Sunday Morning 4-21-2013

Posted by Sherry


PROTECTION IN TIMES OF TERROR
2 Timothy 1:7
CBC 4/21/13 SM

INTRO: Terror is a word much in news these days –
Our lives here in the States have been significantly affected by the events of Pearl Harbor, 9-11 & Boston Marathon Explosions.
Terror is not new.
Terror entered the world as a byproduct of SIN when Eve and Adam disobeyed and ate of the forbidden fruit.
One of the first recorded human act of terror resulting from the fall was the murder of Abel by his brother Cain.
As long as sin reigns on this planet there will be acts of terror.

After 9-11 ("America is forever changed," said Sen. Chuck Hagel, "America is in for a long fight.")

Prov. 14:15 “A simple man believes anything, but a prudent man gives thought to his steps.”

Eph. 5:15-17 “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Another word for terror is fear. 

TEXT: 2 Tim 1:7 says, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 

  • Fear has many faces –
    • sometimes w/ a horrific, paralyzing shock
    • sometimes more subtle
      • excessive stress
      • sense of anxiety
      • simple dread
  • We can be robbed of the joy of today b/c of the fear of tomorrow
    • healthy fear - keeps us safe
    • unhealthy fear - torments us 
  • 3 influences of the Holy Spirit in II Tim. 1:7 that counteract fear:
    • Power – strength to face and overcome our fears. 
    • Love - How does love counteract fear in our lives?
      • lol “God IS Love”!...
    • Sound Mind - foundation for “tormenting” fear is wrong thinking
      • thinking right is remembering God and WHAT HE IS TO US
  • PROTECTOR : 
    • told Abram not to be afraid, “I am (not just provide one) your shield”
    • shield = source of protection
    • David - God is my “refuge” (impenetrable hiding place)
    • Moses - “Do not fear, stand still & see the salvation of the Lord.”
  • Various Phobias
    • color of purple
    • hairy people
    • teeth
    • cyberphobia - computers
    • ecclesiophobia - Church
    • money
    • color red
    • Homilphobia - sermons
    • Phobophobia - fear of fear
  • REWARD: 
    • Gen. 15:1 “…I am your… exceeding great Reward.”
    • God is our “Provider”
      • provide what?......What we need...
  • COMPANION: 
    • times of trouble
    • times of loneliness (designed to be in community)
    • Ps 23...do we walk through the valley of the shadow of death alone? NO
      • not when he is not “A” shepherd, but “MY” shepherd
      • have you asked Him to be your shepherd?
  • MULTIPLIER:
    • Our “fruitfulness” in life comes from God
      • our significance
      • our effectiveness
      • teen David slung the rock @ the Giant but God “multiplied” the striking force... 
    • Progression of Fear
      • fear
      • inactivity
      • inexperience
      • inability
  • Phil. 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
    • Opposite of “fear” is FAITH
      • Corrie Ten Boon’s F-A-I-T-H acronym
      • F..antastic
      • A..dventure
      • I..n
      • T..rusting
      • H..im
  • COMFORTER: 
  • Isaiah 41:13-14 “For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, “Fear not, I will help you.” Fear not, you worm Jacob, You men of Israel! I will help you,” says the Lord and yor Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.”
  • REDEEMER:
    • bought us back with His only Son’s blood...HE OWNS US
    • that’s how valuable we are to Him 
    • don’t feel “devalued” b/c of continued disobedience 
    • 1 John 1:9 If we confess our sin, He is FAITHFUL & JUST to FORGIVE us and CLEANSE us from all unrighteousness
    • God’s answer to our fear of rejection: 
      • He says “I accept you
      • —I identify with you
      • —I have chosen you
      • —you are mine!” 
  • HEALER:
  • Luke 8:50 “Do not fear, just believe, and she will be healed.” 
    • In that verse Jesus was talking about raising Jairus’ daughter from the dead—a physical healing.
    • we all are appointed to “die” or be “changed”
    • Jesus also heals our WOUNDED SPIRIT
      • rejection
      • shame
      • betrayal
      • Isaiah 54:4 “Fear not; you will no longer live in shame.
            Don’t be afraid; there is no more disgrace for you.
        You will no longer remember the shame of your youth
            and the sorrows of widowhood.
      • 5 For your Creator will be your husband;
            the Lord of Heaven’s Armies is his name!
        He is your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel,
            the God of all the earth.
      • 6 For the Lord has called you back from your grief—
            as though you were a young wife abandoned by her husband,”
            says your God.
      • 3 Specific Assurances
        • we would not be put to shame
        • we would forget the shame of our youth
        • we would not remember the reproach of our widowhood anymore
  • REFRESHER:
    • We don’t have to go on & in our own strength. 
    • God pours refreshing into our lives.
  • SAVIOR:
    • Luke 2:10-11 "Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.
    • Salvation is of the Lord. 
    • Salvation is not something we can earn through good behavior. 
    • Salvation comes to us as a gift through our Savior Jesus Christ. 
    • He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. 
    • Jesus is everything we need. 
    • He is all we need now. 
    • He is all we need for eternity. 
    • He is our All in All. 
    • HE is why we need not fear.
    • Ps 34:4 I sought the LORD,and He heard me,and delivered me from all my fears.
INV: give your fear to Jesus
so stand beside someone you trust with all your heart.
ask them to pray for you as you give your fear to the Lord, right now


