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 APRIL 4, 2004


SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 2:1-3 Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.  

INTRO: Have you ever asked yourself, “Why are those who do not want to believe in God so angry with those of us who do?” 

   If there is no God than why are they so upset about people who chose to believe in something that doesn’t exist? 


 2 Thessalonians 2:10-12 And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: that they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.  

NOTE: When we are faced with Truth, it will do one of two things to and for us. 

  1. We will chose to accept the Truth and be set free.  JOHN 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
  1. We will chose to reject the Truth and our hearts will become hardened.  (Truth hurts)

ISAIAH 59:4 None calleth for justice, nor any pleadeth for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief, and bring forth iniquity.  

JEREMIAH 9:5 And they will deceive every one his neighbour, and will not speak the truth: they have taught their tongue to speak lies, and weary themselves to commit iniquity.  

2 TIMOTHY 3:8 Now as Jannes and Jambres withstood Moses, so do these also resist the truth: men of corrupt minds, reprobate concerning the faith.

NOTE: the reference to Jannes and Jambres, two religious leaders in Egypt who opposed Moses when he went to Pharaoh to deliver Israel out of slavery. They stood toe to toe with Moses and resisted the truth, but in the end they were destroyed Exodus 7:1; Exodus 8:7; Exodus 9:11. (The two men are not named in the Old Testament, but they are mentioned in other Jewish religious writings. Their names were apparently well known to all Jews.) 

   The more they are faced with the Truth, the angrier they become. 

John 12:9-11 Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.  But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death; because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.  


NOTE: When we come into the presence of God, changes must be made. 

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  

   It is we who must change and the ungodly has no desire to change. 

JOHN 3:19-21 And this is the condemnation, that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.  But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God.  

NOTE: By refusing to change they also refuse to repent and so they just keep going deeper and deeper into their sin. 


NOTE: When things go wrong in their lives, instead of trusting God they blame God. 

1 Kings 18:17-18 And it came to pass, when Ahab saw Elijah, that Ahab said unto him, Art thou he that troubleth Israel? And he answered, I have not troubled Israel; but thou, and thy father's house, in that ye have forsaken the commandments of the Lord, and thou hast followed Baalim.  

NOTE: Time and Time again, the Children of Israel fail to believe and trust God and each time they blamed God for the trouble they were facing. 

HEBREWS 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.  

HEBREWS 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.  


1.        We must have a love for the Truth above all else. 

Proverbs 23:23 Buy the truth, and sell it not; also wisdom, and instruction, and understanding.  

NOTE:  When Truth and our desires come in conflict, we must decide for Truth. 

2.        We must be willing to change. 

NOTE:  The Christian life is full of change, the longer we serve God the more changes we will need to make. 

   The closer we walk with God the more changes we will need to make. 

   The more we resist these changes the angrier with God we become. 

3.        We must trust God in all things. 

NOTE: That Scripture that is so often used when someone is going through a time of difficulty must be our springboard. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  

   There are times I almost hate this verse, not because of what it says but the way so many just throw it at those who are going through a difficult situation. 

   This is a great verse, but we must make it ours during the good times if we expect it to carry us through the bad times. 

CONCLUSION:  Develop a love for the Truth of God’s Word, allow Him to make the changes in you and your life that He deems necessary, and trust Him complete.


 APRIL 11, 2004


SCRIPTURE TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 15:20  But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

INTRO:  There are four very important events in history that are greater than any other events. 

  1. The birth of Jesus.
  2. The death of Jesus.
  3. The resurrection of Jesus.
  4. The ascension of Jesus.

   Each one of these events plays a very important role in the redemption of man. 

  1. THE BIRTH OF JESUS – God taking on human form and nature, living a sinless life as our example.  Becoming like us so that we might become like Him.
  2. THE DEATH OF JESUS – Jesus, who knew no sin, becomes sin for us that He might pay the full penalty for our sin.
  3. THE RESURRECTION OF JESUS – Jesus rising from the dead having full victory of death and sin.
  4. THE ASCENSION OF JESUS – Jesus being in heaven making intercession for us before His Father.

   Paul tells us that the resurrection is the pivotal event. 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:13-19 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: and if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.  Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.  For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.  Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.   If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.  

   If the resurrection had never happen we would still be lost in our sins. 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.

   Jesus victory over death has given us the same victory. 


NOTE: For those who have placed their trust in Jesus Christ, death does not hold any fear. 

   Death is just a pathway into eternal life with Christ. 

PSALM 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.  

PSALM 116:15 Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.  

Jesus’ resurrection has give us a hope that death cannot take away from us. 

PROVERBS 14:32 The wicked is driven away in his wickedness: but the righteous hath hope in his death.  

