Sunday morning 5-22-2011

Posted by Sherry

WHAT TURNS GOD OFF?

AMOS 5:1

CBC 5/22/11

What could possibly turn God off?

I thot He was a God of Love

Doesn’t He “love” everything

God’s all-powerful, nobody can “turn Him off”

(my goal is to turn Him ON, NOT OFF)

TEXT: “I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. (worship services) Even though you bring me burnt offerings and grain offerings, I will not accept them. Away withy the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps.”

  • How would we feel and what would we say if our Heavenly Father would speak those words to us?
  • “I knew God didn’t like them old outdated hymns”
  • “I knew God thot that band was too loud”
    • we are HIs people, how could he reject our worship? (service & praise*
  • God spoke these words thru Amos to Israel
    • He hated their worship
    • He even rejected their worship attempts

SITUATION IN ISRAEL

  • latter part of 9th BC
    • Israel became a weak nation
    • became dependent on Damascus
    • lack of zeal for God
    • politically weak
    • spiritually weak
  • Amos is a book of judgment on Israel and 6 neighboring nations
    • impending judgment “Sadly I sing this song of grief for you.” (Amos 5:1)
    • v2 God says, “Israel like a virgin that will have no children. She will fail, never to rise again.” (Pretty sad, doom & gloom)
    • v3 people will be decimated - of those who march out in power, only a tenth will be left
    • wailing in the streets & cries of anguish in every public place (not a place I want to be - as a nation or as an individual)
    • v18 Amos says, “don’t long for the day of the Lord...it will be a day of darkness”

REASON FOR JUDGMENT

  • because how they treated God and their fellow man
    • worship was empty
      • didn’t seek God
      • only lip service to God
      • went through the ritual of religion
      • focused on form of religion instead of substance of religion
  • God tells them to seek Him & live
    • danger when church is a convenience (attend when something else is not pressing)
    • danger when church serves worldly/fleshly needs (don’t gather to praise the majesty of God and speak His will found in His Word, @ the TOP OF OUR LUNGS
    • danger to go through the motions of worship, convincing ourselves we have a strong relationship with Jesus (then forgetting about that relationship the rest of the week)
    • Pharisees followed the law but didn’t have a relationship with Jesus
      • they didn’t have a proper relationship with each other
      • turned justice into bitterness
      • turned fruit of righteousness into bitterness
      • justice is righteousness in action
  • People were unjust & unrighteous so their worship was rejected.
    • righteousness is an ethical and moral standard which is the nature and will of God
      • true righteousness is a reflection of God’s will
  • we should worship (perform for God individually 24/7/365) not because we have to, but because we want to
    • living w/ a proper relationship to God and each other
    • cannot separate concern for random acts of senseless kindness from a vibrant relationship with God
    • we can’t love God and hold unforgiveness for our brother

ARE YOU DENYING YOU KNOW CHRIST IN THE CROWD?

  • Peter (a disciple) denied Christ when it wasn’t popular of know Christ
    • when it wasn’t to his advantage
    • when it wasn’t safe
    • when it wasn’t easy
  • When they finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “do you truly love me more than these?”
    • Peter said, “Yes, Lord (Master), you know I love you.” (I’ll be a Christian, when being a Christian isn’t cool)
    • Jesus said, Feed my lambs

CONCL:

Jesus is asking you and me today (b/c we’ve denied Him on occasion)....DO YOU LOVE ME? THEN DO MY WILL FOR YOUR LIFE & QUIT FOOLING AROUND WITH THE DEVIL


Sunday morning 5-15-2011 Graduation Service

Posted by Sherry

GRADUATION ODYSSEY 2011

2 TIMOTHY 1:7

CBC 5/15/11 SN (SENIOR GRADUATION SVC)

Graduating High School or College means facing a lot of challenges

This morning we peeked in on some folks that seemingly had lost it all

  • You’ve been successful thus far in your life
    • you were born
    • adjusted to life
    • completed kindergarten
    • made it through preadolescence
    • navigated the teen years
    • graduated & on the road to adulthood
  • How do you GUARANTEE continued success?
    • Guidelines for Graduates
  • HAVE YOU EVER BEEN HERE?
    • heart beats rapidly
    • shortness of breath
    • difficulty swallowing
    • knees are weak
    • hands are cold but curiously sweaty
    • your first public speech...
    • would our graduates please stand and make their way to the front for...JUST KIDDING!

