Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Our Advocate

1 John 2: 1-2:
A. Jesus died for every sin. At times some churches and even some faith based people will make some sins better than others and some sins worse than other sins. However Jesus died for every sinner and to God sin is sin.
B. When we sin all we have to do is go to Jesus. If you have never placed your faith in Jesus the answer when you sin is to go to Jesus. If you are a follower of Jesus who have sinned the answer also is for you to go to Jesus.
C. A few days ago our Jewish friends had the day where they can be forgiven for their sins it is called Yom Kippur , the Day Of Atonement;. However Jewish people every year have to wait for that day to be forgiven for their sins from the past year. The Bible teaches through Jesus Christ we can be forgiven any day and any time of the year.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Learn from 911

Sunday, September 12, 2010
Yesterday marked nine years since the horrible September 11Th attacks so I thought I would do this week’s study on what we can learn from the 911 attacks.
A. There is a spiritual battle going on and there is a real devil. Paul Harvey once read something called if I was the devil what I would do. The piece read if I was the devil I would get young people by getting them to use drugs, I would make movies dirty and more dirty. I would get churches to stop preaching the Bible. The piece concludes by saying if I was the devil I would just keep on doing what he is already doing. The devil were in the men who attacked us on September 11Th . This is not to excuse the men who did that attacks, they still had to stand before God and defend their actions because all of us have a free will to decide if we are going to do God’s will or submit to the devil.
B. Some have tried to Remove God from our nation and culture. When you do that you ask for trouble. The Lord should not at all be blamed for 911 but when you remove his cover of safety you ask for trouble. We have removed God from the government schools and much of culture. G.K. Chesterton said: When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing — they believe in anything.
C. Not all faiths are the same. You might hear all faiths lead to the same place or the same God that is not Bible or true. Those who follow radical Islam did what their faith taught them to do on 911 and that was attack America. The holy Bible of Islam teaches those who follow that faith not to be friends with Christians or Jews. You see those who follow Islam serve a god who demands you send your son to die for him. Those who follow the Christian God serve a God who sent his son to die for them. Romans 5:8

Monday, August 23, 2010

the Problem and the Answer

Sunday, August 22, 2010

1 John 1:5-10
Vs. 7 It is only the blood of Jesus that can make you spirituality clean after you sin. Jesus gave his blood for every sin. You might say I am not good Jesus will never forgive me and you are kind of right. The Bible tells us no one is good all have fallen short of God’s glory. Jesus died for every sin you have committed or will ever commit. Others of you might be thinking I am better than others because I don’t sin like so and so. Guess what friends sin is sin. Also sin is not just bad behavior it is missing God’s mark which was 100% perfection, and sinless life that only Jesus could live.
And those of you who say you aren’t sinners have committed the sin of telling a lie. Lets look at verse 8 the truth is not in you if you won’t admit you are a sinner. The hardest people to get to admit they are sinners are religious church going people. In Jesus day it was the religious people that nailed Jesus to a cross. However God will not force himself on you or force you to admit you are a sinner. It is like a person who has a drinking problem no one can help them until they are willing to admit they need help and have a problem.
The good news if you will admit you are a sinner is found in verse 9. If we will admit we have sinned God will forgive us.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

The Day They Removed God from America

Monday, August 09, 2010
Galatians 6:7-9
God can’t be mocked there is a price to pay for the one who does that. God will judge sin. We get the idea God is something like the big fat man in a red suite who brings little children gifts at Christmas time. Yes God is love but he will also judge our sins. Some might say God won’t judge and questions come up is AIDS the judgment of God? I don’t know I am not God but I do know when you go against the Bible and the teachings of the Lord you are asking for trouble just like the person who drinks too much may get in trouble the same thing goes for our sexual behavior.
I want use what I saw on a video here on the You Tube website. It is called something like this the day they took God out of the schools. It is worth watching please take time to check it out.
At the start of the video somebody is writing a letter to God about the different school shootings asking God why didn’t he keep the students safe who were shot. It goes through a list of different schools that had shootings. Then God answers I am not allowed in the schools.
The video then goes on to talk about how we have removed God from our nation and culture.
It says it started when they removed prayer from the schools. Now I am not one who is for prayer being brought back into the schools because those who don’t have faith in God can’t give us a prayer which will honor our God and it also would make it look like everything was ok at the schools when they are not. However prayer being removed from the schools did start something. Then they removed the Bible. What does the Bible teach than shall not murder and today we have killings in our schools.
The video goes on to say then Dr. Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children and we agreed an export should know what he is talking about so we won’t spank them anymore. Then we allowed our girls to have abortions and we gave the boys condoms because they are going to do it anyway. The video ends by saying we have reaped what we sow. Amen. Lets pray for a spiritual change which can only come from God for our nation. May America be worthy of God’s Blessing again.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Church Discipline Which Honors God

