Dealing with Heavenly and Earthly Relationships (Proverbs, Part 100)

• January 15th, 2017

Last week, we began by asking the rhetorical question, who is without sin? The cleansing we enjoy is not because of anything we have done, but because of what Jesus did. Youngsters say what comes to mind because they haven’t developed the ability to hide their motives. We looked at a number of principles for daily, principled living for the home, the job, and at church. This morning, we’ll finish up this chapter by looking at some important relationships.

Our passage for today is found in Pro. 20:20-30 and I hope you take the time to read it.

We start with a relationship that everyone has. Grab your Bible adn follow along.

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Rapid Fire Principles (Proverbs, Part 99)

• January 8th, 2017

The last time we were in Proverbs, we learned the wise man stays away from strife, but the fool argues about things that don't matter. Don't allow yourself to be baited into an argument. There are fights to fight, but this isn't what Solomon is talking about. He's talking about nonsensical arguments where you're wasting breath. Be mindful of the plans others have or present to you. They may not be what they appear to be so take the time to ask the right questions. Loyalty and trustworthiness are qualities that are diminishing as we move through time. Become the person that God wants you to be. We saw the value of a godly king and the Queen of Sheba recognized that quality in Solomon.

This morning, we'll see some rapid fire principles; some that we've already looked at and we'll also dive into the issue of trustworthiness.

Take a look at our passage found in Proverbs 20:9-19.

Let’s start with one of my favorite topics. Solomon says, "Who can say, 'I have cleansed my heart, I am pure from sin?’” It’s a rhetorical question, but we can quickly answer it.

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Good News for 2017

• January 1st, 2017

Take a look at our passage for today found in Rom. 10:11-15.

Notice the words in v.15, “Good news of good things.”

I looked at what the Associated Press said were their top stories of 2016. There were some items that people will consider good news while most people will consider it all bad. Here are the top news stories of 2016 according to AP.

What does that have to do with serving God. Listen in and find out!

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Christmas - The Fascination of the Shepherds

• December 18th, 2016

Last week we focused on the shepherds and the angels for good reason that we will see this morning. The familiarity of this Christmas story shouldn't prevent us from learning something new each time we look at it. The shepherds were scared out of their minds when the angel of the Lord appeared, but the angel told them something incredible: a Savior had been born. The angel even gave them a sign on how to find the One. Tha's the good news of Jesus Christ. This morning, we'll see how the shepherds went from frightened to fascinated.

Read Luke 2:11-20 to get a feel for the context as we take a final look this year at the Christmas story.

How did the shepherds respond? They heard the message from the angel of the Lord. "Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord." It was a message of hope, a message of peace, a message of salvation, a message of deliverance.

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Christmas - The Fright of the Shepherds

• December 11th, 2016

Last week we reviewed the journey that Mary and Joseph took to get from Galilee to Bethlehem and why they had to make the trip. We saw what must have been a difficult birth process with only Joseph attending to Mary and what did he know? This was his first child too. We left Jesus in the manger all wrapped up in the swaddling cloths. Let's keep going and see how the other characters responded to the birth of Christ.

Read over Luke 2:6-20 to get an idea of the context of the birth of Christ. Luke tells us that there were, “Some shepherd staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.” The shepherds are always part of the story. We hope you'll stay with us until the end.

You can follow along on our pastor's blog here.

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Christmas - The Characters

• December 4th, 2016

We are all familiar with the Christmas story, maybe too familiar. In our oversaturation of Christmas, the meaning of the message sometimes gets lost because of the season. It doesn’t make sense, but we see it over and over again. Sometimes when we’ve heard a story over and over through the years we get a little distracted because we think of it as a review. We don’t really listen because we know where it’s going because we’ve heard it before. In a Charlie Brown Christmas, Charlie Brown exclaims, “Doesn’t anyone know what Christmas is all about?” We then hear Linus reciting Lu. 2:8-14 and he concludes by saying, “That’s what Christmas is all about.” Every year we hear preachers preach Christmas sermons, but do we really know the Christmas story? This Christmas, we’re going to take the time to walk through Luke’s telling of the birth of Christ. I encourage you to take the time to read it at home too.

I really encourage you to take the time to read Luke 2:1-20 for yourself.

Here’s the overview. When you study the Bible, you need to take a view from above. Too often, people want to get right into it and find all the answers they seek, but are not willing to do the work necessary to get it.

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Looking for a Fight (Proverbs, Part 98)

• November 29th, 2016

The last time we were in Proverbs, we concluded our discussion of social drinking. While this issue can result in a draw as far as definitive direction, the question is not, "Can I drink socially, but why do I want to drink socially?” While you have the freedom to drink, it may not be profitable (1 Cor. 6:12) and may even contribute to the stumbling of others (Gal. 5:13). If you weren't here for both parts, I encourage you to listen to the podcast or read my blog to catch up. This morning, we’ll see some rephrasing of principles we've already looked at and we'll dive into the issue of trustworthiness.

Our text today comes from Proverbs 20:2-8. I hope you'll take time to read it as we start. Solomon starts out with a very simple sentiment: don't do this. Let's join our pastor and find out what Solomon's talking about.

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Examine Yourself

• November 20th, 2016

Our dear friend, Matei Branistareanu, is with us for a very special service. Matei is our missionary to Southeast Romania. Matei is native Romanian and serves churches in Southeast Romania in the style of the Apostle Paul. It's very hard work and we're glad he is with us in America for a bit.

Grab your Bible and sit back and listen to his heart as he encourages us to examine our hearts.

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My Liberty [Part 2](Proverbs, Part 96)

• November 14th, 2016

Two weeks ago, Pastor Ian laid a foundation for the issue of social drinking. To put your mind at ease, he didn't tell you to totally abstain from drinking alcohol and he didn't say take a drink once in a while. He encouraged you to walk through the wisdom of Solomon and then determine what is the wisest thing to do. This morning, we’ll conclude the message about alcohol although we’ll see it again in Proverbs.

Pro. 20:1 says, “Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is intoxicated by it is not wise.”

So, what’s the Bible say about social drinking? We've had nearly a whole message to lay the foundation for this issue that seems to be gaining a foot hold in the church. Sit back and follow along with our pastor as he unpackages this compext issue.

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Persecution in the Church

• November 6th, 2016

How many have seen a submarine in the water? If you haven’t seen one in the drydock, you don’t have the big picture. Today is the International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church and many Christians don’t have the big picture regarding persecution. What is persecution? Where does is come from? Why does it happen? When will it end? These are questions we’ll answer this morning.

I hope you break out your Bible and read Jesus’ words in John 15:20-25.

So what’s the big picture? Jesus begins by saying, “Remember the word that I said to you, ‘A slave is not greater than his master.’” He has told his disciples this truth already. We hope you'll listen in on this very important topic.

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