God’s Gift of Hope Matthew 28; 1 Corinthians 15:1-28  As we go through life there are days when significant things happen to us.  We tend to mark those days that have made pivotal changes.  The resurrection of Jesus is one of those days in our spiritual life. Jesus’ Resurrection An Historical Event- 1 Corinthians 15:1-11-…

Many of us are making New Year’s resolutions.  There are millions of things we can have as resolutions we can choose to make.  We can make the resolutions, but we can’t usually turn our lives on a dime.  The only way we can turn is by emotional upheaval or through constant self examination.  Bad habits…

Luke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth good will toward men. Young’s Literal Translation – Says Good will toward the people around us. Eph. 2:13-16, Matt. 5:9, Romans 12:17-21, Heb. 12:14 all talk about God wanting peace between all men and Christians pursuing peaceful relationships. New Kings James Translation –…

The Promise of the Angels Luke 2:1-20  Isaiah’s Pictures of Peace Isaiah 11:6-9 – This is a picture of how harmony will be brought about by God.  This peace is impossible from a worldly point of view.  God gives peace through faith in him.  Our hope is from God. Isaiah 9:6-7 – A child will…

Does God assist us in our times of need? God’s Sign for Ahaz Isaiah 7:1-4 – This is a very threatening situation.  God sends a prophet with a message of strength and comfort.  God comforts us as a parent comforts a frightened child.  God has answers. Isaiah 7:9b-16 – God wants us to believe his…

The Struggle of Relationship With Our Heavenly Father  Jacob’s Encounter with God Genesis 28:10-22 – This vision shows that Jacob came close to God.  A stone is set to commemorate Jacob’s encounter with God Genesis 32:24-32 –  Once again Jacob has an encounter with God.  Jacob’s encounter with God leaves him with a broken physical…

Recently one of the most well known daredevils died.  He, in the last year of his life, was baptized.  He realized that God was to be feared. Commands to Fear God Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 – Keep the commandments from the heart 1 Peter 2:17 – Fear God Rev. 14:6-7 –  Fear God and give him glory…

Old Testament Signs of God as Savior Isaiah 7:1-9:7   Isn’t waiting fun?  Most of us do not like to wait.  There are times when we must wait.  Sometimes we are challenged to wait on God. Isaiah 8:16-18 Isaiah waits on God with eagerness and activity.  Names of Four Children Exemplify God’s Promise A remnant will…

The church has an age old vision –  To bring people back from sin to God.  The church began as a small persecuted band of believers.  Traits of the New Testament Church. Redemptive People Isaiah 42:6-7- The problems of the people today are not that different from the time of Isaiah.  People need a leader…

Gratitude in Heart and Words Col. 3:15-17- Being thankful is something that happens within our hearts.  We must express our gratitude to God from the feeling in the heart.  The thankfulness that is overflowing is “charis – that which bestows or occasions pleasure, delight, favorable regard.”  God’s Mercy, Love, and Grace Mercy is a compassion…

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