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#TRUTHBOMBS

April 10, 2024 • Kevin Simmons

ORIGINS AND BUILDING BLOCKS   TRUTH: CREATES….IT IS MY ORIGIN REDEEMS & RE-CREATES THE DOORWAY FEEDS…TRUTH IS MY FOOD & WATER FOR MY SPRIT-PERSON WAGES WAR IN BATTLE DELIVERS GUIDES HEALS JESUS IS THE WORD AND THE WORD IS TRUTH.   ·      John 14:6  I am the Way the Truth and the Life  ·      John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth  ·      Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth and every one of your righteous rules endures forever ·      1 Peter 1:23 having been born not of a corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the seed of the WORD OF GOD that lives and abides forever!!  ·      James 1:18- Of His own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.    OUR RE-BIRTH- THE NEW CREATION Born of the Water  Born of the Spirit Brought of the Word   John 3:5- except a man be born of water of the Spirit he can not enter the kingdom of God.   TRUTH REDEEMS In order to corrupt God’s creation Satan had to attack truth.  In order to Redeem humanity God had to send Jesus, The Truth to defeat Satan.  Jesus (The Truth) is the Door *Psalm 119:130 The entrance of your Word brings light *Magnifying truth takes you into God’s presence “If I can live in constant revelation of TRUTH then I can experience more and more full measures of God.”  BELIEF SYSTEMS  “The systems of truth that you meditate on have the ability to propel you into the stratosphere where all things are possible OR chain you completely to the prisons of impossibility.” Proverbs 23:7- As a man believes in his heart so he is. MEDITATING ON TRUTH ·      Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ·      Ephesians 6:14 stand, therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… ·      Psalm 119:11- I have hidden your Word (Truth) in my heart that I might not sin against you ·      Isaiah 26:3- You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  ·      Truth effects your every moment-  Good themes….good meditations….Light  ·      Psalm 119:107 I am afflicted very much; Revive me (quicken me), O LORD, according to Your word. ·      Psalm 51:6- Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.   Dwell in fullness- A belief system where you’re constantly delivered…where you’re constantly healed…always prosperous, always victorious-  be renewed in the spirit of your mind! Activate!  Be quickened! Let the glory God has placed in you be manifest!     TRUTH DELIVERSNOTES FOR TRUTH MESSAGE ORIGINS AND BUILDING BLOCKS   TRUTH: CREATES….IT IS MY ORIGIN REDEEMS & RE-CREATES THE DOORWAY FEEDS…TRUTH IS MY FOOD & WATER FOR MY SPRIT-PERSON WAGES WAR IN BATTLE DELIVERS GUIDES HEALS JESUS IS THE WORD AND THE WORD IS TRUTH.   ·      John 14:6  I am the Way the Truth and the Life  ·      John 17:17 Sanctify them in the truth, your word is truth  ·      Psalm 119:160 The sum of your word is truth and every one of your righteous rules endures forever ·      1 Peter 1:23 having been born not of a corruptible seed but of incorruptible, by the seed of the WORD OF GOD that lives and abides forever!!  ·      James 1:18- Of His own will he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures.    OUR RE-BIRTH- THE NEW CREATION Born of the Water  Born of the Spirit Brought of the Word   John 3:5- except a man be born of water of the Spirit he can not enter the kingdom of God.   TRUTH REDEEMS In order to corrupt God’s creation Satan had to attack truth.  In order to Redeem humanity God had to send Jesus, The Truth to defeat Satan.  Jesus (The Truth) is the Door *Psalm 119:130 The entrance of your Word brings light *Magnifying truth takes you into God’s presence “If I can live in constant revelation of TRUTH then I can experience more and more full measures of God.”  BELIEF SYSTEMS  “The systems of truth that you meditate on have the ability to propel you into the stratosphere where all things are possible OR chain you completely to the prisons of impossibility.” Proverbs 23:7- As a man believes in his heart so he is. MEDITATING ON TRUTH ·      Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. ·      Ephesians 6:14 stand, therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth… ·      Psalm 119:11- I have hidden your Word (Truth) in my heart that I might not sin against you ·      Isaiah 26:3- You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.  ·      Truth effects your every moment-  Good themes….good meditations….Light  ·      Psalm 119:107 I am afflicted very much; Revive me (quicken me), O LORD, according to Your word. ·      Psalm 51:6- Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being, and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.   Dwell in fullness- A belief system where you’re constantly delivered…where you’re constantly healed…always prosperous, always victorious-  be renewed in the spirit of your mind! Activate!  Be quickened! Let the glory God has placed in you be manifest!     TRUTH DELIVERS

