Jan 1, 2014
Putting First Things First 2014
Series: general

01-01-2014 WED Putting First Things First 2014Putting First Things First

1.  A PURSUIT, “SEEK” = TO SEARCH FOR TO TRY   TO FIND OR OBTAIN (Lk. 19:10; 1 Cor. 1:22;   Heb. 11:6; Jn. 5:44) 2.  A PRIORITY “FIRST” = “NO POSTPONING”   (Mt. 5:24, 7:5; Isa. 55:6; Ps. 27:4) 3. A PRIVILEGE, “THE KINGDOM OF GOD” = “THE   RULE OF THE UN-GRIEVED SPIRIT IN THE   BELIEVER.” (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 4:20;   Gen. 32:26, 28; Lk. 17:20-21; Ro. 14:17) 4.  A PURITY, “AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS” = “A   RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HIMSELF”   (Deut. 4:29; Jer.   29:13; Mt. 5:8) 5.  A PROMISE, “ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE   GIVEN TO YOU AS WELL” 6.  A PROVISIONS, “GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF   YOU” 7.  A PRINCIPLE, “FORGET ABOUT ‘ALL THESE   THINGS’ AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THEM. SEEK   THESE THINGS AND THEY WILL ELUDE YOU”   (Mt. 16:25; Jn. 12:25; 1 Jn. 5:3; Mt. 11:29)  



  • Jan 1, 2014Putting First Things First 2014
    Jan 1, 2014
    Putting First Things First 2014
    Series: general

    01-01-2014 WED Putting First Things First 2014Putting First Things First

    1.  A PURSUIT, “SEEK” = TO SEARCH FOR TO TRY   TO FIND OR OBTAIN (Lk. 19:10; 1 Cor. 1:22;   Heb. 11:6; Jn. 5:44) 2.  A PRIORITY “FIRST” = “NO POSTPONING”   (Mt. 5:24, 7:5; Isa. 55:6; Ps. 27:4) 3. A PRIVILEGE, “THE KINGDOM OF GOD” = “THE   RULE OF THE UN-GRIEVED SPIRIT IN THE   BELIEVER.” (Acts 1:8; 1 Cor. 4:20;   Gen. 32:26, 28; Lk. 17:20-21; Ro. 14:17) 4.  A PURITY, “AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS” = “A   RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD HIMSELF”   (Deut. 4:29; Jer.   29:13; Mt. 5:8) 5.  A PROMISE, “ALL THESE THINGS WILL BE   GIVEN TO YOU AS WELL” 6.  A PROVISIONS, “GOD WILL TAKE CARE OF   YOU” 7.  A PRINCIPLE, “FORGET ABOUT ‘ALL THESE   THINGS’ AND YOU WILL RECEIVE THEM. SEEK   THESE THINGS AND THEY WILL ELUDE YOU”   (Mt. 16:25; Jn. 12:25; 1 Jn. 5:3; Mt. 11:29)  



  • Dec 29, 2013Staying Power (Phillippians 1:6)
    Dec 29, 2013
    Staying Power (Phillippians 1:6)
    Series: general

    12-29-2013 SUN (Phil 1 6)  Staying PowerSTAYING POWER - Philippians 1:6

    What I Want For The New Year: 1. Faith enough to accept whatever God designs for me  (Rom. 8:28; 1 Cor. 10:13; Eph. 2:10; Phil. 1:6; Jer. 18:6; Eph. 5:20) 2. A life so yielded to God that I realize His complete purpose for me (Rom. 12:2, 6:13)  3. Gratitude enough to be thankful for every mercy and blessing of God (Ps. 103:2, 68:19; Lam. 3:22, 32; Ps. 86:5; Ro. 1:21, 24-25) 4. Enough patience to build Praise Center Church into an even greater ministry (2 Cor. 6:4; James 1:3;  Ro. 5:3)  5. God’s smile and approval on all I say and do (2 Cor. 5:9; Gen. 17: 1-2)  6. Grace Enough To Be Sweet Under All Conditions  (2 Tim. 4:2)  

    “The only gift Jesus Christ desires from us is ourselves. This year let us make our lives fit to offer to Him.

