Dec 4, 2011
Angels: A Song of Peace
Luke 2:8-20  ESV And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."  16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.   I.            The Angels Sing of GOD’S GLORY in the HEAVENS. Exodus 24:15-17  ESV 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.  17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.   II.             The Angels Sing of GOD’S PEACE on the EARTH. Romans 12:18 ESV 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 14:17-19  ESV 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 2 Corinthians 13:11 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.   A.            God Gives Us Peace FROM our PAST. Psalm 103:11-12 11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Isaiah 1:18 18  "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Romans 8:1-2  ESV There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. B.             God Gives Us Peace IN the PRESENT. John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   C.             God Gives Us Peace FOR the FUTURE. Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. John 16:33 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
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  • Dec 4, 2011Angels: A Song of Peace
    Dec 4, 2011
    Angels: A Song of Peace
    Luke 2:8-20  ESV And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.  And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.  10 And the angel said to them, "Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.  12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger."  13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14  "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!" 15 When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."  16 And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.  17 And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.  18 And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.  19 But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.  20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.   I.            The Angels Sing of GOD’S GLORY in the HEAVENS. Exodus 24:15-17  ESV 15 Then Moses went up on the mountain, and the cloud covered the mountain.  16 The glory of the Lord dwelt on Mount Sinai, and the cloud covered it six days. And on the seventh day he called to Moses out of the midst of the cloud.  17 Now the appearance of the glory of the Lord was like a devouring fire on the top of the mountain in the sight of the people of Israel.   II.             The Angels Sing of GOD’S PEACE on the EARTH. Romans 12:18 ESV 18 If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Romans 14:17-19  ESV 17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.  18 Whoever thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.  19 So then let us pursue what makes for peace and for mutual upbuilding. 2 Corinthians 13:11 11 Finally, brothers, rejoice. Aim for restoration, comfort one another, agree with one another, live in peace; and the God of love and peace will be with you.   A.            God Gives Us Peace FROM our PAST. Psalm 103:11-12 11  For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us. Isaiah 1:18 18  "Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool. Romans 8:1-2  ESV There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. B.             God Gives Us Peace IN the PRESENT. John 14:27 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.   C.             God Gives Us Peace FOR the FUTURE. Philippians 4:6-7 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. John 16:33 33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world."
  • Nov 27, 2011Zechariah: A Song of Faith
    Nov 27, 2011
    Zechariah: A Song of Faith
    Luke 1:5-25  NIV 1984 5 In the time of Herod king of Judea there was a priest named Zechariah, who belonged to the priestly division of Abijah; his wife Elizabeth was also a descendant of Aaron. 6 Both of them were upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments and regulations blamelessly. 7 But they had no children, because Elizabeth was barren; and they were both well along in years. 8 Once when Zechariah’s division was on duty and he was serving as priest before God, 9 he was chosen by lot, according to the custom of the priesthood, to go into the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And when the time for the burning of incense came, all the assembled worshipers were praying outside. 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” 18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.” 21 Meanwhile, the people were waiting for Zechariah and wondering why he stayed so long in the temple. 22 When he came out, he could not speak to them. They realized he had seen a vision in the temple, for he kept making signs to them but remained unable to speak. 23 When his time of service was completed, he returned home. 24 After this his wife Elizabeth became pregnant and for five months remained in seclusion. 25 “The Lord has done this for me,” she said. “In these days he has shown his favor and taken away my disgrace among the people.”   I. God’s last spoken words were misunderstood. Malachi 4:5-6  NIV 1984 5 “See, I will send you the prophet Elijah before that great and dreadful day of the LORD comes. 6 He will turn the hearts of the fathers to their children, and the hearts of the children to their fathers; or else I will come and strike the land with a curse.”   II. God was silent. Galatians 4:-4-5  NIV 1984 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons.   III. God spoke to Zechariah. Luke 1:11-17 NIV 1984 11 Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense. 12 When Zechariah saw him, he was startled and was gripped with fear. 13 But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John. 14 He will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth. 16 Many of the people of Israel will he bring back to the Lord their God. 17 And he will go on before the Lord, in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the righteous—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord." * Zechariah was silent. Luke 1:18-20  NIV1984 18 Zechariah asked the angel, “How can I be sure of this? I am an old man and my wife is well along in years.” 19 The angel answered, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news. 20 And now you will be silent and not able to speak until the day this happens, because you did not believe my words, which will come true at their proper time.” * Zechariah understood that Messianic Prophecy was about to be fulfilled. Isaiah 7:14  NIV 1984 14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 9:6  NIV 1984 6 For to us 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. * Zechariah understood that God had been at work when he appeared silent.   IV.            Zechariah’s Song of Faith Luke 1:17b …—to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.” Reminder of what Zechariah looked like standing before Gabriel. Luke 1:67-79  NIV 1984 67 His father Zechariah was filled with the Holy Spirit and prophesied: 68 “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come and has redeemed his people. 69 He has raised up a horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David 70 (as he said through his holy prophets of long ago), 71 salvation from our enemies and from the hand of all who hate us— 72 to show mercy to our fathers and to remember his holy covenant, 73 the oath he swore to our father Abraham: 74 to rescue us from the hand of our enemies, and to enable us to serve him without fear 75 in holiness and righteousness before him all our days. 76 And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, 77 to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, 78 because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven 79 to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”   What’s your song of faith look like? * A song of Faith inspires others to praise God for what He has already accomplished. * A song of Faith inspires others to believe in God’s Word. * A song of Faith casts a vision of God’s path for the future.  

