April 2, 2006
“HAVE YOU FOUND THE PERFECT RESTING PLACE?”
SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 55:1-8
SCRIPTURE TEXT: PSALM 55:6
And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! For
then would I fly away, and be at rest.
There have been times in
people’s lives where they have encountered storms
that have driven them upon the cliffs and rocks of
David was facing such a storm in his life.
This psalm may have been written during the time
David was fleeing from his son Absalom.
He was physically exhausted from running for his
He was emotionally drained from having his own son
turn again him.
He was spiritual fatigued because he remembered that
it was his spiritual failure with Bathsheba that
brought this on him.
It is difficult enough when we are faced with the
need of rest in one of these areas, but when we are
faced, as David was, with all three at once, we are
vulnerable for a complete destruction.
David longed for a place to rest, not only for
physical rest but also for emotional and spiritual
Why did David long for the wings of a dove instead
of an eagle.
The eagle wings would lift David above the storm, he
longed for a hiding place in the storm.
GENESIS 8:9 But the dove found no
rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto
him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of
the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and
took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark.
There are times when God will lift us above the
storms but there are other times He will keep us in
I wish to share different resting places we have in
Christ during the storms of life.
MATTHEW 11:28 Come unto me, all ye
that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you
Today we will be considering the rest we have in
just one of God’s promises.
I. REST IN THE SURENESS OF GOD’S PROMISES
It is our confidence in the
one who makes the promises that will give us rest.
The son waiting by the
fence for the return of his father.
To whom he said, This is
the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest;
and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear.
God has offered us rest in
His promises but too often we fail to hear and
accept these promises.
It is our doubt and unbelief in God’s promises that
keep us from entering into the rest He has
God’s promises are unfailing.
1 KINGS 8:56
Blessed be the Lord, that
hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to
all that he promised: there hath not failed one word
of all his good promise, which he promised by the
hand of Moses his servant.
God has the power to fulfill His promises.
And being fully persuaded
that, what he had promised, he was able also to
God cannot lie.
God is not a man, that he
should lie; neither the son of man, that he should
repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or
hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?
God forbid: yea, let God be
true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That
thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and
mightest overcome when thou art judged.
They are of great value than any other promises.
2 PETER 1:4 Whereby are given unto
us exceeding great and precious promises: that by
these ye might be partakers of the divine nature,
having escaped the corruption that is in the world
One of my greatest fears is
I don’t mean being left by myself but rather being
left alone, being deserted or abandon.
A. THE PROMISE OF HIS CONTINUAL PRESENCE.
And he said, My presence
shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.
In times of trouble
On of the greatest robbers
of rest in the midst of turmoil is the feeling of
being all alone.
PSALM 142:4 I looked on my right
hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would
know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.
When thou passest through
the waters, I will be with thee; and through the
rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned;
neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
When we feel overwhelmed.
When we feel pressured from
every side and it seems that we are being crushed
under the load.
When thou goest out to
battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and
chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid
of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which
brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.
Like as a father pitieth
his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear
him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth
that we are dust.
In times of failure.
There are times in our
lives when each one of us fail God and fail Him
PSALM 51:3-4 For I acknowledge my
transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done
this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be
justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou
During these times we often
feel that because of our sin and failure that even
God abandons us.
ROMANS 8:38-39 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.
PSALM 130:3-4 If thou, Lord,
shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest
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 unrighteousness.
We can find the perfect
resting place in the promise of God’s presence no
matter where we are or what is happening in our
Let your conversation be
without covetousness; and be content with such
things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Teaching them to observe
all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo,
I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
APRIL 9, 2006
“THE HOURS OF DARKNESS PRECEDED THE DAY OF LIGHT”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: MATTHEW 27:45
Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over
all the land unto the ninth hour.
There is an old saying,
“The darkest hour is just before the dawn”.
We have all faced dark hours and there may be some
who are now going through dark hours but none like
the hours of darkness Jesus experienced.
We often hear, “If God is a God of Love, why is He
allowing this to happen to me”?
Yet it was His Love for us that He allowed His only
Son to suffer great atrocities for our Salvation.
The darkest hour in history was just before the Day
The darkness that Jesus faced was far more than just
There are three kinds of darkness:
Jesus experienced all three.
I. THE HOURS OF DARKNESS CAUSE BY THOSE WHO
THEIR REJECTION OF HIM AS THE MESSIAH
JOHN 1:11 He came unto his own,
and his own received him not.
