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Sermons

Sermon #1

Text: Psalm 46:1-11
Title: Be Still, and Know I am God
Recommended Music: “Be Still My Soul” 

Have you noticed the amount of noise in our lives? There are a million and one things vying for our attention; television, radio, telephones, email, billboards, ads in magazines all seem to be shouting at us, demanding our attention. “Buy this!” “Shop here!” “MUST SEE TV!” Everything seems to be a demand. 
Psalm 46:1 tells us that God [is] our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. A refuge. When you think of a refuge you think of a quite place, a safe haven from the noise and the battle. He is our strength, our power, the One from whom we derive the will to go on. 
“Therefore we will not fear”. Fear is useless. Fear is indicative of a lack of faith in God. How can you feel fear if you are in a safe haven? A refuge?
The fear we feel today has less to do with a physical enemy surrounding our town and bringing siege to it with battering rams and catapults, but the anomalous fear of economic collapse; that someone is getting ahead of us at our expense. That we are missing out on something so important that we will never catch up to the rest of society unless we have that one thing. We fear the other; that the other person is taking what is ours, and usurping our prerogatives. This is (whether we admit it our not) is the basis for our unease. 
If only we could see the truth. We have nothing to fear if we rely on God. He is our collective strength and He allocated His power to all His children equally. We are all assured of His very present help in our trouble. 
To calm our fears the Lord gives us, in Psalm 46:10 a simple command. “Be still, and know that I am God.” Oh how wonderful that phrase. He uses the same command over and over in the Bible. In Psalm 4:4 He tells us to “Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” Commune with your own heart, listen to yourself … listen to the voice of God within you as He guides you. Be Still. This command works. Jesus used it on the storm in Mark 4:39 when he stood up in the boat and said to the sea, “Peace, be still.” And when He did there was a great calm. Think of the power in that command. A raging storm was brought to a halt and the sea calmed to nothingness in an instant. Had Jesus been working for theatrical effect he could have shouted “MIGHTY WINDS, I COMMAND THEE TO CEASE! RAGING WATER, CALM YOURSELF AND DO NOT TROUBLE ME!” But instead He simply said, “Be still” and it was enough. It can be enough in your life as well. The Lord is with us today, and gives us the same command. And as it worked on the storm, it will work on your life.
Meditation has fallen out of style in the West since the Transcendental Meditation fad of the 1960’s, but the Christian is encouraged to meditate. Webster defines meditate as “to focus one’s thoughts on: reflect on or ponder over” and that is just what we should do. Focus on, and reflect on God. Focus on God, and that will take the focus away from your fear. 
Take time to get away from the noise and shouts of daily life. Even if only for five minutes during your lunch break, stop. Listen and commune with your own heart. Hear the voice of our Lord as He says, “Know I am God”.

May the Peace, Joy and Love of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all, amen.

 

 

 

Sermon #2

The Forgotten Command 

2 Timothy 4:2-4:4 

In 2 Timothy 4:2 the Apostle Paul tells Timothy to "Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, Rebuke, Exhort, with all long suffering and reaching."

Well today there is a lot of Exhorting going on, and some convincing, but we have forgotten how to rebuke in a Christian manner. Webster defines rebuke as "to express sharp, stern disapproval of; reprove; reprimand." This is what we as a people are failing in.

Proverbs 27:5 says "Open rebuke is better than love carefully concealed." A salutary word aimed at correction for one's good is better than a genuine love that lacks the strength to risk correcting someone.

Or, to put it plainly: "If you love someone you will correct them when they sin!

We, as a society have moved away from this most important command. We are becoming like the prophesied people in 2 Timothy 4:4 "And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables."

What are the fables are you turning to? Wealth, fame, entertainment, drugs, new age movement, universal spirituality rather than the Holy Spirit? Do you see a friend making these mistakes? If so, have you rebuked them in love?

Who enjoys punishing someone you love? I hate having to send my daughter to the corner when she is bad, but I have to. She must learn right from wrong, and it is my duty to instruct her. If I didn't rebuke her, I would be failing her setting her up for a fall later in life.

If you truly care about your friends and family, don't be afraid to rebuke them when you see them go astray. And most importantly, don't be angry when they do the same to you.

God's peace and love go with you all, amen. 

 

 

Sermon #3

 

God is in Control 

Job 38:1-38:11 

Grace, peace and mercy be unto you all who are redeemed by the blood of the lamb. Amen.

Sermon: I want to tell you a story about a little boy who got mad at God. The mother was very concerned with the behavior of her son. When the family bowed their heads to say grace the little boy stared off into space and refused to join in the prayer. The mother became increasingly worried about her son, as his attitude toward God seemed to be hardening with each day. She finally approached her pastor and asked for his advice about how to deal with change in her son.

The pastor asked a series of questions of the young mother to get to the root of the problem. The first question was has anything recently happened in the family? The mother said yes the family dog had been hit by a car and had died. How did you explain the death of the dog? We told him that God needed to take his dog to heaven. Why did you say that? We didn’t know what else to say to the boy when he asked where his dog was. We didn’t want to worry the boy about what happened to dogs when they die. What else did you say to him? We told that maybe there was a little boy in heaven who needed a dog to keep him company.

The pastor met with the boy and talked. The pastor found out that the boy was very angry with God. The boy did not lose his faith because he believed there was a God and He lived in heaven. What the boy was angry about was that God would take his dog and give it to someone else. And this boy didn’t want to talk to God while he was so mad. It took some time to repair the relationship between that little boy and God but God is patient. In time the boy was again saying his prayers. It didn’t hurt the healing process to have the family joined by a new puppy. 

