Overcoming Strongholds!

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2Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
2Co 10:4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
2Co 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
2Co 10:6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

This past week, I concluded a lengthy series of messages entitled, “THE BATTLE”.  It was a study on spiritual warfare from Ephesians Chapter 6.  In the concluding message, I taught on the subject of “Overcoming Strongholds” in the Christian life.  We all have strongholds that Satan has fortified in our lives, but Christ’s sufficiency has ALREADY given us overcoming power to get victory AND live in victory!

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Lost Sheep

Last night in our Fall Soulwinning Kick-Off Service, I reminded our church about the importance of our responsibility to reach the lost with the power of the Gospel. I want to share a few principles that Jesus taught the murmuring Pharisees who turned their noses up at the publicans and sinners Continue reading “Lost Sheep”

With God NOTHING Is Impossible!

I recently finished reading through the book of Esther as part of our annual Bible reading schedule here at Grace.  What a powerful story of faith and victory.  The story of Esther and Mordecai’s faith and courage is a true inspiration for us all.  As I was reading through this small Old Testament book, I was reminded and challenged, once again, that even when threatened with the greatest of perils, God is still in control and He can still perform miracles.

Most of us already have the knowledge of this great truth in scripture, yet we often forget when faced with the hard, cold, depressing challenges of life. Continue reading “With God NOTHING Is Impossible!”

Reflections Of A Father

The past two weeks have been some of the busiest I have ever experienced, including our Temple Christian Academy commencement last Friday evening.  I suppose the reason it seemed so taxing was because my own daughter, Alexis, was graduating.  It almost felt like she was getting married or something.  My emotions were all over the map, so I admit I just emmersed myself in the work I had to accomplish in an attempt to  suppress as much of the emotion as possible.  It seemed to be working pretty well until I had to bring the commencement message.  Oh, the pain of it!  How do you wrap 18 years into 30 minutes?  Some how, I got through it and God seemed to bolster me through it all.  In the end, I felt like Continue reading “Reflections Of A Father”

Reflections From A Serviceman

We just wrapped up a great weekend of ministry as we honored our veterans and active duty servicemen and servicewoman this past Sunday.  It was a very moving service as we watched some videos, heard “Taps”, and also heard some excerpts of President George W. Bush’s 2004 Memorial Day Proclamation.

Our theme for the day was “Remembering Our Heroes”.  We had the privilege of honoring several families with Certificates Of Appreciation and then provided these wonderful families with a complimentary meal after our morning service.  I preached a messaged from 2 Peter 1 about “Remembering”.  All in all, it was a great day in the Lord’s house.

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Built To Last

Never, in our lifetime, have we seen such devastation and the destruction of marriages and families, as we see today in our volatile culture.  It seems that every component of society today is the sworn enemy of traditional marriage and family.  From the redefining of the family by governments, to Hollywood’s mockery and portrayal of the broken family through shows like “Family Guy”, “Desperate Housewives”, and the like, Americans AND Christians have lost view of what a family or marriage should be anymore.  Statistics are staggering, yet ignored by most until they themselves become one of the statistics.  In the end, home after home is being ravaged by the storms of life and falling because they are not built to last.

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The Dearth Of Manhood

Psa 12:1   Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.

As we approach our annual Men’s Advance this weekend, I am reminded yet again of the dearth of manhood.  It exists everywhere I look, both outside and within our churches.  Where are the godly men today?  Where are the faithful fathers and devoted husbands?  Why is it, that even in our churches, there is a gross lack of godly leadership in homes?  Many times, it is the mother who is bringing the children to church and acting as the spiritual head of the home. Continue reading “The Dearth Of Manhood”