The mockery of a trial
Before the High Priest
MARK 14:53 And they led Jesus away
to the high priest: and with him were assembled all
the chief priests and the elders and the scribes.
MARK 14:55-56 And the chief priests and all the
council sought for witness against Jesus to put him
to death; and found none. For many bare false
witness against him, but their witness agreed not
MATTHEW 27:1-2 When the morning was
come, all the chief priests and elders of the people
took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:
And when they had bound him, they led him away, and
delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.
And when Herod saw Jesus,
he was exceeding glad: for he was desirous to see
him of a long season, because he had heard many
things of him; and he hoped to have seen some
miracle done by him. Then he questioned with
him in many words; but he answered him nothing.
And the chief priests and scribes stood and
vehemently accused him. And Herod with his men
of war set him at nought, and mocked him, and
arrayed him in a gorgeous robe, and sent him again
The beating of the fist &
spitting in the face
And the soldiers led him
away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call
together the whole band. And they clothed him
with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put
it about his head,  And began to salute him,
Hail, King of the Jews! And they smote him on the
head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing
their knees worshipped him. And when they had
mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and
put his own clothes on him, and led him out to
The plucking of the beard
ISAIAH 50:6 I gave my back to the
smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the
hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.
The whipping with the whip
MARK 15:15 And so Pilate, willing
to content the people, released Barabbas unto them,
and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be
The humiliation of carry
The nailing to the cross
The humiliation of being
between two thieves
The ridicule while on the
II. THE HOURS OF DARKNESS CAUSE BY HIS
Some of our darkest hours
are caused by those who are closest to us.
PSALM 41:9 Yea, mine own familiar
friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my
bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
INABILITY OF HIS DISCIPLES TO PRAY WITH HIM.
MATTHEW 26:37-41 And he took with him
Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, and began to be
sorrowful and very heavy. Then saith he unto them,
My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death:
tarry ye here, and watch with me. And he went a
little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed,
saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup
pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as
thou wilt. And he cometh unto the disciples,
and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What,
could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and
pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit
indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.
THE BETRAYAL OF JUDAS.
And while he yet spake, behold a multitude, and
he that was called Judas, one of the twelve, went
before them, and drew near unto Jesus to kiss him.
But Jesus said unto him, Judas, betrayest thou the
Son of man with a kiss?
THE ABANDONMENT OF ALL BUT
JOHN AND THE WOMEN.
MARK 14:50 And they all forsook
him, and fled.
THE DENIAL OF PETER.
And after a while came unto
him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely
thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth
thee. Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I
know not the man. And immediately the cock crew. 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.
III. THE HOURS OF DARKNESS FROM GOD HIMSELF.
(The darkest of all hours, spiritual darkness,
separation from God)
NOTE: There were three hours of physical darkness
between noon and 3:00 pm that speak to us of the
spiritual darkness of eternal death.
MATTHEW 27:45-46 Now from the sixth hour
there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth
hour. And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a
loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? That
is to say, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken
Thou art of purer eyes than
to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity…
ISAIAH 59:1-2 Behold, the Lord's hand
is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his
ear heavy, that it cannot hear: but your iniquities
have separated between you and your God, and your
sins have hid his face from you, that he will not
Jesus suffered the hours
of darkness so we do not have to live in darkness
but can walk in the light of God’s Grace.
JOHN 8:12 Then spake Jesus again
unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he
that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but
shall have the light of life.
April 16, 2006
“HAVE YOU BEEN TO THE EMPTY TOMB?
SCRIPTURE READING: JOHN 20:1-18
SCRIPTURE TEXT: JOHN 20:8
Then went in also that other disciple, which came
first to the sepulcher, and he saw, and believed.
INTRO: Easter is a time of celebration.
Yet many, including Christian, fail to understand
the true meaning and ramifications of Resurrection
Too many of us fail to understand and appreciate
Easter because we take a shallow view of what the
empty tomb represents.
It’s easier to grasp the meaning of the cross than
to comprehend the significances of the empty tomb.
We understand the cross as a symbol of God’s hatred
for sin and His love for sinners.
The empty tomb is a symbol of God’s power over sin,
death and Hell.
