Joseph & Mary – God’s Communication Methods And How God Chooses To Communicate To Guide Us Today

  141221AM ESH-36 Joseph & How God Communicates  .docx Truth-3: Spirit-Filled Joseph & Mary, God’s Communication Methods & How God Chooses To Communicate & Guide Us Today Matthew 1-2 & Luke 1-2     Have you ever noticed how clearly God personally communicated with the characters of Christmas? God explains things to them, shows them […]

The Church – A shared Life

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ZNA-451 890108PM THE CHURCH – A SHARED LIFE MATTHEW 16:18 The church is literally the ekklesia, “called out ones”. Our study is a biblical portrait of who and what we are… More than a 160 year old organization we are an organism… The Scriptures call us the body of Christ, a living, growing body called […]

Mothers of the Promise

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ZNA-426 890514AM Mothers ofPromise GDGW-14 Growing Dads God’s Way-14 MATTHEW 1:3-16 MOTHER’S DAY MOTHERS OF THE PROMISE 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: 1. God is interested in individuals […]

Thy Kingdom Come #4

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ZNA-244 930207AM THY KINGDOM COME MATTHEW 6 Before we look at The Lord’s Prayer this week… We have relieved a transmission on earth from deepest space: • Beyond our solar system, • Past the feathery edges of the Milky Way • Far away across nebulae, pulsating suns in the throes of nuclear collapse • Long […]

Thy Will be Done #5

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ZNA-242 930214am “THY WILL BE DONE” Matthew 6:9-13 * Embracing the Lord of the Lord’s Prayer can make a big difference in your life! What does that mean? In short, the Lord’s Prayer strikes a knockout punch to our six greatest problems! Which ones? Listen: Mt. 6:9-13 – To go to God as Father ends […]

Is God’s Will Yours? #6

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ZNA-240 930221am MATTHEW 6:9-13 LORD’S PRAYER SERIES THY WILL, p. 2 Last week we focused on the third petition of the Lord’s Prayer “Thy will be done”. *Luther called it the “fearful prayer”. Why? Because we are calling on God to take over our lives… To let His will prevail… To serve and worship Him […]

Thy Will Be Done #7

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ZNA-239 930228AM LP-Thy Will Peter-3 Mt.6.9-13 LORD’S PRAYER – PETER #3, P. 3 THY WILL… MATTHEW 6:9-13 This past 2/26/93 Friday at 12:18 p.m. a massive explosion rocked the largest office complex in the world. About 150,000 visitors and business people were affected… We all have heard, seen and read about it! What struck me […]

Give Us Daily Bread #8

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ZNA-238 930307AM OUR DAILY BREAD MATTHEW 6:11 GIVE US DAILY BREAD (Only in Matt./Luke until 1930’s) Of all the petitions in the Lord’s Prayer, this one seems most out of touch with overfed and indulgent America 1993. The idea goes with the words – SOMALIA or ETHIOPIA or INDIA…but to think in “DAILY BREAD TERMS” […]

Forgive and Forgiven #9

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ZNA-237 930321AM FORGIVEN AND FORGIVING MATT. 6:12 PART TWO Last week Christ taught us in His prayer to pray “give us our daily bread”, that was to be a constant reminder that we are creatures needing humility and dependence. Today Jesus Christ tells us that if you are forgiven then you must be forgiving! He’s […]

For Thine is

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ZNA-234 930411AM LORD’S PRAYER- “FOR  THINE  IS…..”   MATTHEW  6 In the Middle Ages the Alchemists sought to turn Base materials into treasured gold. In our lives this morning, a perhaps undiscovered treasure lies at our fingertips. A doxology of such magnitude, it can stir our souls to the depths. When Jesus left us with […]

Can the Bible Change Me?

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ZNA-215 930815AM “CAN THE BIBLE CHANGE ME?” PEACE MATTHEW 11:28-30 The greatest man who ever lived or will ever live is the Lord Jesus Christ. He stands monumentally in contrast against the deplorable backdrop of fallen and depraved humanity. God become man, unique and all powerful authority. The historian Philip Schaff (The Person of Christ, […]

Lashed to Christ – part two

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ZNA-141 941016AM LASHed to Christ Part Two “Admit your need to Him” Matthew 11:28-30 One of the classics of ancients literature is the Iliad and the Odyssey by Homer in his 8th century account of the great warrior Ulysses [Odysseus], he is seen plugging his sailors ears with wax so that they would not be […]

Lashed To Christ

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ZNA-138 941030am Matthew 11:28-30 L-A-S-Hed to Christ Part Four: Hold on to Him One of God’s persistent invitations and commands in all the Bible is that we cleave, cling and hold fast to Him. Deuteronomy 4:4 4 but all of you who held fast to the LORD your God are still alive today. (NIV) Deuteronomy […]

