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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
Jesus; His mission and me
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June 11, 2017 09:52 AM PDT
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cd#17.6.11
6-11-2017

(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)

A message from hell!
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June 04, 2017 09:58 AM PDT
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cd17.06.04 June 4, 2017 “And He said to them, `You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” Lk.16:15 <><><> “There is one very serious defect to my mind in Christ’s moral character, and that is that he believed in hell. I do not myself feel that any person who is really profoundly humane can believe in everlasting punishment.” Bertrand Russell, (atheist and card carrying fool) <><><> THIS MESSAGE FROM HELL IS SHOCKING: 1. BECAUSE OF WHO IS THERE! “There was a certain rich man who was clothed in purple and fine linen and fared sumptuously every day.” Lk.16:19 2. BECAUSE OF WHO IS NOT THERE! “(20) But there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, full of sores, who was laid at his gate, (21) desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table. Moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.” Lk.16:20-21 3. BECAUSE OF THE PERMANENT REVERSAL DEATH BRINGS! “(22) So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man died and was buried. (23) And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom.” Lk.16:22-23 4. BECAUSE OF THE FATE OF THOSE WHO JUSTIFY THEMSELVES! “(24) Then he cried and said, `Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. (25) But Abraham said, `Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. (26) And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.” Lk.16:24-26 • (Matt.25:41) a place of everlasting fire! • (Mk.9:48) a place where the worm never dies! • (Dan.12:2) a place of everlasting contempt! • (Matt.8:12) a place of outer darkness! • (Matt.13:42) a place of wailing and gnashing of teeth! • (Rev.14:11) a place where one has no rest day or night! • (2Thes.1:9) a place of everlasting separation from the Lord! 5. BECAUSE OF THE REASON WHY PEOPLE GO THERE! “(27) Then he said, `I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, (28) for I have five brothers that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ (29) Abraham said to him, `They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ (30) And he said, `No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ (31) But he said to him, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” Lk.16:27-31 SO WHAT? 1. Hell is a real place! “I am He who liveth, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, Amen; and I have the keys of Hell and of death.” Rev.1:18 (KJV) 2. Many who go there will be shocked? “(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.7:22-23 3. Excuses won’t keep them from going there! “(15) And He said to them, `You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God.” Lk.16:15 4. What I do in life echoes in eternity! “(44) Then they also will answer Him saying, `Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?’(45) Then He will answer them, saying, `Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me. (46) And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Matt.25:44-46 5. People who know how to die know how to live! “(27) Then he said, `I beg you therefore, father, that you would send him to my father’s house, (28) for I have five brothers that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.” Lk.16:27-28 6. Hell is avoided by hearing the word! “(30) And he said, `No father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’(31) But he said to them, `If they do not hear Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.” Lk.16:30-31 <><><> “If we had more hell in the pulpit we would have less hell in the pews.” Billy Graham <><><> NOW WHAT? SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the warning of hell, what is it, why do people go there, and what I need to do to avoid it! 1. How do I respond to the quote by Bertrand Russell on the first page of the sermon outline? 2. Read (Lk.16:19-31). Parables are stories used to convey spiritual truth. They are also used to bring the listener to a decision. What decision did the listeners to this story need to make (see.Lk.16:14-15). What are some ways people tend to justify themselves and excuse their sin? 3. Do I think hell is cruel, unkind, or unfair? Do I want justice when I am wronged? Why? Do Sadam Hussein, Adolf Hitler, or suicide bombers deserve hell? Do I deserve hell? Why? 4. Look up these verses on hell and see how Scripture describes this place: • (Matt.25:41-46) • (Mk.9:48, Isa.66:24) • (Dan.12:2) • (Matt.8:12; 22:13) • (2Thes.1:9) • (Matt.13:42) • (Rev.14:11) 5. Why do people go to hell (see Lk.16:31)? Is it their choice? What must I do to be saved (see Mk.1:14-15)? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Lk.16:14-31) Christ warns about hell and how to avoid it Tue (Matt.25:41) Why hell was created Wed (Rev.1:18) Christ has the keys to hell Thu (Mk.9:48) Hell is a place of gnawing conscience Fri (Dan.12:2) Hell is a place of everlasting contempt Sat (2Thes.1:8-9) Hell is a place of everlasting destruction
A message by Ken Allen
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May 28, 2017 09:44 AM PDT
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cd.17.05.28 May 28, 2017

