The Master‘s Class, LifeChange Church Wichita
LEARNING TO LEAN ON GOD (Hebrews 11:21)

LEARNING TO LEAN ON GOD (Hebrews 11:21)

November 20, 2022

LEARNING TO LEAN ON GOD (Hebrews 11:21)

Many of us think that self-sufficiency is a virtue, and at many a high school graduation ceremony, there will be speakers telling young people to learn to be self-sufficient. The truth of the matter is that self-sufficiency is not a virtue; spiritually, it is a vice.  In fact, if you are a follower of Christ, then God is working on you. God is working on each of us, and He will not be finished with us until our total, complete dependency is not on self, but on Him.

In our message today, Jacob tells God, “Lord, I trust you, but …” Have you ever done that? “Lord, I trust you, but, Lord, I don’t trust You completely. And now, Lord, You help me out. But Father, You know, I’ve got to rig this thing first and you just make my efforts work.”  But that is not the way God works.  Did you know that God likes broken things? Men throw broken things away, but God never really ever uses anything until He first breaks it. David said, in the Psalms, “A broken and a contrite spirit thou wilt not despise, O God.” Most of us are not being used of God because we’ve never been broken. 

One of these days, if God breaks you and you become broken bread and poured out wine, God can use you. God took a little lad’s lunch, and broke it, and fed the multitudes. Mary took an alabaster box of ointment, and she broke it, and lavished her love upon the Lord Jesus Christ. The prophet Jeremiah said, “Break up your fallow ground, and sow not among the thorns.” You’ll never have the crop you ought to until you put the plow in, until the old clods are broken. Even the Lord Jesus Christ took that Last Supper and said, “This is my body which is broken for you.” Men throw broken things away. God never ever uses anything or anybody until they’re first broken.

Click on the link below hear a message on how Jacob loved God, and he had to be delivered from his self-sufficiency. He had to learn how to lean on Jesus. 

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

LESSONS FROM A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY (Hebrews 11:20)

LESSONS FROM A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY (Hebrews 11:20)

November 13, 2022

The home is meant to be the seminary of heaven, but often it is the incubator of hell.  If you are looking around, you can see that Satan is systemically dismantling homes in our world.  Sociologists today would say that family is important, but when society changes, what we call family can change and the role of family may change.  That is not true.  The Bible clearly states that the family is not the product of sociology. Family did not come from the swamps of immorality. Family is not something that evolved from primordial ooze. Family is the gift of God. God instituted family in the Garden of Eden, and the first institution was not government, not education, not business; the first institution was family. God put a family in the Garden of Eden.  Throughout history, when the concept of family was completely obliterated, disintegrated, from a culture, those societies crumbled. There is a war on the family, and you have to admit it: In today’s society, family life, godly family life, is difficult.

So, how do we fight this?  Unfortunately, the majority of the dads in America, whether they are saved or lost, are focused on the things of this world.  They are wrapped up in business, in sports, in recreation, in alcohol, in food, in materialism, and these fathers are living self-centered lives, while their families are dysfunctional, their families are crumbling around them. The Bible says that God made the husband to be the head of the family, and as the father, you have an awesome responsibility to be a spiritual man, a man of God. 

Click on the link to hear a message on how we, as parents, both father and mother, have an awesome power to bless our children. You can bless your children by training them up to love God.  But ultimately, the children must make their own choice to serve God.  

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

A DYNAMIC LIFE OF FAITH-PART I (Hebrews 11:8-13)

A DYNAMIC LIFE OF FAITH-PART I (Hebrews 11:8-13)

October 9, 2022

Charles Haddon Spurgeon said, “Little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.” How would you like to have great faith?  If you are a Christ follower, then I trust that you do.  When you came to Jesus Christ, God enrolled you in the School of Faith. Life is the classroom, the Bible is the textbook, the prophets and the apostles are the professors, and Abraham would have to be the Dean in the School of Faith.

Our message today is on the dynamic life of faith that Abraham led.  Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith, it is impossible to please God.”  This means that if you want to please God, then you must have faith.  If you please God, then it doesn’t matter whom you displease, and if you displease God, then it doesn’t matter whom you please.  There is no way to please God without faith.

