Wednesday, October 16, 2019

October, 13, 2019 - Homecoming

Sunday School
Prayer - Part 4
o   Matthew 26:41 – “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”
o   Proverbs 15:8 – The Lord detests the sacrifice of the wicked, but the prayer of the upright pleases Him.
o   Psalm 17:6 – I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn Your ear to me and hear my prayer.
o   Psalm 102:17 – He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; He will not despise their plea.
o   Psalm 141:2 – May my prayer be set before You like incense; may the lifting up of my hands be like the evening sacrifice.
o   Romans 12:2 – Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- His good, pleasing and perfect will.
o   Romans 12:12 – Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
o   Psalm 4:1 – Answer me when I call to You, my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
o   Psalm 145:18 – The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.
o   Proverbs 15:29 – The Lord is far from the wicked, but He hears the prayer of the righteous.
o   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.
o   Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
o   Colossians 4:2 – Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
o   1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Pray continually.
o   James 4:3 – When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
o   James 5:16 – Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.
o   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.
o   1 Timothy 2:1-2 – I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people …. For kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.

Prayer is the essential expression of the relationship between God and humanity.  When we open our hearts to God and converse with God regularly, our lives change, and we have the ability to change others as well.

Isaiah 40:29-31 - He give power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increases strength.  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Subject: Waiting on the Lord"

  • It seems we are always waiting on something: on the light to turn green; at the checkout counter; at the doctor's office; in line at the post office; the list goes on.
  • Becoming discouraged leads to defeat and is a trick that Satan loves to use.
  • We should address a problem by offering a promise - by waiting on the Lord.
  • Waiting in faith will boost hope.
  • Trust in God's power.
  • Believe in God's holy will.
  • We expect God to renew our strength because we have exhausted ourselves fighting with Satan. By using the Word of God, we are strengthened.
  • Supernatural strength from God restores our strength.
  • Why wait?     1. To receive God's clear direction.     2. To Keep in step with God's timing.   3. So that God can strengthen our faith in Him.   4. To allow God to sift thru our motives to find the correct reasons.

Homecoming Sermon (by Pastor Reginald Houston) - Habakkuk 2:1-3 - I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what he will say unto me, and what I shall answer wen I am reproved.  And the Lord answered me, and said, "Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that reads it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry."
Pastor Houston used a pencil, Joy, Favor, a switch, and a few other objects along with his sermon.

Video Snippets - Just click on the "words" Video below:

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Photos from Homecoming 2019

Sunday, September 22, 2019

September 22, 2019

Sunday School
Prayer - Part 3
Prayer is one of the most powerful weapons God has given us. But we are often confused as to how to pray just as Jesus’ disciples were uncertain, but Jesus taught them how to pray (Matthew 6:9-13).

o   1 John :15 – And if we know that He hears us – whatever we ask -  we know that we have what we asked of Him.
o   1 John 5:16 - If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that.
o   1 Chronicles 16:11 – Look to the Lord and His strength; seek His face always.
o   2 Chronicles 6:21 – Hear the supplications of your servant and of your people Israel when they pray toward this place. Hear from heaven, your dwelling place; and when you hear, forgive.
o   2 Chronicles 7:14 – If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.
o   Ephesians 1:18 – I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people.
o   Ephesians 6:18 – And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.
o   Jeremiah 29:12 – Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.
o   John 17:15 – My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.
o   James 5:13 – Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them singsongs of praise.

o   Mark 11:24 – Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it. And it will be yours.

Brown Chapel AME Church family 
is very happy to welcome back for another year, 
Pastor Baggett & Family!!!
Psalm 27:1-6 - 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?  When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat up my flesh, they stumbled and fell.  Though an host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear: though war should rise against me, in this will I be confident.  One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; tat I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple.  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.  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.
Topic: Hope In The Midst Of Our Storms

  • David still had "hope," even with all his troubles. 
  • We have God who gives us hope even in the midst of our storms.
  • In the secular, hope is a longing for something that may or may not take place; from the Christian's view, hope is a deep settled confidence in God.
  • Are we armored up or hopeless in our humanity?
  • Hope is something we Christians need in large quantities.
  • From verses 1-3, the Lord is my light, my salvation and my why should I be afraid of anything?!
  • Three attributes of God - (1) Light - God delivered His people from darkness; God orders our steps; God is our lamp: (2) Salvation - God delivered us from condemnation; our souls are secure in Him: & (3) Strength - God delivered us from defeat. 
  • Satan, himself is no match for God.
  • Be committed to God.
  • Psalm 84:1-4 - How amiable are thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts!  My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God. Yea, the sparrow has found a house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even your altars, O Lord of hosts, my King, and my God.
  • David yearned, desired to be close to we should each and every day.

