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|Enemies Of The Cross; Advancing|
|Philippians 3:12-21 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|We live in a world that hates Christ. This is not anything new as this has been going on sin Adam and Eve. The question is, are you in the battle for Christ, are you prepared? One may say to themselves and possibly others that they would never be an enemy to Christ. However, if you’re not for Him then you’re against Him. So check yourself, look at your checkbook. Usually what you spend the most on is what you love the most. If you’ve been born again then you should be willing to say, here I am Lord, send me. But, usually we say, I can’t do that cause I’m not qualified. We have the greatest opportunity to advance for Christ. What are are your eyes on? If something is advancing then something is being followed. Are you moving forward with Christ? Just because your name is on the church books means nothing if you’re not working for Christ and one of His. Your past will hold you back if you let it. Repent of your past and move forward. We should cut the bind that hold us back. When you’re chasing after something you usually don’t reach your arms out until you’re about to capture it. Usually when you’re in a race your greatest burst of energy is once you see the prize, the end. What are you doing for God? Church attendance is not the problem. The problem comes from within you. Once you fall in love with Christ then you’ll realize you can’t live without Him. All of those problems like attendance or simply sitting on the bench will get corrected. So which way are you going? Confused about which way to go, do you need direction? Begin with your Bible, it’s the light and the path and will not lead you astray. If you’re born again and another brethren is also born again then your paths are clear and in it for the same reason. Keep moving forward, keep advancing.|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on March 10, 2019 (Sunday Morning).|
|Loved By The Shepherd|
|Psalm 23:1-6 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|God doesn't give you everything that you just want. However God will grant you the things that you need. Every living thing God cares for and they never have to worry about anything but God loves us more that those things. Man wasn't meant to work 7 days a week. We are to rest at least one day. God understand the importance of spiritual rest. If you follow God He will give you the rest that you need. He will provide the spiritual rest. God knows exactly what you need and will lead you in the right path if only you follow Him. We must obey him. No matter where we go God will always be there even in death. The rod and staff where one of the same. The rod is used to pull you back, to rescue. The staff is used in chastening to teach and to show love. Your enemies have no power over you. The obvious is the devil but think about your flesh. Our flesh is the worst enemy that we have.|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on October 17, 2018 (Wednesday).|
|Stopping The Voices|
|Psalm 40:1-4 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|David endured physical afflictions and he often prayed about them. Also, he prayed for his enemies. Just as he, discouragement affects us all and it all begins in our minds.
God can hear you as long as you have repented and hold no inequity in our hearts. If God granted every prayer we asked Him instantly then He would surely be our spare tire. But God makes us wait thru patience.
Our mind is liken to a horrible pit full of never ending noise. We can not stop it no matter what we do and try. Always thinking, always listening, always wondering and doubting. The miry clay being depression that our mind will usually begin to think about if we don't put our minds at ease thru Christ. People today are screaming to be rescued from their own minds.
The clearest your mind will ever be is when you allow God to work in your mind. Prayer can bring clarity and remove the doubt in our minds. Not only will God clear your mind and ease it but He will also place you on something solid that you DO know.
How many have things are rolling around in your mind that you can't get rid of? A grudge against someone? Worried about a sickness? Stressed about a lived one?
For a child of God we are not a victim but a victor! We choose everyday which one you want to be.
|Preached by Tommy Boring on April 8, 2018 (Sunday Evening).|
|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).|
|The Wiles of the Devil|
|Ephesians 6:10-18 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|Satan is a created being and is no different than the angels in heaven. Satan has many tactics that he uses on the children of God on a daily basis. The thief has come to steal, kill and destroy. The thief is the devil and the wicked spirits that serve him. Their are enough to spread across the world. The devil does not have free rein of a christian because we are protected by the shield of God. John 10:10, 2 Cor 2:11, Eph 6:16, 1 Peter 5:8 We truly have an enemy and we can not stand in the flesh to fight him. It takes something greater than the flesh to fight him because he is in the sprint therefore must be fought in the spirit. He is not omnipresent but has many demons that do his handy-work. This world currently is the devils domain until Jesus comes back. The very thing that we live in, the flesh, wants to live in the world because of it’s lust. Nothing has changed since Adam and Eve because he is still deceiving and lying to people everyday. What a terrifying thing to be able to see with our eyes the spiritual warfare that goes on all around us. If we are saved then we are protected by Gods great hand and satan can not get to us unless God allows it. When Jesus died, He died for ALL but many will not submit to Him. If you’re playing with the devil he will take you further than you ever thought you would go quicker than you ever thought. When you light a match and place that flame under your hand, you will pull your hand back because there is a nerve that warns you of danger. Just as that nerve warns you, God also warns you of the dangers of the devil. Satan wants to destroy your testimony if you’re saved. Satan will use anything he can to tear you down. He will use religion itself to bring you down. If you are saved then you’re going to heaven but that doesn’t mean that if you play with the devil that he will keep people around you lost and going into hell. We hear it everyday, pastors having affairs because satan laid a woman in their lives. We as humans are ignorant to satan’s lies and deceptions.|
|Preached by Tommy Boring on February 8, 2017 (Wednesday).|