APRIL 12, 2009
SCRIPTURE READING: Mark 16:1-7
TEXT: Psalm 130:7 (GW)
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, because with
the Lord there is mercy and with him there is
Have you ever really blown it?
After accepting Christ as your savior, have you
sinned so greatly that you thought that God could
never forgive you?
One of the devil’s tricks is to convince us that we
have sinned so greatly that we can’t be forgiven.
You are not alone.
Hear the words of the psalmist in Psalm 130 (God’s
Psalm 130:1-8 (GW) A song for going up to
O Lord, out of the depths I call to you. O Lord,
hear my voice. Let your ears be open to my pleas for
Lord, who would be able to stand if you kept a
record of sins?
But with you there is forgiveness so that you
can be feared.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and with
hope I wait for his word.
My soul waits for the Lord more than those
who watch for the morning, more than those who watch
for the morning.
O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, because
with the Lord there is mercy and with him there is
He will rescue Israel from all its sins.
The word feared in verse 4 can either mean to be
afraid of or to reverence.
To be afraid of God; means that if we fail to ask
God for forgiveness we will face the judgment of
To reverence God, means that no matter how great our
sin may be His grace and forgiveness is greater.
Let us stop and consider some of the Hero’s of Faith
who really blew it.
Abraham and Ishmael
Moses and the Egyptian
Samson and Delilah
David and Bathsheba
NOTE: All these men sinned greatly but God
forgave them and each one is mentioned in the
‘Chapter of Hero’s’ in Hebrews 11.
God forgave them of their sins, but the consequences
of their sins remained.
We often think that because the consequences of our
sin remains we have not been forgiven.
I. THE STORY OF PETER.
One the first to be called
to follow Jesus.
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
fishers. And he saith unto them, Follow me,
and I will make you fishers of men.
He was always named first
in the listing of the disciples.
Now the names of the twelve apostles are these; The
first, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his
brother; James the son of Zebedee, and John his
And he goeth up into a mountain, and calleth unto
him whom he would: and they came unto him.
And he ordained twelve, that they should be
with him, and that he might send them forth to
preach, and to have power to heal sicknesses, and to
cast out devils: and Simon he surnamed Peter;
And it came to pass in those days, that he went out
into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in
prayer to God.
And when it was day, he called unto him his
disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he
named apostles; Simon, (whom he also named Peter,)
and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and
And when they were come in, they went up into an
upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and
John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew,
and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon
Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
He was among the inter
At the raising of Jairus’s daughter.
Mark 5:37 And he suffered no man to
follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the
brother of James.
At the Mount of Transfiguration.
And after six days Jesus taketh with him Peter, and
James, and John, and leadeth them up into an high
mountain apart by themselves: and he was
transfigured before them.
In the Garden of Gethsemane.
Then cometh Jesus with them unto a place called
Gethsemane, and saith unto the disciples, Sit ye
here, while I go and pray yonder.
And he took with him Peter and the two sons
of Zebedee, and began to be sorrowful and very
He was the one who lent his
boat to Jesus.
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.
He was the only disciple
who walked on water.
And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be
thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.
And he said, Come. And when Peter was come
down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go
He was the one who made the
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God.
Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall
we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.
And we believe and are sure that thou art
that Christ, the Son of the living God.
He was the one who received
the taxes from the fish.
Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto
him, Then are the children free.
Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them,
go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up
the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast
opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money:
that take, and give unto them for me and thee.
He sought to defend Jesus
with a sword.
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and smote
the high priest's servant, and cut off his right
ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
Peter had done some great things.
There is no doubt that he loved Jesus.
is no doubt that he served Jesus.
There is no doubt that he sought to follow Jesus
Yet he failed and he failed miserably.
Yet, when Jesus needed him most, Peter denied that
he even knew him.
Mark 14:66-72 And as Peter was beneath
in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the
high priest: and when she saw Peter warming himself,
she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast
with Jesus of Nazareth. But he denied, saying, I
know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And
he went out into the porch; and the cock crew. And a
maid saw him again, and began to say to them that
stood by, This is one of them. And he denied it
again. And a little after, they that stood by said
again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for
thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth
thereto. But he began to curse and to swear, saying,
I know not this man of whom ye speak.
And the second time the cock crew. And Peter
called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him,
Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me
thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
This must have broken Peter’s heart.
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.
Peter must have thought he had blown it completely,
that there was no more hope for him.
The time between the crucifixion and the
resurrection must have been the blackest days in
Do you feel that you have blown it?
Do you feel that there is no hope for forgiveness
I want you to know there is Resurrection
Mark 16:7 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.
In John 21, Jesus fully restored Peter.
He became one of the leaders of the early church.
Peter preached the great sermon on the Day of
Pentecost and 3,000 souls were added to the church.
