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Hope For You - Part 1
April 23, 2017 | 8:30 am
Believing in Jesus will change your life
Believing in Jesus will not change your life
Mark 10:17 NIV
17 As Jesus started on his way, a man ran up to him and fell on his knees before him. “Good teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
Matthew 19:17-19 NIV
17 “If you want to enter life, keep the commandments." 18 “Which ones?” he inquired. Jesus replied, “‘You shall not murder, you shall not commit adultery, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, 19 honor your father and mother,’ and ‘love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Mark 10:20-21 NIV
20 “Teacher,” he declared, “all these I have kept since I was a boy.” 21 Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
James 2:19 NIV
You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that—and shudder.
Believing is good, following is better
“God is not in a battle with you over your behavior. There's a more fundamental battle—the battle for the thoughts and motives of your heart.” - Paul Tripp
Matthew 7:21-23 NIV
21 Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, "I never knew you."
John 14:15 NIV
If you love me, keep my commands.
Give him your heart
and your behavior will change
It's a process
You will mess up, and that's alright
Matthew 7:7-8 NIV
7 Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Who's Life is it Anyways - Easter
April 16, 2017 | 8:00 am
John 12:17-19 NLT
17 Those in the crowd who had seen Jesus call Lazarus back to life were telling others about it. 18 That was the main reason so many went out to meet Him — because they had heard about this mighty miracle. 19 Then the Pharisees said to each other, "We've lost. Look, the whole world has gone after Him!"
John 12:20-22 NLT
20 Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem to attend the Passover paid a visit to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. 21 They said, "Sir, we want to meet Jesus." 22 Philip told Andrew about it, and they went together to ask Jesus.
John 12:23 NLT
Jesus replied, "The time has come for the Son of Man to enter into His glory."
John 12:24 NLT
"The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone — a single seed."
The world sees death as an end. Jesus taught that death was a beginning.
Why would any farmer want to put good seed in the dirt if he thought that he would never see it again?
John 12:24 NLT
"... but its death will produce many new kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives."
John 2:18-19 NLT
18 "If You have this authority from God, show us a miraculous sign to prove it." 19 "All right," Jesus replied. "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up."
Matthew 27:62-66 NLT
62 The next day — on the first day of the Passover ceremonies- the leading priests and Pharisees went to see Pilate. 63 They told him, "Sir, we remember what that deceiver once said while He was alive: 'After three days I will be raised from the dead.' 64 So we request that you seal the tomb until the third day. This will prevent His disciples from coming and stealing His body and then telling everyone He came back to life! 65 If that happens, we'll be worse off than we were at the first." 66 Pilate replied, "Take guards and secure it the best you can." So they sealed the tomb and posted guards to protect it.
John 12:24 NLT
"The truth is, a kernel of wheat must be planted in the soil. Unless it dies it will be alone — a single seed. But its death will produce many new kernels — a plentiful harvest of new lives."
Romans 5:12 NLT
When Adam sinned, sin entered the entire human race. Adam's sin brought death, so death spread to everyone, for everyone sinned.
Romans 5:19 NLT
Because one person disobeyed God, many people
Romans 5:17 NLT
The sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over us, but all who receive God's wonderful, gracious gift of righteousness will live in triumph over sin and death through this one Man, Jesus Christ.
My future can be your future!
Whose life is it anyway?
Is it your own life?
John 12:25-26 NLT
25 "Those who love their life in this world will lose it. Those who despise their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 All those who want to be My disciples must come and follow me."
1 Corinthians 15:22 KJV
For as in Adam, all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
What's So Good About Good Friday
April 14, 2017 | 5:00 pm
If there is no justice, there is no love.
Proverbs 24:24 NLT
A judge who says to the wicked,
“You are innocent,” will be cursed by many people and denounced by the nations.
