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JUNE 2, 2013
“CROSSING OVER TO THE
though I walk through the valley of the shadow of
death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me;
thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Life is a journey; from the cradle to the grave.
We look forward to the day of birth but dread the
day of death.
One of the most difficult things to talk about is
death and dying.
Yet we all will face death.
Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 (KJV)
To everything there is a
season, and a time to every purpose under the
heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die…
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto
men once to die…
There is a vast difference between the death of the
godly and the death of the ungodly.
Proverbs 14:32 (NLT)
The wicked are crushed by
their sins, but the godly have a refuge when they
The ungodly does not prepare for the day of their
death while the godly takes the proper steps to make
sure they are ready.
I. PREPARING FOR THE DAY OF
A. THE LACK OF PREPARATION OF THE UNGODLY.
Since we all will
face the day of death, why do so many fail to
prepare for it?
Ecclesiastes 8:8 (KJV)
There is no man that hath power over the spirit to
retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day
of death: and there is no discharge in that war;
neither shall wickedness deliver those that are
given to it.
Acts 24:25 (NLT)
As he reasoned with them about righteousness and
self-control and the judgment to come, Felix was
terrified. "Go away for now," he replied. "When it
is more convenient, I'll call for you again."
THEY FEEL THEY HAVE NO FEAR OF DEATH OR JUDGMENT.
Isaiah 28:18 (NLT)
I will cancel the bargain you
made to avoid death, and I will overturn your deal
to dodge the grave. When the terrible enemy floods
in, you will be trampled into the ground.
B. THOSE WHO PREPARE FOR DEATH.
The Word of God
refers to death as a place of darkness.
Job 10:21-22 (KJV)
Before I go whence I shall not return, even to the
land of darkness and the shadow of death;
A land of darkness, as darkness itself; and
of the shadow of death, without any order, and where
the light is as darkness.
They come to the light of God’s grace.
Isaiah 9:2 (KJV)
The people that walked in darkness have seen a great
light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of
death, upon them hath the light shined.
II. THE CERTAINTY AND
UNCERTAINTY OF DEATH.
We will all face
the day of death but for most of us we don’t know
Luke 12:20 (KJV)
But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy
soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall
those things be, which thou hast provided?
A. TWO VIEWS OF DEATH.
The ungodly see death as the final end, there is
nothing after death.
The godly see death as the doorway into eternal life
B. THE TWO CONSEQUENCES OF DEATH.
The ungodly face eternal judgment.
Hebrews 9:27 (KJV)
And as it is appointed unto
men once to die, but after this the judgment:
The godly enter into the Joy of the Lord.
Matthew 25:23 (KJV)
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful
servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things,
I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou
into the joy of thy lord.
III. THE FEAR OF DEATH HAS
1 Corinthians 15:54-58 (NLT)
When this happens—when our
perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into
heavenly bodies that will never die—then at last the
Scriptures will come true:
"Death is swallowed up in victory. O death,
where is your victory? O death, where is your
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the
law gives sin its power.
How we thank God, who gives us victory over
sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord!
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong
and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's
work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord
is ever useless.
God has removed
the sting of death for everyone who will come to
Ezekiel 18:23 (NLT)
"Do you think, asks the
Sovereign Lord, that I like to see wicked people
die? Of course not! I only want them to turn from
their wicked ways and live.
RECONSIDERING THIS MIRACLE
Background: Jesus had been teaching all day.
What a great day with we come to accept Jesus
It was the end of the day. (Life comes to an end)
It was getting dark (death is like darkness)
Jesus said, “Let’s go to the other side. (death is
in God’s plan for us)
They sent the multitude away (death is personal)
Jesus entered into the boat with them. (Jesus is
always with us)
There arose a great storm. (death is like a storm,
death can come quickly or slowly)
The water filled the boat (they did all they could
do but to no avail)
Jesus was asleep (often times our prayers seem
The disciples were full of fear (death can cause
fear in the heart of a believer)
They thought Jesus didn’t care.
They awoke Jesus
Jesus stilled the storm
Jesus questioned their lack of faith.
will come to us all, how will we face death?
JUNE 9, 2013
“PIGS OR REVIVAL”
seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
Every morning we
wake to a day that is filled with choices.
Our lives, sometimes the lives of others, and where
we will spend eternity hinges on some of the choices
we make today.
How much do we want Jesus to move in our lives and
in the life of the Church?
