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F.R.O.G. Fully Relying On God

31 Dec

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Fully Relying On God12/31/05

2006 is the year of the unknown. Many things will happen that we know nothing about and have no way to prepare for. Of course we could have said the same about 2005 or any year. The fact is that we don’t know what will happen in the future and there is no way we can plan for it.

At this time people make predictions or prophecies for the upcoming year. For some reason, even though they almost never come true, these people get paid millions for doing it. If these “prophets” were reliable then Fidel Castro would have filed personal lawsuit against President Bush in Miami federal court alleging that the president slandered him on network TV in October 2005! The predictions are almost comical! Obviously this is not a reliable source of truth to rely on.

Even the most trustworthy of parents will, at some time or another, let their kids down. Friends are a great gift from God but if we rely on them for the future we’ll find that they don’t have the power to get us through.

So whom can we trust in this new year of unknowns? We’re left with but one solid option-God. But relying on God isn’t a passive, oh well, attitude. It means actively following Him and trusting that He will see to your future.

“We don’t know what our future holds but we do know who holds our future”-Author unknown

This week we’ll find out how to actively rely on God.

Key Passage: Matthew 6:33

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When Angels Sing Pt. 3: Born the Lamb

24 Dec

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Born, The Lamb12/24/05

Today we will hear from Ephraim, a fictional, first person, conception of a Shepherd from Bethlehem, who heard the announcement of the angel on the hillside that first Christmas. 33 years later He was in Jerusalem to sell his sheep during Passover when he witnessed the crucifixion of Jesus and heard of His resurrection. He became one of the early Christians.

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Only the sheep raised in Bethlehem were accepted in Jerusalem as sacrifices in the Temple. Therefore the shepherds in the hills of Bethlehem had a special redemptive work. Sins were atoned for (symbolically) by the sacrifice of a lamba lamb from Bethlehem. They were the ones who raised the sheep that were to point forward to the Lamb of God.

One night, a group of these shepherds had put their sheep in folds and were resting in the doorway to the sheep pen when an angel announced that Christ had been born in Bethlehem.

They hurried to the stable to see the Christ. There, wrapped in strips of cloths, was the real Lamb of God. Born in Bethlehem, the only place a sacrificial lamb could be born.

Although the shepherds who worshiped Jesus on the night of his birth probably didnt know it, Jesus was not only their Good Shepherd; He was the real sacrificial Lamb.

Jesus was born on to be the sacrificial lamb for you. No matter how good or bad you are, you share with everyone else in this church and in the world the need to have your sins paid for. You can either do that yourself by dying for your own sinsforeveror you can accept Jesus offer to cleanse your sins by being your sacrificial lamb.



This sermon is the third in a series of Christmas sermons called, “When Angels Sing”. This series includes:

The Old, Old Story

December 10

On Earth Peace

December 17

Born, The Lamb

December 24

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When Angels Sing Pt.2: On Earth, Peace

17 Dec

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On Earth Peace12/17/05

Hope was scarce and the future bleak but when Jesus came He gave hope and a future. The angels sang, On earth peace, goodwill toward men. Where is this peace? Even as these angels sang about peace uprisings were being planned, Roman soldiers were violently crushing anyone who dared to stand in their way. Even to this day world peace is only a fantasy and most times when someone tries to bring world peace they only end up sparking upheaval.



This sermon is the second in a series of Christmas sermons called, “When Angels Sing”. This series includes:

The Old, Old Story

December 10

On Earth Peace

December 17

Born, The Lamb

December 24

Key Passage: Luke 2:14

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When Angels Sing Pt. 1: Christmas, The Old, Old Story

10 Dec

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Christmas, The Old, Old Story12/10/05

Have you ever taken a shortcut just to find out that if you had taken the long way it would have been much better in the end? Im afraid that by allowing pop-culture to define Christmas for us we can loose the true and awesome significance of Jesus first advent. Beyond all the jolly songs and chocolate, gift giving and family gatherings, snowmen and nativity scenes is a powerful message of redemption without which the season would be utterly empty.

So lets start in the very beginning by going to the last Book of the Bible.



This sermon is the first in a series of Christmas sermons called, “When Angels Sing”. This series includes:

The Old, Old Story

December 10

On Earth Peace

December 17

Born, The Lamb

December 24

Key Passage: Revelation 13:8

 
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Who is Hiding?

03 Dec

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Who's Hiding--God or Us12/3/05

Athens, population approx. 250,000, was considered the intellectual center of the world and was regarded as the University City of the Roman Empire in the Apostle Pauls day. Among the notable people that had come from Athens were Sophocles, Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, and Demosthenes. Although a semi-atheistic mindset was prominent among some of the intellectuals, Athens boasted a pantheon of gods. It is believed that there were more than 3,000 statues (most of them idols) in Athens during that era.

When Paul went to Athens he was greatly distressed by the idolatry in that city. So he began speaking out in the Agora, (market place) which was adorned with a host of statues, images of national heroes as well as of most of the gods in the Greek pantheon. This agora was the arena where most political and philosophical discussions were conducted in Athens.1 Soon a group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus so they could learn more about his knew teaching. Here Paul used their customs and culture to share an awesome description of God and his desire to have a close, loving relationship with everyone, something more real than any manmade god can provide.

Key Passage: Acts 17:24-31

 
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