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John 12:1-11 ~ January 8, 2012

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   What did the LORD say to us last Sunday?  Are you good ground for the seed of God, the Word of God planted by the Holy Ghost or are you like those on the wayside who paid no attention to it after they heard it and let the devil come take it away?  This is shown to us in Matthew 13:1-23.         Last Sunday the LORD spoke to all of us but only some heard.  Whatever the LORD says is life and health to our flesh, Proverbs 4:20.  Let’s review what He said that you may receive the health and strength to your flesh.       The LORD took the occasion of the supper that was prepared for Jesus, his disciples and Apostles that were coming to Jerusalem for the Passover (John 12:1- 2, 9-11) to teach the great truths of the Gospel.  The scripture talks about Lazarus who had been dead for four days.  Jesus had brought him back from the dead fully restored to good health.  A great truth of the Gospel is that Jesus is the Resurrection and the life as He had told Martha, Lazarus’ sister, John 11:25-27.  If we know this we will give ourselves to be “In Jesus.”  The scripture tells us in 1 Thessalonians 4:13, “I would not that you be ignorant concerning those that are asleep (Dead) as those that have no hope.  For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them which sleep (dead) in Jesus will God bring with Him.”  This is the word of faith of the Gospel, the good news.  If we receive this truth, it is health to our flesh.  Our soul will be at peace and have faith that being “In Jesus” we have eternal Life.        Next, Jesus taught us about “Abraham’s Bosom” and “Paradise.”  The scripture says that many came not only to see Jesus but to see Lazarus.  They wanted to know what happened to him while he was gone to the dead.  All of mankind wants to know the answer to that question.  Volumes of books and scientific studies have tried to understand this mystery.  Lazarus had the answer.  He had experienced death and the afterlife and Jesus gave us the answer last Sunday.  He told us of the place called “Abraham’s Bosom”, Luke 16:22.  This was the place that all of those that died believing in the coming Messiah and practicing the Law of God in faithof His coming went to wait until a place was made for them in Heaven.                                                                                                                                                                          Remember that Jesus said in John 14:1-2 that He was going to make a place for us.  There was no place in Heaven for sinners and all who believed or didn’t believe still have sin, Romans 3:23.  Jesus went to the cross to take our sin away, the perfect sacrifice for sin.  When Jesus was on the cross he took the sin of mankind upon Himself and paid the penalty for our sin.  With this being done, there was a place in heaven.  Until this happened, all believers went to Abraham’s Bosom to wait.  There they were alive and well without sickness or disease.  Because Lazarus knew this, many believed on Jesus.  This is Good News that should bless us.  I hope you will receive the seed of His Word and “Go”, Matthew 28:19-20. Tell others that they will believe and receive and be in...

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Obtaining a Vision ~ Feb 22nd, 2012

