WAITING TO THE LAST MINUTE

 

A minister waited in line to have his car filled with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars ahead of him in front of the service station.  Finally, the attendant motioned him toward a vacant pump.  “Preacher,” said the young man, “sorry about the delay.  It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get ready for a long trip.” The minister chuckled, “I know what you mean.  It’s the same in my business.”

Friends, remember these words of Paul, “We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain. or He says: “In an acceptable time I have heard you, And in the day of salvation I have helped you.” Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. 6:1-2). Life is short and unpredictable, and none of us are guaranteed another breath of life. Do not wait until the last minute to become a Christian. Do not wait to the last minute to be faithful – for that minute may not be available.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org

http://www.harrisandmoore.org

http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE WONDERFUL CHRIST

THE WONDERFUL CHRIST

Isaiah 9:6

INTRODUCTION

The book of Isaiah is full of prophecies concerning Jesus

  1. Prophecies concerning what He would endure for people of all ages
  2. And there are also prophecies that speak of the type of person Jesus would be
  3. Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

Isaiah states that a child was going to be born into the world, not an ordinary child, but someone extra special

  1. Children are born everyday, but one like Isaiah is describing comes only once in eternity.
  2. Isaiah speaks of Jesus, and says He will be “wonderful”
  3. So Isaiah says there will be one born that is more marvelous that we could ever imagine.

Isaiah says that this one that is to be born will cause people to wonder at His greatness

  1. Matthew 7:28
  2. Matthew 13:54
  3.  In this lesson I want us to consider some reasons why Jesus is so wonderful.

INTRODUCTION

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL EYES

  1. John said Jesus has eyes “like a flame of fire,” (Rev.2:18)
  2. When I think of a fire I think of two things:
    1. Beautiful… Beauty of a fire place
    2. Powerful
      • Power to destroy ……. forest and homes
      • Power to strengthen ……. tempers steel – steam engines
      • Power to comfort ……. warmth – security
  1. Jesus’ eyes are beautiful because they see our every need

Matthew 9:36

  • For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous” (1 Pet. 3:12a)
  • The Lord is always watching us with great concern
  • He has great concern for our need
  • He sees our needs physically and spiritually… Matthew 6:25-32
  • If the Father knows our needs, then we can rest assured that Jesus sees our needs as well.
  • Jesus has wonderful eyes

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL EARS

  1. Jesus’ ears are wonderful because He listens to us
  1. The ears of the Lord are open to the prayers of the righteous (1 Pt. 3:12b)
  1. 2 Samuel 22:7

In my distress I called upon Jehovah; Yea, I called unto my God: And he heard my voice out of his temple, And my cry came into his ears.”

  1. The Psalmist asks … Psalm 94:9

He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He that formed the eye, shall he not see?”

  1. Great comfort is gained from talking to someone about a problem who really listens.
  1. Jesus will listen to our prayers because He really cares
  1. Sometimes all we need is someone to talk to – and Jesus is always there with a ready ear
  1. Jesus has wonderful ears

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL SHOULDERS

  1. Jesus’ shoulders are wonder because they bear our burdens
  1. Psalm 55:22

“Cast thy burden upon Jehovah, and he will sustain thee: He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

  1. 1 Peter 5:7
  1. The poem … “Footprints”

One night I dreamed a dream.

As I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene, I noticed two sets of footprints in the sand,

One belonging to me and one to my Lord.

After the last scene of my life flashed before me,

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

I noticed that at many times along the path of my life,

especially at the very lowest and saddest times,

there was only one set of footprints.

This really troubled me, so I asked the Lord about it.

“Lord, you said once I decided to follow you,

You’d walk with me all the way.

But I noticed that during the saddest and most troublesome times of my life,

there was only one set of footprints.

I don’t understand why, when I needed You the most, You would leave me.”

He whispered, “My precious child, I love you and will never leave you

Never, ever, during your trials and testings.

When you saw only one set of footprints,

It was then that I carried you.”

  1. Jesus has wonderful soulders

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL ARMS

  1. Jesus’ arms are wonderful because they are able to strengthen His people.
  1. Psalm 89:21

With whom my hand shall be established; Mine arm also shall strengthen him.”

  1. Psalm 73:26

My flesh and my heart faileth; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever

  1. Song: “Safe in the Arms of Jesus”
  1. Jesus has wonderful arms

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL HANDS

  1. Jesus’ hands are wonderful because they save
  1. Isaiah 50:2

Wherefore, when I came, was there no man? when I called, was there none to answer? Is my hand shortened at all, that it cannot redeem? or have I no power to deliver? Behold, at my rebuke I dry up the sea, I make the rivers a wilderness: their fish stink, because there is no water, and die for thirst

  1. Isaiah 59:1

Behold, Jehovah’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear

  1. No one can pluck us out of His hands, unless we choose to jump.
  1. He can give a hand and pull us out of the drowning waters of sin.
  1. Also His hands are wonderful because they were pierced for us that we might have the hope of eternal life
  1. Jesus has wonderful hands

