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Preparing for Marriage

2021-04-21T21:48:48-05:00April 21st, 2021|

Date: April 21, 2021 ()

Bible Text: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 |

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Marriage is God's idea, not man's. Understanding Waiting Wait on the Lord Serve while waiting Keep yourself pure (Heart, Activity, Appearance) Flee Youthful lust It is good for a man not to touch a woman Keep yourself unspotted from the world Keep yourself accountable Love 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Things Charity Does Things Charity does not do Something Charity is Things Charity is not Commitment Study the wedding vows Responsibility Electronics "manifesto" (promises, commitments, responsibility) Financial standing Housing for future home Attitude (toward church, etc.) Reliability Warning Signs Desperation to get married vs. calm waiting Watch for an entitlement mindset Watch for refusal of accountability Those unable to receive correction Anger Unthankfulness Friends You are now, or soon shall be, who your friends are.

A Faith for Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

2021-01-26T17:02:51-06:00January 24th, 2021|

Date: January 24, 2021 ()

Bible Text: Genesis 15 |

Character Studies –Abraham “Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One Who is leading.” - Oswald Chambers Opening thought: All of us, if we are honest, struggle with our faith at times. In the midst of life, we wonder where God is and how He is going to work in our circumstances. Yesterday’s Faith—“After these things” Yesterday, Abraham had gone to rescue Lot. Yesterday, Abraham had worshiped God. Yesterday, Abraham had refused the world’s spoils - Genesis 14:2 Today’s Faith—“And he brought him forth abroad” - Genesis 15:1 Today, I have the Word of

Faith Chooses the Right King

2021-01-19T16:36:49-06:00January 17th, 2021|

Date: January 17, 2021 ()

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Character Studies: Abraham Daily Studies If the Saviour’s won your heart And for Heaven you’ve made a start, Study well your Bible chart, And go on. Bear in mind that what you know Proves itself by what you show; Let your life be all aglow, And go on. Never from your purpose turn! Daily from your Master learn. Walk with Jesus, then you’ll burn And go on. Buy the truth and sell it not: Praise the Lord for what you’ve got; Be content whate’er your lot, And go on. - moreillustrations.com True Faith Defined Faith A gift of God

The Wonder of Justification

2020-11-24T20:54:22-06:00November 22nd, 2020|

Date: November 22, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Romans 3 |

The Wonder of Justification Romans 3 The "What" of Justification Justification means “to pronounce righteous”, not to make righteous. The "Why" of Justification Necessary because of man's sin (Romans 3:23) Three words to help understand this concept Justification –a court term Redemption –an enslavement term Propitiation –a priestly term The “How” of Justification Justification is by faith (Romans 3:27-28) An example, Anathema (Romans 4:1-25) Justification is through the faithful work of Christ (Romans 3:24-25)

Teaching of the Twelve

2021-07-11T18:27:35-05:00October 25th, 2020|

Date: October 25, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Luke 9:1-6 |

What it Means to be a Disciple (Lessons taught to the Disciples) Develop a servant's heart; Luke 9:13 Serving when tired Serving with no resources Sacrifice is a requirement; Luke 9:23-27, Luke 14:25 Prayer is vital; Matthew 7:7-8 Prayer for Direction Prayer for Determination There is power in faith

He Hath Led Me Into Darkness And Not Into Light

2020-10-03T16:33:04-05:00October 3rd, 2020|

Date: October 1, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Lamentations 3:2 |

Things are going to happen that you do not understand, Don't blame God! Lamentations 3:1-3 What changed Jeremiah's mindset about these things? Stop and think. Lamentations 3:20-21 Remember these attributes of God Lamentations 3:22-24 Mercy Compassion Faithfulness Know that patience is a virtue Lamentations 3:25 Remember that God is sovereign God never needs to answer the question "Why?"

Going To The Lord

2021-06-20T19:03:47-05:00September 20th, 2020|

Date: September 20, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Habakkuk 2:2-4; 18-20; 3:1-16 |

Studies in the book of Habakkuk In order to grow in grace, we must be much alone. It is not in society that the soul grows most vigorously. In one single quiet hour of prayer it will often make more progress than in days of company with others. It is in the desert that the dew falls freshest and the air is purest.—Andew Bonar. Introduction: Chapter 1: Habakkuk’s problem Chapter 2: God’s answer Chapter 3: Habakkuk’s praise Outline: Learn to live by faith, 2:2-4 Faith is a trust in a God that is Sovereign Faith is a trust in a God that can Supply Learn to fear

The Holy War – Part 7

2020-08-11T17:11:12-05:00August 6th, 2020|

Date: August 6, 2020 ()

