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Saturday, November 26, 2011

Sermon notes and text for 11-27-11

LISTEN TO GOD
 
          Text: Hebrews 1:1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
          2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds.
 
 
How can I hear?
 
           God speaks in nature:
 
          Psalm 19:1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handiwork.
          2Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
           3There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
          4Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
 
          God speaks through his spirit to our conscience:
          (Man has a sense of right and wrong).
 
          Proverbs 20:27 The spirit of man is the candle of the LORD, searching all the inward parts of the belly.
 
          God speaks through history:
 
          John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
           2The same was in the beginning with God.
           3All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.
           4In him was life; and the life was the light of men.
           5And the light shineth in darkness; and the darkness comprehended it not.
 
          History is an avenue of communication through which God speaks to us.
 We can see his activity by looking in the past.
 We can see how he has accomplished things in the past.
 Look at his creation.
 Look at the crossing of the red sea.
 Look at the Battles he has fought for his people.
 Look at how he has healed so many people etc…
We can hear from God by what we see in other people.
 
          2 Timothy 1:5 When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also.
 
          As humans we communicate through love. We write love notes. We express our love by words.  So does God.
          The greatest love story can be read in the word of God.
 
          Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 11-20 11

A TIME TO REFLECT
 
          Text: 2 Timothy 1:14 That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
 
          Let us use Thanksgiving this year to reflect on how blessed we really are. What should our attitude be? How blessed are we?
 
          We take a lot for granted. If people in third world countries had half as much as we do they would feel really blessed.
 
     Psalm 68:19 Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation.
 
     Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
 
     The things we have is a result of what God has done for us.

Psalm 116:12 What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
 
          Being thankful is a virtue.
 
          James 1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
 
          The greatest gift that we can receive is salvation.
 
          Matthew 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
          29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
          30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
 
 
 
Luke 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
          10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
          11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent?
 
          Psalm 116:1 I love the LORD, because he hath heard my voice and my supplications.
 2Because he hath inclined his ear unto me, therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
 3The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
 4Then called I upon the name of the LORD; O LORD, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
 5Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; yea, our God is merciful.
 6The LORD preserveth the simple: I was brought low, and he helped me.
 7Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee.
 8For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
 9I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.
 10I believed, therefore have I spoken: I was greatly afflicted:
 11I said in my haste, All men are liars.
 12What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?
 13I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD.
 14I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.
 

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Sermon text and notes for 11-6-11

 
 
OCCUPY TILL I COME
 
 
 
          Text: Luke 19:11-13 And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom of God should immediately appear.
          12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.
          13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.
 
          What does it mean "occupy till I come"  
 
          We have all that we need to do the bidding of our Lord.
          The first thing we need to do is find out what it is that God wants us to do.
          It is everyone's job to witness about his saving grace. After that we need to find out what our calling is. Each one of us has a ministry.
Eph. 4:12 The five fold ministry is to equip the saints for the work of ministry. In verse 16 says that EVERY joint is to supply and edify the body.
 
          We have instructions in other places concerning our responsibilities in the kingdom of God. Matt. 25:14-19 Talents, Mark 12:1-? Vineyard hedged about.
 
          GOD has left the responsibility of the kingdom to us.
 
          Acts 1:11 Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
 
          Consider this; If we knew the time of his return, what would change in our lives?
          Would we witness different than we do?
          Would we handle our finances different than we do?
          How about our prayer life?
          Would we live a more holy life?
         
          We are not looking for perfection. We are looking for excellence.
 
          While we occupy, we need to always remember that we are the only representatives that God has. We need to look our best, act our best.  Do the best joj that you can do for Jesus.
          God gave his best for us. He gave his son Jesus Christ. God deserves the best we can offer.
          Not only does God deserve our best, but we need to have the most presentable church that we can offer. When visitors come, our church hast to be the best that it can be. We want people to feel welcome and we have to have something for them. Not just a program.
 
          As we continue to work together. Everyone doing his or her best we will see some great results.