Light for Life Ministries, Inc.

April 2, 2017


Opportunity Knocks - Luke 19:11-27
•Everyone Has One Life to Give!
So he called ten of his servants, and gave them ten minas [one apiece, each equal to about a hundred days’ wages] and said to them, ‘Do business [with this] until I return.’
LUKE 19:13 AMP
Everyone Has Freewill
But his citizens [the residents of his new kingdom] hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to be a king over us.’
LUKE 19:14 AMP
•Everyone Will Give Account
When he returned, after receiving the kingdom, he ordered that these servants, to whom he had given the money, be called to him, that he might find out what business they had done.
LUKE 19:15 AMP
•Everyone's Effort Will Be Rewarded!
The first one came before him and said, ‘Lord, your mina has made ten more minas.’  And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant! Because you proved yourself faithful and trustworthy in a very little thing, you shall [now] have authority over ten cities [in my kingdom].’  The second one came and said, ‘Lord, your mina has made five minas.’  And he said to him also, ‘And you shall take charge over five cities.’
LUKE 19:16‭-‬19 AMP
Every Opportunity Can Be Lost
~‘I was [always] afraid of you, because you are a stern man; you pick up what you did not lay down and you reap what you did not sow.’
LUKE 19:21 AMP
•God Expects Us To Serve
He said to the servant, ‘I will judge and condemn you by your own words, you worthless servant! Did you [really] know that I was a stern man, picking up what I did not lay down and reaping what I did not sow?  ~‘Then why did you not [at the very least] put my money in a bank? Then on my return, I would have collected it with interest.’  Then he said to the bystanders, ‘Take the mina away from him and give it to the one who has the ten minas.’
LUKE 19:22‭-‬24 AMP
•Everyone's Service is Rewarded!
And they said to him, ‘Lord, he has ten minas already! ’ [Jesus explained,] ‘I tell you that to everyone who has [because he valued his gifts from God and has used them wisely], more will be given; but from the one who does not have [because he disregarded his gifts from God], even what he has will be taken away.’
LUKE 19:25‭-‬26 AMP
•Everyone Must Choose the Lord to be Saved!
[The king ended by saying,] ‘But as for these enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them, bring them here and kill them in my presence.’”
LUKE 19:27 AMP


February 27, 2017

Spiritual Warfare!
The Battle Belongs to the Lord!
I. The Lord is our Warrior!
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
ZEPHANIAH 3:17 AMP

II. Our Enemy is not  Human!
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
EPHESIANS 6:12 AMP

III. Our Enemy is Satan and his Troops.
Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.
EPHESIANS 6:11 AMP
Satan seeks to devour Christians
Be sober [well balanced and self-disciplined], be alert and cautious at all times. That enemy of yours, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion [fiercely hungry], seeking someone to devour.
1 PETER 5:8 AMP
IV. Satan uses Schemes   and Deceit to Distract   and Destroy
And no wonder, since Satan himself masquerades as an angel of light. So it is no great surprise if his servants also masquerade as servants of righteousness, but their end will correspond with their deeds.
2 CORINTHIANS 11:14‭-‬15 AMP
V. Satan has an army.
Fallen Angels
But the prince of the kingdom of Persia was standing in opposition to me for twenty-one days. Then, behold, Michael, one of the chief [of the celestial] princes, came to help me, for I had been left there with the kings of Persia.
DANIEL 10:13 AMP
Demonic spirits
“Let us alone! What business do we have [in common] with each other, Jesus of Nazareth? Have You come to destroy us? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!”
LUKE 4:34 AMP
Familiar sprits
It happened that as we were on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave-girl who had a spirit of divination [that is, a demonic spirit claiming to foretell the future and discover hidden knowledge], and she brought her owners a good profit by fortune-telling.
ACTS 16:16 AMP
VI. Christ in You is More Powerful than   Satan and his army
Little children (believers, dear ones), you are of God and you belong to Him and have [already] overcome them [the agents of the antichrist]; because He who is in you is greater than he (Satan) who is in the world [of sinful mankind].
1 JOHN 4:4 AMP
Christ gives us freedom
So submit to [the authority of] God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him] and he will flee from you.
JAMES 4:7 AMP


February 4, 2017


Making Life Great!
LOVE
Four Greek Words for “LOVE”
Storge
Love for the Familiar
Eros
Sexual
Romantic
Love
Philia
Friendship or Brotherly Love
AGAPE
God’s LOVE – Charity
Compassionate and Caring
Serving and Sharing
Giving and Sacrifice
How Does LOVE Work?


I. LOVE GOD AND
LOVE ONE ANOTHER
Mark 12:30
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment.
Mark 12:31
And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these."


II. Speak the Truth in Love
Ephesians 4:15
but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ—
Ephesians 4:16
from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.uA. Three Questions Before We Speak:
1. Is it necessary?
2. Is it edifying?
3. Is it true?


III. LOVE Fervently with a Pure Heart!
I Peter 1:22 (NKJV)
Since you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit in sincere love of the brethren, love one another fervently with a pure heart,
1 Corinthian 13:4- 7
4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil;
1 Corinthian 13:4- 7
6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.uIV. LOVE AS CHRIST LOVED
John 13:34-35


IV. Love as Jesus Loved Us!
34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
John 13:34-35
35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”u
Ephesians 4:32
And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.
Proverbs 10:11
The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, But violence covers the mouth of the wicked.12 Hatred stirs up strife, But love covers all sins.u

January 30, 2017

Making 2017 Great! Fellowship!
Fellowship!
2 or More People in the Same Ship!
Koinonia – Communion

Songs – What a Fellowship What a Joy Divine
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
  The More We Get Together

I. Fellowship is God’s Design

It is not good that man should dwell alone.
William Penn discovered that isolating prisoners doesn’t rehabilitate, but instead drives people insane.
Adam and Eve needed each other.
God needed fellowship, so He made us in His image and likeness for fellowship.
God walked each evening with Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden.
Life is better with others.

II. Fellowship is Our Connection with God
 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, concerning the Word of life--
2 the life was manifested, and we have seen, and bear witness, and declare to you that eternal life which was with the Father and was manifested to us--3 that which we have seen and heard we declare to you, that you also may have fellowship with us; and truly our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son Jesus Christ.
4 And these things we write to you that your joy may be full.
Matthew 18:18-19
Jesus said, “Where two or three of you are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of you.”
Whatever two or three of you agree on earth, it shall be done for you by my Father which is in Heaven.