   Because of Jesus’ resurrection we do not mourn as those who do not have any hope. 

1 THESSALONIANS 4:13-14 But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  


NOTE:  There are those who contend that death is the end of existence but Jesus Resurrection proves that death is just a doorway to something far greater. 

JOB 19:25-27 For I know that my redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: and though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me.  

There are those who fail to see the triune nature of man.  They see man as nothing more than a animal that when they die they just decompose and there is nothing after death.

2 Corinthians 5:8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.  


NOTE: Because Jesus rose from the death we too shall rise in the last days. 

1 CORINTHIANS 15:51-58 Behold, I shew you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.   So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.   O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?   The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.   But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.   Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  

NOTE: There are two resurrections at the end of the world. 

  1. The resurrection of the righteous.  (Those who have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior)

1 Thessalonians 4:14-18 For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.  For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  

REVELATION 20:5-6 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection.  Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

  1. The resurrection of the dammed.  (Those who have failed to accept Jesus Christ as their Savior)

DANIEL 12:2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.  

JOHN 5:28-29 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, and shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.  

ACTS 24:15 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.  

REVELATION 20:12-15 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

CONCLUSION: Because of Jesus’ resurrection each and every one of us will also be resurrected, what we must do now is to make sure we are in the first resurrection and not the second.


 APRIL 18, 2005


SCRIPTURE TEXT:  DANIEL 6:4 Then the presidents and princes sought to find occasion against Daniel concerning the kingdom; but they could find none occasion nor fault; forasmuch as he was faithful, neither was there any error or fault found in him.  

INTRO:  Daniel was a man with a great reputation for faithfulness. 

   In the fourteenth chapter of Ezekiel he is mentioned all with Noah and Job as righteous men. 

   Was Daniel someone really special, and that is where his greatness came from, or was he faithful and that is where his greatness came from? 

   Often time’s people like to blame their circumstances for their lack of achievement.  

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I saw something else under the sun. The race isn't won by fast runners, or the battle by heroes. Wise people don't necessarily have food. Intelligent people don't necessarily have riches, and skilled people don't necessarily receive special treatment. But time and unpredictable events overtake all of them.  

   The secret of being successful in our Christian walk is being faithful to the task God has given us to do. 

Philippians 3:13-14 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.  

God is not concerned so much as what we achieve but are we faithful to what He has given us to do. 

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.  

   We all have the same potential of being faithful but some of us allow hindrances to stand in our way. 

Galatians 5:7 Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?  


v      Sin

v      Adversity

v      Prosperity 

NOTE:  In the life of Daniel we will see how he handled each of these hindrances to living a life of faithfulness. 

I.  SIN 

NOTE:  Sin is always a deterrent in our walk with God. 

   The sins of pride and disobedience kept King Saul from being faithful and in turn he lost his kingdom. 

   Daniel had settled the sin problem long ago. 

Daniel 1:8 But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the king's meat, nor with the wine which he drank: therefore he requested of the prince of the eunuchs that he might not defile himself.  

   Moses refused to allow the temptation of sin to turn him away from doing God’s will in his life. 

Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.  

   If we are to be faithful we must resist sin when it comes. 

Romans 6:13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.  

Ephesians 6:13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.


NOTE: Adversity will often separates true Christian from the false. 

Matthew 13:20-21 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  

NOTE: Often times adversity comes by seeing the ungodly being blessed while we seem to struggle. 

Psalm 73:2-3 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped.  For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.  

   If we allow the small adversities that come into our lives to hinder our faithfulness to God, what will happen when a big adversity comes. 

Jeremiah 12:5 If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan?  

    Daniel continued to be faithful even in the face of difficulties. 

Daniel 6:10 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  

   There have been many others who has stood faithful in the face of adversity. 

ILL: The Three Hebrew Children. 

Daniel 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  


NOTE:  It is natural to think if adversity hinders our faithfulness than prosperity must cause us to be even more faithful, but that is not always true. 

Matthew 19:23-26 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.  And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.  When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?  But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  

NOTE:  The pursuit of prosperity has become an hindrance to many  Christian in their faithfulness to God 

Deuteronomy 6:10-12 And it shall be, when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land which he sware unto thy fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give thee great and goodly cities, which thou buildedst not, And houses full of all good things, which thou filledst not, and wells digged, which thou diggedst not, vineyards and olive trees, which thou plantedst not; when thou shalt have eaten and be full; then beware lest thou forget the Lord, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.  

   We need to have a Biblical view of prosperity. 

   God’s desire for us to be prosperous is closely connected with how our soul prospers.  

