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Nov. 12, 2007

Cities…. I’ve lived in a number of them over the years. For the last almost 14 years I’ve lived in one called Los Osos. At one point we were a fairly tight little community of 14,000 or so. But then some years ago the pressure and strain of a County mandated sewer began to test our unity and maturity, and in many ways we have not handled the test very well.

Is our community doomed to ongoing fracture, “economic cleansing” and even destruction as some are predicting? I don’t think so. To the contrary I believe our town is some day going to be a place known for its unity, tranquility, and maturity. But it is going to require some significant changes of attitude, some significant sacrifice for those willing to roll up their sleeves, and some significant mercy, favor and blessing from God. Continue reading Cities & Scorning

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October 28, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Last week as we finished up our series on the Beatitudes – at one point I tried to sum up in a sentence or two each – what they all meant, and how they fit together. I wonder if any of you listening to that felt a little bit overwhelmed at trying to develop all of those kingdom characteristics?? For sure, all of those characteristics are characteristics that we have to pursue and strive to grow in. They do not just naturally develop.

Well in one sense that is not true of our next paragraph = vs. 13-16. Let’s read it together, and then I will explain what I mean. Continue reading Implications of Being Salt & Light – Matthew 5:13-16

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October 21, 2007
INTRODUCTION
There are many things that distinguish and set apart the Lord Jesus Christ from all of the other renowned religious leaders that have walked this earth. For instance:

Jesus Christ only led His effort for 3 & ½ years. For the first 30 years of His life, He basically hid; He did not give a speech, form an organization, write an essay or letter to the editor, or develop a leadership team in those years – even though He knew His time on the earth was short. Muhammed, Ghandi and the rest gave most of their adult years to their efforts.

Jesus Christ rose from the dead, appeared on the earth for 40 days after that to over 500 different credible, known people, and then ascended in front of many of them to heaven to sit at the right hand of the Father. Muhammed, Ghandi and the rest are still in the dirt – what’s left of them. Continue reading “Blessed are the Persecuted” – Matthew 5:10-12

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September 23, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Suppose a certain father in Los Osos has two sons and two daughters. One of the sons and one of the daughters have determined that they do not need a father to tell them what they can do, and cannot do, nor do they need the hassle of having to share bedrooms, bathrooms and possessions with siblings. So as soon as they were able – the son at age 17, the daughter at age 18 – they flew the coop, and moved out with people they enjoyed hanging out with. This was very grievous to the father; but there was little he could do about it.

His other two children – a 19 year old son and a 15 year old daughter – loved their father, loved their family, and couldn’t understand why their brother and sister would not feel the same. Every Friday night when the father made reservations at the local steakhouse for dinner for his family – his 19 yr. old son and 15 yr. old daughter sat on the front porch waiting for their dad to come out and throw them all in the family van. Every Saturday morning, when the Father finished up his project list, the 19 yr. old son & 15 yr. old daughter were there waiting for their instructions.

Now the father loved his four children equally. He parented each of them with the same principles and values. And he longed to enjoy their fellowship equally. But which children do you think were actually able to experience the warmth of his fellowship and love? Continue reading Producing Peacemakers II – Matt. 5:9

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September 16, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Everything negative and destructive in our society can be traced back to a lack of the knowledge of God. It is the lack of a true knowledge of the one true God that is at the root of every societal ill we face today.

If there is any aspect or attribute of God that we need to know in our day in this town, in this region, in this state, in this fractured nation, and indeed in our world it is that God is a God of peace. Five times in the New Testament He is proclaimed as the God of peace, such as in Rom. 15:33, where the apostle Paul encourages the church in Rome with this blessing, “Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.” Jesus Christ is referred to in scripture as the Prince of Peace and as the Lord of Peace.

When in chapter 14 of the book of Romans, Paul describes what the kingdom of God is like – when and wherever it is manifested on the earth, that is – whenever and wherever His kingship and Lordship is recognized and submitted to – he states that it will be characterized by righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Continue reading Producing Peacemakers – Matt. 5:9

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9/8/07
“Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Matthew 5:8

INTRODUCTION – Last week we began our discussion of this verse by first of all admitting that most of us are greatly sobered by just reading it. Then I read a couple of quotes from two of my favorite commentators on the Sermon on the Mount, both of whom admitted they too felt this emotion upon first glance at this kingdom principle.

