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Apr 18, 2021
God in the Image of Man
Series: General
Judges 18; 17; 1:21,27,29-34
- God provided a promised land for every tribe except the Levite. God expected the people to take care of the Levite, represented of Him.
- Because the people did not recognize God as king, they made one themselves.
- If we don't remove the sinful things in our lives, we will not recognize God as king.
- When you are not committed to God you will go to the highest bidder.
- There are too many hirelings in the vineyard of God.
- We can have the right family name, the right spiritual heritage, lineage, a historical relationship with God, but do you acknowledge God as king?
- When we do what we want and think it is okay to do something, we are making God in our image.
- When God is not on the center of our heart, we create our own idols.
- When we don't recognize God as the true and living God, we search for what is beneficial for us, instead of what God has ordained.
- When God is not your king, it becomes all about self.
- When you don't recognize God as king, your worship is counterfeit, you look for the easy way out.
- Too many of us walking around like God didn't make commandments, He makes suggestions.
- Can't be true worship if the God we worship is made in our own image (or somebody else's).
- If you can pick your God up and move Him around, your God has no power.
- We want to avoid, runaway from, any God made in the image of man.
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  • Apr 18, 2021God in the Image of Man
    Apr 18, 2021
    God in the Image of Man
    Series: General
    Judges 18; 17; 1:21,27,29-34
    - God provided a promised land for every tribe except the Levite. God expected the people to take care of the Levite, represented of Him.
    - Because the people did not recognize God as king, they made one themselves.
    - If we don't remove the sinful things in our lives, we will not recognize God as king.
    - When you are not committed to God you will go to the highest bidder.
    - There are too many hirelings in the vineyard of God.
    - We can have the right family name, the right spiritual heritage, lineage, a historical relationship with God, but do you acknowledge God as king?
    - When we do what we want and think it is okay to do something, we are making God in our image.
    - When God is not on the center of our heart, we create our own idols.
    - When we don't recognize God as the true and living God, we search for what is beneficial for us, instead of what God has ordained.
    - When God is not your king, it becomes all about self.
    - When you don't recognize God as king, your worship is counterfeit, you look for the easy way out.
    - Too many of us walking around like God didn't make commandments, He makes suggestions.
    - Can't be true worship if the God we worship is made in our own image (or somebody else's).
    - If you can pick your God up and move Him around, your God has no power.
    - We want to avoid, runaway from, any God made in the image of man.
  • Apr 4, 2021He Kept His Word
    Apr 4, 2021
    He Kept His Word
    Series: General
    Matthew 28:1-8; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
    - Three times Jesus spoke of His death and that He will rise again.
    - Jesus reveals things in greater detail the more we walk with Him.
    - The stone was rolled away not so Jesus can get out, but so that people can get in and bear witness that He had risen.
    - Our testimony is different from that of the world's.
    - The empty tomb gives us hope.
    - When Jesus got up from the grave it was a game changer.
    - Because Jesus kept His Word about the resurrection we can have confidence in everything else He said.
    - The empty tomb gives us hope that this life is not all that is.
  • Mar 28, 2021Jesus, the King of Glory
    Mar 28, 2021
    Jesus, the King of Glory
    Series: General

    Psalm 24:7-10; Matthew 21:1-11; Mark 11:1-111; Luke 19:28-44; John 12: 12-19; Isaiah 62:11, Zechariah 9:4; Psalm 118:25-26; 2 Samuel 7; Habakkuk 2:10-11; Luke 19:41-44

     

    - The people had a deep desire for God to be with them.

    - Jesus needed the obscure donkey.  No matter how obscure we may seem to be, Jesus needs us!

    - What the people were doing and how they received Jesus was based on Scripture.

    - Those that knew the Word knew Jesus would come on a donkey.

    - I don't need no rocks crying out for me, I will do it myself.

    - There is no escaping from God.

    - Jesus wept over the city because He knew that they would regret Him and they would be judged.

    - The people did not recognize when God visited them, and that led to their demise.

    - These questions are echoing through the heavens.  We need to have an answer.

    1. Who is this King of Glory?
    2. Why do you desire to see Jesus in your life? Curious, miracle worker, to do for you?
    3. For what reason do you want Jesus?
    4. Who do you say that Jesus is?

    - The King of Glory will come in but the doors have to be opened.

  • Mar 21, 2021For Now I Know
    Mar 21, 2021
    For Now I Know
    Series: General

    John 3:16; Romans 8:32; Genesis 22:1-18; 21:12

    - Love is an action that flows from a decision. God made a decision to create us,

    - Because God is great, His actions are not fully appreciated.

    - The best obedience is immediate.  Delayed obedience turns into disobedience.

    - Commitment is shown over time.

    - When we have the opportunity to back out and we don't, our commitment is revealed.

    - In the midst of our circumstance, purpose to continue to speak words of faith.

    - Even though the situation looks contrary, we have to remember what God told us.

    - We need to know God will provide Himself.

    - Just because God told us something, we have to keep listening.

    - Sometimes we don't know something, until someone shows you with their actions.

    - For now I know that God loves me because He gave His son.

  • Mar 14, 2021Time to Move
    Mar 14, 2021
    Time to Move
    Series: General

    Ecclesiastes 3:1-8; Exodus 3:1-12

     

    - Things are attached to seasons, purpose is linked to time.

    - People get attached to seasons, because things are attached to seasons.

    - If we don't know our purpose, there is not one single thing that is going to make us happy.

    - We were created with a purpose.

    - To everything there is a season, but there is a time for every purpose under the sun.

    - We will find our purpose through a relationship with the God who created us.

    - We are not going to find our purpose where are, we're going to have to move.

    - God has met us in our pain so that He can change us.

