Synopsis: We can be thankful to God in the midst of adverse circumstances while finding it difficult to be thankful for all circumstances! Sometimes it just requires faith to give God thanks! Today we look at one of the most memorable accounts in the life of Daniel in which he will be thrown into a den of starving lions as punishment for his faithful, daily prayers of thanksgiving to God. Our text will mention two distinct times in which it will require faith to give God thanks!
Synopsis: In this part 2 of 2, we look at an inspired hymn of thanksgiving in which God gives us needed instruction, reminders and reasons for thanksgiving so we can indeed be thankful people--in stark contrast to the way many people live today. The structure of Psalm 100 communicates a divinely inspired message and this message deals with the first and second questions: How do we give thanks and why should we?
Synopsis: In this part 1 of 2, we look at an inspired hymn of thanksgiving in which God gives us needed instruction, reminders and reasons for thanksgiving so we can indeed be thankful people--in stark contrast to the way many people live today. The structure of Psalm 100 communicates a divinely inspired message and this message deals with the first of two questions: How do we give thanks?
Synopsis: There is much uncertainty in our nation with the recently reported surge in the number of positive cases of the Corona virus and what is happening in the voting irregularities surrounding the presidential elections. Thrown into that mix are the normal day-to-day challenges to our faith as we deal with circumstances beyond our control. There is plenty to tempt us to respond wrongly in this time of great instability! Our text tonight offers us hope and encouragement. By God's grace we can know the kind of life being depicted in our text to help us live with certainty in times of uncertainty.
Synopsis: Ever stop to think what the purpose of love is? So many misuse and abuse that wonderful gift God has given us by using it for selfish purposes instead of using it for the purpose God had in mind. Our text this morning reveals that God's love has an intended purpose - just like the gifts we give are given with a particular purpose in mind to those who are special to us and who are the objects of our love! Today we look at two final characteristics that reveal the effect God's love is to have on us - particularly as it relates to people!
Synopsis: It is very easy to get agitated or anxious with all the instability and insecurity due to what is happening in our nation right now--especially with all the shenanigans related to the national elections. At the same time there is much uncertainty as to what all this means for the future of our nation and for us as individuals if a particular candidate becomes president and enforces progressive policies which will bring regressive results (See Jeremiah 7:24). During these uncertain days, it is good for us to remember our God is still on His throne and sovereignly at work to accomplish His redemptive purposes -- all for His own glory. He is in control so that means we don't have to be and so therefore we can rest in His care and experience His peace.
Tonight's message is geared towards fortifying our hearts and minds and reminding us of the foundational truths upon which we can build our lives.
Synopsis: We continue to witness all kinds of upheaval in our nation. Not only are we dealing with the Corona virus and civil unrest in major Democrat-run cities, but now also the widespread charges of election fraud and cheating to ensure a particular candidate's election to the presidency. Given the uncertainty regarding our nation's future--especially with the regressive results that progressive policies will bring (Cf. Jer. 7:24!) if carried out--it is good for us to either be instructed or reminded of some stabilizing truths we need to embrace as we face the present and the future. What is Faith's Response to the Future? This message from Habakkuk 3:16-19 answers that question.
Synopsis: Someone once said, "progressive policies always bring regressive results." Jeremiah 7:24 would support that claim! It's with that in mind and the upcoming critical elections this Tuesday that the words of our text serve as both a warning and an admonition for us who know the Lord.
The Apostle Paul took advantage of his Roman citizenship in Acts 16:37-39, 21:39; 22:25-29; 25:1011. So there is scriptural warrant for us as American citizens to exercise our privileges and rights of citizenship -- part of which is making the time to cast an informed vote in our elections!
Synopsis: If God's love is designed to impact me by making a difference in my life, then how do I express His love? What does that look like in life? God's love compels us to love others in the way He loves us: it is a love that follows a divine pattern. 1 John 4 provides us with a model for expressing God's love.
This message covers three of the five characteristics in this chapter.
Synopsis: God's love not only transforms a person's soul - bringing new life, a new nature, and imparting eternal life -- but it also transforms a person's life on earth! God's design is that the manifestation of His incredible love (1Jn. 4:9) should compels us to offer two grateful responses, one of which is the expression of His love to others. Today's message answers the question "Why should we love one another?" with two reasons given in 1 John 4:7.
Synopsis: Whereas young children will readily accept the unconditional nature of God's love, teens and adults tend to interpret God's love on the basis of their own feelings and experiences, comparing it with human expressions of love or the lack thereof. If they have had unfortunate, painful experiences in life, they are more prone to believe that while God may love people generally, He has not shown much love personally to them.
So how do you and I know that God loves us personally? What evidences are there? Our text answers those questions in this morning's message.