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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  

Unto Him

2022-09-08T21:44:16-05:00September 8th, 2022|

Date: September 8, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Ephesians 3:20-21 |

God's Greatness His ability - Matthew 28:18 His abundance - Psalm 81:10 This should encourage boldness in prayer God's Grace His grace empowers us His grace makes us alive God's Glory The person of His glory - Jesus Christ The permanence to His glory Application Don't be guilty of not having because you haven't asked Don't be guilty of not having because you doubt God's ability and willingness to give Don't be guilty of praying "small" prayers

The After-effects of Sin

2022-08-22T15:38:21-05:00August 14th, 2022|

Date: August 14, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 2 Samuel 11:1-4 |

Characteristics about David in his early life David was close to God and cared about the things of God David was patient in his waiting for God's timing David was intense about defending God's name David was conquering and experiencing victory Characteristics about David in his later life David rarely mentioned the things of God David didn't trust in the ways of God David lost his fear of God David lost his accountability David's love for worldly culture David's loose attitude towards sin  

The “I Am’s” of Being in Christ

2022-07-11T10:24:38-05:00July 10th, 2022|

Date: July 10, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Galatians 2:20 |

When the great I Am is living in you, your "I Am's" will change! Introduction: I Am Crucified Galatians 2:20 Servant Separated Sent Seven "C's" of a changed "I Am" Compassion (I am Debtor) Romans 1:14 Commitment (I am Ready) Romans 1:15 Courage (I am Not Ashamed) Romans 1:16 Conviction (I am Carnal) Romans 7:14 Confidence (I am Persuaded) Romans 8:38 Concern (I am Sure) Romans 15:29 Cheer (I am Glad) Romans 16:19

Evaluating Your Friends – Part 2

2022-06-08T08:27:01-05:00June 5th, 2022|

Date: June 5, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Proverbs 13:20 |

How should I choose a close friend? A good friend fears God A good friend  follows God How can I get a good friend? Be pure Be personable How can I be a good friend? Tell them about Jesus Warn them if they are going in the wrong direction Be faithful Show pity in their times of affliction

What Is God Like

2022-05-31T15:08:14-05:00May 29th, 2022|

Date: May 29, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Job 36:26 |

God is Holy Cannot sin Cannot look on sin Cannot overlook sin God is Omniscient He knows you personally He is acquainted with all of your thoughts He is acquainted with all your ways God is Justice God is Grace

Intercessors Needed

2022-05-21T16:42:20-05:00May 19th, 2022|

Date: May 19, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Exodus 32:1-14 |

The Pathway to Destruction Disturbance in their Spirit Disrespect for God's Man Disobedience to God's Word Degradation of Worship Defilement of their Conduct Sobering Dimension to its size The People Disowned God's Omniscience God's Observations Defilement Dishonor Defiance God's Orders God's Outrage The Prayer of Deliverance Remember Power Praise Promises Repent

Surviving the Storm

2022-05-16T21:43:01-05:00May 15th, 2022|

Date: May 15, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Acts 27:1-14 |

Anticipate the Storm Use all the help available Presence of God Prayer Promises of God Remember there are worse things than the storm Lighten the load Realize things may get worse before they get better: don't lose hope Accept any responsibility that you may have for the storm Expect God's deliverance Understand that God's deliverance may involve some inconveniences Work through the storms together Listen to the man of God Take care of yourself God's intention in the storm is to prove us, not destroy us!

We Are Workers Together With Him

2022-05-16T21:37:24-05:00May 12th, 2022|

Date: May 12, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 6:1 |

Be a worker that... Reconciles souls to Christ Believes it is a great day to serve God Approves himself as a minister of God Is faithful through trials Lives by God's principles and power Is aware of the paradoxes and contradictions of living for Christ Is separated from the world unto God

The Integrity of Job

2022-04-27T23:14:52-05:00April 27th, 2022|

Date: April 27, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Job 2:1-3 |

Series:

Job and his children A rare parent - Job 1:4-5 Honesty about their sin Sacrificed in their stead Surrendered about their plight - Job 1:19-21 An amazing creation God's will is ultimate Job and his wife Job 2:7-10 Job and his relationship with God Trust of God - Job 13:13-16 Hope in God - Job 23:8-10 Acceptance of God - Job 38:1-4; 42:1-6 I may be clueless, but God may be trusted!

