Monday, December 31, 2012

OJHS: Steps to a Successful 2013 Journey


Sermon Title: OJHS: Steps to a Successful 2013 Journey
Sermon Text: Genesis 12: 4 So Abram left, as the Lord had told him and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy five years old when he set out from Haran.
First Step: Vs. 1 & 4 The Lord had said…4 So Abram left, as the Lord…  
Second Step: Launch vs. 4 and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. Left also means to launch into your journey.
Third Step: Learn vs. 7 The Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring” I will give this land…”
Fourth Step: Lifted up the name of God. vs. 7…So he built an altar there to the Lord, who appeared to him.
Fifth Step: Leave your mark for God vs. 7…So he built an altar there to the Lord, who appeared to him.  

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Sunday, December 30, 2012

The Journey of my Life


Sermon Text: Acts 27: 23, 24 23 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 24 Last night an angel of the God whom I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has generously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’
Sermon Title: The Journey of my Life
Point 1: What do you do when you are [Shipwrecked]? Acts 27: 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.
(a)     You realize God blew you to that point…God is sovereign
(b)     Every season is God’s season…it may not feel like your season but it is God’s season
(c)     God is with you no matter how bad the shipwreck
Point 2: What do you do when you are [Snake bitten]? Acts 28: 3 Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.
(a)     Don’t stop what you are doing… vs. 5 But Paul shook the snake off into the fire and suffered no ill. Paul never stopped serving, Paul never stopped doing what he was doing
(b)     Don’t wait to die wait for the deliverance
(c)     Defy the odds and the odds makers…there will always be somebody ready to count you out vs. 6 The people expected him to swell up or suddenly fall dead, but after waiting a long time and seeing nothing unusual happen to him, they changed their minds and said he was a god.
Point 3: Flowing in the [Supernatural] 28: 8, 9 His father was sick in bed, suffering from fever and dysentery. Paul went in to see him and, after prayer, placed his hands on him and healed him. 9 When this had happened, the rest of the sick on the island came and were cured.
Phil 4: 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty, I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
(a)     Your journey always include the supernatural you just got to get in position…
(b)     Somebody is waiting on you to show your flow but they will never experience it if you are not in position
(c)     Everything you lost in the journey will be restored for the flow Acts 28: 10 They honored us in many ways and when we were ready to sail, they furnished us with the supplies we needed.
Conclusion: Acts 27: 23, 24 But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 24 Last night an angel of the God whom I am and whom I serve stood beside me and said, Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has generously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’


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Monday, December 24, 2012

Where is the Manger? The Manger is in Me


Sermon Text: Luke 2: 7-14
Sermon Title: Where is the Manger? The Manger is in Me
Point 1: The message of the manger
The message of the manger is God wants to put things back together. Jesus came to reconcile a broke relationship between God and humanity.
Point 2: Maximize the moment no matter the moment
The manger is within me because Jesus came at the fullness of time. In other words, God maximized the moment then showed up.
Point 3: Me and the manger is enough
When it comes down to you and the manger God has given you the ability to get done whatever he asked you to do.
Conclusion: So when you start looking for the manger, look no further than the mirror. 

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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Where is Your Manger?


Sermon Text: Luke 2: 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped in him cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Sermon Title: Where is Your Manger?
1st Place The Place of your sins Genesis 2: 8 Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Adam and Eve didn’t want to admit it but they needed God to show up to forgive them of their sin.
2nd Place In Your Wrestling for a blessing Genesis 32: 26 Then the man said let me go, for it is daybreak.” But Jacob replied, “I will not let you go unless you bless me.” At the very moment Jacob needed a blessing the most—God showed up and wrestled with him.
3rd Place In Your Calling Exodus 3: 4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” God called Moses when he least expected. He was a rejected Prince of Egypt. He was 80 years old. He had 40 years to think about how his future was already fixed for success then he blew it when he was an Egyptian Prince. Now he was just a farm hand for his father in law. The last thing he would think would happen to him was to get a call from God.
4th Place In the Wilderness Exodus 13: 21, 22 By day the Lord went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people. Even in the Wilderness God still does not leave His people without the manifestation of the manger.
5th Place In Your Need for Direction 1 Kings 19: 12 After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper [KJV still quiet voice] 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… Elijah was distressed and depressed.
6th Place In Your Storm Mark 4: 39 And he arose and rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, Peace be still, and the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. The disciples were on a journey. They were on their way and Jesus was on the trip with them. The revelation is even though Jesus was on the journey with them it didn’t stop the storm.
Conclusion: He said I will never leave you nor forsake you. He said seek him while he may be found…



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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

12 Reasons Why the Manger Matters


NOTETAKER:   12 Reasons Why the Manger Matters
Bishop Geoffrey V. Dudley, Sr., D.Min
Sermon Text: Luke 2: 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
1.   Every time you see the manger you are looking at the ______________ ______________ Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel. Heb 6: 13 When God made his promise [gave his word], since there was no greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying I will surely bless you

2.   The manger shows us how ________ ________ ____________ Luke 2: 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night. James 4: 8 Come near to God and He will come near to you…


3.   The manger is evidence ____________________________ Luke 2: 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

4.   The manger lets us in on _______ ___________ __________ Phil 2: 6, 7 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness Galatians 4: 4,5 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5. To redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of a sons. Prov 19: 21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails.


