Download...March 9, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: I CORINTHIANS 15:31-34
31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to to morrow we die.
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
34Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
Awaking to righteousness, frees us to not being in bondage to sin. Paul exhorted by his words, "I die daily,” (verse 31). This is where our rejoicing in Christ must be. For to live after the flesh, and only for today is saying, (in other words), that there is no gain in a eternal hope that we should pursue, (verse 32). God exhorts us here to live righteously, because there are those who have not the knowledge of God (Verse 34). Paul essentially was reproving this congregation for living more for the flesh, instead of how God had commissioned them to. This was for the purpose, that others might “benefit spiritually” from their lives. Today also, God, (through Paul) asks us to awaken spiritually, because if we are drowsy, or asleep, we will not be aware of our condition. Thereby we will be of no value to win souls for Christ. This will then also lead us, ...to our own spiritual death.
In I Corinthians3:1-3, we see that Paul identifies this congregation as being carnal, or still as “babes.” There were among these saints, sinners that had some affect on the rest of the congregation. This is why Paul was “feeding the flock spiritual milk” and not a stronger message. As a whole, some were not able to yet fully see their weak condition spiritually. Without being reproved for their life's spiritual errors, they could not see the need to awaken to righteousness (or holiness), to sin not. If we “hang out” (or associate with) those of corrupted speech, and actions filled with pride, it will bring a personal sinfulness in our “manners,” (I Corinthians 15:33). Sin “dulls” the desire for God’s pure way and Word. Setting sin aside (forsaking sin) will help those to awaken ..to God’s righteousness. This is so others might also see, to become aware of their need. Becoming spiritually awakened, will come only from a fully honest seeking soul, for all that God has for them.
Awaken to righteousness, ...to help lead others to God!
Download...March 2, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: II CHRONICLES 29:1,2,5,10
1 Hezekiah began to reign when he was five and twenty years old, and he reigned nine and twenty years in Jerusalem. And his mother's name was Abijah, the daughter of Zechariah.
2 And he did that which was right in the sight of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
5 And said unto them, Hear me, ye Levites, sanctify now yourselves, and sanctify the house of the LORD God of your fathers, and carry forth the filthiness out of the holy place.
10 Now it is in mine heart to makea covenant with the LORD God of Israel, that his fierce wrath may turn away from us.
Hezekiah did that which was right in God’s sight as a ruler responsible for many people, although yet a young man. He was the king of Judah, the city of Jerusalem. Many in his kingdom served false gods, or did not what was right in the sight of God. Before him, his father king Ahaz, had not done which was right in God’s sight, but evil, serving idols. Consequently, God delivered the kingdom into the hands of the enemy. When his son, Hezekiah became king, he commanded the people to put away their filthiness of sin, and to sanctify themselves to God alone, making a covenant unto Him. The path that had led to the kingdom’s defeat, was not the holy one that would give victory over the enemy. When the kingdom of Israel had lost battles, they in error, assumed, that the enemy’s false gods must be “the path” to take.
Download...Febuary 23, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?
26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou?
27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.
28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
The lawyer had asked what it took to inherit eternal life, tempting (or “testing”) to see what Jesus would answer. He told him “Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbor as thyself.” (verse 27). Being the good neighbor for the most part, entails taking that which Christ has given us, living it, and then telling others also in our everyday lives. It is reaching out to others in their time of need, regardless if it is convenient or not. It is not necessary to strive for anything else. Our motivation needs to be “What do I have to do, to gain eternal life? Jesus in answering the lawyer this question, told of the parable of the good Samaritan. (Luke 10:29-37) The Samaritans customarily did not mix with Jews. Yet when a Jew fell prey to robbers, who beat that one near to death, it was this Samaritan who stopped to help him. A priest, and Levite had already passed the wounded man by.
