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People's Church of OKC is a multi-cultural church designed with you in mind. Senior Pastor, Herbert Cooper.

Herbert Cooper


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    Ridiculous Trust | Ridiculous Week 4 | Herbert Cooper | People's Church - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 22, 2021 37:18

    Ridiculous Trust Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV) Your peace of mind is dependent on your trust in God Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. (NIV) Your safety is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (NIV) Your strength in God is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (NIV) Overcoming your fears is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (NIV) Your blessings are dependent on your trust in God Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. (ESV) Your prosperity is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 28:25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. (NIV) Your dreams coming to pass is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV) Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV) 1. Trust God with all your heart Psalm 63:8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. (NLT) 2. Lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. (NIV) Proverbs 3:9–10 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the first fruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (ESV) 3. In all your ways Acknowledge God 4. Let God direct your paths 2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. (ESV) Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV) Your peace of mind is dependent on your trust in God Isaiah 26:3-4 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal. (NIV) Your safety is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 29:25 Fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is kept safe. (NIV) Your strength in God is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and he helps me. My heart leaps for joy, and with my song I praise him. (NIV) Overcoming your fears is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 56:3-4 “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid. What can flesh do to me?” (NIV) Your blessings are dependent on your trust in God Jeremiah 17:7-8 Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust is the LORD. (ESV) Your prosperity is dependent on your trust in God Proverbs 28:25 The greedy stir up conflict, but those who trust in the Lord will prosper. (NIV) Your dreams coming to pass is dependent on your trust in God Psalm 37:4-5 Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.” (ESV) Proverbs 3:5–6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; 6In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. (NKJV) 1. Trust God with all your heart Psalm 63:8 I cling to you; your strong right hand holds me securely. (NLT) 2. Lean not on your own understanding Proverbs 3:7 Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil. (NIV) Proverbs 3:9–10 Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; 10 then your barns will be filled with plenty, and your vats will be bursting with wine. (ESV) 3. In all your ways Acknowledge God 4. Let God direct your paths 2 Corinthians 5:7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. (ESV)

    Ridiculous Blessings | Herbert Coooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 14, 2021 32:35

    Matthew 14:13-14 When Jesus heard what had happened, he withdrew by boat privately to a solitary place. Hearing of this, the crowds followed him on foot from the towns. Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick. (NIV) Matthew 9:36   When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them because they were confused and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. (NLT) Matthew 20:34 Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him. (NIV) Mark 6:34 When Jesus landed and saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things. (NIV) Luke 7:13 When the Lord saw her, his heart overflowed with compassion. “Don’t cry!” he said. (NLT) John 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come along with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled. (NIV) 1. Give your attention to God’s priorities Colossians 3:2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. (NLT) Philippians 3:19 They are headed for destruction. Their god is their appetite, they brag about shameful things, and they think only about this life here on earth. (NLT) Matthew 16:23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” (NIV) 2. Give your life to God’s priorities Matthew 14:15–16 That evening the disciples came to him and said, “This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away so they can go to the villages and buy food for themselves.” 16  But Jesus said, “That isn’t necessary—you feed them.” (NLT) Matthew 14:17   “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. (NLT) 3. Give your resources to God’s priorities Matthew 14:17-18 “But we have only five loaves of bread and two fish!” they answered. 18  “Bring them here,” he said. (NLT) 1. When you give your resources to God first, He blesses them Matthew 14:19   Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. (NLT) Malachi 3:10-11 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  11  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.  (NIV) 2. God takes what you give Him first and blesses you in return Matthew 14:19 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. (NLT) Malachi 3:10-12 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.  11  I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty.  12  “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty. (NIV) Proverbs 3:9-10 Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10  then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (NIV) 3. When you give away what God gives to you, God multiplies it Matthew 14:19 -21 Then he told the people to sit down on the grass. Jesus took the five loaves and two fish, looked up toward heaven, and blessed them. Then, breaking the loaves into pieces, he gave the bread to the disciples, who distributed it to the people. 20  They all ate as much as they wanted, and afterward, the disciples picked up twelve baskets of leftovers. 21  About 5,000 men were fed that day, in addition to all the women and children! (NLT) 2 Corinthians 9:10–11 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11  You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 9:6   Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. (NIV) Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (NIV) Proverbs 11:24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. (NIV)

    ONE NIGHT 2021 | Bigger Tents | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 56:23

    Isaiah 54:2–4 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. 3  For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities. 4  “Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood. (NIV) 43 percent of Oklahomans attend church regularly 57 percent of people don’t attend church 1.6 million people don’t attend church OKC metro over 800,000 who don’t attend church. Indiana only 37 percent attend church regularly 4.2 million don’t attend church INDY metro over 1.3 million don’t attend church 100,000 of the 384,000 in America close their doors Isaiah 54:2–4 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, STRENGTHEN your stakes. (NIV) Colossians 2:7   rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. (NIV) 1. Strengthen your knowledge of God’s word Matthew 7:24–27   “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.” (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 5:11 So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (NLT) James 1:22   Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. (NIV) 2. Strengthen your prayer life Romans 12:12   Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 5:17   pray continually, (NIV) Ephesians 6:18 Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere. (NLT) Colossians 4:2   Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. (NIV) January 9-29 is 21 days of prayer 3. Strengthen your commitment to God’s house 1 in 3 Christians have stopped going to church in person or online. Weekly church attendance has declined from 45% in 1993 to 29% in 2020 Psalm 92:13 planted in the house of the Lord, they will flourish in the courts of our God. (NIV) 4. Strengthen your generosity Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes. (NIV) 4 Ways To Lengthen Your Generosity 1. Lengthen your generosity by going from giving nothing to giving something 2. Lengthen your generosity by going from giving something to tithing Malachi 3:10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. (NIV) 3. Lengthen your generosity by going from tithing to giving to Dream Builders Malachi 3:8 “Will a mere mortal rob God? Yet you rob me. “But you ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’ “In tithes and offerings. (NIV) 4. Lengthen your generosity by going from giving to Dream Builders to giving ridiculously to Dream Builders 2 Corinthians 8:2–5   In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. Entirely on their own, 4  they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. 5  And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us. (NIV) 2 Corinthians 8:13 Our desire is not that others might be relieved while you are hard pressed, but that there might be equality. (NIV) Isaiah 54:2 “Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back;

    Ridiculous Faith | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 7, 2021 35:57

    Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (NIV) James 1:6 But ask in faith, never doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind; (NRSV) Matthew 21:21   Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, if you have faith and do not doubt, not only can you do what was done to the fig tree, but also you can say to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and it will be done. (NIV) 1. Faulty faith 2. Fresh faith 3. Fake faith 4. Fading faith 5. Flourishing faith James 2:17   In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. (NIV) 1. You move forward afraid Exodus 3:7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. (NIV) Exodus 4:1 Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” (NIV) Exodus 4:10 Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (NIV) Exodus 4:13   But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (NIV) 2. You move forward when it’s risky Exodus 5:20–23 As they left Pharaoh’s court, they confronted Moses and Aaron, who were waiting outside for them. 21  The foremen said to them, “May the LORD judge and punish you for making us stink before Pharaoh and his officials. You have put a sword into their hands, an excuse to kill us!” 22  Then Moses went back to the LORD and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me? 23  Ever since I came to Pharaoh as your spokesman, he has been even more brutal to your people. And you have done nothing to rescue them!” (NLT) 3. You move forward without all the details Hebrews 11:8 It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. (NLT) 4. You move forward when it does not make sense 5. You move forward in spite of your inadequacies

    Don't Be Ridiculous | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 31, 2021 39:50

    1 Samuel 17:32–33 “Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (NLT) 3 Things The Giants Of Life Want You To Believe 1. Giants want you to believe there’s no way God can do big things through your life 1 Samuel 17:33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”” (NLT) Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (NKJV) 2. Giants want you to believe that you can’t win 1 Samuel 17:33 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (NLT) Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. (NKJV) 3. Giants want you to believe that you don’t have what it takes 1 Samuel 17:33 33 “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.” (NLT) 3 Steps To See God Do Ridiculously Big Things In Your Life 1. You must keep believing in spite of what you see and hear 1 Samuel 17:34 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, (NLT) Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. (NIV) 2. You must never forget what God has done for you in the past 1 Samuel 17:34-35 But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, 35 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. (NLT) 3. You must understand battles always precede breakthrough 1 Samuel 17:35-36 I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. 36 I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God! 37 The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” (NLT) 2 Corinthians 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, (NKJV) 4 Ways We Must Fight As A Church: 1. Ridiculous prayers 2. Ridiculous faith 3. Ridiculous commitment 4. Ridiculous generosity

