Sermon Notes Sunday, April 15, 2018

God is Over All
April 15, 2018
Sermon Notes
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
“What Shall We Do to Work The Works of God”

There was a time when people prepared to serve the Lord
I want to encourage you that when you see empty seats in the church just know that Jesus is coming back!
I sign was given that Jesus was born, the star
He said that in the last days, they will commit apostasy
They will not believe what they use to believe
People come less and less frequently
Even the holiday saints fall away
The most committed jump ship because others are jumping
So and so and such and such left, so I might as well leave
What shall we do to work the works of God
Some people get excited about getting a job
I interviewed and I got the job!
Some are sick of working, I am sick of working, I wish that I did not have to work on my job
When you believe on the Lord you have to do something
It is a j-o-b! The same as Job
Job went through, on jobs we go through
You feel that you are being destroyed
You feel that your friends are against you
I did not get that client, promotion
When you realize that it is a job and it takes a lot out of you
You can say, I trust the Lord!
The Lord gives, the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord
Bad things happen to good ole me
You have to learn to trust the Lord
God is Over All
God is the one that gives and the one that takes away
God gives all things, he also takes away
Blessed be the name of the Lord
When he gives, Hallelujah thank you Jesus
When he takes, Hallelujah thank you Jesus
God is the one in control of the devils actions
When God says, alright the devil takes your job
The Lord gives and the Lord takes away, blessed be the name of the Lord
I want some dancing in your bless the Lord
The devil thought that he had me!
God allowed him to take my job!

Bless the Lord
God is about to bless me
Testify with some victory
John 6:28
What must we do to work the works of the Lord?
John 6:29
Believe on him whom he hath sent
Some of you are working!
You believe that Jesus is Lord
John 6:27
Labor not for the meat which perishes, but for the meat which endures unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed.
You have to live
John 6:35
John 4:11
Jesus is the bread and the living water
Labor not for the meat, this carnal life
John 6:55
The woman at the well, you will drink of this water and never thirst
Be spiritually minded
Our Prophet taught us spiritual things, I am working on our spirit man
I feel “spiritually” that I should do this or that
We used it for the flesh
God is just trying to get us to understand what true meat is
Don’t labor for the house and the car
Labor for God, do the great deeds
Believe in Jesus
John 4:35
My meat is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work
To really work for the Lord
What are you dong other than believing?
I Thess. 5:11
Edify one another
I Thess. 5:12
Know them that labor among you, and are over you in the Lord, and
admonish you
When getting corrected you learn some things by being whipped as a child
Bible says that the undisciplined child will shame you
Do not be weary of his crying
We have to learn to discipline your children
In a grocery store a child will curse you when corrected
It takes a lot of Jesus to keep you from correcting someone else’s child
Always someone taping
Explain to the parents that their child cursed you out
We ought t recognize to know them that labor among you
Those who rebuke you, warn you, esteem them highly in love
Be at peace, love them for their works sake
They may not have all that you feel is right
Love them for the sake of the work
They believe in Jesus

I Thess. 5:14
Be patient toward all men
Follow that which is good
In everything give thanks for this is the will of God concerning you
I Thess. 5:22
Abstain from all appearance of evil
Rejoice evermore
Some do not feel like going to work
That does not stop you!
I gotta go to work
I Thess. 5:17 Pray without ceasing.
Some people say that you are always complaining!
It is in your spirit, you do it a lot!!!!
There are some liars and haters!
You are “always”…..if everyone around you says it
You may do it often
I want you to pray so much that you pray when you think about it
In the name of Jesus!
Example of someone fussing
In everything give thanks!
What shall we do to do the works of God?
We will rejoice evermore, pray without ceasing, quench not the Spirit
Don’t hold back because the enemy telling you something
I will put my hand up when I feel like it!
You feel that you should, when you feel it then you should do it!
If you do not do it when you feel it, you are quenching it!
Despise not prophesyings
I Thess. 5:20

