GracePoint Plant City - Pulpit Supply en-us ©2020 GracePoint Plant City Razorplanet Feed Generator 0.1.2 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:30:00 -0600 Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:30:00 -0600 Matthew 1:1-2 (ESV) The Genealogy of Jesus Christ 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,   Matthew 1:16-17 (ESV) 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. GracePoint Plant City - - 300 300 12/2/18 - Gift of Family - Pastor Robert Olszewski Matthew 1:1-2 (ESV) The Genealogy of Jesus Christ 1 The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham. 2 Abraham was the father of Isaac, and Isaac the father of Jacob, and Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,   Matthew 1:16-17 (ESV) 16 and Jacob the father of Joseph the husband of Mary, of whom Jesus was born, who is called Christ. 17 So all the generations from Abraham to David were fourteen generations, and from David to the deportation to Babylon fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon to the Christ fourteen generations. Mon, 03 Dec 2018 08:30:00 -0600 10/28/18 - Why Are We Here Today? - Pastor Don Mason Ephesians 3:14-21 (ESV) Prayer for Spiritual Strength 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every familya]">[a] in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Mon, 29 Oct 2018 08:30:00 -0500 10/21/18 - B.A.S.I.C.- Brothers and Sisters in Christ - Pastor Robert Olszewski Hebrews 13:1-3, ESV Let brotherly love continue. 2 Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.3 Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body.   1. Stand together with your brother and sister      a. Brotherly affection is our motivation   2. Stand by showing hospitality a. Examples of hospitality   3. Stand by showing compassion a. Love also expresses itself in concern b. Identification with those who suffer 4. Jesus is our elder brother a. Jesus stood for us   Mon, 22 Oct 2018 08:30:00 -0500 10/14/18 - The Epistle of James: How to Have a Faith that Works - Pastor Ed Diaz James 3 (ESV) Taming the Tongue 3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well. 4 Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life,a]">[a] and set on fire by hell.b]">[b] 7 For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, 8 but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers,c]">[c] these things ought not to be so. Mon, 15 Oct 2018 08:30:00 -0500 10/7/18 - 2 Chron. 16:1-13 - Pastor Dave Franklin 2 Chronicles 16:1-13 (ESV) Asa's Last Years 16 In the thirty-sixth year of the reign of Asa, Baasha king of Israel went up against Judah and built Ramah, that he might permit no one to go out or come in to Asa king of Judah. 2 Then Asa took silver and gold from the treasures of the house of the Lord and the king's house and sent them to Ben-hadad king of Syria, who lived in Damascus, saying, 3 “There is a covenanta]">[a] between me and you, as there was between my father and your father. Behold, I am sending to you silver and gold. Go, break your covenant with Baasha king of Israel, that he may withdraw from me.” 4 And Ben-hadad listened to King Asa and sent the commanders of his armies against the cities of Israel, and they conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel-maim, and all the store cities of Naphtali. 5 And when Baasha heard of it, he stopped building Ramah and let his work cease. 6 Then King Asa took all Judah, and they carried away the stones of Ramah and its timber, with which Baasha had been building, and with them he built Geba and Mizpah. 7 At that time Hanani the seer came to Asa king of Judah and said to him, “Because you relied on the king of Syria, and did not rely on the Lord your God, the army of the king of Syria has escaped you. 8 Were not the Ethiopians and the Libyans a huge army with very many chariots and horsemen? Yet because you relied on the Lord, he gave them into your hand. 9 For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blamelessb]">[b] toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” 10 Then Asa was angry with the seer and put him in the stocks in prison, for he was in a rage with him because of this. And Asa inflicted cruelties upon some of the people at the same time. 11 The acts of Asa, from first to last, are written in the Book of the Kings of Judah and Israel. 12 In the thirty-ninth year of his reign Asa was diseased in his feet, and his disease became severe. Yet even in his disease he did not seek the Lord, but sought help from physicians. 13 And Asa slept with his fathers, dying in the forty-first year of his reign. Mon, 08 Oct 2018 08:30:00 -0500 09/23/18 - Righteousness: A Story of A Pharisee & A Tax Collector - Pastor Robert Olszewski Righteousness: A Story of A Pharisee & A Tax Collector Luke 18:9-17 English Standard Version (ESV) The Pharisee and the Tax Collector 9 He also told this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and treated others with contempt: 10 “Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. 11 The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayeda]">[a] thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. 12 I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ 13 But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’ 14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified, rather than the other. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself will be exalted.” Let the Children Come to Me 15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 1.  What is righteousness? (vs. 9-10)     a.  Def. -  2.  What are some traps we can fall into? (vs. 11-13)     a.  Trap 1:     b.  Trap 2:      c.  Trap 3 3.  How do I get righteousness? (vs. 13-17)     a.  Admit _____.     b.  Have _______ like a child.     c.  Trust in Jesus Christ's _______.     Quotes to Ponder   "The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation." - Charles Spurgeon   "God is none other than the Savior of our wretchedness. So we can only know God well by knowing our iniquities... Those who have known God without knowing their wretchedness have not glorified Him, but have glorified themselves." - Blaise Pascal   "Night and day I pondered until I saw the connection between the justice of God and the statement that 'the just shall live by his faith.' Then I grasped that the justice of God is that righteousness by which through grace and sheer mercy God justifies us through faith. Thereupon I felt myself to be reborn and to have gone through open doors into paradise." - Martin Luther   "It is entirely by the intervention of Christ's righteousness that we obtain justification before God. This is equivalent to saying that man is not just in himself, but that the righteousness of Christ is communicated to him by imputation, while he is strictly deserving of punishment."  - John Calvin Mon, 24 Sep 2018 08:30:00 -0500 09/09/18 - New Birth - Pastor Dave Franklin New Birth Pastor Dave Franklin   Mon, 10 Sep 2018 08:30:00 -0500 09/02/18 - Experiencing God as a Nurturing Parent - Reverend Woody Johnson Experiencing God as a Nurturing Parent.   Joshua 24:14, 15 & Psalm 46 Mon, 03 Sep 2018 08:30:00 -0500 08/26/18 - Rejoice in the written Word of God that gives us Life - Pastor Jon Couch Proverbs 30:6 (ESV) 6 Do not add to his words,     lest he rebuke you and you be found a liar. 1) The blinding power of sin will temp us to add to God's word to fit our lives. 2) The consequence of rebuke is sure to follow foir tampering with God's word. 3) When we deny Goid's word our deciet will be exposed.   Mon, 27 Aug 2018 08:30:00 -0500 08/19/18 - The Sin of Partiality - Pastor Ed Diaz James 2 (ESV) The Sin of Partiality 2 My brothers,[a] show no partiality as you hold the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory. 2 For if a man wearing a gold ring and fine clothing comes into your assembly, and a poor man in shabby clothing also comes in, 3 and if you pay attention to the one who wears the fine clothing and say, “You sit here in a good place,” while you say to the poor man, “You stand over there,” or, “Sit down at my feet,” 4 have you not then made distinctions among yourselves and become judges with evil thoughts? 5 Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? 6 But you have dishonored the poor man. Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? 7 Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? 8 If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. 9 But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors. 10 For whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it. 11 For he who said, “Do not commit adultery,” also said, “Do not murder.” If you do not commit adultery but do murder, you have become a transgressor of the law. 12 So speak and so act as those who are to be judged under the law of liberty. 13 For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. Mercy triumphs over judgment. Faith Without Works Is Dead 14 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? 15 If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, 16 and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good[b] is that? 17 So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. 18 But someone will say, “You have faith and I have works.” Show me your faith apart from your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. 19 You believe that God is one; you do well. Even the demons believe—and shudder! 20 Do you want to be shown, you foolish person, that faith apart from works is useless? 21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered up his son Isaac on the altar? 22 You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works; 23 and the Scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness”—and he was called a friend of God. 24 You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone. 25 And in the same way was not also Rahab the prostitute justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out by another way? 26 For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead. Mon, 20 Aug 2018 08:30:00 -0500 08/12/18 - Look Up to Wise Up - Reverend Mike Glodo Look Up to Wise Up Luke 16:1-15 The Parable of the Dishonest Manager 16 He also said to the disciples, “There was a rich man who had a manager, and charges were brought to him that this man was wasting his possessions. 2 And he called him and said to him, ‘What is this that I hear about you? Turn in the account of your management, for you can no longer be manager.’ 3 And the manager said to himself, ‘What shall I do, since my master is taking the management away from me? I am not strong enough to dig, and I am ashamed to beg. 4 I have decided what to do, so that when I am removed from management, people may receive me into their houses.’ 5 So, summoning his master's debtors one by one, he said to the first, ‘How much do you owe my master?’ 6 He said, ‘A hundred measures[a] of oil.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.’ 7 Then he said to another, ‘And how much do you owe?’ He said, ‘A hundred measures[b] of wheat.’ He said to him, ‘Take your bill, and write eighty.’ 8 The master commended the dishonest manager for his shrewdness. For the sons of this world[c] are more shrewd in dealing with their own generation than the sons of light. 9 And I tell you, make friends for yourselves by means of unrighteous wealth,[d] so that when it fails they may receive you into the eternal dwellings. 10 “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. 11 If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? 12 And if you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” The Law and the Kingdom of God 14 The Pharisees, who were lovers of money, heard all these things, and they ridiculed him. 15 And he said to them, “You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is exalted among men is an abomination in the sight of God. Mon, 13 Aug 2018 08:30:00 -0500 08/05/18 - The Road Of Honesty - Reverend W.W. Johnson, Jr The Road Of Honesty John 4:7-39   7 A woman from Samaria came to draw water. Jesus said to her, “Give me a drink.” 