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Weekly Sermons by Pastor Bret Yaeger

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Listen to sermons from Pastor Bret Yaeger at any time and anywhere! At Temple Baptist Church, we believe that the Bible is God’s Holy Word that not only transforms lives for the better, but provides relevant principles for enjoying life today, when seen through practical teaching.For additional information you can visit our website at www.templebaptist.church.

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The Gift of Praise

Luke 1:39:56 NKJV As I have been speaking on “The Gift”, one of the sweetest gifts that God has given us is the gift of praise. Praise makes God feel good and it makes us feel good also. Probably the most universal sign of praise is raising our hands to the Lord. When a Christian begins to praise the Lord, there is this automatic feeling that we need to lift our hands towards heaven. It’s something that comes naturally. We even see in the scriptures that lifting holy hands is an expression or sign of worship in heaven. Even the other reasons for raising our hands fit into the expression of praise. Examples of that would be when a person surrenders, they raise their hands. Another example is when a person is searched, they raise their hands. Both of these should be a part of our praise to the Lord. An expression of us surrendering to the Lord’s will and expressing a willingness for Him to search our hearts for anything hidden as sin in our lives. Today I want to look at Luke 1:39-56 and see a few aspects of our gift of praise. * Praise is contagious (v.41.) We could compare praise to germs. We are in the flu season now and flu germs are everywhere you go and on everything you touch. Everyone is spreading their germs and making the flu very contagious. Germs are a bad thing, but praise is a good thing. Praise is something that becomes contagious. Look how the scriptures tell us that Mary spoke, then the baby leaped & Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary’s praise became contagious to everyone around her. Praising the Lord should make everyone fill better and make everyone fill a part of the praise. * Praise is complimentary (v.46.) If you look up praise in the dictionary, it will tell you that praise is an expression of something good about someone or giving thanks, love and respect to God. Mary magnified the Lord or expressed how great the Lord is. She went on to sing about how great He is to her, but also how great He is to others. Praise should be an expression on complimenting the Lord on how great He is! * Praise is celebration (v.47.) Praise is not just a statement, but it is an emotional celebration of what has happened in you. Mary said that her spirit rejoiced in God my savior. She was celebrating what the Lord had done for her and in her. God’s activity in her life moved her emotionally. In verse 44, Elizabeth even mentioned that her baby leaped for joy. We should never let a day go by without celebrating what the Lord has done for us because praise is a gift from the Lord! Don’t let a day go by without celebrating the gifts of God and especially the gift of Praise!

19 MIN2019 DEC 16
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The Gift of Praise

The Meaning Behind The Gift

Matt. 2:1-11 (NKJV) Dating and relationship experts study and evaluate many different areas that impact the relationship building. One of those areas is the giving and the meaning behind the gift, especially as it relates to men giving women gifts. They have found that the gift needn’t be all that expensive to indicate that the man values the woman. What matters more is that care and attention are evident in the selection of the gift. When the woman opens up a gift that is specific and personally meaningful, it tells her that the man has paid attention to her wants and needs. It deepens the relationship with an unspoken affirmation: “I recognize your uniqueness and I understand you.” Although the monetary value of a gift isn’t always the most important factor, most experts on dating and relationships agree that the man who spends money on good quality (not costume) jewelry is saying something significant to the woman in his life: “I value who you are!” With the experts’ opinions in mind concerning gifts, let’s look at the meaning behind the gifts of the wise men to Jesus and evaluate our gifts to the Lord. * The Wise Men recognized the uniqueness of Jesus. When you look at the three gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus, the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were very unique. Today when a baby is born, we are thinking more like diapers, blankets, bottles, and onesies, not gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These wise men recognized that Jesus was no ordinary male child, but He was someone very unique and special. This makes us think about our gifts to the Lord, are we realizing the uniqueness of the Jesus that we serve? * The Wise Men valued who Jesus is. Even though the gifts seemed very unique, the value was very evident. These three wise men brought gifts that had great value. They were far from common and ordinary, they brought items that were not in the ordinary home and items that carried great value. They gave the best they could give. Are we giving the ordinary, the customary to the Lord or are we giving Him our very best possible? Are we truly showing what the Lord means to us? * The Wise Men made it personal and meaningful. When you look at the meaning behind each of the three gifts, you find that the three wise men put great thought and meaning behind their gifts. The gold would be a gift given to a king, the frankincense used in the Temple worship by a priest and myrrh used for healing or a burial. The gifts of the wise men are a reflection of the status and meaning behind Jesus’ life. Jesus as our king, high priest and savior. These gifts were very personal with significant meaning to understanding who Jesus is. We have to ask ourselves if our gifts truly reflect a personal and meaningful relationship with our King, Lord, and Savior, Jesus! What do your gifts of service and offerings reflect on how you see the Lord in a personal and meaningful relationship?