“(1) To the angel of the church of Ephesus write, `These things
says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks
in the midst of the seven golden lampstands:’ (2) `I know your
works, your labor, your patience, and that you cannot bear those
who are evil. And you have tested those who say they are
apostles and are not, and have found them liars; (3) and you
have persevered and have patience, and have labored for My
name’s sake and have not become weary. (4) Nevertheless I
have this against you, that you have left your first love. (5)
Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do
the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove
your lampstand from its place—unless you repent. (6) But this
you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I
also hate. (7) He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit
says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat
from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of
God.” Rev.2:1-7 (NKJV)

• Have we lost the will to ask the RIGHT questions?

• What kind of PERSON is the church producing?

CURRENT REALITY:

• We worship the god of what we feel is right!
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• Disciple-making!
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• People being formed into the leader’s likeness!
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• It comes down to TRUST!
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SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the challenge facing the church
today and knowing and understanding its main priority!

1. What was the most challenging truth I heard in this
message? Why do I think it challenged me? Discuss.
2. Read (Rev.2:1-7). This church was doing some good
things. What were some of them? But this church
had not kept the main thing the main thing. What
was it?
3. What happens to a church when it loses its first love?
What happens to a marriage when it loses it first
love? Can the first love be regained?
4. What are the three steps in (Rev.2:5) a person, a
church, or a marriage can pursue to regain their first
love? Is this love, salvation love (agape) simply an
emotion, a feeling, or is it something else?
5. How does scripture describe agape love in the
following verses:

• (1Jn.4:8)
• (Jn.3:16)
• (1Jn.4:19)
• (Gal.5:22)
• (1Cor.13:4-8a)
• (Matt.22:34-40)

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (Rev.2:1-7) The priority of love
Tue (1Jn.4:8) Love is an attribute of God
Wed (Gal.5:6) Faith works through love
Thur (1Cor.13:4-8) Love is a verb
Fri (1Jn.4:19) We love Him because He first loved us
Sat (Gal.5:22) Love is a fruit of the Holy Spirit

Great faith illustrated and obtained!
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May 21, 2017 09:12 AM PDT
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cd.17.05.21 May 21, 2017 Denny Mashburn Preaching

“Then Jesus said to the centurion, `Go your way; and as you have believed,
so let it be done for you.’ And his servant was healed that same hour.”
Matt.8:13

GREAT FAITH SETS THE SAIL:

WHAT DOES THE TEXT SAY?

1. In the face of GREAT NEED!

“….Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.”
Matt.8:6

2. By COMING TO CHRIST in spite of things that
might hinder approaching Him!

“(5) Now when Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to Him,
pleading with Him, (6) saying, `Lord, my servant is lying at home
paralyzed, dreadfully tormented.’ (7) And Jesus said to him, `I will come and
heal him.’ Matt.8:5- 7

3. By acknowledging JESUS AS LORD!

“…saying, `Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully
tormented.” Matt.8:6

4. With HUMILITY!

“The centurion answered and said, `Lord I am not worthy that You should
come under my roof….” Matt.8:8a

5. Knowing that distance does not hinder Christ’s power!

“…But only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” Matt.8:8b

6. By recognizing DELEGATED AUTHORITY!

“(9)…For I also am a man under authority, having soldiers under me. And I
say to this one, `Go, and he goes;’ and to another, `Come,’ and he comes;
and to my servant, `Do this,’ and he does it.” Matt.8:9

7. And it causes Christ to marvel!

“(10) When Jesus heard it He marveled and said to those who followed,
`Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in
Israel! (11) And I say to you, that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. (12) But
the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be
weeping and gnashing of teeth.” Matt.8:10-12

8. And the great Savior responds to it!

“Then Jesus said to the centurion, `Go your way; and as you have believed,
so let it be done for you.’ And his servant was healed that same hour.”
Matt.8:13

SO WHAT?