The pastor set the young boy straight and let him know that God was not a thief or was God cruel. God was a loving and just God. That death happened to all creatures just as 
did birth. But God did love him and would welcome again his prayers

The texts for today are truly the Father’s Voice coming to us the children. It is clear that God was tired of hearing complaining and nagging of Job. Job has been ranting at God about the suffering and misery he has endured and he is letting God have it.

God was laying on the line with Job. Here this man spent his day railing against God and saying, “What have I done to deserve your wrath?” I was a good man who had riches, family and home and all of that has been taken away without any good reason. What Job didn’t realize of course that it was not God by Satan who had robbed him of all that he had. Job didn’t know that it was God who kept him alive when Satan wanted to kill him.

God is saying in this text that he is in control. Everything is in His hand. Who are we to complain when things don’t go our way. Who indeed are we to tell God how to make things right. It is so tempting to do that. I know that I have done it in my life. Haven’t you ever tried to bargain with God to get your way. We did with our parents as kids. We start off telling mom or dad all of the good things we have done in the last week to justify the new toy we want or the movie we want to see. And we remind our parents that our good behavior is dependent upon them doing what we want. 

Jesus speaking to His disciples was upset when they were filled with such fear in the storm. He is the Lord. Why should they be afraid and have so little faith in His ability to calm the storm. Jesus is the Word of God He is the one who speaks for God in all instants. The power and majesty His and He will not let them perish.

 

 

Sermon #4 

Six Sacrifices

In First Peter Chapter 2 Verses 4-5 we're told “Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious, you also as living stones are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

Now lets think about sacrifices that we offer to God...what are they? I can think of 6, and we're going to look at them one by one.

First we offer the Spiritual Sacrifice of the Body (Romans 12:1-2) – The Greek word used in the scripture for body is soma; which indicates the whole person. Paul challenged believers to give all of themselves to the Lord. Each day when you get out of bed you have a choice to make about whom you will serve. You can either be a carnal Christian and serve yourself, or you can be a spiritual Christian and serve the Lord. Free will gives you that choice.

 

Second we offer the Spiritual Sacrifice of Love (Ephesians 5:2) – We are commanded here to walk in love. The Greek word used for love is agape which refers to Divine love or benevolence. We are to set our affection on God. Our first responsibility is to love God. As a result of our love for God, we are to love people as Christ loved them. We don't have to love some of their actions, but we can look beyond their actions and show them Gods love.

 

Third we offer the Spiritual Sacrifice of Faith (Philippians 2:17) – Paul, writing to the Philippians from a Roman prison, spoke of the sacrifice of faith. The Greek word for faith is pistis which refers to conviction, trust, and belief. Paul had the conviction that his imprisonment helped others grow in their conviction for the service of the Lord. He was willing to die, if necessary, so that their faith would grow. To help others grow in faith is a true sacrifice. God is in control of the results. Our responsibility is to be faithful to the Lord and faithful to teach those He allows to enter our lives.

 

Fourth we offer the Spiritual Sacrifice of Gifts (Philippians 4:18) – Paul received a generous gift from the Philippians. Paul to them he was “full”; the Greek word is pleroo which means that Paul was complete. Christ told his disciples that there are people who need a drink of water, who need something to eat, who are strangers and need help, who need clothes, who are sick and need someone to look after them, who are in prison and need a visitor (Matthew 25:35, 36). We are to be the kind of people who meet the needs of such people. Some will say that they don't have anything to give, but that is never true.

 

Fifth we offer the Spiritual Sacrifice of Praise (Hebrews 13:15) – A great sacrifice is to praise God on a regular basis. The Greek word for praise is ainesis, which refers to speaking well about someone. When we say thank you to God for all that He has done for us, we are praising Him. This is an activity that should be done “continually”. It seems that most Christians are grumblers rather than worshipers. Our responsibility each morning is to rise and praise the Lord for all His blessings to us. Did we get up this morning and praise His Name?

 

Sixth we offer the Spiritual Sacrifice of Work (Hebrews 13:16) – We are to do what is good. The Greek word for good is eupoiia, which refers to doing good deeds. The Greek word for share is koinonia which means “partnership, communion, or fellowship”. When we combine these two words, we find that God's people are to be partners in doing good for one another. God is well pleased when He sees His people working together doing His work. The world will stand up and take notice if Christians work together as the family of God.

 

As we have skimmed over the six sacrifices that are necessary for the church to move forward in our world, we have noticed that it requires great effort on our part. If we all offer these sacrifices, our world will wonder what is happening. In our world everyone seems to only be interested in his or her own little world, but we are interested in the next world. We need to take the challenge of starting each day with a review of what type of sacrifices we are to offer the Lord to advance His work in the world.

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[Rom 12:1-2 NKJV] 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, [which is] your reasonable service. 2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

 

[Eph 5:2 NKJV] 2 And walk in love, as Christ also has loved us and given Himself for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet-smelling aroma.

 

[Phl 2:17 NKJV] 17 Yes, and if I am being poured out [as a drink offering] on the sacrifice and service of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with you all.

 

[Phl 4:18 NKJV] 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things [sent] from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God.

 

[Heb 13:15 NKJV] 15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of [our] lips, giving thanks to His name.

 

[Heb 13:16 NKJV] 16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.