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While You Wait
5d ago
While You Wait
Sermon Notes Can I trust God to come through in time?  Genesis 25:19-20 NIV "This is the account of the family line of Abraham's son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean."  Genesis 25:21 NIV "Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant."  Genesis 25:22 NIV "The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, 'Why is this happening to me?' So she went to inquire of the Lord."  Genesis 25:23 NIV "The Lord said to her, 'Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.'"  Genesis 25:24-26 NIV "When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them."  Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah (vs. 20) & Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them (vs. 26).  Why does it often seem that God's time is not my time?  Psalms 31:14-15a NIV "But I trust in you, Lord; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands…"  Genesis 25:27 NIV "The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents."  Genesis 25:28 NIV "Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob."  Genesis 25:29-30 NIV "Once, when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.)"  If we fail to plan, we might as well plan to fail.  Genesis 25:31 NIV "Jacob replied, 'First sell me your birthright.'"  Genesis 25:32 NIV "'Look, I am about to die,' Esau said. 'What good is the birthright to me?'"  Our habits reveal our values and shape our character.   Genesis 25:33-34a NIV  "But Jacob said, 'Swear to me first.' So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank and then got up and left."  Genesis 25:34b NIV "So Esau despised his birthright." "When we get what we want, what we want often gets us." – Alan Ahlgrim "The happiest days of my life were coming home and hearing six different people say 'Daddy.' Happiest days of my life, Forget the money, forget the cars, even forget the championships. When I lost those days, I was all the way down. When I lost that from being stupid, it killed me." – Shaquille O'Neal P - Physically I - Intellectually  E - Emotionally S- Spiritually Acts 3:19 NIV "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,"
While You Wait
5d ago
While You Wait
Sermon Notes Can I trust God to come through in time?  Genesis 25:19-20 NIV "This is the account of the family line of Abraham's son Isaac. Abraham became the father of Isaac, and Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel the Aramean from Paddan Aram and sister of Laban the Aramean."  Genesis 25:21 NIV "Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant."  Genesis 25:22 NIV "The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, 'Why is this happening to me?' So she went to inquire of the Lord."  Genesis 25:23 NIV "The Lord said to her, 'Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.'"  Genesis 25:24-26 NIV "When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb. The first to come out was red, and his whole body was like a hairy garment, so they named him Esau. After this, his brother came out, with his hand grasping Esau's heel; so he was named Jacob. Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them."  Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah (vs. 20) & Isaac was sixty years old when Rebekah gave birth to them (vs. 26).  Why does it often seem that God's time is not my time?  Psalms 31:14-15a NIV "But I trust in you, Lord; I say, 'You are my God.' My times are in your hands…"  Genesis 25:27 NIV "The boys grew up, and Esau became a skillful hunter, a man of the open country, while Jacob was content to stay at home among the tents."  Genesis 25:28 NIV "Isaac, who had a taste for wild game, loved Esau, but Rebekah loved Jacob."  Genesis 25:29-30 NIV "Once, when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, "Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I'm famished!" (That is why he was also called Edom.)"  If we fail to plan, we might as well plan to fail.  Genesis 25:31 NIV "Jacob replied, 'First sell me your birthright.'"  Genesis 25:32 NIV "'Look, I am about to die,' Esau said. 'What good is the birthright to me?'"  Our habits reveal our values and shape our character.   Genesis 25:33-34a NIV  "But Jacob said, 'Swear to me first.' So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau some bread and some lentil stew. He ate and drank and then got up and left."  Genesis 25:34b NIV "So Esau despised his birthright." "When we get what we want, what we want often gets us." – Alan Ahlgrim "The happiest days of my life were coming home and hearing six different people say 'Daddy.' Happiest days of my life, Forget the money, forget the cars, even forget the championships. When I lost those days, I was all the way down. When I lost that from being stupid, it killed me." – Shaquille O'Neal P - Physically I - Intellectually  E - Emotionally S- Spiritually Acts 3:19 NIV "Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord,"
The Choice Is Yours
Sep 25 2022
The Choice Is Yours
Sermon Notes Generational Sin: Is it real? Is it inevitable? Can it be broken?  Exodus 20:4-6 NIV "You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments."  Jeremiah 32:17-19 NIV "Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you. You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord Almighty, great are your purposes, and mighty are your deeds. Your eyes are open to the ways of all mankind; you reward each person according to their conduct and as their deeds deserve."  How much permanent damage can a parent do in their child’s life?  Genesis 24:1 NIV "Abraham was now very old, and the Lord had blessed him in every way." Genesis 25:11 NIV "After Abraham’s death, God blessed his son Isaac, who then lived near Beer Lahai Roi." Genesis 26:1 NIV "Now there was a famine in the land—besides the previous famine in Abraham’s time—and Isaac went to Abimelek, king of the Philistines in Gerar."  Genesis 12:10 NIV "Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe." Genesis 26:2-5 NIV "The Lord appeared to Isaac and said, 'Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land where I tell you to live. Stay in this land for a while, and I will be with you and will bless you. For to you and your descendants, I will give all these lands and will confirm the oath I swore to your father, Abraham. I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and will give them all these lands, and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed because Abraham obeyed me and did everything I required of him, keeping my commands, my decrees, and my instructions.'"  