Dec 9, 2012
Why Did Jesus Come? by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-9-12
Series: None

Why Did He Come?

Dec 8-9, 2012

Kid’s Christmas Program

 

Who Is He?

 He is the one Isaiah prophesied about

  • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6  

 He is the one the angels spoke about

  • And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:8-14  

 He is the one God spoke about

  • As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."   Matthew 3:16-17  

 He is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of the world

 

Why Did He Come?

 He came to be an expression of God’s love

  • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
 
  • But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

   He came to save the world

  • For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.   John 3:17-18
 
  • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.  Luke 19:10  

 He came to deal with our sin

  • …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.   Romans 3:23-24
 
  • Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:4-6  
 
  • The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  John 1:29  

 He came to show us the way to God

  • Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
 
  • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."  Acts 4:12  
 
  1. He came to reconcile us to God and make us holy
  • Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— Colossians 1:21-23  

 He came to give you a gift

 
  • Salvation
    • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
 
  • Eternal Life
    • But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23
 

He wants to give everyone the gift of salvation and eternal life

  Agree with what the word says about sin…
  • If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.          1 John 1:8-9
  Believe in Jesus
  • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
  Confess Him as Lord
  • That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.    Romans 10:9-10
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  • Dec 9, 2012Why Did Jesus Come? by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-9-12
    Dec 9, 2012
    Why Did Jesus Come? by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-9-12
    Series: None

    Why Did He Come?

    Dec 8-9, 2012

    Kid’s Christmas Program

     

    Who Is He?

     He is the one Isaiah prophesied about

    • For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6  

     He is the one the angels spoke about

    • And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10 But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." 13 Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 14 "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:8-14  

     He is the one God spoke about

    • As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased."   Matthew 3:16-17  

     He is the Son of God, the Messiah, and the Savior of the world

     

    Why Did He Come?

     He came to be an expression of God’s love

    • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
     
    • But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8

       He came to save the world

    • For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.   John 3:17-18
     
    • For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.  Luke 19:10  

     He came to deal with our sin

    • …for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.   Romans 3:23-24
     
    • Surely he took up our infirmities and carried our sorrows, yet we considered him stricken by God, smitten by him, and afflicted. 5 But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed. 6 We all, like sheep, have gone astray, each of us has turned to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  Isaiah 53:4-6  
     
    • The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, "Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!”  John 1:29  

     He came to show us the way to God

    • Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
     
    • Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved."  Acts 4:12  
     
    1. He came to reconcile us to God and make us holy
    • Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. 22 But now he has reconciled you by Christ's physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation— Colossians 1:21-23  

     He came to give you a gift

     
    • Salvation
      • For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith — and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast. Ephesians 2:8-9
     
    • Eternal Life
      • But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:22-23
     

    He wants to give everyone the gift of salvation and eternal life

      Agree with what the word says about sin…
    • If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.          1 John 1:8-9
      Believe in Jesus
    • "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
      Confess Him as Lord
    • That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.    Romans 10:9-10
  • Dec 4, 2012Learning To Forgive by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-2-12
    Dec 4, 2012
    Learning To Forgive by Pastor Rulon Combs 12-2-12
    Series: None

    Learning to Forgive

    December 1-2, 2012

    Mat 18:21-35

        Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?" Matthew 18:21-35  

    Forgiveness was a kingdom principle and a moral imperative

      Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. Matthew 6:12  

    God’s forgiveness was conditional or contingent upon him forgiving others.

      Matthew 6:14    Matthew 6:15   Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.     Matthew 18:22  

    Real love does not keep count of offenses.

      Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13:4-5   Isaiah 55:7   "Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. 24 As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him. 25 Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. Matthew 18:21-25   Romans 6:23   Hebrews 9:22  

    One day there will be an accounting for all of us

      For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:10   Romans 14:10-12   "The servant fell on his knees before him. 'Be patient with me,' he begged, 'and I will pay back everything.' Matthew 18:26   Hebrews 4:16   27 The servant's master took pity on him, canceled the debt and let him go. Matthew 18:27  

    It is the grace of God and the love of God that allows him to forgive us so completely

      "I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.” Isaiah 43:25   Micah 7:18-19    1 John 1:8-9   "But when that servant went out, he found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii. He grabbed him and began to choke him. 'Pay back what you owe me!' he demanded. Matthew 18:28  

    Whatever offense we have received, or whatever wrong someone has committed against us…it is absolutely miniscule compared to the debt we owed.

