Scripture: Matthew 14:22-33
God wants you to be in an eternal relationship with him while showing you the best way to live your earthly lives as well! God wants you to enjoy this life as you prepare for the next. God, in His power, strength, wisdom, knowledge, grace and mercy takes time to care and love His creation and that means you and me!
True forgiveness is not:
What is forgiveness?
The simple truth is we are to forgive in obedience to God forgiving us. In this obedience comes valuable lessons of healing, peace, glorifying God’s grace and mercy and never allowing our anger or resentment to guide our lives.
How do we recognize those who need evangelism?
Who are the real addicts of the world in desperate need of a second chance ministry?
We can recognize them by:
If the addicts of the world are to be evangelized, who then are the addicts of the world? We are addicts of the world! We are addicted to pride, stuff and put many things before God. As we evangelize others we need to first evangelize ourselves. Are we willing to repent, overcome our pride and become obedient to God’s callings and commands?
Until we totally align ourselves with God we remain the second chance people of this church and God’s family. We are no better or worse than any addict in the eyes of God because we are still living like one. We too are still sinners and need a second chance to stay aligned with God. We need God’s grace and mercy. We need second chance ministries. We need forgiveness.
Evangelism and forgiveness work together as part of God’s salvation plan so all may be saved. Evangelism is God’s method of growing His church, His people and the fellowship of believers in the community.
7 Questions Skeptics Ask:
Saving souls is hard work. Are we willing to do the hard work? Is evangelism a priority for us? Mark tells us we must have enough faith to move mountains. Can we have enough faith to move the mountains of disbelief and skepticism? Can we evangelize the lost and bring them home to Christ? Do we have a future together as God’s people and His Church? If we trust in Him, put our faith in Him, I believe the answer is a resounding YES!
For those who were unable to attend the Community Thanksgiving Service, here is the dialog from the service. Pastor Ken Halstead asks Pastor Bill Busch, Pastor Chuck Hayes, and Jacqueline Burnett for their thoughts on Thanksgiving.
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How are we doing with our stuff? Do we choose to place our trust in earthly stuff, or can we set aside our greed and focus on the eternal stuff? Let us count our blessings and be grateful for our only true security; Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior!
Parable of the Rich Fool – Luke 12:13-21
1. Immediate problem is about money and an inheritance (Luke 12:13). Financial problems often divide families and relationships. Trust is lost.
2. Jesus’ response: Who appointed him judge? (Luke 12:14).
3. Warning: Be on guard against greed (Luke 12:15).
4. A man’s life is not solely about wealth, security, or financial status.
5. Jesus tells them this parable: Luke 12:16-20
This is how it will be for anyone who stores up stuff for themselves to be rich in earthly things, but not rich towards God! (Luke 12:21).
How are we doing with our stuff? Do we really understand the only true security we have is in Jesus Christ as Lord & Savior? Which do we choose to put our trust in: earthly stuff, or eternal stuff (Jesus)?
This thanksgiving, let us count our blessings and truly be grateful for our only true security, Jesus Christ, our Lord & Savior. Praise God!
Do we actively seek the help we need? Sometimes we deny ourselves help because we believe our problems and needs are nobody’s business but our own. However, The Bible says otherwise. Pastor Jim leads us through Matthew 7:7-12 to reveal the importance of Ask, Seek, and Knock.
“Journey to Accomplishment” – Scripture: Matthew 7:7-12
Whenever we ask, seek, knock, and turn our problems and needs over to God and God’s people, the promise is we will receive what we need and will be blessed by God. Many today refuse to participate in this because of foolish pride and their desire to be in control of their lives.
God’s plan for us is different. Even though we often choose evil over good, Satan over Christ, wrong over right, God still loved His creation so much that He sent Jesus to die for our sin and still blesses us with His love and the fulfilling of our needs.
So what is our responsibility to receive these gifts and blessings? Ask, seek, knock, and we will find Jesus and help the lost to be saved as well by example, lifestyle, and Christian love! If we display humility instead of sinful pride; surrender instead of control; sharing instead of secrecy, we can and will reach others for Jesus and grow in our spiritual journey as well.
It’s really quite simple; we are called to help each other in Christian love and obedience to God’s callings and commands (Matthew 25:37-40). We are also to share all things in Christian love and prayer (James 5:13-16). By confessing and sharing our sins and scars, and by praying for one another, God’s blessings flow; and as we ask, seek, and knock, we come close to Christ and each other in Christian love, devotion, and obedience to God’s word, will, and way. It is God’s plan for all creation and each of us.
How do we measure up? Are we keeping our guard up? Adam & Eve let their guard down and were “Knocked Out” of Eden. Thankfully, we have a God who, in love for all His creations, has given us a new opportunity to realign ourselves with His word, will, and way.
Pastor Jim gives us concrete examples from the Bible of how we can start realigning our lives to be in line with God’s callings and commands. Let’s never drop our guard and become KO’d of our relationship with the Lord.
“Is Your Guard Still Up?” – Scripture: Genesis 3:1-13
Do We Really Know How to Keep Our Guard Up?
1) Read God’s Word
a) Reveals God’s salvation plan. (Romans 1:16-17)
b) Don’t just listen; Obey God’s word. (James 1:22)
2) Pray Continuously
a) Opens our eyes to the word. (Psalm 119:17-19)
b) Jesus makes prayer a priority. (Luke 5:15-16)
c) God grants prayers aligned with His will. (1 John 5:14-15)
3) Fellowship with other true Christians
a) We learn & grow in community. (Acts 2:42)
b) God works through us when we meet together. (Hebrews 10:24-25)
4) Service to others
a) Give ourselves fully to God’s work. (1 Corinthians 15:58)
b) Serve one another in love. (Galatians 5:13)
c) Saved to serve the living God. (Hebrews 9:14)
d) We sin when we knowingly neglect God’s work. (James 4:17)
5) Witnessing to others
a) True disciples cannot help sharing the “Good News” with others. (Acts 4:20)
b) Ambassadors of God’s Kingdom. (2 Corinthians 5:20)
c) God’s word is meant to be passed along. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Pastor Jim discusses the Parable of Talents (Matthew 25:14-30), and asks the question, “According to the parable of talents, what might a life of holiness and servanthood look like?”
A Call to Holiness – The Parable of Talents – Matthew 25:14-30
1) The Main Characters of a Godly lifestyle:
a) The servants, entrusted with talents. (Matthew 25:14)
b) The master, giver of talents. (Matthew 25:15)
c) The master gave according to abilities. (Matthew 25:15)
d) There was immediate response by the servants. (Matthew 25:16-18)
e) Risk was involved; there was a possibility to lose talents.
2) The Master Returns to Settle Accounts (Matthew 25:19):
a) Praises and rewards to the faithful servants who took the risk to grow the kingdom. (Matthew 25:20-23)
b) The servant who took no risk was condemned for trying to use fear as a justifiable excuse. (Matthew 25:24)
c) No excuses were allowed or accepted. (Matthew 25:24-27)
3) The Final Judgment:
a) Rewards or Punishment. (Matthew 25:29)
b) Those who were not willing or were unable to grow the kingdom were not let into the kingdom, and instead received eternal darkness, weeping, gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 25:30)
According to the Parable of Talents, what might a life of holiness and servitude look like?