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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Do You Remember September 11, 2001?

Introduction:

Do you remember September 11, 2001?  This was the day that nineteen Islamic militants associated themselves with the extremist group of Al-Qaeda. They hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. This was reported and documented by the web page www.history.com., as well as many other news reporting sites.

That day the United States was under attack by a foreign enemy. Today as believers in Jesus Christ, we are also under attack by many enemies. Let me name a few for you this morning. There is Satan and the demons of hell, sin, others and ourselves. You see, we are under attack, too.

This morning, I wish to study with you some positive promises of God’s Word that teaches the believer that we have been given victory and we can hold our head up high in Holy Ghost confidence.

Outline: What are the positive promises in God’s Word concerning victory?

 

  1. We are more than conquerors.

Romans 8:37-39

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

 

  1. We can walk in the impossible.

Luke 1:37-38

37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

 

  1. We are promised victory.

Proverbs 21:31

31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but the victory belongs to the Lord.

 

Conclusion:

  1. Victory belongs to the believer.

 

  1. God is waiting to achieve the impossible for you.

 

  1. Let us all walk in the promises of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Change

Introduction:

We are all entering into a season of change and we will all respond differently. Most of us may respond negatively with fears, doubts, and frustrations or even with a time of decision. These emotions can dominate us and may cause us to make choices that are wrong but may seem right at the time.

The question is since change is here for us all, instead of being dominated by negative emotions, how can we come to the point that this will be a positive Godly experience?

Listen to this passage in Romans 15:13, the Bible says; May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

Let us study this together and move from negative emotions or let me say, let us prohibit ourselves from becoming negative to the positive emotions that God’s Spirit can bring us all.

Outline: So, how does this all work? Or let me say during seasons of change, how can God work His goodness of letting this be a positive experience?

 

  1. We must focus on who God is and not on our present emotional reality.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

  1. We must count on the character of God manifesting itself in us during this time of transition.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

  1. We must wait on the power of God to explode in our midst.

Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

 

Conclusion:

 

  1. Let us decide today to not allow fear to grip us all because we have the God of all hope.

 

  1. Let us not make quick decisions in this time but let us wait on God in prayer as He manifest himself to us all.

 

  1. Let us understand that we can exceed into God’s best for us all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 21, 2016

The Lost Community of Grand Forks

Last week I quoted a statistic from Corporate Chaplain America. Let me give you that quote again, “80% of Americans aren’t meaningful connected to a church.” Let us see what that means for Grand Forks. In the census taken in 2013, the population of Grand Forks was 54, 932. We know that the population now is more. But, what is 80% of that population total? It is 43, 946. That means that 43, 946 are not meaningfully connected to a local church body. So, we can say by statistics, that Grand Forks, North Dakota is a lost community.

The question is what do we as a church do? The Bible says in Ephesians 2:10, For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” Look at these lyrics by Matthew West in his song called, “Do Something.”

I woke up this morning, Saw a world full of trouble now. Thought, how’d we ever get so far down? How’s it ever gonna turn around? So I turned my eyes to Heaven, I thought, “God, why don’t You do something?” Well, I just couldn’t bear the thought of People living in poverty, Children sold into slavery. The thought disgusted me. So, I shook my fist at Heaven, Said, “God, why don’t You do something?” He said, “I did, I created you” If not us, then who, If not me and you, Right now, it’s time for us to do something. If not now, then when. Will we see an end? To all this pain? It’s not enough to do nothing. It’s time for us to do something. I’m so tired of talking, About how we are God’s hands and feet, But it’s easier to say than to be, Live like angels of apathy who tell ourselves It’s alright, “somebody else will do something” Well, I don’t know about you, But I’m sick and tired of life with no desire, I don’t want a flame, I want a fire

I wanna be the one who stands up and says, “I’m gonna do something.” We are the salt of the earth, we are a city on a hill, but we’re never gonna change the world, by standing still, no we won’t stand still, no we won’t stand still, no we won’t stand still!

Outline: So, what are we at Calvary Community Church going to do about the 43, 946 persons who are not connected to a church?

 

  1. We are going to invite them to church.

Luke 14:23

23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.

 

  1. We are going to pray for this city.

1 John 5:14-15

14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

 

 

  1. We are going to ask them to come to Bible study.

2 Peter 3:18

18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

 

  1. We are going to encourage them to come to future events that are being scheduled.

Hebrews 10:24-25

24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

 

Conclusion: Let me end with another song by White Heart, “We are His Hands.”

We are His hands

We are His feet

We are His people

Children of the Lord

We share the hope

We share the dream

Believers in Jesus

Children of the King

 

As far as I am concerned, Calvary Community Church is the only hope 43, 946 people have, today.

 

 

 

Sunday, August 14, 2016

An Interview with Jesus

Introduction:

What if Fox News, CNN or another news agency interviewed Jesus, what would be contained in that interview. Would the reporter ask about the many miracles that Jesus performed, maybe? Would the reporter ask about raising Lazarus from the dead, perhaps? What if he asked about prayer and the reason it was so vital to Jesus since he was God in the flesh?

