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Rev. Peter Herron, Pastor


Sunday, March 13, 2011

I’ve Found the Truth

March 13, 2011

John 4:16

“Jesus said I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6)

In the musical The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy follows the yellow brick road trying to get home. Along the way she encountered a number of people, tin man, scarecrow, etc. The wizard controlled the various situations she encountered. He was able to do so because he had a booming voice and they never saw him. If they had, they wouldn’t have been afraid because the wizard was really a small, puny person. We, like Dorothy, are trying to find our way home – our eternal home. God could have hidden like the Wizard of Oz, but God sent Jesus.

Jesus said: I am the way. The way home – to my Father. God wants us to see Him, so He sent His Son Jesus. Jesus came to this earth, lived among us and said, if you have seen Me, you have seen the Father (John 14:9)

Jesus said: I am the Truth. To say this, you have to be flawless in your life. He spoke the Word of God with the authority of His Father to us.

Jesus said: I am the Life. I can give you eternal life. In other words, I will show you the way, I will tell you the truth, I will give you eternal life.

In John 17 Jesus prays before He dies in the Garden of Gethsemane. In verse 17 he says “Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth.” God’s word is absolutely true. Take God’s word, read it, study it, meditate on it, apply it to your life and it will set you apart – sanctify you. For example if you become a student of one of the ancient philosophers, you spent time listening to them, reading their writing, thinking about what they said and after a while, you begin to sound like, act like the one you are following.

We all believe in god. The question is which god do you believe in? Is it the God of the Bible? The Bible points us to the Word of God. In II Timothy 3:16, what does the Bible say about the Word of God and us? All scripture is God breathed – inspiration and is profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and training in righteousness.

Cults indoctrinate those who join them to the point that we often say they are brainwashed. God does not brainwash you and I. He gives us His Word, tells us what it is good for and invites us to read it and study it.

Doctrine (teaching) – the way of God – so we can know the way of the Lord.
Reproof (rebuke) – shows us when I am off track (not walking in the way of the Lord)
Correction – shows us how to get back on track (to get back on the way of the Lord)
Training – So that in my personal life I can walk upright before God.

II Peter 1:20, 21 tells us how the Bible was written. God moved on men by the Holy Spirit. Man did not think up the scriptures. God made sure His word was accurate. God by His Holy Spirit makes sure His Word is accurate. God speaks, men wrote it as guided by the Holy Spirit.

The truth is in God’s Word. God says in His Word; “For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus” I Timothy 2:5. All roads do not lead to God. Jesus is the only road to God. The Christian way is narrow.

Romans 3: 10 – 18 has God’s description of man. It is not pretty. No one is righteous, no one seeks God, our lips speak lies, no fear of God. We have all sinned and fallen short of God’s standard of right.

God has made a way out of this situation. He has offered us salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. John 3:16, Acts 4:12, Romans 5:8, I Tim 2:5
This is God’s Truth

We all want to go to heaven – but we have to be willing to follow the way that leads to heaven – Jesus Christ, the only Son of the true and living God. God loves the world and has expressed His love by sending His son as a payment for the sins of every individual in the world. But only those who accept Jesus Christ as savior can and will experience God’s love.

Yes, God loves the world – He sent His Son. But those who experience His love must embrace His Son. John 8:32 says “And you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free". It is your obedience to God’s truth that will give you spiritual freedom. Seek the truth, find the truth, settle in it and live.

Have you found the truth?

Pastor Pete

Sunday, March 6, 2011

In Search of Truth

March 6, 2011

John 18:28-38

In this passage of scripture Jesus has been brought before Pilate (the Roman governor) by Jewish religious leaders. Because of the Sabbath, the leaders can’t go into the palace to Pilate so he goes out to them and asks “What charges are you bringing against this man?”

They don’t spell out the specific charges but say he is a criminal which is why they have brought him to Pilate.
Pilate tells them to judge him by their law but they respond that they don’t have the right to execute anyone.
Pilate then goes back inside and summons who is now before him and asks him,
“Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus answers Pilate with a question, (v 34) “Is that your own idea, or did others talk to you about me?” Jesus’ question highlights that salvation in Jesus Christ is not about the group, it is about you – what you think.