God wants us also like this Samaritan, to be the good neighbor and reach out to others. We might find our self, as that other, also needing a good neighbor to reach out to us. In our human relationships, who is our neighbor? The one in need, should be to us, the most important one, the “other” one, ...that is in need of help. The good neighbor is the one who has opportunity, and reaches out with compassion to that other. Being a good neighbor is not about putting our needs first. It is not a self motivated aspiration, but of selfless love and mercy for our fellowman. It is about having compassion for that “other,” one, who is in spiritual, and sometimes also literal need. It is not about helping self, but praying, working, ..to reach souls.
The “other” could be anyone, it doesn't matter if they are of good character or not. It matters only if they need help. Are you the good neighbor? It is a valuable position for a child of God, to reach out to souls, and not be one who will pass the “other” by. As God’s child, we must be that good neighbor.
Download...Febuary 16, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Danny Sanders.
TEXT: MARK 9:14-27
14 And when he came to his disciples, he saw a great multitude about them, and the scribes questioning with them.
15 And straightway all the people, when they beheld him, were greatly amazed, and running to him saluted him.
16 And he asked the scribes, What question ye with them?
17 And one of the multitude answered and said, Master, I have brought unto thee my son, which hath a dumb spirit;
18 And wheresoever he taketh him, he teareth him: and he foameth, and gnasheth with his teeth, and pineth away: and I spake to thy disciples that they should cast him out; and they could not.
19 He answereth him, and saith, O faithless generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him unto me.
20 And they brought him unto him: and when he saw him, straightway the spirit tare him; and he fell on the ground, and wallowed foaming.
21 And he asked his father, How long is it ago since this came unto him? And he said, Of a child.
22 And ofttimes it hath cast him into the fire, and into the waters, to destroy him: but if thou canst do any thing, have compassion on us, and help us.
23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.
24 And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, he rebuked the foul spirit, saying unto him, Thou dumb and deaf spirit, I charge thee, come out of him, and enter no more into him.
26 And the spirit cried, and rent him sore, and came out of him: and he was as one dead; insomuch that many said, He is dead.
27 But Jesus took him by the hand, and lifted him up; and he arose.
What was Jesus response to rebuke the spirit of unbelief? (Verse 19). Why? That men might understand the importance of belief in the power of God and not of self (man, etc.) Jesus essentially says to us, “I have power, but do you have faith to believe?” Jesus can answer all questions, burdens, needs, but you must first believe. Jesus told the father, “bring him unto me.” We may try a lot of different things, but only Christ is the answer to our problems. If we expect to receive help, we must seek it at the feet of Jesus. No other one can answer our petitions.
Luke 18:1-8Christ uses the example here of a widow that continually petitioned an unjust judge to avenger her of her adversary. That judge did. Christ wants us to realize how much more, if we truly press with full belief, we will receive our answers from Him! Are you here with a question, or in need of real help? Perhaps the spirit of unbelief has caused you to doubt the true power of God’s word. God wants you to come unto the One who has the answers to every question. One who can get to the core of the matter. Does our faith only work when we are not truly challenged in a matter? We must come even in our greatest challenges, with full belief.
We must not doubt God’s ability in the midst of any opposition, to solve our needs. To receive those answers to the “impossible,” ...our part is to believe!
Download...Febuary 9, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: JUDGES 14:1-4 16:4-6,17,26
1 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines.
2 And he came up, and told his father and his mother, and said, I have seen a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines: now therefore get her for me to wife.
3 Then his father and his mother said unto him, Is there never a woman among the daughters of thy brethren, or among all my people, that thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised Philistines? And Samson said unto his father, Get her for me; for she pleaseth me well.
4 But his father and his mother knew not that it was of the LORD, that he sought an occasion against the Philistines: for at that time the Philistines had dominion over Israel.
Judges 16:4-6 ,17
4 And it came to pass afterward, that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name was Delilah.
5 And the lords of the Philistines came up unto her, and said unto her, Entice him, and see wherein his great strength lieth, and by what means we may prevail against him, that we may bind him to afflict him; and we will give thee every one of us eleven hundred pieces of silver.
