APRIL 3, 2011
WHICH FIRE ARE YOU BEING WARMED?”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Mark 14:54 And Peter
followed him afar off, even into the palace of the
high priest: and he sat with the servants, and
warmed himself at the fire.
Peter was confused and dishearten.
God’s Word is filled with warnings about failing
1 Corinthians 10:12 (NLT)
If you think you are standing strong, be careful,
for you, too, may fall into the same sin.
The Bible has many stories of those who served God
yet stumbled and fell.
None of us are exempt from the potential of failing
The life of Peter provides us with the example of
how this happens.
Peter warmed himself by two different fires and they
each left a mark on his life.
I. THE FIRE OF FAILURE.
And Peter followed him afar off, even into the
palace of the high priest: and he sat with the
servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
What brought Peter to sit at the fire of failure and
what will bring us to this same fire?
A. SPIRITUAL PRIDE.
Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men
shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never
Peter thought he was strong and brave enough that he
would never fail Jesus
For if a man think himself to be something, when he
is nothing, he deceiveth himself.
He was putting his confidence in himself
instead of in God.
Jeremiah 17:5 (NIV)
This is what the Lord says: "Cursed is the one who
trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
When we put our confidence in ourselves we are no
longer trusting God.
B. HE WAS HURT AND CONFUSED.
He was expecting Jesus to set up a physical kingdom.
In the garden he was ready to die for Jesus.
Then Simon Peter having a sword drew it, and
smote the high priest's servant, and cut off his
right ear. The servant's name was Malchus.
Jesus rejected his effort to save Him.
Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword
into his place: for all they that take the sword
shall perish with the sword. Thinkest thou that I
cannot now pray to my Father, and he shall presently
give me more than twelve legions of angels? But how
then shall the scriptures be fulfilled, that thus it
Have you ever tried to do something nice for someone
only to have them reject what you did and find fault
with your effort?
C. HE FOLLOWED A FAR OFF.
But Peter followed him afar off unto the high
priest's palace, and went in, and sat with the
servants, to see the end.
Peter was still following Jesus, but his commitment
When God doesn’t act the way we think He should we
can become disillusion with Him.
Whenever we become disillusion about God we will
begin to allow distance to come between us and God.
D. HE ASSOCIATED HIMSELF WITH THE WRONG CROWD.
And Peter followed him afar off, even into the
palace of the high priest: and he sat with the
servants, and warmed himself at the fire.
Peter was no longer with fellow believers but rather
he was with those who were against Jesus.
When we begin to follow God a far off, we will turn
away from fellow Believers and begin to socialize
more with non-believers.
E. PETER REPENTED.
And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And
Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had
said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny
And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.
What do you think went through Peter’s and Jesus’
mind at this time?
II. THE FIRE OF FORGIVENESS AND RESTORATION.
Simon Peter saith unto them, I go a fishing. They
say unto him, We also go with thee. They went forth,
and entered into a ship immediately; and that night
they caught nothing.
But when the morning was now come, Jesus
stood on the shore: but the disciples knew not that
it was Jesus.
Then Jesus saith unto them, Children, have ye
any meat? They answered him, No.
And he said unto them, Cast the net on the
right side of the ship, and ye shall find. They cast
therefore, and now they were not able to draw it for
the multitude of fishes. Therefore that disciple
whom Jesus loved saith unto Peter, It is the Lord.
Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he
girt his fisher's coat unto him, (for he was naked,)
and did cast himself into the sea.
And the other disciples came in a little
ship; (for they were not far from land, but as it
were two hundred cubits,) dragging the net with
As soon then as they were come to land, they saw a
fire of coals there, and fish laid thereon, and
Peter found two things at this fire: Forgiveness and
Following the resurrection, a special invitation had
been give to Peter by the angels at the tomb.
But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter
that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.
When someone stumbles and falls we must be quick to
let them know that there is forgiveness with God.
Jesus never said a word about Peter’s denial just
called him to service.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon
Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than
these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest
that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of
Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord;
thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him,
Feed my sheep. He saith unto him the third time,
Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was
grieved because he said unto him the third time,
Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou
knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee.
Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep. Verily, verily,
I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst
thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but
when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy
hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee
whither thou wouldest not. This spake he, signifying
by what death he should glorify God. And when he had
spoken this, he saith unto him, Follow me.
If we ever find ourselves being warmed by the fire
of failure, we must remember we can always come to
the fire of forgiveness and restoration to find
peace and comfort.
APRIL 10, 2011
“THE GREATEST NAME”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Philippians 2:9
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and
given him a name which is above every name:
There are many great names that many of us hold
The greatest name of all is the Name of
Jesus is the most recognize name in the world.
Yet when you look at Him in a non-spiritual way, who
ONE SOLITARY LIFE
James Allan Francis
Here is a man who was born in an obscure village,
the child of a peasant woman. He grew up in another
village. He worked in a carpenter shop until He was
thirty. Then for three years He was an itinerant
He never owned a home. He never wrote a book. He
never held an office. He never had a family. He
never went to college. He never put His foot inside
a big city. He never traveled two hundred miles from
the place He was born. He never did one of the
things that usually accompany greatness. He had no
credentials but Himself...