The Triumphal Entry

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ZNA-93 970323AM Palm Sunday PALM SUNDAY THE TRIUMPHAL ENTRY AND EXIT MATTHEW 21 AND MARK 11 You are not an accident (You have Divine ORIGIN) You life is not meaningless (You have Divine PURPOSE) Your death will not come unexpectedly (You have Divine DESTINY) The arrival of Jesus on the 10th of Nissan in AD30 […]

Christ -in All the Book of Matthew

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XAS-29 971119WE One Bible scholar who spent an entire decade studying every word of Matthew’s Gospel over and over wrote this summary:   Jesus is painted in royal colors in this gospel as in none of the others. His ancestry is traced from the royal line of Israel; his birth is dreaded by a jealous […]

Resurrection Priorities-1

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WTB-31 041010PM Do you remember that when Jesus was raised from the Tomb on Resurrection Day by God the Father — something wonderful had taken place? No longer was Jesus bound by His earthly body to be in only one place at a time. Now Jesus was free to be with all of us, anywhere […]

The Exact Confirmation – Signs 1-5

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WTB-23 040627PM We are examining these three vital elements of the Gospel. This evening we complete our look at Christ’s Death. We have seen in the past weeks that there were many amazing, miraculous and profound details that God’s Word records. We can say that Christ DIED for our sins according to the Scriptures. HE […]

The Exact Confirmation – Signs 1-4

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WTB-22 040523PM Matthew 27.45-54   Five Supernatural Signs: Day Darkened Curtain Torn Earth Quaked Graves Opened Centurion Saved   There are some wonderful elements we need to explore in relation to Christ’s death for our salvation. Christ DIED for our sins according to the Scriptures. HE DIED on The Exact Place – On Golgotha in […]

WTB-14 – Pilate’s Plight

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WTB-14 040307PM For a brief moment, Pontius Pilate faced the ultimate question anyone could be confronted with. It’s found on the way to our text this morning in Matthew 27:22.   Matthew 27:22 Pilate said to them, “What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?” They all said to him, “Let Him be […]

Gethsemane

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031102PM The World of the Bible-05 Gethsemane WTB-05 THE WORLD OF THE BIBLE: GETHSEMANE Matthew 26.36 Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye here, while I go and pray yonder.   Mark 14:32 Then they came to a place which was named Gethsemane; and He […]

Is Your Soul Anchored?

050529am Wn-19   Shipwrecked WNS-26 Shipwrecked Souls Christ our Refuge Matthew 24:24 One of the most feared activities of the ancient world was sailing in a ship across the Mediterranean Sea. Why? Because shipwrecks were so common back then. Many who sailed never returned. The families of would be travelers and sailors most often went with […]

When Troubles Come in Overwhelming Waves

050522PM WN-18  Anchored By Clinging Hope.Hupomeno WNS-25 Anchored by Clinging Hope Matthew 24:13 Lamentations 3:21-25 Isaiah 40:31 For those of us who believe the Bible, the weeks since Christmas have been thrilling.   Jesus said that the generation that sees His plan unfold for the end of days–will witness His second coming. That promise has […]

Living in Hope

050501pm Wn-14   Cling-Resting-Sheltering Hope WNS-21 Living in Hope: by Waiting, Clinging, Resting, Sheltering Matthew 24:21-22 This evening join me as Jesus describes the most hopeless moment in our planets future; the moment when life is heading toward a complete extinction. This moment is somewhere near the end of the Tribulation. That where Jesus takes us […]

Watch Jerusalem

050417am Wn-12   Watch Jerusalem WNS-19 Watch Jerusalem Matthew 24:15-16 When Jesus told His disciples and us about the future he built every word of it around one spot on earth. In theological circles this message (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) is called the Olivet Discourse. Jesus framed His words about the rest of the […]

Blameless

050410AM WN-11   Prophetic Hope WNS-18 Living in Hope! Matthew 24:15-16  Jesus enclosed a snapshot of what life on earth was like–just before the Ground Zero of His Second Coming.   We have been looking at those snapshots in Matthew. So please open with me to the greatest sermon on the end of the world ever […]

Joseph & Mary – God’s Communication Methods And How God Chooses To Communicate To Guide Us Today

FTF-12  141221AM ESH-36 Joseph & How God Communicates  .docx Truth-3: Spirit-Filled Joseph & Mary, God’s Communication Methods & How God Chooses To Communicate & Guide Us Today Matthew 1-2 & Luke 1-2 Have you ever noticed how clearly God personally communicated with the characters of Christmas? God explains things to them, shows them when and […]

