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The Matthew Series - Sheep and Goats

Matthew 25:31-46 New International Version (NIV) The Sheep and the Goats 31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a s

Church Under Pressure 14. Where the Rubber Meets the Road

1 Thessalonians 5: 12 - 22 “The mark of true Christian faith is that it changes everything you do and say.” Believers who go regularly to church and profess to believe the Bible often seem to go along with practices of the world around them with hardly any thought that what they are doing is unbiblical and really wrong. They lie without hesitation. They evade paying their bills. They cheat on their taxes. They ignore needy people. They fail to keep appointments. They freeload shamelessly. They lose their tempers. They grow critical and caustic. They desert their mates. If the apostle Paul were here he would be very concerned about this. To him, the mark of true Christian faith is that it ch

Church Under Pressure 13. Like a Thief in the Night

1 Thessalonians 5: 1 - 11 Recent headline from The Independent: World War 3 is Coming. The article notes that both world wars in the 20th century were unanticipated. No one can say with certainty where the next world war will begin, but the author suggests Europe, the Middle East, and the Asia Pacific as the most likely flashpoints. Speaking of all the trouble in the world, Pope Francis said, “World War III has begun, piecemeal.” We know what he means: a battle here, an outbreak there, a terrorist attack in a big city, a revolution in the Middle East, and the relentless spread of nuclear weapons. One thing leads to another, and then you have Armageddon. So how close are we to the end of the

The Matthew Series - The Servant Talents

MATTHEW 65.The Servants Talents Matthew 25:14-30 New International Version (NIV) The Parable of the Bags of Gold 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 “After a long time the master of those servants retur

Church Camp 2019 3. Samson: Dealing With Fatal Flaws

Church Camp 2019 3. Samson: Dealing With Fatal Flaws Judges 13 - 16 Samson’s name means sunny but he ends up in total darkness. We won’t have time to hit all the highlights, or lowlights, of Samson’s life, but we will touch on some significant details. Samson’s feats are legendary but it’s his flaws that prove fatal. His 2 greatest weaknesses were romance and revenge. In fact, his weakness for women often led him on the road to revenge. He was extremely gifted, but certainly not godly. He was strong on the outside, but had no control on the inside. He was a he-man with a she-problem because he was led by his lust, not by the Lord. He was empowered by the Spirt but enslaved by his flesh. The

Church Camp 2019 2. Ruth: A Loyal Love Story

Many have said that the Book of Ruth is the most beautiful short story ever written. It’s an account of anxiety, fear, love and commitment that inflames the imagination and soothes the soul. It begins with despair and ends with delight. I want to give some background information that will help us understand what’s going on. While the Book of Ruth is a scintillating story of love and loyalty, we’re separated by thousands of miles and thousands of years from its setting. We’ll conclude with some ways to apply these loyal love lessons to our own lives. Background Information 1. Timing. The events take place during the time when the judges ruled in Israel. This was a period in which God’s people

Church Camp 2019 1. Gideon: Learning How To Trust

Judges 6 - 8 We’re kicking off this weekend to focus on some heroes, who were actually common men and women who did uncommon things because they trusted in the character of God. This morning we’ll look at a guy named Gideon. God loves to use ordinary people like Gideon to accomplish extraordinary things. That means He wants to use people just like you and me. Gideon’s Good News We’re going to work our way through Judges 6 - 8, as we focus on 8 truths that will help us grow in our trust of God. We’ll only be able to hit some highlights, or lowlights, so I hope you’ll read these 3 chapters for yourself. 1. God uses adversity to get our attention 6: 1 - 10 This was a very tough time in the h

Church Under Pressure 12. Jesus is Coming!

1 Thessalonians 4: 13 - 18 No one ever says, “Why don’t you come over Friday night and have a braai. We’ll talk about death.” Death is not a popular topic, but we all think about it sooner or later because death is inevitable. The Bible reminds us “it is appointed unto man once to die.” You may miss many appointments in your life, but that is one appointment you will not miss. But God’s Word speaks the truth: James 4: 4b “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” Moses said in Psalm 90: 5, 6 “You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new grass of the morning—though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and wither


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