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SERMONS FOR THE MONTH
MAY 11, 2014
“THE GENEROSITY OF THREE UNNAMED WOMEN”
And certain women,
which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities,
Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven
devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod's steward,
and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him
of their substance.
The ministry of
Jesus was largely supported by the generosity of certain
Standing on a Hill
often the importance of women in the church is
Throughout history, women have played a very important
role in the maintenance of the Church.
And all the women
that were wise hearted did spin with their hands, and
brought that which they had spun, both of blue, and of
purple, and of scarlet, and of fine linen.
When we speak of giving we are not only speaking
of money but we are referring to all forms of giving,
TIME & TREASURE.
women who give the example of Biblical giving
I. THE WOMAN
WHO GAVE OUT OF OBEDIENCE TO GOD’S
I KINGS 17:8-16
1 Kings 17:9
Arise, get thee to
Zarephath, which belongeth to Zidon, and dwell there:
behold, I have commanded a widow woman there to sustain
She gave out of
obedience to Elijah’s instructions
Obedient giving is giving when we don’t feel like we
have anything to give or we don’t really want to give,
but we give because that is what God says we are to do.
Obedient giving requires two things:
That what you are doing is in accordance with
(Does your giving
line up with God’s Word)
You trust that God will keep His promise to
supply all your needs.
The jar and the well
she not given to Elijah, she and her son would have
eaten their last cake and then starved to death.
Obedient giving sometimes require giving sacrificially
The Widow’s Mites
And he looked up,
and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the
treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting
in thither two mites. And he said, “Of a truth I say
unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than
they all: for all these have of their abundance cast in
unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath
cast in all the living that she had.”
Obedient giving always brings great rewards.
Bring ye all the
tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in
mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord
of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven,
and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be
room enough to receive it.
II. THE WOMAN WHO GAVE OUT OF CONCERN FOR
II KINGS 4:8-17
Often people give
out of human compassion.
are many verses in the Bible that deal with our
responsibilities to minister to the needs of the poor.
If there be among
you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy
gates in thy land which the Lord
thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart,
nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother:
Blessed is he that
considereth the poor: the Lord
will deliver him in time of trouble.
He that hath pity
upon the poor lendeth unto the Lord;
and that which he hath given will he pay him again.
Jesus said unto
him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou
hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure
in heaven: and come and follow me.
Only they would
that we should remember the poor; the same which I also
was forward to do.
There are four types of people who have the ability to
give but not all do:
(they fail to see the needs of others)
Whoso stoppeth his
ears at the cry of the poor, he also shall cry himself,
but shall not be heard.
He that giveth
unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his
eyes shall have many a curse.
The selfish or unconcerned
(they see the need but are unwilling to minister to the
Withhold not good
from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of
thine hand to do it.
Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again,
and tomorrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
afraid if they give there will not be enough for their
Proverbs 3:5, 9-10 (GW)
Trust the LORD
with all your heart, and do not rely on your own
understanding… Honor the
your wealth and with the first and best part of all your
income. Then your barns will be full, and your vats will
overflow with fresh wine.
(they see the need and they are willing to minister to
The liberal soul
shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered
Isaiah 58:10 (GWT)
If you give some
of your own food to feed those who are hungry and to
satisfy the needs of those who are humble, then your
light will rise in the dark, and your darkness will
become as bright as the noonday sun.
Give, and it shall
be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and
shaken together, and running over, shall men give into
your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete
withal it shall be measured to you again.
III. THE WOMAN WHO GAVE OUT OF LOVE FOR JESUS.
Those who give out of their love for God long to give.
give the very best they have.
are not concerned with the opinions of others.
give regardless of the cost.
It is better to give out of obedience than not to give
good to give out of concern and human compassion but the
best motive for giving is out of our love for God.
is the motivation of your giving?
MAY 18, 2014
”FOUR THINGS THAT DELIGHTS GOD”
SCRIPTURE TEXT: Jeremiah 9:23-24
Let not the wise
glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty
glory in his might, let not the rich
glory in his riches: but let him that glorieth glory in
this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I
exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in
the earth: for in these
delight, saith the
Jeremiah was in distress
Jeremiah 9:1 (NLT)
If only my head were a pool of water and my eyes a
fountain of tears, I would weep day and night for all my
people who have been slaughtered.
had told Jeremiah that He was sending Babylon against
Jerusalem because of Judah’s sin and rejection of God.
