Sep 25, 2016
There’s No Place Like Home
Series: Psalm 23
“And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit. When we die, we will be taken to Heaven but here on earth, we already dwell with Him as the Holy Spirit dwells with us. (Psalm 23: 6b KJV)
  • Sep 25, 2016There’s No Place Like Home
    Sep 25, 2016
    There’s No Place Like Home
    Series: Psalm 23
    “And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” When we accept Jesus as our Savior, our bodies become the temple of the Holy Spirit. When we die, we will be taken to Heaven but here on earth, we already dwell with Him as the Holy Spirit dwells with us. (Psalm 23: 6b KJV)
  • Sep 18, 2016A Sure Thing: Maturity Leads to Legacy
    Sep 18, 2016
    A Sure Thing: Maturity Leads to Legacy
    Series: Psalm 23
    “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life;” Aren’t you glad God’s goodness is following you wherever you go? But God wants you to know him and not just when things are going good but also through the fellowship of his sufferings as stated in Psalm 119:71: “It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn your statutes.” (Psalm 23: 6a NKJV)
  • Sep 11, 2016Nowhere To Land
    Sep 11, 2016
    Nowhere To Land
    Series: Psalm 23
    “You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over.” Shepherds put oil on their sheep’s head for several reason-to keep irritating pests from landing on the head, to protect against scabs, and to keep sheep from hurting each other when they butt heads. As Christians, we can keep the pests from filling our hearts and minds by filling them with scriptures, we can avoid the scabs of life by yielding to God’s discipline and directions, the oil of God’s Word can also help us avoid hurting our brothers and sisters even when we disagree and butt heads. (Psalm 23: 5b NKJV)
  • Sep 4, 2016Table Manners
    Sep 4, 2016
    Table Manners
    Series: Psalm 23
    Before a shepherd moves his sheep to the highlands (tablelands), he must inspect them to be sure they have what the sheep need and are safe for the sheep. In the same way, God prepares our table, a place for us even in the midst of our enemies, where we can fellowship with Him and other believers. How do we react to this table? Do we rejoice in the communion or do we complain about our lives and our enemies? What kind of table manners do we have? Psalm 23:5a NKJV (supporting verses-Psalm 22: 1, 12-21; Philippians 3:10)
  • Aug 28, 2016Love Taps
    Aug 28, 2016
    Love Taps
    Series: Psalm 23
    Thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. God uses the rod to signify authority, discipline (examination), and defense. Just as a shepherd uses his rod to establish his authority over the sheep, to sometimes discipline them and to defend them, we can receive comfort knowing that God is the final authority and that he loves us enough to discipline us and protect us. As the shepherd uses his staff, God also guides us, catches us when we fall, pulls us away from danger, and lets us know He is near and that we are special to Him. Psalm 23:4b NIV (supportive verses-Ezekiel 20:37; Hebrews 4:13; Romans 12:2; 1Peter 4:12-13)
  • Aug 21, 2016Preparation for Appreciation
    Aug 21, 2016
    Preparation for Appreciation
    Series: Psalm 23
    A mountain climber's appreciation for the mountain top is enhanced because of his preparation and work to climb from the bottom to the top. So also, Christians best appreciate the mountain top experiences in their lives after experiencing and climbing out of the valleys. We "fear no evil" because we know that Christ will bring us out of the valley and up to the mountain! (Psalm 23:4a)
  • Aug 14, 2016He Leads Me
    Aug 14, 2016
    He Leads Me
    Series: Psalm 23
    Sheep need a lot of management. The shepherd has to make sure to keep them moving around to avoid overgrazing in one area. Overgrazing an area can not only lead to a lack of pasture, but can also foster the growth of parasites. However, sheep can also be very stubborn and not want to move from an area where they are comfortable. They have to be prodded by the Shepherd to move on to better pastures. Jesus, the Great Shepherd, encourages His sheep (us) to move on, to get out of their comfort zone, and to not hold on to things that are parasitic in their lives. Like sheep, we are often stubborn and need gentle (or not so gentle) prodding. (Psalm 23:3b NKJV)
  • Aug 7, 2016He Restores My Soul
    Aug 7, 2016
    He Restores My Soul
    Series: Psalm 23
    Psalm 23 is more about the shepherd than the sheep. These verses describe how the shepherd trains and takes care of his sheep so that they will follow him to the green pastures and the still waters that restore them and make them healthy. In the same way, Jesus, the Great Shepherd takes care of us when we follow Him. (Psalm 23: 2-3a NKJV)
  • Jul 24, 2016The Lord is My Shepherd
    Jul 24, 2016
    The Lord is My Shepherd
    Series: Psalm 23
    As sheep depend on their shepherd for their care and safety, as Christians we depend on the Good Shepherd, Jesus Christ, to care for us and keep us safe. We can rest in the knowledge and faith that He will watch over us. (Psalm 23:1-2 NKJV)
  • Jul 17, 2016Caught Off Guard
    Jul 17, 2016
    Caught Off Guard
    Series: No Series
    Don’t be caught off guard. Discipline yourself to pray and study God’s Word in such a way that you will be prepared to be used by God whenever a situation presents itself. (Acts 5: 17-42 NKJV)
  • Jul 10, 2016Are You Bored?
    Jul 10, 2016
    Are You Bored?
    Series: No Series
    Appreciating the beauty of the cross can be a cure for boredom. Brother Mike revisits Jesus’ experiences just prior and during His crucifixion as portrayed in the Gospel of Luke. (Luke 22:20-23:56 NKJV)
  • Jul 3, 2016Get in the Wheelbarrow (Get Out of Your Comfort Zone)
    Jul 3, 2016
    Get in the Wheelbarrow (Get Out of Your Comfort Zone)
    Series: No Series
    Our country survives because people were willing to fight for our freedoms and, in many cases, to die for those freedoms. They served so that others may experience freedom. Christ calls us to serve, to not walk away, when there is a need. He calls us to get in the wheelbarrow and work to help our church minister to others and to personally help others find Christ so that they can be free from eternal death. (John 6:66 NKJV)
  • Jun 19, 2016Being a Father is All About Leadership
    Jun 19, 2016
    Being a Father is All About Leadership
    Series: No Series
    In 1st Samuel, we see that Eli did not discipline his sons when they did wrong. God punished Eli and his sons because of this. So how can fathers today be good leaders? How can they lead their children to become good, Christian adults? (1 Samuel 3:13; Malachi 2:15 NKJV)
  • Jun 12, 2016Pivoting for Pay Dirt
    Jun 12, 2016
    Pivoting for Pay Dirt
    Series: No Series
    Sometimes we need to pivot in our way of thinking. There is so much conflict and chaos in our world! However, God tells us to ‘be still’. Lay down our worries, conflicts and the chaos at His feet. “Know that I am God”. Cease from worrying and trust in God, “for the battle is not yours but God’s”. Psalm 46:1-10; 2 Chronicles 20: 1-21 NKJV
  • Jun 5, 2016Let It Go
    Jun 5, 2016
    Let It Go
    Series: No Series
    Do you let pride destroy relationships? In the book of Obadiah, we see that the Edomites were bitter against Israel because of what had happened between Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25-27). They gloated over the downfall of the Israel nation and Obadiah warns them that they will be judged because of this. How do you respond to people who hurt you? Do you hold onto grudges as the Edomites did? Or do you forgive and try to mend the relationship, as God forgives you and brings you back into his fold? (Obadiah 1-21, NKJV)