- Pray And Praise Always! Series Contributed by Paul Clemente on Jan 8, 2018
What is God’s will for every Christian?
As we close this year and look forward to a new year, I would like us to think about the 7 P’s for the Christian life for the next 2 Sundays. If you recall from past messages, the 7 P’s for the Christian life are: Pray, Plan, Pray, Prioritize, Pray, Proceed, Praise! Next week we will focus on …read more
- The Prayers Of Paul Series Contributed by Derrick Tuper on Dec 4, 2017
Today, as we finish our series on the prayers of the bible, we’ll look at some of Paul’s prayers. We’ll look at the specifics of what Paul prayed for his fellow Christians; realizing that we should be focused on these things too.
THE PRAYERS OF PAUL
We’ve looked at many prayers over these past couple months-the Our Father, the prayer of Jabez, Elijah’s prayers, Hannah’s prayer, Daniel’s prayer, Nehemiah’s prayers, and last week we looked at Jesus’ prayer. Today, as we finish our series on the prayers of the bible, we’ll …read more
- Praise Ye The Lord! Contributed by Melvin Newland on Nov 27, 2017
Throughout history, God has shown His love by providing hope where there seemed to be no hope, salvation when it seemed that all was lost, & provision of every kind for those in need. (Powerpoints available – #314)
MELVIN M. NEWLAND, MINISTER
RIDGE CHAPEL, KANSAS, OK
(Powerpoints used with this sermon are available for free. Simply email me at [email protected] and request #314.)
TEXT: Psalm 150:6
“Let everything that has breath praise the …read more
- (In Everything Give Thanks) 1 Thes. 5:15-18 (Kjv) Contributed by Derrick White Sr on Nov 20, 2017
BUT THANKFULNESS IS A WAY OF LIFE FOR A BLOOD BOUGHT SON OR DAUGHTER OF GOD BECAUSE A THANKFUL SPIRIT IS ONE OF THE KEY DISTINGUISHING MARKS OF A CHRISTIAN
1 Thes. 5:15-18 (KJV) See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
Pray without ceasing.
In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus …read more
- Does Prayer Have Power? Contributed by Dr. Craig Nelson on Nov 11, 2017
IS there power in prayer or in the one that is prayed to?
Many people think that prayer ‘works’ because there is ‘power’ in it, when in actuality the ‘power’ is found alone in the Creator God we pray to and who steps into every life circumstance to work it out for our best (Rom 8:28). Prayer is not some tool to move God or a weapon to use against the …read more
- Why Do Christians Use Language From The Occult? Contributed by Dr. Craig Nelson on Sep 13, 2017
An inciteful look at three occult words that have crept into the church.
There has been a dramatic increase in the use of words and terms in the church that are taken from the occult and pagan mysticism. Here are three examples
The term ‘soaking’ started in the occult and refers to the practice of self-emptying so that the divine energy (aka …read more
- Thanksgiving Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Sep 7, 2017
In the Bible, giving of thanks goes far beyond an annual American celebration on a day we remember to thank God for a multitude of blessings. It is a preoccupation of every Christian and extends even to those elders who are “before the throne” in heaven.
Note: I have some simple, not fancy textual slides I used with this sermon. If anyone is interested, I’ll send them directly by email if you’ll send an email to me at [email protected] with the subject: Thanksgiving slides.
I. In his 2nd letter to the Corinthian church, Paul …read more
- Escaping Your Alcatraz Contributed by David Edward Ray on Dec 5, 2016
Escaping your Alcatraz is a message of hope for those that are caught in their own prison of addiction, depression or anything that has us bound. All of our efforts cannot set us free. The Spirit of the Lord can.
On June 11, 1962, Clarence Anglin, John Anglin and Frank Morris tucked papier-Mache heads resembling their own likenesses into their beds, broke out of the main prison building via an unused utility corridor and departed Alcatraz Island aboard an improvised inflatable raft to an uncertain fate, …read more
- The Four Dreams Of Maewyn Succat – St. Patrick’s Day Sermon Contributed by David Edward Ray on Nov 25, 2016
The life story of Maewyn Succat (St Patrick) takes us through the life of a young man who was captured and sold as a slave in Ireland. After escaping and returning to his homeland, God called him back to the land of his Captors to preach the gospel.
The four dreams of Maewyn Succat
• Maewyn Succat was born in 387 AD in Roman Britain
• His father was a deacon and his grandfather was a Presbyter, Maewyn himself was not a Christian
• At the age of 16, Maewyn along with others was captured and taken prisoner by a band of …read more
Read Introduction to 1 Thessalonians
“…in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you“
in everything give thanks;
We can give thanks “in everything” because we know that “all things work together for good to them that love God” (Romans 8:28). God ordains adversity as well as prosperity. Every circumstance that comes our way is from God. Failure to accept this as true is an indication of skepticism about God’s plan for the universe. We can give thanks for everything because God is in control.
We give thanks in everything that comes into our lives because it comes by the will of God.
There is a difference in giving thanks “for” everything and “in” everything. If we gave thanks “for” everything that would mean that we give thanks for the Devil and his plan for the world!
Neither do we give thanks necessarily “after” everything. It does not require much faith to trace the hand of God with the benefit of hindsight. However, it takes faith to accept one’s lot with gratitude in the midst of circumstances.
“…giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…” (Ephesians 5:20).
This passage in Ephesians is more powerful than our verse in Thessalonians. We are to give thanks always for all things. When the police call and tell you that your son is in jail, it is difficult to give thanks for that. But we need to have the attitude of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:18,
“Then Samuel told him everything, and hid nothing from him. And he said, ‘It is the LORD. Let Him do what seems good to Him.’”
Whatever comes in our lives comes in by the will of God, otherwise, He would prevent it. God mixes with His divine compound the bitter and the sweet, the good and the bad, in appropriate proportions so that they work together for good. God knows just the right amount of sunshine and rain. He measures out these things with great precision.