Genesis 26:6-7 NIV "So Isaac stayed in Gerar. When the men of that place asked him about his wife, he said, 'She is my sister,' because he was afraid to say, 'She is my wife.' He thought, 'The men of this place might kill me on account of Rebekah because she is beautiful.'"  Generational Sin: The unhealthy patterns handed down to us by our parents. How can I break the pattern?  1. Believe in Jesus because God is for you. Genesis 26:12-13 NIV "Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold because the Lord blessed him. The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy."  1 Peter 1:18-21 MSG "Your life is a journey you must travel with a deep consciousness of God. It cost God plenty to get you out of that dead-end, empty-headed life you grew up in. He paid with Christ’s sacred blood, you know. He died like an unblemished, sacrificial lamb. And this was no afterthought. Even though it has only lately—at the end of the ages—become public knowledge, God always knew he was going to do this for you. It’s because of this sacrificed Messiah, whom God then raised from the dead and glorified, that you trust God, that you know you have a future in God." 2. Believe that through the power of the Holy Spirit, you can overcome any temptation.   Galatians 5:16-17 NIV "So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want." 3. Make repentance and forgiveness part of your redemption story House Rules: This is a safe place. We will move forward when you are OK again.  As your leader… I’ll decide when you’re ready.  There is more than enough grace in our home to overcome any of your bad moments and bad days. If you mess up… fess up.
An All-In Faith
Sep 18 2022
An All-In Faith
Sermon Notes Genesis 15:4-6 NIV "Then the word of the Lord came to him: 'This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.' He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.' Then he said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.' Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness." Genesis 15:12 NIV "As the sun was setting, Abram fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and dreadful darkness came over him."  Genesis 15:17 NIV "When the sun had set, and darkness had fallen, a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces."  Genesis 15:18a NIV "On that day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram and said, 'To your descendants, I give this land...'" Genesis 17:4-6 NIV "As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you." Genesis 22:1-5 NIV "Some time later, God tested Abraham. He said to him, 'Abraham!' 'Here I am,' he replied. Then God said, 'Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.' Early the next morning, Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. On the third day, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. He said to his servants, 'Stay here with the donkey while the boy and I go over there. We will worship, and then we will come back to you.'"  Genesis 22:9-13 NIV "When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, 'Abraham! Abraham!' 'Here I am,' he replied. 'Do not lay a hand on the boy,' he said. 'Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.' Abraham looked up, and there in a thicket, he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son." Genesis 22:15-18 NIV "The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time and said, 'I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, and through your offspring, all nations on earth will be blessed because you have obeyed me.'" Hebrews 11:17-19 NIV "By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, 'It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.' Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death."  Are you ALL IN? "The Old Testament is like a fully furnished room that is very poorly lit..." - St. Augustine 1. Both Isaac and Jesus are long-awaited "beloved sons" who are born in miraculous circumstances. Matthew 3:17 NIV "And a voice from heaven said, 'This is my Son, whom I love; with him, I am well pleased.'"  2. Both sons carry the wood that is to be the instrument of death on their backs. John 19:17 NIV "Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha)." 3. In both stories, the father leads the son up a mountain, and the son follows obediently toward his own death.  Matthew 26:39 NIV "Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'" 4. In both stories, God provides the sacrificial substitute. John 1:29 NIV "The next day, John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, 'Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!'" "What is faith? Simply put, it's trusting in the work of another." - The Gospel-Centered Parent
Enough Faith To Pass The Test
Sep 11 2022
Enough Faith To Pass The Test
Sermon Notes Hebrews 11:11 NIV "And by faith, even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise"  Question: How much faith is “enough”? Genesis 12:10-13 NIV "Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. Say you are my sister so that I will be treated well for your sake, and my life will be spared because of you." There isn’t a perfect solution to an imperfect situation. Genesis 12:14-15 NIV "When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace."  Genesis 12:16 NIV "He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels." Genesis12:17-20 NIV "But the Lord inflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife, Sarai. So Pharaoh summoned Abram. 'What have you done to me?' he said. 'Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!' Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had."  Genesis 12:17 NIV "But the Lord inflicted serious diseases… because of Abram’s wife Sarai" Genesis 15:1 NIV "After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.'" Genesis 16:1 NIV "Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar;" Genesis 16:2a NIV "So she said to Abram, 'The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.'" Genesis 16:2b-4 NIV "Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan for ten years, Sarai, his wife, took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress."  