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Saturday, April 11, 2015

NEW BEGINNINGS BEGIN WITH ENDINGS

VIDEO LINKS TO THIS SERMON
NEW BEGINNINGS BEGIN WITH ENDINGS - PART ONE
NEW BEGINNINGS BEGIN WITH ENDINGS - PART TWO
“New Beginnings Begin With Endings”
By Pastor Mark Taylor

"Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.”   (John 12:24).

Life is full of changes.  Some are expected, while others are not.  Some are pleasant, while others are not.  The question I would like to help you with today, is “How do we deal with change?” in a way that will help us.  I think the Bible gives us some tried and true strategies to use to move from one point in our lives to a better point.  If you are unable or unwilling to deal with change, I hope this message will give you some strategies to start moving in a better direction.  Some of you are in a unhappy place in your life.   You were there a year ago and others are in the same unhappy place you were several years ago.  Don't you think it is time to make some changes in your life so you won't be where you are a year or five or ten years from now.  My wife and I have a sign hanging on our back porch that says "I have found my Happy Place".  My prayer for you is that one day soon you can hang that sign in your home.  It is about the goodness of God helping you make your dreams come true.

I would like to call this process “Transition” rather than just change.  Change is just moving the chairs around on the deck of a ship, while transition is getting on a different ship and moving toward a different destination.  I have read a very helpful book on this subject that has the title of “Transition” by William Bridges.  Some of the information and strategies I am going to share with you comes from that book.  These will be in quotation marks within this sermon.

Jesus has given us specific statements regarding spiritual “transition”.   Many of us have heard the invitation to come to Christ and have given our hearts to the Savior.  We have read and heard the verse Jesus said to Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (John 3:3).    We know that before a child is born into the world he has eyes, but cannot see, he has ears but cannot hear. Before we are born we cannot breathe. It is only after he is born that he is now capable of hearing and seeing.  When we are “born again” we receive our spiritual eyes and ears. “The natural man cannot receive the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (I Corinthians 2:14).  When we are “born again” God breathes into our soul a spiritual life.  It is that great change which God works in the soul when he brings it into life.  When we are “born again”, our spiritual life begins. Our Lord is reminding us that if we are going to have the kingdom of God in us in this lifetime, and the kingdom of Heaven in the life to come, we must do two things:  “Except you be converted, and become as little children, you shall not enter into the kingdom of Heaven.” (Matthew 18:3-4).

The process of “Transition” in other areas of our life follow a similar pattern. “Transition isn’t some optional “if you get around to it”, add-on to the change; it not icing on the cake that can be forgotten until things ease up and you’ve finished with the important stuff…When a change happens without people going through a transition, it is just a rearrangement of the chairs.” 
I would like for you to think about the “transition” you are going through today.  Maybe you have thought if you could just change something in your life, your life would be better.  But have you considered that the change or “Transition” has to begin within you, not with someone else, or some other place.  Below are steps or stages you must go through to have a successful transition from where you are to where you want to be.

The simple three phases:

  1. “Letting go of the old ways and the old identity people had.  This first phase of transition is an ending, and the time when you need to deal with your loses.”
  2. “Going through an in-between time when the old is gone but the new isn’t fully operational.  We call this time the “neutral zone”: it is when the critical psychological realignments and new patterns take place.”
  3. “Coming out of the transition and making a new beginning.  This is when you develop the new identity, experience the new energy, and discover the new sense of purpose that make the change begin to work.”

The most difficult step is the first one and that is the ending must come before their can be a new beginning.  “..unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” (John 12:24).  It is not easy and often takes a lot of time.  But the first thing is to realize that their must be endings before God can start new things in your life.  Our Lord said: “Behold, I make all things new.” (John 21:5).  As children of God, we have this resource that God can help us through this difficult step.  

We have to let some things go in order for the Lord Jesus to make new and better things happen in our lives.  This can happen as the Holy Spirit renews our minds.  “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (Romans 12:2).  This can be done through prayer, reading God’s Word, thinking differently, walking by faith, and surrounding ourselves with positive people who love God.