    - The mourning period is a purposeful one.

    - There is a time to move on from certain relationships.

    - There are physical times and emotional times.  All of it is linked to our purpose.

    - Time to be at peace. To put into practice what you have learned.

    - Time to go from debt to debt freedom. There is a purpose for our losing.

    - There was a time for you to be silent.  A time where you have learned, listened and grown. Now it's time for you to come forth and speak up.

    - When you move, God is with you filling you with His power so that His purpose can be fulfilled in your life.

    Acts 9 (the Story of Saul's Conversion)

    - Too many of us are ignoring the burning bushes in our lives and not hearing the voice of God calling us to purpose.

    - You are fully equipped for this next phase in your life.

    - If God is calling you to more on, He has fully prepared for you to move on.

  • Mar 7, 2021All That I Need
    Mar 7, 2021
    All That I Need
    Series: General

    Colossians 2:8-10; Numbers 14:21; Matthew 12:43-45; Ephesians 4:27

    - Some of the philosophies, the traditions we follow are man-made.

    - We must not let anyone, including ourselves, capture us from following the teaching of Christ.

    - God is not a God of fairness, He is a God of justice.

    - We are not looking for things that seem right, we're looking for things that are right.

    - All that God is and all that God can do is found in Jesus.

    - God wants us full of Him. He fills.

    - We can look in order and yet be empty. We need to be filled with God.

    - When we are complete in Christ, we are missing nothing.

  • Feb 28, 2021Stop that Runnin’! (Confronting Our Problems)
    Feb 28, 2021
    Stop that Runnin’! (Confronting Our Problems)
    Series: General

    Genesis 16:3-9, 21:16-19; Proverbs 28:1; John 4:4-5; Romans 8:35-37; James 4:7; 1 John 4:18; Luke 15:11-18

    - The only true basis that we have that things will change is a Word from the Lord.

    - It's easier to run away from problems than face them.

    - We think that if we run and hide, the problem will go away.

    - When we try to run away from our problems, we end up in a bigger mess, we end up in the wilderness.

    - Some of us run from problems with no destination in mind.

    - God commands us to go back. Return, submit and go back with the right and different attitude.

    - God has a Word for us just like He had a Word for Hagar.

    We have to listen and stop running.

    - We need to do what we can to face or problems, instead of running away.

    - Once Hager returned and faced her problems, then she saw a solution.

    - We have to stir up on faith.

    - Resist the devil.

    - We resist lies with Truth.

    - Focus on God and not the problem.

    - We have to take extra steps of faith when problems arise.

    - We have to avoid doing the bad opposite of running away with our problem, and not get too familiar with it.

    - Our problems will not get any better by running away from them or getting comfortable with it.

  • Feb 21, 2021The God of the House
    Feb 21, 2021
    The God of the House
    Series: General

    Genesis 35:1-3,4-7, 25:20-28, 28:10-22, 31:11-13, 32:24-32, 34:1-30

    - Just because your daddy and your grandfather knows God, does not mean you know God. You have to know God for yourself.

    - God is with us and we don't even know it.

    - Jacob renamed the place Bethel, the house of God when He realized God was with Him.

    - There will always come a time when God is going to come to you and release you from the place where you are.

    - Jacob was forever changed when He held on to God.

    - God is calling us to go back to the place where we first met Him.

    - We need to remember that God answered us in the time of our distress.

    - God puts limits on our enemies and what they are able to do to us.

    - We need to not only know the house of God, we need to know the God of the house.

    - We don't mind hearing from the preacher, but we don't want to hear from God Himself.

     

  • Feb 14, 2021Receive God’s Love
    Feb 14, 2021
    Receive God’s Love
    Series: General

    1 John 3:1-2, 4:16; 1 Corinthians 13:8; Romans 5:8, 8:38; Zephaniah 3:17; 2 Kings 4:8,18-26

    - Knowing something goes beyond head knowledge... it's heart knowledge.

    - We have to behold God's love. See it. Think about it.

    - Love is decisional. Selfless choices that are made with your mind on someone else.

    - God loves with an everlasting love.

    - There is a difference between knowing and believing.

    - Believing leads to receiving.

    - God will quiet us by His love.

    - God's love will quiet all our fears.

    - God will be with us in trouble.

    - God lavishes us with His love.

    - We will only become better at loving people when we receive God's love.

    - Our life will change when we love other people, not when people love us.

    - God's love gives us a sense of security.

    - When we know God loves us we don't run from our troubles, we run towards them.

    - When we know the love of God, we will know that it's going to be alright, in spite of what is happening to us.

     

  • Feb 7, 2021Take A Look Inside (Part 2)
    Feb 7, 2021
    Take A Look Inside (Part 2)
    Series: General
    Matthew 14:22-29, 21:19-22; John 14:12,15-17,20; Romans 4:17; 2 Corinthians 4:13; Ephesians 5:2; 1 John 2:6
    -The power to change our lives resides on the inside of us.
    - In spite of how Peter is talked about, Peter had faith.
    - Peter was telling Jesus if You walk on the water, I want to walk on water too.
    - Peter imitated Jesus.
    - If we are going to imitate Jesus, we have to take the time to observe Him.
    - God did not speak what He saw, He spoke what He wanted. Jesus was able to send the enemy away because He spoke it.
    - Faith speaks. The spirit of faith says something.
    - Our power can be diminished if we don't do as God does.
    - The more humble a person is, the more powerful they are and become.
    - Jesus encourages us to watch how He does it, then go and do likewise.
    - God did not say good enough, He said good. We have to be like Him on all points.
    - We cannot pick and choose how we want to be like God.
    - The minute we stop acting like Jesus, we can no longer do what Jesus can do.