Question: How much faith is “enough”? When you are finding it hard to trust God, look for ways He is showing off His faithfulness.  Genesis 17:15-16 NIV "God also said to Abraham, 'As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.'" Genesis 18:6-8 NIV "So Abraham hurried into the tent to Sarah. 'Quick,' he said, 'get three seahs of the finest flour and knead it and bake some bread.' Then he ran to the herd and selected a choice, tender calf, and gave it to a servant, who hurried to prepare it. He then brought some curds and milk and the calf that had been prepared and set these before them. While they ate, he stood near them under a tree.'" Genesis 18:9-10 NIV "'Where is your wife Sarah?' they asked him. 'There, in the tent,' he said. Then one of them said, 'I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah, your wife will have a son.'"  Genesis 18:11 NIV "Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing." Genesis 18:12 NIV "So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, 'After I am worn out, and my Lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?'"  Genesis 18:13 NIV "Then the Lord said to Abraham, 'Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?'" Genesis 18:14 NIV "Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son."  Genesis 18:15 NIV "Sarah was afraid, so she lied and said, 'I did not laugh.' But he said, 'Yes, you did laugh.'"  Question: How much faith is “enough”?  Answer: Enough to keep going forward, even with your doubt, hurt, and fear.
Trust What You Don't Know to the One You Do
Sep 4 2022
Trust What You Don't Know to the One You Do
Sermon Notes Hebrews 11:6 NIV "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Genesis 11:1-2 NIV "Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there."  Genesis 11:4 NIV "Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.'"  In each failure we see the faithfulness of God.  Genesis 12:1 NIV "The Lord had said to Abram, 'Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.'"  Can I trust an unknown future to a known God?  Genesis 12:2-3 NIV "'I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.'"  Everything hinges on this one man trusting God to be faithful.  Genesis 12:4 NIV "So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran."  Genesis 12:5 NIV "He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there."  Hebrews 11:8-10 NIV "By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God." We can all become like Abraham through faith.  Galatians 3:5-7 NIV "So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham 'believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.' Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham."  The question for us is: 'will we respond faithfully to God’s call?'  Hebrews 3:12-15 NIV "See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called 'Today,' so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end. As has just been said: 'Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.'"
God's Grace Never Gives Up
Aug 28 2022
God's Grace Never Gives Up
Sermon Notes  Hebrews 11:7 NIV "By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith."  Why did the flood come?  Genesis 6:1-2 NIV "When human beings began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the sons of God saw that the daughters of humans were beautiful, and they married any of them they chose."    Genesis 6:5-6 NIV "The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled."  Genesis 6:4 NIV "The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown." "'Noah is the least biblical, biblical film ever made,' Aronofsky is quoted as saying, as well as what the director describes as 'a huge [environmental] statement in the film … about the coming flood from global warming.'" - Ben Child, The Guardian (5/11/14)  Jude 1:3-4 NIV "Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt compelled to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to God’s holy people. For certain individuals whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are ungodly people, who pervert the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord."  Jude 1:6 NIV "… And the angels who did not keep their positions of authority but abandoned their proper dwelling—these he has kept in darkness, bound with everlasting chains for judgment on the great Day." What changed as a result of sin and the flood? Genesis 9:2-3 NIV "The fear and dread of you will fall on all the beasts of the earth, and on all the birds in the sky, on every creature that moves along the ground, and on all the fish in the sea; they are given into your hands. Everything that lives and moves about will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything."  Romans 8:19-21 NIV "For the creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.  For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the freedom and glory of the children of God."  The impact of death became greater.  Genesis 6:3 NIV "Then the Lord said, 'My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal (corrupt); their days will be a hundred and twenty years.'"  How do I make sense of God in moments like this?  Genesis 6:7-8 NIV "So the Lord said, 'I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.' But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord."  Genesis 6:11-12 NIV "Now the earth was corrupt in God’s sight and was full of violence. God saw how corrupt the earth had become, for all the people on earth had corrupted their ways." What does all of this mean for me? 1 Peter 3:18-22 NIV "For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive in the Spirit. After being made alive, he went and made proclamation to the imprisoned spirits— to those who were disobedient long ago when God waited patiently in the days of Noah while the ark was being built. In it only a few people, eight in all, were saved through water, and this water symbolizes baptism that now saves you also—not the removal of dirt from the body but the pledge of a clear conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who has gone into heaven and is at God’s right hand—with angels, authorities and powers in submission to him."