It takes the quiet of a suburb for the birth of the thesis that human nonviolence is a result of a God who refuses to judge. In a scorched land– soaked in the blood of the innocent, the idea will invariably die, like other pleasant captivities of the liberal mind… if God were NOT angry at injustice and deception and did NOT make a final end of violence, that God would not be worthy of our worship.- Miroslav Volf
The depths of His love
“For the essence of sin is man substituting himself for God, while the essence of salvation is God substituting himself for man. Man asserts himself against God and puts himself where only God deserves to be; God sacrifices himself for man and puts himself where only man deserves to be. Man claims prerogatives which belong to God alone; God accepts penalties which belong to man alone.”- John Stott
Friend of Sinners- Part 4
April 09, 2017 | 8:30 am
John 10:30 NIV
"I and the Father are one."
Acts 2:47 AMP
The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.
- People matter to God.
- People matter to us.
"Each group nourishes its own pride and vanity, boasts itself superior, exists in its own divinities, and looks with contempt on outsiders." - William Sumner
Luke 22:49-50 ESV
49 When those who were around him saw what was about to happen, they said to him, "Lord, shall we strike with the sword?" 50 A certain one of them struck the servant of the high priest and cut off his right ear.
John 18:10 NIV
Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the high priest's servant, cutting off his right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
Luke 22:51 WEB
But Jesus answered, "Let me at least do this"— and he touched his ear, and healed him.
Jesus paused the Easter story for two men who needed hope.
Am I willing to pause my Easter week for someone who needs hope?
2 Peter 3:9 MSG
God isn't late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn't want anyone lost. He's giving everyone space and time to change.
- People matter to God.
- People matter to us.
Easter Week Reading
1 Corinthians 11:23-29
1 Peter 1:18-21
Romans 6:3-11, 22-23
Friend of Sinners - Part 3
April 02, 2017 | 8:30 am
How can I become an influencer?
To be the best kind of influencer, you do not have to:
- have a gift for public speaking
- stand out in a crowd
Isaiah 32:2 KJV
"And a man shall be as a hiding-place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land."
We are all natural drifters.
1 Kings 19:1-4 NIV
1 Now Ahab told Jezebel everything Elijah had done and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. 2 So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, "May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them." 3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life... 4 he went a day's journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. "I've had enough, Lord," he said. "Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors."
Matthew 16:16 NIV
Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God."
Matthew 16:22-23 NIV
22 Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him. "Never, Lord!" he said. "This shall never happen to You!" 23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, "Get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men."
Our inconsistencies take their greatest toll on our families!
Proverbs 11:29-30 26 Translations
29 The fool who provokes his family to anger and resentment will finally have nothing worthwhile left. He shall be the servant of a wiser man. 30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he that is wise winneth souls.
Proverbs 11:29 KJV
He that troubleth his own house shall inherit the wind.
Approach all your dealings with the spirit of faith.
Give the best you to your family!
You will win more people to Christ with a happy family and a peaceable home than you will any other way!
Ephesians 6:11-12 NIV
11 Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
Without God's assistance, you and I are completely incapable of consistency!
Ephesians 6:13 NIV
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground...
Matthew 7:24-25 NIV
24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.
Anything that requires practice will never be easy at its beginning!
The rock can withstand anything that the storms of life throw against it.
Friend of Sinners - Part 2
March 26, 2017 | 8:30 am
John 4:1-4 NKJV
1 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. 4 But He needed to go through Samaria.
He needed to go...
Genesis 34:1-4 NIV
1 Now Dinah, the daughter Leah had borne to Jacob, went out to visit the women of the land. 2 When Shechem son of Hamor the Hivite, the ruler of that area, saw her, he took her and violated her. 3 His heart was drawn to Dinah, daughter of Jacob, and he loved the girl and spoke tenderly to her. 4 And Shechem said to his father Hamor, "Get me this girl as my wife."
Achor = Trouble
John 8:48 NIV
... "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?"
Luke 9:51-53 NIV
51 As the time approached for Him to be taken up to Heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. 52 And He sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for Him; 53 but the people there did not welcome Him because He was headed for Jerusalem.
But He needed to go through Samaria.
