Sep 30, 2012
Promised Blessings

Promised Blessings

Galatians 6:7-10, Matthew 5:1-12 The “Beatitudes,” lay the ground work for righteous blessings.  Jesus taught that certain characteristics or mindsets when applied (sowing and reaping) bring an eternal reward.  The teachings break down into three categories: Blessed, refers to the ultimate wellbeing and spiritual joy for those who share in the Kingdom of God.” 1.  The blessing of humility (vs.3-5, 1 Peter 5:5) is manifest through:
  • Vision (v.3)
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice and yet everyone is content to hear” (Charles Spurgeon)
  • Comfort (v.4)
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”
  • Inheritance (v.5)
“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” 1 Peter 5:5 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 2.  The Blessing of holiness (vs.6-8, Psalm 24:3-4) is manifest through:
  • Strength (v.6)
“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”
  • Mercy (v.7, James 2:13)
“Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”
  • Enrichment (v.8)
“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Ps 24:3-4 “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,” 3.  The blessing of completion (vs.9-12a, Matthew 25:34) is manifest through:
  • Son ship (v.9)
“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” “God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there, there is no such thing.” (C.S. Lewis)
  • Reward (v.10)
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
  • Provision (v.11-12a)
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, Matt 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.   Closing:  The blessings spoken of in the Sermon on the Mount are both present and future.  Sowing and reaping is very much a part of the believer’s everyday life and will bring blessings from God.  The prophet Hosea said (10:12): “Committing a great truth to memory is admirable: committing it to life is wisdom.” (William A. Ward)   Hos 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.    
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  • Sep 30, 2012Promised Blessings
    Sep 30, 2012
    Promised Blessings

    Promised Blessings

    Galatians 6:7-10, Matthew 5:1-12 The “Beatitudes,” lay the ground work for righteous blessings.  Jesus taught that certain characteristics or mindsets when applied (sowing and reaping) bring an eternal reward.  The teachings break down into three categories: Blessed, refers to the ultimate wellbeing and spiritual joy for those who share in the Kingdom of God.” 1.  The blessing of humility (vs.3-5, 1 Peter 5:5) is manifest through:
    • Vision (v.3)
    "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Humility is a virtue all preach, none practice and yet everyone is content to hear” (Charles Spurgeon)
    • Comfort (v.4)
    “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”
    • Inheritance (v.5)
    “Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.” 1 Peter 5:5 “All of you, clothe yourselves with humility toward one another, because, "God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble." 2.  The Blessing of holiness (vs.6-8, Psalm 24:3-4) is manifest through:
    • Strength (v.6)
    “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled”
    • Mercy (v.7, James 2:13)
    “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy”
    • Enrichment (v.8)
    “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” Ps 24:3-4 “Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in his holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart,” 3.  The blessing of completion (vs.9-12a, Matthew 25:34) is manifest through:
    • Son ship (v.9)
    “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.” “God cannot give us happiness and peace apart from himself, because it is not there, there is no such thing.” (C.S. Lewis)
    • Reward (v.10)
    “Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
    • Provision (v.11-12a)
    "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, Matt 25:34 "Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.   Closing:  The blessings spoken of in the Sermon on the Mount are both present and future.  Sowing and reaping is very much a part of the believer’s everyday life and will bring blessings from God.  The prophet Hosea said (10:12): “Committing a great truth to memory is admirable: committing it to life is wisdom.” (William A. Ward)   Hos 10:12 Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the LORD, until he comes and showers righteousness on you.    
  • Sep 23, 2012God’s Kingdom Principles
    Sep 23, 2012
    God’s Kingdom Principles

