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“Reasons for Resisting Change” – with Pastor Ken Patton, January 23, 2022

 

But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch, and you will see the wonderful way the Lord will rescue you today. The Egyptians you are looking at—you will never see them again. Exodus 14:13 The Living Bible

 

  1. Fear of the unknown.

 

10 As Pharaoh approached, the people of Israel looked up and panicked when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They cried out to the Lord, 11 and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? 12 Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’” Exodus 14:10-12 NLT

 

  1. Comfortable with the present.

 

14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey.      20 The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’ Matthew 25:14-15, 20-21 NASB

 

  1. Not a risk taker.

 

’24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ Matthew 25:24-25 NASB

 

  1. Afraid to fail.

 

January Memory Verse – “I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.”  Psalm 119:40 NLT

 

“Responding to Change”  – with Pastor Ken Patton, January 16, 2022

1 The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: 2 “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” 3 But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord. He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish. Jonah 1:1-3 NLT

 

  1. Run and hide from the will of God.

35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.” 38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. Luke 1:35-38 NLT

 

  1. Accept and embrace what God is doing.

“Where there is no guidance the people fall, but in abundance of counselors there is victory.” Proverbs 11:14 NASB

  1. Seek counsel of the God-minded.

“Listen to counsel and accept discipline, that you may be wise the rest of your days.” Proverbs 19:20 NASB

 

37 Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through your word. 38 Reassure me of your promise, made to those who fear you. 39 Help me abandon my shameful ways; for your regulations are good. 40 I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness. Psalm 119:37-40 NLT

 

  1. Love the word of God enough to do the word of God.

January Memory Verse – “I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.”  Psalm 119:40 NLT

 

“Change May Happen on Any Given Day” – with Pastor Ken Patton, January 9, 2022

 

1 As He passed by, He saw a man blind from birth. 2 And His disciples asked Him, “Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he would be born blind?” 3 Jesus answered, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” John 9:1-3

 

  1. We are often judged using bad information.

4 “We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work. 5 While I am in the world, I am the Light of the world.” John 9:4-5

 

  1. Be ready to follow the plan God has for you.

6 When He had said this, He spat on the ground, and made clay of the spittle, and applied the clay to his eyes, 7 and said to him, “Go, wash in the pool of Siloam” (which is translated, Sent). So he went away and washed, and came back seeing. John 9:6-7

 

  1. Change looks different for every individual.

8 Therefore the neighbors, and those who previously saw him as a beggar, were saying, “Is not this the one who used to sit and beg?” 9 Others were saying, “This is he,” still others were saying, “No, but he is like him.” He kept saying, “I am the one.”      John 9:8-9

 

  1. Others will be skeptical of many of the changes.

10 So they were saying to him, “How then were your eyes opened?” 11 He answered, “The man who is called Jesus made clay, and anointed my eyes, and said to me, ‘Go to Siloam and wash’; so I went away and washed, and I received sight.” 12 They said to him, “Where is He?” He said, “I do not know.” John 9:10-12

 

  1. The giver of life should be in the center of change.

January Memory Verse – “I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.”  Psalm 119:40 NLT

 

“What is Ahead of You?” – with Pastor Ken Patton, January 2, 2022

3 And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city. 4 Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, 5 in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child. 6 While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth. Luke 1:3-6

  1. Change is part of life.

2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews?     4 Gathering together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. 5 They said to him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for this is what has been written by the prophet: 6 ‘And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, Are by no means least among the leaders of Judah; For out of you shall come forth a Ruler

Who will shepherd My people Israel.’” Matthew 2:2, 4-6

  1. Change is hard and often uncomfortable.

13 Now when they had gone, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up! Take the Child and His mother and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is going to search for the Child to destroy Him.” 14 So Joseph got up and took the Child and His mother while it was still night, and left for Egypt. 15 He remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet: “Out of Egypt I called My Son.” Matthew 2:13-15

  1. Change requires faith and confidence.

21 So Joseph got up, took the Child and His mother, and came into the land of Israel. 22 But when he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there. Then after being warned by God in a dream, he left for the regions of Galilee, 23 and came and lived in a city called Nazareth. This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophets: “He shall be called a Nazarene.”      Matthew 2:21-23

  1. Change is needed to grow.

January Memory Verse – “I long to obey your commandments! Renew my life with your goodness.”  Psalm 119:40 NLT

 

“He is All of That (and More)” – with Pastor Ken Patton, December 26, 2021

31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Luke 1:31-33 NLT

 

  1. The baby in the manger will be the King without end.

14 Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 NIV

 

  1. Literally it is God with us.

22 Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child and shall bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which translated means, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23

 

20 …“Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”      Matthew 1:20b-21

 

  1. This means salvation for all of us.

5 “In Bethlehem in Judea,” they said, “for this is what the prophet wrote: 6 ‘And you, O Bethlehem in the land of Judah, are not least among the ruling cities of Judah, or a ruler will come from you who will be the shepherd for my people Israel.’”      Matthew 2:5-6 NLT

 

  1. He will guide you every step of the way.

 

December Memory Verse – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”-                                                                     Isaiah 9:6 NASB

 

“Living in the Unknown” – with Pastor Ken Patton, December 19, 2021

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a village in Galilee, 27 to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of King David. 28 Gabriel appeared to her and said, “Greetings, favored woman! The Lord is with you!” 29 Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. Luke 1:26-29 NLT

What was God doing here?

