Learning Together

Messages from Bro. Matt Morales

Crossing the Line

Beware Moving from Being Rightfully-frustrated to Sinfully-angry • May 17, 2020 • with Bro. Matt Morales

We avoid sinful anger by aligning our message with God’s message.

What We Have in Common - MIDWEEK

Dealing With Our Pandemic Perspectives • April 29, 2020 • with Bro. Matt Morales

Ephesians 4:1   I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, Ephesians 4:2   With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; 3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. 4 There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all. 7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. 8 Wherefore he saith, When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. 9 (Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? 10 He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.) 11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; 12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ: 13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ: 14 That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive; 15 But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ: 16 From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love. Ephesians 4:17   This I say therefore, and testify in the Lord, that ye henceforth walk not as other Gentiles walk, in the vanity of their mind, 18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: 19 Who being past feeling have given themselves over unto lasciviousness, to work all uncleanness with greediness. 20 But ye have not so learned Christ; 21 If so be that ye have heard him, and have been taught by him, as the truth is in Jesus: 22 That ye put off concerning the former conversation the old man, which is corrupt according to the deceitful lusts; 23 And be renewed in the spirit of your mind; 24 And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness. 25 Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another. 26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath: 27 Neither give place to the devil. 28 Let him that stole steal no more: but rather let him labour, working with his hands the thing which is good, that he may have to give to him that needeth. 29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. 30 And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

Mission: Interrupted - SUN PM

How Can We Continue to be Effective for Christ During Interruptions? • April 19, 2020 • with Bro. Matt Morales

When we are interrupted, we must… * remain faithful in our praise, worship, and thankfulness God! - This is a testimony to the lost that we have hope when the world has fear! * love people * be faithful to take advantage of other opportunities to spread the Good News! God’s work cannot be interrupted! **Acts 16:23-31** *And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely: 24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks. 31 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. 26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed. 27 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled. 28 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here. 29 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, 30 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? 31 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.*

How to "Doctor" Doubt

Treating Despondent Doubters and Despondent Encouragers • February 23, 2020 • Bro. Matthew Morales

* God’s agenda happens regardless of our situation and emotional status * Jesus used the OT to verify His Messiahship to John. We must use the Bible as well! * Don’t let confusion and disappointment destroy your faith * Timeless and relevant Word of God. We MUST learn His Word! It makes our burdens light. * A long-lasting faith will be WELL acquainted with the Word of God!

What are You Going to Do With the New King?

Is Jesus a Threat to Our “Kingdom”? • December 29, 2019 • Bro. Matthew Morales

Why Art Thou Cast Down, O My Soul?

Discouragement • October 30, 2019 • Bro. Matthew Morales

Discouragement can come from… * Spiritual Emptiness * Overwhelming Loneliness * The Oppression of Enemies To overcome discouragement… * CONFRONT — Confront what discouragement is doing; it is robbing God of the praise that He is due - We must address it! * REMIND —Hope in God - Remind ourselves WHO God Is! * PRAISE — Respond with Praise to God because of Who He Is what He has done in my life! THE SOURCE OF OUR JOY IS AN ATTITUDE OF PRAISE AND THANKSGIVING. OUR JOB IS TO PRAISE HIM!

Make God’s Interests Your Interests

The Grave Responsibility of Being a Godly Influencer • August 25, 2019 • Bro. Matthew Morales

Too Busy Serving Jesus

Service TO God is Not a Substitute for a Relationship WITH God • May 8, 2019 • Bro. Matthew Morales

Why Not Be Content?

Contentment is Available… at All Times • April 21, 2019 • Bro. Matthew Morales

* We are recipients of undeserved mercies - God gives us so much more than we deserve * We are recipients of daily compassions * We are recipients of sure hope!

Self-centered People Can Change When God-centered People are Faithful to God!

Dealing With Difficult People • March 6, 2019 • Bro. Matt Morales

Happiness Awaits Those Who Know and Follow the Example of Christ

Serving Willingly and Happily to the Very End • March 3, 2019 • Bro. Matt Morales

God has Proven Himself Trustworthy

Trusting God with an Uncertain Future • February 20, 2019 • Bro. Matthew Morales

Surviving December 26

Sustainable Joy: The Hope That Comes From a Manger • December 24, 2018 • Bro. Matthew Morales

Praise: God Deserves It and We Need It!

The Purpose of Praise • July 22, 2018 • Bro. Matthew Morales

This Too, God Will Use

Dealing With the Anger Produced by Betrayal and Injustice • June 13, 2018 • Bro. Matthew Morales