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Chapters 1-20 Review Chapter 1: Conspiracy Amid the Brimstone (the battle plan) Chapter 2: A Summons to Mansoul (getting the leadership's attention) Chapter 3: The First Assault (Diabolus takes the city...or rather...) Chapter 4: Another Administration (alterations to the leadership) Chapter 5: The Politics of Diabolus (Diabolus strengthens his hold) Chapter 6: Diabolus Finds Support in Mansoul (Mansoul readies itself for King Shaddai to come) Chapter 7: Shaddai's Army Approaches (Moment of Confrontation) Chapter 8: War (Moment of Decision) Chapter 9: Shaddai's Forces Repulsed (Moment of Struggle) Chapter 10: Emmanuel Enters the Fray Chapter 11: Negotiations Chapter 12: Surrender and Salvation Chapter 13: Emmanuel's Reception in Mansoul Chapter 14: Trial of the Diabolonians Chapter 15: The

Ingredients for Perfect Peace

2020-08-03T09:13:16-05:00August 3rd, 2020|

Date: August 2, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Isaiah 26:3-4 |

A study of Isaiah 24-26 Opening thoughts: In our text this evening, we find that God promises peace. We can have peace not just by getting away from our phone, irritating circumstances, etc… Is it possible to be at peace during turmoil and stress? Answer the following questions? Here are the four possible responses: Never, seldom, frequently or constantly. 1. How often do you worry? 2. How often are you at peace with others? 3. How often do you remain peaceful in times of trouble? I. Trust in God’s care II. Trust in God’s purpose How do we gain God’s purpose? A. Our mind

King Asa (Part 2)

2020-06-02T10:44:29-05:00May 31st, 2020|

Date: May 31, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 2 Chronicles 14-16 |

The craving of the Jews for a visible head was a revolt against the sovereignty of God. They became enamored with the pomp and glory of surrounding kings and nations. God never intended His people to be the subjects of an earthly ruler, but a “kingdom of priests” and “a holy nation” with Himself as their King. (consider Exodus 19, 1 Samuel 8) This is part 2.  Part 1 is here. The background of King Asa Abijah or Abijam Asa The devotion of King Asa - 2 Chronicles 14-15 The character of Asa A man of priorities - 2 Chronicles 14:2-4 A man of peace & preparation -

King Asa (Part 1)

2020-06-02T10:40:08-05:00May 31st, 2020|

Date: May 31, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 2 Chronicles 14-16 |

The craving of the Jews for a visible head was a revolt against the sovereignty of God. They became enamored with the pomp and glory of surrounding kings and nations. God never intended His people to be the subjects of an earthly ruler, but a “kingdom of priests” and “a holy nation” with Himself as their King. (consider Exodus 19, 1 Samuel 8) The background of King Asa Abijah or Abijam Asa The devotion of King Asa - 2 Chronicles 14-15 The character of Asa A man of priorities - 2 Chronicles 14:2-4 A man of peace & preparation - 2 Chronicles 6-7 A man of prayer - 2

Divine Deliverance in Dark Days

2020-05-04T13:07:30-05:00May 3rd, 2020|

Date: May 3, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 2 Kings 4:1-7 |

Don't despise the little that God gives you - Dave Olson The setting: Times were tough Economically Times were tough Politically Times were tough Spiritually Times were tough Morally The problem She had heartache She lost her husband He was a good man She had hardship She was lonely She was burdened She was confused She had helplessness Her sons were to be taken She had hopelessness She could not pay the debt she owed The petition She didn't say much She cried out to the man of God The provision It is timely It is not always comfortable It is always perfect It is telling It reveals how God likes to work Little has great potential in the hands of God It is teaming God is able God is unlimited

Final Words

2020-04-27T11:00:57-05:00April 26th, 2020|

Date: April 26, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 1 Kings 2:1-9 |

A Study of “All” In relation to sin: Genesis 2:2-3; Job 34:15; Psalm 9:17; Romans 3:9-12 In relation to salvation: Romans 5:18; 1 Cor. 15:22; 2 Cor 5:14-17; Col. 1:20 “We are not weak if we make a proper use of those means which the God of Nature has placed in our power... the battle, sir, is not to the strong alone it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” Patrick Henry Keep God first 1 Kings 2:3-4 Take responsibility Be informed Walk obediently Keep guard on your kingdom 1 Kings 2:5-9 Foes Friends Success (from The Ladder of St. Augustine) Henry Wadsworth Longfellow We have not wings, we cannot soar;

The High Price of Sin (Part 1)

2020-04-20T11:20:41-05:00April 19th, 2020|

Date: April 19, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 2 Samuel 11:27 |

Are You Displeasing God? Part 2 - PM Service “Who would have thought to find adultery in David and drunkenness in Noah and cursing in Job? If God leaves a man to himself, how suddenly and scandalously may sin break forth in the holiest man on the earth! I say unto all, “Watch!” A wandering heart needs a watchful eye.” – Thomas Watson The contributors to sin The lifting up of pride 2 Samuel 11:1 Oh, be careful of the awful sin of pride. Scriptural references on pride: Deut. 8:11-14; Deut. 8:17-20; Ps. 52:7; Ps. 73:6-9; Prov. 6:16-17; Prov. 8:13; Prov. 16:5; Prov.

