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Give God Thanks

December 2, 2013

Psalms 100

Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

As we celebrate Thanksgiving we should be sure to thank the One who is the giver of all good gifts, that is, God.

I .  Serving God Faithfully in Peace: II Chronicles 31:20-21

Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

Hezekiah was king over Judah.  He was a godly king who did what was good and right and true in the sight of God.  He did not merely think good things, he did not merely have good intentions, he did not merely say that he was going to do the right things.   He did what was right.  We need to be people of action, not merely good intentions or words.

Hezekiah served God with all his heart.  It was not just  done for the sake of appearance.  It was not just a minor item on a checklist of things to do.  Hezekiah served God with all his heart, and so should we.

As Hezekiah did these things, God caused him to prosper.  That was a nice bonus for Hezekiah.  God does bless those who serve Him.  These blessings come in a variety of ways.

In times of peace and prosperity, we trust God and give God thanks.

II.  Serving God in Times of Conflict:  II Chronicles 32:1-8

After these deeds of faithfulness, Sennacherib king of Assyria came and entered Judah; he encamped against the fortified cities, thinking to win them over to himself. And when Hezekiah saw that Sennacherib had come, and that his purpose was to make war against Jerusalem, he consulted with his leaders and commanders to stop the water from the springs which were outside the city; and they helped him. Thus many people gathered together who stopped all the springs and the brook that ran through the land, saying, “Why should the kings of Assyria come and find much water?” And he strengthened himself, built up all the wall that was broken, raised it up to the towers, and built another wall outside; also he repaired the Millo in the City of David, and made weapons and shields in abundance. Then he set military captains over the people, gathered them together to him in the open square of the city gate, and gave them encouragement, saying, “Be strong and courageous; do not be afraid nor dismayed before the king of Assyria, nor before all the multitude that is with him; for there are more with us than with him. With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God, to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people were strengthened by the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.

Life is not always easy.  There are times of conflict and difficulty.  When faced with these challenges, we should evaluate the situation, and take appropriate action.  Hezekiah saw the danger, and did what he could do.

When he was encouraging his men he did not emphasis that they were ready, that they were prepared, or that that they were strong.  He reminded his men that God was with them.  He was not placing his trust in his own strength or preparations, he was trusting in God.

In times of conflict and difficulty, we trust God and give God thanks.

III.  The Outcome is in God’s Hands

    A.  Hezekiah II Chronicles 31:20-23

Now because of this King Hezekiah and the prophet Isaiah, the son of Amoz, prayed and cried out to heaven. 21 Then the Lord sent an angel who cut down every mighty man of valor, leader, and captain in the camp of the king of Assyria. So he returned shamefaced to his own land. And when he had gone into the temple of his god, some of his own offspring struck him down with the sword there.

22 Thus the Lord saved Hezekiah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem from the hand of Sennacherib the king of Assyria, and from the hand of all others, and guided them on every side. 23 And many brought gifts to the Lord at Jerusalem, and presents to Hezekiah king of Judah, so that he was exalted in the sight of all nations thereafter.

God delivered Hezekiah and the nation of Judah from the king of Assyria.  There was no battle.  The Lord sent an angel who killed so many men during the night, that the survivors left without a fight.

B.  Josiah:  II Kings 23:29

In his days Pharaoh Necho king of Egypt went to the aid of the king of Assyria, to the River Euphrates; and King Josiah went against him. And Pharaoh Necho killed him at Megiddo when he confronted him.

It would be nice to say that those who trust in God and serve Him faithfully never lose… but that would not be true.  Josiah was another king of Judah who had faithfully served God.  He was in the prime of life when he was cut down in battle.  I have sometimes thought that this was unfair, but I recognize that God has reasons for things that we do not know, nor understand.

We are guaranteed victory in the end with the promise of eternal life, but there have been many who have lost their lives while trusting in the Lord their God.  Sometimes even faithful servants of the Lord are cut down in battle.  We need to remember that our true reward does not come in this life, but in the life to come.

Whether in victory, or defeat, whether in life, or in death, we trust God and give Him thanks.

These are the sermon notes from 11/24.  Feel free to make comments or ask questions.

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Who is Jesus?

June 25, 2012

A group of ministers and ministers-in-training were sitting around the other day discussing preaching themes and topics.  It just so happened that the next Sunday I was preaching on the most important topic.  I was preaching Christ.

