Getting Ready for the Greatest Day

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NR8-41 020217PM Jesus left us with some beautiful pictures of how He relates to us in our every day lives. Remember them? He wants to be our daily BREAD we feed upon. He opens to us the DOOR of life. He is our good SHEPHERD. In that context as Good Shepherd this morning we find […]

Letting Troubles Push Us Godward

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NR8-40 020217AM OUR FATHER HAS A 3-PART PLAN Our Father the Vinedresser – He chastens us as needed; He prunes us as needed; He invites us as needed – all so we will be more fruitful. This morning our Father the Vinedresser is here. He is looking at us. ?  If we are cast down […]

Are You Pushed toward God?

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NR8-39 020210PM OUR FATHER HAS A 3-PART PLAN Our Father the Vinedresser – He chastens us as needed; He prunes us as needed; He invites us as needed – all so we will be more fruitful. This morning our Father the Vinedresser is here. He is looking at us. ?  If we are cast down […]

Is It Chastening or Pruning?

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NR8-38 020210AM The test of pruning (which is affirmative) and chastening (which is disciplinary) is in our response. That is one of the simplest ways to test what is going on in your life. Pruning always draws us closer, chastening initially can push us away. TEST #1: When troubles came this week, did you remain joyful, did […]

Meet Your Father, the Vinedresser

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NR8-37 020203AM This morning may I introduce our Father the Vinedresser? He is the One we see at work in John 15:1-2. Please turn there again with me. John 15:1-2 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and […]

Fruitbearing 101

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NR8-36 020127PM Remember, we urgently need to understand fruitfulness because everything we ever have will turn to rust and ashes except for what was transformed by our ABIDING in Christ into Eternal Fruit. Christ’s rewards to us are based on what was GOOD or fruitful, all else attached to our lives Jesus Christ has promised […]

Cleansed, Clipped and Christlike

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NR8-35 020127AM In God’s Word we know what the definition of good and bad are in this context, right? Good is that which was various described in the New Testament as ‘gold, silver, precious stones’, ‘walking in the Spirit’, and as we are currently learning about — ‘fruitfulness’. Bad is what was worthless, earthly, and […]

Bearing Fruit for Jesus’ Sake

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NR8-34 020120PM All of our deeded income properties, all of our prized collections, all of our wise equity investments, all of our real estate, all of our awards, all of our beautifully built and decorated homes, all of our businesses we have built, all of our memory books, all of our electronic gadgets, all of […]

Secrets of Fruitfulness

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NR8-33 020120AM All of our deeded income properties, all of our prized collections, all of our wise equity investments, all of our real estate, all of our awards, all of our beautifully built and decorated homes, all of our businesses we have built, all of our memory books, all of our electronic gadgets, all of […]

Lunched and Oiled by Jesus

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NR8-32 020113PM ItissignificantthattwiceJohnmentionedthefactthatJesusgavethanks(John 6:11, 23). Matthew, Mark, and Luke all state that Jesus looked up to heaven when He gave thanks. By that act, He reminded the hungry people that God is the source of all good and needful gifts. This is a good lesson for us: instead of complaining about what we do not have, […]

Newness is in Jesus

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NR8-31 020113AM ?  As far as we can tell, no one was sick the entire time we were away. Considering the thousands of people we were around, the drastic weather changes we experienced, and the number of sick people we spent time with – that is one of the most evident testimonies to the power […]

Lessons from the Vine

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NR8-30 011118PM But we had learned the hard way about the mischievous nature of the rambling, rapid growing grape vines! In every way we are like those vines. Why? The biggest enemy of the grape is itself. Grapes love to grow and expand their territory. ?  In fact they love to do everything but bear […]

Secrets of the Vine

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NR8-29 011118AM If these or a myriad of other telltale signs of spiritual listlessness and barrenness have cast their shadows across your path, then Christ’s invitation to His spiritual gardening clinic is for you. Come to the vineyard and learn this morning. Listen to Jesus as He introduces us to God’s vineyard. Jesus is talking […]