8 (For his disciples had gone away into the city to buy food.) 9 The Samaritan woman said to him, “How is it that you, a Jew, ask for a drink from me, a woman of Samaria?” (For Jews have no dealings with Samaritans.) 10 Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God, and who it is that is saying to you, ‘Give me a drink,’ you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water.” 11 The woman said to him, “Sir, you have nothing to draw water with, and the well is deep. Where do you get that living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob? He gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did his sons and his livestock.” 13 Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” 15 The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Go, call your husband, and come here.” 17 The woman answered him, “I have no husband.” Jesus said to her, “You are right in saying, ‘I have no husband’; 18 for you have had five husbands, and the one you now have is not your husband. What you have said is true.” 19 The woman said to him, “Sir, I perceive that you are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you say that in Jerusalem is the place where people ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe me, the hour is coming when neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we worship what we know, for salvation is from the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father is seeking such people to worship him. 24 God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” 25 The woman said to him, “I know that Messiah is coming (he who is called Christ). When he comes, he will tell us all things.” 26 Jesus said to her, “I who speak to you am he.” 27 Just then his disciples came back. They marveled that he was talking with a woman, but no one said, “What do you seek?” or, “Why are you talking with her?”28 So the woman left her water jar and went away into town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me all that I ever did. Can this be the Christ?” 30 They went out of the town and were coming to him. 31 Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” Mon, 06 Aug 2018 08:30:00 -0500 07/29/18 - Pure At Heart - Pastor Dan Middlebrooks Pure At Heart Titus 1:15   To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.   To the pure at heart…       GRACE is pure and prevailing   To the pure at heart…       Grace is pure and prevailing       FAITH is real and relevant   To the pure at heart…       Grace is pure and prevailing       Faith is real and relevant       LOVE is openly expressed To the pure at heart…       Grace is pure and prevailing       Faith is real and relevant       Love is openly expressed       HOPE is without hypocrisy   Mon, 30 Jul 2018 08:30:00 -0500 07/22/18 - A Faith That Works - Pastor Ed Diaz A Faith That Works James 1:13-27   13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.a]">[a] 18 Of his own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures. Hearing and Doing the Word 19 Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; 20 for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God. 21 Therefore put away all filthiness and rampant wickedness and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. 22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like. 25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing. 26 If anyone thinks he is religious and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his heart, this person's religion is worthless. 27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. Mon, 23 Jul 2018 08:30:00 -0500 07/15/18 - Loving Leah - Pastor Dave Franklin Loving Leah Genesis 29:15-35   15 Then Laban said to Jacob, “Because you are my kinsman, should you therefore serve me for nothing? Tell me, what shall your wages be?” 16 Now Laban had two daughters. The name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel. 17 Leah's eyes were weak, but Rachel was beautiful in form and appearance. 18 Jacob loved Rachel. And he said, “I will serve you seven years for your younger daughter Rachel.” 19 Laban said, “It is better that I give her to you than that I should give her to any other man; stay with me.” 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed to him but a few days because of the love he had for her. 21 Then Jacob said to Laban, “Give me my wife that I may go in to her, for my time is completed.” 22 So Laban gathered together all the people of the place and made a feast. 23 But in the evening he took his daughter Leah and brought her to Jacob, and he went in to her. 24 (Laban gave his female servant Zilpah to his daughter Leah to be her servant.) 25 And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” 26 Laban said, “It is not so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn. 27 Complete the week of this one, and we will give you the other also in return for serving me another seven years.”28 Jacob did so, and completed her week. Then Laban gave him his daughter Rachel to be his wife. 29 (Laban gave his female servant Bilhah to his daughter Rachel to be her servant.) 30 So Jacob went in to Rachel also, and he loved Rachel more than Leah, and served Laban for another seven years. Jacob's Children 31 When the Lord saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren. 32 And Leah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Reuben, for she said, “Because the Lord has looked upon my affliction; for now my husband will love me.” 33 She conceived again and bore a son, and said, “Because the Lord has heard that I am hated, he has given me this son also.” And she called his name Simeon. 34 Again she conceived and bore a son, and said, “Now this time my husband will be attached to me, because I have borne him three sons.” Therefore his name was called Levi. 35 And she conceived again and bore a son, and said, “This time I will praise the Lord.” Therefore she called his name Judah. Then she ceased bearing.   SERMON NOTES   We must Remember God Loves The Downtrodden V31 - When the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb, but Rachel was barren Romans 5:8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. We Must Realize Real Beauty Is internal V32 – Reubin – see, a son V33 – Simeon – heard V34 – Levi – attached V35 – Judah - praise 1 Samuel 16:7b man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart. We must know God’s Plans Are Always Perfect Genesis 29:25 - And in the morning, behold, it was Leah! And Jacob said to Laban, “What is this you have done to me? Did I not serve with you for Rachel? Why then have you deceived me?” Romans 9:11-12 though they were not yet born and had done nothing either good or bad—in order that God's purpose of election might continue, not because of works but because of him who calls— she was told, “The older will serve the younger.” As it is written, “Jacob I loved, but Esau I hated.” Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.   Mon, 16 Jul 2018 08:30:00 -0500 07/08/18 - Who Are You Walking With - Pastor Jon Couch Who Are You Walking With Genesis 6:5-9   5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart. 7 So the Lord said, “I will blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens, for I am sorry that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. Noah and the Flood 9 These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God. Mon, 09 Jul 2018 08:30:00 -0500 07/01/18 - In God We Trust - Reverend W.W. Johnson, Jr. In God We Trust Psalms 33:12-22 12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 13 The Lord looks down from heaven; the sees all the children of man; 14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. 16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. 18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19 that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. 22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you. SERMON NOTES   Psalms:118:9 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Psalms 117:1-2 1 Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! 2 For great is his steadfast love toward us,     and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. Praise the Lord! Poverbs 3:5-8 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. 7 Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. 8 It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones. Psalms 118:1 1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!   Mon, 02 Jul 2018 08:30:00 -0500 06/24/18 - AMPED The Kingdom's Kids - Pastor Dan Middlebrooks AMPED  The Kingdom's Kids John 10:10   "I have come so that they may have life.  I want them to have it in the fullest possible way." Mon, 25 Jun 2018 08:30:00 -0500 06/17/18 - Baptism: What Is It Good for? - Reverend Mike Glodo Baptism: What Is It Good for? Colossians 2:6-15 Alive in Christ 6 Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7 rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8 See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9 For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily,10 and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11 In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12 having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14 by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15 He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him. Mon, 18 Jun 2018 08:30:00 -0500 06/10/18 - What Am I Filled With? - Pastor Jon Couch What Am I Filled With? PSALM 71:1-8 1 In you, O Lord, do I take refuge; let me never be put to shame! 2 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me; incline your ear to me, and save me! 3 Be to me a rock of refuge, to which I may continually come; you have given the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Upon you I have 6  For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.5  Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.4 leaned from before my birth; you are he who took me from my mother's womb. My praise iscontinually of you. My mouth is filled with your 8  I have been as a portent to many, but you are my strong refuge.7 praise, and with your glory all the day. for each tree 44 “For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,43                Luke 6:43-45 Key #1  What I allow into my heart and my mind is what my mouth will be filled        known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from        a bramble bush. 45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and        the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his        mouth speaks. And the Lord said:  “Because 13               Isaiah 29:13this people draw near with their mouth and honor me with their lips,        while their hearts are far from me, and their fear of me is a commandment taught by men.        Proverbs 27:19        19 As in water face reflects face, so the heart of man reflects the man. For those whom he 29                Romans 8:29foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in        order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.        Romans 12:2         2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing        you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.        Romans 7:23         23 but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me        captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Key #2  What I praise is what I Worship and what I Worship is what I am enslaved to.          