The Loving Father – Tommy Artmann

The Loving Father Luke 15:11-32

For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found! (Luke 15:32)1. Desiring What Cannot Fulfill

A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, “I want my share of your estate now before you die.”So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. (Luke 15:11,12)

2. The Father’s Steadfast Love

While he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. (Luke 15:20)

3. Celebrating Restoration

We had to celebrate this happy day. For your brother was dead and has come back to life! He was lost, but now he is found! (Luke 15:32)

Pay it Forward: The Parable of the Talents – Sharonda Medina

Matthew 25:14-30 NIV

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.  So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.  But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

Then the man who had received one bag of gold 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 gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.  For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

The Journey – Josh Gray

Philippians 1:3-11

I thank my God every time I remember you. (Philippians 1:3)

1. My Story Here
The Great Commandment Love of God
Love of Others
The Great Commission
Love of the Community (Make Disciples)

2. I Thank God for My Story Here
Philippians 1:3-11

3. A Commitment to the Great Commandment and the Great Commission
Stay Committed

The Journey – Josh Gray

 

Philippians 1:3-11 (NIV)

3 I thank my God every time I remember you. 4 In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, 6 being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. 7 It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you in my heart and, whether I am in chains or

defending and confirming the gospel, all of you share in God’s grace with me.
8 God can testify how I long for all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus. 9 And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight, 10 so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless for the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ—to the glory and praise of God.

A Time for Every Purpose – Tommy Artmann

 

The Way of Celebration

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8

  1. Everything Has A Season.For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven. (3:1)
  2. Difficult Times Are Part of Life.A time to dies…to plant…to kill…to tear down…to cry…to grieve…to scatter stones…to turn away…to quit searching…to throw away…to tear…to be quiet…to hate…for war.

3. Good Times Are Part of Life.

A time to be born…to harvest…to heal… to build up…to laugh… to dance…to gather stones…to embrace…to search…to keep…to mend…to speak…to love…for peace.

4. The Sum of Life

Fear God and obey His commands, for this is everyone’s duty. Godwill judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good for bad. (12:13,14)

You’re Going to Need the Holy Spirit – Charles Pope

Acts 1:3-11

After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared to them over a period of forty days and spoke about the kingdom of God. On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with[a] water, but in a few days you will be baptized with[b] the Holy Spirit.”

Then they gathered around him and asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”

He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you;and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

10 They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them. 11 “Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”

The Way of Celebration Pentecost Sunday  – Tommy Artmann

The Source of Life ~ Acts 1:6-8
You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. – Acts 1:8 

1. Present Worries 

When the apostles were with Jesus, they kept asking Him, “Lord, has the time come for You to free Israel and restore our kingdom?” (1:6) 

2. Power for Living 

You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. (1:8a) 

3. Purpose in Life 

And you will be my witnesses, telling people about me everywhere— in Jerusalem, throughout Judea, in Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. (1:8b) 

She Is Strong – Sharonda Medina

Proverbs 31:10-31 NLT

10bWho can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies.
11Her husband can trust her,and she will greatly enrich his life.
12She brings him good, not harm,all the days of her life.
13She finds wool and flax and busily spins it.
14She is like a merchant’s ship,bringing her food from afar.
15She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her household and plan the day’s work for her servant girls.
16She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17She is energetic and strong,a hard worker.
18She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.
19Her hands are busy spinning thread, her fingers twisting fiber.
20She extends a helping hand to the poor and opens her arms to the needy.
21She has no fear of winter for her household,for everyone has warm clothes.
22She makes her own bedspreads. She dresses in fine linen and purple gowns.
23Her husband is well known at the city gates, where he sits with the other civic leaders.
24She makes belted linen garments and sashes to sell to the merchants.
25She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future.
26When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness.
27She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness.
28Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:
29“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!”
30Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised.
31Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise.”

Mother’s Day ~ Celebrating Our Mothers – Tommy Artmann

A Woman Greatly Praised
Proverbs 31:10-31

The Value of a Mother
Who can find a virtuous and capable wife? She is more precious than rubies. (31:10)

The Virtues of a Mother
When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. (31:26)

The Victory of a Mother
Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her:“There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” (31:28,29)

Choose Joy! – Sharonda Medina

9“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. 10If you keep my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commands and remain in his love. 11I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete. 12My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. 13Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. 14You are my friends if you do what I command. 15I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. 16You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. 17This is my command: Love each other.” John 15:9-17 NIV