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“From Overwhelmed to Overflowing” – with Pastor Ken Patton, May 16, 2021 

“You prepare a meal for me in front of my enemies. You pour oil of blessing on my head; you fill my cup to overflowing.”     Psalm 23:5 NCV

“On the last day of the festival, Jesus stood and shouted to the crowds: ‘If you are thirsty, come to me and drink! Everyone who really believes in me will have rivers of living water flowing out of their lives.”  John 7:37-38 NLT 

What is an overflowing life?

…a life filled beyond capacity with an endless supply of God’s goodness. 

“I am the holy God, who rescues you. For your own good, I teach you, and I lead you along the right path.  How I wish that you had obeyed my commands! Then your success and good fortune would have overflowed like a flooding river!”        Isaiah 48:17-18 CEV

“I’ve come that you may have real life, and enjoy it in abundance – to the fullest, until it overflows!”         John 10:10 Amplified

How can I experience an overflowing life? 

  1. Stay connected to Jesus every day.

“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay connected to me…you’ll produce a lot of fruit. But you can’t do anything without me!”      John 15:5

“If you stay connected to me and my words remain in you, you may ask any request you like, and it will be granted! My true disciples produce much fruit. This brings glory to my Father . . . So, stay connected to my love. You stay connected to my love when you obey me . . . I’ve told you this so that you’ll be filled with my joy. Yes, your cup of joy will overflow!”                  John 15:7-11 NLT/LB

  1. Stop complaining and start being grateful.

“In everything you do, stay away from complaining and arguing…”

Philippians 2:14 NLT

“Let your lives overflow with thanksgiving for all God has done.”   Colossians 2:7 NLT

 “No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.”    1 Thessalonians 5:18 NLT

  1. Stop comparing and start being content.

“It’s healthy to be content, but envy will eat you up.”  Proverbs 14:30 CEV

“It is better to be content with what you have than to always be struggling for more. That is like chasing the wind.”   Ecclesiastes 4:6 NCV 

  1. Stop being stingy and start being generous.

“A stingy planter will only reap a small crop. But anyone who sows generously will also reap generously. So, each of you should give serious consideration to what you want to give God, not reluctantly or under pressure, for God loves a cheerful giver. And you can be sure that God is able to bless you with all his grace, so that in all things, at all times, you will always have all you need, and you’ll also overflow so you can give to every good work.”       2 Corinthians 9:6-8

 

“‘Bring your full tithe to My storehouse, so that there will be food in My House. Test Me now in this,’ says the Lord, ‘and see if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.’”          Malachi 3:10

 

“If you give, you will receive back. Your gift will be returned to you in full measure, packed down and shaken to make room for more, and running over. Whatever measure you use in giving—large or small—it will be used to measure whatever is given back to you.”  Luke 6:38 NLT

 

May Memory Verse – “So the churches were made stronger in the faith and grew in numbers every day.”                  Acts 16:5 GNT

 

“Showing Mercy to Your Family” – with Pastor Ken Patton, May 9, 2021

“Lord, I want to live a blameless life, but how I need your help Lord, especially in my own home, where I long to act as I should.”         Psalm 101:2 TLB

Mercy is love in action

“Love is patient. Love is kind. Love does not envy. Love is not boastful or proud. Love is not rude. Love is not self-seeking. Love is not irritable or easily angered. Love keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil. Love rejoices with the truth. Love is always supportive. Love always trusts. Love is always hopeful. Love always perseveres and never gives up. Love never fails. It never ends.”           1 Corinthians 13:4-8

Four Ways to Show Mercy at Home

  1. By overlooking irritations and offenses.

“Love is not irritable or easily angered.”  1 Corinthians 13:5

“Love forgets mistakes; nagging about them separates even close friends.”              Proverbs 17:9

“It is to your glory to overlook an offense.”  Proverbs 19:11b

“Be careful that when you get on each other’s nerves you don’t snap at each other. Look for the best in each other, and always do your best to bring it out.”                              1 Thessalonians 5:15 The Message

  1. By being kind when they don’t deserve it but need it.

“Love is patient… Love is kind… Love is always supportive.”   1 Corinthians 13:4, 7

“Whenever you are able, do good to people who need help.”   Proverbs 3:27 NCV

“Don’t be hateful to people, just because they are hateful to you. Rather, be good to each other and to everyone else.”   1 Thessalonians 5:15 CEV

  1. By letting go of past hurts. 

“Love keeps no record of wrongs.”  1 Corinthians 13:5b

“Love is not rude. Love does not demand its own way. It is not irritable or touchy. It does not hold grudges.”   1 Corinthians 13:5 TLB

  1. By believing God is working in the lives of others.

“Love always trusts, love is always hopeful, and love always perseveres through whatever comes.”       1 Corinthians 13:7b

“Lord, hear my prayer for mercy when I call to you for help, when I lift my hands toward your most holy place.”     Psalm 28:2 GW

“I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day.”   Lamentations 3:20-23 

These are the same ways God shows you mercy!

