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Monday, October 26 2015

Based upon a sermon preached at Cornerstone Chapel

Job 6:11 KJV
[11] What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my
life?

Job was a wealthy man. Perhaps, the wealthiest man on Earth during his lifetime, but he was
devout and what we would call a "God - fearing man".


He would continually offer sacrifices for his 10 children because, "It may be that my sons have
sinned, and cursed God in their hearts".


Job was acting as the priest for his family. His relationship was one that was protected by God
Almighty by a hedge or a fence around Job that Satan could not penetrate.


Then on the day that the Angels presented themselves to God, Satan showed up. The Bible
says that when asked by God, "Whence comest thou?" that Satan answered, "From going to
and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down it in it".


The Apostle Peter would later write:


1 Peter 5:8 KJV
[8] Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about,
seeking whom he may devour:


But it was on this day when Satan was seeking to destroy that God pulled the fence down and
allowed access to Job.

 

  • Job lost everything.
  • His children died.
  • His body was diseased.
  • His possessions were taken
  • His friends told him that he sinned.
  • His wife advised him to curse God and die.

But the one thing that Satan could not take away was the Hope that Job found in God.


When Job says:


Job 6:11 KJV
[11] What is my strength, that I should hope? and what is mine end, that I should prolong my
life?


He was not giving up but declaring his faith in God.


The Palmist wrote:


Psalm 39:5 KJV
[5] Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before
thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.


The word translated to vanity in English means "emptiness".


Paul writing to the church in Rome:


Romans 3:23 KJV
[23] For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;


Isaiah preached:


Isaiah 64:6 KJV
[6] But we are all as an unclean thing , and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all
do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.


There is no hope found in this fleshly body. We bring nothing to God but our:

 

  • Problems
  • Baggage
  • Addictions
  • Issues
  • Trials
  • Tribulations

...and despite all that God has given us a promise.


Jeremiah 29:11 NKJV
[11] For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not
of evil, to give you a future and a hope.


In Mark the 1st chapter, a story of hope is found in just a few verses:


Mark 1:40-42 KJV
[40] And there came a leper to him, beseeching him, and kneeling down to him, and saying unto
him, If thou wilt, thou canst make me clean.
[41] And Jesus, moved with compassion, put forth his hand, and touched him, and saith unto
him, I will; be thou clean.
[42] And as soon as he had spoken, immediately the leprosy departed from him, and he was
cleansed.


The leper was without hope. Lepers were forbidden by law to approach another person. They
would yell "unclean, unclean" when they came near others. They were outcasts without hope.


Leprosy was not sin in itself, but it is a symbol of what sin causes. It eats away at the flesh until
it eventually kills. It represents loneliness, destruction and hopelessness.


But this particular leper decided that his only hope was in Jesus and despite the social norms,
despite what others may say and despite the law, he was going to receive something from
Jesus Christ.


Jesus did not shun him, but touched him. A human touch was no doubt foreign to this man
since his diagnosis, but Jesus did not care. The touch of Jesus Christ destroys the chains of sin
and brings restoration.


Our mission as Christians is to insure that those that wonder aimlessly without hope to
understand that they have hope in Jesus Christ.


Jesus told the Apostle Paul to minister:


Acts 26:18 KJV
[18] To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan
unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are
sanctified by faith that is in me.


There is hope in Jesus Christ. On the day of Pentecost, Peter preached to crowd without hope.


Acts 2:37-39 KJV
[37] Now when they heard this , they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the
rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?
[38] Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus
Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
[39] For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many
as the Lord our God shall call.

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Monday, October 19 2015

Social media has changed our perspective on life and more specifically others.  We see pictures of people on vacation or a husband and wife looking amazingly happy and our view of ourselves is diminished.  Why can't we vacation like others or be blessed to have the marriage that "they" have?  I hate to burst anyone's bubble but the other people on Facebook have problems also.

Years ago, my wife and I had our picture taken at a studio.  We looked young and in love, but the truth is we had an argument driving to the photographers.  The picture was just a moment in time.

The family on vacation may be using credit cards and will have to decide between that bill and food in six months.  Their good times now may turn into years of problems later.

So the question is, what if everything was always good?

It is wonderful to think that we could just live life in eternal bliss and never have problems.  Some trials are life changing while others are simply bumps in the road, but if we never had any problems we would never grow as people and God could never use us to fulfill His will.

Joseph was not prepared to be second in command in Egypt until he spent some time in slavery and prison.

Moses was not prepared to lead his people until he lived in the desert.

David was not prepared to kill Goliath until he slew the lion and the bear.

Peter was not prepared to preach Pentecost until he denied Jesus three times.

Our problems prepare us to grow as people and be used of God.  My dad would tell us that the "growth is in the valley".  If everything was wonderful all the time, we would be shallow people and useless to God. 

You will have problems, but that is when we look to Jesus and not run away from Him.  David wrote that goodness and mercy follow us.  Problems do not signify a seperation from God or a lack of a blessing, but a time of learning and strengthening.

It is when we rise again to face the next challenge as God prepares you to make a difference in your family, community and world.

Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

 

 

 

 

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Monday, October 12 2015

Based on sermon notes from 10/11/15

1 Samuel 22

1 David therefore departed thence, and escaped to the cave Adullam: and when his brethren and all his father's house heard it, they went down thither to him.
2 And every one that was in distress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him; and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred men.
 
