Tuesday, June 13, 2017

June 11, 2017

Sunday School
References: Bible.org; Google

Three Characteristics of God
  • God is Omnipresent meaning He is everywhere.
  1. Psalm 139:7-10 - Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou are there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
  2. James 5:9 - Grudge not one against another, brethren, lest ye be condemned: behold, the judge stands before the door.
  3. Matthew 28:19-20 - Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
  4. Philippians 4:5 - Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.
  5. Colossians 1:17 - And He is before all things, and by Him all things consist.
  6. Amos 9:1-4 - I saw the Lord standing upon the alter: and He said, Smite the lintel of the door, that the posts my shake: and cut them in the head, all of them; and I will slay the last of them with the sword: he that flees of them shall not flee away, and he that escapes of them shall not be delivered. Though they dig into hell, thence shall mine hand take them; though they climb up to heaven, thence will I bring them down: And though they hide themselves in the top of Carmel, I will search and take them out thence; and though they be hid from my sight in the bottom of the sea, thence will I command the serpent, and he shall bite them: And though they go into captivity before their enemies, thence will I command the sword, and it shall slay them: and I will set mine eyes upon them for evil, and not for good.
  • God is Omnipotent meaning He is all powerful.
  1. Romans 4:17 - As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations. He is our father in the sight o God, in whom he believed - the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
  2. Hebrews 11:3 - By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
  3. Ephesians 3:20 - Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.
  4. Jeremiah 32:17 - "Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
  • God is Omniscient meaning all knowing.
  1. Genesis 1:1 - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
  2. Genesis 1:14 - And God said, "Let there be lights in the vault of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark sacred times, and days and years.
  3. Exodus 3:13-14 - Moses said to God, "Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them,' The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' Then what shall I tell them?" God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: 'I AM has sent me to you.'"
  4. John 8:57-58 - "You are not yet fifty years old," they said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!"  "Very truly I tell you," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"
  5. Psalm 90:2 - Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
  6. Revelation 1:8 - I am the Alpha and the Omega," says the Lord God, "who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
  • God's Timing.
  1. 2 Peter 3:8 - But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.
  2. Isaiah 46:10 - I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, 'My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'
  • God and Man.
  1. Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations."
  2. Romans 8:29-30 - For those God foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.  And hose He predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified.
  3. Isaiah 9:6 - For to use a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on His shoulders. And He will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Mark 6:30-34 - The apostles gathered around Jesus and reported to Him all they had done and taught. Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, "Come with Me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest."  So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place. But many who saw them leaving recognized them and ran on foot from all the towns and got there ahead of them.  When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So He began teaching them many things.

Subject: Our God Who Cares
  • Many have a faulty impression of God.
  • Our God is a holy God.
  • He is untouched by our wickedness.
  • God is in control of everything.
  • God is Omnipresent, Omnipotent and Omniscient.
  • God became flesh through Jesus to allow Himself to understand what the fleshly man suffered.
  • God cares for His laboring servants - Mark 6:30
  • God expects us to rest.
  • God cares about the lost sheep.
  • God is compassionate towards us.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

May 28, 2017 - Memorial Sunday

Sunday School
1 Corinthians 3
References: Google, David Guzik, Blue Letter Bible

Carnality in the Corinthian Church
  • Paul warns the Christians of Corinth about their carnal ways.
  • Though they have the Holy Spirit, they are not acting spiritually but of the flesh or immature Christians.
  • The natural man is patterned after Adam and rejects the things of the Spirit. 1 Corinthians 2:14
  • The spiritual man knows the things of God. 1 Corinthians 2:15
  • The carnal man knows the things of God, but still acts more of the flesh.
  • Paul says don't pattern after himself or Apollos (who is mighty in the scripture) but of Jesus who gave all salvation.
  • Rewards aren't given according to our gifts, talents or successes but according to our own labor.
  • Is your foundation built with precious stones or stray, marble or granite?
  • Will what we've built our foundations with be able to stand the fire from God or will they be burned up?
  • Let no one deceive himself. If anyone among you seems to be wise in this age, let him become a fool that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, "He catches the wise in their own craftiness," and again, "The Lord knows the thoughts of the wise, that they are futile."  1 Corinthians 3:18-20

Proverbs 3:5-6 - v5 Thrust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not onto thine own understanding. v6 In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct they paths.
Subject: Trusting in the Lord
  • Obey means to comply with
  • Perilous means dangerous, unsafe
  • Trust means having confidence or faith in
Three things of Trusting God
  1. God is conscience.  God is all knowing and powerful.
  2. God is concerned.  1 Peter 5:7 - Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares for you.
  3. God is capable (able). Ephesians 3:20 - Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.
Let not your heart be troubled: you believe in God, believe also in Me. In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself: that where I am, there you may be also. And where I go you know, and the way you know.  John 14:1-4

15th Anniversary
The Reaffirmation of Vows
Darren and Vernita


Sunday, May 14, 2017

May 14, 2017 - Mother's Day

Happy Mother's Day!!!!

