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Sun, 29 Jul 2018 20:13:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-same-spirit-of-faith/ The Same Spirit Of Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-same-spirit-of-faith/

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Wed, 25 Jul 2018 04:57:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/week-2-developing-a-godly-self-image/ Week 2: Developing a Godly Self-Image https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/week-2-developing-a-godly-self-image/

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Sun, 22 Jul 2018 20:06:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/from-everlasting-to-everlasting/ From Everlasting to Everlasting https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/from-everlasting-to-everlasting/

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 04:58:29 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/week-1-developing-a-willing-spirit/ Week 1: Developing a Willing Spirit https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/week-1-developing-a-willing-spirit/

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Sun, 15 Jul 2018 20:38:47 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-call-for-constancy/ A Call for Constancy https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-call-for-constancy/

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Sat, 14 Jul 2018 06:28:01 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/friday-urdu-service-with-guest-speaker-noman-sarooj/ Friday Urdu Service with guest speaker Noman Sarooj https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/friday-urdu-service-with-guest-speaker-noman-sarooj/

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Wed, 11 Jul 2018 04:32:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/obedience-is-better-than-sacrifice/ Obedience is Better Than Sacrifice https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/obedience-is-better-than-sacrifice/

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Sun, 08 Jul 2018 20:42:58 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jesus-five-principles-of-partnership/ Jesus’ Five Principles of Partnership https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jesus-five-principles-of-partnership/

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Wed, 04 Jul 2018 04:50:26 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-spiritual-law-of-reciprocals/ The Spiritual Law of Reciprocals https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-spiritual-law-of-reciprocals/

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Sun, 01 Jul 2018 20:28:57 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/call2fall-sundays-worship-service/ CALL2FALL: Sunday’s Worship Service https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/call2fall-sundays-worship-service/

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 04:49:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-teaching-when-god-is-absent/ Tuesday Evening Teaching: When God is Absent https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-teaching-when-god-is-absent/

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Sun, 24 Jun 2018 20:35:05 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/community-our-common-unity/ Community Our Common Unity https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/community-our-common-unity/

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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 05:05:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-teaching/ Tuesday Evening Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-teaching/

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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 20:11:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/embrace-the-process/ Embrace The Process https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/embrace-the-process/

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 04:44:20 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/lessons-from-the-redwoods/ Lessons from the Redwoods https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/lessons-from-the-redwoods/

What Christian principles and truths can we learn from the world’s tallest trees? Guest speaker, Homer Purdy, gives us a fascinating look into some amazing facts and how we can learn from them.

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Sun, 10 Jun 2018 21:03:31 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-discple-is-a-faithful-servant/ A Discple Is A Faithful Servant https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-discple-is-a-faithful-servant/

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Wed, 06 Jun 2018 05:23:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ron-chamberlin-getting-the-stingers-out/ Ron Chamberlin: Getting the Stingers Out https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ron-chamberlin-getting-the-stingers-out/

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Sun, 03 Jun 2018 21:05:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-vision-for-cell-groups/ The Vision for Cell Groups https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-vision-for-cell-groups/

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Sun, 27 May 2018 20:59:31 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/authority-over-the-devil/ Authority Over the Devil https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/authority-over-the-devil/

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Wed, 23 May 2018 04:56:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/after-the-baptism-of-the-holy-spirit/ After the Baptism of the Holy Spirit https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/after-the-baptism-of-the-holy-spirit/

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Sun, 20 May 2018 20:53:23 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/joels-prophecy/ Joel’s Prophecy https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/joels-prophecy/

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Sun, 06 May 2018 20:22:01 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/baptism-sunday/ Baptism Sunday https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/baptism-sunday/

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Wed, 02 May 2018 04:51:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/water-baptism/ Water Baptism https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/water-baptism/

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Wed, 25 Apr 2018 04:50:19 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/healing-of-blindness/ Healing of Blindness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/healing-of-blindness/

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Sun, 22 Apr 2018 20:40:30 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/guest-speaker-donna-schambach/ Guest Speaker: Donna Schambach https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/guest-speaker-donna-schambach/

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Sun, 22 Apr 2018 04:54:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/memorial-service-for-rahib-and-azhar/ Memorial Service for Rahib and Azhar https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/memorial-service-for-rahib-and-azhar/

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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 20:08:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/awakening-to-purpose-donna-schambach-part-2/ Awakening to Purpose — Donna Schambach (Part 2) https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/awakening-to-purpose-donna-schambach-part-2/

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Sat, 21 Apr 2018 05:14:05 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/awakening-to-purpose-donna-schambach/ Awakening to Purpose — Donna Schambach https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/awakening-to-purpose-donna-schambach/

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 04:48:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/shall-we-sin/ Shall We Sin? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/shall-we-sin/

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I. You have access—admission—to the grace of God through faith.

Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)
1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.

A. Faith is what gains you access to God’s grace—not your goodness, works, or
performance.
B. God loves you because He is love – – not because you are lovely. That’s good
news!

II. Since Paul had been preaching on grace and emphasizing how God loves us
independent of our performance ——– immediately this question was raised:

“Are you saying that we should continue in sin so that grace may abound?”

Romans 6:1 (NKJV)
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?
A. Paul was adamant, saying, “No, that’s not what I’m saying!” God forbid.
(Romans 6:2)

B. If this logical question isn’t coming up – then you aren’t hearing the same Gospel that
the early New Testament church heard.
C. That’s the reason we aren’t getting the same results that the early New Testament
Church had.

III. Regardless of how much you’ve failed in any area, God loves you!

A. If you could really understand that and receive it, there would be such a reciprocal
love on your part toward God.

Ephesians 3:19 (AMP)
19 [That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!

1 John 4:19 (NKJV)
19 We love Him because He first loved us.
B. You need to let people know how much God loves them.

C. They’ll serve Him infinitely more out of love than they ever will out of fear.
IV. Many people are going through the motions—giving, going to church, reading the
Bible, and so on—doing all of the right things, but from the wrong motive.

A. They’re trying to earn God’s favor and make themselves acceptable to Him.
B. That’s the wood, hay, and stubble that will be torched when we stand before Him
(1 Cor. 3:11-15).

V. If no one asks, “Can I just live in sin because God has forgiven all of my sins?”, then
they haven’t heard the Gospel that Paul preached.

A. The answer to this question is, “Of course not! God forbid! Living in sin is stupid!”
B. Satan will take advantage of your sin!

 You ought to live as holy as you possibly can. But it’s not in order to receive God’s blessing, because you have already received it (Eph. 1:3).

Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)
3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
C. You live holy because you’re just so thankful, you’ll want to live in a way that
glorifies God.
D. You don’t want to yield yourself to your Enemy, who has come to steal, kill, and
destroy (John 10:10).

VI. If you truly understand the grace of God – you’ll live holier accidentally than you ever
have on purpose.

Titus 2:11-12 (NKJV)
11 For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men,
12 teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in the present age,
A. This is the Gospel, and we need to be proclaiming it.

B. It’ll release people from religious bondage and set them free. Thank You, Jesus!

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Sun, 15 Apr 2018 20:24:57 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/abrahams-faith/ Abraham’s Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/abrahams-faith/

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Genesis 22:1-18 (NKJV)
1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”
2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.
4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.
5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”
6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.
7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”
8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.
9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.
11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”
12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”
13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of The LORD it shall be provided.”
15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,
16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son–
17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.
18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

Hebrews 6:13-18 (NKJV)
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself,
14 saying, “Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you.”
15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute.
17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath,
18 that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

Romans 4:3 (KJV)
3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.

Galatians 3:6-7 (KJV)
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.

James 2:23 (KJV)
23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

Romans 4:19-22 (KJV)
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.

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Wed, 11 Apr 2018 04:47:53 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/patience-we-must-know-what-we-believe-and-why-we-believe-it/ Patience: We Must Know What We Believe and Why We Believe it! https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/patience-we-must-know-what-we-believe-and-why-we-believe-it/

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PATIENCE

James 1:1-4 (NKJV)
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad: Greetings. 2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

Hebrews 6:12 “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

Romans 5:3 (NKJV) 3 And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance;

Luke 8:15 (NKJV) 15 But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess your souls”

Hebrews 12:3 “Consider Him…lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”

Matthew 26:41 “Watch and Pray”

Luke 18:1 “Pray and not lose heart”

Hebrews 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the presence behind the veil.”

Romans 5:4,5 “…perseverance (produces) character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint…”

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Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:45:38 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/commitment-increase/ Commitment Increase https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/commitment-increase/

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Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

Mark 11:24 (KJV)
24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

Book of Acts reveal men and women of Commitment

Acts 15:26 (KJV)
26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:26 (NKJV)
26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Acts 15:26 (YLT)
26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ–

Acts 15:26-27 (MSG)
26 We picked men we knew you could trust, Judas and Silas—they’ve looked death in the face time and again for the sake of our Master Jesus Christ.
27 We’ve sent them to confirm in a face-to-face meeting with you what we’ve written.

Benefits of INCREASED Commitment to Christ

The Holy Spirit will invade your Private life and Redirect it.

Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV)
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble

Benefits of Increased Commitment

It will Decide and Shape your CALLING AND MINISTRY

You will Grow in Faith

James 1:22
“Be doers of the Word and not hears only – deceiving you own selves”

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

KEY: The Door of Faith swings on TWO Hinges

Believing it the ATTITUDE of Faith

Speaking is the ACTION of Faith

1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

It will Birth and Develop the Divine Compassion of Jesus in You!

Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

Luke 10: 33-34 – The Samaritan bound up his wounds – poured oil and wine into his wounds – brought him to the Inn – Cared for him.

Empower you to be a Witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ

Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

The Principle of the Three Chairs

First Chair: This person has chosen to wholly love and serve the Lord

Second Chair: This person has chosen to try to get for themselves the best that God and the WORLD has.

Third Chair: This person has chosen NOT to respond to God in any meaningful way – remaining at odds with Spiritual realities.

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Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:19:14 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/it-is-finished/ IT IS FINISHED! https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/it-is-finished/

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Matthew 27:45-54 (NKJV)
45 Now from the sixth hour until the ninth hour there was darkness over all the land.
46 And about the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” that is, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
47 Some of those who stood there, when they heard that, said, “This Man is calling for Elijah!” 48 Immediately one of them ran and took a sponge, filled it with sour wine and put it on a reed, and offered it to Him to drink. 49 The rest said, “Let Him alone; let us see if Elijah will come to save Him.” 50 And Jesus cried out again with a loud voice, and yielded up His spirit. 51 Then, behold, the veil of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom; and the earth quaked, and the rocks were split, 52 and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; 53 and coming out of the graves after His resurrection, they went into the holy city and appeared to many. 54 So when the centurion and those with him, who were guarding Jesus, saw the earthquake and the things that had happened, they feared greatly, saying, “Truly this was the Son of God!”

Ephesians 2:13-16 (NKJV) 13 But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 14 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, 15 having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, 16 and that He might reconcile them both to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity.

Hebrews 10:19 – 22 (NKJV)
19 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,
20 by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, 21 and having a High Priest over the house of God,
22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Mark 16:1-4 (NKJV)
1 Now when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James, and Salome bought spices, that they might come and anoint Him.
2 Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, they came to the tomb when the sun had risen.
3 And they said among themselves, “Who will roll away the stone from the door of the tomb for us?”
4 But when they looked up, they saw that the stone had been rolled away–for it was very large.

Acts 1:1-11 (NKJV)
1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen,
3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.
4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority.
8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.
10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel,
11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 04:48:40 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/four-ws/ FOUR W’S https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/four-ws/

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Will – Walk – Work – Witness

Colossians 1:3-4 (NKJV)
3 We give thanks to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, praying always for you, 4 since we heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of your love for all the saints;

Colossians 1:9-14 (KJV)
9 For this cause we also, since the day we heard it, do not cease to pray for you, and to desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding;
10 That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;
11 Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; (WITNESS)
12 Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Four W’s
1. WILL

Four W’s
2. WALK WORTHY

Psalm 1:1-2 (KJV)
1 Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.

Hebrews 11:23-27 (KJV)
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king’s commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Hebrews 11:28-29 (KJV)
28 Through faith he kept the Passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.

Four W’s
3. WORK

Four W’s
4. WITNESS

WILL – WALK WORTHY – WORK – WITNESS

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Sun, 25 Mar 2018 20:25:29 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/passover-week-a-time-of-preparation/ Passover Week – A Time of Preparation https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/passover-week-a-time-of-preparation/

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Zechariah 9:9 (NKJV)
9 “Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion! Shout, O daughter of Jerusalem! Behold, your King is coming to you; He is just and having salvation, Lowly and riding on a donkey, A colt, the foal of a donkey.
Psalm 118:25-26 (NKJV)
25 Save now, I pray, O LORD; O LORD, I pray, send now prosperity.
26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD! We have blessed you from the house of the LORD.
Mark 11:1-11 (NKJV)
1 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, He sent two of His disciples;
2 and He said to them, “Go into the village opposite you; and as soon as you have entered it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has sat. Loose it and bring it.
3 And if anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it,’ and immediately he will send it here.”
4 So they went their way, and found the colt tied by the door outside on the street, and they loosed it.
5 But some of those who stood there said to them, “What are you doing, loosing the colt?”
6 And they spoke to them just as Jesus had commanded. So they let them go.
7 Then they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their clothes on it, and He sat on it.
8 And many spread their clothes on the road, and others cut down leafy branches from the trees and spread them on the road.
9 Then those who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’
10 Blessed is the kingdom of our father David That comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!”
11 And Jesus went into Jerusalem and into the temple. So when He had looked around at all things, as the hour was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.
Matthew 23:37-39 (NKJV)
37 “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the one who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you were not willing!
38 See! Your house is left to you desolate;
39 for I say to you, you shall see Me no more till you say, ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ ”

Matthew 21:10-17 (NKJV)
10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”
11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”
12 Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
13 And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
14 Then the blind and the lame came to Him in the temple, and He healed them.
15 But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant
16 and said to Him, “Do You hear what these are saying?” And Jesus said to them, “Yes. Have you never read, ‘Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise’?”
17 Then He left them and went out of the city to Bethany, and He lodged there.

Progression

House of Purity
House of Prayer
House of Power
House of Persecution
House of Perfected Praise

1 Peter 2:4-10 (NKJV)
4 Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by God and precious,
5 you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.
6 Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion A chief cornerstone, elect, precious, And he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.”
7 Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone,”
8 and “A stone of stumbling And a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
10 who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy.

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Sun, 25 Mar 2018 13:28:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-sheep-and-the-shepherd/ The Sheep and the Shepherd https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-sheep-and-the-shepherd/

There are two roles to play in the church. We are sheep and we are shepherds. Pastor Fink masterfully explains the roles, advantages, and responsibilities of each.

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Sat, 24 Mar 2018 08:32:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/city-harvest-family-church-urdu-service-sham-e-calvary/ City Harvest Family Church Urdu Service Sham-E-Calvary https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/city-harvest-family-church-urdu-service-sham-e-calvary/

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 23:15:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-house-of-god-3/ The House of God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-house-of-god-3/

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Wed, 21 Mar 2018 04:39:38 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christians-and-curses/ Christians and Curses https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christians-and-curses/

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Exodus 20:1-6
Then God spoke all these words, saying, “I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. “You shall have no other gods before Me. You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth. You shall not worship them or serve them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children, on the third and the fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing loving kindness to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.

Ephesians 6:10-11
10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

Galatians 3:13 (NKJV)
13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),

Deuteronomy 21:22-23 (NKJV)
22 “If a man has committed a sin deserving of death, and he is put to death, and you hang him on a tree, 23 his body shall not remain overnight on the tree, but you shall surely bury him that day, so that you do not defile the land which the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance; for he who is hanged is accursed of God.

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Mon, 19 Mar 2018 15:36:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dont-let-the-crowd-stop-you/ Don’t Let The Crowd Stop You https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dont-let-the-crowd-stop-you/

Using four examples from the ministry of Jesus Christ, Pastor Colin encourages us to ignore the pressure, the opinion and even the threat of the crowd to accomplish God’s purpose in our lives.

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 04:42:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/is-god-sovereign/ Is God Sovereign? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/is-god-sovereign/

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2 Peter 3:9 (KJV) 9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.

Matthew 7:13-14 (NKJV)
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it.

1 John 2:2 (NKJV)
2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

1 Timothy 4:10 (NKJV)
10 For to this end we both labor and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of those who believe.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Deuteronomy 30:19 (NKJV)
19 I call heaven and earth as witnesses today against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both you and your descendants may live;

James 4:7 (NKJV) 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.

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Sun, 11 Mar 2018 21:02:42 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-sheep-and-the-sheperd/ The Sheep and The Sheperd https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-sheep-and-the-sheperd/

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Wed, 07 Mar 2018 06:48:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/clearing-up-kingdom-confusion/ Clearing Up Kingdom Confusion https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/clearing-up-kingdom-confusion/

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Sun, 04 Mar 2018 22:25:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dont-let-the-crowds-stop-you/ Don’t let the crowds stop you https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dont-let-the-crowds-stop-you/

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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 07:12:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/what-was-pauls-thorn-in-the-flesh/ What was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/what-was-pauls-thorn-in-the-flesh/

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Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:37:10 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/albany-teen-challenge-ministry/ Albany Teen Challenge Ministry https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/albany-teen-challenge-ministry/

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:42:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jobs-sickness-3/ Job’s Sickness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jobs-sickness-3/

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Sun, 18 Feb 2018 22:20:27 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-honor-due-his-name/ The Honor Due His Name https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-honor-due-his-name/

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 07:19:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/levels-of-new-testament-prophecy/ Levels of New Testament Prophecy https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/levels-of-new-testament-prophecy/

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Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:41:16 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-and-patience/ Faith and Patience https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-and-patience/ FAITH AND PATIENCE

Hebrews 11:1-3 (NKJV)
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Hebrews 10:36 (KJV)
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.

Romans 10:17 (KJV)
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Mark 4:13 (KJV)
13 And he said unto them, Know ye not this parable? and how then will ye know all parables?

“And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.”

“Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”

James 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
2 My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations;
3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience.
4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

Hebrews 4:12 (KJV)
12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

Luke 8:15 (KJV)
15 But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

Hebrews 6:12 “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”

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Wed, 07 Feb 2018 06:36:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-healthy-church-is-a-family-church/ A Healthy Church is a Family Church https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-healthy-church-is-a-family-church/

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Sun, 04 Feb 2018 22:38:52 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dependency/ Dependency https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dependency/

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Wed, 31 Jan 2018 07:04:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/city-harvest-tuesday-evening-worship/ City Harvest Tuesday Evening Worship https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/city-harvest-tuesday-evening-worship/

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Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:13:06 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/examine-yourself/ Examine Yourself https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/examine-yourself/ 2 Timothy 2:19-21 (NKJV)

Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: “The Lord
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knows those who are His,” and, “Let everyone who names the name of Christ
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depart from iniquity.”
2 Timothy 2:19

But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and silver, but also of wood and clay, some for honor and some for dishonor.
2 Timothy 2:20

Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.
2 Timothy 2:21

Iniquity: ad-ee-kee’-ah – moral wrongfulness (of character, life or act) – that which is out of harmony with the established Christian call

1 Kings 3:1-4 (NKJV)

Now Solomon made a treaty with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and married Pharaoh’s daughter; then he brought her to the
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City of David until he had finished building his own house, and the house of the Lord, and the wall all around
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Jerusalem.
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Meanwhile the people sacrificed at the high places, because there was no house built for the name of the Lord until those days.
1 Kings 3:2

And Solomon loved the Lord, walking in the statutes of his father David, except that he sacrificed and burned incense at the high places.
1 Kings 3:3

Now the king went to Gibeon to sacrifice there, for that was the great high place: Solomon offered a thousand burnt offerings on that altar.
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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 06:54:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jehovah-tsidkenu-the-lord-our-righteousness/ Jehovah Tsidkenu – The Lord our Righteousness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jehovah-tsidkenu-the-lord-our-righteousness/

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Sun, 21 Jan 2018 22:27:36 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/waiting-on-god-with-one-accord/ Waiting on God with One Accord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/waiting-on-god-with-one-accord/

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Wed, 17 Jan 2018 01:39:16 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/steps-effective-prayer/ Steps to Effective Prayer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/steps-effective-prayer/ Matthew 6:5-Matthew 6:5-15
And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.8 Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
NOTE: Jesus did not say “If you pray”. He said ‘When you pray”
• Prayer should not be an occasional practice, it has to be a daily lifestyle.
• Prayer should not only be undertaken when trouble comes knocking; it has to be a habit that goes beyond a season of chaos and trouble.
Note: Jesus urged his followers not to be like “Hypocrites”
In other words. He was saying:

 

• Do not claim to have moral standards or beliefs to which your behavior does not conform.
• Do not pretend that your focus is on God as you pray, when your motives are to be seen by man.
Verse 6: But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy”closet”
The Greek word for “closet” is ‘tameio’ which means:
• A secret place, a treasure room. A secluded, private, concealed, hidden, unfrequented, out of the way, tucked away place.

• Granary, or storehouse for threshed grain.
• A place that is well guarded.
Since Jesus spoke Aramaic, the word which he would have used would have been the word: ‘Tawanaah’ which is explained as:
• a room without windows,
• A room where valuables and supplies are restored.
Note: The Aramaic also uses Tawanaah as a metaphor meaning; one’s heart.
Note: The best way a person can really know and understand another person’s heart is by having quality time with them.

 

• The only place we can pour out our hearts fully to God, is in places of seclusion….alone time with him through prayer and meditation upon in his word.
Note: The word “closet” also stood for “a defense” or a private place of escape.
It would be a place where you could find refuge from the threat of intruders or enemies; people wanting to cause you harm, or a place where you would be protected from terrible storms or other disasters
Psalm 31:19-
“Oh, how great is your goodness, which you have laid up for those who fear You, Which you have prepared for those who trust in You In the presence of the sons of men!
20 You shall hide them in the secret place of your presence from the plots of man;
you shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.”
Steps to effective prayer:
1) You must be born again if you want pray effectively.
John 3:3
Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”
Psalm 34:15-22
“The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the LORD is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.”
Note: John 1:10-13

 

10 He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, and the world did not know Him. 11 He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him. 12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
• The only way to have access to God the Father as His child, is by accepting Jesus Christ as one’s Lord and Savior. When you do so, you have the right to pray in His Name!
2) Maintain a sober mind
Peter 4:7
“The end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.”
Note: A sober mind is a mind that has not been affected by any intoxicants (e.g. worry, fear, anxiety, depression). The pursuit of worldly pleasures, etc., can affect a person’s mind such that they become paralyzed to the point where they cannot pray anymore.
3) Maintain a clear conscience before God and man
Acts 24:15-16
“I have hope in God, which they themselves also accept, that there will be a resurrection of the dead, [a] both of the just and the unjust. 16 This being so, I myself always strive to have a conscience without offense toward God and men.”

 

Note: A conscience that has offence toward God and man buried within its inner core will block any person from having an effective prayer life, and also it will hinder God’s compassion from flowing (ex. Jonah).
Jonah 1
“Now the word of the LORD came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, 2 “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and cry out against it; for their wickedness has come up before Me.” 3 But Jonah arose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the LORD. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid the fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Lord”
• Jonah had received the word of the Lord which was intended to bring repentance upon its recipients.
• The problem was that he did not see them as worthy of God’s forgiveness because of how he perceived them, since they were Israel’s enemies.
• How he perceived the people of Nineveh affected how he responded to that which the Lord had asked him to do, even though he knew he had to do it.
4) Have confidence in God’s ability to hear and answer your prayer
1 John 5:14-15
14 And this is the confidence that we have in him that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he hearth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.
How can we pray according to his will?

 

• By praying according to what the scripture says.
How can we pray according to what scriptures says?
• By having the Word dwell RICHLY in us.
Note: Hebrews 4:16
16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
• One aspect that will also help in prayer is…boldness to come before Him.
5) Identify, and then speak to your mountain
Mark 11: 20-23
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. 21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which you cursed has withered away.”2 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. 23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
Note: Jesus did not say: …whoever says to a mountain…; he said: “…whoever says to this mountain…”
• In order for people to speak to any mountains that would be affecting their lives, they first need to identify what that mountain is, then speak to that mountain, without having any doubt in their hearts.

6) Pray constantly and expect God to move suddenly, regardless of how you feel
Acts 12:5
5 Peter was therefore kept in prison, but constant[a] prayer was offered to God for him by the church
Acts 12:11-15
1 And when Peter had come to himself, he said, “Now I know for certain that the Lord has sent His angel, and has delivered me from the hand of Herod and from all the expectation of the Jewish people.”2 So, when he had considered this, he came to the house of Mary, the mother of John whose surname was Mark, where many were gathered together praying. 13 And as Peter knocked at the door of the gate, a girl named Rhoda came to answer. 14 When she recognized Peter’s voice, because of her gladness she did not open the gate, but ran in and announced that Peter stood before the gate. 15 But they said to her, “You are beside yourself!” Yet she kept insisting that it was so. So they said, “It is his angel.”
Acts 12:16-17
Now Peter continued knocking; and when they opened the door and saw him, they were astonished. 17 But motioning to them with his hand to keep silent, he declared to them how the Lord had brought him out of the prison.
• Even though the church was praying for Peter, they still seemed perplexed when Rhoda told them he was standing at the door …already.
Why where they so perplexed?
• Because they had not expected God to respond that quickly.

Note: God will move in His own time, our part is to always be expectant. At all times.
7) Make fasting a never-ending part of your lifestyle
Matthew 6:16
“Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.”
Note: Jesus did not say; “…if you fast…”. He said; ‘…when you fast…”
• From that statement we can conclude that Jesus was saying that fasting should be something which we undertake at all times, and not just sometimes.
Why?
Because fasting helps in becoming sensitive to His voice at all times. And when we make fasting our lifestyle, prayer does not seem like a tall order anymore.
CONCLUSION:
Hebrews 11:6
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him. For him that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
• Faith in God has to be the platform that we ride upon as we come before Him in prayer, at the same time believing that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him … DILIGENTLY.

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Sun, 14 Jan 2018 17:48:41 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ministering-unto-lord-2/ Ministering Unto the Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ministering-unto-lord-2/ Matthew 6:5-8 (NKJV)
5 “And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
7 And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they think that they will be heard for their many words.
8 Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him.

Mark 11:15-24 (NKJV)
15 So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves.
16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple.
17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ”
18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it and sought how they might destroy Him; for they feared Him, because all the people were astonished at His teaching.
19 When evening had come, He went out of the city.
20 Now in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.
21 And Peter, remembering, said to Him, “Rabbi, look! The fig tree which You cursed has withered away.”
22 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God.
23 For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.
24 Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

 

Acts 13:1-3 (KJV)
1 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. — (Paul)
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
Acts 16:16-26 (KJV)
16 And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
17 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
18 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
19 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
20 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
21 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
22 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
23 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
24 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
26 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

Ephesians 5:17-20 (KJV)
17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;
Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV) 1
Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
2 Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
3 Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
5 For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)
28 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.
Acts 13:2
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them

Psalm 22:3 (KJV)
3 But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
Psalm 22:3 (NKJV)
3 But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

Elisha the Prophet
2 Kings 3:15 (KJV)
15 But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

Acts 13:2
As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

 

Question: Will you Embrace your CALLING to minister to the Lord FIRST?

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Wed, 10 Jan 2018 07:14:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/right-and-wrong-way-to-pray/ Right and Wrong Way to Pray https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/right-and-wrong-way-to-pray/

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Sun, 07 Jan 2018 22:53:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-power-of-crying-out/ The Power of Crying Out https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-power-of-crying-out/

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Wed, 03 Jan 2018 06:55:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/prayer-in-the-new-testament/ Prayer in the New Testament https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/prayer-in-the-new-testament/

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Sun, 31 Dec 2017 17:16:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/forget-and-focus-2/ Forget and Focus https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/forget-and-focus-2/ Forget & Focus

 

Philippians 3:13-16 (NLT)
13  No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead,
14  I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.
15  Let all who are spiritually mature agree on these things. If you disagree on some point, I believe God will make it plain to you.
16  But we must hold on to the progress we have already made.

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Wed, 27 Dec 2017 01:42:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/crossing-promise-2018/ Crossing Over to the Promise into 2018 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/crossing-promise-2018/ Joshua 3:16

“…that the waters which came down from upstream stood still, and rose in a heap very far away at Adam, the city that is beside Zaretan. So the waters that went down into the Sea of the Arabah, the Salt Sea, failed, and were cut off; and the people crossed over opposite Jericho.” NKJV

 

John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” NKJV

 

Joshua means Jehovah saves: from the Hebrew name יְהוֹשֻׁעַ (Yehoshu’a) meaning “YAHWEH is salvation.”

 

Jesus means Jehovah saves: this is an English name which originates from the Latin form of the Greek name Ιησους (Iesous); and this from the Aramaic יֵשׁוּעַ (Yeshu’a). Yeshu’a is in fact a Hebrew name and is a contracted form of Yehoshu’a.

 

Adam = mankind

Zaretan = tribulation/perplexity/distress

Jordan = descend/flow down

Salt Sea = Dead Sea or Sea of the Arabah meaning dry, infertile area

Canaan was the destination God promised the Israelites in the Book of Exodus when they were leaving their Egyptian slavery to a, “land flowing with milk and honey.”

Ark of the Covenant represented God’s Presence. It should be noted that within the Ark of the Covenant was three very important items:

1) the clay tablets upon which was written the “Ten Commandments” or “Law of Moses” which represented God’s command of how to live as His chosen people

2) the almond branch or “Aaron’s rod that budded” that represented God’s appointed authority among His people

3) the jar containing manna which represented God’s provision to His people

When we draw a depiction of what transpired on the miraculous day when Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan we clearly see a foreshadowing of what Jesus has done for all mankind. The crossing over from the wandering in the desert to the “promised land” is like the cross upon which our Savior Jesus Christ died.  As the sacrificial lamb, He died in preparation for the Sabbath of Passover, which began shortly after. His death cut off the descent of Adam with its curse of suffering and which ended in death.

 

Romans 5 – Death in Adam and Life in Christ

“12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— 13 (For until the law sin was in the world, but sin is not imputed when there is no law. 14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those who had not sinned according to the likeness of the transgression of Adam, who is a type of Him who was to come. 15 But the free gift is not like the offense. For if by the one man’s offense many died, much more the grace of God and the gift by the grace of the one Man, Jesus Christ, abounded to many. 16 And the gift is not like that which came through the one who sinned. For the judgment which came from one offense resulted in condemnation, but the free gift which came from many offenses resulted in justification. 17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” NKJV

 

1 Corinthians 15:45-49

“45 And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.” The last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.” NKJV

 

As we cross over into 2018 we must by faith leave the wandering in the desert of disobedience. We must make a conscious decision to choose life and not death by entering into all the Christ Jesus has provided for us.  Yes, we must be born again but we also need to allow the sanctifying work of God the Holy Spirit to convert our souls (mind – what I think, will – what I want, and emotions – what I feel). Let us be renewed (Rom. 12:2; 2 Cor. 4:16; Eph. 4:23; Col. 3:10; Titus 3:5). Let us have the same mind as Christ Jesus (Phil. 2:5). Let us no longer just live for ourselves but for the will of God (2 Cor. 5:15; 1 Peter 4:2). We were not saved just so we can go to Heaven. We are being saved (1 Cor. 1:18) and must allow God to bring Heaven through us to the Earth.  Romans 8:18-22 declares, “18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. 19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.” NKJV

 

It is time to pick up our crosses and follow after Christ (Luke 9:23).  It is time to do as the Apostle Paul, “20 I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.” (Gal. 2:20) NKJV

 

2017 is coming to a close and 2018 is soon to begin.  Are you ready to cross over?

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Mon, 25 Dec 2017 06:21:23 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-purpose-of-his-coming-christmas-eve/ The Purpose of His Coming – Christmas Eve https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-purpose-of-his-coming-christmas-eve/

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Sun, 24 Dec 2017 22:40:06 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/unto-us-a-child-is-born/ Unto Us a Child is Born https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/unto-us-a-child-is-born/

Isaiah 9:6 (KJV)
I Timothy 3:16 (KJV)
John 1:14 (KJV)
Isaiah 7:14 (KJV)
Romans 9:38 – 39 (KJV)

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Wed, 20 Dec 2017 06:39:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/how-desperate-are-you/ How Desperate Are You? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/how-desperate-are-you/

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Sun, 17 Dec 2017 21:10:29 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/gods-grace-2/ God’s Grace https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/gods-grace-2/ Colossians 2:16-17

John 1:17

Galatians 5:2-6

Romans 5:1-2

Deuteronomy 28 1-2

Romans 5:8-9

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Wed, 13 Dec 2017 06:57:31 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-night-worship-and-bible-teaching/ Tuesday Night Worship and Bible Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-night-worship-and-bible-teaching/

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Sun, 10 Dec 2017 22:58:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-five-ps-of-ministry/ The Five P’s of Ministry https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-five-ps-of-ministry/

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Wed, 06 Dec 2017 01:45:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ten-reasons-speaking-tongues/ Ten Reasons For Speaking In Tongues https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ten-reasons-speaking-tongues/ Ten Reasons for Speaking in Tongues
1. The manifestation that came with the gift of the Holy Spirit was speaking in tongues. It wasn’t the wind, fire, noise or feeling of God’s presence that was evidence of the gift being received but a spirit language—believers began speaking languages of the Spirit they didn’t understand. It was God’s plan for the gift to function as a spirit language for His children (Acts 2:4, 11; 1 Cor. 14:2).
2. Jesus commanded us to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. When Jesus commissioned the disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they received the promise of the Father, He didn’t say, “Do this if you feel led to do so, or if it fits into your doctrinal or denominational beliefs, or if you have the time, or if you are so inclined, or if you feel comfortable about it.” No! Jesus commanded them to wait until they received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Since Jesus put such importance on their receiving this gift, that’s more than enough reason for every Christian to seek God until they receive it too (Acts 1:4; 5:32; John 14:16-17; Eph. 5:18).
3. The Scriptures exhort us to be filled with the Spirit and to pray in the new tongues of our spirit language. Our spirit language enables us to live in the Spirit, walk in the Spirit, be led of the Spirit, have the fruit of the Spirit, manifest the gifts of the Spirit and go from glory to glory until we are transformed into His same image (Gal. 5:22-25; Rom. 8:14; 1 Cor. 12:7-11; 14:15; Eph. 5:18; Acts 19:2; 2 Cor. 3:18).
4. A spirit language is the greatest gift the Holy Spirit can give a believer. Jesus is the greatest gift God could give for the redemption of the world, and the Holy Spirit is the greatest gift Jesus could give to His church. Of all the resources in heaven and the eternal universe, nothing is more valuable, beneficial or important for the Holy Spirit to give the individual child of God than her own spirit language (1 Cor. 12:31; 14:4).
5. Our spirit language enables us to have spirit-to-Spirit communication with God. Humans are spirit beings clothed with flesh-and-bone bodies. While man’s sin deadened the spirit, Jesus brings the spirit back to life by imparting His everlasting life into us. The Holy Spirit gives us a spirit language so we can communicate directly with God (John 4:24; 1 Cor. 15:45; Gen. 2:7; Rom. 5:12; John 3:3-5, 16).
6. Praying in tongues builds and increases our faith. Faith is the medium of exchange for all heavenly things, just as money is the medium of exchange for all earthly things. A major way to increase our faith is to pray in the tongues of our spirit language (Rom. 12:6; Jude 1:20; Mark 9:23; Matt. 9:29).
7. Praying in tongues activates the fruit of the Spirit. It’s vital and beneficial to have each of the spiritual attributes become active and mature in us. Praying in tongues helps us fulfill God’s predestined purpose for us to be conformed to the image of His Son (Gal. 5:22-23; 2 Cor. 3:18; 1 Cor. 13:1-13; Rom. 8:29).
8. Praying in our spirit language is the main way we fulfill the scriptural admonition to “pray without ceasing.” Christians can pray in tongues at any time. If we are in a place where it isn’t convenient or wise to speak out loud in tongues, we can pray with our inner man without making an audible sound (Eph. 6:18; 1 Thess. 5:17; Matt. 26:41; Luke 18:1; 21:36; 1 Cor. 14:15).
9. The Holy Spirit directs our spirit language to pray in accordance with the will of God. Probably the only time we can be assured that we are praying 100 percent in the will of God is when we are praying in our spirit language. God always answers requests that are made in alignment with His will (Rom. 8:27; 1 John 5:14-15).
10. Praying in tongues quiets the mind. When Dr. Andrew Newberg, a neuroscientist, compared brain scans of Christians praying in tongues with Buddhist monks chanting and Catholic nuns praying, the study showed the frontal lobes—the brain’s control center—went quiet in the brains of Christians talking in tongues, proving that speaking in tongues isn’t a function of the natural brain but an operation of the spirit (1 Cor. 14:2, 14).
Ephesians 5:18-21 (ESV)
18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.

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Sun, 03 Dec 2017 22:57:52 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/forgiveness-or-freedom-3/ Forgiveness or Freedom https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/forgiveness-or-freedom-3/

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Sat, 02 Dec 2017 05:53:48 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-innkeeper-and-his-wife/ The Innkeeper and His Wife https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-innkeeper-and-his-wife/

City Harvest Kids Church Christmas Play

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Wed, 29 Nov 2017 07:17:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/where-god-moves/ Where God Moves https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/where-god-moves/

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Sun, 26 Nov 2017 18:00:31 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/swinging-the-mantle/ Swinging the Mantle https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/swinging-the-mantle/ Acts 15:18 (KJV) 18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

Exodus 3:1-4 (KJV) 1 Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb.  2 And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. 3 And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. 4 And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.

Acts 15:26 (KJV)  26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Kings 2:1-14 (NKJV) 1 And it came to pass, when the LORD was about to take up Elijah into heaven by a whirlwind, that Elijah went with Elisha from Gilgal. 2 Then Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Bethel.” But Elisha said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they went down to Bethel. 3 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Bethel came out to Elisha, and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” And he said, “Yes, I know; keep silent!” 4 Then Elijah said to him, “Elisha, stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to Jericho.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So they came to Jericho. 5 Now the sons of the prophets who were at Jericho came to Elisha and said to him, “Do you know that the LORD will take away your master from over you today?” So he answered, “Yes, I know; keep silent!” 6 Then Elijah said to him, “Stay here, please, for the LORD has sent me on to the Jordan.” But he said, “As the LORD lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you!” So the two of them went on. 7 And fifty men of the sons of the prophets went and stood facing them at a distance, while the two of them stood by the Jordan. 8 Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground. 9 And so it was, when they had crossed over, that Elijah said to Elisha, “Ask! What may I do for you, before I am taken away from you?” Elisha said, “Please let a double portion of your spirit be upon me.” 10 So he said, You have asked a hard thing. Nevertheless, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you; but if not, it shall not be so.” 11 Then it happened, as they continued on and talked, that suddenly a chariot of fire appeared with horses of fire, and separated the two of them; and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. 12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried out, “My father, my father, the chariot of Israel and its horsemen!” So he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them into two pieces.  13 He also took up the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and went back and stood by the bank of the Jordan.  14 Then he took the mantle of Elijah that had fallen from him, and struck the water, and said, “Where is the LORD God of Elijah?” And when he also had struck the water, it was divided this way and that; and Elisha crossed over.

2 Kings 2:8 (NKJV) 8 Now Elijah took his mantle, rolled it up, and struck the water; and it was divided this way and that, so that the two of them crossed over on dry ground.
2 Kings 2:8 (KJV)  8 And Elijah took his mantle, and wrapped it together, and smote the waters, and they were divided hither and thither, so that they two went over on dry ground.

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 01:48:50 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/spirit-filled-christian-life/ The Spirit-Filled Christian Life https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/spirit-filled-christian-life/ The Spirit-filled, Christian Life
By Homer Purdy

 

Four Keys to Living a Spirit-filled, Christian life

1. Ignore your instincts
– Romans 12:2
– Ephesians 5:1
– Proverbs 3:5

 

2. Get good and angry
– Ephesians 4:26,27

 

3. Let peace rule
– John 20:19-22
– Colossians 3:15

 

4. Be filled with the Holy Spirit
– Ephesians 5:18
– Isaiah 61:1-4
– John 10:10
– Galatians 5:22-23

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 22:43:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/thanksgiving/ Thanksgiving https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/thanksgiving/

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Sun, 19 Nov 2017 17:23:23 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/thanksgiving-thanks-living/ Thanksgiving Into Thanks Living https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/thanksgiving-thanks-living/ Thanksgiving into Thanks Living

Psalm 107:8 (NKJV)
8 Oh, that men would give thanks to the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of men!

Psalm 107:22 (NKJV)
22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His works with rejoicing.

Five Spiritual Sacrifices for Thanksgiving

1. Sacrifice of Person
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

2. Sacrifice of Praise
Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)
15 Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.
Psalm 69:30-31 (NKJV)
30 I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31 This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves.

Psalm 34:1-3 (NKJV)
1 I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make its boast in the LORD; The humble shall hear of it and be glad.
3 Oh, magnify the LORD with me, And let us exalt His name together.

3. Sacrifice of Prayer
Psalm 141:2 (NKJV)
2 Let my prayer be set before You as incense, The lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.

4. Sacrifice of Possessions
Hebrews 13:16 (NKJV)
16 But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.

5. Sacrifice of Purity

Psalm 51:17 (NKJV)
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart– These, O God, You will not despise.

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Wed, 15 Nov 2017 07:25:25 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/create-in-me-a-clean-heart/ Create In Me A Clean Heart https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/create-in-me-a-clean-heart/

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Sun, 12 Nov 2017 23:00:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/last-days-strategy/ Last Days Strategy https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/last-days-strategy/

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Wed, 08 Nov 2017 07:28:19 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-lord-is-at-hand/ The Lord is at Hand https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-lord-is-at-hand/

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Sun, 05 Nov 2017 17:29:28 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-form-of-godliness-2/ A Form of Godliness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-form-of-godliness-2/  

2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

TWO ORDINANCES OF THE CHURCH

1. Baptism.

Colossians 2:11-12 (NKJV)
11 In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ,
12 buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead.

Romans 2:29 (KJV)
29 But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.

 

2. Lord’s Supper

1 Corinthians 11:23-32 (KJV)
23 For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: 24 And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 25 After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. 26 For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do shew the Lord’s death till he come. 27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.
28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.
29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. 31 For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.
32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.

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Wed, 01 Nov 2017 00:13:40 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/aggressive-receiving-3/ Aggressive Receiving https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/aggressive-receiving-3/ I. Mark’s Gospel records an awesome example of the Laws of Faith in operation.

  • * Mark 5:25-34 (NKJV)
  • A. The Lord felt virtue flow out of Him and turned around, asking, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30)
    “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”. (Luke 2:52)
  • B. Most people think God sizes us up when we come to Him with a request.
  • C. But that’s not what happened here.
  • D. She put the laws of faith into action and the power of God automatically flowed.
    “For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole”. (Mark 5:28)

II. This woman acted on her faith. “Faith without works is dead”. (James 2:20)

  • A. The only logical explanation for her touching the hem of Jesus’ garment is that this woman was probably on her hands and knees, crawling through the mass of people.
  • B. This illustrates another Law of Faith—earnestness.
  • C. You can’t receive the things of God by just passively seeking
    “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah 29:13)
  • D. When you get aggressive, like this woman, where you are willing to risk even your own life in order to receive, you will receive.
  • E. It takes this type of aggressive attitude to effectively receive from God.

III. This woman put a number of the Laws of Faith into operation, and the healing virtue of God flowed to her automatically.

  • A. The Lord isn’t healing one and refusing another.
  • B. There are laws that govern how God’s power works.
  • C. We can violate those laws and miss out on the blessings God’s has already given us, or we can learn what the laws are, cooperate with them, and experience the abundant life He has provided.

IV. Receiving from God isn’t about how He feels toward you.

  • A. If that were the only issue, then we would all be perfect in every way.
  • B. It’s what God wants for each and every one of us!
  • C. But there are laws that must be put into effect in order to receive the things God has for us.
  • D. It’s our misuse of these laws that is literally killing us.

Romans 8:2-4 (KJV)
2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death. 3 For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: 4 That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

5 Steps to Receive Anything from God

  1. Vs. 27 “She Heard” Romans 10:17
  2. Vs. 28 “She Said” Mark 11:23
  3. Vs. 28 “She Acted” James 2:20
  4. Vs. 29 “She Received” Immediately
  5. 5. Vs. 33 “She Told the Truth” Testified
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Sun, 29 Oct 2017 14:00:51 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/living-gods-endless-supply/ Living in God’s Endless Supply https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/living-gods-endless-supply/
  • Mark 4:26-29
  • Hebrews 11:29
  • Mark 11:22-24
  • Josh 1:10-11
  • Josh 3:13-17
  • Mark 4:26-29
  • Isaiah 46:9-10
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    Sun, 22 Oct 2017 16:06:26 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/deal-with-the-source-2/ Deal With The Source https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/deal-with-the-source-2/ DEAL WITH THE SOURCE

     

    2 Kings 2:19-24
    19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.”0 And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’” 22 So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
    • From the outside, and as far as the eye could see, all was well with the city
    • the truth of the matter was that there was a hidden problem the naked eye could not see.
    • The water was bad, causing the ground to be barren.
    Barren: unfruitfulness, unproductive, bleak or lifeless

    Genesis 3:17-19
    17 Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’:“Cursed is the ground for your sake;In toil you shall eat of itAll the days of your life.18 Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you,And you shall eat the herb of the field.19 In the sweat of your face you shall eat breadTill you return to the ground,For out of it you were taken;For dust you are,And to dust you shall return.”
    • Because of Disobedience to God’s commandment, man caused God to pronounce a curse on the ground.
    Isaiah 1:12
    I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting.14 Your New Moons and your appointed feasts My soul hates;They are a trouble to Me,I am weary of bearing them.5 When you spread out your hands,I will hide My eyes from you;Even though you make many prayers,I will not hear. Your hands are full of blood.16 “Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;Put away the evil of your doings from before My eyes.Cease to do evil,17 Learn to do good;Seek justice,Rebuke the oppressor;[a]Defend the fatherless,Plead for the widow. If you are willing and obedient,You shall eat the good of the land.Unrighteous living or harboring sin in one’s life will eventually rob them the joy of living a fruitful or productive life
    Why? Because God is no respector of events, one’s prominent status in society, etc. HE IS A RESPECTOR OF HIS PRINCIPLES
    • Violation of God’s biblical principles leads to unfruitfulness in one’s life
    God’s plan of multiplication
    Genesis 1:11-12
    Then God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them”; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after their kind; and God saw that it was good.
    Note
    Bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them
    • God’s desire is that fruit bear fruit of its kind…..through its seed.
    • Seeds bring about continuity of life
    • where there’s no seed, they will be no fruit.

    Matthew 7:16-20
    “You will know them by their fruits. Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles, are they? “So every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad tree bears bad fruit. “A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, nor can a bad tree produce good fruit

    • what a person carries on the inside is what will always manisfest on the outside. It also translates into their lifestyle

    NOTE
    Its impossible to bear spiritual fruit God’s way if one you do not have the seed of the word of God in your heart. In other words, without the seed of word hidden in the heart, spiritual barreness and spiritual unproductivity will follow.

     

    Land no longer cursed:

    Genesis 3:12-22
    20 Then Noah built an altar to the LORD, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. 21 And the LORD smelled a soothing aroma. Then the LORD said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done.2 “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer,
    And day and night
    Shall not cease.”

    NOTE: Through one’s man disobedience, the ground was cursed, BUT through one’ man’s obedience and sacrifice, the curse was lifted and God declared that productivity and multiplication will never cease.

    NOTE
    God empowered the ground to bring forth whatever is planted in through the seeds planted!!

    Back to 2 Kings 2:19-24
    19 Then the men of the city said to Elisha, “Please notice, the situation of this city is pleasant, as my lord sees; but the water is bad, and the ground barren.”20 And he said, “Bring me a new bowl, and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him. 21 Then he went out to the source of the water, and cast in the salt there, and said, “Thus says the LORD: ‘I have healed this water; from it there shall be no more death or barrenness.’” 22 So the water remains healed to this day, according to the word of Elisha which he spoke.
    Note;
    It was not the ground that was barren, BUT THE SOURCE OF THE WATER WAS BAD.
    • In order to deal with a problem, you to find out its source, you have to go to the source of the problem.
    Matthew 3:10
    10 And even now the ax is laid to the root of the trees. Therefore every tree which does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
    Matthew 15:13
    13But Jesus replied, “Every plant that My Heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by its roots.
    • If you cut a tree by it branches, it will eventually grow back but if uproot it, it will never grow back up

    conclusion
    Job 14:7-9
    7 “For there is hope for a tree,
    If it is cut down, that it will sprout again,
    And that its tender shoots will not cease.
    8 Though its root may grow old in the earth,
    And its stump may die in the ground,
    9 Yet at the scent of water it will bud
    And bring forth branches like a plant.
    For a person who is feels spiritually unproductive and DRY, what they need is get back into the word of God, and get back into intimate fellowship..with God.
    They need the scent of water, which is his word and spirit!!!

