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 JULY 4, 2010-07-28




 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 9:22 And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

INTRO: “Freedom isn’t free.”

    They have no concept of the price that has been paid in order for them to enjoy the freedom they have.

    Today we are celebrating the freedom we have here in America, and many who will be celebrating will never think of the blood that has been shed to provide the freedom they enjoy.

    In 29 different wars or conflicts, our freedom and the freedom of others has been paid for by the blood of over 1,309,000 lives.

   Freedom has been paid by the blood of brave Americans.

    As blood has been shed for our political freedom, so has blood been shed for our spiritual & eternal freedom.


 NOTE: From the time Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, man has been held captive under the power of sin.

    Every one of us was either enslaved to satan and sin, or is now enslaved to satan and sin.

    There is no freedom outside of Jesus Christ.

    We are either a servant of Jesus Christ or a slave to satan.

 Romans 6:16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?

 Proverbs 5:22 (NLT) An evil man is held captive by his own sins; they are ropes that catch and hold him.

 John 8:34 (NLT) Jesus replied, "I assure you that everyone who sins is a slave of sin.

 2 Peter 2:19 (NLT) They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.

    Sin keeps us from fulfilling the life that God’s has created us for.

 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.

    There are many people who fail to recognize the bondage of sin that they are under.

 ILL: Five Monkeys, a Ladder, and a Bunch of Bananas.



 NOTE: As political freedom can only be maintained by men and women who are willing to shed their blood, so our spiritual freedom is only because God was willing to allow His Son, Jesus Christ to shed His blood for our freedom from sin.

 Colossians 1:13-14 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

   It is only though the shed blood of Jesus Christ that we have the freedom from satan and sin.

 Hebrews 9:12 (NLT) Once for all time he took blood into that Most Holy Place, but not the blood of goats and calves. He took his own blood, and with it he secured our salvation forever.

 Hebrews 13:12 (NLT) So also Jesus suffered and died outside the city gates in order to make his people holy by shedding his own blood.

    It is only through the shed blood of Jesus Christ that we are able to experience the freedom from the bondage of sin and live the life of freedom that God has for us.

 Isaiah 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

 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.



 NOTE: We are like a bird whose wings have been bound, unable to fly, but the blood of Christ has broken the bands and we have been set free to fly as God has created us.

 Romans 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

    We have not been set free to do what we want but rather to please the one who has set us free.

 Galatians 5:13 For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

    We must be careful not to allow sin to bring us under bondage once again.

    As we can lose our political freedom one step at a time, so can we lose our spiritual freedom in the same way.

Galatians 5:1 Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

  We must be careful on what we set our affections on.

 Proverbs 4:23 (GW) Guard your heart more than anything else, because the source of your life flows from it.

 1 John 2:15 (NLT) Stop loving this evil world and all that it offers you, for when you love the world, you show that you do not have the love of the Father in you.

    Those who want something for nothing soon become enslaved to those who provide their desires.

 CONCLUSION: Are we living in the freedom that Jesus has provided for us through the shedding of His blood, or are we still under the yoke of sin?


JULY 11, 2010



 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 107:8

     Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

 INTRO: Have you ever wonder why certain people refuse to leave a place that is constantly being destroyed by hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes and floods?

    We who live in the Northwest are truly a blessed people.

    There are many people who long to live in America. 

    There are those who come legally and there are those who come ill-legally, but most all want to live in a better place then where they are now.

    There are others who are content to live where they are regardless of the negative circumstances the live in.

    This is also true in the spiritual world.

    Spiritually we all live in one of three places.

  • Egypt
  • The wilderness
  • The land of promise

    In which place are you living?


NOTE: Through-out the Scriptures, Egypt is a type of the world of sin.

    The history of Israel in Egypt.

   When they first entered into Egypt it seemed to be a good place for them, but the longer they were there the worst it became.

    So it is in our spiritual life, we are born into the world and it seems good at first but it can turn ugly very quickly.

 Exodus 1:13-14 (GW) So they forced the Israelites to work hard as slaves. They made their lives bitter with back-breaking work in mortar and bricks and every kind of work in the fields. All the jobs the Egyptians gave them were brutally hard.

    The devil is a cruel taskmaster and the wages he pays is death.

 Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    There was no escape from Egypt until Moses came.

    It was the sprinkling of the blood of the Passover Lamb that allowed them to escape from Egypt.

 Exodus 12:5, 7, 12-13 Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And they shall take of the blood, and strike it on the two side posts and on the upper door post of the houses, wherein they shall eat it.  For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am the Lord.  And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.

    The only way we can be delivered from the sins of this world is through the blood of Jesus Christ.

