NBFMC Sermon Review (3/26/2017) – ‘Sermon on the Mount’ Series: “Kingdom Prayer…part 2”

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March 26, 2017

Sermon on the Mount Series:   “Kingdom Prayer…part 2

Scriptures:

Joel 2: 12-13; Matt. 6: 16-18; 7: 9-11; Luke 11: 5-13; 18: 1-8

James 1:6

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Sermon on the Mount – Prayer part 2

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

Please join us next week as we continue our current Sermon Series:  The Platform of King Jesus.”  Going all the way through April, we will explore Jesus’ most famous message, known as “The Sermon on the Mount”, and will look at the commands of our Lord Jesus so that we may better live them out.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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NBFMC Sermon Review (1/17/2016) – ‘Breakthrough Prayer’ Sermon Series: “Praying for our Church”

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January 17, 2016

Breakthrough Prayer Sermon Series:

Praying for our Church

Scriptures:

Matthew 9:35 – 10:8; Luke 10: 1-3; John 15:20; 16:33

Acts 1: 4-5; 2: 1 & 42; 12: 1-17; 13: 2-3; Ephesians 6: 18-20

The PowerPoint from this week’s sermon is attached below:

Breakthrough Prayer – Praying for our Church

The Audio Podcast for this week’s Service is available below:

http://nbfmc.sermon.net

I hope you’ll join us next week as we continue our Sermon Series called “Breakthrough Prayer.”  During these next few weeks, we will be discussing how we can better align our hearts and will with God as we pray for change in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Sermon Review (3/17/2013) – “Simply 7”: ‘The Breaking and The Building’

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March 17, 2013

“Simply 7” Series:  The Breaking & The Building

Supporting Scriptures:

Jeremiah 18: 1-12; Romans 8: 16-17; 1 Corinthians 9: 24-27

1 Timothy 4: 7-8; 2 Timothy 1:7; 1 Peter 2: 4-5

The Powerpoint from today’s sermon is attached below:

Simply 7 – “The Breaking and The Building”

The Audio Podcast for this Service is available at the link below:

http://sermon.net/nbfmc

Please join us next week  as we celebrate Palm Sunday and begin the journey of Holy Week together!

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Sermon Review (1/20/2013) – “Simply 7”: ‘Week 1…Food’

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January 20, 2013                      Communion Sunday

“Simply 7” Series:  Week 1… Food

Supporting Scriptures:

2 Chronicles 20: 1-13; Daniel 1: 8-16

Luke 4: 1-4; 22:19; 1 Corinthians 6: 19-20

The Powerpoint from today’s sermon (as well as another sermon that I preached on fasting 2 years ago) are attached below:

“Simply 7” Series – Week 1… Food

Just Say No – Understanding Fasting

The Audio Podcast for this Service is available at the link below:

http://sermon.net/nbfmc

Please join us next week  as we continue our current sermon series:  “Simply 7.”  Functioning within the spirit of a fast, this series focuses on seven ways we can simplify our lives and allow more space for God to work in us and through us.  This series is based off of the book “7″ by Jen Hatmaker.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Sermon Review (1/13/2013) – “Simply 7”: ‘Fasting in a Feasting World’

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January 13, 2013

“Simply 7” Series:  ‘Fasting in a Feasting World’

Supporting Scriptures:

Isaiah 58; Joel 2: 12-13; Matthew 19: 16-30

Mark 10: 17-27; Luke 6: 24-25; 8:14; 18: 18-27

The Powerpoint from today’s sermon is attached below:

Simply 7 – “Fasting in a Feasting World”

The Audio Podcast for this Service is available at the link below:

http://sermon.net/nbfmc

Please join us next week for Communion and as we continue our current sermon series:  “Simply 7.”  Functioning within the spirit of a fast, this series focuses on seven ways we can simplify our lives and allow more space for God to work in us and through us.  This series is based off of the book “7” by Jen Hatmaker.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Sermon Review (9/25/2011) – “God and My City”: ‘From Enoch To Babel’