    Only the grace of God can enable us to do that.”

  • Dec 22, 2013Romans 3:21-26 – The Way To Be Right With God
    Dec 22, 2013
    Romans 3:21-26 – The Way To Be Right With God

    12-22-2013 SUN (Rom 3 21-26) The Way to be Right With God


    ROMANS 3:21-26


    a.) Righteousness “Without the law” (Rom. 3:21) b.) Righteousness foretold “Witnessed” (Rom. 3:21) c.) Righteousness revealed in Jesus Christ (Rom. 3:22) (Rom. 10:4; 1 Cor. 1:30; Phil. 3:9)


    a.) All who believe (2 Pet. 1:4; Jn. 14:16-17; 2 Cor. 5:21; Eph. 4:24; Col. 3:3, 10) b.) All who need: “There is no difference”

    1.) All have sinned (Rom. 3:23; Gal. 3:22; 1 Jn. 1:8, 5:19; Gen. 6:5; 1 Kings 8:46; Ps. 53:3; Prov. 20:9; Eccl. 7:20; Isa. 53:6, 64:6; Micah 7:2) 2.) All come short of God’s Glory (Rom. 3:23)

    a.) Glory is light (Rev. 21:10-11, 23; Mt. 17:2; Acts 22:6; Ex. 34:29) b.) Glory is purity (1 Jn. 1:5; Mt. 19:17, 5:48) c.) Glory is majesty (Isa. 6:1, 3, 57:15; Ps. 93:1) d.) Glory is being (Rev. 4:11; Isa. 43:10; Mt. 19:17)


    a.) Is a free gift of God b.) Is through redemption: (1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23; 2 Pet. 2:1; Gal. 3:13, 4:5; Titus 2:14; 1 Pet. 1:18) c.) Redemption is “In Christ Jesus” (Lev. 17:11; Mt. 20:28; 1 Cor. 6:20, 7:23; Eph. 1:7; Col. 1:14; 1 Tim. 2:5-6; Heb. 9:15; 1 Pet.1:18-19; 2 Pet. 2:1; Rev. 5:9, 14:3-4) To Be Continued:

    “If you find a “Christianity” that does not emphasize the cross, you are listening to “another gospel” which is not the true gospel. The true gospel is based only upon the redemption which Jesus accomplished in his cross”

  • Dec 18, 2013Becoming Part 2
    Dec 18, 2013
    Becoming Part 2
    Series: general

    12-18-2013 WED Becoming Pt 2Becoming Part 2


      Emotionally healthy people take a deep, hard ______________ their hearts, asking, “What is going on that Jesus Christ is trying to ____________?” They understand that a person’s ________ is like an iceberg, with the vast majority of who we are lying deep beneath the surface. They invite God to bring to their awareness and to transform those beneath-the-surface layers that hinder them from becoming more like Jesus Christ.  Key Scripture: (Proverbs 4:23) Key Insights: only about 10 percent of an iceberg is visible to the surface. That is the part of our lives of which we are consciously aware. Note, however, that the Titanic sank because it collided with a section of the submerged 90 percent of an iceberg. Most people shipwreck or live inconsistent lives because of forces and motivations beneath the surface of their lives, which they have never even considered. The Problem: like Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, we would rather hide from truth and protect ourselves rather than come out exposed, naked to God. This has been a problem of sin since the beginning of time (Gen. 3:1–19). The Solution: God often uses pain to get us to change. Unless there is sufficient discomfort and anguish, most people will not do the hard work to take a deep, honest look inside. This seems especially to apply to men and women in midlife. It has rightly been said, “We change our behavior when the pain of staying the same becomes greater than the pain of changing”.  

    We must learn to allow the Holy Spirit to Guide us as we take a painfully honest look at ourselves “beneath the surface”.

