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The Greatest Reveal In History

Tis the season – Busy, Busy, Busy –  Buying presents, attending parties, so much to do.

Slow down……Let’s focus on the important!

Luke 1 is the account of the angel appearing to Mary and changing the course of the world!

Mary is told:

28  REJOICE!  You are highly favored   –  The Lord is with You!

30  Do not be afraid, you have found favor with God

31  You will conceive – inside of you

35   God will do it through His Spirit

36   Elizabeth (your cousin) is expecting

37   With God all things are possible

38   Mary accepts –  Let it be to me according to Your word

 

Because the Son of the Living God was birthed inside of a young girl and we know the whole story – He was born, lived, died, rose again we have been granted the privilege to have Him birthed inside of us!

John 3:5-8   Jesus says…… Unless you are born of water (natural) and Spirit you cannot enter the kingdom of God.  What is born of flesh is flesh and what is born of the Spirit is Spirit.  (A new seed is placed inside of us!)   You must be born again.  The wind blows where is wishes, you hear the sound, but can’t tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.

Some women just know they are expecting a child.  Their body hasn’t changed. They may not have even had a test to confirm it.  There is a knowing – I am expecting!  The way she lives life changes also.  She stops certain things and starts doing things she never thought she would

When we ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins and believe in our heart He, has we can have the same knowing inside.  There is something that has changed. Our physical body hasn’t changed but we can know there is something different.

What is different?

John 17:11  Jesus says – that they may be one as we are one (He was praying to His Father)

John 17:23  I in them (Christ is birthed in us) and You in Me; that they may be made perfect in one, and that the world may know that You have sent Me, and have loved them and You have loved Me.

Colossians 1:27 ….The mystery of the gospel –   Christ in you, the hope of glory!

There is a life inside of us that we like Mary need to acknowledge, and believeWith God all things are possibleHe will lead and guide usGod will do it through His SpiritChrist has been birthed in me!   I don’t have to be afraid, I have found favor with God!   REJOICE!

Colossians 2:

  • 6 As you have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk (live) in Him.
  • 7 Be rooted and built up in Him and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding in it, with thanksgiving.
  • 8 Don’t let anyone cheat you, deceive you…….
  • 9 In Christ dwells all the fullness of the Godhead in a bodily form (You are the body He now dwells in)
  • 10 You are complete in Him, who in the head of all principality and power!

 

Just as Jesus was birthed inside of a young girl named Mary.

He is (can be) birthed in us!

May you have a blessed and Merry Christmas!

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Covenant Relationships

God’s design for man was relationships.  With Him and each other.  Relationships are never one sided.

Fear, rejection, insecurity, mistrust, lack of communication are all breakdowns of relationships.

Human nature is distrusting!

God has never lied to man (Numbers 23:19).  The purpose of the Bible is to let man know how much God loves us!

God made a covenant with Noah –  Gen. 9:11-17.  God – I am placing the rainbow in the sky as a sign of my promise (covenant) to never destroy the whole earth with a flood again.

God mad a covenant with Abraham.  Abraham would be the father of many nations.  The sign of the covenant was circumcision, Gen. 17.

A covenant is made up of words (promises) and a sign to always remember the promise made.

The most common covenant is seen in the marriage ceremony.

The man promises to the woman –  he will be true to her in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and in adversity; and that forsaking all others he will keep himself to her, and to her only, until they are separated by death.

The woman promises to the man – she will be true to him in sickness and in health, in joy and in sorrow, in prosperity and in adversity; and that forsaking all others will keep herself to him until death.

These promises are sealed with the giving of rings.  That ring is a symbol of the promise (covenant) made.

In our relationship with God – He sent His Son Jesus and the Bible is full of promise after promise of His love to us. The reason for this Christmas season is remembering that Jesus has come as a baby, lived, died and rose from the dead so our relationship with the Father would be restored.

He gave us a sign to the covenant – communion!   Every time we take of the cup and bread we are reminded that we are united, one with Christ, the Father and His Spirit.  Just as the ring is a reminder of the marriage, so communion is the reminder of our unity with the Godhead.

Ephesians 3:17 – 21   Christ dwells in our hearts through faith (our relationship with God started with faith and will end with faith), through His Spirit. We are to be rooted and grounded in love.  To comprehend what is the width, length, depth and height of Christ love to us.  This love passes knowledge and we are allowed to know it and be filled with all the fullness of God Himself.