The Kind of Faith That Causes Jesus to Marvel

2020-04-07T17:33:04-05:00April 5th, 2020|

Date: April 5, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Matthew 8:5-13; Luke 7:1-10 |

You can cause Jesus to marvel over one of two things Great Faith Lack of Faith Why did the Centurion's faith cause Jesus to marvel? Recognized the Lordship of Christ Matthew 8:6,8 In what areas do you give Christ control over your life, and in what areas do you hold back? Recognized his own unworthiness Matthew 8:8 We do not deserve all the good things that come into our lives. Recognized submission to authority Matthew 8:9 God has all authority over us, allow Him to lead you - Submit!

Gideon’s Final Days

2021-07-11T18:27:37-05:00April 2nd, 2020|

Date: April 2, 2020 ()

Bible Text: Judges 8 |

Judges 8 Introduction: On September 29, 1938, Great Britain, France, Germany and Italy met together and signed the Munich Pact which granted Adolf Hitler the northern part of Czechoslovakia. It was a complete betrayal by some of the leaders of these countries who had made promises to protect and help Czechoslovakia. Neville Chamberlain flew home after this momentous signing and proclaimed to his people that they now had a historic peace in our time, peace with honor. There however was one man not fooled, Winston Churchill who arose in the House of Commons and spoke these prophetic words: “Britain and France

Precious Promises for Troubling Times

2020-03-30T17:27:42-05:00March 29th, 2020|

Date: March 29, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 2 Peter 1:1-4 |

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Introduction: Times are tough, but Christians still have hope! God’s promises are plentiful, precious, personal, and powerful. Consider some of His precious promises: The Promise of His Presence The Promise of His Provision The Promise of His Power The Promise of His Peace The Promise of His Pardon Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2 Peter 1:4)

Life in the Pits

2020-03-28T20:56:29-05:00March 28th, 2020|

Date: March 28, 2020 ()

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How do you handle your life in the low times? The Pit of Privation- Joseph (Genesis 37-39) Privation=lacking essentials Joseph experienced absolute isolation Genesis 37 The Pit of Persecution -Jeremiah (Jeremiah 38) The Pit of Pity - King Saul (1 Samuel 18) The Pit of Punishment Temporal Pit - Jonah 2 Eternal Pit - Isaiah 14:15 The Pit of Prayer - David, Daniel (Psalm 40:1) The Pit of Patience - David (Psalm 40:2) The Pit of Praise - David (Psalm 40:3) The Pit of Power - David (Psalm 40:2-3)

Just a Little Lunch

2020-03-13T13:53:46-05:00March 12th, 2020|

Date: March 12, 2020 ()

Bible Text: John 6:5-14 |

The Disciples: a picture of lost opportunity Doubt Desertion - It is never a good idea to steer people away from Christ Discounting - Just 5 loaves and 2 fishes are enough in God's hands The Lad: a picture of a surprising resources Had a lunch Willing to bring what he had to Christ (you'll never regret it) He was seen by Christ (He knew who he was) The Savior: a picture of omnipotent power No panic A process (simple commands) Plentiful supply, never any waste

The World’s Worst Disease

2020-05-04T11:47:25-05:00March 1st, 2020|

Date: March 1, 2020 ()

Bible Text: 2 Kings 5 |

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The Gospel is free, but it cost a lot! ~ Evangelist Gary Gillmore Naaman The man was great He was honorable He was honest He was courageous The maid he captured She was compassionate She had confidence (Faith) The mistake he made He thought the King could take care of his problem He really needed mercy from God The message he heard Plain: Cleansing comes from the prophet, not the king Simple: Go dip in the river - close by Free! - couldn't do it his own way The method he accepted A change of mind Recognized he was a leper Obedience to the only way of cleansing Thank you very much it is a joy to be here

Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You

2019-12-29T12:05:05-06:00December 29th, 2019|

Date: December 29, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Colossians 3:16 |

Let the Word of Christ Dwell in You Colossians 3:16 It is not the book that is to be altered, rather our hearts need altered by the Book!” - CH Spurgeon I. Some things to seek after      A. Look heavenly B. Look eternally II. Some things to remove III. Some things to add      A. What to add? B. How to add?                 1. Allow the Word of God to take residence What does dwell mean? Habitate                2. Allow the Word of God to have abundance What does richly mean? Lavishly      C. The difference adding makes                1. When God’s Word dwells in you, it

A Final Checkup

2021-07-11T18:27:37-05:00December 15th, 2019|

Date: December 15, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 13:1-25 |

