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SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Timothy 4:7  

I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  

NOTE: This week we honor those who have served our country in the military. 
   These men and women have been willing to give up much of their lives to serve our country. 

   Today our nation is at war, a far different war than we have every fought against. 
   We honor those who are placing their lives in jeopardy for our nation. 
   We, who claim the Name of Christ, are also at war, but the nature of our warfare is far different from the physical wars of this world. 

2 Corinthians 10:4 (NIV) The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.  

Ephesians 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  

NOTE: As the soldier of our country must be willing to make sacrifices so must we as Soldiers for Christ be willing to do the same. 

2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.  


Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.

NOTE: As our soldiers pay a tremendous cost in serving our country, so we as Soldiers of Christ must be willing to pay the cost of serving God. 

   As there are those in our country who want freedom without having to pay the cost, there are those who call themselves Christian who want God’s blessing but are unwilling to pay the cost. 

Matthew 10:37-38 (NLT) If you love your father or mother more than you love me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love your son or daughter more than me, you are not worthy of being mine. If you refuse to take up your cross and follow me, you are not worthy of being mine.  

Luke 9:23 (NLT) Then he said to the crowd, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me.  

   A Soldier of Christ must be willing to give up their dreams and ambitions in order to follow the commands of Christ. 

NOTE: Many of the signer of the Declaration of Independence suffered great losses. 

   As soldiers take on new responsibilities and commitments when they enlist, so do we when we accept Christ as out Savior. 

2 Timothy 2:4 (NLT) And as Christ's soldier, do not let yourself become tied up in the affairs of this life, for then you cannot satisfy the one who has enlisted you in his army.  

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.  

NOTE: There is little hope for negotiation with terrorist; there is no hope of negotiation with Satan and sin. 


Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.  

Joshua 10:25 And Joshua said unto them, Fear not, nor be dismayed, be strong and of good courage: for thus shall the Lord do to all your enemies against whom ye fight.  

1 Chronicles 19:13 Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the Lord do that which is good in his sight.  

2 Chronicles 32:7 Be strong and courageous, be not afraid nor dismayed for the king of Assyri, nor for all the multitude that is with him: for there be more with us than with him:  

Philippians 1:28 (NLT) Don't be intimidated by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself.  


NOTE: Mine is not to reason why, mine is just to do or die. 

Joshua 23:6 Be ye therefore very courageous to keep and to do all that is written in the book of the law of Moses, that ye turn not aside there from to the right hand or to the left;  

1 Chronicles 22:13 Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to fulfil the statutes and judgments which the Lord charged Moses with concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed.  

Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.  

NOTE: A good soldier will obey without having to understand. 


NOTE: The pay we receive for being a Soldier for Christ may not seem to be much, but the retirement plan is out of this world. 

   The blessings we receive from being a Soldier for Christ far outweighs the blessings of this world. 

  1. The freedom from sin.

1 John 1:7 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.  

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.  

    • The guilt of sin
    • The punishment for sin
  1. Peace


Psalm 29:11 The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.  

Psalm 119:165 (KJV) Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

John 16:33 (KJV) These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.  

Philip. 4:7 (KJV) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.  

    • Peace of God
    • Peace with God

3.  Everlasting life. 

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.  

John 14:2-3 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.  



SCRIPTURE TEXT: I Corinthians 2:16 

    How could they? For, "Who can know what the Lord is thinking?  Who can give him counsel?"  But we can understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ. 

INTRO: We are facing dark and troubling times. 

   Our nation is sinking deeper and deeper to apostasy, the renunciation of our Christian faith. 

   There are many who claim the Christian faith but their life style denies their claim. 

   There are many who worship God on Sunday, but worship the gods of this world Monday through Saturday. 

   There is a remnant of True Worshipers.  What makes the difference? 

   It’s our thought pattern. 

   How we think about ourselves, about others, about things and most of important, about God. 


NOTE: Satan seeks to control our minds and keep them away from the things of God. 

   Every time you come to church, read your Bible, think about heavenly things, Satan seeks to cloud you mind with doubt and unbelief.  He seeks to distract you with things of this world. 

   That’s how he deceived Eve. 

Romans 7:23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.  

   The thought patterns of this world are against the though patterns of God.

Romans 8:7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be.  

   The thought patterns of this world seek to satisfy the desires of the flesh and fail to consider that needs of the spirit. 

Romans 8:5 For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.  


1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.  

   The True Worshiper walks and lives in and through the Mind of Christ. 

