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What Will You Give to Jesus?: Acts 20:17-38

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I love the old movie, “It’s a Wonderful Life”, starring Jimmy Stewart. Stewart played the part of George Bailey, who gave his heart and soul to his hometown of Bedford Falls. He could have become famous or rich, but instead he gave himself away to others; and in the end, became wealthy with friends.

The wise men came to the baby Jesus, as recorded in Matthew’s gospel, and they gave. The Bible stated that they saw, they fell down, they worshiped, they opened and they presented. They never took.

The apostle Paul, quoting the words of our Lord Jesus, declared that “It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Paul gave his time, his gifts and abilities, his mind, his heart, his finances and his entire life to Jesus. On a number of occasions, he refused to take anything in return.

What will you give to Jesus this year? Will you give Him your time, your gifts and abilities, your mind, heart, finances? Will you give Him your entire life? Giving is a matter of the will. The question is, Will you?

Harry Bailey, George’s younger brother, went off to war and became a hero. George stayed home, never went to college, and never became a famous millionaire. He never took his wife Mary to France. And yet, George received the greatest reward.

If you give to Jesus, your reward will not be here on earth. Your reward will be far greater. Your reward will be “out of this world.”

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2013 in Sermons

 

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How to Be Healed

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 John 5:1-15

I hate cancer. I hate it with a passion. I hate it as bad as I can possibly hate it.

Two of my friends are battling cancer. A number of my friends have died from this dreaded disease over the years. I had a spouse die from it. To put it bluntly, this particular illness is not my friend.

I do, however, believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of divine healing. God is able to heal us from all of our sicknesses. He is often referred to as the “Great Physician.” The bald-faced truth is that while God can heal all those who come to Him, sometimes He chooses not to. I don’t know why. Only God knows why.

The crippled man in John 6 wanted to be healed. He made his way to the pool of Bethesda on a regular basis. The pool was a miraculous place where people were supernaturally healed by the touch of God. An angel would stir up the water, and sick people would walk out completely well.

The sick man was met by Jesus, who asked him a simple question: “Do you want to be made well?” When the man explained that he was unable to get to the water, Jesus instructed him to “Rise, take up your bed [a mat which the sick man was carrying] and walk.” The man came to Jesus and was healed.

Do you want to be made well? All of us are sick. We all have a terminal illness. We have an incurable disease called sin. The only way to be healed of our disease is to come to Jesus. We must “take up our bed and walk.”

I love the first verse of the song “Untitled Hymn” by Chris Rice:

 

“Weak and wounded sinner, lost and left to die,

Oh raise your head for love is passing by.

Come to Jesus, come to Jesus, come to Jesus and live.”

 

How can you be healed of your sin? Come to Jesus…and live.

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2013 in Sermons

 

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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Sermons

 

Getting Your Belly Full: John 4:27-38

Barbeque brisket smothered in a tangy, sweet sauce. Hash browns from the Waffle House “scattered, covered and smothered.” Piping-hot, fresh Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Mmmmmm…..are you hungry yet?

Food is so good!! Have you ever wondered why nasty foods (spinach, broccoli, asparagus) are so good for you and yummy foods (Blue Bell homemade vanilla ice cream, Varsity chili dogs and chocolate shakes) are so bad for you? I’m sure that we will “understand it better by and by”. Jesus was thirsty and hungry. He stopped at Jacob’s Well to get a drink of water while the disciples went to buy food. While He was there, He changed the life of a young woman and spoke with her about “living water.” We never heard about whether He satisfied His physical thirst or not. When the disciples returned, they encouraged Him to eat the barbeque brisket they had purchased at the local barbeque joint. Instead, He replied that He had some food that the disciples knew nothing about. His “food” was to do the Father’s will and to finish the Father’s work.

What was this “special food” that Jesus was talking about? He was not talking about hamburgers or T-bone steaks. He was talking about spiritual food: doing God’s will and doing God’s work. According to Jesus, there is nothing more satisfying than reaping a harvest of souls for the Lord. The field is ripe for picking He said. Lost souls are all around us. There is plenty of sowing to do. If we sow the seed of the gospel in people’s lives, then we will reap the fruit of seeing folks come to the saving knowledge of Jesus! What an awesome work! God is calling us to labor in His field as co-workers. Regardless of who brings in the lost souls, we will all benefit for the work that we have done for God.  Are you living for Jesus? Are you “sowing” and “reaping” for God and doing His work? The greatest joy in life is doing the will of God. Nothing can fill your belly like the food that God gives. When you eat His food, God satisfies you like no one or nothing else can.  In a little while I am going to eat some lunch. The yogurt and banana of breakfast are wearing off. I must fill my belly. I am happy when my tummy is full.  I must admit, however, that my spiritual belly is full. Nothing can fill me up quicker than the will and the work of God.

Eat up my hungry friends.

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2013 in Sermons

 

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Keeping the Main Thing the Main Thing: John 4:1-26

The Main Thing

In the classic movie City Slickers, the character played by Billy Crystal asked old Curly (played by Jack Palance), “Curly, what is life all about?” Holding one bony, crooked finger in the air, Curly replied. “It’s that one thing!” When Crystal asked Curly what that one thing was, he replied: “That’s what you have to figure out for yourself.”

What is the main thing in life? Have you figured it out? Some would say that money is the main thing in life, while others might point to possessions or friends, or family or happiness.

The woman at the well had no idea whom she was destined to meet that day, but the meeting with Jesus changed her life. Jesus spoke to her, a Samaritan woman, when religion and culture did not allow Him to do so. That was not the main thing in the story. He spoke to her of “living water” and eternal life. That was not the main thing in the story. He revealed that He was all-knowing by disclosing her past failures and her current “living arrangement.” That was not the main thing in the story. He discussed religion with her, particularly the spiritual differences between Hebrews and Samaritans over where true worship should happen. That was not the main thing in the story. He told her that true worship of God should be according to “spirit” and “truth” That was not the main thing in the story.

What was the main thing in the story? When the woman spoke of the Messiah and her hope of His coming, Jesus declared: “I who speak to you am He.”

The main thing is Jesus. The main thing is worshiping Him. The main thing is having a relationship with God through Him.

Our entire outlook on life changes when Jesus becomes the main thing. Our attitude becomes one of respect; respect for the place of worship, God’s people and God Himself. Our attitude becomes one of humility; a humble heart and humble actions. Our attitude becomes one of order and peace in our lives, rather than disorder and chaos.

God created you and me to worship Him. That is the main thing in life. All else is totally secondary. Jesus told the disciples to seek Him first and all of the other things in life would take care of themselves. (Matthew 6:33). In order to worship God in “spirit” and in “truth”, we must keep the main thing the main thing.

Jesus is the “one thing” that you must figure out for yourself. Do you know Him? Have you given your life completely to Him?

What He said to that woman at the well was essentially this: “I am the One that you are looking for. You do not need to look for anyone or anything else. I am He.”

Two thousand years later, after dying for us on the Cross, rising from the dead and ascending into heaven, this same Jesus says to you and me: “I am He”

You and I must keep the main thing the main thing. When we do, no-thing else really matters.

 
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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Sermons

 

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Posted by on October 31, 2013 in Sermons

 

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