September 2017


9-24-2017        “Is Marriage Forever”             Luke 20:27-40

Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection – and that was SadUSee

They used the example of marriage to try to trick Him, that was the wrong thing to do FOR MANY REASONS!

  1. They should know by now that they cannot trick Jesus
    1. But, as the text says, They are posers…questioning
  2. If there is one group of people on earth that BELIEVE in the resurrection STRONGLY it is married folks!
    1. Do you remember the movie “Charlie and the chocolate factory?” The one with Gene Wilder?
      1. Every Day I feel like Charlie at the end of that movie!
        1. After some missteps on his part, Everything is falls into place
        2. His dreams have come true!
      2. I feel like that every day when I wake up and still can’t believe God blessed me with the GREATEST SPOUSE EVER!
  • Connie’s experience may differ!
  1. MYTHBUSTER: But I have news for y’all – SHOCKING
    1. I aint gonna be married to Connie forever!
    2. THAT’S RIGHT
      1. Good for me because I will be in GLORY
      2. Good for Connie because she will be in GLORY – PLUS get a break from me!!!
    3. KNOW THIS! Every boy or girl friend, every spouse, who ever looked deep into your eyes and said “I will be yours FOREVER!”  – LIED!
    4. The vows end “Till Death Do You Part” for a reason!
  2. Some, like me, don’t want to lose what we have here on earth in a Godly, loving, beautiful, intelligent, driven spouse!
    1. Some, like Co…..; well SOME – might be looking forward to a well deserved REPRIEVE!
    2. After 7 marriages I bet this poor lady in our TEXT was READY for the Resurrection!  FINALLY Indeed!
  3. Marriage is for those living in the FIRST LIFE!
    1. Life here on earth…NOW
    2. Love and be FAITHFUL to your spouse NOW!
    3. Be there for your spouse NOW!.
    4. Send her flowers NOW! Send him ammo NOW!
  4. You see, Jesus taught us that in heaven we will all be the Children of God
    1. And face it…it would be weird to be married to your sister or brother for all eternity!
  5. MYTHBUSTER: As for the resurrection IT IS REAL!
    1. Moses proved it
      1. Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are all alive in eternity.
    2. Jesus let Peter, James and John see this on the Mount of Trasfiguration recorded in Matthew 17 when Moses and Elijah appeared to them.
      1. This also answers one of the Questions from our Wednesday Night survey “Will we recognize our family when we get to heaven?”
      2. Apparently so BUT they will not be our spouses, children, grandparents, parents, Uncles, etc – They will be our Brothers and Sisters.
    3. Jesus taught and modeled resurrection
      1. Matthew 28….. You will remember ‘Early Sunday Morning”….and…”He aint here!  He is RISEN!”
      2. Mark 16 – Jesus was “Taken Up Into Heaven”
    4. Take heart – SECOND LIFE…ETERNAL LIFE…THE RESURRECTED LIFE is coming
      1. Earthbound relationships are for here on earth
      2. Heaven Bound relationships are forever
      3. It is worth the wait (Marriage and Resurrection)
        1. No more death
        2. Live forever as Gods Children
      4. If you are worthy
    5. ARE YOU WORTHY
      1. John 1:10-13 “He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn—not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.”
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9-10-2017        Patriot

September 11th Timeline

Review of the Victims

Prayer

Monday is Patriots Day

Not patriotic day

There is a difference

There is a different between being a patriot and being patriotic.

Both can love their country.

Both can bear the colors

Both can go to parades and wave the flag

But, it is the patriot that is willing to apply their blood, sweat and tears into the country they love.

John 15:12-13   “This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”   NLT

Patriotic Folk talk

True Patriots people put action to their words

More than 1.2 Million men and women have died in service to the United States

6915 USA military have died in the global war on terror

These are patriots

On September 11th, 2001 2,977 people were murdered by terrorist on our shores.

Some were true patriots

Some were patriotic Americans

Some were not.

Some were seeking to destroy our country.

Patriots Serve and Patriots Submit

Patriots do the hard and sometimes horrible work of their country

Patriots Bleed and Patriots sometimes die

Patriots do the work 99.4% will not do

  • Yes, only 0.4% of Americans are now serving in the uniform of the American Military
  • Yes, only 2% of those alive today are or have served under our American Flag

There is a difference between being a Christian and being  Religious

Both can go to church

Both can wear crosses and carry Bibles

Both can attend revivals and Covered Dish

But, it is the Christian that is willing to apply their blood, sweat and tears in faithFULL obedience to their Lord.

One loves their religion and may try hard to BE GOOD

The Christian loves their Lord and their neighbors.

The religious ones will seek to use their religion for their benefit

The Christian will seek to be used by God for His benefit

The religious talk

The real Christian SOLDIERS put ACTION to their WORDS

Real Christians Serve AND Submit

Real Christians do the hard work of a Faithful and obedient ministry

Real Christians get dirty

Real Christians sweat and bleed

Real Christians sometimes die.  We call the martyrs.

Real Christians do the vast majority of the Kingdom Work

A true percentage is not known

Is it the 0.4% like the military?   MAYBE

I prefer the 10/80/10 theory in most organizations

But others have told me I am too positive

What I do know is that every day we will come across:

A few TRUE Christians

Many Religious Folks – trying to be good/do their best but lost       Many folks who are lost and wandering with no idea

Many more who seek to tear down Christianity

Those who are a THREAT

This is why we are CALLED INTO SERVICE!

THERE IS SOME FIGHTING TO DO!

 2 Timothy 2:3-5 “Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus.  Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.”

1 Samuel 17:45 “David replied to the Philistine, “You come to me with sword, spear, and javelin, but I come to you in the name of the Lord  of Heaven’s Armies—the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.”   NLT

Not against Flesh and Blood

Ephesians 6:11-12 “Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.”

We Fight AGAINST Evil

We fight FOR PEOPLE!

Love God more than they love the world

  • Seek ways to serve
  • Pray and GO!

Be a TRUE CHRISTIAN Patriot

Be an active, fervent, vital part of God’s Work

Seeking God and a Closer Walk of humble service CAN CHANGE OUR WORLD

2 Chronicles 7:13-16 “At times I might shut up the heavens so that no rain falls, or command grasshoppers to devour your crops, or send plagues among you. Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place. For I have chosen this Temple and set it apart to be holy—a place where my name will be honored forever. I will always watch over it, for it is dear to my heart.”

The TRUE Christian is called to be a TRUE patriot.