Do you want to serve God?  Then, your chief duty is to believe Him. The supreme evil is unbelief. Unbelief is the source of all other sins.  Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden because they did not believe the Word of God that had been given to them. The Christian life, according to Hebrews 10:38, is to be lived by faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” 

Now, I am telling you as clearly as I can that without faith it is impossible to please God. You will never, ever, succeed in your Christian life without believing God.  Not just in God, but God’s Word collectively in the Bible, and God’s Word that He has given personally to you.  

Click on the link below to hear a message on how to have a dynamic life of faith that pleases God.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE-PART II (Hebrews 10:38 to 11:6)

THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE-PART II (Hebrews 10:38 to 11:6)

September 11, 2022

Life is a journey. We are headed somewhere, and it is not a casual journey. It is a race.  The life of faith, the only way to live, is a life that has a destination. It is like a race. It has a goal. Now, faith helps us to find that goal, which is the will of God.  Do you know what life is all about? It is to find, to follow, and to finish the will of God. That is the destination of faith. That is what faith is all about.

God tells us “Looking unto Jesus, the author and the finisher of our faith.”—looking unto Jesus.  This is telling us something very important.  It is not great faith in God that you need. Oh, we all want great faith in God. But that’s a by-product.  It is not great faith in God that you need.  It is faith, in a great God.  It is faith in a great God. 

Do you know what faith is? It is the by-product of looking unto Jesus, who is the author and the finisher of our faith. He’s the Alpha, the Omega. He’s the one that fires the gun. He’s the goal to which we run. He is the coach that coaches us as we run. Put your eyes upon Jesus Christ.

Click on the link below to hear a message on how to live a life of faith.  You will not live without faith.  The question you need to ask is, do you know Jesus?  You can exist without faith, but you will never live without faith. Jesus said, “I’ve come that you might have life.” You put your faith where God has put your sins: on Jesus Christ.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE-PART I (Hebrews 10:38 to 11_6)

THE ONLY WAY TO LIVE-PART I (Hebrews 10:38 to 11_6)

September 4, 2022

How to live a life of faith.  We live in an age where we have a lot of people who are called stars, these so-called movie stars.  We have a lot of people who are called idols, these so-called sports idols. In my humble opinion, we have too many stars, and too many idols, and not enough heroes. I’m going to be talking to you today about heroes, Bible heroes.  

Faith is a confidence that rests in hope. It is not a will-of-the-wisp sort of a thing. It is substance.  When we live by faith, it’s not smoke and mirrors.  There is, substance, there is confidence that rests in hope.  The word “hope” doesn’t mean perhaps. Nor does it even mean wish. Nor does it mean desire. The word “hope,” in the Bible, means “rock-ribbed assurance based on divine revelation.”  For example, the Second Coming of Jesus is called the what? The blessed hope.  Now, is that the blessed maybe? No. It is rock-ribbed assurance based on the promises of the Word of God.  Jesus Christ is coming again, and that is our blessed hope, our rock-ribbed assurance based on divine revelation.

Faith, therefore, is the title deed, the confidence, that what God has said is true, and God will perform it. There is no legitimate faith without hope. And there is no legitimate hope without faith. These cannot be separated. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present, and the invisible as seen.  

Click on the link below to hear a message on how the Bible says that you are to live by faith, by a confidence that rests in hope.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

PATIENCE (Hebrews 10:32-37)

PATIENCE (Hebrews 10:32-37)

August 28, 2022

In today’s message we are going to be talking about patience.  Oh my, how many times have you heard the saying “Don’t ever pray for God to teach you patience, because He certainly will.”  Patience.  The Bible actually has a lot to say about patience.

Heb 10:36
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
KJV

There is not a one of us that does not need patience.  Now, let me tell you something “With God, timing is more important than time.” So many of us, we want it, and we want it now.  We want instant credit.  We want instant food. Why do you think the fast food industry is so big?  Because we want what we want, and we want it now.  We want instant service everywhere we go.  Nobody likes standing in line waiting on the things we need.  We want instant gratification.  Tomorrow is almost a dirty word in today’s vocabulary. Yet, so many times, with God, there is a time of waiting between asking and receiving. 