 1 Peter 1:18-19 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot:

 Revelation 1:5 And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,


 NOTE: As soon as the exited Egypt, God gave them the Law to follow and dwelt among them in the Ark of the Covent.

    Within a year they came to the borders of Canaan but failed to enter because of unbelief and disobedience.

 Hebrews 3:16-19 (NLT) And who were those people who rebelled against God, even though they heard his voice? Weren't they the ones Moses led out of Egypt?  And who made God angry for forty years? Wasn't it the people who sinned, whose bodies fell in the wilderness?  And to whom was God speaking when he vowed that they would never enter his place of rest? He was speaking to those who disobeyed him.  So we see that they were not allowed to enter his rest because of their unbelief.

  They have accepted Jesus Christ as their Savior but have failed to accept His as Lord.

    There are many Christians who are wandering in the wilderness because of their unbelief and disobedience.

    Unbelief will always lead to disobedience.

    Their unbelief and disobedience cause those around them to be like minded.


 NOTE: Those who are living in Canaan are involved in service while those in the Wilderness spend their time complaining and finding fault with everything around them.

   Those living in the land of Canaan are experiencing spiritual victory but not necessarily physical victories.

    There may be failures and set backs but in the end they are victorious.

    Those living in the Land of Canaan are involved is spiritual warfare and are advance against the enemy.

    The Bible is filled with those who seemed to be defeated by satan but in the end they were the victors.

    2 Corinthians 4:7-11, 17-18 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.  We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;  Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;  Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.  For we which live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh... For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.  

  • Joseph
  • Job
  • David
  • Paul

 2 Corinthians 11:22-28 Are they Hebrews? so am I. Are they Israelites? so am I. Are they the seed of Abraham? so am I.  Are they ministers of Christ? (I speak as a fool) I am more; in labours more abundant, in stripes above measure, in prisons more frequent, in deaths oft.  Of the Jews five times received I forty stripes save one.  Thrice was I beaten with rods, once was I stoned, thrice I suffered shipwreck, a night and a day I have been in the deep; in journeyings often, in perils of waters, in perils of robbers, in perils by mine own countrymen, in perils by the heathen, in perils in the city, in perils in the wilderness, in perils in the sea, in perils among false brethren; in weariness and painfulness, in watchings often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness.  Beside those things that are without, that which cometh upon me daily, the care of all the churches.

   Physical victory and Spiritual victory are not always the same. 

    We can experience Spiritual victory in spite of our physical circumstances.

 ILL. Fanny Crosby (All the Way My Savior Leads Me) & Horatio G. Spafford (It is Well with My Soul).

 CONCLUSION: Where are you living?

  • Are you still in Egypt a slave to satan and sin?
  • Are you in the Wilderness wandering about in doubt and disobedience?
  • Are you in Canaan, seeking to serve God in spite of difficulties?


JULY 18, 2010


 SCRIPTURE READING: I Thessalonians 5:1-11

SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 Thessalonians 5:11

     Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 INTRO: There are a lot of Christians who seem to be very upset about what is happening in our world today.

   There are those who are spewing out gloom and doom.

    But what should our attitude be as we see these things happening?

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

    As we see these things happening which speak of the end of this world, instead of being afraid and worried, we should rejoice knowing that the coming of the Lord is close at hand.

    As true Believers, we can put our trust in God and not allow fear to overwhelm us.

 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

   This does not mean that we should not be concerned, but rather that we should not allow our worrying to influence our faith in God.

    The more we worry the less we trust God.

    Jesus said these things must come to past.

 Matthew 24:4-14 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you.  For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.  And ye shall hear of wars and rumours of wars: see that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet.  For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places.  All these are the beginning of sorrows.  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.  And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.  And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.  And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

   Paul gives us instructions on how we are to respond when these things begin to happen.


 1 Thessalonians 5:1-4 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you. For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.  But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.


 Mark 13:32-33 But of that day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the Father.  Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.

    Jesus tells us that we should watch and pray so that we will be ready when He comes.


1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.

 Matthew 24:43 (GW) You realize that if a homeowner had known at what time of the night a thief was coming, he would have stayed awake. He would not have let the thief break into his house.


 NOTE: This will be the outlook of those who are not looking for Christ’s return.

 1 Thessalonians 5:3 When people say, "Everything is safe and sound!" destruction will suddenly strike them. It will be as sudden as labor pains come to a pregnant woman. They won't be able to escape.


 1 Thessalonians 5:4-9 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief.  Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.  Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.  For they that sleep sleep in the night; and they that be drunken are drunken in the night.  But let us, who are of the day, be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love; and for an helmet, the hope of salvation. For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, 10 (GW)      He died for us so that, whether we are awake in this life or asleep in death, we will live together with him.

