FEBRUARY 4, 2007
OUR CHURCH HAS AN
“OPENED” DOOR POLICY
SCRIPTURE READING: PHILIPPIANS 2:1-11
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)
Therefore the Lord himself
shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name
INTRO: How often do we stop and think why did Jesus come
and take on human form and nature?
What did it truly involved?
Philippians 2:1-4 (KJV) If there be therefore any
consolation in Christ, if any comfort of love, if
any fellowship of the Spirit, if any bowels and
mercies, fulfil ye my joy, that ye be likeminded,
having the same love, being of one accord, of one
mind. Let nothing
be done through strife or vainglory; but in
lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than
themselves. Look not every man on his own things,
but every man also on the things of others.
Today is Communion Sunday, what is the difference
between open and closed Communion?
There always seem to those who think they can
dictate who is qualified to come to God and who
I. JESUS OPENED THE DOOR TO ALL WHO WOULD COME.
John 6:37 (KJV) All that the Father giveth
me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I
will in no wise cast out.
Jesus had “OPENED”
the door to everyone and therefore His Church must
have an “OPENED door policy.
How has Jesus OPENED the door?
Jesus set forth the opened door policy by His
Saturday, February 03, 2007
by Os Hillman
Proverbs 14:4 Where there are no oxen,
the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox
comes an abundant harvest.
When Jesus came into this world, He chose to be born
in a most unusual place-a manger. It was no more
than a livery stable with goats, oxen, and other
livestock animals. There is a distinctive
characteristic about a place like this. It is filled
with odors and dung from the animals. God seems to
work best among the unpleasantness of circumstances.
In fact, "where there are no oxen, the manger is
empty." What is this really saying? I believe it is
saying that in order for Jesus to be present, we
must invite those things that bring with them
"messes to clean up." God works among the messy
things in our lives. And from these messes come an
abundant harvest. This is what He did with all His
highly used servants in the Bible. God is filled
with paradoxes. Why can't life be seamless and
smooth? Because God likes to show Himself in the
midst of the messes of life. This is what brings us
into the harvests. So often the bigger the mess, the
bigger the harvest.
When a major road-construction project takes place
in a crowded city street, it appears to be absolute
chaos. It is inconvenient, slow-moving and tends to
get us irritated because it appears we are moving
much slower than we would like. It is ugly, and so
much of what we see is torn up. But when we look at
that same area a few months or years later, we see
why the construction was necessary. There was
meaning to the mess. It actually made life so much
better for those who would use the road.
It has been through the messiest of times in my
business and personal life that God has revealed His
power and strength in my life. It was when these
"oxen" of hardship have walked into my manger that
the greatest harvest was manifest. However, when I
have sought to remove the "oxen" and rid myself of
the odor and the mess, I have fought the ultimate
work of God.
God works in mangers.
He came to seek and saved the lost.
Luke 19:10 (KJV)
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that
which was lost.
There are several ways in
which to be lost:
Do not know where you are going.
Do not know where you are.
They have been driven away by “Healthy sheep”.
Ezekiel 34:17-21 (NLT)
"And as for you, my flock, my people, this is what
the Sovereign LORD says: I will judge between one
sheep and another, separating the sheep from the
goats. Is it not
enough for you to keep the best of the pastures for
yourselves? Must you also trample down the rest? Is
it not enough for you to take the best water for
yourselves? Must you also muddy the rest with your
feet? All that is left for my flock to eat is what
you have trampled down. All they have to drink is
water that you have fouled. "Therefore, this is what
the Sovereign LORD says: I will surely judge between
the fat sheep and the scrawny sheep. For you fat
sheep push and butt and crowd my sick and hungry
flock until they are scattered to distant lands.
They are confused where they are.
They feel there is no hope.
He came to call the sinners to repentance.
Matthew 9:10-13 (KJV)
And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the
house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and
sat down with him and his disciples.
And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto
his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans
and sinners? But
heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole
need not a physician, but they that are sick.
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.
3. Those who Jesus sought out.
Woman at the well
The woman caught in adultery
Saul of Tarsus
II. GOD’S CHURCH PRACTICES THE OPEN DOOR
2 Peter 3:9 (GW)
The Lord isn't slow to do what he promised, as some
people think. Rather, he is patient for your sake.