The Bible tells us that, if we know the Lord Jesus Christ, our standard of living may change, but our standard of life will not.  You have need of patience, that you might inherit the promises of God.  

Click on the link below to hear a message on how to develop patience in your life as you look forward to receiving the promises of God.  First, remember yesterday’s provision. He saw you through then; He’ll see you through again.  Second, resolve today’s patience—not just hunkering down. Remember, it is not patience that solemnly waits in the dark; it is patience that gloriously anticipates the dawn. And then, rest in tomorrow’s promise: “though it tarry, it will come.”  Get a hold of the Word of God and never, never, never let it go. 

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

WORSHIPING TOGETHER (Hebrews 10:19-25)

WORSHIPING TOGETHER (Hebrews 10:19-25)

August 22, 2022

WORSHIPING TOGETHER (Hebrews 10:19-25)

The church in the 21st century has a genuine problem, and the problem is lagging and sagging church attendance.  Now, without a doubt some of this has been caused by the Covid pandemic.  In fact, it is still having an impact today, as there are those who have serious medical conditions that prevent them from being in large groups of people.  Nor is that the only reason people stay away from church, and I am not condemning anyone who is providentially hindered from being in our worship services.  But, our message today is about why attending a worship service with other believers is incredibly important to you as a believer, and to the other members who attend with you.  

People today have the idea that perhaps they’re doing God a favor when they come to church for a worship service.  I think one of the tragedies of this age in which we live is that there are so many who claim to know and love the Lord Jesus Christ, and yet they do not regularly attend the Bible study and worship services of their local church.  Yet the Bible teaches if you willingly forsake the assembling of yourself together, then you cannot claim to be true to Jesus Christ, if you willingly do that. Jesus Christ and the Church are not identical, but they are inseparable.

We need one another. We owe to one another a fearful loyalty in these days, to exhort and fire up one another. These are wicked days, lascivious days, evil days, and all kinds of mayhem and wickedness are in the world. That’s all the more reason we need to be faithful and loyal to our local church that God has given to us, and we must keep her lights burning brightly on Sunday and Wednesday. 

Click on the link below to hear a message on why attending worship services together as a body is not only a privilege, it is our solemn duty.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

A CLEAN CONSCIENCE PART II (Hebrews 9:13-14)

A CLEAN CONSCIENCE PART II (Hebrews 9:13-14)

July 31, 2022

God is teaching us a theological lesson in these verses. He is teaching that a believer should stay away from that which is dead and that which corrupts, He is saying that for moral and spiritual hygiene, we need to stay away from sin.  Why would He command that? Because it is sin that causes us to have an unclean conscience before God.

So, what is it that we do that causes us to have an unclean conscience before God?  It is sin.  Whether it is deliberate sin, sin by association, or even sin that you stumble into, that sin pollutes your soul.  

Then, what happens when we become unclean in the sight of God?  There is a loss of fellowship with our brothers and sisters in Christ.  There is a loss of freedom with God.  We cannot worship God with an unclean conscience.  Then, there is the loss of fruitfulness in God’s service.  If your soul is unclean with sin, then God will not bless the work that you do.  Sin separates you from God.  Do you know why some churches never progress? Do you know why some Sunday School classes never grow and they’re not blessed? Do you know why some people never win souls? Do you know why some people’s prayers never get any higher than the light bulbs?  I mean they work, they work, they work, but it is dead works because they have got a dirty conscience. They’re polluted. They don’t have a clean conscience with God. 

Click on the link below to hear a message on why you can’t serve God if you don’t have a clean conscience, and that it is the blood of Jesus that makes your conscience clean. I thank God in Heaven there is that perpetual sacrifice, which means that I don’t have to go around with sin on my soul.  I thank God for the finished work of salvation and the precious blood of Jesus Christ that will clean me and make suitable to work for God. 