Jeremiah sought to warn the people but they rejected his
I. THOSE WHO FAIL TO PREPARE FOR THE JUDGMENT
Why people fail to prepare for God’s judgment
THERE ARE THOSE WHO REFUSED TO BELIEVE THAT JUDAH WOULD
They are those who do not believe there is a God and
therefore do not believe that any judgment is coming
Psalm 14:1 (GW)
Godless fools say in their
hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt. They do
disgusting things. There is no one who does good things.
THERE WERE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT GOD IS TOO,
LOVING AND KIND TO BRING JUDGMENT
Malachi 3:5 (GW)
“I will come to judge you. I
will be quick to testify against sorcerers, adulterers,
lying witnesses, and those who cheat workers out of
their wages and oppress widows and orphans. I will also
testify against those who deprive foreigners of their
rights. None of them fear me,” says the
THERE WERE THOSE WHO BELIEVE THAT THEY WILL ESCAPE
JUDGMENT BECAUSE OF WHO THEY ARE
Thus saith the
not the wise
man glory in his wisdom, neither let the mighty
glory in his might, let not the rich
glory in his riches:
James 3:15 (GW)
That kind of wisdom doesn't
come from above. It belongs to this world. It is
self-centered and demonic.
America, like Judah, is in trouble and facing God’s
are everywhere that God is beginning to bring judgment
Rise of sin and violence
Turning away from God
Rising Persecution against Believers
America has sinned and turned its back against God.
America is removing God from our society
Millions of babies have been slaughtered
Sins have been made acceptable
The Church is being shaped by society instead of shaping
II. GOD LONGS TO FORGIVE
God does not delight in bring judgment.
“Therefore, I will judge each
of you, O people of Israel, according to your actions,
says the Sovereign
LORD. Repent, and turn from your sins. Don’t let
them destroy you! Put all your rebellion behind you,
and find yourselves a new heart and a new spirit. For
why should you die, O people of Israel? I don’t want you
to die, says the Sovereign
LORD. Turn back and live!
All is not lost, there is still hope for America and it
lies within the Church.
2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people, which are
called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray,
and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then
will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land.
We all should weep and repent for the sins of our
nation, and pray for those who are lost.
Let the priests, the
ministers of the
LORD, weep between the porch and the altar, and
let them say, Spare thy people, O
give not thine heritage to reproach, that the heathen
should rule over them: wherefore should they say among
the people, Where
is their God?
III. FOUR THINGS THAT DELIGHT GOD
FOR HIS PEOPLE TO KNOW HIM
God wants us to
John 17:3 (NLT)
is the way to have eternal life—to know you, the only
true God, and Jesus Christ, the one you sent to earth.
only way to escape God’s judgment is to know Him in a
The more we know
God the more we will love Him
DELIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO SHOW LOVINGKINDNESS (MERCY)
delights in showing mercy
Who is a God like you, who
pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the
remnant of his inheritance? You do not stay angry
forever but delight to show mercy. You will again have
compassion on us; you will tread our sins underfoot and
hurl all our iniquities into the depths of the sea.
would much rather forgive a sinner than to bring
judgment to a sinner.
GOD DELIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO ADMINISTRATE TRUE JUSTICE
James 2:13 (NLT)
There will be no mercy for
those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you
have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges
GOD DELIGHTS FOR HIS PEOPLE TO BE RIGHTEOUS (DO WHAT IS
Micah 6:8 (NLT)
No, O people, the
LORD has told you what is good, and
this is what he requires of you:
to do what is right, to love
mercy, and to walk humbly
with your God.
If we seek to escape God’s judgment by our own wisdom,
strength and resources we will fail.
only by doing what delights God that will bring us free
of His judgment.
MAY 25, 2014
“THE DANGER OF FORGETTING”
Then thine heart
be lifted up, and thou forget the
God, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt,
from the house of bondage;
This weekend is a time set aside to remember.
warns us against forgetting what we have is because of
what others have done.
are three things we must be careful to not forget.
I. WE MUST NOT FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR
FOR OUR FREEDOM
NOTE: Memorial Day is a
US federal holiday wherein the men and women who died while
serving in the
United States Armed Forces are remembered.
which is celebrated every year on the final Monday of
May, was formerly known as Decoration Day and
originated after the
American Civil War to commemorate the
Confederate soldiers who died in the Civil War. By the 20th century,
Memorial Day had been extended to honor all Americans
who have died while in the military service.
given their lives and this list does not include The
Revolution, The War of 1812 and other wars that most of
us have forgotten.