John 4:9 NIV
The Samaritan woman said to Him, "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?"
John 4:12 NIV
"Are you greater than our father Jacob?"
John 4:13-18 NIV
13 Jesus answered, "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. 14 Indeed, the water I 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 won't get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw the water." 16 He told her, "Go, call your husband and come back." 17 "I have no husband," she replied. Jesus said to her, "You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true."
John 4:39-42 NIV
39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in Him because of the woman's testimony... 40 So when the Samaritans came to Him, they urged Him to stay with them, and He stayed two days. 41 And because of His words, many more became believers. 42 They said to the woman, "We no longer believe just because of what you said; now we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
But He needed to go through Samaria.
Learn to love and care about people that you do not agree with.
Some feel that kindness without verbal witness is weakness!
You need to care more about the person than you care about the approval of your peer group.
Acts 8:5-8 NIV
5 Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed Christ there. 6 When the crowds heard Philip and saw the miraculous signs he did, they all paid close attention to what he said. 7 With shrieks, evil spirits came out of many, and many paralytics and cripples were healed. 8 So there was great joy in that city.
Hosea 2:15 NIV
There I... will make the Valley of Achor a door of hope.
But He needed to go through Samaria.
We all need to go through Samaria.
Someone in Samaria is waiting on you to come.
Friend of Sinners - Part 1
March 19, 2017 | 8:30 am
"What if God was one of us?
Just a slob like one of us?
Just a stranger on the bus,
Tryin' to make His way home?"
- Joane Osborne, One of Us
What if God was one of us?
John 1:1-3 NIV
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through Him all things were made; without Him nothing was made that has been made.
John 1:14 NIV
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
The Doctrine of the Incarnation
Incarnation means, "the infleshing of God."
John 3:16 NIV
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John 3:17 NIV
For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.
The Power of Your Presence
The fact that God became human should impact the way we share our faith.
God did not send a telegram, shower evangelistic books from Heaven.
He sent a man, His Son, to communicate the message.
When God wants to reach people, He sends people.
John 20:21 NIV
…As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
Mark 16:15 NIV
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Are you willing to make yourself a little bit uncomfortable?
The Power of Your Friendship
Matthew 11:19 NIV
The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.’
2 Corinthians 5:21 NIV
God made Him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.
2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NIV
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
2 Corinthians 5:19 NIV
...that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
2 Corinthians 5:20 NIV
We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
The Power of Your Humanity
Humanity in the Genealogy of Jesus
In order to know I’ve been accepted by God,
I have to know that I’ve been accepted by God at my worst.
God knows you to your core and He loves you as you are.
Love Well - Part 5
March 12, 2017 | 8:30 am
Mark 2:13-17 NLT
13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth. "Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him. 15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?” 17 When Jesus heard this he told them, "Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.”
Jesus modeled an open heart.
Mark 2:14 NLT
"As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector's booth."
- Remember your story.
- Remember your biggest influence.
- Remember your behind the scenes.
- Jesus modeled an open table.
Mark 2:15-16 NLT
15 "Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the Scribes and Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”
We are all called to someone, but we are not all called to the same one.
Jesus modeled hope, not approval.
Mark 2:17 NLT
When Jesus heard this, he told them, "Healthy people don't need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners."
- I do not sin when I love a sinner.
- I do not love a sinner when I sin with them.
"The most formidable risk of temptation comes from well-meaning friends who desire only our comfort." - Charles Swindoll
Aim to love, not to be liked.
Love Well - Part 4
March 05, 2017 | 7:00 am
"One in 25 ordinary Americans secretly has no conscience and can do anything at all without feeling guilty." - Martha Stout, Ph.D. in The Sociopath Next Door
Acts 20:29 NIV
"I know that after I leave, savage wolves will come in among you and will not spare the flock."
Ephesians 4:32 NIV
Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
2 Timothy 4:14-15 NIV
14 Alexander the metal worker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15 You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message.