The Mightiest Miracle of Calvary

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ORS-27 100404AM Mightiest.doc The MightIEST Miracle ofCalvary Matthew 27 Jesus rose triumphant over sin, death, and Hell after being captured and killed during the greatest crime the world has ever witnessed.  On a cross of wood, with carpenter’s tools, and “on a skull shaped hill, on a sunny day outside of Jerusalem nearly 2,000 years […]

Christ’s Resurrection Priorities

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ORS-18 041010PM Do you remember that when Jesus was raised from the Tomb on Resurrection Day by God the Father — something wonderful had taken place? No longer was Jesus bound by His earthly body to be in only one place at a time. Now Jesus was free to be with all of us, anywhere […]

Palm-Prophetic Precision

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ORS-07 050320am Palm-Prophetic Exactness The prophetic Exactness of palm sunday Matthew 21:1-11 One thing you can be sure of—God keeps His Word. You can count on Him, trust Him, and believe His Word. We have been looking at the future for the last few weeks in our Prophetic Series What’s Next. But this morning, as […]

The Promise Kept

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ORS-01 010415AM Easter ThePromise Kept the promise kept Matthew 27 God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to be born as God with us. God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to die for our sins. God kept His promise, He sent us Jesus to rise from the dead. God kept His promise, […]

The Good Heart

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NR7-32 040523AM One day, in one verse — Jesus describes everyone in the world that will go to Heaven.  And in five other verses He describes those who will not. Have you ever reflected on His descriptions? Jesus said the words we are about to read as a warning for some (Watch out – you […]

The Crowded Heart

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NR7-31 040516AM One day Jesus compared life to a field, people to soil, the Gospel to seed, and eternal life to a crop of harvested righteousness. Jesus also classified everyone on Earth as either – “Wayside” or The Hard Heart, “Rocky” or The Shallow Heart, “Thorny” or The Crowded Heart, or “Good” which is the Fruitful […]

The Shallow Heart

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NR7-30 040509AM This morning we come to the second soil in Christ’s parable. This second soil illustrates a second heart. Last time we saw the wayside or hardened heart. This time we will examine the stony or shallow heart. Please open your Bibles with me to Christ’s sermon about The Shallow Heart. Mark 4.5-6; 16-17. […]

The Hard Heart

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NR7-29 040425AM This morning we return to perhaps the greatest story Jesus ever told. The depths of the message of these few words is astounding. Christ’s insight into human nature is piercing. His analysis of human responsibility is sobering. And His explanation of life around us should make us pay much closer attention to our […]

Four Hearts–One Soil

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NR7-28 040418AM Its been a long day. Jesus started the day teaching inside a home (Mark 3.20-21) and was approached by His own family who tried to “arrest” Him and drag Him back to Nazareth so they could ‘take care of Him’. Then He was attacked by the religious leaders (Mark 3.22-30) who said He […]

How to Spot a False Teacher

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050612am NR4-41 Wn-21 Spot False Teachers.Anchored Souls.Fundamentals How to Spot a False Teacher Anchored to Christ The Fundamentals Matthew 24:24 As the end of the physical world approaches, so does earth’s darkest spiritual hour. Satan knows that God has plans to save “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, […]

Christ and the Antichrist

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050605PM NR4-40 WN-20 Hitler.Christ.Ultimate Angel And Antichrist The Ultimate Angel Hitler, Christ and the antichrist Matthew 24:24 As the end of the world approaches, so does earth’s darkest hour. Hell will open and the pit will vomit out it’s demon hordes to run wildly throughout humanity. Other beasts from the abyss will wreak death and […]

Is Your Soul Anchored?

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050529am NR4-39 Wn-19 Shipwrecked Shipwrecked Souls Christ our Refuge Matthew 24:24 One of the most feared activities of the ancient world was sailing in a ship across the Mediterranean Sea. Why? Because shipwrecks were so common back then. Many who sailed never returned. The families of would be travelers and sailors most often went with […]

Beware–Asteroid Dead Ahead

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050522AM NR4-37 WN-17 Anchored By Hope ASTEROID DEAD AHEAD Anchored by Hope Matthew 24:29 Jesus said that the generation that sees His plan unfold for the end of days–will witness His second coming. That promise has kept the church throughout the centuries in the Word, on their knees, and ready to go at any moment. […]

Living in Trusting Hope

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050515AM NR4-36 WN-16 Living In Trusting Hope Living in Trusting Hope Matthew 24:21-22 Our God is a God of hope. Living in hope is Christ’s plan for our lives today. But when we dig into the prophetic portions of God’s Word the future looks very bleak and hopeless. So to balance what is coming–that Jesus […]

Living in Hope Today

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050501pm NR4-34 Wn-14 Cling-Resting-Sheltering Hope Living in Hope: by Waiting, Clinging, Resting, Sheltering Matthew 24:21-22 This evening join me as Jesus describes the most hopeless moment in our planets future; the moment when life is heading toward a complete extinction. This moment is somewhere near the end of the Tribulation. That where Jesus takes us […]

