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Weekly Preachings

September 15, 2019

How To Open The floodgates Of heaven

By David McConnell

 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. You are under a curse—your whole nation—because you are robbing me. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.        Malachi 3:8-12

We need to tithe our income not because God or His church needs our money but so that we might experience God’s blessings.  Let me add that we do not give to be blessed but we give because we are blessed. Let’s consider what the Bible says about tithing. 

These verses contain 5 noteworthy statements that we want to examine in the next few minutes.

        I.            A PLAIN _________________________________

      II.            AN AMAZING _____________________________

    III.            A UNIQUE ________________________________

   IV.            AN EMBARRASSING ________________________

     V.            A FRIGHTENING ____________________________

Let me close the message this morning by offering an interesting alternative to tithing.

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September 9, 2019

I Will Make You Rich In Every Way

By David McConnell

“Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”      2 Corinthians 9:10, 11

“You will be made rich in every way” What do you suppose that means? Is that just talking about spiritual blessings or can he mean physical blessings as well? There are 3 truths we need to learn or review from this Scripture.

        I.            GOD IS THE _______________ OF OUR FINANCIAL          BLESSINGS.

Deuteronomy. 8:17-18 

1 Chronicles 29:12

Philippians 4:19

      II.            GOD DOES GIVE __________________________________

A.      This is God’s ____________________   Matthew 6:4,33

B.      This is God’s ______________________

    III.            THE MORE YOU GIVE _____________________________     _________________________

A.      This is a principle taught in _______________________

B.      This is a principle taught in _______________________

C.      This is a principle verified by ______________________

Everyone has a different definition of rich. How does God define “rich?” In 2 Cor. 9:11, rich is defined as being generous.

God wants to make each of us rich in every way.

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September 1, 2019

Does God Mean What He Says?

By David McConnell

“On the seventh day, they got up at daybreak and marched around the city seven times in the same manner, except that on that day they circled the city seven times.  The seventh time around, when the priests sounded the trumpet blast, Joshua commanded the army, “Shout! For the Lord has given you the city! The city and all that is in it are to be devoted to the Lord. Only Rahab the prostitute and all who are with her in her house shall be spared, because she hid the spies we sent. But keep away from the devoted things, so that you will not bring about your own destruction by taking any of them. Otherwise you will make the camp of Israel liable to destruction and bring trouble on it. All the silver and gold and the articles of bronze and iron are sacred to the Lord and must go into his treasury.”              Joshua 6:15-19

Did God really mean what He said?  Clear instructions were given but do you think He really meant what is said in verse 18?

If you would read chapter 7, you would discover that God did say exactly what He meant and He meant what He said.  Let’s look at the story of Achan.

        I.            GOD HAS GIVEN SPECIFIC ___________________ (11-12)

      II.             WHAT ___________________ MIGHT WE OFFER FOR

DISOBEYING GOD’S COMMANDMENTS? (7:20-21)

    If God’s specific commands are still unclear, then consider   

    these two guidelines

1.      _______________________________________________

2.      _______________________________________________

    III.            WE HAVE ________________ ABOUT WHETHER GOD 

MEANT WHAT HE SAYS.

     Compare Joshua 1:2-5 with Joshua 7:6-9

     Did it seem that Joshua thought God had changed His mind

     about this whole Promised Land thing?  God hadn’t changed

     His mind but Israel had changed their behavior.

God’s Word is true.  We need to teach people that it is true and obey it in our lives.

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August 25, 2019

Step Into The Water

By David McConnell

“Early in the morning Joshua and all the Israelites set out from Shittim and went to the Jordan, where they camped before crossing over. Now the Jordan is at flood stage all during harvest.” Joshua 3:1,15a

The Jordan River presented a major barrier to the entrance of the Israelites into Canaan. That barrier was even greater at the time of year Israel was hoping to cross. The river was in flood stage. How would they do this? There were several alternatives but they were not a part of God’s plan. His plan was for them to grow stronger in their faith.  God wants us to grow stronger in our faith. This story in Joshua shares three steps we must take in order to have a greater faith.

        I.            ___________________ GOD’S GUIDANCE  (2-4a)

A.      Focus on God not on _______________________.

B.      Focus on God not on _______________________.

      II.            ____________________ YOURSELF (5)

A.      ____________________a blessing from God

B.      ____________________ of the distractions

C.      ____________________

    III.            ____________________ IN FAITH (8)

A.      A universal truth-________________________________

B.      A personal challenge_____________________________

Remember I said that God’s purpose is for us to grow stronger in our faith. Did that happen in this story? Yes. These three steps brought about a stronger faith in Israel and they can do the same for us today.

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August 18, 2019

Finish The Job

By David McConnell

Scripture: Joshua 1:1-9

The whole nation knew the new leader.  His name was Joshua.  He was well respected and had proven himself quite capable, but still Joshua was no Moses.  Would Joshua be able to finish the job? The challenge issued by this passage is “Let’s finish the job.”  There are three items found in this passage that we need to remember that will help us finish the job.

        I.            REMEMBER GOD’S _______________________.  The

   command God gave Israel was _______________________.

   The encouragement God gave Joshua to help accomplish this 

   was _____________________________________________.

      II.            REMEMBER GOD’S ______________.  What role was  

    God’s Word to play in Joshua’s life?

    A. He was to _________ about it

    B. He was to _________ about it.

    C. He was to _________ it.

    III.            REMEMBER GOD’S ____________________.

     ______________________________________

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August 4, 2019

Costa Rica Mission Trip Report

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July 28, 2019

Laughter Is The Best Medicine

By David McConnell

Humor and laughter can improve your emotional health, strengthen your relationships, promote greater happiness—and even add years to your life. This is what medical doctors and psychologists tell us.  Does this agree with what God tells us?  As usual modern medicine and psychology are just catching up with what the Bible says (Proverbs 17:22).  The Apostle Paul undoubtedly would have agreed.      Listen to what he said in Philippians 4:4.  Let’s take that verse apart and see what lessons concerning joy we can learn.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

                                                                        Philippians 4:4

        I.           THE ___________________ TO REJOICE

       II.           THE ___________________ TO REJOICE

      III.           THE ___________________ TO REJOICE

 If you want to make sure someone understands the command you give them, what can you do?  You repeat the command.  That is exactly what Paul did at the end of this verse. He repeated the command, “And again I say rejoice

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July 21, 2019

Christ—Is He The Center Of Your Life?

By David McConnell

Scripture: Philippians 3:4-14

Let me tell you what I see as the main thought in this passage.

There is nothing any more important than knowing Jesus Christ.  This passage gives us the directions on how we can achieve that goal.

        I.            REALIZE:  I HAVE NOT YET _________________________

      II.             RESOLVE: I WILL FORGET ________________________  

     _________________________ - I will view them as

                    A. __________

                    B. _______________

    III.             REDEDICATE: I WILL TRY _________________________

                    A. I will __________________ toward the goal

                   B. I will _______________________ what is ahead

Is Jesus at the center of your life?

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July 14, 2019

He Thought Of Me Above All

By David McConnell

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage,  rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness,  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

                                                                          Philippians 2:5-11 (NIV)

“It would be true to say that in many ways this is the greatest and the most moving passage that Paul ever wrote about Jesus.”    William Barclay     These words should motivate us to live our lives in commitment to Jesus.  He died for us.  We should live for Him. Let’s take a closer look at what Jesus did for us.

        I.            LET’S LOOK AT ___________ JESUS GAVE UP.

“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9

“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”  John 17:5

      II.            LET’S LOOK AT _________ JESUS GAVE IT UP.

    III.            LET’S LOOK AT _________ JESUS GAVE IT UP.

God has given Jesus the name above every other name. The name I believe he is referring to is “Lord.”  God has given Him that name.  All men past, present and future; living and dead will acknowledge Him as Lord.  Have you given Him that name in your life?

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July 7, 2019

What DO All These Have In Common?

By David McConnell

 The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation.  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him,  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.              Colossians 1:15-20 (NIV)

I want you to embrace this truth: Jesus Christ is above all.  A closer study of this passage will reveal to us the true identity of Jesus.  The passage is jam-packed full of information that is virtually unknown or often overlooked even by His own followers.

1.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

2.       HE IS THE________________________________________

3.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

4.       HE IS ____________________________________________

5.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

6.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

7.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

8.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

9.       HE IS THE ________________________________________

Jesus is above all others.  The question remains:  Is He above all others in your life? 

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June 30, 2019

Running The Race

By Martin Reyes

Scripture: Galatians 5:1, 7-8, & 13-17.

If you have run or walked any race, there are three basic questions that you need to be able to answer:

         a.  Why are you running?

         b.  Where are you starting from?

         c.   Where are you going to end up?

 

 1.      YOUR RACE SHOULD HAVE A _____________ .

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

–Galatians 5:1 NIV

________________________________________________

________________________________________________

 

 2.      YOUR RACE SHOULD TAKE YOU ___________ FROM _________ .

You were running a good race. Who cut in on you to keep you from obeying the truth? That kind of persuasion does not come from the one who calls you.                                                       –Galatians 5:7-8 NIV

________________________________________________

________________________________________________

 

 3.      YOUR RACE SHOULD TAKE YOU _____________ TO __________ .

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh; rather, serve one another humbly in love … So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.                                                           –Galatians 5:13 & 16 NIV

________________________________________________

________________________________________________

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June 23, 2019

We’ve Been Taught—Have We Learned?

By David McConnell

Scripture: Ephesians 4-5:15

Paul followed the same method in writing Ephesians as he did in most of his letters. He shared spiritual principles (doctrine) in the first half and then He made practical application in the second half. For the last few weeks we have been talking about doctrine. Today we want to look at the practical application of that teaching? In the latter part of Ephesians, Paul gives 5 directions on how we are to live our lives.

        I.             WE ARE TO LIVE ______________________(4:1)

        II.            WE ARE TO LIVE ______________________(4:17)

        III.           WE ARE TO LIVE ______________________(5:1-2)

        IV.           WE ARE TO LIVE ______________________(5:8-9)

        V.            WE ARE TO LIVE ______________________(5:15)

It is not enough to simply know the truth; we must practice the truth.  Are you practicing what you have learned?

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June 16, 2019

My Father Is Worthy

By David McConnell

“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,  so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever! Amen.”

