A Call To Respond    Sunday, December 10, 2017

When we think of Christmas or Christmas Day there is a call to give a response to that which this day brings to us. One of the beautiful truths of Christianity is regardless of where you are in life, there is continually a call to respond.

When you read God’s Word you are challenged to respond to it. We cannot read it without having a response. It is not a book that is apathetically read. It calls for engagement and reaction.

The Holy Spirit of God comes to convict humanity of sin, righteousness, and judgement. The Holy Spirit calls for a response in our lives. When He points to something in our lives that needs to change we are to respond with a “Yes, Lord, I hear and obey!”

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The Gift of Hope        Sunday, December 3, 2017

First Sunday of Advent 2017

Luke 2:8-14

What do you want for Christmas this year? Monica always asks me what I want for Christmas. I do not like to be asked that question. There really is nothing I want that I do not have. I have a lot of things that I could really do without. I moved here 4 and half years ago in my car and Monica’s Subaru. We had them packed to the gills, but I brought everything I thought I needed to bring. Really, I probably brought more than I really needed. This church, you, have been very generous and have provided me with so much. Thank you. You are always generous with me. By the way, thanks for your expressions of appreciation in October and for the cards and gifts given for my birthday in November.

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Forgiveness - Canceling the Debt    Sunday, November 26, 2017

Proverbs 19:11 A man's wisdom gives him patience; it is to his glory to overlook an offense. (NIV)

Forgiveness is at the core of who we are as followers of Jesus Christ. As His followers we will choose to forgive those who have offended us.

How do we know that we are loved by God? There is one event in all of creation that says to us that we are loved by God. He chose to become a man, to take on flesh and to go to the cross. In doing so, He chose to take upon Himself all the guilt of all the sin that was ever sinned or ever will be sinned. God says to us our debt to Him has been paid in full. We owe Him nothing. He chooses to overlook our offenses. He chooses to love us.

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Judging One Another     Sunday, November 19, 2017

John 8:3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, "Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?" 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "If any one of you is without sin, let him be the first to throw a stone at her." 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?"

11 "No one, sir," she said.

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What We Believe Matters     Sunday, October 22, 2017

Psalm 23

Emotions are never bad. Expressing emotion is not showing weakness. It takes a man who is confident to express emotion in public without feeling embarrassed.

Feeling grief and pain and other emotions that you might consider bad or negative, as long as these are true expressions and not put on for some selfish reason, are healthy and good. Our emotions are a reflection of what we believe and of our true self, who we really are.

The lessons we are studying together have been helping us to understand where our emotions, our actions, and our attitudes come from. Why do we do the things we do? Why do we act the way we act?

The lesson we are looking at this week is called What to Believe.

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How To Decide       

Trust God, Thank God, Ask God      Sunday, October 15, 2017

Deuteronomy 30:19

“Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, that you and your descendants might live!” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NLT)

Where are we going? As a congregation, where are we going? What are we doing here? What is our purpose?

We have experienced a tragedy, the burning of our building. We have been devastated by this great loss. We are struggling to find our way.

There is one message that God keeps bringing back to my heart. Do you want to know what that message is? Well, I am going to tell you anyway. Focus on what I called you to do. OK, Lord. Now what was it that you called me to do? Oh yes, I remember. You called me to minister to Your people.

Ok, Lord. I will focus on ministering to Your people. Lord, do I have to do that here, with these people? Yes, son, (He calls me son because I am His child.) Yes, son, I brought you here. Minister to My people here at the Green Valley Church of God. But Lord, I miss my children and my grandchildren. Can I not go back and minister to your people there? No, son, I am not finished with you here yet. But, Lord, I do not know how to lead this church to build a building. I will be with you, son. I will help you, just focus on what I called you to do. Ok, Father, I will do my best.

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I AM "IN CHRIST"     Sunday, August 27, 2017

2 Corinthians 5:17

Romans 8:1-17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJ)

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I AM NOT GOD     Sunday, August 20, 2017

But sometimes I get myself into His place. I am not God, but sometimes I forget who really is God. Sometimes I act as if I am God, if not to others, then to myself.

Who is God? First Cause or Creator

Genesis 1:1 says “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (NKJ)

The Bible introduces God in this way, “In the beginning God created…”

The God I have come to believe in, the God the Bible gives us a picture of, is the creator of all that exists.

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Keep Yourselves From Idols?      Sunday, August 13, 2017

1 John 5:21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (NIV)

Keep yourself from idols. Is this just an off-hand, oh, by the way, don’t worship idols? Or is this something more?

Could this be the sum of all John has been telling us? Could it be that this sentence sums up all that he has been saying? Could all that has gone before help us to understand that this command to keep ourselves from idols is the central idea of the whole letter, or even of the whole Bible? Do not put anything before God! Love God with… (you can finish that… all your heart, mind, soul, and strength.)

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That We May Know Him    Sunday, August 6, 2017

1 John 5:13-20

I need to back up for a few minutes to last weeks passage. Look at 1 John 5:10-11 again.

1 John 5:

10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. (NIV)

What is John saying? Anyone who does not believe God’s testimony has made God out to be a liar. John said earlier that this is the spirit of the anti-christ.

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This Is The Testimony   Sunday, July 23, 2017

1 John 5: 1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 6 This is the one who came by water and blood — Jesus Christ. He did not come by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit who testifies, because the Spirit is the truth. 7 For there are three that testify: 8 the Spirit, the water and the blood; and the three are in agreement. 9 We accept man's testimony, but God's testimony is greater because it is the testimony of God, which he has given about his Son. 10 Anyone who believes in the Son of God has this testimony in his heart. Anyone who does not believe God has made him out to be a liar, because he has not believed the testimony God has given about his Son. 11 And this is the testimony: God has given us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12 He who has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have life. (NIV)

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Who Is Born of God?     Sunday, July 16, 2017

1 John 5:1 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 This is love for God: to obey his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. (NIV)

Simple question. Simple answer. Who is born of God? Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ.

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Love Made Complete     Sunday, July 9, 2017

1 John 4:16 And so we know and rely on the love God has for us. God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. 17 In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.
19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, "I love God," yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Whoever loves God must also love his brother. (NIV)

I took the title of this message from verse 17: “In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like him.” (NIV)

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Acknowledge The Truth    Sunday, July 2, 2017

1 John 4:1-16

This week in Vacation Bible School we pledged our allegiance to the flag of the United States. We pledged our allegiance to the Christian flag and we pledged our allegiance to the Bible. I pray that pledging my allegiance to God and to my country will never be contradictory. If push comes to shove, I pledge that I will be true to Jesus Christ. God is first. I will be loyal to the kingdom of God first and to my country only if it does not conflict with my loyalty to my God.

In His letter to us, John encourages us to acknowledge the truth about Jesus Christ. He tells us that those who come from God, who are on God’s side will acknowledge the truth about our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

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We Love With Actions      Sunday, June 25, 2017

1 John 3:11 This is the message you heard from the beginning: We should love one another. 12 Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother's were righteous. 13 Do not be surprised, my brothers, if the world hates you. 14 We know that we have passed from death to life, because we love our brothers. Anyone who does not love remains in death. 15 Anyone who hates his brother is a murderer, and you know that no murderer has eternal life in him.

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We Do Not Continue To Sin Because....   Sunday, June 18, 2017

1 John 3:3-10

1 John 3:3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure.

What was the hope John was speaking of? When Christ appears, we shall be like Him.

4 Everyone who sins breaks the law; in fact, sin is lawlessness. 5 But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin. 6 No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

7 Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. 8 He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work. 9 No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. 10 This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother. (NIV)

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We Shall Be Like Him       Sunday, June 11, 2017

What do I tell you are the two ideas that are the foundation of what we believe? Number 1…? Number 2…? As we read our passage of Scripture from 1John this morning think about these two foundational ideas.

1 John 3:1 See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2 Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when Christ appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3 All who have this hope in him purify themselves, just as he is pure. (NIV)

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Confident and Unashamed     Sunday, June 4, 2017

1 John 2:26-29

26 I am writing these things to you about those who are trying to lead you astray.27 As for you, the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit — just as it has taught you, remain in him.

28 And now, dear children, continue in him, so that when he appears we may be confident and unashamed before him at his coming.

29 If you know that he is righteous, you know that everyone who does what is right has been born of him.

One day Jesus is coming back. When He appears how will you receive Him? The Lord of lords and King of kings is returning? When He comes, will you hide and try to get away from Him because you know you have not lived up to His expectations?

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Jesus is THE Christ!     Sunday, May 28, 2017

1 John 2:18-25

Sometimes we use the word Christ as if it were the last name of Jesus. I am a follower of Jesus Christ not Jesus Hernandez. Do you understand what I am saying? Christ was not the last name of Our Lord Jesus.

The word Christ came to our English language almost directly from the Greek of New Testament times. The Greek was christos. It means anointed. The Hebrew word was Messiah, or at least these are the anglicized forms of the Greek and Hebrew words.

The Jewish people who lived at the time when Jesus came to earth were expecting the one they knew as the Messiah. They had been taught by the Old Testament Scriptures that God was going to send someone to save their people, or perhaps better said, to save God’s people.

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Love God       Sunday, May 21, 2017

1 John 2:15-17

15 Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.16 For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world.17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. NIV

Do not answer this out loud. Why do you come to church? Before we go on I want you to answer this question: Why do you come to church? I want you to be brutally honest with yourself. Ask God to help you be honest in answering this queston. Why do you come to church? It is okay to have more than one reason. I want you to consider all the reasons you come to church.

