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March 5, 2006

“SALVATION IS A COME AS YOU ARE PARTY, EVERYONE IS WELCOME” 
SCRIPTURE READING: LUKE 7:36-50
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 6:37  

    All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.  

INTRO:  A Woman who cleans her house before the House Cleaner comes.  “You can’t expect me to have her clean a dirty house.” 

   Often people think that they must clean up their lives before they can turn to God. 

   Who has the right to come to Jesus Christ to be cleansed from their sins? 

   Are there those today who are considered unacceptable, either by themselves or by others, to come to Jesus?

    Are there those whom God considers unacceptable? 

EZEKIEL 33:11 Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?  

2 PETER 3:9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  

    God is a compassionate God and desires that all would come and accept His grace.  No one is excluded. 

I.  THE SINFUL WOMAN.  LUKE 7:36-50 

NOTE: Who was this woman and why was she so unacceptable to Simon? 

   She was living in open sin.   

   What brought her to this place? 

ILL:  Friday’s front page

   There are those who enter into a life of sin because it is what they want to do. 

   But there are many others who end up in a life of sin because it seems that it is the only choice they have. 

   Too often, we Christians, fail to have the grace and compassion to try and understand what events may have lead a person into the life of sin they are in. 

   She may have experienced: 

·         Molestation by a family member (article in Friday’s paper about the baby sitter)

·         Rape

·         Date Rape

·         Used by a boyfriend

·         Deserted by her husband

   Any of these experiences could have caused her to believe she had no where else to turn. 

   This woman was in desperate need for Love, Acceptance and Forgiveness. 

   She probably found little support in the religious community. 

   If a person who has suffer these things cannot find love and acceptance in the Church when can they? 

I.  WE WHO HAVE ALREADY COME TO CHRIST OFTEN

     FORGET HOW DIFFICULT IT WAS FOR US TO COME. 

   A.  CONSIDER WHAT IT MUST HAVE TAKEN FOR HER TO

         COME TO JESUS? 

NOTE:  We as Christian often fail to understand how difficult it is for some to come to Christ. 

·         She recognized herself as a sinner.

·         She realized that she could only find Salvation in Christ.

·         She had to go to a Pharisee’s house to get to Jesus.

ILL:  Pastor Jim Lyons holding a Staff Meeting in a bar. 

   B.  SHE WAS WILLING TO COME TO JESUS

NOTE: Consider how this woman came to Jesus and was accepted by Him. 

·         She came in faith

HEBREWS 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.  

·         She came in repentance (tears)

·         She came in humility (came behind Jesus)

·         She showed her love (kissed His feet)

·         She came willing to serve (washed His feet)

   C.  HE HAD A CRITICAL SPIRIT. 

LUKE 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.  

·         He was critical of Jesus for accepting this woman 

NOTE: The elder brother in the Prodigal Son.  LUKE 15:11-32 

   There seems to be those within the Church who do not want certain kinds of sinner to be saved. 

·         He was critical of the woman for her life style 

   Those who have been raised in the Church or been in the Church a long time have little sympathy for those who are outside the Church. 

·         He did not appreciate what God had done for him 

LUKE 7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.  

 NOTE: Often those who have been kept from a life of great sin fail to truly appreciate the Grace that has been shown them.    

II.  JESUS WILL ACCEPT ALL WHO COME NO MATTER  WHO THEY MAY BE. 

NOTE: If we fail to see ourselves as sinners, saved by the grace of God alone, if we see our self as righteous in ourselves, then God has nothing to do with us and we are still in our sin. 

MATTHEW 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

MARK 2:17 When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

LUKE 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.  

LUKE 19:10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.  

JOHN 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.

LUKE 7:48 & 50 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.  And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.  

CONCLUSION:   The Church must open its doors to the worst of sinners as well as the best of saints.

  

March 12, 2006

WHAT ARE YOU THIRSTY FOR?” 
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 55:1-13
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 55:1-3 

    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 without price.  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.  

INTRO: Have you ever been thirsty, I mean really thirsty? 

   Most of us have never really experience real thirst. 

   Most of us at the first cry of thirst from our body we seek to satisfy it. 

   Real thirst is when our body cries out for satisfaction and our whole body, soul and spirit thinks only of satisfying the craving or our body. 

·         An alcoholic for that next drink

·         A person hooked on drugs craving for a fix

·         A smoker desiring one more puff 

   That is how God wants us to be thirsty for Him.   

   Too often the driving thirst that many Christians have is for the wrong things. 

JEREMIAH 2:13 For my people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water.  

ISAIAH 55:2 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.  

   Too often we have only a casual thirst for God when He longs for us to have a driving thirst. 

   What are some of the things that we as Christian should be thirsty for?

