You cannot ALMOST be saved but you can be DECEIVED

Luke 11:24 – 26   “When the unclean spirit has gone out of a person, it passes through waterless places seeking rest, and finding none it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’  And when it comes, it finds the house swept and put in order.  Then it goes and brings seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter and dwell there. And the last state of that person is worse than the first.”

We are a people who are good at starting things and making promises to start things but we really don’t follow through well.

We don’t finish well…or at all.

We have unfinished projects around the house…next month…2017

We plan and prepare but PROCRASTINATE

How many New Year’s Resolutions have you kept?

We do the same thing spiritually as well.

We come to an emotional moment with God and make promises.

“God if you deliver me from this I will……..”

We work hard changing our life, removing the bad chunks as we can.

We clean our life up.

But.

There is that word again.  We often want to live a Christian life….BUT:

But, we really don’t want to change

But, our friends will think we are weird

But, we do not follow through.

  • We plan and prepare to go pray every day…BUT
  • We plan to read our Bible for 1 hour every day….BUT
  • We prepare to be more faithful and obedient…BUT
  • But.
  • We think we have done enough.  So we stop.
  • We stop short of actual faith
  • We stop short of actual commitment
  • We stop short of a moment of conversion
  • We stop short of NEW LIFE.

WE, WE, WE, WE

Then WE learn a hard lesson.

What WE can FIX satan can easily BREAK

First, we revert back into some old patterns

Then, we gather new bad habits

    Habits made worse since we THINK we are OK with God now

But, in the end, we are in worse condition than when we started

  • Maybe we keep coming to church but feel empty.
  • Maybe we keep coming so we can FEEL faithful to…something
  • Maybe we grow dry and drift off as on a slight wind
  •             No LIVING WATER
  • Maybe we just give up and look elsewhere.

 

  • Not because God somehow failed…
  • Not because GOD is not able to save…
  • Not because God does not want to save…

But because we stopped short of allowing Him to save us.

We never receive NEW LIFE – we never accept HIM

Many, many people only THINK they are saved.

But they only straightened up for a while but soon found their lives more frustrating and messed up than before.

  • Some think they can save themselves.
  • Some think they can buy their salvation through much giving
  • Some think they can earn their salvation through much serving
  • Some think they deserve their salvation because of who they are
  • Some think they will receive salvation because God is love.
  • Some think they will get their salvation because of their family ties
  • Some just sit and HOPE they will be saved

Empty hulls waiting for something to fill them.

     God desires to fill your life

     Satan will use every opportunity to gain your empty soul

            ONE WILL FILL YOUR HEART AND LIFE

Christ or Satan?        YOUR CHOICE

Neither the church, your family’s heritage in the church nor how much you give or serve the church can save you.

You can ONLY be saved by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in JESUS CHRIST alone.

Everything else leaves you EMPTY.

Everything else leaves you VULNERABLE.

Everything else leaves you LOST.

Everything else leaves you HELL BOUND

There is a reason the musicians sing of a “Highway to Hell”  but only  “Stairway to Heaven”            They are speaking of the traffic each one is carrying to their final eternity.

God had Matthew write the concept for both these songs:

Matthew 7:13-14 “Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many.  For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.”   ESV

Matthew 7:21 – 23  “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name?’ And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’

Let God change you then fill all of the chasms of your heart and mind with Him!

Saying IS NOT ENOUGH – There must be the Will and ACTION of BEING a Christian actually OBEYING the Will of God!

  • FOLLOW THROUGH to TRUE FAITH!
  • Follow through with Baptism and Discipleship
  • Follow through with service and obedience

Spiritual Formation and Growth is NECESSARY for the Christian. 

Bible Study and Devotion is NECESSARY for the Christian.

OBEDIENCE is NECESSARY for a Christian

            (“IF you love Me, obey my Commands”- Jesus, John 14:15)

2 Corinthians 5:16 – 21  “From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.  All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.  Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.  For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” 

Is your NEW CREATION visible and active? Has GOD changed you?

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Victims or Victors                  10-4-15

We have once again been visited by Evil.

We should not be SHOCKED, we have been affected by Evil since the FIRST FEW walked the earth.

As normal, some want to blame society, mental illness, guns, knives, gasoline, hammers, water, cars, rocks, jawbones, etc – whatever tool evil chose to use; instead of the truth:  Evil doing its will through man.

Lets look at Oregon and those involved.

Evil

Never doubt that there is great evil in this world

Jesus clearly taught us there is evil and evils PURPOSE is to STEAL AND KILL AND DESTROY!

