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Prepare Our Hearts For The Ditch
Luke 10:25-37 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Lack of compassion, mercy and love. It must be things that are done but not said. A lot of us are talkers but not doers. Anyone can love someone that loves them back but on the flip side it's loving those that don't love back. If we loved as God loves it wouldn't matter about race, money or class. Luke 6:27-36 how many of those can you say you've gotten right and done them according to His word? It's not in a humans mind to be kind to those that hurt us. An excerpt from "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" -Jim Cymbala "Dear God, I know that You died for everyone in my community. I know You suffered, bled and died for every human being walking outside my church. So Lord, tomorrow I pray in the Name of Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit, call them in; any color, homeless, poor. Bring them in. We'll love them. We'll be Your hand extended to them. We will nurse them. We will bless them. We will weep over them. Send them in, O God, in Jesus' Name." Are you willing to say that prayer? No one was worthy of his love and we were all in the lowest of lowest. When the sinner does come in they all come in, in all forms. We often have stereotyped the unclean and the visual appearance of those that we feel are unworthy of a Gods and our love. Sin comes in a suit and tie or in nothing at all, tattoos from head to toe or not a tattoo at all, from the cleanest to the dirtiest, from no hair to the longest hair. This world is nasty, dirty and stinks but God called us to love the sinners just as He loves them. The problem is that there are no workers, no one to love them that are in the nastiest of ditches. We try to say that we don't have a neighbor but what God says that your neighbor is ANYONE that you pass or meet. Don't we like to make excuses to why we can't help because we've got something to do, we are too busy? We should go out to the hedges, where people hang out and do things in secret and try to bring them to Christ. An excerpt from "Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire" -Jim Cymbala I've been rebuked by the Lord many times because what I am preaching to you, I've had to learn. I will tell you the story of how God corrected me one day. On Easter Sunday some years ago, we had an outreach in the last service, and a girl in the choir which Carol, my wife, conducts gave her testimony in between some of the songs. She had been saved out of deep sin. Then I preached the Gospel. People came forward. At that time we were having three services a day, each two hours long. That Easter Sunday I was so tired at the end of the day that I just went to the edge of the platform, pulled down my tie and sat down and draped my feet over the edge. The prayer workers were praying for people I had invited to receive Christ. I was sitting there bone tired. There had been lines outside. We had turned hundreds of people away for lack of space. As I was sitting there I looked up the middle aisle, and there in about the third row was a man who looked about fifty, disheveled, filthy. He looked up at me rather sheepishly, as if saying, "Could I talk to you?" We have homeless people coming in all the time, asking for money or whatever. So as I sat there, I said to myself, though I am ashamed of it, "What a way to end a Sunday. I've had such a good time, preaching and ministering, and here's a fellow probably wanting some money for more wine." He walked up. When he got within about five feet of me, I smelled a horrible smell like I'd never smelled in my life. It was so awful that when he got close, I would inhale by looking away, and then I'd talk to him, and then look away to inhale, because I couldn't inhale facing him. I asked him, "What's your name?" "David." "How long have you been on the street?" "Six years." "How old are you?" "Thirty-two." He looked fifty; hair matted; front teeth missing; wino; eyes slightly glazed. "Where did you sleep last night, David?" "Abandoned truck." I keep in my back pocket a money clip that also holds some credit cards. I fumbled to pick one out thinking, I'll give him some money. I won't even get a worker. They are all busy praying with others. Usually we don't give money to people. We take them to get something to eat. I took the money out. David pushed his finger in front of me. He said, "I don't want your money. I want this Jesus this girl was talking about, the One you were talking about, because I'm not going to make it. I'm going to die on the street." I completely forgot about David, and I started to weep for myself. I was going to give a couple dollars to someone God had sent to me. See how easy it is? I could make the excuse I was tired. There is no excuse. I was not filled with the Spirit. I was not seeing him the way God sees him. I was not feeling what God feels. But oh, did that change! David just stood there. He didn't know what was happening. I pleaded with God, "God, forgive me! Forgive me! Please forgive me. I am so sorry to represent You this way. I'm so sorry. Here I am with my message and my points, and You send somebody and I am not ready for it. Oh, God!" And God baptized me afresh with love. Something came over me. Suddenly I started to weep deeper, and David began to weep because he could feel what was happening in me. He fell against my chest as I was sitting there. He fell against my white shirt and tie, and I put my arms around him, and there we wept on each other. The smell of His person became a beautiful aroma. Here is what I thought the Lord made real to me: if you and Carol don't love this smell, I can't use you, because this is why I called you where you are. This is what you are about. You are about this smell. It's beautiful. Christ changed David's life. He started memorizing portions of Scripture that were incredible. We got him a place to live. We hired him in the church to do maintenance, and we got his teeth fixed. He was a handsome man when he came out of the hospital. They detoxed him in about six days. He spent that Thanksgiving at my house. He also spent Christmas at my house. When we were exchanging presents, he pulled out a little thing and he said, "This is for you." It was a little white hanky. It was the only thing he could afford. A year later I had him give his testimony. The minute he took the mic and began to speak, I said, "The man is a preacher." This past Easter I helped ordain David. He's an associate pastor of a church in New Jersey. And I was so close to saying, "Here, take this; I'm a busy preacher." We can get so full of ourselves.
