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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:  10 - Be Gentle Text: Is 40:9-11; Ga 5:22-23; Ph 4:5; Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 10 - Be Gentle

Text: Is 40:9-11; Ga 5:22-23; Ph 4:5; Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

10 - Be Gentle

Text: Is 40:9-11; Ga 5:22-23; Ph 4:5; Various

Date: 11-04-2018

The term, “A bitter pill to swallow” is a idiom referring to something that is very unpleasant but must be accepted. Most the time it is referring to circumstances that we find ourselves in. But some people can be a bitter pill to swallow. As Christians we are to be like our Lord who is described as a good and gentle shepherd (Is 40:1-11; Jn 10:14). We are to be gentle. “Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” (Ph 4:5). Be like Jesus. Let Your gentleness be evident to all.

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 09- Be Faithful Text: Proverbs 3:1-8: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 09- Be Faithful

Text: Proverbs 3:1-8: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

09 - Be Faithful

Text: Proverbs 3:1-8: Various

Date: 10-28-2018

Integrity is the quality of living up to a consist moral standard. The state of being undivided and true. God is faithful (De 32:1-4; Ps 36:5-9) and we as followers of Christ we are to be faithful too (Pr 3:1-8). There are two implications for us today.

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Reasons Why People Don't Share There Faith #1 - Fear

Reasons Why People Don't Share There Faith

#1 - Fear

Fear is the number one reason why people don’t share their faith. The fear of rejection. The fear of ridicule. The fear of failure. The fear of bodily injury. The fear of loss of friendship. The fear of not knowing what to say. The fear of not knowing how a person will respond. The fear of trying something new and unknown. The fear of not being able to answer a person's questions. The fear of intruding into the private areas of people's lives. The fear that your fears will show. The fear that you will say something wrong. The fear of getting out of your comfort zone.

It shouldn't surprise us that fear is the number one reason. Fear is Satan's biggest tool in the world today. One doesn't have to but turn on the news to see Satan at work. One of the worst byproducts of the shooting in PA yesterday is the atmosphere of fear he created. It's already bad enough that you don't see kids riding bikes and playing on playgrounds anymore but the idea that you can't even be safe at a church or synagogue... well, that's Satan using fear to distract us.

In a recent on-line survey of why people don’t share their faith, Rosanne Peroldo said, “Afraid of rejection, we have to remember that they are not rejecting us but Christ.” Rosanne is right. Jesus said that we should not be afraid of rejection because people are rejecting Him first.

But as Christians we are not to be dominated by fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) says, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." Love overcomes fear because love is from God. When we love God we can rely on him to do great things in our lives and for us.

Romans 8:28 says, "And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." A friend of mine who is going through a tremendous affliction quoted this verse and said, "I can't wait to find out what the good is. I may not find out in this lifetime but I trust that God is doing something tremendous." Just that testimony alone worked some "good" in my life.

Don't let Satan win. Don't give in to fear and hate. God is love. God is light. Testify to God's goodness and the grace that he has given to us in Jesus Christ!

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Father of Light, Thank you for shining your light into the darkness. Thank you for you love which drives away all fear. Help me to testify to your goodness. Help me to show love to overcome the fear that is in this world. Remind me of the love that you have shown in your Son, Jesus, who died for my sins that I may live without fear. It is in his name that I come before you confidently in prayer, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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My Father's Toys Ephesians 2:10

My Father's Toys

Ephesians 2:10

My father grew up in an era where you made your own entertainment. He liked to build models in the day when models were just a block of wood that you sanded and finished. He still has one of the first airplane models he ever made. As a child I wanted to play with it

so bad but he said it was “hands off.”

My dad has always been artistic. So when a friend offered him some rough cut wood that he had in storage my dad went to work plaining and cutting the wood. He knew what he was going to do. He had the idea of making kits that children could purchase in a hobby shop and build their own toys. He even made up some prototype kits which he still has.

I loved the toys he built in the wood shop. These toys were made of wood, screws, nails, paint and lots of imagination. They were tough enough to stand up to four rough children. I especially loved the tractors, trailers, and farm implements that he made. You could hook up the bailer and pretend the living room carpet was a field of hay.

Each toy was unique and personal. Dad put a lot of himself into each one. He used to have a big truck that said “Larry’s Moving and Storage” which he built for my older brother, Larry. My favorite was a white van with a Sherwin-Williams logo on it because Dad worked at their factory making paint for a while.

One of my favorite memories as a father was taking one of my sons down into Grandpa’s basement where we built a transformer jeep. Dad’s workshop always seemed like a rather magical place to me. You could use your imagination and build just about anything. Although I am not as talented as my father, I learned some great lessons from him in that shop.

My earthly father was a great carpenter as well as other things. But my Heavenly Father artistic abilities is to select ordinary people who are willing and uses them to do extraordinary things. The Apostle Paul said in Ephesians 2:10, “For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” God has designed each of us for a unique and special purpose.

The Greek word from that we translate as “handiwork” or “workmanship” in this verse could also be translated as “MASTERPIECE”. It is amazing to think that God can take a sinner like me and make him into something beautiful and useful. I praise God for his creative power. I praise him that he does so many things with ordinary people like you and me if we are willing to let him do so.

So how about it? Are you ready to see what God can make out of your life?

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Almighty, Creator God, My Heavenly Father, I thank you for the artistry that you have set before me in the beauty of your creation. I especially love the sunrise and sunsets that I see over these majestic mountains and hills. I thank you for the artistic abilities that you have given to my father so that he could share them with others. I thank you for the artistic abilities you have given to me. Thank you for your grace that has taken me from sinner to Masterpiece. Thank you for Jesus and the gift of life through the cross. You are great, loving, kind, good, and merciful. Help me to be a reflection of your grace. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 08 - Be Kind! Be Good! Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-15; Psalm 107: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 08 - Be Kind! Be Good!

Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-15; Psalm 107: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

08 - Be Kind! Be Good!

Text: 1 Thessalonians 2:12-15; Psalm 107: Various

Date: 10-21-2018

We were created in his God’s image (Ge 1:26-31). Any kindness and goodness that we have came from him. Goodness is the quality of morality as defined by God. Kindness is the quality of displayed favor or affection towards others. God wants us to be kind and to be good (1 Th 5:12-15).