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL FEET

  1. John says they are like unto “burnished brass” (Rev. 2:18)
  1. These wonderful feet walk in among His church where ever it is found (Rev. 2:1)
  1. Romans 10:15 … Jesus’ feet are beautiful because they brought us the gospel
  1. He will always run to our aid
  1. His feet are also wonderful because they were pierced for us
  1. Jesus has wonderful feet

JESUS HAS A WONDERFUL HEART

  1. Jesus has a wonderful heart as seen in His love for the world
  1. John 15:13
  1. Romans 5:7-8
  1. Ephesians 5:2
  1. His heart is touched with our needs, and makes every effort to save us
  1. Because of Jesus’ wonderful heart, He gave the supreme sacrifice – His life on the cross
  1. Jesus has a wonderful heart

JESUS HAS WONDERFUL WORDS

  1. Jesus’ words are wonderful because they will not pass away
  • Matthew 24:35
  • 1 Peter 1:24-25
  1. Jesus’ words are wonderful because they are what weare judged by
  • John 6:68
  • John 12:48
  • Deuteronomy 18:19

And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require it of him

  • These words are wonderful because they tell us how to please Him and therefore be able to enter heaven
  • These words are also wonderful because they tell us how to have a better life here on this earth
  • Jesus has wonderful words

JESUS HAS A WONDERFUL HOME

  1. Jesus’ home is wonderful because it will receive all His people
  1. John 14:1-3
  1. Revelation 21:10-27 describes this beautiful home

CONCLUSION

  1. Everything about Jesus is wonderful
  2. Is it any wonder that He is WONDERFUL?
  3. Are you a partaker of the wonders of Jesus?

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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THE HARRIS AND MOORE EXPEDITION THROUGH THE BIBLE

I would like to introduce you a live call-in radio program entitled The Harris and Moore Expedition through the Bible. This program is hosted by David Harris of Stephenville and Tom Moore of Hamilton, and has been on the air for the past seven years. David and Tom discuss important and difficult issues facing our world such as abortion, homosexuality, the problem of Islam, politics and many biblical topics that are of great significance. Their motto is: You have heard what men have said now listen to what the Bible has to say.

This program airs on KOME 95.3 FM (Hamilton, Stephenville, Dublin, Hico, Meridian, Glen Rose, Granbury, Cleburne, Weatherford, and up to Interstate 20 in Fort Worth). Other station airing the Harris and Moore Expedition through the Bible include KATX 97.7 FM  (Eastland), KNNK 100.5 FM (Herford, Canyon, Amarillo), KWBY 98.5 FM (Stephenville), KDAV AM 1590 (Lubbock – the original Buddy Holly station), and KVOP AM 1090 (Plainview). The program also airs on internet radio at http://www.thegospelradionetwork.org (live chat room available).

You can follow us on Twitter (#askharrisandmoore), watch live on Periscope (follow Harris and Moore), and listen to podcasts of the program by going to http://www.harrisandmoore.org.

Listen in each Monday at 6:00 pm CST as we discuss difficult and important topics facing the church and the world in which we live. Check out http://www.harrisandmoore.org for information and archived programming.

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GETTING READY TO GROW

GETTING READY TO GROW

INTRODUCTION

  1. 1 Timothy 4:15-16 
  2. Our “progress” must appear to all
  3. This has reference to growth
  4. Our growth needs to be apparent to the congregation
  5. This growth takes place when we:
  6. Take heed to our selves
  7. Take heed unto our doctrine
  8. Continue in these things

The description in Revelation 3:15-19 of the church in Laodicea is disheartening.

  1. Suppose a preacher who was an effective “personal worker” had moved to Laodicea and soon numerous people were being baptized.
  2. In the environment of the congregation at Laodicea, how long would most of those new converts have remained faithful?
  3. Remember 1 Timothy 4:15? … “that thy progress may be manifest unto all

All too few of the lost are rescued anywhere – but perhaps a greater tragedy is the mortality rate of those who are rescued.

  1. Sometimes the way the Lord’s own people think and act makes it difficult to interest unbelievers in the Lord – and to hold those who are new in the faith.
  2. In regard to our own work in this congregation, is there work that needs to be done before we can have real, enduring growth?

DISCUSSION

INDIVIDUALLY, OUR DAILY WALKS WITH GOD MUST BE INTIMATE   

We must live as those who genuinely know the Lord and who enjoy an obvious closeness to Him.

  1. Deuteronomy 4:3-7
  2. Cleaving unto the Lord saved many in Israel
  3. God said that Israel’s closeness to Him will be seen by the nations around about
  4. The same will hold true with us

Others need to be able to make of us the kind of request the Greeks made of Philip

 

  1. John 12:20-21
  2. People must see Jesus living in us!
  3. Song: “Let the beauty of Jesus be seen in me”

Others must see in us the blessings of walking with the Lord – not simply the pride of knowing about the Lord.

