God's truth for today's world

Happy Mother’s Day, what a beautiful day. In preparing for this message, I did a little research on the origins of Mother’s Day. I was surprised to learn that Mother’s Day got it’s start in the US just in this century.

Anna Jarvis was born to Ann Marie Jarvis in 1864 in Webster, West Virginia, the 9th of 11 children. Anna’s mother taught Sunday School. One day Anna was in class listening to her mother teach a lesson on the “Mothers of the Bible.” At the end of the lesson Anna’s mother prayed that someone, sometime would found a memorial mother’s day honoring mothers. Anna never forgot that prayer. When her mother passed away on May 9, 1905 Anna made a vow to establish a Mother’s Day by the grace of God. At each anniversary of her mother’s death, Anna held a local memorial service for her. She passed out a carnation (her mother’s favorite flower) to each person who attended. Anna wrote hundreds of letter and spoke at many functions promoting the idea of a Mother’s Day. She wanted to let our mothers “know that we appreciate them, though we do not show it as often as we ought”

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Today, my message is entitled “When Jesus Comes.” We’re going to be talking about Jesus. Jesus is the most influential person who has ever lived. He lived 2000 years ago, yet his influence grows year by year. Currently, 1 out of every 3 people in the world identifies with Christianity, about 2.2 billion people. Christianity is the largest religion in the world and continues to grow. Yet Jesus is also a very polarizing person when you understand what he said.

Matthew 10:34-35 (NIV) “Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn “‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—

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Today, my message is entitled “From Defeat to Victory.” We’re going to be talking about dealing with what many would consider impossible situations, situations from which there may seem no escape. From time to time, each of us will face these kinds of impossible situations.

In May 1940, the allied forces were being badly defeated by the Germans in France. 350,000 soldiers had been driven back to the sea at the port of Dunkirk in France. They had nowhere to hide and there were too many to evacuate by sea. They were just waiting for the German airforce to obliterate them. It was an impossible situation. The British commander sent a short three-word message to England “But if not.” It was a reference to what Daniel’s 3 friends said as they were about to be cast into a blazing furnace.

Daniel 3:17-18 (NKJV) our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, … But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”

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121209Today we begin our Christmas message series Who Is Jesus? The title of this message series is an incredibly important question. In fact, if you really want to find out what another person believes, just ask them that very question “Who Is Jesus?” Apologetics teaches us that there are only three logical answers to that question. Jesus is either Lord of all, a Liar or a Lunatic.

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Today, my message is entitled “Share Your Faith with Words.” Last Sunday, I spoke on Sharing Your Faith with Prayer, which is one of the easiest and most powerful ways to share your faith. To share your faith with prayer, you simply need to discern a need another person has and then ask them if you can pray for them concerning that need. You either pray for them on the spot or on your own and then later you check back with them to see how they’re doing.

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