It is just a prophesy, “In these last days, there will be more and more churches closing down, they will open neighborhood centers it will be the church. The good ole days of house services.”
Mega churches had 5,000 now they have 3,000. The churches are shrinking.
In Italy, they took a church that closed and made it a bar
My house is a house of worship!
Your servant sold it to me! Your people stopped coming
We are the ones who preach the gospel, you keep this going!
I want to one day put all the pastors on salary.
Don’t you think that Deborah and Peyton deserve a salary!
Support the things that we do at Grace!
I have seen hard workers
Have you ever gone to a restaurant and taken your own food?
You order a salad and bring the rest of the meal
It is disrespectful
True faith must be the chief work! The top of the line work!
Believe in God and who he sent!
If you believe you must work
When you really believe you will work the works
Faith and works
James 2:18
You can’t believe something and not act on it
How do we act on our faith?
Doing the things that Jesus tells us to do
We will be rewarded by these things
James 2:19
The devil also believes and trembles
How much do you believe in Jesus
Do the work, do the work, do the work
Pray so much that people say that you always pray!
Quench not the spirit!
I always feel like dancing! When a song is on, I always!!
You must work for it, you can’t expect something and do nothing!
It is a sacrifice or worship and praise!
I am about five seconds away from the most amazing praise!
When the praises go up, I have to do something! 
Show me your faith in God without your works!
I believe that I can do it!
You acted off your faith!
You can do all things through Christ who strengthens me

Faith means being led by the Spirit!
The man ran and hit the concrete wall, the pastor expected him to take back what God told him. He said, I hope that God does not tell me to run through the wall
You can’t go through the wall!!!
If you believe you d well, but so does Satan
Faith without works is dead
True faith will cause you to work it out
We give up our right! The right to forgive! I must give up my rights!
You could quit your job
You have the right, you are not a prisoner of your job
You have the right to surrender your rights
Let’s go to work
What must we do to do the works of him that sent him!
Quench not the Spirit, love them that have rule over you, come to church every Sunday, Obey them that have rule over you, pray without ceasing
Surrender your rights! Give them to Jesus!!!!

Peyton Harrison Jr.    Resurrection 2018

SERMON:         EMPTY!         Sub title:  One Day!

Scripture:  John 20:1-14 KJV

Now the first day of the week Mary Magdalene went to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 

Then she ran and came to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved, and said to them, “They have taken away the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid Him.” Peter therefore went out, and the other disciple, and were going to the tomb. So they both ran together, and the other disciple outran Peter and came to the tomb first. 

And he, stooping down and looking in, saw the linen cloths lying there; yet he did not go in. Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.

John 20 The Message (MSG)

20 1-2 Early in the morning on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene came to the tomb and saw that the stone was moved away from the entrance. 

She ran at once to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one Jesus loved, breathlessly panting, “They took the Master from the tomb. We don’t know where they’ve put him.”

3-10 Peter and the other disciple left immediately for the tomb. They ran, neck and neck. 

The other disciple got to the tomb first, outrunning Peter. Stooping to look in, he saw the pieces of linen cloth lying there, but he didn’t go in. 

Simon Peter arrived after him, entered the tomb, observed the linen cloths lying there, and the kerchief used to cover his head not lying with the linen cloths but separate, neatly folded by itself. 

Then the other disciple, the one who had gotten there first, went into the tomb, took one look at the evidence, and believed. 

No one yet knew from the Scripture that he had to rise from the dead. The disciples then went back home. 

     Well, Welcome to Resurrection Morning! With the Sequel to follow.
  Last Week, I overheard a little child excitedly say to her parents as they were shopping for clothes at the Ross store,  “ I am so excited about Easter, it is going to be so much fun, The Easter Bunny is going to bring me candy and new clothes and we are going to have so much fun, I can’t wait!  

 I wanted to say to the child and her parents….It was EMPTY!    The Tomb was empty!  We are celebrating an empty tomb on Sunday!   

 I am not celebrating an abnormal caricatured contradiction of nature of an “egg laying Bunny”, but I am celebrating and rejoicing over the historical divine salvific reality that the tomb was empty.

All four of the synoptic gospel writers were excited as they wrote their gospel narrative about the empty tomb. 

They each wrote it from their professional career interpretation, Matthew wrote for the Jews to believe, 

Mark wrote it as a historian for the ages,

 Luke wrote about it as a Doctor dialoguing about the body and the spirit, 

and John wrote about it from the humanistic point of view with details that the gentile layperson would  understand  with drama and action.

