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May 28, 2023
Is sin real?

Text: James 4:1-10 
4 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? 2 You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. 3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. 5 Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously”?
6 But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. 9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom. 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.

Introduction- With the changes in our culture being so numerous we can forget
the fact that evil is growing yet sin is disappearing. Barna reports that 74% of
Americans think people are born neither good nor bad” Basically whatever environment you are in determined your fate. Environment does matter but sin is far deeper than environment. Evil is mentioned more than 600 times in scripture. Sin over 500 times. The Bible clearly states in Romans 5:12 all have sinned. PSALM 51:5 tells us we are all born with sin in us that needs to be resolved through redemption.

Romans 5:12
12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned—
PSALM 51:5
 5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

How is it that such an unbiblical view of personal sin became so easily accepted?

I. I am ok on my own or as I am
A. Romans 3:23
 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,

B. Romans 6:23 
23 For the wages of sin is death, but the [a]gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

C. John 3:3
3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

D. We need supernatural assistance to be forgiven of our sins.

II. I am better than they are
A.John 8:44 
44 You are of your father the devil, and the desires of your father you want to do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own resources, for he is a liar and the father of it.

B.The I am really not that bad argument is so dangerous.

C. The Bible says to work out our own salvation, it gives us the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins story. Everyone likes to point to corporate evil or sin but no personal.

III. A little sin just doesn’t matter

A.Genesis 3:7-13
7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden.
9 Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, “Where are you?”
10 So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”
11 And He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree of which I commanded you that you should not eat?”
12 Then the man said, “The woman whom You gave to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I ate.”
13 And the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”
The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

B.Cover up is not repentance.

C. I surrender all is more than a song title, it is a very important biblical principle.

Conclusion- God thank you for your lovely patient dealing with us. May we
Give you all parts of who we are and allow your grace to work in our lives.

June 4, 2023
Does Legacy Matter
Text: Psalm 37:5
5 Commit your way to the Lord,
Trust also in Him,
And He shall bring it to pass.

Introduction- When we get older things never thought of before comes into
focus. What remains of us after we are gone makes a person think. What
are some of the principles we can teach that will matter to those going on behind us.
Let’s look at some today.

I. Devotion
A. Setting hope and desires upon God

B. Colossians 3:2
 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

C. Deuteronomy 13:4
4 You shall walk after the Lord your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and obey His voice; you shall serve Him and hold fast to Him.

II. Diligent
A.Working with honest effort in whatever we do.

B.Colossians 3:23 
23and whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men,

  C. Matthew 25:21 
21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’

III. Discreet
A.Think before you leap into everything.

B.Psalm 112:5 
5 A good man deals graciously and lends;
He will guide his affairs with discretion.

C.Romans 14:12
12 So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.

Conclusion- God help us as we touch the lives of those we love

June 11, 2023
Dad Our Greatest Cheerleader
Text: 1 Thessalonians 5:11
11 Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.

Introduction- Why is the active use of encouragement so vital to our family.
When we say encouragement, we can also say, “enthusiasm, inspiring, stimulating, to prod, push or spur” Let’s keep our family focused and one of the ways to help this to happen is by encouragement.
Let us learn together, Encouragement!

I. It can keep a family making Godly progress.
Isaiah 30:21
 21 Your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying,
“This is the way, walk in it,”
Whenever you turn to the right hand
Or whenever you turn to the left.

II. It can keep a family completing their purpose.
Isaiah 41:6-7
6 Everyone helped his neighbor,
And said to his brother,
“Be of good courage!”
7 So the craftsman encouraged the goldsmith;
He who smooths with the hammer inspired him who strikes the anvil,
Saying, “It is ready for the soldering”;
Then he fastened it with pegs,
That it might not totter.

III. It can keep a family understanding their position.
Proverbs 12:25
25 Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad.
Conclusion- Go, go, go, “as for me and my family we will serve God.”

June 18, 2023
What’s in your hand?
Text: Matthew 25:20-27 
20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.

Introduction- Miracle- an unusual or unexpected event that can only be explained by the use of the supernatural.

Let us look at simple life objects that were touched in a supernatural way.

I. David’s Sling
A. 1 Samuel 17:49
49 Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

B. The very improbable happened.

C. The young can see miracles.

II. Gideon’s Trumpets and Pitchers
A.Judges 7:16-20 
16 Then he divided the three hundred men into three companies, and he put a trumpet into every man’s hand, with empty pitchers, and torches inside the pitchers. 17 And he said to them, “Look at me and do likewise; watch, and when I come to the edge of the camp you shall do as I do: 18 When I blow the trumpet, I and all who are with me, then you also blow the trumpets on every side of the whole camp, and say, ‘The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!’ ”
19 So Gideon and the hundred men who were with him came to the outpost of the camp at the beginning of the middle watch, just as they had posted the watch; and they blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers that were in their hands. 20 Then the three companies blew the trumpets and broke the pitchers—they held the torches in their left hands and the trumpets in their right hands for blowing—and they cried, “The sword of the Lord and of Gideon!”

B. Against the many, God can Bless

C. Evil has strong weapons, but God is greater.

III. Samson’s Jawbone
A.Judges 15:15
 15 He found a fresh jawbone of a donkey, reached out his hand and took it, and killed a thousand men with it.

B. Wow, the least impressive item can be used for great victory.

C. Sometimes we may believe something is too simple to be Blessed.

Conclusion- The key to all these true examples is the person was available, are you?

“I Saw the Lord”
Text: Isaiah 6:1 
6 In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up, and the train of His robe filled the temple.

Introduction- Celebration, and or Confirmation, those are 2 of the words that kind of explain the throne of God. It celebrates who He is and confirms His claims.
Two key things are so clear in this story, His Glory and His throne.
***Throne- all these men mentioned it.
Job - Job 26:9 
9 He covers the face of His throne,
And spreads His cloud over it.

David- Psalm 9:4/7
 4 For You have maintained my right and my cause;
You sat on the throne judging in righteousness.
7 But the Lord shall endure forever;
He has prepared His throne for judgment.

Jeremiah- Lamentations 5:19 
19 You, O Lord, remain forever;
Your throne from generation to generation.

Daniel- Daniel 7:9 
9 “I watched till thrones were put in place,
And the Ancient of Days was seated;
His garment was white as snow,
And the hair of His head was like pure wool.
His throne was a fiery flame,
Its wheels a burning fire;

*** Glory - talked about so much in scripture
1 Chronicles 16:8-11
8 Oh, give thanks to the Lord!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!
9 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!
10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!

Romans 4:20/9:4/23 
20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,
4 who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises;
23 and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory,
Let us look at Isaiah’s experience,

I. His Conviction
Isaiah 6:3-5
3 And one cried to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
4 And the posts of the door were shaken by the voice of him who cried out, and the house was filled with smoke.
5 So I said:
“Woe is me, for I am undone!
Because 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.”

II. His Cleansing
Isaiah 6:6-7 
6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me, having in his hand a live coal which he had taken with the tongs from the altar. 7 And he touched my mouth with it, and said:
“Behold, this has touched your lips;
Your iniquity is taken away,
And your sin purged.”

III. His Call
Isaiah 6:8-10
 8 Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying:
“Whom shall I send,
And who will go for Us?”
Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”
9 And He said, “Go, and tell this people:
‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand;
Keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’
10 “Make the heart of this people dull,
And their ears heavy,
And shut their eyes;
Lest they see with their eyes,
And hear with their ears,
And understand with their heart,
And return and be healed.”

Conclusion- God is always seeking someone willing to present His “Word”

June 25, 2023