Receiving His Well Done

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NR8-28 011111PM God left us here to spend our lives preparing to go home. This radical pursuit of God’s well done has often cost those who have gone before us everything. And if we focus our lives upon Christ’s well done it may cost us dearly, even our life. . . . But it will […]

The Valley of Death’s Shadow

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NR8-27 011111AM We start by turning to Revelation 3:5 He who overcomes shall be clothed in white garments, and I will not blot out his name from the Book of Life; but I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels. Clothed in white and confessed by Christ ! Just think184 of […]

How to Get Christ’s Well Done

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NR8-25 011104AM We have been talking about Heaven these past few weeks. Heaven seems closer every time I hear about America at war; Heaven seems closer every time I hear about deadly anthrax infecting another life; Heaven seems closer every time I see the towers aflame and collapsing in my mind. Heaven has always been […]

I Go to Prepare a Place

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NR8-24 011021PM What a powerful162 picture of what God has prepared for us! The almighty Father looked down from heaven and accepted the price of our redemption. We, the bride, accepted the Groom and the evidence of His love for us. When Jesus spoke of the kingdom of heaven, He compared Himself to a bridegroom […]

In My Father’s House

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NR8-23 011021AM Where we might describe God as omniscient or omnipresent (knowing everything and present everywhere), a Hebrew preferred: “The Lord is my Shepherd.” Thus, the Bible is filled with concrete images from Hebrew culture: ?  God is our Father and we are His children. ?  God is the Potter and we are the clay. […]

Islam is the Wrong Way to God

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NR8-22 011014AM If they only knew that they were already infected with a far more lethal virus; one that has killed every single person ever born in the world except One. And He is the only hope of cure they will ever have. Far worse than Botulism, VHF, VX, Sarin Gas, the Plague, or Anthrax […]

The Ark of Safety

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NR8-21 011007PM Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Notice the security of the occupants of the Ark. Evidently the Ark had no sails, no oars, no motor or engine, no rudder, and no […]

Mormonism is the Wrong Way to God

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NR8-20 011007AM Genesis 7:1 And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation. Notice the security of the occupants of the Ark. Evidently the Ark had no sails, no oars, no motor or engine, no rudder, and no […]

Are You Ready to Die?

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NR8-19 010923PM Death is the ULTIMATE ENEMY, not Osama Bin Laden or any of his henchmen. Death is the real enemy. All humans rich or poor, armed or unarmed, weak or powerful, known or faceless – ALL ARE HELPLESS! After death God will bring us back to life because our Lord Jesus is “theresurrection and […]

Jesus-I am the Resurrection and the Life

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NR8-18 010923AM The loss of life in such a violent manner, and so many thousands was a horrific scene for all of us who watched. The amazing thing in all this was that on the day before September 11th 151,323 fellow humans also died. In fact every day over 150,000 people die in alleys, roads, slums, […]

Is Your Cup Overflowing?

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NR8-17 010916PM ONLY THE LIVES OF REFRESHED SHEEP CAN OVERFLOW. John 7:37-38 On the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. 38 He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers […]

Jesus is the Good Shepherd

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NR8-16 010916AM But now what about the present? How do we deal with pain and anxious hearts? May I give you the best place to start? For the past three thousand years one portion of God’s Word has been an oasis. For millions of God’s people six verses of the Bible have – ? calmed children […]

Is Your Head Oiled?

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NR8-15 010909PM God is a Shepherd. What amazement to the flaming hosts of Heaven that the Ancient of Days enthroned in Holiness would leave the Throne to roam the hillsides of Judea and Samaria to Guide and protect His flock called Israel. An Ancient Shepherd was active in every phase of a sheep’s life: from […]

Jesus-I am the Good Shepherd

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NR8-14 010909AM I AM THE BREAD OF LIFE (6:35) – JESUS IS ALL I NEED TO FEED MY STARVING SOUL; apart from Him is only unsatisfied hunger. ?  The internal gnawing pain that hunger brings is the illustration of our condition apart from Christ. ?  Jesus alone feeds our soul and satisfies our hungers, all else […]

Jesus-I am the Door

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NR8-13 010826AM Have you found Him to be all you need? To help people understand that He was all they needed Jesus always used images people could grasp and hold onto. Our text this morning is one of the best examples of this. Here we find one of the most beloved picture of Jesus as […]

Have You Given Your Lunch to Jesus?