Romans 8:32  If God gave His own Son for us, how will He not freely give us all things?

V 38 –  I must be persuaded that nothing; not death or life, angels or principalities, powers or things now or in the future, nothing high or low, nothing created will ever be able to separate me from the love of God which I have found in Christ Jesus!

Communion!  The sign of God’s covenant to mankind!    God has done everything to restore relationship.

Our part is to believe!  Trust Him!

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 Ministry of Giving – Always be Generous

2 Cor. 10:3-5 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. 4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5 casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Knock down strongholds of evil and human thinking – We need spiritual thoughts

V5 Casting down arguments & every high thing that keeps people from knowing God.

Mind warfare – The enemy is flooding minds with anything that will keep us out of relationship with God (getting to know God and about God because enemy knows you will fall in love with God if you get to know who He is and what He is like)

A few weeks back I asked the question – Who told you that? God or the enemy?

v5 Bringing every thought (human or evil) into captivity to the obedience of Christ

Col.2:2-15 understand God’s mysterious plan – Christ himself – In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. (of God)

We get caught up in human wisdom because they have persuasive words, but if they don’t bring out the nature of Christ in and through us, do not believe them.

Eph. 3:7 By God’s grace and mighty power, I have been given the privilege of serving him by spreading this Good News. (Jesus paid for all sin by dying on the cross and was resurrected to new life after 3 days)

v10 God’s purpose in all this was to use the church to display his wisdom in its rich variety to all the unseen rulers and authorities in the heavenly places.

1 Cor. 2:7 The wisdom we speak of is the mystery of God (Christ himself)

v8 But the rulers of this world have not understood it (Christ himself)

v9 No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.

v10 It was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. (not human thinking, but spiritual thinking)

Let us not use human thinking about the Good News. But  the mind of Christ. To bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

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TONIGHT –  11/22/17  – 7:00 pm

​                      Join us for the Hanover area community Thanksgiving service.

St Marks Lutheran Church (across from the hospital), 129 Charles St.

Pastor Kevin will be speaking.

 

Thursday –  HAPPY THANKSGIVING!    Be Thankful for all of the many blessings you have!

 

Friday –   11/24/17   8 am   (Or 6:30 am to prepare church fellowship hall)

Hot Chocolate Outreach

Hanover Square (or infront of the Evening Sun building)

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We are God’s design.

The enemy has violated that design by getting us to think God is out to keep us from certain things, or to punish us into obedience. Not True!

What is God’s design for your life?

Gen. 1 – He made us in His image (giving), male and female – Adam and Eve had everything they needed. He said they were to be fruitful and multiply – fill the earth and govern it

God breathed into man and he became a living person. It was not good for man to be alone. Joined to his wife, the 2 became 1.

The enemy came to break that relationship between God and Adam/Eve, Man/Woman, People

God desires relationship with His creations. Jesus came to make it possible.

2 Cor. 10:5 (NLT) We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. (relationship with our creator). v.4 We use God’s mighty weapons to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning (what is good and what is evil) and to destroy false arguments.

We reason humanly because Adam and Eve ate from the tree of knowledge of good and evil.

We need to remember that we are saved, right with God, born again because of the blood of Jesus not because of our behavior. The blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our sins – past, present and future.

The seed of fallen man (sinful nature) produces after its own kind (sin).

The seed of new creation (born again – God’s nature) produces after its own kind (Love, Joy, Peace, Long-Suffering, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, Self-Control)

When God said ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ they had God’s nature and could only produce good fruit. They did not need grace and mercy, because they had not sinned. After they ate of the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they produced fruit from that seed. That is why Jesus came, to pay for the sin of the world and to restore our ability to produce fruit from the nature of God.

2 Cor. 9:6 Remember this – a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop.

What are you planting? Good/God seed or Bad/evil seed. No matter which seed you plant, you will harvest the same crop.

We need to plant the seed of the Good News concerning Jesus Christ.

v.10 God provides the seed and He will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. v.12  So 2 good things will result from your ‘ministry of giving’  – the needs of the believers will be met, and they will joyfully express their thanks to God.

v.7 You must decide in your heart how much to give (plant). And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. For God loves a person who gives cheerfully. v.8 And God will generously provide all you need.

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Inky Johnson 

Never let a circumstance or situation define your life!

Be committed to everything you start!  You have too much equity in your life to stop now.

Your motivation is the breath & life in your body.