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The message of the Lord tonight (2/22/12) given to His people: Christianity 101 – Bible Study “Catching the Vision” (Proverbs 29:18: “Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keeps the law, happy is he.) Thomas A. Edison was the most prolific inventor in modern times—perhaps ever. He made scores of attempts to re-invent the light bulb. After an unsuccessful effort, one of his associates said, “Well, you have failed again.” “No,” replied Edison, “I have succeeded again. I now know another way how not to make a light bulb.” You can’t fight or strive for something if you don’t envision a victory or hope in something.  There has to be a mental picture of the end result.  What I am going to show you tonight is what the Lord has shown me regarding obtaining a vision.  The devil knows that we are dangerous, much like Thomas Edison – how he didn’t give up, when we have a vision.  So, he (the devil) knows that if he can rob us of that picture within our soul (mind) of the goal and victory then he has already defeated us with little effort.  Everything we do without a goal or vision is done in vanity and will not succeed.  Therefore, there are three things that I want to show you regarding obtaining or “catching” the vision. The first thing is that with a vision, you are unstoppable and driven (impelled) to accomplish the victory and achievement of the vision. The second thing is that there is a principle to catching the vision and two parts to the principle.  I will cover these later. The third thing is that there is a huge deception in American Christianity that will rob you of your vision.  If you know the tactics of the enemy, you can surely counter them! So, what is a vision?  I think Phil Grant said it best: A vision is the dominant factor that governs your life.  It determines all the choices you are making; it’s what’s left after all the layers are peeled away like an onion.  Clinging like glue to the inside of your rib cage.  It’s what your mind naturally gravitates toward when it is not legitimately concentrating on something else.  It’s what determines your friendships and your relationships that you are cultivating.  It’s what your prayers are about—what you dream about and are giving money toward. —Phil Grant When you have a vision, there is nothing that will stand in your way.  You will overcome any obstacle that may stand in your way.  You are committed to it, not just interested in it.  Example:  A lot of people are interested in improving their physical appearance, but aren’t willing to commit to the work involved (paying the price).  A person interested in exercise will wake up in the morning and if it’s raining say “I’ll exercise tomorrow, it’s raining”.  A person who is committed will get up and see it’s raining and say “I need to find another place to exercise”. The Apostles who turned the world upside down did it because they had a vision in their hearts. This brings me to point number 2: The principle.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve read Proverbs 28:19 and never saw this.  There is a principle there plain as day.  Look at the second part to that verse “but he that keeps the law, happy is he”.  If you’re like me, you might say “What in the world does this have to do with a vision?”  So I did what any man should do and I asked the Lord and wow!!! God is so awesome and faithful to reveal Himself to those who seek Him! I began to see a pattern unveil throughout the Bible.  The first thing the Lord showed me was the context of which we (in our culture) think of the words “Thou shalt not…”. For years I heard those words in my head as an old man with a long beard and a angry scowl looking down at a poor person pointing a finger and shaking it as if to say “THOU SHALT NOT ____ OR ELSE!!!”.  But God showed me something through my Awesome Savior, Jesus Christ!  In John chapter 14 verses 15-24 Jesus says “If you love me, you’ll keep my commands” three times.  So, as Jesus is the image that expresses God, I see “Thou Shalt Not” now as “If you love me, you won’t”  This pattern is seen in Leviticus 18:3, Proverbs 7:1-3, and Proverbs 19:16 just to name a few. So what does this have to do with a...

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John 11:55-12:1-8 ~ January 1, 2012

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     Last week, we heard the heart of the LORD from John 11:55 through John 12:8.  First we heard about Passover.  This was the first of three major feasts for the people of Israel.  Passover was held in the first month on the 14thday in memory of the first Passover when Israel was delivered from the slavery of Egypt.  The LORD uses this as an illustration of the delivery from the slavery of sin He has given to us in Christ Jesus.  In the first month of the year all of the men of Israel were to come to Jerusalem to rededicate themselves to be the people of God.  To take part in Passover, each one had to purify themselves.  There could be no “Leven”, what we call yeast, in the house.  Yeast is used in the Bible in most places to represent sin with the exception of Matthew 13:33 where it represents the power of the Holy Spirit.  The LORD focused our attention in verse 55 on the word “Purify.”  The LORD used this word to call us on the occasion of the New Year to purify ourselves, to identify all the “Leven” or sin in our lives and to rededicate ourselves to be His servant.       In verse 56, the people looked for the coming of Jesus.  As they purified themselves there was anticipation, a desire to see Jesus.  This is one thing that seems to be lacking in the Christians of today.  There is danger in being unpurified and carried away with the world where one forgets the great hope of the coming of the LORD Jesus and becomes dull and comfortable in the darkness of the ways of the world.  The Scripture, in Matthew 24:48-51 shows one supposed servant of the LORD who, because the LORD delayed His coming, began to turn against his own Christian fellows and to eat and drink with the lost.   When a person does not continually purify themselves but becomes comfortable in the world they may find themselves like this servant.  He went to hell because he proved he was not really a servant but a pretender.        Next the LORD used the person of Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus, to illustrate one that is daily purified and dedicated.  Jesus spoke many times of His death and resurrection but the disciples did not hear because that did not fit into what they wanted to happen.  In John 12:1-8, we see Mary bringing a very expensive perfume to anoint Jesus for His burial.  In Matthew 26:7-13, Jesus says because of this act, Mary will be honored as the long as the Gospel is proclaimed.  In John 12:3, the LORD focused on the phrase, “The house was filled with the odor of the ointment.”  The fragrance causes us to think of the flower or essence used to make the perfume.  In this, the LORD spoke to us that Mary’s dedication and purity to Jesus gave a fragrance of the Gospel of His death for our sins.  Let us purify ourselves and be filled with the hope of His coming and declare His Gospel to fill where we are with the fragrance of the Gospel of Jesus...