III. Fellowship affords Victory

Jesus said, “I will build my church and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.”

The Church is the People of God, not the building or organization. Each believer is a living stone in God’s Temple.
Ecclesiastes 4:9 Two are better than one, Because they have a good reward for their labor.
10 For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, For he has no one to help him up.
11 Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; But how can one be warm alone?
12 Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him. And a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

IV. Fellowship is for Everyday Life

Acts 2: 46 So continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they ate their food with gladness and simplicity of heart,
We don’t eat once a week.
God Feeds Us Through His Word and Others

Ephesians 4:11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,
12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ,
15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head--Christ--
16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

V. Fellowship is Forever

Ephesians 1:9 having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself,
10 that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth--in Him.

What a fellowship what a joy divine
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
What a blessedness what a peace is mine
Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

I’m leaning leaning leaning on the Everlasting Arms,
Leaning leaning leaning on the Everlasting Arms!


January 23, 2017


 Making 2017 Great!
Prayer
 Pray continually, for Leaders,
for all People,
Everywhere lifting holy hands without fear and doubt.
 Prayer Makes a Difference
 James 5:16 Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain; and it did not rain on the land for three years and six months.
 18 And he prayed again, and the heaven gave rain, and the earth produced its fruit.
 
 Negative Praying
 Mathew 6:5 "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
 Negative Praying
 James 4:3 You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.
 4 Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God.
 Negative Praying
  Mark 11:23 NKJV
 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
 Negative Praying
 Matthew 6:7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
 8 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.
 
 Positive Praying
 James 5:13 Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.
 14 Is anyone among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.
 15 And the prayer of faith will save the sick, and the Lord will raise him up. And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.
 Positive Praying
 Matthew 18:18 Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.
 19 Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven.
 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."
 The Lord’s Prayer
 In this manner pray –
 Note – Manner –
 The emphasis is on the way, not the words.
 This is a model of prayer.
 1. Personal Relationship
Our Father - Abba Father
Dear Daddy
Respectfully- Never rude or disrespectful

 2. Present in Heaven
Who art in Heaven
Access to the throne of Grace
The veil was rent
Enter through the veil if His blood

 3.Perfect God
Hallowed be Thy Name
He is Holy
Name refers to character -
His character is Holy in all ways

 4. Purposefully
Praying is the means to God's will and kingdom on earth.
God gave man authority over earth.
Our prayers secure God's will and rule on earth. It releases God to intervene in this world.
The purpose of prayer is God's will and Kingdom.

 5. Provision for the day
God wants us to daily lean upon Him.
God gave manna each day to Israel in the wilderness.
Our needs keep us seeking Him. It makes us aware of Who He is as He supplies our needs.
He is the One who gives power to make wealth.
Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened to you.   6. Putting Away Sins
 Forgive us a our sins, debts, trespasses as we forgive those who sin, have debts, have trespassed against us.
 By the blood of Jesus we have forgiveness available, but we need to receive it through prayer.
 Bitterness is a prison that binds us and impedes our prayers.


 6. Protection from the Evil One

Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from the evil one.
Satan is a real enemy.
He hates God and all that serve Him.
He wants to be God.
He stirs our flesh to distract us.
In the garden Jesus said pray that you not be tempted.  

 7. Praise Him

For Thine is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen
For being the King
For being all powerful
For being the Glorified One
We need to focus on giving Him glory. He deserves all the glory. Powerful Praying
 Acts 1:5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.“
 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."
 
 Powerful Praying
  Romans 8:26 NKJV
 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
 Powerful Praying
 1 Corinthians 14:14 For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays, but my understanding is unfruitful.
 15 What is the conclusion then? I will pray with the spirit, and I will also pray with the understanding. I will sing with the spirit, and I will also sing with the understanding.
 



January 8, 2017

Making 2017 Great!

FAITH
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Faith is a choice, not a feeling!

Faith is based on facts, not a fantasy!

By Faith we understand

3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Eden Discovered
Youtube Captain Black
 https://youtu.be/jjuYYFn1cXk?t=2031
God’s existence has only been confirmed by science, not denied.
It is not blind faith, but trusting in the One that created us.
Trusting that Father knows best.
Purified by Faitth
 Acts 15:9 NKJV
9 and made no distinction between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Sanctified by Faith
Acts:2618 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.
Live by Faith
Romans 1:17 NKJV
17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
 Galatians 2:20 NKJV
20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
Justified by Faith
 Romans 3:28 NKJV
28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith apart from the deeds of the law.
Saved by Faith
 Ephesians 2:8 NKJV
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,
Access to God’s Presence
 Romans 5:2 NKJV
2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Faith come by hearing God’s Word
 Romans 10:17 NKJV
17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Stand by Faith
 Romans 11:20 NKJV
20 Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear.
2 Corinthians 1:24 NKJV
24 Not that we have dominion over your faith, but are fellow workers for your joy; for by faith you stand.
Walk by Faith
 2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV
7 For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Receive the Holy Spirit by Faith
 Galatians 3:2 NKJV
2 This only I want to learn from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?



January 1, 2017

A NEW YOU! 2017

Makeovers for the New Year!

Resolutions
Weight
Savings
Habits
Friendships
Education
Job


What Does God Promise Us?


God Promises a New You!
Mark 2:22 (NKJV)
And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine bursts the wineskins, the wine is spilled, and the wineskins are ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins.”


God Promises New Wine in New Wineskins!
Not Rehabilitation – Recreation!
In Christ We Died and Rose to a New Life
Galatians 6:15 (NKJV)
For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but a new creation.
New You in the Likeness of Christ
Ephesians 4:24and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.
Not Saved by Our Works and Righteousness
We can’t have this New Life through the Law and traditions of men.
Galatians 3:24 (NKJV)
Therefore the law was our tutor to bring us to Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25But after faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor.


God Promisess Us a New Heart!
Ezekiel 36:26 NKJV
26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; I will take the heart of stone out of your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.
John 3:3 NKJV
3 Jesus answered and said to him, "Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
1 Peter 1:23 NKJV
23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

Romans 8 NKJV
5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.
8 So then, those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
9 But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.

