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Spiritual Guidance

Who here would like a little guidance from God? Okay so everyone…that’s great. What do we need guidance for? Probably for things like which job or career path to take, where do I send my kids to school, which retirement community should I live in or do I wear the suit with our without a tie? Of course, these are all valid decisions that have to be made and worthy of our time and God’s time, right? In our thoughts as we seek the Lord in these things often we go to places like, “well if I choose wrong then God is going to be upset with me and not bless my decision.” But the problem in the guidance we are requesting is none of them really present a moral or ethical dilemma. The questions above are more-so forks in the road and you want to make the best choice that will provide the most security, comfort, and direction for a better life. And when seeking these things you feel like God is silent or you struggle to hear His voice. In Mark chapter 4 the disciples and Jesus were out to sea when a violent storm approached their boat. The disciples panicked while Jesus was sleeping. In verse 38 The disciples woke him saying “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” The disciples wanted guidance on which way to steer the boat and yet their Lord was asleep. Because it wasn’t guidance they needed, it was faith. God had already given them guidance by telling His disciples to come with him to the other side of the sea in verse 35. They needed to trust that they would arrive at that destination. For us, God’s guidance is given in what He DOES in your obedience and trust according to...

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Words of Life

Jesus reminds the Devil in Matthew 4:4 “that man cannot live on bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” This statement could not be truer for you and I today than maybe it ever has in the History of creation. When bread and sustenance are so easily obtainable and reading is being substituted with movies and television, the simple fact that life and health can be found in one place and only one place…The Word of God. News articles may inform us. Novels may inspire us. Poetry may enrapture us. But only the living, active Word of God can transform us.” It is alive! We need to first get the word into our head. Then we need to get it into our hearts. Finally, we need to make sure it gets lived in our lives. A Sunday morning sermon where more of the preacher’s words are showcased than God’s word is established, is a recipe for a generation of mankind that is seeking a substitute to God’s Word. I want to put before you a challenge. If you have made it this far into the article would you purpose to bring your Bible to church this Sunday, not the one on your phone, but the physical paper version? Let’s make it difficult to shake hands this Sunday because we have a Coffee in one hand and the bread of life in the other. If you would like to read ahead and prepare your hearts for this Sunday’s sermon, you can read Deuteronomy 8. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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What is the Voice of God?

This week we will be looking at the voice of God and what it means to hear God’s voice in 2020. Take some time and read the verses below and pray earnestly for God’s Spirit to guide you in all wisdom. John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Jeremiah 33:3 Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. John 8:47 Whoever is of God hears the words of God. The reason why you do not hear them is that you are not of God.” Isaiah 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left. John 16:13 When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth, for he will not speak on his own authority, but whatever he hears he will speak, and he will declare to you the things that are to come. Luke 11:28 But he said, “Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and keep it!” Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. John 6:63 It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is no help at all. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. Psalm 32:8-9 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with...

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Victory in Surrender

Have you ever been faced with a really easy decision? I mean that kind of decision that you ponder and seek your friends’ opinions about, but in reality already know the choice to make. Have you ever made a decision for something not really knowing why? When facing decisions or choices we naturally ponder the question: What ought we do? Not surprisingly, this is a question that hounds humanity in every season of life. Whether the question is posed under the umbrella of parenting, schooling, health, finances, politics, career, or God’s will, people spend hours and hours wrapped up in what we ought to choose. We are so blessed to live in a culture that values choices and the freedom to make our own choices—especially when it comes to the list I just mentioned. Some people can even become overwhelmed by the plethora of choices! One of the most amazing attributes of the God of the Bible is that he does not want a relationship with mindless and heartless robots. He doesn’t force our choices like a malevolent dictator. Neither does He leave us without guidance on what we ought to or ought not to do. This Sunday we’re not just going to talk about what we ought to do, rather we’re going to talk about the motives behind the question. We’re going to dig into WHY we ask what we ought to do: what really guides our choices? Is it prosperity? Is it comfort? Control? Power? Pleasure?...

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When Temptation Comes

Have you gotten all your homework done?   That is the question I ask my children almost every day when I see them going outside to play or sitting and watching TV. Now it is a question I am asking you. Last Sunday I gave a simple homework assignment to seek God every day this week and ask the question, “Lord, what have I not submitted to you and what are you leading me into repentance in ?”   Then, I asked you to write down what he has shown you and bring that paper, with no name on it, to Sunday’s service as we are going to have a powerful time of worship and study of what it means to be prepared for the battle that is to come. In 2 Chronicles 16:9, we are told, “For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to give strong support to those whose heart is blameless toward him. You have done foolishly in this, for from now on you will have wars.” My prayer for 2020 is that when the eyes of God look upon LifePoint He will find men and women whose heart is blameless before him. If you wish to study and prepare your hearts for this Sunday’s message we will be reading from, Luke 4:1-14. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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Ready to go Like Matthias

