10AM Sunday 6/25/17 – “Cup of Sorrow” Acts 14 – CD#1648

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God uses ordinary men and women who are willing to partake of Jesus’ Cup of Sorrow (Mark 14:36). When the people of Lystra wanted to exalt Paul and Barnabas as ‘gods’ Paul begged them to stop, saying they were not gods, but ordinary men (Acts 14). When we read of the sufferings of the heroes of faith in the Old & New Testaments we tend to think of them as ‘super saints’. But God uses ordinary people to accomplish amazing work on earth. God wants to use us, but we must be available.  God is not looking for ability He is looking for ‘availability’.  God is looking for Christians willing to drink of His Cup of Sorrow for the joy set before them; just as Jesus drank of that Cup for His Bride, the church “…for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”.   (Hebrews 12:2)

 

‘Father’s Day’ – 10 AM Sunday 6/18/17 – “Dad’s Disciples” – Acts 13:13-52 CD#1647

 

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Christian Dads in the first century discipled their sons & daughters so they would know that Christ died on the cross for our sins, that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day (Acts 13). They taught the children that the prophecies of God in the Old Testament, about Christ’s suffering and death, and about Jesus being despised & rejected, were all fulfilled. Parents taught their children that all of God’s purposes were fulfilled in Jesus Christ.    Compare Paul’s sermon here in Acts 13, with Peter’s sermon in Acts 2, and you’ll find their messages are essentially the same. Christian Dads in the 21st century are responsible to teach their children in that same way about Jesus’ perfect life, His death for our sins, and the Resurrection Life. Christian Fathers today must – most importantly – be examples, just as Christ taught His Disciples by His Word and by His example. Sorry about the audio static.  

Sunday 10am 6/11/17 “God’s Overflowing Love” – Acts 13 – CD#1647

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In the first century church at Antioch, certain prophets and teachers were ministering to the Lord (Acts 13). We usually think of ministering to the church congregation. these men were ministering to the Lord. Remember that the word “minister” in both the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament means “servant”. These men were serving the Lord by waiting on Him through fasting and praying.

The church is the Bride of Christ, and has been brought into a loving relationship with the Father through the sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ.  As we serve Him, He receives praise and glory, and we receive the all-fulfilling Love of God.

Paul wrote to the Ephesians that we are created “to the praise of the glory of His grace” (Eph.1) .  And the resulting overflow of God’s Love in us is ministry to others. – **Sorry for the static in the sound**

Sunday 10am 6/4/17 “God’s Will – God’s Way” Acts 12 – CD#1646

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God is not limited to work in one way or another. He can work, and often does work, by a variety of methods. Here, in Acts 12, God sends an angel to open the doors of the jail. Later, in Acts 16, God will release Paul and Silas from the Philippian jail. But instead of sending an angel He will send an earthquake to shake the walls down.

Our God is the God of all Creation, don’t ever try to put Him in a box or think that there is some kind of formula or program that He must always work through. Be open to what God wants to do. If He wants to move in a new and different way, praise Him!  Let us be open to the moving of the Holy Spirit and sing “Have Thine Own Way Lord”.

Sun. 5/28/17 -10am- “God Leads & We Follow” – Acts 11 – CD#1645

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In the first century writing was not an easy thing. You had to write on parchment, and you wanted to conserve words because parchment was a specially prepared animal skin, and it was scarce. When Luke first wrote the Book of Acts, he wrote it on a piece of parchment that would have been about thirty feet long. If it had been any longer it would have been too bulky. So writers in the first century tried to limit their words.      However this story is told twice. We already read the story in Acts 10, but Luke writes it again in Acts 11, as Peter told his story to the church in Jerusalem. For Luke to write the story twice means that this story of the Gentiles receiving the grace of God was a very important point in time for the Christian church.”][/audio]

Sun.10am 5/21/17 “God Has No Favorites” – Acts 10 – cd#1644

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In Acts Chapter 10, we see the beginning of the Gentile church. The Father poured out His Spirit and called out from among the Gentiles a Bride for His Son, Jesus Christ. This is a beautiful picture for which we can give thanks to God because the door has been opened to the Gentiles of the world.       God receives each person equally. He doesn’t close the door to anyone. It is wrong to think that one person is superior to another. No matter who the person is, no matter where they are from, if they will call upon Christ Jesus with a sincere heart, they will be saved!

**Happy Mother’s Day** – 5/14/17 “Godly Fear & Comfort” Acts 9:20-43 CD#1643

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Between verses 25 & 26 of Acts 9, there is a gap of about three years. Paul did not go immediately to Jerusalem after leaving Damascus, but he went down to the area of Mt. Sinai in Arabia. He was there for three years as the Lord Jesus taught him and helped him to better understand the Scriptures.      It was a time of solitude. It was a time of seeking God. It was a time of great spiritual revelation for Paul. God used that time to reveal to the apostle His amazing grace, apart from the Law. For three years Paul was instructed personally by Jesus Christ.