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The Solar Eclipse: When God Turns Out The Lights!
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August 20, 2017 09:16 AM PDT
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cd#17.08.20 ><> SCRIPTURE READING “(14) Then God said, `Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years; (15) and let them be for lights in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth’; and it was so. (16) Then God made two great lights the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night. He made the stars also. (17) God set them in the firmament of the heavens to give light on the earth, (18) and to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. (19) So the evening and the morning were the fourth day.” Gen.1:14-19 (NKJV) <>< <><><> “On August 21, sky-watchers across America will see the face of the sun disappear behind the moon’s disk, turning day light to darkness, and allowing the planets and stars to suddenly reveal themselves against an otherworldly false night. Temperatures will noticeably drop, crickets will begin to chirp, and perplexed birds will retreat to their nests. The gossamer jets and streamers of the sun’s corona will suddenly be visible to the naked eye, and all 360 degrees of the horizon will glow like an eerie sunset. On that date, a 70-mile-wide path spanning from Oregon to South Carolina will experience the `Great American Total Solar Eclipse.’ The event will mark the first solar eclipse to darken the U.S. mainland since 1979, and the first in 99 years to cross over the country from coast to coast.’ One has said, `I believe it is a prophetic sign…’ Another said the fact that the eclipse’s path falls exclusively on the United States means it is a sign that God’s judgment is coming to America.” Jeremiah Jacques <><><> “(14) Then God said, `Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons and for days and years; Gen.1:14 “(30) And I will show wonders in the heavens and in the earth; blood and fire and pillars of smoke. (31) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD.” Joel 2:30-31 • (Isa.13:10) God judges Babylon “sun will be darkened” • (Eze.32:7) God judges Egypt “I will cover the sun with a cloud” • (Amos 8:9) God judges Israel “I will make the sun go down at noon, and I will darken the earth in broad daylight” WHEN GOD TURNS OUT THE LIGHTS ON MONDAY, REMEMBER: 1. GOD TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS WHEN HE JUDGED EGYPT! “(21) Then the LORD said to Moses, `Stretch out your hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, darkness which may even be felt.’ (22) So Moses stretched out his hand toward heaven, and there was thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days. (23) They did not see one another; nor did anyone rise from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.” Ex.10:21-23 2. GOD TURNED OUT THE LIGHTS WHEN HE JUDGED HIS SON! “(45) Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land. (46) And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, `Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?’ that is, `My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?’” Matt.27:45-46 3. GOD WILL TURN OUT THE LIGHTS AT HIS SECOND COMING! “(29) Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken. (30) Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (31) He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matt.24:29-31 SO WHAT? 1. When it gets dark on Monday, remember one day my lights will be turned out! “(9) In whose (God) hand is the life of every living thing, and the breath of all mankind.” Job 12:10 2. When it gets dark on Monday, remember God is going to judge me one day! • As one of His own: “(9) Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him. (10) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.” 2Cor.5:9-10 • Or, as an unbeliever: “(11) Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away. And there was found no place for them. (12) And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. (13) The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged each one according to his works. (14) Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. (15) And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.” Rev.20:11-15 3. When it gets dark on Monday, remember God has made a way for me to be saved! “that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Rom.10:9 4. When it gets dark on Monday, remember God is already judging America! “…for the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness.” Rom.1:18 5. When it gets dark on Monday, remember to ask myself, am I focused, faithful, watching, and being a good steward of what God has given me? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the solar eclipse and what signs in the heavens are given as markers to prepare us to meet the Lord! 1. What did I think about when everything went dark on Monday during the solar eclipse? 2. Read (Gen.1:14-18). What are the five purposes of “lights in the firmament of the heavens” noted in verse 14. What kind of signs do the heavens and lights in the heavens give us as shown in these verses: • (Matt.16:1-2) • (Matt.2:1-2) • (Ps.19:1) • (Joel 2:30-31) 3. Do I believe the solar eclipse on Monday was a sign God is judging America? Why or why not? Look up (Rom.1:18-32) and read together. How is God already judging America? 4. How does the judgment of Christians (2Cor.5:9-10) differ from the judgment of unbelievers (Rev.20:11- 15)? What did Jesus do in my place so that I would not be judged for my sin (see Isa.53:4-5)? How does the judgment of Christians (2Cor.5:9-10) differ from the judgment of unbelievers (Rev.20:11-15)? 5. Look up (Job 12:10). Who holds my breath in His hand? If He took my breath away today, would I be ready to meet Him? Look up (Titus 2:11-13). How should I be living in light of Jesus’s soon return? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Gen.1:14-18) Creation day 4: lights in the firmament for signs Tue (Matt.16:1-2) Signs of the weather Wed (Matt.2:1-2) Signs that give direction Thu (Ps.19:1) Signs of God’s glory Fri (Joel 2:30-31) Signs of impending judgment Sat (Matt.24:27-31) Signs of the Second Coming
What in the world is going on? Four voices answer!
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August 13, 2017 10:00 AM PDT
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August 13, 2017 cd#17.08.13 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying, (3) ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’ (4) He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. (5) Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: (6) `Yet I have set My King on My holy hill Zion.’ (7) ‘I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, `You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (8) Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (9) You shall break them with a rod of iron; You shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’ (10) Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. (11) Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (12) Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Ps.2:1-12 (NKJV) ><> “One of the most often asked questions is, `What is wrong with the world today?’ Then this question is almost always followed by `What can we do?’ The answer to these two questions is found in Psalm 2. In twelve verses the psalmist succinctly describes a timeless truth. That truth is this—when people abandon God, terrible things happen!” Mike Spaulding <>< WHAT ARE THESE VOICES SAYING? 1. THE VOICE OF THE NATIONS: “YOU (GOD) WILL NOT RULE OVER US!” “(1) Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? (2) The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, (3) ‘Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from us.’” Ps.2:1-3 BREAKING THE BONDS: • (1962) Prayer was removed from public schools • (1963) Bible reading was removed from public schools • (1973) Abortion ruled a constitutional right (50 million murdered unborn children) • (1980) Ten Commandments removed from public schools and gov’t buildings • (2013) Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) was nullified • (2015) Sodomite (homosexual) unions are made legal across U.S. 2. THE VOICE OF GOD THE FATHER: “REBELS MAKE ME LAUGH!” “(4) He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. (5) Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure: (6) `Yet I have set My King on My holy hill of Zion.’” Ps.2:4-6 A. God the Father laughs and scoffs (v.4)! B. God the Father speaks in wrath (v.5)! C. God the Father establishes His King (v.6)! 