email me
Double click here to add text.

“A Letter From the Angels”

Text: Luke 1: 26 – 38

Introduction – The Christmas story is one of the places God used Angels as important points of the story.

Angels -” Heavenly created beings used in part as proclaimers of very important truths from God to man.”

Let us look at the use of Angels in the advent season. The “Letter” points us to three parts;

I.A Chapter From Mary
A.Luke 1:26 – 38
 26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And having come in, the angel said to her, “Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!”
29 But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. 30 Then 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 bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give 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 Then Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I do not know a man?”
35 And the angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. 36 Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. 37 For with God nothing will be impossible.”
38 Then Mary said, “Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

B.Virgin Birth!!!

C.One of the Advent’s Great One time Miracles


II.A Chapter From Joseph
A.Matthew 1: 18 – 25
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being [a]a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is [b]conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name [c]Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.”

24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and [d]did not know her till she had brought forth her[e] firstborn Son. And he called His name Jesus.

B.Mary’s pregnancy explained

C.How to proceed

III.A Chapter from the Shepard’s
A.Luke 2: 8 – 20
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And [a]behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a [b]manger.”

13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill[c] toward men!”

15 So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17 Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18 And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20 Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.

B.Another point that God never forgets the common man.


Conclusion – The Wonderful Season, Make it Great!   



December 6, 2020
“A Letter From the Stable”
Christmas Letters part two  

Text 
 Luke 2:4 – 14
 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, 5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. 6 So it was, that while they were there, the days were completed for her to be delivered. 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
8 Now there were in the same country shepherds living out in the fields, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid. 10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill[ toward men!”

Introduction – Angels – “Created heavenly beings used in part for God’s communication to man”
As we stated last Sunday angels played a large part in the Christmas Story. Today we are looking at the letter of the angels telling why and where He was born.
 Let’s learn together;
 




I.Where was Jesus Born
A.Luke 2:11 -12
 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.

B.Manger / “Come to the table” ( a place where the animals are fed)

C.Again every person in life is welcome to eat! 
Luke 14:13 
 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind.

Luke 16:19 – 23 
19 “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day. 20 But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, 21 desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. 22 So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. 23 And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

D.Wealth does not insure eternal life only being saved by Jesus assures that.

II.Why was Jesus Born
A.Luke 2:11
 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.


B.Isaiah 9:6 “Wonderful” Banquet Table!!!
 6 For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

C.To be the everlasting food for lost mankind,
 John 6:35 
 35 And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

John 6:51 
51 I am the living bread which came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”

III.When Do We Stop Needing to Eat (Spiritually)
A.There is the food of Salvation but also the food of Spiritual Growth or Maturity.

B.Hebrews 5: 12 – 14 
12 For though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food. 13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.


C.Have you been at the “Table” lately?

D.Are we embracing the Christmas Letters that makes us strong in our Faith

Conclusion – Oh God help those who have never eaten and those who are still so immature in their relationship with you.
 




December 13, 2020
Christmas Letters Number Three

“A letter From A Godly Man”

Text
Luke 2:25 – 27
25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law,

Introduction 
 I love to be around Godly People. As a child and teen some of my heroes were also the older saints of the church. There are so many that I miss so much from our little group of believers.
There was such a man during the birth of Immanuel his name was Simeon. 
Let us look at his letter together;

I.It Is Possible to Really Know God
A.We can Have A Personal Anointing Of God –( 1 John 2:20)
20 But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and you know all things.

B.We can have a Promise of Eternal Life - ( 1 John 2:25 )
25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

C.We can Know that we are Loved - ( 1 John 3:16 )
16 By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.


D.We Can Obedient to His Abiding Presence. ( 1 John 3:24)
24 Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.

E.We can have a Clarity of the Truth. ( 1 John 5: 18 – 20 )
 18 We know that whoever is born of God does not sin; but he who has been born of God keeps himself, and the wicked one does not touch him.
19 We know that we are of God, and the whole world lies under the sway of the wicked one.
20 And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us an understanding, that we may know Him who is true; and we are in Him who is true, in His Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God and eternal life.


II.A Promise Made Luke 2: 26
26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.

III.A Promise Full Filled Luke 2: 29 – 32
29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word;
30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation
31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,
32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,
And the glory of Your people Israel.”