We then spent the rest of our time talking about two things. First, how desperate our need is to see God. And second, what happens when we do see God – – noting that nothing we will ever see or experience in this life will impact us like seeing God does.

Perhaps one of the loudest megaphone messages we get from the scriptures is that much of our pain, torment, fear, anger, bitterness, confusion, and paralysis of faith comes from the lack or neglect of seeing God. One of these days I am going to do a search with my concordance of how many times God rebukes His people for not seeing or hearing Him when He came or spoke. One of those is found in Isa. 50:2 where God says to His complaining, blaming, and thus downtrodden people, “Why was there no man when I came? When I called why was there none to answer?” Continue reading Seeing God – Part II – Matthew 5:8

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August 2007?

INTRODUCTION – If, when you read this verse, “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God” (Matthew 5:8), your shoulders kind of sag, and your spirit grieves a bit, then your response is pretty normal.

Here are a couple of rather sobering comments from two of my favorite commentators on this passage:

“Here, then, we are face to face with one of themes magnificent, and yet one of the most solemnizing and searching statements, which can be found anywhere in Scripture.” Martyn Lloyd Jones p. 108 “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount” Continue reading Seeing God – Part I – Matthew 5:8

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August 5, 2007
INTRODUCTION –

Def. of Mercy – Webster – compassion or forbearance shown especially to an offender or to one subject to one’s power. Mercy implies compassion that forbears punishing even when justice demands it.

Vines says of merciful of Matt. 5:7 – (eleemon) – not simply possessed of pity, but actively compassionate – is used of Christ as our High Priest & of those who are like God as in Matt. 5:7 Continue reading Blessed are the Merciful – Matt. 5:7

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July 22, 2007

INTRODUCTION – One of the things I love about the Holy Spirit is that He doesn’t just stop at convicting us of sin, and leaving us to grovel in our failure and misery. No, once He truly convicts and convinces us of our sin, He then cleanses us of that sin; and then conforms us to the image and likeness of Jesus Christ. Any true work of the Holy Spirit will always result in our becoming more like our Savior.

Two of the conforming works He is doing in these days are: 1. producing true happiness and joy in His people – the kind of joy that our Savior walked in and continues to walk in; and the kind of joy that gives us inner strength to endure hardship and suffering for His sake. 2. pouring out passion and zeal on His people that is ever increasing, and not just a result of a mountain top experience. The people of God were never meant to operate without those two things. Continue reading Hungering and Thirsting for Righteousness – Matt. 5:6

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July 1, 2007

INTRODUCTION – A few weeks ago – in our ongoing series through the gospel of Matthew – we started chapter 5, which opens with the Sermon on the Mount. We learned on that day that Jesus Christ at this point was beginning to pave the way for the culture of His kingdom to be established upon the earth through His disciples. And that that culture was to be founded on the very life and character of Christ. We learned that His will for His disciples is that we walk in a lifestyle of blessedness, or joy or happiness, though not as the world defines happiness. This blessedness is a state of mind and heart that is from the inside out, and cannot be altered or snuffed out by adverse circumstances. It comes as a result – not of any set of favorable circumstances; but rather because of Christ like character that we have allowed the Holy Spirit to form in us.

The first of those characteristics we looked at last time was that of being “poor in spirit”. This characteristic in fact is the one that opens the door to all the rest of them. To be poor in spirit we learned is to be in constant awareness of how spiritually needy we always are. It is similar to being humble or broken, and it is the opposite of pride or self reliance or self sufficiency.

Today as we prepare to come to the Lord’s table and partake of communion with Him, I want to quickly touch on the next one in line, which we find in vs. 4 of Matthew ch. 5. “Blessed, happy, joyful are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Happy are those who mourn??? You gotta be kidding! How can a person mourn and be happy or joyful at the same time? Continue reading The Blessedness of Mourning – Communion Meditation Matthew 5:4

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July 8, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Review of the Big Picture of the Sermon on the Mount; summary of first two beatitudes or kingdom characteristics.

