Weekly Messages

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Saturday
Dec022017

Dec 3, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"Waiting for Christmas" Luke 2:25-38

 How many of you have a hard time waiting for Christmas. You just can’t wait -till the season gets here.

What are you waiting for this Christmas? Are you longing for anything? What are you expecting to receive? Are you looking forward to anything special this Christmas?

In the Gospel of Luke, we come across two people -who make their appearance towards the end of the Christmas story.   Read Luke 2: 25-38

We’re introduced to Simeon in Luke 2:25. “Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon Him.”

Verse 26 - “It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.”

Verse 38 - “Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”

There are three action steps from this passage that will help you experience God’s comfort and forgiveness this Christmas.

Action Step #1: Become a marveler
Action Step #2: Become a mover.
Action Step #3: Become a Messenger
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Saturday
Nov252017

Nov 26, 2017

Pastor Kelly,

Psalm 100:4 - Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him and praise His name.

What is the presence of God?

It is inescapable....Psalms 139:7 – “Where can I go from your spirit, Where can i flee from your presence.”

It is Jesus with us.....Matthew 28:20 – “I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

It is the Holy Spirit indwelling in us - John 14:16 -Promises Holy Spirit  “And I will ask the Father, and he shall give you another Counselor, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth”

It is Holy....1 Peter 1:15-16 “but just as He who called you is holy, so be holy in all your do, for it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.”

The How of Thanksgiving 

-Joyful -Glad service -Singing -Humble

Psalms 95:6 “O come, let us bow down in worship, Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.

The Motivation for Thanksgiving:

For the Lord is good and his love endures Forever; his faithfulness continues through all Generations.”

Psalm 36:5 - “Your mercy, O LORD, reaches to the heavens and your faithfulness to the skies.

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Saturday
Nov252017

Nov 19, 2017

Pastor Kelly
Overcoming Fear in Turbulent Times" Nehemiah 4:6-18

READ: Nehemiah 4: 6-18

 So what can we learn from Nehemiah

 1. As Christians expect enemies! Nehemiah had faced no enemies while sitting in the comfort of the palace.

 2. As Christians we need to understand that the enemy will underestimate us! Nehemiah's enemies underestimated the ability of the people to build and protect themselves.  

-Vs. 9 “But we prayed to our God and posted a guard Day and night to meet this threat.”

As Christians we can win because we have 4 key traits:

1. We know our weaknesses and set guards.

2. We need to have a heart to work.

3. To keep their mind on Christ.

4. As Christians we need a willingness to fight for others!

Good news God has placed you in a family that will rally to the call. We must set into place an alarm that is sounded when the call goes out when someone is sick, when someone suffers loss, when someone's world breaks apart we join forces and fight together.

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Monday
Nov132017

Nov 12, 2017

Pastor Kelly,

"Faith in Action: The Detour" Luke 10:25-37

“Greater love has no man than this, That a man lay down his life for another.”

Jackie Robinson stated: “A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives.”

How do you feel when you see this sign? (Detour sign)

-Mad, frustrated, anxious, confused

Some detours in life come at you, and there’s no way -you can choose to take your normal route.

A serious illness - you’re laid off from your job - a loved one dies - a spouse walks out.

Those detours don’t give you a choice. But there are other times in your life when you have a choice to get off your normal path and take a detour. A detour that will enable you to help someone in need. When the chance to serve someone comes are you the kind of person who will follow the sign that says “Take your normal and comfortable route” or take the “Detour Ahead?”

We are going to look at a person in the Bible who decided to take a detour on his road of life so he could be of service to someone else. He is known as the “Good Samaritan.”

I. DETOUR: JESUS CHECKS OUR MOTIVATION:

Vs 25 - “On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. ‘Teacher,’ he asked, ‘What must I do to inherit eternal life?’

II. DETOUR: JESUS CHALLENGES OUR DEFINITION:

He also challenges our definition of who is our neighbor. By using a Samaritan as the hero Jesus is giving a new definition of who is my neighbor.

III. DETOUR: JESUS CHANGES OUR APPLICATION:

So 1st: We are to check our motivation, do we have hearts of compassion?

2ndly: We are to check our definition do we have our own little check list of people who we will helpor are we willing to accept Jesus’ definition of anyone who is in need?

That brings us to the final question: What does this mean to me?

(A) In order to be the kind of neighbor God wants us to be we must realize that a detour takes risk.

(B) To be the kind of neighbor we must understand that a detour takes personal involvement. (time & money)

In the end Jesus switched gears Did you catch what Jesus did? No longer are we asking “Who is my neighbor?”but rather “What kind of neighbor am I?”