3. THE VOICE OF GOD THE SON: “THE NATIONS HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO ME” “(7) I will declare the decree; the LORD has said to Me, `You are My Son, today I have begotten You. (8) Ask of Me, and I will give You the nations for Your inheritance, and the ends of the earth for Your possession. (9) You shall break them with a rod of iron; you shall dash them to pieces like a potter’s vessel.’” Ps.2:7-9 A. The Son declares the divine decree (v.7)! B. The Son recites a precept and promise (v.8)! C. The Son will subject His enemies (v.9)! 4. THE VOICE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT: “SURRENDER TO JESUS AND TRUST IN HIM!” “(10) Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. (11) Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling. (12) Kiss the Son lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, when His wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Ps.2:10-12 A. The Spirit instructs leaders first (v.10)! B. The Spirit warns them: be wise, be warned, serve the LORD, rejoice in holy fear, submit to the Son (vs.11-12a)! C. The Spirit pleads with all peoples to trust Christ (v.12b) “The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.” Ps.9:17 WHAT DO I NEED TO DO? 1. Be encouraged, the Lord is at hand! “(5b)…The Lord is at hand. (6) Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; (7) and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:5b-7 2. Ask myself an important question? “(13c)…What are you doing here, Elijah?...(14c)…I alone am left, and they seek to take my life…(18) Yet I have reserved seven thousand in Israel, all whose knees have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth that has not kissed him.” 1Kgs.19:13,14,18 3. Put righteous people in authority! “When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; but when a wicked man rules, the people groan!” Pr.29:2 4. Pray for those in authority over us! “(1) Therefore I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, (2) for kings and all who are in authority, that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and reverence, (3) for this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, (4) who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” 1Tim.2:1-4 5. Refuse to be preoccupied, the Lord’s return is near! “(36) But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. (37) But as the days of Noah were, so also will be the coming of the Son of Man be. (38) For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, (39) and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. (40) Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. (41) Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. (42) Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. (43) But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. (44) Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Matt.24:36-44 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is when people abandon God, terrible things happen. Yet God is still in control and His disciples must be about His business! 1. Does the state of the world bother me? What do I think is wrong? Is there anything disciples’ of Christ can do about it? Discuss. 2. Read (Ps.2:1-12). In light of this Psalm, should I be worried? Does this Psalm encourage me? Does the fact that CBN News is reporting that “they (many of the President’s Cabinet) have been called the most evangelical Cabinet in history,” encourage me? Look up (Pr.29:2) and discuss. 3. How do I handle anxiety? What does Phil.4:5b-7 teach me about how to handle anxiety? 4. Why is it important for disciples’ of Christ to pray for those in authority over us? Read (1Tim.2:1-4). Does it have anything to do with how Jesus taught His disciples to pray in (Matt.6:8-13)? 5. Read (Matt.24:36-44). In the last days before the return of Christ, people will be preoccupied with the mundane affairs of life and not be ready for the Lord’s return. Can disciples’ of Christ become preoccupied with the affairs of this life and lost focus on what God wants them to be doing? Did Elijah, a mighty prophet of God, lose focus in the midst of adversity (see 1Kgs.19:11-18)? What does Matthew teach me about getting refocused? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Ps.2) When people abandon God, bad things happen! Tue (Phil.4:5b-9) How to handle anxiety God’s way! Wed (Pr.29:2) What happens when the righteous rule? Thu (1Tim.2:1-4) Why should I pray for those in authority? Fri (1Kgs.19:1-18) When God’s servants get distracted! Sat (Matt.24:36-44) How to reject being preoccupied in light of the Lord’s near return!
Biblical Salvation: A Call To Discipleship and Service
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August 06, 2017 09:54 AM PDT
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cd17.08.06 - Saint Ange Monestime August 6, 2017 ><> BIBLICAL SALVATION: 1. IS COMMITTED discipleship! A. The call to salvation is a call to discipleship! “(19) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (20) teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matt.28:19-20 B. The call to salvation is a call to identify oneself with Christ through baptism! “(37) Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, `Men and brethren, what shall we do?’ (38) Then Peter said to them, `Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (39) For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call. (40) And with many others words he testified and exhorted them, saying, `Be saved from this perverse generation.’ (41) Then those who gladly received his word were baptized; and that day about three thousand souls were added to them. (42) And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship in the breaking of bread and in prayers.” Acts 2:37-42 C. The call to salvation is a call to love Christ more than all people and all things! “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. (27) And whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple.” Lk.14:26-27 D. The call to salvation is a call to forsake all and serve God! “So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.” Luke 14:33 E. The call to salvation is a call to grow spiritually and to become like Christ! “..but grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and forever. Amen.” 2Pet.3:18 F. The call to salvation is a call to evangelism and to missions! “(16) And as He walked by the Sea of Galilee, He saw Simon and Andrew his brother casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. (17) Then Jesus said to them, `Follow Me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’(18) They immediately left their nets and followed Him.” Mk.1:16-18 2. AND DISCIPLESHIP LEAD TO _____ faithful service! A. All true disciples of Christ are committed to church membership! 1. They attend church services and small group meetings faithfully. “And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers.” Acts 2:42 2. They do their best to live their lives purely. “(14) as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; (15) but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, (16) because it is written, `Be holy, for I am holy.’ 1Pet.1:14-16 3. They give their financial contributions regularly and generously. “On the first day of the week, let each one of you lay something aside, storing up as he may prosper, that there be no collections when I come.” 1Cor.16:2 4. They submit to their church leaders humbly. “(12) And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, (13) and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. 1Thes.5:12-13 5. They are committed to love their fellow brethren sacrificially. “(34) A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. (35) By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” Jn.13:34-35 6. They are committed to the unity of the church. “Now I plead with you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.” 