Searching For God

April 7, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

JEREMIAH 29:13-14 msg “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree.   https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=1+corinthians+2%3a10&version=esv ESV / These things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God Luke 6:24-26 But it’s trouble ahead if you think you have it made. What you have is all you’ll ever get. 25 And it’s trouble ahead if you’re satisfied with yourself. Your self will not satisfy you for long. And it’s trouble ahead if you think life’s all fun and games. There’s suffering to be met, and you’re going to meet it. 26 “There’s trouble ahead when you live only for the approval of others, saying what flatters them, doing what indulges them. Popularity contests are not truth contests—look how many scoundrel preachers were approved by your ancestors! Your task is to be true, not popular. 2 Peter 1:3-4 msg  Everything that goes into a life of pleasing God has been miraculously given to us by getting to know, personally and intimately, the One who invited us to God. The best invitation we ever received! We were also given absolutely terrific promises to pass on to you—your tickets to participation in the life of God after you turned your back on a world corrupted by lust.   1.     JESUS IS THE ROAD  John 14:1-7  “Don’t let this rattle you. You trust God, don’t you? Trust me. There is plenty of room for you in my Father’s home. If that weren’t so, would I have told you that I’m on my way to get a room ready for you? And if I’m on my way to get your room ready, I’ll come back and get you so you can live where I live. And you already know the road I’m taking.” 5 Thomas said, “Master, we have no idea where you’re going. How do you expect us to know the road?” 6-7 Jesus said, “I am the Road, also the Truth, also the Life. No one gets to the Father apart from me. If you really knew me, you would know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him. You’ve even seen him!” PSALM 103:1-5 Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.    2.     JESUS IS OUR SHEPHERD  - Sheep have no sense of direction  - Sheep are defenseless - Sheep can’t get up without help - Sheep are emotional and recognize the Shepherd’s voice - Sheep are not meant to carry burdens - Sheep will settle for less - Sheep are valuable - Sheep cannot care for themselves when wounded   PSALM 23:1   God, my shepherd!     I don’t need a thing.     3.     JESUS IS OUR EVERYTHING  John 15:5 NIV  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.” 4.     JESUS GIVES US REVELATION THE ONLY WAY TO GET REVELATION, IS THROUGH PERSONAL DEVOTION. -       WHAT YOU DO IN PRIVATE IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN HOW YOU FAKE ACT IN PUBLIC?   MATTHEW 11:28-30 “Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” DISTANCE CREATES DISTORTION…SO YOU BRIDGE THE GAP WITH COMMUNICATION 5.     JESUS IS THE ONLY THING THAT WILL SATISFY YOU  MATTHEW 5:6… “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. PROVERBS 27:7 tbt. - when your soul is full, you turn down even the sweetest honey. But when your soul is starving, every bitter thing becomes sweet    6.     JESUS IS LOVE The biggest indicator of how much influence Jesus has in your life, is how well you love. 1 Corinthians 13:3-7  So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love. Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.   7.     JESUS IS THE FIRM FOUNDATION 1 Corinthians 3:9-15 Let each carpenter who comes on the job take care to build on the foundation! Remember, there is only one foundation, the one already laid: Jesus Christ. Take particular care in picking out your building materials. Eventually there is going to be an inspection. If you use cheap or inferior materials, you’ll be found out. The inspection will be thorough and rigorous. You won’t get by with a thing. If your work passes inspection, fine; if it doesn’t, your part of the building will be torn out and started over. But you won’t be torn out; you’ll survive—but just barely.   Luke 6:43-47 You don’t get wormy apples off a healthy tree, nor good apples off a diseased tree. The health of the apple tells the health of the tree. You must begin with your own life-giving lives. It’s who you are, not what you say and do, that counts. Your true being brims over into true words and deeds. 46-47 “Why are you so polite with me, always saying ‘Yes, sir,’ and ‘That’s right, sir,’ but never doing a thing I tell you? These words I speak to you are not mere additions to your life, homeowner improvements to your standard of living. They are foundation words, words to build a life on. Vs 48 But if you just use my words in Bible studies and don’t work them into your life, you are like a dumb carpenter who built a house but skipped the foundation.     JEREMIAH 29:13-14 msg “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” God’s Decree. 2 Chronicles 26:3-5 - 3 Uzziah was sixteen years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem fifty-two years. His mother’s name was Jekoliah; she was from Jerusalem. 4 He did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, just as his father Amaziah had done. 5 He sought God during the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=2%20chronicles%2026%3a3-5&version=niv#fen-niv-11738a] of God. As long as he sought the Lord, God gave him success.

LEAD

April 3, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

A LOT OF OUR FULFILMENT IN LIFE COMES FROM THE SIMPLE ABILITY TO LIVE IN THE MOMENT. -             We live the best when we live without regretting the past or fearing the future       HEBREWS 13:8 “JESUS CHRIST IS THE SAME YESTERDAY TODAY AND FOREVER  JOHN 11:4-6 4 When he heard this, Jesus said, “This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days,     JOHN 11:20-27 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. 21 “Lord,” Martha said to Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you whatever you ask.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha answered, “I know he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?” 27 “Yes, Lord,” she replied, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.” -             JOHN 8:53 53 Are you greater than our father Abraham? He died, and so did the prophets. Who do you think you are?” -             JOHN 8:58 58 “Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” o  EXODUS 3:14 – 14 God said to Moses, “I am who I am.[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=exodus+3%3a14&version=niv#fen-niv-1594a] This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Come and See