Today, Evil is at our door steps

Openly attacking Christians in the public square

It is the disorganized “lone wolf”

It is the organized evil of radicals and terrorists.

Evil is greater than flesh and blood

That is why our primary battle is a SPIRITUAL BATTLE and not a physical one.

Ephesians 6:10-14 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm.” ESV

If we UNDERSTAND that there is evil out there, HOW DO WE RESPOND?

VICTIMS

Pray for those the families who lost loved ones and for the injured.

BE CLEAR ON ONE ISSUE

Christians are VICTORS not Victims

Romans 8:35-39 “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.” No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  ESV

Somehow we have come to a mentality that we SHOULD BE VICTIMS

That we must lay down our arms and accept the abuse and rampage of others

  • We deserve it…somehow

NO!

VICTORS

  • Christians ARE NOT the worlds PUNCHING BAG
  • Christians are not the WORLD’S DOOR MAT
  • It is MORE THAN OK – IT IS EXPECTED for Christians to DEFEND their faith!
  • Do MORE THAN sing “Victory in Jesus” LIVE IT!

MARTYRS

Merriam-Webster defines a Martyr as: “A person who is killed or who suffers greatly for a religion, cause, etc.”

  • In this case for their faith

The bravest person in the world on October 1st was not the brave man who was shot 7 times to save lives in Oregon.

  • He was brave, not doubt.
  • Like the 3 US Military men who stopped a terrorist in France, the man in Oregon is a HERO! But, maybe not a martyr or the Bravest of those present that day.

BUT, the bravest person in the world was the SECOND person who stared down that gun barrel and professed they are a CHRISTIAN, after they saw the first one shot.

They were not ashamed of the Gospel

Romans 1:16-17 “For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” ESV

VICTORS

  • We live by FAITH and NOT by FEAR!
  • We profess our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ with all we have, EVEN IF it is our dying breath!
  • WE NEVER back down
  • WE NEVER shy away
  • WE NEVER deny our faith
    • Faith that can be denied is a false faith
  • If we have assured VICTORY then we need not fear defeat!
  • We ALL have a responsibility to defend our FAITH, our FAMILIES and our FRIENDS!
    • The Bible clearly talks about times when the PEOPLE OF GOD must “pound their plowshares into swords and say ‘I am a WARRIOR”
      • Not in vengeance or retribution
        • But in DEFENSE
        • In JUSTICE
        • In FAITH
      • Hear these Words from God :
        • Ecclesiastes 3:8 “a time for war, and a time for peace.” ESV
        • Proverbs 25:24 “Like a muddied spring or a polluted fountain is a righteous man who gives way before the wicked.” ESV
          • Dirty, Sickening, rotten
          • Psalm 82:4 “Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked.” ESV
          • James 4:17 “So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.” ESV
        • In all of this we are careful to guard our hearts
          • We do ALL for the Glory of God
          • We do ALL through HIS Strength and Will
        • This TEXT reverberated in my soul as God led me through this message process over the last few days. I will read the whole text then focus quickly on ONE VERSE:
        • Psalm 23 “The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.  He makes me lie down in green pastures.  He leads me beside still waters.  He restores my soul. He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” ESV

We have nothing to fear because GOD is with us, protecting, providing and preparing our way.  We can FOLLOW HIM WITHOUT FEAR, even in FEARFULL situations!

But, look at this:

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

Sometimes the fear overwhelms us.

Sometimes, like little kids fighting their naptime, God needs to make us lie down and rest IN HIM!

Sometimes God has to POUR OUT HIS PEACE UPON US.

We can have peace even when it doesn’t make sense BECAUSE IT IS FROM GOD!

Do you have GOD’s PEACE?

Remember that you can have VICTORY IN JESUS!     Isaiah 54:17 “no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed,” (prosper) ESV

Luke 7:1 – 10              The text is about Jesus healing the servant

“What’s So Amazing About Grace?”

Much like the 4 men and the paralytic, the centurion was a conduit for the servants healing

