October 2016

Four Signs of a Healthy Christian Heart (Part 1 of 4)

In this parable, we find two primary applications: Keep it. Sow it.

There are three primary objects in this parable: the sower, the seed, and the soil.

– Sower: Jesus and believers who share His message (Mt. 13:37)
– Seed: Word of God (Luke 8:11)
– Soil: Hearers (Luke 8:12-15)

Luke 8:4-15

The four types of soil represent different responses to God’s message. People respond differently because they are in different states of readiness.

Some are hardened, others are shallow, oth

The Influence of Encouragement

John is in prison and losing his influence.

John had been put in prison by Herod. Herod had married his own sister-in-law, and John publicly rebuked Herod’s flagrant sin (Mt 14:3-5).

John had stated several times that he must decrease and Christ must increase.

John had directed his many disciples to follow Christ.

In prison, John struggles with his faith that Jesus is Christ.

John struggles with losing his followers and being placed into prison.

Jesus sent disciples back to J

Ten Preventions to a Divided House

The Secret to Unconditional Love

Each and everyone of us desires to be loved, so why don’t we do it more?

What is the secret to this great mystery?

How can the very thing we all crave be so hard to find and give?

Could it be that love is found in something else that is harder to find and give?

Like a gift, is it wrapped in something else?

Jesus sheds light into these questions in His conversation with a man named Simon who hosted Jesus for a meal in His home.


(vs 11) Jesus went to a city called Nain.

September 2016

The Heavenly Ladder

Everyone wants to advance in their life in some way, but the avenues in which people try to climb are as numerous as there are people.

If you look around, you will see people climbing the . . .

Corporate ladder

Religious ladder

Family ladder

People ladder

Community ladder

Government ladder

Business ladder

Money ladder

Personal ladder

Depending on where someone is from, one tends to lean on different ladders.

For example: People from western cultures as ours ha

August 2016

Four Lessons from the Temptations of Christ

Matthew 4 and Luke 4 reveal a dialogue between Jesus and Satan during Jesus’ 40-day fast and temptation in the wilderness.
According to Mark 1:13 and Luke 4:2, Jesus had been tempted of Satan all 40 days, over and above the recorded temptations.

Notice that directly after he was declared to be the Son of God, and the Savior of the world, he was tempted; great privileges, and special tokens of Divine favor, will not secure any from being tempted.

It appears that the primary goal of Satan w

But We See Jesus

So our family was driving in for one of our church services a few weeks ago, and Charity began a dialogue that adults would usually avoid.

She began by asking the question: “Will we see Jesus at church today?”

Martha immediately responded: “Jesus is always with us.”

Charity firmly rebutted: “No, I never see Him. See this teddy bear? I can see this teddy bear. I cannot see Jesus. I want to see Jesus.”

Now how do you respond to that?

You know, Charity’s demand was a valid one.


July 2016

The Eternal Stone

As we read Daniel 7, we are brought into the setting of a Hebrew man in his 60s of royal blood who has been serving leaders of the world power–the same world power that besieged his home country and took him captive.

Daniel serves these leaders as an advisor and an interpreter of dreams as God enables him.

In this chapter, Daniel receives a follow up dream to Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, which he had interpreted in chapter 2.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream described the future as it would relate mo

Stand with God

It is far better to be with God in the fire than to be without God outside of the fire!

We as a people, a church, a nation, need to follow the example of these 3 Hebrew boys and stand for biblical convictions!

May we learn to stand for truth and with God!

Let’s observe four principles to follow in standing for truth with God.

We begin by learning to…


– God is in control

– He is never surprised
– Trust Him through through the highs and

June 2016

Controlling Your Thoughts Through Life’s Highs and Lows

Have you ever found yourself thinking negatively or even with thoughts of depression?

Can a believer get depressed?

Well, this passage reveals one of the most famous prophets in the OT going through a time of depression.

Today, we are going to examine what led to this state of depression and then propose some applications found both in this text as well as with other passages and characters in the Bible.


Vs 1-8

In the previous chapter, God brought about a great mirac

One Revelation is Not Enough

Have you ever considered how someone like Samson could have such a miraculous birth and calling and yet live so dishonoring to God and his parents?

It makes one wonder if he ever developed a personal relationship with God in his youth and if his parents modeled a relationship with God for him to see.

With these thoughts in mind, listen to the sermon and follow the outline below as we look into the Angel of the LORD’s appearances to Samson’s parents and into what follows those amazing eve

May 2016

God’s Presence WITHOUT God’s Blessing

Text: Numbers 22

Have you ever felt like you did not have God’s blessing on your life?

If God is ever near us, why don’t we always experience His blessing?

Is it possible to have the presence of God without the blessing of God?

The message today will address these questions. In Numbers 22, we find a vivid example of God intervening against the will of man to accomplish His purpose. God performs His will through a pagan man and a simple donkey. In the process, Balaam, the pagan ma