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Sermon: 03/29/2015 – Malachi – Part 2

Malachi – Part 2

Malachi 2:1-9
Genesis 49:5-7
Deuteronomy 33:8-10
Ezekiel 33:1-11
John 3:16-21

Speaker on Sunday March 29th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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He will Finish

How many of us lose faith as we walk with Christ?  We have moments where we wonder where He is, we wonder if He sees the strife we are dealing with.  It’s easy to have moments of weakness, and the enemy loves to jump at those opportunities to weaken our resolve.

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: (‭Philippians‬ ‭1‬:‭6‬ KJV)

We cannot forget, what Christ started in us, He will finish.  All the stuff we deal with between now and then is designed to build us up into who we are supposed to be. 

We cannot forget that Christ will not abandon us, He will not let us suffer without cause. Though we may not understand, we must have faith.  The perfectness of God is undeniable.  Seek the wisdom of God to understand your strife.

Let the Lord finish what He has started in you.

God Bless

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Sermon: 03/22/2015 – Input VS Output

Input VS Output

Colossians 3:1-17
James 3:1-12

Speaker on Sunday March 22nd:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Together in Christ

What an amazing thing this salvation we have. The grace we have through Christ Jesus. Some would ask why, why would God give such a thing to something as despicable as ourselves?  Because he is rich in mercy, and He has loved us:

But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus: (‭Ephesians‬ ‭2‬:‭4-6‬ KJV)

Even when we were dead in sin, that is to say, even though God could not even look upon us, so strong is His hate for sin, His grace, mercy, and love were enough to offer is a way out.   He wills that all men should come to know Him, and He gives us salvation. 

By grace we are saved!  Not by our own actions, not by our own will, but by the grace of God alone. 

With this powerful gift, we can sit together in heavenly places IN Christ Jesus. Think about that, if we are in Christ, than He fully surrounds us, we are completely covered by Him and His grace. 

I urge you to say a prayer to God, thanking Him for this clearly marked path into His love, mercy, and grace. 

God Bless

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Think Pure

Let me ask you a question this morning, what are you thinking about?  What has been on your mind since you got up this morning and started your day?  Are you thinking about your finances?  Pondering on that television show you watched?  Concerned about your job?

Often times we wonder where the grace of God is in our lives. Where the peace we hear about is. Do you spend time thinking on the good things of God? Thinking about what our Lord Jesus Christ has done for us?  Do you spend time exploring how the Lord has in the past, and how He currently is, changing your life?  Do you spend time thinking about scripture, and how it applies to your life?

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭8-9‬ KJV)

If we don’t think on the good and pure things of God, we cannot open our minds and hearts to Him. There seems to be this incorrect assumption that God will break through the noise of of our lives with no effort from us. 

We had to invite and accept Christ into our lives, and the Holy Spirit does dwell within us, however, if we don’t consult the things of that Holy Spirit, how can we expect to receive its counsel?

I challenge you today to spend the day dwelling on the things of God. Ponder the trials where you grew in Christ. Ponder the blessings that God has used to enrich your life.  Tune out the world today, and tune in to the ministering voice of the Holy Spirit. 

God Bless

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I can do all things

By request, I am going to discuss Phillipians 4:13. In this case, context is important, so let’s take a look:

Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭11-13‬ KJV)

What the apostle Paul is saying here is something most of us overlook. We ought to be content with what the Lord has gave us.  We forget that we cannot be demanding of God.   No matter the state you are in, where you are in life, does not matter. We are to be content in the Lord. 

Paul says I know how to serve God when I have little, and when I have a lot. I am always hungry for the word, and full to present the word to the world. 

In comfort and suffering I am safe in the arms of the Lord. I know no matter where I am, no matter where the Lord has placed me, my service to Him is unchanged.  I will suffer my cross as Christ suffered His. 

The point here, is that we should not have faith with respect to our situations. Christ is the solid rock we stand upon, the cornerstone. Everything else is a weak foundation. 

Knowing this, we can say that, I can serve Christ, regardless is my situation, because Christ gives me the strength. 

God Bless

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Sermon: 03/15/2015 – Malachi – Part 1

Malachi – Part 1

Malachi 1:1 – 1:14
Leviticus 22:20-23
Deuteronomy 15:21
1 Peter 2:1-3

Speaker on Sunday March 15th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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There is Purpose

Sometimes in life, when things look bleak, life tries us, we wonder where God is. In our infirmities, in our trials, we become conformed to who God wants us to be. This only works though, if we acknowledge God in it. We can’t be accusational or angry at the will of God. 

God knows what is best for us, far more than we ever could. His plan is greater than anything we could even begin to understand. 

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭28-31‬ KJV)

God has a purpose in all that He does in our lives, whether we perceive it as good, bad, or indifferent is irrelevant!  It’s all good from God.  We cannot forget we were created by Him and for His pleasure. We are His to deal with as He sees fit. This ridiculous concept of self entitlement is one of the most detrimental states of mind we put ourselves in.

With this frame of mind, we can get the crazy notion of God being unfair with us. That He has offended us, or personally attack us.  It doesn’t matter!  When we accepted Christ as our Lord and Savior, we forfeit this life for eternity.

Here is the great news though:  God then conforms us to Christ, justifies us in glory, covers us with grace. God calls us according to His plan. He is for us, and if that is the case, nothing can stand against us.

Trust in Him, and He is our greatest strength. 

God Bless

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Dedication

I’m not going to throw any scripture out this morning, instead, a challenge.  Your scripture reading and prayer life are of the utmost importance.  They should be honed and exercised daily.  I don’t know your individual habits, but here is what I want you to do today:

  • Pick 2 people you know who are not believers, start praying for God to open their hearts and minds.  Do this daily. In addition, pray for God to open an opportunity to minister to them.  If that opportunity arises, trust in the Lord and do it!
  • Commit to Bible reading daily.  Read a complete book, Jude, Titus, etc are some short books that are easy to consume in what sitting. 

Whatever you do, make the Bible and prayer your life. Not just a part of it, but the foundation of it. 

God Bless

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Greetings

Super short this morning.  I love this greeting from the apostle Paul to the Galatian church.  Really dig into how Paul describes our Lord. 

Grace be to you and peace from God the Father, and from our Lord Jesus Christ, Who gave himself for our sins, that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father: To whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (‭Galatians‬ ‭1‬:‭3-5‬ KJV)

Few things to note: that he might deliver us from this present evil world, according to the will of God and our Father.  I want you to note that our deliverance from this world is only as far as the will of God.  

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