The Final Siege of Jerusalem

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050424AM NR4-33 WN-13 Final Seige Of Jerusalem Jerusalem The Final Siege of Jerusalem Matthew 24:15-16 If you read and listen to the news with a Biblical mind, you can often hear a faint whisper of some of the truths God’s Word faintly in the background. Think about the implications of this summary I read this […]

Watch Jerusalem

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050417am NR4-32 Wn-12 Watch Jerusalem Watch Jerusalem Matthew 24:15-16 When Jesus told His disciples and us about the future he built every word of it around one spot on earth. In theological circles this message (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) is called the Olivet Discourse. Jesus framed His words about the rest of the […]

Blameless

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050410AM NR4-31 WN-11 Prophetic Hope Living in Hope! Matthew 24:15-16 Jesus enclosed a snapshot of what life on earth was like–just before the Ground Zero of His Second Coming. We have been looking at those snapshots in Matthew. So please open with me to the greatest sermon on the end of the world ever preached—Matthew […]

The Prophetic Precision of Palm Sunday

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050320am NR4-28 Palm-Prophetic Exactness THE PROPHETIC EXACTNESS OF PALM SUNDAY MATTHEW 21:1-11 One thing you can be sure of—God keeps His Word. You can count on Him, trust Him, and believe His Word. We have been looking at the future for the last few weeks in our Prophetic Series What’s Next. But this morning, as […]

Signs of His Coming

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050220AM NR4-21 Prophecy By The Numbers Whats Next-01 Prophecy by the Numbers Signs of His Coming Matthew 24:3, 8, 33 Please open with me to Matthew 24. The disciples ask Jesus a question that interests all of us, I’m so glad they did. Follow along as they ask in Matthew 24:3, and as Jesus answers […]

How to Look Up

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NR4-15 How To Look Up What’s Next for Planet Earth? The Promises and Prophecies of Christ in Matthew 24 050109PM   In other words he lived each day like he was on his way to explain what he did with his life to the One who gave him life – Jesus Christ. Jonathan Edwards, one […]

When is The End of the World

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050109AM NR4-14 End Of The World.Travel. Prophetic-01 Prophetic Series-1 Christ’s Return and the End of the World Tribulation, Tsunamis And Global Travel Luke 21:7-36 In Matthew 24 we get to see the Tribulation from Christ’s perspective. What will the end of days be like? Jesus tells us– Matthew 24:22 And unless those days were shortened, […]

How to Face Persecution

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MOI-25 990530PM The Beginning of the Tribulation (Matt. 24:4-14) The events described in this section are “the beginning of birth-pangs” (Matt. 24:8). The image of a woman in travail is a picture of the Tribulation period (Isa. 13:6–11; 1 Thes. 5:5). Let’s consider some of the significant events that will occur at the beginning of […]

Are You Ready to Go?

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MOI-24 990509PM GLOBAL GRAVEYARD: One out of every four people will die (see Rev. 6:8), some through the ravages of war, others by starvation, and amazingly many others by the ‘beasts of the earth’.  So, whether by death that come instantly and thus less dreaded or a slow and painful death that is lingering and […]

Living Contentedly for Christ

Living Contentedly for Christ: Stewardship LHC: Message Forty-One (050703PM) LHC-53  Week 41: Living Contentedly for Christ (Stewardship—Matthew 11:28–30) As the end of days approaches, you can find hope as you learn to live contentedly for Christ! SUNDAY: A Lifelong Refuge for the Weary “I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I […]

Seeing Christ in the Gospel by Matthew

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KGD-17 971119WE One Bible scholar who spent an entire decade studying every word of Matthew’s Gospel over and over wrote this summary:   Jesus is painted in royal colors in this gospel as in none of the others. His ancestry is traced from the royal line of Israel; his birth is dreaded by a jealous […]

He Must Increase

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070311PM GNB-08 Mark 1 Jesus, Humility, and The Greatest Man who Ever Lived.doc The Gospel of the New Beginning Lessons in Humility from John the Baptist Mark 1:1-8; Matthew 11:11 This morning I invited you to consider Jesus, humility—and the greatest man who ever lived up until Christ. The supreme lesson of John the Baptist’s […]

Joseph – The Quiet Man

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101205AM  GCM-46 Joseph: The Quiet Man Matthew 1-2; Luke 1-2   As we open to Matthew 1, whenever I look at the cast of Christmas: one member stands out because he is so quiet.   Joseph is one of the main characters: he opens the Christmas story in Matthew 1 and closes the story in […]

