • God LOVES you.  He is PURSUING you. The purpose for your life is to SERVE Him.
2 Cor. 4:6; “It started when God said, “Light up the DARKNESS!” and our lives filled up with light as we saw and understood God in the face of Christ, all bright and beautiful.
Ephesians 5:13; “But the light makes all things easy to see, 14 and everything that is made easy to see can become light. This is why it is said: “WAKE UP, sleeper! Rise from death, and Christ will shine on you.”
Don’t “Glide – SLIDE – hide” – through life, TURN THE LIGHT ON!
Mom’s tell you to….
2) SHAKE it Off!!
Romans 13:11-14; “So we should STOP doing things that belong to darkness and TAKE UP the weapons used for fighting in the light…14But CLOTHE yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ…”
“Shake it Off”. . . requires ACTION:
1. STOP
2. TAKE up
3. CLOTHE yourself
It’s a mom’s job to tell you to…
3) Go LIVE! 
  • Make a STATEMENT
  • Make a DIFFERENCE
  • Enjoy the JOURNEY
Psalm 16:1; “You will show me the way of LIFE.

Psalm 146:2 “I will praise the Lord as long as I live; 

“You are the light of the world- like a city on a mountain, glowing in the night for all to see. Don’t hide your light under a basket! Instead, put it on a stand and let it shine for all. In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.” Matthew 5:14-16
 




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May 7, 2017

“Embracing the Truth”
THE CASE FOR CHRIST -  SERIES  #3
 
I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. John 14:3
 
  1. I PAY My Own Way
  • It’s already been PAID IN FULL
  • The PRICE IS TOO HIGH
 
  1. The PERFORMANCE Treadmill
  • EMBRACE the truth of God’s FREE GIFT
  • Surrender your STRIVING
 
  1. The WAY of GRATITUDE
 
John 4:10 “This is LOVE: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and SENT HIS SON AS an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”
 
  • Check your MOTIVES in serving Christ
  • Revel and relax in HIS GRACE.
  • “I will give you Rest”- “to REVIVE or RESTORE.” Mt 11:28
       
EMBRACE THE TRUTH
 
Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
 
Romans 6:23: “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
 
Romans 10:13: “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
 
Going Deeper:
  1. Read John 14:2-6; Mt. 11:28-30; 1 Peter 3:18. What truths can you more deeply embrace.
  2. Can you think of a time in your life when you focused too much on paying your way or performance?
  3. What does it mean to you to “revel and relax in His grace”?

April 30, 2017

CRITICAL TRUTHS AND INDISPUTABLE FACTS!
The Case For Christ- 2
April 30, 2017
 
  • We need “FAITH” to experience a LIVING relationship with Jesus Christ, but He never tells us not to use our BRAIN!

“The first thing I did was place before you what was placed so emphatically before me: that the Messiah DIED  for our sins, exactly as Scripture tells it; that he was BURIED; that he was RAISED FROM DEATH. 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

 
I Cor. 15:13-15; “If there’s no RESURRECTION, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, EVERYTHING we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors,
 
1 COR. 15:51 “…but we will all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, “…Death is swallowed…. Death where is your victory??  Where is your sting??

What is the most important thing you KNOW?
Answer this statement…. “I know Jesus Christ is who He said He is because______________.” 

Jesus Was ALIVE  at Point A
            - BIRTH TO AGE 33
 
Jesus Was DEAD at Point B
            - THE CROSS   
1) All four GOSPELS report his crucifixion.
2) There are also FIVE ancient sources OUTSIDE the Bible
 
Jesus Was ALIVE AGAIN at Point C
            -THE TOMB

I Cor. 15:6-8; “that he presented himself alive to Peter, then to his closest followers, and later to more than FIVE HUNDRED of his followers all at the same time, most of them still around … that he then spent time with James and the rest of those he commissioned to represent him; and that he finally presented himself alive to me….”

 
CRITICAL….INDESPUTIBLE FACT….
HE RESURRECTED!

