DECEMBER 5, 2004
“DEAD DUCKS DON’T FLUTTER”
SCRIPTURE READING: ROMANS 7:14-25
O wretched man that I am!
who shall deliver me from the body of this death?
I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then
with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but
with the flesh the law of sin.
Many years ago, a wealthy
man went duck hunting with a hired hand named Sam.
They took a horse and carriage, and along the way a
rim came off one of the wheels. As Sam hammered it
back on, he accidentally hit his finger. Instantly
he let go with some bad words. He quickly fell to
his knees, asking God's forgiveness. "Lord, it's so
difficult at times to live the Christian life," he
"Sam," said the man, "I know you're a Christian, but
tell me why you struggle so. I'm an atheist, and I
don't have problems like that."
Sam didn't know what to say. Just then two ducks
flew overhead. The man raised his gun and two shots
rang out. "Leave the dead one and go after that
wounded bird!" he shouted. Sam pointed at the duck
that was fluttering desperately to escape and said,
"I've got an answer for you now, Boss. You said that
my Christianity isn't any good because I have to
struggle so. Well, I'm the wounded duck, and I
struggle to get away from the devil. But Boss,
you're the dead duck!"
One of Satan’s favorite tricks is to
discourage us when we fail in our relationship with
He seeks to convince us that our
relationship with God has failed because we have
Those who sinned but fail to feel
remorse are like the dead duck, those who sin and
feel remorse but don’t know where to turn are like
the fluttering duck.
The Bible has many characters that
failed in the relationship with God but kept on
going in spite of these failures.
The one I have chosen is one of my
favorite Bible characters, I often feel like I am
much like him. Not in his victories but rather
in his failures.
Often when we consider godly men and women we only
think of them in their moments of triumphs and fail
to consider their failures.
His brother Andrew introduced Peter to Jesus.
JOHN 1:40-42 One of the two which heard John speak, and
followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter's brother.
first findeth his own brother Simon, and saith unto
him, We have found the Messias, which is, being
interpreted, the Christ.
he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him,
he said, Thou art Simon the son of Jona: thou shalt
be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, A
Jesus called Peter.
Matthew 4:18-20 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw
two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his
brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make
you fishers of men.
And they straightway left their nets, and followed
Peter loans his fishing boat to Jesus.
Luke 5:3-11 And he entered into one of the ships, which was
Simon's, and prayed him that he would thrust out a
little from the land. And he sat down, and taught
the people out of the ship.
when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon,
Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for
And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have
toiled all the night, and have taken nothing:
nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net.
And when they had this done, they inclosed a great
multitude of fishes: and their net brake.
they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the
other ship, that they should come and help them. And
they came, and filled both the ships, so that they
began to sink.
When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus'
knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful
man, O Lord.
he was astonished, and all that were with him, at
the draught of the fishes which they had taken: and
so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee,
which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto
Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch
men. And when they had brought their ships to land,
they forsook all, and followed him.
Peter was one of the inner three.
The raising of Jairus’
daughter. MARK 5:21-43 (37)
And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter,
and James, and John the brother of James.
On the Mount of
Transfiguration. MATTHEW 17:1-12 (1)
And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and
John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high
In the Garden of
Gethsemane. MATTHEW 26:36-36 (37)
And he took with him Peter and the two sons of
Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very heavy.
He was very impulsive.
He walked on the water.
He cut the servant of the
High Priest’s ear off. JOHN 18:10
He swam to the shore to see
Jesus. JOHN 21:7
At times he said the right things.
MATTHEW 16:16-17 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God.
And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art
thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not
revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in
JOHN 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered
him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words
of eternal life.
Other times he said the wrong things.
Matthew 16:21-23 From that time forth began Jesus to shew unto
his disciples, how that he must go unto Jerusalem,
and suffer many things of the elders and chief
priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised
again the third day.
Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him,
saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be
he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me,
Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou
savourest not the things that be of God, but those
that be of men.
