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Have you ever been overlooked by anybody?  You were the right person for the assignment, you were in the right place at the right time, but you were forgotten.  Someone just overlooked you. Joseph was abandoned, rejected and forgotten about,  friends we can overcome that just like Joseph.

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Without the birth of Jesus Christ there would be no atonement and no adoption.  When Hope was born you and I gained our freedom…  

The Lord Jesus was born under the law, lived under the law, and died under the penalty of the law which we broke, and in paying our penalty, He delivered us from any claims which the law had against us. He died under law, and in His resurrection, was raised into a realm where law as a legalistic system does not exist. 

 

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All sin involves a splitting of personality – what James calls being “double-minded” (4:8).  If we become proud, we have an inflated sense of self that has lost touch with who we really are.  If you talk about friends disparagingly behind their backs, you’ve created two personalities - the loving friend and the gossiping friend.  You try to keep the personalities separate by telling those to whom you gossip, “Please keep this in confidence.”  Repentance brings the split personality together and thus restores integrity to the life. The real self is made public.  When the proud person is humbled, the elevated self is united with the true self.  (Paul Miller, 2009)

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Those, in whose hearts the daystar is risen, to give them any thing of the knowledge of Christ, must make it their business to worship him. Have we seen Christ’s star? Let us study to give him honor    

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President Obama says: "Hope is not blind optimism.  It's not ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path.  It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight.  Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it, and to work for it, and to fight for it.  Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be."

Friends, Jesus Christ is rewriting the script to our life's story everyday we just need an inner courage to believe it the way He has written it!

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Spiritual Therapy produces an assurance in the heart of every believer that creates a Secure Spiritual Attachment to the God of light, love and life.  Solomon, speaking of the wisdom of this God, says in (Proverbs 8:35) "Whoever finds me finds life, and obtains favor from the Lord."

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Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Ephesians 6:13

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In times of difficulty, what holds your hope in place?  What Anchors your Hope? 

Charles Swindoll says for the Christian to display “the anchor of hope” in their life it is important while you wait, you give God glory, and while you trust Him, give Him glory.  While you accept the fact that He has you in a holding pattern, you give Him glory. (Swindoll, 1990)

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Dr. J. William Worden is a fellow of the American Psychological Association and holds academic appointments at Harvard Medical School and at Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology at Biola University, La Mirada, CA., when asked about bereavement says:  Coming to an acceptance of the reality of the loss takes time since it involves not only an intellectual acceptance but also an emotional one.  …The bereaved person may be intellectually aware of the finality of the loss long before the emotions allow full acceptance of the information as true.  (2009)

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I must ask God, in faith, for the wisdom for living, because faith endures trials.  Trials come and go, but a strong faith will face them head-on and develop endurance.  Faith understands temptations.  It will not allow us to consent to our lust and slide into sin.  Faith obeys the Word.  It will not merely hear and not do. Faith produces doers.  Faith displays itself in works.   Faith acts wisely.  

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True spiritual growth happens only when we have a personal relationship with God.  Because we as Christians are no longer at enmity with God and are free from the fear of His condemning judgment, we can enjoy a relationship in which we conformed more and more into His likeness.  (Neil T. Anderson & Robert L. Saucy; 1997)  

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You may be hurting right now but God’s favor is for life.  You may experience sleepless nights accompanied by tears of fear and un-certainty but I came by to tell you that:  Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.” 

If you have trouble in your life let me explain what King David said we should do for peace.

(Psalm 30:7-8) “Lord, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong;

You hid Your face, and I was troubled.  I cried out to You, O Lord; and to the Lord I

made supplication.” 

If you are in trouble start praying and when you get up off your knees start praising… 

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Just as God was in Paul’s letter to his friends in Corinth, He must have been in their response.  The letter created not only a godly sorrow in them but also a change of mind and attitude that led to the restoration of their relationship with Paul as their spiritual leader.  And as Paul reflects on their response, he draws the distinction between godly sorrow that leads to repentance and worldly grief that leads to death.  (Ogilvie, 1985)

 

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You are the one God has chosen to make a difference.  It is your season for success.  God’s reality is that He wants to bless you.   God wants His people to connect with the world through the display of character.  If you are going to change the frequency of life you must answer the question:  Do You Have The Courage To Meet The Demands Of Reality?   

 

 

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All true Christians are a chosen generation; they all make one family, a sort and species of people distinct from the common world, of another spirit, principle, and practice, which they could never be if they were not chosen in Christ to be such, and sanctified by his Spirit.[1]  That’s why we are different, that’s why we are as peculiar as can be!”

[1] Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 2426). Peabody: Hendrickson.