1 Corinthians 2
9 But as it is written: "Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him."
10 But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.


December 25, 2016

Christmas Carousel

Making Christmas Count
Carousel
Merry Go Round, Ride, Roundabout
Container, Cassette, Cartridge
Drum
Magazine

How Do We Make It Count?

I. Fellowship with Family
3 So all went to be registered, everyone to his own city.
4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,
5 to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child.
Family is God’s First Institution
Family gives us an anchor in life
Family honor brings God’s promises
Family keeps us focused
Family make sense

II. Focus on Jesus
A. It is His birthday we celebrate
B. He is God who became a man
C. He fulfilled all the prophecies
D. He came to seek and to save the lost
E. He gave the greatest Christmas Gift
 
III. Forgive and Forget the Hurts
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:
14 "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!"
Peace happens when forgiven
1 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. Romans 5
32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.
Ephesians 4


God Gave a New Command!
1 John 3:23And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment.
2 Commands
1. Believe on the Name of Jesus Christ God’s Son
2. Love One Another – As Christ loved us!


God Gives us a New Song!
Psalms 96:1 (NKJV)
Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth.
Praise Him with the drums, the lyre, play skillfully unto the LORD! Make a joyful noise unto the LORD!


God Promises a “New Heaven and New Earth”!
II Peter 3:13 (NKJV)
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Romans 8:20For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.


December 18, 2016

Prophecies Fulfilled in the Christmas Story
The Son Given
For Unto Us A Child is Born
Isaiah 9:6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; NAS
Written in the 8th Century BC, this fulfilled prophecy again provides evidence that the Bible is God’s Word and to be trusted.
Given – Delivered up, inflicted, appointed
Christ was born for us -all people
Swaddling Clothes were the grave clothes showing Christ was appointed to die for us
God’s Christmas Gift to Us
1 John 4:9 In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.
10 In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
The Government will be upon His shoulders
God is already the King over all things
But Christ will come to put down all of Satan’s rebellion and bring true peace and righteousness to this world.
There is no manmade Utopia!
His Name is called
Wonderful Counselor
Wonderful
marvel wonder (extraordinary, hard to understand thing)
wonder (of God's acts of judgment and redemption)
Counselor
Proverbs 1:32 For the turning away of the simple will slay them, And the complacency of fools will destroy them; 33 But whoever listens to me will dwell safely, And will be secure, without fear of evil."
Fear of the Lord – Beginning of Wisdom
Mighty God – Everlasting Father
Here the Messiah, Jesus our Lord, is called God.
The Strong, brave, One True God!
Eternal Father – Originator of a New Race  born of Christ
Titus 2:13 looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,
14 who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.
Prince of Peace
completeness, soundness, welfare, peace
Ephesians 2:14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation,
He Is in Control
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 

December 11, 2016

Jeremiah 31:15:
This is what the Lord says: 'A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because her children are no more.'
Herod Kills all Males 2 and Under
Matthew 2:16-18:
When Herod realized that he had been outwitted by the Magi, he was furious, and he gave orders to kill all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity who were two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had learned from the Magi. Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled:
God Protected His Son in Egypt
Hosea 11:1: When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son.
Matthew 2:14-15 So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod. And so was fulfilled what the Lord had said through the prophet: 'Out of Egypt I called my son.'
Luke 1
76 And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest; For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, 77 To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins,
78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us;
79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace."
The Dayspring from On High
John 1
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the
Word was with God, and the Word was God.
2 He was in the beginning with God.
3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.
4 In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.
5 And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it.
The Light Shines in Darkness


December 4, 2016


Prophesies Fulfilled in the Christmas Story
The Seed of Woman
Genesis 1:12 NKJV
12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Dogs have dogs and  Cats have cats, apples produce apples, corn produces corn, etc.
Genesis 3:15 NKJV
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
Satan Tempted Eve – Adam Transgressed
The word “seed” is also translated “semen”
in people men carry the “seed” – but here God said the “Seed of Woman” would crush the head of the serpent.
Head means the Chief of a system, top of the mountain, the originator and controller. This is a reference to Satan who was in the snake charming Eve to disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit.
God was saying that Satan entered human society through the woman and through the woman the new offspring would come that would destroy Satan and his works.
Genesis 12: 3
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Genesis 21:12 NKJV
12 But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
The promise of the “Seed” was passed on to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and then David.
Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.

Isaiah 53:10 NKJV
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.­­­­­­­­
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

The Greek word for "only begotten" is monogenes, the very form of which clearly denotes "only generated." As monotheism connotes only one God and monosyllable means a word of only one syllable, so monogenes means only one genesis or only one generated--or, more simply, only begotten. It does not mean "one," or even "one and only.“ Used from IRC.org
Mary, the Virgin With Child of theHoly Spirit
Matthew 1:20
… "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit…
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."

Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.

November 27, 2016

Prophesies Fulfilled in the Christmas Story

The Seed of Woman

Genesis 1:12 NKJV
12 And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.
Dogs Cats
Genesis 3:15 NKJV
15 And I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel."
Satan Tempted Eve – Adam Transgressed
The word “seed” is also translated “semen”
in people men carry the “seed” – but here God said the “Seed of Woman” would crush the head of the serpent.
Head means the Chief of a system, top of the mountain, the originator and controller. This is a reference to Satan who was in the snake charming Eve to disobey God and eat of the forbidden fruit.
God was saying that Satan entered human society through the woman and through the woman the new offspring would come that would destroy Satan and his works.
Genesis 12: 3
I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Genesis 21:12 NKJV
12 But God said to Abraham, "Do not let it be displeasing in your sight because of the lad or because of your bondwoman. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice; for in Isaac your seed shall be called.
The promise of the “Seed” was passed on to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Judah and then David.
Isaiah 7:14
Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.
Isaiah 53:10 NKJV
10 Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin, He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, And the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand.­­­­­­­­
John 3:16
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
The Greek word for "only begotten" is monogenes, the very form of which clearly denotes "only generated." As monotheism connotes only one God and monosyllable means a word of only one syllable, so monogenes means only one genesis or only one generated--or, more simply, only begotten. It does not mean "one," or even "one and only.“ Used from IRC.org
Mary, the Virgin
With Child of the Holy Spirit
Matthew 1:20
… "Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit…
22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying:
23 "Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel," which is translated, "God with us."
Galatians 4:4
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law,5 to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.