1Cor.1:10 7. They are committed to fellowship with other believers. “Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge, able also to admonish one another.” Rom.15:14 B. All true disciples of Christ are committed to church involvement through the use of their natural talents and spiritual gifts! 1. They are members of the Body of Christ. “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” 1Cor.12:12 2. They have received spiritual gifts from the Holy Spirit. “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1Pet.4:10 <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is biblical salvation and discipleship 1. When I became a Christian, did I understand that salvation was a call to discipleship? What do I understand discipleship to mean? 2. After one is saved, what is the first step of discipleship as identified in (Acts 2:37-42). What is so important about baptism? What does (Rom.6:3-4) teach us about the importance of baptism? 3. Can I be a disciple of Jesus Christ and love someone or something more than Him (see Lk.14:26-27)? Where did my love for Jesus come from (see 1Jn.4:19)? Then, what must I do when my love for Jesus wains from time to time? My love for Jesus is best identified by my what? (see Jn.14:15). 4. Do disciples need to grow? (see 2Pet.3:18). What does a disciple have to have to grow? (see 1Pet.2:1-2). What must happen first for the word to take effect in a disciple’s life? 5. True disciples are committed to Christ’s church and His glory. Look up these verses and see what this commitment involves: • (Heb.10:24-25) Being together (WORSHIP/FELLOWSHIP) • (Matt.28:19-20) Learning and discipling others (DISCIPLESHIP) • (1Pet.4:10) Serving others with their gift (SERVICE) • (Acts 1:8) Evangelism (fishing for men) (EVANGELISM) DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Lk.9:23-25) A disciple denies self and takes up his cross Tue (Lk.14:25-35) A disciple puts Christ above all else Wed (Matt.9:36-38) A disciple is committed to world evangelism Thu (Jn.13:34-35) A disciple loves others as Christ did Fri (Jn.8:31) A disciple is committed to Christ’s teaching Sat (Jn.15:7-17) A disciple abides in Christ and bears fruit
The marks of a wise man!
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July 30, 2017 09:49 AM PDT
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July 30, 2017 cd17.07.30 SCRIPTURE READING “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise.” Pr.11:30 (NKJV) WISE MEN AND WOMEN: 1. BLESS OTHERS! “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life…” Pr.11:30a A. Because of their RIGHTEOUS LIFE! 1. Problem: “Do not enter into judgment with Your servant, for in Your sight no one living is righteous.” Ps.143:2 • Solution: “And he believed in the LORD and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Gen.15:6 • “For in it (the gospel) the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, `The just shall live by faith.’” Rom.1:17 B. Because they BEAR FRUIT: “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit, and that your fruit should remain, that whatever you ask the Father in My name He may give you.” Jn.15:16 • The fruit of godly attitudes: “(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithful-ness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal.5:22-23 • The fruit of godly behavior: “...being filled with the fruits of righteousness which are by Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God.” Phil.1:11 • The fruit of praise: Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.” Heb.13:15 • The fruit of converts to Christ: “…Greet my beloved Epaenetus, who is the first-fruits of Achaia to Christ.” Rom.16:5b C. Because they are a conduit of SPIRITUAL REFRESHMENT: “For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.” Ps.36:9 • A conduit of wise speech: “The mouth of the righteous is a well of life, but violence covers the mouth of the wicked.” Pr.10:11 • A conduit of wise standards: “The law of the wise is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” Pr.13:14 • A conduit of respect for God: “The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, to turn one away from the snares of death.” Pr.14:27 2. AND WIN SOULS! “…..and he who wins souls is wise.” Pr.11:30b <><><> “But just then, while I was teaching, I couldn’t think about what I was teaching; I started thinking about you. I hate for this conference to come to an end, not because I like conferences, but because of you. You’ve gotten under my skin and into my heart, and I will continue to think about you and pray for you long after this conference is over. I want you to know that I love you and deeply. But I don’t love you nearly as much as God loves you. Try to remember that. That was it! That was the secret. Love trumped power, charismatic speaking, authority, and skill. Love trumped everything else. It always does, you know!” Steve Brown <><><> SO WHAT? 1. Wisdom doesn’t produce eccentricity, or zeal without knowledge! “For I bear them witness that they have a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge.” Rom.10:2 <><><> “The American Institute of Church Growth surveyed some 8,000 church attenders and found that 1-2 percent were people with special needs; 2-3 percent were walk-ins; 5-6 percent were influenced to come by a particular preacher; 2-3 percent came because they liked the church program; 1-2 percent came because they responded to a visitation effort; 4-5 percent were reached by Sunday School; .5 percent came through evangelistic crusades/TV programs; and a whopping 75-90 percent came through the influence of friends or relatives.” R. Kent Hughes <><><> 2. Wisdom teaches the first fruit of the Spirit is the most important fruit in winning souls! “(22) But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, (23) gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” Gal.5:22-23 3. Wisdom teaches me the power to win a soul is from the Holy Spirit! “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8 <><><> “Evangelism is expected of every Christian because every Christian is empowered to evangelize. But this power to witness that Jesus promised is often misunderstood. We are not all empowered to evangelize the same way, but all believers have been given power to be witnesses of Jesus Christ. The evidence that you’ve been given the power to witness is a changed life. The same Holy Spirit power that changed your life for Christ is the power to witness for Christ. So if God has changed your life: God has given you Acts 1:8 power. That means that in ways and methods compatible with your personality, temperament, spiritual gift, opportunities, etc. you do have the power to share the gospel with people.” Donald Whitney <><><> NOW WHAT? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is winning souls, which is the byproduct of wisdom and the fruit of a righteous life. 1. Who had the greatest impact on me becoming a Christian? Share it! 2. Read (Pr.11:3). A righteous life is a tree of life (source of blessing) to those around it. What was it about the one who impacted me the most in becoming a Christian that blessed me so? How did they win me? 3. What are the fruits of a righteous life? Look up these verses and discuss: • (Jn.15:16) Where fruit begins • (Gal.5:22-23) The fruit of godly attitudes • (Phil.1:11) The fruit of godly behavior • (Rom.16:5) The fruit of changed lives 4. Why does it take wisdom to win a soul? Why does it take different lures to catch different types of fish? Has God placed someone in my life who is hard to love? Why would He do that? 5. Read (Acts 1:1-8). Read Donald Whitney’s quote on page 3 of the sermon outline. He said: “So if God has changed your life: God has given you Acts 1:8 power.” Do I agree with this? What impact does my personality and spiritual giftedness have on my approach to winning souls? Am I hungry for God to use me in winning souls? Close in prayer for that hunger! Daily Bible Reading Mon (Pr.11:30) He that wins souls is wise Tue (Acts 1:1-8) All Christians have the power to witness Wed (Jn.15:16) I have been chosen to bear fruit Thu (Gal.5:22-23) The fruit of godly attitudes Fri (Phil.1:11) The fruit of godly behavior Sat ((Rom.16:5) The fruit of changed lives
What to pray when I don’t know what to pray!
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July 16, 2017 09:31 AM PDT
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cd.17.07.16 July 16, 2017 Teaching Pastor Denny Mashburn