The second step requires waiting on the Lord. “Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!” (Psalms 27:14). We have to plant new seeds and then give them time to grow and produce the good things we have been praying and working toward.  It takes awhile for a seed to die and start its new life and produce fruit.  God can align people and situations in your life to help you make the “transition”, but it has to be in “His” timing. Use positive, spiritual, and loving people to help you.  If necessary, get professional help through books or counseling.


Finally, “…but if it dies, it produces much grain.” (John 12:24).  This is the place we want to be in our transition.  Finding that person who will love us, the job that we love to go to each day, being able to look at the death of our loved ones as temporary, or being able to retire from a lifetime of working to enjoy our family.  This can happen for you.  It is happening for many people who have learned to have “endings” and are giving God time to work.  May God bless you as you allow Him to help you in your “Transition”.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

THE RESURRECTION MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE


THE RESURRECTION MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
By Pastor Mark Taylor

Video links to this Sermon

The Resurrection Makes A Big Difference - Part One
All of the natural world talks about the resurrection.  This time of the year we can see plants that look like they were dead come to life as leaves, flowers, and green grass.  Just a few weeks ago the grass was brown and lifeless.  Today, on Resurrection Sunday we see new life all around us.
That must have been what it seemed like to the disciples and the friends of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ just three days before His resurrection. 

 “Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received & on which you have taken your stand. By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.   For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that He was buried, that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, & that He appeared to Peter, & then to the 12.   After that, He appeared to more than 500 of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles, & last of all He appeared to me also."  I Corinthians 15: 1-3).

The Lord Jesus Christ’s resurrection was not a quite observation by only the twelve disciples and a few of His friends.   “And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent;  And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose,  And came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many.”   Matthew 27:51-54

“He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God” (Acts 1:3).

Before His resurrection, the cross was known only as an instrument of horrible death, rough wood soaked with human blood. So terrible was this form of execution that the Roman Empire prohibited the crucifixion of Roman citizens. Crucifixion was only for the worst of slaves & enemies of the empire.

But today, because of His resurrection, we wear a replica of the cross as a piece of jewelry, a thing of beauty, for all around the world the cross is seen as a symbol of hope, & a reminder of God’s love for us.

And what about His tomb? Before the resurrection, for most of the world, the grave was looked upon as the final chapter, the closing of a great door, the end of everything.

But because of His resurrection, we can rejoice today that beyond death is where life really begins, & it will never end. That makes you wonder, doesn’t it, why we spend so much time worrying & fretting about material things?  Before the resurrection, death was the end. Before the resurrection, death was the final curtain call. Before the resurrection, all we could do is mourn as those who have no hope.

But after the resurrection, when someone dies, we mourn because we have lost a loved one. But we mourn as people who have great hope because Jesus Christ is alive, & the promise of Scripture is that if He is alive, then we, too, can live forever.  “Do not sorrow, even as others do which have no hope.”  (I Thessalonians 4:13).   Our sins are forgiven by His shed blood, & we have the promise of everlasting life. It changes the whole concept of death itself.

Paul wrote, "O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?" "Thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through Jesus Christ, our Lord." (I Corinthians 15:55,57).  You see, the resurrection makes the difference.

Then there is the transformation of time. Before the resurrection, time was a limited thing. The Bible talks about the breath of life that we have in our nostrils, & then it is gone. And there is no promise that when we exhale that we will inhale again. Life is brief indeed.  But on the other side there is Jesus & eternity, & that changes the whole purpose & meaning & scope of our life.

Have you been hearing the voices of hopelessness & despair that seem to be so pervasive today?  If you watch & listen very long, you can be filled with despair. And if the only hope that we have is the hope that this world offers, we have no hope because the message of this world is despair.

In contrast, Jesus said, "I have come to bring you life, & that more abundantly, to show you how to live, to bring you hope & joy & peace & love, to give you a reason for living." (John 10:10).  “These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you and that your joy might be full.”  (John 15:11).

