Sep 17, 2017
“Outward Focused Living”
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   Last week we finished our 6 part series on The Lord’s Prayer dealing with Matthew 6:13 “and deliver us from the evil one.” We addressed who our spiritual enemy is and some of his tactics. This morning’s message is entitled Outward Focused Living. Our human nature has a bent to live for and please self yet as followers of Christ, God’s calling on our lives is to love and serve others in practical ways. The focus on our lives is to daily see how God can use us to be a blessing to someone else through our words and our actions.
   How can God use us today to bless someone in a practical way? We will look at three truths we need to believe or accept as true if we are to live an outward focused, other person centered life.
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  • Sep 17, 2017“Outward Focused Living”
    Sep 17, 2017
    “Outward Focused Living”
    Series: (All)
       Last week we finished our 6 part series on The Lord’s Prayer dealing with Matthew 6:13 “and deliver us from the evil one.” We addressed who our spiritual enemy is and some of his tactics. This morning’s message is entitled Outward Focused Living. Our human nature has a bent to live for and please self yet as followers of Christ, God’s calling on our lives is to love and serve others in practical ways. The focus on our lives is to daily see how God can use us to be a blessing to someone else through our words and our actions.
       How can God use us today to bless someone in a practical way? We will look at three truths we need to believe or accept as true if we are to live an outward focused, other person centered life.
  • Sep 10, 2017“”Our Spiritual Enemy”
    Sep 10, 2017
    “”Our Spiritual Enemy”
       This is the 6th and final message in our series on “Getting to Know God: The Lord’s Prayer.” We have seen that Jesus’ response to His followers’ desire to be taught how to pray was not so much to give them a few lines to memorize and recite but an outline as to what to include in their prayer times.
       Last week we began to look at Matthew 6:13, “And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” (NIV) We saw that the battlefield for temptation is the mind and how to deal with tempting thoughts.    Today we are looking at the second part of the verse about who our spiritual enemy is and some of his tactics. In our American culture, any mention of a spiritual realm that would include Satan and his fallen angel, demonic cohorts as well as God’s angels is strictly science fiction and shows one’s ignorance and naïveté. But it is the biblical worldview and it is reality.
  • Sep 3, 2017“Battlefield of the Mind”
    Sep 3, 2017
    “Battlefield of the Mind”
      Last week in our study of The Lord’s Prayer we addressed Matthew 6:12 where Jesus teaches us to include forgiving others who have wronged or wounded us and asking for God’s forgiveness when we wound or sin against Him, when we don’t do His will in our lives as it is done in heaven.    This morning we are going to look at vs. 13 and the battlefield of temptation which is our mind. We will acknowledge three potential sources for our thoughts and how we can test our thoughts to see if they are from God or not. We will also be provided with some tools to use so we can resist the thoughts that can so easily lead us to sin against God and to a lot of struggle and pain in our human relationships.
  • Aug 27, 2017“Forgiveness: Releasing Others and Ourselves”
    Aug 27, 2017
    “Forgiveness: Releasing Others and Ourselves”
       This is the 4th message in our series Getting to Know God - The Lord’s Prayer. In Mt. 6:12 Jesus teaches us to include in our prayer times something that we all need consistently; to ask God for forgiveness of our wrongs against Him and to forgive others for their wrongs against us.
       We will concentrate this morning on our forgiveness of others. First we will address what forgiveness is not. There are some things that we may believe about forgiving others that are not necessarily true.           Then we will look at some steps that are necessary to forgive those who have wronged or hurt us. Forgiving others isn’t always easy but it is necessary in order to bring healing to our emotional wounds and hurts so we can move on with life in healthy ways.  
  • Aug 20, 2017“Daily Bread for Daily Needs”
    Aug 20, 2017
    “Daily Bread for Daily Needs”
       Last week in our study of The Lord’s Prayer, we looked at Matthew 6:10, “…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Jesus is teaching us to use part of our daily prayer time to surrender afresh to God as our King and Christ as our Lord. Part of that prayer can be letting go of control, asking God for the grace to be content, laying down our will and plans and seeking His, and trusting our loving, caring Heavenly Abba Father with the future.
       This morning we are dealing with what Jesus is teaching us to pray with the statement, “Give us today our daily bread.” This is a prayer of dependence acknowledging that ultimately God is the source of all that we need and to ask for and trust God to meet our needs on a daily basis.
  • Aug 13, 2017“The Prayer of Surrender”
    Aug 13, 2017
    “The Prayer of Surrender”
       Today’s message, entitled “The Prayer of Surrender”, is the second message in our series “Getting to Know God: The Lord’s Prayer.” We saw last week that the main purpose of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 6:9-13 was not so much to give us a word for word prayer to recite but an outline of what to include in our prayer times.    In the phrase, “Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name” Jesus encourages us to begin our prayer by reflecting on and worshipping God for who He is as our loving, caring Abba Father as well as His other attributes. In vs. 10, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” we will define what God’s kingdom is and the importance of surrendering to His will and purposes for our lives.
  • Aug 6, 2017“Connecting to our Abba Father”
    Aug 6, 2017
    “Connecting to our Abba Father”
    Today we are beginning a series for the rest of the summer that is entitled “Getting to Know God: The Lord’s Prayer.” The Lord’s Prayer is one of the best known and most loved prayers in the Bible. If we understand what Jesus is teaching us about prayer in these verses and pray the way God intends for us to pray, God will use our times of prayer to grow us in our relationship with Him that will enable us to experience the abundant life He created us to experience. But the question is, “Just how does God intend for us to pray this prayer?” Was it ever meant to be something prayed routinely or did God have more in mind for it? Was it something Jesus ever prayed for Himself?
  • Jul 16, 2017“Foundations of Friendship”
    Jul 16, 2017
    “Foundations of Friendship”
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    Our world has changed! Our culture no longer accepts the Ten Commandments as the basis for determining right and wrong. The phrase, "If it feels good, do it", better describes the attitude of the modern world. So how do we live in this alien culture? How do we hold on to the Biblical standard when the culture is constantly undermining it? I believe that Daniel faced the same question that we are asking today. When he was taken from Judah to Babylon, it was expected that he would become like his captors. But he didn't. He found the way to be God's agent in a strange land.
  • Jul 9, 2017“The Art of Listening”
    Jul 9, 2017
    “The Art of Listening”
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       This week and next we are going to look at some things that will enhance our relationships, whether the relationship is with our spouse, children, parents, teachers, bosses or friends. Today we are dealing with the importance of listening.     One of the biggest issues with couples having struggles in their relationship is communication. Teenagers are also pretty quick to say, “My parents never listen to me.”    Is there a difference between hearing and listening? This morning we will address three listening blocks that will hinder our ability to listen and three listening aids that will increase our ability to listen. Learning to listen to one another is something that we can all do better at.
  • Jul 2, 2017“Created to Become Like Christ”
    Jul 2, 2017
    “Created to Become Like Christ”
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       Some who come to faith in Christ and begin a personal relationship with God seem to remain spiritual infants all their lives because they don’t seek to grow in their relationship with God and become more like Christ. To grow in relationship with God or in relationship with another person takes time and is a process. It doesn’t happen overnight.    We may be aware that God uses prayer, time in His Word and worship to make us more like Christ but this morning we are looking at two unexpected tools that God desires to use to grow us in relationship with Him and make us more like Him. God uses our sufferings and difficulties and He uses our temptations to mold us and make us more like Jesus.