Dec 16, 2018
The Voice of God Can Always be Trusted

Luke 2:6-9 (NIV)

While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
 

1 Corinthians 1:27-30 (NIV)

27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holinessand redemption.
 

Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

Romans 5:2-5 (NIV)

through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[a] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[b] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us

John 13:34-35 (NIV)

34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Matthew 5:43-44 (NIV)

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

John 15:12-13 (NIV)

12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
 

Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

Blessed are the peacemakers,     for they will be called children of God.

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  • Dec 16, 2018The Voice of God Can Always be Trusted
    Dec 16, 2018
    The Voice of God Can Always be Trusted

    Luke 2:6-9 (NIV)

    While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
    And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
     

    1 Corinthians 1:27-30 (NIV)

    27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holinessand redemption.
     

    Luke 2:10-11 (NIV)

    10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.

    Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

    13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

    Philippians 4:4 (NIV)

    4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

    Romans 5:2-5 (NIV)

    through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[a] boast in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we[b] also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us

    John 13:34-35 (NIV)

    34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    Matthew 22:37-40 (NIV)

    37 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

    Matthew 5:43-44 (NIV)

    43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a] and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

    John 15:12-13 (NIV)

    12 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
     

    Matthew 5:9 (NIV)

    Blessed are the peacemakers,     for they will be called children of God.

  • Dec 12, 2018The Voice of God Always Speaks Truth
    Dec 12, 2018
    The Voice of God Always Speaks Truth

    Colossians 4:2 (NIV)

    2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.

    John 13:34-35 (NIV)

    34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

    James 1:27 (NIV)

    27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

    2 Timothy 3:5 (NIV)

    having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

    But he was pierced for our transgressions,     he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was on him,     and by his wounds we are healed

    Romans 1:21 (NIV)

    21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.

    1 Peter 5:8 (NIV)

    Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.

    Hebrews 2:1 (NIV)

    2 We must pay the most careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.
     

    Proverbs 3:5 (NIV)

    Trust in the Lord with all your heart     and lean not on your own understanding;

  • Dec 2, 2018Recognizing the Voice of God at Christmas Time
    Dec 2, 2018
    Recognizing the Voice of God at Christmas Time

    Matthew 2:1-11 (NIV)

    The Magi Visit the Messiah

    After Jesus was born in Bethlehem in Judea, during the time of King Herod, Magi[a] from the east came to Jerusalem and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star when it rose and have come to worship him.”

    When King Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him. When he had called together all the people’s chief priests and teachers of the law, he asked them where the Messiah was to be born.“In Bethlehem in Judea,” they replied, “for this is what the prophet has written:

    “‘But you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah,     are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for out of you will come a ruler     who will shepherd my people Israel.’[b]

    Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and search carefully for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.”

    After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen when it rose went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. 10 When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. 11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

    Hebrews 3:13 (NIV)

     13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.

    Hebrews 3:12 (NIV)

    12 See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.

    Mark 7:5-9 (NIV)

    So the Pharisees and teachers of the law asked Jesus, “Why don’t your disciples live according to the tradition of the elders instead of eating their food with defiled hands?” He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written:

    “‘These people honor me with their lips,     but their hearts are far from me. They worship me in vain;     their teachings are merely human rules.’[a]

    You have let go of the commands of God and are holding on to human traditions.”

    And he continued, “You have a fine way of setting aside the commands of God in order to observe[b] your own traditions

    Mark 7:13 (NIV)

    13 Thus you nullify the word of God by your tradition that you have handed down. And you do many things like that.”

    Matthew 12:34 (NIV)

    34 You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of
  • Nov 11, 2018Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Internal
    Nov 11, 2018
    Recognizing the Voice of God- God’s Voice is Internal
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    John 14:23 (NIV)

    23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

    John 14:16-17 (NIV)

    16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be[a] in you.

    1 John 3:23 (NIV)

    23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us.

    Romans 10:9 (NIV)

    If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

    1 John 3:13 (NIV)

    13 Do not be surprised, my brothers and sisters,[a] if the world hates you.

    John 14:24 (NIV)

    24 Anyone who does not love me will not obey my teaching. These words you hear are not my own; they belong to the Father who sent me.

    John 16:13-15 (NIV)

    13 But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. 14 He will glorify me because it is from me that he will receive what he will make known to you. 15 All that belongs to the Father is mine. That is why I said the Spirit will receive from me what he will make known to you.”
     
  • Nov 4, 2018National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
    Nov 4, 2018
    National Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church
    Series: 2018 Sermons

    John 14:23 (NIV)

    23 Jesus replied, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching.

    1 John 3:24 (NIV)

    24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him, and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us.

    Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)

    18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

    2 Timothy 3:12 (NIV)

    12 In fact, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

    John 15:18-21 (NIV)

    18 “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19 If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. 20 Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’[a] If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also. If they obeyed my teaching, they will obey yours also. 21 They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the one who sent me.

    2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NIV)

    But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive,disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.

    Matthew 5:10-12 (NIV)

    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad,because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.