Sunday Morning 9/25/11

Posted by Sherry

EXPRESSIONS OF LOVE

2 CORINTHIANS 6:3-13

CBC 9/25/2011 “FAMILY DAY”

Love your neighbor as yourself

love your enemy

love one another

they will know you are my disciples by your love one for another

  • love, love, love...
    • some people don’t want to be hugged

How do you obey scripture without getting punched??

3 We live in such a way that no one will stumble because of us, and no one will find fault with our ministry. 4 In everything we do, we show that we are true ministers of God. We patiently endure troubles and hardships and calamities of every kind. 5 We have been beaten, been put in prison, faced angry mobs, worked to exhaustion, endured sleepless nights, and gone without food. 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness, by the Holy Spirit within us,[a] and by our sincere love. 7 We faithfully preach the truth. God’s power is working in us. We use the weapons of righteousness in the right hand for attack and the left hand for defense. 8 We serve God whether people honor us or despise us, whether they slander us or praise us. We are honest, but they call us impostors. 9 We are ignored, even though we are well known. We live close to death, but we are still alive. We have been beaten, but we have not been killed. 10 Our hearts ache, but we always have joy. We are poor, but we give spiritual riches to others. We own nothing, and yet we have everything.

11 Oh, dear Corinthian friends! We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. 12 There is no lack of love on our part, but you have withheld your love from us. 13 I am asking you to respond as if you were my own children. Open your hearts to us!

ILL.- A man at work decided to show his wife how much he loved her, and before going home, showered, shaved, put on some choice cologne, and bought her a bouquet of flowers. He went to the front door and knocked. His wife answered the door and exclaimed, "Oh no! This has been a terrible day! First I had to take Billy to the emergency room and get stitches in his leg. Then your mother called and said she’s coming to visit for 2 weeks. Then the washing machine broke, and now this! You come home drunk!"

EXPRESSION #1: AVOID BEING OFFENSIVE V3

  • God is Love & acting in such a way that would keep someone from knowing God would not be an expression of love!!
    • we can’t “do as we please”
    • I’m going to say what I want
    • I don’t care what other people think
    • my way or the highway
  • Love does not purposely offend others
    • Prov. 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.
    • Rom. 14:13 Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead, make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in your brother’s way.”
      • Paul was willing to give up things in his life so not to cause others to stumble
      • just because something is lawful doesn’t mean it will be profitable

EXPRESSION #2: ATTEND TO OTHERS V6

  • 6 We prove ourselves by our purity, our understanding, our patience, our kindness,...
    • we live in a self-centered society
    • Phil 2:3-4 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”
    • Why do we say, “I forgot” when asked if we brought canned goods for the FoodShare?...b/c we’re not hungry & we “forget” there are people who are
    • Why is it a low priority to provide a car seat for the needy? b/c all our loved ones have a car seat and we “forget” about the needy
    • Why is our “preference” more important than someone else’s at church?
      • b/c we’ve been here longer?
      • b/c we’re older than them?
      • b/c we know what’s best?
      • b/c we’ve always done it that way?
      • will you be in the food line before the elderly?
      • will you sit down while a lady is standing?
  • Paul “proved” he loved people by:
    • purity of motives (no strings attached)
    • understanding (not everybody is a moron, they just don’t think like you do)
    • patience (allowing people to make their way at their own pace, not your pace)
    • kindness (undeserved acts of service)

EXPRESSION #3: SPEAK YOUR LOVE v11,12

  • We have spoken honestly with you, and our hearts are open to you. 12 There is no lack of love on our part,
    • “you mean a lot to me”
    • “I care about you”
    • “I love you”
    • “I’m here for you”

Eccl. 3:7 “there is a time to be silent and a time to speak”

Prov. 10:21 “The lips of the righteous nourish many.”

Prov. 12:18 “The tongue of the wise brings healing”

Prov. 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick...”