He doesn't want to destroy anyone but wants all
people to have an opportunity to turn to him and
change the way they think and act.
The seven year old boy who
was told he couldn’t come to church with boots.
The little girl who was not allowed in Sunday School
because she didn’t have a dress.
No one has the right to tell someone else that they
cannot come to Church because of their dress, race,
background or even life style.
If we consider someone’s life style to be wrong,
then what better place for them, than in Church?
The Church is a hospital for sinners, not a museum
Too many people have been kept out of church too
long by too many within the church.
“MOMMA AND THE WHITE MAN”
Received from Stories of Encouragement
The first time I saw a white man, I was in church in
our Alabama parish in the middle of August and it
was very, very hot. The preacher rambled on, his
fire and brimstone sermon seasoned with an
occasional Hallelujah from our sweaty congregation.
I was daydreaming about the Sunday feast that we
would have after church. This was a reward for
sitting through 2 hours of preaching.
But that Sunday everything changed for me. In the
middle of his Bible-thumping, fist clenched
exuberance, the reverend stopped. The silence caught
me by surprise and at first I thought maybe he knew
I wasn't listening. I looked at the pulpit; to see
him standing there with an expression of disgust,
staring at the back of the church as if the devil
himself had just entered...I turned to see.
There, leaning against the front doors of our
church, our pure-black church was a drifter, a
skinny, disheveled, white drifter. This man, this
invader of our sacred space, stood before us in all
his un-holiness. His ragged clothes seemed to hang
on him and his face looked pasty and sunken, like a
man waiting for death. Worst of all, he had entered
our church barefoot, his blistered, bloody feet
staining our holy wood floor.
We were still. He walked down the center aisle with
slow, deliberate steps. His legs looked fragile and
weak and his hunched back made him look as though he
carried the world on his shoulders.
"Pardon me, Reverend", he said as he removed his hat
and seated himself in the front pew. The preacher
looked around the congregation and then at Mr.
Jackson, our layman, who barely acknowledged the man
before turning away. Looking down at the bloody
floor, the reverend shook his head. He glanced at
the drifter for just a second and with a roll of his
eyes, picked up where he had left off.
The man glanced at the stained floor and bowed his
head, ashamed. I was confused by the preacher's
reaction. I had never really listened to the Sunday
sermons, but bits and pieces I had picked up had
taught me that God wanted us to be kind to others.
And yet here, in the place that this preacher called
"God's house," I was witness to a stranger in need
being passed over.
Then, to my right, Momma rose. Clutching her good
Sunday kerchief, she walked straight to the church's
christening bowl. The reverend stopped speaking.
Taking the pitcher of water that the reverend
himself had been drinking from during his sermon,
she stepped down to the front pew. "Be not ashamed,
my brother," said Momma, kneeling in front of the
man. I leaned forward and watched as she filled the
christening bowl with the water, and then, dunking
her kerchief, she bathed the man's feet. I could see
the man's face as he began to cry.
Engrossed in the miracle that I had just witnessed,
I had forgotten about dinner by the time Momma
returned to her seat. I had seen Momma through
different eyes that day. Like Rosa Parks walking to
the front of the bus, Momma had challenged the
racism that surrounded her. Like Susan B. Anthony,
taking charge when it was necessary, Momma had
showed me the strength of a woman's actions. And,
like the Good Samaritan helping a stranger in need,
Momma had gone to the aid of another in need of
That hot Alabama Sunday, Momma showed me not only
who she was, but who I was. In one day, she set a
lifelong example, paving a road for her only
daughter to walk down proudly. As an African
American, as a woman, as a Christian.
This mother taught a lesson by example that could
not be taught any other way. Isn't that the way God
expects us to teach others. Yes, we use words, but
we add conviction and power to the lessons with the
way we live our lives.
CONCLUSION: It doesn’t matter who comes through our doors,
we must show them, LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND FORGIVENESS,
if we are to be God’s Church.
FEBRUARY 11, 2007
“ARE YOU TIRED OF STUMBLING IN THE DARK?”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 9:1-7
SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 John
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Consider the background of
Isaiah prophecy to Ahaz. Isaiah 7:1-9:7,
this time period is covered in II Kings 16 &
II Chronicles 28.
Ahaz worshipped false gods.