Colossians 1:13-20

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood,[a] the forgiveness of sins.

15 He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. 16 For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. 17 And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist. 18 And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. 19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

He, meaning God, has delivered us from darkness.  Some Christians, like myself, have grown up in the church.  This is a testimony of the power of God to keep His people in a relationship.  For all of us parents who have raised our children in the church it is comforting to know that we do not have to walk away from God.  For people with this experience, we do not have much knowledge of life in the dark.

Other people have spent many years living in the darkness, for them the contrast of life before Christ, and life after Christ is crystal clear.

Jesus is a king, but His kingdom is not of this earth.  His kingdom will never end and it is the kingdom of light, filled with the love of God.

Jesus is the redeemer.  We are able to become a part of this kingdom only through our faith in Jesus who redeemed us by His blood.   Jesus is the only means of salvation.  There is no other way to be a part of the kingdom of God.

Jesus is the image of the invisible God.  God revealed His character through Jesus.  Christ told His disciples “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.”

Jesus is the firstborn over all creation.  Some people mistakenly interpret this to mean that Jesus was the first thing created.  It is better understood as a metaphor, referring to Jesus place as head over all creation.

Jesus is the creator.  At creation, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, all took part in the creation of the world.

In Jesus, all things hold together.  This is particularly fascinating to me.  Science can explain only so much of the mechanics of our universe.  The force that holds everything together is Christ Himself.

Jesus is the head of the church.   There are human leaders, here on earth, but no one can usurp the unique place of Christ as supreme leader of all believers.

Jesus is the first-born from the dead.  There were people in both the Old and New Testaments who were raised from the dead.  These people later died a natural death and their lives on earth were over.  Jesus was the first to be raised from the dead and given His new body.  One day we too, will be raised and will be like Him.

Jesus was fully God.  Jesus was a human, but He was also fully God.  This is impossible in human reasoning, but not impossible with God.

Christ is the way, the only way to be reconciled with God.  Some people read verse 20 and believe that all creation will be saved; that even the devil will one day be reconciled to God.  If Colossians 1:20 were the only verse in the scriptures then we might continue to think that is true.  There are more scriptures.

Revelation 20:12-15

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God,[a] and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. 14 Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.[b] 15 And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.

Clearly not all are saved.  Yet I believe that salvation is offered to all.  The problem is that not all receive salvation because they reject the offer of salvation in Christ and do not believe in the One who died for them.

John 3:16-19

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.

So Jesus is our King, our redeemer, the image of God, the firstborn over all creation, the creator, sustainer, the head of the church, the first-born from the dead, He is God-in-the-flesh.

His offer of salvation is offered to all, but will we accept His offer?

New Life

April 10, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Easter Sunday 4/8/12.

I.  Matthew 28:1-8  He has risen.

Easter morning we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.  We should remember that there can be no resurrection without the crucifixion.

II.  Romans 6:1-4  Walk in Newness of Life

Christ has offered us a new life through His death and resurrection.  We are to die to sin, be buried with Christ in baptism, and walk in newness of life.  If the Spirit of God is dwelling in our hearts, we will be changed.

III.  II Corinthians 5:14-17  A New Creation

We are not to live for ourselves, but for Christ.  The old is gone, we are new in Christ.

The Journey Through Life

March 26, 2012

Here are the sermon notes from Sunday, March 25, 2012.

I.  Deuteronomy 8:2-7  The Journey

A.  God leads us

1.  He humbles us.

2.  He tests us.

3.  He chastens us.

When bad things are happening in our lives, it is appropriate to search for a reason.  We do not always understand, but we can always trust.

B.  Man does not live by bread alone.   Do not neglect the Word.  Remember to feed our spiritual nature.

C.  Keep the commandments of God.

D.  God is bringing us to a good land.

II.  Deuteronomy 10:12-13  Walk With God

A.  Keep the commandments of God.

B. The commandments of God are for our own good.

C.  Bonus Point: Love the stranger.  (or immigrants, verse 19)

III.  Deuteronomy 11:26-28  It is Your Choice

A.  God promises blessings if we are obedient.

B.  God warns of curses if we disobey.

Conclusion:  The journey of life goes better if we walk with God and live according to His commandments.

