Weekly Message

Wilderness Wanderings, Part Two

By |2019-09-15T14:25:19-04:00September 15th, 2019|Weekly Message|

In part two of "Wilderness Wanderings", spiritual drifting occurs when we are afraid resulting in discontent and complaining. God is still gracious in our drifting and provides what we need throughout the struggle. https://www.dropbox.com/s/1176ygrmjp5ybw9/Wilderness%20Wanderings%2C%20Part%20Two.pdf?dl=0 Drifting occurs... (when I’m afraid) Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation from the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. The whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the LORD’S hand in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Exodus 16:1-3 (NASB) Fear will (romanticize my past) Fear will (cause grumbling in my present) Fear will (paralyze my future) Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction. Exodus 16:4 (NASB) Then Moses said to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the sons of Israel, ‘Come near before the LORD, for He has heard your grumblings.’” It came about as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the sons of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the LORD appeared in the cloud. And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “I have heard the grumblings of the sons of Israel; speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread; and you shall know that I am the LORD your God.’” Exodus 16:9-12 (NASB) (Quail) (Manna) When they measured it with an omer, he who had gathered much had no excess, and He who had gathered little had no lack; every man gathered as much as he should eat. Moses said to them, “Let no man leave any of it until morning.” Exodus 16:18-19 (NASB) God provides (His Power) But they did not listen to Moses, and some left part of it until morning, and it bred worms and became foul... Exodus 16:20 (NASB)

Wilderness Wanderings, Part One

By |2019-09-08T14:06:26-04:00September 8th, 2019|Weekly Message|

We begin a new series this week, "Wilderness Wanderings," where we discover that just as Moses and the Israelites drifted in the wilderness, a spiritual drifting can occur in our own lives leaving us feeling lost and disoriented. In our four-week study we will discover some of the causes of our spiritual drifting and God's provision. https://www.dropbox.com/s/dmk8o4gnkotvgtq/Wilderness%20Wanderings%2C%20Part%20One.pdf?dl=0 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter; therefore it was named Marah. So the people grumbled at Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” Then he cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a tree; and he threw it into the waters, and the waters became sweet. There He made for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them. And He said, “If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His Commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer.” Then they came to Elim where there were twelve springs of water and seventy date palms, and they camped there beside the waters. Exodus 15:22-27 NASB 2 Observations 1. It’s easy to drift… (After great victories) (Following vacations) (During vacancies) 2. Disappointment (brings bitterness). Why is life given to those with no future, those God has surrounded with difficulties? Job 3:23 NLT 2 Applications 1. God is (gracious when I grumble). When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt we don’t know what has happened to him.” Exodus 32:1 NIV 2. God (provides as He promises). God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1 NASB God Provides His… (Presence)

LOVE ON PURPOSE

By |2019-09-01T14:14:14-04:00September 1st, 2019|Weekly Message|

In today's sermon, "Love on Purpose" we are given some pointers on things to remember when being confronted with our enemies. Our first response may be retaliation, but Jesus offers a different solution. "Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you." https://www.dropbox.com/s/uvhm2l0wwvkn361/Love%20On%20Purpose.pdf?dl=0 “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and most important command. The second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” Matthew 22:37-40 HCSB Love your enemies “But I say to you who listen: Love your enemies, do what is good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. If anyone hits you on the cheek, offer the other also. And if anyone takes away your coat, don’t hold back your shirt either. Give to everyone who asks you, and from one who takes your things, don’t ask for them back. Just as you want others to do for you, do the same for them. If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. If you do what is good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. But love your enemies, do what is good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is gracious to the ungrateful and evil. Be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.” Luke 6:27-36 HCSB 7 Motivational Points to Remember: 1) Satan is the real enemy. Ephesians 6:12 2) We were once enemies of God. Romans 5:10 3) Not everyone thinks or acts like you. 4) Not everyone will accept your love. Romans 12:18 5) God will set things straight. Romans 12:19 6) Overcome evil with good. Romans 12:21; 1 Peter 4:8 7) Your reward will be great. Luke 6:35 What Next? 1)Pray 2) Do something kind for someone you don’t like. 3) Write a letter of forgiveness.

