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“Where Best to Invest: Make Money Work for You” – with Pastor Ken Patton, July 25, 2021

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal!” Matthew 6:19-20


I’ll enjoy forever what I invest in heaven.

“Tell those who are rich not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which will soon be gone, but their pride and trust should be in the living God who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good.” 1 Timothy 6:17-18


I invest in heaven every time I use money for good.

“They should be rich in good works and should give happily to those in need, always ready to share with others whatever God has given them. By doing this they will be storing up real treasure for themselves in Heaven—it is the only safe investment for eternity! And they will be living a fruitful Christian life down here as well.” 1 Timothy 6:18b-19


GOD’S FIVE INVESTMENT FUNDS

God’s Growth Fund: I can invest in eternity by using money to grow my character.

“The earnings of the godly enhance their lives, but evil people squander their money on sin.” Proverbs 10:16

“Invest in truth and wisdom, discipline and good sense, and don’t part with them!” Proverbs 23:23

“…Buy wisdom, buy education, buy insight.” The Message

“It is better—much better—to have wisdom and knowledge than gold and silver.” Proverbs 16:16

“Grow in spiritual strength and become better acquainted with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 3:18


God’s Mutual Fund: I can invest in eternity by using money to encourage fellowship.

“Love one another with mutual affection.” Romans 12:10

“Share what you have with God’s people who are in need. Show hospitality.”
Romans 12:13

“Think of ways to encourage one another with outbursts of love and good deeds.” Hebrews 10:24 NLT


It proves I’m in God’s family.

This service of giving not only helps the needs of God’s people, it also brings many more thanks to God and it is a proof of your faith. Many people will praise God because you obey the Good News of Christ—the gospel you say you believe and because you freely share with them.” 2 Corinthians 9:12-13 NCV

It creates unity.

“How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity.”
Psalm 133:1 NCV

It’s a witness to unbelievers.

“When you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible.” 3 John 1:5 The Message


God’s Service Fund: I can invest in eternity by using money to serving others.

“Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others. This could be your last night.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 The Message

“When you give to the poor, it is like lending to the Lord, and He will pay you back!” Proverbs 19:17 TEV


God’s Global Fund: I can invest in eternity by using money to bring others to Him.

“Use worldly wealth to gain friends for yourselves, so that when it is gone, you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings.” Luke 16:9 NIV

“You honor God through this genuine act of service in your commitment to spread the Good News of Christ through your generosity in sharing…”
2 Corinthians 9:13


God’s Treasury Fund: I can invest in eternity by using money to worship God.

“Honor the Lord by giving HIM the first part of all your income, and he will fill your barns…and overflow your barrels…” Proverbs 3:9 TLB

“Wherever your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

“Give up your lust for money…the Almighty himself will be your treasure!”
Job 22:24-25 NLT


July Memory Verse – “He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness.” Ecclesiastes 5:10 TLB

–Message Outline from Rick Warren, Financial Fitness, Saddleback Church 2011.

 

Habits of Financial Health” – With Pastor Ken Patton, July 18, 2021

Remember God is my source.

“Always remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth.” Deuteronomy 8:18 NIV

Make money honestly.

“Dishonest money brings grief to the whole family.” Proverbs 15:27 NLT

“The Lord demands fairness in every business deal; he sets the standard.” Proverbs 16:11 NLT

“If you make money by charging high interest rates, you will lose it all to someone who cares for the poor.” Proverbs 28:8 CEV

“Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; but wealth from hard work grows.” Proverbs 13:11 NLT

“Steady plodding brings prosperity; hasty speculation brings poverty.”
Proverbs 21:5 TLB

Honor God first.

“Honor the Lord by giving Him the first part of all your income, and He will fill your barns…to overflow!” Proverbs 3:9-10 TLB

“The purpose of tithing is to teach you always to put God first in your lives.” Deuteronomy 14:23 TLB

“Bring to my storehouse a full tenth of what you earn… Test me in this, says the Lord. ‘I will open the windows of heaven for you and pour out all the blessings you need.’” Malachi 3:10 NCV

“On the first day of every week put aside some of what you have earned during the week, and use it for the offering. The amount depends on how much the Lord has helped you earn.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 TLB

Save money wisely.

