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“In Pursuit of Wisdom” – with Pastor Ken Patton, September 25, 2022

 

1 My son, if you will receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, 2 Make your ear attentive to wisdom, incline your heart to

understanding; 3 For if you cry for discernment, lift your voice for understanding; 4 If you seek her as silver and search for her as for hidden treasures; 5 Then you will discern the fear of the Lord and discover the knowledge of God. Proverbs 2:1-5

 

  1. Purposely receive wisdom.

 

10 For wisdom will enter your heart and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; 11 Discretion will guard you, understanding will watch over you,     Proverbs 2:10-11

 

  1. Wisdom helps protect you from soul damage.

 

12 To deliver you from the way of evil, from the man who speaks perverse things; 13 From those who leave the paths of uprightness to

walk in the ways of darkness; 14 Who delight in doing evil and rejoice

in the perversity of evil; 15 Whose paths are crooked, and who are

devious in their ways; Proverbs 2:12-15

 

  1. We will be tempted throughout life.

16 To deliver you from the strange woman, from the adulteress who flatters with her words; 17 That leaves the companion of her youth

and forgets the covenant of her God; 18 For her house sinks down to death and her tracks lead to the dead; 19 None who go to her return again, nor do they reach the paths of life.  Proverbs 2:16-19

 

  1. Sin will draw us away from the paths of life.

 

20 So you will walk in the way of good men and keep to the paths of the righteous. 21 For the upright will live in the land and the blameless will remain in it; 22 But the wicked will be cut off from the land and the treacherous will be uprooted from it. Proverbs 2:20-22

 

  1. God has good planned for those who follow him.

 

September Memory Verse -“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 NIV

 

Walking in Wisdom” – with Pastor Ken Patton, September 18, 2022

 

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.      Proverbs 1:7

 

  1. We begin well with a proper fear of God.

8 Hear, my son, your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching; 9 Indeed, they are a graceful wreath to your head and ornaments about your neck.     Proverbs 1:8-9

 

  1. God puts important others in our life for a solid foundation.

10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. 11 If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us ambush the innocent without cause; 12 Let us swallow them alive like Sheol,

even whole, as those who go down to the pit; 13 We will find all kinds of precious wealth, we will fill our houses with spoil; 14 Throw in your lot with us, we shall all have one purse,” 15 My son, do not walk in the way with them. Keep your feet from their path, 16 for their feet run to evil and they hasten to shed blood. Proverbs 1:10-16

 

  1. Be careful of those around you, keep your eyes wide open.

28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently but they will not find me, 29 because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord.  Proverbs 1:28-29

 

  1. Some seek a rescue rather than a change.

20 Wisdom shouts in the street, she lifts her voice in the square… 

 

23 “Turn to my reproof, behold, I will pour out my spirit on you;

I will make my words known to you… 

 

33 “But he who listens to me shall live securely and will be at ease from the dread of evil.”   Proverbs 1:20, 23 & 33

 

  1. Accept God’s corrections and live in peace.

September Memory Verse -“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 NIV

 

Believing in the God of the Bible Part 2” – with Pastor Ken Patton, September 11, 2022

 

**Outline taken from Holman Old Testament Commentary Vol. 20, Stephen R. Miller.

 

1 The one who scatters has come up against you. Man the fortress, watch the road; strengthen your back, summon all your strength.

2 For the Lord will restore the splendor of Jacob like the splendor of Israel, even though devastators have devastated them and destroyed their vine branches.      Nahum 2:1-2

 

  1. Though God is loving, he also judges sin.

13 “Behold, I am against you,” declares the Lord of hosts. “I will burn up her chariots in smoke, a sword will devour your young lions; I will cut off your prey from the land, and no longer will the voice of your messengers be heard.”     Nahum 2:13

 

  1. Because the Lord is just, he cannot allow the guilty to go unpunished.

12 Thus says the Lord, “Though they are at full strength and likewise many, even so, they will be cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer. 13 “So now, I will break his yoke bar from upon you, and I will tear off your shackles.” Nahum 1:12-13

 

  1. The Lord loves his people and will deliver them from their oppressors.

 “Man is unjust, but God is just; and finally justice triumphs.”  –Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

18 Your shepherds are sleeping, O king of Assyria; your nobles are lying down. Your people are scattered on the mountains and there is no one to regather them. 19 There is no relief for your breakdown,

your wound is incurable. All who hear about you will clap their hands over you, for on whom has not your evil passed continually? Nahum 3:18-19

  1. The fall of evil forces is a cause for joy among God’s people.

September Memory Verse -“The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 NIV

 

“Believing the God of the Bible” – with Pastor Ken Patton, September 4, 2022

Nahum 1:2    2 A jealous and avenging God is the Lord; The Lord is avenging and wrathful. The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries, and He reserves wrath for His enemies.      