    In The Company of Jesus | Jimmy Rollins - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 24, 2021 37:57

    LUKE 8:1-3 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God’s kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna—along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company. (MSG) GOD ALWAYS USES PEOPLE TO FULFILL HIS PLANS HELP WANTED MATTHEW 4:18-20   One day as Jesus was walking along the shore of the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers—Simon, also called Peter, and Andrew—throwing a net into the water, for they fished for a living.  19  Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”  20  And they left their nets at once and followed him. (NLT) EPHESIANS 2:10 God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join him in the work he does, the good work he has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing. (MSG) ACTS 13:36 “ Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. (NIV) HANDS OPEN MATTHEW 20:28 For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (NLT) MATTHEW 25:34-36   “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world.  35  For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  36  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’ (NLT) MATTHEW 25:40 “And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’ (NLT) WHEN YOU LIVE AN OPEN-HANDED LIFE GOD WILL KEEP YOUR HANDS FULL HEARTS SOFT MATTHEW 9:35-38 Then Jesus made a circuit of all the towns and villages. He taught in their meeting places, reported kingdom news, and healed their diseased bodies, healed their bruised and hurt lives. When he looked out over the crowds, his heart broke. So confused and aimless they were, like sheep with no shepherd. “What a huge harvest!” he said to his disciples. “How few workers! On your knees and pray for harvest hands!” (MSG) IF OUR HEARTS ARE NOT MOVED WITH COMPASSION, OUR HANDS & FEET WILL NOT MOVE TO ACTION HISTORY ACCEPTED LUKE 8:1-3 He continued according to plan, traveled to town after town, village after village, preaching God’s kingdom, spreading the Message. The Twelve were with him. There were also some women in their company who had been healed of various evil afflictions and illnesses: Mary, the one called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out; Joanna, wife of Chuza, Herod’s manager; and Susanna—along with many others who used their considerable means to provide for the company. (MSG) YOUR PAST WAS ALWAYS A PART OF GOD’S PLAN

    Ways To Worship | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 18, 2021 35:11

    Ways to Praise Genesis 4:1-5 - Now Adam[a] had sexual relations with his wife, Eve, and she became pregnant. When she gave birth to Cain, she said, “With the Lord’s help, I have produced[b] a man!” 2 Later she gave birth to his brother and named him Abel. When they grew up, Abel became a shepherd, while Cain cultivated the ground. 3 When it was time for the harvest, Cain presented some of his crops as a gift to the Lord. 4 Abel also brought a gift—the best portions of the firstborn lambs from his flock. The Lord accepted Abel and his gift, 5 but he did not accept Cain and his gift. NLT Matthew 15:8-9 - “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9 They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules.’ NIV 1 Corinthians 14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. NIV 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. NIV 8 Ways to Praise 1. We praise God with singing. Psalm 47:6 - Sing praises to God, sing praises to our King, sing praises. NIV 2. We praise God by lifting our hands. Psalm 63:4 - I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands.  NIV 3. We praise God by clapping our hands. Psalm 47:1 - Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy.  NIV 4. We praise God with instruments. Psalm 150:2-5 - 2 Praise him for his acts of power; praise him for his surpassing greatness.
3 Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise him with the harp and lyre,
4 praise him with timbrel and dancing, praise him with the strings and pipe,
5 praise him with the clash of cymbals, praise him with resounding cymbals. NIV 5. We praise God with shouting. Psalm 100:1-2 - Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness. Come before him, singing with joy. NLT 6. We praise God with dancing. Psalm 149:3 - Let them praise his name with dancing. NIV 7. We praise God by bowing before Him. Psalm 95:6 - Come let us bow down in worship, let us kneel before the Lord our Maker.  NIV 8. We praise God with our lives. Romans 12:1 - And so, dear brothers and sisters,[a] I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. NLT

    Building Altars | Jonathan Stockstill - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 10, 2021 34:16

    BUILDING ALTARS Exodus 20:24 (NLT) Build for me an altar made of earth, and offer your sacrifices to me—your burnt offerings and peace offerings, your sheep and goats, and your cattle. Build my altar wherever I cause my name to be remembered, and I will come to you and bless you. Significance of Altars • Altars were built for future generations – our kids need to see • Altars were built to take territory for a deity – our altars make spiritual conquest • Altars were built in significant moments - so I don’t forget • Altars were built to sacrifice something on – wherever there’s an altar, there’s sacrifice 1. Build altars in moments of transition 2. Build altars in moments of truth 3. Build altars in moments of tragedy Job 1:20 (NLT) Job stood up and tore his robe in grief. Then he shaved his head and fell to the ground to worship. 4. Build altars in moments of trial 5. Build altars in moments of triumph Exodus 17:14-15 (NLT) After the victory, the Lord instructed Moses, “Write this down on a scroll as a permanent reminder, and read it aloud to Joshua: I will erase the memory of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-Nissi (which means “the Lord is my banner”). How do you build an altar? 1. Tear down idols 2. Build an altar of earth 3. Prepare a sacrifice

    Why We Worship | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 3, 2021 34:49

    Romans 1:25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 10:7   Do not be idolaters, as some of them were; as it is written: “The people sat down to eat and drink and got up to indulge in revelry.”  (NIV) 1 Corinthians 10:14   Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry. (NIV) 1 John 5:21   Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (NIV) Matthew 15:8-9 These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me. 9  They worship me in vain; their teachings are merely human rules. (NIV) Psalm 103:1-2 Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. (NIV) Psalm 103:1 Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! (ESV) Psalm 103:1 O my soul, bless GOD. From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name! (The Message) Psalm 103:1   Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. (NLT) 11 Reasons You Should Worship And Praise God With Your Whole Heart 1. You should worship and praise God because He forgives all your sins Psalm 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, (NIV) Psalm 103:11-12 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; 12  as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (NIV) Luke 7:47   “I tell you, her sins—and they are many—have been forgiven, so she has shown me much love. But a person who is forgiven little shows only little love.” (NLT) 2. You should worship and praise God because He heals you Psalm 103:3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, (NIV) 3. You should worship and praise because he rescues you Psalm 103:4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, (NIV) 4. You should worship and praise God because He gives you good things Psalm 103:5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NIV) James 1:17   Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. (NIV) 5. You should worship and praise God because he renews your strength Psalm 103:5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. (NIV) 6. You should worship and praise God because He is full of righteousness and justice Psalm 103:6 The Lord works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. (NIV) 7. You should worship and praise God because He is gracious to you Psalm 103:8 The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. (NIV) 8. You should worship and praise God because He is merciful to you Psalm 103:10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities. (NIV) Lamentations 3:22–23 The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; 23  they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (ESV) 9. You should worship and praise God because He blesses your children and grandchildren Psalm 103:17 But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children (NIV) Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. (NIV) 10. You should worship and praise God because He is Lord of all Psalm 103:19 The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all. (NIV) 11. You should worship and praise God because God commands you to worship him Psalm 103: 20-22 Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word. 21  Praise the Lord, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22  Praise the Lord, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the Lord, my soul. (NIV)

    How To Care For Someone Who's Depressed | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 26, 2021 30:48

    Lean on Me Galatians 6:2 Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. (NIV) C.A.R.E 1. Commit to pray for them. James 5:16 - Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working. (ESV) 2. Acknowledge their pain. Romans 12:15 - Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 3. Remember your role. A. Listen James 1:19 - My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry. (NIV) B. Assure them of hope. Isaiah 40:31 - but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. (NIV) C. Stay connected Ecclesiastes 4:12 - A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. (NLT) D. Don’t give up 4. Erase the stigma.

