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OCTOBER 6, 2013






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Proverbs 3:5-8 (NLT)


    Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. Don't be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn your back on evil. Then you will gain renewed health and vitality.


INTRO:   Peter was an experience fisherman and knew that it was useless to try and catch fish but he put his trust in Jesus and did as He commanded.


   God ways are vastly different than the ways of man.


   God wants to use His Church to do great things, we must be careful that we trust His leading and do not rely on the sin of human reasoning.


   When we are faced with a task God has given us and we use only human reasoning, we will either fail to succeed or we won’t even try.


   Have you ever been faced with a task or situation that seemed too difficult for you to deal with?


   It is when we think we can handle the problem ourselves that we get into trouble.


   When we are faced with a difficult problem or an impossible task we must do two things:


1.     We must acknowledge our own shortcomings

2.     We must put our trust in God


   The problem with most of us is that; we see only the enormousness of the problem and the incapability of our own abilities or resources.


   God wants to do great things in Onalaska and we must be willing to follow His leading if we want to be part of His work.


   When God gives us a task to fulfill He will grant us the strength and resource to complete our task.


   We must remember it is God Who does the work. 


   We are like the hammer in the hands of the carpenter.


   We serve a God that can do far beyond our wildest imaginations.


   Job 9:10 (KJV) Which doeth great things past finding out; yea, and wonders without number.


   No matter who we are or the limitations of our abilities, God can use us to do great things for Him.


1 Corinthians 1:26-29 (KJV) For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.


   The Bible tells us of those who had limited abilities but were called to perform great tasks.


   The secret of their success was that they did not rely on their own wisdom but trusted God to direct them to victory.


   Too often we try and reason things out while God wants to do the unexpected.


Ephesians 3:20 (NLT) Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.



v  God used an eighty year old shepherd to lead His people out of Egypt and into the Promise Land. Exodus

v  God used a frighten farmer to deliver His people from the Midianites. Judges 6-8

v  God used an outcast (Jephthah) to deliver His people from the Ammonites. Judges 11

v  God used an over looked young shepherd boy to kill a giant and become Israel’s greatest king. I Kings 17

v  God used a little boy and his lunch to feed 5,000 men plus women and children. 

v  God used the uneducated and untrained to build His Church.


Acts 4:13 (NLT) The members of the council were amazed when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, for they could see that they were ordinary men who had had no special training. They also recognized them as men who had been with Jesus.


   The secret to their success was that they had been with Jesus.


NOTE: When we are seeking to do the will of God there is nothing that can defeat us.


Romans 8:35-39 (NLT) Can anything ever separate us from Christ's love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or are hungry or cold or in danger or threatened with death? (Even the Scriptures say, "For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.") No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

    And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from his love. Death can't, and life can't. The angels can't, and the demons can't. Our fears for today, our worries about tomorrow, and even the powers of hell can't keep God's love away. Whether we are high above the sky or in the deepest ocean, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Romans 8:31 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?


Philippians 4:13 (NLT) For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.


NOTE: Let us not put our trust in the sin of human reasoning but rather let us trust the wisdom and leading of Almighty God.


Isaiah 55:8-9 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.  For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.


Jeremiah 33:3 (KJV) Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.


CONCLUSION: God isn't looking for impressive people; He’s looking for willing ones who will bow the knee in humble submission. Being weak and ordinary doesn't make you useless. Rather, it positions you for a demonstration of divine power in your life. He takes insignificant ones and delights in making them great.


2 Corinthians 12:10 (KJV) 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.


OCTOBER 13, 2013






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Kings 3:16 (KJV)


    And he said, Thus saith the Lord, Make this valley full of ditches.


INTRO: Whenever we seek to do the Will of God, we will face a test of faith.


   How we react to the test makes all the difference in the world.


   In this story there are two views; the unbeliever and the Believer.


NOTE: There were two different reactions to the same problem.


   Jehoram, an ungodly king, blamed God.


   2 Kings 3:13 (NLT) "I want no part of you," Elisha said to the king of Israel. "Go to the pagan prophets of your father and mother!" But King Joram said, "No! For it was the Lord who called us three kings here to be destroyed by the king of Moab!"