    God’s Kingdom Principles

    Luke 6:20-38 After sharing with his disciples the teaching of the “beatitudes,” Jesus begins teaching the kingdom principles of relationships, these values should be our guide in relational issues and if followed will bring great blessing.   Jesus communicated:   1.  The kingdom principle of actions (vs.27-32, Romans 12:20-21, Proverbs 25:21-22) “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” (v.32) Romans 12:20-21 On the contrary: "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."   Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. Proverbs 25:21-22 “If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head, and the LORD will reward you.” “One loving Heart sets another on fire.” (Saint Augustine) 2.  The kingdom principle of mercy (vs.32-36, Romans 5:8) “Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” (v.36) Rom 5:8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 3.  The kingdom principle of measures (vs.37-38, 1 John 3:17-18) “For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." (v.38) 1 John 3:17-18 If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. “Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”                   (Samuel Clemens) Closing: Imagine if we applied these teachings: (Matthew 5:9)
    • How would it change the church?
    • How would it change me?
    • How would it impact the future?
    Matt 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.”  
  • Sep 16, 2012A Vision from Above
    Sep 16, 2012
    A Vision from Above

    A Vision From Above

    John 15:16-17, Ephesians 2:10, Proverbs 29:18 Eph 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. Prov 29:18 Where there is no vision, the people perish: KJV   Prov 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; NIV A God given vision will always reflect the desire of God, whether that be for a congregation or for an individual.  The end result of a fulfilled vision is the glorification of the Lord.  Visions (revelations) played an important part in the life of the apostle Paul, from them we learn that visions: 1. Come through experiences with God (Acts 9:3-6) “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you are to do." LHF Missions Statement “To intentionally create an atmosphere where all are encouraged to:
    • Know of God’s love
    • Experience God’s love
    • Share God’s love
    2.  Come when we are in communion with God (Acts 22:17-18, 21, Galatians 2:2, Ephesians 3:7-8) Acts 22:21 "But the Lord said to me, 'Leave Jerusalem, for I will send you far away to the Gentiles!' "   Gal 2:2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. Eph 3:7-8 “I became a servant of this gospel by the gift of God's grace given me through the working of his power. Although I am less than the least of all God's people, this grace was given me: to preach to the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ,” 3.  Come through a revealed need of another (Acts 16:5-10) During the night Paul had a vision of a man of Macedonia standing and begging him, "Come over to Macedonia and help us." After Paul had seen the vision, we got ready at once to leave for Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them. Closing:  A Godly vision will bring a Godly reward (2 Cor.12:2-4, Philippians 3:12-13, John 15:16-17) 2 Cor 12:2-5 I know a man in Christ who fourteen years ago was caught up to the third heaven. Whether it was in the body or out of the body I do not know — God knows. And I know that this man — whether in the body or apart from the body I do not know, but God knows—was caught up to paradise. He heard inexpressible things, things that man is not permitted to tell.   Phil 3:12-14 Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.   Vision is about:
    • Pressing on through God
    • Hearing from God
    • Doing for God
    • Through faith, pleasing God
    John 15:16-17 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit — fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other.    
  • Sep 9, 2012Let’s Climb the Cliff
    Sep 9, 2012
    Let’s Climb the Cliff

    Let’s Climb the Cliff

    1 Samuel 13:16-14:15   Life itself has the capability of taking from us our God given faith.  There are times we need to overcome the obstacles placed before us and with God’s help we will!  Life is not always easy but life is always worth living.  Like Jonathan we will overcome when we:   1.  Determine that action is required (v.1) “One day Jonathan son of Saul said to the young man bearing his armor, "Come, let's go over to the Philistine outpost on the other side." But he did not tell his father.” “The best antidote to depression is to get up, clean up and dress up.”   2.  Begin to exercise confident faith (v.6, Matthew 18:19) “Jonathan said to his young armor-bearer, "Come, let's go over to the outpost of those uncircumcised fellows. Perhaps the LORD will act in our behalf. Nothing can hinder the LORD from saving, whether by many or by few." Matt 18:19-20 "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.” 3.  Seek God’s direction and will (vs.8-10) Jonathan said, "Come, then; we will cross over toward the men and let them see us. If they say to us, 'Wait there until we come to you,' we will stay where we are and not go up to them. But if they say, 'Come up to us,' we will climb up, because that will be our sign that the LORD has given them into our hands." 4.  Take ahold of God’s promised victory (v.12-14, Joshua 1:2-3) “The men of the outpost shouted to Jonathan and his armor-bearer, "Come up to us and we'll teach you a lesson." So Jonathan said to his armor-bearer, "Climb up after me; the LORD has given them into the hand of Israel." Jonathan climbed up, using his hands and feet, with his armor-bearer right behind him. The Philistines fell before Jonathan, and his armor-bearer followed and killed behind him. In that first attack Jonathan and his armor-bearer killed some twenty men in an area of about half an acre.” Josh 1:1-3 After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses' aide: "Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them — to the Israelites. I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. Closing:  A crisis is an opportunity for a miracle (v.15, Matthew 16:19, 1 Peter 5:10-11) “Then panic struck the whole army — those in the camp and field, and those in the outposts and raiding parties — and the ground shook. It was a panic sent by God.” Matt 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."   Matt 16:19 “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."    
  • Sep 2, 2012The Size of our God
    Sep 2, 2012
    The Size of our God