3 John 1:2 Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.  

   Prosperity is not an enemy of Christianity but it is how we view it and how we use it that determine whether it is a hindrance or a tool to help us be faithful to God. 

   When we make prosperity our goal and idol it will draw us away from God. 

   When we make prosperity a tool for God, He will bless us even more. 

   Daniel had experienced great prosperity and yet remained faithful. 

CONCLUSION:  We must not allow, sin, adversity or prosperity hinder us in our faithfulness to God.


 APRIL 25, 2004



   For the secret power of lawlessness is already at work; but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so till he is taken out of the way.  

INTRO:  How often have you said to yourself, “It can’t get much worse?” 

   Sin is all around us everywhere we look we see sin and the tragic results of sin. 

   Mankind is becoming more and more wicked; sin is becoming more and more evil. 

   Our text points out three things: 

v      The secret power of lawlessness is already at work in this world.

v      There is a greater power that is holding the power of lawlessness back.

v      One day the power that is holding back lawlessness will be taken out of the way. 


NOTE:  Satan is seeking to spread his evil as fast and far as he can, as he knows his time is short. 


   Sin is called a mystery or secret because it will deceive us into becoming enslaved to its power. 

Romans 7:11 For sin, seizing the opportunity afforded by the commandment, deceived me, and through the commandment put me to death.  

1 Tim. 2:14 And Adam was not the one deceived; it was the woman who was deceived and became a sinner.  

2 Timothy 3:13 while evil men and impostors will go from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.  

Titus 3:3 At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures. We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another.  


Proverbs 7:6-23 (NASB) For at the window of my house I looked out through my lattice, and I saw among the naive, I discerned among the youths, A young man lacking sense, passing through the street near her corner; and he takes the way to her house, in the twilight, in the evening, in the middle of the night and in the darkness.  And behold, a woman comes to meet him, dressed as a harlot and cunning of heart.  She is boisterous and rebellious; her feet do not remain at home; she is now in the streets, now in the squares, and lurks by every corner.  So she seizes him and kisses him, and with a brazen face she says to him:  "I was due to offer peace offerings; today I have paid my vows.  "Therefore I have come out to meet you, to seek your presence earnestly, and I have found you.   "I have spread my couch with coverings, with colored linens of Egypt.  "I have sprinkled my bed with myrrh, aloes and cinnamon.  "Come, let us drink our fill of love until morning; let us delight ourselves with caresses.  "For the man is not at home, he has gone on a long journey; He has taken a bag of money with him, at full moon he will come home."  With her many persuasions she entices him; with her flattering lips she seduces him.  Suddenly he follows her, as an ox goes to the slaughter, or as one in fetters to the discipline of a fool, until an arrow pierces through his liver; as a bird hastens to the snare, so he does not know that it will cost him his life. 

Proverbs 11:19 The truly righteous man attains life, but he who pursues evil goes to his death. 

Ezekiel 18:4 For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son--both alike belong to me. The soul who sins is the one who will die. 

Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.  

NOTE: Our text tells us that even though sin is already at work, something is holding it back from loosening it full force. 


NOTE: The only thing holding back the power of sin is the presence of the Christians who make up God’s Church. 

Matthew 5:13-16 "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.  "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.  "Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under the peck-measure, but on the lamp stand; and it gives light to all who are in the house. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.  

NOTE:  Consider two things that salt does: 

v      It is an influence

v      It preserves 

   Consider two things that light seeks to accomplish: 

v      It guides

v      It warns against danger

   The Church has four tasks before it. 

v      It must be a positive influence in the community.

v      It must act as a preservative in the community.

v      It must be a guide to God.

v      It must warn of the dangers of sin. 

   Whenever a church ceases to do any of these four things it ceases to be a church and becomes a service club. 

   The church is the only thing placed upon this earth with the task of reaching the lost with the message of the Gospel. 

Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth."  

   Remember, the church is not a building but rather those who meet in the building. 

John 16:7-11 Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.  And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: of sin, because they believe not on me; of righteousness, because I go to my Father, and ye see me no more; of judgment, because the prince of this world is judged.  

The Holy Spirit lives and dwells within the heart of the believers thus the Church. 

As long as the Church dwells in this world, the Holy Spirit also dwells in this world. 


NOTE:  Stop for a moment and think, what would this world be like if there were no Christians left? 

Matthew 25:1-13 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.  And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.  They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them: but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.  While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.  And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.  Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.  And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.  But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.  And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.  Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.  But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.  Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.  

Revelation 12 

Revelation 12:12 Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time.  

Revelation 12:17 And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.  

   When the Church is taken out of the way of Satan, there will be nothing to hold back his power and authority. 

   We must do what we can now for there will come a time when it will be too late. 

John 9:4-5 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.  As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.  

Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.  


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