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|2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|Reconciliation is what God came to do. There is but one thing that separates God from us and that's sin. We have offended God with our actions, rebellion and our words. It happened in the Garden of Eden where we know that man would sin and break the fellowship with God. People think they have that fellowship by their life being good but that is a lie from the devil. The meaning of reconciliation is the filling the gap between God and man. God took the first step in fixing the gap, not man. There is nothing that God can't reconcile. In most all cases when someone is saved, they are not looking for God, in fact God came looking for them.
There is often a mediator during a reconciliation. 1 Tim 2:5-6, Act 4:12 There had to be someone to stand your case. Christ being the mediator stands between your sin and God and claims your case into salvation. There is a method to the mediation as well and that's the taking of the sin thru death, a sacrifice. Once the sin took place in the Garden of Eden, man never walked with God again until the mediator came. Once the mediator came then we now are able to walk with God. God can't look upon sin but how does He look upon a saved sinner? He looks thru the blood of His son Jesus Christ.
Two goats were taken as a sacrifice. One was to be used as a scapegoat and was to have the sin cast upon it and released. The other was to be sacrificed because blood must be shed.
We don't deserve to be saved because we are full of sin. But not only is there a method but there is also a ministry to being reconciled. The ministry is not only for the preachers but to ALL of those that have been reconciled, saved. A saved persons testimony is the greatest ministry there is. It's a responsibility that all that's been saved has and it's the great commission. To go out into the world and tell them about Jesus Christ no matter where they are.
The only thing that keeps you from God is your unbelief. Most feel that God could never love a person like themselves. But God came to them, they didn't go looking for God therefore He comes because He loves them.
|Preached by Tommy Boring on August 20, 2017 (Sunday Evening).|
|Do You Believe?|
|John 11:20-26 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|We all have an appointed time that we ALL will not pass and that's death. John 3 John speaks of being born again. We usually get caught up in things here that usually do not matter but we never think about the eternity. It's really easy to say, I know who Jesus is. Rom 10:9 One must truly KNOW Jesus in order to know Him. Ask most anyone and they'll claim that there a Christian but there is usually no evidence. People have all kinds of testimonies but there is one thing that should take place and that's Jesus calling your name. One can't hear Jesus until Jesus opens your heart and allows you to know that you're lost. God is not the author of confusion and if you're struggling with possibly being saved, seek God and ask Him about your salvation. We are all going to face death, sickness and struggles. Many times we make salvation hard but it's man that makes it difficult. The simplicity of salvation just believing in Jesus Christ. John 16:29-33 Greater is Who is in you than that, that is in the world. But in order to have Him, you must be born again. Mat 15:13-17 Who do you say who Jesus is Monday thru Saturday? It's life or death! Do you truly KNOW Jesus?|
|Preached by Jeff Patton on February 22, 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).|
|Being Lost Should Be Temporary|
|Luke 16:22-26 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|Whether you’re rich or poor you'll spend your life after death in either heaven or hell. The choice is yours when Jesus calls you out of your sins if you'll except His calling or not. When you realize that you're lost you'll want to be saved. Just as in life, when you're lost and without direction you'll search for help and to be found. Jesus wasn't murdered, He laid His life down for the lost, for everyone. Jesus could have called a thousand angels to come and save Him during His crucifixion. When they removed Him from the cross they placed Him in a borrowed tomb. It was borrowed because He would only need it for three days.|
|Preached by James Willis on September 18, 2016 (Sunday Morning).|
|Is the Proof in the Pudding?|
|Acts 26:1-30 (Part of the Miscellaneous series).|
|How many times has God brought you to a place where you could share your testimony? A little salt brings out the flavor in food. If you've been saved then you have a personal experience, a testimony. There is power in your testimony but if you let the devil to come in to tear it down, it'll have no power. If you live your life like you're not saved and then decide to share your testimony, the lost will not hear it. Do you live your life if you've got a testimony? Is there action behind your testimony? Do you ever feel like you can't share your testimony? So has your salt lost its savor? Our testimony with God is the most important thing in our lives but we usually don't protect it like it is. If you've damaged your testimony it can be repaired.|
|Preached by Bruce Whitehead on February 10, 2016 (Wednesday).|