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The Great Physician!
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May 06, 2018 09:23 AM PDT
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cd.18.05.06 May 6, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

<>“I believe in every business suit lies the wounded heart of a boy who wants his daddy.”
Gordon Dalby<>

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps.147:3

HE HEALS:

1. By PREPARING His patient!

“(1) Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant, and praise is beautiful. (2) The LORD builds up Jerusalem; He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.” Ps.147:1-2

“(12) Be astonished, O heavens, at this, and be horribly afraid; be very desolate, says the LORD. (13) For My people have committed two evils: They have forsaken Me, the fountain of living waters, and hewn themselves cisterns—broken cisterns that can hold no water….(19) Your own wickedness will correct you, and your backslidings will rebuke you. Know therefore and see that it is an evil and bitter thing that you have forsaken the LORD your God, and the fear of Me is not in you, says the LORD GOD of hosts.” Jer.2:12-13, 19

“It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes.”
Ps.119:71

2. By properly DIAGNOSING His patient!

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps.147:3

HEARTS ARE BROKEN AND WOUNDED BY:

A. Personal sin (guilt)

HEARTS SET ON EVIL: “Then the LORD saw the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” Gen.6:5
HEARTS FULL OF MADNESS: “This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, after that they go to the dead.” Ecc.9:3
HEARTS WHICH CAN’T BE KNOWN: “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” Jer.17:9
HEARTS DEFILED: “(20) And He said, ‘What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. (21) For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, (22) thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. (23) All these evil things come from within and defile a man.’” Mk.7:20-23
HEARTS SPIRITUALLY DEAD: “..dead in trespasses and sins..”Eph.2:1
HEARTS PRONE TO HARDNESS: “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.”
Mk.16:14

B. The sin of others! (bitterness)
C. The sorrows of a sin cursed world! (Rom.8:22)

3. Because He is the GREAT PHYSICIAN!

“(3) He heals….. (4) He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name.(5) Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite. (6) The LORD lifts up the humble; He casts the wicked down to the ground.” Ps.147:3-6

“(1) The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound; (2) To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all who mourn, (3) to console those who mourn in Zion, to give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” Isa.61:1-3

4. And this reality is to be PROCLAIMED!

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Ps.147:3
SO WHAT?

1. Life is hard!

“A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by the sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken.” Pr.15:13

“A merry heart does good, like medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones! Pr.17:22

“The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, but who can bear a broken spirit.” Pr.18:14

2. We all have heart trouble!

“…madness is in their hearts while they live.” Ecc.9:3

3. What a friend we have in Jesus!

“(20) Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none. (21) They also gave me gall for my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” Ps.69:20-21

4. He came to heal us!

“(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.4:18-19

“Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I keep Your word.”
Ps.119:67

“..who (God) comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 2Cor.1:4

5. Come to Jesus today through faith!

“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will by no means cast out.” Jn.6:37

“The Lord is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.” Ps.34:18

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is God heals broken hearts!

1. Do I remember the first time I had my heart broken? What caused it?
2. Read (Ps.147:1-6). The Psalmist wrote this as part of Israel’s celebration of returning to Jerusalem (from exile) and rebuilding the torn down walls. What were the people to praise God for in verse 3?
3. What causes broken hearts?

• (Ecc.9:3; Jer.17:9) personal sin
• (Matt.6:12) sin against me
• (Rom.8:21-22) sin cursed world

4. Is their hope for the broken heart? Tony Evans said: “Many Christians believe that hope is wishing for something you are never going to get!” What are my thoughts on that? Is there real hope in (Ps.147:3)?
5. What brings Jesus near in (Ps.34:18) and who does He say He will save? What did He say He came to do in (Lk.4:18-19)? Do I need Him to heal my broken heart right now? Will I come to Him in faith?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Ps.147:1-6) Praise God He heals broken hearts!
Tue (Ps.69:20-21) Jesus had His heart broken!
Wed (Ecc.9:3) Sin breaks the human heart!
Thu (Jer.17:9) The heart is desperately wicked!
Fri (Lk.4:18-19) Jesus came to heal the brokenhearted!
Sat (Eze.36:26) God has the power to give me a new heart!

Taking A Clear Gospel Message To The Lost : 2018 GIC
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April 29, 2018 11:47 AM PDT
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Todd Burden
InBounds Ministries
PO Box 981
Troutman, NC 28166