30 MIN2019 DEC 9
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The Meaning Behind The Gift

The Gift of Joy

Luke 2:1-14 (NKJV) Every year around Thanksgiving time, members of the family will send out an email asking for everyone’s Wish List. In one of those emails this year there was a link to the Wish List of the members in their family. One of the lists had an added note, which identified one particular item that that person wanted for Christmas. The note stated, “I would rather have (blank) than any other thing”. This quote was basically saying that they would be so happy and joyful if they got this one thing for Christmas. We all like to see members of our family and others experiencing the joy of Christmas, but is it a gift that brings joy or should it just be that celebrating the birth of Christ within itself, is the gift of joy? Let’s look at Luke 2:1-14 and see what the Bible says about Great joy. I want to take the letters in the word G R E A T and see what can add a little bit of Christlike joy in our Christmas. * G is for Generosity. Jesus was always generous with others in need. Proverbs 19:17 (NIV84): He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. The Lord blesses us when we show generosity to others in need. * R is Rest. Jesus always took His disciples away to rest and pray. We need rest to keep our joy. Job 9:25 (NIV84): “My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy. * E is for Evangelism. Jesus expects us to tell others what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. It is evident in today’s scripture in Luke 2:10 (NKJV): Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings. We are to share the good news. * A is for Appreciation. Nothing makes you feel good and others than showing appreciation. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NKJV): We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers. * T is for Time. One of the hardest things to carve out in the Christmas season is time. First, we need to have time with the Lord and then with those we care about the most. Hebrews 10:24–26 (NKJV): And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. I’m praying that you have a great and joyful Christmas this year!

28 MIN2019 DEC 2
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The Gift of Joy

Seeds of Thanksgiving

2 Cor. 9:10-15 (NKJV) One of my grandkids received a bag of their favorite treats for Christmas one year. I was thinking that they would try to eat them all at once and get sick, so we would have to keep an eye out for them. To my surprise, without any encouragement, he gave all the grandkids one of the treats. I noticed it happening when I heard a couple of the kids say, thanks! When I asked him about it, he said that the other kids liked those treats also. He was planting seeds of generosity that produced thanksgiving. God teaches us in Corinthians a principle of sewing seeds of thanksgiving. * Everything we receive is a seed from God to plant. (V.10.) God not only promises to provide your need, But He also promises to provide your seed. Everything that God blesses us with is not only to meet a need in our lives, but it is to plant a seed to multiply what He has given us. God expects His blessings to not only reach our hand but to reach our hearts. Our heart is where the fertile soil is to produce more. * God expects us to sew our blessings into other people. (V.11-12.) God prospers you not to raise your standard of living, but to raise your standard of giving. The blessings that God provides to us, He expects us to sew those blessings into the lives of other people. When we sew into others, we are multiplying God’s blessings in more lives. * Our generosity is proof of our faith in God. (V.13.) God expects us to not only show our faith by what we say, but by what we give away. When we give to others we show what our faith really means. James said, show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works. The apostle Paul said in 2 Cor. 9:7 that God loves a cheerful giver. The work of giving is our faith in action. * When others are blessed it creates more thanksgiving to God. (V.11-13.) Thanksgiving becomes contagious when our giving is outrageous. The more we give the more thanksgiving is given to God. What God gives us and we give thanks and share with others, creates more thanksgiving to God. Some people think that they can only give when they get to a point that they can afford it. That’s about like the old saying about not getting married until you can afford it. Listen to this poem about marriage: The bride bent with age, leaned over her cane, Her steps, uncertain, needed guiding; While down the church aisle with a toothless smile, The groom in a wheelchair came gliding. And who is this elderly couple thus wed? You’ll find, when you’ve closely explored it; That this is that rare, most conservative pair, Who waited ‘til they could afford it! Don’t wait until you can afford it, start giving and you will see that it comes back to you multiplied!

27 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Seeds of Thanksgiving

Fear Not, You Are Mine!

