040818-"The Spirit Overcomes the Flesh" 1 & 2 Samuel/Galatians 5:16-26. We walk by the Spirit, when we want what He wants, produce what He plants and hate what He hates. Now I say walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh because: 1. The Spirit desires what is opposed to the flesh and the flesh desires what is opposed to the Spirit. 2. The works of the flesh are obvious. 3. The Fruit of the Spirit! 4. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
040118-“Easter Lessons In Ruth” Ruth 1-1 and Samuel 20. The Opening Line Of Ruth: “During the time of the judges, there was a famine in the land” -Ruth 1:1. God Has To Empty Us Of All Competing Gods To Break Us & Make Us Willing To Bow To Him Alone. Once Emptied, God Fills Us Through His Providential Blessings In Our Life, Through The Providential People In Our Life, and Through The Providential Redeemer In Our Life.
032518-“The Crisis Of Compromise” Judges 4-21. Sin’s Most Effective Strategy Against Us Is To Gradually Introduce Small Compromises, Sinking Us Into Moral Collapse. Spiritual Principles In Judges:God Can Transform Flawed People Into Leaders; God Allows Our Idols To Enslave Us To Drive Us To Himself; God’s Absence From Our Lives Can Lead To Shocking Moral Depravity; God’s Always To Be Taken Seriously Lest Our Enemy Overtake Us. “In those days there was no king in Israel, every man did what was right in their own eyes”. Judges 21:25.
031818-“Learning God’s Lessons Well” Joshua 8-Judges 3. Experience Is A Great Teacher and a Fool Will Learn No Other Way. A Devotion To Obeying God’s Word Will Keep You From Sin But, Sin Will Keep You From Obeying God’s Word. Learn God’s Lessons: About Unconfessed Sin (Josh. 7-8); About Prayerless Decision Making (Josh. 9); About Trusting God To Do Battle For Us (Josh. 10-14).
031118-“Leadership Development” Deuteronomy 20-Joshua 7. The Long Term Success Of Any Institution Is Dependent On An Effective Transfer Of Leadership. The Principles Learned: God Will Not Tolerate The Rebellion Of Men; God Is The Power Behind The Leader & The Sword; God’s Glory Must Always Be Sought Over Personal Accomplishments; God Blesses Leaders Who Love What He Loves & Hate What He Hates; God Alone Is Indispensable! Human Leaders Come & Go.
030418-“Don’t Forget To Remember” Numbers 34-Deuteronomy 19. We Always Face Unpleasant Consequences In Life When We Fail To Remember What God Says In His Word. John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commands”. For Your Own Good, Remember To Walk In God’s Ways, To Love The Lord Your God, To Worship The Lord Your God, To Keep The Lord’s Commands.
022518- “Beware Of Yourself” Numbers 16-33. The Person You Are Most Easily Deceived By Is Yourself! Beware Of Yourself! “A Faithful Door Keeper In The House Of The Lord Will Be Honored More By God Than An Unfaithful Pastor Or Priest!” Beware Of Yourself:If You Desire A Higher Position Of Leadership (Ch. 16), If You Take Credit For God’s Work In Your Life (Ch. 20), If You Fail To Trust God To Fight Your Battles (Ch. 21), If You Fight Against God’s Sovereign Plans (Ch. 22-25).
021818-“When We Doubt God” Numbers 1-15. Our Greatest Struggle In Life Is To Trust God Instead Of Our Own Reasoning. When We Doubt God We Begin To Complain, We Rebel Against Leadership, We Act Out In Disobedience, and then we Face God’s
021118-“God’s Dwelling Is With Humanity” Leviticus 11-27. For All Eternity, God Has Determined To Assemble A People With Whom To Dwell. Leviticus Calls Attention To God’s Condemnation Of Sin & Uncleanness; God’s Provision For Fellowship With Him; God’s Determination To Make A Holy People and God’s Desire To Dwell Among Us. “You are to be holy to Me because I, Yahweh, am holy, and I have set you apart from the nations to be Mine” -Leviticus 20:26
020418-“His Name Is Yahweh” Exodus 30-Leviticus 10. The Way To God
Is By Sacrifice;The Walk With God Is By Separation. In The Name Yahweh He Is Compassion & Grace; He Is Slow To Anger; He Is Rich In Faithful Love and He Forgives Wrongdoing, Rebellion & Sin. Romans 12:1-2 “…by the mercies of God, I urge you to offer yourselves as a living sacrifice, holy & pleasing to God, this is your spiritual worship…”
010718- “In The Beginning” Genesis 1-23. Genesis Reveals God’s Relentless
Plan To Restore Fellowship With Humanity & Fulfill His Purpose For Creation. In The Beginning There Was God, There Was Creation, There Was Law, There Was Sin, There Was Judgment, There Was A Nation, There Was Salvation.
123117-“God’s Work In Us” 1 Thessalonians 5:23-28. God uses everything that happens to you, good and bad, to make you more like Jesus.
