Is Marriage Your Priority?

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Resting Our Weary Minds

 DWM-35   NR1-40   NR7-22   RIG-08   WFF-51   WWJ-32 000917AM If God has your mind – He has your body, If God has your mind – He has your emotions, If God has your mind – He has your appetites, If God has your mind – He has your time, If God has your mind – He has your money . . . […]

How to End the Hurry In My Life

NR1-37 NR7-19   RIG-05   DWM-34  WFF-48   WWJ-29 000903AM The Holy Spirit chose eight different Hebrew[1] words to paint the picture of the God who seeks us to come silently before Him and to listen to Him through His Word. A personal Sabbath feeds our patience, strengthens our obedience, focuses our spirit and renews our strength as Isaiah […]

Enjoying a Personal Sabbath Rest

DWM-33   NR1-36   NR7-18   RIG-04  WFF-47   WWJ-28 000827AM Just to feed three million people would take 1300 rail road box cars of food each day, or a daily train 9 1/2 miles long! Can you imagine the deafening buzz of all those people talking, walking, bartering, gathering, cooking, cleaning and caring for their campsites?   But […]

How to Slow Life Down

DWM-32   NR1-34  NR7-16    RIG-02   WFF-45   WWJ-26 000820AM Isaiah 58:13-14 Did you notice this morning the pace of your life as you came here to worship God? Perhaps[1] we all need to slow down and reflect on the following…   The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers; […]

Men – How To Nurture Your Wife Spiritually

BCR-2017    DWM-02   WFF-03 991013WE Key Number One: Lead the Family Devotions A GODLY DAD WILL EMPHASIZE BIBLICAL COMMUNICATION Deuteronomy 6:7-9  And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when […]

God’s Pathway to Eternal, Life-Long Usefulness

GEW-R-17 110206AM EBG-35 Women of Grace .doc 21st Century Women of Grace: God’s Pathway to Eternal, Life-long Usefulness Titus 2:2-8 God has clearly communicated in easy to understand terms His desires. God wants 21st Century Women of Grace who follow His pathway to life-long usefulness. This desire of God was embraced by generation after generation […]

What is Grace-Energized Submission?

GEW-20 EBG-49 070909AM   Jesus reduced life to one simple goal—seeking God’s rule over each day of my life. Do you remember Christ’s simple yet powerful words? Please open there with me:   Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJV   Ever since the Garden of Eden, […]

When Christ is Magnified and Believers Consecrated – God’s Word Prevails

EBG-43 GEW-14 070805AM   What Does a Grace-Energized Church Look Like?   A grace-energized church is where believers are empowered by God to magnify Christ, when God’s Word is prevailing in and through their lives, and they are willing to consecrate their lives and rid themselves of anything that hinders or displeases God.   As you open in […]

Grace-Energized Living is the Titus Two Model for All Women

070722AM EBG-40   GEW-11 Titus Two Women-11 Children Loved by Grace-Energized Mothers .doc Grace-energized Living: The Titus Two Model Titus 2:4   We have gathered as Christ’s church this morning, but the church that met as Christ’s church nearly 2,000 years ago in New Testament times was a much simpler, informal gathering. There were no “church […]

Bitterness Hinders Grace-Energized Wives & Mothers

GEW-08 EBG-37 Titus Two Women-08 Bitterness Hinders Grace-Energized Wives and Mothers .doc Bitterness Hinders Grace-Energized Wives and Mothers Titus 2:4 070624AM   God’s high calling for grace-energized women is to love their husbands and children. To most of us mature 21st century believers that may sound wonderful. To them it must have soundedimpossible. The Cretans of Paul’s day […]

Becoming A Grace-Energized Mother

GEW-05 EBG-34 Titus Two Women-05 Mothers Energized by Grace .doc Mothers Energized by Grace Love Their Children Titus 2:4 070610AM   Ministry in Christ’s church was never easy, even from the start. As we open Paul’s letter to Pastor Titus, missionary church-planter to Crete—we look at the description of the cultural background of the congregation Titus served […]