6 And Delilah said to Samson, Tell me, I pray thee, wherein thy great strength lieth, and wherewith thou mightest be bound to afflict thee.
17 That he told her all his heart, and said unto her, There hath not come a razor upon mine head; for I have been a Nazarite unto God from my mother's womb: if I be shaven, then my strength will go from me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.
When Samson instead chose to request a woman not of their tribe, but of the Philistines ...it was a grief to his parents. It was not unusual for the “patriarchs” of those times to choose the spouse for their children, from amongst their own people. The Philistines values were not of those, of the one true God. Samson chose to trust in his own wisdom and strength (in his not keeping free from the enticements of the enemy, ..Delilah), which was the undoing of it, (Judges 16:17).
Whenever we think to rely on ourhuman strengths, we deny the strength of God in our life. Our strength comes from acknowledging our weakness. Letting pride into our lives, makes us more vulnerable to Satan. Sampson’s pride led to his eyes being put out (Judges 16:21), when his strength had left him, ..because of disobedience. Pride also takes our “vision,” along with any spiritual strength we had. Pride manifests itself in a false humility, mere religion, and/or, the assumption of not needing to accept correction.
Judges 16:26-30 Only in Sampson’s humbled condition, was he allowed one final time, to access God's strength to conqueror, and defeat the enemy’s power over His people.
Humility is knowing we are weak without God. The source of our strength will acknowledge that it is found only in God, ...and through trusting in Him alone.
Download... Febuary 2, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Bill Cornelison.
Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see , and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said , We will not walk therein.
TEXT: EXODUS 19:1-6
1 In the third month, when the children of Israel were gone forth out of the land of Egypt, the same day came they into the wilderness of Sinai.
2 For they were departed from Rephidim, and were come to the desert of Sinai, and had pitched in the wilderness; and there Israel camped before the mount.
3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel;
4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and how I bare you on eagles' wings, and brought you unto myself.
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine:
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, andan holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
God is peculiar, with a peculiar people. Usually no one humanly likes to think themselves peculiar though, in the natural sense. But peculiar "here" means wealth, jewel, peculiar treasure, special, etc. God expects His people through obedience, to be a holy nation, today, as He did in those early years of bible times, (verses 5, and 6). “Ye have seen,” ”how I bare you, and brought you unto myself” (verse 4). To be brought unto God, IF ye will obey.
The “if” tripped up these people, (Jeremiah 6:16). Today we are also asked to obey, as a requirement, to be different from the world spiritually, out of our comfort zone. To be separate from those all around us, in the times that we live. It will be so, if you keep His commandments. Our peculiarity will be defined by our life, in attitudes, words, actions, dress, activities of entertainments, etc. A holy life lived, which is found peculiar in the world that we function presently, day by day.Titus 2:11-14 11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, andpurify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
Will you obey God, to be a holy and peculiar people?
Download... January 26, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads.
2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
Have you ever learned a new song, literally, at your first attempt? That is how it is, when God delivers you from all sin. Then it is all at once learned. The song of deliverance can never be sung by the angels in heaven, who have never known sin. Unlike mankind, they have always done the will of God, having never been bound to Satan. The song of deliverance is a beautiful song only for those who are redeemed by the blood of Jesus. When unredeemed, and surrounded by those who are, it can be quite miserable! The acceptance comes when we desire, and are determined, to forsake all, for that deliverance God can then bring. We then learn a new song, ..a vision only for those who follow in the steps of Christ.
You cannot learn this new song by any man-made religious system. Man is of course not the key, only a full repentance from sin. Mere religion of traditions, creeds, etc., does not bring it, but that of mercy, and choice to faithfully obey God! This will destroy and purge us from the dominance of self, and all iniquity. It is a holy life for those who are made perfect in heart, by the blood of Jesus! Without deliverance, ...this song cannot be learned.