“The wise man saves for the future, but the foolish man spends whatever he gets.” Proverbs 21:20 TLB

“Develop your business first before building your house.” Proverbs 24:27

“Invest what you have in several different places, because you don’t know what disasters might happen.” Ecclesiastes 11:2 NCV

“Money that comes easily disappears quickly, but money that is gathered little by little will grow.” Proverbs 13:11

Keep good records.

“Plan carefully and you will have plenty; if you act too quickly, you will never have enough.” Proverbs 21:5 TEV

“Riches can disappear fast … so watch your business interests closely. Know the state of your flocks and herds.” Proverbs 27:23-24 TLB

“Your money can be gone in a flash, as if it had grown wings and flown away like an eagle.” Proverbs 23:5 TEV

Plan my spending.

“…stupid people spend their money as fast as they get it.” Proverbs 21:20b TEV

“Good planning and hard work lead to prosperity, but hasty shortcuts lead to poverty.” Proverbs 21:5 NLT

Set up a repayment plan.

“Don’t withhold repayment of your debts.” Proverbs 3:27 TLB

“Let no debt remain outstanding.” Romans 13:8 NIV

Commit it all to God.

“Commit your work to the Lord, and then your plans will succeed.”
Proverbs 16:3 NLT

“If God gives us wealth and property and lets us enjoy them, we should be grateful and enjoy what we have worked for. It is a gift from God.”
Ecclesiastes 5:19 TEV

July Memory Verse – “He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness.” Ecclesiastes 5:10 TLB

“Law of Sowing & Reaping”  – with Pastor Ken Patton, July 11, 2021

Everything starts as a seed.

God said, “Let the land have seed-bearing plants and trees that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their varieties.”  Genesis 1:11

 

Nothing happens until a seed is planted.

Jesus said, “Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, it cannot reproduce. But if it dies, it will produce much fruit.”  John 12:24

 

Whatever I sow is what I will reap.

“Do not deceive yourselves; no one makes a fool of God. You will reap exactly what you plant.” Galatians 6:7  

 

I’m not the only sower.

“I sent you to reap where you didn’t plant; others had already done work before you, and you will gather the harvest.”  John 4:38 

 

I always reap in a different season than I sow.

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…a time to plant and a time to harvest…a time to scatter and a time to gather…”

  Ecclesiastes 3:1-5 

 

I always reap more than I sow.

“Some seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, and even a hundred times.”  Mark 4:8 

 

I can increase my harvest by planting more seed.

“Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each one should give what he’s decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”  2 Corinthians 9:6-7 

 

“The world of the generous gets larger and larger; the world of the stingy gets smaller and smaller.”  Proverbs 11:24 The Message 

 

The time to start planting is right now.

“Those who wait for perfect weather will never plant seeds; and those who look at every cloud will never reap a harvest.”  Ecclesiastes 11:4 

 

“Do your planting in the morning and in the evening, too! You never know whether it will all grow well or whether one planting will do better than the other.”  Ecclesiastes 11:6 TEV

 

“For God, who supplies seed to the farmer and bread to eat, will give you more and more seed to plant and will make it grow so that you can give away more and more fruit from your harvest!” 2 Corinthians 9:10 TLB 

 

To reap the harvest I must be patient and not give up.

“This is what the kingdom of God is like: A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.”  Mark 4:26-28

 

“We must not become tired of doing good. We will reap a harvest at the right time IF we do not give up!”  Galatians 6:9 

 

“Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy. They weep as they go to plant their seed, but they sing as they return with the harvest!” Psalm 126:5-6 NLT

 

July Memory Verse = “He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness.”    Ecclesiastes 5:10 TLB

 

“Law of Contentment” – with Pastor Ken Patton, July 4, 2021

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

 

“It is better to be satisfied with what you have than to be always wanting something else.”  Ecclesiastes 6:9 GNT

 

THE EFFECT OF ALWAYS WANTING MORE

 

  More Fatigue

“Do not wear yourself out to be rich; have the wisdom to show restraint.” 

