Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/15/2018

Sunday’s message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series was called Love Gone Wrong, taken from Judges 16:1-22. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Five ways love can go wrong:

1) Choosing lust over love (1-3)
   – 1 Corinthians 6:15-17; 1 Thessalonians 4:4-6

2) Falling in love with the wrong person (4-6)
   – Proverbs 31:10-12; 2 Timothy 2:22

3) Not learning from your mistakes (6-14)
   – Proverbs 22:3, 26:11

4) Putting other people before God (15-19)
   – Exodus 20:3; Matthew 10:37-39

5) Thinking God will ignore your sin (20-22)
   – Proverbs 29:1; Galatians 6:7-8

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When I See Evil in the World

 
When I was young and saw evil in the world, I said, “Judge them, O Lord.”

As I grew older, I learned to say, “Forgive them, O Lord.”

Now when I see evil in the world, I say, “Forgive me, O Lord.”
 
 

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/1/2018

Sunday’s message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series was called Vengeance Gone Wrong, taken from Judges 15. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) Take responsibility for your own actions (1-3)
   – Psalm 51:3-4; Matthew 7:3-5

2) Pour your energy into doing something good (4-5)
   – Proverbs 14:22; Micah 2:1; Galatians 6:9-10

3) Don’t let things escalate (6-8)
   – Proverbs 15:1; Romans 12:17-18

4) Realize that your actions affect other people (9-13)
   – Joshua 7:1-5; Matthew 7:12; Romans 14:13,19

5) Vengeance will take you farther than you imagined (14-17)
   – Proverbs 4:14-15, 5:11-14, 14:12

6) Seek the Lord and his mercy (18-20)
   – Isaiah 55:6-7; John 7:37-38

7) Instead of vengeance:
   – Love your enemies; pray for those who persecute you (Matt 5:44)
   – Walk the extra mile; turn the other cheek (Matthew 5:38-42)
   – Leave it up to God to handle (Romans 12:19,21)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/24/2018

Sunday’s message in the Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong series was called Marriage Gone Wrong, taken from Judges 14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Biblical principles for those getting married:

1) Marry another Christian (1-2)
   – Deut 7:3-4; 1 Cor 7:39; 2 Cor 6:14

2) Seek your parents’ blessing (3-4)
   – Deut 5:16; Judges 17:6, 21:25; Proverbs 1:8-9

3) Pay attention to God (5-6)
   – Hebrews 12:10-11; 1 Peter 5:8

4) Do things God’s way (7-9)
   – Proverbs 3:5-6, 4:25-27

5) Beware of pride (10-14)
   – Proverbs 16:18; James 4:6

6) Practice unity, love and respect (15-18)
   – Genesis 2:24; Ephesians 5:33

7) Beware of anger (19-20)
   – Proverbs 22:24, 29:11; James 1:19-20

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New Sermon Series on Samson

On Sunday we started a new sermon series called Samson: Strong Man Gone Wrong. Here is a list of the five messages in the series:

A Promising Beginning – Judges 13:1-25 (Samson’s birth)
Marriage Gone Wrong – Judges 14:1-20 (Samson’s marriage)
Vengeance Gone Wrong – Judges 15:1-20 (Samson and the Philistines)
Love Gone Wrong – Judges 16:1-22 (Samson and Delilah)
God’s Purposes Fulfilled – Judges 16:23-31 (Samson’s death)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/10/2018

Sunday’s message in the Hot Button Topics series was called Transgender: Caring for those who experience issues with gender identity, taken from Genesis 1:26-27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Understanding transgenderism
   A. Understanding the terms
      – gender/sex; male/female; man/woman
      – gender identity; gender dysphoria
      – transgender; transsexual; intersex
   B. Understanding the issues
      – medical issues
      – cultural issues
      – political issues

II. What does the Bible say?
   A. God created us male and female
      – Genesis 1:26-27, 2:23; Deuteronomy 22:5; Matthew 19:4,11-12
   B. God’s created order is distorted by the fall
      – Romans 8:20-21
   C. One day God will restore creation
      – Romans 8:22-25; Philippians 3:20-21
   D. Jesus offers you abundant life now
      – John 10:10; Romans 8:1

III. How should we respond?
   A. Listen – listen to those who struggle with gender identity
      – James 1:19
   B. Learn – learn more about the issues involved
      – Proverbs 18:13
   C. Love – accept the person; speak the truth; share the gospel; seek their good (Matthew 18:6, 22:39; John 8:31-32; Ephesians 4:15)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/3/2018

Sunday’s message in the Hot Button Topics series was called Homosexuality: Caring for those who experience same-sex attraction, taken from 1 Corinthians 6:9-11. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Show compassion
   A. We are all created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27)
   B. We are all sinful, just in different ways (John 8:7; James 3:2)
   C. Love your neighbor as yourself (Matthew 22:39)

II. Speak the truth
   A. Homosexual relations are unnatural (Genesis 1:27; Romans 1:26-27)
   B. Homosexual practice is sinful (Leviticus 18:22; 1 Timothy 1:8-10)
   C. Homosexual sin is forgivable (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
   D. What about marriage?
      1) Marriage is to be honored by all (Hebrews 13:4)
      2) Marriage is between a man and a woman (Matthew 19:4-5)

III. Provide supportive friendships within the church
   A. We are all family in the body of Christ (Matthew 12:49-50)
   B. Be devoted in love; practice hospitality (Romans 12:9-13)
   C. Encourage each other towards love and good works (Hebrews 10:24-25)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/27/2018