  1. The servant- in need of healing grace
    1. Sick and Dying
    2. Valuable/Important
    3. Cared for by his superior
    4. Not much more known
  2. The Centurion
    1. Roman – GENTILE
    2. High ranking – had money/influence/power
      1. Had soldiers serving under him
    3. Not Caesar – Top Rank – BUT POLITICAL
      1. Served under authority
    4. Well to do/resourceful
      1. Built the Jews a Synagogue
    5. Had a good relationship for the Jewish Nation
      1. “he loves our nation”
    6. Cared for his servants
      1. Compassionate
    7. Heard about Jesus and knew his need for Jesus
      1. Sent Jewish elders for Him
        1. An act of humility and/or desperation
        2. Had to be tough since the Jews of the day liked NEITHER ROMANS or JESUS!
      2. We do not how long he had known about Jesus
        1. But sounds recent
        2. ALL To help his servant
  1. He showed a strong faith at first, evidence by the sending for Jesus and the proclamation of Christ; but…..
    1. But it was a NEW wavering/weak faith
      1. Why did he send his friends to tell Jesus not to come into his home?
      2. He spoke of his position as a centurion
        1. Perhaps he feared loss of rank or privilege?
          1. Do we do this today at work?
        2. Perhaps he feared losing the friendship with the Jews?
          1. Do we allow this fear to keep us from allowing Jesus full access?
        3. “”Lord, Don’t trouble Yourself,….”
          1. Are we afraid of “troubling God” with our issues?
  • “I am not worthy to have you come under my roof”
    1. Are we afraid that our sins/lifestyle/issues/problems are too great
    2. Do we FEAR the REJECTION of Jesus?
    3. The TRUTH is that none of us are WORTHY!
    4. WE are made worthy by GRACE alone through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone
  1. Did not think he was worthy to go to Jesus on his own
    1. “I did not presume to come to you”
      1. How many times do we reject Jesus because we think we are not worthy
      2. How many times do we seek the prayers of others while not praying ourselves because we think we are not worthy
      3. How many times do we think Jesus is TOO GREAT or To BIG for us to approach?
    2. JESUS LOVES YOU AND GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU
      1. He wants you to trust Him and go to Him
      2. You need NO INTERCESSOR other than JESUS
    3. Maybe WE ARE NOT TO DIFFERENT from this Centurion
      1. “But say the Word, and let my Servant be healed”
        1. Just do it Jesus
        2. Don’t come here
      2. The centurion should be glad I’m not Jesus
        1. I wasted all this time traveling to you and now you say, “don’t bother, just do it!”
        2. That’s not how this works, that’s not how any of this works”
        3. I may have still healed the servant but the centurion just got leprosy!
      3. Jesus
        1. Saw his faith
          1. Even though it was very small
            1. Maybe even a MICROSCOPIC faith
          2. Even when he was weak and afraid
        2. Of Course Jesus could heal the servant from anywhere
        3. But Jesus wants a CLOSE personal relationship
          1. Jesus was willing to GO to the centurion
          2. Jesus was willing to GO to the dying servant
        4. GRACE = Jesus blessing us with what we DO NOT deserve
          1. Christ shows us His grace here
          2. A little faith went a long way
        5. I am reminded that faith the size of a MUSTARD SEED can move mountains
        6. The Centurions Faith reached out to the Grace of God who healed his beloved servant
          1. The servant was healed by GRACE ALONE through FAITH alone in CHRIST alone.
        7. If this Roman Centurion was able to muster the faith to call on Jesus with little instruction or knowledge HOW MUCH GREATER should our faith be!
          1. We have the entire Bible
            1. God’s True and Correct Word
          2. We have the Church, Sunday School, VBS, Revivals, internet, and long winded preachers
  • We have 2,000+ years of church teaching
  1. We have the “Great Cloud of Witnesses” to guide us
  1. So, what’s so AMAZING about Grace?
    1. I think it is because it has so very LITTLE to do with us
    2. I think it is because it has SO MUCH to do with God
      1. We are WEAK
      2. He is STRONG
  • We have FAILED
  1. He brings VICTORY
  2. We are ashamed and try to separate ourselves from His RIGHTOUSNESS
  3. He will NEVER LEAVE His Children
  1. The centurions wavering faith was little, but enough.
    1. He may have had a MICROSCOPIC FAITH
      1. But Jesus has SPECIAL EYES!
      2. God knows and sees!
      3. God does not need Grandiose GESTURES
      4. God requires FAITH
      5. FAITH PLEASES GOD
        1. even if it is small
      6. Yet we, like this centurion, have a weak and undeveloped faith.
        1. A faith that God can use, YES
        2. But a faith that could move mountains if developed just a little
  • A faith God could use to CHANGE THE WORLD if further developed
  1. Isn’t it good to hear that God’s grace is greater than our weak or wavering faith?
  1. What is so AMAZING about GRACE? GOD!
    1. GRACE that brought Jesus to us AND the CROSS
    2. GRACE that speaks to us HERE AND NOW
    3. Have you heard about Jesus? Call for HIM!