www.coachburden.com

Getting Ready For The Wedding?
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April 22, 2018 10:10 AM PDT
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cd18.04.22 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! (2) For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.’ (3) Again they said, ‘Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!’ (4) And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, ‘Amen! Alleluia!’ (5) Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’ (6) And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thundering, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.’ (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (9) Then he said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.’ (10) And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.’” Rev.19:1-10 (NKJV) <><><> “C.S. Lewis said, `Most of us find it very difficult to want heaven at all—except in so far as Heaven means meeting again our friends (and loved ones) who have died. One reason for this difficulty is that we have not been trained; our whole education tends to fix our minds on this world. Another reason is that when the real want for Heaven is present in us, we do not recognize it.’ Nothing is more often misdiagnosed than our homesickness for Heaven. We think that we want sex, drugs, alcohol, a new job, a raise, a doctorate, a spouse, a large-screen television, a new car, a cabin in the woods, a condo in Hawaii. What we really want is the person we were made for, Jesus Christ, and the place we were made for, Heaven.” Randy Alcorn <><><> HEAVEN IS GOING TO HAVE A WEDDING, AND THOSE INVITED ARE: 1. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE JUSTICE HAS BEEN SERVED! “(1) After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven saying, ‘Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God! (2) For true and righteous are His judgments, because He has judged the great harlot who corrupted the earth with her fornication; and He has avenged on her the blood of His servants shed by her.’ (3) Again they said, ‘Alleluia! Her smoke rises up forever and ever!’ (4) And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who sat on the throne, saying, ‘Amen! Alleluia!’ (5) Then a voice came from the throne, saying, ‘Praise our God, all you His servants and those who fear Him, both small and great!’” Rev.19:1-5 • ____________________________________________ • ____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ 2. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE HE IS REIGNING WITH COMPLETE CONTROL! “And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude, as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty thunderings, saying, ‘Alleluia! For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns!’” Rev.19:6 • ____________________________________________ • ____________________________________________ • ____________________________________________ 3. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE THE BRIDE IS READY “(7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. (9) Then he said to me, ‘Write: Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, ‘These are the true sayings of God.’” Rev.19:7-9 • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ • ___________________________________________ 4. PRAISING GOD BECAUSE OF THE BRIDEGROOM! “And I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘See that you do not do that! I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren who have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” Rev.19:10 • _____________________________________________ • _____________________________________________ SO WHAT? 1. Dry bones are alive and 70 years old! “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’ So I answered, ‘O LORD GOD, You know.’” Eze.37:3 • (v.21) The covenant made with Abraham is fulfilled • (v.22, 24) The covenant made with David will be fulfilled • (v.23) The new covenant made with Israel will be fulfilled 2. Evil plans are being made! “(10) Thus says the Lord GOD: ‘On that day it shall come to pass that thoughts will arise in your mind, and you will make an evil plan.” Eze.38:10 • Evil planners: Russia, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan 3. The wedding day draws near, so let us continue to make ourselves ready! “(7) Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. (8) And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Rev.19:7-8 • (Jn.14:1-3) The wedding presentation draws near (Rapture)! • (2Cor.5:9-11) The judgment seat of Christ will remove our spots and wrinkles! • What is left is a beautiful gown of fine linen, the righteous acts of the saints, glorified! <><><> “If your planning for the future doesn’t involve fulfilling the Great Commission, then you are planning disobedience!” Henry Blackaby <><><> 4. Have I repented? “(20) But the rest of mankind, who were not killed by these plagues, did not repent of the works of their hands, that they should not worship demons, and idols of gold, silver, brass, stone, and wood, which can neither see nor hear nor walk. (21) And they did not repent of their murders, or their sorceries, or their sexual immorality or their thefts.” Rev.9:20-21 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is getting ready to meet Christ at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb! 1. Do I ever think about heaven? When I do, what do I think about? Should I think about heaven (see Col.3:1-3)? 2. John MacArthur said: “Heavenly thoughts come on by understanding heavenly realities.” Read (Rev.19:1-10). What heavenly realities get my attention in this passage? 3. One of those heavenly realities is that heaven is rejoicing over justice being served on the wicked (see vs.1-5). Read (Rev.21:8). What will happen to people who practice these lifestyles (this is their character): • cowardly: (their faith is not real, and fall away in adversity) see Matt.13:20-21 • unbelieving: refuse to trust Christ as Lord and Savior • abominable: Caught up in the practice of wickedness • murderers: taking the life of another in the heart or reality • sexually immoral: illicit sex outside of marriage between a man and a woman (includes heterosexuality, homosexuality, beastiality, etc.) • sorcerers: use of mind altering drugs for recreational or religious purposes • idolaters: Those who make any animate or inanimate person or thing more important in their lives than God • liars: Those who don’t love and practice truth 4. Read (2Cor.5:21). Did Jesus ever sin? Did God treat Jesus as a sinner on my behalf (the principle of imputation or reckoning)? Does God give me Christ’s righteousness (imputation) when I trust in Christ? How does this righteousness differ from the righteousness mentioned in (Rev.19:8)? 5. Read (Eph.2:8-10) What was I created to do in this life (v.10). When were these prepared for me to walk in? Am I walking in them right now? Close in prayer. DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Rev.19:1-10) The marriage supper of the Lamb Tue (Jn.10:29) The engagement: Father promised the Son His redeemed Wed (Eph.1:4) This promise was made in eternity past Thu (Jn.14:1-3) The presentation of the bride after engagement (the rapture) Fri (Rev.19:7) The marriage ceremony and the beginning of the millennial reign of Christ Sat (Eph.2:8-10) This is my time to work
What Am I Afraid Of?
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April 15, 2018 10:15 AM PDT
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cd18.04.15

SCRIPTURE READING
“(35) On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ (36) Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him. (37) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (38) But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’ (39) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still.’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm. (40) But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’”
Mk. 5:35-41 (NKJV)

….Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’…….. Mk.4:38b

THE DISCIPLES WERE AFRAID OF A STORM:

1. BUT, JESUS LED THEM INTO THE STORM!

“(35) On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’ (36) Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was. And other little boats were also with Him.” Mk.4:35-36

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2. BUT STORMS ARE AN IMPORTANT PART OF DISCIPLE MAKING!

“On the same day……” Mk.4:35a

“(24) Then He said to them, ‘Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given. (25) For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.’” Mk.4:24-25

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3. BUT JESUS SLEPT IN THE STORM!

“(37) And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling. (38) But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow…”
Mk.4:37-38a
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4. AND THEIR BELIEF IN WHAT WAS NOT TRUE DECEIVED THEM INTO FEAR AND DOUBTING THE CHARACTER OF GOD!

“…And they awoke Him and said to Him, ‘Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?’” Mk.4:38b

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5. BUT TRUTH WAS IN THE BACK OF THE BOAT AND HE SPOKE!

“(39) Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” Mk.4:39

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“Jesus said to him, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” Jn.14:6

6. BUT THEIR GREATEST THREAT WAS UNBELIEF!

“(40) But He said to them, ‘Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?’ (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” Mk.4:40-41

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SO WHAT?

