Words That Stick, May 31, 2015, Pastor Jonathan O’Reilly

-Jer. 31:33-34, Eph. 4:29
-words have a powerful effect on people
-Prov. 12:18 – the tongue of the wise brings healing
-John 15:11
– listen to these words, because they bring life
-life words build people up and provide grace – our words can empower people to keep going
-listen to these words, because they will define you
-words shape our identity/who we are
-listen to the words God speaks over us
-God wants to share your identity
-John 14:6, 16:1
-life and death are in the power of the tongue

Guard Your Heart, Part 2, May 24, 2015

Prov. 4:23
– shrinking back, slippage, or drifting (Heb 10:38)
– look at how our society has slipped overall
1. Renaissance – look how great man is
2. enlightenment – man can reason, master of his own destiny
3. industrial revolution – look how man can create
4. darwinism – humanism: don’t need the concept of God

– look at how Solomon’s heart slipped (1 Kings 11:1-8)
– he violated three commands expressly forbidden in Deut. 17
1. don’t multiply horses to yourself
2. they were not to multiply an abundance of silver and gold
3. they were not to take more than one wife
– the progression of Solomon’s heart turning:
1. attraction (v1) he loved many foreign women, he had a wondering eye
2. pursuit (v2) he clung to these women, he pursued them
3. commitment (v3) he married them
4. toleration (v4) his wives turned his heart after other gods, and his heart was not loyal to the Lord his God
5. devotion to sin (v5-8) he went after the pagan gods and even built altars for them in Jerusalem

Guard Your Heart, Part 1, May 17, 2015

1 Sam. 16:7, Ps. 119:11, Heb. 4:12, 2 Chron. 16:9, Prov. 4:23
– guard – to watch over, keep, guard from dangers
– guard your heart becuase from it flow the springs of Life
Need to guard against impurity
– keep your heart pure (Matt. 15:17-20, Exodus 15)
– we keep our heart from being bitter by applying the cross
– we keep our hearts pure by applying God’s Word (John 15:2-4, Eph. 5:25-27, Col. 3:16)
– keep your heart full (John 7:37-38) – Let the Holy Spirit fill your reservoir and His love will flow forth
– keep your heart in peace and quietness (Isa. 26:3, Col. 3:15)
– keep your heart united
– stay united to the Father (Ps. 86:11)
– stay united to the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:16-17)
– stay united to Jesus (John 15:4-5)
– stay united to the Body of Christ (Phil. 2:1-3, Eph. 4:15-16, 1 Cor. 12:20-21, 1 Peter 2:1-10)

You’ve Got a Friend, Mother’s Day, May 10, 2015

John 14:25-27 (Amp)
Who we surround ourselves with, makes a huge difference in our world.
Jesus left us with the presence of God.  Wherever we are, He is there.
He is the Difference Maker
3 things that we can learn from this friend:
1.  He brings light to our loneliness – 2 Timothy 4:17,18
  – People need people.
2.  He brings triumph in the transitions – 2 Corinthians 11:26-29 NIV
  – Holy Spirit will grace us to embrace the transition.  He is with us!
3.  He brings peace in the middle of our pain – Phil 4:7
  – And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
A peace beyond our understanding.  No matter what is going on , He will quiet our anxiety, He will calm the storms, He will bring refreshment to the dry places of our heart.
God will never allow our pain to outweigh His power.
There is peace in the presence of Holy Spirit.
He will remind us who He is and who we are.
We have a Friend – who loves us, wants to help us, wants to spend time with us, wants to show us what He can do.