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NOVEMBER 2, 2014






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 22:35-36 (NLT)

One of them, an expert in religious law, tried to trap him with this question: “Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses?”


INTRO: Do we have a choice on which Commandment we can keep and which ones don’t have too?


   What gives God the right to demand that we follow these Ten Commandments?


   We are twice His






1.     Thou shalt have no other gods before me

2.     Thou shalt not make any graven image

3.     Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord in vain

4.     Remember the Sabbath Day to keep it holy





5.     Honor thy father and mother

6.     Thou shalt not kill

7.     Thou shalt not commit adultery

8.     Thou shalt not steal

9.     Thou shalt not bear false witness

10.  Thou shalt not covet


  NOTE: There is a simple secret in keeping the Ten Commandments:


Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.  






NOTE: Have we made Him or God or is there someone or something else that takes first place in our lives.


Exodus 20:3 Thou shalt have no other gods before me.


   If we fail to make God first in our lives than we will be unable to keep the Ten Commandments




NOTE: Our love for God must grow into a personal relationship


   We shouldn’t seek to love God from a distant




NOTE: The heart is the seat of our affections and devotions


Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


Proverbs 23:7 (BBE) For as the thoughts of his heart are, so is he:




NOTE: We are to love God with everything we are and with everything we do


   Our soul reveals who we truly are


Psalm 63:8 My soul followeth hard after thee: thy right hand upholdeth me.




NOTE: Our thought pattern must be centered on God


 Romans 12:2 (NLT) Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.


Philippians 4:7-8 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 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.




NOTE: If we fail to Love God the way we should we will never be able to love our neighbor as ourselves


1 John 4:20-21 (NLT) If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a Christian brother or sister, that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see? And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their Christian brothers and sisters.


   If we fail to love others we cannot love God


   Our love or lack of love for one another reveals our true relationship with God


John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.


   The further we get away from our love for God the less love we have for one another


   The more likely we will violate the six Commandments that deal with our relationship with one another


CONCLUSION: Everything we do hinge on our love for God and for one another



NOVEMBER 9, 2014






SCRIPTURE TEXT: 2 Timothy 2:4 (NIV)


   No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs--he wants to please his commanding officer.


INTRO: What is a veteran?


  A veteran is someone who, at one point in his life wrote a blank check Made payable to 'The United States of America ' for an amount of 'up to and including my life.'


   President Abraham Lincoln, in his second inaugural address, in 1865 towards the end of the American Civil War, famously called for good treatment of veterans: "to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan".


   After the Second World War, in part due to the experience of the First World War, most of the participating states set up elaborate veterans' administrations. Within the United States, it was veterans groups, like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars organization, that pushed for and got the G.I. Bill enacted.


   Today we honor not only those who have or now are serving our country but also those who have and are now serving God


  Too soon we forget those who have served


   In the Scriptures the Believer has been liken unto a soldier


   The qualifications for a Christian soldier is similar to that of a military soldier




NOTE: The need for a soldier is that there is an enemy that wants to destroy us.

   Satan is our enemy and he wants to destroy us defeating us with sin


Romans 7:23 (NLT) But there is another power within me that is at war with my mind. This power makes me a slave to the sin that is still within me.


   We face very difficult odds


2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh


Ephesians 6:12 (NLT) For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.


   Like a military soldier we do not supply our weapons


2 Corinthians 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)


Ephesians 6:13-18 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;






2 Timothy 2:1 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.


NOTE: What does it mean to be strong in the Lord?


·         Put your trust in God and not in yourself


Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.


   Remember it is God that is leading you in this warfare


·         Stand firm, do not waver


   Exodus 14:13a And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD,


1 Corinthians 15:58 (GW) So, then, brothers and sisters, don't let anyone move you off the foundation {of your faith}. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless.




NOTE: The life of a soldier is not always easy


2 Timothy 2:3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.


James 1:12 (NLT) God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.