                                                                                Ephesians 3:14-21 (NIV)

God is our Father in that He has created us, but He is also our Daddy in that He nurtures and cares for us.  This passage of Scripture gives us some wonderful insights into our heavenly Father.

        I.            HE HAS A GOOD _____________________(14-15)

______________________ it proudly

      II.             HE HAS ____________________________(16)

______________________ unashamedly

    III.            HE HAS INCREDIBLE ___________________(16, 18, 20)

______________________ regularly

    IV.            HE HAS UNIMAGINABLE _______________(19)

______________________ it

Because my Father is worthy, I will kneel before Him!

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June 9, 2019

Why I Love The Church

By David McConnell

Scripture: Ephesians 1:19-3:23 & 5:22-32

I do want to encourage you to love the church of Jesus Christ.  Let me share two good reasons why you should love the church

        I.            LOVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF ___________________

A.      The church is the ___________________________ – Eph.

1:22-23

B.      The church is the ___________________________ - Eph.

5:22-32

C.      The Church is the ___________________________ - Eph.

2:19-22

D.      The church is the ___________________________ - Eph.

2:19; 3:14

      II.            II. I LOVE THE CHURCH BECAUSE OF __________________

A.      The purpose of the church is to _____________________ 

Eph. 3:21

B.      The purpose of the church is to _____________________

_________________ - Eph. 3:10

C.      The purpose of the church is to _____________________

_________________ - Eph. 1:22-23

What a privilege it is to be a part of the church!

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June 2, 2019

We’ve Been Blessed

By David McConnell

Scripture: Ephesians 1:3-14

“. . .And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:13, 14

We have been blessed with every spiritual blessing imaginable.

Paul begins naming them in verse 4 and doesn’t slow down until he finishes in verse 14.  God’s blessings should amaze us, excite us and motivate us.  Let’s look at what some of those blessings are.

        I.            We Have Been ___________________________________

      II.            We Have Been __________________________________.

    III.            We Have Been __________________________________

    IV.            We Have Received ______________________________

      V.            We Have Received ______________________________

    VI.            We Have Received ______________________________

Each of these marvelous blessings is available in Christ; Only in Jesus can you enjoy what God wants to give you.

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May 26, 2019

Don’t Send a Boy to Do a Man’s Job

By David McConnell

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.           1Timothy 4:12

My message this morning to the adults–Don’t look down on kids because they are young thinking they aren’t old enough to do anything in life or in church.  My message this morning to the kids – Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are a kid.  But remember, the way you gain the respect of your parents and the other adults around you is not by demanding that respect but by earning that respect.  Let’s break down this verse(1 Timothy 4:12)and see some of the areas where you need to act like a mature Christian.

        I.            ACT LIKE A MATURE CHRISTIAN IN THE WAY YOU

                     ___________________.

      II.            ACT LIKE A MATURE CHRISTIAN IN THE WAY YOU

                    ___________________.

    III.            ACT LIKE A MATURE CHRISTIAN IN THE WAY YOU

                   ___________________.

   IV.            ACT LIKE A MATURE CHRISTIAN IN THE WAY YOU

                  ___________________.

     V.            ACT LIKE A MATURE CHRISTIAN IN THE WAY YOU 

TREAT THOSE OF THE ________________________.

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May 19, 2019

What The Bble Says About Elders

By David McConnell

“Here is a trustworthy saying: Whoever aspires to be an overseer desires a noble task.”    1Timothy 3:1

 

You may have questions concerning leadership in our church and why we do the things the way we do.  For the next several minutes, I want to try to answer some of the questions you might have.

 

1.      _______________________________________________

1 Corinthians 14:33

Ephesians 1:22-23

2.      _______________________________________________

Acts 14:23

Acts 20:17-35

3.      _______________________________________________

a.      ______________

b.      _____________________

c.       ___________________

4.      _______________________________________________

a.      Titus 1:9

b.      1 Peter 5:1-4

When you are considering men for the eldership, don’t look for men who are business savvy but men who love Jesus, who are men of the book and men who pray.

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May 12, 2019

A mother’s greatest gift

By David McConnell

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, in keeping with the promise of life that is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dear son: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.  I thank God, whom I serve, as my ancestors did, with a clear conscience, as night and day I constantly remember you in my prayers. Recalling your tears, I long to see you, so that I may be filled with joy. I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also. For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands. For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.                                        2 Timothy 1:1-7

There is no greater gift that you can give to your child or grandchild than your faith in Jesus Christ.  This passage of Scripture suggests three adjectives that describe that faith.

        I.            MOTHERS NEED A _____________ FAITH.

A.      This means their faith is _______________________.

B.      This means their faith is without ________________.

C.      This means that their faith is not an _____________,

We want to send a message about our faith to our kids.  It’s

______________; it’s _________________; it _______________.

      II.            MOTHERS NEED A ______________ FAITH

A.      A living faith _______________ what it ______________.

B.      A living faith _____________ what it ________________.

    III.            MOTHERS NEED A _______________ FAITH.

A.      __________ can we share our faith?

B.      __________ can we share our faith?

C.      __________ should we share our faith?  There is nothing

 any more important than ________________________________.

What will you do with the faith that has been passed on to you?  Will you stash it away in a closet or will you use it in your life and pass it on to your children and grandchildren?

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April 28, 2019

What Kind of dirt are you?

By David McConnell

Scripture: Mark 4:1-9

Jesus told the people a parable one day to teach a lesson about listening.   A parable is an __________________________________

___________________________________________________

In this parable Jesus described 4 kinds of dirt that represented 4 kinds of hearers.  As we talk about these hearers, let’s ask ourselves, “What kind of dirt am I?”

        I.            THE _______________ LISTENER – This listener might  

     display the following attitudes.

A.      I’ve already ___________________________________

B.      I know ________________________________

      II.            THE _______________________ LISTENER

A.      The _________________ listener

B.      The _________________ listener

    III.            THE _______________________ LISTENER

A.      __________________________________

B.      __________________________________

C.      __________________________________

    IV.            THE ____________________________ LISTENER

A.      _________________

B.      _________________

C.      _________________

D.      _________________

Let’s allow God’s Word to sink deep into our hearts and be the kinds of listeners God would want us to be.

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April 21, 2019

An Easter to remember

By David McConnell

Scripture: Mark 16:1-20

How many Easters do you remember?  That first “Easter” Sunday was an Easter to remember.  There are three reasons why that day was one to remember.

        I.            SOMETHING _________________________ HAPPENED.

A.      What did the women expect to find at the tomb?

B.      Why they did not expect the resurrection?

C.      What do you expect when you come to church for

worship?

      II.            SOMETHING _________________________ HAPPENED.

A.      _________________________says it was unforgettable.

B.      _________________________proves it was unforgettable.

    III.            SOMETHING _________________________ HAPPENED

A.      Jesus ____________________________

B.      B. The disciples ____________________

C.      The Lord _________________________

Will this be an Easter to remember?  It will be if you meet the risen Lord.

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April 7, 2019

My most unforgettable character

By David McConnell

Scripture: Mark 1:40-2:17

For many years Reader’s Digest ran a monthly feature entitled “The Most Unforgettable Character I Ever Met.”  All of those stories had one thing in common.  Somehow, each of the characters featured stuck in the memory of the storyteller. If there had been a Reader’s Digest in the first century and would have had a feature like that, I believe Jesus would have been the character focused on in many of those articles. Don’t ever let the impact He has had on your life be taken for granted. Today, I want to look at three people who met Jesus who I believe never forgot Him. As we look at these three individuals, I believe we may see some similarities between them and us.

 

Read: Mark 1:40-45

I. I WAS _____________ BUT HE ___________________ ME.

 

 

Read: Mark 2:1-12

II. I WAS A ____________ BUT HE __________________ ME.

 

 

Read Mark 2:13-17

III. I WAS _____________ BUT HE __________________ ME.

 

Is Jesus the most unforgettable character in your life?  If He did for you what He did for these three, I can guarantee that He would be!

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March 31, 2019

A Reckless Song?

By Martin Reyes

“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?

                                                                                                                Luke 15:4 (NIV)

The song Reckless Love was one of the most popular songs this past summer, and many of our students were moved by its description of God’s Love. However, the use of the word “Reckless” to describe God’s Love became controversial for some people. Let’s find the theology behind the song Reckless Love:

1. According to the Cambridge Dictionary, “RECKLESS” refers to:

a.      Acting without thinking about the results of your actions.

b.      Showing a lack of __________ about risks or danger.

 

2. The song speaks of the Gospel Story:

Creation - _______________ - Redemption – Restoration

 

3. The song can be broken down in four parts:

a.      Verse One speaks of God ______________ and _____________ us.

 

b.      Verse Two speaks of our ______________ and God’s desire to _____________ us, and bring us back.

 

c.       The Chorus describes God’s ________________.

 

d.      The Bridge reminds us that there is __________________ that can ____________ us from God’s Love.

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March 24, 2019

The Greatest Promise

By David McConnell

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.”

                                                                                                Deuteronomy 31: 6, 8

There are several different promises found in Deuteronomy. Which one is the greatest? I believe the greatest promise God gave to the people of Israel and that has been passed on to us is found in Deuteronomy 31:6, 8. With a closer look at these verses we can find three descriptions of this promise that will help us see why it truly is the greatest promise of all.

        I.            THIS IS A ______________________ PROMISE

The best promise is a _________ promise.

Has God kept His promises? 1 Kings 8:56

Scriptures where God has promised to never leave us:

Joshua 1:9; 1 Chronicles 28:20; John 14:18;Matthew 28:20

Hebrews 13:5; Revelations 21:3

      II.            THIS IS A ______________________ PROMISE

Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will

fear no evil for thou art with me. Psalms 23:4

What are some of the valleys you walk through?

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the

everlasting arms.” Deuteronomy 33:27

    III.            THIS IS AN ____________________ PROMISE

            Matthew 28:20 – Jesus promised to be with us until the end

                                       of the age.  How about after that?

Hebrews 13:5 – He WON’T leave us.

                                       God’s promises are true and will never fail.

                                       Rely on Him!

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March 17, 2019

The Greatest Challenge

By David McConnell

“And if we are careful to obey all this law before the Lord our God, as he has commanded us, that will be our righteousness.”

                                                                        Deuteronomy 6:25

As Moses was speaking to the Israelites for the very last time, there were some definite challenges facing the nation. Some would say the greatest challenge was the conquest of the Promised Land. As great of a challenge as that was, I am not sure that was the greatest. I believe the greatest challenge is found in Deuteronomy 6:25. The greatest challenge of all is achieving righteousness in God’s eyes. There are two plans for achieving righteousness before God. Let’s examine each one.

       I.            _______________ CAN LEAD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

BEFORE GOD.  There are 2 steps in this plan.

A.     _____________________

B.     _____________________

Can this plan succeed?  __________Romans 3:20

    II.            ______________ CAN LEAD TO RIGHTEOUSNESS

BEFORE GOD.  Let’s look at this second plan as it is

described in Romans 3:21-28.

A.     What is it we need?  ________________________

B.     Where do we get this righteousness? ___________

C.     How do we get this righteousness? ____________

__________________

If you are opting to get to heaven by the first plan we talked about, you are not going to succeed. You will most certainly fail. You must choose plan 2. Turn to Jesus and depend on His righteousness.

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March 10, 2019

The Greatest Commandment

By David McConnell

No one knows how many laws there are in the United States because they’ve been accumulating for more than 200 years. Which one of these laws is the most important? Wouldn’t you agree that is a hard question to answer? The Jewish rabbis in Jesus’ day agreed that there were 613 laws in the Torah. They asked Jesus which one was the most important. Without hesitating, Jesus quoted a passage out of Deuteronomy.

 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

                                                            Deuteronomy 6:4, 5 (NIV)

So, I can say with confidence that the greatest commandment given to man is to love God. But just exactly what does that mean and what does that look like? Let’s answer a few questions to help clarify the meaning of this commandment.

I. ___________________SHOULD I LOVE GOD?

          A. It is _______________________.

          B. He has ____________________.

          C. He _______________________.

II. __________________ SHOULD I LOVE GOD?

III. __________________ HAPPENS WHEN I LOVE GOD?

          A. __________________

          B. __________________

          C. __________________

          D. __________________

There is no greater command than to love God!

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March 3, 2019

The Greatest Person

By David McConnell

Scripture: Deuteronomy 34

Moses was a remarkable man. Consider what Moses did.  He took on the most powerful leader and nation in the world. He led a group of 3 million people out of a life of slavery through the desert and up to the edge of their promised land. He was the agent through which one of the most amazing, succinct and complete set of laws ever composed was given to the world. In the next few moments, let me

 

highlight the life of Moses and then make a comparison between Moses and someone who was even greater. In doing this, I want each of us to be challenged to follow in their footsteps.

 

 I. HE HAD A ________________________ WITH GOD.

 

II. HE DID _________________________.

 

III. HE ACCOMPLISHED ________________________.

Many people think Jesus is the most significant figure in history. What do you think? How significant is He in your life?

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February 24, 2019

When Christ is Above All—Worship Works

By David McConnell

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 10-14

What would it have been like to have attended a worship service at First Church in Corinth? Upon reading 1 Corinthians 10-14, it would seem that the entire worship service was a frenzied, incoherent, chaotic mess. There just wasn’t any semblance of order at all. Worship was clearly not working. Why was that? I believe the answer was that Christ was not above all. What happened in Corinth almost 2000 years ago can still happen today if Christ is not above all. Paul tried to correct the problem by reminding the Corinthian Christians of three truths. Let’s look at those truths this morning.

I. WORSHIP HAS A ________________________________.

 

II. WORSHIP HAS A _______________________________.

 

III. WORSHIP REQUIRES ___________________________.

Only when Christ is above all, will worship work in the church today.

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February 17, 2019

WHEN CHRIST IS ABOBE ALL—SELFISHNESS SUBSIDES...

By David McConnell

‘“I have the right to do anything,” you say—but not everything is beneficial. “I have the right to do anything”—but not everything is constructive. No one should seek their own good, but the good of others.”’        1 Corinthians 10:23, 24

 

The “me-first” attitude is one that many people have today. How can we get rid of that attitude replacing it with one of selflessness? That will happen when we put Christ above all. The problem of putting me first was seen in three specific situations Paul addresses in 1 Corinthians. By looking at those situations, we can gain some helpful insights into how we can see selfishness subside.

        I.            I THE PROBLEM WITH _____________________________.

 

      II.            THE PROBLEM WITH ______________________________

 

    III.            THE PROBLEM WITH THE __________________________

 

 

 

If you have a problem with a me-first attitude, maybe it is time to make a change. Let Christ help you make that change.  Let Him be above all!

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February 3, 2019

WHEN CHRIST IS ABOVE ALL, DIVISIONS DISAPPEAR

By David McConnell

I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.  My brothers and sisters, some from Chloe’s household have informed me that there are quarrels among you.  What I mean is this: One of you says, “I follow Paul”; another, “I follow Apollos”; another, “I follow Cephas]”; still another, “I follow Christ.”

Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Were you baptized in the name of Paul? I thank God that I did not baptize any of you except Crispus and Gaius, so no one can say that you were baptized in my name. (Yes, I also baptized the household of Stephanas; beyond that, I don’t remember if I baptized anyone else.)  For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.

                                                                                  I Corinthians 1:10-17

Division was only one of the problems present in the church at Corinth, but understanding this problem will help us understand all of the other problems present in that church. Understanding the problem of division in Corinth will also help us understand many of the problems the modern church faces.

        I.            THE _________________FOR DIVISION

A.      ____________________ division – the root cause of

division is ____________.

B.      ____________________ division

      II.            THE __________________ FOR DIVISION

In order to help his brothers and sisters become united again,

Paul points to three different places.

A.      ____________________

B.      ____________________

C.      ____________________

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except

Jesus Christ and him crucified.  1 Corinthians 2:2

So, if we want to keep division out of our church, let’s look to Jesus.  When Christ is above all, divisions disappear.

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January 27, 2019

WHERE ELSE CAN I GO?

By David McConnell

We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away. For since the message spoken through angels was binding, and every violation and disobedience received its just punishment, how shall we escape if we ignore so great a salvation? This salvation, which was first announced by the Lord, was confirmed to us by those who heard him.

                                                                                  Hebrews 2:1-3

The writer of Hebrews was pleading with his readers to not make the mistake of trading Jesus for something that was worthless.  This same plea can be made today to Christians.  Don’t trade in Jesus for something that is essentially worthless.  Hang onto your faith.  If you have ever or are presently considering trading in your faith in Christ for something else, then please before you do so, ask yourself two questions.

I. CAN YOU FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO YOUR FAITH WITH

   A BETTER  _________________?

   A. The message of the alternatives

   B. The message of our faith

       1. You are ________________.

       2. You are ________________

       3. God wants you to spend ________________ with Him.

II. CAN YOU FIND AN ALTERNATIVE TO YOUR FAITH WITH

    A BETTER _______________?

    A. Leaders mentioned in Hebrews

    B. Leaders today

    C. What makes Jesus better?

Don’t give up your faith in Jesus.  If you have traded in your faith, then you still have a chance for redemption.

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January 20, 2019

SOMETIMES YOU WIN SOME, SOMETIMES YOU LOSE SOME

By David McConnell

What happens when times get tough? Will you remain faithful? It’s not an easy thing to remain faithful to God. This is especially true when you are going through hard time. We need some encouragement. Don’t give up! The writer of Hebrews wrote words of encouragement. Throughout chapter 11, he talks about the people of faith who persevered despite hardship. I want to take a closer look at some of these people who lived by faith and allow their example to inspire you to greater faithfulness. Let’s look at them from the perspective of “Sometimes you win some and sometimes you lose some.”

Remember those earlier days after you had received the light, when you endured in a great conflict full of suffering. Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution; at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.  You suffered along with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions. So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised.  For, “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.  And, “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”  But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Hebrews 10:32-39

I.                    SOMETIMES YOU WIN SOME

 

A.      Escape from ___________________

1.       _______________________ Hebrews 11:5-6

2.       _______________________ Hebrews 11:7

B.      Rescue from ___________________

1.       _______________________________ Hebrews 11:17-19

2.       _______________________________ Hebrews 11:34

II.                  SOMETIMES YOU LOSE SOME – Hebrews 11:35b-38

1.       __________________ - Hebrews 11:4

2.       __________________ - Hebrews 11:37

3.       __________________ - Hebrews 11:37

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January 13, 2019

Faithfulness 101

By David McConnell

I want to encourage you to remain faithful to Jesus. This was what the Hebrews writer was urgently and passionately writing about in this letter. After giving several reasons why his readers should remain faithful, he then explained how they could actually do this. How can we remain faithful to Jesus in our lives? Let me share with you three things you can do that will help you to remain faithful.

“Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                               Hebrews 10:19-25 (NIV)

 

I. GET _____________________________________.

 

II. REMEMBER _____________________________

 

III. KEEP __________________________________.

Faithfulness to Jesus can be demonstrated in one large act of devotion but more often it is a bunch of small acts spread out over a lifetime.  Can your daily life be described by the word faithfulness?

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January 6, 2019

Christ, Above All

By David McConnell

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          Hebrews 12:1-3(NIV)

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The aim of the book of Hebrews was to encourage Christians to remain faithful to Jesus.  The purpose of my message this morning is the same as the book’s purpose – remain faithful to Jesus. There are three truths in the passage we have read that can help us be faithful.

I. JESUS IS ABOVE EVERYTHING (2)   

   A. He is the author of our faith.

       Hebrews 1:1-3

   B. He is the perfecter of our faith.

II. JESUS VALUED NOTHING ABOVE US (2-3)

    A. He endured the cross.

    B. He scorned the shame.

    C. He endured the opposition.

III. JESUS IS MORE VALUABLE THAN ANYTHING (3)

      How valuable is Jesus in your life?  To give an accurate

      answer to that question, ask yourself two questions.

      A. What will I give up for Jesus?

      B. What will I give for Jesus?

Don’t give up!  Don’t throw in the towel!  Run with perseverance the race marked out for us

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December 30, 2018

MAKING A BETTER NEW YEAR

By Martin Reyes

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened."

                                                                                                                                              Matthew 7:7-8 (NIV)

I will consider 2019 better than 2018 if I ______________________________________________________

Why should I set “Goals” And how should I set them?

I.            ASK:

                WHAT DO YOU ____________?

                WHAT DO YOU ____________?


