The Spirit of Truth God’s PromisesJoshua 2:1-14 – Rahab had a promise, Matt.1:5, Heb. 11:31, James 2:25 – Rahab is an example of faith in God2 Sam. 7:18-29 – A prayer of David. David believed that God’s words were trueExodus 34:6 – God describes himself as truthJohn 3:33, John 7:18, 28; 1 Thess. 1:9, Rev…

Understanding God’s Will Eph. 1:8b-12 God’s will real and is not hidden, but is revealed to us.  We need to understand his will and align ourselves to his purpose.  Satan is in constant struggle to take control and change the purpose of the universe.  When we stand on God’s side, we are fighting on his…

Rev. 12:1-17· Satan’s Threat (vs. 1-4)The woman is with child. There is anticipation ad joy with the birth if a child. A beast is waiting to destroy the child. The dragon is terrible, powerful, and cruel and represents Satan. The woman represents the true people of God.Luke 2:34-35Simion the prophet predicted the violence in Jesus’…

Phil. 2:3-11An Empty Place with God (vs. 6-7a)John 5:23b-24, 30,36-38An Empty Baby Bed (vs. 7b-8a)Luke 2:1-5 Matt. 2:13-15 Luke 2:40,52An Empty Cross (vs. 8b)John 1:291Cor. 15:3-4Hebrews 9:15-181Peter 2:24An Empty Tomb (vs. 9-11)Acts 2:29-361Thess. 4:13-15  —Robert Lee, 12-19-04, a.m.

Titus 2:11-14Grace is here In the birth of the baby, Jesus, God pored his grace on us.Luke 2:40. The child grew in favor with God and men. Luke 2:52. John 1:14-18. We see God’s glory and grace in Jesus the Christ.2 Timothy 1:8-11. God has called us through his grace by giving us the gift…

Romans 14:13-15:3 We are the builders of God’ s church. Part of our reason is to build each other up in the faith. Just as when we inherit beautifully crafted furniture we would not want t sawed in half we don’t want to see the church ripped apart. · Loving one Another (vs. 14:13-21)Paul is…

Romans 14:1-12There is a controversy about a Christmas parade held in downtown Denver. The sponsors denied a Church the right to enter a float because it was to have a religious theme. This brings the thoughts about how should a religious person deal with disagreements.· Strength from the Lord (vs. 1-4)We must be careful in…

Encouraging others to commendable or better conduct.· Luke 3:18. This is a calling out to change our behavior.· Acts 13:42. Exhortation can be an encouragement to continue in the faith in spite of adversity.· Titus 1:5. An elder is able to exhort those who are around us and be able to convict (convince) those who…

Let’s look at how God works in our lives and in the world today.God Works to Change Us· 1 Cor. 1:4-9. Paul did not give up on this church because God was working in this church. Paul saw that God was working on the individuals to bring them to perfection.· Eph. 1:15-19a. God works to…

Luke 11:1-13It is sometimes easier to be humble, as we get older. We begin to see our dependencies on others.As we read the scripture from Luke, think about these three questions: 1. What role should God play in our life?2. What does God expect from me?3. Does this bring insecurity or security to me?What role…

(Scripture references all from the book of Philippians)There is a saying,” When life gives you lemons, make lemonade”Paul’s Struggles• Imprisoned1:7Paul was in jail, innocent of the charges, and thanking them for remembering him.• Potential death2:17Paul could have been killed for his work for God.• Enemies3:18There were those trying to stop the spread of the gospel…

Secret Manifested Rev. 1:20. The symbols here are being made known by God’ power.Mystery in Jesus ChristRom. 16:25-27. This clearly shows that Jesus was the culmination of God’s plan.Eph. 1:9-10. God made His plan clear and His plan was made and carried out because of His kindness. God brought Jesus into the world at just…

Halloween is a day that many Christians have mixed feelings about. Many of the events are about fear and darkness. Mystery in our society has an element of fear. Mystery as it is found in the Bible, means something is being revealed.God Reveals MysteriesPsalm 25:14. God reveals things to those who have humble hearts.Matt. 13:34-35….

After recently looking at a 50th anniversary edition of this magazine, it became apparent that there are pictures in it that are not promoting righteousness.Beware of What You SeeJob 31:1.Psa. 119:37.Isaiah 33:15-16.We are surrounded by a culture that promotes vanity, violence and greed. There are great blessings in turning towards the ways of God. We…

We sometimes experience power outages, which plunge our homes into darkness. Darkness gives opportunity for people to do wrong and not be seen.John 3:18-21.There two different reactions to darkness. You can use the light to do good deeds or you can use the darkness as a cover for evil. There are two different kinds of…

Heb. 10:32These were Christians who were going through tough times. Their faith was being put to the test. Some had been imprisoned, some of their property was seized, and they were at the point where they had to decide if they were remaining firm. Our tests today are different. We are free and prosperous, so…

The prop this morning is a folding chair. This folding was purchased for their daughter. This was the last chair and it was on sale. They both tried the chair to see if it would hold 2 people and it was broken in the attempt.Things of This World Do Not LastLuke 12:33-34Store up your treasure…

