Apr 19, 2020
Does God Really Care About Me?
Posted by Barry Raley
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  • Apr 19, 2020Does God Really Care About Me?
    Apr 19, 2020
    Does God Really Care About Me?
    Posted by Barry Raley
  • Apr 12, 2020Unspeakable Joy in Unprecedented Times
    Apr 12, 2020
    Unspeakable Joy in Unprecedented Times
    Posted by Barry Raley
  • Apr 5, 2020Inconvenient Truths for Unprecedented Times
    Apr 5, 2020
    Inconvenient Truths for Unprecedented Times
    Posted by Barry Raley
  • Mar 29, 2020Undivided Attention In Unprecedented Times
    Mar 29, 2020
    Undivided Attention In Unprecedented Times
    Posted by Barry Raley
  • Mar 22, 2020Understanding God’s Purpose for Unprecedented Times
    Mar 22, 2020
    Understanding God’s Purpose for Unprecedented Times
    Posted by Barry Raley
    • In unprecedented times, living by faith, witnessing, and worshipping must continue even though I may not UNDERSTAND what God is up to.
    • The question that must be answered Biblically is: WHAT IS GOD DOING IN unprecedented times.
    • Our tendency is to try to understand God based on what we know about LIFE. This brings God down to the HUMAN level.
    • We must understand life based on what Scripture reveals to us about GOD. This keeps us focused on His will here on earth as it is in heaven!
    • God’s people in EXODUS had been living in Egypt, a godless place that trusted in FALSE gods. God’s people had become slaves in that culture.
    • God plans to redeem His people from slavery in an unprecedented way. He used 10 PLAGUES to set His people free.
    • God wanted His people set free for:
        • CELEBRATION
        • SACRIFICE
        • WORSHIP
        • PROMISED LAND LIVING
    • GOD is  JEALOUS for our WORSHIP … and He will use extreme times to knock down the world’s false gods.

    “We are too tied to how God does things instead of simply embracing what God is doing.”

    • GOD is as serious about JOURNEY as He is destination … so commit to going THROUGH to get TO.

    “WHERE WE ARE and WHERE WE NEED TO BE is directly proportional to the amount of pain we are willing to endure.” Rob Patterson, Kentucky Baptist Convention

    • GOD is always making the story about the LAMB … so whatever we do must be about Jesus.
  • Mar 15, 2020Unprecedented Times
    Mar 15, 2020
    Unprecedented Times
    Posted by Barry Raley
  • Mar 8, 2020Murder, Anger and the Exasperated Christian
    Mar 8, 2020
    Murder, Anger and the Exasperated Christian
    Posted by Barry Raley
    TEXT: MATTHEW 5:21-26
     
    • When we are mistreated THINK BIBLICALLY
    • God has given us the ministry of RECONCILIATION toward those who are not right with Him, and with those who have wronged us.
     
    Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the MINISTRY of reconciliation ... 2COR. 5:18
     
     
    "I know I'm commanded to love my brother in Christ but, do I really have to LIKE them?"
     
    • RECONCILE = Change your mind; exchange one thing for another
    • The Christian life must be defined by God's INTENT as much as God's INSTRUCTION
    • In VS. 22 Jesus refers to ANGRY in the PASSIVE tense
    • Reconciling with others shows how God desires to deal with the GUILTY
     
    God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses to them; and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  2COR. 5:19
     
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live  EZEK. 33:11
     
    • Reconciliation is living PROOF we believe God's MERCY is for all people!
    • Reconciliation must happen in the family before WORSHIP will be true before the Father!
    • Reconciliation proclaims God's power over the prison of bitterness!
  • Mar 1, 2020The Performance Trap
    Mar 1, 2020
    The Performance Trap
    Posted by Barry Raley
    TEXT: MATTHEW 5:17-20
     
    • satan uses a lying trick called the PERFORMANCE trap
    • Believing that God loves me based on how much GOOD I do or based on how much BAD I don't do
    • Performance trap leaves the PRODIGAL son stranded in the pigpen; the ADULTEROUS woman stuck in a deadly lifestyle; leaves the RICH young ruler encountering a fake Jesus.
    Jesus looked at him and LOVED HIM ...  MARK 10:21
    • First thing Adam and Eve did after sin ... went to WORK trying to make God pleased with them.
     
    But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  ROM. 5:8
     
    Not by works of righteousness which we have done but acc. to  His mercy saved us!  TITUS 3:5
    • SUPERFICIAL FACTOR 
    MY GOOD WORKS MUST HONESTLY DECLARE THAT I'M REAL about JESUS!
    • MOTIVATIONAL FACTOR 
    MY GOOD WORKS MUST OPENLY DECLARE I'M ANTICIPATING GOD'S JUDGMENT!
  • Feb 9, 2020Blessed! It’s Not What You Think
    Feb 9, 2020
    Blessed! It’s Not What You Think
    Posted by Barry Raley
    TEXT: MATTHEW 5:1-13
     
    • Jesus' sermon on the mount teaches us FOUNDATIONAL truths about what Kingdom living looks like for Kingdom people living in a messed up world!
    • The power of the GOSPEL says we are more than messes or more than messed up! We are more than CONQUERORS  ROM. 8:37
    • Jesus lived, died, buried AND resurrected to GIVE us His LIFE so we GET TO the glory 
    • Jesus also lived, died, buried AND resurrected to PUT His life IN us so we CAN live gloriously!
    To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: COL. 1:27
     
    • GOD LOVES TO RICHLY BLESS us!
    • BLESSED (9x) makarios = fortunate, well off HAPPY
    • Before I can get the BLESSINGS of GOD, I have to get what He says BLESSED really is. I can't BE a blessing until I GET the blessing!
    • Jesus went up on a mountain to see who was only wanting a MIRACLE and who was ready to get His MESSAGE! VS. 1
     
    BLESSED COMES ...
    • INTO a life of BROKENNESS and EMPTINESS in the INTERNAL VS 3-5
    • THRU a life of PASSIONATE DESIRE for the ETERNAL VS. 6
    • OUT of a life that is AUTHENTIC about the EXTERNAL  VS. 7-9
    • UPON a life that is RADICAL about the INFERNAL VS. 10-12
  • Feb 2, 2020People Who Really Get It
    Feb 2, 2020
    People Who Really Get It
    Posted by Barry Raley
    TEXT: MATTHEW 4:12-25
    • We won't ever really GET IT without understanding basic, fundamental PRINCIPLES of our faith
    • Learning faith principles requires a daily commitment to:
        • TEACHABLE SPIRIT
        • HOLY SPIRIT TEACHING
     
    • Jesus gives fundamental principles to the FOUNDING members of the FIRST NT CHURCH bc if the first church didn't GET IT the rest of the world wouldn't have a chance to RECEIVE it!
     
    • BEING IN JESUS' FAMILY MEANS OUR LIFE IS more about ETERNAL GLORIES and less about TEMPORARY PLEASURES
     
    • SALVATION IS more about REPENTANT LIVING and less about just REPEATING A PRAYER
     
    • Being the Church means LIVING with less STAYING  but more URGENT GOING, FOLLOWING, and GOODBYES
     
    • BIBLICAL MINISTRY is more about MAKING IT HARD TO GO TO HELL and less about MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE