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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 31

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 31 (NKJV) Introduction Tonight, marks the end of our journey through Proverbs. My hope is that from this point as you read Proverbs the Holy Spirit will bring to your remembrances some of highlights that have been shared. Remember these are divine, time honored principles that will help guide your journey through life. Highlight #1 – Sex (v. 3) Proverbs 31:3 (NKJV) Do not give your strength to women, Nor your ways to that which destroys kings. Proverbs 31:3 (The Message) Don’t dissipate your virility on fortune-hunting women, promiscuous women who shipwreck leaders. Throughout Proverbs there are warnings regarding boundaries for sex. I think these warnings can be distilled to this: Sex is wonderful within the context of godly boundaries. (marriage) Outside those boundaries things will go sideways. The warnings prior to this one and including this one all indicate this notion. A common thread is that each individual must decide for themselves to heed the warning and get as far away as possible from the threat. I try to take a pragmatic approach to things and logically think through the subject at hand. … Read more »

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Proverbs 30

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 30 Introduction The journey is almost complete, with only 2 chapters that remain. In tonight’s chapter we hear from a man named Agur. Some commentaries suggest that Agur of chapter 29 and Lemuel of chapter 31 are allegorical names for Solomon. Other’s suggest that these were rulers of a non-Jewish community in an area called Massa. (North of the Persian Gulf) Most commentators believe Agur lived in the same era as Solomon. The truth is that we don’t know much about Agur except what we can glean from this one chapter. The bottom line is no one really knows but they try . . . one commentary “These simple yet profound observations on life reveal many aspects of this otherwise unknown man named Agur. For example, Agur realized God’s wisdom was greater than his own. He understood the temptation of riches. He knew many aspects of life and of God’s creation would remain a mystery beyond his understanding. And Agur knew the importance of controlling anger, avoiding foolishness, and living for God. He encourages his readers to refrain from a life that dishonors God … 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 26

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A message by Pastor Bill Mann on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at King’s Grace Fellowship. Proverbs 26:1-28 Introduction Tonight, we have the opportunity to study devotionally Proverbs 26. This Proverb has a bunch of proverbs that make a lot of sense when understood within the ancient context. Our job is to dig up these concepts, understand what it meant to the people of the time it was written in, then figure out how to apply it in today’s world. There are always sound principles that can be clearly seen in Proverbs and the clear call to heed the wisdom contained in them. Yet we sometimes disregard what we know to be good, better, or best and a disconnect emerges. So, we need a dedication to apply the wisdom of God to our life’s situations rather than beg God to deliver us from our poor choices. So, let’s begin tonight by ready Proverbs 26. This proverb can be grouped together in 4 main parts. Foolish People (vv. 1-12, except v. 2) Lazy People (vv. 13-16) People who lack common sense (vv. 17-28) Verses 1, 2, 8, 11, 18, and 22 make use of similes. Verses 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 21, and … 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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