Memorial Day             David and Goliath

This is Memorial Day Weekend

It is NOT BBQ weekend

It is not “Beginning of Summer” Weekend

It is not get drunk and watch a race Weekend

This is Memorial Day Weekend

Independence Day is the day we celebrate the birth of our Country and those Founding Fathers and Soldiers who gave everything for our Freedom.

Armed Forces Day honors those who are currently serving in our countries armed forces.

Veterans Day is a time to recognize those men and women who have served in our countries Armed Forces.

Memorial Day is a time set aside to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country. We reflect on their bravery and valor, give thanks for their lives and sacrifice and pray for their families.

This is Memorial Day.

It is reported that only 5% answer the call to serve in the U.S. Military.

Maybe not everyone is supposed to wear the uniform of their country, but I am glad I am one of the 5% who served.

Serving is never easy, even in peaceful times.

Serving is especially difficult in times of war and conflict.

I am very thankful for those men and women who have VOLUNTEERED to serve their country since 9/11/2001.

These brave patriots KNEW they were joining a MILITARY FORCE in a time of conflict.

They signed up anyway!  …Knowing there was an excellent chance they would be sent into the battle and offer up their very lives for US!

  • To the Military Member the Flag means something more than colored fabric.
  • To the Military Member the Pledge of Allegiance is more than just words.
  • To the Military Member their oath means they are willing to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against ALL ENEMIES, both foreign and domestic.
  • To the Military Member this country is more than just dirt, water and political lines.

We love and serve our God and our country at all times, and our politicians sometimes.

While many stay back and spout slogans and spin their words, it is the Military Member who goes and does the HARD WORK of FREEDOM!

It is easy to congregate and spout hate, stomp on the flag in the name of free speech and cut military spending WHILE HIDING BEHIND the FREEDOM the Military Member is laying their lives on the line to protect.

We forget that God sent His people on many righteous and holy wars.  We forget that we must depend upon HIM for preparation and VICTORY in the Battle.

Psalm 144:1-2 “Blessed be the Lord , my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle; he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge, who subdues peoples under me.”    ESV

David was a Real Soldier for the Lord.

He was not afraid, even if the entire Army of Israel was cowering back, afraid to rise up and fight even ONE Philistine soldier.  They were men, so I bet they TALKED a good fight, but when the “Sandals Hit the Sand” they were running back to safety.

NOT DAVID!

God has prepared me for this!

God will fight this battle FOR and THROUGH me!

All I have to do is STEP UP in Faith and swing away!

What are you hiding from?  What is holding you back from being a GOOD SOLDIER for God?

He Touched Me

LEPER     A person who suffers from a slowly progressing and incurable skin disease. In the Bible the word leprosy refers to a variety of symptoms. Biblical leprosy was most likely a severe type of psoriasis.

Leprosy is a chronic, infectious disease characterized by sores, scabs, and white shining spots beneath the skin. Modern medicine has all but eliminated the disease after learning proper methods of treatment.

In Biblical times they recognized that Leprosy can only be cured by a Miracle.  There was no medical/human cure

Luke 5:12-16  “While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean.”  And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” And immediately the leprosy left him. And he charged him to tell no one, but “go and show yourself to the priest, and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moses commanded, for a proof to them.”  But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities.  But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray.”  ESV

  • A INFECTED MAN had no hope for healing
    1. He was FULL of leprosy
      1. Not just infected by it – FULL
        1. He had been stricken with this disease for a long time
  • An INFECTED MAN saw one glimmer of HOPE
    1. Jesus Christ
    2. He went to Jesus and collapsed before Him
      1. LORD
        1. Recognized that He was God
      2. If You Will
        1. NOT – if you can
        2. He knew and believed He could
  • You can make me clean
    1. HEAL ME
    2. Remove the pain
    3. Remove the disease
    4. Remove it INSIDE and OUT
  • Jesus saw the INFECTED MANs pain and his faith
    1. Jesus HEALED the INFECTED MAN
    2. He was not the same anymore
    3. The sores, the scabs, the spots, the pain were GONE
  • All at the TOUCH of the Creator’s Hand
    1. His heavy burden was removed
      1. The shackles GONE
    2. And OH THE JOY THAT FILLED HIS SOUL
  • Science and Medicine have figured out leprosy in our day and it is very rare now – and usually curable.
  • BUT; EACH OF US IS STILL INFECTED WITH A DISEASE
    • A disease that only a MIRACLE CAN CURE
    • The disease is called SIN
      • AND IT HURTS
      • There is no human cure
      • No doctor can cure sin
      • No preacher or priest can cure sin
        • IT takes a SUPERNATURAL MIRACLE
      • Only JESUS CHRIST can cure sin
        • RUN TO HIM
        • PRESS IN ON HIM
        • BELIEVE IN HIM
        • Ask Him to HEAL YOU
      • Romans 3:22-25a “We are made right with God by placing our faith in Jesus Christ. And this is true for everyone who believes, no matter who we are. For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, with undeserved kindness, declares that we are righteous. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins. For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood.”
      • I can bet this HEALED man was NEVER THE SAME AGAIN