Friday, September 20, 2019


Rev. Hunt gives communion to his family this morning, September 20,2019.
Revs. TJ Miles, Betty O’Neal, William Kelly, Michael King, Elder Caldwell, are retiring.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

16th Session of the North Texas Annual Conference

Photos from the conference.

Thursday’s reading of our report went well.

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 8, 2019

Sunday School
Prayer - Part 2

Helplessness – inability to defend oneself or unable to act effectively.
Prayer – a solemn request for help or thanks addressed to God; an interaction with God; a petition to God for changing a situation for the better.

We need to pray prayers of helplessness.  Do you ever wonder how many of us as Christians are praying with that attitude…..the one of helplessness?  So often we prefer to suggest or even dictate to God what He should do.  We presume to know what needs to be done….and when…..and how.  But do we come to Him in helplessness? We resort to everything but that!!!

·        In our helplessness God shows us that we can do nothing at all for ourselves. Helplessness is the prerequisite (a thing that is required as a prior condition for something else to happen) to God answering our prayers.  So long as we believe that we are in charge, we are deluding ourselves that we, alone have the resources to supple our needs. This is a total LIE!!!  It is impossible for prayers to be answered out of a foundation of self-deception and untruth.
·        We created nothing, are in charge of nothing, can do nothing for ourselves. Look at John 15:4-6 – Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.  “I am the vine, you are the braches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.  If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.
·        Abide – act in accordance with.
·        Even Jesus was helpless when He was in the flesh. John 5:19 – Then answered Jesus and said unto them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on His own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise.”
·        John 3:27 – “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven.
·        Think about this.   Why is prayer so startlingly effective when we admit our own helplessness? 
·        Once we’ve admitted and surrendered to the fact that we are in no way able to do anything for ourselves; we are on the fast track to that “right-attitude” which God recognizes as essential to prayer.  Secondly, establishing a right relationship with God allows our hearts to open up to receive what God has deemed us to have. All we need to do is stop depending on our inadequate human resources and allow Him to handle everything.
·        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 paths.
·        Is your prayer lacking emotion? Are you praying without that deep, pulsing need to be heard? Is a “fuse” not lit up inside you when you pray? 
·        If you can admit, to yourself, that, “Yes, I’m not praying as I should,” this admission may be painful but if your heart and soul aren’t committed to the prayer, it’s like a flame flickering and then blown out!
·        Sometimes our mines talk us out of or turns us away from a prayer. We begin to doubt or we feel like we are dangling over a cliff about to topple over. But keep this in mind: Ephesians 3:20 – 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 the glory…….
·        Watch for those open doors or windows.  Be assured that God’s hand is on the knob.
·        Know that the emptier your cup is, the more room you have to receive God’s love and whatever His has in store for you.
·        Pray to God in thanks for your trials, because though trials we learn patience, endurance and grow in wisdom and faith.
·        Pray in faith if we expect to be heard.
·        Matthew 21:21-22 – And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen.  And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith.”
·        James 1:6-8 – But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind.  For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.
·        Prayers of faith are not about thinking we can help God fulfill our prayer, commanding God to do our bidding, or coming to Him in our own strength and wisdom. We can only pray by faith when we come in Jesus’ name…the only name that gives us access to the Father.  We must come in the humility of helplessness.

·        Finally, prayer’s power is outside of ourselves; prayer’s power is spiritual; & prayer’s power is personal.

Matthew 6:31-34 - Therefore take no thought, saying, "What shall we eat? or, "What shall we drink? or, "Wherewithal shall we be clothed?  (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.  But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
Subject: How To Deal With Stress: Too Blessed To Be Stressed?!

  • Is life too fast & furious, overwhelming, exhausting, etc.?
  • Petition God to restore you.
  • Are you sick & tired of being sick & tired?
  • Do you feel like, "Don't push me because I'm too close to the edge already!"
  • God invites us to have peace in the middle of all this world throws at us.
How To Deal In Times of Stress

  1. Philippians 4:8 - 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.
  2. Turn to nature and enjoy your surroundings.
  3. Psalm 46:10 - Be still, and know that I am God.....
  4. John 14:27 - Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world gives. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
  5. John 16:33 - "I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, but take courage - I have conquered the world."
  6. Concentrate on Jesus.
  7. Use the prayer of "serenity" as a comfort - God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can,and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time, enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardship as a pathway to peace; taking, as Jesus did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will......
  8. Take your eyes off yourself and focus on others.
  9. Remember, whatever we give out, comes back in that same form.
  10. 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 paths.
  11. Pray in the name of Jesus, the Christ!!