I challenge you to take a detour to get off your normal beaten path of life. It doesn’t have to even be anything big. But do something for someone else. Visit someone in the hospital. Take a plate food to shut-in. Volunteer to babysit for a single mom. Write a letter to a soldier overseas....Make a difference for someone else.

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Monday
Nov132017

Nov 5, 2017

Pastor Kelly
Faith in Action: A Call to Serve"  John 13: 1-17

Jesus Christ, the greatest teacher: He wanted to teach his disciples about serving others. But instead of just telling them he showed them.

How do we serve like Jesus?

I. DEVELOP CHRIST-LIKE COMPASSION(John 13:1-5)

Vs. 1 says “Having loved His own who were in the world, He now showed them the full extent of His love.”

II. DEVELOP CHRIST-LIKE HUMILITY: (John 13:6-16)

Max Lucado writes: "The Lord of the universe’s first day was spent in a barn, His last was spent bending down washing feet."

"Great occasions for serving God come seldom but little ones surround us every day."

III. DESIRE CHRIST’S BLESSEDNESS: (John 13:17)

vs: 17. “Now that you know these things, you will be blessed if you do them.”

Service takes commitment.

Jesus calls us to a radically different way of life. A life of compassion and serving.

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Monday
Oct092017

Oct 8, 2017

Pastor Kelly
America’s Perilous Position  Galatians 6: 7-8

Galatians 6:7-8, “Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.” 

Signs of a Compromising Nation:

1) Immorality

2) Greed

3) Pride

4) Indulgence

5) Slothfulness

6) Ungratefulness

7) Irreverence

How do we Survive Perilous Times:  2 Chronicles 7:13-15

If “My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”

4 things that passages says we can/must do:

     1. Humble ourselves. This means we acknowledge God as Lord of our lives, subject ourselves to His       commands and principles, and ask Him to search our hearts.

     2. Pray. We must begin to consistently intercede for our nation.

     3. Seek God’s face. Coming before the Lord, we ask Him to show us His will for our nation and for every area of our lives so we can live as He desires.

     4. Turn from our sins. As the Lord shows us issues in our lives that are not right, we must repent of these sins and turn back to Him in obedience.

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Monday
Oct022017

Oct 1, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"Obedience and Faith"  Acts 8: 26-32

“If we want to learn to pray, we must learn to obey. If we want to pray well, we must obey well. If we want to become prayer warriors, we must first become obedient children.”

1 John 3:22 says “[We] receive from him anything we ask, because we obey his commands and do what pleases him”.

God’s lesson for us today is on Obedience and faith.

Andrew Murray wrote that, -“Obedience and faith are simply two parts of one act -surrendering to God...”

-Faith and obedience are linked together. They go hand and hand...Faith leads to obedience....Obedience strengthens faith.

God wants to use you and I to change lives. It may be in your homes your workplaces/schools

-It may be on some desert road the last place you would expect. But God wants to use you!

-Listen for Him -Expect Him to speak...Look for Him to lead you. Then be obedient and follow Him.

 

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Saturday
Sep162017

Sept 17, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"When You Don't Have A Prayer" - Luke 18:1-8

READ: Luke 18: 1-8  The parable of the persistent widow.

The question is not -will God hear my prayers.....The question is -will we pray?

Do we sometimes think of God as an unjust judge?

 -Is that how we approach prayer?

-Am I bothering God when I pray?

-Is prayer an attempt to twist God’s arm hoping he will do something even if reluctantly?

Jesus asks two questions:

1.Will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones?

2. Will He (also) keep putting them off?

When you don’t think you have a prayer, PRAY!!!

-Keep praying -Not just “a” prayer but a commitment to a life of prayer

-In those times -when you don't know where to turn-PRAY

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Saturday
Sep162017

Sept 10, 2017

Pastor Kelly
The Pathway of Faith - Hebrews 11:1-7

Today we are going -to look at what faith is and what faith is not. And also how it plays into our prayer life/relationship with God. I once heard it said “Some things must be believed before they can be seen.”

Faith is a common denominator. Every one of us whether we realize it or not every day expresses faith in something. 

Everyone places their faith in something or someone. The Christian puts his/her faith in Jesus Christ 

Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.

WHAT FAITH IS (11:1-3)

To understand what faith is we must get past some popular misconceptions about faith. 

1st: Faith is the ability to manipulate God.

2nd: Faith is adherence to a set of beliefs.

3rd: Faith is a blind leap into the dark. 

4th: Faith is just devotion to whatever god

Hebrews11 shows what real biblical faith looks like. - READ: Vs. 1-3

True faith is confident obedience to God’s word in spite of circumstances or consequences.          

Faith is described in a two ways.

-It is the “substance(Reality) of things hoped for,”

-and “the evidence(Proof) of things not seen.”