1 Corinthians 2:10-12 (NLT) But we know these things because God has revealed them to us by his Spirit, and his Spirit searches out everything and shows us even God's deep secrets.  No one can know what anyone else is really thinking except that person alone, and no one can know God's thoughts except God's own Spirit.  And God has actually given us his Spirit (not the world's spirit) so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.  

  What does it mean to have the Mind of Christ? 

NOTE: There must be a change in the way we think and look at things. 

2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;  

Ephesians 4:17 This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind,  

Romans 12:1-2 (NLT) And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?  Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will know what God wants you to do, and you will know how good and pleasing and perfect his will really is.  


NOTE: I wish to share just three aspects of the Mind of Christ. 

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  


NOTE: Jesus did not come to be served but rather to serve. 

Philippians 2:6-7 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  

Matthew 20:28 Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.  

John 13:4-5 He riseth from supper, and laid aside his garments; and took a towel, and girded himself. After that he poureth water into a bason, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel wherewith he was girded.  

John 13:12-17 So after he had washed their feet, and had taken his garments, and was set down again, he said unto them, Know ye what I have done to you?  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.  If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet; ye also ought to wash one another's feet. [15] For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, The servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him.  If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.  

NOTE: The world’s mind set is what’s in for me; the Christian mind set must be how can I minister to needs of others? 


NOTE: What allows us to have a servant mindset is humility. 

   Pride will rob us of a servant’s mindset.

Philippians 2:3-7 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.  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  

NOTE: The God of the universe became like His creation. 

Matthew 23:12 And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.  

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.  

James 4:10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.  


NOTE: The end product of a servant’s mindset and humility will be unity. 

   Jesus desires unity within the church. 

John 17:21 That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.  

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.  

NOTE: It is our love for one another shown through unity that will cause the world to see Christ in us. 

1 Corinthians 1:10 Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.  

Philippians 2:2 Fulfill ye my joy, that ye be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  

CONCLUSION: Let us have the mind of Christ, servant hood, humility and unity.   



SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:18  

   In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  

INTRO: The Bible tells us that we are to rejoice evermore. 

   One of the signs of true Christianity is the joy that Christians have. 

   For most of us we find it easy to be joyful and thankful when things are going well, but the proof of the pudding is when things are difficult. 

   Christianity is not freedom from times of difficulty but rather the strength and faith to be victorious in spite of difficulties. 

   The Psalmist in Psalm 92 speaks of being thankful during the good times and being thankful during the times of testing and trials. 

   The secret of being thankful in times of trouble and stress is our FAITH. 

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

   It is our belief about God that will determine whether we are thankful during times of difficulty.  


1 Thessalonians 5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.  


   When something bad happens we do not have to be thankful for what has happen but we can be thankful in spite of what has happened.

  1. For God’s love.

NOTE: Knowing that God loves us in spite of what may be happing around us and in spite of what we may have done should cause us to be thankful in all things. 

Jeremiah 31:3 The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.  

John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  

Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  
Ephesians 2:4-5 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,  Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)  

1 John 3:1-2 Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not.  Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  

  1. For God’s wisdom.

NOTE: We can be thankful that God’s wisdom is far greater and more beneficial to us then our own. 

Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.

   We see things and understand things through human limitations. 

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.  

  1. God’s power.

NOTE: We can be thankful that God’s power is greater than any other power in heaven or earth. 

Job 42:2 I know that thou canst do every thing, and that no thought can be withholden from thee.  

Jeremiah 32:17 Ah Lord God! behold, thou hast made the heaven and the earth by thy great power and stretched out arm, and there is nothing too hard for thee:  

Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.  

Luke 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.  

NOTE: No matter what we are facing, God is able to deliver us from the situation or give us victory over it. 

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

  1. For God’s promises.

NOTE: We can be thankful that no matter how impossible the situation might seem we can depend upon God’s promises. 

Romans 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  

Hebrews 6:18 (NLT) So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence.  

Romans 3:4 (NLT) Of course not! Though everyone else in the world is a liar, God is true. As the Scriptures say, "He will be proved right in what he says, and he will win his case in court."  

  1. For God’s provisions.

NOTE: We can be thankful that God will give us what we need when we need it. 

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

NOTE: It says all our needs not all our wants. 

   We must allow God to determine the difference between our needs and our wants. 

  1. For God’s presence.

NOTE: Of all the things to be thankful for, this is high on my list. 

ILL: Cherokee Right of Passage  

  Do you know the legend of the Cherokee Indian youth's rite of passage?