Types of Prayer
1.     The Prayer of FaithJames 5:15 – “And the prayer of faith will save the one who is sick, and the Lord will raise him up.”  Mark 9:23 – And Jesus said to him, “If you can’! All things are possible for one who believes.”
2.     The Prayer of Agreement (Corporate prayer)Acts 1:14 – All these with one accord were devoting themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and his brothers.
3.     The Prayer of Supplication (Request)Philippians 4:6 – “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made know to God.”  Ephesians 6:18 – Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints…”
4.     The Prayer of ThanksgivingPhilippians 4:6 again.
5.     The Prayer of Worship – The prayer of worship is similar to the prayer of thanksgiving. The difference is that worship focuses on who God is; thanksgiving focuses on what God has done.  Acts 13:2-3 – While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”  Then after fasting and praying they laid their hands on them and sent them off.
6.     The Prayer of Consecration – Sometimes, prayer is a time of setting ourselves apart to follow God’s will. Jesus made such a prayer the night before His crucifixion.  Matthew 26:39 – “And going a little farther He fell on His face and prayed saying, ‘My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from Me; nevertheless, not My will, but as Thy will be done.”
7.     The Prayer of Intercession – Many times our prayers include requests for others as we intercede for them. 1 Timothy 2:1 – First of all, then I urge that supplications prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people……!  John 17:1-26 – When Jesus had spoken these words, He lifted up His eyes to heaven, and said, “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Don may glorify You, since you have given Him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to For only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent…………..!
8.     The Prayer of Imprecation – Imprecatory prayers are found in the Psalms (7, 55, & 69). They are used to invoke God’s judgment on the wicked and thereby avenge the righteous. The psalmists use this type of appeal to emphasize the holiness of God and the surety of His judgment.  Jesus teaches us to pray for blessing on our enemies, not cursing. Matthew 5:44-48 – But I say to you, ‘Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven,. For He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? ………..!
9.     The Prayer of the Spirit1 Corinthians 14:14-15 – For if I pray in a tongue, my spirit prays but my mind is unfruitful. What am I to do? I will pray with my spirit, but I will pray with my mind also; I will sing praise with my spirit, but I will sing with my mind also.   Romans 8:26-27 – Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And He who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

Something else to think about:
Mark 4:35-41 – On that day, when evening came, Jesus said to His disciples, “Let’s go across to the other side of the lake.” So after leaving the crowd, they took Him along, just as He was, in the boat, and other boats were with Him.  Now a great windstorm developed and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was nearly swamped. But He was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. They woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher, don’t you care that we are about to die?”  So He got up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” Then the wind stopped, and it was dead calm.  And He said to them, “Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?” And they were overwhelmed by fear and said to one another, “What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?”

Think of these passages as “The Storm Principle.”
1.     With Jesus, we may not always have smooth sailing, but we are SAFE.
2.     Even in the storm, we are as SAFE as Jesus is.

Monday, August 26, 2019

August 25, 2019

Sunday School
Prayer (Points from Catherine Marshall's Adventures in Prayer)

How would you answer the following questions?
·       Are you in real need?
·       Do you admit that you are helpless to handle that need?

I think we can all answer, YES!
What good news it is that our very inadequacy is the “master key” to unlock and swing wide the door to God’s mighty capability.
Always our thirst and hunger should drives us to “taste & see” that the Lord is good.

Prayer at its most basic level is asking.  Taking Jesus at His word that God really is our Father & that we come to Him as His children, telling Him our need in the most, simple direct way…..asking for His help.

1)    In the examples that Jesus showed His disciples, Jesus said to the people, “Tell Me exactly what you want of Me,” or “Speak to Me” or “Ask it of Me.”  By these examples, we see how important it is to ask.
2)    How much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask Him? Matthew 7:11
3)    John 16:24 – Until now you have not asked for anything in My name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.
4)    We may ask, as the disciples did, “Why should we ask for anything, for God know all?”  But just as Jesus pointed out, anyone who refuses to come to God as a little child will never be allowed into His kingdom.

  • God insists that we ask, not because He needs to know our situation, but because we need the spiritual discipline of asking.

