Category Archives: Sermons by Pastor Gary

10AM – 1/7/18 “Adopted and Loved by God” – Romans 8 – CD#1673

Romans 8

God desires to have a relationship with each one of us as our Father. He adopted us, sealed us with His Spirit, and wants us to be so close in our relationship that we call Him “daddy”.       My children always called me “daddy”, and as they got older, they called me “dad”. I would never want a formal relationship with my children. I want them to be close to me and comfortable enough to call me “dad”.  Our heavenly Father is the same way. We are now His children, and He wants a close relationship with us. That relationship is revealed as His Spirit communes with our spirit and lets us know that we are His. This is almost too wonderful to comprehend! God has adopted me as His child, and I am now an heir of God! And He wants me to call Him “Dad”.

Aug 5, 2018-10AM”From Glory to Glory” – 2 Corinthians 3-

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Paul is trying to direct the Corinthian Christians to focus on the spiritual glory of the New Covenant rather than the physical glory of the Old, as many Christians today refuse to focus. He compared the two types of glory by recalling how Moses absorbed and reflected God’s glory for a time after being in His presence (2 Cor. 3). Though Moses’ glow had a spiritual cause, there was nothing spiritual about the effect—anyone, regardless of their relationship with God, could see the glow on Moses’ face, which he covered with a veil.
Not so the glory of the New Covenant. That glory can be seen only with a believer’s spiritual eyes – eyes that Paul is doing his best to open, so that people can ‘see’ the glory of the gospel. So Paul writes, “For God, who said, ‘Let light shine out of darkness,’ made His light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ” (2 Corinthians 4:6).

July 22,2018 – 10AM – “Give It To Jesus” – – – 2 Corinthians 1 –

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Paul told the Corinthians (2 Cor. 1) about a hard situation he had experienced in Asia. He was burdened beyond measure, and without strength, so much that he despaired of life itself. This situation was beyond anything Paul could handle, and he thought it would kill him. But, as he looked back at the experience, Paul realized God’s purpose in the suffering was that he would give it to Jesus and learn to trust in Him instead.                                              Sometimes God will put us in situations that we cannot handle, just to remind us to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ, and not in ourselves.

July 15, 10AM – – “Refreshing Others” – – 1 Corinthians 16

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Paul shared his plans with the church at Corinth, but then added “If the Lord permits” (1 Cor.16).  Jesus taught us at Gethsemane & many other places, that we should always pray for the Lord’s Will to be done in our lives & not out own will (Lk.22:42/Jn.4:34 /Jas 4:15). We should always make that a prerequisite of any plans we make since we are now Christians, and Jesus is Lord and Master of our lives.                                                                        As the Bride of Christ we need to stay flexible, and make our plans always subject to change. We don’t want to make our plans so rigid that God has to break us in order to change our direction. He will do that if it is necessary, but it is always better to stay flexible. I always say, “Blessed are the flexible for they shall not be broken.”  Pastor Chuck Smith

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June 17, 10AM “Gifts From Our Father” – 1 Corinthians 12 – – 6:30 Study Cancelled – It’s Fathers’ Day -Take Dad out to dinner

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Our Father gives the gifts of the Holy Spirit to each Christian as He wills, and as we need them. We don’t decide for ourselves what we will receive; that decision comes from the Father to His children (1 Cor.12).      Christ gives each of us different gifts, and He works in us and through us in different ways. We make a big mistake if we try to make God go with our plan or system.           Jesus doesn’t operate in our lives by a formula or a program. I will probably experience the gifts of the Spirit and the Baptism of the Holy Spirit in a different way than you will. Don’t try to duplicate someone else’s experience in your life. There is One Holy Spirit but differing gifts, ministries, activities and manifestations of God the Spirit.    Our Father does what He wants, when He wants. It is a great blessing when He uses us, and gives us the gifts that are needed. (Isaiah 53:5)

10AM 1/7/18 – “Adopted and Loved by God” – Romans 8 – #1673

Romans 8

God desires to have a relationship with each one of us as our Father. He adopted us, sealed us with His Spirit, and wants us to be so close in our relationship that we call Him “daddy”.    My children always called me “daddy”, and as they got older, they called me “dad”. I would never want a formal relationship with my children. I want them to be close to me and comfortable enough to call me “dad”.                                 Our heavenly Father is the same way. We are now His children, and He wants a close relationship with us. That relationship is revealed as His Spirit communes with our spirit and lets us know that we are His. This is almost too wonderful to comprehend! God has adopted me as His child, and I am now an heir of God! And He wants me to call Him “Dad”.

10AM 12/31/17 – “The Spiritual Struggle” – Romans 7 – cd #1673 – NO Study Tonight – New Year’s Eve.

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In Romans Chapter 7 the Apostle Paul describes the struggle that happens within every Born Again Christian trying to lead a righteous life. We want to do the righteous things, and we are determined to do them. We want to stop doing the things that are unrighteous, harmful & wrong. But there is a battle going on inside of us, and we often end up doing things we hate and neglecting the things we really want to do. It brings frustration and depression to us.                                                          We can’t fix it on our own.  In reality, we are unable to change ourselves. We need help from Above. And Jesus Christ has provided that helper in the Person of the Holy Spirit.

Dec.17,2017 “Dead to Sin – Alive to Christ” – Romans 6

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When you were living without Christ in your life, you were a slave of sin. Sin enslaves us, and all sin is addictive. If it were not addictive, no one would want to indulge. The final results of living in sin are so unsatisfying & destructive that no one would continue in sin if it were not for the addiction. The apostle is pointing out here in Romans 6, that we were all slaves of sin since we gave our bodies over the enemy of our soul. Sin had us trapped & it was killing us.   But Jesus came to set us free from the addiction. He gives us a real choice. As His servants we can now count ourselves Dead to Sin and Alive to Christ Jesus our Lord. The result of slavery to sin is death. The result of slavery to God is eternal life. We can either serve the one who brings death or the One who gives eternal life. And if you’ve really been set free from the clutches of Sin, Self, Satan, and Society you won’t ever go back to it.  “You can serve the devil or you can serve the Lord, but you’re gonna have to serve somebody”. Bob Dylan   

10AM 12/10/17 “The Love of Jesus” Romans 5 – cd# 1671

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There are so many imitations of love in this world that it is difficult for people to ever really find true love. Deep inside every human heart there is emptiness, a yearning, and even a desperate need for true love. And the Enemies of our soul – Satan, Sin, Self, and Society – are more than happy to provide us with lots of phony substitutes.          But in Romans chapter 5 God the Father has shown us what real love is. While we were still sinners, rebelling against God, Jesus came and willingly gave His life for us. We didn’t deserve it, and there was nothing attractive about us. But He died for us. That is true love!

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Rev. 9 “The Destroyer” 10/27/13 #1482

THE NAME OF THE ANGEL OF THE BOTTOMLESS PIT is Abaddon, in Hebrew, and in Greek it is Apollyon. The name means “destroyer”. What fitting names for Satan, the one who has destroyed and ruined every person who has given control of their hearts and lives to the powers of darkness. Before the world as we know it will end, there will be a great purging, called the wrath of the Lamb (Rev.6:16,17). At that time God will reveal the awful reality of spiritual warfare when He unleashes demonic powers upon the earth. God’s Holy Spirit in His Church has restrained these powers until His church has been raptured out of the way (2 Thess.2). The people who are not sealed by God, those who have given their hearts and lives to the counterfeit Christ, will discover what is behind the deception. It will be so painful that they will want to die, but death will escape them. Revelation was written to Christians so we would warn people of the coming wrath and the reality of the spiritual war.