GracePoint Plant City - Sermons en-us ©2020 GracePoint Plant City Razorplanet Feed Generator 0.1.2 Sun, 08 Mar 2020 09:30:00 -0400 Sun, 08 Mar 2020 09:30:00 -0400 Psalm Resource Guide As we near the end of our summer series in the Psalms, I wanted to share several resources that you can use to continue your study in the Psalms. The following quote is a great reminder of why we have been studying the Psalms through the summer months: “For years I’ve read the Psalter daily; there is no other book I know and love so well as this one…Knowing them in this way belongs to the greatest enrichments of my life.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer on May 15, 1943, writing to his parents from his Nazi prison cell at Tegel. The following are resources that you can use when studying, meditating, and praying the Psalms. 1. Psalms, The Prayer book of the Bible - Dietrich Bonhoeffer. 2. Reflections on the Psalms - C. S. Lewis 3. Derek Kidner — Psalms 1-72; Psalms 73-150 (Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries, 1973). 4. Praying the Bible by Donald S. Whitney - great chapter on praying the Psalms. 5. The Matthew Henry Method of Prayer - online and email prayer guide that uses Scriptures to guide you in your prayer. 6. Willem A. VanGemeren — “Psalms” in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary (1991). 7. Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from Psalms by John Calvin. 03/08/2020 - No Other Name 3-8| Pastor Robert Olszewski 1. Rewind - a New _______________(vs. 11:29-32; 12:1-3) 2. Stop – Abram’s _______________. (vs. 4-9) 3. Fast forward - Abram __________. (vs. 10-20) Quotes to ponder: "We’re doomed.” – C3PO "Sorry about the mess.” – Han Solo ”God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but he does what is still more wonderful: he makes saints out of sinners.” – Soren Kierkegaard Sun, 08 Mar 2020 09:30:00 -0400 03/01/2020 - Sons of Revel Parents 1. Appeal to _______________      a. Creation      b. Fall 2. Cain and _______________. (vs 1-16) 3. Abel and _______________. (vs 25-26) 4. Gospel Application Quotes to Ponder "Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” – Mark Twain "No matter how just your words may be, you ruin everything when you speak with anger.” –John Chrysostom Sun, 01 Mar 2020 09:30:00 -0500 02/23/2020 - Parents Rebel Parents Rebel Genesis 3:1-24 3 Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘Youa]">[a] shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?” 2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden, 3 but God said, ‘You shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the midst of the garden, neither shall you touch it, lest you die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise,b]">[b] she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths. 8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the coolc]">[c] of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?”d]">[d] 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 12 The man said, “The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.” 13 Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this that you have done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.” 14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this,     cursed are you above all livestock     and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go,     and dust you shall eat     all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman,     and between your offspringe]">[e] and her offspring; he shall bruise your head,     and you shall bruise his heel.” 16 To the woman he said, “I will surely multiply your pain in childbearing;     in pain you shall bring forth children. Your desire shall be contrary tof]">[f] your husband,     but he shall rule over you.” 17 And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife     and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you,     ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you;     in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you;     and you shall eat the plants of the field. 19 By the sweat of your face     you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground,     for out of it you were taken; for you are dust,     and to dust you shall return.” 20 The man called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of all living.g]">[g] 21 And the Lord God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins and clothed them. 22 Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us in knowing good and evil. Now, lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever—” 23 therefore the Lord God sent him out from the garden of Eden to work the ground from which he was taken. 24 He drove out the man, and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life. 1. Words lead us astray (vs. 1-7) Words can be twisted Words can trick us Words can change our thinking 2. God's word brings us back to him (vs. 8-15) The world was all before them, where to choose Their place of rest, and Providence their guide: They hand in hand, with wandering steps and slow, Through Eden took their solitary way." - John Milton  "It is important to insist on the historical truthfulness of the narrative of the fall of Adam and Eve. Just as the account of the creation of Adam and Eve is tied in with the rest of the historical narrative in the book of Genesis, so also this account of the fall of man, which follows the history of man's creation, is presented by the author as straightforward, narrative history." - Wayne Grudem Sun, 23 Feb 2020 00:00:00 -0500 02/16/2020 - Formation Formation Genesis 2:4-24   The Creation of Man and Woman 4 These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens. 5 When no bush of the fielda]">[a] was yet in the landb]">[b] and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mistc]">[c] was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. 10 A river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. 11 The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. 12 And the gold of that land is good; bdellium and onyx stone are there. 13 The name of the second river is the Gihon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Cush. 14 And the name of the third river is the Tigris, which flows east of Assyria. And the fourth river is the Euphrates. 15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it. 16 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, “You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eatd]">[d] of it you shall surely die.” 18 Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit fore]">[e] him.” 19 Now out of the ground the Lord God had formedf]">[f] every beast of the field and every bird of the heavens and brought them to the man to see what he would call them. And whatever the man called every living creature, that was its name. 20 The man gave names to all livestock and to the birds of the heavens and to every beast of the field. But for Adamg]">[g] there was not found a helper fit for him. 21 So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. 22 And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he madeh]">[h] into a woman and brought her to the man. 23 Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones     and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman,     because she was taken out of Man.”i]">[i] 24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.   Sermon Notes   1.  God makes man. (vs 7, 18-24)      a. How does God make us? 2.  God makes a garden. (vs 8, 10-14, 19-20)      a. Why does God make a garden (Eden)? 3.  Our Response.      a. Revelation 21:1-6; 22:1-2 (p. 680-680)      b. Are you letting God form you?      c. Are you seeing how God has put you in your garden to tend to it and fill it? Quotes to Ponder “For as a young man marries a young woman, so shall your sons marry you, and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” – Isaiah 62:5 “This world is but a canvas to our imagination.” – Henry David Thoreau Sun, 16 Feb 2020 09:30:00 -0500 02/09/2020 - Creation CREATION Genesis 1:1 - 2:3   The Creation of the World 1 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. 3 And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. 6 And God said, “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” 7 And God made the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. 8 And God called the expanse Heaven. And there was evening and there was morning, the second day. 9 And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth, and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good. 11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day. 14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. 16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day. 20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day. 24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” 27 So God created man in his own image,     in the image of God he created him;     male and female he created them. 28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” 29 And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. 30 And to every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good. And there was evening and there was morning, the sixth day. The Seventh Day, God Rests 2 Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. 2 And on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. 3 So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.   SERMON NOTES   1. The Word Creates.      a. God creates by speaking      b. God forms and fills 2. The Word tells a big story      a. Stories have a certain way they are told      b. Stories have characters in them 3. The Word is Jesus Christ.         a. He holds all things together       b. How are you holding your story together? Quotes to Ponder “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson “The whole difference between construction and creation is exactly this: that a thing constructed can only be loved after it is constructed; but a thing created is loved before it exists.” – Charles Dickens “Reading stories is like breathing air; it is a natural part of life, but we do not usually think about it.” - Gary Schnittjer Sun, 09 Feb 2020 09:30:00 -0500 Four Points 4 Points to Make when Sharing the Gospel 1. God's Position God Loves us (John 3:16) God is Perfect (Mathew 5:48) 2. Our Condition We are not perfect (Romans 3:23) We are separated (Romans 6:23) 3. God's Provision Jesus is our substitute (Romans 5:8) 4. Our Decision Beleive (John 3:16) Sun, 02 Feb 2020 09:30:00 -0500 Intentionally Sowing Seeds Intentionally Sowing Seeds   1. Begin with One Person (Luke 15:7) 2. Remember Two Principles Lost People Matter to God (John 4:35-36) God is in charge of the Harvest (1 Corinthians 3:5-7) 3. Barriers to the Salvation Message  The Emotional Barrier  Our Response - find common ground (1 Corinthians 9:22) The Intellectual Barrier  Our Repsonse - sensitively answer their questions (1Peter 3:15) The Volitional Barrier Our Response - pray like crazy (Colosians 4:2-4) Sun, 26 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500 Two Principles Two Principles John 4:36 and 1 Corinthians 3:5-7 1. Evangelism is a Process John 4:36 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 2. God is responsible for the Harvest   1 Corinthians 3:5-7 5 What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. 