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MAY’S SERMONS

MAY 2, 2010

 ARE YOU IN A DESERT PLACE?”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: DEUTERONOMY 8:1-10

 SCRIPTURE READING: Deuteronomy 8:2 (NIV)

     Remember how the Lord your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands.

 INTRO: Israel had been enslaved in Egypt.

    The land was plush and all there needs were met the only draw back was that they were slaves.

   God had delivered them from the slavery of Egypt and promised them a land of Milk and Honey.

    Before they reached the Promise Land, God allowed them to wander in the desert for forty years.

    We have been enslaved in the world of sin.

    We see the world of sin as a pleasant place not realizing that we are salves to satan and sin.

    When we came to God, we heard of the blessings of serving Him and how He would take care of us.

    But now we are in a desert place.

    God’s purpose for us is two fold:

 

  1. Redemption (the leaving of Egypt)

  2. Training or preparation (the desert experience)

 I. WHAT IS A DESERT PLACE LIKE?

NOTE: What was the characteristic of the desert Israel was in? 

  1. Barren

NOTE: In the barrenness of the desert we experience the pain of disappointments and discouragement.

 Numbers 21:4 And they journeyed from mount Hor by the way of the Red sea, to compass the land of Edom: and the soul of the people was much discouraged because of the way.

 

Nehemiah 4:10 And Judah said, The strength of the bearers of burdens is decayed, and there is much rubbish; so that we are not able to build the wall.  

  1. Hot

 NOTE: We experience the heat of temptation and trials.

 Matthew 4:1-3 (NIV) Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil.  After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry.  The tempter came to him and said, "If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."  

  1. Lack of water

NOTE: In the desert there are very few places you can find shelter and refreshment.

 Psalm 142:3-4 (NIV) When my spirit grows faint within me,         it is you who know my way.  In the path where I walk        men have hidden a snare for me.  Look to my right and see;        no one is concerned for me.  I have no refuge; no one cares for my life.

 II. WHY DOES GOD TAKE US THROUGH THE DESERT?

 NOTE: When we become a Christian, God begins to direct our steps.

 Psalm 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.

 Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.

  1. To humble us.

    • To rid us of pride.

 NOTE: Often times when things are going good, we become arrogant and proud.

 Matthew 23:12 (NIV) For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.

 Romans 12:3 (NIV) For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.

 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NIV) So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!

 Galatians 6:3 (GW) So if any one of you thinks you're important when you're really not, you're only fooling yourself.

 ·         To cause us to trust Him.

 NOTE: When we reach the point we realize that we can’t go on we put our trust in God.

 Matthew 5:3 (GW) "Blessed are those who recognize they are spiritually helpless.  The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

    Once we realize that we are completely dependent upon God, His kingdom is opened to us. 

  1. To test us.

 NOTE: God leads us into the desert places to see if we will continue to follow and trust Him.

 Isaiah 48:10 (GW) I have refined you, but not like silver.  I have tested you in the furnace of suffering.

 Job 13:15a Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him… 

III. WHAT DOES THE DESERT TIMES OF OUR LIVES DO FOR US? 

  1. It strengthens us.

ILL. There were two men who planted trees.  One watered the trees continually while the other didn’t. 

Job 23:10 But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

  1. It increases our faith.

NOTE: The more we are forced to trust God, the greater our faith will grow. 

John 11:3, 6, 14, 15 (GW) So the sisters sent a messenger to tell Jesus, "Lord, your close friend is sick." (6) Yet, when Jesus heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days.  (14) Then Jesus told them plainly, "Lazarus has died,    (15) but I'm glad that I wasn't there so that you can grow in faith. Let's go to Lazarus."

  1. It allows us to produce fruit in our lives.

 NOTE: It is the desert times in our lives that allows us to grow strong so that we can bear fruit.

 John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.  

  1. It enables us to help others.

NOTE: When we have gone through the desert we can help those who are in the desert.

 Galatians 6:1-2 (NLT) Dear brothers and sisters, if another Christian is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. Share each other's troubles and problems, and in this way obey the law of Christ.

 MAY 9, 2010

 WOMEN WHO GAVE

 SCRIPTURE READING: ACTS 9:36-43

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Acts 9:39

      Then Peter arose and went with them. When he was come, they brought him into the upper chamber: and all the widows stood by him weeping, and shewing the coats and garments which Dorcas made, while she was with them.

 INTRO: One of a mother’s greatest traits is that of giving.

    This is something that is universal to all most all women.

 ILL: How many pieces of pie?

  There are many ways of giving. 

   It is the spirit in which we give that is important.

