When in Doubt, Pastor Curt Vignery, Aug 26, 2012

– doubt is in all of us, doubt and failure are like a vicious cycle
Ps. 94:19, Luke 5:1-11 MSG
– Jesus’ ability
– do you doubt Jesus’ ability to produce fruit in your life?
– you may be an expert in something, but Jesus’ words change everything
– it’s okay that I don’t understand/comprehend everything
– you can say, “Intellectually, I do not agree with you, Jesus, but I trust You.”
– how can I know that Jesus has the answers?
– Jesus’ ability rests in His authority – what you can’t do, Jesus can do in a single word
– Jesus’ ability supercedes and overcomes our doubts as to who He is and what He can do
– don’t be afraid of God’s future for you
– your lack of ability is overcome by your availability
– don’t let your shame bind you to your failure
– God is not offended by your lack of faith (Matt. 14:22-23 NLT)
your availability reveals your pliability – easily bent, flexible, ability to be changed (1 Peter 1:13-16 MSG, Matt. 16:13-20 NLT, Matt. 26:69-75 MSG)
– failure is not final – your pliability leads to your stability (Rom. 8:33-39 MSG)

Wisdom for Life, Part 8, Wisdom Regarding Speech, Aug 19, 2012

– Christians are to give careful heed to their speech, avoiding corrupt words, speaking that which edifies. (Eph. 4:29)
– Christians are to give careful heed to their speech, abstaining from filthy talk, giving thanks instead. (Eph. 5:4)
– Christians are to give careful heed to their speech, recognizing ultimately it is a heart issue. (Luke 6:45)
– Christians are to give careful heed to their speech, recognizing the authority and control. (James 3:2)
– the power of speech – both to tear down and to build up. (Prov. 11:9,11,4:24,29:20)
– words are powerful: “You have never spoken a neutral word in your life. Either your talk brings life or brings death.” Paul Tripp (Prov. 18:21)
– words lure men away into adultery (Prov. 7:5,21,11:9)
– words scorch close relationships (Prov. 16:27-28)
– harsh words create anger, on the other hand, soft words remove wrath (Prov. 15:1)
– words heal wounded hearts (Prov. 12:18)
– honest words are like a lover’s kiss (Prov. 24:26)
– a word fitly spoken is like a sweet fruit tray at a dinner party (Prov. 25:11)
– Destructive use of speech:
– Lying – which is an abomination to God (Prov. 6:16-19,12:22)
  – often fostered by hatred, in efforts to hide hatred and trying to disguise one’s true feelings (Prov. 10:18,26:24-28)
  – which will prove to be short-lived, just for a moment, sweet at first, but only a fleeting fantasy (Prov. 12:19,20:17,21:6)
  – lying will eventually destroy the liar, and often the one lied about
– Flattery – not sincere compliments, but deceitful praise to win another’s favor and to manipulate. Also a source of ruin. (Prov. 26:28,29:5)
  – also a source of ruin, often crushing others by entrapping those who are flattered
  – lyke lying, flattery can destroy both the user and the subject of it
– Gossip – also knows as the tale-bearer, slanderer, whisperer (Prov. 11:13)
  – who reveals secrets, unlike a faithful person (Prov. 17:9,16:28,20:19)
  – whether true or not is incidental; gossip destroys both the user and the subject
  – speaking evil of others harms one’s self as much as those spoken against
– Good words: words of the righteous (Prov. 10:11,20-21)
  – a well of life, as choice silver, that feeds many
– Pleasant words (Prov. 16:24)
  – like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul, health to the bones
– Comforting words (Prov. 12:25)
  – addressed to the anxious and depressed, making their hearts glad
  – such speech reveals the good heart of the speaker
– Timely words – well-timed words (Prov. 15:23,25:11-12)
  – spoken in due season, how joyful and good it is, like apples of gold in settings of silver, well-thought words (Prov. 15:28)
  – studied carefully by a righteous person, on how best to answer
  – such speech reveals the wisdom of the speaker
– Controlled words – that benefits the one who speaks (Prov. 13:2-3,21:23,15:1-2)
  – preserving the life of the one who guards his mouth, defusing potentially violent situations, keeping one’s soul from trouble, that reveals true knowledge and understanding (Prov. 10:19,17:27-28)
  – by sparing words, with a calm spirit, which even a fool can benefit from
  – such speech will enhance the reputation of the speaker
– from Proverbs we learn the value of being careful of our speech – avoiding much harm to ourselves and to others, doing much good to ourselves and to others
– which may help us appreciate why Paul was so concerned that Christians let their speech always be with grace (Col. 4:6)
– let no unwholesome words come out of their mouths, only good words (Eph. 4:29, Ps. 19:14)

Stewarding the Miracle Seed, Robert D., Aug 12, 2012

Luke 8:4-8, Mark 4:13
– parable of the seeds as a foundational parable
– if someone prays and you don’t get healed instantly, you can easily feel disappointed, discouraged, or like something wasn’t right. But that’s not the case, you were given a healing seed.
– if we do not have eyes in the spirit to see what God has given us, then we will not be able to steward what He has given us.
– Wthat does a seed need to bear fruit?
  – needs to be recognized as a seed and sown into the soil
  – needs nourishment
  – needs protection
Luke 8:11-15 – the Word of God is the promises of God and the power of God
– you need to protect the seed God plants in you and you need to protect it.
– v.12 – the Greek word for “saved” means “forgiveness of sin, healing, deliverance, wholeness, prosperity, and protection”
– v.13 these people lack patcience
– v.14 they lose focus, and don’t act on what they’ve received
– v.15 “keep” means “seize”
– if you don’t get healed immediately, it’s so easy to doubt, complain and have self-pity that binds you to your illness
– How to persevere in faith:
  – call God your God (Ps. 18:1-3, Ps. 27:1, Ps. 91:9-10, 2 Cor. 4:13)
  – speak to the mountain (Mark 11:23)
  – in faith thanking God (1 Cor. 15:57) – even when you’re still ill
  – confessing God’s Word (Isa. 57:19)

Wisdom for Life, Part 7, Being Wise About Anger, Aug 5, 2012

Prov. 29:22
– what anger does to us:
1. uncontrolled anger opens the door to sin in our lives (Prov. 30:33)
  – what stirs up anger in your life?
  – we get angry because we feel hurt or helpless, legitimate needs are not met, certain epectations aren’t met
2. uncontrolled anger damages our relationships with people (Prov. 12:18) words give life and words give death
3. uncontrolled anger leads us to say reckless things
– dealing with anger wisely (Prov. 29:11, Prov. 15:1 NIV)
– gentle = soft, calm in tone and content
– we wise up about anger by using gentle words to diffuse anger (Prov. 15:18, Prov. 29:22) – person who is full of poison/venim
– patience is not resignation, giving in to your circumstances. Patience is a positive attitude of active endurance, of bearing up under difficult circumstances.
– we wise up about anger by cultivating the virtue of patience (Prov. 20:3)
– we wise up about anger when we understand what anger does
– uncontrolled anger opens the door to sin, damages our relationships, leads us to say reckless things, and can cause depression and other things
– we wise up about anger when we deal with it wisely
– wise anger is done by expressing it with words, cultivating the fruit of patience, knowing when to avoid conflict, and getting to the root of the anger.