April 25, 2017

Sermon April 23, 2017: Jesus “With Us Always”

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “With Us Always”” and his scripture reference is Luke 24:13-35. Listen and follow along:

Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. (Matthew 28:19-20)

  1. The travelers were probably filled with…
    …disappointment and doubt
    …disillusionment and defeat
    …discouragement and despair

    • You can probably put yourself in their shoes in your walk with Jesus.
  2. Jesus explained how he was revealed from Moses through the prophets.

    • When you begin to understand the scriptures, you begin to understand Jesus.
    • The building blocks of your spiritual life are…
      • Faith (belief)
        Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” (John 11:25-27)
      • Knowledge
      • Love in action
        In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (James 2:17)
  3. There comes a point where we recognize Jesus.
    • He is not hiding from us.
    • He is not running from us.
    • He is not trying to confuse us.

Songs: Hear Our Praises, We Give You Glory, Friend of God, Draw Me Close, and Lord I Need You

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Sermon April 16, 2017: Jesus “Believing the Victory”

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “Believing the Victory”” and his scripture reference is Luke 24:36-39. Listen and follow along:

  1. Most people struggle with spiritual doubt…
    While they were still talking about this, Jesus himself stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” They were startled and frightened, thinking they saw a ghost. [Jesus] said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do doubts rise in your minds? Look at my hands and my feet. It is I myself! Touch me and see. (Luke 24:36-39)
    Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. 25 So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” (John 20:24-25)
  2. Doubt is fueled by lots of things.
    • We’ve heard all roads lead to God…
    • God seemingly allows terrible things to happen…
    • It doesn’t make intellectual sense…
    • We may not feel worthy…

  3. God has a way to move us past our doubts.
    A week later his disciples were in the house again, and Thomas was with them. Though the doors were locked, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 27 Then [Jesus] said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” (John 20:26-27)
    Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” (John 20:28)

    • An inner “knowing”…
    • Evidence that satisfies us …
    • A person that influences us.
    • A step of faith …

    Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” (John 20:29)

Songs: Arise, My Redeemer Lives, Lord I Lift Your Name On High, Forever, and Worthy Is The Lamb

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Sermon April 14, 2017: Everybody Has A Problem With The Cross

This evening Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Everybody Has A Problem With The Cross“. Listen and follow along:

Songs: Above All, At the Foot of the Cross, At The Cross, You Are My King, The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power, and The Old Rugged Cross

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Sermon April 9, 2017: Jesus “Hard-hitting Talk” Suffering

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “Hard-hitting Talk” Suffering” and his scripture reference is Luke 9. Listen and follow along:

And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit their very self? (Luke 9:21-25)

  1. Invest in yourself for your benefit = loss
    • Self centeredness…
      …It makes you out of step with your surroundings.
      …It’s outright irreligious…

  2. Divesting yourself for His Kingdom = eternity.
    To dispossess yourself of …

    • stuff
    • titles
    • rights
    • authority
    • pleasures

    As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”
    He said to another man, “Follow me.” But he replied, “Lord, first let me go and bury my father.” Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”
    Still another said, “I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.” Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.”
    (Luke 9:57-22)

  3. Recognize what it will cost…

Songs: O Praise Him, Hosanna (Praise Is Rising), Here for You, Hosanna (I See the King), and Here I Am to Worship

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Sermon April 2, 2017: Jesus “Rules for Walking on Water” Authority

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus “Rules for Walking on Water” Authority” and his scripture reference is Matthew 14:22-33. Listen and follow along:

  1. Don’t be afraid.
  2. Ask Him first.
  3. Get out of the boat.
  4. Ignore the wind and waves.
  5. Keep your eyes on Jesus.

Songs: We Give You Glory, When We All Get to Heaven, The Wonderful Cross, We Believe, and I Give You My Heart

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Sermon March 26, 2017: Jesus the Teacher

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus the Teacher” and his scripture reference is Luke 12:13-21 (NLT). Listen and follow along:
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  1. Jesus’ mission was too urgent to be concerned about a little bit of “stuff.” (13-14)
  2. Jesus interrupted his message to bring guidance and understanding about wealth. (15)
    • “Be on your guard!” Against all kinds of greed.
    • If I just had a little bit more (and had it now) everything would be easier.
    • Great possessions do not equal a great life.
      From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. (Luke 12:48b)
  3. The main issue was not the wealth, it was the approach towards wealth. (16-19)
    “Then he said, ‘This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. And I’ll say to myself, “You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.”’ (18-19)

    • “My! A dirty word!”
    • Wealth was king
    • Wealth was the decision making force.