Is. 43:1-7 (NKJV) Have you ever felt like the story of your life has become too overwhelming? Everyday life is more than you can handle and recent events in your life seem to be sucking the life out of you. You start to dwell on everything and fear sets in. The fear that you can’t handle it anymore, you are not strong enough to make it through this, it’s tougher than you thought it would be. When we are at those points in our life, it’s then that we have to remind ourselves that we belong to the Lord! We are His! He is not going to leave us or forsake us and there is nothing that He can’t handle. We need to hear the voice of the Lord saying, “You Are Mine!” Let’s look at Is. 43:1-7 and see what the Lord has to remind us today. * When life seems like a river that is overwhelming you, remember, You Are Mine! (V.2) Isaiah refers to a river overflowing as if the waters have risen to more than the banks can hold and the waters are overflowing the banks. To us today that is an illustrative picture of the demands of life accumulating to more than we can handle. It’s when you feel like you don’t even have time to cut your toenails. It’s at those points in our life that we need to remember who we belong to and nothing is too much for the Lord to handle. He will not let you be overwhelmed. He will take you through this. * When life seems like a fire that is consuming you, remember, You Are Mine! (V.2) Isaiah refers to a fire that is raging and feels as if it is going to consume you. This is at points when we are dealing with things that are dramatic like divorce and consuming debts. When we are at this point, we need to remember that the Lord can supply all our needs according to His riches. No matter what you are facing, remember that you are not alone, but you are the Lord’s!

34 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Fear Not, You Are Mine!

Whom Shall I Fear

Ps. 27:1 NKJV When I was a kid, my dad had a Kawasaki motorcycle dealership. During that time, a man wanted to trade my dad a pony for a helmet. My dad was interested in getting a pony for me and my sister, so he took him up on the offer. Once we picked up the pony, we found out that kids had been throwing rocks at it and it was pretty wild. It would not let you put a bridle or saddle on it without a fight. Once we got the pony home, my dad started to put a bridle on the pony, but it swatted my dad with it’s head. In response, my dad grabbed the pony by the head, twisted it’s neck and threw it to the ground. The pony was stunned and my dad was angry. In his anger, he turned to me and told me to come get on the pony. After the episode that I just saw, I responded that I didn’t want to get on it. My dad responded with anger, come get on the pony. At that point, I’m looking at the pony snorting, my dad breathing fire and I had to decide, whom shall I fear? I decided that I feared my dad the most. With my decision made, my dad slung me up on the pony just to feel the pony respond by kicking. My dad responded with a punch to the pony’s nose, which totally stunned the pony but it did calm her down. From that day forward, I rode the pony with ease and knew that I chose the right one to fear. In life, we experience all kinds of trials and temptations that put us at a point that we must choose whom we are going to fear. The outcome of those decisions can dramatically affect our lives. We are choosing who we don’t want to upset and the one that we want to stay in good standings with. Today I want to reveal the advantages of fearing God and not fearing anyone or anything else, so that we make the right decision and maybe have a little more ease in life. Ps. 27:1 tells us that the Lord is our Light, Salvation & Strength. Let’s look at Ps. 27:1 together, along with a few other scriptures and see what we can learn about “Whom Shall I Fear?” Perhaps it is easier for us to read this verse than it is to live it out in our daily lives. Instead of trusting in His protection, we get anxious. Instead of relying on God to be our fortress, we experience fear, we worry about what we can do in our own wisdom or strength, instead of trusting in our Lord. * I should fear the one that is the light of the world that can bring light and wisdom to my life. Light in the Bible usually refers to making things visible or understandable. Ps.119:105 tells us that the word of God is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. In John 8:12 Jesus said that He is the light of the world. Prov. 9:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we choose to fear the Lord, we are making the first step in gaining wisdom that the Lord gives us by shining His word into our lives and guiding us with His Holy Spirit. * I should fear the one that brings me salvation and help to my life. Salvation here means to bring deliverance, to rescue to help. Matt. 10:28 tells us to not fear those that can only kill the body, but fear the one that can kill the body and soul. This verse is not a scare tactic, but a reality check. A reminder that God not only can affect the body, but he can affect our soul. He is the salvation of our soul as the scriptures say in Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”

26 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Whom Shall I Fear

Thank God I’m Free At Last

Ps. 34:4 NKJV Have you ever had a fear that just seemed to have a grip on you and you couldn’t seem to shake it? It might be a fear of the dark or small spaces. It might be a fear of something happening to you or a fear of making someone mad. It might be a fear of failure or embarrassment. It doesn’t matter what the fear is, the truth is that fears come in all kinds of forms and fear can grip our lives to the point of paralyzing our actions or putting us into panic. Fear can cause us to not function properly or to not make decisions the way that we would normally do. We can even get gripped by certain fears to the point that we think that we can never overcome those fears. You might even be thinking that today! I’ve tried to overcome my fear, but I just can’t seem to do it. Today, I want us to look at Ps. 34:4 together and see where the psalmist, which appears to be David (who later became king), reveals that God delivered him from all his fears. Today, I want you to be able to leave saying, Thank God, I’m Free At Last! Let’s see what the Bible reveals to us in this one verse in Ps. 34:4 * You can be delivered from any and all fears. Note that David was delivered from all his fears. There is no fear or trouble that you can not be delivered from. * Fear is a spiritual issues. In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV): For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. If God does not give us a spirit of fear, it must be of the devil. * You must choose to seek deliverance from your fears and troubles. Note that David took the action to get deliverance. Fear is a liar, so don’t let fear tell you that you can not overcome your fears.

