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Superstitious or Supernatural?

Bulletin/Handout notes
Original Message/Sermon: Pastor Ricky Mosel
From One50Five service on 10/2/11.
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From the series: “Christian Imposter”
SUPERSTITION: a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation. 
SUPERNATURAL: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable; especially : of or relating to God.
(But He isn’t always, has never claimed to be, and never will.)
1. Sometimes God says “NO”!  (Acts 12:1-5 NIV)
2. Sometimes God says “OBEY”!  (Acts 12:6-11 NIV)
3. Sometimes God says “YES”!  (Acts 12:12-17 NIV)
God’s character is not determined by our circumstances!

Notes on salvation and witnessing

Gustave Doré, Depiction of Satan, the antagoni...

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Jesus and Satan were having an ongoing argument about who was better on the computer. They had been going at it for days, and frankly God was tired of hearing all the bickering. Finally fed up, God said, ‘THAT’S IT! I have had enough. I am going to set up a test that will run for two hours, and from those results, I will judge who does the better job.’  So Satan and Jesus sat down at the keyboards and typed away. They: moused, faxed, e-mailed, e-mailed with attachments, downloaded, did spreadsheets, wrote reports, created labels and cards, 
created charts and graphs, some genealogy reports, they did every job known to man. Jesus worked with heavenly efficiency and Satan was faster than hell. Then, ten minutes before their time was up, lightning suddenly flashed across the sky, thunder rolled, rain poured, and, of course, the power went off. Satan stared at his blank screen and screamed every curse word known in the underworld. Jesus just sighed.  Finally the electricity came back on, and each of them restarted their computers. Satan started searching frantically, screaming: ‘It’s gone! It’s all GONE! ‘I lost everything when the power went out!’  Meanwhile, Jesus quietly started printing out all of his files from the past two hours of work.  Satan observed this and became irate. ‘Wait!’ he screamed. ‘That’s not fair! He cheated! How come he has all His work and I don’t have any?’……….God just shrugged and said, “JESUS SAVES” !!!

Now that you have read that, and hopefully at least got a chuckle. I want to address a very serious situation. Every single day thousands die without knowing Jesus. Clicking HERE takes you (or anyone you know and think need it) to a wonderful outline for salvation. I have been wanting to get this information out there for a week or so and have not been sure how to do it, then magically, my friend Amy (who readers are familar with) sent me the above joke. I love ice-breakers and couldn’t think of a better way to get your attention, because tons of us meet people all the time we want to help and other than our own words, don’t really know how to do it, or help someone do it. So forward this, or that link to a friend in need.

Before closing I want to give a quick lesson on witnessing, from my ministry mentors at SCC.

~The key to maintaining a lifestyle of sharing the Good News is to be aware when the Holy Spirit is leading you. As Paull tells us in Galatians 5:25 “Since we are living by the Spirit, let us follow the spirit’s leading in every part of our lives”. Well, that presents the question: How do I build a lifestyle of sharing the Good News? Below are the three ways to doing just that.

1. I have to leave my circle of comfort when the Spirit says to move. (Click HERE for Acts 1:8)

2. I have to accept that Jesus’ mission is also My mission. (Click HERE for Acts 20:24 & HERE for John 17:18)

3. Remember that I can’t ordain the role I get to play. (Click HERE for 1 Corinthians 3:6)

In closing, a fact that you should be aware of is this: Some people are close to making a commitment to Christ while other’s still have a very LONG way to go. Prayer, and just being a friend to those in need can help build that bridge to Christ.

Stay blessed,