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“Does Love Fit?” with Pastor Ken Patton – February 21, 2021

“Beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.”

                                    Colossians 3:14

But if anyone obeys his word, love for God is truly made complete in them. This is how we know we are in him: Whoever claims to live in him must live as Jesus did.                  1 John 2:5-6 NIV

  1. To put on love requires passion for the word of God.

11 Dear friends, since God loved us that much, we surely ought to love each other. 12 No one has ever seen God. But if we love each other, God lives in us, and his love is brought to full expression in us.    1 John 4:11-12 NLT

 

  1. Putting on love is best shown by loving one another.

16 We know how much God loves us because we have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly. God is love, and anyone who lives in love is living with God and God is living in him. 17 And as we live with Christ, our love grows more perfect and complete;                 1 John 4:16-17b The Living Bible

 

  1. Being clothed in love highlights God’s great love.

 

17 Love has been perfected among us in this: that we may have boldness in the day of judgment; because as He is, so are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love. 19 We love Him because He first loved us. 1 John 4:17-18 NKJV

 

  1. Being filled with love gives us a confident future.

 

February Memory Verse

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”                                      Proverbs 21:21 NIV

 

“Love and Marriage” – Pastor Ken Patton on February 14, 2021

24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.                        Genesis 2:24 ESV

  1. Marriage was God’s plan from the beginning.

11 He made the camels kneel down outside the city by the well of water at evening time, the time when women go out to draw water. 12 He said, “O Lord, the God of my master Abraham, please grant me success today, and show lovingkindness to my master Abraham. 13 Behold, I am standing by the spring, and the daughters of the men of the city are coming out to draw water; 14 now may it be that the girl to whom I say, ‘Please let down your jar so that I may drink,’ and who answers, ‘Drink, and I will water your camels also’—may she be the one whom You have appointed for Your servant Isaac; and by this I will know that You have shown lovingkindness to my master.”              Genesis 24:11-14

  1. Marriage was to be formed on more than attraction.

15 Before he had finished speaking, behold, Rebekah… came out with her jar on her shoulder. 16 The girl was very beautiful, a virgin, and no man had had relations with her; and she went down to the spring and filled her jar and came up.          Genesis 24:15-16 

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV

  1. Marriage committed to love can last.

“Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her,” Ephesians 5:25

  1. Marriage needs mutual commitment of husband and wife.

33 Let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.                   Ephesians 5:33 ESV

February Memory Verse – “Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”                                      Proverbs 21:21 NIV

 

“Pursuing Love” – with Pastor Ken Patton, February 7, 2021

“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”                                                      Proverbs 21:21 NIV

“He who follows what is right and loving and kind finds life, right-standing with God and honor.”                     New Life Version

  1. Pursuit of love alone is not enough.

 “The lovers of God who chase after righteousness will find all their dreams come true: an abundant life drenched with favor and a fountain that overflows with satisfaction.”       Proverbs 21:21 The Passion Translation

  1. Pursuing love and righteousness leads to life blessings.

1 If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing.   1 Corinthians 13:1-4 ESV

  1. Righteousness without love is shallow and empty.

“Don’t just pretend to love others. Really love them. Hate what is wrong. Hold tightly to what is good.”             Romans 12:9 New Living Translation

  1. Pursue love even in the hardest places.

27 “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…”                 Luke 6:27

February Memory Verse –“Whoever pursues righteousness and love finds life, prosperity and honor.”                                      Proverbs 21:21 NIV

 

“Where Do We Go From Here” with Pastor Ken Patton on January 31, 2021

27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female He created them.        Genesis 1:27

4 What is man that You think of him, And a son of man that You are concerned about him? 5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God,

And You crown him with glory and majesty! Psalm 8:4-5

  1. Human life has intrinsic value.

13 “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.”