II.            SEEK:

                TO TAKE ____________________

                TO __________________ CORRECTLY


III.            KNOCK:

                ON THE DOOR OF ___________________

                ON THE DOOR OF ___________________

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December 23, 2018

THAT’S WHAT CHRISTMAS IS ALL ABOUT

By David McConnell

What is the meaning of Christmas?  People have been trying to summarize the meaning of Christmas for years.  Once in a while some form of communication comes along that catches the real meaning of Christmas.  It could be a Christmas card, a book, a show, or a song.  Everyone has their favorite Christmas song, including me.  Let me tell you what it is.  ______________________________________       Why do I like it so well?  The song tells me what Christmas is all about.  How do I put that into words?  Christmas is all about Jesus Christ.  Let’s look a little more closely at this song and see what it tells us about the true meaning of Christmas.

 

        I.            THE SONG TELLS US ABOUT THE ___________________ OF CHRIST.

 

 

      II.            THE SONG TELLS US ABOUT THE ___________________OF CHRIST.

 

 

    III.            THE SONG TELLS US ABOUT THE __________________OF CHRIST.

Will you join me in giving glory to the new born King?

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December 9, 2018

BETHLEHEM – THE TOWN OF DAVID

Scripture: Matthew 2:1-6; Micah 5:2-5a

God was going to do something amazing.  A monumental event was going to occur.  It wasn’t going to happen for 700 years but God in His foreknowledge had it in the works.

I want you to be amazed at God’s plan and I also want you to be a part of His plan.  Three important facts are revealed in this Scripture about the Plan of the Ages.

I. THE ______________ WHERE THIS AMAZING EVENT

    WOULD BEGIN – ____________________

 

II. THE ________________ WHO WOULD CARRY OUT THIS GREAT PLAN – ___________________

    A. The mission of the Messiah

         1. ________

         2. ________________

     B. The application

          1. Serve the _________.

          2. Serve His __________.

III. THE _________________ OF THIS GREAT PLAN

      A. Bring ____________

      B. Bring ____________

      C. Reach the _________________________

      D. Show God’s ______________________

Are you helping to bring about the accomplishment of God’s plan?

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December 2, 2018

LET’S GO TO BETHLEHEM

By David McConnell

Scripture: Luke 2:8-16

When the angel told the shepherds of the birth of the Messiah, the shepherds responded by saying “Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has told us about.” The shepherds went and were richer for having gone to the town of Bethlehem. They were indeed blessed. I am not suggesting that we all load up and make a pilgrimage to Bethlehem, but I am encouraging you in a spiritual sense “Travel to Bethlehem.” I can guarantee you that you will be blessed.  There are two things I want to do with the name of Bethlehem here this morning.

 

I.        I WANT TO EXPLAIN THE __________________ OF THE NAME

   Bethlehem - _________________________

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Micah 5:2 (NIV)

   Ephrathah - __________________

 

II.       I WANT TO EXPLAIN THE __________________ OF THE NAME

    A. Don’t make the ______________ choice.

    B. Acknowledge Bethlehem as the ________________ choice.

    C. Realize Bethlehem is the _______________ choice.

Four basic needs are met:

1. __________________________

2. __________________________

3. __________________________

4. __________________________

Go to Bethlehem. Experience the Savior. Enjoy His blessings!

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November 25, 2018

The Bible Story In Psalms

By David McConnell

Psalms 1-50

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November 18, 2018

THANKFUL FOR OUR NATION

By David McConnell

Psalms brings praise to God.  We have so many things to be thankful for.  In the rest of the month of November we will be highlighting just a few of those things.  However, today we will be looking at being thankful for our nation.  Let’s take a closer look at Psalms 33 and see what it teaches us about being thankful for our nation.

I. GOD HAS BLESSED OUR NATION IN THE ________ – 

   LET’S BE _________________.

 

II. GOD IS BLESSING OUR NATION IN THE _____________–

    LET’S BE ______________

 

III. GOD WILL BLESS OUR NATION IN THE ____________ –

     LET’S BE _____________.

 

Someone has said that thanksgiving should be translated into thanksliving.  What actions should we take to be truly thankful for our nation?  For our country, may we truly be grateful to God, faithful to God, and placing our hope in God!

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November 11, 2018

THANKFUL FOR OUR NATION

By David McConnell

Psalms brings praise to God.  We have so many things to be thankful for.  In the rest of the month of November we will be highlighting just a few of those things.  However, today we will be looking at being thankful for our nation.  Let’s take a closer look at Psalms 33 and see what it teaches us about being thankful for our nation.

I. GOD HAS BLESSED OUR NATION IN THE ________ – 

   LET’S BE _________________

 

II. GOD IS BLESSING OUR NATION IN THE _____________–

    LET’S BE ______________.

 

III. GOD WILL BLESS OUR NATION IN THE ____________ –

     LET’S BE _____________.

 

Someone has said that thanksgiving should be translated into thanksliving.  What actions should we take to be truly thankful for our nation?  For our country, may we truly be grateful to God, faithful to God, and placing our hope in God!

 

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November 4, 2018

CHRIST AND HISTORY

By Delaine Donaldson

Scripture: Revelation 19: 11-14; Matthew 24:36-39; Genesis 6:1-5, 11, 12

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October 28, 2018

BAD THINGS DO HAPPEN TO GOOD PEOPLE

By David McConnell

Scripture: Job 2:1-10

Do bad things happen to good people?  You don’t have to have lived very long in order to answer that question.  Yes, bad things do happen to good people.  I know that each of us wants to handle the rough spots in our life with faith and grace.  In the story of Job, there are three people or groups of people.  Each of these individuals or groups responded to bad things happening to good people in different ways.  Some of the responses were bad and some were good.  I want to look at those ways with you so that we might be able to remain faithful to God and able to show grace in our difficulties.

 

I. WE CAN Blame GOD.   Job 2:9

II. WE CAN Explain GOD.   

    A. The danger - We May Not Understand God

    B. The result

         1.People Are Hurt

         2. ___________________________

    C. The alternative - Compassion

III. WE CAN Question GOD.  What is your motive?

IV. WE CAN Trust GOD.

The best action is to simply trust God even if you don’t understand why you are going through problems.

 

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October 21, 2018

Worship By Testimony

St. Louis Christian College                              Rick Champ

H.I.S. K.I.D.S., Inc.                                            Jim Miles

FISH                                                                 Harold Heth

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

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October 14, 2018

OUR IMPACT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

by Andrew Bloemker

“Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”

1 Peter 4:10

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October 7, 2018

BAD TO THE BONE

by David McConnell

Job 1-2 (NIV)

Satan is responsible for all of the bad things in this world – the sickness, the sorrow, the strife, etc.  The story of Job reveals to us just how bad Satan really is.  He wants to hurt us and separate us from God.  We must be on guard against the devil.  Let’s look at some of the facts about Satan. 

I. WHO HE IS

   A. What his names mean

        1. __________ - __________________

        2. __________ - __________________

        3. ______________

   B. What others have said about him

       1. Jesus said he was

       

       2. Paul said he was

         

II. WHAT HE DOES

    A. Satan _________ (1:7; 2:2)

         1 Peter 5:8

    B. Satan ______________ (1:9-11; 2:4-5)

    C. Satan is _______________ (1:12; 2:6)  

We cannot overcome the devil on our own.  We must have God’s help.

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September 30, 2018

THE SHORT LIST OF CHRISTIAN GROWTH

by David McConnell

3 We ought always to thank God for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love all of you have for one another is increasing. 4 Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring.

2 Thessalonians 1:3-4 (NIV)

 

What traits or qualities people would most like to develop in their life. Paul gives a really short list in this passage. Did you pick up on them when we read the passage? Just in case you didn’t, let me highlight them: faith, love and hope. Paul said the Thessalonians possessed these traits and that they were increasing. Wouldn’t you like to possess those traits and not just possess them but for them to be increasing in your life? Let’s take a look at these traits that we find on this short list for Christian growth.

 

I. FAITH – Three questions to answer about faith

   A. How _________________ is it?  Hebrews 11:6

   B. How ________ is it?

   C. Is it ________________?

 

II. LOVE

    A. How important is it?

        1. Two greatest __________________ Matthew 22:34-40

        2. The one great ______________________ I John 4:8

    B. Is it growing?

    C. How can I help it to grow?

 

III. HOPE

     A. The ________ for hope

     B. The _____________ for hope

Paul commended the Thessalonians for a growing faith and love and an enduring hope.  May we have those three in our life as well!

 

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September 23, 2018

SIZING UP THE OPPOSITION

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-20

Never underestimate your opposition. That’s good advice for all areas of life including one’s spiritual life.  Let’s take a look at the opposition we face as Christians.  Paul describes the opposition we face in several different ways in this passage.

I. WE FACE __________________ OPPOSITION (14-16)

   A. The secondary reasons for opposition

        1. ______________– Acts 16:20-21

        2. ____________________ – Acts 17:6-7

        3. _______________ – Acts 19:25-27

    B. The primary reason has a _________________ root.

II. WE FACE __________________ OPPOSITION (17-18)

    A. Biblical examples

        1. _______

        2. __________

        3. __________

    B. Biblical teaching – Ephesians 6:12

    C. Practical application

III. WE FACE ______________ OPPOSITION (2)

     A. Overcoming the opposition

          1. __________________

          2. ________________________

     B. Recognizing the opposition

Let’s be prepared for a real battle.  Satan will do all in his power to prevent us from taking God’s Word to our world.

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September 16, 2018

UNDERSTAND THE URGENCY

Scripture: 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10

How do you feel about missions and our church?  Most everyone would agree that missions is a good thing and a thing that needs to be a part of the church.  In other words, we would probably say that missions is important.  Is there any reason why we should possess a sense of urgency about the commission Jesus gave His church?   Yes!  In fact, I can give you three reasons why we need to feel a sense of urgency about the task of world evangelism.

I. JUDGMENT IS __________________

 

II. SALVATION IS _________________

 

III. THE TIME OF HIS RETURN IS ______________

 

Many still have not heard.  Many still have not believed.  May we work diligently until all have heard and many have believed!

 

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September 9, 2018

WHICH IS MORE IMPORTANT – THE MESSAGE OR

THE MESSENGER?

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-16

I want us to understand that not only is the message extremely important, but the messenger is also extremely important.  Let’s take a closer look at those who are delivering this all important message of the Word of God, the gospel of Christ.  Several truths stand out in this passage about the messengers.