Matthew 17:4-5 Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord,
it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us
make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one
for Moses, and one for Elias.
he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed
them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which
said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well
pleased; hear ye him.
He denied Jesus. MATTHEW 26:69-74
Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which
said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny
me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.
He was forgiven.
Mark 16:6-7 And he saith unto them, Be not affrighted: Ye
seek Jesus of Nazareth, which was crucified: he is
risen; he is not here: behold the place where they
But go your way, tell his
disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into
Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto
He preached the great sermon on the Day of
ACTS 2 (3,000 souls were saved)
God used him for miracles of healing. ACTS
Acts 3:6-7 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none;
but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus
Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.
And he took him by the
right hand, and lifted him up: and immediately his
feet and anklebones received strength.
ACTS 5:15 Insomuch that they
brought forth the sick into the streets, and laid
them on beds and couches, that at the least the
shadow of Peter passing by might overshadow some of
The healing of Aeneas. ACTS 9:32-35
The raising of Dorcas. ACTS 9:36-43
Paul withstood him for wavering.
Galatians 2:11-12 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood
him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
before that certain came from James, he did eat with
the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew
and separated himself, fearing them which were of
He willing suffered for Jesus.
Imprison at least three times. ACTS 4:1-22;
ACTS 5:17-41; ACTS 12:1-19
Beaten at least once. ACTS 5:40
He died a martyr’s death.
II. GOD KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS OUR WEAKNESS.
Psalm 103:13-14 (NLT)
The Lord is like a father to his children, tender
and compassionate to those who fear him. For he
understands how weak we are; he knows we are only
PSALM 37:23-24 The steps of a good man
are ordered by the Lord:
and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down:
for the Lord
upholdeth him with his hand.
PROVERBS 24:16 For a just man falleth
seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked
shall fall into mischief.
MICAH 7:8 Rejoice not against me,
O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit
in darkness, the Lord
shall be a light unto me.
III. GOD WILL ALWAYS FORGIVE A REPENTANT
1 John 2:1-2 My little children, these things write I unto
you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an
advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the
righteous: and he is the propitiation for our sins:
and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the
1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just
to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all
Psalm 130:1-4 A Song of degrees.
Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O Lord.
Lord, hear my voice: let
thine ears be attentive to the voice of my
shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness
with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
Struggling is one evidence
of God's work in our lives. Forgiveness of sin is
available so don't despair. Remember, dead ducks
don't flutter. —Dennis De Haan
Struggle, yes, it's part of living,
gained on beds of ease;
But when our heart is set
Struggle drives us to our knees.
—D. De Haan
DECEMBER 12, 2004
“WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF”?
SCRIPTURE READING: MARK 5:35-43
SCRIPTURE TEXT: MARK 5:36
As soon as Jesus heard the word that was spoken, he
saith unto the ruler of the synagogue, Be not
afraid, only believe.
A young woman was waiting for a bus in a
crime-ridden area when a rookie policeman approached
her and asked, "Do you want me to wait with you?"
"That's not necessary," she replied. "I'm not
afraid." "Well, I am," he grinned. "Would you mind
waiting with me?"
Like that policeman, we as Christians must be
willing to admit that sometimes we become
fearful—about dying, about getting cancer, about
losing our mind, about losing our job, about our
children getting in trouble, about getting old. We
don't like to confess it, so we may ignore, deny, or
repress those fears. But to overcome our fear, we
must first acknowledge it.
All of us have experienced
fear at one time or another.
There are those who live in constant
The Bible tells us the fear has
I JOHN 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that
feareth is not made perfect in love.
Whenever we come face to face with
something that we fear, we experience great
We may begin to:
Our minds begin to run wild negative thoughts.
If the fear is strong enough, we may either freeze
or turn and run.
What are some of the things
that cause fear?
Lack of control
Unbelief or lack of trust
I. JARIUS MUST HAVE RUN THE WHOLE GAUNTLET.
Not knowing what was going to happen to his
Not knowing how the other rulers of the Synagogue
would react by his going to Jesus.
How Jesus would react by him coming to Him.
