Don’t Say That!

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day.” John 12:48

I had the privilege of teaching 19 people about Heaven and Hell last week. For a whole week (Mon-Fri), three hours a day, we went through the Bible and learned what God has to say about the two places in which every human being will decide of where to spend eternity.

Have you ever combed through the gospels to see everything that Jesus says about judgment and the place of Hell? It’s pretty disturbing! Now, right there, you may have thought to yourself, “Why are you asking about if I have looked at what Jesus says about Hell? Why didn’t you ask whether I have gone through to see what He says about Heaven?” My question comes from this reality:

Heaven is culturally acceptable; Hell is NOT!

Does that mean we shouldn’t talk about it? Well… the same book that tells me how to know the God of the universe; the same book that tells me that Jesus died on the cross to save me; the same book that tells me how to have a relationship with my Creator…it’s the same book that says MUCH about judgment and the place of Hell. Furthermore, Jesus himself has MUCH to say about judgment and the place of Hell.

I find that I can’t just accept the things in Jesus’ sayings that I am comfortable with. But, if I am going to truly be a follower of Jesus, I must accept the things that Jesus says that I am uncomfortable with.

The scripture above has a very serious warning for me if I am not willing to accept all that Jesus said and taught. I can only accept Jesus if I accept all that He says. I hope that you will consider this warning for your own life.

My encouragement for us this week: Chew, wrestle with, and think on the one thing that Jesus says that makes you uncomfortable. Let it change your heart. Then, go out and share it with somebody with an attitude of gentleness and respect.

Have a Great Week Talking With and About Jesus!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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A Season of Joy: Joy of a Spiritual Family

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Lighting of Advent Candle – Zephaniah 3:14-17

Sing, Daughter Zion; shout aloud, Israel! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, Daughter Jerusalem!

The Lord has taken away your punishment,he has turned back your enemy.The Lord, the King of Israel, is with you;never again will you fear any harm.

On that day they will say to Jerusalem,“Do not fear, Zion; do not let your hands hang limp.

The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing.”

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Bearing Much Fruit

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:5

Yesterday, I gave a message from John 15:1-11. I did something that I hadn’t done yet at my new church in Vancouver, WA. I was talking about connecting with Jesus along with how important it is to stay connected based on what that passage says about what happens to branches that don’t bear fruit. I used smartphones as an example of staying connected. Those of us with smartphones, we stay connected with people through many different avenues: facebook, twitter, email, text, phone call, etc. And this is where I did something different. I asked for the church to respond to the question, “How do you connect with Jesus?” I asked for them to text me their answers so that I could share in the service with them how the rest of the church is connecting with Jesus.

The paragraph below is the compiled answers I received by text during the message:

Pray daily, read the Bible(try daily), sing praise to my Lord, talk about Jesus to my family, going to church and church events…worship music…through nature…being grateful, prayer, loving and caring for the unlovely…helping people…by the word of Christ…daily praise, prayer, and bible study…reading the gospel, praise music, prayer, various ministries, bringing God into secular activities…daily quiet time with scripture and prayer…journaling…prayer and reading the word…prayer and worship and by clinging to my belief in him through the Bible reading…Daily Bread readings and prayer…studying the Bible and prayer…prayer…Bible, song, Christian friends, prayer…meditate on His word…prayer, reading God’s word, prayer journaling and Christian music…prayer and reading His scripture, fellowship with other believers, listening for His nudges in the still quiet moments, praise and worship songs…reading His word, praying, and obeying…prayer, reading the Bible, meditation and fellowship with other believers…prayer, and reading the Bible…Prayer…

Do you notice any themes? Bible, Prayer, praise, fellowship, and service….

Not only am I excited about these answers…as we stay connected to Jesus, He will help us bear much fruit!!

My encouragement for us this week: Increase your connection to Jesus so that you can bear much fruit!

Have a Great Week Increasing Your Connection to Jesus!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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The Routines of Life

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“And these words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart; and you shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house…” Deuteronomy 6:6-7a

TV, Video Games, Internet, Eating, Sleeping, Homework, Bible Reading, Praying… what goes on at your house?

Do you every get stuck in a routine at home? Don’t get me wrong, routines can be REALLY good! But, the wrong routines can also be REALLY bad! Last evening, my family broke out of a routine that we had been stuck in.

We really enjoy watching old shows together as a family. Watching a show together as a family can be a healthy thing to do together. Unfortunately for us, it became something we were doing on a regular basis over dinner. You know, when you are watching a show over dinner, the focus drifts from building relationship with family and God to simply being entertained. Now, we are going to get back into a routine of building relationship with each other and God over dinner.

The scripture above is not just a suggestion, but a prescription for a healthy family before God.

What routines does your family have that might need to be changed?

What routines does your family have that are helping you build relationships with each other and God?

My encouragement for us this week: Build routines into your life that will help you build relationship with each other and with God!

Have a great week!

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Are You Connected?

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“I am the true vine…Abide in Me, and I in you.” John 15: 1a, 4a

Much of our world has decided that there are many vines that lead to the same life source. Jesus has told us that He is the true vine. Every other vine, other than Jesus, is NOT the true vine.

Are you connected to the true vine?

How do you know?

If you were to ask Jesus if you were connected to Him, what would He say?

Jesus has told us how to stay connected to Him in the Bible.

My encouragement for us this week: Don’t make up your own definition of “connected to Jesus” based on your experience. Stay connected to Jesus as outlined through the Bible! AND THEN, go talk to people and encourage them to stay connected to the ‘True Vine’!

For further understanding on how to stay connected to Jesus, look up John 15.

