This Week's Sermon ( 11-21-17 )

" He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "   Revelation 22:20

" I knew a man in Christ above fourteen years ago, (whether in the body, I cannot tell; or whether out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) such an one caught up to the third heaven. 
And I knew such a man, (whether in the body, or out of the body, I cannot tell: God knoweth;) 
How that he was caught up into paradise, and heard unspeakable words, which it is not lawful for a man to utter. "   2 Corinthians 12:2-4

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: "   Philippians 1:23

" But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "   Matthew 6:20-21

As I mentioned in my last week's sermon, Samuel and Paul, both having been in Heaven and seen Heaven, preferred to be in Heaven.

John also had been to Heaven and wrote the book of Revelation.

Notice how he said after having been in Heaven;

" Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.  "

John wanted Jesus to return.

Only people who have been to Heaven and seen Heaven, prefer to be in Heaven.

Like Paul said;

" For I am in a strait betwixt two, having a desire to depart, and to be with Christ; which is far better: " 

Those of us who have never been to Heaven nor seen Heaven would still rather be here in this present life and wish we could live here forever.

Nobody wants to die. This is all we have ever known.

If we are enjoying a prosperous life and are enjoying good physical health, we definitely do not want to leave this life.

We would rather Jesus delay His coming...if we are being honest with ourselves.

This is why Jesus said;

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "

There was a movie that came out a few years ago called, " Heaven is for Real ".

It was about a pastor's child who supposedly had gone to Heaven.

According to the doctors the child never actually physically died.

What supposedly brought interest to the pastor was that his son told him that he had met someone who his parents had never told him about.

The person the pastor's son had met while he was in Heaven was his own sister who died in a miscarriage.

The pastor and his wife never told their son about this.

The pastor was surprised that his son knew about her and evidently this was what sparked the idea of making the movie.

While I thought it was interesting that the pastor's son met someone in Heaven that his parents knew of but never told him about, ( if all of this is true, as we never know what is true in the movie making business ), I came in contact recently with someone who personally knows this family and knows the child who claimed to be in Heaven.

Well, I asked my friend if the child, after having been in Heaven, would rather be in Heaven than be here in this life.

He told me there was one day during his childhood that he was playing out in the street and almost got hit by a car.

The pastor got after his son for being so careless.

The son responded by saying he had hoped he would be hit by the car so he could go back to Heaven.

Well, if he would rather be in Heaven than here in this life, then maybe he was telling the truth.

My friend, like I said, only people who have been to Heaven would rather be in Heaven with Jesus.

We need to keep our heart focused on Jesus and desire to be with Him more than be with our money, prosperous life and good physical health here.

We need to be watching, praying and hoping Jesus will return soon.

Keep your faith in Jesus.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 5-3-17 )

" And the ten horns out of this kingdom are ten kings that shall arise: and another shall rise after them; and he shall be diverse from the first, and he shall subdue three kings. 
And he shall speak great words against the most High, and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. "   Daniel 7:24-25


I was watching the evening news and it was said that President Donald Trump is planning to make peace in the Middle East.

Former President Bill Clinton and other American presidents tried to bring peace to the Middle East.

My friend, a deep careful study of the Holy Bible shows the only one who will bring peace in the Middle East - that is, a temporary peace, will be a man from Syria who will come on the political scene as an everyone's friend sort of guy.

At the start of his impact on society, he will bring a temporary peace and have intelligent solutions to world problems like no other has ever had.

His ideas will actually work, while everyone else's has failed so far.

He will actually have the smarts to bring both the Jews and the Arabs to signing a 7 year peace treaty.

However, before this man can get started there will be a 10 nation empire. 

And yes, only 10 nations.

One of these 10 nations will be Syria, in which this man will come out of and rise to political fame.

Just be careful not to fall for his deception.

After he gains trust from many people he will change his tactics.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 4-25-17 )

" Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. "   1 Corinthans  15:51-52


Whenever Jesus is going to return, the fact is, He will return.