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

A CLEAN CONSCIENCE (Hebrews 9:7-10; 14)

A CLEAN CONSCIENCE (Hebrews 9:7-10; 14)

July 24, 2022

A CLEAN CONSCIENCE (Hebrews 9:7-10; 14)

How does the Bible teach us to face the trials of life?  It says that you can face those trials if you have a good conscience, if you have a great hope, and a gracious companion in the Holy Spirit of God.  When the Bible talks about our conscience, it is really talking about our soul, and the worst pollution of all is the pollution of the soul. Now, all pollution is bad, but the worst pollution is not the kind we breathe, and it seems like we’re just being polluted to death.  But, may I tell you that the real ecology problem is that of Satan and of sin, and the real pollution problem is that of sin.

The word uncleanness stands for a state of mind, and a state of soul, and a state of spirit, that is not right with God, and it stands for sin. Sin makes us unclean.  In our study today, God will make the point that death and sin, or death and uncleanness, are inseparably linked together. Sin causes death, therefore, death is the visible sign of sin.

We often pray for the families of people who died, and sometimes we talk about people who die of sickness, and then we talk about other people who die a natural death. May I tell you that there is no such thing as a natural death, for all death is unnatural. It is not what God planned for us. All death is the result of sin.  Now, listen to me carefully, all death is the result of sin, but not necessarily your personal sin. But, had there been no sin, there would have been no death. There was no sin in the Garden of Eden, and as a result, there was no death in the Garden of Eden, until sin came.  Therefore, death is the visible sign, and the object lesson, of sin.  

Click on the link below to hear a message on what the Bible tells us about the causes of our soul becoming unclean.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

LET US GO ON TOWARDS CHRIST (Hebrews 6:1-12)

LET US GO ON TOWARDS CHRIST (Hebrews 6:1-12)

July 3, 2022

If you cease to be better, then you cease to be good, and when you cease to be good you are living a life of sin.  To stop growing in Christ, means that you are living a life of sin.  The Christian who is living a life of sin, meaning they are truly saved, but not living a life in the will of God, is going to lose the rewards that God has promised them.  These are the joy of living with Christ in your heart in this life, and the crowns, or rewards, that we will receive for living a life doing the will of God.  You cannot lose your salvation, for that is secure in the hand of God, and no man can pluck you out.  But, you can lose the opportunity to have our dear Lord and Savior say “Welcome my faithful servant” as you step into Glory forever and ever.  Nothing would hurt me more than disappointing my Lord, Jesus Christ.

Click on the link below to hear a message where the writer of Hebrews tells Christians, “I am persuaded that you are going to live for God, that you are going to receive the things that accompany salvation, the joy of the Christian life, and the rewards for your work done through the Holy Spirit living in you.”

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

TO BE A GROWNUP-PART II (Hebrews 6:1)

TO BE A GROWNUP-PART II (Hebrews 6:1)

June 26, 2022

Did you know that it is possible to be healthy and not mature? For example, most young children are perfectly healthy, but they’re not mature.  In the same way, you can be a healthy Christian, but not a mature Christian, because it’s not time for you to be mature yet.  You can be someone who has just begun their walk with God as a believer and be spiritually young.  There’s nothing wrong with you in this stage.  It doesn’t matter if you are 10 years old or 70 years old, if you have just become a Christian, then it is perfectly legitimate if you’re what the Bible calls “a babe in Christ.” 

So, what is a grownup Christian?  Paul gives us the answer, the model for maturity is Jesus Christ.  Do you know that the measurement of my ministry as a teacher is?  The measurement of your maturity, and do you know the measurement of your maturity is how much more you’re becoming like Jesus every day? You measure any man’s ministry by this: Is he, by his preaching and teaching and praying, causing people to be like Jesus?  That’s what maturity is—that you are becoming like the Son of God.

Now, that’s the mark of maturity, and maturity is not something that one day you don’t have, and the next day you do have.  Maturity is a lifelong process. Maturity is not a hundred-yard dash and it’s over.  It is a lifetime marathon.  I don’t care who you are, there’s always room for growth.  If you fail to grow, if you fail to get better, you cease being good. I don’t care how good you are right now. The moment you cease to grow you begin to decay.