Jesus’ death paid the penalty for our sin but it was
His resurrection that gave us the power to possess
His salvation and to live a victorious Christian
ROMANS 8:11 But if the Spirit of
him that raised up Jesus from the dead dwell in you,
he that raised up Christ from the dead shall also
quicken your mortal bodies by his Spirit that
dwelleth in you.
The more we neglect the empty tomb the more we will
need to come to the cross.
There are three lessons I wish us to learn from
WE MUST COME TO THE EMPTY TOMB OURSELVES
WE MUST BELIEVE WHAT THE EMPTY TOMB REPRESENTS
WE MUST GO AND TELL OTHERS OF THE EMPTY TOMB
I. WE MUST COME THE TO EMPTY TOMB OURSELVES
And the angel answered and
said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye
seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here:
for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place
where the Lord lay.
There have been many who
have come to the cross to accept Jesus as Savior but
have failed to come to the empty tomb and accept Him
Our relationship with Christ is based on our
individual relationship not one of family or
In order for us to live in the Resurrection Power of
Jesus Christ we must come to and experience the
A. THE EMPTY TOMB SPEAKS OF POWER.
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;
THE EMPTY TOMB SPEAKS OF
The empty tomb speaks of
victory over sin, death and hell.
Know ye not, that so many
of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were
baptized into his death? Therefore we are
buried with him by baptism into death: that like as
Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of
the Father, even so we also should walk in newness
of life. For if we have been planted together
in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in
the likeness of his resurrection: knowing this, that
our old man is crucified with him, that the body of
sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should
not serve sin.
The empty tomb has robbed
death of it sting.
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.
REVELATION 1:18 I am he that liveth,
and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore,
Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.
II. WE MUST BELIEVE WHAT THE EMPTY TOMB REPRESENTS.
JOHN 20:8 Then went in also that
other disciple, which came first to the sepulcher,
and he saw, and believed.
There were those who were
well aware of the empty tomb but refused to
MATTHEW 28:11-15 Now when they were
going, behold, some of the watch came into the city,
and shewed unto the chief priests all the things
that were done. And when they were assembled
with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave
large money unto the soldiers, “Saying, Say ye, His
disciples came by night, and stole him away while we
slept. And if this come to the governor's ears, we
will persuade him, and secure you.” So they took the
money, and did as they were taught: and this saying
is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.
There are many who are call Christians who lack the
faith to live the victorious Christian because the
fail to believe or understand what the empty tomb
MATTHEW 13:58 And he did not many
mighty works there because of their unbelief.
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.
NOTE: Our entire Christian walk is a walk of
faith not sight.
JOHN 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I
am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth
in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
ROMANS 5:1 Therefore being
justified by faith, we have peace with God through
our Lord Jesus Christ:
ROMANS 10:17 So then faith cometh by
hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
III. WE MUST GO AND TELL OTHERS OF THE EMPTY TOMB.
MARK 16:5-7 And entering into the
sepulchre, they saw a young man sitting on the right
side, clothed in a long white garment; and they were
affrighted. 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 laid him. 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 you.
We are to speak words of
encouragement one to another and to those who have
MATTHEW 28:18-20 And Jesus came and spake
unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in
heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and
teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the
Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I
have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,
even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Go from here and tell all
those you know how you have been to the empty tomb
and the Jesus is risen, He is risen indeed.
April 23, 2006
AN INVITATION TO RECONCILIATION
SCRIPTURE READING: JEREMIAH 31:1-9
I have heard Israel saying, `You disciplined me
severely, but I deserved it. I was like a calf that
needed to be trained for the yoke and plow. Turn me
again to you and restore me, for you alone are the
LORD my God. I turned away from God, but then I was
sorry. I kicked myself for my stupidity! I was
thoroughly ashamed of all I did in my younger days.'
"Is not Israel still my son, my darling child?" asks
the LORD. "I had to punish him, but I still love
him. I long for him and surely will have mercy on
When we first come to
accept Christ as our Savior we often think our
Christian walk will be a steady growth until we
reach spiritual maturity.
This is not reality. At best we may take three
steps forward and one step back. Yet hopefully
it is a steady growth of coming closer to Christ.
But there are those who begin their walk with Christ
but something happens and they begin to gradually
side back into the old way of living. We often
call this backsliding.
What happens to a person when this occurs, does God
give up and just let them go or does He begin to
seek ways to turn them back to Him?
That is what this 31 chapter of Jeremiah is all
The promise of reconciliation to backslidden Israel
and this same promise are to those who find
themselves in a backslidden condition.