7 So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.   Sun, 19 Jan 2020 00:00:00 -0500 01/12/2020 - One Person One Person Luke 15:1-7 1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. 2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” 3 So he told them this parable: 4 “What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? 5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. 6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ 7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance. Sun, 12 Jan 2020 09:30:00 -0500 01/05/20 - Missing the Point Missing the Point Jonah Chapter 4 But it displeased Jonah exceedingly,[a] and he was angry. 2 And he prayed to the Lord and said, “O Lord, is not this what I said when I was yet in my country? That is why I made haste to flee to Tarshish; for I knew that you are a gracious God and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love, and relenting from disaster. 3 Therefore now, O Lord, please take my life from me, for it is better for me to die than to live.” 4 And the Lord said, “Do you do well to be angry?” 5 Jonah went out of the city and sat to the east of the city and made a booth for himself there. He sat under it in the shade, till he should see what would become of the city. 6 Now the Lord God appointed a plant[b] and made it come up over Jonah, that it might be a shade over his head, to save him from his discomfort.[c] So Jonah was exceedingly glad because of the plant. 7 But when dawn came up the next day, God appointed a worm that attacked the plant, so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God appointed a scorching east wind, and the sun beat down on the head of Jonah so that he was faint. And he asked that he might die and said, “It is better for me to die than to live.” 9 But God said to Jonah, “Do you do well to be angry for the plant?” And he said, “Yes, I do well to be angry, angry enough to die.” 10 And the Lord said, “You pity the plant, for which you did not labor, nor did you make it grow, which came into being in a night and perished in a night. 11 And should not I pity Nineveh, that great city, in which there are more than 120,000 persons who do not know their right hand from their left, and also much cattle?” Sun, 05 Jan 2020 09:30:00 -0500 12/29/2019 - The Search For Jesus The Search For Jesus Matthew 2:1-12   The Visit of the Wise Men 2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise mena]">[a] from the east came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we saw his star when it roseb]">[b] and have come to worship him.” 3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him; 4 and assembling all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born. 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,     are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.’” 7 Then Herod summoned the wise men secretly and ascertained from them what time the star had appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child, and when you have found him, bring me word, that I too may come and worship him.” 9 After listening to the king, they went on their way. And behold, the star that they had seen when it rose went before them until it came to rest over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. 11 And going into the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother, and they fell down and worshiped him. Then, opening their treasures, they offered him gifts, gold and frankincense and myrrh. 12 And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.   SERMON NOTES   Search for Jesus (Matt. 2:1-12)   Wise men show us Jesus Christ Fools show us death Wise men respond to Jesus Christ   Quotes to Ponder   “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.” - Pro. 1:7   “For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.” - 1 Cor. 1:25     Sun, 29 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0500 12/22/2019 - Who Is Worthy WHO IS WORTHY Revelation 5   The Scroll and the Lamb 5 Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. 2 And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” 3 And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, 4 and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. 5 And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.” 6 And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. 7 And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. 8 And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll     and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God     from every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,     and they shall reign on the earth.” 11 Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, 12 saying with a loud voice, “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing!” 13 And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying, “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!” 14 And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.   SERMON NOTES   Scrolls are to be opened Lambs are to be slain Next Steps Sun, 22 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0500 12/15/2019 - The Throne Of God Almighty The Throne Of God Almighty Revelation 4 The Throne in Heaven 4 After this I looked, and behold, a door standing open in heaven! And the first voice, which I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet, said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.” 2 At once I was in the Spirit, and behold, a throne stood in heaven, with one seated on the throne. 3 And he who sat there had the appearance of jasper and carnelian, and around the throne was a rainbow that had the appearance of an emerald. 4 Around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and seated on the thrones were twenty-four elders, clothed in white garments, with golden crowns on their heads. 5 From the throne came flashes of lightning, and rumblingsa]">[a] and peals of thunder, and before the throne were burning seven torches of fire, which are the seven spirits of God, 6 and before the throne there was as it were a sea of glass, like crystal. And around the throne, on each side of the throne, are four living creatures, full of eyes in front and behind: 7 the first living creature like a lion, the second living creature like an ox, the third living creature with the face of a man, and the fourth living creature like an eagle in flight. 8 And the four living creatures, each of them with six wings, are full of eyes all around and within, and day and night they never cease to say, “Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord God Almighty,     who was and is and is to come!” 9 And whenever the living creatures give glory and honor and thanks to him who is seated on the throne, who lives forever and ever, 10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who is seated on the throne and worship him who lives forever and ever. They cast their crowns before the throne, saying, 11 “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things,     and by your will they existed and were created.”   SERMON NOTES THE THRONE OF GOD ALMIGHTY - REVELATION 4 1. Throne proclaims Lord God (vs. 1-8) 2. Throne reveals God’s (vs. 9-11) 3. Throne of (Heb. 4:16)   QUOTES TO PONDER “He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” - Psalm 91:1-2 “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.” - 2 Cor. 3:18 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0500 12/08/2019 - Lukewarm Lukewarm Revelation 3:14-22   To the Church in Laodicea 14 “And to the angel of the church in Laodicea write: ‘The words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the beginning of God's creation. 15 “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! 16 So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth. 17 For you say, I am rich, I have prospered, and I need nothing, not realizing that you are wretched, pitiable, poor, blind, and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined by fire, so that you may be rich, and white garments so that you may clothe yourself and the shame of your nakedness may not be seen, and salve to anoint your eyes, so that you may see. 19 Those whom I love, I reprove and discipline, so be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. 21 The one who conquers, I will grant him to sit with me on my throne, as I also conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne. 22 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’” Sermon Notes 1. Jesus graciously disturbs (vs. 14-18) 2. Jesus lovingly disciplines (vs. 19-22) 3. Next steps Sun, 08 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0500 12/01/2019 - Wake Up! Wake Up! Revelation 3:1-13 To the Church in Sardis 3 “And to the angel of the church in Sardis write: ‘The words of him who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars. “‘I know your works. You have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. 2 Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God. 3 Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you. 4 Yet you have still a few names in Sardis, people who have not soiled their garments, and they will walk with me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels. 6 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’ To the Church in Philadelphia 7 “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: ‘The words of the holy one, the true one, who has the key of David, who opens and no one will shut, who shuts and no one opens. 8 “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make those of the synagogue of Satan who say that they are Jews and are not, but lie—behold, I will make them come and bow down before your feet, and they will learn that I have loved you. 10 Because you have kept my word about patient endurance, I will keep you from the hour of trial that is coming on the whole world, to try those who dwell on the earth. 11 I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown. 12 The one who conquers, I will make him a pillar in the temple of my God. Never shall he go out of it, and I will write on him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, the new Jerusalem, which comes down from my God out of heaven, and my own new name. 13 He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches.’   SERMON NOTES 1. Wake Up and __________. 2. Wake Up and __________. 3. Wake Up and __________. QUOTES TO PONDER “I love the Lord, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy. Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.” - Ps. 116:1-2 “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; my soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen for the morning, more than watchmen for the morning.” - Ps. 130:5-6 Sun, 01 Dec 2019 09:30:00 -0500 11/24/2019 - Messenger Of The Gospel Messenger Of the Gospel 1 PETER 3:15-16   15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, 16 having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ may be put to shame.   SERMON NOTES   Got hope? What’s your hope?  