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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Stealing The Seed Pt. 3: The Identity Is In The Seed

In recent years, we’ve seen an increase in boys identifying as girls and girls identifying as boys. Now, we’ve even seen an increase in men and women identifying as animals instead of humans. Humanity is currently under an intense spiritual attack by the enemy. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the schemes of the enemy in his message, Stealing The Seed Pt. 3: The Identity Is In The Seed.

Matthew 13:24-30
Ephesians 6:12
Acts 19:34
Acts 19:32 (NIV)

Stealing The Seed

The Identity Is In The Seed

24 He put another parable before them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field, 25 but while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and went away. 26 So when the plants came up and bore grain, then the weeds appeared also. 27 And the servants of the master of the house came and said to him, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have weeds?’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ So the servants said to him, ‘Then do you want us to go and gather them?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, “Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

Matthew 13:24-30

36 Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him, saying, “Explain to us the parable of the weeds of the field.” 37 He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. 38 The field is the world, and the good seed is the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels. 40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, 42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

Matthew 13:36-43

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Stealing The Seed Pt. 2: The Food Is In The Seed

John saw a vision of Satan falling from Heaven 2000 years ago filled with wrath. Who’s his wrath pointed at? Mankind, all of humanity. How is he targeting humanity? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the enemy’s attacks on the world in his message, Stealing The Seed Pt. 2: The Food Is In The Seed.

Mark 4:26-29
Revelation 12:12b

Stealing The Seed

The Food Is In The Seed

26 And he said, “The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground. 27 He sleeps and rises night and day, and the seed sprouts and grows; he knows not how. 28 The earth produces by itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”

Mark 4:26-29

And the great dragon was thrown down, that ancient serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world—he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 10 And I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation and the power and the kingdom of our God and the authority of his Christ have come, for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them day and night before our God. 11 And they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death. 12 Therefore, rejoice, O heavens and you who dwell in them! But woe to you, O earth and sea, for the devil has come down to you in great wrath, because he knows that his time is short!”

Revelation 12:9-12

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Stealing The Seed Pt. 1: The Increase Is In The Seed

The Church is often told to sow so that they might reap, but what does that mean? How do you sow? And what happens if you don’t reap anything? Can someone or something steal your seed? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the thieves trying to steal our seed in his message, Stealing The Seed Pt. 1: The Increase Is In The Seed.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11
Isaiah 55:10
1 Corinthians 3:5-6
Matthew 10:41
1 Corinthians 3:7-8
Matthew 6:20
Hosea 10:12-13
Ecclesiastes 3:11-13
Ecclesiastes 2:24-25
Luke 10:7
Deuteronomy 25:4
1 Timothy 5:18
1 Corinthians 9:9b-10
2 Thessalonians 3:10

Stealing The Seed

The Increase Is In The Seed

10 For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,

Isaiah 55:10

What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither he who plants nor he who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. He who plants and he who waters are one, and each will receive his wages according to his labor. For we are God’s fellow workers. You are God’s field, God’s building.

1 Corinthians 3:5-9

10 He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. 11 You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way, which through us will produce thanksgiving to God.

2 Corinthians 9:10-11

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Silent Watchers

In ancient Israel, there would be watchmen on the wall. The watchmen failed in their job and brought destruction upon the entire kingdom of Israel. Israel was taken captive first by Assyria, and then years later, Judah fell to Babylon. As the Church, we have a duty to our nation and people to be watchmen. If we fail, our fate will be no different than those of old who failed before us. Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the duties of a watchman on the wall in his message, Silent Watchers.

Isaiah 56:10-11
Psalms 55:9
2 Samuel 17:1
Genesis 11:9
Isaiah 5:8
Psalms 55:10-14
2 Kings 25:1-7
Jeremiah 38:4-6
Matthew 23:35

Silent Watchers

God’s Watchman

17 Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel. Whenever you hear a word from my mouth, you shall give them warning from me. 18 If I say to the wicked, ‘You shall surely die,’ and you give him no warning, nor speak to warn the wicked from his wicked way, in order to save his life, that wicked person shall die for his iniquity, but his blood I will require at your hand. 19 But if you warn the wicked, and he does not turn from his wickedness, or from his wicked way, he shall die for his iniquity, but you will have delivered your soul.

Ezekiel 3:17-19

10 His watchmen are blind; they are all without knowledge; they are all silent dogs; they cannot bark, dreaming, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 The dogs have a mighty appetite; they never have enough. But they are shepherds who have no understanding; they have all turned to their own way, each to his own gain, one and all.