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 07 - Be Patient Text: Colossians 1:3-13: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 07 - Be Patient

Text: Colossians 1:3-13: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

07 - Be Patient

Text: Colossians 1:3-13: Various

Date: 10-14-2018

Most of us need patience at one time or another. Anticipated events, frustrating people, troubling circumstances, and situations that slow us down cause us to lose patience. Patience is of great value to our Christian walk. When we consider God’s patience with us who are being conformed to the image of Christ shouldn’t we too be patient? Paul prayed is for Christians to be strengthened by God’s power so that they can have “great endurance and patience.”(Colossians 1:3-13).

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HOW TO BUILD PATIENCE An Acrostic On Patience

HOW TO BUILD PATIENCE

An Acrostic On Patience

P

Pray - We need to pray for strength to endure. Often when we pray for patience we find that we are put into situations which help us build more patience. God’s spirit help us to pray. Romans 8:26-28; Philippians 4:5-7

A

Assurance - Trust in the Lord. You’ve prayed, now trust that he will give you help you do and say the right things. He’s got this in His hands. Proverbs 3:5-6; Hebrews 10:19-23

T

Transformation - Be transformed into the image of Christ. Jesus is patient and we should be too. This is a process that doesn’t just happen overnight. You must submit yourself to God. Romans 8:29; 12:1-2. James 4:7-10

I

Improve your relationships - There is usually one or two people raise our stress level. Try to get to know them better and treat them nicer. Matthew 7:12; Romans 12:10.

E

Enjoy Life - Slow down. Stop and smell the roses. Most the time we are impatient because we are in a hurry. Showing gratitude to God in al situations and relationships is a great way to reduce stress and appreciate life more. Proverbs 17:22; 1 Peter 3:10-11

N

Network - It is always good to establish a few good Christian people to help hold you accountable. Mutual accountability helps us grow and defeat temptations and bad habits. Hebrews 3:13; 10:24-25; James 5:16

C

Compassion - Sometimes we get impatient with the elderly, disabled, children, etc. because they are slow or get in our way. Instead of losing patience we could help them, bless them, or do something nice for them. Ephesians 4:32; 1 Peter 3:8.

E

Entertain peaceful thoughts - Sometimes impatience is brought on because our minds are jumbled with worries, stress, or “stinkin’ thinkin’”. We need to replace bad thoughts with good ones. Philippians 4:8-9; 2 Corinthians 10:3-6; Isaiah 26:3.

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 06 - Be Hope Text: 1 Peter 1:3-16: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 06 - Be Hope

Text: 1 Peter 1:3-16: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

06 - Be Hope

Text: 1 Peter 1:3-16: Various

Date: 10-07-2018

We live in a world that has little hope. Part of the problem is people put their hope in the wrong things (Pr 26:12; 14:12; 16:25; Mt 16:26; 1 Tm 6:17; Je 42). As followers we have hope. 1 Peter 1:3-16 gives the importance of this hope. BE HOPE to a world dying in sin.

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 05 - Be Self-controlled Text: Titus 1:4-9; 2:1-15: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 05 - Be Self-controlled

Text: Titus 1:4-9; 2:1-15: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

05 - Be Self-controlled

Text: Titus 1:4-9; 2:1-15: Various

Date: 09-30-2018

As followers of Christ we are to have self-control. A self-controlled Christian is disciplined, not impulsive, and overcomes worldly and sinful desires (Tt 1:4-9;2:1-15). It may seem overwhelming but it is possible for Christians to be self-controlled through Jesus Christ. Here are three important keys to being self-controlled followers of Christ.

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #2 - Unqualified for the Job

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#2 - Unqualified for the Job

Reasons Why People Don't Share Their Faith

#2. Unqualified

There are those who feel like they don’t have the credentials, training, or experience to share their faith. We have already talked about training. What they mean when they say they don't have credentials is that they don't have the title, qualification, achievement, personal quality, or aspect of a person's background, typically used to indicate that they are suitable for sharing their faith. There are those who might say, “It’s the job of the pastor or deacons to evangelize.”

Others feel like their lives are so messed up that no one would listen to them. Janet Lee confussed, “I AM ALSO GUILTY OF THAT. I spent most of my life trying to heal my emotions. Didn’t feel qualified to share the gospel —I was so messed up who would want what I have if I am still a mess?”

God seldom uses the qualified to do his business. He uses the ordinary and everyday person. He often used the broken and messed up people. God takes the ordinary to do extraordinary things. He does this in order to show his strength and brings the glory to Him.

The truth is that when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior we become his disciples or followers. We have every credential we need in him. Sharing your faith is as simple as sharing why you believe in Jesus.

You can do it. Philippians 4:13 (NLT) - For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. You just have to put your faith in action.

As a preacher, I sometimes feel unqualified too. But I count on Jesus to give me the strength. I count on the Holy Spirit to help me know what to say. And I stand on the solid rock... my heavenly Father. He helps me to be the man he wants me to be. And when I fail, he picks me up, brushes me off, forgives my transgressions, and gives me another chance.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God and Father; I praise you for being the mighty God and "qualifying" me to be your disciple. Help me to share my faith. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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BE COMING LIKE CHRIST: 04 - Be Peace Text: Titus 1:4-9; 2:1-15: Various

BE COMING LIKE CHRIST: 04 - Be Peace

Text: Titus 1:4-9; 2:1-15: Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

05 - Be Self-controlled

Text: Titus 1:4-9; 2:1-15: Various

Date: 09-30-2018

As followers of Christ we are to have self-control. A self-controlled Christian is disciplined, not impulsive, and overcomes worldly and sinful desires (Tt 1:4-9;2:1-15). It may seem overwhelming but it is possible for Christians to be self-controlled through Jesus Christ. Here are three important keys to being self-controlled followers of Christ.

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

Reasons Why People Don't Share Their Faith

#3. Security

Security is one of the reasons that people list for not sharing their faith. In the world today the workplace can be very hostile. I had a friend who worked at a national chain store where they were openly encouraged to wear gay pride buttons and tee-shirts but they could get fired if they wore anything promoting Jesus. My friend got "written-up" one day because the boss noticed that he was wearing a cross. He had worn this cross for nearly 19 years since his mother gave it to him. He went looking for a new job after that.