Leaving Faith Behind
Aug 21 2022
Leaving Faith Behind
Sermon Notes The stark reality for all of us is we are likely to turn out like our parents.  Genesis 4:15-16 NIV "But the Lord said to him, 'Not so; anyone who kills Cain will suffer vengeance seven times over.' Then the Lord put a mark on Cain so that no one who found him would kill him. So Cain went out from the Lord’s presence and lived in the land of Nod, east of Eden."  Genesis 4:23-24 NIV "Lamech said to his wives, 'Adah and Zillah, listen to me; wives of Lamech, hear my words. I have killed a man for wounding me, a young man for injuring me. If Cain is avenged seven times, then Lamech seventy-seven times.'"  The stark reality for all of us is we are likely to turn out like our parents, but we don’t have to.  Ezekiel 18:3-4 NIV "As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Lord, you will no longer quote this proverb in Israel. For everyone belongs to me, the parent as well as the child—both alike belong to me. The one who sins is the one who will die."  Ezekiel 18:5,9 NIV "Suppose there is a righteous man who does what is just and right… He follows my decrees and faithfully keeps my laws. That man is righteous; he will surely live, declares the Sovereign Lord."  Ezekiel 18:10-13 NIV "Suppose he has a violent son, who sheds blood or does any of these other things (though the father has done none of them): “He eats at the mountain shrines. He defiles his neighbor’s wife. He oppresses the poor and needy. He commits robbery. He does not return what he took in pledge. He looks to the idols. He does detestable things. He lends at interest and takes a profit. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head."  The stark reality for all of us is we are likely to turn out like our parents, but that can be a good thing too.    Genesis 4:26 NIV "…At that time people began to call on the name of the Lord."   Genesis 5:21-24 NIV "When Enoch had lived 65 years, he became the father of Methuselah. After he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked faithfully with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Altogether, Enoch lived a total of 365 years. Enoch walked faithfully with God; then he was no more, because God took him away."  Hebrews 11:5 NIV "By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: 'He could not be found, because God had taken him away.' For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God."  Hebrews 11:6 NIV "And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."  Without faith it is impossible to please God.   To have faith means to believe God exists.  To have faith means to live your life according to all He has revealed about Himself.    "He rewards those who seek Him."  Jeremiah 29:13 NIV "You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart."  Zephaniah 2:3 NIV "Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands. Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the Lord’s anger."  Proverbs 8:17 NIV "I love those who love me, and those who seek me find me."  Proverbs 28:5 NIV "Evildoers do not understand what is right, but those who seek the Lord understand it fully."
Generous By Faith
Aug 14 2022
Generous By Faith
Sermon Notes How bad can things really get? “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” - Genesis 3:15 NIV “Adam made love to his wife Eve, and she became pregnant and gave birth to Cain. She said, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a man.” Later she gave birth to his brother Abel.” - Genesis 4:1-2 NIV  “Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the Lord. And Abel also brought an offering—fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The Lord looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor.” - Genesis 4:2-5 NIV “So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.” - Genesis 4:5 NIV  “Then the Lord said to Cain, ‘Why are you angry? Why is your face downcast? If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.’” - Genesis 4:6-7 NIV “Now Cain said to his brother Abel, ‘Let’s go out to the field.’ While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him.” - Genesis 4:8 NIV  “For this is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous.” - 1 John 3:11-12 NIV  What is it about Cain’s Sacrifice that the Lord did not appreciate?  “By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead” - Hebrews 11:4 NIV “But the Lord said to Samuel, ‘Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.’” - 1 Samuel 16:7 NIV “But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” - 2 Samuel 24:24 “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.  Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.  And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV Real faith in our hearts will produce faith-filled sacrifice. “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16 NIV “For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.  For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:8-10 NIV
In The Beginning... God.
Aug 7 2022
In The Beginning... God.
Sermon Notes Hebrews 11:1-2 NIV "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for."  Hebrews 11:3 NIV "By faith, we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."  Genesis 1:1 NIV  "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth."  "According to the Scriptures, creation is a gift from a loving Creator God. From the bodies we inhabit, the air we breathe, the sun we bask in, the food we eat, the flowers we pick, the water we drink, the ground we walk upon, and the pets we love, to the pleasures we enjoy and destinations we visit on vacation, life is filled with good gifts for us to steward and enjoy." – Doctrine, Mark Driscoll and Gary Breshears First: The Bible is true in every way. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work." Both the Old and New Testaments are the inspired truth, infallible and authoritative Word of God sufficient for our knowledge of salvation and living. All our beliefs come from the Bible, which reveals God’s truth to us as His love letter to man. Second: Christianity and Science are not in conflict.   Third: There is a critically important conflict between Christianity and scientific naturalism. Fourth: The Bible was not written with the intention of being a modern scientific textbook. Fifth: A person’s view of when God created is not the test for Salvation. "The creation week was a time of unique supernatural activity, and we can’t expect to understand everything about it. In fact, we can’t expect to understand most of it!" - Jake Hebert, Ph.D., Seeing Distant Light in a Young Universe Websites to find more information: www.icr.org www.answersingenesis.org Creation Testifies to God’s Character and Expectations: Romans 1:18-20 NIV "The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness since what may be known about God is plain to them because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse." Jesus Fully Reveals the Creator: Colossians 1:15-20 NIV "The Son (Jesus Christ) is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him, all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He (Jesus) is before all things, and in him, all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross." One Day All of Creation Will Bow in Reverence and Sing in Worship to Our Creator!  Revelation 5:12-14 NIV "In a loud voice, they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!' The four living creatures said, “Amen,” and the elders fell down and worshiped."