Isaiah 56:10-11

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Not Just Mere Words Pt. 5: Words That Defeat

Words have the power of life and death, but it’s not just us who use words. The Devil uses words as well. The enemy uses words to deceive, discourage, and destroy. He doesn’t just show up as himself either; he’ll use anyone willing to give him their mouth to speak. The enemy will use friends, family, co-workers, mentors, anyone with an open door in their lives that allows him a way in. How can we overcome these attacking words? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he shows us the power of how we react to words in his message, Not Just Mere Words Pt. 5: Words That Defeat.

Isaiah 55:11
Matthew 24:35
Nehemiah 4:1-5
John 10:27
Romans 8:31
Nehemiah 6:9
Nehemiah 4:13-14, 16-18a
Nehemiah 4:11
Nehemiah 6:17-19

Not Just Mere Words

Words That Defeat

1  Now when Sanballat heard that we were building the wall, he was angry and greatly enraged, and he jeered at the Jews. And he said in the presence of his brothers and of the army of Samaria, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Will they restore it for themselves? Will they sacrifice? Will they finish up in a day? Will they revive the stones out of the heaps of rubbish, and burned ones at that?” Tobiah the Ammonite was beside him, and he said, “Yes, what they are building—if a fox goes up on it he will break down their stone wall!” Hear, O our God, for we are despised. Turn back their taunt on their own heads and give them up to be plundered in a land where they are captives. Do not cover their guilt, and let not their sin be blotted out from your sight, for they have provoked you to anger in the presence of the builders.

Nehemiah 4:1-5

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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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Not Just Mere Words Pt. 4: Words That Defile

We all know the old saying, “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me,” but is this true? Do words have any effect on our lives? Are words powerful, or do words have no effect on our lives? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to what truly defiles us in his powerful message, Not Just Mere Words Pt. 4: Words That Defile.

Matthew 15:10-20
Matthew 12:34
Ecclesiastes 10:2
Acts 10:15
Colossians 2:16
Romans 10:9
Psalm 106:39 (NIV)
Philippians 4:8
Proverbs 23:7
1 Corinthians 13:13
1 Peter 4:8
Philippians 2:3-4
1 Peter 1:15-16
Romans 12:1
Leviticus 19:11-13a

Not Just Mere Words

Words That Defile

10 And He called the people to Him and said to them, “Hear and understand: 11 it is not what goes into the mouth that defiles a person, but what comes out of the mouth; this defiles a person.” 12 Then the disciples came and said to Him, “Do you know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?” 13 He answered, “Every plant that my heavenly Father has not planted will be rooted up. 14 Let them alone; they are blind guides. And if the blind lead the blind, both will fall into a pit.” 15 But Peter said to Him, “Explain the parable to us.” 16 And he said, “Are you also still without understanding? 17 Do you not see that whatever goes into the mouth passes into the stomach and is expelled? 18 But what comes out of the mouth proceeds from the heart, and this defiles a person. 19 For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false witness, slander. 20 These are what defile a person. But to eat with unwashed hands does not defile anyone.”

Matthew 15:10-20

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Not Just Mere Words Pt. 3: The Strength of Words

When we speak, our words bind us or release us because we will be judged by those words. In today’s society, we’ve become more and more careless with our words. We say things like, I’ll pray for you, but never even think about that person or their situation again. We make promises and vows that we never keep. What is happening in the spiritual when we speak and break our words? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the spiritual battlefield fought with our tongue in his message, Not Just Mere Words Pt. 3: The Strength of Words.

Genesis 11:1-9
John 17:11
Joshua 9:14
Joshua 10:6-11
2 Samuel 21:1
Deuteronomy 20:16
Genesis 2:7 (NIV)

Not Just Mere Words

The Strength of Words

1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.”
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they will do. And nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord dispersed them from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth. And from there the Lord dispersed them over the face of all the earth.

Genesis 11:1-9

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Not Just Mere Words Pt. 2: Words Are Life Or Death

In today’s world, words no longer have much meaning. They’re thrown around without much thought or consideration. There was a time when words held much weight in society and culture, but is that still how it is today? Do words still hold as much weight as they did in the past? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to the importance of our words in his message, Not Just Mere Words Pt. 2: Words Are Life Or Death.

Proverbs 18:21
Numbers 30:3-16
John 6:63b
Proverbs 4:20-22
Matthew 12:36-37
Proverbs 10:11 (NKJV)
Matthew 15:11

Not Just Mere Words

Words Are Life Or Death

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.

Proverbs 18:21

20 My son, be attentive to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21 Let them not escape from your sight; keep them within your heart. 22 For they are life to those who find them, and healing to all their flesh.

Proverbs 4:20-22

1 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.
Look at the ships also: though they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire!
And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. The tongue is set among our members, staining the whole body, setting on fire the entire course of life, and set on fire by hell. For every kind of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.
With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers, these things ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and salt water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers, bear olives, or a grapevine produce figs? Neither can a salt pond yield fresh water.

James 3:1-12

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