This Week's Sermon ( 2-20-18 )

" Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble. "   Psalm 41:1

" He that despiseth his neighbour sinneth: but he that hath mercy on the poor, happy is he. "   Proverbs 14:21

" He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again. "   Proverbs 19:17

" He that giveth unto the poor shall not lack: but he that hideth his eyes shall have many a curse. "   Proverbs 28:27

" As the days wherein the Jews rested from their enemies, and the month which was turned unto them from sorrow to joy, and from mourning into a good day: that they should make them days of feasting and joy, and of sending portions one to another, and gifts to the poor.  "   Esther 9:22

My wife and I enjoyed taking food to the homeless.

We discovered in downtown Denver where the real homeless are, those who literally sleep on the sidewalks. Nearby, there is what is called, The Denver Rescue Mission but they cannot contain all the homeless as there are so many nowadays.

When my wife and I first started taking food to the homeless, there weren't really all that many. The age of them was like forties and older. But now, it is like a city within the city of downtown Denver and includes both young and old.

Even though my wife died, I continue to do this.

Two days ago on Sunday, I took food to the homeless. I got to see a born again christian once again who I had met the last time I went there. Part of one of his legs is gone and he has to be in a wheelchair. He told me he is a believer in Jesus Christ.

I'm finding that there are many born again believers in Jesus who live on the streets.

As I was setting food on the sidewalk a homeless man came up to me and asked me if he could have a can of Pepsi. I looked at him and said - " Of course. This is for you. " He responded by saying to me - " The Lord bless you. " 

That just made my day.

My friend, there is a real blessing that comes from doing this for the poor and needy.

I understand why Jesus was with the poor so much.

I encourage you to give to the homeless in your area.  According to Solomon in Proverbs, it is like giving to the Lord.

Take the time to deliver food to them personally and witness to them about Jesus.

They really appreciate it.

I always say to all of them, " Give your heart to Jesus! "

Many respond by saying - " Amen! "

You will be surpised how many homeless people are believers in Jesus.

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

This Week's Sermon ( 3-22-17 )

" Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times? 
Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven. 
Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants. 
And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents. 
But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made. 
The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 
Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt. 
But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest. 
And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all. 
And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt. 
So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done. 
Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me: 
Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee? 
And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him. 
So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. "   Matthew 18:21-35


I know most of us, even those of us who believe in Jesus, choose the verses in the Holy Bible that we like and reject the verses in the Holy Bible that we do not like and think it does not apply to us.

However, Jesus clearly said;

" So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses. "

and yes, Jesus did say;

" you,"

Jesus said this in direct response to Peter's question about forgiving someone.

My friend, even those of us who are saved, born again, washed in the blood of Jesus and forgiven, must forgive others or we will reap consequences...according to Jesus.

Paul said;

" Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: 

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you. "   Ephesians 4:31-32

Jesus also said;

" For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. "   Matthew 6:14-15

If satan cannot get those of us who believe in Jesus into hell, he will still try to leave a scar on us eternally, even though we are in Heaven.

We go to Heaven by grace through faith.

However, our works will still be judged, which includes forgiving others who have done us wrong.

Paul said about those of us who believe in Jesus;

" For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. "   2 Corinthians 5:10

My friend, this is serious for the born again believer.

Learn to forgive and we will be forgiven for the wrong we have done as born again believers.

Wayne Brown

This Week's Sermon (2-28-17)

And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; 

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. 
And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. 
But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. 
And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. 
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: 
For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. 
Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. 
And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. 
And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead. "   Luke 16:22-31


There is some disagreement among Evangelicals today as to whether the soul goes anywhere after physical death.

Some believe the soul stays in the grave until the resurrection.

It is quite evident from what Jesus said, that the rich man and the beggar did not stay in the grave after physical death...nor did Abraham.


It is also clear that Jesus told the criminal hanging there next to Him that he would not be left in the grave but will be with Him after physical death...even that same day.

" And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. 
And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise. "   Luke 23:42-43


Paul did not mention being left in the grave.

" We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord. "   2 Corinthians 5:8

" 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


James never mentioned soul sleep either.

" For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also. "   James 2:26


John saw the souls of those who were slain because of their faith in Jesus. If their souls were still in the grave, then John would not have seen them in Heaven. 

" And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: 

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? 
And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.  "   Revelation 6:9-11


My friend, when we draw that last breath in this earthly life, we will either be with Jesus in Heaven or in hell, depending on who we put our faith in.

I choose to believe in Jesus.

My wife also believed in Jesus as being quite literally the only way to Heaven, ( not merely one of many ways to Heaven as some people now think ) and I know she is in Heaven with Jesus because of her faith in Him.

Let me encourage all of you to put your faith in Jesus Christ and keep your faith in Jesus Christ to the end.

Wayne Brown

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