Drawing on the Scriptures from Ephesians 5-6 about our Relationships - Rev. Ted Abbott speaks about his experiences of learning how Right Relationships show that we are a Masterpiece in Progress.
Pastor Dummitt preaches from 1 Chronicles 29:10-19 (NASB) - We need to LOOK UP to God. He is the source of our help!
Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
God Can DO EVERYTHING!
Can God Heal your body? YES LOOK UP
Can God FIX your marriage? YES, LOOK UP
Can God break addictions off of you? YES, LOOK UP
Can God BLESS your finances? YES, LOOK UP
Can God Protect and Help your kids? YES, LOOK UP
Can God SAVE your family & Friends? YES, LOOK UP
Can God give us DOUBLE for our TROUBLE? YES, LOOK UP
Psalm 121:1-2 (NKJV)
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
What are you facing today? Look UP.
Our Help Comes From God!
(Almost 200 pictures from the past were displayed during this service)
To see a history of theCrossroads we have a few youTube videos available here:
Looking Back at what God has done for theCrossroads since it Began in 1985 until this very Sunday.
A church reaches it’s prime; then either moves into a GREATER VISION ERA or the DEATH of that church begins!
This church has seen some incredible things, but I believe that the BEST IS YET TO COME…we have a GREATER VISION for the future, and in order to achieve it - we must take a look back and REMEMBER what God has done.
Let’s Read Together…
Deuteronomy 6:10-12 (NKJV)
10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.
It is VITAL that we take the time to Remember What God Has Done for Us. We must then pass it this to our children and grandchildren by Instilling Faith in the Next Generation.
When God brought the children of Israel over the Jordan River - they were commanded to set up a memorial with large stones to help them remember.
JOSHUA 4:6-8, 24 (KJV)
6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones?
7 Then ye shall answer them, That the waters of Jordan were cut off before the ark of the covenant of the Lord; when it passed over Jordan, the waters of Jordan were cut off: and these stones shall be for a memorial unto the children of Israel for ever.
8 And the children of Israel did so as Joshua commanded, and took up twelve stones out of the midst of Jordan, as the Lord spake unto Joshua, according to the number of the tribes of the children of Israel, and carried them over with them unto the place where they lodged, and laid them down there.
24 That all the people of the earth might know the hand of the Lord, that it is mighty: that ye might fear the Lord your God for ever.
The purpose of the Memorial or Taking the time to remember was to REMEMBER what God had done, Instill faith in the Next Generation and also to Roll Away Past Defeats that they had experienced! GOD HAD GREATER THINGS intended for them…but they had to be careful to LOOK BACK and Remember what God can do!
It is great to look back, we will do that, and then we will MOVE FORWARD to the GREATER THINGS God has planned for this church and community!
(Media - walk through history of the church and people)
I want to challenge you right now…take a second to LOOK BACK and see WHAT GOD HAS DONE in your life and let your heart fill up with gratitude and thankfulness!
Let’s read a few more scriptures as we close today:
Joshua 13:1 (NKJV)
Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: “You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.
Philippians 3:12 NKJV
Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
KEY POINT of this MESSAGE TODAY:
Our dreams must be bigger than our memories!
God is not finished yet. We LOOK BACK to
REMEMBER what God has done, to Instill faith in the Next Generation and see how God is Rolling Away our Past Defeats that we have experienced! GOD HAD GREATER THINGS intended for US!
We have a choice today…a choice to be part of the GREATER FUTURE of this church!
Are you part of the "I Beat Myself Up Club"? If you are, then you need to interact with this series of messages on how you are a Masterpiece in progress.
Pastor Dummitt preaches about God's Master Plan for you from Ephesians chapter 1. You will be encouraged to know that a Relationship with the Master-Planner (God) will bring four things into your life:
1) Restoration (We are all Fixer Uppers)
2) Inheritance (We are the Children of God)
3) Wisdom (Along with Revelation and Understanding)
4) Power (Resurrection Power to be exact)
- There is nothing to FEAR!
Trust God with the Master Plan for your life!
Pastor A.J. Dummitt Preaches the Keynote Message of 2019 from Haggai 1-2. God is giving us the opportunity for GREATER in our lives, our families, our church and our communities. Will we rise to the CHALLENGE and make the most of the opportunity that God has given us? Listen and Apply this message to your life today!
God's Timing is Always Right
Text: John 11:11-15, 39-44 / Matthew 26:47-50
11These things said he: and after that he saith unto them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep.
12Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
13Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of taking of rest in sleep.
14Then said Jesus unto them plainly, Lazarus is dead.
15And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, to the intent ye may believe; nevertheless let us go unto him.
39Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
40Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
41Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
42And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
43And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
47And while he yet spake, lo, Judas, one of the twelve, came, and with him a great multitude with swords and staves, from the chief priests and elders of the people.
48Now he that betrayed him gave them a sign, saying, Whomsoever I shall kiss, that same is he: hold him fast.
49And forthwith he came to Jesus, and said, Hail, master; and kissed him.
50And Jesus said unto him, Friend, wherefore art thou come? Then came they, and laid hands on Jesus, and took him.
HANG IN THERE
Two frogs fell into a deep cream bowl,
One was an optimistic soul
But the other took the gloomy view,
"I shall drown he cried, "and so will you."
So with a last despairing cry,
He closed his eyes and said, "Good-bye."
But the other frog, with a merry grin,
Said, "I can't get out, but I won't give in!
I'll swim around till my strength is spent.
For having tried, I'll die content."
Bravely he swam until it would seem
His struggles began to churn the cream.
On the top of the butter at last he stopped
And out of the bowl he happily hopped.
What is the moral? It's easily found.
If you can't get out--keep swimming around!
--James S. Hewett, Illustrations Unlimited (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc, 1988), p. 394.