The following was shared by Shawn C McKibben in a recent on-line survey of why people don’t share their faith. “When I say persecution, I mean quite literally. I'm in the military, and we've been told that we are not to share our faith. It’s not about being lukewarm. It’s a literal fear of persecution and punishment.”

There are other people who risk much more. I met a fellow Christian a few months back that was a missionary. He had been a Muslim who was ordered by his family to kill his cousin who had converted to Christ. He tried three times but each time something stopped him. On the third attempt his cousin did not plead for her life... she prayed for his soul. He ran terrified from the room. She later lead him to Christ. He was banished from his village and they threw stones at him and his family as they marched out of the village. At the risk of death he has shared his faith with as many people as he could. Those who have responded to his testimony also face daily persecution and death.

When we share our faith there is always a risk. Jesus said in Matthew 16:24-25, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it."

Jesus freely gave his life in our place for our sins. He died so that we might live. He rose from the grave to show that there is victory over death, sin, and Satan. Since He was willing to die for us we should be willing to die for Him.

Isn't it ironic that the churches that are suffering persecution in the world today are growing and sharing their faith while the churches that exist in relative security seem to be dying out. Just something to think about.

Prayer Thought: Dear Heavenly Father, Thank you for being the Lord God almighty who protects and is the rock on which we stand. I thank you for the times in my life that you have shown that protection. I praise you for the testimony of fellow Christians that have suffered for your name. I ask that you help me to be bold and unafraid to share the name of Jesus with everyone. It is in Jesus' name that I pray. AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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ReASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH 4.  Complacency / Lack of Passion

ReASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

4. Complacency / Lack of Passion

Reasons Why People Don't Share Their Faith

4. Complacency / Lack of Passion

Let's just be frank about it. There are those people who do not share their faith because the are spiritually lazy. They would rather think about how God is going to help them in this life than to think about how they can help others who are spiritually lost. The truth of the matter is that they are apathetic in their spiritual life. They go through the motions of faith without the passion for living for Jesus.

In a recent on-line survey Bernice Ariel Gaona said, “Also the fact that some Christians focus on what Jesus can do for them and not what they can do for Jesus.” When we become that self-absorbed as Christians we end up neglecting what we are supposed to be doing in his kingdom.

Revelation 3:15-16 (ESV) “‘I know your works: you are neither cold nor hot. Would that you were either cold or hot! So, because you are lukewarm, and neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out of my mouth.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God, Thank you for your love, grace, and mercy. You are holy and righteous. You deserve my best efforts. Help me not to be selfish and always be coming to you with my hand out. But rather help me to be loving and generous in sharing the gift of salvation with others. Give me the opportunity this week to share your word. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

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BE COMING LIKE CHRIST: 03 - Be Joy Proverbs 17:22; John 15:11; Various

BE COMING LIKE CHRIST: 03 - Be Joy

Proverbs 17:22; John 15:11; Various

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

03 - Be Joy

Text: Proverbs 17:22; John 15:11: Various

Date: 09-16-2018

We have the wrong impression of Jesus. Some think that he was always serious. But Jesus was a joyful person. So if our leader is a joyful person why aren’t we? We are supposed to be like Jesus. We are supposed to be joyful. BE JOY! (Pr 17:22; Jn 15:11).

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 02 - Be Love Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 4:7-21

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 02 - Be Love

Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 4:7-21

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

01 - Be Love

Text: Ephesians 5:1-2; 1 John 4:7-21: Various

Date: 09-09-2018

We know that we are supposed to “love God” and “love others” as followers of Christ. We spend countless hours talking about how we are supposed to love only to go out the doors of the church and show contempt to the world and disobey the God we are suppose to love. Love is more than thinking and doing. It is about being like Christ and walking in “the way of love” (Ep 5:1-2).

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #5 - Lack of Empathy or Compassion

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#5 - Lack of Empathy or Compassion

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#5 - Lack of empathy or compassion

Jesus had compassion for people. He didn’t just feel sorry for them. His compassion moved him to act. He healed the sick. He raised the dead. He fed the crowds. He did this because he felt compassion and did something about it. His ultimate act of compassion was his death on the cross for our sins (Jn 3:16-17; Ro 5:6-8).

As followers of Christ we are supposed to have compassion on others too. We are to be known for our love. This is what separates the sheep from the goats…literally (Mt 25:31-46). We are supposed to be moved by our compassion to meet needs. The greatest need of mankind is the need for salvation. Jesus is the answer for sin (Ro 3:23; 6:23). We need to be moved by compassion to share our faith with those who are lost in sin.

The simple truth comes down to love. As followers of Christ we are supposed to love God, love and honor our parent, love our spouse, love our children and bring them up in faith, love our fellow brothers and sisters in the faith, love our neighbors and show compassion on the needy, and even love our enemies and those who do us harm. But we don't always have love for anyone but ourselves. Cheryl S. Seidner shared this insight in a recent on-line survey about why people don’t share their faith, “(They) Don’t love Jesus more than selves.”

Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments” (Mt 22:37-40).

Ephesians 5:1-2 (NIV) Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.

As Christians, we are to be known for our love. One of the greatest manifestations of that love is when we share our faith with others so that they can have a relationship with Jesus that will bring them eternal life.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God and Father, You know that I love you for you are great and you mercy and love endure forever. I thank you for all the ways that you have show your love and compassion to me. I ask that you will help me follow the example of Jesus Christ, your Son and my Savior, and have love and compassion on others. In Jesus' blessed name I pray, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH 6# - Political Correctness / social conformity -

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

6# - Political Correctness / social conformity -

Janet Lowery Palmer shares, “We have bought into this PC mentality. Live and let live. Don't offend anyone. We are allowing our youth to be brainwashed in the school systems. Our own lives fail to measure up as Christians. Your best witness is how you allow Christ to live in you!!!”

Our world tries to compress us into a mold so that we will be like it. The problem is that social conformity is fickle. Truth is subjective and is molded to fit whatever is popular at the moment.

But God’s word is absolute. His truth never changes. And the truth is that the world is filled with sin and death and God is going to judge the world. Yes He loves the people of this world and he wants them to be saved. That is why he sent his Son to take our punishment and die in our place. All we have to do is accept him and build a real relationship with Jesus.

Jesus said, "I am the way, THE TRUTH, and the life. No man comes to the Father except through me (Jn 14:6). What every you think you know may not match up with the absolute of Jesus Christ. It doesn't mater what your opinion is if you don't submit to him.

