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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/19/2017

Sunday was a message about thanksgiving called More Than a Thankful Heart, taken from Psalm 35:18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The presence of your testimony
   – Job 13:15; Matthew 12:34; Colossians 2:7; James 1:17

II. The purpose of your testimony
   A. Your testimony affirms the truth for yourself
      – Romans 10:9; Acts 16:31
   B. Your testimony encourages others
      – Romans 1:8, 12:15; 2 Corinthians 1:4; 3 John 4
   C. Your testimony brings glory to God
      – Psalm 35:18

III. The power of your testimony
   – Psalm 105:1-3; Romans 1:16; 1 Thessalonians 1:9; 2 Thessalonians 1:10; 2 Timothy 1:8

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 11/5/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Power over Satan, taken from Matthew 8:28-34. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus confronts Satan (28-29)
   A. Satan comes to steal and destroy
      – John 10:10
   B. Satan knows Jesus is God
      – James 2:19
   C. Satan knows his time is short
      – 1 John 3:8; Jude 6; Revelation 12:12

II. Jesus overpowers Satan (30-32)
   A. Satan has no power over Christ
      – John 14:30-31
   B. Satan must obey Jesus’ commands
      – James 4:7-8
   C. Satan’s doom is sure
      – Colossians 2:15; Revelation 20:10

III. Satan still works to deceive (33-34)
   A. The whole world is under Satan’s control
      – 2 Corinthians 4:4; 1 John 5:19
   B. Jesus has come and has given us understanding
      – 1 John 5:20

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/29/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Power over Nature, taken from Matthew 8:23-27. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus is completely unthreatened (23-25)
   A. Nothing catches him by surprise
   B. Nothing causes him worry or stress
   C. We may panic or fear, but Jesus remains unafraid
      – Psalm 91:1-2

II. Jesus will take care of you (26)
   A. Faith is incompatible with fear
      – Matthew 6:30, 8:10; 1 Peter 1:7
   B. Jesus can rescue you from the storm
      – Mark 4:39; Philippians 4:6-7

III. Jesus is fully God, fully man (27)
   A. Jesus is much more than a man
   B. Jesus has all authority in heaven and earth

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/22/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called The Cost of Following Jesus, taken from Matthew 8:18-23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The cost of following Jesus’ commands (18)
   A. Do what Jesus tells you to do
   B. Go where Jesus tells you to go

II. The cost of putting Christ first
   A. Put Christ before personal comfort (19-20)
      – Daniel 7:13-14; Luke 22:33; John 19:30
   B. Put Christ before personal relationships (21-22)
      – Exodus 20:3; Leviticus 21:1-5; 1 Kings 19:20; Luke 9:60

III. The cost of following through on your commitment (23)
   A. The moment of truth
   B. Actions speak louder

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/15/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Carrying Our Diseases, taken from Matthew 8:14-17. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law (14-15)
   A. Jesus cares for the individual and the outsider
   B. Jesus saves so that we may serve (Ephesians 2:8-10)

II. Jesus heals many (16)
   A. Jesus is unlimited in his healing power
   B. Difference between illness and evil spirits

III. Jesus heals in fulfillment of prophecy (17)
   A. Healing is a sign of God’s kingdom
      – Matthew 4:23
   B. Jesus’ healing ministry was prophesied by Isaiah
      – Isaiah 53:4-6
   C. Difference between sickness and sin, between healing and forgiveness
      1) Jesus bore our sins on the cross, not our sicknesses
         – 1 Peter 2:24
      2) Healing is a result or benefit of the atonement
         – Psalm 103:2-3
      3) Forgiveness is guaranteed now; healing is guaranteed later
         – 1 John 1:9; Romans 8:18-24; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Revelation 21:4
   D. Two mistakes to avoid – 1) Jesus never heals; 2) Jesus always heals

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/8/2017

Sunday’s message from the Ten Miracles of Jesus series was called Healing from a Distance, taken from Matthew 8:5-13. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. The centurion’s request (5-7)
   A. You can come to Jesus for help
   B. Jesus is willing and able to help you

II. The centurion’s authority (8-9)
   A. Know your place
      – Matthew 5:3
   B. Know Christ’s place
      – Matthew 28:18; Romans 13:1

III. The centurion’s faith (10-12)
   A. Faith pleases God
      – Hebrews 11:6
   B. Faith alone saves
      – Isaiah 49:12; Malachi 1:11; Romans 4:13-16; Ephesians 2:8-9

IV. The centurion’s reward (13)
   A. God works in response to faith
   B. Distance is no barrier with God
      – Matthew 15:21-28; Ephesians 2:13

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 10/1/2017

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Ten Miracles of Jesus series. The message was called Power to Make Clean, taken from Matthew 8:1-4. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus has the power to make clean (Matthew 8:1-3)
   A. Large crowds follow Jesus down the mountain (1)
      – cf. Matthew 4:25, 5:1
   B. The leper submits himself to Jesus’ will (2)
      – Leviticus 13:45-46; Deuteronomy 24:8
   C. Jesus shows compassion and the ability to heal (3)

II. Jesus honored the law (Matthew 8:4)
   A. Jesus instructs the leper to go to the priest and offer a gift
      – Leviticus 14:1-32
   B. The ceremonial law had not yet been fulfilled (not until the cross)
   C. Jesus fulfilled the whole law of God (Matthew 5:17)

III. Jesus has the power to make us clean from sin
   A. Jesus gave himself up for the church to make her holy
      – Ephesians 5:25-27
   B. The blood of Jesus purifies us from all sin
      – 1 John 1:5-9
   C. Nothing impure will ever enter the gates of heaven
      – Revelation 21:27

