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Friday, May 15, 2015

SAY GOOD-BYE TO YESTERDAY



Video Links To This Sermon
 “Say Good-bye to Yesterday”
By Pastor Mark Taylor
“For a righteous person may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity. (Proverbs 24:16).  
Christians are not “perfect”.  We are forgiven and we have the presence of God in our lives through the Holy Spirit, but we will all still make mistakes and fail ourselves and others from time to time.
The first step in saying good-bye to yesterday, is to acknowledge to ourselves and to the Lord that we have failed.  “Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, And cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me.”          (Psalms 51:1-3).  Feeling like you are the victim and blaming others for failures in your life will not allow you to put your past behind you. Change your response to failure by accepting responsibility.  To move forward today, you must learn to say good-bye to yesterday’s hurts, tragedies, and negative events.
Next, understand that God loves you right now for who you are.  You cannot do anything to make God love you more than He does right now.  I know that it is a hard concept to accept because others do not love and accept us unconditionally, but God does.  “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1).  He demonstrates that love by continually forgiving us and giving us opportunities to start over.  “The mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, And His righteousness to children's children, (Psalms 103:17).
Finally, in this process determine to release the event and move on.  You do not have control over how other people feel about you or what you have done, but you do have power to control your response to the event.  Holding grudges and repeated the event to yourself and others will only prolong the pain.  “but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before.” (Philippians 3:13).
Many people before you have failed in business, relationships, and in accomplishing personal goals.  The average entrepreneur fails 4 times before they make it in business.  They have learned how to lemons in to lemonade.  Thomas Edison believed “ Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up”.
When we don’t what to do, then we need to ask God for guidance, because He does know the solution to our problems and can help us overcome failure.   “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.” (James 1:5).  I would like to share a few strategies that successful men and women have learned in overcoming failure.2
  • Reject Rejection.  Do not give up because others think you have failed.  The Lord has not given up on you. “For He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say: "The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6).
  • Don’t blame God and others for your failures.  He is the source of your help, not the source of your problem.   Remember how far you have come and give God glory for what you have.  Remember Job’s attitude about failure. “And he said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, And naked shall I return there. The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD." In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:21-22).
  • See failure as only a temporary problem.  “For a righteous person may fall seven times and rise again.” (Proverbs 24:16).  
  • Keep your expectations realistic and achievable.  Ask for God’s will to be done in your life. “You ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that." (James 4:15).
  • Instead of dwelling on your failure, focus on your strengths. God has made you with special abilities and made you for a special purpose. “I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.” (Psalms 139:14).
  • Don’t be afraid to start over.  Fear will bring procrastination and eventually stop you from overcoming failure. If you have the Lord Jesus in your heart, He will help you start over. “But Jesus looked at them and said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible." (Mark 10:27).
  • Don’t get used to failure and make the same mistakes over and over again. “If you always do what you’ve always done, then you will always get what you’ve always gotten”.


A great future is awaiting the children of God in this world and the one to come - Don't Quit – Don’t Give Up.  The Lord is on your side.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

SOMEONE CARES A LOT ABOUT YOU



Someone Cares A Lot About You
by Pastor Mark Taylor

“The very hairs of your head are all numbered.”  (Matthew 10:30)

God cares about you so much that he knew all about you physically, mentally, and emotionally before you were born.  “Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” (Psalms 139:16).   And He loves you in spite of all your problems you have acquired since you were born. You were made with such care that even the number of your hairs was not by chance.

God knows more about you than you know about yourself.  Not one hair falls from your head without God knowing about it.  If each hair is valued, then our minds and souls must have much more value.  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16).  

If God numbered your hairs, then He knows you personally and will be there for you when you have needs. “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

Just because you are thought of with such detail, His love does not exempt you from the trials and difficulties of life.  Our Lord Jesus suffered while He was on this Earth and He warned us that we would to.  "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33).  No matter how difficult your life is, if you remain faithful to the Lord, you have great rewards waiting for you.  “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18).  

No one likes to suffer, but sin has brought chaos and problems into the world.  Sin is an agent of decay.  Once sin comes into a relationship, a community, or an individual it begins to destroy.  Satan’s goal is to undo what God has done by introducing sin into things that God has made “good”.