Three assumptions You are blessed Got gospel? How can you be a messenger of the gospel? Gentleness and respect Praying Caring Sharing Next steps   Quotes to Ponder   “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” - Hebrews 11:1   “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit,” - 1 Peter 3:18 Sun, 24 Nov 2019 09:30:00 -0500 11/17/2019 - Mouthpiece for Truth & Justice Mouthpiece for Truth & Justice 2 Samuel 12:1-13 Nathan Rebukes David 12 And the Lord sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, “There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. 2 The rich man had very many flocks and herds, 3 but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms,a]">[a] and it was like a daughter to him. 4 Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man's lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” 5 Then David's anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the Lord lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, 6 and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.” 7 Nathan said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. 8 And I gave you your master's house and your master's wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. 9 Why have you despised the word of the Lord, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. 10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’ 11 Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. 12 For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.’” 13 David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the Lord.” And Nathan said to David, “The Lord also has put away your sin; you shall not die.   SERMON NOTES Jesus sends us Speak truth & justice Next Steps Quotes to Ponder “It's a matter of taking the side of the weak against the strong, something the best people have always done.” - Harriet Beecher Stowe “He has told you, O man, what is good;     and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness,     and to walk humbly with your God?” - Micah 6:8 Sun, 17 Nov 2019 09:30:00 -0500 11/10/2019 - Molding Culture MOLDING CULTURE MATTHEW 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. 14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven SERMON NOTES 1. You are _______________ 2. You are _______________ 3. Next Steps QUOTES TO PONDER “Creativity is the only viable source of change.” – Andy Crouch “Culture is not territory to be won or lost, but a resource we are called to steward with care. Culture is a garden to be cultivated.” – Makoto Fujimura Sun, 10 Nov 2019 09:30:00 -0500 11/03/2019 - Minister Grace and Love MINISTER GRACE AND LOVE LUKE 10:25-37 25 On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 “What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?” 27 He answered, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’[c]; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d]” 28 “You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.” 29 But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?” 30 In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 The next day he took out two denarii[e] and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’ 36 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” 37 The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” SERMON NOTES 1. What shall I _______________?           a. Love _______________           b. Love _______________ 2. Who is my _______________?           a. Most unlikely person           b. Most inconvenient person           c. Most loving person 3. Next Steps. QUOTES TO PONDER “We love because he first loved us.” - 1 John 4:19 “I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, 2 with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, 3 eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” - Eph. 4:1-3 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 09:30:00 -0500 10/27/2019 - Making Good Work Making Good Work Colossians 3:22 22 Bondservants, obey in everything those who are your earthly masters, not by way of eye-service, as people-pleasers, but with sincerity of heart, fearing the Lord.   SERMON NOTES   1. Work is important to Jesus. 2. Work is action. 3. Work praises Jesus. QUOTES TO PONDER “Work doesn’t take us away from God; it continues the work of God.” - Eugene Peterson “The first Adam was cursed with labor and suffering; the redemption of labor and suffering is the triumph of the second Adam - the Carpenter nailed to the cross.” - Dorothy Sayer   Sun, 27 Oct 2019 09:30:00 -0400 10/20/2019 - Modeling Godly Character Modeling Godly Character Galatians 5:13-26   Keep in Step with the Spirit 16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. 17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality, 20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions, 21 envy,a]">[a] drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who dob]">[b] such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.   SERMON NOTES God is in us (Holy Spirit) Fruit of God in us (Holy Spirit)   Quotes to Ponder “Without the Holy Spirit, Christian discipleship would be inconceivable, even impossible. There can be no life without the life-giver, no understanding without the Spirit of truth, no fellowship without the unity of the Spirit, no Christlikeness of character apart from His fruit, and no effective witness without His power. As a body without breath is a corpse, so the church without the Spirit is dead.” - John Stott   “I am not asking whether you know things about Him but do you know God, are you enjoying God, is God the centre of your life, the soul of your being, the source of your greatest joy? He is meant to be.” - Martyn Lloyd-Jones Sun, 20 Oct 2019 09:30:00 -0400 10/13/2019 The Big Picture The Big Picture Colossians 1:15-20   The Preeminence of Christ 15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. 16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. 17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church. He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in everything he might be preeminent. 19 For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, 20 and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of his cross.   SERMON NOTES   What is the big picture? How do I enter into the big picture? Next Steps Quotes to Ponder “We are called to be fruitful - not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.” - Henri Nouwen “Great winds and storms help fruit-bearing trees. So also do corruptions and temptations help the fruitfulness of grace and holiness. The storm loosens the earth round its roots so the tree is able to get its roots deeper into the earth, where it receives fresh supplies of nourishment. But only much later will it be seen to bring forth better fruit. So corruptions and temptations develop the roots of humility, self-abasement and mourning in a deeper search for that grace by which holiness grows strong. But only later will there be visible fruits of increased holiness.” - John Owen Sun, 13 Oct 2019 09:30:00 -0400 10/06/2019 - Together We Grow Together We Grow 1 Peter 5:6-11   6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 8 Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 9 Resist him, firm in your faith, knowing that the same kinds of suffering are being experienced by your brotherhood throughout the world. 10 And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. 11 To him be the dominion forever and ever. Amen.   SERMON NOTES   Growing together in Christ means,       1. Being humble together        2. Suffering together       3. Receiving God’s grace together QUOTES TO PONDER “The early church practiced two things simultaneously: orthodoxy of doctrine and orthodoxy of visible community.” - Francis Schaeffer “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.” - Dietrich Bonhoeffer “Pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our consciences, but shouts in our pains. It is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” - C.S. Lewis “You don’t really know Jesus is all you need until Jesus is all you have.” - Tim Keller Sun, 06 Oct 2019 09:30:00 -0400 Whatever We Do Whatever We Do 1 Peter 3:8-12 English Standard Version (ESV) 8 Finally, all of you, have unity of mind, sympathy, brotherly love, a tender heart, and a humble mind. 9 Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing. 10 For “Whoever desires to love life     and see good days, let him keep his tongue from evil     and his lips from speaking deceit; 11 let him turn away from evil and do good;     let him seek peace and pursue it. 12 For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous,     and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.”   Sermon Notes 1. Whatever you do: Christian Virtue. (vs. 8) Unity of mind Sympathy Brotherly love Tender heart Humble mind 2. Whatever you do: Blessings. (vs.9) Love your enemies 3. Whatever you do: Right Living. (vs. 10-12) Jesus Christ’s right living for us. 4. Next Steps. QUOTES TO PONDER “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.” - St. Matthew “Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.” - St. Paul “After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us toward is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity (or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven.” - C. S. Lewis “Sanctification is the work of the Holy Spirit in us whereby our inner being is progressively changed, freeing us more and more from sinful traits and developing within us over time the virtues of Christlike character.” - Jerry Bridges Sun, 22 Sep 2019 00:00:00 -0400 Wherever We Are Wherever You Are   1 Peter 2:9, 13-17 English Standard Version (ESV) 9 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 13 Be subject for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether it be to the emperor as supreme, 14 or to governors as sent by him to punish those who do evil and to praise those who do good. 15 For this is the will of God, that by doing good you should put to silence the ignorance of foolish people. 16 Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God. 17 Honor everyone. Love the brotherhood. Fear God. Honor the emperor.   Sermon Notes - Wherever You Are   1. God is in _______________ the places.           1. Where does God meet his people?           2. Work is God’s way 2. God transforms the _______________ into holy places.           