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Praying With Paul – #3

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, October 3, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship.2 Thessalonians 1:3-12 In this teaching I want to begin looking at the prayers of Paul and as I do, I want to paint the backdrop that Paul used in prayer. (a sort of “framework” for prayer) To do that, turn with me to 2 Thessalonians 1:3-12. Now before we launch into the actual prayer requests (petitions) I want us to take a look at the foundation from which Paul prays. In, verse 11 he says, “Therefore, we also pray always for you” (NKJV), “With this in mind, we constantly pray for you” (ESV), “So we keep on praying for you” (NLT)  Of course, we have to investigate what he means with that statement. To do so, we have to consider what preceded the statement. With the exception of his simple greeting in verses 1 & 2 we have to consider all that’s been said in verses 3-12. It was fairly normal for Paul, after a brief salutation to launches in to a moment of thanksgiving for those he is writing to. In which he does in verses 3-10. It’s really the point of this teaching … Read more »

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Praying With Paul – #2

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship.James 5:16 Introduction I was going to share this scripture last week, but I may have forgotten to, yet it is an important verse when we consider prayer in general.  James 5:16 “ . . . The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man [person] avails much.” –(NKJV) I decided that the fundamentals of prayer are so important that I wanted to continue to expand this introduction to include some very important aspects. You will remember from the first teaching these 2 areas: We End Up Not Praying Much Because We Don’t Plan To PrayLearning To Stay Focused (beating mental drift) So, let’s pick up where we left off as we look at what we might learn from mature believers about prayer. #3 – Develop A Prayer Partner Relationship At various times in your life developing a prayer partner relationship is a very helpful thing. Of course, care must be taken in choosing a prayer partner. Concerning this D. A. Carson had this to say: “If you are not married, make sure your prayer partner is someone of your own sex. If you are married and choose a … Read more »

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Praying With Paul

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, September 12, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Introduction Years ago, I was intrigued with how Paul prayed each time I began reading a Pauline epistle. The passion and depth in which he prayed caused me to reevaluate how I prayed for people. My intrigued resulted in a study series of the prayers of Paul. Since that time, I have read some good resources concerning this subject, finding that I was not alone in my intrigue. So once again I am intrigued by this subject and want to teach a new series on “Praying With Paul.” By way of introduction, let’s talk about prayer in general for a bit. “I doubt if there is any Christian who has not sometimes found it difficult to pray. In itself this is neither surprising nor depressing: it is not surprising because we are still passing through with many lessons to learn; it is not depressing because struggling with such matters is part of the way we learn.” What is both surprising and depressing is that prayerlessness characterizes so much of the church. It is surprising because it is out of step with the Bible, which portrays … Read more »

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Proverbs 29

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 29 Introduction With only 3 chapters left I realize that this journey is coming to an end. I sincerely hope that it’s been a benefit to you. I have loved Proverbs my entire adult life because it is filled with time-honored principles that when not only followed but embraced will give you “God’s” best. Let’s first read this passage, then take a look at some of the highlights. Proverbs 29 (NKJV) 1 He who is often rebuked, and hardens his neck, Will suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy. 2 When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice; But when a wicked man rules, the people groan. 3 Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. 4 The king establishes the land by justice, But he who receives bribes overthrows it. 5 A man who flatters his neighbor Spreads a net for his feet. 6 By transgression an evil man is snared, But the righteous sings and rejoices. 7 The righteous considers the cause of the poor, But the wicked does not understand such knowledge. 8 … Read more »

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Proverbs 28

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 28 Introduction As I began processing this Proverb, I quickly realized that there were so many good and important concepts and principles here. I had 8 passages pop up on my radar and I knew that number would be way too difficult to teach in a short setting. So I had to let the most import (for this time) rise to the surface. Let’s first read this passage, then take a look at some of the highlights. Proverbs 28 (NKJV) 1 The wicked flee when no one pursues, But the righteous are bold as a lion. 2 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; But by a man of understanding and knowledge Right will be prolonged. 3 A poor man who oppresses the poor Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, But such as keep the law contend with them. 5 Evil men do not understand justice, But those who seek the Lord understand all. 6 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity Than one perverse in … Read more »