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  4. Wealth means nothing in eternity. (20-21)
    • Wealth is left to others who won’t treat it nearly as well as you.
    • Wealth can be disastrous for the soul.
    • Wealth is meaningless in light of eternity.

Songs: I Am Free, Victory in Jesus, My Story, Let My Words Be Few, and Worthy Is the Lamb

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Sermon March 19, 2017: Jesus the Healer

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Jesus the Healer” and his scripture reference is Luke 7:1-10. Listen and follow along:
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  1. Jesus healed as an expression of his compassion.
    At sunset, the people brought to Jesus all who had various kinds of sickness, and laying his hands on each one, he healed them. (Luke 4:40)
  2. Jesus healed to demonstrate that he was God.
    • His healing was sometimes specifically accompanied by forgiveness.
      Which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.” So he said to the paralyzed man, “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.” Immediately he stood up in front of them, took what he had been lying on and went home praising God. (Luke 5:23-25)
    • Being forgiven is the most important healing anyone can receive.
    • Only God has authority to forgive sin. (We can forgive “acts of sin”, but only God can forgive the nature of sin.)
  3. To draw attention to His bigger message and purpose.

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At daybreak, Jesus went out to a solitary place. The people were looking for him and when they came to where he was, they tried to keep him from leaving them. But he said, “I must proclaim the good news of the kingdom of God to the other towns also, because that is why I was sent.” And he kept on preaching in the synagogues of Judea. (Luke 4:42-44)

When Jesus had finished saying all this to the people who were listening, he entered Capernaum. There a centurion’s servant, whom his master valued highly, was sick and about to die. The centurion heard of Jesus and sent some elders of the Jews to him, asking him to come and heal his servant. When they came to Jesus, they pleaded earnestly with him, “This man deserves to have you do this, because he loves our nation and has built our synagogue.”

So Jesus went with them. He was not far from the house when the centurion sent friends to say to him: “Lord, don’t trouble yourself, for I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. That is why I did not even consider myself worthy to come to you. But say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I myself am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. I tell this one, ‘Go,’ and he goes; and that one, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.”
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When Jesus heard this, he was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following him, he said, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel.” Then the men who had been sent returned to the house and found the servant well.

Healing did not end with Jesus…

Songs: Friend of God, Blessed Be Your Name, Better Is One Day, He Knows My Name, and Redeemer Saviour Friend

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Sermon March 12, 2017: Gazing at God’s Glory

Today Pastor Krystal Wigginton delivered the morning message. Her message is titled “Gazing at God’s Glory.” Listen and follow along:
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The holy desire for God’s glory.
The helpful declaration with God’s glory.
The huge danger of God’s glory.
The hand of defense from God’s glory.

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Sermon March 5, 2017: Words to Live By

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “Words to Live By.” Listen and follow along:
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  • Your life moves in the direction of your strongest thoughts.
    Those who are dominated by the sinful nature think about sinful things, but those who are controlled by the Holy Spirit think about things that please the Spirit. So letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death. But letting the Spirit control your mind leads to life and peace. (Romans 8:5-6 NLT)
    A Change Of Thinking
    Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think (Romans 12:2 NLT)
    For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:3-5)
    We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT)
  • What negative thoughts dominate your thinking?
  • What spiritual truth will tear down your strongholds?

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Worried all the time…
Don’t know God’s will…
Lacking confidence…
Inconsistent in time with God…

My Words To Live By

Think It Over

  • Is there anything you currently say to yourself or to God every morning? How does that impact you?
  • What negative thoughts derail or dominate your thinking? What do they lead you to do?
  • What spiritual truth(s) will help you overcome and destroy your negative thinking?

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Benediction
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (Philippians 4:5-8)

Songs: Your Everlasting Love, He Reigns, Indescribable, Stronger, and Forever Reign

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Sermon February 26, 2017: May Be?

Today Pastor Dan’s message is titled “May Be?” and his scripture reference is Isaiah 55:6-9. Listen and follow along:
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  1. Is there a time when He will not be found and may not be near?
    • Disaster
    • Busyness
    • Barriers
    • Crisis
  2. Are there better times to reach Him?
    • When you plan for it.
    • In the ordinary times of a reasonably disciplined life.
    • Blessings
    • During a crisis.

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  3. How to get re-connected.
    • For the wicked…
    • For the wise (according to them)….
    • For the conflicted and confused…

Songs: I’ll Fly Away, The Joy of the Lord, I must Tell Jesus, I Surrender All, and The More I Seek You

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