2024-06-12: A Mother’s Love

Sermon Audio: A Mother’s Love
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Matthew 20:20-23
Duration: 19:19
Size: 11.1 MB

A Mother’s Love
Matthew 20:20-23

And mothers are a link to God, a child’s first impression of God’s love.

Mrs. Zebedee was aware of the teachings of Jesus about His kingdom.

But since today is Mother’s Day, maybe we ought to think for a few moments about some positive things concerning Mrs. Zebedee.

Being a parent is not easy. Sometimes you’re filled with joy and sometimes with sadness. Sometimes your children make you so proud you want to pop your buttons. At other times you can’t find enough handkerchiefs to dry your tears.

It begins at home with parents setting the example and praying that their sons and daughters might be involved in the work of the kingdom?

I suppose that is why today is special? because we recognize that mother’s love is probably the closest example we have to God’s love.

2024-05-05: Surrender — Surrender Your Thoughts

Sermon Audio: Surrender Your Thoughts
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Philippians 4:4-9
Duration: 26:06
Size: 15.2 MB

Surrender
Surrender Your Thoughts
Philippians 4:4-9

But when that is our philosophy, it means that we really haven’t embraced Jesus as Lord, we’re simply using him as a fire escape from Hell.

We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. That is an interesting concept. Taking our thoughts captive, so they will be obedient to Christ.

What Jesus was warning us about in the Sermon on the Mount wasn’t the actions but the beginning of the actions. The thought or thoughts behind the action.

Willie Nelson said,
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

You see the warning isn’t simply that negative thoughts will make us negative, the warning is that letting your sinful nature control your mind leads to death.

So, Paul goes on to say, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

So, to say, in order to control your thought life, you just need to stop thinking about the things we shouldn’t be thinking about. That’s simple but it’s not easy.

It starts with you, and it depends on God, but ultimately God does His part and expects us to do our part.

Are you willing to make that decision? The decision to surrender your thoughts to God? The decision to focus on the things of God?

2024-04-28: Surrender — Surrender Your Bitterness

Sermon Audio: Surrender Your Bitterness
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:31-32
Duration: 34:12
Size: 18.7 MB

Surrender
Surrender Your Bitterness
Ephesians 4:31-32

However, the reality is that we will all get angry. As long as we are people and we live with people anger is inevitable.

But the question has to be: How do we deal with our anger? How do we keep our anger from making us bitter?

When you claim your anger as your emotion then you own it, and you are in control.

We Need to Deal With It
Take the time to process it, cool down, and start by talking to the person.

If you can’t do anything about it, perhaps you need to accept it and turn it over to God rather than letting it destroy you.

You commit the situation and person to God for His judgment and in so doing are refusing to let it eat away at your own well-being.

It was Groucho Marx who said, “Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the best speech you’ll ever regret.”

Then if he or she won’t accept the church’s decision, treat that person as a pagan or a corrupt tax collector; Love Them.

I would say that start from the top and work your way down. Name it, claim it, identify it, and deal with it. And in dealing with it you need to learn to forgive yourself.

Take your anger to God. It won’t hurt his feelings, it won’t even surprise him, he knows how you are feeling.

2024-04-21: Surrender — Surrender Your Anger

Sermon Audio: Surrender Your Anger
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Ephesians 4:31, Ephesians 4:26-27
Duration: 27:23
Size: 14.3 MB

Surrender
Surrender Your Anger
Ephesians 4:31, Ephesians 4:26-27

Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.

Maybe we need to discover Why We Get Angry
Sometimes we think, and we are taught that all anger is sinful and is a result of man’s fall and original sin.

And it is from these two characteristics of God, his love and his holiness that we see his anger displayed, when justice and righteousness are neglected or rejected.

Now whether or not you were done wrong isn’t the question. The question is whether you perceived that you were done wrong.

And the bible acknowledges that, what it challenges us on is not our anger, but how we respond in our anger.

But I think Jesus was upset over the fact that those who were supposed to be leading people to God were taking advantage of them.

If you find yourself reacting immediately in anger, you are probably in the wrong. You are letting your anger control you instead of controlling your anger.

Ralph Waldo Emerson wrote “For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.”

As Christians we need to go back time and time again to the multitude of scriptures that remind us that we are supposed to forgive others just as God forgave us.

But understand, this you will control your anger, or your anger will control you.