28 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Thank God I’m Free At Last

Love Compels Us

2 Cor. 5:11-21 NIV Jose Guzman lives in California and in March of this year while having a BBQ, his house caught on fire. Fox News had a story about Jose not because his house caught on fire, but because he ran past firefighters to go back into his house and rescued his dog that was inside. Jose told reporters that he would do it again for anyone that he loved, whether it was family or a dog. Jose showed a clear example of how love compels us to face our fears. In the scripture today we could see that God’s law commands us to share about Christ with others, but the greatest message is that God’s love should be what compels us to share Christ. Let’s see the two main themes that God wants us to see from these scriptures today. * Our mission is to share about Christ and His gift of salvation to others. Matthew 28:19–20 (NIV84): Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” * Verse 13 tells us that we should do it for Christ’s sake. * Verse 18 and 20 tells us that we have been given this ministry and we are to be ambassadors for Christ. * Our motivation should be the love of Christ compels us to share with others. * Verse 14 tells us that love should compel us. There is a strong connection between love and give. John 3:16 (NIV84): For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God loved us so much that it compelled Him to give His son for our salvation. * Verse 12 tells us that it is a matter of the heart. If our heart is right with God, it will motivate us. What is your decision today? Will you fear men or God? Will you be motivated by your own desires or God’s desires? Matthew 10:28 (NIV84): Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Casting Crowns has a song that should reflect our mission and motivation in life and that is: I’m a nobody telling everybody about somebody that saved my soul.

31 MIN2019 OCT 27
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Love Compels Us

Modern Day Moses

Exodus 17: 8-13 I believe that our pastor is a modern day Moses but I believe that God also calls us to be “Modern day Moses” and lead people out of bondage and lead them to a life with God and lead them also to the “promised land flowing with milk and honey”(Exodus 33:3). The life with God is so much better than the life without God and we all need to try to lead people to that life. * Moses had some people to call on to help fight the battle. Our pastor needs people that he can call on and so do we.(vs 9) * Moses could have left the soldiers but he stayed with them during the battle. Our Pastor stays in our battles with us and we need to stay with people during their battles.(vs 9) * Any and all life battles (sickness, pain, destructive sin, family) * Moses knew that he needed God’s help during the battle so he took the rod of God with him.(vs 9) * We need to keep our rod of God with us during the battles. * Bret knows he needs to be armed, so he prays every morning for 8:10-9:20 AM and know he prays for those going through battles. * Aaron and Hur came up beside Moses to share his load.(vs 12) * Moses needed help and so do all of God’s people.

21 MIN2019 OCT 20
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Modern Day Moses

Have Faith, At Least A Little

Luke 12:22-34 NKJV Just like the month of December is usually associated with Christmas, the month of October is associated with Halloween. A time of Trick or Treating and scary decorations. What I want to do in October is to take the scary out and preach on Fear Not. Fear is the triplet sibling of worry and anxiety. They have different names, but the same DNA. They all relate to being fearful about something. Today we are going to look mostly at worry. If you ask a person that is worried about something, what they are worried about, they usually will reply with this type of expression, “I’m just afraid that…”. Reminding us that fear, worry and anxiety are like triplets. They have different names, but the same DNA. The German word from which worry comes from literally means to strangle. That is what worry does to us, it strangles the life out of us. According to a Gallup Poll taken of Americans, about 50% acknowledged dealing with stress and worry about everyday life situations. According to Jesus, in Luke 12, we shouldn’t be worrying, we should have faith, at least a little. Why? Because faith conquers fear. Let’s look at what Luke 12:22-34 tells us about having faith in God. * God is conscientious of our needs. (V.30.) God knows our needs before we even mention them to Him. That’s because He is aware of all our needs of our life. Nothing escapes Him. * God cares about us personally. (V.24.) God sees you as more valuable than any of His creation. If He cares about the birds, He definitely cares about you. * God is capable of providing all our needs. (V.28.) God is capable of taking care of all of nature and the Bible tells us in Phil. 4:19 that He will supply all our needs according to His riches. * God considers it a pleasure to provide for us. (V.32.) The scriptures tells us that it His pleasure to meet our needs. It brings Him joy. It’s not a problem to take care of you. Fear imprisons us to worry about life, but Faith empowers us to enjoy life. Which do you choose? I choose to fear not, worry not and be anxious for nothing.