    You Can Overcome Depression | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 19, 2021 33:38

    1 Kings 19:4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) 1. Physical health must be a priority 1 Kings 19:4–8   while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” 5  Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. All at once an angel touched him and said, “Get up and eat.” 6  He looked around, and there by his head was some bread baked over hot coals, and a jar of water. He ate and drank and then lay down again. 7  The angel of the LORD came back a second time and touched him and said, “Get up and eat, for the journey is too much for you.” 8  So he got up and ate and drank. Strengthened by that food, he traveled forty days and forty nights until he reached Horeb, the mountain of God. (NIV) Psalm 90:12 Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (NIV) 6 Practices To Help You Wisely Number Your Days 1. Unplug daily 2. Sleep nightly 3. Exercise consistently 1 Tim 4:8 For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. (NIV) 4. Sabbath weekly Exodus 20:8-11 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.  9  Six days you shall labor and do all your work,  10  but the seventh day is a sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns.  11  For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy. (NIV) 5. Vacation yearly 6. Say no frequently 1 Corinthians 10:23 You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is good for you. You say, “I am allowed to do anything”—but not everything is beneficial. (NLT) 2. Press into the presence of God 1. Press into God’s presence with realness 1 Kings 19:4 while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, Lord,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called to the LORD; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears. (NIV) Psalm 120:1 I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer. (NLT) Psalm 61:1–2 Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer. 2  From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I. (NIV) 2. Press in by pursuing God’s presence 1 Kings 19:11–13   The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.” Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. 12  After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. 13  When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NIV) 3. Press in by positioning yourself in God’s presence 1 Kings 19:13 When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, “What are you doing here, Elijah?” (NIV) 3. Pursue your purpose 3 C’s That Will Help You Pursue Your Purpose 1. Commands 1 Kings 19:15   The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. (NIV) 1 Kings 19:19   So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. (NIV) 2. Calling 1 Kings 19:15–18 The LORD said to him, “Go back the way you came, and go to the Desert of Damascus. When you get there, anoint Hazael king over Aram. 16  Also, anoint Jehu son of Nimshi king over Israel, and anoint Elisha son of Shaphat from Abel Meholah to succeed you as prophet. 17  Jehu will put to death any who escape the sword of Hazael, and Elisha will put to death any who escape the sword of Jehu. 18  Yet I reserve seven thousand in Israel—all whose knees have not bowed down to Baal and whose mouths have not kissed him.” (NIV) 3. Companions 1 Kings 19:19 So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him. (NIV)

    How Did I Become Depressed? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 39:45

    Jeremiah 15:10 I wish I had never been born! I’m always in trouble with everyone in Judah. I never lend or borrow money, but everyone curses me just the same. (CEV) 6 Ways You Get In The Cave Of Depression 1. Out of control lifestyles 1. Out of control emotions 1 Kings 19:2-4   So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3  Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4  while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) 2. Out of control schedules Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (NIV) 2. Comparing yourself to others Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (NLT) 3. Negative self-talk 1 Kings 19:10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (NIV) Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (NIV) 4. Inability to process pain in a healthy way John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (NIV) 5. Isolation I Kings 19:3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, (NIV) 6. Spiritual warfare 1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

    How Did I Become Depressed? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 12, 2021 36:06

    Jeremiah 15:10 I wish I had never been born! I’m always in trouble with everyone in Judah. I never lend or borrow money, but everyone curses me just the same. (CEV) 6 Ways You Get In The Cave Of Depression 1. Out of control lifestyles 1. Out of control emotions 1 Kings 19:2-4   So Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah to say, “May the gods deal with me, be it ever so severely, if by this time tomorrow I do not make your life like that of one of them.” 3  Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, 4  while he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness. He came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” (NIV) 2. Out of control schedules Ecclesiastes 4:6 Better one handful with tranquility than two handfuls with toil and chasing after the wind. (NIV) 2. Comparing yourself to others Galatians 6:4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. (NLT) 3. Negative self-talk 1 Kings 19:10 He replied, “I have been very zealous for the Lord God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.” (NIV) Romans 8:6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. (NIV) 4. Inability to process pain in a healthy way John 16:33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble.  2 Corinthians 1:3-4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort,  4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.5 For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (NIV) 5. Isolation I Kings 19:3 Elijah was afraid and ran for his life. When he came to Beersheba in Judah, he left his servant there, (NIV) 6. Spiritual warfare 1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. (NIV)

    Why I Haven't Given Up On The Church | Chris Smith - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 5, 2021 32:32


    2 Reasons Why I Haven’t Given Up On The Church 1. Jesus I saw in people. Mark 2:1-5 A few days later, when Jesus again entered Capernaum, the people heard that he had come home.  2  They gathered in such large numbers that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.  3  Some men came, bringing to him a paralyzed man, carried by four of them.  4  Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging through it and then lowered the mat the man was lying on.  5  When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralyzed man, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” (NIV) 2. I became a Christ Follower Mark 2:6-12 Now some teachers of the law were sitting there, thinking to themselves,  7  “Why does this fellow talk like that? He’s blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” 8  Immediately Jesus knew in his spirit that this was what they were thinking in their hearts, and he said to them, “Why are you thinking these things?  9  Which is easier: to say to this paralyzed man, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up, take your mat and walk’? But I want you to know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins.”So he said to the man,  11  “I tell you, get up, take your mat and go home.”  12  He got up, took his mat and walked out in full view of them all. This amazed everyone and they praised God, saying, “We have never seen anything like this!” (NIV) 3 Things I’ve Learned From Following the Life and Words of Jesus  1. If an imperfect church was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for me. Luke 4:16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. (NIV) 2. The goal outweighs the grief. Matthew 28:16-20 Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.  17  When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.  18  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  19  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  20  and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV) Philippians 3:13-14 Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead,  14  I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (NIV) 3. Choose to be a part of the solution not part of the problem. Matthew 16:18 Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), [a]  and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell [b]  will not conquer it. (NIV)


    The Church Is Full Of Hypocrites | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 29, 2021 38:09

    2 Main Behaviors Of A Hypocritical Lifestyle 1. Hypocrites are actors Matthew 23:1-3 Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples:  2  “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat.  3  So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (NIV) 2. Hypocrites live to impress people Matthew 23:5-7 “Everything they do is done for people to see: They make their phylacteries wide and the tassels on their garments long; 6  they love the place of honor at banquets and the most important seats in the synagogues;  7  they love to be greeted with respect in the marketplaces and to be called ‘Rabbi’ by others. (NIV) Matthew 6:1-2 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2  “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV) Matthew 6:5 “And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV) Matthew 6:16   “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. (NIV) 2 Negative Effects Of Living A Hypocritical Life 1. Trust is broken Matthew 23:3 So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach. (NIV) 2. It puts heavy burdens on people’s shoulders Matthew 23:4 They tie up heavy, cumbersome loads and put them on other people’s shoulders, but they themselves are not willing to lift a finger to move them. (NIV) 2 Lifestyle Changes That Bring Hope Instead Of Hurt 1. Be inward focused more than outward focused Matthew 6:1 “Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. (NIV) Matthew 6:3–4   But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4  so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV) Matthew 6:6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV) Matthew 6:17-18   “But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18  so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (NIV) 2. Be real instead of fake Matthew 23:11–12 The greatest among you will be your servant. 12  For those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted. (NIV)

    How To Guard Your Heart From Church Hurt | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 15, 2021 39:53

    7 Biblical Practices To Guard Your Heart From Church Hurt 1. Don't expect the church to be perfect Ecclesiastes 7:20 Not a single person on earth is always good and never sins. (NLT) 2. Don't put pastors on a pedestal 1 Thessalonians 5:12–13 Dear brothers and sisters, honor those who are your leaders in the Lord’s work. They work hard among you and give you spiritual guidance. 13  Show them great respect and wholehearted love because of their work. And live peacefully with each other. (NLT) Acts 10:25-26 As Peter entered his home, Cornelius fell at his feet and worshiped him. 26  But Peter pulled him up and said, “Stand up! I’m a human being just like you!” (NLT) Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (NASB) 3. Don’t put all your hope in people Psalm 62:5 Yes, my soul. Find rest in God, my hope comes from Him. (NIV) 4. Extend the same grace and mercy that you want to receive 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. (NIV) James 2:13   There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you. (NLT) 5. Don't judge all churches by the actions of one church 6. Don't get caught up in the offenses of others Deuteronomy 19:15 One witness is not enough to convict anyone accused of any crime or offense they may have committed. A matter must be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses. (NIV) 1 Timothy 5:19 Do not entertain an accusation against an elder unless it is brought by two or three witnesses. (NIV) 7. Do not give up on the church Hebrews 10:24–25   And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (NIV)

    The Church Hurt Me! Now What? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 8, 2021 33:56