March 31, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

Mark 16:1-7 niv  When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices so that they might go to anoint Jesus’ body.2 Very early on the first day of the week, just after sunrise, they were on their way to the tomb 3 and they asked each other, “Who will roll the stone away from the entrance of the tomb?” 4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone, which was very large, had been rolled away. 5 As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. 6 “Don’t be alarmed,” he said. “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 7 But go, tell his disciples and Peter, ‘He is going ahead of you into Galilee. There you will see him, just as he told you.’”    HIS GRACE IS FOR ALL (Titus 2:11 NIV 11 For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people.)     HIS RESURRECTION POWER IS FOR ALL  HIS FREEDOM IS FOR ALL       1.     COME AND SEE WHAT THE LORD HAS DONE     MATTHEW 28:6 He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.     PSALM 98:1 nlt Sing a new song to the Lord,     for he has done wonderful deeds. His right hand has won a mighty victory;     his holy arm has shown his saving power!     - DEATH DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN DEFEAT  - SILENCE DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN ABSENCE  - LONELINESS DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN  ABANDONED  - FAILURE DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN FOREVER  - DOUBT DOESN’T ALWAYS MEAN DISPLACED     2.     COME AND SEE WHAT HE'S DOING    ISAIAH 43:19 niv See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland. ROMANS 8:28 NIV And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+8%3a28&version=niv#fen-niv-28145a] have been called according to his purpose. LAMENTATIONS 3:22-23 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,     for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning;     great is your faithfulness.   3.     COME AND SEE WHAT HE'S ABOUT TO DO!      PHILIPPIANS 1:6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. PSALM 139:7-12NIV Where can I go from your Spirit?     Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;     if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,     if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me,     your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me     and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;     the night will shine like the day,     for darkness is as light to you.   TITUS 2:11-14 MSG 11-14 God’s readiness to give and forgive is now public. Salvation’s available for everyone! We’re being shown how to turn our backs on a godless, indulgent life, and how to take on a God-filled, God-honoring life. This new life is starting right now, and is whetting our appetites for the glorious day when our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, appears. He offered himself as a sacrifice to free us from a dark, rebellious life into this good, pure life, making us a people he can be proud of, energetic in goodness.    

Accessing Grace

March 27, 2024 • Pastor Bracken Christian

* Rom 10:6 But the righteousness based on faith speaks as follows: “DO NOT SAY IN YOUR HEART, ‘WHO WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN?’ (that is, to bring Christ down), 7 or ‘WHO WILL DESCEND INTO THE ABYSS?’ (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).” 8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, Acts 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. *TPT 32 “And so now, I entrust you into God’s hands and the message of his grace, which is all that you need to become strong. All of God’s blessings are imparted through the message of his grace, which he provides as the spiritual inheritance given to all of his holy ones. * Psalm 103:2 Bless the LORD, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3 Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4 Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion; 5 Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle. Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. ACCESSING WHAT IS OURS IS GOING TO REQUIRE FAITH!  WE CANNOT BOLDLY CLAIM A PROMISE OR BLESSING WE ARE NOT SURE GOD IS NOT OFFERING.  FF BOSWORTH I moved this verse up from the bottom 2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 2 Cor 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.  Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him over for us all, how will He not also with him freely give us all things? Rom 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive (TAKE) the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. * 18 So then as through one transgression there resulted condemnation to all men, even so through one act of righteousness there resulted justification of life to all men. 19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous. 20 The Law came in so that the transgression would increase; but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. IF YOU’RE NOT GOING TO LIVE UNTO RIGHTEOUSNESS THEN YOU WILL HAVE A HARD TIME RECEVING HEALING. 1 Pet 2:24 THE HOLY SPIRIT IS CALLED THE SPIRIT OF GRACE Heb 10:26 For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,   29 How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? THE GRACE WE ARE REFERING TO IS ALL GOD HAS SUPPLIED FOR US. 2 Cor 8:6 So we urged Titus, that as he had begun, so he would also complete this grace in you as well. 7 But as you abound in everything—in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in all diligence, and in your love for us—see that you abound in this grace also. 9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Cor 9:6-8 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; Phil 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. SUPPLY; TO CRAM THE NET, TO LOAD DOWN, FILL THE STOMACH, FILLTHE VOID, PAY OFF DEBT... Heb 4:16 Therefore let us draw near (come) with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. THIS IS NOT AUTOMATIC...  COME/DRAW NEAR; IMPLIES SOMEBODY HAS MADE A DECISION TO ADVANCE SOMWEHERE. THE WORD RECEIVE MEANS; “TAKE” Rom 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Rom 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God. THE REASON WE CANNOT PLEASE GOD WITHOUT FAITH IS BECAUSE WITHOUT FAITH WE CANNOT ACCESS THE GRACE. WE NEED TO BACK UP FROM THE THEREFORE IN 5:1  Rom 4:16 For this reason it is by faith, in order that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants, not only to those who are of the Law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, 17 (as it is written, “A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE YOU”) in the presence of Him whom he believed, even God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “SO SHALL YOUR DESCENDANTS BE.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. 22 Therefore IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. 23 Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, 24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, 25 He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification. Rom 5:1 Therefore... having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction (Access) by faith into this grace in which we stand Eph 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world. 6 Therefore, since it remains for some to enter it, and those who formerly had good news preached to them failed to enter because of disobedience, 7 He again fixes a certain day, “Today,” saying through David after so long a time just as has been said before, “TODAY IF YOU HEAR HIS VOICE, DO NOT HARDEN YOUR HEARTS.” 8 For if Joshua had given them rest, He would not have spoken of another day after that. 9 So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God. 10 For the one who has entered His rest has himself also rested from his works, as God did from His. 11 Therefore let us be diligent to enter that rest, so that no one will fall, through following the same example of disobedience. 12 For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. 14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15 For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. 16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Palm Sunday