  • many people are heart-sick b/c they never hear those words from anyone: “I LOVE YOU”
    • they “hope” to hear them, but never do & they are “sick”
  • Some have trouble saying, “I Love You”
    • here’s some help for you...do this
    • knock, knock. Who’s there? Olive. Olive who? OLIVE YOU!!

CONCL:

Old legend about a man lost in the desert. He was dying for a drink of water. He stumbled on an old shack. He looked around and found a little shade from the heat of the desert. As he looked around, he saw an old rusty, water pump about 15 feet away. He stumbled over to it, grabbed the handle, and began to pump and pump, but nothing came out.

He happened to notice that to the side of the pump was an old jug. He looked at it, wiped away the dirt, and read a message that was on it. It read: “You have to prime the pump with all the water in this jug. Be sure to fill the jug again before you leave.”

He popped the cork out of the jug and found it almost full. Suddenly, he was faced with a decision. If he drank the water, he could live and be satisfied. But if he poured the water into the old rusty pump, maybe it would give cool water from down deep in the well, and he would have plenty of water.

He pondered the situation: should he waste all the water on the hope of getting more water? Or should he drink it?

Somewhat reluctantly, he poured all the water into the pump. Then he grabbed the handle and began to pump. Squeak, squeak, squeak. Still nothing came out! Squeak, squeak, squeak. And finally, a little bit of water dribbled out. Then a stream and finally, the water gushed out!

He filled the jug and drank from it. He filled it another time and again drank from it.

Then he filled the jug for the next traveler. He filled it to the top, put the cork back in, and added this note: “Believe me, this really works! You have to give it all away before you can get anything back.”


And so it is with love. Many people are unloved, feel unloved, and don’t get much love. Could it be that we have not given it away? The Lord has given it to you and now it is time for you to give it away to others.


Sunday Morning 9/18/11

Posted by Sherry

DOWN IS NOT YOUR DESTINY

Micah 7:8

CBC 9/18/2011 SM

Ever been knocked down?

Had the wind taken out of your sails?

How does one get back up?

TEXT: 8Rejoice not against me, O my enemy! When I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the Lord shall be a light to me.

NLT: 8 Do not gloat over me, my enemies!
For though I fall, I will rise again.
Though I sit in darkness,
the Lord will be my light.

WHO IS OUR ENEMY?

  • Satan the accuser
    • chose to reject God and everything God stands for
    • when you became a Christian (expl.) you became the enemy of Satan
    • not being a Christian makes you an enemy of God...think about it & read the back of the “book” (Bible), b/c “GOD WINS”
  • World System
    • under the curse of sin
    • earn living by the sweat of our brow
    • dealing with power struggles at every turn
      • home
      • work
      • recreation (ever get n a fight on vacation? how does that happen?)
  • Self
    • we can be enticed because we have lustful desires, which lead to sinful actions, which leads to death & destruction (physical, emotional & spiritual)
  • Between these three we can find ourself pretty far down
    • physically sick
    • tired & worn out
    • depressed (darkness)
    • betrayed & ostracized by a “friend”
    • told we’ll never make it
    • broke financially
    • lonely & unhappy
  • If we experience enough of these we may begin to think this is “normal”
    • I’m supposed to be down
    • I’m supposed to live on this lower level
  • Paul says to the Romans (8:37) “No, in all things we are MORE than CONQUERERS through Him who loved us.”
    • not “just” conquerers, but MORE than...
    • living a surrendered life to Jesus Christ is the answer to defeat “stinkin’ thinkin’”