Jeremiah 17:14        14 Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved, for you are my praise. He is your praise. He is your God, who has done for you these great and terrifying things that         21         Deuteronomy 10:21your       eyes have seen.        Isaiah 6:1-8        1In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the        train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he        covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another        and said:           “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts; the whole earth is full of his glory!” And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house         4 was       filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell       in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!” Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a burning coal that he had taken        6 with       tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth and said: “Behold, this has touched your lips; your        guilt is taken away, and your sin atoned for.”  Isaiah's Commission from the Lord  8 And I heard the       voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send        me.” Key #3  God's Glory must dominate my life all the day.                Psalm 115:1        1  Not to us, O Lord, not to us, but to your name give glory, for the sake of your steadfast love and        your faithfulness!        1 Chronicles 29:11        11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all        that is in the heavens and in the earth is yours. Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and you are exalted        as head above all.       2 So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.31             1 Corinthians 10:31  Corinthinans 4:17       17 For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all       comparison.       Romans 8:18       18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is       to be revealed to us.       Philippians 3:9       9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which       comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith. Three concluding thoughts       1.  This is one of the most difficult verses for me to live out daily.  As my stiff and hardened heart at       times, do not gravitate towards the emploring of the psalmist but default to rebelling.       2.  In the midst of my distress and affliction not in theabsense of my distress and affliction.       3.  God ispassionly for His Grace and Glory not mine; and He will pursue His Glory at any and all       cost, even at the expense of my own personal comfort.       Isaiah 42:8        8 I am the Lord; that is my name; my glory I give to no other.                        Mon, 11 Jun 2018 08:30:00 -0500 06/03/18 - Spies Like Us - Pastor Dave Franklin Spies Like Us Numbers 13:25-14:10 Report of the Spies 25 At the end of forty days they returned from spying out the land. 26 And they came to Moses and Aaron and to all the congregation of the people of Israel in the wilderness of Paran, at Kadesh. They brought back word to them and to all the congregation, and showed them the fruit of the land. 27 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there.29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.” 30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.” The People Rebel 14 Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night.2 And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 3 Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 4 And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” 5 Then Moses and Aaron fell on their faces before all the assembly of the congregation of the people of Israel. 6 And Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes 7 and said to all the congregation of the people of Israel, “The land, which we passed through to spy it out, is an exceedingly good land. 8 If the Lord delights in us, he will bring us into this land and give it to us, a land that flows with milk and honey. 9 Only do not rebel against the Lord. And do not fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their protection is removed from them, and the Lord is with us; do not fear them.” 10 Then all the congregation said to stone them with stones. But the glory of the Lord appeared at the tent of meeting to all the people of Israel. 1.  We must replace fear with courage b/c of God’s faithfulness. (Luke 12:32, Numbers 14:24) 2.  We must remember what God has done in the past. (Numbers 14:2-4; 9, Exodus 16:3, Psalm 77:11-12) 3.  We must see opportunities instead of obstacles.  (Numbers 13:30, Judges 7:2) Mon, 04 Jun 2018 08:30:00 -0500 05/27/18 - How to Have a Faith That Works - Pastor Ed Diaz James 1:1-12 (ESV) Greeting 1 James, a servanta]">[a] of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes in the Dispersion: Greetings. Testing of Your Faith 2 Count it all joy, my brothers,b]">[b] when you meet trials of various kinds, 3 for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4 And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.7 For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord;8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9 Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10 and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grassc]">[c] he will pass away. 11 For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. Action Steps 1. What is your "Polka Dot"? 2. How might God use your trial to bring you WISDOM? 3. Share your trial with another - AND commit to PRAY for each other! Mon, 28 May 2018 08:30:00 -0500 05/20/18 - Bringing Children To Christ - Wilson Clark Bringing Children To Christ Mark 10:13-16 Let the Children Come to Me 13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.   SERMON NOTES We ourselves do not go to Jesus We fail to foster Christ-Centered conversations in the home We fail to live in integrity We fail to love Christ and His Church We fail to trust God and hold fast to His promises We show little interest in spiritual things.  How do we bring our Children to Christ today? We are to keep bringing them despite opposition. Even opposition from fellow believers.  8 Practical ways to bring our children to Jesus Be fully convinced that our children need Jesus and His salvation Realize that our children belong to the Lord We surrender our children to the Lord Speak to and live with our children in a Christ-Centered way Offer our children Christ-centered views on current events  Teach our children the whole counsel of God both law and the gospel Lovingly warn our children about being outside of Christ Become spiritual mentors for our grandchildren Mon, 21 May 2018 08:30:00 -0500 05/13/18 - Mommy Goggles - Pastor Dan Middlebrooks Mom Goggles Skit Guys HD Mommy Goggles - Notes Godly Moms are...Finders of Anything - Luke 2:41-52, 15:8-10 Godly Moms are...Feelers of Everything - Luke 2:33-35 Godly Moms are...Fixers of Broken Things - John 2:1-11 Godly Moms are...Fervent in the Teaching Things - Proverbs 31:1-27 Godly Moms are...Faithful in the Hard Things - 1 Samuel 1&2 Godly Moms are...Favored by the Precious Things - Proverbs 31:28-30 Open the eyes of my heart:  Ephesians 1:18     Mon, 14 May 2018 08:30:00 -0500 05/06/18 - The Making of a Disciple - Reverend W.W. Johnson, Jr. John 21 Jesus Appears to Seven Disciples 21 After this Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias, and he revealed himself in this way. 2 Simon Peter, Thomas (called the Twin), Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. 3 Simon Peter said to them, “I am going fishing.” They said to him, “We will go with you.” They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing. 4 Just as day was breaking, Jesus stood on the shore; yet the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 5 Jesus said to them, “Children, do you have any fish?”They answered him, “No.” 6 He said to them, “Cast the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” So they cast it, and now they were not able to haul it in, because of the quantity of fish. 7 That disciple whom Jesus loved therefore said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” When Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment, for he was stripped for work, and threw himself into the sea.8 The other disciples came in the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from the land, but about a hundred yardsa]">[a] off. 9 When they got out on land, they saw a charcoal fire in place, with fish laid out on it, and bread. 10 Jesus said to them, “Bring some of the fish that you have just caught.” 11 So Simon Peter went aboard and hauled the net ashore, full of large fish, 153 of them. And although there were so many, the net was not torn. 12 Jesus said to them, “Come and have breakfast.” Now none of the disciples dared ask him, “Who are you?” They knew it was the Lord. 13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and so with the fish. 14 This was now the third time that Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead. Jesus and Peter 15 When they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Feed my lambs.” 16 He said to him a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He said to him, “Yes, Lord; you know that I love you.” He said to him, “Tend my sheep.” 17 He said to him the third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was grieved because he said to him the third time, “Do you love me?” and he said to him, “Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.” Jesus said to him, “Feed my sheep. 18 Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young, you used to dress yourself and walk wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and another will dress you and carry you where you do not want to go.” 19 (This he said to show by what kind of death he was to glorify God.) And after saying this he said to him, “Follow me.” Jesus and the Beloved Apostle 20 Peter turned and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them, the one who also had leaned back against him during the supper and had said, “Lord, who is it that is going to betray you?” 21 When Peter saw him, he said to Jesus, “Lord, what about this man?” 22 Jesus said to him, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow me!” 23 So the saying spread abroad among the brothersb]">[b] that this disciple was not to die; yet Jesus did not say to him that he was not to die, but, “If it is my will that he remain until I come, what is that to you?” 24 This is the disciple who is bearing witness about these things, and who has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 25 Now there are also many other things that Jesus did. Were every one of them to be written, I suppose that the world itself could not contain the books that would be written. Mon, 07 May 2018 08:30:00 -0500 04/29/18 - How Jesus Runs The Church - Reverend Mike Glodo How Jesus Runs The Church 1 Peter 5:1-5   Shepherd the Flock of God 1So I exhort the elders among you, as a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, as well as a partaker in the glory that is going to be revealed: 2 shepherd the flock of God that is among you, exercising oversight, not under compulsion, but willingly, as God would have you; not for shameful gain, but eagerly; 3 not domineering over those in your charge, but being examples to the flock. 4 And when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory. 5 Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.” Mon, 30 Apr 2018 08:30:00 -0500 04/15/18 - Start A Revival - Pastor John Couch Start A Revival Pastor John Couch   2 Corinthians 5:12 - 15 12 We are not again commending ourselves to you but are giving you an occasion to be proud of us, so that you will have an answer for those who take pride in appearance and not in heart. 