Aug 30, 2015
Jesus Calls His Disciples
  • Aug 30, 2015Jesus Calls His Disciples
    Aug 30, 2015
    Jesus Calls His Disciples
  • Aug 25, 2015The Temptation of Jesus
    Aug 25, 2015
    The Temptation of Jesus
  • Aug 19, 2015John the Baptist
    Aug 19, 2015
    John the Baptist
  • Aug 18, 2015The Birth of Jesus
    Aug 18, 2015
    The Birth of Jesus
  • Aug 12, 2015The Fiery Furnance
    Aug 12, 2015
    The Fiery Furnance
  • Jul 8, 2015Redefining Success
    Jul 8, 2015
    Redefining Success
  • Jul 5, 2015Job
    Jul 5, 2015
    Sunday, July 5, 2015Job is a poetic book.  Many believe this is the first book of the Bible written and was probably written during the time of the Patriarchs, which is the time period between Abraham to Moses.
    In Job 1 and 2 we find the setting of the story.   The amazing thing about the opening chapters is that it reveals what is happening in the heavens, as well as, what is happening on earth.
    Job loses all, even his family and friends.
    How does Job respond? He Does Not Reason With Man. Job 13:3 Statements of Faith Job 13:15 Prayer Job 17 Trust Job 19:25 Maintains His Integrity Job 27:6 Humility Job 42:1-6/10 So what is the New Testament answer to this Old Testament story. Although there is no one in the New Testament who faced the same situation as Job, I find the Apostle Paul had some pretty rough times. 2 Corinthians 11:24-28 2 Corinthians 12:7-9 The grace of God is “sufficient” or “enough.”  This word can also be used as “the idea of raising up a barrier.” Paul went through everything imaginable but when he comes to the end of his life, he boldly and confidently says it like this… 2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
  • Jun 21, 2015Nehemiah
    Jun 21, 2015
    Sunday, June 21, 2015
    “The strength of a nation lies in the homes of its people.”  Abraham Lincoln You are I are not before our time or after our time but we are in our time and for our time. As Kingdom men and women we are positioned to be a “gateway” into the Kingdom of God. The gates of Nehemiah 3 Sheep gate – v.1 Fish gate – v.3 Old gate – v.6 Valley gate – v.13 Refuse gate – v.14 Water gate – v.26 East gate – v.29 Miphkad gate – v.31 Who was working on the gates? Brothers - v.1 Sons - v.3 Gentiles - v.7 Goldsmiths - v.8, v.31, v.32 Perfumers - v.8 Daughters - v.12 Leaders - v.14,v.15,v.16 Levites - v.17 Priest - v.28 Gate Keepers - v.29 Merchants - v.32 There was one group of people that refused to engage in this great work, the Tektites (a group of people in Palestine). Matthew 16:24 In Nehemiah 4 we find the enemy shows up.  When you start to progress enemies will come. 4:1-3 – Sanballat and Tobiah came to discourage the work. 4:6 – Success factor (a mind to work). 4:7-8 – Anger always creates confusion. 4:9 – Success factor (watch and pray). 4:10 – Hinderance in building (rubbish gets in the way of completion). 4:11-12 – Enemies surprise attack. 4:13-14 – Success factor (this battle is not just about me). 4:15 – When the enemy backs off, go back to building. 4:16-18 – Success factor (balance of building and battling). 4:19-20 – Success factor (we need each other). 4:21-22 – Success factor for completion and victory (stick together).
  • Jun 14, 2015Naaman
    Jun 14, 2015
    Sunday, June 14, 2015God is at work and we should never doubt it.  Just because things don’t go as planned does not mean God has turn His back on us.Has God ever required something outrageous from you? Don’t underestimate the power of God in negative situations. 2 Kings 5:9-14 A great military leader is being asked to do something crazy - something that made no sense. When he refuses, a servant who could have been immediately killed for refuting the commander, encouraged him to at least try. When Naaman actually does walk into the muddy Jordan River and dips 7 times, God brings about a miracle of rejuvenated skin, skin like a baby. God is a precise God not a predictable God. Acts 19:11 Don’t miss your miracle by looking for the grandiose plan, latest religious fad or a one time event. Favor on the job can be wrapped in faithfulness and diligence. Your personal revival is wrapped in daily devotions touched by the divine. Godly kids and a strong marriage is many times wrapped in a willingness to learn and grow together. Financial blessings are not found in the flashing lights of a lottery, but in simple obedience to God’s financial plan. Wisdom is often wrapped in the wrinkled skin of a old saint who has weathered some storms. 1 Corinthians 1:26-29 A few points that may help in you in times of difficulty - 1. Be sensitive to hear Godly people that otherwise you may not listen to. 2. Don’t be afraid of the journey. 3. Don’t be offended when things don’t go as planned. 4. Your response to God’s response is critical. 5. Finally, give God the glory.
  • Jun 7, 2015Elijah
    Jun 7, 2015
    Sunday, June 7, 20151 Kings 18:20-40If you read through the stories of Elijah you will find that Ahab and Jezebel are wicked leaders who opposed the prophet. Elijah rebukes the people for being double minded or because they “falter between two opinions.” In our reading we find the confrontation between 100’s of idol worshipping false prophets of Baal and the lone prophet of God. They both built altars, they both offered sacrifices but the prophets of Baal became so frustrated they started to fight with one another, while the lone man of God prayed a 63 word prayer and fire fell from heaven. That day Elijah won a Spiritual victory for the people of God but also for the land of Israel because the next few verses say the drought was turned and Israel prospered. Why do we do what we do? Our vision is that we are Real People who have encountered a Real God and are engaged in Real Purpose. It is our mission to see you encounter Jesus, healed completely, deepened in your faith and equipped to change your world. Ultimately, we do what we do because we are a Kingdom people! There are 3 critical elements for this Kingdom idea to be legitimate. There must be a King. The King must have subjects The King and the subjects must have a territory. We have a Kingdom mandate to walk in dominion and authority in this region. 2 Corinthians 10:3-4 Proverbs 29:18 Three levels of vision buy-in; I like it, I think I’ll come back and visit. I like it enough to support it conveniently. I believe in this so much I’ll change anything in my life to make this happen.