Consider the choices made in this story.
BACKGROUND TO THIS STORY: Mark 4
JESUS HAD BEEN TEACHING ALL DAY
HE AND THE DISCIPLES CAME ACROSS THE SEA
JESUS WAS TIRED AND FELL ASLEEP IN THE BOAT
A STORM AROSE
THE DISCIPLES WERE FILLED WITH FEAR
JESUS CALMED THE STORM
II. THE CHOICES MADE
demoniac’s background: vs. 1-5
This gives us the
picture of the worst of all sinners.
He dwelt among the tombs
Men was unable to help or control him
He self-inflicted pain and suffering to himself
He must have seen the storm
He knew Jesus was coming before the boat arrived
met Jesus when the boat landed: vs. 2
He worshipped Jesus:
Even the devil
and his demons will worship Jesus.
Isaiah 45:23 (KJV)
I have sworn by myself, the
word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and
shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow,
every tongue shall swear.
Romans 14:11 (KJV)
For it is written, As I live,
saith the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and
every tongue shall confess to God.
Philippians 2:10 (KJV)
That at the name of Jesus
every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and
things in earth, and things under the earth;
James 2:19 (KJV)
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest
well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
He knew who Jesus was: vs. 7
THE CHOICES JESUS MADE
address the man situation vs. 8 & 9
When we come to
Jesus He will always address our needs.
He delivered the man from the demons. vs. 10
Legion refers to a Roman Legion that has over 6,000
Only Jesus has the power and authority to overthrow
sin and Satan.
He granted the request of the demons.
Why did Jesus
grant the demon’s request?
So the demons would not enter into the Gaderenes.
To give the Gaderenes a choice between pigs or
not only delivered the man from the demons but He
also put the
man in his right mind vs. 15
ministries to our needs He does a complete job.
THE CHOICE THE GADERENES MADE.
had chosen to disobey God are raise pigs.
God has called
pig and unclean animal.
Deuteronomy 14:8 (KJV)
And the swine,
because it divideth the hoof, yet cheweth not the
cud, it is unclean unto you: ye shall not eat of
their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.
They chose to be afraid of Jesus instead of
worshiping Him vs. 14
They chose pigs over Jesus’ ministry vs. 16
THE CHOICE THE DELIVERED MAN MADE.
sought to go with Jesus vs. 18
We often think
that to follow Jesus means that we must do some
Jesus told him to stay where he was and share what
God had done for him.
He chose to obey Jesus.
The results of
Luke 8:39-40 (KJV)
Return to thine own house,
and shew how great things God hath done unto thee.
And he went his way, and published throughout the
whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
And it came to pass, that,
when Jesus was
returned, the people gladly received him: for they
were all waiting for him.
question we much each answer; Are there pigs in our
life or the life of our church that we must get rid
of in order for Jesus to move in our midst?
Pigs or Revival, we must make the choice.
JUNE 16, 2013
“THE THREE C’s OF A GODLY MAN”
(KJV) What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou
What is man, and why did God create him.
Genesis 1:26-27 (KJV)
And God said,
Let us make man in our image, after our likeness:
and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea,
and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle,
and over all the earth, and over every creeping
thing that creepeth upon the earth.
So God created man in his own image, in the
image of God created he him; male and female created
God created man to care for His creation.
God created man so that man would have fellowship
Because of sin, man has failed to meet either of
Our nation is headed in the wrong direction because
our leaders are not godly men.
What we need are godly men to lead in our families,
in our churches and in our nation.
There are many characteristic of godly men I want to
only address three of them.
I. MEN OF CONVICTION
What a man believes and holds as truth is what makes
a man who he is.
man who fails to have strong conviction will often
be led astray to follow that which is false.
man of strong conviction believes what he believes
and nothing can shake his belief.
Galatians 1:8 (KJV)
But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any
other gospel unto you than that which we have
preached unto you, let him be accursed.
man’s conviction can either affect him positively or
godly man’s conviction involves:
HIS BELIEF IN GOD
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please him:
for he that cometh to God must believe that he is,
and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently
HIS BELIEF IN GOD’S WORD
Psalm 119:11 (KJV)
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not
sin against thee.
Psalm 119:105 (KJV)
Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my
HIS BELIEF IN HIS CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITIES
Micah 6:8 (KJV)
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what
doth the Lord require of thee, but to do justly, and
to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?