    Jesus said the very same thing.

 Mark 13:35-36 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: [36] Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping.

    Jesus expects us to be busy serving Him until His return.

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

 Matthew 24:44-51 Therefore, you, too, must be ready because the Son of Man will return when you least expect him.  "Who, then, is the faithful and wise servant? The master will put that person in charge of giving the other servants their food at the right time.  That servant will be blessed if his master finds him doing this job when he comes. I can guarantee this truth: He will put that servant in charge of all his property. On the other hand, that servant, if he is wicked, may think that it will be a long time before his master comes.  The servant may begin to beat the other servants and eat and drink with the drunks.  His master will return unexpectedly.  Then his master will severely punish him and assign him a place with the hypocrites. People will cry and be in extreme pain there.

 NOTE: Those who are looking for the return will be busy serving, those who are not looking for the return will be busy living like the world.


 1 Thessalonians 5:11 Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.

 NOTE: There will be those who are weak in the faith and will need others to encourage them as we see these things begin to happen.

 Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

 CONCLUSION: Let us not be overcome with fear as we see these things come to past but rather let us rejoice in knowing our redemption is nigh.

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


JULY 25, 2010



 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

 INTRO: Have you ever felt like you have reached the end of your rope?

   Have you ever cried yourself to sleep because of the circumstances in your life?

    Have you ever felt overwhelmed by situations you find yourself in?

    Have you ever wondered where God is during these times?

    If you have, then this psalm is just for you.


 Psalm 42:1 As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God.

 NOTE: What causes a deer to pant after water? 

  • It is in a hot and waterless place.
  • It is being chased or hunted.

    This psalm is most likely a psalm of David.

    It was properly written when David was fleeing from his son Absalom.

    Whenever we are being overwhelmed with problems, we often turn to hope to get us the through.

    Often times it is hope that give us the courage to carry on.

    Without hope, life becomes unbearable.

 Job 7:6 My days are swifter than a weaver's shuttle, and are spent without hope.

  The question we must address is; where do we place our hope?


  • Wealth.

Job 31:24 If I have made gold my hope, or have said to the fine gold, Thou art my confidence… This also were an iniquity to be punished by the judge: for I should have denied the God that is above.  

  • Success.

 Ecclesiastes 2:4-8 (NLT) I also tried to find meaning by building huge homes for myself and by planting beautiful vineyards.  I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees.  I built reservoirs to collect the water to irrigate my many flourishing groves. I bought slaves, both men and women, and others were born into my household. I also owned great herds and flocks, more than any of the kings who lived in Jerusalem before me.  I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire!  

  • Pleasure.

 Ecclesiastes 2:9-11 So I became greater than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. And with it all, I remained clear-eyed so that I could evaluate all these things.  Anything I wanted, I took. I did not restrain myself from any joy. I even found great pleasure in hard work, an additional reward for all my labors.  But as I looked at everything I had worked so hard to accomplish, it was all so meaningless. It was like chasing the wind. There was nothing really worthwhile anywhere.


Job 8:13-14 (NLT) Such is the fate of all who forget God. The hope of the godless comes to nothing.  Everything they count on will collapse. They are leaning on a spiderweb.

 Job 11:20 (NLT) But the wicked will lose hope. They have no escape. Their hope becomes despair."

NOTE: Before we came to Christ we were without hope.

 Ephesians 2:12 (NLT) In those days you were living apart from Christ. You were excluded from God's people, Israel, and you did not know the promises God had made to them. You lived in this world without God and without hope.


 Psalm 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted in me? Hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.

 NOTE: The hope of this world will fail us, but when we place our hope in God we are guaranteed the right answer.

 Proverbs 13:12 (NLT) Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when dreams come true, there is life and joy.


  • The promises of God’s Word.

 Psalm 119:114 (NLT) You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my only source of hope.

 Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  

  • The assurance of the truth of God’s Word.

 NOTE: What good is a promise if the person who made the promise is either unable or unwilling to fulfill that promise?

 Titus 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;

Hebrews 6:18-19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;


 NOTE: As sinners we have no hope of salvation outside of Jesus Christ.

 Lamentations 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

 Psalm 130:7 Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.

Psalm 147:11 The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy.

    Because our hope is in the mercies of God we have hope in the day of judgment.

 Jeremiah 17:17 Be not a terror unto me: thou art my hope in the day of evil.



Titus 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

 Titus 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

 1 Peter 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

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

 CONCLUSION: When we find ourselves in difficult circumstances, let us be like David and put our hope in God and God alone.

 Psalm 42:11 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

 Psalm 43:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.

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