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NR8-12 010812PM ItissignificantthattwiceJohnmentionedthefactthatJesusgavethanks (John 6:11, 23). Matthew, Mark, and Luke all state that Jesus looked up to heaven when He gave thanks. By that act, He reminded the hungry people that God is the source of all good and needful gifts. This is a good lesson for us: instead of complaining about what we do not […]

Jesus-I am the Bread

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NR8-11 010812AM All this because when Jesus miraculously fed the 5000 and said I AM the BREAD He was saying: Godblessesalloflife.Themultipliedbarleyloavesandfishwere divinely created, and the satisfaction the people experienced must have been like no other in their lives. The food Jesus made for them was perfect, not tainted by the Fall and its consequent corruption […]

Jesus-I am the Light in the Wilderness

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NR8-10 010819PM When Jesus walked into Jerusalem as the crowds swelled the city’s population for the Feast of Tabernacles, He was planning on making His greatest offer to Israel in His ministry. To perhaps the largest crowd of all, this happy celebration drew faithful Jews from all over the Land and even the world. And […]

Jesus-I am the Light to Follow

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NR8-09 010819AM As we turn to our text in John 8:12 we need to ask ourselves several questions. Remember, to fully understand God’s Word by the power of the Holy Spirit we need to “search the Scriptures”. We do this often by asking questions. Here are the key questions for this passage: WherewasJesuswhenHedeclaredHewastheLightoftheWorld?The Courtyard of […]

Jesus-I am the Light to Trust

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NR8-08 010805AM What is light for? To show us the way, to keep us from stumbling and falling, to dispel our fears, to show us something clearly. That is exactly what we find Jesus wants to do in our lives every moment of every day. He wants to be the light of our path we […]

The Majesty of Jesus

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NR8-07 980405AM  Are You Aware You’re Holding a Treasure? Have you ever grasped what a treasure you hold in your hands this morning?  Even more, the incredible treasure that is housed in those final pages of your Bible? Tucked in at the end of the book is the answer to anything you may be facing […]

Experiencing Jesus

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NR8-06 980927PM What is the picture? It is the Unveiled Jesus of Revelation. It is the uncovered glory of the Image of God in Jesus. It is a gift from God for us to share ! Have you experienced the irresistible attraction and the incomparable satisfaction of experiencing God? Our Lord proposes to all that […]

The Extravagance of Jesus

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NR8-05 980927AM When the Bible closes in Revelation 22 we are transported forward to the fringes of eternity and step out again into the very Paradise of God, another Garden, again perfect and beautiful.   Please join me in Eden for a few moments. To realize how glorious Heaven will be, we need to go […]

The Wonders of Jesus

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NR8-04 980920PM A tour of heaven Now, let’s go there at the finale when eternity dawns upon immortal saints. When all is new, perfect and pure, changeless, endless, and ours at last!  Heaven marks God’s final goal. Matthew Henry answers our questions:   Would You Like To Know Where I Am I Am At Home […]

The Honeymoon of Jesus

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NR8-03 980920AM Next Sunday you are to talk about Heaven.  I am interested in that land, because I have held a clear title to a bit of property there for more than fifty-five years, I did not buy it.  It was given to me “without money and without price.”  But the donor purchased it for […]

The Holiness of Jesus

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NR8-02 980830AM But then is the amazing reality, all the dead small and great assembled. All are there, none missing. The last, the greatest and the final roll call. And no one misses this day in court. ü  All the Ivan the Butchers of this world are present. Those evil emissaries of Satan that gassed […]

The Triumph of Jesus

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NR8-01 980830AM But God has some great plans for the future of this planet. Have you studied them? The Lord is preparing to restore Paradise on Earth again. He has planned for a whole new World. Far beyond anything we could ever plan or do, He is preparing. Just a few of His plans are: […]

 
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