Sunday, August 01, 2010
Galatians 6:1-5
Discipline: this is missing in the church world today. Discipline is good for you if you are eight or eighty years old. Today in our world and sadly in the church people can live anyway they want to. We aren't made right with God because of our behavior or does one’s behavior cause one to go to hell. We are saved by God’s grace through faith in Jesus. However after a soul is made right with God there are behaviors the Lordship of Christ calls us to and other behaviors we are told not to do.
The purpose of discipline should always be to restore the person.
Now discipline is misused in the church. There are churches who have kicked people out of their church because they didn't like the way their church was going not because of some kind of sin. Church discipline should always be because of behavior which God calls sinful. There is a cult that teaches their group is the only true church the Jehovah's Witnesses. They kick so many people out of every year not because of sin but because those souls have done things that their leadership doesn’t like. Now their discipline goes so far as to keep families apart. Think about this if you are told you belong to the only true church and then you are kicked out of that church what will happen well the person who doesn’t know Christ might do something horrible like take their life. The other misuse of discipline is churches who never do it and allow its members to be on their way to heaven but live like hell. Now I am not backing away from believing once somebody is saved they are saved forever but the child of God who sins will lose reward. It is time for our church to use church discipline in a proper Bible based way. Every church and true follower of the Lord Jesus must embrace the fact they were created and created again to bring glory to God. 1 Corinthians 10:31

Monday, July 19, 2010

The Wrong Kind of Freedom

Sunday, July 18, 2010
Galatians chapter 5: 1- 6
Here Paul is preaching about the freedom in Christ that us who know Jesus Christ as our Savior enjoy but he is also warning us not to misuse our freedom.
There are two camps in the Bible believing world who have misused the freedom we have in Christ. Three if you count a group which is not in the Christian camp. Let me explain that one first to get it out of the way.
Some churches and American Christians as I call them instead of Bible Christians believe and preach one can get right with God by doing good works. They must have rejected or don’t know what Ephesians 2:8-9 says. Let me remind you what it says it is by grace you have been saved through faith not by works so no one can boast. The only way to be saved is to admit your need for Christ and to receive him through faith. Now lets move on to the two camps who are in the Christian world.
Here Paul is preaching to a group that is teaching it is Christ plus circumcision that one is saved by. This is not a teaching on weather parents should circumcise their kids now I have mixed feelings on circumcision from what I have studied on it is painful but lets not get on that rabbit trail . If you are depending on circumcision to save you or your child you are not reading or obeying the Bible. Do some people in the Christian world do that today> Lets look at how some Baptize infants. There is nowhere in the Bible you can find a baby being baptized. Now if you are having your child baptized because it is a thing your church does and it is more like a time to pray for the baby and the parents I have no issue with that. However if you and your church believes that will save your child you are not getting that idea from the Bible. It is Jesus only that saves one. It is not Jesus plus something good that saves us.
Now the next camp which has misused our freedom in Christ is those who have turned our freedom in the right to sin and live anyway you want to even if it is a sinful life. Now I don’t agree with the teaching Lordship salvation but those who teach that doctrine have been right to preach that followers of Christ may fall into a mud pile but we shouldn't live in a spiritual mud pile. Also it looks like verse four here is teaching you can lose your salvation. My Bible college teacher has taught me you don’t base your doctrine on one Bible verse. Paul here I believe is not teaching you can lose your salvation rather he is teaching we shouldn't use our freedom as the right to sin. Some have confused freedom and sin. I heard this man on the radio tell a story he was on the street and he saw a man who was drunk and he asked the drunk man if he wanted to receive Christ. The drunk replied give up all this freedom. Sin is not freedom but bondage. The drunk had confused bondage and freedom.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Jesus or the Ten Commandments

If you like you can view the following sermon on You Tube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3dVJTw61ic

Sunday, July 11, 2010
Galatians 3:1-14
A. Who are the rightness? We get the idea today that the rightness are people who have done super things but here the Bible tells us the rightness are those who know Jesus Christ. Those who have put their faith in Jesus to be their savior.
B. We need to take the true gospel to people. Too many churches and believers aren't doing this. We are waiting for them to come to us or to our churches which may never happen. Romans 10:17 says. Some people are going to churches that preach a false gospel. The true gospel is we all have sinned and come short of God’s glory. Christ died for us and rose to justify us. Who ever will call on Jesus to forgive their sins will be forgiven.
C. Often today you will hear something like this we are all children of God. That is not Bible. It would be Bible based to say we all creations of God but we are not all children now we can all be his children by receiving Jesus as our Savior.
D। The law the ten commandments were given to us not to save us. I heard this speaker who is big on the pro Lordship salvation side which I won’t get into now say the law is the best thing God has given us. I am sorry that is not correct. The ten commandments were given to us to show us our need for Christ. Lets says you are having some kind issue with a part of your body and you go to the doctor. He takes a x-ray . Does the X-ray solve your problem or taken away the pain nope it just shows what is wrong. So are you going to say I am so glad for the X-ray machine because it solved the problem you might be glad because the x-ray machine showed the problem but I am sure you are more thankful for the meds the doctor gave you or the cooperation he performed you because those things more likely solved the problem . The x- ray machine just showed what the problem was. It is the same with the ten commandments they just show us our spiritual problem that we are sinners. They don’t solve the problem or take away our sin.