29 MIN2019 OCT 13
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Have Faith, At Least A Little

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The Gift of Praise

Luke 1:39:56 NKJV As I have been speaking on “The Gift”, one of the sweetest gifts that God has given us is the gift of praise. Praise makes God feel good and it makes us feel good also. Probably the most universal sign of praise is raising our hands to the Lord. When a Christian begins to praise the Lord, there is this automatic feeling that we need to lift our hands towards heaven. It’s something that comes naturally. We even see in the scriptures that lifting holy hands is an expression or sign of worship in heaven. Even the other reasons for raising our hands fit into the expression of praise. Examples of that would be when a person surrenders, they raise their hands. Another example is when a person is searched, they raise their hands. Both of these should be a part of our praise to the Lord. An expression of us surrendering to the Lord’s will and expressing a willingness for Him to search our hearts for anything hidden as sin in our lives. Today I want to look at Luke 1:39-56 and see a few aspects of our gift of praise. * Praise is contagious (v.41.) We could compare praise to germs. We are in the flu season now and flu germs are everywhere you go and on everything you touch. Everyone is spreading their germs and making the flu very contagious. Germs are a bad thing, but praise is a good thing. Praise is something that becomes contagious. Look how the scriptures tell us that Mary spoke, then the baby leaped & Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Mary’s praise became contagious to everyone around her. Praising the Lord should make everyone fill better and make everyone fill a part of the praise. * Praise is complimentary (v.46.) If you look up praise in the dictionary, it will tell you that praise is an expression of something good about someone or giving thanks, love and respect to God. Mary magnified the Lord or expressed how great the Lord is. She went on to sing about how great He is to her, but also how great He is to others. Praise should be an expression on complimenting the Lord on how great He is! * Praise is celebration (v.47.) Praise is not just a statement, but it is an emotional celebration of what has happened in you. Mary said that her spirit rejoiced in God my savior. She was celebrating what the Lord had done for her and in her. God’s activity in her life moved her emotionally. In verse 44, Elizabeth even mentioned that her baby leaped for joy. We should never let a day go by without celebrating what the Lord has done for us because praise is a gift from the Lord! Don’t let a day go by without celebrating the gifts of God and especially the gift of Praise!

19 MIN2019 DEC 16
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The Gift of Praise

The Meaning Behind The Gift

Matt. 2:1-11 (NKJV) Dating and relationship experts study and evaluate many different areas that impact the relationship building. One of those areas is the giving and the meaning behind the gift, especially as it relates to men giving women gifts. They have found that the gift needn’t be all that expensive to indicate that the man values the woman. What matters more is that care and attention are evident in the selection of the gift. When the woman opens up a gift that is specific and personally meaningful, it tells her that the man has paid attention to her wants and needs. It deepens the relationship with an unspoken affirmation: “I recognize your uniqueness and I understand you.” Although the monetary value of a gift isn’t always the most important factor, most experts on dating and relationships agree that the man who spends money on good quality (not costume) jewelry is saying something significant to the woman in his life: “I value who you are!” With the experts’ opinions in mind concerning gifts, let’s look at the meaning behind the gifts of the wise men to Jesus and evaluate our gifts to the Lord. * The Wise Men recognized the uniqueness of Jesus. When you look at the three gifts that the wise men brought to Jesus, the gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh were very unique. Today when a baby is born, we are thinking more like diapers, blankets, bottles, and onesies, not gold, frankincense, and myrrh. These wise men recognized that Jesus was no ordinary male child, but He was someone very unique and special. This makes us think about our gifts to the Lord, are we realizing the uniqueness of the Jesus that we serve? * The Wise Men valued who Jesus is. Even though the gifts seemed very unique, the value was very evident. These three wise men brought gifts that had great value. They were far from common and ordinary, they brought items that were not in the ordinary home and items that carried great value. They gave the best they could give. Are we giving the ordinary, the customary to the Lord or are we giving Him our very best possible? Are we truly showing what the Lord means to us? * The Wise Men made it personal and meaningful. When you look at the meaning behind each of the three gifts, you find that the three wise men put great thought and meaning behind their gifts. The gold would be a gift given to a king, the frankincense used in the Temple worship by a priest and myrrh used for healing or a burial. The gifts of the wise men are a reflection of the status and meaning behind Jesus’ life. Jesus as our king, high priest and savior. These gifts were very personal with significant meaning to understanding who Jesus is. We have to ask ourselves if our gifts truly reflect a personal and meaningful relationship with our King, Lord, and Savior, Jesus! What do your gifts of service and offerings reflect on how you see the Lord in a personal and meaningful relationship?