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    Wed, 18 Oct 2017 05:22:10 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/believe-it-speak-it/ Believe It-Speak It! https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/believe-it-speak-it/

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    Sun, 15 Oct 2017 21:02:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-is-action/ Faith is ACTION https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-is-action/

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    Wed, 11 Oct 2017 05:08:49 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-first-commandment-worship/ The First Commandment – Worship https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-first-commandment-worship/

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    Sun, 08 Oct 2017 20:46:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-golden-rule/ The Golden Rule https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-golden-rule/

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    Sun, 08 Oct 2017 06:46:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/saturday-night-urdu-seminar/ Saturday Night Urdu Seminar https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/saturday-night-urdu-seminar/

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    Sat, 07 Oct 2017 07:27:47 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/friday-urdu-service-guest-speaker-rev-siddique-paul/ Friday Urdu Service – Guest Speaker : Rev. Siddique Paul https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/friday-urdu-service-guest-speaker-rev-siddique-paul/

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    Wed, 04 Oct 2017 05:30:23 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-and-bible-teaching/ Tuesday Evening Worship and Bible Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-and-bible-teaching/

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    Sun, 01 Oct 2017 21:07:31 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/freedom-from-sin/ FREEDOM FROM SIN https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/freedom-from-sin/

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    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 05:12:02 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-and-message/ Tuesday Evening Worship and Message https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-and-message/

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    Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:40:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/lordship-jesus-key-spiritual-growth/ The Lordship of Jesus – Key to Spiritual Growth https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/lordship-jesus-key-spiritual-growth/ Joh_13:13  Ye call me Master and Lord: and ye say well; for so I am.

    Focus: It is only when we acknowledge and surrender ourselves to the Lordship of Jesus that we start to grow in His kingdom.

    The lordship of our Lord Jesus Christ is an integral part of the preaching of the gospel. In the early church, Jesus Christ was preached as Lord and King (Acts 2:36; 17:6-7).

    • Acts 16:31 “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved”
    • Romans 10:9-10: “That if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord

    In salvation, we are to believe and accept Jesus as our Savior and Lord.

    Ultimately, this is how our walk with Christ should begin, by recognizing and confessing that He is Lord. Romans 10:9-10

    In salvation, we were delivered from the power of darkness, and translated to God’s kingdom.  Col 1:13, 2Co 4:4

    Lordship was at the very heart of Jesus’ redemptive work on the cross. Paul makes this clear in Romans 14:8-9 (NKJV): “For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord.  Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s.  For to this end Christ died, and rose and lived again, that he might be Lord of both the dead and the living.”

    Three points this evening,

    The Lordship of Jesus Christ requires:

    1. Jesus Himself gives the first inkling into the significance of being called Lord when He addresses a great multitude of people along with His disciples in the plain, “Why do you call me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” (Luke 6:46).
    • Deu 12:28 Observe and hear all these words which I command thee…
    • Jos 1:8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
    • 30: 5 – 6 Add thou not unto His words…
    • 22: 18 – 19
    • The preaching of the word – Is it gimmick or grace?
    • Galatians 1: 11 – 12. Paul certified that the gospel is from Jesus Christ.
    • The strength and stability of our faith, and of victory, rest in our acknowledgment of the lordship of Jesus. James 4: 7 – Submission to God.
    • Heb_5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey
    1. His will must be done and not ours. Not my will but thine.
    • Eph_5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord
    • Romans 12: 1 – 2
    • James_4:15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.
    1. We are not of our own – 1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

    1Co 6:20  For ye are bought with a price:

    • The picture – Rev 3:20
    • Many would like to call themselves Christians and receive benefits of the kingdom of God without renouncing the right to manage their own lives. They desire to know Jesus as their savior, without accepting him as Lord!

    Conclusion:

    The central message of the Bible is that “Jesus Christ is Lord.”  I must say again that the most important truth in relation to the Christian experience is the lordship of Jesus Christ.  If this is true, and I do believe that it is, should it not compel us to make the preaching of this message a matter of priority and urgency? Could it be that the source of defeat, discouragement, and despair in the lives of some Christians is, in large part, the fact that they are attempting to live the Christian life in their own strength and power?  They have not yet discovered the truth taught by Paul in Philippians 4:13 (NKJV): “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

    The Lordship of Christ involves the daily submission and surrender of our entire lives to the authority and leadership of God through Jesus Christ. Through “Lordship” we recognize the sovereign right of God to rule over us through Jesus Christ our King.

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    Sun, 24 Sep 2017 16:40:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/stewardship/ Stewardship https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/stewardship/ Stewardship

    Mark 4:21-25 (NKJV)
    21 Also He said to them, “Is a lamp brought to be put under a basket or under a bed? Is it not to be set on a lampstand?
    22 For there is nothing hidden which will not be revealed, nor has anything been kept secret but that it should come to light.
    23 If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear.”
    24 Then He said to them, “Take heed what you hear. With the same measure you use, it will be measured to you; and to you who hear, more will be given.
    25 For whoever has, to him more will be given; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”

    1 Corinthians 15:58 (NKJV)
    58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
    Four Areas of Stewardships

    1. We are Stewards of our Relationships

    Four Levels of Friendship in the Church
    • Acquaintance
    • Casual Friendship
    • Friendship & Fellowship
    • Intimate Friendship & Fellowship

    2. We are Stewards Special Identity

    Philemon 1:6 (KJV)
    6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

    3. We are Stewards of our Gifts

    Romans 12:4-16 (KJV)
    4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
    5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another.
    6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith;
    7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching;
    8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness.
    9 Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good.
    10 Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;
    11 Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord;
    12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer;
    13 Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality.
    14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.
    15 Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.
    16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.

    4. We are Stewards of our Money

    Three Types of Giving
    • Tithes
    • Offerings
    • Alms

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    Wed, 20 Sep 2017 05:29:07 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/special-guest-pastor-ron-chamberlain/ Special Guest: Pastor Ron Chamberlain https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/special-guest-pastor-ron-chamberlain/

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    Sun, 17 Sep 2017 17:11:57 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/believers-responsibility-corporate-gathering/ Believers Responsibility in the Corporate Gathering https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/believers-responsibility-corporate-gathering/ Isaiah 57:15-15 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 12:1-11 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 14:1-6 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 14:12-23 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 14:39-40 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:40:46 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/growing-up-2/ Growing up https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/growing-up-2/ Introduction

    The Bible teaches that there is a striking similarity between spiritual development and physical development. We have heard about growing churches and organizations, but the focus of this study is about the spiritual growth of every individual in the body of Christ. We are called to be disciples of Christ and not just spectators or mere observants.

     “But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:”
    -Ephesians 4:15

    • God wants us to grow, that’s His will for every one of us to reach that level of maturity.

    Five Key Points of Spiritual Growth

    I. By putting away childish things (1Corinthians 13:11)

    1. Ignorance – not aware of the threat and the potential danger. (Luke 6:39)
    2. Self-centered – Is defined as “immoderate concern with one’s own interest and well-being; self-love or egotism
    • It cannot please God (Rom. 8:8)
    • It’s a sin because it leads to being devoted to self-gratification and overlooking other people’s needs (Rom.2:8; James 3:16).
    1. Tantrum – is an episode of extreme anger and frustration characterized by crying, screaming, and violent body motions, including throwing things, falling to the floor, and banging one’s head, hands and feet against the floor. This behavior can occur by the age of 15 months.
    • Children are using this behavior for the following reasons:
    1. _______________________________
    2. _______________________________

    And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron: and the whole congregation said unto them, would go that we had died on the land of Egypt! Or would God we had died in this wilderness.”
    -Numbers 14:2

     II. By receiving the knowledge (Ephesians 4:13)

    • How is that going to come about?
    • We all want to be mature spiritually, but simply wanting to be mature will not happen automatically. How can we grow spiritually?
    1. Passing the elementary principles of the doctrine of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-2)
    • Paul’s advice to the Hebrew church:

    11 Of whom we have much to say and hard to explain, since you have become dull of hearing.    12 For though this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you again the first principles of the oracles of God; and you have come to need milk and not solid food.13 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness. 14 But solid food belongs to those who are full of age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.”
    -Hebrews 5:11-14

    • The Bible tells us that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of being able to receive knowledge and wisdom direct from the Lord.

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
    -Proverbs 1:7

    The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
    -Proverbs 9:10

    • What it means to fear the Lord?
    1. __________________________
    2. __________________________
    3. ___________________________
    4. ___________________________

    III. By striving after Christ Ideal

    “And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through, to the glory and praise of God.”
    -Philippians 1:9-10

    • Abound (Perisseu) – To increase, exceed, to be over, to overflow, and to excel.
    1. We all need to set our spiritual goal

    “I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
    -Philippians 3:14

    • How can we reach that goal?

    “Every athlete exercise self-control (strict training) in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we are an imperishable. Well I do not run aimlessly, I do not box as one beating the air; but I pommel my body and subdue it, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.”
    -1 Corinthians 9:25-26

    1. Giving yourself fully to the work of the Lord

    “Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor in not in vain in the Lord.
    -Corinthians 15:58

    IV. By sharing and witnessing to others about Jesus

    • Paul did not sit very long after he got saved (Acts 9:19-20). He proclaimed that “Jesus is the Son of God” (Acts 9:20, 22).
    • Paul could have made excuses for not sharing about Jesus.

    V. By overcoming temptation

    “I have written to you, fathers, because you have known Him who is from the beginning. I have written to you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abides in you, and you have overcome the wicked one.”
    -1 John 2:14

    • “You have known Him”, he said, “Who was from the beginning.”- It is the eternal God, Jesus Christ our Lord, became flesh and dwelt among us.
    • And then, “I write to you young men, because you have overcome the wicked one.” – So those who are really in the battle against the enemy have experienced God’s victory.

    “Count it all joy when you fall into these diverse testing.”
    -James 1:2

    “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”
    -John 15-1-2

    Conclusion:

    It is God’s will that every one of us reach that level of maturity. But it also a choice that we need to decide for ourselves to exercise our own free will that God gave us. Water stinks if it is stagnant and not moving. A bonsai plant that does not grow is only good for display or ornament and of no use compared to a tree.

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    Sun, 10 Sep 2017 16:22:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/biblical-understanding-transgender-movement/ Biblical Understanding of the Transgender Movement https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/biblical-understanding-transgender-movement/ “Know that the LORD Himself is God; It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves…” -Psalm 100:3

    Our Response as Christians – what can we do?

    1. PRAY

    2 Corinthians 4:3-4 (KJV)
    3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
    4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

    We are moving into a Romans 1 scenario

    Romans 1:21-22 (NKJV)

    21 because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.
    22 Professing to be wise, they became fools,

    Romans 1:25 (NKJV)
    25 who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.

    Romans 1:28-29 (NKJV)
    28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;
    29 being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness …

    2. You can choose Silence

    3. You can Choose Condemnation

    Jude 1:3 (NKJV)
    3 Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints.

    Matthew 19:4-6 (NKJV)
    4 And He answered and said to them, “Have you not read that He who made them at the beginning ‘made them male and female,’
    5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?
    6 So then, they are no longer two but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let not man separate.”.

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    Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:40:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/set-apart-2/ Set Apart https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/set-apart-2/ A person’s deepest desire is to know who they are, their purpose in life and their place in the scheme of things

    2 Cor. 4:4 The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.

    When God has His hand upon you, He will not let you go?

     “The Hound of Heaven “I fled Him down the nights and down the days. I fled Him down the arches of the years; I fled Him down the labyrinthine ways of my own mind, and in the midst of tears I hid from Him. …I fled across the margins of the world…Still with unhurrying chase and   unperturbed pace, deliberate speed, majestic instancy, came on the following feet and a voice above their beat.”

    Isn’t that a picture of how some of us were? That was me.

    We search for God and finally find Him only to discover that it was God who was searching for us all along.

    God has set us apart for Himself, for His glory.

    Titus 3:3-4 tells us who we once were and who we now have become because of the Saviors kindness and love toward us.

    I Peter 1:18-19—we were redeemed from our empty past way of life, by the blood of Jesus.

    1 Peter 2:9— we are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, translated from being in darkness to being in His marvelous light.”

    This is our true identity! Col 3:3 “Our lives are now hidden with Christ in God.”

    Ps. 4:3 says “know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself.”

    Jer.1:5“Before you were born, I set your apart.”

    2 Cor. 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is…What?

    See yourself as a new creation.

    Romans 8:10   the body is dead; the spirit is alive—instantly, a onetime event.

    Romans 12:2 outwardly we are transformed by the renewing of our minds.

    Ephesians 1:13. The moment we believed; God (separated us) marked us in Him with the seal of the Holy Spirit.

    Jesus alone died for our justification not our church, not our pastor or our family, our friends, or famous stars or politicians.

    I Peter 1:21 “Through Jesus we believe in God” so “our faith and our hope are in God.”  Don’t lose sight that He alone is our Savior and Lord.

    Gal. 2:20…crucified with Christ; no longer living in the flesh-the old way—totally new creations—set apart.

    I Peter 1:23 “We have been born again.” It is the imperishable incorruptible and eternal seed, the living and enduring Word of God.

    I Peter 3:15. “But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.” You cannot set God apart until you have the revelation that He has set you apart for Himself.

    Col 3:10 ‘We have to put on the new self, which is in the image of the One who created us.’

    Setting apart Christ in our hearts requires us to surrender ourselves to Him.

    Eph. 5:1 “…be imitators of God”. How?

    Romans 12:2 “Do not conform to the world’s patterns.”

    James 4:7-8 “…submit yourself to God… resist the devil,”

    You have to decide in your heart to ‘set the Lord always before you

    The people of God need revelation of who we are in God and that we are to set ourselves apart from the way of the world.

    Romans 13:14 “..clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ.”

    D L Moody stated, “Where one man reads the Bible, a 100 read you and me.”

    Our God has set us apart so that we may bring Him glory.

    Eph. 2:10  We are His handiwork created for His good works.

    Mt 5:16 set apart that our light would shine and God would receive praise.

    2 Cor. 2:14 -15 we are set apart to spread the aroma (fragrance) of the knowledge of Him. We are the aroma of Christ.

    Mark 16:15 God has set us apart to preach the Gospel to all creation.

    Gal 1:15-16 “But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me. And revealed His Son in me”

    How could we ever be the same knowing that the Son of God lives in us?

    Psalm 23:2-3 He will give you rest and restore you. He leads us to where we can be alone with Him.

    Acts 17:28 In Him we live and move and have our being.

    The Lord has set each of us apart that He might bless us, and that we would be a blessing to others.

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    Sun, 03 Sep 2017 16:29:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/remember-me-2/ Remember Me https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/remember-me-2/
  • Luke 23:39-43 (NKJV)
  • Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
  • Psalms 22:1-21 (NKJV)
  • Matt 26:26-29 (NKJV)
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    Sun, 27 Aug 2017 16:43:46 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christianity-101-2/ Christianity 101 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christianity-101-2/ Christianity 101
    2 Corinthians 2:10-11 (NKJV)
    10 Now whom you forgive anything, I also forgive. For if indeed I have forgiven anything, I have forgiven that one for your sakes in the presence of Christ,
    11 lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.
    Romans 8:6-7 (NKJV)
    6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
    7 Because the carnal mind is enmity against God; for it is not subject to the law of God, nor indeed can be.

    2 Corinthians 10:3-6 (KJV)
    3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:
    4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
    5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
    6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.
    2 Corinthians 10:5 (NLT)
    5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.
    2 Corinthians 10:5 (MSG)
    5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ.
    2. I Timothy 1:18
    1 Timothy 1:18 (KJV)
    18 This charge I commit unto thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee, that thou by them mightest war a good warfare;
    3. 2 Timothy 2:4
    2 Timothy 2:4 (NKJV)
    4 No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.
    4. James 4:1
    James 4:1 (NKJV)
    1 Where do wars and fights come from among you? Do they not come from your desires for pleasure that war in your members?

    5. I Peter 2:11
    1 Peter 2:11 (NKJV)
    11 Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul,
    Galatians 5:18-21 (NKJV)
    18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
    Religious Manifestations: (3) Idolatry – Witchcraft –
    Relationship Manifestations: (3) Hatred – Strife – Murders
    Rank Manifestations: (3) Adultery – Fornication – Uncleanness -Drunkenness (Wine)

    Ephesians 6:13-18 (KJV)
    13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
    14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
    15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
    16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
    18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
    THE TRUTH
    Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV)
    12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light.
    13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love,
    14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
    What Christ did at Calvary
    Colossians 2:13-15 (KJV)
    13 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses;
    14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross;
    15 And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

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    Wed, 23 Aug 2017 05:29:02 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/running-the-race/ Running The Race https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/running-the-race/

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    Sun, 20 Aug 2017 19:54:52 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-morning-worship-and-message/ Sunday Morning Worship and Message https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-morning-worship-and-message/

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    Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:59:19 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/get-into-the-storm-2/ Get Into the Storm https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/get-into-the-storm-2/ Main Text:  Matthew 14:22-33

    Main Thought:

    ★ Section 1:  Fear _____________  (Verse 26)

    • “They cried out in fear”
    • Exodus 19:9-19
    • Exodus 20:18
    • Key Thought #1
      • A child of God…
      • The spirit of fear…

    ★ Section 2: Fear _____________  (Verses 27 – 28)

    • “From within the storm”
    • “IF it is you”
    • Mark 4:35-41
    • Key Thought #2
      • A child of God…
      • The spirit of fear…

    ★ Section 3: Fear _____________  (Verse 29)

    • “Challenge Accepted”
    • “When he got OUT of the boat”
    • JESUS BELIEVES…
    • Mark 9:23
    • Isaiah 48:9-11
    • Numbers 20:1-12
    • Key Thought #3
      • A child of God…
      • The spirit of fear…

    ★ Section 4: Fear _____________  (Verse 30 – 31)

    • “Why did you doubt?”
    • Psalm 81:7
    • Daniel 3:25
      • “He saw the wind”
    • Colossians 3:2
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    Tue, 15 Aug 2017 05:48:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/our-blessed-hope-the-second-coming-of-christ/ Our Blessed Hope – The Second Coming Of Christ https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/our-blessed-hope-the-second-coming-of-christ/

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    ]]>
    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 22:55:42 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-worship-the-best-response/ Sunday Worship – The Best Response https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-worship-the-best-response/

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    Sun, 13 Aug 2017 16:14:26 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-best-response-2/ The Best Response https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-best-response-2/ THE BEST RESPONSE

    Genesis 22
    Sometime later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called.“Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”2 “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.” Moriah: (Where the Lord provides or where the Lord appears)
    • God referred to Isaac as “your only son because he was the son through whom God’s promise resided. He was the son who had brought laughter into Sarah and Abrahams lives.
    NOTE: Abraham did have a son with Hagar and six sons with Keturah BUT Isaac was the unique child who carried God’s promise upon him, in him and through him.
    GOD; The true God. Not a false God
    • God tested Abraham to give him an opportunity to show him his true character.
    Character: The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual
    • The particular combination of things about a person or place, esp. things you cannot see, that make that person or place different from others:
    verse 3The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about Abraham arose early in the morning;
    • Abraham went to the place Where God had told him about
    Note: He did not procrastinate or try to talk God or himself out of performing the heavy deed.
    • In other words, Abraham did not DELAY with his response!!
    Verse 4 On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”

     

    Note: It took Abraham 3 DAYS TO GET TO THE PLACE GOD HAD SHOWN HIM.
    • During those 3 days, he had every chance to change his mind, turn around and head back home. But…he did not do so.
    • During those three days, he did not share what God had commanded him to do….with his son nor with his servants.
    Paul and Agubus
    Acts 21:10 10 Several days later a man named Agabus, who also had the gift of prophecy, arrived from Judea. 11 He came over, took Paul’s belt, and bound his own feet and hands with it. Then he said, “The Holy Spirit declares, ‘So shall the owner of this belt be bound by the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem and turned over to the Gentiles.’” 12 When we heard this, we and the local believers all begged Paul not to go on to Jerusalem.13 But he said, “Why all this weeping? You are breaking my heart! I am ready not only to be jailed at Jerusalem but even to die for the sake of the Lord Jesus.” 14 When it was clear that we couldn’t persuade him, we gave up and said, “The Lord’s will be done.”
    • Despite the warnings through prophecy, Paul was determined not to let fear deter him.
    Eve in the Garden
    Genesis 3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’”4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
    Genesis 2:16 16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat; 17 but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall surely die.”
    • God did tell Adam that the moment he would choose to touch the tree in the midst of the garden, he and eve would surely die.But the serpent talked Eve into believing that would not be the case
    • Satan managed to talk Eve into disobeying God’s command.
    Note: Sometimes, when we share certain aspects of our interactions with God and what we believe he has asked to do, we might encounter people who will try to talk us out following that path.
    verse 6 So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together, 7 Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
    Note: Just as Jesus was made to carry his cross on his shoulders, the same cross upon which he would be crucified, so was Isaac made to carry the wood on his shoulders as well. The same wood upon which he would be sacrificed…
    • Jesus carrying the cross was symbolic of him carrying the weight of the sins of the world on his shoulders.
    Mark 15:16 Then the soldiers led Him away into the hall called Praetorium, and they called together the whole garrison. 17 And they clothed Him with purple; and they twisted a crown of thorns, put it on His head, 18 and began to salute Him, “Hail, King of the Jews!” 19 Then they struck Him on the head with a reed and spat on Him; and bowing the knee, they worshiped Him. 20 And when they had mocked Him, they took the purple off Him, put His own clothes on Him, and led Him out to crucify Him Then they compelled a certain man, Simon a Cyrenian, the father of Alexander and Rufus, as he was coming out of the country and passing by, to bear His cross.
    • As Jesus walked (approximately 650 yards) to Golgotha, the soldiers had to ask another man to carry the cross.
    Note: The path that Jesus took was known as the way of suffering.
    • There are sometimes when we cannot take the path of suffering on our own. We need others to help us along the way as we cannot carry the weight of your burdens alone.
    Verse 7 “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?”“God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.
    Note: Abraham’s answer was proof of just how much he was sold out on the belief that God knew what he was doing.
    Genesis 17: 15 Then God said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you shall not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall be her name. 16 And I will bless her and give you a son by her; then I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of peoples shall be from her.”17 Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed, and said in his heart, “Shall a child be born to a man who is one hundred years old? And shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child?” 18 And Abraham said to God, “Oh, that Ishmael might live before You!”19 Then God said: “No, Sarah your wife shall bear you a son, and you shall call his name Isaac; I will establish My covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his descendants after him
    NOTE: Abraham was standing on God’s promise that he would establish his covenant not only with Isaac, but with his descendants as well.
    Romans 4:17 As it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist.
    • Abraham believed that God would bring his son back from the dead…if he went to the full extent of sacrificing him.
    • Abraham looked beyond the present moment.
    Verse 9 When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. 10 And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. 11 At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”12 “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”
    Question: how many of us would be willing to let go of our most treasured possessions all for that sake of pleasing God and fulfilling his will for our lives?
    Proverbs 3:27-28 27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due,When it is in the power of your hand to do so.28 Do not say to your neighbor,“Go, and come back,And tomorrow I will give it,”
    When you have it with you.
    • God looks at what you have in your hands….and not on what you do not have
    1 Corinthians 8:12 For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.
    verse 13 Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So, he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son. 14 Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the LORD will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”
    Abraham looked up!!
    • Because he was so focused on the task at hand, he was oblivious to the ram that was caught up in the thicket. He only saw the lamb when he looked up.
    • The way out of trying times is to always focus on God and his promises.
    verse 15 Then the angel of the LORD called again to Abraham from heaven. 16 “This is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that 17 I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants[a] beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies. 18 And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”19 Then they returned to the servants and traveled back to Beersheba, where Abraham continued to live.
    • God told Abraham because he had obeyed him, he would bless him or EMPOWER HIM and his descendants.
    Genesis 26
    There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.2 Then the LORD appeared to him and said: “Do not go down to Egypt; live in the land of which I shall tell you. 3 Dwell in this land, and I will be with you and bless you; for to you and your descendants I give all these lands, and I will perform the oath which I swore to Abraham your father. 4 And I will make your descendants multiply as the stars of heaven; I will give to your descendants all these lands; and in your seed, all the nations of the earth shall be blessed; 5 because Abraham obeyed My voice and kept My charge, My commandments, My statutes, and My laws.”
    6 So Isaac dwelt in Gerar.
    Note: Isaac did not go to Gere because it felt good, he went because God told him to. Without procrastinating or talking himself out of it.
    12 Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the LORD blessed him. 13 The man began to prosper, and continued prospering until he became very prosperous; 14 for he had possessions of flocks and possessions of herds and a great number of servants. So, the Philistines envied him
    • Isaac sowed in that land at a time when it seemed impossible to do so.
    • God honored him and prospered him in a time when it seemed impossible to prosper.
    • He continued to prosper.
    Conclusion:
    • God looks beyond natural conditions when he wants to bless children
    • The blessing of provision will come when we take heed to his voice. Without any reservations.
    • Provision is found in the place where God has commanded has to be not where we think we should.
    • The best response that leads to God’s plan being fulfilled in our lives is to act on what he says we should do.

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    Wed, 09 Aug 2017 01:09:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/second-coming-christ/ The Second Coming of Christ https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/second-coming-christ/ Sun, 06 Aug 2017 16:29:17 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/boast-in-the-lord-2/ Boast In The Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/boast-in-the-lord-2/ Jeremiah 9:23-24 (NIV)

    23 This is what the LORD says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows me, that I am the LORD, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the LORD.

    Jeremiah 13:16 (KJV)

    16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, and make it gross darkness

    James 1:17 (KJV)

    17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

    1 Corinthians 1:26-31 (NIV)

    26 Brothers, think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth.
    27 But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. 28 He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things–and the things that are not–to nullify the things that are, 29 so that no one may boast before him. 30 It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God–that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 31 Therefore, as it is written: “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.”

    2 Corinthians 10:17-18 (NIV)

    17 But, “Let him who boasts boast in the Lord.” 18 For it is not the one who commends himself who is approved, but the one whom the Lord commends.

    Psalm 34:1-3 (KJV)

    1 I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. 2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad. 3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

    Psalm 44:8 (KJV)

    8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.

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    Wed, 02 Aug 2017 01:06:09 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-platform-for-conviction-2/ The Platform for Conviction https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-platform-for-conviction-2/ Sun, 30 Jul 2017 20:54:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-morning-worship-and-teaching-already-done/ Sunday Morning Worship and Teaching – Already Done https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-morning-worship-and-teaching-already-done/

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    Sun, 30 Jul 2017 16:32:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/already-done-5/ Already Done https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/already-done-5/
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  • Titus 2:11 (NKJV)
  • Colossians 2:16-17 (NKJV)
  • Genesis 2:2-3 (NKJV)
  • Genesis 1:5 (NKJV)
  • 2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV)
  • Mark 8:22-26 (NKJV)
  • Luke 10:13-14 (NKJV)
  • Mark 6:5-6 (NKJV)
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    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:20:16 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/burning-hearts-tuesday-evening-worship-and-teaching/ Burning Hearts – Tuesday Evening Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/burning-hearts-tuesday-evening-worship-and-teaching/

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    Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:40:21 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/burning-hearts-2/ Burning Hearts https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/burning-hearts-2/
  • They may ask a question I can’t answer. This is probably the biggest reason people give
  • I’m scared. Scared of what? Do you think they are going to punch you?
  • It is not my responsibility. If it isn’t your responsibility then whose is it?
  • I don’t know how to witness. That is a valid excuse… for about a week.
    If you are already a witness, disciple someone else on how to be a witness!
  •  I don’t have time. Yet you have time for TV, Facebook and hanging out with your friends on Friday night?
  • Write out and share your testimony with someone.

    • Luke 24:13-32 (NKJV)
    • II Corinthians 4:4-7 (KJV)
    • Mark 16:15 (NKJV)
    • Acts 10:1-48 (NKJV)
    • Acts 9:1-12 (NKJV)
    • John 21:1-13 (NKJV)
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    Sun, 23 Jul 2017 16:28:41 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/where-is-my-place-of-refuge-2/ Where Is My Place Of Refuge? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/where-is-my-place-of-refuge-2/ Where is my place of Refuge?

     

    Psalm 11:1 (NIV) 1
    In the LORD I take refuge. How then can you say to me: “Flee like a bird to your mountain.

     

    Luke 21:9-10 (NKJV)
    9 But when you hear of wars and commotions, do not be terrified; for these things must come to pass first, but the end will not come immediately.”
    10 Then He said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.
    “The mountains shall depart, and the hills be removed; but my kindness shall not depart from thee… (Isaiah 54:10)

    How do we find our place of Refuge?
    1. You must know that God reveals Himself a Day at a time.

    Faith’s Cooperating Powers
    Hebrews 6:12 (KJV)
    12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
    Hebrews 6:12 (NIV)
    12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

    • Patience
    • Longsuffering
    • Endurance

    2. Know How to Draw Strength from the Promises of
    3. Resist
    4. Recognize – God is working IN us to the degree let Him!
    5. Remember

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    Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:44:29 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-restoration-of-the-church-2/ The Restoration of the Church https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-restoration-of-the-church-2/ The Restoration of the Church

    Acts 3:19-20-21

    “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, [20] and that He may send Jesus Christ, who was preached to you before, [21] whom heaven must receive until the times of restoration of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began.’

    Haggai 2:7-9

    “I will shake all nations, and they shall come to the Desire of All Nations, and I will fill this temple with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts.
    [8] ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the Lord of hosts. [9] The glory of this latter house shall be greater than the former,’ says the Lord of hosts. ‘And in this place I will give peace,’ says the Lord of hosts.”

     

    Amos 9:11

    “On that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old;’

    Acts 15:1-11,17 The counsel at Jerusalem

    The question before the counsel was: How can the gentiles come into the New Testament church?

     

    Acts 15:16

    “After this I will return and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down; I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up; “

     

    Two Prophetic Streams

     

    1. Out Pouring of the Spirit upon all flesh in the last days.

    2. House of the Lord.

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    Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:28:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/understanding-crucified-life/ Understanding the Crucified Life https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/understanding-crucified-life/
  • Mark 10:42-45 (NKJV)
  • Proverbs 11:17
  • 2 Corinthians 5:10 (AMP)
  • Colossians 3:23-24
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    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 05:00:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/we-have-been-given-victory-deaconess-ann-pratt/ We Have Been Given Victory – Deaconess Ann Pratt https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/we-have-been-given-victory-deaconess-ann-pratt/

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    Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:37:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/we-have-been-given-victory-3/ We Have Been Given Victory https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/we-have-been-given-victory-3/ Amos 3:3 (NKJV)

    Authority: The Right to Command (the power or right to give orders, make decisions, and enforce obedience.)

    • Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
    • James 4:7 (NKJV)
    • Jeremiah 33:11 (NKJV)
    • Ephesians 6:13 (NKJV)
    • Isaiah 55:11 (NKJV)
    • Philippians 4:13 (NKJV)
    • Philippians 4:9 (NKJV)
    • 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
    • Romans 12:3 (NKJV)
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    Sun, 09 Jul 2017 16:19:48 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/benefits-increased-commitment/ Benefits of Increased Commitment https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/benefits-increased-commitment/ Mark 9:23 (NKJV)
    23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” not Choices!

    Mark 11:24 (KJV)
    24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

    Acts 15:26

    • (KJV) 26 Men that have hazarded their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • (NKJV) 26 men who have risked their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
    • (YLT) 26 men who have given up their lives for the name of our Lord Jesus Christ–

    Acts 15:26-27 (MSG)
    26 We picked men we knew you could trust, Judas and Silas-they’ve looked death in the face time and again for the sake of our Master Jesus Christ. 27 We’ve sent them to confirm in a face-to-face meeting with you what we’ve written.

    Benefits of INCREASED Commitment to Christ

    1. 1. The Holy Spirit will invade your Private life and Redirect it.
      • Matthew 6:33-34 (NKJV)
        33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
    2. Increased Commitment will DESTROY Selfish Ambition & replace it with Godly Ambitions!
    3. It will Decide and Shape your CALLING AND MINISTRY
    4. You will Grow in Faith
      • James 1:22
        “Be doers of the Word and not hears only – deceiving you own selves”
      • Mark 11:23
        23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.
      • KEY: The Door of Faith swings on TWO Hinges
        1. Believing it the ATTITUDE of Faith
        2. Speaking is the ACTION of Faith
      • It works for the WHOSOEVER AND FOR WHATSOEVER!
    5. It will Enable you to Overcome Temptation
      • 1 Corinthians 10:13 (KJV)
        13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.
    6. It will Birth and Develop the Divine Compassion of Jesus in You!
      • Acts 10:38 (NKJV)
        38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.
      • Luke 10: 33-34
        The Samaritan bound up his wounds – poured oil and wine into his wounds – brought him to the Inn – Cared for him.
    7. Empower you to be a Witness to the Gospel of Jesus Christ
      • Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
        8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

    The Principle of the Three Chairs

    First Chair:
    This person has chosen to wholly love and serve the Lord

    Second Chair:
    This person has chosen to try to get for themselves the best that God and the WORLD has.

    Third Chair:
    This person has chosen NOT to respond to God in any meaningful way – remaining at odds with Spiritual realities.

     

     

     

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    Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:20:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/grace-reigning-righteousness-2/ Grace Reigning Through Righteousness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/grace-reigning-righteousness-2/ Romans 5:17-21 (NKJV)
    17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) 18 Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. 19 For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so also by one Man’s obedience many will be made righteous. 20 Moreover the law entered that the offense might abound. But where sin abounded, grace abounded much more, 21 so that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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    Sun, 02 Jul 2017 21:07:37 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/remembering-america-as-a-nation-under-god-sunday-worship/ Remembering America as a Nation Under God – Sunday Worship https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/remembering-america-as-a-nation-under-god-sunday-worship/

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    Sun, 02 Jul 2017 16:34:48 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/remembering-america-nation-god/ Remembering America as a Nation Under God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/remembering-america-nation-god/ Remembering America as a Nation Under God

    1. PREACHING, NOT LOBBYING, IS HOW WE MAKE TRUTH KNOWN.
    2. GOSPEL, NOT LAW, IS WHAT CHANGES SINFUL HEARTS.
    3. SERVICE, NOT DOMINION, IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO WIN PEOPLE IN ANY CULTURE.
    Matthew 20:25-28 (NKJV)
    25 But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them.
    26 Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant.
    27 And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave–
    28 just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
    Leviticus 25:10 “Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land…… to all the Inhabitants
    Thereof.”

    Christ Has Set Us Free!
    Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV)
    12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.
    Three Things God has done for us
    1. God has Qualified us
    2. God has delivered us from the power of Satan
    3. God has Redeemed us – forgiven our sins

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    Sun, 02 Jul 2017 07:27:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/saturday-urdu-worship-night/ Saturday Urdu Worship Night https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/saturday-urdu-worship-night/

    Special Guest : Pastor Anil Kant

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    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 05:04:17 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-night-worship-and-teaching/ Tuesday Night Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-night-worship-and-teaching/

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    Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:50:03 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/finding-grace-time-distress/ Finding Grace in a Time of Distress https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/finding-grace-time-distress/ • David and his men had been away on duty, for the right cause.
    • The enemy saw their absence as an opportunity to strike the camp
    • The enemy took from the camp what did not belong to them
    John 10:10
    The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.

     

    • Every time the enemy shows up in a believer’s life, he comes for one sole purpose, which is to cause havoc.
    How does Satan come?
    John: 4:13
    And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from Him for a season.
    (AMP) When the devil had finished every temptation, he [temporarily] left Him until a more opportune time.
    -Satan looks for opportunities of which only the believer can give him.
    2 Corinthians 11:10-16
    But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast. 13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ. 14 And no wonder! For Satan, himself transforms himself into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.
    Note: The Bible doesn’t say Satan is an angel of light; it says he only masquerades as an angel of light. In other words, sometimes Satan puts on a disguise (as it were), and makes it look like he stands for good instead of evil. When the devil offered to feed Jesus by turning rocks into bread, he was masquerading as one who wanted to do good–or as an angel of light (see Matthew 4:1-11).
    But Satan is not an angel of good or of light; he is the opposite. Jesus said that Satan “was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44)
    NOTE: Satan looks for opportunities he can use in the believer’s life as his gateway into their lives.
    • He comes as an Angel of light with the demonic purpose of deceiving the believer.
    NOTE: He comes by trying to make a lie appear to be true!!
    1 Samuel 30 Verse 6
    And David was greatly distressed; for the people space of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters:
    • The situation at hand did not just bring distress to David, but it also brought a lot of grief among his men because they had just lost their families…. after being away on. duty.
    • The men did not feel that their loss was justified, which shows by their anger toward David
    -Their reaction showed that they put the blame of their loss on David’s shoulders.
    David’s reaction;
    And David was greatly distressed; for the people space of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God. And David said to Abiatha the priest, Ahimelech’s son, I pray thee, bring me hither the ephod
    • David did not panic, but instead he encouraged himself in the lord.
    How do you encourage yourself in the lord?
    Philippians 4:8
    8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
    • Meaning, you have to fix your mind on good’s goodness through his promises.
    1 Samuel 30 verse 8
    And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
    • David gathered enough courage and strength to enquire from the Lord on what he had to do.
    Note:
    He did not take matters in his own hands.
    2 Samuel 22:7
    “In my distress, I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, and my cry for help came into His ears.

     

    Psalm 118:5
    From my distress, I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place
    What not to do when in distress
    2 Chronicles 28:22
    Now in the time of his distress this same King Ahaz became yet more unfaithful to the LORD.
    Note: Sometimes we can face the temptation of taking the path of unfaithfulness toward God when in distress because we might be ….angry at him.
    • The right course of action to undertake is to turn to God through prayer and fellowship with other brethren who can help strengthen our resolve.
    God’s answer to David’s enquiry
    1 Samuel 30 verse 8.
    And David enquired at the Lord, saying, Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.
    • Because David chose to turn to God in his time of distress, God gave him more than just one answer, he promised him that he would restore all that he had lost

     

    Job; An example of God’s power to restore what the enemy has stolen
    Job 2:3:10
    Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My Servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited me against him, to destroy him without cause. “So Satan answered the Lord and said, “Skin for skin! Yes, all that a man has he will give for his life. 5 But stretch out Your hand now, and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will surely curse You to Your face!” And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life. “So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 8 And he took for himself a potsherd with which to scrape himself while he sat during the ashes. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast to your integrity? Curse God and die! “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.
    Job 1:18
    While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house, 19 and suddenly a great wind came from across[d] the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
    20 Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head; and he fell to the ground and worshiped.
    Note:
    Through his time of distress, Job did not:
    • Speak rashly or blame God
    • He maintained the posture of worship within his heart.
    Conclusion:
    James 1:19:20
    In view of what he has made us then, dear brothers, let every man be quick to listen but slow to use his tongue, and slow to lose his temper. For man’s temper is never the means of achieving God’s true goodness. (J b Philips translation)
    NOTE: God is always faithful and he works all things according to the counsel of his will. We must trust that he is working for our benefit. Despite the pain and and uncertainty.
    Job 42:10
    And the Lord restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Sun, 25 Jun 2017 16:31:53 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/unmerited-favor-3/ Unmerited Favor https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/unmerited-favor-3/ UNMERITED FAVOR OVERHEAD

    Exodus 34:5-9 (NKJV)

    5 Now the LORD descended in the cloud and stood with him there, and proclaimed the name of the LORD. 6 And the LORD passed before him and proclaimed, “The LORD, the LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth, 7 keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.” 8 So Moses made haste and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshiped. 9 Then he said, “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.”

     

    Philemon 1:6 (NKJV)
    6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
    Philemon 1:6 (AMP)
    6 [And I pray] that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good [thing] that is ours in [our identification with] Christ Jesus [and unto His glory].
    Romans 7:6 (NKJV)
    6 But now we have been delivered from the law, having died to what we were held by, so that we should serve in the newness of the Spirit and not in the oldness of the letter.

    Romans 8:9 (NKJV)
    Now if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he is not His.
    Romans 7 Man
    Romans 7:14 (NKJV)
    14 For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin.
    New Creation Man
    Romans 6:17-18 (NKJV)
    17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin. 18 And having been set freed from sin…
    Romans 6:22 (NKJV)
    22 But now having been set free from sin…

    Romans 7 Man
    Romans 7:17 (NKJV)
    17 But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.
    New Creation Man
    Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
    it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me…
    Colossians 1:27 (NKJV)
    Christ in you, the hope of glory….
    Romans 7 Man
    Romans 7:18 (NKJV)
    18 For I know that in me nothing good dwells…

    New Creation Man
    Romans 15:14 (NKJV)
    14 Now I myself am confident concerning you, my brethren, that you also are full of goodness…
    Romans 7 Man
    Romans 7:21 (NASB)
    21 I find then the principle that evil is present in me, the one who wants to do good.
    New Creation Man
    1 John 4:4 (NASB)
    greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world…

    Ephesians 3:20 (NASB)
    20 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,
    Romans 7:1 (NASB)
    1 Or do you not know, brethren (for I am speaking to those who know the law), that the law has jurisdiction over a person as long as he lives?
    Romans 6:19 (NIV)
    19 I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever-increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness.
    Colossians 2:11 (NASB)
    11 and in Him you were also circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, in the removal of the body of the flesh by the circumcision of Christ;
    Hebrews 1:3-4 (NASB)
    When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,

    Hebrews 10:14 (NASB)
    14 For by one offering He has perfected for all time those who are sanctified.
    1 John 1:7 (NASB)
    7 but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.

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    Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:41:02 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-teaching/ Tuesday Evening Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-teaching/ Sun, 18 Jun 2017 20:47:09 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-morning-worship/ Sunday Morning Worship https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-morning-worship/

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    Sun, 18 Jun 2017 15:53:33 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/missions-sunday-2017-06/ Missions Sunday (2017-06) https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/missions-sunday-2017-06/ Sun, 11 Jun 2017 16:29:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ministering-authority-christ/ Ministering in the Authority of Christ https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ministering-authority-christ/ Ministering in the Authority of Christ
    To WIN in any War – You need to Answer 3 crucial questions:
    1.    Who is my enemy?
    2.    What the weapons?
    3.    Where is the Battlefield?

        In Matthew 25:41 Jesus speaks of the Eternal Fire prepared for the devil and his Angels!
        In I John 3:8 – we are given ONE of the reasons for the coming of Jesus Christ”
    “For this purpose the Son of God was revealed – that He might destroy the works of the devil”
    Colossians 2:15 (KJV)
    15  And having spoiled principalities and powers, he made a shew of them openly, triumphing over them in it.

    James 4:7-8 (KJV)
    7  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
    8  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.

    1 Peter 5:8-9 (NKJV)
    8  Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
    9  Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world.
    2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (NKJV)
    3  For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh.
    4  For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, 5  casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

    The Believers Authority
    1.    Jesus has ALL Spiritual Authority
    Matthew 28:18
    “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth”

    2.    Authority was given to the 12 Disciples
    Luke 9:1
    “then He called His twelve disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons, and to cure diseases.”

    3.    All authority was extended to the 70 disciples

    Luke 9:1
    “Then the seventy returned again with JOY, saying, Lord even the devils are subject to us through Thy name”

    4.    Authority was given to ALL who believe:
    Mark 16:17-18
    “And these signs shall follow them that believe, in My name they shall cast out devils…
    And these signs follow them that believe, they shall hands on the sick, and they shall recover’

    5.    We have been given the authority to defeat the enemy.

    Luke 10:19
    “Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you’

    •    We have the authority of Jesus!
    •    We have been given Supernatural spiritual weapons to protect us
    •    We have been given Authority to ENFORCE Christ’s Victory and take back the

    If we are to win in our Enforcement of Calvary’s Victory we must be on guard.
    Five Areas
    1.    Harboring Anger
    2.    Indulging in Anxiety – worry is telling the Father we don’t trust Him
    3.    Fear – Fear is simply have more faith in the enemy that God who will keep you – fear is a spirit
    4.    Unforgiveness – Jesus made it very clear – because we have been forgiven so much we do not have the option of not forgiving everyone for everything.
    5.    False guilt – Refusing to forgive ourselves for something that has ALREAY BEEN CONFESSED.
    AREAS OF BATTLEFIELDS IN THIS WAR
    1.    My Mind
    2.    My Heart
    3.    My Body
    4.    My Land
    Weapons
    1.    Taking thoughts captive
    2.    Casting our demons
    3.    Using the Sword of the Spirit – the Word of God
    4.    Prayer & Fasting

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    Sun, 04 Jun 2017 21:00:06 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sounding-forth-sunday-morning-worship-and-teaching/ Sounding Forth: Sunday Morning Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sounding-forth-sunday-morning-worship-and-teaching/

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    Sun, 04 Jun 2017 16:35:41 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sounding-forth-3/ SOUNDING FORTH https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sounding-forth-3/ 1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 (NKJV)
    1  Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy, To the church of the Thessalonians in God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
    2  We give thanks to God always for you all, making mention of you in our prayers,
    3  remembering without ceasing your work of faith, labor of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the sight of our God and Father, { I Cor. 13:13}
    4  knowing, beloved brethren, your election by God.
    5  For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance, as you know what kind of men we were among you for your sake.
    6  And you became followers of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much affliction, with joy of the Holy Spirit,
    7  so that you became examples to all in Macedonia and Achaia who believe.
    8  For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth, not only in Macedonia and Achaia, but also in every place. Your faith toward God has gone out, so that we do not need to say anything.                 OPPORTUNITY
    9  For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
    10  and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

     Verse 8

    “The Word of the Lord has SOUNDED FORTH”

    1 Corinthians 15:51-54 (NKJV)
    51  Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed–
    52  in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
    53  For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
    54  So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”

    Romans 8:19-23 (NKJV)
    19  For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God.
    20  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; (Adam – Garden)
    21  because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.
    22  For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
    23  Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body.

    Hebrews 9:27-28 (NKJV)
    27  And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,
    28  so Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who Eagerly Wait for Him He will appear a second time, apart from sin, for salvation.

    Philippians 3:20 (NKJV)
    20  For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also Eagerly Wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,

    Matthew 7:14 (KJV)
    14  Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

    Job 14:1 (NKJV)
    1  “Man who is born of woman Is of few days and full of trouble.

    1 Corinthians 2:9 (NKJV)
    9  But as it is written: “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man The things which God has prepared for those who love Him.”

    SIGNS OF THE TIME

    Bible Signs of the End Times

    Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision; for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision! (Joel 3:14)

    • INCREASE OF KNOWLEDGE
    • VIOLENCE AND SEXUAL IMMORALITY (Noah & Lot)

    Luke 17:28-30 …‘Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded; But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all. Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.’

    • RISE IN SPIRITUALISM

    1 Timothy 4:1 …‘Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils.’

    • MASS ANIMAL DEATHS

    Hosea 4:3 …’Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away.’

    • NATURAL DISASTERS

    Luke 21:25-26 …’and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.’

    • EARTHQUAKES

    Matthew 24:7 …’and earthquakes in divers places.’

    • FALSE CHRISTS and PROPHETS

    Matthew 24:4-5,11 …’many shall come in My Name, saying, I am Christ … and many false prophets shall arise and deceive many.’

    • CHRISTIANS BEING KILLED

    Matthew 24:9-10 …’Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name’s sake. And then shall many be offended, and shall betray one another, and shall hate one another.’

    • INCREASE IN SIN

    Matthew 24:12 …’And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.’

    • GOSPEL PREACHED TO WORLD

    Matthew 24:14 …’And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.’

    9  For they themselves declare concerning us what manner of entry we had to you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God,
    10  and to wait for His Son from heaven, whom He raised from the dead, even Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come.

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    Wed, 31 May 2017 05:13:20 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-worship-and-teaching-the-promise-of-the-holy-ghost/ Tuesday Worship and Teaching : : The Promise of the Holy Ghost https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-worship-and-teaching-the-promise-of-the-holy-ghost/

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    Wed, 31 May 2017 01:56:40 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/promise-holy-ghost/ The Promise of the Holy Ghost https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/promise-holy-ghost/ Luke 24:49 (KJV)

    Acts 1:8 (KJV)

    Joel 2:28 (KJV)

    Matthew 3:11 (KJV)

    John 14:26 (KJV)

    Luke 11:13 (KJV)

    Mark 11:24 (KJV)

    Galatians 3:2 (KJV)

    Galatians 3:14 (KJV)

    Acts 8:17 (KJV)

    Acts 19:6 (KJV)

    Hebrews 11:1 (KJV)

    Matthew 12:38-39 (KJV)

    Acts 2:4 (KJV)

    Acts 10:45 (KJV)

    Galatians 5:22-23 (KJV)

    I Corinthians 12:1-10 (KJV)

    I Corinthians 2:14 (KJV)

    John 16:13 (KJV)

    I Corinthians 2:10 (KJV)

    II Peter 1:21 (KJV)

    John 16:8 (KJV)

    Ephesians 1:13 (KJV)

    Ephesians 4:30 (KJV)

    Romans 8:9 (KJV)

    Romans 8:14 (KJV)

    Acts 13:2-4 (KJV)

    Acts 16:6-7 (KJV)

     

     

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    Wed, 24 May 2017 05:20:00 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-and-teaching-with-donna-schambach/ Tuesday Evening Worship and Teaching – With Donna Schambach https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tuesday-evening-worship-and-teaching-with-donna-schambach/

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    Donna Schambach, only daughter of the late global evangelist, R.W. Schambach, has been an educator, lecturer, pastor and evangelist.

    Her ministry began in New York City in 1983 and then broadened when she joined her father in 1991 as general manager, mission’s coordinator and team evangelist, traveling to over 40 nations of the world to encourage pastors and leaders and plan mass evangelism outreaches.
    http://schambachfoundation.org/about-donna-schambach/

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    Sun, 21 May 2017 21:01:46 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/3-fold-ministry-of-jesus-worship-and-teaching/ 3 Fold Ministry of Jesus / Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/3-fold-ministry-of-jesus-worship-and-teaching/

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    Sun, 21 May 2017 16:30:14 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/3-fold-ministry-jesus/ 3 Fold Ministry of Jesus https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/3-fold-ministry-jesus/ John 14:12-18 (KJV)
    12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 15  If ye love me, keep my commandments. 16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever; 17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. 18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

    Three Fold Ministry of Jesus

    Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
    23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

    1. PREACHING the Gospel of Salvation
    2. TEACHING the word of Sanctification (set apart)
    3. HEALING the sick and all manners of diseases.

