Saturday, January 16, 2021

Video: 1-17-21 THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "Come Thou Fount"

 1-17-21 Sermon “THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT: “Come Thou Fount"

As we worship together "from house to house," we are humbled by the level of blessing our God has lavished upon us.  We can certainly count our blessings.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message "THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT: “Come Thou Fount."  Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP




COMMUNION

Read Philippians‬ ‭4:19-20‬ ‭NIV, “And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus. To our God and Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, “Father, we have been given so much.  We are blessed beyond measure.  We are thankful for your gifts of grace.  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray for our nation during these difficult times.

MESSAGE


CHALLENGE

“Keep Kenwood Connected” - over the month of January our challenges will relate to connecting with one another.  This is "phone a friend" week.  Call and speak with 3 people from your Kenwood family this week.

INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Possibly, if you have already responded to God’s call in these way, you would like to become a member of Kenwood Church.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video





THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "Come Thou Fount"

 THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "Come Thou Fount" - 1-17-21


INTRODUCTION


"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ."

2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭3-5‬ NIV


The importance of understanding the Word

"And every man that striveth in the games exerciseth self-control in all things. Now they do it to receive a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible. I therefore so run, as not uncertainly; so fight I, as not beating the air: but I buffet my body, and bring it into bondage: lest by any means, after that I have preached to others, I myself should be rejected."

1 Corinthians‬ ‭9‬:‭25-27‬ ASV


‘I "buffet" my body’


Give me more


Come Thou Fount


Come thou font of every blessing 

Tune my heart to sing thy grace 

Streams of mercy never ceasing 

Call for songs of loudest praise 

Teach me some melodious sonnet 

Sung by flaming tongues above 

Praise the mount 

I'm fixed upon it 

Mount of thy redeeming love


 Here I raise my Ebenezer 

Hither by thy help I'm come 

And I hope by thy good pleasure 

Safely to arrive at home 

Jesus sought me when a stranger 

Wandering from the fold of God 

He, to rescue me from danger 

Interposed His precious blood


 O to grace how how great a debtor 

Daily I'm constrained to be! 

Let thy goodness like a fetter, 

Bind my wandering heart to thee 

Prone to wander Lord I feel it, 

Prone to leave the God I love 

Here's my heart, O take and seal it, 

Seal it for thy courts above


I.  OUR RESPONSE TO GOD'S GRACE


A.  Give me more

1.  Blessing

2.  Grace

3.  Mercy

B.  Sing a song


Sing by The Carpenters


Sing, sing a song 

Sing out loud 

Sing out strong 

Sing of good things not bad 

Sing of happy not sad. 

Sing, sing a song 

Make it simple to last Your whole life long 

Don't worry that it's not 

Good enough for anyone 

Else to hear 

Just sing, sing a song. 

Sing, sing a song 

Let the world sing along 

Sing of love there could be 

Sing for you and for me. 

Sing, sing a song 

Make it simple to last 

Your whole life long 

Don't worry that it's not 

Good enough for anyone 

Else to hear 

Just sing, sing a song.


When Paula said, "Yes."  First date, proposal, marriage, my heart sang 


"Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ."

Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭15-20‬ NIV

1.  Psalms

2.  Hymns

3.  Spiritual songs


Hannah's song of praise 1 Samuel 2:1-10

Levite's song of praise  1 Chronicles 16:8-36

Hezekiah's song of praise  Isaiah 38:10-20

Completion of the temple  Ezra 3:11

Mary's song of praise  Luke 1:46-55

Zachariah's song of praise  Luke 1:68-79

The Angels song of praise  Luke 2:14

C.  We are commanded to sing heartfelt songs of thanksgiving to God


II.  OUR RESPONSE TO OUR NEED


Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.”

Psalm‬ ‭91‬:‭1-16‬ NIV


A.  God is our refuge

B.  God is our deliverer


My Deliverer is Coming by The Ragamuffin Band


III.  OUR RESPONSE TO OUR DILEMMA


Wandering "heart"-itis


A.  A Decision 

1.  "Set our hearts"


"For Ezra had set his heart to seek the law of Jehovah, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and ordinances."  

