BEING GRATEFUL IN GOOD TIMES AND BAD- Audio Message 11/19/17

Message Notes

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18(NLT)

16 Always be joyful. 17 Never stop praying. 18 Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

Why God Commands us to Give Thanks in every circumstance.

God wants us to give thanks in the good times because thanksgiving promotes God’s glory and develops humility in us.

God wants us to give thanks in the difficult times because it is an act of faith.

What Can We Thank God for in Tragic Times?

We give thanks for a God who is working beyond the circumstances.

We give thanks because we affirm, trust, and yes, even celebrate, the character of God. 

We give thanks for a sure Hope beyond the grave.

We give thanks for the Savior who made this hope possible.

We give thanks for a supernatural strength to get through devastation.

 

Why We Often Neglect to Give Thanks in the Good Times

  • Sometimes we neglect to give thanks because we feel we have earned what we have.

 

  • Sometimes we neglect to give thanks because we are too greedy yearning for more.

 

  • Sometimes we neglect to give thanks because we have taken what we have for granted.

 

How To Give Thanks in All Circumstances.

  1. Sometime when you are alone slowly look around your home and NOTICE the things you have to be thankful for.
  2. In your quiet time list as many things as you can in God’s character that you can be thankful for.
  3. Make it a point to say thanks to those you cherish. Be specific. Maybe you’ll need to write it down. Maybe you’ll need to make a phone call.
  4. Before you sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, look around the table. Really see the faces that are there. Don’t focus on the food . . . focus on those you share the meal with. Go around the table and express your gratitude [Maybe you’ll want to do this before the food is put out]. Go ahead and say a prayer. Thank God for the food and for your family.
  5. And if this is a hard Thanksgiving. Take the time to talk about the Lord. Remind yourself and those around you that He is good, his love endures forever, and His faithfulness will never cease. Remind yourself of when days were better. Tell stories of the past. Remind with fondness and maybe with tears. . . . . and then look forward to the future day when the tears will be dried, the pain will be gone, and the smile of Jesus will bring a joy this world has never known.

 

Discussion Questions

  • Verse 17 tells us to “pray continually.” In what ways are you challenged by this?
  • Think of something difficult you’re going through right now. What about it can you be thankful for?
  • What is the connection between being joyful, prayerful and thankful?

Friday 5 Minute Sermon!

2 Corinthians 5:6-7

So we are always confident, even though we know that as long as we live in these bodies we are not at home with the Lord. For we live by believing and not by seeing.

STUDY QUESTION: According to 2 Corinthians 5:6-7, how are we to walk while we are here on earth?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you identify times within your life where the enemy has tempted you to doubt God directly after experiencing a great victory or success?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Let’s continue to place our faith in the One who can meet every need, and who will never forsake us or leave us.

Asuntos de dinero- Sermón Notas – Febrero 26, 2017

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Tema: Asuntos de Dinero

Texto: 1 Timoteo 6:6-10

Presentacion

1. El dinero puede ser una bendición o una maldición. 

Pero las personas que aspiran a ser ricos caen en tentación y son atrapados por muchas codicias necias y dañosas, que hunden a los hombres en destrucción y perdición. Porque el amor del dinero es la raíz de toda clase de mal. Y algunas personas, el ansia de dinero, se extraviaron de la fe verdadera y atravesó a sí mismos con muchos dolores. – 1 Tim 6:9-10.

 Avaricia: un egoísta y el excesivo deseo por más de algo.

Comba nuestros deseos.

Que nos ciega a la verdad sobre nosotros mismos.

Porque promete pero no dan seguridad.

Más nunca es suficiente. La codicia es adictivo.

¿Cómo podemos evitar esta trampa del deseo de más?

A. Descubra la alegría de Jesús

Hebreos 13:5, “Mantener sus vidas libres del amor al dinero, y estar contento con lo que tiene, porque Dios ha dicho “Nunca voy a dejarte; jamás me abandones usted'”

B. Aprender la generosidad de Jesús.

C.Poner nuestra esperanza donde pertenece – en Jesús.

 

Formas prácticas para tratar con sus finanzas. 

Dígase la verdad.

Comience yendo en la dirección correcta. 

Acabar con la influencia del dinero.

Aprenda a hacerlo con lo que tiene.

Vivir con un presupuesto.

Salir de la deuda.

Esforzarse para vivir simplemente.

Destacar la utilidad a través de la moda. 

Guardar.  

Resistir los impulsos. 

Comer menos. 

Simplificar los cumpleaños y días festivos.

 

Pregunta de reflexión

¿Cómo esta discusión de alegría se aplican a tu carrera, estilo de vida, dando, y guardar? ¿En qué áreas de tu vida ¿usted lucha para conformarse con la provisión de Dios?

 

Money Matters- Sermon Notes – Feb. 26, 2017

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Theme: Money Matters

Text: 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Outline

1. MONEY CAN BE A BLESSING OR A CURSE.

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows. – 1 Tim 6:9-10

Greed: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something.

It warps our desires.

It blinds us to the truth about ourselves.

Because it promises security but doesn’t give it.

More is never enough. Greed is addictive.

How do we avoid this trap of the desire for more?

A. Learn contentment from Jesus

Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your lives free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, because God has said ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”

B. Learn generosity from Jesus. 

C.Put our hope where it belongs – in Jesus.

Practical ways to deal with your finances.

Tell Yourself the Truth.

Begin Heading in the right direction.

Break the hold of Money.

Learn to make do with what you have.

Live by a Budget.

Get Out of Debt.

Strive to live simply.

Emphasize Usefulness over Fashion.

Save.

Resist Impulses.

Eat Out Less.

Simplify Birthdays and Holidays.

 

Reflection Question

How does this discussion of contentment apply to your career, lifestyle, giving, and saving? In what areas of your life do you struggle to be content with God’s provision?

 

Bring Your Life Into Focus – Sermon Notes 2/19/17

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Text: Philippians 3:12-17

Theme: Bring Your Life Into Focus.

  1. Bring your life into focus by celebrating Jesus!

 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.  – V.12

I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.- v.14

 Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. – Col 3:1

 

  1. Sharpen your Life’s Focus by connecting to God’s family.

 Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.- V.15

Dear brothers and sisters, pattern your lives after mine, and learn from those who follow our example.- V.17

let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.- Heb 12:1

 

  1. Express your Life’s Focus by contributing to God’s Kingdom.

But we must hold on to the progress we have already made. V.16

Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. – Col 3:23

Reflection Question

What is one lifestyle change that would make an impact on your faith journey, enabling you to focus on a deeper relationship with God?

A Love for all time – Sermon Notes Dec.25th

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Read Jeremiah 31:3

Long ago the Lord said to Israel: “I have loved you, my people, with an everlasting love. With unfailing love I have drawn you to myself.

 John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

OUTLINE

  1. He has loved us, not with a love that is merely in the past, but with a love that is for all time.

Reflection Question:

What is it about John 3:16 that you really cherish and value?

What kind of hope, peace and strength do you get from the scriptures used in today’s Message?

Challenge:

As you live your life this week, know that you are loved and valued by God. He sent his only Son to die so that you could have life. Realize that in Christ, you are free from condemnation and you are promised eternal life. May this realization give you joy, purpose, and meaning?