    1. PREACHING the Gospel of the kingdom to ALL nations for freely offered Salvation

    Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
    23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

    Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
    18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    Acts 1:8-11 (KJV)
    8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. 9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight. 10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel; 11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

    World Evangelization and the Second coming of Christ

    Matthew 24:14 (KJV)
    14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.


    1. TEACHING the Truth for Sanctification and Transformation

    John 14:6 (KJV)
    6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

    John 17:17 (KJV)
    17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    Romans 12:2 (KJV)
    2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your

    Romans 8:29 (KJV)
    29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.


    1. HEALING all Kinds of Sickness and Diseases.

    Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
    23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and

    HOW ARE WE TO DO THE MINISTRY?


    1. THROUGH PRAYER

    John 14:12-14 (KJV)
    12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father. 13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

    John 15:7-8 (KJV)
    7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

    • The Fruit of a Christian is another Christian!

    1. OBEYNG HIS COMMANDMENTS

    John 14:15 (KJV)
    15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

    WHAT are His commandments

    A. The GREAT COMMISSION – His LAST Command our first CONCERN!

    Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
    18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. 19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    B. The GREAT COMMANDMENT – Love one another

    John 13:34-35 (KJV)
    34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    C. GREAT SHEPHERDING – FEED MY SHEEP

    John 21:15-17 (KJV)
    15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs. 16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep. 17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.

    How shall we do it 

    IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

    • The Holy Spirit in You! Be Filled with the Spirit
    • Christ in You! – He is ALWAYS WITH US!

    3 Fold Ministry of Jesus and His commission to us!

    Preach – Teach and Heal the Sick!

    Results of the Ministry

    • The Glory of God
    • The Joy of each Believer
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    Wed, 17 May 2017 05:24:38 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-lord-is-my-shepherd-worship-and-teaching/ The Lord is my Shepherd : Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-lord-is-my-shepherd-worship-and-teaching/

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    Wed, 17 May 2017 00:49:49 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-lord-is-my-shepherd-3/ The Lord Is My Shepherd https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-lord-is-my-shepherd-3/ The Lord is my Shepherd

    1The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)

    2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)

    3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)

    4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)

    5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)

    6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
    Psalms 23:1-6 (KJV)

    The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. (NIV)

    If David had stopped there and gone no further, those who belong to God would know just what he meant in his relationship with God (the Lord). God revealed himself as a shepherd to David.

    Everything begins with the 1st two words of Psalm 23-“the Lord” if we don’t acknowledge Him as “the Lord”, Alpha and Omega; then the rest of Psalm 23 is not for us.

    David knew “the Lord”;  knew him as Creator of heaven and earth. Ifwe know Him as Lord, we can claim the promises that are in Psalm 23.

    Secondly David could say of God, “He is my shepherd.” He had a revelation of God being his shepherd. David was once a shepherd of sheep and also of people as a king. He knew “sheep”.

    Each of us has to come to the point where we can say “He (the Lord) is my shepherd: When we can say that, we are trusting in Him in every area of life.

    Only His sheep can say that. Are any of us lacking?  He will provide spiritually and physically.  Psalm 23 reveals the intimate relationship of  God and His children.

    WHY DO WE NEED A SHEPHERD?

    6All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
    Isaiah 53:6-6 (KJV)

    THE SHEEP ARE HIS CHURCH

    3Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    Psalms 100:3-4 (KJV)

    4Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
    Psalms 100:3-4 (KJV)

    THE SHEEP OF HIS PASTURE

    20Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
    Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV)

    HE EQUIPS US WITH EVERYTHING GOOD (Verse 1)

    21Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
    Hebrews 13:20-21 (KJV)

    Greek-Archipoimen – Chief shepherd (Christ only)

    4And when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth not away.
    I Peter 5:4-4 (KJV)

    11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
    John 10:11-11 (KJV)

    14I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
    John 10:14-14 (KJV)

    HE PROVIDES FOR US ALL THINGS

    25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
    Matthew 6:25-26 (KJV)

    26Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
    Matthew 6:25-26 (KJV)

    3According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
    II Peter 1:3-3 (KJV)

    2He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
    Psalms 23:2-2 (KJV)

    There are many green pastures (church homes in the body) but only one Shepherd
    and one flock.

    16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
    John 10:16-16 (KJV)

    16They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
    John 17:16-17 (KJV)

    17Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.
    John 17:16-17 (KJV)

    Remember His sheep are not of this world, nor is the Shepherd; we are set apart (sanctified).

    Many of us are wanting to be in a place of rest and safety; however inner turmoil and conflicts plague us. Only He can bring each of us that peace and contentment.
    He is the comforter.

    20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
    Matthew 28:20-20 (KJV)

    HE IS THE GOD OF RESTORATION.

    3He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
    Psalms 23:3-3 (KJV)

    1The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying,
    Jeremiah 18:1-4 (KJV)

    2Arise, and go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause thee to hear my words.
    Jeremiah 18:1-4 (KJV)

    3Then I went down to the potter’s house, and, behold, he wrought a work on the wheels.
    Jeremiah 18:1-4 (KJV)

    4And the vessel that he made of clay was marred in the hand of the potter: so he made it again another vessel, as seemed good to the potter to make it.
    Jeremiah 18:1-4 (KJV)

    He is the potter; we are the clay; let Him mold you by responding to Him and His voice.  He is doing the molding. How does it feel?

    We can all look back and remember times, situations, and circumstances when we could not see the way out,
    but God!

    4What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until he find it?
    Luke 15:4-5 (KJV)

    5And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing.
    Luke 15:4-5 (KJV)

    11I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
    John 10:11-13 (KJV)

    12But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
    John 10:11-13 (KJV)

    13The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
    John 10:11-13 (KJV)

    3To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.
    John 10:3-4 (KJV)

    4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
    John 10:3-4 (KJV)

    16And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.
    John 10:16-16 (KJV)

    4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.
    John 15:4-5 (KJV)

    5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.
    John 15:4-5 (KJV)

    27My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:
    John 10:27-28 (KJV)

    28And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
    John 10:27-28 (KJV)

    15He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.
    Psalms 91:15-15 (KJV)

    4Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
    Psalms 23:4-4 (KJV)

    3The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell gat hold upon me: I found trouble and sorrow.
    Psalms 116:3-4 (KJV)

    4Then called I upon the name of the Lord; O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.
    Psalms 116:3-4 (KJV)

    8For thou hast delivered my soul from death, mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
    Psalms 116:8-9 (KJV)

    9I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living.
    Psalms 116:8-9 (KJV)

    The devil cannot snatch us from Him. His rod and His staff protect, guide and rescue us from trouble.
    Often our pastors (shepherds) need to use the ministry of the rod and staff to bishop, guide, and direct us.

    WE ARE PROTECTED BY THE NAME OF JESUS

    11And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.
    John 17:11-12 (KJV)

    12While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
    John 17:11-12 (KJV)

    10Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.
    Isaiah 41:10-10 (KJV)

    Psalm 139:7-10  (NIV)
    Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?  If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.

    If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.

    13For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
    Isaiah 41:13-13 (KJV)

    4And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.
    Isaiah 46:4-4 (KJV)

    Proverbs 19:23 (NIV)

    The fear of the Lord leads to life;
    then one rests content, untouched by trouble.

    29The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.
    John 1:29-29 (KJV)

    1 Peter 1:18-19 (NIV)
    18 For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors,

    19 but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect.

    5Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
    Psalms 23:5-5 (KJV)

    Psalm 86:15 (NIV)

    But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God,
    slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.

    1 John 5:18 (NIV)

    18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.

    6Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
    Psalms 23:6-6 (KJV)

    12For thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass him as with a shield.
    Psalms 5:12-12 (KJV)

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    Sun, 14 May 2017 21:01:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/three-fold-ministry-of-jesus-sunday-worship-and-sermon/ Three Fold Ministry of Jesus : Sunday Worship and Sermon https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/three-fold-ministry-of-jesus-sunday-worship-and-sermon/

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    Sun, 14 May 2017 16:31:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/three-fold-ministry-jesus/ Three Fold Ministry of Jesus https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/three-fold-ministry-jesus/ 3 Fold Ministry of Jesus

    John 14:12-18 (KJV)
    12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
    15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.
    16  And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;
    17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
    18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

    God has inexplicably linked Himself in the unfolding of His eternal purposes!

    Evangelism is preaching to your own Culture
    Missions is preaching to a different Culture

    Three Fold Ministry of Jesus

    Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
    23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

    1. PREACHING the Gospel of Salvation
    2. TEACHING the word of Sanctification
    3. HEALING the sick and all manners of diseases.

    1. PREACHING the Gospel of the kingdom to ALL nations for freely offered Salvation
    Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
    18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
    19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
    20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    Acts 1:8-11 (KJV)
    8  But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
    9  And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
    10  And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
    11  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

    World Evangelization and the Second coming of Christ
    Matthew 24:14 (KJV)
    14  And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.

    2. TEACHING the Truth for Sanctification and Transformation
    John 14:6 (KJV)
    6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
    John 17:17 (KJV)
    17  Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth.

    Romans 12:2 (KJV)
    2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your
    Romans 8:29 (KJV)
    29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    3. HEALING all Kinds of Sickness and Diseases.

    Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
    23  And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and

    HOW ARE WE TO DO THE MINISTRY?
    1. THROUGH PRAYER
    John 14:12-14 (KJV)
    12  Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
    13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
    14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.

    John 15:7-8 (KJV)
    7  If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.
    8  Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.
    •    The Fruit of a Christian is another Christian!

    2. OBEYNG HIS COMMANDMENTS
    John 14:15 (KJV)
    15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

    WHAT are His commandments
    A.    The GREAT COMMISION – His LAST command our first commission
    Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
    18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
    19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
    20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

    B.    The GREAT COMMANDMENT – Love one another

    John 13:34-35 (KJV)
    34  A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another.
    35  By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

    C.    GREAT SHEPHERDING – FEED MY SHEEP
    John 21:15-17 (KJV)
    15  So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
    16  He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
    17  He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
    How shall we do it
    1.    IN THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
    •    The Holy Spirit in You! Be Filled with the Spirit
    •    Christ in You! – He is ALWAYS WITH US!
    We all the Calling and Mandate of Ministry & Jesus gave us the Strategy to carry on after His Ascension to the Father!

    3 Fold Ministry of Jesus and His commission to us!
    Preach – Teach and Heal the Sick!
    Results of the Ministry
    •    The Glory of God
    •    The Joy of each Believer
    Let us PRAY and PATTERN OUR LIVES AFTER JESUS!

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    Wed, 10 May 2017 05:36:16 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-grace-to-overcome-worship-and-bible-study/ The Grace To Overcome – Worship and Bible Study https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-grace-to-overcome-worship-and-bible-study/

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    Wed, 10 May 2017 01:07:42 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-grace-to-overcome-3/ The Grace To Overcome https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-grace-to-overcome-3/ And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.     2 Corinthians 12:7-10

    • “I can’t take it.”
    • “I give up.”
    • “I quit.”

    These are powerful words which when we act on them, deeply impact others’ lives as well as our own. Let’s look at three key things that could cause us to express such sentiments.

    First: Satan and his fallen angels influence can be a factor in our choice to walk away from God’s plan. Their involvement in our goings-on can tempt us to stop waiting on the Lord for solutions and instead seek a more immediate way out. But running ahead of God is the same as declaring that His promises don’t hold true. This is what the devil wants. He tries to redirect our focus away from   Jesus Christ and on to our negative emotions. His tactic is to make us feel discouraged and helpless so we will be less effective for the Kingdom.

    Second: We may stop following God’s plan because of the influence of our culture. Ungodly people are always ready to give believers advice, and too often we find the world’s methods and “wisdom” attractive. Divine direction is needed if we are to set ourselves apart from non-believers’ thinking and yet stay close enough to be able to share God’s view-point and message of hope with them.

    Third: The inclinations of our natural self-known as “the flesh” (Romans 8:8) – conflict with our new nature, tempting us to abandon God’s way. Sacrifice isn’t comfortable; our innate tendency is to do what feels good and benefits us or those we love.

    God declares that His grace is sufficient to keep us going, in every situation. That means we need never give up. How does this apply to your life today? Stay close to God, and He will stay close to you.

    The Lord declares that His grace is sufficient for every encounter. Because of His abundant goodness, kindness, and love for us, we do not have to succumb to discouragement, give up hope, or walk away from His plan. We will know God’s grace is working in us when:

    • We have the strength to persevere.

    Through the indwelling Holy Spirit, God releases His supernatural power into our lives so we might endure.

    But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

    • A spirit of confidence in Him is ignited within our hearts and minds.

    Grace helps us believe that God will bring fruit from our troubles

    And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28

    • We sense His presence with us.

    When grace is at work, we will be conscious of the Spirit’s abiding support

    • Our focus shifts from our trials to the Lord.

    Grace helps us shift attention from our situation and emotions to God’s sufficiency.

    • We trust that God will bring us through this— and not just barely through, but with deeper intimacy and greater faith at the end.
    • We are assured of God’s Sovereignty.

    The Lord knows our frailties, so He has promised to limit our trials to what our weaknesses, strengthened by His power, can bear. (I Corinthians 10:13)

    The Apostle Paul had been through shipwrecks, imprisonment, and beatings—difficulties far worse than what most of us face. Yet he did not quit, because he drew on God’s grace and found it sufficient for every circumstance. Where do you need an infusion of grace in order not to give up and walk away?

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    Sun, 07 May 2017 20:48:10 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/worship-service-with-pastor-d-if-you-ask-anything-in-my-name-i-will-do-it/ Worship Service with Pastor D – If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/worship-service-with-pastor-d-if-you-ask-anything-in-my-name-i-will-do-it/

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    Sun, 07 May 2017 16:08:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ask-anything-name-will/ If you ask anything in My Name, I will do it. https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ask-anything-name-will/ John 14:14 (NKJV)
    John 14:7-18 (NKJV)

    Model Prayer

    • Matt 6:5-15 (NKJV)

    Ask

    • Luke 11:9-13 (NKJV)
    • Matt 7:7-12 (NKJV)

    Matt 21:21-22 (NKJV)
    Rom 8:12-17 (NKJV)

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    Sun, 07 May 2017 07:00:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/chfc-urdu-service-day-2-with-guest-evangelist-zeerick-sherial-hussain/ CHFC Urdu Service – Day 2 with guest Evangelist Zeerick Sherial Hussain https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/chfc-urdu-service-day-2-with-guest-evangelist-zeerick-sherial-hussain/

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    Sat, 06 May 2017 06:57:36 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/chfc-urdu-service-with-guest-evangelist-zeerick-sherial-hussain/ CHFC Urdu Service – with guest Evangelist Zeerick Sherial Hussain https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/chfc-urdu-service-with-guest-evangelist-zeerick-sherial-hussain/

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    Wed, 03 May 2017 05:04:57 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-value-of-gods-child-worship-and-teaching/ The Value of God’s Child – Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-value-of-gods-child-worship-and-teaching/

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    Wed, 03 May 2017 00:29:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/value-gods-child/ The Value of God’s Child https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/value-gods-child/ The Value Of God’s Child

    1 Peter 1:13-17
    Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy. “Since you call on a Father who judges each person’s work impartially, live out your time as foreigners here in reverent fear.  For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect

    Sober:
    Free from intoxication, excess, extravagance, or exaggeration
    •    showing self-control
    •    To be clear headed

    Without the spiritual sobriety of mind, our hope and Faith are misplaced, our attention span is not as it should be. Our Focus and our judgment are wayward as well.

    Note: a person with a drunken state of mind will always have bad judgment which hinders them from seeing the true value of certain things in life.

    Luke 22:45-48

    When He rose up from prayer, and had come to His disciples, He found them sleeping from sorrow.  Then He said to them, “Why do you sleep? Rise and pray, lest you enter into temptation.” –

    •    The disciples could not pray because they were overcome with sorrow
    John 20:12-16
    And she saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. Then they said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? “She said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him. “Now when she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking? “She, supposing Him to be the gardener, said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away. “Jesus said to her, “Mary! “She turned and said to Him,Rabboni!” (Which is to say, Teacher)?

    •    Mary could not recognize Jesus  because she was too overcome with sorrow.
    •    Sorrow in her hindered her from recognizing Jesus.
    1 Peter 1:18
    For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect
    Redeem:
    •    To buy back
    •    To restore or repossess
    •    To free from what distresses or harms: To free from captivity by payment of a ransom
    Note: You cannot buy back that which was not rightfully yours before.
    Genesis 1:26-28
    And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it.
    •    Because God made man in his own image and Likeness, that meant  man belonged with God and to God
    Genesis 3:22
    Then the Lord God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”—  therefore the Lord God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken.  So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the Garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.
    •    God sending man out of the Garden of Eden is symbolic of man separating from God’s presence after his disobedience.
    Ephesians 1:5-7
    Having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved. In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

    •    God’s plan by which he would restore man’s relationship with him  was  to be done by the shedding of blood….the blood of Jesus

    The Value of the believer through the blood of Jesus
    1Peter 1-18
    For you know that it was not with perishable things such as silver or gold that you were redeemed from the empty way of life handed down to you from your ancestors, but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or defect
    •    Since the value of the blood of Jesus is immeasurable, Man’s value in God’s eyes cannot be measured by anything else as well.
    Matthew 6:25-34
    “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
    Are you not of more value than they???
    Value:
    •    To Consider someone or something to be important or beneficial;
    •    Have a high opinion of.
    •    The regard that something is held to deserve; the importance, worth, or usefulness aligned with it

    What Jesus was saying was that:
    •    Man is more important and more beneficial to God.
    •    God has a high opinion of man, his creation
    •    God considers man as worthy of having a relationship with
    •    Man is useful to God.
    •    Man is valuable to God because he has been made in God’s Image and Likeness
    •    Man is also  valuable to God because the moment he accepts Jesus as his lord and personal savior, he takes upon himself:
    1)  God’s righteousness
    2 Corinthians 5:21
    For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
    NOTE: Man can only take up God’s righteousness  by accepting Jesus as their Lord and Personal savior!!
    2) God’s DNA through the blood of Jesus
    In other words, when we accept Jesus as our Lord and savior, we go through a Spiritual blood transfusion.
    NOTE: Before Adam and Eve sinned, they had a pure spiritual  blood stream within them. But the moment they disobeyed God, that blood stream was tainted with a disease called ..SIN
    •    And since disease  is defined as  a condition of the living thing or plant body or of one of its parts that impairs normal functioning and is typically manifested by distinguishing signs and symptoms, we can easily say that when sin entered into Adam and Eve, it affected the heart.
    •    Sin’s presence in man’s life  is manifested through ungodly and rebellious behavior.
    NOTE: Since the life of the flesh is in the blood (Leviticus 17:11) and the blood  of Jesus alone has the power to atone the soul, its  only through his blood  that our  spiritual DNA can be restored.
    3) He becomes the temple of the Holy Spirit
    1 Corinthians 6:19-20
    Do you not know that your bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own;  you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your bodies.
    Question: Why do some people feel they have less value or no value at all?
    ANSWER: Warped Perception of self
    Proverbs 27: 3
    For as a man thinks in his heart, so is he
    •    How a person perceives themselves will determine how they conduct themselves.
    •    Their self-perception can be balanced or imbalanced.
    •    How they allow other people to perceive them, will also affect how they conduct themselves.

    4) Stigmas
    Stigma: A strong lack of respect for a person, a group of people or a a bad opinion of them because they have done something society does not approve of.
    •    It can also mean someone having a mark of  disgrace, a stain or reproach in one’s reputation.
    In biblical terminology, stigma means a mark pricked in on branded upon one’s body.
    Biblical example:
    Lepers –
    Leviticus 13:4
    He shall remain unclean as long as he has the disease. He is unclean. He shall live alone. His dwelling shall be outside the camp
    5) Identity crisis
    1 John 4:17 Amplified Bible
    In this [union and fellowship with Him], love is completed and perfected with us, so that we may have confidence in the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him]; because as He is, so are we in this world
    •    The lack of understanding of who we are in this world, does cause some identity crisis among some believers.
    •    The truth is : in him we live and and move and HAVE OUR BEING (acts 17:28)
    •    HE WHO IS IN US IS GREATER THAN HE WHO IS IN THE WORLD (1 John 4:4)

    Psalm 139: 13-14
    For You formed my inward parts;
    You covered me (or Knitted me) in my mother’s womb.
    I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    Marvelous are Your works,
    And that my soul knows very well.
    Knit:  To make a garment fabric etc. by interlocking loops of one or more yarns either by hand or machine.
    •    God took or takes his time forming a human while they are still in their mother’s womb.
    He also took his time creating man of the dust ..with his hands.
    NOTE: A person has to believe, and has to be convinced that they are a MARVELOUS work of GOD’S HANDS. Otherwise they will always have a warped mentality of their being.
    •    Human beings are not a MISTAKE.
    CONCLUSION
    A person has to believe, and has to be convinced that they are a MARVELOUS work of GOD’S HANDS. Otherwise they will always have a warped mentality of their being.
    •    Human beings are not a MISTAKE.
    •    Because of the immeasurable value of the blood of Jesus, God highly values all those who accept Jesus as their Lord and savior.. despite their physical condition, status in society, educational background, gender, past wrongs or mistakes etc.

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    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 20:54:38 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/into-christs-body-worship-and-teaching/ Into Christ’s Body – Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/into-christs-body-worship-and-teaching/

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    Sun, 30 Apr 2017 16:03:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-service-2/ Sunday Service https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sunday-service-2/ Wed, 26 Apr 2017 05:22:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/born-again-perfect-worship-and-teaching/ Born Again Perfect – Worship and Teaching https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/born-again-perfect-worship-and-teaching/

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    Wed, 26 Apr 2017 01:18:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/born-again-perfect-3/ Born Again Perfect https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/born-again-perfect-3/ 1 Corinthians 14:6 (NKJV)
    John 3:1-3 (NKJV)
    1 Peter 1:23 (NKJV)

    I. Jesus died to put His will into effect, and then rose again to enforce-probate-it.
    By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. Hebrews 10:10

    • A. The Word says we are sanctified-made holy-through the offering of the Lord Jesus Christ once for all.
      • And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins: But this man [Jesus], after he had offered one sacrifice for sins forever, sat down on the right hand of God. Hebrews 10:11-12,
    • B. Notice the contrast between the way it was done in the Old Testament (“daily” and “oftentimes”) and the way it’s done in the New (“one sacrifice for sins forever”).
      • From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool. For by one offering he hath perfected forever them that are sanctified. Hebrews 10:13-14
    • C. This is speaking of the part of you that totally changed the instant you were born again-your spirit.

    II. Your spirit is identical to the Lord Jesus Christ (1 Cor. 6:17).

    • A. Your spirit has been sanctified and perfected forever.
      • But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect. Hebrews 12:22-23
    • B. Now, God is aware that you have a physical body and a soul that does things wrong, but He looks at you in the spirit.
    • C. You are His workmanship (Eph. 2:10).
    • D. You have all of the benefits and privileges that Jesus has.
      • God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. Galatians 4:6
    • E. The Spirit of Christ is in you.
      • Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his. Romans 8:9

    III. God deals with you based on who you are in the spirit.

    • A. When we stand before God, all of a sudden we’ll know all things (1 Cor. 13:9-12).
      • For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
    • B. In an instant, the Lord will straighten out our theology, and we’ll understand everything even as we are known.

    IV. You need to start thinking this way and acknowledging the good things in you in Christ!
    That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. Philemon 6

    • A. When you were born again, God put His Son on the inside of you.
    • B. You have the fruit of the Spirit-love, joy, peace, patience, and more (Gal. 5:22-23).
    • C. Your spirit is always rejoicing, always healthy, always believing, always full of hope, and always exactly like Jesus is.
    • D. The only reason you don’t benefit from it is because your flesh is going more by what it feels in the physical realm than what you see in the Word of God.
    • E. Maturity in the Christian life isn’t trying to grow your spirit up; it’s trying to educate your brain to what you already have in your spirit.

    V. We all fail, but the Lord never turns His back on us.

    • A. Sin is the only inroad the devil has ever had on us.
    • B. You’re sin conscious and still thinking, I have to get over these things before the Lord will answer my prayers.
      • All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient [helpful]: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. 1 Corinthians 6:12
    • C. We’ve condemned ourselves when God isn’t condemning us.
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    Sun, 23 Apr 2017 20:41:49 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/enthroned-over-the-flood-sunday-morning-worship/ Enthroned Over the Flood – Sunday Morning Worship https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/enthroned-over-the-flood-sunday-morning-worship/

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    Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:37:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/enthroned-over-the-flood-3/ Enthroned Over the Flood https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/enthroned-over-the-flood-3/ Psalm 29:10-11 (KJV)
    10 The LORD sitteth upon the flood; yea, the LORD sitteth King for ever.
    11 The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace.

    Rev. 17:15
    Then the angel said to me, “The waters you saw, where the prostitute sits, are peoples, multitudes, nations and languages.

    Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
    31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Blessing of Waiting upon the Lord

    Psalm 27:14 (KJV)
    14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

    Psalm 37:7 (KJV)
    7 Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

    Psalm 33:20-22 (KJV)
    20 Our soul waiteth for the LORD: he is our help and our shield.
    21 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name.
    22 Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.

    Isaiah 59:19 (KJV)
    19 So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.

    7 UPS

    1. WAKE UP
      • Ephesians 5:14 (KJV)
        14 Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.
    2. SHAKE UP
    3. PAY UP
    4. MAKE UP
    5. FIRED UP
    6. CHEER UP
      • Acts 27:25 (KJV)
        25 Wherefore, sirs, be of good cheer: for I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me.
    7. SHUT UP
      • In the multitude of words here is no want for SIN
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    Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:53:41 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/precious-blood-jesus-part-3/ The Precious Blood of Jesus (Part 3) https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/precious-blood-jesus-part-3/ The Blood Speaks for Itself
    PART 3

    Hebrews 12:24 (KJV)
    24  And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

    As you can see, it is the blood that speaks from the Mercy Seat in the heavens, not man. Abel’s blood cried out for justice and the blood of Jesus justifies. What a difference!

    Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

    •    This verse teaches the value of making vocal affirmations the (“word of their testimony”) of the merits of Christ’s blood – what the blood of Christ has accomplished – salvation, healing etc., and thereby overcoming the accuser (Satan).

    •    This is not “pleading the blood” – this would be confessing specific merits of the blood when in battle with the enemy.

    There are Biblical confessions that can defeat the accuser of the brethren when he assaults our minds with condemnation.

    •    Remember, Jesus defeated the devil with the Word of God.
    •    In His moment of greatest temptation, He used Scripture to defeat the enemy and to remind him of what the Word said, saying each time, “It is written”. (Matthew 4)

    We, too, must use the Word of God to combat temptations and attacks of the enemy.

    You will need to know the Word of God in order to apply it in times of trial in your life.

    Benefits of the Blood of Jesus

    1) The blood is for the remission of sin

    Matthew 26:28, “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

    2) The blood washes our sin away

    Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first born of the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood…”
    3) The blood redeems us

    Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

    4) The blood justifies us

    Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”

    5) The blood draws us near

    Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ.”

    6) The blood makes peace between man and God

    Colossians 1:20, “…and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

    7) The blood cleanses our conscience

    Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

    8) The blood makes us holy and set apart

    Hebrews 13:12, “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”

    9) The blood gives us boldness to approach God for help

    Hebrews 10:19-20, ” Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh…”

    10) The blood provides ongoing cleansing from sin

    I John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

    11) The blood overcomes Satan

    Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

    Colossians 2:15, “And having disarmed principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

    The Work of the Blood

    Agreement

    I John 5:8
    “And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree as one.”

    Sprinkled by the blood

    Hebrews 12:24
    “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.”

    I Peter 1:2
    “…elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”

    Holiness

    Hebrews 10:29
    “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

    Atonement

    Leviticus 17:11
    “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

    Access to God

    Hebrews 10:19-20
    “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh…”

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    Part 2
    The Blood Eliminates Sin

    Confessed sin is blotted out so that it is no longer visible in the sight of God.

    Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”

    Jesus accomplished this on the cross! “Blotting out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” (Colossians 2:14)

    Hebrews 10:17, “And their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

    God has forgotten our sins promising, “I will not remember your sins.”

    •    The Word does not say that He cannot recall our sins, but rather, He said He will not recall them.

    Another Bible example of the erasing of sin is found in Micah 7:18-19

    “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever, because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

    Our sins are plunged to the depths of the sea!

    King Hezekiah was extolling the Lord for His goodness.

    Isaiah 38:17, “Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.”

    The Blood Speaks for Itself

    Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

    Some Christians like to “plead the blood of Jesus”, but the phrase or concept of “pleading the blood of Jesus” is not actually in the Bible although many people like to use this phrase as a chant in their prayer time. Because the practice or concept is not actually found in the Bible, it is extra-Biblical, meaning it is a man-created concept because:

    1)    There is not one example of “pleading the blood” by early Christians.
    2)    There is not one Scripture that refers to “pleading the blood”.
    3)    There is a reproof of “Vain repetitions” by Jesus Himself. (Matthew 6:7)
    4)    The closest thing to “pleading the blood” is the reference in Hebrews 12:24 which says, “…to the blood of sprinkling, which speaks better things than that of Abel.”

    As you can see, it is the blood that speaks from the Mercy Seat in the heavens, not man. Abel’s blood cried out for justice and the blood of Jesus justifies. What a difference!

    Furthermore, we are specifically instructed to use the NAME of Jesus when casting out demons (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17, Acts 16:18). The blood of Jesus will speak for itself, therefore we do not need to beg it to do so and we are not instructed to call on the power of the blood. We are instructed to call on the name of Jesus.

    Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

    •    This verse teaches the value of making vocal affirmations (the “word of their testimony”) of the merits of Christ’s blood – what the blood of Christ has accomplished – salvation, healing etc., and thereby overcoming the accuser (Satan).

    This is not “pleading the blood” – this would be confessing specific merits of the blood when in battle with the enemy.

    The precious blood of Jesus is supernatural, but in no way is it magical or mystical. The blood has to be applied to be effective in our enforcement of Calvary’s victory.

    Instead of the extra-biblical practice of “pleading the blood”, let’s look at the Biblical value of confessing the merits of the blood of Jesus. It is all about confessing what the Word says the blood does.

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    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 04:37:53 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/series-the-precious-blood-of-jesus/ Series: The Precious Blood of Jesus https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/series-the-precious-blood-of-jesus/

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    Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:45:20 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/precious-blood-jesus/ The Precious Blood of Jesus https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/precious-blood-jesus/  The Precious Blood of Jesus

    Romans 5:9-10, “Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him. For, if when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.”

     

    Many believers who truly love Jesus never fully understand the significance of the blood that He shed for them. They have a general understanding that Jesus died on their behalf, but they do not realize the full implication of this precious gift.

     

    I Peter 1:18-19, “…knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”

    The blood of Christ is precious. He is endeared to us by His blood and we Him, by the same. One meaning of the word “precious” is “dear”, as is often said, “They are precious people” etc. To be accurate, “precious” means “costly, valuable, honorable, highly esteemed, and beloved”. In verse 18, Peter wrote, “we are not redeemed with corruptible things” and in verse 19 he wrote, “we are redeemed by the blood of Christ.” So, if we are not redeemed with corruptible things and we are redeemed by the blood of Jesus, then the blood is incorruptible.

     

    In I Peter 1:18, the apostle informs us that we are not redeemed with silver and gold. These two metals are among the most rare, valuable, and costly metals throughout the world. Gold is precious, whereas gravel is common.

     

    The blood of Jesus Christ is just as rare, valuable, and precious, compared to animal blood, as silver and gold are when compared to iron and lead. The blood of Jesus is costly – the best God had to offer. It cost the Father and the Son much to provide salvation for us and no other blood can be compared to it.

     

    Jesus’ blood is “highly esteemed” in heaven where the saints often speak and sing about it and their Lamb.

     

    Revelation 5:9-10, “…And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, and to open its seals; for You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood. Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us kings and priests to our God; and we shall reign on the earth.”

     

    Revelation 7:9-14, “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the angels stood around the throne and the elders and the four living creatures, and fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom, thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “Who are these arrayed in white robes, and where did they come from?” And I said to him, “Sir, you know.” So he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.”

     

    The Blood Makes Atonement

     

    Leviticus 17:11, For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

     

    In the heavens above, in the water beneath, in the world in which we live, there is no atonement for sin except through the acceptance of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. From the time that Adam and Eve were told to make skins with which to cover themselves, unto this day, there has never been one, single case of atonement for sin without the shedding of blood.

     

    In fact, the sacrifice of Cain was rejected while the sacrifice of Abel was accepted by the Lord because Abel’s was a blood sacrifice. In all of the types of priesthood that we discover in Old Testament Scripture, there was never any system or method of atonement offered to them except the shedding of blood. The life of the body is in the blood and Jesus shed His precious blood upon Calvary, thereby giving His life for the atonement of all of mankind’s sins.

     

    The Blood Redeems Us

     

    Revelation 5:9, And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll; And to open its seals; For You were slain; And have redeemed us to God by Your blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation…”

     

    To ‘redeem’ means ‘to buy back, to purchase once again’. In the text above, we have a glorious and marvelous vision of the four beasts and the twenty-four elders that had fallen on their faces before the Lamb of Heaven, Who is none other than the Lamb of Calvary.

     

    They played their harps of gold and offered before the Lord the golden vials, which were filled with the prayers of the saints. The Scripture says that these prayers were as sweet odors and incense before the Lord.

     

    Then, because of the joy of their redeemed hearts, they began to sing. In that glorious anthem, they declared that the Lord alone was worthy because it was He who had been slain. They asserted that it was the blood that was shed at the time of His sacrificial death that had redeemed them, and not only them, but all those who would put their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

     

    How so many can dare proclaim that humanity does not need the blood atonement today, after reading this passage, is beyond comprehension.

     

    The poor, wandering soul who fails to see the truth of redemption through the blood of Jesus Christ is truly blinded. For those who believe, hallelujah! He has redeemed us by His blood!

     

    The Blood Brings Us Near to God

     

    Ephesians 2:13, But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.”

     

    In this passage, Paul was writing to the church at Ephesus, and he was referring to them as people whose lives had been far away from God. But now, because Jesus had died upon Calvary for them, they had been brought near to the Lord. Were we not all once very far away from our Lord and Savior? Were we not all once lost in our sin?

     

    Yes, we were all lost until the day came when the Good Shepherd carried us back to the fold again. Through the blood of Jesus we have been brought near to God. The ‘handwriting of requirements’ (the Laws) that were against us and that were contrary to us were nailed to the cross with all of our sins. Oh, the wonderful blood of Jesus, the precious shed blood of the Lamb of God has saved us!

     

    Colossians 2:14, “…having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”

     

    When our Father looks upon that cross, He sees an altar on which the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, was offered. God saw another inscription there high above the inscription that man had written and so, blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, [He] took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross.”  KJV

     

    What did God write on that cross? He wrote the ordinances or requirements — He wrote the Ten Commandments. He wrote a law which you and I cannot keep, ordinances which we are all guilty of breaking. When Christ died on the cross, He did not die because He broke any ordinances or requirements – He was sinless. But it was because you and I broke them, because we were all dead in our sin, that He had to die, taking our place.

     

    “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23) Therefore, if God has saved you and raised you from the dead and joined you to a living Christ, why should you go back to the Law that you couldn’t keep in the first place? You wouldn’t be able to keep the Law today in your own power and in your own strength. You see, the Law was given to discipline the old nature. It was given to humanity in order to reveal the depth of our sinfulness before God. The Law was like our school master, exposing sin and administering discipline to drive us to Christ, but now, because of Jesus’ shed blood, the believer is given a new nature, and the Law has been removed as a way of life. Thank God for the precious blood of Jesus!

     

    Paul admonished the Ephesian elders in Acts 20:28 writing, “…shepherd the Church of God, which He purchased with His own blood.”

     

    All the blood in Jesus’ body was made by the creative power of the Father. For this reason, Jesus’ blood is of a superior type than common blood. We have a better covenant established upon better promises because better blood ratified it. (See Hebrews 8:6) God the Father, through Jesus, purchased the Church with His blood.

     

    Peter tells us we are “redeemed” by the precious blood of Christ. The Greek word he used for ‘redeemed’ refers to the purchase of a slave out of the slave market. Jesus paid the price for our redemption with His costly blood alone! We have been purchased from the slavery of sin with a price paid in full by the precious blood of Christ. Anyone who adds to this simple truth does not understand the “precious” blood.

     

    Most diseases are directly traceable to the blood, confirming that the “life” indeed is in the “blood” (Leviticus 17:11). Through the sin of Adam and Eve, we were all born under the dominion of death, but Jesus was, in this sense, different from us. His body was conceived apart from the DNA of man or woman. He was supernaturally conceived by the Holy Spirit. When He was born into this world, He was called “the Holy One” (Luke 1:35).

     

    Jesus’ conception did not involve Mary’s egg being fertilized by the Holy Spirit. His body was entirely prepared by God in the virgin’s womb, separate from human conception.

    Hebrews 10:5 points this out also, saying, “Therefore, when [Jesus] came into the world, He said: “Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You have prepared for Me.”

    Mary was simply the chosen carrier of the body of Jesus! The body and the blood that flowed in Jesus’ body were entirely made by the creative power of God, which means the incarnation was a miracle!

    Some would object to this miracle saying that Jesus’ temptations were not as real to Him or as difficult for Him as ours are to us. Remember that Adam was created totally sinless and pure also, yet he fell.

     

    The blood that flowed in Jesus’ body was pure blood, holy blood, innocent blood, living blood, and precious (rare) blood! It was and is incorruptible blood, not subject to moral or spiritual degeneration.

     

    The Greek word for “precious” is “timios” (Strong’s #5093). In Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon “precious” is defined as:

    • Held as of great price, i.e., precious
    • Held in honor, esteemed, especially dear
    • Costly, valuable, highly esteemed

     

    The blood of Jesus was the rate of exchange for our sin-debt! We must adopt Peter’s attitude toward the blood of Christ if we want God to teach us as He taught Peter. We once were slaves (to sin) and have been redeemed from slavery by Jesus’ blood.

     

    As you reflect on these truths, go deep inside your heart, worship the Lord and, as you do, say to Him:

     

    “Lord Jesus, Your blood is precious! I highly esteem and count as especially dear Your costly blood. I honor and hold as a great price the blood You poured out of Your body for my redemption, and realize Solomon’s expensive offering was but one cent in comparison with the value attached to Your blood sacrifice.”

     

    The Blood Eliminates Sin

     

    Many defeated Christians have never learned how to overcome the attacks of the accuser, Satan, because they are ignorant about what happens to sin after they have confessed and walked away from it. They have been taught how they are cleansed, but not taught what God does to their transgressions after they repent.

     

    By learning what God does to confessed and forsaken sin, and seeing the dramatic change in a life when sin is removed, the enemy will be totally unable to torment the believer with the regrets of the past. It is God’s desire that none of His children live under condemnation. (Romans 8:1)

     

    Confessed sin is blotted out so that it is no longer visible in the sight of God.

     

    Isaiah 43:25, “I, even I, am He who blots out your transgressions for My own sake; and I will not remember your sins.”

     

    Jesus accomplished this on the cross. “Blotting out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross.” (Colossians 2:14) This “blotting out of sins” can be pictured as a fog separating the believer from his past, as the Bible says, “I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, your transgressions, and, like a cloud, your sins: return to Me; for I have redeemed you.” (Isaiah 44:22)

     

    A thick cloud on ground level is known as fog. This thick cloud has blanketed our forgiven past, yet how often the Christian desperately tries to gaze backward into his past. It is important to remember that God will not remember the sins He has forgiven – and we shouldn’t either. When God forgives He also forgets!

     

    Hebrews 10:17, And their sins and lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

     

    God has forgotten our sins promising, “I will not remember your sins.” The Word does not say that He cannot recall our sins, but rather, He said He will not recall them. He has drawn a curtain, behind which all our sins are forgotten, never to be remembered against us again.

     

    However, just because God has forgotten our sins does not mean Satan has. Satan still remembers the times when we gave in to his temptations and he attempts to place regret and guilt upon us by causing us to remember those times. Why should we care if the devil remembers anyway? We will answer to God and must please only Him. Our Advocate quiets the adversary’s voice at this very hour before the throne of God.

     

    Another Bible example of the erasing of sin is found in Micah 7:18-19 which says, “Who is a God like You, pardoning iniquity and passing over the transgression of the remnant of His heritage? He does not retain His anger forever,
    because He delights in mercy. He will again have compassion on us, and will subdue our iniquities. You will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea.”

     

    Our sins are plunged to the depths of the sea!

     

    Micah shows how far God has removed our sins. Today, we know it is possible to submerge to the very bottom of some of the world’s deepest seas, yet our sins are plunged further, to the very depths of the deepest sea, if we accept it by faith.

     

    King Hezekiah was extolling the Lord for His goodness. He had recovered from his terminal sickness and was praising God for the deliverance from death and extension of his life. Remembering the sorrow his sickness had brought him, he says, in Isaiah 38:17, “Indeed it was for my own peace that I had great bitterness; But You have lovingly delivered my soul from the pit of corruption, for You have cast all my sins behind Your back.”

     

    With the same arm that hurled out the planets, our Father has thrown our sins behind His back. Now why is it so important that God has cast our sins behind His back?

     

    Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?”

     

    Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

     

    The Blood Speaks for Itself

     

    As a son/daughter and priest in the kingdom of God, you are privileged to use the power of the blood of Jesus in your life, but how to use the power of Jesus’ blood has been the subject of much debate throughout the years

     

    Some Christians like to “plead the blood of Jesus”, but the phrase or concept of “pleading the blood of Jesus” is not actually in the Bible although many people like to use this phrase as a chant in their prayer time. Because the practice or concept is not actually found in the Bible, it is extra-Biblical, meaning it is a man-created concept because:

     

    • There is not one example of “pleading the blood” by early Christians.
    • There is not one Scripture that refers to “pleading the blood”.
    • There is a reproof of “Vain repetitions” by Jesus Himself. (Matthew 6:7)
    • The closest thing to “pleading the blood” is the reference in Hebrews 12:24 which says, “…to the blood of sprinkling, which speaks better things than that of”

     

    As you can see, it is the blood that speaks from the Mercy Seat in the heavens, not man. Abel’s blood cried out for justice and the blood of Jesus justifies. What a difference!

     

    The practice of “pleading the blood” was and is most often utilized during the process of casting out demons. Many “pleaders” practice this because they believe the devil will flee as they repetitiously say, “I plead, I plead the blood”. Some erroneously believe it protects them from Satan’s attacks; however, since it is not a Biblical practice, it has become one based on superstitious fear and we know that God has not given us the spirit of fear (2 Timothy 1:7).

     

    Furthermore, we are specifically instructed to use the NAME of Jesus when casting out demons (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17, Acts 16:18). The blood of Jesus will speak for itself, therefore we do not need to beg it to do so and we are not instructed to call on the power of the blood. We are instructed to call on the name of Jesus.

     

    Revelation 12:11 says, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.” This verse teaches the value of making vocal affirmations (the “word of their testimony”) of the merits of Christ’s blood – what the blood of

    Christ has accomplished –

    salvation, healing etc., and

    thereby overcoming the

    accuser (Satan).

     

    This is not “pleading the blood” – this would be

    confessing specific merits of the blood when in battle with the enemy. Calling on the power of “the blood” is dangerous territory because is it an extra-Biblical form of prayer that Christians are not instructed to use.

     

    The precious blood of Jesus is supernatural, but in no way is it magical or mystical. The blood has to be applied to be effective in our enforcement of Calvary’s victory.

     

    Instead of the extra-biblical practice of continually saying, “I plead the blood”, let’s look at the Biblical value of confessing the merits of the blood of Jesus. It is all about confessing what the Word says the blood does.

     

    The Blood Defeats the Accuser

     

    Because the Word of God says the blood of Jesus is holy, we are also holy by the “precious blood”. (Hebrews 13:12, I John 1:7) These types of confessions can defeat the accuser of the brethren when he assaults our minds with condemnation. Remember, Jesus defeated the devil with the Word of God. In His moment of greatest temptation, He used Scripture to defeat the enemy and to remind him of what the Word said, saying each time, “It is written”. (Matthew 4)

    We, too, must use the Word of God to combat temptations

    and attacks of the enemy. You will need to know the Word of God in order to be able to apply it in times of trial in your life.

     

    There are many Scriptures that contain incredible revelation into what the blood of Jesus has accomplished for the believer. You can use these Scriptures to declare over your life when the enemy tries to attack you in any way.

     

    Take your time and review the following Scriptures for several weeks and then pick up your sword (the Word of God is the Sword of the Spirit) and assault the enemy.

     

    Like any discipline, it will take time and practice to become proficient in this spiritual exercise. After a season, your response to the enemy’s attack will be fast and furious.

     

    Benefits of the Blood of Jesus

     

    1) The blood is for the remission of sin

     

    Matthew 26:28, “For this is my blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.”

     

    Hebrews 9:22, “According to the law, almost all things are purified with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.”

     

    2) The blood washes our sin away

     

    Revelation 1:5, “And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first born of the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood…”

     

    3) The blood redeems us

     

    Ephesians 1:7, “In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace.”

     

    Colossians 1:14, “…In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

     

    4) The blood justifies us

     

    Romans 5:9, “Much more then, being now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.”

    5) The blood draws us near

     

    Ephesians 2:13, “But now in Christ Jesus, you who once were far off are brought near by the blood of Christ.”

     

    6) The blood makes peace between man and God

     

    Colossians 1:20, “…and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.”

     

    7) The blood cleanses our conscience

     

    Hebrews 9:14, “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”

     

    8) The blood makes us holy and set apart

     

    Hebrews 13:12, “Therefore Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered outside the gate.”

     

    9) The blood gives us boldness to approach God for help

     

    Hebrews 10:19-20, ” Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh…”

     

     

    10) The blood provides ongoing cleansing from sin

     

    I John 1:7, “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.”

     

    11) The blood overcomes Satan

     

    Revelation 12:11, “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”

     

    Colossians 2:15, “And having disarmed principalities and powers, he made a show of them openly, triumphing over them in it.”

     

    The Work of the Blood

     

    Agreement:

     

    I John 5:8

    “And there are three that bear witness on earth, the Spirit, and the water, and the blood: and these three agree as one.”

     

    Sprinkled by the blood:

     

    Hebrews 12:24

    “And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaks better things than that of Abel.”

     

    I Peter 1:2

    “…elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ…”

     

    Holiness:

     

    Hebrews 10:29

    “Of how much worse punishment, do you suppose, will he be thought worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, counted the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified a common thing, and insulted the Spirit of grace?”

     

     

     

     

    Atonement:

     

    Leviticus 17:11

    “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul.”

     

    Access to God:

     

    Hebrews 10:19-20

    “Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh…”

     


    25 Descriptive Adjectives

    of the Blood of Jesus

     

    • Justifying – Romans 5:9
    • Redeeming – Rev. 5:9
    • Remitting – Heb. 9:22
    • Forgiving – Eph. 1:7
    • Washing – Rev. 1:5
    • Purging – Heb. 9:14 KJV
    • Cleansing – I John 1:7
    • Sanctifying – Heb. 13:12
    • Brought near – Eph. 2:13
    • Blotting out – Col. 2:14
    • Triumphing over Satan – Col. 2:15
    • Overcoming – Rev. 12:11
    • Agreeing – I John 5:8
    • Communing – I Cor. 10:16
    • Purchasing – Acts 20:28
    • Sprinkling – Hebrews 12:24
    • Speaking – Hebrews 12:24
    • Incorruptible – I Peter 1:18-19
    • Precious – I Peter 1:19
    • New Covenant – Hebrews 12:24
    • Atoning – Lev. 17:11
    • Innocent – Matt. 27:4
    • Accessing – Hebrews 10:19
    • Boldness – Hebrews 10:19
    • Sheltering – Exodus 12:23


    The Blood of the Everlasting Covenant

    Hebrews 9:22 says, “Without shedding of blood there is no remission.” It is the blood that has always and will always make Atonement for the sins of mankind (Leviticus 17:11). For the Judeo-Christian faith, the blood has always set Christianity apart from other religions. False religions reject the blood that Jesus shed on the cross as a means of salvation.

     

    According to the World Christian Encyclopedia, there are 19 major world religions which are subdivided into a total of 270 large religious groups, and many uncounted smaller ones. However, no matter what is being taught to the contrary, the Bible teaches that there is absolutely no salvation except through the blood of Jesus. Higher criticism and interchurch world movements teach man’s inherent goodness rather than the need for atonement and cleansing by the blood of Jesus.

     

    The Apostle John heard the multitudinous multitudes that sang around the Throne and the song was, “For You were slain, and have redeemed us to God by Your blood” (Rev. 5:9). The great sin-destroying power in the blood of Jesus is that it will save the whole world if they would but surrender their hearts and lives to Christ. One drop of His blood will make the vilest sinner clean and cause them to become restored to their heavenly Father.

     

    The blood of Jesus is the only remedy for sin! We are all sinners by choice as well as by birth. It was our sin that nailed Jesus to the cross. It was our sin and the consequences of that sin that moved our Lord and Savior to be born that He might die. Because of His death, burial and resurrection and because of the “blood of the everlasting Covenant” (Hebrews 13:20) we can live free from the guilt of the past.

    We can overcome the accuser of the brethren by confessing the merits of Jesus’ blood.

    Hebrews 10:19-23, Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.”