JESUS SHOWS ME HOW:

1. WHEN HIS SOUL WAS TROUBLED!

“Now My soul is troubled…… Jn.12:27a

WHY WAS HE SO UPSET?

A. (Rev.13:8) _______________________________________
B. (Isa.53:4-6) ______________________________________
C. (Dan.9:25-26) ____________________________________
D. (Jn.3:16) _________________________________________
E. (Jn.10:17-18) _____________________________________
F. IT WAS BECAUSE HE WAS HUMAN AND HE FELT THE
FULL WEIGHT OF HIS IMPENDING UNJUST, CRUEL,
AND SHAMEFUL DEATH!

“(7) who, in the days of His flesh, when He had offered up prayers and
supplications, with vehement cries and tears to Him who was able to save
Him from death, and was heard because of His godly fear, (8) though He
was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.”
Heb.5:7-8

<>“He who could still the sea and bid the storms retreat was tempest tossed
in His own soul, and cast about for anchorage. He who could drive the
fever from its lair (resting place) or send a legion of demons into the
deep, yet He was nevertheless troubled in spirit and cried, `What shall I
say’? Master of all worlds, supreme amongst the angels, and adored at
His Father’s right hand, yet He confesses, `Now is my soul troubled.’
Lord of all, yet learned He obedience by the things which He suffered.
How near akin it makes Him to us! How human!
Charles Spurgeon<>

2. BY ASKING AN IMPORTANT QUESTION!

“….. what shall I say? `Father save Me from this hour’?... Jn.12:27b

“Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know
what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes
intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. Rom.8:26

<>“If God answered every prayer of mine, I would have married the
wrong man seven times.”
Ruth Graham<>


3. BY GIVING A PROFOUND ANSWER!

“…..But for this purpose I came to this hour. (28) Father, glorify Your
name….” Jn.12:27c-28a

“For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and
invisible, rank after rank of angels—everything got started in Him and
finds its purpose in Him.” Col.1:16 (Msg)

<>“Unless you assume a God, the question of life’s purpose is
meaningless.”
Bertrand Russell, Atheist<>


4. BY SEEKING HIS FATHER’S APPROVAL!

“`Father, glorify Your name.’ Then a voice came from heaven, saying, `I
have both glorified it and will glorify it again.” Jn.12:28

SO WHAT?

