Sunday, November 15, 2015

God's Permanent Promises

Sermon Text: Jonah 4: 11 But Nineveh has more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left, and many cattle as well. Should I not be concerned about that great city.
Sermon Title: God's Permanent Promises

Point 1: God's Promises always come with instructions 1: 1 The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me.

Point 2: God's promises will pursue you Deut 28: 2 All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if obey the Lord your God:

        God's Promises will result in great peril 1: 15, 17; 2: 10 (15)Then they took Jonah and threw him overboard, and the raging sea grew calm. (17)But the Lord provided a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was inside the fish three days and three nights. 2:10 And the Lord commanded the fish, and it vomited Jonah onto dry land

Point 3: God's promises predate you…connected before time Jonah 1: 1…Jonah son of Amittai:

Life Application:
1.  Acknowledge…
2.  Stop…

3.  Accept…

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

God! But You Promised!

Sermon Text: 2 Peter 1: 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.
Sermon Title: God! But You Promised!
1 Thess 5: 24 put it…the one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. Isaiah 40: 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth but the word of our God shall stand forever.
Point 1: God's promises will outlast your problems Isaiah 40: 8 The grass withereth, the flower fadeth but the word of our God shall stand forever.
2 Cor 1: 20 For no matter how many promises God has made, they are "Yes" in Christ And so through him the Amen is spoken by us to the glory of God.
Psalms 34: 19 A righteous man may have many troubles, but the Lord delivers him from them all
Isaiah 43: 2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.
Point 2: God makes pain the guardian of His promises vss. 6 - 8
1.  Live with it
2.  Live by it
3.  Live from it
Point 3: God's promises will secure your future 1 John 2: 25 And this is what he promised us--even eternal life.
Life Application:
1.   Define your problem
2.   Determine which promise fits

3.  Don't doubt the promise no matter what

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Push Past Your Pain/Problem

Sermon Text: Mark 6: 50b, 51 Take courage! It is I. Don't be afraid. Then…
Sermon Title: Push Past Your Pain/Problem
Point 1: Jesus tells them to Take Courage vs. 50 - “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
That’s what you have to say to your problems and pain…I will not lose…shout TAKE COURAGE
Point 2: Jesus told them 'It is I' vs. 50 - “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
It is the same phrase that is used in
Exodus 3: 14 - 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”
Isaiah 43: 25, - 25 “I, even I, am he who blots out
    your transgressions, for my own sake,
    and remembers your sins no more.
48: 12 “Listen to me, Jacob,    Israel, whom I have called:
I am he;    I am the first and I am the last.
Point 3: Jesus told them 'Don't be afraid' vs. 50 - “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”
Matt 17: 7 - 7 But Jesus came and touched them. “Get up,” he said. “Don’t be afraid.”
Deut 31: 6 - 6 Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Point 4: 'Then' Jesus does something…he gets in the boat vs. 51a - 51 Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down…
Life Application:
1.  Recognize your pain level
2.  Wrestle the answer from your problem/pain
3.  Receive strength by acting

4.  Trust that Jesus will restore calm

Sunday, October 25, 2015


Sermon Text: Exodus 16: 18…Each one gathered as much as he needed
Sermon Title: Winter Blessings!
Numbers 13: 1 - 3 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Send men to spy out the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the people of Israel. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, everyone a chief among them.” So Moses sent them from the wilderness of Paran, according to the command of the Lord, all of them men who were heads of the people of Israel.
Numbers 13: 21  21 So they went up and spied out the land from the wilderness of Zin to Rehob, near Lebo-hamath.
Numbers 13: 27 - 33 And they told him, “We came to the land to which you sent us. It flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit. 28 However, the people who dwell in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified and very large. And besides, we saw the descendants of Anak there. 29 The Amalekites dwell in the land of the Negeb. The Hittites, the Jebusites, and the Amorites dwell in the hill country. And the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and along the Jordan.”
30 But Caleb quieted the people before Moses and said, “Let us go up at once and occupy it, for we are well able to overcome it.” 31 Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” 32 So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height. 33 And there we saw the Nephilim (the sons of Anak, who come from the Nephilim), and we seemed to ourselves like grasshoppers, and so we seemed to them.”
Numbers 14: 21 - 22 But truly, as I [God talking] live, and as all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord, 22 none of the men who have seen my glory and my signs that I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and yet have put me to the test these ten times and have not obeyed my voice,
 Numbers 14: 30 not one shall come into the land where I swore that I would make you dwell, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. 

