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Where Were You When The Light When Out? | September 22, 2019
“WHERE WERE YOU WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT?”
In 1965 a terrible power failure on the east coast left the entire city of New York without lights and power. From that incident came a book and film, both entitled, “Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?”
The Bible describes a day when the lights went out over all the earth (Mark 15:33). This could not have been an eclipse since it was the time of the Passover. Phelgon, a Roman historian, records this strange darkness. God covered the earth with darkness as His Son was becoming sin for mankind. God was answering the shouts of the mob that Jesus would not answer.
Rembrandt, a Dutch artist, painted a picture of the crucifixion. In the corner he painted his own likeness as a testimony that Christ died for him (1 Cor. 15:3). Where would we be in the crowd on the day Jesus was crucified? Certain indications of what we are now doing tell us where we would have been when the lights went out.
Mark 15:15-38 New International Version (NIV)
15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged, and handed him over to be crucified. 16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palace (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers. 17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him. 18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 19 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him out to crucify him. 21 A certain man from Cyrene, Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus, was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross. 22 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”). 23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh, but he did not take it. 24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lots to see what each would get. 25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him. 26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews. 27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.  [a] 29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days, 30 come down from the cross and save yourself!” 31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked him among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself! 32 Let this Messiah, this king of Israel, come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him. 33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. 34 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).[b] 35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.” 36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar, put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said. 37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last. 38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.
The Second Coming | September 1, 2019
When The Lord comes back, are you ready? Do you trust that God know what is best for us? Are we surrendered and letting God be in control?
“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and upon the earth dismay among nations, in perplexity at the roaring of the sea and the waves, men fainting from fear and the expectation of the things which are coming upon the world; for the powers of the heavens will be shaken…but when these things begin to take place, straighten up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” (Luke 21:25-28)
Trust In God Part 1 | August 18, 2019
Trusting In God
In order for us to love the Lord Our God w/ all our heart, mind and soul we need to put our trust in Him. In order for us to love our neighbors as we love ourselves there has to be trust. In the next couple of Sundays we will be discuss Trusting God. As human beings we having trouble trusting. We encourage you to watch or listen to this series on Trusting in God.
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Deeply Rooted In God's Word | July 28, 2019
Deeply Rooted In God's Word
The objective of this sermon is to highlight the importance of being deeply rooted in God's Word if we truly want to have obedience to Jesus Christ as it says in Matthew 22:34-40.
As we watched in opening video skit by onetimeblind, we can't be selective when we want to obey God's Word. But chances are we may not obey His Word is because we might not be deeply rooted in His Words.
1. We need to make time with God as Priority #1. This is where we grow close to HIM and stronger in our Faith!
In the book of Joshua opens, where the Israelites are camped out near the edge of the Promise Land and they are mourning. Moses had just passed away. We see an older generation who once obeyed God’s law and taught His Law to the younger generation while they spent time wandering the wilderness, but what happened, that stopped doing what brought them many victories. They stopped trusting & obeying God. Once the older generation died, the new generation was able to prepare for the promise land. We find here that the Lord is telling Joshua to be strong & very courageous, times will be tough. We will not find success if we do not remain deeply rooted in HIS Word.
Read Joshua 1:7-8 & Psalm 119:9-16
2. Methodology to Bible Study (Observation, Interpretation & Application)
- Observation is where is all begins, we need to know the 5 W questions and how?
Who, What, Where, When & Why? And of course the how? Acts 17:10-12
- Interpretation requires a great deal of humility when approaching the scriptures, we can not be without the holy spirit when we are trying to comprehend the word. We must allow ourselves to be teachable. Without humility it will be difficult to understand God’s word.
- Application: Read James 1:22-25 ~ but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.
3. Bible Study is Preventative & Edifying.
Read 2 Timothy 3:16-17 | We know that God inspired scripture and we know the power it has to heal and bring life, but the reality is that we don’t use it the way we ought to. Healthy people are take preventive action such as taking vitamins daily and so forth. But the majority, preventative is not seen as priority. There is Power in the Holy Spirit that is manifested in us when we are deeply rooted in God’s Word.
Hebrews 4:12 New International Version (NIV)
12 For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.
John 15:1-17 - Jesus tells us remain in his word, keep his commands; vs 8 This is to my Father's glory, that you bear much fruit showing yourselves to be my disciples.
John 12:42-48 - Jesus makes it clear in verse 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them at the last day.
Psalm 19:7 New International Version (NIV)
7 The law of the Lord is perfect,
refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy,
making wise the simple.
Credits to OneTimeBlind Video Skit
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