1. WHAT is faith?

A. A gift of God’s grace: “For by grace you have been saved
through faith, and that not of yourselves. It is the gift of God, (9)
not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Eph.2:8-9

B. Gracious realization and confidence: “Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
Heb.11:1
• Knowledge (intellect stirred by truth)
• Belief (emotions desire the truth and its promise)
• Trust (will surrenders to the object of truth)

<>“Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith
is to see what we believe.”
Augustine<>

C. Gracious desire to come to God and receive: “But
without faith it is impossible to please Him, for who comes to God
must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who
diligently seek Him.” Heb.11:6

2. WHY is this grace so important?

A. Without it I can’t please God: “(6)But without faith it is
impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe
that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek
Him.” Heb.11:6

• It is the means (channel), Christ is the end!
• It glorifies (emphasizes) the grace of God!
• It touches the affections with love and causes action!

<>“Faith occupies the position of a channel or conduit pipe. Grace is
the fountain and the stream: faith is the aqueduct along which the
flood of mercy flows down to refresh the thirsty sons of men…Still,
again I remind you that faith is the channel not the fountain head,
and we must not look so much to it as to exalt it above the divine
source of all blessing which lies in the grace of God. Never make a
Christ out of your faith, nor think of it as if it were the independent
source of your salvation. Our life if found in `looking unto Jesus’
not in looking to our own faith.”
Charles Spurgeon<>

3. HOW can I become a person of great faith?

A. Hear the truth of the gospel frequently and sincerely:
“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Rom.10:17
B. Lay aside, run, look: “(1) …let us lay aside every weight, and
the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance
the race that is set before us, (2) looking unto Jesus, the author and
finisher of our faith.” Heb.12:1b-2

C. Pray: “And the apostles said to our Lord, `Increase our faith.’”
Lk.17:5
D. Consider the testimony of others!

E. Obey God: “But they have not all obeyed the gospel.”Rom.10:16

NOW WHAT?
SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is a story of great faith and how to
obtain it!

1. What is the best faith story I have ever heard? What
is my best faith story? Share with the group.
2. Read (Matt.8:5-13). What gets my attention most in
this faith story? Why?
3. Why was this Gentile Roman soldier an unlikely
example of great faith? How about the woman of
Canaan from last week’s message (Matt.15:22)? Did they have as much scriptural light as I do living in
the Bible belt? Why would that matter?
4. Read (Heb.11:5-40). What did these men and women
achieve by faith? Did they all escape suffering? What
would God do through me if I were to become a
person of great faith?
5. Of the 5 ways to become a person of great faith
under #3 of the SO WHAT section of the outline,
which one gets my attention? Why? Close in prayer
and ask God to help me become a person of great
faith!

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (Matt.8:5-13) A story of great faith!
Tue (Heb.11:1-40) A cloud of great faith witnesses!
Wed (Heb.11:1) The definition of faith!
Thu (Heb.11:6) The importance of faith!
Fri (Eph.2:8-9) The essence of faith!
Sat (Heb.12:1-2) The object of faith!


A mother with great faith!
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May 14, 2017 09:09 AM PDT
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cd.17.05.14 Mother's Day May 14, 2017 Denny Mashburn Preaching

“Then Jesus answered and said to her, `O woman, great is your faith! Let it
be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Matt.15:28

GREAT FAITH IS A DESIRE:

A. That recognizes the need for MERCY!

“And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to
Him, saying, `Have mercy on me……” Matt.15:22a

B. For the proper OBJECT!

“…Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon possessed.”
Matt.15:22b

