JUNE 2010 SERMONS
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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?
A. THOSE WHO RESPONDED CORRECTLY TO
ADVERSITYAND WERE USED OF GOD.
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
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.
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.
B. GOD WILL USE ADVERSITY TO DISCIPLINE US.
Psalm 119:67 (NLT)
I used to wander off until you disciplined me; but
now I closely follow your word.
The suffering you sent was good for me,
for it taught me to pay attention to your
C. GOD WILL USE ADVERSITY TO PURIFY US.
But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath
tried me, I shall come forth as gold.
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.' "
D. WHEN WE RESPOND CORRECTLY GOD WILL BLESS
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!
God allows adversity in our lives to cause us to
draw closer to Him and to trust Him in spite of the
We must choose whether we respond by trusting God or
do we react by drawing away from God.
Most people believe that prosperity is something to
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.
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.
A. THOSE WHO ALLOWED PROSPERITY TO TURN THEM
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
PART OF THE SKEIN”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: John 10:16
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
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
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
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
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.
I. THEY FLY UNITED.
They accomplish together what they could never
It is of vital importance that we
as Christians join together with other
Believers in order to encourage one another.
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.
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
By flying together even the young, the
weakest and the oldest can make it to their final
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
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
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.
2. EACH GOOSE IS A PINCH-HITTER.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
THEY SEEK TO ENCOURAGE EACH OTHER.
The geese flying in formation honk to encourage
those up front to keep up their speed.
Everyone enjoys a fitting reply; it is wonderful to
say the right thing at the right time!
Kind words are like honey—sweet to the soul and
healthy for the body.
Timely advice is as lovely as golden apples in a
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
It is pleasant to listen to wise words, but the
speech of fools brings them to ruin.
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.
4. THEY ARE FULLY COMMITTED TO EACH OTHER.
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
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
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
Too often those who become too weak and are
unable to keep up are left beside the road to die.
5. THEY WELCOME OTHER GEESE TO THEIR SKEIN.
Lost, strayed and recovered geese are always welcome
into the Skein.
They are accepted and given full family
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.
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.
We who were once like these were taken into the
Skein, washed, sanctified, justified and given full
JUNE 20, 2010
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.
WHAT A BLESSING TO
KNOW GOD IS NOT ONLY OUR GOD BUT HE IS ALSO OUR
As God He seems to be un-approachable but as
our Father we are comfortable in coming Him.
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
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
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.
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and
through all, and in you all.
Doubtless thou art our father, though Abraham be
ignorant of us, and
acknowledge us not: thou, O Lord, art our father,
our redeemer; thy name is from everlasting.
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.
A FATHER THAT CARES FOR HIS
As a loving Father He cares for the needs of
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?
Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father
knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask
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
For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:)
for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need
of all these things.
Even so it is not the will of your Father which is
in heaven, that one of these little ones should
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?
2:16 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:
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
BEING A CHILD OF GOD
BRINGS PEACE INTO OUR LIVES
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
WE ARE TO BE LIKE OUR HEAVENLY
He has given us an example to follow.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may
see your good works, and glorify your Father which
is in heaven.
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
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
A FATHER WITHOUT FAVORITES
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:
WE HAVE BEEN BROUGHT
INTO THE FAMILY OF GOD
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.
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.
WE CANNOT RELY ON OUR
EARTHLY FATHER FOR A PROPER RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD
It is only when we have become a child of God
that we can have a proper relationship with Him.
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
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.
HE WILL CORRECT US
WHEN WE NEED CORRECTION
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
HE SEES US AND KNOWS
OUR NEEDS AT ALL TIMES
Like the father in the Prodigal Son, God is
watching for us and He sees us regardless where we
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
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 BRING
DIRECTION INTO OUR LIVES
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.
IF GOD IS NOT OUR
FATHER THAN THE DEVIL MUST BE
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.
HE IS BOTH OUR FATHER
AND JESUS’ FATHER
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
“THE LAW OF SOWING AND
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sowing the bag of corn behind the barn.
There are two important aspects about the Law
of Sowing and Reaping:
What you reap is depended on what you sow
The Law of multiplication
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."
"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
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.
I. SOWING TO THE FLESH.
For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh
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.
Even as I have seen, they that plow iniquity, and
sow wickedness, reap the same.
Those who plant seeds of injustice will harvest
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.
Hatred stirs up quarrels, but love covers all
Hatred is sown in the heart of un-forgiveness.
Bitterness is sown in the heart of self-importance.
Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and
clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you,
with all malice:
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;
And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because
he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of
faith is sin.
Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you
an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the
So we see that they could not enter in because of
Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must
enter therein, and they to whom it was first
preached entered not in because of unbelief:
Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest,
lest any man fall after the same example of
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.
But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed
tares among the wheat, and went his way.
II. SOWING TO THE SPIRIT.
but he that soweth to the
Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
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
Love ye therefore the stranger: for ye were
strangers in the land of Egypt.
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
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy
neighbour as thyself.
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.
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.
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain
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:
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.
What kind of seed are we sowing?
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the
proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give
Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to
all people, especially to those who belong to the
family of believers.