Download... January 19, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: PHILLIPIANS 2:4-7
4 Look not every man on his own things, but every man also on the things of others.
5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:
7 But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
What a blessing you can be, if your attitude is that of a servant! Today the spirit of this world, would try to take you into the desires of self fulfillment. Throughout time, Christians have been wrestling against sin, the powers and rulers of darkness, ..or spiritual wickedness in high places (Ephesians 6:12). In essence, it is a mind battle for all that would be a servant of Jesus Christ. A servant is one who is bound to another. As a Servant of God, we should, and can be successful in our spiritual fight. Service for the gospel, is often demonstrated as a teacher, or of helps in various forms. This will be instrumental to someone who doesn’t know Jesus, and that will also benefit from His wisdom. Our service to God, should always be our fervent desire, even when we may “fall short” in some way. You may be "tried" in the fire of tribulation through discouragement, etc., but God will be faithful to take care of you. Man cannot fully comprehend, the unconditional love of God’s help to us.
Mercifully the help of Christ will come, if we don’t let our self desires get in the way. Our willing service to His plan, is of the greatest blessing known to man. To “walk not after the flesh but after the Spirit,” is key to our truly being His servant, (Romans 8:4). Some are hindered to think service to God is a bondage. But being submitted to "the mouthpiece" of God, through a pastor, etc., who is “called of God,” will help us to abandon the heart of self, ..to be joyful in our service. God ask us, as servants, to “esteem others better than ourselves,” which will then enable us to be faithful to Him, (Philippians 2:3).
The Church cannot be built in strife or vainglory, but only through the form of a servant!
Download... January 12, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. David Chancellor.
TEXT: LUKE 22:39-46
39 And he came out, and went, as he was wont, to the mount of Olives; and his disciples also followed him.
40 And when he was at the place, he said unto them, Pray that ye enter not into temptation.
41 And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,
42 Saying, Father, if thou be willing, remove this cup from me: nevertheless not my will, but thine, be done.
43 And there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.
44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.
45 And when he rose up from prayer, and was come to his disciples, he found them sleeping for sorrow,
46 And said unto them, Why sleep ye? rise and pray, lest ye enter into temptation.
When we consider what Christ suffered for us, it should move on our hearts. A life of suffering from the beginning of His life. His suffering progressed ultimately to the cross, which was preceded by agonizing prayer in the garden of Gethsemane. Christ,as any man, faced the apprehension, fear, rejection, and ultimate death, in obedience, there to die for you and I. We see Jesus in this scripture text, agonizing in prayer while in the garden.
Download... January 5, 2014. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: JAMES 2:14-24
14 What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?
15 If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,
16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit?
17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
18 Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works.
19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
21 Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar?
22 Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect?
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.
24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Abraham was called the Friend of God, because he actively obeyed God. Faith is believing, but can only be proven by service, not from faith that is “asleep.” In the early church, faith was demonstrated by the members devout service to the local congregational needs. Their care for one another daily, made their faith alive. Service to one another, both in the good times, and the bad. If one’s service is without devout self denial, that profession of faith is without conviction. A gospel faith of service, ... is faith in existence. (Verse 16). Faith that is inactive, or is undemonstrated, is at best asleep, but more often is dead. Justification by faith, through necessity, is proven by one’s works. Jesus set our example, which is a lively one. If ours is otherwise, it is at best, dormant. Interestingly, the world we live in, is “full of faith,” but it often doesn’t translate into sacrificial service.
Without the true faith of the gospel, our life will not improve. Service is the hallmark. People often say prayers “in the foxholes,” of their lives. Then, when things are better, faith of real service, is left off. This is a belief that doesn’t serve God. Knowing God, is a claim of conviction in action. If I truly believe in God, I have a claim of active faith, that comes solely from the gospel, and not based on my opinion. Service then is not a threat. If you count service as a inconvenience, your faith is dying. The gospel’s desire is to separate you from self. People in general don’t want this. But If service to one another, feels “threatening” instead of a privilege, there will be a short life of your faith.
Ask God to fill you, to truly consecrate you for genuine service. God’s Spirit will promote a real desire to serve.