A. Whatever I am going through, He cares!

“For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our
weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.”
Heb.4:15
B. When my soul is troubled, I need to ask the
same question Jesus did!

“If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant
will be also. If anyone serves Me him My Father will honor.” Jn.12:26

C. Don’t be surprised if sometimes things get
worse before they get better after I pray!

“(32) And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to
Myself. (33) This He said, signifying by what death He would die.”
Jn.12:32-33

D. Remember, when I pray God will always take
the course that brings Him the greatest glory!

“…Then a voice came from heaven, saying, `I have glorified it and will
glorify it again.” Jn.12:28b

E. Remember, God gives His greatest blessing to
those who leave the choice with Him!

“(8) And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and
became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. (9)
Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which
is above every name, (10) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, (11)
and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of
God the Father.” Phil.2:8-11

F. This prayer is powerful!

“….Father, glorify Your name……” Jn.12:28a

NOW WHAT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

• The theme of this message is what to pray when I don’t know
what to pray!

1. Have I ever faced a trial/struggle and did not know
how to pray? Share it.
2. Read (Jn.12:23-33). As He moved towards the cross
(the most difficult trial He would ever face), what
question did Jesus ask in (v.27)? Is that relevant to
me and my prayer life as I face the trials of life? How
so?
3. Have I ever wondered why God wants me to pray?
What does (Jn.14:13) reveal about God’s ultimate
purpose for prayer. Pastor John MacArthur said:

“Contrary to much emphasis in the evangelical church today, true
prayer, like true worship, centers on God’s glory, not on man’s
needs. It is not simply to lay claim on God’s promises, much less
make demands of Him, but to acknowledge His sovereignty, to see
the display of His glory, and to obey His will.”

Do I agree with this quote? How should it affect how
I pray?
4. Review the applications of the SO WHAT section of
the outline. Which one got my attention during the
message and why? Discuss.
5. What do I need to pray about right now and say to
God, “Father, glorify Your name”? What blessing
can I expect from God when I leave the final choice
up to Him (see Phil.2:5-11)?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (Jn.12:23-33) Jesus prayer as He pondered the cross
Tue (Jn.14:13) The ultimate purpose of prayer
Wed (Ps.103:13) The Lord cares about my trials
Thu (Jn.11:1-7) Things may get worse before they get better after I have prayed
Fri (Phil.2:7-11) The Lord will answer my prayers (yes, no, wait) so as to
bring Himself the greatest glory
Sat (Jn.12:28) There is no greater prayer than this, and it brings the
manifest pleasure of God

Learning to walk in freedom!
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July 09, 2017 09:21 AM PDT
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cd.17.07.09 July 9, 2017 Denny Mashburn

<>“My mentor, Fred Smith, told me once that Christians, if given the choice between spiritual power and political power, will almost always choose political power. I agree with that and would even expand on it. Given the choice between the supernatural power described in the Bible and the power of money, fame, and status, for most Christians it’s a no brainer. Money, fame, and status win every time…But then, as the years go by, you eventually encounter something you can’t fix or escape, and you begin to realize that unless God does something, all the boats in the world won’t make any difference.”
Steve Brown, Radio Pastor<>

GOD DID SOMETHING IN JESUS CHRIST, WHO WALKED IN FREEDOM BY:

1. TAKING ADVANTAGE OF HIS GOD-GIVEN RESOURCES!

“(1) Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (2) being tempted for forty days by the devil. And in those days He ate nothing, and afterward, when they had ended, He was hungry.” Lk.4:1-2

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2. CONFRONTING SATAN’S MENTAL ASSAULTS WITH TRUTH!

“(3) And the devil said to Him, `If You are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ (4) But Jesus answered him, saying, `It is written, `Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’ (5) Then the devil, taking Him up on a high mountain, showed Him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. (6) And the devil said to Him, `All this authority I will give You, and their glory; for this has been delivered to me, and I give it to whomever I wish. (7) Therefore, if You will worship before me, all will be Yours.’ (8) And Jesus answered and said to him, `Get behind Me, Satan! For it is written, `You shall worship the LORD your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ (9) Then he brought Him to Jerusalem, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, `If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here. (10) For it is written: `He shall give His angels charge over you, to keep you, (11) and, `In their hands they shall bear you up, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ (12) And Jesus answered and said to him, `It has been said, `You shall not tempt the LORD your God.’ (13) Now when the devil had ended every temptation, he departed from Him until an opportune time.” Lk.4:3-13

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3. REAPING THE STRENGTH THE SPIRIT GIVES TO THE OBEDIENT!

“Then Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and news of Him went through all the surrounding region.” Lk.4:14

SO WHAT?

1. Disciples fight from victory, not to gain victory!

“(13) And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, (14) having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. (15) Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”
Col.2:13-15

2. Getting free is a gift, staying free is a battle!

“Therefore submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you.” Ja.4:7

3. I must take advantage of my God given resources!

• (2Cor.5:17) My position in Christ!
• (Jam.5:13a) Prayer!
• (1Thes.5:19) My relationship to the Holy Spirit!
• (Jn.8:31-32) Scripture!