WHEN I FALL, I SHALL ARISE

  • Not “IF” we fall, but “WHEN” we fall
    • Isaiah 59:19 “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.”
  • We are made “righteous” by the blood of Jesus Christ, not our good works.
    • good works don’t get you to heaven & bad works don’t send you to Hell
    • Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh to the Father but by me”
      • rejecting a relationship w/ Jesus condemns a person to Hell
      • accepting a relationship w/ Jesus prepares us a place in Heaven
      • doesn’t make us sin free & happy-go-lucky in this life
  • After salvation we have a choice as to whether we...
    • Walk in the Spirit (pleasing to God)
    • Walk in the Flesh (not pleasing to God)
    • John 5:4 “For whatsoever is born of God overcomes the world...”
    • Paul to Corinthians, “Thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!”
    • Paul to Romans, “Therefore I urge you brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God - this is your spiritual act of worship. Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, then you will be able to test and approve, what God’s will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will.”
  • With God’s Word & God’s Spirit guiding our lives we will make decisions that are pleasing to God and profitable to us
    • Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desire of your heart.”
    • our desires will match up with God’s desires when God is our “delight”
    • The opposite is true, fill in the blank & see what happens... “Delight yourself in the _____________ and it will give you the consequences due to you.

WHEN DARKNESS (DEPRESSION) OVERTAKES US GOD PROMISES TO LIGHT THE WAY OUT

  • Psalm 119:105 “Your Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”
    • When God’s word lights our path or destination is secure in the LORD
    • No matter what we encounter en route
      • health issues
      • relational issues
      • addictions
      • financial issues
      • self-esteem issues...etc.
  • just because there are “tests” along the way doesn’t mean we can’t “pass” them
    • how many tests will the average student face this school year?
    • how many should we expect in our adult life?
    • don’t get depressed and live in darkness b/c there’s going to be some tests
    • study your “BOOK” and make a good grade
  • Don’t forget about “FAITH” - seeing the invisible and believing the impossible
    • our circumstances don’t dictate our true condition
    • don’t look at the circumstances, look at the blood Jesus shed for you b/c you were so precious
    • don’t buy the lie from the devil that “Down is our Destiny”
    • Paul to Phillipians “He who has begun a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
  • Where was Moses when the lights went out?......N the dark!
    • to be in the dark we have to lose some things
    • joy, peace, happiness, strength....etc.
    • those can’t be “STOLEN”... only surrendered!
    • In the power of the Holy Spirit living inside of us, WE DON’T HAVE TO SURRENDER those things
  • TELL YOUR NEIGHBOR...”DOWN IS NOT YOUR DESTINY”
  • TELL YOUR NEIGHBOR, “DOWN IS NOT MY DESTINY”
  • HOLD YOUR NEIGHBOR’S HAND AND SAY A SIMPLE PRAYER FOR THEM, “Lord, help my neighbor trust in You through all the difficulties they encounter this week. In Jesus name, amen’

Sunday Morning 9/11/11

Posted by Sherry

STARTING OVER WHEN YOU DON’T FEEL LIKE IT

Ruth 1:1-22

CBC 9/11/2011 SM

I love a great come back...when the underdog is behind, then late in the game they come from nowhere and WIN!

You know what it takes to reach way down inside and muster up the fortitude to get up after being knocked down over and over.

That’s the story of the book of Ruth

1 In the days when the judges ruled in Israel, a severe famine came upon the land. So a man from Bethlehem in Judah left his home and went to live in the country of Moab, taking his wife and two sons with him. 2 The man’s name was Elimelech, and his wife was Naomi. Their two sons were Mahlon and Kilion. They were Ephrathites from Bethlehem in the land of Judah. And when they reached Moab, they settled there.

3 Then Elimelech died, and Naomi was left with her two sons. 4 The two sons married Moabite women. One married a woman named Orpah, and the other a woman named Ruth. But about ten years later, 5 both Mahlon and Kilion died. This left Naomi alone, without her two sons or her husband.

Naomi and Ruth Return

6 Then Naomi heard in Moab that the Lord had blessed his people in Judah by giving them good crops again. So Naomi and her daughters-in-law got ready to leave Moab to return to her homeland. 7 With her two daughters-in-law she set out from the place where she had been living, and they took the road that would lead them back to Judah.

8 But on the way, Naomi said to her two daughters-in-law, “Go back to your mothers’ homes. And may the Lord reward you for your kindness to your husbands and to me. 9 May the Lord bless you with the security of another marriage.” Then she kissed them good-bye, and they all broke down and wept.

10 “No,” they said. “We want to go with you to your people.”

