pastoral staff
co-pastor jessie deleza: therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of god.
1 corinthians 10:31

the lord is my shepherd.  i shall not want.  
psalm 23:1


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this was an entire service.  forgive my wordiness in the beginning of the message, but enjoy the praise and worship and the message.

title: why do we celebrate christmas?
verses: 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. for god did not send his son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.

introduction: if someone ask you what type of world 
do you live in, what would you answer?  could you say that we live in a place of peace and love, joy and forgiving, harmony between friends, families, co-workers, and strangers?  on the contrary, many people are not thoughtful of how their actions affect others.

body

1.  our world.  
we live in the complete opposite: 
  • war, violence, crime, shootings, bombing
  • selfish, envy, prideful, lustful 
  • disrespect and dishonor parents and the elderly
  • foul language, ungodly relationships, hatred, anger
god had to do something because he cannot have sin in heaven

2.  god’s 
answer: god sent his son
  • romans 3:23 for all have sinned and come short of the glory of god.
  • 1 timothy 1:15 this is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that christ jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom i am chief.
  • romans 6:23 for the wages of sin is death, but the gift of god is eternal life through jesus christ our lord. 
  • john 3:16

3.  our gratitude: we celebrate christmas
  • the christmas tree is an evergreen that reminds us that we have "eternal life" in jesus christ (john 6:40)
  • the shape of trees reminds us that we are "born from above" (john 3:3)
  • the needles on the branches remind us that jesus was "pierced through for our transgressions" (isaiah 53:5)
  • the lights hung on trees remind us that jesus is "the light of the world" (john 8:12) and through him we are to be "the light of the world" (matthew 5:14).
  • five pointed stars symbolize the nativity angels brought the news of the birth of jesus christ and symbolize the nativity
  • candy canes are shaped like a letter "j" and symbolize the name of jesus and the shape of a shepherds crook
  • chocolate coins are used as decorations for trees. they are wrapped in gold foil and symbolize the gift of gold given by the 3 wise men from the east christmas bows symbolize that we should all be tied together in bonds of goodwill forever
  • wreath symbolizes eternity, an unending circle of life, growth, and everlasting life
  • bells- ring out to guide lost sheep back to the fold, signifying that all are precious in the his eyes
  • candles- starlight, reflecting our thanks for the star of bethlehem
  • holly- the sharp-toothed edge of the holly leaf reminds christians of the crown of thorns with which the soldiers mocked our lord
  • gifts- to remind us of the gift the jesus gave to us
  • cranberry sauce- to remind us of the 12 fruits of the spirit
  • mistletoe- parasite to remind us that god loves us and enables us to love
conclusion:the true meaning of christmas is love. god loved his own and provided a way—the only way—for us to spend eternity with him. he gave his only son to take our punishment for our sins. he paid the price in full, and we are free from condemnation when we accept that free gift of love. "but god demonstrated his own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, christ died for us" romans 5:8.

. . . and the devil got mad
 

preached on october 25, 2015

verses:
ephesians 6:10, 12 “finally, my brethren, be strong in the lord, and in the power of his might.for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

introduction:
our combat is not against man, but against ranks of devils. our enemy is sly and has many ways to deceive.our enemy is powerful and numerous.

body:
i.  devil smiles with paul
a.galatians 1:13 “you have heard of my previous way of life in judaism, how i intensely i persecuted the church of god and tried to destroy it.”
b.acts 1:3 saul began to destroy the church.  going from house to house, he dragged off both men and women and put them in prison. 
c.acts 7:58 saul was there when the people stoned stephen for preaching jesus

ii.  devil gets mad with paul   
a.in acts 9: god calls paul from a great light from heaven “saul, saul, why are you persecuting me?”
b.2 corinthians 11:24-27 (the voice), five times i have withstood thirty-nine lashes from jewish authorities,three times i was battered with rods, once i was almost stoned to death, three times i was shipwrecked, and i spent one day and night adrift on the sea.i have been on many journeys and faced the most extreme circumstances: perilous rivers, violent thieves, and threats by my own people and by the gentile outsiders alike. i have faced dangers in the city, in the wilderness, and at sea; and danger from spies among our brothers and sisters.i have survived toil and hardships, sleepless nights, hunger and thirst without a crumb in sight, bare to the cold.

iii.  devil smiles with you 
      
a.when you were living in sin, living your own life (lead by the enemy)
b.when you had not accepted jesus as your own personal savior 

iv.  devil get mad at you
  
a.when you decided to live your life for god, and put away ungodly things
b.when you are strong in the lord, and in the power of his might. 
c.when you wrestle against that which is not flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness and win by the power of jesus christ!