While still a young man, the tide of popular opinion
turned against him. His friends ran away. One of
them denied Him. He was turned over to His enemies.
He went through the mockery of a trial. He was
nailed upon a cross between two thieves. While He
was dying His executioners gambled for the only
piece of property He had on earth – His coat. When
He was dead, He was laid in a borrowed grave through
the pity of a friend.
Nineteen long centuries have come and gone, and
today He is a centerpiece of the human race and
leader of the column of progress.
am far within the mark when I say that all the
armies that ever marched, all the navies that were
ever built; all the parliaments that ever sat and
all the kings that ever reigned, put together, have
not affected the life of man upon this earth as
powerfully as has that one solitary life.
Jesus’ Name is greater than any other name.
Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from
the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the
heavenly places, far above all principality, and
power, and might, and dominion, and every name that
is named, not only in this world, but also in that
which is to come:
Being made so much better than the angels, as he
hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name
What makes Jesus Name so Great and how should we
treat His Name?
I. JESUS’ NAME IS GREAT BECAUSE OF WHO HE IS.
Jesus’ Name is so great that no single name can
reveal all that He is.
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given:
and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and
his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The
mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of
A. HE IS GOD
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall
bring forth a son, and they shall call his name
Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and
saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the
sin of the world.
He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am?
And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art
the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Concerning his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, which was
made of the seed of David according to the flesh;
and declared to be the Son of God with power,
according to the spirit of holiness, by the
resurrection from the dead:
B. HE IS THE WORD (THE MESSAGE) OF GOD.
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with
God, and the Word was God.
Jesus is the message of Salvation and Grace from
C. JESUS IS THE PROMISED MESSIAH.
The woman saith unto him, I know that Messias
cometh, which is called Christ: when he is come, he
will tell us all things.
Jesus saith unto her, I that speak unto thee
Since the fall of man, the world has been waiting
for the promised Messiah that was to come and free
the world from sin.
D. JESUS IS THE BREAD OF LIFE.
And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he
that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that
believeth on me shall never thirst.
Bread is the staff of life and we must be partakers of Jesus Christ in
order to receive everlasting life.
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.
E. JESUS IS THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD.
As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the
Jesus is the only light in this sin darken world.
F. JESUS IS THE DOOR TO HEAVEN.
Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I
say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
It is only through Jesus the we can enter into
F. JESUS IS THE GOOD SHEPHERD
I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his
life for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am
known of mine.
There is an evil shepherd that seeks to destroy the
G. JESUS IS THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE.
Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the
life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead,
yet shall he live:
H. JESUS IS THE WAY, THE TRUTH AND THE LIFE.
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and
the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I. JESUS IS THE VINE.
I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.
Jesus is the source of our life.
J. JESUS IS THE FIRST AND THE LAST.
I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending,
saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which
is to come, the Almighty.
And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And
he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear
not; I am the first and the last:
K. JESUS IS THE SAVOUR OF THIS WORLD.
And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call
his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from
Neither is there salvation in any other: for there
is none other name under heaven given among men,
whereby we must be saved.
How sweet is the Name of Jesus to you?
Have you called upon His Name for Salvation?
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord
shall be saved.
APRIL 17, 2011
SIN OF HYPOCRISY”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Titus 1:16 They profess
that they know God; but in works they deny him,
being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every
good work reprobate.
What must have been going through Jesus mind as He
entered this week of His life?
He could have turned away from Jerusalem.
Jesus knew what it was going to cost Him as He
entered into Jerusalem
and went to the Temple.
He stood in the Temple, silently watching what was
Jesus’ heart must have broken as He observed the
are going to be a lot of surprised people standing
at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Not everyone who claims to be a Christian is a
Matthew 7:21-23 (NLT)
"Not all people who sound religious are really
godly. They may refer to me as 'Lord,' but they
still won't enter the
The decisive issue is whether they obey my Father in
On judgment day many will tell me, 'Lord, Lord, we
prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your
name and performed many miracles in your name.'
But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Go away;
the things you did were unauthorized.'
The proof of our Christianity is found in obedience.
Matthew 7:24-25 (NLT)
"Anyone who listens to my teaching and obeys me is
wise, like a person who builds a house on solid
Though the rain comes in torrents and the
floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that
house, it won't collapse, because it is built on
We are all building our spiritual house but we must
be careful that we build it according to God’s Word.
1 Corinthians 3:10
According to the grace of God which is given unto
me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the
foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let
every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon.
In the Passion Week, Jesus faced a storm of
I. THE HYPOCRISY OF FOLLOWING PUBLIC OPINION.
And they that went before, and they that followed,
cried, saying, Hosanna; Blessed is he that cometh in
the name of the Lord: blessed be the kingdom of our
father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord:
Hosanna in the highest.