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  • Nov 20, 2011Thanksgiving Break-Down
    Nov 20, 2011
    Thanksgiving Break-Down
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    Luke 17:11-19  NIV 1984                   11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.             12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!”                   14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed.                   15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan.                   17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”   Notice:  When Jesus passes by, anything can happen! This particular day:   I. A chance encounter became an opportunity for healing. Obviously, if Jesus is in the vicinity, it is never “chance.” Jesus has a sovereign plan at work. It may seem like “chance” to us, though!   Luke 17:11-13  NIV 1984 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” * Their need placed them in Jesus’ path. Romans 8:28  NIV 1984 28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. * They needed to be aware of the moment.  (if they wished to be healed.) Colossians 4:2  NASB 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; * They only saw him and heard his voice; they didn’t actually meet him. Luke 17:14a  NIV 1984                   14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”   II. Jesus gave them a command to take a leap of faith – to show themselves to the             priests. Refer to Leviticus 14:1-32 – Luke 17:14a  NIV 1984                   14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.”  And as they went, they were cleansed.   III. One leper, when he knew he was healed returned and gave thanks. Luke 17:15-16  NIV 1984 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. Nehemiah 12:40, 43  NIV 1984 40 The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials,… 43 And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away. * He noticed his healing before he showed himself to the priest.   IV. He came close and made a public declaration of praise. *            Out of all of them, only this Samaritan actually met Jesus. *            Jesus is aware that only 10% of those healed were thankful. Luke 17:17-19  NIV 1984 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” 1 Chronicles 16:8  NIV 1984 8 Give thanks to the LORD, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Psalm 95:1-2  NIV 1984                   1 Come, let us sing for joy to the LORD; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. 2 Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. Psalm 95:6-7  NIV 1984                   6 Come, let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; 7 for he is our God and we are the people of his pasture, the flock under his care.   List some of the things for which you personally are thankful:  
  • Nov 13, 2011Answering the Tough Questions About God
    Nov 13, 2011
    Answering the Tough Questions About God

    Answers to Tough Questions About God Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   John 6:60-71