September 25, 2011

“God and My City” & “5th Sunday Service” Presentations

“God and My City” – ‘From Enoch to Babel’

Supporting Scriptures:

Isaiah 61:4; Genesis 4; 10: 8-12; 11: 1-9; Psalm 127:1

The Powerpoint from the presentations that I gave to the congregation and today’s sermon are attached below:

God and My City – 5th Sunday Presentation

God and My City 2 – From Enoch to Babel

The Audio Podcast for this Service is available at the link below, but due to the size of the service, it is spread over 2 podcasts:

http://sermon.net/nbfmc

Also attached to my Vodpod on this page is a video we used in our service today (“5th Sunday Community Service”).  This video shows a church doing what we will be doing every 5th Sunday (beginning on October 30th), not having a Worship Service at our building, but doing compassionate service in our community to show God’s love.

Please join us for this Sermon Series as we make the difficult, but important, journey of knowing our community and finding creative ways to bring the light of God there.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Daily Devotional: 9/17/2011 – “Fasting and Empathy”

As I continue my fast, I am constantly reminded of the empathy that it provides for those who are hungry in our towns and in our world.  While our main priority is to hunger after God and to lean on Him for strength during a fast, God also gives us a reality check  during it about the nature of true hunger.  According to World Vision, there is approximately 925 million people who experience hunger daily.  This is larger than the population of North and South America combined.  1.4 Billion people live on $1.25 or less each day.  80% of the world’s resources is consumed by 20 % of the population (which includes Americans).  The rest of the 80% of the world is left to fend for the scraps of the remaining 20% resources.  People who had the plain bad luck to be born in the wrong part of the world.  These facts are actually faces…men, women, and (mostly) children who struggle to find the necessary food and water needed throughout the world.  The figures are appalling and break my heart.

Mentally and spiritually, I see the injustice and the problem with the hunger in the world.  I get it.

But when I become hungry through fasting, I can (in a very small way) understand physically the symptoms of hunger.  I can see the weakened state that it can leave the body.  I struggle with simply remembering where I put things or even holding extended conversations.  I deal with the headaches that come.  I avert my eyes in the marketplace so I don’t have to look at the things that I can not buy for myself.  I see the irritability sweep over me at random moments.  Fasting brings this empathy for the hungry.

Over 2,000 verses in Scripture deal with caring for the poor, but this one I wanted to share with you today:

Jeremiah 22: 13-16

13 “Woe to him who builds his palace by unrighteousness,
his upper rooms by injustice,
making his countrymen work for nothing,
not paying them for their labor.
14 He says, ‘I will build myself a great palace
with spacious upper rooms.’
So he makes large windows in it,
panels it with cedar
and decorates it in red.

15 “Does it make you a king
to have more and more cedar?
Did not your father have food and drink?
He did what was right and just,
so all went well with him.
16 He defended the cause of the poor and needy,
and so all went well.
Is that not what it means to know me?”
declares the LORD.

God speaks to someone with much wealth (and if you live in America, you are wealthy) and asks a simple question, “Do you want more stuff or do you want to know me?”  If we want to know God, we must care for those who are in need.  It’s that tough and rough, but it’s that simple.

If you want to put this challenge into action, please check out our Free Methodist ministry (International Child Care Ministries) that is linked below and see how you can be a part of helping ease hunger and provide relief for those who need it in our world.

http://www.childcareministries.org/index.php

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Daily Devotional: 9/16/2011 – “Fasting and Our Decision-Making”

One of the things that I find most confusing about the Christian life is how many of believers have never (or rarely) fast.  I don’t say this from some attitude of superiority, but just of bewilderment.  I definitely understand that there are some who shouldn’t fast or have a limited fast due to medical illnesses or pregnancy, yet there are many who don’t fit in those categories who have turned a blind eye to this important spiritual discipline.