     

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    The Blood of Jesus has afforded us complete and total access to the presence of the only true and living God. It was the blood of Jesus that was the cause and effect of the “New Creation Man”. It was and is the blood of the “Everlasting Covenant” that has reconciled man to God once and for all.  Jesus was “a Lamb without blemish or spot” (I Peter 1:19). It was the “blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14); and it was the high priest “taking not the blood of goats and calves, but His own blood” (Heb. 9:12) that made atonement and reconciliation for you and for me. Indeed, it is “by the blood of the cross” (Heb. 9:12) that God has “reconciled to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of the cross” (Col. 1:19-20.  Through the “blood of the everlasting covenant” Christ death has wrought the mighty work of redemption and reconciliation to the world.  AMEN!

     

    Our Lord and Savior was identified with all sinful mankind in His death. Paul writes that “for our sake he [God] made Him [Christ] to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (II Cor. 5:21). Again Christ became a “curse for us – for it is written, “cursed be everyone who hangs on a tree’” (Gal. 3:13). Jesus became totally identified with the sin of mankind, so that He would become a curse for ALL mankind.

     

    It was in His death on the cross that He became completely identified with all the sin of the human race. He died as a criminal between two thieves as a token of His identification with all the evil and wickedness of the world. Jesus became one in His identification with our sin. As the Son of God, He could reach out to the whole world in its sinfulness and embrace it as His own. As the Son of Man, He could do this not from afar but in His own flesh. All of this means that Christ, in His great love and compassion, was taking the place of the lost man and women. Christ in our place, Christ in our stead, Christ our substitute, Christ dying for you and for me.

     

    “Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation (atonement) for the sins of the people.” (Hebrews 2:17)

    As we reflect on the “blood of the everlasting covenant” and the price Jesus paid for our sin, we must also focus on the fact that Jesus not only shared in our sin but also shared in our punishment. Is this possible to believe? Listen: “He was pierced for our transgressions, He was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him’ (Isa. 53:5 NIV). Jesus took upon Himself the “sin of the whole world”, He became accursed beyond all that ever lived before or after Him. All the wrath of God was poured out upon Jesus. The weight of the Divine fury directed against sin and towards our Savior at the cross is humanly inconceivable to the natural mind. Jesus Christ not only paid for our sins by giving His life and spilling His blood, but He also bore our punishment! Our wholly deserved judgment and death He has fully borne.

     

    There is no longer need for anyone to live in fear or anxiety about the judgment of God. Christ’s bloody sacrifice was not to placate a vengeful deity who in sadistic evil was venting His malice upon an innocent victim. This was God in Christ reconciling the world unto Him, enduring our condemnation and punishment, dying for the sins of ALL mankind.

     

    In Christ, securing our total redemption through the “blood of the everlasting covenant” He not only identifies with our lost condition, not only did He receive the just punishment of our sins, but listen to what John the Baptist proclaimed, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29). John prophetically announces Christ’s mighty work to be wrought at Calvary’s cross. In His death, not only did He endure the curse and receive the divine judgment on our behalf, but also He set us free from our bondage to sin and evil. The “blood of the everlasting covenant” has secured our freedom.

     

    There is a cleansing in Christ’s blood of all our guilt and pollution. There is also the appeasement of God’s just judgment and His condemnation on sin and evil. In the Old Testament, an animal was slain as a vicarious substitute, thus receiving the penalty of death that was due the Israelite. But such a sacrifice was inadequate to deal with the totality and depth of human sin, something only the blood of Jesus, representing both God and man could accomplish.

     

    In the words of Paul, “He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32). Christ Himself has borne the full weight of my sin and sorrows.  My sin is no longer mine, Jesus Christ took it from me, He has taken my guilt to Himself; my punishment He has received. Christ, in my place, has done it all, it is finished! The wondrous message of the Gospel is:

     

     

    There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. (Romans 8:1). To God be the glory great things He hath done!

     

    In closing this section of the “Blood of the Everlasting Covenant”, I want to remind you that both Old and New Testaments (Covenants) were put into effect by blood. The blood proved the death, thereby enforcing and enacting the will of the one who died (Heb. 9:17). Leviticus 17:11 explains why the blood was used. “For the life of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement; for it is the blood that makes atonement for one’s life” (Leviticus 17:11). So it was necessary for both Old and New Testament Covenants to be ushered in by blood.

    Jesus’ blood was shed to usher in the New Covenant. His blood proved that a death had occurred thereby enacting His last will and testament. The “blood of the everlasting covenant” was the price necessary for His will to come to pass, in other words, it put this covenant into effect. The New Covenant is not only the will of our Savior Jesus Christ, but also the divine will of our Heavenly Father. Jesus’ blood served multiple purposes, it enacted the will of the New Covenant and it was a cleansing agent for sin and for a New Creation.

     

     

    Understanding the Application Past and Present

     

    Under the symbolic sacrifices of the Old Covenant, it was the blood which made atonement for the soul. It was not so much the death of the victim, neither its broken body, but rather it was the blood that was made the means of a soul’s ransom, of its rescue, of its redemption. “For the life [soul] of the flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls; for it is the blood that makes atonement for the soul’ (Leviticus 17:11). “For it is the life of all flesh. Its blood sustains its life…”  (Leviticus 17:14). And so it is all throughout the record of the Old Covenant.

    It is the same in the New Covenant as it was in the Old.  Atonement, salvation, redemption is by the blood. The blood of Jesus that was shed as the result of His broken body produced His death on a cross. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him” (Romans 5:8-9).  Praise God!

    The phrase “having now been justified” could be also translated as “declared righteous”. God gave proof of His love by having Christ die in our place “while we were yet sinners”.  The good news is that this now declared righteous person will not be forsaken by God’s love, which has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit. Since the divine act of justification has been solved on the basis of Jesus’ shed blood (Romans 3:25), certainly Jesus Christ will see that the justified sinner will be saved from God’s wrath. Those who have been born again will never be condemned to Hell because of the redeeming power of the blood of Jesus.

    The power of the redeeming blood of Jesus was not just for those of Hebrew descent. The application of the blood of Jesus shows no partiality in its effects. Jew or Gentile, free or bond, male or female, its power can change the foulest sinner into the most accepted person before God. What good works and trying harder could never do, the blood of Jesus has done by bringing us near to our Heavenly Father.

    Therefore remember that you, once Gentiles in the flesh–who are called ‘Un-circumcision’ by what is called the Circumcision made in the flesh by hands– that at that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world. But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ.” (Ephesians 2:11-13 NKJV)

    In the Old Covenant, it was an altar of sacrifice, in the New Covenant it is a table of communion. The table is the place where we as the “justified” share the presence of Him in whom we have received life, through the blood of the everlasting covenant. Paul had received divine revelation concerning the table of the Lord.

    “The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ? For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.” (1 Corinthians 10:16-17 NKJV)

    The work of redemption in the Old Covenant was just a foreshadowing of that which was to come in Christ. Those who have been born from above by the power of the blood of Jesus no longer live under the condemnation that our sins have only been covered until next year. We have great confidence that when we “confess our sins the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all our unrighteousness” (I John 1:9). No longer a hope, but a living reality.

    Often believers think that “the just shall live by faith” (Romans 1:17) is a New Testament concept. Habakkuk 2:4 (NKJV) states:  “Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith”.

    This brings us to one of the most important verses in the Scriptures. When the blood of Jesus is applied by faith it opens the door to all the blessing of the New Covenant. Faith is the key to the little Book of Habakkuk, and, actually, it gives the foundation to the three great doctrinal epistles in the New Testament that quote this verse: Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11 and Hebrews 10:38.

    Now because Habakkuk 2:4 is quoted in the New Testament and is actually the key to the Epistles of Romans, Galatians, and Hebrews, let’s look at these quotations more carefully.

    In the Epistle to the Romans, the emphasis is upon justification by faith for salvation. “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written: The just shall live by faith.”  (Romans 1:16-17)

    The point here is that “the just,” the one who has been justified by faith, shall also live by faith. And that is the great message of the Epistle to the Romans.

    In the Epistle to the Galatians, the quotation is this: “But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, the just shall live by faith” (Galatians 3:11),  The emphasis is a little different here, for we find in Galatians 2:20,  “I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ lives in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.”

    While in Romans the emphasis was on justification by faith for salvation, in Galatians the emphasis is not only on faith that saves but also on a faith by which you live throughout your life.

    In the Epistle to the Hebrews, the quotation from Habakkuk 2:4 is this: “Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38). Here the emphasis is upon the word ‘live’ — “the just shall live by faith.” And in the following chapter, we read of men and women who lived by faith.

    Habakkuk was a man of faith. He said, “I’ll go to my watchtower and wait for God’s answer. I am trusting the One who does have the answer.”

    You see, “…without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) The man of faith receives life by faith, he walks by faith, and he moves into eternity by faith — not by his own ability but on the strength and the ability of another, Jesus Christ.

    It is by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ that we are justified (Romans 5:9). It is through the application of the blood of Jesus that the penitent heart is reborn and receives forgiveness of sins, past, present and future. “…In whom we have redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:14)

    Believing in your heart and saying the same thing the Word says the blood does brings salvation, deliverance, wholeness,  wellness, freedom from besetting sins and weights and, of course, acceptance by the Father through Jesus Christ.

    “To the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He has made us accepted in the Beloved.”  (Ephesians 1:6 NKJV)

    O there is power, power, wonderful working power in the blood of Jesus!  What can wash away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus!

    Thank God, there is a fountain that flows from Emanuel’s veins where we as sinners have plunged beneath and have lost all our guilty stains!

    Because of the Blood of Jesus Christ, we have been set free from the curse of the Law!

    Galatians 3:13-14 (NKJV)
    13  Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”),  14  that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

    A Closing Word

     

    May the Lord reveal to you the special sacredness of the Blood of Jesus. Jesus’ blood holds the chief place of dearness in the heart of God our Father. Every drop of that precious blood cried out in our defense and ultimately paid the price for our salvation. The blood of Jesus justifies and qualifies us to receive a new nature, a “born again” experience.

     

    1 Peter 1:23 (KJV)

    “Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which lives and abides forever.”

    As you pray, use the power of the blood of Jesus for access to our gracious heavenly Father’s presence. The blood of Jesus has given us such a great advantage that we can come before the Lord without fear of rejection and without shame in our face. Always confess what the Word says the blood does!  As we say the same thing the Word says, our faithful High Priest Jesus Christ takes those Words of agreement and brings them before the Father as our Mediator and Advocate.

    There is a fountain: William Cowper, 1731-1800:

    There is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Emmanuel’s veins; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

    Lose all their guilty stains, lose all their guilty stains; and sinners plunged beneath that flood lose all their guilty stains.

    The dying thief rejoiced to see that fountain in his day; and there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away. Washed all my sins away, washed all my sins away;
    And there have I, though vile as he, washed all my sins away
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    Dear dying Lamb, Thy precious blood shall never lose its power; Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more. Be saved, to sin no more, be saved, to sin no more;
    Till all the ransomed church of God be saved, to sin no more.

    E’er since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply; Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die. And shall be till I die, and shall be till I die;
    Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be till I die.

    Then in a nobler, sweeter song, I’ll sing Thy power to save,
    When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave. Lies silent in the grave, lies silent in the grave;
    When this poor lisping, stammering tongue lies silent in the grave.

    Lord, I believe Thou hast prepared, unworthy though I be,
    For me a blood bought free reward, a golden harp for me!
    ’Tis strung and tuned for endless years, and formed by power divine, to sound in God the Father’s ears no other name but Thine
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    Let us add our “Amen” to the power of the Precious Blood of Jesus!  Let us worship and praise the Lord Jesus for His great victory over death, Hell and the grave! Let us have an open ear to hear the blood of Jesus speaking today!

    Stay Blessed

    Ernest Fink

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    Mon, 03 Apr 2017 05:06:40 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/prayer-and-worship-for-the-national-day-of-prayer-albany-ny/ Prayer and Worship for the National Day of Prayer (Albany, NY) https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/prayer-and-worship-for-the-national-day-of-prayer-albany-ny/

    The National Day of Prayer is May 4th, 2017 (a Month AWAY!)
    Find an event at http://www.nationaldayofprayer.org/events

    The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture.

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    Sun, 02 Apr 2017 16:30:22 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ministering-unto-lord/ Ministering Unto the Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/ministering-unto-lord/ Ministering Unto the Lord

    Acts 13:1-3 (KJV)
    1  Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. — (Paul)
    2  As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
    3  And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.

    Three things

    1.    Praying
    2.    Singing – Praising (difference in Praise & Worship)
    3.    Worshipping

    Acts 16:16-26 (KJV)
    16  And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
    17  The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
    18  And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
    19  And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
    20  And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
    21  And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
    22  And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
    23  And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
    24  Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
    25  And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.
    26  And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.

    Ephesians 5:17-20 (KJV)
    17  Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.
    18  And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;
    19  Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
    20  Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ;

    Psalm 100:1-5 (KJV) 1
    Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands.
    2  Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
    3  Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    4  Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
    5  For the LORD is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.

    Isaiah 40:28-31 (KJV)
    28  Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding.
    29  He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength.
    30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:
    31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

    Psalm 22:3 (KJV)
    3  But thou art holy, O thou that inhabitest the praises of Israel.
    Psalm 22:3 (NKJV)
    3  But You are holy, Enthroned in the praises of Israel.

    2 Kings 3:15 (KJV)
    15  But now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.

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    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 05:28:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/resist-tempations-and-grow-stronger/ Resist Tempations and Grow Stronger https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/resist-tempations-and-grow-stronger/

    Tuesday Night Worship and Teaching
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    Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:45:26 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/resist-temptation-grow-stronger/ Resist Temptation and Grow Stronger https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/resist-temptation-grow-stronger/ 1. Recognize Your Tendency to Sin

    James 1:14-14 (NKJV)

    2. Flee From Temptation

    1 Corinthians 10:13-13 (NKJV)

    3. Resist Temptation With the Word of Truth

    Hebrews 4:12-12 (NKJV)

    2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

    2 Corinthians 10:4-5 (NKJV)

    4. Refocus Your Mind and Heart With Praise

    5. Repent Quickly When You Fail

    1 Corinthians 6:18-18 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 10:14-14 (NKJV)

    1 Timothy 6:11-11 (NKJV)

    2 Timothy 2:22-22 (NKJV)

    James 1:15-15 (NKJV)

    James 4:7-8 (NKJV)

    James 4:7-8 (NKJV)

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    Sun, 26 Mar 2017 16:26:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/need-baptism-holy-spirit/ The Need for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/need-baptism-holy-spirit/ Two Fold relationship with the Holy Spirit
    1. The Holy Spirit IN you at Salvation
    2. The Holy Spirit UPON you for Service.
    John 14:15-18 (NKJV)
    15  “If you love Me, keep My commandments.
    16  And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever–
    17  the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you.
    18  I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
     
    Luke 24:44-49 (NKJV)
    44  Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.”
    45  And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.
    46  Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day,
    47  and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
    48  And you are witnesses of these things.
    49  Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.”
     
    Acts 1:4-5 (NKJV)
    4  And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me;
    5  for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
     
    John 20:19-22 (NKJV)
    19  Then, the same day at evening, being the first day of the week, when the doors were shut where the disciples were assembled, for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.”
    20  When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
    21  So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
    22  And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
     
    Acts 2:38-39 (NKJV)
    38  Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
    39  For the promise is to you and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”
     
    Acts 1:8 (NKJV)
    8  But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
     
    Ephesians 5:18-20 (NKJV)
    18  And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit,
    19  speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
    20  giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ,
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    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 05:02:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/time-to-come-out-of-the-closet-pastor-ernest-fink/ Time to come out of the closet – Pastor Ernest Fink https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/time-to-come-out-of-the-closet-pastor-ernest-fink/

    We are excited to praise and worship with you tonight. Thank you for joining us! – Need prayer or have a praise report – let us know! https://chfc.me/contact or message us!

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    Wed, 22 Mar 2017 00:53:25 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/time-come-closet/ Time to come out of the Closet! https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/time-come-closet/ Time to come out of the Closet!

    A.  Salvation works by planting the seed of God’s Word into people’s Hearts.

    1 Peter 1:23 (NKJV)
    23  having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever,

    •    We cannot get other people saved on our faith.

    Acts 16:31 (NKJV)
    31  So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

    B. We cannot “claim” salvation for someone else.

    C. More believers are in their prayer closets “claiming” others’ salvations than there are believers out PLANTING God’s Word.

    II. There is no New Testament model for today’s form of intercession.

    A. Jesus never organized “prayer warriors” & “intercessors” the way it’s modeled today.

    •    Neither Jesus nor Paul sent intercessors ahead of them to “prepare the ground” or to bind the “strongman” over certain areas.

    B. We can’t ‘CLAIM” people and force them to be Born Again against their wills!

    •    We cannot CAST demons out of people against their own wills.
    •    Many believers have evil spirits that harass and afflict them but they DONOT do anything to hinder and halt the harassment.

    III. God’s Word is what changes lives, yet telling people the truth of God’s Word isn’t properly emphasized.

    A. Ten believers out doing the work of the ministry—raising the dead, healing the sick, and speaking the Truth—would accomplish more good than a hundred million intercessors pleading with God to do what He’s already done!

    B. Paul destroyed the demonic power behind Diana of the Ephesians by proclaiming the truth with Holy Spirit power demonstrated, not through intercession.

    IV. Demonic entities over cities derive their power from the people who believe and act on their lies.

    A. Human beings are the ones who empower DEMONS by believing their lies and cooperation with their UNHOLY DESIRES.

    •    It’s often been said that homosexual spirits control the San Francisco area, so intercessors need to go in and bind those demonic powers so that the people can be set free.

    •    But it wasn’t the DEMONS who brought the homosexuals; it was the homosexuals who brought the DEMONS.

    B. If we’ve fallen for this wrong type of Intercession instead of sharing God’s Word – we need to ask for God’s forgiveness and for Him to lead us to PEOPLE to talk to.

    Romans 10:11-17 (NKJV)
    11  For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.”
    12  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. 13  For “whoever calls on the name of the LORD shall be saved.”  14  How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?  15  And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, Who bring glad tidings of good things!”  16  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?”  17  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

    C. The Holy Spirit leads, but we have to believe, go, and do.

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    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 21:19:10 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/worship-and-manifold-grace-of-god/ Worship and Manifold Grace of God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/worship-and-manifold-grace-of-god/

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    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 16:58:36 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/manifold-grace-god/ Manifold Grace of God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/manifold-grace-god/ 1 peter 4:10

    Ephesians 2:6-9

    Romans 5:1-2

    Titus 2:11-12

    2 Corinthians 8:9

    2 Corinthians 9:8

     

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    Sun, 19 Mar 2017 04:41:41 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/hope-for-life-worship-night/ Hope for Life Worship Night https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/hope-for-life-worship-night/

    https://hopeforlife.live
    Hope for Life Worship Night
    585 Central Ave, Albany, NY 12205

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    Sun, 12 Mar 2017 19:00:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jobs-sickness-2/ Job’s sickness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/jobs-sickness-2/ Job 1:8 (ESV) 8 And the LORD said to Satan, “Have you considered my servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, who fears God and turns away from evil?”

    The Hebrew text actually says: “Have you set your heart on my servant Job?”

    Job 1:10 (ESV) Satan Said to God: 10 Have you not put a hedge around him and his house and all that he has, on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land.

    Job 1:11 (ESV) Satan Said to God: 11 But stretch out your hand and touch all that he has, and he will curse you to your face.”

    James 1:13 (ESV) 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one.

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 (ESV) 16 All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.

    I Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.

    Isaiah 53:4-5 “Surely He has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows; Yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. 5 But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”

    1 Peter 2:21-24 (NKJV) 21 For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: 22″Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; 23who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously; 24who Himself bore our sins in His own body on the tree, that we, having died to sins, might live for righteousness–by whose stripes you were healed.

    Matthew 8:17 Himself took our infirmities (weakness), and bare our sickness (diseases).

    II Peter 2:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.”

    Acts 17:30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent,

    John 14:9 “He who has seen Me has seen the Father”

    Acts 10:38 “How God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.”

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    Wed, 08 Mar 2017 04:00:28 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/old-new-testament-praying/ Old or New Testament Praying https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/old-new-testament-praying/ 2 Corinthians 5:19

    Luke 2:14

    1 John 2:2

    Genesis 18:23-25

    Exodus 32:9-14

    1 Corinthians 1:21

    Matthew 10:8

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    Sun, 05 Mar 2017 20:34:01 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/questions-about-healing-2/ Questions About Healing https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/questions-about-healing-2/ Questions about healing

    Part 1

    What was Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh?

    There are “Three” common doubts that need resolving in many Christian’s minds that prevent them from receiving healing.

    Three doubts

    1. Paul’s thorn in the flesh
    2. Job’s sickness
    3. God’s sovereignty

    Paul’s Thorn in the Flesh

    II Corinthians 12:7-9

    “And lest I should be exalted above measure by the abundance of the revelations, a thorn in the flesh was given to me, a messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. 8 Concerning this thing I pleaded with the Lord three times that it might depart from me. 9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
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    Matthew 25:41

    “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels:”

    Three times in the Septuagint the word Skol’-ops was used!

    • Numbers 33:55
    • Ezekiel 28:24
    • Hosea 2:6

    Matthew 26:67

    “Then did they spit in his face, and buffeted him; and others smote him with the palms of their hands”

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    Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:59:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/troubled-thinking-2/ Troubled Thinking https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/troubled-thinking-2/ Troubled Thinking

    A. Troubled thinking is epidemic!

    The most commonly diagnosed mental health problems are:

    •    Anxiety disorders — panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and a number of phobic disorders.  Not far behind are the so-called mood disorders, including depression – the number one reason for which people are admitted into psychiatric hospitals.  Troubled thinking threatens to destroy people both without and within the Church.

    Our Psychological Society

    Although most churchgoers may never have received a formal psychiatric diagnosis, most congregations include many who struggle with – worry -depression and fear.

    Theology Matters

    Too often as Christians we have been tempted to wonder whether
    we can really help those who struggle with troubled thinking.

    Is the Word of God REALLY SUFFICIENT?

    •    It is the knowledge of Him that transforms every aspect of our lives, including how we think.

    Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
    1  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    2  And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

    Who Is Counseling Whom?

    A practical example of how one’s view of God influences how one thinks is found in Paul’s letter to the Philippians.    First, remember that Paul was in jail.!

    •    Paul focuses on the practical application of Three Foundational Doctrines (accepted truth).

    There are Three Basic Christian doctrines that should replace Troubled Thinking:

    1.    God graciously saved us!

    To be a Christian is to REJOICE — not just some of the time, but always.

    “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say, Rejoice.”  (Philippians 4:4)

    1 Peter 1:3-5 (NKJV)
    3  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4  to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you,
    5  who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

    2.    God is continually with us!

    Regardless of our circumstances, “The Lord is at hand.” (Philippians 4:5)

    “He hath said, I will never leave you, nor forsake you. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear.”(Hebrews13:5)

    3.    God always hears us!

    The God who saved us is not only with us; He promises always to hear us.

    He commands us: Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
    6  Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7  and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

    Worrying really is a waste of time — especially when we could be praying to our God.

    The Proof – Peace That Passes Understanding!

    Everyone meditates on something.  What is the result of replacing Troubled Thinking with meditation on God?

    •    What is the experience of a person who continually fills his mind with truth about the character of our gracious, omnipresent, prayer-answering Father?
    •     What happens as he comes to see God more clearly?
    •    He is supernaturally transformed into the image of God. (II Corinthians 3:18)

    The believer who meditates on God’s promises receives much more than a head full of information. He experiences “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,” a peace that “shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

    Worry is fearing that God is not sufficient!

    Worship and worry cannot live in the same heart; they are mutually exclusive.

    One antidote for worry is trust and trust is a choice.

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    Sun, 26 Feb 2017 09:31:03 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/return-from-india/ Return from India https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/return-from-india/ Testimonies from the past two weeks India mission trip and Sunday morning Worship. (Video Only)

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    Wed, 22 Feb 2017 01:39:07 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/wait-just-little-longer/ Wait just a little longer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/wait-just-little-longer/ Isaiah 40:27-31

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    Sun, 19 Feb 2017 17:37:37 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/godly-authority-holy-spirit-anointing/ Godly Authority and Holy Spirit Anointing https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/godly-authority-holy-spirit-anointing/ 2 Timothy 3:16 “all Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness that the man of God may be complete thoroughly equipped for every good work.”

    We owe it to ourselves to study the word of the Lord and to really understand who God is what He says.

    Jesus said in Matthew 28 “all authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore into all the world and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you” Jesus also said that he would be with us always even to the end of the age.

    Remember that the person hood of Jesus Christ brings us our peace. The principles of Christ bring us our prosperity!

    Psalm 133 1 Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
    2 it is like the precious oil upon the head running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, running down on the edge of his garments.
    3 it is like the dew of Herman descending upon the mountains of Zion;
    for there the Lord commanded the blessing life forever more.”

    It is about authority and the anointing!

    Types of Authority

    1. Spiritual Authority
      • A. God…. The ultimate authority, ruler and judge over all the earth, His word
        • 1. God loves me! John 3:16
        • 2. I have sinned
        • 3. Jesus died for me
        • 4. I must choose to live my life for God
        • How is God’s spiritual authority expressed?
      • B. five- fold ministry , elders, deacons, , husbands, wives
        God chooses flawed human beings to carry His authority.
      • 1 Corinthians 1:27 “but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things that are mighty: and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen,… That no flesh should glory in His presence
      • 4 R’s
        1. Right relationship with God
          We have been born again by the blood of Jesus Christ!
        2. Right relationship with delegated leadership
          We must understand God’s due order

          • Korah’s rebellion
          • Numbers 16:3 ” they gathered together against Moses and Aaron”
            16:4 men of God cry out to God
            16:8-10 Sons of Levi rebel
            16:8 they were sons of Levi, of the priesthood
            16:10 “are you seeking the priesthood also”
            Earth opened up
            16:42 Congregation gathered against Moses and Aaron
            a plague went forth
            God settled it!
            17:8 Aaron’s rod budded
        3. Right relationship in the home
          husband, wife, children

          • Can we settle this today? Men and women are equal in worth before God.
          • Galatians 3:28 there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 and if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise!
          • We are equal in worth and value to God. We have different functions.
        4. Right relationship with each other
          • 1 Corinthians 12:12-13 “for as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one of body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ.
            13 for by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body-whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free-and have all been made to drink into one Spirit
          • 1 Corinthians 12:18but now God has set the members, each one of them, in the body just as He pleased
    2. Civil Authority
      • Presidents, Kings, Queens, Police, military, prime ministers
      • If we don’t listen to spiritual authority , civil authority is there.

    Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

    Psalm 133 Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (In right relationship with God, in right relationship with delegated leadership, in right relationship in the home, in right relationship with each other) 2 it is like the precious oil (anointing) upon the head running down on the beard, the beard of Aaron, (the priesthood, Jesus our high priest, under- shepherds of the Lord Jesus Christ, the church of the living God,) running down on the edge of his garments. 3 it is like the dew of Herman descending upon the mountains of Zion; (the glory of God like a cloud) for there the Lord commanded the blessing life forever more.

    Acts 1:8 but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth.

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    Sun, 12 Feb 2017 17:34:05 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/heart-set-free/ A Heart Set Free https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/heart-set-free/ A Heart Set Free

    Psalm 119:32 (NIV)

    32  I run in the path of your commands, for you have set my heart free.

    Proverbs 14:12 (KJV)
    12  There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.

     

    Romans 6:12-18 (NKJV)
    12  Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
    13  And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14  For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.  15  What then? Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Certainly not!  16  Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17  But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18  And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

     

    Slaves to Sin or Slaves of Righteousness?

    “Though I should die with thee, yet will I not deny thee,” Matthew 26:35

    So goes the promises of men.

     

     “Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. Delight yourself in the LORD, and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him, and He will act” (Psalm 37:3-5).
    Romans 8:1-6 (KJV)
    1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    2  For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.
    3  For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh:
    4  That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
    5  For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit.
    6  For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.

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    Wed, 08 Feb 2017 02:43:20 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/focus-leads-victory/ Focus That Leads To Victory https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/focus-leads-victory/ FOCUS THAT LEADS TO VICTORY
    Philippians 3:3-14
    3 Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. For me to write the same things to you is not tedious, but for you it is safe. Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, and beware of the mutilation! 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit,[a] rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning the law, a Pharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith; 10 that I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death, 11 if, by any means, I may attain to the resurrection from the dead. Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that or which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Therefore let us, as many as are mature, have this mind; and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal even this to you.

    Paul s Background
    Paul was a Jew well versed in Judaism, which is the monotheistic religion of the Jews.

    Monotheism is a style of religious belief that asserts the existence of only one God.

    The difference between Judaism and Christianity
    Judaism places emphasis on right conduct (or orthopraxy), focusing on the Mosaic Covenant, as recorded in the Torah, or the first five books of the Old Testament.

    Christians believe in individual salvation from sin through repentance and receiving Jesus Christ as their God and Savior through faith (and in some Christian traditions, good works).

    Paul’s conversion.

    Acts 9
    Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? “And he said, “Who are You, Lord? “Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads. “So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what you want me to do? “Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
    ● Paul was Persecuting those who worshiped Jesus, By that time they were known as “The way”
    ● The first thing Jesus asked Paul was “ why are you persecuting me?
    ● Whenever Christians are persecuted, the one being persecuted is the Christ in them as he is the head of the Church.

    ● Jesus Told Paul that it for as long as he kept persecuting his people, he was kicking against the Goads.

    The Hebrew word for Goad is , dorban , meaning something pointed. The expression ( Acts 9:5 , “It is hard for thee to kick against the goads, was proverbial for unavailing resistance to superior power.

    ● For as long as Paul persecuted the Christians he was fighting against an established authority….Who was Jesus!

    Philippians 3:3-7 says: For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit,[a] rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh, 4 though I also might have confidence in the flesh. If anyone else thinks he may have confidence in the flesh, I more so: 5 circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of the Hebrews; concerning thelawPharisee; 6 concerning zeal, persecuting the church; concerning the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish,
    ● Even though Paul was a highly accomplished individual, he had to make changes for the sake of a having a fulfilling life in Christ.
    ● He said he counted all that he lost as RUBBISH!
    The Hebrew word for rubbish is skubalon which means, waste thrown to dogs, like filthy scraps of garbage (table-scraps, dung, muck, sweepings); (figuratively)refuse,
    ● what is good-for-nothing except to be discarded
    ● any refuse, as the excrement of animals, offscourings, rubbish, dreg
    ● Things worthless and detestable
    Paul’s focus through determination;
    Philippians 3:12
    12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.
    -Paul purposed within his heart that he was going to be determined to discover the full extent of God’s plans for his life, which called upon him to be focused.
    ● The first thing he realized was that he was not YET THERE! In other words, he was a work in Progress.
    Ways by which we can stay Focused on God’s plans and purpose for our life
    1)Lay aside the weights
    Hebrews 12:1
    Therefore, seeing we also are compassed about by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily ensnares us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
    Ensnare: To capture, Trap, trip, or to limit.
    ● Sin has the power to trap and even limit one’s ability to move forward.
    2) Die to self
    Galatians 2:19-21)
    For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God. I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me. 21 I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”
    ● Dying to self simply means allowing God to rule and rein on one’s life through every season we pass through
    ● It also means esteeming others better than ourselves
    Philippians 2:3 reads:
    Do nothing out of selfish ambition empty but in humility consider others more important than yourselves. 4Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.…
    ● When you esteem others as being better than yourself, you easily take your focus off yourself and unto God
    3) Make his kingdom and his righteousness a priority
    Matthew 6:30-33
    Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
    How do we seek his kingdom and his righteousness?
    ● By understanding first and foremost his kingdom principles which breeds a kingdom mentality.
    Note: Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it in heaven!!
    ● By embracing the truth that we are in the world but not of the world.
    ● By putting our minds on things of above and not on those of this earth.
    ● By not conforming to the system of the world.
    NOTE: The believer can have this mindset and still be relevant and effective in society and the culture of their land.
    4)Guard your heart with all diligence
    Proverbs 4:23
    23 Guard your heart with all diligence,
    for out of it spring the issues of life
    ● Guarding one’s heart requires a lot of effort. That is why the bible says it has to be done with all diligence.
    ● We have to guard ours hearts from:
    ● What we hear, because Faith cometh by hearing, and by hearing the word of God
    ● What we watch as the eye is the gateway to the soul.
    ● What we say with our mouths;
    Proverbs 15:4
    4 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life: but perverseness therein is a breach in the spirit.
    ● A perverted tongue will breach the spirit of the hears and also that of the speaker
    NOTE: When one’s human spirit is breached, they become vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy, just like a city with a breached wall would be.
    ● Also a breached spirit is like a water pipe that has a crack. Water will flow through…..but not all of it. Meaning it is very hard to enjoy the flow of the peace of God within one’s heart if their soul is breached.
    5)Adopt a life of Prayer thought out every season.
    Matthew 26:36-56
    36 Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go over there and pray. “And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled.38 Then he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch[a]with me.”39 And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”40 And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me one hour? 41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” 42 Again, for the second time, he went away and prayed, “My Father, if this cannot pass unless I drink it, your will be done.” 43 And again he came and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. 44 So, leaving them again, he went away and prayed for the third time, saying the same words again. 45 Then he came to the disciples and said to them, “Sleep and take your rest later on.[b] See, the hour is at hand, and the Son of Man is betrayed into the hands of sinners. 46 Rise, let us be going; see, my betrayer is at hand.”

    ● Jesus was going through a season that would eventually lead to his crucifixion, He was overcome with sorrow but he still maintained his focus on God the father because he needed the fathers strength.
    Matthew 6:13
    In those days, Jesus went out to the mountain to pray, and He spent the night in prayer to God. 13When daylight came, He called His disciples Him and chose twelve of them, whom He also designated as apostles:
    ● Even though he knew whom he would pick beforehand , he still spent the whole night praying.
    NOTE: Before making any major decision as believers, we need to seek God for wisdom and confirmation.
    David’s example
    1Samuel 5;19
    So David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hands?” The LORD answered him, “Go, for I will surely deliver the Philistines into your hands.”
    Psalm 27:4
    One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.
    ● David Rarely would go into battle without inquiring form God how he had to go about it.

    NOTE: The deception that has grown within the body is that of people assuming God will always agree with their plans without even seeking him.
    ● God has not called us to walk by assumption but he demands that we walk by faith…in him.
    John 6:15
    When the people saw the sign that Jesus had performed, they began to say, “Truly this is the prophet who is to come into the world.” Realizing they to come and make Him king by force, Jesus withdrew again to a mountain by Himself.
    ● Jesus was so focused on his mission such that he had no time to allow fame get to his head. Moreover , he knew he was the king of kings …already.
    6)have consistent Fellowship with other brethren
    Hebrews 10: 25:26
    And let us consider how to spur one another on to love and good deeds. neglect meeting as some have made a habit, but let and all the more as you the Day approaching. If we deliberately go on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no further sacrifice for sins remains,…
    ● It’s impossible to grow in one’s focus on God without having fellowship with other brethren as iron sharpens iron
    Conclusion.
    Philippians: 3:12-14
    12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
    ● Paul had realized that the only way he would see God’s plans fulfilled in his life was by simply letting go of the past as holding on to it would have hindered him from keeping his focus On God.
    ● We need to be careful not to focus on the things that will lead us away from victory as it is possible.. to keep our focus on the wrong thing/s
    ● You cannot maintain your Focus on God and what he has for you if you keep holding on to your past!

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    Sun, 05 Feb 2017 07:00:11 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/purpose/ Purpose https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/purpose/ Luke 19:10-10 (KJV)
    1 John 3:8-8 (KJV)
    Acts 3:25-26 (KJV)

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    Wed, 01 Feb 2017 01:43:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/god-already-provided/ God Has Already Provided https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/god-already-provided/ God Has Already Provided

    I. God has already done it—everything we will ever need is already a done deal.

    A. As soon as we believe and begin learning how His power works, we can make
    things manifest!

    B. If you don’t immediately see the physical manifestation of what you prayed for,
    then you need to get in and start battling your own unbelief.

    C. Receive wisdom if there’s something you need to do.

    D. If a demonic power is involved, break it.

    E. But the Scripture clearly establishes the principle that God has Already Done It.

    II. Jesus operated in this same understanding.

    Mark 8:22-26 (NKJV)
    22 Then He[Jesus] came to Bethsaida; and they brought a blind man to Him, and begged Him to touch him. 23 So He took the blind man by the hand and led him out of the town. And when He had spit on his eyes and put His hands on him, He asked him if he saw anything. 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”
    25 Then He put His hands on his eyes again and made him look up. And he was restored and saw everyone clearly. 26 Then He sent him away to his house, saying, “Neither go into the town, nor tell anyone in the town.”

    A. Jesus led this man out of the town because Bethsaida was one of the worst places
    He had ever been!

    Luke 10:13-14 (NKJV)
    13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you.

    Mark 6:5-6 (NKJV)
    5 Now He could do no mighty work there, except that He laid His hands on a few sick people and healed them. 6 And He marveled because of their unbelief. Then He went about the villages in a circuit, teaching.
    B. Jesus’ purpose was to get this man away from the unbelief in Bethsaida,
    knowing that it could hinder God’s power from manifesting his healing.

    C. So, after Jesus prayed for him, He asked, “What do you see?”

    D. Jesus was aware that the unbelief of that town and the effect it had on that
    man was hindering an instantaneous, full manifestation of what God had
    already done.

    Mark 8:24 (NKJV) 24 And he looked up and said, “I see men like trees, walking.”

    E. It’s not unbelief to continue to pray, taking your authority and making what
    He’s already provided manifest.

    III. Jesus confronted hindrances head on.

    A. Jesus knew that God had healed this man completely.

    B. But Jesus recognized that there was a hindrance to getting it from the spiritual
    into the physical.

    C. So the Lord prayed with him a second time in order to get this man over
    that hindrance
    D. Then Jesus told him how to keep the healing he’d received.

    IV. Everything you could ever need is already there—in the spirit realm.

    A. For what God’s done—what’s already true in the spirit—to manifest in the
    physical realm, it requires the cooperation of some physical human being.

    B. Sometimes it takes us a period of time to build ourselves up in faith to the point
    where we can receive, but it doesn’t take God any time to be ready to give, because
    He’s already provided.

    C. We must receive wisdom about how Satan is hindering so we can speak to the
    mountain and command it to be removed.

    D. We need to learn and cooperate with the laws of God.

    E. As soon as you can get yourself into faith and learn how to do this, you can
    manifest what God has already done.

    F. Renew your mind to God’s Word, and allow yourself to become a bridge that He
    can flow through from the spiritual realm into this physical world!

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    Sun, 29 Jan 2017 17:18:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dwell-together-unity/ Dwell Together In Unity https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dwell-together-unity/ Wed, 25 Jan 2017 02:34:07 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/gods-hall-faith/ God’s Hall of Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/gods-hall-faith/ Hebrews 11:1-3

    Hebrews 11:4-12

    Hebrews 11:23-38

    Hebrews 11:39-40

    Hebrews 12:1-2

    1 Corinthians 10:11

    Hebrews 11:4

    Hebrews 11:13

    Jude 1:11

    Genesis 4:4-8

    Genesis 3:17

    1 John 3:11-12

    Hebrews 12:23-24

    Hebrews 11:4-6

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    Sun, 22 Jan 2017 07:35:14 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/seven-pillars-effective-church-ministry/ Seven Pillars of Effective Church Ministry https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/seven-pillars-effective-church-ministry/ Matthew 16:18 (KJV) 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.

    First Pillar – Worship

    CITY HARVEST exists to glorify God through a proper response to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We have determined to express our response through wholehearted obedience to the Scriptures and through zealous worship of the Lord our God!

    John 4:19-24 (NKJV)
    19 The woman said to Him, “Sir, I perceive that You are a prophet. 20 Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, and you Jews say that in Jerusalem is the place where one ought to worship.” 21 Jesus said to her, “Woman, believe Me, the hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father. 22 You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews. 23 But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. 24 God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

    The Pattern: 7 Hebrew words for Praise.

    1. HALAL
    2. YADAH
    3. TOWDAH
    4. BARAK
    5. SHABACH
    6. ZAMAR
    7. TEHILLAH

    Second Pillar – Evangelism: Personal & Corporate

    Mark 16:15-18 (NKJV)
    15 And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”.

    Third Pillar – Transforming Prayer Ministry

    Mark 11:17 (NKJV)
    17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ “

    Fourth Pillar – Christian Education: All levels

    2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
    16 All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

    Ephesians 4:11-16 (NKJV)
    11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head–Christ– 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.

    Christian Education: Mid weeks – Bible School SOMA

    Fifth Pillar – Community among Believers: Large & Small Group Gatherings

    Dualistic Nature of God

    Isaiah 57:15 (NKJV)
    15 For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in the high and holy place, With him who has a contrite and humble spirit, To revive the spirit of the humble, And to revive the heart of the contrite ones.

    He is the Most High and the Most Neigh

    Sixth Pillar – Biblical Stewardship: Tithe – Offerings – Alms

    Seventh Pillar – Serving the Needy of the Community

    Finding Needs and Meeting them in Jesus NAME!

    Highly Effective Churches

    1. Committed to follow Basic Vision Guidelines
    2. Well defined Leadership Levels
    3. Strong Commitment to remain Highly Effective and Proactive
    4. Live with an Awareness of receiving God’s Blessing
    5. Develop Ministry Habits and work them

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    Wed, 18 Jan 2017 01:49:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/miracle-in-your-hands/ Miracle In Your Hands https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/miracle-in-your-hands/ Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:45:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/house-of-god/ House of God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/house-of-god/ Matthew 21:10-16

    John 2:13-17

    Exodus 34:13-15

    1 peter 1:18-19

    2 Peter 2:4

    Revelation 21:9-10

    Revelation 21:1-4

    Romans 8:28-29

    Matthew 7:21-23

    1 Peter 1:13-16

    1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

    John 13:34-35

     

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    Mon, 09 Jan 2017 00:14:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-pattern-pastor-ernest-fink/ The Pattern – Pastor Ernest Fink https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-pattern-pastor-ernest-fink/

    Hebrews 6:1-2 (KJV)
    1 Corinthians 10:1-6,11 (KJV)
    Acts 3:19-21 (NKJV)

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    Sun, 08 Jan 2017 17:25:27 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-pattern-3/ The Pattern https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-pattern-3/ Hebrews 6:1-2 (KJV)
    1 Corinthians 10:1-6,11 (KJV)
    Acts 3:19-21 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 04 Jan 2017 01:48:05 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/fasting-and-prayer-3/ Fasting and Prayer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/fasting-and-prayer-3/

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    Sun, 01 Jan 2017 17:28:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/make-fresh-start/ How to Make a Fresh Start https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/make-fresh-start/ HOW TO MAKE A FRESH START

    Preparing for the New Year

     

    Isaiah 43:18-19 (NCV – New Century Version)
    18  The LORD says, “Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past.
    19  Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.

     

    START =

    S – Stop making excuses.

    Proverbs 28:13 “A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confess and forsakes them he gets another chance.”

    T – Take An Inventory Of My Life

    There are four kinds of experiences that God uses to shape our lives.

    1. He uses personal experiences.
    2. He uses vocational and educational experiences to shape you.
    3. He uses spiritual experiences to shape you, like coming to church, going on a retreat or reading your Bible, having a quiet time.
    4. He uses painful experiences to shape you.

     

    A – Act in faith

      Acts 3:1-5

    R – Refocus

      Proverbs 4:23 “Be careful how you think. Your life is shaped by your thoughts.”

    T – Trust

    Zechariah 4:6 “ You will not succeed by your own strength or power but by My Spirit, says the Lord. ”

    START

    1. Stop making excuse
    2. Take an inventory of YOUR life ·
    3. Act in faith
    4. Refocus YOUR thoughts
    5. Trust God
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    Wed, 28 Dec 2016 01:32:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/personal-revival-first-3/ Personal Revival First https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/personal-revival-first-3/ Personal REVIVAL first

     

     

    Meriam-Webster defines revival:

    “A period in which something becomes popular again after a long period of time.”

     

    Pastor Andy Elmes describes revival:

    “A moving of the Spirit of God.”

     

    The Collins English dictionary defines revival:

    “The act or an instance of reviving or the state of being revived. An instance of returning to life or consciousness; restoration of vigor or vitality.”

     

    Psalms 119:11– Your word I have hid in my heart that I might not sin against you

    Hebrews 10:25 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.

    Genesis chapter 3:13   “And the Lord God said to the women,” What is this that you have done?” The women said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

    Genesis 3: 1  ”Did God really say?”

    • 1 Corinthians 6:19King James Version (KJV) – 19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
    • 1st Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”

    Psalm 91:1 (KJV)   “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the almighty.”

    Hebrews 11:6, “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”

    Romans 10:17  “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”

    Galatians 6:7-8 “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that he shall also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will of the flesh reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life.”

    1st Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen race, A royal priesthood, A Holy Nation, A people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

    John 15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

    Zechariah 4:6   “not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit.”

    Psalm 16:11  “In His presence is fullness of Joy”

    Leonard Ravenhill  – Why Revival Terries

    “No man is greater than his prayer life. The pastor who is not praying is playing; the people who are not praying are straying.”

    2nd Timothy 2:15 “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workmen that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”

    Galatians 5:22 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness…..”

    Corinthians 2:7 says “But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God ordained before the ages for our glory.” Verse 10 goes on to say “But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God.” Verse 13 says, “These things we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Holy  Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual things with spiritual.  But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.  But he who is spiritual judges all things, yet he himself is rightly judged by no one.  For “who has known the mind of the Lord that he may instruct Him?” But we have the mind of Christ.”

    John 13:34 “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another.”

    blueletterbible.org, The love Jesus is referring to is the Greek word agapaō. This is defined as selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love.

    2nd Corinthians 2 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.                15 For we are to God the fragrance of Christ among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the aroma of death leading to death, and to the other the aroma of life leading to life. And who is sufficient for these things? 17 For we are not, as so many,[b] peddling the word of God; but as of sincerity, but as from God, we speak in the sight of God in Christ.

     

     

    1. What kind of fruit am I seeing around me?
    2. If there is no fruit then why?

    3.How much time am I spending in prayer?

    Pastor Andy Elmes asked in the seminar, how powerful am I outside of the Church?

    Matthew 11:28-29, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

     

    This quote from Charles Grandison Finney should be a model for our Christian stance

    “I will give my heart to God, or I never will come down from there”

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    Sun, 25 Dec 2016 17:02:30 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/real-reason-christmas/ The real reason for Christmas https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/real-reason-christmas/ Philippians 2:5-11 (NKJV)
    5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
    6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God,
    7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
    8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.
    9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,
    10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth,
    11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    Philip. 2:8
    8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.

    Hebrews 12:2
    “who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God”

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    Sun, 25 Dec 2016 01:05:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christmas-eve-service-great-joy/ Christmas Eve Service — Great Joy https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christmas-eve-service-great-joy/ Luke 2:10-11,

     

    Admit you are a sinner.

    Romans 3:23 (NKJV)
    Romans 10:8-10 (NKJV)
     

    Believe Jesus Christ died on the cross to save you from sin and death and give you eternal life.

    Romans 5:8 (NKJV)

    John 3:16 (NKJV)

     

    Recognize your sin before God and let him help you turn from your old life to a new life in Christ.

    Acts 3:19 (NKJV)

    2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

     

    Receive, by faith in Jesus Christ, his free gift of salvation

    Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

     

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    Wed, 21 Dec 2016 01:40:14 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-power-of-testimony-3/ The Power of Testimony https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-power-of-testimony-3/ Revelation 12:11

    1 John 5:11

    Mark 14:55

    Luke 22:70-71

    John 19:34-35

    John 21:24-25

    John 1:-8

    Jeremiah 42:5

    1-john 5:10

    Luke 9:26

    John 1:6

    Matthew 16:15

    John 13:34-35

    Matthew 11:4-6

    John 4:14

    Genesis 3:15

    John 8:16-18

    Hebrews 10:15-16

    Psalm 19:1-4

    1-John 5:7-8

    John 4: 39

    (2 Kings 13:-14-19)

    (Daniel 3:16-18)

    Acts 26:12

    Genesis 37:31-33

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    Sun, 18 Dec 2016 17:32:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/already-done-3/ Already Done https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/already-done-3/ Ephesians 1:1-3 (KJV)

    Romans 8:37 (KJV)

    2 Peter 1:2-4 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 14 Dec 2016 01:37:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/words-working-working/ Are Your Words Working For You or Working Against You https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/words-working-working/ Sun, 11 Dec 2016 17:50:31 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/2016_declaring_the_benefits_of_fasting/ Declaring the Benefits of Fasting over your Life https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/2016_declaring_the_benefits_of_fasting/ 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (YLT) | 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV)

    Learn how to declare God’s promises using these model prayers

    Matthew 6:17-18 says, “But you when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you will not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

    No one needs to know you are fasting.

    Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

    Declare these rewards of fasting over your life to break the strongholds of the enemy:

    Lord, I believe in the power of Your chosen fast (Isaiah 58). Let my fasting destroy the yokes that the enemy has set up against me. Let Your light come into my life. Let health, healing and miracles be released in my life, and let me see breakthroughs of salvation and deliverance in my life through Your chosen fast. Let Your power and authority be released in my life anew. I drive every stubborn demon out of my life in Jesus’ name. Let every assignment of hell against me be broken – all pride, rebellion and witchcraft operating in my life will be destroyed through Your chosen fast.

