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  • Being Thankful / Thanksgiving 11.20.2022

    22/11/2022 Duração: 21min

     Being Thankful Various passages November 20, 2022    Introduction:Psalm 127 says that children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward…. how blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.  We have a God who not only delights to bless us but who has joyfully bound himself to bless us and even pursues us to bless us! It all started with Abraham when God blessed Abraham, told him to be a blessing and then said that through his seed, Jesus the whole world would be blessed!  He took that promise and turned it into a covenant just to assure Abraham of how serious God was about blessing.We learned just a few weeks ago in the new covenant that God has given some unbelievable life changing at the core of our being types of blessings to his children – things like forgiveness, the removal of the old heart and giving us a new heart and placing his Holy Spirit within us to enable us to live in his ways Because of Jesus, we learn in Ephesians 1 that we have already been blessed with every spiritual b

  • Understanding the Old Testament Prophets Through the Lens of Covenant / People of Promise

    15/11/2022 Duração: 51min

    When Will All of These Covenant Promises Happen Acts 3, Zechariah 10, Romans 11, Revelation 16-19 November 13, 2022 I. Introduction: A. We have learned in this series that God has joyfully bound himself by means of covenants to carry out promises he made to Abraham, David, and Israel. We also learned that we are heirs of these covenant promises, because we also are the seed of Abraham because we belong to Jesus. B. What are all these covenant promises? Remember when I first introduced this series I said that all the prophecies have their roots in the covenants so when we make sense of the covenant promises it will make sense of the prophecies as well. 1. Like a puzzle it simply takes a picture and cuts it in as many pieces as they desire- could be 1,000 pieces could be 16 pieces. While the picture is still the same it is much easier to figure out when we see the whole picture in just 20 pieces. a. 1,000 piece puzzle b. 16 piece puzzle C. So what are these key pieces? The covenant promises that God joyfully bo

  • God’s Faithful Love / People of Promise

    09/11/2022 Duração: 42min

     God’s Tenacious Faithful Radical Love    November 6, 2022    Introduction: We have completed going through each of the major covenants that we are going to cover in this series. so today and the next few weeks we just want to close up with a few details that help us better understand the context of these covenants.   This morning I want us to see it is God’s tenacious, faithful, radical love that is the ultimate driver of these covenants. We have placed this series in the context of the big story of the Bible with the covenant promises being the major structure, the backbone, the major thoroughfares to the story It is possible that so far in the series you’ve seen these covenants more as a story line or a legal contract of how God would relate to Israel and ultimately us, rather than a love relationship While at times covenants were used to legally define the relationship between nations or a superior over an inferior, the covenants we studied were based on a love relationship between God and the people he

  • Has God Abandoned Israel?/ People of Promise

    20/10/2022 Duração: 48min

    Deuteronic – Land Covenant Deuteronomy 28, 29:1; Deuteronomy 30 October 16, 2022 I. Introduction: A. We are continuing our series “people of promise” where we are looking at the covenant promises that God has joyfully bound himself to do! 1. We have seen that God promised to Abraham –a seed – a family line of people, descendants who come from him, to give them a land forever, to bless them in that land and God would be their God. Along with a descendant of Abraham who would bless all the nations! a. This drives the story line of the Old Testament and the entire Bible. 2. Last week we learned that God set up a covenant with Israel through Moses, called the Mosaic covenant or the Law, where he laid out the principle by which he was going to deal with Israel, the descendants of Abraham. a. Simply if you obey me, then I will bless you; if you disobey me, then I will curse/disciple you and if you repent then I will restore you to blessing. b. We also learned that the ultimate discipline for their disobedience and

  • The Power of Promise / People of Promise

    11/10/2022 Duração: 43min

    Mosaic Covenant – The Way God Dealt with Israel Leviticus 26 October 9, 2022   I. Introduction: A. Today’s message along with last week’s on the Abrahamic covenant is enough to give you the core knowledge you need to understand the basic skeleton of the Old Testament. 1. The four main promises of the covenant God made with Abraham give shape to the story/stories of the historical section of the Old Testament and become the foundation for the New Testament! a. Review - Four promises are. Land, seed, blessing, and God would be their God. 2. Today we are going to talk about the Mosaic covenant that God made with Israel. This covenant establishes the principle upon which God dealt with Israel, his chosen people, Abraham’s seed. a. The Mosaic covenant not only helps us further understand the history of the Old Testament and why things happened the way they did, but it also is the foundational structure and driving message of the prophetic section of the Old Testament! B. One more important distinction between thes

