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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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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 7/9/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Family Reunion, taken from 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. We will be reunited when Christ returns
   A. The dead in Christ will rise first
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:13-16
   B. Then we who are still alive will be caught up with them
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:17-18; 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

II. We will join with the whole family of God
   A. We will know and recognize each other
      – Matthew 8:11, 17:3; Luke 10:20; Philippians 3:21 (see Ecclesiastes 1:11)
   B. We will be reunited with our family members
      – 2 Samuel 12:23; Zechariah 8:5; Matthew 22:30
   C. We will all live in perfect harmony
      – Colossians 3:10-11; Hebrews 12:22-23

III. Christ will still be the main attraction!
   – 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Three applications:
1) Reconcile with others now – don’t wait for heaven (Matthew 5:23-24)
2) Grieve – but not like those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
3) Pray for your unsaved loved ones to come to Christ (1 Thessalonians 4:14)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/25/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called New Body Anyone?, taken from 1 Corinthians 15:42-44. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. When will you get your new body?
   A. When Christ returns
      – John 5:28-29; 1 Thessalonians 4:14
   B. The dead in Christ will rise first, then we who are still alive
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:15-17
   C. We will all be changed “in an instant”
      – 1 Corinthians 15:51-52

II. What will your new body be like?
   A. It will be the same body but different
      – Job 19:25-27; 1 Corinthians 15:35-37,42
   B. There will be four major differences (1 Corinthians 15:42-44)
      1) perishable > imperishable (John 11:25-26)
      2) dishonorable > glorious (Matthew 13:43)
      3) weak > powerful (Isaiah 40:31)
      4) natural > spiritual (Romans 8:10-11)
   C. Your new body will be like Jesus’ resurrection body
      – Philippians 3:20-21; 1 John 3:2-3

III. Why will we get new bodies?
   A. Flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God
      – John 3:5-6; 1 Corinthians 15:50
   B. Our physical bodies are part of God’s good creation
      – Genesis 1:31; Romans 8:20-21
   C. Sin and death must be completely defeated
      – Romans 8:22-24; 1 Corinthians 15:53-57

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/18/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Present with Christ, taken from Philippians 1:23. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. Jesus is in heaven right now
   A. Jesus ascended to heaven and sits at the right hand of God
      – Luke 24:51; Colossians 3:1; 1 Peter 3:22
   B. Jesus goes before you to prepare a place for you
      – John 14:1-2
   C. Jesus will take you to be with him so you may be where he is
      – John 14:3

II. When we die we go to be with Jesus
   A. To be absent from the body is to be present with Christ
      – Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 5:6-8
   B. Our bodies sleep but our spirits are alive with Christ
      – Matthew 27:52; John 11:11-13; Acts 7:59; Hebrews 12:23
   C. Being present with Christ is better by far!
      – Philippians 1:21-24; Revelation 14:13

III. We still await the resurrection
   A. This first stage of heaven is temporary (intermediate state)
      – Revelation 6:9-11
   B. When Christ returns he will raise our bodies and bring us with him
      – 1 Thessalonians 4:14,16
   C. We will live with Christ forever in the new heaven and earth
      – Psalm 23:6; John 14:2-3; 1 Thessalonians 4:17

Application:
   1) confidence (2 Corinthians 5:6-8)
   2) hope (1 Thessalonians 4:13)
   3) comfort (1 Thessalonians 4:18)

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 6/4/2017

Sunday’s message in our Real Answers about Heaven series was called Foretastes of Heaven on Earth, taken from Revelation 21:1. Here is a brief outline of the message:

1) The Garden of Eden – a foretaste of paradise
   – Genesis 2:9-10, 22; Luke 23:43; Revelation 21:9, 22:1-2

2) The temple or tabernacle – a foretaste of God living with us
   – Hebrews 8:5, 9:24; John 1:14; Revelation 21:3, 16, 22

3) The church – a foretaste of worship and fellowship in heaven
   – Matthew 26:29; 1 Timothy 3:15; Hebrews 12:22-23; Rev 19:9

