PASTOR’S THOUGHTS

Seven Disgusting Things – Proverbs 6:16-19

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“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.”

This is the beginning of a series from Proverbs 6:16-19.

 
 

Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 8 God’s Voice

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“Do not scoff at prophecies, but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good, but keep away from every kind of evil.”   -1 Thessalonians 5:20-22
 
God speaks to us in many different ways.  He speaks to us through other Christians, His word, and through prophecy – an inspired utterance on His behalf.  The Bible says we shouldn’t despise or scoff – make fun of – prophecy, because God uses it to speak to us.

 

 
 

Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 7 Stifling Holy Spirit

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“Do not stifle the Holy Spirit.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:19

Holy Spirit is a person, and like any person He can be grieved, ignored, and stifled. We stifle Him through our attitudes, through wrong decisions that we make, through idols in our lives, and more. Be aware of the presence of Holy Spirit. Don’t allow Him to be quenched in your life.

Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 5 Constant Prayer

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Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 5 Constant Prayer
“Never stop praying.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:17
Prayer is constant communion with the Father.  It’s good to have a specific time set aside for prayer, but we should walk in constant relationship and communication with Him.  Step into a state of living in a constant attitude of fellowship with the Father, aware of His presence, and asking Him to help us and those around us.
 
 

Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 4 Joyful Living

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“Always be joyful.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:16
Jesus himself was fun.  Crowds flocked to see him, and they don’t follow a boring person.  Our Christian life should be the most fun!  We need to be joyful believers.  Are you a fun person to be around?
 

Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 3 Retaliation

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“See that no one pays back evil for evil, but always try to do good to each other and everyone else.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:15
All of us get hurt by others, and our first reaction is to get back at them.  That is not a Christ-like reaction.  Jesus said it is impossible that offenses not come.  We will be offended, but what is important is how we respond.  Would Jesus give you what you deserve in this life?  No, he took our sin and gave us His righteousness.
 
 

Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 2 Looking Out for Each Other

“Brothers and sisters we urge you to warn those who are lazy, encourage those who are timid, take tender care of those who are weak, and be patient with everyone.” – 1 Thessalonians

We have a responsibility to live in community with each other. Christianity is not a Lone Ranger experience. We need other believers to encourage us along. We are family, knit together by our relationships.

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Paul’s Words of Advice – Part 1 Honoring Leaders

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“Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and warn you against all that is wrong. Think highly of them and give them your wholehearted love because of their work, and remember to live peaceably with each other.” 1 Thessalonians 5:12-13

Every spiritual leader has flaws, but we must be careful not to be critical of them. Ask God to let you see your spiritual leaders, as well as other authorities in your life, through different eyes, and be a person who encourages them.

Passion For Life

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What do you live for? What are you passionate about? In Philippians 3, Paul talks about his passions, but he also talks about what his life was like before he knew Christ. He had a lot of reasons to have confidence in his accomplishments, but after he met Christ those things didn’t mean anything to him.
 

Future Plan

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Future Plan
What is your long term plan for the future?  Hebrews 9:27 says, “It is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”  What kinds of works are you doing for the Lord?  Even when we’re doing something good, we should ask ourselves why we’re doing it.
 

The Purchase

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Matthew 13:44-46 “The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field. Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.”What does our faith cost us?  Becoming part of the kingdom of God costs us everything.  We must be willing to lay everything down to follow Jesus.
 
 
 

Pure Motives

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In Mark 10, the rich young ruler asked Jesus what it would take to follow Him. Jesus told him he must give up everything and take up the cross. His motive to follow Jesus was based on what he could get. He wasn’t willing to pay the price. To be happy and content in life we must give up everything, our own rights, and take up the cross.

 

A Tribute

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A Tribute
 
Psalms 103:13-18, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him; for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust. The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field; the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more. But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,  and his righteousness with their children’s children— with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts.”
 
What kind of legacy are you leaving behind?  What will people say about you at your funeral?

Work It Out

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Work It Out
Philippians 2:12&13,  “ Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.
 
A lot of people try to work out their salvation of their own strength.  Going to heaven is a cooperative effort with the Holy Spirit in us to work out our salvation.  Jesus is working in you to conform you into His image.
 

Personal Preferences

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Personal Preferences

Romans 14:1-4, “Accept the one whose faith is weak, without quarreling over disputable matters. One person’s faith allows them to eat anything, but another, whose faith is weak, eats only vegetables.  The one who eats everything must not treat with contempt the one who does not, and the one who does not eat everything must not judge the one who does, for God has accepted them.  Who are you to judge someone else’s servant? To their own master, servants stand or fall. And they will stand, for the Lord is able to make them stand.”

We need to accept the weak, or those who have opposite opinions, without passing judgment on them.  God puts people in our lives that see things differently than we do, so that we are in a position to choose to love them.

 
 

Trials