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Love Is Not Arrogant

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & 2 Corinthians 8:8-11 I. Jesus came down at Christmas and gave away His riches for you. A. We see the Apostle Paul discuss how Jesus gave Himself away at Christmas in 2 Cor. 8:9. We know that Jesus is a giver because Paul speaks about the grace of our Lord Jesus…

Light in the Darkness

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 4-7 Love Does Not Rejoice in the Darkness The world was dark “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters. And…

Love Is Jealous and Humble

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & Matthew 1:18-25 Love is Jealous, Not Envious “Love does not envy” (1 Corinthians 13:4) “Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her…

Love Is Kind

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & Mark 10:13-16 I. Jesus is kind to you in His caring deeds. A.  In Mark 10, parents were bringing their children to Jesus to receive His blessing. But the disciples rebuked the children for coming to Jesus. They thought the children were a waste of Jesus’ time. But Jesus showed…

Love Came Down at Christmas

December 5, 2021 Scripture: 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 & Luke 9:51-56 I. The love of Jesus is patient with others. A. Jesus gave the two brothers James and John a nickname in Mark 3:17: Sons of Thunder. These brothers were probably loud and hot-tempered like a thunderstorm! Notice how the sons of Thunder respond in Luke…

The Promises of Love

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:55-18:5 I. Love looks like keeping your promises. A. In 1 Samuel 17:25 we hear from the soldiers what King Saul has promised to give to the soldier who kills the giant Goliath. Because Saul wants to keep his promises to the victorious David, he asks the army commander Abner who son…

In the Name of the Lord

1 Samuel 17:41-54 “You come to me with a sword and with a spear and with a javelin, but I come to you in the name of the LORD of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel. . .” (v45) Yahweh Reminds You that God is the Only Covenant Making and Keeping God “This…

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A Matter of Trust

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:31-40 I. You can trust your equipment in a fight. A. Saul did not trust that David would be able to beat the giant. David’s youth (vs. 33) made him an untrustworthy fighter. But we see what Saul did put his trust in when it came to battle in vs. 38-39: Saul trusted…

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Hero

Scripture: 1 Samuel 17:1-30 I. God is the hero of every story by defeating the snake. A. Verse 1 says that the Philistine army was gathered at Socoh, which belongs to Judah. The Philistines are in the Promised Land and have, in effect, undone Joshua’s conquest of the Promised Land for Israel a few centuries…

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When the Spirit Departs

Scripture: 1 Samuel 16:14-23 I. The departure of the Holy Spirit means the loss of God’s presence. A. “Now the Spirit of the LORD departed from Saul, and a harmful spirit from the LORD tormented him” (1 Sam. 16:14). Psalm 51:11-12: “Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.…