TEXT:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

  • FACE YOUR FEARS
    • Bible is full of “fear nots”
    • Paul encourages Timothy not to let others intimidate him b/c of his young age
    • any cowardice in ur life doesn’t come from God (guess where?????)
    • God the Holy Spirit is living inside of the Graduate who has a personal relationship w/ Jesus
    • Max Lucado says, “Fear doesn’t want you to make the journey to the mountain. If he can rattle you enough, fear will persuade you to take your eyes off the peaks and settle for a dull existence in the flatlands.”
    • FEARFUL MOMENTS AHEAD
    • living away from Mom’s cooking
    • living away from Dad buying meals out
    • job interview
    • no close friends or people you can trust
    • godly lifestyle on college campus
    • honesty and integrity when it costs you

DEMONSTRATION:

  • raise ur hand when the longest line is pointed to
  • FORGET YOUR FAILURES
    • Paul said, “Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead Phil. 3:13
    • refuse to allow past failures to become destructive in your life
    • refuse to allow failures to hinder your journey toward God’s goal for you
    • learn from the failure, move forward with more wisdom and experience
    • Churchill stated at a commencement... “NEVER GIVE UP”...and sat down
  • FOLLOW YOUR FAITH
    • we are surrounded by a cloud of witnesses
    • get rid of the weight of sin that’s holding you back
    • run with endurance the race before you
    • keep your eyes fixed on Jesus
    • remember your example of fighting against the hardship....JESUS
    • (Apollo 13 kept their eyes fixed on earth for a 39 second manual burn to get back home)

INVITATION:

COME PRAY WITH A SENIOR

Sunday morning 5-8-2011

Posted by Sherry

An Unchanging Message For An Ever Changing World


Galatians 1:6-10


“One of the most frequently used phrases in Christian circles is "the gospel." Amazingly few adults know what this term means. It could either refer to its literal translation, "good news;" or to the perspective that salvation is available only through the sacrificial death and subsequent resurrection of Jesus Christ and a person’s acceptance of Christ as their savior. Less than four out of ten adults (37%) knew this; 34% had other, inaccurate perceptions of the meaning of the term; three out of ten adults did not offer a guess. Even among born again Christians, only 60% correctly identified at least one meaning of this expression. (1994)… [From Barna Research Online – Beliefs: Salvation. www.barna.org]


“I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, (7) which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. (8) But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (9) As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed. (10) For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a servant of Christ.”

In the past thirty years there has been a proliferation of “new gospels” in the United States. Some such as the “new age” belief system are rooted in eastern mysticism, such as Hinduism. Others are based more on pop-psychology than they are on the gospel. But whatever their origin they are misdirecting men and women away from the only truth that can save you from you sin.

The core of this letter is that the people at Galatia have been turned from the life changing truth of God’s word. Paul says in verse six, “I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel.”

The Greek word used here (thaumazou) is “to be astounded or bewildered.” Paul’s astonish-ment is not that false teachers exist, but that the church was following them. He had expected false teachers and in fact had warned the Ephesians elders (Acts 20:28-30) that false teachers would come. What he is so surprised about is that the church is so easily mislead.

In the four verses that we are going to consider today the apostle gives us four abiding principles concerning the word of God, the gospel.


First, The Gospel Needs No Additions

Note that these false teachers are not opening denying the gospel message. They only wanted to improve the gospel by adding to it; requirements, new ceremonies and new standards. It is as if they are saying, “We believe in Jesus Christ – but we have something wonderful to add to what you already believe!” What is at least implied is that the faith that these believers have is not sufficient, some -thing more is needed.

What they viewed as a different gospel was actually a distorted gospel. The word translated “distort” means to transform into something of an opposite character.

He goes on in verse seven to clarify that by saying, “which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.” The New Living Translation renders these verses this way, “I am shocked that you are turning away so soon from God, who in his love and mercy called you to share the eternal life he gives through Christ. You are already following a different way (7) that pretends to be the Good News but is not the Good News at all. You are being fooled by those who twist and change the truth concerning Christ”

Paul says that this new gospel or “good news,” is in reality not the gospel or “good news” at all. It is a counterfeit. In verses six and seven, Paul uses two different Greek words, to describes their spiritual defection to another [heterous – another of a different kind] gospel, which is not another [allos – another of the same kind].

Not Only Does The Gospel Not Need Any Additions but….


Secondly, Distorting the Gospel Is Serious Business

In verse eight Paul invokes a curse on anyone, himself included, who distorts the gospel, “But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (9) As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed.”