30 MIN2019 DEC 9
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The Meaning Behind The Gift

The Gift of Joy

Luke 2:1-14 (NKJV) Every year around Thanksgiving time, members of the family will send out an email asking for everyone’s Wish List. In one of those emails this year there was a link to the Wish List of the members in their family. One of the lists had an added note, which identified one particular item that that person wanted for Christmas. The note stated, “I would rather have (blank) than any other thing”. This quote was basically saying that they would be so happy and joyful if they got this one thing for Christmas. We all like to see members of our family and others experiencing the joy of Christmas, but is it a gift that brings joy or should it just be that celebrating the birth of Christ within itself, is the gift of joy? Let’s look at Luke 2:1-14 and see what the Bible says about Great joy. I want to take the letters in the word G R E A T and see what can add a little bit of Christlike joy in our Christmas. * G is for Generosity. Jesus was always generous with others in need. Proverbs 19:17 (NIV84): He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward him for what he has done. The Lord blesses us when we show generosity to others in need. * R is Rest. Jesus always took His disciples away to rest and pray. We need rest to keep our joy. Job 9:25 (NIV84): “My days are swifter than a runner; they fly away without a glimpse of joy. * E is for Evangelism. Jesus expects us to tell others what the real meaning of Christmas is all about. It is evident in today’s scripture in Luke 2:10 (NKJV): Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings. We are to share the good news. * A is for Appreciation. Nothing makes you feel good and others than showing appreciation. 1 Thessalonians 1:2 (NKJV): We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers. * T is for Time. One of the hardest things to carve out in the Christmas season is time. First, we need to have time with the Lord and then with those we care about the most. Hebrews 10:24–26 (NKJV): And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. I’m praying that you have a great and joyful Christmas this year!

28 MIN2019 DEC 2
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The Gift of Joy

Seeds of Thanksgiving

2 Cor. 9:10-15 (NKJV) One of my grandkids received a bag of their favorite treats for Christmas one year. I was thinking that they would try to eat them all at once and get sick, so we would have to keep an eye out for them. To my surprise, without any encouragement, he gave all the grandkids one of the treats. I noticed it happening when I heard a couple of the kids say, thanks! When I asked him about it, he said that the other kids liked those treats also. He was planting seeds of generosity that produced thanksgiving. God teaches us in Corinthians a principle of sewing seeds of thanksgiving. * Everything we receive is a seed from God to plant. (V.10.) God not only promises to provide your need, But He also promises to provide your seed. Everything that God blesses us with is not only to meet a need in our lives, but it is to plant a seed to multiply what He has given us. God expects His blessings to not only reach our hand but to reach our hearts. Our heart is where the fertile soil is to produce more. * God expects us to sew our blessings into other people. (V.11-12.) God prospers you not to raise your standard of living, but to raise your standard of giving. The blessings that God provides to us, He expects us to sew those blessings into the lives of other people. When we sew into others, we are multiplying God’s blessings in more lives. * Our generosity is proof of our faith in God. (V.13.) God expects us to not only show our faith by what we say, but by what we give away. When we give to others we show what our faith really means. James said, show me your faith without works and I will show you my faith by my works. The apostle Paul said in 2 Cor. 9:7 that God loves a cheerful giver. The work of giving is our faith in action. * When others are blessed it creates more thanksgiving to God. (V.11-13.) Thanksgiving becomes contagious when our giving is outrageous. The more we give the more thanksgiving is given to God. What God gives us and we give thanks and share with others, creates more thanksgiving to God. Some people think that they can only give when they get to a point that they can afford it. That’s about like the old saying about not getting married until you can afford it. Listen to this poem about marriage: The bride bent with age, leaned over her cane, Her steps, uncertain, needed guiding; While down the church aisle with a toothless smile, The groom in a wheelchair came gliding. And who is this elderly couple thus wed? You’ll find, when you’ve closely explored it; That this is that rare, most conservative pair, Who waited ‘til they could afford it! Don’t wait until you can afford it, start giving and you will see that it comes back to you multiplied!

27 MIN2019 NOV 25
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Seeds of Thanksgiving

Fear Not, You Are Mine!

Is. 43:1-7 (NKJV) Have you ever felt like the story of your life has become too overwhelming? Everyday life is more than you can handle and recent events in your life seem to be sucking the life out of you. You start to dwell on everything and fear sets in. The fear that you can’t handle it anymore, you are not strong enough to make it through this, it’s tougher than you thought it would be. When we are at those points in our life, it’s then that we have to remind ourselves that we belong to the Lord! We are His! He is not going to leave us or forsake us and there is nothing that He can’t handle. We need to hear the voice of the Lord saying, “You Are Mine!” Let’s look at Is. 43:1-7 and see what the Lord has to remind us today. * When life seems like a river that is overwhelming you, remember, You Are Mine! (V.2) Isaiah refers to a river overflowing as if the waters have risen to more than the banks can hold and the waters are overflowing the banks. To us today that is an illustrative picture of the demands of life accumulating to more than we can handle. It’s when you feel like you don’t even have time to cut your toenails. It’s at those points in our life that we need to remember who we belong to and nothing is too much for the Lord to handle. He will not let you be overwhelmed. He will take you through this. * When life seems like a fire that is consuming you, remember, You Are Mine! (V.2) Isaiah refers to a fire that is raging and feels as if it is going to consume you. This is at points when we are dealing with things that are dramatic like divorce and consuming debts. When we are at this point, we need to remember that the Lord can supply all our needs according to His riches. No matter what you are facing, remember that you are not alone, but you are the Lord’s!