B. LACK OF CONTROL.
There was nothing he could do for his daughter.
The medical people could do nothing.
The pressure of the need.
The pressure of family & friends.
Failure to meet the need and the expectations of
She would die before he could get Jesus there.
Jesus would be too busy to come.
Jesus would refuse to come because of who he was.
Of losing his place in the Synagogue.
Of Jesus not coming soon enough.
Of his daughter dying while he was gone.
Of waiting too long to come to Jesus.
G. UNBELIEF OR LACK
It was too late; all his fears had come true.
Mark 5:35 While he yet spake, there came from the ruler
of the synagogue's house certain which said, Thy
daughter is dead: why troublest thou the Master any
II. WHAT TO DO WHEN WE ARE AFRAID.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear;
but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
Christians do not need to
live in fear.
What do you do when you are faced with
Some people run from their fears.
Some people hide from their fears.
Some people seek to deny their fears.
Some seek to face their fears alone.
Psalm 56:3 What time I am afraid,
I will trust in thee.
Jesus said, “Be not afraid, only
Jesus tells us that we
overcome our fears by our faith.
What is it that we must believe to
overcome our fears?
A. BELIEVE IN THE LOVE OF GOD.
JEREMIAH 31:3 The Lord
hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have
loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with
lovingkindness have I drawn thee.
ROMANS 5:8 But God commendeth his
love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners,
Christ died for us.
1 JOHN 3:1-3 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath
bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons
of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because
it knew him not.
now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet
appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he
shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see
him as he is.
And every man that hath
this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is
1 John 4:18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love
casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that
feareth is not made perfect in love.
B. BELIEVE IN THE POWER OF GOD.
JOB 42:2 I know that thou canst
do every thing, and that no thought can be
withholden from thee.
PSALM 115:3 But our God is in the heavens: he hath done
whatsoever he hath pleased.
ISAIAH 43:13 Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is
none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work,
and who shall let it?
MATTHEW 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With
men this is impossible; but with God all things are
C. BELIEVE IN THE SOVEREIGNTY OF
1 Chronicles 29:12 Both riches and honour come of thee, and thou
reignest over all; and in thine hand is power and
might; and in thine hand it is to make great, and to
give strength unto all.
Jeremiah 27:4-5 And command them to say unto their masters,
Thus saith the Lord
of hosts, the God of Israel; Thus shall ye say unto
your masters; I have made the earth, the man and the
beast that are upon the ground, by my great power
and by my outstretched arm, and have given it unto
whom it seemed meet unto me.
We must believe that God is
in control of all things and that nothing can come
against us that He has not allowed and if He has
allowed it, it will be turn into something good.
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.
D. BELIEVE IN THE MERCY AND
GRACE OF GOD.
God does not meet our needs because we are someone
special nor does He deny our needs because we are
LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 It is of the Lord's
mercies that we are not consumed, because his
compassions fail not.
are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Micah 7:18-19 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth
iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the
remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger
for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.
will turn again, he will have compassion upon us; he
will subdue our iniquities; and thou wilt cast all
their sins into the depths of the sea.
Titus 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have
done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the
washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy
Afraid To Be Afraid: RBC Ministries, OUR DAILY
BREAD; Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2222, December 9, 2004
OUR DAILY BREAD: Dec. 1,
2004; RBC Ministries, Grand Rapids, MI 49501-2222
DECEMBER 19, 2004
“ARE YOU SEEKING HIM?”
SCRIPTURE TEST: MATTHEW
Saying, Where is he that is
born King of the Jews? For we have seen his
star in the east, and are come to worship him.
This is the most important question, “Are you
seeking Him and if so, for what purpose.”
the vast majority has become a time of partying and
celebration without a thought of whose birth we are
are more concern in finding what makes them feel
good than finding God.
I. ARE YOU SEEKING
Have you ever stop to think that the vast majority
of those involved in the Christmas story, never took
the time to seek the Christ Child.