Christmas – Religious But Lost

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FJC-02 091206AM Christmas: Religious BUT Lost How Close Can You Get And Still Miss Him? Salvation is Knowing Him Matthew 2:1-6 Here is a sobering thought from the Christmas story—there were a group of very good, and very religious people in Christ’s day—who missed Heaven by only 18 inches. Can you imagine how horrible it […]

Lessons in Humility From John the Baptist

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EBG-29 070311PM I invite you to consider Jesus, humility—and the greatest man who ever lived up until Christ. The supreme lesson of John the Baptist’s life is humility. And there can be no more vital message that we all need to hear than that God HATES pride. God uses John because he was willing to […]

Be the Greatest Person by Being the Greatest Servant

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EBG-09 070420AM Level One—Come! Level Two—Come! Look over Living Hope chapters 15-17. Begin thinking about writing a blessing for each member of your family (this is a special and powerful part of our weekend when all families will take ten minutes to gather and mom & dad will read a short blessing of how they see and pray […]

Anchored to Christ

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050612am Wn-21 Spot False Teachers.Anchored Souls.Fundamentals How to Spot a False Teacher Anchored to Christ The Fundamentals Matthew 24:24 COR-01 As the end of the physical world approaches, so does earth’s darkest spiritual hour. Satan knows that God has plans to save “a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, […]

Watch Jerusalem

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050417am Wn-12 Watch Jerusalem Watch Jerusalem Matthew 24:15-16 COM-04 When Jesus told His disciples and us about the future he built every word of it around one spot on earth. In theological circles this message (Matthew 24; Mark 13; Luke 21) is called the Olivet Discourse. Jesus framed His words about the rest of the […]

The Discipline Of Disciple-Making – Christ – The Center Of The Disciple’s Life

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Each of us here today became Christ’s disciple the moment of our salvation. Disciples are Christ’s sheep, who hear His voice, and follow Him. Followers are disciples, disciples are believers, and believers are Christians, and Christians have been born again at the moment they were saved. So we gather as God’s family, saved by grace, through faith, the moment we called upon the Name of the Lord.
Communion  is when we gather as Christ’s Body, to declare that Christ is the center of our lives, and we are His disciples. We celebrate by reaffirming: Christ’s death in our place, His burial with our sins, and His resurrection for our endless life, is the heart of our life here on Earth each day.    

What Happened at the Earthquake When the Graves Were Opened in Matthew 27:45-56?

Foretaste of the Final Resurrection

We do not understand certain aspects of these miracles. The meaning of the torn veil is the easiest to decipher because of the way it is developed in the Book of Hebrews. But the darkness is unexplained. So is the earthquake. And so is the miracle to which we come now: the resurrection of many of the Old Testament saints and their appearance to many in Jerusalem following Jesus’ resurrection. We do not know whether these saints had died long ago or only recently. We do not know how long they remained alive. Was this a permanent resurrection? If it was, what happened to them? Were they transported to heaven, like Elijah? Or did they die again? We do not even know whom they went into Jerusalem to see or why they went or what they said to those they saw.

What Happened at the Earthquake When the Graves Were Opened in Matthew 27:45-56 – Part 2?

Q&A-95 150927PM 150920PM Q&A Graves Opened What Happened At The Earthquake When The Graves Were Opened? Matthew 27:45-56? In Hebrews 2:14 God tells us that through death Christ destroyed the Devil’s power of death. That event was spiritual, invisible, and would have escaped notice except for God’s amazing illustration. Point-1: Jesus Showed Death Was Subdued […]

The Prayer of the Humble – Empty Me God, So That You Get All the Glory in My Life

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As we open in our Bibles to Matthew 6, think of the context for these verses. Jesus looked out at a group of men, His disciples, that were so much like all of us. They needed humility.

They were wired to be proud, and needed a regular, daily reminder of needing to be emptied of that pride. So Jesus crafted a Divine Recipe for the best life possible.

How God Uses the Full Armor of God to Deliver Us from the Evil One

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One of the touching stories of human courage and sacrifice came from the 2011 meltdown of the Japanese Fukushima reactors. In an effort to save countless other lives, one team of engineers entered the stricken reactor room and feverishly tried to stop any further radiation leaks. Their calls and emails indicated that they knew that if they stayed too long their lives would succumb to ARS (acute Radiation Syndrome), that took out dozens of similarly tasked Chernobyl workers in 1986.

SWS-03 – Daily Cleansing – The Abundant Life Vs. The Tormented Life

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 As we open to Matthew 6, we have come to the fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer in v. 12. This petition is all about the constant need we have for cleansing. This next area we are to maintain in our spiritual lives is all part of: CHRIST’S CHECKLIST FOR DAILY SPIRITUAL HEALTH Simply stated, the Lord’s Prayer is a pattern for us, a check list for our daily spiritual health.