  • God Will Come Through / People of Promise

    04/10/2022 Duração: 43min

     Abrahamic – Foundational Promises Genesis 12,15,17 & Hebrews 6  October 2, 2022 - Communion     Introduction:The foundation of a building not only supports the weight of the structure but also determines the shape of it!The Abrahamic covenant is the foundation that not only supports the entire covenant program of God but also is the foundation that gives shape to the story of the Bible, what God is doing in this world – past present and future and ultimately in our own lives.   The better you understand covenants, the better you understand the Bible!  A synonymous word to covenant is testament.  New and Old Testament = new and old covenant! A covenant is the strongest word in any language to express and define relationships. It is a solemn binding agreement between two parties, which provides a clear statement of how they will relate to one another with promises being made, and conditions agreed upon! The blood sacrifice required in a covenant indicates that they are permanent until one of the parties

  • The Seed / People of Promise

    20/09/2022 Duração: 45min

     The Seed Genesis 3:15 September 18, 2022    Introduction:We just started a series last week called People of Promise; where we are seeking to answer the question “What in the world is God doing?”  by understanding the big story of the Bible! We learned that the story is driven by three key words – seed, covenant, Jesus.   This week we will deal with the seed and how appropriate because it is the very first promise in the Bible! This promise gives shape to the heart of what is going on in our world today and what God is doing all the way from Genesis 3 through Revelation 20! We learned last week that the story of what God is doing in this world is simply stated “God’s redemption of man through Jesus Christ!” or we could call it paradise restored!We saw that the story starts (Genesis 1-2) and ends (Revelation 21-22) the same way with God dwelling in harmony with man in his creation and there was no sin, death curse or Satan.  Genesis 3 is the setting for and explanation for everything in between from Genesis

  • People of Promise / Week 1

    12/09/2022 Duração: 54min

    Introduction What in the World is God Doing? Genesis 1-3, Revelation 19-22 September 11, 2022 I.Introduction: A. This morning starts our fall series we are calling people of promise! It will answer the question What in the word is God doing? 1. We will answer that question not out of the context of frustration because we cannot understand it, 2. But out of the context of a sure hope that we can have as an anchor for our souls during the most difficult times of our lives and world! B. I can honestly say that this series was born in my heart back in the spring of 1985, my last semester of seminary, when I was taking a class from Doctor Dwight Pentecost called the biblical covenants. 1. I went into that class having no idea what a covenant was and also after three years of bible college and four and one half years of seminary I had learned literally hundreds upon hundreds of verses and truths but had no idea of how they fit together or even more so flow together into a unit forming the big story of what God is d

  • Under the Sun / Week 10

    07/09/2022 Duração: 44min

    Am I Wise or a Fool? September 4, 2022 Introduction: A. We are completing our series on Ecclesiastes today as we have been looking at broad themes throughout this book. Two themes run side by side throughout the book as well as in Psalms and Proverbs! 1. That is wisdom and foolishness. B. As great, beneficial and powerful as wisdom is it only takes a little foolishness in our lives to stink it up! 1. Read 10:1 – perfume gives off a sweet smell but flies that end up caught in it and dying cause the sweet smell to stink. In the same way it only takes a little bit of foolishness to stink up the sweet aroma of our lives and the beautiful gifts that God gives us 2. All it takes is one reckless word, one offensive remark, one hasty decision, one foolish pleasure, one angry outburst, just a little bit of sinning, just a little bit of foolishness to spoil the freshness and beauty of a life well lived. C. And wisdom and foolishness present to us two very different paths for us to live. 1. Read 10:2. 2. They are opposi

  • Under the Sun / Week 9

    30/08/2022 Duração: 39min

    Remember God During the Prime of Life Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:1 August 28, 2022 Introduction: I.Today’s passage has a special word for everyone: 1. Young people, those in prime of life and those who are old 2. He defines the prime of life as whose body is still functioning free from the effects of aging. 3. He defines old as anyone whose body is waning away and severely limiting their ability to engage in life! • Let’s start with those who are young and those still in the prime of life II. Remember the Lord during the prime of life. I.This passage really turns around three key words that all start with the letter “r”. 1. Rejoice v7-9 2. Remove v10 – the obstacles that keep us from rejoicing 3. Remember 12:1–center which life should revolve around II.As I read this section I want you to watch for two things: 1. 3 “r’s” 2. Idea to do all of this “before” it is too late 3. Read 11:7-12:1 III.Rejoice - v7-9 – rejoice in the days of your youth 1. Note three times in v9 he refers to youth (young man, childhood, young

  • Under the Sun / Week 8

    23/08/2022 Duração: 34min

    Don’t play it safe, take risks Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 - August 21, 2022 - Picnic Introduction:How do you normally respond when you have an opportunity to do something or a decision that has to be made but you really do not know what to do because the future is uncertain and out of your control?  Do you wait for better circumstances before acting?  Circumstances, which seem never to come! Do you get frozen by the fear of failure or getting it wrong? Or do you are stuck in the paralysis of analysis mode and never move out?  If you remember our chart of the big picture of Ecclesiastes in the second half of the book he is giving insight and advice on how to live in light of The things he learned in his investigation Also, the fact that everyone is going to die Finally, the fact that no one knows the future Last week we looked at the lessons he teaches us on death, today we are going to see the key lesson he teaches us since   No one knows the future!At least 21 times in this book, this idea comes up.  It is not