Pilate’s response is interesting. He sidesteps the question by asking another one, “Am I a Jew?” (v.35), and making a statement “It was your people and your chief priests who handed you over to me. What is it that you have done?”

Jesus responds (v36), I am a king but my kingdom is not from here (this world). If it was I would have fought to prevent the Jews from arresting me. His disciples and even the angels would have helped him. “My kingdom is from another place” It is not about over-throwing you or the Jews is about establishing my kingdom – the Kingdom of God.

Pilate then says, “You are a king then!” Jesus answers, you are right in saying I am a king. In fact (v37), for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me.”

Pilate then asks the key question. “What is truth?”

A search of the dictionary provided two definitions
  1. “Truth is in accordance with facts or actualities.” For example, if I hit a drum it will make a sound, so I hit the drum and it makes a sound 
  2. “A statement proven to be or accepted as truth.” This definition is problematic. For example truth is supposed to be established in court, but there is little truth in court. It is who argues the case better, wins. Truth is factual and actual and so we have people serving sentences for crimes they did not commit until exonerated by DNA evidence. Truth is not what you make it. Truth is actual and factual as God has said it.
Psalm 119:142 – God’s Righteousness is everlasting. God’s law is truth. We live in a world where everyone wants to make up their own truth. God’s Word is truth. God is righteous means – God is right all the time. God’s law is truth means – God’s truth is absolute.
Psalm 91:4 God’s truth is our protection – “Our Shield and Buckler.” It is in the knowing and obedience to God’s Word (Truth) that protection comes. For example, Proverbs tells us to be careful of the company we keep. If you follow God’s word when choosing your friends or when you are challenged to do wrong, obedience to Biblical truth will cause you to separate yourself, because you realize you are going in two different directions. We get into trouble because we don’t know or obey the truth of God’s word.

What are the benefits of truth? Freedom

John 8:31,32 – to those who believe and who abide in my teaching – rest in, stay in, obey the word of God, the truth will set you free.

If you want to know the truth how do we find it? The Bible.

How do we find the truth? Jesus said in John 14:6, I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.

So if you are searching for the truth, find it in JESUS.

Pastor Pete

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sin Will Always Be With Us; but It Does Not Have To Be In Charge of Us

January 16, 2011

James 4:17

Life as a believer is a life of FAITH, looking forward to what God has for us.

Faith is believing in the God we cannot see but who has revealed Himself in what He has done (Ps. 19:1) and what He has said (Ps. 19:7)

Our Hope is in God. Hope is to desire with the expectation of fulfillment, waiting for God to bring it to pass in our lives.

As we exercise faith and as we hope in God we have to deal with SIN.

In Genesis 3, we read about the beginning of something that was not good – SIN. It is a small 3-letter word that had a big impact. James 4:17 says “He that knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin”

What is this thing called SIN. With God there are no big and little sins. There are no white lies and other lies. The dictionary says “sin is the act of breaking a religious or moral law.” The word of God says SIN is the act of breaking God’s law. 

Genesis Chapter 3 describes the origin of SIN:

Adam and Eve lived in a garden God had made for them – Eden. A garden is a place where things grow, good things, things that nurture us. When God made this garden no weeds grew there. They had everything they needed including God’s presence. God came to fellowship with them every day. Imagine everyday the Lord God Almighty coming to your house, knocking on your door and sitting down for conversation with you. The Bible says God came at a specific time everyday.  Then one day a stranger knocks on your door at a different time and mankind spoke with the stranger and let him in. It is ironic when one of the things we teach our children is to not speak with strangers or open the door to them. Now mind you, this stranger had not placed them in the garden, fellowshipped with them on a regular basis, or provided for them.

So when did sin take place? Sin did not take place with a conversation. During the conversation with the serpent, the seed of disobedience was planted in the garden of man’s heart. A little seed (just a little questioning of what God had said) – did God really say that? Who is God anyway? You can decide for yourself. This is still the challenge today. Why should I obey God’s Word? I know better than that! But it was when Adam and Eve chose to disobey God that sin took place. The choice to listen to the voice of a stranger instead of the voice of God is when sin took place. That choice led to the act of taking the fruit and eating it. Sin takes place with a choice.
Our actions reveal the choice we have made. The immediate consequence of this act of disobedience showed up when God came at the regular time to fellowship with Adam and Eve. God came to their home in the garden as a friend would come to our home. He knocked on the door but Adam and Eve would not answer. Then God called Adam’s name. Adam had a conversation with God through the door. The choice to disobey God erected a barrier to fellowship with God where we now have to go to God instead of God coming to us. Sin changed their relationship with God and with each other.