      Colossians 3:13   Leviticus 19:18   "His fellow servant fell to his knees and begged him, 'Be patient with me, and I will pay you back.' Matthew 18:29   "But he refused. Instead, he went off and had the man thrown into prison until he could pay the debt. Matthew 18:30   Proverbs 16:28    Proverbs 26:20     When the other servants saw what had happened, they were greatly distressed and went and told their master everything that had happened. Matthew 18:31   Psalm 82:3-4   "Then the master called the servant in. 'You wicked servant,' he said, 'I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. 33 Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?' 34 In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed.  Matthew 18:32-34   "This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart." Matthew 18:35    
  • Nov 25, 2012A Proper Persepective On Thanksgiving by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-25-12
    Nov 25, 2012
    A Proper Persepective On Thanksgiving by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-25-12
    Series: None

    A Proper Perspective On Thanksgiving

    November 25, 2012 Eph 5:19,20; 1 Thess 5:18
      Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. 3 For the Lord is the great God, the great King above all gods. Psalm 95:2-3     Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; make music to our God on the harp.           Psalm 147:7     Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and  your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7      Ezra 3:11         Colossians 4:2         Ephesians 5:19,20       I Thessalonians 5:16-18  

     

    Three Attitudes That Can Steal Our Gratitude

      One attitude that will rob our gratitude is pride. Another attitude that keeps us from being thankful is a critical spirit or constant complaining. A third attitude that keeps us from being grateful is carelessness.  

    Three Things We Learn About Thanksgiving From The Bible

     

    I. Our Thanksgiving Should Be Expressed

      "Enter his gates with thanksgiving in your heart." Psalm100   "Give thanks to the Lord for he is good." Psalm 107   Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?"  19 Then he said to him, "Rise and go; your faith has made you well." Luke 17:17-19   I will praise God’s name in song and glorify him with thanksgiving. 31 This will please the Lord more than an ox, more than a bull with its horns and hoofs.      Psalm 69:30-31     "For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened." Romans 1:21  

    II. Our Thanksgiving Should Be Extensive

     

    A.    The Blessings of Life.

      Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in his ways. 2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours. Psalm 128:1-2     Blessings crown the head of the righteous, but violence overwhelms the mouth of the wicked. Proverbs 10:6    

    B.     The Burdens of Life.

      "Give thanks in ALL circumstances” I Thessalonians 5:18   "always giving thanks." Ephesians 5:20   "I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us..." Romans 8:18   "That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecution, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong..." 2 Corinthians 12:10   "Now I want you to know brothers that what has happened to me has really served to advance the Gospel..." Philippians 1:12  

    C.    And The Benefits of Life

      Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits — 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, 4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, 5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's. Psalm 103:2-5    

    III. Our Thanksgiving Is Expected

      This is the mark of a Growing Christian. Our thanksgiving is also the mark of a Giving Christian.   You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Corinthians 9:11     "Every good gift and every perfect gift  is from above, and comes down from the father of lights." James 1:17   Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.                   2 Corinthians 9:7    
  • Nov 17, 2012Who Do You Say I Am? by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-17-12
    Nov 17, 2012
    Who Do You Say I Am? by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-17-12
    Series: None

    Who Do You Say I Am?

    Nov 17-18, 2012

    Mat 16:13-19

      When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?" Matthew 16:13    

    Why Son of Man?

     

    Humility

      "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30  

    It speaks of his position prophetically

      Daniel 7:13-14     They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." Matthew 16:14  

    How We View Jesus Will Greatly Influence The Type Of Person We Will Be, And The Kind Of Church We Will Be

     Some relate to Jesus through the ministry of John the Baptist…a message of repentance

    Some relate to Jesus because of the great miracles he does…like Elijah.

    The weeping prophet

      Other prophets - I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him. Deuteronomy 18:18   When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, "Who do people say the Son of Man is?"14 They replied, "Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets." 15 “But what about you?" he asked. "Who do you say I am?" 16 Simon Peter answered, "You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." 17 Jesus replied, "Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. 18   And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.  Matthew 16:13-18     Isaiah 9:6       Isaiah 53:2-6     “I tell you that you are Petros (a piece of the rock) and upon the petra (massive rock) of your confession of faith…I WILL BUILD MY CHURCH…and the gates of hell will not prevail against it!” Matthew 16:18     “I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. 20 However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven." Luke 10:19-20    I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven." Matthew 16:19    

    Having the keys of the kingdom gives us access to his plans, his power, his resources, his authority.

