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FAITH UPON TRUTH–Truth Time

Scripture Text—Genesis 22:1-19 Victorious faith rises, runs, and rests upon TRUTH. Jesus=TRUTH The world, the flesh, and the devil offer us, “alternative facts,” that is, lies, about ourselves, people around us, and life itself. Jesus declared that His followers would know the truth and that the truth would set us free. (John 8:32) Jesus, Himself, is the truth. (John 14:6)…

FAITH UNDER TRIAL, (pt. 1)

FAITH UNDER TRIAL, (pt. 1) TEST TIME Sermon notes, 1-22-17 “And after these things God tested Abraham…” Genesis 22:1a When TEST TIME comes in your life experience, remember: 1. Trials are numerous—you are either in one now, just coming out of one now, or about to enter one now, or maybe all three! Trial-free living is not real. 2. Trials…

All The Fullness of God!

All the Fullness of God! Ephesians 3:14-21 This week I have been reflecting on a prayer that Paul prayed over the church in his letter to the Ephesians. In most of Paul’s letters, he begins with exultation and then lets that lead into exhortation. The letter to the Ephesians is no different. Paul has been exulting or rejoicing over who…

Worship. Love. Serve. – The Heart of Worship

(The following is copied from Pastor Larry’s powerpoint from 10/02/16.) PRINCIPLES FOR WORSHIPING WELL TOGETHER Scripture Text: John 4:1-26 1. The core issue of life is worship. 2. The essence of true worship is spirit and truth. 3. When we get the question of worship right, we truly live. As we meditate on the Word this week. Let’s use the following…

BEGINNINGS THAT DISCLOSE BECOMINGS – GENESIS 19

THE BEGINNING OF THE ADVENTURE – LOT LOST A LOT Scriptures: Genesis 19:29; 13:10; Numbers 25:1,3,16-18; I Corinthians 3:1-11; II Peter 2:7-8; Proverbs 5-7; Colossians 3:1-4 This bumper sticker is a lie: “The one who dies with the most toys wins.” Lot Looked Lot Liked Lot Left Lot Landed Lot Lived Lot Led Lot Lingered Lot Lost…a lot! Observations: We live in a wicked, worldly place today,…

Mark 7:31-37

This sermon focused on the surprising intimate and personal love that Jesus showed for the deaf man in light of the universally big and important mission that Jesus was on. Jesus’ interaction with this man served so many God sized purposes that it is tempting for our hearts to think of him as merely an object lesson. In our own…

Mark 7:24-30

Jesus took the disciples to a gentile region right after he taught about external ritual not being able to make someone unclean. While there, he interacted with a Gentile woman who showed that her lack of external ritual had no bering on the fruit coming out of her heart. She was full of humble faith that hoped in Jesus. How…

Mark 6:53-7:23

Jesus denounced the Pharisees for being more interested in following the traditions of man than obeying the Law of God. The Pharisees were guilty of making their religious ritual an end in itself instead of a means to an end. They wanted the appearance of being clean before God without regard for the heart reality. Jesus makes it clear that…

Mark 6:31-52

The focus of this sermon was on the connection between the two accounts in these verses: Jesus sending the disciples out as representatives, and Herod beheading John the Baptist. The connection is found in that Mark is reminding us that John is the fulfillment of the Elijah figure to come and in that reminder sending us back to Malachi chapter…

Mark 6:7-30 – Jesus calls for division

The main point of this sermon was that Jesus calls for a division in humanity between those who accept Jesus and those who reject Jesus. That does not mean that those who accept Jesus should shun or avoid those who reject Jesus. Rather, that repentance and acceptance of Jesus marks the dividing line between those who will be accepted by God…