    Matthew 21:12-13 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves.  13  “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (NIV) Act 6:1 In those days when the number of disciples was increasing, the Hellenistic Jews among them complained against the Hebraic Jews because their widows were being overlooked in the daily distribution of food. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 3:3–4 You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans? 4  For when one says, “I follow Paul,” and another, “I follow Apollos,” are you not mere human beings? (NIV) James 4:1-2 What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? You want what you don’t have, so you scheme and kill to get it. You are jealous of what others have, but you can’t get it, so you fight and wage war to take it away from them. Yet you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it. (NLT) 1 Corinthians 5:1-2 It is actually reported that there is sexual immorality among you, and of a kind that even pagans do not tolerate: A man is sleeping with his father’s wife. 2  And you are proud! Shouldn’t you rather have gone into mourning and have put out of your fellowship the man who has been doing this? (NIV) 1 Corinthians 11:17-18 But in the following instructions, I cannot praise you. For it sounds as if more harm than good is done when you meet together.  18  First, I hear that there are divisions among you when you meet as a church, and to some extent I believe it. (NLT) 2 Timothy 4:9-10 Do your best to come to me quickly,  10  for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.  (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:14–18 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. 15  You too should be on your guard against him, because he strongly opposed our message. 16  At my first defense, no one came to my support, but everyone deserted me. May it not be held against them. 17  But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18  The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV) 1. Acknowledge the hurt 2. Be confident that the Lord will deal with those who hurt you 2 Timothy 4:14 Alexander the metalworker did me a great deal of harm. The Lord will repay him for what he has done. (NIV) Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,”  says the Lord. (NIV) 3. Do not confuse God’s people with God 2 Timothy 4:17-18 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. 18  The Lord will rescue me from every evil attack and will bring me safely to his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory for ever and ever. Amen. (NIV) 4. Do not give up on all people because of some people 2 Timothy 4:9 Do your best to come to me quickly (NIV) 2 Timothy 4:11   Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. (NIV) 5. Do not forfeit your purpose because of the pain 2 Timothy 4:17 But the Lord stood at my side and gave me strength, so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed and all the Gentiles might hear it. And I was delivered from the lion’s mouth. (NIV) Colossians 3:13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. (NLT) Hebrews 12:15   Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God. Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many. (NLT)

    Over & Above | Dino Rizzo - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 1, 2021 36:28

    2 Corinthians 9:6-11 NIV 6 Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 7 Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 8 And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 9 As it is written:“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor;their righteousness endures forever.” 10 Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. 2 Steps 1. Just Start 2. Join a Team 2 Values 1. Spread the love of God all over the place 2. Watch Jesus Move with your More

    You Need Power | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 25, 2021 34:13

    Luke 4:14 Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. (NIV) Acts 10:38   how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:4 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, (NIV) Romans 15:19   by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (NIV) Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 4:20   For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. (NIV) 2 Timothy 1:7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self- discipline. (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 1:5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. (NIV) Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 3 Ways The Power Of The Holy Spirit Helps You Be A Witness 1. The Holy Spirit’s power cleans us up Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 2 Thessalonians 2:13   As for us, we can’t help but thank God for you, dear brothers and sisters loved by the Lord. We are always thankful that God chose you to be among the first to experience salvation—a salvation that came through the Spirit who makes you holy and through your belief in the truth. (NLT) Romans 15:16   I am a special messenger from Christ Jesus to you Gentiles. I bring you the Good News so that I might present you as an acceptable offering to God, made holy by the Holy Spirit. (NLT) Galatians 5:16 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. (NIV) 1 Peter 1:2 God the Father knew you and chose you long ago, and his Spirit has made you holy. As a result, you have obeyed him and have been cleansed by the blood of Jesus Christ. May God give you more and more grace and peace. (NLT) Ezekiel 36:26–27 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. 27  And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. (NIV) 2. The Holy Spirit’s power fills us up Acts 11:24   He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. (NIV) Acts 6:3 Brothers and sisters, choose seven men from among you who are known to be full of the Spirit and wisdom. We will turn this responsibility over to them (NIV) Acts 4:8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! (NIV) Acts 13:9 Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. (NLT) Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. (NIV) Romans 15:13   May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (NIV) Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit, (NIV) Ephesians 3:16   I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, (NIV) 3. The Holy Spirit’s power pours us out Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 1 Thessalonians 1:5–6 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. 6  You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 2:4–5 My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, 5  so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. (NIV) Romans 15:19   by the power of signs and wonders, through the power of the Spirit of God. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 12:7–11 A spiritual gift is given to each of us so we can help each other. 8  To one person the Spirit gives the ability to give wise advice; to another the same Spirit gives a message of special knowledge. 9  The same Spirit gives great faith to another, and to someone else the one Spirit gives the gift of healing. 10  He gives one person the power to perform miracles, and another the ability to prophesy. He gives someone else the ability to discern whether a message is from the Spirit of God or from another spirit. Still another person is given the ability to speak in unknown languages, while another is given the ability to interpret what is being said. 11  It is the one and only Spirit who distributes all these gifts. He alone decides which gift each person should have. (NLT) 1 Corinthians 14:1 Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy. (NKJV)

    Why Do You Need The Holy Spirit? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 18, 2021 33:31

    6 Purposes of the Holy Spirit 1. The Holy Spirit comforts you 2 Corinthians 1:3–4 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, 4  who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. (NIV) John 14:26   But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. (KJV) 2. The Holy Spirit leads your life Romans 8:4–5 in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fully met in us, who do not live according to the flesh but according to the Spirit. 5  Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. (NIV) Galatians 5:25 Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit’s leading in every part of our lives. (NLT) 1. You speak what the Spirit says to speak 1 Corinthians 2:13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. (NLT) 2. You go where the Spirit says to go Luke 4:1 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, (NIV) Acts 11:11-12 “Right then three men who had been sent to me from Caesarea stopped at the house where I was staying.  12  The Spirit told me to have no hesitation about going with them. These six brothers also went with me, and we entered the man’s house. (NIV) 3. You don’t go where the Spirit says not to go Acts 16:6-7 Paul and his companions traveled throughout the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been kept by the Holy Spirit from preaching the word in the province of Asia.  7  When they came to the border of Mysia, they tried to enter Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus would not allow them to. (NIV) 4. You let the Spirit speak to you through God’s people 1 Corinthians 2:12–15   And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us. 13  When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14  But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15  Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. (NLT) 5. You let the Spirit speak to you about your daily decisions Acts 13:2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” (NIV) 3. The Holy Spirit unifies the church 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 Just as a body, though one, has many parts, but all its many parts form one body, so it is with Christ.  13  For we were all baptized by one Spirit so as to form one body—whether Jews or Gentiles, slave or free—and we were all given the one Spirit to drink. (NIV) Ephesians 2:21–22   in whom the whole building, being fitted together, grows into a holy temple in the Lord, 22  in whom you also are being built together for a dwelling place of God in the Spirit. (NKJV) Ephesians 4:3 Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. (NIV) 4. The Holy Spirit empowers you Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (NIV) 5. The Holy Spirit convicts you 1. He convicts lost people to be saved John 16:7-8 But in fact, it is best for you that I go away, because if I don’t, the Advocate won’t come. If I do go away, then I will send him to you.  8  And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment. (NLT) 2. He convicts saints to be sanctified 6. The Holy Spirit changes you 2 Corinthians 3:18 So all of us who have had that veil removed can see and reflect the glory of the Lord. And the Lord—who is the Spirit—makes us more and more like him as we are changed into his glorious image. (NLT) Hebrews 3:7–8 7  So, as the Holy Spirit says: “Today, if you hear his voice, 8 do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion, during the time of testing in the wilderness, (NIV)

    Who Is The Holy Spirit? | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 11, 2021 32:16

    Acts 19:1–2 NIV - While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples 2  and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” 3 Myths About the Holy Spirit 1. The Holy Spirit is junior varsity Acts 5:3-4 NIV - Then Peter said, “Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land?  4  Didn’t it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn’t the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied just to human beings but to God.” 1. Holy Spirit is eternal Hebrews 9:14 NIV - How much more, then, will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself unblemished to God, cleanse our consciences from acts that lead to death, so that we may serve the living God! 2. Holy Spirit is all-powerful Luke 1:35 NIV - The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Romans 8:11 NLT - The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you. 3. Holy Spirit is omnipresent Psalm 139:7 ESV - Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? 4. Holy Spirit is omniscient 1 Corinthians 2:10-11 NASB - For to us God revealed them through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things, even the depths of God. For who among men knows the thoughts of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so the thoughts of God no one knows except the Spirit of God. 5. Holy Spirit is creator Genesis 1:1–2 NLT - In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2  The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters. Genesis 1:26 NIV - Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” Job 33:4 NLT - For the Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Matthew 28:19 NIV - Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,  Luke 3:22 NIV - and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.” John 15:26 NIV - “When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. Acts 2:33 NIV - Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. Acts 10:38 NIV - how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him. 2 Corinthians 13:14 NIV - May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all. 1 Peter 1:2 NIV - who have been chosen according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctifying work of the Spirit, to be obedient to Jesus Christ and sprinkled with his blood: Grace and peace be yours in abundance. 2. The Holy Spirit is scary and weird 1 Corinthians 14:32-33 NIV - The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets.  33  For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people. John 14:16 NIV - And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever— Romans 8:26 NIV - In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. Romans 8:14 NIV - For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. Luke 9:38–39 NIV - A man in the crowd called out, “Teacher, I beg you to look at my son, for he is my only child. 39  A spirit seizes him and he suddenly screams; it throws him into convulsions so that he foams at the mouth. It scarcely ever leaves him and is destroying him. Galatians 5:18 NIV - But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. Galatians 5:16 NLT -   So I say, let the Holy Spirit guide your lives. Then you won’t be doing what your sinful nature craves. Acts 2:4 NIV - All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them. 3. The Holy Spirit is an optional part of my faith Galatians 3:3 NLT - How foolish can you be? After starting your new lives in the Spirit, why are you now trying to become perfect by your own human effort? 1. Don’t grieve the Holy Spirit Ephesians 4:30-32 NIV - And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31  Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32  Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. 2. Don’t neglect the Holy Spirit 1 Thessalonians 5:19 NIV - Do not quench the Spirit. 3. Desire more of the Holy Spirit Ephesians 5:18 NLT -   Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, Luke 11:13 NIV - If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