Psalm 139:13-16 ESV

 

4 “I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5 HCSB

  1. Life begins at conception.

22 “When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot…                          Exodus 21:22-24 ESV

  1. The unborn deserve justice.

3 Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward.                           Psalm 127:3

 

8 Speak out on behalf of the voiceless, and for the rights of all who are vulnerable.                    Proverbs 31:8 CEB 

  1. We are responsible.

January Memory Verse – “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”  Ephesians 4:23 NLT

 

Reasons to Have Hope” with Pastor Ken Patton, January 24, 2021

2 You were chosen according to the purpose of God the Father and were made a holy people by his Spirit, to obey Jesus Christ and be purified by his blood. 1 Peter 1:2 GNT

                 1. God chose us before we chose him.

3 All honor to God, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ; for it is his boundless mercy that has given us the privilege of being born again so that we are now members of God’s own family. 1 Peter 1:3a TLB

                  2. God always treats us with mercy.

3 Now we live in the hope of eternal life because Christ rose again from the dead. 4 And God has reserved for his children the priceless gift of eternal life; it is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay. 1 Peter 1:3b-4 TLB

                   3. God has secured our future.

5 And through your faith, God is protecting you by his power until you receive this salvation, which is ready to be revealed on the last day for all to see. 1 Peter 1:5 NLT

                   4. God’s power will protect us.

6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world. 1 Peter 1:6-7 NLT

                    5. God is preparing us for eternity.

January Memory Verse – “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”   Ephesians 4:23 NLT

 

“Three Mistakes We Make When Facing the Future” – with Pastor Ken Patton

January 17, 2021

13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.”                 James 4:13

  1. We make plans without asking God.

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge Him,

And He will make your paths straight.  Proverbs 3:5-6

 

14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. For you are just a vapor that appears for a little while, and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.”   James 4:14-15

  1. We presume we know what tomorrow holds.

16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 So for one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, for him it is sin.               James 4:16-17

  1. We put off doing what’s right.

3 We are sure that we know Christ if we obey his commandments. 4 The person who says, “I know him,” but doesn’t obey his commandments is a liar. The truth isn’t in that person.       1 John 2:3-4 GW

 

“Where to Start?” – with Pastor Ken Patton

January 10, 2021

11 For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for prosperity and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 

  1. God has planned a hope filled future for you.

 4 “This is what the Lord of armies, the God of Israel, says to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5 ‘Build houses and live in them; and plant gardens and eat their produce. 6 Take wives and father sons and daughters, and take wives for your sons and give your daughters to husbands, so that they may give birth to sons and daughters; and grow in numbers there and do not decrease. 7 Seek the prosperity of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord in its behalf; for in its prosperity will be your prosperity.’        Jeremiah 29:4-7 

  1. His plan includes the here and now.

 10 “For this is what the Lord says: ‘When seventy years have been completed for Babylon, I will visit you and fulfill My good word to you, to bring you back to this place.           Jeremiah 29:10

  1. When that time is right, God will make it known.

 12 Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will let Myself be found by you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you,’ declares the Lord, ‘and I will bring you back to the place from where I sent you into exile.’    Jeremiah 29:12-14

  1. Our future is full of prayer and seeking the heart of God.

January Memory Verse – “Let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes.”   Ephesians 4:23 NLT

 

“My Best Friend’s Birthday!” – Pastor Ken Patton, January 3, 2021

1-2 After Jesus was born in Bethlehem village, Judah territory— this was during Herod’s kingship—a band of scholars arrived in Jerusalem from the East. They asked around, “Where can we find and pay homage to the newborn King of the Jews? We observed a star in the eastern sky that signaled his birth. We’re on pilgrimage to worship him.”

3-4 When word of their inquiry got to Herod, he was terrified—and not Herod alone, but most of Jerusalem as well. Herod lost no time. He gathered all the high priests and religious scholars in the city together and asked, “Where is the Messiah supposed to be born?”

5-6 They told him, “Bethlehem, Judah territory. The prophet Micah wrote it plainly:

It’s you, Bethlehem, in Judah’s land,
    no longer bringing up the rear.
From you will come the leader
    who will shepherd-rule my people, my Israel.”

7-8 Herod then arranged a secret meeting with the scholars from the East. Pretending to be as devout as they were, he got them to tell him exactly when the birth-announcement star appeared. Then he told them the prophecy about Bethlehem, and said, “Go find this child. Leave no stone unturned. As soon as you find him, send word and I’ll join you at once in your worship.”

9-10 Instructed by the king, they set off. Then the star appeared again, the same star they had seen in the eastern skies. It led them on until it hovered over the place of the child. They could hardly contain themselves: They were in the right place! They had arrived at the right time!