• GOD’S WILL
• GOD’S PURPOSE
• GOD’S GLORY

<>“A man may say, `I have faith.’ But another question arises: What
have you faith in? `Well, I have faith in what I have felt.’ Then get rid
of it, for what you have felt is not an object of faith nor to be trusted in
at all. `I have faith,’ says another, `in the doctrines which I have been
taught.’ I am glad you believe them, but remember, doctrines are not
the Savior. A creed cannot save. What is the object of faith, then? It is
a person, a living, divine, appointed person. And who is that person?
He is none other than Jesus….Faith hangs on to Christ, it holds to a
silent Christ, it holds to a refusing Christ, it holds to a rebuking Christ,
and will not let Him go. Faith is the great holdfast that hooks a soul on
to the Savior.”
Charles Spurgeon<>

C. Comes forth in prayer and is not deterred by
DELAYS OR DISCOURAGEMENT!

“But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him,
saying, `Send her away, for she cries out after us.’” Matt.15:23

D. Not quenched by TESTS!

“(24) But He answered and said, `I was not sent except to the lost sheep of
the house of Israel.’ (25) Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, `Lord, help me!’” Matt.15:24-25

<>“It is faith’s work to claim and challenge loving kindness out of all the
roughest strokes of God.”
Samuel Rutherford<>

E. That knows how to ARGUE WITH GOD!

“(26) But He answered and said, `It is not good to take the children’s bread
and throw it to the little dogs.’ (27) And she said, `Yes, Lord, yet even little
dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Matt.15:26-27

F. That prays through and gets an ANSWER!

“Then Jesus answered and said to her, `O woman, great is your faith! Let it
be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Matt.15:28

SO WHAT?

1. Have I experienced the gift of faith (desire)?

“(8) For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of
yourselves, it is the gift of God, (9) not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
Eph.2:8-9

2. Is the object of my faith (desire) Jesus Christ
and His glory, or is it something else?

“(14) Now this is the confidence that we have in Him that if we ask
anything according to His will, He hears us. (15) And if we know that He
hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have
asked of Him.” 1Jn.5:14-15
3. Have I lost heart because of delays or
discouragements to my prayers?

“(1) Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and
not lose heart, (2) saying: `There was in a certain city a judge who did not
fear God nor regard man. (3) Now there was a widow in that city; and she
came to him, saying, `Get justice for me from my adversary.’ (4) And he
would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, `Though I do not
fear God nor regard man, (5) yet because this widow troubles me I will
avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.’ (6) Then the Lord
said, `Hear what the unjust judge said, (7) And shall God not avenge His
own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with
them? (8) I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when
the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” Lk.18:1-8

“I would have lost heart, unless I have believed that I would see the
goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Ps.27:13

4. Will I permit God to stretch and strengthen
my faith (desires)?

“(19) And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already
dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s
womb. (20) He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but
was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” Rom.4:19-20

5. Jesus Christ delights to respond to faith, so
what do I desire of Him today?

“Then Jesus answered and said to her, `O woman, great is your faith! Let it
be to you as you desire.’ And her daughter was healed from that very hour.”
Matt.15:28

NOW WHAT?

Small Group Discussion Questions:

• The theme of this message on Mother’s Day is great faith and
its characteristics.

1. What is the greatest answer to prayer I have ever
received? Did God test my faith in anyway before He
answered? Share it with the group.
2. Read (Matt.15:21-28). This mother received a great
answer to prayer. What did Jesus commend her for in
(v.28)?
3. What is the biblical definition of faith (see Heb.11:1)?
What is the origin of faith (see Eph.2:8-9)? What (Who)
is the object of faith (see Matt.15:22)? Why is faith so
important in the Christian life (see Heb.11:6)? What
means does God use to cultivate faith (see Rom.10:17).
In summary, faith is a gift of the grace of God, is stirred
by hearing the word of God, whose object is the Son of
God, is the divine ability to see and hope for what God
intends to do in a matter and a divine conviction that
God will do what He says, and is the only way to please
God!
4. Read Spurgeon’s quote on page 1 of the sermon outline.
Why does God delight in faith so much? What is the
proper object of faith? Is God glorified when faith is exercised and He answers?
5. Read Matt.15:28 again. Note Jesus telling this woman
“great is your faith…let it be as you desire!” Why would
He call her faith “a desire”? Did he honor her desire?
What desires has he put in my heart right now? What
does (1Jn.5:14-15) promise? Close in prayer!

