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 June 2, 2010



 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 30:7-9 (NLT)

    O God, I beg two favors from you before I die. First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, "Who is the Lord?" And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God's holy name.

INTRO: What is the purpose of your life? 

   God has a personal purpose of each of our lives. 

   It is to bring honor and glory to Him. 

   God seeks to shape us into the instrument He can use to fulfill His purpose in our lives. 

Two of the tools God use to help shape our lives are: 

  • Prosperity

  • Adversity

   Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.  

   God can take us in spite of the mistakes we have made in our lives and make us into the vessel He wishes to use. 

Jeremiah 18:4 And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.  

   In order to be used of God we must allow Him to work in our lives and mold us into His image.

Jeremiah 18:6 O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.

    If we were given the opportunity to choose between adversity and prosperity, most of us would choose prosperity.


NOTE: God will often allow adversity in our lives to prepare us for His use.

    Do we react to adversity and go farther from God, or do we respond and draw closer?


 ·         Joseph

 Genesis 50:20 (NLT) As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people.

·         Jonah 

Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the Lord, and he heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and thou heardest my voice.  

·         Paul 

2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.


Psalm 119:67 (NLT) I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but now I closely follow your word.

 Psalm 119:71 (NLT) The suffering you sent was good for me, for it taught me to pay attention to your principles.


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

 Zechariah 13:9 (NLT) I will bring that group through the fire and make them pure, just as gold and silver are refined and purified by fire. They will call on my name, and I will answer them. I will say, 'These are my people,' and they will say, 'The Lord is our God.' "


 2 Corinthians 4:17 (NLT) For our present troubles are quite small and won't last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever!

NOTE: God allows adversity in our lives to cause us to draw closer to Him and to trust Him in spite of the circumstances.

   We must choose whether we respond by trusting God or do we react by drawing away from God.


 NOTE: Most people believe that prosperity is something to long for.

    But prosperity, like adversity, can either cause us to draw closer to God or turn away.


   God does not give us prosperity to heap it to ourselves, but rather to be used to further His kingdom and bring glory and honor to him.

   God warned the Children of Israel against allowing prosperity to turn their hearts away from Him.

 Deuteronomy 8:11-18 Beware that thou forget not the Lord thy God, in not keeping his commandments, and his judgments, and his statutes, which I command thee this day: lest when thou hast eaten and art full, and hast built goodly houses, and dwelt therein; and when thy herds and thy flocks multiply, and thy silver and thy gold is multiplied, and all that thou hast is multiplied; then thine heart be lifted up, and thou forget the Lord thy God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage; Who led thee through that great and terrible wilderness, wherein were fiery serpents, and scorpions, and drought, where there was no water; who brought thee forth water out of the rock of flint; Who fed thee in the wilderness with manna, which thy fathers knew not, that he might humble thee, and that he might prove thee, to do thee good at thy latter end; and thou say in thine heart, My power and the might of mine hand hath gotten me this wealth.  But thou shalt remember the Lord thy God: for it is he that giveth thee power to get wealth, that he may establish his covenant which he sware unto thy fathers, as it is this day.


        FROM GOD.

·         Solomon

 1 Kings 11:4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

 ·         Uzziah

 2 Chronicles 26:16 But when he was strong, his heart was lifted up to his destruction: for he transgressed against the Lord his God, and went into the temple of the Lord to burn incense upon the altar of incense.

 ·         Rich Young Ruler

 Mark 10:17-27 And when he was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to him, and asked him, Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life? And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother. And he answered and said unto him, Master, all these have I observed from my youth.  Then Jesus beholding him loved him, and said unto him, One thing thou lackest: go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me. And he was sad at that saying, and went away grieved: for he had great possessions.

    And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God. And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men it is impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible.

 CONCLUSION: If God blesses us with prosperity are we willing to turn it all over to Him and allow Him to use our prosperity for His honor and glory?

    If God blesses us with adversity are we willing to trust Him in spite of our circumstances and allow our adversity bring glory and honor to Him?

 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.  And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.


JUNE 13, 2010




    And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.  

INTRO: How important is it, that a Christian becomes and active part of a church? 

   There are many who contend that they can live a successful Christian life without being part of a church. 

   Some might even say, “Being a part of a church is for the birds.” 

   How right they are, Jesus tells us to look to the birds. 

Matthew 6:26 (NIV) Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  

   Today we are going to consider five lessons we can learn from Canadian geese, which will make our Christian journey much more pleasant and profitable for the glory of God. 


NOTE: They accomplish together what they could never accomplish separately.

   It is of vital importance that we  as Christians join together with other Believers in order to encourage one another.