Ezra‬ ‭7‬:‭10‬ ASV


B.  A Commitment


Joshua leading God's people into the promised land


"Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” 

Joshua‬ ‭1‬:‭7-9‬ NIV


1.  Know God's Word

2.  Do God's Word - Do What You Know

3.  Teach God’s Word


CONCLUSION


Ezra knew, practiced, and taught God’s Word.  We should do the same.


CHALLENGE


“Keep Kenwood Connected” - over the month of January our challenges will relate to connecting with one another.  This is "phone a friend" week.  Call and speak with 3 people from your Kenwood family this week.


INVITATION


It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Possibly, if you have already responded to God’s call in these ways, you would like to become a member of Kenwood Church.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I would be honored to speak with you in the upper parking lot following the service about what God is doing in your life.



Saturday, January 9, 2021

Video: 1-10-21 THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "I Need Thee Every Hour"

 1-10-21 Sermon “THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT: “I Need Thee Every Hour”

As we worship together "from house to house," we are aware of our need, our need for you.

If you cannot join us this Sunday, we invite you to sing along with the worship videos.  We encourage you to take the Lord’s Supper.  In this way, we can take communion together even though we are apart.  Pray for one another.  Watch my message "THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT: “I Need Thee Every Hour.” Respond to the invitation.  Enjoy the bonus video.

WORSHIP




COMMUNION

Read Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.”  Here is a possible communion prayer to say before you take the bread and the juice, “Father, we thank you for providing what we need.  We are grateful for your sustaining grace.  We cast our cares upon you.  In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Take the Lord's Supper.

PRAYER

Pray for eyes to see God’s hand in our world.

MESSAGE


CHALLENGE

“Keep Kenwood Connected” - over the month of January our challenges will relate to connecting with one another.  This is digital week.  Text or email three people this week.  We have directories available if you need one.  

INVITATION

It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word at Kenwood Church.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Possibly, if you have already responded to God’s call in these way, you would like to become a member of Kenwood Church.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I encourage you to speak with me via phone (248-476-8222) or an email (toddlackie@kenwoodchurch.org).  I would be honored to speak with you about what God is doing in your life and try to connect you with a community of faith in your area.

Bonus Video



THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "I Need Thee Every Hour"

 THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "I Need Thee Every Hour" - 1-10-21


INTRODUCTION


Tears-When was the last time you cried to God for help?


Philip Yancey had been told "Read the psalms for comfort" but when he did he would wind up reading one of the "wintriest psalms" and end up feeling "frostily depressed."  


Example


Your wrath has swept over me; your terrors have destroyed me. All day long they surround me like a flood; they have completely engulfed me. You have taken from me friend and neighbor— darkness is my closest friend. (‭Psalm‬ ‭88‬:‭16-18‬ NIV)


The psalter is not a book about God, but a book written to God, someone else's prayer journal.


"I Need Thee Every Hour"


I need Thee every hour, most gracious Lord;

No tender voice like Thine can peace afford.


Refrain:

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

Oh, bless me now, my Savior,

I come to Thee.


I need Thee every hour, stay Thou nearby;

Temptations lose their pow’r when Thou art nigh.


I need Thee every hour, in joy or pain;

Come quickly and abide, or life is vain.


I need Thee every hour; teach me Thy will;

And Thy rich promises in me fulfill.


I need Thee every hour, most Holy One;

Oh, make me Thine indeed, Thou blessed Son.


Refrain:

I need Thee, oh, I need Thee;

Every hour I need Thee;

Oh, bless me now, my Savior,

I come to Thee.