March 24, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

Harvard study shows- 10million adult men in the united states are so angry they are sick  Disease called intermittent explosive disorder (IED)   BAD TEMPERED PEOPLE ARE 3 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO HAVE HEART ATTACKS    EPHESIANS 4:26-27 “In your anger do not sin” : Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, and do not give the devil a foothold.     LUKE 19:11  While they were listening to this, he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.  JESUS DIDN’T POINT IS FINGER OF ANGER AT ROME BUT AT HIS OWN PEOPLE      2 CHRONICLES 7:14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. LUKE 19:37-38 37 When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: 38 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke+19%3a37-38&version=niv#fen-niv-25770a] “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!”     REVELATION 13:8 All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. LUKE 19:38-44 “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!”[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%2019%3a38-44&version=niv#fen-niv-25770a] “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 39 Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” 40 “I tell you,” he replied, “if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out.” 41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.” ZECHARIAH 9:9 Rejoice, O people of Zion![https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=zechariah+9%3a9&version=nlt#fen-nlt-22985a]     Shout in triumph, O people of Jerusalem! Look, your king is coming to you.     He is righteous and victorious,[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=zechariah+9%3a9&version=nlt#fen-nlt-22985b] yet he is humble, riding on a donkey—     riding on a donkey’s colt.     ROMANS 9:20-21 20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’”[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=romans+9%3a20-22&version=niv#fen-niv-28176a]21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?   THE FAITH THAT CAN’T SUSTAIN YOU IN YOUR CRISIS ISN’T REAL FAITH    A FAITH THAT CAN’T BE TESTED IS A FAITH THAT CAN’T BE TRUSTED    WHAT MAKES GOD ANGRY?  LUKE 19:45-48 45 When Jesus entered the temple courts, he began to drive out those who were selling. 46 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be a house of prayer’[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%2019%3a45-48&version=niv#fen-niv-25778a]; but you have made it ‘a den of robbers.’[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=luke%2019%3a45-48&version=niv#fen-niv-25778b]” 47 Every day he was teaching at the temple. But the chief priests, the teachers of the law and the leaders among the people were trying to kill him.48 Yet they could not find any way to do it, because all the people hung on his words.   MARK 11:15 15 On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple courts and began driving out those who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves,     MATTHEW 11:29 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Kjv - Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find rest unto your souls   Meekness is not weakness  - Strength under control      CHURCH IS A PLACE TO MEET GOD, WORSHIP GOD, AND A HOSPITAL FOR SINNERS   ARE YOU A BRIDGE OR A BEARER FOR PEOPLE TO COME TO GOD  ARE YOU A STUMBLING BLOCK OR A STEPPINGSTONE  SINNING ISN’T JUST DOING WHAT YOU KNOW YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO DO.  ITS NOT DOING WHAT YOU KNOW YOU NEED TO DO        1 JOHN 1:8-9 8 If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. DON’T JUST MAKE JESUS KING FOR A DAY…..MAKE HIM KING OF YOUR LIFE

His Grace Is Sufficient

March 20, 2024 • Jensen Christian

WHAT IS GRACE? ·      the undeserved favor of God. ·      We believe we are saved by faith through grace.  ·      Grace cannot be earned; it is something that is freely given; it is a gift Grace allows you to know, grow, show   KNOW: Grace allows you to know the Father    John 1:16-18 NIV 16 Out of his fullness we have all received grace in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God, but the one and only Son, who is himself God and is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.   By Faith through Grace, Jesus gave us direct access to the Father Romans 5:17, 20-21 NLT 17 For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many. But even greater is God’s wonderful grace and his gift of righteousness, for all who receive it will live in triumph over sin and death through this one man, Jesus Christ..   20-21 God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.“   His ruling Grace positions us as victors, not victims! -puts us in right standing with the Father -allows us to triumph over sin and death   GROW: Grace enables you to grow in Him and His Word   2 Corinthians 12:9-10 TPT ”But he answered me, “My grace is always more than enough for you, and my power finds its full expression through your weakness.” So I will celebrate my weaknesses, for when I’m weak I sense more deeply the mighty power of Christ living in me. So I’m not defeated by my weakness, but delighted! For when I feel my weakness and endure mistreatment—when I’m surrounded with troubles on every side and face persecution because of my love for Christ—I am made yet stronger. For my weakness becomes a portal to God’s power.“ Grace meets you where you are at, but it also paves the way to take you where God is calling you to go And who He is calling you to be!   Grace not only saves us, but grace is also what sustains us as we walk with God and grow   It empowers you and enables you to do the thing that God has called you to do   There is Grace for your Race!   As my troubles and trials surround me, His grace abounds more and more!   Grace doesn’t just help you survive and get through the day,  But allows you to thrive and live to the fullest and highest!   Grace is made available to us, but it is up to us if we will activate our faith and lean into that grace in our daily lives   Grace creates room for us to grow as we walk with God Grace enables you to pursue a holy life  Romans 3:23-24 23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard.24 Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. Grace is the only way to reach the standard that Christ set before us… WHAT GRACE IS NOT: ·      A hall pass/license to sin because we are “covered by grace” ·      Something to be abused or taken for granted ·      An indication that God is weak, passive to sin, or a push over “This same grace teaches us how to live each day as we turn our backs on ungodliness and indulgent lifestyles, and it equips us to live self-controlled, upright, godly lives in this present age.  Titus 2:12 TPT Grace gives us freedom to turn our backs on sin…   It’s not how much sin can I get away with and still be holy It’s how holy can I actually live   It’s not about cutting off sin, its about loving God so much that your desire to sin no longer exists   Hebrews 4:14-16 TPT ”So then, we must cling in faith to all we know to be true. For we have a magnificent King-Priest, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who rose into the heavenly realm for us, and now sympathizes with us in our frailty. He understands humanity, for as a man, our magnificent King-Priest was tempted in every way just as we are, and conquered sin. So now we draw near freely and boldly to where grace is enthroned, to receive mercy’s kiss and discover the grace we urgently need to strengthen us in our time of weakness.”   SHOW: Grace empowers and emboldens you to show the Father/Jesus   Grace allows us to show Christ In the way we live, the way we interact with others, and in the way we respond to situations   Because of Grace we can be bold in our faith! Because of Grace we can be examples, not just to the lost, but to other believers Ephesians 2:7-10 NLT “So God can point to us in all future ages as examples of the incredible wealth of his grace and kindness toward us, as shown in all he has done for us who are united with Christ Jesus. God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.   Just as we are given grace to grow,  We have to make room for people to grow and learn GIVE GRACE!   the revelation of my growth in grace will be revealed in the way I show grace to others Grace allows you to know – access to the father –  first Believe by faith through grace   Grace enables you to grow –then receive grace –  letting His power be made perfect in our weakness   Grace empowers you to show jesus -  give grace