Click on the link below to hear a message on how to be a grownup Christian.  The Bible tells us, Obey what you know, and God will give you more. Serve where you’re able, and you will grow in ability.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

TO BE A GROWNUP-PART I (Hebrews 5:7 to 6:1)

TO BE A GROWNUP-PART I (Hebrews 5:7 to 6:1)

June 19, 2022

The Bible teaches that Jesus Christ died for your sins, my sins, the whole world’s sins, and then He rose again so that we might have everlasting life if we will make Him our Lord and Savior.  Jesus stands today, alive, in the Holy Tabernacle of Heaven as our Great High Priest so that our salvation will be a forever, and ever, salvation.  

So, now that you are saved.  Now, that you know all that Christ has done for you, what should your reaction be?  What should your duty to Christ be?  God answers this question with a command, not a suggestion, but a command to grow as a Christian.  To become a grownup Christian.

Heb 6:1
1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
KJV

It is one thing to become saved, it is another thing entirely to become a full-grown Christian.  I want to put a thought in your mind, and I pray that it will bother you.  I pray that it will bother you so much that it will spur you into action.  I want you to write this down someplace that, every morning when you open your Bible for your quiet time, it reminds you of something very important.  It says, “When I cease to be better, I cease to be good.”

Click on the link below to hear a message that says, if you have stopped growing, then you have begun decaying. Decay always begins when growth ends. The Bible says we are to go on to maturity.  There is more to life than being born. A Christian is a tree planted, not a post stuck in the ground.  We are commanded to grow. There is a “must” about it.  The Holy Spirit of God has so much more for you to know about the grace of God, the blessings of God, and the work of God, but He cannot tell you these things until you are no longer a baby spiritually.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.

Amen.

JESUS IS SUPERIOR TO MOSES (Hebrews 3:1-13)

JESUS IS SUPERIOR TO MOSES (Hebrews 3:1-13)

May 1, 2022

The Bible talks about entering into God’s Rest. There is the “rest of salvation” spoken of in:

Matthew 11:28
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
KJV

Then, there is “the rest of redemption.”  The Israelites that came out of bondage knew the rest of redemption.  They were no longer slaves of Egypt.  They came out by blood, blood on the doorposts.  They came out by power---the power of God.  God had brought them across the Red Sea.  God had delivered them.  

Then, Jesus spoke of “the rest of obedience, the rest of enjoying a Christian life.”  

Matthew 11:29
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
KJV

The great failure of believers today is that they have received “the rest of salvation,” but they have not trusted God to do everything He says He will do.  They still want to handle their problems all on their own.  They have not found the peace and comfort, the rest, that comes from living a life of obedience and faith.  “The rest of obedience” that an all powerful God can give you.  

Click on the link below to hear a message on how Christ is a superior Savior and Priest, who provides better security than anything offered by Moses and the Law that God gave the Jews through Moses.  How our belief and obedience to Christ, can bring us into the rest of obedience, the rest of enjoying a Christian life.

Amen.

A VIRTUOUS WOMAN (Proverbs 31:10-31)

A VIRTUOUS WOMAN (Proverbs 31:10-31)

March 6, 2022

Today’s message is a very interesting passage of Scripture because it talks about God’s ideal of a virtuous woman, He is saying that this woman is the complete, perfect, woman.  That is, she is God’s ideal of what a woman, a wife, and a mother ought to be.

Sometimes when you ask a woman what she does, she’ll say, “Oh, I’m just a housewife.”  Well, if that is you, then I hope that you will never say that again after this message here today, because you’re going to find out that perhaps the most difficult, the most demanding job in all of the world is being what some people call a “housewife.”  Now, I’d rather call her a “homemaker,” because she is not married to a house.  So, I don’t like the word housewife; but indeed, she is a homemaker.

This is the ideal wife.  Now, I don’t believe that there is anyone really like her in all of the world.  Yet, God has put into His Word God’s standard, God’s ideal for wives, and God always deals in perfection with His standards.