Psalm 42
Jul 31 2022
Psalm 42
Sermon Notes Psalms 42:1 NIV "As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God."  Psalms 42:2 NIV "My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?"  Psalms 42:3 NIV "My tears have been my food day and night, while people say to me all day long, 'Where is your God?'"  Psalms 42:4 NIV "These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng." Psalms 42:5 NIV "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Psalms 42:6 NIV "My soul is downcast within me; therefore, I will remember you from the land of the Jordan, the heights of Hermon—from Mount Mizar."  Psalms 42:7 NIV "Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves and breakers have swept over me."  Psalms 42:8 NIV "By day the Lord directs his love, at night his song is with me— a prayer to the God of my life."  Psalms 42:9 NIV "I say to God, my Rock, 'Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?'"  Psalms 42:10 NIV "My bones suffer mortal agony as my foes taunt me, saying to me all day long, 'Where is your God?'"  Psalms 42:11 NIV "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."  "…emotional tears (which flush stress hormones and other toxins out of our system) potentially offers the most health benefits. Researchers have established that crying releases oxytocin and endogenous opioids, also known as endorphins. These feel-good chemicals help ease both physical and emotional pain." - Leo Newhouse, Health.Harvard.edu   When a friend is grieving, your greatest resource is your presence.  Job 2:11-13 NIV "When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite, and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads. Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him because they saw how great his suffering was."  The Christian community has profound healing power.  Psalms 42:4 NIV "These things I remember as I pour out my soul: how I used to go to the house of God under the protection of the Mighty One with shouts of joy and praise among the festive throng."  The problem for most of us is we lack the confidence to be vulnerable.  "To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable." - C.S. Lewis  The key is to preach the gospel to each other and to ourselves.  Psalms 42:11 NIV "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."  "Tune my heart to bless your name." - Shane and Shane, Psalm 42: Loudest Praise "Father, thank you for your goodness and faithfulness to me.  Today, I remind myself of your presence.  You are with me.  You are always with me.  In the same way that Jesus felt isolated on the cross and under the weight of condemnation by his enemies, I feel the weight of life right now too.  Oh God of my life, direct your love toward me as I put my hope in you and know I will rise to praise you again!  Help me to remember this truth throughout today and into tomorrow.  In Jesus’ name, Amen"
Psalm 1
Jul 24 2022
Psalm 1
Sermon Notes Psalms 1:1 NIV "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers,"  Psalms 1:2 NIV "but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night."  Psalms 1:3 NIV "That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither— whatever they do prospers."  Psalms 1:4 NIV "Not so the wicked! They are like chaff that the wind blows away."  Psalms 1:5 NIV "Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous."  Psalms 1:6 NIV "For the Lord watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked leads to destruction."  Colossians 2:6-7 NIV "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness." "ROOTED provides the opportunity to connect with God, the church community, and your purpose in unexpected life-changing ways... Whether you have been following Jesus for years, or you are new to the faith, this is the perfect place to jump in!"  ROOTED is an 11-week group that begins Wednesday, August 17, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM.  Mark 4:30-32 NIV "Again, he said, 'What shall we say the kingdom of God is like, or what parable shall we use to describe it? It is like a mustard seed, which is the smallest of all seeds on earth. Yet when planted, it grows and becomes the largest of all garden plants, with such big branches that the birds can perch in its shade.'"   "Father in Heaven, thank you that you always hear my prayers.  I want to be blessed by you, Father.  I long to be prosperous and to flourish… not for my name’s sake but for yours.  I also know that you bless the righteous and condemn evil, so help me to be honest in my evaluations of myself and those around me. Lord, grant me the courage to remove myself from relationships that are destructive to my walk with you and surround me with godly influences who will grow my knowledge and understanding of your ways, that I might produce the fruit you created me to produce.  In Jesus’ name, Amen."
