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Mission: To be a resource to Pastors and Bible teachers in spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ around the world. – Sermons to the World

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Vision: To reach the world on the internet to fulfill the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:19-20 – “to go into all the world and teach all nations”.

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

THOUGHTS ON THE SHOOTING FRIDAY AT THE CONNECTICUT SCHOOL IN THE U.S.A.


Thoughts on the Shooting Friday at the Connecticut School
By Pastor Mark Taylor

I have been asking the Lord to give me some words to say to you about the senseless killing of 20 children and 6 adults.  I have both prayed and listened to other religious leaders of all faiths comment on this tragedy.  Like them, I do not know “why”, and no one ever will.  There is probably no answer that will satisfy  the grief and pain the families of these children or even those of us who grieve for their lost.

I know it is easy to be mad at God, and say “Why didn’t He stop it?”  But that is both wrong thinking and the wrong question.

God has reminded me that I do not have to defend Him.  But one thing I can say is what I know about serving God, reading His Word, and listening to hundreds of sermons and reading many books.  

First of all I can say that God did not want this to happen and that He is broken hearted for the families that are suffering.”

Some will say that “He allowed it to happen.” leaving the impression that He could have stopped it.  I would say that you cannot equate  “allowing” and “blame”.  You may allow your son or daughters to drive a car or ride with someone else in a car and they could be killed in a car accident.  You are not the blame and in most cases the people in the car are not the blame.

God has given us all “free will”.  That is a gift from God.  He chose to make us in His image and not robots.  He has chosen to give us free will to love Him or reject Him.  He has chosen to give us free will to do good, to do evil, or to do nothing.  We can see God’s response to death as He allowed His Son to die for our sins on the cross.

There is also a evil person that has gained control over many people.  His name is Satan.  Jesus said this:  “The thief (Satan), has come to kill, steal and destroy, but I have come to give them life and to give them life more abundantly.” (John 10:10).

The world is full of evil in TV show, Movies, Video Games, Books, Computers, and many other things that people read and watch everyday.  Think about what is in the material you have read and things you have seen.  Adults and young people are exposed to hours upon hours of killing, cursing, disrespect to parents and adults, and disrespect to God  and the Church.  

Our society has disregarded God’s Word and teaching on Abortion, Pre-martial sex, homosexuality,. In addition to this, drinking alcohol and taking drugs is accepted as normal by celebrities and sports role models.  When you think these things are normal and ok with God, you have left yourself open to Satan’s influence and control.  How many unborn babies could have lived and brought great joy and knowledge into this world?

Add to this to the fact that many parents have chosen to keep their children away from the Church and  teachings of God about love and caring for one another.  Fewer young people are growing up in a home where prayer or Bible reading is apart of their families. Many children and young people are growing up in broken homes and one-parent homes and suffering from the mistakes of their parents.

The Bible has told us about the times we are living in:
But know this, that in the last days difficult times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! (2 Timothy 3: 1-5)
There is very little I know that we can do for the parents and loved ones of the children who were murdered on Friday, December 14.  But there is something we can do for our children for each other.  The most important thing we can do is to take seriously Prayer for the safety of our children and grandchildren and loved ones.  We say in the Lord’s Prayer - “Lead us not (do not allow us to go) into temptation, and deliver us from evil”.  This is the prayer that the Lord Jesus told us to pray to our Heavenly Father.  If it did not work, He would not have told us to pray it.  You and I should pray it each and every day, several times a day and mean it.
Secondly, we need to love and spend time with those we love.  We do not know when our last day or their last day on Earth will be.  We need to tell them we love them and show them we love them with our time and attention.
Thirdly, we need to be thankful each day for our children, our husbands and wives, for our parents and grandparents, and those we love and care about.  Life is a gift, but it only lasts on this earth for a short time. If you live to be 100, it is a short time compared to the time you have to spend in eternity, that is Heaven or Hell.
Finally, know that the children who were murdered and other children who have died from sickness or accidents, have not really died - that is they have not ceased to exist.  They are still alive in Heaven.  Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ said:  “And whosoever believes in me shall never die.”  (John 11:26).  The Bible teaches, and I believe also that children and the mentally handicapped who have not had a chance to receive or reject Christ will go to Heaven.  That is a whole different subject.
I know this short message is not the answer to the question “why”, but it is something to pray about and think about as you grieve for the children and adults that died last  Friday in this terrible shooting.