There have been so many believers that have dealt with sadness and wish for God’s direction, yet they don’t fast.  Many are facing large decisions that will impact their future for many years to come, yet they don’t fast before making that decision.  Many claim they want a closer and intimate walk with God, but neglect one of the main avenues that believers have walked down for thousands of years….the journey of fasting.

I have heard it said that fasting was an “Old Testament thing” and today’s believers who live in salvation through Jesus have no need to fast.  The early church would disagree.   Let’s look at a few passages from the Book of Acts:

Acts 13: 1-3

1 “In the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. 2 While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.”

Acts 14: 21-23

21 “They preached the good news in that city and won a large number of disciples. Then they returned to Lystra, Iconium and Antioch, 22 strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said. 23 Paul and Barnabas appointed elders for them in each church and, with prayer and fasting, committed them to the Lord, in whom they had put their trust.”

We see in these passages the spiritual discipline of fasting and praying had been transferred over from their Jewish faith to their Christian lifestyle.  God still honors, rewards, hears, provides for, and protects those who fast.  May we take Him up on this offer and draw closer to the One who can satisfy us like no other.

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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Living 40 Days in The Fast Lane

This post is to tell those who follow this blog, my New Brighton Free Methodist congregation, my friends, and all my family that I will be fasting for the next 40 days.  I began today (Sept. 14) and I will complete my fast on Sunday, Oct. 25.  I will be abstaining from food and will drink only water, juice, and occasionally broth.  The longest that I have previously fasted was 7 days, which took place last Fall.  I felt led and challenged by God to trust Him more and to deepen that trust during this fast.  Please be praying for me as I take this leap of faith.  🙂

The purpose for this fast is to spend time praying for my church and our community.  My Fall Sermon Series (“God and My City) will also address this goal, but I feel personally led to kick-off this series through fasting in this way.  I will be praying for all that are within arms reach of our church and yet don’t know the Lord.  I will be praying for God’s people to take risks in order to get to know their community and neighbors.  I am praying that we will hunger for God’s glory to be shown through us, rather than simply waiting for someone else in our area to do that.  I have big hopes for this time of fasting, but they are rooted in the faithfulness of God and definitely not in my own strength or will-power.  If you wish to join with me in any way on this journey of fasting, please let me know so that I can be praying for and encourage you.

As often as I am able, I will be including Daily Devotionals on this site.  I hope that they will be an encouragement to you and will spur you on to hunger after God consistently in your life.

Thank you for your prayers and support!

Seeking God for the City,

Pastor Josh Mackenstein

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Sermon Review (9/04/2011) – “Just Say No:” Understanding Fasting

September 11, 2011

9/11 Tenth Anniversary Prayer Service

Scriptures:  Psalm 11 & 13

Sermon… “Just Say No:”  Understanding Fasting

Supporting Scriptures:

Exodus 34:28; 1 Samuel 7:6; 2 Chronicles 20: 1-9; Ezra 8: 21-23

Nehemiah 1: 4-11; 9: 1-3; Esther 4; Isaiah 58; Daniel 9: 1-3

Jonah 3; Matthew 4: 1-11; 5:6; 6: 16-18; 9: 14-15; Mark 9:29

John 4: 31-35; Acts 13: 2-3; 14:23

The Powerpoint from today’s sermon is attached below:

Just Say No – Understanding Fasting

The Audio Podcast for this Service is available at the link below:

http://sermon.net/nbfmc

Also attached to my Vodpod on this page is a video for one of the songs that we sung together during our Worship Service today (“We Are Hungry″).  I really appreciate the simple and earnest way that this song expresses hungering after God, which is necessary for anyone who is fasting.

Next week, we will begin our Fall Sermon Series:  “God and My City.”  Up until Advent, we will discuss the ways that God can transform cities and neighborhoods through godly people who live out their faith within them.

I hope that you’ll join us for this next journey at NBFMC!  🙂

Blessings,

Pastor Josh

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