Unto This They Were Appointed

    We Are All Appointed For Something   1 Peter 2, verse 8  says that for some people, Jesus Christ has become “a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense.  for they stumble at the word, being disobedient;  Wherein also they were appointed.” We are all appointed by God, for something.  We’re all “called” for a specific purpose.  But I’m not talking about being “called” by God, to…

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Separated Yet Joined Together

        Separate from the World, Joined to Christ   I want to begin by quoting a scripture, and I’d like you to hang onto this quote, and think about it as we go through this study this morning.  This is from  Psalm 116, verses 9 & 10;  “I will walk before Jehovah, in the land of the living.  I have believed, therefore I have spoken.”   There’s…

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1 Peter Chapter 2, Verses 4 Thru 8

    Living Stones   1 Peter 2, verse 4,  begins with the words;  “To whom coming..”  And the reference of course is to the Lord.   Verse 3,   had said;  “If you have tasted that the LORD is gracious;  To whom coming..”  And the meaning is..  “To whom YOU are coming;  A living stone, indeed rejected by men, but with God, elect, and precious.” With God, things are…

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How Dare You ! A Gospel Sermon – Part 1

    How Dare You Contradict God !   Have you ever heard someone say these words..  “How dare you!”  Why would someone say that?  Would it be because you questioned their truthfulness?  Would it be because you opposed their authority?  Would it be because someone openly defied what you had told them? Imagine this;  Imagine you have a child, who comes home from school, and asks if they can…

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1 Peter Chapter 2, Verses 1 Thru 3

    Putting Away Sin, And Longing for the Word   Verses 1 & 2;  “Putting away therefore, all wickedness, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speakings, as newborn babes, long for the spiritual milk, which is without guile, that you may grow thereby unto salvation..” Those verses remind me of  James 1, verse 21.  Listen to the similarity.  James says;  “Wherefore, putting away all filthiness,…

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Prayer – Part 2

    What Prayer, Is Not   Last week we talked about prayer, with the main focus being on what prayer is.  And of course, to put it very simply, prayer is talking to God.  It’s talking to the Almighty God, the creator and sustainer of all things;  And it’s talking to our Father in heaven, and it’s talking to the one who should be, our very closest friend. And…

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Prayer – Part 1

    What is Prayer ?   This will be at least a two-part lesson, this week and next week.  Today I’d like to talk about, What is prayer?  Next week I want us to consider what prayer is NOT. But for now, what is prayer?  Prayer is simply talking to God.   There’s nothing mysterious about prayer, and there’s nothing complicated about it, or hard to understand, it’s simply…

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Worthy Art Thou !

    Worthy Art The Lamb Who Was Slain   I’d like to read to you a few passages from the book of Revelation.  Go ahead and follow along in your own bibles if you’d like.  I’m going to start at the very beginning, in  Revelation 1, verses 1 thru 3; “The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to Him, to show unto His servants, even the things which…

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The Christian And Self-Control

    Exercising  Self-Control   Today I’d like you to think about self-control.  A Christian is expected to exercise self-control, no matter what comes our way in life.  In our times of difficulty, and in our times of sadness, and in our times of anger, and even in our times of celebration. Self-control, is one of the “fruits of the Spirit”, listed in  Galatians 5, verses 22 & 23.  …

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The Christain And Illegal Immigration

    A Sanctuary Church   I saw an advertisement on the internet last week that made the proclamation that The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, has passed a measure declaring their entire denomination to be a “sanctuary church” for migrants, including those who entered the United States illegally. How should we feel about that?  Is that a good thing, or is it a sad thing?  How should a Christian…

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Facing Giants

      1 Samuel Chapter 17;  David and Goliath   Read  1 Samuel 17:1 thru 11..   All the people of Israel, including king Saul, were afraid of Goliath the giant of the Philistines.  You know, Saul was a big man himself, especially compared to the average Israelite.  It’s estimated that the average height of an Israelite was only about five, or five and a half foot tall.  One…

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Don’t Disappoint The One Who Loves You

        Disappointment   Have you ever been disappointed by the actions of another?  Sure you have, everyone, at some time or another has been disappointed by what someone else has done.  Have you ever been the one who has disappointed someone else?  I’m sure that I have.  I’m not happy with that fact, but I’m sure that it’s happened. In just very casual relationships, I’ve come to…

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What Church Should I Join ?

      Help Me Choose A Church   Here’s a question that someone posted on Facebook last week..  I have a friend, a single older lady, who just moved here from Iowa, and she’s looking for a church to join.  She’s used to a not so large church.  What church do you go to, and what do you like best about it? Now, the last time I checked, there…

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God Wants The First And The Best

    Malachi 1:6-8, and 13-14   God wants certain things from us.  A few weeks ago I talked about the fact that God wants our patience, and God wants our loyalty.  But here’s two more things that God wants;  He wants our best, and He wants what’s first. Let me read a few verses from the book of Malachi.   God says in  Malachi 1, verses 6 thru 8; …

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Love The Sinner, Hate The Sin ?

      Is It Biblical to Love the Sinner, and Hate the Sin ?   I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, that we should love the sinner, but hate the sin.  Some people probably think that saying comes from the bible, but it doesn’t.  The idea expressed in that saying, comes from the bible, but the saying itself was made up by man. I believe the saying was first…

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What Does God Want From Me ?

    Two Things God Wants From You   I want to talk about just two things, that God wants from you, as individual.  If we wanted to, we could put those two things into just one category.  And that one category would be, our love.  What God wants from you, and what God wants from me, is our love.  If we fully gave our love to God, we’d be…

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God “Sends” A Strong Delusion

        A Delusion, an Error, and a Lie   There’s an interesting verse, in  2 Thessalonians 2, verse 11,  that says;  “And for this cause, God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie.”   And the cause, for this “strong delusion” from God, is stated in the previous verse,  verse 10;  “..because they received not, the love of the truth, that they might…

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Encouragement, Pass It On

          Words of Encouragement   I’m with you.  I’m listening to you.  I’m praying for you.  I care about you.  You matter to me.  You make me happy.  Just a few simple words like that can lift someone up, and be an encouragement to them. The bible says in  Hebrews 10:24;  “And let us consider one another, to provoke unto love and good works.”   We…

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