Tuesday, August 28, 2012

2 Cor 12:10

This thing I am going through is the best thing for me right now. They are not burdens they are opportunities therefore my attitude will be one of taking pleasure in the situation I find myself in
Gen 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  

1. in infirmities – unable to perform a desired task; a lack of strength and capacity required
     a) to understand a thing
     b) to do things great and glorious
     c) to restrain corrupt desires
     d) to bear trials and troubles

2. in reproaches – embarrassment a wrong springing from insolence, an injury, affront, insult
     a) mental injury and wantonness of its infliction being prominent
     b) injury inflicted by the violence of a tempest

3. in necessities – what needs to be necessity, imposed either by the circumstances, or by law of duty regarding to one's advantage, custom, argument

4. in persecutions – be taken away
     a) to make to run or flee, put to flight, drive away
     b) to run swiftly in order to catch a person or thing, to run after
            1) to press on: like one who in a race runs swiftly to reach the goal
            2) to pursue (in a hostile manner)
     c) in any way whatever to harass, trouble, molest one
            1) to persecute
            2) to be mistreated, suffer persecution on account of something
     d) without the idea of hostility, to run after, follow after: someone
     e) metaph., to pursue
            1) to seek after eagerly, earnestly endeavour to acquire

5. in distresses – physical or mental suffering, exposure to pain or danger
     a) narrowness of place, a narrow place
     b) dire calamity, extreme affliction


Sunday, August 26, 2012


  1. SEE the world from God’s perspective- We need to see the fields white unto the harvest as Jesus saw the world.
  2. SOFTEN our hearts toward God’s will- We need our hearts softened through the preaching of God’s Word in this conference.
  3. SENSE an urgency for souls- Missions conferences revive our urgency to reach the world.
  4. SPIRITUAL discernment - We need to be able to understand God’s Word in relation to the Great Commission.
  5. STRENGTHEN our local church- Our church is unified and strengthened during these conferences.
  6. SQUASH the Sinister attack of Satan- Satan is always out to destroy our labor to fulfill the Great Commission. The best remedy is preaching, serving, and fellowship together.
  7. SURRENDER to leadership- One of the greatest needs today is for Christians to make themselves available to God’s direction for their lives; to be willing to say, “Here am I Lord, send me”.
  8. SEND more missionaries- Our church should always have a desire to help more missionaries get to the field through prayer and financial support.
  9. SACRIFICE in our giving- God uses these conferences to stretch our faith to do more than we can possibly do through the arm of the flesh.
  10. SHARE the Gospel with the world- The local church has been charged with taking salvation’s message to the ends of the earth.

Monday, August 13, 2012

LUKE 22:31-34; 54-62

As we look at the life of Peter early in his walk with Christ. We see that he was a lot like us! He had some GREAT moments and some NOT SO GREAT moments! Some ups...and some downs! And He was prone to speak without thinking!   The greatest thing to ever happen in the life of Peter was when his own brother, Andrew, brought him to Christ! John 1:41-42 Being brought to a saving knowledge of Jesus is the greatest thing that can ever happen to a person! I don’t care who you are!

In our text, I believe we see Peter hitting one of the lowest lows of his life.  Here we see Peter make a bold claim of loyalty to Christ, then we see him fail to make good on his claim and even deny the Lord three times. If that wasn’t bad enough, his eyes met the Lord’s eyes just as the third denial left his mouth and cock crew!   Can you imagine the agony of defeat that Peter experienced at that moment?

A. Satan–By Permission of The Lord. (Vs 31-32)   
B. Confidence In The Flesh.
                        1. His Willingness. (Vs 33, 50;  John 18:10)
                        2. His Walk. (Vs 54)  Followed afar off.
            C. Compromise of Convictions.
1. By His Actions. (Vs 55)  Peter didn’t belong “among them” did he? 
2. By His Talk. (Vs 56-60)   Mat 26:74 “Then began he to curse and to swear.”
            D. Controlled By Circumstances.
1. When he made his bold claim, his honor was on the line. (Pride) (Vs 33)
2. When he made his denial, his life was on the line.

 A. Loss of Fellowship With Christ.  It began with following Jesus afar off (Vs 54)
 B. Loss of Peace With Self. (Vs 62) 
             C. Loss of Testimony With Others.
 D. Loss of Ability To Minister As Before.  (John 21:1-3)
             E. Setting a Poor Example For Others.  (John 21:3)

            A. A Renewal of Repentance. (John 21:15-17)
            B. A Restoration of Fellowship. John 21:15
                        1. Through The Word. (Jesus talking to him)
                        2. Through Prayer. (Him talking to Jesus)
 C. A Rendering of Service. (John 21:15-17)
             D. A Reaching For Maturity. (John 21:20-22) 

 We’ve all faced times of defeat in our lives, but the question is what are we going to do with that defeat? Are we going to wallow in it or arise from it?   

Each of us was born in defeat. We were defeated by the sin nature that we were born with!  We were unable to please God or meet His holy demands.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Grace in the Time of Need

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

1.       We Need to Be Giving Our Self  2 Cor 8:5 And this they did, not as we hoped, but first gave their own selves to the Lord, and unto us by the will of God. 

2.      We Need to Be Going Out Soulwinning   Mat 28 19-20 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 

3.      We Need to Be Godly in our Separation  2 Cor 6:17  Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 

4.      We Need to Be Gracious with our Substance  Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. 

5.      We Need to Be Glorifying our Saviour  Eph 3:21  Unto him [be] glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Some Lessons I have learned

1. You are now or will soon become who you hang out with.
2. That things don't always go as they are planned.
3. People will let you down.
4. Life is short, really short.
5. We are all capable of doing wrong.
6. That Christ alone is the only one that we can trust to never let us down.
7. That true love between a man and woman is a very precious and valuable gift.
8. The hardest part of growing old is watching your friends die.
9. The most important thing in life is knowing where you will spend eternity.
10. It may take a while but you will reap what you have sown.
11. When something doesn’t feel right it probably isn’t.
12. In the long run sin isn’t worth what it cost.
13. Anyone who leads you to do wrong is not your friend.owing old is watching your family and friends die. 8. The most important thing in life is knowing where you will spend eternity. 9. It may take a while, but you will reap what you sow and more than you sow. 10. When something doesn't feel just right, it probably ain't! 11. In the long run, sin is not worth what it will cost. 12. Anyone who leads you to do wrong is not your friend. (More Later)
14. The number 13 is really not unlucky.
15. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.
16. Material things can never make you truly happy.
17. Most of what you think is better left unsaid.
18. It really is more blessed to give than to receive.
19. It never pays to lie.
20. You can never have too many friends.
21. Never be afraid to admit that you are wrong.
22. Don't ever forget to say "Thank you."
23. The love of money is truly the root of all evil.
24. You can never say "I love you" too often.
25. Never assume that others know what you are thinking or how you feel.