Reaching Out

March 17, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

An INVITATION SHOWS YOU ARE IMPORTANT AND YOU'RE INVITED    •   Jesus invites the people others reject.   JESUS HAD A WAY OF INVITING PEOPLE!    LUKE 19:5-7  When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner."   MATTEW 4:18-19 18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. LUKE 5:27-28 27 After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector by the name of Levi sitting at his tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him, 28 and Levi got up, left everything and followed him.   JOHN 1:43 43 The next day Jesus decided to leave for Galilee. Finding Philip, he said to him, “Follow me.”   WE ARE NOT CALLED JUST TO FOLLOW  WE ARE CALLED TO FISH        ANYONE CAN DO IT   FISHERMEN KNOW THEIR FISH FISHING REQUIRES PATIENCE     MATTHEW 4:19 , Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.   IT'S FULL OF PROMISE AND PURPOSE       ROMANS 10:9-10 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.   ROMANS 10:14 14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?     WHY DON’T WE SHARE JESUS    1.     WE THINK WE CAN’T BECAUSE OF OUR IMPERFECT LIFE    2.     WE ARE AFRAID WE DON’T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS    JOHN 1:45-46 45 Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote—Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” 46 “Nazareth! Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked. “Come and see,” said Philip.     Luke 7:37   “A woman in that town who lived a sinful life learned that Jesus was eating at the Pharisee’s house, so she came there with an alabaster jar of perfume.”  Luke 7:38 “As she stood behind him at his feet weeping, she began to wet his feet with her tears. Then she wiped them with her hair, kissed them and poured perfume on them.”    Luke 7:39 “When the Pharisee who had invited him [Jesus] saw this, he said to himself, ‘If this man were a prophet, he would know who is touching him and what kind of woman she is—that she is a sinner.’”    Luke 7:44-48 44 Then he [Jesus] turned toward the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I came into your house. You did not give me any water for my feet, but she wet my feet with her tears and wiped them with her hair. 45 You did not give me a kiss, but this woman, from the time I entered, has not stopped kissing my feet. 46 You did not put oil on my head, but she has poured perfume on my feet. 47 Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven—as her great love has shown. But whoever has been forgiven little loves little.” 48 Then Jesus said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.” MATT 11:28-29 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”      •     Pointing out women’s sins didn’t lead her away from her sins.  •     Judging her for her lifestyle  didn’t change her lifestyle! •     Shaming her didn’t set her free!  •     (WHAT CHANGED HER? SHE’D BEEN INVITED)   "Holes by Scott Lewis  I had been in that hole for a very long time, In the dark and the damp, in the cold and the slime. The shaft was above me; I could see it quite clear, But there's no way I ever could reach it from here. Nor could I remember the world way up there, So I lost all my hope and gave into despair. I knew nothing but darkness, the floors and the walls, Then off in the distance I heard someone call "Get up! Get ready! There's nothing the matter Take rocks and old sticks and build up a fine ladder." This had never occurred to me, had never crossed my mind, But I started to stack all the stones I could find. When I ran out of stones, then old sticks were my goal, For one way or another I'd get out of that hole. So I soon had a ladder that was sturdy and tall And I thought “I'll soon leave this place once and for all.” I climbed up my ladder. It was no easy chore, For from lifting those boulders my shoulders were sore. I climbed on up the ladder, but soon had to stop For my ladder stopped short--some ten feet from the top. I climbed back down my ladder and started to cry  I'd done all I could do. I gave my best try, And in spite of my work, in this hole I must die. And all I could do is sit and think "Why?" Was my ladder too short? Or my hole much too deep? Then from way upon high came a voice, "Do not weep." And then faith, hope, and love entered my chest As the voice said to me that I'd done my best. He said, "You've worked very hard, and your labors been rough, But the ladder you’ve built is at last tall enough. Do not despair. You have reason to hope, Just climb up your ladder, I'll throw down my rope. I climbed up the ladder, then climbed the cord. When I got to the top, there stood the Lord. I couldn't be happier, my struggle was done. I blinked at the brightness that came from the Son. I fell to the ground, His feet did I kiss I cried, "What can I do to repay thee for this?" Then He looked all about Him. There were holes in the ground They had people inside them and were seen all around. There were thousands of holes that were damp, dark, and deep  The Lord turned to me and said, "Feed my sheep." Then He went on His way to help other lost souls, And I got right to work, calling down to the holes: "Get up! Get ready! There's nothing the matter Take rocks and old sticks and build up a fine ladder." It now was my turn to spread the good word. The most glorious message that man ever heard. That there's one who is willing to save one and all And we've got to be ready when he gives us the call. He'll pull us all out of the hole that we're in And save our souls from death and from sin. So do not lose faith; there is reason to hope  Just build up your ladder; He'll throw down his rope.