don’t be afraid of what the enemy can do to you. 

trust god to be your defender and serve him with all your heart, mind, body, and soul.

conclusion:
 
when was the last time you made the enemy mad?  get serious about god and wipe that smile off the enemies face!

let the devil get mad!


make the devil mad: tell him
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he will not take your joy, your peace or disturb your spirit.
tell him he cannot sleep in your bed – there’s not enough cover. 
tell him he cannot sit in your chair – you will not give him a cushion of comfort.
tell him he can’t touch your body – it’s covered with the blood. 
tell him he cannot audit your finances – you’ve changed accountants.
tell him he cannot enter your home – the locks have been changed.
tell him to leave your workplace – he’s not on your list of things to do for today.
tell him to take his hands off your children – because you’ve had hands laid on them.
tell him you have no time for his nonsense, criticism or fears – you are on a mission, and you
walk 
by faith.
tell him no more tears, heartaches, or headaches – because there’s another, he, that restoreth your soul.

tell him; tell him; tell 
him; tell him.
tell him, today, you have a gentle, powerful inner peace within that consumes you and leaves no room for confusion.
tell him, today you will – respond soothingly to a crying child, a tense spouse, or an impatient friend.
tell him, today, you will find no fault with a relative, friend, or colleague.
tell him to leave your tongue alone – for today you will not talk of anyone, before placing god at the beginning of your thought.
tell him, wherever you are, that god is.
tell him, god said, “my people will abide in a peaceful habitation…and in quiet resting places.”
[isaiah 32:18]

today, tell him he is a 
liar!!!, amen.


with no respect for god
sin, or in the face of god
preached on september 27, 2015

verses:
ezekiel 8:7-12

ezekiel 7:8  now will i shortly pour out my fury upon thee, and accomplish mine anger upon thee; and i will judge thee according to thy ways, and will recompense thee for all thine abominations.

7 so he brought me to the door of the court; and when i looked, there was a hole in the wall.8 then he said to me, “son of man, dig into the wall”; and when i dug into the wall, there was a door. 9 and he said to me, “go in, and see the wicked abominations which they are doing there.”10 so i went in and saw, and there—every sort of creeping thing, abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of israel, portrayed all around on the walls.11 and there stood before them seventy men of the elders of the house of israel, and in their midst stood jaazaniah the son of shaphan (from king josiah’s days when the high priest found the book of the law and gave it to shaphan, who read it to king josiah). each man had a censer in his hand, and a thick cloud of incense went up.12 then he said to me, “son of man, have you seen what the elders of the house of israel do in the dark, every man in the room of his idols? for they say, ‘the lord does not see us, the lord has forsaken the land.’” 13 and he said to me, “turn again,and you will see greater abominations that they are doing.”14 so he brought me to the door of the north gate of the lord’s house; and to my dismay, women were sitting there weeping for tammuz. 15 then he said to me, “have you seen this,o son of man? turn again, you will see greater abominations than these.”16 so he brought me into the inner court of the lord’s house; and there, at the door of the temple of the lord, between the porch and the altar,were about twenty-five men with their backs toward the temple of the lord and their faces toward the east, and they were worshiping the sun toward the east.

9:3 now the glory of the god of israel had gone up from the cherub, where it had been, to the threshold of the temple. and he called to the man clothed with linen, who had the writer’s ink horn at his side;4 and the lord said to him, “go through the midst of the city, through the midst of jerusalem, and put a mark on the foreheads of the men who sigh and cry over all the abominations that are done within it.” 5 to the others he said in my hearing, “go after him through the city and kill; do not let your eye spare, nor have any pity.6 utterly slay old and young men, maidens and little children and
women; but do not come near anyone on whom is the mark; and begin at my sanctuary.”

conclusion
jeremiah 23:24"can a man hide himself in hiding places so i do not see him?" declares the lord "do i not fill the heavens and the earth?" declares the lord.

psalms 139:7-10 where can i go from your spirit? or where can i flee from your presence? if i ascend into heaven, you are there; if i make my bed in hell, behold, you are there. if i take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the
sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

hebrews 4:13 and there is no creature hidden from his sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of him to whom we must give account.

galatians 6:7 do not be deceived, god is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap.

amos 5:4 for thus says the lord to the house of israel: “seek me and live;

psalm 29:2 give unto the lord the glory due to his name; worship the lord in the beauty of holiness

psalm 96:9 oh, worship the lord in the beauty of holiness!

2 corinthians 6:17, 18 therefore “come out from among them and be separate, says the lord.  do not touch what is unclean,and i will receive you.”“i will be a father to you,and you shall be my sons and daughters, says the lord almighty.”