It’s NOT about You :The Problem and the Promise

By |2019-08-25T14:28:10-04:00August 25th, 2019|Weekly Message|

In Luke 14, the master told his servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.' Multiple excuses were given as to why they couldn't come. Things haven't really changed that much over time. Today Jesus invites us to lay down our lives and follow him. What's our excuse going to be? https://www.dropbox.com/s/zbuno9ift3y3x4a/It%27s%20Not%20About%20You.pdf?dl=0 And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.' Luke 14:23-24 (Excuses) we make 'But they all alike began to make excuses.' Luke 14:18a (Pleasure) The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' Luke 14:18b (Work) And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' Luke 14:19 (Relationship) And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' Luke 14:20 (Hearing) the invitation is not the same as (Being) at the banquet And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.' Luke 14:23-24 Jesus is (Always) after the heart Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. Luke 14:27 It's (NOT) about you And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:1-9

Theme Music

By |2019-08-18T14:08:35-04:00August 18th, 2019|Weekly Message|

Today our sermon, "Theme Music", is taken from Psalm 121. Where do we go in times of need, weakness, trouble or temptation? We are reminded that the Lord is our help no matter what we may face. He is sovereign and He is in control. Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yoct9woivwwy6bg/Theme%20Music.pdf?dl=0 The LORD IS...(My Provider) I will lift up my eyes to the hills—from whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. v. 1 NKJV (In Times of Need) But our God is in the heavens ; He does whatever He pleases. Psalm 115:3 NASB The LORD IS...(My Power) He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. v. 3 NKJV (When I am Weak) Do not be afraid of sudden fear nor of the onslaught of the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence and will keep your foot from being caught. Proverbs 3:25-26 NASB The LORD IS...(My Protector) The LORD is your keeper; The LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. v. 5 NKJV (When I am in Trouble) As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the Lord is tried; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30 NASB “The LORD will protect you from all evil; He will keep your soul. The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forever.” Psalm 121:7-8 NASB The LORD IS...(My Preserver) The LORD shall preserve you from all evil; He shall preserve your soul. The LORD shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore. v. 7 NKJV (When I am Tempted) “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Matthew 6:13 NASB

Gimme Light

By |2019-08-11T14:08:52-04:00August 11th, 2019|Weekly Message|

Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/0ducwi44zlzibyp/Gimme%20Light.pdf?dl=0 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not. John 1:4-5 KJV He was in the world, and the world was made by Him, and the world knew Him not. He came unto His own, and His own received Him not. John 1:10-11 KJV 6 Things Known to Be Caused By Darkness 1. (Depression) 2. (Lack of Self- Esteem) 3. (Lack of Enthusiasm) 4. (Lack of Hope) 5. (Loss of Joy) 6. (Unpleasantness) God offers us deliverance (from the power of darkness). Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son. Colossians 1:13 KJV God offers us light (that we can walk as children of light). For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord; walk as children of light. Ephesians 5:8 KJV God offers us help (we cannot get on our own). (Power to become sons of God) But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name: which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. John 1:12-13 KJV

Misunderstood – Part 4

By |2019-08-04T14:36:25-04:00August 4th, 2019|Weekly Message|

Is suicide the unforgivable sin mentioned in the Bible? Find out in part four of "Misunderstood," as Pastor Mike wraps up this series. Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/nit8xcvrfdra97q/Misunderstood%2C%20Part%20Four.pdf?dl=0 “What about Suicide?” “Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” Mark 3:28-29 NIV The only unpardonable sin (is refusing to let God pardon you). Suicide is contemplated when: > (Helpless in current situation) > (Hopeless about the future) > (Worried & Depressed) > (Feelings of Worthlessness) > (Plagued with Guilt) > (Overwhelmed by Sin) God’s Answer to Each: > (A very present help—Ps. 46:1) > (Jesus came to give life—John 10:10) > (Don’t worry, pray—Phil. 4:6-7) > (Made by God and for God—Eph. 1:5) > (God forgives—1 John 1:9) > (Jesus died for all sin—Rom. 5:8-9) Suicide is a (permanent solution to a temporary problem) Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV Suicide is (sin, but it’s not the unforgivable sin) For Christ also died for sins once for all, the just for the unjust, so that He might bring us to God... 1 Peter 3:18 NASB

