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Sunday, May 1, 2011

Today's Sermon Notes

The Law of Priority

Matthew 6:33

But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all things will be given to you as well.

The word first means:
-first in priority
-order of importance

What are the priorities when it comes to families?

1. The LORD is always first
**Spending time with the Lord is vital**
-it keeps you in the spirit
-it changes your heart
-it gives you wisdom
-it keeps you in humility
-it keeps your speech and thinking in line
-it helps you follow the word of God

2. The family is second
-you are married to your spouse and not to your parents or other family members
-you are married to your spouse and not to your grandchildren
-even though the Lord is #1 in your life you are still married to your spouse

3. work is third

2 Thessalonians 3:10-15

For even when we were with you, we gave this rule: "The one who is unwilling to work shall not eat." We hear that some among you are idle and disruptive. They are not busy; they are busybodies. Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and earn the food they eat. And as for you, brothers and sisters, never tire of doing what is good. Take special note of anyone who does not obey our instruction in this letter. Do not associate with them, in order that they may feel ashamed. Yet do not regard them as an enemy, but warn them as you would a fellow believer.

-personal responibility and not entitlement
-we must all understand that marriage is not for everyone.

1 Corinthians 7: 7-8

I wish that all of you were as I am. But each of you has your own gift from God; one has this gift, another has that. Now to the unmarried and the widows I say: It is good for them to stay unmarried, as I do.

-Paul was single and it was a gift
-some singles have the desire to get married

2 things about this:

1. Remain Pure
2. Wait
-you do not look. you wait.
-no dating. just waiting.
"wait" is an action word wich speaks of serving

How can you tell who the right person is?
-it is a calling from the Lord
"call" an invitation that must be responded to

the definition of marriage is a MAN and a WOMAN coming to be one.
-give all relationships the test of time
-once married you are married.

There is a difference between joy and happiness

Psalm 144:15

Blessed is the people of whom this is true;
blessed is the people whose God is the Lord.

Psalm 148:5

Let them praise the name of the LORD, for at his command they were created

-happiness is based on circumstances, situations, feelings, pleasures, and events
-joy is a fruit of the spirit that grows as the believer grows and is not based on events, pleasures, or situations.

3 statements on this:

1. no one can make you happy except JESUS CHRIST
2. things will not bring you happiness
3. do not use the enemies language

This was today's sermon at my church and because I believe that this is a very important message to families, I decided I would start sharing the notes from our pastor on sundays. This is the first part of the series he has just started. If you ever want to tune in, please feel free to go to to watch our services live on Sunday mornings or Thursday evenings.

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