  1. The Lord is just and will avenge.

 Nahum 1:3    3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished. In whirlwind and storm is His way, and clouds are the dust beneath His feet.    

  1. The Lord is patient giving time to repent.

Ezekiel 33:11    11 Say to them, ‘As I live!’ declares the Lord God, ‘I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that the wicked turn from his way and live. Turn back, turn back from your evil ways! Why then will you die, O house of Israel?’

Nahum 1:7   7 The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble, and He knows those who take refuge in Him.

  1. The Lord is good and will protect his people.

“Without God, mankind quickly degenerates into the subhuman.”  –Paul Johnson, Historian

Nahum 1:9    9 Whatever you devise against the Lord, He will make a complete end of it. Distress will not rise up twice.

  1. The Lord will always triumph over evil forces.

12 Thus says the Lord, “Though they are at full strength and likewise many, even so, they will be cut off and pass away. Though I have afflicted you, I will afflict you no longer. 13 “So now, I will break his yoke bar from upon you, and I will tear off your shackles.” Nahum 1:12-13 NASB

  1. The Lord will deliver his people from others.

31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31 KJV

September Memory Verse – “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Nahum 1:7 NIV

 

Strong in Faith: Mary–Mother of Jesus” – with Pastor Ken Patton, August 28, 2022

Luke 1:34-38    34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God. 36 And behold, even your relative Elizabeth has also conceived a son in her old age; and she who was called barren is now in her sixth month. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word.” 

  1. Faith is simply taking God at His word.

Luke 2:19 NLV     But Mary hid all these words in her heart. She thought about them much.

  1. Faith believes in what God can do.

John 2:1-5     1 On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there; 2 and both Jesus and His disciples were invited to the wedding. 3 When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to Him, “They have no wine.” 4 And Jesus *said to her, “Woman, what does that have to do with us? My hour has not yet come.” 5 His mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it.”

  1. Faith demands patience.

John 19:25-27    25 …But standing by the cross of Jesus were His mother, and His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus then saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing nearby, He said to His mother, “Woman, behold, your son!” 27 Then He said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother!” From that hour the disciple took her into his own household.

  1. Faith is needed when you experience pain.

August Memory Verse – My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.” Psalm 27:8 NLT

 

“Strong in Faith: Joseph” – with Pastor Ken Patton, August 21, 2022

Genesis 37:5-8     5 Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more. 6 He said to them, “Please listen to this dream which I have had; 7 for behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf.” 8 Then his brothers said to him, “Are you actually going to reign over us? Or are you really going to rule over us?” So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.  

 

  1. You need faith when your family mistreats you.

Genesis 39:4-8a     4 So Joseph found favor in his sight and became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge. 5 It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field. 6 So he left everything he owned in Joseph’s charge; and with him there he did not concern himself with anything except the food which he ate. Now Joseph was handsome in form and appearance. 7 It came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” 8 But he refused…

 

  1. You need faith when you are tempted.

Genesis 39:11-18     11 Now it happened one day that he went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the household was there inside. 12 She caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me!” And he left his garment in her hand and fled, and went outside. 13 When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and had fled outside, 14 she called to the men of her household and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to us to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed. 15 When he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled and went outside.” 16 So she left his garment beside her until his master came home. 17 Then she spoke to him with these words, “The Hebrew slave, whom you brought to us, came in to me to make sport of me; 18 and as I raised my voice and screamed, he left his garment beside me and fled outside.”

 

  1. You need faith when you are falsely accused.

Genesis 39:21-22     21 But the Lord was with Joseph and extended kindness to him, and gave him favor in the sight of the chief jailer. 22 The chief jailer committed to Joseph’s charge all the prisoners who were in the jail; so that whatever was done there, he was responsible for it. 23 The chief jailer did not supervise anything under Joseph’s charge because the Lord was with him; and whatever he did, the Lord made to prosper. 

 

  1. Your faith is all you can count on.

Genesis 50:19-21     19 But Joseph said to them, “Do not be afraid, for am I in God’s place? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. 21 So therefore, do not be afraid; I will provide for you and your little ones.” So he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.   