    A Marked Generation | Beau Dorè - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 4, 2021 32:32

    Deuteronomy 11:1 You must love the Lord your God and always obey his requirements, decrees, regulations and commands. NLT Deuteronomy 11:18-21 Place these words on your hearts. Get them deep inside of you. Tie them on your hands and foreheads as a reminder. Teach them to your children. Talk about them wherever you are, sitting at home or walking in the street; talk about them from the time you get up in the morning until you fall into bed at night. Inscribe them on the doorpost and gates of your cities so that you’ll live a long time, and your children with you, on the soil that God promised to give your ancestors as long as there is sky over the earth. MSG 1. THIS GENERATION HAS BEEN MARKED BY THE WORLD. We’ve all been marked by this world and marred by sin. Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. NLT 2. THIS GENERATION IS MARKED BY GOD. Ephesians 4:24 Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and Holy. NLT Romans 1:1 Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus, called to be an apostle, set apart for the gospel of God. ESV 1 John 3:1 See how very much our father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! NLT Ephesians 1:13-14 Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God possession –to the praise of his glory. NIV Psalm 78:4-7 We will not hide these truths from our children; we will tell the next generation about the glorious deeds of the Lord, about his power and his mighty wonders. For he issued his laws to Jacob; he gave his instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them—even the children not yet born—and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting his glorious miracles and obeying his commands. NLT Psalm 145:4 Let each generation tell it’s children of your mighty acts; let them proclaim your power. NLT Psalm 92:13 Planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God. NIV

    Let's Talk About Sex | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 23, 2021 38:45

    2 Wrong Ingredients About Sex 1. Sex is dirty 1. Sex is good because God created it Gen 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (NIV) Gen 1:31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning--the sixth day. (NIV) 2. Sex before marriage is best Proverbs 8:29 when he gave the sea its boundary so the waters would not overstep his command, and when he marked out the foundations of the earth. (NIV) 2. Sex was created for marriage Hebrews 13:4   Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. (NIV) 1 Corinthians 7:1–2 Now, getting down to the questions you asked in your letter to me. First, Is it a good thing to have sexual relations? Certainly—but only within a certain context. It’s good for a man to have a wife, and for a woman to have a husband. Sexual drives are strong, but marriage is strong enough to contain them and provide for a balanced and fulfilling sexual life in a world of sexual disorder. (Message) 1 Corinthians 7:8–9 So I say to those who aren’t married and to widows—it’s better to stay unmarried, just as I am. 9  But if they can’t control themselves, they should go ahead and marry. It’s better to marry than to burn with lust. (NLT) 1 Corinthians 6:18–20 Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body. 19  Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God? You do not belong to yourself, 20 for God bought you with a high price. So you must honor God with your body. (NLT) 1 Thessalonians 4:3–5 God’s will is for you to be holy, so stay away from all sexual sin. 4  Then each of you will control his own body and live in holiness and honor— 5  not in lustful passion like the pagans who do not know God and his ways. (NLT) 1. Sex was created for procreation Gen 1:27-28 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (NIV) 2. Sex was created for enjoyment Proverbs 5:18–19   Let your wife be a fountain of blessing for you. Rejoice in the wife of your youth. 19  She is a loving deer, a graceful doe. Let her breasts satisfy you always. May you always be captivated by her love. (NLT) 3. Sex was created for needs to be fulfilled 1 Corinthians 7:3 The husband should fulfill his wife’s sexual needs, and the wife should fulfill her husband’s needs. (NLT) 1. Communicate about needs 2. Communicate about frequency 1 Corinthians 7:5   Do not deprive each other of sexual relations, unless you both agree to refrain from sexual intimacy for a limited time so you can give yourselves more completely to prayer. Afterward, you should come together again so that Satan won’t be able to tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (NLT) 3. Communicate about boundaries

    Relational Comeback | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 16, 2021 42:09

    Acts 9:26-27 - When Saul arrived in Jerusalem, he tried to meet with the believers, but they were all afraid of him. They did not believe he had truly become a believer!  27  Then Barnabas brought him to the apostles and told them how Saul had seen the Lord on the way to Damascus and how the Lord had spoken to Saul. He also told them that Saul had preached boldly in the name of Jesus in Damascus. NLT Acts 12:25 - 25  When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from [a]  Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark. (NIV) Acts 13:13 - Paul and his companions then left Paphos by ship for Pamphylia, landing at the port town of Perga. There John Mark left them and returned to Jerusalem. (NLT) Acts 15:36-40 - 36  After some time Paul said to Barnabas, “Let’s go back and visit each city where we previously preached the word of the Lord, to see how the new believers are doing.”  37  Barnabas agreed and wanted to take along John Mark.  38  But Paul disagreed strongly, since John Mark had deserted them in Pamphylia and had not continued with them in their work.  39  Their disagreement was so sharp that they separated. Barnabas took John Mark with him and sailed for Cyprus.  40  Paul chose Silas, and as he left, the believers entrusted him to the Lord’s gracious care. NLT 2 Timothy 4:11 - Only Luke is with me. Get Mark and bring him with you, because he is helpful to me in my ministry. (NIV) 1 John 4:20-21 - 20  If someone says, “I love God,” but hates a fellow believer, [c]  that person is a liar; for if we don’t love people we can see, how can we love God, whom we cannot see?  21  And he has given us this command: Those who love God must also love their fellow believers. NLT Matthew 5:23-24 - 23  “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,  24  leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. NIV Keys to a Relational Comeback: 1. Understand that all relationships will have conflict. James 4:1 - What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Don’t they come from the evil desires at war within you? (NLT) 2. Own what you can own. Romans 12:17-18 - 17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. NIV 3. Speak the truth in love. Ephesians 4:15-16 - 15  Instead, we will speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of his body, the church.  16  He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love. NLT A. Right Place B. Right Time C. Right Tone 4. Be more committed to reconciliation than to resolution. Ephesians 4:2-3 - Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  3  Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. NLT 2 Corinthians 5:16-20 - 16  So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!  17  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun! 18  And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  19  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.  20  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”  21  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, [e]  so that we could be made right with God through Christ. NLT

    Silent Frustrations Part 2 | Q+A with Herbert and Tiffany Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 9, 2021 33:11

    3 Steps To Overcoming Silent Frustrations 1. Get emotionally healthy Matthew 7:3–5 “And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye when you have a log in your own? 4 How can you think of saying to your friend, ‘Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? 5 Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye. (NLT) 1. The Blindness log removed James 1:19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV) 2. The Emotional unhealth log removed 1. Trust issues from my dysfunctional upbringing Emotionally unhealthy people deny the impact the past is having on their present 2. Rejection and abandonment issues from my childhood Psalm 34:18 If your heart is broken, you’ll find God right there; if you’re kicked in the gut, he’ll help you catch your breath. (Message)   3. The Pride log removed Proverbs 16:18 First pride, then the crash— the bigger the ego, the harder the fall. (Message) Psalm 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it. 1. Remove The Victim Mentality Log 2. Remove The Shame Log 3. Remove The Living in Isolation Log.   2.  Attack the Issue and not each other.  3. Keep Jesus at the center When Jesus is at the center: We continually change and grow because we’re on the potter’s wheel We follow God’s word instead of our flesh or secular advice 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.  Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. We humble ourselves before our spouse 1. Don’t use God to run from God 2. We have to live to out serve each other instead of out selfish each other. Philippians 2:4 Don’t look out only for your own interests, but take an interest in others, too. (NLT) 3. We Forgive, forgive, forgive. Ephesians 4:32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. (NIV)