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Knowing About or Knowing      Sunday, May 14, 2017

1 John 2:12-14

Many people know about God. Fewer know God. Do you get the difference between knowing about something and knowing it?

I know about science. I have a passing acquaintance about science. I understand the basic principles of science. I do not know science. I practice science on a very rudimentary level. I learn about the world around me by observing it. I do not go into it to the depths that true scientists know science.

I know about some people. I have heard of them, but I do not know them. I know about Martin Luther. I learned about him through classes I have taken or things I have read about him. Martin Luther is said to be the father of the Protestant Reformation. I am part of the Protestant Reformation. I know about him, but I do not know Martin Luther.

I could get to know more about Martin Luther by reading what has been written about him. I could get to know Martin Luther better than I do by reading what he wrote, but I cannot really know Martin Luther. When I get to heaven, perhaps I will have the opportunity to know him. I would love to sit with him and really get to know him.

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Light and Dark, Love and Hate      Sunday, May 7, 2017

1 John 2:1-11

1 John 2:1 My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have an advocate with the Father – Jesus Christ, the Righteous One.

2 He is the atoning sacrifice for our sins, and not only for ours but also for the sins of the whole world.

3 We know that we have come to know him if we keep his commands.

4 Whoever says, “I know him,” but does not do what he commands is a liar, and the truth is not in that person.

5 But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: 6 whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.

7 Dear friends, I am not writing you a new command but an old one, which you have had since the beginning. This old command is the message you have heard.

8 Yet I am writing you a new command; its truth is seen in him and in you, because the darkness is passing and the true light is already shining.

9 Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. 10 Anyone who loves their brother and sister lives in the light, and there is nothing in them to make them stumble.

11 But anyone who hates a brother or sister is in the darkness and walks around in the darkness. They do not know where they are going, because the darkness has blinded them.

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A New Day, A New Life     Sunday, April 16, 2017

John 3:16-18

John 20:1-31

What did I expect to see? I took a walk, went outside, sun was shining. I took a couple of pictures. The colors of spring. There is this color of green that I associate with spring.

For most of my life I have said my favorite color was green. I suppose hunter green comes closest to describing my favorite green color. And yet, there is this color of green in the spring time. It is a lighter shade of green. I suppose it has a bit more yellow in it.

Did I tell you about the time I had the measles and my brother and sisters and I were closed off from the light for several weeks. During that time, spring had sprung. When I went outside for the first time that spring, winter had turned to spring. Everything was so green.

What has all of this to do with Resurrection Sunday? In spring there is a newness to everything. There is a cleanness to everything. Have you noticed that by the late summer, the green leaves are a darker green, a dirtier green than they were in the spring? Maybe that is just my imagination.

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The Whole World Has Gone After Him     Sunday, April 9, 2017

John 11:1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages." 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "[It was intended] that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."

9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.

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Light and Darkness           Sunday, April 2, 2017

Righteousness and Sin

1 John 1:5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. (NIV)

Light – What does John mean here by light and darkness? He says “God is light.” He says there is no darkness in God. I think of darkness as the absence of light. I believe what John is telling us is that light is having fellowship with God, living in a friendly relationship with Him. Darkness is not having fellowship with God, or refusing to have a friendly relationship with Him.

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Fellowship With The Word       Sunday, March 26, 2017

1 John 1:1-4

Jonah 4

What do people need more than food, clothing, and shelter? A relationship with God.

1 John 1 “That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched — this we proclaim concerning the Word of life.2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.4 We write this to make our [your] joy complete. (NIV)

Who is the Word of life? Jesus is the Word of Life.

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Go!  Tell!  Rejoice!       Sunday, March 19, 2017

Luke 10:16-20

Listen to what Jesus told the seventy-two He had sent out before Him.

Luke 10:16 “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me.”

17 The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”

18 He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. 19 I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” NIV

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Go!       Sunday, March 5, 2017

Luke 10:1-4

10:1 After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. 2 He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field. 3 Go! I am sending you out like lambs among wolves. 4 Do not take a purse or bag or sandals; and do not greet anyone on the road.

The Lord sends us out into the world to give testimony about Him.  As we go we need to be guided by the Word and the Spirit.  He sends us out ahead of Him.  He does not leave us to do the work by ourselves.  He comes along and takes the Word that we have shared and uses it to change people's hearts and minds.

We must trust God to lead us.  We also need to trust that He is sending us to the places He wants to work.  Therefore, we need to pray and seek His guidance as we go, trusting that He has a plan and that He will lead us to the harvest He is preparing to reap

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Abraham, Isaac, and the Substitute Lamb  Sunday, February 25, 2017

Genesis 22:1-8

John 21:15-17

22:1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!"

"Here I am," he replied.

2 Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and saddled his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, "Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you."

6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, "Father?"

"Yes, my son?" Abraham replied.

"The fire and wood are here," Isaac said, "but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?"

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Proclaim The Good News   Sunday, February 19, 2017

Luke 4:14-21

14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He taught in their synagogues, and everyone praised him.

16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. And he stood up to read. 17 The scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:

18 "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor.  He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19 to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor."

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Our Reason to Exist   Sunday, February 12, 2017

Matthew 16:13-19, 21-24

Matt 7:24-27

What is our purpose at Green Valley Church of God?  Are we fulfilling our purpose?  Why do we exist?  What are we doing to help people to know Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior?

Is maintaining this congregation the same as building the kingdom of God?

I believe it is important that we know how we would answer these questions as we think about what is important for us as a congregation of God’s people. Our attitudes about the church are critical if we are to be what God wants us to be as individuals and as a congregation.

As we think about these questions, let us look at an interaction between Jesus and His disciples from Matthew’s gospel.

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God Uses Our Finances to Help Us Grow    Sunday, February 5, 2017

I want to spend a little time today talking about giving to the church. I know that people outside the church feel like we talk too much about money. People inside the church feel we do not talk about it enough. I believe that God uses our finances to help us grow in our relationship with Him. We learn to hear His voice and trust Him to care for us as we follow His lead in using the resources He has placed in our care.

I will start with a passage in Malachi, the last book of the Old Testament.

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Armed for War      Sunday, January 22, 2017

Ephesians 6:12-20

I will start today with a definition of good and evil. Evil is anything that takes a stand against God. The Creator of all things is the only one who has the right to define good and evil. Good is aligning yourself with Him, our Creator; accepting His valuation of what is good. Evil is standing against Him; refusing to accept Him and His judgments of right and wrong.

Eph 6:12-20

12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

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The Biggest Battle of All       Sunday, January 15, 2017

The Battle Hymn of the Republic: Is this a patriotic song for our nation? Or is it a call to arms for the church?

The primary truth about this life is this: God loves His creation. He loves me. He loves you. Because He loves us He insists that we submit to Him as Lord of our lives and walk in obedience, in fellowship with Him. If we are living for anything less than this we have some changing to do. If this is not the primary focus of our lives, we are cheating ourselves out of the good that God wants for us.

We have an enemy who is out to destroy us, to keep us away from God and the good that He wants for us. When we walk in fellowship with God, this enemy has no power over us. If we do not walk in fellowship with God, we will fall prey to the enemy's lies and deceit, his slanderous attempts to get us to believe that God does not love us and that God does not want what is best for us. Let's read what Paul has to say about this enemy in Ephesians 6:10-12:

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Loving One Another     Sunday, January 8, 2017

Ephesians 5:19-21

19 Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20 always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. 21 Submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. NIV

The rest of chapter 5 concerns Christ and His Bride and the relationship between a man and his wife. Paul starts that discussion with the words in verse 21 Submit to one another out of reverence with Christ. How do we love God and love one another? It starts here. Reverence for Christ. Putting Christ first in all things, in all relationships. Christ is to be first. He is our Lord.

When we have the proper respect for God, for Jesus Christ, for the Holy Spirit, we are only then prepared to have the proper relationship with one another. Submit to one another. Put the needs of others ahead of your own needs. Husbands love your wives. Wives respect your husbands.

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Husbands, Love Your Wives!      Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year! Welcome to the year of our Lord, 2,017. What do you suppose God has in store for us in this brand new year? Where will He lead us as we seek to be His faithful servants?

Did you stay up to see in the New Year? I cannot remember the last time I was awake to see the clock make that change. I found out a long time ago the New Year was going to get here whether or not I saw it come in.

I believe that God has a plan for Green Valley Church of God in this new year. I believe He will lead us to be part of the building up of His people and the extension of His Kingdom into new hearts and lives. There is plenty of work for us to do. I encourage each of you to seek His guidance to become a source of light to others. Get involved in the outreach of the church.

Proclaim God's love and Lordship and become the witness He calls each of us to become.

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The Prophecies Fulfilled     Sunday, December 25, 2016

Matt 2:1-23; Micah 5:1-5; Hosea 11:1-4; Jeremiah 31:15-17

On this Christmas morning in the year of Our Lord 2016 I want to look at one of the famous stories that surround the birth of Jesus. Specifically, I want to share what Matthew claimed were the fulfillment of prophecy that proved that Jesus was indeed the promised Messiah that the Israelites had been looking for, for so long. Let's begin by reading Matthew chapter 2.

2:1 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi from the east came to Jerusalem 2 and asked, "Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him."

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Peace and Praise, What Is The Connection   Sunday, December 18, 2016

Luke 2:13-20; Philippians 4:4-7

There are 3 parables in Luke 15: the Lost Coin, the Lost Sheep, and the Lost Son. Jesus ends the parable of the lost sheep with this statement: Luke 15:6b 'Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.' 7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. NIV

What do those in heaven get excited about? What do they rejoice about? Sinners who repent.