Everything we are a part of is a blessing by God!

Every day – Impact – Empower – Inspire – encourage by the way you live!

 

Gen. 6:5 (NLT)  The Lord observed the extent of human wickedness on the earth, and he saw that everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.

So, God sent judgement – a flood that covered the whole earth.

Now the enemy is imitating God by flooding our thoughts.  But God tells us to renew our minds from the humanness.

We are serving the superior power not the inferior power.

2 Cor. 10:3-6  

Knock down your human thoughts.  Gen. 6:5 told us human thoughts are evil.  Rest in God’s presence.

Capture every human thought, to think like God.  A lot of injuries you can see, but many carry all kinds of inward injures.  Making you wonder if you can trust God?  Rest in God?  Have God’s Peace?  The enemy wants to take you out!

Keep your focus on “God is Good”!   Do not allow the enemy to distract you.  He wants you to question God.

God said He will never destroy the earth again with a flood.   Rev. 12:13-17   Verse 15 the serpent spewed water out like a flood to destroy the woman and her children, that he might cause her to be carried away.   The fiery darts (thoughts) of the wicked are trying to take over our minds to defeat you.  Get you to distrust the covenant that God has made with you.

Fiery dart – why don’t we see healing? Provisions?  These kinds of thoughts flood your mind.

Refocus on God’s covenant

  • Crucifixion, God sent His Son to deliver you
  • Sabbath a day to know your creator
  • Giving – He’s my provider/source.  We give because of the covenant relationship with Him.  He’s got me.  He is my provider.  He has all I have need of.

And all of it points back to the issues of the heart.

Do I believe —

  • I am loved because the Father loves me!
  • I am worth the price Jesus paid!
  • There are rewards in my relationship with God – joy, peace, rest, provision……….

Always focus on what does God say.   You are in a covenant with Him!

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How many times have you ever thought:

  • “God, let you down”?
  • “God, where are you?”

How many times have you ever thought:

  • “Satan, is letting me alone”?
  • “Satan has failed!”
  • “Where is Satan?”

The way we think shows what you believe – who is more powerful?

Our hospitals are full of people, yet how many people are not in hospitals? How many people get up every day and go to work, school, shopping?

I challenged you a few weeks ago to ‘fast negativity’.  I suggest, we do not realize how negative we are.

Which Jesus did you bring to Church today?

One you can trust, believe in and are in love with or one you are blaming because you did not get what you wanted?

1 Thess. 5:18 In everything give thanks for this is the will of God in ALL circumstances.

Does your Jesus line up with who Jesus actually is?

Jesus is ALL victorious – love – joy – peace – …

Satan is a defeated foe!!!

Jesus is God’s Son  

  • Omnipotent (ALL powerful)
  • Omniscient (ALL knowing)
  • Omnipresent ( ALWAYS present)

Satan is a fallen angel

  • He is not all powerful
  • all knowing
  • or ever present
  • He is limited!

How many times do you believe Satan to be all powerful/present? He is NOT!!!

We prove the power of God and the failure of the enemy when we Praise God, Give to God and Obey God.

We live in a fallen world until we come to know Christ as Lord and Savior. You can have life in the midst of a fallen world and trying circumstances.

Read 2 Cor. 8 – focus on giving

Giving is more than just your money. I read God, does not need your money (Praise, Obedience), but you need God to have your money (Praise, Obedience).

Is He your source for ALL that you have need of, or is your paycheck, savings account, ability to be frugal? It is your ability to trust God with ALL that you have and need.

Little boy with 2 fish and 5 loaves – gave what he had. Jesus blessed his offering, broke it, then gave it to the disciples to feed 5,000 men (+ women/children). The disciples took up 12 baskets of fragments after everyone had eaten all that they wanted.

In our giving, we want the multiplication before the blessing, breaking and giving. God asks us to give and trust Him to multiply.

Tithing (10%) is a suggested standard of giving to God. A starting point, but we have made it a law to live by. Some cannot and should not give 10%. Others should give more that 10%. What we really need to do is to ask God to show us each week how much we are to give. Tithes, offerings & gifts with a grateful heart. Trusting God to multiply not only what we give, but what we keep.

The enemy wants to keep you looking at what you are doing, what you are giving.

God is looking at your heart, believe and trust in His word.

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

        Special Service with Jan Aldridge

The ark of the covenant was taken from Israel.  They didn’t notice that the presence of God was gone until the ark was taken.   Many people do not recognize that God’s presence is not with them.  We need relationship with Him.