13 For if we a]">[a]are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are of sound mind, it is for you. 14 For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; 15 and He died for all, so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf. Mark 8:34 - 37 34 And He summoned the crowd with His disciples, and said to them, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. 35 For whoever wishes to save his a]">[a]life will lose it, but whoever loses his b]">[b]life for My sake and the gospel’s will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul? Galatians: 2:19 - 20 19 For through a]">[a]the Law I died to b]">[b]the Law, so that I might live to God. 20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and c]">[c]the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. 2 Corinthinans 5:9 9 Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him. Ephesians 2:1   Mon, 16 Apr 2018 08:30:00 -0500 04/08/18 - The Upper Room Discourse - Pastor Ed Diaz The Upper Room Discourse Jesus washes the Disciples' Feet John 13:15 15 For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did to you.   Jesus promises the Holy Spirit John 14:16 16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever;   Jesus calls us to Bear Fruit John 15:16 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you.   What is the Key to Bearing Fruit? ABIDING John 15:15 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. John 15:5 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.   What is the Key to Abiding? Obeying John 5:10-11 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 3 Kinds of Obeying       1.  Have to       2.  Need to       3.  Want to   What is the Key to Obeying John 15:12-13 12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.   What is the Key to Knowing God? Believing John 3:16 16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.   What is the Key to Believing? 3 Latin Words for "Believe"       1.  Noticia:  "Notice"       2.  Assencia:  "Assent"       3.  Fiducia:  "Entrust"     Mon, 09 Apr 2018 08:30:00 -0500 04/01/18 - Born Again To A Living Hope - Reverend W.W. Johnson, Jr. Born Again To A Living Hope 1Peter 1:3-9 Luke 24:13-35   1Peter 1:3-9 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.   Luke 24:13-35 On the Road to Emmaus 13 That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven milesa]">[a] from Jerusalem, 14 and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. 15 While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. 16 But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. 17 And he said to them, “What is this conversation that you are holding with each other as you walk?” And they stood still, looking sad. 18 Then one of them, named Cleopas, answered him, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know the things that have happened there in these days?” 19 And he said to them, “What things?” And they said to him, “Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, a man who was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and rulers delivered him up to be condemned to death, and crucified him. 21 But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel. Yes, and besides all this, it is now the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women of our company amazed us. They were at the tomb early in the morning, 23 and when they did not find his body, they came back saying that they had even seen a vision of angels, who said that he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but him they did not see.” 25 And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself. 28 So they drew near to the village to which they were going. He acted as if he were going farther, 29 but they urged him strongly, saying, “Stay with us, for it is toward evening and the day is now far spent.” So he went in to stay with them.30 When he was at table with them, he took the bread and blessed and broke it and gave it to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they recognized him. And he vanished from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Did not our hearts burn within us while he talked to us on the road, while he opened to us the Scriptures?”33 And they rose that same hour and returned to Jerusalem. And they found the eleven and those who were with them gathered together, 34 saying, “The Lord has risen indeed, and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he was known to them in the breaking of the bread.   Mon, 02 Apr 2018 08:30:00 -0500 03/25/18 - Your Towel - Pastor Dan Middlebrooks Your Towel John 13:1-17   Jesus Washes the Disciples' Feet 13 Now before the Feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end. 2 During supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him, 3 Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 4 rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. 5 Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. 6 He came to Simon Peter, who said to him, “Lord, do you wash my feet?” 7 Jesus answered him, “What I am doing you do not understand now, but afterward you will understand.” 8 Peter said to him, “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus answered him, “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.”9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!” 10 Jesus said to him, “The one who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but is completely clean. And you are clean, but not every one of you.” 11 For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, “Not all of you are clean.” 12 When he had washed their feet and put on his outer garments and resumed his place, he said to them, “Do you understand what I have done to you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. 14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. 15 For I have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you.16 Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. 17 If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them. Mon, 26 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0500 03/18/18 - Committed To The Church - Pastor Anthony Alonso Committed To The Church PSALMS 133:1-3 1Behold, how good and pleasant it is     when brothers dwell in unity!a]">[a] 2 It is like the precious oil on the head,     running down on the beard, on the beard of Aaron,     running down on the collar of his robes! 3 It is like the dew of Hermon,     which falls on the mountains of Zion! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,     life forevermore. Mon, 19 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0500 03/11/18 - The Meaning Of Psalms - Pastor Ed Diaz The Meaning Of Psalms P T L Psalm 44 PRAISE THANKSGIVING LAMENT   Mon, 12 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0500 03/04/18 - What God Has Done - Pastor Dave Franklin Isaiah 38:10-20 (ESV) 10 I said, In the middlea]">[a] of my days     I must depart; I am consigned to the gates of Sheol     for the rest of my years. 11 I said, I shall not see the Lord,     the Lord in the land of the living; I shall look on man no more     among the inhabitants of the world. 12 My dwelling is plucked up and removed from me     like a shepherd's tent; like a weaver I have rolled up my life;     he cuts me off from the loom; from day to night you bring me to an end; 13     I calmed myselfb]">[b] until morning; like a lion he breaks all my bones;     from day to night you bring me to an end. 14 Like a swallow or a crane I chirp;     I moan like a dove. My eyes are weary with looking upward.     O Lord, I am oppressed; be my pledge of safety! 15 What shall I say? For he has spoken to me,     and he himself has done it. I walk slowly all my years     because of the bitterness of my soul. 16 O Lord, by these things men live,     and in all these is the life of my spirit.     Oh restore me to health and make me live! 17 Behold, it was for my welfare     that I had great bitterness; but in love you have delivered my life     from the pit of destruction, for you have cast all my sins     behind your back. 18 For Sheol does not thank you;     death does not praise you; those who go down to the pit do not hope     for your faithfulness. 19 The living, the living, he thanks you,     as I do this day; the father makes known to the children     your faithfulness. 20 The Lord will save me,     and we will play my music on stringed instruments all the days of our lives,     at the house of the Lord. Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:30:00 -0600 02/25/18 - Detours - Pastor Peter Tepper DETOURS Exodus 3:1-15 (ESV) The Burning Bush 3 Now Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian, and he led his flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 And the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush. He looked, and behold, the bush was burning, yet it was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, “I will turn aside to see this great sight, why the bush is not burned.” 4 When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” 5 Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” 6 And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. 7 Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, 8 and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. 9 And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” 11 But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” 12 He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.”a]">[a] And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘I am has sent me to you.’” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: ‘The Lord,b]">[b] the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0600 02/18/18 - Transitional Truths - Pastor Dan Middlebrooks Transitional Truths Isaiah 43:18-19 18 Do not remember the former things, nor consider the things of old.  19 Behold, I will do a new thing, now it shall spring forth; shall you not know it?  I will even make a road in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Mon, 19 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0600 02/11/18 - The Faith of Hezekiah - Pastor Dave Franklin The Faith of Hezekiah 2 Chronicles 32:7-8 (ESV) 7 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or dismayed before the king of Assyria and all the horde that is with him, for there are more with us than with him.8 With him is an arm of flesh, but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people took confidence from the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.   2 Chronicles 32:19-21 English Standard Version (ESV) 19 And they spoke of the God of Jerusalem as they spoke of the gods of the peoples of the earth, which are the work of men's hands. The Lord Delivers Jerusalem 20 Then Hezekiah the king and Isaiah the prophet, the son of Amoz, prayed because of this and cried to heaven. 21 And the Lord sent an angel, who cut off all the mighty warriors and commanders and officers in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned with shame of face to his own land. And when he came into the house of his god, some of his own sons struck him down there with the sword.   Romans 5:3-5 English Standard Version (ESV) 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.   Mon, 12 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0600 02/04/18 - The Mother of All Who Believe - Reverend Mike Glodo Isaiah 66:7-14 English Standard Version (ESV) Rejoice with Jerusalem 7 “Before she was in labor     she gave birth; before her pain came upon her     she delivered a son. 8 Who has heard such a thing?     Who has seen such things? Shall a land be born in one day?     Shall a nation be brought forth in one moment? For as soon as Zion was in labor     she brought forth her children. 9 Shall I bring to the point of birth and not cause to bring forth?”     