The new year is merely days away. A new year tends to attract a new start in people’s lives. A new direction or a new focus. Losing weight is always at the top of people’s lists. Being we just passed through Christmas, loving more or being more kind tends to get attention as well. This Sunday I am going to challenge each of us to be prepared like Matthias and Joseph. Who are these two? These are the two men the 11 disciples chose to replace Judas after Jesus ascended into heaven. Matthias gets the nod from God and becomes the “replacement” apostle. Both of these two had something on their resume we will never be able to do. They walked with Jesus physically. Like the other 11, they were around and saw first-hand the miracles and lessons from Jesus, however, their other qualities which make them prime candidates for the position can be achieved by each and every one of us. They weren’t sitting on the couch binging Netflix when someone posted Apostleship Position Applications on the town bulletin board. No. They were a part of the ministry! Their hearts, ambition, and desires were to serve Jesus. They were back-up apostles ready to go at a moment’s notice. They had to know the playbook, Old Testament writings, and Jesus’ lessons. Ready to execute the plays such as love the Lord with all your heart, mind, strength & soul, love your neighbor as yourself and take care of widows & orphans. Imagine a back-up quarterback for a football team or any other back up player for that matter. They have to know the plays, know how to execute them & perform them well if they ever want to get off the bench. I love football but do not have the...

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Hope Fulfilled

As Christians we are asked to “give God everything,” and when we are first saved from sin and death, we sincerely do our best to do just that. However, over the course of time, we become distracted and forgetful of this promise we made and the desire that drove it. The successes and failures of life begin to weigh down upon us and the flesh begins to beckon us back into the things that formerly filled our time. Waiting on the Lord can be difficult because it requires us to deny the visible for the hope and life of the invisible. This is a constant problem we see throughout life, not just our relationship with God. We focus on the visible food and hunger and ignore what is going on inside our bodies, we focus on the needs of today and do not save for the needs of the future, we want love right now, without first preparing ourselves to be in a self-sacrificing relationship. This is what the Bible calls the flesh vs. the spirit. This is also why Paul includes self-control in the list of the Fruit of the Spirit. This Sunday we will be looking at the Lives of Simeon and Anna which are recorded in Luke 2. These are two people who were given a promise from God and never gave up on it. As you pray and prepare yourself for the services this Sunday I want you to think about something God has been showing me recently… If I do not give my time, talent, and tithe to the Lord then where is it going, and if these are things that He requires of me, then what is happening to those things which are His, when I do not bring them to Him? May the...

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The Final Prophet

In the fullness of time, God almighty saw fit to send a prophet to prepare the way of His son Jesus Christ. The man he would send would be named John and would be born to Zechariah and Elizabeth. From the time he was in his mother’s womb the purpose of his life was known to him. He would be the voice of one calling in the wilderness and began to proclaim in the region of Jordan a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. He would ultimately be taken prisoner on the request of King Herod who was having an adulterous relationship with his brother’s wife Herodias, who requested that he bring her John’s head. Jesus would describe John to the crowds that had gathered around him as the greatest of men born from woman. He loved John deeply, even though he did not answer his requests from prison the way we would interpret love. Spend time in the gospels this week and read about the life and death of John the baptist and prepare your hearts to hear what God has intended for you. Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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The Fullness of Sin

This year during our Advent season, I want to take a look at a phrase given to us in Galatians 4:4, “But when the fullness of time had come God sent His son, born of a woman, born under the law.” In our time of preparation, which is what advent means, we will take a look at the state of the earth, sin reaching its climax in mankind and the miracle and divinity of God incarnate in his creation. I have taken some excerpts from an article written by Mark Rushdoony, to give you some historical background of the time period Jesus was born into…   ‘”Jesus was born about 500 years after the Babylonian captivity during which Daniel lived, and 400 years after Malachi, the last Old Testament prophet. No prophet had appeared after Malachi, a gap equivalent to that between the arrival of the Pilgrims and today. We live in a very different world than that of 1620; we think and act differently than our forbears. Likewise, great changes had taken place in the intertestamental period, between Malachi and the birth of Jesus.   Malachi was written about a century after the rebuilding of Jerusalem and about eighty years after the rebuilding of the temple. God’s restoration of Israel in their land after their total defeat and their Babylonian captivity was unprecedented (except perhaps in His earlier deliverance from Egyptian slavery and placement in Canaan), yet Malachi paints a picture of a people again grown casual in their obedience. They were back in the land, Jerusalem, and even the temple had replaced the rubble left by Babylon’s army, but the people wanted more. Prosperity and independence had not returned so they accused God of failing them…’    Malachi thus noted the people’s failures. The priests were tolerating blemished sacrifices, which meant the people were bringing what they...

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An Apostles Proclamation

He is Risen! I know we are a month away from Christmas, but as we close out the Book of John, we get to this glorious place in the gospel where Jesus has risen from the grave and overcome sin and death. I don’t care what season it is, this truth will always bee worth celebrating. John is preparing to close his gospel in chapter 20 and he is going to reach the climax of his records on the Life of Jesus, and it will have to do with the apostle Thomas, a man who in the Christian world today has received such a bad rap. When in fact, we should all be so grateful to be more like Thomas. This week I want you to read John chapter 20 and I want you to read vs. 19-30 multiple times that you might see what I mean when I say I want to be just like Thomas. He is known today for not believing the other apostles’ testimony of the resurrected Jesus and needing to see for himself the risen Lord. This is actually a pretty important point in understanding what it meant to be an apostle and the climax of the book of John for you and me today in understanding the authority and truth of the apostles’ testimony. However, it is Thomas’s proclamation after Jesus stretches out his hands and offers Thomas to touch the areas where the nails pierced his body. Thomas responds…”My Lord and My God.” Oh, Jesus help us see you like that today! Peace, Nathan Bentley...

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