                                                                     Proverbs 23:4

 

  More Expenses

“The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what is the advantage of wealth—except perhaps to watch it run through your fingers!” 

         Ecclesiastes 5:11 NLT

 

More Anxiety

“A working man…can get a good night’s sleep. But the rich man has so much that he stays awake worrying.”  Ecclesiastes 5:12 GNT

 

  More Conflict

“A greedy man brings trouble to his family.”  Proverbs 15:27

 

“People who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.”                1 Timothy 6:9 NLT

 

  More Dissatisfaction

“If you love money, you will never be satisfied; if you long to be rich, you will never get all you want. It is useless.”    Ecclesiastes 5:10 GNT

 

“He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness!” TLB

 

 

“I have learned the secret of being content…whether living in plenty or in want.”

   Philippians 4:12

 

HOW TO LEARN CONTENTMENT

 

  1. Stop comparing myself with others.

“We do not dare classify or compare ourselves…it is not wise.” 

2 Corinthians 10:12

 

“You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.”  Exodus 20:17 

 

    COVET: THE UNCONTROLLED DESIRE TO ACQUIRE

  1. Enjoy what I have.

“If God gives a man wealth and property…he should be grateful and enjoy what he has…it is a gift from God.”  Ecclesiastes 5:19 GNT

 

“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.”    1 Timothy 6:17

 

  1. Remember life is not about things.

“Jesus said, ‘Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because your true life is not made up of the things you own, no matter how rich you may be.’”      Luke 12:15 GNT

 

“O God, I ask for two things from you before I die: First, help me never to tell a lie. Second, give me neither poverty nor riches! Give me just enough to satisfy my needs. For if I grow rich, I may deny you and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ And if I am too poor, I may steal and thus insult God’s holy name.” Proverbs 30:7-9

 

  1. Focus on what will last forever.

“We fix our attention, not on the things that are seen, but on things that are unseen.  What can be seen lasts only for a time; but what cannot be seen lasts forever.”       2 Corinthians 4:18

 

 

July Memory Verse

“He who loves money shall never have enough. The foolishness of thinking that wealth brings happiness.”        Ecclesiastes 5:10 TLB

“Foundation of Financial Health”

Bethel Baptist Church

Pastor Ken Patton

June 27, 2021

 

“The Kingdom of Heaven will be like a man going on a journey. He called his three servants together and entrusted his property to them.”    Matthew 25:14

 

  1. Possession: Everything I have belongs to God.

“To one servant he gave five talents of money, to another two talents of money, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he left on his journey.”            Matthew 25:15

  1. Allocation: God has loaned me money.

“The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents also doubled his money. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and just hid his master’s money.” Matthew 25:16-18

“After a long time the Master of the three servants returned to settle his accounts.”             Matthew 25:19

  1. Accountability: One day God will audit me.

“The man who had received five talents brought the other five he had made. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’”  Matthew 25:20-21

“Then the servant with the two talents of money also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; now see that I have gained two more!’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant!’”       Matthew 25:22-23

“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’  His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!’”    Matthew 25:24-26

“You should have at least put my money into the bank so I could make some interest!”       Matthew 25:27

  1. Utilization: I must wisely use God’s money.
  1. Motivation: I must move against my fears.

“I was afraid and went out and hid your money in the ground.”    Matthew 25:25

“Take away the money from this servant and give it to the one with ten talents. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance! But for those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away.”            Matthew 25:28-29

  1. Application: If I don’t use it, I will lose
  1. Compensation: God will reward me for good management.

“The Master replied, ‘Well done good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things, I will now put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness!”             Matthew 25:21 

June Memory Verse – “Forever and ever I will sing about the tender kindness of the Lord! Young and old shall hear about your blessings.”                                                                                                                  Psalm 89:1 TLB

 

