March 25, 2018 “What Makes for Peace?”

What Makes for Peace, Luke 19:28-44

What do you think the world’s biggest problem is? Jesus identified it as an issue of peace, peace  with God, Luke 19:41-42. Jesus paid the price for peace by His substitutionary death on a cross, Colossians 1:19-20. You can help solve the world’s problems by (1) first, living out your beliefs as an example, and (2) two, with humble boldness, reach out to those not at peace with God. People you know love, and care about need you!

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:28-44

Sermon Length – 25:53

March 18, 2018 “Crave Contentment”

Coveting is an inordinate desire for something, a “need”, a passion to possess. The alternative to coveting is contentment. Contentment is a condition of the heart that is satisfied with what we have, and grateful to God for His provision. The secret to that contentment is keeping our eyes on Jesus and resting in His strength, (Philippians 4:12-13).

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-13

Sermon Length – 22:34

March 11, 2018 “Tell the Truth”

The 9th Commandment tells us not to lie in a Court of Law, but its implications are to be truthful in all of life (1 John 1:5-9), because God is all about truth (Titus 1:2; Hebrews 6:18). Not only are we to avoid lies, but we are to speak up for and speak well of others (Proverbs 31:8-9). Truthfulness doesn’t mean we reveal private, personal matters, and sin’s ugliness. However, there is a place for speaking out against evil in a just cause. Walk in the light of Christ, and speak out against the darkness.

Scripture Reading: John 8:42-47

Sermon Length – 25:18

March 4, 2018 “Earn Your Way”

Three principles help us understand the 8th Commandment to not steal. !.) God owns all property and people., (Palms 24:1).  2.) Gain property by honest means (Exodus 20:15). 3.) Be a good steward of all you have – all that God has entrusted you with, (Malachi 3:8). From these principles the 8th Commandment can be summarized as: Be honest and unselfish in all your dealings with others . .  including God.

Scripture Reading: Luke 12:13-21

Sermon Length – 19:50

February 25, 2018 “Keep Pleasure Beautiful”

The 7th Commandment is all about protecting something that’s beautiful and guarding something that you care about. The command to not commit adultery protects sexual intimacy in marriage. Since marriage is the context for the full expression of our sexuality, all other sexual sins are implied in this commandment (Ephesians 5:3), including lust (Matthew 5:23). Thankfully, with all the commandments, there is grace and forgiveness when we don’t measure up (Matthew 8:11).

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:27-30

Sermon Length – 22:22

February 18, 2018 “Value People”

The 6th Commandments rests on life being a gift from God (Acts 17:24-25), and people being made in God’s image (Genesis 9:6). Lawful government, as God’s servant (Romans 13:4), may execute criminals and fight just wars. The 6th Commandment to not murder includes suicide, abortion (Psalm 139:13-16), euthanasia, and doctor assisted suicide. Exceptions to this should be exceptional. Furthermore, this commandment includes hatred in your heart (Matthew 5:22), and not helping people with their physical needs (Matthew 25:42-43). Take the initiative to be reconciled with people (Matthew 5:23-24). Value life, value people, and all the implications of that.

Scripture Reading: Matthew 5:21-26

Sermon Length – 21:55

February 11, 2018 “The Family Foundation”

The two greatest commandments are love God and love others (Matthew 22:37-40). On a foundation of love for God, children, honor and obey your parents. Parents, use your God-given authority responsibly and lovingly. Also, parents, teach, by word and example, the next generation to love God. Home is foundational to all other loving relationships. Loving others starts where each of us lives.

Scripture Reading: Ephesians 6:1-4

Sermon Length – 24:20

February 4, 2018 “A Necessary Break”

The two main points of the 4th Commandment are rest and worship. And, rest is not so complete that it eliminates acts of mercy and kindness (Mark 3:3). The exact day we do this no longer matters, but every week God’s maintenance plan for us is to have a day of God-centered rest. God has a reasonable claim on our time. Let’s enter into this purposeful rest, and let God run the universe.

Scripture Reading: Mark 2:23 – 3:6

Sermon Length – 21:09

 

January 28, 2018 “Dedicate, Set Apart, God’s Name”

Commandment 3 tells us to keep God’s name holy, to set apart, dedicate, all that God is, as sacred.  Reverence and honor God.  Jesus’ name is above every name.  One day everyone will bow to Jesus and His lordship (Philippians 2:9-11).  If you are a Christian you bear God’s name (2 Chronicles 7:14; Romans 8:16-17).  Only a member of the family can honor or dishonor a family name.  Christian, does your life bring honor to the One who’s name we bear?

Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:9

Sermon Length -21:38

January 21, 2018 “Don’t Settle for Counterfeits”

God wants what’s best for us, which is Himself.  Anything, absolutely anything or anyone, more important than God is an idol.  Idols are shadows and counterfeits of the One True God.  Counterfeits are worthless & get you in trouble.  Satan is a master counterfeiter, he can only counterfeit.  His goal is to keep you away from taking hold of God by distracting you with idols/counterfeits.  Don’t settle for a shadow, a counterfeit of the real thing.  Take hold of the One True God, and never let go.

Scripture Reading: Exodus 34:1-14

Sermon Length -29:17