   When we use human reasoning we often blame God for our failures instead of looking to Him for help and direction.


   Jehoshaphat sought the council of God.


2 Kings 3:11-12 (NLT) But King Jehoshaphat of Judah asked, "Is there no prophet of the Lord with us? If there is, we can ask the Lord what to do." One of King Joram's officers replied, "Elisha son of Shaphat is here. He used to be Elijah's personal assistant." Jehoshaphat said, "Then the Lord will speak through him." So the kings of Israel, Judah, and Edom went to consult with Elisha.


   Whenever we seek to do the will of God, and experience difficulties, we can either blame God for the problems or trust God for the solution.






·         They went to war against Moab


NOTE: These kings went to regain Israel’s sovereignty over Moab.




·         The lack of water




·         Dig ditches throughout the valley




·         God filled the ditches with water

·         God gave them a great victory over Moab




NOTE: There are many similarities between our Church and the story of Israel and Judah.




NOTE: We are in a spiritual war against Satan and sin.


·         We are called to share the Gospel message to those who are lost.


Mark 16:15 (KJV) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.


   This is not a request it is a command




NOTE: We lack the ability within ourselves to fulfill the commandment.


Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against people made of flesh and blood, but against the evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against those mighty powers of darkness who rule this world, and against wicked spirits in the heavenly realms.


2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NLT) We are human, but we don't wage war with human plans and methods. We use God's mighty weapons, not mere worldly weapons, to knock down the Devil's strongholds.  With these weapons we break down every proud argument that keeps people from knowing God. With these weapons we conquer their rebellious ideas, and we teach them to obey Christ.




NOTE: We are to prepare our hearts and minds for God’s blessings.


   “Those who expect God's blessings, must dig pools for the rain to fill, as in the valley of Baca, and thus make even that a well.”                                                                Matthew Henry  


Psalm 84:6 (NLT) When they walk through the Valley of Weeping, it will become a place of refreshing springs, where pools of blessing collect after the rains!


Psalm 126:5-6 (KJV) They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.


NOTE: It is our job to prepare for God’s blessings by being obedient to His will.



·         God fulfills His promises


1 Kings 8:56 (KJV) Blessed be the Lord, that hath given rest unto his people Israel, according to all that he promised: there hath not failed one word of all his good promise, which he promised by the hand of Moses his servant.


·         God has the power to fulfill His promises


Romans 4:21 (KJV) And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.


·         God’s promises are great and of infinite value


2 Peter 1:4 (KJV) Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.


·         God’s promises are found in Jesus Christ


2 Corinthians 1:18-20 (NLT) As surely as God is true, I am not that sort of person. My yes means yes because Jesus Christ, the Son of God, never wavers between yes and no. He is the one whom Timothy, Silas, and I preached to you, and he is the divine Yes—God's affirmation. For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in him. That is why we say "Amen" when we give glory to God through Christ.


·         God’s directions will always work out for the betterment of His Church.


Romans 8:28 (KJV) And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.


CONCLUSION: Let us prepare our heart, minds and wills to fulfill the direction God will give us.


OCTOBER 20, 2013






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Hebrews 13:5 (KJV)  


    Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.


INTRO: One of the worst feelings there is, is the feeling of being totally alone.


   When we experience these times we can look to God’s Word and know that He will never leave us alone.




Isaiah 43:2 (NLT) When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown! When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.


Isaiah 41:17 (KJV) When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the Lord will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.


Isaiah 42:16 (KJV) And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.




Deuteronomy 20:1 (KJV) When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the Lord thy God is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.


   God’s promise to Joshua is also a promise to us.


Joshua 1:5 (KJV) There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.


   David fought against Goliath with the presence of God with him.


1 Samuel 17:44-47 (KJV) And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied.  This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel.  And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.




   David felt alone several times.


Psalm 38:11 (KJV) My lovers and my friends stand aloof from my sore; and my kinsmen stand afar off.


Psalm 142:4 (KJV) I looked on my right hand, and beheld, but there was no man that would know me: refuge failed me; no man cared for my soul.


  Paul felt the pain of being left alone.


2 Timothy 4:16 (KJV) At my first answer no man stood with me, but all men forsook me: I pray God that it may not be laid to their charge.