says the Lord; “shall I, who cause to bring forth, shut the womb?”     says your God. 10 “Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad for her,     all you who love her; rejoice with her in joy,     all you who mourn over her; 11 that you may nurse and be satisfied     from her consoling breast; that you may drink deeply with delight     from her glorious abundance.”a]">[a] 12 For thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will extend peace to her like a river,     and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream; and you shall nurse, you shall be carried upon her hip,     and bounced upon her knees. 13 As one whom his mother comforts,     so I will comfort you;     you shall be comforted in Jerusalem. 14 You shall see, and your heart shall rejoice;     your bones shall flourish like the grass; and the hand of the Lord shall be known to his servants,     and he shall show his indignation against his enemies. Mon, 05 Feb 2018 08:30:00 -0600 01/28/18 - The Wisdom of Witnessing - Reverend W.W. Johnson, Jr. Proverbs 11:30 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life,     and whoever captures souls is wise. Mon, 29 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0600 01/21/18 - Focus on Fixing You - Wilson Clark Colossians 3:7-14(ESV) 7 In these you too once walked, when you were living in them. 8 But now you must put them all away: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and obscene talk from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, seeing that you have put off the old selfa]">[a] with its practices 10 and have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge after the image of its creator. 11 Here there is not Greek and Jew, circumcised and uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave,b]">[b] free; but Christ is all, and in all. 12 Put on then, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13 bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. 14 And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Mon, 22 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0600 01/14/18 - God Can Use a Fractured Family - Wilson Clark Genesis 27:11-13 11 But Jacob said to Rebekah his mother, “Behold, my brother Esau is a hairy man, and I am a smooth man. 12 Perhaps my father will feel me, and I shall seem to be mocking him and bring a curse upon myself and not a blessing.” 13 His mother said to him, “Let your curse be on me, my son; only obey my voice, and go, bring them to me.” Mon, 15 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0600 Jesus is Your Life COLOSSIANS 3:1-4 “Jesus is Your Life” 1 If then you have been raised w/ Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.  2 Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth.  3 For you have died, & your life is hidden w/ Christ in God.  4 When Christ who is your life appears, then you also will appear w/ him in glory.     I.            SET NOT OUR MINDS ON THINGS OF THIS WORLD    II.          SET OUR HEARTS ON THINGS OF HEAVEN   III.         SET OUR HEARTS ON CHRIST Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0600 Don't Conform, Be Transformed “DON’T CONFORM, BE TRANSFORMED” MARK 1:14-20 & Ezekiel 18:30-32 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” 16 Passing alongside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and Andrew the brother of Simon casting a net into the sea, for they were fishermen. 17 And Jesus said to them, “Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.” 18 And immediately they left their nets and followed him. 19 And going on a little farther, he saw James the son of Zebedee and John his brother, who were in their boat mending the nets. 20 And immediately he called them, and they left their father Zebedee in the boat with the hired servants and followed him. EZEKIEL 18:30 “Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, declares the Lord God. Repent and turn from all your transgressions, lest iniquity be your ruin. 31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and umake yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel? 32 wFor I have no pleasure in the death of anyone, declares the Lord God; so turn, and live.”   SERMON NOTES I        REPENT & BELIEVE          1)  REPENT                    2)  BELIEVE II       FOLLOW HIM           1) CALLED / COMMANDED            2) LEFT ALL BEHIND            3) LIFE BECAME ABOUT CHRIST   III      DON’T CONFORM, BE TRANSFORMED            1) GOSPEL TRANSFORMS US            2) GOSPEL SENDS US   Mon, 01 Jan 2018 08:30:00 -0600 The Christmas Plan: Worthy “THE CHRISTMAS PLAN: WORTHY” John 1:14-17   14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.   15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’ ”)   16 And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.   17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  18 No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.   SERMON NOTES   I.          GOD CAME TO US THROUGH HIS SON, 14-15             A.  By becoming like us               B.  By living with us II.         GOD BLESSES US THROUGH HIS SON, 16-17             A.  By sharing His fullness with us               B.  By revealing the system of grace and of truth to us   III.        GOD REVEALS HIMSELF THROUGH HIS SON, 18             A.  HIS position               B.  HIS DECLARATION   Mon, 25 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0600 The Christmas Plan: The Will The Christmas Plan: The Will JOHN 1:11-13 11 He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him.   12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God,  13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.           I.        SOME REJECT CHRIST COMPLETELY   II.       SOME REJECT CHRIST INDIRECTLY   III.      SOME RECEIVE HIS FREE GIFT Mon, 18 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0600 Pastor Scott and Rachel's Announcement Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0600 The Christmas Plan: The Witness THE CHRISTMAS PLAN: THE WITNESS JOHN 1:6-8   John 1: 6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.  7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light. SERMON NOTES   I.        SENT FROM GOD   II.       BEAR WITNESS   III.      REFLECT THE LIGHT     Mon, 11 Dec 2017 08:25:00 -0600 The Christmas Plan THE CHRISTMAS PLAN JOHN 1:1-5   1  In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2 He was in the beginning with God.  3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made.  4 In him was life, and the life was the light of men.  5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.   SERMON NOTES   I.      JESUS IS GOD II.     JESUS IS ETERNAL III.    JESUS IS LIGHT   Mon, 04 Dec 2017 08:30:00 -0600 John Points The Way JOHN POINTS THE WAY MARK 1:1-13 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.  2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,  “Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight,’”  4 John appeared, baptizing in the wilderness and proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea and all Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. 6 Now John was clothed with camel's hair and wore a leather belt around his waist and ate locusts and wild honey. 7 And he preached, saying, “After me comes he who is mightier than I, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to stoop down and untie. 8 I have baptized you with water, but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”  9 In those days Jesus came from Nazareth of Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. 10 And when he came up out of the water, immediately he saw the heavens being torn open and the Spirit descending on him like a dove. 11 And a voice came from heaven, “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.  12 The Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness. 13 And he was in the wilderness forty days, being tempted by Satan. And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.   SERMON NOTES I.        NEED FOR REPENTANCE   II.       NEED FOR  RESCUE   III.      NEED FOR SPIRIT   Mon, 27 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0600 What Can He Do For Me? "WHAT CAN HE DO FOR ME?" Mark 10:32-45 Jesus Foretells His Death a Third Time 32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, he began to tell them what was to happen to him,33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn him to death and deliver him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock him and spit on him, and flog him and kill him. And after three days he will rise.” The Request of James and John 35 And James and John, the sons of Zebedee, came up to him and said to him, “Teacher, we want you to do for us whatever we ask of you.” 36 And he said to them, “What do you want me to do for you?” 37 And they said to him, “Grant us to sit, one at your right hand and one at your left, in your glory.” 38 Jesus said to them, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or to be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?” 39 And they said to him, “We are able.” And Jesus said to them, “The cup that I drink you will drink, and with the baptism with which I am baptized, you will be baptized, 40 but to sit at my right hand or at my left is not mine to grant, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared.” 41 And when the ten heard it, they began to be indignant at James and John. 42 And Jesus called them to him and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 43 But it shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 44 and whoever would be first among you must be slave of all. 45 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” SERMON NOTES I.                      DISCIPLES’ SELFISHNESS   II.                     JESUS’ SELFLESSNESS   III.                    OUR SANCTIFICATION   Mon, 20 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0600 God's Gift: Contentment God’s Gift: Contentment MARK 10:17-31 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, & you will have treasure in heaven; & come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.   23 And Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How difficult it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” 24 And the disciples were amazed at his words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult is to enter the kingdom of God! 25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 26 And they were exceedingly astonished, and said to him, “Then who can be saved?” 27 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” 28 Peter began to say to him, “See, we have left everything and followed you.” 29 Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, 30 who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses & brothers & sisters & mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, & in the age to come eternal life. 31 But many who are first will be last, & the last first.”   SERMON NOTES   I.        CAN’T EARN IT   II.       CAN’T BUY IT    III.      CAN’T WITHOUT CHRIST   Mon, 13 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0600 Let The Children Come To Me Let the Children Come to Me MARK 10:13-16   13 And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.   SERMON NOTES   I.        BLESS THEM           A)  Don’t Be a Hindrance                B)  Minister to Them             C)  Protect Them           D)  Love Them II.       BE LIKE THEM           A)  Helpless             B)  Humble           C)  Obedient             D)  Held   Mon, 06 Nov 2017 08:30:00 -0600 Christ Compels Us CHRIST COMPELS US MARK 9:38-50 Anyone Not Against Us Is for Us 38 John said to him, “Teacher, we saw someone casting out demons in your name, and we tried to stop him, because he was not following us.” 39 But Jesus said, “Do not stop him, for no one who does a mighty work in my name will be able soon afterward to speak evil of me. 40 For the one who is not against us is for us. 41 For truly, I say to you, whoever gives you a cup of water to drink because you belong to Christ will by no means lose his reward.   