One of the most iconic symbols of America sits in the Upper New York Bay on a small island originally named Bledsoe’s Island, but renamed by Congress in 1956 to Liberty Island.
 
The Statue of Liberty stood as a welcoming symbol to 12 million immigrants passing through Ellis Island.  On the base of the statue is a small plaque with a sonnet written by  Emma Lazarus.  The last portion of the sonnet titled “New Colossus” says:
 
Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
 
The United States has stood as a place where the religiously persecuted, downtrodden and hopeless could run as a place of refuge.  
 
The hope that is projected around the world is the “American Dream”.  The uniqueness of our country has allowed it to become the greatest country in the history of the world.
 
Several thousand years ago, a young man named David had a problem.  He had had some great victories in his life including killing a lion and bear that were attacking his sheep.  The prophet anointed him the next king of Israel and he killed a giant named Goliath.
 
But now he was being chased by his father - in - law and his best friends father, Saul.  Saul was not an ordinary person because he was the King.  
 
David went to cave called “Adullam” meaning “justice of the people”.  It was at the place of justice of the people, that David set up his base of operation.
 
Justice is defined as, “The quality of being just; righteousness, equitableness, or moral rightness:”
 
 
David did two things while he was at Adullum.  First, he brought his family, but the Bible says he gathered:
 
  • Everyone that was in distress (anguished)
  • Everyone that was in debt
  • Everyone that was discontented (Bitter)
 
David did not gather the best, brightest or wealthiest.  He brought those that had:
 
  • No direction
  • No hope
  • The ones that had been wronged
  • The ones that nobody wanted
 
But David did not take them just anyplace.  He took them to a place that they could find justice, a place of restoration.  A place of mercy and grace.
 
The church (not the building) must be a Adullum for our community.  It must be a gathering place for those that have no where else to go.  
 
We cannot worry about their past, but we need to be a church that can show them the love of God and love for each other.
 
How to grow in the Word, Grace and Faith.
 
How to serve the church and others.
 
How to give to the Kingdom of God.
 
...and we are the gatherers.  Our mission is to gather not the people that we think would make Christians, but anybody that is willing.
 
Jesus serves as our model:
 
Matthew 9
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
 
Jesus went to Legion with his many devils and He touched the leper.  He spent time at the well with a woman that had been married five times and was living with the sixth.
 
His disciples were peceived to be unlearned and ignorant, but it was the disciples that started a 2000 year revival.
 
David started with 400 but in 1 Samuel 23, David now at 600 soldiers.
 
Our mission as a church is to reach the lost in whatever situation that they are in.  
 
 
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Wednesday, October 07 2015
Based on sermon notes from September 26th
 
Psalm 91:1-16 KJV
[1] He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 
[2] I will say of the Lord , He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. 
[3] Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. 
[4] He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. 
 
I recently read a forum in which people commented on their thoughts concerning the purpose of a shadow.
 
Chris C wrote, "But what is indeed the very purpose of a shadow? Shadow's purpose is simply to attest & prove the very presence of color, light & anything visible because of light."
 
Hanadmac commented, "The purpose of a person's shadow is to remind them that they're really there and that they're not alone. Other shadows are a place to hide from the light."
 
Another commented that a "shadow has no purpose; it is a result".
 
But every word in the Bible has been crafted and placed in the scripture to serve the purpose of an Almighty God.  Jesus in His response to Satan's temptation says:
 
Luke 4:4 KJV
[4] And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
 
In my mind's eye, I can see the Psalmist sitting at a table with a scroll set out before him.   His pen touches the paper and at that very moment God inspired him to write, "He that dwelleth"
 
Dwelleth means to "remain, sit or abide".
 
He continues to write "in the secret place".  Secret is defined from the original language of Hebrew as, "Covering, shelter or hiding place."
 
Once again, his quill meets the paper and he pens, "Of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty."
 
The Psalmist wrote "Shadow".  To many, a shadow serves no purpose, but in the heat of the day, we seek out a shadow to provide relief. 
 
Song of Songs 2:3 KJV
[3] As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sat down under his shadow with great delight, and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
 
But the shadow of the Almighty God is not is blocking light because He is the light.  
 
Psalm 17:8-9 KJV
[8] Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings, (as a mother bird would its babies to protect them from the elements)
[9] From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
 
It is the protecting cover that God provides for the protection His people.  
 
Psalm 34:7-9 KJV
[7] The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them. 
[8] O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 
[9] O fear the Lord , ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
 
The protection of God is for those that:
  • Fear Him (revere or stand in awe of)
  • Love Him
  • Obedient 
  • That abide in Him
Jesus explained to us what Abide is:
 
John 15:4-11 KJV
[4] Abide (remain) in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 
[5] I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 
[6] If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. 
[7] If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 
[8] Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 
[9] As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. 
[10] If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love. 
[11] These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.
 
We can not have the expectation to receive the benefits of God unless we abide in Him on His terms.
 
But the Psalmist tells us what we can expect by abiding under the shadow  of the Almighty:
 
Psalm 91:5-16 KJV
[5] Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
[6] Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. 
[7] A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee. 
[8] Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. 
[9] Because thou hast made the Lord , which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; 
[10] There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
[11] For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. 
[12] They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. 
[13] Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. 
[14] Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. 
[15] He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him. 
[16] With long life will I satisfy him, and shew him my salvation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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