I. THE __________________ OF THE MESSENGER

    A. The messenger is a _____________/___________. (4)

    B. The messenger is a _________________(4)

    C. The messenger is a _________________ (9)

    D. The messenger is a  _________________ with God (3:2)

II. THE __________________ OF THE MESSENGER

     A. _____________ did not detract from the message (3)

     B. _____________ did not detract from the message (5)

     C. _____________ did not detract from the message (10)

III. THE __________________ OF THE MESSENGER – What      

     kinds of attitudes should messengers of Christ demonstrate?

      A. _________________ (8)

      B. _________________ (2)

      C. _________________ (13)

IV. THE _____________ OF THE MESSENGER – What things

      do you need as a messenger of God?

      A. ______________________ (2)

      B. ______________ (5:25; 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2)

How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!

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September 2, 2018

APPRECIATING THE MESSAGE

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10

Before Jesus left this earth, He shared words that have often been forgotten.  Let me remind you of those words.

Matthew 28:18-20

How did the early church respond to those words?  In the book of Acts, we read how the early church carried out that final command, but is there any reference to carrying out that command elsewhere in the New Testament?  Paul specifically mentions sharing the message with others in the letters that he wrote to the church in Thessalonica. Today, I want us to look at the message that has been entrusted to us.

I. LET’S ___________________ THE MESSAGE

   A. It is the ____________ message. (1:8)

   B. It is the ____________________.  (2:13)

   C. It is the _______________ of Christ (3:2)

II. LET’S __________________ THE MESSAGE

    A. It is a _________________ message (1:5)

    B. It is an __________________ message (2:13)

        1. It brings ____________________. (2 Thess. 2:13)

        2. It brings ________.  (1:6)

    C. it is a ___________________ message (1:8)

 We have the most wonderful message!  Let’s be faithful in sharing it with our world.

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August 26, 2018

OUR CHURCH HAS A LOT OF SENIORS IN IT

PRAISE GOD!

Scripture: Daniel 6

We don’t have to be discouraged about being an older congregation.  Having a lot of seniors can actually be a blessing and we can praise God for it.  Let’s take a closer look at this Scripture and see what the potential is for a congregation who has mostly older people.

I. OLDER PEOPLE MIGHT MEAN YOU HAVE A GROUP OF

  Wonderful Workers

 

II. OLDER PEOPLE MIGHT MEAN YOU HAVE A GROUP OF

   Powerful Pray-ers

 

III. OLDER PEOPLE MIGHT MEAN YOU HAVE A GROUP OF

     Faithful Followers

 

As we look around the room today, we do see older people.  But let’s not think that is a bad thing.  Let’s remember that God can still use older people if we will allow Him to do so.

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August 19, 2018

STRANGERS IN A FOREIGN LAND, Part 3                                                       By David Mcconnell

Scripture: Daniel 5

At the end of chapter 2, Daniel had been promoted to ruler over the entire province of Babylon and was placed in charge of all its wise men.  Here in chapter 5, Daniel is a nobody only a memory.  Daniel really must have felt like he was a stranger in a foreign land.  Whatever influence he had enjoyed before was now gone.  As a Christian, do you ever feel that way in regard to our culture?  At one time, Christians were respected and the church was held in high esteem, but now that is only a fading memory.  What happens today when rulers, the culture, and even the common people forget their heritage?  There is a price to be paid, just as there was then.  To help us remember this sobering reality, let’s divide the biblical story up into two parts.

I. THE PREACHING (17-24)

   A. The lesson summarized (21) - _______________________

   B. The lesson taught (18-21) - _________________________

   C. The lesson forgotten (23) - _________________________

ii. THE PROPHECY (25-28)

    A. MENE - ________________________________________

    B. TEKEL - _______________________________________

    c. PERES - _______________________________________

 Very little attention is given to the voice of the church in our culture.  We must be ready for the time when once again we might be able to speak for the Lord.  Let’s prepare ourselves for that time.

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August 12, 2018

STRANGERS IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY – Part 2                                 By David Mcconnell

Scripture: Daniel 3

Aren’t you glad that things are different now than what they were then?  Actually on closer examination we might conclude that things aren’t much different. In fact, many of the things may be the same. But I have good news!  The conditions of our age may be similar to the days of Daniel and his three friends but be reassured that our God is still the same as well.  He has the same power to deliver His people. But He still has the same expectations for His people today as what He had in the days of Daniel.  Let’s look at some of the things that are the same today as what they were in the days of Daniel.

I. THE Temptations  ARE THE SAME (4-6)

   The temptation the three Hebrew men faced was idolatry


II. THE Behavior IS THE SAME (7)

     A word that could be used to summarize the behavior of the

     people in Daniel 3 is conformity

     Romans 12:2


III. THE Skepticism IS THE   SAME (15)


IV. THE Expectations ARE THE SAME


Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were strangers in a foreign land.  God sustained them and they not only survived their exile but they thrived.  He will do the same for you!

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August 5, 2018

STRANGERS IN A FOREIGN LAND                                                                      By David Mcconnell

Scripture: Daniel 1

We must live in our world filled with evil, sinful practices and wrong principles but we don’t have to make them a part of our lives.  This chapter teaches us some important principles to follow so we can not only remain free from the corruption of our world but we can also impact that culture for Jesus Christ.

 I. BE Hardworking

    A. Depend on God

    B. Demonstrate Energy

    C. Develop your Skill

    D. Impact the culture

    E. Communication

    F. Love others

    G. Give Thanks.


II. BE A Blessing

    A thought to consider and pray about: If our church closed its

    doors, would our community miss us? 


III. BE Different



We are in the minority but that’s been the norm throughout history.  Instead of being discouraged about our situation, let’s be positive, joyful, compassionate, productive, and prayerful.

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July 29, 2018

Chaos Into Order                                                                           by Martin Reyes

Scripture: Titus 1:5

 

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July 22, 2018

TUSSLING WITH THE TONGUE

Scripture: James 3:2-12

Our tongue gets us into more hot water, jams, problems, and predicaments than we can often handle.  It is a struggle keeping our tongues under control.  We have a real tussle with our tongue.  Bottom line: we can’t do it on our own. We need God’s help to control our tongue.  In this passage James mentions three facts about the tongue that we need to be aware of.

I. THE TONGUE IS POWERFUL – DON’T LET ITS  

    SIZE FOOL YOU. (5)  The tongue is small but James warns

     us about its power.  James uses three illustrations to help his

     readers visualize this truth.

    A. The bit and the horse

    B. The rudder and the ship

    C. The spark and the forest fire

II. THE TONGUE IS UNTAMABLE – DON’T LET ITS

     PEACEFULNESS LULL YOU (7-8)   Don’t think that since

     you have not put your foot in your mouth in the last 24 hours,

     you have tamed your tongue.  What hope do we have?  No

     man can tame his tongue but God can. 

III. THE TONGUE IS INCONSISTENT – DON’T LET

      ITS FICKLENESS FRUSTRATE YOU.  (9-12)   Do you ever

      get frustrated with the inconsistency of your tongue? Don’t

      let your frustration turn into complacency.  James said this

      is unacceptable.

We talk a lot so the potential for messing up is great.  We must seek God’s help in controlling our tongue.

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July 15, 2018

Mark Wilkinson Speaking About the Prison Ministry in Missouri

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July 8, 2018

All About Grace                                                                               David McConnell

Scripture: Galatians 2: 16-17

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July 1, 2018

WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT HUMAN GOVERNMENT?

Scripture: Romans 13:1-7

No more precise statement describing the purpose of human government has ever been written than that statement which begins our constitution.  Romans 13:1-7 presents the clearest biblical teaching concerning the God given origin and purpose of human government.  Does it surprise you that the rules for governing our land parallel the biblical rules for government?  It shouldn’t; not when you understand that the men who wrote our Constitution were godly men who were familiar with the Bible. We have been blessed to live in a free country.  With these blessings comes responsibility.  This morning I want to look at this responsibility from two perspectives.

I. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF GOVERNMENT TO  ITS

    CITIZENS

   A. Protect its citizens

   B. Prevent criminals from violating citizens’ rights

   C. Punish criminals

II. THE RESPONSIBILITY OF CITIZENS TO THEIR

    GOVERNMENT

     A. Pray  (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

     B. Submit

     C. Respect

     D. Pay taxes

As we celebrate our nation’s independence this week, may we rejoice at our blessings and resolve to fulfill our responsibilities!

 

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June 24, 2018

A TRANSFORMED LIFE

Scripture: Romans 12:9-21

What does offering our bodies as living sacrifices look like?  What does a transformed life look like?  The answers to those questions are clearly seen in the last part OF Romans 12.  It doesn’t get any more practical and down-to-earth than what we read in verses 9-21.  A living sacrifice and a transformed life will be evident in three areas. 

I. THE FIRST AREA IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD

II. THE SECOND AREA IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH

    FELLOW BELIEVERS

III. THE THIRD AREA IS OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH

      UNBELIEVERS

It is only through transformation by the Holy Spirit of God that  these standards can be reached.

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June 10, 2018

SOMETHING EVERYBODY CAN DO

Scripture: Romans 12:3-8

If no one takes responsibility, nothing gets accomplished..

I want you to understand that serving Jesus is something every Christian can do and needs to do.  Let me share with you four thoughts on Christian service that are suggested to me by this passage.

I. EVERYBODY  CAN DO SOMETHING FOR CHRIST

 

 

 

 II. NOBODY  CAN DO EVERYTHING FOR CHRIST

 

 

 

III. ANYBODY CAN DO SOMETHING FOR CHRIST

 

 

 

IV. SOMEBODY SHOULD DO SOMETHING FOR

     CHRIST

 

 

 

It doesn’t matter who you are.  You need to be serving Jesus!

 

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June 3, 2018

Dead or Alive

Scripture: Romans 12:1-2

Does it make a difference whether you are dead or alive?  It does to God.  In the Old Testament, God instructed His people to offer sacrifices to Him.  These sacrifices were onetime events.  The animals were killed and then offered up on the altar.  In the New Testament, He asks us to make a living sacrifice to Him.  This is an ongoing sacrifice.  I urge you to present your bodies as living sacrifices to God.  Let’s look at the motivations for making such a sacrifice.