November 20, 2016

Thanksgiving  Why Give Thanks?

1. For His Wonderful Works Psalm 75:1
Creation speaks of the designer –
Psalm 9:1; Isaiah 25:1
Atheists and Agnostic scientist are now admitting that our Universe could only exist by design.
DNA demonstrates that there is a designer Psalm 139:14
DNA is the blueprint or all living things. Like a computer hard drive it contains the software information needed to form living things and maintain them.
If we are stretching out the material of a pinhead into a wire with the same thin diameter as a DNA molecule it would have a length more than 30 times around the equator.
Laminin – God’s Glue that Holds Us Together

2. For He is Good –
1 Chronicles 16:34; Psalm 118:1
His lovingkindness endures forever – Isaiah 12:1

3. For His Ordinances are Righteous
Psalm 119:62
The ordinances and statutes reveal God's will and his understanding of what it means to do good, seek justice, and correct oppression.
Give thanks for His truth
Psalm 138:2
The Ten Commandments = LOVE

4. For it is the Right thing to do
Psalm 140:13; 118:19; Luke 17:8
We have a moral obligation to give God thanks
2 Thessalonians 1:3; 2:13
he Ten Leper Healed – Where are the others? Jesus asked. 

5. For Christian Fellowship
Ephesians 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:2
Romans 16:4

6. For He delivers us
Psalm 18:48-49; 2 Samuel 22:49-50

Rescues us – 1 Corinthians 15:57

7. For this is the will of God concerning you
1 Thessalonians 5:18 Hebrews 13:15   

Job – the Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord.

It is called a “sacrifice of praise” that is the fruit of our lips, the giving of thanks

8. For it defines our testimony
Psalm 79:13

Attitude of Gratitude

It becomes our reputation –

Are we “Gripers or Praisers?”

9. For it is the Lord’s example
John 11:41; Luke 22:17; John 6:23; Mark 14:22;
Matthew 15:36;

10. For the Peace of God
 Colossians 3:15

“Let the peace of God (the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him) be the controlling factor of your heart.

Giving thanks bring us into an awareness of His Presence

“Thankful Prayer Brings Peace”
 Rick Warren
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;
7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.


11. For Salvation
 Colossians 1:12
He has qualified us to partake of the inheritance with the saints


12. For His Wisdom and Power
Daniel 2:23
James 1 – “If any lacks wisdom, let him ask of God who gives to all men liberally”
Wisdom is the right application of knowledge


November 13, 2016

Judges Generational Cycles - Revival to Apostasy

Judges 2:7 So the people served the Lord all the days of Joshua, and all the days of the elders who outlived Joshua, who had seen all the great works of the Lord which He had done for Israel.

8 Now Joshua the son of Nun, the servant of the Lord, died when he was one hundred and ten years old.

9 And they buried him within the border of his inheritance at Timnath Heres, in the mountains of Ephraim, on the north side of Mount Gaash.

10 When all that generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation arose after them who did not know the Lord nor the work which He had done for Israel.

11 Then the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord, and served the Baals;

12 and they forsook the Lord God of their fathers, who had brought them out of the land of Egypt; and they followed other gods from among the gods of the people who were all around them, and they bowed down to them; and they provoked the Lord to anger.

13 They forsook the Lord and served Baal and the Ashtoreths.

14 And the anger of the Lord was hot against Israel. So He delivered them into the hands of plunderers who despoiled them; and He sold them into the hands of their enemies all around, so that they could no longer stand before their enemies.

•Patterns of Generational Cycles 

•Incomplete Conquest ch 1

•Manasseh did not drive out Beth Shean – v. 27

•Israel did not completely drive out the Caananites – v. 28

•Ephraim did not drive out the Caananites – v. 29

•Zebulun did not drive out the inhabitants of Kitron - v. 30

•Asher did not drive out the inhabitants of Acco – v. 31-32

•Naphtali did not out Beth Shemesh, Beth Anath – v. 33

•Dan was forced in to the mountains by the Amorites – v. 34-36

•Incomplete Obedience = Mediocrity

•They Settled - Accepted Good for Great

•Settling brings Slavery

 Judges 2:1 Then the Angel of the Lord came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said: "I led you up from Egypt and brought you to the land of which I swore to your fathers; and I said, 'I will never break My covenant with you.

2 And you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed My voice. Why have you done this?

3 Therefore I also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; but they shall be thorns in your side, and their gods shall be a snare to you.' "

4 So it was, when the Angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept.

5 Then they called the name of that place Bochim; and they sacrificed there to the Lord.•USA Rich, but Unhappy

•The Lord is our Deliverer


 Judges 2: 16 Nevertheless, the Lord raised up judges who delivered them out of the hand of those who plundered them.

17 Yet they would not listen to their judges, but they played the harlot with other gods, and bowed down to them. They turned quickly from the way in which their fathers walked, in obeying the commandments of the Lord; they did not do so.

18 And when the Lord raised up judges for them, the Lord was with the judge and delivered them out of the hand of their enemies all the days of the judge; for the Lord was moved to pity by their groaning because of those who oppressed them and harassed them.

19 And it came to pass, when the judge was dead, that they reverted and behaved more corruptly than their fathers, by following other gods, to serve them and bow down to them. They did not cease from their own doings nor from their stubborn way.•God Gave  Spirit Empowered Judges

•The Spirit of the Lord came upon Othiniel – 3:10 enabled him to deliver Israel from the King of Mesopotamia

•The Spirit of the Lord came upon Gideon who delivered God’s people from the Midianites. 6:34 Gideon’s 300 – Clay Pots

•The Spirit of the Lord came upon Jephthah – 11:29 – who delivered Israel from the Amonites.

•The Spirit of the Lord empowered Samson – 13:25 who delivered Israel from the Philistines. 14:6; 14:19; 15:14,15


God Delivers Us by the Holy Spirit


Romans 8:4 that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.

5 For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit.

6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.•

•Replace a Habit to Break a Habit


Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity (VIDEO) 10/18/2012 03:25 pm ET |Updated Jan 07, 2013
Increased activity among Believers, but not when Atheists meditate.•

Vacuum Seeks to be Filled-We have a God shaped place in our being, only He can fill it.


