A Mother’s Instincts

God created men and women equal but different. Our very chromosomes are different. This wasn’t so that there would be a clear ruler over the other but so that there would be balance. God endowed women with a maternal instinct. This instinct isn’t necessarily taught but something we are born with, and we develop and finetune over time. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the attack on this God-given trait in his Mother’s Day message, A Mother’s Instincts.

Exodus 2:1-10
Leviticus 21:13-14
Genesis 1:4
1 Kings 3:23-26

A Mother’s Instincts

1 Now a man from the house of Levi went and took as his wife a Levite woman. The woman conceived and bore a son, and when she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him three months. When she could hide him no longer, she took for him a basket made of bulrushes and daubed it with bitumen and pitch. She put the child in it and placed it among the reeds by the river bank. And his sister stood at a distance to know what would be done to him.
Now the daughter of Pharaoh came down to bathe at the river, while her young women walked beside the river. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her servant woman, and she took it. When she opened it, she saw the child, and behold, the baby was crying. She took pity on him and said, “This is one of the Hebrews’ children.”
Then his sister said to Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and call you a nurse from the Hebrew women to nurse the child for you?” And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Go.” So the girl went and called the child’s mother. And Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this child away and nurse him for me, and I will give you your wages.” So the woman took the child and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. She named him Moses, “Because,” she said, “I drew him out of the water.”

Exodus 2:1-10

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The Importance of Prayers

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them how to pray, but today, we define prayer as simply talking to God. Many of us talk to God, but it often feels and seems as though God doesn’t hear us. So, could it be that there is more to prayer than just talking to God? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to some reasons that our prayers may not have been answered in his message, The Importance of Prayers.

Luke 11:5-13
Luke 11:1
Luke 11:2a
Mark 7:24-30
Isaiah 53:5
Psalm 107:20
John 1:14
John 19:1
Matthew 17:21 (NKJV)
Acts 6:4
Acts 5:12
Acts 3:6 (NKJV)
1 Peter 2:24 (NKJV)
Luke 11:9-10
Mark 11:24
Acts 16:25-27
Luke 18:1-8
Proverbs 15:8
Matthew 3:8

The Importance of Prayers

Jesus’ Instruction For Prayers

Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name. 10 Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread, 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

Matthew 6:9-13

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. 11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand firm. 14 Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, 15 and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. 16 In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; 17 and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, 18 praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end, keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints, 19 and also for me, that words may be given to me in opening my mouth boldly to proclaim the mystery of the gospel, 20 for which I am an ambassador in chains, that I may declare it boldly, as I ought to speak.

Ephesians 6:10-20

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Jesus, Our Unleavened Bread

This upcoming week is the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. These two feasts have been combined into one feast that symbolizes and foreshadows the then-coming salvation offered to us through the sacrifice of our LORD and Savior, Jesus Christ. When we think about the Passover, we usually focus on the sacrificial lamb, but rarely do we focus on the unleavened bread, its meaning and symbolism. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to another connection between Jesus, The Passover, and the Exodus of the Israelites in his message, Jesus, Our Unleavened Bread.

John 6:32-40
Mark 7:27
Exodus 12:13
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
Isaiah 53:5
2 Chronicles 30:18-20
1 Corinthians 5:7-8
2 Corinthians 5:17
1 Thessalonians 5:22

Jesus, Our Unleavened Bread

The Passover and The Feast of Unleavened Bread

14 This day shall be for you a memorial day, and you shall keep it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations, as a statute forever, you shall keep it as a feast. 15 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven out of your houses, for if anyone eats what is leavened, from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16 On the first day you shall hold a holy assembly, and on the seventh day a holy assembly. No work shall be done on those days. But what everyone needs to eat, that alone may be prepared by you. 17 And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt. Therefore you shall observe this day, throughout your generations, as a statute forever. 18 In the first month, from the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 For seven days no leaven is to be found in your houses. If anyone eats what is leavened, that person will be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is a sojourner or a native of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwelling places you shall eat unleavened bread.

