May 17, 2020
Being a New Testament Church
Posted by Barry Raley
Series: New Normal
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  • May 17, 2020Being a New Testament Church
    May 17, 2020
    Being a New Testament Church
    Posted by Barry Raley
    Series: New Normal
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    May 10, 2020
    Can I Really Live with More Victory than Defeat
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  • May 3, 2020If God is Really Good
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    If God is Really Good
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  • Apr 19, 2020Does God Really Care About Me?
    Apr 19, 2020
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  • Apr 12, 2020Unspeakable Joy in Unprecedented Times
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    Unspeakable Joy in Unprecedented Times
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  • Apr 5, 2020Inconvenient Truths for Unprecedented Times
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    Inconvenient Truths for Unprecedented Times
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  • Mar 29, 2020Undivided Attention In Unprecedented Times
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  • 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
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    Unprecedented Times
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  • 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!