    • We don’t operate independent of the Lord…but in partnership with him

    •  We are his children and heirs of God…

      Now if we are children, then we are heirs — heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory. Romans 8:17  
    1. He has given us the keys and authority to overcome the enemy

      I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. Luke 10:19  
    1. He has given us the keys to do even greater things than he did…

      I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. 13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it. John 14:12-14  

    WHO DO YOU SAY JESUS IS?

     
  • Nov 11, 2012Veteran’s Day 2012 by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-11-12
    Nov 11, 2012
    Veteran’s Day 2012 by Pastor Rulon Combs 11-11-12
    Series: None

    Veteran’s Day 2012

    Nov 10-11, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

    The Military Theme Is No Stranger To The Bible

      Endure hardship with us like a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 No one serving as a soldier gets involved in civilian affairs — he wants to please his commanding officer.                                                                                         2 Timothy 2:3-4   1 Corinthians 9:7        Philippians 2:25    

    We Are In A Constant Battle

       For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.                          2 Corinthians 10:3-4   For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.                             Ephesians 6:12  NLT  

    Military Themes With Kingdom Principles

     

    Commitment to Mission

      “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."                                                                          Matthew 28:19-20     “Jesus replied: "'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'  38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'  40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."                                 Matthew 22:37-40  

    Commitment to Training

      Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26 Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. 27 No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.                                                                                                                                         1 Corinthians 9:25-27     1 Timothy 4:7-8                  Proverbs 22:6  

    Commitment to Equipping

      Therefore, put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God's righteousness. 15 For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. 16 In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 17 Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.                                                  Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT   2 Timothy 3:16-17             Ephesians 4:11-12 NKJV  

    Commitment to Discipline

      Endure hardship as discipline; God is treating you as sons. For what son is not disciplined by his father? 8 If you are not disciplined (and everyone undergoes discipline), then you are illegitimate children and not true sons. Hebrews 12:7-8     Proverbs 12:1                     Hebrews 12:11                    Acts 2:42  AMP  

    Commitment to Unit Cohesion     Leave no man behind…”

      If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!                                                                      Ecclesiastes 4:10     Philippians 2:1-4                Ephesians 4:3    

    Beyond These We Could Speak Of Duty, Honor, Courage…

      Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. Ecclesiastes 12:13     Humility and the fear of the Lord bring wealth and honor and life. Proverbs 22:4     Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be men of courage; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.                                                                 1 Corinthians 16:13-14    

    We Could Learn Something From Every Branch…

     
    • Air Force: Aim High…Fly, Fight, Win
     
    • Army: This We’ll Defend
     
    • Navy: Honor, Courage, Commitment
     
    • Coast Guard: Semper Paratus   “Always Ready
     
    • Marine Corps: Semper Fidelis "Always Faithful"
  • Nov 3, 2012Parable Of The Sower by Pastor Rulon Combs 11/3/12
    Nov 3, 2012
    Parable Of The Sower by Pastor Rulon Combs 11/3/12
    Series: None

    Parable of the Sower

    November 3-4, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

       "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. 20 The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. 22 The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. 23 But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown." Matthew 13:18-23      Hard Ground   "Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: 19 When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path.    Matthew 13:18-23  The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.                      2 Corinthians 4:4   I think if we are not careful, our hearts can become hard too
    • Through neglect
      • neglecting the Word
      • neglecting prayer
      • neglecting fellowship
    • Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12
      Rocky Ground   The one who received the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives it with joy. 21 But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. Matthew 13:20-21   There will always be those who receive the Word with joy…but do exactly nothing about it They are more like thermometers than thermostats. Rather than setting the temperature in their culture…they are highly influenced by the people and the circumstances around them. But when the sun  came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. Matthew 13:6 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”  James 1:2-4 And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.  Ezekiel 11:19-20  NLT   Thorny Ground   The one who received the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. Matthew 13:22 Though the stones may spoil the root…the thorns spoil the fruit  His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.  2 Peter 1:3 The goal of the seed is to produce fruit…but the distractions of life choke it out…so it us unable to produce.  These distractions usually fall into two categories…neither of them bad
    1. Making money
    2. Having fun
    How do you know if you are in this category? You have little or no fruit...
    • Scripture lists 6 kinds of fruit
    1. Rom 1:13 identifies soul-winning as fruit
    2. Rom 6:22 says holiness is a fruit
    3. Rom 15:28 calls financial giving a fruit
    4. Gal 5:22-23 lists the fruit of the Spirit
    5. Col 1:10 labels good works a fruit
    6. Heb 13:15 tells us that praise is a fruit
    Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.  Colossians 3:1-2   Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. Romans 8:5 “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:33-34   Good Ground “But the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown."  Matthew 13:23 The only thing that distinguishes the good soil from all the others…is abundant fruit
    • Those who hear, understand, put it together, and act on it…will produce abundant fruit
    1. Rom 1:13             soul-winning
    2. Rom 6:22             holiness
    3. Rom 15:28           financial giving
    4. Gal 5:22-23          fruit of the Spirit
    5. Col 1:10               good works
    6. Heb 13:15            praise is a fruit
    Sow for yourselves righteousness, reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12  And I will give them singleness of heart and put a new spirit within them. I will take away their stony, stubborn heart and give them a tender, responsive heart, 20 so they will obey my decrees and regulations. Then they will truly be my people, and I will be their God.  Ezekiel 11:19-20  NLT Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. 2 Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…  Hebrews 12:1-2 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Galatians 6:9        
  • Oct 23, 2012When Your Number Is Called by Pastor Tim Hamar 10-21-12
    Oct 23, 2012
    When Your Number Is Called by Pastor Tim Hamar 10-21-12

