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sermons tagged 'blessing'

Lives Lent Unto The Lord

1 Samuel 1
Feb 5th 2017

What does it mean to dedicate a child to the Lord? Is that something we should do with our children? Why?

Today is our first children's dedication service and the Lord has provided the background & impetus from His Word through the first chapter of the first...read >>

arrows, baby, blessing, child, children, dedication, family, Hannah, hope, pledge, Restore, Samuel, small groups
1 Samuel, children, dedication

The Single Way

1 Corinthians 7.1-11,26-28,32-40
Nov 29th 2015

Before moving ahead to Matthew 5.31-32, it is wise for us to be reminded of other Scriptures that lay the groundwork for properly understanding Biblical marriage.

How Biblical are we? How are we defining "success" for our children? According to our...read >>

advantages, blessing, celibacy, celibate, divorced, promises, single, single parenting, widow
Matthew, Sermon On The Mount, Single

Sin-Conquering Glory Through Persecution

Matthew 5.11-12
Sep 6th 2015

Why are you a Christian? For many, the answer stops short of God's glory. One of the greatest things about the Gospel--God's becoming man to save men from & to God--is the forgiveness God graciously grants through Christ's substitutionary atonement on the Cross....read >>

blessing, disciples, follow, glad, gladness, heaven, Jesus, joy, persecution, prophets, rejoice, reward, suffering
Beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On Mount

Happy Are Those Who Mourn

Matthew 5.4
Jun 28th 2015

"Happy are those who mourn." Of course! I mean we all love being miserable, right? Isn't it great when those family picnic plans are washed away by a driving rain? Or how about when you lose that precious family heirloom? Or worse still, when you get the...read >>

blessed, blessing, comfort, happy, hope, hurt, joy, mourn, pain, sorrow
beatitudes, Matthew, Sermon On The Mount

What Shall Happen

Genesis 49.1-28
Dec 14th 2014

Are you a parent? How well do you know your children?

If you're not a parent, how well do you know yourself?

Consider your character. Now multiply the impact of these traits out over the course of a few thousand years. What do you think? Scary or hopeful?

Today...read >>

bless, children, father, hope, Jesus, Judah, Lion of Judah, promise, prophecy, redeem
blessing, Genesis, prophecy

Believing, Confounding & Blessing

Genesis 47.28-48.22
Dec 7th 2014

Many, many are the amazing moments of Jacob's life: wrestled in the womb, cheated his brother out of blessing & birthright, ran off from his home, beheld the angel of God & His heavenly ladder, was cheated by his father-in-law for Leah & Rachel, for...read >>

bless children, confidence, CS Lewis, faith, future, glory, hope, trust, Weight of Glory
blessing, faith, Genesis

Wisdom's Respect, Preparation & Provision

Genesis 46.31-47.27
Nov 30th 2014

What a difference wise counsel makes in our lives!

Today God grants us another look into the life of Joseph. Once again, the wisdom of this young Prince of Egypt is on display. Note the great respect he shows to both his family & his employer. Can your family...read >>

faith, fruitful, Goshen, multiply, obedience, provision, respect, stewardship, wisdom
blessing, Genesis, providence

You Shall Prosper

Genesis 36.1-37.1
Aug 17th 2014

Why is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?

"If I were a <i>real</i> Christian, wouldn't waters part for me like they do for everyone else?"

"Wait a minute, that guy's not even a Christian, yet look at how well...read >>

blessing, Edom, Esau, faith, grass, greener, hope, kingdom, perseverance, prosperity, wealth
blessing, Genesis, hope

Limping Away Blessed

Genesis 32.22-32
Jun 29th 2014

Ever felt like you've wrestled with God? Did you end up a victor? If you're a child of the Most High, trusting in God's redeeming grace... how could you lose?