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Matthew 2:1-18 ~ December 25, 2011

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The picture that the Lord painted for us of the wise men, translated from the Greek "Magoi" or Magi, who were searching for the King. We know that the Magi came from the east. This meant they were most likely Gentiles (not Jews). The east would most likely be Persia.It was the ancient Babylonian and Persian empire where Daniel the prophet was named "Rab-mag" which is translated "Chief of the Magi". Daniel was the only prophet to use the word “Messiah”. These Magi were not astrologers, sorcerers, or soothsayers like many secular sources would have you believe. These Magi in Matthew chapter 2 were coming to worship Jesus as King. They had a heart for God, and God acknowledged them as such! They were not following a star map using astrology. They were following the leading of the Father God. Jesus said in Matthew 16:13-18 and John 6:44, 45 that it is the Father God that reveals who Jesus is, the Christ, and that nobody can come to Him unless the Father draws them. The Magi were only acting upon the word of revelation that they had received from the Father God. They were obedient to that word, saw the sign that the Father had given them to follow the light, and sold all and packed up on a long journey to find Him.That meant they had to FORSAKE ALL to begin this journey to find the Messiah. If they tried to carry their junk with them, it would have weighed them down and held them back. Finally, when they found the child Jesus, they bowed down and worshiped Him. They presented the gifts and laid them at Jesus' feet. They sold all they had and purchased gifts worthy to offer Him. One gift was gold. The gold represented that they acknowledged Him as KING! That mean He had to first be a king in their hearts! They gave Him frankincense. This represents the fragrance of prayer before God. Prayer is the vital key to relationship as it is where we share our heart with God and He shares His with us. It is a sweet smelling relationship before Him. The third and final gift was Myrrh. This was used in embalming ointments for burial preparation. This represented that these Magi acknowledged that He, their King, was to die for them. They gave what was in their heart as Mary Magdalene did when she realized He would die for her. These Magi sold all, forsook all, denied self and gave the treasures of their heart to worship One King. Jesus said, "where your heart is, there will your treasure be also." Today will you follow the sign that the Father has given you and acknowledge Jesus Christ as King? Are you willing to forsake all to begin a sweet relationship with Him? Will you receive what He did on the cross as payment for your sins? Will you begin a life-long journey of worshiping the One true God...

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John 11:47-57 ~ December 18, 2011

