Sunday, July 31, 2011

Eternal Life is not a Destination... It's a Relationship

Eternal Life is not a Destination... It's a Relationship

John 17:3
New King James Version (NKJV)
3 And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.

Focus: Heaven is the "perfection" of the relationship we have begun and grown in during our short pilgrimage in the world.

1. God REQUIRES a Relationship

2. God DESIRES a Relationship

3. God REVEALS Himself through relationships

4. God is GLORIFIED in and by our relationships

Philippians 3:7-14

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Sunday, July 24, 2011

Stop Using Strategic Misrepresentations

Stop Using Strategic Misrepresentations

Deuteronomy 5:20

Focus: A lie has speed, but truth has endurance. Edgar J. Mohn
Proverbs 12:39, Deuteronomy 5:20

I. A "False Witness" is SOMEONE WHO LIES Exodus 23:1, Proverbs 12:17, 14:5, Leviticus 19:11, Proverbs 19:5
A. A "white lie" is A LIE. Acts 5:2
B. A "half-truth" is A WHOLE LIE.
C. Deception is A LIE.

II. Why do we lie?
A. Telling the truth is not ALWAYS EASY. Galatians 1:10, Proverbs 9:7-9, Ephesians 4:15
C. Satan is the FATHER OF LIES and the LEADER OF LIARS. Revelations 12:9, John 8:44

III. What to do? Ephesians 4:22-25
A. Break the HABIT (put it OFF)
B. Practice new HABITS (put these ON)

Mark Luffman, IT Director
Cottonwood Oak Creek School District

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Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Sabbath Principle

The Sabbath Principle

Deuteronomy 5:12-15 (KJV)
[12] Keep the sabbath day to sanctify it, as the LORD thy God hath commanded thee. [13] Six days thou shalt labour, and do all thy work: [14] But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, nor thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thine ox, nor thine ass, nor any of thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates; that thy manservant and thy maidservant may rest as well as thou. [15] And remember that thou wast a servant in the land of Egypt, and that the LORD thy God brought thee out thence through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm: therefore the LORD thy God commanded thee to keep the sabbath day.

Focus: Sabbath is what our leisure-hungry and work-addicted culture desperately needs.

I. STOP WORK one day a week.

A. With a purposeful rest OFFERED to the LORD
B. Make it a HOLY time

Respect Sex and Marriage

Deuteronomy 5:18
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
18 'You shall not commit adultery.

Focus: God invented sex and marriage and clearly explained the boundaries that make these gifts beautiful rather than hurtful.

B. FORGIVENESS does not erase all the CONSEQUENCES
C. God's way is ALWAYS BEST for you

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A. All sins are not ALIKE
B. Sex is a powerful gift when in THE BOUNDARIES
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