Paul thought Jesus was going to return back in his day.

This is why he said;

" 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. 
Wherefore comfort one another with these words.  "   1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

Note how Paul described the " rapture " - which means in the Greek, " caught up " as is translated, as happening in the blink of an eye.

I remember an airline a long time ago, whose executives would not allow 2 born again christian pilots in the cockpit during the same flight.

The reason was, should the rapture take place during the flight, there would be no one left to fly the plane and keep the passengers alive.

While I was driving recently, I wondered what would happen should the rapture happen while I was driving.

Obviously, my car would crash somewhere.

I also thought of other believers in Jesus if they are driving when the rapture takes place what would happen to their vehicles.

There will be many wrecks and no doubt many get hurt from crashing driverless vehicles.

What if a born again surgeon is performing heart surgery on a patient when the rapture takes place.

My friend, no matter what, Jesus is going to return when He is ready to.

When I hear His shout, the voice of the archangel, and the trumpet of God, I will gladly go up to meet Him in the clouds no matter where I'm at or what I'm doing.

Jesus said we are to watch for His return.

We need to be willing to lay everything aside and go to be with Him. That is, if we really want to be with Him.

Jesus clearly said;

 

" And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. 
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. 
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.  "   Luke 24:34-36

I have noticed in recent months because of what is going on throughout the world, that more and more believers are wanting Jesus to return. They tell me they think these are signs of the return of Jesus.

Surprisingly, even unsaved people tell me they are wondering what is going on.

That is interesting.

I did not used to hear much about the return of Jesus from christians until recently. Many were in love with their life and their prosperity and would rather stay here and enjoy it.

My friend, as Jesus said;

" Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 
But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 
For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  "   Matthew 6:19-21

As with Paul, John and Peter and the rest, their heart was in Heaven and they would rather have been with Jesus.

We need to be like this too.

Let us look for Jesus and anxiously wait for His return, being willing to let go of everything we have, when He does return.

It is certain if we die first before Jesus returns, we will have to let go of everything.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon ( 4-11-17 )

" Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me. 
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. 
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. 
And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know. 
Thomas saith unto him, Lord, we know not whither thou goest; and how can we know the way? 
Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. "   John 14:1-6

" And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. "   Revelation 13:8

" The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. "   Revelation 17:8

" Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you, "   1 Peter 1:20

" For we which have believed do enter into rest, as he said, As I have sworn in my wrath, if they shall enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world. "   Hebrews 4:3

" According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: "   Ephesians  1:4

" Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world. "   John 17:24


Notice Jesus said;

" that where I am, there ye may be also. "

As I sit on the back porch and marvel at God's creation, I know that at one time there was literally nothing here. 

God was all alone. There was no one and nothing but Him.

I often wonder what He did before He created the angels, the universe, the mountains, the earth, the plants and trees...and everything else.

I marvel at how vast God is and was still able to create an insect so small that I can hardly see it and even give it a brain, feelings, and a body to get around. 

Notice in the verses how many times reference is made to;

" before the foundation of the world,"

My friend, God knew us long before He created anything.

Amazing.

Jeremiah said;

 " Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying, 

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.  "   Jeremiah 1:4-5

While God existed by Himself, He had no need for anyone, nor anything. 

God is sufficient in Himself.

However, God likes company. 

This is why He created those of us who will believe in His Son, Jesus.

This is why Jesus said;

" ye believe in God, believe also in me. "

God wants those of us who will believe in His Son, Jesus, to spend eternity with Him.

Notice John said;

" ...the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world. " 

Before He created anything, God had already determined in His mind that He would come and take on human flesh and be one of His own creation and die for us so we could be saved from eternal hell and spend eternity with Him...that is, if we believe in His only begotten Son, Jesus.

Jesus said;

" For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. "   John 3:16

Always believe in Jesus.

Wayne Brown

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