Paul urges Christians to be transformed by being a living sacrifice. We are not to be conformed to this world but we are to be conformed to the image of Christ.

Romans 12:1-2 (NIV) -Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.

Romans 8:29 (CEB) We know this because God knew them in advance, and he decided in advance that they would be conformed to the image of his Son. That way his Son would be the first of many brothers and sisters.

So don't be pressed into the mold of this world. You will only find pain, frustration, and great disappointment. Rather be conformed to Christ and let him transform you!

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord Almighty; You are absolute truth. You are my rock in the shifting sand of the worldly opinion. Hold me tight to the truth. Help me to boldly proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ to a world in need of your great love and forgiveness. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 01 - Be Fruitful John 15:1-8; Various text

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST: 01 - Be Fruitful

John 15:1-8; Various text

BECOMING LIKE CHRIST:

01 - Be Fruitful

Text: John 15:1-8: Various

Date: 09-02-2018

Jesus wants to produce fruit in us. This fruit will draw people to Jesus. In John 15:1-8 Jesus gives us the key to bearing much fruit. The secret is to remain or abide in Him. Our relationship with Jesus is more about being than doing or believing. But abiding in Jesus is more than just being with Jesus… we follow, observe, uphold, obey and accept Jesus’ word no matter what the given situation or conditions. The more we abide with Jesus the more we become like Him. Today we will look at some important facts from Jesus about becoming like Christ and producing fruit.

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Walk By Faith: 11 - I Will Not Be Legalistic Galatians 2:11-21: Various

Walk By Faith: 11 - I Will Not Be Legalistic

Galatians 2:11-21: Various

FAITH IN ACTION:

11 - I Will Not Be Legalistic

Text: Galatians 2:11-21: Various

Date: 08-19-2018

Legalism is perhaps one of the biggest problems to creep into religion. It raises it’s ugly head over and over again in the Bible. Even the apostle Peter had to be rebuked for falling back into legalistic tendencies (Ga 2:11-21). We need to be on guard against legalism in our lives. Let’s look at three points about our faith that could help. Listen to the message by hitting the link below.

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #7. Worldliness / Mammon

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#7. Worldliness / Mammon

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

7. Worldliness / Mammon - Mammon is the word used by the King James translators for money or materialism. But the Greek word, μαμωνᾶς - mamónas (mam-mo-nas’), is actually a little stronger than that. The connotation is that of greed, lust, and gluttony. It is worldly desires that influence you and take the place of God in your life. When we live for our worldly desires it is idolatry.

In John Milton’s epic poem, “Paradise Lost”, he paints a vivid portrait of hell. In it, Milton showed Satan as a fallen commander in chief surrounded by his demon generals. Among them are Moloch, Dagon, Astarte, Osiris and Belial. Each of these, of course, was the god of an idol-worshipping culture in ancient times and is mentioned in the Bible. But Milton’s poem depicts another demon standing at Satan’s side. That demon’s name is Mammon.

We may think that we would never bow to another god(s). But when we allow worldly desires to influence us we are bowing down to the demon, Mammon.

It is Mammon that kept the rich, young ruler from following Jesus. It is Mammon that caused Demas to abandon the faith. And Mammon is what keeps people from following Jesus today. It is also what keeps many Christians from sharing their faith.

There is a cost that comes with sharing your faith. Any Scott Tucker writes, “Because it will cost us something and we have become comfortable. But our comfort is deceptive. One day we will be wholly reconciled with God. This life on earth is our only opportunity to lay ourselves on the altar of sacrifice for Christ and His message. Our only opportunity is to "give" something to Him. A gift actually costs us something.”

Matthew 6:24 (NKJV) - “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

1 John 2:15 (NLT) - Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

PRAYER THOUGHT - Dear Father in Heaven. You are the one, true, and living God. I want to praise and worship you alone. Keep my eyes on you. Please keep worldly desires from tempting me and becoming a god in my life. Forgive me where I have fallen into the trap of "I need this." The only upgrade I need is in my Spiritual walk with you. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #8 - DON'T KNOW HOW / LACK OF TRAINING

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#8 - DON'T KNOW HOW / LACK OF TRAINING

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

8# - Don’t know how / lack of training -

Peter and Lori Querin write, “The(y) need to defend our beliefs to a skeptical society leaves most Christians unprepared due to a lack of apologetics training. Most Christians either don't have the time or are unwilling to spend the time needed to educate themselves in this area.”

There are many people who say that they can’t share their faith because they don’t know how. Yet they are not to be found when classes on evangelism are held. I’m not sure if this is a legitimate argument or not.

If it is than you need to let your pastor or church leaders know. They are not doing their job in training people to share the great commission (Mt 28:18-20).

Having said that, there are countless classes, articles, and websites devoted to sharing your faith. There may even be classes taught at a church in your area. There are more books, videos, and other tools available today than in any other time in history. So again, I don’t know that the argument holds merit.

God has also given us the tools we need to accomplish his purposes. We simply need to put them to work for us.

The first tool he gives us is His Word. The Bible is the ultimate handbook on evangelism. With this tool we can succeed in sharing our faith. We should never forget that God’s word is important to all areas of life including evangelism and outreach. A daily study of God’s word will help you to be ready. 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

The Holy Spirit is another tool that we have to use. We need to rely on the guidance of the Holy Spirit that indwells within every Christian. The Bible tells us that his Spirit will give you the words to say (Lk 12:11-12). The Spirit also gives us gifts to help us complete the different jobs that God may have us to do including sharing our faith (1 Co 12:4-6; Ro 12:6-8). It is the Holy Spirit that convicts the hearts of the unbeliever (Jn 16:8). We cannot ignore the importance of God’s Spirit in sharing our faith.

God has also given us brothers and sisters in the faith. It is always good to have a someone with you when you share your faith. Jesus sent his followers out by twos. Part of this has to do with establishing reliable testimony (Mt 18:16). But it is also for strength (Ec 4:12). The church is an important tool in evangelism and outreach.