I.  WE SHOULD HAVE A THIRST FOR KNOWING GOD BETTER.   

PSALM 42:1-4 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.  My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God?  My tears have been my meat day and night, while they continually say unto me, Where is thy God?  When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept holyday.  

PHILIPPIANS 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;  

   How thirsty are we for a closer relationship with God? 

   Too often we are content with a causal relationship with God? 

JEREMIAH 29:13 And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.  

NOTE: Our faith in the power of God is often limited by our lack of  our knowledge of God. 

ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.  

   The more we know about God, the more we study about God, the greater our thirst will be for God. 

II.  WE SHOULD HAVE A THIRST TO EXPERIENCE GOD’S POWER IN OUR OWN LIFE AND IN THE LIFE OF OUR CHURCH.  

PSALM 63:1-2 A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

    O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is; to see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.  

We should have a thirst to see the Power of God: 

·         In  cleansing hearts

PSALM 139:23-24 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: and see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.  

·         In changing lives

2 CORINTHIANS 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.  

·         In living victoriously

PSALM 44:5 Through thee will we push down our enemies: through thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.  

ROMANS 8:37-39 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.  For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. 

·         In healing and miracles

MARK 16:17-18 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;  they shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.  

NOTE:  The deeper our relationship is with God, the great opportunities we will have to experience the vastness of His Grace. 

EZEKIEL 47:1-5 (5) Afterward he measured a thousand; and it was a river that I could not pass over: for the waters were risen, waters to swim in, a river that could not be passed over.  

III.  WE SHOULD HAVE A THIRST FOR THE THINGS OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

MATTHEW 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.  

NOTE: We labor so much for the natural man, how much are we willing to labor for the spiritual man? 

HAGGAI 1:4-6 Is it time for you, O ye, to dwell in your cieled houses, and this house lie waste? Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider your ways.  Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages to put it into a bag with holes.  

NOTE: For what are we thirsty for, the blessings of this life or the blessings of God, they are not always the same.

    To receive the Blessings of God we must live a life that is in obedience to His will and purpose. 

DEUTERONOMY 7:11-13 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them. Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the Lord thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which He sware unto thy fathers: and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: He will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which He sware unto thy fathers to give thee.  

 CONCLUSION: God invites us to come and drink from His well of Salvation. 

ISAIAH 12:3 Therefore with joy shall ye draw water out of the wells of salvation.  

   The wells of Salvation never cease to flow and we have only to drink of their waters.

 

March 19, 2006

RITE OF PASSAGE: CELEBRATING OUR YOUTH
SCRIPTURE READING:     ECCLESIASTES 11:7 – 12:7
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 12:1

     Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;  

INTRO: Your teenage years can either be some of the most trying times in our lives or some of the most adventurous, or a combination of both. 

   Your teenage years can be very trying.  You are leaving childhood and are beginning to make the transaction into adulthood. 

   Part of you wants to remain a child and part of you want to be an adult overnight. 

   It’s not always easy leaving childhood where the days are filled with having fun and little responsibilities. 

   The older we become the more responsibilities we encounter. 

1 CORINTHIANS 13:11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.  

   This time can be very stressful in the life of a teenager. 

   Teenage suicide is the third highest cause of death among young people.     

   The youth today are facing a much more difficult times than we did when we were teenagers. 

  • The lack of morality being taught by family and schools
  • The lack of discipline (Societies demand)
  • The influence of television and the entertainment media
  • The availability of drugs and alcohol
  • Permissiveness of sex
  • The corruption of government and politicians.

   The brunt of our temptations came after we left home; today they are right in our teenager’s living room. 

   What advice does Solomon give to the Young? 

I.  LIFE IS WONDERFUL BUT AFTER LIFE COMES DEATH. 

ECCLESIASTES 11:7-8 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: but if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.  

   A.  LIFE IS TO BE ENJOYED.       

PSALM 118:24 This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.  

NOTE: To often people, some Christians included, think that the life of a Christian is to be endured instead of enjoyed.     

   B.  LIFE IS TO BE TREASURED. 

PSALM 8:4-5 What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour.  

NOTE: Many habits, both good and bad, that affect our body and our quality of life, begin during these teen years. 

   C.  NEVER LOSE SIGHT THAT LIFE WILL END SOME DAY. 

MATTHEW 16:26 For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?  

NOTE: One of the glaring problems with being young is that death is not often thought of.     

   Youth, too often, think of themselves as being indestructible. 

II. EVERY DECISION YOU MAKE HAS ITS CONSEQUENCE. 

ECCLESIASTES 11:9-10 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.  Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.  

NOTE:  Some of the most important decisions you will every make in your life will be made while you are in your teenage years.     

   One of the most difficult things for a young person to learn is that every decision we make will bring certain consequences, some immediately and some not until many years later. 