1. Storms are a vital part of God’s disciple-making process!

ASSURANCE: “(6) In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, (7) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, (8) whom having not seen you love.”
1Pet.1:6-8

ENDURANCE, CHARACTER, HOPE: “(3) And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; (4) and perseverance, character; and character hope. (5) Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Rom.5:3-5

2. When I face a storm, the Lord has promised to take me to the other side!

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’” Mk.4:35

3. When I face a storm, Jesus is in it with me!

“On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, ‘Let us cross over to the other side.’” Mk.4:35

4. As long as Jesus is not worried in the storm, neither should I be!

“But He was in the stern asleep on a pillow.” Mk.4:38a

“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Jn.16:33

5. The greatest danger in the storms of life for the unsaved and the disciple is unbelief!

“Of sin, because they do not believe in Me.” Jn.16:9

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is learning how to deal with the storms of life!

1. What am I afraid of? President Roosevelt (FDR) said in his inaugural address: “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” Is that true? (see Jn.16:8-9)
2. Read (Mk.4:35-41). What were the disciples afraid of? Do you blame them? How did they respond?
3. Think back to a great storm I faced in my life? How did I respond? Have I grown spiritually since then? How so?
4. Jesus had been teaching about life in the kingdom. Now He led them into a storm, to put what they were learning to the test. Look at the following passages to see how God uses trials to perfect our faith:

• (Deut.8:1-6) Humility and the importance of God’s word!
• (Job 19:25-26) Wean me from worldly things and stir my desire for heaven!
• (2Cor.1:3-7) Enables and equips me to help and bless others!
• (Heb.12:5-12) Motivation to stop sinning!
• (1Pet.1:6-8) Brings assurance of the genuineness of my faith!
• (Rom.5:3-5) Brings about endurance, character, and hope!
• (1Pet.5:10-11) Perfects, establishes, strengthens, and settles me
in my faith!

5. Consider this quote from Charles Spurgeon: “You have heard that story of the woman on board ship, who was much disturbed in a storm, while her husband, the captain, was calm and restful. She asked him why he was so placid when she was so distressed. He did not answer her in words, but he took down his sword and held it to her breast. She smiled. He said, ‘Why are you not afraid? This is a sharp sword with which I could slay you in a minute.’ ‘Ah,’ she replied, ‘but I am not afraid of a sword when it is my husband who wields it.’ ‘So’ said he, ‘neither am I afraid of a storm when it is my Father who sends it and manages it.’” How do I respond to that story? Does it encourage me? Why? Close in prayer!

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Mk.4:35-41) Disciples face a storm
Tue (1Pet.1:6-8) Trials reveal the genuineness of saving faith
Wed (Rom.5:3-5) Trials build endurance, character, hope
Thu (Deut.8:1-6) Trials humble and reveal the importance of God’s
word
Fri (2Cor.1:3-7) Equip me to comfort others
Sat (Heb.12:5-12) Motivate me to stop sinning