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 |

Series:

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

Great Power, “But”

2022-04-26T14:40:03-05:00April 26th, 2022|

Date: April 26, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 15:1-2; Acts 4:31-5: |

Series:

What does God think of Integrity? A Study of Ananias and Sapphira's effect on the early church Introduction Integrity: Truth in the Heart Beware the enemy without, be more aware of the enemy within The Account Indisputable Impartial Important Indispensable Impactful Outline The Great Circumstances of the Account Persecution The Grievous Conduct Prompting: wrong motive Plan: wrong viewpoint Performance: wrong presentation The Gripping Cause The natural tendencies of the heart The influences of the heart God does not care about the amount, He cares about the heart. Proverbs 4:23

Ruling Your Emotions

2022-02-27T14:41:47-06:00February 20th, 2022|

Date: February 20, 2022 ()

Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 |

Introduction Two types of emotions Harmful Healthy You will either rule your emotions or be ruled by them. How to keep your eyes on the Lord Turn on some good, spiritual music Get in the Word of God Conquer harmful emotions "I'm hurt" "I'm broken" "I'm confused" "I'm afraid" "I'm sad" "I'm discouraged" "I'm angry" "I'm bitter" "I'm tired" "I'm suspicious" Cultivate helpful emotions "I'm grateful" "I'm hopeful" "I'm happy" "I'm trusting"      

The Forgotten Work of Grace

2022-01-24T13:20:51-06:00January 23rd, 2022|

Date: January 23, 2022 ()

Bible Text: Psalms 84:11 |

Understanding Grace Mercy vs. Grace Mercy - does not give me what I deserve Grace - gives me what I do not deserve Nature of Grace Grace is given for a purpose with an expectation of an action Grace is against sin - grace frees us from sin Grace brings change Movement of Grace Grace moves us from sin to God The Three Works of Grace Unmerited favor God's enabler to help me live a Godly life Teaches us denial  

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

Days of Praise

2021-11-23T10:36:02-06:00November 21st, 2021|

Date: November 21, 2021 ()

Bible Text: |

Principles of Praise from the Book of Psalms If we would talk more about the Lord and praise Him, we would have less time to talk about ourselves. -M. R. DeHaan Prayer and praise are the oars by which a man may row his boat into the deep waters of the knowledge of Christ. -Charles Spurgeon Praise now is one of the great duties of the redeemed. It will be their employment for ever. -Albert Barnes Praise should proceed from our hearts. Psalm 9 Praise is a prescription in stressful times. Psalm 18 Praise can produce a submission to God's will. Psalm 40 Praise should be performed because of God's mercy

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

Dealing with Discouragement Biblically

2021-10-26T20:04:38-05:00October 24th, 2021|

Date: October 24, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Psalm 42:5-11 |

How to Defeat Discouragement for Good Don't let your heart be ruled by what you see and what you hear - Psalm 27:7 Cry out to the Lord in prayer - Psalm 18:6, Philippians 4:6-7 Redirect your attention to God - Colossians 3:1-2 Three Things to Remember about God Remember God's goodness to you in the past - Jeremiah 17:7-8 Remember the Lord is with you - Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5 Remember the Lord's promise for the future - Psalm 16:11, Romans 8:18  

Encouragement for the Graveyard Shift

2021-10-11T08:09:38-05:00October 10th, 2021|

Date: October 10, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Psalms 134:1-3 |

There will be seasons of life with difficulty. What you have learned in the light will carry you through the night. The Challenges of the night shift Dark Deserted Dangerous The Choice of the night shift The Charge of the night shift Remember God is still in control, trust Him! Keep your eyes on Him
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