To do what is right no matter the cost
To be merciful to others
To walk humbly (in obedience) with God
II. A MAN OF COURAGE
It is one thing to have conviction but the godly man
must be willing to stand for his conviction
regardless of the consequences.
COURAGE TO TRUST GOD IN TIMES OF NEED
Genesis 22:7 (KJV)
And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said,
My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he
said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the
lamb for a burnt offering?
COURAGE IN TIMES OF TEMPTATION
Genesis 39:7-10 (NLT)
And about this time, Potiphar's wife began to desire
him and invited him to sleep with her.
But Joseph refused. "Look," he told her, "my
master trusts me with everything in his entire
No one here has more authority than I do! He
has held back nothing from me except you, because
you are his wife. How could I ever do such a wicked
thing? It would be a great sin against God."
She kept putting pressure on him day after
day, but he refused to sleep with her, and he kept
out of her way as much as possible.
C. COURAGE IN TIMES OF PERSECUTION
ILL: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego
Daniel 3:16-18 (NLT)
Meshach, and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we
do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we
are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we
serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from
your power, Your Majesty. But even if he doesn't,
Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve
your gods or worship the gold statue you have set
III. A MAN OF COMPASSION
A. A LOVE FOR GOD AND THE THINGS OF GOD
Matthew 22:37-40 (NLT)
Jesus replied, "'You must love the Lord your God
with all your heart, all your soul, and all your
This is the first and greatest commandment. A second
is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as
yourself.' All the other commandments and all the
demands of the prophets are based on these two
A godly man loves God more than anything or anyone
Luke 14:26 (NLT)
"If you want to be my follower you must love me more
than your own father and mother, wife and children,
brothers and sisters—yes, more than your own life.
Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple.
A godly man loves the Word of God
Psalm 119:97 (KJV)
O how love I thy law! it is my meditation all the
Jeremiah 15:16 (NLT)
Your words are what sustain me. They bring me great
joy and are my heart's delight, for I bear your
name, O Lord God Almighty.
Psalm 119:165 (KJV)
Great peace have they which love thy law: and
nothing shall offend them.
A godly man loves the house of God
Psalm 27:4 (NLT)
one thing I ask of the Lord—the thing I seek most—
is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of
my life, delighting in the Lord's perfections and
meditating in his Temple.
Psalm 122:1 (KJV)
I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.
A godly man loves others
John 13:34-35 (KJV)
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one
another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one
By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples,
if ye have love one to another.
What our church needs is godly men; are you one?
JUNE 13, 2013
“THREE GUARDS NEEDED”
1 Peter 5:8
Be careful! Watch out for attacks from the Devil,
your great enemy. He prowls around like a roaring
lion, looking for some victim to devour.
For the want of a nail a kingdom was lost.
It is the little things that often cause us to
Song of Solomon 2:15 (KJV)
Take us the foxes, the little foxes, that spoil the
vines: for our vines have tender grapes.
Satan seeks to trip us up in any way he can.
We must be constantly on guard to his tricks.
There are three areas of our life that we must be
sure to guard against Satan’s attacks.
MUST GUARD OUR HEARTS
Proverbs 4:23 (NLT)
Above all else, guard your heart, for it affects
everything you do.
The heart is the center of our emotions and often
times it is our emotion that drives us.
The Word of God tells us that we must love God more
than anything or anyone else.
Matthew 10:37 (NLT)
If you love your father or mother more than you love
me, you are not worthy of being mine; or if you love
your son or daughter more than me, you are not
worthy of being mine.
We must guard against anyone or anything coming
between us and God.
Between My Soul and My Savior”
1 John 2:15 (KJV)
Love not the world, neither the things that are in
the world. If any man love the world, the love of
the Father is not in him.
The Rich Young Ruler:
Jesus felt genuine love for this man as he
looked at him. "You lack only one thing," he told
him. "Go and sell all you have and give the money to
the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then
come, follow me."
At this, the man's face fell, and he went
sadly away because he had many possessions.
Jesus looked around and said to his
disciples, "How hard it is for rich people to get
into the Kingdom of God!"
Ezekiel 7:19b (NLT)…for
their love of money made them stumble into sin.
1 Timothy 6:10 (NLT)
For the love of money is at the root of all kinds of
evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered
from the faith and pierced themselves with many
Hebrews 13:5 (NLT)
Stay away from the love of money; be satisfied with
what you have. For God has said, "I will never fail
will never forsake you."