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God and Natural Disasters (Hurricane Irma)

I preached yesterday on God and Natural Disasters following Hurricane Irma here in South Florida. You can click here to listen to the message: God and Natural Disasters (audio) or click here to read it: God and Natural Disasters (transcript). Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Natural disasters are not natural
   A. God created the world good
      – Genesis 1:31
   B. Sin affected the natural world around us
      – Genesis 3:17-19

II. Natural disasters are part of God’s judgment for sin
   A. They are part of God’s general judgment for sin
      – Psalm 148:8; Romans 8:20-22
   B. We should not presume to know whether they are God’s judgment for specific sin
      – Luke 13:1-5

III. Natural disasters are meant to turn you to God
   A. They are a reminder that this world is passing away
      – 1 John 2:15-17
   B. They are a warning of the judgment to come
      – Proverbs 10:25; Matthew 24:6-8
   C. They are an occasion to put your trust in God
      – Ezekiel 33:11; Nahum 1:7; Romans 8:37-39
   D. They are an opportunity to show God’s love to others
      – 1 John 3:16-18
   E. They help you remember what’s really important in life
      – Matthew 6:19-20, 33

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 9/3/2017

Sunday was the last message in our Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called Living for Heaven Now, taken from 1 Corinthians 15:58. Here is a brief outline of the message:

What does the Bible mean by living for heaven now?

1) New affections (1 John 2:15-17)

2) New direction and focus (Colossians 3:1-2)

3) New priorities (Matthew 6:19-21)

4) New commitment to holiness (2 Peter 3:10-13)

5) New commitment to service and witness (1 Corinthians 15:58)

6) New perseverance through trials (Romans 8:18; 2 Cor 4:16-18)

7) New hope (Philippians 3:20; Titus 2:11-14)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 8/27/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Your Eternal Home, taken from Revelation 21-22. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Location, location, location
   A. The earth will be renewed (2 Peter 3:10-13)
   B. Heaven will come down to earth (Revelation 3:12, 21:2)

II. A house, a city, a country, a world
   A. The Father’s house (John 14:2)
   B. The New Jerusalem (Hebrews 12:22; Revelation 21:2)
   C. A better country (Isaiah 65:21,25; Hebrews 11:13-16)
   D. New heavens and a new earth (Isaiah 65:17; Revelation 21:1)

III. A place of absolute beauty, safety and perfection (Revelation 21-22)
   A. Brilliant and shining (Revelation 21:9-11)
   B. Great wall with twelve gates (Revelation 21:12-14)
   C. Laid out like a large cube (Revelation 21:15-17)
   D. Made of precious jewels (Revelation 21:18-21)
   E. Filled with the glory and presence of God (Revelation 21:22-27)
   F. The river and tree of life (Revelation 22:1-2)
   G. You will see the face of God (Revelation 22:3-6)

IV. Your eternal home
   A. Never ending (Isaiah 66:22)
   B. Truly home at last (Psalm 23:6)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/23/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called What Will We Do in Heaven?, taken from Revelation 22:1-5. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) We will worship (Revelation 5:11-14, 7:9-10)

2) We will fellowship (Hebrews 12:22-23)

3) We will serve (Ephesians 2:10; Revelation 7:15, 22:3)

4) We will work (Isaiah 65:21-23; Revelation 22:3)

5) We will rest (Isaiah 57:2; Revelation 14:13)

6) We will rule (Genesis 1:28; Matthew 25:21; Rev 3:21, 5:10, 22:4-5)

7) We will not …
   – We will not be bored (Psalm 16:11; Isaiah 65:17-18)
   – We will not hurt or be hurt (Isaiah 65:25; Revelation 21:4)
   – We will not hunger or thirst (Revelation 7:16-17)
   – We will not mourn or cry (Isaiah 65:19; Rev 7:17, 21:4)
   – We will not sin or die (Isaiah 65:20; Hebrews 12:23; Rev 21:4)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/16/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Judgment and Eternal Rewards, taken from 2 Corinthians 5:10. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. What will happen on the Day of Judgment?
   A. Everyone will appear before the Lord for judgment
      – Romans 14:12; Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:11-15
   B. God will judge your salvation according to your faith in Christ
      – Ephesians 2:8-10; Revelation 21:27
   C. God will judge your works according to what you have done
      – 2 Corinthians 5:10; Ephesians 6:8; Revelation 22:12

II. What kinds of rewards will God give his people?
   A. The difference between your inheritance and your rewards
      – Romans 8:16-17; Colossians 3:24; 1 Peter 1:3-5
   B. Your rewards in heaven will correspond to your deeds on earth
      – 1 Corinthians 3:10-14; Revelation 14:13
   C. Five different crowns mentioned in the Bible:
      1) the crown of victory – for those who practice self-discipline
         (1 Corinthians 9:25)
      2) the crown of rejoicing – for those who lead others to Christ
         (1 Thessalonians 2:19-20)
      3) the crown of righteousness – for those who long for Christ’s appearing
         (2 Timothy 4:8)
      4) the crown of life – for those who persevere through trials and persecution
         (Matt 5:11-12; James 1:12; Revelation 2:10)
      5) the crown of glory – for those who faithfully shepherd God’s people
         (1 Peter 5:4)

III. What will we do with our rewards?
   A. We will receive them with gladness (Matthew 25:23)
   B. There will be no jealousy or pride (Rom 12:10; 1 Cor 12:26)
   C. We will give all the glory to God (Revelation 4:10-11)

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