    Believers can also declare the blessing of God in their life:

    I humble my soul through fasting; let Your favor exalt me. Let Your anointing increase in my life. Let me enjoy restoration. Let Your covenant blessings and mercy be released on me and my family. Nothing is impossible with You, Lord. Let my impossibilities become possibilities through Your chosen fast. Let my prayers be answered speedily. Guide me and manifest Your glory to me.
    For a slightly different approach, pray and declare the promises God gave His followers in Scripture.

    I will fast according to the fast chosen by the Lord (Isaiah 58). I will set my face toward the Lord God to make requests by prayer and supplication, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3). I will proclaim a fast and humble myself before our God, to seek from Him the right way for my family and all our possessions (Ezra 8:21). I will turn to the Lord with fasting, weeping and mourning. (Joel 2:12). I fast to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke (Isaiah 58:6). I will fast in the secret place, and my Father, who sees in secret, will reward me openly (Matthew 6:18). I will not depart from the temple of the Lord but will serve God with fasting and prayers night and day (Luke 2:37).

    21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

    Beginning January 2 through January 22, 2017, City Harvest Family Church leadership is setting aside twenty-one days as “HOLY UNTO THE LORD.”

    I have several suggestions for the 21 days.

    1. Each Tuesday fast from all food from sunrise to sunset.
      Use juice or water to sustain you for those hours. The time you would normally eat, spend in prayer, praise and Bible reading. (For those who cannot fast from food for those hours, fast from pleasant foods, foods that you like to indulge in for comfort or pleasure.)
    2. Some can fast one or two twenty-four hour periods each week during the 21 days of January.
    3. Some can fast 3, 7, or even the whole 21 days unto the Lord.
    4. Attend the Friday morning prayer at the Church at 10:00 am.
    5. Attend corporate prayer at the church on Saturday morning, January 7, at 9:00 am.
    6. Attend special Saturday evening prayer at the church for one hour on January 14 and 21, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm.
    7. Attend the Tuesday evening meetings with a special emphasis on prayer and praise.
    8. Limit how much and what you watch on T.V. – Pray about fasting from ALL T.V. and social media for the 21 days of corporate prayer.
    9. Read the Bible as much as possible during this set-apart time. Read books on prayer and fasting. Hide the Word of God in your heart, memorize Scriptures.

    Let us set this special season apart as “Holy unto the Lord!”

    Matthew 17:14-21 (NKJV)

    Before we START this Season “As Holy Unto the Lord” lets:

    • Make a prayer list of the 5 most important issues on your heart.
    • Find Scriptures that promise you the answer
    • Date the Request

    Somethings do not “Change” unto you Pray and Fast.

    Remember: Fasting puts the Old man down – Prayer lifts the New Man Up!

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    Wed, 07 Dec 2016 01:45:42 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/planting-lord-part-2/ The Planting of the Lord : Part 2 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/planting-lord-part-2/ Psalm 92:12-15

    Ephesians 4:10-15

    Galatians 1:6

    Galatians 1:8-9

    1 Timothy 6:3-5

    Psalm 1:3

    Galatians 5:13-15

    Proverbs 6:16-19

    James 3:14-17

    Matthew 12:25

    Isaiah 56:7

    Acts 4:29-35

    Hebrews 13:17

    2 Corinthians 1:23-24

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    Sun, 04 Dec 2016 17:37:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tested-by-a-promise-3/ Tested by a Promise https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/tested-by-a-promise-3/ Psalm 105:17-19 (NKJV)

    Genesis 12:1-20 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 10:13 (NKJV)

    1 Peter 1:7 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:14:29 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-planting-of-the-lord-3/ The Planting of the Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-planting-of-the-lord-3/ Sun, 27 Nov 2016 17:12:50 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/led-holy-spirit-obedient-god/ Being led by the Holy Spirit, being obedient to God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/led-holy-spirit-obedient-god/ Wed, 23 Nov 2016 01:48:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/excellence-hallmark-service-god/ Excellence: The Hallmark of our Service to God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/excellence-hallmark-service-god/ Philippians 1:10-10 (NKJV)

    Job 37:23-23 (NKJV)

    Jeremiah 27:5-5 (NKJV)

    Hebrews 11:3-3 (NKJV)

    Psalms 8:9-9 (NKJV)

    Acts 4:10-12 (NKJV)

    Philippians 2:10-10 (NKJV)

    Acts 3:1-7 (NKJV)

    Psalms 36:7-7 (NKJV)

    Psalms 63:3-3 (NKJV)

    Isaiah 12:5-5 (NKJV)

    Psalms 150:2-2 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 2:10-10 (NKJV)

    Malachi 1:6-14 (NKJV)

    Hebrews 11:4-4 (NKJV)

    Colossians 3:23-23 (NKJV)

    Matthew 22:37-37 (NKJV)

    Mark 12:41-44 (NKJV)

    1 Samuel 16:7-7 (NKJV)

    Matthew 25:14-30 (NKJV)

    2 Peter 3:18-18 (NKJV)

    Philippians 1:9-9 (NKJV)

    1 Thessalonians 4:10-10 (NKJV)

    2 Corinthians 3:18-18 (NKJV)

    Philippians 3:12-12 (NKJV)

    Galatians 4:19-19 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 4:13-13 (NKJV)

    1 John 3:2-2 (NKJV)

    Philippians 3:13-16 (NKJV)

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    Sun, 20 Nov 2016 17:37:14 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/crucified-with-christ-3/ Crucified with Christ https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/crucified-with-christ-3/ Galatians 2:20 (AMP)

    Galatians 5:24 (AMP)

    Romans 6:6

    Romans 6:11

    Romans 6:12

    Romans 6:14

    Romans 5:17-21

    Philemon 1:6

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    Wed, 16 Nov 2016 02:07:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-necessity-of-the-cross-3/ The Necessity of The Cross https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-necessity-of-the-cross-3/ Rom 3:19-26 19 Now we know that whatever the law says, it says to those who are under the law, that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God. 20 Therefore by the deeds of the law no flesh will be justified in His sight, for by the law is the knowledge of sin. 21 But now the righteousness (justice) of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, 22 even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom God set forth as a propitiation (atoning sacrifice) by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness (justice), because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, 26 to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness (justice), that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.

    • The message of the Cross is the heart of the Gospel
    • The Cross refers to the suffering, the death and the Resurrection of Jesus, it loses its meaning when separated.
    • The Cross is the ultimate expression of the character of God
    • The Cross-a symbol of execution has been made to look acceptable, glamorized…Jewelry, fashion.

    Four Things to Understand:

    • The Love of God
    • The Law of God
    • The Justice of God
    • The Mercy of God

    The Love of God

    The Law of God: (God is a Lawmaker)

    The law reveals God’s standard of righteousness.
    The law reveals our sin…sin is any violation of the law of God.
    Why are God’s laws so important?
    Laws restrain wickedness by threatening judgement on those who break laws.

    Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; Who can know it?

    Through God’s laws we see our true self.
    Rom 3:10 There is none righteous, no, not one.

    The law teaches us our need of a Savior (Salvation).
    Gal 3:24 the law is to lead us to Christ that we might be justified by faith.

    The law demands payment for our sin.
    Rom 3:19 Under the law we are all guilty before God.

    The law reveals our sin, but does not remove it.
    Rom 3:20 For by the law is the knowledge of sin…

    The law stimulates our sin.
    Rom 5:20 The law was added so that the trespass might increase.

    The Justice of God: Once we understand the character of God, we will understand His need for justice.

    Psalm 33:5 He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

    Psalm 89:14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne.

    Psalm 45:6-7 Righteousness and justice are the Scepter of His Kingdom.

    The purpose of the Cross is to bring about God’s Justice.
    God’s Justice is different from man’s justice.

    Isaiah 5:20 Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil.

    Deuteronomy 32:4 All His ways are justice; A God of truth without injustice, righteous and upright is He.

    God’s Justice is:

    • Incorruptible: He is holy and therefore His judgments are untainted by sin.
    • Impartial: God always acts according to the truth; not on feelings and emotions as we do.
    • Unfailing and unchanging: neither time nor circumstances ever change His purpose.

    God must add penalties to His laws… otherwise, they are not laws – God’s penalty for breaking His laws is death.

    The Mercy of God:

    Exodus 34:6 And the Lord passed before him and proclaimed, “The Lord, the Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abounding in goodness and truth.”

    Lamentations 3:22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.

    Justice or Mercy:

    • To punish or pardon
    • Only at Calvary do justice and mercy come together
    • Does God show justice or mercy? Which one?

    God justifies and reconciles.

    Rom 5:1 Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

    Rom 5:9-10 having been justified by His blood…we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son.

    I Peter 3:18 For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the Unrighteous, to bring you to God.

    Only when the innocent pay the penalty for the guilty can the Law of God, the Love of God, the Justice of God, and the Mercy of God operate properly.

    Colossians 2:14 having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.

    God allowed Jesus, Who was sinless to die for us who had broken His laws. As the old children’s hymn says, “Bearing shame and scoffing rude, in my place condemned He stood, sealed my pardon with His blood, Hallelujah what a Savior.”

    The Cross of Christ can be mocked at – it can be rejected.

    1 Cor. 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

    But nevertheless, God desires that all men come to repentance.

    2 Peter 3:9 God desires that all may turn and come to repentance. He is patient and longsuffering toward us not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

    The Cross decrees that we were condemned but are now set free!

    Romans 4:7-8 Blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven and whose sins are covered; Blessed is the man to whom the LORD shall not impute sin.

    The blood of Jesus shed on the Cross at Calvary does not merely cover our sins; it possesses the power to cleanse us of our sins and enables us to serve the Living God.

    1 John 1:7 “the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin.”

    That is what having faith in the Cross-achieves for us.

    Gal 6:14 May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

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    Sun, 13 Nov 2016 17:28:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/arrow-of-deliverance-3/ Arrow of Deliverance https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/arrow-of-deliverance-3/ 2 Kings 13:14-19 (NKJV)
    John 8:32 (NKJV)
    Isaiah 61:1-3 (NKJV)

    Three-Fold Ministry of Jesus

    1. Preaching
    2. Deliverance
    3. Warning

    That said, there are ways Holy Spirit absolutely does not lead.

    Four ways Holy Spirit does not lead

    1. Holy Spirit doesn’t control, manipulate you or twist your arm.
      John 16:13 says Holy Spirit will lead you and guide you.
      Consider these verses:

      • John 16:8 (NKJV)
      • Galatians 5:16 (NKJV)
      • James 1:13-16 (NKJV)
    2. Holy Spirit does not lead us through fleeces.
      We shouldn’t follow signs; signs should follow us.
    3. Holy Spirit will not misuse Scripture.
    4. Addressing the over dependence on prophets
      • Romans 8:14 (NKJV) says, “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God.”
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    Wed, 09 Nov 2016 01:50:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-21b-eternal-judgment-part-ii/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 21B, Eternal Judgment – Part II https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-21b-eternal-judgment-part-ii/ Future Judgments
    Judgment Seat of Christ and White Throne Judgment

    I. THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST IS THE THIRD OF THE FOUR JUDGMENTS OF GOD

    • A. ROMANS 14:10-12 “For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written: As I live, says the LORD, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
    • B. II CORINTHIANS 5:10 “For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether it be good or bad.”
      1. Judgment seat: Gk. bema (bay’-ma), meaning a step, an elevated place; tribunal or throne
      2. Only believers will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
    • C. Unbelievers will not be judged at this time and their judgment will be discussed later in this lesson.

    II. THE WORKS OF EVERY BELIEVER, WHETHER THEY ARE GOOD OR BAD, WILL BE JUDGED AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST. ONLY THE WORKS DONE SINCE THE BELIEVER BEGAN IN CHRIST WILL BE JUDGED.
    I CORINTHIANS 3:9-15 “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise masterbuilder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw, each one’s work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is. If anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire.”

    • A. Everyone’s deeds will be judged by God’s fire. Nothing will escape His watchful eye. Hebrews 21:29
    • B. Read I Corinthians 3:11-15 “Each one’s work will become clear for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” I Corinthians 3:13
      1. “made clear” to make apparent, known; to take that which is internal (within the believer’s heart) and make it external in the presence of Jesus Christ. There will be no secrets, Matthew 10:26; Luke 8:17, 12:2. Every word, thought, and deed will be exposed before Christ. Matthew 12:36
      2. “declare” to render evident; to make known; to make plain; to tell; to point out or specify; to show. Every believer will give verbal account in the presence of Jesus Christ. Romans 14:12
      3. “revealed” to uncover, disclose, unveil; to set forth or announce. Things will be revealed as they really are. Self-deception, lying will be impossible at such a moment of total disclosure, total obedience to what is true. I Corinthians 4:5
      4. “try” to prove by trial or test; to scrutinize; put to the profit; judge worthy; examine.
    • C. We will be judged as to how we invested our natural physical resources for the service of God. Matthew 25:15-30
      We will give account of our physical and spiritual stewardship.

      1. Read Romans 6:11-23, vs. 13 “And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God…”
      2. I Corinthians 4:1-2 “Let a man so consider us, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God. Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful.”

    III. JESUS CHRIST WILL DETERMINE WHAT IS ACCEPTABLE AND COMMENDABLE
    BY ALLOWING THE FIRE TO SEPARATE FROM THE BELIEVER THAT WHICH IS WORTHLESS AND THOSE THINGS TO BE CONSUMED; AND BY REWARDING THAT WHICH REMAINS AS APPROVED. THE WORKS OF EVERY BELIEVER WILL BE BROUGHT INTO THE OPEN, DECLARED, AND TRIED BY FIRE.

    • A. The works of every believer will be judged as to how they have used all that has been given to them, both naturally and supernaturally (spiritually), in service to Christ.
      I Corinthians 3:9-11 “For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, you are God’s building. According to the grace of God which was given to me, as a wise masterbuilder I have laid the foundation, and another builds on it. But let each one take heed how he builds on it. For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
    • B. Stewardship: the care and use of all that God has committed to each believer. 1 Peter 4:10
      1. Time Ephesians 5:16; Colossians 4:5; I Peter 1:17; Psalms 90:12
      2. Money II Corinthians 9:6,7; I Corinthians 16:23
      3. Sharing Christ Proverbs 11:30; Daniel 12:3; I Thessalonians 2:19,20
      4. Use of God’s Giftings and Graces Luke 19:11-16; II Timothy 1:6
    • C. Relationships: the believer’s discernment of the body of Christ and the way in which other believers are treated. Matthew 10:41,42; Hebrews 6:10
    • D. The Believer’s Reaction to Persecution: suffering for Christ Matthew 5:11-42; Hebrews 6:10
    • E. Personal Discipline: how we have run the race I Corinthians 9:24-27, Philippians 3:13,14
    • F. Overcoming Temptation: James 1:2,3; Revelation 12:11
    • G. Personal Fruitfulness: the believer’s character development into the likeness of Christ. Galatians 5:22,23; II Peter 1:2-12; Mark 11:12-14; John 15:1-11
    • H. The Believer’s Exercise of Authority Over Others: Hebrews 13:17; James 3:1; Acts 20:26

    IV. BELIEVERS WILL BE JUDGED BASED ON THE RESULTS OF THE REFINER’S FIRE UPON THAT WHICH THEY HAVE DONE FOR CHRIST.
    “Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay straw; each one’s work will become manifest; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one’s work, of what sort it is.” I CORINTHIANS 3:12,13

    • A. Some believers will receive greater rewards than others, some will suffer loss. I Corinthians 3:14,15
    • B. There are three areas of the believer’s works that will be rewarded:
      1. Gold represents those things we did for God out of a pure heart, and that which has been tried and approved through waiting in faith. Gold speaks of the character we develop through meeting God in the furnace of affliction. Revelation 3:18; I Peter 1:7; James 1:2-4; Proverbs 17:3
      2. Silver represents those things we did for God out of an unselfish heart, and represents the purification of motive and character that results from God’s refining process in which the dross of selfishness is removed. Malachi 3:31; Zechariah 13:9; Psalms 12:6, 66:10.
      3. Precious Stones come to the believer whose values have been established and whose choices made under pressure pass God’s refining fire. Our character is formed as we encounter afflictions and respond based on the godly priorities we have established in our lives. Jeremiah 15:19; Isaiah 54:11; Malachi 3:16-18; Revelation 21:19-21
    • C. Areas of the believer’s works which will be burned are:
      1. Wood refers to the works of our own hands or the result of our natural talents, unaided by the Holy Spirit. Idolatry results when those who are talented respond to the temptation to idolize their own creativity, ingenuity, or skill. Daniel 5:4.23; II Kings 19:18; Romans 1:25
      2. Hay refers to the things a believer does to impress others by means of appearance, personality, or status. We can make people think we are more than we are but God sees the heart. Popularity is short lived, and reality soon catches up with us, and our outward appeal soon withers. 1 Peter 1:24; James 1:10,11
      3. Stubble refers to the non-essential things in our lives that should be pruned away to make for greater fruitfulness. In the natural, stubble is the short-standing straw left behind after reaping, which is burned when the harvest is completed.
    • D. Another type of reward is described in the Bible as “crowns”.
      Crown: Gk. stephanos (stef’-an-os), meaning a prize, a badge of royalty; symbol of conspicuous honor.

      1. These crowns will demonstrate Christ’s approval and acceptance of the believer’s work. II Corinthians 5:9.
      2. Five crowns are mentioned in Scripture:
        • a. Crown of Life
          James 1:12; Revelation 2:10
        • b. Crown of Glory
          I Peter 5:1-4 (for the under-shepherd of Christ’s flock)
        • c. Crown of Righteousness
          II Timothy 4:7-8 (for all those who love His appearing)
        • d. Crown of Rejoicing
          I Thessalonians 2:19,20; Philippians 4:1 (for soul-winning)
        • e. Incorruptible Crown
          I Corinthians 9:25 (for self-mastery)
      3. These crowns are set before us in Scripture to motivate us in this life. I Corinthians 9:24-25; III John 8
      4. In Revelation 4:10, the 24 elders throw their crowns before the throne. This indicates that all they did was done for and through Christ, and that it is Jesus Christ who deserves all the honor, praise, and glory.

    V. THE WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT IS THE FOURTH JUDGMENT OF GOD
    REVELATION 20:11-15 “Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat on it…And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and books were opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works…and anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

    • A. Unrepentant/unregenerate mankind will be judged at the white throne judgment.
      1. This judgment takes place to demonstrate to the lost that they made the decision to reject Jesus Christ. In the above Scripture the Book of Life was opened, revealing to the lost that God had a place for them but they chose to reject Him. This demonstrates God’s righteousness and impartiality in judgment.
      2. The purpose of judging the unregenerate is not to determine their guilt, nor is it to decide their future destiny. This Judgment will demonstrate the necessity of God’s decision of condemnation. All will see and understand why eternal separation from God is absolutely necessary for all those who reject His grace and salvation.
        “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, Even to give every man according to his ways, And according to the fruit of his doings.” Jeremiah 17:10
    • B. God will bring to light every secret thought and motivation as well as every deed. Each person will see in the light of God’s perfection why his deeds were evil. His own conscience will agree with the condemnation he receives from God. The books will be opened to the record of his ways and works. Matthew 7:21-23; I Peter 2:8
      1. The wicked will be assigned an eternal destiny which fits what they have become. This is the punishment of the wicked.
        • a. This punishment is an eternal separation from God. By rejecting God’s provision, they have made themselves unable to stand in God’s presence.
        • b. God will assign them a place far from Himself which appropriately fits their condition of character.
        • c. God’s Word calls this place the “Lake of Fire”. Revelation 20:14,15.
          1. The Lake of Fire is described in II Thessalonians 1:8,9, as a final and eternal prison for all men or angels who reject God.
          2. The Lake of Fire does not mean total annihilation. The wicked will never cease to exist, but will endure their punishment forever, for eternity. There is no reprieve, no way out, it is a place of…
          3. “everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord”. (constant and conscious agony, misery, and torment, utterly separated from God..a place of total loneliness and utter despair) II Thessalonians 1:9; Matthew 22:13, 25:41; Luke 13:28
          4. Of “unquenchable fire” Matthew 3:12; Mark 9:43-45; Luke 3:17; Isaiah 66:24; Revelation 21:8
          5. Of “darkness” Matthew 22:13, 25:30
          6. Where “there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 8:12, 13:42, 22:13, 25:30; Luke 13:28
          7. Where “their worm does not die”
            Isaiah 66:24; Mark 9:44-48
          8. Where “the wrath of God abides on him” John 3:36
          9. Where “the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever and ever, and they have no rest day or night” Revelation 14:11, 19:3
        • d. The Lake of Fire is a place of degradation and unholy association. Revelation 21:8, 22:15
        • e. There is no one occupying the Lake of Fire at this present time. It is a place prepared for Satan, his angels, and all men who reject God’s free gift of grace and salvation.
      2. Hebrews 6:2 lists “eternal judgment” as a basic doctrine of the believer’s faith. The punishment of the wicked is not remedial or corrective! Those who die in sin and without God will continue forever in this state. What we become at the moment of judgment is what we will be for eternity.

    VI. WILL THE BELIEVER HAVE ANY PART IN THE GREAT WHITE THRONE JUDGMENT?

    • A. Believers will not be judged at this time. They will already have been judged and rewarded at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
    • B. Believers will not face the judgment of condemnation but help to administer it. Revelation 2:26,27 & 3:2

    Knowledge of Eternal Judgment Produces in Us the Fear of The Lord, Which in Turn, Deeply Motivates Us Toward a Righteous and Holy Life Before God

    If You Do Not Take Personal Inventory and Honestly Judge Yourself Now, Jesus Christ The Righteous And Holy Judge Will Judge You Later….

    The Choice Is Yours!

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    Sun, 06 Nov 2016 17:24:17 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/secret-prayer-father/ The Secret of Prayer to the Father https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/secret-prayer-father/ John 16:5-24 (NLT)

    Mark 16:14-20 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:54:49 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/eternal-judgment-part/ Eternal Judgment – Part I https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/eternal-judgment-part/ INTRODUCTION

    THE EXAMINATION OF THESE LAST TWO DOCTRINES LEADS US ON TO AN ALTOGETHER NEW REALM OF STUDY. THE FOUR DOCTRINES WE HAVE CONSIDERED HAVE BEEN DIRECTLY RELATED TO THIS PRESENT WORLD AND TO THIS SCENE OF TIME. IN THE STUDY OF THESE LAST TWO DOCTRINES WE ARE TAKEN BY THE REVELATION OF GOD’S WORD OUT OF THIS PRESENT WORLD AND BEYOND THIS SCENE OF TIME TO A NEW REALM– ETERNITY!

    I. Eternal Judgment – Part I

    • A. OUR ETERNAL HOPE
      Hebrews 12:22-24 presents a picture of God in His heavenly dwelling and of the saints and redeemed who dwell with Him there.

      • 1. There are three main points in this text of Scripture, each of which fall into a three-fold subdivision as follows:
        • a. A description of God’s dwelling place
          1. Mount Zion
          2. The City of the Living God
          3. The heavenly Jerusalem
        • b. An enumeration of those who dwell there with God
          1. “an innumerable company of angels”…these are the angels that kept their first estate
          2. “the general assembly and the church of the first born which are written in heaven”…the church of the first born are the saints of the New Covenant, who through the new birth, have their names written in heaven and have become the first fruits of God’s new creation in Christ.
          3. “the spirits of just men made perfect”..these are the saints who lived in the previous age under the Old Covenant who lived a life time of faith and ascended on high with Jesus after His resurrection, Hebrews 12:23
        • c. A presentation of God Himself
          1. God as “God, the judge of all”
          2. As “Jesus, the mediator of the New Covenant”
          3. As “Him that speaks from heaven”, “a consuming fire.”
    • B. God As Judge: Hebrews 12:23
      • 1. In these Scriptures God is revealed to us in His sovereign, eternal authority as Judge of all: Judge of heaven, Judge of Earth, Judge of angels, and Judge of all mankind.
      • 2. Throughout the entire Bible it is plainly stated that by sovereign, eternal right, the office of Judge belongs to God Himself.
        Genesis 18:25, Acts 10:42, Judges 11:27, Hebrews 12:23, Psalms 58:11, Psalms 94:2, Isaiah 33:22

    II. THE PROCESS OF JUDGMENT

    • A. God separates the good from the evil by examination, trial, and decree.
      1. Matthew 25:32 “..and He will separate them one from another…”
      2. Hebrews 4:13 “..all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.”
      3. II Corinthians 5:9-11 “…for we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ.”
    • B. The knowledge of eternal judgment should permeate all of the believer’s motives and goals in this life. We must learn to base every decision on eternal values.
    • C. A key thought in understanding eternal judgment is found in the word separation.
      separation = Gk. krino (kree’-no), meaning to separate or make a distinction; to judge, to exercise a judgment upon; to bring to trial
    • D. All of God’s judgment will be:
      1. RIGHTEOUS Psalms 96:13
      2. IMPARTIAL Romans 2:11
      3. TRUE and ACCURATE Revelation 19:2
      4. JUST rather than arbitrary Revelation 20:12
      5. THOROUGH and COMPLETE Matthew 12:36
      6. BASED ON THE WORD OF GOD Romans 2:16

    III. THERE ARE FOUR DIFFERENT JUDGMENTS OF GOD:
    (This lesson will deal with past and present judgments. the final judgments, set in the future, will be dealt with in the next lesson.)

    • A. Eternal judgment will not be consummated in one general event.
    • B. All who ever lived on this earth will be judged, but not all at the same time.
    • C. Scripture reveals several distinct judgments which differ in timing, place, subjects to be judged, purpose, and outline.
    • D. PAST judgments are those which were made when Jesus went to the cross:
      1. Genesis 3:15 At the fall of Adam, judgment of the sin.
      2. John 16:7-11 The Comforter, the Holy Spirit came to “convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.”
      3. Colossians 2:14,15 At the cross of Calvary, judgment of sin; “having wiped out the handwriting of requirements that was against us, which was contrary to us. And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross.”
      4. II Corinthians 5:21 Victory over sin complete; sin judged and done away with once for all; “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” — Hebrews 10:10 “..through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.”
    • E. PRESENT judgments are those which deal with the believer and his self-judgment during the church age.
      1. I Corinthians 11:28-31 “But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.”
      2. Lamentations 3:40, II Corinthians 13:5, Galatians 6:4, Matthew 7:5.
      3. I Peter 4:17 “For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; and if it begins with us first, what will be the end of those who do not obey the gospel of God?”
        • a. Self judgment is the believer’s deliberate agreement (covenant) with the Holy Spirit about sin. Romans 8:13
        • b. Self judgment is our present application of the past Judgment completed at the cross. Hebrews 10:10
        • c. Self judgment is a preventative from experiencing God’s chastening. Hebrews 12:9-10 Also Deuteronomy 8:5;
          Hebrews 12:6
        • d. “And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.”
          Matthew 10:38
        • e. “I am crucified with Christ..”
          Galatians 2:20
        • f. “seeing that you have put off the old man”; Ephesians 4:22-24: “that you put off the former conversation”–put on Christ. Colossians 3:4-10

    NOT ALL WHO CALL THEMSELVES CHRISTIANS
    ARE TRUE FOLLOWERS, DISCIPLES OF CHRIST

    EVERY BELIEVER WILL STAND BEFORE
    KING JESUS AND GIVE ACCOUNT

    JESUS CHRIST HIMSELF GAVE A VIVID DESCRIPTION
    OF THIS TIME OF ACCOUNTING AND SEPARATION THROUGH
    THE PARABLE OF THE SHEEP AND THE GOATS IN MATTHEW 25:31-46.

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    Sun, 30 Oct 2016 16:38:52 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/yesterday-today-tomorrows-man/ Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow’s Man https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/yesterday-today-tomorrows-man/ I John 2:20 (KJV)
    Exodus 30:30 (KJV)
    I Samuel 10:1 (KJV)
    I Samuel 16:13 (KJV)
    I Samuel 16:1-14 (KJV)
    I Samuel 16:1 (KJV)
    I Samuel 3:19 (KJV)
    Ephesians 3:20 (KJV)
    Romans 12:19 (KJV)
    I Samuel 13:14 (KJV)

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    Wed, 26 Oct 2016 01:22:24 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/guest-speaker-bishop-sudheer-mohanti/ Guest Speaker :: Bishop Sudheer Mohanti https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/guest-speaker-bishop-sudheer-mohanti/ Sun, 23 Oct 2016 16:44:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/when-god-has-a-plan-for-you-3/ When God Has a Plan for You! https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/when-god-has-a-plan-for-you-3/ 1 Kings 17:1-16 (NKJV)
    1 Kings 18:1-2,41-45 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 19 Oct 2016 00:39:19 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-language-of-unity-2-2/ The Language of Unity https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-language-of-unity-2-2/ Psalms 133:1-3 (NKJV)

    Leviticus 8:10-12 (NKJV)

    Exodus 30:23-25 (NKJV)

    Exodus 30:30-30 (NKJV)

    Genesis 1:26-26 (NKJV)

    Proverbs 8:1-8 (NKJV)

    Proverbs 8:22-31 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 1:22-25 (NKJV)

    Genesis 11:5-9 (NKJV)

    Joshua 1:13-17 (NKJV)

    Genesis 11:6-6 (NKJV)

    Acts 5:12-12 (NKJV)

    Acts 7:54-59 (NKJV)

    Acts 2:46-47 (NKJV)

    Acts 4:31-32 (NKJV)

    Acts 2:2-3 (NKJV)

    Romans 15:5-6 (NKJV)

    1 Corinthians 1:10-10 (NKJV)

    1 Peter 3:8-12 (NKJV)

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    Sun, 16 Oct 2016 16:51:25 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dont-be-distracted-2/ Don’t Be Distracted https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/dont-be-distracted-2/ Luke 21:29-36 (NKJV)

    “But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down.”

    “The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” – Sun Tzu, The Art of War

    “The key is for the audience never to know, so I have a plan B for every illusion.” – Famed Illusionist David Copperfield

    Proverbs 4:23 (NLT), 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV), Luke 8:14 (KJV)

    “What the eyes see and the ears hear, the mind believes.” – Harry Houdini

    Steps To Do
    1) Repent – stop being friendly with the world.
    2) Submit to God and draw near to Him with humility.
    3) Get in God’s Word like never before.

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    Wed, 12 Oct 2016 00:49:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-20/ Foundations For Life — Lesson 20 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-20/ I. Resurrection of the Dead
    INTRODUCTION
    A. THE EXAMINATION OF THESE LAST TWO DOCTRINES LEADS US INTO AN ALTOGETHER NEW REALM OF STUDY. THE FOUR PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED LESSONS RELATED TO THIS PRESENT WORLD AND TO THE SCENE OF TIME. IN STUDYING THESE LAST TWO DOCTRINES (RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT), WE ARE TAKEN BY THE REVELATION OF GOD’S WORD OUT OF THIS PRESENT WORLD, BEYOND THE SCENES OF TIME, INTO A NEW REALM– THE REALM OF ETERNITY!
    THE SCENES UPON WHICH WILL BE ENACTED THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD AND ETERNAL JUDGMENT BELONG NOT TO TIME, BUT TO ETERNITY.
    B. I CORINTHIANS 15:22 “For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.”
    1. Romans 14:9 “For to this end Christ died and rose, and lived again, that He might be the Lord of both the dead and the living.”
    2. Romans 5:14-19
    II. THERE ARE TWO CERTAIN CONSEQUENCES THAT RESULT FROM THE DEATH AND RESURRECTION OF JESUS CHRIST:
    A. Christ has become the Lord of both the living and the dead.
    B. Christ is able to revive all who will be resurrected from the dead.
    III. Universal Appointment
    A. Because we are descended from Adam, death is a universal fact, just as resurrection from the dead is the universal appointment of God for all.
    B. Both the just and the unjust shall be raised, Acts 24:15.
    1. The just for reward
    Revelation 20:4, Luke 14:14.
    2. The unjust for judgment
    Revelation 20:11-15.
    C. The universal appointment of Resurrection has one exception:
    1. Some will not experience physical death. Those who are alive and remaining at the coming of Christ will not die but their bodies will be instantaneously and miraculously changed.
    2. I Corinthians 15:51-53 “We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed”; and,
    I Thessalonians 4:16-17 “For the Lord Himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.”
    IV. THE OTHER GREAT APPOINTMENT OF GOD IN ETERNITY FOR ALL MEN IS JUDGMENT.
    A. Acts 17:30-31 All men are commanded to repent because all men will be judged.
    B. Hebrews 9:27 “And it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.”
    “appointed for men” includes the whole human race.
    C. The Christian must prepare to stand
    before God’s judgment.
    1. Romans 14:10-12 “But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written, as I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to me, and every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God.”
    a. “your brother” refers to fellow believers
    b. “every knee shall bow” and “every tongue shall confess”
    2. Every man’s work will be judged.
    I Corinthians 3:10-15, I Peter 1:17,
    II Corinthians 5:10, and 1 John 4:17
    D. The Unjust will be judged. II Peter 2:9,
    II Peter 3:7, and Jude vs. 14,15
    V. FOR EVERY HUMAN BEING WHO THROUGH DEATH PASSES OUT OF TIME INTO ETERNITY, THERE REMAIN TWO UNIVERSAL, IRREVOCABLE APPOINTMENTS OF GOD.
    A. Resurrection – Acts 24:15
    B. Judgment – Romans 14:10, II Corinthians 5:10
    1. Resurrection always precedes judgment.
    2. In no case will men appear before God for judgment as a disembodied spirit, but in every case the complete man consisting of spirit, soul, and body will stand before the judgment seat of Christ. Romans 14:10, Revelation 20:4, 11-15
    3. Judgment concerns things done by man in his body while on earth. II Corin-thians 5:10 “things done in the body”, and Romans 2:16
    VI. THERE ARE TWO SEPARATE DESTINIES AT DEATH
    A. Man’s spirit is separated from the body.
    1. Genesis 2:7 “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living being.” Man has his origins in two absolutely distinct and separate sources:
    a. Physical: “formed out of the dust of the earth”
    b. Invisible: “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life.”
    2. II Corinthians 4:18 “ for things which are seen are temporary; but things which are not seen are eternal.”
    3. Ecclesiastes 12:7 “Then the dust will return to the earth as it was, and the spirit will return to God who gave it.”
    B. The righteous are separated from the wicked.
    C. The appearance of the spirit of man before God immediately after death is for one main purpose: To hear the divine sentence appointed to each spirit’s state and the place it must occupy from the time of death up to the time of the resurrection and final judgment. “And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment.” Hebrews 9:27.
    1. The believer goes directly into the presence of God. Luke 23:43, Philippians 1:23, II Corinthians 5:8.
    2. The appearance of the spirit before God after death is not for the purpose of final judgment, which will take place after the resurrection.
    3. The spirits of the wicked and the unbelieving can have no permanent access to the presence of God.
    D. The body and spirit are reunited at the resurrection. Believers are given a new body – when this takes place their salvation is complete.
    1. I Thessalonians 5:23 “..whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
    2. Hebrews 9:28 “So Christ was offered once to bear the sins of many. To those who eagerly wait for Him He will appear the second time, apart from sin, for salvation.”
    VII. RESURRECTION: OLD TESTAMENT & NEW TESTAMENT VIEWS
    A. A description of what happened when a person living in Old Testament times experienced physical death can be found in Luke 16:19-31.
    1. Abraham’s Bosom was the holding place for the saints who died in faith to God before the atoning work of Christ. “So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom.” vs. 22
    2. There was a “great gulf” between those who died in faith and those who rejected God. vs. 26
    B. In Luke 23:43 of the New Testament, Jesus Christ Himself assures every believer with these words: “today you will be with Me in paradise”
    1. “For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God.” Romans 6:10; and also
    I Peter 3:18.
    2. Ephesians 4:8-10 gives us a description of Christ’s death and resurrection. “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. (Now this, “He ascended” – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all heavens, that he might fill all things.”)
    a. Christ’s spirit descended into “Sheol”, the place of departed spirits, on the day of His death upon the cross. He went first to the place of the spirits of the righteous called Paradise or Abraham’s Bosom.
    b. Christ then went from Paradise to the area of Sheol reserved for the spirits of the wicked dead. I Peter 3:19,20 “By whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient…”
    c. At some stage while in this lower realm of Sheol, Christ preached to the spirits of those who lived in Noah’s day (Antediluvian Age). 1 Peter 3:20
    d. At God’s appointed time (3 days and 3 nights) Christ arose from the realm of Sheol to the realm of this present temporal world. His body was resurrected (body and spirit re-united) and He left Paradise destined for a far better place — Heaven!
    1) “…which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in that which is to come.”
    Ephesians 1:20,21
    2) As believers in Jesus Christ and the power of His resurrection, we can be assured that when we speak the same words as Stephen in Acts 7:55-59 “Lord Jesus receive my spirit”, that He will receive our spirit also. And we will be with Him in heaven.

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    Sun, 09 Oct 2016 16:27:59 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/eternal-redemption-2/ Eternal Redemption https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/eternal-redemption-2/

    1 John 2:2 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 2:8-9 (NKJV)

    Romans 5:1-2 (NKJV)

    Titus 2:11 (NKJV)

    Galatians 5:2-4 (NKJV)

    John 10:10 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 05 Oct 2016 00:40:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-19/ Foundations For Life — Lesson 19 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-19/ I. LAYING ON OF HANDS
    A. HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
    1. THE LAYING ON OF HANDS WAS A FAMILIAR PRACTICE AS EARLY AS PATRIARCHAL TIMES.
    2. The first biblical instance is that of Jacob laying his hands upon the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 48:14-22).
    This was done for the purpose of ministering a blessing.
    In the New Testament, Matthew 19:15 and Mark 10:16 are instances where this practice was also used for blessing.
    3. Among the Hebrew people laying on of hands was a vital part of the Levitical sacrifices and offerings.
    Leviticus 1:4, 3:2, 4:15, and 16:21, are all examples of laying on of hands for the purpose of consecration.
    4. The Book of Job, which is dated in patriarchal times, also mentions this practice. A judge (daysman) would place his hands on the heads of disputing parties so as to impose his authority on the two persons (Job 9:33).
    In patriarchal times witnesses were directed to lay their hands upon a blasphemer (Leviticus 24:13), or an idolater (Deuteronomy 17:7), thereby appointing him to death.
    5. In the Old Testament laying on of hands was used to ordain ministry:
    Exodus 29:1-28; Numbers 8:10; 27:18-23; Duet. 34:9.
    In the New Testament:
    Acts 6:1-6; I Timothy 4:14, 5:17-22; II Timothy 1:6.
    6. In the New Testament the laying on of hands was:
    a. Used to minister healing:
    Mark 16:18; Mark 6:5, 7:32, 16:18; Luke 4:40
    b. To minister the baptism in the Holy Spirit:
    Acts 9:17
    c. To impart spiritual gifts
    II Timothy 1:6
    B. In the post-apostolic church, the laying on of hands was a universal practice.
    C. In the period of the Dark Ages this doctrine became a meaningless ritual, devoid of power and without prophetic accompaniment.
    II. WHY IS THE HAND SO IMPORTANT?
    A. The hand is considered in Scripture as an extension of a person. Through the use of the hand a person has power to labor, to fight enemies, to bring gifts, to join hands with another in starting a new friendship.
    1. God speaks of His active power in the earth as His hands.
    Exodus 15:6
    2. Our hands are used in worship and surrender to God.
    Psalm 141:2
    3. The priests of the Lord communicated God’s favor to the people through an uplifted open hand.
    Leviticus 9:22
    4. Lifting up hands in response to God’s words meant commitment.
    Psalm 119:48
    5. The Hebrew word for “to consecrate” means to fill the hands.
    I Chronicles 29:5
    6. The hands were a means of transferring personal guilt to a sacrificial victim.
    Leviticus 1:4
    7. Blessing was imparted to another by laying on of hands and praying or prophesying. Deuteronomy 34:9; Luke 24:50
    8. Laying on of hands was related to positions of authority.
    Matthew 20:21
    9. The right hand was believed to be of greater honor, strength, and personal favor.
    I Kings 2:19; Psalms 16:8, 73:23
    10. The Holy Spirit is deeply related to the hand. The Old Testament gives several examples of the Spirit acting through men as the “hand of God”. Ezekiel 8:1; I Kings 18:46; II Kings 3:15
    11. Through the laying on of hands believers received the Holy Spirit baptism.
    Acts 8:17, 9:17, 19:6
    12. Through the laying on of hands “spiritual gifts” are imparted. Romans 1:11; Deuteronomy 34:9; I Timothy 4:14; II Timothy 1:6
    13. Through the laying on of hands believers were set apart for the ministry. Acts 6:6,1-3
    14. With the laying on of hands and prophecy by the presbytery, the mind of God concerning His call and gifting for a believer’s life is revealed. I Timothy 1:18,18; Acts 13:1-3; I Timothy 4:14,15; II Timothy 1:6-7
    B. The laying on of hands was not a mere ceremony or ritual but a means of imparting life and blessing. It also was involved in prophecy, which will be discussed in another lesson.
    III. THE DOCTRINAL SIGNIFICANCE OF THE LAYING ON OF HANDS – Hebrews 6:1-3
    A. The laying on of hands has five distinct functions:
    1. IMPARTATION
    2. IDENTIFICATION
    3. CONFIRMATION
    4. MINISTERING BLESSING
    5. COMMISSIONING OF MINISTRY
    B. There is significance when the right, left or both hands are used.
    1. Right Hand = the greater blessing
    Genesis 48:14-22;
    Psalm 110:1;
    Ephesians 1:20;
    1 Peter 3:22.
    2. Left Hand = the lesser blessing
    Genesis 48:14
    3. Both Hands = implies a double blessing
    RESTORATION OF THE DOCTRINE OF
    LAYING ON OF HANDS WITH PROPHECY
    IS FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE REVELATION OF GOD’S WILL
    FOR THE BELIEVER, FOR MINISTRY, FOR CALLING,
    AND FOR PLACEMENT WITHIN THE
    CORPORATE BODY OF CHRIST

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    Sun, 02 Oct 2016 16:41:17 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/forgiveness-or-freedom-2/ Forgiveness or Freedom? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/forgiveness-or-freedom-2/ CHFC is Live Online at https://www.facebook.com/CHFCAlbany/ Sunday Mornings at 10 AM

    Romans 8:10 (KJV)  – Colossians 1:9-14 (NKJV) – 1 John 1:7-8 (KJV)

    FORGIVNESS= FREEDOM

    Acts 5:30-31 (KJV)
    30  The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree. 31  Him hath God exalted with his right hand to be a Prince and a Saviour, for to give repentance to Israel, and forgiveness (FREEDOM) of sins.

    Acts 13:38-39 (KJV)
    38  Be it known unto you therefore, men and brethren, that through this man is preached unto you the forgiveness (FREEDOM) of sins: 39  And by him all that believe are justified from all things, from which ye could not be justified by the law of Moses.

    Ephesians 1:7 (KJV)
    7  In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness (FREEDOM) of sins, according to the riches of his grace;

    Colossians 1:14 (KJV)
    14  In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness (FREEDOM) of sins:

    REMISSON = FREEDOM

    Matthew 26:28 (KJV)
    28  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission (FREEDOM) of sins.

    Luke 1:76-77 (KJV)
    76  And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways; 77  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission (FREEDOM) of their sins,

    Luke 24:47-48 (KJV)
    47  And that repentance and remission (FREEDOM) of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48  And ye are witnesses of these things.

    Acts 2:38 (KJV)
    38  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission (FREEDOM) of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

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    Wed, 28 Sep 2016 00:40:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-18-baptism-fire/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 18, Baptism into Fire https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-18-baptism-fire/ DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS

    BAPTISM OF REPENTANCE
    BAPTISM INTO WATER
    BAPTISM INTO THE HOLY SPIRIT
    BAPTISM INTO THE CLOUD
    BAPTISM INTO CHRIST’S SUFFERING
    BAPTISM INTO CHRIST’S BODY
    BAPTISM INTO FIRE

    BAPTISM: Gk. baptizo (bapto: to whelm, to cover wholly with fluid); to submerge, to make whelmed, i.e., fully wet; ablution.
    — Overwhelm: to cover completely, Webster.

    I. BAPTISM INTO FIRE REFERS TO A PURGING, CLEANSING OR REFINING PROCESS KNOWING THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HOLINESS

    1. Righteousness: right-standing with God
      • a. Romans 3:21, 22 “But now the righteousness of God apart from the Law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God which is through faith in Jesus Christ to all and on all who believe…”
      • b. II Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.”
    2. Holiness (Heb. qados): In its fundamental meaning it contains the idea of that which is separate or apart.
      • a. Exodus 3:5 “…take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.”
      • b. God is totally separate from this world and man in his fallen state.
      • c. The word holy when used with reference to God signifies total separateness, apartness from all that is common and profane, from everything unclean and evil.

    II. THE BAPTISM OF FIRE WILL PURGE US AND CLEANSE US SO THAT WE CAN INHERIT THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

    • A. We will be cleansed and purged from the works of the flesh and our carnal man.
      1. Romans 8:7 “…the carnal mind is enmity against God…”; I Corinthians 3:1-3. “And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ….For you are still carnal: For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal, and behaving like mere men?”
        • a. Carnal: Gk. sarkikos (sar-kee-kos’), meaning that which pertains to the flesh, that which is temporal.
        • b. The works of the flesh that need to be cleansed from the believer’s life are found in Galatians 5:19-21. Vs. 21, “…they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
      2. II Timothy 2:19-21 “Nevertheless the solid foundation of God stands, having this seal: ‘The Lord knows them that are His,’ and, ‘Let every one who names the name of Christ depart from iniquity’. But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of clay; and some for honor and some for dishonor. Therefore if anyone cleanses himself from the latter, he will be a vessel for honor, sanctified and useful for the Master, prepared for every good work.”
        • a. In the same house there are vessels of honor and dishonor. This should not be. We are called to offer ourselves as a vessel of honor in the house of the Lord.
        • b. Psalm 51:10 “Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”
    • B. How is the process of holiness, being set apart, accomplished?
      1. Matthew 3:11,12 “I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me….shall baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”
      2. Three things will take place:
        • a. Purging: the Lord will purge, cleanse His house, His body;
        • b. Gathering: The Lord will gather those that are His to Himself; into his house;
        • c. Burning: The Lord will utterly destroy all that is left after He has gathered His own to Himself.
      3. I Corinthians 3:10-18 “and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.”
        That which is wood, hay, or stubble will be purged and cleansed from us.

    THE BAPTISM INTO FIRE CLEANSES BELIEVERS FROM THE WORKS OF THE FLESH WHICH SEPARATE THEM FROM A HOLY GOD AND THE HOPE OF HIS KINGDOM
    “As He who hath called you is holy, so be ye holy” I Peter 1:15

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    Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:30:49 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-jehoshaphat-seeking-god/ Revival Under Jehoshaphat — Seeking God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-jehoshaphat-seeking-god/ 2 Chronicles 20:1-4

    2 Chronicles 20:6-7

    2 Chronicles 20:9

    2 Chronicles 20:12-15

    2 Chronicles 20:17-18

    James 1:25

    Jeremiah 29:12-14

    James 1:21-22

     

    7 Things God says to you in the Battle

    1. Do not fear!
    2. Do not be dismayed!
    3. The battle isn’t yours!
    4. Position yourself!
    5. Remain in your position!
    6. Watch God Work!
    7. Face the enemy with confidence!
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    Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:45:36 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-17-baptism-christs-body/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 17, Baptism into Christ’s Body https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-17-baptism-christs-body/ I. BAPTISM INTO CHRIST’S BODY

    • A. I CORINTHIANS 12:12-13
      “For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body – whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one Spirit.”
    • B. We “drink into one Spirit” and “by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body.”
      Baptism (baptidzo), meaning to be submerged into. In this case it means being “submerged” into a local body of believers; not sprinkled, but fully submerged; not partially, but brought into wholly.
    • C. Psalm 92:13 “Those who are planted in the house of the LORD shall flourish in the courts of our God.”
      1. “planted”, (Heb. shathal, shaw-thal), meaning to root, to transplant; by impl., to settle in a habitation.
      2. You can not bring forth fruit until you become rooted, planted in the house of the Lord.
    • D. To be baptized into the Body of Christ is to be planted in the house of the Lord so you can flourish and bring forth fruit in abundance.
      1. Many believers in the Body of Christ do not want to be submerged, but “sprinkled” into the body of Christ. Below are the character traits that must be developed in a believer’s life as he/she is submerged into the Body of Christ.
        • a. Commitment
        • b. Reliability
        • c. Responsibility
        • d. Faithfulness
        • e. Fellowship
        • f. Consistency
      2. Hebrews 10:23-25 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful. And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another: and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”

    II. CHRIST’S BODY, THE CHURCH Ephesians 4:11-16

    • A. Ephesians 5:23 tells us that “Christ is the head of the church”, and Colossians 2:19 explains the relationship of the Head and Body: “…the Head, from whom all the body is nourished and knit together by joints and ligaments grows with the increase which is from God.”
    • B. Verse 16 speaks of baptism into His body: “from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.”
    • C. Christ, the Head, ministers to the Body through His Word.
      1. Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
        • a. Separates joints and marrow
        • b. Dividing: Gk., merismos (mer-is-mos’), meaning to separate for the purpose of clarification.
      2. Ezekiel 37:1-14:
        • a. Vs. 4 “dry bones” Bones dry up when the marrow dries up, and after the bones have become dry and brittle, they become dislocated or broken apart.
        • b. Vs. 7 “there was a noise”; “a shaking”; and, “the bones came together, bone to his bone.
        • c. Vs. 9&10 “prophesy unto the wind”; “breath came into them, and they lived”; “an exceeding great army”.
        • d. Vs. 11 “house of Israel”
        • e. Vs. 14 “I shall place you in your own land.”
    • D. Ephesians 4:16 “By what every joint supplies..”—EVERY JOINT

    WE MUST BE BAPTIZED INTO CHRIST’S BODY THROUGH THE POWER OF THE HOLY SPIRIT AND THE WORD.
    AND BEING PLANTED IN HIS COURTS, WE SHALL FLOURISH AND BRING FORTH FRUIT IN ABUNDANCE.