11 But Naomi replied, “Why should you go on with me? Can I still give birth to other sons who could grow up to be your husbands? 12 No, my daughters, return to your parents’ homes, for I am too old to marry again. And even if it were possible, and I were to get married tonight and bear sons, then what? 13 Would you wait for them to grow up and refuse to marry someone else? No, of course not, my daughters! Things are far more bitter for me than for you, because the Lord himself has raised his fist against me.”

14 And again they wept together, and Orpah kissed her mother-in-law good-bye. But Ruth clung tightly to Naomi. 15 “Look,” Naomi said to her, “your sister-in-law has gone back to her people and to her gods. You should do the same.”

16 But Ruth replied, “Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. 17 Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!” 18 When Naomi saw that Ruth was determined to go with her, she said nothing more.

19 So the two of them continued on their journey. When they came to Bethlehem, the entire town was excited by their arrival. “Is it really Naomi?” the women asked.

20 “Don’t call me Naomi,” she responded. “Instead, call me Mara,[a] for the Almighty has made life very bitter for me. 21 I went away full, but the Lord has brought me home empty. Why call me Naomi when the Lord has caused me to suffer[b] and the Almighty has sent such tragedy upon me?”

22 So Naomi returned from Moab, accompanied by her daughter-in-law Ruth, the young Moabite woman. They arrived in Bethlehem in late spring, at the beginning of the barley harvest.

5 STAGES GRIEVING PEOPLE GO THROUGH

  • Denial and Isolation
  • Anger
  • Bargaining
  • Depression
  • Acceptance

Notice Naomi is returning to her home town “Bethlehem” - where our Savior was born

This is the story of REDEMPTION for us all!

Notice: 3 powerful principles for Starting Over When You Don’t Feel Like It:

FIND SOMEONE ELSE WHO IS HURTING AND BE A FRIEND TO THEM

  • If we just look out for ourself we will never experience spiritual fulfillment
    • Jesus said we need to love our neighbor as ourself (Mt 22:39)
    • Why did Ruth want to stay with her mother-in-law?
    • Naomi must have treated her like a daughter instead of a daughter-in-law
    • a very strong bond is displayed by this young woman leaving her own family & country for the “unknown”
    • Commitments are made when people love each other
    • Commitments are made and kept when we think of the welfare of the other person.
    • old Manilow song, “Where Do I Go From Here” ...”...you said that you’d stay with me through the years, now where do I go from here....”
    • Ruth knew the Naomi needed a friend.
    • God USES and BLESSES people who aren’t wrapped up in themselves all the time
    • We end up helping ourselves out of trouble when we help others out of trouble.
    • Jesus was always giving, unselfish & ministering to the needs of others
    • When you don’t feel like starting over, can’t get motivated, find a need in someone’s life and meet it.

SINCE YOU’RE GOING TO HAVE TO TAKE RISKS IN LIFE, TAKE SOME FOR GOD!

  • Orange personalities do this ever day, but the other 3 colors aren’t always big risk takers.
    • Most of you took a calculated risk by driving to worship service today (some walked)
    • Why not take some risks for the Savior who has done so much for us?
    • Most likely Naomi had filled Ruth in on information about the true and living God
    • The false gods of Ruth’s homeland hadn’t done her any favors over the years, so why not risk believing in Naomi’s God?
    • Sister-in-law didn’t want to take that chance
    • went back to the way “she had always done it”
    • resistance to change holds a lot of people back in life, especially in the area of true spirituality
    • Some folks don’t want to be bothered with the facts because they don’t want to risk change
    • It’s ok to risk change for God, Hebrews 11:6 ...He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
    • Ruth took the risk & if you read the rest of the story you’ll see that it paid off BIG!

EXPECT GREAT THINGS FROM GOD!