There are three key words from this sermon.Beginning with 1Cor. 15.We don’t automatically remember that Christ died for our sins, but in this reading Paul is reminding us of The Gospel that saves us.D B RDeath BurialResurrectionThese three words are the focal point of The Gospel.1. Remember the gospel. Remember you are a Christian. The…

Where do you go to get God? Fullness of Deity in usEph. 2:19-22When people find the Lord’s church there they find God. God dwells in His people – the church.Eph. 3:16-19God enters into each individual Christian. Christ’s spirit is in each individual, God dwells within us, and The Holy Spirit is in us, so we…

Attached To God1 John 1:3Watching trains fascinates many children. Watching the power of the locomotive attaching itself to the cars is an experience that makes an impression. We can connect with God and receive our power from Him.God Is Three In OneMark 12:291 Cor. 8:4-6Matt. 28:19-20There is only one God. Jesus is God in the…

1 Thess. 1:2-8 These verses bring up some of the foundational concepts of any church. As we move forward from paying off our building debt we should consider our focus in the future. Seven areas of emphasis for Christians: · PrayerOne of our foundations is to be steadfast in prayer. God is the power to…

Genesis 22:1-19 Abraham’s Sacrifice (vs. 1-8)Those who have children can’t imagine being ready to give up our child. Abraham was very certain that he understood God’s instruction and was willing to slay his only son because God said to. This was not only his son but also the means to the fulfillment of all the…

Celebrating God’s GoodnessIt is right as we come together today, to celebrate the retiring of our building debt, to realize that this rejoicing follows a pattern of rejoicing and thankfulness to God’s goodness to His people down thru Biblical history. Exodus 15:1-21; 1 Chronicles 29:1-22. The same God who made this celebration possible makes our…

Acts 26:24-32 We can have a watch or timepiece that doesn’t tell us the accurate time. We need to be able to rely on the messages we receive. The Message of Paul(Acts 26:24-27)Festus interrupts Paul and says that he can’t believe what Paul had said about Jesus’ resurrection. Paul tells Festus these words are sober…

We rarely come across people who make such a big changes in their lives that we really notice it in their behaviors. One person, who we have as an example, is Paul.Acts 26:1-23. Paul is defending himself against King Agrippa.. Saul’s Rage At Christians (and God)(Acts 26: 9-11)Paul was taking it on himself to try…

During the recent Olympics the athletes were called on just use their on strength. In our spiritual lives it is just the opposite, we are urged to lean on God for our strength.The IsraelitesExodus 15:1-3. God was the power and strength that allowed them to receive their freedom and they praised God for this.Exodus 19:4….

The Olympics began this week in Athens. This type of game has been part of the world for centuries.1 Tim. 4:7-8. The benefits for this life are great, but the benefits of focusing on the development of our Spiritual life are greater.1 Cor. 9:24-27. Paul refers to the 4 great athletic events of his time….

When it comes to God, there are only two directions. You are moving toward God or away from God. Rev. 2:4. This Church was moving awayJames 4:8. Draw near to God and He will move near to you. We must be dealing with the sin in our lives in order to move closer to God.Three…

Enmity means being an enemy. How is it that the innocent have those that are opposed to them? God’s Enemies Exodus.  20:5. This acknowledges that God knows there are those who hate Him and will hate Him. Isaiah 1:2-4. People will turn from God despite the good things given to them. Even God with all His…

Romans 5:7-8 The speaker took a class in archery. He soon discovered that it wasn’t that easy to hit the target. Many of the arrows he shot, missed the mark. This is what sin is, missing the mark. In Romans 5 it says that God sent His son to save us even though we miss…

Romans 5:6All mankind is in a helpless situation spiritually. Christ came to save ungodly people.Ungodliness DescribedPsalm 10:3-11. The ungodly person goes against God. He has no responsibility for his actions and no respect for authority. When God pushes this individual towards the godly life, this person pushes back.This person is very proud and unwilling to…

Have you ever been in a situation that you wouldn’t get out of without help? This is mankind’s condition with regards to eternity.HelplessnessRomans 5:6. We were at the mercy of spiritual forces working against us. Jesus came and offered us what was needed so that we could live eternally with God.Exodus 2:23-25. The history of…

2 Cor. 5:17When we receive something new we enjoy it. There is nothing better than a new person in Christ.New IdentityRom. 6:1-7. Through baptism we become new creatures to walk a new life. We need to be ready to physically enter the waters of baptism to show our commitment to walk in a new Spiritual…

One Christmas the speaker and his brothers received tickets for Disneyland as a surprise gift from their parents. These tickets were unexpected, but at that point they began anticipating the visit to the amusement park. If you don’t expect something you can’t enjoy the anticipation. God has gifts for us and we need to read…

Eph.6:12; John 8:44 Some thoughts about war have been on my mind because of the recent world events. Radical clerics are supporting terrorist events. Whole secular view of not viewing any conflict as right or wrong. Public office seekers unwilling to voice beliefs. Are these all examples of spiritual warfare?Paul says that our struggles are…