    When Your Number Is Called

    Pastor Tim Hamar

    10-20&21-12

    “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Jeremiah 29:11 “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.” 1 Corinthians 12:12

    Basic Goals Of A Christian

    ___________: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.” Mark 12:30 _______________: “Here's how you tell the difference between God's children and the Devil's children: The one who won't practice righteous ways isn't from God, nor is the one who won't love brother or sister. A simple test.”1 John 3:10 MSG _______________: “… you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…” 1 Peter 2:9 ________________: "And you, child, will be called the prophet of the Highest. For you will go before the face of the Lord to prepare His ways, To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace." Luke 1:76-79 _________________: “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." Matthew 28:19,20 _________________: "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:35

    3 Ways To Respond To God’s Call And His

    Mission For The Church:

    _________ it (selfish player) For ignoring the righteousness that comes from God, and seeking instead to establish their own righteousness, they did not submit to God’s righteousness. Romans 10:3 Answer the call _____________ (selfish player) "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth…” Revelation 3:15,16 Answer the call ______________ (team player) Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. Therefore I do not run like a man running aimlessly; I do not fight like a man beating the air. No, I beat my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.  1 Corinthians 9:24-27 “I'm staying alert and in top condition. I'm not going to get caught napping, telling everyone else all about it and then missing out myself.” 1 Corinthians 9:27 “As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.” Ephesians 4:1 “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27
  • Oct 16, 2012Who’s The Greatest by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-13-12
    Oct 16, 2012
    Who’s The Greatest by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-13-12

    Who’s the Greatest?

    October 13-14, 2012

    Luke 22:7-30

      “But the hand of him who is going to betray me is with mine on the table. The Son of Man will go as it has been decreed, but woe to that man who betrays him."         Luke 22:21-22   
    • "The time is coming," declares the Lord, "when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them," declares the Lord. 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time," declares the Lord. "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, 'Know the Lord,' because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest," declares the Lord. "For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more." Jeremiah 31 
      They began to question among themselves which of them it might be who would do this. Also a dispute arose among them as to which of them was considered to be greatest. Jesus said to them, "The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those who exercise authority over them call themselves Benefactors.” “But you are not to be like that. Instead, the greatest among you should be like the youngest, and the one who rules like the one who serves.”  Luke 22:23-26    Jesus warns His disciples to guard against theattitude of the current culture.   D. L. Moody “The measure of a man is not how many servants he has, but how many men he serves.”   Serving others is a Kingdom principle that we can all participate in.  
    • You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13-14 
     
    • Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. Galatians 6:10
     
    • “Not so with you. Instead, whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever wants to be first must be your slave— 28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."  Matthew 20:26-28
     
    • Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men, 8 because you know that the Lord will reward everyone for whatever good he does, whether he is slave or free. Ephesians 6:7-8 
     
    • Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.  9 Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. 10 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. 11 If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen. 1 Peter 4:8-11
      How do we maintain a servant’s heart and guard against the desire to have power over others?  Examples: Moses and Jesus  
    • Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite. 2 "Has the Lord spoken only through Moses?" they asked. "Hasn't he also spoken through us?" And the Lord heard this.
      3 (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)  
    • “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."  Matthew 11:29-30
     There are many benefits that come to those who cultivate a life of humility.  
    • You save the humble but bring low those whose eyes are haughty. Psalm 18:27 
     
