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Luke 15:11-32 How well do you know your parents? We sometimes get a chance to know our parents better even after their deaths. We can always learn about our parents. Jesus’ story of a Father and two s ons tells us many things about human relationships. Neither really knew his father (vs. 18-24, 28) The…

Luke 15:11-32 How do we picture our relationship with God?Do We Really Know God And His Love for Us?Are we children of God or slaves? Paul Was God’s Son Romans 8:14-19 – As you are lead by the Spirit of God you are a child of God. Gal. 4:1-9 – In Jesus we are children…

John 4:19-24 Jesus says it is important to worship God in spirit and truth. We need to be spiritual people. What does worshiping God in truth mean? Worship with Sincerity Heb. 10:22 – Have a true heart in worship. Seek to worship God. 2 Cor. 2:17 – Preach Christ from a pure heart not for…

John 4:19-26 Worship is the reverent love for God and the forms by which it is expressed. Isaiah 6:1-3, Rev. 4:1-5:14. God is calling us to worship him. God is never confused about what he wants, but sometimes we are confused about worshiping in spirit and truth (John 4:19-26). Where should be worshiping? Is the…

Matt. 25:1-23   Old Testament Encouragements Prov. 9:1-6 – Be wise spiritually and live. Spiritual blessings are eternal. Isaiah 25:6 – God offers a spiritual banquet. Isaiah 55:1-3 – God’s blessings give your soul abundant food. Parable of the Marriage Feast Matt. 22:1-14 – There were those who refused to come to the king’s feast….

John 13:10 People used to make their own products such as soap. Making products like this can be very hard work. This task was for people who were serious about being clean. Serious About Being Spiritually Clean Psalm 51:1-2, 7, 9-10 – Cleanse me from sin and wrong. Don’t let sin separate me from God….

The Church needs to be going where God desires. We don’t need leaders to stay in the same place. Gen. 11:8-9 – The tower of Babel – God sent the people where he wanted them. Genesis 12:1-3 – Abraham was willing to respond to God. Matt. 28:19 – God said go. We as a church…

CHILDREN OF EVE: Dealing with Human ImperfectionMother’s Day, May 9, 2010 While waiting in line at the airport to take off for my recent trip to the Pepperdine Lectures in Malibu, California, I struck up a conversation with a young lady. In the course of our talking to each other I discovered that she was…

Words have a potential for good or harm. Words have power. Respecting God and Others James 5:8-12 – Good words or bad words can come from the same mouth, but it shouldn’t be. If we praise God, but we say hurtful negative things to people we are undermining our praise. James 4:11-12 – If we…

Imagine you are a patient in the hospital and the local preacher comes to visit you. What if the preacher can only complain about everything? Would you feel better? Complaining and negativity usually doesn’t make things better. Israel‘s Complaining against God in the Wilderness Ex. 14:1-12 – When Pharaoh’s army came(fear) Ex. 15:22-25 – Bitter…

1 Kings 19 We often think that when we experience God in our lives we think it is a thunderbolt in our lives. We more often experience God in a gentle whisper The World’s Impatience Ezekiel 12:22 – Where is this big thing God is going to do? Really they should have repented. Jeremiah 17:15…

Right now what do want above all else? Your answer to this question is between you and God. Sometimes it can be difficult to know what you want. We can have complex feelings so it can be difficult to discern our desires. Maybe we are afraid to want something because if we don’t get it…

James 4:1-10 James continues his discussion on drawing near to God. Submit to God James 4:7 – Let God lead you. Deut. 10:14-16 – A call on the people to not be stubborn. Allow God to direct your life. 2 Chron. 30:8-9 – Don’t have a hardened attitude toward God. Heb. 12:9 – God disciplines…

James 4:1-10 We are blessed to be living in this age of covenant with God. How would you assess the current moral state of America? People have different views. Some think that we have thrown off the bonds of a puritanical society. Some see that we need to walk closer to God as a nation….

