September 10, 2017

You Will Die
 - Abraham Wright -

It's been said "a person is helped to live when they are reminded they must die." This is similar to Moses' prayer in Psalm 90:12 when he prays "Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom." If you knew that you would die in one year what would you do? As you answer that question, here are three things, from Scripture, to consider about life and death.

  1. Life is fragile.

    Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will
    stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.”
    How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow?
    Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
    What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”
    Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.
    James 4:13-16

  2. Death is real.

    Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties.
    After all, everyone dies
    so the living should take this to heart.
    Sorrow is better than laughter,
    for sadness has a refining influence on us.
    A wise person thinks a lot about death,
    while a fool thinks only about having a good time.
    Ecclesiastes 7:2-4

  3. Our only hope is Jesus.

    Lord, remind me how brief my time on earth will be.
         Remind me that my days are numbered—how fleeting my life is.
    You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand.
         My entire lifetime is just a moment to You;
         at best, each of us is but a breath.”
    We are merely moving shadows,
         and all our busy rushing ends in nothing.
    We heap up wealth,
         not knowing who will spend it.
    And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?
         My only hope is in You.
    Psalm 39:4-7

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.

May 14, 2017

Reasonable Doubt

- Abraham Wright -

I believe many Christians, at different times in their life, live with a little bit of reasonable doubt about God. If I was a defense attorney, defending God, and you were the jury, my job is to convince you beyond all reasonable doubt. None of us were there when God spoke the universe into existence or when Jesus walked this earth. And most of us have never seen Jesus with our physical eyes. Therefore, we must have faith and choose to believe as we often struggle with doubt.

Three things to do when struggling through doubt:

  1. Worship

    Then the eleven disciples left for Galilee, going to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw Him, they worshiped Him—but some of them doubted! (Matt. 28:16-17)

    I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him (Rom. 12:1).
     
  2. Stay connected

    One of the twelve disciples, Thomas (nicknamed the Twin), was not with the others when Jesus came. They told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, “I won’t believe it unless I see the nail wounds in His hands, put my fingers into them, and place my hand into the wound in His side.” Eight days later the disciples were together again, and this time Thomas was with them. The doors were locked; but suddenly, as before, Jesus was standing among them. “Peace be with you,” He said. Then He said to Thomas, “Put your finger here and look at My hands. Put your hand into the wound in My side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!” “My Lord and my God!” Thomas exclaimed. Then Jesus told him, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing Me” (John 20:24-29).

    Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken (Eccl. 4:9-12).

    Stay alert! Watch out for our great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour (1 Pet. 5:8).
     
  3. Look at the evidence

    Go back to John and tell him what you have heard and seen—the blind see, the lame walk, those with leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised to life, and the Good News is being preached to the poor (Matt. 11:4-5).

    God showed His great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners (Rom. 5:8).

You can view the video for this sermon HERE.

March 12th, 2017

Who Needs Nebo? (Dealing With Disappointments)
 - Paul Burleson -

March 19th, 2017

Your Body is a Tool
 - Cody Bobay -

September 22nd, 2013

The Awe of the Gospel: Keeping the Good News from becoming Old News - Pastor Andy Wilkins

1 Peter 1:3-12 (NASB)

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

Verse 3. The Gospel transforms us into a new birth of living hope. At new birth our life path changes significantly from death toward life. The irony of life is that everything living is moving toward Birth certified by the Empty tomb and eagerly anticipates the New Home.

Verse 4. The Gospel is the initiation of receiving permanent inheritance. Israel's inheritance, The Promised Land of Canaan, had become spoiled, faded, and tarnished by the sin of generations of conquering peoples: Assyrians, Babylonians, Greeks, and Romans. Our future inheritance kept in heaven for us has no sin residue.

Verse 5. The Gospel invokes God's powerful protection. Our salvation from beginning to end is protected by God himself. Salvation is given in mercy, kept in heaven, shielded by God's power. Salvation is something that God gives, keeps, and protects.

Verse 6. The Gospel is reason enough for rejoicing. This passage shifts from an understanding of our future salvation to our emotion of our present lives. Our living hope helps us look beyond the grief of our present trials. Paradox of the Christian faith is that suffereing and trials GROW our faith.

James 1:2-4. "Consider it pure joy my brothers when you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be perfect not lacking in anything."

Romans 5:3-5. "... but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character, and character hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us."

Verse 7. The Gospel is more valuable than gold. Gold has represented material security and genuiness throughout civilization. Trials make our faith more valuable which is the reason the Gospel is always greater than our present trials. Your guaranteed future outweighs your current trials. Trials from outside ourselves cannot diminish the deep-rooted joy of our living hope that Christ dwells within us.

Verse 8. The Gospel anchors our love, faith and joy. Peter was in awe of the believers' faith and love in Christ despirte their lack of first hand personl experience with him.

Verse 9. The Gospel is never something we grow past but something we grow deeper into until completely changed by it. The goal of our salvation is new birth in the past, shielded by God in the present, and incomparable inheritance in the future. The goal of our salvation is accomplished when we see Jesus at his return or at our death.

Verse 10. The Gospel was the sought-after yet unattained experience of the Prophets. The prophets had a message for their original audience but they knew the fullfillment of their message was for a future audience, us.

Verse 11. The Gospel is fascinating to angels. The word translated "long to look" gives the poetic picture of angels learning out over heaven tryhing to see what his salvation of grace is all about.

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