Give Thanks in Everything

November 21, 2011

I have been on a break from blogging.  It started back when I was doing a roofing project that consumed my time and energy.  It continued as I simply got out of the habit.  I have plenty to do, and unless I am intentional about maintaining the blog, it is easy to leave out of my schedule.

Today, I am sharing the sermon notes from yesterday.  Please look up the scriptures.  They contain the primary material.

I.  I Thessalonians 5:18  We give thanks for salvation, for friends and family,  for the many blessings that God has given us, but do we really give thanks “in everything”?

II.  Matthew 16:21-23  Peter was thinking in human standards.  Jesus was thinking of God’s plan.  Often human standards are in the way of God’s plans.

Verses 24-27  We need to be willing to let go of our plans to fulfill God’s plan for our lives.

III.  Matthew 6:19-21  Where is our treasure?  Are we building our own kingdom, or are we working for the kingdom of God?

IV.  Matthew 9:35-38  We should be praying for God to send out laborers, but we should also be laboring ourselves for the kingdom of God.

V.  Matthew 6: 24  Are we serving God, or seeking financial gain?

VI.  Matthew 6:25-33  Seek first the kingdom of God.

Conclusion:  We are richly blessed in many ways.  It is appropriate to be thankful for the blessings.   We need to be careful that we do not seek simply the blessings that God gives to us.  Sometimes, fulfilling the call of God for our lives means discomfort.  We are to “take up our cross” and follow Him.  We are to give thanks “in all things”.  Our desire should be, not for the material blessings of this world, but to one day hear the words “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Are You True?

October 17, 2011

Here are the notes from Sunday’s sermon.

I.  Read Amos 5:14-15

Seek good and not evil.  In order to do that we need the guidance of the Word and of the Holy Spirit.  They will work together to help us identify what is good.

We should also seek justice.  There are two kinds of justice, criminal and distributive.  As Christians we should seek to influence society to be just for all.

II.  Read Amos 5:16-24

A.  The day of the Lord will be a day of judgment for many.

B.  God is not pleased with an appearance of godliness.  Empty religious expressions anger Him.

C.  Our faith in God should inspire righteousness and justice.

Far too often we are only concerned about justice for ourselves and quick to point out unrighteousness in others.  It should be the other way around.  We should seek for righteousness in our own lives and justice for others.

III.  Read Amos 7:7-9

A plumb line is a string with a weight attached.  It is used in construction to verify a true vertical ascent.  If God checks our lives, are we true, or are we starting to veer away from the ideal?

IV.  Read Revelations 3:1-6

In chapters two and three of Revelations, God writes to the churches.  In those letters are commendations for doing well, and warnings about things that need to change.  I would encourage you to read all of the letters and ask yourself what would God write to you?

V.  Read Matthew 16:24-27

Our relationship with God is not a get-out-of-hell-free card.  It is meant to be a new life, a life that we live for God, and with God.  Have we truly let go of the old life?  Have we taken up the life that God has for us?  Are we living for Him, or for ourselves?

What would God write to us?

9/11 Memorial Sermon Outline

September 12, 2011

America changed on 9/11.

Before that day, we were confident and unafraid; almost untouchable.  Terrorism was a problem for other countries, but not for us.  In the immediate aftermath of the attack there was much fear.  I remember assuring people , that everything would be all right, that, as Christians,  we can place our trust in God.

Psalms 61:1-4

I)  We Became More Vigilant

Our security measures increased greatly after 9/11.  Airport security was changed forever.  The Department of Homeland Security was created.  The Patriot Act was initiated.  The War on Terror was begun, and fought around the world, but especially in Afghanistan and Iraq.

As Christians, we too, should be more vigilant.  We should watch out, for our enemy “prowls about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour”.  I speak of course, of the enemy of our souls, Satan, or the devil, our one true enemy.  He would seek to destroy our faith, or, at least to render us ineffective for the Kingdom of God.

II.  An Increased Appreciation for Those Who Serve

Since 9/11 we have an increased appreciation for those who serve  in the military, law enforcement, firefighters and emergency medical personnel.  This appreciation is well deserved and we do thank them for their service.

As Christians, we should appreciate those who serve, especially those who serve as missionaries.  Missionaries leave their homes and families to wherever God may send them.  There are many forms of service to God.  We should show appreciation to  those who serve the Kingdom of God in diverse ways.