  • Ruth became the great-grandmother to King David
    • might not seem much at first glance but remember that God had decreed the blood line remain “pure” for the birth of the Messiah & Ruth was not a Jew, she was from Moab...go figure (read the details in the book of Ruth)
    • God knew you before you were ever born
    • He knows what’s going on in your life
    • You can expect great things from Him if you will take risks for Him like Ruth did & look out for the needs of others
    • We can’t make it to heaven on our own, we are sinners (OUTSIDERS) like Ruth was
    • But God is rich in grace & He loves to bless people
    • If we will invite Jesus into our heart & give Him a chance, there is not end to the great things God can do through us!

Sunday Morning 9/4/11

Posted by Sherry

A PERSONAL PROFILE OF GOD

Nahum 1:7

CBC 9/4/11 SM

  • Some R confused about who God really is
    • dead or non existent
    • alive but unconcerned
    • distant Grandfatherly figure
    • 911 service center

NAHUM 1:7 “The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in Him.

  • Since God wants an intimate relationship with us we need to know some things about Him.
    • He has the advantage b/c He knows the very thoughts and intents of our heart
    • He knows our future
    • He knows both our beginning and end (physically)

LOOK AT GOD PERSONALLY

  • “the Lord is ESSENTIALLY good”
    • Ps 119:68 “Thou art good, and doest good; teach me thy statutes
    • “indispensable & crucial”
    • we need goodness from our creator to survive
      • distance of earth to sun
      • regulate cold & hot
      • supply of breathing air
      • supply of drinking water (from rock)
      • He has statutes (laws) that are indisputable
        • law of gravity
        • sowing & reaping
        • economics
        • relationship
      • He will teach us what we need to know
  • “the Lord is ETERNALLY good”
    • Ps 106:1 “Praise ye the Lord. O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: His mercy endureth for ever.”
    • don’t think you have used your limit of His grace...it’s limitless
    • you haven’t exhausted God’s patience
      • love
      • care
      • protection
    • when someone rejects God’s offer of limitless mercy and condemns themselves to a devil’s hell for eternity...they will remember that God is still good!
  • “the Lord is EXPRESSIVELY good”
    • Ps 107:8 “Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!”
    • Notice the “expressions” of God
      • God so “loved” the world that he gave...
      • cast your care upon Him for He careth for you
      • come unto me...& I will give you rest

LOOK AT GOD POWERFULLY “a stronghold in the day of trouble...”

Ps 62:11 “God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth uto God.”

  • He has power to DELIVER
    • Israel from Pharoah
    • Joseph out of the pit
    • Peter out of jail
    • Noah & family from the flood
    • Disciples from the storm
    • Sinner out of jaws of Hell
  • He has power to DESTROY
    • ask the disobedient that were swallowed by the earth
    • ask cities of Sodom & Gommorah
    • ask rich man in torment & hell
    • Matt 10:28 “And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.”

LOOK AT GOD PERCEPTIVELY

“...He knoweth them that trust in Him.”

Ps 147:5 “Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”

  • His knowledge is INDELIBLE
    • His words will stand forever
    • every thing man discovers God has already put it there to be discovered
    • we can never “surprise” God
    • we can never “let God down”, b/c we were never holding Him up
  • His knowledge is INTIMATE
    • Ps 139 1O LORD, you have searched me [thoroughly] and have known me.
    • 2You know my downsitting and my uprising; You understand my thought afar off.(A)
    • 3You sift and search out my path and my lying down, and You are acquainted with all my ways.
    • 4For there is not a word in my tongue [still unuttered], but, behold, O Lord, You know it altogether.(B)
    • 5You have beset me and shut me in--behind and before, and You have laid Your hand upon me.
    • 6Your [infinite] knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high above me, I cannot reach it.
    • 7Where could I go from Your Spirit? Or where could I flee from Your presence?
    • 8If I ascend up into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in Sheol (the place of the dead), behold, You are there.(C)
    • 9If I take the wings of the morning or dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
    • 10Even there shall Your hand lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me.
    • 11If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me and the night shall be [the only] light about me,
    • 12Even the darkness hides nothing from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You.

INVITATION:

* don’t pass up this invitation to be in the family of an “Awesome God”...