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 […]
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021110AM Prayer-16 GDGW-35 “PRAYING FOR GODLINESS WITH CONTENTMENT FOR OUR CHILDREN ” BEWARE OF AFFLUENZA DWM-27 WFF-35 WFP-30 One of my hobbies is to follow Global Trends. We are so fixated often as Americans on America we are out of touch with issues that most of the world is focusing upon. This week many […]
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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 […]
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 […]
020908AM Prayer-12 GDGW-30 Growing Dads God’s Way-30 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 12 “PRAYING THAT THEY WAIT TO MEET GOD’S PREPARED PARTNER FOR THEM ” DWM-23 WFF-30 WFP-25 For most of us, most of our life will be spent in marriage. What do you want those bulk of your years of […]
020901PM Prayer-11 GDGW-29 Growing Dads God’s Way-29 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 11 “PRAYING THAT THEY LOVE THE WAY GOD MADE THEM AND BOYS AND GIRLS” Part Two DWM-22 WFP-24 As the world crumbles, as society disintegrates, and roles and genders are obliterated – God’s Word stands. As even the Christian […]
020901AM Prayer-10 GDGW-28 Growing Dads God’s Way-28 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 10 PRAYING THAT THEY LOVE THE WAY GOD MADE THEM AS BOYS AND GIRLS DWM-21 WFF-28 WFP-23 Each of us were built to a perfect and intricate set of plans, engineered by God Himself. Within every cell of our […]
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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 […]
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 […]
020728AM Prayer-6 GDGW-24 Growing Dads God’s Way-24 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Prayer – 6 PRAYING FOR SERVANT HEARTED CHILDREN DWM-17 WFF-24 WFP-19 May I give you a little quiz this morning? If you know the answers just say it right out like we were sitting in my living room at one […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. Prayer catapults us to the frontiers of what ever God is doing around the earth. The keys […]
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 […]
020623AM Mile Markers GDGW-17 Growing Dads God’s Way-17 The Most Powerful Tools in Godly Parenting: Tool One – Character DWM-11 WFF-17 This message is one chapter of the book The Joy of a Word Filled Family available in audio and print form free online at www.dtbm.org as well as on Amazon. We just returned […]
020512PM Mile Markers GDGW-16 Growing Dads God’s Way-16 Mile Markers on the Road of Godly Parenting DWM-10 WFF-16 We just arrived back from a 4,639-mile journey through 16 states in 16 days traveling from Tulsa to the East and back. As I sat for about 92 hours over these past few days behind the […]
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 […]
930516AM GDGW-8 Growing Dads God’s Way-08 FAMILY SERIES: WOMEN What does God say a Gorgeous Woman Looks like? I Peter 3:1-6 DWM-08 WFF-08 OPEN YOUR BIBLES TO MARK 14:3-10 Its just a day before the end of Christ’s earthly ministry. On this night before that long last supper/betrayal night, one of the most […]
991110WE Wed GDGW-4 DWM-07 WFF-04 GROWING DADS God’s WAY from the Old & New Testament GROWING DADS God’s WAY is a six-tape journey to the heart of parenting. Dads, it is us that God chose to lead. Are you following the plan? The Word of God lays down a Biblical pattern for dads. In […]
DWM-06 WFF-01 990915WE GROWING DADS God’s WAY from the Old & New Testament GROWING DADS God’s WAY is a six-tape journey to the heart of parenting. Dads, it is us that God chose to lead. Are you following the plan? The Word of God lays down a Biblical pattern for dads. In these pointed sessions […]
011112PM GDGW-9 HOW TO HAVE A NO REGRET MARRIAGE AND FAMILY Psalm 127-128 DWM-05 WFF-09 The Four Stages of a No-Regret Marriage and Family Psalm 127-128 When your life is done, and you look back those last few weeks or months that you have before cancer, or heart or respiratory problems overtake you – will […]
930523AM.DOC Growing Dads God’s Way LESSON-13 Wanted: godly men Psalm 15; I Tim 3 DWM-04 WFF-13 Wanted: Godly Men—Please apply these truths within! I Timothy 3:1 There have probably been few times in the history of this planet when it has been harder to be a man of god than today. All around us […]
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 […]
090830AM DWM-15 Praying.doc Praying with Personal Integrity Psalm 66:18 DWM-50 One of the greatest tools God gave us was the tool that the Apostle Paul used so widely. Prayers from a heart and life of integrity can touch the whole world. Paul lived in integrity. As he faced prison for his testimony he declared […]
God’s Word is our source of truth, Jesus Christ Himself is the Truth; and we are to exercise the Discipline of Truth: knowing and defending His truth. That led us to ask: What are our Biblical Convictions (those based upon God’s Truth)—as Citizens of Heaven, while living on Earth? If we were to apply the truths or doctrines of the Scriptures as far as they relate to the current issues in human society, I would say that revealed in His Word:
GOD is Pro-Life—God is opposed to Abortion and Euthanasia. He is the Creator of Life, the One who grants conception.
GOD is Pro-Marriage—God is opposed to Gay Unions, as well as divorce, adultery, fornication, pornography, and any other form of immorality.
GOD is Pro-Justice—God is opposed to murder, violence, discrimination, prejudice, and abuse of the weak, poor, and unborn; He invented capital punishment, and commands societies to have a just legal system.
GOD is Pro-Work—God is against indolence, sloth, entitlements, oppression of the poor by the rich, and every form of false hope produced by gambling and lotteries.
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.
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.
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
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
DWM-54 091004AM Consecration is giving our bodies as a living sacrifice to Christ. That is what Jesus says as we open to Luke 9. The truth of consecration is: “Losers are Keepers”? God’s ways are so different than ours. Remember when you went to school as a kid? Out in the playground you […]