Sociopathy - the condition of missing a conscience
Acts 24:16 NIV
So I strive always to keep my conscience clear before God and man.
"The central defect of evil is not the sin but the refusal to acknowledge it." - M. Scott Peck, M.D in The People of the Lie
"All sins are reparable except the sin of believing one is without sin." - M. Scott Peck, M.D in The People of the Lie
Evil hearts are experts at creating confusion and contention.
1 Kings 18:16-18 NIV
16 ... and Ahab went to meet Elijah. 17 When he saw Elijah, he said to him, "Is that you, you troubler of Israel?" 18 "I have not made trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. "But you and your father's family have. You have abandoned the Lord's commands and have followed the Baals."
Evil hearts are experts at fooling others with their smooth speech and flattering words.
Psalm 52:2 NIV
Your tongue plots destruction; it is like a sharpened razor, you who practice deceit.
Evil hearts crave and demand control.
Evil hearts play on the sympathies of good-willed people, demanding grace but giving none.
Evil hearts have no conscience and show no remorse.
Isaiah 26:10 NIV
Though grace is shown to the wicked, they do not learn righteousness; even in a land of uprightness, they go on doing evil and regard not the majesty of the Lord.
Genesis 4:16 NIV
So Cain went out from the Lord's presence...
5 Indicators of an Evil and Wicked Heart by Leslie Vernick
People of the Lie: The Hope for Healing Human Evil by M. Scott Peck, M.D.
Bold Love by Dr. Dan B. Allender & Dr. Tremper Longman III
The Sociopath Next Door by Martha Stout, Ph.D.
First Wednesday - Earl McClellan
March 01, 2017 | 6:00 pm
Joshua 1:1-6 NIV
1 After the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them—to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates—all the Hittite country—to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them.
Inherit: to get or take as a possession
Ephesians 1:18 NIV
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people,”
What do I need to do spiritually?
What do I need to do mentally?
What do I need to do physically?
What do I need to do emotionally?
From whom do I need to learn?
Love Well - Part 3
February 27, 2017 | 8:26 am
Matthew 18:21-22 NIV
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" 22 Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times..."
Matthew 18:23-35 NIV
23 Therefore, the kingdom of Heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. 26 The servant fell to his knees before him. "Be patient with me," he begged, "and I will pay back everything." 27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. 28 But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. "Pay back what you owe me!" he demanded. 29 His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, "Be patient with me, and I will pay you back." 30 But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. 31 When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. 32 Then the master called the servant in. "You wicked servant," he said, "I cancelled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?" 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. 35 This is how My heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart.
The first facet of forgiveness begins with good will.
Luke 2:14 KJV
14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."
Good will - Eudokia (greek)
Can be translated as wish, purpose, desire.
Good will is an attitude that we must learn to maintain toward our fellow man.
James 5:9 NIV
Don’t grumble against one another, brothers and sisters, or you will be judged. The Judge is standing at the door!
He takes wounded people and reverses their wounds to the point of strength.
Revelation 6:9-11 NIV
9 When he opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God and the testimony they had maintained. 10 They called out in a loud voice, "How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?" 11 Then each one of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed as they had been was completed.
Justice is the very best thing that can happen to an unrepentant sinner!
Forgiveness is better than vengeance, but there comes a time when vengeance, justly applied, is the only solution.
Good will is an attitude.
Forgiveness is an act.
1 Samuel 26:21 NIV
Then Saul said, "I have sinned. Come back, David my son. Because you considered my life precious today, I will not try to harm you again. Surely I have acted like a fool and have erred greatly."
1 Samuel 26:25 NIV
So David went on his way and Saul returned home.
1 Samuel 27:4 NIV
When Saul was told that David had fled to Gath, he no longer searched for him.
Luke 15:17-20 NIV
17 When he came to his senses, he said, "How many of my father's hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death. 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men." 20 So he got up and went to his father.
Luke 15:22-23 NIV
22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate."
Good will is the attitude.
Forgiveness is the act.
