Sunday Scripture

On this Sunday at 11 AM I praised, worshipped, and celebrated the Almighty God that rescued and saved me with my brothers and sisters of my church family. The music was positive and encouraging from our Worship Pastor Ben and his wife Jen, and the sermon was powerful and inspiring from our Lead Pastor Bob. It was another beautiful day at Living Waters !

It was to great hear our Pastor Bob preach again. (Last Sunday I preached, and the previous Sunday I was out-of-town on vacation.)

His sermon was based on the Matthew 17:14-20 story of the demon-possessed boy that Christ’s disciples couldn’t heal, so Christ Himself performed the miracle. Jesus called His disciples faithless and corrupt. The disciples couldn’t figure out why they were unable to heal the boy, so they asked Christ why that was so. The answer was quite simple. They didn’t have enough faith. All it takes is faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain.

Matthew 17-20

Our Pastor put us to the test. How much faith do we have ? We have the fire within us. Do we use it ?

“I tell you the truth. If you have faith and don’t doubt – you can do things like this, and much more. You can even say to this mountain – ‘May you be lifted up, and thrown into the sea’ – and it will happen. You can pray for anything, and if you have faith – you will receive it.” (Matthew 21:21-22)

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Sunday Scripture

Today at my church I preached a sermon titled “Gloom & Despair”. It’s actually the resurrected remains of an early sermon (one of my first 10) that I wrote in 2017. It sat on my computer all this time as God led me in other directions and placed different messages on my heart.

When deciding on an appropriate sermon to preach to my church family it must be the right sermon at the right time. If it’s not then I ask God for guidance and direction. I ask Him to lead the way for me to discern what I and my brothers and sisters need to hear to get closer to God in the current environment.

Today “Gloom & Despair” was the right sermon at the right time.

At the end of my sermon I read the 150TH Psalm. I read part of each verse, and my church body repeated it after me:

Praise the LORD !  [REPEAT]
Praise God in His sanctuary. [REPEAT]
Praise Him in His mighty heaven !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him for His mighty works. [REPEAT]
Praise His unequaled greatness !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with a blast of the ram’s horn. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with the lyre and harp !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with the tambourine and dancing. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with strings and flutes !  [REPEAT]
Praise Him with a clash of cymbals. [REPEAT]
Praise Him with loud clanging cymbals. [REPEAT]
Let everything that breathes sing praises to the LORD !  [REPEAT]
Praise the LORD !  [REPEAT]

We must recommit ourselves to Christ daily. We can’t let a day go by without praising the Lord. And that Psalm right there – the 150TH and final Psalm – is a wonderful ending to the entire book of Psalms that confirms the greatness of our God. If you’re ever struggling with words in your prayers to God – just read out loud Psalm 150.

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Sunday Scripture

Today our Lead Pastor preached on the red letters of Matthew 24:3-14 in his sermon titled, “The End Of The Age”.

We are in the end times. Verses 4 through 13 are happening right now. Many are deceived. We have wars and threats of wars. We have famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. We have arrests, persecutions, and murders of the followers of Jesus Christ. We have hate all over the world. We have false prophets. We have sin running rampant everywhere. We don’t have enough love in this world. That’s the state of our world today,

But the one who endures to the end will be saved. And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it. And then the end will come. (Matthew 24:13-14 NLT)

We need to get to Verse 14 in this world, so that God’s Good News spreads and expands throughout the whole world to all nations.

And now on a personal note – this blog is taking a break after tomorrow night. I’m taking all next weekend off – from the Thursday morning (May 02ND) blog post through the Monday night (May 06TH) Top 10 chart. I’ll be back on the following Thursday (May 09TH) for the start of my next big weekend of blogging, but before that I’ll present my Top 10 music chart for this weekend tomorrow night at its regularly-scheduled time – just after 6 PM EDT (U.S. East Coast time).

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Sunday Scripture

Pastor Bob's Easter 2019 Sermon

On this day I observed and celebrated my 13TH Easter Sunday with my brothers and sisters of my church family. Before salvation Easter was just another day of the year. After salvation it’s the most important day of the year – and the reason why I exist today.

As the Bible says in the Gospel According to Mark – Chapter 16 (1-7):

Saturday evening – when the Sabbath ended – Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome went out and purchased burial spices so they could anoint Jesus’ body. Very early on Sunday morning – just at sunrise – they went to the tomb. On the way they were asking each other, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance to the tomb ?” But as they arrived – they looked up and saw that the stone – which was very large – had already been rolled aside.

When they entered the tomb – they saw a young man clothed in a white robe sitting on the right side. The women were shocked, but the angel said – “Don’t be alarmed. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth – who was crucified. He isn’t here !  He is risen from the dead !  Look – this is where they laid His body. Now go and tell His disciples – including Peter – that Jesus is going ahead of you to Galilee. You will see Him there – just as He told you before He died.”