Eli was the priest at this time.  He became fat and lazy.  His children did whatever they wanted.

Hannah wanted a child so bad she promised God she would give her child to the Lord.  She had Samuel.  Samuel was raised by Eli.   As a child God spoke to Samuel at night, calling him by name.  Samuel would run to Eli.  “Do you want something?”   After the third time, Eli told Samuel to say “Yes, Lord”.   God spoke to a child because the priest quit listening.  He became complacent.  Eli dies.  The presence of the Lord leaves Israel.

David wants the presence of the Lord back!

Participation is needed to bring a vision into completion.   People can get so full that they become prideful.  We need to use our gifts, or we will use them against each other.

2 Samuel 6

David had the structure, but the presence of God was gone!

Who can come into “MY” presence – “Those who have clean hands and a pure heart”.  You can’t be super saint on Sunday and the rest of the week do what you want.”

“Be still and know that I am God”.

As they are bringing back the ark they get to the threshing floor and the ox stumble.  The threshing floor is to get the flesh out of us.  There is a shaking.  Uzzah reaches out to steady the ark and he is struck dead!  Sometimes it’s not your condition – you are out of position.

When the shaking takes place, we want to push it.  The pushing causes the division in churches.  We see what is taking place and we want to help.  Uzzah lost his life trying to help, wrongly.

David was upset, he left the ark right where it was.  When things start to shake – many leave.  But the presence of God is still being offered.  The anger, frustration, fear, offense won’t allow you to carry the vision.  Let them go and seek the Lord.   David did!

Uzzah was out of place!  The ark was never meant to be carried on a cart.  It was to be carried on the shoulders of the people.

God told David – you haven’t prepared a place for “ME”.

We need to prepare ourselves as the dwelling place of God and then the fire will fall.  Not a temporary place, but a permanent place.  Sanctify, set yourself apart, to carry the presence of God.  Seek Him first.

You don’t need a new cart or object to carry the presence of God.  You are the carrier of His presence.

God wants His people to carry His presence together.  When they do His yoke is easy.  Everyone in the church has a place and each one brings their piece to the table.  When everyone is in their place there is balance in the house.

The enemy may push your buttons to keep us in division.  But when we know our place, we give him (enemy) no place.

Share your God stories with your children so they are prepared to carry the presence of God also.  Older teach the younger – practical insight.  Train them as Samuel was trained to hear the voice of God.

Pastor’s Comment –  Let us pull together.  Carrying our part. Setting ourselves apart to know God – Share Him with others.  We each have a place!  There are many places to be filled to see the vision of reaching others for the Kingdom of God.

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         Special Service with Jan Aldridge

Mark 6:42-45   Jesus feed 5,000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fishes

We need to carry a childlike faith.  We haven’t heard it all or seen it all.

The disciples saw the miracle of the loaves and fishes being multiplies but they failed to consider the miracle.

Jesus was first moved with compassion for the people – the church needs compassion.

But – we’ve been hurt, and we carry scars.   The enemies goal is to wear us down, so you lose your stamina, you become tired of fighting.

The disciples wanted to send the people away.  We don’t have the money or resources.  Focus on what you do have!

What do you have?   What is it that you value?   Don’t become co-dependent on the things of this world.

Keep your child like faith.  The little boy gave what he had – 5 loaves, 2 fish.  People who lack are more sensitive than those who have a lot.  Bring what you have to Jesus.

Quit trying!  “BE STILL”!   God wants to get you structurally sound to handle what he wants you to do.

Be thankful for what you have!  God can’t trust you with any more if you are not thankful.  When you bless what you have it can be used.

The key is in the breaking – when you break, from your pride, rebellion God is able to use you.  Breaking is a defining moment.  Bowing down before the Lord is a breaking.

When Jesus blessed the bread and broke it, that’s when the multiplication began.  Jesus told the disciples to go and give.  God can take your little, break it, and give more than you started with.

What do you have?  Be thankful for it.  Bless it.  Allow it to be broken.  Then give what you have to others.

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You are INVITED!

Saturday, October 28, 6:30 pm.   Sunday, October 29, 10:15 am.   2017

Jan Aldridge will be speaking a “NOW” word for a generation that is looking for “REAL” answers. She will have you crying one minute and laughing the next, but you will get the message – “Jesus is a “NOW” answer.

“EVERYONE WELCOME”

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