Sunday 6-26-2011

Posted by Sherry

TRUMPET ALARM

JOEL 2:1-2

CBC 6/26/11 SM

Wake Up Call for the CHURCH

  • can’t operate in...
    • a don’t care attitude
    • a lazy, do nothing mode
    • a come once a week is enough style
    • I’m ok & the rest can go to Hell
    • sorry God, my schedule is full

1BLOW THE trumpet in Zion; sound an alarm on My holy Mount [Zion]. Let all the inhabitants of the land tremble, for the day of [the judgment of] the Lord is coming; it is close at hand--(A)

2A day of darkness and gloom, a day of clouds and of thick mists and darkness, like the morning dawn spread upon the mountains; so there comes a [heathen, hostile] people numerous and mighty, the like of which has never been before and shall not be again even to the years of many generations.

  • Realize how close we are to the Lord’s return
    • understand it’s gonna get worse b-4 it gets better
    • know the Church (people) are the soldiers in this battle
    • Sounding the Trumpet is the call to prepare for battle (enemy is just outside the gates, not miles away!!!)

HISTORY

Israel, like America moved away from the heart of God

  • God’s Judgment was the result
    • 70 AD Romans leveled city of Jerusalem & temple
    • dark cloud of despair settled over Israel for nearly 2000 years
    • Israel returned to her homeland, but her darkest hours are still ahead
    • Israel represents, “God’s chosen People”
    • when U read about Israel, you are also reading about “THE CHURCH”
    • called to carry out God’s business
    • opposed by the Devil himself & his army
    • called to reach out to lost souls before they are eternally lost
    • commissioned to go into battle with the Blood of the Lamb
    • The Enemy of Christianity has already begun launching attacks (terrorism)
    • their goal is absolute destruction of all opposition (Israel & Christianity)

WEAPONS OF “OUR” WARFARE

  • spiritual weapons of the church
    • to be proficient w/ a weapon U must “qualify” with it on a regular basis
    • ILL “shooting range”
    • Church weapons R not tanks, smart bombs..
    • Fasting
    • Prayer
    • Bible study & proficiency
    • Evangelism
    • Intercession (doing for others)
    • Faith in God
    • (those weapons have no equal)
    • enemy cannot match them
    • enemy cannot overcome them

CASUALTIES OF WAR

  • professed Christians turning away from God & going back into the world & it’s activities
  • people of God under oppression & living in defeat
  • churches splitting & denominations allowing sin in their very pulpits
  • cliques & cartels among the church membership
  • intolerance toward up-to-date ministry tools
  • moral failures, sexual misconduct in the church
  • alcoholic & drug addicted society
  • disease from sexual perversion
  • deaths on the road due to alcohol. partying & carelessness (texting etc.)
  • divorce rates
  • unnatural family units
  • Murder & mayhem (street, home, school, churches)
    • we’re in a war....YA THINK?????????

REMEMBER THIS...IT’S IMPORTANT

1 John 4:4 Little children, you are of God [you belong to Him] and have [already] defeated and overcome them [the agents of the antichrist], because He Who lives in you is greater (mightier) than he who is in the world.

Isaiah 59:19 So [as the result of the Messiah's intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].

2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk (live) in the flesh, we are not carrying on our warfare according to the flesh and using mere human weapons.

4For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,

5[Inasmuch as we] refute arguments and theories and reasonings and every proud and lofty thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God; and we lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One),

6Being in readiness to punish every [insubordinate for his] disobedience, when your own submission and obedience [as a church] are fully secured and complete.

OUR INDIVIDUAL CHRISTIAN DUTY

  • get proficient with your spiritual weapons

Joel 2: 12 That is why the Lord says,

“Turn to me now, while there is time.

Give me your hearts.

Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning.

13 Don’t tear your clothing in your grief,

but tear your hearts instead.”

Return to the Lord your God,

for he is merciful and compassionate,

slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love.

He is eager to relent and not punish.

14 Who knows? Perhaps he will give you a reprieve,

sending you a blessing instead of this curse.

Perhaps you will be able to offer grain and wine

to the Lord your God as before.

15 Blow the ram’s horn in Jerusalem!
Announce a time of fasting;
call the people together
for a solemn meeting.

CONCLUSION:

Trumpet is blowing...are you Insubordinate?