Psalm 22
Jul 10 2022
Psalm 22
Sermon Notes Even if the worst happens, can you trust God?  Psalms 22:1-2 NIV  "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish? My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer, by night, but I find no rest."  Mark 15:34 NIV "And at three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, 'Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?' (which means 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?')."  Psalms 22:6-8 NIV "But I am a worm and not a man, scorned by everyone, despised by the people. All who see me mock me; they hurl insults, shaking their heads. 'He trusts in the Lord,' they say, 'let the Lord rescue him. Let him deliver him, since he delights in him.'"  Matthew 27:39-44 NIV "Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, 'You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, save yourself! Come down from the cross, if you are the Son of God!' In the same way, the chief priests, the teachers of the law, and the elders mocked him. 'He saved others,' they said, 'but he can’t save himself! He’s the king of Israel! Let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. He trusts in God. Let God rescue him now if he wants him, for he said, 'I am the Son of God.' In the same way, the rebels who were crucified with him also heaped insults on him."  Psalms 22:15 NIV "My mouth is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth; you lay me in the dust of death."  John 19:28-30 NIV "Later, knowing that everything had now been finished, and so that Scripture would be fulfilled, Jesus said, 'I am thirsty.' A jar of wine vinegar was there, so they soaked a sponge in it, put the sponge on a stalk of the hyssop plant, and lifted it to Jesus’ lips. When he had received the drink, Jesus said, 'It is finished.' With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit."  Psalms 22:16 NIV "Dogs surround me, a pack of villains encircles me; they pierce my hands and my feet."  Psalms 22:17-18  NIV "All my bones are on display; people stare and gloat over me. They divide my clothes among them and cast lots for my garment."  Matthew 27:35 NIV  "When they had crucified him, they divided up his clothes by casting lots."  Psalms 22:19-21 NIV "But you, Lord, do not be far from me. You are my strength; come quickly to help me. Deliver me from the sword, my precious life from the power of the dogs. Rescue me from the mouth of the lions; save me from the horns of the wild oxen."  It’s OK to be hurt, feel afraid, or even be mad at God – as long as you still cry out to Him.  Psalms 22:11 NIV "Do not be far from me, for trouble is near and there is no one to help."  Keep reminding yourself of the truth when you are tempted to believe the lies!  Psalms 22:24 NIV "For he has not despised or scorned the suffering of the afflicted one; he has not hidden his face from him but has listened to his cry for help."  Psalms 22:26-28 NIV "The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek the Lord will praise him— may your hearts live forever! All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, for dominion belongs to the Lord and he rules over the nations."  Psalms 22:29 NIV "All the rich of the earth will feast and worship; all who go down to the dust will kneel before him— those who cannot keep themselves alive."  Psalms 22:30-31 NIV  "[Descendants] will serve him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim his righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!"  "Heavenly Father, hear my cry.  My heart is heavy because of [pray specifically for yourself or another in need]. God, I know you are aware of this pain, but it feels like you are so far away.  Sometimes this feels really lonely, God, and I am tempted to wonder if you care.  Yet, I know that no matter what life feels like -  you are near.  You have always been near.  From the first moment of my life until now you have seen everything.  So, strengthen [me or the name of the person you are praying for] now and open [my/their] eyes to see where you are working that I might trust in you now more than ever.  In Jesus’ name, Amen."
Psalm 33
Jul 3 2022
Psalm 33
Sermon Notes The crazier this world gets, the louder the righteous sing!  Psalms 33:1-3 NIV "Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy."  Praise God for who He is: Psalms 33:4-5 NIV "For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does. The Lord loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love." Praise God as the Creator of all: Psalms 33:6-9 NIV "By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the Lord; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm." Praise God for His Sovereignty: Psalms 33:10-11 NIV "The Lord foils the plans of the nations; he thwarts the purposes of the peoples. But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations." Psalms 33:12 NIV "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people he chose for his inheritance."  Galatians 6:7-8 NIV "Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life." Praise God that He watches over us: Psalms 33:13-15 NIV "From heaven, the Lord looks down and sees all mankind; from his dwelling place he watches all who live on earth— he who forms the hearts of all, who considers everything they do."  Psalms 33:16-17 NIV "No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save."  Psalms 33:18-19 NIV "But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine." Be bold in the things of God and Humble in the things of man. Psalms 33:20-22 NIV "We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you." "Oh, my God… Help!  Our nation, our city, our schools, and our homes need you now more than ever.  We know that you are watching and searching for those whose trust is in you.  My God, when you look down here may you find Me, and find that I fear you. Sometimes, I find it hard to trust and to wait on you Lord, so please help me in my unbelief.  Increase my dependence on you and make me bold in the things of God and humble in the things of man.  May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen!"
