The Born Supremacy

Posted: December 18, 2016 in Uncategorized

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THE BORN SUPREMACY

 (Hebrews 1:1-4) “In the past God spoke to our forefathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe. 3 The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being, sustaining all things by his powerful word. After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 4 So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.”

The Unexpected Supremacy of this Newborn Baby

The baby in the manger is greater than all of CREATION! v2 “… His Son, whom he appointed heir of all things, and through whom he made the universe.”

(Rom. 1:25) “They exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator–who is forever praised. Amen.”

The baby in the manger is greater than all of my Searching! v3 “ The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being.”

The baby in the manger is greater than all of my SINS! v3 “ After he had provided purification for sins, he sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven.”

The baby’s name is greater than all other NAMES! 4 “So he became as much superior to the angels as the name he has inherited is superior to theirs.”

(Acts 4:12) “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”

Spend a few minutes each day this week digging a little deeper into the truths that you have heard today by reading scripture and the devotional thought. Then, ask God to help you put His truth into practice.
Monday – Read Philippians 2:5. OUR EXAMPLE. Philippians 2:5-11 is one of the greatest passages ever written about Jesus Christ. Very simply, the passage says that Jesus Christ is God, yet He humbled Himself and became Man. Jesus Christ is the Person who dwelt in all the glory of perfection, but He humbled Himself and came to this corruptible world that knows little else other than selfishness, greed and death. Just imagine the enormous step down that Jesus Christ had to take to become a Man. It is utterly impossible to grasp the humility it took. Yet, this is exactly what He did and it is what we are to do. The very same mind that existed in Jesus Christ—that led Christ to give up everything He was and had—that very mind is to be in us. Are you willing to humble yourself and serve your family, your workplace, your neighbors, and your community in the name of Christ? Are you willing to give up what is comfortable in order to serve others for their good? Ask the Lord to help you cast aside pride and ego and walk in humble dependence on God with the mindset of a selfless servant… just like Jesus did.
Tuesday – Read Philippians 2:5-7. THE DEITY OF CHRIST. Christ is of the “very nature” of God. This means that Jesus Christ is not merely like God; He is God. It means that Jesus Christ did not just achieve a high level of righteousness when on earth; He was the very embodiment of righteousness. It means that Jesus Christ did not just walk more perfectly than other men walk; He was the very picture (essence) of perfection. It means that Jesus Christ did not become God when on earth; He has been God throughout all eternity. These verses clearly show that Jesus Christ is God. John wrote this about Jesus in his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1). When Jesus Christ was on earth, He was constantly claiming…to be God, to be the Son of God, to have the nature of God, to be one with God, to be on an equal basis with God.
Was He a thief? Was He robbing and snatching the title of God or was He truly God? He did not have to rob and grasp after the deity of God; He was already on an equal basis with God. Jesus may have been born as a baby in a stable but that was not His beginning. He has always been and always will be God. This Christmas, worship Jesus as the eternal Creator of the universe who came into this world to rescue you.

Read Luke 2:8-20. THE HINGE OF HISTORY. Some of the Jews were waiting for a savior to deliver them from Roman rule. They were expecting a military leader. Others hoped that the Christ (Messiah) would deliver them from physical ailments. While Jesus did heal some, His focus was on delivering them from sin. Jesus’ work was more far-reaching than anyone could have imagined. Christ paid the price for sin and opened the way to peace with God. He offers us more than temporary political or physical changes—he offers us new hearts that will last for eternity. Without Christ, the plight of mankind would have continued on the road of hopelessness because of the plague of sin. When Christ was born in Bethlehem, the entire course of humanity was altered. A light broke through the darkness and hope stepped onto the stage of history. As the late Ralph Stockman (pastor) once wrote, “The hinge of history is on the door of a Bethlehem stable.” Have you opened that door and allowed the Savior to step into your heart by faith? If not, today would be a great day to do it! Ask the Lord to shine the light of faith in your heart and then trust Jesus for salvation.

Read Luke 2:8-20. SPREAD THE WORD. What a birth announcement by the angels! The shepherds were terrified, but their fear turned to joy as the angels announced the Messiah’s birth. First the shepherds ran to see the baby; then they spread the word. Praise for God and gratitude for what he has done should motivate you to tell others about what Christ has done in your life. Have you discovered a relationship with Christ so wonderful that you can’t help sharing your joy with your friends? Ask the Lord to give you the opportunities and courage to invite others to Riverwoods so they can hear the good news about Jesus.

Read Luke 2:8-20. TELLING ALL YOU KNOW. These shepherds told everyone who would listen all that they had heard and seen. Often people who try to tell all that they know are politely avoided. It can be boring to listen to someone who never stops to take a breath. But in the shepherds’ case, people listened, because: Shepherds were not supposed to know much, and these shepherds had startling information… The message was revolutionary, breathtaking, and transformative. It changed listeners’ lives… The shepherds spoke from the heart, and their words connected to the deepest needs of others… When you tell about Jesus, start with what you know best: your life experience. Tell the story of God in your life. You don’t need to embellish, but don’t hold back either. Your words will change many, and God will use you to change the world. Ask the Lord to give you boldness as you tell others the story of how Jesus has changed you.