    Silent Frustrations | Q+A with Herbert and Tiffany Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 37:56

    Genesis 12:1–3 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  3  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (NIV) Proverbs 18:2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. Proverbs 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning. James 1:19   My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV) Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 19:3 People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed? (MESSAGE). Psalm 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

    Silent Frustrations | Q+A with Herbert and Tiffany Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later May 3, 2021 37:56

    Genesis 12:1–3 The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. 2  “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.  3  I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (NIV) Proverbs 18:2 Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions. Proverbs 1:5 let the wise listen and add to their learning. James 1:19   My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, (NIV) Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 19:3 People ruin their lives by their own stupidity, so why does God always get blamed? (MESSAGE). Psalm 34:14 Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

    Relational Offense | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 45:38

    Luke 17:1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no  [a] offenses should come,” (NKJV) 2 Samuel 16:5-14 5  As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out.  6  He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left.  7  As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel!  8  The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!” 9  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.” 10  But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’” 11  David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.  12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” 13  So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.  14  The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself. (NIV) 1. Assume the best. 2 Samuel 16:11-12 Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.  12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” 2. Refuse to receive the offense. 3. Be quick to forgive. Colossians 3:13 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  MSG 2 Samuel 19:18-23 When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king  19  and said to him, “May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind.  20  For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first from the tribes of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king.” 21  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shouldn’t Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the LORD’s anointed.” 22  David replied, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don’t I know that today I am king over Israel?”  23  So the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king promised him on oath. NIV Ephesians 4:2-3 2  Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  3  Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another. (TLB) 4. Allow God to defend you. 1 Kings 2:44-46 The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.  45  But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the LORD forever.” 46  Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and he died. (NIV) Romans 12:17-19 17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” [d]  says the Lord.  NIV 5. Position yourself for a blessing. 2 Samuel 19:12 12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” (NIV) Prov 19:11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. NIV

    Relational Offense | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 25, 2021 45:38

    Luke 17:1 Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no  [a] offenses should come,” (NKJV) 2 Samuel 16:5-14 5  As King David approached Bahurim, a man from the same clan as Saul’s family came out from there. His name was Shimei son of Gera, and he cursed as he came out.  6  He pelted David and all the king’s officials with stones, though all the troops and the special guard were on David’s right and left.  7  As he cursed, Shimei said, “Get out, get out, you murderer, you scoundrel!  8  The LORD has repaid you for all the blood you shed in the household of Saul, in whose place you have reigned. The LORD has given the kingdom into the hands of your son Absalom. You have come to ruin because you are a murderer!” 9  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said to the king, “Why should this dead dog curse my lord the king? Let me go over and cut off his head.” 10  But the king said, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? If he is cursing because the LORD said to him, ‘Curse David,’ who can ask, ‘Why do you do this?’” 11  David then said to Abishai and all his officials, “My son, my own flesh and blood, is trying to kill me. How much more, then, this Benjamite! Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.  12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” 13  So David and his men continued along the road while Shimei was going along the hillside opposite him, cursing as he went and throwing stones at him and showering him with dirt.  14  The king and all the people with him arrived at their destination exhausted. And there he refreshed himself. (NIV) 1. Assume the best. 2 Samuel 16:11-12 Leave him alone; let him curse, for the LORD has told him to.  12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” 2. Refuse to receive the offense. 3. Be quick to forgive. Colossians 3:13 Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you.  MSG 2 Samuel 19:18-23 When Shimei son of Gera crossed the Jordan, he fell prostrate before the king  19  and said to him, “May my lord not hold me guilty. Do not remember how your servant did wrong on the day my lord the king left Jerusalem. May the king put it out of his mind.  20  For I your servant know that I have sinned, but today I have come here as the first from the tribes of Joseph to come down and meet my lord the king.” 21  Then Abishai son of Zeruiah said, “Shouldn’t Shimei be put to death for this? He cursed the LORD’s anointed.” 22  David replied, “What does this have to do with you, you sons of Zeruiah? What right do you have to interfere? Should anyone be put to death in Israel today? Don’t I know that today I am king over Israel?”  23  So the king said to Shimei, “You shall not die.” And the king promised him on oath. NIV Ephesians 4:2-3 2  Be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.  3  Try always to be led along together by the Holy Spirit and so be at peace with one another. (TLB) 4. Allow God to defend you. 1 Kings 2:44-46 The king also said to Shimei, “You know in your heart all the wrong you did to my father David. Now the LORD will repay you for your wrongdoing.  45  But King Solomon will be blessed, and David’s throne will remain secure before the LORD forever.” 46  Then the king gave the order to Benaiah son of Jehoiada, and he went out and struck Shimei down and he died. (NIV) Romans 12:17-19 17  Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everyone.  18  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 19  Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” [d]  says the Lord.  NIV 5. Position yourself for a blessing. 2 Samuel 19:12 12  It may be that the LORD will look upon my misery and restore to me his covenant blessing instead of his curse today.” (NIV) Prov 19:11 A person’s wisdom yields patience; it is to one’s glory to overlook an offense. NIV

    Wrong Expectations | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 38:51

    Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  3  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  (NIV) 3 Wrong Expectations Of Marriage 1. You complete me Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV) Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV) 2 Peter 1:3   as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (NKJV) Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.” (NIV) 2. You are my purpose Genesis 2:15 the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (NIV) Genesis 2:19–20 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (NIV) Acts 13:36   “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. (NIV) Your purpose is to live for God 2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, (NIV) Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  17  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (NIV) Your purpose is to live out God’s unique purpose for your life 3. You are here for my happiness Genesis 2:24   That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (NIV)

    Wrong Expectations | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 18, 2021 38:51

    Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  3  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  (NIV) 3 Wrong Expectations Of Marriage 1. You complete me Genesis 1:27 So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. (NIV) Psalm 139:14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. (NIV) 2 Peter 1:3   as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, (NKJV) Genesis 2:18 The Lord God said, “It is not good for man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.” (NIV) 2. You are my purpose Genesis 2:15 the Lord God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. (NIV) Genesis 2:19–20 Now the LORD God had formed out of the ground all the wild animals and all the birds in the sky. He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name. 20  So the man gave names to all the livestock, the birds in the sky and all the wild animals. But for Adam no suitable helper was found. (NIV) Acts 13:36   “Now when David had served God’s purpose in his own generation, he fell asleep; he was buried with his ancestors and his body decayed. (NIV) Your purpose is to live for God 2 Timothy 1:9 He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, (NIV) Genesis 2:16-17 And the Lord God commanded the man, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden;  17  but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat from it you will certainly die.” (NIV) Your purpose is to live out God’s unique purpose for your life 3. You are here for my happiness Genesis 2:24   That is why a man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and they become one flesh. (NIV)

    Do Not Listen To The Serpent | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 35:50

    Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  3  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  (NIV) Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV) 1. Music Jeremiah 7:8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. (NIV) 2. Hollywood Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. (NIV) 3. Family Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (ESV) 4. Friends 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (NIV) 5. Our past experiences 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (NIV)

    Do Not Listen To The Serpent | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 11, 2021 35:50

    Genesis 3:1-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2  The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,  3  but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’” 4  “You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. 5  “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” 6  When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.  (NIV) Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV) 1. Music Jeremiah 7:8 But look, you are trusting in deceptive words that are worthless. (NIV) 2. Hollywood Psalm 119:37 Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. (NIV) 3. Family Proverbs 14:12 There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way to death. (ESV) 4. Friends 1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.” (NIV) 5. Our past experiences 1 Corinthians 13:11 When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put the ways of childhood behind me. (NIV)

    The Bridge | Easter At People's Church | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 38:50

    Isaiah 59:2   But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (NIV) Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (NLT) PICTURES: Golden Gate Bridge Ephesians 2:13   But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (NIV) 3 Barriers That Keep People From Crossing The Bridge 1. Satan 2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT) 2. Self Ephesians 2:8-9   For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  9  not by works, so that no one can boast. (NIV) 3. Shame John 3:16–17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)

    The Bridge | Easter At People's Church | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 4, 2021 38:50

    Isaiah 59:2   But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you, so that he will not hear. (NIV) Romans 3:23 For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. (NLT) PICTURES: Golden Gate Bridge Ephesians 2:13   But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near by the blood of Christ. (NIV) 3 Barriers That Keep People From Crossing The Bridge 1. Satan 2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God. (NLT) 2. Self Ephesians 2:8-9   For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  9  not by works, so that no one can boast. (NIV) 3. Shame John 3:16–17 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. (NIV)