Restoration is the apex.
Love Well - Part 2
February 19, 2017 | 8:30 am
What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you?
I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.
For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out.
Love's greatest enemy is not hate, and it's not the devil... it's sin.
You're cheating on God. If all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and His way.
"Sin is worse than the devil since it made the devil what he is. Satan as an existence is God's creature, and this sin never was; its origin and nature are all together apart from God. Sin is even worse than hell, for it is the sting of that dreadful punishment. Anselm used to say that if hell were on one side, and sin on the other, he would rather leap into hell than willingly sin against God." - Charles Spurgeon
24 Oh, what a miserable person I am! Who will free me from this life that is dominated by sin and death? 25 Thank God! The answer is in Jesus Christ our Lord.
22 You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; 23 to be made new in the attitude of your minds; 24 and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Will this draw me closer to Jesus, or push me further away?
Love Well - Part 1
February 12, 2017 | 8:00 am
37 Jesus replied: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind."
38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: "Love your neighbor as yourself." 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.
For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
1 John 4:7-8
7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.
- Love comes from God
- God is love
- If you are your primary source of love, why do you need God?
- If you are your primary source of love, why do you need anyone?
- Love comes from God
- God is love
1 Corinthians 13:4-5
4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
1 John 4:10
This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.
“Which of his laws have we not broken? We cannot put our finger upon one command without being compelled to acknowledge that we have violated its claims, or come short of its demands.” - Charles Spurgeon, Herein is Love
1 John 4:11
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
Start Here - Part 5
February 05, 2017 | 8:30 am
Psalm 19:1-6 NIV
1 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. 2 Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. 3 There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. 4 Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. 5 In the heavens He has pitched a tent for the sun, which is like a bridegroom coming forth from his pavilion, like a champion rejoicing to run his course. 6 It rises at one end of the heavens and makes its circuit to the other; nothing is hidden from its heat.
Psalm 19:7-9 NIV
"The law of the Lord."
"The statutes of the Lord."
"The precepts of the Lord."
"The commands of the Lord."
"The ordinances of the Lord."
Psalm 19:14 NIV
"May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer."
Romans 10:1-4 NIV
1 Brothers, my heart's desire and prayer to God for the Israelites is that they may be saved. 2 For I can testify about them that they are zealous for God, but their zeal is not based on knowledge. 3 Since they did not know the righteousness that comes from God and sought to establish their own, they did not submit to God's righteousness. 4 Christ is the end of the law so that there may be righteousness for everyone who believes.
- Religion is mankind's attempt to create a pathway to God.
- God created us and our world in perfection.
- Our first parents, as well as we ourselves, sinned against God by disobeying His stated law.
Our sin delivered us to a force more powerful than ourselves that we cannot overcome.
- God became a human being in Jesus Christ in order to live according to His commands and He died under punishment to pay for our sins.
- God signaled His approval of this sacrifice by raising Christ from the dead.
- Faith in this work is the only way we can receive the effect of this work.
- The effect of this work is righteousness. Therefore, Christianity is not a religion but rather a relationship.
"The One we need to know most cannot be discovered on our own." - Kevin DeYoung Taking God At His Word
- God's Word is necessary.
Luke 24:36-41 NIV
36 While they were still talking about this, Jesus Himself stood among them and said to them, "Peace be with you." 37 They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. 38 He said to them, "Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? 39 Look at My hands and feet. It is I Myself! Touch Me and see; a ghost does not have flesh and bones, as you see I have." 40 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and feet. 41 And while they still did not believe it because of joy and amazement...
Luke 24:41-43 NIV
41 ... He asked them, "Do you have anything here to eat?" 42 They gave Him a piece of broiled fish, 43 and He took it and ate it in their presence.
Luke 24:44-45 NIV
44 He said to them, "This is what I told you while I was still with you: Everything must be fulfilled that is written about Me in the Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the Psalms." 45 Then He opened their minds so they could understand the scriptures.
Romans 10:17 NIV
So then, faith comes by hearing and hearing the Word of God.
