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Bonded Together

What can separate us from the love of Christ?  What things can be done to us to cause us to fall out of favor with Jesus Christ?  What can the enemy do to us that will make our status with the Lord void?  Easy question, absolutely nothing!  Doesn’t always feel like that though, does it?

I think we often find ourselves feeling unworthy, feeling like there is no coming back from the things we’ve done. The enemy will attack us, and more often than not, he will win the battles against us.  Here is the good news, while some battles may be lost with us, Jesus Christ has already won the war. Victory is won. We don’t have to count our skirmishes with the enemy, even those that rough is up pretty good, as anything worth noting. We simply lay the lost battle at the feet of Jesus, accept His forgiveness, and continue fighting the good fight. 

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭8‬:‭35-39‬ KJV)

Because we follow Jesus, we will be attacked. We are counted as sheep for the slaughter, that is, we will deal with some ferocious attacks because of whom we serve. We are killed all the day long, that is, we are brought under the sword on a regular basis, simply for whom we serve. There is a guarantee we will be persecuted for our faith. 

Here is the beautiful part, we are MORE than conquerors through Christ. The victory is already one, so the need for conquering is over. We are engaging the enemy from a place where he is already conquered. Think about that, the goal is not to defeat the enemy, but to only remain steadfast in our faith. We don’t have to throw a single blow towards the enemy, simply stand firmly on the promises of God. 

This scripture concludes with the affirmation that there is nothing that can come between us and Jeus Christ. Equipped with this knowledge, we can go into battle with the enemy with our heart and mind focused on the right things. We can stand firm on that solid rock, that cornerstone, that saving grace in Christ Jesus. 

God Bless

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Sermon: 06/28/2015 – Don’t You Know What You Have?

Don’t You Know What You Have?

Romans 3:23

Romans 5:8

Romans 10:9-10

John 8:32

John 14:6

John 3:16-17

Ephesians 2:19-22

Speaker on Sunday June 28th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Let’s Disagree!

Why are there so many denominations of Christianity?  I have often pondered this myself, don’t we all serve the same Jesus Christ?  I am sometimes baffled by doctrinal arguments over things that are so unimportant, yet we argue and rage over them. Entire denominations have been formed by a single dividing disagreement over scripture interpretation. Should we be concerned with all this?  Yes, yes we should, to a point.

Do we need to expend energy arguing points?  Here is one, do you think Jesus looks like He does the in the popular paintings of Him?  No, he was middle eastern, and if you saw Him as He was here on earth, you probably wouldn’t recognize Him!  Does that fact change anything in terms of what Christ accomplished on our behalf?  Not a bit. 

Now the God of patience and consolation grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus: That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. (‭Romans‬ ‭15‬:‭5-6‬ KJV)

Uh-oh, we are to be of one mind, does this mean a multi-denominational Church structure is wrong?  Short answer, yes, longer answer:  it doesn’t matter all that much for us on a day to day basis.  Scholars should spend the appropriate amount of time researching truth, with a very large set of exceptions. 

When various Christians denominations get together, we can allagree on some basic principles, who Christ is, what He did, and who we are in relation to Him. We stand on the foundation of the Word, that is Jesus Christ. We are not too distant from each other in most areas. 

We are to glorify Him, regardless of doctrinal issues, without compromising. Now, problems arise when we allow these differences to create the ability for the enemy to stifle our faith. We are not to spend time arguing a point instead of serving God. 

Keep perspective on what’s important, it’s not important to define when the rapture will occur, it does not change salvation for you, or those you are sharing the Gospel with. Together we should all be glorifying God. Let’s agree to disagree on the finer points that don’t matter, as long as we agree to Glorify God at every opportunity. 

God Bless

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Sermon: 06/21/2015 – Philemon

Philemon

Philemon 1-25

Speaker on Sunday June 21st:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Sermon: 06/07/2015 – Malachi – Part 5

Malachi – Part 5

Malachi 3:13-4:6
John 4:21-24
Revelation 3:4-5

Speaker on Sunday June 7th:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Live for Christ

What do you live for?   What drives you to get up in the morning and pursue the day?  For most of us, it’s our job, money, and the pursuit of stuff to  accumulate. It’s the necessity to conform to the world, the desire to be accepted, and the yearning for the accolades of our peers and subordinates. 

What is it that drives us to compare ourselves to those around us?  What creates in us an imbalance that we try to compensate with stuff and the admiration of others?  The cold hard reality is this:  we are sinful by nature. Since the fall of man, we cannot choose righteousness without intervention from God. When left to our own decisions, we will let the enemy whisper into our ears and tell us how we should be perceiving the world around us.  Let’s look at Titus:

For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. (‭Titus‬ ‭2‬:‭11-14‬ KJV)

Here is the point, we must not live like we have been anymore. We must deny ungodliness, worldly lusts.  We must live a godly life.  We can achieve this, the Grace of God that brings salvation is available for all men. Note that living godly, righteously does not mean living in perfection. We know we are incapable of that. So what are we to do?