Paul is saying that real problem of another gospel is not only that it is a bad idea, and not only that it lacks power because it is a fake, but that it is dangerous. In our sensitive English translation we lose some of the heat of this verse in the original language. He says in verse eight, “If anyone comes with another gospel let him be damned.” And in verse nine he continues the thought by saying, “And if you believe it you will be damned too!” Well if nothing else I probably just got your attention! This is not a curse word, it is using the word in its proper sense – that is these individuals will be damned, separated from God and eternally punished. Those who distort the gospel message are rejecting the authority of Christ and are therefore cursed (anathema). Paul is not talking about church discipline, his language is far too strong for that. He is invoking God’s final damnation and wrath on people who distort the gospel.

I fear that those who followed David Koresh in a compound in Waco, Texas to their fiery deaths in 1993; and the followers of Marshall Applewhite’s (Heaven’s Gate Cult) who in 1997 took their own lives in twisted attempt to connect with extra-terrestrial visitors who were hidden in the wake of the Hale-Bopp comet, will not find themselves excused because of their sincerity. And those who led them into that error will bear a greater judgment.

One modern distortion of the gospel is preached in order to fit Christianity in a materialistic society. The message of this gospel is which we can call “the gospel of success” or “the prosperity Gospel,” is based on the premise that God wants to bless you therefore you can only expect good things from him if you follow him. The problem with this gospel is that it ignores the fact that in Christian life there is sorrow, there is suffering, there is death. The key of the gospel of Jesus is not the avoidance of life events, but the possibility to overcome them.

Distorting the Gospel Is Serious Business because….


Third, Only the Gospel Saves

Back in verse four, Paul reminds the believer that was Christ “who gave Himself for our sins.” As Christian’s in America we believe in the freedom of religion. But Christian’s need to realize that does not make all religions equally true. While we defend the right of each individual in this country to worship as they choose, in so doing we not defending that all religions are also “the” truth. The words of Jesus grant this elusive claim only to faith in Him when he said in John 14:6,”I am the way, the truth, the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” The writer of Acts reiterated that thought when he said in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there salvation in any other, for no other name under heaven given among men, by which we must be saved.”

Only the Gospel Saves and …


Finally, Only The Gospel Produce Real Life Change

“The strongest argument for the Gospel of Christ is the personal testimony of someone whose life has been changed by it. Charles Bradlaugh, an avowed infidel, once challenged the Rev. H. P. Hughes to a debate. The preacher, who was head of a rescue mission in London, England, accepted the challenge with the condition that he could bring with him 100 men and women who would tell what had happened in their lives since trusting Christ as their Savior. They would be people who once lived in deep sin, some having come from poverty-stricken homes caused by the vices of their parents. Hughes said they would not only tell of their conversion, but would submit to cross-examination by any who doubted their stories. Furthermore, the minister invited his opponent to bring a group of non-believers who could tell how they were helped by their lack of faith. When the appointed day arrived, the preacher came, accompanied by 100 transformed persons. But Bradlaugh never showed up. The result? The meeting turned into a testimony time and many sinners who had gathered to hear the scheduled debate were converted.” [Source unknown - www.bible.org/illus/g/g-65.htm ]

When we lose the gospel of Grace we lose the only message that has the power to heal. We witness the power of the gospel in the story of the demon possessed man in Luke 8 (26-39). The demon possessed man experienced many horrors at the hands of neighbors, family and even friends in their attempts to deliver him from the demons who possessed him. Luke 8:29 states that they had “had often seized him, and he was kept under guard, bound with chains and shackles.” In spite of all their attempts to cure him, he was no better off. Multiple attempts had obviously been made at deliverance but had failed, but one encounter with Jesus brought deliverance and sanity. When the townspeople investigated what had had happened we are told in verse thirty-five that they, “found the man from whom the demons had departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind” There were no chains. He was no longer screaming and attempting to hurt himself. He was not sedated, he was “sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed and in his right mind.”

That is what we lose if we lose the gospel, the power to change lives.

In verse ten Paul tells the reader why he is saying these things. “For do I now persuade men, or God? Or do I seek to please men? For if I still pleased men, I would not be a bondservant of Christ.” Paul says that he is not trying to be sensational. He is not saying these things, as some preachers do, because he knows it is a good safe topic and he can count on some hearty Amen’s. He is saying them because there is only one truth and the gospel message that Jesus Christ came and died for men’s sins is the only real truth.


The Unchanging Message for an Ever Changing World is the Gospel!

• The Gospel Needs No Additions.

• Distorting The Gospel Is Serious Business.

• Only the Gospel Can Save Men From Their Sins.

• Only The Gospel Produces Changed Lives.