Responding To God’s Voice, Today!
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April 08, 2018 09:14 AM PDT
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cd18.04.08 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. (2) Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (3) For the Lord is the great God, and the great King above all gods. (4) In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. (5) The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. (6) Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (7) For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: (8) Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, and in the day of trial in the wilderness, (9) when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me though they saw My work, (10) For forty years I was grieved with that generation, and said, `It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ (11) So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.” Ps.95:1-11 (NKJV) <><><> “There is a legend about Satan and his imps planning their strategy for attacking the world that’s hearing the message of salvation. One of the demons says, `I’ve got the plan, master. When I get on the earth and take charge of people’s thinking, I’ll tell them there’s no heaven.’ The devil responds, `Ah, they’ll never believe that. This Book of Truth is full of messages about the hope of heaven through sins forgiven. They won’t believe that. They know there is a glory yet future.’ On the other side of the room another says, `I’ve got the plan. I’ll tell them there is no hell.’ `No good,’ he says, `Jesus, while He was on earth, talked more of hell than of heaven. They know in their hearts that their wrong will have to be taken care of in some way. They deserve nothing more than hell.’ One brilliant little imp in the back stood up and said, `Then I know the answer. I’ll just tell them there’s no hurry,’ He is the one Satan chose.” C.S. Lewis <><><> RESPONDING TO GOD’S VOICE: 1. IS TO BE DONE TODAY! A. Because God says today is the time of decision:“(7b) ….Today, if you will hear His voice: (8) Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness.” Ps.95:7b-8 B. Tomorrow is the devil’s time of decision: “(13) Come now, you who say, `Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit’; (14) whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.” Jam.4:13-14 2. IS IMPORTANT FOR MANY REASONS! A. The reality that God speaks to people: “(7) For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice:” Ps.95:7 B. He desires my worship and obedience: “Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. (2) Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. (3) For the LORD is the great God, and the great King above all gods. (4) In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. (5) The sea is His, for He made it; and His hands formed the dry land. (6) Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the LORD our Maker. (7) For He is our God, and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will hear His voice: (8) Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness.” Ps.95:1-8 C. His voice is the voice of eternal life: “(27) My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. (28) And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.” Jn.10:27-28 D. His voice reveals His purposes and plans: “There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the LORD’S counsel—that will stand.” Pr.19:21 3. IS HINDERED BY HEART PROBLEMS! A. Unbelievers have hard hearts: “(8) Do not harden your hearts, as in the rebellion, as in the day of trial in the wilderness, (9) when your fathers tested Me; they tried Me, though they saw My work. (10) For forty years I was grieved with that generation and said, `It is a people who go astray in their hearts, and they do not know My ways.’ (11) So I swore in My wrath, they shall not enter My rest.” Ps.95:8-11 <><><> “One critical point to understanding and experiencing God is knowing clearly when God is speaking. If a Christian does not know when God is speaking, he is in trouble at the heart of his Christian life.” Henry Blackaby <><><> B. True disciples of Christ can be affected by hardness of heart: “Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” Mk.16:14 SO WHAT? 1. God speaks and is still speaking today! “God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, (2) has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds.” Heb.1:1-2 2. God speaks through Scripture, and Scripture is 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. Print freezes truth! “(18) For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; (19) and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part in the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” Rev.22:18-19 • The Bible is the sword of the Spirit! • The Spirit speaks through the Scriptures! • The Spirit speaks through prayer! • The Spirit speaks through circumstances! • The Spirit speaks through the church! 4. God is speaking to unbelieving sinners today! “He who is of God hears God’s words; therefore you do not hear, because you are not of God.” Jn.8:47 5. God is speaking to believers today! “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” Jn.10:27 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is hearing and responding to the voice of God! 1. Do I believe God speaks to people? Has God ever spoken to me? What did He say? How did I respond? 2. Read (Ps.95:1-11). In this call to worship probably written by King David to be used during one of Israel’s feasts, King David acknowledged that people can hear the voice of God! Some can’t hear with understanding because of what (see vs.8-11)? Others can hear with understanding because of what (vs.6-7)? 3. (Read Heb.1:1-2) How has God spoken in the past? This progressive revelation over time was completed in whom? Should I expect any more revelation (see.Rev.22:18-19)? WAYS GOD SPOKE IN THE PAST: • (Gen.16) Angels • (Gen.15) Visions • (Gen. 28:10-19) Dreams • (Ex.28:30) Urim and Thummim • (Jer.18:1-10) Through prophets by symbolic actions • (1Kings 19:12) A still small voice • (Ex.8:20-25) Miraculous signs 4. How do I know when God is speaking? The Bible tells us that God speaks by His Spirit to His people in 4 primary ways: • Scripture (God speaks and reveals His plans and will) • Prayer (I can speak to God) • Circumstances (I can see God at work) • Church (I can get wisdom from God’s) 5. (Read Jn.10:27) What should be my response when God speaks to me? What hinders me from obeying Him? What is God saying to me right now? Close in prayer. DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Ps.95) Today, harden not your heart when God speaks! Tue (Heb.1:1-2) God has spoken in various ways, but finally in Christ! Wed (Jn.8:31-32) Scripture is the cornerstone of truth! Thu (Rev.21:18-19) Print freezes truth! Fri (Eph.6:17) Scripture is the sword of the Spirit, Who guides me in discerning truth by study, prayer, circumstances and direction through the church! Sat (Jn.10:27) Only Christ’s sheep hear and understand His voice!
The Resurrection of Jesus Christ!
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cd18.04.01 SCRIPTURE READING “(1) Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices which they had prepared. (2) But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. (3) Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this, that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. (5) Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, `Why do you seek the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, (7) saying, `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ (8) And they remembered His words. (9) Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (10) It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them, who told these things to the apostles. (11) And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. (12) But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.” Lk.24:1-12 (NKJV) The Resurrection of Jesus Christ! “(5) Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, `Why do you seek the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but is risen!” Lk.24:5-6a <><><> “Christianity is in its very essence a resurrection religion. The concept of resurrection lies at its heart. If you remove it, Christianity is destroyed.” Dr. John Stott <><><> THE FACTS OF THE RESURRECTION: 1. JESUS SURELY DIED! “And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, He said, `Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.’ Having said this, He breathed His last.” Lk.23:46 (31) Therefore, because it was the Preparation Day, that the bodies should not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away. (32) Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. (33) But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. (34) But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and immediately blood and water came out.” Jn.19:31-34 2. ON SUNDAY, THE TOMB WAS EMPTY! “(1) Now on the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they, and certain other women with them, came to the tomb bringing the spices with them which they had prepared. (2) But they found the stone rolled away from the tomb. (3) They went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” Lk.24:1-3 3. ANGELS CONFIRMED IT! “(4) And it happened, as they were greatly perplexed about this that behold, two men stood by them in shining garments. (5) Then, as they were afraid and bowed their faces to the earth, they said to them, `Why do you seek the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but is risen! Remember how He spoke to you when He was still in Galilee, (7) saying, `The Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.’ (8) And they remembered His words.” Lk.24:4-8 “(2) And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door and sat on it. (3) His countenance was like lightning and his clothing as white as snow. (4) And the guards shook for fear of him, and became like dead men.” Matt.28:2-4 4. THE WOMEN TESTIFIED TO IT! “(9) Then they returned from the tomb and told all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. (10) It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and other women with them, who told these things to the apostles.” Lk.24:9-10 5. THE APOSTLES DID NOT BELIEVE IT! “(11) And their words seemed to them like idle tales, and they did not believe them. (12) But Peter arose and ran to the tomb; and stooping down, he saw the linen cloths lying by themselves; and he departed, marveling to himself at what had happened.” Lk.24:11-12 “(14) Later He appeared to the eleven as they sat at the table; and He rebuked their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they did not believe those who had seen Him after He had risen.” Mk.16:14 <><><> “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? 1. The deity of Christ depends on the resurrection! “..and declared to be the Son of God with power according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead.” Rom.1:4 2. The justification of sinners depends on the resurrection! “…Who was delivered up because of our offenses, and was raised because of our justification.” Rom.4:25 3. The fact that I will live forever is guaranteed by the resurrection! “(25) Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live…(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.” Jn.5:25, 28-29 4. My salvation depends on the resurrection! “..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 5. The promised new way of life depends on the resurrection! “Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.” Rom.6:4 6. My optimism in facing life’s daily trials depends on the resurrection! “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1Pet.1:3 SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: • The theme of this message is the resurrection of Jesus Christ at its implications for my daily life and the life to come! 1. Why am I a Christian? Discuss. 2. Read (Lk.24:1-12). Charles Spurgeon said: “The divinity of Christ finds its surest proof in His resurrection. Christ’s sovereignty also depends on His resurrection. Again, our justification hands on Christ’s resurrection. Our very regeneration depends on His resurrection. And most certainly our ultimate resurrection rests here. The silver thread of resurrection runs through all the blessings, from regeneration onward to our eternal glory, and binds them together.” What do I think about that? 3. Read (Jn.5:24-30). Because Jesus rose from the dead, it guarantees that I will live forever also! What two resurrections are mentioned in this passage? Which one will I participate in? What do a person’s works give evidence of (see v.24)? 4. (Read Rom.6:4). The resurrection guarantees a new kind of life for those who have been saved. What is the newness of life (see Eze.36:26-29,31; 2Cor.5:17)? 5. (1Pet.1:3). What is a living hope? Can I have confident optimism in the midst of my daily circumstances? Look up these verses on hope: • (Ps.43:5) Where does hope come from? • (2Thes.2:16) Hope is a gift of what? • (Rom.15:4) Hope is facilitated through what? • (1Pet.3:15) Should be real to every Christian! • (Rom.15:13) Is made to abound in my life by whom? • (1Thes.5:8) Is described as a defensive weapon! • (Rom.5:3-5) Produced in times of what? • (Ps.146:5) It brings what to my life? • (Tit.2:13) Is completed in the Second Coming of Christ! DAILY BIBLE READING Mon (Lk.24:1-12) The resurrection of Jesus Christ Tue (Rom.1:4) Proves once and for all Jesus was God’s Son Wed (Rom.4:25) Guarantees my justification if I put my faith in Him Thu (Jn.5:25-29) Guarantees I will be raised to live forever Fri (Rom.6:4) Guarantees me a new way of life Sat (1Pet.1:3) Gives me a living hope
Tetelestai!
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March 25, 2018 09:19 AM PDT
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cd.18.03.25 March 25, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“….It is finished..” Jn.19:30