WORLD WAR I 1917–1918
WORLD WAR II 1941–1945
KOREAN WAR 1950–1953
VIETNAM WAR 1955–1975
WAR ON TERROR 2001–present 5,281
POEM: “Lest We Forget”
POEM: “A Soldier Died Today”
who has died for our country (Scott Langworthy).
II. WE MUST NOT FORGET THOSE WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR
LIVES FOR OUR RELIGIOUS HERITAGE.
Women received their loved
ones back again from death. But others were tortured,
refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They
placed their hope in a better life after the
resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were
cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.
Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and
others were killed with the sword. Some went about
wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and
oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this
world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in
caves and holes in the ground.
probably a disciple of the Apostle John. Polycarp may
have been one of the chief people responsible for
compiling the New Testament of the Bible that we have
Because of his refusal to burn incense to the Roman
Emperor he was sentenced to burn at the stake. Tradition
says that the flames did not kill him so he was stabbed
Known as “The
Morning Star of the Reformation,” John Wycliffe was a 14th
century theologian. He is probably best remembered as a
translator of scriptures. He believed that the Bible
should be available to the people in their common
tongue. He translated the Latin Vulgate into common
While he was not burned at the stake as a martyr, his
persecution extended beyond his death. His body was
exhumed and burned along with many of his writings. The
Anti-Wycliffe Statute of 1401 brought persecution to his
followers and specifically addressed the fact that there
should not be any translation of Scripture into English.
Huss was a Czech
priest who was burned at the stake for heresy against
the doctrines of the Catholic Church. Particularly he
fought against the doctrines of Ecclesiology and the
Eucharist as taught by the Roman Catholic Church. He was
an early reformer living before the time of Luther and
Calvin (other well-known reformers of Roman
Huss was martyred
on July 6, 1415. He refused to recant his position of
the charges that were brought against him. On the day he
died he is said to have stated,
“God is my witness that the
things charged against me I never preached. In the same
truth of the Gospel which I have written, taught, and
preached, drawing upon the sayings and positions of the
holy doctors, I am ready to die today.”
Most known for
his translation of the Bible into English, William
Tyndale was a reformer who stood against King Henry
VIII’s divorce, which was one of the major issues in the
Reformation. Tyndale’s English translation of the Bible
was the first to draw significantly from the original
languages. Tyndale was choked to
while tied to the stake and then his dead body was
Pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer was executed on June 9, 1945.
Bonhoeffer staunchly opposed Hitler’s treatment of the
Jews. As a Christian pastor he could not sit idly by and
watch the murder of so many men and women.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer was hanged just two weeks
before soldiers from the United States liberated the
concentration camp in which he was held.
Jim Elliot and Four Missionary Friends
Jim Elliot, along
with four of his missionary colleagues was killed on
January 8, 1956 while trying to establish contact with
the Auca Indians in Ecuador (now known as the Waodani
people). Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Pete
Flemming and Roger Youderian had been working to make
friendly contact with the Auca tribe which they had seen
from the air. Though they had only met one tribesman
face to face, they had participated in trades with the
Auca from a plane to ground system. When Elliot and his
friends landed on a river beach on that fateful January
day they were slaughtered by the waiting men.
Their deaths were not in vain though. The widows
continued to try and make peaceful contact and
eventually won the hearts of the tribe. God has used
this recent missionary martyr story to inspire new
generations of missionaries willing to give their lives
for what they believe.
III. WE MUST NOT FORGET WHAT GOD HAS DONE FOR US
LORD, O my
soul: and all that is within me,
his holy name. Bless the
LORD, O my
soul, and forget not all his benefits:
He forgives all our sins
He heals all our diseases vs. 3
He redeems our lives from judgment vs. 4
He crowns our life with mercy vs. 4
He satisfies our hunger vs. 5
He renews our youth (strength) vs. 5
He executes righteousness and judgment for those who are
He is longsuffering vs. 8 & 9
His grace removes our sin vs. 10 & 11
He has taken our sins away never to return. Vs. 12
He loves us vs. 13
He knows and understands our weakness. Vs. 14
His mercies will last forever Vs. 17
He keeps His promises Vs. 18
He rules over all things. Vs. 10
On this Memorial Day Weekend, let us not forget those
who have given their lives for our freedom, those who
have given their life for our faith and for all the
things God have done for us.
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