Psalm 51
Jun 26 2022
Psalm 51
Sermon Notes For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.  2 Samuel 12:13 NIV "Then David said to Nathan, 'I have sinned against the Lord.' Nathan replied, 'The Lord has taken away your sin. You are not going to die.'"  God can take our tragedies and turn them into triumphs.  Psalms 51:1-2 NIV "Have mercy on me, O God, according to your unfailing love; according to your great compassion blot out my transgressions. Wash away all my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin."                                      Psalms 51:3 NIV "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me."  Psalms 32:3-4 NIV "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night, your hand was heavy on me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer."  Keep your heart sensitive to what offends the Lord.  Psalms 51:4 NIV "Against you, you only, have I sinned and done what is evil in your sight; so you are right in your verdict and justified when you judge."  Psalms 51:5-6 NIV "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me. Yet you desired faithfulness even in the womb; you taught me wisdom in that secret place."  Psalms 51:7 NIV "Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow."  Psalms 51:8-9 NIV "Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity."  Psalms 51:10-12 NIV "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me."  Our greatest loss is a severed relationship with God.  Psalms 51:13 NIV "Then I will teach transgressors your ways so that sinners will turn back to you."  Psalms 51:16-17 NIV "You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise."  What are you keeping above the water? "Oh my God I cry out to you for forgiveness.  I know that you don’t require more sacrifice, or more serving, or even more generosity as a way to make up for my sins.  You desire a broken and contrite heart, and you promise never to ignore us when we bring that to you.  In light of your abundant mercy and grace I ask you to forgive the following: (spend some time listing whatever God lays on your heart that needs confessed before Him).  Now, my God restore a right spirit within me.  I believe you have forgiven me.  Help me to accept your forgiveness, and to live differently because of your refreshing grace."
Psalm 127
Jun 19 2022
Psalm 127
Sermon Notes Everything worth fighting for unbalances your life.  Psalms 127:1 NIV "Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain." "Attention is the beginning of devotion." - John Mark Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry  Matthew 6:25 NIV "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?"  Matthew 6:31-32 NIV "So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them."  Matthew 6:33 NIV "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  Is God first in my life?   Psalms 127:2 NIV "In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves." When Working: Work Hard.  When Playing: Play Hard.  When Resting: Rest Hard.   Psalms 127:3 NIV "Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him."  Enjoy the “gift” of limitations.  Psalms 127:4 NIV "Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth." "Put another way: the mind is the portal to the soul, and what you fill your mind with will shape the trajectory of your character. In the end, your life is no more than the sum of what you gave your attention to. That bodes well for those apprentices of Jesus who give the bulk of their attention to him and to all that is good, beautiful, and true in his world. But not for those who give their attention to the 24-7 news cycle of outrage and anxiety and emotion-charged drama or the nonstop feed of celebrity gossip, titillation, and cultural drivel. But again: we become what we give our attention to, for better or worse." - John Mark Comer, The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry  Psalms 127:5 NIV "Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court." "Father, I know that you care about my health (mental, physical, spiritual, emotional, financial, and relational). Help me to prioritize my life and find more balance around the areas that are really struggling right now. Teach me today to trust that you are building my house and that I do not need to overcommit myself for things to work out okay. Lord, grant me the peace that allows me to rest in the evening and to awake alive and refreshed in the morning, and to count my family as one of your many blessings that are worthy of my time and attention."
Psalm 5
Jun 12 2022
Psalm 5
Sermon Notes Psalm 5:1-2 NIV "Listen to my words, Lord, consider my lament. Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray."  Psalm 5:3 NIV "In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly."  When is the right time to be with God?  Mark 1:35 NIV "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."  "An hour in the morning is worth two in the evening. While the dew is on the grass, let grace drop upon the soul." - Charles Spurgeon  Luke 5:16 NIV "But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed." "In order that a prayer should be really unto God, there must be a definite and conscious approach to God when we pray; we must have a definite and vivid realization that God is bending over us and listening as we pray." - R.A. Torrey, How to Pray John 11:41-42 NIV "So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up and said, 'Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.'" Pray with confidence that in Jesus’ name God is listening and acting on your behalf.  1a) Psalm 5:1-3 1b) Psalm 5:4 1c) Psalm 5:5 1d) Psalm 5:6 THE POINT: Psalm 5:7-8 – The central hope and resolution. 2d) Psalm 5:9 2c) Psalm 5:10a 2b) Psalm 5:10b 2a) Psalm 5:11-12  Psalm 5:4-6 NIV "For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness; with you, evil people are not welcome. The arrogant cannot stand in your presence. You hate all who do wrong; you destroy those who tell lies.  The bloodthirsty and deceitful you, Lord, detest." Psalm 5:9-10 NIV "Not a word from their mouth can be trusted; their heart is filled with malice. Their throat is an open grave; with their tongues they tell lies.  Declare them guilty, O God!  Let their intrigues be their downfall. Banish them for their many sins, for they have rebelled against you." Psalms 79:6-7 NIV "Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the kingdoms that do not call on your name; for they have devoured Jacob and devastated his homeland." Psalm 137:8-9 NIV "Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is the one who repays you according to what you have done to us. Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks." Prayer to God is the safest place to pour out all of life’s frustrations, but also the place to have our hearts transformed by God’s holy presence again.  Matthew 5:43-48 NIV "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect." "This is a good way to measure how well you are praying and whether, as you pray, you are drawing close to God or are merely mouthing words. If you are drawing close to God, you will become increasingly sensitive to sin, which is inevitable since the God you are approaching is a holy God." - James Montgomery Boice Psalm 5:7 NIV "But I, by your great love, can come into your house; in reverence, I bow down toward your holy temple." Psalm 5:8 NIV "Lead me, Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies—make your way straight before me." Psalm 5:11-12 NIV "But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  Surely, Lord, you bless the righteous; you surround them with your favor as with a shield."