A God Encounter …Unwrapped” – with Pastor Ken Patton, June 20, 2021

1 Now Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest, 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

As he was approaching Damascus on this mission, a light from heaven suddenly shone down around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul! Saul! Why are you persecuting me?” “Who are you, lord?” Saul asked. And the voice replied, “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting!               Acts 9:3-5 NLT

  1. We are confronted by our own sinfulness.

I could, of course, put my trust in such things. If any of you think you can trust in external ceremonies, I have even more reason to feel that way. I was circumcised when I was a week old. I am an Israelite by birth, of the tribe of Benjamin, a pure-blooded Hebrew. As far as keeping the Jewish Law is concerned, I was a Pharisee, and I was so zealous that I persecuted the church. As far as a person can be righteous by obeying the commands of the Law, I was without fault. But all those things that I might count as profit I now reckon as loss for Christ’s sake.                                                                         Philippians 3:4-7 GNT

  1. We weigh our accomplishments from a fresh perspective.

13 But Ananias answered, “Lord, many people have told me about this man and the terrible things he did to your holy people in Jerusalem. 14 Now he has come here to Damascus, and the leading priests have given him the power to arrest everyone who worships you.” 15 But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! I have chosen Saul for an important work. He must tell about me to those who are not Jews, to kings, and to the people of Israel. 16 I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.” 17 So Ananias went to the house of Judas. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus sent me…”                                 Acts 9:13-17a

  1. We view others in the light of salvation.

17 Then Ananias went to the house and entered it. Placing his hands on Saul, he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord—Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here—has sent me so that you may see again and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” 18 Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized, 19 and after taking some food, he regained his strength. Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. 20 At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God.   Acts 9:17-20 NIV

  1. We value the help of others in our life.

June Memory Verse – “Forever and ever I will sing about the tender kindness of the Lord! Young and old shall hear about your blessings.”                                               Psalm 89:1 TLB

 

“After the Encounter” – with Pastor Ken Patton, June 13, 2021

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

His neighbors and those who had formerly seen him begging asked, “Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?” Some claimed that he was. Others said, “No, he only looks like him.” But he himself insisted, “I am the man.” 10 “How then were your eyes opened?” they asked. 11 He replied, “The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes. He told me to go to Siloam and wash. So I went and washed, and then I could see.”                 John 9:8-11 NIV

  1. There is something uniquely different, something changed about us.

16 Some of the Pharisees said, “This man Jesus is not from God, for he is working on the Sabbath.” Others said, “But how could an ordinary sinner do such miraculous signs?” So there was a deep division of opinion among them.             John 9:16

  1. A division of ideas challenges your faith.

17 So they said to the blind man again, “What do you say about Him, since He opened your eyes?” And he said, “He is a prophet.”     John 9:17

  1. Our view of God grows and matures —becomes biblically sound.

30 The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. 31 We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. 32 Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. 33 If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” John 9:30-33

  1. Feelings become less the measurement of your faith. 

35 When Jesus learned they had thrown him out, he went to find him and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?” 36 The man whose blind eyes were healed answered, “Who is he, Master? Tell me so that I can place all my faith in him.” 37 Jesus replied, “You’re looking right at him. He’s speaking with you. It’s me, the one in front of you now.” 38 Then the man threw himself at his feet and worshiped Jesus and said, “Lord, I believe in you!”            John 9:35-38 TPT

June Memory Verse “Forever and ever I will sing about the tender kindness of the Lord! Young and old shall hear about your blessings.”                                              Psalm 89:1 TLB

 

“An Encounter with Jesus” – Pastor Ken Patton, June 6, 2021 

18 A ruler questioned Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”         Luke 18:18

  1. Depending on God is better than relying on ourselves.

22 When Jesus heard this, He said to him, “One thing you still lack; sell all that you possess and distribute it to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” 23 But when he had heard these things, he became very sad, for he was extremely rich.    Luke 18:22-23

35 As Jesus was approaching Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the road begging. 36 Now hearing a crowd going by, he began to inquire what this was. 37 They told him that Jesus of Nazareth was passing by. 38 And he called out, saying, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”                                            Luke 18:35-38

