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 January 3, 2010






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 2:21-22


    No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.  And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.


INTRO: Every New Year brings new and improved products that many of us think we must have in order to survive.


   Every New Year brings fresh opportunities to improve from the preceding year.


   There will be those who will take advantage of these opportunities and there will be many others who will not.


   As individuals and as a church we must seek God’s Word to find those things that need to be changed in our lives that we might be pleasing to God.


   There are old habits we must get rid of and new practices we must begin.


   I want to share with you this morning just two of them.




Mark 2:21 No man also seweth a piece of new cloth on an old garment: else the new piece that filled it up taketh away from the old, and the rent is made worse.


NOTE: Our birth in Christ marks a new beginning and a need for new raiment.


   Many people who call themselves Christians try to use their own raiment.


Matthew 22:11-12 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: and he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.


Romans 10:3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.


   We cannot come into the presence of the Lord clothed with our own righteousness.


Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


   We cannot put on the righteousness of Christ while still wearing our own self-righteousness.


   God has provided us with a change of raiment.


Zechariah 3:3-5 Now Joshua was clothed with filthy garments, and stood before the angel. And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment.  And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the Lord stood by.


   We must desire the righteousness of Christ.


Psalm 119:40 Behold, I have longed after thy precepts: quicken me in thy righteousness.


Philippians 3:9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:




Mark 2:22 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles: else the new wine doth burst the bottles, and the wine is spilled, and the bottles will be marred: but new wine must be put into new bottles.


   Too many want to be a Christian while living like the devil.


   The Spirit of God will not dwell in an unclean vessel.


2 Corinthians 6:14-18 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel?  And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,  And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


   New wine will ferment and burst the old bottles.


NOTE: When we become a Christians there will be a change in our life style.


2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.


   For some it will be no longer doing the sinful things of the past.


   For others it will be seeking to do the things that please God.


   For all it will be longing to place God first.


CONCLUSION: Let us put on the Righteousness of Christ and seek to live a holy life that is acceptable to Him.




January 10, 2010








    Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


INTRO: How precious are the Promises of God to you?


   Do you highly value them or do you let them run off your back like water of a duck’s back?


   Sometimes the fulfillment of God’s promises may be delayed.  This may cause us to doubt His promises.


·       Abraham 25 years, Joseph 22 years & David unknown.


   How often have you had someone make you a promise that they failed to fulfill?


   Why are the promises of people and companies often unfulfilled?


·       They were not sincere when they made the promise.

·       They made the promise without the authority to make the promise.

·       They have forgotten the promise they made.

·       They do not have the resources to fulfill the promise.


   What makes God’s promises different from other promises?


   I want to share five things that are behind God’s promises that guarantee that they will be fulfilled.




NOTE: God will not make a promise He has no intention on keeping.


   Hungarian Promise: “I find it very hard in making you a promise; I find it very easy to keep.”


Deuteronomy 32:4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.


2 Samuel 7:28 And now, O Lord God, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:


Psalm 146:6 (NLT) He is the one who made heaven and earth,             the sea, and everything in them.  He is the one who keeps every promise forever,


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."


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.




NOTE: Man’s power and authority are limited but God’s are not.


1 Chronicles 29:12 (NLT) Riches and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is at your discretion that people are made great and given strength.


Job 42:2 (NLT) "I know that you can do anything, and no one can stop you.


Psalm 115:3 (NLT) For our God is in the heavens, and he does as he wishes.


Psalm 135:6 (NLT) The Lord does whatever pleases him throughout all heaven and earth, and on the seas and in their depths.


Isaiah 43:13 (NLT) "From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions."


Habakkuk 3:6 (NLT) When he stops, the earth shakes. When he looks, the nations tremble. He shatters the everlasting mountains and levels the eternal hills. But his power is not diminished in the least!


Matthew 19:26 (NLT) Jesus looked at them intently and said, "Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible."


Luke 1:37 (NLT) For nothing is impossible with God."




NOTE: Man often times make promises that they find out later that it wasn’t a promise that should have been made.


   God knows the beginning from the end and He knows what is best and will not make a bad promise.


Psalm 104:24 (NLT) O Lord, what a variety of things you have made!  In wisdom you have made them all.  The earth is full of your creatures.


Proverbs 3:19 (NLT) 

    By wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens.


Jeremiah 17:10 (NLT) But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve."


Jeremiah 29:11 (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord. "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.


Daniel 2:20 (NLT) saying, "Praise the name of God forever and ever, for he alone has all wisdom and power.


Romans 11:33 (NLT) Oh, what a wonderful God we have! How great are his riches and wisdom and knowledge! How impossible it is for us to understand his decisions and his methods!




NOTE: God is faithful even when we are not.


Deuteronomy 7:9 (NLT) Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and constantly loves those who love him and obey his commands.


