The First Roman Indigenous Tribe Member

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The First Roman Indigenous Tribe Member

July 27th 2015
 
Pastor Robb Stancer
 
Destiny Worship Center

 

In Acts 10 we find the very moment that the barrier between Jew and Gentile collapsed.

It’s the Berlin Wall of the Bible. In November it will be the twenty-sixth anniversary of the Berlin Wall coming down, and what I am going to share was an even bigger event because at this point we were grafted into God’s family tree . . . the moment Cornelius, a Roman officer, believed the Gospel!

Acts 10:22, 34-36 They said, “Cornelius, a centurion, a righteous and God-fearing man well-spoken of by the entire nation of the Jews, was divinely directed by a holy angel to send for you to come to his house and hear a message from you.” . .34 .Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all).”

Prior to this moment, the Jews were center stage. Cornelius is the first Gentile, representing all of us, who was granted eternal life! He is our Columbus of sorts, a pioneer, the first Gentile to get saved!


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Too Hot To Handle

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Too Hot To Handle

July 20
th 
2015
 
Pastor Robb Stancer
 
Destiny Worship Center

OPENING

People often wonder what God will say on the other side of eternity:

  • Will He be loving?
  • Will He be understanding?
  • What will He think of my life?
  • When I get to heaven, I want to hear God say, “Well done, you overachieving Good and Faithful Servant”

Living your life for the Gospel is worth it. Going to new places to share the Good News of Jesus is something you’ll never regret because the greatest miracle God performs is a changed life.

When you’re transformed, you can’t help but catch the vision to go! When you commit your life to Christ, you commit to a lifelong adventure to go where you’ve never been before.

Acts 9:19-31 “Saul spent several days with the disciples in Damascus. At once he began to preach in the synagogues that Jesus is the Son of God. All those who heard him were astonished and asked, “Isn’t he the man who raised havoc in Jerusalem among those who call on this name? And hasn’t he come here to take them as prisoners to the chief priests?” Yet Saul grew more and more powerful and baffled the Jews living in Damascus by proving that Jesus is the Messiah. After many days had gone by, there was a conspiracy among the Jews to kill him, but Saul learned of their plan. Day and night they kept close watch on the city gates in order to kill him. But his followers took him by night and lowered him in a basket through an opening in the wall. When he came to Jerusalem, he tried to join the disciples, but they were all afraid of him, not believing that he really was a disciple. But Barnabas took him and brought him to the apostles. He told them how Saul on his journey had seen the Lord and that the Lord had spoken to him, and how in Damascus he had preached fearlessly in the name of Jesus. So Saul stayed with them and moved about freely in Jerusalem, speaking boldly in the name of the Lord. He talked and debated with the Hellenistic Jews, but they tried to kill him. When the believers learned of this, they took him down to Caesarea and sent him off to Tarsus.


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The Significance of Nobody

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The Significance of Nobody

June 13th 2015

Pastor Robb Stancer
 
Destiny Worship Center

Introduction:

Today we’re going to talk about the effect of what the Lord can do with just one man. A man He chooses. ….A murderer.

A man who had some small notoriety, but in the grand scheme of things he was just a nobody. In some ways he was just like most of us. Some education, Some influence, But nothing really special . . . until God got a hold of him. And He used this man to turn the world upside down. This cold-blooded killer’s name was Saul.

Acts 9:1-19 “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything. In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!”

“Yes, Lord,” he answered. The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.” But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”
 

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Undeniable: What Even Skeptics Believe

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Undeniable: What Even Skeptics Believe

June 6th  2015
Pastor Robb Stancer
Destiny Worship Center

Introduction:

Acts 9:1-16 “Meanwhile, Saul was still breathing out murderous threats against the Lord’s disciples. He went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues in Damascus, so that if he found any there who belonged to the Way, whether men or women, he might take them as prisoners to Jerusalem. As he neared Damascus on his journey, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” “Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked.  “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. “Now get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” The men traveling with Saul stood there speechless; they heard the sound but did not see anyone. Saul got up from the ground, but when he opened his eyes he could see nothing. So they led him by the hand into Damascus. For three days he was blind, and did not eat or drink anything.  In Damascus there was a disciple named Ananias. The Lord called to him in a vision, “Ananias!” “Yes, Lord,” he answered.  The Lord told him, “Go to the house of Judas on Straight Street and ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul, for he is praying. In a vision he has seen a man named Ananias come and place his hands on him to restore his sight.” “Lord,” Ananias answered, “I have heard many reports about this man and all the harm he has done to your holy people in Jerusalem. And he has come here with authority from the chief priests to arrest all who call on your name.”  But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel. I will show him how much he must suffer for my name.”

Gary Habermas was a young doctoral student at Michigan State in the 1970’s struggling with his faith. Like so many young people who grow up in a Christian family and eventually leave home and their faith as well, he was definitely rethinking what he really believed. It came to the point of announcing to his mother that he was leaning toward Buddhism.

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For Our God- For Our Country

For Our God- For Our Country

Destiny Worship Center

Pastor Robb Stancer

July 3rd  2015

On July 4th, tomorrow we will celebrate 239 years as an Independent nation.

But did you know that July 4th is not the original Independence Day? That’s right; the original Independence Day was July 2nd 1776. That’s when the members of the Continental Congress voted in favor of Independence from Great Britain. However on July 4th, 1776, Congress voted to approve and ratify the final wording of the Declaration of Independence. — Just a bit of trivia for you.