GOD’S PLAN OF REDEMPTION:

1. Began in ETERNITY PAST!

“(1) Paul a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ according to the faith of God’s elect and the acknowledgement of the truth which accords with godliness, (2) in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began.” Tit.1:1-2

2. Took into account a HUMAN CONSPIRACY!
“(27) For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the Gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together (28) to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.” Acts 4:27-28

3. Transformed an IMPORTANT MEAL!

“And He said, ‘Go into the city to a certain man, and say to him, The Teacher says My time is at hand; I will keep the Passover at your house with My disciples.” Matt.26:18

4. Revealed ETERNAL SECURITY in the midst of profound FAILURE!

“(31) And the Lord said, ‘Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat. (32) But I have prayed for you that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Lk.22:31-32

5. Involved GREAT AGONY!

“(42) saying, ‘Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will but Yours be done’. (43) Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. (44) And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Lk.22:42-44

6. Included a tragic BETRAYAL!

“But Jesus said to him, ‘Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?’” Lk.22:48

7. Contained a PREDETERMINED VERDICT!

“Now the chief priests, the elders, and all the council sought false testimony against Jesus to put Him to death.” Matt.26:59

8. Took into account a POLITICAL AGENDA!

“(21) The governor answered and said to them, `Which of the two do you want me to release to you?’ They said, ‘Barabbas!’(22) Pilate said to them, `What then shall I do with Jesus who is called Christ?’ They all said to him, ‘Let Him be crucified!’” Matt.27:21-22

9. Consisted of a MISCARRIAGE OF HUMAN JUSTICE!

“(17) And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, (18) where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center.”
Jn.19:17-18

10. Ended with a VICTORY SHOUT!

“So when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, ‘It is finished.’ And bowing His head, He gave up His spirit.” Jn.19:30

11. Was verified by UNIQUE SIGNS!

“….truly this was the Son of God!” Matt.27:54c

12. Was just that, A PLAN!

“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

SO WHAT?

1. God is awesome because He is sovereign!

“For the LORD Most High is awesome; He is a great King over all the earth.” Ps.47:2

2. Because He is sovereign, I can be saved!

“Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief, when You make His soul an offering for sin….” Isa.53:10a

3. Because He is sovereign, my needs will be met!

“And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:19

4. Because He is sovereign, I am secure!

“(28) And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand. (29) My Father, who has given them to Me is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand.” Jn.10:28-29

5. Because He is sovereign, I can experience comfort in sorrow!

“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.” Rom.8:28

<>“God wills only that which is good and His will is irreversible and irresistible. God is too wise to err and too loving to cause His child a needless tear. How blessed to know that our very afflictions come not by chance, nor from the Devil, but are ordained and ordered by God…How comforting to learn that it is He and not the devil who taketh away our loved ones! Ah! What peace for our poor frail hearts to be told that the number of our days is with Him; that disease and death are His messengers, and always march under His orders; that it is the Lord who gives and the Lord who takes away!
A.W. Pink<>

“…Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will but Yours be done.” Lk.22:42

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is God’s plan of redemption seen from a macro view of the gospels and its completion in the death of Jesus Christ.