    What do we think about most,the size of our God or the size of our problem?

      A: Lord you are Awesome, Almighty and my Anchor. B: You are both Blessed and Beautiful C: You are Christ the Anointed one D: You Don’t ever leave, you are my Deliverer and Divine Healer E: You are more than Enough, you are Everlasting and my Eternity F: You are Faithful, you are my Father & you call me Friend G: You are God, Glory and Goodness H: You are my Hope, my Help and my Healer I: YOU are the Great I AM! J: You are Jesus, you are Joy and my Justice. K: You are the King of Kings L: And the Lord of Lords M: YOU are More than enough N: Nothing is too difficult for you. O: Only you can satisfy P: You are that Peace that surpasses my ability to understand Q: You are the Quietness in my spirit, you Quicken me and bring me to life R: You are my Rest, Resurrection and my Rock S: You are my Savior, Strong Tower and the Song in my heart T: You are my Teacher, my Testimony and the Truth U: You are the creator of the Universe, and yet you live inside of me. V: You are my Victory and the Variety in my life W: You are my Wholeness, nothing broken, nothing missing X: You are eXactly what I need, you eXamine my actions and my motives Y: You are the same Yesterday, today and forever. Z:  You are my Zenith, my Big screen, and the Focal Point of My Life.
  • Aug 26, 2012In The Words of Jesus
    Aug 26, 2012
    In The Words of Jesus

    In the Words of Jesus

    Psalm 119:9-11, Matthew 6   Ps 119:9-11 How can a young man keep his way pure? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. “You can always tell when you are on the road of righteousness-it’s uphill.” (Ernest Blevins) Chapter six of Matthews writings begin with the words, “be careful not to do your acts of righteousness before men.”  In this chapter Jesus describes these “acts of righteousness,” which when applied to one’s life will bring God’s blessing and affirmation.  What are these acts of righteousness? 1.   The act of giving (vs.2-4) “So when you give to the needy…then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”   2.  The act of prayer (vs.5-8) “But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.   3.  The act of fasting (vs.16-18, Joel 2:12-13, Hebrews 5:7) “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do…your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”   Joel 2:12-13 'Even now,' declares the LORD, 'return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.' Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.” Hebrews 5:7 “During the days of Jesus' life on earth, he offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission.”   4.  The act of treasures (vs.19-24) "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal… but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,”   5.  The act of faith (vs.25-32, Proverbs 19:23) "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.”   Proverbs 19:23 The fear of the LORD leads to life: Then one rests content, untouched by trouble.   Closing:  God has it under control (v.33, 34, John 14:27)   Matt 6:33 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”   Matt 6:34 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”   John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”  
  • Aug 5, 2012Intentional Faith
    Aug 5, 2012
    Intentional Faith
    Series: Faith

    Intentional Faith (partone)