April 23, 2017

Investigate the Truth
THE CASE FOR CHRIST SERMON SERIES #1
Acts 8:26-40 ● April 23, 2017
 
Spiritual STICKING POINT- an issue or OBSTACLE likely to cause a stalemate or IMPASSE.
 
Spiritual Sticking Point…
#1: I CAN’T Believe
  •   SEEK God.   Jer. 29:11
  •  God SEEKS YOU FIRST
Luke 19:10”
  • So START seeking WITH ALL YOUR HEART.
 
 #2: I Don’t WANT to Believe
  • Don’t want radical LIFE CHANGE
  • COMPARE the costs and benefits of your current lifestyle with that of following Christ.
  • The fear of INTIMACY
  • AUTHORITY obstacle.
 
#3: I Don’t Know WHAT to Believe
  • Study to determine what the writer ACTUALLY MEANT. Not what we WANT.
  • Focus on the CRITICAL CENTRAL MESSAGE of what you and I need to know it to say.
  • Focus on what you DO KNOW and RESPOND to it.
 
#4: I Do Believe; Isn’t THAT ENOUGH?
John 1:12 “As many as RECEIVED HIM to them He gave the right to BECOME children of God, even to those who believe in His name”.
  • Don’t leave the gift UNCLAIMED and UNOPENED
  • BELIEVE + RECEIVE = BECOME
  • Believe INTELLECTUALLY, and we must receive his FORGIVENESS and LEADERSHIP
 
Going deeper:
  1. How did God speak to you thru this message?
  2. Which sticking point kept you from accepting Christ? Growing in Christ?
  3. Lifestyle change, fear of intimacy, authority which is your greatest struggle with God?

 
 

April 16, 2017

"Please Come In!" - Jesus
April 16, 2017
 
 Door #1 – Kept people safe INSIDE
Door #2 – Saved people OUTSIDE
Door #3 – Celebration for a LIFETIME

 

Exodus 12:13…”But the blood will be a sign on the houses where you are. When I see the blood, I will PASS OVER you. Nothing terrible will hurt you.”

 
Luke 24:1-3; They found the STONE  rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.
 
Revelation 4:1; “After these things I saw a DOOR standing open in heaven. I heard the first voice like a trumpet speaking to me. It said, “Come up here…”
 
Question #1 - How do I find the door of HEAVEN?
 
“Matt. 7:7; “Ask, and God will give to you. SEARCH, and you will find. Knock, and THE DOOR will open for you. Yes, everyone who asks will receive. Everyone who searches will find. And everyone who knocks will have the door opened.”
 
John 10:7; “So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, I am the DOOR…Vs. 9- I am the DOOR, and the person who enters through Me will be saved.
 
Question #2 - What happens BEHIND DOOR #3?
 
YOUR WEDDING RECEPTION! “People will come from the east, west, north, and south, and will sit down AT THE TABLE in the Kingdom of God.” Luke 13:29
 
Revelation 19:7  Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the MARRIAGE of the LAMB has come
 
Question #3 - Have you RSVP’d for the BANQUET?

  

November 13, 2016

                             "SEARCH AND RESCUE"                             
JESUS CULTURE -#6

Nov. 13, 2016
 
IN THE ‘JESUS CULTURE’ EVERYBODY MATTERS.       
YOU are part of a SEARCH & RESUCE Team!!

 

 TWO PERSPECTIVES:
1) The FOLLOWER:
  • One who struggles in their heart to have an ‘AWARENESS’ and ‘DESIRE’ for sinners to be found…
  • To SEARCH and RESCUE them…
  • To sincerely WELCOME and CELEBRATE them when they are found…
  • To intentionally be INCLUSIVE when adding them to the Family of God!
2) The LOST:
  • One needing to be ‘SOUGHT AFTER’ and ‘FOUND’.
 
SEARCH & RESCUE takes COMPASSION!
 
