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Temple Baptist Church - 1-6-2019Philippians 3:13Introduction: A. As we now come to the 1st Sunday in 2019, I want to focus for a little while on strengthening our resolve to continue following Christ this year. I am not big on New Year's Resolutions, but I do believe that we need to see where we have been (2018), where we are (1-6-2019), and where we want to be on December 31st of 2019 if the Lord has not returned by then.B. I want to preach this message in two parts because the verse is in two parts: past and present.C. Paul said, “This one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind ...” We cannot forget everything that happened last year because we can draw wisdom from what we did right and what we did wrong. We want to build on the good things and correct the wrong ones this year.D. I did not get everything that I wanted last year and probably will not get all that I want this year, but I will face this new year with the hope of God in my heart and my eyes upon Him. Aren't you glad that you do not know what you will face in 2019? E. The past can do one of two things: it can either haunt you or it can help you! Which one applies to you is your personal choice. We need to make right choices this coming year in order to maintain both our Christian testimony and influence.F. This morning, we need to put last year in its proper perspective. That perspective is this: last year is history and we cannot change it. I want to give you two things that will help you to face the New Year in a right way. I will try to keep this as simple as possible.1. Put The Past In The Past!2. Put The Future In The Present!G. Things that we can correct from last year.1. Past failures not to be repeated. You blew it at times. I blew it at times. I was not always a good Christian this past year. May the Lord help me to be a better Christian in 2009.2. Past victories not to be forgotten but placed in a proper perspective. There were times when you were a good Christian last year. You grew in the Lord and were blessed and rewarded for it.3. Forget your disappointments! NO ONE gets everything that they want! There were times when the enemy got the upper hand. There were times when you had to do without some things. There were times when you did not understand and probably still do not understand. God never said to understand; He said to trust.4. Forget your hurts and forgive those who hurt you. Hurt always turns to anger and anger to bitterness if not dealt with properly. Forgiveness of our enemies is as much for our sake as it is for their sake.H. God was God last year and He will be the same this year.1. God was good to us this past year! He will be good to us in the coming year.Psalms 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever.Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.2. God's grace was sufficient this past year! His grace will be sufficient in the coming year.2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.1 Peter 4:10 As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.2 Corinthians 4:15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.3. God's strength was made perfect in our weakness last year! His strength will be there in the coming year.Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.Ephesians 6:10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.4. God's presence was with us last year! He will be there this next year.Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and becontent with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Isaiah 49:15 Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.5. God's promises were made sure to us when we needed them last year! We can rely upon them in the coming year.2 Corinthians 1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. 6. Last year is history and next year will be history soon! “And it came to pass!”Next year is just “future history.” Psalms 90:9 For all our days are passed away in thy wrath: we spend our years as a tale that is told. (Face the New Year with hope and trust instead of doubt and fear. The Lord will be the same tomorrow as He was yesterday and today!)
Temple Baptist Church - 12-30-2018Luke 9:57-62Introduction:A. In our text, we find three men who had a desire to follow Christ. I believe that every born-again believer has a desire to come to Christ and be where He is but, to be His follower, one must count the cost.who said, B. The first said, ““Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.” 1. He was a man with a right desire. I have no doubt that he was serious when he made that statement. 2. Many people, when asked if they are willing to follow Christ, will say the same thing but stop when it cost them something. They intend to follow Christ as long as it costs them nothing. Great intentions do not get the work done!C. But, when our Lord said, “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head,” we hear no more from this man. You see, it will cost you something to follow Christ. That is why so many begin with a right intention but never really follow Christ.D. Then, our Lord said to another man, “Follow me.” 1. Then, this individual said, “Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father.” He had something that he wanted to do first. I do not think that his father had died yet because he was here listening to Jesus instead of at the “funeral home” with family. 2. I believe that what he was saying was this: allow me to stay at home until my father dies and I bury him, then I will follow you. (A.M.)E. Now, a third man says, “Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.” 1. This man makes sure that he gives his excuse for not following immediately before the Lord could say anything to him. 2. There are many people who want to follow Christ as long as they can do it on their time or stay at home to follow Him.F. Our Lord answered him with my text for this morning: “No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”G. You see, following Christ requires cost, obedience, and continuance. Many start well, but because of the cost, quit. Their intentions were good, but somewhere along the way, their heart began to turn back to the place and people that they had to leave behind.Hebrews 11:15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.H. God does not call everyone to leave home and family though, but I believe that every child of God should be willing to do so if the Lord called! 1. The servant is not greater than his Master so, as He left all for us, we should be willing to leave all for Him. 2. When God called me into the ministry, I and my family had to be willing to leave home, family, friends, job, and everything else to follow Christ. Could we have done less?I. You see, all three of these men came to where Christ was but were not willing to follow Him where ever He wanted them to go. 1. Last year is almost gone. It will be history in a couple of days and a New Year lies before us. the new Year is “history that has not yet been written.” A “tale that has not been told.” We cannot change history but we can re-write it well.a. There is nothing wrong with remembering last year. It was a good year. Some things could have been better but we are here this morning and not sitting at home.b. There is value in reflecting upon last year and changing what needs to be changed.c. There is need for repentance. Sorrow for our failures last year.d. There is need for resolve. A determination to not make the save mistakes.2. This year, we need to keep our hand on the plough! Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (We cannot follow Christ until we put our hand to the plough! Following Christ is a life of self-denial and cross bearing.)1 John 2:12-14 I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. (13) I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. (14) I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.a. You young families need to “step up to the plate.” As the older generation goes on to be with the Lord, this is, for the younger generation, becoming more “your church.” Get involved! What you leave behind will be all that your children will have.b. You middle aged families need to bear the burden of the work of Christ in spiritual maturity. c. Some of us are getting older but that is not a time for quitting. We need to make some adjustments because of age but each of us are still needed to get the job done. We cannot look back! We cannot quit, we cannot retire.3. This year, we need to keep our eyes on the Point, Jesus Christ. a. Keep our eyes on Christ and “plow to the Point!” When you plow a field, looking to the side or looking back causes you to become distracted and plow a crooked furrow. b. Keep our eyes on the Bible. May it ever be our guide! The Truth shall make you free and, if you be free, you will be free indeed.c. Keep our eyes on the Old Paths wherein is the good way. If we ever let up, then the Old Paths will be gone. Just look around at the direction and condition of churches in our day. They are not even a shadow of what they used to be.Conclusion: I preach this often and I always will because following Christ is of the utmost importance. We cannot follow Christ:a. If we lose sight of Him.b. If we forget the Word of God.c. If we leave the Old Paths.
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Today's category: ScienceThe Beginning Of Life In a recent Round-table Discussion Group the question was asked of the Ministerial Panel, at what point does life begin. The Baptist Preacher spoke first and said "At conception, of course!". The Presbyterian Minister said "No, no, it's certainly begins at birth". The Catholic Priest tried to buffer the obvious argument point and suggested "Perhaps you're both wrong, and it's a compromise in that the fetus is not functional with a heartbeat until the third month". They had to prod the Jewish Rabbi for his answer, and he finally leaned forward to his mike and spoke softly "All of my friends here are wrong. Life begins when the last child leaves home, and the dog they left behind dies!!!".View hundreds more jokes online.Email this joke to a friend
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