We are in a major battle. There is the battle within and the battle without.
“If I had 300 men who feared nothing but God, hated nothing but sin, and were determined to know nothing among men but Jesus Christ, and Him crucified, I would set the world on fire.” – John Wesley
What do you get excited about? What are you passionate about? Maybe you don’t know. Let me ask it a different way. What do you like to do when you have free time or some extra money? Whatever it is that you want or like to do is most likely your passion. The more you like to do it, the more passion you have for it. For men it may be sports, hunting, fishing, golf, cars, racing, off road, camping, etc. For women it may be shopping, clothes, shoes, appearance. I don’t know? Do you realize that whatever you give yourself to will become your passion?
I believe that God longs to bless His children, but often our disobedience stands in the way, as a roadblock, to our ability to be blessed from His holy hand. Today I want to call you to a deeper level of obedience in your relationship with the Lord. It is not about feeling, nor is it without personal cost or sacrifice, but the blessings will come when we obey. I am convinced that God has more for us than we are currently experiencing in our walk with Him. Today I want you to hear the biblical call to go deeper in your relationship with Jesus. The challenge comes from a fishing story that is “tthhiisss biigg!”
In Luke 10, we have the story of Jesus sending out 72 people to minister. He sent them out 2 by 2. Jesus knew that together there is greater encouragement, protection, and effectiveness when with someone else. A pair has power!
Many nations set aside a day to remember those who have given their lives to defend freedom. We can thank God for those individuals and their families who have made the ultimate sacrifice. Freedom only comes with a price. There has never been any freedom or liberty without the shedding of blood and great sacrifice.
We may leave our father’s, but our father’s never leave us. They will be in our minds for the rest of our lives. Their voices will keep ringing in our ears, repeating the things we heard him say when we were growing up. The bad thing is that unless we break that cycle, we will reproduce the same thing in our children. We will say the same cutting things and we will do the same damaging acts.
A little girl was talking with her daddy about fear. “Aren’t you afraid of bears, snakes, lightning, or mice?” The dad said, “No, of course not.” The daughter said, “You really aren’t afraid of anything are you Dad, except Mommy?”
God is the One who causes the Church to grow, but He uses His children, people, just like you and me, to build it. As God’s children, we are called to actively participate in meeting the needs and providing the ministries that will help people grow spiritually and mature and in Christ. Today we will look at the early church in Acts and Ephesians as our example and model.
Can a person really know if they are saved? What are the signs that a person is saved? The Apostle John writes with a desire to answer those questions so that the believer can have assurance and confidence before God.
Rev. Doug Sider The Wrights singing He's in the Midst Sandra Wingert singing Make My Heart Your Home Gospel Tide Choir singing God is Our Refuge and Strength and Let Your Love Flow Through Me
Do you see people as riches and value others like God does? In our story today we find God looking for someone who will value and love people as He loves people. We will be reminded of the love of God for us and His great love and value of all people.
One thing we simply must understand is that salvation is dealing with that disease of sin, which lives in us because we are human beings. So we must understand that word salvation comes from a treasure hunter looking for value motif – to “salvage,” it means essentially “to Rescue,” and it is God’s method of Dealing with our Sins.