30 “Don’t be afraid, Mary,” the angel told her, “for you have found favor with God! 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you will name him Jesus. 32 He will be very great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David. 33 And he will reign over Israel forever; his Kingdom will never end!” Luke 1:30-33 NLT

1. God chooses with a purpose.

 

34 Mary asked the angel, “But how can this happen? I am a virgin.” 35 The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the baby to be born will be holy, and he will be called the Son of God. 36 What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she has conceived a son and is now in her sixth month. 37 For the word of God will never fail.” Luke 1:34-37
2. Remember with God all things are possible.

 

38 Mary responded, “I am the Lord’s servant. May everything you have said about me come true.” And then the angel left her. 39 A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town 40 where Zechariah lived. She entered the house and greeted Elizabeth. 41 At the sound of Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s child leaped within her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Elizabeth gave a glad cry and exclaimed to Mary, “God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed.  Luke 1:38-42 NLT

3. What you don’t understand use faith.

 

December Memory Verse – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”
Isaiah 9:6 NASB

 

“The Big Picture”  – with Pastor Ken Patton, December 12, 2021

 

“Mary was engaged to Joseph, but before they were married, she found out that she was going to have a baby by the Holy Spirit. Joseph was a man who always did what was right, but he did not want to disgrace Mary publicly; so he made plans to break the engagement privately.” Matthew 1:18-19 GNT

 

What was God doing here?

 

  1. God wanted to reveal the character of Joseph.

20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.” Matthew 1:20-21

 

  1. God wants us to offer others grace.

24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife. 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus. Matthew 1:24-25 NLT

 

  1. We are better off letting go of our hurt.

22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel, which is translated, “God with us.” Matthew 1:22-23 NKJV

 

  1. God is always in the best position to see the big picture.

December Memory Verse – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”-                                                                     Isaiah 9:6 NASB

 

“On His Shoulders” – with Pastor Ken Patton, December 5, 2021

 

6 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.

 

7 There will be no end to the increase of His government or of peace, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will accomplish this. Isaiah 9:6-7

 

  1. God will not steer us in the wrong way.
  1. God is the source of all strength.
  1. He is a Father who won’t leave us.
  1. God is the ultimate peacemaker.

December Memory Verse – “For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; and the government will rest on his shoulders; and His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.”-                                                                     Isaiah 9:6 NASB

 

“Blessed ‒Not Entitled – with Pastor Ken Patton, November 28, 2021

    “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3-10 ESV

 

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” Matthew 5:11-12

 

  1. We may not receive the love or respect of others, but the love of God is steadfast.
  1. God promises blessing not entitlement.
  1. Being a Christ follower has great reward.

November Memory Verse – “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”     Proverbs 4:23 NLT

 

Truly Blessed: Part 2” – with Pastor Ken Patton. November 21, 2021

 

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, Matthew 5:1-2

 

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.”   Matthew 5:7

 

  1. We should deliver mercy to others as we have been shown mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”   Matthew 5:8

 

  1. The pure of heart have a single-minded devotion to God through following Jesus.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.” Matthew 5:9

 

“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:10

November Memory Verse – “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”     Proverbs 4:23 NLT

 

Truly Blessed” – with Pastor Ken Patton, November 14, 2021

 

1 When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, Matthew 5:1-2

 

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3

 

  1. Acknowledge your spiritual powerlessness and bankruptcy apart from Christ.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”  Matthew 5:4

 

  1. Mourn personal sin and loss and social evil and oppression.

“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.”   Matthew 5:5 NIV

 

  1. Be one who is humble, gentle, and not aggressive.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.” Matthew 5:6

 

  1. Desire to see God’s standards lived and obeyed in every area of life.

November Memory Verse – “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.”     Proverbs 4:23 NLT

 

Wanting What God Gives You” – with Pastor Ken Patton, November 7, 2021

“You must not covet your neighbor’s house. You must not covet your neighbor’s wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17 NLT

1. Coveting is an idolatry problem.

“For this you know with certainty, that no immoral or impure person or covetous man, who is an idolater, has an inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.” Ephesians 5:5

 

13Someone in the crowd said to Him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the family inheritance with me.” 14But He said to him, “Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15Then He said to them, “Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 16And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”’ 20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” Luke 12:13-21

2. Greed is at the root of coveting.

 

11Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. 12I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. Philippians 4:11-12

3. Contentment is the key to avoid coveting.

 

7For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 1 Timothy 6:7-9

 

5Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, “I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,” 6so that we confidently say, “THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?” Hebrews 13:5-6

November Memory Verse – “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT

 