 

  1. Your faith is strongest in the middle of God’s will.

  

August Memory Verse: My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”       Psalm 27:8 NLT

 

“Strong in Faith: Saul” – Pastor Ken Patton, August 14, 2022

 

1 Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 2 and asked for letters from him to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, both men and women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.   Acts 9:1-2 NASB

 

  1. Faith does not come without risk.

3 As he was traveling, it happened that he was approaching Damascus, and suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him; 4 and he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?” 5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus whom you are persecuting, 6 but get up and enter the city, and it will be told you what you must do.” 7 The men who traveled with him stood speechless, hearing the voice but seeing no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; and leading him by the hand, they brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. Acts 9:3-9 NASB

 

  1. Faith can be found in tragedy.

15 But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel; 16 for I will show him how much he must suffer for My name’s sake.” 17 So Ananias departed and entered the house, and after laying his hands on him said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road by which you were coming, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.”    Acts 9:15-17 NASB

 

  1. Faith’s path is not straight through ease and comfort.

18 And immediately there fell from his eyes something like scales, and he regained his sight, and he got up and was baptized; 19 and he took food and was strengthened. Now for several days he was with the disciples who were at Damascus, 20 and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.” 21 All those hearing him continued to be amazed, and were saying, “Is this not he who in Jerusalem destroyed those who called on this name, and who had come here for the purpose of bringing them bound before the chief priests?” Acts 9:18-21 NASB

 

  1. Our faith might rock someone’s world.

22 But Saul kept increasing in strength and confounding the Jews who lived at Damascus by proving that this Jesus is the Christ. 23 When many days had elapsed, the Jews plotted together to do away with him, 24 but their plot became known to Saul. They were also watching the gates day and night so that they might put him to death; 25 but his disciples took him by night and let him down through an opening in the wall, lowering him in a large basket. 31 So the church throughout all Judea and Galilee and Samaria enjoyed peace, being built up; and going on in the fear of the Lord and in the comfort of the Holy Spirit, it continued to increase. Acts 9:22-25, 31 NASB

 

  1. Faith has a way of turning everything upside down.

  

August Memory Verse: My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”       Psalm 27:8 NLT

 

“Strong in Faith: Esther”with Pastor Ken Patton, August 7, 2022

15 Now when the turn of Esther, the daughter of Abihail the uncle of Mordecai who had taken her as his daughter, came to go in to the king, she did not request anything except what Hegai, the king’s eunuch who was in charge of the women, advised. And Esther found favor in the eyes of all who saw her. 16 So Esther was taken to King Ahasuerus… 17 The king loved Esther more than all the women, and she found favor and kindness with him more than all the virgins, so that he set the royal crown on her head and made her queen instead of Vashti. Esther 2:15-17 NASB

  1. Day to day faith proceeds big faith events.

20 Esther had not yet made known her kindred or her people, even as Mordecai had commanded her; for Esther did what Mordecai told her as she had done when under his care. 21 In those days, while Mordecai was sitting at the king’s gate, two of the king’s officials from those who guarded the door, became angry and sought to lay hands on King Ahasuerus. 22 But the plot became known to Mordecai and he told Queen Esther, and Esther informed the king in Mordecai’s name. 23 Now when the plot was investigated and found to be so, they were both hanged on a gallows…

                Esther 2:20-23 NASB

  1. Your faith will be challenged to avoid conflict.

13 Letters were sent by couriers to all the king’s provinces to destroy, to kill and to annihilate all the Jews, both young and old, women and children, in one day, the thirteenth day of the twelfth month, which is the month Adar, and to seize their possessions as plunder. 14 A copy of the edict to be issued as law in every province was published to all the peoples so that they should be ready for this day.                Esther 3:13-14 NASB

  1. A crisis will push our faith into the open.

13 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not imagine that you in the king’s palace can escape any more than all the Jews. 14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place and you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?”            Esther 4:13-14 NASB

  1. Always be ready to live by faith.

10 Then the king said to Haman, “Take quickly the robes and the horse as you have said, and do so for Mordecai the Jew, who is sitting at the king’s gate; do not fall short in anything of all that you have said.” 11 So Haman took the robe and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and led him on horseback through the city square, and proclaimed before him, “Thus it shall be done to the man whom the king desires to honor.”                                Esther 6:10-11 NASB

  1. Your faith might be honored openly. Stay humble.

August Memory Verse: My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”       Psalm 27:8 NLT

 

“Strong in Faith: Daniel” –  with Pastor Ken Patton, July 31, 2022

Daniel 3:26-27 NASB     26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. 27 The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them.

  1. Past experiences of faith will aid current calls for faith.

Daniel 6:3-5 NASB     3 Then this Daniel began distinguishing himself among the commissioners and satraps because he possessed an extraordinary spirit, and the king planned to appoint him over the entire kingdom. 4 Then the commissioners and satraps began trying to find a ground of accusation against Daniel in regard to government affairs; but they could find no ground of accusation or evidence of corruption, inasmuch as he was faithful, and no negligence or corruption was to be found in him. 5 Then these men said, “We will not find any ground of accusation against this Daniel unless we find it against him with regard to the law of his God.”