1. Rome’s mistake           2. Jesus Christ’s work for us 3. Next Steps QUOTES TO PONDER “All Christians are truly of the spiritual estate, and there is no difference among them, save of office alone. As St. Paul says (1 Cor. 12), we are all one body, though each member does its own work, to serve the others. This is because we have one baptism, one Gospel, one faith, and are all Christians alike; for baptism, Gospel, and faith, these alone make spiritual and Christian people.” - Martin Luther “Those who really can receive bread from a stranger and smile in gratitude, can feed many without even realizing it. Those who can sit in silence with their fellow man not knowing what to say but knowing that they should be there, can bring new life in a dying heart. Those who are not afraid to hold a hand in gratitude, to shed tears in grief, and to let a sigh of distress arise straight from the heart, can break through paralyzing boundaries and witness the birth of a new fellowship, the fellowship of the broken.” - Henri J.M. Nouwen "I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship." - Romans 12:1 Sun, 15 Sep 2019 09:30:00 -0400 All the Difference in the World All the Difference in the World 1 Peter 1:1-2 English Standard Version (ESV) 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. SERMON NOTES - ALL THE DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD 1. Greets with Blessings 2. Greets as God’s Elect 3. Greets as God’s Exiles QUOTES TO PONDER “Twant me, 'twas the Lord. I always told him, 'I trust to you. I don't know where to go or what to do, but I expect you to lead me,' and He always did.” - Harriet Tubman “May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace!” - Psalm 29:11 “Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.” - 1 Peter 2:11 “How is it that some of us are converted, while our companions in sin are left to persevere in their godless career? Was there anything good in us that moved the heart of God to save us? God forbid that we should indulge the blasphemous thought!” - C.H. Spurgeon Sun, 08 Sep 2019 09:30:00 -0400 9/1/2019 - Labor and Rest LABOR & REST PSALM 62 1 For God alone my soul waits in silence;     from him comes my salvation. 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,     my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. 3 How long will all of you attack a man     to batter him,     like a leaning wall, a tottering fence? 4 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.     They take pleasure in falsehood. They bless with their mouths,     but inwardly they curse. Selah 5 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,     for my hope is from him. 6 He only is my rock and my salvation,     my fortress; I shall not be shaken. 7 On God rests my salvation and my glory;     my mighty rock, my refuge is God. 8 Trust in him at all times, O people;     pour out your heart before him;     God is a refuge for us. Selah 9 Those of low estate are but a breath;     those of high estate are a delusion; in the balances they go up;     they are together lighter than a breath. 10 Put no trust in extortion;     set no vain hopes on robbery;     if riches increase, set not your heart on them. 11 Once God has spoken;     twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12     and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love. For you will render to a man     according to his work. Sermon Notes: Labor and Rest 1. Rest in the midst of stress (vs. 1-6)           a. Quiet confidence           b. Stress from attackers           c. Quiet confidence 2. Rest in God (vs. 7)           a. Confidence in God alone 3. Rest with confidence (vs. 8-12)           a. Heart confidence           b. God confidence           c. God confidence to save Quotes to Ponder   “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.” - Augustine of Hippo “Work is a blessing. God has so arranged the world that work is necessary, and He gives us hands and strength to do it. The enjoyment of leisure would be nothing if we had only leisure. It is the joy of work well done that enables us to enjoy rest, just as it is the experiences of hunger and thirst that make food and drink such pleasures.” - Elisabeth Elliot “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” - Matthew 11:29 Sun, 01 Sep 2019 09:30:00 -0400 8/25/2019 - Marvel at the Cornerstone Marvel at the Cornerstone Psalm 118 English Standard Version (ESV) His Steadfast Love Endures Forever 118 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     for his steadfast love endures forever! 2 Let Israel say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 3 Let the house of Aaron say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 4 Let those who fear the Lord say,     “His steadfast love endures forever.” 5 Out of my distress I called on the Lord;     the Lord answered me and set me free. 6 The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.     What can man do to me? 7 The Lord is on my side as my helper;     I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. 8 It is better to take refuge in the Lord     than to trust in man. 9 It is better to take refuge in the Lord     than to trust in princes. 10 All nations surrounded me;     in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;     in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 12 They surrounded me like bees;     they went out like a fire among thorns;     in the name of the Lord I cut them off! 13 I was pushed hard,a]">[a] so that I was falling,     but the Lord helped me. 14 The Lord is my strength and my song;     he has become my salvation. 15 Glad songs of salvation     are in the tents of the righteous: “The right hand of the Lord does valiantly, 16     the right hand of the Lord exalts,     the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!” 17 I shall not die, but I shall live,     and recount the deeds of the Lord. 18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,     but he has not given me over to death. 19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,     that I may enter through them     and give thanks to the Lord. 20 This is the gate of the Lord;     the righteous shall enter through it. 21 I thank you that you have answered me     and have become my salvation. 22 The stone that the builders rejected     has become the cornerstone.b]">[b] 23 This is the Lord's doing;     it is marvelous in our eyes. 24 This is the day that the Lord has made;     let us rejoice and be glad in it. 25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!     O Lord, we pray, give us success! 26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!     We bless you from the house of the Lord. 27 The Lord is God,     and he has made his light to shine upon us. Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,     up to the horns of the altar! 28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;     you are my God; I will extol you. 29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;     for his steadfast love endures forever! SERMON NOTES:MARVEL AT THE CORNERSTONE 1. Marvel 1 - Timeless Love (vs. 1-4)     a. Our history     b. Give thanks 2. Marvel 2 - Timely Help(vs. 5-9)     a. Hebrews 13:6     b. Sure refuge 3. Marvel 3 - The Victor’s Welcome (vs. 19-23)     a. The challenge at the gate (vs. 19-20)     b. The chief cornerstone (vs. 21-23) Quotes to Ponder “This precious Cornerstone binds God and man together in wondrous amity, for He is both in one! He joins earth and Heaven together, for He participates in each! He joins time and eternity together, for He was a man of few years and yet He is the Ancient of Days!” - C.H. Spurgeon “"Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding, Who set its measurements? Since you know. Or who stretched the line on it? "On what were its bases sunk? Or who laid its cornerstone,” - Job 38:4-6 “One cannot help but be in awe when [one] contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality.” - Albert Einstein “In the original language, 'Fear the Lord' doesn't mean be afraid. It means sustaining a joyful, astonished awe, and wonder before Him.” - Timothy Keller Sun, 25 Aug 2019 00:00:00 -0400 8/18/2019 - The Servant's Pain Psalm 69 The Servant's Pain  To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. Of David. 69 Save me, O God!     For the waters have come up to my neck.a]">[a] 2 I sink in deep mire,     where there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters,     and the flood sweeps over me. 3 I am weary with my crying out;     my throat is parched. My eyes grow dim     with waiting for my God. 4 More in number than the hairs of my head     are those who hate me without cause; mighty are those who would destroy me,     those who attack me with lies. What I did not steal     must I now restore? 5 O God, you know my folly;     the wrongs I have done are not hidden from you. 6 Let not those who hope in you be put to shame through me,     O Lord God of hosts; let not those who seek you be brought to dishonor through me,     O God of Israel. 7 For it is for your sake that I have borne reproach,     that dishonor has covered my face. 8 I have become a stranger to my brothers,     an alien to my mother's sons. 9 For zeal for your house has consumed me,     and the reproaches of those who reproach you have fallen on me. 10 When I wept and humbledb]">[b] my soul with fasting,     it became my reproach. 11 When I made sackcloth my clothing,     I became a byword to them. 12 I am the talk of those who sit in the gate,     and the drunkards make songs about me. 13 But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord.     At an acceptable time, O God,     in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness. 14 Deliver me     from sinking in the mire; let me be delivered from my enemies     and from the deep waters. 15 Let not the flood sweep over me,     or the deep swallow me up,     or the pit close its mouth over me. 16 Answer me, O Lord, for your steadfast love is good;     according to your abundant mercy, turn to me. 17 Hide not your face from your servant,     for I am in distress; make haste to answer me. 18 Draw near to my soul, redeem me;     ransom me because of my enemies! 19 You know my reproach,     and my shame and my dishonor;     my foes are all known to you. 20 Reproaches have broken my heart,     so that I am in despair. I looked for pity, but there was none,     and for comforters, but I found none. 21 They gave me poison for food,     and for my thirst they gave me sour wine to drink. 22 Let their own table before them become a snare;     and when they are at peace, let it become a trap.c]">[c] 23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see,     and make their loins tremble continually. 24 Pour out your indignation upon them,     and let your burning anger overtake them. 25 May their camp be a desolation;     let no one dwell in their tents. 26 For they persecute him whom you have struck down,     and they recount the pain of those you have wounded. 27 Add to them punishment upon punishment;     may they have no acquittal from you. 28 Let them be blotted out of the book of the living;     let them not be enrolled among the righteous. 29 But I am afflicted and in pain;     let your salvation, O God, set me on high! 30 I will praise the name of God with a song;     I will magnify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox     or a bull with horns and hoofs. 32 When the humble see it they will be glad;     you who seek God, let your hearts revive. 33 For the Lord hears the needy     and does not despise his own people who are prisoners. 34 Let heaven and earth praise him,     the seas and everything that moves in them. 35 For God will save Zion     and build up the cities of Judah, and people shall dwell there and possess it; 36     the offspring of his servants shall inherit it,     and those who love his name shall dwell in it. SERMON NOTES THE SERVANT’S PAIN  PSALM 69 1. Be a Servant. (vs. 1-3, 29)     a. Pain one     b. Up is down & down is up     c. How are you a servant? 2. Be . (vs. 4-15, 29)     a. Pain two     b. Righteous living     c. How are you being hated? 