Fork In The Road

November 25, 2018 • November 25, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Faith is the key to choosing the right path at every fork in life's road. Moses encountered some major forks in the road of his life. What allowed him to choose the right fork on his path? This message takes a look at three things Moses did as he made choices to follow God's will for His life.

Moses' Homegoing

November 11, 2018 • November 11, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: We cannot choose to not die, but we can choose to live life to the full. The key to fulfillment in life is involvement in the work of God. Never take a retirement attitude when it comes to serving God. Moses served God right up to the moment of his death at the age of 120.

Moses Pitches Into The Ninth

November 4, 2018 • November 4, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: God will work in us and through us, and His work will take place with us or without us. Like a great starting pitcher, Moses went deep into the game, but he did not finish it. Joshua was called in to close it out. Moses handed the ball over to Joshua and walked off the field. When God's leader dies, nothing of God dies. When God's leader moves, nothing of God moves. God's work and our lives are always in transition, but God is always steady. He is sovereign in every detail of life.

Moses' Anger

October 28, 2018 • October 28, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: We can be forgiven of disobedience, but we must live with the consequences. Moses periodically let his temper get the better of him. It led him to sin in unbelief and cast a shadow upon the glory of God. As a result of his sin, God did not let him lead the children of Israel into the Promised Land.

Unnecessary Detours

October 21, 2018 • October 21, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Faith in God overcomes our fear of the giants in our lives that detours us unnecessarily from advancing God's purpose and cause. Israel took an unnecessary detour on their journey to the Promised Land. And all the while they were on their detour they experienced God 's grace and faithfulness, but they failed to advance the cause and purpose of God. We too can do what Israel did. We can take a detour in our life and walk with God. When we are on a detour, we may very well continue to experience God's faithfulness in our lives, but we will fail to advance His cause and purpose.

God's Blessings

October 14, 2018 • October 14, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: The blessings of God ultimately culminate in the person of Jesus Christ. Outside of Jesus, there is no eternal blessing. He gives us the ultimate protection through the security of the believer. He gives us the ultimate presence of God through a personal relationship. He gives us the ultimate pardon of sin through the cross of Calvary. He gives us the ultimate peace through salvation.

God Moves Into The Neighborhood

Sept. 30, 2018 • September 30, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Because of God's love for His people, He moved into the neighborhood to dwell with us. Because of Jesus' finished work on the cross and the Spirit indwelling us, we can come over anytime we like and stay as long as we want. When the Jews erected the tabernacle for the very first time, God's glory cloud came down and filled it and squeezed Moses out. In doing so God answered two important questions: 1) God, will you be with us? Yes. I moved into the neighborhood to dwell among you. 2) God, can we come over? Can we have access to you? Yes, if you have a sacrifice.

Moses' Giving Talk

Sept. 23, 2018 • September 23, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Generosity should mark us as God's children because as God's children we've been marked by God's generosity. Moses gave a giving talk that was so effective (due to the Spirit's moving on people's hearts and stirring their generosity) that he had to give a second talk - stop giving.

Showing God's Glory

Sept. 16, 2018 • September 16, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Intimate fellowship with God changes us inwardly so that we radiate the glory of Jesus outwardly. Moses prayed that God would show him His glory. When Moses came down Mt. Sinai the second time with the Ten Commandments, he was showing others the glory of God. Moses was shining with God's glory. Can we do that? Can show God's glory to others?

Desperate For God's Presence

Sept. 9, 2018 • September 9, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Acting in accordance with our desperation leads to our enjoyment of God's presence and manifestation. God is redeeming a people. He is calling a people out unto Himself. His desire is to dwell among that redeemed people and for that people to enjoy His presence. We are desperate for His presence. We have a privilege that we must not and cannot forsake.

The Power Of Prayer On The Unfolding Plan

September 2, 2018 • September 2, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: The power of our praying to affect God's plan unfolding is determined by how we pray to God because of what we know about God. Moses boldly interceded on the behalf of sinners and God moved in response to his prayer. Moses prayed boldly and asked for much because of what he knew about God.

The Temptation Of Golden Calves

August 26, 2018 • August 26, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: The danger of treating God like a golden calf grows out of a lack of conviction for the truth of God, dedication of life to God, humiliation of self before God, and retribution against sin by God. When we look back on the story of the golden calf and Israel's worship of this false god, we think it to be utterly ridiculous. How could the Jews turn from God is just a matter of days? But upon examination of Ex. 32, we find that we too, even today, are tempted in the same ways the Jews were tempted. Exodus 32 is very applicable and carries a message that every Christian needs to hear.

Redemption, Law, And Restoration

August 19, 2018 • August 19, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: The Law reveals to you the glory of God, your need of salvation, and the promise of the Spirit's power. The Law is a gift from God to reveal His glory and person to us and to show us our need of a Savior. Without the knowledge of the need, we would never come to God for what He gives graciously, salvation. With our salvation comes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit who gives us the power to fulfill the Law.

The Priority Of Presence

August 12, 2018 • August 12, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Priority number one is meeting with God corporately and, most importantly, alone. If you were asked to list your number one priority, what would it be? God? If God is your number one priority, what does that really mean? What does it mean to someone who is lost? What does it mean to someone who is saved? If being in God's presence is to be our first and foremost priority, howdo we accomplish it? Are there any requirements on our part? This message looks at the preparation, purpose, and practice of meeting with God.

Bottlenecks & Burnouts

August 5, 2018 • August 5, 2018 • Pastor Chad Thompson

Bottom line: Bottlenecks in my life lead to burnouts in my life. Jethro watches Moses working and ministering to the people from sunup to sundown. He asks Moses two questions: 1) Why are you doing what you are doing (a question of priority), and 2) Why are you doing it alone (a question of personnel). And Jethro gives his conclusion: What you are doing is NOT GOOD. And you will wear out. Moses, you are bottlenecking the ministry. Delegate to others what can be done by others and do what can only be done by you. We can all learn from the episode in Moses life. Our lives are better when we concentrate on our true priorities.