Spirit Filled Life
7 Steps to Spiritual Growth
1. Trust and Obey God
2. Test and Confirm God’s Leading
3. Turn away from Sin and  Temptation•

4. Attend a Spirit Filled Church and be filled and refilled (Alcoholics don't stay drunk on one drinking session, in the same way we need to get with other Spirit Filled Believers and  be filled with the Spirit continually)

5. Read God's Word, the Bible daily

6. Pray continually

7. Sing and make melody with thankfulnes in your heart to the Lord continually


November 5, 2016
Joshua•Possessing the Promises of God•

Jericho Discovered


The Outline of Joshua

I. Preparing for the Inheritance    1:1-5:15

II. Possessing the Inheritance 6:1-  12:24

III. Partaking of the Inheritance   13:1-22:34

God’s Recipe for Victory
God knew what it would take for Joshua to lead the people into victory.
Chapter 1 gives us God’s Recipe for Victory!

•I. Past Reference
“Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore, arise, go over this Jordan, you and all the people, to the land which I am giving to them – the children of Israel.” 1:2•History Repeats Itself
Founding Fathers Give Us a Reference Point
God’s Word is our Plan 
Moses Received God’s Word•Observe what God Said
“v. 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you”…

•II. Place from God
•3 Every place that the sole of your foot will tread upon I have given you as I said to Moses.
•4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon as far as the great river, the River Euphrates, all the land of the Hitties, and to the Great Sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your territory.
•5 No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. I will not leave you nor forsake you.
•The Christian’s Place
Matthew 28
19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
20 teaching them  to observe all things that I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.
•God has a place for you!
1 Corinthians 7
17 And don't be wishing you were someplace else or with someone else. Where you are right now is God's place for you. Live and obey and love and believe right there. …•God place is where you are!
•It’s Your Inheritance
•V. 5 Be strong and of good courage for to this people you shall divide as an inheritance the land which I swore to their fathers to give them.
•III. Purposed Focus
 7 Only be strong and very courageous, that you may observe to do according to all the law which Moses My servant commanded you; do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may prosper wherever you go.
8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it….•Our Eyes Determine our Direction
•IV. Prosperity Mentality
8 b For then you will make your way prosperous and then you will have good success.
God wants us to be Prosperous•Fruitfulness is God’s Plan for Us
•V. Persuaded Conviction
•9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage, do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, fo rthe Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
•“Be Strong” chazaq means
•Courageous, valliant, manly, strengthened, established, firm, fortified, obstinate, mighty,
•Encouraged – David encouraged “chazaq” himself in the Lord – strengthened himself, fortified himself in the Lord. 1 Samuel 30:6
•VI. Positive Commitment
•10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people saying
•Joshua commanded -
•Like a surgical team – Positive and Committed
•Positive Commitment Persuades People
•16 So they answered Joshua saying, “All that you command us we will do, and wherever you send us we will go
•17 Just as we heeded Moses in all things, so we will heed you. Only the Lord your God be with us as He was with Moses.


October 23, 2016


PASTORS Appreciation Day


PASTOR
Today We Appreciate Pastor Ken and Ruth
Hebrews 13:7 (MSG) Appreciate your pastoral leaders who gave you the Word of God. Take a good look at the way they live, and let their faithfulness instruct you, as well as their truthfulness. There should be a consistency that runs through us all.
Pastor Ken and Ruth we Thank You! •What is a Pastor


Preacher, Patient, Parent, Planter
Attentive, Available, Affable, Accountable
Strong, Singer, Shepherd, Steady
Teacher, Truthful, Talented, Teller
Overseer, Overcomer, Outreacher, Oracle
Real, Relational, Responsible, Restorer

Why should we appreciate our Pastors?


I. Given by the Lord as a Gift to the Church
Ephesians 4:10
10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.)
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;

When you Appreciate Pastors
You are appreciating God.

Thank you Lord for the gift of our Pastors
Appreciating God and His Gifts Brings Joy
Appreciation for God’s Gifts Brings Emotion
Appreciation for God’s Gifts Brings Amazement
Pastor Ken and Ruth are Gifts from the Lord


II. Guides the Church into Ministry
Ephesians 4
[to shepherd and guide and instruct], [and He did this] to fully equip and perfect the saints (God’s people) for works of service, to build up the body of Christ [the church];

A. The Pastor teaches and guides,
    the people work to build up the Body.
Jesus trained 12 who trained others until they turned the world upside down.
B. Perfects means to fully equip for the mission.
Like a coach preparing the players for the game.
C. Saints refers to all Christians.
Pastors build up the Saints who then build up the Church.
Sheep produce sheep. He's the Shepherd, we are the Sheep.


III. Grow us spiritually
13Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:
14That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things,

A. None of us has arrived yet
B. God takes us the way we are
but conforms us to the image of Christ.
C. What we don’t use, we loose.


IV. Generate the full expression of Christ to the world
which is the head, even Christ:
16From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

A. Pastors teach us Doctrine for Unity and Stability
B. None of us has it all. Pastors guide us to our place in the body of Christ
Together we Express Christ to the world.
Today let’s appreciate our Pastors!
Hebrews 13:17 (MSG) Be responsive to your pastoral leaders. Listen to their counsel. They are alert to the condition of your lives and work under the strict supervision of God. Contribute to the joy of their leadership, not its drudgery. Why would you want to make things harder for them?

October 16, 2016

Fulfilling the Great Commission

The Gospel


I. The Gospel of the Kingdom 

•Matthew 4:23 NKJV

23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

The King Is Here

•Mark 1:15 NKJV

15 and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."

The Messiah is With Us Heal and Liberate

•Luke 4:18 NKJV

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed;

The Messiah is In the Midst of Us

•Matthew 18:20 NKJV•20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them."


II. The Gospel of Jesus Christ

1 Corinthians 15: 1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,

2 by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.

3 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,

•Christ Died for Our Sins

•Christ was Buried  v. 4

•Christ was Buried for 3 Days and Night

•Christ Rose from the Dead v. 4

•Christ was see by over 500 v. 5


III. The Gospel’s Power 

•Romans 1:16 NKJV

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek.