Listen to me men, if you are married to a good and godly woman, as I am, happily so and for many years, I can tell you that I do not have words in my vocabulary to express to you how much I value my precious wife.  I will also tell you that the real value, the real worth, of a wife is not in her outward charm—though I thank God for outward charm; it is not in the beauty of her face—though I thank God for that; but the real value of a wife is her virtue. God says “Who can find a virtuous wife? Her price is far above rubies.”

To her children, to her husband, and to her neighbors, she’s known as a godly woman, a woman who fears the Lord. That is her glowing witness. I am convinced that virtually all of the major problems that we have in America would change overnight if we just had some more women who met this standard of God’s virtuous woman.  The Bible tells us that the only way to be this kind of a woman is to fear the Lord. It’s all possible because of Jesus.

Click on the link below to hear a message on God’s ideal of a virtuous woman.

Amen.

This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church in Wichita, KS.

HOW TO HANDLE ANGER (Proverbs 25:8-28)

HOW TO HANDLE ANGER (Proverbs 25:8-28)

January 16, 2022

In today’s message we are going to be talking about how to handle anger. Now, all of us have to deal with anger in our lives.  There are lots of counselors out there who you can spend a great deal of money on learning how to deal with anger, but today we are going to see what God has to say about how to handle anger.  I believe this is a topic that is very important for every believer, because I don’t know of anything that’s doing more damage to people than is the problem of uncontrolled, un-Christian anger.

Not all anger is bad. Some anger is good.  The Lord Jesus says the way to be angry and sin not, is to be angry only at sin. You see, you are to love the sinner and hate the sin. So, how can you tell when your anger is a godly, or sinful anger?  Ask yourself, it is without sufficient cause, if it is without a righteous cause, then it’s sinful anger.  If that anger is against the person rather than the offense, then it is unrighteous anger.  If you have a desire for revenge, then it is unrighteous anger. If you harbor that anger in your heart and don’t want to give it up, then it is unrighteous anger. Then, if you have an unforgiving spirit, then it is unrighteous anger.  If your anger carries one of these marks, then it is an unrighteous anger.  The really wonderful thing about God is that He knows how big of a problem this is.

Click on the link below to hear a message where God gives us six principles right out of the Word of God on how God wants us to handle unrighteous anger.

Amen.

DEALING WITH ANGER (Proverbs 19:11-12)

DEALING WITH ANGER (Proverbs 19:11-12)

December 5, 2021

All of us get angry from time to time, and our message today is about what the Word of God says about dealing with anger.  

Prov 19:11-12
11 The discretion of a man deferreth his anger; and it is his glory to pass over a transgression.
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
KJV

Now, somebody once said that anger is an acid that destroys its container, and indeed it does.  It is a gross form of acid that does harm to anything that it is poured on.  I am talking about ungodly, unjustified, anger.  There are some people who will tell you this about their anger, “Well, it’s just my Irish blood; it just runs in the family,” or whatever ancestry it is that they claim to have.  They are like a loaded shotgun with a hair trigger; and anytime they’re jostled, they blast away.  To excuse this, they say, “Oh, well, it only lasts a little while.” Well, so does a tornado, but when one comes, they are usually weeks cleaning up the wreckage.  It is same way with those bursts of anger.  It can take weeks, months, even a lifetime, to clean up the wreckage that you have caused to the ones you love.  

Now when you are quick to get angry, there is so much that you are going to lose. You can lose your job. You can lose your friends. You can lose your children. You can lose your wife. You can lose your health. You may lose a few teeth. You can lose your testimony. There is nothing more debilitating to your Christian testimony than the fact that you just fly off the handle at anyone who gets in your way, irritates you, or offends you.