1)    This forces us to take a step forward in faith. (Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.)
2)    Why do we tend to generalize when we pray? Is it because we think so little of God? Are we so afraid that if we ask for something & it isn’t granted, are we fearful of losing the little faith we have?
3)    Isn’t it sad that we don’t hesitate to pray for world peace but are fearful to pray to God to ease or remove our pain & suffering.
4)    Are our prayers sometimes like window-shopping….picking and choosing from prayers we’ve heard over the years? If so, do we really expect God to hear and answer those type of prayers? We may feel great after praying that kind of prayer but deep down we know that we’ve not fulfilled God’s conditions for hearing prayers.
5)    Conditions of answering our prayers: Are we obedient to God? Have we fully surrendered to Him? From Psalm 84:11 ‘No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
6)    God’s time is not our time.
7)    Are we asking in faith? In James 1:5-8 “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. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.”
8)    God has something better for you than what you are asking for.  From Ephesians 3:20 Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we can as or imagine, according to His power that is at work with us….”
9)    Are we in-line with God’s conditions? 
God uses our most stumbling, faltering faith-step as the open door to His doing for us “more that we ask or think.  Entering into a one-to-One relationship with Jesus enables Him to   handle not just our immediate material & physical needs, but also those hidden ones involving right attitudes and healthy emotions, proper motivation, etc.

  • Asking not only involves verbalization but also our heart’s true cries. Sometimes we don’t even know our own mines.  It is important to ask, “Lord, teach me to pray!?”
1 Peter 1:6-9 - You have great joy in this, though it may have been necessary for you to be troubled for a little time, being tested in all sorts of ways...So that the true metal of your faith, being of much greater value than gold (which, though it comes to an end, is tested by fire), may come to light in praise and glory and honor, at the revelation of Jesus Christ: To whom your love is given, though you have not seen Him; and the faith which you have in Him, though you do not see Him now, gives you joy greater than words and full of glory: For so you have the true end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls.
Subject: Why Do Christians Suffer?

Christians are to exhibit their faith by trials.

God is the Divine Providence - that is, He is our sovereign Lord and He is in control.

God is infinite wisdom.

Solomon saw the righteous suffer.
Job suffered.

Under God, all is not doom and bloom.

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, Rejoice! Philippians 4:4-7

We have:   (1) a living hope; (2) a great inheritance; & (3) long term salvation.
Trials show the proven character of our faith.

Dealing with Reality
How are we going to make it??? Answer: All our help comes from the Lord. Psalm 121:2
Christians are not shielded from trials & tribulations.
John 16:33 - These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me you might have peace. In the world you shall have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
We serve a living God, an all powerful God.
As Christians, we have a target on our backs. Satan is always attempting to distract, destroy & kill our spirits.  Are we holding firm like the three Hebrew boys? (Read Daniel 3)
Realign Your Selves to God
Satan wants us to doubt God.
Jesus told Peter in Luke 22:31-32 - Simon, Simon, Satan has make a request to have you, so that he may put you to the test as grain is tested: But I have made prayer for you, that your faith may not go from you: and when you are turned again, make your brothers strong.
Job 23:10 - For He has knowledge of the way I take; after I have been tested I will come out like gold.
Psalm 113:2 - Blessed by the name of the Lord from this time forth and for evermore.
Hebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.
So, no matter what the trial, God will surely bring you out.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 11, 2019

Sunday School
The Crown of Righteousness & Judgment
The Crown
2 Timothy 4:8 - Finally the crown of righteousness is reserved for me. The Lord, the righteous Judge, will award it to me in that day - and not to me only, but also to all who have set their affection on His appearing.
James 1:12 - Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love Him.
1 Peter 5:4 - Then when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that never fades away.
James 1:3-4 - Because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance.  And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything.
1 Corinthians 4:5 - So then, do not judge anything before the time. Wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light the hidden things of darkness and reveal the motives of hearts. Then each will receive recognition from God.
2 Peter 2:4 - For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment.....
Acts 17:31 - Because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness, by a man whom He designated, having provided proof to everyone by raising him from the dead.
Ecclesiastes 12:14 - For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Matthew 12:36-37 - I tell you that on the day of judgment, people will give an account for every worthless word they speak.  For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
Psalm 23:1-3 - [A Psalm of David] The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters.  He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name's sake.
Topic: Can You Trust God?