One of the greatest human abilities is to alter how we look at things in our life.  This means that no matter how difficult your life may become, you will always have the power to rise above suffering.  The act of choice is so powerful, that we can choose to live a new life - a resurrected life.

Whatever your problem is today, because of the resurrection, there is hope for you.  There is the possibility of new life for your dreams. and hope as you look at new life all around you.  I would encourage all of us not to look at this Sunday as just another holiday, but a message from Heaven of God’s love for all of us.  Today you can begin to make better choices that will lead to true happiness.  This begins from within, like a seed in the ground.  


Let the Lord Jesus Christ walk with you as He did His disciples after His resurrection.  None of us ever remain the same.  We are always changing as the new growth in spring does. We can allow life’s weeds to grow up all around us and not experience our resurrection, or we can thrive instead of just survive.  New life is a choice.  Allowing the Lord to give us new life is also a choice.  He showed Himself alive to many who loved Him after His resurrection, and today He is still showing Himself real to all who seek Him.

Sunday, March 15, 2015

THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME


VIDEO LINKS TO THIS SERMON

“THIS WORLD IS NOT MY HOME”
By Pastor Mark Taylor

There are many things we do not know about what heaven will be like, because it is beyond our ability to comprehend. But one thing we can be sure of is that it will fulfill our greatest longings, it will dazzle us with its beauty, it will obliterate our greatest problems with its power and splendor, it will be greater than anything we could imagine or dream, it will be a place where love and joy will reign unspoiled. God is busy preparing all of this for us. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Hm” (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Heaven will be real. Heaven will not be some existence where we float about as spirits without bodies. Why would God take the trouble to create a new earth if there was not going to be anyone to live on it? "Now I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away. Also there was no more sea." (Revelation 21:1).  Why would we be given new bodies if we were not going to live in a material world?  Jesus rose from the dead in His glorified body. He could pass thru walls, but yet he could touch people, sit down and eat.   "And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:3-4)

if we make preparations for our grandchildren’s visit or guests coming to our home for a meal, how much more does a God of love prepare for the time His children will come to His eternal home. The Bible says, “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 good gifts to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11). Jesus said, “I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am” (John 14:2-3).  If this fallen world in all of its brokenness can be so wonderful, what must heaven be like? 

Heaven is the residence of God. The greatest reward of heaven will be God Himself. Nothing we see or experience will be greater than the fact that we are with God and see him face to face. We sing “O how I love Jesus”, “Amazing Grace”, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus”.  When we get to Heaven, we will see that Friend and enjoy His company forever.  “Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known” (1 Corinthians 13:12). 

How wonderful it will be to be in the presence of God where we will perfectly know him and know that we are perfectly known and loved. John writes in the book of Revelation: “And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, ‘Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God’” (Revelation 21:3). We will have no greater reward or relationship than being with our wonderful God and seeing Him face to face. 

Christians can be certain of their future in Heaven because Jesus prays for us. “I pray for them. I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours.  And all Mine are Yours, and Yours are Mine, and I am glorified in them.  Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are.” (John 17: 9-11).

Christians can be certain of their future in heaven because God is for us and not against us.   What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8: 31-32).  In other words, how can we lose if God is on our side? How can we be kept from future glory if God is for us? Obviously we can’t.  We can be certain that He will bring His work to a fulfillment. God is not investing in a losing cause!  He proved His love for us on Calvary so we can be certain that nothing, absolutely nothing will keep him from completing His loving plans. Even when you struggle and fail, God still loves you and is still for you.

Christians can be certain of their future in heaven because there is nothing that can separate us from God’s love.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39). 

There is nothing in this world worth missing Heaven for.  There are temptations from Satan to be selfish, to mistreat others, to be actively involved in worldly pleasures that we know go against God’s principles. But I would ask everyone to consider if this wonderful place God has prepared for them that love Him, is worth missing.  Our time on Earth is brief and we can do many valuable and good things for the Lord Jesus while we are here.  He wants to bless us while we are here and then for Eternity.  At the end of your life you cannot take your wealth, your popularity, or your accomplishments with you.  Heaven is all about new things for those who love God and will serve Him in this life time. “Behold, I make all things new” (Revelations 21:5).