Acts 2:14, 41 But Peter, standing up
with the eleven, lifted up his voice, and said unto
them, Ye men of Judaea, and all ye that dwell at
Jerusalem, be this known unto you, and hearken to my
words…Then they that gladly received his word were
baptized: and the same day there were added unto
them about three thousand souls.
Do not despair in your sin no matter how bad it may
seem to be; there is Resurrection Forgiveness
APRIL 19, 2009
“WHAT IS JESUS DOING NOW?”
SCRIPTURE READING: Acts 1:1-12
TEXT: John 16:7 (NIV)
But I tell you the truth: It is for
your good that I am going away. Unless I go away,
the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I
will send him to you.
INTRO: We know what Jesus did while here on
earth, and we are looking forward to Second Coming,
but what is Jesus doing now.
Forty days following Jesus’ resurrection the
disciples were wondering when Jesus was going to
restore the kingdom of Israel.
Acts 1:6-8 When they therefore were come
together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou
at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the
times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in
his own power.
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.
A few moments following this statement, Jesus was
translated into Heaven.
There are many people who are caught up with trying
to figure out when Jesus is going to return that
they fail of understand what Jesus is doing now and
Luke 19:13 And he called his ten
servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said
unto them, Occupy till I come.
Jesus is now in Heaven while His Church is still on
What is Jesus doing now for us?
There are three things, among many, that Jesus is
doing for us now.
IS POURING OUT HIS HOLY SPIRIT.
John 16:7 (NIV)
But I tell you the truth: It is for
your good that I am going away. Unless I go away,
the Counselor will not come to you; but if I go, I
will send him to you.
ON THOSE WHO ARE THIRSTY.
Thirsty for a deeper relationship with Him.
In the last day, that great day of the feast,
Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst,
let him come unto me, and drink.
He that believeth on me, as the scripture
hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of
ON THOSE WHO ARE HUNGRY.
Hungry for a greater understanding of His Word.
But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall
not live by bread alone, but by every word that
proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
I am the living bread which came down from heaven:
if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for
ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh,
which I will give for the life of the world.
ON THOSE WHO LONG TO SERVE.
A burning desire to serve Him in anyway He choices.
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.
It is the Holy Spirit’s job to convict, God’s job
to judge and our job to love and serve.
There are many who call themselves Christians who do
not want to get involved serving God outside of what
they want to do.
There are two places to serve:
In the Church
In the work place
II. HE IS INTERCEDING ON OUR BEHALF TO THE
One of the greatest things that Jesus is doing now
is interceding for those who seek to follow Him.
He intercedes for those who
come seeking salvation.
Hebrews 7:25 Wherefore he is able also
to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by
him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for
He intercedes for those who
are struggling in their faith or walk.
Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died,
yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the
right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for
He mediates before the
Father on our behalf when we are in need.
1 Timothy 2:5
For there is one God, and one mediator between God
and men, the man Christ Jesus;
16:23-24 And in that day ye
shall ask me nothing. Verily, verily, I say unto
you, Whatsoever ye shall ask the Father in my name,
he will give it you.
Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name:
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be
When we sin and repent He
intercedes before the Father.
1 John 2:1
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
III. HE IS PREPARING US A PLACE IN HEAVEN.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me.
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it
were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare
a place for you.
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I
will come again, and receive you unto myself; that
where I am, there ye may be also.
1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto
me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the
foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let
every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
There is only one foundation to build upon.
1 Corinthians 3:11 For other foundation
can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus
Ephesians 2:20 And are built upon the
foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus
Christ himself being the chief corner stone;
NOTE: Jesus can only use the material that
we send up by how we live the Christian life here on
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 Now if any man
build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, stubble; every man's work shall
be made manifest: for the day shall declare it,
because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire
shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
If any man's work abide which he hath built
thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
If any man's work shall be burned, he shall
suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so
as by fire.
2 Timothy 2:20-21 But in a great house
there are not only vessels of gold and of silver,
but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour,
and some to dishonour.
If a man therefore purge himself from these,
he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and
meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every
CONCLUSION: We are now in a time of
preparation for the return of Jesus and there are
three things He is doing now for us to prepare us
for His return.
He is pouring out His Holy Spirit.
He is interceding on our behalf.
He is preparing our home in heaven.
APRIL 26, 2009
“WHO IS YOUR GATEKEEPER?
SCRIPTURE READING: Proverbs 4:20-27
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Above all else, guard your heart, for it
affects everything you do.
Who are the gatekeepers of your heart?
In journalism, the term gatekeeper refers to
reporters, editors, and publishers who consider
various news items and determine which stories are
newsworthy. Some long-time news professionals warn
that the Internet allows information to get through
without being checked at the gate.
In Old Testament times, gatekeepers guarded the
temple to prevent those who were unclean from
2 Chronicles 23:19 (NLT) He stationed
gatekeepers at the gates of the Lord's Temple to
keep those who were ceremonially unclean from
Our Gatekeepers allow certain things in and keeps
other things out.