    The Main Thing | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 39:58

    1. Pray for God to open doors to share Jesus Colossians 4:3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. (NIV) 3 Reasons People Miss Open Doors 1. People think open doors are for others but not for them Matthew 5:14–15   “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. (NLT) Mark 16:15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (NLT) 2. People get so consumed with their life 3. People get so focused on earth they lose sight of heaven Philippians 1:21–24   For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22  But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23  I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24  But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. (NLT) 2. Pray I am clear as I share my faith Colossians 4:4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. (NIV) 1. Clearly know what lost people are thinking Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (NIV) Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. (NKJV) 4 Discoveries About Lost People 1. Most people have a wrong picture of God 2. Most people have a wrong picture of Christians 3. Most people want to know God. But they don’t know that they want to know God. 4. Most people will come to church on Easter if they are asked 2. Clearly build relationships and maximize opportunities Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity (NIV) 3. Clearly share your story Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV) Colossians 4:6   Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (NLT) Psalm 66:5   Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! (NLT) John 1:39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. (NLT) John 4:29   “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (NLT) John 4:39–42 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40  When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41  long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42  Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” (NLT)

    The Main Thing | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 28, 2021 39:58

    1. Pray for God to open doors to share Jesus Colossians 4:3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. (NIV) 3 Reasons People Miss Open Doors 1. People think open doors are for others but not for them Matthew 5:14–15   “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. 15  No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. (NLT) Mark 16:15 And then he told them, “Go into all the world and preach the Good News to everyone. (NLT) 2. People get so consumed with their life 3. People get so focused on earth they lose sight of heaven Philippians 1:21–24   For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. 22  But if I live, I can do more fruitful work for Christ. So I really don’t know which is better. 23  I’m torn between two desires: I long to go and be with Christ, which would be far better for me. 24  But for your sakes, it is better that I continue to live. (NLT) 2. Pray I am clear as I share my faith Colossians 4:4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should. (NIV) 1. Clearly know what lost people are thinking Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. (NIV) Proverbs 11:30 The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life, and he who wins souls is wise. (NKJV) 4 Discoveries About Lost People 1. Most people have a wrong picture of God 2. Most people have a wrong picture of Christians 3. Most people want to know God. But they don’t know that they want to know God. 4. Most people will come to church on Easter if they are asked 2. Clearly build relationships and maximize opportunities Colossians 4:5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity (NIV) 3. Clearly share your story Colossians 4:6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. (NIV) Colossians 4:6   Let your conversation be gracious and attractive so that you will have the right response for everyone. (NLT) Psalm 66:5   Come and see what our God has done, what awesome miracles he performs for people! (NLT) John 1:39 “Come and see,” he said. It was about four o’clock in the afternoon when they went with him to the place where he was staying, and they remained with him the rest of the day. (NLT) John 4:29   “Come and see a man who told me everything I ever did! Could he possibly be the Messiah?” (NLT) John 4:39–42 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40  When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41  long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42  Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.” (NLT)

    No Crown | Robert Madu - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 49:23

    “NO CROWN” John 3:22-30 (NIV) “After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. (This was before John was put in prison.) An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”” Revelation 4:9-11 (NIV) “Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”” CRITICISM REJECTION ADVICE PRAISE

    No Crown | Robert Madu - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 21, 2021 49:23

    “NO CROWN” John 3:22-30 (NIV) “After this, Jesus and his disciples went out into the Judean countryside, where he spent some time with them, and baptized. Now John also was baptizing at Aenon near Salim, because there was plenty of water, and people were coming and being baptized. (This was before John was put in prison.) An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one you testified about—look, he is baptizing, and everyone is going to him.” To this John replied, “A person can receive only what is given them from heaven. You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Messiah but am sent ahead of him.’ The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less.”” Revelation 4:9-11 (NIV) “Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say: “You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”” CRITICISM REJECTION ADVICE PRAISE

    Who Are You Wearing? | Joseph Kellogg - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 34:06

    Colossians 2:7 NLT Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. When we are rooted, we don’t just survive, we can thrive. Colossians 3:1-2 NLT Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:17 NLT And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Represent Jesus in all we do and all that we say! Who are you wearing? Colossians 3:5-9 NLT So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  6  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.  7  You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.  8  But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.  9  Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. When you are rooted in Jesus, then the fruit of your life represents Jesus. How can we represent Jesus? 1. To represent Jesus, we need to put to death the old life. If we don’t put sin to death, sin will put us to death. James 1:14-15 NLT Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. When we are rooted in Jesus we will look more like Jesus. Colossians 3:10-11 NLT Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.  11  In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 2. To represent Jesus, we need to put on the new life. Colossians 3:12-13 NIV Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  13  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:14-15 NLT Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  15  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. John 13:35 NLT Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” As followers of Jesus, we don’t dress to impress, we dress to make an impact. Matthew 7:20 NLT Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

    Who Are You Wearing? | Joseph Kellogg - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 14, 2021 34:06

    Colossians 2:7 NLT Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. When we are rooted, we don’t just survive, we can thrive. Colossians 3:1-2 NLT Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. 2 Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. Colossians 3:17 NLT And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father. Represent Jesus in all we do and all that we say! Who are you wearing? Colossians 3:5-9 NLT So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.  6  Because of these sins, the anger of God is coming.  7  You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world.  8  But now is the time to get rid of anger, rage, malicious behavior, slander, and dirty language.  9  Don’t lie to each other, for you have stripped off your old sinful nature and all its wicked deeds. When you are rooted in Jesus, then the fruit of your life represents Jesus. How can we represent Jesus? 1. To represent Jesus, we need to put to death the old life. If we don’t put sin to death, sin will put us to death. James 1:14-15 NLT Temptation comes from our own desires, which entice us and drag us away. 15 These desires give birth to sinful actions. And when sin is allowed to grow, it gives birth to death. When we are rooted in Jesus we will look more like Jesus. Colossians 3:10-11 NLT Put on your new nature, and be renewed as you learn to know your Creator and become like him.  11  In this new life, it doesn’t matter if you are a Jew or a Gentile, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbaric, uncivilized, slave, or free. Christ is all that matters, and he lives in all of us. 2. To represent Jesus, we need to put on the new life. Colossians 3:12-13 NIV Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.  13  Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. Colossians 3:14-15 NLT Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony.  15  And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body, you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful. John 13:35 NLT Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” As followers of Jesus, we don’t dress to impress, we dress to make an impact. Matthew 7:20 NLT Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.

    Enough Is Enough | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 33:44

    Colossians 2:8 - See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces [a]  of this world rather than on Christ. NIV Colossians 1:16 - 16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. NIV Colossians 1:17 - 17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. NIV Colossians 1:19 - 19  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, NIV Colossians 1:20 - 20  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. NIV Colossians 1:28 - 28  He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. NIV Four Benefits of Being Rooted IN HIM: 1. In Him we are saved. Colossians 2:13-14 - 13  When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you [d]  alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  14  having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. NIV 1. No other way can save us. John 14:6 - Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. NIV Acts 4:12 - Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” NIV 2. No other work can save us. Ephesians 2:8-9 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  9  not by works, so that no one can boast. NIV 2. In Him we find wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3 - 3  In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. NLT John 1:1-4 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2  He was with God in the beginning.  3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  4  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. NIV John 1:14 – The Word became flesh. NIV 3. In Him we are complete. Colossians 2:9–10 - 9  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10  So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. NLT 4. In Him we have victory. Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. NIV 1 John 5:4 - For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. NIV Deuteronomy 20:4  For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” NIV 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. NIV 1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV

    Enough Is Enough | Scotty Gibbons - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 7, 2021 33:44

    Colossians 2:8 - See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the elemental spiritual forces [a]  of this world rather than on Christ. NIV Colossians 1:16 - 16  For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. NIV Colossians 1:17 - 17  He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. NIV Colossians 1:19 - 19  For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, NIV Colossians 1:20 - 20  and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross. NIV Colossians 1:28 - 28  He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. NIV Four Benefits of Being Rooted IN HIM: 1. In Him we are saved. Colossians 2:13-14 - 13  When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you [d]  alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins,  14  having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. NIV 1. No other way can save us. John 14:6 - Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. NIV Acts 4:12 - Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” NIV 2. No other work can save us. Ephesians 2:8-9 - For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—  9  not by works, so that no one can boast. NIV 2. In Him we find wisdom and knowledge. Colossians 2:3 - 3  In him lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. NLT John 1:1-4 - In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  2  He was with God in the beginning.  3  Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.  4  In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. NIV John 1:14 – The Word became flesh. NIV 3. In Him we are complete. Colossians 2:9–10 - 9  For in Christ lives all the fullness of God in a human body. 10  So you also are complete through your union with Christ, who is the head over every ruler and authority. NLT 4. In Him we have victory. Colossians 2:15 And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. NIV 1 John 5:4 - For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. NIV Deuteronomy 20:4  For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.” NIV 1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. NIV 1 Corinthians 15:57 - But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. NIV