I. IMPROPER MOTIVATIONS

   A. __________

   B. __________

   C. __________

   D. __________

II. PROPER MOTIVATIONS

    A. __________________

    B. __________

Are you presenting yourself as a living sacrifice to God?  Let us see Jesus and his sacrifice and allow this to motivate us to greater service for Him!

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May 27, 2018

A DAY OF REMEMBRANCE

Scripture: Exodus 12:1-14

In Exodus 6:6, God promised to redeem Israel from slavery.  The redemption that God brought about for the Israelites was called the Passover.  ).  I think you will be amazed at the similarity between the Passover of the Old Testament and the fulfillment of the Passover in the New Testament.  The Israelites rejoiced in their redemption from slavery; may we rejoice in our redemption from our slavery to sin!   In Exodus 12, we discover three truths about the redemption of the Israelites that are just as true concerning our redemption from sin.

I. REDEMPTION HAS TO BE APPLIED.

   A. Choose a lamb.

   B. Sprinkle the blood..

 

II. REDEMPTION MUST BE REMEMBERED,.

    A. The Passover was an ongoing ordinance.

    B. The Passover was to be observed in a specific way.

 

III. REDEMPTION WAS TO BE EXPLAINED..

 

Some things should never be forgotten.  Never forget the sacrifice that was made so that we might be free from our sins..

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May 20, 2018

HAVE YOU EVER HEARD GOD SPEAKING TO YOU?

Scripture: Exodus 3-4

In the first part of this passage of Scripture, God spoke to Moses telling him there was a job that needed to be done.  In the second part of this Scripture, Moses replied to God’s call.

Just as there were two parts to the conversation in Moses’ day, so there are two parts to the conversation we have when God calls us to serve.

I. GOD’S CALL

   A. God’s call is real.

   B. There is a great need.

   C. God has equipped  you to do the job.

II. OUR REPLY

    A. I am too busy.

    B. I may fail.

    C. I don’t have the ability.

    D. I don’t want to.

    E. Here am I, send me.

If God is speaking to you telling you that He has a job to do, I encourage you to respond to His call and become involved in serving Him. 

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May 13, 2018

AN UNSUNG MOTHER

Who are some of the outstanding mothers in the Bible?  There would be some obvious names that would be included in a list like that. Sarah, Rebekkah, Hannah, Mary

A name that probably would not appear on that list is Jochebed.

She was Jacob’s granddaughter, Amram’s wife and mother of  Moses.  I believe that Jochebed much like so many mothers today played an extremely important role in the life of her child.  Yet that role has largely gone unnoticed.  I am convinced that the influence of a mother on her child is a far greater contribution to making this world a better place than any other career a mother might choose.  From this passage of Scripture, Exodus 2:1-10, there are four truths that I want you to recognize.

I. RECOGNIZE HOW SPECIAL YOUR CHILD IS.

 

II. RECOGNIZE THERE IS A PRICE  TO PAY.

 

III, RECOGNIZE THAT TIME  IS SHORT.

 

IV. RECOGNIZE THAT YOU MUST RELEASE  THEM.

 

 

Moms, you are making a difference in the affairs of this world.  Stay the course!  Don’t give up!  Be faithful to your calling!

 

 

 

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May 6, 2018

DON’T GIVE UP . . .

Scripture: Mark 2:1-12

Have you ever felt paralyzed?

There are many situations that paralyze us. We get stuck on them, and eventually we might give up. We tell ourselves: “What’s the point?”

Here are four reasons to NOT GIVE UP:

1.      Don’t give up when you feel ________________, because you are not_____________________! (vv.1-3)

 

 

 

2.      Don’t give up when there are _________________________, because there is ___________________ _____________! (v.4)

 

 

 

3.      Don’t give up when you don’t ______ _______ ______ _______, because Jesus _______ _______ what _______ _________! (v.5)

 

 

 

4.      Don’t give up when people don’t __________________, (vv.6-7) because Jesus is the __________________________! (vv.8-12)

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April 29, 2018

THE ART OF SERMON LISTENING

Different people have achieved fame and notoriety because of things they have done.  Some of those things have been extremely important in the eyes of history and by those same standards other things have not been very important.  This has been true both in the secular world and also in the biblical record.

Scripture: Acts 17:10-12

To many, the actions of the Bereans seem unimportant but in the eyes of God, their actions were both important and noteworthy.  The Berean Christians are famous for being

good sermon listeners.  We should try our very best to imitate the actions of those early believers from Berea.  To help us do that, I would like for us to ask ourselves some questions.

I. HOW DO YOU APPROACH SERMON TIME?

 

II. WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER TO BE A GOOD SERMON?

 

III. WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN LISTENING TO A SERMON?

 

IV. HOW DO YOU APPLY THE SERMON?

 

V. WHAT CAN I DO TO BE A BETTER LISTENER?

 

Will you do your best to imitate the believers from Berea?

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April 22, 2018

WEARING OUR NAME PROUDLY

Scripture: Acts 11:19-30

A good name is something to guard, protect and preserve.  We have been given a good name by God.  Let’s wear the name God has given us proudly.  There are two kinds of names God has given to His people mentioned in this Scripture that we should wear proudly and guard diligently.

I. THE FIRST NAME IS A GROUP NAME THAT HAS

    BEEN GIVEN TO US.  That name is church. (22,26)

    A. How was the church viewed by the community?  Acts 2:47;

         5:13

    B. Why was the church held in honor by the community?  The

         answer could be given in one word.   Love

 

 

II. THE SECOND NAME IS AN INDIVIDUAL

     NAME THAT HAS BEEN GIVEN TO US.

     A. We are called disciples.

     B. We are called brothers..

     C. We are called Christians.

 

 

There is no greater name to wear than Christian and no greater group to which we can belong than the church.

 

 

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April 15, 2018

SALVATION IS SIMPLE

Scripture: Acts 8:26-40

Salvation is simple.  It may appear difficult but after an explanation of what the Bible teaches, salvation become simple.  Let’s look at how simple salvation really is.

I. SALVATION IS SIMPLE TO__________________ (34-36)

   A, Do you have a hard time understanding the Bible? 

   B. Start with ______________.

   C. What do I need to know?

        1. You need to know something about ___________.

             a. ______________________

             b. ______________________

        2. You need to know something about __________

             a. _______________________ I John 5:17; 3:4

             b. _______________________

             c. _______________________ Romans 3:23

             d. ________________________________ Romans

                 6:1-7

II. SALVATION IS SIMPLE TO _________________ (36, 38)

     A. No ____________________ to do Acts 2:38

     B. No _________________________ to receive it

          2 Corinthians 6:2

     C. No _________________________ to help you

          understand it.

     D. No _________________________

The reason why salvation is so simple is because Jesus made it that way.  We enjoy salvation because Jesus paid the price.

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April 8, 2018

THE RESURRECTION – NOT THE END OF THE STORY

Scripture: Acts 1:1-3

Jesus remained on earth for forty days following His resurrection.  That time provided beneficial results both for His apostles and for us today.  Let’s look at what those results are.

I. REASSURED OF HIS ________________

   ___________________

  A. To whom did He appear (3) 1 Corinthians 15:3-8

  B. What message was sent by these appearances?

 

 

II. SUPPLIED US WITH ADDITIONAL ___________________

 

 

 

III. DEMONSTRATED THE IMPORTANCE OF _____________

     ______________

     A. The Bible is an ____________________ subject

     B. The Bible needs to be _________________

     C. The Bible is a subject of great ___________________

 

 

Forty days after His resurrection Jesus ascended to heaven.  That is not the end of the story.  He is still present and working among us

April 1, 2018

THE ULTIMATE PIECE OF EVIDENCE

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 15:17

How important is the resurrection of Jesus Christ?  If you can prove that Jesus in fact did not rise from the dead, then you have disproved Christianity.  On the other hand, if you can prove that He did rise from the dead, then it is logical to conclude that our faith is true.  That is how important the resurrection is.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead is the ultimate piece of evidence for what we believe. For the next few moments, I want to look with you at three major ideas that are dependent upon the reality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

I. HIS ________________ IS DEPENDENT UPON THE 

   RESURRECTION

   A. John 20:28 – Jesus is ___________.

   B. Acts 2:36 – Jesus is the _________________.

   C. Acts 4:12 – Jesus is _________________

   D. Romans 1:4 – Jesus is the ______________________.

II. OUR ___________________ IS DEPENDENT UPON THE  

    RESURRECTION

    Romans 4:25; 1 Corinthians 15:17 

III. OUR _______________________ IS DEPENEDENT UPON

     THE RESURRECTION

     1 Corinthians 15:51-58

Everything is riding on the resurrection.  If He wasn’t raised from the dead we have nothing, but If Jesus was raised, we have everything.

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March 25, 2018

THE PROOF OF PROPHECY

Scripture: Luke 3:15

This morning, I offer fulfilled Old Testament prophecy as proof that Jesus is indeed the promised Messiah.  Let’s look at these prophecies from three different angles. 

I. THE _________ WAS RIGHT FOR THE PROPHECY TO

   BE FULFILLED

   A. God had _________________-.

       Galatians 4:4; Romans 5:6; Mark 1:15

   B. Prophecy indicated that the ________________________

        1. Genesis 49:10

        2. Daniel 9:24-27

II. THE ____________ WERE MADE THAT THE PROPHECY

    WAS BEING FULFILLED.

    Luke 4:16-21; John 5:39; 46;   Luke 24:25-27; 44-46

III. ____________ DID FULFILL PROPHECY – How did He do

     it?

    A. Was this done by _______________________________? 

    B. What are the ______ it was coincidental ?

 

If you were offered a business opportunity to make a large amount of money, but you had to make a large investment of your own resources to take advantage of that opportunity, would you take the chance?  You might ask what the odds are for success or failure.  What if there was only one chance in 100,000,000,000,000,000 that you would fail?  Would you make that investment?  Will you invest your life in Jesus?

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March 18, 2018

A Changed Life

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When it comes to our faith in Jesus Christ as the risen Son of God, we have to ask the question, “Is there evidence found in the lives of His followers that He actually rose from the dead and is alive today?”  Are their lives different because of their experience with Jesus?  The answer to that question is “Yes!”  For the next few minutes, I want to examine that evidence with you.  Some of this evidence is based in Luke and some of it is based in Acts which by the way was written by Luke.  So, our evidence is coming from essentially the same source.