Cats are difficult to control so the idea of herding cats is absurd. There is something harder than dealing with cats – dealing with people. God’s Amazing Love for difficult people Deut. 32 🙁 1-43) 15-18 – Moses sums up the people’s response to God’s love as saying they forgot the God who gave them…

Mark 10:17-31, Matt. 19:16-30, Luke 18:18-30 We all experience suffering in this world. Jesus came to give us hope. Jesus had an encounter with a rich young ruler that teaches about hope in this world.(Mark 10:17-31). Jesus responds to the rich young ruler, Why do you call me good? Only God is good. The Goodness…

We can be very confident in some areas of our lives and very lacking in confidence in other areas of life. Having Confidence Acts 4:13 – These leaders were used to people showing deference to them and were surprised when these two have so much confidence. These two had been with Jesus. Heb. 4:16 –…

A Tendency to Hide Gen. 2:25 – The people were not ashamed and there was no need to hide from each other or from God. Gen. 3:7-8 – Adam and Eve have sinned and now they are ashamed of their actions. They are now trying to hide from each other and from God. Everything has…

What’s a place you’d like to see – the Grand Canyon, the Great Barrier Reef, Switzerland, or Egypt? Do you want to see God as much as this place? What are you willing to do? Desiring to see God Ex. 33:18-23 – God allowed Moses to see the glory of God even though he couldn’t…

Judges 6:13 Gideon asked this question after the people had been dominated by the Midionites. Job – Suddenly his possessions, family, and health were lost to him. He said why didn’t I die at birth Jesus – My God why have you forsaken me? This is a universal question and it is how we ask…

This week was the beginning of the 2010 Winter Olympics. This is the venue for many feats of physical prowess. Some events are no longer part of the games. One event no longer part of the games is Tug-of-War. This can be fun or painful. Another type of Tug-of-War is emotional conflict. Churches today can…

PBS recently ran a documentary called “This Emotional Life.” This series summed up having good emotional health by saying having good relationships with people will lead to happiness. As Christians we have the blessings of a relationship with God and with other Christians. God Visits His People To Punish – Exodus 20:5, Num. 14:18, Deut…

When people go in the same direction there is always strong leadership in place. Two Roles of a Servant A visionary role An implementation role Creating a Compelling Vision What is our purpose? Matt. 4:18-19 –Jesus gave these men their purpose- be a fisher of people.  In John 21:15-17 — Jesus leaves his purpose with…

God knows all about his people. He watches over us and judges our actions. Examples in the Book of Acts Acts 6:1-7 -Overseeing food distribution. This church was experiencing diversity of culture and background which caused a problem. This problem needed to be dealt with. The congregation was lead to solve the problem without neglecting…

The Humility of Jesus John 13:1-17 – Jesus washed the disciples’ feet. Jesus was willing to sacrifice himself for others benefit Phil. 2:3-11 – Have an attitude of humility towards others and look out for others good not just your own. Follow Jesus’ example as he humbled himself to die on the cross for our…

In our world many disasters are caused or aggravated by poor leadership. If there is poor leadership a group cannot react quickly of effectively. Groups working together require leaders. Leaders Needed for Stability Judges17:6, 21:25 -There was no leader in Israel. Everyone did what they thought was right.. Isaiah 53:4-6 – People always go astray…

Matt. 10:32-33 We never know when we might be able to testify about Jesus. Recently, one of our Christian brothers, Colt McCoy, quarterback for the University of Texas, gave a tremendous testimony saying God is in control and that his life s built on the rock. Let us be ready. Pressure from Unbelievers John 7:13…

We are beginning a new theme – Sharing God. Will we have amazing encounters with God, like Moses had with God and the burning bush? Knowing God Exodus 33:13 -Moses encountered God and wanted to know God’s ways and his commandments. Moses had a relationship with God. John 17:3 -This is eternal life that we…

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