Syria and Israel attacked
God promised to deliver
Judea and asked Ahaz go ask for a sign.
Ahaz refused, would rather
trust in Assyria.
Built the great altar
patterned after the altar in Damascus.
God promised great judgment
because of Ahaz’s sin.
God also promised great
deliverance. Isaiah 9:1-7
What does this prophecy have to do with us, some
2,747 years later?
NOTE: These historical events have tremendous spiritual
lessons for us today.
1 Corinthians 10:6 (KJV)
Now these things were our examples, to the intent we
should not lust after evil things, as they also
I. THE CHURCH IS UNDER HEAVY ATTACK FROM SATAN.
NOTE: The Church, like Judah, is surrounded by her enemy
Main line churches are falling away from God’s
Denying the Virgin Birth
Denying the miracles
Denying the teachings against sin.
Church leaders are falling away into sin.
Government is denying Christian freedoms.
Society is attacking Christian values.
There are fractions within the Church.
The darken clouds of sin; hopelessness and despair
are slowly covering the Church.
It is easy to get caught up and give up.
When we are in the darkness, of things going against
what we want or thinks should happen, it is easy to
stumble and fall away from God and the Church.
II. HOW DO WE KEEP FROM STUMBLING IN THE DARK?
NOTE: We must walk in the Light.
A. THERE IS A FALSE LIGHT.
2 Corinthians 11:14 (KJV)
And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed
into an angel of light.
Man looking under a street lamp.
are facing times of darkness, Satan wants us to walk
in any light other than the Light of God’s Grace.
Human Resources (Ahaz trusting Assyria)
Jeremiah 17:5 (NIV)
This is what the LORD says:
"Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on
flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away
from the LORD.
Human Reasoning (false gods)
Human reasoning wants the
easy way out.
It seems to be easier on the flesh to follow human
reasoning that God’s direction.
1 Kings 12:28 (NIV) After seeking advice, the
king made two golden calves. He said to the people,
"It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Here
are your gods, O Israel, who brought you up out of
Human reasoning wants to do
away with anything that considers God.
Job 2:9 (GW)
His wife asked him, “Are
you still holding on to your principles? Curse God
The light of religious fluff.
There are those who claim
to be Believers but are not.
They only want to hear things that are pleasant to
They do not want any demands place upon them.
Jeremiah 2:13 (KJV)
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.
Jeremiah 5:31 (KJV)
The prophets prophesy
falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means;
and my people love to have it so: and what will ye
do in the end thereof?
2 Timothy 4:3-4 (KJV)
For the time will come when they will not endure
sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they
heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
and they shall turn away their ears from the truth,
and shall be turned unto fables.
B. THERE IS THE TRUE
NOTE: God has a double blessing for those who do not put
their confidence in the flesh but rather in the
Psalms 1:1 (GW)
Blessed is the person who
does not follow the advice of wicked people…
Jeremiah 17:7 (KJV)
Blessed is the man that
trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.
When we are experiencing
times of darkness, as we all will, it is best to
walk in the Light of God Grace.
Isaiah 9:2 (KJV)
The people that walked in
darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in
the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the
1 John 1:7 (KJV)
But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light,
we have fellowship one with another, and the blood
of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Psalms 119:105 (KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my
Proverbs 3:5-6 (KJV)
Trust in the LORD with all
thine heart; and lean not unto thine own
all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct
III. GOD’S PROMISE TO THOSE WHO WILL WALK IN
THE LIGHT OF HIS GRACE.
Isaiah 9:3-7 (ASV)
Thou hast multiplied the nation, thou hast increased
their joy: they joy before thee according to the joy
in harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the
spoil. For the
yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder,
the rod of his oppressor, thou hast broken as in the
day of Midian. For
all the armor of the armed man in the tumult, and
the garments rolled in blood, shall be for burning,
for fuel of fire.
They are blessed with growth.
Their sadness is turned to joy.
They joy in the harvest of souls.
They joy in victory over Satan and sin.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given;
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and
his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor,
Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the increase of
his government and of peace there shall be no end,
upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to
establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with
righteousness from henceforth even for ever. The
zeal of Jehovah of hosts will perform this.