      The Process:
    1. Developing an Awareness of What I Am Feeling and Doing
    2. Learning to ask the “Why” or “What’s Going On” Questions
    3. Linking the Gospel and Emotional Health


      Emotionally healthy people understand how their __________ their __________ to love Christ and others. They’ve realized from Scripture and life that an intricate, complex relationship exists between the kind of person they are today and their past. Numerous _____________ may shape us, but the family we have grown up in is the _____________ source that will shape and influence who we are. Key Scripture: (Exodus 20:5-6) Key Insights: It is impossible to break free from the past apart from _________________ the families in which we grew up. The Solution: Unless we grasp the power of the past on who we are in the present, we will inevitably ____________ those ______________ in relationships inside and outside the church. Our family is the most powerful, influential group that has affected who we are today except in rare instances, 2318! That’s four generations.  The Process: IDENTIFYING HOW YOUR FAMILY __________ YOU The following questions will help you to get beneath the surface at how the past might be impacting the present:
    • Describe each family member with three adjectives and their relationship to you.
    • Describe your parents’ relationship.
    • How was conflict handled in your family? Anger? Tensions?
    • How were gender roles and authority worked out in your family?
    • How well did your family do in talking about feelings?
    • How would your family describe you? How do you think your family thinks about you?
    • How was sexuality talked or not talked about? What were the implied messages?
    • Were there any family “secrets” (such as a pregnancy out of wedlock, incest, or major financial
    • What was considered “success” in your family?
    • How was money handled? Spirituality? Holidays? Relationship with extended family?
    • How did your family’s ethnicity shape you?
    • Were there any heroes or heroines in the family? Scapegoats? “Losers”? Why?
    • What kinds of addictions, if any, existed in the family?
    • Were there traumatic losses in the past or present, such as sudden death, prolonged illnesses,
    stillbirths/miscarriages, bankruptcy, or divorce?
    • How was spirituality expressed?”
      DISCERNING THE MAJOR _______________ IN YOUR LIFE Events and people have ______________ who you are today and will help you understand “what makes me tick.
    • _______________ such as a divorce, sexual or emotional abuse, an addiction, a lengthy period of unemployment, poverty, a particular betrayal, or a friendship have also impacted the person you have become.
    • Learn to ask the right questions - What are a few events or people that have impacted who I am today, that will help me understand ‘what makes me tick’?”
      EMBRACE YOUR NEW BIRTH INTO A _________________ We need new roots.  We have all received our father’s nature and they their father’s nature all the way back to Adam.  We need to allow the gospel to penetrate beyond the surface issues of life into the deepest parts of our being. At salvation we receive a new opportunity to live according to the power of the spirit and the freedom that it brings, but if we are not aware we may continue to blindly pass down old habits and subtle sins. What we need is new roots!   BECOMING RE-PARENTED THROUGH THE CHURCH The critical factor that most significantly determines my new identity as a Christian and character is not the blood of my biological family but the blood of Jesus.
    • We are given a new name: _____________
    • New __________________ (freedom, glory, hope, resources a hundredfold)
    • New power: The _________________, allows us to live in this new life.
    • We become ___________________ of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4, Luke 11:5–13)
    • There exists a _____________________ in the life inside me, the life of Jesus!


      Emotionally healthy people live and lead out of _________________ and ____________. They understand that life in the kingdom of God is from the bottom up, not a grasping, controlling, or lording over others. It is leading, serving, and ministering out of ____________ and _____________, questions and struggles—a serving that _____________. It is a noticeably different way of life from what is commonly modeled in the world and, unfortunately, in many churches. Key Scriptures: (2 Corinthians 12:9, Matthew 10:26-28) Key Insights: The things that could have destroyed you, didn’t… Instead God has ___________ those things to ______________ you, but you have to _______________ them and walk in the truth. (Genesis 50:20, Romans 8:28). The Solution: We need to find ______________ from the let downs, disappointments, mistakes, and even the ____________ that was perpetrated on you in your past, and realize that they have made you the person you are today a person of compassion, vision, and ________________. The Process:
    1. Developing a Theology of Weakness
    1. Accepting Your Handicap as a Gift