God loves us and does not abandon us just because we
JEREMIAH 31:3 The LORD hath appeared
of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with
an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness.
Because He loves us and wants us to return to Him,
He will begin to seek us.
I will seek that which was
lost, and bring again that which was driven away,
and will bind up that which was broken, and will
strengthen that which was sick: but I will destroy
the fat and the strong; I will feed them with
The Lord does not give up on us just because we give
up on Him.
ILL: The Ninety and Nine LUKE 15:4-7
But what happens when we fail to heed His gentle
I. GOD DISCIPLINES THOSE HE LOVES.
REVELATION 3:19 As many as I love, I
rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and
God does not discipline us
because He hates us but rather because He loves us
and longs for us to return to Him.
We often think of God as being a God love and
kindness but we often fail to understand that
His love and kindness come in the form of
HEBREWS 12:5-6 (NLT)
And have you entirely
forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you,
his children? He said,
"My child, don't ignore
it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be
discouraged when he corrects you. For the Lord
disciplines those he loves, and he punishes those he
accepts as his children."
We should not look at God’s discipline as punishment
but rather as a blessing.
Blessed is the man whom
thou chastenest, O LORD, and teachest him out of thy
God does not discipline us
to punish us but rather to teach and to train us.
We should not consider the chastening of the Lord as
a sign of His anger, but rather as an expression of
My son, despise not the
chastening of the LORD; neither be weary of his
correction: For whom the LORD loveth he correcteth;
even as a father the son in whom he delighteth.
II. GOD’S DISCIPLINE MAY COME IN MANY
Not all problems and tragedies we experience are
forms of chastening from God.
And as Jesus passed by, he
saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his
disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin,
this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?
Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor
his parents: but that the works of God should be
made manifest in him.
Sometimes these things that
come into our lives are strength building so we can
be more fruitful.
JOHN 15:2 Every
branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away:
and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it,
that it may bring forth more fruit.
But we must understand that
when we stray from God He will chasten us with the
desire for us to return to fellowship with Him.
In LEVITICUS 26:14-46
God warns of the discipline He will send to
those who turn away from Him.
We must remember that the discipline of God is
always for our restoration.
JOB 5:17-19 (NLT)
But consider the joy of
those corrected by God! Do not despise the
chastening of the Almighty when you sin. For though
he wounds, he also bandages. He strikes, but his
hands also heal. He will rescue you again and again
so that no evil can touch you.
III. THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S DISCIPLINE IS TO
Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have
I kept thy word.
The Prodigal Son.
I have heard Israel saying,
`You disciplined me severely, but I deserved it. I
was like a calf that needed to be trained for the
yoke and plow. Turn me again to you and restore me,
for you alone are the LORD my God. I turned away
from God, but then I was sorry. I kicked myself for
my stupidity! I was thoroughly ashamed of all I did
in my younger days.' "Is not Israel still my
son, my darling child?" asks the LORD. "I had to
punish him, but I still love him. I long for him and
surely will have mercy on him.
When we return to God with a repentive heart He will
receive us with joy and restore to us the joy of His
PSALM 51:12 (GW)
Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and
provide me with a spirit of willing obedience.
JEREMIAH 3:22 -23 (NLT)
"My wayward children," says the LORD, "come back to
me, and I will heal your wayward hearts."
we will come," the people reply, "for you are the
LORD our God. Our worship of idols and our religious
orgies on the hills and mountains are completely
false. Only in the LORD our God will Israel ever
CONCLUSION: If we find that we have grown away from God, He
invites us to return and renew our fellowship with
REVELATION 3:19-20 (GW)
I correct and discipline
everyone I love. Take this seriously, and change the
way you think and act. Look, I'm standing at the
door and knocking. If anyone listens to my voice and
opens the door, I'll come in and we'll eat together.
April 30, 2006
“HOW DO WE TREAT CHURCH RASH?
SCRIPTURE READING: I SAMUEL 1:9-18
SCRIPTURE TEXT: PROVERBS 15:1
A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous
words stir up anger.
Can you remember as a child
falling off your bicycle and getting “Road Rash”?
Road Rash is when your skin is peeled off by
Many wear special clothing and equipment to protect
them for Road Rash.
But there are those who fail to take the proper
precaution and when they spill they can be badly
Road Rash, if not properly care for can even cause
I. HOW DOES CHURCH RASH HAPPEN?
Church Rash is when someone
is the target of malicious conversation.
