GotMercy Weekly Sermons from Mike Nelson of Mercy Vineyard Church in Raleigh, North Carolina

May 20, 2018  

Mercy Vineyard Church, May 20, 2018
The Descent of King Saul into Darkness

1st Samuel 18:6-19   King Saul, day by day, choice by choice, compromise by compromise descends into darkness.  Fueled by jealousy, anger and fear, Saul opens himself up to an evil spirit and its torment.   God places Saul and David side by side to contrast two spiritual paths that each one of us faces.  Both Saul and David were called by God to be king, both were very humble in their early years, both received the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, and both knew that obedience to God was key.  But in contrast to David, Saul did not submit his sinful emotions to the Lord and it led him into a dark place.

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Mercy Vineyard Church, May 13, 2018

We wish mothers a blessed mother's day today!  In John 2:1-12 we see Jesus' mother, Mary, and learn several vital characteristics of motherhood as we seek to raise and influence our children to " grow in wisdom and stature, and favor with God and other people. "   (Luke 2:52)

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Mercy Vineyard Church, May 6, 2018
1st Samuel 18, David and Jonathan

God promised in 2nd Chronicles 16:9 that if He found a person whose heart was devoted to Him, He would strengthen that person. King David was such a man and one way God strengthened him was by giving David a very rare friendship.  The Lord "knit" their souls together when David needed a friend the most.

In this day and age when studies in America show that loneliness is at an all time epidemic high, this special God centered friendship offers us great encouragement and practical direction on how to be a true friend.

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April 29, 2018  

Mercy Vineyard Church, April 29, 2018
1st Samuel 17, David and Goliath

We all must face a giant, sometimes many giants, in our lifetime.  These giants are often life-threatening and aim to destroy our life with God.   But today we will learn that it's not the size of the giant that determines our fate, it's the level of confidence with have in God!   In David we see another reason why he was called a man after God's own heart -- he believed what God told him.  David had great confidence in the faithfulness and power of God to defeat his giants.

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April 22, 2018  

Mercy Vineyard Church, May 22, 2018
1st Samuel 16.  Sensitizing Your Ear and Heart to Better Hear God's Voice.

The prophet Samuel heard God's voice so well and so clearly. He provides a model for us to grow in this ability ...

1. Pay attention to God speaking to you in the midst of your fears
2. Obey what God tells you to do if you desire to hear more clearly
3. Keep a running dialog with God throughout your day with one ear devoted to listening to the Lord

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April 8, 2018  

Mercy Vineyard Church. April 8, 2018

In 1st Samuel 13:14 God calls David a man after his own heart. What does that possibly mean in light of David's many failures and sins including adultery and even murder?!  This is an introductory message to a new stimulating series!

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April 1st, 2018, Mercy Vineyard Church, Easter Sunday!
John 20:1-9, 11-15

Fake News was around long ago, even in Jesus' day!  When the religious leaders in their full blown panic learned the tomb of Jesus was empty, they paid off the Roman soldiers telling them to spread the fake news that Jesus' disciples had come and stolen Jesus' body!  The massive stone in front of the tomb had been rolled away, but it wasn't rolled away so Jesus could get out!  It was rolled away so that confused, insecure, doubting men and women could look inside and see that the tomb was empty!  Jesus has risen!   Jesus is alive!

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March 25, 2018  

March 25th, Mercy Vineyard Church, Matthew 27:15-26

Two men stood before Pilate on that somber day . . .  Jesus, Yeshua, Savior, Son of the father, and Barabbas a notorious murderer and revolutionary whose name also meant "savior, son of the father" (Yeshua Barabbas).  Both sought to save the Jewish people.   Yeshua Barabbas was condemned to die, but Yeshua of Nazareth died in his place while Barabbas was set free . . . a "type" of each of our lives as Jesus Christ offers His holy, blameless, innocent life for our stained, imperfect, sinful life.  Substitutionary Atonement is what theologians call Jesus' death.

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March 18, 2018  

Mercy Vineyard Church. March 18, '18
Simon of Cyrene Carries Jesus' Cross
Mark 15:16-21

Simon had waited all his life and dreamed of celebrating the Passover in the city of King David, Jerusalem. There was no place on earth he'd rather be ... until that moment Jesus fell and Roman soldiers forced him to carry His cross!  In the blink of an eye Simon had his dream shattered knowing contact with blood would make him religiously unclean which would bar him from entering the temple. But God had Simon right where He had planned for him to be all along.  

God had ordained a meeting with Yeshua the messiah whose blood would wash him white as snow!

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March 11, 2018  

Mercy Vineyard Church. March 11, '18
The Lord's Prayer. Matthew 6.   "Deliver us from the evil one.

The Bible and Jesus Himself take very seriously the reality of evil in the world ... evil that flows from the heart of sinful people (Mark's gospel chapter 6) and evil stemming from an evil presence named satan, lucifer, the serpent of old.

Some evil is very evident ... isis, sexual abuse of teen gymnasts, a school shooting. But much evil is subtle, cloaked and methodical. Jesus tells us for that reason to watch and pray. Be alert so as not to get caught off guard.

This message explores how to recognize evil and stay safe.

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