SEARCH and RESCUE takes EFFORT!
  •  a significant part of our PRAYERS should be for the lost.
  •  ‘ENGAGE’ the lost
  •  unashamedly SHARE that Jesus can rescue them
 
SEARCH and RESCUE takes PERSISTENCE!
  • Vs 4; “go out and look for the lost sheep UNTIL he finds it”  
  • Vs. 8; “Look carefully for the coin UNTIL she finds it”

November 6, 2016

FULL of GRACE and TRUTH!
John 1:14-17 ● November 6, 2016
 
We have seen his glory,… full of grace and truth. John 1:14
  • He called sin, “SIN”—and then he PAID FOR IT.
  • The Jesus Culture- EMBRACES grace and truth and REFUSES to let go of either.  
1. MATURE IN GRACE
  •  By having eternal GRATITUDE
  • Being HUMBLE
“Humility isn’t PRETENDING that we’re unworthy because it’s the spiritual thing to do; it’s recognizing that we’re unworthy because it’s TRUE.
  • Realize His grace DAILY
2. INCREASE IN TRUTH
  • Truth is God’s GRACIOUS GUARDRAIL keeping us from going over life’s edge.
  • Truth requires a RESPONSE.
  • Truth is not determined by what WE WANT to believe
John 17:17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is TRUTH.
  • Word-Logos-divine COMMUNICATION, revelation, INSTRUCTION  
3. LIVE IN THE TENSION OF GRACE AND TRUTH
  • Truth without grace leads to LEGALISM. (Woman caught in adultery John 8:1-12)  
  • Truth-sin always HURTS YOU- Grace- Jesus always LOVES and FORGIVES you if you ask.
  • One with the absence of the other is TOXIC
  • Truth without grace CRUSHES people and it ceases to be truth. (Levi a disciple?? Mark 2:13-17)
  • Grace without truth DECEIVES people and ceases to be grace.
 
Going Deeper:
  1. What is your natural propensity “Grace” or “Truth”?
  2. How have you experienced grace and truth?
  3. How did Jesus live in grace and truth with the Samaritan Woman?  (John 4:7-26)
  4. How can you give out Grace and truth?

October 30, 2016

“DON’T SETTLE FOR ‘CHRISTIAN’!”
JESUS CULTURE’ - #4
Oct. 30, 2016
 
MATTHEW 5:13-16: The Message
 
Matt. 5:13&14  “YOU ARE the salt of the earth. …..14 YOU ARE the light …..”

What does SALT do?
  1. It PRESERVES.
  2. It FLAVORS.
  3. It creates THIRST.
  4. It HEALS.
 
What does LIGHT do?
  1. It banishes DARKNESS.
  2. It EXPOSES.
  3. It WARNS.
  4. It WAKES us up.
 
STAY SALTY.
  • Stay in close contact with the ULTIMATE influence - CHRIST Himself
 
KEEP your light on. Make your WORKS visible.
  • “A city on a hill cannot be hidden” (Matt. 5:14 NIV)
  • Check your “heart MOTIVE.” (Glory to self or to God?)
 
Going Deeper:
1. How did the Christ followers in the Book of Acts embrace the words of Jesus and change the world? 
2. How much potential for the same kind of change do you see in our world today?
 

October 23, 2016

We Love to Judge!
Mt. 7:1-5 ● October 23, 2016
 
… first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly… Mt. 7:5
  1. All of us JUDGE-
  • Yet JESUS SAID do not judge
  • “It is the Holy Spirit's job to CONVICT, God's job to JUDGE and my job to LOVE.” - Billy Graham
    John 12:47  …For I did not come to JUDGE the world, but to save the world.
  1. Jesus followers are called not to be JUDGEMENTAL
Psalm 119:66 Teach me knowledge and GOOD JUDGEMENT. . .
Judgmental
  • A spirit of FAULTFINDING , being CRITICAL
  • Taking the role of SUPREME JUDGE
  1 Cor. 5:12 What business is it of mine to judge those OUTSIDE THE CHURCH
The focus of a Christ follower
  •  Is THEIR OWN HEART
  • Correction that VALUES
  • NOT QUICK to Judge-
  • Done in TOTAL LOVE
  • Comes with HELP and CARE
  • Focuses ON HOPE and a GREAT FUTURE
  • The only effective way to reach others is to WIN THEM 
  1. Remember You have been FORGIVEN MUCH So give out GRACE and FORGIVENESS      
  • judgmental folks DON’T LOVE MUCH
  • I realize I am JUST LIKE most of them.
JOHN 5:24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will NOT BE JUDGED but has crossed over from death to life.
  1. Did you feel judged by Christians before you came to Christ?
  2. What are actions and attitudes that make nonbelievers feel coerced or judged?
  3. How can you leverage love to win people like Paul?
  4. How do you feel when you think about being” forgiven much”?