 This act of disobedience has infected our lives. Romans 3:23 says ALL have sinned. Throughout the Bible we see how the infection of sin has affected mankind.

By the very next chapter, Genesis 4, we see the devastation of sin – one brother kills the other.

In Genesis 6:5 – mankind is wicked as a result of sin coming into the world. Now we have to think really hard to do good.

Genesis 8:21 – Sin has so infected us, even in our youth – from childhood.

When is the age of responsibility? No specific age – the point when you understand right from wrong. Why would a child of ten think of murder? 

Jeremiah 17:9 – Sin captures your heart. A tick is a good example of sin. It is very small when it latches on to your pet but as it feeds it gets bigger and bigger and if you don’t get rid of it , it will eventually kill your pet.

Proverbs 23:7 – As a man thinks in his heart so is he – as sin captures your heart you will do sinful things.

Romans 6:23 – Sin comes with a price – the wages of sin is death.

Hebrews 9:27, 28 – God will judge; Have to give an account.

So what is the answer, since sin is always going to be with us?

Jesus is the answer (Romans 6:12- 14). Sin does not have to have dominion over us.
  • Salvation from sin is in Jesus alone (Acts 4:12)
  • When challenged by sin God has left a way of escape (1Corithians 10:13)
  • When you sin, confess it to God (1John 1:9)
  • We are challenged everyday to do the wrong thing
  • You can’t get righteousness stew from putting sinful practices in the pot. Sinful practices get sinful results. And when we do sin, we have an advocate (1Timothy 5:2) – One mediator – Jesus
Sin will always be with us but it does not have to be in charge of us.

In the life of the Unbeliever, the soul is dead to God, the mind is governed by sin and the body practices sin. They have the law and their conscience that enables them to know right from wrong (Romans 2).

In the life of the Believer, the soul is redeemed – alive to God, the mind is transformed –governed by the Holy Spirit and we choose whether or not to practice righteousness or sin in our body. As a believer, in addition to our conscience, we have the Word of God and the Holy Spirit to show us right from wrong (James 1:12-18).

Pastor Pete

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Faith Gets God’s Attention – Hope Waits and Expects Him to Deliver

January 9, 2011

Hebrews 11

What is FAITH?

Faith  is believing in the God we cannot see but who has revealed Himself in what He has done (Ps. 19:1) and what He has said (Ps. 19:7).

It is impossible to please God without Faith (Heb 11:6).

How do we get faith? Romans 10: 17 says that, Faith comes by hearing the Word of God and receiving the Word of God. The Spirit of God gives life to the Word (Bible) by diligently seeking God.

The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is a list of people who believed God. They overcame the trials of life by faith.

James 2: 14-17
Your actions show your faith. 
You can’t just speak faith, you have to do faith. If you believe God, it will show forth in your life.

Romans 5:1
We are justified by faith.
Faith gets God’s attention and faith makes us alright with God. God revealed himself through Jesus. When we believe in Jesus we are made right with God

Faith believes what God has said. 
When I believe God, my faith gets God’s attention. When I exercise faith, God is looking at me. When I believe Him, God goes Yes!

There’s a Negro spiritual that says, “I Will Trust in the Lord till I Die”. Dying was real so when they sang this song it was an affirmation of faith in God. Saying – I will Hope in Him

What is HOPE?
Hope is to desire with the expectation of fulfillment

Some examples
Daniel Chapter 1, Chapter 3, and Chapter 6

Daniel 1
Daniel and his fellow captives did not want to eat meat offered to idols because they served the true and living God.  So because of what they believed they took a stand for God. Daniel & Company proposed not eating the meat for ten days and seeing whether they were in better condition than those who ate the meat. They put their hope in God and God honored their faith.

