She Is Worthy Of Love (Video/Notes)

A Mother’s Day message addressing how to love and honor all women

The best way to show love that is experienced as love is to honor.

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“Honor your father and mother. Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God is giving you.” Ex 20:12

Only one of the ten comes with promise. Why?

1) Sometimes parents seem to be the hardest to honor.

2) If you can respect parents you can respect others.

3) Relationships with parents affect other relationships.

How To Honor Her

1) Children obey your parents (Parents teach to obey)
Children, obey your parents because you belong to the Lord,for this is the right thing to do. Eph 6:1

o Discipline brings pain and obedience
o Obedience brings maturity
o Discipline teaches love.
2) Teens – Appreciate who your parents are.
(Wisdom)

Listen to your father’s advice and don’t despise an old mother’s experience. Prov 23:22 TLB

If you insult your father or mother, your light will be snuffed out in total darkness. Prov 20:20

3) Adults – Honor parents by giving value and being
there for them.

But anyone who won’t care for his own relatives when they need help, especially those living in his own family, has no right to say he is a Christian. Such a person is worse than the heathen.
1 Tim 5:8 TLB

But if she has children or grandchildren, their first responsibility is to show godliness at home and repay their parents by taking care of them. This is something that pleases God..
1 Tim 5:4 NLT

4) Husbands love her with your life.

And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ. Eph 5:21

For husbands, this means love your wives, just as Christ loved the church. He gave up his life for her. Eph 5:25.

He did this to present her to himself as a glorious church without a spot or wrinkle or any other blemish. Instead, she will be holy and without fault. Eph 5:27

Husbands help her be the best she can be.

As the Scriptures say, “A man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Eph 5:31

Above all else, you are one.

Pastor Royal Farris of Life Connection Church in Euless, TX
http://www.lifeconnectionchurch.org

Baptism In The Holy Horse Trough


 

After years of borrowing baptismals from different churches, we bought a horse trough a couple of years ago for ourselves at Life Connection Church.  It quickly became know as “The Holy Horse Trough”.  One of our church family painted Holy Horse Trough with our logo on the side.  It is awesome.

It is a great baptismal.  It’s;

  • portable  .. its easy to get out and use on any given day.
  • fills up with a hose in about 40 minutes.
  • just the right width and hight to kneel behind and dunk without getting in the water as the dunker.
  • we empty it with an electric pump we bought at Walmart.
  • it notes easy on end in a closet
  • and the church likes it so much they would rather keep it than build a nice baptismal into the new building we are constructing soon.

 

 

 

 

The Miracle That Got Jesus Crucified (Video/Notes)

 

Part 5 of Miracle Series
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Review: The Greek word for miracle is sign and miracles are for the purpose of pointing people to God.

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So from that time on, the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus’ death. John 11:53

This is a faith, in Jesus, building miracle.
Jesus is the Son of God.

So the two sisters (Mary and Martha) sent a message to Jesus telling him, “Lord, your dear friend is very sick.” John 11:3

But when Jesus heard about it he said, “Lazarus’s sickness will not end in death. No, it happened for the glory of God so that the Son of God will receive glory from this.” John 11:4

God thinks big story. We naturally think my story.

Finally, (4 days) he said to his disciples,
“Let’s go back to Judea.” John 11:7

Jesus prepares us to carry out His mission.

So he told them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. 15 And for your sakes, I’m glad I wasn’t there, for now you will really believe. Come, let’s go see him.” John 11:14-15

Faith in Jesus provides comfort and hope in his will.

Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if only you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that God will give you whatever you ask.” John 11:21-22

Jesus took away the fear of death. He brought resurrection out of the shadows.

25 Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even after dying. 26 Everyone who lives in me and believes in me will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has come into the world from God.” John 11:25-27

Jesus gets angry at the problems of sin and death in the world he created.

When Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up within him, and he was deeply troubled. John 11:33

Jesus feels our pain.

They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then Jesus wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said, “See how much he loved him!” John 11:34-36

Jesus demonstrated his power over death.