Sunday morning 5-1-2011

Posted by Sherry

TALKING ABOUT “SPIN”

JOB 1:19; 2:7-10

CBC 5/1/11 SM

The Devil is always on the job

He’s good at what he does

What he did to Job is what he wants to do to us

Tries to find our weaknesses & exploit them

God also allows the Devil limited access to us

  • for the purpose of making us better
    • God had faith in Job
    • Job had faith in God
    • if we are tested realize God has faith in us
    • God doesn’t let us be tempted above what we can handle
    • we don’t know our own limits, but God does
    • don’t be surprised when adversity comes
    • what course of action do we need to take?

TURN IT AROUND ON THE DEVIL

  • Devil is a liar and the father of it,
    • our adversary
    • goes to and fro (not omnipresent)
    • mimics a lion (acting like a lion, but isn’t)
    • seeking whom he may devour
    • a person has to LET him devour you
    • devil only has permission to tempt
    • you have to be a participant for lasting harm to come
  • Jesus conquered the devil, death & the grave
    • devil was defanged & declawed
    • we don’t need to be intimidated by the devil
  • Remember, what the devil is telling you is a lie (every time)
    • the devil “CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”
    • if devil says it’s good - it’s bad
    • if devil says it’s right - it’s wrong
    • if devil says you’ll be smart - you won’t
    • if devil says it’s old fashioned - it’s not
    • if devil says you can live it up - you’re gonna die
    • if devil says you’re gonna die - you’ll live
    • if devil says it’s success - it’s failure
  • It’s time we see the devil for who he really is
    • time for your dreams to be resurrected
    • time for families to be restored
    • time for vision to become a reality
    • time for our future to become our present
    • time for the ordinary to become extraordinary
    • time to turn it around on the devil

DON’T PLAY CATCH WITH THE DEVIL

  • devil will lie to you
    • about people
    • about church
    • about your pastor
    • & to the pastor about the members
  • anytime the devil throws you a bone you don’t have to catch it
    • he’s not your friend
    • he’s not your confidant
    • he’s really the enemy
    • get out your spiritual bat (Holy Spirit) and knock him off the pitcher’s mound with that lie
    • he’s a negative talking, joy-stealing, victory-thieving adversary!
  • Stinkin’ Thinkin’ is from the devil
    • turn it around & tell the devil to get behind you
    • devil’s playground is our mind
    • if we let him in he’ll wreak havoc in our thoughts that lead to actions
    • Fussin’ at everything & everybody
    • Cussin’ b/c ur so frustrated U can’t express yourself
    • Smokin’ b/c ur so stressed out that U need to calm ur nerves
    • Lyin’ cause ur making excuses about all the sinning U started doing again
  • Holiness is still a part of Christian Living
    • 1 Peter 1:15,16 “But as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘be holy, for I the Lord your God am holy’”!
    • Ephesians 5:8 “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light.”
    • We don’t have to act like the devil after we’ve been saved.
    • it happens when we give the devil too much play in our life and in our mind
  • Tell devil you’re not going to listen to him anymore
    • I don’t fuss like that, God has given me gentlenss
    • I don’t talk like that, God has given me self-control
    • I don’t need to lie anymore, God has given me the truth

SPEAK THE TRUTH IN LOVE

  • remember what Mrs. Job told Mr. Job to do?
    • curse God and die
    • sounds like some people today
    • lose the farm, family or finances and they want to throw in the towel
  • remember what Mr. Job told Mrs. Job (Johnson paraphrase)
    • Have you lost your ever-loving mind?
    • what are you thinking?
    • we’re talking about God the Almighty!
    • curse Him and die? I don’t think so!!
    • Job said, “If I have the option to curse Him and die, I certainly have the option to bless God and live!

CONCL:

turn it around on the old devil

if he tempts you to hurt someone, bless them instead

if devil tells u where the party is at, remember the real party is at God’s house

if devil say going to church is for losers, remember the gates of hell cannot prevail against the church, so who’s the real loser???

Whatever the situation is, thought, action or reaction, if it’s going against God, TURN IT AROUND, b/c it came from the devil.


Sunday morning 4-24-2011 Easter Service

Posted by Sherry

THE EMPTY PROMISES OF EASTER

LUKE 24:1-12

CBC 4/24/11 SM (EASTER)

Tomb, You shall not hold Him longer,

Death is strong, but life is stronger

Stronger than the dark, the light;

Stronger than the wrong, the right;

Faith and hope triumphant say; Christ will rise on Easter Day.


