Mar 10, 2013
The Lone Leper by Pastor Tim Hamar 3-10-13
Series: None
 

The Lone Leper

 

Luke 17:11-19 Ten Lepers

11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”   "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 1.      The men ______________ Jesus   “Who do people say that I am?” So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again." Luke 9:18, 19 2.      Had _______ that Jesus would _______ them   Ephesians 2:8 says that we are Saved by grace through Faith in Jesus.   “…I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 3.      They were ___________ through obedience   “…abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” Luke 6:45 4.      Only one ____________ Jesus for who He is   This was a deliberate and intentional action. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 Application: Have a correct understanding of who Jesus is. Grow your faith in Him "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18  Be sure that you are walking on the path that God has made.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  Fall at the feet of Jesus  

“…Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29

   
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  • Mar 10, 2013The Lone Leper by Pastor Tim Hamar 3-10-13
    Mar 10, 2013
    The Lone Leper by Pastor Tim Hamar 3-10-13
    Series: None
     

    The Lone Leper

     

    Luke 17:11-19 Ten Lepers

    11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him—and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Has no one returned to give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.”   "I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world." John 16:33 1.      The men ______________ Jesus   “Who do people say that I am?” So they answered and said, "John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again." Luke 9:18, 19 2.      Had _______ that Jesus would _______ them   Ephesians 2:8 says that we are Saved by grace through Faith in Jesus.   “…I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” Matthew 17:20 3.      They were ___________ through obedience   “…abundance of the heart the mouth speaks” Luke 6:45 4.      Only one ____________ Jesus for who He is   This was a deliberate and intentional action. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 Application: Have a correct understanding of who Jesus is. Grow your faith in Him "You have faith, and I have works." Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18  Be sure that you are walking on the path that God has made.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  Fall at the feet of Jesus  

    “…Who do you say that I am?” Mark 8:29

       
  • Mar 3, 2013God Cares About My Money by Pastor Rulon Combs 3-3-13
    Mar 3, 2013
    God Cares About My Money by Pastor Rulon Combs 3-3-13
    Series: None

    God Cares About My Money

    March 2-3, 2012

    Nehemiah 5

      Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their Jewish brothers. Some were saying, "We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain." Others were saying, "We are mortgaging our fields, our vineyards and our homes to get grain during the famine." Still others were saying, "We have had to borrow money to pay the king's tax on our fields and vineyards. Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our countrymen and though our sons are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject our sons and daughters to slavery. Some of our daughters have already been enslaved, but we are powerless, because our fields and our vineyards belong to others."  Nehemiah 5:1-5   It is often in the arena of finances that our faith is tested   Jesus reminds us that we ultimately have to choose between serving God and serving money.   "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money. Matthew 6:24    It is only after we have made that critical shift that we are able to trust Him in this important area   Matthew 6:25-27   We are admonished to cultivate a heart of generosity…because generosity demonstrates radical faith in God.   Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. Luke 6:38a     There is a direct correlation between our giving and the level of blessing we walk in…   For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."   Luke 6:38b     Jesus tells us that if you want to discover what is important to someone, all you have to do is follow the money   "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”          Matthew 6:19-21   Radical faith and radical love are often demonstrated by radical giving  
    • Abraham and Isaac – Gen 22
    • He made a radical commitment to give his most precious possession
     
    • The people of Israel who brought offerings for the tabernacle
      Exodus 36:4-7    
    • Elijah and the widow – 1 Kings 17 – the oil and the flower
     
    • Zacchaeus - Luke 19 – Zacchaeus did something that prompted Jesus to make an incredible statement…
     
    • Jesus said to him, "Today salvation has come to this house…”
     
    • But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, "Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount."
     
