“The Devil Among Us”
John 6:70-71 & Luke 22:1-6,47-48
March 19, 2023
Banks are failing and people are worried.
There are many upright and honest people in the banking sector, but there are devils mixed in among them.
There was a devil among the Twelve that Jesus chose to be His disciples.
No one recognized the devil among them by the works that he did.
Prophesying in Jesus’ name, driving out demons and performing many miracles does not mean that someone is saved.
Judas was given authority to do them and Satan still entered into him.
Judas was hiding the truth even as he betrayed Jesus with a kiss.
The evil that devils like Judas Iscariot do blinds us to God and what He is doing.
Jesus loved Judas even though Judas did not love Him.
Jesus loves us the same way.
Don’t let the devils among us turn you away from Jesus.
“A Fallen King”
1 Kings 3:3,5-14 & 1 Kings 11:4, 9-13
March 12, 2023
Solomon started out well because he followed the example of his father, King David.
Solomon’s start wasn’t perfect.
King Solomon saw and spoke with God.
God gave King Solomon unequaled wisdom and discernment.
King Solomon failed because he listened to members of his family instead of listening to God.
King Solomon made the worst decision that any of us can make when he refused to repent.
People who love God repent and return to Him.
King Solomon died as a villain because his heart was not fully devoted to God.
The decisions we make throughout our lives determine whether or not we will end life as heroes of faith or as villains.
“A King Will Reign”
March 5, 2023
We cannot agree upon what is right let alone enforce it throughout society.
God’s solution is to send a king who will reign in righteousness.
This king will transform the people of his kingdom.
The citizens of his kingdom will be safe, trustworthy and refreshing.
The citizens of his kingdom are noble and respectful.
The citizens of his kingdom have opened eyes and opened ears.
The citizens of his kingdom will not praise fools and scoundrels.
The citizens of his kingdom will stand because they make noble plans and do noble deeds.
Do we serve this king?
Isaiah 54:7-13 NIV
February 26, 2023
Lent is a season for Christians to humble themselves and seek the presence of the Lord.
God was not with His people because they had provoked His anger.
God’s love does not fail.
Because of His unfailing love God will bring His people back when we wander away.
Because of His unfailing love God will teach the children of His people.
Because of His unfailing love God will make a covenant of peace with those who learn from Him.
Jesus came to fulfill this prophecy.
We are the recipients of God’s unfailing love when we believe in Jesus.
February 19, 2023
All of us experience trials, troubles and distresses.
Where does our help come from?
The people that God helps are blessed.
God does not help the wicked.
God is faithful forever.
February 12, 2023
Nicodemus was among the people who judged controversies.
There was a conflict between what Nicodemus understood and what Jesus said.
What Nicodemus understood was much less than what God had revealed.
What Nicodemus did not understood was preventing him from believing what Jesus told him.
If Nicodemus believed the message of love then he could believe in Jesus before he understood everything Jesus taught.
God sent His Son to save the world because He loves all of us.
Whoever believes in God’s Son is not condemned.
Whoever does not believe in God’s Son is already condemned.
What we do not understand can prevent us from believing just as it prevented Nicodemus from believing.
Do we believe God’s love when our understanding fails?
“The Lord Is My Portion”
February 5, 2023
Have any discouraging things happened to you this week?
Jeremiah’s soul was downcast when he remembered the things that people had done to him.
The Lord’s great love upheld Jeremiah.
People could say whatever they wanted but the Lord was still Jeremiah’s portion.
Jeremiah reminds us that there are five things we can do to speed up the arrival of the salvation of the Lord:
1. We eagerly expect the Lord to do good as we seek Him.
2. We sit alone in silence as we wait for the salvation for the Lord.
3. We bear the yoke that is upon us.
4. We let others strike us.
5. We are filled with disgrace.
Jeremiah knew that God didn’t call him then throw him away.
The Lord is our portion when we do things His way.
2 Samuel 7:18-29
January 29, 2023
How many of the things that you see will last forever?
God is the only source of things that last forever.
God makes forever promises to people.
There is no one like God.
God does things according to His will.
God reveals great things to His servants.
God’s words are trustworthy.
God blesses His servants forever.
Everyone who lives for Jesus can share in His forever blessing.
“Perfect Ways and Flawless Words”
January 22, 2023
God is the source of perfect ways and flawless words.
Different people see different things from God.
Seeing God isn’t enough to save us.
Only the humble are saved but people with haughty eyes will be brought low.
God is the only one who can make my way perfect.
The key to having perfect ways is to listen to the One who has perfect ways.
“Grace Changes Everything”
January 15, 2023
Sin convinces us to use an erroneous standard of measurement in order to deceive us.
The law was given to us to correct our standards of measurement.
The law is not the cure for sin.
The more that we disobey the law the more that sin increases.
Grace is the cure for sin.
Grace doesn’t stop evil desires, it gives us the victory over them.
Grace frees us from slavery to sin, it does not free us to continue to sin.
Grace changes us so that we can obey God
Have you been changed by grace?
“Called From Darkness to Light”
1 Peter 2:4-12
January 8, 2023
Have you ever tripped over something in the dark?
Everyone who lives in the darkness stumbles.
Everyone who belongs to God has been called out of darkness into His wonderful light.
I am tempted to avoid the light because it reveals that there are things wrong with me that I cannot fix.
The things that are wrong with me do not prevent God from loving me.
God showed His love for us by redeeming everything that is wrong with us.
I receive God’s love by believing and obeying His message.
The pressure of this world is to remain in the darkness.
Sinful desires war against my soul.
When I believe and obey God’s message it changes me.
Are you living in the light?
“Preparing for the New Season”
January 1, 2023
During my lifetime there have been a number of ministries that have grown in size and influence by teaching the opposite of what Paul wrote in Colossians 3:1-17.
During the last 25 years of my life people who watch the church from the outside have been raising alarms that something is terribly wrong within the church.
What we do and say is the fruit of what our hearts and minds are set upon.
The fruit changes when our hearts and minds are set on things above.
We can set our hearts and minds on things above because God chose us to be His people.
Jesus is our Redeemer, He atoned for our sins.
Jesus has given us the opportunity to repent and be forgiven.
God has called His people to make preparations to go with Jesus.
God requires everyone in heaven to have compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, patience, forgiveness, love, unity, peace, spiritual songs, gratitude and deeds done in the name of Jesus.
Are you one of the few that will make the changes necessary to appear with Jesus when He returns?