Aug 28, 2017
2017-08-27 Prehistoric Plans Include Divine Appointments – Let’s Get Corny
This is one time when I am probably safe to presume that we have all “gone somewhere we weren’t supposed to go”. Tim admitted that to me and I had to agree that I was guilty of the same thing. But this message is almost diametrically opposed to that kind of sneaking around. Today’s message is about learning through Simon Peter that The Christian walk is answering The Lord’s call to “going where we don’t want to go!” John 21 contains the endearing dialogue of Jesus as He lets Peter know He is aware of Peter’s failure, but that failure can be redeemed with repentance. It’s about Jesus calling Peter back to the purpose for which he was originally called, to be a Fisher of Men, not of fish. Although the whole story is good for any of us that have ever lost purpose or failed, I want to focus in on Jn21:18…”lead you where you don’t want to go”. Jesus is leading Peter to his ultimate fulfillment of his life and love of his Lord. But before Peter can make it to there, he has to learn the Christian life can’t be experienced fully without fully giving into The Lord and The Spirit’s leading us “where we don’t want to go”. Acts 10 records the story of Grace and Salvation being offered to the Gentiles with Cornelius. Before Peter goes into a Gentile home, The Lord has to convince him that he shouldn’t call unclean what The Lord has made clean. In other words, we must see things the way God sees them, and see people the way God sees people, or we will just be like the world; liking only those that like us and are like us…
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  • Aug 28, 20172017-08-27 Prehistoric Plans Include Divine Appointments – Let’s Get Corny
    Aug 28, 2017
    2017-08-27 Prehistoric Plans Include Divine Appointments – Let’s Get Corny
    This is one time when I am probably safe to presume that we have all “gone somewhere we weren’t supposed to go”. Tim admitted that to me and I had to agree that I was guilty of the same thing. But this message is almost diametrically opposed to that kind of sneaking around. Today’s message is about learning through Simon Peter that The Christian walk is answering The Lord’s call to “going where we don’t want to go!” John 21 contains the endearing dialogue of Jesus as He lets Peter know He is aware of Peter’s failure, but that failure can be redeemed with repentance. It’s about Jesus calling Peter back to the purpose for which he was originally called, to be a Fisher of Men, not of fish. Although the whole story is good for any of us that have ever lost purpose or failed, I want to focus in on Jn21:18…”lead you where you don’t want to go”. Jesus is leading Peter to his ultimate fulfillment of his life and love of his Lord. But before Peter can make it to there, he has to learn the Christian life can’t be experienced fully without fully giving into The Lord and The Spirit’s leading us “where we don’t want to go”. Acts 10 records the story of Grace and Salvation being offered to the Gentiles with Cornelius. Before Peter goes into a Gentile home, The Lord has to convince him that he shouldn’t call unclean what The Lord has made clean. In other words, we must see things the way God sees them, and see people the way God sees people, or we will just be like the world; liking only those that like us and are like us…
  • Aug 24, 20172017-08-23 Remember What HE Forgets
    Aug 24, 2017
    2017-08-23 Remember What HE Forgets
     
  • Aug 21, 20172017-08-20 Prehistoric Divine Appointments
    Aug 21, 2017
    2017-08-20 Prehistoric Divine Appointments
     
  • Aug 17, 20172017-08-16 Part 2 – I Forget to Remember
    Aug 17, 2017
    2017-08-16 Part 2 – I Forget to Remember
     
  • Aug 15, 20172017-08-13 UR or RU? UR Prehistoric
    Aug 15, 2017
    2017-08-13 UR or RU? UR Prehistoric
    Two weeks ago I challenged our church and listeners to TRY to prepare for Sundays for the next 5 months leading to the end of 2017. Trying to prepare includes not waiting until Sunday to decide if you “feel” like going, but rather to pray in anticipation of going. The true ANTICIPATION of going should be counter-culture. Instead of coming/going to church to GET, let’s try coming/going to GIVE! See, the church was designed by the One and Only God Who so loved He gave and gave and gave and gave until He gave His only Son. Then he gave us the forgiveness we couldn’t ever get. The devil has tried to mess the church up by inspiring us to be like him instead of The Christ Who founded the Church. The devil is a getter and taker. The only thing he tends to give are promises he doesn’t deliver on. Countless people have left the church because they didn’t get anything out of it. I wonder how much they honestly gave. Here are 6 “GIVES” you can pray about giving: 1. Give Him first place. 2. Give Him the glory, all of it. 3. Pay (give) attention to Him and others. 4. Give Him room in your heart to work. 5. Give Him Praise. 6. Look for a way to give Him to someone else. I’ll betcha you can’t do this for 5 months without being blessed. Remember? It was Him Who said it is more blessed to give than receive! This IS the way to be blessed; no, really this is the way to realized you ARE blessed.
  • Aug 10, 20172017-08-09 I Forget to Remember
    Aug 10, 2017
    2017-08-09 I Forget to Remember
    In Romans 7, Paul declares his fight with the flesh and spirit causes him to DO what he doesn’t want to do and NOT DO what he does want to do. As we age (but even as kids) it also seems to apply in other ways, physically and spiritually. We have a tendency to “Remember the things we should forget and Forget the things we should remember.” Most Christians can relate. Even most people can relate. We can’t seem to remember the important things, but have minds full of thoughts that are basic trivia. This message is about the things the Bible encourages us to remember so we will be effective in our walk with Him. Jesus is the one that reminded the church at Sardis to remember what they had received and heard! It is vital to remember because our awareness causes us to prioritize around the important and essential. Otherwise we are like the guy that spends his paycheck on partying because he forgot the rent was due… If Jesus is Lord, let’s remember that and live with Him as priority 1.
  • Aug 9, 20172017-08-06 UR or RU? Discovering What HE Planned
    Aug 9, 2017
    2017-08-06 UR or RU? Discovering What HE Planned