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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A Season of Joy: Joy of the Promised Messiah

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Lighting of Advent Candle – Jeremiah 33:14-16

“‘The days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good promise I made to the people of Israel and Judah.

“‘In those days and at that time I will make a righteous Branch sprout from David’s line; he will do what is just and right in the land.

In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will live in safety. This is the name by which it[a] will be called: The Lord Our Righteous Savior.’

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Being Thankful!

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“I thank my God in all my remembrance of you” Philippians 1:3

Turkey, Stuffing, Gravy, Rolls, Dessert….. Happy Thanksgiving!

Maybe your heart is full this Thanksgiving and you feel as though you have much to be thankful for. But, what if it’s not?

As good as life can be, life can be really hard! When life is hard, it’s hard to be thankful! And yet, it is in the midst of some very hard circumstances that the Apostle Paul wrote the letter to the Philippians. He was in prison and he starts off his letter with telling the Philippians how thankful he is for them.

Let’s be people that choose to be thankful no matter what life feels like today. Let’s start with the family that lives in our house, then the family that lives nearby, then the family that is farther off.

All too often, we can spend time being thankful for others to the neglect of our family.

My encouragement for us this week: Make sure your family knows how thankful you are for them!

What if we struggle being thankful for the people in our life? Practice the steps below.

5 Steps to Help You be Thankful for People

  1. Remember the good about the person
  2. If you can’t think of the good about the person, think of what Jesus did for you on the cross and then remember that He died for that person too. (John 3:16)
  3. Make your mind dwell on the good, REFUSE to dwell on the negative (Philippians 4:8)
  4. Pray for the person along with asking God to grow your heart for the person
  5. Say ‘Thank You’
    1. Use your words face to face
    2. Send them a Card
    3. Text them Thank You
    4. Email them Thank You

Helpful Tip: Don’t use social media for thanking a person until you have done it personally first. Broadcasting to the world does more for you than it does for the person you are thanking.

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Just the Facts

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through Him.” John 3:16-17

“Just the facts, ma’am” – Stan Freberg’s Parodying Dragnet

God still loves the world!

God is still saving sinners!

Only those who believe in Jesus will be saved!

Only those who hear about Jesus will be able to believe in Him!

Why is this important?

The world is still full of sinners who need to hear about and be encouraged to believe in the Savior, Jesus Christ!

My encouragement for us this week: Talk to people about Jesus!

Those who know the Bible and follow it are the ones who possess the message of eternal life!

Will you take up the mantle of sharing the message of Jesus?

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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Best Marriage in the World

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Marriage and Family

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Dewater 4

“Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind let each of you regard one another as more important than himself;” Philippians 2:3

I love the outdoors! I love lakes! I love rivers! I love trails! I love God’s Creation! Last summer, we went for a hike at Multnomah falls. The switch-back trail to the top is a killer! It’s steep, it’s tiring, it’s downright tough! I think some of us were ready to turn around and give up! But, we were glad that we didn’t. The reward of the view from the platform above was worth it!

Do you ever have trouble in your marriage? Do you ever feel like your marriage is steep, tiring, and downright tough? As sure as the waterfall that flows over the cliff will fall to the ground; trouble and conflict will arise in marriage. Does that mean you should run? Does that mean you should give up?

The best marriages in the world go through hard times. The best marriages in the world know what pain is. The best marriages in the world know what struggle is. The best marriages in the world practice the scripture above.

I personally struggle with the first four words of that verse… I like me. I like comfort. I like pleasure. I like, I like, I like…

If I want to have the best marriage in the world (And I do!), I need to practice not focusing on me, me, me, but on her, her, her…

When both, husband and wife, take on the attitude of “regard one another as more important than him/herself”, you are on the trail to the best marriage in the world. Remember, that trail can be steep, that trail can be tiring, that trail can be downright tough. Don’t give up! There is great reward at the top! (much more than at Multnomah Falls!)

My encouragement for us this week: Practice treating your spouse as the most important person in the world! It will be worth it!

Have a Great Week!

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Amazing and Merciful!

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Jesus Talk

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Praying on Street Corner

“And when [Manasseh] was in distress, he entreated the Lord his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. When he prayed to Him, He was moved by his entreaty and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem to his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the Lord was God.” 2 Chronicles 33:13

Most of us realize that there is such thing as right and wrong. Protecting a baby is the right thing to do. Needlessly hurting someone is the wrong thing to do. Unfortunately, knowing right and wrong doesn’t necessarily mean that people know what sin is. Biblical literacy is not what it once was in the United States of America. Because of this, people are sinning against God and are not aware of what is in store for them.

Manasseh was King of Judah. He was the most evil king that ever ruled in the land of Canaan. Not only did he sin, but he led his people to do more sin than other pagan nations. Because of this, God allowed a pagan nation to conquer him.

One might expect the story to end there. But, it doesn’t! When Manasseh was conquered by a foreign nation, he cried out to God and God responded favorably to Manasseh.

God forgave Manasseh and restored Him to his kingdom! The God of the Bible is a God of Mercy and Grace!  

  1. Is there anyone you need to forgive? Remember, God won’t forgive you if you don’t forgive people from your heart.
  2. Do you need forgiveness from God? God will forgive you if you turn to Him!

My encouragement for us this week: Choose to restore a relationship that has been broken because of sin and then go tell someone how amazing the God of the Bible is!

Have a Great Week!

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“So he was reasoning in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and in the market place every day with those who happened to be present.” Acts 17:17

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June 9, 2019 FACEBOOK LIVE RECORDING
(Recording will be added here after the service)
 

What If My Brother Abandoned Me?