I. THE EVIDENCE FROM _______________ – Luke 22:54-62; Acts 4:5-13

 

II. THE EVIDENCE FROM ___________________ – Acts 8:1-3; 9:1-2; 20-22

 

III. THE EVIDENCE FROM ____________________________

 

I have to believe that this piece of evidence is the most compelling one of all.  Does our life provide evidence that the faith we profess is real?  Or do people say that the faith we profess is not true because it hasn’t had an effect on our life

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March 11, 2018

The Bible and Archaeology

Archaeology can’t prove the truth of our faith, but it can verify the historical existence and accuracy of people, places, and events that are recorded in the Bible.  For the next few minutes, let’s look at the book of Luke and see what kinds of confirmations from archaeology we can find for the events he records.

I.  THE _________________________________ – Luke 2:1-2

    A. Archaeology confirms

        1. the Roman census

        2. the governor

    B. Don’t miss the big picture – ________________________

II. THE ________________________________ – Luke 4:14-30

     A. Archaeology confirms the existence of the town

     B. Don’t miss the big picture – ________________________

III. THE _______________________________ – Luke 8:22-25

     A. Archaeology illustrates the boat Jesus sailed in

     B. Don’t miss the big picture – ________________________

IV. THE ______________________________ – Luke 18:35-43

      A. Archaeology solves an apparent contradiction

      B. Don’t miss the big picture – _______________________

 

If more ancient artifacts were found, would more people have faith?  Perhaps, but let’s remember that these finds strengthen our faith; they do not generate faith.  The Bible says that faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17).  Will you put your faith in Jesus?

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February 25, 2018

Keeping The Main Thing The Main Thing

Stephen Covey author of the bestseller The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People once said, “the main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing.”   So what is the main thing?  The main thing is to love God and to love others.  Love is our message to the world and also our mission to the world. 

I. LOVE IS OUR ______________ – God loves you!

   A. A ____________ message

   B. A _________________ message

   C. A _________________ message

   D. A _______________ message

   E. A  _________________ message

II. LOVE IS OUR _____________ - Love one another!

    A. Simple to _________________

    B. Hard to _______________

    C. Essential for ______________

God has given us a wonderful message to share with our world.    Sharing that message is our mission.  If we are to be successful in our mission, we must not only share it verbally but also demonstrate it in our lives.  We must love others.

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February 18, 2018

Defining Love

1 John 4: 7, 8

Aren’t words funny?  Sometimes we use them without ever really understanding their meaning.  Can you define love? 

Listen to some of the things that I found in the Urban Dictionary concerning the definition of love.

It is a short word, easy to spell, difficult to define, and impossible to live without. 

Love is a feeling for another person so pure and sacred that nobody can define it to its true extent.

Perhaps we can define love better if we knew where love came from.

Scripture: 1 John 4:7-8

Let’s look at this definition of love and see where it leads us.

I. IT WILL LEAD US IN UNDERSTANDING WHAT   ________

   ________________.

 

II. IT WILL LEAD US IN UNDERSTANDING _________ JUST

    A LITTLE BETTER.

 

III. IT WILL LEAD US IN UNDERSTANDING SOME OF THE

     ________________________________________.

 

God is love.  Have you experienced His love?  Do you know Him?

Don’t ever think God’s love is something plain and ordinary.  Remember how great God’s love really is.

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February 4, 2018

A GREAT DECLARATION

Scripture: 1 John 3:1-3

Throughout history there have been many great declarations that have been made.  The Bible also contains many great declarations.  Let me share with you one of those great declarations.

Scripture: 1 John 3:1-3

The great declaration that I want to focus on here this morning. is _______________________________ .As we study this passage, we will see how great God’s love is.

I. LET’S OPEN OUR ____________________ HOW GREAT  

   GOD’S LOVE IS

 

 

 

II. LET’S OPEN OUR _____________________________

    HOW GREAT GOD’S LOVE IS.

 

 

 

III. LET’S OPEN OUR ______________________________

     HOW GREAT GOD’S LOVE IS.

 

 

 

IV. LET’S OPEN OUR ____________________HOW GREAT

     GOD’S LOVE IS.

 

 

Don’t ever think God’s love is something plain and ordinary.  Remember how great God’s love really is.

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January 28, 2018

GENESIS ASWERS BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE

Part 4

Sin isn’t so bad. Who said that?  It certainly was not God who said that and you can’t find that anywhere in the Bible. 

Scripture: Genesis 3

In this Scripture we see how sin entered into the world and by taking a closer look at that passage, we will see just how bad sin really is.

I. SIN IS SO BAD THAT IT CAUSED MAN TO ________________________.

 

II. SIN IS SO BAD THAT IT CAUSED MAN TO _____________________________________________.

 

III. SIN IS SO BAD THAT IT CAUSED GOD TO ___________________________________. If you want to see how bad

     sin really is, then I would tell you to look at the cross.

 

IV. SIN IS SO BAD THAT IT CAUSED MAN TO ___________________________________.

Sin is the reason for the problems in our world today.  Jesus is the solution to those problems

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January 21, 2018

GENESIS ANSWERS BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE

Part 3

Marriage has been a part of life in nearly every culture throughout recorded history.  Where did it come from? 

What does the Bible say?

Scripture: Genesis 2:15-25

This passage gives us two commentaries on marriage that will help us come to a more biblical view of marriage.

I. THE FIRST COMMENTARY COMES FROM _______.

   A  God made an evaluation (Genesis 2:18a) - _______________

   B. God devised a solution (Genesis 2:18b) - _______________

   C. God laid out some guidelines (Genesis 2:24)

        1. ________________

        2. ________________

        3. ____________________________

II. THE SECOND COMMENTARY COMES FROM

     _______.

     A. Man made an exclamation - __________________

     B. Man made a declaration - ___________________

         ____________________.

God declared His creation to be good six times in Genesis 1 (4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25).  But it was only after man and woman were both created (Genesis 1:31), did He declare His creation to be very good.

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January 14, 2018

GENESIS ANSWERS BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE

Part 2

Scripture: Genesis 1:26-28

What sets man apart from the rest of the creation as unique or is He the same as everything else?  The answer to that question will determine how you view life and your purpose for being here on earth.  If you see yourself as God’s special creation, then you indeed have a purpose, but if you are no different than the other life forms then you have no real purpose.  My message to you this morning is that you were created in the image of God, making you very special, and God has a purpose for your life.  To get a better idea of what it means to be created in the image of God, let’s look at three pictures presented in the Bible.

I. MAN AT HIS _______________  

 

 

II. SON OF MAN AT HIS ________________________

   John 14:8-9; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:3; 2 Corinthians 4:4

 

 

III. SAVED MAN AT HIS ________________________

     2 Corinthians 5:17; Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10

 

Even though we have been re-created in the image of God through Christ, I think each of us realizes that we fall short of that standard.  However, the Word of God teaches us that someday, we shall achieve that standard.         1 John 3:2

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January 7, 2018

GENESIS ANSWERS BASIC QUESTIONS ABOUT LIFE

Part 1

Scripture: Genesis 1:1

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There are 66 books in the Bible. Genesis is the foundation upon which the rest of the Bible sits. There are 1,189 chapters in the Bible, and Genesis chapter one is the foundation for all of the other chapters. There are 23,214 verses in the Old Testament alone. Genesis 1:1 is the foundation of all of the other verses. Genesis is the front door to the rest of the Bible. Genesis 1 is the knob that turns the door. But Genesis 1:1 is the key that unlocks the doorknob.  This first verse, made up of ten words, is simple yet awe inspiring.  In ten short simple words it tells the complete story and that story gives meaning and purpose to our lives.  We are told the when, who, how, and what of all things.  If you accept the truth of those words, the most puzzling questions of the ages can be answered.

I. “IN THE BEGINNING” TELLS US THE _________

    John 17:5; Ephesians 1:4; 1 Peter 1:20, 2 Timothy 1:9;  

    Matthew 25:34;

II. “GOD” TELLS US THE ________

III. “CREATED” TELLS US THE ________ 

     Rom. 4:17; Heb. 11:3; Psalms 33:6,9; 148:5; Amos 4:13

IV. “THE HEAVENS AND THE EARTH” TELLS US THE

      __________

The rest of the Bible tells us the Why.  God created all this for His glory.  Are you worshipping Him rather than the things He created?

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December 31, 2017

Time to Renew  

by Pastor Martin Reyes

Scripture: II Corinthians 5:17

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December 24, 2017

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

“Home” is a word many people think of when they hear the word Christmas.  It’s interesting that even at that first Christmas, people were going home.

Scripture: Luke 2:1-5

I want us to think of home from a different perspective this morning.  It is my desire that when you think about our church, the word “home” comes to mind.  Let’s take a look at the Christmas story once again and break it down into three parts.  After identifying those three parts, then let’s make some applications.

I. THE ____________________ TO COME HOME (Luke 2:1)



II. THE ______________________ OFFERED AT HOME (Luke 2:6-7)



III. THE _____________________ GIVEN WHEN YOU GET

      HOME (Luke 2:8-14)

Welcome Home!  If First Christian is already your home, then we are glad you are here.  If you’re looking for a church home, then we would love for you to make First Christian your home!

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December 17, 2017

A Time of Celebration

The Bible says it was a time of great happiness and joy.  Every place the good news was shared there was joy.  That joy was expressed with dinners, banquets, and buffets.  The people even gave presents to one another.  It was such a great celebration that they decided to do it again the next year and for years to come.  Was it Christmas?  No, it was the Feast of Purim.  You can read about it in the book of Esther.  Good news can be the spark that sets off celebrations.  I can’t think of any better news to set off a celebration than the news that was shared with the shepherds outside Bethlehem.  I want to encourage you to celebrate the good news of the birth of Christ.

There are two parts of that news that provide a reason for celebration.

I. A ________________ WAS BORN.




II. THE __________ HAD COME.




How did God celebrate the birth of His Son?  He sent a great choir of angels to sing His praise.  Singing is still a great way to celebrate.  I invite you to join in a time of celebration as we lift our voices in praise to God.

Don’t let the pressures of the season spoil your Christmas.  Take some time to slow down and appreciate God’s greatest gift.