  1. Our living faith will cause some to be jealous.

Daniel 6:10 NASB     10 Now when Daniel knew that the document was signed, he entered his house (now in his roof chamber he had windows open toward Jerusalem); and he continued kneeling on his knees three times a day, praying and giving thanks before his God, as he had been doing previously. 

  1. Your life circumstances will allow your faith — time to shine.

Daniel 6:25-27 NASB     25 Then Darius the king wrote to all the peoples, nations and men of every language who were living in all the land: “May your peace abound! 26 I make a decree that in all the dominion of my kingdom men are to fear and tremble before the God of Daniel; For He is the living God and enduring forever, And His kingdom is one which will not be destroyed, And His dominion will be forever. 27 “He delivers and rescues and performs signs and wonders in heaven and on earth, who has also delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.”

  1. Your faith may bring others to praise God.

July Memory Verse – The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8 NLT

 

The Church Jesus is Building – with Scott Hunnicutt, July 24, 2022

Matthew 16:13-28     Peter Declares That Jesus Is the Messiah

  •  The Foundation is _______________ (Matt. 16:13-18) 

    13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”  14 They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”   15 “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”   16 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.”   17 Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. 18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it.

  1. The Question We Must Keep ________ (16:13)
  2. The Confession We Must Keep ________ (16:16)

2. What The Disciples Likely ______________ (Matt. 16:18-20)  18 And I tell you that you are Peter,[a] and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades[b] will not overcome it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be[c] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[d] loosed in heaven.” 20 Then he ordered his disciples not to tell anyone that he was the Messiah.

  1. _________________ of ___________________
  2. _________________ _____________________
  3. _________________ of ___________________

III. How Peter Applied This New Paradigm (Matt. 16:21-22)  21 From that time on Jesus began to explain to his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and that he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.  22 Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. “Never, Lord!” he said. “This shall never happen to you!”  

  1. He ___________________
  2. He ___________________

How Jesus Responded to Peter (and why it matters to us) (Matt. 16:23-28)   

23 Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.”  24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. 25 For whoever wants to save their life[e] will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it. 26 What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? 27 For the Son of Man is going to come in his Father’s glory with his angels, and then he will reward each person according to what they have done.   28 “Truly I tell you, some who are standing here will not taste death before they see the Son of Man coming in his kingdom.”

 

  1. He __________________
  2. He didn’t _________________
  3. He calls us to ___________________

July Memory Verse – The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8 NLT

 

“Strong in Faith: Mary Magdalene and the Girls” – with Pastor Ken Patton, July 17, 2022

Luke 8:1-3       1 Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Him, 2 and also some women who had been healed of evil spirits and sicknesses: Mary who was called Magdalene, from whom seven demons had gone out, 3 and Joanna the wife of Chuza, Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others who were contributing to their support out of their private means.

  1. Faith in Christ includes the support of others.

Luke 25:9-11        8 And they remembered His [Christ] words, 9 and returned from the tomb and reported all these things to the eleven and to all the rest. 10 Now they were Mary Magdalene and Joanna and Mary the mother of James; also the other women with them were telling these things to the apostles. 11 But these words appeared to them as nonsense, and they would not believe them.

  1. Faith is never nonsense.

Mark 16:1-3       1 When the Sabbath was over, Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James, and Salome, bought spices, so that they might come and anoint Him. 2 Very early on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen. 3 They were saying to one another, “Who will roll away the stone for us from the entrance of the tomb?”     

  1. Faith necessitates doing things together.

John 20:11-18    11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus said to her, “Mary!” She turned and said to Him in Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

  1. Faith leads to Jesus encounters.

July Memory Verse – The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8 NLT

 

 

“Strong in Faith: 3 Guys” – with Pastor Ken Patton, July 10, 2022

28 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said, “Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, who has sent His angel and delivered His servants who put their trust in Him, violating the king’s command, and yielded up their bodies so as not to serve or worship any god except their own God. 29 Therefore I make a decree that any people, nation or tongue that speaks anything offensive against the God of Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego shall be torn limb from limb and their houses reduced to a rubbish heap, inasmuch as there is no other god who is able to deliver in this way.” 30 Then the king caused Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego to prosper in the province of Babylon. Daniel 3:28-30 NASB