The Born Identity

Posted: December 12, 2016 in Uncategorized

Last Sunday I started a new teaching series “UNEXPECTED” and talked about “The Born Identity”.  This series is all about Jesus.  Last week was about his birth and  true identity.  One would never have dreamed or planned for God to send the Savior in the manner of a new born child.  In the declaration of Luke 2 we see that Jesus is Savior, Christ and Lord.

The plan is to use the blog to dig deeper about Sunday’s messages and other subjects as they are on my heart. Since I have just started blogging again it will take me a few days to catch up with my preaching schedule.  The first couple days will be a heavier load.  Today you will get the outline to part one of unexpected, preached December 4th and a couple days of digging deeper.  By the end of the week we should be caught up “UNEXPECTED” series.

(Luke 2:1-7; 11) “In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

THE UNEXPECTED IDENTITY OF THE NEWBORN BABY

The baby in the manger is MY DELIVER!

“Savior” – Savior is the title given by God because He will deliver His people from their sins. “Jesus” means “ The Lord is salvation”

(Matthew 1:21) “She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”

The baby in the manger is GOD’S PLAN!

“Christ” – This title refers to the Old Testament promise of one who would come and fulfill God’s special purpose of delivering mankind from his greatest enemy – sin.

(1 Peter 1:20) “He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

The baby is the manger is GOD HIMSELF!

“Lord” – This title refers to the holy, unspeakable personal name of God himself

(Luke 1:32, 35) “He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David… The angel answered [to Mary], “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”

DIGGING DEEPER

Read Luke 2:8-20. MANGER SCENE. When we think about Christmas, most of us have in our heads a picture of Jesus as a baby in a manger. This image is a great place to start when we think about the meaning of Christmas, but it must not be our last. While the manger scenes in the front yards of our churches and homes may be beautiful to gaze upon, we must be careful that we don’t leave him there. This tiny, helpless baby lived an amazing life, died for sinners, ascended to heaven, and will come back to this earth as King of kings. Christ will rule the world and judge all people according to their decisions about him. Do you still picture Jesus as a baby in a manger—or is he your Lord? Don’t underestimate Jesus. Let him grow up in your life. Let Him be your life each day. Are you ready to live out Galatians 2:20 today? If so, Christmas has come to truly live in your heart! Ask the Lord to help you live in daily obedience and surrender to Him every day.

Read Luke 2:8-20. JUST AS YOU ARE. Get in your time machine and travel back over 2000 years ago to a little town called Bethlehem outside Jerusalem. The greatest event in history has just occurred! The Messiah had been born! For ages the Jews had waited for this, and when it finally happened, the announcement came to … lowly shepherds. What’s that about?!? Where is the marching band or the royal entourage to greet Him? What was God saying to us with Jesus’ quiet and lowly beginning? He was saying that Jesus comes to all types of people, including the plain, the ordinary, and the outcasts of society. He comes to anyone with a heart humble enough to accept him. Whoever you are, whatever you do, you can have Jesus in your life. Don’t think that you need extraordinary qualifications—Jesus accepts you as you are. Ask the Lord to give you the confidence to accept His forgiveness, not on your own merits, but on His grace instead.

 

Back in the saddle

Posted: December 9, 2016 in Uncategorized

After a long absence blogging seems to be a viable option once again to communicate what God is teaching me. Through these posts I hope people can learn and grow, thus fulfilling the original plan of The Coaching Channel. Stay tuned

Most people have way more potential than they realize. Very few of us reach our full potential, because of self doubt, fear, just doing the minimum, not taking risks and worrying about what others might think of us. There are many obstacles to overcome to fulfill a dream and reach our potential. I believe real potential comes from God not ourselves and our own abilities, but in conjunction with how God made and gifted us. The real secret to reaching our potential and purpose on earth is simply take each step God shows us.

We should not move ahead or lag behind the clear direction of God. Sometimes we will question what he tells us to do, but we know it is him and what he said. This is where the difficulty comes in, are we going to believe and obey or are we going to doubt and disobey. In Luke 5 Jesus gets into Simon’s boat and tells him to put out into deeper water and drop the nets. Peter is reluctant, he had fished all night and caught nothing, a crowd is watching, and he is afraid of being embarrassed due to failure. It is very important to learn early on that success is simply doing what he says, not in the results that may come. I love what Simon says, “Because You Say So I Will”. BYSSIW is a new phrase in my life. It may look like there is no way you can accomplish what the Lord is telling you to do. Just to try and do what he is saying means people will call you crazy, say you’ve has lost your mind. You have tried and tried without success, people are watching and you’re afraid of failing. Remember success is doing what he says. Paul in the book of Acts did what he said but the ship sank. For Paul success was not keeping the boat afloat but doing what he said. I love what Simon says, “Because You Say So I Will”.

If real potential and success come from God, the key is simply doing whatever he says. Adopt a new philosophy BYSSIW and you will make a difference for the cause of Christ.