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God, My Very Best Friend

2022-10-10T15:47:33-05:00September 29th, 2022|

Date: September 29, 2022 ()

Bible Text: John 15:13-15 |

God's Friendship to Us F - Forthright: God tells us what we need to hear, not necessarily what we want to hear Proverbs 27:6 Proverbs 27:17 R – Reliable: A friend that always loves us, even amid betrayal John 3:16 Matthew 26:48-50 1 John 4:19 I – Incomparable: There is no other friend that compares to God John 15:13 E – Exlusiveness: God wants to be our very best friend to the exlusion of all other friends James 4:4 John 15:14 N – Nearby: He is always near us, regardless of where we are Proverbs 18:24 Psalms 46:1 D – Demonstrated: His friendship is not something He promises to prove, He’s already proven Himself John 15:13 James 4:8  

An Honest Mistake

2022-04-26T22:59:51-05:00April 26th, 2022|

Date: April 26, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 2 Kings 4:38-44; John 7:24; Matthew 7:1-5 |

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What is an honest mistake? Not purposeful sin Lack of Information Lack of Ability God shows mercy when He can, judgment when He must. Honest mistakes do have consequences Guilty vs. Responsibility Christians could take advice from leaders in the Old Testament who did not participate in the guilt of Israel, preached against it, but took responsibility for it in their prayers. The leader must be careful for how they deal with honest mistakes Did not draw attention to the person The offender should not be overly sensitive Try to be patient with the leader if you are the offender The leader is wrong if they handle it wrong, but the offender is

Bite Your Tongue

2022-04-14T19:00:49-05:00April 10th, 2022|

Date: April 10, 2022 ()

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We cherish the First Amendment because it protects our freedom of speech, but do not forget that there is a higher law than that of this land -the Bible. God has the right to dictate what we say, how we say it, and when we say it. We live in an age when most people believed that they are not only entitled to have an opinion but that their opinion must always be shared. There are times that we should bite our tongue. The world would be a better place if everyone followed God's guidelines for speech. Let's learn a little bit

Meekness

2022-03-10T19:51:05-06:00February 27th, 2022|

Date: February 27, 2022 ()

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Introduction: Meekness stands out as a unique character traait because it is a special combination of two traits often viewed as opposites--gentleness and strength.  Through submission to the work of the Spirit the inner man, gentleness and strength work in tandem -- this is meekness.   Meaning of Meekness Explained The word meek (or meekness) in found in both the Old and New Testaments. The Old Testament word carries the idea of (one who prefers to suffer wrong rather than to do wrong." The New Testament word promotes an attitude of submission in which one accepts God's dealings as good and chooses not to

The People in the Church

2022-02-13T10:23:03-06:00February 10th, 2022|

Date: February 10, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Acts 2 |

The Members of the Church Observations of Membership Next step after Baptism God's hand is in it Obligations of Membership Sanctify yourself Submit to God Separate Sacrifice Serve Soulwinning Discipling The Leaders of the Church The Pastor Titles Overseer Elder Bishop Pastor Shepherd Duties Rules Feeds Guides Protect Authority Speak Exhort Rebuke Qualifications The Deacons Servant Duties Serve Others Help the Pastor Qualifications

Psalm 25: An Exposition on Prayer

2022-01-11T22:49:08-06:00January 6th, 2022|

Date: January 6, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 25:1-22 |

The Names of God Jehovah (LORD) - "the self existent one" Elohim (God) - "the supreme one" The People Mentioned Enemies (physical and spiritual) Fervent prayer required Made him trust in God more They were out to triumph over him They were out to cause him shame Those that are ashamed Wait on the Lord (be taught by Him) Sinners He teaches (directs) sinners Those that fear the Lord Respect and Reverence God, and no need to fear anything else! The Requests

The Hand of God

2021-12-14T10:19:49-06:00December 12th, 2021|

Date: December 12, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 31:15 |

Humbling Hand Points Daniel 5:1-6 Pushes James 4:6 Daniel 4:37 Proverbs 16:18 Punishes 1 Samuel 5:11 1 Samuel 12:15 Presses Psalm 38 Healing Hand Notice how it can heal us : Physically Mark 7:31-35 Spiritually Mark 9:27 Mentally Mark 5:15 Emotionally Matthew 17:5-7 Helping Hand Stabilizes Matthew 14:29-31 Protects John 10:27-28 Leads Mark 8:22-25 Delivers Hebrews 8:9 Upholds Psalm 37:24 Psalm 63:8 Psalm145:14 Strengthens Ezra 7: 28 Lifts Psalm 113:7 Converts Acts 11:21 Revives Luke 7:14 Saves Isaiah 59:1-2 Psalm 40:1 Romans 10:13