  1. Put nothing before God. God first.

12 There are certain Jews whom you have appointed over the administration of the province of Babylon, namely Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. These men, O king, have disregarded you; they do not serve your gods or worship the golden image which you have set up.” 13 Then Nebuchadnezzar in rage and anger gave orders to bring Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego; then these men were brought before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar responded and said to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the golden image that I have set up? Daniel 3:12-14 NASB

  1. With faith, conviction builds courage.

16 Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego replied to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to give you an answer concerning this matter. 17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace of blazing fire; and He will deliver us out of your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up.” 19 Then Nebuchadnezzar was filled with wrath, and his facial expression was altered toward Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego. He answered by giving orders to heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. Daniel 3:16-19 NASB

  1. God supports us in our righteousness.

26 Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the door of the furnace of blazing fire; he responded and said, “Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego, come out, you servants of the Most High God, and come here!” Then Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego came out of the midst of the fire. 27 The satraps, the prefects, the governors and the king’s high officials gathered around and saw in regard to these men that the fire had no effect on the bodies of these men nor was the hair of their head singed, nor were their trousers damaged, nor had the smell of fire even come upon them. Daniel 3:26-27 NASB

  1. Faith is not a private matter.

July Memory Verse – The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”  Psalm 32:8 NLT

 

 

Strong in Faith: Mary and Marthawith Pastor Ken Patton, July 3, 2022

38 Now as they were traveling along, He entered a village; and a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; 42 but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:38-42

  1. Faith is spending time with Jesus.

1 Now a certain man was sick, Lazarus of Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.   3 So the sisters sent word to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.” 4 But when Jesus heard this, He said, “This sickness is not to end in death, but for the glory of God, so that the Son of God may be glorified by it.” 5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 So when He heard that he was sick, He then stayed two days longer in the place where He was. John 11:1, 3-6

  1. Faith is turning the hard things over to God.

11 This He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep; but I go, so that I may awaken him out of sleep.” 12 The disciples then said to Him, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 Now Jesus had spoken of his death, but they thought that He was speaking of literal sleep. 14 So Jesus then said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead, 15 and I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, so that you may believe; but let us go to him.” John 11:11-15

  1. Faith is believing what you can’t comprehend.

20 Martha therefore, when she heard that Jesus was coming, went to meet Him, but Mary stayed at the house. 21 Martha then said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 Even now I know that whatever You ask of God, God will give You.” 23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” 24 Martha said to Him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.” John 11:20-24

  1. Faith is trusting God will turn our mourning into joy.

1 Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. 3 Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. John 12:1-3

 

  1. Faith is giving God your very best.

Strong in Faith: Hannah – with Pastor Ken Patton June 26, 2022

He [Elkanah] had two wives: the name of one was Hannah and the name of the other Peninnah; and Peninnah had children, but Hannah had no children. Now this man would go up from his city yearly to worship and to sacrifice to the Lord of hosts in Shiloh…. but to Hannah he would give a double portion, for he loved Hannah, but the Lord had closed her womb.​​1 Samuel 1:2, 3, 5

1. Life circumstances will challenge our faith.

Her rival, however, would provoke her bitterly to irritate her, because the Lord had closed her womb. It happened year after year, as often as she went up to the house of the Lord, she would provoke her; so she wept and would not eat.1 Samuel 1:6-7

 

2. Sometimes we face the ridicule of others.

 

10 She, greatly distressed, prayed to the Lord and wept bitterly. 11 She made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a son, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and a razor shall never come on his head.” ​​​1 Samuel 1:10-11

 

3. Prayer is always a weapon in hardships.

 

15 But Hannah replied, “I have poured out my soul before the Lord. 17 Then Eli answered and said, “Go in peace; and may the God of Israel grant your petition that you have asked of Him.” 18 She said, “Let your maidservant find favor in your sight.” So the woman went her way and ate, and her face was no longer sad.​​​1 Samuel 1:15, 17-18

 

4. Our best choice is to trust in the Lord.

 

20 It came about in due time, after Hannah had conceived, that she gave birth to a son; and she named him Samuel, saying, “Because I have asked him of the Lord.”   22 But Hannah did not go up, for she said to her husband, “I will not go up until the child is weaned; then I will bring him, that he may appear before the Lord and stay there forever.”  26 She said, “I am the woman who stood here beside you, praying to the Lord. 27 For this boy I prayed, and the Lord has given me my petition which I asked of Him. 28So I have also dedicated him to the Lord; as long as he lives he is dedicated to the Lord.” And he worshiped the Lord there.​​​​1 Samuel 1:20, 22, 26-28

 

5. Dedicate all of life to the will of God.

“A Real Man” – with Pastor Ken Patton, June 19, 2022

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate. ​​​​​​​Genesis 3:6

  1. A real man is one who rejects passivity.

6who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, 7but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. 8And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. ​​​Philippians 2:6-8

“Male domination is a personal moral failure, not a teaching of the Bible.”