But I believe that the real reason isn’t a lack of training as much as an unwillingness to put the time and effort into training. That goes to the heart of the matter… They just don’t want to do it. And that, my friends, is rebellion against the commission that Jesus gave his followers. And ultimately, since Jesus has all authority, it is rebellion against God Almighty himself.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father; You are great and mighty. Your word and commission are not to be ignored. Forgive me when I have failed to share my faith or train others to go and share the gospel message. I ask that you will give me the courage to share my faith in any and all situations. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #9 - IMMATURE / WEAK FAITH

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#9 - IMMATURE / WEAK FAITH

#9. Immature/weak faith - There are a number of immature Christians today. Some are Christians in name only. Some have never grown up because they simply purchased their “golden ticket” for heaven and they don’t feel like they need to get anymore involved than that. Some purchased their “fire insurance” or “get out of jail free card” and so they continue in life as if nothing significant ever happened. And there are others who don't grow because they are lazy.

What amazes me more than all this is those that have been “in the church” for years and yet openly admit that they are babies in the faith. They are almost proud of their immaturity.

Joseph Alexander Nagy Jr. stated in a recent survey that, “They feel no conviction in their own life and have not had that transforming experience that would give them a true testament of the Lord's work in their life.”

As Christians, we were made to grow. We are to “hunger and thirst” for righteousness. We are to crave the Word. We are to stretch our faith and grow into mighty oaks of righteousness. If you aren't growing you are dying.

Don't get me wrong. I will be the first to admit that I haven't reached full maturity. I still struggle with things that I should have gotten straight a long time ago. I'm not sure I Iknow anyone would say, “I’ve made it,” or “I am a fully mature Christian.” I have been a Christian since my youth and I am still not there. But each day of life is growing experience by which we discover new truths each day. We won’t reach full maturity until we reach the other shore.

Until then, I look to some of the spiritual giants of the faith and draw inspiration. Augustine, Martin Luther, Barton W. Stone, Thomas Campbell, Alexander Campbell, D.L. Moody, Charles Spurgeon, Ashley Johnson, Big Jim Heaton, Billy Graham, Don Dewelt, and a great cloud of witnesses have set the mark for me. All of who were not afraid to share the gospel of Jesus Christ and their testimony. I will share my faith too.

Hebrews 5:13-14 (NIV)says, "Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil." Are you mature enough to share what God has done for you?

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord of Heaven and Earth; I praise you for all that you have done. Thank you for the meat of your word. Help me to be fully mature and to share my testimony... the testimony of what you have done for me through Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior. It is in his name that I pray. AMEN.

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #10 - Rejection and Scorn

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#10 - Rejection and Scorn

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#10. Ridiculed / Scorned - Some people are afraid to put their faith out there because they will be ridiculed or scorned. They are afraid that they will lose friends. They are afraid that they will be made the butt of jokes. And this could very well happen.

Where it is true that there are always loud mouths and nah-sayers, in my case, I have found that most people who reject what I have just walk away or avoid me. I don’t take it that they are rejecting me. They have rejected Jesus… and ultimately they have rejected God.

Having said that though, there are those who like to bad mouth the church...especially on social media. Some of them are disgruntled former members and some are from outside the church that just don't like church. The saddest part are that there are those who are members of the church that spout off about the church, the preacher, the leaders, and each other without regard for who they hurt or the image they are presenting to the world.

You can't avoid negative talk, rejection, scorn, and ridicule. You are wearing Jesus' name so you have a target printed on your back.

Jesus sent out 72 followers to be evangelist into all the towns where he planned to go. He told them, “I am sending you out like lambs among wolves” (Luke 10:3). After giving them instructions he then said, “Whoever listens to you listens to me; whoever rejects you rejects me; but whoever rejects me rejects him who sent me” (Luke 10:16).

Most Christians are big hearted people. We don’t like to be rejected. We may even wonder why. But Jesus tells us that they are not rejecting us but him…and ultimately God. We don’t need to take it personal.

Fear of rejection or scorn should never be a reason to keep our faith in a quiet corner of our lives. When we do, we ourselves are rejecting Jesus. We are ashamed of him. We are ashamed about that part of our life when Jesus should be the whole part of our life. Paul boldly declared, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith” (Ro 1:16-17).

Jesus Christ said, “Whoever acknowledges me before others, I will also acknowledge before my Father in heaven. But whoever disowns me before others, I will disown before my Father in heaven" (Matthew 10:32-33 NIV).

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God Above, I praise you for the gift of salvation, abundant life, and the promise of eternal life with you in heaven. I thank you for sending Jesus to die in my place and for raising him from the dead to show victory over death and sin. I ask that you will help me not to be ashamed or in fear of rejection but to boldly proclaim the good news in both word and deed. In the name of Jesus, AMEN.

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #11 - Sin and False Beliefs

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#11 - Sin and False Beliefs

REASONS WHY PEOPLE DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#11. Sin / False beliefs - Some people are under the false assumption that everyone is going to heaven. There are others who believe falsely that evangelism and outreach are not necessary. And there are others who went through the motions of being saved to get their "golden ticket" or "fire insurance" but are still living sinful lives.

In the survey, Steve Schaper said, “There is the belief that many ‘not-really evangelicals’ have that everyone is going to be saved, that in the New Testament, God no longer judges sin, that grace means that we get to sin freely, etc”[sic].

These false beliefs and doctrines are the reason they don’t share their faith. They reason that since salvation is not necessary than why share your faith? Everyone is going to heaven anyway.

If sin is not a problem than salvation is not important and we do not need saving. If salvation is not important and we do not need saving than their is no need for a savior. If there is not need for a savior than Jesus came and died on the cross for nothing. If Jesus died in vain than what is the point of even going to church in the first place? Come on people, WAKE UP! Your reasoning is not sound.

The sad part is that there are many who will believe these false teachers and will die in their sins. “The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron” (1 Timothy 4:1,2) “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people” (2 Timothy 3:1-9).

We must be SALT and Light to the world. We must point the way to salvation in Jesus Christ.

Matthew 5:13 (NIV) - “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

PRAYER THOUGHT - Dear Lord, Thank your for the precious gift of salvation. Help me to be SALT and LIGHT in this world and not propagate lies that negate the work of Jesus Christ. In Jesus' name, AMEN.