We are to strive every day to live righteously and godly, because we should have that desire to show a true heart the Jesus. Through that relationship with Christ, we can achieve what is impossible on our own. That’s the point of it, to work as hard as we can, with the desire to see that glorious appearing. Christ wants to secure a peculiar people, that is, people whom do not conform to what the world says is normal. A people that is zealous of good works, the strong desire to serve our Lord and Savior. 

The reason this is so important for us is simple:  we don’t know when Christ will return. Do you want to be the one in the middle of a nasty argument when Christ returns?  Do you want to be watching that morally questionable movie when Christ appears?  Do you want to have a list of personal goals, stuff you aquired, meaningless task completed when Jesus returns?

Brothers and sisters, we should desire to have a long list of good works. A life that is evident you are a peculiar person, zealous of good works, yearning for the return of Jesus.  

I’ll leave with this question / warning:  if Jesus came back right now, would you be ready to present yourself to Him?

God Bless

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Are you Amazed?

Are you amazed by God?  Are you in awe of Jesus?  What actions does the Lord take that truly put things into perspective for you?  Does God stir you each and every day?  

Let’s look at the reaction of Nethanael below, how something so simple became evidence of the authority of Christ to him. On top of that, we will see Jesus respond to his acceptance of Him. 

Jesus saw Nathanael coming to him, and saith of him, Behold an Israelite indeed, in whom is no guile! Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me? Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee. Nathanael answered and saith unto him, Rabbi, thou art the Son of God; thou art the King of Israel. Jesus answered and said unto him, Because I said unto thee, I saw thee under the fig tree, believest thou? thou shalt see greater things than these. And he saith unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Hereafter ye shall see heaven open, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon the Son of man. (‭John‬ ‭1‬:‭47-51‬ KJV)

Jesus told Nethanael something that He could not have known unless He was there, which He was not. This made Nethanael realize and proclaim whom Christ was. He recognized something that takes many of us far too much time to realize. 

We spend so much effort analyzing how things in our life happen. We try to “connect the dots” from event to outcome. We forget, God is control.  Phillip had told Nathanael whom this man was, and by Jesus giving an account of that telling, which He did not participate in, Nathanael believed. 

How often do we try to explain away the blessing from God?  How often to we ascribe ourselves to our accomplishments?  Can you truly take from God anything?  Everything we are, know, and do is by the grace of God alone. Without His blessing, we can do nothing!

I love the response Jesus has for Nathanael here.  He says, if this little thing amazes you, wait till you see what I can do in full authority and majesty!  When you beleive on me for the sake of such a little thing, what endless amazement do I have in store for you!

We are so numb to the blessings God pours out on us that we miss how much He is in our lives. We should be as Nathanael, and be easily amazed at what the Lord can do. If we recognize Him for who and what He is, in everything, even the smallest of gifts, we stand to be amazed at the true power in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ 

God Bless

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Sermon: 05/31/2015 – Contagious Blessings / Have Faith

Contagious Blessings / Have Faith

Genesis 39:1-6, 41:37-44
Titus 2:1-3:11
James 2:17,26

Speaker on Sunday May 31st:

Pastor Jason Doyle

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Unlearned and Faith

So what do you think makes a man strong in their faith?  Does an intelligent, articulate man of faith have more clout than an ignorant man of faith?  Is there a more merit to Biblical intelligence vs worldly intelligence?  Are they the same thing?  Does a man with a high degree of intelligence, one who can speak well, have more of a right to evangelical than a man with few words and few thoughts?

Let’s see what scripture tells us:

Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. And beholding the man which was healed standing with them, they could say nothing against it. (‭Acts‬ ‭4‬:‭13-14‬ KJV)

Here are these 2 men, who were obviously unlearned and ignorant, representing Jesus. So what is the significance here?  Plainly put, our relationship and understanding of Jesus Christ far outweighs any worldy intelligence. This isn’t to say that you should not pursue higher learning, just don’t confuse that with the ability to share your faith. In fact, that higher learning can be an effective tool for Jesus, but not a required tool, nor would it make you more qualified than someone without the higher learning. 

People could see that John and Peter were less than geniuses, yet what made them worth marveling, and taking knowledge of them?  It was because they had been with Jesus. What could any say against their lack of learning when the healed man was standing with them?  Through their faith and relationship with Jesus, their intelligence became irrelevant. Again, not encouraging being unlearned, just reinforcing its place in Gods kingdom. 

Please keep that in mind. There is no line or level required to be qualified to speak and represent Jesus. Our being with Him, and Him dwelling in is gives us all the authority we require. If we are doing righteous things in the name of Jesus, what could anyone have to say about us?

God Bless

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