–Robert Lewis Fellowship Bible Church, Little Rock, Arkansas

 

15Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it. 16And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; 17but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.” ​​​​Genesis 2:15-17

 

  1. A real man is one who accepts responsibility.

 

“My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as Thou wilt.” ​​​​​Matthew 26:39

 

And they heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God among the trees of the garden.​Genesis 3:8

 

  1. A real man is one who leads courageously.

 

4″Teacher, this woman has been caught in adultery, in the very act. 5″Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women; what then do You say?” 6And they were saying this, testing Him, in order that they might have grounds for accusing Him. But Jesus stooped down, and with His finger wrote on the ground. 7But when they persisted in asking Him, He straightened up, and said to them, “He who is without sin among you, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.”​​John 8:4-7

 

“Men were created by God to be social and spiritual leaders.” ​​​​​–Robert Lewis

 

When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.  Genesis 3:6

  1. A real man is one who expects the greater reward, God’s reward.

 

7I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; 8in the future there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing. ​2 Timothy 4:7-8

 

June Memory Verse – “Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40 NLT 

 

“What Do You Want Most?” – with Pastor Ken Patton, June 12, 2022

Hebrews 13:5 GW: 5 Don’t love money. Be happy with what you have because God has said, “I will never abandon you or leave you.”       

  1. A career that leads to the American dream. 

Luke 16:13 NIV: “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.”

Make sure you count the cost.

Luke 15:20-24: 20 So he got up and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion for him, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. 21 And the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and in your sight; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’ 22 But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly bring out the best robe and put it on him, and put a ring on his hand and sandals on his feet; 23 and bring the fattened calf, kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; 24 for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’ And they began to celebrate.       

  1. A strong family foundation pursuing reconciliation.

Matthew 6:10 NCV: “May your kingdom come and what you want be done, here on earth as it is in heaven.”

  1. A strong country and personal rights.

Matthew 6:33: “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”

Nehemiah 9:8 Amplified: “You found his heart to be faithful before You,…”   

  1. A heart and life for God.

2 Timothy 2:22:  22 Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.

June Memory Verse – “Instead, let us test and examine our ways. Let us turn back to the Lord.” Lamentations 3:40 NLT  

 

“What Would You Sacrifice For?” – Pastor Ken Patton, May 15, 2022

16 So Jonathan made a solemn pact with David, saying, “May the Lord destroy all your enemies!” 17 And Jonathan made David reaffirm his vow of friendship again, for Jonathan loved David as he loved himself. 18 Then Jonathan said, “Tomorrow we celebrate the new moon festival. You will be missed when your place at the table is empty. 19 The day after tomorrow, toward evening, go to the place where you hid before, and wait there by the stone pile. 20 I will come out and shoot three arrows to the side of the stone pile as though I were shooting at a target. 21 Then I will send a boy to bring the arrows back. If you hear me tell him, ‘They’re on this side,’ then you will know, as surely as the Lord lives, that all is well, and there is no trouble. 22 But if I tell him, ‘Go farther—the arrows are still ahead of you,’ then it will mean that you must leave immediately, for the Lord is sending you away. 23 And may the Lord make us keep our promises to each other, for he has witnessed them.” 1 Samuel 20:16-23 NLT    (See also 20:30-34)

 

  1. Sometimes we would sacrifice for a friend.

6 But perceiving that one group were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, Paul began crying out in the Council, “Brethren, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees; I am on trial for the hope and resurrection of the dead!” 7 As he said this, there occurred a dissension between the Pharisees and Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. 10 And as a great dissension was developing, the commander was afraid Paul would be torn to pieces by them and ordered the troops to go down and take him away from them by force, and bring him into the barracks. 11 But on the night immediately following, the Lord stood at his side and said, “Take courage; for as you have solemnly witnessed to My cause at Jerusalem, so you must witness at Rome also.”   Acts 23:6-7, 10-11   (See also 23:8-9)

 

  1. Sometimes we would sacrifice for a cause.

15 When Gideon heard the dream and its interpretation, he bowed down and worshiped. He returned to the camp of Israel and called out, “Get up! The Lord has given the Midianite camp into your hands.” 16 Dividing the three hundred men into three companies, he placed trumpets and empty jars in the hands of all of them, with torches inside. 17 “Watch me,” he told them. “Follow my lead. When I get to the edge of the camp, do exactly as I do. 18 When I and all who are with me blow our trumpets, then from all around the camp blow yours and shout, ‘For the Lord and for Gideon.’”       Judges 7:15-18 NIV