I. Understanding the term “meek” or “gentle” – Matthew 5:5
A. Various Translations
K.J. = Meek
NKJ = meek
ESV = meek
NIV = meek
LB = meek and lowly
NASV= gentle
UNASV= gentle
So why did the NASV depart from all the others? Possibly because “meek” doesn’t communicate well in our society today, and gentle or humble does and is fairly synonymous. How often do you hear of someone spoken of as meek? Continue reading Only the Meek Inherit – Matthew 5:5

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June 3, 2007

INTRODUCTION – In our Quest to know and follow Jesus Christ, and to experience more of His heavenly kingdom – here on earth in this community – in this day– we have been working our way through the gospel of Matthew. This morning we are ready to jump into chapter five, which introduces us to one of the most famous portions of all of scripture – commonly called the Sermon on the Mount. I think it is safe to say that no sermon that has ever been given by man has impacted more people than this one.

It is within this long sermon that spans 3 chapters in the gospel of Matthew that we find well known passages like the Beatitudes, the Lord’s Prayer, and the golden rule, which exhorts us to treat people the same way we would want to be treated.

I’m excited about what God is going to do in our midst as we live in these pages together. But I am concerned that we not lose the forest for the trees. There are some very important questions that we need to answer before we jump into the specifics of this sermon. The four I want to tackle today are: Why did Jesus stop His quickly growing ministry to give such a long teaching? Who was He targeting? What did He hope to accomplish? And why did He start it the way He started? Continue reading The Sermon on the Mount – Part I – Matthew 5:1-3

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May 29, 2007

1. Acts 2:37-41 – Peter ministering to the Jews
What is it they heard? Vs. 37
How did they respond? Vs. 37
What is the first thing Peter commanded them to do? Vs. 38
2nd thing? Vs. 38
What is Peter’s promise if they respond appropriately? Vs. 38
Note also his ongoing exhortation? Vs. 40
Who were the ones who got baptized according to vs. 41?
What was the setting of this event?
As far as we know from this passage, what is true of every person who was baptized? Continue reading Accounts of Baptism in the New Testament Post Christ’s Ascension

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March 18, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Our theme this year is ?? “Ruling and Reigning with Christ”

How that came about – New Years day – meditating on Gen. ch. 1:26 “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky, etc.” vs. 28 “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the sky..etc.”

Why I now realize the Lord wanted this to be our theme – – because He has called us to be an army of overcomers. When the apostle Paul says in his letter to the Ephesians that Jesus Christ intends to present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any such thing; but that she should be holy and blameless” – – one of the ways He intends for His church to shine and stand apart from the world is that she will be rid of blaming, complaining, and victimization. In other words, this people called the church will be a people who have learned to overcome adversity, trying circumstances, setbacks, parental neglect and abuse, offense, failure, financial lack, former bondages, injustice, and every other thing the enemy has used to convince us that we have a right to say and to think that it will always be this way, this is just the way I am, this is just the way my husband is, this is just the way teenagers are, and thus I cannot do what God has called me to do – or be what God has called me to be. I can’t change things. I just need to accept my lot. Continue reading Resisting the Devil III – Matt. 4:8-11

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February 25, 2007 –

INTRODUCTION – Review of Jan. 28th sermon

I John 2:13,14

If you and I are going to be overcomers of all the fiery darts thrown at us by Satan and his demons
I. We must never test God concerning the fulfillment of His promises. Vs. 5-7
A. The Setting of the Temptation – vs. 5
1. Somehow the devil physically took Jesus from the wilderness into Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple. Because Satan cannot make Jesus do anything, we have to assume Jesus willingly went there with him.

As to the significance of taking Jesus to this place before he tempted him, Dr. Stan Touisaint has some helpful insight. P. 76 – “Satan had a very evident purpose in placing the Lord at this scene for this temptation. According to a rabbinic tradition, the coming of the Messiah to mark the deliverance of Israel would be indicated by His appearance on the temple roof. Edersheim quotes a rabbi as saying, “Our Rabbis give this traditions: in the hour when King Messiah cometh, He standeth upon the roof of the Sanctuary.” For Jesus to leap unhurt from the place the Messiah was to appear would certainly identify Him as the King of Israel. John 6:30 shows the Jews anticipated the Messiah would manifest Himself with such a sign as this.” Continue reading Resisting the Devil II – Matt. 4:5-7

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January 28, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Bad news & good news
Bad news: You have an enemy – who hates your guts and wants to destroy or at least de-mobilize you; and he has thousands of demons at his command; thousands of years of experience; and lots of power to pull of his intentions.

