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December 29, 2014, 1:32 PM

Sunday Sermon Summed Up: How Shall They Hear


 

Romans 10:13-15

1.  There is a great and growing need for God’s people to spread the gospel message to an ever expanding world population; the need is growing but the time we have to share the good news is shrinking.

2.  Not only is the need great but we must realize the cost is also great; we must put aside our own needs and desires and put God’s Word to others first; realizing that there is no greater reward or prize than to one reach others for the cause of Christ and to hear God one day say, “well done good and faithful servant!”

3.  There is a great call to each believer in Christ to be a messenger of the gospel; it is the great commission to which every believer is called and it is our ongoing mission to share before it is to late for them to hear or to late for us to tell.




December 27, 2014, 10:00 AM

Time to Take a Personal Inventory!


As the festivities that surround the Holiday season and the year come to a halt, we often find ourselves with time to take in all that has taken place.  Not just the wonderful time of family, friends and Christmas bills, but it is also a time that we take inventory of the whole year.

Individually as we look back over the past year, we will see the ups and downs; the good times and bad; laughter and tears; joy and pain; successes and failures.  

Certainly as you look back you will find more of one category of memories than the others.  But, no matter what has taken place over the past year I want to encourage you in three things:

1.  All things work together for good.  No matter whether you see or understand it or not.  But we must remember the last part of that verse of scripture, it works together for good for those that love the Lord and are called according to His purposes and will.  If you love the Lord, you know that His ways are ultimately for your betterment and growth spiritually.  Trust Him!

2.  Finish well!  As we finish out the year of 2014 following the Christmas holiday, we tend to coast until the end.  We are tired, the year is almost over and we just want it to be done.  Let me encourage you to finish strong.  Don’t let the devil and temptation slip in while your guard is down.  Finish the race of this year and build momentum going into 2015 trusting for all that is to come.

3.  Count your blessings!  While this old saying and verse from our youth can seem to be cliche, one thing I can speak personally to is that if you are a child of God, your heavenly Father delights in showering you with blessings.  Look around, take inventory and count them and thank Him for them.  It may surprise you that when you do, you find that you have little time to count the things that we don’t consider to be a blessing at the moment.  If you are not yet a child of God, allow Him to open your eyes to the open arms of love that are waiting for you if you accept the gift of His work on the cross through Jesus Christ.  That in itself is the biggest blessing any of us could have.  

As you finish this year, prepare for the next.  Thank God for each day he gives you. Remember you are loved  and love much, laugh often, give generously and follow your leader Jesus Christ.  Take inventory and realize all you have to be thankful for.

Finally, As the Christmas season ends, remember to never stop celebrating the gift of Jesus Christ.  



December 23, 2014, 2:10 PM

A Penny's Worth of Thought: Little to Some


Last night a group of adults, teens and children altered a prearranged plan due to the weather to sing Christmas Carols to some sweet senior citizens at a couple local nursing homes.  Doing so reminded me of something easily forgotten but very important.

It is the little things that often make the biggest impact.  

What we often fail to realize is that although some things may be little or inconsequential to us, it may mean a world worth of difference to someone else.  

Case in point:  

A kind word spoken in passing may be the only kind word that person heard that day.  

Taking the time to help someone pick up something they dropped, opening a door, saying thank you; all of these may be the only act of kindness that a person may have experienced in a long time

Taking a few moments to listen or talk to someone out of your way may be the only time that someone has ever stopped to even say hello to them.

People don't always or aren't always able to express their gratitude and feelings.  It is even possible at that moment what you did or said meant very little to a person, but even if that were true: do it anyway. 

Why?

Because Jesus said that there would be a day when He would thank people for all that they did for Him.  And in that day some of those people would answer, when did we do these things for you?  And Jesus will answer:

"When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."




December 22, 2014, 3:10 PM

Sunday's Sermon Summed Up: In 3 statements


1.  Just as it was 2000 years ago, today our world, families, homes, communities are in need of a great miracle and just as performed the miracle of introducing the world to Jesus, He can introduce you to Jesus in a personal saving way today.

2.  Put yourself in their shoes and consider the miracle of the Christmas Story through the eyes of Mary and Joseph the shepherds and the Magi; They each experienced the miracle in a special way but it was not easy for them to experience and it changed their lives forever when they did.

3.  In the Christmas story there are many miracles that God worked together that we often don't consider; the distance of pregnant teenager traveling from a no where town through the mountains to a small village, the unlikely recipients of the first Birth announcement in the shepherds and their journey and search to find the Christ child and the magi who traveled perhaps thousands of miles and many months to worship Jesus; just like today God is working many miracles in your life and mine, but we must be willing to see them, acknowledge them and be willing to be changed by the miracle of Jesus Christ.




December 17, 2014, 8:23 AM

A Penny's Worth of Thought:Deep Impact


What kind of impact are you having on the people you encounter each day?

Whether you realize it or not, your life affects every person you interact with.  Either it is a positive affect or a negative, and there really is no neutral ground.  Your life will affect others.  

The book of Romans is written to a people that Paul had never met.  Yet he longed to go to meet them and encourage them in building up their faith in God and their faith to walk the life of a believer in Jesus Christ.

Romans 1:11 “For I long to see you, that I may impart unto you some spiritual gift, to the end ye may be established.”

As believers in Christ, we should share Paul’s desire to be a blessing to everyone that we cross paths with.  Our spouse, children, family and friends are certainly included, but also co-workers and strangers that we pass by on this journey of life.  

Is your/my self-centerdness causing us to only seek to be blessed as opposed to desiring to impart a blessing?  Do you constantly seek what others can do for you or how you can encourage them?

Only when we focus on being a blessing rather than receiving a blessing can we have the quality of ministry and testimony that Paul had in his ministry. 

You may not realize it, but your life has the potential to bless everyone that you encounter.  Pray that God would give you an unselfish heart seeking to make a deep impact of good for the cause of Christ.  Focus on strengthening your fellow Christian brothers and sisters and being a walking witness of God’s love to others that may not know Christ.  

As you go about your day pray that God would allow you to make a deep and lasting positive impact on everyone you encounter.


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