Point 1: Winter Blessings is meat from heaven Exodus 16: 13 That evening quail came and covered the camp… The Children of Israel complained about everything.

Point 2: Winter Blessings is manna from heaven Exodus 16: 12, 14 I have heard the grumbling of the Israelites. Tell them, 'At twilight you will eat meat, and in the morning you will be filled with bread. Then you will know I am the Lord your God.' "

Point 3: Winter Blessings is clothes that don't wear out Deut 29: 5 During the forty years that I led you through the desert, your clothes did not wear out, nor did the sandals on your feet

Point 4: Winter Blessings is new mercies every morning
Lamentations 3: 22, 23 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

Life Application:
1.  Determine…is the key
2.  Know if God…don't trigger Winter
3.  Remember God is…

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Winter is Over!

Sermon Text: Ecclesiastes 3: 1There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven.

Sermon Title: Winter is Over!

Point 1: Winter Kills Things That Need to Die Psalms 23: 4 Ye though I walk through the shadow of death I will fear no evil

Point 2: Winter Makes You Remember When! Ephesians 3: 20 Now unto him that is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than you can ask or think by the power that works within us.

Point 3: Winter is Certain to Come and it is Certain to Go Genesis 8: 22 As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease."

1.  Hunker down with faith
2.  Wait it out it won't outlast you, you are better than that
3.  Praise it out…keep your spirits high
4.  Stay in the word and repeat His promises to your self
5.  Find you a foxhole partner that has more experience than you, stronger than you, smarter than you


Wednesday, October 14, 2015

PowerCord: Pt 2 Get Connected

Sermon Text: Matt 18: 19, 20
Sermon Title: Power Cord: Pt 2 Get Connected

Point 1: Confront…vs. 15 - 17, Amos 3: 3

Point 2: Communicate…vs. 17 Eph 4: 3

Point 3: Connect…vs. 19 - 20, 1 Cor 13: 11

Life Application: 
1.  Identify disagreement and destroy it when you see it where ever you see it
2.  Look for opportunities to agree with others so you can seed power
3.  Connect with the church so there will be power in the church

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Enough is Enough!

SERMON TITLE: Enough is Enough!
SERMON TEXT: Kings 19: 4, 8 while he himself went a day’s journey into the desert. He came to a broom tree, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. (NIV)
Point 1 – HE RAN TO THE DESERTVS. 3  Elijah was afraid[a] and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there

·       Moses ran for his life Ex. 2:15
·       Jonah prayed for his death, Jonah 4:3
·       David thought it was all over for him in 1 Sam. 27: 1.
·       Fear has a way of strangling you until you want to give up.
James 5:17 17 Elijah was a man just like us. (With like passion KJV) (NIV)

Point 2 – HE REFLECTED VS. 4 4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.”
·       Depression is easy to detect when you know some of the signs;
o   changes in sleeping habits
o   irritable
o   cannot maintain a consistent train of thought
o   eating habits change (eat everything or nothing)
o   emphasizing only the negative never the positive
o   lose of focus and purpose
·       This applies to spiritual depression as well
o   Your resting habits change, you don’t rest in the Lord
o   You are irritable because your joy is gone
o   You are weak because the joy of the Lord is your strength
o   Your eating habits change—you don’t want to eat/study/read the word which is your food
o   You fail to employ the words of the Psalmist that bless the Lord all my soul and forget not his benefits
o   The main thing you want to do when you are depressed is give up.
Point 3 – HE WAS RESTORED – VS. 5 - 5 Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep.  All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.”
to Psalm 91:11 11 For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; (NIV) and HEB. 1:14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation? (NIV)

Point 4 – HE RETURNED TO THE FIGHT – VS. 8 -  8 So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God.

Point 5 – RENEWED HIS SWAGVS. 9-13
1 Kings 19:9-13 9 There he went into a cave (in Mt. Horeb/Sinai) and spent the night. And the word of the LORD came to him: “What are you doing here, Elijah?”10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, broken down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” 11 The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?”