HE IS RISEN !  HE IS RISEN – INDEED !  The Lord has really risen !  He appeared to Peter. (Luke 24:34). He was seen by the Twelve, and the more than 500 of His followers at the time, and by James (the half-brother of Jesus), and by all the apostles, and by Paul. (1 Corinthians 15:5-8)

Today we join our brothers and sisters in Christ – God’s children – all across this great nation of ours – and all around the world – nearly 2½-billion Christians – as we observe and celebrate the glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior.

We join our brothers and sisters of this global church family on this Easter Sunday, but we know that every waking moment of every new day is a renewed celebration of Christ conquering the grave, and rising from the dead, and giving us life.

HE IS RISEN !  HE IS RISEN – INDEED !  And since He is risen – we have risen from where we once had been.

See Jesus keeps His promises – then and now. He does what He says He is going to do. He is who He says He is. He is risen. He is risen – indeed. He is alive. He sits on the throne of Heaven. He is the King of Kings. He is the Lord of Lords. He gives us life. He breathes life onto our dry bones. Breath of God – breathe on us !  He makes all things new. He gives us hope. He gives us purpose. He makes us vessels of vibrant living waters.

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Well Done My Good And Faithful Servant

Well Done My Good & Faithful

It’s easy to get comfortable on this journey, and think that God is happy with us for being a Pastor, a Preacher, a Teacher, or any of a number of titles used in the church and in ministry. But God is really impressed when we are servants first.

The Master was full of praise. ‘Well done My good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together !’ (Matthew 25:21 NLT)

The Lord expects His servants to be faithful to Him in doing what He has commanded us to do in this world as we await His return. We must serve the LORD with gladness !

For even the Son of Man came not to be served, but to serve others and to give His life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45 NLT)

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Sunday Scripture

Palm Sunday

Most of the crowd spread their garments on the road ahead of Him, and others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Jesus was in the center of the procession, and the people all around Him were shouting, “Praise God for the Son of David !  Blessings on the One who comes in the name of the Lord !  Praise God in highest heaven !” The entire city of Jerusalem was in an uproar as He entered. “Who is this ?” they asked. And the crowds replied, “It’s Jesus – the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” (Matthew 21:8-11 NLT)

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Sunday Scripture

I’m currently writing my 27TH sermon since 2016. I’ve already preached 23 of them to my church family. I hope to preach 2 of them over the next couple of months. That leaves 2 remaining. Those 2 are what I refer to as my “reject” sermons. I wrote them in 2017, and at the time they were relevant and they reflected a message that God sent me to pursue. But then life continued on. I moved forward on God’s fantastic journey for me, and the 2 sermons were no longer the right message at the right time. I haven’t given up on those 2 sermons.

One is actually wrestling-themed – timely today since it’s WWE WrestleMania Day. It’s actually amusing to read, and it makes me smile. It needs a lot more work though before I can preach it to my church family.

The other “reject” sermon has actually been cannibalized many times with bits and pieces of it removed and used in subsequent sermons. As it stands right now it’s not even a 10-minute sermon. It’s less than a third of its original length.

Here’s an excerpt from what remains of that once full-length sermon titled “Give & Take”:

By human nature we’re all givers and takers. We give when it’s convenient – usually when someone else is watching – when there’s an audience. We take when it’s convenient – usually when no one else is watching. It seems like we’re always acting for that audience that’s watching us.

Do you give more than you take, or do you take more than you give ?  I’m not necessarily talking about the giving and taking of physical objects. I’m also talking about life in general. Have you ever thought about that before ?  Personally I never really thought about that – before this fantastic journey. The world tells us that it’s a dog-eat-dog world, and you need to take all that you can get, or you’ll be left behind in a cloud of dust. God tells us differently:

Acts Chapter 20 Verse 35 – It’s an often quoted verse in the Truth:  You should remember the words of the Lord Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”

In First Corinthians Chapter 1 the Apostle Paul writes to God’s church:

… to you who have been called by God to be His own holy people. He made you holy by means of Christ Jesus – just as He did for all people everywhere who call on the name of our Lord Jesus Christ – their Lord and ours.

God made me holy ?  I’m holy ?  No – I’m not holy. I’m a sinner. I’ve done bad things in my life. But wait. Christ took all of those bad things from me when He gave His life for me on that cross. “Give & Take”. He gave. He took. Simultaneously. He did this after I called Him my Lord & Savior Jesus Christ. I’m holy. You’re holy. We’re holy. But we’re still human. We’re still sinners. But every sinner has a future – just as every saint has a past.

May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace.

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