131201 Romans 13:11-14

Text: Romans 13:11 – 14

Theme: It is Time to Get Up!
1. It is Time to Wake Up
2. It is Time to Get Dressed

And do this, understanding the present time. The hour has come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave decently, as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and debauchery, not in dissension and jealousy. Rather, clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

This is the Word of the Lord.

Maybe this has happen to you: The alarm clock you set the night before goes off early in the morning to wake you up. You hear the cold wind howling through your windows. You are nice and warm in your bed, so you hit the snooze alarm. Nine minutes later, the alarm goes off again. You still aren't ready to leave your nice warm bed, so you hit the snooze button again. The next time the alarm goes off, you realize that now you are almost 20 minutes late in getting up. So, you finally drag yourself out of bed, and then have to run around the house getting dressed and eating a quick breakfast, just because you stayed in bed too long. In God's Word before us this morning, our Lord, through the Apostle Paul calls on all of us to get out of bed. He says to you and me: IT IS TIME TO GET UP! IT IS TIME TO WAKE UP, and IT IS TIME TO GET DRESSED.

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131127 John 15:9-11

Sermon Text:  John 15:9-11

Sermon Theme:  Offer Thanksgiving to the Savior-God!

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father's commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete."

Once again it's that time of year. It's thanksgiving. A time for us to remember all those blessings from the Lord we are thankful for. It is fitting for us this Thanksgiving to give thanks to the Lord for our health, for our families, and for the many material blessings that we enjoy. But the greatest blessing we enjoy is one which we don't always take time to say thank you for on Thanksgiving Day. Tonight, God's Word encourages you and me to look beyond the material blessings we enjoy, to look beyond the blessing of our health and even the blessing of our families. This Thanksgiving, you and I are encouraged to offer thanksgiving to the Savior-God for the blessing of his love.

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131124 Psalm 47

Text: Psalm 47
Theme: Sing To Our King!

Tucked neatly into the middle of the Bible is a priceless treasure commonly known as the Psalms. In some ways this collection of Hebrew poetry is the Old Testament equivalent of our hymnal, but the psalms are much more than inspired songs.

The psalms have been a source of great comfort for believers for thousands of years. In Psalm 50 God invites us: "Call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me" (15). In Psalm 91 the Lord assures us that "he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone" (11,12).

Other psalms contain verses that define key Bible doctrines. Psalm 51:5, "Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me," is often cited to establish the doctrine of original sin. Psalm 139 beautifully describes the omniscience (1-4) and omnipresence (8-10) and omnipotence (13,14) of God.

Still other psalms are Messianic. In other words, they give God's people prophetic glimpses of the promised Savior. In Psalm 22, for example, King David provides us with many details about Jesus' suffering and death a thousand years before it happened.

The opening words, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (1), were repeated by Jesus himself as he was hanging on the cross. When Jesus' enemies mocked and ridiculed him, they were unknowingly paraphrasing verse 8, "He trusts in the Lord; let the Lord rescue him." And verses 16 and 18 give us amazing insight into the manner of Jesus' execution: "They have pierced my hands and my feet...they divide my garments among them and cast lots for my clothing."

Not all of the psalms are Messianic like Psalm 22. Not every psalm is as comforting as Psalm 23. And that's okay. Some psalms were written to teach. Some were written to comfort. Some were written to inspire. And some psalms were composed to encourage God's people to sing God's praises. Psalm 47 is a perfect example.

Psalm 47 is heavy on repetition. There are five references to praising God in nine verses, and there are at least four places where God is described as a king. All of this repetition makes Psalm 47 an excellent choice for Christ the King Sunday.

Today we give thanks because our God is in control. Today we rejoice because our God rules. This morning we raise our voices with the Sons of Korah and...


I. Praise Him because of what he has done for us
II. Praise Him because of what he still does for us

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131117 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

Sermon Text: 2 Thessalonians 2:13-17


I am going to begin today by asking you to think about a subject that a lot of people don't like to think about: death. What types of thoughts come to your mind when you think about your own death? Do you feel sad when you think about your own death or the death of a loved one? While we may have tears at the loss of a loved one who has died, while we may have tears as we think about loved ones who are left behind following our death, we are able to dry those tears with the comforting message of God's Word. It is in the Word of our Savior-God that we read about his love for all mankind, including you and me. We call this God's grace. "Grace" is the great undeserved love which God showed to all sinners as he provided a Savior in Jesus Christ. In God's Word before us this morning, Paul was led by the Holy Spirit to talk about grace and to encourage all of us with God's grace. On this "Saints Triumphant Sunday" we are reminded to rejoice that God's grace makes you a Saint Triumphant in life and in death!

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