Grace Energized Women – Teach and Model Godliness

GEW-03 EBG-32 Titus Two Women-03 Teaching Good. Life Models .doc Women Energized by Grace-03 Teaching Good and Life Models Titus 2:1-13 070520AM   When the Gospel of the life-changing grace of Jesus Christ entered the Roman world of the New Testament, the condition of family life was very bleak. Paganism had all but erased the […]

Grace-Energized Women Guard their Tongues and Appetites

GEW-02 EBG-31 070513PM Christ’s church was born into a sin-warped, sin-darkened world of mixed-up marriages, sin-scarred lives, and confused families. But men and women who were gloriously saved did not automatically become great wives and mothers, or husbands and fathers. When they came to Christ and were forgiven, God graciously gave them everything they needed […]

Focus on God

GEM-31 080720AM Jesus said that if our eye is single (Mat. 6:22), all of our lives will be filled with His light. Jesus went on to say that we can’t have two masters, we must focus upon one (Mat. 6:24). James warns us of the dangers of being double minded (James 1:8), because it destabilizes […]

Learning to Follow Jesus

GEM-29 080629PM Following Jesus is the call of every believer. As the Apostle John was inspired to say, it is also the test of true salvation. Listen to him in his first letter: “Whoever claims to live in him must walk as Jesus did.” (1 John 2:6) Discipleship: Learning to Follow Jesus Although the word […]

Healthy Faith Vs. Demon Faith

GEM-19 080316AM Palms waving, people chanting, but there was one more part of Palm Sunday—Jesus started and ended His ministry shaking up the religious establishment. On Palm Sunday, what did Christ do right after He rode into town? What was the first event noted right after the triumphal entry? What follows that event in all […]

Vital Signs of Living Faith

GEM-18 080302AM God commands each of us this morning to ask ourselves a series of questions. These questions are all targeting the one very most important issue of all—the reality of our eternal destination. As we turn to II Corinthians 13:5, Listen to what God commands us two times in this one verse, to be asking ourselves […]

Living the Unintoxicated Life

GEM-04 071111PM God is looking to train a generation of un-intoxicated men to lead and model Christ’s righteousness in an intoxicated world. God wants men who do not succumb to the intoxicating influences that dull their mind. Any desire, unrestrained by God’s grace can become an intoxicating idol. Things like: sober: comfort, convenience, security, work, […]

The Complete Woman – A 21st Century Woman of Grace

EBG-51 GEW-22 070930AM Things completed, give such a great feeling: a completed assignment so our work is done; a completely balanced diet so we are healthy; all our requirements completed,  so the pressures are off…all of those feel so good.   The Joy of Completion   The dictionary defines this word so well:   com·plete adj., […]

Secrets Of Life Long Consecration To Christ

021208AM Prayer-20 GDGW-39 Laying hold on Eternal Life: BY GIVING THEIR LIFE BACK TO GOD DWM-31   WFF-39   WFP-34   This morning God’s Word has a powerful illustration of how we should pray for our families. Remember we are to be Raising Godly Families – One Prayer at a Time.   Open with me this morning […]

Laying Hold Of Eternal Life – By Consecration

021124AM Prayer-18  GDGW-37 LAYING HOLD ON ETERNAL LIFE: BY CONSECRATION “LOSERS ARE KEEPERS” DWM-29   WFF-37  WFP-32 Losers are Keepers   Remember when you went to school as a kid? Out in the playground you learn a lot of things that stay through life. Here’s one “Finders keepers, losers (what?) weepers”. Right?   Well let’s find […]

No Greater Power Than Praying Marriages

021013AM Prayer-15 GDGW-33 RAISING GODLY FAMILIES ONE PRAYER AT A TIME DWM-26   WFF-33   WFP-28 Paul distilled the life of a believer down to one word in 1st Thessalonians 1.10 – WAIT. We are waiting for Jesus, waiting for the Kingdom, waiting upon Him who loved us and loosed us from our sins. But what do […]

Women And Wives God Will Bless

020922AM Prayer-14 GDGW-32 Growing Dads God’s Way-32 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 14 PRAYING THAT THEY WAIT TO MEET GOD’S PREPARED PARTNER FOR THEM DWM-25  WFF-32   WFP-27 God has inspired two pictures in Proverbs. One is the Proverbs 31 woman; the other is the Proverbs 14 woman. In contrast to the […]