Hell

2021-11-29T18:44:28-06:00November 28th, 2021|

Date: November 28, 2021 ()

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3 Worlds exist Earth Heaven Hell If you don't believe in Hell, you don't believe the Bible

Understanding the Leading of the Lord in Your Life – Pt. 2

2021-11-08T08:27:48-06:00November 7th, 2021|

Date: November 7, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Proverbs 3:5-6 |

What does God's leading mean? Have you prayed about it? God has a specific path for all of our lives Christ is our example for God's plan for our lives Cautions Because of family Because of popular opinion On a woman’s opinion On circumstances On emotions Guidelines Primary Considerations Word of God Gives definite commandments Gives definite principles Spirit of God Speaking to God Waiting on God Secondary Considerations Have I sought out Godly counsel? Are you surrendered? Are there providential circumstances? Have I sought for God to give me wisdom in this matter? Am I considering historical evidence? Am I

Priesthood of the Believer & Individual Soul Liberty

2021-11-07T20:58:31-06:00November 4th, 2021|

Date: November 4, 2021 ()

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Where do these come from? The life of an Israelite was filled with restrictions. Hebrews 9:6-10 Even these could not make one perfect Hebrews 10:1, 4; James 2 Hope was to be found in Christ Luke 3:4-5; Hebrews 9:12; 1 John 2:1; Acts 2:39 The New Testament brings variety through Christ Galatians 5:1 How do we live them out? Train children, live God-centered, not parent-centered. Romans 14:12

The Doctrine of God

2021-09-14T16:55:30-05:00September 12th, 2021|

Date: September 12, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Genesis 1:1 |

In the beginning God! What a majestic introduction to the inspired volume of Holy Writ! Dr. John Monro Gibson, in a small yet significant handbook of the foundations of the Christian Faith called Rock Versus Sand, says that there are three main stages in the development of the doctrine of God, namely: The being of God, dominating Scripture The revelation of God in Christ The record of that revelation by the Holy Spirit in the Sacred Word   What is an attribute? God’s Natural Attributes (attributes which are unique only to God and cannot be shared with man) He is eternal He is unchangeable He possesses all power He is present

The Church of Laodicea

2021-09-06T18:53:00-05:00September 5th, 2021|

Date: September 5, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Revelation 3:14-22 |

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Laodicea: The Lukewarm Church The Chronology The Commendations: None The Condemnations Insincerity Self-Complacent Self-Sufficient Self-Deceit The Challenge Find Refined Gold - Come to Him for His Riches Go to the Word of God - Restock Your Wardrobe Restore Your Vision God wants you to have a relationship with Him by choice.

The Blessing of the Birthright

2021-07-12T09:13:02-05:00July 1st, 2021|

Date: July 1, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Genesis 25:29-34 |

A description of the birthright Consecration Double-portion of blessing Authority of the father The despising of the birthright His words His ways A Delusion about the birthright Nothing of consequence had happened Not considerate of God's providence - altered his future family Never able to be reversed

Hamartiology – The Doctrine of Sin – Part 3

2021-05-23T11:12:48-05:00May 9th, 2021|

Date: May 9, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 59:1-2, Jeremiah 5:25 |

The Effects of Sin Isa. 59:1-2, Jer 5:25 Effects common to all mankind Guilt (shame) - Gen. 3:9 Death - Jas. 1:15 Effects common to the believer Biblical examples Cain killed Abel and then hid from the presence of the Lord Jacob killed Esau and fled to other lands The prodigal son rebelled against his father and went out to a far country Judas betrayed his Master, then he killed himself Specific effects Loss of light - 1 Jn. 1:8, 2:9-11 Loss of joy - Psa. 32:10-11 Loss of Godly love - 1 Jn. 2:5, 2:15-17, 4:12 Loss of confidence - 1 Jn. 3:19-22 Loss of fellowship - Gen. 3:8-10  

Four Tips for Developing Convictions in Young People

2021-04-22T19:31:43-05:00April 22nd, 2021|

Date: April 22, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Titus 2:11-12 |

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Help them to understand Biblical principles 1 John 2:15-17, Romans 12:2, Deuteronomy 4:40; 5:29; 12:28 Separation is a Biblical concept Separation has never been popular Have Biblical Convictions Children will gravitate to the parent with the least/lower convictions You cannot lead where you have not already gone yourself Teach your children Biblical Convictions Not just things you can or can't do Love+Discipline, Grace and Truth work together Be Consistent Inconsistency breeds rebellion Teach convictions, and be consistent in your actions as well

Two Choices on the Shelf

2021-04-21T15:15:06-05:00April 21st, 2021|

Date: April 21, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Proverbs 24:3-4 |