NOTE: A soldier must put his duty above everything else


2 Timothy 2:4  No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.


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.




NOTE: Ours is not to reason why, ours is just to do or die.


   The number one requirement of a soldier is to obey his orders


2 Timothy 2:5 (KJV) And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.


   When given an order the worst thing a soldier can do is ask why.


   We may not always understand why God leads us in a certain way.


Isaiah 55:8-9 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.


   Obedience requires trusting the one who is giving the orders


CONCLUSION: No soldier stands alone; it takes many soldiers doing many different things to achieve the victory


   We may not be on the front but we all must be in the war


ILL: The recovery of Ziklag


1 Samuel 30:24 (NIV) Who will listen to what you say? The share of the man who stayed with the supplies is to be the same as that of him who went down to the battle. All will share alike."


NOVEMBER 16, 2014






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 25:8-9 (NLT)


   “Have the people of Israel build me a holy sanctuary so I can live among them. You must build this Tabernacle and its furnishings exactly according to the pattern I will show you.”


INTRO: Do you hunger to be in the presence of God?


   God promised Israel that He would dwell with them.


   He gave Moses the pattern of the Tabernacle and where He would dwell.


   The Tabernacle had three parts: The Outer Court, The Holy Place and the Most Holy Place (The Holy of Holies).



   Only the priest could enter into the Holy Place and only the High Priest could enter into the Most Holy Place and that only once a year.


   Why is understanding the Tabernacle important to us today?

   It is only through Jesus Christ that we are able to enter into the presence of God and the Tabernacle shows to us how Jesus made the way


   Surrounding the Tabernacle was a fence made of linen, this was to keep the people from touching the Tabernacle as only the Priest were able


I. THE OUTER COURT: 100 cubits long by 50 cubits wide


NOTE: Everything in the Outer Court was made of bronze, bronze is a symbol of judgment


   Only Jews were allowed to enter the Outer Court


   When they entered they brought a sacrifice for a sin or a thanksgiving offering.


Ø  The Brazen Altar


   The Brazen Altar was where the sacrifice was slain to take away the sin


   It had to be a perfect animal



   Jesus is the only acceptable sacrifice


John 1:29 The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.


   Only the Priest could go any further into the Tabernacle


1 Peter 2:5 (BBE) You, as living stones, are being made into a house of the spirit, a holy order of priests, making those offerings of the spirit which are pleasing to God through Jesus Christ.


Ø  The Brazen Laver

NOTE: The washing at the Laver speaks of sanctification, or being holy and pure.


   The priests were to wash their hands and feet so that they could enter into the Holy Place.


 John 13:5 (NIV) After that, he poured water into a basin and began to wash his disciples' feet, drying them with the towel that was wrapped around him.


Ephesians 5:26-27 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.


NOTE: Not only are we to be cleansed from sin, we are to live a holy life set apart to God


II. THE HOLY PLACE: (20 cubits long and 10 cubits wide)


NOTE: Everything within the Holy Place was made of gold signifying Deity and purity


   The Holy Place where the priest perform special activities every day, it was a place of worship


Ø  The Golden Lampstand


NOTE: This lampstand was made out of one piece of gold; it was fueled by oil not candles

    It was the only light in the Holy Place


   Jesus is the Light of the world.


John 8:12 (KJV) Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.


   We are to carry the Light of Jesus to a sin darkened world


Matthew 5:14-16 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


Ø  The table of the Bread of His Presence


NOTE: There were twelve loaves representing the twelve tribes of Israel


   This is a promise that God would provide what they needed to live



NOTE: Jesus is the Bread of Life


John 6:35 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.


John 6:48-51 I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead.  This is the bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live forever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.


NOTE: Today, we as priest unto God partake of the Living Bread through Communion

1 Corinthians 11:23-25 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: and when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.