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Matt.15:21-28) Great faith and its object
Tue (Matt.8:5-13) Another example of great faith
Wed (Heb.11:6) Faith’s importance
Thu (Eph.2:8-9) Faith is a gift
Fri (Rom.10:17) Faith is stirred by hearing Scripture
Sat (Heb.11:1) Faith defined

Skills God requires in biblical parenting!
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May 07, 2017 10:56 AM PDT
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cd.17.05.07 May 7, 2017 Baby Dedication Service Denny Mashburn Preaching

GOD’S REQUIRED SKILLS IN
PARENTING ARE:

1. THE SKILL OF ACKNOWLEDGING __who is in charge__!

“Hear, O Israel: `The LORD our God, the LORD is one!’” Duet.6:4

2. THE SKILL OF first things first!

“You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.” Deut.6:5

3. THE SKILL OF personal example!

“And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart.”
Deut.6:6

4. THE SKILL OF TRAINING in truth!

“You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk with them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down, and when you rise up.” Deut.6:7

5. THE SKILL OF physical reminders !

“(8) You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (9) You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.” Deut. 6:8-9

6. THE SKILL OF warnings !

“(10) So it shall be, when the LORD your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, (11) houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full-- (12) then beware, lest you forget the LORD who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage. (13) You shall fear the LORD your God and serve Him, and shall take oaths in His name. (14) You shall not go after other gods, the gods of the peoples who are all around you (15) (for the LORD your God is a jealous God among you), lest the anger of the LORD your God be aroused against you and destroy you from the face of the earth.” Deut.6:10-15

SO WHAT?

1. Do my children know by living with me that that God is in charge?

“Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it.”
Ps.127:1

2. Is there clear evidence in my life that God is my first love?

“(37) Jesus said to him, `You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. (38) This is the first and great commandment. (39) And the second is like it: `You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ (40) On these two commandments hang all the law and the Prophets.” Matt.22:37-40

• (1Jn.4:19) Have I experienced His love personally?
• (Gal.5:22) Do I know what this love is?
• (Eph.5:18) Am I allowing the Spirit to control me?
• (1Cor.13:4-7) Am I acting these ways on a regular basis: patient, kind, not envying, not bragging, good manners, not having to have my own way all the time, not easily angered, keeps short accounts of being wronged, delight in the truth but not in evil?
3. Does my example back up what I say I believe?

“They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.” Tit.1:16

4. Am I balancing loving discipline with verbal instruction in the truth?

“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” Prov.13:24

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to anger; but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” Eph.6:4 (NAS)

5. Are there physical reminders that God is the Lord of my home?

6. Do I warn my children about neglecting the fear of the Lord?

“(3) The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. (4) Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear.” Ps.58:3-4

“(6) Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—(7) saying with a loud voice, `Fear God
and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” Rev.14:6-7

NOW WHAT?

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is learning to parent from God’s point of view, which is wisdom!

1. What is the best piece of advice I have ever gotten about parenting? Was it biblical? How would I say most people parent?
2. Read (Deut.6:4-15). The children of Israel were poised to go into the Promised Land. One of the skills they needed to stay and flourish in the land was parenting God’s way. What strikes me about God’s wisdom in parenting as displayed in this passage?
Does it resemble modern advice about parenting? How does it differ?
3. How does this passage compare with Eph.6:4? Are loving discipline and biblical instruction keys to both?
Look up these verses on parenting and discuss:

• (Isa.1:2-4) God’s experience in parenting
• (Pr.22:6) Early training and its effects
• (Pr.13:24) The importance of loving discipline
• (Pr.22:15) Children come into the world as fools
• (Ps.34:11) Teaching the fear of the Lord
• (Pr.23:15-16, 24; Pr.29:17) The joy of raising wise children
• (Jn.3:16) The gospel even a child can embrace

4. Paul Meyer, M.D. said 5 things are essential to right parent/child relationships: “Love, discipline, consistency, example, and a man at the head of the home.” How does that compare to what we have learned in this message? Is there hope for single moms or moms living with an unbelieving husband (see 1Cor.7:13-15; Ps.27:10)?
5. What do I need to work on, with God’s help, in my parenting skills? Close in prayer.