4. I need a within, a without, and an above strategy to walk and live in freedom!

<>“The Christian life is full of apparent contradictions. We are told that the way to rest in God is to be totally submitted to His will (Rom.12:1-2). Yet the believer who does so immediately discovers that he is at war. From within, from without, and from above he is harassed, resisted, afflicted, tormented, tripped up, sabotaged, and too often, defeated. When this happens over a long period of time, even though we are told not to grow weary in well doing (Gal.6:9), we do grow weary. We become discouraged. We begin to suffer battle fatigue. We become critical, bitter, even cynical, and too often deliberately sinful.”
Dr. Ed Murphy<>

• A within strategy (Ps.119:11): “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.”
• A without strategy (Rom.13:14): “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.”
• An above strategy (Matt.26:41): “Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

5. I need to learn to take my thoughts captive!

“(4) For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (5) casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” 2Cor.10:4-5

• It is written (flesh): “I have made a covenant with my eyes; why then should I look upon a young woman? (Job 31:1)
• It is written (eyes): “If we endure (suffering), we shall also reign with Him…” 2Tim.2:12a
• It is written (pride): “And behold a leper came and worshiped Him, saying, `Lord, if you are willing, You can make me clean.’ Then Jesus put out His hand and touched him saying, ` I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately his leprosy was cleansed.” Matt.8:2-3

NOW WHAT?
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message in how to enter into the freedom from sin that Jesus Christ has already won for those He has saved!

1. Has there ever been a time in my life when I encountered something I couldn’t fix (sin issue) and I realized that if God didn’t do something, no one or nothing could help me? Share it with the group.
2. Read (Lk.4:1-14). Did Jesus win His battle with Satan in the desert? Did Jesus win all His battles with Satan while He walked this earth? What does this have to do with my living in victory over sin (see Col.2:13-15). Do I fight spiritual warfare from victory or to gain victory?
3. Look up these verses on the resources God has made available to me to take advantage of in spiritual warfare. Am I taking advantage of or neglecting them?

• (2Cor.5:17) My position in Christ!
• (Jam.5:13a) Prayer!
• (1Thes.5:19) My relationship to the Holy Spirit!
• (Jn.8:31-32) Scripture

4. Sin is within (it’s personal, the flesh), it is without (it’s social, the world), and it is above (it’s supernatural, the devil). I need to address each one of these areas with Holy Spirit anointed truth? Look up these verses:

• Within, desire: (Ps.119:11)
• Without, opportunity: (Rom.13:14)
• Above, supernatural: (Matt.26:41)

5. Have I learned to take my thoughts captive to the obedience of Christ (see 2Cor.10:3-5)? How might I go about doing that?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (Lk.4:1-14) Jesus walked in freedom from sin
Tue (Col.2:13-15) He makes that freedom available to me
Wed (Jam.4:7) Getting free is a gift, staying free is a battle
Thu (1Thes.5:19) I cannot quench the Spirit and walk in freedom
Fri (Jn.8:31-32) I cannot neglect Scripture and walk in freedom
Sat (Matt.26:41) I cannot neglect prayer and walk in freedom


Freedom: Its nature, experience, and process !
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July 02, 2017 09:29 AM PDT
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cd.17.06.02 July 2, 2017 Pastor Denny Mashburn

<>Give me liberty or give me death!
Patrick Henry<>

“Therefore if the Son makes you free you shall be free indeed.” Jn.8:36

LIBERTY IS EXPERIENCED:

1. BY AN ENCOUNTER WITH JESUS!

“(17) And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had
opened the book, He found the place where it was written: (18) `The Spirit
of the LORD is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel
to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty
to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who
are oppressed; (19) to proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.’”
Lk.4:17-19

2. BY CONTINUING IN HIS TRUTH!

“(31) Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, `If you abide in My
word, you are My disciples indeed. (32) And you shall know the truth,
and the truth shall make you free.” Jn.8:31-32

3. BY THE PROCESS OF WALKING IN HIS SPIRIT!

“(1) There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ
Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (2)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the
law of sin and death. (3) For what the law could not do in that it was weak
through the flesh, God did by sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, on account of sin: He condemned sin in the flesh, (4) that the
righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not
walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit…(13) For if you
live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death
the deeds of the body, you will live….(28) And we know that all things work
together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called
according to His purpose….(38) For I am persuaded that neither death nor
life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to
come, (39) or height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to
separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Rom.8:1-4, 13, 28, 38-39

4. BY GROWING IN HIS GRACE!

“(1) Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come
from your desires for pleasure that war in your members? (2) You lust and
do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war.
Yet you do not have because you do not ask. (3) You ask and do not receive
because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. (4)
Adulterers and adulteresses! Do you not know that friendship with the world
is enmity with God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world
makes himself an enemy of God. (5) Or do you think that the Scripture says
in vain, `The Spirit who dwells in us yearns jealously’? (6) But He gives
more grace. Therefore He says: `God resists the proud, but gives grace
to the humble.’ (7) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will
flee from you. (8) Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse
your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. (9)
Lament and mourn and weep! Let you laughter be turned to mourning, and
your joy to gloom. (10) Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He
will lift you up.” Jam.4:1-10

SO WHAT (A FREEDOM CHECKLIST)?

