2014

The enemy would have us respond to this as law. God’s heart is that we see the gift He wants to give us in the mornings before our day begins, and trust Him to enable us to receive it and walk in it.

The Psalmists’ Habit – Psalms 5:3; 55:17; 59:16; 63:1; 88:13; 90:14; 92:1-2; 108:2; 119:147;
130:6; 143:8

Jesus’ Habit – Isaiah 50:4; Mark 1:35

Daniel – Daniel 6:10 (implied that one of the three times a day was in the morning) Continue reading MORNINGS – A GIFT FROM GOD

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June 8, 2014

INTRODUCTION – – there’s a time to love, bless and pray for our enemies; and there is a time to put them in their place by the Spirit of God – especially when they are enemies of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

I want to affirm this morning the truth that probably the most oft repeated command in the New Testament is to love. And I’m convinced that one of the reasons the church in the first century grew so fast and had such an amazing impact is because of its genuine Christ like love. But that does not mean for a second that these disciples did not speak truth and confront sin and stand against deception when it needed to be confronted. Continue reading A time to bless and a time to blind! Acts 13:4-12

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INTRODUCTION – A few weeks ago Joshua introduced us to our passage for today = Acts 13:1-3, and then gave us a broad overview of the topic of Jesus giving spiritual gifts to His church, and how each of us are to respond to those gracious, necessary and strategic gifts.

Today I want to specifically address the subject of prophets and prophetesses and the gift of the prophetic in the 21st century church Continue reading How Jesus the Head Leads His Church Forward!! – Acts 13:1-3

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May 7th, 2014
INTRODUCTION –
Bio on John the apostle – Father = Zebedee, mother = Salome, brother = James. John worked for his family fishing business (Matt. 4:21) until he began to follow Jesus full time.

How Peter & John are typically viewed by folk:
Usually think of Peter as having the most significant transformation; and the greatest need for transformation because of all his failures and stumblings. And sometimes we seem to think of John as kind of holy and pure from the beginning. But John’s need was also very significant, as was his transformation after Jesus rose from the dead. Continue reading The Gospel of John – Week One

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May 7th, 2014
INTRODUCTION –
Bio on John the apostle – Father = Zebedee, mother = Salome, brother = James. John worked for his family fishing business (Matt. 4:21) until he began to follow Jesus full time.

How Peter & John are typically viewed by folk:
John’s failures and stumblings:
Luke 9:51-56 “Sons of Thunder” Why?
Luke 9:46-48 – arguing about who is the greatest – – connection to next passage
Luke 9:49,50 – stopping the non team member
Matthew 20:20,21 – Their mother’s request & their response to His question Continue reading The Gospel of John – Week One

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April 27, 2014
INTRODUCTION – outline on bulletins & list of gov’t leaders

Where we’ve been in the acts series

Joshua two weeks ago

I Tim. 2:1,2 & Nat Day of Prayer Week

The godless, reckless, and destructive rule of King Herod Agrippa the first illustrates very vividly why the church must more faithfully pray for its gov’t leaders
Four tragedies in his rule Continue reading Herod, Gov’t Leaders & The Church – Acts 12:12-25

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April 13, 2014
INTRODUCTION – Ever wonder how Jesus feels about some of your neighbors or co-workers or perhaps fellow students or relatives or maybe teachers or professors – – who routinely scorn God, Christianity, the Church, the bible, maybe they scorn you because of your faith…? Perhaps you are here this morning, and for much of your life you’ve done your own thing, and haven’t really sought the Lord at all…and more times than you care to admit – – you have given into peer pressure; and not stood up for Christ like you should have.

Fortunate for you and for me – – Jesus Christ – – the Lord of Lords and King of Kings and Creator of the Universe and Judge of all – is full of mercy.

There are many events in the course of Jesus’s life and ministry on earth that show us how merciful a God He is. But none more than His last moments on earth. Continue reading Jesus – the Merciful

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March 16, 2014
INTRODUCTION – My word on Friday afternoon from Jer. 31:3??
Beachhead – a secure initial position that has been gained and can be used for further advancement; foothold:

Why do we believe RTB is going to be a Beachhead in our greater region? Powerful gospel proclamation to many people in a short period of time; the church praying and working together like never before; the church developing more effective ways to shepherd and disciple new believers; increased faith that we can do great things by working together and for the greater good. Continue reading Lessons from Antioch; Beachhead via RTB – Acts 11:19-30

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(this was an address to our men at a men’s dinner)
Feb. 27 2014
INTRODUCTION – Based on 20 years and two months of prayer, watching and observation of what God is doing and trying to listen to what He is saying to and about our region; and what He is saying about what He wants to do in our region – – I believe we are on the precipice of a very significant move of God in this coastal area, and on the Central Coast. You and I could have the privilege in the not too distant future of being a part of something we have never seen in the history of this region.

I say “could have the privilege” because it is not guaranteed. And one of the things that could hinder some of us men from being in the forefront of what He is planning to do is our attitude towards and treatment of women. Continue reading On Thinking Towards & Relating to Women as Christ Would

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February 23, 2014

INTRODUCTION – There are 2.18 billion Christians around the world, up from about 600 million in 1910, according to a 2011 study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. But the world’s overall population also has risen rapidly, from an estimated 1.8 billion in 1910 to 6.9 billion in 2010. 7.3 billion today. As a result, Christians make up about the same portion of the world’s population today (32%) as they did a century ago (35%).

What about in our region? 5%?

How are we going to reach all these people? Typically we only think of individuals reaching individuals. And when we look through that lens – – reaching the world for Christ looks pretty bleak. Continue reading Peter & Cornelius – Acts 10:1-48

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January 12, 2014

INTRODUCTION – Cat lovers love to opine that “cats rule and dogs drool”. As we continue in our series in the book of Acts, and start our New Year in Christ together, I want to suggest this morning that Disciples rule and Christians often merely drool.

The church in our 3 coastal town region has some wonderful opportunities this year with all of the mobilization leading up to our Reach the Beach evangelistic outreach in April and our ladies retreat in May and our men’s retreat some time in October and who knows what else. Whether we seize those opportunities and make the most of them – will depend on whether we settle for being Christians, or whether we push forward together to live and walk and reign with Christ as disciples.

I find it interesting as I survey the book of Acts that the author – Dr. Luke – uses the word “disciple” 5 x’s and the word “disciples” 25 x’s, but only uses the word Christian once; and in that instance he merely states that the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch. (acts 11:26) In fact that is the only verse in the Bible where the word “Christian” can be found. Continue reading The Difference a Disciple Makes – Acts 9:10-19

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