    Rooted: Grow Deeper, Live Stronger | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 36:11

    Colossians 2:6-7 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  7  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (NLT) 3 Outcomes Of A Rooted Life 1. Rooted people see life through eyes of faith  Colossians 1:3–4 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people (NIV) Mark 9:21-25 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.  22  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23  “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” 25  When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (NIV) 2. Rooted people have a heart of love Colossians 1:4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people (NIV) 1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV) John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (NIV) Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38  This is the first and greatest commandment.  39  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (NIV) 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (NIV) Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  44  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (NIV) 1 Corinthians 13:2–3 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. (NLT) 3. Rooted people have an attitude of hope Colossians 1:5 “the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel (NIV)

    Rooted: Grow Deeper, Live Stronger | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 28, 2021 36:11

    Colossians 2:6-7 And now, just as you accepted Christ Jesus as your Lord, you must continue to follow him.  7  Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (NLT) 3 Outcomes Of A Rooted Life 1. Rooted people see life through eyes of faith  Colossians 1:3–4 We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, 4  because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people (NIV) Mark 9:21-25 Jesus asked the boy’s father, “How long has he been like this?” “From childhood,” he answered.  22  “It has often thrown him into fire or water to kill him. But if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” 23  “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” 24  Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” 25  When Jesus saw that a crowd was running to the scene, he rebuked the impure spirit. “You deaf and mute spirit,” he said, “I command you, come out of him and never enter him again.” (NIV) 2. Rooted people have a heart of love Colossians 1:4 because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all God’s people (NIV) 1 John 4:7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. (NIV) John 13:34 A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (NIV) Matthew 22:37-39 Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38  This is the first and greatest commandment.  39  And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ (NIV) 1 Peter 4:8 Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins. (NIV) Matthew 5:43-44 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  44  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, (NIV) 1 Corinthians 13:2–3 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3  If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. (NLT) 3. Rooted people have an attitude of hope Colossians 1:5 “the faith and love that spring from the hope stored up for you in heaven and about which you have already heard in the true message of the gospel (NIV)

    The Lordship Test | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 39:42

    James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NIV) Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) 1. Deny yourself Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. (NIV) 2. Pick up your cross Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) Galatians 2:20   I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV) Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus h ave crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (NIV) Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin (NIV) Matthew 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. (NIV) Hebrews 11:25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. (NLT) 3. Follow Jesus Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) 1. Follow Jesus, not you Luke 9:57–62 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58  But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” 59  He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” 60  But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” 61  Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” 62  But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (NLT) 2. Follow Jesus, not excuses 3. Follow Jesus, not people 1. Follow God’s word instead of people’s opinions Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV) 2. Follow God’s voice instead of people’s voices John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

    The Lordship Test | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 22, 2021 39:42

    James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NIV) Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) 1. Deny yourself Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) Luke 9:24 For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will save it. (NIV) 2. Pick up your cross Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) Galatians 2:20   I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (NIV) Galatians 5:24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus h ave crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (NIV) Romans 6:6 For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin (NIV) Matthew 18:8 If your hand or your foot causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire. (NIV) Hebrews 11:25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. (NLT) 3. Follow Jesus Luke 9:23 Then he said to them all: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me. (NIV) 1. Follow Jesus, not you Luke 9:57–62 As they were walking along, someone said to Jesus, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 58  But Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens to live in, and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place even to lay his head.” 59  He said to another person, “Come, follow me.” The man agreed, but he said, “Lord, first let me return home and bury my father.” 60  But Jesus told him, “Let the spiritually dead bury their own dead! Your duty is to go and preach about the Kingdom of God.” 61  Another said, “Yes, Lord, I will follow you, but first let me say good-bye to my family.” 62  But Jesus told him, “Anyone who puts a hand to the plow and then looks back is not fit for the Kingdom of God.” (NLT) 2. Follow Jesus, not excuses 3. Follow Jesus, not people 1. Follow God’s word instead of people’s opinions Psalm 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path. (NIV) 2. Follow God’s voice instead of people’s voices John 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. (NIV)

    The Patience Test | Jud Wilhite - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 35:29

    Exodus 34:7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations. (NLT) 1. Give Thanks for God’s Patience “I don’t know who needs to hear this but if the house is 73 and you want it to be 68 turning the thermostat down to 60 doesn’t make it happen any quicker.” “And by I don’t know who, I mean my wife, but I can’t tell her because she is pregnant and scares me.” Jonah 4:1-2 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. (NLT) 2. Be Patient with Yourself 1 Thessalonians 5:9–11 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (NLT)

    The Patience Test | Jud Wilhite - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 14, 2021 35:29

    Exodus 34:7 I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations. (NLT) 1. Give Thanks for God’s Patience “I don’t know who needs to hear this but if the house is 73 and you want it to be 68 turning the thermostat down to 60 doesn’t make it happen any quicker.” “And by I don’t know who, I mean my wife, but I can’t tell her because she is pregnant and scares me.” Jonah 4:1-2 This change of plans greatly upset Jonah, and he became very angry. So he complained to the LORD about it: “Didn’t I say before I left home that you would do this, LORD? That is why I ran away to Tarshish! I knew that you are a merciful and compassionate God, slow to get angry and filled with unfailing love. You are eager to turn back from destroying people. (NLT) 2. Be Patient with Yourself 1 Thessalonians 5:9–11 For God chose to save us through our Lord Jesus Christ, not to pour out his anger on us. Christ died for us so that, whether we are dead or alive when he returns, we can live with him forever. So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing. (NLT)

    Test of Time | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 37:29

    James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NIV) Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV) Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. (NKJV) Genesis 18:14   Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (NIV) Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar;  2  so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (NIV) 4 Wise Ways To Wait 1. Wait with trust Psalm 37:4–5 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5  Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. (NLT) Proverbs 3:5–7   Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  7  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (NIV) 2. Wait with a quiet soul Psalm 37:7–9 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. 8  Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. 9  For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land. (NLT) 1. Be still verses being restless 2. Be still verses worrying about others Luke 12:25–26 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (NIV) 3. Be still verses being angry James 1:20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (NIV) 3. Wait with action Psalm 37:23–24 The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. 24  Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. (NLT) Psalm 37:27 Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever. (NLT) Psalm 37:34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. (ESV) 4. Wait with commitment Psalm 37:4–5 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5  Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. (NLT) Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (NLT) Romans 4:18–21 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  19  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (NIV) Galatians 6:9   Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)

    Test of Time | Herbert Cooper - Audio

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 7, 2021 37:29

    James 1:2-4 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  3  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  4  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. (NIV) Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: (NIV) Habakkuk 2:3 For the vision is yet for an appointed time; But at the end it will speak, and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it; Because it will surely come, It will not tarry. (NKJV) Genesis 18:14   Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (NIV) Genesis 16:1-2 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar;  2  so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. (NIV) 4 Wise Ways To Wait 1. Wait with trust Psalm 37:4–5 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5  Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. (NLT) Proverbs 3:5–7   Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  7  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the LORD and shun evil. (NIV) 2. Wait with a quiet soul Psalm 37:7–9 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. 8  Stop being angry! Turn from your rage! Do not lose your temper— it only leads to harm. 9  For the wicked will be destroyed, but those who trust in the LORD will possess the land. (NLT) 1. Be still verses being restless 2. Be still verses worrying about others Luke 12:25–26 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26  Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? (NIV) 3. Be still verses being angry James 1:20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. (NIV) 3. Wait with action Psalm 37:23–24 The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives. 24  Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the LORD holds them by the hand. (NLT) Psalm 37:27 Turn from evil and do good, and you will live in the land forever. (NLT) Psalm 37:34 Wait for the LORD and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off. (ESV) 4. Wait with commitment Psalm 37:4–5 Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you your heart’s desires. 5  Commit everything you do to the LORD. Trust him, and he will help you. (NLT) Psalm 37:7 Be still in the presence of the LORD, and wait patiently for him to act. Don’t worry about evil people who prosper or fret about their wicked schemes. (NLT) Romans 4:18–21 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”  19  Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20  Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21  being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. (NIV) Galatians 6:9   Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. (NIV)

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