31
Mar
2011

John 6:22-34 Jesus Said To Them This Is The Work Of God, That You Believe In Him Whom He Sent

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John 6:22 The next day the crowd that stood on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other small boat there, except one, and that Jesus had not entered with His disciples into the boat, but that His disciples had gone away alone. 23 There came other small boats from Tiberias near to the place where they ate the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 24 So when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they themselves got into the small boats, and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. 25 When they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You get here?” 26 Jesus answered them and said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. 27 Do not work for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you, for on Him the Father, God, has set His seal.” 28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Jesus answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.” 30 So they said to Him, “What then do You do for a sign, so that we may see, and believe You? What work do You perform? 31“Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘HE GAVE THEM BREAD OUT OF HEAVEN TO EAT.’ ” 32 Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven. 33 “For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world.”  34      Then they said to Him, “Lord, always give us this bread.” New American Standard Bible : 1995 update. 1995 (Jn 6:22–34). LaHabra, CA: The Lockman Foundation.

In this section of Scripture we will see Jesus really come to the heart of the matter.  They want signs, He wants their salvation.  The want food, He wants faith. They want to work to please God. He wants them to come freely.  Jesus wants us to understand that He is the only way to heaven, that the signs written about in the Old Testament pointed to Him being the reality.  Jesus is the Living Water, He is the Bread from heaven.  Are you hungry, are you thirsty? Come to Jesus and He will satisfy your deepest longings and give you eternal life.

30
Mar
2011

James 1:13-14 Testing And Temptation Part 2

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James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. 14 But each one is tempted when he is drawn away by his own desires and enticed.

In this section of scripture we are taking a deeper look at Temptation.  A temptation is a test that is reacted to in a wrong manner.  God Tests us, the devil tempts us.  God wants us to become better people, the devil wants us to become bitter people.  We are taking a several message long look at who is tempted, why we are tempted, and how to handle it.  I hope you will listen to all of these messages because the Bible says we are ALL tempted, just as we are ALL tested.  The question is how will you react and do you know how to overcome the struggle we all have in this area?  If you don't, please stay with us for this whole series because God wants us all to know how to deal with temptation or we will never become the Christians that God wants us to become.

22
Mar
2011

John 6:15-21 Jesus Tests The Disciples

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John 6:15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him king, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone. 16 Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, 17 got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them. 18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.  19 So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. 20 But He said to them, "It is I; do not be afraid." 21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

In this famous section of Scripture we will talk about Jesus walking on the water and what that means to us today. We will see that Jesus does not always get us out of the storms of life, but He is there with us through them. Jesus gave a demonstration of His power, and then He tested His disciples to see if they learned the lesson. God is always testing us to see if we will trust Him no matter what goes on in our life. I hope you have that peace that passes all understanding because you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior and you know that when you go through the storms of life, He is in the boat with you.

10
Mar
2011

James 1:9-13 Tests Can Become Temptation

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James 1:9 Let the lowly brother glory in his exaltation, 10 but the rich in his humiliation, because as a flower of the field he will pass away. 11 For no sooner has the sun risen with a burning heat than it withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beautiful appearance perishes. So the rich man also will fade away in his pursuits. 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God"; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.

In this section of scripture we will see that God wants the poor man to be satisfied in Him and the rich man to realize that only in God is there real riches. He will also tell us in verse 12 Blessed is the man who endures temptation; because Trials can quickly turn into Temptation if we don’t trust in God. This message begins a series of several messages on Temptation, what is it, how does it happen, who is responsible when we are tempted, and most important of all, how to resist temptation.

7
Mar
2011

James 1:5-8 Trials Are For Your Faith

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James 1:5 If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. 6 But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. 7 For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8 he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.

In this section we will see that God wants us to come to Him in the midst of trials and He wants us to ask Him for wisdom to get through the trial. We might not get the reason why, but we will get what we need to get through it. He will give all of us who ask wisdom and He will not get tired of us coming and asking again for it. He also says to ask in faith, because if we don’t we will not get it. Go to chapter 4 for more insight on why we don’t get from God.