      Emotionally healthy people ______________ the _____________ God has given them. They ________________ the one, two, seven, or ten talents God has so graciously distributed. As a result, they are not frenzied and covetous, trying to live a life God never intended. They are marked by contentment and joy. Key Scripture: (Matthew 25:14-30 ESV) Key Insights: God has given you a certain amount of ____________. He did not give you every talent… As kids we heard the message that “we could be anything we wanted in life—a doctor, musician, professor, writer, a professional athlete”. But the truth is, we can only be what _____has ______________. (I tried to play basketball like Michael Jordan as a kid but I couldn’t. Every team I played on lost most of our games.” Only do what only you can do! The Solution: We must ______________ our limitations and view them as friends that keep us safe from heart ache and disappointment. The Process: Recognizing that Jesus Embraced ____________________
    1. As far as we know, Jesus did not do any miracles the first thirty years of his life. Instead he was a faithful son, employee, and participant in his community and synagogue.
    2. At the time of his baptism, he was affirmed by God the Father, “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased” (Mark 1:11).
    3. Immediately thereafter he was thrust into the desert to be tempted by the devil. The essence of the temptation was to transgress or cross over the limits God had placed around him. Jesus had to learn obedience through what he suffered (Heb. 5:8). That included setting limits and watching needs that remained unmet.
    4. He didn't go throughout the whole world preaching everywhere, He didn't chase crowds (they chased Him), not even after many left after a hard message.
    5. Jesus did not go in person to meet the needs of everyone in Europe, Africa, Asia, or the Americas.
    6. But in the end He prayed at the end of his life, “I have ... [completed] the work you gave me to do” (John 17:4).

    The frightening truth is we can sometimes pass through our God-given limits and end up doing Gods work without God!

    LEARNING TO ________________ MY LIMITATIONS
    1. A.   Look at your _________________. Do you get more energy from being with people (extrovert) or from doing tasks (introvert)? Are you more spontaneous and creative, or controlled and orderly? Are you more easygoing and relaxed, or tense and anxious?
    2. B.   Look at your _________________ of life. Your season of life is also a God-given limit. Ecclesiastes teaches us there is a time or season for everything under heaven: There is “a time to plant and a time to uproot . . . a time to weep and a time to laugh . . . a time to be silent and a time to speak” (Eccl. 3:1–8).
    3. C.   Look at your life _________________. Your life situation is also a limit. When we age physically, we find our bodies cannot do what they used to. When we are young and without much life experience, certain doors may remain closed to us. If we have a physical or emotional disability or a sickness, we may find this keeps us from going down a path we may have planned.
    4. D.   Look at your ________________and ______________ from your family past. They are also God-given limits and gifts. If we will look for the hand of God moving in our family history, even in the most painful moments, we will find golden nuggets in that rocky soil. Abuse, neglect, abandonment, poverty, oppression, and so on may cause us to feel we are “behind” always trying to catch up. God sees it differently.
    1. Finally, remember that God, at times, will take us beyond our limitations in supernatural ways.
    1)    Sarah was ninety and Abraham “as good as dead” (Rom. 4:19). Yet God made them a mother and father to nations. 2)    Elijah and Jeremiah were prone to bouts of depression and yet were mightily used by God. 3)    Moses was eighty years old when God set him on a task that required the physical and emotional stamina of a forty-year-old. He also had a major speech impediment that, in his opinion, disqualified him. God saw it differently. 4)    Timothy, apparently fearful and shy by nature, was called upon by God to lead the large, difficult church at Ephesus, which was beset by divisions, problems, and conflicts. Paul reminded him that God had not given him a spirit of fear (2 Tim.1:7).”  


      Emotionally healthy people _________________ as a way to _____________ more like God. They understand what a critical component of discipleship grieving our losses is. Why? It is the only _______________ to becoming a ________________ person like our Lord Jesus.  Key Scripture: (2 Corinthians 1:3-4 NIV) Key Insights: We spend a lot of time trying to _________________ over our losses, unaware of how they are shaping our current relationships and ministries. God is seeking to enlarge our souls and mature us, while we usually seek a quick end to our pain. The Solution: We can take an example from David who is well known for being a man after God’s own heart (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). What few realize is how closely this characteristic is related to the way he repeatedly _________________ to loss, disappointment, and threats of death. The Process: PAYING ATTENTION AS PART OF THE GRIEVING PROCESS
    1. David understood how indispensable _______________ is to ___________________. We are deepened by taking the time to grieve our losses before moving on. It is important to stay connected to _____________ and not to ________ from their _______.
    2. B.   If we ________________ the pain and loss in our life, it will make us _________ and poisonous to those around us.  Instead we must allow the pain and loss to bring us closer to our maturity, purpose and finally to God! (Isaiah 57:15 NIV)
    ALLOW YOUR GRIEF TO STRENGTHEN YOU It’s only when we have been “revived” by God’s power that we can help someone else. (Luke 22:31-32)  