Sunday morning 6/19/11

Posted by Sherry

JONAH THE SPONGE

Jonah 4:1-11

CBC 6/19/11 SM (FATHER’S DAY)

Jonah, a prophet w/ responsibilities for God

You, a Dad w/ responsibilities for God

  • Both faced w/ enemies that cause pain
  • both get hurt & see destruction
  • both faced w/ enemy they hate beyond description
  • both given the opportunity to FORGIVE
  • JONAH THE SPONGE REFUSED TO CHANGE
    • most major Bible characters grow to be better at the end of their life
    • prayer for Dads & CBC is that we are more like Jesus today than we were yesterday
    • by the end of “our” story we’re more
      • humble
      • faithful
      • spiritual
      • patient
      • loving
      • forgiving
      • graceful
    • chapter 4 Jonah is just as disobedient as he was in chapter 1
      • after the 3 day, all expense paid, whale guts cruise of a lifetime
      • ch 4 pressure’s off, storm gone
      • goes right back to being
        • arrogant
        • self-centered
        • self opinionated
        • unforgiving
        • unsympathetic
        • Fox Hole Christianity

1 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. 2 So he complained to the Lord about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, Lord? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. 3 Just kill me now, Lord! I’d rather be dead than alive if what I predicted will not happen.”

4 The Lord replied, “Is it right for you to be angry about this?”

5 Then Jonah went out to the east side of the city and made a shelter to sit under as he waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 And the Lord God arranged for a leafy plant to grow there, and soon it spread its broad leaves over Jonah’s head, shading him from the sun. This eased his discomfort, and Jonah was very grateful for the plant.

7 But God also arranged for a worm! The next morning at dawn the worm ate through the stem of the plant so that it withered away. 8 And as the sun grew hot, God arranged for a scorching east wind to blow on Jonah. The sun beat down on his head until he grew faint and wished to die. “Death is certainly better than living like this!” he exclaimed.

9 Then God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry because the plant died?”

“Yes,” Jonah retorted, “even angry enough to die!”

10 Then the Lord said, “You feel sorry about the plant, though you did nothing to put it there. It came quickly and died quickly. 11 But Nineveh has more than 120,000 people living in spiritual darkness,[a] not to mention all the animals. Shouldn’t I feel sorry for such a great city?”

JONAH GOT ANGRY V 1

  • anger is a human emotion
    • how we respond to a real or perceived injustice or wrong doing
    • not always wrong to get angry
    • righteous indignation:
      • Moses when Pharoah relented on promise
      • Jesus & misuse of the Temple
  • most times we’re angry b/c of our OWN sense of value, worth, right or wrong, or that justice has been violated. (doesn’t have anything to do w/ God or the Bible)
    • Cain killed Abel in selfish anger
    • Saul lost his throne b/c of selfish anger
    • Moses forfeited Promised land b/c of selfish anger
    • Dad, do you have an anger problem?
      • lose ur temper
      • verbalise ur frustration
      • go off & sulk
      • lay it at the foot of the cross or it will end up killing you
        • physically
        • emotionally
        • spiritually
  • Jonah wasn’t mad b/c of:
    • God’s will wasn’t done
    • God’s glory had been tarnished
    • God’s name had been dishonored
  • Jonah was mad b/c he didn’t get HIS WAY!
    • he wanted to see the people destroyed

NOTE: “The emptier the pot, the quicker it boils.” The less water there is in the pot, the quicker you reach the boiling point. What is it Jesus says about giving streams of living water? The more of Jesus you have in you - the longer it will take you to boil - the less of Jesus you have in you, the quicker you are to boil - to blow your top - to lose your temper.

JONAH’S MINISTRY WAS MORE ABOUT HIM THAN IT WAS ABOUT GOD V 3

  • Problem was what he said was going to happen, didn’t.
    • didn’t preach the message of repentance
    • not message of God’s love & saving grace
    • message of damnation & condemnation
      • you’re all doomed
      • God saw their repentance & didn’t destroy them & Jonah was mad
      • Jonah’s complaint -
        • God was too gracious
        • God was too loving
        • God didn’t wipe them out
        • never mind 120,000 got saved in a 3 day crusade
        • Jonah didn’t get HIS WAY
        • Jonah didn’t get His Preference
        • It was about Jonah’s glory & pride (b/c when a prophet said something was going to happen it was supposed to happen) not about God’s glory

JONAH HOPES FOR DESTRUCTION WHILE NINEVEH PRAYS FOR DELIVERANCE V 5

  • Jonah becomes a “spectator” of destruction instead of a “participant” in restoration
    • prepared a shelter to “sulk” for 37 days to see if he could get his way
  • Dad - if the wife doesn’t give you what you want...
    • do you go sit & sulk?
    • silent treatment?
    • go shopping elsewhere?
    • how about changing what you want???

JONAH’S CONCERNS WERE NOT GOD’S CONCERNS V 10

  • Jonah revealed his selfishness by expressing more concern over the dead vine than 120,000 people
    • are you more concerned for your personal preferences than the growth of CBC?
    • notice our preferences are like the plant...they eventually WILT & DIE!! v9
    • the incidental, trivial & unimportant want to move God & His purposes off the throne of our heart
  • God is concerned about...
    • people in Prescott & Nevada Co. headed for Hell (KJV who don’t know their right hand from their left)
    • His children ministering privately & publicly to those people w/ the Gospel message
    • His born again people using the innovations of this generation to reach the people of this generation
      • we’re not to get satisfied with the way we’ve always done it in this world B/C THIS A’INT OUR HOME... HEAVEN IS & THAT’S A WHOLE NEW WAY OF DOING THINGS

Sunday morning 6/12/11

Posted by Sherry

DO YOU PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS?

NEHEMIAH 3:1-32

CBC 6/12/11 SM

Ever heard someone say, referring to another person, “doesn’t play well with others”?

HISTORICAL CONTEXT

  • 586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar & Babylonian army captured Jews
    • Jerusalem destroyed
    • walls knocked down
    • temple burned
    • people deported & made slaves
    • King Cyrus let some Jews return
    • over 100 yrs some migrated home
    • Nehemiah learned of the city’s ruin
    • committed himself to rebuild
    • couldn’t do it alone

NEHEMIAH’S PLAN

  • 5 Tools In His Tool Box
    • waiting
    • trusting
    • praying
    • planning
    • testifying
  • 5 Different Tasks
    • replenished resources
    • assessed the need
    • recruited workers
    • inspired confidence
    • handled opposition
  • Nehemiah’s gifts:
    • administration
    • organization
    • (44 separate groups working on the wall)

TEXT: ILLUSTRATES HOW PEOPLE WORKING TOGETHER CAN ACCOMPLISH MORE THAN ONE PERSON WORKING ALONE

1 Then Eli-a-shib the high priest and the other priests started to rebuild at the Sheep Gate. They dedicated it and set up its doors, building the wall as far as the Tower of the Hundred, which they dedicated, and the Tower of Han-a-nel. 2 People from the town of Jericho worked next to them, and beyond them was Zac-cur son of Im-ri.

V4 “beside him were...”

v5 “next were...”

v7 “next to them were...”

v8 “next was...”

v9 “next to them on the wall...”

ETC. mentioned 28 times through v 32 (people working together)

DIFFERENT PEOPLE

  • Occupations
    • Priests
    • Goldsmiths
    • perfume manufacturer
    • leader of half the district of Jerusalem
    • leader of the other half the district
    • Levites

* Geographical locations

    • people from Jericho
    • from Tekoa
    • Mizpah district
    • district of Beth-zur

COMMUNITY PROJECT

  • It’s scriptural to make improvements in our community as a organized group of Believers
    • R.A.S.K.
    • read this book & see the testimony for God these people had with their neighbors
    • get busy on Wednesday night and help build CBC’s testimony for God in this community
    • working together we can impact people’s lives outside these church building walls
    • that’s what God’s Kingdom work is all about
    • sermons, lessons & devotional are instructional...
      • how old are you?
      • how many devotionals have U heard?
      • opportunity is at hand to work together and make a difference in this community
    • work is not as comfortable as a devotional
    • work is not as easy as listening to a devotional
    • work will cause you to sweat, get dirty, stink...
    • kinda like “TAKE UP UR CROSS & FOLLOW ME”

EVERYONE INVOLVED IN MINISTRY

  • Everyone has a job to do
    • sometimes hard to find our niche
    • tempted to want to go back to Egypt...
    • we’ve never done it like this before
    • I’ve never been asked to get off my padded pew and do something

ILL:

My first job was working in an orange juice factory, but I got canned b/c I couldn’t concentrate.

Then I worked in the woods as a lumberjack, but I just couldn’t hack it, so they gave me the axe.

After that I tried to be a tailor, but I just wasn’t suited for it. Mainly b/c it was a so-so job.

Next I tried working in a muffler factory but that was exhausting.

I wanted to be a barber, but I couldn’t cut it.

I attempted to be a deli worker, but any way I sliced it, I just couldn’t cut the mustard.

I studied a long time to become a doctor, but I didn’t have any patients.

I became a professional fisherman, but discovered that I couldn’t live on my net income.

I managed to get a good job working for a pool maintenance company, but the work was just too draining.

Next I found being an electrician interesting, but the work was shocking.

After many years of trying to find steady work I finally got a job as a historian until I realized there was no future in it.

Another guy said, “I like work - it fascinates me. I can sit and watch other’s do it for hours.”