1. Have I been born again?

“Jesus answered and said to him, `Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is
born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Jn.3:3

2. What is my attitude towards God’s Word

“(31)….If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (32) And
you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Jn.8:31-32

3. Do my expectations of the Christian life
include the possibility of a certain level of
failure?

“I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do
good.” Rom.7:21

“For you brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an
opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another.” Gal.5:13

<>“The successful Christian life must have built into it a certain
expectation of failure.”
Peter Gilquist<>

4. Do I have a spiritual strategy to appropriate
God’s grace when I face the world, flesh and
devil!

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.”
Jam.4:7

“But Jesus answered him, saying, `It is written….” Lk.4:4

<>“In any battle between the imagination and the will, the will loses out
every time.”
Dr. Billy Graham<>

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is spiritual freedom, how it is
obtained, how it is maintained, and getting rid of unrealistic
expectations about it.

1. Does Patrick Henry’s quote: “Give me liberty or give
me death,” have any implications for the Christian
life? If so, how so?
2. When I think of freedom in the Christian life, how
would I define it with my present understanding of
Scripture and personal experience? What is the
Christian free from?
3. (Read Jn.3:1-17) What must happen before a sinner
can begin to experience freedom in Christ? How is a
sinner born again? Explain it.
4. Is my attitude toward the Word of God important in
experiencing and maintaining freedom? (Read
Jn.8:31-36). What happens when a Christian does
not spend time in God’s word?
5. What is the key to growing in grace (see Jam.4:6).
Dr. Billy Graham said: “In any battle between the
imagination and the will, the will loses out every
time.” So what? Is it fair to say that my battle with
the world, flesh, and the devil is a battle for my
mind? What does (2Cor.10:3-5) teach me about this
battle? What was the simple strategy Jesus used to
wage war with Satan in (Lk.4:1-13)? Will God give
me the grace to do this if I humble myself before Him?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (John 3:1-17) Freedom begins with being born again
Tue (Jn.8:31-36) Freedom is maintained and deepened by continuing in
the Truth
Wed (Rom.8:1-39) Freedom is a product of living my daily life in the
power of the Spirit
Thu (Jam.4:1-10) Freedom requires daily grace to overcome the world,
flesh, and devil
Fri (Rom.7:13-25) Freedom is achieved in the context of failure
Sat (Gal.5:1-15) Freedom is not to be used as an opportunity for the flesh