      Delicate Balance: Waiting for ANSWERS, but Stepping Out in Faith. I.            Step 1: Approach Tough Questions with FAITH. Hebrews 11:6  ESV 6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Oswald Chambers: “Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God, whose ways you may not understand at the time.” John 6:28-29 ESV 28 Then they said to him, "What must we do, to be doing the works of God?"  29 Jesus answered them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent." John 6:30-35 ESV 30 So they said to him, "Then what sign do you do, that we may see and believe you? What work do you perform?  31 Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, 'He gave them bread from heaven to eat.'"  32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven.  33 For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."  34 They said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always."  35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. John 6:41-44 ESV 41 So the Jews grumbled about him, because he said, "I am the bread that came down from heaven."  42 They said, "Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does he now say, 'I have come down from heaven'?"  43 Jesus answered them, "Do not grumble among yourselves.  44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. John 6:49-58 ESV 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died.  50 This is the bread that comes down from heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die.  51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever. And the bread that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh." 52 The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, "How can this man give us his flesh to eat?"  53 So Jesus said to them,"Truly, truly, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you.  54 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.  55 For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.  56 Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood abides in me, and I in him.  57 As the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever feeds on me, he also will live because of me.  58 This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like the breadt the fathers ate and died. Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever." John 6:60 ESV 60 When many of his disciples heard it, they said, "This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?" John 6:66 ESV 66 After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. John 6:28-29 ESV 67 So Jesus said to the Twelve, "Do you want to go away as well?"  68 Simon Peter answered him, "Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life,  69 and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God." C.S. Lewis: “Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.”   II.            Approach Tough Questions with GOD’S WORD, 1 Peter 3:15  ESV 15 but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,   A.            COME TO God’s Word with faith. Blaise Pascal: “In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe, and enough shadows to blind those who don’t.”   B.            TRUST that God holds all the answers.   C.             STUDY CAREFULLY the context of Scripture.   D.             SEEK the original meaning.
  • Nov 6, 2011Communicating with God
    Nov 6, 2011
    Communicating with God

    Communicating With God Pastor Sam Floyd Text:  Daniel 6:10-12a, 16-28

      Daniel 6:10-12a, 16-28  NIV 1984                  10 Now when Daniel learned that the decree had been published, he went home to his upstairs room where the windows opened toward Jerusalem. Three times a day he got down on his knees and prayed, giving thanks to his God, just as he had done before. 11 Then these men went as a group and found Daniel praying and asking God for help. 12 So they went to the king and spoke to him about his royal decree… 16 So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lions’ den. The king said to Daniel, “May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!”                   17 A stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den, and the king sealed it with his own signet ring and with the rings of his nobles, so that Daniel’s situation might not be changed. 18 Then the king returned to his palace and spent the night without eating and without any entertainment being brought to him. And he could not sleep.                   19 At the first light of dawn, the king got up and hurried to the lions’ den. 20 When he came near the den, he called to Daniel in an anguished voice, “Daniel, servant of the living God, has your God, whom you serve continually, been able to rescue you from the lions?”                   21 Daniel answered, “O king, live forever! 22 My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, O king.”                   23 The king was overjoyed and gave orders to lift Daniel out of the den. And when Daniel was lifted from the den, no wound was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. 24 At the king’s command, the men who had falsely accused Daniel were brought in and thrown into             the lions’ den, along with their wives and children. And before they reached the floor of the den, the lions overpowered them and crushed all their bones.                   25 Then King Darius wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language throughout the land: “May you prosper greatly!  26 “I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel.  “For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. 27 He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions.”                   28 So Daniel prospered during the reign of Darius and the reign of Cyrus the Persian.   Introduction: Ephesians 6:18  NIV 1984 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 saints.   I.            God communicates through His Word. Psalm 119:11  NIV 1984 11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.   A.            His Word is TRUE. John 17:17  NIV 1984 17 Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.   B.            His Word is DIVINELY INSPIRED. 2 Timothy 3:16  NIV 1984 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,   C.            His Word is INERRANT & INFALLIBLE. Isaiah 55:11  NIV 1984 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.   D.            His Word is a LIVING BOOK. Hebrews 4:12  NIV 1984 12 For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.   E.            God’s Word is ENOUGH. Hebrews 1:1-2  NIV 1984 1 In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.   II.            He speaks through the Holy Spirit and Godly CounSEL. (based upon the Bible) John 14:16-18, 25-26  NIV 1984 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Counselor to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[c] in you. 18 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. 25 “All this I have spoken while still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. Proverbs 1:5  NIV 1984 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—   III.            We communicate through PRAYER. A.            A pattern for prayer modeled by David and others: Adoration Confession Thanksgiving Supplication   B.            Guidelines for Prayer: 1)            Pray in JESUS’ NAME. John 14:13-14 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.   2)            Be PERSISTENT. Matthew 7:7 7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.   3)             Be GENUINE & SINCERE. Matthew 6:5-7 5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.   4)            Pray with FAITH and a PURE HEART. Matthew 21:22 22 If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” 1 Peter 3:7 7 Husbands, in the same way be considerate as you live with your wives, and treat them with respect as the weaker partner and as heirs with you of the gracious gift of life, so that nothing will hinder your prayers.   5)            Pray for whatever is on your Heart. 1 Peter 5:7 7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.   IV.            Seek to Improve Your Communication with God. Exodus 33:11 11 The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
  • Oct 30, 2011Knowing the Will of God
    Oct 30, 2011
    Knowing the Will of God