    • Paul and the Macedonians  -  2 Corinthians 8:1-4
     
    • God and his love – John 3 – For God so loved that he gave…
     

    Final Thoughts From Nehemiah

      The Nobles were more interested in their own work then they were in the work of God   The next section was repaired by the men of Tekoa, but their nobles would not put their shoulders to the work under their supervisors.  Nehemiah 3:5   God loved them too much to let them continue using others… Response: Verses 12-13 They had a change of heart…they lined up their lives with the Word of God…the Bible calls that repentance They added action to their repentance and made a radical financial commitment They did it that day…they didn’t drag their feet or procrastinate Finally we see that they followed through and they kept their promise
  • Feb 24, 2013Winning The Battle of Discouragement by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-24-13
    Feb 24, 2013
    Winning The Battle of Discouragement by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-24-13
    Series: None

    Winning the Battle of Discouragement

    February 24, 2013

    Nehemiah 4:7-23

     

    Four Causes of Discouragement

     

    A loss of strength

      Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, "The strength of the laborers is giving out…” Nehemiah 4:10a    

    A loss of perspective

      “…there is so much rubble…” Nehemiah 4:10b    A loss of confidence   “…we cannot rebuild the wall." Nehemiah 4:10c  

    A loss of security

      Also our enemies said, "Before they know it or see us, we will be right there among them and will kill them and put an end to the work." Nehemiah 4:11  

    Five Strategies That Will Help You

    Defeat Discouragement

     

    Remember, Reconnect, and Rearm  

      Therefore I stationed some of the people behind the lowest points of the wall at the exposed places, posting them by families, with their swords, spears and bows. Nehemiah 4:13    

    Refocus on the Lord

      After I looked things over, I stood up and said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "Don't be afraid of them. Remember the Lord, who is great and awesome…” Nehemiah 4:14   You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3     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    

    Reestablish Balance

      “…fight for your brothers, your sons and your daughters, your wives and your homes." When our enemies heard that we were aware of their plot and that God had frustrated it, we all returned to the wall, each to his own work. Nehemiah 4:14b-15   From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me. Nehemiah 4:16-18   There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,  a time to kill and a time to heal,a time to tear down and a time to build,  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8    

    Review Your Emergency Plan

      Then I said to the nobles, the officials and the rest of the people, "The work is extensive and spread out, and we are widely separated from each other along the wall. 20 Wherever you hear the sound of the trumpet, join us there. Our God will fight for us!" Nehemiah 4:19-20  

    Recommit to Being there for Others

      So we continued the work with half the men holding spears, from the first light of dawn till the stars came out. 22 At that time I also said to the people, "Have every man and his helper stay inside Jerusalem at night, so they can serve us as guards by night and workmen by day." 23 Neither I nor my brothers nor my men nor the guards with me took off our clothes; each had his weapon, even when he went for water. Nehemiah 4:21-23  
  • Feb 17, 2013Silencing The Critics by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-17-13
    Feb 17, 2013
    Silencing The Critics by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-17-13
    Series: None

    Silencing the Critics

    February 16-17, 2013

    Nehemiah Chapter 4

      When Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became angry and was greatly incensed…   Nehemiah 4:1a     Any time you endeavor to build something noble…the enemy will become angry   The enemy takes notice when you begin to make progress   Growth and oppositiongo hand in hand…progress and opposition go hand in hand   If you ever decide to rebuild what the enemy has destroyedyou better be ready for opposition   He ridiculed the Jews…  Nehemiah 4:1b     The enemy often insults the servants of God.
    • Goliath ridiculed David  - 1 Samuel 17:41-47
    • The soldiers mocked Jesus  - Luke 22:63-65, 23:35-37
      …and in the presence of his associates and the army of Samaria, he said, "What are those feeble Jews doing? Will they restore their wall? Will they offer sacrifices? Will they finish in a day? Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble — burned as they are?" Nehemiah 4:2   Critics love company - They want to share their great insights with others - Acts 5:27-39    Our tongues can get us in so much trouble  - James 3:1-10    

    Sanballat asks 5 questions:

    1. What are these feeble Jews doing? 2. Will they restore their wall? 3. Will they offer sacrifices? 4. Will they finish in a day? 5. Can they bring the stones back to life from those heaps of rubble — burned as they are?    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    Tobiah the Ammonite, who was at his side, said, "What they are building — if even a fox climbed up on it, he would break down their wall of stones!" Nehemiah 4:3     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   So how did Nehemiah respond to the criticism and the ridicule?
    •  He prayed
    •  He persisted
      Hear us, O our God, for we are despised. Turn their insults back on their own heads. Give them over as plunder in a land of captivity. 5 Do not cover up their guilt or blot out their sins from your sight, for they have thrown insults in the face of the builders. Nehemiah 4:4  
    • Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.  Luke 6:28
     
    • Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." Luke 23:34
      So we rebuilt the wall till all of it reached half its height, for the people worked with all their heart. Nehemiah 4:6 Nothing emboldens or excites a critic more than when he is able to slow down the progress
    • Get back to work…doing what God called you to do
      Conclusion:      Conflict and opposition are part of life…particularly when you want to do something significant for God  2.      Critics will always be angry when something is happening in your life that is not happening in theirs  3.      Whether it is in the workplace or in your faith journey…you must not allow the critics to rob your joy or stop your progress  4.      Nehemiah taught us two essential secrets to move go from criticism to joy  a.      Cultivate a life of prayer b.      Get back to work…get back on course
  • Feb 10, 2013Examine The Walls by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-10-13
    Feb 10, 2013
    Examine The Walls by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-10-13
    Series: None

    Examine the Walls

    February 9-10, 2013

     

    Nehemiah Examines the Walls Nehemiah 2:11-18

                   

    A Healthy Church Will Closely Examine Areas That Need To Be Built Up

      Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you-- unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5   Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the LORD. Lamentations 3:40   "Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?” Luke 14:28  

    A Healthy, Growing Church Will Be Mindful Of

    The Materials They Use

     

    A Healthy Church Will Grow Stronger Through Worship

    (to adore, prostrate, revere, serve)

                            Worship speaks of our relationship with the Lord. Without a healthy, dynamic, passionate love for God…there can be no effective:
    • Fellowship
    • Discipleship
    • Ministry
    • Evangelism
    • Without a dynamic love for God…we are just a club
      Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. Deuteronomy 6:5    Psalm 96:9       Romans 12:1     Matthew 5:8      John 14:15-16   There will be a direct correlation between the love we have for God and our ability to accomplish his purposes...or obey his commands  

    A Healthy Church Will Grow Warmer Through Fellowship

      The Bible says that we need to love people into the church.   "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another." John 13:34-35    Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.  Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. I John 4:7-8  

    A Healthy Church Will Grow Deeper

    Through Discipleship

      If we are going to grow as individuals or as a group, we must have a strong foundation in the Word of God.   All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17    Colossians 3:16     Colossians 1:27-28   

    A Healthy Church Will Grow Broader Through Ministry

                    Ministry simply means serving in practical ways.   And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ… Ephesians 4:11-12    2 Corinthians 5:18      2 Corinthians 5:20   It seems that real love always gives…always acts…always sacrifices…always serves  

    A Healthy Church Will Grow Larger Through Evangelism And Outreach

      Outreach speaks of our relationship to the lost people in our sphere of influence.   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    Romans 10:13-14  2 Peter 3:9           God is passionate about the lost…and He has given us the mission to reconcile lost people to Him   All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  “We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God!” 2 Corinthians 5:18-20  
  • Feb 2, 2013It Takes Teamwork by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-2-13
    Feb 2, 2013
    It Takes Teamwork by Pastor Rulon Combs 2-2-13
    Series: None
     

    The Power of Teamwork

    Feb 2-3, 2013

    Nehemiah Chapter 3

     

    Every Christ follower is an important

    part of the team

    We are all part of the Body of Christ

      Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. Romans 12:4-5   The body is a unit, though it is made up of many parts; and though all its parts are many, they form one body. So it is with Christ. 1 Corinthians 12:12     Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.           1 Corinthians 12:27    

    God uses people from all walks of life to accomplish his purposes.

       

    There is exponential power in teamwork

     It was unity of purpose that allowed Nehemiah’s team to accomplish so much

     As a team, we are called to cultivate that same kind of unity of purpose

      May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you a spirit of unity among yourselves as you follow Christ Jesus, Romans 15:5                    1 Corinthians 1:10                     Philippians 2:2

     Genesis Chapter 11:  “Let us…” 

    • We can accomplish so much by simply learning to work together in unity
    • There is just something powerful about unity
    • God said, “…nothing they plan to do will be impossible.”

