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April 05, 2020
(Matthew 13:53-58; 14:1-14, 22-23)
Four Takeaways of Compassion today…
1. The eyes of compassion…
You must lift your eyes… John 4:35
2. The heart of compassion…
Jesus had the Heart of the Father (Matthew 14:14).
3. The touch of compassion…
4. The lifestyle of compassion…
March 29, 2020
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Wow!
Proverbs 13:12 “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the Desire comes, it is a tree of life.” Hope is a person and His name is Jesus. Hope is contagious and hope flows.
What do you need to release from your heart today so you can fill it with the hope of Jesus?
God is calling us to move from being people in a building; to be a people of hope to a region!
Romans 5:5 “Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
The human heart was never meant to be a container of despair.
The Church is the standard bearer for the kingdom of God on earth.
Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”
Let’s break down Romans 15 where we started…
“May the God of hope…”
A confident expectation based on the certainty of God’s Word, His promises.
“…fill you with all joy and peace…”
“…by the power of the Holy Spirit…”
“…you may abound in hope…”
Progression to being Hope-Filled…
Step one… He came near
Step two… He saw her
Step three… He had compassion.
Step four… He speaks
Step five… He touches
Step six… He stills
Step seven… He does what only He can do
March 21, 2020
Isaiah 9:6 “For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”
Peace is reconciliation with God
Romans 5:1 “Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Peace is the work of the Holy Spirit
Peace in life’s circumstances
Philippians 4:7 “…and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
Peace in relationships
Colossians 3:15 “And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.”
Peace in storms
John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled neither let it be afraid.”
Romans 15:13 “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Peace is a weapon against the enemy of our soul
Romans 16:20 “And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen.”
Peace is God’s blessing for your life
Numbers 6:24-26 “The Lord bless you and keep you; The Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace.”
March 19, 2020
Bible Passage: Daniel 3:1–30
The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves.
Long ago, three young men named Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego lived in the kingdom of Babylon and worked for King Nebuchadnezzar. Even though Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego worked for the king, they always served God first. King Nebuchadnezzar did not serve God. In fact, Nebuchadnezzar built a giant statue of gold. And every time his musicians played a special song, everyone in Babylon had to worship the giant statue. If anyone didn’t worship the statue, they would be thrown into a really, really hot, fiery furnace! A furnace is kind of like a really big and super-hot oven.
Well, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego would only worship God. They knew no one else or anything else was worthy to be worshipped. So, when the music played , they refused to bow down and worship the king’s statue. Do you think the king was happy about this? No! He was angry! He had the young men brought to him. He told them if they didn’t worship the golden statue, he would throw them into the fiery furnace. But Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego looked at the king and said, “The God we serve is able to deliver us from [the fire], and he will deliver us from Your Majesty’s hand” (Daniel 3:17). They trusted God. They knew God protects, and they chose to worship Him no matter what!
Do you think this made the king happy? No! Not one bit. He got even angrier! In fact, he got so mad that he had the fiery furnace made one, two, three, four, five, six, seven times hotter than it was before! Then, he had Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego tied up and carried to the furnace. When they got there, the king’s men threw the three men into the fire. That furnace was so hot that even the soldiers who threw the men into the fire died because it was so hot! But God protects!
So after they were thrown into the really, really, really, hot fiery furnace , King Nebuchadnezzar saw something amazing. He looked into the furnace and saw Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego walking around in the fire! Can you believe it? They weren’t tied up anymore. God protected them! In fact, when the king looked into the furnace, he counted—one, two, three, wait! Suddenly the king saw four men instead of three! God was with them protecting them in the fire!
The king saw this and was amazed. He immediately called the young men to come out of the fire. Out came Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego! When the young men walked out of the furnace, the king and everyone there gathered around them. Do you think they had burns? No! Do you think they even smelled like fire or smoke? No! God had totally protected them.
God showed Shadrach, Meshach, Abednego, King Nebuchadnezzar—and everyone who saw what had happened in the furnace—that our God protects! All the people who saw what happened knew that these young men worshipped the one true God. That’s something to celebrate!
What did we find in the Wardrobe of Wonder today? That’s right, our What’sIt was Fire. God was in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. They knew God and trusted Him to take care of them, no matter what! When we know God and trust in Him, He is our protector. And He protects us in ways we don’t even see or know about.
Our God is mighty, and He loves us. He is God, and we can worship Him with all of our hearts and all of our lives. The word posture talks about things we do with our body. Our posture of worship is what we do with our body while we worship. Standing, sitting, lifting our arms, or kneeling—each of these can be ways to show God with our body that we worship Him. And when we sing, we can tell God how we worship Him from our hearts.
Why would I want to kneel before God to worship Him? Our God is holy. That means there is no one like Him. He is our King. When we kneel or bow down before God, it’s a way of telling God that He is bigger than us, and we know that He is God and we’re His children. There’s no one greater than our God!
With all that we are, and all that we do, we can choose each day to worship God. We’re going to play a game that includes moving our bodies. We can honor God and worship Him in our actions, just as Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego did!
we heard how Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego refused to worship anything or anyone but God. Even though the king threatened to throw them into a hot, fiery furnace, they knew their God was able to protect them.
May you remember that God is with you always and protects you, even in the things you cannot see.
March 15, 2020
Price of a Healthy Heart
1. Obedience (1 Samuel 17:17-20)
2. Trust (1 Samuel 17:24)
3. Criticism (1 Samuel 17:28, 33)
4. Loneliness (1 Samuel 17:41-44, 47)
March 09, 2020
Mark 4:8-9 “But other seed fell on good ground, and yielded a crop that sprang up, increased and produced: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.” And He was saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Mark 4:20 “But these are the ones sown on good ground, those who hear the word, accept it and bear fruit: some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
Let’s look at the characteristics of this good soil that has crazy potential…
1) Hears the Word
2) Receives the Word
- “they hear the word with a noble and a good heart”.
3) Doesn’t let go of the Word
4) Patient with the Word
-‘they bear fruit with patience’.
-James 1:2-4 / Galatians 6:9
5) Bears fruit with the Word
- 1 Thessalonians 2:13
- John 15:1-17
March 03, 2020
Matthew 13:3-9, 18-23; Mark 4:20; Luke 8:15…
Mark 10:15; Matthew 5:8
"Speak Lord for your servant is listening."
"We may have found a cure for most evils; but we have found no remedy for the worst of them all, the apathy of human beings."
Disruptive Compassion understands the healing a simple touch can bring... Matthew 9:18-26, 35-38 / Luke 5:12-13 / Luke 6:17-19 / Luke 7:11-14 / Acts 5:12 / Acts 19:11
*HOPE... Refuse to lose it.
*The world is hurting but something can always be done.
*The status quo is overrated. Better is better and possible is possible.
*Sacrifice is not a burden.
*Always do the next kind thing.
*Love simply - God and one another.
*Tomorrow doesn't excuse today; it depends on it.
*Hatred has no kingdom value. Someone's sinfulness is no excuse for your meanness.
*Expect obstacles and keep moving forward.
*Become revolutionary (these are those who have turned the world upside down).