Sunday School
1 Corinthians 2
Resources: Keith Krell, Google, LifeWay

Paul Preaches Wisdom

  • Paul was considered a well educated man but when he spoke or wrote letters to the churches he used language that everyone could understand.
  • Paul was disheartened about the unified church of Corinth.
  • He said that the only the church could live a wise life was by having the right perspective and that without the light of God's Spirit, there is darkness.
  • True wisdom is cross-centered. True wisdom is found in the word of the cross.
  • 1 Corinthians 2:6-9 - Yet when I am among mature Christians, I do speak with words of wisdom, but not the kind of wisdom that belongs to this world, and not the kind that appeals to the rulers of this world, who are being brought to nothing.  No, the wisdom we speak of is the secret wisdom of God, which was hidden in former times, though He made it for our benefit before the world began. But the rulers of this world have not understood it; if they had, they would never have crucified one glorious Lord.  This is what the Scriptures mean when they say, "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him."  Isaiah 64:4
  • Mature Christians are those believers who recognize and embrace God's wisdom in the cross.
  • The wisdom of God is eternal.
  • The wisdom of God is beneficial to us because God has our good in mind as He is our sovereignty.
  • The wisdom of God is supernatural.
  • True wisdom is Spirit directed, meaning the Holy Spirit, our comforter, reveals deep things to us Christians.
  • The Holy Spirit, the third member of the Trinity, knows what God has in store for us. 
  • Ephesians 1:14 - The Spirit is God's guarantee that He will give us everything He promised long ago.
  • The unbeliever "cannot" understand God's way, the Christian way.
  • Isaiah 40:13 - "For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he  will instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ."
Proverbs 31:10-15;25-28 - v10 Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is worth more than precious rubies.  v11 Her husband can trust her, and she will greatly enrich his life.  v12 She will not hinder him but help him all her life.  v13 She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.  v14 She is like a merchant's ship; she brings her good from afar.  v15 She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day's work for her servant girls.  v25 She is clothed with strength and dignity and she laughs with no fear of the future.  v26 When she speaks, her words are wise and kindness is the rule when she gives instructions.  v27 She carefully watches all that goes on in her household and does not have to bear the consequences of laziness.  v28 Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her.

Subject: The Attributes of a Godly Woman
Women of great Attributes (to name a few): Mary, mother of Jesus; Hannah, Ruth, Naomi
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.   Matthew 6:33
  • Be committed to the cause of Christ.
  • Can God trust you with His assignment?
  • A great attribute is to be a fervent prayer warrior.
  • Children are a gift from the Lord. Psalm 127:3-5
  • We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.  John 9:4
  • Be a living example of Jesus.

Monday, April 24, 2017

April 23, 2017

Sunday School
1 Corinthians 1:1-31
Resources: Blue Letter Bible; David Guzik; Google
  • Paul writes a letter to the Christians in the church of Corinth.
  • Paul had gotten a message from the household of Chloe about the disturbing actions in Corinth.
  • First Paul greets the church and identifies himself as an apostle of Christ.
  • Paul knew that the city of Corinth was a large metropolis consisting of businesses a sea port, sports area, government, military and markets.
  • The city of Corinth was out of control and in total contrast to the church.
  • The church, itself had begun to have morality, government and spiritual problems along with doctrine and authority problems.
  • Paul sought to lay a foundation for the church to get back on track.
  • Paul thanks God in a prayer of thanksgiving - I always thank my God for you because of His grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in Him you have been enriched in every way - with all kinds of speech and with all knowledge - God thus confirming our testimony about Christ among you.  Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed.  He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.   1 Corinthians 1:4-9
  • Paul talked about being divided in the church, believing in Paul or Apollos or Peter (Cephas) instead of Christ.
  • Christ is not divided?
  • The Jews wanted a sign from God and the Gentiles sought wisdom, but Paul said that we preach Christ crucified.
  • This was a stumbling block for the Jews and the Gentiles thought it foolishness.
  • But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are might. 1 Corinthians 1:27 
Luke 9:23-24 - And He said to them all, if any man will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily and follow Me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for My sake, the same shall save it.
Subject: Engaged on the War Within
  • Don't think more highly of yourself than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the faith God has distributed to each of you.   Romans 12:3
  • It is He that made us.
  • We are to submit to the authority of God.
  • We are to recognize God's lordship over us.
  • Taking up our own crosses may be difficult but will lead to eternal life.
  • Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added upon to.  Matthew 6:33
  • Make a DECISION to follow Jesus. Have a made up mind.  Be very sure.  But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.  Joshua 24:15 
  • DENY yourself.  Set rules and guidelines.  Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised.   James 1:12
  • Have a DEVOTION to God.  Study to show yourself approved unto God, a workman that need not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  2 Timothy 2:15; share Christ with others; build a relationship with God through Jesus Christ.
  • Have a DETERMINATION to follow Christ.  Be steadfast, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.  1 Corinthians 15:58     