Luke 24:46-47 NIV
46 He told them, "This is what is written: The Christ will suffer and rise from the dead on the third day, 47 and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem."
John 14:23 NIV
Jesus replied, "If anyone loves Me, he will obey My teaching. My Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him."
First Wednesday - Denny Duron
February 01, 2017 | 5:30 pm
Now unto Him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.
Activate the power of revival by being instant in prayer.
11 Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. 12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
1 Now Peter and John went up together into the temple at the hour of prayer, being the ninth hour. 2 And a certain man lame from his mother's womb was carried, whom they laid daily at the gate of the temple which is called Beautiful, to ask alms of them that entered into the temple; 3 Who seeing Peter and John about to go into the temple asked an alms. 4 And Peter, fastening his eyes upon him with John, said, "Look on us." 5 And he gave heed unto them, expecting to receive something of them. 6 Then Peter said, "Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk." 7 And he took him by the right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. 8 And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leading, and praising God. 9 And all the people saw him walking and praising God.
Activate the provision of revival by putting God first.
Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all of these other things shall be added unto you.
Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
2 Corinthians 9:10
For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you.
Activate the purpose of revival by following your flow of concern.
8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for all of you, because your faith is being reported all over the world. 9 God, whom I serve in my spirit in preaching the gospel of His Son, is my witness how constantly I remember you 10 in my prayers at all times; and I pray that now at last by God's will the way may be opened for me to come to you. 11 I long to see you so that I may impart to you some spiritual gift to make you strong— 12 that is, that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other's faith. 13 I do not want you to be unaware, brothers and sisters, that I planned many times to come to you (but have been prevented from doing so until now) in order that I might have a harvest among you, just as I have had among the other Gentiles.
Be instant in prayer
Put God first
Follow the flow of concern
... and the exceeding abundantly of true revival will kick in!
Start Here - Part 4
January 29, 2017 | 8:30 am
The clarity of Scripture
Psalm 19:8 NLT
"The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living."
2 Chronicles 34:14-19 TLB
14 One day when Hilkiah the High Priest was at the Temple recording the money collected at the gates, he found an old scroll that turned out to be the laws of God as given to Moses! 15 "Look!" Hilkiah exclaimed to Shaphan, the king's secretary." See what I have found in the Temple! These are the laws of God!" 16 Hilkiah gave the scroll to Shaphan, and Shaphan took it to the king, along with his report that there was good progress being made in the reconstruction of the Temple. 17 "The money chests have been opened and counted, and the money has been put into the hand of the overseers and workmen," he said to the king. 18 Then he mentioned the scroll and how Hilkiah had discovered it. So he read it to the king. 19 When the king heard what these laws required of God's people, he ripped his clothing in despair.
He read it.
Repentance - God's Word brings us to repentance.
Hebrews 4:12-13 NLT
12 For the Word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God. Everything is naked and exposed before His eyes, and He is the one to Whom we are accountable.
Power - God's Word gives us power.
Jeremiah 23:29 NLT
"Does not my word burn like fire?" says the Lord. "Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes a rock to pieces?"
2 Chronicles 34:29-33 ISV
29 The king sent word to gather all the elders of Judah and Jerusalem. 30 Then the king went up to the Lord's Temple, accompanied by the men of Judah, the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the priests and descedants of Levi, and everyone else from the most important to the least important, and he read out loud all the words of the book of the covenant that had been found in the Lord's temple. 31 While standing in his appointed place, the king made a public covenant with the Lord to follow the Lord, to keep His commandments, His testimonies, and His statutes, and to do so with all of his heart and soul, and to carry out what was written in the covenant contained in the book. 32 He also made everyone who was present in Jerusalem and Benjamin to stand in agreement with him. As a result, the inhabitants of Jerusalem reconfirmed the covenant of God, the God of their ancestors. 33 Josiah also removed all the detestable things from the territories that belonged to the people of Israel, and made everyone who lived in Israel to serve the Lord their God. For the rest of his life, they didn't abandon their quest to follow the Lord God of their ancestors.