Join us today for a real look at a real life wrestling between God and His chosen-cheat-turned-patriarch...read >>

Christophony, faith, hope, limp, pain, plan, purpose, suffering, tradition, trial, trust, wrestle
blessing, Genesis, sovereignty

God's Promise, Protection and Peace

Genesis 31
Jun 15th 2014

In this week's passage we'll cover the entirety of Genesis 31. Wise Jacob assessed the situation, his growing wealth against the shrinking flocks of his father-in-law. Needless to say, his brothers-in-law are starting to resent the "blessing" of his...read >>

blessing, cheat, family feud, impasse, Jacob, Laban, peace, promise, protection, retired
Genesis, ministry, mission

Sticks, Trees and Prosperity

Genesis 30.25-43
Jun 8th 2014

Ever heard the expression "power corrupts"? It's not that power corrupts, rather power reveals our corruption. Power in the hands of a sin-bent self is dangerous. But that same power in the hands of a righteous man is a blessing to all.

Last week we saw...read >>

2 Corinthians 9.61-5, blessing, cheat, Deuteronomy 9.25-29, generosity, generous, giving, Jacob, Laban, labor, luck, power, prosperity, reputation, work
blessing, generosity, Genesis

Rivalry and Righteousness

Genesis 29.31-30.24
Jun 1st 2014

FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter... social media is off the charts in global growth and popularity. But why? They appeal to the very center of our fallen, broken soul, attesting to our desperate need to be liked, loved and accepted. Kids, teens, adults are all alike,...read >>

birth, blessing, children, crisis, El Roi, family, favoritism, forefathers, grace, hatred, hope, Jacob, Leah, love, patriarch, Rachel, reproach, rivalry
family, Genesis, grace

Who's The Greatest?

Mark 9.33-37
Feb 2nd 2014

Do you want to be great? Do you think that's really something Jesus wants for you? The answer might surprise you.

Jesus not only desires His follower's greatness, but He loves us enough to point out the sin in us that has so perverted our perspective on real...read >>

baby dedication, blessing, children, disciple, give, greatness, least of these, ministry, pride, receive, serve, treasure
discipleship, evangelism, family

Deceiving & Receiving

Genesis 26.34-28.9
Dec 15th 2013

If God promised you the world, how far would you go to get it? Most likely, too far!

In today's passage we get another peek into the patriarchal family. What we find there may not be anything all that different than what we might find in our own: sin &...read >>

birthright, blessing, cheat, dysfunction, Esau, faith, family, favoritism, Isaac, Jacob, Rebekah, sin, trickery
blessing, Genesis, sovereignty

From Famine to Feast

Genesis 26.12-33
Dec 8th 2013

Water is crucial to life... especially during a famine!

Isaac continued to grow in numbers, wealth & works. Abimelech couldn't help but note that something was special about this man. No matter how much they pushed or persecuted him, the Lord continued to bless...read >>

blessing, covenant, faith, famine, feast, feast, feud, fight, generosity, hope, martyr, missions, opposition, peace, persecution, prosperity, quarrel
Genesis, missions, persecution

The God of Abraham, and Isaac

Genesis 25.1-11
Nov 10th 2013

The first couple of sections of this chapter read like Abraham's obituary. God's plan to continue His covenant faithfulness is shifting from Abraham to his son, Isaac.

Various other details about Abraham's life are introduced here, including the addition of another...read >>

Abraham, death, humble, humility, Isaac, Jesus, legacy, parenting, prayer, preparation
blessing, Genesis, parenting

How Faith Handles A Family Feud

Genesis 13
Apr 28th 2013

When you work hard for something, it's hard to entrust it to the hands of another. But what when it's a gift? One you didn't deserve, you can't possibly preserve, but will never run out of?

Having learned his lesson in Egypt, we've a different Abram on the scene...read >>

Abram, alter, blessing, Brennan Manning, faith, generosity, Genesis 13, hope, Lot, promise, Promised Land, trust, wait, worship
faith, generosity, Genesis

Ours for His

1 Samuel 1
Feb 10th 2013

What does it mean to dedicate a child to the Lord? Is that something we should do with our children? Why?

Today is our first children's dedication service and the Lord has provided the background & impetus from His Word through the first chapter of the first...read >>

arrows, baby, blessing, child, children, dedication, family, Hannah, hope, pledge, Restore, Samuel, small groups
1 Samuel, children, dedication