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Proverbs 27

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 27 Tonight, we are in chapter 27 of Proverbs. Only 4 chapters left after tonight. I was thinking about the benefit of be familiar with Proverbs. For years when I would talk to people who were seeking pastoral advice I would hear myself give some pretty good advice, or so I thought. It finally dawned on me that I was only repeating Proverbs that the Holy Spirit was feeding me in “non-bible sounding” words. I am always amazed at how the Holy Spirit brings a kind of “Total Recall” of biblical principles at the right time. I also have always contended that one must make an effort to learn biblical principles in order for the Holy Spirit to have something for you to recall. A plan to get the Word of Life in your noggin is really helpful for this. (AKA – Journal Reading or some other plan that would get you in the Word consistently.) Over the course of months and years, all that you’ve read, studied, heard will have an accumulated effect on your thought processes and when needed, the Holy Spirit … Read more »

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Proverbs 25

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 25 Introduction Twice in a row I get to teach. What a treat! I wanna jump right into Proverbs 25 tonight. So let’s get to reading. Highlight #1 – Wise Sayings (vs. 2,4) 1. God reveals, man discovers (v. 2) Proverbs 25:2 (NKJV) 2 It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter. I like this passage because it encouraged me to seek after the Lord more because I realize that I’ve only seen what’s He has revealed to me. There IS more! So much more! But I have to seek after Him with my whole heart. 2. All cleaned up (v. 4) Proverbs 25:4 (NKJV) 4 Take away the dross from silver, And it will go to the silversmith for jewelry. This has always spoke to me, each time I read it. Although I know God will take me just as I am, and He will use me with all of my warts. But, I want to become the masterpiece that Paul talks about Christ working in me. I think in … Read more »

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Proverbs 24

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, December 13, 2017At Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 24 Introduction Well, let’s get back to it. Tonight we want to look at Proverbs chapter 24. According to my calculations, I should be finished with Proverbs by August this next year. So I will attempt to do my best to not comment as I read the text. Let’s get to it! This proverb, has many sayings that I consider principles to live by. A diligent study would need to be done in order to stitch some of the thoughts together. I always ask myself, “Do these principles connect with each other?  And if so, how do they connect?” For most of us, we just read through the passage not pausing long enough to consider these things. It’s this pause that I believe is what God spoke to Joshua upon his ascent to the leadership following the death of Moses when he said: Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) 8 This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will … Read more »

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Proverbs 23

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A message by Pastor Bill MannOn Wednesday, November 15, 2017At Kings Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 23 Introduction Tonight, I want to continue our journey through Proverbs. We are into chapter is 23, and as my custom is I will read the passage first then share some highlights. This time I have grouped the highlights together with passage in the chapter that are pertinent to the highlight. I really enjoyed looking at this chapter in depth. I’m not sure that what came to the surface will change the course of Christianity, but it did give me some insights I had yet to consider. A simple outline from my reading would look like this: Stingy people (1-3, 6-8) Instead, do this: cast your bread … there are those who sow little Elusiveness of wealth (4-5) Withholding wisdom from fools (9) … “You might be a fool if . . . “ Boundaries (10-11) Discipline of Children (13-14) Warnings (15-35) Envying Those Who Disregard Wisdom (15-18) Alcohol & Food Excess (19-21) Bad Sex (22-28) Drunkenness (29-35) I was having a difficult time focusing on a single highlight. This chapter is filled with great stuff. Then I saw a few things as my eyes blurred … Read more »

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Proverbs – Chapter 22

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Introduction Tonight, I want to continue our journey through Proverbs. We are into chapter is 22, and as my custom is I will read the passage first then share some highlights. This time I have grouped the highlights together with passage in the chapter that are pertinent to the highlight. Proverbs 22:1–29 (NKJV) 1 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 2 The rich and the poor have this in common, The Lord is the maker of them all. 3 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, But the simple pass on and are punished. 4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches and honor and life. 5 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; He who guards his soul will be far from them. 6 Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it. 7 The rich rules over the poor, And the borrower is servant to the lender. 8 He who sows iniquity will reap sorrow, And the rod of his anger will fail. 9 He who has … Read more »

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