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Happy Father’s Day! We’re glad that all of you are here to worship with us today. The Bible talks a lot about fathers.

Ephesians 3:14-16 (ESV)  For this reason I bow my knees before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named,  that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being,

We have a heavenly Father and as believers, we are His children. The father of every family in heaven and earth is named after our heavenly Father. The authority and leadership of every earthly father comes from our Father in heaven. These verses tell us that our heavenly Father desires to strengthen earthly fathers with His power through His Spirit. As fathers, we must draw our strength from our heavenly Father.

This morning, I’m going to direct the message to fathers, but everyone can learn from the biblical principles. I encourage every father to open your heart this morning to receive blessing and strength from your heavenly Father, so that you can be a blessing to others.

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Today we are honoring Sanctity of Human Life Sunday. President Ronald Reagan designated the first National Sanctity of Human Life Sunday on January 22, 1984. The day was inaugurated to not honor, but draw attention to the evil Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion on demand on January 22, 1973. Today, January 22, 2017, we have had 44 years of legalized abortion in America. Over 59 million unborn babies have been murdered by abortion since 1973.

Abortion ends the lives of about 1 million unborn children in America every year. More innocent children are put to death every day, about 3000, then died in the 9/11 attacks. Yet, most people, including most Christians hardly give abortion a thought. It’s just one of many problems we have in the country, people think. Why should we get worked up about it?

Today, we’re going to talk about “Responding to Abortion.” We want to be clear on what God’s Word teaches about abortion. Then we want to discover how we should respond to it in our day and in our city. God is the author of all life. He is the only one with the authority to both give and take life. As people, we are to value the lives of all people created in God’s image, including the unborn.

You would think that Christians would be universally opposed to abortion, yet the majority of women who have abortions identify as being Christians. 76% of women who have had an abortion said that their church had no influence on their decision to abort. In a recent survey, only 10% of Protestant pastors preached a prolife message in the past year.

So, today, we’re going to look at the topic of abortion in greater detail. My goal is that each person here would be convinced of the importance of being pro-life in their own lives and families. Not only would you be convinced, but God wants to use you to persuade those you know and talk to to also be pro-life in their talk and actions. The eternal destinies of people hang on their response to the issue of abortion.

The church needs to lead the fight for those who cannot defend themselves. The fate of nations hangs on their response to the unseen holocaust of abortion. In the next few years, abortion will once again be the center of violent struggle in our nation. A struggle between those who value all human life and those who fight for the right to murder their own children. In order to prepare us for what lies ahead, we are going to look at three questions today that will help us to respond to abortion in a God-honoring way.

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In our message series on Jesus, the Messiah, we looked at His birth, His miracles, His sacrificial death on the cross and His resurrection. But the story of Jesus the Messiah does not end there. Today, we’re going to talk about the Messiah’s Exaltation. Of all the aspects of the Messiah that we are talking about in this series, this one is probably the least known. However, it is one of the most important, as it speaks of what Jesus the Messiah is doing in the present.

So, what are we talking about regarding the Messiah’s Exaltation. Let’s begin by looking at what happened after Jesus’ resurrection. Jesus spent 40 days teaching His disciples after He rose from the dead. He was seen not just by the twelve apostles, but by many others, even 500 on one occasion. Let’s take a look at Jesus’ final instruction to His disciples in …

Acts 1:8-9 (NIV2011)  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”  After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Earlier in Acts 1, Jesus had commanded His disciples to wait to be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Spirit baptism, Jesus explains in verse 8, would give them the power to be His witnesses to the ends of the earth. After this final instruction, Jesus ascended up into heaven and has not been seen physically on the earth since the ascension.

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Happy New Year! I’m excited about 2017 because I know that God has good things planned for us. God has good things planned for your walk with Him. He has good things planned for your family. And He has good things planned for our church. When you’re walking with God there is nothing to fear about the New Year. The New Year is a time to be thankful and to rejoice in a great tomorrow. God wants to give each one of us a new start, a fresh start in this New Year 2017. Let’s grab hold of what He has for us.

Today, our message is entitled “Messiah’s Resurrection.” We’re going to see how David prophesied of a coming Messiah, who would die, but live again. As a prophet, David saw far into the distant future concerning the Messiah’s resurrection. Christmas is the biggest holiday in the world, celebrating the birth of Christ. Yet, the Bible celebrates, not the birth of Jesus so much, but His death and most importantly His resurrection. Why? Because the resurrection shows that the power of God is greater even then the power of death. If God could raise Jesus from the dead, then He can make the coming year a year of great hope for you. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is what our faith is all about.

1 Corinthians 15:14, 17 (NIV) And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. … And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.

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Merry Christmas! We’re glad that you’ve taken the time on Christmas Day to celebrate the reason for the day, the birth of Jesus Christ. Christmas is a wonderful time of the year. It’s a time for family, Christmas trees, gift-giving, lights and Christmas cookies. Yet, how sad would it be to celebrate someone’s birthday and forget whose birthday it is. So, today, we want to take the time and focus on the true meaning of Christmas.

The true meaning of Christmas has significance not just on December 25, but all through the year. So, today, my message is entitled “Messiah’s Birth. Christmas was when the promised Messiah was born into the world. The Old Testament prophets prophesied of a coming Messiah. The Messiah would be a Savior, a King, the Anointed One of God. Hundreds and even thousands of years later, the prophesies were fulfilled on that first Christmas night.

The Messiah was not born in a palace or to a King. Jesus, the Messiah, was born to a most unlikely couple. A couple who had just been married, after the bride had become pregnant. The mother Mary was a common peasant girl and her husband, Joseph, was a simple carpenter. Yet, the birth of the child Jesus, changed the world forever, as had been prophesied. The child born on Christmas split time in half, BC and AD, because He was and is the Messiah. So, Jesus was not just an ordinary baby, He was born destined for so much more.

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