Friday, December 14, 2012

PRICELESS GIFTS



VIDEO LINKS TO SERMON - “PRICELESS GIFTS”

PRICELESS GIFTS - PART ONE

PRICELESS GIFTS - PART TWO


PRICELESS GIFTS - PART THREE

Priceless Gifts That You Can Give This Christmas”
By Pastor Mark Taylor

“Everyone is a friend to the person that gives gifts.” (Proverbs 19:6)
The Gift of Principles – Teach and live the principles God has given you.  Those principles include loving God and loving others.  “'And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. "And the second, like it, is this: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than these." (Mark 12:30-31).  

Teach your loved ones that personal integrity is a gift they need to cherish.     “A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold.” (Proverbs 22:1).

The Gift of Patterns.  Your children will follow your patterns of behavior, good or bad.  Both and live and teach them honesty, integrity, and persistence.  Teach them the value of hard work and personal responsibility.

“Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree Planted by the rivers of water, That brings forth its fruit in its season, Whose leaf also shall not wither;  And whatever he does shall prosper” (Psalms 1:1-3).  This is true success.

The Gift of Participation.  Be involved in the lives of your children, grand children, and others that you love. Use the time you have with them wisely.  “Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be unwise, but understand what the will of the Lord is” (Ephesians 5:16-17).  

 The Gift of Mercy.  Help others to start over when they fail.  Keep the doors of communication open.  Be involved in their hurts without being judgmental.  There is a time of correction, but there is also a time to listen. “A soft answer turns away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.” (Proverbs 15:1).   When someone is hurting, it is not the time hurt them more with your words. "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:36-37).  

Ask them “What can I do to help You?”  

The Gift of Praise.  The greatest gift you can give someone to help them become successful.  Praise is one of the greatest motivations for success..  It is a gift that is needed more than any material you can wrap.  “Pleasant words are as a honeycomb, sweet to the soul, and health to the bones” (Proverbs 16:24).  Make someone happy this Christmas by praising them for something they have done in their lives this year, or something they have done for you.  The gift of praise should be given 365 days a year.

The Gift of Prayer.  God answers the prayers of Godly mothers, fathers,
and grandparents.  Let them know you are praying for them and that the Lord Jesus loves them and cares for them.  “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous person accomplishes a lot.” (James 5:16).  Through your example encourage them to become prayer warriors for others.  Model this by praying aloud in their presence and teaching them how to pray.  This gift will last for a life time.

The Gift of Hope.  You can give people hope by reminding them of the great plans God has for them.   Just remind them that God is listening to them and willing to help them..  “I love the LORD, because He has heard My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I will call upon Him as long as I live.” (Psalms 116:1-2).  Remind them that God wants to help them with the difficulties they face in their life.  “Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” (Jeremiah 33:3)
There are some people who have lost their hope and have turned away from the Lord that loves them.  They think that God is not listening to their prayers.  He is reassuring us that it is not His problem.  “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, That it cannot save; Nor His ear heavy, That it cannot hear. But your iniquities have separated you from your God; And your sins have hidden His face from you, So that He will not hear.” (Isaiah 59:1-2).  Give the gift of hope.

All of these gifts are something you can give 365 days a year.  During this Christmas Season you should make an extra effort to give these precious gifts that you cannot buy with any amount of money.  You are the only one that can give them because you already have them.  These gifts are the type that the more you give, the more you will receive.  "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you." (Luke 6:38).  

Many of you are successful and happy today because of the example set by your parents and other adults; the time they spent with you; the praise and encouragement you received; the hope they gave you; and the prayers that were lifted up for you.  

Now is your time to give.