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    Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:28:37 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/teach-the-generations/ Teach the Generations https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/teach-the-generations/ I Kings 13

    By the word of the Lord a man of God came from Judah to Bethel, as Jeroboam was standing by the altar to make an offering. By the word of the Lord he cried out against the altar: “Altar, altar! This is what the Lord says: ‘A son named Josiah will be born to the house of David. On you he will sacrifice the priests of the high places who make offerings here, and human bones will be burned on you.’” That same day the man of God gave a sign: “This is the sign the Lord has declared: The altar will be split apart and the ashes on it will be poured out.”

    4 When King Jeroboam heard what the man of God cried out against the altar at Bethel, he stretched out his hand from the altar and said, “Seize him!” But the hand he stretched out toward the man shriveled up, so that he could not pull it back. Also, the altar was split apart and its ashes poured out according to the sign given by the man of God by the word of the Lord.

    6Then the king said to the man of God, “Intercede with the Lord your God and pray for me that my hand may be restored.” So the man of God interceded with the Lord, and the king’s hand was restored and became as it was before.

    7 The king said to the man of God, “Come home with me for a meal, and I will give you a gift.”

     

    8 But the man of God answered the king, “Even if you were to give me half your possessions, I would not go with you, nor would I eat bread or drink water here. 9 For I was commanded by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water or return by the way you came.’” 10 So he took another road and did not return by the way he had come to Bethel.

    11Now there was a certain old prophet living in Bethel, whose sons came and told him all that the man of God had done there that day. They also told their father what he had said to the king. That he couldn’t eat or drink or take any money or gifts.

    12 Their father asked them, “Which way did he go?” And his sons showed him which road the man of God from Judah had taken. 13 So he said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me.” And when they had saddled the donkey for him, he mounted it 14 and rode after the man of God. He found him sitting under an oak tree and asked, “Are you the man of God who came from Judah?”

    I am,” he replied.

     

    15 So the prophet said to him, “Come home with me and eat.”

    16 The man of God said, “I cannot turn back and go with you, nor can I eat bread or drink water with you in this place. 17 I have been told by the word of the Lord: ‘You must not eat bread or drink water there or return by the way you came.’”

    18 The old prophet answered, “I too am a prophet, as you are. And an angel said to me by the word of the Lord: ‘Bring him back with you to your house so that he may eat bread and drink water.’” (But he was lying to him.) 19 So the man of God returned with him and ate and drank in his house.

    Acts 17:11

    The Berean Jews were of more noble character than those in Thessalonica, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true.”

    Psalm 71:18

    Even when I am old and gray,
    do not forsake me, my God,
    till I declare your power to the next generation
    ,

     your mighty acts to all

    who are to come.

    The 2010 “Jesus Survey”
    (800 Mission trip Teens)

    The Bible is 100% accurate –historically, factually, and theologically – and therefore completely trustworthy in what it says about Jesus.”

    45 Strongly agree

    41 Somewhat Agree

    10% Somewhat disagree

    4% Strongly disagree.

    The 2010 “Jesus Survey”
    (800 Mission trip Teens)

    The Bible, though generally accurate, contains some widely acknowledged errors and can’t be completely trusted in EVERYTHING it says about Jesus.”

    Strongly Agree 9%

    Somewhat Agree 27%

    Somewhat Disagree 27%

    Strongly Disagree 38%

    2 Timothy 3:16-17

    16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

    17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly equipped unto all good works.

    Psalm78:1-8

    My people, hear my teaching;
    listen to the words of my mouth.
    I will open my mouth with a parable;
    I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
    things we have heard and known,
    things our ancestors have told us.
    We will not hide them from their descendants;
     we will tell the next generation
    the praiseworthy deeds of the 
    Lord,
    his power, and the wonders he has done.

    Psalm78:1-8

    5 He decreed statutes for Jacob
    and established the law in Israel,
    which
    he commanded our ancestors
        to teach their children,
    so the next generation would know them,

    even the children yet to be born,
        and they in turn would tell their children.

    Psalm78:1-8

    7 Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds
    but
    would keep his commands.
    They would not be like their ancestors— a stubborn and rebellious generation,
    whose hearts were not loyal to God,
    whose spirits were not faithful to him.

    20 While they were sitting at the table, the word of the Lord came to the old prophet who had brought him back. 21 He cried out to the man of God who had come from Judah, “This is what the Lord says: ‘You have defied the word of the Lord and have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. 22 You came back and ate bread and drank water in the place where he told you not to eat or drink. Therefore your body will not be buried in the tomb of your ancestors.’”

    23 When the man of God had finished eating and drinking, the prophet who had brought him back saddled his donkey for him.

     24 As he went on his way, a lion met him on the road and killed him, and his body was left lying on the road, with both the donkey and the lion standing beside it. 25 Some people who passed by saw the body lying there, with the lion standing beside the body, A pretty unusual site as the lion should have mauled the body but didn’t.  and they went and reported it in the city where the old prophet lived.

    26 When the prophet who had brought him back from his journey heard of it, he said, “It is the man of God who defied the word of the Lord. The Lord has given him over to the lion, which has mauled him and killed him, as the word of the Lord had warned him.”

    27 The prophet said to his sons, “Saddle the donkey for me,” and they did so. 28 Then he went out and found the body lying on the road, with the donkey and the lion standing beside it. The lion had neither eaten the body nor mauled the donkey.

    29 So the prophet picked up the body of the man of God, laid it on the donkey, and brought it back to his own city to mourn for him and bury him. 30 Then he laid the body in his own tomb, and they mourned over him and said, “Alas, my brother!”

    31 After burying him, he said to his sons, “When I die, bury me in the grave where the man of God is buried; lay my bones beside his bones.

    32 For the message he declared by the word of the Lord against the altar in Bethel and against all the shrines on the high places in the towns of Samaria will certainly come true.”

    33 Even after this, Jeroboam did not change his evil ways, but once more appointed priests for the high places from all sorts of people. Anyone who wanted to become a priest he consecrated for the high places.

    34 This was the sin of the house of Jeroboam that led to its downfall and to its destruction from the face of the earth.

    I Sam. 15:22

    Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord?
    To obey is better than sacrifice,
    and to heed is better than the fat of rams.

    For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
    and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
    Because you have rejected the word of the 
    Lord,
    he has rejected you as king.””

    Mark 10:14 

    “Let the little children come to me,

    and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

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    Wed, 14 Sep 2016 00:46:29 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/prayer-2/ Prayer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/prayer-2/ Luke 3:21-22

    Mark 1:35

    Romans 8:26-27

    Luke 5:16

    Jeremiah 33:3

    Mark 6:45-46

    Luke 6:12-16

    Luke 9:28-31

    Luke 11:1-4

    Hebrews 7:25

    Luke 23:34

     

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    Sun, 11 Sep 2016 16:31:50 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-samuel-confession/ Revival Under Samuel — Confession https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-samuel-confession/ 1 Samuel 7:1-13

    Psalm 29:3-4

    1 John 1:7

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    Wed, 07 Sep 2016 00:55:00 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-16-baptism-christs-suffering/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 16, Baptism into Christ’s Suffering https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-16-baptism-christs-suffering/ I. BAPTISM INTO CHRIST’S SUFFERING
    a refining process for each believer. as the believer is purged and cleansed, his character becomes more like the character of Christ.

    • A. The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed; The New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.
    • B. II Kings 5:1-14 is an Old Testament example of a New Testament truth.
      1. “So he went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.” II Kings 5:1-14
      2. Naaman’s seven dips into the Jordan is a type of cleansing and purging for wholeness.
    • C. If we are to be baptized into Christ’s suffering, then what baptism was Jesus Christ baptized with?
      1. This was not John’s baptism. John’s had already been completed. Jesus had already fulfilled all righteousness. Jesus was referring to another baptism.
      2. The baptism into which the believer is to be baptized is the cup of Christ’s suffering.
        • a. Jesus asked His disciples, “…Are you able to drink the cup… and be baptized with my baptism?” and continued by affirming, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with…” Matthew 20:20-28
        • b. “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on Him, but also to suffer for His sake.” Philippians 1:29; and also, II Timothy 1:8-12.
    • D. Jesus Christ prayed in Gethsemane, “…my soul is exceedingly sorrowful even unto death.” Matthew 26:36-46.
      1. Gethsemane means wine press.
      2. Jesus was in a place of pressure and His soul became exceedingly sorrowful and troubled (soul: Gk. psuche, meaning self-life).
      3. Jesus prayed, “and He went a little further, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, ‘O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup to pass from Me”. He knew that He was to suffer, that He was to taste death for all.
      4. Jesus was about to be submerged into the loss of His own life, his Self-life– MIND – WILL – EMOTIONS.
    • E. We must be submerged into Christ’s sufferings or else we will be submerged into our own sufferings. We must drink of the whole cup.
    • F. The purpose of drinking of this same cup is clearly stated in Philippians 3:10-11: “That I may know Him and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being conformed to His death”.
      1. “fellowship”: Gk. koinonia (koy-non-ee’-ah); communion; partnership; to have active participation in, closely related to mutual sharing.
      2. Our desire should be to know Him, to know the power of His resurrection, and to share in His suffering (mutual sharing, communion with Him).

    II. In order to understand what this cup of suffering contains we need to understand what Christ suffered

    • A. This is the cup we are to drink. This is the suffering of Jesus.
      This is the baptism into His suffering: that Jesus Christ was wrongly criticized, judged, blamed, misrepresented, and murmured about. He suffered:

      1. Rejection
      2. Criticism
      3. Misunderstanding
      4. Persecution
        • a. II Timothy 3:12 “Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.” God wants you to identify, to have communion, with the sufferings of Jesus, and to drink of His cup.
        • b. We know that if we say we are Christians, disciples of Jesus Christ, that we will share in His suffering, Matthew 5:10,11; and I Peter 2:21, “For to this you were called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps.”
    • B. Christ suffered these things not because He was wrong, but because He was right.
      1. II Corinthians 5:21 “For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us…”
      2. I Peter 2:22-23 “Who committed no sin, nor was deceit found in His mouth; Who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously…”

    III. Being baptized into Christ’s suffering is,
    “…being made conformable unto His death” Philippians 3:10

    • A. To be made conformable unto His death, we must realize that what Jesus laid down was His life: (psuche) self-life; mind, will and emotions.
    • B. John 10:10-17 “I lay down my life for the sheep”.
      1. “life” vs. 11, 15, 17: Gr. psuche= self-life
      2. psuche life is not to be confused with zoe life.
        – psuche= self-life (life that is within)
        – zoe= vitality; the living of life; length of days; the life God lives; the God kind of life
    • C. John 12:24-26 “He that loves His life will lose it..”
      1. To be baptized into his sufferings is to come to the realization
        – You must lay down your own life! That means the end of:

        • a. self-rule
        • b. self-exaltation
        • c. self promotion
        • d. self adoration
        • e. self-motivation
        • f. self seeking
        • g. all life styles that turn inward to self gratification.
      2. God wants to bring us to the end of ourselves (living our own way, living for self), and the process He uses is the baptism into His sufferings.
    • D. Matthew 16:24-26 “..if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.”
      1. What does it mean to take up your cross?
      2. What do the words to “deny himself” mean?
      3. What did “the cross” Jesus referred to mean?
        • a. The cross is where Jesus Christ gave His life for all mankind: past, present, and future.
        • b. “And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross.” Philippians 2:8
        • c. Christ said, “not my will but Yours be done”. He died to His self life and was resurrected to a new life.
    • E. Being baptized into Christ’s suffering does not mean suffering sickness, poverty, fear, abandonment, etc., but means losing your self-life to take on His life. It means laying down your will, making room for the Father’s will, so you too may say, “not my will but Yours be done”.
      • We replace self, with Christ and we become: Christ-ruled, Christ-exalting, Christ-motivated, Christ-seeking; instead of turning inward, we turn outward and upward to Christ.
      • “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being.” Acts 17:28 “Christ in you, the hope of glory.” Colossians 1:27

    IV. In summary understanding the baptism of suffering comes when we understand christ’s suffering.

    • A. Why did Jesus take His body to Gethsemane (the wine press)? It was here that His body was submerged into great suffering and great pressure. “And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. And His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.” Luke 22:44
    • B. Those that want to move with the cloud, will have to drink of this cup: “not my will, but Yours be done”.
    • C. The baptism of suffering puts pressure on the outer man (soul/mind), that the inner man (spirit) may come forth. “And be renewed in the spirit of your mind and that you put on the new man, which was created according to God in righteousness and true holiness.” Ephesians 4:23-24
    • D. Baptism into Christ’s suffering brings forth brokeness (humbleness) and breaks the power of the self-life over a believer. “Remember my affliction and roaming, the wormwood and the gall. My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.” Lamentations 3:19-22.
    • E. As we drink of the cup of Christ’s sufferings, as we suffer for the sake of the proclamation of the Gospel, remaining steadfast in the knowledge of God’s keeping power, we bring glory, honor, and praise to the name of Jesus Christ – our Lord and Savior and soon coming King! “and if children, then heirs – heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.” Romans 8:17

    the baptism into his suffering will make you comformable unto Christ’s death, which will bring you to the end of your self-life

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    Sun, 04 Sep 2016 16:33:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-moses-experiencing-gods-presence/ Revival Under Moses – Experiencing God’s Presence https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-moses-experiencing-gods-presence/ Exodus 19:5-6 (NKJV)
    Exodus 33:1-4 (NKJV)
    Exodus 33:7-8 (NKJV)
    Exodus 33:11 (NKJV)
    Exodus 33:13-15 (NKJV)
    Exodus 33:17-18 (NKJV)
    Exodus 33:20-23 (NKJV)
    Exodus 24:15-16,18 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 31 Aug 2016 00:40:12 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-15/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 15 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-15/ Baptism: Gk. baptizo (bapto: to whelm, to cover wholly with fluid); to submerge, to make whelmed, i.e., fully wet; ablution.
    Overwhelm: to cover completely, Webster.
    I. BAPTISM INTO THE CLOUD
    A. The New Testament is in the Old Testament concealed; The Old Testament is in the New Testament revealed!
    I Corinthians 10:1-6,11 “Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. But with most of them God was not pleased, for their bodies were scattered in the wilderness. Now these things became our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things as they also lusted…Now all these things happened to them as examples, and they were written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the ages have come.”
    B. The Old testament: Cloud
    Numbers 9:15-19 “And on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire. So it was always; the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children Of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents. At the command of the Lord the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the Lord they would camp; as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped. Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey.”
    1. All were “under the cloud”
    a. This meant the Israelites must be observant and ready to uproot their camp and follow the cloud.
    b. When the cloud remained in one place, so did the children of Israel; and when it moved, they moved with it until it rested once more.
    2. Exodus 16:14-20 tells us that God fed the Israelites with manna which is a type of bread, which is a type of the Word of God
    a. Matthew 4:4 and Deuteronomy 8:3 “…and fed you with manna..that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the Lord.”
    b. The manna had to be fresh each morning. If they tried to save the manna it would become rotten and infested with maggots.
    II. PAST MOVE OF GOD
    A. Numbers 21:4-9 the people went against the move of God, which resulted in God sending “fiery serpents” among those who murmured and complained, many were bitten and died (vs.6) .
    1. The people repented and asked Moses to intercede on their behalf. God had Moses take a fiery serpent and put it on a pole, so that all who looked upon it were healed and lived. “And the Lord said unto Moses, ‘Make a fiery serpent, and set it on a pole; and it shall be that every one who is bitten, when he looks at it, shall live.’ ”
    2. “live” Gk., chayay (khaw-yah’-ee), to live, revive, safe life
    B. II Kings 18:4 “He removed the high places and broke the scared pillars, cut down the wooden image and broke in pieces the bronze serpent that Moses made; for until those days the children of Israel burned incense to it, and called it Nehushtan.”
    C. The people worshipped a past move of God, missing that which God was doing currently – that which was relevant.
    D. Most denominations are a Sign Post of a past move of God.
    Every major denomination that is no longer moving with the cloud has become “nehushtan”.
    1500 Luther
    1600 Annabaptist
    1700-1800 Weslyans – Methodist (was move of God at that time)
    1850 A.B. Simpson
    1900 Pentecostal Movement – AG, 4-Square (gifts)
    1948 Latter Rain Movement- (five-fold, laying on of hands)
    1960-80 Charismatic Movement
    1980-90 Divine Oracles (Matt. 21:12-16)
    III. moving with the cloud – moving with god’s presence
    a. Exodus 33:14-16 “And He said, My presence will go with you, and I will give you rest. Then he said to Him, If Your presence does not go with us, do not bring us up from here. For how then will it be known that Your people and I have found grace in Your sight, except You go with us? So we shall be separate, Your people and I, from all the people who are upon the face of the earth.”
    B. Acts 15:14 “…God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for His name.”
    C. I Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
    D. As God’s people, called by His name, continue to move with the cloud, they are set apart from the rest of the world.
    E. Acts 2:14-18 “And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God…”
    1. The “last days”, started at Pentecost: this Scripture was fulfilled, start of Last Days.
    2. Acts 3:19-20: The Church was only a few days old when these words were given.
    a. Already talking of repentance
    b. Heaven must contain Christ until the restoration of all things of the Church.
    c. Prophecy of falling away and their restoration.
    IV. DAVID’S TABERNACLE:
    A. Amos 9:11 “In the last days I will raise up the ruins of David’s tabernacle. And will build it as in the days of old.”
    B. Acts 15:16-17 ” ‘After this I will return, and will rebuild the tabernacle of David, which has fallen down. I will rebuild its ruins, and I will set it up so that the rest of mankind may seek the LORD, even all the Gentiles who are called by My name’, says the Lord, who does all these things.”
    1. Origin of David’s Tabernacle: Every revival in the history of Israel was accompanied by the restored truth of David’s Tabernacle.
    a. Solomon’s Temple, II Chron. 5:11-19; 7:6
    b. King Jehosophat, II Chron. 20
    c. King Hezekiah, II Chron. 29 (lasted 150 yrs.)
    d. King Josiah
    e. The Restoration of Judah from Babylonian captivity (100 yrs. later)
    1) Ezra 2-3
    2) Nehemiah
    2. David’s Tabernacle – Restoration of Worship John 4:23-24 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him.”
    Baptism into the cloud means being fully involved with and in the current move of God. It means consistently hiding the Word of God in your heart and keeping your eyes and ears constantly open to what the Holy Spirit is saying in these last days.
    How about you?
    Are you moving with the cloud– that about which God is speaking now though His Holy Spirit;
    ARE YOU STAYING CURRENT AND RELEVANT IN PRESENT TRUTH?
    ARE YOU Saved, water baptized, Holy SPIRIT filled walking in the gifts of the Holy Spirit?

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    Sun, 28 Aug 2016 16:43:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-asa-fearing-god/ Revival Under Asa – Fearing God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-asa-fearing-god/

    2 Chronicles 14:1-4

    2 Chronicles 14:7-9

    2 Chronicles 14:11-14

    2 Chronicles 15:1-2

    2 Chronicles 15:8

    2 Chronicles 15:10-15

    Deuteronomy 10:12

    Ecclesiastes 12:13

    Psalm 33:8

    Psalm 33:20

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    Wed, 24 Aug 2016 01:16:47 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-2/ Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-2/ John 8:30-31

     

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    Sun, 21 Aug 2016 16:25:47 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/everything-season-time-every-purpose-heaven/ To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under Heaven https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/everything-season-time-every-purpose-heaven/ 1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven: 2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance; 5 A time to cast away stones, And a time to gather stones; A time to embrace, And a time to refrain from embracing; 6 A time to gain, And a time to lose; A time to keep, And a time to throw away; 7 A time to tear, And a time to sew; A time to keep silence, And a time to speak; 8 A time to love, And a time to hate; A time of war, And a time of peace. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 17 Aug 2016 03:02:27 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/addicted-to-jesus/ Addicted To Jesus https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/addicted-to-jesus/ Ephesians 1:3-5, 11

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    Sun, 14 Aug 2016 17:29:19 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/kingdom-of-god-2/ Kingdom of God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/kingdom-of-god-2/ 2 Corinthians 4:18

     

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    Sun, 07 Aug 2016 17:06:35 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/josiahs-revival-rediscovering-word-god/ Josiah’s Revival – Rediscovering the Word of God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/josiahs-revival-rediscovering-word-god/ 2 Chronicles 34:1-8 (NKJV): Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. And he did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left. For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, he began to seek the God of his father David; and in the twelfth year he began to purge Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images. They broke down the altars of the Baals in his presence, and the incense altars which were above them he cut down; and the wooden images, the carved images, and the molded images he broke in pieces, and made dust of them and scattered it on the graves of those who had sacrificed to them. He also burned the bones of the priests on their altars, and cleansed Judah and Jerusalem.And so he did in the cities of Manasseh, Ephraim, and Simeon, as far as Naphtali and all around, with axes. When he had broken down the altars and the wooden images, had beaten the carved images into powder, and cut down all the incense altars throughout all the land of Israel, he returned to Jerusalem. In the eighteenth year of his reign, when he had purged the land and the temple, he sent Shaphan the son of Azaliah, Maaseiah the governor of the city, and Joah the son of Joahaz the recorder, to repair the house of the Lord his God.

    2 Chronicles 34:14-21 (NKJV): Now when they brought out the money that was brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given by Moses. Then Hilkiah answered and said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan. So Shaphan carried the book to the king, bringing the king word, saying, “All that was committed to your servants they are doing. “And they have gathered the money that was found in the house of the Lord, and have delivered it into the hand of the overseers and the workmen.” Then Shaphan the scribe told the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king. Thus it happened, when the king heard the words of the Law, that he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded Hilkiah, Ahikam the son of Shaphan, Abdon the son of Micah, Shaphan the scribe, and Asaiah a servant of the king, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, and for those who are left in Israel and Judah, concerning the words of the book that is found; for great is the wrath of the Lord that is poured out on us, because our fathers have not kept the word of the Lord, to do according to all that is written in this book.”

    2 Chronicles 34:26-27 (NKJV): “But as for the king of Judah, who sent you to inquire of the Lord, in this manner you shall speak to him, ‘Thus says the Lord God of Israel: “Concerning the words which you have heard–“because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before God when you heard His words against this place and against its inhabitants, and you humbled yourself before Me, and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.

    2 Chronicles 34:30-33 (NKJV): The king went up to the house of the Lord, with all the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem–the priests and the Levites, and all the people, great and small. And he read in their hearing all the words of the Book of the Covenant which had been found in the house of the Lord. Then the king stood in his place and made a covenant before the Lord, to follow the Lord, and to keep His commandments and His testimonies and His statutes with all his heart and all his soul, to perform the words of the covenant that were written in this book. And he made all who were present in Jerusalem and Benjamin take a stand. So the inhabitants of Jerusalem did according to the covenant of God, the God of their fathers. Thus Josiah removed all the abominations from all the country that belonged to the children of Israel, and made all who were present in Israel diligently serve the Lord their God. All his days they did not depart from following the Lord God of their fathers.

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    Wed, 03 Aug 2016 00:50:59 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-14a-baptism-holy-spirit/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 14A, Baptism Into the Holy Spirit https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-14a-baptism-holy-spirit/ DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS:
    Baptism of Repentance
    Baptism Into Water
    Baptism Into the Holy Spirit
    Baptism Into the Cloud
    Baptism Into Christ’s Suffering
    Baptism Into Christ’s Body
    Baptism Into Fire

    Baptism: Gk. baptizo (bapto: to whelm, to cover wholly with fluid); to submerge, to make whelmed, i.e., fully wet; ablution.
    Overwhelm: to cover completely, Webster.

    I. BAPTISM IN THE HOLY SPIRIT

    The doctrine of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is a biblical theme that has suffered much abuse at the hands of many teachers. I hope that this lesson will assist the believer in coming to a clear and concise understanding of the witness of the Scriptures concerning the ministry of the Holy Spirit in the church today. The baptism in the Holy Spirit is a complete immersion of the believer in the Holy Spirit. This baptism grants us an entrance into the realm of spiritual power and enduement from on high.

    • A. “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you” Acts 1:8
    • B ” ‘ These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.’ ” Luke 24:44

    II. WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT

    • A. The Holy Spirit is not merely influence or power.
    • B. He is One in the Godhead.
      1 John 5:7, “For there are three who bear witness in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Spirit: and these three are One.”
    • C. He has all the attributes of deity:
      1. Speaks Acts 13:2
      2. Works I Corinthians 12:11
      3. Teaches John 14:26
      4. Guides John 16:13
      5. Creates Genesis 1:1-3
    • D. He has these characteristics:
      1. He has a mind. Romans 8:27
      2. He has a will. I Corinthians 12:11
      3. He has intelligence. Nehemiah 9:20
      4. He loves. John 3:16, Romans 15:30
      5. He grieves. Ephesians 4:30

    III. HOLY SPIRIT SYMBOLICALLY REPRESENTED

    • A. By a dove Matthew 3:16
    • B. By water John 4:14; John 7:38-39
    • C. By rain Joel 2:23
    • D. By oil Psalm 89:20
    • E. By wind John 3:8; Acts 2:2
    • F. By fire Luke 3:16; Isaiah 4:4; Acts 2:3

    IV. OTHER NAMES FOR THE HOLY SPIRIT

    • A. Isaiah 11:2
      1. Spirit of the Lord
      2. Spirit of Wisdom
      3. Spirit of Understanding
      4. Spirit of Counsel
      5. Spirit of Might
      6. Spirit of Knowledge
      7. Spirit of the Fear of the Lord
    • B. Spirit of Christ I Peter 1:11
    • C. Spirit of Prophecy Revelation 19:10
    • D. Spirit of Glory I Peter 4:14
    • E. Comforter John 14:26
    • F. Eternal Spirit Hebrews 9:14
    • G. Spirit of Promise Ephesians 1:13

    V. THE PROMISE OF THE SPIRIT

    • A. He will “pour out” His spirit. Joel 2:28,29 “And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, Your old men shall dream dreams, Your young men shall see visions: And also on My menservants and on my maidservants I will pour out my Spirit in those days.”
      1. He will “pour out” His spirit “afterward”.
      2. Afterward: later time, or last time; Last days Acts 2:14-20.
    • B. The Comforter shall come
      1. John 14:15-18,26
      2. John 15:26-27; 16:7
      3. Isaiah 32:15
    • C. The New Testament testifies to the authenticity of the Holy Spirit Baptism:
      1. John the Baptist referred to the Holy Spirit baptism. Luke 1:80, Matt. 3:10-12.
      2. Jesus commanded the apostles to tarry in Jerusalem for it (the baptism).
        Luke 24:49, Acts 1:4-5.
      3. Peter referred to the Promise of the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost. Acts 2:39
        The promise was not just for the early church: “for the promise is to you, and to your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.”

        • a. Present: This promise is unto you now!
        • b. Future: this promise is unto your children and your children’s children.
        • c. Afar off: Gk. makran (mak-ran’), meaning at a distance.
    • D. The Promise of Power:
      We can believe the promises in the Word of God, because II Corinthians 1:20 tells us, “For all the promises of God in Him are yes and in Him Amen.” Because Hebrews 13:8, declares that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, and today, and forever,” we can be assured that His promises are true, faithful, and current.

      1. Acts 1:8 “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
      2. Luke 24:49 ” ‘Behold, I send the promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem, until you are endued with power from on high.’ ”
        • a. Not power just to witness, but power to be a witness.
          – “witness”: Gk., martus (mar’-toos); martyr, witness
        • b. Demonstration of the spirit and power
          I Corinthians 2:4
        • c. Confirming the Word, as in Mark 16:15-18, 20; “And He said to them, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.’ And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs.”

    VI. ASSURANCE & EVIDENCE OF RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT

    When the Holy Spirit comes during baptism, the power received from Him is visible (demonstrable).
    For example, in Acts 8:14-25, the power the Samaritans received was visible.

    • A. There is the evidence of speaking in tongues, “And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” Acts 2:4.
      1. “other tongues”, speaking in other languages.
      2. Acts 2:6, 11; “every man heard them speak in his own language”
    • B. There is evidence of speaking in new tongues.
      Mark 16:17 “‘ they shall speak with new tongues…'” (speaking in the language of the Spirit, the heavenly language)
    • C. There is prophecy:
      Acts 19:1-6 “And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Spirit came on them; and they spoke with tongues, and prophesied.”
    • D. The word is confirmed, glory is brought to the Name of the Lord.
      Acts 10:44-46 “While Peter was still speaking these words, the Holy Spirit fell upon all those who heard the word. And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also. For they heard them speak with tongues and magnify God.”
      The evidence of the initial infilling of the Holy Spirit baptism is speaking in tongues.

    VII. THE PURPOSE OF TONGUES

    • A. Edification: “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit.” Jude 20; “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings that cannot be uttered.” Romans 8:26; “He who speaks in a tongue edifies himself; but he who prophesies edifies the church.”
      I Corinthians 14:4; also I Corinthians 14:14-31
    • B. Speak mysteries: communication between your spirit and the Holy Spirit: “For he who speaks in a tongue does not speak to men but to God, for no one understands Him; however, in the spirit He speaks mysteries.” I Corinthians 14:2, and I Corinthians 2.
    • C. Pray the will of God: “Now He that searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God.” Romans 8:27
    • D. Help our infirmities (weaknesses): “Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses.”
      Romans 8:26
    • E. Causes us to be witnesses: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you: and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Acts 1:8

    VIII. A BELIEVER RECEIVES THE BAPTISM OF THE HOLY SPIRIT

    • A. There are two ways in which the believer receives this baptism:
      1. Sovereign act of God Acts 2:2-4
      2. Laying on of hands Acts 8:14-19
    • B. Believer’s responsibilities – the believer must:
      1. Understand and believe the promise is for today Luke 11:13; Acts 2:39
      2. Prepare his or her heart through repentance Acts 2:38
      3. Ask Luke 11:9,10,13
      4. Believe that you will receive the Holy Spirit – John 7:38,39; Galatians 3:2

    Baptism in the Holy Spirit is regarded as being a distant and separate experience from salvation and water baptism in the New Testament Scriptures.

    The Word of God declares in John 1:33, that it is the ministry of Christ to baptize the believer in the Holy Spirit.

    It is important the heart be ready to receive that which Jesus has purposed and designed for the life of every believer


     

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    Sun, 31 Jul 2016 16:33:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/saved-not-saved-saved/ Saved – Not Saved – Saved Again https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/saved-not-saved-saved/ 1 Timothy 4:7-8

    1 Timothy 4:15

    2 Peter 1:4

    Hebrews 6:4-6

    Hebrews 10:26-29

    Hebrews 3:12-14

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    Wed, 27 Jul 2016 01:23:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-13-baptism-water/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 13, Baptism into Water https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-13-baptism-water/ I. DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS:

    Baptism of Repentance
    –> Baptism into Water <–
    Baptism into the Holy Spirit
    Baptism into the Cloud
    Baptism into Christ’s suffering
    Baptism into Christ’s Body
    Baptism into Fire

    • A. Baptism: Gk. baptizo (bapto: to whelm, to cover wholly with fluid); to submerge, to make whelmed, i.e., fully wet; ablution.
    • B. Overwhelm: to cover completely, Webster.

    II. BAPTISM INTO WATER

    Introduction
    The doctrine of water baptism has been and still is in many theological areas, a place of unending dispute. The problem basically centers around the interpretation of baptism as an ordinance, form, or mode. There is also much controversy as to how the rite should be administered.

    • A. some believe
      1. A person is not born again until they are baptized.
      2. Infant baptism is a sure guarantee of salvation.
      3. Water baptism is simply an outward sign of an inward experience.
    • B. some disagree as to what mode or form (how and in what way) to carry out water baptism, thus questions still arise such as:
      1. Is water baptism by sprinkling or full immersion?
      2. What about the name used in the administration?
        • a. Is it “Father, Son and Holy Ghost”?
        • b. Is it the “Lord Jesus Christ”?
          In our pursuit of this foundational truth,
          we must always turn to the word of God
          and ask….. “For what does the Scripture say?”
          Romans 4:3, Galatians 4:30

    III. HISTORY

    • A. The Great Commission is recorded in all four Gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. It was most likely the major theme of their discussion while they waited 40 days “for the promise of the Father” (Acts 1:3).
      Matthew 28:16-20, John 20:19-23, Mark 16:14-18, Acts 1:6-9, Luke 24:45-51
    • B. The Bible declares that Jesus breathed on or inspired His apostles before He began His series of discourses (John 20:22). The apostles were also given commandments by the Lord Himself (Acts 1:2).
      1. He “opened their understanding that they might comprehend the scriptures”
        (Luke 24:45).
      2. That even from the “beginning at Moses, and all the Prophets, He expounded to them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself” (Luke 24:27).
    • C. He expected the apostles to be witnesses “unto Him”, Acts 1:8.
      1. Witnesses of the things of which He, the Christ, The Living Word, has interpreted to them from the written Word.
      2. He opened their understanding concerning the Great commission which was summed up in the final utterance in Luke 24:46-49; namely, His death, His burial, and His resurrection.
      3. The identification of the individual sinner with these three historical facts, through:
        • a. Repentance
        • b. Water Baptism
        • c. Baptism in the Holy Ghost

    IV. ARE WE TO OBEY JESUS’ WORDS?

    • A. Will anyone dare to say that the earlier commandment given in Matthew 28:19 is contradictory to the later one in Luke 24:45-53; or, will anyone dare to say the apostles gave wrong instruction on the day of Pentecost to the 3,000 converted souls?
    • B. Jesus left no written record. We must depend entirely on the word of His apostles for the fulfillment of His words.
    • C. Jesus Himself declared that we should believe on Him through the word of the apostles. John 17:20
    • D. To obey Jesus’ words should mean obeying all four Gospels and not merely practicing a single verse in Matthew while overlooking the spirit of it as indicated by the words of Jesus in other passages.

    V. BAPTISM – THE SCRIPTURAL RECORD

    • A. Earlier in this lesson the definition of the word “baptism” was given to mean: immersion; to plunge under, to dip, to whelm, i.e., to cover wholly with fluid.
      1. The word “bapto” (Gk.) is used three times in the New Testament:
        • a. Luke 16:20-31, spec., vs. 24
        • b. John 13:26
        • c. Revelation 19:13
      2. Thayer, (Thayer’s Greek-English Lexicon) speaking of baptism in the New Testament, states that it relates to the rite of sacred ablution, or immersion in water performed as a sign of the removal of sin and is administered to those who, impelled by the desire for salvation, obey Christ’s commandment to repent, then be baptized.
    • B. A hasty glance at the acts of the apostles will show only three instances of the use of the name of Jesus in baptism. A more careful examination of the Scriptures will reveal nine such instances in the New Testament.
      1. Acts 2:38 The Jews at Pentecost were commanded to “…let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ…”
      2. Acts 8:12,15 The Samaritans were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus after Philip had preached concerning the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ; “…and in the name of Jesus Christ they were baptized, both men and women”
      3. Acts 10:48 Peter commanded the gentiles at the household of Cornelius, “…to be baptized in the name of the Lord”.
        Who is the Lord? Paul said, “…one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.” Ephesians 4:6
      4. Acts 9:10-18 Paul was healed, baptized with water and the Holy Ghost. Paul had been seeking “…to bind all that call upon…” the name of Jesus.
        To his astonishment, Jesus Himself appeared to inform Paul that His name is the Lord, “And he said, who are you, Lord? And the Lord said, ‘I am Jesus…’ ” Acts 9:5.
      5. Romans 6:3-5 believers in the church at Rome “were baptized into Jesus Christ”, baptized into His death, buried with Him through baptism, and raised from the dead as He was.
      6. I Corinthians 1:12-13 Paul tells the Corinthian church they were baptized in the name of Christ and no one else – that Christ was crucified for them.
        The context will permit no other answer, for unless they were baptized into the name of Jesus, Paul’s argument would be meaningless.
      7. Galatians 3:27
        Were likewise baptized in Jesus’ name, “for as many of you as were baptized into Christ, have put on Christ.”
      8. Colossians 2:11-12 The Colossians were buried and raised with Jesus Christ, “…buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him…”
        This same expression was used in Romans 6:3-4, where it is definitely stated that the believers were baptized “into Christ Jesus”.
      9. Acts 19:5
        Paul baptized the Ephesian believers in the name of Jesus, “they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.”
    • C. Apostolic Interpretation
      1. Questions
        • a. Why did the Lord Jesus command the disciples to “baptize in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Ghost”, yet every recorded reference to baptism, both in Acts and the Epistles, is spoken of in terms of “into the name of the Lord”, “the Lord Jesus Christ” or simply, “into Jesus”?
        • b. Why didn’t they ever quote the command of Matthew 28:19 in the administering of baptism?
        • c. Why did they always baptize in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ?
        • d. Is there a contradiction between the Gospels and the Book of Acts?
        • e. Did the disciples disobey or misunderstand the command of Jesus Himself? Were the early apostles disobedient and rebellious?
      2. Answers
        • a. The Great Commission of the Gospels must be interpreted in light of the Book of Acts. As you study the Book of Acts you will discover how the apostles interpreted the Great Commission.
        • b. The Book of Acts (called the Acts of the Apostles) is the only infallible account that we have of how the apostles interpreted the commission of Jesus Christ given in the gospels.
        • c. If we want to know what Jesus meant in Matthew 28:19,
          we must go to the Acts of the Apostles and interpret it in the light of its fulfillment.

    VI. THE NAME
    “and I come to thee holy Father, keep them in thy name, the name which thou hast given me, that they may be one, even as we are one.” (NAS)

    • A. God has revealed Himself at different times under various names: El Elohim, Elyon, El Shaddai, El Olam, Adonai, Eloah; but there is one name known in the Old Testament as The Name.
      • It occurs 6,823 times, more than twice as often as all other divine names combined. That name is “jehovah”. This name was regarded by the Jews as the “unutterable” name.
      • The name became abbreviated to “JAH”, and they incorporated it in their personal names; such as Elijah, Isaiah, Jeremiah, etc.
    • B. “JESUS” is the Greek form of the Hebrew, “JAH-OSHEA”, which means “Jehovah the Savior”.
      1. Moses (Numbers 13:16) changed the name of Oshea the son of Nun. Oshea meant savior, which was what he was to Israel’s national life.
      2. Moses, being a prophet, recognized Him as a type of greater savior and added the covenant name, Jah; hence, Jahoshea or Joshua. The name Jesus is the Greek translation of the Hebrew Joshua or “Jehovah the Savior.”
    • C. Scriptural references to The Name
      1. Matthew 1:21 “call His name Jesus”
      2. John 5:43 “I am come in My Father’s name.”
      3. Hebrews 1:4 “has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name”
      4. Colossians 3:17 “do all in the name of the Lord Jesus”
      5. Acts 4:12 “there is no other name”
      6. Philippians 2:9 “given Him a name which is above every name”
      7. Mark 16:17-18 “In My name”
      8. I John 3:23 “And this is His commandment, that we should believe on the name of His Son, Jesus Christ.”
      9. Acts 3:6 “In the name of Jesus Christ”
      10. John 3:18 “believe on the name”
    • D. Matthew 28:19 “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.”
      1. FATHER is not a name but a TITLE
      2. SON is not a name but a TITLE
      3. HOLY SPIRIT is not a name but a TITLE
      4. Colossians 2:9 “For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”

    VII. IDENTIFICATION WITH CHRIST
    Romans 6:3-5

    • A. The believer is identified with Christ in His death, burial, and resurrection.
      Going down into the waters of baptism is symbolic of going down into His death–

      1. Identification with Christ’s death
      2. Rising up out of the waters of baptism signifies the believer’s resurrection and newness of life. It is his identification with the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

    VIII. NEW COVENANT “CIRCUMCISION”

    • A. Water baptism is the New Testament fulfilment (type and shadow) of the Old Testament rite of circumcision.
    • B. In water baptism the believer is identified with Christ’s death. He is “cut off” from the old life of sin and this old life is buried with Christ.
      1. Colossians 2:11-13 “In Him you were also circumcised with the circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the sins of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, buried with Him in baptism, in which you also were raised with Him through faith in the working of God, who raised Him from the dead. And you, being dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses…”
      2. II Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation: old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.”
    • C. New Testament water baptism speaks of a circumcision of the heart and not the flesh. With the old covenant (as in the Old Testament) they cut away the skin, but in the new covenant (as in the New Testament) we cut away the sin!

    WATER BAPTISM IS CLEARLY TAUGHT TO BE IDENTIFICATION WITH THE SON OF GOD IN HIS DEATH, BURIAL, AND RESURRECTION IT IS ALSO THE NEW COVENANT CIRCUMCISION OF THE HEART, WHICH IS AN OPERATION OF GOD IN THE SPIRIT

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    Sun, 24 Jul 2016 16:24:11 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-brings-harvest/ Revival that brings Harvest https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/revival-brings-harvest/
  • Daniel 9:1-10 (NKJV)
  • Romans 13:11-12 (NKJV)
  • Acts 3:19-21 (NKJV)
  • Romans 1:20 (NKJV)
  • I Corinthians 11:19 (KJV)
  • I Corinthians 11:19 (NKJV)
  • Philippians 4:19-20 (NKJV)
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    Wed, 20 Jul 2016 01:43:20 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/commanded-to-go-2/ Commanded to go https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/commanded-to-go-2/ Jeremiah 1:6-8

     

    Mark 10:47-51

     

    John 21:1-2

     

    John 4:28-30

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    Sun, 17 Jul 2016 16:40:53 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/beyond-limits-authority-2/ Beyond Limits of Authority https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/beyond-limits-authority-2/ Matthew 24:12-14 (KJV)

    And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted.

    But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.

    Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation. (KJV)

     

    II Corinthians 10:13  (KJV) and (NASB)

    But we will not boast of things without our measure, but according to the measure of the rule which God hath distributed to us, a measure to reach even unto you. (KJV)

    But we will not boast beyond our measure, but [a]within the measure of the sphere which God apportioned to us as a measure, to reach even as far as you. (NASB)

     

    Romans 12:3 (KJV)

    For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to

    every man the measure of faith.  (KJV)

    I Timothy 2:1-3 (KJV)

    I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;

    For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.

    For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; (KJV)

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    Wed, 13 Jul 2016 11:09:25 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-12-baptism-repentance/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 12, Baptism Into Repentance https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-12-baptism-repentance/ INTRODUCTION
    There are seven doctrines of Baptisms taught in the New Testament; the word baptisms is in the plural tense in Hebrews 6:2. Each Christian should experience these baptisms in their life.

    I. BAPTISM: gk. baptizo; to submerge, to make whelmed (i.e., fully wet); ablution.

    • A. Bapto: to whelm, to cover wholly with fluid.
    • B. Overwhelm: to cover completely, Webster

    II. THE DOCTRINE OF BAPTISMS
    There are seven types of baptisms, the doctrine of being submerged into something. Six of these seven are still relevant today.

    • A. Baptism of repentance (what John preached)
    • B. Baptism into water
    • C. Baptism into the Holy Spirit
    • D. Baptism into the cloud
    • E. Baptism into Christ’s suffering
    • F. Baptism into Christ’s body
    • G. Baptism into fire

    III. BAPTISM INTO REPENTANCE ; MATTHEW 3:3-11 [* This is not the same as a Christian baptism.]

    • A. “Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.” Isaiah 40:3
    • B. “. . . confessing their sins” Matthew 3:6
    • C. “…bear fruits worthy of repentance” Matthew 3:8
      1. John’s baptism was to prepare the way. Matthew 3:3
      2. Those who responded to John’s call:
        • a. Confessed their sins
        • b. Were admonished to bring forth fruit showing true repentance
          1. The Christian brings forth fruit after repentance.
          2. John the Baptist said there must be evidence of repentance (fruit), showing a true change of heart and attitude, before baptism.
        • c. Were baptized, immersed in water
    • D. Malachi 4:5-6 This prophecy was given that John would turn the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
      1. There were 400 years of silence from Malachi to Matthew.
      2. John was called to prepare the way for Jesus Christ by turning the hearts of the fathers to the children and the hearts of the children to their fathers.
    • E. The Principle of John the Baptist’s ministry was to prepare the hearts of the people to receive the Messiah. John was the Preparer of the Way.
    • F. Luke 1:17 “He will also go before Him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.”
      1. Go before: prepare the way for the Messiah (bringing the message of repentance)
      2. Turn: the hearts of the fathers to the children and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just
      3. Make ready: a people prepared for the Lord
        • a. John’s baptism was one of preparation of the heart to receive Christ.
        • b. John used the Word to prepare the hearts of the people for the Messiah, Jesus Christ.
        • c. Isaiah 40:3-5 “The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight in the desert a highway for our God….”

    IV. JOHN THE BAPTIST’S MINISTRY WAS A

    (1) “plowman ministry” : JEREMIAH 4:3-4

    • A. “. . . break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns.”
      1. Fallow ground is that which is left idle, uncultivated, untilled. It is unproductive ground, not yielding fruit or seed. Not only break up the untilled soil, but take away the thorns that grow there.
        • a. The command was that seeds of repentance are not to be sown in soil that is unfit for planting.
        • b. The soil must be properly prepared.
      2. John’s ministry was one of a prophet and he was concerned with the breaking up of the fallow ground in men’s lives. This is seen in the New Testament as a Prophet’s Ministry.

    (2) A PROPHETIC MINISTRY : LUKE 7:28

    • B. Repentance is a very serious matter requiring forethought and corresponding actions.
      1. John’s baptism was one into repentance.
      2. Those that heard John’s message were to bring forth fruit before they were baptized.

    V. JOHN’S BAPTISM PRECEDED RECEIVING JESUS CHRIST (the new birth)

    • A. From Acts 19:1-7 , we know that John’s baptism preceded the new birth and the Christian water baptism is after the new birth.
      • “…into what then were you baptized? So they said, into John’s baptism. Then Paul said, John indeed baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying to the people, that they should believe on Him who would come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came upon them.”
    • B. Three baptisms are found in the verses in Acts 19:1-7
      1. Baptism of Repentance, vs. 3 & 4: John’s baptism, before receiving Christ
      2. Water Baptism, vs. 5. the Christian baptism after receiving Christ
      3. Holy Ghost Baptism, vs. 6. baptism that comes after the new birth

    VI. MATTHEW 3:13-17

    “Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. And John tried to prevent Him, saying, I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me? But Jesus answered and said to him, ‘Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.’ Then he allowed Him. When he had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and, behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and alighting upon Him. And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”

    • A. Jesus was baptized to fulfill all righteousness.
    • B. Jesus came the same way all had come and still come.

    (1) CONFESS YOUR SINS  
    (2) REPENT  
    (3) TURN TO GOD
    (4) BEAR FRUITS OF REPENTANCE  
    (5) BE BAPTIZED IN WATER

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    Sun, 10 Jul 2016 16:27:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/gospel-aftermath-dallas-baton-rouge-falcon-heights-2/ The Gospel in the Aftermath of Dallas, Baton Rouge, and Falcon Heights https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/gospel-aftermath-dallas-baton-rouge-falcon-heights-2/ Psalm 46:6

    The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved;
    He uttered His voice, the earth melted.

     

    Psalm 46:9-11

    He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two;
    He burns the chariot in the fire.

    10 Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth!

    11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
    The God of Jacob is our refuge.

     

    Romans 12:15

    15 Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.

     

    James 1:19-20

    19 So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;

    20 for the wrath of man does not produce the righteousness of God.

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    Wed, 06 Jul 2016 00:50:09 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-11-trinity-giving-tithe/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 11, The Trinity of Giving – The Tithe https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-11-trinity-giving-tithe/ The principle of tithing is one that can be traced throughout the entire Bible. In actuality, it was involved in the Garden of Eden when mankind took something which belonged to or was designated for God (Genesis 2:16-17; 3:6). Abraham was used to initiate the tithe as we know it when he gave to Melchiszedek, who was a priest of God. Jacob also consecrated a tenth of his substance to God.

    I. TITHING

    • A. Tithing is the tenth of all dedicated to sacred use.
    • B. Scripture declares that the Lord owns everything. This includes all our possessions (Psalm 24:1).
    • C. By tithing we acknowledge the ownership of God over all we possess. As one pays rent to the owner of a house to acknowledge his ownership, we tithe to acknowledge God and His ownership.
    • D. Leviticus 27:30 tells us that the tithe is holy. Holy means to be “set apart unto God”. We must be conscientious to set apart that which belongs to God.

    II. HISTORY OF TITHING

    • A. Tithing existed before the Law:
      1. Abraham Genesis 14:18-20
      2. Jacob Genesis 28:22
    • B. Tithing existed under the Law:
      1. The nation of Israel Leviticus 27:30-33
      2. Numbers 18:20-32.
    • C. Tithing existed under grace:
      1. Jesus confirmed tithing in Matthew 23:23 and Luke 11:42.
      2. Tithing was not created under the Law, but prior to it. Hebrews 7:1-21

    III. NECESSARY FOR BELIEVERS TO TITHE TODAY

    • A. YES! God admonished us to tithe, Leviticus 27:30; Proverbs 3:9-10.
    • B. If a person does not tithe and present offerings to God, he is robbing God.
      1. Malachi 3:8-10 “Will a man rob God? Yet you have robbed me. But you say, ‘In what way have we robbed You?’ In tithes and offerings. You are cursed with a curse, for you have robbed me, even this whole nation. Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try me now in this, says the Lord of hosts, if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such a blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.”
      2. The tithe is not ours to give. It is already God’s possession. If a person only tithes and does not present offerings, he is not giving anything at all to God.