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #12 - Don't Clearly Understand the Gospel

REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#12 - Don't Clearly Understand the Gospel

#12. They don’t know the Gospel clearly and rightly

There is an old saying, “If you don’t know the bad news, the good news is no news.” Not knowing or being only vaguely aware of how serious our sin is, we are out of touch with the bad news. Therefore, the good news of salvation and forgiveness of sin has little effect on us; it barely moves us. Because of this we are less grateful and less loving. And we are not likely to share the gospel.

The bad news is that “all have sinned and fallen short of God’s standard” (Ro 3:26). Because we have sinned we deserve death (Ro 6:23a). The bad news is that because of sin we are going to be punished with eternal damnation in the fiery pits of Hell. That is not an old wives tale to get you to do right. That is “the gospel truth”. But the good news or gospel message is that salvation is available for all who believe in Jesus Christ (Mk 16:15-16).

The word “gospel” means “good news.” The good news is that God loved the world so much that he sent his Son to die in our place (John 3:16,17; 1 Peter 2:24, 3:18). Jesus rose from the grave to demonstrate this love (Ro 5:6-8) and show that there is victory over the law, over sin, over death, and over Satan himself (1 Corinthians 15:54-58). The good news is that we can have eternal life by believing in Jesus Christ (Jn 3:36). Like the old spiritual song goes, “Ain’t That Good News!”

When we really understand the good news and the bad news of the gospel it makes a difference. We then will have the desire to share our faith so that others can have life too.

Romans 1:16 (NIV) For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God, I praise you for the good news that Jesus Christ died in my place on the cross and that he rose from the grave to show that there is victory over sin and death. Lord, remind me periodically of the "bad new" so that I will stay on the right path and so that I will continue to share my faith story with others. In Jesus' name, AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH #13. No mentors / They don't see the example from Church leaders.

REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

#13. No mentors / They don't see the example from Church leaders.

REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS DON'T SHARE THEIR FAITH

There was a recent survey / forum on line discussing reasons why Christians don't want to share their faith. Some of the responses were people who were sharing their personal experience why others were just answering the question in general. But the comments were fascinating and I decided to share the top reasons why people do not share their faith with others. I'm going to start at the bottom of the list and work up to the number one reason.

#13. No mentors / They don't see the example from Church leaders. Here are a few of the responses:

“They don't see the pastors witnessing or the leaders Christians don't see the example.” -- Roberto Sierra.

“They never see their own pastors leave the desk, office or pulpit and set the example.” --David Woods.

“Because churches do not do much of street evangelism anymore or encourage evangelism.” --Jeanne De Pasquale Sparks.

A few years ago I was up for an evaluation to see if I deserved a merit raise in salary. One man said, “You only work two hours a week. I wish I could get paid as much as you and not have to work as hard.” The man really thought I only worked when he saw me at church. He was unaware of the fact that I put in 60-80 hours a week. He didn’t see the time I spent in people’s houses sharing the Word of God. I invited him to follow me for a week but he declined.

Most ministers do a lot of ministry and evangelism behind the scenes. I realize that there are a few bad apples but that is the exception and not the rule. If you want to learn how and see an example on sharing your faith ask your Pastor or Elders to talk you with them when they call on the lost.

The real issue is who the example should be. Jesus is the ultimate model of evangelism and discipleship. He met people where they are. He invited them to come along side of him. He started letting them participate in his ministry. Then he commissioned them and set them lose to continue the work.

Paul used Jesus as an example in everything he did. He told the believers at Colossae to “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ” (1 Corinthians 11:1 NIV).

If you are waiting for an example to come along before you get to work you will never get to work. Jesus is our example. He is the way, the truth, and life (Jn 14:6). So get off your duff and follow Jesus.

“Every Christian is a minister,” says Doris Price, “That do not mean you have to stand up in a pulpit, but that you should minister to your family, friends, and people you come in contact with. The Word of God said ‘take my word to the end of the earth’, that is a command.”

Jesus said, “I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you” (John 13:15). At the time he was showing an example of service to others by washing the dirty feet of his disciples. Jesus set an example for us in righteous and godly living. We need to follow his example and stop making excuses.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God, You have provided everything I need to walk in faith. You have given your Holy Word. You have given your Holy Spirit. You have given Spiritual gifts. You have given the Fellowship of believers. And you have given abundant and eternal life through Jesus Christ. You have also given your Son, Jesus as an example of righteousness and holiness. Help me to walk in his footsteps everyday. Give me the courage to share my faith. In Jesus' name, Amen

-Loren Lung

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Walk By Faith: 10 - I Will Share My Faith Story John 9

Walk By Faith: 10 - I Will Share My Faith Story

John 9

FAITH IN ACTION:

10 - I Will Share My Faith

Text: John 9: Various

Date: 08-12-2018

Everyone has a story to tell. This is our testimony. The Bible is filled with people who reached out to others simply by telling their story (Jn 1:40-45; Jn 4; Ac 22:1-21, 26:1-23). One of the most dynamic testimonies is recorded in John 9. A blind man is healed by Jesus. Today we will learn 3 things from this encounter about your faith story.

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FOCUS Hebrews 12:2-3

FOCUS

Hebrews 12:2-3

There are so many distractions. I know that as a Christian man I am supposed to love others, take care of the needs, visit the sick and shut-in, study my Bible, pray, give at church, teach others, etc., etc. I also know that I am supposed to be a good husband and take care of my wife, especially now that her arm is in a cast. I know that I am supposed to be a good father and help my children to become the men and women that God has purposed them to be. I know that I am supposed to be a good grandfather and love and care for them. I am also supposed to be a good son and call my parents from time to time and check on them.

But there are so many distractions. The phone rings off the hook constantly. The buzzer on the drier goes off and the clothes need folded now. I look at the clock and notice it's nearly time to eat I have haven't even thought that far ahead. I look at my calendar and notice a meeting that I forget was scheduled. Then I get the news that someone is in the ER and so put down that stuff and race to the hospital... distractions! distractions! DISTRACTIONS!!!

Most people go through the same type thing. One lady was telling me the other day that she finally got time to sit down and read her Bible and she noticed she was about ten days behind. She said it reminded her of what her grandmother used to say, "Seven days without the bread of God's word makes one weak (week)."

I am amazed at the things that distract me from my faith walk. I sit down to read my Bible or pray and that is exactly when Maddie will decide to take a nose dive off the bunkbeds or the phone will ring with a call I have been waiting for all day. Just yesterday I sat down to my desk to study my lesson for Bible Study and someone came to the door. UGH!