We guard our hearts by asking God to search our
hearts to keep it free from that which Satan would
seek to deceive us with.
Psalm 139:23-24 (NLT)
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and
know my thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
We cannot trust ourselves to guard our hearts we
must allow the Holy Spirit to do so.
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
The blessing of having a guarded heart
Jeremiah 24:7 (NLT)
I will give them hearts that will recognize me as
the Lord. They will be my people, and I will be
their God, for they will return to me
II. WE MUST GUARD OUR MIND
Philippians 4:8 (KJV)
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true,
whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are
just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things
are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise,
think on these things.
We must guard our mind by what we think and the way
A. WE MUST GUARD AGAINST UNCLEAN THOUGHTS
Thoughts of anger
Thoughts of un-forgiveness
Thoughts of greed
Thoughts of lust
B. WE MUST GUARD AGAINST THOUGHS OF PRIDE
Pride left unchecked will bring us to ruin.
Proverbs 11:2 (NLT)
Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes
Proverbs 16:18 (NLT)
Pride goes before destruction, and haughtiness
before a fall.
We must guard against feeling better than others.
Luke 18:11 (NLT)
The proud Pharisee stood by himself and prayed this
prayer: 'I thank you, God, that I am not a sinner
like everyone else, especially like that tax
collector over there! For I never cheat, I don't
sin, I don't commit adultery,
Revelation 3:17 (NLT)
You say, 'I am rich. I have everything I want. I
don't need a thing!' And you don't realize that you
are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
C. WE MUST GUARD AGAINST NEGATIVE THOUGHTS
Thoughts of doubt regarding God
Negative thoughts towards others.
III. WE MUST GUARD OUR TONGUE
Psalm 141:3 (KJV)
Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door
of my lips.
To guard our tongue we must first guard our heart.
Matthew 12:34 (NLT)
You brood of snakes! How could evil men like you
speak what is good and right? For whatever is in
your heart determines what you say.
James 1:26 (NLT)
If you claim
to be religious but don't control your tongue, you
are just fooling yourself, and your religion is
Churches and lives are ruined by unguarded tongue.
James 3:5-6 (NLT)
So also, the tongue is a small thing, but what
enormous damage it can do. A tiny spark can set a
great forest on fire.
And the tongue is a flame of fire. It is full
of wickedness that can ruin your whole life. It can
turn the entire course of your life into a blazing
flame of destruction, for it is set on fire by hell
6:16-19 three things that God hates deal with
the tongue one with the heart.
Proverbs 6:16-19 (NLT)
There are six things the Lord hates—no, seven things
heart that plots evil…a
false witness who pours out lies…a
person who sows discord among brothers.
We must be constantly on guard against Satan’s
tricks to attack our Hearts, our Minds and our
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
this world’s delusive dream;
I have renounced all
Jesus is mine, there’s nothing
Nothing between my soul and my Savior,
So that His blessed face may be seen;
preventing the least of His favor;
Keep the way
clear! Let nothing between.
Nothing between, like worldly pleasure;
life, though harmless they seem,
Must not my
heart from Him ever sever;
He is my all, there’s
Nothing between, like pride or station;
friends shall not intervene;
Though it may cost
me much tribulation,
I am resolved, there’s
Nothing between, e’en many hard trials,
the whole world against me convene;
prayer and much self-denial,
I’ll triumph at
last, there’s nothing between.
JUNE 30, 2013
“WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US?”
HOSEA 2:2-13 (NLT)
Hosea 2:8 (NLT)
She doesn't realize that it was I who gave her
everything she has—the grain, the wine, the olive
oil. Even the gold and silver she used in worshiping
the god Baal were gifts from me!
The rise and fall of the nation of Israel.
Throughout the Scriptures spiritual unfaithfulness
is symbolize by physical adultery.
In our text, Israel had committed two terrible sins:
1. She failed
to acknowledge that God had given
her everything she had.
2. She took everything that God had given her
used it in her worship of Baal.
Are we like Israel?
I. HAVE WE FORGOTTEN THAT GOD HAS GIVEN US
EVERYTHING WE HAVE?
James 1:17 (KJV)
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from
above, and cometh down from the Father of lights,
with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of
It is easy to begin to believe that everything we
have we have gotten through our own efforts.
Deuteronomy 8:10-20 (GW)
When you have eaten all you want, thank the Lord
your God for the good land he has given you.