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Wisdom Purity The Scripture is the measure of purity Peacefulness Gentleness Easily Entreatable Approachable Merciful Fruitful Weapons Comparisons Generalizations Threats Withdraw/Silence Neglect Intimidation Anger Yelling/Screaming Control Deceit Continual Criticism Rehearsing the Past Shut-Down Gossip Revenge

A Revival of Teachability

2021-04-21T14:08:26-05:00April 20th, 2021|

Date: April 20, 2021 ()

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The Portrait of the Proud Pride kills teachability Proverbs 11:2 Proverbs 13:18 Pride paves a way Shame Destruction Contention The Peril of Pride Pride becomes the obstacle between us and God God resists the proud The Portrait of the Teachable Asks God to reveal sin Restores a teachable spirit Seeks Godly examples Petitions God for wisdom Promise to the teachable His Word is a light

Choose Life

2021-03-28T21:59:39-05:00March 28th, 2021|

Date: March 28, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Deuteronomy 30:19 |

Introduction: The free will of man Life originates from God Life & blessing is tied to obedience Death & cursing is tied to disobedience Genesis 1:17 Life is preserved by God Genesis 32:30 Life has purpose in God Path is revealed Prosperity is assured Power is in Him

What to do in the Day of Trouble

2021-03-23T21:33:15-05:00March 21st, 2021|

Date: March 21, 2021

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Our Day of Trouble - Psalm 20 Who or what are we going to put our trust in? Christ's Day of Trouble - Psalm 22 Our sins were laid on the back of the innocent man, Jesus Christ A Biblical plan of action - James 4 Trust in God Submit to God Resist the Devil Draw nigh to God Confess and Clean up View of God View of self Weep and Mourn Humble Yourself

A Holy Lifestyle in an Unholy World

2021-01-12T11:38:13-06:00January 7th, 2021|

Date: January 7, 2021 ()

Bible Text: 1 Peter 1:13-17 |

Three helps for developing a holy lifestyle Be focused on Christ's coming Begins in the mind Requires spiritual alertness Motivated by Grace Be obedient to the Father in all of life Break with past lifestyle Erase the distinction between sacred and secular Be growing in personal knowledge of God's holiness

Practical Praying

2020-12-29T13:58:05-06:00December 27th, 2020|

Date: December 27, 2020 ()

Bible Text: James 1:1-8 |

Introduction: It’s one thing to know principles about prayer and another thing to put those principles into practice.Let’s discover how prayer can work in daily life. Tribulation Trouble precedes prayer.  - James 1:2,5 Trouble produces patience.  - James 1:3 Trouble promotes perfection.  - James 1:4 Invitation  - James 1:5 Affirmation  - James 1:5 Stipulation - James 1:5-8 We must ask. - James 1:5 We must ask in faith. - James 1:6 We must not waver. - James 1:6-7 We must avoid sin. - James 1:8 Compensation  - James 1:5 “When trust is perfect and there is no doubt, prayer is simply the outstretched hand ready to receive. - E.M. Bounds  “When

The Young Adult-Parent Relationship

2020-11-21T19:36:38-06:00November 19th, 2020|

Date: November 19, 2020 ()

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The transition from childhood to adulthood can be quite challenging.There is often tension between young adults and their parents.The young adult thinks he knows more than he does, and parents can think that their children don’t know as much as they do.There can be many misunderstandings between young adults and parents, most of which result from a lack of understanding each other’s roles. Young Adults Dangers Thinking you know more than you do (Proverbs 4:1-4) Think you are right when you are wrong (Proverbs 14:12) Forgetting the dangers of being a young adult (2 Timothy 2:22) Desiring your own way (Proverbs 18:2, 1 Timothy 4:12) Going your own

What Type of Hearer Are You?

2020-10-27T22:41:49-05:00October 25th, 2020|

Date: October 25, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Luke 8 |

"Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply" - Stephen R. Covey Passages to consider on hearing Exodus 15:26 Proverbs 2:2 Proverbs 5:1 Proverbs 18:15 Ezekiel 33:30-32 Matthew 7:24-27 Matthew 13:14-23 Luke 8:11-15 Romans 2:13 James 1:19 James 1:22-25   What Type of Hearer Are You? The Hard-Hearted Listener Typical Characteristics No Biblical growth Blind to sin and faults Cannot see the effects of sin in life Cannot see the work of God No conviction from God No repentance No desire to do right Scriptural Illustration Mark 6:52 The disciples failed to consider the miracle of Christ The Shallow-Hearted Listener Typical Characteristics Immature No stability Easily led astray Crafty Heavy interest in the world The Clutter-Hearted Listener Typical Characteristics Never satisfied No peace Scriptural Illustration 2 Timothy 4:10 Demas The Good-Hearted Listener Typical Characteristics He
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