  1. Always be specific and honest with God. 

41 “What do you want Me to do for you?” And he said, “Lord, I want to regain my sight!” 42 And Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has made you well.” 43 Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him, glorifying God; and when all the people saw it, they gave praise to God.                  Luke 18:41-43

And there was a man called by the name of Zaccheus; he was a chief tax collector and he was rich. Zaccheus was trying to see who Jesus was, and was unable because of the crowd, for he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree in order to see Him, for He was about to pass through that way.                Luke 19:2-4

  1. Respond to God with faith and repentance. 

Zaccheus stopped and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, half of my possessions I will give to the poor, and if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”      Luke 19:8-10

June Memory Verse – “Forever and ever I will sing about the tender kindness of the Lord! Young and old shall hear about your blessings.”           Psalm 89:1 TLB

 

“Try A Little Kindness” – with Pastor Ken Patton, May 30, 2021 

“…because of God’s deep love and concern for you, you should practice tenderhearted mercy and kindness to others…”                                                                         Colossians 3:12 TLB

  1. Show kindness, be sensitive.

“Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.”                                                                          Philippians 2:4

  1. Show kindness, be supportive.

“Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush you spirit.”  Proverbs 15:4 GNT

  1. Show kindness, be sympathetic. 

“When others are happy, be happy with them.  If they are sad, share their sorrow.”      Romans 12:15 TLB

      4. Show kindness, be straightforward. 

“Wounds from a friend are better than kisses from an enemy.”    Proverbs 27:6 TLB

“A good man may…rebuke me in kindness.”      Psalm 145:5 GNT

  1. Show kindness, be spontaneous. 

“As we have the opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who belong to the family of believers.”     Galatians 6:10

  1. Show kindness, be a blessing.

“In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”      Genesis 22:18

Who needs my kindness this week? ________________

May Memory Verse

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

 

“What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed” – with Pastor Ken Patton, May 23, 2021 

 “Lord, I am overwhelmed, please come to my help.”         Isaiah 38:14b NJB

“God sent the angel Gabriel…to a virgin named Mary. She was engaged to be married to a man named Joseph… Gabriel appeared to her and said, ‘Greetings, favored woman!  The Lord is with you!’ Confused and disturbed, Mary tried to think what the angel could mean. ‘Don‘t be frightened, Mary,’ the angel told her, ‘for God has decided to bless you.’”          Luke 1:26-30 NLT

  1. Let go of my need to control the situation.

“Mary asked the angel, ‘But how can I have a baby?  I am a virgin’…the angel replied…  ‘Nothing is impossible with God!’”              Luke 1:34, 37 NLT

“Mary responded, ‘I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to accept whatever He wants.  May everything you have said come true.’”       Luke 1:38 NLT

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.”  Proverbs 3:5 The Message

“The Lord will work out His plans for my life.”  Psalm 138:8 NLT 

God’s plan is…

Often Bigger, Often Harder, Always Better. 

  1. Let others help me out.

“Mary didn’t waste a minute.  She got up and traveled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth.”

                        Luke 1:38-40 The Message

“You are better off to have a friend than to be all alone…  If you fall, your friend can help you up.  But if you fall without having a friend nearby, you are really in trouble.”             Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 CEV

“Share each other’s troubles and problems, and so obey our Lord’s command.”       Galatians 6:2 TLB

  1. Let God give me strength.

 “You are blessed for believing that the Lord would keep His promise to you.”           Luke 1:45 GW

“When you pass through deep waters, I will be with you; your troubles will not overwhelm you.  When you pass through fire, you will not be burned; the hard trials that come will not hurt you.”     Isaiah 43:2 TEV

 Where to find strength?

  • In praising God

“Mary responded, ‘Oh, how I praise the Lord.  How I rejoice in God my Savior!’”      Luke 1:46-47 (NLT)

 In God’s Word.

“Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often.”                Luke 2:19 (NLT)

“I’m overwhelmed with sorrow!  Sunk in a swamp of despair!  …But me, I’m not giving up.  I’m sticking around to see what God will do.  I’m waiting for God to make things right.”                     Micah 7:1, 7 The Message

May Memory Verse

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

 

“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