Prince of Peace
There is no need to stumble
in the darkness when we can walk in the Light of
ELOHIM The All Powerful One – The
The Lord our Master
God Most High
The Self-existent One
The Lord Will Provide
The Lord Heals
The Lord Is Our Banner
The Lord Who Sanctifies
The Lord Our Peace
The Lord Is Our
The Lord Is My Shepherd
The Lord is There
The God Who Sees Me
FEBRUARY 18, 2007
“THE POWER OF THE ANOINTING”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 10:27 (KJV)
And it shall come to pass in that day, that his
burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder,
and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall
be destroyed because of the anointing.
The book of Isaiah is often
called, “The Gospel of the Old Testament.”
Chapters seven through twelve of Isaiah, deals with
the story of Ahaz and how his ungodly reign brought
destruction and almost total annihilation to the
nation of Judah.
It is filled with Messianic Prophecies and
Isaiah 7:14 (the virgin birth)
Isaiah 9:1-7 (the birth of Jesus)
Isaiah 10:27 (the defeat of Satan & sin)
Isaiah 11 (the unity found in Christ & His cross,
vs. 10 & 12)
Isaiah 12 (the song of deliverance)
I believe that in symbolism, Jerusalem is a type of
the Church and Assyria a type of Satan and sin.
Satan seeks to destroy the Church and its people
Many Christians believe that they must sin, they
cannot live a day without sinning.
We sin when we do longer have the desire to live
above sin and we do not yield ourselves to the Holy
It like trying to lose weight, it takes both desire
But God has given us the power through the Holy
Spirit to live a live above sin.
I. A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE WILL DESTROY THE YOKE
OF SIN IN OUR LIVES.
And it shall come to pass
in that day, that his burden shall be taken away
from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy
the yoke shall be destroyed
because of the anointing.
It is the yoke that
controls the oxen and causes it to pull the heavy
When sin is in control we are living under a very
It is the blood of Jesus Christ that cleanses us
from sin, but it’s the power of the Holy Spirit that
gives us victory over sin.
Acts 1:8 (KJV)
But ye shall receive power,
after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye
shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in
all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost
part of the earth.
Many people try to practice half-hearted conversion.
They want Jesus to be their Savior but they don’t
want Him to be their master.
Matthew 12:43-45 (NLT)
"When an evil spirit leaves a person, it goes into
the desert, seeking rest but finding none. Then it
says, `I will return to the person I came from.' So
it returns and finds its former home empty, swept,
and clean. Then
the spirit finds seven other spirits more evil than
itself, and they all enter the person and live
there. And so that person is worse off than before.
That will be the experience of this evil
If Jesus cannot be Lord of all, He won’t be Lord at
The best witness is a holy life.
A holy life is not a life not doing this or that, it
is a life of doing what God wants us to do.
If we are more concerned with what we are supposed
to do instead of what we are not supposed to do, our
lives would please God much more.
II. A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE WILL NOT ONLY GIVE US
VICTORY OVER SIN, IT WILL ENABLE US TO LIVE A
A holy life is a fruitful
Galatians 5:22-23 (NLT)
But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will
produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
gentleness, and self-control. Here there is
no conflict with the law.
FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT:
NOTE: Even though all these fruits may not be mature in
our lives, we should be striving to bring them into
fruitfulness through the power of the Holy Spirit.
Which areas of fruitfulness to you see in your life
and which areas are lacking?
III. A SPIRIT FILLED LIFE WILL GIVE US A PRODUCTIVE
There are no drones in the
Church of God.
God has given each of us tasks to fulfill in His
1 Corinthians 12:4-7 (NLT)
Now there are different kinds of spiritual gifts,
but it is the same Holy Spirit who is the source of
them all. There are different kinds of service in
the church, but it is the same Lord we are serving.
There are different ways God works in our lives, but
it is the same God who does the work through all of
us. A spiritual
gift is given to each of us as a means of helping
the entire church.
GIFTS OF THE HOLY SPIRIT:
God does not expect us all
to have the same gift, but He does expect us to use
the gifts that He has given us.
I CORINTHIANS 12:8-10
Word of wisdom
Word of knowledge
Discerning of spirits
Interpretation of tongues
PLUS THE GIFTS OF:
The Power of the Anointing
will break the yoke of sin, produce spiritual fruit
in our lives and make us a productive Christian
enriching the Body of Christ.