4) The Holy Spirit – a foretaste of your promised inheritance
   – Romans 8:16-17, 23; Ephesians 1:13-14

5) Healings and miracles – a foretaste of God’s coming kingdom
   – Matthew 4:23, 6:10; Luke 11:20; Hebrews 6:4-5; Rev 21:4

6) The old earth – a foretaste of the new earth
   – Isaiah 65:17; Habakkuk 2:14; Revelation 21:1

7) Your salvation – a foretaste of eternal life to come
   – John 5:24, 17:3; 1 John 5:11-12

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/28/2017

Sunday’s message was the second in our new Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called Heaven in Your Heart, taken from Ecclesiastes 3:11. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. All people have a general knowledge of God (Romans 1:19-20)
   A. God has made plain to us what may be known about God
      – Romans 1:19
   B. God’s eternal power and divine nature are seen through creation
      – Psalm 19:1; Romans 1:20

II. God has set eternity in the hearts of men (Ecclesiastes 3:10-11)
   A. We know this world is not as it should be
      – Ecclesiastes 3:10; Romans 8:20-21
   B. We know that there must be more to this life
      – Ecclesiastes 3:11

III. God puts a longing for heaven within every believer’s heart
   A. Heaven is our true home
      – Philippians 3:20; Hebrews 11:13-16
   B. We who have the Holy Spirit groan along with creation as we wait for our final redemption
      – Romans 8:22-23; 2 Corinthians 5:17
   C. We hope for what we do not yet have, and so we wait for it patiently
      – Romans 8:24-25

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/21/2017

Sunday’s message was the first in the new Real Answers about Heaven series. The message was called The Dwelling Place of God, taken from Psalm 33:13-14. Here is a brief outline of the message:

Introduction: Only the Bible gives us trustworthy answers about heaven.
   – Deuteronomy 29:29; John 3:13; Revelation 21:5

I. Heaven is God’s house (Genesis 28:17; Psalm 23:6; John 14:2)
   A. Heaven is where God lives.
      – 1 Kings 8:30; Matthew 6:9; Hebrews 12:22; Rev 21:3
   B. God’s home reflects God’s character.
      1) Heaven is a place of beauty.
         – Psalm 27:4; 1 Corinthians 2:9; Revelation 21:2
      2) Heaven is a place of holiness.
         – Deuteronomy 26:15; Isaiah 57:15; Revelation 21:27
      3) Heaven is a place of love.
         – Isaiah 57:15; 1 Corinthians 13:13; 1 John 4:15-16
   C. God is central to heaven.
      – Psalm 73:25; Isaiah 6:1; Ezekiel 48:35

II. Heaven is where God’s throne is located
   A. God is worshiped on his throne in heaven.
      – Isaiah 6:1-3; Revelation 5:13-14 (all of Revelation 4-5!)
   B. God watches and rules over all the earth.
      – Psalm 11:4, 33:13-15; Daniel 4:26

III. Heaven is Jesus’ home
   A. Jesus came from heaven, and he returned to heaven.
      – John 6:38, 16:28; Hebrews 9:24
   B. Jesus is the only way for us to go to heaven.
      – John 14:6; Acts 4:12

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Sunday Morning SoundBytes – 5/14/2017

Sunday’s message was a Mother’s Day sermon from the Famous Mothers in the Bible series. The message was called Hagar – The Crying Mother, taken from Genesis 16 and 21. Here is a brief outline of the message:

I. God sees you in your pain (Genesis 16:1-16)
   A. When you feel like you have no control over your life (1-3)
   B. When others mistreat you (4-6)
   C. God sees your pain and intervenes (16:7-16)
      – Psalm 34:15,18

II. God hears you in your distress (Genesis 21:8-21)
   A. When your children cause you distress (8-13)
   B. When your distress brings you to tears (14-16)
   C. God hears your crying and intervenes (17-21)
      – Psalm 116:1-2

III. God loves you and has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11)
   A. God knows the plans he has for you
      – Proverbs 3:5-6
   B. God will give you hope and a future
      – Romans 8:28

“God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

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