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December 10, 2017

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December 3, 2017

A Time To Slow Down

Scripture: Luke 1:26-38

With the first Christmas approaching, what did Mary do?  She got out of town for a while’ she took a little vacation.  In other words, she took time to slow down.  I want to encourage you to do the same thing.  If you are feeling more frazzled than festive, more stressed than blessed, more depressed than delighted, or more miserable than merry, take some time in the coming days to slow down. Let me suggest some things you can do in your “slow down” time.

I. TAKE TIME TO _____________.

  Read again the words of the Christmas story.  Luke 1:25-56;

  Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 2:1-20; Matthew 2:1-12


II. TAKE TIME TO ____________.



III. TAKE TIME TO _____________.



IV. TAKE TIME TO ___________.

November 26, 2017

GOING TO CHURCH CAN HELP YOU GROW

Scripture: 2 Peter 3:18

Growth is a natural process.  If you receive proper nourishment and exercise, you will grow physically.  However growth in other areas does not come so naturally.  It has to be more intentional. Mental, emotional and spiritual growth result from effort, environment, example, education, etc.  How about the growth that is spoken of in the passage we have just read?  Is it automatic or intentional?  I think we would all agree that it is intentional.  One of the most important contributors to growing spiritually is regular church attendance.  Let’s look at a few of those areas where the church can help you grow and mature.

I. REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE CAN HELP YOU

   GROW IN YOUR ____________________________ . Colossians 1:10


II. REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE CAN HELP YOU

    GROW IN YOUR ___________. 2 Thessalonians 1:3


III. REGULAR CHURCH ATTENDANCE CAN HELP YOU

     GROW IN YOUR __________. 1 Thessalonians 3:12


Don’t come occasionally to church or only when you feel like it.  Make regular church attendance a priority and a habit,

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November 19, 2017

Don't Neglect Fellowship

Life is hard.  We all run into various kinds of challenges; health problems, financial issues, conflict within our families. We need the encouragement that others can bring.  That’s why we need the church.  God intended for the church to provide encouragement.  This connection that people have with one another within the church has a special name.  We call it fellowship.  We need this stuff called fellowship.  Don’t cut yourself off from the fellowship of the church!  Fellowship with other believers will meet several needs in our lives.

I. WE NEED OUR __________  ____________________.




II. WE NEED OUR ___________________  _______________.




III. WE NEED OUR _________________  ________________.




IV. WE NEED OUR _______________  __________________.




There are many analogies for a Christian disconnected from a church: a football player without a team; a soldier without a platoon; a tuba player without an orchestra; a sheep without a flock; a child without a family.  Don’t cut yourself off from the fellowship of your church.

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November 12, 2017

Setting A Good Example

I Corinthians 11:1

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November 5, 2017

A Bad Habit

Hebrews 10:25

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October 29, 2017

How Can They, Unless Someone Explains It?  by Martin Reyes

Acts 8:26-40

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October 15, 2017

Terry Stine, President of St. Louis Christian College Speaker


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October 8, 2017

A PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS  by David McConnell


Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23


Many words have been written to describe this fruit, but has its image ever been captured in a picture?  The answer is “Yes.”  If you want to see what this fruit looks like, look at Jesus.  For the next few minutes, let’s look at the life of Jesus so that we might see a beautiful and clear picture of the fruit of the Spirit.


1. __________



2. ________



3. __________



4. _______________



5. _______________



6. _______________



7. _______________



8. _______________



9. __________________



We can see the fruit in Jesus.  Can it be seen in you and me?

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October 1, 2017Text...

Where Does The Fruit Come From                      by David McConnell

Scripture: Galatians 5:22-23

Is this a description of a super Christian?  No!  Every follower of Jesus should be producing this fruit.  Where does this fruit come from?  To help us understand where the fruit of the Spirit comes from, I want us to look at the answer to two questions.


I. WHAT IS NOT THE SOURCE OF THE FRUIT OF THE

   SPIRIT?

   A. The fruit of the Spirit does not occur by ________________

   B. The fruit of the Spirit is not a product of ________________

   C. The fruit of the Spirit is not a result of _________________


II. WHAT IS THE SOURCE OF THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT?

     A. ____________ with Jesus – John 15:1-6

        1. ______________

        2. ______________

        3. ______________

        4. _______________

    B. ____________________ to the Holy Spirit - Galatians 5:25


Is this fruit evident in your life?  If it isn’t, why isn’t it?  Have you separated yourself from Jesus?  Have you stopped allowing the Holy Spirit to lead you?  If you are not seeing this fruit in your life, I encourage you to reconnect with Jesus and allow His Spirit to direct you.

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September 24, 2017

The Answer To An All Important Question        by David McConnell

There are many important questions that can be asked in life.    Will I go to college?  What job will I choose?  Whom will I marry?  Where will I live?  All are important but none are as important as “What must I do to be saved?”  The reason for its importance is the eternal consequences attached to the answer while the answers to the other questions only have bearing on this life.  In the New Testament, this question was asked on four different occasions.  Let’s look at the answers given to that question from three different angles.

I. THE _______________ OF THE ANSWER - Were the answers given to this question in the book of Acts from God or from man?  Let’s look at two verses to help us answer that.

    A. Matthew 16:19

    B. John 14:26; 16:13

II. THE ___________________ OF THE ANSWER

     A. ______________ in Jesus

     B. ______________ of your sins

     C. ______________ Christ

     D. ______________ into Christ

III. THE _______________________ OF THE ANSWER – The answer is the same today as it was in the days of the apostles.


I hope you will have an opportunity to share with someone the answer to that all-important question – “What must I do to be saved?”

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September 17, 2017

"A Question From Jesus"            by Delaine Donaldson


Scripture: Luke 18:1-8

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September 10, 2017

W. T. Gordon Portrayed              by Delaine Donaldson

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August 6, 2017

CHOOSING THE RIGHT KIND OF BREAD          By David McConnell


One day in His ministry, Jesus warned His followers about making a terrible mistake.  The mistake they were about to make was choosing the wrong kind of bread.

Scripture: John 6:25-35

Is that such a serious thing – to choose the wrong kind of bread?  It is!  A closer look at this passage along with the verses that come after it will help us understand how important it is to choose the right kind of bread.  We need to look for four qualities in bread to help us choose the right kind of bread.

I. BREAD THAT WON’T _______________ (John 6:27)


II. BREAD THAT __________________ (John 6:35)


III. BREAD THAT IS ____________ (John 6:32)


IV. BREAD THAT __________________ (John 6:49-51)


Choose Jesus as the bread of life.  May He be the one who satisfies and sustains you.


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May 28, 2017

REMEMBER AND DON’T FORGET       By David McConnell

Scripture: Deuteronomy 6:1-12

God saw the importance for remembering.  He did not want His people to forget Him (Deuteronomy 6:12).  Be careful that you do not forget the Lord!  Scattered throughout this passage we can find facts about remembering that will encourage us to remember God and His commands.

I. THE PURPOSE OF REMEMBERING – One of the major reasons for remembering is to __________________________

_________________________________. (Deuteronomy 6:2720-24)

What do we want to teach our children?

II. THE METHOD OF REMEMBERING

     A, Reminders that are _________________ (Deuteronomy 6:8-9)

     B. Reminders that are _______________ (Deuteronomy 6:7)

III. THE RESULTS OF REMEMBERING

     A. The ______________ resulting from remembering (Deuteronomy 6:2)

     B. The ______________ resulting from remembering 

          (Deuteronomy 6:2, 3, 18, 24)

     C. The _____________________ resulting from not

          remembering (Deuteronomy 6:15)

Conclusion: As we conclude our study, let’s take a closer look at verse Deuteronomy 6:25.  Is this good news for us or bad news?  Think about it.

The promise is that if we obey all this law, it will be our righteousness.  What happens if we fail to obey it all?  The answer is we will not have righteousness before God.  That is not good news. The good news is that Jesus is our righteousness.  Romans 3:21-26

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May 21, 2017

Mark Wilkinson from Christian Prison Ministry of Missouri gave the sermon this week their web site is christianprisonministryofmissouri.org

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May 14, 2017

A COMMANDMENT FOR ALL AGES     by David McConnell

Scripture: Exodus 20:12

We may have a limited view of this commandment.  We generally have applied it to children from infancy through adolescence.  However, after a child has reached 18 then it no longer applies.  This is just not true.  This commandment can be applicable throughout life.  How can this be?  Let’s take some time this morning to look at this commandment and see what its application is for the different stages in life.

I. THE YOUNG CHILD WILL HONOR HIS PARENTS BY    

    OBEYING ____________ COMMANDMENTS. 

     Ephesians 6:1-3

    1Timothy 4:8

II. THE OLDER CHILD WILL HONOR HIS PARENTS BY

     OBEYING ___________ COMMANDMENTS.

     Proverbs 23:24-25

     3 John 4

III. THE CHILD WHOSE PARENTS ARE DEPENDENT UPON

      HIM WILL HONOR HIS PARENTS BY ________________

      FOR THEM

      Proverbs 23:22

      Proverbs 28:24 – Matthew 15:1-9 – 1Timothy 5:8

How important is this commandment?  If it is disregarded, the first four commandments will probably be neglected and the last five will not be obeyed.  Honoring parents is the basis for a godly and righteous live.

May 7, 2017

What Is Discipleship?
Scripture: Matthew 4;18-22Audio

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April 30, 2017

DISCIPLES OF CHRIST        By David McConnell

Scripture: Acts 11:19-30

Are you a disciple of Christ?  You might answer that question in a variety of ways, but answering is important.  A disciple of Christ is one who believes His teachings, rests upon His sacrifice, receives His Spirit, and imitates His example.  I would hope that each of us would say, “Yes I am a disciple of Christ.”  We must be concerned about being a disciple of Christ ourselves and about making other people disciples of Jesus.  Our Scripture speaks about three important parts of discipleship

I. THE _______________ OF A DISCIPLE

   A. ________ are disciples made

   B. ________ makes disciples

   C. What are the _______________ of making disciples

II. THE ______________ OF A DISCIPLE

    A. The name’s ______________

    B. The name’s ______________

III. THE _____________ OF A DISCIPLE

      A.  _________________ and ____________

      B. _________________ and _____________

Let’s finish the message the same we began by asking the question, “Are you a disciple of Christ?”  My challenge to you is to answer Jesus’ call to be His disciple.

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