Why Are We Celebrating?

"WHY ARE WE CELEBRATING?"

Rev. Lon Lorton

Second Sunday of Advent

December 9, 2018

Luke 2:6-12

As Christians, we need to keep the main thing the main thing.

  • In Jesus' coming to earth, we see the promise behind His death and our forgiveness.  Isaiah 53:5; Hebrews 10:10; 1 Corinthians 6:11; and Romans 10:9

Shepherds represent why Jesus came.

Shepherds represent who Jesus came to save.

The shepherds listened to a message of hope.

The shepherds confirmed the good news.

The shepherds glorified and praised God.

Aren't You Glad?

"AREN'T YOU GLAD?"

Rev. Lon Lorton

First Sunday of Advent

December 2, 2018

Matthew 1:18-25

A red flag during an engagement is not a good thing!

A visitation from the Lord's angel is a good thing!

God has a word for each of us and all of us.

  • Even in the midst of our thinking that "we have it all figured out."
  • Have you considered how to respond to God's word for you?

Aren't you glad Jesus can change our circumstances?

Aren't you glad Jesus can change us in our circumstances?

"Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly.  But..."

 

Always, Without Ceasing, In All Circumstances

"ALWAYS, WITHOUT CEASING, IN ALL CIRCUMSTANCES"

Rev. Lon Lorton

November 18, 2018

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Rejoice always.

  • Rejoicing is an intentional act of faith, not a spontaneous reaction.  Habakkuk 3:17-18

Pray without ceasing.

  • Perseverance in prayer is not pestering God until we get our way.  It keeps us on focus until we see God's way.  Luke 18:1-8, Romans 12:12, Ephesians 6:18, and Colossians 4:2
  • God is answering our prayers the moment we start praying.  Daniel 10:12

Give thanks in all circumstances.

  • The Biblical example is to thank God verbally, even when times are not good.  Philippians 4:4-7

 

Warm Bread

"WARM BREAD"

Rev. Lon Lorton

November 25, 2018

Matthew 6:7-13

"Give us this day our daily bread."  Matthew 6:11

God and Our Problems

  • God is brought directly into the smallest details.
  • Bread in Scripture is more than literal bread.
  • Jesus is teaching us the importance of "every moment dependence."

Four Steps to "Daily Bread Living"

  • Gratitude to God for all His blessings
  • Contentment with what God has already provided
  • Confidence that God will meet our needs day by day
  • Generosity toward those who are less fortunate

Biblical Economics

  • Everything comes from God.
  • Everything we have is in trust to us.
  • Our blessings are not only for our own benefit.

"A grateful heart cannot be cynical."  A. W. Tozer

 

Do Not Forget

"DO NOT FORGET"

Rev. Lon Lorton

November 11, 2018

Isaiah 53:4-7 and Romans 5:6-11

Armistice Day

  • The end of World War I (November 11, 1918), "the war to end all wars."

The freedoms we enjoy were bought with a price.  Three examples of that price were:

  • Coxswain Timothy Sullivan (1835-1910)
  • Gunnery Sergeant John L. Canley (1938-    )
  • One other example - Jesus of Nazareth

Scripture Notations:

  • Philippians 2:1-11
  • Isaiah 53:4-7
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • 1 Peter 3:13-17
  • 2 Corinthians 10:3-5

Be thankful for those who have served in our nation's military!

Be thankful for Christ's willingness to serve all humanity!

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.  Not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid."  John 14:27