    Knowing the Will of God Pastor Sam Floyd Text:  1 Thessalonians 5:12-24

          1 Thessalonians 5:12-24  ESV                   12We ask you, brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, 13and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be at peace among yourselves. 14And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20Do not despise prophecies, 21but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22Abstain from every form of evil.                   23Now may the God of peace himself sanctify you completely, and may your whole spirit and soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it. Cross references:
    1. 2 Samuel 1:25 : 2 Samuel 1:19
    2. 2 Samuel 1:26 : 1 Sam 18:1, 3
    3. 2 Samuel 1:27 : 2 Samuel 1:25
      I. People look for SIGNS to know God’s will. Judges 6:36-39  NIV 1984 36 Gideon said to God, “If you will save Israel by my hand as you have promised— 37 look, I will place a wool fleece on the threshing floor. If there is dew only on the fleece and all the ground is dry, then I will know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you said.” 38 And that is what happened. Gideon rose early the next day; he squeezed the fleece and wrung out the dew—a bowlful of water. 39 Then Gideon said to God, “Do not be angry with me. Let me make just one more request. Allow me one more test with the fleece. This time, make the fleece dry and the ground covered with dew.”   II. We look for God’s direction in the major areas of life, but God’s will is revealed in our LIFESTYLE. Ephesians 5:17  NIV 1984 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. 1 John 2:17  NIV 1984 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.   A. In Personal PURITY. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-7  NIV 1984 3 It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; 4 that each of you should learn to control his own body in a way that is holy and honorable, 5 not in passionate lust like the heathen, who do not know God; 6 and that in this matter no one should wrong his brother or take advantage of him. The Lord will punish men for all such sins, as we have already told you and warned you. 7 For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.   B. In THANKSGIVING, REJOICING and PRAYER. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18  NIV 1984 16 Be joyful always; 17 pray continually; 18 give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.   C. In BIBLICAL IMPERITIVES. (Kindness, Truthfulness, Honesty, Integrity, Forgiveness, no anger, abuse, bitterness, slander, drunkenness, off-color speech) Ephesians 4:25-32  NIV 1984 25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”[a]: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold. 28 He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. 29 Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen. 30 And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.   D. Grey area questions: * Is this activity forbidden in the Word of God?  (Psalm 119:9) * Is this activity forbidden by the civil authorities?  (Romans 13:1-2) * Does this activity have a good appearance?  (1 Peter 2:12) * Is this activity commended by my conscience?  (2 Timothy 1:3) * Is this activity profitable or useful?  (1 Corinthians 6:12) * Will this activity enslave or control me?  (1 Corinthians 6:12) * Will this activity harm my body?  (1 Corinthians 6:19) * Will this activity cause another Christian to stumble?  (Romans 14:23) * Will this activity glorify God?  (1 Corinthians 10:31) * Is this what I would want to be doing when Christ returns?  (1 John 3:3)   III. Wise decisions can be made by prayerfully:   A. Reading the CIRCUMSTANCES carefully. Genesis 50:17b-20  NIV 1984 When their message came to him, Joseph wept. 18 His brothers then came and threw themselves down before him. “We are your slaves,” they said. 19 But Joseph said to them, “Don’t be afraid. Am I in the place of God? 20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. B. Using your God-given COMMON SENSE. Ephesians 5:15  NIV 1984 15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise,   C. Soliciting godly COUNCIL. Proverbs 1:5  NIV 1984 5 let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance— Proverbs 19:20  NIV 1984 20 Listen to advice and accept instruction, and in the end you will be wise.   D. Considering your own personal DESIRE. Psalm 37:3-4  NIV 1984 3 Trust in the LORD and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. 4 Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.   E. Submitting your plans completely to God. James 4:13-15  NIV  1984 13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”
  • Oct 23, 2011Dealing With Your Doubts
    Oct 23, 2011
    Dealing With Your Doubts

