God’s Love (Part 3) 8-12

These are two siblings who are both loved by the Father. Both valued, both wanted as part of the household, but each lost in their own way.  Did you notice, however, that the Father went to each of them, that He reached out in love? Again, was it in His plan that the older would reject the younger brother?

Through this all we see the love of the Father, not only for the lost and the prodigals, but also for the ones who are doing the right things for the wrong reasons, for those who have drifted away, for those out in the fields but not part of the household of the Father…

The Prodigal Returns 8-5

This week’s message features guest speaker, Tyler Ross – the all-American who fell into the pit of addiction, hit rock bottom, and now shares his story to give hope to others.  He turned his mess into a message.

God’s Love (Part 2)

When the prodigal turns back to go to his father he has no right to claim a blessing, no right to expect a welcome, and he has nothing to offer except a life of service in repentance of his previous actions.

If you want to be near the King you must move toward the King!

God’s Love

We need to be thankful that Jesus does receive sinners (tax collectors were lumped in there).  Salvation, is the most difficult for those that do not think they need saving… no grace…

Sword of the Spirit (7-15)

But like any weapon, the Sword of the Spirit must be used with care. Improperly applied, it can drive people away from the Kingdom. Be careful! This weapon forces the user, as well as those who face it, to look at themselves in light of what God says. You don’t beat people with the Truth! John 17:17 – Sanctify them in Truth, your Word is Truth.

Our Armor (7-8)

We are no longer following the ways of the world; we are Christ followers and belong to the Kingdom of God.

We must not be tolerant to the things of the world, condoning the alternative lifestyles of the world, or getting caught up in the anger and hatred of the world.

Joining the Battle 7-1

David, a man after God’s own heart, said this in Psalm 4, But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD hears when I call to him. Like David, we too should first turn to God, trusting Him to take on our enemies, our troubles, and our failings.

If we want to be used of God then we must enter the battle, we must be kingdom focused. Our priority must be Christ the King and we must go to battle armored, sword in hand, on our knees in prayer!

Proclaiming the Kingdom 6-24

How you live, your priorities, these are seen in what you place first. Are you proclaiming either the Kingdom of God, the World, or at best that lukewarm version of a kingdom you have invented that gives no glory to God with your actions, your words, or your resources?

Kingdomtude (6-17)

Concern, anxiousness, or worry over earthy things is a sin!  Why?

The enemy of our souls is out to counteract our growth,  to destroy our zeal for discovery, to weaken our hunger for change, he wants us to focus on the things of this world and not on Jesus and His Kingdom.  The enemy of our souls will (and has) attacked each of us, doing his best to get us to focus on worldly priorities.

Choice, Concern, Compassion (6-10)

Sin and Hell are not something that is forced on us against our will. Jesus tells us in John 3 that Men love darkness rather than light. People love their sin, pride, and independence from God! Therefore, all human beings are on their way to “eternal destruction.”

Without Christ, people are separated from God

Wholehearted? (6-3)

Because you are going to get bumped in this World, the enemy of our souls is going to do all that he can to take your focus off of Christ and put it on something else. He is out to kill, steal, and destroy your life in Christ. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. We tend to prioritize what we treasure what we treasure becomes our focus. The enemy of our souls wants you to turn your heart to something else… because if you wholeheartedly  love God there is no room for him!