Accessing Grace

March 13, 2024 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Acts 20:32 And now I commend you to God and to the word of His grace, which is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all those who are sanctified. Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. ACCESSING WHAT IS OURS IS GOING TO REQUIRE FAITH!  THE FIRST STEP IS BECOMING CONFIDENT IN WHAT BELONGS TO US. WE CANNOT BOLDLY CLAIM A PROMISE OR BLESSING WE ARE NOT SURE GOD IS NOT OFFERING. FF BOSWORTH Heb 4:16 Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. John 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. 2 Cor 1:20 For as many as are the promises of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us.  Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Rom 8:32 He who did not spare his own son, but delivered him over for us all, how will He not also with him freely give us all things? Rom 5:17 For if by the transgression of the one, death reigned through the one, much more those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ. THE GRACE WE ARE REFERING TO IS ALL GOD HAS SUPPLIED FOR US. 2 Cor 8:9 For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sake He became poor, so that you through His poverty might become rich. 2 Cor 9:6-8 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed; Phil 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. 2 Pet 1:2 Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord; 3 seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. 4 For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. Hebrews 4:2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. 3 For we who have believed enter that rest, just as He has said, “AS I SWORE IN MY WRATH, THEY SHALL NOT ENTER MY REST,” although His works were finished from the foundation of the world.  Rom 10:8 But what does it say? “THE WORD IS NEAR YOU, IN YOUR MOUTH AND IN YOUR HEART”—that is, the word of faith which we are preaching, 9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved; 10 for with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. 11 For the Scripture says, “WHOEVER BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.” 12 For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, abounding in riches for all who call on Him; 13 for “WHOEVER WILL CALL ON THE NAME OF THE LORD WILL BE SAVED.” Rom 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have obtained our introduction by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we exult in hope of the glory of God.

Reaching Out

March 10, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

Community – a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals       Acts 2:42-47 (ESV): 42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.   JESUS IS THE FOUNDATION OF OUR COMMUNITY.     1.   WE HAVE TO TEAR DOWN OUR WALLS AROUND EACH OTHER    OUR VICTORY IS IN OUR VULNERABILITY    2.   HOLD EACH OTHER ACCOUNTABLE    Hebrews 10:24-25 (ESV): 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.   WE NEED MORE THAN INFORMATION, WE NEED ENCOURAGEMENT  3.   WE HAVE TO REALIZE WE NEED EACH OTHER    1 Corinthians 12:12-27 (ESV) 12 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ. 13 For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. 14 Even so the body is not made up of one part but of many.   15 Now if the foot should say, “Because I am not a hand, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 16 And if the ear should say, “Because I am not an eye, I do not belong to the body,” it would not for that reason stop being part of the body. 17 If the whole body were an eye, where would the sense of hearing be? If the whole body were an ear, where would the sense of smell be? 18 But in fact God has placed the parts in the body, every one of them, just as he wanted them to be. 19 If they were all one part, where would the body be? 20 As it is, there are many parts, but one body.   21 The eye cannot say to the hand, “I don’t need you!” And the head cannot say to the feet, “I don’t need you!” 22 On the contrary, those parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable, 23 and the parts that we think are less honorable we treat with special honor. And the parts that are unpresentable are treated with special modesty, 24 while our presentable parts need no special treatment. But God has put the body together, giving greater honor to the parts that lacked it, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, but that its parts should have equal concern for each other. 26 If one part suffers, every part suffers with it; if one part is honored, every part rejoices with it. 27 Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.     IF YOU LISTEN HARD ENOUGH YOU CAN HEAR THE PAIN IN PEOPLE        E.M. Bounds - “We are constantly on a stretch, if not on a strain, to devise new methods, new plans, new organizations to advance the Church and secure enlargement and efficiency for the gospel. This trend of the day has a tendency to lose sight of the man or sink the man in the plan or organization. God's plan is to make much of the man, far more of him than of anything else. Men are God's method. The Church is looking for better methods; God is looking for better men.”   We are God’s method

John 15

March 6, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

John 15: 1-5 niv  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=john%2015%3a1-5&version=niv#fen-niv-26702a] so that it will be even more fruitful. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.     JOHN 16:4-7 ESV 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told them to you. “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I am going to him who sent me, and none of you asks me, ‘Where are you going?’ 6 But because I have said these things to you, sorrow has filled your heart. 7 Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.   ( JESUS SAYING HE HAS TO LEAVE)      ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8            There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to plant and a time to uproot, 3     a time to kill and a time to heal,     a time to tear down and a time to build, 4     a time to weep and a time to laugh,     a time to mourn and a time to dance, 5     a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,     a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, 6     a time to search and a time to give up,     a time to keep and a time to throw away, 7     a time to tear and a time to mend,     a time to be silent and a time to speak, 8     a time to love and a time to hate,     a time for war and a time for peace. A time for the Chiefs to win the super bowl and a time for the Buffalo bills to win a super bowl       (Genesis 2:24 niv That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh.       JOHSUA 5:11-12 NIV 11 The day after the Passover, that very day, they ate some of the produce of the land: unleavened bread and roasted grain. 12 The manna stopped the day after[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=joshua+5%3a11-12&version=niv#fen-niv-5947a] they ate this food from the land; there was no longer any manna for the Israelites, but that year they ate the produce of Canaan.         GENESIS 13:14-17 NIV The Lord said to Abram after Lot had parted from him, “Look around from where you are, to the north and south, to the east and west. 15 All the land that you see I will give to you and your offspring[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=genesis%2013&version=niv#fen-niv-334a] forever. 16 I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted. 17 Go, walk through the length and breadth of the land, for I am giving it to you.”     - RELATIONSHIPS -  JOHN 15:1-11 HOW THEY RELATE TO HIM JOHN 15:12-17 HOW THEY RELATE TO EACH OTHER  JOHN 18-27 HOW THEY RELATE TO THE WORLD