     Dealing With Your Doubts Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   Matthew 14:22-33

      Hebrews 11:1  NASB 1995 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. C.S. Lewis: “Now that I am a Christian, I do have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable; but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.” Os Guiness: “The shame is not that people have doubts, but that they are ashamed of them.”   I.            Doubt is not the same as UNBELIEF. Mark 9:22-24  NASB 1995 22 It has often thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if You can do anything, take pity on us and help us!"  23 And Jesus said to him, " 'If You can?' All things are possible to him who believes."  24 Immediately the boy's father cried out and said, "I do believe; help my unbelief." John 20:26-29  NASB 1995 26 After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, "Peace be with you."  27 Then He said to Thomas, "Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing."  28 Thomas answered and said to Him, "My Lord and my God!"  29 Jesus said to him, "Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed." A.            FACTUAL Doubt: B.            EMOTIONAL Doubt: C.            VOLITIONAL Doubt:   II.            Doubt is UNHEALTHY when we use it as a SMOKESCREEN or BARRIER. John 12:42-43  NASB 1995 42 Nevertheless many even of the rulers believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they were not confessing Him, for fear that they would be put out of the synagogue;  43 for they loved the approval of men rather than the approval of God.   III.            Doubt is HEALTHY when it motivates us to PURSUE TRUTH. Habakkuk 2:1  NASB 1995 1 I will stand on my guard post And station myself on the rampart; And I will keep watch to see what He will speak to me, And how I may reply when I am reproved. Proverbs 14:15  NASB 1995 15 The naive believes everything, But the sensible man considers his steps. Matthew 14:28-31  NASB 1995 28 Peter said to Him, "Lord, if it is You, command me to come to You on the water."  29 And He said, "Come!" And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus.  30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, "Lord, save me!"  31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, "You of little faith, why did you doubt?" St. Augustine: “Understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore seek not to understand that you may believe, but believe that you may understand.” Gary Parker: “If faith never encounters doubt, if truth never struggles with error, if good never battles with evil, how can faith know its own power? In my own pilgrimage, if I have to choose between a faith that has stared doubt in the eye and made it blink, or a naïve faith that has never known the firing line of doubt, I will choose the former every time.”
  • Oct 16, 2011Responding to God
    Oct 16, 2011
    Responding to God