1. (Isa.55:9) says: “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.” Does God amaze me? Why? When it comes to matters of salvation, does God plan to save me amaze me? Why?
2. Read (Jn.19:17-30). What looked like utter defeat and humiliation ended with a victory cry, “It is finished!” Why was that a victory cry? Was the work the Father had given Jesus to do complete? Had full atonement for sin been accomplished? Had everything the Old Testament law required of sinners been fulfilled? Had the wages of sin been settled? Had the proper ransom been paid? Had Jesus paved the way for a sinner like me to be reconciled to God? Was God satisfied with His sacrifice (1Jn.2:2)?
3. Read (Tit.1:1-2; 2Tim.1:8-9; Jn.6:37-40). God promised eternal life before time began! But to whom if human beings were not created yet? How does 2Tim. 1:9 echo this? So, is my guarantee of eternal life because a promise was made by the Father to the Son before time began (see Jn.6:37-39)? What is my part in this transaction (see Jn.6:40)? And yet, where does saving faith come from (see Rom.12:3)?
4. Read (Jn.10:25-30). Am I secure in my salvation? Where does security come from? Does that security motivate me to live like I want, or does it motivate me to want to follow Christ even more when I fail (see.v.27)?
5. Does God want me to have confidence when I face trials (see Rom.8:28)? What did I think about George Oliva’s testimony? Where do I find peace in suffering when God does not remove it (see Lk.22:42)? Would I call that surrender?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Jn.19:17-30) It is finished (God’s plan of redemption for sinners)
Tue (Tit.1:1-2) A promise made of eternal life
Wed (2Tim.1:9) That promise was made by the Father to the Son
Thur (Jn.6:37-40) That promise consisted of a redeemed people
Fri (Acts 20:28) The redeemed people would be purchased with the
shed blood of Jesus Christ
Sat (2Cor.5:21) The death of Christ reconciled sinners to God

Discipleship begins at home: The secret children and parents need to know to have a godly family!
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March 18, 2018 09:27 AM PDT
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cd.18.03.18 March 18, 2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“It takes wisdom to have a good family, and it takes understanding to make it strong.” Pr.24:3 (NCV)

WISDOM IS: The God given ability to see life from GOD’S POINT OF VIEW!

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation, but be filled with the Spirit…(21) submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Eph.5:18

THE SECRET IS: The Holy Spirit’s control empowers the DISCIPLE’S SUBMISSION!

• Wives submit with respect!
• Husbands submit with love!

CHILDREN AND PARENTS SUBMIT WITH:

1. OBEDIENCE AND HONOR by the children!

“(1) Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. (2) ‘Honor your father and mother,’ which is the first commandment with promise: (3) that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth.” Eph.6:1-3

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2. Avoiding sinful PROVOCATIONS by the parents!

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Eph.6:4

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3. Consistent LOVING DISCIPLINE and WISE VERBAL INSTRUCTION by the parents!

“And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.” Eph.6:4

THIS IS LEARNING: USING ACTIONS!

“Rather bring them up with discipline….” Eph.6:4 (NLT)

“For the LORD disciplines those He loves, and He punishes those He accepts as His children.” Heb.12:6 (NLT)

“He who spares his rod hates his son, but he who loves him disciplines him promptly.” Prov.13:24
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THIS IS LEARNING: USING WORDS!

“And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again…talk about them when you are at home…away on a journey…lying down and when you are getting up again.” Deut.6:6-7 (NLT)

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Pr.22:6 (NKJV)

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SO WHAT?

1. Do I want to raise a moralist or a Spirit filled Christian?

“(4) Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! (5) You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (6) And these words which I command you today shall be in your heart. (7) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, when you walk by the way, when you lie down and when you rise up.” Deut. 6:4-7

And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Eph.5:18

<>“One of the most seductive false gospels is moralism…The basic structure of moralism comes down to this—the belief that the gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior…In other words, we communicate to lost persons the message that what God desires for them and demands of them is to get their lives straight…Add to this the fact that the process of parenting and child rearing tends to teach moralism from our earliest years. Very quickly we learn that our parents are concerned with our behavior. Well behaved children are rewarded with parental approval, while misbehavior brings parental sanction. This message is reinforced by other authorities in young lives and pervades the culture at large…The point is clear---this being raised right is what parents expect, the culture affirms, and many churches celebrate. But our communities are filled with people who have been ‘raised right’ but are headed to hell.”
Dr. Albert Mohler<>

2. Will I surrender my will today to live and parent empowered by the Holy Spirit?

“I say then: `Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.’” Gal.5:16

<>“The parent who studies to subdue self-will in his child works together with God in the renewing and saving of a soul. The parent who indulges (self-will) does the devil’s work, makes religion impracticable, salvation unattainable, and does all that in him lies to damn his child, soul and body forever.”
Susannah Wesley<>

SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is the secret children and parents need to know to cultivate a Godly family!

1. Think back on your years growing up. What was the most helpful lesson you learned from your parents?
What was the most discouraging experience you had with your parents?
2. There are 260 chapters in the New Testament, 7959 verses, and 184,590 words. Yet there are only 4 verses in Eph.6 (79 words) on how to parenting and 2 verses (25 words) in Col.3 on how to parenting. Why, in light of all the parenting books in Christian bookstores, is there seemingly so little instruction from the New Testament on this matter? Could it be that we have focused way too much on the externals of parenting and not the internals? What are the internals (see Eph.5:18, 21).
3. Read (Eph.6:1-4). What does the Bible say is the children’s role in the Christian home? What does the Bible say is the role of the parent’s in the Christian home? What happens to these roles when the power of the Holy Spirit is not sought in the parent’s live and the children’s lives? (see Gal.5:16-23)
4. Read Dr. Mohler’s quote on pg.3 of the outline under #1 of SO WHAT? What are my thoughts on this?
5. Read Susannah Wesley’s quote on pg. 3 of the outline under #2 of SO WHAT? What are my thoughts on this? Close in prayer.

