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January 26, 2015, 11:20 AM

Sunday Sermon Summed Up: The Experience of a Lifetime


 

Psalm 34:1-9  

1.  Praising the Lord is something that we should do often; in fact the Bible says we should never stop praising the Lord.  Praise Him for Who He is, for what He has done and for what He is doing and what He will do in the future.  If for no other reason praise Him for offering the free gift of salvation through His Son.

2.  Look to God for everything in life, whether you be in good times or bad.  It is easier to look to Him when things get hard if you are already looking to Him when things are going well.  Look to Him, seek Him and Call out to Him in your time of trial and strife. 

3.  When you look to God and call out to Him of you needs you won't need to look any farther for He will save you in from your trouble, He will keep and uplift you and He will satisfy your needs.  Taste and see the Lord is good and you will learn to trust and respect Him for who He is which will lead you back to praise.  

Consistantly following these 3 keys, will enable you to experience God in a specatular way and that will be the experience of a lifetime!




January 23, 2015, 8:57 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Love is an action packed emotion


Do you love someone or something?

What are you going to do about it?

Love is more than a feeling.  Love always involves action.  If  you love someone then there is action required on your part.  It will be willing action, not action out of obligation.  While it is true that love does obligate us to some degree, it should never be the motivating force of our action for those that we love.  

Few, if any would argue that the above premise is not true.  

Now comes a question:  Do you love God?  

If so, are you applying the same premise of love in action towards God as you do for people?  Or are you like me?  There are times I somehow neglect to apply this love in action principle to a love for my God that first loved me and loved me so much that He sent His only son to die in my place?

His love for us led to Him sowing the greatest expression of love the world has ever known.  His love for us is perfect and unchangeable.  He will never stop loving us and He will never stop acting out His love for us.

We are to love God above all else.  Let us love Him and act out our love to him through service to Him.  Not out of obligation, but out of love.

 



January 20, 2015, 9:11 AM

Sunday's sermon Summed Up in 3 Statements: God Created it, He controls it


Genesis 2:7

1.  God is the one who created all life and all life is precious, especially mankind who God made in His image and is the only living thing with an eternal soul and the only creation that God breathed life into.

2.  God orchestrates life and is sovereign over all life; He forms us in the mothers womb according to Psalm 139:13-16 and knew us before we were ever born.  Clearly life begins at conception and God is the orchestrator of when it begins and every aspect of it. 

3.  God gives new life; in addition to creating physical life He also is the giver of Spiritual life in Him, abundant life through Him, forgiven life because of Him and Eternal life one day with Him for those that call upon Him for salvation.




January 16, 2015, 8:02 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Why Has God Blessed You?


Have you experienced God’s blessings in your life?  

Or maybe you are going through a particularly rough time in your life and wonder why God has not blessed you?

Either way, have you stopped to ask Him why?

As people we often disconnect the circumstances in our lives from God working in our lives.  Also, we often disconnect God’s working in our lives from His purpose for our lives.

The reality is that even when we don’t perceive God is blessing us, we must understand and know that through the stillness of His hand, He is perfecting and working through us to draw us to Himself.  This in of itself is a blessing!  There may be reasons why God has stayed His hand.  This should draw our attention back to Him and to seek the answer as to why He has refrained from showering us with blessings.  When we do He will answer and that in itself is a blessing!

All the blessings he grants are not just for our gratification, but also for a greater purpose.  He does not just bless us with things so that we can have…things.  

He does so that as we realize His how great His love is for us we will be motivated to love Him to greater heights.

He does so that others may see in our lives that God is a God of love and power.

He does so that as our love overflows with blessings and love we in turn will share His love and bless others as He enables and directs us.  

Whether you realize how richly blessed you are or not, if you count your many blessings and name them one by one, it will surprise you what the Lord has done and your heart will not be able to contain it all and you will have no choice but to pass it on to others.




January 14, 2015, 7:56 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Re-Orientation


If you were asked what are the most important aspects of the Christian life, how would you answer?

Now, If you were asked what is your church most in need of, what would you answer?

The truth is that the answer for the both should be the same.  God’s people are the church.  Yet, somehow as Christians and believers in Christ we tend to separate the two.  

I Corinthinas 12:12, 27

For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so also is Christ.

Now ye are the body of Christ, and members in particular.

The people are the church.  The local church is the local body and all true believers make up the body of Christ globally.   We each serve different purposes and functions but we all are to work together.  

Love is the basis for all aspects as a Christian.  We can love because God first loved us.  We are commanded to Love God with all our heart, and love others as we would ourselves.

But…

The primary aspects needed in your life and in the church is to have an attitude of service.  Service comes out of love and an attitude of service is what drives the desire to volunteer, or perhaps better said, to surrender to service.  

Missions, nursery workers, small group teachers, evangelism, volunteering in the community all comes from an attitude of service.  

Revival may be the great need of our church’s today and but revival begins at home in our hearts and it is brought about by God through an attitude of service!

We are called to be the servants of God!  Servants serve because they have the surrendered to service.

Oh Christian, pray that God would re-orient your thinking to be that of a servant.  That he would open our eyes to the need of an attitude of service.

What would happen in our lives, our homes, our communities, our church’s if all of God’s people would surrender to service?

It just might change your life.  It just might change the world!

 

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