Ultimate Challenge - Bob Levin

March 26th, 2017

An outrageous test - Genesis 22:1-2

       Tests ...

              Reveal faith & character

              Develop faith & character

              Present temptation 

       Divine provision in tests - 1 Corinthians 10:13 

       The risk of blessing >>idol making - Genesis 15:1

Sacrifice is worship - Genesis 22:3-5

        Living sacrifice - Romans 12:1

        Daily sacrifice - Luke 9:23-24

        Paradoxical payoff - Luke 9:24

Together with God - Genesis 22:6-12

        Moment of "betrayal" - Matthew 27:46

        "Now I know" ... God is enough - Genesis 15:1

A mysterious connection - Genesis 22:13-18

         "God ... gave his one and only Son" - John 3:16

What am I called to sacrifice?  

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Contradiction & Grace - Bob Levin

March 19th, 2017

Déjà Vu -- habitual dysfunction & sin…  Genesis 20

  • Pertinent questions… vs 10

> “what have you done?”

                  > “what is your reason?”

  • Answering the questions

> Self-talk - “I said to myself”… vs 11           

                  > Catastrophizing - “they will kill me”… vs 11

                  > Manipulation & half-truth - “she is my sister”… vs 12-13

               

           Life Flow Chart –

 

                 Thinking (belief) >>>> Emotion >>>> Behavior

 

Overcoming dysfunction & sin  

  • Identify the self-lie … vs 11

 

  • Absorb the truth… God’s Word

                  Psalms 1:1-2                         

                  Romans 12:2  

                  Psalms 119:130

  • Celebrate God’s past provision & learn from experience

 

Genesis 12:14-1

Psalm 147:7; 150:2

 

Grace... Genesis 21:1-8

 

        Delay principle… developing our soul

         

                 Hebrews 5:8

                 Hebrews 6:12

 

        Finally!... God ain’t late

 

                Galatians 4:4

                II Peter 3:8

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Divine Consequences - Mark Brauss

March 12th, 2017

 

   ► Evil …..  I Corinthians 15:33 / II Corinthians 6:14 

 

 

⌂ Divine Visit ….. Genesis 19:1-3 

  

 

⌂ Relational Contamination …. Genesis 19:4-9 

 

  • II Peter 2:6-9

 

 ⌂ Spiritual Blindness …. Genesis 19:10-14 

         

  • Luke 12:20

 

 

           ◊ Convictions 

   

⌂ Judgment Day …. Genesis 19:15-22 

 

      “If evil is never held accountable, 

             if sin is never punished. 

            God would not be just.” 

                                               Chuck Swindoll 

 

 ⌂ No Looking Back …. Genesis 19:23-30 

 

 

⌂ Bad Parenting …. Genesis 19:31-38 

 

 ⌂ Apply ! 

 

 

   ☼ God is still a God of Holiness; take Him seriously. 

 

  • I Peter 1:13-16

 

 

   ☼ We still battle our depravity; take Him seriously. 

 

  • I Peter 5:8-11

  

  ☼ We are still at the mercy of God’s grace;  

      take Him seriously. 

 

  • II Peter 3:10-13
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A Divine Visit - Mark Brauss

March 5th, 2017

⌂  When God Comes to Dinner …. Genesis 18:1-8

 

  • Ephesians 3:20

  

 

  • Revelation 3:20

 

 

⌂  The Proclamation …. Genesis 18:9-15

 

  • Hebrews 13:1-2

   

       ◊ Sarah  →  listened / laughed / lied

  • Hebrews 11:11-12

 

 

         ☼ Fear is a Lie.

 

         ☼ When We are Afraid we Doubt.

  

         ☼ Big Question – Is Anything too hard for the LORD?

 

  • Romans 4:19-22

 

 

         ☼ Big Question → What is your impossibility today?

  

 

⌂  Divine Justice ….. Genesis 18:16-33

 

     □ Discussion

 

    □ Direction

                      → How am I directing my children spiritually?

 

 

    □ Outcry 

 

    □  Big Question → Will the Judge of ALL the Earth do right?

 

     □  The Righteousness Scale

 

  • Psalm 14:1-3 • Romans 3:21-24

      

⌂  Apply !

 

    □  Be aware that you may encounter angels!

 

  • Psalm 91:11-12

 

 

    □  Be confident that nothing is too difficult for the Lord.

  

 

    □  Be sensitive to the Lord.

 

  

    □  Be passionate in prayer.

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