3. Be an . (vs. 16-18, 29, 30-36)      a. Pain three     b. Receive the free gift     c. Have you acted like an exchange? Quotes to Ponder “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr. “Our duties naturally emerge from such fundamental relations as our families, neighborhoods, workplaces, our state or nation. Make it your regular habit to consider your roles – parent, child, neighbor, citizen, leader – and the natural duties that arise from them. Once you know who you are and to whom you are linked, you will know what to do.” - Epictetus “Life is an exciting business and most exciting when lived for others.” - Helen Keller “Organizations exist to serve. Period. Leaders live to serve. Period.” - Tom Peters Sun, 18 Aug 2019 09:30:00 -0400 8/11/2019 - God and Gratitude God and Gratitude PSALM 108   1 My heart is steadfast, O God!     I will sing and make melody with all my being! 2 Awake, O harp and lyre!     I will awake the dawn! 3 I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the peoples;     I will sing praises to you among the nations. 4 For your steadfast love is great above the heavens;     your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens!     Let your glory be over all the earth! 6 That your beloved ones may be delivered,     give salvation by your right hand and answer me! 7 God has promised in his holiness:     “With exultation I will divide up Shechem     and portion out the Valley of Succoth. 8 Gilead is mine; Manasseh is mine;     Ephraim is my helmet,     Judah my scepter. 9 Moab is my washbasin;     upon Edom I cast my shoe;     over Philistia I shout in triumph.” 10 Who will bring me to the fortified city?     Who will lead me to Edom? 11 Have you not rejected us, O God?     You do not go out, O God, with our armies. 12 Oh grant us help against the foe,     for vain is the salvation of man! 13 With God we shall do valiantly;     it is he who will tread down our foes.   SERMON NOTES   Psalm 108 - God & Gratitude   Thanksgiving is a response to our challenges (vs. 1-5) Psalm 57:7-11 - individual lament Confident hope Trials lead us to God(vs. 6-13) Psalm 60:5-12 - community lament God has promised Next Steps Following Jesus Christ into our trials Gratitude mindset   Quotes to Ponder “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!” - Psalm 107:1   “give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” - 1 Thess. 5:18   “And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” - Col. 3:17   “Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise!  Give thanks to him; bless his name!” - Psalm 100:4   Sun, 11 Aug 2019 09:30:00 -0400 8/04/2019 - Anger ANGER Psalm 79   How Long, O Lord? A Psalm of Asaph. 79 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance; they have defiled your holy temple;     they have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2 They have given the bodies of your servants to the birds of the heavens for food,     the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth. 3 They have poured out their blood like water all around Jerusalem,     and there was no one to bury them. 4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors, mocked and derided by those around us. 5 How long, O Lord?  Will you be angry forever?  Will your jealousy burn like fire? 6 Pour out your anger on the nations that do not know you,   and on the kingdoms that do not call upon your name! 7 For they have devoured Jacob and laid waste his habitation. 8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities; let your compassion come speedily to meet us,    for we are brought very low. 9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of your name; deliver us, and atone for our sins, for your name's sake! 10 Why should the nations say,  “Where is their God?”     Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants     be known among the nations before our eyes! 11 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;     according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die! 12 Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors     the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord! 13 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture, will give thanks to you forever;     from generation to generation we will recount your praise. SERMON NOTES   1.      Blame (vs. 1-5)          1.      Story of destruction   2.      Shame (vs. 6-12)          1.      Confess your sins 3.      Hope (vs. 13)         1.      Communion and Jesus Christ         2.      Repent and Remember Sun, 04 Aug 2019 09:30:00 -0400 7/28/2019 - Has God Abandon Me HAS GOD ABANDONED ME? PSALM 77 A PSALM OF ASAPH To Asaph – 1 Chronicles 16:4- 5      1- Asaph’s Complaint v1-6      2- Asaph’s Confusion v7-10      3- Asaph’s Confession v11-15      4- Asaph’s Consolation v14-15      5- Asaph’s Conclusion v19-20 ACTION STEPS: 1- Step back from your problem 2- Remember – God is bigger than your problem 3- God usually leads us Through – not around our problem 4- Sometimes I need a Moses or Aaron to help Sun, 28 Jul 2019 09:30:00 -0400 7/21/2019 - Doubt DOUBT PSALM 13 1 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?     How long will you hide your face from me? 2 How long must I take counsel in my soul     and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me? 3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;     light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, 4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”     lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken. 5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;     my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. 6 I will sing to the Lord,     because he has dealt bountifully with me. SERMON NOTES 1. David _______________      a. David’s _______________      b. What are your doubts? 2. David at _______________      a. David’s _______________      b. What are your desires? 3. David at the _______________      a. David’s _______________      b. What and who are you delighting in? 4. Gospel Focus QUOTES TO PONDER “Surely… we cannot imagine any certainty that is not tinged with doubt, or any assurance that is not assailed by some anxiety.” – John Calvin “Belief in God does not exempt us from feelings of abandonment by God. Praising God does not inoculate us from doubts about God.” – Eugene Peterson “Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” - Jesus  Sun, 21 Jul 2019 09:30:00 -0400 Loneliness Sun, 14 Jul 2019 10:30:00 -0400 7/7/2019 - Anxiety & Fear ANXIETY & FEAR PSALM 3:1-8​​​​​​ 1 O Lord, how many are my foes!     Many are rising against me; 2 many are saying of my soul,     “There is no salvation for him in God.” Selah[a] 3 But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,     my glory, and the lifter of my head. 4 I cried aloud to the Lord,     and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lay down and slept;     I woke again, for the Lord sustained me. 6 I will not be afraid of many thousands of people     who have set themselves against me all around. 7 Arise, O Lord!     Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;     you break the teeth of the wicked. 8 Salvation belongs to the Lord;   your blessing be on your people!  GENESIS 15:1, 8 1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 8 But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” Sermon Notes 1. What is ? _______________      a. David’s fears vs. 1-2      b. Two aspects of fear 2. Four _______________ Out of Fear      a. Obey King Jesus      b. Change your glory      c. Trust in God’s promise      d. Be in community QUOTES TO PONDER “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” – Joshua 1:9 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” – Matt. 6:34 “There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” - 1 John 4:18 “But now, this is what the Lord says…Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine.” - Isaiah 43:1 Sun, 07 Jul 2019 09:30:00 -0400 6/30/2019 - Living Generously - Pastor Robert Olszewski Living Generously Galations 6:6-10   Living Generously 6 Let the one who is taught the word share all good things with the one who teaches. 7 Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. 8 For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. 10 So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.   SERMON NOTES Sowing is scattering. Giving is a heart issue Giving brings joy Giving is an opportunity Reaping is gathering. You sow generously You reap eternally You bless others now - do good Gospel Focus Jesus was given  We are gathered How is Jesus leading you to live generously?   Quotes to Ponder   "Generosity is not only about money. There is more than one currency. Let your generosity be pervasive in life." - Timothy Keller "“You contribute nothing to your salvation except the sin that made it necessary.” - Jonathan Edwards "“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” - Winston Churchill "I gave up all for Christ, and what have I found? Everything in Christ." - John Calvin Sun, 30 Jun 2019 09:30:00 -0400 6-23-2019 - God's Generosity Sets us FREE - Paster Robert Olszewski Galatians 5:1-5 (ESV) Christ Has Set Us Free 5 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. 2 Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. 3 I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. 4 You are severed from Christ, you who would be justifieda]">[a] by the law; you have fallen away from grace. 5 For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. Sun, 23 Jun 2019 09:30:00 -0400 Offering Our Gifts Sun, 09 Jun 2019 09:30:00 -0400 6/2/2019 - God's Generosity is GRACE - Pastor Dave Franklin Exodus 13:3-16 (ESV) The Feast of Unleavened Bread 3 Then Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you came out from Egypt, out of the house of slavery, for by a strong hand the Lord brought you out from this place. No leavened bread shall be eaten. 4 Today, in the month of Abib, you are going out. 5 And when the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you shall keep this service in this month. 6 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the Lord. 7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten for seven days; no leavened bread shall be seen with you, and no leaven shall be seen with you in all your territory. 8 You shall tell your son on that day, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 9 And it shall be to you as a sign on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth. For with a strong hand the Lord has brought you out of Egypt.10 You shall therefore keep this statute at its appointed time from year to year. 11 “When the Lord brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as he swore to you and your fathers, and shall give it to you, 12 you shall set apart to the Lord all that first opens the womb. All the firstborn of your animals that are males shall be the Lord's. 13 Every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. Every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem. 14 And when in time to come your son asks you, ‘What does this mean?’ you shall say to him, ‘By a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery. 15 For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’ 16 It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.” Sun, 02 Jun 2019 09:30:00 -0400 05/26/2019 - Work Matters: Reaching Others - Pastor Robert Olszewski Sun, 26 May 2019 10:30:00 -0400 05/19/2019 - Work Matters: Warnings - Pastor Robert Olszewski Work Matters:  Warnings 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.   