When you let the sun go down upon your anger; that is, when you live with your anger.  You and your spouse get into an argument, and then rather than kneeling by the bed and getting right with God, and getting right with one another, you go to bed back-to-back, angry; you let the sun go down upon your wrath—do you know what you’ve done? You’ve opened the door to the devil. What you’ve done is this: you’ve said, “Devil, come in and wreck my home; devil, come in and destroy my family; devil, come in and ruin my testimony.” You have given the devil a place in your heart, that’s what the Bible says:

Eph 4:26-27
26 Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:
27 Neither give place to the devil.
KJV

Prov 19:12
12 The king's wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.
KJV

If you’re not a Christian; if you’re not saved; if you don’t know that if you died right now that you would go to heaven, then I want you to look at what this verse says, “The king’s wrath is as the roaring of a lion; but his favour is as dew upon the grass.” 

Now, the King of kings is Jesus. He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah.  One day, you are going to stand before Him to be judged.  For every man, there is a day to be born, a day to die, and a day to be judged.  You can face the Lord’s wrath if you want to, or you can have His favor if you want to. Do you want the King’s favor like the dew on the morning grass sweet, gentle, loving, fruitful, multiplying, and life-giving? You can have it. 

Now you need to be saved, born again, born from above. To be saved means that every sin is forgiven. To be saved means that Jesus Christ now lives in your heart. To be saved means that when you die, you’ll go to heaven.  So, if you want to deal with that anger that is in your heart, then the first thing you need to do is ask Jesus Christ to be your Lord and Savior.

Click on the link below to hear a message on what the Bible tells us about how to deal with anger.

 Amen.

THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION (Proverbs 18:21-22)

THE POWER OF COMMUNICATION (Proverbs 18:21-22)

November 28, 2021

Outside of loving the Lord, I believe communication is one of the most important things in our homes.  Whether it is between you and your spouse, your children, your married kids and their spouses, or just people that you know, how you communicate is very important to that relationship.  

Now, it may be that you think you married the wrong person, but it may also be that you have not married the wrong woman at all. It may be, instead, that you never really learned how to communicate with your wife and vice versa.  I am convinced that the number one problem in marriage is communication. Now, whether you’re married or not, let me just say one of the biggest problems in life is communication, because many times, whether it is with our spouse, or our family, or our friends, many of us deliberately miscommunicate.

Prov 18:21-22
21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22 Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favour of the Lord.
KJV

The highest form of fulfillment is sharing with someone else.  Being fulfilled is not having things; it’s not doing things; it is sharing, whether that be with God or with someone else. Sharing is the highest form of communication.

Click on the link below to hear a message about what the Bible says about the power of communication.  The secret to communication with anyone that you care about is to first get right with Jesus Christ.  Accept Him, accept that He has accepted you, accept yourself, then accept others as Christ has accepted you.  The power of communication is not about power at all, it is about using communication to share your love with others, the same love that Christ has shared with you.  

Amen.

A TRUE FRIEND (Proverbs 17:17)

A TRUE FRIEND (Proverbs 17:17)

November 21, 2021

A TRUE FRIEND (PROVERBS 17:17)

Like most of you, I can count on one hand the number of true friends that I have had throughout my life, and still have fingers left over.  A true friend is a gift from God, and it is something that we treasure because they are so rare.  In today’s lesson, I am going to flip this around and talk about what we, you and I, need to do in order to cultivate and become a true friend to someone else.  So, what do I mean when I say a true friend?  Somebody has said, “A friend is someone who comes in when everyone else goes out.”  If you want to know who your true friends are, face some real tragedy in your life, and then see who jumps ship, and who comes to be with you.

Prov 17:17
17 A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.
KJV

A true friend will make you a better person. A true friend is faithful, and a true friend will care enough and love enough to confront you.

Now, for the believer, the best friend that we will ever have is Jesus Christ.  Just think about the blessings of knowing Jesus and having Christ as a friend, and all of the things that it ultimately means to us. How His friendship for us lifts us to a new level, and the fact that we didn’t choose Him, but He chose us.  

Now, let me give you something to understand.  Grace is God’s acceptance of me. Faith is my acceptance of God’s acceptance of me. Peace is my acceptance of me. Love is my acceptance of you, and then, fellowship is your acceptance of me. Grace, faith, peace, love, fellowship—there’s an unbroken chain. We need to learn how to accept God’s acceptance of us so we can accept ourselves and so we can accept others.  