Deuteronomy 9:5 (NLT) It is not at all because you are such righteous, upright people that you are about to occupy their land. The Lord your God will drive these nations out ahead of you only because of their wickedness, and to fulfill the oath he had sworn to your ancestors Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.


1 Kings 8:56 (NLT) "Praise the Lord who has given rest to his people Israel, just as he promised. Not one word has failed of all the wonderful promises he gave through his servant Moses.


Psalm 105:8 (NLT) He always stands by his covenant—the commitment he made to a thousand generations.


Lamentations 3:22-26 (NLT) The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction.  Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.  I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!"  The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him and seek him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.




Deuteronomy 7:8 (KJV) But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.


Jeremiah 31:3 (NLT) Long ago the Lord said to Israel: "I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.


1 John 3:1 (NLT) See how very much our heavenly Father loves us, for he allows us to be called his children, and we really are! But the people who belong to this world don't know God, so they don't understand that we are his children.


CONCLUSION: We can put our complete trust in God’s promises, they will always be fulfilled.



January 17, 2010






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 32:31 (NIV)


   The sun rose above him as he passed Peniel, and he was limping because of his hip.


INTRO: To often Christians take a causal approach in their relationship with God.


   God had promised Abraham that He would bless him and make him a great nation.


   This promise would passed to Isaac and then through Isaac’s son.


   Isaac had two sons; Esau and Jacob.


   Esau was only concerned with the here and now.  He had no spiritual desire until too late.


   How often do people wait until it’s too late to consider spiritual things?


   Jacob wanted the promise but sought to get it through his own means.


   Jacob used many sinful ways to try and inherit the promise:


·       He manipulated

·       He deceived

·       He lied

·       He used God Name in vain

·       Tried bribery


   He finally came to the place where there was nothing else he could do, he was between a rock and a hard place.




NOTE: There are many who claim to be a Christian but have never had a personal encounter with God.


   There are many others, who although a Christian, have never had a desperate personal encounter with God.


·       What is a personal encounter with God?


NOTE: You accept Jesus as Savior, but not as Lord.


o      Judas had a personal encounter with God.

o      Demas had a personal encounter with God.


   When we accept Jesus as Savior but not as Lord we are leaving the door open for Satan to come in.


Matthew 12:43-45 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none. Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished. Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.


·       What is a desperate personal encounter with God?


NOTE: When you come to the end of the rope and realize that you are completely helpless.


   Desperate times take desperate measures.


·       The Children of Israel at the Red Sea. Exodus 14

·       The woman with the issue of blood. Mark 5:25-35

·       Zacchaeus. Luke 19

·       The mother of a daughter possessed with a demon.

Matthew 15:21-28




NOTE: When we have a desperate encounter with God it will change the way we walk.


  1. We will walk by faith not by sight.


2 Corinthians 5:7 (KJV) (For we walk by faith, not by sight:)


Romans 3:28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.


  1. We will walk in the light of God’s Word not in the wisdom of man.


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


Psalm 119:105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.


Psalm 119:130 The entrance of thy words giveth light; it giveth understanding unto the simple.


Proverbs 6:23 For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:


2 Peter 1:19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts:


  1. We will walk in the way of holiness not in worldly pleasures.


Proverbs 4:19 The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.


Proverbs 14:12 There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.


Proverbs 13:15 Good understanding giveth favour: but the way of transgressors is hard.


Psalm 1:6 For the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: but the way of the ungodly shall perish.


Psalm 18:30 As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.


Psalm 119:30 I have chosen the way of truth: thy judgments have I laid before me.


Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.


Proverbs 16:17 (NIV) The highway of the upright avoids evil; he who guards his way guards his life.


Isaiah 35:8 And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.


Isaiah 43:19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.


  1. We will walk in the way of service not for selfish gain.


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.


Philip. 3:7-14 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ.  Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, and be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: that I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; if by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.  Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


Hebrews 11:24-26 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; [25] Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.


CONCLUSION: When we have a desperate encounter with God it will change the way we walk.



January 24, 2010






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 


    For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.


INTRO: One of the greatest gifts God has given to us is the gift of the freedom of choice.


   From the time we were conceived until the moment of our death, our life is made up of choices.


   First the choices of our parents and then the choices we have made ourselves.


   The first time a choice was made was in the pre-eternities when God said, “Let us make man in our image.”  Genesis 1:26


   God foreknew what the results of His choice to make man would be.


   We often make choices not knowing what the outcome will be.


   Do you remember the TV game show, “Let’s Make a Deal”?


   The choices we make will help determine the life that we live and where we will spend eternity.


   The first time man made a choice was in the Garden of Eden.


   Man chose to disobey God, and Satan tries to get us to make the same choice today.




NOTE: The choices we make depend a lot on our attitude towards the one who gave us the freedom of choice.


   David had a right attitude towards God.