Download... December 29, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: JOHN 20:24-31
24 But Thomas, one of the twelve, called Didymus, was not with them when Jesus came.
25 The other disciples therefore said unto him, We have seen the LORD. But he said unto them, Except I shall see in his hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and thrust my hand into his side, I will not believe.
26 And after eight days again his disciples were within, and Thomas with them: then came Jesus, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, Peace be unto you.
27 Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing.
28 And Thomas answered and said unto him, My LORD and my God.
29 Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.
30 And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book:
31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.
There is a moment when we don’t actually “see” the physical evidence of God, but that His presence will convict us. Christ called those blessed, whom having not seen, still believe! Thomas until that moment followed Jesus more as a prophet and not actually as God’s Son resurrected from the dead. Only after seeing with his eyes, was he convinced. This decision comes to all. Do you make Jesus a prophet, or do you follow Him as the Son of God? Many say that they believe Jesus, but in their heart they have not really made Him the Son of God. You can only personally make Jesus the Son of God, by obeying what that means, in your everyday life. The Son of God's life is still applicable today. Why is it important to make Jesus the Son of God?
Download... December 22, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
God intended for mankind to be like Him, so He created man in His own image, a living soul. No other creation has God’s likeness. God’s image in man is not the mere physical being which is seen. The image of God is the spirit that God places in man, that breath of life He gives to them, which without ...man is only a collection of dust and earth. According to God’s word He created both good and evil, (Isaiah 45:7). Man’s image before their disobedience was not evil. When they were created, they were holy, which is His image. God also is love, and there never can be wickedness found in Him.
The image of God, lost by man, through disobedience, is restored by the shadow of God, or His mercy. It is through the plan of God that His image is restored to mankind. God’s image is needed, for restoration, by the world, ..now more than ever. God is not a destroyer, but as the Creator, ..is a restorer. Man is the destroyer, because of his evil. Everything God does is only good. If you will examine your heart, God can show you “where” or what your situation is. Man's route back to God's image is only through His mercy. And God’s mercy is only reached, when we have a broken and contrite heart of remorse, (Psalms 51:16,17). Let God talk to you "where you are." Then God can be pleased with you, and you can be pleased with your life.
We then in mercy can inherit the peace of God’s Son.Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27God’s image of patience, and long suffering. Don’t let your heart be troubled away from seeking His peace and mercy, which will again restore within you, His image.
Download... December 15, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: LUKE 2:8-14
8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.
9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.
11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.
12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,
14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The angels message was, “Glory to God,” the birth of Christ was to bring “peace, and good will toward men.” One can only think the angels proclaimed this because of the arrival of the Savior Jesus Christ. Peace..to all looking for it. Yet Christ also said not to think He came to send peace, but a sword, or division (Matthew 10:34, Luke 12:51). This is because while the Savior came to bring the peace of Salvation, He also brought division from all that would not seek Him, (or things that would not be of Him). God will separate the repenting from those who will not repent. The absence of peace comes when there is the absence of Jesus in a life, by their own choice.
God’s wonderful plan will come at a great personal cost, perhaps of friends, family, jobs, and potentially their own life. Discouragement can hinder. But in true service to God, one will find true happiness and peace in the soul. A peace that is spiritually rich, but not in the materialistic ideas of men, which has no foundation. Mere religion, and atheism cannot produce peace, but only through willing sacrifice of selfish desires of the human will. This will produce a treasure that is incorruptible
Download... December 8, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: 1 CORINTHIANS 3:11-13
11 For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
Our life is as a crucible, that needs to be tried by the fire of God’s word, in order to make heaven our home. Fire is an image of something difficult that has to happen. A crucible must endure fire without cracking and falling apart, in order for it to be deemed usable without defects. Not a trial by ease, leisure, hit or miss, come and go. In this sense, God doesn’t have a lighthearted people, but only those who are steadfast, tried, and refined by fire. Gold tried in the fire. Gold is the symbol of many things, and here it is as the Word of God. It is necessary to be tried as gold in the fire, for life is not strengthened by an easy way.