They also rejoiced when the provider of salvation for mankind stepped down from His throne in heaven and took up residence upon the earth. Luke says that one of their number appeared to shepherds outside of Bethlehem in Judea and proclaimed the Savior's birth then... (pick up in verse 13 of chapter 2 of Luke's version of the Gospel:

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Peace:  A Light In The Darkness     Sunday, December 4, 2016

Isaiah 9:2-7; Luke 2:8-10; John 14:27

Have I told you how much I appreciate my house? I love it. It is comfortable, and it fits me very well. Thank you, Green Valley Church of God, for a great home for me to live in.

One of the things I like about my house is the peace it gives me. I love the quiet, peacefulness of this home.

Of course, there are times when it is too quiet. I turn on the TV, put in a DVD and watch Sci-fi, or a western. I think sometimes I am trying to drown out the peace. Can you have too much peace?

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A Place For Peace     Sunday, November 27, 2016

What do you think of when you hear the word Peace? Maybe you think of a world where there is no more war. Perhaps a quiet evening on the porch with a warm gentle breeze cooling you off after a day of working in the field or in the kitchen canning the produce of a bountiful harvest? A quiet walk in the woods?

Perhaps you think of a peaceful house after the kids are in bed asleep and you can finally sit down and enjoy a few moments of quiet. I do remember those days. I actually miss them at times.

A long time ago in a peaceful village in Palestine, there was a night of peace. Read with me from Luke 2:1-7

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Always Giving Thanks    Sunday, November 20, 2016

Ephesians 5:1-20

5:1 Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

3 But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people. 4 Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. 5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person — such a man is an idolater — has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God's wrath comes on those who are disobedient. 7 Therefore do not be partners with them.

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The Old Versus The New        Sunday, November 13, 2016

Ephesians 4:17-32

When Jesus said, The truth will set you free, He meant it. Knowing the truth about Jesus Christ and the gospel message sets us free from our slavery to sin. John wrote what we know as 1 John 1:9, saying that if we confess our sin, God is faithful to forgive us and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. Honesty with ourselves and with our Heavenly Father must be our new lifestyle.

However, we have a problem. We have the old nature to contend with. (Luke 9:23) Jesus said: "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.” NIV

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A Life Worthy of Our Calling         Sunday, October 30, 2016

Ephesians 4:1-7

4:1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit— just as you were called to one hope when you were called— 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.

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To Infinity And Beyond       Sunday, October 23, 2016

Ephesians 3:14-21

If you do not watch cartoons or animated movies you may not fully appreciate the message title for today. If however you are a fan of the movie Toy Story you will get it. (Cue “Buzz Lightyear” clip.) I thought this might be a fitting icebreaker for this passage of scripture. It has little actual meaning except for the comedy of that adorable movie and perhaps the idea of infinity.

We have had a break from our study of Ephesians. It seems to have been ages since we were here, but surely it has only been a few weeks.

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God's Wisdom Revealed        Sunday, October 9, 2016

(Note to readers from author - I think this came off much better being preached than it will just reading it.)

Ephesians 3:1-13

Video with lyrics of “The Motions” by Matthew West.

To whom and by whom is God's wisdom revealed?

3:1 For this reason I, Paul, the prisoner of Christ Jesus for the sake of you Gentiles—

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Access To The Father       Sunday, October 2, 2016

Eph 2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. 10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

11 Therefore, remember that formerly you who are Gentiles by birth and called "uncircumcised" by those who call themselves "the circumcision" (that done in the body by the hands of men)— 12 remember that at that time you were separate from Christ, excluded from citizenship in Israel and foreigners to the covenants of the promise, without hope and without God in the world. 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.

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What Does It Really Mean To Be Saved    Sunday, September 18, 2016

Ephesians 2:1-10

God loves me. He is my Lord. Do you really believe these statements to be true?

Jesus Christ came into the world to convince us, to persuade us, of the truth of these statements. Salvation is offered to anyone who will believe or accept that Jesus Christ, God's Only Begotten Son, came to die with the expressed purpose of giving us eternal life. When we accept this gift of God's grace we are restored to the relationship with God that we were created to have.

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What Are We Praying For?     Sunday, September 11, 2016

Ephesians 1:15-23

If you ask most people in our society what they want for their children, what do you suppose they would say? Happiness? A good spouse? A good job or career? Peace? What did you pray for your children as they were growing up? What do your want most for the people you love?

We are encouraged to make our requests known to God. We are encouraged to pray for those who are not well. We sometimes forget when we pray that we are praying to God who knows best what we, and our loved ones need. Sometimes we may pray as if we know best. Fortunately for us, God answers our prayers in His time and in His way. We must always remember that He loves us and He is Lord.

What about you, what do you want for your loved ones... for those you care deeply for? Paul loved the people he had won to the Lord. He thanked God for them and prayed for them. Paul gives us a great example to follow as we think about and pray for our loved ones.

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Marked With A Seal      Sunday, September 4, 2016

Ephesus 1:11-14

2 Corinthians 1:21-22

You all know what a down payment is, don't you? When you are thinking of buying a car or a house, you put down a deposit, a gaurantee that you will do you best to complete the transaction and pay the full price for the property. The other party agrees not to sell it to someone else. Depending on the agreement you make, you may or may not get your down payment back if you fail to follow through on the deal.

How would you like to have a down payment from God on your eternal relationship with Him? Our Bible passage today tells us that God will give us a down payment on the inheritance that God wants to give us. Listen carefully to Ephesians 1:11-14.

Eph. 1:11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation. Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God's possession — to the praise of his glory. NIV

Did you hear how Paul said you can receive this guarantee of our inheritance? He told the people of Ephesus they were included in Christ when they heard the word of truth, the gospel of their salvation. When they believed the truth they were marked in Him with a seal. Hear and believe the truth. Accept the truth, put your faith in what God says and you will receive the promised Holy Spirit. Claim the truth of the good news that Jesus died that you might have everlasting life and you will be sealed, marked with God's stamp of ownership.

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The Mystery of His Will       Sunday, August 28, 2016

Do you think much about success? I watched an episode of the Waltons yesterday. It was called the prophecy. It centered around John Walton Senior's class reunion. John, the senior, was portrayed as a man of success, not because he had what the world most often sees as success, but because he had what so many find to be elusive in this life. He had a home with love and for the most part, peace.

What we see as success in this life often falls short of what God wants for us.

The first paragraph of Paul's letter to the Ephesians summarizes what God wants for us.

1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints in Ephesus, the faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment — to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ. NIV

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God Reveals Himself      Sunday, August 7, 2016

Psalm 19

Did you know that God is not like us? In John 4:24 Jesus said to the Samaritan woman, “God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth." NASB

The word for Spirit in both the Old and New Testaments, that is, in both the Greek and Hebrew languages is the same word for breath. This God we serve is so big that He created all that exists outside Himself. We are beginning to see, with our telescopes, that what He created is so much bigger than men of most ages could ever imagine. Our Creator stands within and outside of that creation with no beginning and no end.

In order for us to have a relationship with this awesome, infinite being He must in some way allow us to experience His presence. He has to reveal Himself to us. He is separate from His creation and at the same time wishes to have interaction with that creation.

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Crucified and Created Anew      Sunday, July 31, 2016

Gal 6:10 So then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all men, and especially to those who are of the household of the faith.

11 See with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. 12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply that they may not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised, that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But may it never be that I should boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.

17 From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus.

18 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit, brethren. Amen. NASB

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Sowing and Reaping      Sunday, July 24, 2016

Galatians 6:6-10

Morning Meditation: It is printed in your bulletin.

When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things. For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face; now I know in part, but then I will know fully just as I also have been fully known. (1 Corinthians 13:11-12)

It took me a long time to figure out what it was Paul was saying that we see dimly now, but then we will know fully. What do you think he meant? If it were not for the last phrase of verse 12, I would probably think he was talking about knowing God, or even knowing all there is to know. But, that last phrase says, “as I also have been fully known”. I will know as I have been known. God sees me all the way through. He sees to the very core of me. He knows the good, the bad, the mature and the immature attitudes that color and shape how I respond to Him and to other people and to the circumstances of my life.

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Restoration        Sunday, July 17, 2016

Galatians 5:22-6:5

Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 Now those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become boastful, challenging one another, envying one another.

6:1 Brethren, even if a man is caught in any trespass, you who are spiritual, restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; each one looking to yourself, lest you too be tempted. 2 Bear one another's burdens, and thus fulfill the law of Christ. 3 For if anyone thinks he is something when he is nothing, he deceives himself. 4 But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have reason for boasting in regard to himself alone, and not in regard to another. 5 For each one shall bear his own load.


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Keep in Step with the Spirit        Sunday, July 10, 2016

Gal 5:13-26

Where the grace of God is missed, bitterness is born.

But where the grace of God is embraced, forgiveness flourishes.

The longer we walk in the garden, the more likely we are to smell like flowers.

The more we immerse ourselves in grace, the more likely we are to give grace.

“In The Grip of Grace” by Max Lucado, from title page of: Part Three: What A Difference!

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Freedom or Slavery       Sunday, July 2, 2016

Galatians 5:1-18

“Taxation without Representation” “Give Me Liberty Or Give Me Death”

These slogans were taught to me by my history teachers. They were coined during the Revolutionary War when we, as a nation, fought to win our independence from rule by England, who, in essence owned the 13 colonies settled on what is now known as the United States of America.