2 Corinthians 9:7 Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

    There are many ways of giving outside of giving money.

    These are women who left us with examples of how to give.

 I. DORCAS WHO GAVE THOUGH HER TALENTS.  Acts 9:36-43

 Acts 9:36 (NASB)  Now in Joppa there was a certain disciple named Tabitha (which translated in Greek is called Dorcas); this woman was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity, which she continually did.

 NOTE: God has given to each of us certain talents and it is up to us to use these talents to bring honor and glory to God.

    We often only consider public talents but there are many private talents that we can give.

  • Public talents: (those talents that are displayed publicly) Preaching, teaching, musical abilities.

  • Private talents: (Those that are often not seen a talents) Sewing, cooking, planning, visiting.

 II. WIDOW WHO GAVE ALL SHE HAD.  Luke 21:1-4 And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites. And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: for all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

 NOTE: God is not concerned with the size of the gift but rather the condition of the heart.

   We need to  view the giving of our money as an honor and privilege instead of a demand or requirement.

 ILL: How would you feel if you were given a gift and you knew that it was only given because the felt they had to give it to you? 

  • A Woman who gave all she had and received so much more. 

 1 Kings 17:13-16 (NLT) But Elijah said to her, "Don't be afraid! Go ahead and cook that 'last meal,' but bake me a little loaf of bread first. Afterward there will still be enough food for you and your son.  For this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: There will always be plenty of flour and oil left in your containers until the time when the Lord sends rain and the crops grow again!"

     So she did as Elijah said, and she and Elijah and her son continued to eat from her supply of flour and oil for many days.  For no matter how much they used, there was always enough left in the containers, just as the Lord had promised through Elijah.

 III. ESTHER WHO GAVE HER LIFE. Esther 4:15-16 Then Esther bade them return Mordecai this answer, “Go, gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and neither eat nor drink three days, night or day: I also and my maidens will fast likewise; and so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law: and if I perish, I perish.”

 NOTE: Esther was willing to give her life.

    God does not always call us to give the ultimate gift, but He does ask us to be willing.  (Abraham & Isaac, Genesis 22)

 Luke 17:33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

    Are we willing to give our life over to God and allow Him to lead us in paths that we have not gone on before.

 IV. HANNAH WHO GAVE HER CHILD. I Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O Lord of hosts, if thou wilt indeed look on the affliction of thine handmaid, and remember me, and not forget thine handmaid, but wilt give unto thine handmaid a man child, then I will give him unto the Lord all the days of his life, and there shall no razor come upon his head.

1 Samuel 1:27-28 For this child I prayed; and the Lord hath given me my petition which I asked of him: therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord. And he worshipped the Lord there.

 Matthew 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

 NOTE: Sometimes we may need to give our children to God for service as Hannah did.

   Are we willing to give our children to God and allow God to direct their lives even if it means we may not see them again?

      Sometime we must give our children to God for their salvation.

 1 Corinthians 5:5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

 CONCLUSION: No matter what we give to God, when we give in the right spirit, God will always give us more.

 1 Samuel 2:20-21  And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The Lord give thee seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the Lord. And they went unto their own home.  And the Lord visited Hannah, so that she conceived, and bare three sons and two daughters. And the child Samuel grew before the Lord.

 

MAY 23, 2010

 HOW ARE WE TREATING GOD?”

 SCRIPTURE READING: Job 37:14-24

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Job 37:23

     Touching the Almighty, we cannot find him out: he is excellent in power, and in judgment, and in plenty of justice: he will not afflict.

 INTRO: Two men with a very special tool.

    The question we must ask ourselves is, “How Are We Treating God”?

   Many, who call themselves Christians, treat God in a very casual manner.

   How we view God and how important He is to us is often revealed by the way we treat Him.

    There are several ways in which we can treat God positively and there are several ways in which we can treat God negatively.

 I. GOD AS A GOOD LUCK CHARM OR AS GOD?

 NOTE: There are those treat God as a good luck charm, who view the symbols of our faith as some sort of good luck charm, never entering into a deep personal relationship with God.

   Like those who wade in the ocean surf and say they have swam in the ocean.

 ILL. The Children of Israel and the Brazen Serpent.

 2 Kings 18:4 He removed the high places, and brake the images, and cut down the groves, and brake in pieces the brasen serpent that Moses had made: for unto those days the children of Israel did burn incense to it: and he called it Nehushtan.

 NOTE: Those that acknowledge God as God enter into a deep personal relationship with Him.