Psalm 139:1-6 (NIV) O Lord, you have searched me and you know me.  You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  You discern my going out and my lying down;        you are familiar with all my ways.  Before a word is on my tongue        you know it completely, O Lord. You hem me in--behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me.  Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain.




Psalm 139:7-12 (NIV) Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. If I say, "Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me," even the darkness will not be dark to you;        the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.




Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV) For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body.  All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.


NOTE: When we have the correct attitude towards God as the One who has made us, it will affect the choices we make.




NOTE: Many of the choices we make in everyday life will have an impact on our relationship with God.


Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV) This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live


·       The choice of repentance or rejection.

·       The choice of forgiveness or bitterness and resentfulness.

·       The choice of love and acceptance or hatred and rejection.




NOTE: God has a plan for our lives and He wants to bless us and make us successful in His sight.


Psalm 139:17-18 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!  If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.


Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.




1 Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:


NOTE: We must make the choice between God and Satan.


Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the Lord's side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him.


Joshua 24:15 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.


1 Kings 18:21 And Elijah came unto all the people, and said, How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him. And the people answered him not a word.




NOTE: There are many who have not yet made the choice of choosing God.


Joel 3:14 Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision.


NOTE: By making no choice between God and Satan, we have chosen Satan.


   We must make our choice now before it is eternally too late.


2 Corinthians 6:2 (NLT) For God says, "At just the right time, I heard you.  On the day of salvation, I helped you."  Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.


CONCLUSION: We must make the choice between heaven and hell, between Satan and God.


John 14:6 (NLT) Jesus told him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me.


Matthew 7:13-14 (NLT) "You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose the easy way. But the gateway to life is small, and the road is narrow, and only a few ever find it.



January 31, 2010








   When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, “They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they that are sick: I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”


INTRO: How great is God’s grace?


   God’s grace will always be greater than our sin.


   Often people feel that they are such a failure that God can not use them.


   Yet throughout the Scriptures we see men and women who seem to be utter failures used mightily by God.


·       Abraham hid behind his wife twice.

·       Abraham fathered Ishmael.  (Yet he was known as the friend of God)

·       Jacob, deceived, lied, tricked, took advantage of someone else’s weakness and used God’s Name in vain.  (Yet he became the father of the nation of Israel)

·       Rahab was a harlot (Yet she is in the linage of Jesus)

·       David committed adultery, murder and caused the death of 70,000.  (Yet he was know as a man after God own heart)

·       Mary Magdalene had seven devils cast out (Yet she was the first to see our resurrected Lord)

·       Peter denied he knew Jesus. (Yet he preached the great sermon on the Day of Pentecost)


   Failure is a part of our maturing in God.


   God will use our failure to make us useful for Him.


   The world, and too often the church, uses a person’s failure as a reason for disqualification.  


NOTE: There are many who feel because of their past they can’t be used by God.




NOTE: God does not call the qualified, He qualifies the called.


Psalm 130:3 If thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?


   We are all sinners and come short of the glory of God.


Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


   We must not condemn ourselves beyond God’s Grace and calling.


   If God saves us, He can use us.


NOTE: We must make sure we do not condemn others beyond God’s grace and calling.


Romans 8:30 (NLT) And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And he gave them right standing with himself, and he promised them his glory.


Romans 14:4 (GW) Who are you to criticize someone else's servant? The Lord will determine whether his servant has been successful. The servant will be successful because the Lord makes him successful.




Psalm 130:4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.


NOTE: No matter how great we have sinned or how far we have strayed, God’s grace is able to cleanse us and bring us back to Him.


ILL: The sinful woman who washed Jesus feet.  Luke 7:36-50


NOTE: The Pharisees failed to offer Jesus the common courtesy that this sinful woman fulfilled.


ILL: Zacchaeus.  Luke 19:1-10


NOTE: According to all the religious leaders, Zacchaeus was not even fit for Jesus to go home with.


Luke 19:9-10 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.


ILL: Woman at the well. John 4:1-42


John 4:39 And many of the Samaritans of that city believed on him for the saying of the woman, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.




1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (NLT) Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world's eyes, or powerful, or wealthy when God called you.  Instead, God deliberately chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose those who are powerless to shame those who are powerful.  God chose things despised by the world, things counted as nothing at all, and used them to bring to nothing what the world considers important, so that no one can ever boast in the presence of God.


NOTE: We must remember, it doesn’t matter what we have done, or who we are, it doesn’t matter what we have or don’t have, when God calls us we can fulfill His purpose because of who He is not because of who we are.


ILL: Moses was not used when he was the son of Pharaoh but was called to service when he was a shepherd on the backside of the desert.


   Moses did not come to deliver the children of Israel as the prince of Egypt but rather as shepherd of the desert.


Matthew 6:13b For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


CONCLUSION: We must never forget: we are working in His Kingdom, through His Power, for His Glory.


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