56 men signed the Declaration of Independence. What happened to those 56 men?

  • Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.
  • Several of the signers lost entire fortunes as their businesses were destroyed by the British.
  • Two lost their sons who were serving in the Revolutionary Army.
  • Some were driven from their wives never to see them again.
  • One had two of his sons captured.
  • Five of the actual signers were captured by the British, counted as traitors and tortured before they died.
  • Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

We owe so much to these brave patriots, who risked everything for this country. As Americans, we walk in the footsteps of heroes, who have given their lives for this land.

I ask you the question tonight, “What are you doing for America? Over 50 years ago, President John F. Kennedy laid a challenge before the American people. He said, “Ask not what your country can do for you – ask what you can do for your country.”


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The Barnabas Factor; When an Enemy needs a Friend

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The Barnabas Factor; When an Enemy needs a Friend

June 20th 2015
 
Destiny Worship Center
 
Pastor Robb Stancer

Introduction:

Would you agree, life consists of a series of risks?

We’re presented with a circumstance, the outcome of which is uncertain. We assess the situation and, based on a series of internal calculations, either take a risk by faith or take a pass.

  • You see it in a toddler deciding to take her first steps.
  • You see it in a teenager deciding to ask for the first date.
  • You see it in a parent deciding when to hand over the keys.
  • You see it in a business owner making a critical hire.
  • You see it in a person who failed the first time, trying to decide whether to try again.

The decisions we make are often based on several factors:

  • Am I naturally a risk taker?
  • What do my past experiences tell me?
  • What are other people saying about it?
  • Is the potential gain worth the possible pain?
It’s risky to love people! People will hurt you. Sometimes they can’t be trusted. We’ve all been burned by someone in the past. The idea of taking a risk on other people might not be very appealing. But sometimes that’s exactly what God has in mind for us. And sometimes, on the surface, it makes very little sense.
 

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The Dragon Dilemma

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May 16th 2015

Destiny Worship Center

Pastor Robb Stancer
 

Introduction:

Romans 8:28-30 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

A prevailing theme in Acts, which is clear in A.D. and mirrors our own lives to a somewhat lesser degree, is the trials and tribulations that the church experienced as they moved the Gospel forward.

As we know, persecution for our faith hasn’t gone away, but it seems far away to us in America.

Persecution is real. Whether big or small, things don’t always go smoothly for us, do they? We all experience trials on a daily basis to one degree or another.

Tonight we’re going to camp out on that word..TRIALS.

Trials happen, but what exactly is a trial? A trial is “the act of trying, a testing, or putting to the proof.”
 

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The Pebble Plan

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May 9th 2015

Destiny Worship Center

Pastor Robb Stancer
 

Introduction:

Acts 1:8 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Tonight we’re going to talk about having a vision for our lost world.

Have you ever thought about your last day on earth?

It’s a sobering thought that most of us try hard not to think about, but it is coming. Each and every one of us has a trip to take one day. Death is stalking us all.

Ecclesiastes 7:2 says, “Better to spend your time at funerals than at parties. After all, everyone dies—so the living should take this to heart” (NLT).

You know what that means to me?

It means that we should be sober minded, as it says in
 

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You Can’t Stop the Unstoppable

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May 2nd 2015

Destiny Worship Center

Pastor Robb Stancer

 

Introduction:

Peter and the other apostles replied in

Acts 5:29-32“We must obey God rather than human beings! The God of our ancestors raised Jesus from the dead—whom you killed by hanging him on a cross. God exalted him to his own right hand as Prince and Savior that he might bring Israel to repentance and forgive their sins. We are witnesses of these things, and so is the Holy Spirit, whom God has given to those who obey him.”

  • Have you ever faced an impossible situation?

Maybe you’re in a season of life where you’re facing a situation that seems impossible; maybe you’re going through a divorce and feel like a failure; maybe you feel unworthy, unwanted, or unloved. The obstacles you’re facing may feel insurmountable. This message is for you today: God is with you, His grace is enough for you, and He has a good plan for your life and your future that no one or nothing can stop.

Yet, through the power of the Holy Spirit, Christians experienced boldness, declared truth, and received empowerment through God’s grace. They weren’t focusing on the present circumstances full of discouragement, questions, and impossibility. Their focus was on God. As a result, men and women were saved, healed, and witnessed many miracles. The mission of spreading the Gospel to all the earth was unstoppable because it was part of God’s salvation story that has been written and continues to be written.

  1. God calls us to do the impossible


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Stand

Stand

April 25th 2015

Pastor Robb Stancer

Destiny Worship Center

Introduction:

We have shared about the Grave Robber, The Reality of the Resurrection, The Work of the Holy Spirit and now this week Stand.

Have you ever had to stand up for something you believe in? When we stand, it’s normally because there is some sort of opposition facing us. So we have to muster up the courage and take action to stand against that opposition.

Our world is polluted with so many images that aren’t Christ like, and I have to daily take a stand for purity and holiness. I can’t let garbage into my mind and heart. If it does slip in, I want to be quick to repent.

I have to take a stand against anything that would hinder my relationship with God.

Acts 4:18-20“Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you, or to him? You be the judges! As for us, we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”

The religious men told Peter and John to stop teaching in the name of Jesus. They told them to bow down and denounce their faith in Christ. They told them to stop living out the very purpose of their being, and in this moment after just being arrested, Peter and John stood up for Christ. Even though they were facing threats, they took a stand and told the leaders they would keep preaching and teaching Christ!


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