There are many things we do not know about Heaven because it is so much better than  Earth, that there are no human words to explain how great it is.  We will be reunited with our loved ones who loved God and accepted the Lord Jesus as their Savior.  We will be rewarded for all of our service and sacrifices in our service for God to meet the needs of others.  Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done” (Revelation 22:12).


I would encourage all of those who have not decided to accept the Lord Jesus as their personal Savior to make that decision and give their lives to Him so that you might receive the gift of eternal life.  “Jesus said to him:  “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6).  Heaven is a real place that has been prepared for those that Love God and the Lord Jesus Christ. (John 14: 1-3).

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH GIVING AND RECEIVING GIFTS



VIDEO LINKS TO THIS SERMON

LOVING WITH GIFTS - PART ONE
LOVING WITH GIFTS - PART TWO
LOVIN WITH GIFTS - PART THREE

Love One Another With Giving and Receiving Gifts
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth”
(1 John 3:18)

Some of the information today in quotations will come from Gary Chapman’s book The 5 Love Languages.  The rest of it will come from scriptural principles I have learned from the Bible and other sources and sermons.  In this message, I would like to take his ideas and expand on them.  I am praying the Lord will teach us how to love each other, our children, our friends, our husbands and wives, and most of all the Lord Jesus Christ with giving and receiving gifts.

Giving is a part of the nature of God the Father, the Lord Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit.  “For God so loved the world, He gave His only Son” (John 3:16).    "Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”  (John 14:26-27).  These are gifts from above that we cannot see, but are necessary to live the Christian life. They are perfect gifts.  “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.” (James 1:17).  This is a “love language” from above, that of giving to us. “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?”  (Romans 8:32).

Almost everything ever written on the subject of love indicates that at the heart of love is the spirit of giving.   A gift is usually something you can hold in your hand and say, “Look, someone was thinking of me.” The gift itself is a symbol of that thought whether it costs money or not.   All five ways to love challenge us to give to our spouse, but for some, receiving gifts, visible symbols of love, speaks the loudest. Gifts are visual symbols of love  Visual symbols of love are more important to some people than to others.  Gifts come in all sizes, colors, and shapes.  Some are expensive, and others are free.  Gifts may be purchased, found, or made.”

“But not all gifts are visible.  There is an intangible gift that sometimes speaks more loudly that a gift that can be held in one’s hand.  The gift of self or the gift of presence.  Physical presence in the time of crisis is the most powerful gift you can give if your spouse’s primary love language is receiving gifts.  Your body becomes the symbol of your love.”  Our Lord has left us with a promise: “ I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:20),  “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." (Hebrews 13:5).  Anytime you need Him, He has given you the gift of His presence and His time through the Holy Spirit.

We may not feel we have much to give.  But we have much more than we may realize.  Someone needs your smile today.  Someone needs your love today.  Someone needs a hug and to feel your touch of love. There is healing in your hands and voice.  God wants to use you to bring hope, healing, love and victory into the lives of others.  You can help someone by being a friend and giving them encouragement.  You can give someone a compliment or praise for something they did.  You can visit someone in the hospital or a senior citizen in a nursing home.  You can write somebody an encouraging letter.  The list goes on.  Ask the Lord how He can use you today to give of yourself to others.

“If your spouse’s primary love language is receiving gifts, you can become a proficient gift giver.  In fact, it is one of the easiest love languages to learn.  If receiving gifts is someone’s primary love language, almost anything you give will be received as an expression of love.”  This is also true about your children, your friends, and especially our Lord and Savior.  He has given us this promise: “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." (Luke 6:38).

“Gifts need not be expensive, nor must they be given weekly.  But for some individuals, their work has nothing to do with monetary value and everything to do with love.”  Use your “gifts” to give to others.  If you have the gift of music - give it.  If you have the gift to work with your hands and create things - give it.  If you have the gift to teach or encourage others - give it.