    IV. WHERE TO BE GIVEN

    • A. The tithe is to be brought into the storehouse of God (where you receive spiritual nourishment).
    • B. The storehouse to the Israelites (those under the Law) was the Tabernacle.
    • C. The storehouse to the New Covenant Believer (now under grace) is the local church.

    V. OFFERING DIFFERS FROM TITHE

    • A. YES! An offering is a gift to God in excess of our regular tithe. It is given above and beyond that which is required.
    • B. The distinction between the two is made in Malachi 3:8.

    VI. DIFFERENT SCRIPTURAL WAYS OF GIVING

    • A. TITHES: that portion given to God into the storehouse (the local assembly).
    • B. OFFERINGS: that which is given above the tithe in support of other Christian ministries.
    • C. ALMS: that which is given as a gift to an individual.

    VII. ATTITUDES TO BE PRESENT IN THE HEARTS OF THOSE WHO GIVE UNTO GOD

    • A. II Corinthians 8:12 give “willingly”,
    • B. II Corinthians 9:7 give “cheerfully”
    • C. II Corinthians 8:24 give “lovingly”
    • D. II Corinthians 9:11-12 give “thankfully”,
    • E. Matthew 6:2-4 give out of a pure heart, expecting nothing in return.

    VIII. PRINCIPLES TO FOLLOW IN GIVING

    • A. First, we are to give of ourselves to the Lord. II Corinthians 8:5.
    • B. We are to give according to our ability. Acts 11:29; II Corinthians 8:12.
    • B. We are to give regularly. I Corinthians 16:1-2.
    • C. We are to give as a ministry to the Lord and His saints. II Corinthians 9:12-13.
    • D. We are to give as unto the Lord and not to be noticed by men. Matthew 6:2-4.

    There is a principle of blessing in giving. God des11-1ires that we give in order to release His blessing upon us. Our attitude always affects the situation we are involved in, thus we must be ever mindful to give out of a cheerful heart. God desires us to give in a manner that will bring glory to Him.

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    Sun, 03 Jul 2016 16:28:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/my-exceeding-joy/ My Exceeding Joy https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/my-exceeding-joy/ Psalms 43:4 (NKJV)

    1. Tehlliah
    2. Halal
    3. Yadah
    4. Towdah
    5. Barak
    6. Shabach
    7. Zamar

    City Harvest exists to glorify God through a proper response to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. We have determined to express that response through wholehearted obedience to the Scriptures and through zealous worship of the Lord our God.

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    Wed, 29 Jun 2016 01:01:06 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-10-faith-confession/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 10, Faith for Confession https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-10-faith-confession/ I. “FAITH COMES BY HEARING AND HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD.”
    ROMANS 10:17  Where there is no word, there is no faith.

    II. “WHAT DOES IT SAY” ROMANS 10:6-10

    • A. What is the “it” Paul is referring to?
      1. “the righteousness of faith speaks in this way ‘But what does it say?’ “….this righteousness which is of faith?
      2. “it” is the word of faith that “does it say”, that “speaks.”
    • B. “The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart”
      1. Where is the word? “The word is near you, even in your mouth and in your heart.”
      2. “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”
        • a. Principles:
          1. believing in your heart
          2. confessing with your mouth, the word of faith
        • b. Confession and confessing
          1. “confess” and “confession”: In the Greek is the compound word “homologeo”, which means to speak the same as the Word.
            Homo = the same
            Logos = the Word.
          2. The true revelation of the doctrine of confession is speaking the same thing the Word says.

    III. II CORINTHIANS 4:13…”spirit of faith”
    “But since we have the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, I believed and therefore I spoke; we also believe, and therefore speak”

    • A. “according to what is written”
      1. Paul is quoting David in Psalm 116:10 “I believed, therefore I spoke”
        What you speak is what you believe!
      2. This is the order of confession, This is homologeo: believing in your heart, confessing with your mouth.
    • B. The word of faith is both what a person believes and what he says.
      1. For example: What I speak, must be the Word of God. What I believe must come forth from the Word of God.
      2. John 12:50 “Whatever I speak just as the Father has told Me so I speak.”
      3. Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.”
    • C. A man’s confession is a result of his believing; a man’s believing is a result of his thinking; a man’s thinking is a result of his knowledge; and a man’s knowledge is a result of his source.
    • D. There are two sources of knowledge. James 3:15-18
      1. Wisdom that descends, not from above James 3:15
      2. Wisdom that ascends, from above James 3:17

    IV. SCRIPTURAL CONFESSION

    • A. Saying what the Word experience says.
      1. Matthew 12:34-37 “Out of the abundance of the heart..”
      2. Speak only what God speaks!
        • a. I John 4:4 “greater one indwells”
        • b. II Corinthians 5:17-21 “new creature in Christ”
        • c. Romans 8:1 “no condemnation”
        • d. Romans 8:28 “all things work together for good”
        • e. Romans 8:37 “more than conquerors through Him”
    • B. Change your confession by changing what you believe. James 3:10,11
    • C. Change what is in the well and the water will be sweet.

    V. HEBREWS 10:23 “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering; for He who promised is faithful.”

    • A. You have what you say because you say the same things as the Word of God.
      1. Mark 11:23 Jesus said you can have “whatever you say”!
        Homologeo–to say what the Word says.
      2. If you say negative and hurting things, that is what you will get in return.
    • B. Develop a good confession by developing a strong belief in God’s Word.
    • C. Confession is calling things that are not as though they are.

    VI. I CORINTHIANS 1:28 “…and things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.”

    • A. This is a Bible principle. God has chosen this method of using things that are not manifest to bring to nothing the things that are manifest.
      NOTHING = zero
      God has chosen this principle as a means of releasing things not manifested
    • B. God chose to use things not manifested! He could have chosen things you can see, smell, hear, taste and feel, but He chose a spiritual force that is not manifested (seen with the natural senses).
    • C. God chose this method to reduce to nothing those things that are not in agreement with the Word of God.

    VII. ROMANS 4:17
    “..and calls those things which do not exist as though they did.”
    This is God’s method!

    • A. This is a principle that Jesus used in all of His ministry. It is the principle of calling things that are not as though they are.
      1. We call things that are not manifest, as though they are manifest.
      2. Compare:  1 Corinthians 1:28 to Romans 4:17
        • a. Things which are not, to bring to nothing things that are.
        • b. Call into manifestation things that are not.
    • B. Don’t call things that are as though they are not.
      1. God’s method is to call things that are not.
      2. Confession is a method of calling things that are not as though they are.
      3. If you are sick, don’t deny that you are sick!
        • a. Deny its right to exist in your body!
        • b. Start calling health and healing into your body!

    VIII. II CORINTHIANS 4:13,17,18 “spirit of faith”

    • A. The unseen is governed by God’s eternal principles.
    • B. Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
      1. We must exercise our faith in this unseen realm. “and this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” 1 John 5:4
        • F.A.T. (Faith Answering Timetable)
        • F.M.T. (Faith Manifesting Timetable)
      2. The unseen realm is the powerful realm, where hope is evidenced, where victory is obtained.

    IX. DON’T ACT LIKE THE DEVIL.

    • A. When you begin to use this principle in your daily walk, some people may think you are trying to act like God.
      1. “..for there is one God; and there is none other but He” Mark 12:32. There is only One God.
      2. We are called to be like God in our thoughts, speech, and actions. We are to act like God not like the Devil.
    • B. If I am acting like God by living/speaking what God (in His Word) says about me, then those who are not living/speaking what God says are acting like the Devil!

    X. MARK 11:23-24
    “For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart,but believes that those things he says will come to pass, he will have whatever he says.” “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

    • A. If you are always talking doubt and unbelief, you are agreeing with the devil.
    • B. If you are experiencing sickness or any adversity in your life, speak what God’s Word says about that thing. Believe and do not waver in your faith that the thing which you do not see manifest in your life, will become manifest….because you can depend on God and on His promises which are forever true and settled in heaven.

    XI. CHECK UP ON YOURSELF

    • A. We need to perform a personal inventory when things/situations for which we have been hoping for years have not been manifested in our lives.
    • B. “You ask, and do not receive, because you ask amiss.” James 4:3
      1. If we do not see any change though we may have been calling for many years, we have probably been saying the wrong things.
      2. We need to look into God’s Word to find out what He says about these things and then speak out those words daily.
        “Who through faith and patience inherit the promises” Hebrews 6:12

    GOD ALWAYS SAYS BEFORE HE DOES!
    CONFESS THE WORD AND YOU WILL HAVE WHAT YOU SAY!

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    Sun, 26 Jun 2016 16:23:02 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/laws-of-success/ Laws of Success https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/laws-of-success/ Romans 8:2 (NKJV)

    Law #1 – First Things First: Worship God

    Law #2 – Count Your Blessings

    Law #3 – Keep on Keeping on

    Law #4 – Remember to Forget

    Law #5 – Give Yourself to Others

    Law #6 – Stay Close to God

    • Repentance
    • Hunger for God

    Law #7 – Cultivate Your Soul

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    Wed, 22 Jun 2016 00:54:42 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-9-faith-force-patience/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 9, Faith – The Force of Patience https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-9-faith-force-patience/ I. FAITH AND PATIENCE

    • A. Faith (Gr., pis’-tus); firm conviction, assurance or title deed. Faith and patience must work together.
    • B. Unbelief is a want of or lack of faith.

    II. MARK 4:14-20 “The sower sows the word.”
    In telling this parable to his disciples Jesus was explaining what happens when the Word of God, the Gospel, is told to a person and the different ways it is received or rejected.

    • A. Verses 15-17 speak of the word being sown on “stony ground”: “And these are the ones by the wayside where the word is sown. When they hear, Satan comes immediately and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts. These likewise are the ones sown on stony ground who, when they hear the word, immediately receive it with gladness; and they have no root in themselves, and so endure only for a time. Afterward, when tribulation or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they stumble.”
      1. “immediately”: Gk. eutheos (yoo-theh’-oce), meaning at once, as soon as possible.
        Satan will come to steal your salvation, healing or deliverance, immediately.
      2. “take”: Gk. airo (ah’-ee-ro); (Gr., ah-‘ee-ru), a verb meaning to lift up by taking away; to make to doubt.
      3. “but for a time”: Gk. proskairos (pros’-kahee-ros), meaning temporary or only for the occasion.
    • B. Verses 18 and 19 speak of the word that is sown “among thorns”: “Now these are the ones sown among thorns; they are the ones who hear the word, and the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires of other things entering in choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.”
      Verses 15-19

      WORD comes ==> FAITH comes ==> SATAN comes

    • C. Verse 20 speaks of the word that is sown on “good ground”: “But these are they which are sown on good ground; those who hear the word, accept it, and bear fruit, some thirtyfold, some sixty, and some a hundred.”
      1. The word that is sown on good ground “some 30, 60, 100 fold”: fruit is brought forth with patience
      2. Word comes, faith comes
        Verse 20

        Word heard ==> Faith established ==> Word kept

    III. TRYING OF YOUR FAITH (JAMES 1:1-3)

    • A. FAITH: Gk. pistis (pis’-tus), meaning conviction
    • B. TRYING: Gk. dokimion (dok-im’-ee-on), meaning testing, by impl. trustworthiness
      1. Every man’s works will be tried by fire
        (I Corinthians 3:13)
      2. “test the spirits” (I John 4:1)
    • C. PATIENCE: Gk. hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay’), meaning to remain steadfast, consistent.
      1. Patience is a force – Patience works together with faith.
      2. Hebrews 6:12 “that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
        • a. “through faith and patience”
        • b. Many start out in faith but lack force of patience to continue to believe.
        • c. Faith has to be stabilized. Once you believe you must continue to believe.
        • d. Allow patience to have her perfect work…because it will undergird your faith.
          1. Patience (the force) will go to work when your faith is under fire. It will under gird and stabilize your faith.
          2. Patience (her work)-feminine – Patience is to faith what a woman is to her husband: She stabilizes him; helps him put down roots.
    • D. James 1:1-3 “count it as joy”
      1. Why…because the trying of one’s faith works to bring patience.
      2. Patience perfects the believer, bringing him/her into wholeness of body, mind, and spirit.

    IV. HEBREWS 4:12 “For the word of God..

    • A. Many times the Word does not profit a person because he does not mix it with faith.
    • B. When our faith is under fire, the force of patience is activated.
      1. It is one thing to believe in God and another to continue to believe in God.
      2. Romans 5:3 “tribulation produces perseverance (patience)”
        • a. Tribulation; pressure, as to a crowd
        • b. Once faith is preached, you must let patience have her perfect work.
      3. The trying of one’s faith releases the force of patience.
    • C. Luke 8:15 “fruit of patience” by continuing to believe:
      1. The Word comes, faith comes, Satan comes..the force of patience comes, then count it as joy!
      2. How does the Word bring forth fruit?
        • a. Through patience, by continuing to believe God.
        • b. Once you release your faith toward God, you must continue to believe God.
    • D. Let patience have her perfect work. The force of consistency!
    • E. Faith toward God is to believe God and to continue to believe God until the answer comes.

    V. FAITH COMES BY HEARING, HEARING BY THE WORD OF GOD ROMANS 10:17

    • A. The force of patience is developed by testing.
    • B. Temptation comes from your own lust!
    • C. Testing can come from the Lord.

    VI. TRYING OF YOUR FAITH

    • A. TRYING: Gk. dokimion (dok-im’-ee-on), meaning testing, by impl. trustworthiness
      1. I Peter 1:7 “the trial of your faith”.
      2. II Corinthians 8:2 “in a great trial”
      3. I Peter 4:12 “fiery trial, which is to try you”
      4. Romans 5:3 “in tribulations also, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance (patience)”
      5. James 1:2 “various trials” (“temptations”)
        Gk. peirasmos (pi-ras-mos), meaning putting to the proof; provocation)

    VII. HOW TO STAY IN PATIENCE

    • A. Luke 21:19 “In your patience possess your souls”
      “patience”, Gk. hupomone (hoop-om-on-ay’), meaning enduring, patient continuance.
    • B. Galatians 6:9 “We shall reap if we do not lose heart.”
    • C. Hebrews 12:3 “Consider Him…lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.”
      “souls”, Gk. psuche (psoo-khay’), psyche
    • D. Matthew 26:41 “Watch and pray”
    • E. Luke 18:1 “Pray and not lose heart”
    • F. Hebrews 6:19 “This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the presence behind the veil.”
    • G. Romans 5:4,5 “…perseverance (produces) character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint…”

    Man Praising with Cross
    Faith and Patience

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    Sun, 19 Jun 2016 16:45:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sharing-gods-pleasures-2/ Sharing in God’s Pleasures https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/sharing-gods-pleasures-2/ Psalm 36:5-8 (NASB)

    Exodus 19:1-6 (NKJV)

    Matthew 23:37 (NKJV)

     

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    Wed, 15 Jun 2016 00:49:56 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-vs-doubt-unbelief/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 8, Faith vs. Doubt and Unbelief https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/faith-vs-doubt-unbelief/ Hebrews 6:1-2

    I. “UNBELIEF” HEBREWS 3:12, 18-19

    • A. “Beware, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief” “And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see they could not enter in because of unbelief.”
    • B. “unbelief” Gr. apistia (ap-is-tee’-ah); = want of or lack of faith.
      1. You cannot enter into the provision of God if you have apistia.
      2. If you are in this state of unbelief, you need something to counteract it.

    II. FAITH (Belief)

    • A. How does faith come? “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17.
      1. Apistia is a result of a lack of or want of the Word in your life.
        • a. You just don’t have enough faith to believe God, and you don’t have enough faith because you don’t have enough Word!
        • b. Apistia is a compound Greek word:
          A = no or none
          Pistis = faith
          A + Pistis = NO FAITH
        • c. If you do not have faith, you do not have the Word. If you have the Word, you have faith.
      2. Apistia is the first stage of unbelief; you don’t know if it’s true because you don’t have the Word, which is truth. You don’t have enough Word to know if something is true; therefore, you do not believe. It’s not that you don’t want to believe, you just can’t. You have a want of or lack of faith.
    • B. The Word and Faith (Hebrews 4:1, 2, 6, 11)
      “Therefore since a promise remains of entering His rest, let us fear lest any of you seem to have come short of it.” “For indeed the gospel was preached to us as well as to them; but the word which they heard did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in those who heard it.” “Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience.” “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest any one fall according to the same example of disobedience.”
    • C. Two types of unbelief you can encounter:
      1. Apistia: want of or lack of faith
      2. Apeitheia: (ap-i’-thi-ah) to disbelieve or be obstinate or unpersuadeable. (You decide to disbelieve what you have heard.)
        • a. Apeitheia is progressive. Your unbelief can progress. For example, if you hear, “by His stripes you were healed” or “My God shall supply all my needs”, you might:
          1. Disbelieve because you have a lack of or want of faith in these areas.
          2. Disbelieve because you are deficient in the Word of God in these areas.
          3. Disbelieve because you are not rooted and grounded in your faith towards God.
        • b. We must have faith towards God in all areas of the Word, not just some.
    • D. How faith comes
      1. “faith comes by hearing…the word of God.” The more you hear, the more you believe.
      2. The more you believe, the more disbelief will be cast out!
      3. “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

    III. STAGES OF UNBELIEF (LACK OF FAITH)

    • A. You don’t have enough faith because you don’t have enough Word to know how to handle the problem.
      1. Apithea, meaning apathy, indifference. Apithea is a stronger force of unbelief. You’ve heard it and heard it, and now you refuse to believe it or act on it.
      2. Apithea is not just a lack of or want of faith, but you now start to resist the Word of God.
    • B. Apistia * “unbelief’ – Mark 6:1-6
      1. “and He marveled because of their unbelief”
        • a. “marveled” Gr. thaumazo, (thou-mad’-zo) wondered, was amazed
        • b. They didn’t know He was the Christ. They were lacking faith because they did not know the Word. They were judging by the flesh.
      2. If you have a lack of or want of faith you can only judge by the flesh, not by the spirit.
    • C. Ephesians 2:1-3 “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.”
      1. Apeitheia * Disbelief: those who refuse to believe after they have heard, and heard, and heard.
      2. “the prince of the power of the air”–the one who is influencing those who refuse to believe.
        • a. Demonic activity in one’s life will tell him to disbelieve the Word of God.
        • b. Disbelief will make you a child of wrath.
      3. Apeitheia is being unpersuadeable which is: disobedience, rebellion.
        (The English word apathy comes from the word apeitheia, denoting apathy, indifference.)

        • a. I Samuel 15:23 “For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft..”
        • b. Christians who refuse to believe God’s Word are in rebellion.
      4. Apistia * Unbelief
        Hebrews 3:18-19 tells us that one can never enter into the blessings of God until one deals with unbelief.

        • a. What is the remedy for apistia-unbelief? More of the Word! Apistia will nullify the power of God in your life.
        • b. Get into the Word of God and start acting on it, confessing it, and unbelief will be rooted out!
      5. Apeitheia * disobedience, is nullified through repentance.
    • D. 1 Peter 2:7,8 “Therefore to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone. And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense. They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed.”
      1. Disobedience * Apeitheia = progressive unbelief.
      2. If you do not deal with your lack of or want of faith, one day you will just decide to disbelieve God.
        • a. The children of Israel under Moses heard the Word, yet chose to disbelieve.
        • b. You have heard the Word of God and chose to disbelieve.
        • c. They become hard in their hearts.
          (Mark 8:17,18).
      3. Progression of unbelief…
        • a. FIRST STAGE: You have heard but are not sure what the Word really says or teaches.
        • b. SECOND STAGE: You have heard, but you decide to disbelieve.

    IV. WHEN IN THE FACE OF UNBELIEF

    • A. Romans 4:20-21 “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised, He was also able to perform.”
      1. Be strong in the faith!
      2. Be fully persuaded!
      3. Stagger not!
    • B. God’s will is that you enter in through faith.
    • C. Hebrews 4:6 “Since therefore it remains that some must enter it, and those to whom it was first preached did not enter because of disobedience”
      1. You will never enter God’s provision until you become persuadable.
      2. You must mix the Word with faith to profit by it.

    THE WORD and FAITH

    Bible Graphic

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    Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:41:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/come-to-hope-for-life-at-city-harvest-family-church/ Come to Hope for Life at City Harvest Family Church https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/come-to-hope-for-life-at-city-harvest-family-church/

    Wednesday June 15th at 7pm at 585 Central Ave, Albany, NY

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    Sun, 12 Jun 2016 16:29:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/grace-reigning-righteousness/ Grace Reigning Through Righteousness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/grace-reigning-righteousness/ Romans 5:17-21 (NKJV)
    Hebrews 1:3 (NKJV)
    Romans 8:10 (KJV)
    Galatians 2:20 (NKJV)
    2 Corinthians 5:14 (NKJV)

    Christianity is not a matter of DYING TO SIN – but a MATTER of Realizing that we are Dead to Sin through Christ’s death for all and alive to God!

    Deuteronomy 28:15 (NKJV)
    Galatians 3:13-15 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 08 Jun 2016 00:35:05 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/lukewarm-2/ Lukewarm https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/lukewarm-2/ Sun, 05 Jun 2016 16:48:27 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/fire-holy-spirit-2/ The Fire of the Holy Spirit https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/fire-holy-spirit-2/ The Fire of the Holy Spirit (New King James version- NKJV)
    I. His Presence
    God has manifested His presence many times as fire
    A. Spoke to Moses from the burning bush Exodus 3:1-6
    B. As a pillar of fire by night in the wilderness Exodus 13:21
    II. People
    God calls and leads ordinary people to lead extraordinary lives
    A. Matthew 4:18-22 Peter and Andrew; James and John
    B. Matthew 10:1-7 Jesus calls the 12 to preach the Kingdom of heaven
    III. Preach
    Preach the kingdom of God Romans 10:14-15
    How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall      they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
    “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,[h] Who bring glad tidings of good things!”[i]

    A. What is it that they are supposed to preach?
    Fire and brimstone?
    B. Jesus is our example Luke 4:18-19
    C. Jesus told the 12 in Matthew 10 :7-8
    And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,[c] cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.
    WE NEED TO PREACH THE WORD OF GOD !
    If we want to see revival we must preach the word of God
    The message of salvation in Christ Jesus is a message of salvation not condemnation!
    Mark 16: 15-20
    We cannot do this in our own power or strength
    Being an effective minister of the gospel is not accomplished by human strength!

    In between verse 19 -20 is Acts 2
    Acts 1 :1-8
    1 The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, 2 until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, 3 to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God.

    4 And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father,“which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; 5 for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” 6 Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own
    authority. 8 But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me[a]in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
    9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. 10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, “Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.”

    IV. The Power of the Holy Spirit Act 2:1-4

    Acts 2:33
    Therefore being exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He poured out this which you now see and hear.

    A. Peter is delivered from the fear of man
    B. This is a defining moment in history
    C. Now the preaching has changed… Hesus Christ and the resurrection
    D. The fire of the Holy Spirit will change us
    E. You might say, ” I need this fire, this anointing,” but if you have been baptized in the Holy Spirit , you have this fire” open your mouth !
    The Spirit gave them utterance
    Peter preaches now under the anointing of the Holy Spirit and 3,000 people are saved
    That is REVIVAL
    Mark 16
    19 So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
    PENTECOST happens here!!
    20 And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the WORD with SIGNS following. Amen.

    We cannot always feel the power of the Holy Spirit when we are doing nothing!
    We don’t feel the power of an airplane or a car until we start to move!

    John 16
    7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.
    The promise of the Father has come… Holy Spirit Fire!!

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    Wed, 01 Jun 2016 00:20:30 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/thirst-for-god/ Thirst for God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/thirst-for-god/
  • Ephesians 3:20 (NLT)
  • Psalms 42:1-2
  • Pant: to long with breathless or intense eagerness; yearn
    Thirst : Strong or eager desire, craving

    • Psalm 18:2
    • Psalm 3:1-4
    • Psalm 118:14
    • Psalm 149:4
    • John 10:27
    • Revelation 3:20
    • Exodus 3:13-15

    “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you.’ This is My name forever, and this is My memorial-name to all generations.…

    • Jonah 4:1-3
    • Psalm 18:2 (KJV)
    • Isaiah 40:28
    • Matthew 24:35 NIV
    • Numbers 23:19 (KJV)
    • Isaiah 44:6-8
    • Isaiah 48:17
    • Jeremiah 1:4-10
    • Mark 13:11

    El Elyon (The Most High God)
    Adonai (Lord, Master)
    Yahweh (Lord, Jehovah)
    Jehovah Nissi (The Lord My Banner)
    Jehovah-Raah (The Lord My Shepherd)
    Jehovah Rapha (The Lord That Heals)
    Jehovah Shammah (The Lord Is There)
    Jehovah Tsidkenu (The Lord Our Righteousness)
    Jehovah Mekoddishkem (The Lord Who Sanctifies You)
    El Olam (The Everlasting God)
    Elohim (God)
    Jehovah Jireh (The Lord Will Provide)
    Jehovah Shalom (The Lord Is Peace)
    Jehovah Sabaoth (The Lord of Hosts)

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    Mon, 30 May 2016 22:42:41 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/chfc-worship_may-1-2016/ CHFC – WORSHIP_MAY 1, 2016 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/chfc-worship_may-1-2016/

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    Sun, 29 May 2016 16:01:45 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/breaking-free-gideons-syndrome/ Breaking Free from Gideon’s Syndrome https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/breaking-free-gideons-syndrome/ Gideon’s Syndrome: When a person looks down on themselves such that they convince themselves they are not good enough

    • Judges 6:1-15 (NKJV)
    • Gideon was not looking at the qualities and abilities God had placed in him.
    • Ephesians 3:20-21 (NKJV)
    • John 8:1-11 (NKJV)
    • Judges 8:22 (NKJV)
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    Sat, 28 May 2016 16:00:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/mens-breakfast-2/ Men’s Breakfast https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/mens-breakfast-2/ Wed, 25 May 2016 00:55:40 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-7-faith-righteousness/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 7, Faith for Righteousness https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-7-faith-righteousness/ Hebrews 5:12 – 6:2

    I. FAITH FOR RIGHTEOUSNESS

    • A. Any person who is in Christ is a new creature, or a new creation. (The literal Greek says he is a new species of being which never existed before).
      II Corinthians 5:17-21
    • B. In the new birth, a man’s spirit is completely reborn, then it is man’s responsibility to renew his mind to the Word of God and use the Word to take control of his body.

    II. RIGHTEOUSNESS IS

    • A. Righteousness literally means to be in right standing.
      1. We have been put into right standing with God.
      2. Because of the new birth, we enter the kingdom of God as God’s very own child and a joint heir with Jesus Christ.
    • B. As a result of the new birth, there are certain privileges, certain rights, certain freedoms that we receive because of our right standing with God.
    • C. “that is that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.”
      II Corinthians 5:19

      1. God does not hold our sins and trespasses against us !
      2. We have heard that God will not forgive a sinner until he confesses his sin, but this is NOT TRUE!
      3. God has already provided forgiveness and is no longer holding our trespasses against us!
        Titus 2:11

        • a. I John 1:9 was written to Christians, not sinners.
        • b. I John 2:1 was written to Christians for the purpose of maintaining fellowship with God.
    • D. By grace, through faith we become recipients of God’s “Bill of Rights,” or “Bill of Right-Standing”.

    III. SIN CONSCIOUSNESS

    • A. Hebrews 10:1-3
      1. Continual sin consciousness will produce defeat and a false sense of humility.
      2. This type of sin consciousness, which the blood of bulls and goats could not do away with, has caused us to center on and preach sin without the balance of righteousness.
    • B. Romans 3:21-26
      1. Romans 3:23 has been used time after time to preach about sin, but Paul was instructing them about righteousness!
      2. Colossians 1:12-13 we are all aware of what we have been born out of, but have no idea of what we have been born into.

    IV. DEVELOP A RIGHTEOUSNESS CONSCIOUSNESS

    • A. Once you have made Jesus the Lord of your life, you must develop a “righteousness consciousness” so in time of trouble you will automatically lean on your right standing with God.
    • B. You have a heavenly “Bill of Rights”.
      1. Ephesians 6:10-18 “. . . put on the breastplate of righteousness.” Righteousness is an active, powerful force! We are to put on the breastplate of righteousness and wear it victoriously!
      2. Mark 16:18 “Lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.”
    • C. As you develop a “righteousness consciousness” your prayer attitudes will change.
      1. Hebrews 10:19-20 “new and living way”
      2. Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace.”
      3. I Peter 3:12 “For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers.”
      4. James 5:16 “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.”

    V. THE GIFT OF RIGHTEOUSNESS

    • A. Romans 5:17 “For if by the one man’s offense (Adam) death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.”
    • B. The believer must learn to depend on this free gift of righteousness.

    VI. BECOME RIGHTEOUSNESS MINDED

    • A. I Corinthians 15:34 “Awake to righteousness and do not sin”
      1. Become aware that you have been made the righteousness of God in Jesus Christ.
      2. You are in right standing with God.
      3. You are to reign in life as a king by Jesus Christ.
    • B. Hebrews 5:13 “unskilled in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe”
      1. This Scripture refers to one who does not know how to use the Bible, how to believe it, or how to fight Satan with it.
      2. We must keep the breastplate of righteousness on!
    • C. II Corinthians 6:14 “righteousness with unrighteousness”
      1. God sees the believer as righteous.
      2. Darkness and light cannot dwell together.

    EVERY BELIEVER HAS RIGHTEOUSNESS
    AS A RESULT OF HIS FAITH
    IN THE FINISHED WORK OF CALVARY
    AND HAS LEGAL ACCESS TO THE FATHER
    BY THIS NEW AND LIVING WAY

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    Sun, 22 May 2016 16:35:02 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/working-with-him-2/ Working With Him https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/working-with-him-2/ 2 Kings 6:1-7 (NKJV)

    Matthew 16:13-19 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 2:10 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 4:15-16 (NKJV)

    Mark 4:35-41 (NKJV)

    2 Kings 6:7 (NKJV)

    Hebrews 6:10-12 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 18 May 2016 00:55:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-6-salvation-faith/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 6, Salvation by Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-6-salvation-faith/ Hebrews 5:12 – 6:2

    INTRODUCTION: Most people grow up with a twisted understanding of God, Jesus and salvation. With the idea that “Good people go to heaven and bad people go to…”, many try to earn a relationship with God through religion or their own “good deeds”.

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.”
    Ephesians 2:8-9

    I. “Trusting in themselves” Luke 18:9-14

    • A. Ways we fall short of true righteousness:
      1. Trusting in our own ability to make ourselves righteous
      2. Holding grudges and being critical of others
      3. Thinking we are better than others or seeing ourselves as righteous and despising others
        • a. True righteousness is found not in ourselves but in Christ, “For they being ignorant of God’s righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.”
          Romans 10:3-4
        • b. We need to be like the “publican” in Luke 18:9-14, who recognized himself as a sinner and asked for God’s mercy and forgiveness. God’s Word tells us that by his actions he was “justified” and made right before God.
    • B. Must recognize and acknowledge our true human condition before God
      1. Romans 3:23 tells us, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
        • a. “come short” is a continual verb tense.
        • b. Some think this verse is only for the lost, but we “all” have a continual need for His forgiveness and His justification (righteousness).

    II. Justification

    • A. The Gospel of Jesus Christ; the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ
      1. “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”; Romans 5:18, “Therefore, as through one man’s offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one man’s righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life.”
      2. We have continual right standing before God based on what Jesus Christ did for us. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ plus our faith for forgiveness results in the right to stand with Christ before the Father (“For by grace you have been saved through faith”, Ephesians 2:8).
    • B. Before justification- After justification
      1. Before: as descendants of Adamic curse (Romans 5:18) man’s position is that he is condemned to punishment for breaking God’s law.
      2. After: “But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ” (“by grace you are saved…”).
        • a. Just-as-if-I-never- sinned – Freed from sin because of Jesus Christ. Christ paid the penalty for sin for every one of us. At the cross Christ took upon Himself every sin – past, present, and future! Through his death, burial and resurrection He fulfilled all of the Old Testament law for us.
        • b. Because of the finished work of Christ, we are forgiven, pardoned, justified (made right) and accepted.
    • C. Justification vs. Sanctification:
      1. Justification is that which occurs once when we receive the free gift of salvation.
        • a. When we accept the free gift of salvation, we are no longer citizens and slaves to earthly sin.
        • b. We are heirs of salvation and citizens in the Heavenly realm with Christ.
          1. “…and raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:6
          2. As citizens of heaven and heirs of grace, our character must reflect the holiness of our God.
      2. Sanctification is the continual process that God performs through the power of His Holy Spirit working in us to bring us to this place of holiness. 1 Peter 1:15-16
        • a. This process of regeneration effects the heart, body, mind and spirit of the believer.
        • b. Our character begins to reflect more and more of God’s holiness as we seek His will and way instead of our will and way. We become more like Christ.

    III. How to receive justification- the righteousness of GOD.

    • “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
    • A. We are justified by:
      1. GRACE: the unmerited favor of God Ephesians 2:8
      2. The BLOOD of CHRIST: “Much more then, having now been now justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” Romans 5:9
      3. FAITH: “For by grace you have been saved through faith.” Ephesians 2:8 “For He made Him who knew no sin, to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” 2 Corinthians 5:21

    IV. Salvation by faith

    • A. Recognize and acknowledge our sinful nature – repent.
      1. “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” I John 1:8
      2. “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” Acts 2:38; Acts 26:20
    • B. Believe that He is.
      Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that he is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
    • C. Ask God’s forgiveness.
      1. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you shall find; knock and it will be opened unto you.” Matthew 7:7
      2. “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” I John 1:9
    • D. Accept God’s free gift of salvation.
      1. “And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.” Acts 2:21
      2. “…It is the gift of God.” Ephesians 2:8
    • E. Begin the journey from sinfulness to holiness through the help and guidance of God’s Holy Spirit.
      1. “But now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life.” Romans 6:22
      2. “Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” I Corinthians 3:16

    BY GRACE, WE ARE SAVED THROUGH FAITH IN CHRIST – Ephesians 2:8

    BECAUSE HE, JESUS CHRIST, BECAME SIN FOR US – II Corinthians 5:21

    OUR SINS ARE WIPED OUT – Psalm 103:12

    WE ARE THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD – II Corinthians 5:21

    BECAUSE WE ARE JUSTIFIED WE CAN COME BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE – Hebrews 4:16

    WE ARE KEPT FROM TEMPTATION AND THE POWER OF SIN BY THE HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD – I Peter 1:3-5

    BY TURNING FROM OUR OWN SINFUL LIFE,
    BY TRUSTING JESUS FOR FORGIVENESS
    WE ARE SAVED, JUSTIFIED

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    Sun, 15 May 2016 16:32:07 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/look-to-him/ Look to Him https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/look-to-him/ Psalm 34:4-5 (NIV); Ephesians 6:10-18 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 11 May 2016 00:53:40 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-5-faith-towards-god/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 5, Faith Towards God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-5-faith-towards-god/ Hebrews 5:12-6:2

    Faith towards GOD is the essence of the entire Christian life. Initially, it has to do with our access to GOD and our standing before GOD. It is by faith that we are justified and brought into right-standing with GOD. To be “justified” means that we are declared righteous, or pronounced or treated as innocent. When a man is justified by GOD, he is not acquitted on the grounds of his innocence, but by GOD’s mercy and love through His Son, Jesus Christ. Faith is a gift of GOD and not something that we can earn by our own ability.

    “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and not that of yourselves; it is the gift of GOD.”
    Ephesians 2:8

    Faith in GOD gives us the ability to believe His word and appropriate it in our own lives.

    I. What is faith?

    • A. Faith is belief, faithfulness, reliability, trust, confidence, firm persuasion, assurance, or firm conviction.
      1. Faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title-deed) of things we hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their reality.
      2. Faith is perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.
        • Hebrews 11:1 (AMP)
    • B. Faith is a gift from GOD.

    II. The WORD causes faith to arise in our hearts

    • A. The Word of GOD: “so then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of GOD.”
      • Romans 10:17
    • B. There are several ways that we can receive the Word of GOD:
      1. Preaching of the Gospel
        • Titus 1:3;
        • Romans 10:8;
        • I Thessalonians 2:13
      2. Through the written Word
        • Luke 24:44;
        • Psalm 119:105;
        • Joshua 1:8
      3. In times of prayer
        • II Corinthians 12:8-9;
        • Isaiah 65:24;
        • Jeremiah 33:3
      4. By words of exhortation from another Christian
        • Colossians 3:16
      5. In dreams and/or visions
        • Acts 2:17
      6. From the audible Voice of GOD
        • Acts 9:4-6

    III. Faith must be acted upon or expressed

    • A. Noah, by faith, moved with fear and built the ark.
      • Hebrews 11:7
    • B. Moses, by faith, was hid by his parents.
      • Hebrews 11:23
    • C. By faith, 120 believers received the Holy Ghost.
      • Acts 1:14;
      • Acts 2:1-4
    • D. The lame man was healed when Peter by faith reached down and pulled him up.
      • Acts 3:1-8
    • E. The woman with the issue of blood was healed when, by faith, she touched Jesus’ garment.
      • Mark 5:25-34

    IV. Faith is important because…

    • A. We are saved by faith.
      • Ephesians 2:8;
      • Romans 5:1-2
    • B. The just shall live by faith.
      • Romans 1:17;
      • Hebrews 10:38
    • C. We are kept by faith.
      • I Peter 1:5;
      • I John 5:4
    • D. We are healed by faith.
      • James 5:15
    • E. We cannot please GOD without faith.
      • Hebrews 11:5-6

    FAITH IS THE KEY
    key
    THAT OPENS THE DOOR TO PLEASING OUR LORD


    “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for He who comes to GOD must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him”
    Hebrews 11:6

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    Sun, 08 May 2016 23:16:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/morals-motherhood-2/ Morals of Motherhood https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/morals-motherhood-2/ Morals of Motherhood

    1 Kings 3:16-28 (NKJV)

    1) There is no such thing as a Perfect Mother

    Romans 3:23-24 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 2:1  (NKJV)

    2) There is nothing like a Mother’s Love

    Jeremiah 33:3

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    Wed, 04 May 2016 00:56:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-4-gift-repentance/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 4, The Gift of Repentance https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-4-gift-repentance/ I. REPENTANCE IS

    • A. AN ABOUT FACE FROM DEAD WORKS TO THE LIVING GOD
      1. An entire change of mind
      2. A total change of life
    • B. A COMMAND FROM GOD
      1. “God…now commandeth all men everywhere to repent.”
        • Acts 17:30
      2. Repentance is not optional;
        it is the first response we make to Christ’s Lordship. He is commanding us to turn around. Not until we have begun to turn have we acknowledged His right to rule over us.
    • C. A GIFT FROM GOD It is He who enables us to repent.
      1. “…then God has also granted to the Gentiles repentance to life.”
        • Acts 11:18
      2. “…in humility correcting those who are in opposition, if God perhaps will grant them repentance, so that they may know the truth.”
        • II Timothy 2:25

    II. BIBLICAL WORDS FOR REPENTANCE

    • A. The Hebrew language uses two words to describe repentance; the first emphasizes emotional stirring, while the second emphasizes a moral decision to forsake sin and return to God.
      1. nahum – Hebrew word signifying: to fell sorry, to lament, to grieve, to sigh, or to groan. The word literally refers to difficulty in breathing while one experiences intense emotion. It also includes the results of emotion which urge a change of behavior and character, not just feeling remorse, but turning around.
      2. shub – Hebrew word signifying: To turn back, to make a radical change in attitude toward sin and God.
        • a. Used most often by Old Testament prophets.
        • b. Calling God’s people to turn to God once more, or return.
    • B. The Greek language uses two complimentary terms to describe genuine repentance: the first denotes the negative aspect of repentance and the second brings out the positive side of repentance.
      1. metanoiu – This Greek word expresses the intellectual and spiritual change which occurs when a sinner turns to God. Metanoiu means to have another mind, or to change one’s mind/attitude towards sin.
      2. epistreph – This Greek word expresses the distinct change which results from repentance; a change of position in relation to God. This word can be summarized as a spiritual transition from sin to God, from death to life.

    III. AREAS OF MAN’S LIFE TOUCHED BY REPENTANCE
    Repentance changes four basic areas within us (EMOTION, INTELLECT, WILL, AND SPIRIT) and involves the complete transfer of our love and investment from sin and selfish aims to God.
    Matthew 22:37-38

    • A. EMOTION: True repentance includes Godly sorrow for sin which is demonstrated by a broken and contrite heart. We experience contrition as the Holy Spirit causes us to realize the terrible affront our sin is to a Holy God.
      Psalm 51:17; Isaiah 57:15; Ezra 9:6; Psalm 97:10; II Corinthians 7:10

      1. Often when we find it difficult to be delivered from specific habits of sin, we must experience hatred for sin.
    • B. INTELLECT: Repentance is a complete change of mind regarding sin, a revolution in viewpoint.
      1. Repentance includes recognition of sin for what it is.
        • Hosea 14:1-2
      2. Repentance includes the realization that we not only do sinful things, but we are sinful people.
        • Psalms 51:5-6
      3. Repentance includes acknowledging God’s judgment regarding sin and our sinful condition to be right and just. We are to agree with God and put away all excuse-making and self-justification.
        • Psalms 51:3-4
    • C. WILL: Repentance involves the formation of a new purpose and determination. We deliberately turn away from sin and turn to God. This is the decision of our will to turn around.
      1. We must accept moral responsibility for our own actions and character, and stop putting the blame for our sins upon others.
        • James 1:13-15
      2. “I will arise and go to my Father.” We determine to do something about our sins and the condition of our lives. We embrace the provisions of God for change through redemption.
        • Luke 15:18
      3. We decide to break from sin and throw ourselves upon the mercy of God. We reject the old habits of sin and receive new life patterns from God.
        • Romans 13:12-14
    • D. SPIRIT: As we submit to the working of repentance in our lives, we become new creatures.
      1. Repentance is our response to God; regeneration is God’s response to us.
        • II Corinthians 5:17
      2. A change from spiritual death to spiritual life.
        • Ephesians 2:1
      3. A change from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of God’s dear Son in light.
        • Colossians 1:13-14
      4. A change from alienation to acceptance.
        • Ephesians 2:12-13
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    Sun, 01 May 2016 16:34:01 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/encounters-god-realities-moses-found-experience-lord/ Encounters with God (Part II) https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/encounters-god-realities-moses-found-experience-lord/ Realities Moses found to Experience the Lord

    1. God is always at work around you
    2. God will reveal to you what He is about to do
    3. God will invite you to join Him to be involved with Him
    4. You will have to make Major adjustments to join God in His work

    Encounter #1 – Salvation through Deliverance

    • Exodus 3:11-12 (NKJV)

    Encounter #2 – Grace Offered

    • Exodus 19:4 (NKJV)
    • Romans 5:13 (NKJV)
    • Genesis 22:18 (NKJV)
    • Psalms 110:1,4 (NKJV)
    • Deuteronomy 5:22 (NKJV)
    • Galatians 3:19 (NKJV)

    Encounter #3 – The Law Added

    • 2 Corinthians 3:7-9 (NKJV)
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    Wed, 27 Apr 2016 00:59:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-3-repentance-dead-works/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 3, Repentance From Dead Works https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-3-repentance-dead-works/ I. REPENTANCE IS THE FIRST STEP IN BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL FOUNDATION IN THE LIFE OF A BELIEVER.

    • A. We have no choice or option concerning repentance, for God commands it: “Truly, these times of this ignorance God overlooked; but now commands all men everywhere to repent.”
      • Acts 17:30
    • B. What does the word repentance mean?
      1. It means a “change of mind” or a change of heart and attitude. It means “to have a radical change in one’s attitude toward sin and God.”
      2. There is the implication of conscious, moral separation and a personal decision to forsake sin and enter into perpetual fellowship with God.

    II. REPENTANCE CALLS FOR A RENUNCIA-TION OF SELF-CONFIDENCE AND WILL INITIATE A CONFIDENCE IN GOD

    • A. Our own way leads us astray.
      • Isaiah 53:6
    • B. We must confess our sin, turn from sin, and place our confidence in God.
      • Judges 10:15,16
    • C. We must repent and turn toward God.
      • Acts 26:19, 20
    • D. We must turn from our idols and serve God.
      • I Thessalonians 1:8,9

    III. IMPORTANCE OF REPENTANCE

    • A. It is essential for salvation.
      • Mark 1:15
    • B. It is commanded by God.
      • Acts 17:30
    • C. It is a gift from God.
      • Acts 11:18;
      • II Timothy 2:25
    • D. It was a reason for Christ’s coming.
      • Luke 5:32
    • E. It is necessary to avoid destruction.
      • Luke 13:3, 5
    • F. It is part of the Lord’s commission to us.
      • Luke 24:47
    • G. God desires it for all men.
      • II Peter 3:9
    • H. It is a foundational truth, basic to all believers.
      • Hebrews 6:1, 2

    IV. REPENTANCE FROM DEAD WORKS

    • A. Dead works are man-made laws, beliefs, and good works that dominate our frame of thought and actions concerning God (works of the flesh).
      1. One practices dead works in order to gain favor and earn grace in the eyes of God.
        • Ephesians 2:8,9
      2. This is an impossibility. It is not by the work of our own hands that we obtain mercy.
        • Titus 3:5;
        • II Timothy 1:8,9
    • B. The “traditions of the elders”, as practiced by the Scribes and Pharisees, are examples of dead works.
      1. They transgressed the commandments of God by preferring to function within the realm of their traditions.
        • Matthew 15:1-9
      2. Although the Pharisees were extremely religious, their worship was in vain.
        • Mark 7:7-9

    V. DEAD WORKS NOT TO BE CONFUSED WITH THE TRUE GOOD WORKS THAT GOD HAS PURPOSED FOR CHRISTIANS IN SPREADING THE WORD OF GOD

    • A. The Scriptures encourage that our lives be fruitful.
      • Colossians 1:10
    • B. The works that we do are inspired by the Holy Spirit, rather than by the promptings and efforts of man.
      • Ephesians 2:10
    • C. We are admonished that the unfruitful branch is put away, while the fruitful branch is purged that it might be more fruitful.
      • John 15:1, 2

    IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT WE TURN FROM DEAD WORKS, BECAUSE THEY ONLY SERVE TO FRUSTRATE THE WORK OF GOD IN OUR LIVES. GOD DESIRES A PEOPLE WHO WILL WORSHIP IN TRUTH AND IN SPIRIT. John 4:23, 24

    WE HAVE NOT BEEN REDEEMED BY CORRUPTIBLE THINGS, BUT BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST. 1 Peter 1:18, 19

    THUS, OUR ATTEMPTS TOWARD MAKING OURSELVES ACCEPTABLE TO GOD ARE FUTILE. IT IS GOD WHO MUST TURN OUR HEARTS FROM THE PERFORMANCE OF DEAD WORKS AND BIRTH WITHIN US A DESIRE TO SERVE THE LIVING GOD. Hebrews 9:14

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    Encounter#1 – Salvation through Deliverance

    Exodus 3:7-8 (NKJV)

    Exodus 3:11 (NKJV)

    Exodus 3:12 (NKJV)

    Exodus 12:13 “When I see the blood, I will pass over you”

    Hebrews 2:14-15 (NKJV)

    Luke 1:67-77 (NKJV)

    Encounter #2 – Grace Offered

    Exodus 19:4 (NKJV) “You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself.”

    Exodus 34:6 (NKJV)

    Philippians 2:8 (NKJV)

    Galatians 3:6-14 (NKJV)

    Exodus 19:5-6 (NKJV)

     

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    Thu, 21 Apr 2016 18:38:17 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-2-2/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 2, The Word https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/foundations-life-lesson-2-2/ AUTHORITY OF THE WORD (I)
    1. The source of the Bible is GOD, and all scripture is given by the inspiration of GOD.
      “All scripture is given by inspiration of GOD, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction for instruction in righteousness that the man of GOD may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.”
      II Timothy 3:16-17

      • A. “Inspiration” means the Word was “GOD-breathed”, or divinely created.
      • B. GOD purposed that it be beneficial to us as a governing or guiding factor in our lives.

    AUTHOR OF THE WORD (II)

    • A. The Holy Spirit is the Author.
    • B. GOD used man as a vehicle to make known His revelation.
      David, as well as Isaiah (authors of Old Testament scripture) were prompted to speak by the Holy Ghost.

      1. David prompted to speak by the Holy Ghost.
        Acts 1:16
      2. Isaiah prompted to speak by the Holy Ghost.
        Acts 28:25
    • C. The Holy Ghost is the source of infallible revelation.
      1. GOD’s Word is not devised by man’s intellect.
      2. GOD’s Word is not subject to private interpretations.
        II Peter 1:20

    A SOURCE OF POWER (III)

    • A. Dividing power, as a “sword”
      • Hebrews 4:12
    • B. Reflecting power, as a “mirror”
      • James 1:22-25
    • C. Cleansing power, as a “detergent”
      • Ephesians 5:26;
      • John 15:3
    • D. Reproductive power, as a “seed”
      • I Peter 1:23
    • E. Nourishing power, as “food”
      “milk of the word”

      • I Peter 2:2
    • F. Guiding power, as a “lamp”
      • Psalm 119:105;
      • II Peter 1:19
    • G. “power of GOD unto salvation”
      • Romans 1:16

    RESULTS OF READING (IV)

    • A. When we receive His Word and appropriate it in our lives, it:
      1. Cleanses our ways.
        • Psalm 119:9
      2. Produces faith.
        • Romans 10:17
      3. Begins a process of change, and our minds come into harmony with GOD’s thoughts and purposes for our lives.
        • Psalm 19:7
      4. Brings peace that we can obtain in no other way.
        • Isaiah 55:8-12;
        • Philippines 4:7
    • B. It produces and shall prosper that which He sends it to.
      • Isaiah 55:11

    COMPLETE IN ITSELF (V)

    •  A. One shall not add to nor diminish from the Word of GOD.
      • Deuteronomy 4:2 and Deuteronomy 12:32
    • B. We are warned of the consequences of adding to or taking from GOD’s Word.
      • Revelation 22:1
    • C. The Bible is perpetual, eternal, and not bound.
      • Matthew 5:18;
      • I Peter 1:25;
      • II Timothy 2:9
    • D. GOD’s Word, in both the Old and the New Testament, is totally complete in itself.

