The First Letter

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The First Letter

1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 NIV

Acts 17:1-10 NIV

    1. They had a faith that works.
    2.  They worked and labored hard and made sacrifices. 
    3.  They persevered.
    4.  It was because the word of God rang out of there mouths....they witnessed. 

As a Christian you can suffer and have joy at the same time. 

Matthew 5:3-10 NASB

BLESSED = HAPPY

Blessed means:
Freedom from normal cares and worries. Fullness of life. 

Blessed means:
You are in this world but your happiness is independent from this world. You get it from somewhere else, from a different source. 

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I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

I Didn't Know I Was Pregnant

1. Recognize you are not Barren
2. You’re Pregnant and You Don’t Know It
3. Your Pregnant and You Know It
- Eat well
- Exercise
- Rest
4. At One Time You Felt Pregnant
5. You Will be Delivered through that which you Deliver
Luke 1:26-38
  In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a
town in Galilee,  27  to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a
descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.  28  The angel went to her and said,
“Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.” 29  Mary was greatly
troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30  But the angel
said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.  31  You will conceive
and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.  32  He will be great and will be
called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father
David, 33  and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never
end.” 34  “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” 35  The angel
answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will
overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.  36  Even
Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to
be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.  37  For no word from God will ever fail.” 38  “I
am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the
angel left her.

Prepare Our Ground

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Prepare Our Ground

Matthew 13:1-23,
That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake.  2  Such large crowds
gathered around him that he got into a boat and sat in it, while all the people stood on
the shore.  3  Then he told them many things in parables, saying: “A farmer went out to
sow his seed.  4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds
came and ate it up.  5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It
sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow.  6  But when the sun came up, the
plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root.  7  Other seed fell
among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.  8  Still other seed fell on good soil,
where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.  9  Whoever
has ears, let them hear.” 10  The disciples came to him and asked, “Why do you speak to
the people in parables?” 11  He replied, “Because the knowledge of the secrets of the
kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.  12  Whoever has will be
given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they
have will be taken from them.  13  This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though
seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14  In them is
fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you
will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15  For this people’s heart has become
calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise
they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and
turn, and I would heal them.’ 16  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your
ears because they hear.  17  For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people
longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not
hear it. 18  “Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:  19  When anyone hears
the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and
snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed sown along the
path.  20  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at
once receives it with joy.  21  But since they have no root, they last only a short time.
When trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.  22  The
seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but the worries
of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful.  23  But the
seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it.
This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was
sown.”


1. THE BEATEN PATH


Matthew 13:4,
“A farmer went out to sow his seed.  4  As he was scattering the seed, some fell along
the path, and the birds came and ate it up.
Matthew 13:19 says,

19  When anyone hears the message about the kingdom and does not understand it, the
evil one comes and snatches away what was sown in their heart. This is the seed
sown along the path.

2. THE ROCKY PLACES

Matthew 13 5-6,
5  Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly,
because the soil was shallow.  6  But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched,
and they withered because they had no root.

Matthew 13:20-21,
20  The seed falling on rocky ground refers to someone who hears the word and at once
receives it with joy.  21  But since they have no root, they last only a short time. When
trouble or persecution comes because of the word, they quickly fall away.

3. THE THORNY PLANTS

Matthew 13:7
7  Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 

Matthew 13:22, 22  The seed falling among the thorns refers to someone who hears the word, but theworries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it unfruitful. 

Psalms 23:4,
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

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.

1 John 4:18,
18  There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with
punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

1 Peter 5:6-7,
6  Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due
time. 7  Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Matthew 13:22 Jesus says,
…the worries of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke the word, making it
unfruitful. 

Hebrews 13:5-6 says,
5  Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you
have, because God has said, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” 6  So we
say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals
do to me?”

4. THE SOIL PREPARED

Matthew 13:8,
8  Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty
times what was sown.

Matthew 13:23,
23  But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and
understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty
times what was sown.”

Matthew 13:13-15 says,
“Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. 14  In
them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “‘You will be ever hearing but never
understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. 15  For this people’s heart
has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their
eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with
their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’

Matthew 13:16-17,
16  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear.  17  For
truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did
not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it.

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