Give gifts to your friends, to your loved ones, to your husband or wife, to your children, and to strangers and you will be blessed.  It may not be your “love language”, but to make others feel loved, gifts are important expression of love for them.   God continues to give you gifts of health, happiness, safety, forgiveness, and many more.  But the greatest gift He has given us is His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.  “Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!” (2 Corinthians 9:15)..

If you are not sure what to give someone, listen to them and make a mental note when they mention something they like.  It could be somewhere they would like to go, something as simple as a card, or something they need done around the house.  There are many ways to use the “love language” of giving if you will ask the Lord to help you.  

Begin this week finding ways to give gifts to others.  It is a simple way to show your love and follow the Lord’s command.  "This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John 15:12).  Also remember to love one another with “words of encouragement” and “Quality Time”.


God has given you some valuable information on how to love each other, but He reminds us to use it. "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.”    (John 13:17).

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH QUALITY TIME



Video Links To This Sermon

How To Love One Another With Quality Time
by Pastor Mark Taylor
"By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    (John 13:35)

In this message with the help of the Holy Spirit, we will learn how to love one anotherwith the love languageof quality time.  It is important that we learn how to invest time in the lives of our family, friends, and with God.

  Some of the information today in quotations will come from Gary Chapmans book The 5 Love Languages.  The rest of it will come from scriptural principles I have learned from the Bible and other sources and sermons.  It is not just learning new material but putting what we have learned into practice that will make the difference in our lives. "If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.(John 13:17).

There are 168 hours in each week.  The average person will spend about 56 of those sleeping, 24 eating and with personal hygiene, 50 working or traveling to work.  That means there are only about 35 hours a week of discretionary timeleft over or about 5 hours per day.  It is important that we use this time in the best possible way when we are with our family, our friends, and especially with our Lord in prayer and Bible study.
The challenge is not to manage time, but to manage ourselves.  
The Bible says: See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.(Ephesians 5:15-16). Circumspectly means to be constantly looking around to make the most of every opportunity.

If you dont manage your time, someone else will manage it for you.  Benjamin Franklin said: Do not squander time, for it is the stuff life is made of.  Say NOto time robbers.  There will always be somewhere else you can be, but if you are going to spend quality time with your family, friends, and the Lord, you are going to have to learn the power of that little two letter word, NO.

Below are some ways to show your spouse, your children, your friends, and the Lord Jesus Christ that you love them by speaking the love language of quality time.

1.  Quality attention to the other person is being "present".  When someone is sharing something important with you, they value you and are including you into a small circle of people they trust.  This is not the time to to tell them your opinions until they feel that you have listened  to them.  In fact they may not want your opinion.  Often they just need someone to listen so they can formulate their feelings.  Slow down and enjoy those special moments God gives you with those you love.

2.  Give those you love, your "undivided attention "

It isnt enough to just be in the same room with someone.  A key ingredient in giving your spouse quality time is giving them focused attention, especially in this era of many distractions When a father is sitting on the floor, rolling a ball to his child, his attention is focused on the child.”  This is also true for our children, our friends, and the Lord.  So we need the Lord to teach us how to use our time more wisely. So teach us to number our days, That we may gain a heart of wisdom.(Psalms 90:12).

3. Quality Conversationis an important part of spending time with each other. Quality conversation is quite different from the first love language.  Words of affirmation (encouragement) focus on what we are saying, whereas quality conversation focuses on what we are hearing.  

If I am sharing my love for you by means of quality time, and we are going to spend that time in conversation, it means I will focus on listening sympathetically to what you have to say.  I will ask questions with a genuine desire to understand your thoughts, feelings, and hopes.

Here are some practical suggestions for having a Quality Conversation.

  1. Maintain eye contact when you talk to others.
  2. Dont try to listen and do something else at the same time.
  3. Listen for feelings. (if people are sad, angry, joyful, etc.)
  4. Observe body language. (If people are tired, uncomfortable, nervous, etc.)
  5. Dont interrupt the other person when they are telling you something that is important to them. Dont start telling them about your problems at this point.


If you will give the Lord your undivided attention, He will listen to you and speak to you through His Word and through the Holy Spirit.