    For too long, Christians have gotten the idea that Jesus is like the proverbial genie that grants us our 3 wishes if we show up for 2 church services, read 1 verse out of the Bible for a week and say 2 prayers a day instead of our normal "Now I lay me" at bedtime. Ironically at one time, we believed we owed Him everything. But, as time passed, we came to believe that all He did around and through the cross wasn't enough. Christians started looking to Christ as consumers seeking to be blessed, instead of to Bless.  That's a very tough view to prove by the lifestyles of the Apostles or true Biblical context.

    But to take a verse in context, let's look at Ephesians 2:10; We are Christ's workmanship, created to fulfill a mission He planned for us before time began. Any chance we're like the church at Sardis, where their deeds, or our missions weren't completed? Christians aren't supposed to be just good people; we are the body of Christ responding to the same Holy Spirit that led Jesus to accomplish His mission. Let's learn The Spirit's voice.

    Steve

  • Aug 3, 20172017-08-02
    Aug 3, 2017
    2017-08-02
    "Yes, HE Will Keep You STRONG to the END - I Cor. 1:8"
     
    Strength comes in a variety of ways. We've probably all seen somebody muscular and either admired or feared them. Then there are those that aren't muscle bound, but fierce like the MMA fighters. How can we not admire those that reveal ENDURING strength? It reveals itself through grit, determination, overcoming obstacles and resistance. That strength can happen outside of athletics and is often seen in the 95 pound grandma that continues to soldier on whether abandoned by someone or enduring a lack of physical strength.

    Jesus also showed unbelievable strength as He was falsely accused, brutally treated and abandoned by those that claimed they loved Him. If WE are IN HIM, we can have that same strength. If not, our strength will fail us and others in the end.

  • Jul 31, 20172017-07-30 UR or RU?
    Jul 31, 2017
    2017-07-30 UR or RU?
    As our kids go off to school and begin the routine of attending classes, reading material, listening to lectures, writing papers and TAKING TESTS, it might be a good time for adults to consider their continuing education. Some of you may be taking a few courses online or at a local college. But I am really more concerned about our learning curve with Jesus Christ, our Faith, The Bible, this great salvation and the graduation into eternity and heaven that Christians expect. Paul, in his second letter to the Corinthians 13:5, gave some interesting advice: “Test (or examine) yourselves to see IF you are living IN the Faith. Look closely (test or examine) at yourselves. You know that Jesus Christ is IN you, unless you fail the test (the Expanded Bible). Paul seems to be saying something similar to what is attributed to Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living.” This message takes a look at 3 things the Bible says “We Are”. My questions is “Are We?”
  • Jul 28, 20172017-07-26 Like Popeye _ Strong to the Finish
    Jul 28, 2017
    2017-07-26 Like Popeye _ Strong to the Finish
    Popeye would certainly end up in some jams, especially when fighting with the unfair bully, Brutus. But just when it seemed there was no way out, he would find a way to get some spinach sucked through his corncob pipe and instantly be revitalized. As Christians, the devil can certainly be a bully that strikes fear into our lives and often deceives us into believing it's God who is against us. Other times we fail to see the devil working through others to pull us away from a tight relationship with Jesus. Next thing you know, it feels like Christ doesn't care, but the Truth is, He couldn't care more! In it all, we need strength and a partner like Jesus to fight with us. This message is about getting strong 💪 and getting stronger. It's about coming back to Christ like Peter after his denial. Fortunately, Jesus tastes better than spinach