34 MIN2019 NOV 18
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Fear Not, You Are Mine!

Whom Shall I Fear

Ps. 27:1 NKJV When I was a kid, my dad had a Kawasaki motorcycle dealership. During that time, a man wanted to trade my dad a pony for a helmet. My dad was interested in getting a pony for me and my sister, so he took him up on the offer. Once we picked up the pony, we found out that kids had been throwing rocks at it and it was pretty wild. It would not let you put a bridle or saddle on it without a fight. Once we got the pony home, my dad started to put a bridle on the pony, but it swatted my dad with it’s head. In response, my dad grabbed the pony by the head, twisted it’s neck and threw it to the ground. The pony was stunned and my dad was angry. In his anger, he turned to me and told me to come get on the pony. After the episode that I just saw, I responded that I didn’t want to get on it. My dad responded with anger, come get on the pony. At that point, I’m looking at the pony snorting, my dad breathing fire and I had to decide, whom shall I fear? I decided that I feared my dad the most. With my decision made, my dad slung me up on the pony just to feel the pony respond by kicking. My dad responded with a punch to the pony’s nose, which totally stunned the pony but it did calm her down. From that day forward, I rode the pony with ease and knew that I chose the right one to fear. In life, we experience all kinds of trials and temptations that put us at a point that we must choose whom we are going to fear. The outcome of those decisions can dramatically affect our lives. We are choosing who we don’t want to upset and the one that we want to stay in good standings with. Today I want to reveal the advantages of fearing God and not fearing anyone or anything else, so that we make the right decision and maybe have a little more ease in life. Ps. 27:1 tells us that the Lord is our Light, Salvation & Strength. Let’s look at Ps. 27:1 together, along with a few other scriptures and see what we can learn about “Whom Shall I Fear?” Perhaps it is easier for us to read this verse than it is to live it out in our daily lives. Instead of trusting in His protection, we get anxious. Instead of relying on God to be our fortress, we experience fear, we worry about what we can do in our own wisdom or strength, instead of trusting in our Lord. * I should fear the one that is the light of the world that can bring light and wisdom to my life. Light in the Bible usually refers to making things visible or understandable. Ps.119:105 tells us that the word of God is a lamp for our feet and a light for our path. In John 8:12 Jesus said that He is the light of the world. Prov. 9:10 tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. When we choose to fear the Lord, we are making the first step in gaining wisdom that the Lord gives us by shining His word into our lives and guiding us with His Holy Spirit. * I should fear the one that brings me salvation and help to my life. Salvation here means to bring deliverance, to rescue to help. Matt. 10:28 tells us to not fear those that can only kill the body, but fear the one that can kill the body and soul. This verse is not a scare tactic, but a reality check. A reminder that God not only can affect the body, but he can affect our soul. He is the salvation of our soul as the scriptures say in Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; ‘For Yah, the Lord, is my strength and song; He also has become my salvation.’”

26 MIN2019 NOV 11
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Whom Shall I Fear

Thank God I’m Free At Last

Ps. 34:4 NKJV Have you ever had a fear that just seemed to have a grip on you and you couldn’t seem to shake it? It might be a fear of the dark or small spaces. It might be a fear of something happening to you or a fear of making someone mad. It might be a fear of failure or embarrassment. It doesn’t matter what the fear is, the truth is that fears come in all kinds of forms and fear can grip our lives to the point of paralyzing our actions or putting us into panic. Fear can cause us to not function properly or to not make decisions the way that we would normally do. We can even get gripped by certain fears to the point that we think that we can never overcome those fears. You might even be thinking that today! I’ve tried to overcome my fear, but I just can’t seem to do it. Today, I want us to look at Ps. 34:4 together and see where the psalmist, which appears to be David (who later became king), reveals that God delivered him from all his fears. Today, I want you to be able to leave saying, Thank God, I’m Free At Last! Let’s see what the Bible reveals to us in this one verse in Ps. 34:4 * You can be delivered from any and all fears. Note that David was delivered from all his fears. There is no fear or trouble that you can not be delivered from. * Fear is a spiritual issues. In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV): For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. If God does not give us a spirit of fear, it must be of the devil. * You must choose to seek deliverance from your fears and troubles. Note that David took the action to get deliverance. Fear is a liar, so don’t let fear tell you that you can not overcome your fears.

