Monthly Archives: June 2017

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”.