POWER OF SAVLATION

Soteria –

•Definition -deliverance, preservation, safety, salvation

      deliverance from the molestation of enemies

      in an ethical sense, that which concludes to the souls safety or salvation      

      of Messianic salvation

      salvation as the present possession of all true Christians

      future salvation, the sum of benefits and blessings which the Christians, redeemed from all earthly ills, will enjoy after the visible return of Christ from heaven in the consummated and eternal kingdom of God.

Fourfold salvation: saved from the penalty, power, presence and most importantly the pleasure of sin. A.W. Pink

The Condition – Believes – Romans 10

13 For "whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved."

14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: "How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!"

16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "Lord, who has believed our report?"

17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.


October 9,2016 Eastgate Church Marion, IN
Missions
Fulfilling the Great Commission
I. In Our Going

Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Commission
16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had designated.17 And when they saw Him, they worshiped Him; but some doubted [that it was really He].18 Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority (all power of absolute rule) in heaven and on earth has been given to Me.19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations [help the people to learn of Me, believe in Me, and obey My words], baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,20 teaching them to observe everything that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always [remaining with you perpetually--regardless of circumstance, and on every occasion], even to the end of the age.”
Acts 1:7-8
He said to them, “It is not for you to know the times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority.8 But you will receive power and ability when the Holy Spirit comes upon you; and you will be My witnesses [to tell people about Me] both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and Samaria, and even to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 2:6-8
6 And when this sound was heard, a crowd gathered, and they were bewildered because each one was hearing those in the upper room speaking in his own language or dialect.7 They were completely astonished, saying, “Look! Are not all of these who are speaking Galileans?8 Then how is it that each of us hears in our own language or native dialect?
Acts 2:41-42
41 So then, those who accepted his message were baptized; and on that day about 3,000 souls were added [to the body of believers].42 They were continually and faithfully devoting themselves to the instruction of the apostles, and to fellowship, to eating meals together and to prayers.
II. In our Praying
Ephesians 6:10-12
10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His [boundless] might.11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places.
Ephesians 6:18-20
18 With all prayer and petition pray [with specific requests] at all times [on every occasion and in every season] in the Spirit, and with this in view, stay alert with all perseverance and petition [interceding in prayer] for all God’s people.19 And pray for me, that words may be given to me when I open my mouth, to proclaim boldly the mystery of the good news [of salvation],20 for which I am an ambassador in chains. And pray that in proclaiming it I may speak boldly and courageously, as I should.
Matthew 7:7-11
7 “Ask and keep on asking and it will be given to you; seek and keep on seeking and you will find; knock and keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives, and he who keeps on seeking finds, and to him who keeps on knocking, it will be opened.9 Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will [instead] give him a stone?10 Or if he asks for a fish, will [instead] give him a snake?11 If you then, evil (sinful by nature) as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven [perfect as He is] give what is good and advantageous to those who keep on asking Him.
III. In Our Giving
Philippians 4:15-20
15 And you Philippians know that in the early days of preaching the gospel, after I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in the matter of giving and receiving except you alone;16 for even in Thessalonica you sent a gift more than once for my needs.17 Not that I seek the gift itself, but I do seek the profit which increases to your [heavenly] account [the blessing which is accumulating for you].18 But I have received everything in full and more; I am amply supplied, having received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent me. They are the fragrant aroma of an offering, an acceptable sacrifice which God welcomes and in which He delights.19 And my God will liberally supply (fill until full) your every need according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.20 To our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen

September 25, 2016

The Gift of Encouragement

I. Loving others makes encouragement profitable – 1 Corinthians 13

Exodus 28:34 (NKJV)
a golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, upon the hem of the robe all around.

1 Corinthians 14:1-5
1Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. 2For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands him; however, in the spirit he speaks mysteries. 3But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men. 4He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself, but he who prophesies edifies the church. 5I wish you all spoke with tongues, but even more that you prophesied; for he who prophesies is greater than he who speaks with tongues, unless indeed he interprets, that the church may receive edification.

II. Leverage encouragement for the good

Psalms 64:5 (NKJV)
They encourage themselves in an evil matter; They talk of laying snares secretly; They say, “Who will see them?”

III. Lending encouragement strengthens others


Deuteronomy 1:38 (NKJV)
Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall go in there. Encourage him, for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
Deuteronomy 3:28 (NKJV)
But command Joshua, and encourage him and strengthen him; for he shall go over before this people, and he shall cause them to inherit the land which you will see.’
II Samuel 11:25 (NKJV)
Then David said to the messenger, “Thus you shall say to Joab: ‘Do not let this thing displease you, for the sword devours one as well as another. Strengthen your attack against the city, and overthrow it.’ So encourage him.”

IV. Labor to encourage others in the faith


I Thessalonians 3:2 (NKJV)
and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith,

A. Faith comes by hearing the Word and hearing the Word of God. Romans 10:17

B. Sharing God’s Word in an encouraging way causes people to grow in their faith.

C. Listen to these encouraging thoughts from God’s Word.
I Corinthians 15:16 (NKJV)
For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
Philippians 1:21 (NKJV)
For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain.
I Timothy 6:6 (NKJV)
Now godliness with contentment is great gain.
Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Matthew 11:30 (NKJV)
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
John 11:23 (NKJV)
Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
Acts 10:13 (NKJV)
And a voice came to him, “Rise, Peter; kill and eat.”
Acts 15:31 (NKJV)
When they had read it, they rejoiced over its encouragement.
Acts 27:36 (NKJV)
Then they were all encouraged, and also took food themselves.


D. Make a list of things that were said to you that encouraged you in the faith and to do the will of God. Share those things with others.

V. Learn to encourage yourself
1 Samuel 30:
6Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God.



September 18, 2016


The Love of God

I. God is Love I Corinthians 13:4-8a

Love never gives up.
Love cares more for others than for self.
Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have.
Love doesn’t strut,
Doesn’t have a swelled head,
Doesn’t force itself on others,
Isn’t always “me first,”
Doesn’t fly off the handle,
Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others,
Doesn’t revel when others grovel,
Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth,
Puts up with anything,
Trusts God always,
Always looks for the best,
Never looks back,
But keeps going to the end.