Conclusion – Even in 2020, God’s Clock will keep on Keeping Perfect Time! Please don’t despair, Merry Christmas!!   




December 20, 2020
Christmas letter #4 
 “A Letter From the Wise Men”

Text
 Matthew 2:1 – 12
 2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
3 When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him. 4 And when he had gathered all the chief priests and scribes of the people together, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 So they said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea, for thus it is written by the prophet:
6 ‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,
Are not the least among the rulers of Judah;
For out of you shall come a Ruler
Who will shepherd My people Israel.’ ”
7 Then Herod, when he had secretly called the]wise men, determined from them what time the star appeared. 8 And he sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the young Child, and when you have found Him, bring back word to me, that I may come and worship Him also.”
9 When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was. 10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.



Introduction – The letter from the Magi, (Wise Men From the East) gives us three important parts of the Christmas Lesson;

 
I.Recognition of the Supernatural

A.Matthew 2: 1 – 2 / 10
2 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, 2 saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.”
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 

 Exodus 13:21 
21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.


II.Reverence of the Savior

A.Matthew 2:10 – 11
10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceedingly great joy. 11 And when they had come into the house, they saw the young Child with Mary His mother, and fell down and worshiped Him. And when they had opened their treasures, they presented gifts to Him: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

B.Hebrews 12:28 – 29
 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.



III.Response to the Holy Spirits Directions
A.Matthew 2: 12 
12 Then, being divinely warned in a dream that they should not return to Herod, they departed for their own country another way.

B.Ephesians 1:17 – 18 
17 that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, 18 the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints,

C.Romans 8: 14
 14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Conclusion – Psalm 25:5 Are we persevering following God with love!!!!

5 Lead me in Your truth and teach me,
For You are the God of my salvation;
On You I wait all the day.



December 27, 2020
Hold Fast
Revelation 3:11
 11 Behold, I am coming quickly! Hold fast what you have, that no one may take your crown.

Introduction
Hold fast because the King is coming, maybe in 2021.

How do we hold fast in being ready for the king’s return.

I.Hold fast to the Truth
Titus 1:9
 9 holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.

Psalm 91:4 
4 He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.

A.Teach
B.Equip
C.Convict

II.Hold fast to your testimony
Hebrews 4:14
 14 Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.




Revelation 19:10
 10 And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

A.Christ the giver of our personal testimony
B.The testimony of Jesus results in our personal salvation


III.Hold fast to your tongue
A.Beware of forced unwanted opinions.
B.The power of keeping silent

Conclusion
We don’t know when the Lord is coming but we can hold fast until He does.




January 3, 2021

Sermon “Salvation, Why is it Necessary?’
Text; Hebrews 2:3
 3 how shall we escape if we neglect so great a salvation, which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed to us by those who heard Him,

Introduction,
  Salvation is “the work of the Savior for the redemption of lost mankind”.
 Is such an old truth still necessary today? Do church’s still teach that we must be saved? What does that mean?

We will begin today a four part series on this truth and then give examples of such “Salvation”.

The Necessity of Salvation:
I.Man is a Created yet an Eternal Being
A.We have a definite beginning but we have no ending.
B.Genesis 4: 1 – 2
  4 Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain, and said, “I have acquired a man from the Lord.” 2 Then she bore again, this time his brother Abel. Now Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.

Hebrews 5:9 
 9 And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him,

1 John 2:25
  25 And this is the promise that He has promised us—eternal life.

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

C.Man was created with three parts. 
 Body- Matthew 6:22
 22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.

  Soul -Jeremiah 31:25
 25 For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

 Spirit- Romans 8:16
 16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

II.Man is Born in need of Sin Forgiven
A.We are born with a sin nature and at a certain age we will choose to sin. (Acts)

B.Psalm 51:5 
5 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
And in sin my mother conceived me.

 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—

C.1 Peter 3:18
 18 For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit,


  John 3:16
16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

D.Joshua 24:15 
15 And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of [a]the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

 Hebrews 11:25 
25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin,

III.Man Must Have A Savior to have Salvation
A.God the Son is our only option of Salvation. (to be saved from our sins)

B.Acts 4:12 
 12 Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

 2 Corinthians 5: 18 – 19 
 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

  Romans 5: 17 – 18 
 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.)
18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.

 
  Conclusion – Are we reminded of why our friends and family must have Salvation?



January 8, 2021


January 17, 2021