October 16, 2016

Christian’…it may not be what you think!
JESUS CULTURE SERIES -2
10-16-16
 
Realize nothing is  LOUDER than LOVE.
  • It’s totally silent but the LOUDEST thing on earth.
1)  CONTINUE to love….
1 John 4:7-10; “My beloved friends, let us CONTINUE TO LOVE each other…
  • There’s a temptation to  STOP!
  • Continue:  “PERSISTENT”; “RELENTLESS”, “UNINTERRUPTED
   
2)   IT COMES FROM GOD.
  1 John 4:7-10; “ My beloved friends, let us continue to love each other since LOVE comes from GOD .
  • TAKE A DEEP  BREATH…..YOU do not have the capacity to love.
3) The person who REFUSES to love, doesn’t get the first thing about GOD.
1 John 4:7-10;The person who refuses to love doesn’t know the first thing about God,
  • IT’S A CHOICE.
  • Faces of “refusal to love”:      
        * AVOIDANCE
        * ANTAGONITSTIC
       *Silently JUDGMENTAL
       * SELF-CENTERED
  • ….because God is love—so you can’t know him if you don’t love.”
  • IT’S ALL ABOUT GETTING TO KNOW GOD!
4) What KIND of love is this?
THIS is the kind of  LOVE we are talking about—…..
  • He SENT his Son as a SACRIFICE !
WHY did GOD love like THAT?
….to CLEAR AWAY our SINS and the DAMAGE  they’ve done to our relationship with God.”
WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF ME???
  • Philippians 2:3 …., but in HUMILITY count others more SIGNIFICANT than yourselves
  • Romans 12:10; “Be DEVOTED to one another in brotherly LOVE. Outdo yourselves in LOVING one another.”
 
NOTHING IS LOUDER THAN LOVE!
 
GOING DEEPER:
1)  In your own spiritual journey, how have you grown in experiencing and understanding more of God’s love?
2) In what ways have you felt overwhelmed by God’s love for you?
 

October 9, 2016

 "WHAT IS A 'CHRISTIAN'?"
… The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch
Acts 11:26 October 9, 2016
 
  1.  Are you a DISCIPLE?  (Acts 11:26)
  • STUDENT,  learner, apprentice, FOLLOWER.
  • Their answer is ALWAYS YES
  • DISCIPLE  is synonymous with FOLLOWER
Luke 9:23 Whoever wants to be my DISCIPLE must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and FOLLOW me.
  1. LOVE EACH OTHER as I have LOVED YOU! (John 13:33-34)
  • SACRIFICIALLY
  • UNDERSTANDINGLY
  •  FORGIVINGLY
  1. How well do I Love?
  • FAMILY
  • CHURCH FAMILY
  • OTHER  Believers
  • NON -  Followers
 
 Eph. 3: 17 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that CHRIST MAY DWELL IN YOUR HEARTS through faith… being rooted and established IN  LOVE. 18 may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the LOVE of Christ, 19 …—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
 
Deeper this week:
  1. Try it this week-  Loving each other with Christ’s strength this week.
  2. What does being a disciple mean to you?
  3. Are you comfortable thinking of yourself as a disciple?
  4. What are the main Characteristics of a disciple?
  5. What will loving each other as a 1st priority look like