Recent Sermons

Sunday, February 11, 2018

“The Downside of a Haughty Spirit”

Mark 7:14-23 (NKJV)_ 14 When He had called all the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear Me, everyone, and understand: 15 There is nothing that enters a man from outside which can defile him; but the things which come out of him, those are the things that defile a man. 16 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear!” 17 When He had entered a house away from the crowd, His disciples asked Him concerning the parable. 18 So He said to them, “Are you thus without understanding also? Do you not perceive that whatever enters a man from outside cannot defile him, 19 because it does not enter his heart but his stomach, and is eliminated, thus purifying all foods?”  20 And He said, “What comes out of a man, that defiles a man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lewdness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. 23 All these evil things come from within and defile a man.”

Jesus taught in the Gospel of Mark chapter 7 that it’s not what goes into a person that defiles a person but that which comes out of him. A haughty spirit or pride can be the downfall of an individual. Haughty comes from the Greek word HUPEREPHANOS, showing oneself above others. The noun huperēphania in translated pride in Mark 7:22. Today’s message deals with the downside, the negative aspect of something, namely, a haughty spirit.


Sunday, February 04, 2018

“Don’t Hurt Yourself !”

Psalm 19:7-11 (NKJV)_ “7 The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul; The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple; The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart; The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes; The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the Lord are true and righteous altogether. 10 More to be desired are they than gold, Yea, than much fine gold; Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. 11 Moreover by them Your servant is warned, And in keeping them there is great reward.”

I’ve come today to talk to you about “desire”…a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. “Desire” means want, long for, request, delight in, urgent seeking after. We desire many things in life, but not all that we desire is good for us. We can hurt ourselves through desire. The Word of God is to be desired above gold or even honey. It has great benefits. Don’t hurt yourself!

Sunday, January 28, 2018

“You Have No Idea”

Isaiah 64:4_ “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.” (KJV)
“For since the world began no one has seen or heard of such a God as ours, who works for those who wait for him!” (Living Bible)

I Corinthians 2:9_ “But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him. (KJV)
but just as it is written [in Scripture], “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed].” (Amplified Bible)
“That is what is meant by the Scriptures which say that no mere man has ever seen, heard, or even imagined what wonderful things God has ready for those who love the Lord.” (Living Bible)

Life is filled with trials and tribulations; hard times, time of testing and despair. We all suffer, what I call, “hope fatigue” because we have not come into the full knowledge of God’s wisdom. I  Corinthians 2:9 suggests that there are things God has not revealed and that we must be his in order to receive them. They were prepared for us, who love him.              “You Have No Idea !”

Sunday, January 07, 2018

“Don’t Be Like the Twins”

Ezekiel 23:1-49

Wandering is a dangerous and counter-productive behavior to participate in. It can lead to hopelessness, falling away from the faith, dissatisfaction, turning one’s back on God, etc. Ezekiel 23 records an allegory of two sisters Ãhõlah and Ahðlibah who became prostitutes and remained the same until their deaths at God’s hand. The parable mirrors God’s people (Samaria and Jerusalem) as being unfaithful to Him and idolatrous. The emphasis is for us to take a close look at this story and see if we have any similar ways and receive this warning.

Sunday, December 31, 2017

“Are You Covered?”

There has been much discussion over the Affordable Care Act, most widely known as Obamacare. It is an instrument of concern and remedy for millions of Americans who were not covered by health insurance. Health insurance provides a means for treatment which helps to in many ways prolong our lives. But there is another coverage which is more comprehensive in that it covers our lives. This coverage is the righteousness of God which we gain by faith and the shedding of Jesus’ blood. “Are You Covered?”

Sunday, December 24, 2017

“Hope, Then and Now”

Luke 2:25-32 (NKJV)_ 25 And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon, and this man was just and devout, waiting for the Consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 So he came by the Spirit into the temple. And when the parents brought in the Child Jesus, to do for Him according to the custom of the law, 28 he took Him up in his arms and blessed God and said: 29 “Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,
According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation 31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples, 32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”

We live in a world so fraught with headlines that cause hopelessness…2 Year Old Death Tragic, Duo Caught Exposed, Ride Refused-Madness Rises, Train Derailed, Terrorist Bombing, etc. Long ago God’s people, Israel also lived in desolate times, but found hope in the birth of Christ, “the consolation of Israel.” Our deliverance today is also found in Jesus Christ who is our hope.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

“What’s Your Mindset”

Philippians 2:5 (KJV)_ “Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:”

The United Negro College Fund has for its’ slogan, “A mind is a terrible thing to waste.” How true this statement is and the Word of God has much to say about the mind. The Bible speaks about the mind of an unregenerated person and a regenerated person. What is your “mindset”? Mindset is the established set of attitudes held by someone. Our mindset determines our behavior. What’s your mindset.

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    “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.”
    — 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
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