I Peter 1:6,7 6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
It’s not always easy to rejoice, but you can if not careless, withstanding the fire of God’s word that can strengthen you. Our prayer needs to be for God to purge out the imperfections that weaken and destroys lives. Purging the habits, etc., that are not a glory to God. Strengthened to be used for God’s purpose.
Are you willing to be separated from the impurities of your life? To be tried in the crucible of difficulty? How much do you love God?
Download... December 1, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: LUKE 7:12-26
12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
17 And this rumour of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
18 And the disciples of John shewed him of all these things.
19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another?
21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind?
25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings' courts.
26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
Jesus asked the men round about this encounter, several times, “What went ye out, for to see?” Who did you come to see?,.. is the question. It is what we need to ask ourselves, every time we come to church, wake up, anticipate that we will encounter God, and every day. In this scripture the disciples asked Jesus, if He were the one they were to look for (the Messiah), or was it for another? Today when we are asked (as God’s people), about the when, or what of our experience, we need to show the witness of Jesus to all, especially those seeking Him.
Those looking or seeking for Jesus, must consider who, or what they really desire. Many want to be gathered to someone, or something, but not necessarily with a desire to follow Jesus. The “when or who” of Jesus’ coming, how people pressed to see Him, this must be a living sacrifice shown in our life. When people observe the gathering of God’s children, some might be attracted for a time, but must really seek His salvation ...to be a part of it. Otherwise they will become a confused part of any religious group, swayed from Christ’s holy example. This results in empty discouragement, and losing interest in God.
God designed all to be a part of His gathering. We need that which will stand the test of time. Not the search for just a prophet, but The Christ! Who did you come out to see this morning?
Download... November 24, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: ECCLESIASTES 3:10-13
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
People who are not happy, have a difficult time serving God, or having His grace. All God gives, He puts in context, within the “bookends” of our life. The only time life for you can be really good, is when you have Salvation from sin. Ecclesiastes 1:2 Life of itself in this world, is vanity. This verse speaks of “this one’s” unhappiness without God’s gifts. The reality of life. Ecclesiastes 5:18-19 Happiness is the key to true satisfaction in life, but mere life doesn't offer it. Ecclesiastes 4:1 “Human powers” only offer simple answers for life, without substance in truly solving your problems. This brings oppression. Then all is vanity.
When your spirit is suffering without hope, the simple things won’t offer you solutions for the complexities of life. It will only offer vanity with a great dissatisfaction, making happiness difficult. Ecclesiastes 2:3-11 This man had everything in life, and in this world, yet remained unhappy, or dissatisfied. Life often offers fun uplifting scenarios, but it is ‘only’ for a season..or a brief time. This is the vanity of life, of sin, and of selfishness. The vanity of life will cause you to end up like this person was, who spoke to us in these scriptures. But the wells of Salvation can bring you eternal joy.
The conclusion?Ecclesiastes 12:13,14To fear God, and keep His commandments, which is the whole duty of man, and will prove our love for Him. This will bring the gift of happiness.
Download... November 17, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: EXDOUS 2:21,22
21 And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
Moses after seeing one of his brethren who another was smiting, slew the other in that one’s defense. Consequently, Moses out of fear from being discovered, fled for his life. He then came to a land that to him was strange. He (although now in a strange land), married one of the daughters of a man named Zipporah. He then named the son God gave him, Gershom, which means “a stranger in a strange land.”
We as God’s children also have been given a spiritual name as Christians, which reflects a spiritual birth. For it is necessary to be born again through the Spirit. (John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again). Our newly given name, will depict that we are strangers in a strange land. The new birth will make us sensitive to the surrounding spiritual conditions. We will then discern conditions both encouraging and seemingly not. If one then spiritually dies, they will then lose their spiritual discernment.