    THE PURPOSE OF GOD IN GIVING US THE BIBLE (VI)

    • A. It authenticates the divinity of Jesus Christ.
      • John 20:31;
      • I John 5:13
    • B. It is an instruction manual for spiritual discernment and for living a holy, successful life before GOD.
      II Timothy 3:16-17

      1. Doctrine
      2. Reproof
      3. Correction
      4. Instruction in righteousness
    • C. The WORD of GOD is the standard by which something can be judged as right or wrong.
      Isaiah 8:19,20

      1. It was written for our learning (Romans 15:4), and for our admonition; training us by both instruction and warning.
        • I Corinthians 10:11
      2. It is imperative that the Word of GOD be obeyed! Our obedience is proof of our love for Christ and it assures us of GOD’s love toward us.
        • John 14:21
      3. It is our responsibility to be a “doer” and not only a “hearer” of GOD’s Word.
        • James 1:23-25

    FOREVER SETTLED IN HEAVEN, FAITHFUL AND TRUE — THE WORD OF GOD

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    Sun, 17 Apr 2016 16:39:27 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/godliness-profitable-2/ Godliness is Profitable https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/godliness-profitable-2/ 1 Timothy 4:1-8 (NKJV)

    HOW GODLINESS IS PROFITABLE FOR ALL THINGS!

    Godliness promotes a peaceful lifestyle.
    1 Timothy 2:1-2 (NKJV)

    Godliness promotes the true value of WOMEN
    1 Timothy 2:10 (NKJV)

    Godliness gives clarity in uncertain times.
    1 Timothy 3:16 (NKJV)

    Godliness touches the inner you. (2 Tim. 3:5)
    2 Timothy 3:1-5 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 00:35:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/return-foundational-truth/ Foundations For Life – Lesson 1, Return of Foundational Truth https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/return-foundational-truth/ Six Foundation Stones of the Church (I)

    Jesus Christ – The Cornerstone (1 Peter 2:6)

    • A. Hebrews 5:12 — oracles of God”
      1. Oracles: Gk., logion, log’-ee-on = utterances of God
      2. These Hebrew Christians should have been discipling and teaching others by this time.
    • B. Hebrews 5:13 — unskilled in the word of righteousness”
      1. Unskilled: Gk., apeiros, ap’-i-ros = inexperienced, ignorant
      2. These Hebrew Christians were spiritually immature because of a lack of disciplined study.
      3. Those who have never mastered the foundational truth of the Word of God cannot grasp the more advanced truths.
    • C. II Timothy 2:15 — “study to show yourself approved unto God”
      1. Most Christians have sat in churches for years but still cannot communicate the basics of the Gospel to others.
      2. Hebrews 5:13 — babe: Gk., nepios = not speaking
    • D. Hebrews 5:14 — “to them that are of full age”
      1. “full age” Gk., teleios, tel’-i-os = complete in growth, mature in character
        • a. Reason for use — use it or lose it!
        • b. James 1:22-25 — “don’t be hearers only”
      2. “senses” Gk., aisthereterion, ahee-sthay-tay’-re-on = organ of perception
      3. exercised to discern” exercised: Gk., siakrisis, dee-ak’-ree-sis = to discriminate, to judge, to recognize.
      4. The writer of Hebrews equates spiritual maturity with using and exercising one’s spiritual senses. He correlates becoming skillful in handling of the Word of God with exercising one’s spiritual senses.
    • E. Hebrews 6:1 — “therefore”
      • This is a connecting thought, a conjunction, in light of what the writer has just said (remember this was originally written in letter form).
    • F. Hebrews 6:1 — “leaving the first principles of the doctrine of Christ”
      1. Doctrine: Gk., logos, log’-os = written Word
        • a. You can’t leave the principles of the doctrine of Christ until you have learned them.
        • b. Knowledge of these principles is a filter by which all teaching and doctrine may be sifted.
      2. If the doctrine does not line up to or contradicts our foundation principles, we must reject it as false.
      3. These foundation principles are a doctrinal safeguard.

    Apostolic Order Of Restoration (II)

    A. ACTS 3:19-21, “until the times of restoration of all things”

    1. living bible“for He must remain in heaven until the final recovery of all things from sin, as prophesied from ancient times”
    2. moffatt “Christ must be kept in heaven till the period of the great restoration”
    3. revised standard “whom heaven must receive until the time for establishing all that God spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets of old

    B. Jesus can not return from Heaven to receive His Bride, the Church, until it reaches its scripturally predicted state of purity and maturity.

    C. The Holy Spirit “presence of the lord” has been restoring truth after truth to the church over the last 500 years and will continue to do so until the church reaches the maturity He has pre-ordained.

    D. “restoration of all things”, what does it mean?

    1. Etymologically, the word restitution conveys the thought of restoration to an earlier and better state.
    2. The 3 things that must be fulfilled in order for the “coming of the Lord” to take place:
      • a. Fulfillment of both Old and New Testament prophesies concerning the Church.
      • b. Fulfillment of all prophecies concerning the State of Israel and the Hebrew people.
      • c. Fulfillment concerning world conditions; Matthew 24

    The Six Foundational Stones Listed In Order Of Apostolic Restoration (III)

    A. Repentance from dead works(1500 A.D.)

    1. This was the initial truth to be restored to the church through Martin Luther.
      • All church historians agree that it was on October 31, 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the castle church door at Wittenborg, Germany.
      • The Protestant Reformation began then.
    2. The Church was birthed in 33 AD and 200 years later was deep into apostasy.
    3. The reformation was followed by 100 years of Papal persecutions which far out-numbered the early Christian martyrs under the Roman Empire.

    B. faith towards God (1800 A.D.)

    Restoration of the “Faith Towards God” Doctrine of Christ covers a 300 year period from the 17th century to the end of the 19th century. However, the Holiness Movement was burning the brightest between 1750 and 1850 with the apex about 1800. The year 1800 is selected as the round figure date most accurately portraying the time of the restoration of the “Faith Towards God” Doctrine of Christ.
    1. “Sanctification”— conviction — 2nd work of grace
    2. Divine faith healing
      • a. Methodist: Wesley
      • b. Methodist: Finney

    C. doctrine of baptisms (late 1500-1900)

    1. Baptism Into Repentance 1500
    2. Baptism Into Water 1500
    3. Baptism Into Holy Spirit 1900
    4. Baptism Into Fire 1800
    5. Baptism Into Christ’s Body On-going
    6. Baptism Into Christ’s Suffering On-going
    7. Baptism Into the Cloud On-going

    D. laying on of hands (1948-latter rain movement)

    1. Power restored to the Church
      • a. Healing
      • b. Demon deliverance
        1. W. Branham}
        2. TL Osborne } Great Healing & Deliverance Ministries
        3. Oral Roberts}
    2. What was restored?
      • a.Impartation
      • b.Identification
      • c.Confirmation
      • d.Ministration of blessing
      • e. Commission of Ministry

    E. Resurrection from the dead

    1. The first four of six Doctrines of Christ have come to pass in chronological order.
      • a.If they continue in the same order the next doctrine to be restored will be the Resurrection from the Dead.
      • b. The first 4 doctrines are all directly related to this present world as we see it, but this study of the last 2 doctrines leads us beyond this present world into the realm of eternity.
    2. The Doctrine of Resurrection from the Dead applies to the resurrection of the body only.
      (I Corinthians 15:35-50)

      • a. Resurrection: Gk., a-na-sta-sis = to make stand or rise up.
      • b. Resurrection is a raising to life again after death. It is also the beginning of glorification or the changing of the physical body.
      • c. Everyone will experience death and resurrection.
      • d. There will be 2 resurrections:
        1. resurrection to life” 1 Thessalonians 4:15-16
        2. “resurrection of damnation” Revelation 20:5-6, Daniel 12:2-3

    F. Eternal Judgement

    1. This is the last of the six Foundation Stones to be experienced before we can go on to maturity.
    2. There are two judgement seats Romans 14:10;
      I Thessalonians 4:-17-18; Revelation 22:12

      • a. “The Judgment Seat of Christ” is the scene of final examination for all believers, living or dead, when Christ returns.
        1. “The Bema Seat” is a judgment of the believer’s works (I Corinthians 3:10-12,14; II Corinthians 5:10)
        2. Bema: Gk., bema = a step or elevated place, throne
      • b. “The Great White Throne Judgment” the purpose of which is the demonstration of God’s justice. All will see why eternal separation from God (the 2nd death) is absolutely necessary for all who reject His grace and salvation.
        1. The wicked shall be assigned an eternal destiny which fits what they have become.
        2. Matthew 3:12 Revelation 14:11, 19:3
          Mark 9:43-45 Revelation 20:14-15

          II Thessalonians 1:8-9

    Summary

    • Repentance 1400-1500’s J. Hus, W. Tyndale, M. Luther
    • Faith 1500-1700’s M. Luther, J. Calvin
    • Baptisms 1500-1900’s Anabaptists, Wesleys
    • Laying on of Hands 1900-2000’s Pentecostal, Latter Rain-Full Gospel, Charasmatic
    • Resurrection 2000-3000’s Christ’s Coming, Reigning
    • Judgments 3000- Forever Christ’s Seat, White Throne

    ALL these 6 stones must be taught, Must be used as a measuring rod to judge Doctrine and to guide us to a greater Maturity in CHRIST!

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    “Let us go on to perfection”
    Hebrews 6:1

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    Sun, 10 Apr 2016 16:29:33 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/rooted-built-2/ Rooted and Built Up https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/rooted-built-2/ 1 Timothy 4:1-2 (NKJV)

    Colossians 2:6-10 (NKJV)

    Colossians 2:8 (AMP)

    1 Peter 2:6 (NKJV)

    Hebrews 5:12-14 (NKJV)

    II Timothy 2:15 (KJV)

    Hebrews 6:1-3 (NKJV)

    1 Peter 2:1-2 (NKJV)

    2 Peter 1:12-15 (NKJV)

    Hebrews 6:1-3 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 06 Apr 2016 00:52:15 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/1314-2/ God’s True Nature https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/1314-2/ When I first started understanding the grace of God, I had many questions:

    I. Take, for instance, when Ahaziah hurt himself and sent messengers to inquire of Beelzebub whether he would live or die.

    A. The king became mad at Elijah and sent a captain and fifty soldiers out to get him.

    2 Kings 1:1-17 (NKJV)

    B. Elijah didn’t have to kill those 102 men (2 Kin. 1:11-12).
    C. He didn’t have to handle the situation this way.
    D. Although there are some things in the Bible that look contrary to this truth that the “War is Over”, a closer examination confirms that the Lord is now truly at peace with us.
    E. Jesus rebuked His disciples for wanting to do the same thing Elijah had done (Luke 9:51-56).

    Luke 9:55-56 (NKJV)

    F. If Christ had been on the earth in His physical ministry back in the days of Elijah, He would have rebuked him for calling fire down from heaven too.

    II. There is a difference between the way God dealt with mankind under the Old Covenant and the way He deals with us now under the New Covenant.

    A. How do we harmonize the judgment we see under the Old Covenant with the mercy we see under the New Covenant?
    B. We need to understand the TRUE NATURE of God (Mal. 3:6 and Heb. 13:8).

    Malachi 3:6 (NKJV) “For I am the Lord, I do not change”
    Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) “ Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

    III. God is a merciful God.

    A. Romans 5:13 is a pivotal scripture that’s helped me understand the entire Bible.

    Romans 5:13 (NKJV)

    B. Until the time of Moses, God wasn’t holding men’s sins against them.
    C. Then the Law came and was in effect for the following 1,500 years, until the time when Christ came.

    Luke 16:16 (NKJV)
    Galatians 3:23-26 (NKJV)

    E. Jesus established grace and truth.

    John 1:17 (NKJV)

    F. In the nearly 6,000 years since creation—2,500 years from the Fall to Moses; 1,500 years from Moses to Jesus; and 2,000 years from Christ until now—it was less than 2,000 years that people were actually under the Law with sin being imputed unto them.
    G. Since the time of Christ, the Law has ceased being the way God deals with people—He’s not imputing men’s sins unto them anymore.

    IV. The reason God sent Adam and Eve out of the Garden was so they wouldn’t eat of the Tree of Life and so live forever.

    Genesis 3:22-24 (NKJV)

    A. These verses don’t say that God “kicked” Adam and Eve out of the Garden because “He was holy, and a holy God could have no communion or fellowship with unholy man.”
    B. In the next chapter, after they left the Garden of Eden, we find God still walking and talking with man—He’s still talking with them in an audible voice and fellowshipping with them.

    Genesis 4:16 (NKJV)

    C. God didn’t take His presence away from man—man left the presence of God.
    D. God was still dealing with man in mercy, not imputing his sins unto him until the time of the law.
    E. God didn’t want Adam and Eve to eat of the Tree of Life and have the ability to live forever in corruption and sin.
    F. Love—not rejection—motivated God to send Adam and Eve out of the Garden.

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    Sun, 03 Apr 2016 16:43:32 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-table-of-the-lord/ The Table of the Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-table-of-the-lord/

    1 Corinthians 11:23-26 (NKJV)

    Luke 22:14-20 (NKJV)

    John 14:15 – Jesus said: “If you love me, you will obey what I command”

    A. Communion is an Ordinance
    B. Communion is a TRADITION
    C. Communion is a Memorial

    John 8:31-32 (NKJV)

    John 8:36 (NKJV)
    36  Therefore if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.

    D. Communion is a Time of Thanksgiving

    John 10:18 (NKJV)

    Hebrews 13:15 (NKJV)

    E. Communion is a Bond of Fellowship
    F. Communion is a Public Profession of Faith and Commitment to Christ

    1 Corinthians 10:16 (NKJV)

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    Wed, 30 Mar 2016 00:50:51 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/misconceptions-about-spiritual-warfare/ Misconceptions about Spiritual Warfare https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/misconceptions-about-spiritual-warfare/ 1 Timothy 4:1 (NKJV)
    “1  Now the Spirit expressly says that in latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons,”

    The last days shall be characterized by a departure from the faith. Included I this apostasy will be those deceived by seducing spirits and doctrines of demons.

    • I Cor. 10:20 warns about religion without Christ and calls it a “sacrifice to demons.”
    • II Cor. 11:13-15 warns us of counterfeit ministries.

    2 Corinthians 11:13-15 (NKJV)
    13  For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into apostles of Christ.
    14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.
    15  Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also transform themselves into ministers of righteousness, whose end will be according to their works.

    Eph. 6:11 challenges us all to “put on the whole armor of God.”

    • Today many Christians are deceived to the point they do not believe in the power of Satan and the awful influence of the demonic.

    I Timothy 1:18 call us to “wage the good warfare”
    II Timothy 6:12 calls us to “fight the good fight of faith”

    Misconceptions

    1. Resisting the Devil is enough over a period of Time.
      • Resisting the Devil is necessary and important! Yet this is Defensive.
        There is an Offensive side to spiritual warfare whereby ground gained by the enemy must be retaken.
      • Ephesians 4:27 warns us about “giving place” to the Devil.
      • Matthew 12:43 says demons seek “places.” Places is the same Greek work for Place in Ephesians 4;27
      • Colossians 1:13 speaks of salvation as being “delivered from the power of darkness.”
      • Matthew 16:18 Jesus said of the Church, “The gates of Hell shall not prevail against it.”
      • This text speaks of the Church attacking the gates of Hell’s stronghold. Ephesians 2:2 (NKJV)
        The apostle Paul stood before King Agrippa and stated his mission: Acts 26:18 (NKJV)
    2. Christians should Fear touching or being around others Demonically Afflicted.
      Fear invites the attack of the enemy. However, demonically afflicted are not transmitters.  A person right with God has nothing to fear from the enemy.
    3. Christians should PLEAD the Blood of Jesus without understanding and faith.
      • The Blood of Jesus CANNOT be “Pleaded” like some good luck charm!
      • We honor the Blood of Jesus and trust its cleansing, protections, and delivering power!
      • KEY: The Blood speaks for itself in Scripture when applied to the life of the Believer.
      • Revelation 12:11 (NKJV)
        11  And they overcame him by the Blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.
      • The phrase “Pleading the Blood of Jesus” is not actually found in the Bible. Although it sounds Biblical – the idea is not in the Bible so it is EXTRA- BIBLICAL meaning it is a man – created concept because:
        • There is not one example of “pleading the Blood” by early Christians
        • There is not one Scripture that refers to “Pleading the Blood”
        • There is reproof of “Vain Repetitions” by Jesus Himself (Matthew 6:7)
        • The closest thing to “Pleading the Blood” is the reference in Hebrews 12:24 which says, “..to the Blood of sprinkling which speaks better things than that of Abel.
      • INSIGHT: We are specifically instructed to use the NAME of Jesus when casting out demons (Mark 16:17, Luke 10:17, Acts 16:18)
      • The power of the Blood of Jesus speaks for itself! We are not instructed to call on the power of the Blood but we are instructed to call on the NAME OF JESUS!
      • Rev. 12:11 teaches the value of making vocal affirmations (word of their testimony) of the merits of Christ’s Blood.
    4. Christians are in Danger when dealing with demons.
      • I often hear Christians say in fear, “I do not want to stir up anything by getting involved in any type of warfare with Satan.”
      • Demons are under the authority of believers and can only affect us if we give them place.
      • Each Believer is still subject to demonic attacks; we still live in a War Zone even though we are saved!
    5. Demons cannot bother Believers.
      There is much debate over the term demon possession. In the New Testament there is no such phrase; rather the term demonization from the Greek is used.

      • NO Christian can be TOTALLY taken over by demons, but every Christian CAN be Oppressed, Harassed, and Dominated by the enemy’s activity.
      • The enemy CAN attack and oppress the mind, emotions and the physical bodies of believers.
      • Christians are CALLED to resist Satan in the name of Jesus!
    6. Demons were only active in the times of Christ or today only in Pagan Cultures.
      There is nothing in the Bible that restricts demonic operations to a certain time or culture. On the contrary, all Scripture speaks of the constant battle that is ours.
      2 Corinthians 2:11 (NKJV)
      11  lest Satan should take advantage of us; for we are not ignorant of his devices.

      • One of Satan’s devices or strategy is to lead people to deny his existence and operations.
    7. Freedom from Multiple Attacks is Instantaneous
      Sometimes it takes diligence and persistence to stand against the attacks of the Devil. Years after Timothy’s entry in the ministry, Timothy battled a stronghold of Fear.

      •  God will do a complete work as we yield to Him and stand our ground in FAITH!
      • 2 Timothy 1:7 (NKJV)
        7  For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
    8. Freedom Gained is the END of Spiritual Warfare
      NO! It is only the beginning of a life of discipleship. Ground retaken in one’s life must be defended. Sin must be repented of and forsaken so a life of commitment can prosper.

    We must wear our spiritual armor until the day we exchange it for a Robe of White!

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    Sun, 27 Mar 2016 16:56:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/raised-according-to-the-scriptures-2/ Raised According to the Scriptures https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/raised-according-to-the-scriptures-2/ 2 Timothy 2:1-8 (NKJV)

    Romans 4:25 (KJV)

    John 14:27 (KJV)

    John 20:19 (KJV)

    Philippians 3:10 (KJV)

    Romans 8:11 (KJV)

    Ephesians 1:19-20 (KJV)

    I Corinthians 15:1-8 (KJV)

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    Sun, 20 Mar 2016 17:17:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/complete/ Complete https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/complete/ Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)
    Ephesians 2:4-5 (NKJV)

    IT IS NOT DO – DO – DO, IT IS DONE – DONE – DONE!

    Matthew 10:7-8 (NKJV)
    Matthew 19:26 (NKJV)

    Key Principles

    1.  Serve Well
      John 13:1-5 (NKJV)
    2. Take Risks
      The moment you take RISKS out of the walk of Faith – You are not moving in Bible Faith
      Acts 15:26 (NKJV)
      Acts 15:26 (Darby)
      Acts 15:26 (AMP)
    3. Trust God:
      Hebrews 13:5-6 (NKJV)
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    Sun, 13 Mar 2016 16:51:39 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/called-and-separated/ Called and Separated https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/called-and-separated/ Romans 1:1
    Galations 1:15
    1 Peter 2:9
    Ephesians 4:1
    Acts 9:1-7
    Acts 13:1-2

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    Wed, 09 Mar 2016 01:48:52 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-name-of-the-lord/ The Name of the Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-name-of-the-lord/ The Name 0f the Lord

     

    Proverbs 18:10

    The Word of God states: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run to it and are safe.”

     

    Hebrews 13:15: “By Him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to His name. “

     

     

    Claiming the provisions of God’s names

     

     

    1. Jehovah-Jireh

     

    1. Jehovah-Rophe

     

    1. Jehovah-Nissi

     

    1. Jehovah-M’Kaddesh
    2. Jehovah-Shalom –

     

    1. Jehovah-Tsidkenu – Literal: The Lord our Righteousness – Context: Jeremiah 23:1-6

     

     

    1. Jehovah-RohiThe Lord my shepherd – Context: Psalm 23:1 & II Samuel 15:13-17

     

    8. Jehovah-Shamma – Literally: The Lord is there or ever present – Context: Ezekiel 48:35

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    Sun, 06 Mar 2016 17:39:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/obedience-to-god-2/ Obedience to God https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/obedience-to-god-2/ Wed, 02 Mar 2016 02:07:54 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/1241-2/ Pursuing Peaceful Relations with the Lord https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/1241-2/ City Harvest Family Church

     

    Pursing Peaceful Relations with the Lord

     

    “Grace is knowing that there is nothing you can do to make God love you more, and there is nothing you could ever do to make God love you less”

     

     

    1 Peter 3:8-17 (NKJV)
    8  Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous; 9  not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing. 10  For “He who would love life And see good days, Let him refrain his tongue from evil, And his lips from speaking deceit. 11  Let him turn away from evil and do good; Let him seek peace and pursue it. 12  For the eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, And His ears are open to their prayers; But the face of the LORD is against those who do evil.”
     

    1 Peter 3:9-11 (AMP)

    8  Finally, all [of you] should be of one and the same mind (united in spirit), sympathizing [with one another], loving [each other] as brethren [of one household], compassionate and courteous (tenderhearted and humble).  9  Never return evil for evil or insult for insult (scolding, tongue-lashing, berating), but on the contrary blessing [praying for their welfare, happiness, and protection, and truly pitying and loving them]. For know that to this you have been called, that you may yourselves inherit a blessing [from God—that you may obtain a blessing as heirs, bringing welfare and happiness and protection].
    10  For let him who wants to enjoy life and see good days [good—whether apparent or not] keep his tongue free from evil and his lips from guile (treachery, deceit).  11  Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]

     

    • 8 Believers are to be like-minded, sympathetic, tenderhearted, and courteous, which means they are to be humble-minded, not trying to lord it over one another. This is to be the attitude and action of a believer among other believers.

    Matthew 7:12 (NKJV)
    12  Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

     

     

    • 9 This is turning the other cheek. If another believer says something evil about you, something that is not true, are you to strike back? No. Commit him to the Lord — the Lord will take care of him. If we take this position it will break down all the little cliques and stop all the fighting within the church. Remember that we are representing the Lord.

     

    Vs. 10 “For he that will love life” — if you want to really live, here is a good formula, and here is the key to it. Peter says that we are to refrain from constantly speaking evil of others. And we are to refrain from speaking “guile,” from being deceptive and not telling the truth.

    Vs. 11    Let him turn away from wickedness and shun it, and let him do right. Let him search for peace (harmony; undisturbedness from fears, agitating passions, and moral conflicts) and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]

     

    • Pursue Peaceful relations with God – Pursue & go after it.

     

    What stops or hinders you from Peaceful relationship with God?

    What stops or hinders you from Peaceful relationship with others?

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    Sun, 28 Feb 2016 17:31:26 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/1237-2/ The Need for the Baptism in the Holy Spirit https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/1237-2/ The Promise of the Spirit: Joel 2:28-29 (NKJV)
    Jesus said the Comforter shall come: John 14:15-18 (NKJV)
    Jesus commanded His disciples to Tarry in Jerusalem for it

    Luke 24:44-49 (KJV)
    Acts 1:4-5 (KJV)

    Jesus Breathed on Them: John 20:19-20 (KJV)
    How long was this promise good for? Acts 2:38-39 (KJV)

    The Promise was NOT just for the early Church!

    Present: The Promise is unto you NOW!
    Future: The Promise is to your Children – Your Children’s Children
    Afar Off: To those who are afar off and unto all the Lord God shall call

    Acts 1:8 (KJV)
    Ephesians 5:18-20 (KJV)
     
    ALL THE PROMISES OF GOD ARE RECEIVED BY FAITH!

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    Wed, 24 Feb 2016 01:58:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/divine-protection-psalm-91-2/ Divine Protection — Psalm 91 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/divine-protection-psalm-91-2/ Divine Protection

    Psalm 91

    God has your back!

     

    Psalm 91—this Psalm is not just for our inspiration, but for our protection—the believers’ insurance policy.

     

    V 1: Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the       

            shadow of the Almighty.

     

    To abide is to live in God’s presence there we find our rest. Rest is only found in Him. It overcomes the restlessness in each of us.

    Hebrews 4:16…..we are invited into His presence by faith. When we dwell in Him, ultimately He dwells in us.

     

    V 2: This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;

             he is my God, and I trust him.

     

    “He is my refuge and fortress.” We stand up and declare Who He is and what He

    has done in our lives.

     

    First we dwell; then we declare.

    Psalm 31:1-2

     

    V 3: For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from deadly disease.

     

    Satan seeks to outwit us, trap us, and ensnare us.

     

    “Satan will not outsmart us, for we are familiar with his evil schemes.”

    2 Corinthians 2:11

     

    James 4:7—but when we submit to God and resist the devil, he will have to flee

    and is unable to trap us.

     

    V 4: He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings.

            His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

     

    Psalm 121:5-8— His presence is a place of shelter and protection.

    Psalm 117:2—His faithfulness does endure forever!

     

    Vs 5-6: Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor the arrow that flies in the   

                day.  Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that

                strikes at midday.

     

    Fear of the terrors of night, dread of disease or disaster—fears can be irrational.

    Matthew 8:24-27—Jesus tells us not to fear for He is with us. He is right there in the boat; right next to us.

     

    The storms of life come on us “without warning” NIV

    However!

    Jesus calms our fears in the midst of storms.

     

    Vs 7-8: Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around   

                  you, these evils will not touch you.  Just open your eyes, and see how the 

                  wicked are punished.

     

    Exodus 12: 13, 23— God makes a distinction between the righteousness and the

    wicked.

     

    Exodus 14:26-29—behold disaster comes upon the wicked, but it will not come

    near us.

     

    Vs 9-10: If you make the Lord your refuge, if you make the Most High your    

                  shelter,  no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your home.

     

    Praying these promises from vs. 9 and 10 over our home and family brings God’s safety and protection.

     

    Do not be afraid; put your trust in Him

    “Fear knocked, faith answered, no one was there.”

     

    Vs 11-12: For he will order his angels to protect you wherever you go.  They will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.

     

    One of the prime purposes of angels is to guard and protect us from the attacks of the enemy.

     

    Hebrews 1:14—angels are sent to care for those who will inherit salvation.

     

    Psalm 103:19-20—the angels carry out God’s plans, obey His commands, serve Him and do His will.

     

    V 13: You will trample upon lions and cobras; you will crush fierce lions and  

              serpents under your feet!

     

    Lions represent physical danger; snakes represent poisonous lies

    and accusations against us.

     

    Luke 10:19—Jesus gave us authority over the enemy; we can trample down all that is a danger to us. The authority is ours—use it.

    Vs 14-16: The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those    

                     who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be  

                     with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them

                     with a long life and give them my salvation.”

     

    Seven promises that God is speaking directly to us:

     

    • He will rescue those who love Him

    John 14:15—those who love Him obey Him

    • He protects those who put their trust in His Name
    • He will hear and answer when we call on Him

    Jeremiah 33:3—He will reveal secrets to us

    • He is in our midst when we are in trouble

    Isaiah 43:2

    • He honors us by calling us His sons and daughters, and by bestowing favor on us.
    • He satisfies us with a long and rewarding life.

    Psalm 92:14—even in old age we will bear fruit

    • He alone is the giver of salvation: health, deliverance, protection, provision, and all of His blessings

     

    II Timothy 4:7-8—At the end of our lives, we can declare that we are ready to be

    with Him forever.

     

    Where He leads, He protects and provides!

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    Sun, 21 Feb 2016 17:14:01 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/free-to-choose/ Free to Choose https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/free-to-choose/ Free to Choose

     

    1John 2:15 Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

    16 For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world.

    17 And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.

     

    Galatians 6: 7 Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.

    8 Those who live only to satisfy their own sinful nature will harvest decay and death from that sinful nature. But those who live to please the Spirit will harvest everlasting life from the Spirit.

    9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.

    10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.

    Deuteronomy 30: 15 “Now listen! Today I am giving you a choice between life and death, between prosperity and disaster.

    16 For I command you this day to love the LORD your God and to keep his commands, decrees, and regulations by walking in his ways. If you do this, you will live and multiply, and the LORD your God will bless you and the land you are about to enter and occupy.

    17 “But if your heart turns away and you refuse to listen, and if you are drawn away to serve and worship other gods,

    18 then I warn you now that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live a long, good life in the land you are crossing the Jordan to occupy.

    19 “Today I have given you the choice between life and death, between blessings and curses. Now I call on heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. Oh, that you would choose life, so that you and your descendants might live!

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    Wed, 17 Feb 2016 01:34:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christian-collateral-damage-2/ Christian Collateral Damage https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christian-collateral-damage-2/ Mon, 15 Feb 2016 00:45:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-spirit-of-an-overcomer-4/ The Spirit Of An Overcomer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-spirit-of-an-overcomer-4/ 1 Samuel 17:1-47

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    Wed, 10 Feb 2016 01:56:04 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/aggressive-receiving-2/ Aggressive Receiving https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/aggressive-receiving-2/ City Harvest Family Church

    Aggressive Receiving

    1. Mark’s Gospel records an awesome example of the Laws of Faith in operation.
    • Mark 5:25-34 – Read NKJV

     

    1. The Lord felt virtue flow out of Him and turned around, asking, “Who touched my clothes?” (Mark 5:30)

    “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man”.

    (Luke 2:52)

     

    1. Most people think God sizes us up when we come to Him with a request.

     

    1. But that’s not what happened here.

     

    1. She put the laws of faith into action and the power of God automatically flowed.

    “For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole”. (Mark 5:28)

    1. This woman acted on her faith. “Faith without works is dead”. (James 2:20)
    2. The only logical explanation for her touching the hem of Jesus’ garment is            that this woman was probably on her hands and knees, crawling through the mass of people.

     

    1. This illustrates another Law of Faith—earnestness.

     

    1. You can’t receive the things of God by just passively seeking

    “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah 29:13)

    1. When you get aggressive, like this woman, where you are willing to           risk even        your own life          in order to receive, you will receive.
    2. It takes this type of aggressive attitude to effectively receive   from God.

    III.        This woman  put a number            of the  Laws of Faith into operation, and the healing            virtue of God flowed            to her  automatically.

    1. The Lord isn’t healing one and refusing another.
    2. There  are laws that govern how God’s power works.
    3. We can violate those laws and miss out on the blessings God’s has            already            given us, or we can learn what the laws are, cooperate with  them,  and     experience the abundant life He has provided.
    4. Receiving from God isn’t about how He feels toward you.
    5. If that  were the only issue,            then we would all be perfect in every way.
    6. It’s what God wants for each and every one of  us!
    7.     But there are laws that must be put into effect in order to receive the things            God                has for us.
    8. It’s our misuse of these laws that is literally killing us.

    DISCIPLESHIP QUESTIONS

    1. According to Mark 5:30, what did Jesus immediately know in Himself?
    2. What did He then do?
    3. What did He say?
    4. Luke 2:52 reveals that Jesus increased in what?
    5. Wisdom. B. Stature. C. Favor with God. D. Favor with man. E. All. F. None
    6. According to Mark 5:28, what did the woman do?

    6.“If I may touch but His _____.”

    7.“I shall be _____.”

    1. Mark 11:23 instructs us to do what unto this mountain?
    2. We should believe that what things shall come to pass?
    3. We shall have whatsoever we what?
    4. According James 2:20, what is dead?
    5. Jeremiah 29:13 reveals that we’ll find God when?
    6. According to Mark 5:25-26, what did a certain woman have?
    7. How long?
    8. What had she suffered?
    9. Of whom?
    10. What had she spent?
    11. Was she bettered?
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    Sun, 07 Feb 2016 17:33:48 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/hardness-of-heart/ Hardness of Heart https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/hardness-of-heart/ Mark 6:45-52

    Hebrews 3:7-12

    Hebrews 12:1-2

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    Wed, 03 Feb 2016 01:45:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/does-god-allow-what-we-allow-2/ Does God Allow What We Allow? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/does-god-allow-what-we-allow-2/ Genesis 1:26-28

    Psalm 89:34

    Hebrews 1:3

    Psalm 115:16

    John 4:24

    John 5:27

    Romans 5:15

    Matthew 28:18

    Ephesians 3:20

    Romans 12:2

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    Sun, 31 Jan 2016 17:35:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/vision-and-faith/ Vision and Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/vision-and-faith/ ” Where there is no Vision the people perish ” (Proverbs 29:18)

    Hebrews 11:1-13

    1 Timothy 4:12-16

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    Wed, 27 Jan 2016 01:38:43 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/did-god-want-a-church-2/ Did God want a Church? https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/did-god-want-a-church-2/ Matthew 16:13-20 (NKJV)

    Acts 7:37-38 (KJV)

    Ephesians 2:11-22 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 5:25 (NKJV)

    Ephesians 1:4 (NKJV)

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    Sun, 24 Jan 2016 18:12:01 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/albany-teen-challenge-presentation/ Albany Teen Challenge Presentation https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/albany-teen-challenge-presentation/ Victor D. Harris Director at Albany Teen Challenge based in Ravena, NY presents the Albany Teen Challenge choir

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    Wed, 20 Jan 2016 01:37:21 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/four-keys-to-answered-prayer-2/ Four Keys to Answered Prayer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/four-keys-to-answered-prayer-2/ Psalm 143:11-12 (NASB)

    John 16:23-24 (NASB)

    John 17:6-12 (NASB)

    Mark 16:17-18 (KJV)

    Isaiah 61:10 (NASB)

    Psalm 65:1-5 (NLT)

     

     

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    Sun, 17 Jan 2016 17:45:37 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/run-the-race-to-win/ Run The Race To Win https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/run-the-race-to-win/ Sermon Notes

    1 Corinthians 9: 24 (NASB)

    • If you don’t know who you are you cant begin running.
    • Runners leave stuff behind they don’t have a lot of baggage.
    • Encourage people
    • Simplify don’t be complex
    Things to do to win the race:
    1. Make a choice to finish.
      • remove your right to quit
      • nothing robs you of your joy than not finishing what you started
    2. Getting fit both spiritually and physically
      • 1 Corinthians 9:25
      • We need to exercise mercy to the people around us
      • You will always have enemies the moment you start making you mind to do something.
      • having enemies means you stood for something, if you stand for nothing you will fall for anything
      • 1 Corinthians 9:26-27 – it takes discipline, courage & self respect to unlock potential
      • Develop a habit to win. Say no to sloppy living
      • Don’t take shortcuts
    3. Be resilient, keep getting back up again

    “You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.”― Winston S. Churchill

    1 Corinthians 10: 1-2 (NASB)

    Faith works by love

    Hebrews 12:1 (NASB)

    Believe the best about everything

     

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    Wed, 13 Jan 2016 01:34:33 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/model-prayer-petition-prayer/ Model Prayer – Petition Prayer https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/model-prayer-petition-prayer/ John 6:28-29

    John 16:23-24

    Matthew 6:9-13

    Acts 19:11-16

    Colossians 1:12-13

    James 4:7

    Mark 16:17-18

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    Sun, 10 Jan 2016 17:46:46 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/belief-and-faith-2/ Belief and Faith https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/belief-and-faith-2/ Sun, 03 Jan 2016 17:20:06 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/how-god-rewards/ How God Rewards https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/how-god-rewards/ Matthew 6:1-18 (NKJV)

    Biblical Fasting Focus

    1 Timothy 2:1-2 (KJV)
    Romans 12:1 (KJV)
    Matthew 6:33 (KJV)

    Isaiah 58:6

    There are several types of fasts. The one you choose is between you and God. The Lord will honor your best sacrifice!

    Full Fast
    Drink only liquids (you establish the number of days).

    The Daniel Fast
    Eat no meat, no sweets and no bread. Drink water and juice. Eat fruits and vegetables.

    3-Day Fast
    This fast can be a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

    Partial Fast
    A partial fast is from 6:00 am to 3:00 pm or from sun up to sundown. You can select from three types of fasting —a Full Fast, Daniel Fast or give up at least one item of food.

    Scripture References for Fasting:
    Matthew 6:16-18, Matthew 9:14-15, Luke 18:9-14

    Relation to Prayer and Reading of the Word:
    1 Samuel 1:6-8, 17-18, Nehemiah 1:4, Daniel 9:3, 20, Joel 2:12, Luke 2:37, Acts 10:30, Acts 13:2

    Corporate Fasting:
    1 Samuel 7:5-6, Ezra 8:21-23, Nehemiah 9:1-3, Joel 2:15-16, Jonah 3:5-10, Acts 27:33-37

    Remember that it is the attitude of a heart sincerely seeking Him to which God responds with a blessing (Isaiah 58, Jeremiah 14:12, 1 Corinthians 8:8).


     

    21 Days of Fasting

    Read about fasting:
    1) 7 Basic Steps to Successful Fasting and Prayer
    2) Types of Fasts

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    Wed, 30 Dec 2015 01:35:34 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/fasting-to-reclaim-the-edge-video-and-teaching/ Fasting to reclaim the edge (Video and Teaching) https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/fasting-to-reclaim-the-edge-video-and-teaching/ Sun, 27 Dec 2015 17:25:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/877-2/ Declaring the Benefits of Fasting Over Your Life https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/877-2/ Learn how to declare God’s promises using these model prayers

    The REWARDS of fasting far outweigh the obstacles of the enemy. Fasting has great rewards. Many believers are unaware of the great rewards that come through fasting. Understanding the great benefits of fasting will motivate more believers to make it a regular part of their lives.

    Matthew 6:17-18 says, “But you when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, so that you will not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret. And you Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.”

    God promises rewards to those who fast in secret. Reward is God’s favor, abundance and blessing. The open rewards of fasting include blessings, abundance, favor and prosperity. Learn the secret of obtaining God’s reward through private fasting.

    No one needs to know you are fasting. As the Holy Spirit leads you, make this a personal discipline between you and God and see how He rewards you.

    Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)

    6  But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

    Declare these Rewards of fasting over your life to Break the strongholds of the enemy:

    Lord, I believe in the power of Your chosen fast (Isaiah 58). Let my fasting destroy the yokes that the enemy has set up against me. Let Your light come into my life. Let health, healing and miracles be released in my life, and let me see breakthroughs of salvation and deliverance in my life through Your chosen fast. Let Your power and authority be released in my life anew. I drive every stubborn demon out of my life in Jesus name. Let every assignment of hell against me be broken – all pride, rebellion and witchcraft operating in my life will be destroyed through You chosen fast.”

    Believers can also declare the blessing of God in their life:

    I humble my soul through fasting; let Your favor exalt me. Let Your anointing increase in my life. Let me enjoy restoration. Let Your covenant blessings and mercy be released on me and my family. Nothing is impossible with You, Lord. Let my impossibilities become possibilities through Your chosen fast. Let my prayers be answered speedily. Guide me and manifest You glory to me.”

    For a slightly different approach, pray and declare the promises God gave His followers in Scripture.

    I will fast according to the fast chosen by the Lord (Isaiah 58). I will set my face toward the Lord God to make requests by prayer supplication, with fasting, sackcloth and ashes (Daniel 9:3) I will proclaim a fast and humble myself before our God, to seek from Him the right way for my family and all our possessions (Ezra 8:21). I will turn to the Lord with fasting, weeping and morning. (Joel 2:12). I fast to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke (Isaiah 58:6). I will fast in the secret place, and my Father, who sees in secret, will reward me openly (Matthew 6:18). I will not depart from the temple of the Lord but will serve God with fasting and prayers night and day (Luke 2:37)

    Isaiah 58:1-14 (NKJV)

    1 “Cry aloud, spare not; Lift up your voice like a trumpet; Tell My people their transgression, And the house of Jacob their sins. 2 Yet they seek Me daily, And delight to know My ways, As a nation that did righteousness, And did not forsake the ordinance of their God. They ask of Me the ordinances of justice; They take delight in approaching God. 3 ‘Why have we fasted,’ they say, ‘and You have not seen? Why have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, And exploit all your laborers. 4 Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as you do this day, To make your voice heard on high. 5 Is it a fast that I have chosen, A day for a man to afflict his soul? Is it to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, And an acceptable day to the LORD? 6 Is this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, To undo the heavy burdens, To let the oppressed go free, And that you break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, And that you bring to your house the poor who are cast out; When you see the naked, that you cover him, And not hide yourself from your own flesh? 8 Then your light shall break forth like the morning, Your healing shall spring forth speedily, And your righteousness shall go before you; The glory of the LORD shall be your rear guard. 9 Then you shall call, and the LORD will answer; You shall cry, and He will say, ‘Here I am.’ “If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, 10 If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. 11 The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. 12 Those from among you Shall build the old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. 13 “If you turn away your foot from the Sabbath, From doing your pleasure on My holy day, And call the Sabbath a delight, The holy day of the LORD honorable, And shall honor Him, not doing your own ways, Nor finding your own pleasure, Nor speaking your own words, 14 Then you shall delight yourself in the LORD; And I will cause you to ride on the high hills of the earth, And feed you with the heritage of Jacob your father. The mouth of the LORD has spoken.”

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    Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:48:44 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/name-shall-called/ His Name Shall Be Called https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/name-shall-called/ Wed, 23 Dec 2015 01:40:49 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-christmas-story-2/ A Christmas Story https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/a-christmas-story-2/ Sun, 20 Dec 2015 17:50:13 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/counting-the-cost-of-doing-gods-will-2/ Counting The Cost Of Doing God’s Will https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/counting-the-cost-of-doing-gods-will-2/ Sermon Notes:

    Luke 1: 26-38 (NKJV)

    Mary’s Actions:

    1. She acknowledge the Word of the Lord

    2. She heard the Word of the Lord

    3. She pondered the Word in her heart

    4. She submitted to the Word of the Lord

    5. She held fast to the Word of the Lord

    6. The word of the Lord sustained her

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    Wed, 16 Dec 2015 01:40:08 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/acknowledging-every-good-thing/ Acknowledging Every Good Thing https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/acknowledging-every-good-thing/ Sermon Notes:

    Romans 5:17-19 (NKJV)
    2 Corinthians 5:14-15 (NKJV)

    Philemon 1:6 (KJV) That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

    Notice: Paul said “every good thing in you“.

    • Paul said that “many good things are in you” because you are in Christ.
    • When you acknowledge every good thing that is in you in Christ Jesus, your faith will become effective.

    Other Translations of Philemon 1:6

    … so that you advance in the faith may become energetic by recognition of every benefit there is for us in Christ” (Fenton)

    I pray that everyone who meets you may catch your faith and learn from you how wonderful it is to live in Christ” (Laubach)

    • Your faith becomes contagious as you walk in the light of your redemption in Christ!
    • Other’s will catch your faith.
    • In Him – Victory is yours, Blessing is yours, Peace is yours, Joy is yours.

    My prayer is that your fellowship with us in our common faith may deepen the understanding of all the blessings that our union with Chris brings us.” (New English Bible)

    … Full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good thing that is ours in our identification with Christ Jesus” (Amplified Bible)

    And I pray that as you share your faith with others it will grip their lives too, as the see the wealth of good things in you that come from Christ Jesus.” (Living Bible)

    You are absolutely wealthy in Christ!

    There are a wealth of good things that are yours because you are in Christ Jesus!

    Have a Bold Confession The reason that the majority of Christians are weak, though they are earnest, yet they are weak, is because they have never dared to make a bold confession of what they are in Christ.” (E. W. Kenyon)

    Your life becomes a great testimony to others as they see the wonderful benefits that belong to the believer in Christ!

    Acknowledging Every Good Thing in Christ

    Acknowledging must center around Four main areas:

    1. What God had done for you in Christ Jesus in the plan of redemption.
    2. Who you are now and what you have now in Christ that belong to the believer in Christ!
    3. What God can do through you by the Word and the Holy Spirit.
    4. What Jesus is doing for you now at the right hand of the Father in heaven.

    KEY

    Paul used these “IN CHRIST” Scriptures to tell us what God has done for us in Christ. Begin to acknowledge these Scriptures where Paul talked about who you are and what you have in Christ Jesus.

    Ephesians 1:3 (NKJV)
    Ephesians 1:6 (NKJV)
    Ephesians 1:7 (NKJV)
    Ephesians 2:6 (NKJV)
    Colossians 1:12-14 (NKJV)
    Colossians 2:9-10 (NKJV)
    2 Corinthians 1:20 (NKJV)

    My Confession: Say it our Loud!

    By my confession, I have a new identity. I have been identified with Christ. I do not identify with the past anymore. I identify with Christ. I do not identify with failure anymore. I am identified with hrist. I do not identify with poverty. I identify with Christ. I do not identify with guilt and shame. I identify with Christ, and I have been made righteous in Him. Christ lives in me. It is no longer I who lives. Christ the Anointed One, Christ the Master, Christ the Champion lives in me. The Greater One lives in me by the Word and the Holy Spirit.

    Victory is mine in Christ! I am identified with Christ, the triumphant Christ, the risen Christ. I reign with Him. I am seated with Him. I am blessed with Him. I am complete in him, in union with Christ. Christ took me to the cross with Him. I died there with Him. I was buried with Him and I was raised with Him. I was made righteous, made alive with Him, I am seated with Him. I give thanks to the Father who made me worthy and has qualified me in Christ!

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    Wed, 09 Dec 2015 01:54:09 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/life-of-moses-3/ Life of Moses https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/life-of-moses-3/ bible

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    Sun, 06 Dec 2015 21:43:55 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/bread-of-life-2/ Bread of Life https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/bread-of-life-2/ Wed, 02 Dec 2015 01:51:28 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-blessedness-of-blessing/ The Blessedness of Blessing https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/the-blessedness-of-blessing/ Watch this video before you listen
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d70oy2vZk-Y

    Psalm 1:1-3 (NKJV)

    A comparison of the state of Blessedness!

    Malachi 3:10 (NKJV)

    Definition of Blessed: Blessed: The Uncanny – Innate ability to succeed over Adversity!

    KEY: Being Blessed doesn’t imply you don’t have Adversity

    • The word Blessed is likened to the word Cursed because it speaks to the End of something.
    • Being Cursed is a progression – Cursed speaks to the End of a thing.
    • Adam & Eve – God said “if you eat of that tree you shall surely die”.

    Malachi 3:8-9 (NKJV)

    If Cursed speaks to the End of a thing its opposite Blessed also speaks to the End of a thing.

    • Being Blessed doesn’t mean you won’t have hard or difficult times – tying times but I means that ultimately you will ARISE OVER ADVERSITY because You’re BLESSED!

    KEY: True worship comes from people who KNOW they are Blessed!

    David gave Three Don’ts and a Do

    Psalm 1:1 (NKJV)

    First Don’t: “Blessed is the man that walks NOT in the counsel of the ungodly”.
    Second Don’t: “Nor stands in the path of the Sinners”.
    Third Don’t: “Nor sits in the seat of the scornful”.

    One DO:

    Psalm 1:2-3 (NKJV)

    Closing:

    Blessing like Cursing speaks to the End of thing not the beginning of a thing

    Don’t walk in the Counsel of the Ungodly
    Don’t stand in the path of the Sinner
    Don’t sit with the Scorned

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    Sun, 29 Nov 2015 17:25:16 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/272-2/ Thankful for Godly Fathers https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/272-2/ Wed, 25 Nov 2015 01:30:05 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/what-is-your-isaac/ What Is Your Isaac https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/what-is-your-isaac/ Sun, 22 Nov 2015 17:12:50 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/divine-guidance/ Divine Guidance https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/divine-guidance/ Wed, 18 Nov 2015 01:42:55 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/when-god-gives-you-a-dream/ When God Gives you a Dream https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/when-god-gives-you-a-dream/ Sun, 15 Nov 2015 17:27:21 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christian-community-2/ Christian Community https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/christian-community-2/ Wed, 11 Nov 2015 02:00:18 +0000 https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/2015-11-10-three-categories-of-worshippers/ Three Categories Of Worshippers https://cityharvestalbany.com/sermon/2015-11-10-three-categories-of-worshippers/