Philippians 4:6 - Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.
Psalm 50:15 - "Pray to me when you are in trouble! I will deliver you, and you will honor me!"
Three Truths
(1) God is perfect in His love (Love is the foundation)
God always does what is best for us.
Romans 8:31 - If God be for us, who can ever be against us?
Hebrews 12:6 - For the Lord disciplines the one He loves and chastises every son He accepts.
(2) God is infinite in wisdom.
God knows what's best for us and acts accordingly.
God doesn't overlook anything.
(3) Can we trust God? YES! Yes we can.
God is sovereign (God is in control)
God keeps on proving Himself over and over and over.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July 28, 2019

Sunday School
God's Grace - Part 3 Conclusion

Examples of God’s Grace

Before God created mankind, He knew of our need to be rescued from sin.

John 1:17 – “For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.”

2 Timothy 1:9 – “He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of His own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”

Genesis 6:8 – “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.”  (Wickedness & evil were so rampart in the hearts of men that God had actually regretted creating them.) That’s grace!

Genesis 12:3 – “And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (God showed His grace to Abraham and Sarah even though they did not believe that God would give them a child.) That’s grace!

Genesis 50:20 – “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good.” (After all his brothers did, God placed Joseph in a position as a savior of his people.) That’s grace!

Exodus 4:13 – “But Moses said, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.’” (Moses was arrogant, stubborn & doubtful but God guided him to become a shepherd to lead his people out of captivity) That’s grace!

Judges 10:16 – “And He could bear Israel’s misery no longer.” (Even after the countless times the Israelites grumbles against God, worshiped idol gods, turned away from God, etc. God showed more grace than was deserved them over and over and over.) That grace!

Joshua 2:11 – “The Lord your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below.” (Rahab ‘the harlot,’ asked God to save her in spite of her past and He did.) That’s grace!

Psalm 51:1 – “Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (David lusted, stole, fornicated, lied and killed—yet God saw into his heart and loved him.) That’s grace!

Footnote about the “law”- Romans 3:20 – Therefore no one will be declared righteous in God’s sight by the works of the law; rather, through the law we become conscious of our sin.

1 Corinthians 9:24-27 - Do you not know that all the runners in a stadium compete, but only one receives the prize? So run to win.  Each competitor must exercise self-control in everything. They do it to receive a perishable crown, but we an imperishable one.  So I do not run uncertainly or box like one who hits only air. Instead I subdue my body and make it my slave, so that after preaching to others I myself will not be disqualified.
Subject: Finish The Race

  • Race is a contest of speed; the course of life; the act of running.
  • We are targets as Christians.
  • We should always continue to press towards the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14
  • While in the flesh, we run this race for men, but God is the final judge.
  • Corruptible is man seeking a perishable crown.
  • Discipline your body for the race to that eternal crown.
  • Psalms 40:1-3 - I waited patiently for the Lord to help me, and He turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along. He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what He has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.
  • And in the end, from 2 Timothy 4:7-8 - I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith:  Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love His appearing. 


Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 14, 2019

Sunday School
God’s Grace - Part 2
  • The word grace in Greek means "charis," which means favor, blessing or kindness.
  • Grace is God choosing to bless us rather than curse us for our sins. It is His showing of benevolence toward the undeserving.
  • Ephesians 2:8 - "For by grace are you saved, through faith, and that not of yourselves."
  • God shows us both mercy and grace, but they aren't the same.
  • Mercy withholds the punishment we deserve and grace gives us blessing we do not deserve.
  • God offers us forgiveness, reconciliation, abundant life, eternal treasure, His Holy Spirit and a place in heaven with Him some day when we accept Him and place our faith in His sacrifice.
  • Grace is God giving His greatest treasure to the least deserving.  Us!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 - For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;  Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
Topic: Dealing With Your Strongholds
  • God's Word is forever.
  • Matthew 24:6 - You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is still to come.
  • There is a time for everything.
  • Romans 13:12-14 - The night has advanced toward dawn; they day is near. So then we must lay aside the works of darkness, and put on the weapons of light.  Let us live decently as in the daytime, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in discord and jealousy.  Instead, put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh to arouse its desires.
  • God wants us to walk in freedom.
  • One of our weapons is spreading the gospel not guns.
  • We are light in a world of darkness.
  • Faith and prayer are more of our weapons.
How strongholds start:
Untoward thoughts
Peer pressure
Lack of love in our lives
Proverbs 23:7 - "As a man thinks in his heart, so is he."
  • We should ask God to purge us of the footholds which can quickly become strongholds in our lives.
  • Give yourself a "self exam."

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