Sunday, April 16, 2017

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What a day we had today in the Lord’s house.  It was great to be in the Lord’s house today and hear messages from the Lord.  We had 21 kids to ride the bus this morning with 4 of them being first time riders.


This morning for Sunday school we took a break from the book of Esther and taught on the resurrection and how that Jesus raised from the dead and lives again forever more.  Jesus went through so much so that we could live again eternally in heaven.  Jesus was beaten, whipped with a cat of nine tails, had a crown of thorns placed on His head and then beaten further into His head, He was mocked and made fun of.  He then had to carry His own cross up to Mount Calvary, and there He laid down His life for us.  He willingly gave them His hands and His feet to nail to the cross.  Not one time did Jesus say a word; He never even said the word ouch as they beat Him or scourged Him.  He endured the cross for the joy that was set before Him.  He counted it joy to endure the cross so that we could be saved and go to heaven when we die.  After He was crucified He was buried in the tomb of Joseph.  He laid dead for 3 days and 3 nights, but on the third day He rose from the dead.  Death and hell could not keep Him; He rose again with the keys of death, hell, and the grave in His hands.  He lives again so that we might live eternally with Him.  He endured all of this so that we might be saved.  He paid the price for our sin debt.  Have you accepted Jesus as your Lord and Savior this morning?  Have you asked Jesus into your heart so that one day you will live with Him eternally?  When you die, you will go to one of two places.  You will either go to heaven or hell.  Which will it be for you?


This morning Pastor preached out of 1 Corinthians 15 on “I’m Glad There Are No If’s In the Resurrection.”  We would be a miserable person if Christ had not resurrected.  In the resurrection there are no ifs about the power of God – v. 13.  1 Thessalonians 4:14; Hebrews 2:14; and 1 Peter 1:3.  We don’t look at God and say if God can because we as Christians and saved people know that God can.  The power of God is not limited in any area.  God put in our lives the power of God, but we limit God’s power because of our lack of faith and trust.  There are no ifs in the preached of the Word of God – v.14.  God chose the foolishness of preaching to save the lost.  God works on us through the power of preaching.  The preaching of the Word of God will change lives.  Thirdly there are no ifs in our passion.  God will break out in our testimony.  Colossians 3:1-4.  We love Him because He first loved us.  Our passion will change when we get saved.  Our love will change when at salvation.  Our love will be right, pure and good.  There will be a love for God and the things of God.  There are also no ifs in our possession of Christ – v. 17.  John 11:25 and Hebrews 2:14.  We have to deal with the devil, but we do not live with him.  God has been good to us because of salvation.  Our possessions are eternal and keep on working.  Lastly there are no ifs about the peace of God – v 18-19.  There is hope.  There is peace in the resurrection.  The peace of God is real, and it is not like the world.  The world’s peace will only last for a little while, but God’s peace will last forever.  It is a peace that passes all understanding.


Tonight Pastor preached on “How to Know When Salvation Has Lost Its Greatness in Your Life” out of Hebrews 2:1-4.  Is the realness and greatness of salvation been lost in our life?  The greatness of salvation has been lost when the greatness of Christ has been forgotten – Hebrews 1.  We are missing the greatness of who God is.  We have gotten to the point that we only need Him when troubles come our way, but the truth of the matter is we need Him EVERY DAY of our lives.  Jesus is greater than the angels and the prophets.  God is bigger and greater than anything we face.  When we get in the OK times we forget about the greatness of God.  Prayer time and Bible reading is quickly forgotten when the greatness of salvation is lost.  Salvation has lost its greatness when our fall is forgotten – 2:1.  We have gotten it in our head that only the weak people fall.  If we are not careful, we could fall next.  No one is ever above falling, it does not matter who we are.  If Paul was scared of falling, how much more should we be scared of falling?  We should be scared and worried about us falling away from the things of God.  We have gotten dull, and not a tear runs down our cheek any longer because the greatness of salvation is lost in our lives.  When our life becomes a hum drum, we have lost the greatness of God and our salvation.  Our kids deserve to have parents that care about church and the things of God.  We would be better off going back to being a child in God’s eyes, than to be stuck with having we are so mature attitude towards God.  We should live for God even if we don’t have kids; we should live for God for someone else’s kids.  Fall in love with God like its real.  The things of God and the greatness of God has become like a mechanic to us instead of it being real.  We need to get back in love with God to where it is real in our lives – 1 Cor. 10:12.  Thirdly the greatness of our pain is forgotten when we lost the greatness of our salvation – 2:3.  Most people think they can live like they want to live and it not bother them or anyone else.  We have no excuses. We think we can neglect it and get away with it.  There is no telling what god could have done with our life if we had not neglected the things of God.  The pain of getting away from God will never go away.  Where is our love at?  Let the Word of God read us for a little while instead of us just reading the Word of God.  We say we love God and have not forgotten the greatness of God, but we are filled with bitterness, a bad attitude, and rebellion.  That is not love and remembering how great God is.  We cannot make our kids live for God and love God, but we can live right and love God in front of them so that they will have a desire to live for God and to love God.  The penalty for us doing our own thing is greater than we can bear sometimes.  Lastly we have lost the greatness of our salvation when the greatness of the Word of God is forgotten.  When was the last time God spoke to us when we read the Bible, or we read it during the preaching service?  When was the last time the Word of God was real to us?  Is the Bible the last book that we pick up because we are so-called too busy to read it?  Have we fallen out of love with God?  How do we fix our life?  We have to give up.  We have to get tired of fighting against God and let God deal with our lives.  We have got all the potential to do something for God but we are blowing it because we have forgotten the greatness of God and our salvation.  Have you forgotten the greatness of God in your life?  Have you forgotten the greatness of your salvation?