 

WHAT FAITH DOES 

-Faith Caused Abel to Worship God

-Faith Caused Enoch to Walk with God

-Faith Caused Noah to Work for God

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Thursday
Aug312017

Sept 3, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"He's Still Speaking"  1 Sam. 2:12 - 4:1, 1Sam 3:1-10

Listening to God.

-We want to be careful listeners and not let other things get in the way.

-God longs for us to hear what he is saying.

-Like the radio needs to be tuned in, we need to be tuned in to God to hear what he is saying to us.

-We do this through careful study of the Bible, through regular prayer and through listening to other believers.

Do you love God enough to listen to him?

-God longs for whole hearted obedience. Are you half-hearted when it comes to listening to God?

-God wants you to give him your whole heart.

Why should we listen to God?

  -Because Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life” and “I have come that they (that’s you and me) may have life, and have it to the full.”


Proverbs 4: 20-22 

“My son, pay attention to my words; listen closely to my sayings. Do not lose sight of them; keep them

within your heart; for they are life to those who find them and health to a one’s whole body.”


Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

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Thursday
Aug312017

Aug 27, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"Praying with Impact" Col 1:9-14 

Pauls shows us 6 ways to pray for someone. 

-1. Be filled with the Knowledge of God’s will

-2. Walk in a manner worthy of the Lord.

-3. Bear Fruit in every good work.

-4. Grow in the knowledge of God.

-5. Be Strengthened with all power.

-6. Give thanks to the Father.

Who do you value enough to impact with your prayers?  A child/friend/co-worker/relative/parent/spouse...You should be praying for someone everyday.

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Thursday
Aug312017

Aug 20, 2017

Pastor Kelly
Four Healthy Habits For Your Prayer Life"  Matthew 6:5-8

Healthy Habit Number 1

Pray Regularly.(Vs. 5)......Jesus said, "When you pray," not "if you pray."

Healthy Habit Number 2

Pray Privately. (Vs. 6)......When we pray privately -The focus will shift from you to God.

Healthy Habit Number 3

Pray Sincerely.......The truth is we need to just pray from our hearts. Be real with God I promise He can handle it.

Healthy Habit Number 4

Pray Specifically......One way to really enhance your prayer life write your prayers out, a prayer journal.

Matthew 6: 5-8     “Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They’ve got their reward!  But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.  When you pray, don’t babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they’ll be heard for their many words.  Don’t be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.

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Friday
Aug112017

Aug 13, 2007

Pastor Kelly
“Be Still and Know”  Luke 10:38-42

Our prayer/our Goal

That today/next several weeks you would be challenged

That you would be moved into a closer relationship with Christ.

That you would learn to Listen to Him in ways you never have before.

That you would grow closer to Him that you’ve ever been before. 

 

“The moment you wake up each morning, all your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild

animals.  And the first job each morning consists of shoving it all back, in listening to that other voice,

taking the other point of view, letting that other, larger stronger, quieter life come flowing in.” -CW Lewis-

The enemy is full of these lies

Lie #1: Busy lives equals success
Lie #2: Try prayer after everything else fails
Lie #3: Prayer is unreliable

God is calling us to an abundant life.

 A life of Prayer. When God’s people are called back to prayer then the Spirit is poured out and amazing things happen in the body of Christ.

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Friday
Jul212017

July 23, 2017

Pastor Kelly
"Intentional Prayer" 1 Kings 19:12-13  1Thess. 5:16-18

Paul recognized and knew the importance of communicating with God (1 Thes. 5:16-18)...Vs. 17 “Pray continually” 

Prayer is necessary; because it causes our spirit to be energized and because we encounter God.

Acronym: T R U S T

Thank you.....Begin by thanking Him for who He is and for the Things He has done in your life.

Reveal Yourself.....Ask God to reveal Himself to you in a new way

Use me.....Ask God to use you, to use your gifts/talents that He has blessed you with. Ask Him to use you to make a difference.

Strengthen me.....Ask God to strengthen you for His work. To strengthen you physically, spiritually, mentally.

Teach me.....Ask God to teach you about His word, His will, His ways. John 14:26 Jesus said the Holy Spirit will teach you all things.

How is your prayer life? Are you listening for God?

Step back from the noise/confusion of this life humbly/quietly listen for Him.

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Sunday
Jul162017

July 16, 2017

Pastor Kelly

"Give God Yout Best"  Mal 1:6-9, Romans 1:12

"Would he be pleased with you? Would he accept you?" Says the Lord Almighty 

What we give God reflects our true attitude towards Him.

Does God get your Best or is He getting your leftovers (time, money, service, etc)

We need to offer all of who we are back to the Lord . Laying aside all our own wants and desires. (Rom 1:12)

God has a Good Plan for each of us  (Jeremiah 29:11) 

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