Posted in Sermons on June 4, 2015 by Ted Mattis

I just wanted to send out a quick message to let you know that I just saw Dr. Barry and he said that things looked great! I know it is summertime and everyone is busy but so I am going to keep reminding yall to pray!!!!! 

I know I can trust God because I look back and see through hard times and difficulties #MFSOB cancer!  Yes things have been really hard but God does not let me down or give me more than I can handle and even allows me to grow and learn through the hard stuff! And even when I deal with fear my experience remind me that he will not let me down and part of that is the comfort the love and prayersall of the ways that God has been using y’all to help me and my family in the midst of this! I’m still not going to lie and it is easy but you all make it so much better so please know God is hearing our prayers and and please continue to pray for Dr. Ritchie and Dr. Barry. Please pray that it has not gone anywhere past my sternum and that this MF S OB cancer would not be hiding anywhere else in my body and that the chemo and the surgery and the radiationwould allow me to be healed of this cancer and for it to never come back! And that each day I would trust God more because my experience is he does not give me more than I can handle!EditEditEditEditEdit

It is amazing how well I have felt the last four days and am so thankful I am on my way to meet a friend for lunch now and getting ready for next Monday

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The Desire of God

Posted in Acts, Sunday School Bible Study on August 30, 2009 by Ted Mattis

The Creation of Man

Acts 2.17-24

“‘And in the last days it shall be, God declares,

that I will pour out my Spirit  on all flesh,

and your sons and  your daughters shall prophesy,

and your young men shall see visions,

and your old men shall dream dreams;

18 even on my male servants and female servants

in those days I will pour out my Spirit, and  they shall prophesy.

19 And I will show wonders in the heavens above

and signs on the earth below,

blood, and fire, and vapor of smoke;

20  the sun shall be turned to darkness

and the moon to blood,

before  the day of the Lord comes, the great and magnificent day.

21 And it shall come to pass that  everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.’

Acts 2.22   “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth,  a man attested to you by God  with  mighty works and wonders and signs that  God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—  23 this Jesus,  delivered up according to  the definite plan and  foreknowledge of God,  you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men.  24  God raised him up, loosing the pangs of death, because  it was not possible for him to be held by it.

A Friend at Midnight

Posted in Sunday School Bible Study on August 11, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Luke 11.5-13

And he said to them, “Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves, 6 for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him’; 7 and he will answer from within, ‘Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything’? 8 I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs. 9 And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. 11 What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; 12 or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? 13 If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

The Prodigal Love of God

Posted in Sermons on July 6, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Luke 15:1-3, 11-32

Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him.  2 But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”  3 So he told them this parable…

11 “There was a man who had two sons. 12 The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.

13 “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living. 14 After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need. 15 So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs. 16 He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.

17 “When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired men have food to spare, and here I am starving to death! 18 I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. 19 I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired men.’ 20 So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.  21 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

22 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. 23 Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate. 24 For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

Luke 15.25 “Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing. 26 So he called one of the servants and asked him what was going on. 27 ‘Your brother has come,’ he replied, ‘and your father has killed the fattened calf because he has him back safe and sound.’

28 “The older brother became angry and refused to go in. So his father went out and pleaded with him. 29 But he answered his father, ‘Look! All these years I’ve been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!’

31  “ ‘My son,’ the father said, ‘you are always with me, and everything I have is yours. 32 But we had to celebrate and be glad, because this brother of yours was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’”

The Parable of the Wise Builder

Posted in Sermons, Wednesday PM on July 1, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Matthew 7:24-27

Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.”

Standing Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Ephesians, Sermons, Wednesday PM on June 30, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 7 – The Helmet and the Sword

(Rev. Ed Norton)

Ephesians 6:17

17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Standing Strong in the Face of Adversity

Posted in Ephesians, Sermons, Wednesday PM on June 30, 2009 by Ted Mattis

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Week 6-  The Helmet of Salvation (Dr. Tom Elkin)

Ephesians 6:17

Take the helmet of salvation…