Reaching Out

March 3, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

Matt. 5:13-16 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.   MARK 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.   WHY DO WE HESITATE TO SHARE OUR FAITH?  1) WE ARE AFRAID. 2) WE DON’T FEEL QUALIFIED. 3) WE DON’T WANT TO BE PUSHY.  4) WE ARE COMPLACENT.    3 WAYS YOU CAN REACH OUT   1) YOU CAN USE WHAT YOU HAVE.     Luke 5:29  Then Levi held a great banquet for Jesus at his house, and a large crowd of tax collectors and others were eating with them. 30 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” 31 Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.   Start with what you have.     The more you SERVE others, the bigger difference you can make in the lives of others     2) YOU CAN INVITE SOMEONE TO CHURCH.    JOHN 4:28 Then, leaving her water jar, the woman went back to the town and said to the people, 29 “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Messiah?” 30 They came out of the town and made their way toward him.      3) YOU CAN SHARE YOUR STORY.      John 9:25 He replied, “Whether [Jesus] is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”      John 9:26-27 Then they asked him, “What did [Jesus] do to you? How did he open your eyes?” 27 He answered, “I have told you already and you did not listen. Why do you want to hear it again? Do you want to become his disciples too?      YOU HAVE TO TELL YOUR STORY MORE THAN JUST ONCE

Enjoying God

February 28, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

JOHN 15-1-11 nasb 15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branchthat bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.4 Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit of itself but must remain in the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me. 5 I am the vine, you are the branches; the one who remains in Me, and I in him bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing. 6 If anyone does not remain in Me, he is thrown away like a branch and dries up; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. 7 If you remain in Me, and My words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples. 9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; remain in My love. 10 If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love; just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and remain in His love. 11 These things I have spoken to you so that My joy may be in you, and that your joy may be made full. ABIDE - TO LIVE, TO REMAIN, TO STAY, TO DWELL  JOHN 5:38 38 Also you do not have His word remaining in you, because you do not believe Him whom He sent. JOHN 8:37 37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants; yet you are seeking to kill Me, because My word has no place in you. PSALM 51:12 Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, And sustain me with a willing spirit. GOD WANTS TO BE LIVED IN  WE ENJOY LIFE THE MOST WHEN WE ENJOY GOD,  & WHEN WE ENJOY GOD, WE LOVE LIFE MORE  ABIDING IN HIM IS ABOUT LEANING & LEARNING  JOHN 15:9 Just as the Father has loved Me, I also have loved you; remain in My love. ROMANS 8:1-4 Therefore there is now no condemnation at all for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death. 3 For what the Law could not do, weak as it was through the flesh, God did: sending His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and as an offering for sin, He condemned sin in the flesh, 4 so that the requirement of the Law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. JOHN 15:12-17 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that a person will lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, because all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This I command you, that you love one another.