 

  1. Sometimes we would sacrifice for a country.

54 When they heard these things, they were enraged in their hearts[u] and gnashed their teeth at him. 55 But Stephen, filled by the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven. He saw God’s glory, with[v] Jesus standing at the right hand of God, and he said, 56 “Look! I see the heavens opened and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God!” 57 Then they screamed at the top of their voices, covered their ears, and together rushed against him. 58 They threw him out of the city and began to stone him. And the witnesses laid their robes at the feet of a young man named Saul. 59 They were stoning Stephen as he called out: “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit!” 60 Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin!” And saying this, he fell asleep. Acts 7:54-60 NIV

  1. We should always sacrifice for our Christ.

May Memory Verse – “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”    Proverbs 31:30 NLT

 

“Mom’s, Mommy’s and Mother’s” – with Pastor Ken Patton, May 8, 2022

46 Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions. 47 And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers. 48 When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, “Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You.” 49 And He said to them, “Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father’s house?” 50 But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them. 51 And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart. Luke 2:46-51

 

  1. A mom believes in and dreams of the best.

5 I also remember the genuine faith of your mother Eunice. Your grandmother Lois had the same sort of faith, and I am sure you have it as well.        2 Timothy 1:5 CEV

 

  1. A mom puts faith in the God of her salvation.

25 Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus saw his mother there, and the disciple whom he loved standing nearby, he said to her, “Woman, here is your son,” 27 and to the disciple, “Here is your mother.” From that time on, this disciple took her into his home. John 19:25-27 NIV

 

  1. A mom remains a rock in the worst of times.

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’ 31 “‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’” Luke 15:28-32 NIV

 

  1. A mom loves with unconditional love.

May Memory Verse – “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised.”   Proverbs 31:30 NLT

 

“Next Steps” – with Pastor Ken Patton, April 24, 2022

5 …“Why do you seek the living One among the dead? 6 He is not here, but He has risen. Remember how He spoke to you while He was still in Galilee, 7 saying that the Son of Man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.” 8 And they remembered His words… Luke 24:5b-8a

  1. We need to know and study the words of Christ.

13 And behold, two of them were going that very day to a village named Emmaus, which was about seven miles from Jerusalem. 14 And they were talking with each other about all these things which had taken place. 15 While they were talking and discussing, Jesus Himself approached and began traveling with them.        Luke 24:13-15

  1. They spent time together in fellowship.

16 But their eyes were prevented from recognizing Him. 17 And He said to them, “What are these words that you are exchanging with one another as you are walking?” And they stood still, looking sad. 29 But they urged Him, saying, “Stay with us, for it is getting toward evening, and the day is now nearly over.” So He went in to stay with them. 30 When He had reclined at the table with them, He took the bread and blessed it, and breaking it, He began giving it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished from their sight. 32 They said to one another, “Were not our hearts burning within us while He was speaking to us on the road, while He was explaining the Scriptures to us?” Luke 24:16-17, 29-32

  1. We need to think not just with our minds, but with our hearts.

44 Now He said to them, “These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled.” 45 Then He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures, 46 and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem. 48 You are witnesses of these things. 49 And behold, I am sending forth the promise of My Father upon you; but you are to stay in the city until you are clothed with power from on high.” 50 And He led them out as far as Bethany, and He lifted up His hands and blessed them. 51 While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven. 52 And they, after worshiping Him, returned to Jerusalem with great joy, 53 and were continually in the temple praising God. Luke 24:44-53

  1. They devoted themselves to prayer and worship.

April Memory Verse – “Your written instructions are always right. Help me understand them so I will live.” Psalm 119:144 GW

 

“Not Guilty!” – with Pastor Ken Patton, April 17, 2022

 

51 And behold, one of those who were with Jesus reached and drew out his sword, and struck the slave of the high priest and cut off his ear. 52 Then Jesus *said to him, “Put your sword back into its place; for all those who take up the sword shall perish by the sword. 53 Or do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? 54 How then will the Scriptures be fulfilled, which say that it must happen this way?” Matthew 26:51-54 NASB

 

  1. There was awesome power at Christ’s disposal.

3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. 4 So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and *said to them, “Whom do you seek?” 5 They answered Him, “Jesus the Nazarene.” He said to them, “I am He.” And Judas also, who was betraying Him, was standing with them. 6 So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. 7 Therefore He again asked them, “Whom do you seek?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 8 Jesus answered, “I told you that I am He; so if you seek Me, let these go their way,” 9 to fulfill the word which He spoke, “Of those whom You have given Me I lost not one.”       John 18:3-9 NASB