2 Timothy 4:10 (NLT) Demas has deserted me because he loves the things of this life and has gone to Thessalonica…


We can even feel that God has left us alone.


Psalm 22:1 (KJV) My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? why art thou so far from helping me, and from the words of my roaring?





Matthew 28:18-20 (NLT) Jesus came and told his disciples, "I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age."




NOTE: Many times people feel that when they are old that God is no longer interested in them.


Psalm 71:9 (KJV) Cast me not off in the time of old age; forsake me not when my strength faileth.


   God does not desert the elderly but longs to bless and use them.


Psalm 92:14 (KJV) They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;


Isaiah 46:4 (KJV) And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.




NOTE: Often when a person falls into sin, others turn away and will have nothing to do with them.


Psalm 32:1-6 (NLT) Oh, what joy for those whose rebellion is forgiven, whose sin is put out of sight! Yes, what joy for those            whose record the Lord has cleared of sin, whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

   When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long.  Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

   Finally, I confessed all my sins to you and stopped trying to hide them. I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the Lord."  And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone. 

   Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time, that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.


Proverbs 3:11-12 (NLT) My child, don't ignore it when the Lord disciplines you, and don't be discouraged when he corrects you.  For the Lord corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights.


Hebrews 12:6 (NLT) For the Lord disciplines those he loves,            and he punishes those he accepts as his children."


Rev. 3:19 (KJV) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.


CONCLUSION: I am glad that God will not leave me alone, when:


·         I am in trouble,

·         I am fighting the trials of Satan and sin,

·         Everyone else does,

·         I am seeking to do His will,

·          become too old for society

·         I fail and fall into sin.


OCTOBER 27, 2013








    Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go.


INTRO: God has promised His people success.


Jeremiah 29:11 (GW) I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord. They are plans for peace and not disaster plans to give you a future filled with hope.


   Too often we interpret this success meaning physical and financial success. 


   There is great danger when we seek physical and financial success over spiritual growth.


NOTE: The things of this physical world seek to distract us from the things of God.


Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV) So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.    


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 evil world.


   Joshua was called to lead the Children of Israel into the Promise Land and to possess the promises of God.


   So we are called to enter into a life of victory over sin and to inherit the promise of God.


   There are three things we must possess if we are to receive the promise of God:


1.     FAITH

2.     COURAGE





Hebrews 11:6 (NLT) So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.




Psalm 27:11 (KJV) Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.


NOTE: As we seek to do God’s will we must have faith that He will guide us.


Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.


   Jesus promised to send the Holy Spirit to guide us.


John 16:13 (KJV) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.


Luke 11:13 (KJV) 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?




Philippians 4:19 (KJV) But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.




NOTE: Faith alone is not enough we must have courage to act on our faith.


James 2:26 (KJV) For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.


NOTE: True faith will be followed by courage to do what God has directed us to do.


Psalm 27:14 (KJV) Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.


Psalm 31:24 (KJV) Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord.


   As we seek to do God’s will we will be faced with times of difficulty and opposition. 


Proverbs 29:25 (NLT) Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but to trust the Lord means safety.


Isaiah 41:10 (GW) Don't be afraid, because I am with you.          Don't be intimidated; I am your God.  I will strengthen you.  I will help you.  I will support you with my victorious right hand.




NOTE: There will be times when we become discouraged and may feel like giving up but we must be determined to carry on the fight.


Philip. 3:12-14 (KJV) Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.


Note: We must be determined to fulfill God’s plans even when we face persecution.


Daniel 3:16-18 (KJV) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter.  If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.  But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.


   We must not allow anything to turn us away from fulfilling God will for our church.


Isaiah 50:7 (NLT) Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be dismayed. Therefore, I have set my face like a stone, determined to do his will. And I know that I will triumph.


   To finish the work that we have started we must be determined unto the end.


Psalm 119:30 (NLT) I have chosen to be faithful; I have determined to live by your laws.


Psalm 119:112 (NLT) I am determined to keep your principles, even forever, to the very end.


CONCLUSION: As we seek God’s plan on how we can go outside our wall and into our community we must have FAITH – COURAGE – and DETERMINATION.


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