Sunday, April 9, 2017

April 9, 2017 - Palm Sunday

Sunday School
Prayer - Part 2
References from the Bible; Kay Arthur; James Banks; Priscilla Shirer; Angela Thomas; Sheila Walsh; Beth Moore; Google
Prayers of thanks; that strengthen faith; and praise.
  • 1 Thessalonians 5:16-19 - we are to rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances but test them all; hold onto what is good, reject every kind of evil.
  • Remember prayer is communicating with God through Jesus Christ.
  • God is to be revered; He is on high and will come down one day; God is to be obeyed; His Word is to be partaken of daily; He forgives us and others; If we allow it, we are to keep our thoughts heavenward; and we know that all power is in God's hands.
  • 1 Chronicles 29:10-15 - You are the one who is over all things...
  • Psalm 8:3-9 - You care for me with underserved kindness....
  • Psalm 139:13-18 - Thank you for making me....
  • Daniel 2:20-23 - All wisdom and power are yours.....
  • Matthew 11:25-26 - Thank you for the simple message of salvation!
  • Revelation 11:15, 17 - You will rule forever!
  • Psalm 44:5-8 - Only by your power......
  • Psalm 142:1-3 - When I am overwhelmed, you alone know the way....
  • Philippians 4:6 -  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
  • John 15:7 - If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish and it will be done for you.
  • Matthew 6:7 - And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words.
  • Colossians 4:2 - Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.
  • Proverbs 15:29 - The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayers of the righteous.
Romans 8:35-36 - v35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? v36 As it is written: "For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered."

Subject:  Nothing Can Separate Us From God!
  • For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Ephesians 6:12
  • Does serving God really matter?   YES!!!
  • "How long, Lord," we sometimes ask. But God's love makes up the differences of our doubts.
  • God's love never fails.
  • Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine!
  • With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our ancestors; you crushed the peoples and made our ancestors flourish.  Psalm 44:2
  • We must be grounded and rooted in the Lord.
  • Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord Almighty.  Zechariah 4:6
  • Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us. Romans 8:37
  • Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.  Ephesians 3:20-21

Sunday, March 26, 2017

March 26, 2017

Sunday School
A Study of Prayer

To understand prayer we must first understand the Will Of God!
References: Bible-Gateway; Google; Kay Arthur; Priscilla Shirer; Angela Thomas; Beth Moore
References of the Will of God:
  • Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
  • 1 Thessalonians 4:3 It is God's will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality.
  • James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
  • Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will direct your path.
  • Ephesians 5:15-20 Be very careful, then, how you live-not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord's will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from eh Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
  • Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.  And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.
  • Hebrews 10:36 You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.
Prayer is a intimate connection with God.
We, as Christians sometimes tend to sink into turmoil, rejoice in our woos, live in confusion, have doubt about nearly everything, anger to easily, get frustrated by the tiniest thing, linger in heartache, stress over day to day living, etc.
There is always an answer in prayer.
We should always praise God when we pray.
  •  Nehemiah 9:5-6 You alone are God; 
  • Psalm 31:7-8 You have set me in a safe place;
  • 1 Kings 8: 23 You keep your promises with unfailing love;
  •  Jeremiah 32:18-19 Nothing is too hard for you;
  • Revelation 15:3-4 You are great, marvelous, just and true!;
  •  Revelation 4:8 Holy, holy, holy is the Lord;
  •  2 Corinthians 1:3 You are the source of all comfort.
Psalm 37:1-4  v1 Fret not yourself because of evildoers, neither be envious against those who work unrighteousness. v2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb. v3 Trust in the Lord and do good; so shall you dwell in the land and feed surely on His faithfulness, and truly you shall be fed. v4 Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He will give you the desires and secret petitions of your heart.
Subject: "Don't Worry About A Thing. Every Little Will Be Alright!"

