- Embracing God By Declaring our Love for the Lord
Date: Sep 4, 2011 | Passage: Psalm 18:1
Series: The Life of David in The Psalms
David's whole testimony declared that it doesn't take perfection to please God. But to please God we do have to experience God’s grace - and David's entire life was covered with grace. For he was imperfect; sometimes David flat out failed the Lord while at other times he was fearful, depressed, or troubled. But God always looked upon him not as he was, but as he would be. The Lord saw his heart, knew his deepest desire, and forgave all the rest.
Waiting For Jesus: First Thessalonians
- How to Live Unashamed of Our Past
Date: Apr 14, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 3
How did Paul minister to gay people? He gave them the same plan he gave any other sinner. God's recovery program is sanctification! When Paul proclaimed Christ to those deep in the dungeon of sin, he offered a recovery program. The vice grip of sin could be destroyed and the sin appetite abated.
- How to Walk Each Day Worthy of God
Date: Apr 21, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 3:13
Did Paul see lasting change? Resoundingly the Scriptures say YES! The vivid reality of washed saints, cleansed from the filth of sin’s prison, is the grandest picture the first-century church passed on to us.
- Our New Life in Christ
Date: Sep 15, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:12
When you look at this letter written to the saints of Thessalonica - remember it as an epistle born in adversity! What did these people act like? Here is an actual letter that still exists: They love one another. They never fail to help widows; they save orphans from those who would hurt them. If they have something they give freely to the man who has nothing; if they see a stranger, they take him home, and are happy, as though he were a real brother. They don't consider themselves brothers in the usual sense, but brothers instead through the Spirit, in God. (Aristides describing Christians to the Emperor Hadrian 2 Century AD) The Apostle Paul is celebrating the new life Christ brings to all who come to Him. No less than 10 times he points out freshness of this new life in Christ.
- Salvation: Turned to God
Date: Sep 29, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-5:18
Meet a group of people who really loved the Lord. They were absolute pagans, they turned from all that they knew to God.
- Biblical Modesty in Light of God's Holiness
Date: Oct 20, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-5:18
I want you to ponder with me what it's like to come into the presence of God. Through the inspired eyes of the Scripture writers, look upon our Awesome and Majestic Lord Almighty. Enter into the Throne Room of the Universe and see the Majesty on High, The Almighty, The Ancient of Days in all of His glory. And then with reverent hearts, bow before Him and worship Him as He is.
- How to Dress in a Way that Pleases God: Modesty
Date: Nov 3, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-5:18
What happened when normal people like you and me turned around and came into contact with God? ADAM AND EVE HID. Genesis 3:8-10 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, where art thou? 10 And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself. (KJV)
- How to Have a Heart for Ministry
Date: Nov 10, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
What are you doing in your life that will last forever? All of the magnificent buildings of Solomon, including the Temple are gone. All of the wonderful buildings of Herod are rubble. The Pyramids are crumbling, the Tower of Pisa is leaning . . . Paul came to Thessalonica with an offer of something they could become a part of that never ends. Christ said here is something anyone in my family can do!
- Walking the Worthy Walk through Life
Date: Dec 8, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
At his conversion, Paul was warned of the many things he would have to suffer for Chrisf s sake (Acts 9:16), and as he came to suffer e never sighed or moaned but gloried in his tribulations and was prouder of his scars in battle than a soldier of his medals and decorations (Gal. 6:17). What a warrior-missionary he was! The world has never seen his like.
- Serving God Through Tough Times
Date: Dec 22, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:1-12
Our God likes to take the weak and use them in the tough times! How wonderful that God is more gracious than men. God never excuses disobedience, unfaithfulness, or any other sin. But He will forgive every sin that is placed under the atoning death of His Son, Jesus Christ. Position, prestige, or possessions give no advantage with Him, and lack of those things gives no disadvantage. As Peter learned only after much resistance to the idea, "God is not one to show partiality".
- Honestly Speaking
Date: Dec 29, 1996 | Passage: 1 Thessalonians 2:5-12
When Paul looked back on his work among the Thessalonians, what characterized his life? A life on a daily basis that was: FEARLESS, GENUINE, HONEST, HUMBLE, LOVING, PASSIONATE and DEDICATED.