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Deut.6:4-15) Parenting God’s way
Tue (Eph.6:4) Parenting God’s way, part 2
Wed (Isa.1:2-4) God’s experience with parenting
Thu (Pr.22:6) Early training, lifelong habits
Fri (Ps.34:11) Teaching children the fear of the Lord
Sat (Acts 2:38-39) The hope of our children’s salvation

Learning how to smile in suffering!
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April 30, 2017 09:19 AM PDT
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cd.17.04.30 April 30, 2017 Denny Mashburn Preaching

“For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came
to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that
we despaired even of life. Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves…” 2Cor.1:8-9a

<>“You seem to imagine that I have no ups and downs, but just a level and
lofty stretch of spiritual attainment with unbroken joy and calmness. By no
means! I am often perfectly wretched and everything appears most murky.”
Dr. John Henry Jowett<>

I NEED TO BELIEVE IN:

1. GOD’S PRAISE!

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of
mercies and God of all comfort.” 2Cor.1:3

• FATHER OF JESUS CHRIST

• FATHER OF PITY

• GOD OF STRENGTH

2. GOD’S PROMISE!

“who comforts us in all our tribulations…….” 2Cor.1:4a

3. GOD’S PURPOSE!

“(4)….that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the
comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. (5) For as the
sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also abounds through
Christ. (6) Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and
salvation, which is effective for enduring the same sufferings which we also
suffer. Or if we are comforted, it is for your consolation and salvation. (7)
And our hope for you is steadfast, because we know that as you are partakers
of the sufferings, so also you will partake of the consolation.” 2Cor.1:4b-7

• The purpose of discipline for sin! (Jonah 2:1-9)
• The purpose of testing the reality of my faith! (1Peter 1:6-7)
• The purpose of perfecting my character! (Rom.5:1-5)
• The purpose of teaching me obedience! (Ps.119:67)
• The purpose of increasing my love for God! (Ps.116:1-5)
• The purpose of spiritual growth! (Jam.1:2-4)
• The purpose of destroying self-reliance! (2Cor.1:9)
• The purpose of obtaining power! (2Cor.12:9-10)

4. GOD’S POWER!

“(8) For we do not want you to be ignorant brethren, of our trouble which
came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength,
so that we despaired even of life. (9) Yes, we had the sentence of death in
ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves but in God who raises the
dead, (10) who delivered us from so great a death, and does deliver us; in
whom we trust that He will still deliver us, (11) you also helping together
in prayer for us, that thanks may be given by many persons on our behalf for
the gift granted to us through many.” 2Cor.1:8-11

SO WHAT?

1. Am I praising God in the midst of my suffering?

<>“One advantage of blessing God is that it takes a man’s thoughts off his
own trials and sorrows. We make our troubles much greater than they need
be by turning them over, considering them from all points of view,
weighing them, and thinking and meditating upon them…Nothing can
keep your head above the waters of trouble better than crying out, `Bless
the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless His holy name.’”
Charles Spurgeon<>

2. Don’t short circuit the strength that comes
through weakness!

“(7) But we have this treasure in earthen vessels that the excellence of the
power may be of God and not of us. (8) We are hard-pressed on every side,
yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; (9) persecuted, but not
forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed---(10) always carrying about in the
body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be
manifested in our body. (11) For we who live are always delivered to
death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our
mortal flesh. (12) So then death is working in us, but life in you.”
2Cor.4:7-12

<>Once you see your affliction as a preparation to meet God, you won’t be
quick to call it suffering again. Even though I have rough moments in
my wheelchair, for the most part I consider my paralysis a gift. Just as
Jesus exchanged the meaning of the cross from a symbol of torture to
one of hope and salvation, He gives me the grace to do the same with
my chair. If a cross can become a blessing, so can a wheelchair. The
wheelchair, in a sense, is behind me now. The despair is over. There are
now other crosses to bear, other `wheelchairs’ in my life to be
exchanged into gifts.”
Johnny Eareckson Tada<>