 

  1. Jesus gave proof of His real identity.

7 The Jews answered him, “We have a law, and by that law He ought to die because He made Himself out to be the Son of God.” 8 Therefore when Pilate heard this statement, he was even more afraid; 9 and he entered into the Praetorium again and *said to Jesus, “Where are You from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 10 So Pilate *said to Him, “You do not speak to me? Do You not know that I have authority to release You, and I have authority to crucify You?” 11 Jesus answered, “You would have no authority over Me, unless it had been given you from above; for this reason he who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.” 12 As a result of this Pilate made efforts to release Him… John 19:7-12a NASB

 

  1. There was a clear cut plan of God over the life and death of Jesus.

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 NASB

 

  1. Not even death could keep Jesus in the grave.

April Memory Verse – “Your written instructions are always right. Help me understand them so I will live.” Psalm 119:144 GW

 

“Lowest of Lows” – with Pastor Ken Patton, April 10, 2022

1 When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the ravine of the Kidron, where there was a garden, in which He entered with His disciples. 2 Now Judas also, who was betraying Him, knew the place, for Jesus had often met there with His disciples. 3 Judas then, having received the Roman cohort and officers from the chief priests and the Pharisees, came there with lanterns and torches and weapons. John 18:1-3 NASB

 

  1. …for a follower of Jesus to turn against Him.

12 So the Roman cohort and the commander and the officers of the Jews, arrested Jesus and bound Him, 13 and led Him to Annas first; for he was father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 14 Now Caiaphas was the one who had advised the Jews that it was expedient for one man to die on behalf of the people.       19 The high priest then questioned Jesus about His disciples, and about His teaching. 20 Jesus answered him, “I have spoken openly to the world; I always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all the Jews come together; and I spoke nothing in secret. 21 Why do you question Me? Question those who have heard what I spoke to them; they know what I said.” 22 When He had said this, one of the officers standing nearby struck Jesus, saying, “Is that the way You answer the high priest?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If I have spoken wrongly, testify of the wrong; but if rightly, why do you strike Me?” 24 So Annas sent Him bound to Caiaphas the high priest. John 18:12-14, 19-24 NASB

 

  1. …for religious leaders to blaspheme the Messiah.

25 Now Simon Peter was standing and warming himself. So they said to him, “You are not also one of His disciples, are you?” He denied it, and said, “I am not.” 26 One of the slaves of the high priest, being a relative of the one whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” 27 Peter then denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed. John 18:25-27 NASB

  1. …to deny being a follower of Christ.

28 Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas into the Praetorium, and it was early; and they themselves did not enter into the Praetorium so that they would not be defiled, but might eat the Passover. 29 Therefore Pilate went out to them and said, “What accusation do you bring against this Man?” 30 They answered and said to him, “If this Man were not an evildoer, we would not have delivered Him to you.” 31 So Pilate said to them, “Take Him yourselves, and judge Him according to your law.” The Jews said to him, “We are not permitted to put anyone to death,” 32 to fulfill the word of Jesus which He spoke, signifying by what kind of death He was about to die. 33 Therefore Pilate entered again into the Praetorium, and summoned Jesus and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Are you saying this on your own initiative, or did others tell you about Me?” 35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests delivered You to me; what have You done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If My kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this realm.” 37 Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” 38 Pilate said to Him, “What is truth?” And when he had

said this, he went out again to the Jews and said to them, “I find no guilt in Him. 39 But you have a custom that I release someone for you at the Passover; do you wish then that I release for you the King of the Jews?” 40 So they cried out again, saying, “Not this Man, but Barabbas.” Now Barabbas was a robber. John 18:28-40 NASB

 

  1. …to have rulers and lawmakers of the land reject the Truth.

April Memory Verse – “Your written instructions are always right. Help me understand them so I will live.” Psalm 119:144 GW

 

“Words to Live By” – with Pastor Ken Patton, April 3, 2022

1 “Do not let your heart be troubled; believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also. 4 And you know the way where I am going.” John 14:1-4

  1. There is a place called heaven.

15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments. 16 I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; 17 that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. 18 “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:15-18

  1. There is a power and presence in you.

12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. 13 Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are My friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you. 16 You did not choose Me but I chose you, and appointed you that you would go and bear fruit, and that your fruit would remain, so that whatever you ask of the Father in My name He may give to you. 17 This I command you, that you love one another. John 15:12-17

  1. There is a best way to relate to each other.

27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful. John 14:27

  1. There is a peace beyond compare.

April Memory Verse – “Your written instructions are always right. Help me understand them so I will live.” Psalm 119:144 GW