FEBRUARY 25, 2007
“WE HAVE EVERY REASON TO REJOICE”
SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 25:1-12
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 25:9 (KJV) 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.
As we look at the things
that are going on around us it is easy to get caught
up with fear and uncertainty.
The foundations of the
world around us are being shaken.
Sickness & diseases
Inhuman treatment towards others.
Sin is becoming more and more blatant.
The Church is coming under greater attack, both
within and without.
If we only looked on the things we see with our
natural eyes we would be filled with anxiety.
But a true Christian’s has many reasons to rejoice
in spite of what is going on around us.
“We have every reason in
the world to rejoice”, no let me rephrase that,
“We have every reason in GOD to rejoice”.
I. WE REJOICE WHEN JEHOVAH IS OUR ELOHIM.
Isaiah 25:1 (KJV)
O LORD, thou art my God; I
will exalt thee, I will praise thy name; for thou
hast done wonderful things; thy counsels of old are
faithfulness and truth.
The joy we experience
depends on who or what we choose to be our god.
Luke 16:13 (KJV) No servant can serve
two masters: for either he will hate the one, and
love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and
despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Those who choose earthly things to be what they
worship will never find true satisfaction.
Ecclesiastes 2:1-17 (17)
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is
wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all
is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Who is your god, the things of this life or the God
Joshua 24:15 (KJV) And if it seem evil
unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom
ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers
served that were on the other side of the flood, or
the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell:
but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.
A. WE WILL EXALT AND PRAISE WHAT WE WORSHIP.
B. GOD HAS BEEN FAITHFUL TO HIS WORD
II. WE REJOICE BECAUSE HE HAS BROUGHT JUDGMENT UPON
Isaiah 25:2 (KJV)
For thou hast made of a
city an heap; of a defenced city a ruin: a palace of
strangers to be no city; it shall never be built.
Isaiah 25:5 (KJV)
Thou shalt bring down the
noise of strangers, as the heat in a dry place; even
the heat with the shadow of a cloud: the branch of
the terrible ones shall be brought low.
Isaiah 25:10-12 (KJV)
For in this mountain shall the hand of the LORD
rest, and Moab shall be trodden down under him, even
as straw is trodden down for the dunghill. And he
shall spread forth his hands in the midst of them,
as he that swimmeth spreadeth forth his hands to
swim: and he shall bring down their pride together
with the spoils of their hands.
And the fortress of the high fort of thy
walls shall he bring down, lay low, and bring to the
ground, even to the dust.
These verses not only refer
to the fall of physical Babylon under that attack of
the Medes and Persians, but it also refers to the
fall of spiritual Babylon that is recorded in the
book of Revelation.
Revelation 14:8 (NIV)
A second angel followed and
said, "Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which
made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her
III. WE REJOICE BECAUSE HE HAS PROVIDED BLESSINGS TO
Isaiah 25:4 (KJV)
For thou hast been a
strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his
distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the
heat, when the blast of the terrible ones is as a
storm against the wall.
Strength to the poor
Strength to the needy
A refuge from the storms
The problems and struggles
that seek to destroy our relationship with God.
A shadow from the heat
The trials and temptations from Satan in this life.
Isaiah 25:6-8 (KJV)
And in this mountain shall
the LORD of hosts make unto all people a feast of
fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat
things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well
refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the
face of the covering cast over all people, and the
vail that is spread over all nations. He will
swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will
wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke
of his people shall he take away from off all the
earth: for the LORD hath spoken it.
It was on Mount Calvary
that Jesus defeated Satan by paying the price for
An abundance of blessings of good things.
Vs. 7 And he will destroy in
this mountain the face of the covering cast over all
people, and the vail that is spread over all
The threats and attacks of Satan
The sin that separates us from God
The penalty of sin, death shall be removed.
He will swallow up death in
victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from
off all faces…;
Tears and sorrows will be wiped away forever
Vs. 8b …and the rebuke of his
people shall he take away from off all the earth:
for the LORD hath spoken it.
The reproach against God’s people will be removed
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
As Children of God we
cannot be caught up with looking at the things
around us and allowing them to dictate our emotions
but rather we must look ahead to what God has
planned for us and rejoice in His Grace and Mercy.