Good news: Jesus Christ resisted him to perfection as a man; has destroyed His works as both man and God; He is continuing to destroy them primarily through His church; and He has left us an example to follow – with the full expectation that we will overcome and resist the devil like He did.

All of the New Testament writers spoke of our enemy. All of them had this expectation that we would successfully resist him. Continue reading Resisting the Devil & Temptation – Matthew 4:3-11

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January 14, 2007

INTRODUCTION – Last week we began a discussion about how our Lord and Master prepared for His short but intense three and a half years of ministry. We learned that He did not rush right into it unprepared. Rather He laid a wise foundation that His ministry could stand on. We learned that to become like Him and to minister in power like Him, we need to be three things.
1. Be a righteousness pursuer
2. Be anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit
3. Be secure in the father’s love and approval.

This morning I want to discuss with you further this idea of preparing adequately for the complete fulfillment of God’s destiny and call on your life. Many prophetic folk are prophesying that this is going to be a year of significant breakthrough and release of power through God’s people. I’ve had a couple of non prophetic pastor types say a similar thing to me in recent days. We as a church want to be poised and ready for every opportunity to reflect Him, proclaim Him, and obey Him as He sends us out to minister to a broken world – whether there is a unusual move of God or not. Continue reading Preparing to Serve the King II – Triumphing over Temptation – Matt. 4:1,2

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January 7, 2007

INTRODUCTION – One of the things that thrilled me as I read and prayed over your prayer sheets Thursday afternoon for the first time was how many of you wanted to be more like Christ and wanted to be used of Him in a greater way.

Well we have come to the point in our series in the gospel of Matthew where we can begin to learn from our Master’s example. Turn with me in Matthew’s gospel to chapter 3 vs. 13. In this short passage we are going to find three things that each of us needs to do or experience to be able to become more like our Savior, and be used by Him in His kingdom work.

As we begin to wade through this gospel we are going to witness the amazing life and ministry of Jesus Christ. What He accomplished in 3 and a half short years is astounding.
And now that He is sitting at the right hand of the Father, He wants to continue to live His astounding life and do His astounding work through us. Continue reading Preparing to Serve the King – Matt. 3:13-17

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November 26, 2006

INTRODUCTION – The need for power to be released in the lives of our family members, neighbors, co-workers, and fellow students who are mired in addictions to food, alcohol, sex, drugs; others are in bondage to hatred, anger, resentment, bitterness and unforgiveness; and many if not all of these people are estranged and separated from God and in desperate need of His saving grace.

Charlie Christian over the years he worked at so and so company observed one of his co-workers slowly but surely sinking in the destructiveness of sin. His marriage was breaking apart; his kids were failing in school and trying to soothe their pain with alcohol and drugs; and Charlie knew he alone had the answer to his co-workers problem. But somehow week after week went by without Charlie ever taking the time and the risk to proclaim the good news of Jesus Christ to this needy man. He knew God wanted him to do it. He wanted to do it. But busyness, excuses, fear of rejection, etc., seemed to overrule every time Charlie started to make a move. Continue reading What Jesus Will Do Matt. 3:11,12

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July 02, 06

INTRODUCTION – In our pursuit of the King and His kingdom, which is our theme for this year, we decided to study the book of Matthew – because Matthew more than the other gospel writers emphasizes Jesus as King and and His kingdom. We first looked at the lineage of Jesus Christ; and then specifically we studied the parents God the Father sovereignly chose to parent and steward – the long awaited Messiah and Savior of the world. We also looked at the role angels played in the drama of the early days of our Lord’s life here on earth.

Today we are going to look at the man God chose to prepare the way for His precious Son. We know from the other gospels that this man – John the Baptist or John the Baptizer as some refer to him – was the cousin of Jesus – and was in his mother Elizabeth’s womb at the same time Jesus Christ was in his mother – Mary’s womb. Thus we know – they were very close to the same age, and seemed to have started their ministries at close to the same time – John perhaps a year or two before Jesus.