    • He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. Psalm 25:9
     
    • The Lord sustains the humble but casts the wicked to the ground. Psalm 147:6
     
    • Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Ephesians 4:2-3
     
    • He has showed you, O man, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Micah 6:8
       “For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one who is at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. 28 You are those who have stood by me in my trials. 29 And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me…”  Luke:22 27-29   
  • Oct 7, 2012A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church Part 2 by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-7-12
    Oct 7, 2012
    A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church Part 2 by Pastor Rulon Combs 10-7-12

    A Kingdom Church is a Praying Church: Part 2

    October 6-7, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

     

    …if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.                                   2 Chronicles 7:14  

    The more praying we do as a church, the more we will grow spiritually, and the more we will understand God’s love.

     
    • For this reason I kneel before the Father, 15 from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. 16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, 18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, 19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge — that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.                                                                                                                   Ephesians 3:14-19  
     
    • For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. 10 And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, 11 being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience…                         Colossians 1:9-11 
     
    • His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. 4 Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.                     2 Peter 1:3-4  
     

    The more praying we do as a church, the more boldness, courage, and passion we will have to reach our lost friends, neighbors, and relatives for Christ.

     
    • On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: "Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."                                                                                              Acts 1:4, 8  
     
    • After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.    Acts 4:31 
     
    • Pray also for me, that whenever I open my mouth, words may be given me so that I will fearlessly make known the mystery of the gospel…  Ephesians 6:19  

    The more praying we do as a church, the more desire there will be in the hearts of our people to do the works of the ministry.

     
    • It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God's people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up…                                                                       Ephesians 4:11-12 
     
    • From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.                                                                        Ephesians 4:16 
     
    • Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field."                                                             Matthew 9:37-38  

    The more praying that is done by a church, the less influence Satan  will have on the people in the church and for those being prayed for outside the church.

     
    • But I am afraid that just as Eve was deceived by the serpent's cunning, your minds may somehow be led astray from your sincere and pure devotion to Christ.                                                                      2 Corinthians 11:3  
     
    • The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.                                                                             2 Corinthians 4:4  
     
    •  “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.”                                                   John 17:15  
     
    • "Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers."                                                      Luke 22:31-32  
      There are some wonderful blessings in store for the church that prays
    • We can experience greater spiritual growth than we thought possible
    • We can approach the lost with greater boldness and passion than ever before
    • We can see more people involved in effective ministry
      What will the church have to do to receive and enjoy these blessings?   "So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened.”                      Luke 11:9-10 
  • Sep 30, 2012A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-30-12
    Sep 30, 2012
    A Kingdom Church Is A Praying Church by Pastor Rulon Combs 9-30-12

    A Kingdom Church is a Praying Church

    Sept 30, 2012

    Pastor Rulon Combs

    • “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Matt 6:33-34
     
    • "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. 45 "Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. 46 When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it…”   Matt 13:44-46
     
    • “From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it.”  Matt 11:12
     

    Kingdom business always has two sides

      There will always be the practical or physical side of ministry   At the same time, going on all around us, there is the spiritual side  
    • Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain…Ps 127:1 
    •  “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."     Acts 1:8
    •  "I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:5
    •  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Cor 10:4
    •  For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Eph 6:12
      It is the power of God and the presence of God that distinguishes us from all other entities or all others people groups on earth.  
    • Then Moses said to him, "If your Presence does not go with us, do not send us up from here. How will anyone know that you are pleased with me and with your people unless you go with us?  What else will distinguish me and your people from all the other people on the face of the earth?"  Exod 33:15-16
     It is essential that we continue to pursue excellence in ministry
    •   What can we do as a church to insure that we are not depending on strategies alone?
    •  What can we do as a church to access this divine power the Bible speaks of?
    •  How can we line ourselves up with God’s will and God’s ways so we are not building in vain?
    •  How can we avoid the dangers of being an inflatable army…and become a force to be reckoned with?
      Answer: We tap into the power of God through prayer
    •  The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 2 Cor 10:4
    •  One of the most powerful spiritual weapons we have at our disposal is prayer
     

    The Bible has much to say about prayer, its mentioned over 350 times in the New Testament alone

    •  Eph 6:18   And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.
    •  Acts 12:12   When this had dawned on him, he went to the house of Mary the mother of John, also called Mark, where many people had gathered and were praying.
    •  Matt 18:19   "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.”