And it's frustrating the things that take focus off Jesus. When we lose our focus on Christ the devil steps in and tries to make a mess of things. Talk about real distraction. Desire, temptation, and sin crouch at the door waiting for us to be distracted.

The Hebrew writer says, "...And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (He 12:2-3). When we take our eyes off Jesus we can misstep in our faith walk or get entangle in troubles and worries. We can go off course, stumble, or even be disqualified for the prize (1 Co 9:24-27).

We need to FOCUS= Follow Only Christ's Ultimate Standard. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus!

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Lord, Keep me on track today. Help me focus on Jesus and upon the standard that you have set. I know distractions will come... that's a part of life. But help me not to be sidetracked by those distractions. And in all things help me to glorify you. I desire to praise and worship you regardless of how my day may go. In Jesus' name, AMEN

-Loren Lung

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Walk By Faith: 09 - I Will Be A Positive Influence 1 Timothy 4:1-16

Walk By Faith: 09 - I Will Be A Positive Influence

1 Timothy 4:1-16

Sometimes it is easy to get upset when we look at the mess the world is in. But the Bible tells us that we are supposed to be a positive influence on the world (Jn 15:19, 17:14-16; Ro 12:1-2; 1 Jn 2:15; Mt 5:14-16). Jesus said we were SALT and LIGHT. Paul told Timothy that he was to be an example of how we are to live. We can learn 5 ways to influence the world from 1 Timothy 4:1-16.

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Walking By Faith: 08 - I Will Give Joyfully 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 ; Various

Walking By Faith: 08 - I Will Give Joyfully

2 Corinthians 9:6-15 ; Various

Oaks of Righteousness: FAITH IN ACTION - Walk By Faith

07 - I Will Give Joyfully

Text: 2 Corinthians 9:6-15 ; Various

Big Idea: God has given generously to us. We should give time, talent, and treasure

Date Preached: 07-29-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

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God has called us to give generously. But he also has called us to give joyfully. Sometimes we give generously of our surplus but when we give beyond that we aren't exactly joyful about giving. Christian Stewardship is an important and essential part of our Christian walk of faith. It is for our benefit that we give... In giving we are blessed with abundant grace.

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What is Purposeful Giving? Matthew 25:14-30

What is Purposeful Giving?

Matthew 25:14-30

Purposeful giving means two things: we give in order to worship, and we give for the sake and furtherance of ministry.

Giving is an act of worship. This is an extremely important thing to grasp when it comes to tithing. Giving our monies to the work of the church is meant to be just as worshipful as when we stand up and sing. Jon Payne writes, “Don’t let the placing of your tithe and/or offering in the collection plate during the worship service be a mere formality or mindless ritual. Rather, as with the other parts of the liturgy, make it a conscious, joyful act of worship" (In the Splendor of Holiness, 81).

Anything that’s repeated often can become dull and routine. We don’t want our giving to be that way. We should not mechanically reach into the pocket or purse and drop in the money without giving it a second thought. We are bringing something to the Lord of the universe. Don’t be flippant in your giving. Be purposeful. Be intentional. Be worshipful. As the money goes into the plate, pray to God thanking Him for all that He has done for you and ask Him to bless your contribution to His Kingdom.

Another aspect of purposeful giving is recognizing that our monies and resources are actually meant to be used! The Bible speaks clearly that God gives to us so we can use His gifts for His glory. We need to make thoughtful decisions. In terms of the church, having finances is not the end, or the goal, of tithing. Using our finances for God’s glory is the goal.

Think of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. It is from that parable that we get the grand benediction we all long to hear from our Lord one day: “Well done, good and faithful servant” (v. 21). We often say or think of this line out of context, and don’t realize it is spoken of a master commending the diligent financial stewardship of one of his servants! God does not want us to hold onto what He has given us until He returns. Certainly, if we do that we can say, “Here, have what is yours” (v. 25). But God will say, “I know it’s mine—and it could have been so much more!” (vv. 26-30).

He has given us so-o-o-o-o much. God gives to us so that we would give back to Him. We do this by investing our gifts into people, places, and things that will yield an increase for Christ’s kingdom on earth. This cannot happen by carelessly tossing a few dollars into the offering plate every so often. The use of God’s resources requires more diligence than that.

Once again, God must be the guide in our giving. He gave with purpose, with intention, with planning: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16). This means when Christ came into the world to give eternal life, he had you in mind! In response to the purposeful gifts of the Father, let us pray for wisdom and desire to give to Him in return.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Jehovah Jirah, You Are the God that provides for all our needs. You have given your Son as a ransom for our sins. He died in my place... a debt I could never repay. You have also given us abundant life in Jesus. You have given us your Holy Word as a guide. You have placed with us your Holy Spirit. You have given us Spiritual Gifts by which to build up the body and to fulfill your purposes. You have given us hope... eternal life everlasting in heaven. Now Holy Father, help me to give as you have given. Help me to love others and meet needs. In Jesus' name I pray, AMEN.

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Walking By Faith: 07 - I Will Use My Spiritual Gifts Romans 12:1-8; Various

Walking By Faith: 07 - I Will Use My Spiritual Gifts

Romans 12:1-8; Various

Oaks of Righteousness: FAITH IN ACTION - Walk By Faith

07 - I Will Use My Spiritual Gifts

Text:Romans 12:1-8; Various

Big Idea: Every member should know and use these spiritual gifts they have to fulfill God’s purpose.

Date Preached: 07-22-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

EPISODE DESCRIPTION:

Perhaps one of the least understood and acknowledged part of our Christian walk of faith is spiritual gifts. It is our desire that every Christian knows and uses their spiritual gifts for the working of the church and fulfilling God's purposes on earth.

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Walking By Faith: 06 - I Will Fellowship Acts 2:42-47; Various

Walking By Faith: 06 - I Will Fellowship

Acts 2:42-47; Various

Oaks of Righteousness: FAITH IN ACTION

06 - I Will Fellowship

Text: Acts 2:42-47; Various

Big Idea: God intend us for fellowship community: be involved and committed to each other

Date Preached: 07-15-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

Many Christians believe that fellowship with like believers is an added part of the Christian life... to be taken or left out. But fellowship is an essential part of our faith. God has given us this community of believers as a tool. He has given us this fellowship so that we can worship, learn, care for, and serve together. (We had technical difficulties that did not record a portion of the sermon. We have edited back in the parts that was missing. We apologize for the sound quality of that portion.)