Click on the link below to hear a message on what it means to be a true friend to someone else.  As a Christian we offer eternal life with Jesus Christ in heaven.  If this is truly our vision, then it is very important for you as an individual to have friends and to be a friend.  But, if we are to bring more people to a saving knowledge of Christ, then we need to meet their needs, and one of the things that meets needs is that spirit of friendliness.  

Amen.

THE DANGER OF PRIDE (Proverbs 16:18)

THE DANGER OF PRIDE (Proverbs 16:18)

November 14, 2021

THE DANGER OF PRIDE (PROVERBS 16:18)

God talks about pride, or being proud, 97 times in the Bible, so this is a subject that God really wants us to understand what He thinks about it.  

Prov 16:18
18 Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.
KJV

Pride, more than any other sin, is holding back revival in our land, in our home, and in our church. Pride, more than any other sin is destroying homes and ruining happiness and joy in the home. Pride, more than any other sin, is undermining the foundation of America, this great nation that we love. Pride, more than any other sin, is causing Christians, born again people, to live lives of defeat. Pride, more than any other sin, is populating and filling up the place that we call hell. It is a dangerous sin.

But not only is pride a dangerous sin, it is a deceitful sin. Now, so many people do not understand that they have pride or what pride is doing to them. There’s a benefit at least to being a drunkard or a thief, as bad as that is. At least the drunkard knows he’s a drunkard. At least the thief knows he’s a thief. But the proud person says, “Well, if I had any sin, I’d confess it.” He doesn’t admit his problem. His pride, that is his problem, keeps him from admitting the problem.

Pride brings national ruin. Pride brings domestic ruin. Pride brings financial ruin. Pride Brings emotional ruin. Pride brings spiritual ruin and Pride brings eternal ruin.

Click on the link below to hear a message on five ways that pride can destroy your life.  Pride is a dangerous, and a deceitful sin that’s doing more damage in homes, and hearts, and lives than any of us may dare dream. And every one of us, wrestles with the sin of pride.

Amen.

DISHARMONY IN THE HOME (Proverbs 15:13-22)

DISHARMONY IN THE HOME (Proverbs 15:13-22)

November 7, 2021

When a man and woman are married, there is to be what is called the “The Music of Marriage.” You have the husband, or the father, who is the leader of the band.  It is the father who sets tune in the home. He is the leader of the band.  Now the Music of Marriage requires that there be “Harmony in the Home,” and if there is to be harmony in the home, then husbands and wives must sing the same song, but they sing different parts. That’s what makes it harmonious, and not a mere melody, but wonderful harmony.  

Now, this harmonious Music of Marriage occurs when we play the part that God has equipped us to play. So, husbands and wives are singing different parts of the same song, but hopefully they are singing in the right rhythm, so they sing it together. But, the message today is on this subject: “Disharmony in the Home” I’m really talking about tension in the home, and what can we do to deal with it.  How can we have the harmonious music of marriage that God wants us to have?

As a young man I tried to learn to play the guitar, and I have dabbled trying to play the piano.  I was not successful in either endeavor.  I can’t seem to tap my foot to keep time and play the notes at the same time, and a metronome drives me crazy.  But, playing the guitar did teach me a few things besides having sore fingertips.  I learned that in order for the music coming from the guitar to sound harmonious, each of the strings have to be in tune.  Now, to tune those strings you have to adjust the tension on it.  If the string is not tight enough, then the music is flat and dull.  But, if the string is too tight, then the music is shrill and high-pitched. But if the string is even tighter, the string will snap.    

One of the major obstacles to the harmonious Music of Marriage is tension in the home caused by stress and strife. Stress is related to raising your voice, to raising your pulse, and raising your children. Listen, if you’ve got children, then you have stress just built in, and being in today’s home, the string can get mighty tight, and sometimes it can snap.

Click on the link below to hear a message on how God intends for you to deal with the stress in your home, and how you can have that harmonious Music of Marriage that God wants for your home.  

Amen.

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