How To Be God’s Man And Husband

020915AM Prayer-13 GDGW-31 Growing Dads God’s Way-31 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 13 PRAYING THAT THEY WAIT TO MEET GOD’S PREPARED PARTNER FOR THEM  DWM-24    WFF-31   WFP-26   One of my favorite moments in ministry is when I stand up here with two trembling hearts standing before me at the […]

How To Really Love Someone

020818AM Prayer-8 GDGW-26 Growing Dads God’s Way-26 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 8 “PRAYING THAT THEY LOVE THEIR BROTHERS AND SISTERS” DWM-1  WFF-26   WFP-219 Are you wearing your ID Tag this morning? Jesus said in John 13 that each of His children has an ID badge. “By this shall all men […]

How To Avoid Bitterness In Your Life

020804AM Prayer-7 GDGW-25 Growing Dads God’s Way-24 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 7 “PRAYING THAT TRIALS NEVER EMBITTER THEM” DWM-18   WFF-25  WFP-20 Are you ready for some troubles? I am amazed as a pastor for the past twenty-five years how few of us really are.   Will you be taken off […]

How To Pray For Purity

020721AM Prayer-5 GDGW-23 Growing Dads God’s Way-23 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 5 Praying for their Purity DWM-16    WFF-23  WFP-18 Did you know what Jesus prayed for you and me as He walked towards Gethsemane, with His eyes lifted toward His Father in Heaven? He was praying for our sanctification. […]

Lord, Teach Me To Pray!

020714AM Prayer-4 GDGW-21 Growing Dads God’s Way-21 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 4  DWM-15   WFF-21  WFP-07 Jesus never taught His disciples how to preach, only how to pray.   How are you doing this morning in the most wonderful and available ministries available to all of us as believers?   Prayer […]

What Happens When Parents Pray

020707AM Prayer-3 GDGW-20 Growing Dads God’s Way-20 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 3 What happens when parents pray? DWM-14  WFF-20  WFP-17   What Happens When Parents Learn to Pray? I Samuel 12:23   One of my great heroes of the faith is a missionary who lived from 1824-1907. His name was […]

Powerful Parental Prayers

020630AM Prayer-2 GDGW-19 Growing Dads God’s Way-19 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer -2 DWM-13  WFF-19   WFP-16   A church that doesn’t pray is on a spiritual treadmill, lots of action and no progress[1].   Prayer catapults us to the frontiers of what ever God is doing around the earth.   The keys […]

How To Parent Through Prayer

020623PM Mile Markers GDGW-18 Growing Dads God’s Way-18 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Tool Two – Prayer DWM-12   WFF-18   WFP-15 The Secret to Successful Parenting is Learning to Pray! Titus 2:11-13   Has the God of the Universe clearly marked the pathway we need to stay on for raising our children? The good […]

Mothers Of The Promise

890514AM Mothers ofPromise GDGW-14 Growing Dads God’s Way-14 MATTHEW 1:3-16 MOTHER’S DAY MOTHERS OF THE PROMISE DWM-09   WFF-14   WHG-05   ZNA-426 Mothers are quite a precious commodity, aren’t they?  Each of us owes our very existence to our Mom!   Scriptures are specific when we speak to the blessed theme of motherhood.  In fact:   God […]

The Unlimited Power Of Unhundered Prayer In A Godly Marriage

090614AM DWM-5 Prayer.doc The Unlimited Power of Unhindered Prayer in A Godly Marriage I Peter 3:1-12 DWM-41 BC&D-41 Lesson 17-1  131204WE  As we open to I Peter 3 this morning, may I challenge each of you to one of Christ’s greatest promises to us as believers? Jesus said, “If you pray in faith you can […]

Praying For A Godly Marriage Partner

God loves things to be according to His specifications. He likes us to follow the code He has established in His Word. When Moses went up the mountain in Exodus 24:18-25:40, God showed him the detailed plans for the Tabernacle, the most written about physical building in the Universe. More chapters are devoted to the detailed descriptions of this building than any other in the Bible. God spent more time on the Tabernacle than He does on the Creation of the Cosmos, the Flood and even the last week of Christ’s life.