Sunday Morning 4-14-2013

Posted by Sherry


WHEN JESUS TOUCHES YOUR COFFIN
Luke 7:11-17
CBC 4/24/2013 SM

INTRO: Misunderstood “Omniscience” of God (He’s Everywhere)
leads to the belief God is everywhere so He doesn’t have time for me
Bible says that’s FALSE
Numerous examples of Jesus meets us WHERE WE ARE!
Abraham under a tree
Paul on Damascus road
Joshua in the wilderness
Jesus makes house calls
  • Maybe you need Jesus to make a visit to your house:
    • salvation
    • assurance
    • direction
    • boldness
    • rescue
TEXT: NLT 11 Soon afterward Jesus went with his disciples to the village of Nain, and a large crowd followed him. 12 A funeral procession was coming out as he approached the village gate. The young man who had died was a widow’s only son, and a large crowd from the village was with her. 13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. 14 Then he walked over to the coffin and touched it, and the bearers stopped. “Young man,” he said, “I tell you, get up.” 15 Then the dead boy sat up and began to talk! And Jesus gave him back to his mother.
16 Great fear swept the crowd, and they praised God, saying, “A mighty prophet has risen among us,” and “God has visited his people today.” 17 And the news about Jesus spread throughout Judea and the surrounding countryside.

FUNERAL PROCESSION ETIQUETTE 
pull over to side of road as procession passes
  • Jesus stood in the middle of the road
  • Jesus focuses on the weeping Mother (widow) of deceased boy
  • Even in all the confusion of the crowd following Him & funeral procession...He sees HER!
  • What does Jesus see?
    • grief she still carries for her dead husband
    • the only thing between her and death is her boy
    • the worry when her son becomes ill
    • the effort & expense she puts in to make her son well
    • the last night when she prays for a miracle
    • holding him in her arms begging God to spare him
    • sees her face as her son breaths his last breath & goes limp & she knows he’s gone
  • Jesus’ heart breaks for her
    • Jesus seemed to be drawn to broken hearted people
      • lepers, prostitutes, sad, sick, sinful shattered people
      • Ps 34:18 The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart, and saves such as have a contrite spirit.(are crushed in spirit)
      • Lk 4:18 The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me, Because He has anointed Me To preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted…
      • when your heart is crushed under the burden of grief He sees you. 
      • Sometimes you can get lost in the crowd,
      • feel as if nobody really knows or cares what you’re going through
      • just as Jesus saw this poor widow in her pain,
  • Jesus sees us when we hurt.
    • He knows your pain
    • He shares your pain
    • He is probably closer to you when you’re hurting than anybody else. 
    • Someone once said, Sympathy sees and says, "I’m sorry." Compassion sees and says, "I’ll help."
    • He makes this “house call” not just to be sympathetic, but to actually help
  • “Don’t Cry”
    • don’t misunderstand what Jesus meant
    • He did not mean it was wrong to cry at the loss of a loved one
    • there is a time for weeping
    • Jesus wept at the grave of His friend, Lazarus
    • Jesus is saying, “Don’t cry, I’m here to comfort you”
  • What Kind of Comfort?
    • Picture this...
    • Pallbearers getting tired of holding this coffin
    • Their eyes get wide as Jesus touches the coffin & speaks to the dead
    • I wonder what happens when the boy sits up and speaks back....hmmmmmm
    • The mom is amazed as Jesus give her son back to her
    • she asked for God not to take him probably
    • she probably never thought to ask to bring him from the dead
    • AND WE DON’T EITHER
    • She grabs her son and holds him tight, tears of joy, flooded with the comfort of knowing her son is really alive again. 
    • 2 Co 1:3-4 3Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, 4who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
  • THE MAIN POINT
    • when God visits His hurting people, 
    • He comes to offer us comfort, 
    • not condemnation.
    • HE ALWAYS DOES THE UNEXPECTED
    • Jesus is here to make a house call, 
    • to offer you not just His compassion, but His comfort.
    • That doesn’t mean He expects you to deny your pain, to “buck up” under your grief.
    • He won’t always remove the painful memories, but He will comfort you with hope for the future.
    • He won’t always fix everything that’s wrong, but He will comfort you with the promise that one day He will make everything right.
    • He won’t sugarcoat your disobedience, but He will offer you the comfort of forgiveness when you confess and repent.
    • He won’t always take away the pain in your body, but He will comfort you by giving you the strength to endure it until He calls you home where you will never hurt again.
  • Do you need comfort this morning?
    • Is their a deep pain, 
    • a secret sorrow, 
    • a broken heart that needs mending?
  • JESUS BRINGS COMFORT BUT WE’RE NOT ALWAYS COMFORTABLE
    • V 16 Great fear swept the crowd,
    • when God makes a house call: 
    • people are gripped with a healthy fear of God, 
    • and they glorify Him.
    • When God steps in and works in our lives, it can make us uncomfortable, and even fearful.
    • it’s one thing when God 
    • keeps a safe distance, 
    • stays quiet, 
    • never interfering with the natural order of things. 
    • But when He steps out of the safe box we try to put Him in, 
    • things can get a little scary. 
    • He grows larger in our eyes,
  • One of the elements of worship that is so obviously missing from our worship of the Lord today 
    • is an awe, 
    • a reverence, 
    • a fear of God that characterized so much of the worship in the Bible.
    • We come to God so casually, 
    • praying our little prayers and 
    • singing our little songs 
    • with no real sense of His greatness 
    • and awesomeness 
    • realizing how fearsome God really is.
  • what would happen, 
    • what would change, 
    • if God really visited this place this morning, 
    • and we realized we were in the presence of the Almighty Creator, 
    • the Holy Redeemer of the universe?
    • I imagine our singing, 
    • our praying, 
    • our giving, 
    • our preaching (and listening to preaching) would be very different!
    • There may be some knees knocking, 
    • some hearts fluttering, 
    • maybe some of us would fall on our faces, and truly glorify God! 
    • But friends, He is here this morning.
    • by His Holy Spirit, He is really here. 
    • We know that not by our feelings, but by our faith.
  • that fact should fill us with godly fear, and make us want to glorify God right now.
    • How? 
    • repenting of our sins, and 
    • committing our life to Jesus Christ.
    • rededicating our life to Christ.
    • by bringing your burdens to Him.
    • Will you come today and let Him show His compassion to you? 
    • Ps 147:11 The LORD takes pleasure in those who fear Him, In those who hope in His mercy.
QUESTIONS TO BE ANSWERED...
  • Who is carrying you?
  • Who is saying, “you’re done, bury them”?
  • Take heart....Jesus makes house calls!