      Emotionally healthy people _________________ follow the model of Jesus. They learn to follow the two dynamics of _______________ found in the life of Jesus in order to love other people: entering another’s world, and holding on to yourself.”  Key Scripture: (Matthew 5:46-48) Key Insights: The definition of Incarnation is:  "the embodiment of a deity or spirit in some earthly form”.  We are not simply believers in Christ who live as separate beings from Him, we have however been grafted into the body of Christ as one who belongs and has been made one with Him.  Because of this truth of our identity we are called to be the hands, feet and body of Christ Himself on earth as we love those in need around us. The Problem: We view ourselves as our own and our Christian service as “volunteerism” to the church and the lost. We have not truly and completely died to ourselves and become His sole possession with whom He does what He pleases. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20, Revelations 5:9, Galatians 2:20) The Solution: We must learn to see ourselves as _________ with Jesus and _____________ Him as not only as our saviour, but also as _________ of our lives, and willing lay our life down and completely follow Him. The Process: LIVING OUT THE FIRST DYNAMIC: ENTERING __________________WORLD
    1. Recognize that Jesus through the will of the Father chose to enter our world in order to help and save us… (John 6:38 NIV)
    2. Learn to listen… Reflective listening is very simple. One person has the floor, speaking a few sentences at a time. You don’t go on and on. Then the listener repeats back to him or her exactly what has just been said. The person listening attempts to enter into the world of the person speaking, laying aside questions, agendas, defenses, and simply seeks to understand the other person’s experience. (James 1:19)
    1. A.   The great challenge in incarnation, for most of us, is to hold on to ourselves and not to lose ourselves when we enter another person’s world. To do so is to be like Jesus. The apostle John records that prior to Jesus’ washing his disciples’ feet, he “knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God” (John 13:3). Jesus never ceased to be God when he took on human flesh and became one of us.

  • Dec 15, 2013Romans 3:9-20 God’s Case Against All Men Part 2
    Dec 15, 2013
    Romans 3:9-20 God’s Case Against All Men Part 2

    12-15-2013 SUN (Rom 3 9-20) God's Case Against All Men Part 2GOD'S CASE AGAINST ALL MEN PART 2


    4.) THE CASE OF SINFUL ACTS (ROM. 3:15-18)

    a.) Murderous acts (Rom. 3:15) (Ex. 20:13; Mt. 19:18; 1 Pet. 4:15; 1 Jn. 3:15; Prov. 1:16) b.) Oppressive acts (Rom. 3:16) c.) Restless, disturbing, warring acts (Rom. 3:17)(Deut. 28:67; Eccl 2:22-23; Isa. 48:22, 57:20, 59:8; Lam. 5:5; Ezk. 7:25) d.) Godless, irreverent, disrespectful acts (Rom. 3:18)(Rom. 1:28, 2:14; Job 34:9, 35:10; Ps. 10:4, 36:1; Prov. 1:30)

    5.) THE CASE OF THE LAW (ROM. 3:19-20)

    a.) It speaks to all (Rom. 3:19) b.) It stops all boasting (Rom. 3:19)(Rom. 3:21, 5:20, 7:7, 10:3; Gal. 3:19) c.) It makes all the world guilty (Rom. 3:19)(Rom. 3:10, 12; Gal.3:10; 1 Jn. 5:19) d.) It justifies no flesh (Rom. 3:20)(Gal. 3:11-12; 1 Tim. 1:9-10) e.) It shows man that he is sinful (Rom. 3:20)(Rom. 3:21-24, 8:3; Heb. 7:19; Gal. 2:16, 3:24-27)