The Tabernacle was so important to God that He wanted it built and operated just right. God wanted His Glory and plan to be reflected by everything done in that tent. The same is true in another temple He has built.

Beware of Affluenza : Praying in Godliness with Contentment For Our Children

Today God wants us living for Heaven, and every other day of our earthly lives. 

But, we have to do so in the midst of an epidemic that has gotten stronger century by century. This flu we face as believers in Christ each day is far more deadly than the H1N1 variety of influenza now loitering and infecting people across the globe. Affluenza or materialism is a deadly disease that robs Christians of their desire for Heaven and replaces it with a desire for earth.

As we open to I Timothy 6 we find Paul warning about this spiritual sickness of materialism. This morning measure your personal resistance level to the nearly irresistible draw of spending life chasing stuff, money, pleasure, and possessions.

The Power of Contentment

In the last book of the Bible, we find that Jesus went on a journey visiting seven churches on that particular Sunday, recorded in chapters 2-3. Jesus went to church, reminding us He comes to watch us as we gather today.

When Jesus chose to use the number seven (always used in the Bible for completion, or a complete set of something) He was demonstrating to us what He saw in all churches at that time, in every place, and also I believe, what Christ’s church would be characterized by throughout all the ages. 

The Day Jesus
Came to Church

What God Says to Look for In A Man

Mature saints offering true spiritual worship is God’s strong desire for each of us.

As we open to Ephesians 4, through His servant Paul, our Lord Jesus Christ explains the purpose and plan for His Church, and where each of us should seek to be today.

First, Jesus explains His plan for the church is giving God’s Word through Apostles and Prophets (Ephesians 4:11a); and for that Word to be used to plant churches throughout all generations by church planters (evangelists); and to mature and grow believers by pastor teachers (Ephesians 4:11b).

What God Says to Look For in a Woman

God gives us two different inspired descriptions of women  in Proverbs. In fact, if you sorted through the 31 chapters, 915 verses and over 15,000 words of the Book of Proverbs, you can find just over 200 verses that actually declare what good men and women, boys and girls look and act like, and what the immature, unspiritual, and ungodly opposites look and act like. 

One of the most striking contrasts is between the Proverbs 31 type of woman who is described as a woman of beauty, grace, wisdom, and excellence; and the Proverbs 14 type of woman who is described as a woman of immodesty, aggressiveness, and evil intent. 

Husbands: Is Marriage Your Highest Priority?

Can there be any higher calling than the one the God of the Universe has given to husbands? God says, love your wife just like Christ loves His Church. That is a very high calling, and perhaps the most sobering words any married man, who knows and loves God could hear.

Paul explains marriage is unlike any other role we fill in life as a man. Marriage is unlike any other job we do. Marriage is elevated, by God, speaking through Paul in Ephesians 5, to one of the highest places in life.

There are few things in life that God singles out to be done in a way that clearly imitates how Jesus did it.

The Power of Praying Together

As the summer winds down, and we stand before the freshness of a new start this fall. Have you pondered what would be the best investment of your spiritual capital in the fall of 2009? In other words, where are you going to focus your time in pursuit of Christ Jesus the remaining months of this year? 

To help you with that choice listen to the incredible challenge Paul lays out in Ephesians 6:18

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints

Paul says that we as believers are to have the priority of prayer in our lives. Prayer should be our first choice, the first option, our first pick when we have a chance to pick an activity. 

How Godly Dads Can Bless Their Chlidren

On Father’s day perhaps the greatest question every husband and father should ponder is, “Am I fulfilling my high calling from God to bless my wife and children?”

Today as we open to I Peter 3, we proclaim the incredible duty that God has given to husbands and fathers to bless those around them in their life and family.

God’s Word declares that He has chosen husbands to lead their homes and marriages with Christlike love. Jesus showed us how to love by His example to His disciples. Part of what every born again husband and father will stand before Christ’s Throne and explain is how he did at blessing his wife and family with Christ’s sacrificial love.

Praying Through Life For Those You Love

As we open to I Thessalonians 5, there is one tool God left us above all others that is ours alone to use. We are not forced, we are not obligated, we are just offered the single greatest source of unleashing spiritual power through our lives.

