Give Me Liberty

Each and every year we lose a little more freedoms. They’re subtle things such as renting instead of owning. Why do we give away freedom so freely and without thought? Is it because we never had to do anything to gain those freedoms? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he reminds us of the cost of our freedom in his Independence Day message, Give Me Liberty.

Romans 6:22
Romans 6:20-23
John 3:16
Isaiah 7:14
Isaiah 53:5-12

Give Me Liberty

Life, Liberty and The Pursuit of Happiness

20 For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. 21 But what fruit were you getting at that time from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death. 22 But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Romans 6:20-23

1 For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery. Look: I, Paul, say to you that if you accept circumcision, Christ will be of no advantage to you. I testify again to every man who accepts circumcision that he is obligated to keep the whole law. You are severed from Christ, you who would be justified by the law; you have fallen away from grace. For through the Spirit, by faith, we ourselves eagerly wait for the hope of righteousness. For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision counts for anything, but only faith working through love.
You were running well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. A little leaven leavens the whole lump. 10 I have confidence in the Lord that you will take no other view, and the one who is troubling you will bear the penalty, whoever he is. 11 But if I, brothers, still preach circumcision, why am I still being persecuted? In that case the offense of the cross has been removed. 12 I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!
13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, watch out that you are not consumed by one another.

Galatians 5:1-15

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Refocus On Fathers

With each passing year, the definition and role of a father become more and more blurred. Fathers are no longer deemed essential. Instead, they are deemed unnecessary and expendable by society. But what does God have to say about fathers? Do children truly need a father in their lives, or is that an outdated notion that no longer holds value in our evolved society? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he reminds us of the importance of fathers in his Father’s Day Message, Refocus On Fathers.

Genesis 18:16-21
Genesis 18:10
Genesis 18:17-19
Amos 3:7
Ezekiel 14:14
Genesis 18:23-33
Genesis 18:19
Joshua 24:15
2 Samuel 13
Proverbs 13:24
Proverbs 22:6

Refocus On Fathers

Fathers

16 Then the men set out from there, and they looked down toward Sodom. And Abraham went with them to set them on their way. 17 The Lord said, “Shall I hide from Abraham what I am about to do, 18 seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him? 19 For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.” 20 Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave, 21 I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry that has come to me. And if not, I will know.”

Genesis 18:16-21

Surely the Sovereign Lord does nothing without revealing his plan to his servants the prophets.

Amos 3:7NIV

13 Son of man, when a land sins against me by acting faithlessly, and I stretch out my hand against it and break its supply of bread and send famine upon it, and cut off from it man and beast, 14 even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver but their own lives by their righteousness, declares the Lord God.

Ezekiel 14:13-14

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A Day of Remembrance

This Monday is Memorial Day. A solemn day of remembrance for our fallen soldiers who gave their lives for our freedom. This freedom is often the subject of debate. Many believe that their sacrifice, along with the Founding Father’s desires, was to keep Church and State separate, but is that true? What freedom did they die for? And are those freedoms at stake today? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he brings an eye-opening, somber message on the state of our world today in his Memorial Day Message, A Day of Remembrance.

Malachi 3:16-18
Malachi 3:13-15

A Day of Remembrance

13 “Your words have been hard against me, says the Lord. But you say, ‘How have we spoken against you?’ 14 You have said, ‘It is vain to serve God. What is the profit of our keeping his charge or of walking as in mourning before the Lord of hosts? 15 And now we call the arrogant blessed. Evildoers not only prosper but they put God to the test and they escape.’” 16 Then those who feared the Lord spoke with one another. The Lord paid attention and heard them, and a book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the Lord and esteemed His name. 17 “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him. 18 Then once more you shall see the distinction between the righteous and the wicked, between one who serves God and one who does not serve him.”

Malachi 3:16-18

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The Return of The Dove

When we think about Pentecost, we think about Acts chapter two and Joel chapter two. These are the two main portions of scripture that we use to discuss Pentecost, but is there more? Are there more prophecies about Pentecost in the Bible? Join Reverend Kenny Yates as he opens our eyes to deeper things of Pentecost in his message, The Return of The Dove.

Genesis 1:1
Deuteronomy 32:11
Genesis 6:3
Genesis 6:13
Genesis 8:6-12
1 Corinthians 15:46
Genesis 8:6-12
Psalms 52:8
Jeremiah 11:16
Romans 11:24
Judges 14:6
Judges 6:34
1 Samuel 11:6
1 Samuel 16:13
Chronicles 12:18
1 Kings 18:46
Ezekiel 14:12-14
John 1:29b-34
Matthew 3:16-17
Acts 2:1-4
John 16:13-15
Mark 16:15-18
Luke 11:13
2 Corinthians 1:21-22
Ephesians 1:13-14
2 Thessalonians 2:2-8

The Return of The Dove

28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, and your young men shall see visions. 29 Even on the male and female servants in those days I will pour out my Spirit.

Joel 2:28-29

16 And when Jesus was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; 17 and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

Matthew 3:16-17

1 When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Acts 2:1-4

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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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