I'm Not Staying Here Any Longer

February 25, 2024 • Pastor Brody Christian

JAMES 1:2-4 AMP Consider it nothing but joy, my [https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=james%201%3a2-4&version=amp#fen-amp-30269a]brothers and sisters, whenever you fall into various trials. 3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace]. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing.     JEREMIAH 29:11 NIV 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.     PROVERBS 16:9 A MAN’S HEART PLANS HIS WAY, BUT THE LORD DIRECTS HIS STEPS     1.    LET GO OF THE PAST    TD JAKES – STOP HOLDING ONTO YOUR HISTORY AT THE EXPENSE OF YOUR DESTINY    PHILIPIANS 3:13-14 NIV 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it,[https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=philippians+3%3a13-14&version=nlt#fen-nlt-29395a] but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.   ISAIAH 43:18-19  “Forget the former things;     do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!     Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness     and streams in the wasteland.       PROVERBS 23:7 AS A MAN THINKS IN HIS HEART, SO IS HE     2 TIMOTHY 1:7 GOD HASN’T GIVEN YOU A SPIRIT OF FEAR, …   SOUND MIND – GREEK WORD – DISCIPLINE THINKING    JOB 2:9-10 KJV 9 Then his wife said to him, “Do you still cling to your integrity [and your faith and trust in God, without blaming Him]? Curse God and die!” 10 But he said to her, “You speak as one of the [spiritually] foolish women speaks [ignorant and oblivious to God’s will]. Shall we indeed accept [only] good from God and not [also] accept adversity and disaster?” In [spite of] all this Job did not sin with [words from] his lips.       2.    JESUS SEES BEYOND OUR FAILURE    Phil. 3:12-14 MSG 12-14 I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back.   NOAH – WAS A DRUNK ABRAHAM – WAS TOO OLD ISSAC – WAS A DAYDREAMER  JACOB – WAS A LIAR  LEAH – WAS UGLY  JOSEPH – WAS ABUSED MOSES - HAD A STUTTERING PROBLEM  GIDeonN – WAS AFRAID  SAMSON – HAD LONG HAIR AND WAS A WOMANIZER  RAHAB – WAS A PROSTITUTE  JEREMIAH & TIMOTHY – WERE TOO YOUNG  DAVID – WAS AN ADULTURER & MURDERER  ELIJIAH – WAS SUICIDAL  ISAIAH – PREACHED NAKED  JONAH – RAN FROM GOD NAOMI – WAS A WIDOW JOB – WENT BANKRUPT JOHN THE BAPTIST – ATE BUGS  PETER – DENIED CHRIST    GOD IS NOT LOOKING FOR PERFECT PEOPLE, HE IS LOOKING FOR AVAILABLE PEOPLE      ISAIAH 61:2-5 NIV  TO PROCLAIM THE YEAR OF THE LORDS FAVOR AND THE DAY OF VENGEANCE OF OUR GOD, TO COMFORT ALL WHO MOURN, AND PROVIDE FOR THOSE WHO GRIEVE IN ZION – TO BESTOW ON THEM A CROWN OF BEAUTY INSTEAD OF ASHES, THE OIL OF JOY INSTEAD OF MOURNING, AND A GARMENT OF PRAISE INSTEAD OF A SPRIIT OF DESPAIR     GIVE HIM YOUR WORST – HE WILL GIVE YOU HIS BEST      3.    IT'S ALWAYS TOO EARLY TO QUIT.  AND IT'S NEVER TOO LATE TO START BECAUSE OF JESUS      4.    YOU WERE MADE BY GREATNESS FOR GREATNESS   5.    BE HUNGRY AND STAY PLUGGED IN!  PSALM 34:8 OH, TASTE AND SEE THAT THE LORD IS GOOD!    MATT. 5:6 BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO HUNGER AND THIRST FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS, FOR THEY WILL BE FILLED!

A Lifetime of Step Outs Part 3

February 21, 2024 • Pastor Bracken Christian

Heb 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 2 Cor 5:7 We walk by faith, not by sight – 8 we are of good courage GOD HAS A LIFETIME OF STEP-OUTS FOR US.    YOU CANNOT SEPARATE FAITH FROM BEING LEAD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.  God delights in his children stepping out over the aching void with nothing under their feet but the word of God.  LILIAN B YOMENS GOD HAS GOOD THINGS PLANNED FOR US.  Heb 4:3 His works were finished before the foundation of the world. IF GOD HAS SOMETHING FOR YOU... IN HIS EYES IT’S ALREADY DONE. BELOW IS A NEW ADDITION TO NOTES HERE....  Numbers 20 Moses struck the rock twice at the waters of Meribah. THE FIRST INITIAL ACT OF FAITH IS SPEAKING... (FAITH IS AN ACT) 6 THINGS TO REMEMBER IN THOSE STEP-OUT MOMENTS Heb 11:6 without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. 2 Cor 5:7 We walk by faith, not by sight – 8 we are of good courage GOD HAS A LIFETIME OF STEP-OUTS FOR US.    JOSHUA... “Every place on which the sole of your feet shall tread. I’ve given it to you... MOSES AND CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.... AT THE RED SEA...  “Stop crying and move forward” ABRAHAM... Rom 4:12 but who also follow in the steps of the faith of our father Abraham which he had while uncircumcised. YOU CANNOT SEPARATE FAITH FROM BEING LEAD BY THE HOLY SPIRIT.  God delights in his children stepping out over the aching void with nothing under their feet but the word of God.  LILIAN B YOMENS John 2 “WHATEVER HE TELLS YOU TO DO... DO IT! (KEY) 6 THINGS TO REMEMBER IN THOSE STEP-OUT MOMENTS 1. PEOPLE (EVEN FAMILY) MAY NOT UNDERSTAND JUST BECAUSE EVERYONE THINKS YOU SHOULD DO IT DOES NOT MEAN IT’S GOD.   2. YOU MAY EXPERIENCE SOME SELF-DOUBT YOU HAVE TO FOLLOW YOUR SPIRIT (HEART).  Prov 3:5  GOD’S WORD ENABLES YOU TO ACT AND FULFILL  3. GOD PUTS THE VISION IN YOUR SPIRIT (FAITH) WHATEVER GOD IS SHOWING YOU... NEEDS TO BE EMBRACED...  KEEP LOOKING AT IT, SPEAKING TO IT AND DO IT. Heb 11:13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 4. COMMIT TO THE “NO-TURNING BACK” MOMENTS. 3 HEBREW GUY’S... THROW US IN THE FIRE... WE ARE NOT BOWING. THEY DIDN’T GET TO THAT POINT AND CHANGE THEIR MINDS.  5. WHERE YOU END UP MAY BE DIFFERENT FROM WHERE YOU THOUGHT. GOD HAS TO GET YOU MOVING IN ORDER TO GET YOU WHERE YOU NEED TO BE...  6. SEEK THE LORD EVERY DAY; IT’S A FAITH LIFE (JOURNEY) ABRAHAM... HE CONSTANTLY BUILT ALTARS ALONG THE JOURNEY THERE ARE DESTINATIONS WITHIN THE DESTINATIONS... THE REWARDS OF PLEASING HIM, IS THAT YOU WILL ARRIVE

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