     There are many benefits we enjoy when we work as a team

     There will always be a few that feel called to the ministry of observation

      Next to them the Tekoites made repairs; but their nobles did not put their shoulders to the work of their Lord. Nehemiah 3:5  

    We all have a crucial role to play on the team

    Sometimes we just don’t know where we fit in…we don’t know what our position is

     

    God has made every one of us vital to the function of the body. No bench warmers in the Kingdom of God

     

    I Cor. 12:14-27     Romans 12:4-8

      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 until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.   Ephesians 4:11-13                 

    Every person’s contribution is needed to accomplish what God has called us to do here in Cottage Grove

     
    1. Including: outreach, hospitality, fellowship
    2. Instructing: teaching, small groups
    3. Involving: inviting others to join you in serving
    4. Investing: time, talent, treasures

     God has given each one of us gifts and abilities to use

     
    1. We use them to fulfill his purposes
    2. We use them to accomplish his will
    3. We use our gifts and abilities to honor him

    Nehemiah shows us the principle of “division of labor”

                                                                

    Your biggest opportunities are often close to home

      Beyond them, Benjamin and Hasshub made repairs in front of their house; and next to them, Azariah son of Maaseiah, the son of Ananiah, made repairs beside his house. Nehemiah 3:23  
  • Jan 26, 2013Banishing Discouragement by Pastor Duane Parrish 1-26-13
    Jan 26, 2013
    Banishing Discouragement by Pastor Duane Parrish 1-26-13
    Series: None
  • Jan 19, 2013How To Tackle A Big Job by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-19-13
    Jan 19, 2013
    How To Tackle A Big Job by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-19-13
    Series: None

    How to Tackle a Big Job

    January 19-20, 2013

    Nehemiah Chapter 2

       

    Nehemiah discovers God’s plan and waits for God’s timing.

      In the month of Nisan in the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when wine was brought for him, I took the wine and gave it to the king. Nehemiah 2:1   Sometimes we can have God’s plan…but miss His timing   But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations.   Psalm 33:11   Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed. Proverbs 15:22   Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.Proverbs 16:3   But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 2 Peter 3:8 

     Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s authority

      Then I prayed to the God of heaven, and I answered the king, "If it pleases the king and if your servant has found favor in his sight, let him send me to the city in Judah where my fathers are buried so that I can rebuild it." Then the king, with the queen sitting beside him, asked me,"How long will your journey take, and when will you get back?" It pleased the king to send me; so I set a time. Nehemiah 2:4-6   Not only has God given us authority, but we have been given a divine mandate.   Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, 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 28:18-20 Matthew 16:19                    Luke 9:1-2   
    • There will be times that you may have resources and tools to do a thing, but no authority.

     Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s protection

       I also said to him, "If it pleases the king, may I have letters to the governors of Trans-Euphrates, so that they will provide me safe-conduct until I arrive in Judah?” Nehemiah 2:7  
    • Nehemiah anticipated that there would be opposition from the enemy
      When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard about this, they were very much disturbed that someone had come to promote the welfare of the Israelites.Nehemiah 2:10   
    • When we reach out to restore broken lives…the enemy will take notice
      Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.1 Peter 5:8   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   Psalm 41:2           2 Thessalonians 3:3-4  

     Nehemiah knew that he would need the king’s provision

      And may I have a letter to Asaph, keeper of the king's forest, so he will give me timber to make beams for the gates of the citadel by the temple and for the city wall upon me, the king granted my requests. Nehemiah 2:8    When God calls us to do a job, he will provide the people and the resources we need to accomplish it.   And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:19   
    • Authority and provision go hand in hand
      What is true for the church is true for each one of us.  The Lord gives us God sized dreams…  
    1. If we are going to accomplish God’s purposes…
    • We will need to follow his plan: include, instruct, involve, invest
    • We will need to follow his timing
    • We will not just proceed with His authorization…but his authority
    • We will need to have his protection
    • We will need his provision
       
  • Jan 12, 2013Time To Build by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-12-13
    Jan 12, 2013
    Time To Build by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-12-13
    Series: None

    Time to Build

    January 12-13, 2012

    Nehemiah 1

     

    His concern for the welfare of Jerusalem

    and its people moves him to tears

    A Healthy Church Will Be Acutely Aware Of The Desperate Needs In Their Community

     

    The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

     

    When he (Jesus) saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Matthew 9:36

     

    Whoever turns a sinner from the error of his way will save him from death and cover over a multitude of sins. James 5:20

     

    I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Luke 15:7

     

    If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal.  If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing. 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

     

    “For God so loved…”  - John 3:16

     

    His concern for the welfare of Jerusalem

    and its people moves him to pray.