Temptations to Sin 42 “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were hung around his neck and he were thrown into the sea. 43 And if your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than with two hands to go to hell, to the unquenchable fire. 45And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life lame than with two feet to be thrown into hell. 47 And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into hell, 48 ‘where their worm does not die and the fire is not quenched.’ 49 For everyone will be salted with fire.  50 Salt is good, but if the salt has lost its saltiness, how will you make it salty again? Have salt in yourselves, and be at peace with one another.”   SERMON NOTES   I.          OUR MISSION   II.         OUR INTEGRITY   III.        OUR TESTIMONY       Mon, 16 Oct 2017 08:30:00 -0500 The Greatest “THE GREATEST” MARK 9"30-37 Jesus Again Foretells Death, Resurrection 30 They went on from there and passed through Galilee. And he did not want anyone to know, 31 for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, & they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.” 32 But they did not understand the saying, & were afraid to ask him. Who Is the Greatest? 33 And they came to Capernaum. And when he was in the house he asked them, “What were you discussing on the way?” 34 But they kept silent, for on the way they had argued with one another about who was the greatest. 35 And he sat down and called the twelve. And he said to them, “If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.” 36 And he took a child and put him in the midst of them, and taking him in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever receives one such child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me, receives not me but him who sent me.”   SERMON NOTES   I.        LAST OF ALL             1)    OUR DEFAULT MODE             2)    JESUS’ EXAMPLE             3)    OUR REDEEMED MODE   II.       SERVANT TO ALL             1)    SERVE THE CHURCH BODY             2)    SERVE THE COMMUNITY             3)    SERVE THE FORGOTTEN             4)    SERVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD             5)    SERVE THE KING OF KINGS!     Mon, 09 Oct 2017 08:30:00 -0500 The Reality Of Spiritual Warfare THE REALITY OF SPIRITUAL WARFARE MARK 9 14 And when they came to the disciples, they saw a great crowd around them, & scribes arguing with them. 15 And immediately all the crowd, when they saw him, were greatly amazed & ran up to him & greeted him. 16 And he asked them, “What are you arguing about with them?” 17 And someone from the crowd answered him, “Teacher, I brought my son to you, for he has a spirit that makes him mute. 18 And whenever it seizes him, it throws him down, & he foams & grinds his teeth & becomes rigid. So I asked your disciples to cast it out, & they were not able.” 19 And he answered them, “O faithless generation, how long am I to be with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring him to me.” 20 And they brought the boy to him. And when the spirit saw him, immediately it convulsed the boy, & he fell on the ground and rolled about, foaming at the mouth. 21 And Jesus asked his father, “How long has this been happening to him?” And he said, “From childhood. 22 And it has often cast him into fire & into water, to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us & help us.” 23 And Jesus said to him, “‘If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.” 24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!” 25 And when Jesus saw that a crowd came running together, he rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it, “You mute and deaf spirit, I command you, come out of him & never enter him again.” 26 And after crying out & convulsing him terribly, it came out, & the boy was like a corpse, so that most of them said, “He is dead.” 27 But Jesus took him by the hand & lifted him up, & he arose. 28 & when he had entered the house, his dscpls asked him privately, “Why could we not cast it out?” 29& he said to them, “This kind cannot be driven out by anything but prayer.”    SERMON NOTES   I.                      FAITHLESSNESS = POWERLESSNESS     II.                    (A LITTLE) FAITH  = POWERFULNESS     III.                   OUR FOCUS = PRAYERFULNESS         Mon, 02 Oct 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Jesus' Transfiguration & Our Transformation Jesus’ Transfiguration & Our Transformation MARK 8:31-9:13   31 And he began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes and be killed, and after three days rise again. 32 And he said this plainly. And Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”   34 And calling the crowd to him with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. 35 For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel's will save it. 36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul? 37 For what can a man give in return for his soul? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”   9:1 And he said to them, “Truly, I say to you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God after it has come with power.” ___ 2 And after six days Jesus took with him Peter and James and John, and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, 3 and his clothes became radiant, intensely white, as no one on earth could bleach them. 4 And there appeared to them Elijah with Moses, & they were talking with Jesus. 5 And Peter said to Jesus, “Rabbi, it is good that we are here. Let us make 3 tents, one for you & one for Moses and one for Elijah.” 6 For he did not know what to say, for they were terrified. 7 And a cloud overshadowed them, & a voice came out of the cloud, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him.” 8 And suddenly, looking around, they no longer saw anyone with them but Jesus only.   9 And as they were coming down the mountain, he charged them to tell no one what they had seen, until the Son of Man had risen from the dead. 10 So they kept the matter to themselves, questioning what this rising from the dead might mean. 11 And they asked him, “Why do the scribes say that first Elijah must come?” 12 And he said to them, “Elijah does come first to restore all things. And how is it written of the Son of Man that he should suffer many things and be treated with contempt? 13 But I tell you that Elijah has come, and they did to him whatever they pleased, as it is written of him.”   SERMON NOTES     I.        MOVED TO WORSHIP HIM II.       MOVED TO LISTEN TO HIM   III.      MOVED TO DESIRE HIM   Mon, 25 Sep 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Clarity Of Sight CLARITY OF SIGHT MARK 8:22-29 Jesus Heals a Blind Man at Bethsaida 22 And they came to Bethsaida. And some people brought to him a blind man and begged him to touch him. 23 And he took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the village, and when he had spit on his eyes and laid his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men, but they look like trees, walking.” 25 Then Jesus laid his hands on his eyes again; and he opened his eyes, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly. 26 And he sent him to his home, saying, “Do not even enter the village.” Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ 27 And Jesus went on with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the way he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 28 And they told him, “John the Baptist; and others say, Elijah; and others, one of the prophets.” 29 And he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered him, “You are the Christ.” 30 And he strictly charged them to tell no one about him. SERMON NOTES I.        CLARITY OF SIGHT   II.       CLARITY OF PURPOSE         Mon, 18 Sep 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Worse Than Rye Bread WORSE THAN RYE BREAD MARK 8:11-21 11 The Pharisees came and began to argue with him, seeking from him a sign from heaven to test him. 12 And he sighed deeply in his spirit and said, “Why does this generation seek a sign? Truly, I say to you, no sign will be given to this generation.” 13 And he left them, got into the boat again, and went to the other side. 14 Now they had forgotten to bring bread, and they had only 1 loaf with them in the boat. 15 And he cautioned them, saying, “Watch out; beware of the leaven of the Pharisees & the leaven of Herod.”  16 And they began discussing with 1 another the fact that they had no bread. 17 And Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do you not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened? 18 Having eyes do you not see, & having ears do you not hear? And do you not remember? 19 When I broke the 5 loaves for the 5000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” They said to him, “12.” 20 “And the 7 for the 4000, how many baskets full of broken pieces did you take up?” And they said to him, “7.” 21 And he said to them, “Do you not yet understand?”   SERMON NOTES I.        LOVE CHRIST   II.       LOVE HIS MINISTRY   III.      LOVE HIS LEADING   Mon, 04 Sep 2017 08:30:00 -0500 The Needs All Around “THE NEEDS ALL AROUND” MARK 8:1-10   1 In those days, when again a great crowd had gathered, and they had nothing to eat, he called his disciples to him and said to them, 2 “I have compassion on the crowd, because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. 3 And if I send them away hungry to their homes, they will faint on the way. And some of them have come from far away.” 4 And his disciples answered him, “How can one feed these people with bread here in this desolate place?” 5 And he asked them, “How many loaves do you have?” They said, “Seven.” 6 And he directed the crowd to sit down on the ground. And he took the seven loaves, and having given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to set before the people; and they set them before the crowd. 7 And they had a few small fish. And having blessed them, he said that these also should be set before them. 8 And they ate and were satisfied. And they took up the broken pieces left over, seven baskets full. 9 And there were about 4,000 people.  And he sent them away. 10 And immediately he got into the boat with his disciples & went to the district of Dalmanutha.   SERMON NOTES   I.        SEE THE NEED   II.       FEEL THE NEED III.      MEET THE NEED       Mon, 28 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Who is Important? WHO IS IMPORTANT? MARK 7:24-37  The Syrophoenician Woman's Faith 24 And from there he arose and went away to the region of Tyre & Sidon.  & he entered a house & did not want anyone to know, yet he could not be hidden. 25 But immediately a woman whose little daughter had an unclean spirit heard of him & came & fell down at his feet. 26 Now the woman was a Gentile, a Syrophoenician by birth. And she begged him to cast the demon out of her daughter. 27 And he said to her, “Let the children be fed first, for it is not right to take the children's bread & throw it to the dogs.” 28 But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” 29 And he said to her, “For this statement you may go your way; the demon has left your daughter.” 30 And she went home & found the child lying in bed & the demon gone.   Jesus Heals a Deaf Man 31 Then he returned from the region of Tyre & went through Sidon to the Sea of Galilee, in the region of the Decapolis. 32 & they brought to him a man who was deaf and had a speech impediment, & they begged him to lay his hand on him. 33 And taking him aside from the crowd privately, he put his fingers into his ears, and after spitting touched his tongue. 