  • When it comes to the Lord’s work
    • there’s no place for sitting on the couch and watching the Awards Ceremony like it’s the Olympics or something

THE PURPOSE OF THE WORK

  • team built around a central rallying point
    • Glory of God - purpose of our work
    • weren’t just working on walls
    • they were performing for God (WORSHIP)
    • they longed for their city to regain its splendor
    • WHAT ABOUT PRESCOTT REGAINING ITS SPLENDOR?
      • I’ve heard about the past
      • what R we going to do about the present & the future?
  • their work was “dedicated” to the LORD
    • each and every project
  • God’s not impressed with our labor, He wants our heart

THE PEOPLE IN THE WORK

  • Leaders must set the example (Priests mentioned 1st)
  • God uses all kinds of people
  • Some people WILL NOT WORK
    • shirked their responsibility
    • didn’t want to follow orders
    • didn’t want to get dirty
    • didn’t feel qualified
    • wanted to sit in the a/c & hear another devotional
    • missed out on the “blessing”
  • Some do more work than others
  • Some work with passion
  • Some work as families

IF GOD’S WORK IS GOING TO GET DONE...

  • we must cooperate with one another
    • not compare or criticize
  • keep the main thing the main thing
    • God’s glory is at stake
  • we can’t all give equally
    • but we can all make equal sacrifices

* nothing’s ever been done for God w/out hard work



Sunday Morning 6/5/11

Posted by Sherry

WHAT’S WORSE THAN GOING TO HELL?

Jeremiah 8:20-22

CBC 6/5/11 SM

Initial Response: NOTHING!

Oh, but there is!

There’s even something better than going to Heaven...

20 “The harvest is finished,
and the summer is gone,” the people cry,
“yet we are not saved!”

21 I hurt with the hurt of my people.
I mourn and am overcome with grief.
22 Is there no medicine in Gilead?
Is there no physician there?
Why is there no healing
for the wounds of my people?

  • CONTEXT
    • judgment of God resulting in no harvest for the Jews
    • work an entire year in field & crops fail...
    • similarly...live an entire life and come to death’s door w/ no relationship w/ Jesus
    • repeated many times in Hell... “my life is over, the summer is gone, & I am not saved”
    • rich man of Luke 16 was crying that over 2000 years ago...and he will be crying it 2000 years from now, 2 million, 2 billion, 2 trillion
  • WHAT’S WORSE THAN GOING TO HELL?
    • going and Taking Someone With You
    • if U want to reject Jesus’ offer of forgiveness, salvation & an eternal home in paradise...that’s your business & ur right
    • but don’t take ur spouse with you
    • don’t take ur children with you
    • don’t take ur best friend with you
    • don’t take the people u work with
    • don’t take ur facebook friends

(what’s better than going to heaven??? simple, going and taking someone with you!!!!!)

  • LISTEN UP CHURCH
    • put ur ear to the ground & listen
    • hear the thundering sound?
    • Niagara Falls is ahead & some people u know and love are headed downstream in a straw basket
    • hear their cry 10,000 yrs from now...
    • work while it is day for the night cometh when no man can work
  • v22 God’s indictment of the believing church
    • I hurt with the hurt of my people
    • I mourn and am overcome with grief
    • Is there no medicine in Gilead?
    • Is there no physician there
    • Why is there no healing for the wounds of my people?
  • There is medicine available but nobody is applying it
    • prayer is effective & our altars remain empty
    • we know people are headed to Hell & nobody is pleading or interceding (too busy w/ picnic lunches & a glorious sunset)
    • we see the condition of our community everyday and what are we doing? (maybe u don’t see, maybe ur not looking, maybe ur head is in the sand...) WAKE UP!
    • can we not spend 5 minutes a week in the front of this building begging God to give us an opportunity to help a convicted sinner??
    • is God “amazed” at our unconcern?
  • CONCLUSION
    • how many were responsible for giving someone else their first drink of alcohol?
    • how many were responsible for giving someone else their first puff on a cigarette?
    • how many were responsible for giving someone else their first “high” on illegal drugs?
    • how many were responsible for showing someone else their first pornographic picture?
    • how many were responsible for getting someone else involved in their first sexual immorality experience?
    • YOU’RE THE ONE WHO INTRODUCED THEM....
    • now you’re on your way to heaven and where are they????
    • if we’re going to weep for them, it’s today
    • if we’re going to rescue them, it’s today
    • if we’re going to ask forgiveness, it’s today
    • do u want them looking at you on the day of their judgment, and just before they are pushed off into hell & eternal torment, they scream your name & ask WHY???