We fought to gain freedom from oppressive rulers who kept us in bondage. We were in essence slaves to the country who owned the colonies.

Our nation was founded on principles of freedom and rule of the people, by the people, and for the people. There are those today who believe it is time for a new revolution, to correct the wrongs of a government which, at times, seems to be under the control of influences other than the people.

Christianity had a major influence on the ideas and principles that were believed when our nation was founded. The Letter to the Galatians was no small factor in the forming of those ideas. Paul spoke about freedom and slavery to the young churches he had helped to begin in Asia Minor. I pick up this week in the verse I concluded with last week.

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Keep Standing Firm     Sunday, June 26, 2016

Galatians 4:21-5:1

Gal. 4:21 Tell me, you who want to be under law, do you not listen to the law? 22 For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondwoman and one by the free woman. 23 But the son by the bondwoman was born according to the flesh, and the son by the free woman through the promise. 24 This is allegorically speaking: for these women are two covenants, one proceeding from Mount Sinai bearing children who are to be slaves; she is Hagar. 25 Now this Hagar is Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to the present Jerusalem, for she is in slavery with her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above is free; she is our mother. 27 For it is written,

"Rejoice, barren woman who does not bear; Break forth and shout, you who are not in labor;

For more are the children of the desolate Than of the one who has a husband."

28 And you brethren, like Isaac, are children of promise. 29 But as at that time he who was born according to the flesh persecuted him who was born according to the Spirit, so it is now also. 30 But what does the Scripture say?

"Cast out the bondwoman and her son, For the son of the bondwoman shall not be an heir with the son of the free woman."

31 So then, brethren, we are not children of a bondwoman, but of the free woman.

5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery. NASB

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Children of God or Slaves to Principles     Sunday, June 19, 2016

Galatians 4:1-20

God Loves me. He is my Lord.

4:1 Now I say, as long as the heir is a child, he does not differ at all from a slave although he is owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by the father. 3 So also we, while we were children, were held in bondage under the elemental things of the world. 4 But when the fulness of the time came, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the Law, 5 in order that He might redeem those who were under the Law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!"

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Now That Faith Has Come          Sunday, June 12, 2016

Gal 3:21-29

21 Is the Law then contrary to the promises of God? May it never be! For if a law had been given which was able to impart life, then righteousness would indeed have been based on law. 22 But the Scripture has shut up all men under sin, that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.

23 But before faith came, we were kept in custody under the law, being shut up to the faith which was later to be revealed. 24 Therefore the Law has become our tutor to lead us to Christ, that we may be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a tutor. 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise. NASB

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The Promise        Sunday, June 5, 2016

Galatians 2:19-3:22

My oldest son is Andrew. His brother, Peter, is 3 ½ years younger, but the two of them have always been close. When Andrew's wife gave birth to their first born, Peter thought he did not like kids, especially babies. Then there was Sophia Elaine Coll. From the very first Peter was smitten.

That new, little baby changed him. He now had a relationship with a person. Now, it is always a joy to watch Peter interact with his nephew and niece. They love him and he loves them.

Before Pete was born we called him Pete Rose. Anybody remember who Pete Rose was? We called him Pete Rose because if he was a boy his name would be Peter William and if a girl he would have been Rose Ellen. We planned to call him Peter and insist on Peter and not Pete, as we had with Andrew, but when Pete was born he was Pete. It fit him. As a baby, he was Pete. Alicia did not want to call Bennet Bubba, until she met him. He is a Bubba and has been since he was born.

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One Thing         Sunday, May 29, 2016

Galatians 1:18 to 2:21

Does anyone remember the movie City Slickers? There is a line in the movie that I love. Curly is talking to Mitch, Billy Crystal's character. He says to him that life is about this (hold up one finger). Life is about one (1) thing. Mitch asks what that one thing is and Curly says “that is what you have to figure out” and he rides away.

I agree with Curly. But... I know what that one thing is. Do you know how I know? God told me. Does that sound arrogant? It probably does, but that is okay.

I have this little plaque on a tripod stand. It was a gift and I love it. It has been my motto for a long time. It says, “May I always be a man of Your Word.”

I love the Bible. It is the one book I want to know more and more about. But the Bible is not that one thing. God used the Bible to tell me what that one thing is.

We are studying the book of Galatians. This is a letter from the Apostle Paul to some of the people he had introduced to Jesus, the Christ.

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The True Gospel         Sunday, May 22, 2016

Galatians 1:6-17

“Looking out for number one.” “If it feels good, do it.” These are some of the catch phrases of our modern society. Do a search for those phrases to see what I mean. You will find articles about how to do business in the modern world. You will find some popular songs from the last 30 to 40 years.

The good news is, God loves us and He knows what is best for us. This is at the heart of the true gospel. Are we living for Him? Or for ourselves or someone else? Who are we trying to please? Who is most important to us? These are questions we should all ask ourselves. Think about these questions as we continue to look at Paul's letter to the Galatians. Pick up reading in chapter one, verse 6:

Gal. 1:6 “I am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel; 7 which is really not another; only there are some who are disturbing you and want to distort the gospel of Christ.” NASB

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The Lord Jesus Christ vs This Present Evil Age   Sunday, May 15, 2016

Galatians 1:1-5

Galatia was a region of Asia Minor in the general area of modern Turkey. Galatia became a part of the Roman Empire 20 to 65 years before Christ.

On his first missionary journey (about A.D. 46-48), the apostle Paul and Barnabas evangelized the Galatian cities of Pisidian Antioch, Iconium, Lystra, and Derbe (Acts 13-14). Paul revisited the area on his second and third missionary journeys.

Most likely this letter that we begin looking at today was written to the churches Paul had established on his and Barnabases first missionary journey.

They had been sent out from one of the first churches established outside of Palestine: Syrian Antioch.

So much for the history lesson. Read with me the first 5 verses of Galatians 1:

Gal. 1:1 Paul, an apostle (not sent from men, nor through the agency of man, but through Jesus Christ, and God the Father, who raised Him from the dead), 2 and all the brethren who are with me, to the churches of Galatia: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ, 4 who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us out of this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, 5 to whom be the glory forevermore. Amen. NASB

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Can a Nation Be Born in a Day?   Sunday, May 8, 2016

Isaiah 66:1-24

66:1 Thus says the Lord,

"Heaven is My throne, and the earth is My footstool. Where then is a house you could build for Me?And where is a place that I may rest? 2 "For My hand made all these things, Thus all these things came into being," declares the Lord. "But to this one I will look, To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.

3 "But he who kills an ox is like one who slays a man; He who sacrifices a lamb is like the one who breaks a dog's neck; He who offers a grain offering is like one who offers swine's blood; He who burns incense is like the one who blesses an idol. As they have chosen their own ways, And their soul delights in their abominations, 4 So I will choose their punishments, And I will bring on them what they dread. Because I called, but no one answered; I spoke, but they did not listen. And they did evil in My sight, And chose that in which I did not delight." NASB

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Look, My Servants Shall...But You...          Sunday, May 1, 2016

Isaiah 65:13-25

Every good story has within it the concepts of right and wrong, good and evil. What is the favorite program on TV right now? Game of Thrones? Anybody here willing to admit they are fans? If a story teller gets people's attention, they will paint a picture that makes you want to choose your favorite characters and there will be an element of values involved. There will be some sort of conflict.

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God Spoke!  Did You Listen?           Sunday, April 24, 2016

Isaiah 64 and 65:1-12

Isaiah 35:3-4

Judah's leaders have been carried off into Babylon. The temple that Solomon built has been destroyed. Those who love the Lord are discouraged and on the surface all is lost. Isaiah prays:

Isa 64:1-7

Oh, that Thou wouldst rend the heavens and come down, that the mountains might quake at Thy presence — 2 as fire kindles the brushwood, as fire causes water to boil — to make Thy name known to Thine adversaries, that the nations may tremble at Thy presence! 3 When Thou didst awesome things which we did not expect, Thou didst come down, the mountains quaked at Thy presence. 4 For from of old they have not heard nor perceived by ear, neither has the eye seen a God besides Thee, who acts in behalf of the one who waits for Him. 5 Thou dost meet him who rejoices in doing righteousness, who remembers Thee in Thy ways. Behold, Thou wast angry, for we sinned, we continued in them a long time; and shall we be saved? 6 For all of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous deeds are like a filthy garment; and all of us wither like a leaf, and our iniquities, like the wind, take us away. 7 And there is no one who calls on Thy name, who arouses himself to take hold of Thee; for Thou hast hidden Thy face from us, and hast delivered us into the power of our iniquities. NASB

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The Angel of His Presence Saved Them         Sunday, April 17, 2016

Isaiah 63

My vacation was great. I spent time with the my family and friends. I needed that. Thank you for making that possible. I am so glad you understand the importance of family and have given me permission to take the time I need to be with them as you have. Thank you.

I want to continue our study of Isaiah. There are only a few more chapters in this book of messages to Judah in a difficult time. By this time in Isaiah's messages, Judah has been taken into captivity to Babylon. They will spend 70 years there before God restores them to the land He has promised to Abraham's seed. We pick up with chapter 63. Isaiah records a conversation he has with God. It takes the form of Isaiah asking questions and God answering them.

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Behold, your Salvation Comes!        Sunday, March 20, 2016

Isaiah 62

Zechariah 9:9

Matthew 21:1-17

1 For Zion's sake I will not keep silent, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not keep quiet, until her righteousness goes forth like brightness, and her salvation like a torch that is burning.