    Benefits of a praying church

    1.    When a ‘kingdom’ focused church prays, the more unity and singleness of purpose will exist.
    •  Acts 4:32   All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had.
    •  Acts 2:42-47   They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
    •  John 17:20-23   "My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world may believe that you have sent me. I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one as we are one: I in them and you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to let the world know that you sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.”
       2.    When a church that is ‘kingdom’ focused prays, the more genuine love the people will have for God, for each other, and for the world.
    •  And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight…   Phil 1:9
    •  May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.  1 Thess 3:12
    •  "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another."  John 13:34-35
     3.    The more that ‘kingdom people’ pray, the more people in the church will know God, and the greater the sense of His presence will be in their lives , especially as they pray corporately
    •  After they prayed, the place where they were meeting was shaken. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and spoke the word of God boldly.  Acts 4:31
    •  "Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them." Matt 18:19-20
    4.    The more a ‘kingdom’ church prays, the more joy, confidence, security, faith, and peace they will experience.
    •  You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. Ps 16:11
    •  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:6-7
     5.    The more praying that is done ‘kingdom’ focused people, the more God will work through the preaching of the pastor.
    •  With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.  Acts 4:33 
    •  Acts Chapter 2 – The followers of Christ had been fervently praying in the upper room
    •  When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Acts 2:1  
    •  Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: "Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. Acts 2:14 
    •  When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, "Brothers, what shall we do?" Acts 2:37  
    •  With many other words he warned them; and he pleaded with them, "Save yourselves from this corrupt generation."  Those who accepted his message were baptized, and about three thousand were added to their number that day. Acts 2:40-41 
    •  Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you. II Th 3:1 
     

    OK…I can see that there are benefits to praying: to me as well as to the church…but practically speaking…I am not sure where to start…

     
    • How do I pray?
    • When do I pray?
    • What do I pray?
      Action Steps   __ Pray 10 minutes a day at home   __ Come to one weekly corporate prayer: Sunday 8am, Tuesday 11am, Saturday 5pm _____________________________________________________________

    Praying For The Church

      1.       Thank God for His many blessingsPs 100:4, Php 4:6
    • His provision
    • His salvation
    • His presence
    • His peace and love
    • His grace and mercy
    • Eternal life
    • For His Word
    • For forgiveness
    • For wisdom
    • For family
    • Church family
    • For purpose
     
     2.       Pray that God’s kingdom would be established and His will would be done in your life, in your family’s lives, and in the churchMatt 6:10
    • His ways and thoughts
    • His authority, His plans
    • His power, His purposes
    • His perspective, His priorities
    • Strategies to accomplish his plans
    • His manifest presence
      3.       Pray that God would send laborers – Matt 9:37,38
    • Pray that you and every believer would discover his God given ministry
    • Pray that Living Faith would grow in maturity and numbers
    • Pray that every believer would have a greater passion for the lost
    • Pray that God would raise up a new generation of prayer warriors
    • Pray that the church would have greater influence than ever before
    4.       Pray for people who need to experience God’s love and forgiveness1 Tim 2:1
    • That they would be saved
    • For divine revelation of God’s love
    • Pray that strongholds would be demolished
    • For surrendered hearts
    • That they would enjoy the peace and freedom that Jesus offers
    • Pray for divine encounters
     
     5.       Pray for your pastors and other church leaders2 Thess 3:1, Col 4:3
    • God’s will – divine direction
    • God’s wisdom – divine perception
    • God’s understanding – divine comprehension
    • God’s holiness – divine perfection
    • God’s pleasure – divine gratification
    • Increase of effectiveness – increased productivity
    • Increase of spiritual growth – increased spirituality
    • Increase of strength – increased durability
    • Increase of patience – increased tenacity
    • Increase of joy – increased delight
    6.       Confess and repent of your sins as well as the sins of the church – James 5:16
    • Bitterness, suspicion, jealousy, division, disunity, unforgiveness,
    • Wrong attitudes, wrong motives, judgmental attitude, selfishness, unforgiveness
    • Worldly or fleshly desires, life controlling habits, unforgiveness
    • Pride and arrogance, having our own agenda, and…unforgiveness
    7.       Pray for our weekend services – Acts 4:31
    • Anointed messages
    • Manifest presence of God
    • Outpouring of the Holy Spirit
    • The miracle of salvation
    • Responsive hearts
    • Unity in the Body