    Responding to God Pastor Gabe Barber Text: James 1:19-27

    Dante Alighieri (13th Century Italian poet): “If those who accuse me had their eyes and minds on God, as I had, they too would have failed to notice events around them, and they most certainly would not have noticed what I was doing.” Matthew 22:37-40  NASB 1995 37 And He said to him, " 'YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.'  38 This is the great and foremost commandment.  39 The second is like it, 'YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF.'  40 On these two commandments depend the whole Law and the Prophets."   I.            We Respond to God with WORSHIP. Exodus 34:5-8  NASB 1995 The LORD descended in the cloud and stood there with him as he called upon the name of the LORD.  Then the LORD passed by in front of him and proclaimed, "The LORD, the LORD God, compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in lovingkindness and truth;  who keeps lovingkindness for thousands, who forgives iniquity, transgression and sin; yet He will by no means leave the guilty unpunished, visiting the iniquity of fathers on the children and on the grandchildren to the third and fourth generations."  Moses made haste to bow low toward the earth and worship. A.W. Tozer: “What is worship? Worship is to feel in your heart and express in some appropriate manner a humbling but delightful sense of admiring awe and astonished wonder and overpowering love in the presence of that most ancient Mystery, that Majesty which philosophers call the First Cause, but which we call Our Father Which Art in Heaven.” II.            We Respond to God with LOVE. 1 John 4:7, 19  NASB 1995 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God... 19 We love, because He first loved us. 1 Corinthians 13:4-7  NASB 1995 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,  does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,  does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;  bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.   III.            We Respond to God with FEAR. 1 Peter 2:17  NASB 1995 17 Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king. Mark 4:35-41  NASB 1995 35 On that day, when evening came, He said to them, "Let us go over to the other side."  36 Leaving the crowd, they took Him along with them in the boat, just as He was; and other boats were with Him.  37 And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up.  38 Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"  39 And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.  40 And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"  41 They became very much afraid and said to one another, "Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey Him?" Proverbs 2:3-5  NASB 1995 3 For if you cry for discernment, Lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver And search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the LORD And discover the knowledge of God.   IV.             We Respond to God with OBEDIENCE and SERVICE. 1 Samuel 15:22  NASB 1995 22 Samuel said, "Has the LORD as much delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, And to heed than the fat of rams. Deuteronomy 10:12-13  NASB 1995 12 "Now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require from you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and love Him, and to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,  13  and to keep the LORD'S commandments and His statutes which I am commanding you today for your good? Romans 5:20-6:2  NASB 1995 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin so that grace may increase?  May it never be! How shall we who died to sin still live in it? James 1:23-25  NASB 1995 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;  24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.  25 But one who looks intently at the perfect law, the law of liberty, and abides by it, not having become a forgetful hearer but an effectual doer, this man will be blessed in what he does.
  • Oct 9, 2011Believing in God
    Oct 9, 2011
    Believing in God

    Believing in God Pastor Gabe Barber Text:   John 3:3-7, 16-21

    Acts 16:31  NASB 1995 31 They said, ``Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you and your household."   I. Genuine Belief in God is About Faith (or Trust).

    Hebrew: ‘amanà to trust, stand fast, or uphold with firmness

    Hebrews 11:1  NASB 1995 1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Isaiah 43:10  NASB 1995

    10 You are My witnesses," declares the LORD, And My servant whom I have chosen, So that you may know and believe Me And understand that I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, And there will be none after Me.

    Greek: pisteuoà to be persuaded or convinced of; to place confidence in, to trust

    James 2:19  NASB 1995 19 You believe that God is one. You do well; the demons also believe, and shudder. Romans 10:9  NASB 1995 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;   II. Genuine Belief in God is Always Progressing. Romans 1:20  NASB 1995 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. Acts 10:1-2, 11:13-14  NASB 1995 1 Now there was a man at Caesarea named Cornelius, a centurion of what was called the Italian cohort, 2 a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, and gave many alms to the Jewish people and prayed to God continually. 13 And he reported to us how he had seen the angel standing in his house, saying, “Send to Joppa and have Simon, who is also called Peter, brought here; 14 and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.”

    C.S. Lewis: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.”