122417-“Glory To God In The Highest” Luke 2:1-14. God’s Glory Is The Essence Of His Character; And, We Give Him Glory When We Honor His Character. God Is Glorified In The Christmas Story: By The Birth Of The Christ, By The Peace Christ Offers, and By The Believers He Favors.
121717- "Let God's Spirit Be Your Guide" 1 Thessalonians 5:20-22. God Gave You His Spirit To Guard You From Error; But, You Have To Maintain
Your Connection With Him. The Holy Spirit Helps Inflame A Passion For God’s Word In Us (v.20), Helps Us Investigate & Confirm The Truth (v.21), Helps Us Condemn & Avoid All Counterfeits (v.22).
121017-"Don't Stifle the Spirit" 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19. We Suffocate The Spirit’s Work When We Take Lightly The Authority That Scripture Has Over Our Lives. When We’re Submitted To The Spirit’s GPS: We Will Always Rejoice (v.16) We Will Constantly Pray (v.17) We Will Give Thanks In Everything (v.18).
112617- "Nurturing Relationships" 1 Thessalonians 5:12-15. A Key Mark Of
Genuine Christian Faith Is That It Changes The Way We Relate To Others. Who Makes Up A Congregation? The Laborers—Recognize Them! The Leaders—Recognize Them! The Irresponsible—Warn Them! The Discouraged—Comfort Them! The Weak—Help Them! Toward Everyone In The Congregation: Be Patient, Don’t Seek Revenge, Pursue Good For Each Other.
111917-"Give Thanks" 1 Thessalonians 5:18.“Give thanks in everything, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus”. When We Give Thanks Despite The Circumstances We Proclaim To The World That God Can Be Trusted,That God Is Most Valuable, and Our Submission To God’s Will.
111217-"Like a Thief in the Night" 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11- God Intends To Use Our Awareness Of Prophetic Truth To Change Us. The “Day Of The Lord”
Comes Like A Thief In The Night, Will Not Overtake Us Like A Thief, Demands That We Wake Up, Demands We Put On The Armor Of Faith & Love, Demands We Put On The Helmet Of The Hope Of Salvation.
110517- "Don't Be Uninformed" 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. God Wants You To Know That Your Deceased Loved Ones In Christ Are Waiting To See You Again In The Same Way You’re Waiting To See Them. Our Reunion With Loved Ones Begins With Jesus’ Return, Is Announced By The Archangel, Advances With Their Resurrection, Continues With Our Resurrection, Climaxes At A Meeting In The Clouds.
102917-"In the Presence of Outsiders" 1 Thessalonians 4:9-12.If Your Christian Life Was A Movie, The World Would View Your Everyday Life Like The Trailer. Walk Properly In The Presence Of Outsiders: Love One Another Even More (v.9-10)
Seek To Lead A Quiet Life (v.11a) Mind Your Own Business (v.11b) Work With Your Own Hands (v.11c)
102217-"This Is God's Will" 1 Thessalonians 4:1-8. You Can’t Add God’s Will To Your Life; It’s A Course You Choose To Follow. Our Salvation Consists Of: “JUSTIFICATION”-FREE from Penalty of Sin; “SANCTIFICATION”-FREE from Power of Sin; "GLORIFICATION” -FREE from Presence of Sin.
101517-"You Are Here For Us" 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13. “We’re Not Just
Here For You;You’re Here For Us”. Your Life: Impacts Our Faith, Impacts Our Love, Impacts Our Joy, Impacts Our Prayer Life, Impacts Our Hearts.
100817-“Destined For Trials” 1 Thessalonians 3:1-5. When Hard Times Come, Be A Disciple; Not, A Victim. Focus On Caring For Others Instead Of Yourself (v.1-2), Focus On Your Response Instead Of The Storm (v.3), Focus On Eternity Instead Of The Temporary Persecution (v.4), Focus On Persevering Instead Of the Satanic Opposition (v.5).
100117-“Welcoming God’s Word” 1st Thessalonians 2:13-20. Only When We Welcome Scripture As The Very Words Of God Will It Work In A Dynamic Way To Change Us. When You Welcome God’s Word You Will: Accept It’s Authority In Your Life v.13, Face Hostility From People v.14-15, Be Vindicated By God Some Day v.16, Face Satanic Opposition v.17-18, Receive A Crown For Souls Discipled v.19-20.
9/24/17-“Captured By The Gospel” 1 Thessalonians 2:7-12. When You’re Truly Captured By The Gospel, You Can’t Help But Share With Others Your Very Soul. If You’re Captured By The Gospel… You’ll Share Your Soul With Others Like A Nursing Mother (v.7-10) and You’ll Share Your Soul With Others Like A Father (v.11-12).
9/17/17-“Made Bold By God” 1 Thessalonians 2:1-6. If Your Boldness—To Please
The Lord—Is In Him, It Won’t Matter What The Critics Say About You. Boldness, In The Lord, Sets You Free From Fear Of Opposition v.2;Free From Intent To Deceive v.3;Free From The Praise Of Men v.4;Free From Greedy Motives v.5;Free From Self-Glory v.6.