http://lawnsandsprinklersusa.com/archives.php 10/16 Wrestling with the Rulers of Darkness Mark 5:1-20; Ephesians 6:12. Satan and his demons are real and ultimately responsible for the condition of our world today. We are in a war. The battle is for the heart and soul of our nation, and all humankind. This battle is not fought with tanks and fighter jets for it is not a battle of flesh and blood but of “principalities and powers”. In Mark chapter five Jesus confronts the problem of demons and demon possession head on. It’s a case study of the power of evil in the life of one who has completely relinquished control to Satan and his demons.
10/23 Guest Musician: Wade Hammond. Wade has been traveling the US for 27 years in full time ministry sharing God’s love and saving power through music. As a singer/songwriter Wade has earned 3 No. 1 hits through the Inspirational Country Music Association in Nashville. He has also been awarded ICMA’s Male Vocalist Of The Year and has been twice nominated Entertainer of the Year. Three of his songs have caught the attention of Hollywood having been chosen for an upcoming film. Wade’s relationship with Jesus began when a pastor, driving a church bus, invited him to VBS. While there he found out things about Jesus he never heard before. Knowing he needed Jesus in his heart, the Holy Spirit drew him to the altar that Sunday morning and Christ forever changed him. Thousands have been added to the Kingdom through this ministry and it all started with a pastor’s heart for reaching kids.
10/30 The Just Shall Live By Faith. Romans 1:17. On the Christian Calendar each year is Reformation Sunday, observed the last Sunday in October. In this sermon Pastor Barry introduces Martin Luther and shares how his life was transformed by the realization that, “the just shall live by faith”. Speaking about that verses’ impact on his life Martin said, “When it broke in upon my soul, I was filled with such peace and certainty of eternal life that my entire life was transformed.” And no wonder, very few have worked for their salvation as hard as Luther did. Martin Luther simply brought to light again the grace of God and why it is so amazing. His passion and devotion to this realization was so radical it sparked the Reformation.
11/6 Keeping the Right Company. Mark 2:13-17. It’s been said that you can tell what a person is like by the company he keeps. “Birds of a feather, flock together”. While there may be some truth in that, it’s not the whole truth. You have to consider the motives of people in the company they keep. It’s possible to seek out people’s company not because you like what they are or approve of what they do but because you hope to have some positive influence in their lives. Our text, Mark 2:13-17, is a drama in which there are three actors. Pastor Barry asks, “Which of these actors do you most identify with?” and states that every one of us fits somewhere in this story. Are you like Matthew, the Pharisees or Jesus? He cautions, “Don’t answer too quickly, you may be surprised by the answer”.
11/13 Becoming Big by Being Small. Luke 14: 1, 7-14. Jesus spoke of the danger of pride and the need for humility. Humility is one of the most important characteristics of the Christian life. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares what it is, how it is acquired, and a not so obvious benefit of it.
11/20 (Thanksgiving Sunday) The Peril of Prosperity. Deuteronomy 8:11-20. Money, more than anything else we handle, can become the thing that pushes God out of our lives. That is the peril of prosperity. This is the idolatry that threatens to cut us off from our roots. On this Thanksgiving Sunday Pastor Barry reminds us that by any standard we has Americans have much to be thankful for, but he asks, “Can the freedom and prosperity of our nation be secure if we lose the conviction that our freedom and prosperity are gifts of God? How would you answer that question?
11/27 (First Sunday in Advent) Peace on Earth. Luke 2:14, II Corinthians 13:11. The angels announced the birth of Christ by saying, “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace…” Isaiah foretold His birth by proclaiming He would be called the Prince of Peace. God is a God of peace therefore He wills it! He desires for us to experience it and that we be peace makers. In this sermon Pastor Barry will share what the Bible says about our responsibility for making and keeping peace.
12/4 (Second Sunday in Advent) The Forgotten Tree of Christmas. Acts 10 39-43. The Christmas tree has become a significant part of celebrating Christmas. It gets a lot of attention. The cross that Jesus died on is referred to as a tree and it too is part of the Christmas story. When so much attention is paid to trees that are covered with tinsel, ornaments and colored lights, the old rugged unattractive tree that we call the cross might well be called the forgotten tree of Christmas. In this sermon Pastor Barry reminds us that the main point of the Christmas story is that the baby grew up. Is our Christmas only a story about a baby or is it about the person into whom the baby grew, who, upon a tree, redeemed the world from its separation with God and who calls us into partnership with His great and mighty purposes?
12/11 (Third Sunday in Advent) A Visit From Joseph Davidson. Luke 2:4-6. In this monologue Pastor Barry tells the Christmas Story from Joseph’s point of view. From it we will see how God used his simple trust and obedience to change the world. We don’t hear a lot from Joseph in the scriptural account of the birth of Christ, but he played a significant role non the less.
12/18 (Fourth Sunday in Advent) How to Have a Joy-Full Christmas. I Thessalonians. 5:15. The coming of our Lord has created a greater possibility for us to experience Joy. Joy to the World the Lord is Come! But one of the things that stands in the way of joy is the temptation to live selfishly. If you want your life to be full of joy, get your focus off yourself. There is a direct correlation between what I’m focused on and the presence of joy in my life.
12/24 (Christmas Eve) Why Christmas? John 18:37. Why did Jesus come to earth? Don’t miss the purpose of Christmas. It’s not about what’s under the tree. It’s about the man who hung on the tree. He loves you. And God wants to adopt you into His family. Many people celebrate Christmas year after year but have never accepted God’s gift to them. The whole reason Christmas exists is so you can have a relationship with God. In this sermon Pastor Barry shares the purpose of Christmas.
12/25 (Christmas) Lessons Learned from the Birth of Christ. Galatians 4:4-5. Woven throughout the fabric of the Old Testament is a promise of a Messiah who’s coming. In between the Old Testament and the New Testament is a 400-year period of silence. At the end of this period of silence God sends the Messiah, His only begotten Son. Jesus, the Messiah, makes His entrance as a baby born in a manger. In today’s sermon Pastor Barry shares some important lessons we glean from the story that will encourage you.
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1/8 Relentless Restlessness. Hebrews 11:8-10. Do you ever feel restless, but you can’t quite figure out what’s causing it? In today’s sermon Pastor Barry examines the life of one from scripture who was restless – Abraham. God put a desire in Abraham’s heart to live for something more than what this world has to offer. Abraham learned that people who live by faith are folks who have to settle down to NOT being settled down. “By faith he made his home in the promised land, like a stranger in a foreign country…”
1/15 Revive Us Again! Jeremiah 7:3; Acts 3:19. What would need to happen for revival to break out in America? As much as we would like to see that, it’s the wrong question. The real question is what would need to happen for revival to break out in my life? In today’s sermon Pastor Barry shares the path one must follow for spiritual renewal to occur.