 Hebrews 10:25 (NLT) And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage and warn each other, especially now that the day of his coming back again is drawing near.

 NOTE: As each goose flaps its wings, it creates an “uplift” for the birds that follow.  

    By flying in a “V” formation, the whole flock has 71% greater flying range than if each bird flew alone.

    By flying together even the young, the weakest and the oldest can make it to their final destination.

1 Corinthians 12:21 (NLT) The eye can never say to the hand, "I don't need you." The head can't say to the feet, "I don't need you."

   A skein of geese can fly 1,500 miles in 24 hours.

    When a goose tries to go it alone it soon becomes exhausted, loses attitude and will final rejoin the skein.

    People who share a common direction and sense of community can get where they are going quicker and easier, because they are traveling on the thrust of each other.


 NOTE: When the lead bird tires, it rotates back into the formation to take advantage of the lifting power of the bird immediately in front of it.

 Exodus 17:10-12 (NLT) So Joshua did what Moses had commanded. He led his men out to fight the army of Amalek. Meanwhile Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of a nearby hill.  As long as Moses held up the staff with his hands, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites gained the upper hand.  Moses' arms finally became too tired to hold up the staff any longer. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset.

Galatians 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ.

    It pays to take turns doing the hard tasks and sharing leadership.   As with geese, people are interdependent on each others’ skills, capabilities, and unique arrangement of gifts, talents, or resources.


 NOTE: The geese flying in formation honk to encourage those up front to keep up their speed.

 Proverbs 15:23 (NLT) Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to say the right thing at the right time!

 Proverbs 16:24 (NLT) Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and healthy for the body.

 Proverbs 25:11 (NLT) Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a silver basket.

 Isaiah 50:4 (NLT) The Sovereign Lord has given me his words of wisdom, so that I know what to say to all these weary ones. Morning by morning he wakens me and opens my understanding to his will.

    The church’s problem isn’t too many people speaking negatively; it’s too few speaking positively!

 Ecclesiastes 10:12 (NLT) It is pleasant to listen to wise words, but the speech of fools brings them to ruin.

   We need to make sure our honking is encouraging.   In groups where there is encouragement, the production is much greater.   The power of encouragement (to stand by one’s heart or core values and to encourage the heart and core values of others) is the quality of honking we seek.


 NOTE: When a goose is no longer able to keep up with the Skein, two others geese go with the weaken goose and find a place of shelter and will stay with that goose until it either dies or is able to join another Skein.

 Galatians 6:1 (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.

 1 Corinthians 12:24-26 (NLT) While other parts do not require this special care. So God has put the body together in such a way that extra honor and care are given to those parts that have less dignity.  This makes for harmony among the members, so that all the members care for each other equally.  If one part suffers, all the parts suffer with it, and if one part is honored, all the parts are glad.

    Too often those who become too weak and are unable to keep up are left beside the road to die.


NOTE: Lost, strayed and recovered geese are always welcome into the Skein.

    They are accepted and given full family statues.

    Many who come arrive dirty, bedraggled, sickly, and ill-fed. They are never turned away.

    The Skein will alter its plans, reschedule its arrival time and inconvenience itself to accommodate any stranger seeking its acceptance.

    Jesus said, “Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’” Matthew 11:28 (NLT)  

    Jesus has no higher agenda for the Church than to accept the stranger into its body.

 1 Corinthians 6:9-11 (NLT) Don't you know that those who do wrong will have no share in the Kingdom of God? Don't fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, who are idol worshipers, adulterers, male prostitutes, homosexuals, thieves, greedy people, drunkards, abusers, and swindlers—none of these will have a share in the Kingdom of God.  There was a time when some of you were just like that, but now your sins have been washed away, and you have been set apart for God. You have been made right with God because of what the Lord Jesus Christ and the Spirit of our God have done for you.

 CONCLUSION: We who were once like these were taken into the Skein, washed, sanctified, justified and given full family status!


JUNE 20, 2010


 Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

 INTRO: Have you ever spent much time is thinking what it means to have God as your father.

    O view of God as our Father is often clouded by our experience with our earthly father.

    Because our earthly fathers are human they are imperfect and even the best has flaws.

    But when we consider God as our Father we are seeing one who is perfect in every aspect.

    Tonight we want to consider the Fatherhood of God and how it relates to us.


    As God He seems to be un-approachable but as our Father we are comfortable in coming Him.

 Deuteronomy 32:6 Do ye thus requite the Lord, O foolish people and unwise? Is not he thy father that hath bought thee? Hath he not made thee, and established thee?

 Malachi 2:10 Have we not all one father? Hath not one God created us? Why do we deal treacherously every man against his brother, by profaning the covenant of our fathers?