2 And the nations will see your righteousness, and all kings your glory; and you will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord will designate.

3 You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.

4 It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; but you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "Married"; for the Lord delights in you, And to Him your land will be married.

5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so your sons will marry you; and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so your God will rejoice over you.

6 On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; all day and all night they will never keep silent. You who remind the Lord, take no rest for yourselves;

7 And give Him no rest until He establishes and makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth.

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Take Up The Mantle of Praise     Sunday, March 13, 2016

Isaiah 61

Galatians 5:22-25

Isaiah 61:1-3

1 The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives, and freedom to prisoners; 2 To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, 3 to grant those who mourn in Zion, giving them a garland instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, the mantle of praise instead of a spirit of fainting. So they will be called oaks of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. NASB

The good news has gone out. The message has been preached. Isaiah preached this good news to his people in his day. He was calling them to put their trust in God. If they were broken hearted, God would bind them up. If they were in bondage, God would free them. Those who mourn would be given something to be glad about. When people accepted Isaiah's message... When they put their trust in God, they would begin to praise Him and they would be called oaks of righteousness. Why? So that God would be glorified.

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The Everlasting Light     Sunday, March 6, 2016

Isa 60:15 "Whereas you have been forsaken and hated with no one passing through, I will make you an everlasting pride, a joy from generation to generation. 16 "You will also suck the milk of nations, and will suck the breast of kings; then you will know that I, the Lord, am your Savior, and your Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob.

17 "Instead of bronze I will bring gold, and instead of iron I will bring silver, and instead of wood, bronze, and instead of stones, iron. And I will make peace your administrators, and righteousness your overseers. 18 "Violence will not be heard again in your land, nor devastation or destruction within your borders; but you will call your walls salvation, and your gates praise. 19 "No longer will you have the sun for light by day, nor for brightness will the moon give you light; but you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and your God for your glory. 20 "Your sun will set no more, neither will your moon wane; for you will have the Lord for an everlasting light, and the days of your mourning will be finished. 21 "Then all your people will be righteous; they will possess the land forever, the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, that I may be glorified. 22 "The smallest one will become a clan,

and the least one a mighty nation. I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time." NASB

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Bears and Doves     Sunday, February 28, 2016

Isaiah 59

1 Behold, the Lord's hand is not so short that it cannot save; neither is His ear so dull that it cannot hear. 2 But your iniquities have made a separation between you and your God, and your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He does not hear. 3 For your hands are defiled with blood, and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken falsehood, your tongue mutters wickedness. 4 No one sues righteously and no one pleads honestly. They trust in confusion, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity. 5 They hatch adders' eggs and weave the spider's web; he who eats of their eggs dies, and from that which is crushed a snake breaks forth. 6 Their webs will not become clothing,

nor will they cover themselves with their works; their works are works of iniquity, and an act of violence is in their hands. 7 Their feet run to evil, and they hasten to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; devastation and destruction are in their highways. 8 They do not know the way of peace, and there is no justice in their tracks; they have made their paths crooked; whoever treads on them does not know peace.

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Fasting?  What is That About?     Sunday, February 21, 2016

1 "Cry loudly, do not hold back; raise your voice like a trumpet, and declare to My people their transgression, and to the house of Jacob their sins. 2 "Yet they seek Me day by day, and delight to know My ways, as a nation that has done righteousness, and has not forsaken the ordinance of their God. They ask Me for just decisions, they delight in the nearness of God. 3 'Why have we fasted and Thou dost not see? Why have we humbled ourselves and Thou dost not notice?'

Behold, on the day of your fast you find your desire, and drive hard all your workers. 4 "Behold, you fast for contention and strife and to strike with a wicked fist. You do not fast like you do today to make your voice heard on high. 5 "Is it a fast like this which I choose, a day for a man to humble himself?

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I Will Heal Him     Sunday, February 14, 2016

Isaiah 57:11-19

When we walk alone we give in to worry and fear. When we walk with God we are encouraged and learn that He loves us. When we know we are loved by our Creator, we can follow Him knowing He has our best interest at heart. Leaving God out of our lives is a prescription for disaster.

Our Lord Jesus taught us to deny self and follow Him. He called us to put our trust in the Lord. There is peace and safety when we do so. To go it on our own is unwise and unnecessary.

Listen to the words God gave to Isaiah to speak to His people before they were taken into captivity in Babylon.

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A Better Name       Sunday, February 7, 2016

What we call people is important. How we refer to others reflects how we feel about them. When someone is constantly berating someone else, they are demonstrating how they feel about them.

When a parent gives a child a name, frequently it is a name that has significance for the parents. My wife and I named our first born son Andrew Bernard. For me it was a matter of finding a name that my wife would accept to go along with my own father's name. He was named Bernard and had no middle name. My wife and sons did not know my father. He died when I was about 15 years old.

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A Message of Joy    Sunday, January 31, 2016

Isaiah 52:7-10, 53:1-6; 54:1-8

A Message of Joy – Our God Reigns. God loves me and He is my Lord. I may not understand all I would like to about God and His plans and what He is doing in and around me, but I will put my trust in Him. I will believe that He loves me. I choose to believe He loves us. I will believe that it is a good thing that He is in control. I will trust Him to lead me and guide me through all the days of my life.

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God Does a New Thing   Sunday, January 17, 2016

Isaiah 42:1-9; 43:10-13, 25; 45:18-25

God's Word is true. All that He says, He will do.

Have you noticed that every day is a new day? No two days are exactly alike. We may be in a rut and go to the same job 5 days a week, 52 weeks a year; well, 50 if we take 2 weeks vacation. But still, every day is just a little bit different than any other day that we live.

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New Things Have Come      Sunday, January 3 2016

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

How many of you made New Year's resolutions? How many have made them in the past and kept them for a whole year? How many have already broken this years resolutions? One of the biggest topics at this time of year is resolutions and how often we fail to keep them.

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And Jesus Grew     Sunday, December 27 2015

Luke 2:39-52

39 And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth. 40 And the Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.

41 And His parents used to go to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover. 42 And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast; 43 and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. And His parents were unaware of it, 44 but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances. 45 And when they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem, looking for Him.

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Beacons of Light     Sunday, December 20 2015

Matthew 5:14-16

This is our 4th and final Sunday of Advent. This coming Friday the Christians of the world celebrate the birth of the one we consider to be the central figure of history. God came into the world by sending His Holy Spirit to work a miracle in the womb of a young girl who had never known a man. The conception of this child, his growth, his birth, his life, his death and resurrection are central to what we believe to be the truth that God wants us to know.

As John put it, “For God so loved the world that He gave His Only Begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him might not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

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Too Close to See     Sunday, December 13 2015

Matt 2:1-12

Jeremiah 13:8-11

Do any of you remember dot matrix printers? The first practical ones had just a few pins and their output was very grainy. You could clearly see the pin points if you looked close enough. If you looked too closely, the words disappeared and you just saw the dots. They improved dot matrix technology later on and you could get pretty good quality out of them. You had to look really closely to see the dots.

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Good News of Great Joy For All People      Sunday, December 6 2015

Luke 2:8-20

8 And in the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields, and keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 And the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which shall be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 "And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths, and lying in a manger." 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14 "Glory to God in the highest,

And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."

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The First Light        Sunday, November 29 2015

Gen 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. NASB

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He is Coming!  Are You Ready?       Sunday, November 22 2015

Isaiah 40:1-11, 27-31

Hebrews 11:6

1 "Comfort, O comfort My people," says your God. 2 "Speak kindly to Jerusalem; and call out to her, that her warfare has ended, that her iniquity has been removed, that she has received of the Lord's hand double for all her sins."

3 A voice is calling, "Clear the way for the Lord in the wilderness; make smooth in the desert a highway for our God. 4 "Let every valley be lifted up, and every mountain and hill be made low; and let the rough ground become a plain, and the rugged terrain a broad valley; 5 Then the glory of the Lord will be revealed, and all flesh will see it together; for the mouth of the Lord has spoken." 6 A voice says, "Call out." then he answered, "What shall I call out?" All flesh is grass, and all its loveliness is like the flower of the field. 7 The grass withers, the flower fades, when the breath of the Lord blows upon it; surely the people are grass. 8 The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.

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The Shadow Moves      Sunday, November 8 2015

Isaiah 38

For those who do not know me well, I am a fan of science fiction. I was reading Isaac Asimov in high school. When I discovered C. S. Lewis, my split personality was healed by the coming together of Christianity and science fiction.

Bible stories like the one we find here in Isaiah 38 confirm for me the truths taught in the Bible, and the truths of science. As we look at this passage, think about what God would have had to do to perform the miracle contained in this passage.

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Hezekiah Turns to God, Finally!       Sunday, November 1 2015

36:1 Now it came about in the fourteenth year of King Hezekiah, Sennacherib king of Assyria came up against all the fortified cities of Judah and seized them. 2 And the king of Assyria sent Rabshakeh from Lachish to Jerusalem to King Hezekiah with a large army. And he stood by the conduit of the upper pool on the highway of the fuller's field. 3 Then Eliakim the son of Hilkiah, who was over the household, and Shebna the scribe, and Joah the son of Asaph, the recorder, came out to him.

As we come to chapter 36 of Isaiah, Hezekiah has been king in Jerusalem for 14 years. Assyria has been waging war.