Be careful that you don't forget the Lord
your God. Don't fail to obey his commands, rules,
and laws that I'm giving you today. You will eat all
you want. You will build nice houses and live in
them. Your herds and flocks, silver and gold, and
everything else you have will increase.
When this happens, be careful that you don't
become arrogant and forget the Lord your God, who
brought you out of slavery in Egypt.
He was the one who led you through that vast
and dangerous desert—a thirsty and arid land, with
poisonous snakes and scorpions. He was the one who
made water come out of solid rock for you.
He was the one who fed you in the desert with
manna, which your ancestors had never seen. He did
this in order to humble you and test you. But he
also did this so that things would go well for you
in the end.
You may say to yourselves, "I became wealthy
because of my own ability and strength."
the Lord your God is the one who makes you wealthy.
He's confirming the promise which he swore to your
ancestors. It's still in effect today.
I warn you today that if you forget the Lord
your God and follow other gods, and if you serve
them and bow down to them, you will certainly be
Lord is going to destroy other nations as you enter
the land. You will be destroyed like them if you
don't obey the Lord your God.
How often are the blessings we receive attributed to
good luck and our abilities instead of God’s grace
It is God Who has given us the talent to do what we
do, the time in which we are able to do it, and the
treasure we receive from it.
When we fail to acknowledge that it is God Who has
given us what we have, we fail to give the glory and
honor due unto Him.
II. WHAT HAVE WE DONE WITH WHAT GOD HAS GIVEN US?
A. DO WE GIVE WHAT GOD HAS BLESSED US WITH TO THE
GODS OF THIS WORLD?
How we use what God has given us reveals who our god
If we take what God has given us and give it to the
things of this world so that we cannot give to God,
than the things of this world has become our god.
1 John 2:15-16 (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. For the world offers only
the lust for physical pleasure, the lust for
everything we see, and pride in our possessions.
These are not from the Father. They are from this
God and the things of God must be first and foremost
in our hearts and minds.
Colossians 3:2 (NLT)
Let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only
about things down here on earth.
Titus 2:12 (NLT)
And we are instructed to turn from godless living
and sinful pleasures. We should live in this evil
world with self-control, right conduct, and devotion
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added
CAN WE SHOW OUR LOVE AND APPRECIATION TO GOD FOR
WHAT HE HAS
God has given us everything we have and He only asks
that we return 10% to Him.
Leviticus 27:30 (NLT)
"A tenth of the produce of the land, whether grain
or fruit, belongs to the Lord and must be set apart
to him as holy.
We are to bring our tithe and offerings to Whom we
worship and where we worship.
Deuteronomy 12:5-6 (NLT)
Rather, you must seek the Lord your God at the place
he himself will choose from among all the tribes for
his name to be honored.
There you will bring to the Lord your burnt
offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, your
special gifts, your offerings to fulfill a vow, your
freewill offerings, and your offerings of the
firstborn animals of your flocks and herds.
Malachi 3:10 (NLT)
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there
will be enough food in my Temple. If you do," says
the Lord Almighty, "I will open the windows of
heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great
you won't have enough room to take it in! Try it!
Let me prove it to you!
A. BUDGET YOUR TITHE AND OFFERINGS.
It is a good idea to budget your giving so that it
is the before any other spending.
1 Corinthians 16:1-2 (KJV)
Now concerning the collection for the saints, as I
have given order to the churches of Galatia, even so
Upon the first day of the week let every one of you
lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that
there be no gatherings when I come.
B. GIVE GENEROUSLY AND CHEERFULLY.
2 Corinthians 9:6-8 (NLT)
Remember this—a farmer who plants only a few seeds
will get a small crop. But the one who plants
generously will get a generous crop.
You must each make up your own mind as to how
much you should give. Don't give reluctantly or in
response to pressure. For God loves the person who
C. GOD HAS PROMISED TO HONOR AND BLESS THOSE WHO
OBEY HIS COMMANDS.
2 Corinthians 9:8 (NLT)
And God will generously provide all you need. Then
you will always have everything you need and plenty
left over to share with others.
Philippians 4:19 (NLT)
And this same God who takes care of me will supply
all your needs from his glorious riches, which have
been given to us in Christ Jesus.
Let us not be like Israel by giving what God has
blessed us with to the gods of this world, but let
us give back to God, the one who has blessed us.
Pigs or Revival, we must make the choice.
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