I.  LAMENT


A.  A good cry


Out of the depths I cry to you, Lord; Lord, hear my voice. Let your ears be attentive to my cry for mercy. If you, Lord, kept a record of sins, Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, so that we can, with reverence, serve you. I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. (‭Psalm‬ ‭130‬:‭1-6‬ NIV)


B.  Honesty


II.  CONTENTMENT


My heart is not proud, Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content. Israel, put your hope in the Lord both now and forevermore. (‭Psalm‬ ‭131‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)


A.  A weaned child

1.  I have calmed and quieted myself

2.  I am content

B.  How do we get there?


Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded and unstable in all they do.  James‬ ‭1‬:‭2-8NIV)


Blessed is the one who perseveres under trial because, having stood the test, that person will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him. (‭James‬ ‭1‬:‭12‬ NIV)


1.  Testing of faith develops perseverance

2.  Mature and complete, not lacking anything

3.  Single minded

4.  Having stood the test


CONCLUSION


A man named Victor Frankl, a Jewish psychologist, discovered this great truth in the midst of a Jewish concentration camp during WW II. While seeking to survive the horror of this imprisonment Frankl began observing his fellow prisoners in the hope of discovering what coping mechanism would help him endure this horrendous existence. What Frankl discovered was this... 


Those individuals who could not accept what was happening to them, who could not make their present suffering fit with their faith, who could not find it’s meaning in their world view... they despaired, lost hope, and eventually gave up and died. But those individuals that could find a meaning from their faith, were then able to find hope for a future beyond their present suffering, and so could accept what they were enduring as a part of their existence, and they survived.


How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me? Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes, or I will sleep in death, and my enemy will say, “I have overcome him,” and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord’s praise, for he has been good to me. (‭Psalm‬ ‭13‬:‭1-6‬ NIV)


CHALLENGE


“Keep Kenwood Connected” - over the month of January our challenges will relate to connecting with one another.  This is digital week.  Text or email three people this week.  We have directories available if you need one.  


INVITATION


It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Possibly, if you have already responded to God’s call in these ways, you would like to become a member of Kenwood Church.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I would be honored to speak with you in the upper parking lot following the service about what God is doing in your life.

Saturday, January 2, 2021

THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT: “It is Well” - Philippians 4:4, 6-9

 THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT - "It Is Well" 1-3-21


INTRODUCTION


During times like these we need comfort.  Times are hard.  We need to remember we have a compassionate God who loves us dearly.


Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God. For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ. (‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭1‬:‭3-5‬ NIV)


Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope. My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life. (‭Psalm‬ ‭119‬:‭49-50‬ NIV)


"It Is Well" story behind the story


The popular hymn "It Is Well With My Soul" was written by Horatio G. Spafford, a popular Chicago lawyer during the mid-1800s. You might think to write a worship song such as this, he would probably have to be a rich, successful Chicago lawyer. In reality, he was a very successful lawyer. But the words,


"When sorrows like sea billows roll ... It is well with my soul”, were not written during the happiest period of Spafford's life. On the contrary, they came from a man who had suffered almost unimaginable personal tragedy.


Horatio G. Spafford and his wife, Anna, were pretty well-known in 1860’s Chicago. And this was not just because of Horatio's legal career and business endeavors. The Spaffords were also prominent supporters and close friends of D.L. Moody, the famous preacher. In 1870, however, things started to go wrong. The Spaffords' only son was killed by scarlet fever at the age of four. A year later, it was fire rather than fever that struck. Horatio had invested heavily in real estate on the shores of Lake Michigan. In 1871, every one of these holdings was wiped out by the "Great Chicago Fire".


Aware of the toll that these disasters had taken on the family, Horatio decided to take his wife and four daughters on a holiday to England. And, not only did they need the rest but D.L. Moody, who was preaching in England, needed the help. He was traveling around Britain on one of his great evangelistic campaigns. Horatio and Anna planned to join Moody in late 1873. And so, the Spaffords traveled to New York in November, from where they were to catch the French steamer 'Ville de Havre' across the Atlantic. Yet just before they set sail, a last-minute business development forced Horatio to delay. Not wanting to ruin the family holiday, Spafford persuaded his family to go as planned. He would follow on later. With this decided, Anna and her four daughters sailed East to Europe while Spafford returned West to Chicago. Just nine days later, Spafford received a telegram from his wife in Wales. It read: "Saved alone."