Unkind words cause Church Rash and can take many
to or about someone
Words spoken in anger
With our tongue we can bless and we can curse;
We can encourage or we can discourage;
We can build or we can destroy;
We can bring life or we can bring death:
We can cause laughter or we can produce tears
We can bring healing or we can bring pain.
Many times thoughtless words have cause Church Rash
that has produced spiritual death.
Shouting Down Trees in the
Therewith bless we God,
even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which
are made after the similitude of God. Out of the
same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My
brethren, these things ought not so to be.
NOTE: It is usually the new or young Christian that
suffers the worst case of Church Rash.
They have been hurt and are filled with bitterness
and anger and they turn away from church and even
sometimes from God.
Often the older Christian seeks to put so much
demand on the new or young Christian that they
overload them until they break.
ISAIAH 40:11 (NLT)
He will feed his flock like
a shepherd. He will carry the lambs in his arms,
holding them close to his heart. He will gently lead
the mother sheep with their young.
Jesus gives a stern warning
to those who cause Church Rash.
LUKE 17:1-3 (GW)
Jesus told his disciples,
“Situations that cause people to lose their faith
are certain to arise. But how horrible it will be
for the person who causes someone to lose his faith!
It would be best for that person to be thrown into
the sea with a large stone hung around his neck than
for him to cause one of these little ones to lose
his faith. So watch yourselves!
II. WHAT SHOULD WE DO IF WE SUFFER OR
CAUSE CHURCH RASH?
All of us, at one time or
another, has experienced Church Rash.
A. WHEN WE SUFFER CHURCH RASH.
We do not react in
We must seek to
One of the most difficult things that we as
Christians must learn is that we must forgive when
others wrong us.
LUKE 17:4 (GW)
Even if he wrongs you seven
times in one day and comes back to you seven times
and says that he is sorry, forgive him.”
EPHESIANS 4:31-32 (KJV)
Let all bitterness, and
wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be
put away from you, with all malice: and be ye kind
one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one
another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven
HEBREWS 12:15 (NIV)
See to it that no one
misses the grace of God and that no bitter root
grows up to cause trouble and defile many.
B. WHEN WE CAUSE CHURCH RASH.
We repent before God
and to the one we have hurt
There can be no
reconciliation unless there is genuine repentance
and sincere forgiveness.
If we have caused Church Rash we must repent
genuinely, it is up to the one we hurt to forgive.
We must understand that even though we may be sorry
for causing Church Rash the damage may be beyond our
control to restore.
The Gossip and the Pillow
Only God’s Grace and heal Church Rash.
III. HOW DO WE TREAT OTHERS WHO HAVE SUFFERED
FROM CHURCH RASH?
ROMANS 15:1 (HCSB)
Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear
the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to
It is easy to fall into the
trap of criticizing or make light of those who have
suffered from Church Rash.
A. IN LOVE
COLOSSIANS 3:12-15 (NLT)
Since God chose you to be
the holy people whom he loves, you must clothe
yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness,
humility, gentleness, and patience. You must make
allowance for each other's faults and forgive the
person who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave
you, so you must forgive others. And the most
important piece of clothing you must wear is love.
Love is what binds us all together in perfect
harmony. And let the peace that comes from Christ
rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you
are all called to live in peace. And always be
IN PATIENCE’S AND UNDERSTANDING
JAMES 5:7-9 (GW)
Brothers and sisters, be patient until the Lord
comes again. See how farmers wait for their precious
crops to grow. They wait patiently for fall and
You, too, must be patient. Don't
give up hope. The Lord will soon be here.
Brothers and sisters, stop complaining about each
other, or you will be condemned. Realize that the
judge is standing at the door.
C. IN THE SPIRIT OF
GALATIANS 6:1 (GW)
Brothers and sisters, if a
person gets trapped by wrongdoing, those of you who
are spiritual should help that person turn away from
doing wrong. Do it in a gentle way. At the same time
watch yourself so that you also are not tempted.
Church Rash will happen but
let us make sure it doesn’t happen because of us.
PSALMS 141:3 (NIV)
Set a guard over my mouth,
O LORD; keep watch over the door of my lips.
 All I Really Need To Know I Learned In
Kindergarten: Robert Fulghum; Villard Books, New
York 1990, pg. 19