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APRIL 12, 2009



 SCRIPTURE 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 unlimited forgiveness.

 INTRO: 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 Word translation).

 Psalm 130:1-8 (GW) A song for going up to worship.

    O Lord, out of the depths I call to you. O Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be open to my pleas for mercy.  O 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 unlimited forgiveness.  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 God.

    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.


·    One the first to be called to follow Jesus.

   Matthew 4:18-19  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.


Matthew 10:2 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 brother;

 Mark 3:13-16 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;

 Luke 6:12-14 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 Bartholomew,

 Acts 1:13 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 three.

o  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.

 o   At the Mount of Transfiguration.

Mark 9:2 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.

o  In the Garden of Gethsemane. 

 Matthew 26:36-37 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 heavy.  

·    He was the one who lent his boat to Jesus. 

Luke 5:3 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. 

Matthew 14:28-29 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 to Jesus.

·    He was the one who made the great confession. 

Matthew 16:16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God.

 John 6:68-69 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.

Matthew 17:26-27 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.

John 18:10 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.  

NOTE: Peter had done some great things. 

   There is no doubt that he loved Jesus. 

  There is no doubt that he served Jesus. 

   There is no doubt that he sought to follow Jesus closely. 

   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.

NOTE: This must have broken Peter’s heart.

Matthew 26:75 And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

   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 Peter’s life.

    Do you feel that you have blown it?

    Do you feel that there is no hope for forgiveness for you?

   I want you to know there is Resurrection Forgiveness.

 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 from Jesus.


APRIL 19, 2009




   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 why.

 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 the earth.

    What is Jesus doing now for us? 

    There are three things, among many, that Jesus is doing for us now.


 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.  


NOTE: Thirsty for a deeper relationship with Him. 

John 7:37-38 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 living water.  


NOTE: Hungry for a greater understanding of His Word. 

Matthew 4:4 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.  

John 6:51 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.  


NOTE: A burning desire to serve Him in anyway He choices. 

Acts 1:8 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.

NOTE: There are two places to serve: 

·    In the Church

·    In the work place


NOTE: 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 them.

·    He intercedes for those who are struggling in their faith or walk.

 Romans 8:34 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 us.

·    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;

 John 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 full.  

·    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 righteous:


John 14:1-3 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.

 NOTE: 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 Christ.

 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 earth.

 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 good work.

 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.

 1.    He is pouring out His Holy Spirit.

2.    He is interceding on our behalf.

3.    He is preparing our home in heaven.


APRIL 26, 2009


 SCRIPTURE READING: Proverbs 4:20-27

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 4:23 (NLT) 

    Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects everything you do.  

INTRO: 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 entering.[1] 

 2 Chronicles 23:19 (NLT) He stationed gatekeepers at the gates of the Lord's Temple to keep those who were ceremonially unclean from entering.  

   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? 


NOTE: 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.


NOTE: There are those who allow the shifting winds of popular opinion and driving rain of political correctness guard their hearts. 


NOTE: 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 evil of Pornography.  

   What enters our hearts will often exit through our mouth and actions. 

Matthew 12:34-35 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 gate. 

Psalm 141:3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.


NOTE: We are afraid to be different so we conform to this world. 

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?


Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O Lord, my strength, and my redeemer.

NOTE: How have we prepared out hearts to keep sin out and righteousness in?

    There are three gatekeepers that will help us guard our hearts from satan and sin.


 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 coming judgment.

 NOTE: The Holy Spirit does three things in guarding our hearts.

1.    He convicts of sin.

2.    He reveals what is righteous.

3.    He warns us of the coming judgment.


 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.

 NOTE: 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.


 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.

1. They do not want to hear that they are sinners and facing the judgment of God.

2. They want to hear preaching and teaching that make them feel good about themselves.

 CONCLUSION: 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 life.

 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 these things.


    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 of refusals.

   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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