SERMON NOTES 1. Walking in Him          a. Rooted and built up          b. Prayer 2. Warnings against captivity     a. Human origins     b. Spiritual origins 3. Whole salvation for the whole of life     a. Vaccine not an antibiotic     b. Triumphant not defeated GOSPEL GLASSES   QUOTES TO PONDER   “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.” - Matthew 7:15 “For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, 4 and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths.” - 2 Timothy 4:3-4 “Do not waste time bothering whether you ‘love’ your neighbor; act as if you did. As soon as we do this we find one of the great secrets. When you are behaving as if you loved someone, you will presently come to love him.” C.S. Lewis “Daily bewail our sin and daily adore our Savior.” - John Stott Sun, 19 May 2019 09:30:00 -0400 5/12/19 - Work Matters: Whatever You Do - Pastor Robert Olszewski Work Matters:  Whatever You Do Colossians 3:23-24 23 Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, 24 knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.   SERMON NOTES   1.      One Part Do  (Colossians 3:23)          "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men" 2.      One Part Rest  (Colossians 3:24a)          "knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward" 3.      Whole of Christ (Colossians 3:24b)          "You are serving the Lord Christ"   Sun, 12 May 2019 09:30:00 -0400 05/05/2019 - Work Matters: Proclaim Him - Pastor Robert Olszewski Work Matters:  Proclaim Him Colossians 1:28 28 Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. SERMON NOTES 1.      Christ is the gospel message.          a.      He is our message.          b.      My work 2.      Christ is the gospel goal.            a.  Where He goes, we go         b.  Your work 3.  Christ is the gospel hope.        a.      Christ in you        b.      Christ's work   Sun, 05 May 2019 09:30:00 -0400 04/28/2019 - Beauty In Following Beauty In Following John 21:15-19   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.”  SERMON NOTES   1.  Beauty in Following the Word. 2.  Beauty in Following through people. 3.  Beauty in Following through forgiveness. Quotes to Ponder  "Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." - Ephesians 5:1-2   "It is only because he became like us that we can become like him." - Dietrich Bonhoeffer   "Jesus cannot be just liked. His claims make us either kill him or crown him." - Timothy Keller     "You cannot be Christ’s servant if you are not willing to follow him, cross and all. What do you crave? A crown? Then it must be a crown of thorns if you are to be like him. Do you want to be lifted up? So you shall, but it will be upon a cross." - Charles Spurgeon   Sun, 28 Apr 2019 09:30:00 -0400 04/21/2019 - Beauty in Resurrection Beauty in Resurrection John 20:1-8   20 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb.2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there,7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus'a]">[a] head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed;   SERMON NOTES   1.  Resurrection beauty in the STRUGGLE 2.  Ressurection beauty in the LIGHT 3.  Resurrection in RESPONSE   Sun, 21 Apr 2019 09:30:00 -0400 04/14/2019 -Beauty in Kingship Beauty in Kingship John 12:12-16   1. A picture - Palm Branches 2. A Word - Hosanna!  3. A Response -  Behold the beauty of the King   a. Fear not b. Behold your king Quotes to Ponder “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve….You only need a heart full of grace, a soul generated by love.” - Martin Luther King, Jr “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve.” - Joshua 24:17 “The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them, and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you. Rather, let the greatest among you become as the youngest, and the leader as one who serves.” - Luke 22:25–26 “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.” Philippians 2:5-8 Sun, 14 Apr 2019 09:30:00 -0400 04/07/2019 - Behold the Beauty of Christ BEHOLD THE BEAUTY OF THE LORD PSALM 27:4   1. Why do we need God's _______________? 2. What is _______________?      1. It is _______________.      2. It is _______________.      3. It brings _______________ and _______________. 3. How does the _______________ of God change our lives? QUOTES TO PONDER "Never lose an opportunity of seeing anything beautiful, for beauty is God's handwriting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson "You are altogether beautiful, my darling; there is no flaw in you." - Song of Songs 4:7 "Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;” - 1 Chronicles 16:29 “I’ve said many times that there are three dimensions of the Christian life that the Scriptures are concerned about—the good, the true, and the beautiful.” - R.C. Sproul Sun, 07 Apr 2019 09:30:00 -0400 3/31/2019 - Pastor Robert Olszewski - The Parable of the Tenants The Parable of the Tenants Mark 12:1-12   1. God made us to be fruitful. (Vs. 1-2) 2. God will always be faithful. (Vs. 2-8) 3. God unites through the Cornerstone. (Vs. 9-12) Quotes to Ponder “We are called to be fruitful - not successful, not productive, not accomplished. Success comes from strength, stress, and human effort. Fruitfulness comes from vulnerability and the admission of our own weakness.” - Henri Nouwen “There are periods that we forget that in the pursuit of fruit, that if we just abide in Him, then fruitfulness is a guarantee.” - Francis Chan “And I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness. Then you will know the LORD.” - Hosea 2:20 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful;” - Hebrews 10:23 ““as it is written, "Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense; and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame." - Romans 9:33 Sun, 31 Mar 2019 09:30:00 -0400 03/24/19 - Pastor Robert Olszewski - The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds The Parable of the Wheat and Weeds Matt. 13:24-30; 36-42   24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weedsa]">[a] among the wheat and went away.26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also.27 And the servantsb]">[b] of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.”’”  Parables make abstract concrete (Matt. 24-30) The kingdom of God is ordinary and real Three parts to the parable Work of the farmer Work of the enemy Patience of the farmer 36 Then he left the crowds and went into the house. And his disciples came to him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one,39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear. Parables reveal truths about this world (Matt.13:36-43) The sower is Christ (vs. 36-37) The enemy is the devil (vs. 39a) The field is the world (vs. 38a) The good seed is believers (vs. 38b) The weeds are unbelievers (vs.38c) The harvest is the end of the age (vs. 39b) The reapers are angels (vs. 39c-41) The granary is heaven (vs. 43) The furnace is hell (vs. 42) Parables need to be applied There are two kingdoms in this world vying for power Discern the differences between the two crops and which one you belong to Work is God’s kingdom way for bringing hope into this world   Quotes to Ponder   “Believers themselves are the point of continuity between creation and the new creation.” -  David VanDrunen   “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” - Desmond Tutu “Hope is patience with the lamp lit.” - Tertullian   “Our duty is found in the revealed will of God in the Scriptures. Our trust must be in the sovereign will of God as He works in the ordinary circumstances of our daily lives for our good and His glory.” - Jerry Bridges “Patience is necessary, and one cannot reap immediately where one has sown.” - Soren Kierkegaard Sun, 24 Mar 2019 09:30:00 -0400 03/17/2019 - Pastor Robert Olszewski - The Parable of the Mustard Seed – The Word changes us The Parable of the Mustard Seed – The Word changes us Mark 4:30-32 30 And he said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable shall we use for it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when sown on the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth,32 yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and puts out large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.” SERMON NOTES Big Idea:  Christ’s salvation is a kingdom which is entered into by faith. The Story of God’s salvation in Christ. Tree of Life (Gen. 2:9) The Mustard Seed Tree (Mark 4:30-32) The Tree of Life (Rev. 22:2) The Kingdom of God is salvation. Not about you but about the world. It’s about God. How does the Kingdom work?                                                   i.     The measure you use (Mark 4:24-25)                                                  ii.     The way up is to go down. Entering into the Kingdom Through the preaching of the Word Through faith (Romans 10:1-17) Gospel Challenge Go down first and think about representing Jesus by serving. Listen to the Word Quotes to Ponder ““The Gospel of Mark tells a mysterious story enveloped in apocalyptic urgency, a story that focuses relentlessly on the cross and ends on a note of hushed, enigmatic hope. Many of the key images in this mysterious narrative are drawn from Israel’s Scriptures; indeed, a reader who fails to discern the significance of these images can hardly grasp Mark’s message.” – Richard Hays, Reading Backwards   “The principle runs through all life from top to bottom.  Give up yourself, and you will find your real self.  Lose your life and you will save it.  Submit to death, death of your ambitions and favorite wishes every day and death of your whole body in the end:  submit with every fiber of your being, and you will find eternal life.  Keep back nothing.  Nothing that you have not given away will be really yours.  Nothing in you that has not died will ever be raised from the dead.  Look for yourself, and you will find in the long run only hatred, loneliness, despair, rage, ruin, and decay.  But look for Christ and you will find Him , and with Him everything else thrown in.” – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity   Sun, 17 Mar 2019 09:30:00 -0400 03/10/2019 - Pastor Robert Olszewski - The Parable Of The Growing Seed The Parable of the Seed Growing Mark 4:26-29 26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”   SERMON NOTES Growing Seed” Mark 4:26-29 The Word is the seed that changes us every day. 1. The Problem                 · We want the next big thing.                 · We are addicted to distractions. 2. Following Jesus Christ is .                 · It happens on your front line.                 · It happens in all the areas of life. 3. Growing Seed Parable                 · The seed has power.                 · The seed has roots.                 · The seed is weak. 4. Gospel Challenge                 · Receive God’s Word into your life.                 · Develop a Prayer Life Quotes to Ponder “Happiness is like a cat, if you try to coax it or call it, it will avoid you; it will never come. But if you pay no attention to it and go about your business, you’ll find it rubbing against your legs and jumping into your lap.” – William Bennett “In the internet age we are losing our capacity for deep thinking, reading, and conversations. Instead of deep-sea divers we jet on a sea of words and especially images.” – Nicholas Carr, The Shallows “Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.” - Blaise Pascal “We need to be content with the gospel as God’s power for salvation. We also need to be content with his ordinary means of grace that, over time, yield a harvest of plenty for everyone to enjoy.” – Michael Horton Sun, 10 Mar 2019 09:30:00 -0400 3/3/2019 - Come and Die - Pastor Robert Olszewski Come And Die Mark 1:14-15   Jesus Begins His Ministry 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.”   SERMON NOTES   1.  Identity: who Jesus is                             Mark 8:22-30 2.  Mission:  why Jesus came                     Mark 8:31-33 3.  Call:  what it means to follow Jesus      Mark 8:34-40   Gospel Response Holy Communion Come and Die      Sun, 03 Mar 2019 09:30:00 -0500 2/24/2019 - How Can God Accept Us? - Pastor Robert Olszewski Mark 10:17-27 (ESV) The Rich Young Man 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, and you will have treasure in heaven; and 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 it is[a]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,[b] “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.” Sun, 24 Feb 2019 09:30:00 -0500 2/17/2019 - Why Did Jesus Rise? - Pastor Robert Olszewski Mark 14:27-31 (ESV) 27 And Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away, for it is written, ‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep will be scattered.’ 28 But after I am raised up, I will go before you to Galilee.” 29 Peter said to him, “Even though they all fall away, I will not.” 30 And Jesus said to him, “Truly, I tell you, this very night, before the rooster crows twice, you will deny me three times.” 31 But he said emphatically, “If I must die with you, I will not deny you.” And they all said the same.   John 21:15-19 (ESV) 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.” Sun, 17 Feb 2019 09:30:00 -0500 2/10/2019 - Why Did Jesus Die? - Pastor Robert Olszewski Mark 15:22-39 (ESV) 22 And they brought him to the place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull). 23 And they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him and divided his garments among them, casting lots for them, to decide what each should take. 25 And it was the third hour[a] when they crucified him. 26 And the inscription of the charge against him read, “The King of the Jews.”27 And with him they crucified two robbers, one on his right and one on his left.[b]29 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads and saying, “Aha! You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, 30 save yourself, and come down from the cross!” 31 So also the chief priests with the scribes mocked him to one another, saying, “He saved others; he cannot save himself.32 Let the Christ, the King of Israel, come down now from the cross that we may see and believe.” Those who were crucified with him also reviled him. The Death of Jesus 33 And when the sixth hour[c] had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.[d] 34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” 35 And some of the bystanders hearing it said, “Behold, he is calling Elijah.”36 And someone ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, put it on a reed and gave it to him to drink, saying, “Wait, let us see whether Elijah will come to take him down.” 37 And Jesus uttered a loud cry and breathed his last. 38 And the curtain of the temple was torn in two, from top to bottom. 39 And when the centurion, who stood facing him, saw that in this way he[e] breathed his last, he said, “Truly this man was the Son[f] of God!” Sun, 10 Feb 2019 09:25:00 -0500 2/3/2019 - Why Did Jesus Come? - Pastor Robert Olszewski Mark 9:43-47 (ESV) 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,a]">[a] to the unquenchable fire.b]">[b] 45 And 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, Sun, 03 Feb 2019 09:30:00 -0500 1/27/2019 - Who Is Jesus? - Pastor Robert Olszewski Mark 4:35-41 (ESV) Jesus Calms a Storm 35 On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, “Let us go across to the other side.” 36 And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. 37 And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. 38 But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” 39 And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Peace! Be still!” And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. 40 He said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?” 41 And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, “Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Sun, 27 Jan 2019 09:30:00 -0500 1/20/2019 - What Are We Doing Here - Pastor Robert Olszewski What Are We Doing Here? Mark 1:1-8 (ESV) John the Baptist Prepares the Way 1 The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.a]">[a] 2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet,b]">[b] “Behold, I send my messenger before your face,     who will prepare your way, 3 the voice of one crying in the wilderness:     ‘Preparec]">[c] 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.” Sun, 20 Jan 2019 09:30:00 -0500 12/30/18 - Gift Of A New Kingdom - Pastor Robert Olszewski Gift Of A New Kingdom Matthew 3:13-17   The Baptism of Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to John, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” 15 But Jesus answered him, “Let it be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he consented. 16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him;17 and  behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”   SERMON NOTES   1.  Jesus baptism is a beautiful picture. 2. Jesus kingdom anointing starts a new chapter.   Sun, 30 Dec 2018 09:30:00 -0500 12/23/18 - Gift of Life - Pastor Robert Olszewski Luke 1:26-38 (ESV) Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrotheda]">[a] to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”b]">[b] 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be.30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end.” 34 And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?”c]">[c] 35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be bornd]">[d] will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servante]">[e] of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. Sun, 23 Dec 2018 09:30:00 -0500 12/16/18 - Gift of Names - Pastor Robert Olszewski Matthew 1:21-23 (ESV) 21 She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.” 22 All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,     and they shall call his name Immanuel” Sun, 16 Dec 2018 09:30:00 -0500 12/9/18 - Gift of Prophecy - Pastor Robert Olszewski Matthew 2:5-6 (ESV) 5 They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for so it is written by the prophet: 6 “‘And you, O Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,     are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.’”   1. Prophecy is a gift from God. 2. Bethlehem is the sign of God keeping his promises to us 3. Jesus is our prophet-mediator. Sun, 09 Dec 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 02 Dec 2018 09:30:00 -0500 The God Of Steadfast Love The God Of Steadfast Love Micah 7:18-20 God's Steadfast Love and Compassion 18 Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression for the remnant of his inheritance?  He does not retain his anger forever, because he delights in steadfast love. 19 He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot.  You will cast all our sins     into the depths of the sea. 20 You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham, as you have sworn to our fathers     from the days of old. SERMON NOTES   1.  God forgives because of his great goodness.      “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression       for the remnant of his inheritance?  He does not retain his anger forever,       because he delights in steadfast love.” (vs. 18)   2. God renews his mercy because of his great love.     “He will again have compassion on us; he will tread our iniquities underfoot.      You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.” (vs. 19)   3. God is faithful to his covenant promises because of his great kindness.     “You will show faithfulness to Jacob and steadfast love to Abraham,      as you have sworn to our fathers from the days of old.” (vs. 20)   Sun, 25 Nov 2018 09:30:00 -0500 The God Of Justice The God Of Justice Micah 6:1-8, Romans 8:1-6 (ESV)   The Indictment of the Lord 1 Hear what the Lord says:  Arise, plead your case before the mountains,    and let the hills hear your voice. 2 Hear, you mountains, the indictment of the Lord, and you enduring foundations of the earth,    for the Lord has an indictment against his people, and he will contend with Israel. 3 “O my people, what have I done to you?  How have I wearied you? Answer me! 4 For I brought you up from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery,    and I sent before you Moses, Aaron, and Miriam. 5 O my people, remember what Balak king of Moab devised, and what Balaam the son of Beor answered     him, and what happened from Shittim to Gilgal, that you may know the righteous acts of the Lord.” What Does the Lord Require? 6 “With what shall I come before the Lord, and bow myself before God on high?    Shall I come before him with burnt offerings, with calves a year old? 7 Will the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with ten thousands of rivers of oil?   Shall I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for the sin of my soul?” 8 He has told you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice,   and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?   Life in the Spirit 1 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  3 For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the   likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  4 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according    to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live   according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  6 For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.   SERMON NOTES     1. What justice is not, Justice in not....    2. What justice is?  Yaweh = Justice    3. How do we get justice?   Sun, 18 Nov 2018 09:30:00 -0500 The Shepherd God Micah 2 - The Shepherd God Micah 2:1-13; John 10:11-18 Woe to the Oppressors 1 Woe to those who devise wickedness and work evil on their beds!  When the morning dawns, they perform it, because it is in the power of their hand.  2 They covet fields and seize them, and houses, and take them away; they oppress a man and his house, a man and his inheritance.  3 Therefore thus says the Lord: behold, against this family I am devising disaster, from which you cannot remove your necks, and you shall not walk haughtily, for it will be a time of disaster.  