God cares for you by preserving you in this evil world.  The good news is that God is not just sitting back and watching evil destroy you.  In the book of Genesis, evil had become so widespread that God decided to destroy the whole world, but “But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD” (Genesis 6:8).  God wants to spare you from the evil of this world because “He cares for you” (I Peter 5:7).  He is helping you fight evil.  “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.”  (1 Corinthians 10:13).

God cares for you by reversing the chaotic cycle of sin in your life when you accept the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior.    “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).  
God cares for you by demonstrating His love to you.  “For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:7-8).

God cares for you by providing a plan and purpose for your life.  “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you.” (Jeremiah 29:11-12).  “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him." (1 Corinthians 2:9).

Because God cares so much for us, we need to care for others.  “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).


Because God cares so much for us, we need to care for God. “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Psalms 116:1-2).

Sunday, April 26, 2015

FINDING A WAY TO SHOW COMPASSION



FINDING A WAY TO SHOW COMPASSION
by Pastor Mark Taylor

In English, the word "compassion" actually comes from two words meaning "suffer with" - a person with compassion is willing to "Rejoice with them that do rejoice and weep with them that weep" (Romans 12:15), and, we may add, suffer with those who suffer. 

Whenever we come into contact with people in need, we should be "moved with compassion." In part, it's what comes with being human. We not only have the inborn capacity, but also the inclination to have an attitude of sympathy, mercy and pity towards others who are hurting, deprived, or suffering loss. Due to sin, that ability is in small or large measure ruined, but when we are "born again," it comes alive again in full measure. 

Teaching: "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." (Mark 6:34)

Feeding: in Mark 8:2, we hear Jesus say, "I have compassion for these people; they have already been with me three days and have nothing to eat." It can't be overlooked that while the Lord may be primarily interested in spiritual nourishment for the soul, He was not unmindful of the needs of the body as well. Of course we can't help remember that in the Old Testament, food was also miraculously provided as the people of God journeyed from the bondage of Egypt back to the Land of Promise. We're also reminded of what the Psalmist said, "I have been young, and now am old yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken nor his seed begging bread." (Psalm 37:25)

Healing: Two blind men caused a disturbance by calling out to Jesus as He was passing by on His way out of Jericho. "Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed him." (Matthew 20:34).  We are called to provide healing to those who are hurting from disappointments and provide them with the “good news” of Jesus Christ.

Deliverance: It was compassion that the father appealed to when he brought his son to Jesus as He and the Disciples were coming down from the dramatic encounter with Moses, Elijah and the Voice of God on the mountain. "If you can do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us, the man cried out.” (Mark 9:22) Jesus did have compassion, and He delivered the boy from the evil spirit that had tormented him for so long.   We should pray for those who need deliverance from drugs, alcohol, and other addictions.  We should pray for those who need deliverance from depression and anxiety.

 Forgiveness: The best known forgiveness story is that of the Prodigal Son come home. Actually, it would be good if we renamed the story, "The Forgiving Father." Listen to this brief description of their reunion, "But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." (Luke 15:20) 

Helping a wounded neighbor: Another truly great story given to us by Luke is that of the "Good Samaritan." You know it well, but notice how Luke describes the moment of encounter. After the priest and Levite crossed to the other side of the street in order to avoid dealing with the wounded man, ". . . a certain Samaritan, as he journeyed came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him." (Luke 10:33) True compassion involves a willingness to rearrange our own schedule in order to meet the real need of a neighbor in trouble. One obvious point Jesus made was that the man who did the helping was willing to cross over the ethnic divide, and help a beaten and robbed man even though he represented the very people who would have nothing to do with the Samaritan's countrymen. The other tragic reality demonstrated by this story is that just being "religious" doesn't necessarily translate into compassion. 

Intercessory prayer: “But when he saw the multitudes, he was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.  Then said he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth laborers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:36-38).  We can’t be everywhere and we may have few resources, but we can pray that God would meet the needs of others. 

FIND A WAY TO SHOW COMPASSION ON SOMEONE WHO HAS A NEED




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.