1 Chronicles 4 v 9 - 10 What is in a name?
William reminds us that if we skip over parts of the bible such as genealogy we will miss gems of scripture. In these two verses we learn that Jabez is an honourable man, he is serious in prayer and he does not dwell on the past.
What is meant be 'honourable'? Would others testify that you are an honourable person in your transactions, private life, relationships and work or do they see you as part of this corrupt world?
Do you take your prayer life seriously as Jabez did or could it be improved?
Do you live in the past? Do you look back and take your eyes off the goal? Christ has taken away all things that troubled your past, why take them back again? We should leave such things with Him.
William reads from the NIV
|Listen to this preached by William on 22nd July 2018|
1 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 4
(9) Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain."
(10) Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, "Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain." And God granted his request.
1 Samuel 17 v 1 - 54 The Battle of the Champions. (Read by G.Finnigan)
Most people are familiar with David defeating Goliath against the perceived odds and many of us face our own 'Goliaths' - the problems that come our way and like the Israelites it is all too easy be fearful of the possible outcome.
We are to learn four important points. Do not give in to fear, do not give in to opposition, God has not changed, and the battle belongs to The Lord.
David did not set out to fight the Philistines but God gave him direction from which he would not be dissuaded. He faced this problem just as he had faced a lion and a bear and trusted in God.
Like David we should not be overcome by fear. We should face any problem remembering what God has done in the past and whether in this life or in eternity we have a victory.
|Listen to this preached by William on 16th September 2018|
1 SAMUEL CHAPTER 17
(37) The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine." Saul said to David, "Go, and the Lord be with you."
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(45) David said to the Philistine, "You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
Thirsting for God. Psalms 42 and 43.
Considering these two psalms as one the result can be seen as three stanzas and three choruses which William shows us can help us through times when we are troubled or facing problems.
Psalm 42 begins with thirsting for God. Unbelievers are spiritually exhausted and when they taunt you with “Where is your God?” (verse 3) do not be distressed but take that as an opportunity to share the gospel.
When things are not as you would like them to be do you blame God? Why does God not intervene when we want Him to?
The answers are given with sound biblical advice.
William reads from the N.I.V.
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(1) As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.
(2) My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?
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(9) I say to God my Rock, "Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about mourning, oppressed by the enemy?"
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Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
The Good Habit of Thanking and Praising God. Psalm 100.
All too often we come to God seeking help with our problems and needs and this morning William reminds us that no matter what difficulties we face we should always be thinking on our many blessings and thanking God in prayer for them.
There are three points to note and they are all seen in Psalm 100.
We have something to shout about
We should come to God with praise and thanks
We should examine our prayer needs.
Do you have a problem sleeping because of your problems? Don't try counting sheep - count your blessings.
William reads from the N.I.V.
|Listen to this preached by William on 7th October 2018|
(1) Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.
(2) Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.
(3) Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
(4) Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.
(5) For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.
Put Your Hope in God. Psalm 130.
To many people 'hope' means wishful thinking but this is not so for the born again Christian. Hope means assurance of certainty based on God's word. William looks at three aspects of our hope.
Hope - rooted in forgiveness.
Hope - resting on God's word.
Hope - loaded with expectations.
William reads from the N.I.V.
|Listen to this preached by William on 25th November 2018|
(5) I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope.
(13) May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Are You a Channel of Blessing? John 6 v 1 - 15.
William relates random acts of kindness and refers to the feeding of the five thousand to illustrate three questions he asks.
Do you fail the Masters test?
Are you selfish?
Are you wasteful?
The disciples had witnessed miracles. They knew what Jesus can do but when tested with a problem they looked down to earthly solutions instead of up to God and consequently concluded that it could not be done. Would you have passed this test that the disciples failed? We are to remember that with God nothing is impossible.
The boy surrendered all he had to Jesus and this was to the good of all. We all have something to contribute no matter who we are and like the boy who gave his fish and loaves it is of no importance that we are not named for what we do. God can do great things with the little we contribute. We are given examples of things we can and all should do.
The disciples were instructed to collect the leftovers - 'so that nothing is lost'. We are not to be wasteful of anything and we are to take control of our personal resources and time.
We understand about tything and give a percentage but God wants to get the best out of 100%. Examine your heart.
|Listen to this preached by William on 20th January 2019|
(5) Then Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to Philip, "Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?"
(6) But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
(7) Philip answered Him, "Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little."
(8) One of His disciples, Andrew, Simon Peter's brother, said to Him,
(9) "There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, but what are they among so many?"
(12) So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, "Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost."
(13) Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
God's Special Book. Psalm 119 v 9 - 16 and Timothy 3 v 16 - 17.
In the materialistic word it has no great financial value but the Christian bible is the most important book ever written and of significance recognised even by those who have some god of their own making or no god at all.
The Christian bible is a unique book.
The writers were inspired by the Holy Spirit to write as they did. How did the disciples remember precisely what Jesus said? We have the answer in John 14 v 26 and we too have the 'Helper' with us to answer our questions as we read the bible.
The bible is essential for our pilgrim journey.
We have difficulties. We have temptations. The bible gives us all the instruction we need to stay safe.
Are you reading your bible daily?
Statistically only a small percentage of churchgoers do this. We should all read daily and apply scripture in our life. We have a lamp to light our way and the Holy Spirit our Helper. William challenges us to read daily, make written notes of our understanding of what God is saying to us and to memorise verses of scripture.
|Listen to this preached by William on 17th February 2019|
2 TIMOTHY CHAPTER 3
(16) All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness,
(17) that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.
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JOHN CHAPTER 14
(26) But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you.
God Is In Control. Exodus 3 v 1 - 15.
We are reminded of the upbringing and status of Moses as a Prince in Egypt and how everything changed causing him to live in humility in the wilderness. This tells us that (1) - no condition is permanent. We all face difficult times but they can be an investment for our future.
(2) When God calls me I will answer. God is with the believer always and everywhere. He knows our sorrows. Moses was reluctant to go to Pharoah thinking that he was not the right man for the job but God gives reassurance and support. We are to listen to what God asks us to do.
(3) We are not to forget Jochebed. Jochebed was the mother of Moses and her name means 'bringing glory to the name of God'. Today is 'Mother's Day' and William poses the question as to how good is our relationship with our children?
|Listen to this preached by William on 31st March 2019|
EXODUS CHAPTER 3
(9) Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.
(10) Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt."
(11) But Moses said to God, "Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?"