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When God Says It’s Enough: Acts Series #24

September 21, 2021

When we entered Acts chapter 12, we saw that James was dead, Peter was in prison, and the church hiding in prayer. When we leave Acts chapter 12, we witness Peter’s angelic freedom from jail, the church amazed, King Herod dead, and the Gospel multiplying. This is a phenomenal chapter. Doctor Luke tells the story of persecution, prayer, and power: from tragedy, transition and triumph. When King Herold learned that Peter had escaped, his indignation was felt through all of his guards. He had to respect life. If you were of no use to him, he simply took your life. In Acts 12:18-19, we read about the excitement of the guards (Acts 12:18). Luke says, “No, as soon as it was day, there was no small stir among the soldiers.” The soldiers were in serious trouble. They could not figure out how Peter escaped and where he had gone. On the heels of the excitement of the guards, comes the examination of the guards (Acts 19:19a). We read, “And when Herod had sought for him, and found him not, he examined the guards.” In other words, Herod interrogated them. He believed that this was an inside job. A man simply…

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Overcoming The Prisons of Life: Acts Series #23

September 15, 2021

As we preach and teach through the Book of Acts, there is a shout of triumph on every page. The early Church learned how to pray, and they saturated their lives with prayer. God gave them the victory. Now, compare the New Testament Christians with the average Christian today. Compare the early Church with the average church today. We are failing in our battle against the world, the flesh, and the devil; and, the reason that we fail, ladies and gentlemen, is that, primarily and fundamentally, we do not know how to pray. There’s not a failure in your life or in my life that is not a prayer failure. There’s not a need in my life or in your life that could not be met, if we knew how to pray and would practice what we know. There’s not a sin in my life or in your life that proper prayer would not have avoided. As Jesus said: “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation…” (Mark 14:38). How important it is that we learn how to pray! We are about to witness the power of prayer to release a Church leader from prison. Are you in a…

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The Gateway To The World

September 7, 2021

I am going to give you from God’s Word, three marvelously, wonderful witnesses that will attest that Jesus Christ is the saving Son of God. God does not want us to have to be a question mark with our head bent over an exclamation mark, standing up straight and tall, saying, “Yes, praise God, I am a child of God.” Our text tells us about Cornelius. He was a Gentile. Up until this time, the Gentiles had not been added to the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. All those early believers were Jews. Cornelius was a Roman army officer. He’s from Italy—garrisoned there in Palestine. He was hungry to know God. God supernaturally connected this Roman army officer and the Apostle Peter. God has arranged a divine appointment. Cornelius is standing in front of Peter. He has pulled together all his friends, his neighbors and his relatives. They all come together and sit in front of Peter. Basically, Cornelius says, “We have to come to hear you tell us the truth.” In Acts 10:38-48, we read: Peter begins to talk about: “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Ghost and with power: who went about doing good,…

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The Only Savior Of The World: Act Series #21

August 31, 2021

We are going to learn about Christ and the Old Testament. In Acts 10:43, Peter testifies in the household of Cornelius about the Lord Jesus. He says, “to him,” that is to Jesus, “give all the prophets witness.” When he said all the prophets, he’s talking primarily about the Old Testament. The New Testament had not yet been written. Would you like to be able to understand the Old Testament? Would you like to get into some of the mystery rooms of the Old Testament? There is a master key that unlocks the key to the mystery rooms of the Old Testament and that master key is the Lord Jesus Christ. If you will find a Christo-centric approach to the Old Testament, it will burst aflame in your hands. If you read the Old Testament and you don’t find Jesus, you need to go back and reread it because you missed the message. In this chapter, we will discover some of the portraits of Jesus in the Old Testament and find some of the prophecies of Jesus in the Old Testament. I. We Need To Look At The Portraits Of Jesus Christ First, of all we are going to think…

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The Miracles of The Transformed Life: Acts Series #20

August 24, 2021

The blueprint and the pattern for the Normal 21st Century Church are found in that first-century Church. For the Bible says: “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creation: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17). Nature forms us. Sin deforms us. Schools inform us. Prisons reform us. But, only Christ transforms us. In Christ, we become a new person. A Christian is not just somebody who has become nice—he or she has become new. He doesn’t just turn over a new leaf—he or she receives a new life. Now, a Christian is not like a tadpole that has become a frog. The animal has gone through a series of changes, but it is the same creature. A Christian is more like a frog that has received the kiss of grace and has become a prince. We are changed radically and dramatically! When the Apostle Paul got saved, he even changed his name. His early name was Saul. Yet, he becomes Paul—the greatest missionary, the greatest preacher, and the greatest evangelist, I believe, that the world has ever known. He was changed by the grace of God. What God…