4 In that day they shall take up a taunt song against you and moan bitterly, and say, “We are utterly ruined; he changes the portion of my people; how he removes it from me!  To an apostate he allots our fields.”  5 Therefore you will have none to cast the line by lot in the assembly of the Lord. 6 “Do not preach”—thus they preach— “one should not preach of such things; disgrace will not overtake us.”  7 Should this be said, O house of Jacob?  Has the Lord grown impatient?  Are these his deeds?  Do not my words do good to him who walks uprightly?  8 But lately my people have risen up as an enemy; you strip the rich robe from those who pass by trustingly with no thought of war.  9 The women of my people you drive out from their delightful houses; from their young children you take away my splendor forever.  10 Arise and go, for this is no place to rest, because of uncleanness that destroys with a grievous destruction.  11 If a man should go about and utter wind and lies, saying, “I will preach to you of wine and strong drink,” he would be the preacher for this people!  12 I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob;  I will gather the remnant of Israel;  I will set them together like sheep in a fold, like a flock in its pasture, a noisy multitude of men.  13 He who opens the breach goes up before them; they break through and pass the gate, going out by it.  Their king passes on before them, the Lord at their head. 11 I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. 13 He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. 14 I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. 17 For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”   SERMON NOTES   1. Oppression leads to poverty.                  A.  Examples of oppression from the Bible.                  B.  Examples of oppression in our land.   2. Our Shepherd King will lead us.                   A.  The Shepherd’s care                   B.  The King’s power   3. Our response:                  A.   Deacons Fund                  B.   Thanksgiving prayer                  C.   Serving others   Sun, 11 Nov 2018 09:30:00 -0500 The Judgement Of God The Judgement Of God Micah 1:1-9, Revelation 20:7-15     1 The word of the Lord that came to Micah of Moresheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Samaria and Jerusalem. The Coming Destruction 2 Hear, you peoples, all of you; pay attention, O earth, and all that is in it, and let the Lord God be a witness against you, the Lord from his holy temple.  3 For behold, the Lord is coming out of his place, and will come down and tread upon the high places of the earth.  4 And the mountains will melt under him, and the valleys will split open, like wax before the fire, like waters poured down a steep place.  5 All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel.  What is the transgression of Jacob?  Is it not Samaria?  And what is the high place of Judah?  Is it not Jerusalem? 6 Therefore I will make Samaria a heap in the open country, a place for planting vineyards, and I will pour down her stones into the valley and uncover her foundations.  7 All her carved images shall be beaten to pieces, all her wages shall be burned with fire, and all her idols I will lay waste, for from the fee of a prostitute she gathered them, and to the fee of a prostitute they shall return.  8 For this I will lament and wail; I will go stripped and naked; I will make lamentation like the jackals, and mourning like the ostriches.  9 For her wound is incurable, and it has come to Judah; it has reached to the gate of my people, to Jerusalem.   The Defeat of Satan 7 And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison 8 and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea. 9 And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, 10 and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever. Judgment Before the Great White Throne 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. SERMON NOTES   Who Is Like God? God is holy. Our sins are many God will judge God hears our cries for mercy Sun, 04 Nov 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 28 Oct 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 21 Oct 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 14 Oct 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 07 Oct 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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 Sun, 23 Sep 2018 09:30:00 -0400 09/09/18 - New Birth - Pastor Dave Franklin New Birth Pastor Dave Franklin   Sun, 09 Sep 2018 09:30:00 -0400 09/02/18 - Experiencing God as a Nurturing Parent - Reverend Woody Johnson Experiencing God as a Nurturing Parent.   Joshua 24:14, 15 & Psalm 46 Sun, 02 Sep 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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.   Sun, 26 Aug 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 19 Aug 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 12 Aug 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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.” Sun, 05 Aug 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 29 Jul 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 22 Jul 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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.   Sun, 15 Jul 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 08 Jul 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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!   Sun, 01 Jul 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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." Sun, 24 Jun 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 17 Jun 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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.                        Sun, 10 Jun 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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) Sun, 03 Jun 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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! Sun, 27 May 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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 Sun, 20 May 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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     Sun, 13 May 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 06 May 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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.” Sun, 29 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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"     Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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.   Sun, 01 Apr 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 25 Mar 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 18 Mar 2018 09:30:00 -0400 03/11/18 - The Meaning Of Psalms - Pastor Ed Diaz The Meaning Of Psalms P T L Psalm 44 PRAISE THANKSGIVING LAMENT   Sun, 11 Mar 2018 09:30:00 -0400 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. Sun, 04 Mar 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 18 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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.   Sun, 11 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 04 Feb 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 28 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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. Sun, 21 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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.” Sun, 14 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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 Sun, 07 Jan 2018 09:30:00 -0500 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   Sun, 31 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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   Sun, 24 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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 Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500 Pastor Scott and Rachel's Announcement Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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     Sun, 10 Dec 2017 09:25:00 -0500 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   Sun, 03 Dec 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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   Sun, 26 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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   Sun, 19 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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   Sun, 12 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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   Sun, 05 Nov 2017 09:30:00 -0500 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       Sun, 15 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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!     Sun, 08 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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         Sun, 01 Oct 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 24 Sep 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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         Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 03 Sep 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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       Sun, 27 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 13 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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         Sun, 06 Aug 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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)     Sun, 30 Jul 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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    Sun, 09 Jul 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 02 Jul 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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     Sun, 25 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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)   Sun, 18 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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    Sun, 11 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 04 Jun 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 14 May 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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     Sun, 07 May 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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   Sun, 30 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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       Sun, 16 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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.” Thu, 13 Apr 2017 18:00:00 -0400 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     Sun, 09 Apr 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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!   Sun, 26 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0400 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.   Sun, 08 Jan 2017 09:30:00 -0500