11 They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother. Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him. Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts: gold, frankincense, myrrh.

12 In a dream, they were warned not to report back to Herod. So they worked out another route, left the territory without being seen, and returned to their own country.        Matthew 2:1-12 The Message Paraphrased

  1. I need to honor my friend with my presence.
  1. I need to celebrate my friend with my gifts.
  1. I need to trust my friend with my whole heart.
  1. I need to stand with my friend in all circumstances.

“What Believers Do” – December 27, 2020

In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened. 10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,

14 “Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”

15 When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, “Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us.” 16 So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger. 17 When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child. 18 And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds. 19 But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart. 20 The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.                           Luke 2:8-20

  1. Believers praise and glorify God.

25 And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him. 26 And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ. 27 And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28 then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29 “Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word; 30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31 Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32 A Light of revelation to the Gentiles, And the glory of Your people Israel.”                                                                 Luke 2:25-32

  1. Believers wait for the Holy Spirit to lead.

36 And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage, 37 and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers. 38 At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.              Luke 2:36-38

  1. Believers talk about good news in Christ.

“The shepherds went back full of joy. They thanked God for all they had heard and seen. It happened as the angel had told them.”   Luke 2:20 NLV

  1. Believers tell what they’ve experienced.

December Memory Verse – “The people who walk in darkness will see a great light. For those who live in a land of deep darkness, a light will shine.”                                                                      Isaiah 9:2 NLT

“Things Treasured” – December 20, 2020

Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.                                                                                                Luke 2:51 NIV

35The 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. 36What’s more, your relative Elizabeth has become pregnant in her old age! People used to say she was barren, but she’s now in her sixth month. 37For nothing is impossible with God.” 38Mary 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. When we treasure things we place high value on them.

27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law, 28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said, 29“Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, according to Your word; 30For my eyes have seen Your salvation, 31Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples, 32A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, and the glory of Your people Israel.” 33And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him. 34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, “Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed– 35and a sword will pierce even your own soul–to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”                                    Luke 2:27-35

  1. When we treasure things we want to tell others about it.

15So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, “Let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.” 16And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the Babe lying in a manger. 17Now when they had seen Him, they made widely known the saying which was told them concerning this Child. 18And all those who heard it marveled at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 19But Mary kept all these things and pondered them in her heart. 20Then the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told them.                      Luke 2:15-20 NKJV

  1. When we treasure things we spend time taking care of them.

1 Now I make known to you, brothers and sisters, the gospel which I preached to you, which you also received, in which you also stand, by which you also are saved, if you hold firmly to the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain.     1 Corinthians 15:1-2

  1. When we treasure things we make sure we never misplace them.

“Sure Things” – December 13, 2020

 28And coming in, he said to her, “Greetings, favored one! The Lord is with you.” 29But she was very perplexed at this statement, and kept pondering what kind of salutation this was. 30The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” Luke 1:28-33

 

  1. Promises you can count on.

  

77 “To give His people the knowledge of salvation

By the forgiveness of their sins,

78 Because of the tender mercy of our God,

With which the Sunrise from on high will visit us,

79 To shine on those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death,

To guide our feet into the way of peace.”       Luke 1:77-79

 

  1. Peace is yours for the asking.

  

34Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35The 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. 36And 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. 37For nothing will be impossible with God.”           Luke 1:23-37

 

  1. Presence so you are not alone.

  

8 “…you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”                                                          Acts 1:8

 

4. Power to strengthen you in every circumstance.

 

“Bringer of Peace”December 6, 2020

 6For 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

  1. Peace is not the absence of adversity.

  3 “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, Because he trusts in You. 4 Trust in the Lord forever, For in God the Lord, we have an everlasting Rock.”       Isaiah 26:3-4

  1. Perfect peace is promised only to those who believe.

  “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 to uphold it with justice and righteousness from then on and forevermore. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.”        Isaiah 9:7

 

18 If it is possible on your part, be at peace with all people.                                                   Romans 12:18 LEB

  1. As God’s ambassador, peace begins with you.

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. Peace in your soul then peace on earth!

10 But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people; 11 for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased.”              Luke 2:10-14