Beyond the Lie” – with Pastor Ken Patton, October 31, 2021

“You must not testify falsely against your neighbor.” Exodus 20:16 NLT

1. Lying destroys the freedom and dignity of the victims.

When you lie about your neighbors, it hurts them as much as a club, a sword, or a sharp arrow. Proverbs 25:18 NCV

 

“Lying lips are an abomination to the LORD, but those who deal faithfully are His delight.” Proverbs 12:22

2. Lying damages the personal freedom of the people who engage in it.

“A false witness will not go unpunished, and he who tells lies will not escape.” Proverbs 19:5

 

11 ‘You shall not steal, nor deal falsely, nor lie to one another. 12 You shall not swear falsely by My name, so as to profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.’ Leviticus 19:11-12

3. Lying destroys trust.

Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have ransomed me, O LORD, God of truth. Psalm 31:5

For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies. Matthew 15:19 NKJV

4. Lying damages the liar’s sense of self-worth.

 

8But now you also, put them all aside: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth. 9Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices… Colossians 3:8-9

5. Lying destroys our relationship to God.

Whoever speaks the truth gives honest evidence, but a false witness utters deceit. Proverbs 12:17

October Memory Verse – “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection” Proverbs 30:5 NLT

 

“To Steal or Not to Steal” – with Pastor Ken Patton, October 24, 2021

“You shall not steal.” Exodus 20:15

1. Stealing violates a stewardship principle of God.

 

8“Will a man rob God? Yet you are robbing Me! But you say, ‘How have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. 9You are cursed with a curse, for you are robbing Me, the whole nation of you! 10Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the LORD of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows. 11Then I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of the ground; nor will your vine in the field cast its grapes,” says the LORD of hosts. 12“All the nations will call you blessed, for you shall be a delightful land,” says the LORD of hosts. Malachi 3:8-12

2. We have all stolen from God.

 

16A man came to Jesus and asked, “Teacher, what good thing must I do to have eternal life?” 17Jesus said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? Only God is good. If you want to have eternal life, you must obey his commandments.” 18″Which ones?” the man asked. Jesus answered, “Do not murder. Be faithful in marriage. Do not steal. Do not tell lies about others. 19Respect your father and mother. And love others as much as you love yourself.” 20The young man said, “I have obeyed all of these. What else must I do?” 21Jesus replied, “If you want to be perfect, go sell everything you own! Give the money to the poor, and you will have riches in heaven. Then come and be my follower.” 22When the young man heard this, he was sad, because he was very rich. Matthew 19:16-22 CEV

3. We are better to give than to not.

He who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with his own hands, that he may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28 NIV

4. There is no justifiable stealing in the eyes of God.

 

October Memory Verse
“Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection” Proverbs 30:5 NLT

 

Sex as Not Intended” – with Pastor Ken Patton, October 17, 2021

“You shall not commit adultery.” Exodus 20:14

     1. It violates the creation of God.

18Then the LORD God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable for him.” 22 The LORD God fashioned into a woman the rib which He had taken from the man, and brought her to the man. 23 The man said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” 24 For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh. 25 And the man and his wife were both naked and were not ashamed. Genesis 2:18, 22-25

27″You know the next commandment pretty well, too: ‘Don’t go to bed with another’s spouse.’ 28But don’t think you’ve preserved your virtue simply by staying out of bed. Your heart can be corrupted by lust even quicker than your body. Those leering looks you think nobody notices—they also corrupt. Matthew 5:27-28 The Message

     2. It violates the trust of the marriage covenant.

Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral. Hebrews 13:4 NIV

24Therefore God gave them over in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, so that their bodies would be dishonored among them. 25For they exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen. 26For this reason God gave them over to degrading passions; for their women exchanged the natural function for that which is unnatural, 27and in the same way also the men abandoned the natural function of the woman and burned in their desire toward one another, men with men committing indecent acts and receiving in their own persons the due penalty of their error. Romans 1:24-27
     3. It violates and substitutes the natural for the unnatural.

9Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, 10nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, will inherit the kingdom of God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

October Memory Verse – “Every word of God proves true. He is a shield to all who come to Him for protection” Proverbs 30:5 NLT

 

“Crossing the Line” – Pastor Ken Patton, October 10, 2021

God’s sixth commandment is…

“You shall not murder.” Exodus 20:13

1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: 2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 ESV

Whoever sheds man’s blood, his blood will be shed by man, for God made
man in His image. Genesis 9:6 HCSB

1. Murder violates God’s image— in man.

 

For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, slanders. Matthew 5:19

2. Murder begins in the heart of man.

 

21“You have heard that the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be liable to the court.’ 22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘You good-for-nothing,’ shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell. Matthew 5:21-22

 

14If we love our Christian brothers and sisters, it proves that we have passed from death to life. But a person who has no love is still dead. 15Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murderer at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them. 16We know what real love is because Jesus gave up his life for us. So we also ought to give up our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:14-16 NLT
3. A murderer is not beyond forgiveness.

1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked… 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus… Ephesians 2:1-2, 4-6