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Text:  Matthew 5:38-48

We must not be revengeful (v. 39) and yet this does not repeal the law of self-preservation, and the care we are to take of our families; we may avoid evil, and may resist it, so far as is necessary to our own security; but we must not render evil for evil, must not bear a grudge, nor avenge ourselves, nor study to be even with those that have treated us unkindly, but we must go beyond them by forgiving them, [1]

(Proverbs 20:22) “Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you.”

[1] Henry, M. (1994). Matthew Henry’s commentary on the whole Bible: complete and unabridged in one volume (p. 1634). Peabody: Hendrickson.

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Christians need to be challenged to use the tools that God has given us to “Build Sustainable Connections:  (1 Peter 4:11) “If anyone speaks, let him speak as the oracles of God. If anyone ministers, let him do it as with the ability which God supplies, that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belong the glory and the dominion forever and ever. Amen.”

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When you love the way God says to love – He will choose you.

When you love the way God says to love – He will appoint you.

When you love the way God says to love – you will bear fruit.  You will produce others who will love as God says love.  The human sacrifice of love is what will make the lasting and fruitful connection we need, and others need also.

When you love the way God says to love – you will produce generations of friendships.

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We are to diligently seek God’s will.  (Matthew 7:7) “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”  The concept of diligently seeking God’s will is given in the form of three imperatives and the sum total of the three propels us into a “Spiritual Search”.  

Ask

Seek

Knock

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God’s purpose is to enable me to see that He can walk on the storms of my life right now.  If we have a further goal in mind, we are not paying enough attention to the present time.  However, if we realize that moment-by-moment obedience is the goal, then each moment as it comes is precious.  (Chambers, 1992)  

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The power of oneness produces two characteristics in the Believer’s life:  (Romans 15:13) “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”  The Apostle’s desire for the Saints at Rome is that they experience the joy and peace that results from true faith in Christ.  

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When you go to God with a request that He modifies the existing situation for you, that is, that He answers your prayers, there are two conditions we must meet:

I.               “Know the Will of God”

II.            “Know your Position”

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The power of prayer meets the power of praise in the Church and cataclysmic explosions happen in the life of the believer.  You can be in trouble but as you pray your way through trouble, you will find yourself praising God for the journey.  

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Christians have a safety net – not giving us permission to sin, but acknowledging that we are “weak and He is strong”, and we need a strong support system to get us through our journey.

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“Fellowship” is God’s purpose through the miracle of redemption to weld together a divided and estranged humanity into a living unity where differences of sex, race, nationality and position are all transcended in Christ” (Colossians 3:11). [Saucy, 1972]

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“Get Connected” friends because “God is faithful”.  You can cash in on the benefits of fellowship with Christ through a relationship with other believers.  Even when you are weak He is strong.  Don’t give up, grab on!  Because we know how the story will end we can live through the present with confidence.  Your church family needs you in fellowship!

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God is pleased when Fathers take leadership and responsibility in the development on our children for God’s glory.  God has called Fathers to Guide the Steps of Children.  Are you willing to do it?

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God has prepared a place for your future.  Are you prepared to enter that place?  John declared, Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away.  Also there was no more sea.”  (Revelation 21:1)

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How do we treat strangers when they come among us?  We all know (Hebrews 13:2) “Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.”  The crisis concerning hospitality that was the concern of 2nd John is a matter of concern also in 3rd John. If 2nd John states the mandate on the negative side, then 3rd John states the mandate on the affirmative side. If we place the two texts together, we have a very wise and encouraging counsel in the matter of hospitality toward strangers

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The Word of God is informing us that we need to be aware and come to understand how self, other [my neighbor] and emotion are interdependent.  We need to understand that any bad state is just that, a bad state, and that other states of mind are available.  When things happen and you get sad, tell yourself “it won’t last always”.  

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When you are in a situation where someone has offended you, hurt you, or ignored you – don’t focus on your feelings but focus on the facts.  We are going to offend people in this life and people will hurt us also but if we stay suited up and focus on God’s purpose for our life we can forgive…

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The gift that “Mother” gives is faith and an example of living a godly life.  Mothers need to be encouraged to prepare their children for the journey of life.  Somebody will recognize your deposit of faith into your child.  Mother don’t worry about what the child will think but be concerned with “Parenting” the child.   The gift that God gives is the Holy Spirit!

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The way in which you handle trouble is determined by the way you live daily.  We should say Old Man Trouble bring it on!  Cause I am going to be Rejoicing in hope; I am going to be Patient in tribulation cause I know that “Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning; and Continuing steadfastly in prayer.

