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Dwayne Pitre

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Mike Holmes

 

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About five years ago a wildly popular song was released.  It is entitled simply, “Happy” by Pharrell Williams.  You can’t help but smile when you hear the lyrics and the music [may play a snippet].

 

The official video of the song was released on YouTube on November 21, 2013, and, as of March 2018, it has had over 1 billion views.  Maybe its popularity is tied to the fact that everybody wants to be happy.

 

Here in America we’re so committed to the pursuit of happiness that we put it into the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

 

But in spite of our longing for it and our pursuit of it, happiness so often eludes us. 

 

Here’s an important truth to grasp: “Pursue happiness and it evades you.  Pursue Him--pursue holiness--and happiness comes to you as a by-product.”

 

God’s word never tells us to pursue happiness but it does promise us happiness, real joy, if we will live according to God’s word.

 

These principles are laid out for us clearly in God’s word.  Let’s open our Bibles to Psalm 1 for a message entitled, “Happy

 

Songs of the Summer

“Happy”

Psalm 1

 

  1. Dangers to avoid

Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers” (1:1).

 

  1. Discouraging companions
  2. Downward cycle
  1. Disciplines to acquire

But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night (1:2).

 

  1. Prize the word of God
  2. Ponder the word of God
  1. Destinies to assess

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment (1:3-5a).

 

  1. Everyday consequences
  2. Eternal consequences
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In our nation’s capital is the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery. For 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, a platoon of 30 honor guards protects the tomb through rain, snow, and even hurricanes! It's been guarded every minute of every day since 1937.  The Unknown Soldiers laid to rest at the Tomb represent all missing and unknown service members who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect our freedoms.

 

Typically a single sentinel at a time guards the tomb, pacing back and forth throughout his watch. The soldier walks exactly 21 steps then pauses for 21 seconds before turning around and continuing his duty. The number 21 is in reference to the 21 gun salute which is the military's highest honor given to a soldier.

 

When the changing of the guard takes place, orders are passed from one soldier to his relief: Here is the heart of that dialog: " Post and orders, remain as directed.”  Orders remain as directed.  Their original charge remains their current charge.  No change.

 

There is another tomb—empty now in Jerusalem.  Our Lord, after his victorious resurrection, gave orders to his disciples some 2000 years ago and those orders remain as directed! 

 

Do you know what our marching orders are as followers of Christ?  Today we will revisit those orders.

 

Please open your Bibles to Matthew 28:18-20.

Bless Every Home

“Make Disciples”

Matthew 28:18-20

 

  1. We have the powerto make disciples

 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples . . .” (28:18-19a).

 

  1. Jesus’ power is stated
  2. Jesus’ power is shared
  1. We have the planto make disciples

“Go therefore 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 that I have commanded you”(28:19-20a).

 

  1. Jesus calls us to mobilize disciples
  2. Jesus calls us to mark disciples
  3. Jesus calls us to mature disciples
  4. We have the partner to make disciples

“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (28:20b).

 

  1. Jesus is our personal companion
  2. Jesus is our perpetual companion

 

 

Direct download: IBC_20180506.mp3
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Bendice cada hogar

"haced discípulos"

(Mateo 28:18-20

 

  1. Tenemos el poder de hacer discípulos

“Jesús se acercó y dijo a sus discípulos: «Se me ha dado toda autoridad en el cielo y en la tierra.Por lo tanto, vayan y hagan discípulos ..." (28:18-19a).

 

  1. El poder de Jesús es declarado
  2. El poder de Jesús es compartido

 

  1. Tenemos el plande hacer discípulos

"Por lo tanto, vayan y hagan discípulos de todas las naciones,bautizándolos en el nombre del Padre y del Hijo y del Espíritu Santo.Enseñen a los nuevos discípulos a obedecer todos los mandatos que les he dado." (Mt 28, 19-20a).

 

  1. Jesús nos llama a hacerdiscípulos
  2. Jesús nos llama a bautizardiscípulos
  3. Jesús nos llama a desarrollardiscípulos

 

  1. Tenemos la promesaal hacer discípulos.

"Y tengan por seguro esto: que estoy con ustedes hasta el fin del mundo" (Mt 28, 20b).

 

  1. Jesús es nuestro compañero personal
  2. Jesús es nuestro compañero perpetuo
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