What Is Spiritual Warfare And Why Do We Need Armor?

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What is spiritual warfare? Simply stated it is the conflict between God’s plan for us to have an overflowing and abundant life; and Satan’s plan to kill our hope, steal our joy, and destroy our usefulness to God. The Bible is the most amazingly engineered communication ever designed. Every word of God was breathed out by God, recorded by one of His chosen writers, and intricately woven together with every other word of all sixty-six books.

SWS-01 – Unleashing the Lord’s Prayer into Changing My Life Today

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Jesus summarized the seven key areas each of us who follow Him should pay close attention to each day. Please open to that summary Jesus Himself gave to us in Matthew 6:9- 13. This passage is what we commonly know in the English-speaking world as the Lord’s Prayer. To help us focus on the text of our study today please stand and quote these words with me as we invite God through His Word to speak powerfully into our hearts, minds, and lives today.

Hungering For God – A Life Of Prayer & Fasting

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Do you remember a teacher, or coach, that was so special and encouraging to you? Do you member how much they meant to you? Do you remember how you rose to their expectations of you as they coached or taught you? What type of response do we have to someone we love, respect, and deeply admire? Usually, when they express their expectations or desires, we do everything to try to meet their expectations, right?

Give us This Day Our Daily Bread – Learning How To Invite God To Supply Me Through Life

“Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread”: Learning How to Invite God to “Supply Me” Through Life Matthew 6:11 As we open to Matthew 6:11 in the Lord’s Prayer, we arrive at the central element of these petitions. This fourth of seven petitions, is our shared confession of our need for God to sustain our lives. Simply put, asking God to give us the bread we need for today is us saying: WE NEED TO BE SUPPLIED BY GOD Everything is so fragile around us.

Thy Will Be Done – Learning How To Invite God To Guide Me Through Life

“Thy Will Be Done”: Learning How to Invite God to “Guide Me” Through Life Matthew 6:9-10 Today we begin to look at the third petition of the Lord’s Prayer. This petition that we all know is: “Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven”, can become for each of us, a time when we actually invite to God to guide us through life.

Trusting God Enough To Hold His Hand Through My Life’s Daily Struggles

Trusting God Enough to Hold His Hand Through My Life’ s Daily Struggles Matthew 6:9-13 Prayer could be compared to holding God’s Hand. We are children, and God is our Father. The picture of being like small, weak, and needy children, reaching up to grasp the strong hand of our Heaven Father: is how Jesus presents the disciples with the need for prayer in their lives.

How To Connect With God – By Focusing Upon Who He Is

Focus Me .docx How to Connect with God: By Focusing Upon Who He Is Matthew 6:9-13 Please open with me to the most widely known passage of Scripture, in Matthew 6. The Lord’s Prayer as this passage is known is a life-altering introduction to the transforming power that comes by comprehending the implications of, and actually living like, God is our Heavenly Father.

Christ: The Center of a Disciple’s Life

Each of us here today became Christ’s disciple the moment of our salvation. Disciples are Christ’s sheep, who hear His voice, and follow Him. Followers are disciples, disciples are believers, and believers are Christians, and Christians have been born again at the moment they were saved. So we gather as God’s family, saved by grace, through faith, the moment we called upon the Name of the Lord.

SWS-15 – How to Prepare Believers to Wrestle & Stand Against the Darkness of this Age

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From American history we read of the treatment of the guests of newspaper baron, William Randolph Hearst (1863-1951) at his famous castle in on the coast of California.

After the overwhelming ride up the switchback road to the summit, and the breath-taking view of the Pacific and the immensity of the castle, guests were taken to their rooms.

Roaring Lion – What Can Satan Do to Us, as Believers, If We Don’t Seek God’s Protection?

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What Can Satan Do to Us, as Believers, If We Don’t Seek God’s Protection?

That is our focus today.

Today the most cunning terrorist in the Universe is stalking us as Christ’s followers.

As we open to 1 Peter 5 we learn that Satan is not only God’s adversary, he is ours.

He is coming after each of us who leave the door open to him.

He can devour us at any time we let the defensive perimeter down.

He is able to penetrate any safe room, secure location, and security system.

Daily Cleansing – The Abundant Life Vs. The Tormented Life

Tagged With: / Spiritual Warfare Series

As we open to Matthew 6, we have come to the fifth petition of the Lord’s Prayer in v. 12. This petition is all about the constant need we have for cleansing. This next area we are to maintain in our spiritual lives is all part of:

Christ’s Checklist for Daily Spiritual Health

Simply stated, the Lord’s Prayer is a pattern for us, a check list for our daily spiritual health.