      III. Genuine Belief in God is Rooted in the Object of Our Belief. John 20:30-31  NASB 1995 30 Therefore many other signs Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name. Ephesians 2:8-9  NASB  1995 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9 not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. C.H. Spurgeon: “I would recommend you either believe in God up to the hilt, or else do not believe at all. Believe this book of God, every letter of it, or else reject it. There is no logical standing place between the two. Be satisfied with nothing less than a faith that swims in the deeps of divine revelation; a faith that paddles about the edge of the water is poor faith at best. It is little better than a dry-land faith, and is not good for much."
  • Oct 2, 2011Being a Friend of God
    Oct 2, 2011
    Being a Friend of God

    Being A Friend of God Pastor Sam Floyd Text:   1 Samuel 18:1-4; 19:1-5;  20:41-42; 2 Samuel 1:25-27

      1 Samuel 18:1-4  ESV 1As soon as he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. 2And Saul took him that day and would not let him return to his father’s house. 3Then Jonathan made a covenant with David, because he loved him as his own soul. 4And Jonathan stripped himself of the robe that was on him and gave it to David, and his armor, and even his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 19:1-5, 41-42  ESV 1And Saul spoke to Jonathan his son and to all his servants, that they should kill David. But Jonathan, Saul’s son, delighted much in David. 2And Jonathan told David, "Saul my father seeks to kill you. Therefore be on your guard in the morning. Stay in a secret place and hide yourself. 3And I will go out and stand beside my father in the field where you are, and I will speak to my father about you. And if I learn anything I will tell you." 4And Jonathan spoke well of David to Saul his father and said to him, "Let not the king sin against his servant David, because he has not sinned against you, and because his deeds have brought good to you. 5For he took his life in his hand and he struck down the Philistine, and the LORD worked a great salvation for all Israel. You saw it, and rejoiced. Why then will you sin against innocent blood by killing David without cause?" 1 Samuel 20:41-42  ESV 41And as soon as the boy had gone, David rose from beside the stone heap and fell on his face to the ground and bowed three times. And they kissed one another and wept with one another, David weeping the most. 42Then Jonathan said to David, "Go in peace, because we have sworn both of us in the name of the LORD, saying, 'The LORD shall be between me and you, and between my offspring and your offspring, forever.'" And he rose and departed, and Jonathan went into the city. 2 Samuel 1:25-27  ESV 25 "How the mighty have fallen in the midst of the battle! "Jonathan lies slain on your high places. 26I am distressed for you, my brother Jonathan; very pleasant have you been to me; your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women. 27 "How the mighty have fallen, and the weapons of war perished!" Cross references:
    1. 2 Samuel 1:25 : 2 Samuel 1:19
    2. 2 Samuel 1:26 : 1 Sam 18:1, 3
    3. 2 Samuel 1:27 : 2 Samuel 1:25
      I. Human Friendship is a precious thing.   II. Friendship with God begins with INTIMACY.   A. More than a SERVANT. John 15:11-15  ESV 11These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. 12 "This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.   B. Friendship is a relationship of Trust. Hebrews 11:17-19  ESV 17By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, 18of whom it was said, "Through Isaac shall your offspring be named." 19 He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.   C. Friendship is a GROWING, DYNAMIC RELATIONSHIP. Philippians 3:7-9  ESV 7But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— Luke 10:38-42  ESV 38Now as they went on their way, Jesus entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet and listened to his teaching. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, "Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me." 41But the Lord answered her, "Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her."   III. Friendship with God will only be sustained with OBEDIENCE or SUBMISSION or SURRENDER.   A. True Friendship brings a positive response to God’s direction. Genesis 12:4; 22:3  ESV 4So Abram went, as the LORD had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. 3So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.   B. Friendship with God isn’t Buddy-Buddy, but Commitment and Obedience. John 14:15  ESV 15 "If you love me, you will keep my commandments. John 15:14, 17  ESV 14You are my friends if you do what I command you. 17These things I command you, so that you will love one another.   C. Excuses destroy Friendship with God. See Luke 14:12-24 Luke 9:59-62  ESV 59To another he said, "Follow me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father." 60And Jesus said to him, "Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God." 61Yet another said, "I will follow you, Lord, but let me first say farewell to those at my home." 62Jesus said to him, "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God."   D. Friends of God are submitted to Him. 2 Timothy 4:7  ESV 7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Philippians 1:21  ESV 21For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Acts 20:24  ESV 24But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.