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How to Know The Will Of God: Acts Series #19

August 17, 2021

If Jesus Christ were to meet you face-to- face—literally, bodily, physically were to appear to you, and you had the opportunity to ask Him one question, What would it be? Suppose He said to you, “What do you want to know?” What would you ask Him?Do you know what I think it would be? I think you would ask Him this question: “Lord, what would You have me to do? n Acts chapter 9, Jesus appeared to a man named Saul and and that’s what he asked Him. We read in Acts 9:1-6: “And Saul, yet breathing out threatenings and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord, went unto the high priest, and desired of him letters to Damascus to the synagogues, that if he found any of this way, whether they were men or women, he might bring them bound unto Jerusalem”—in plain English, that means he had authorization to take Christians, put them in chains, and bring them back to Jerusalem to be persecuted—“And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus, and suddenly there shone round about him a light from heaven; and he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why…

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Satan’s Worldwide Religion: Acts Series #18

August 10, 2021

Is the devil for religion or against religion? Yes, Satan is for religion. He uses religion to oppose the Gospel of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. The devil’s opposition to the “true religion” began in the Garden of Eden. The first temptation that came to humankind, when Satan crawled his slimy, corroding path into the pages of history in the Garden of Eden was a religious temptation. Do you remember what Satan said to Eve? He said, “If you eat this fruit, then you will be like God.” He was saying to her, “I’m going to tell you how to be godly my way.” It wasn’t a temptation to fall down; it was a temptation to fall up—to be like God. Satan was offering a perverted religion. He has always been in the religion business. In Acts 8:5, we read: “Then Philip went down to the city of Samaria, and preached Christ unto them. And the people with one accord gave heed unto those things which Philip spake, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. For unclean spirits, crying out with loud voice, came out of many that were possessed with them: and many taken with palsies, and…

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Steps To Successful Soulwinning: Acts Series #17

August 4, 2021

A sales manager was trying to lift up the vision of some of his sales force. He went into the meeting and he took a piece of white poster board that had one black spot in the middle. He looked at everyone and said, “Let’s have a little creativity.” He asked the first person, What do you see there? He said, “Well, a black dot.” He asked another person, “What do you see?” She said, “A dot.” Everyone answered the same way. And he said, “Isn’t it strange that all of you saw the black dot, but none of you saw the white all around it.” I think so many of us see the black dot of self-concern when the Savior said, “Lift up your eyes and look upon the fields, they are white already unto harvest.” God has a plan for you and He wants you to get your eyes off of self and onto others. I pray God uses this message to help you to do this. I don’t want to hurt your feelings, but I want to remind you of an important truth. I want you to know no matter how faithfully you attend, no matter how…

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Grace For Every Race: Acts Series #16

July 27, 2021

If you are not a lover of winning the lost, then you probably have not been won by the Lord. God had only one Son and He was a foreign missionary. Jesus left a holy place to come to a hellish place; He left a blessed place to come to a broken place; He left a sanctified place to come to a sinful place; He left his crown in heaven to be lifted up on a cross on a Calvary’s hill. Jesus died the way He lived. In the Gospel narratives, Jesus lived with sinners and saints. On Calvary, He hung between two thieves. The one on the right received Him and the one on the left rejected Him. Jesus became the “link” between those who choose righteousness and those who choose unrighteousness. The cross became the greatest moral intersection of all time. It is at the cross where people turn right to heaven or left to hell. The light turned green at the cross for everyone to have the opportunity to go to heaven and to live forever. As Jesus Christ was about to ascend to heaven, He pronounced the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16: 15-18). He commissioned…

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Fanning The Fire: Acts Series #15

July 22, 2021

Stephen was a remarkable person who became like a fallen star. He brightly burned for God for a short period of time. His death was a disaster to the Church. Stephen was full of the Holy Spirit and had an outstanding ability to handle the Old Testament. Yet, on the outside, it seemed that his speech rendered only negative results. It was the trigger that set off the persecution of all Christians. His public testimony unleashed the anger of a Jew named Saul. Saul tried to extinguish Christianity as quickly as possible. Why was it necessary for Stephen to have such a brief ministry? Why did he have to get himself into a situation that cost him his life? Does it seem pointless to you? At a glance, it appears that tragedy happened to Stephen and the saints. However, the Holy Spirit turns negatives into positives and disasters into miracles. One cannot blockade the Holy Spirit. It is like jumping on a fire and spreading the embers everywhere. Saul jumped on the Church in Jerusalem and scattered the embers all over the world. The first great missionary movement began with the persecution of Stephen. His death became the catalyst that…

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