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You Asked For It 2023 - Week 1

SPEAKER: Pastor Charlie Riley
November 4, 2023

Week 1
November 4, 2023

1. When are we going to move into the New Building?

2. Why doesn’t ALC have the cross on display in the church like most churches?

There Are Two Extremes

No Cross At All In The Building
Reason – We Don’t Want To Offend

Without A Cross The Church Is Not A Church
Reason – The Cross Makes The Church

Balance Is The Key
A Cross Hanging Does Not Make Us “More of A Church, More Holy”
The Absence of The Cross Does Not Make Us “Less of A Church, Less Holy”

My Opinion
If A Cross Fits In What We Are Trying To Say That Week, Month or Message Series,
Then Absolutely Display One

Let’s Make Sure We Honor The Symbolism of The Cross
Without Moving Toward Honoring or Worshiping Relics Which Have No Life

3. What is the importance of Methuselah’s longevity in Genesis?

Methuselah’s Name Is Mentioned 7 Times In The Bible:
Genesis 5:21-22, 25-27
1 Chronicles 1:3
Luke 3:37

Enoch lived sixty-five years, and begot Methuselah. After he begot Methuselah, Enoch walked with God three hundred years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Enoch were three hundred and sixty-five years. And Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.
Genesis 5:21-24

Methuselah lived one hundred and eighty-seven years, and begot Lamech. After he begot Lamech, Methuselah lived seven hundred and eighty-two years, and had sons and daughters. So all the days of Methuselah were nine hundred and sixty-nine years; and he died.
Genesis 5:25-27

“When he dies, judgment.” – Dr. Henry Morris
“When He Dies Judgment Will Be Sent” – Dr. Lester Sumrall
“When he is dead, it shall be sent” (“it” refers to the Deluge) (Cornwall and Smith, Exhaustive Dictionary of Bible Names).

who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water.
1 Peter 3:20

4. So my husband quit coming to church with me because the church celebrates Halloween and started doing yoga…Can you explain how these are ok?
Do Christmas, Halloween, and Easter have pagan roots?

December 25 (Day of Conception March 25th)
November 1st All Saints Day
Easter Is Resurrection Sunday

Is God Proactive or Reactive?

We Must Understand!
Everything God Does, The Devil Mocks
Christmas – Halloween – Easter

Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand.
Romans 14:1-4

One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully convinced in his own mind. He who observes the day, observes it to the Lord; and he who does not observe the day, to the Lord he does not observe it. He who eats, eats to the Lord, for he gives God thanks; and he who does not eat, to the Lord he does not eat, and gives God thanks.
Romans 14:5-6

This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalms 118:24

5. So I signed up for a kiddo to pray for and was excited to start my prayer journey. I started praying every morning out loud. Then.. bad things started happening. People I was praying for started experiencing trials and tribulations. Then it all made sense one morning when you said the devil can’t hear our thoughts, only what we speak, and now I’m convinced the devil is working against my prayers. So I stopped praying because I got scared. Am I crazy? Help me!

You Are Not Crazy
Reading The Bible – Dreams

Things Do APPEAR To Get Worse Before They Get Better


For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
2 Timothy 1:7

Stop Playing Defense, Go On Offense!!!

“Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. “Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.”
Matthew 18:18-20

Don’t Stop Praying!!! You Must Pray To Win!!!

6. Thou shall love thy neighbor as thyself.” How are we to love our neighbor if we do not love ourselves?

You Will Never Love Your Neighbor Until You Love Yourself!
Self-Identification Is Never Good For Anyone!!!!

You Must See Yourself The Way That God Sees You
I Am Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
I Am God’s Masterpiece
I Am Made in the Image of God
I Am Forgiven
I Am Redeemed by God
I Am Called by Name
I Am a New Creation
I Am Greatly Loved by God
I Am His Child
I Am an Heir of God and Co-heir with Christ
I Am a Member of God’s Family
I Am Blessed In the Heavenly Realm with Every Spiritual Blessing
I Am Chosen to be Part of a Royal Priesthood
I Am His Treasured Possession
I Am Precious to God
I Am Being Built into a Spiritual House
What’s Not To Love About You?!!!!

7. How does the war in Israel relate to the End Times?