  • Dec 8, 2013Romans 3:9-20 – God’s Case Against All Men
    Dec 8, 2013
    Romans 3:9-20 – God’s Case Against All Men
    12-08-2013 SUN (Rom 3 9-20) God's Case Against All Men1.) THE CHARGE: ALL MEN ARE UNDER SIN (ROM. 3:9)

    (Ro. 3:23, 5:12; Gal. 3:22; 1 Jn. 1:8, 5:19; Gen. 6:5; Eccl. 7:20; Isa. 53:6, 64:6)

    2.) THE CASE OF A SINFUL NATURE (ROM. 3:10-12)

    a.) Unrighteous (Rom. 3:10)(Jn. 7:7; Gal. 5:19-21) b.) Ignorant (Rom. 3:11)(Acts 28:27; 2 Tim. 3:7; Ps. 82:5; Mic. 4:12) c.) Indifferent - Selfish (Rom. 3:11)(Eph. 2:12; 1 Jn. 2:22; Ps. 10:4, 14:1) d.) Crooked (Rom. 3:12)(1 Tim. 1:5-6; 2 Pet. 2:15; Jude 1:13; Prov. 21:16, 27:8; Isa. 53:6) e.) Useless (Rom. 3:12)(Mt. 5:13, 25:30; Lk. 9:25, 14:34-35) f.) Evil (Rom. 3:12)(Mt. 23:27; Mk. 7:21-23)

    3.) THE CASE OF A SINFUL TONGUE (ROM. 3:13-14)

    a.) Foul and corrupt (Rom. 3:13)(Mt. 12:34; James 3:6; Prov. 24:2) b.) Deceitful (Rom. 3:13)(Ps. 10:7, 36:3, 55:21, 116:11; Jer. 9:5, 17:9; Mic. 6:12) c.) Piercing and poisonous (Rom. 3:13)(Col. 3:8; 1 Pet. 2:1; Prov. 12:18; Ps. 140:3) d.) Cursing and bitterness (Rom. 3:14)(Mt. 5:34, 37; James 3:8-10, 5:12; Ex. 20:7; Lev. 19:12; Ps. 59:12; Eccl. 7:22; Ps. 109:17-18; Eph. 4:31; Heb. 12:15; James 3:14)

    To Be Continued: “The conduct, motive and verdict.”

    “Paul believed that men and women without Christ were bad, but he never considered them too bad to be saved.”

  • Dec 4, 2013God’s Last Call To A Sinful Nation (Obadiah 1:2-4)
    Dec 4, 2013
    God’s Last Call To A Sinful Nation (Obadiah 1:2-4)
    Series: general
    12-04-2013 WED God's Last Call to a Sinful Nation
  • Dec 1, 2013Romans 3:1-8 – The Arguments Of The Religionist
    Dec 1, 2013
    Romans 3:1-8 – The Arguments Of The Religionist
    12-01-2013 SUN (Rom 3 1-8) The Arguments Against the Religionist1.) WHAT PROFIT IS THERE IN BEING A JEW, A RELIGIONIST? (ROM. 3:1-2)

    a.) He is privileged b.) He is entrusted with and made responsible for God’s Word (Jn. 5:24, 6:63, 68; 8:51, 15:3, 20:31; Rom. 15:4; Eph. 5:26; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 Jn. 5:13; Ps. 119:9; Prov. 6:23, 14:34)


    a.) “God forbid” b.) God’s Word stands even if every man is a liar c.) God will prove His word d.) God will overcome those who judge Him and His Word (Mt. 5:18; Lk. 21:33; 2 Tim. 2:13; Ps. 111:7; Rom. 2:2; Ezk. 12:25)


    a.) “God forbid” b.) God is moral: He must judge the world c.) The contradiction of such an argument d.) The damnation of persons who argue this point is just (Jn. 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 2 Cor. 5:21; Gal. 3:13; Eph. 5:2; 1 Pet. 2:24, 3:18) (Mt. 16:27, 25:31-32; 2 Cor. 5:10; 1 Pet. 1:17; 2 Pet. 2:9, 3:7; Jude 1:14-15; Rev. 20:12, 22:12)

    “When anyone sins, the need is not for ingenuity (cleverness) to justify the sin,but for humility (humbleness) to confess it in repentance and in shame.”