May 19, 2013
No Hope
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  • May 19, 2013No Hope
    May 19, 2013
    No Hope
  • May 5, 2013No Here am I Send Me
    May 5, 2013
    No Here am I Send Me
    Jesus offers His followers a life that is overflowing with the presence, power and character of the Holy Spirit—an Abundant Life. Jesus promises us those living the Abundant Life will do great works. John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. Yet, not all of those that claim to follow Jesus live His desire for them. They live a Non-Abundant Life. A life that does not have the presence, power, works and character of the Holy Spirit. One of the negative results of living a Non-Abundant Life is we do not go and be the hands and feet of Jesus to those that he sends us to. Isaiah, chapter 6, saw a vision of God on His throne. He thought he was doomed because he saw the Lord. Yet, God removed his guilt and forgave his sin. Then God ask who He should send as His spokesperson to Israel. Isaiah answered by saying, “Here am I send me.” Each follower of Jesus has “Go and be Jesus’ hands and feet” as part of their salvation DNA. Yet, if we choose not to go there are grave consequences for those that we are supposed to minister too. The Bible and I encourage you to pray to God each morning, “Here am I send Me.” Enjoy living the Abundant Life that lives in you, Pastor Greg
  • Apr 28, 2013No Freedom
    Apr 28, 2013
    No Freedom
  • Apr 21, 2013No Jesus Presence
    Apr 21, 2013
    No Jesus Presence
    Living a Non-Abundant Life Web Jesus offers His followers a life that is overflowing with the presence, power and character of the Holy Spirit—an Abundant Life. Jesus promises us those living the Abundant Life will do great works. John 14:12 I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. Yet, not all of those that claim to follow Jesus live His desire for them. They live a Non-Abundant Life—a life that does not have the presence, power, works and character of the Holy Spirit. One of the negative results of living a Non-Abundant Life is no Jesus presence in one’s reputation with others, in one’s family and during the storms of Life. Matthew 8:5f records that a Roman officer heard about the Abundant Life that Jesus was living and went against his culture and faith practice to find Jesus to heal his servant. Peter brought Jesus to his sick mother-in-law because he knew Jesus could make a difference in her life (Matthew 8:14-18). The disciples invited Jesus’ presence into their storm because they knew he could help (Matthew 8:23-27) Without Jesus’ presence the outcome for the officer’s servant, Peter’s mother-in-law, and the disciples in the storm would have been negative. Make sure you are living the Abundant Life that lives in you, Pastor Greg
  • Apr 15, 2013Jesus is not Customizable
    Apr 15, 2013
    Jesus is not Customizable
    Peter describes himself as a bond-servant and apostle of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:1). Our current sermon series is designed to have a Biblical discussion with Peter that is in-depth, insightful, inspiriting and, Lord willing, transformational. Last week, we learned that Jesus is not customizable to our liking or comfort from Matthew 16:13-28. God’s desire is to transform us into His image through the indwelling Holy Spirit. Don’t we just love things our way? The old Burger King commercial sums it up by saying, “have it your way at Burger King.” We like our choices of beds, pillows, drinks, food, cars, clothes, phones, apps on our phones, etc. We live in a great country where we have choices. This is a great benefit of living in America. There is nothing wrong with it. Except, when it comes to God. If we are not careful, we take the “have it your way” attitude to our relationship with Jesus. We begin to believe that we can have Jesus our way. Select the parts of Him that we like or make us comfortable and ignore the rest. But, the truth is that Jesus is not customizable to our likings. He is the Lord. His commandment is still the same as recorded in Matthew 16:24, “If any of you wants to be my follower, you must turn from your selfish ways, take up your cross, and follow me. Peter and the disciples learned this. So must we. Enjoy living the Abundant Life that lives in you, Pastor Greg