    Hebrews 11:1-3, Isaiah 54:1-5, Hebrews 11:6 Hebrews 11:6 say’s “Without faith it is impossible to please God,” as believers our faith comes from God and will manifest in salvation or the working of various miracles.  Completed faith is “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” From Isaiah 54 we draw these deductions: 1.  That faith is manifest most often in our times of despair                                     (Luke 18:36-42)
    • In times of great need (v.1)
    "Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child;
    • In times of great hopelessness (v.1)
    "Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor;   2.  That faith requires expression (v.2)
    • Lived out through determination (Luke 11:9-10, Matt.14:25-31)
    "Enlarge the place of your tent,”
    • Lived out through action (v.2)
    “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.”   Luke 11:9-10 "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. 3.  That faith will bring certain results (v.3) “For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities.”   Close:  Lessons from a mustard seed (Matthew 17:20, Hebrews 11:1) Matt 17:19-20 Why couldn't we drive it out?"   He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.  
    • A mustard seed is whole from within and not hollow
    • A mustard seed is fully dependent upon God
    • A mustard seed has great potential for growth
    • A mustard seed is not affected by other seeds
    Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  
  • Jul 29, 2012Truth & Freedom
    Jul 29, 2012
    Truth & Freedom

    Truth and Freedom

    John 8:31-37, 2 Cor.10:5, Philippians 4:8, 9b I am convinced, that the number one reason many believers do not walk in the freedom purchased at Calvary is an undisciplined thought life.  Disciplined thoughts help us to walk in truth.  The promise of our Lord was an assurance of freedom as we live as His disciple.   2 Cor. 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”   Phil 4:8, 9b Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things…and the God of peace will be with you.   “Where God puts a period, do not change it to a question mark.”   “As the sun creates your shadow, God creates your soul-but in each case it is you who determine the shape of it.”   A disciplined thought life embraces freedom because God’s Word say’s that:   1.  We are free from condemnation (Romans 8:1-2, 31-34) 2.  We are free from spiritual darkness (2 Cor. 3:15-18, Psalm 107:14, 18:28)   Ps 107:13-14 “Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress. He brought them out of darkness and the deepest gloom and broke away their chains. “   Ps 18:28 You, O LORD, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light.   3.  We are free from returning bondage (Galatians 5:1, Romans 8:35-39) “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. “Security is not the absence of danger, but the presence of God no matter what the danger.”   4.  We are free to serve/love one another (Galatians 5:13, 14) Gal 5:13-14 You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself." Closing:  Free indeed (Psalm 118:5, 116:16, 2 Cor.10:5, John 8:36) Ps 118:5 In my anguish I cried to the LORD, and he answered by setting me free. Ps 116:16 “O LORD, truly I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant; you have freed me from my chains. 2 Cor. 10:5 “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” John 8:36 So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.
  • Jul 22, 2012God’s Only Plan
    Jul 22, 2012
    God’s Only Plan
    Sermon:  God’s Only Plan Matthew 16:17-19, Ephesians 3:10-11 In this short passage in Matthew, God has revealed to us the testimony (rock),  the purpose (victory over Hades) and the power (binding and loosing) all achieved through one vehicle (the church). The church is of course made up of believers through all ages.  In truth we are God’s “only plan,” to bring redemption to a lost world.   “The church exists by mission as fire exists by burning” (Emil Brunner)   Eph 3:10-11 His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to his eternal purpose which he accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord. We can accomplish this by allowing God to: 1.  Bring His purpose to our life (Philippians 2:12-13) Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.   2.  Help us envision what he sees (Ps.11:4, John 4:35) The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them The church of Christ does not get on the move by working harder but only by opening itself up more fully to the Holy Spirits power.”  (Alfred E. Muller)   John 4:35 Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. 3.  Make known to us the desperation of the lost (Luke 16:22-28)   4.  Speak through us when called upon (Matt.10:19b-20) But when they arrest you, do not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.   5.  Our hands to be tools for God’s healing touch (Matt.10:42) And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward."   Closing:  Love through our hearts (1 John 4:7, 2 Cor.5:14, Matt.16:18-19)   1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.   2 Cor. 5:14 For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all   Matt 16:18-19 And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.   I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."  
  • Jul 15, 2012Choosing Servanthood
    Jul 15, 2012
    Choosing Servanthood
  • Jul 11, 2012I Am Willing
    Jul 11, 2012
    I Am Willing