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Eph.6:1-4) The roles of children and parents
Tue (Eph.5:18) The source of the power and desire needed
to be Godly children and parents
Wed (Eph.5:21) The attitude the Holy Spirit fills
willing children and parents with
Thur (Col.3:20-21) How parents can avoid discouraging
their children
Fri (Gal.5:16-23) How to overcome the flesh in family relationships
Sat (Prov.22:6) The greatest promise in the Bible on successful
parenting

Discipleship begins at home: The call every husband needs to heed to lead his family!
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March 11, 2018 09:06 AM PDT
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cd.18.03.11 March 11,2018 Message by Denny Mashburn

“For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body.” Eph.5:23

HUSBANDS, YOU WERE SAVED TO LEAD, SO:

1. Be filled with the HOLY SPIRIT!

“And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit.” Eph.5:18

<>“Spiritual leadership is moving people on to God’s agenda.”
Henry Blackaby<>

A. The Spirit will give you the power to submit: “..submitting to one another in the fear of God.” Eph.5:21
B. The Spirit will give you the power to love: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love…..” Gal.5:22

2. Love your wife SACRIFICIALLY!

“Husbands love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her…” Eph.5:25

“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.” Phil.2:8

<>“Love is not based on the attractiveness of the person being loved, but on the character of the lover (Rom.5:8).”<>

3. Love your wife SPIRITUALLY!

“(26) that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, (27) that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish.” Eph.5:26-27

<>“Is my wife more like Christ today because of my love for her?”<>

4. Love your wife AFFECTIONATELY!

“(28) So husbands ought to love their own wives as their own bodies; he who loves his wife loves himself. (29) For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as the Lord does the church. (30) For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones.” Eph.5:28-30

<>“Is my wife secure in my love?”<>

5. Love your wife PERMANENTLY!

“(31) `For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.’ (32) This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (33) Nevertheless let each one of you in particular so love his own wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.” Eph.5:31-33

“For He Himself has said, `I will never leave you nor forsake you.’”
Heb.13:5b

<>“Have I ever given my wife reason to doubt that I will always be there?”<>

SO WHAT?

1. (Plank test) Honey, do you feel loved by me?

“(3) And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not consider the plank in your own eye? (4) Or how can you say to your brother, `Let me remove the speck from your eye;’ and look, a plank is in your own eye? (5) Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” Matt.7:3-5

• Affection (Do you feel genuine affection from me?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10 (1 unsatisfied, 10 being very satisfied)
• Conversation (Do you feel I spend enough time talking with you in a meaningful way?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Honesty and Openness (Do you feel like you can trust me?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Financial support (Do you feel secure in the level of financial support I provide?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Family support (It has been said that the best husband is a good father, so do I provide the emotional and spiritual support you and the children need?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• ALL OF THE ABOVE (Lord, how would You rate me on each of
these?)

2. (Satisfaction test) Honey, do I please you?

“But he who is married cares about the things of the world---how he may please his wife.” 1Cor.7:33

• Words of affirmation (Do I encourage you or tear you down with my words?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Acts of service (Do I meet your practical needs?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Quality time (Do I spend enough time with you?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Physical touch (Do I give you enough physical touch/attention?)
1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
• Gifts (Do I let you know with gifts I am thinking about you?)
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3. (Understanding test) Honey, do you feel I live with you in an understanding way?)

“Husbands, likewise, dwell with them with understanding, giving honor to the wife, as to the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life, that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1Pet.3:7

• Sensitive/Considerate (Do you feel I am considerate of you?)
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• Value (Do you feel I am sensitive to you as the weaker vessel?)
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• Value (Do you feel like you are my companion for life?)
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SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is to show a Christian husband how to be the spiritual leader of his home by first of all submitting to his wife in love.

1. Larry Christenson: (A Christian wife writes) “(Husbands) Do not yield your leadership, that is the main thing. Don’t hand us the reins. We would consider this an abdication on your part. It would confuse us, it would alarm us, it would make us draw back. Quicker than anything else, it will fog the clear vision that made us love you in the first place. Oh, we will try to get you to give up your position as Number One in the house. That is the terrible contradiction in us. We will seem to be fighting you to the last ditch for final authority, but in the obscure recesses of our hearts we want you to win. You have to win, for we aren’t made for leadership. It is a pose!” How do I respond to that quote, agree or disagree?
2. What does (Eph.5:23; 1Cor.11:3) teach me about God’s view of leadership in the home? What is a spiritual leader? (see Blackaby’s quote on pg.1 of the outline)
3. Read (Eph.5:25-33). How is a husband to lead in the home? Where does he get the power and desire to lead this way (see Eph.5:18, 21)? Look at the Plank Test under SO WHAT on pg. 3 of the outline. Are these 5 ways of showing love basic needs and expectations for most women?
4. Look at the Satisfaction Test and Understanding Test on pg. 3 of the outline. Which one gets my attention and why?
5. One woman said, “If I don’t feel loved, it is the same to me as if I am not loved. The deal is never closed. “Keep on pursuing me!” What are my thoughts on this in light of (Eph.5:25)?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (Eph.5:25-33) Husbands lead with love
Tue (Eph.5:18) The husband’s power comes from being Spirit-filled
Wed (Eph.5:21) The Spirit’s power motivates the husband to subjugate
his needs to the needs of his wife first
Thu (1Cor.13:1-7, Gal.5:22) Love is a verb and a fruit of the Spirit
Fri (1Pet.3:7) The husband’s submission involves understanding
Sat (1Cor.7:33) The husband’s submission involves pleasing his wife