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A Study of  Hebrews 13 I. Do you care for others? A. Care for the brethren, Hebrews 13:1 B. Care for strangers, Hebrews 13:2 C. Care for the hurting, Hebrews 13:3 II. Do you have a good memory? A. Remember to be pure, Hebrews 13:4 B. Remember to be content, Hebrews 13:5 C. Remember to obey authority, Hebrews 13:7, 17 III. Do you have sound doctrine? IV. Are you separated from the world? It is a common thing for people to mind “Number One,” but not so common to see people mend it. – C. H. Spurgeon Work Out Your Own Salvation

7 Helps for the Race – Part 2

2020-02-11T11:49:43-06:00December 8th, 2019|

Date: December 8, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 12:1-2 |

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This is part 2.  Click here to see part 1. "Let us" is found 13 times in the book of Hebrews Considerations: We are in a race. We are not racing to Heaven. Lay aside the weights, Hebrews 12:1 Weights Affairs of this life (sports, politics, education, etc.) Cares of this life Besetting sins Let us run with patience, Hebrews 12:1 A life of faith A life of fortitude A life of forbearance Look unto Jesus, Hebrews 12:2 The author of faith The finisher of faith The pattern of faith The goal of faith How tedious and tasteless the hours When Jesus no longer I see. Sweet prospects, sweet birds, sweet flowers, Have all lost their

7 Helps for the Race – Part 1

2020-01-16T14:10:28-06:00December 8th, 2019|

Date: December 8, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 12 |

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This is part 1.  Go here to see part 2. "Let us" is found 13 times in the book of Hebrews Considerations: We are in a race. We are not racing to Heaven. Lay aside the weights, Hebrews 12:1 Weights Affairs of this life (sports, politics, education, etc.) Cares of this life Besetting sins Let us run with patience, Hebrews 12:1 A life of Faith A Life of Fortitude A life of Forbearance Look unto Jesus, Hebrews 12:2 The author of faith The finisher of faith The pattern of faith The goal of faith How tedious and tasteless the hours When Jesus no longer I see. Sweet prospects, sweet birds, sweet flowers, Have all

Discerning Root Issues of Sinful Problems

2019-12-03T13:09:33-06:00December 1st, 2019|

Date: December 1, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Jeremiah 17:9 |

The necessity of man's sinful being People need purity People need hope People need a plan People need Jesus Where is the source of man's problems? The problem of our problems in life - the heart The problem of wrong outward actions - sinful inward actions The root problems of the heart Man's unbelief - not fully trusting God Man's love for himself - self pity, self ambitions Man's pride

Faith: A Better Way (Part 2)

2019-11-18T13:19:15-06:00November 17th, 2019|

Date: November 17, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 11:1-3 |

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A Study of Hebrews 11 This is part two.  See part one here. The Reality of Faith, Hebrews 10:38-39 4 words Just / shall live / by faith / no pleasure The Right type of Faith, Hebrews 11:1-3 Definition: Learning to depend on the written Word of God despite circumstances or feelings and              learning to wait on what God has in store in the future. The Results of Faith, Hebrews 11:4-31 Real faith is diligent Example: Moses Real faith is obedient Example: Abraham Real faith is sacrificial Example: Stephen Real faith is persistent Example: Paul The Results of faith, Hebrews 11:4-31 A Godly testimony Pleasing

Faith: A Better Way (Part 1)

2019-11-18T13:19:15-06:00November 17th, 2019|

Date: November 17, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 11 |

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A Study of Hebrews 11 This is part one, see part two here. The Requirement of Faith, Hebrews 10: 38-39 4 words Just / shall Live / by Faith / No Pleasure The Right type of Faith, Hebrews 11:1-3 Definition: Learning to rely on the written Word of God despite circumstances or feelings and learning to wait on what God has in store in the future. The Reality of Faith, Hebrews 11:4-31 Real faith is diligent Example: Abel, Enoch Real faith is obedient Example: Abraham Real faith is sacrificial Example: Abraham Real faith is p_____________ Example: ______________ The R______ of faith, Hebrews

Developing a Faith that Pleases God

2019-09-24T10:58:15-05:00September 22nd, 2019|

Date: September 22, 2019 ()

Bible Text: Hebrews 11:6 |

The Concept of Faith Defined - understanding, receiving, and believing God's word Ways we cannot please God We cannot please God with our flesh - Romans 8:6-8 We cannot please God without a pure gospel - Galatians 1:9-10 We cannot please God without being in his word- I Thessalonians 2:13-15 Faith's Foundation - Hebrews 11:1-3 Substance - a foundation of things hoped for Evidence - conviction of things not seen Faith's Formation - Examples Abel had a divine way of worshiping - Cain vs. Abel Cain did his own thing his own way Able did things God's way Enoch had a divine way of walking - Enoch vs. Lamech Enoch walked with God Lamech walked in
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