34 And looking up to heaven, he sighed and said to him, “Ephphatha,” that is, “Be opened.” 35 & his ears were opened, his tongue was released, & he spoke plainly. 36 & Jesus charged them to tell no one. But the more he charged them, the more zealously they proclaimed it. 37 & they were astonished beyond measure, saying, “He has done all things well. He even makes the deaf hear& the mute speak.” SERMON NOTES   I.         WISE KING   II.        COMPASSIONATE KING   Mon, 14 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0500 The TRUE Source of Defilement The TRUE Source of Defilement Mark 7:14-23    What Defiles a Person 14 And he called the people to him again and said to them, “Hear me, all of you, and understand: 15 There is nothing outside a person that by going into him can defile him, but the things that come out of a person are what defile him.”  17 And when he had entered the house and left the people, his disciples asked him about the parable. 18 And he said to them, “Then are you also without understanding? Do you not see that whatever goes into a person from outside cannot defile him, 19 since it enters not his heart but his stomach, and is expelled?”  (Thus he declared all foods clean.) 20 And he said, “What comes out of a person is what defiles him. 21 For from within, out of the heart of man, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, 22 coveting, wickedness, deceit, sensuality, envy, slander, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within, and they defile a person.”    SERMON NOTES   I.          Sin's Solution is Not External Living     II.         Sin is an Internal Problem     III.        Sin's Solution is Christ         Mon, 07 Aug 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Worship As A Fruit Of Repentance Worship As A Fruit of Repentance Luke 3:1-18 1 In the 15th year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judea, & Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, & his brothr Philip tetrarch of the region of Ituraea & Trachonitis, & Lysanias tetrarch of Abilene, 2 during the high priesthood of Annas & Caiaphas, the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness. 3 And he went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 4 As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,             “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.             5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be made low,             and the crooked shall become straight, and the rough places shall become level ways,             6 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’” 7 He said therefore to the crowds that came out to be baptized by him, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8 Bear fruits in keeping with repentance. And do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’ For I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 9 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.”   10 And the crowds asked him, “What then shall we do?” 11 And he answered them, “Whoever has 2 tunics is to share w/ him who has none, & whoever has food is to do likewise.” 12 Tax collectors also came to be baptized & said to him, “Teacher, what shall we do?” 13 And he said to them, “Collect no more than you are authorized to do.” 14 Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what shall we do?” And he said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or by false accusation, & be content w/ your wages. 15 As the people were in expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Christ, 16 John answered them all, saying, “I baptize you with water, but he who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. 17 His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” 18 So with many other exhortations he preached good news to the people. SERMON NOTES   I.        PREPARE THE WAY IN OUR HEARTS (REPENTANCE) II.       PREPARE THE WAY IN OUR LIVES (CHANGED LIVES)   III.      PREPARE THE WAY IN ALL THINGS (FOCUS OF OUR LIVES)     Mon, 31 Jul 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Owning Our Weakness OWNING OUR WEAKNESS  2 CORITHIANS 12:8-10 & HEBREWS 5:1-10    2 Corinthians 12:8-10 [8] Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me. [9] But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. [10] For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (ESV) HEBREWS 5:1-10 [5:1] For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. [2] He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. [3] Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. [4] And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.   [5] So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,             “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”;             [6] as he says also in another place,             “You are a priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.” [7] In the days of his flesh, Jesus offered up prayers and supplications, with loud cries and tears, to him who was able to save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverence. [8] Although he was a son, he learned obedience through what he suffered. [9] And being made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation to all who obey him, [10] being designated by God a high priest after the order of Melchizedek.    SERMON NOTES   I.      FAITH IN OURSELVES IS THE OPPOSITE OF THE GOSPEL           A)  WE ARE WEAK             B)  WE ARE SINFUL        II.        FAITH IN JESUS ALONE IS THE GOSPEL              A)  HE IS STRONG                B)  HE IS HOLY        III.   APPLICATION OF OUR FAITH                   A) HIS POWER              B) HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS              C) HIS FAITHFULNESS              D) HIS FINISHED WORK    Mon, 10 Jul 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Seeking Another City SEEKING ANOTHER CITY HEBREWS 13:5-16 5 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." 6 So we can confidently say,  "The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?" 7 Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. 8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. 9 Do not be led away by diverse and strange teachings, for it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace, not by foods, which have not benefited those devoted to them. 10 We have an altar from which those who serve the tent have no right to eat. 11 For the bodies of those animals whose blood is brought into the holy places by the high priest as a sacrifice for sin are burned outside the camp. 12 So Jesus also suffered outside the gate in order to sanctify the people through his own blood. 13 Therefore let us go to him outside the camp and bear the reproach he endured. 14 For here we have no lasting city, but we seek the city that is to come. 15  Through him then let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge his name. 16 Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.    SERMON NOTES   I.      He is Not in the Temple   (Empty Religion)         A)  Superior Altar         B)  His Blood         C)  Strengthened By Grace II.     He is Not in the City   (Safety)         A)  Bear His Reproach                          B)  Leave What is Comfortable         C)  Leave What is "Smart" III.    He is Not of This World   (Earthly Pleasures)         A)  Jerusalem         B)  New Jerusalem         C)  In Between   Mon, 03 Jul 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Is God Really in Control “IS GOD REALLY IN CONTROL?”  Genesis 50:14-26   [14] After he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt with his brothers and all who had gone up with him to bury his father. [15] When Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, “It may be that Joseph will hate us and pay us back for all the evil that we did to him.” [16] So they sent a message to Joseph, saying, “Your father gave this command before he died: [17] ‘Say to Joseph, “Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, because they did evil to you.”’ And now, please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father.” Joseph wept when they spoke to him. [18] His brothers also came and fell down before him and said, “Behold, we are your servants.” [19] But Joseph said to them, “Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? [20] As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today. [21] So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Thus he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.   [22] So Joseph remained in Egypt, he and his father's house. Joseph lived 110 years. [23] And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation. The children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were counted as Joseph's own. [24] And Joseph said to his brothers, “I am about to die, but God will visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land that he swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.” [25] Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely visit you, and you shall carry up my bones from here.” [26] So Joseph died, being 110 years old. They embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt. (ESV) SERMON NOTES   [MAIN POINT #1]                 When Bad Things Happen (God is in control)         1) WHAT THINGS?             2)  GOD’S HIGHER PLAN     [MAIN POINT #2]                 How God Redeems It (God is in Control)          1)    OUR SANCTIFICATION           2)    OUR FAITH GROWS           3)    OUR TRUST GROWS          4)    HE IS GLORIFIED           5)  IT IS OUR PRIVILEGE     Mon, 26 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0500 A Majestic Vision - Part II A Majestic Vision - Part II PSALM 145:1-21 [1] I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. [2] Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.  [3] Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. [4] One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. [5] On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. [6] They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. [7] They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. [8] The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. [9] The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. [10] All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! [11] They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, [12] to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. [13] Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.        [The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] [14] The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. [15] The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. [16] You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. [17] The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. [18] The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. [19] He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. [20] The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. [21] My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.   SERMON NOTES I.                      God’s Greatness (1-6)     II.                    God’s Goodness (7-10) III.                   God’s Glory (11-13)   IV.                   God’s Grace (14-21)   Mon, 19 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0500 A Majestic Vision - Part 1 A MAJESTIC VISION - PART 1 PSALM 145          [1] I will extol you, my God and King, and bless your name forever and ever. [2] Every day I will bless you and praise your name forever and ever.  [3] Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable. [4] One generation shall commend your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. [5] On the glorious splendor of your majesty, and on your wondrous works, I will meditate. [6] They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds, and I will declare your greatness. [7] They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness and shall sing aloud of your righteousness. [8] The LORD is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. [9] The LORD is good to all, and his mercy is over all that he has made. [10] All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD, and all your saints shall bless you! [11] They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and tell of your power, [12] to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds, and the glorious splendor of your kingdom. [13] Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations.        [The LORD is faithful in all his words and kind in all his works.] [14] The LORD upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. [15] The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food in due season. [16] You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing. [17] The LORD is righteous in all his ways and kind in all his works. [18] The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. [19] He fulfills the desire of those who fear him; he also hears their cry and saves them. [20] The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. [21] My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD, and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.   SERMON NOTES   TRUTHS THAT WE SEE:   1)  HE TAKES HOLD OF US    2)  HE PRESERVES     3)   HE IS GOOD     4)  HE IS WORKING IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES    5)  HE IS SEEKING TO HUMBLE US    Mon, 12 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Shining "SHINING" Phil 2:19-24 19 I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you soon, so that I too may be cheered by news of you.  20 For I have no one like him, who will be genuinely concerned for your welfare.  21 They all seek their own interests, not those of Jesus Christ.  22 But you know Timothy's proven worth, how as a son with a father he has served with me in the gospel.  23 I hope therefore to send him just as soon as I see how it will go with me, 24 and I trust in the Lord that shortly I myself will come also.   SERMON NOTES   I.        SINCERE           A.   THE MEASURE           B.   THE PRACTICE II.       SELFLESS           A.   THE DEFAULT           B.   THE NEW STANDARD III.      STEADFAST           A.   TRUSTWORTHY           B.   SUPPORTIVE   Mon, 05 Jun 2017 08:30:00 -0500 In One Accord In One Accord Philippians 2:1-8 Christ's Example of Humility 1 So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, 2 complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. 3 Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. 4 Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. 5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, 6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7 but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.     SERMON NOTES  I.        Be United II.       Be Loving III.      Be Selfless   Mon, 15 May 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Humble Obedience Humble Obedience Phil 2:8-13 8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. 9  Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, 10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 12 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.   SERMON NOTES   I.        OBEYING GOD           1)        OBEY CONSISTENLY           2)        OBEY WITH  INTEGRITY            3)        OBEY NO MATTER WHAT    II.       FEARING GOD     Mon, 08 May 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Traditions And Commandments Traditions and Commandments MARK 7:1-13 7:1 Now when the Pharisees gathered to him, with some of the scribes who had come from Jerusalem, 2 they saw that some of his disciples ate with hands that were defiled, that is, unwashed. 3 (For the Pharisees and all the Jews do not eat unless they wash their hands, holding to the tradition of the elders, 4 and when they come from the marketplace, they do not eat unless they wash.  And there are many other traditions that they observe, such as the washing of cups & pots & copper vessels & dining couches.  5 And the Pharisees & the scribes asked him, “Why do your disciples not walk according to the tradition of the elders, but eat w/ defiled hands?” 6 And he said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of you hypocrites, as it is written,   “‘This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; 7 in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 You leave the commandment of God and hold to the tradition of men.”   9 And he said to them, “You have a fine way of rejecting the commandment of God in order to establish your tradition! 10 For Moses said, ‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, ‘Whoever reviles father or mother must surely die.’ 11 But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or his mother, “Whatever you would have gained from me is Corban”’ (that is, given to God) — 12 then you no longer permit him to do anything for his father or mother, 13 thus making void the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And many such things you do.”   SERMON NOTES Pharisees WRONG in 2 WAYS:   1)        Pharisees mad about Disciples not washing hands   2)        Pharisees concerned about man-made rules & not what God has spoken            I.        DISHONORS GOD              II.        FOCUS IS ON MEN   Mon, 01 May 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Easter Sunday: Hearing And Believing EASTER SUNDAY:  Hearing And Believing John 5:16-30 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” 18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whom he will. 22 For the Father judges no one, but has given all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son, just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life. He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. 25 “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to execute judgment, because he is the Son of Man. 28 Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out, those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. 30 “I can do nothing on my own. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, because I seek not my own will but the will of him who sent me.   SERMON NOTES I.        HAVE ACCEPTANCE II.       HAVE LIFE   III.      HAVE ETERNAL HOPE       Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Maundy Thursday: High Priestly Prayer Maundy Thursday:  The High Priestly Prayer John 17:1-26 17 When Jesus had spoken these words, he lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, 2 since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. 3 And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. 4 I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do. 5 And now, Father, glorify me in your own presence with the glory that I had with you before the world existed. 6 “I have manifested your name to the people whom you gave me out of the world. Yours they were, and you gave them to me, and they have kept your word. 7 Now they know that everything that you have given me is from you. 8 For I have given them the words that you gave me, and they have received them and have come to know in truth that I came from you; and they have believed that you sent me. 9 I am praying for them. I am not praying for the world but for those whom you have given me, for they are yours. 10 All mine are yours, and yours are mine, and I am glorified in them. 11 And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them in your name, which you have given me, that they may be one, even as we are one. 12 While I was with them, I kept them in your name, which you have given me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. 13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth. 20 “I do not ask for these only, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, 21 that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me. 22 The glory that you have given me I have given to them, that they may be one even as we are one, 23 I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me. 24 Father, I desire that they also, whom you have given me, may be with me where I am, to see my glory that you have given me because you loved me before the foundation of the world. 25 O righteous Father, even though the world does not know you, I know you, and these know that you have sent me. 26 I made known to them your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them.” Fri, 14 Apr 2017 17:00:00 -0500 PALM SUNDAY: Sir, We Would See Jesus Palm Sunday –“Sir, we would see Jesus” John 12:9-26   9 When the large crowd of the Jews learned that Jesus was there, they came, not only on account of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to put Lazarus to death as well, 11 because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.  12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!” 14 And Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!” 16 His disciples did not understand these things at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written about him and had been done to him. 17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to bear witness. 18 The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you are gaining nothing. Look, the world has gone after him.” 20 Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks. 21 So these came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, & asked him, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 And Jesus answered them, “The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.   SERMON NOTES   I.        WHAT CHRIST HAS DONE           A.        Jesus Had Done For All             B.        Jesus Done for Us (IN CHRIST)   II.       WHAT CHRIST IS DOING           A.        Jesus Offers for all Believers           B.        Jesus Offers to each of us ----    Lose your Life to Gain Eternal Life     Mon, 10 Apr 2017 08:30:00 -0500 Rejoice and Know Peace REJOICE & KNOW PEACE PHIL 4:4-7  4  Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone.  The Lord is at hand; 6  do not be anxious about anything,  but in everything by prayer and supplication  with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  7 And  the peace of God,  which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.    SERMON NOTES   I.      JOY        a.  Rejoice in the Lord!        b. (HOW?) Rejoice in ALL Things! II.      GENTLENESS        a. CLEAR command: Be Gentle        b. Secondary command:   Let Gentleness be Known to EVERYONE        c. Why Be Gentle? III.      PRAYER        a. Don't Worry!        b. Pray About Everything!        c. Pray With Thanksgiving!   Mon, 27 Mar 2017 08:30:00 -0500 2017 Freed To Engage! 1 JOHN 4:7-21 2017 FREED TO ENGAGE!     [7] Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. [8] Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. [9] In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. [10] In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [11] Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. [12] No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.   [13] By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. [14] And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. [15] Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. [16] So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. [17] By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. [18] There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. [19] We love because he first loved us. [20] If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. [21] And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.   Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:30:00 -0600