Exodus 12:14-20

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No Broken Bones

The crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus are two of the most revered days in history. Jesus was crucified alongside two thieves. Because it was the Day of Preparation, they didn’t want the men on the cross on the Sabbath; they asked Pilate to have their legs broken. When they got to Jesus, He was already dead, so His legs weren’t broken. This fulfilled many prophecies about Christ, but what was the significance? Why was it important that Jesus’ legs weren’t broken? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the mystery behind this prophecy fulfilled in his Resurrection Sunday message, No Broken Bones.

Exodus 12:43-49
John 3:16
1 Peter 3:18
Numbers 9:5
Numbers 14:1-4
Psalms 103:10
2 Peter 3:9
1 Corinthians 10:14-22
Exodus 12:46-47
Romans 8:15-17
John 19:31-37
John 14:30
Psalms 51:7-9
Psalms 34:20
Psalms 51:10-14

No Broken Bones

The Crucifixion of Resurrection of Jesus

31 Since it was the day of Preparation, and so that the bodies would not remain on the cross on the Sabbath (for that Sabbath was a high day), the Jews asked Pilate that their legs might be broken and that they might be taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first, and of the other who had been crucified with Him. 33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. 34 But one of the soldiers pierced His side with a spear, and at once there came out blood and water. 35 He who saw it has borne witness—his testimony is true, and he knows that he is telling the truth—that you also may believe. 36 For these things took place that the Scripture might be fulfilled: “Not one of His bones will be broken.” 37 And again another Scripture says, “They will look on Him whom they have pierced.”

John 19:31-37

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Choosing Jesus

Every year, we celebrate Jesus’ Triumphal (Triumphant) Entry into Jerusalem. This celebratory entrance into Jerusalem started the last week of Jesus’ earthly ministry because before the week ended, He would be betrayed, condemned, crucified, and buried. We all know the story, but is there anything we may have overlooked or missed? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to some mysteries of Jesus’ Triumphal (Triumphant) Entry in his Palm Sunday Message, Choosing Jesus.

Mark 10:32-34; 11:1-11
Luke 19:26-27
Luke 11:20
Exodus 12:1-3, 6
2 Kings 9:12-13
1 Kings 19:15-16
Luke 19:39-40
John 1:14
1 Corinthians 6:20

Choosing Jesus

The Triumphal (Triumphant) Entry

Leading Up To Palm Sunday

32 And they were on the road, going up to Jerusalem, and Jesus was walking ahead of them. And they were amazed, and those who followed were afraid. And taking the twelve again, He began to tell them what was to happen to Him, 33 saying, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered over to the chief priests and the scribes, and they will condemn Him to death and deliver Him over to the Gentiles. 34 And they will mock Him and spit on Him, and flog Him and kill Him. And after three days He will rise.”

Mark 10:32-34

Palm Sunday

1 Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of His disciples and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’ ” And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and He sat on it. And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! 10 Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!” 11 And He entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when He had looked around at everything, as it was already late, He went out to Bethany with the twelve.

Mark 11:1-11

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The Love Of A Husband

50% of marriages today end in divorce. Many people have been divorced more than once, and many people no longer believe in marriage. Is it because marriage is now seen as an outdated tradition of the past, or is it because we’ve stopped fighting for love? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he shares some secrets to a long, happy, successful, loved-filled marriage in his Valentine’s Day message, The Love Of A Husband.

Ephesians 5:25-33
1 Samuel 1:4-5
1 Samuel 1:7-8

22 Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife even as Christ is the head of the church, his body, and is himself its Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit in everything to their husbands. 25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her, 26 that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that He might present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish.
28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of His body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church. 33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.

Ephesians 5:22-33

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The Axe Is Laid At The Root

New Year’s is a time of moving forward and starting over. It’s a time of self-evaluation and creating New Year’s Resolutions, but is this Biblical? Do these New Year’s Resolutions spiritually affect us when we fail to follow through on them? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the importance of the vows you make in his New Year’s Eve message, The Axe Is Laid At The Root.