Ø  The Altar of Incense


NOTE: the Altar of Incense stood before the veil that separated the Holy Place from the Holy of Holies


   The Altar of Incense is a symbol of prayer and it is shown in two different ways



   1. Jesus offered up prays for us


John 17:9 I pray for them: I pray not for the world, but for them which thou hast given me; for they are thine.


John 17:15 I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil.


John 17:20-21 (KJV) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word; that they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.


   2. Our prayers


NOTE: The priest were to burn incense twice a day, morning and evening


Revelation 5:8  And when he had taken the book, the four beasts and four and twenty elders fell down before the Lamb, having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours, which are the prayers of saints.


Revelation 8:3-4 And another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel's hand.


NOTE: The veil separated the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place


   Josephus, the Jewish historian said the veil was four inches thick


III. THE HOLY OF HOLIES (MOST HOLY PLACE) 10 cubits by 10 cubits


   The Table of Law, a pot of manna and Aaron’s rod that budded


NOTE: The place where God’s Presence dwelt




NOTE: Only the High Priest could enter and only once a year on the Great Day of Atonement (Leviticus 16)


   He could not enter without blood, for himself and for the people


   It was on the Mercy Seat where the priest placed the blood of sacrifice

NOTE: Jesus is our High Priest He has fulfilled all that the Tabernacle symbolizes.


Hebrews 4:14-16 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.


   Jesus did two things that make all the difference in the world and that provide us with the opportunity to enter into God’s presence


            1. He enter with His own blood not that of animals

2. He enter into the Holy of Holies that is in heaven


Hebrews 9:12 (NIV) He did not enter by means of the blood of goats and calves; but he entered the Most Holy Place once for all by his own blood, having obtained eternal redemption.


CONCLUSION: Jesus has made a way in which we can enter into the very Presence of the Living God


NOVEMBER 23, 2014






SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy 11:16


   Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;


INTRO: If there ever were a people on the verge of being blessed beyond measure, it was the Children of Israel.


·         They had witnessed the Ten Pledges

·         They had been delivered from 400 years of slavery

·         They had crossed the Red Sea on dry land

·         They had seen the Egyptian army destroyed

·         They were being fed with manna & Quail

·         Water was being provided from the rock

·         They had heard the voice of God giving them the Ten Commandments.

·         They were waiting from Moses to come back down from the mountain with God’s plan for them


   Being impatient can cause a great deal of heartache


   Israel became impatient with waiting for Moses to come down from the mountain




NOTE: Why did they lack the faith to trust God while waiting for Moses?




Psalm 118:8-9 (BBE) It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one's hope in man. It is better to have faith in the Lord than to put one's hope in rulers.


Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.


   When we put our trust in man there is no room to trust God


Psalm 31:19 Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!


NOTE: One of the problems in the church today, is that people are putting their trust in the Pastor or leaders of the church instead of God




NOTE: Had they put their trust in the un-seen God they never would have asked for a god they could see and touch. 


   To trust God means to let go


Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.


Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.




NOTE: Aaron yielded to the pressure of the people.


Exodus 32:4 (NLT) Then Aaron took the gold, melted it down, and molded it into the shape of a calf. When the people saw it, they exclaimed, “O Israel, these are the gods who brought you out of the land of Egypt!”


   We must be willing to stand against those who wish to have us compromise the commandments of God




NOTE: By forgetting God’s passed blessings Satan was able to get them to worship false gods.


Deuteronomy 4:9 Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons;


Deuteronomy 6:12 Then beware lest thou forget the LORD, which brought thee forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.


NOTE: If we fail to remember God’s passed blessings we are subject to the same temptation




Isaiah 51:1-3 Hearken to me, ye that follow after righteousness, ye that seek the LORD: look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him. For the LORD shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the LORD; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.


   The Children of Israel were in Babylon, but God was telling them to remember what He had done in the past so they would believe His promise of deliverance


   By forgetting God’s passed blessings fear will enter our hearts and we will begin to look to other things to meet our needs


   We need to remember all that God has done for us


Psalm 103:1-5 (KJV) Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name. Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.