Sunday Morning 3-31-2013

Posted by Sherry


Don’t Put God First
John 19:16-18
CBC 3/31/13 EASTER SM
  • Focus:  
    • The resurrection is about the living Lord.  
    • His life should be the center of our lives.
  • Function: 
    • Don’t put Jesus first on the list; 
    • make Him the center (MIDDLE/MIDST) of everything that you are and do.

TEXT:16 Then he delivered Him over to them to be crucified.
17 And they took Jesus and led [Him] away; so He went out, bearing His own cross, to the spot called The Place of the Skull—in Hebrew it is called Golgotha.
18 There they crucified Him, and with Him two others—one on either side and Jesus between them.

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR TROUBLE
MATTHEW 14:24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea,[a] tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary. 25 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

JESUS MAKES US THE CENTER OF HIS ATTENTION
MATTHEW 18 At about the same time, the disciples came to Jesus asking, “Who gets the highest rank in God’s kingdom?”
2-5 For an answer Jesus called over a child, whom he stood in the middle of the room, and said, “I’m telling you, once and for all, that unless you return to square one and start over like children, you’re not even going to get a look at the kingdom, let alone get in. Whoever becomes simple and elemental again, like this child, will rank high in God’s kingdom. What’s more, when you receive the childlike on my account, it’s the same as receiving me.
6-7 “But if you give them a hard time, bullying or taking advantage of their simple trust, you’ll soon wish you hadn’t. You’d be better off dropped in the middle of the lake with a millstone around your neck. Doom to the world for giving these God-believing children a hard time! Hard times are inevitable, but you don’t have to make it worse—and it’s doomsday to you if you do.

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR WORSHIP
MATTHEW 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF OUR CONFUSION
LUKE 24:36 Now as they said these things, Jesus Himself stood in the midst of them, and said to them, “Peace to you.”

JESUS TOOK THE MIDDLE GROUND ON GOLGOTHA 
JOHN 19:17 And he bearing his cross went forth into a place called the place of a skull, which is called in the Hebrew Golgotha:
18 Where they crucified him, and two other with him, on either side one, and Jesus in the midst.
  • Between the repentant and unrepentant thief
  • Between a Holy God and Sinful Man

JESUS IS IN THE MIDDLE OF HEAVEN NOW
REVELATION 7:17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.
ROMANS 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

CONCLUSION:
Do we have Jesus Isolated at the top of the list 
(lonely at the top)
Throughout His earthly ministry He was in the MIDDLE of everything
He’s asking to be in the middle of everything in your life & mine
INVITATION:
put Jesus in the Middle, not first of the list