Psalm 34
Jun 5 2022
Psalm 34
Sermon Notes Fear in the mind creates stress in the body. Stress in the body creates the need for control. "Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty, or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors… Wouldn’t it be great to walk out?" – Max Lucado, Fearless: Imagine Your Life without Fear  “A Psalm of David, regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away”  1 Samuel 21:10-15 NIV "That day David fled from Saul and went to Achish king of Gath. But the servants of Achish said to him, 'Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances: Saul has slain his thousands, and David his tens of thousands?' David took these words to heart and was very much afraid of Achish king of Gath.  So he pretended to be insane in their presence; and while he was in their hands he acted like a madman, making marks on the doors of the gate and letting saliva run down his beard.  Achish said to his servants, 'Look at the man! He is insane! Why bring him to me? Am I so short of madmen that you have to bring this fellow here to carry on like this in front of me? Must this man come into my house?'"  Psalm 34:1-3 NIV "I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. I will glory in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together."  My first activity in the midst of uncertainty is to enthusiastically bless the Lord.  Psalm 34:4-7 NIV "I sought the Lord, and he answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.  This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles.  The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and he delivers them."  Accept that peace is the fruit of dependence, and not the by-product of control.  Psalm 34:8-10 NIV "Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing.  The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing."  Make no excuses, because you lack no good thing.  Psalms 34:11-14 NIV  "Come, my children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from telling lies. Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it."  Fear of God changes how I live today.  Psalms 34:15-16 NIV  "The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth."  Psalms 34:17-20 NIV  "The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit. The righteous person may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all; he protects all his bones, not one of them will be broken."  Psalms 34:21-22 NIV  "Evil will slay the wicked; the foes of the righteous will be condemned. The Lord will rescue his servants; no one who takes refuge in him will be condemned."  The more pain I experience, the closer the LORD is to me. "God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His Will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. In Jesus’ name, Amen." -Reinhold Niebuhr (1926)
What Does Love Require Of Me?
May 29 2022
What Does Love Require Of Me?
Sermon Notes How many years do you want to be married? What does love require of me?  John 13:34 NIV "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another."  When you’re not sure what to say or do you love people like Jesus loved you. John 13:35 NIV "By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another."  1 Corinthians 13:1 NIV "If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal."  1 Corinthians 13:2 NIV "If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." (Better translated, "I’m a nobody.") 1 Corinthians 13:3 NIV "If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing." 1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud." 1 Corinthians 13:5-8a NIV "It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." 1John 4:20-21 MSG "If anyone boasts, 'I love God,' and goes right on hating his brother or sister, thinking nothing of it, he is a liar. If he won’t love the person he can see, how can he love the God he can’t see? The command we have from Christ is blunt: Loving God includes loving people. You’ve got to love both." What does love require of me?  1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV "And now these three remain: faith, hope, and love. But the greatest of these is LOVE."
A New You
May 22 2022
A New You
Sermon Notes John 11:44-45 NIV "The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, 'Take off the grave clothes and let him go.'" Jesus Gave Lazarus Life...  "The greatest spiritual question we can ask ourselves is not, 'Is there life after death?' The real question is much deeper: 'Is there life before death?'" -  Stephen W. Smith, The Lazarus Life  Romans 8:11 NLT "The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you." New Life Power – Transformational Power – Lives in us! John 12:1-11 NIV "Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.  But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 'Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.' He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.  'Leave her alone,' Jesus replied. 'It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.' Meanwhile, a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for, on account of him, many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him." Passionately Pursue Jesus. Life Change in Us Leads to Life Change in Others. Jesus Give us a Second Chance. What are you living for?