There is two
times within the Western world that everyone’s
thoughts should turn to Jesus: Christmas and
replaced the Christ Child with Santa Claus and our
Risen Savior with the Easter Bunny.
"Feeling better has become
more important to us than finding God."
ARE THOSE SEEKING THE PERFECT GIFT.
The perfect gift was given some 2,000 years ago.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a
son is given:
For God so loved the world, that he gave
his only begotten Son, that whosoever
believeth in him should not perish, but have
Many go into
heavy debt, buying some expensive gift that will
soon be discarded for something else.
How often have
we spent a great deal of money on a gift for our
kids, only to see them ignore the gift and play with
ARE THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BOXES
AND WRAPPINGS FOR THEIR GIFTS.
God sent His Great Gift wrapped in humanity and
clothed in rags so that all could receive Him.
Luke 2:7, 11 & 12 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and
wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a
manger; because there was no room for them in the
inn… For unto you is born this day in the city of
David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign
unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in
swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
ARE THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING THE MOST ATTRACTIVE
DECORATION TO HANG ON THE TREE.
God allowed His Gift to be hung on an ugly cross.
Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the
law, being made a curse for us: for it is written,
Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
Galatians 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory, save in the
cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is
crucified unto me, and I unto the world.
ARE THOSE WHO ARE SEEKING FOR THE FINEST FOOD TO
God has prepared the finest banquet but most people
are not interested.
LUKE 14:15-24 And when one of them that sat at meat with him
heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he
that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great
supper, and bade many: and sent his servant at
supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come;
for all things are now ready.
they all with one consent began to make excuse. The
first said unto him, I have bought a piece of
ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee
have me excused.
And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen,
and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I
cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his
lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly
into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in
hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and
And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast
commanded, and yet there is room.
the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the
highways and hedges, and compel them to come in,
that my house may be filled.
I say unto you, That none of those men which were
bidden shall taste of my supper.
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the
waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and
eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and
Wherefore do ye spend money
for that which is not bread? and your labour for
that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto
me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul
delight itself in fatness.
Incline your ear, and come unto me: hear, and your
soul shall live; and I will make an everlasting
covenant with you, even the sure mercies of David.
Behold, I have given him for a witness to the
people, a leader and commander to the people.
Behold, thou shalt call a nation that thou knowest
not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto
thee because of the Lord
thy God, and for the Holy One of Israel; for he hath
Seek ye the Lord
while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is
let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous
man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord,
and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for
he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are
your ways my ways, saith the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are
my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than
For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from
heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the
earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it
may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
so shall my word be that goeth forth out of my
mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it
shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall
prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with
peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth
before you into singing, and all the trees of the
field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree,
and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle
tree: and it shall be to the Lord
for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not
be cut off.
“The modern world looks at Christmas and fills it
with clutter, noise, and busyness. The clutter can
blind us from seeing the truth, the noise can keep
us from hearing the truth, and the pace can keep us
from finding the truth. God’s gift came in such a
simple way, in such a quiet manner, and in such a
lowly place. The crowds and busyness were at the inn
at Bethlehem, not at the stable where Christ was
born. Who would look there for anything important to
At the manger
there were no flashing lights to get the crowd’s
attention, no sale signs to attract the shoppers,
and no bands to stir up some passersby’s excitement.
But, out of town, on a peaceful hillside, the
heavens opened. A few humble shepherds, with hearts
that were ready to listen, heard the most remarkable
message that had ever been spoken.
I believe God
hasn’t changed. Today He still is drawing us back to
the quiet waters of salvation, to the lowly place of
worship, to the peace of His presence, to the
simplicity of the cross, to the beauty of His face,
and to the only gift that Love could ever
give...God’s only begotten Son.”
CONCLUSION: Are you seeking God? Not
seeking for God's blessings, but seeking for him?
Roy Lessin Co-Founder, DaySpring Cards
DECEMBER 26, 2004
“NOW THAT YOU HAVE OPENED YOUR GIFT, WHAT’S NEXT”
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 1:1-14
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 1:12
But as many as received him, to them gave he power
to become the sons of God, even to them that believe
on his name:
Yesterday we opened all our gifts, what are we going
to do with them?