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     The LORD spoke to us last week from John 11:45-57 by His Spirit, through His Word.  The Lord  showed us the “Unpardonable Sin” so that we might understand and not be vulnerable to the devil’s attack.  The devil says that when we fall and sin, we have committed this horrible sin and it is cause to leave the fellowship of the LORD and go back into the world.  These Jews in verses 46-53 were the witness of what the Unpardonable sin is like.  They knew who Jesus was, the Son of God, the Messiah that was to come and they rejected Him. This is the Unpardonable sin, rejecting the witness of the Holy Spirit.       As Matthew 12:28 shows, it was the Holy Spirit of God that was witnessing the Life of God in Jesus and speaking through Him.  In 11verses 31-32 Jesus says to them and us whosoever rejects and speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven them in this world and the world to come.  It is certainly horrible to think that there are people like this but there are.  The LORD creates all mankind with a free will and the faith to be conformed to His Image, Jesus.  But many choose to reject this faith and decide to be conformed to this world which has the devil for a god, 2 Corinthians 4:4.  The LORD shows us this to exhort us to, “Be not conformed to the world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans 12:1-2       In verses 51-52, the LORD showed us the “propitiation” 1 John 2:1-2.  This means that Jesus did not give His life sacrificially only for the “elect”, the Church, the Body of Christ.  His Life was given to be “The sin barer and law satisfier” for the whole world.  The LORD gave the gift of salvation to the whole world, even for those that reject this gift.  What an awesome thing this is.  The world does not even know the magnitude of this gift.  It does not realize the reality of the horror of being sentenced to a living eternal hell, Luke 16:23-24.  The Christmas gift is about the gift of salvation from an eternal burning hell.  God so loved the world that He gave (sacrificed) His only begotten Son, Jesus.  He sacrificed Jesus to be born a body (Hebrews 10:5-9), to be given as the sacrifice upon the cross.  There He endured, in our place, the wrath of God upon mankind for sin.  This is the gift of God, this is the Propitiation, the Christmas.       Next, the LORD spoke to us about being in fellowship with Him in verse 54.  The scripture declares that Jesus “continued with the disciples.” As Jesus traveled, there were about 120 disciples that followed with Him.  There were the twelve, the seventy (Luke 10:1), and certain women that ministered unto Him and many others.  Most likely, the multitude that came to Him for healing such as the man that was called “Blind Bartimaeus” that was healed and now followed Him “In the Way” and the multitude that were fed with the few fish and loaves, Luke 8:1-3, followed also.  This is what Jesus and his Father want, that we would be “The Assembly.” That is what the Church means.  The LORD wants to gather together with Him, come out from the world and be separate from the world.  Be with the LORD.  Do you...

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John 11:25-46 ~ December 11, 2011

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Last Sunday the LORD spoke to us from John 11:25-46.  We began with the grand declaration from Him about eternal Life.  The Lord said that He was the Resurrection and the Life for everyone that believes. That is, trusts in Him as your savior who delivered you from the judgment of sin by taking your place on the cross, the judgment and wrath of God for sin, and rely in Him in what He has said about life.  He took us to 1 Thessalonians 4:13 and gave us assurance from His Word.  He said, “I would not have you to be ignorant concerning them which are asleep. . .”  On the word “ignorant”, the LORD spoke to us of the great ignorance of the Church, of Christians.  Most Christians have a very limited recollection of God’s Holy Word, the Scriptures.  How are we going to follow Christ if we do not know what He is saying as He leads us?  The LORD took us to Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not to your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him…..”  How can you acknowledge Him if you don’t know what His Word says?  Yes, He will lead you in everything by speaking to you by His Word through the Holy Spirit.  The LORD says so many Christians say His Word is boring or it tells us things that we don’t want to hear.  How can you have a relationship without hearing and following the LORD?  How can you have salvation without a relationship with the LORD by hearing Him and following Him? The Church of Jesus in America is ignorant by not knowing their need of having a relationship with the one they call their savior. I fear for them that one day the LORD will say as He did in Matthew 7:23, “Depart from me you lawless ones, I never knew you.”  I never had a relationship with you.  You are lawless, not knowing My Law, only knowing your own understanding.  This is what the LORD said with such passion, “Not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” Back in 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17, He says He does not want us to ignorant concerning them that are asleep or dead.  He does not want us to be like the heathen that have no hope of the afterlife.  They just live for today.  They live to have all the pleasures of life because when they die they believe they cease to exist.  This is so sad because God in His Holy Word the Scriptures warns us that there is a hell.  Hell is an eternal place where life does not cease to exist but goes on in torture Mark 9:43-49 & Revelation 14:9-11.  The LORD floods my heart with these words “I endured the shame and agony of the cross and the shame of the sin of the world upon my own holy being to keep you from hell I plead with you to repent and receive my salvation and my life by being Born Again and filled with My...

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