Our value system is determined by what we allow in
our hearts and what we keep out.
If you were a shepherd would you hire a wolf
to guard your sheep?
Yet how often do we allow the things of this world
to be the gatekeeper of our hearts?
I. WORLDLY GATEKEEPERS.
We are a lot like sheep, we will follow whomever or
whatever we deem to have the answer to our need
regardless of what might be involved.
HUMAN WISDOM AND EDUCATION.
There are those who allow the shifting winds of
popular opinion and driving rain of political
correctness guard their hearts.
HOLLYWOOD & ENTERTAINMENT.
The things we watch or listen to, will enter into
our hearts and in time direct our thoughts and the
way we conduct ourselves.
There are many Christians who are caught up in the
What enters our hearts will often exit through our
mouth and actions.
O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil,
speak good things? for out of the abundance of the
heart the mouth speaketh.
A good man out of the good treasure of the
heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man
out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.
We need the proper gatekeeper on our eyes and ears
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the
door of my lips.
We are afraid to be different so we conform to this
John 12:42-43 (GW)
Many rulers believed in Jesus. However, they
wouldn't admit it publicly because the Pharisees
would have thrown them out of the synagogue.
They were more concerned about what people
thought of them than about what God thought of them.
Are we willing to take a stand against sin and the
acceptance that the world has for sin?
II. GODLY GATEKEEPERS.
Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my
heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my
strength, and my redeemer.
How have we prepared out hearts to keep sin out and
There are three gatekeepers that will help us guard
our hearts from satan and sin.
THE HOLY SPIRIT.
John 16:7-8 (NLT) But it is actually
best for you that I go away, because if I don't, the
Counselor won't come. If I do go away, he will come
because I will send him to you.
And when he comes, he will convince the world
of its sin, and of God's righteousness, and of the
NOTE: The Holy Spirit does three things in
guarding our hearts.
He convicts of sin.
He reveals what is righteous.
He warns us of the coming judgment.
THE WORLD OF GOD.
Psalm 119:11 Thy word have I hid in mine
heart, that I might not sin against thee.
Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my
feet, and a light unto my path.
The Word of God teaches us
the sinfulness of man and the righteousness of God.
The Word of God must be the foundation we build on
and the guiding light that we follow.
ILL. I Can Sleep When the Wind Blows.
It is during the storm of life that we reveal what
is in our hearts.
TEACHING & PREACHING.
2 Thessalonians 2:15 (NLT) With all
these things in mind, dear brothers and sisters,
stand firm and keep a strong grip on everything we
taught you both in person and by letter.
Titus 1:9 (NIV) He must hold firmly to
the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so
that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and
refute those who oppose it.
NOTE: There are two many who are more
concerned with being entertained in church than
hearing the truth of God’s Word preached.
2 Timothy 4:3 (GW) A time will come when
people will not listen to accurate teachings.
Instead, they will follow their own desires and
surround themselves with teachers who tell them what
they want to hear.
NOTE: People resist Biblical teaching &
preaching for two reasons.
They do not want to hear that they are sinners and
facing the judgment of God.
They want to hear preaching and teaching that make
them feel good about themselves.
True believers long for the conviction of the Holy
Spirit, the guidance and direction of God’s Word and
the encouragement and instruction of Biblical
preaching and teaching.
Not only will the gatekeepers keep the things out
that would spiritually harm us, but they let in
those things that will enable us to live a godly
Philippians 4:8 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
I CAN SLEEP WHEN THE WIND
Years ago, a farmer owned land along the Atlantic
seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands.
Most people were reluctant to work on farms along
the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that
raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the
buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed
applicants for the job, he received a steady stream
Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age,
approached the farmer. "Are you a good farm hand?"
the farmer asked him. "Well, I can sleep when the
wind blows," answered the little man.
Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer,
desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked
well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and
the farmer felt satisfied with the man's work. Then
one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore.
Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and
rushed next door to the hired hand's sleeping
quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, "Get
up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before
they blow away!" The little man rolled over in bed
and said firmly, "No sir. I told you, I can sleep
when the wind blows."
Enraged by the response, the farmer was tempted to
fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to
prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he
discovered that all of the haystacks had been
covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn,
the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were
barred. The shutters were tightly secured.
Everything was tied down.
Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood
what his hired hand meant, so he returned to his bed
to also sleep while the wind blew.
When you're prepared, spiritually, mentally, and
physically, you have nothing to fear. Can you sleep
when the wind blows through your life? The hired
hand in the story was able to sleep because he had
secured the farm against the storm. We secure
ourselves against the storms of life by grounding
ourselves in the Word of God. We don't need to
understand, we just need to hold His hand to have
peace in the middle of storms.
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