Am I A Hearer Or A Doer Of The Word?
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June 25, 2017 08:37 AM PDT
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June 25, 2017 cd# 17.06.25 <><><> “I try to avoid things that make me fat: scales, photographs, and mirrors! <><><> DOERS LOOK IN THE MIRROR OF GOD’S WORD AND: 1. RECEIVE IT! “Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls.” Jam.1:21 2. PRACTICE IT! “(22) But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. (23) For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; (24) for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. (25) But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” Jam.1:22-25 <><><> “Many people have the mistaken idea that hearing a good sermon or Bible study is what makes them grow and get God’s blessing. It is not the hearing but the doing that brings blessing. Too many Christians mark their Bibles, but their Bibles never mark them! If you think you are spiritual because you hear the Word, then you are only kidding (deceiving) yourself.” Warren Wiersbe <><><> 3. PRACTICE IT BY CONTROLLING THEIR SPEECH! “If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.” Jam.1:26 4. PRACTICE IT BY SERVING THE NEEDY! “Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble….” Jam.1:27a 5. PRACTICE IT BY SEPARATING FROM THE WORLD! “....and to keep oneself unspotted from the world.” Jam.1:27b SO WHAT? 1. Hearers only of the Word will receive the shock of their life on judgment day! “(21) Not everyone who says to Me, `Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. (22) Many will say to Me in that day, `Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name? (23) And then I will declare to them, `I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!’” Matt.7:21-23 2. Obedience to the Word brings me the blessing of God! “But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty, and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.” Jam.1:25 3. What comes out of my mouth is a key indicator of the condition of my heart! “A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Lk.6:45 4. How I respond to the needy is a key indicator of who my God is! “(5) Happy is he who has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the LORD his God, (6) Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, who keeps truth forever, (7) Who executes justice for the oppressed, Who gives food to the hungry. The LORD gives freedom to the prisoners. (8) The LORD opens the eyes of the blind; the LORD raises those who are bowed down; the LORD loves the righteous. (9) The LORD watches over the strangers; He relieves the fatherless and widow; but the way of the wicked He turns upside down.” Ps.146:5-9 5. If I love the world, then I don’t love God! “(15) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (16) For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world.” 1Jn.2:15-16 NOW WHAT? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is that those who have experienced saving faith are doers of the word and not hearers only. Doers display some noticeable characteristics. 1. Someone has said: “When I look into a mirror I think I’ve got to stop eating cheese. But when I look at cheese, I think I’ve got to stop looking into mirrors.” Do I like looking into mirrors? Why or why not? 2. Read (Jam.1:21-27). Why is God’s Word compared to a mirror? Why would anyone be afraid to look into that mirror (see Jn.3:19-21). 3. (Read Matt.7:21-23). Who is going to be shocked on Judgement Day, hearers or doers of the Word? What do hearers practice (see v.23)? 4. How do doers of the Word talk (see Jam.1:26). How do doers of the Word respond to people in need (see Jam.1:27). 5. How do doers separate themselves from the world? What are the three root problems of sin everyone has to deal with (see 1Jn.2:15-16)? How should I deal with the desire to sin (see Ps.119:11) and the opportunity to sin (see Rom.13:14)? DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Jam.1:21-27) Doers of the Word and not hearers only Tue (Matt.7:21-23) Doers will inherit the kingdom of God Wed (Matt.25:31-46) How I treat the needy reveals how I treat Christ Thu (Lk.6:45) My mouth is a reflection of my heart Fri (Ps.146:5-9) God is a Father to the needy Sat (1Jn.2:15-16) If I love the world, the love of the Father is not in me
The model father!
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June 18, 2017 09:44 AM PDT
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June 18, 2017 cd#17.06.18 “(32) It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” Lk.15:32 THIS IS A PARABLE ABOUT THE GOODNESS OF GOD, THE MODEL FATHER: 1. WHO ENDURES SHAMEFUL PRODIGALITY! “(11) Then He said: `A certain man had two sons. (12) And the younger of them said to his father, `Father, give me the portion of goods that falls to me.’ So he divided to them his livelihood. (13) And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, journeyed to a far country, and there wasted his possessions with prodigal living. (14) But when he had spent all, there arose a severe famine in that land and he began to be in want. (15) Then he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country, and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. (16) And he would gladly have filled his stomach with the pods that the swine ate, and no one gave him anything.” Lk.15:11-16 <><><> “A man’s worst difficulties begin when he is able to do just as he likes.” Thomas Huxley <><><> 2. WHO BRINGS A CHILD TO TRUE REPENTANCE BY HIS GOODNESS! “(17) But when he came to himself, he said, `How many of my father’s hired servants have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! (18) I will arise and go to my father, and will say to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you, (19) and I am no longer worthy to be called your son. Make me like one of your hired servants.” Lk.15:17-19 3. WHO LONGS TO FORGIVE! “(20) And he arose and came to his father. But when he was still a great way off, his father saw him and had compassion, and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. (21) And the son said to him, `Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight, and am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ “(22) But the father said to his servants, `Bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet. (23) And bring the fatted calf here and kill it, and let us eat and be merry, (24) for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Lk.15:20-24 4. WHO IS DESPISED BY THE SELF-RIGHTEOUS! “(25) Now his older son was in the field. And as he came and drew near to the house, he heard music and dancing. (26) So he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. (27) And he said to him, `Your brother has come, and because he has received him safe and sound, your father has killed the fatted calf. (28) But he was angry and would not go in. Therefore his father came out and pleaded with him. (29) So he answered and said to his father, `Lo, these many years I have been serving you; I never transgressed your commandment at any time; and yet you never gave me a young goat that I might make merry with my friends. (30) But as soon as this son of yours came, who has devoured your livelihood with harlots you killed the fatted calf for him.’ (31) And he said to him, `Son, you are always with me, and all that I have is yours. (32) It was right that we should make merry and be glad, for your brother was dead and is alive again, and was lost and is found.” Lk.15:25-32 SO WHAT? 1. Dads, when our children remember us, will they remember our goodness? “Or do you despise the riches of His goodness, forbearance, and longsuffering, not knowing that the goodness of God leads you to repentance.” Rom.2:4 2. Sin, whether it be prodigality or self- righteousness, promises freedom but brings slavery! “Jesus answered them, `Most assuredly, I say to you, whoever commits sin is a slave of sin.” Jn.8:34 3. Genuine repentance is a paradoxical work of God! “For godly sorrow produces repentance leading to salvation, not to be regretted, but the sorrow of the world produces death.” 2Cor.7:10 <><><> “I do not hesitate to assert that this is perhaps the most subtle and delicate test as to whether we have repented, or where we are: our attitude towards God. Have you noticed it in the Psalm? The one against whom David has sinned is God, and yet the one he desires above all is God. That is the difference between remorse and repentance. The man who has not repented, but who is only experiencing remorse, when he realizes he has done something against God, avoids God…The man who has not been dealt with by the Spirit of God and has not been convinced and convicted, tries to get away from God, to avoid him at all costs. He does not think, he does not read the Bible, he does not pray; he does everything he can not to think about these things. But the extraordinary thing about the man who is convicted of sin by the Holy Spit is that though he knows he has sinned against God, it is God he wants---`Be merciful to me, O God.’ He wants to be with God---that is the peculiar paradox of repentance, wanting the one I have offended!” D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones <><><> 4. When a sinner repents, heaven celebrates the amazing grace of God! 5. Whose boy or girl are you today? NOW WHAT? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is about the goodness of God, the perfect, loving and model Father. 1. When you think of your father, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it good or painful? Discuss. 2. Read (Prov.17:6). Do fathers have a powerful effect on their children? What do I think about these two quotes: “My dad broke my heart way before any boy had the chance to do so…..Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my dad!” 3. Read (Lk.15:11-32) together. Jerry Mander said: “We evolve into the images we carry in our minds. We become what we see.” How do you see God the Father after reading this parable? What is He like in the story that gets my attention? 4. Read (2Cor.7:9-11). It is the best description of true repentance in the Bible. What gets my attention in this passage? What does (Rom.2:4) say is the cause of true repentance? Read D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’s quote about the paradox of true repentance. So what? 5. Whose boy or girl am I today? Do I see myself as a son or daughter of God? Do I need His healing power right now for wounds inflicted by my father (see Ps.147:3)? Have I thanked God for giving me a faithful earthly father and for being my perfect heavenly father? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Lk.15:11-32) The prodigal son, the perfect Father Tue (Rom.2:4) The cause of real repentance Wed (2Cor.7:9-11) Genuine repentance explained Thu (Prov.17:6) The impact of fatherhood Fri (Ps.147:3) The perfect Father heals the wounds caused imperfect human fathers Sat (Isa.1:2-3) No one understands prodigal children better than God
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(18) Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, (19) that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
(20) Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 (NKJV)

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