NOTE: David is a great example of remembering what God has done when faced in times of difficulties


Psalm 56:11 (BBE) In God have I put my hope, I will have no fear of what man may do to me.


Psalm 118:5-6 (KJV) I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?


CONCLUSION: God has saved us, will He not keep us?


Psalm 56:13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?


NOVEMBER 30, 2014




SCRIPTURE READING:  Genesis 3:22-24


SCRIPTURE TEXT: Genesis 3:24


   So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.


INTRO:  Consider the feelings of Adam and Eve as they were driven out of the Garden of Eden.


v  Remorse

v  Guilt

v  Emptiness

v  Fear

v  Despair



Consider for a moment those who are living a life seemingly without hope.


v  The homeless

v  Those with incurable disease

v  Living in abusive situation

v  Broken families

v  Sentence for life in prison

v  The sinner


   Those who fail to see any hope fall into fear and despair.


   Their attitude is one of hopeless.


   But what happens when a glimmer of hope enters their hearts?


v  The homeless/a good job offer

v  Those with incurable disease/a new cure is found

v  Living in abusive situation/there is a safe place to go

v  Broken families/reconciliation is offered

v  Sentence for life in prison/a pardon is in the works

v  The sinner/a Savior is found


   The knowledge of hope changes our attitude and outlook on life.

   All though they had been casted out of the garden and God’s presence they were not without hope


   They had a glimmer of hope in the promise God gave them


Genesis 3:15 And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.” 


It is hope that gives us the strength to endure difficult times, knowing that they will be over and a new day will begin.


   Christmas is a time for hope. 


v  Children are hoping for certain gift


ILL: A Christmas Story


v  A young woman hoping for a ring

v  Families hoping for a time together


   Often times our hopes for the things in this world are not fulfilled


Proverbs 13:12 (KJV) Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.




ISAIAH 9:6-7


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 Peace.  Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this.


   We cannot understand and enjoy the true meaning of Christmas without accepting the cross of Christ as well as His manger.


   One of my favorite subjects in the Bible is the duel nature of Jesus.


   I don’t have to understand it in order to enjoy its benefits.




NOTE:  This speaks of the humanity of Jesus.


   It was the humanity of Jesus that was born and thus has a beginning.


Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.


Luke 22:19 And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.


Hebrews 2:16-18 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.  Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.  For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted.


   Jesus was born a child so He could experience all the we experience and so He could suffer death for us.




NOTE:  This speaks of the Deity of Jesus.


   The Child that was born had a beginning; the Son that was given is eternal.


John 3:16 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.


   The penalty for sin is death and God sent His Son to pay the full price of this penalty.


Luke 22:20 Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.


Only a sinless offering would be acceptable to God for the remission of sin.


Hebrews 9:11-14 But Christ being come an high priest of good things to come, by a greater and more perfect tabernacle, not made with hands, that is to say, not of this building; Neither by the blood of goats and calves, but by his own blood he entered in once into the holy place, having obtained eternal redemption for us. For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?


   Where the first Adam failed and brought sin into the human race, the second Adam succeeded and brought Salvation to fallen man.




NOTE:  The vast majority of Israel did not understand what the coming of the Messiah would accomplish.


   They could only see the physical, and they looked for a physical deliverance.


   They failed to recognize the spiritual enemy that needed to be destroyed.


   So it is today in much of Christianity.


   They are only concerned with their physical needs and fail to seek the spiritual deliverance they need.


   They are willing to accept and even worship the humanity of Christ but are unwilling to accept or worship the Deity of Christ.


CONCLUSION:  As those in the Old Testament were living in the hope of a coming Messiah so are we today living under the hope of Christ second coming


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


   Even as there were many who missed Jesus at His first coming, so there will be many who miss Him at His second coming because they are looking for the wrong kind of hope.


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