Daniel 3
Shadrach, Meshach & Abednego (Three Hebrew boys) refused to bow down to the king because they believed that God is the only one they should bow down to. In fact their position was live or die, we will trust (hope) in God.  The king ordered them thrown into the fire furnace. They were thrown into the furnace but did not die in fact when the king checked a fourth person was in the furnace with them. That fourth person was the Spirit of God. God honored their faith

Daniel 6
God so blessed Daniel that his coworkers who hated him knew that the only way to get him in trouble was to make his worship of God an issue. But Daniels’ faith spills over unto the king. When they tried to make Daniel lion food, the king hoping that Daniel’s God had done something to keep him, went early the next morning to check if Daniel was still alive. Daniel 6:23 says Daniel trusted (hoped) in God and again, God honored his faith.

When Esther understood from Mordecai the seriousness of the situation, that the possible annihilation of the Jewish people was at hand, she called a fast. And even though the name of God is not mentioned in the book, her actions – fasting and praying showed her trust (hope) was in God and God honored her faith.

The book of Exodus tells a story of faith and hope. Not everyone had faith but you see the faith of Moses’ mother and Moses. You can tell who had faith and hope by what they did. The story continues in Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy, and Joshua.

As we start this New Year put your hope in God.
Don’t be downcast (depressed) (Psalm 42: 5, 11). Hope does not disappoint according to Romans 5:5. Waiting does not mean, do nothing. It means trying to find a way by relying on God. God will never do anything that will shame His name. 

The question is: How much Hope do you have in the Faith basket of your life?

If you have accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, God will never leave you or forsake you (Duet. 31:6), but you must put your faith and hope in Him and will honor your faith.

Pastor Pete

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Letting Egypt Go is Hard, When the Promised Land has Giants

January 2, 2011

Numbers 13:2, 25 – 33.

The Key: God said ‘I am giving this land to you – Go and spy it out”. (Numbers 13:2)

The Children of Israel were right at the door to the Promised Land. God said send the leaders of each tribe (v2). They were in the land 40 days. They brought back food from the land. However, out of the 12 spies sent out only 2 had a good report. They returned safely from the land but they had no faith.

One man, Caleb, believed Moses when he told them what God said. Caleb had a message of Faith.

In Exodus 13:22, we see that God led the children of Israel with a Cloud by Day and a Pillar of fire by Night. The Cloud/Fire protected them and provided cover, light and warmth in the dessert. When God was ready to move, the Cloud moved and the children of Israel were instructed to move with the cloud.

Why did God not just send the children of Israel into the Promised Land? Why the test?   
It is because following God and developing a relationship with Him can only happen by 
FAITH (Heb 11:6). 
With God, life is a faith walk (2Cor 5:7) God wanted to see who would respond to Him with faith
It’s all about FAITH.

Faith is believing in the God we cannot see but who has revealed Himself in what He has made and His Word.

God asked Adam and Eve – will you trust me? Who will you choose to serve? Will you believe the serpent (the stranger) instead of the God who had provided for them in the Garden from the beginning of their existence?

It is interesting how ten of the twelve spies saw themselves – as grasshoppers. They forgot the Word of the Lord given to Moses. Only Joshua and Caleb said we can do this.It was a question of their faith. They were willing to choose manna and quail instead of grapes, milk and honey.
They did not go in until Joshua 2. Word comes from the wilderness that the God of Israel is Powerful.  Rehab believes and when the spies return, she hides them and gets a promise of salvation for her and her family.

They finally cross the Jordan River in Joshua chapter 3.

How can we apply this to our lives today as believers? 
Egypt is symbolic of bondage to sin from which we have been delivered.
When they crossed the Red Sea they had to trust God. We trust God when we put our faith in Jesus Christ and cross over from darkness into light. Do you want to go back to Egypt – the place where we prayed and begged God to get us out of?

The question is: How do you see yourself? As a grasshopper?
If you see yourself as a grasshopper you need new eyes. See yourself as a child of the King of Kings who has everything

Faith is the key – believing in a God we cannot see but who has revealed Himself in what he has made and His Word.

God has already proven Himself.
The world is messed up because of Man – the decision to do his own thing.

Hebrews 11:6 says, Without Faith it is impossible to please God.
God will make himself known to those who diligently seek Him.
God reveals Himself to those who seek Him.
It is not about giving God a try – it’s about committing our lives to Him.

Romans 10:17 says Faith/Growth comes by hearing the Word of God.

We Must decide to let Egypt go.

Faith is the key, the answer, the way WE touch God!

Pastor Pete