Luke in his gospel tells us that an angel spoke to John’s father Zechariah in great detail as to what kind of man this son of his would become. We learn a lot of things from Luke’s gospel actually, that Matthew chooses not to tell us. For instance we learn: Continue reading John the Baptist & our Witness Matthew 3:1-17

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I wrote this about 12 years ago primarily for the pastors on the Central Coast of CA.

Dear Fellow Servants of Christ’s Church on the Central Coast,

Over the last 13 ½ years of seeking to help unify the church in my region (Los Osos, Morro Bay, Cayucos), some below surface issues that have thwarted us to some degree have begun to crystallize. This week because my son is preaching for me, I have had some time to put some of these thoughts down on paper. This is in no way a finished product. If after reading it, you think it might serve as a helpful tool or resource (once it is edited and completed) I would love to get your constructive input. My email address is at the end of this document for that purpose. (Deut. 27:15-26 & Neh. 9:38f)

1. We agree that close to the heart of our Lord is the unity of His Church, and the effectiveness of our witness to a watching world is closely tied to that. (John 17:11,21,23)

2. We agree that Biblical unity is not just the defensive absence of out and out dissension, but is instead an offensive, aggressive, ongoing attempt to be “of one heart and one mind, intent on one purpose”. (Phil. 2:2)

3. We agree that the leaders of Christ’s Church on the Central Coast must lead our congregations and ministries forward in this regard, and that we will be held accountable to the Head of the Church for our obedience or lack of. (Eph. 4:11-13)

4. We agree that there are significant problems or obstacles (sin) to true Biblical unity that we must overcome by His grace and power.

5. We agree that the sheep we steward are really not ours, but His. (John 10:27, 21:15-17) We are stewards and under-shepherds. (I Cor. 4:1, I Peter 5:1) He is still the Shepherd. (John 10:11)

6. We agree that the fold these sheep belong in is best left up to the Holy Spirit, since He places the members in the body just as He desires. (I Cor. 12:18)

7. We agree that the members of Christ’s body on the Central Coast should seek and obey His placement, and the leaders must trust Him to place them appropriately.

8. We agree that the members of the Church were expected by all the New Testament writers to be a faithful contributing member of a defined fellowship of some kind. How else can one possibly fulfill all the one anothering commands such as, “…fervently love one another from the heart” ? (I Pet. 1:22)

9. We agree that every member of the Church should be under someone’s leadership and oversight. How else can one fulfill the command to “Obey your leaders and submit to them…”? (Heb. 13:17)

10. We agree that ministers of the Church should not ever elevate themselves or their ministries; rather they should at all costs exalt only Christ. (II Cor. 4:5; Gal. 6:14)

11. We agree that any marketing that in any way exalts our church or ministry in a way that implies that ours is better or more spiritual than another is not pleasing to the Lord, and harms the unity that our Lord prayed and died for. (Prov. 27:2, John 17, Phil. 2:3)

12. We agree that it is God’s business and responsibility to “confirm for us the work of our hands” and to “commend” us. We must resist the temptation to commend ourselves. Psalm 90:17, II Cor. 3:1, 10:18

13. We agree that the kingdom supercedes the Church, and that ultimately it is the kingdom that we are to be building and expanding, even if our church or ministry appears to suffer as a result. (Matt. 6:33, Acts 28:31)

14. We agree that the primary method of growing the Church and expanding the kingdom should be saving and discipling the lost. (Matt. 28:19,20). We agree we need more of the apostle Paul’s passion to “preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named..” (Rom. 15:20,21) While there may not be as many committed mature Christians to go around as we would prefer, there are plenty of lost people headed for hell that should increasingly be the focus of our ministries.