II. How Does God Show Us His Love?

1. Jesus’s’ Incarnation, Crucifixion and Resurrection
John 3:16 “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

2. Jesus’s Intercession
Hebrews 7:25 Therefore He is also able to save to the uttermost those who come to God through Him, since He always lives to make intercession for them.
Romans 8:34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.

3. The Spirit’s Manifestation
Romans 8:26Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27Now He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
1 John 4:13By this we know that we abide in Him, and He in us, because He has given us of His Spirit.

4. God’s Predetermination
Romans 8:28And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. 29For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30Moreover whom He predestined, these He also called; whom He called, these He also justified; and whom He justified, these He also glorified.

5. God’s Determination
Romans :837Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
John 10: 27My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. 28And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. 29My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.

Love never quits or gives up.
Phil. 1:6being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ;

III. The Effects of God’s Love

A. Peace with God
Romans 5:1Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
1 John 4:17Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19We love Him because He first loved us.

B. Assurance of our Salvation –
1 John 5:13These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life, and that you may continue to believe in the name of the Son of God.

C. Desire to Be Loving
1 John 4:7Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. 8He who does not love does not know God, for God is love

 

September11, 2016

10 Truths About Prayer in the Psalms

 I. Pray to God.

Psalm 5:2 NKJV

2 Give heed to the voice of my cry, My King and my God, For to You I will pray.

II. Pray When You are In Need.

Psalm 32:6 NKJV

6 For this cause everyone who is godly shall pray to You In a time when You may be found; Surely in a flood of great waters They shall not come near him. [reach the spirit in him]

The cause – forgiveness – “I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I did not hide. I said I will confess my transgressions to the Lord [continually unfolding the past until all is told] then you [instantly] forgave me the guilt and iniquity of my sin. Selah Psalm 32:5 AMP

III. Pray Continually.

Psalm 55:17 NKJV

17 Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice.

“Utter my complaint and moan sigh” AMP

16 As for me I will call upon God and the Lord will save me.

IV. Pray for Salvation

Psalm 118:25 NKJV

25 Save now, I pray, O Lord; O Lord, …

V. Pray for Prosperity

…I pray, send now prosperity…

VI. Pray for Success

…and give to us success.

VII. Pray for God’s Merciful Kindness.

Psalm 119:76 NKJV

76 Let, I pray, Your merciful kindness be for my comfort, According to Your word to Your servant.

VIII. Pray for God’s Approval

Psalm 119:108 NKJV

108 Accept, I pray, the freewill offerings of my mouth, O Lord, …

IX. Pray for Good Decisions

… And teach me Your judgments.

X. Pray for God’s Earthly People, Israel


Psalm 122:6 NKJV

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: "May they prosper who love you.”

 

September 4, 2016


Where in the World Are We Headed? Part 13 

The Ages of Ages! Revelation 21-22 

I. Heaven Moves to Earth!


1 THEN I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea. [Isa. 65:17; 66:22.]
2 And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband;
3 Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and be their God. [Ezek. 37:27.]

II. Hearts are Mended Eternally!

4 God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and death shall be no more, neither shall there be anguish (sorrow and mourning) nor grief nor pain any more, for the old conditions and the former order of things have passed away. [Isa. 25:8; 35:10.]
5 And He Who is seated on the throne said, See! I make all things new. Also He said, Record this, for these sayings are faithful (accurate, incorruptible, and trustworthy) and true (genuine). [Isa. 43:19.]
6 And He [further] said to me, It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I [Myself] will give water without price from the fountain (springs) of the water of Life. [Isa. 55:1.]
7 He who is victorious shall inherit all these things, and I will be God to him and he shall be My son.

III. Holiness is the Modeled Environment! 

1 THEN HE showed me the river whose waters give life, sparkling like crystal, flowing out from the throne of God and of the Lamb
2 Through the middle of the broadway of the city; also, on either side of the river was the tree of life with its twelve varieties of fruit, yielding each month its fresh crop; and the leaves of the tree were for the healing and the restoration of the nations. [Gen. 2:9.]
3 There shall no longer exist there anything that is accursed (detestable, foul, offensive, impure, hateful, or horrible). But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall worship Him [pay divine honors to Him and do Him holy service]. [Zech. 14:21.]5 And there shall be no more night; they have no need for lamplight or sunlight, for the Lord God will illuminate them and be their light, and they shall reign [as kings] forever and ever (through the eternities of the eternities).

IV. Hope Creates Expectation!

7 And behold, I am coming speedily. Blessed (happy and to be envied) is he who observes and lays to heart and keeps the truths of the prophecy (the predictions, consolations, and warnings) contained in this [little] book.
8 And I, John, am he who heard and witnessed these things. And when I heard and saw them, I fell prostrate before the feet of the messenger (angel) who showed them to me, to worship him.
9 But he said to me, Refrain! [You must not do that!] I am [only] a fellow servant along with yourself and with your brethren the prophets and with those who are mindful of and practice [the truths contained in] the messages of this book. Worship God!
10 And he [further] told me, Do not seal up the words of the prophecy of this book and make no secret of them, for the time when things are brought to a crisis and the period of their fulfillment is near.
11 He who is unrighteous (unjust, wicked), let him be unrighteous still; and he who is filthy (vile, impure), let him be filthy still; and he who is righteous (just, upright, in right standing with God), let him do right still; and he who is holy, let him be holy still. [Dan. 12:10.]
12 Behold, I am coming soon, and I shall bring My wages and rewards with Me, to repay and render to each one just what his own actions and his own work merit. [Isa. 40:10; Jer. 17:10.]
13 I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last (the Before all and the End of all). [Isa. 44:6; 48:12.]
14 Blessed (happy and to be envied) are those who cleanse their garments, that they may have the authority and right to [approach] the tree of life and to enter through the gates into the city. [Gen. 2:9; 3:22, 24.]
15 [But] without are the dogs and those who practice sorceries (magic arts) and impurity [the lewd, adulterers] and the murderers and idolaters and everyone who loves and deals in falsehood (untruth, error, deception, cheating).
16 I, Jesus, have sent My messenger (angel) to you to witness and to give you assurance of these things for the churches (assemblies). I am the Root (the Source) and the Offspring of David, the radiant and brilliant Morning Star. [Isa. 11:1, 10.]
17 The [Holy] Spirit and the bride (the church, the true Christians) say, Come! And let him who is listening say, Come! And let everyone come who is thirsty [who is painfully conscious of his need of those things by which the soul is refreshed, supported, and strengthened]; and whoever [earnestly] desires to do it, let him come, take, appropriate, and drink the water of Life without cost. [Isa. 55:1.]