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Look to the Holy One of Israel       Sunday, October 25 2015

Isaiah 31

1 Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, and rely on horses, and trust in chariots because they are many, and in horsemen because they are very strong, but they do not look to the Holy One of Israel, nor seek the Lord! 2 Yet He also is wise and will bring disaster, and does not retract His words, but will arise against the house of evildoers, and against the help of the workers of iniquity. 3 Now the Egyptians are men, and not God, and their horses are flesh and not spirit; so the Lord will stretch out His hand, and he who helps will stumble and he who is helped will fall, and all of them will come to an end together.

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Longing     Sunday, October 18 2015

Isaiah 30

What do you long for? What desires do you have that have become an ache down in the depths of your soul that could be counted as a longing?

People long for many things. Some good. Some, not so good. A woman carrying a child, longs for the day the child is to be born. A man in a job that does not suit him may long for a chance to do something else.

A person in prison may long to be free. A young adult, away from home for the first time, may long for a chance to go home again.

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The Day the Blind See and the Deaf Hear     Sunday, September 27, 2015

13 Then the Lord said, "Because this people draw near with their words and honor Me with their lip service, but they remove their hearts far from Me, and their reverence for Me consists of tradition learned by rote, 14 therefore behold, I will once again deal marvelously with this people, wondrously marvelous; and the wisdom of their wise men shall perish, and the discernment of their discerning men shall be concealed."

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The Refuge of Lies and the Cornerstone       Sunday, September 20, 2015

14 Therefore, hear the word of the Lord, O scoffers, who rule this people who are in Jerusalem, 15 because you have said, "We have made a covenant with death, and with Sheol we have made a pact. The overwhelming scourge will not reach us when it passes by, for we have made falsehood our refuge and we have concealed ourselves with deception." 16 Therefore thus says the Lord God,"Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone, a tested stone, a costly cornerstone for the foundation, firmly placed. He who believes in it will not be disturbed. 17 "And I will make justice the measuring line, and righteousness the level; then hail shall sweep away the refuge of lies, and the waters shall overflow the secret place. 18 "And your covenant with death shall be canceled, and your pact with Sheol shall not stand; when the overwhelming scourge passes through, then you become its trampling place. NASB

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Why does God judge?          Sunday, September 13, 2015

Isaiah  22-25

Isaiah preached during a very violent time in human history, especially in the area we call the Middle East. The message God spoke through Isaiah was a message of both hope and despair, destruction and salvation.

Kingdoms and empires were rising and falling all around Israel and Judah. Egypt had been a mighty nation for a long time, clear back into the time of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Other nations were flexing their muscle as well: Syria, Assyria, and Babylon.

The kingdom of Israel had at one time been a force to be reckoned with as well. Under David and Solomon they had commanded the respect and fear of the nations all around them. However, their infighting and greed had split the nation and weakened their influence in the world.

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Babel, Babylon, Beelzebub, and the Last Battle    Sunday, September 6, 2015  

Isaiah 13:1-13

1 The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.

2 Lift up a standard on the bare hill, raise your voice to them, wave the hand that they may enter the doors of the nobles. 3 I have commanded My consecrated ones, I have even called My mighty warriors, my proudly exulting ones, to execute My anger. 4 A sound of tumult on the mountains, like that of many people! A sound of the uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathered together! The Lord of hosts is mustering the army for battle. 5 They are coming from a far country from the farthest horizons, the Lord and His instruments of indignation, to destroy the whole land. 6 Wail, for the day of the Lord is near! It will come as destruction from the Almighty. 7 Therefore all hands will fall limp, and every man's heart will melt. 8 And they will be terrified, pains and anguish will take hold of them; they will writhe like a woman in labor, they will look at one another in astonishment, their faces aflame. 9 Behold, the day of the Lord is coming, cruel, with fury and burning anger, to make the land a desolation; and He will exterminate its sinners from it.

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God is My Salvation       Sunday, August 30, 2015

Isaiah 11:1-12 and 12:1-6

1 Then a shoot will spring from the stem of Jesse, and a branch from his roots will bear fruit. 2 And the Spirit of the Lord will rest on Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and strength, the spirit of knowledge and the fear of the Lord. 3 And He will delight in the fear of the Lord, and He will not judge by what His eyes see, nor make a decision by what His ears hear; 4 But with righteousness He will judge the poor, and decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; and He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, and with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked. 5 Also righteousness will be the belt about His loins, and faithfulness the belt about His waist.

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His Kingdom Comes         Sunday, August 23, 2015

Isaiah 9:1-21

1 But there will be no more gloom for her who was in anguish; in earlier times He treated the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali with contempt, but later on He shall make it glorious, by the way of the sea, on the other side of Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles.

2 The people who walk in darkness will see a great light; Those who live in a dark land, The light will shine on them. 3 Thou shalt multiply the nation, Thou shalt increase their gladness; they will be glad in Thy presence  as with the gladness of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

4 For Thou shalt break the yoke of their burden and the staff on their shoulders, The rod of their oppressor, as at the battle of Midian.  5 For every boot of the booted warrior in the battle tumult,

and cloak rolled in blood, will be for burning, fuel for the fire. 6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

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Bad Times Are Coming! Trust God Anyway     Sunday, August 16, 2015

Isaiah 8:1-9

1 Then the Lord said to me, "Take for yourself a large tablet and write on it in ordinary letters: 'Swift is the booty, speedy is the prey'. 2 "And I will take to Myself faithful witnesses for testimony, Uriah the priest and Zechariah the son of Jeberechiah." 3 So I approached the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son. Then the Lord said to me, "Name him Maher-shalal-hash-baz; 4 for before the boy knows how to cry out' My father' or' My mother,' the wealth of Damascus and the spoil of Samaria will be carried away before the king of Assyria."

(Maher-shalal-hash-baz - Swift is the Booty, Speedy is the Prey)

Booty – plunder or spoil

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What is in a Name?           Sunday, August 9, 2015

Isaiah 7

A little history surrounding the preaching of Isaiah.

The Kingdom of Israel has split. After Soloman died, the nation was divided. God was sending prophets to both kingdoms. The northern kingdom was made up of ten of the tribes. At this point, Ephraim is the largest of the tribes and His name is sometimes used to designate this part of the kingdom in the north.

In the south, Judah and Benjamin make up the remainder of the descendents of Abraham. And it is called Judah because the kings come from this tribe and it is the larger of the two.

The northern kingdom has set up altars to God, but many of the people, without godly leaders have turned to other gods, the gods of the peoples around them.

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With Judgement, Hope     Sunday, August 2, 2015

Isaiah 6

1 In the year of King, Uzziah's death, I saw the Lord sitting on a throne, lofty and exalted, with the train of His robe filling the temple. 2 Seraphim stood above Him, each having six wings; with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called out to another and said,

"Holy, Holy, Holy, is the Lord of hosts, The whole earth is full of His glory."

4 And the foundations of the thresholds trembled at the voice of him who called out, while the temple was filling with smoke.

Heaven opened for Isaiah...

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Can There Really be Peace?     Sunday, July 26, 2015

Isaiah 2:2-4, 12-17; 3:8-15; 5:1-7

2 Now it will come about that in the last days, the mountain of the house of the Lord will be established as the chief of the mountains, and will be raised above the hills; and all the nations will stream to it.

3 And many peoples will come and say, "Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; that He may teach us concerning His ways, And that we may walk in His paths."

For the law will go forth from Zion, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

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A Faithful City     Sunday, July 19, 2015

We continue our study of the messages from God to Judah through the prophet Isaiah. We will look today at the second half of chapter one.

Isaiah 1:21-31

21 How the faithful city has become a harlot, She who was full of justice! Righteousness once lodged in her, But now murderers. 22 Your silver has become dross,Your drink diluted with water. 23 Your rulers are rebels, And companions of thieves; Everyone loves a bribe, And chases after rewards. They do not defend the orphan, Nor does the widow's plea come before them.

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Come Let Us Reason Together     Sunday, July 12, 2015

Isaiah 1:1-20

1 The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, concerning Judah and Jerusalem which he saw during the reigns of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah.

2 Listen, O heavens, and hear, O earth; For the Lord speaks, "Sons I have reared and brought up, But they have revolted against Me.

3 "An ox knows its owner, And a donkey its master's manger, But Israel does not know, My people do not understand."

4 Alas, sinful nation, People weighed down with iniquity, Offspring of evildoers, Sons who act corruptly!They have abandoned the Lord, They have despised the Holy One of Israel, They have turned away from Him.

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The Battle Rages     Sunday, July 5, 2015

Gen 1:1-5

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 And the earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 3 Then God said, "Let there be light"; and there was light. 4 And God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 And God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day. NASB

What is this light and darkness? It cannot be the sun shining upon our world. The sun and moon and stars were not created until the 4th day of creation. What is the light?

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HOPE            Sunday, June 14, 2015

Rom 15:1-13

Isaiah 30:1-3

1 Now we who are strong ought to bear the weaknesses of those without strength and not just please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written, "The reproaches of those who reproached Thee fell upon Me." 4 For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. 5 Now may the God who gives perseverance and encouragement grant you to be of the same mind with one another according to Christ Jesus; 6 that with one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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To Eat or Not Eat, Is That the Question?      Sunday, June 7, 2015

Rom 14:1-13

1 Now accept the one who is weak in faith, but not for the purpose of passing judgment on his opinions. 2 One man has faith that he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats vegetables only. 3 Let not him who eats regard with contempt him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats, for God has accepted him. 4 Who are you to judge the servant of another? To his own master he stands or falls; and stand he will, for the Lord is able to make him stand. 5 One man regards one day above another, another regards every day alike. Let each man be fully convinced in his own mind. 6 He who observes the day, observes it for the Lord, and he who eats, does so for the Lord, for he gives thanks to God; and he who eats not, for the Lord he does not eat, and gives thanks to God.