What about the Garden of Gethsemane and the sweat drops of blood? The reporter may wish to know about that, although, what if the reporter asked this one last question, “what is the most vital bit of information that you wish the world to know about you?” What would Jesus say?

We all would have our own ideas, but the Biblical evidence suggests that Jesus would talk at length about the Great Commission since it is mentioned in Matthew, Mark, taught in Luke-Acts and Romans plus the entire New Testament. So, let us look at the Great Commission this morning from the point of view that it was important Jesus.

 

Outline: Why was the Great Commission so vital to Jesus?

 

  1. The Great Commission displayed a total inclusiveness to mankind.

Matthew 28:16-19a

16 Now the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain to which Jesus had directed them. 17 And when they saw him they worshiped him, but some doubted. 18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations.

 

  1. The Great Commission immersed the world back to the original design of God.

Matthew 28:19b

19b, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.

 

  1. The Great Commission brought change into every culture and environment.

Matthew 28:20

20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

Conclusion: Why was the Great Commission so vital to Jesus?

 

  1. The Great Commission displayed a total inclusiveness to mankind.
  1. The Great Commission immersed the world back to the original design of God.
  1. The Great Commission brought change into every culture and environment.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Pain and Suffering:  A Biblical Response, Part Two

Introduction:

Last week we talked about Pain and Suffering. Basically, from a scriptural point of view we discussed how the believer is to respond during those times. Today, I wish to continue this line of thought, but asking a different question. That question being, what is the follower of Christ suppose to believe while suffering? What we truly believe in suffering will lead to how we will respond.

While reading Psalm 119, I came across a verse, specifically, verse 168; the last part reads, “for all my ways are before you.” Since God is all-knowing and he sees every detail of our lives, He knows our pain, so it is vital what we believe during the times of suffering.

Outline:  What should we believe while suffering? 

 

  1. We must believe that God is present with us in our pain.

Matthew 28:20b 

And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

 

  1. We must believe that God is enough during my hour of suffering.

2 Corinthians 12:9

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 

  1. We must believe that God’s people, His church will be available and present in our hour of great difficulty.

1 Corinthians 12:25-26 

25 that there may be no division in the body, but that the members may have the same care for one another. 26 If one member suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.

 

Conclusion:  What should we believe while suffering?

 

  1. We must believe that God is present with us in our pain.

 

  1. We must believe that God is enough during my hour of suffering.

 

  1. We must believe that God’s people, His church will be available and present in our hour of great difficulty.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Pain and Suffering: A Biblical Response

Introduction:

On Monday morning while Brenda was getting ready for work we were having a conversation basically on the will of God. While we were talking, Brenda brought up the following verse about Jesus, the will of God and his suffering while in his humanity. The Bible says in Matthew 26:39, “And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

The context of this passage is Jesus praying in Gethsemane. He knew he was about to die and suffer intently. He knew pain was coming. The word ‘cup’ indicates that in his humanity he really did not wish to suffer, but He was willing.

I have a question, “what if the cup of suffering and pain was inevitable or it just happened, how is the believer suppose to response?” I wish today to give you a Biblical response to pain and suffering, but not just any response, but lessons that God has taught me personally.

Outline: How is the believer to respond to suffering and pain?

  1. We must covenant God’s promises, because it helps us remember what God said.

Psalm 119:89

89 Forever, O Lord, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens.

  1. We must keep on praying because it reminds me of God’s character.

John 17:3

And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.

  1. We must depend on Jesus praying for us when we can’t.

Hebrews 7:22-25

22 This makes Jesus the guarantor of a better covenant.

23 The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office, 24 but he holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues forever. 25 Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them.

  1. We must depend on the Holy Spirit praying for us as well.

Romans 8:26-27

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

NLT

26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will.

Conclusion: Do you hurt today?

  1. Then, meditate on the promises of God.
  1. Keep on praying.
  1. Depend on Jesus praying for you.
  1. Depend on the Holy Spirit as well.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Encouragement in a World

of Political Agendas

Introduction: 

I thought today that I would give us all some encouragement, especially in a world that is right now displaying their personal political agendas. Some of you just love the political world, then there are some that absolutely hate it. But in between there are people who don’t hate it, nor do they love it; they will pray, view at times, but then they will say, “I have had enough.”

So, wherever you are, let us all receive some powerful encouragement from God’s word by getting some truth about living in a world dominated by the political scene. Let us begin by reading Proverbs 14:34. This is wisdom coming from the very mouth of God. The Bible says, Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Outline: What does this mean to those of us who live in Grand Forks? What does this mean to our country that is dominated by politics?

  1. We can make a difference, Proverbs 14:34 and 2 Corinthians 5:21.

Proverbs 14:34

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people.”

2 Corinthians 5:21

21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

  1. We can make our city good, Proverbs 11:23.

Proverbs 11:23

The desire of the righteous ends only in good; the expectation of the wicked in wrath.

  1. We can function in God’s nature, Proverbs 23:3.

Psalm 23:3

             He restores my soul; He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Conclusion:

  1. You can make a difference, so let’s get involved!
  1. Volunteer somewhere in our city, all you will do is to establish good!
  1. Let us all make up our minds to let the people of this city see Jesus Christ in us.