And what is that tool we can take or leave each day? It is the tool that keeps us connected to God, His Word, His plan, His power, and His Presence—the choice we make to talk to Him in prayer!

Prayer is how we can open our lives to God’s plan and then be used by Him to penetrate the lives of our marriage partner, our children, and our dearest friends with God’s truth.

The Myth of the Perfect Family

There are 1189 chapters in the Bible. As we open to Psalm 127-128, we open to two of the most beautiful pictures of marriage and family life in all of God’s Word, captured on paper for us to read. God allows us to see marriage and family life from His perspective, with children described as growing like these healthy green, fruitful trees, entwined lovingly into our lives as parents, and growing with us in godliness. 

The picture seen in this Psalm would be the dream come true for every parent who knows and loves God today. But we must balance this picture with the reality taught by the other 1187 chapters of God’s Word:

Engineered by God: Loving the Way God Made You

Each of us here this morning are engineered by God; and as we open to Psalm 139, He wants us to understand His intentional design and reflect His glory, by loving the way He made all of the unchangeable features of our lives.

One of the greatest reminders of God’s creative power is the reality that each of us humans who have ever lived are distinctly, uniquely, and wonderfully different. From our fingerprint, to our tongues, from our DNA to our lives—we are all spiritual snowflakes, truly one-of-a-kind.

Husbands Who Love Like Jesus

As we open to Ephesians 5, think about the end of Creation Week, as God looked over the entire scope of the Universe He fashioned, only one element was “not good”. It was man. Adam was alone, and God said that wasn’t good. So God crowned the six stellar days of creation with Eve, the perfect partner and friend for Adam. When God designed marriage, it was to perfectly complete those He had fashioned in His image. God established a vital truth: a designer marriage would be one lived the way God designed it to be. Sadly, most marriages are not designer marriages.

Husbands Who Lead Like Jesus

God desires every marriage in Christ’s church to be led by a husband clothed in humility. That is the goal God has for every man here who is a genuine believer, and is married or hopes to be someday.

All of us husbands are asked by God to represent Him here on Earth. As we saw last time in Ephesians 5:25 our first command is to LOVE our wives. Sacrificially like Jesus. Today we look at the second half of the plan God left for us: we are to LEAD with Christ’s humility.

Humility Reflects
Christ Jesus

Godly Wives: Love Their Husbands With Love They Can Feel

There is only one chapter in the New Testament that explicitly describes God’s expectations for every man, every woman, every boy, and every girl who are part of Christ’s Church, and that is Titus 2. 

As we turn there this Mother’s Day morning, each of us in our hearts hold such a special place for our moms. But whether you are a mom or not, married or not, or even if you are a part of the half of us who are men—the passage we are going to in God’s Word speaks to all of us.

Titus 2’s verses are a message from God to every man and woman, boy and girl in Christ’s Church. This morning we are specifically going to examine what God has set down as a pattern that every woman should have as the goal of her life. 

Godly Mothers: In Partnership With God Love Their Children

This morning we are right in the middle of looking at godly wives and mothers. Our theme this morning is that godly moms are in partnership with God and they love their children with love that can be felt. 

But before we plunge into those Titus 2 methods of loving husbands and children with love they can feel, a quality that God wants every wife and mom to know and practice, we need to turn to the book of I Thessalonians 4 and ask, “Why are we even here studying God’s Word today? What is the bigger picture of what God wants from all of us.”

The Delights of a Word-Filled Wife and Mother

One of the great blessings in life comes from knowing what God wants you to do and doing it. That way of life Jesus described as His chosen path. He once said that He delighted in doing God’s Will.

For us who know and love the Lord, life is a delight. We know why He made us, what we are to do for Him, and so we face each new day knowing that the Lord is with us, His strength is ours, and His smile is upon us. Like Jesus we delight to follow His plan.

God commends to us the sheer delight that comes to wives and mothers who follow His plan. Paul tells us that they are catapulted to the front ranks of God’s most decorated servants I Timothy 2:15)—just through the obedience of nurturing children for the glory of God.

 
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