Preached by Tommy Boring on July 26, 2017 (Wednesday).
Do You Want It?
John 5:1-8 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
It's unknown how God works amongst each of us. We can't tell whether there is a conviction or not because it's normally internal. But in any time when the Word of God is given, it's for someone in order for them to grow. If you've not been born again then you have an incurable disease. The church of Jesus Christ is the today's Bethesda. Politics is not going to save a person and if they are within a church and rule it, it's not longer a help. If you've tried what seems like everything and still are at a loss, try a true house of mercy. Not only is the house of God a house of mercy, it's also a house of misery. There is not a single person in a church that can judge another because they have been just as sinner as the next. It's also a house of hope for the hopeless. Do you feel as if God doesn't care for you? Christ died for you, He hung on a cross and took all of your sins upon Himself just for you. When Jesus comes to the House of God and knocks on someone's heart, He asks them if they want to be saved. All that needs to be done is a response, yes or no. There are people still to this day that don't want to be healed. They use their condition as a crutch to stay miserable. Unfortunately, for those people they will always be miserable until changed. When God changes you everyone will know it. Romans 10:13 Whosever. Do you want to be? Do you want peace?
Preached by Tommy Boring on November 9, 2016 (Wednesday).
God Is For You
Jeremiah 29:11 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
Are you aware that Jesus loves you? God isn't confused. There is nothing that will cause God to stop living you. God knows each and every thought and is not surprised when things happen. The thoughts that God has for us are all good. Romans 8:28 We hold ourselves back because we think negatively about ourselves. At times we are ready to fear that God is against us so that we fail. We think that we do not deserve God. We allow guilt and regret to stop us in fear that God doesn't love us. Romans 8:37-39 Nothing can tear us away from the love that God has for us. It's never about what you've done that you think that is bad, it's about what God did for you. If God is for you, what could be against you? Stop and allow God to love you. Some may think that if their family didn't love them then how could anyone and even God love them. There is NOTHING you can do to cause God NOT o love you. It's impossible to make the God of love to stop loving you. John 14:27 His thoughts are always good for us and He gives us all peace. Gods love is unconditional. God isn't trying to take your life down, He is for you not against. 1 John 4:4 The love of God lives inside of us and this is a promise. How do you expect it to end? What do you think will happen when you leave? Gods love doesn't end when our lives end. God loves the sinner.
Preached by Tommy Boring on July 13, 2014 (Sunday Morning).
Where Is Your Faith?
Luke 18:9-14 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
There are two types of people that come to the temple, the lost and the saved. We all have a part to do to within our lives that God has called us to do. Christ came for everyone not just a few. Those that humble themselves before God will be exalted. If it were not for God, we wouldn't have anything. We often think we have everything under control. Do you have your faith in your church? What about yourself? The bible teaches that we should help those and not judge them. How many times do you say "me" or "I" in your prayer? Your prayers come from the condition of your heart. Once you realize that you are truly a sinner and what God has done for you, that is when love comes in. We've all fallen short of Gods glory but He still loves us. Is your faith in the church roll?
Preached by Jeff Patton on May 18, 2014 (Sunday Morning).
Comparing a Big Mac to a Whopper
Nehemiah 1:5-7 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).
People will do what they what just because they want to. The only thing has a problem with Gods laws is you and me. Whether you believe it or not the laws are still in place. If one is saved, God didn't save the flesh, He saved the soul. The flesh is sinful. How can one have victory when the sin pulls us down, because God is greater than the sin. How can one be a sinless person? Being sinful is part of our nature since the fall of Adam and Eve. Why is it offensive that you are a sinner, because it's the truth. We all have the ability to choose. There is a warfare going on everyday of our lives to do good versus evil. It's always there and will be. Have you ever wondered why we don't have a perfect church, because we as sinners keep showing up. You will never defeat the devil and sins by the outward man/flesh. There is but one cure or remedy for a sinner and that is to be able to get to God.
Preached by Tommy Boring on October 27, 2013 (Sunday Morning).
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