5.   The trough/manger is ______ _____ ________ _________ John 1: 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!



6.   The manger is representation of our ______ ______ ____ ____________ 1 Tim 2: 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 6. Who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.. He intercedes on your behalf day and night. Heb 7: 25 Therefore he able to save completely those who come to God through him, because he always lives to intercede for them

7.    The shepherds and we have a _______ ___ __________________ Luke 2: 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger


8.   The manger __________ _____ _____________ for us to tell.  Luke 2: 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,

9.   The manger _____________ _______________ at every level Luke 2: 22 – 24 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’) and to sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”



10.               The manger represents the __________ ____ ______________ John 6: 35 The Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes me will never be thirsty

11.               The manger _________ ____ _______________ Matt 11: 28, 30 Come to me all you are weary and burden and I will give you rest. 30. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.


12.  Everyone has a _____________  Luke 2: 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
          



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Sunday, December 16, 2012

12 Reasons Why the MANGER Matters


Sermon Text: Luke 2: 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
Sermon Title: 12 Reasons Why the Manger Matters
1.  Manifestation of Prophesy Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel.
2.  God is Accessible Luke 2: 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks by night.
3.  God Performs Miracles Luke 2: 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”
4.  God’s Plan…Jesus’ Choice Phil 2: 6, 7 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness Galatians 4: 4,5 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5. To redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of a sons. Prov 19: 21 Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails.
5.  Made for a Lamb John 1: 29 The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!
6.  Mediator 1 Tim 2: 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus 6. Who gave himself as a ransom for all men—the testimony given in its proper time.
7.  A Sign to Follow Luke 2: 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger
8.  Become a Message Luke 2: 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,
9.  Penetrate Poverty Luke 2: 22 – 24 When the time of their purification according to the Law of Moses had been completed, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord 23 (as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord’) and to sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: “a pair of doves or two young pigeons.”
10.              Become the Bread of Life John 6: 35 The Jesus declared, “I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes me will never be thirsty
11.              Requires no Prerequisite Matt 11: 28, 30 Come to me all you are weary and burden and I will give you rest. 30. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
12.              Everyone has a Manger
 Luke 2: 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.


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Sunday, December 9, 2012

11am MTM: The Mission of the Manger


Sermon Text: Luke 2: 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who hear it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.

Sermon Title: MTM: The Mission of the Manger  

Point I: Is Found in the Place of Birth
vs. 8, 15 - 8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 15 When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” 
Psalm 40 - I have come to do your will, O God. God had predicted in Micah and Isaiah - “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

Point 2: Is Found in the Price vs. 14 - “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”
Isaiah 53 when he says, it was the LORD’s will to crush him and cause him to suffer, and though the LORD makes his life a guilt offering, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand. 11 After the suffering of his soul, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

Point 3: Is Fulfilled in the Person vs. 16 -  So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.

830AM MTM: The Message of the Manger


Sermon Text: Luke 2: 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who hear it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
Sermon Title: MTM: The Message of the Manger

Point I: The Cradle vs. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger. What a way to make a grand entrance. Today whenever anyone of any reputation comes into a room there is certain pomp and circumstance that accompanies there entrance. 

Point 2: The Cause vs. 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, When we read the heavenly announcement if we pay close attention you can hear them announce the cause of Christ. God wants to reconnect to humanity. The message of the cradle tells us God is willing to save us no matter what because it was for that cause humanity had to reconciled to God. We now have peace with God, but that isn’t all we have to do. We have to make the case for the message of the manger.

Point 3: The Case vs. 17 When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child, and all who hear it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. The shepherds are now eager to make the case for Christ. They spread the word about Jesus birth.

​Look at what happened when the shepherds made the case…vs. 18 all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them. In other words all it took was them making the case…the news itself did the convincing. If they heard it they became amazed. If you just tell the story of the manger it will lead to amazement. Or are you telling the story about your Christmas list. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Stranger In The Manger


Sermon Text: Luke 2:7-20
Sermon Title: MTM: The Stranger In The Manger
Point I: The Stranger Is The Creator.
John 1:1-3 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made.
a.  The Beginning.
b.  The Bringing. V3 He brought all things in to existence !
c.   The Becoming. John 1:14
"And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us… "
Then Jesus the creator became flesh
Point 2: The Stranger Is The Christ.
The word Christ means "the anointed". It is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word "Messiah" and appears 514 times in the N.T.
Luke 4:16-21
a.  He is anointed prophet.
Deut 18:18-19
b.  b. He is anointed priest.
As the Priest, he offered his own blood for the sins of the people.
Heb 7:26-27 Heb 4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession.
Heb 7:26 For such a high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners and made higher than the heavens;
c.  He is anointed potentate.
1 Tim 6:15
Point 3: The Stranger In The Manger Is The Conqueror.
a. He was resurrected.
Having died on the cross, he was laid in a tomb which was covered by a stone. Yet death could not hold the King, he had the power to lay down his life, and the power to take it again.
Heb 2:14 For as much then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;
b. He will return.
c. He will reign.


GREATER - The Amos Effect

Sermon Text: Amos 1: 6, 7:12-17 6 Thus says the Lord: “For three transgressions of Gaza, and for four, I will not revoke the punishment, ...