Set apart - God's Word sets us apart.
John 17:17-20 ISV
17 "Sanctify them by the truth. Your word is truth. 18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 It is for their sakes that I sanctify myself, so that they, too, may be sanctified by the truth. 20 I ask not only on behalf of these men, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their message.
2 Kings 23:25 GNT
There had never been a king like him before, who served the Lord with all his heart, mind, and strength, obeying all the Law of Moses; nor has there been a king like him since.
What will you do with it?
Start Here - Part 3
January 22, 2017 | 8:30 am
Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.
16 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. 17 When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
- The authority of scripture
- The authority of science
Science can explain many things, Science can explain everything
"It is one thing to say that science is only equipped to test for natural causes and cannot speak to any others. It is quite another to insist that science proves that no other causes could possibly exist." - Tim Keller, The Reason For God
"Maybe it means something more - something we can't yet understand. Maybe it's some evidence, some artifact of a higher dimension that we can't consciously perceive. I'm drawn across the universe to someone I haven't seen in a decade, who I know is probably dead. Love is the one thing we're capable of perceiving that transcends dimensions of time and space. Maybe we should trust that, even if we can't understand it."
- Dr. Amelia Brand, Interstellar
- The authority of culture/government
"How does one determine whether a law is just or unjust? A just law is a man-made code that squares with the moral law or the law of God. An unjust law is a code is out of harmony with the moral law. Hence segregation is not only politically, economically and sociologically unsound, it is morally wrong and sinful." - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from Birmingham Jail
- The authority of Me
"At the heart of liberty is the right to define one's own concept of existence, of meaning, of the universe and of the mystery of human life." - Supreme Court Planned Parenthood v. Casey
It's time to see what I can do to test the limits and break through. No right, no wrong, no rules for me, I'm free!
- Let it Go, Frozen
Are there some things that are just plain wrong no matter what anybody says?
"I don't know that people, like terrorists, what they do? It's not wrong to them... they're doing the thing that they think is the best thing they could possibly do and so they're doing good. I had this discussion with a friend recently and she's like, 'But they're still murdering tons of people, that just has to be wrong.' And I was like, 'But do we have any idea if it is actually wrong to murder tons of people?'"
- Who says?
Jesus said to them, "Very truly I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you."
On hearing it, many of his disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?"
66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no longer followed him. 67 "You do not want to leave too, do you?" Jesus asked the Twelve. 68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. 69 We have come to believe and to know that you are the Holy One of God."
Who is Jesus?
Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical - Timothy Keller
The Reason For God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism - Timothy Keller
The New Testament Documents: Are they reliable? - F.F. Bruce
On the Reliability of the Old Testament - K.A. Kitchen
Start Here - Part 2
January 15, 2017 | 8:30 am
1. God is holy. (Absolutely pure)
2. God is omnipotent. (All powerful)
3. God is just. (Equitable in His dealings)
4. God is sovereign. (Above and independent of all others)
5. God is omnipresent. (Everywhere present at once)
6. God is omniscient. (All knowing)
7. God is love. (Has the best interests of all His created beings in mind at all times)
Traditionally, Protestant theologians have highlighted four essential characteristics of Scripture:
Sufficiency - The Scriptures contain everything we need for knowledge of salvation and godly living. We don't need any new revelation from Heaven.
Clarity - The saving message of Jesus Christ is taught in the Scriptures and can be understood by all who have ears to hear it. We don't need an official magisterium to tell us what the Bible means.
Authority - The last work always goes to the Word of God. We must never allow the teachings of science, of human experience, or of church councils to take precedence over Scripture.
Necessity - General revelation is not enough to save us. We cannot know God by means of personal experience and human reasoning. We need God's Word to tell us how to live, who Christ is, and how to be saved.
God's Word is final
God's Word is understandable
God's Word is necessary
God's Word is enough
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NKJV
16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly-equipped for every good work.