15. We agree that the only hope for the members of our congregations to learn how to resolve conflicts biblically, is for their leaders to model it with one another in our respective regions. We dare not pretend that offenses have not happened. They have, and we must humbly and obediently do whatever is in our power to rectify these offenses. (Matt. 5:23,24; 18:15f, Romans 12:18)

16. We agree that if our initial attempts at this have not been successful, we will pursue some expression of the elders of the Church on the Central Coast to step in and serve His church – recognizing the gravity of what is at stake if we do not see these conflicts resolved.
(Phil. 4:2,3)

17. We agree that it is time to turn from judging one another. (Matt. 7:1) Instead we will increasingly give ourselves to affirming one another’s gifts and callings and unique contributions to what Christ is forming on the Central Coast. (Rom. 16:1,2; I Cor. 13:7; Heb. 3:13)

18. We agree that “boasting” by the big congregations needs to stop, “challenging” by the doctrinally pure congregations needs to stop,
and “envying” by the smaller congregations needs to stop if we are going to be a vital part of the Church on the Central Coast that Jesus
Christ is building. (Gal. 5:26, Matt. 16:18) It is time to “rejoice” that “Christ is proclaimed” and to leave the purifying and judging of motives to our Lord and Master. (Phil. 1:18, Rev. 2:18, 23)

19. We agree that when we hear of a fellow leader’s trouble or fall, we will not inwardly rejoice, but instead we will mourn with him, and seek in some tangible way to bear his burdens. (Prov. 24:17,18; Gal. 6:1,2)

20. We agree that it is our isolation from one another and/or lack of seeking to love one another “in deed and in truth” that sets us up for suspicion, judging, jealousy, mistrust, etc. (Prov. 18:1, I Jn. 3:18)

21. We agree that divisions and factions will happen from time to time, and that in God’s sovereignty they can actually serve us as they provide an opportunity for the mature to rise up and be counted. (I Cor. 11:18,19)

22. We agree that we are our brother’s keeper, and that it is in the best interest of our local congregations or ministries to do what we can do to see the leaders (and their spouses) of the whole church in our region thrive. (Gen. 4:9, Ecc. 4:9-11)

23. We agree that crucial to the health of the Church on the Central Coast is the headship of the home being restored to husbands/fathers. Anything and everything we do as leaders of Christ’s Church should serve this purpose, which of course is dependent upon the husband/father being submitted to Christ. ( I Cor. 11:3)

* I have capitalized “church” when I am referring to the city wide or universal church as opposed to a local congregation.

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INTRODUCTION – Read Matt. 2:13-23

I. A word about Angels
A. One of their ministries to us is to help us in our decision making when there are things endangering us that we are oblivious to and there is no way we could know what is coming down the road or around the corner. Four times in the first two chapters Joseph receives direction through dreams via angels. 1:20 “behold an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream;” 2:13 “behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream…”; 2:19 “behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a dream to Joseph..” 2:22 “and being warned in a dream..”

Now these four messages occurred over a couple of years, so do not hear me saying you should be receiving messages from angels on a daily basis. But I do believe the more you and I are engaged in the ministry of the gospel, the more we will experience the ministry of angels. Continue reading Angels, Joseph & Mary, Fulfilled Prophecy, King Herod & Families – Matt. 2:13-23

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March 26, 2006
INTRODUCTION – While I am not an expert by any means in reaching the lost for Christ, I have been involved in that work to some extent for over 30 years. Not only have I been personally involved in this work, but I have read as much as I could about others’ experiences reaching the lost, or coming to faith in Christ. Two conclusions I have come to over these years can be seen in a very familiar story in the Bible that most of us know, but perhaps – we have not seen all that God wants us to see. So if you would – please turn in your bible to Matthew chapter 2. As we look at the first 12 verses of this chapter, I want to focus on two principles regarding evangelism that are crucial for us to understand and believe – if we are going to be increasingly meaningfully and effectively involved in this great work. Continue reading Believing God for His Work Among the Lost – Matthew 2:1-12

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March 5, 2006

INTRODUCTION – Last week I shared three things we need to put in place – if we want to be used by God and chosen for God sized tasks like Joseph was…
Read Matt. 1:18-23
Review 3 points

I. We need to be a whole lot slower in responding to or sizing up the circumstances of life. We often draw wrong conclusions based on what we can see with our natural eyes. As far as Joseph could tell, his wife had been unfaithful to him and while he could drag her to the elders and possibly get her stoned (not the marijuana kind), instead he chose to quietly divorce her, which seemed noble to him and to others, but still was not the action God had in mind.

God help us not waste so much emotional energy in 2006 reacting to things that end up not being what they seemed. He will if we cry out to Him and learn to live in a greater sense of dependency upon His divine interventions in our lives. Continue reading Obedience and Usefulness – Matthew 1:24, 25

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