3. My suffering is purpose driven that I may be
a channel of blessing and not a cistern!

“Now if we are afflicted, it is for your consolation and salvation….”
2Cor.1:6a

4. I need to accept my sentence and put my
trust in God today!

“(9) Yes, we had the sentence of death in ourselves that we should not
trust in ourselves but in God who raises the dead, (10) who delivered us
from so great a death, and does deliver us; in whom we trust that He will
deliver us.” 2Cor.1:9-10

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is how to experience the comfort of
God in my trials in order that I may be prepared to comfort
others!

1. What was the most thought provoking, the most
challenging, or the most encouraging truth I heard in
this message? Share it with the group.
2. Read (2Cor.1:3-10). Now read (2Cor.11:22-29). Was
Paul familiar with suffering? How could he possibly
praise God in the midst of all that? Of the four key
truths I need to believe in the midst of suffering
mentioned in this message, which one got my
attention? Why?
3. Look up and consider the following purposes God
has for his disciples in suffering:

• (Jonah 2:1-9) The purpose of discipline
• (1Pet.1:6-7) The purpose of testing the reality of my faith
• (Rom.5:1-5) The purpose of perfecting my character
• (Ps.119:67) The purpose of teaching me obedience
• (Ps.116:1-5) The purpose of increasing my love for God
• (Jam.1:2-4) The purpose of spiritual growth
• (2Cor.1:9) The purpose of destroying self-reliance
• (2Cor.12:7-10) The purpose of obtaining power
• (2Cor.1:4-7) The purpose of saving others

4. What is the worst thing that has ever happened to
me? Has it occurred to me that God wants to use the
lessons learned and the comfort experienced in that
trial to help other people find hope in God?
5. Read Johnny Eareckson Tada’s quote on pg. 3 of the
sermon outline. Am I ready to bear my crosses?

Daily Bible Reading

Mon (2Cor.1:3-11) Learning to smile in suffering
Tue (2Cor.1:4-6) Am I a cistern or a channel of blessing to others
Wed (2Cor.1:9) God uses suffering to destroy trust in myself
Thu (2Cor.1:3) It is God’s character to comfort in suffering
Fri (2Cor.1:4) God has promised to comfort me in all sufferings
Sat (2Cor.12:7-10) A great paradox: strength comes through weakness

God and Us: Can We be Faithful in Error? Joerge Oliva Preaching
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April 23, 2017 09:25 AM PDT

cd.17.04.23 April 24, 2017

Galatians 5:9

A little leven levens the whole lump.