Sunday’s message in the Hot Button Topics series was called Divorce and Remarriage: Covenant, commitment, grace and forgiveness, taken from Matthew 19:3-9. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) Biblical definition of marriage:
   – created by God (Matthew 19:4)
   – a sacred, covenant relationship (Matthew 19:5; Eph 5:32)
   – between a man and a woman (Genesis 1:27, 2:24)
   – based on a public vow of lifetime faithfulness (Matthew 19:6)

2) Two ways to break the marriage covenant:
   – Adultery breaks the covenant of sexual faithfulness (Ex 20:14)
   – Divorce breaks the covenant of lifetime commitment (Mal 2:14-16; Matt 19:7-8)

3) You can be divorced and still married in God’s eyes
   – Only God can separate what he has joined (Matthew 19:6)
   – In this case remarriage would constitute adultery (Mk 10:11-12; Lk 16:18; Rom 7:2-3)

4) When are divorce and remarriage allowed?
   – in the case of marital unfaithfulness (Matthew 5:32, 19:3,9)
   – in the case of an unbeliever divorcing a believer (1 Cor 7:12-16)
   – Otherwise, you should stay married, remain unmarried or be reconciled (1 Cor 7:10-11)

5) What about abuse?
   – No abuse of any kind is ever acceptable in marriage or any other relationship (verbal; physical; emotional; sexual)
   – A person in an abusive situation should: 1) Call the police; 2) Get away from the abuser; 3) Get long-term help
   – Scripture does not give clear grounds for divorce and remarriage in the case of abuse. All agree you should separate from the abuser and put your safety and the safety of your children first.

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/20/2018

Sunday’s message in the Hot Button Topics series was called Living Together: Dishonoring those you love the most, taken from Hebrews 13:4. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. You dishonor God
   – Genesis 2:24-25; Hebrews 13:4

II. You dishonor each other
   – Proverbs 14:12; Ecclesiastes 3:1,5; 1 Corinthians 6:18; Galatians 6:7-8; Hebrews 13:4; 1 Thessalonians 4:2-5

III. You dishonor your family
   – Genesis 39:9; Exodus 20:12; Proverbs 10:1; Proverbs 17:25

Living together without sex:
   1) The problem of temptation
   2) The problem of testimony
   3) The problem of trivialization

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/13/2018

Sunday’s message was a Mother’s Day sermon from the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Rebekah – The Conniving Mother, taken from Genesis 25 and 27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Favoritism leads to rivalries (Genesis 25:21-34)
   A. Be careful to preserve marital unity
      – Genesis 25:21-28
   B. Be careful not to provoke sibling rivalry
      – Genesis 25:29-34, 37:3-4; Ephesians 6:4

II. Manipulation disrespects relationships (Genesis 27:1-17)
      – Ephesians 5:33
   A. Don’t try to manipulate people or situations around you
      – 2 Corinthians 4:2; 1 Thessalonians 2:3-5
   B. Trust God to fulfill his plans in his way and in his time
      – Proverbs 3:5-6

III. Dishonesty prevents people from working out best solutions together (Genesis 27:41-46; Proverbs 15:22)
   A. Deception is just as bad as lying
      – Proverbs 12:22; Acts 5:1-4
   B. Commit to speaking the truth at all times
      – Ephesians 4:25; Galatians 6:7

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:6)

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“Had I Been Joseph’s Mother”

Here is a poem by Ruth Bell Graham for Mother’s Day. Read out loud to catch the rhyming scheme which keeps shifting from stanza to stanza. Enjoy!

“Had I Been Joseph’s Mother” by Ruth Bell Graham

Had I been Joseph’s mother
I’d have prayed
protection from his brothers:
“God keep him safe;
he is so young,
so different from
the others.”
Mercifully she never knew
there would be slavery
and prison, too.

Had I been Moses’ mother
I’d have wept
to keep my little son;
praying she might forget
the babe drawn from the water
of the Nile,
had I not kept
him for her
nursing him the while?
Was he not mine
and she
but Pharaoh’s daughter?

Had I been Daniel’s mother
I should have pled
“Give victory!
This Babylonian horde –
godless and cruel –
don’t let them take him captive
– better dead,
Almighty Lord!”

Had I been Mary –
Oh, had I been she,
I would have cried
as never a mother cried,
“…Anything, O God,
anything …
but crucified!”

With such prayers
importunate
my finite wisdom
would assail
Infinite Wisdom;
God, how fortunate
Infinite Wisdom
should prevail!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/6/2018

Sunday’s message in the Hot Button Topics series was called Racism: A sin against God, humanity and the gospel, taken from Revelation 5:9. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Racism is a sin against God
   A. We are created in God’s image
      – Genesis 1:26-27; James 3:9-10
   B. God commands you to love your neighbor as yourself
      – Matthew 22:37-40; Luke 10:25-37

II. Racism is a sin against humanity
   A. God created us as one human race
      – Genesis 3:20; Acts 17:26
   B. God created us with diversity
      – Acts 17:24-26

III. Racism is a sin against the gospel
   A. Jesus died for all
      – Romans 3:22-23; 5:12,18-19; 1 John 2:2
   B. Jesus died to make us one
      – Gal 3:28; Eph 2:14-16; Phil 2:1-2; Col 3:11
   C. Heaven: “from every tribe and language and people and nation”
      – Genesis 12:3; Psalm 22:27; Revelation 5:9

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