"Of the four attributes of Scripture, this may be the one that evangelists forget first. If authority is the liberal problem, clarity the postmodern problem, and necessity the problem for atheists and agnostics, then sufficiency is the attribute most quickly doubted by rank-and-file church going Christians.
We can say right things about the Bible, and even read it regularly, but when life gets difficult, or just a bit boring, we look for new words, new revelation, and new experiences to bring us closer to God...
... If we could only have something more than the Scriptures, then we could be really close to Jesus and know His love for us." - Kevin DeYoung in Taking God At His Word
1 Corinthians 1:22 NKJV
For Jews request a sign...
Matthew 12:38-40 NKJV
38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered, saying, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from You." 39 But He answered and said to them, "An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet of Jonah. 40 "For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the great fish, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth."
We claim we are hungry for a mighty move of God while we ignore the account of the majestic move that God made toward us in Christ!
Hebrews 1:1 NKJV
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets...
Hebrews 1:2 NKJV
... has in these last days spoken to us by His Son...
There is no act of redemption left to take place before the last day arrives.
Hebrews 1:2b-4 NKJV
2 ... When He has appointed heir of all things through Whom also He made the worlds; 3 who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high, 4 having become so much better than the angels, as He by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
No prophet, no angel, no being in Heaven or Earth can show us God any more completely than Christ!
No redeemer will come after Him
There is no new revelation needed than what the Bible teaches about Him!
If redemption is complete, then revelation is complete!
Start Here - Part 1
January 08, 2017 | 8:30 am
Isaiah 46:9-10 NLT
9 "For I am God- I alone! I am God, and there is no one else like Me. 10 Only I can tell you what is going to happen even before it happens. Everything I plan will come to pass, for I do whatever I wish."
God never wishes wrong!
Malachi 3:6 NLT
"I am the Lord, and I do not change. That is why you descendants of Jacob are not already completely destroyed."
Malachi 3:7 NLT
"Ever since the days of your ancestors, you have scorned My laws and failed to obey them."
God is saying, "You moved. I did not."
Matthew 16:13-18 NLT
13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, "Who do people say that the Son of Man is?" 14 "Well," they replied, "some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets." 15 Then He asked them, "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Messiah, the Son of the Living God." 17 Jesus replied, "You are blessed, Simon son of John, because My Father in Heaven has revealed this to you. 18 You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it..."
You will never develop stability until you learn to hear God's voice!
Matthew 17:1-6 NLT
1 Six days later Jesus took Peter and the two brothers, James and John, and led them up a high mountain. 2 As the men watched, Jesus' appearance changed so that His face shone like the sun, and His clothing became dazzling white. 3 Suddenly, Moses and Elijah appeared and began talking with Jesus. 4 Peter blurted out, "Lord, this is wonderful! If you want me to, I'll make three shrines, one for You, one for Moses, and one for Elijah." 5 But even as he said it, a bright cloud came over them, and a voice from the cloud said, "This is My beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with Him. Listen to Him." 6 The disciples were terrified and fell face down on the ground.
We pick and choose the parts of the Bible we want to obey and blow off the rest!
2 Peter 1:16-21 NLT
16 For we were not making up clever stories when we told you about the power of our Lord Jesus Christ and His coming again. We have seen His majestic splendor with our own eyes. 17 And He received honor and glory from God the Father when God's glorious, majestic voice called down from Heaven, "This is My beloved Son; I am fully pleased with Him." 18 We ourselves heard the voice when we were there with Him on the holy mountain. 19 Because of that, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. Pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a light shining in a dark place- until the day Christ appears and His brilliant light shines in your hearts. 20 Above all, you must understand that no prophecy in Scripture ever came from the prophets themselves or because they wanted to prophesy. 21 It was the Holy Spirit who moved the prophets to speak from God.
The text of scripture, according to Peter, carries the same weight as the words of Jesus did when He spoke them physically on this earth!
People don't want truth to be fixed!