    A healthy, growing church will be a praying church

                   

    We must be completely dependent on the Lord in every area

     

    Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Psalm 127:1

     

    Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.          Proverbs 3:5-6

     

    It was during this time of prayer that a plan began to form

    Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21

     

    Nehemiah was not only moved to tears

    and to prayer. He was moved to action

     

    A healthy, growing church will move out of their comfort zone and be a living, active force in their community

     

    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 (spectators and observers?)  workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9:37-38

     

    What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save him?   Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to him, "Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it?  In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. James 2:14-17  

     

    The LORD turned to him and said, "Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian's hand. Am I not sending you?" Judges 6:14

     

    God will supply everything we need to build his kingdom…and as we build this new addition…but it will take everyone’s participation

     

    1. Like Nehemiah…we are going to have to be acutely aware of the needs of those around us
    2. Like Nehemiah…we will need to continue to pray: wisdom, favor, provision
    3. Like Nehemiah…we will need to add action to our faith

     

    And now, brothers, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. Out of the most severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, 4 they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the saints. 2 Corinthians 8:1-4

     

    Then I said to them, "You see the trouble we are in: Jerusalem lies in ruins, and its gates have been burned with fire. Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no longer be in disgrace." I also told them about the gracious hand of my God upon me and what the king had said to me. They replied, "Let us start rebuilding." So they began this good work.   Nehemiah 2:17-18

  • Jan 6, 2013Sin Is A Process by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-6-13
    Jan 6, 2013
    Sin Is A Process by Pastor Rulon Combs 1-6-13
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    Sin is a Process

    Genesis 3

     

    The Set Up

      Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. Genesis 3:1a   More crafty…   He said to the woman, "Did God really say, 'You must not eat from any tree in the garden'?" Genesis 3:1b   “Did God really say…?”   The woman said to the serpent, "We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, 3 but God did say, 'You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.'" Genesis 3:2   Eve concludes that God is actually quite generous…   Then her attention turns to what she can’t have…   "You will not surely die," the serpent said to the woman. Genesis 3:4  

    He calls God a liar

    • He wants us to believe that there are no consequences to disobedience
     

    He encourages us to focus on the ‘positive’ aspects of disobedience

      "For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." Genesis 3:5  

    The enemy will also accuse God of being selfish

     

    Satan appeals to our sense of entitlement

     

    He insinuates that God does not have our best interests in mind

      When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it.    Genesis 3:6a  

    This is a common pattern…that continues into the New Testament…and into today

    • 1John 2:16-17
     

    The most effective temptation is multifaceted…it affects several areas at once.

    • eyes
    • flesh
    • pride
     

    She acted on her desires.

    • James 1:13-15
       She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Genesis 3:6b  

    Misery loves company

     

    The Cover Up

      Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:7  

    As surely as the Holy Spirit is there encouraging you not to sin…he is also there to convict you of sin after the fact

     

    Then you…like Adam and Eve…experience all kinds of emotions

     

    There is a tendency after you sin to run away and hide

      Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. Genesis 3:8   But the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?" Genesis 3:9   He answered, "I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid." Genesis 3:10  

    Sin often moves our relationships from an environment of love and trust, to an environment of fear and shame

      And he said, "Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?" Genesis 3:11  

    God addresses our sin directly

      The man said, "The woman you put here with me — she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it." Then the Lord God said to the woman, "What is this you have done?" The woman said, "The serpent deceived me, and I ate." Genesis 3:12-13  

    Learn the discipline of confession and repentance

     
    • Acts 3:19        1 John 1:8-2:2
     

    The Pay Up

      So the Lord God said to the serpent, "Because you have done this, "Cursed are you above all the livestock and all the wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel." To the woman he said, "I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you." To Adam he said, "Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, 'You must not eat of it,' "Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return." Genesis 3:14-19  

    There are consequences to our actions

     
    • Galatians 6:7-9
     
    • It is critical that we repent quickly and confess our sins to the Lord
      Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living. The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. Genesis 3:20-21  

    Picture of God’s grace

     
    • Hebrews 9:22  
      And the Lord God said, "The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever." So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life. Genesis 3:22-24  

    Their sin had lifelong ramifications…