As we gather for worship this Sunday we will prepare for thanksgiving in the morning by taking up Isaiah chapter 11. (On Thanksgiving day at 10:00 a.m. we will rejoice with Isaiah 12.) Isaiah 11 is an amazing presentation of the work of Jesus Christ foretold in the Old Testament. Again we note how much of Jesus is to be discovered in the Old Testament! Come and worship Him Sunday morning!Scripture Reading: Isaiah 11:1-16
Text: Isaiah 11.1-16
Message: "Thanksgiving Part #1: Reasons for Great Thanksgiving"
Theme: The arrival of and work done by the Messiah are our greatest reasons for thanksgiving
What is the situation when He arrives, 1, 2?
What will He establish when He arrives, 3-5?
Notice these general results of His work, 6-9
Notice these specific and glorious results of His work, 10-16!
BACKSLIDING: WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO KNOW?
 IT IS NOT EVERY TIME I SINNED!
When ROMANS 7:14-24 runs parallel to PHILIPPIANS 3:12-14
 IT COULD BE A FAILURE TO HOLD FAST THE GOSPEL!
Previously: GALATIANS 4:13-15
Currently: GALATIANS 1:6
GALATIANS 5:15, 26
Certainly: GALATIANS 1:9
 IT COULD BE A FAILURE TO LIVE OUT THE GOSPEL!
MISTER LOT Cf. 2 PETER 2:7
Clip #1: He started well!
Clip #3: He continued to stray!
Clip #2: He started to stray!
Clip #4: He ended in shame!
GENESIS 19:14, 26, 30-38
 IT IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE TO COME BACK!
Story of Robert Robinson
Story of Samson (JUDGES 16:28)
As we continue with our revival effort we are reminded to not only listen to the voice of God and to abide in Him, but that His works are super-natural. In the sense that God rarely operates in the natural man, but spiritual. Do we even know what is spiritual? What happens when we are discouraged like Elijah? All too often we look for God in all the wrong places, yet he calls us with a still small voice to do supernatural (i.e. spiritual) works through obedience to Him. It is no wonder we are anxious and feel overwhelmed, we need to let the work of faith have it's way in our lives.
The world sells us a bill of goods, its seductive voice calls us to follow it rather than listen to and be obedient to the Lord. It was true before and is true today. Consider how often you would rather engage with social media, movies, phones, or anything at all, instead of the Lord. In a very real sense we are like Pharaoh saying, "Who is the Lord, that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord..."
Tonight we continue our study of the second part of the sixth petition of the Lord's Prayer, "And deliver us from evil," with Thomas Watson pointing out that it implies more than abstaining from or forbearing the external acts of sin, but also that we make progress in holiness. We must not only put off the old man but put on the new man more and more, that is, more and more of Christ.
In the morning we come to a powerful text which especially removes any doubts as to Who the Lord says must be first in our lives - Mark 12.28-34. We need this text and I would ask that you pray that all of God's people would be well fed by the preached Word.Scripture Reading: Mark 12:28-34
Text: Mark 12:28-34
Message: "Kingdom Nearness"
Theme: Nearness to God and His kingdom is measured in knowing God's Word
One final questioner asks what is most important to God
Jesus says God has always put love first
The questioner understands that 'love is better than sacrifice'
Those IN the Kingdom of God will obey God by love
1 John 3
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We will gather with joy and thanksgiving this Lord's Day to worship Him while having our hearts and minds brought to focus on missions. We bring our missions emphasis week with two sermons from Acts 2. In the morning we see "The Missionary God" from Acts 2.11. This is such a rich passage - 2.1-13 with our focus on 2.11. Come with excitement to refocus on God's mission. Scripture Reading: Genesis 11.1-9; Acts 2.1-13
Text: Acts 2.11
Message: "The Missionary God"
Theme: This merciful act of God reveals Who is behind every missionary endeavor
Through whom do they hear?
How do they hear?
What is told and heard?