Misunderstood – Part 3

By |2019-07-28T14:22:37-04:00July 28th, 2019|Weekly Message|

People frequently misquote the passage of scripture in 1 Corinthians 10:13 and believe that "God won't put more on them than they can handle." Today we will take a look at that verse to see what it actually means. Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/lin3mha81vu4xdx/Misunderstood%2C%20Part%20Three.pdf?dl=0 Says Who? We think you ought to know, dear brothers and sisters, about the trouble we went through in the province of Asia. We were crushed and overwhelmed beyond our ability to endure, and we thought we would never live through it. In fact, we expected to die. But as a result, we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:8-9 NLT Ask: (Joseph) — Genesis 39:20 (Moses) — Exodus 3:11 (Nehemiah) — Nehemiah 1:4 (Paul) — 2 Corinthians 6:3-10 (Peter) — 1 Peter 4:12 (Jesus) — Luke 22:42-44 “These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.”—Jesus John 16:33 NASB ...strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. Acts 14:22 NIV ...that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man... Ephesians 3:16 NASB So where does this idea come from? No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you will be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV (Deals with Temptation not Hardship) Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those who are being tempted. Hebrews 2:18 NIV

Misunderstood – Part 2

By |2019-07-21T14:08:52-04:00July 21st, 2019|Weekly Message|

This week we will resume the topic of prayer as we examine another difficult passage of scripture in James 5:15 where it talks about "The Prayer Offered in Faith." Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/yjjtxyl4ta03bi4/Misunderstood%2C%20Part%20Two.pdf?dl=0 Is any among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises. Is anyone among you sick? Then he must call for the elders of the church and they are to pray over him, anointing Him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer offered in faith will restore the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up, and if he has committed sins, they will be forgiven him. Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:13-16 NASB 3 Foundations: 1. (Faith in Jesus is essential) 2. (Prayer is important) 3. (Faith is required) Application for Sickness > (The Role of Spiritual Leaders) > (The role of Anointing) > (The role of Confession) “In the Name of the Lord” recognizes… 1. (The Sovereignty of God). 2. (Prayer is based on who He is, not what I have done). 3. (Requests should always result in God’s glory). Question: If God is sovereign and His will is going to be done anyway, why pray? 1. (Prayer makes a difference) 2. (Healing will take place) > (physical—not guaranteed) > (spiritual—guaranteed)

Misunderstood – Part 1

By |2019-07-14T14:11:06-04:00July 14th, 2019|Weekly Message|

In our new series entitled, "Misunderstood," we will examine difficult statements made in scripture that are often confusing and misinterpreted. Today we will look at the scripture where Jesus said, "You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it." Notes: https://www.dropbox.com/s/xsc41karqooz98u/Misunderstood%2C%20Part%20One.pdf?dl=0 “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in Me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask for anything in My name, and I will do it.” John 14:12-14 NIV Common Misconceptions: (An extra boost of power) (A magical formula) (A guarantee) It happened that while Jesus was praying in a certain place, after He had finished, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray just as John also taught his disciples.” Luke 11:1 NASB Other Examples: (Welcoming Others) - Matthew 18:5 (Gathering Together) - Matthew 18:20 (Miracles Performed) - Mark 9:39 (Gifts Given) - Mark 9:41 (Reception of the Holy Spirit) - John 14:26 “Ask for anything in My name” (To ask in a manner that is consistent with who Jesus is, what He taught, and what He stands for). This is the confidence we have before Him: If we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears whatever we ask, we know that we have what we have asked of Him. 1 John 5:14-15 CSB Praying God’s Will reveals... (Trust) (A Teachable Heart) (Reliance)

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