It is unrealistic for God’s children to have a spiritual citizenship, and also of this world of self and sin. They will be strangers and sojourners in this strange land of sin, if they are true residents of the promised land. One who chooses God’s citizenship will do so because they have become dissatisfied with self and “worldliness.” They no longer rejoice in sin, but the truth, (I Corinthians 13:6). You cannot desire both.
Where do you see yourself? A citizen of God’s promised land? Stay there!
Download... November 10, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: Romans 5:14-17
14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam's transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.
15 But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many.
16 And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification.
17 For if by one man's offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.)
We all began poorly, but we can all end well! We all begin as in this first state of Adam, who brought sin in the world and spiritual death upon all. But it doesn’t have to stay that way! Jesus, as this second Adam, is the Author of our Faith, and the remedy for sin. We’re not judged without the remedy being offered, but freed! God has done this for us! Sin and death traded for redemption and liberty! In the first Adam we were like a dead puppet, dancing to the “tune of sin.” Too often in “that state” we think we have a measure of “freedom,” but in reality are dancing to the puppetier, the enemy of our soul.
I Corinthians 15:45-47 45 And so it is written, “The first Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. It is your choice to choose life with God (the second Adam), or spiritual death through sin and self (the first Adam). The question is, how much liberty will you choose for yourself in your daily living? Without God in our daily living, we won’t be at liberty in God’s holiness, but merely religious. This will only matter to us when we love the power to live a holy life. And without holiness, we will become disconnected from God. A form without the power of God!
Download... November 3, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: MATTHEW 5:1,2,5
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Jesus stood on a mountain near His home, preaching to the multitudes, so they could hear. What a blessing that must have been, to be there in person to hear Jesus! His message for us today is still the same. It is necessary to keep humility, to be faithful to it! Our prayer needs to be, that there would be nothing hidden in our heart, that is not pleasing to God. No attitudes that separate us from Jesus. God gave us all the instructions we need to be successful in our service to Him. The word magnificence may seemed opposed to the meaning of humility, but in context with this scripture, it fits beautifully!
It takes obedience to be drawn to God, which will then bring the humility. Humility is the foundation of our spiritual life. Are you following Christ? When following Christ, you may have some “human” confusion. But truly following Jesus brings something you can really know. Knowing our identity is humbly in Jesus, is spiritually something we can build on! If you choose not to build on the humble station of Jesus, you will become clothed in deception! A biblically built "heart temple,” is our extension of grace. It is the only thing that will bring true satisfaction and fulfillment.
John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another. Our love from meekness, shows our humble discipleship. Jesus, our example, was the meekest of all men. Meekness is kneeling before God, and in principal to all others.
The divine principal of submission works through humility, becoming more magnificent, and then our inheritance of God!
Download... October 27, 2013. Sunday Morning Service. Bro. Dave Goble.
TEXT: EPHESIANS 6:10-18
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
It takes all the armour of God to help win our spiritual battles. Our hope is found in wearing all the “dressing” of God’s armour. We then also need to have a militant faith. If you only have a comfortable faith, it will not consist of a necessary militant one. Putting on full faith, enables us to then be a service to God, found on the front lines of our spiritual battle, against self, sin, and worldliness. A militant faith will be kind to souls, but still against the evil that affects them. It is never about being confrontational with people, but instead definitely against the devil. Against Satan’s violent agenda ..to encourage evil, spiritually. Satan’s desire is for you to make hell your home, and not to be where God lives. His goal to make people’s lives evil, is what ensures our need to battle against his aggressiveness.
Satan will stop at nothing to draw you away. He will never let up! If we think it is only a theological battle, we are mistaken! It is a battle against being spiritually lean and discontented. It will take a militant faith to overcome ..to be victorious. Those who are closest to you often will oppose you. Your battle is not against them personally, but against that which would diffuse your faith ..against the dark powers of sin. Do you see the cause of what you are fighting for? If evil is not recognized, you will cease fighting against it. Are you in the fight against evil hindering souls? If not you will not make it!
Having a militant faith will include doing all you know to do, and then to also stand!