John 14:15
Matthew 3:7-10
Matthew 3:5-6
Matthew 3:7b
Mark 1:1
Acts 1:21-22
Hebrews 10:29
Hebrews 10:31
Hebrews 12:15
Ecclesiastes 5:5
John 15:4-8
Matthew 3:12

The Axe Is Laid At The “Root

Now John wore a garment of camel’s hair and a leather belt around his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judea and all the region about the Jordan were going out to him, and they were baptized by him in the river Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them, “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bear fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not presume to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father,’ for I tell you, God is able from these stones to raise up children for Abraham. 10 Even now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.

Matthew 3:4-10

31 When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on His glorious throne. 32 Before Him will be gathered all the nations, and He will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 And He will place the sheep on His right, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ 37 Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ 40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ 41 Then He will say to those on His left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ 44 Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ 45 Then He will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ 46 And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.

Matthew 25:31-46

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Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Pt. 4: Jesus, The Spirit of Christmas

Merry Christmas from our family to yours!
Christmas is the one holiday that isn’t politically correct. It’s the holiday that seems to offend many people just by the mention of its name. Why is that? Is there a reason there is so much pushback on Christmas? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the Truth behind the Christmas season in his Christmas Sunday Message, Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Pt. 4: Jesus, The Spirit of Christmas.

Luke 2:1-7
Micah 5:2
Luke 2:6
Matthew 2:11
Luke 2:21-24, 39-40
Leviticus 12:3
Leviticus 12:2
Leviticus 15:19-23
Leviticus 12:4
Luke 1:59
Matthew 2:18
Esther 9:19 (NIV)

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

Jesus, The Spirit of Christmas

1 In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered. This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria. And all went to be registered, each to his own town. And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child. And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth. And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.
And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear. 10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, 14 “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”

Luke 2:1-13

Jesus is the Spirit of Christmas, that is the reason that the very words Merry Christmas offends the world.

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Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Pt. 3: Jesus, The Spirit of Hope

Each Christmas we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. His birth brought us the hope of salvation, but isn’t that Easter? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to who Jesus is in his message, Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Pt. 3: Jesus, The Spirit of Hope.

Luke 1:26-34
Isaiah 40:3-5 (NKJV)
Isaiah 7:14
Luke 1:38
Matthew 1:21
Romans 8:37
Luke 1:18
Luke 1:35-38
Hebrews 9:22
1 Corinthians 15:12-19
Matthew 6:24a

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

Jesus, The Spirit of Hope

26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call His name Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. And the Lord God will give to Him the throne of His father David, 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.”
35 And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy—the Son of God. 36 And behold, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son, and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. 37 For nothing will be impossible with God.” 38 And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her.

Luke 1:26-38

Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. Without Christmas, we would have no Jesus, and without Jesus, we would have no hope because Jesus is the Spirit of Hope.

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Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Pt. 2: Jesus, the Spirit of Love

Christmas time is often seen as a time of gifts and presents brought to good little boys and girls from Santa Claus, but there are very few mentions of the ultimate and first Christmas present given to us 2,000 years ago and who gave it. What was the ultimate Christmas present given, who gave it, and who was it given to? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to what love is in his message, Jesus Is The Reason For The Season Pt. 2: Jesus, the Spirit of Love.

John 3:16
John 3:3
John 3:5
John 3:16
Micah 5:2 (NIV)
John 17:5
Matthew 7:11
John 5:19
in John 14:13-14
Isaiah 9:6
James 4:2-3

Jesus Is The Reason For The Season

Jesus, The Spirit of Love

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder, and His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of His government and of peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over His kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.

Isaiah 9:6-7

16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. 17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

James 1:16-17

Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Lights. Jesus is the Spirit of Love fulfilling every good and perfect gift that comes down from the Father of Lights.

Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 

1 John 4:7-11

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