Any gift that we have received is
useless unless we put it to the use that the creator
of the gift created it for.
The greatest gift we have ever
received is the Gift of Jesus Christ, what have we
done with this gift?
The gift we have received in Jesus
Christ must be put to use in our lives or it is
useless and can become very dangerous.
When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he
walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and
Then he saith, I will return into my house from
whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth
it empty, swept, and garnished.
goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other
spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in
and dwell there: and the last state of that man is
worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto
this wicked generation.
Before we came to Christ our heart was the home of
Satan and sin.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our
Savior, Satan is forced out, but he seeks to return
and reclaim old home.
Jesus cleanses our heart from sin but
it is up to us to fill the cleansed heart with the
things of God so Satan cannot return.
In this parable, Jesus
warns us that it is not enough to ask Him to come
and be our Savior, we must also ask Him to be our
This is where many who come to Christ make a very
They accept Jesus’ forgiveness of sin but fail to
accept His commands.
Many times they do this through ignorance, no one
has told them what God expects of them.
They fail to replace the works of the flesh with the
fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:19-26 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which
are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness,
witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath,
strife, seditions, heresies,
murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of
the which I tell you before, as I have also told you
in time past, that they which do such things shall
not inherit the kingdom of God.
But the fruit of the Spirit
is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness,
temperance: against such there is no law.
And they that are Christ's
have crucified the flesh with the affections and
we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the
us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one
another, envying one another.
a vacuum” when the works of the
flesh is removed from our hearts they must be
replace with that which is righteous.
When we accept
Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, there must be a
change in our lives.
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.
Romans 12:1-3 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the
mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living
sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your
reasonable service. And be not conformed to this
world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and
acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
For I say, through the grace given unto me, to
every man that is among you, not to think of himself
more highly than he ought to think; but to think
soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man
the measure of faith.
three points I want to make concerning what we are
expect by God to do once we have accepted the gift
of Jesus Christ.
I. WE ARE TO PRESENT
OURSELVES TO GOD:
A living sacrifice.
We are no longer seeking to
do what pleases us but rather what pleases God.
A. GIVE UP OUR OLD WAY OF LIFE.
Places we use to go.
Things we use to read.
Things we use to watch.
Things we use to talk
B. GIVE UP SOME OF OUR OLD FRIENDS.
Ezekiel 27:26 Thy rowers have brought thee into great waters:
the east wind hath broken thee in the midst of the
A holy life.
We must strive to keep ourselves as far away from
sin as possible.
James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and
doeth it not, to him it is sin.
God did not save us so that we could just sit
around doing nothing, while there are many who have
not accepted His Salvation.
And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be
your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be
ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his
life a ransom for many.
II. WE MUST CHANGE
OUR WAY OF THINKING.
To change our way of thinking takes a real
adjustment in our lives.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
PROVERBS 23:7 For as he thinketh in
his heart, so is he:
Our thoughts become our
actions, our actions become our habits, our habits,
become our character, our character become our
III. WE CANNOT DO
THIS ALONE, WE NEED EACH OTHER.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and
received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God
of peace shall be with you.
A. BECOME PART OF A CHURCH.
There are those who claim you don’t need to go to
church to be a good Christian.
That is a lie
from the pit of Hell, it just what the devil wants
you to believe.
ILL: Give an experienced logger, by himself, 100 acres
of woods to cut down and give an in-experienced man
a crew of men that have experience, to cut down the
same amount of woods, which would be able to do the
It is of vital
importance that you become a part of a Bible
believing and Bible teaching church.
To receive instructions in
the Word of God.
To receive encouragement
from fellow believers.
To be held to
To be of service to
DEVELOP Y0UR OWN PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD.
Being a part of a church is good but it is not
The opening of the Gift of Salvation is only the
beginning of our spiritual life and walk with God.
Are we willing to go all the way to spiritual