This can also be used in your prayer time and time of Bible reading.  I will lift up my eyes to the hills-From whence comes my help? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.(Psalms 121:1-2).  I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; Incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech.(Psalms 17:6). 

One way to learn new patterns of Quality Conversation is to establish a daily sharing time in which each of you will talk about at least three things that happened to you that day and how you feel about them.  It should include at least 2 good things.

4.  Quality Activities may include anything is which one or both of you have an interest.  The emphasis is not on what you are doing, but on why you are doing it.  The purpose is to experience something together, to walk away from it feeling, someone really cares about me because they were willing to do something with me that I enjoy and did it with a positive attitude.  That is love, and for some people it is loves loudest voice.

How do you find the time, you dont you make the time.
At times to show your love, you may have to be involved in an activity with the person you love that you are not really that interested in.  Guys you may need to go to a play or shopping with your wife or help them with housework or cooking.  Ladies, you may need to go fishing or walk through a sporting store with your husband or help them on an outside project.  Parents you may have to give up some of your time to attend your child's awards ceremony or game.  The truth is that You don't really give up or spend  your time, you are investing it in other people's lives.

The Lord Jesus found time to spend with His Father every day. Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed.(Mark 1:35).  We also need to spend quality time with the Lord every Sunday by being in church. My voice You shall hear in the morning, O LORD; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.(Psalms 5:3). 

Coming to God's house on a Sunday is giving Him Quality time.  It should not be just a duty, but a genuine desire to hear from Him in music and God's Word. Prayer is Quality time with God.  Reading God's word is quality time.

"I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  (Psalms 122:1)

This week work on spending (investing) quality time with your family, your friends, and using words of encouragement to each other and loving one another with acts of service.  Next week we will learn about the love language of giving and receiving gifts.



Sunday, February 15, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH ACTS OF SERVICE

                          


VIDEO LNKS TO THIS SERMON
LOVING WITH ACTS OF SERVICE -PART ONE
LOVING WITH ACTS OF SERVICE - PART TWO
Love One Another With Acts of Service

By Pastor Mark Taylor

God has given us variety in His creation. He has also given us unique and different personalities.  He has given us different ways to express our "love one to another".   We have learned how to love one another with words of encouragement and affirmation.      Today we are going to learn how to “love one another” with “Acts of Service”.  In the weeks to come we will learn how to love one another with gifts and quality time.

Acts of service, is doing things for others that you would want them to do for you. Our Lord and Savior said this: "Therefore, whatever you want people to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.” (Matthew 7:12).  You can show your love to others by doing things for them.  Love is not just a feeling, it is action.  “My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue only, but in deed and in truth” (1 John 3:18).

The “Love Language” of “acts of service” is something the Lord Jesus Christ both demonstrated and taught us to do. “So when He had washed their feet, taken His garments, and sat down again, He said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you? "You call me Teacher and Lord, and you say well, for so I am. "If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.” (John 13:12-14).  Today, in our society, we do not demonstrate or love for each other with this custom,  but there are many ways we can “wash each other’s feet” through loving each other with tangible acts of love and service.

Here are some ways to "wash each other's feet:  

A person who has an interest in teaching the Bible could start a Sunday School class for children or lead a  small group for adults who are not involved in Sunday School.  

Young adults could volunteer to help do some repairs or yard work for an elderly person or couple.  

Senior citizens could volunteer to read or help at a local school.  

A group in the church could volunteer to fix a meal and take and serve it at a homeless shelter.  We need to take our faith outside the walls of the church and use it more inside the walls.

This message is not designed to make you feel guilty or to make a decision to do something out of guilt.   I have asked the Holy Spirit to talk to you, motivate you, and inspire you to be like Jesus.

You may not feel like you're the most qualified. But in most cases the most qualified will not volunteer or use their gifts and abilities. God will give you the ability and the skill to accomplish the mission He is asking you to do.

