This I Call To Mind – Charles Pope

Lamentations 3:19-26

19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness
    is bitter beyond words.[a]
20 I will never forget this awful time,
    as I grieve over my loss.
21 Yet I still dare to hope
    when I remember this:

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends![b]
    His mercies never cease.
23 Great is his faithfulness;
    his mercies begin afresh each morning.
24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    therefore, I will hope in him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
    to those who search for him.
26 So it is good to wait quietly
    for salvation from the Lord.

For I Know the Plans – Tommy Artmann

“For I Know the Plans” – Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

1. God’s Plan Is Not Always Apparent.

The God of Israel, says to all the captives He has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” (Jeremiah 29:4-7)

2. Bad Advice Can Sound Good.

The God of Israel says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, because they are telling you lies in My name.

I have not sent them,” says the LORD.

(Jeremiah 29:8,9)

3. Seek God’s Plan. It Is Sure and Always Good.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for Me wholeheartedly, you will

find Me.”

(Jeremiah 29:11-13)

Bring the Tithe – Tommy Artmann

Malachi 3:6 – 10

“Bring the entire tithe to the storerooms in my temple. Then there will be plenty of food. Test me this way,” says the Lord. “Then you will see that I will throw open the windows of heaven. I will pour out so many blessings that you will not have enough room to store them.” (Malachi 3:10)

1. Try God

“Return to me. Then I will return to you,” says the Lord who rules over all. But you ask, “How can we

return?” (Malachi 3:7b)

2. A Divine Accusation

“Will a mere human being dare to steal from God? But you rob me! “You ask, ‘How are we robbing you?’”

(Malachi 3:8)

3. The Tithe as Trust and Thanks

4. The Trusting Test

“Bring the entire tenth to the storerooms in my temple. Then there will be plenty of food. Test me this way,” says the Lord. “Then you will see that I will throw open the windows of heaven. I will pour out so many blessings that you will not have enough room to store them.” (Malachi 3:10)

Not Conformed, but Transformed – Tommy Artmann

Not Conformed, but Transformed

And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God trans- form you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:1,2-NLT)

A Living Sacrifice

I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice the kind He will find acceptable. (Romans 12:1a—NLT)

True Worship

This is truly the way to worship Him. (Romans 12:1b — NLT) Not Conformed

Do not be conformed to this world… (Romans 12a – NRSV) Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould. (Romans 12:2a -J.B. Phillips)
Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world (Romans 12:2a – NLT)

Be Transformed

Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. (Romans 12:2b — NIV)
Let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. (Romans 12:2b—NLT)

The Good, Pleasing, and Perfect Will of God

Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2c— NIV)
Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. (Romans 12:2c—NLT)

Your Treasure – Tommy Artmann

Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. Luke 12:22-34

Fear 

Don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world. (Luke 12:29-30a)

Your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need. (Luke 12:30b-31)

Faith 

Your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and He will give you everything you need. (Luke 12:30b-31)

Fulfillment 

“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be. (Luke 12:32-34)

 

Faithfulness – Tommy Artmann

Matthew 25:14-30
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!’ (Matthew 25:21)

God’s Expectations of Us
He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. (Matthew 25:14)

God’s Fairness Toward Us
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Matthew 25:15)

God’s Reward for Faithfulness
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!’ (Matthew 25:23)

Clothe Yourself in Christ – Charles Pope

 Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience.13 Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others. 14 Above all, clothe yourselves with love, which binds us all together in perfect harmony. 15 And let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. For as members of one body you are called to live in peace. And always be thankful.

16 Let the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts. 17 And whatever you do or say, do it as a representative of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through him to God the Father.

My Peace I Give You – Tommy Artmann

Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. (John 14:27 – NIV)

1) The Troubles of the World

“The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.(John 14:17b)
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
(John 16:33)

2) God Knows…and Cares

I have told you these things before they happen so that when they do happen, you will believe.
(John 14:29)

3) The Peace of Christ

“I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.
(John 14:27)

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)

The Greatest Promise – Tommy Artmann

Joshua 1:1-9
“This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God
is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

God is with us…

1. When the Challenge Is Huge
The Lord spoke to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses’ assistant. He said, “Moses, my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into
the land I am giving them.” (1:1,2)

2. To Show Us the Way
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.” (1:7,8)

3. To Give Us Strength and Courage
“This is My command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9)

The Path to Abundant Life Is Guided by the Good Shepherd – Josh Gray

John 10:1-18, Psalm 23

1. Jesus Gives Abundant Life (John 10:10).
2. We Are Sheep(John 10:10, 14, Psalm 23:1).
3. Follow the Shepherd (John 10:3-4).
4. Empty Your Overflowing Cup for Others (John 10:15-18).