V. The Holy Bible is Established! 

18 I [personally solemnly] warn everyone who listens to the statements of the prophecy [the predictions and the consolations and admonitions pertaining to them] in this book: If anyone shall add anything to them, God will add and lay upon him the plagues (the afflictions and the calamities) that are recorded and described in this book.
19 And if anyone cancels or takes away from the statements of the book of this prophecy [these predictions relating to Christ's kingdom and its speedy triumph, together with the consolations and admonitions or warnings pertaining to them], God will cancel and take away from him his share in the tree of life and in the city of holiness (purity and hallowedness), which are described and promised in this book.

20 He Who gives this warning and affirms and testifies to these things says, Yes (it is true). [Surely] I am coming quickly (swiftly, speedily). Amen (so let it be)! Yes, come, Lord Jesus!


August 28, 2016


Where in the World Are We Headed?  Part 12

The End of Evil on Earth-Revelation 20


I. The Incarceration of the Devil

1 THEN I saw an angel descending from heaven; he was holding the key of the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and a great chain was in his hand.
2 And he gripped and overpowered the dragon, that old serpent [of primeval times], who is the devil and Satan, and [securely] bound him for a thousand years.
3 Then he hurled him into the Abyss (the bottomless pit) and closed it and sealed it above him, so that he should no longer lead astray and deceive and seduce the nations until the thousand years were at an end. After that he must be liberated for a short time.


II. The Resurrection of the Great Tribulation Martyrs ­­­

4 Then I saw thrones, and sitting on them were those to whom authority to act as judges and to pass sentence was entrusted. Also I saw the souls of those who had been slain with axes [beheaded] for their witnessing to Jesus and [for preaching and testifying] for the Word of God, and who had refused to pay homage to the beast or his statue and had not accepted his mark or permitted it to be stamped on their foreheads or on their hands. And they lived again and ruled with Christ (the Messiah) a thousand years. [Dan. 7:9, 22, 27.]
5 The remainder of the dead were not restored to life again until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.
6 Blessed (happy, to be envied) and holy (spiritually whole, of unimpaired innocence and proved virtue) is the person who takes part (shares) in the first resurrection! Over them the second death exerts no power or authority, but they shall be ministers of God and of Christ (the Messiah), and they shall rule along with Him a thousand years.


III. The Elimination of the Devil

7 And when the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his place of confinement,
8 And he will go forth to deceive and seduce and lead astray the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth–Gog and Magog–to muster them for war; their number is like the sand of the sea. [Ezek. 38:2, 9, 15, 22.]
9 And they swarmed up over the broad plain of the earth and encircled the fortress (camp) of God's people (the saints) and the beloved city; but fire descended from heaven and consumed them. [II Kings 1:10-12; Ezek. 38:2, 22.]
10 Then the devil who had led them astray [deceiving and seducing them] was hurled into the fiery lake of burning brimstone, where the beast and false prophet were; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (through the ages of the ages).

IV. The Implementation of God’s Judgement

11 Then I saw a great white throne and the One Who was seated upon it, from Whose presence and from the sight of Whose face earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them.
12 I [also] saw the dead, great and small; they stood before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is [the Book] of Life. And the dead were judged (sentenced) by what they had done [their whole way of feeling and acting, their aims and endeavors] in accordance with what was recorded in the books.
13 And the sea delivered up the dead who were in it, death and Hades (the state of death or disembodied existence) surrendered the dead in them, and all were tried and their cases determined by what they had done [according to their motives, aims, and works].
14 Then death and Hades (the state of death or disembodied existence) were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.
15 And if anyone's [name] was not found recorded in the Book of Life, he was hurled into the lake of fire


A. Born once, die twice; Born twice, die once.
B. God is not willing that any should perish. For anyone to end up in this state, they have to kick over the many series of road blocks that a loving Father in Heaven puts up to prevent this conclusion.
C. God give us free will and by His Holy character must respect it.
D. In this judgement all will be proven guilty whose names are not in the Book of Life.
E. It is not by our righteousness, which is life filthy rags, but by His righteousness that we are saved by grace through faith. When a person receives Jesus, their name is written in the Lamb’s Book of Life.
F. The question is, “Is your name written in the Book of Life?” “Where will you spend eternity
G. You can receive Jesus and His gift of salvation right now by simply opening the door to your heart for Christ to come in. This can be done in simple prayer. Here is a sample prayer to help you.


Dear Lord Jesus,
Thank you for coming to earth to die for my sins. I confess my sins to you and know that I am not deserving of any favor from you, but I know that you love me and promised to forgive me of sins. I ask you to cleanse of all of my unrighteousness and make me fit and holy before You and Your Father. I believe that you rose from the dead and that if I put my faith and trust in you, that I rise in the resurrection and live with you in Heaven forever. So I do that now. Thank you for coming into my heart. I know that you cannot lie and that right now You have written my name Your Book of Life. I look forward to living with you forever and ever in Heaven.
In Jesus Name, Amen!

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August 21, 2016


Where in the World Are We Headed? by Pastor Rod Buzzard, D. Min.

Revelation 19 - The Marriage Supper of the Lamb


I. The Heavenly Exultations

1After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! 2For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.” 3Again they said, “Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!” 4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, “Amen! Alleluia!” 5Then a voice came from the throne, saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!”

6And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, “Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! 7Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

9Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.” 10And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

II. The Heroic Earner­­­­­­­


11Now I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse. And He who sat on him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and makes war. 12His eyes were like a flame of fire, and on His head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except Himself. 13He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed Him on white horses. 15Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written:

KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

III. The Holy Execution

17Then I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the birds that fly in the midst of heaven, “Come and gather together for the supper of the great God, 18that you may eat the flesh of kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them, and the flesh of all people, free and slave, both small and great.”

19And I saw the beast, the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army. 20Then the beast was captured, and with him the false prophet who worked signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image. These two were cast alive into the lake of fire burning with brimstone. 21And the rest were killed with the sword which proceeded from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse. And all the birds were filled with their flesh.