Many people are locked into “gender” gaps and “generational” gaps which identify and limit them in the types of service that they are willing to give to those they love.  For instance, some men will not wash the dishes, because their dads never washed the dishes.  They view that service as something the wife should always do.  Some women feel that it is the husband’s job to take out the trash and wash the car.  When we allow ourselves to think and live the way our parents did, we limit our capacity to show our love to others with acts of service.  “Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself.” (Philippians 2:3).  “Remember there are no rewards for maintaining stereotypes, but there are tremendous benefits to meeting the emotional needs of those you love.”  

You may do a lot of things right, but if you don’t do it with love, you will not meet the needs of those who need your love. “And though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.” (1 Corinthians 13:1-3).

Loving each other with acts of service is not limited to the husband and wife relationships.  This command of “loving one another” applies to our friends, fellow Christian brothers and sisters, children, and grandchildren. It is a love language that should be spoken by each of us to each other.  Love is a choice and cannot be demanded or manipulated.  “Each of us must decide daily to love or not to love each other.  This is true in all our relationships.

One of the best ways to express our love to the Lord is in “acts of service”.  “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing.” (Psalms 100:2).  This includes attending worship services, giving, praying, and giving testimonies of His goodness.  “Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!” (Psalms 107:8).

Below are some simple “acts of service” we can do for each other and the Lord:

  1. Be at church to show your love and support for each other and the Lord.
  2. Visit the sick and home bound, and those in nursing homes.
  3.   Prepare some food for someone who has lost a loved one or who has just had surgery and is at home sick.
  4.   Use your gifts and abilities to serve the Lord and others within the church.  (teaching a class, watching the nursery, sing in the choir, repairing, cleaning etc.).
  1.   Find a mission work outside of the church you can devote time to or donate money to help in their work for the Lord.
  1.   Ask others and the Lord the question: “Is there something I can do for you?”
  2.   Write a note or make a phone call to let them know you are “there for them”.
  3.   Invite someone to your home for a meal or take them out and pay for it.

 Demonstrating your love for others is not a matter of them deserving it or not, it is a matter of God’s grace in you.  “We love Him because He first loved us.” (1 John 4:19). 

Example:  "The Good Samaritan". A story of Grace.  God has shown you His grace by saving you when you couldn't save yourself.

Some of you have been waiting on the Pastor to ask you to serve. It is time for you to volunteer your gifts and abilities as acts of service for others.  It is one thing to complain about the needs that are around you, and yet he is another thing to be part of the solution to the problems.  

It is typical for 20% of the people in the church to do 80% of all the activities. If you are part of the 80% it is time for you to join the 20% in acts of service and love.  There is no limit in the amount of good that this church can do for the work of Christ in this community. But it is going to take everyone doing something before God's will can be done.  Sometimes it only takes a few people to inspire other people to use their gifts and abilities. You may be that person that is a spark that starts a fire in someone else's life to become the person God designed you to be. You may be the example that your children and grandchildren will follow to accomplish many great things in the kingdom of God


Express to your loved ones that it is a way you feel loved when they do things for you.  One practical way to do this is for two people or a family to write down two to three things they can do for each other to make each one feel more loved.  You can show your love for God by showing your love one another in “acts of services”. "By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another."    (John 13:35).  It is a testimony to your family, your friends, your church family, and most of all to your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  “Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”          (1 John 4:7).

Sunday, February 8, 2015

LOVING ONE ANOTHER WITH WORDS


 Loving One Another With Words
By Pastor Mark Taylor

"Death and life are in the power of the tongue"
Proverbs 18:21

It doesnt matter what age group you are in, the impact of words can tear down or build up the person who uses them and the person who hears them    A study by the University of Maryland found that women speak about 20,000 words per day and men average 7,000 per day. Today, my sermon will have about 1500 words in it.  The point is not how much we say, but how many are words of love or encouragement.
I am not going to spend much time on negative and offensive language.  The Bible along with most research shows that being under it's influence  causes physical, mental, social, and spiritual problems.  This includes complaining, moaning, whining, and hurtful language.  Most of have been hurt by negative words by parents, teachers or friends.
1.  The words we use are stored in the heart and mind, and when we speak our mind, it is the overflow of what is stored in our hearts.  We need to be careful what we put in our minds and hearts.  Our Lord said: "A good person out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil person out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.(Luke 6:45).