Isaiah 6:1-5 In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up, and his train filled the temple.  Above it stood the seraphims: each one had six wings; with twain he covered his face, and with twain he covered his feet, and with twain he did fly.  And one cried unto another, and said, Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of hosts: the whole earth is full of his glory.  And the posts of the door moved at the voice of him that cried, and the house was filled with smoke.

     Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts.

    They view God as: 

  • Someone to worship

 NOTE: What does it mean to worship God? 

    • To show Him honor and respect

    • To give Him praise and glory

    It’s easy to worship God on the outside while failing to worship in true sincerity.  

  • Someone to fear

 NOTE: There are those who tell us we do not need to fear God but God’s Word tells us we need to have a holy fear of Him.

 Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,

1 Chronicles 13:12 And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?

 Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.  

  • Someone to trust

    We discard our good luck charms when things don’t work out the way we want, but when we treat God as God we will continue to trust Him even when things go bad.

 Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

 Isaiah 50:7-10 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph.  He who gives me justice is near. Who will dare to oppose me now? Where are my enemies? Let them appear!  See, the Sovereign Lord is on my side! Who will declare me guilty? All my enemies will be destroyed like old clothes that have been eaten by moths!

    Who among you fears the Lord and obeys his servant? If you are walking in darkness, without a ray of light, trust in the Lord and rely on your God.

 II. GOD AS MASTER OR SERVANT?

 NOTE: Do we treat God, as our Master or do we consider Him our servant? 

  • God as our servant

 NOTE: Treating God as our servant reveals great disrespect to God.

 

   A servant is one who serves someone who is greater than them.

    People often treat God as their servant, wanting Him to fulfill their every wish.

   When we treat God as a servant we are in a selfish mode.

    When God fails to answer the way we want, we then can and often do, turn away from Him. 

  • God as master

NOTE: We must treat God as our Master and we as His servants. 

    • We must serve Him in sincerity and truth

 Joshua 24:14-15 Now therefore fear the Lord, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the Lord.  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.  

    • We must serve Him with a perfect heart and a willing mind

 1 Chronicles 28:9 And thou, Solomon my son, know thou the God of thy father, and serve him with a perfect heart and with a willing mind: for the Lord searcheth all hearts, and understandeth all the imaginations of the thoughts: if thou seek him, he will be found of thee; but if thou forsake him, he will cast thee off for ever.  

    • We must serve Him with gladness

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  

    • This way our service will be acceptable

 Hebrews 12:28 Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear:

 CONCLUSION: How are we treating God?

    

MAY 30

 STONES OF REMEMBRANCE

 SCRIPTURE READING: Joshua 4:1-8, 19-24

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Peter 1:12

      Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

 INTRO: Today is a day to remember.

    Those who fail to remember the past are domed to experience its failures and fail to live in its victories.

 Isaiah 51:1 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the Lord: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged.

    Today we are celebrating Memorial Day, a day we look back and remember those who have given their lives to preserve our country.

    We think of soldiers and patriots, the John Paul Jones and the Abraham Lincoln.

    As Believers, we need to look back and remember those who have given their lives to preserve our faith, and those who had a part in shaping our own personal lives as Christians.

    There are three things I want us to remember: 

  1. That we were sinners.

  2. That Jesus has redeemed us through His blood.

  3. Things and people who helped shape our life.

 I. WE WERE ALL SINNERS. 

NOTE: If we are not careful we can forget that once we were sinners.

Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

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

 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.  And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

 NOTE: The Children of Israel often looked back at Egypt, forgetting their enslavement only remembering the leaks and garlic’s.

 II. IT WAS JESUS WHO SAVED US NOT WE OURSELVES.

 NOTE: Sometimes we can think that we are Christians because of who we are and what we have done.

 Ephesians 2:8-10 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.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

    A. WE NEED TO REMEMBER HIM AS THE SON OF MAN. 

  1. His life

Philippians 2:5-8 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: and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  

  1. His teaching

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. His example

 Hebrews 2:17-18 (NLT) Therefore, it was necessary for Jesus to be in every respect like us, his brothers and sisters, so that he could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. He then could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people.] Since he himself has gone through suffering and temptation, he is able to help us when we are being tempted.

    B. AS THE SON OF GOD

 John 3:16-17 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.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 Hebrews 9:11-12 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us.

 III. THINGS AND PEOPLE WHO HELPED SHAPE OUR LIFE.

    A. THE DAY YOU ACCEPTED JESUS CHRIST AS SAVIOR

    B. SOMEONE WHO PLAYED A PART IN YOUR SALVATION OR

       CHRISTIAN GROWTH

   C. SOMEONE WHO HAS INSPIRED YOU.

    D. AN EVENT IN YOUR LIFE THAT BROUGHT ABOUT CHANGE

 

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