 

May Memory Verse – “So the churches were made stronger in the faith and grew in numbers every day.” Acts 16:5 GNT

 

“Connected to a New Family” – with Pastor Ken Patton, May 2, 2021

 The church everywhere in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace and became stronger. Respecting the Lord by the way they lived, and being encouraged by the Holy Spirit, the group of believers continued to grow.                     Acts 9:31 NCV

  1. Connected to our new family we find our true home and purpose.

 15 For this reason, ever since I heard about your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all God’s people, 16 I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers.             Ephesians 1:15-16 NIV 

  1. Connected to our new family we learn to love and forgive.

 32 Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God has forgiven you because you belong to Christ.                                                       Ephesians 4:32 TLB

 4 Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are varieties of ministries, and the same Lord. 6 There are varieties of effects, but the same God who works all things in all persons. 7 But to each one is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.  11 But one and the same Spirit works all these things, distributing to each one individually just as He wills.  1 Corinthians 12:4-7, 11 

  1. Connected to our new family we use our gifts and spiritual talents.

 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26 to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 After all, no one ever hated their own body, but they feed and care for their body, just as Christ does the church— 30 for we are members of his body.                                                                Ephesians 5:25-30 NIV                         

  1. Connected to our new family we are to imitate Christ.

  May Memory Verse –“So the churches were made stronger in the faith and grew in numbers every day.”  Acts 16:5 GNT

 

“Promise of a New Power” – with Pastor Ken Patton, April 25, 2021

“But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”                                    Acts 1:8 TLB

  1. New power comes from the Holy Spirit.

12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’” 13 When the devil had finished every temptation, he left Him until an opportune time. 14 And Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. 15 And He began teaching in their synagogues and was praised by all.                  Luke 4:12-15

  1. New power prepares you for your ministry work.

For we do not preach ourselves but Christ Jesus as Lord, and ourselves as your bond-servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Light shall shine out of darkness,” is the One who has shone in our hearts to give the Light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves…       2 Corinthians 4:5-7

  1. New power is to bring proper attention to God.

“For the Scriptures say that God told Pharaoh, “I have appointed you for the very purpose of displaying my power in you and to spread my fame throughout the earth.”                  Romans 9:17 NLT

13 Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.                                  Romans 15:13

  1. New power is to be used liberally not conservatively.

“And the disciples were continually filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.”  Acts 13:52

April Memory Verse – “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A brand new life has begun!”                              2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB

 

“Hope in Eternal Life” – with Pastor Ken Patton, April 18, 2021

“Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.”                                   John 5:24 NIV

  1. Eternal life means we have crossed over from death.

1 “Father, the hour has come; glorify your Son that the Son may glorify you, since you have given him authority over all flesh, to give eternal life to all whom you have given him. And this is eternal life, that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.                                                   John 17:1-3 ESV

  1. Eternal life is given by only one, Jesus Christ.

These will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”                      Matthew 25:46

  1. Eternal life is free and it lasts forever.

For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.                 Romans 6:23

14 …Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. 16 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 3:14b-16 NKJV

  1. Eternal life comes from the deep love of God.

“I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.”            1 John 5:13 NLT

 

“New Life Begins” – Pastor Ken Patton, April 11, 2021

 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life.       Romans 6:4 HCSB

 

  1. A new way of life means living Christ’s way.

 

But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.     Romans 7:6 NKJV

 

  1. The new way will be filled by God’s Spirit.

 

This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!        2 Corinthians 5:17 NLT

 

  1. We need to let go of the old life.

  

22 …in reference to your former manner of life, you lay aside the old self, which is being corrupted in accordance with the lusts of deceit, 23 and that you be renewed in the spirit of your mind, 24 and put on the new self, which in the likeness of God has been created in righteousness and holiness of the truth.            Ephesians 4:22-24

 

  1. Every day we must be intentional with our new self.

 

12 Those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. 13 For those who are circumcised do not even keep the Law themselves, but they desire to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh. 14 But may it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. 15 For neither is circumcision anything, nor uncircumcision, but a new creation. 16 And those who will walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them, and upon the Israel of God.                                               Galatians 6:12-16

 

April Memory Verse – “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A brand new life has begun!”                          2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB

 

“A New Beginning”Pastor Ken Patton, April 4, 2021

57 When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who himself had also become a disciple of Jesus. 58 This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. 59 And Joseph took the body and wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock; and he rolled a large stone against the entrance of the tomb and went away. 61 And Mary Magdalene was there, and the other Mary, sitting opposite the grave. 62 Now on the next day, the day after the preparation, the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered together with Pilate, 63 and said, “Sir, we remember that when He was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I am to rise again.’ 64 Therefore, give orders for the grave to be made secure until the third day, otherwise His disciples may come and steal Him away and say to the people, ‘He has risen from the dead,’ and the last deception will be worse than the first.” 65 Pilate said to them, “You have a guard; go, make it as secure as you know how.” 66 And they went and made the grave secure, and along with the guard they set a seal on the stone.             Matthew 27:57-66

1 Now after the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and the other Mary came to look at the grave. 2 And behold, a severe earthquake had occurred, for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven and came and rolled away the stone and sat upon it. 3 And his appearance was like lightning, and his clothing as white as snow. 4 The guards shook for fear of him and became like dead men. 5 The angel said to the women, “Do not be afraid; for I know that you are looking for Jesus who has been crucified. 6 He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. 7 Go quickly and tell His disciples that He has risen from the dead; and behold, He is going ahead of you into Galilee, there you will see Him; behold, I have told you.” 8 And they left the tomb quickly with fear and great joy and ran to report it to His disciples. 9 And behold, Jesus met them and greeted them. And they came up and took hold of His feet and worshiped Him. 10 Then Jesus said to them, “Do not be afraid; go and take word to My brethren to leave for Galilee, and there they will see Me.”                     Matthew 28:1-10

  1. With the resurrection new life begins.

    Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too may walk in a new way of life. Romans 6:4 HCSB

    1. With the resurrection hope in eternal life ensued.

    “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.” John 5:24 NIV

    1. With the resurrection comes promise of a new power.

    “But when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, you will receive power to testify about me with great effect, to the people in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth, about my death and resurrection.”  Acts 1:8 TLB

    1. With the resurrection you’re connected to a new family.

    “The church everywhere in Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace and became stronger. Respecting the Lord by the way they lived, and being encouraged by the Holy Spirit, the group of believers continued to grow.” Acts 9:31 NCV

  April Memory Verse – “When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A brand new life has begun!”                          2 Corinthians 5:17 TLB