Monthly Archives: September 2022


17
Sep 2022

Coming Home: The Way Home Luke 15:1-2; Luke 15:13-20Hebrews 2:11; 12:13; Psalm 32:2-4; 2 Corinthians 7:9-10 Moving toward home, The Way Home. The Way Home begins with an acknowledgement of the problem. Admitting there is a better option and acting on a mental and heartfelt decision. Acknowledging there is a problem. Luke 15:15:13-14; Hebrews 12:11; Ecclesiastes 2:11; 12:13 Discipline comes through hardships becomes an opportunity for change. Discipline of God is impartial. Discipline is restorative. Hebrews 12:8. Discipline instructs When the young church heard about what happened to Ananias and Sapphira lying to God (Acts 5:11) “great fear came upon the whole church when they heard.” Wisdom of Solman in Ecclesiastes 2:11 “Yet When I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. Concluding in 12:13Now all has been heard here is the conclusion of the matter fear God and keep his commandments for that is the whole duty of Man!”   Admit there is a better way of living and an there is another option. Luke 15:17 Repentance is not always an emotionally charged event with tears and public confession. Repentance means change of mind. Going in one direction then deciding to go in the opposite direction. The prodigal experienced a moment of realization by “coming to his senses. He chooses a new course a change in direction. “go back to my father” Repentance should not be confused with grief.Repentance is not grieving over being caught. Yes, there was grief and sadness for getting caught. King David felt grief in Psalm 32:2-4 “When I kept silent, m bones wasted away through my groaning all day. For day and night your hand was heavy up me; my strength was sapped...

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10
Sep 2022

Coming Home: The Evil Influencer Luke 15:10-16; Ezekiel 28:12-15;                I Peter 5:8; Ephesians 6:10-18 It’s a battle over the “influence” that believers have in our homes, community, work place and people we encounter in life. Satan and his minions rejoice when Christians “leave home” and wander, Let’s begin with Satan’s mission, Struggle Believers face with evil influences and suiting up for the challenge and battle. Satan’s Mission Ezekiel 28:12-15;              I Peter 5:8-11 Satan’s origin: Ezekiel 28:12-15 Satan’s Mission: I Peter 5:8-11 Seeks to devour. Spiritual enemy. Suffering that is time limited, but difficult. Help in Strength of self-control, alertness and awareness, a willingness to resisting, attempting to stand firm, finding restoration and strength from God. Satan’s Reality: Old and New Testament references Satan 30 times. Jesus mentions Satan 14 times. Struggle Christians face. Ephesians 6:12 Our struggle is not with people though we spend a lot of time debating each other. It’s between Rulers who are the beginning source of conflict. Authorities: those who do as they please by excising powers. Powers of this dark world: not earthly, but spiritual powers. Spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms invisible angelic hosts. Wickedness in high places teaching and leading in depravity. Coming Home: The Evil Influencer Appeal to believers: (Ephesians 6:10-11) Be strong, be dressed up for the battle that awaits. Armor of God: (Ephesians 6:14) Belt of truth pulling the reality of God around you that supports everything. Breastplate of righteousness any righteousness we have is given to us by Jesus. It’s His righteousness we put on. Bind your feet in readiness grounded in peace that comes from the Gospel the Good news. Boldly hold up the shield of faith which will stop the arrows of attack...

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