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Servant of All Message Series

August 4, 2019 • Pastor Tim Cruz

Mark 8:1-21 NIV→ 1 “During those days another large crowd gathered. Since they had nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples to him and said, ​ 2 ​“I have compassion for these people;they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat. ​ 3 ​If I send them home hungry, they will collapse on the way, because some of them have come a long distance.” ​ 4 ​His disciples answered, “But where in this remote place can anyone get enough bread to feed them?” ​ 5 ​“How many loaves do you have?” Jesus asked. “Seven,” they replied. ​ 6 ​He told the crowd to sit down on the ground. When he had taken the seven loaves and given thanks, he broke them and gave them to his disciples to distribute to the people, and they did so. ​ 7 ​They had a few small fish as well; he gave thanks for them also and told the disciples to distribute them. ​ 8 ​The people ate and were satisfied. Afterward the disciples picked up seven basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over. ​ 9 ​About four thousand were present. After he had sent them away, ​ 10 ​he got into the boat with his disciples and went to the region of Dalmanutha. ​11 ​The Pharisees came and began to question Jesus. To test him, they asked him for a sign from heaven. ​12 ​He sighed deeply and said, “Why does this generation ask for a sign? Truly I tell you, no sign will be given to it.” ​ 13 ​Then he left them, got back into the boat and crossed to the other side. ​ 14 ​The disciples had forgotten to bring bread, except for one loaf they had with them in the boat. 15 ​“Be careful,” Jesus warned them. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and that of Herod.” 16 ​They discussed this with one another and said, “It is because we have no bread.” ​17 ​Aware of their discussion, Jesus asked them: “Why are you talking about having no bread? Do you still not see or understand? Are your hearts hardened? ​ 18 ​Do you have eyes but fail to see, and ears but fail to hear? And don’t you remember?​ 19 ​When I broke the five loaves for the five thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” “Twelve,” they replied. ​ 20 ​“And when I broke the seven loaves for the four thousand, how many basketfuls of pieces did you pick up?” They answered, “Seven.” 21 ​He said to them, “Do you still not understand?” Matthew 25:35 NIV→ ​ “​35 ​For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,” Matthew 6:31 NIV→​ “​31 ​So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?” John 6:35 ESV→ ​“Jesus said to them, “I am the 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV→​ ​“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 hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” Proverbs 3:5 NIV→​ “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding”

There's a big difference between wanting to and willing to!

Servant of All Message Series • November 10, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Text. Mark 10:17-22 17 And as he was setting out on his journey, a man ran up and knelt before him and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” 18 And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not murder, Do not commit adultery, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Do not defraud, Honor your father and mother.’” 20 And he said to him, “Teacher, all these I have kept from my youth.” 21 And Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, “You lack one thing: go, sell all that you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 Disheartened by the saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whosoever believes in Him, would not perish but have ETERNAL LIFE”. John 17:3 “And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” 1 John 5:20 “And we know that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true; and we are in him who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.” #Jesus is ETERNAL LIFE! Matthew 7:13-14 13 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Galatians 3:10-11 10 “For all who rely on works of the law are under a curse; for it is written, “Cursed be everyone who does not abide by all things written in the Book of the Law, and do them.” 11 Now it is evident that no one is justified before God by the law, for “The righteous shall live by faith.” Ephesians 2:8 “ For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God” Luke 14:28 “For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?” Matthew 6:24 ““No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Jesus LOVES Children!

Servant of All Message Series • November 3, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

Text Mark 10:13-16 13 "And they were bringing children to him that he might touch them, and the disciples rebuked them. 14 But when Jesus saw it, he was indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 15 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.” 16 And he took them in his arms and blessed them, laying his hands on them.” Deuteronomy 6:4-7 4 “Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise.” Two Key Spiritual Parental Priorities #1 Make Jesus your own personal priority! You cannot give your children what you do not have! If it is not in you... You can’t pass it on! • Prayer Life • Scripture Knowledge • Church Life • Serving #2 Make Jesus THE priority in your family! Your children’s SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT is your priority Proverbs 22:6 “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Ephesians 5:25 “Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her.” Hebrews 10:25 “And not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. Proverbs 10:1 “A wise son makes a glad father, but a foolish son is a sorrow to his mother.” Genesis 48:14-16 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn). 15 And he blessed Joseph and said, “The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, 16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.” John 3:16-17 16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” 2 Samuel 12:22-23 22 “David said, “While the baby was still alive, I fasted, and I cried. I thought, ‘Who knows? Maybe the Lord will feel sorry for me and let the baby live.’ 23 But now that the baby is dead, why should I fast? I can’t bring him back to life. Someday I will go to him, but he cannot come back to me.” Ecclesiastes 12:1 (NLT)... “Don’t let the excitement of youth cause you to forget your Creator. Honor him in your youth before you grow old and say, ‘Life is not pleasant anymore.’”

What about Divorce?

Servant of All Message Series • October 27, 2019 • Lead Pastor Tim Moen

The world has its own ways... Often those ways are in conflict with God's ways. Isaiah 55:8-9 8 “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Proverbs 14:12 “There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death.” John 3:17 “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.” #Text: Mark 10:1-12 1 “And he left there and went to the region of Judea and beyond the Jordan, and crowds gathered to him again. And again, as was his custom, he taught them.” 2 “And Pharisees came up and in order to test him asked, “Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?” 3 “He answered them, “What did Moses command you?” 4 They said, “Moses allowed a man to write a certificate of divorce and to send her away.” 5 And Jesus said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.” Matthew 5:17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. Genesis 2:24-25 24 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed.” This is the heart of God! That a MAN would leave his father and mother and hold fast to his WIFE... And they shall become one flesh? This is the heart of God! Malachi 2:13-16 (NLT) 13 Here is another thing you do. You cover the Lord’s altar with tears, weeping and groaning because he pays no attention to your offerings and doesn’t accept them with pleasure. 14 You cry out, “Why doesn’t the Lord accept my worship?” I’ll tell you why! Because the Lord witnessed the vows you and your wife made when you were young. But you have been unfaithful to her, though she remained your faithful partner, the wife of your marriage vows. 15 Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth. 16 “For I hate divorce!” says the Lord, the God of Israel. “To divorce your wife is to overwhelm her with cruelty,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. “So guard your heart; do not be unfaithful to your wife.” Mark 10:5 “And Jesus said to them, ‘Because of your hardness of heart he wrote you this commandment.’” Proverbs 4:23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. #1 Marriage is One man and One woman Mark 10:6 But from the beginning of creation, ‘God made them male and female.’ #2 Marriage is a Uniting of Two People Mark 10:7 7 “‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife,” 8 and the two shall become one flesh. So they are no longer two but one flesh. Genesis 1:28 “And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” #3 Marriage is never to be severed Mark 10:9 9“What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” 10 And in the house the disciples asked him again about this matter. 11 And he said to them, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her, 12 and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery.” Romans 7:2-3 2 “For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage. 3 Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.” Matthew 19:9 “And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.” Third in cases of abandonment 1 Corinthians 7: 12-15 12 “To the rest I say (I, not the Lord) that if any brother has a wife who is an unbeliever, and she consents to live with him, he should not divorce her. 13 If any woman has a husband who is an unbeliever, and he consents to live with her, she should not divorce him. 14 For the unbelieving husband is made holy because of his wife, and the unbelieving wife is made holy because of her husband. Otherwise your children would be unclean, but as it is, they are holy. 15 But if the unbelieving partner separates, let it be so. In such cases the brother or sister is not enslaved. God has called you to peace.”