    GALATIANS 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.  

NOTE:  Sooner or later the bill must be paid. 

   Consider the student who learns to study and the student who doesn’t. 

ILL:  The Grasshopper and the Ant. 

PROVERBS 6:6-11 Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest. How long wilt thou sleep, O sluggard? when wilt thou arise out of thy sleep?  Yet a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to sleep: so shall thy poverty come as one that travelleth, and thy want as an armed man.  

III. THE TIME TO PREPARE IS NOW. 

 ECCLESIASTES 12:1-7  Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: in the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, and the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.   

A.      START PREPARING FOR HIGHER EDUCATION.

NOTE: Not everyone goes on to college some enter into a trade. 

B.       START PREPARING FOR YOUR LIFE’S WORK. 

NOTE: Go to your school councilor and take some test that will help reveal what you may be good at doing for a career.  

C.       START PREPARING FOR ETERNITY. 

NOTE: The longer you wait to make a decision for Christ the less likely you will decide for Him. 

ROMANS 10:9-10 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.  

EPHESIANS 2:8-9 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast.  

CONCLUSION:  You are beginning a very important journey; you will find it difficult at time and joyous at others, travel this journey well by allowing Jesus to lead you your church to help you.  

 

March 26, 2006

“THE BLESSING OF WAITING” 
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALMS 37:1-9
SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 30:18  

   And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him. 

INTRO:  One of the most difficult things for me to do is to wait. 

   We live in a hurry up, I want it now society. 

   Waiting has become a lost art for many of us. 

ILL: Saul waiting for Samuel 

   1 SAMUEL 13:11-14 And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the Lord: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the Lord have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever.  But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the Lord hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee.  

   We will lose out on many blessings from God if we fail to wait for His timing. 

   We may not always understand God’s delay’s but we can rest assured He has a reason and it is for our betterment.     

GALATIANS 4:4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law,   

I.  THE STAGES OF WAITING:

 A.  GREAT ANTICIPATION 

PSALM 130:6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.  

NOTE: The first step in waiting is filled with anticipation and excitement.      

ILL:  My hand craved chess set in Germany. 

B.        HOPEFUL EXPECTATION 

PSALM 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.  

ILL: Abraham 

HEBREWS 11:8-10 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.  

NOTE: Being a Christian does not mean you won’t have times of doubt and fears, but when they come, you get your eyes back on the one who made the promise you are waiting for. 

C.       PATIENT RESIGNATION 

PSALM 25:5 Lead me in thy truth, and teach me: for thou art the God of my salvation; on thee do I wait all the day.  

NOTE: Waiting requires patience.     

LUKE 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.  

ILL: Joseph waited two years before the butler finally told Pharaoh.  

   What would have happen if the butler had told Pharaoh of Joseph when he was first released from prison?   

PROVERBS 13:12 (HCSB) Delayed hope makes the heart sick, but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.  

NOTE: There comes a time in waiting where we are faced with the thought of it never happening and we must make a choice of either trusting God or giving up. 

ILL:   King Joram during the siege of Samaria wanted to give up instead of waiting on God’s deliverance.  

2 KINGS 6:33 While Elisha was still saying this, the messenger arrived. And the king said, "It is the Lord who has brought this trouble on us! Why should I wait any longer for the Lord?" 

   If we can get pass this stage of waiting we will gain our second wind.  

D.      QUITE RESOLUTION 

NOTE: God has a plan and we must wait until it is the right time for His plan to be fulfilled. 

HABAKKUK 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.  

ILL: David twice refusing to kill Saul when he had the chance, waiting for God timing for him becoming the king. 

E.       JOYFUL FULFILLMENT. 

ISAIAH 30:18 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.  

PSALM 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.  

II. BLESSINGS GOD HAS FOR THOSE WHO WAIT ON HIM: 

LAMENTATIONS 3:25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.  

  • He will strength our heart (faith) in Him.

PSALM 27:14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.  

NOTE: The more we learn to wait on the Lord the greater our faith will be. 

  • He will grant us mercy.

PSALM 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, until that he have mercy upon us.  

  • He will deliver us in times of trouble.

ISAIAH 25:9 And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.  

ISAIAH 33:2 O Lord, be gracious unto us; we have waited for thee: be thou their arm every morning, our salvation also in the time of trouble.  

  • We will inherit God’s blessings.

PSALM 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.  

PSALM 37:34 Wait on the Lord, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it.  

  • He will renew our strength and give up power to live the Christian life as we should.

ISAIAH 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

LUKE 24:49 And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you: but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high.  

CONCLUSION: Do we wait on God or do we turn to the arm of flesh and try to do it ourselves? 

JEREMIAH 17:5, 7 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.  Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is.

 

 

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