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When you find yourself in a situation where you are reaping the consequences of disobedience to God; there are three things you need to do:

1.    Tell it to God! (Confess).

2.    Turn away from the sinful behavior!  (Repent).

3.    Thank God!  (Demonstrate your thankfulness through praise).

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Whether you are searching for hope, looking for an answer to a difficult question, wanting some encouragement, or just looking for peace in His presence – open your heart for a meaningful dialogue with Jesus Christ.

 

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Text: Luke 19:28-40

Our sovereign Lord is a God who fulfills promises:  The New Testament is far more interested in God’s power in the context of salvation history than in an absolute sense.  Therefore, more emphasis is placed on God’s ability to fulfill promises.  …With only a slight shift in emphasis, the conviction that events occur according to the plan of God leads to the conviction that events are predestined by God, an idea that surfaces repeatedly and with diverse application in the New Testament.  (The Anchor Bible, 1992)

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Mark 14:22-25

And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”

23 Then He took the cup, and when He had given thanks He gave it to them, and they all drank from it. 24 And He said to them, “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many. 25 Assuredly, I say to you, I will no longer drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.”

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Text: 1 Chronicles 29: 13-14

The more we do for God the more we are indebted to him for the honor of being employed in his service, and for grace enabling us, in any measure, to serve him.  Henry, M. (1994).  When an individual has the character to possess the “Gift of Giving” they display an inner humility and the courage to be honorable. 


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Remember the words of the Lord Jesus, which He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’

(Acts 20:35b) – Paul is saying this is the generosity factor!  Paul gives us a wonderful model of leadership – he told them what they must do, he had already demonstrated what that would look like and now he takes time to introduce them to his greatest weapon:  (Acts 20:36) “And when he had said these things, he knelt down and prayed with them all.” 

Here is the “Generosity Factor” – if you can’t give them everything they will need, then you pray with them, and you pray for them, to a God who is able to meet their every need.  

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Every worship service should be a joyful celebration of the mighty acts of God through Jesus Christ.  (Stott says) If joy in God is an authentic work of the Spirit, so is the fear of God.  (Stott, 1990)  When the church is producing this balance in its worship and the fellowship and love throughout its membership, and when the Church is praising God and having favor with all the people (v.47) …The Lord added to the Church daily those who were being saved.

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Godly giving requires talking to God and listening to God.  God requires that we be stewards over our wealth.  It all belongs to Him.  Doesn’t it seem right that since it belongs to Him that we consult Him about what we choose to do with the wealth? 

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Text:  2 Corinthians 4:5 - For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake.

When the Gospel is unleashed it is Unconquerable!

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"There is a level beyond obedience in giving. It's joy.  Once we feel the joy of giving, we have received the blessing of giving.  I can't explain it, but there is a connection between joy and sacrifice."  (Smith, F., Sr. 1998)  The Apostle Paul gives us three guidelines for giving:  He says giving must be personal, purposeful and private.

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Press and keep on pressing!  God wants to bless you even if HE has to meet you in your depression.  Press and keep on pressing – my Bible says: (1 Peter 5:4) “When the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away.”

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New Christians and open-minded older Christians need to know that wealth is neither moral nor immoral.  Wealth is a resource given by God for responsible stewardship.  (Smith, 1992)

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Pastor Joe preaches from the book of Ecclesiastes 5 to teach us about the three things money does to us: Oppression, Dissatisfaction & Frustration. 

King Solomon says: If you hold the purse string don’t oppress others and realize that the love of money will never satisfy you and you could be the key source of frustration.

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I don’t Have Enough But He is Enough…  The lesson to this story is not that you have enough resources, or that the need is not great.  In fact, often you do not have enough resources.  And sometimes the needs really are too big for you to handle.  But through Christ, the work gets done.  The need gets met!  Because He is the one who miraculously multiplies. 

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To not trust God is to not believe God.  Remember the boy with the mute spirit of (Mark 9) Jesus said to the boy’s father, If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes”.  The boy’s father responded with these words:  Lord I believe; help my unbelief.” 

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The Apostle Paul wants the believing community to follow Christ and as we do in the Church today Paul is admonishing the leaders to hear with compassion the voice of the disobedient one or the idle one.  Demonstrate Stability and offer Compassion and give everyone HOPE.  Do not throw them out, but Reformation, not exclusion from the brotherhood is intended. 

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A chair's function is not just to provide a place to sit; it is to provide a medium for self-expression. Chairs are about status, for example or signaling something about oneself. That's why the words chair, seat and bench have found themselves used to describe high status professions, from academia, to Parliament, to the law.”  (Evan Davis) 

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