28 MIN2019 NOV 4
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Thank God I’m Free At Last

Love Compels Us

2 Cor. 5:11-21 NIV Jose Guzman lives in California and in March of this year while having a BBQ, his house caught on fire. Fox News had a story about Jose not because his house caught on fire, but because he ran past firefighters to go back into his house and rescued his dog that was inside. Jose told reporters that he would do it again for anyone that he loved, whether it was family or a dog. Jose showed a clear example of how love compels us to face our fears. In the scripture today we could see that God’s law commands us to share about Christ with others, but the greatest message is that God’s love should be what compels us to share Christ. Let’s see the two main themes that God wants us to see from these scriptures today. * Our mission is to share about Christ and His gift of salvation to others. Matthew 28:19–20 (NIV84): Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” * Verse 13 tells us that we should do it for Christ’s sake. * Verse 18 and 20 tells us that we have been given this ministry and we are to be ambassadors for Christ. * Our motivation should be the love of Christ compels us to share with others. * Verse 14 tells us that love should compel us. There is a strong connection between love and give. John 3:16 (NIV84): For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. God loved us so much that it compelled Him to give His son for our salvation. * Verse 12 tells us that it is a matter of the heart. If our heart is right with God, it will motivate us. What is your decision today? Will you fear men or God? Will you be motivated by your own desires or God’s desires? Matthew 10:28 (NIV84): Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Casting Crowns has a song that should reflect our mission and motivation in life and that is: I’m a nobody telling everybody about somebody that saved my soul.

31 MIN2019 OCT 27
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Love Compels Us

Modern Day Moses

Exodus 17: 8-13 I believe that our pastor is a modern day Moses but I believe that God also calls us to be “Modern day Moses” and lead people out of bondage and lead them to a life with God and lead them also to the “promised land flowing with milk and honey”(Exodus 33:3). The life with God is so much better than the life without God and we all need to try to lead people to that life. * Moses had some people to call on to help fight the battle. Our pastor needs people that he can call on and so do we.(vs 9) * Moses could have left the soldiers but he stayed with them during the battle. Our Pastor stays in our battles with us and we need to stay with people during their battles.(vs 9) * Any and all life battles (sickness, pain, destructive sin, family) * Moses knew that he needed God’s help during the battle so he took the rod of God with him.(vs 9) * We need to keep our rod of God with us during the battles. * Bret knows he needs to be armed, so he prays every morning for 8:10-9:20 AM and know he prays for those going through battles. * Aaron and Hur came up beside Moses to share his load.(vs 12) * Moses needed help and so do all of God’s people.

21 MIN2019 OCT 20
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Modern Day Moses

Have Faith, At Least A Little

Luke 12:22-34 NKJV Just like the month of December is usually associated with Christmas, the month of October is associated with Halloween. A time of Trick or Treating and scary decorations. What I want to do in October is to take the scary out and preach on Fear Not. Fear is the triplet sibling of worry and anxiety. They have different names, but the same DNA. They all relate to being fearful about something. Today we are going to look mostly at worry. If you ask a person that is worried about something, what they are worried about, they usually will reply with this type of expression, “I’m just afraid that…”. Reminding us that fear, worry and anxiety are like triplets. They have different names, but the same DNA. The German word from which worry comes from literally means to strangle. That is what worry does to us, it strangles the life out of us. According to a Gallup Poll taken of Americans, about 50% acknowledged dealing with stress and worry about everyday life situations. According to Jesus, in Luke 12, we shouldn’t be worrying, we should have faith, at least a little. Why? Because faith conquers fear. Let’s look at what Luke 12:22-34 tells us about having faith in God. * God is conscientious of our needs. (V.30.) God knows our needs before we even mention them to Him. That’s because He is aware of all our needs of our life. Nothing escapes Him. * God cares about us personally. (V.24.) God sees you as more valuable than any of His creation. If He cares about the birds, He definitely cares about you. * God is capable of providing all our needs. (V.28.) God is capable of taking care of all of nature and the Bible tells us in Phil. 4:19 that He will supply all our needs according to His riches. * God considers it a pleasure to provide for us. (V.32.) The scriptures tells us that it His pleasure to meet our needs. It brings Him joy. It’s not a problem to take care of you. Fear imprisons us to worry about life, but Faith empowers us to enjoy life. Which do you choose? I choose to fear not, worry not and be anxious for nothing.

29 MIN2019 OCT 13
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Have Faith, At Least A Little
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