Some people are easily led by others.
On Sunday they were shouting His praises in a few
days they were crying crucify Him.
There are fair weather Christians in the summer who
disappear when facing the storms of winter
They may mean well but they have no depth to give
them the strength to stand during the difficult
And these are they likewise which are sown on stony
ground; who, when they have heard the word,
immediately receive it with gladness; and have no
root in themselves, and so endure but for a time:
afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth
for the word's sake, immediately they are offended.
And these are they which are sown among
thorns; such as hear the word, and the cares of this
world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the
lusts of other things entering in, choke the word,
and it becometh unfruitful.
They have one foot in the Church and the other in
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
II. THE HYPOCRISY OF OUTWARD APPEARANCE.
And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he
came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and
when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for
the time of figs was not yet.
The Palestinian fig tree in early spring produces
green fruit before the leaves come.
When leaves are on this tree, there should be
either green figs in the spring or ripe figs in the
Lockyer, All the Miracles of the Bible:
What is Jesus hungry for?
He is hungry for the fruit that is produce in our
But he said unto them, I have meat to eat that ye
know not of.
Therefore said the disciples one to another,
Hath any man brought him ought to eat?
Jesus saith unto them, My meat is to do the
will of him that sent me, and to finish his work.
Jesus is hungry for the same thing in us.
The fig tree is a symbol of the Church and God
expects the Church (Believers) to produce fruit.
John 15:2, 5-6, 8 (GW)
He removes every one of my branches that doesn't
produce fruit. He also prunes every branch that does
produce fruit to make it produce more fruit. "I am
the vine. You are the branches. Those who live in me
while I live in them will produce a lot of fruit.
But you can't produce anything without me.
Whoever doesn't live in me is thrown away
like a branch and dries up. Branches like this are
gathered, thrown into a fire, and burned. You give
glory to my Father when you produce a lot of fruit
and therefore show that you are my disciples.
III. THE HYPOCRISY OF SELF-CENTERED WORSHIP.
And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out
all them that sold and bought in the temple, and
overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the
seats of them that sold doves, and said unto them,
It is written, My house shall be called the house of
prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.
And the blind and the lame came to him in
the temple; and he healed them.
And when the chief priests and scribes saw
the wonderful things that he did, and the children
crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son
of David; they were sore displeased…
The religious leaders had no problem with making
merchandise of the Temple, but fought the
ministering to the needs of the people.
God knows the heart of all those who worship Him.
1 Samuel 16:7c
…for man looketh on the outward appearance, but
the Lord looketh on the heart.
was filled with those who were worshiping God for
the wrong reason.
They worship God for what they can get out of it.
They use the Church to satisfy their own ego.
Many times they don’t even know they are doing it.
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)
"The human heart is most deceitful and
desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is?
But I know! I, the Lord, search all hearts
and examine secret motives. I give all people their
due rewards, according to what their actions
In order to be free from the sin of hypocrisy, we
must do three things:
We must love God with our whole heart.
And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine
heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
We must be obedient and seek to fulfill His will
in our lives.
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto me,
Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven;
but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in
We must worship God in sincerity and holiness.
1 Chronicles 16:29
Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name:
bring an offering, and come before him: worship the
Lord in the beauty of holiness.
APRIL 24, 2011
“WHY ARE YOU WASTING YOUR TIME?”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 24:5
And as they were afraid, and bowed down
their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why
seek ye the living among the dead?
When these women came to the tomb they expected a
tomb with a dead body.
They had prepared special spices to wrap His body
Now upon the first day of the week, very early in
the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing
the spices which they had prepared, and certain
others with them.
Have you ever spent hours preparing something only
to find out in the end it didn’t work?
You say, “Why did I waste my time on this?
We are all looking for fulfillment and satisfaction
in life, but many are looking in the wrong place.
Why are we seeking that which brings life, among
that which brings death?
Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters,
and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat;
yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and
without price. Wherefore do ye spend money for that
which is not bread? and your labour for that which
satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat
ye that which is good, and let your soul delight
itself in fatness. Incline your ear, and come unto
me: hear, and your soul shall live; and I will make
an everlasting covenant with you, even the sure
mercies of David.
Now therefore thus saith the Lord of hosts; Consider
Ye have sown much, and bring in little; ye
eat, but ye have not enough; ye drink, but ye are
not filled with drink; ye clothe you, but there is
none warm; and he that earneth wages earneth wages
to put it into a bag with holes.
Why did I waste my time on all these things that
have no eternal value?
Why are we seeking a dead savior when there is a
Savior that is alive?
Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we
eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall
we be clothed?
(For after all these things do the Gentiles
seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have
need of all these things.
But seek ye first the
and his righteousness; and all these things shall be
added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for
the morrow shall take thought for the things of
itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
They came with empty hearts expecting a full tomb;
they left an empty tomb with hearts that were filled
with joy and expectation.
Let us not seek to find satisfaction and the
fulfillment of life in the things of this earth but
let us look to the Living Savior Who will give us