Discipleship begins at home: Questions about the wife’s role when facing troubles in marriage!
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March 04, 2018 09:14 AM PST
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cd.18.03.04 March 4, 2018 Message by Pastor Denny Mashburn

“But even if you do marry, you have not sinned; and if a virgin marries, she has not sinned. Nevertheless such will have trouble in the flesh, but I would spare you.” 1Cor.7:28

<>“We must never be naïve enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the fall. The deepest struggles of life will occur in the most primary relationship affected by the fall: marriage.”
Dan Allender and Tremper Longman III<>

MARRIAGE INVOLVES SUBMISSION IN TIMES OF UNIQUE PRESSURES AND TROUBLES, SO:

1. A Christian wife married to a Christian should STAY MARRIED or REMAIN SINGLE if she leaves!

“(10) Now to the married I command, yet not I but the Lord: A wife is not to depart from her husband. (11) But even if she does depart, let her remain unmarried or be reconciled to her husband. And a husband is not to divorce his wife.” 1Cor.7:10-11

2. A Christian wife who became a Christian while married to an unbeliever and he wants to stay married, then she should STAY MARRIED!

“(12) But to the rest I, not the Lord, say: If any brother has a wife who does not believe, and she is willing to live with him, let him not divorce her. (13) And a woman who has a husband who does not believe, if he is willing to live with her, let her not divorce him. (14) For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband; otherwise your children would be unclean, but now they are holy.”
1Cor.7:12-14

3. A Christian wife who became a Christian while married to an unbeliever and he wants to leave, LET HIM GO!

“(15) But if the unbeliever departs, let him depart; a brother or sister is not under bondage in such cases. But God has called us to peace. (16) For how do you know, O wife, whether you will save your husband? Or how do you know, O husband, whether you will save your wife? 1Cor.7:15-16

4. A Christian wife who married an unbeliever in direct disobedience to God’s word needs to REPENT AND ASK FORGIVENESS!

“(14) Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? (15) And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? (16) And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God, as God has said: `I will dwell in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people.’(17) Therefore `come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you.’ (18) `I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.’” 2Cor.6:14-18

5. A Christian wife who is married to an abusive husband should SPEAK SOFTLY, find a SAFE PLACE and APPEAL TO AUTHORITY!

“A soft answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger.” Pr.15:1

“A wise man fears and departs from evil, but a fool rages and is self-confident.” Pr.14:16

“When they persecute you in this city, flee to another…..” Matt.10:23a

“(15) Moreover if your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between you and him alone. If he hears you, you have gained your brother. (16) But if he will not hear, take with you one or two more, that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.”
Matt.18:15-16

6. A Christian wife who is married to a man who does not obey God’s word should WIN HIM TO CHRIST!

“(1) Wives, likewise, be submissive to your own husbands, that even if some do not obey the word, they without a word, may be won by the conduct of their wives, (2) when they observe your chaste conduct accompanied by fear. (3) Do not let your adornment be merely outward—arranging the hair, wearing gold, or putting on fine apparel—(4) rather let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is very precious in the sight of God. (5) For in this manner, in former times, the holy women who trusted in God also adorned themselves, being submissive to their own husbands, (6) as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord, whose daughters you are if you do good and are not afraid with any terror.” 1Pet.3:1-6

“(18) Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh. (19) For this is commendable, if because of conscience toward God one endures grief, suffering wrongfully. (20) For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently? But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God. (21) For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: ‘Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth’; (23) who when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously.”
1Pet.2:18-23

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SMALL GROUP DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

• The theme of this message is answering tough questions about the role of wives when facing the troubles and downside of marriage!

1. Dan Allender and Tremper Longman said: “We must never be naïve enough to think of marriage as a safe harbor from the fall. The deepest struggles of life will occur in the most primary relationship affected by the fall: marriage.” Do I agree or disagree and why?
2. Read (1Cor.7:28) In the longest chapter in the Bible regarding marriage, the Apostle Paul notes that marriage, even for Christians, has a downside to it. What is the downside in this verse, “troubles in the ……”? What are some of those troubles?
3. Before I heard this sermon, how would I have advised a Christian wife in the following marriage scenarios? Then, consider how the word of God addresses each situation. Do the Scriptures make a difference in my thinking? Should they?

A. An unhappy relationship with another Christian? (now read 1Cor.7:10-11)
B. A wife who became a Christian and is now married to an unbeliever who wants to stay married to her?(see 1Cor.7:12-14)
C. A wife who became a Christian and is now married to an unbeliever who wants to leave? (now see 1Cor.7:15-16)
D. A Christian wife who married an unbeliever in direct disobedience to God’s word? (see 2Cor.6:14-18)
E. A Christian wife who is married to an abusive husband? (see Pr.15:1; Pr.14:16; Matt.10:23a; Matt.18:15-16)
F. A Christian wife married to a man who does not obey God’s word, is not a spiritual leader, and who does not meet her needs? (now see 1Pet.3:1-6; 1Pet.2:18-23)

4. But what if I have failed in these areas? (See 1Jn.1:9)
5. Read (Eph.5:18-21) again. Does this passage give hope in facing whatever difficulties a Christian wife may face in marriage? What hope do these passages give (Phil.4:19; Lk.6:27-38)?

DAILY BIBLE READING

Mon (1Cor.7:25-40) The downside of Christian marriage
Tue (1Cor.7:10-11) Marriage to another Christian
Wed (1Cor.7:12-14) Marriage to an unbeliever who wants to stay
Thu (1Cor.7:15-16) Marriage to an unbeliever who wants to go
Fri (Pr.15:1; Pr.14:16; Matt.18:15-16) Marriage to an abuser
Sat (1Pet.2:18-23; 1Pet.3:1-6) Marriage to a man who does not obey
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