  • Under the Sun / Week 7

    15/08/2022 Duração: 47min

    Death – A Powerful Teacher Ecclesiastes 7, 9, 12    August 7, 2022   Introduction:Let me ask you a question – it’s New Year’s Eve 2022 and you have two engagements, one in the morning to go to a funeral of someone you deeply loved and the second in the evening to go to a party with some of the most fun people you know!Which would you rather go to? Which would be more beneficial for you to go to? Turn to Ecclesiastes 7 and read v2-4Read v2 again note - it is better …. because/for that is the end of every one of us and it has an impact upon our heart.  Simply stated when you go to a funeral one of God’s purposes of this is to remind us that someday it will be our turn to be in that box.  Read v3. Give the literal translation of v3Hebrew lit – the heart “becometh” better NLT – sadness has a refining influence on us. Bottom line - the sorrow, pain, and grief that the death of a loved one brings to us has the potential to make us better, to refine us, and transform us! Death, both in the book of Ecclesiastes

  • Under the Sun / Week 6

    10/08/2022 Duração: 32min

                                   Fearing God Various passages   August 7, 2022    Introduction: I do not know about you but when I hear the phrase “the fear of the Lord” I often take a pause in my heart and mind because it seems so vague way up there in the sky and so spiritual  Since the fear of God is the key application to the book of Ecclesiastes, we need to understand what it means to bring it down to earth and get the arms of our minds around it so this book can transform our lives!  Let’s look at it in Ecclesiastes: Turn to Ecclesiastes 12:13 where we see the conclusion to this whole book.  Read v13  We already saw this is the essence of the meaning of life Turn to 3:14 where we learned two weeks ago, that God is in control of everything and that everything he does is all a part of his eternal and beautiful plan and that everything he does is perfect and permanent.   Then he says this, read v14   So that …….   fear him Some people will say “wait a minute is that not an Old Testament concept that now

  • Under the Sun / Week 5

    03/08/2022 Duração: 48min

     The Test of Pleasure Passage July 31, 2022    Introduction:How many of you have ever seen an illusionist – they are skilled at presenting something real in front of our eyes which leads us to an incorrect perception or false impression about the object .I have always been amazed and entertained by them as they admit it is not magic but an illusion.  Satan is also an illusionist as he is skilled at putting the real things of this world before the eyes of our heart with the intent to mislead or deceive us into thinking this is just what I need! One of the greatest illusions that Satan presents to both to the lost and believer is that what the world has to offer will bring you the fulfillment and joy you are looking for. Turn to 1 John 2:15-17 and readNote:Loving God and loving the things of this world are polar opposites What God offers lasts forever and what the world offers passes away We also see the heart of what the things of the world are:  Reread v16.Lust of the flesh – the pleasures that please our se

  • Under the Sun / Week 4

    25/07/2022 Duração: 45min
  • Under the Sun / Week 3

    19/07/2022 Duração: 38min

    Everything is Beautiful in its Time Ecclesiastes 3:1-14 July 17, 2022 I.Introduction: A. I had a very unusual experience with the passage we will look at today in Ecclesiastes 3. Please turn. For three days God kept drawing me back and opening new things to me. On the third day, he kept showing me more and more to the point where I said something I never said to God before. “God could you please stop, I really need to get some work done!” 1. I feel a deep sense of inadequacy with my finite mind to try to package into a sermon a passage that is loaded with infinite truths and some of the biggest questions that many of us ask ourselves along the way of life. 2. I may raise more questions than I answer but I trust I will be sending you down the right path to think about them. B. We are going to see three major things all intersect in this passage – God and His sovereignty, time and eternity, and man’s activities here on earth. As Solomon wrestled with these three, he is going to ask a question that many of us ha

  • Under the Sun / Week 2

    12/07/2022 Duração: 35min

                              The Antidote to Vanity Ecclesiastes 1:2-3; 12:8, 13-14     July 10, 2022   Introduction:  My hope for this series in Ecclesiastes is that God would equip us to have souls that are well and centered on Jesus no matter what things come our way in life! Here is the problem that many of us face – we feel like something is missing in our life and what we are doing is meaningless.    The difficulties of our life and the unfairness and injustices of this world often leave us frustrated, discouraged and depressed rather than enjoying it. We learned last week that Solomon, like a scientist in a laboratory, tested all of man’s works and man’s wisdom to get an answer to what brings lasting value, meaning and meaningless to the life we live right here on earth. We summarized his finding in these takeaways:  First – lasting significance is found only in God, not in this world.   Second – life is not a puzzle to solve but a gift to enjoy!   Fear God, enjoy life!  Actually that sense that what

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