 1 Corinthians 8:6 But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him.

 Ephesians 4:6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.

 Isaiah 63:16 Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and Israel acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father, our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.

 Isaiah 64:8 But now, O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.


   As a loving Father He cares for the needs of His children.

Matthew 7:11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

 Matthew 6:8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

 Matthew 6:32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 Matthew 18:14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

 Luke 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.

Luke 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?

 2 Thessalonians 2:16 Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace,

Galatians 1:4 Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father:

 1 Thessalonians 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.


    As His child we have peace with God and this allows us to have peace with others.

 2 Corinthians 1:2 Grace be to you and peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

1 Timothy 1:2 Unto Timothy, my own son in the faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God our Father and Jesus Christ our Lord.


    He has given us an example to follow.

 Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

 Matthew 5:45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

 Matthew 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

 Luke 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.


      God loves all His children the same.

 1 Peter 1:17 And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man's work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:


    Through His Son, Jesus Christ, God has provided all of us a way to join His family.

 Psalm 68:5 A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is God in his holy habitation.

 Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

1 John 3:1 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.

2 Corinthians 6:18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.


    It is only when we have become a child of God that we can have a proper relationship with Him.

 Luke 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

John 8:42 Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.


    A loving father will correct his children in a proper way.

Hebrews 12:9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?


    Like the father in the Prodigal Son, God is watching for us and He sees us regardless where we may be.

 Matthew 6:6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

 Matthew 6:4 That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

Matthew 6:18 That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.


    He will show us the path we must take.

1 Thessalonians 3:11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you.


    There are only two fathers in this world.

 John 8:44 Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.


 John 20:17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your Go


JUNE 27, 2010


 SCRIPTURE READING: Galatians 6:1-10

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

 INTRO: It seems it doesn’t matter which law it is, but man is always trying to break God’s Laws.

    It started in the Garden of Eden.

 Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.

    There are times when it seems that man has broken God’s Law, but in the end they find out that they are wrong.

ILL: The Law of Gravity.  God doesn't always intrude upon our planting, but He always orders the consequences.  You can leap from a sixty story skyscraper and halfway down ask God's forgiveness.  You may get pardon but you won't get a parachute.  The law of gravity working with the law of sowing and reaping is inescapable.

Galatians 6:7-8 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.  For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

    There are those, including many Christians, who think that they can violate God’s of Law of Sowing and Reaping only to find out in the end that God’s Law will prevail.

 ILL: Sowing the bag of corn behind the barn.

    There are two important aspects about the Law of Sowing and Reaping:

   1.  What you reap is depended on what you sow

    2.  The Law of multiplication

 Mark 4:8 (NLT) Still other seed fell on fertile soil and produced a crop that was thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times as much as had been planted."

 NOTE: "A farmer never sows a single seed expecting to reap a single seed."  God, in His design of the seed, has provided that every seed bring forth abundantly.

 2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.

    Each day, we as Christians, are sowing seed.  And the kind of seed we sow will determine the kind of crop that is produced in our lives.


 Galatians 6:8a For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption…

NOTE: Sowing to the flesh means, seeking to do what we want ill-regardless of what God might want.

    It’s exercising our rights instead of fulfilling our responsibilities to God.

 Job 4:8 Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same.

 Proverbs 22:8a (NLT) Those who plant seeds of injustice will harvest disaster...

   There are three noxious weeds that if we sow them and fail to weed them out, will bring death to our hearts and cause discord among believers.


 Proverbs 10:12 (NLT) Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all offenses.

 NOTE: Hatred is sown in the heart of un-forgiveness.


 NOTE: Bitterness is sown in the heart of self-importance.

Ephesians 4:31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

 Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;


 Romans 14:23 And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.

 Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

 Hebrews 3:19 So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.

 Hebrews 4:6 Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:

 Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 NOTE: The harvest that comes from sowing to the flesh it not just limited to our lives but can and will affect the lives of others.

Matthew 13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.


 Galatians 6:8b but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

 Proverbs 11:18 The wicked worketh a deceitful work: but to him that soweth righteousness shall be a sure reward.

    The harvest of those who sow to the Spirit will last through-out eternity.

    A. LOVE

 Deuteronomy 10:19 Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

 Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Matthew 22:39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

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


 Matthew 6:14-15 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

    C. MERCY

 Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

 Luke 6:36-37 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man doeth good to his own soul: but he that is cruel troubleth his own flesh.

    The same amount of mercy we grant to others is the same about we will receive.

 CONCLUSION: What kind of seed are we sowing?

 Galatians 6:9-10 (NIV) Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.  Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.


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