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ
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April 16, 2017 09:24 AM PDT
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cd17.4.16 April 16, 2017 <>< SCRIPTURE READING “(14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, `Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. (15) For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. (16) But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (17) `And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. (18) And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days; and they shall prophesy. (19)I will show wonders in heaven above and signs in the earth beneath: Blood and fire and vapor of smoke. (20) The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the coming of the great and awesome day of the LORD. (21) And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.’ (22) Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—(23) Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; (24) whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it. (25) For David says concerning Him: `I foresaw the LORD always before my face, for He is at my right hand, that I may not be shaken. (26) Therefore my heart rejoiced, and my tongue was glad; moreover my flesh also will rest in hope. (27) For You will not leave my soul in Hades, nor will You allow Your Holy One to see corruption. (28) You have made known to me the ways of life. You will make me full of joy in Your presence. (29) Men and brethren let me speak freely to you of the patriarch David that he is both dead and buried, and his tomb is with us to this day. (30) Therefore, being a prophet and knowing that God had sworn with an oath to him that of the fruit of his body, according to the flesh, He would raise up the Christ to sit on his throne, (31) he, foreseeing this spoke concerning the resurrection of the Christ, that His soul was not left in Hades, nor did His flesh see corruption. (32) This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (33) Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear. (34) For David did not ascend into the heavens, but he says himself: `The LORD said to my LORD, sit at My right hand, (35) till I make Your enemies Your footstool.’ (36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ. (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 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.” Acts 2:14-41 (NKJV) <><><> “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?’” Acts 2:37 THOSE WHO HEARD THIS SERMON WERE CUT TO THE HEART: 1. NOT BECAUSE OF THE APPARENT MIRACLES! “(2) And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. (3) Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them, (4) And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance. (5) And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven, (6) and when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language.” Acts 2:2-6 2. NOT BECAUSE THE FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY! “(14) But Peter, standing up with the eleven, raised his voice and said to them, `Men of Judea and all who dwell in Jerusalem, let this be known to you, and heed my words. (15) For these are not drunk, as you suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day. (16) But this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: (17) And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out of My Spirit on all flesh; Yours sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams…” Acts 2:14-17 3. NOT BECAUSE OF THE AMAZING LIFE OF CHRIST! “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves know.” Acts 2:22 4. NOT BECAUSE OF HIS UNUSUAL DEATH! “Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death.” Acts 2:23 5. BECAUSE OF HIS RESURRECTION! “(24)….whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it….(32) This Jesus God has raised up, of which we are all witnesses. (33) Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear…(36) Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Acts 2:24, 32-33, 36 <><><> “I know the resurrection is a fact, and Watergate proved it to me. How? Because 12 men testified they had seen Jesus raised from the dead, then they proclaimed that truth for 40 years, never once denying it. Everyone was beaten, tortured, stoned, and put in prison. They would not have endured that if it were not true. Watergate embroiled 12 of the most powerful men in the world, and they couldn’t keep a lie for 3 weeks. You are telling me 12 apostles could keep a lie for 40 years? Absolutely impossible!” Chuck Colson <><><> SO WHAT? A. Since Jesus rose from the dead, I am responsible! “Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart…. Acts 2:37a B. Since Jesus rose from the dead, I am accountable! “(28) Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice, (29) and come forth---those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” John 5:28-29 NOW WHAT? C. Since Jesus rose from the dead, I am redeemable! “(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 everyone 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.” Acts 2:37-38 D. Since Jesus rose from the dead, my children are redeemable and so is every Jew and Gentile who repents and is baptized! “(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 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.” Acts 2:39-41 E. Because He lives, I can face tomorrow! “(25) Jesus said to her, `I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. (26) And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this? Jn.11:25-26 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the resurrection of Jesus Christ and its implications for my salvation and daily life! 1. Do I remember the first sermon I heard that cut me to the heart with conviction? What was it about? How did it affect me? 2. (Read Acts 2:1-42). What was it about Peter’s sermon at Pentecost that “cut to the heart” his listeners? 3. This first sermon preached in “The First Church” and every sermon in Acts emphasized the resurrection. It has been said that: “All of Christianity rises and falls on the resurrection. If Christ was not raised, then every truth in Christianity collapses like a house of cards!” Do I agree? Discuss. 4. Look up these verses and discuss what they teach about the resurrection: • (Rom.1:4) What does it teach about Jesus Christ? • (Rom.4:25) What does it teach about our justification? • (Rom.10:9) What does it teach about how to be saved? • (1Th.4:14) What does it teach about Christian loved ones who have died? • (1Pet.1:3) What does it teach about hope? • (Acts 24:15-16) What does it teach about the just and the unjust and motivation for godly living? • (1Cor.15:42-45) What does it teach about my new body? • (1Cor.15:58) What does it teach about my labor to do what is right? 5. Read (Jn.11:25-26) The account of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. Do these verses comfort me in the face of daily struggles? Do I buy into the verse of the hymn “Because He Lives” which says, because He lives, I can face tomorrow? Daily Bible Reading Mon (Acts 2:1-47) The first sermon in the first church Tue (Rom.1:4) The resurrection declares Jesus as God’s Son Wed (Rom.4:25) The resurrection teaches God can declare me not guilty Thu (Rom.10:9) I can’t be saved if I don’t stake my life on the resurrection Fri (1Pet.1:3) The resurrection gives me a living hope Sat (1Cor.15:58) The resurrection guarantees my labor is not in vain

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