While our Lord walked this Earth He used His words to heal people and encourage His friends and followers.  How will You use your words?  Our Lord's Words were used to help and encourage those who loved Him.
John 15:11 These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.
Some people feel loved when they hear words of encouragement.  You can tell if this is a person's "Love Language" by listening how they speak to others.  If they are generous with their words of praise and encouragement to others, then they usually feel loved when others speak to them in this language.  But even if it is not their primary "Love Language", everyone feels loved when others praise or recognize their worth and value through words. 

2.  If you want to demonstrate your love to others, this is one of the most effective ways to do it.  Many people will go through a whole day at work, school, or home without anyone giving them one compliment or word of encouragement.  One way to show love through encouraging words is to 
Practice this love language of encouraging words to the waitress that serves you your meal, to the cashier who rings up your groceries and puts them in a bag for you, and to your husband, wife and children when they do an act of kindness to you.  At least you can say "Thank You".  But you can go beyond that and compliment them on the good job they have done in serving you.  
One of the most powerful human relations skills is learning how to encourage other people.  Look for, and find the good in people, and then tell them what you found.  Find reasons for praise and applause.  Support others by reinforcing what they do well.  Sincere praise brings out the best in us.  God the Father uses encouraging words: Then a voice came from heaven, "You are My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Mark 1:11).

3.  Words like many other things we do are choices.  We can look for the good in others and in every situation.  We can choose to use good words to.  If you take the time to think before you speak you can be an encourager instead of a complainer or a carrier of bad words.  Look for the good instead of the bad, the right instead of the wrong,
  We are just as free to choose positive and encouraging things to say as we are to complain.  People need to feel loved.  They need to be made to feel that their lives matter and that they are important.  
4.  Below are some ways to love one another and love God with words:
Give encouragement; Express thanks; Acknowledge others; Give a compliment;
Congratulate those you love; Offer words of comfort; make others laugh; communicate your love in words; let others know you are praying for them.

Catch your children or grandchildren doing something good and compliment them on how good they did instead of being critical about the things they didn't do, or didn't do up to your expectations.  A positive verbal environment is one in which children feel valued . It fosters in them positive feelings and beliefs about themselves and others.    

Write a note or send a text to your Pastor. (Don't wait until Pastor's appreciation month), Sunday School teacher, or spiritual mentor and thank them for sharing God's precious Word with you. Tell your wife or husband how much you appreciate something they have done for you. The more you use this "Love Language", the easier it will be to speak it.

4.  Lets not forget the first commandment: And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.  We are created in Gods image, and He desires that we show our love for Him.  One of those ways is words of praise.  Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!(Psalms 107:8).  
 He does desire our words of thanks, praise, and acknowledgement.  Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.(Psalms 136:1).

The most important thing you can do this week is to tell your Heavenly Father how much you love Him and appreciate the things He is doing for you.  Tell Him you appreciate Him sending His Son, the Lord Jesus to die for your sins and bringing you into a relationship with Him.

This love languageis not just a suggestion for being a better person, it is a command from God.  Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.(1 John 4:7-8). 

5.  This week's homework is to practice using Words of Affirmation (encouragement), to show your love to your husband, wife, parents, children, grandchildren, friends, co-workers, and especially to your Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Send a text, e-mail, or written note each day of this week  of encouragement  to someone.  At the end of the year you will have encouraged people at least 365 times.

Tell someone how much you appreciate them when they do something good for you - not just thank you, but thank you for .......

Practice giving compliments to others.

Ask the Lord Jesus today to give you more love for people.  Now you know one way to show love.  In the next message you will learn another way to show your love to God and to each other.  You will learn about showing your love with the love languageof quality time.  

Remember, our Lord said:  "Give, and it will be given to you.."  Luke 6:38

Give forgiveness, and you will receive forgiveness.
Give love, and others will give you love.

Give words of encouragement, and others will give them to you.