The Incredible High Cost of Following Jesus           Luke 5:1 – 11

  • The Cost of INCONVIENENCE
    • The men were just going about their normal work day
      • They were not anticipating anything different on this day than any other
      • Except maybe a little better catch
    • Then Jesus shows up and starts messing with their plans
      • Who is this guy?
      • Why should I shove my boat back into the water
      • I want to go home
        • Not back out into the water
      • And now He is just gonna talk?
        • And I am trapped here?
        • I WANNA GO HOME!
      • The cost of doing the IMPRACTICABLE if not IMPOSSIBLE
        • Now, He wants me to go out further
        • AND drop the nets I just got through cleaning back into the water
          • What, to catch more sea weed?
          • Like there is going to be more fish now?
        • The cost of BROKENESS
          • He is right
          • Look at what HE said
            • His words had such power and authority
            • He speaks so simply and honestly
            • He speaks to me
          • Look at what HE has done
            • Look at the FISH
            • Where did they come from
          • “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
          • I am not worthy
        • The Cost of INDEPENDENCE
          • These were rough and tough hard working fishermen;
            • not given to foolishness or change
          • They were strong independent men
          • But now they were being challenged to leave ALL THEY HAD COME TOKNOW AND DEPEND
          • To follow some guy they just me?
        • The cost of EVERYTHING
          • They left their business
          • They left their equipment
          • They left their fishing buddies, friends and family
          • They left EVERYTHING
          • And FOLLOWED HIM
        • The Incredible High Cost of Following Jesus
          • Yes, as the world views life it can cost you much to follow Jesus
          • In a temporary view these men paid a very high price
        • It is possible to gain every fleshly/human desire and be rich with Gold, property, vehicles and lollipops
          • But there is a terrible price associated with only striving for personal gain
        • Mark 8:34-38 “And he called to him the crowd with his disciples and said to them, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it.  For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?  For what can a man give in return for his life?  For whoever is ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, of him will the Son of Man also be ashamed when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”  ESV
        • The INCREDIBLY HIGH COST OF FOLLOWING JESUS is:
          • Eternal FAITH
          • Eternal HOPE
          • Eternal LOVE
          • Eternal LIFE
        • The SUPER HIGH COST OF NOT FOLLOWING JESUS is:
          • Eternal DEATH
          • The reality that the Lord God Almighty, who created you and loves you, IS ASHAMED OF YOU

There is a price to pay for following Jesus that MUST be counted!

BUT, there is a MUCH higher cost of NOT FOLLOWING Jesus Christ

They were rewarded with a great catch / great salvation / great mission

Jesus died and was resurrected so you could die and find new life

1 Peter 2:21 – 25 “For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you might follow in his steps. He committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.  For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls.”  ESV

  1. Jesus was proclaimed innocent, yet condemned as guilty
  2. Threatened, hurt, mocked, ridiculed, abused
  3. Jesus was murdered

All the junk you came into this place with today you didn’t need to bring with you

Every fear you keep stored deep down inside needs to be released today

All the let downs, disappointments and frustrations that have lined your heart with hardened steel need to be allowed to melt away, here, today

It was for these reasons God sent His only Son through Jerusalem’s meat grinder and on to Calvary’s dark and deadly cross and the dark, deep depths of the grave.

Believe

Jesus did not respond in the same way He was being treated.

Jesus was on mission

Jesus was faithful

Jesus knew the plan

  • It is By His stripes you can be healed
  • If is by His grace you can be saved
  • It is By His love that you can truly know what commitment and dedication truly are
  • God is on your side – God has your back
  • You never have to stand alone again

Believe

Every Mistake

Every Failure

Every rebellion

Every horrible word, vision or sound

Should die, right here – right now!  Given to Jesus for eternal removal.

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness

Let them Die here and now so you, in like fashion of Jesus Christ, may rise again with NEW LIFE!

John 3:2 – 8  “…Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” Nicodemus said to him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”  Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.  Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’  The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

Let it go, and find eternal life, eternal hope and eternal peace.

  • Freedom is never free
  • Jesus paid what you could never afford
  • Do not leave what Jesus gave His life for laying on the table.

Believe

John 3:16 – 17 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.”