On November 2nd 1873, the 'Ville de Havre' had collided with 'The Lochearn', an English vessel. It sank in minutes, claiming the lives of 226 people. Anna Spafford had stood bravely on the deck, with her daughters Annie, Maggie, Bessie and Tanetta clinging desperately to her. Her last memory had been of her baby being torn violently from her arms by the force of the waters. Anna was only saved from the fate of her daughters by a plank which floated beneath her unconscious body and propped her up. When the survivors of the wreck had been rescued, Mrs. Spafford's first reaction was one of complete despair. Then she heard a voice speak to her, "You were spared for a purpose." And she immediately recalled the words of a friend, "It's easy to be grateful and good when you have so much, but take care that you are not a fair-weather friend to God."


Upon hearing the terrible news, Horatio Spafford boarded the next ship out of New York to join his bereaved wife. Bertha Spafford (the fifth daughter of Horatio and Anna born later) explained that during her father's voyage, the captain of the ship had called him to the bridge. "A careful reckoning has been made", he said, "and I believe we are now passing the place where the de Havre was wrecked. The water is three miles deep." Horatio then returned to his cabin and penned the lyrics of his great hymn.


The words which Spafford wrote that day come from 2 Kings 4:26. They echo the response of the Shunammite woman to the sudden death of her only child. Though we are told "her soul is vexed within her", she still maintains that 'It is well." And Spafford's song reveals a man whose trust in the Lord is as unwavering as hers was.


It would be very difficult for any of us to predict how we would react under circumstances similar to those experienced by the Spaffords. But we do know that the God who sustained them would also be with us. No matter what circumstances overtake us may we be able to say with Horatio Spafford


. . . It is well ... with my soul!


When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


Refrain:

It is well with my soul,

It is well, it is well with my soul.


Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,

Let this blest assurance control,

That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,

And hath shed His own blood for my soul.


My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—

My sin, not in part but the whole,

Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,

Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!


For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:

If Jordan above me shall roll,

No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life

Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.


But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,

The sky, not the grave, is our goal;

Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!

Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!


And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,

Even so, it is well with my soul.


The Peace that Passes Understanding


Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!


Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (‭Philippians‬ ‭4‬:‭4, 6-9‬ NIV)


I.  FIRST RESPONSE


ILL - tornado drills

      ILL - stop, drop and roll

A.  Prayer and Petition

B.  Thanksgiving

C.  Present request


II.  GOD'S GRACE


A.  Peace of God


Unexplainable unless you have been there.

ILL-Smokey's Truck Stop


B.  Guarded hearts

C.  Guarded minds


III.  OUR RESPONSE


Grace always demands a response


A.  Think about such things

1.  True

2.  Noble

3.  Right

4.  Pure

5.  Lovely

6.  Admirable

7.  Excellent

8.  Praiseworthy

B.  Put into practice

1.  Whatever you have learned

2.  Whatever you have heard

3.  Whatever you have seen


CONCLUSION


"And the God of peace will be with you."


Jesus is our peace


Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (‭John‬ ‭16‬:‭16-33‬ NIV)


CHALLENGE


“Keep Kenwood Connected” - over the month of January our challenges will relate to connecting with one another.  Text, email, cards, and calls.  This week we have bags with 3 cards with stamps available so you can send a note to 3 people in our church family.  We need to keep connected even though circumstances would try to keep us apart.


INVITATION


It is our custom to offer an "invitation" following the preaching of the Word.  You may want to follow Jesus.  You may want to proclaim your faith.  You may want to repent (stop doing ungodly things and start doing Godly things).  Perhaps you want to be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins and receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.  Possibly, if you have already responded to God’s call in these ways, you would like to become a member of Kenwood Church.  If you have been moved by the Holy Spirit to make a decision in your life, I would be honored to speak with you in the upper parking lot following the service about what God is doing in your life.