  1. We cannot share what we do not have
  2. We need to be able to wish for others the close personal relationship with the Lord that we ourselves enjoy
  3. Acts 26:29
  4. Paul wished all could experience the joy he had in the Lord

CONGREGATIONALLY, WE MUST BE INVOLVED IN ONE ANOTHER’S LIVES

  1. In studying with prospects, we should portray the Lord’s church as a loving family who support one another in this life
  1. This is as it should be…
  2. John 13:34-35
  3. Acts 2:46-47…Worshipped together and ate together
  4. Romans 12:15

But, does the reality of our congregational life fulfill the claims we make about the closeness of the Lord’s family?

  1. In this busy age, the same thing can happen to our spiritual family that is happening to our physical families: we are merely living/worshiping under the same roof – without any real sharing of life together.
  2. As a child… “Whose house are we going to tonight?”
  3. We need to share more in one another’s life

If we would truly “restore” New Testament Christianity, we must do more than see one another at the church building and show an occasional act of hospitality in our homes: we must become involved (rolled together, intertwined) with one another.

  1. This is a KEY to growth
  2. Other must see this in us

THE ASSEMBLIES OF THE CHURCH MUST BE EDIFYING TO THE OUTSIDER AND TO THE YOUNG IN THE FAITH

  1. The services of the Lord’s people are not always such as would move an unbeliever or a new convert in God’s direction…
  2. 1 Corinthians 11:17
  3. 1 Corinthians 14:15-17
  4. Do our visitors and those young in the faith see our enthusiasm and reverence in worship?
  5. Singing
  6. Bibles open – following along

It is a sad commentary when some feel a bit reluctant to bring their best “contacts” to services – or when they have to apologize to new converts for what they see and hear when the church meets.

  1. John 4:24
  2. 1 Corinthians 14:40
  1. Something is wrong anytime we impart anything other than spiritual refreshment and strength to our visitors and new converts.

In our assemblies, unbelievers ought to experience courtesy, warmth, and genuine interest in spiritual things – love for God and man.

If we are serious about growth, we are going to have to be more “visitor conscious” when we assemble.

WE MUST BE PREPARED TO NURTURE BABES IN CHRIST

  1. The reality of having “babies” is sometimes strikingly different from our idealized visions beforehand – new converts can sometimes bring with them a host of “problems.”
  2. They may be from a denominational background – thus, they may have thoughts and ideas foreign to the Bible that has to be dealt with
  3. They may bring baggage with them which they had before they became a Christian
  4. They may come from a socioeconomic group we are not comfortable in dealing with

We must continue to teach…

  1. Matthew 28:19-20
  2. We must help them to… 2 Peter 3:18

We must be patient …

  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8
  2. 2 Timothy 4:2 

CONCLUSION

  1. Most importantly, we must work in the strength of the Lord and to His glory, not leaving the Lord out of His own work.
  2. We must truly speak and act as stewards
  3. Philippians 2:13
  4. 1 Peter 4:10-11
  5. Before becoming useful and effective in reaching the lost – and in strengthening the brethren – we may have to “cleanse” ourselves from things that hinder us… 2 Timothy 2:21
  6. Remember… 1 Timothy 4:15-16

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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How is your gentleness and concern?

As I was fine tuning my sermon for Sunday – a lesson discussing the importance of personal spiritual growth and how it aids us converting the lost and keeping the saved in the right relationship with God – 1 Thessalonians 2:7-8 made a profound impact on me.

“But we were gentle in the midst of you, as when a nurse cherisheth her own children: even so, being affectionately desirous of you, we were well pleased to impart unto you, not the gospel of God only, but also our own souls, because ye were become very dear to us.”

How are you doing with this? I resolve to improve in this area.

Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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WHO SHOULD WE VOTE FOR?

The Harris and Moore Expedition Through the Bible has been asked a question that we will address on the program tonight: “Who should we vote for in the coming Presidential election?”

We will address this question from a Biblical/Christian standpoint. You have heard what men have said – now listen to what the Bible has to say.

Tune in tonight (and each Monday) at 6:00pm CST at http://www.harrisandmoore.org as we discuss difficult topics and important issues facing the church and the world in which we live.

We are also airing on KWBY 98.5 FM, KOME 95.3, KATX 97.7 FM, KNNK 100.5 FM, KDAV 1590 AM, and KVOP 1090 AM.
Tom Moore
http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org
http://www.harrisandmoore.org
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TRAINING OUR CHILDREN

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Clement of Rome wrote, “Let our children have a Christian training,  Let them learn the value God sets on humility, what power pure love has with Him, how good and excellent it is to fear Him, and how this means salvation to everybody who lives in His fear with holiness and a pure conscience. For He is the searcher of thoughts and of desires.”

Not much has changed – the same is needed in our day, and perhaps, more than ever before. Solomon declared, “Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it” (Pro. 22:6). God has committed to us as parents the training of their children, and in a very important and vital sense, committed to us the formation of our children’s future character, and He will hold us responsible for the influence we exert. 

Paul said that parents are to “bring them up [their children] in the discipline and instruction of the Lord” (Eph. 6:4; ESV). It has been said that between a child and God stands a parent – a connecting link or a dividing wall. Which are we? May we all give serious attention to the SPIRITUAL training of our children.

Think About It!

Have A Great Day!

Tom Moore

http://www.fromthepreacherspc.org

http://www.harrisandmoore.org

http://www.parkheightscoc.com

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