III.  We Remember

We should remember those who have given their lives.  Those who died on 9/11 and the thousands who have died in the War on Terror.

We should also remember those who have died in service to the Lord.   There are still people who die a martyr’s death.  We should appreciate those who have given their lives in service to the King of Kings.

IV  The Future

As we look to the future, we continue to place our trust in God.  He is a faithful shepherd who will guide His people safely through the journey of this life.

Psalms 23

 

 

The Role of Faith

August 31, 2011

There are different aspects of faith.

I.  Saving Faith  Ephesians 2:8-10

We recognize that we are saved by grace through faith for good works.  We do not reach out to God.  God, by his grace has reached out to us.  We are able to respond to God’s grace by receiving it in faith, or rejecting it in unbelief.  If we have responded in faith, then the Spirit of God enters into our hearts and we are “born again’ in the Spirit.  If the Spirit of God dwells within us, then we will be changed.  We do not change so that we can be saved.  We are saved so that we can change.

II.   Growing Faith  II Corinthians 8:7

As we continue in our relationship with God our faith will grow.  The more that we see God at work in our lives, and in the lives of others, the deeper our faith will be established.  As time goes on, the various tests and trials of life will not shake our faith in the One who is with us always.

III.  Miraculous Faith

A.  Matthew 27:21  This verse, by itself, gives us the impression that we can ask for anything that we want, and that we will receive it, if only we have enough faith.

B.  James 4:3  This verse tells us that there are things that we ask for and do not receive, not because of a lack of faith, but rather because we have asked “amiss”.

C.  I John 5:14-15  this verse reveals the condition that if we ask anything “according to His will”  he hears us.  We recognize that we must be willing to pray, even as Jesus prayed,  “not my will, but thine, be done”.

D.  I Corinthians 12:7-11 reveals that miraculous faith is a gift of the Holy Spirit, distributed as He wills.  We all need saving faith.  We also all should have a faith that recognizes that God can do anything.  Miraculous faith is when God reveals to us , not that He can, but that He will, do something.

Sometimes people want something so badly, that they wrongly assume that their will is God’s will and then their  miraculous faith is in error.  This can be devastating.  It is caused by a lack of understanding that we are to submit to the will of God, even if we do not understand it.

E.  Philippians 4:6-7 We can bring our requests to God, knowing that He hears us and is able to help us.  We can know that whatever happens, His grace is sufficient for us, and so we can be at peace.

I hope that you will take the time to look up the verses that are listed.  They are powerful and important  in presenting the complete message.

Judgement and Hope

August 15, 2011

Today’s blog is a brief outline of the message that I preached yesterday.  I have not typed out the Bible references.  I would encourage you to read them for yourself as you go through this outline.  They are a vital part of the message.

Introduction

Jeremiah was known as the weeping prophet.  He was called as a young man to proclaim a coming judgement to a people who would not listen.  He preached for years.  His message was met with disdain.  He was ridiculed, beaten, and imprisoned.  He loved his people but they did not return his love.  He lived to see the judgement of God fall upon the nation of Israel.

I.  Jeremiah 7:2-14  Warning of Coming Judgement

The children of Israel were over-confident in their standing as the people of God.  Their history would not save them.  The presence of the temple will not save them.  They cannot choose to obey some of the commandments and ignore others.

We can see ourselves in this story.  A form of godliness will not save us.  Our history will not save us.  The presence of many churches will not save us.  We cannot choose to obey some commandments and ignore others.

We are called to walk with God and be His people.  If we are doing that, we will keep His commandments.

II.  Jeremiah 7:23-24 Who Will Listen to the Truth?

The truth was spoken, but they did not listen.

Today, who listens to the truth?

How familiar is the phrase, ” I know I shouldn’t but…”

III.  Jeremiah 7:28  Truth has Perished

We believe what we want to believe.  Philosophers call it “cognitive relativism”  where people create their own truth.  Some examples are: The Bible is a good book.  Jesus was a good man.  Creation is a nice story.

IV.  Judgment and Hope

Jeremiah 9:12-16  They have followed their own ways, so judgement is coming.

9: 23-24  There is hope for the faithful, even in the midst of judgement.

17:5-6  Judgement against the unbeliever is sure

17:7-8 Hope is offered to those who trust in God.

Conclusion

Seek to walk with God, keep His commandments, and it will be well with us.