(1 Timothy 5:24-25) –by Chuck Huffine Last weekend, on Saturday, I got to go on a hike up to the top of Mt. Sherman, in Park County. This is one of my favorite hikes because it’s close to here and the hike is relatively easy, compared to other mountains of its size. But on the…

(2 Cor. 1:3)Mankind’s Dilemma (Titus 3:3)Everyone struggles with sin. These sins separate us from God. Jesus tells us to recognize our sins so that we can make the changes we need to make and see the need for God’s mercy. Sin is all around us and affects our daily lives. We have a tremendous need.God’s…

(Habakkuk 3:16-19)When hardship occurs, continue to worship. This brings strength and life and security. Our life will be more powerful and we can live on a higher level. There are these four elements in these verses as well as the verses cited below:1. Hardship 2. Godly Worship 3. Godly Strength 4. Godly LifePsalm 46:1-11Psalm 118:10-18Romans…

Fear can lead to disobedienceNumbers 14:9. The people were afraid and didn’t trust the Lord and do what they were told. They paid the consequences.1 Sam. 15:24.Fear can be a convenient excuse for our failure.Matt. 25:14-30. The servants were given talents by the master. One was afraid and did nothing. We want to use our…

Fear is not something we look forward to experiencing. But there is an essential fear in our lives.The Fear of The Lord (Prov. 1:7.)1. Recognizing God’s Greatness2. Recognizing our smallnessSubmitting Ourselves To GodNumbers 12:5-9. Moses is leading and his family becomes jealous of him. God asks why were they not afraid to speak against His…

World’s Impact Mark 4:18-19. Warning about how we could lose the word and not produce what God wants.2 Peter 2:20. If you give up the word you become dirty as the world replaces the word.2 Tim. 2:16. Worldly talk leads to ungodliness–the world gets your central place.James 1:27. Helping people and keeping away from the…

Matt. 28:18-20. We need to make disciples from the world.King Hezekiah’s Outreach 2 Chronicles 30. Hezekiah, a good king, succeeded his father Ahaz, a bad king. Historically the people in the two kingdoms (Israel and Judah) were enemies of one another and rebellious tooward God. The temple was closed for possibly 32 years. Once the…

God’s WorkingRomans 8:28-32. Everything comes from God. All things are planned for a good end for all who love God and put their faith in God. God is in control and He freely gives to those who trust Him.1 Cor. 1:3-9. God has given everything to live a Christian life. God is faithful.Phil. 1:6. We…

Many Biblical writers have pictures of Christ. In John’s gospel there are 21 portraits of Christ.John 13:23-25. John was closest to Jesus. He was Jesus’ best friend. This is a complete look at the life of Jesus.  John 20:30-31. These were written so that we can picture and believe in Jesus. John 1:1-14. Jesus was…

Characteristics: GentleProv.15:1. Our attitudeMatt. 11:28-30. Jesus towards usGentleness is a restful attitudeEph. 4:1-3. We should be humble and gentle to effect people in positive ways PatientEph. 4:1-3. The second thing in the list of attributesExodus 34:6. God is slow to anger. We should be patient with others.Col. 3:12-13. You should forgive and be patient with…

Matt. 13:1-23. Jesus spoke to a crowd in parables. It is essential that we receive the truth in a firm way. Learn Truth — 1st LevelIf we aren’t receptive then there are no benefits of God’s word.Acts 7:51-53. Stephen says that these people did not want to listen to God’s truth.1Peter 2:2. Long for the…

John 15:1-8. Each of us is a branch. Jesus is the vine and God is the farmer. Taking a look at what other words are used for fruit.Synonyms for fruit:ResultEffectOutcomeConsequencesProductDeliverables Verse 5. If we are apart from Jesus, we produce nothing. Verse 6. If you produce, you are a follower of Jesus Romans 6:21-23. The…

(Matt. 7:1-2)If it could be said that we get along with others, this life would be better for all. Jesus spent time talking about relationships and gave ideas about how to get along well with others.Don’t Be JudgmentalWhy did Jesus start with negativity? Jesus was sure everyone was guilty of this. He also knew there…

A story about India: When they went to India the first time there were constant activities. The Indian Christians sought them out constantly. They sought refuge from the press of people by going to a beautiful hotel and sat at a window seat and over looking a lovely pond. The experience made him homesick for…

Guest speaker Jerry Rogers asked two brothers to take a look in the entrance for something which he didn’t specify clearly. When they came back looking puzzled, he asked, “What are you looking for?” People are searching for something, but they don’t know what.We as Christians should be looking for Jesus.John 20:1. Mary was looking…

Rom. 12:11Don’t let the Word get old to you. Why do we lose our zeal? Full Sacrifice of Our LivesRom. 12:1-2. Present your whole self as a sacrifice to God and serve Him fully. In the Old Testament a sacrificial animal was totally killed in order to give the blood as a sacrifice. If we…

The OpportunitiesJohn 4:34-38. The disciples were thinking of the physical harvest of grain. Jesus was saying there is a spiritual harvest. Matt. 9:36-38. Jesus wanted the disciples to recognize the peoples’ needs, as he wants Christians to today. There are people who are searching and looking today. Will there be the people there to teach…

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