  • Why do the wicked seem to prosper?
  • We as Christians need fret not!!
  • Be conscience of our walk with the Lord.
  • Be pleasing to God.
  • We walk by faith not by sight.
  • Do good.
  • And we know that all things work together for good to those who love  God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart; and lean not unto your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path.  Proverbs 3:5
  • For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways.  Isaish 55:8
  • The just shall live by faith.  Romans 1:17
  • Position yourself to be blessed by God.
  • We are the light and salt of the earth.
  • But seek you first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
  • Delight in the Lord.
  • His will be done.

Monday, March 13, 2017

March 12, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 16
  • Paul recommends Phoebe who was a helper of many.
  • Priscilla and Aquilla were recommended who opened their home as a church to many.
  • Epaenetus, who was the first-fruits of Achaia to Christ.
  • Andronicus and Junia, who Paul considered his kinsmen and fellow prisoners, were well regarded among the apostles.
  • There was greeting to the household of Aristobulus but not him because he was possibly not a convert.
  • Rufus was "chosen in the Lord."
  • Nereus and others were mentioned as beloved, approved in Christ and in the Lord.
  • Greet one another with a holy kiss.

Isaish 40:28-31  - v28 Do you not know? Have you not heard? The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the whole earth. He never grows faint or weary; there is no searching of His understanding. v29 He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. v30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; v31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up as eagles; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.

Subject: Waiting Brings Help for Our God!

  • We as Christians are to wait on the Lord.
  • We tend to take matters into our own hands which is not a good thing.
  • Waiting brings PEACE from God.  We need to rest in the Lord.
  • Be still and know that I am God.  Psalm 46:10
  • This peace of God that surpasses all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.     Philippians 4:7
  • Waiting brings STABILITY from God.
  • He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings. And He has put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it and fear and shall trust in the Lord.    Psalm 40:2-4
  • Waiting brings SUBMISSION to God. 
  • My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.  Psalm 121:2
  • Ask the Lord to increase your strength.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

February 26, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 15
Living to Please Others
  • We are to lay ourselves out to please our neighbors for the neighbors' own good. To do this is to edify God.
  • Jesus did not please himself, but pleased others. He is our example.
  • Self-sacrifice for the good of others.
  • May  God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other; each with the attitude of Christ Jesus toward the other. v 5
  • Accept each other just as Christ has accepted you; then God will be glorified.
  • Jesus came also, so that the Gentiles might also give glory to God for His mercies to them.

Daniel 3:13-18 - v13 Then Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego to be brought before him. When they were brought in, v14 Nebuchadnezzar said to them, "Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, that you refuse to serve my gods or to worship the gold statue I have set up? v15 I will give you one more chance. If you bow down and worship the statue I have made when you hear the sound of the musical instruments, all will be well. But if you refuse, you will be thrown immediately into the blazing furnace.  What god will be able to rescue you from my power then?" v16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. v17 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. v18 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 up."
Subject: "Are There Lessons to Learn from the Fiery Furnace?"
  • We are a persecuted  people just as Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were.
  • Notice that the guards who bound the three were immediately consumed by the heat of the furnace before they could throw the three into it.
  • Nebuchadnezzar was angry because the three would not bow down to his gods and gold statue.
  • God's will, way and Word are the Christian way.
  • We are to be totally devoted to God.
  • Living for Jesus on earth will cause us to go through trials and tribulations.
  • We must work the works of Him who sent me while it is day; night is coming, when no one can work.   John 9:4
  • Have you been tried in the fire?
  • The three were preserved by God in the fire.
  • God was already in the fire.
  • God keeps His promises.
  • All our help comes from God.
  • We Christians, have "fire power" - God!!
  • Christians will be persecuted by others; Christians are preserved by God's grace; We are to promote the Word of God.
  • If I be lifted up, I will draw all men to me.  John 12:32


Sunday, February 12, 2017

February 12, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 14 with a review  from chapter 12 - Renewing Your Mind!

What does it mean to Renew Your Mind??
  • Romans 12:2 - Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing and perfect will of God.
  • Discern means to detect with your eyes or other senses; to recognize or identify what's important.
  • 1 Timothy 2:3-4 - This is good, and it pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
  • John 1:1 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
  • John 1:14 - The Word became flesh and took up residence among us. We observed His glory, the glory as the One and Only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.
  • We need to understand that God reveals His will for mankind through His Word.
  • Jesus and God's Word are one!!
  • The bible is not just a story about God but it is Him speaking to us.
  • God's ways are not our ways, His thoughts are not our thought. So renewing our minds in the Word brings us closer to the will of God.
  • Living in God's Word is the key to our deliverance and success in our present lives.