   His father takes him into the forest, blindfolds him and leaves him alone. He is required to sit on a stump the whole night and not remove the blindfold until the rays of the morning sun shine through it. He cannot cry out for help to anyone. Once he survives the night, he is a MAN. He cannot tell the other boys of this experience, because each lad must come into manhood on his own. The boy is naturally terrified. He can hear all kinds of noises. Wild beasts must surely be all around him.  Maybe even some human might do him harm. The wind blew the grass and earth, and shook his stump, but he sat stoically, never removing the blindfold. It would be the only way he could become a man.! Finally, after a horrific night the sun appeared and he removed his blindfold. It was then that he discovered his father sitting on the stump next to him.  He had been at watch the entire night, protecting his son from harm. We, too, are never alone. Even when we don't know it, our Heavenly Father is watching over us, sitting on the stump beside us. When trouble comes, all we have to do is reach out to Him. 

Deuteronomy 20:1 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.  

Isaiah 43:2 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.  
Matthew 28:20 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.  

Hebrews 13:5 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.  

  1. For God’s grace.

NOTE: For all these things in which we can be thankful for, we deserve none of them, we receive them only through God’s grace. 

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

CONCLUSION: How can we show our thankfulness to God? 

  1. Through Worship.
  1. Through sharing what God has done for us with others.
  1. Through our gifts of time, talent & treasure to God.




SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 18:2  

    The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.  

INTRO: Where ever we look we can see that we are getting closer and closer to the coming of the Lord. 

   Jesus warns us that the world would be in turmoil and that many hearts will fail because of what will be taking place. 

Matthew 24:4-8 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. All these are the beginning of sorrows.  

   As we see these days fast approaching let us not allow fear to overwhelm us. 

   As the coming of the Lord gets closer these things will increase but we need not fear. 

   Let us remember that God has everything under control and we as His children have no reason to fear. 

Luke 21:28 And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.  

   We should not be surprise at what is happen around us. 

1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.  For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  

   We must prepare ourselves so that when Jesus returns we will be ready. 


          TO CHRIST’S RETURN. 

   1.  Try to predict when it will happen. 

Mark 13:32 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  

ILL: The book: Eighty-eight reasons why Jesus will return in 1988. 

ILL: The Boy Who Cried Wolf. 

   2.  Act as though it never going to happen. 

NOTE: By failing to prepare ourselves we are showing that we really don’t believe that it is going to happen. 

2 Peter 3:3-4 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, and saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.  


   1. The Believer will be taken to Heaven. 

1 Thessalonians 4:15-18 (NLT) I can tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not rise to meet him ahead of those who are in their graves.  For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the call of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, all the Christians who have died will rise from their graves.  Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and remain with him forever.  So comfort and encourage each other with these words. 

NOTE: There is no reason for the Believer to fear the Second coming of Jesus. 

Revelation 20:6 Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

   2. The non-believer will face the White Throne Judgment. 

Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.  And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.  And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.  And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.  

NOTE: All the Believers were resurrected in the First Resurrection therefore only non-believer are raised in the second Resurrection.  


NOTE: For the true Believer the return of Christ will not catch them unaware. 

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  

NOTE: The one thing we don’t do is sit wringing our hands bemoaning what is happen around us. 

   God expects us to be busy using whatever He has given us in time and opportunity, to reach the lost. 

Mark 13:32-37 (NIV) "No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.  Be on guard! Be alert! You do not know when that time will come.  It's like a man going away: He leaves his house and puts his servants in charge, each with his assigned task, and tells the one at the door to keep watch. "Therefore keep watch because you do not know when the owner of the house will come back--whether in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or at dawn. If he comes suddenly, do not let him find you sleeping. What I say to you, I say to everyone: 'Watch!' "  

   The closer the coming of Christ is, the more adversity we will face. 

   We must be built on solid foundation in order to be able to stand. 

  • Our faith must be built upon the solid rock.

NOTE: The secret of building on the solid rock is two-fold: 

Matthew 7:24-25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  

   1.  We must listen to the Word of God.

   2.  We must do what the Word of God tells. 

   We must take the Word of God to those who are not listening.

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?  

  • We must make God our fortress and deliverer.


NOTE: We cannot put our trust in our own strength or the strength of this world to keep us during the storms that are coming. 

Psalm 56:11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.  

Psalm 61:3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.  

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  

  • We must trust in Him.


NOTE: The closer we come to the Second Coming the worst it will be, but those who trust in God will have peace in the midst of the storm. 

Psalm 5:11 But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name be joyful in thee.  

Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!  

Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.   


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