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Night is Almost Gone      Sunday, May 31, 2015

1 Let every person be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. 2 Therefore he who resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. 3 For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same; 4 for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath upon the one who practices evil. 5 Wherefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.

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Conformed or Transformed      Sunday, May 24, 2015

Romans 12

1 I urge you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.

3 For through the grace given to me I say to every man among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith. 4 For just as we have many members in one body and all the members do not have the same function,

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Grafting and Pruning      Sunday, May 17, 2015

Rom 11:11-36

11 I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. 12 Now if their transgression be riches for the world and their failure be riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! 13 But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, 14 if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. 15 For if their rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? 16 And if the first piece of dough be holy, the lump is also; and if the root be holy, the branches are too. 17 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, 18 do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. 19 You will say then, "Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in." 20 Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear;

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A Remnant Saved by Grace       Sunday, May 10, 2015

16 However, they did not all heed the glad tidings; for Isaiah says, " Lord, who has believed our report?" 17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ. 18 But I say, surely they have never heard, have they? Indeed they have; "Their voice has gone out into all the earth,And their words to the ends of the world."

19 But I say, surely Israel did not know, did they? At the first Moses says, "I will make you jealous by that which is not a nation, By a nation without understanding will I anger you."

20 And Isaiah is very bold and says, "I was found by those who sought Me not, I became manifest to those who did not ask for Me."

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Christ is the Goal       Sunday, May 3, 2015

Rom 10:1- 17

1 Brethren, my heart's desire and my prayer to God for them is for their salvation. 2 For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not in accordance with knowledge. 3 For not knowing about God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own, they did not subject themselves to the righteousness of God. 4 For Christ is the end {goal} of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes. 5 For Moses writes that the man who practices the righteousness which is based on law shall live by that righteousness. 6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks thus, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?' (that is, to bring Christ down),

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Israel Stumbled - Will You?    Sunday, April 26, 2015

Romans 9

1 I am telling the truth in Christ, I am not lying, my conscience bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit, 2 that I have great sorrow and unceasing grief in my heart. 3 For I could wish that I myself were accursed, separated from Christ for the sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh, 4 who are Israelites, to whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, 5 whose are the fathers, and from whom is the Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever. Amen.

6 But it is not as though the word of God has failed. For they are not all Israel who are descended from Israel;

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We Overwhelmingly Conquer    Sunday, April 19, 2015

18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us. 19 For the anxious longing of the creation waits eagerly for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

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Die to Self and Live for God: Live for Self and Die to God    Sunday, April 12, 2015

Rom 8:5-18

5 For those who are according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who are according to the Spirit, the things of the Spirit. 6 For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, 7 because the mind set on the flesh is hostile toward God; for it does not subject itself to the law of God, for it is not even able to do so; 8 and those who are in the flesh cannot please God. 9 However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Him. 10 And if Christ is in you, though the body is dead because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness. 11 But if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit who indwells you.

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Let These Go Their Way    Sunday, March 29, 2015

John 18:1-10

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, into which He Himself entered, and His disciples. 2 Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place; for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort, and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 Jesus therefore, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth, and said to them, "Whom do you seek?"

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The Battle in Me      Sunday, March 22, 2015

Rom 7:14-8:8

Do you ever struggle to know and do what is right? You want to live for the Lord, but then there is this other part of you that seems to have a mind of its own sometimes.

When we go through these struggles we sometimes question whether or not we are Christians. We question whether or not God really loves us. Especially when we are just starting out in our Christian walk or if we have not learned how to deal with these spiritual battles that seem to defeat us so often.

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Consider yourself Alive to God    Sunday, March 15, 2015

Romans 6:1-23

6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase? 2 May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? 3 Or do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus have been baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, in order that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life.

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Reconciled Enemies     Sunday, March 8, 2015  

Romans 5:1-11

1 Therefore having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. 3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. 6 For while we were still helpless, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.

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Believe in Him who Justifies    Sunday, March 1, 2015

Rom 4:1-25

1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather according to the flesh, has found? 2 For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about; but not before God. 3 For what does the Scripture say? "And Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness." 4 Now to the one who works, his wage is not reckoned as a favor, but as what is due.

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Justified as a Gift    Sunday, February 8, 2015

Romans 3:1-12

1 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the benefit of circumcision? 2 Great in every respect. First of all, that they were entrusted with the oracles of God. 3 What then? If some did not believe, their unbelief will not nullify the faithfulness of God, will it? 4 May it never be! Rather, let God be found true, though every man be found a liar, as it is written,

"That Thou mightest be justified in Thy words,

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Circumcision of the Heart    Sunday, February 2, 2015

Romans 2:17-29

17 But if you bear the name "Jew," and rely upon the Law, and boast in God, 18 and know His will, and approve the things that are essential, being instructed out of the Law, 19 and are confident that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 a corrector of the foolish, a teacher of the immature, having in the Law the embodiment of knowledge and of the truth, 21 you, therefore, who teach another, do you not teach yourself? You who preach that one should not steal, do you steal? 22 You who say that one should not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the Law, through your breaking the Law, do you dishonor God? 24 For "the name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you," just as it is written.

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Jew or Gentile, Godly or Ungodly     Sunday, January 25, 2015

Romans 2:1-16

Rom 2:1-16

1 Therefore you are without excuse, every man of you who passes judgment, for in that you judge another, you condemn yourself; for you who judge practice the same things. 2 And we know that the judgment of God rightly falls upon those who practice such things. 3 And do you suppose this, O man, when you pass judgment upon those who practice such things and do the same yourself, that you will escape the judgment of God? 4 Or do you think lightly of the riches of His kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that the kindness of God leads you to repentance?

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Use the Correct Map       Sunday, January 18, 2015

Romans 1:16 to 2:1

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "But the righteous man shall live by faith."

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them.

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The Just Live By Faith        Sunday, January 11, 2015

Rom 1:8-17

8 First, I thank my God through Jesus Christ for you all, because your faith is being proclaimed throughout the whole world. 9 For God, whom I serve in my spirit in the preaching of the gospel of His Son, is my witness as to how unceasingly I make mention of you, 10 always in my prayers making request, if perhaps now at last by the will of God I may succeed in coming to you. 11 For I long to see you in order that I may impart some spiritual gift to you, that you may be established; 12 that is, that I may be encouraged together with you while among you, each of us by the other's faith, both yours and mine. 13 And I do not want you to be unaware, brethren, that often I have planned to come to you (and have been prevented thus far) in order that I might obtain some fruit among you also, even as among the rest of the Gentiles. 14 I am under obligation both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to the wise and to the foolish. 15 Thus, for my part, I am eager to preach the gospel to you also who are in Rome.

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Called        Sunday, January 4, 2015  

Romans 1:1-7

1 Paul, a bond-servant of Christ Jesus, called as an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God, 2 which He promised beforehand through His prophets in the holy Scriptures, 3 concerning His Son, who was born of a descendant of David according to the flesh, 4 who was declared the Son of God with power by the resurrection from the dead, according to the Spirit of holiness, Jesus Christ our Lord, 5 through whom we have received grace and apostleship to bring about the obedience of faith among all the Gentiles, for His name's sake, 6 among whom you also are the called of Jesus Christ; 7 to all who are beloved of God in Rome, called as saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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Endings and Beginnings       Sunday, December 28, 2014

John 1:6-13

When Joseph was sold into slavery by his brothers, it was the end of the life he had known. Little did he know what would come of this new day that He experienced. You can read Joseph's story in Genesis chapters 37 to 50.

I saw a quote this week that was posted on face book. It said that the opposite of faith is not doubt but rather the opposite of faith is certainty. As you may recall, I have made a statement that is similar, and yet in some ways is the polar opposite of that quote. I believe the opposite of faith is a refusal to believe. I believe the opposite of faith is a rebellion.

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Grace to Rejoice     Sunday, December 14, 2014

Luke 1:28-31

28 And coming in, he said to her, "Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you." 29 But she was greatly troubled at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, "Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. NASB

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Sharing our Joy     Sunday, December 7, 2014

Luke 1:35-47  

35 And the angel answered and said to her, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy offspring shall be called the Son of God. 36 "And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 "For nothing will be impossible with God." 38 And Mary said, "Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; be it done to me according to your word." And the angel departed from her.

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Reason to Rejoice     Sunday, November 30, 2014

Isaiah 7:14

14 "Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will be with child and bear a son, and she will call His name Immanuel. NASB

A promise was made. The promise has been kept. God has proven Himself to be faithful. The virgin gave birth just as the prophet foretold. God Himself has come down to live with us. Immanuel is with us. What greater reason could we have to rejoice?

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In Thee the Orphan finds Mercy     Sunday, November 23, 2014

Hosea 14:1-9

1 Return, O Israel, to the Lord your God,

For you have stumbled because of your iniquity.

2 Take words with you and return to the Lord.

Say to Him, "Take away all iniquity,

And receive us graciously,

That we may present the fruit of our lips.

3 "Assyria will not save us,

We will not ride on horses;

Nor will we say again, 'Our god,'

To the work of our hands;

For in Thee the orphan finds mercy."