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Walking By Faith: 05 - I Will Focus on God and His Priorities for My Life Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 6:33; Various

Walking By Faith: 05 - I Will Focus on God and His Priorities for My Life

Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 6:33; Various

Oaks of Righteousness: FAITH IN ACTION

05 - I Will Focus on God and His Priorities for My Life

Text: Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 6:33; Various

Big Idea: Single-mindedness is having God take first place in my life.

Date Preached: 07-01-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

From the very beginning God has expressed that there should be no gods or idols worshipped because he alone is God and there is nothing that should come before Him. Most of us would never even entertain the idea of having another god or idol. But we do let other things take priority over God. In essences, anything we put before God is an idol or a god. We must be singleminded when it comes to God and serve him alone.

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Walking By Faith: 04 - I Will Study Hebrews 4:12-13; Various

Walking By Faith: 04 - I Will Study

Hebrews 4:12-13; Various

Oaks of Righteousness: FAITH IN ACTION

04 - I Will Study

Text: Hebrews 4:12-13; Various

Big Idea: Studying the living word of God brings understanding and growth

Date Preached: 07-01-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

Sometimes it is hard to study the word. If you are like me you don't necessary like to read. And studying can make your head explode! (not really). So today I want to give you some help in making your Bible reading and study more productive.

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Walk By Faith: 03 - I Will Pray Matthew 6:1-18; James 5:16-18; Various

Walk By Faith: 03 - I Will Pray

Matthew 6:1-18; James 5:16-18; Various

Text: Matthew 6:1-18; James 5:16-18; Various

Big Idea: Prayer is a natural extension of your relationship with God - 7 keys

Date Preached: 06-24-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

Prayer is an important part of our faith. It is an extension of our relationship with God. Two way communication with God is important for our faith walk.

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Walk By Faith: 02 - I Will Worship Psalm 95:1-10; Various

Walk By Faith: 02 - I Will Worship

Psalm 95:1-10; Various

Big Idea: Worship is a natural extension of your relationship with God

Date Preached: 06-10-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

Worship is an extension of our relationship with God. Worship is an intimate and important time with God and fellow believers. I will worship my God.

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Walk By Faith: 01 - I Will Walk By Faith Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Various

Walk By Faith: 01 - I Will Walk By Faith

Hebrews 12:1-3; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27; Various

Big Idea: Walking by faith is putting our faith into action

Date Preached: 06-03-2018 Beaver Creek Christian Church

The Christian faith is not just about believing. Believing is where it starts. But Christian faith is a daily walk with God... one step at a time. It is belief put into action. Today I want to challenge you to step out and walk by faith.

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Walking By Faith 2 Corinthians 5:7

Walking By Faith

2 Corinthians 5:7

It is important to believe. We have spent the last few months talking about what we believe during worship. When we let him, God transforms our thinking. We believe in God. We believe in his Son. We believe in his saving grace. We believe in heaven. We believe in hell. But God also works in us to put into practice what we believe. This is living or walking by faith.

The Apostle Paul said, “For we walk by faith and not by sight” (2 Co 5:7). Walking by Faith is putting our faith in action.

I love how the Hebrew Writer explains real and active faith. First he defines faith. “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see…. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:1,6)

Then he gives examples of faith at work in people in the Old Testament. In this “Hall of Faith,” Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Issac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab and David, are just a few mentioned by name. He also talks about the unnamed number who have suffered and died living faithful lives. None of these faithful saw the fulfillment of their faith in Jesus Christ, yet they walked by faith to the fullest.

In Chapter 12, the writer of Hebrews challenges us to live by faith too. “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, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

The challenge is for us to live, walk and run by faith daily. Step by step. We keep our eyes on Jesus. We remember the faithful ones that came before us, that “great cloud of witnesses.” We do not get distracted by sin and temptation but walk the same walk that Jesus walked perfectly. Jesus walked it even knowing that his faith walk would take him to the cross. With our eyes focused on Him we can finish this race in faith and with hope. Finish strong!

Prayer Thought: Dear God, You are Lord of Heaven and Earth. I believe that you are God and that you sent your Son to pay the price for my sin. I owe a debt I will never be able to repay. Help me to walk in faith, trust, and obedience to you. Guide my steps and help me to be the man you have called me to be. Help me to finish this race strong. In Jesus' precious name I pray, AMEN

-Loren Lung

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Perplexing Properties of Prophesy Daniel 7-12

Perplexing Properties of Prophesy

Daniel 7-12

This mornings Bible reading is Daniel 7-12 if you are following along in our Bible reading program. These scriptures are the visions and prophesies that Daniel received while in exile in Babylon. It is interesting reading but like Daniel, we are often perplexed and wearied by these things.

There are those who try to take these visions and read into them all kinds of things about the end times. There are others who say that all of these prophesies have been fulfilled already with the rise of the Greek and Roman empires. There are still others who say these are not literal things that are going to happen but they are symbolic of the end of various ages. I am fascinated by these theories and enjoy hearing them. But I must admit that I don't buy every little theory that comes along... especially when I hear someone claiming authority by saying "God revealed to me..."!

I have argued end-time prophesy with the many. I find it fun and enjoyable. But I contend that there are somethings that are meant to be known and somethings that will remain hidden even to the righteous, like Daniel. The vision was given. An explanation was given. But understanding is not always clear and can be troubling.

But there is a message and application that we can get from these passages. I like what the messenger told Daniel in the end, “As for you, go your way till the end. You will rest, and then at the end of the days you will rise to receive your allotted inheritance” (Da 12:13). I think the message that we clearly can take from any prophesy in the Bible is this: 1. God is in control of all of this. 2. Stay faithful to the end. 3. Your faithfulness will be reward in your eternal home in heaven.

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PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear Heavenly Father; I praise you because you are mighty and your throne is established forever and ever. You are in control of all things. History and the future belong to you. I pray that you will give me the strength to remain faithful even when times get tough. I ask you to give me wisdom and understand to know what you want me to know and to be content with what you reveal to me. I thank you for my salvation through Jesus Christ, your Son. It is in his name that I pray. AMEN!

-Loren Lung

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