    I am Willing

    Mark 1:40-45 When we come to the Lord we come with the knowledge that he is sovereign but we also come knowing that we are His delight.  The leper came to Jesus seeking healing and Jesus responded accordingly.   As seekers of this same Christ it is important that we come: 1.  With a true understanding of our need (v.40, Matt.5:3-6) “A man with leprosy came to him”   Matt 5:3-6 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.   2.  With expressions of (v.40, Psalm 126:1-3)
    • Sincerity
    “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees”
    • Humility
    “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing,”
    • Faith
    “A man with leprosy came to him and begged him on his knees, "If you are willing, you can make me clean." Ps 126:1-3 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. As seekers of this same Christ we can expect Jesus to:
    1. Respond from His heart (v.41, Hebrews 4:15)
    “Filled with compassion”   Heb 4:15 “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are…
    1. Take action concerning our situation (v.41, Psalm 33:13-14)
    “Filled with compassion, Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man.” I am willing," he said. "Be clean!" Ps 33:13-14 “From heaven the LORD looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth”   Closing:  When we touch God in faith, we will be: (v.41, Hebrews 1:3, v.41) “Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cured.”
    • Made free
    • Made clean
    • Made anew
    Heb 1:3 “The Son is the radiance of God's glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word.”                Mark 1:41

    "I am willing," he said. "Be clean!"

  • Jul 6, 2012Guest Pastor Gene Berres
    Jul 6, 2012
    Guest Pastor Gene Berres
    Series: Fathers Day
  • Jul 1, 2012Joy Fulfilled
    Jul 1, 2012
    Joy Fulfilled

    Joy Fulfilled

    Nehemiah 8:1-12, John 15:9-11 Neh 8:12 Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.   “Joy is the serious business of heaven” (C.S.Lewis)   “Joy is the most infallible sign of the Lord’s presence.” (Leon Bloy)   John 15:9-11 "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.” Real lasting joy is not found in present circumstances but is found through a lasting eternal relationship.    This connection with our Lord lived out in joy is maintained through: 1.  An ongoing practice of worship (Psalm 29:2, Romans 12:1, Psalm 119:175) Ps 29:2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness. Rom 12:1 “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God — this is your spiritual act of worship. “ Ps 119:175 “Let me live that I may praise you,” 2.  An abiding experience of God’s presence (Psalm 16:11, 1 Cor.2:9), which allows us to:
    • Understand His direction (v.11a)
    “You have made known to me the path of life;”
    • Renew His presence (v.11b)
    “you will fill me with joy in your presence,”
    • Embrace His offered future  (v.11c)
    “with eternal pleasures at your right hand.” 1 Cor 2:9 However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" 3.  A sustained joy from the Holy Spirit (Hebrews 1:9, Galatians 5:22-23a) “You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy." Gal 5:22-23 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” Closing:  Real joy has the power to overcome circumstances (Acts 13:49-52, 1 Peter 1:8-9) 1 Peter 1:8-9 “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls. “
  • Jun 24, 2012Dedicated to a Purpose
    Jun 24, 2012
    Dedicated to a Purpose

    Dedicated to a Purpose

    Judges 13:1-24 God gave to Sampson’s parents a vision for their son; God will do the same for each of us as we trust Him for direction, not only for those entrusted to our care but ourselves as well.  The dedicated person soon recognizes these truths
    1. That grace is always present when evil abounds (v.1, Romans 5:20-21)
    Rom 5:20-21 “The law was added so that the trespass might increase. But where sin increased, grace increased all the more, so that, just as sin reigned in death, so also grace might reign through righteousness to bring eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
    1. That God uses men to bring about his desired results (vs.4-5, Job 7:17, John 14:12)
    Job 7:17 “What is man that you make so much of him, that you give him so much attention,”   John 14:12 “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these,”  
    1.  That sincere seekers never lack for God’s direction (vs.8-9, Psalm 139:9-10)
    Ps 139:9-10 “If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.”
    1.  That every miracle is meant to glorify God (v.16, John 14:13)
      John 14:13 “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. “   Closing:  That God always fulfills His word (v.24, Isaiah 55:10-11, Philippians 4:13) “The woman gave birth to a boy and named him Samson. He grew and the LORD blessed him, and the Spirit of the LORD began to stir him”   Isa 55:10-11 “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”   Phil 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
  • Jun 10, 2012Wilma Schneider
    Jun 10, 2012
    Wilma Schneider