While the patient earth lies waiting

Till the morning shall be breaking

Shuddering beneath the burden dread

Of her Master, cold and dead,

Hark! she hears the angels say; Christ will rise on Easter Day.


And when sunrise smites the mountains

Pouring light from heavenly fountains

Then the earth blooms out to greet

Once again the blessed feet;

And her countless voices say; Christ has risen on Easter Day.

(Author: Phillips Brooks)

ILL: Young man in wealthy neighborhood/graduating/everybody gets a car/went shopping w/ Dad & found perfect car/upon graduation Dad gave him a gift wrapped Bible/young man stormed out of the house & never came back/when Dad died young man came back 2 C what he had inherited/going through stuff he came across that Bible/brushed the dust from it & opened it, only to find a cashier check dated when he graduated for the amount of that car they had found

HOW MANY HAVE TOSSED ASIDE A WONDERFUL PROMISE FROM GOD ONLY B/C THEY DIDN’T UNDERSTAND IT?

  • if it’s too good to be true it probably isn’t
    • so many have been taken by EMPTY PROMISES
    • God never made a promise that’s too good to be true
    • World is full of empty promises

ON EASTER GOD GAVE US PROMISES THAT ARE FULL OF EMPTINESS

FIRST: THE EMPTY CROSS

  • empty cross seals the promise of forgiveness of sins
    • as women make their way Easter morning to the tomb off in the distance they see
    • sunrise & silhouette of 3 crosses on golgatha
    • yesterday was Sabbath so nobody had removed them
    • an empty reminder of the horror of Friday
    • @ the top of the middle cross are bloodstains from crown of thorns
    • main beam soaked in blood from a back that was beaten w/ cat of nine tails whip
    • bodily debris was stuck to the side of it where the Soldier had pierced him with a spear
    • blood stains are on each end of the cross bar where Jesus’ hands were nailed with spikes
    • & people say, “He was just faking death”, duh
    • He was DEAD
      • soldiers knew it
      • Roman Gov’t knew it
      • Jewish leaders knew it
      • His family knew it
    • a lie was made up that the disciples stole the body
      • 11 guys (fishermen, physician, tax collector, etc.) overpower a company of elite Roman soldiers, move a 2 ton stone, then claim Jesus came back to life & then willingly die a martryrs death to protect the lie
      • QUOTE: Kid in Home Alone, “I DON’T THINK SO”
    • cross is empty of Jesus’ body, but full of God’s promises
      • our sins - forgiven
      • we all have them
      • just one separates us from God
      • just one keeps us out of heaven
      • just one condemns us to hell

SECOND: THE EMPTY TOMB

  • Ladies get passed the cross & come close to the tomb
    • who will move the stone for us?
    • earth moves
    • soldiers are all unconscious
    • stone has been moved
    • an angel, glowing like lightening is sitting on it
    • “Don’t be afraid, I know ur looking for Jesus who has been crucified. He is not here; He has risen!
    • He’s Alive!

ILL: Phillip never felt like he belonged/8yr old who looked a bit different/SS class assignment was to fill an empty plastic egg w/ a symbol of Easter/flower/butterfly/green grass/rock/Phillip’s egg contained “nothing”/stupid the kids said/Phillip said, “the tomb was EMPTY/Phillip was accepted after that/Phillip had a weak immune system, caught a virus & died/in his casket the kids put eggs w/ symbols of the resurrection/one egg of course was “empty” b/c they knew Phillip would be resurrected like Jesus

    • empty tomb God’s way of showing us He has taken away the sting of death
    • promise to us is we can live, even if we die

THIRD: PROMISE OF THE EMPTY BURIAL CLOTHES

  • Women report back to Disciples what they have witnessed
    • Peter & John run to the tomb
    • Peter found clothes Jesus was buried in
    • they were empty, folded neatly and laid aside
    • Jesus would soon appear to the Disciples & others
      • sat down with them
      • walked with them
      • talked with them
      • eat with them
    • promise of empty grave clothes is Jesus want to fellowship with us
    • He wants a personal relationship with us
    • cross couldn’t hold Him
    • grave couldn’t contain Him
    • burial clothes were unnecessary

CONCLUSION

  • Do You Know Him?
    • not, “do u just know about HIm”
    • no about Tiger Woods, President Obama, Hillary Clinton, but don’t know them
  • We can know Jesus
    • his love
    • his care
    • his healing
    • his forgiveness
    • his voice, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and will dine with him and he with me”
  • empty things with promise
    • cross - forgiveness of sin
    • tomb - eternal life
    • burial clothes - personal relationship w/ Jesus

INVITATION W/ PROMISE: Ro 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.