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Death Swallowed Up     Sunday, November 16, 2014

Hosea 13:9-14

9 It is your destruction, O Israel,

That you are against Me, against your help.

10 Where now is your king

That he may save you in all your cities,

And your judges of whom you requested,

"Give me a king and princes"?

11 I gave you a king in My anger,

And took him away in My wrath.

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The Heartbreak of God      Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a youth I loved him,

And out of Egypt I called My son.

2 The more they called them,

The more they went from them;

They kept sacrificing to the Baals

And burning incense to idols.

3 Yet it is I who taught Ephraim to walk,

I took them in My arms;

But they did not know that I healed them.

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Kings and Idols     Sunday, November 2, 2014  

Hosea 8:1 Put the trumpet to your lips!

Like an eagle the enemy comes against the house of the Lord,

Because they have transgressed My covenant,

And rebelled against My law.

2 They cry out to Me,

"My God, we of Israel know Thee!"

3 Israel has rejected the good;

The enemy will pursue him.

4 They have set up kings, but not by Me;  

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Cry To Me From Your Heart     Sunday, October 26, 2014

Hosea 7

1 When I would heal Israel,

The iniquity of Ephraim is uncovered,

And the evil deeds of Samaria,

For they deal falsely;

The thief enters in,

Bandits raid outside,

2 And they do not consider in their hearts

That I remember all their wickedness.

Now their deeds are all around them;

They are before My face.


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Press on to Know the Lord     Sunday, October 19, 2014

Hosea 6  

1 "Come, let us return to the Lord.

For He has torn us, but He will heal us;

He has wounded us, but He will bandage us.

2 "He will revive us after two days;

He will raise us up on the third day

That we may live before Him.

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Until We Acknowledge Our Need of God    Sunday, October 12, 2014

Hosea 5:1-15

1 Hear this, O priests!

Give heed, O house of Israel!

Listen, O house of the king!

For the judgment applies to you,

For you have been a snare at Mizpah,

And a net spread out on Tabor.

2 And the revolters have gone deep in depravity,

But I will chastise all of them.

3 I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me;

For now, O Ephraim, you have played the harlot,

Israel has defiled itself.

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Knowledge of God      Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hosea 4

1 Listen to the word of the Lord, O sons of Israel,

For the Lord has a case against the inhabitants of the land,

Because there is no faithfulness or kindness

Or knowledge of God in the land.

2 There is swearing, deception, murder, stealing, and adultery.

They employ violence, so that bloodshed follows bloodshed.

3 Therefore the land mourns,

And everyone who lives in it languishes

Along with the beasts of the field and the birds of the sky;

And also the fish of the sea disappear.

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The Twice Bought Bride   Sunday, September 28, 2014

Hosea 3

Then the Lord said to me, "Go again, love a woman who is loved by her husband, yet an adulteress, even as the Lord loves the sons of Israel, though they turn to other gods and love raisin cakes." 2 So I bought her for myself for fifteen shekels of silver and a homer and a half of barley. 3 Then I said to her, "You shall stay with me for many days. You shall not play the harlot, nor shall you have a man; so I will also be toward you." 4 For the sons of Israel will remain for many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, and without ephod or household idols. 5 Afterward the sons of Israel will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king; and they will come trembling to the Lord and to His goodness in the last days. NASB

Hosea goes back, at the Lord's bidding, and buys Gomer and marries her a second time.

Why would God tell Hosea to return to the woman who had betrayed him with her harlotry?

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The Call to Contend with theLost     Sunday, September 21, 2014

Hosea 2

1 Say to your brothers, "Ammi," and to your sisters, "Ruhamah."

2 "Contend with your mother, contend,

For she is not my wife, and I am not her husband;

And let her put away her harlotry from her face,

And her adultery from between her breasts,

3 Lest I strip her naked

And expose her as on the day when she was born.

I will also make her like a wilderness,

Make her like desert land,

And slay her with thirst.

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Who Are My People?     Sunday, September 14, 2014

Hosea 1

1 The word of the Lord which came to Hosea the son of Beeri, during the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and during the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel.

2 When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, "Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry, and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord." 3 So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. 4 And the Lord said to him, "Name him Jezreel; for yet a little while, and I will punish the house of Jehu for the bloodshed of Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of the house of Israel. 5 "And it will come about on that day, that I will break the bow of Israel in the valley of Jezreel." 6 Then she conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. And the Lord said to him, "Name her Lo-ruhamah, for I will no longer have compassion on the house of Israel, that I should ever forgive them. 7 "But I will have compassion on the house of Judah and deliver them by the Lord their God, and will not deliver them by bow, sword, battle, horses, or horsemen." 8 When she had weaned Lo-ruhamah, she conceived and gave birth to a son. 9 And the Lord said, "Name him Lo-ammi, for you are not My people and I am not your God."

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God Will Meet Your Needs   Sunday, September 7, 2014

Phil 4:19-23

19 And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, especially those of Caesar's household.

23 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. NASB

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Living Approved by the King    Sunday, August 31, 2014     Pastor Royer

1Timothy 6:11-14   Sorry, the text of this sermon is not available.  Listen to the sermon by clicking on the "Read More" link.

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Christianity and Her Delegated Power     Sunday, August 24, 2014     Pastor Royer

1Peter 2:9    Sorry, the text of this sermon is not available.  Listen to the sermon by clicking on the "Read More" link.

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The Secret of Contentment    Sunday, August 17, 2014

Philippians 4:10-13

10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. 11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. 13 I can do everything through him who gives me strength. NIV

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The Peace of God - The God of Peace    Sunday, August 10, 2014

Phil 4:4-9

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 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 comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, let your mind dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things; and the God of peace shall be with you. NASB

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Good Journey and Chance Meetings or The Path to Peace  Sunday, August 3, 2014

Phil 4:1-7

4 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved.

2 I urge Euodia and I urge Syntyche to live in harmony in the Lord. 3 Indeed, true comrade, I ask you also to help these women who have shared my struggle in the cause of the gospel, together with Clement also, and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life.

4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! 5 Let your forbearing spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. 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 comprehension, shall guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. NASB

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Therefore Stand Firm     Sunday, July 27, 2014

Phil 3:17-4:1

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. 18 For many walk, of whom I often told you, and now tell you even weeping, that they are enemies of the cross of Christ, 19 whose end is destruction, whose god is their appetite, and whose glory is in their shame, who set their minds on earthly things. 20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ; 21 who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.

4 Therefore, my beloved brethren whom I long to see, my joy and crown, so stand firm in the Lord, my beloved. NASB

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Have this Attitude     Sunday, July 20, 2014

Phil 3:15-17

15 Let us therefore, as many as are perfect, have this attitude; and if in anything you have a different attitude, God will reveal that also to you; 16 however, let us keep living by that same standard to which we have attained.

17 Brethren, join in following my example, and observe those who walk according to the pattern you have in us. NASB

Let me begin by going over who is to have the attitude Paul asks us to have.

He says, “Let us therefore, as many as are perfect,...”

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The Surpassing Value of Knowing Christ Jesus    Sunday, July 13, 2014

Phil 3:7-16

7 But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish in order that I may gain Christ, 9 and may be found in Him, not having a righteousness of my own derived from the Law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which comes from God on the basis of faith, 10 that I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death; 11 in order that I may attain to the resurrection from the dead.

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Let the Fire fall on Me   Sunday, July 6, 2014    Pastor Royer

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The True Circumcision   Sunday, June 29, 2014

Philippians 3:1-11

1Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things again is no trouble to me, and it is a safeguard for you. 2 Beware of the dogs, beware of the evil workers, beware of the false circumcision; 3 for we are the true circumcision, who worship in the Spirit of God and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh, 4 although I myself might have confidence even in the flesh. If anyone else has a mind to put confidence in the flesh, I far more: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the nation of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the Law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to the righteousness which is in the Law, found blameless.

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Share the Joy   Sunday, June 22, 2014

Phil 2:17-3:1

17 But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all. 18 And you too, I urge you, rejoice in the same way and share your joy with me.

19 But I hope in the Lord Jesus to send Timothy to you shortly, so that I also may be encouraged when I learn of your condition. 20 For I have no one else of kindred spirit who will genuinely be concerned for your welfare. 21 For they all seek after their own interests, not those of Christ Jesus. 22 But you know of his proven worth that he served with me in the furtherance of the gospel like a child serving his father.

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God is at Work in You    Sunday, June 15, 2014

Phil 2:12-18

Last week Paul called us to have the humility of Christ, to put off selfishness and practice the humility that Christ displayed by coming to earth and submitting to the humiliation of the cross. Because He was willing to humble Himself and suffer this way, God exalted Him above all others. One day everyone will accept the truth that He is Lord. I recommend you not wait to trust Him in this way.

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Humility Like Christ's   Sunday, June 8, 2014

Phil 2:1-11

If therefore there is any encouragement in Christ, if there is any consolation of love, if there is any fellowship of the Spirit, if any affection and compassion, 2 make my joy complete by being of the same mind, maintaining the same love, united in spirit, intent on one purpose. 3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;

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Contending for the Faith     Sunday, June 1, 2014

Phil 1:21-30

Thus far in this letter to the church at Philippi Paul has thanked God for their participation in the ministry of spreading the gospel of Jesus Christ. He has expressed his confidence that God would complete the work that He had begun in them. He has prayed that their love would multiply and they would be filled with the fruit of righteousness. He has also shared his joy that the gospel is being preached because of his imprisonment.

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