So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me. 42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so that they will believe you sent me.” 43 Then Jesus shouted, “Lazarus, come out!” John 11:41-43

Physical evidence alone does not change the heart. We are drawn by the Spirit and have to answer the call.

Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen. John 11:45

Royal Farris of Life Connection Church in Euless, TX

Jesus Said Be Courageous I Am Here


Luke 8:22-25

Review: The Greek word for miracle is sign and miracles are for the purpose of pointing people to God.

Real courage is being trust-full, not fear-less.

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But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” Matt 14:27

Be courageous. Troubles are a part of life.

But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. Matt 14:27 KJV

Make troubles a good part of your life.  Embrace them. Don’t deny them.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. James 1:2

For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. 4 So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. James 1:3-4

  • Troubles will happen
  • Troubles will come unexpectedly
  • Troubles are necessary for spiritual growth.

How To Make The Most Of The Storms Of Life

1) Let Jesus guide you. It takes faith to follow.

One day Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.” So they got into a boat and started out. Luke 8:22

2) Jesus will take you into storms.

As they sailed across, Jesus settled down for a nap. But soon a fierce storm came down on the lake. The boat was filling with water, and they were in real danger. Luke 8:23

3) Stay connected to Jesus or anxiety, darkness and panic will rule. (The devil will lie to you)

The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!” Luke 8:24a

4) Connecting to Jesus will calm the storm.

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and the raging waves. Suddenly the storm stopped and all was calm.  Luke 8:24b

5) Active faith will allow you to witness God’s power and amaze you.

Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”  The disciples were terrified and amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked each other. “When he gives a command, even the wind and waves obey him!” Luke 8:25

Warning: The effect of miracles will wear off. It is important to focus on God and not the miracles.

Jesus’ First Miracle Was a Sign (Video and Notes)

John 2:1-11

But I have a greater witness than John—my teachings and my miracles. The Father gave me these works to accomplish, and they prove that he sent me. John 5:36

Review: The Greek word for miracle is sign and miracles are for the purpose of pointing people to God.

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This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him. John 2:11

1) Jesus points to His authority.

The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.”
4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.”

2) Jesus points to his mission.

5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.”
6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons.

Before Christ ceremonial washing represented temporal spiritual cleansing.
7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions.

So Jesus said again, “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you cannot have eternal life within you. John 6:53

After Christ His blood provided everlasting cleansing of sins.

Forever righteous and alive.

3) Jesus points to the perfect bridegroom.

9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now

Royal Farris at Life Connection Church in Euless.

Note to LCC – Lots of Great Ministry Happening

E - Royal
Dear Friends and Family of LCC,

Wow … What a great Easter week we had at Life Connection Church. I was writing notes and following up on our guests and I got to thinking, besides Easter weekend, how many people were involved in ministry at LCC this last week?

We had about 350 people in our Sunday services. If you add together Sunday, Good Friday, FPU class, Alpha class, and people who attended our seven Life Groups, we had 605 people ministry opportunities during Holy Week.

God is using the commitment and discipleship of LCCers to grow our church in numbers and individual maturity. (Quantity and quality) God is changing lives through the ministries of LCC.

Thanks so much to all of our volunteers. It is so incredible watching you serve in all areas. You are God’s love with skin for sure.

Don’t miss our Annual Chili Cook-Off this Sunday. We will also be having Communion in both services.

I will be teaching part two of the new series, “Miracle”. This week’s teaching is called, “The First Miracle Pointed The Way.” The disciples had no idea the significance of Jesus turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana.

You can see the notes and the video for the Easter message by clicking here …
Jesus Makes All Things Possible

You can still register for the Alpha course on Thursday nights. Click Here

The questions that will be answered in Alpha next Thursday are
Did Jesus exist?
How do we know what was written in the New Testament has not been changed over the years?
What did Jesus say about himself?
What evidence is there to support what Jesus said?
What evidence is there for the resurrection of Jesus?

I hope to see you Sunday. Bring a friend.

May God Bless you more than you could ever imagine.
Your Brotha from anotha motha
Royal