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Monday, March 19, 2012

Sermon preached Sunday, 3/18/12


Reclaimed from Death


We may be experiencing the realm of death more than we realize. Death is part of what encounters us in the spiritual battle we all know as Christian believers. The nagging feelings, the sense that something is wrong, or that something is dying inside of us… are all part of this experience of death in our daily lives. When we become apathetic: not caring what happens, or when we become numb: unmoved or non-responsive to that which used to be important to us… we may very well be experiencing the realm of death as we try to live! It is also said that we live in what has been called a ‘culture of death’. That which brings the realm of death into our sub-consciousness and consciousness comes daily through the exposure we get from television, the internet, the attitudes of many people, etc. Death in its many forms is taking its toll on us. Truly, when we realize it, we certainly know that we need to be reclaimed from death. This is exactly the battle won by Jesus our Savior. It is also exactly the overcoming He is accomplishing in our lives daily through the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has taken away the sting of death and the victory of death by His sacrificial death upon the Cross. Through prayer and as we grow closer to Him in faith, we will experience ever increasing blessings of being reclaimed from death both today and forevermore! Through remaining close to Jesus, we Christians will actually be living in a culture of life through God’s grace and power to save. Let’s wake up and realize the battle we are in and open afresh to God’s Holy love flooding in and bringing new life into us.
 
Ephesians 2:1-7 (ESB)
1 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins 2 in which you once walked, following the course of this world, following the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that is now at work in the sons of disobedience— 3 among whom we all once lived in the passions of our flesh, carrying out the desires of the body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind. 4 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, 5 even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— 6 and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness towards us in Christ Jesus.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Believing: we are able to see; Not Believing: we are blind


Sermon Notes for Sunday, February 19th
   
 We cannot see ‘a blooming thing’ when we do not have faith in Almighty God. It is faith that opens our eyes to God. When our hearts are open to God: when we believe that He is real, then and only then are we able to notice the reality of God at work in our lives. It is strange, yet true that there are like scales over our eyes when we do not believe or when we mistrust God. These scales fell off from Saul when he became a believer (Paul): he was healed of his spiritual blindness which was also manifested in physical blindness (see Acts 9:18).
   The old adage: ‘seeing is believing’ is basically true, however when it comes to matters of the faith it may become even more true that: believing is seeing! We pray, as Paul prays in Ephesians 1:18 that the eyes of our hearts may be enlightened, that we may know the hope to which He has called us. May His true light ~the light of the Gospel of the glory of Jesus Christ~ enter our eyes through faith and shine in our hearts ~giving the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ~ as stated in today’s passage: 2 Corinthians 4:4-6.
   In this way of faith we will no longer be spiritually blind (the work of the ‘god of this world’ who blinds the eyes of unbelievers). We will instead see by faith and recognize the Lord loving us in all His glory.
 
                               2nd Corinthians chapter 4 verses 3-6
3 And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled only to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness”, has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Some Notes From Today's Sermon: 1/29/2012

Sermon: Having True Love and Reverence For the Lord

To genuinely love God means that we truly have reverence for Him: we fear Him. When we truly revere the Lord (as we are meant to do in worship) we are giving Him the honor due His Holy Name: We acclaim Him LORD of all, the only True God, the Holiest of all Holiness, the Supreme Lover of our Souls and in Christ. He is our Saviour, our Master, our Lord: the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! When we revere God for who He truly is... and give Him all the glory... and love Him with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength... THEN we are at the place of humble faith and true estimation of the Majesty and Glory of Almighty God that will lead us into wisdom. Yes, once our attitude of faith in Him and trust in Him and love for Him is honestly expressed in our hearts, THEN (and only then) are we at the place of the beginning of wisdom, heavenly wisdom. In humble faith as we are loving God and revering Him, we become wise. We have holy wisdom!