Giving to God Like the Wisemen: A Life Wrapped With Worship

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131229AM Giving Like Wisemen.docx GLG-05 Giving to God Like the Wisemen A Life Wrapped with Worship Matthew 2:1-12   Christmas was when the greatest event since Creation, took place in a sleepy little village just five miles south of Jerusalem. Sadly, the lives of most people surrounding Christ’s birth were like the rooms of Bethlehem’s […]

Unleashing the Lord’s Prayer into Changing My Life Today

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Jesus summarized the seven key areas each of us who follow Him should pay close attention to each day. Please open to that summary Jesus Himself gave to us in Matthew 6:9-13. This passage is what we commonly know in the English-speaking world as the Lord’s Prayer.

To help us focus on the text of our study today please stand and quote these words with me as we invite God through His Word to speak powerfully into our hearts, minds, and lives today.

FTF-16 – The Habit of Prayer: Connecting with God

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Today we are looking at the truths of the Gospel that Jesus taught to His disciples and then asked them to go everywhere and teach everyone that becomes a follower of Christ. Follow along in your Bibles at the commencement ceremony for the disciples after 3 plus years in training.

The Launching of the Students

This ending to Matthew’s account flows right in step with the rest of the book.

7 Habits of Highly Useful Believers

Why should we pray? The more we examine this precious opportunity given to us by God, the more we are drawn into deeper and deeper connection to the Almighty King of the Universe.

Prayer is what Jesus modeled so clearly from the pages of the Gospels.

Prayer was what surrounded all of the major events recorded from Christ’s life.

Prayer is what we are to do or we will faint Jesus said.

Control Me – Learning to Seek First the Rule of God Over My Life Each Day

Today we are looking at the Lord’s Prayer. As we open to Mat. 6:9-13, we are examining each of the seven petitions or phrases that make up this model prayer. These petitions are much like an overview of all the elements that make up the life of a healthy, growing believer.

This pattern Jesus gave us is a reminder for us, each time we pray, of all the elements needing attention in our Christian lives. This prayer can become the vital link between our minds (where we know truth), and our lives (where we live out that truth).

What Did Fasting Look Like in Biblical Times?

Tagged With: / Hungering For God

Do you remember a teacher, or coach, that was so special and encouraging to you? Do you member how much they meant to you? Do you remember how you rose to their expectations of you as they coached or taught you? What type of response do we have to someone we love, respect, and deeply admire? Usually, when they express their expectations or desires, we do everything to try to meet their expectations, right?

A Living Hope in a Dying World

True salvation implants an inextinguishable hope within us. Prophecy is probably the most encouraging and affirming study we can do in God’s Word and especially prophecy. Prophecy has inspired believers since the very first recorded teaching on prophecy in the earliest days of Christ’s church; and it is the hope we have of Christ’s return that has inspired believers to face troubles, afflictions, and wearying persecutions. This morning, as we read the darkest hours of mankind’s earthly journey, note how Jesus weaves into this dark fabric, the rays of HOPE. 

The Millenium: Christ’s Return and Reign as the King of Kings

Nothing can ever compare to the return of the King. 

Earth again will see its Creator no longer shrouded in the form of a humble servant. Christ’s Return is with the blazing glory that slightly glowed from the Mount of Transfiguration, but that on Patmos was as blinding as the Sun in the witness of the Apostle John.

So He come, powerfully splitting open the skies, majestically descending with the clouds. Before Him nothing can stand, every knee bows, all heads drop, the people of the earth begin to wail and moan. Their worst nightmares are now reality. The One who saw every secret, who heard every thought, and who felt every drop of their venomous hatred is coming, and finally—its too late.

Christ’s Guided Tour of the Grave

Jesus Christ is revealed in God’s Word as love personified. In His daily life He was most observed by those closest to Him as filled with compassion; and He described Himself as “meek and lowly in heart”. So what will be His response towards those who ignore or reject His free gift of grace? 

In a culture where dogmatics, convictions, absolutes, and exclusive policies are frowned upon at best—what does Jesus actually teach us about the destiny of those who do not get saved, who don’t receive the only cure, and who do not come the only way? The first thing we note about Christ’s teaching is that when it comes to salvation, there is:

No Middle Ground
With Jesus

Global Anti-Semitism: The Final Sign of the Ten Signs Christ Gave in Matthew 24 – Sign #10

Satan the Dragon has a fixation on destroying the people of the Name (Rev. 15).

God has written history, and put on paper that He is going to save a remnant of Israel at their final and most desperate hour (Zechariah 12-14).

Satan can read. He knows the written down parts of the plan, and for the past 2600 years since that plan and other parts were revealed, he has intensified his efforts to thwart God.

Satan wants to
Thwart God’s Plan

Getting Ready To Suffer

We can see on the horizon this evening, the world Jesus described as Earth at the End of Days. 