Romans 14 - The Law of Liberty or The Danger of Criticism
Be accepting of other Christians.

  • We as Christians are to accept anyone who is weak in faith and "do not" argue about doubtful issues.
  • Who are we to criticize!!!
  • Wherever one is in his/her faith, it is to the honor of God.
  • If we live, we live for the Lord; if we die, we die for the Lord.
  • We will all stand before the tribunal of God.
  • Every knee will bow to Me and every tongue will give praises to God. So then, each of us will give an account of himself to God.
  • Let us make every effort to do what leads to peace and to mutual edification.

Exodus 7:3-4 - But I will harden Pharaoh's heart, and though I multiply my signs and wonders in Egypt, he will not listen to you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites.
Subject: "Why Would God Harden Pharaoh's Heart?"

  • God knows what He's doing!
  • Pharaoh was an oppressive dictator who enslaved and abused the Israelites.
  • Pharaoh had already hardened his own heart.
  • For the scripture said unto Pharaoh, even for this same purpose have I raised thee up, that I might show my power in thee, and that My name might be declared throughout all the earth. Therefore hath He mercy on whom He will have mercy, and whom He will He hardeneth. Romans 9:17-18
  • The heart is the bug of humanity
  •  Jesus said, "Why are you discussing that you do not have any bread? Don't you understand or comprehend? Is your heart hardened? Do you have eyes and not see and do you have ears and not hear? And do you not remember? When I broke the five loaves for the 5,000 how many baskets full of pieces of bread did you collect?"  Mark 9:17-19
  • What hardens the heart? Sin and pride are just to way.
  • The solution? Confession, recognizing the problem, repent of sins, change your life, study God's Word, obey God's Word.
  • I solemnly charge you before God and Christ Jesus, who is going to judge the living and the dead, and because of His appearing and His kingdom: Proclaim the message; persist in it whether convenient or not; rebuke, correct and encourage with great patience and teaching.  2 Timothy 4:1-2
  • Your presumptuous heart has deceived you, you who live in clefts of the rock in your home on the heights, who say to yourself, "Who can bring me down to the ground?" Obadiah 1:3

Thursday, January 26, 2017

January 22, 2017

Sunday School
Romans 13
Respect for Authority
  • Obey the government, for God is the one who put it there.
  • The authorities are sent by God to help us.
  • Two reasons to obey the government: to keep from being punished and to keep a clear conscience.
  • Pay your taxes.
  • Love does not wrong to anyone, so love satisfies all of God's requirements.
  • Wake up, for the coming of our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed.
  • Let the Lord Jesus Christ take control of you.
Isaiah 43:13-14 and Philippians 2:13-14 - v13 From eternity to eternity I am God. No one can oppose what I do. No one can reverse my actions." v14 The Lord your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says: "For your sakes I will send an invading army against Babylon. And the Babylonians will be forced to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
v13 For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.  v14 In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing.
Subject: How God Makes Away When There Seems To Be No Way!
  • I am God!
  • Abraham and Issac - Abraham was told to sacrifice Issac and he was about to do so when a ram in the bush was provided.
  • In the will of God, a solution is found.
  • God is at work inside us.
  • Speak the truth in "love."
  • Ask God to make us more like Christ.
  • ASK       SEEK     KNOCK
  • God's ways are not our ways.
  • Trust God when there seems to be no way out.
  • Be patient and wait on the Lord.
  • Trust and obey in the Lord.
  • Romans 8:26 - In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
  • Seek God first.
  • Rely on the Spirit to fight your battles.
  • God sill strengthen our hearts.
Psalm 27  v1 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? 
v2 When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell. 
v3 Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident. 
 v4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in His temple. 
 v5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion: in the secret of His tabernacle shall He hide me; He shall set me up upon a rock. 
v6 And now shall mine head be lifted up above mine enemies round about me: therefore will I offer in His tabernacle sacrifices of joy; I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord. 
v7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice: have mercy also upon me and answer me. 
v8 When thou sadist, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, Lord, will I seek. 
v9 Hide not they face far from me; put not thy servant away in anger: thou hast been my help; leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.
v10 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.
v11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.
v12 Deliver me not over unto the will of mine enemies: for false witnesses are risen up against me, and such as breathe out cruelty.
v13 I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
v14 Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and He shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord.
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