As we open to Luke 21, remember, Christ’s sermon called the Olivet Discourse (Matthew 24, Mark 13, Luke 21) was His description of what the world would be like during the Tribulation’s horrors. But He framed His horrific description of the End of Days by these incredible words in one of these three parallel accounts, the one recorded in Luke 21:28: 

“When you see these things (listen) BEGIN to happen, look up…”.

His Great Faithfulness in Our Great Suffering

When we listen closely to Christ’s words near the start of His ministry, we hear Jesus say to all believers of all time, “Rejoice when you face persecution” (Matthew 5:10-12). At the end of His public ministry, this same Jesus also goes on to say that for those at the end of days, the worst is yet to come (Matthew 24:9-10). 

When we listen closely to Christ’s words near the end of His ministry, He tells us of a future time when all of us who know and love Him will suffer greatly; and when we add that to all of the struggles, trials, challenges, hurdles, and disappointments life brings—we get a huge amount of suffering in a lifetime. 

So this evening as we turn towards Lamentations 3, we turn to the greatest reminder in all of God’s Word that when there are great sufferings, during them we can find the assurance of God’s greater faithfulness.

Global Pestilences: Sign #7

Jesus sat on the olive tree covered slopes of the Mt. of Olives, and gave His disciples a private briefing of the End of Days for Planet earth. In the shortest and yet most complete summary He describes life from His 1st Advent through to His 2nd. That sermon called by theologians the “Olivet Discourse” is again our focus, as we open to Matthew 24:7. Tonight we hear Jesus is describing another element of what the Earth would be like at His Coming. 

Each of the other six elements we have studied, that are given in God’s Word  (Global: Travel, Knowledge Explosion, Disaster Awareness, Communications, Commerce, and Apostasy) are actually trends that become full blown, global realities during what is known in God’s Word the Bible as the End of Days.

Global Signs of Christ’s Coming

As believers, God gives us an insider’s knowledge. There is an eventual major upheaval in the worldwide social and economic situation. All the currency of the world: its money, possessions, fashions, and whims, will be worthless at our death or Christ’s return, either of which could be very soon. This insight should utterly change our investment strategy.

Jesus explained to us in Matthew 24, verses 8 and 33-34—that these events would begin at the same time, run concurrently, and crescendo like the pains of a woman giving birth—the closer we get to His Second coming. 

Matthew 24:8, 33-34 All these are the beginning of sorrows. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place.

Living the Word-Filled Life: Making a Sacred Vow

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Join me in Matthew 6 and Jesus reminds us how to make life count for God.

This week, more than any other week, we can all sense time flying by. The old year is almost gone; the New Year is just in front us. In this spot, once each year we can see both the passing and the oncoming years more clearly than at any other time of the year.

Life continues to move in a river racing at 60 minutes per hour, but at the end of the year it seems clearer. Each minute is unstoppable and irreversible; but each minute is also redeemable and investable. 

Our Part Mending the Body of Christ

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When Jesus first met His disciples as He walked along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, do you remember what they were doing? Fishing, right? As we open to Matthew 4, think with me about the type of men Jesus called to start His team of disciples. The first four were noted as “fishermen”.

Jesus Called Some Fishermen
As His Apostles

Up before dawn, out in all types of weather, sitting in hard planked boats, straining over wet and smelly ropes and nets, fishing in Century One was not quite modern day sport fishing with a bass boat sporting swivel, high back, cushioned seats and a cooler of Cokes. Fishing was a messy, physically taxing, and never ending hard work.

The Discipline Of Disciple-Making – Disciples – Follow Christ & Make Disciples

Tagged With: / Exercises for Spiritual Health and Fitness

Today, if asked, most of us would describe ourselves as “Christians”, some maybe as “Born-again”, others that we are “Saved”. Those are all good, valid, and proper terms; but, what is amazing is how far we have moved from what the New Testament called those who were saints and headed to Heaven. 
If you just read and note the descriptions as you proceed through the books of the New Testament, you would assemble a list of the:

NEW TESTAMENT NAMES OF CHRISTIANS

What Bible Did Jesus Use?

Tagged With: / The Power of the Book You Can Trust

If you were put on the spot and hundreds of eyes and ears were on you and you were asked to give THE reason why you know the Bible is true—what would you say? That question is best answered by remembering what Jesus said in the same situation.

As we open to Matthew 5:18, we are listening to Jesus starting His public ministry. At that huge gathering, called the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus confidently told all the thousands who heard Him speak—that Heaven and Earth would pass away before any word of His Bible failed. Wow, He sure knew He had a Bible He could trust. Jesus didn’t fear that there were any historical, moral, theological, and scientific inaccuracies in His Bible. He had a copy of the Book anyone can Trust!

 
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