Let me pause for the cause to outline the significance of the empty tomb and its reality;  

Let me share some background historical facts:

  1. FIRST, The historical record indicates that Jesus was buried in the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea, a member of the Sanhedrin, the very group that had orchestrated Jesus’ execution. 
  2. second, the empty tomb is implied in the early oral formula quoted by the apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 15. While all four Gospels attest to the vacancy of Jesus’ tomb, our earliest hint at the empty tomb comes from the Apostle Paul. Writing to the church at Corinth in approximately AD 55, Paul quotes a creed that most scholars believe he received from the apostles Peter and James just five years after Jesus’ crucifixion (Galatians 1:18–19). Paul states, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Jesus died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve” (1 Corinthians 15:3–5).    THIS IS FACT.

Thirdly, there appears to be strong enemy attestation of the existence of an empty tomb. The first of these comes from within the pages of the Gospel of Matthew itself where Matthew reports that there was an acknowledgment of the empty tomb by the Jewish leaders themselves (Matthew 28:13–15). They were claiming that the disciples had come and stolen away Jesus’ body.    This is a historical fact.

The fourth truth, I will share later.

But now that we established the fact that there WAS an Empty Tomb, let me share with you why this is SO important, it is so important that we came out to Grace Covenant Christian Church at 6:00am on a Sunday morning.

First, the fact that the body of Jesus was missing is evidence that supports the apostolic teaching that Jesus is alive


Second, the location of the tomb was well known to both the disciples and the enemies of Jesus. Joseph of Arimathea was a member of the Jewish Sanhedrin and well respected in the community. Those who wished to verify the story of the empty tomb could easily visit the location.
Third, all four Gospel accounts note the empty tomb was first discovered by women. This is significant in two ways. One way it is significant in that it highlights the fear of the male disciples. Rather than visiting the tomb, they were gathered together in a locked home. 
In addition, in ancient times the testimony of a woman counted less than that of a man. If the story of the empty tomb had been fabricated, men would have certainly been the first ones noted as discovering it.
Fourth, the tradition of the empty tomb is early in both biblical and extra-biblical literature. 

Paul wrote 1 Corinthians in the 50s, only about twenty years after the resurrection took place. 

Yet he claimed that 500 people had seen Jesus alive . (1 Corinthians 15). Further, he had received the information from Peter, James, and John after his conversion, within three to five years of the resurrection.

The evidence all points to the authenticity of the Christian faith that the tomb was empty because Jesus returned to life on the third day, proving Himself as the Messiah.      FACT.

Well, Lets summarize  and make it plain so that we can celebrate with understanding and joy and hope!
The cross of Christ makes no sense without his triumphant restoration to life. 
It was the resurrection which explained his death as a sacrifice for our sins. It was the resurrection which vindicated his teaching.. 
It is the resurrection that gives us hope of a new, eternal life, an empty tomb gives you power and authority over the enemy. 
 The empty tomb when applied in our daily life gives us  fullness of joy, gives us the bridge between the OLD and the New Testament, gives us a bridge from earth to heaven that as Jesus rose, so will we. 
But the story does not end with the empty tomb.
Some theological historians say  that Jesus left a clue, our writer John might have been working with NCIS, when he detailed the activity at the tomb. 
Verses 3-10: Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb; and he saw the linen cloths lying there, and the handkerchief that had been around His head, not lying with the linen cloths, but folded together in a place by itself.
When Jesus was buried, there were 3 pieces of his burial raiment according to Jewish customs. 1. The shroud for the body, 2, the napkin or thin veil for his face, and 3, The linen cloth
Well some historians say that Jesus left an intruging clue of a folded napkin that was separate from the folded grave clothes left in the tomb.
If I was a NCIS forensic technician, I could say that from examining the clothes and the contents of the tomb. That it was not a grave robbery, but a well plained resurrection! 

 The folded napkin, if compared to the European tradition of dining, the use of the napkin gave signal to the waiter of intention.  If the napkin is thrown on top of partially eaten plate of food, the waiter would know that the customer is finished dining, BUT. ( somebody say BUT)……if the napkin is neatly folded by the plate it is an indication that the customer is not finished dining but  will be back to finish.   
I asked my waitress at the restaurant yesterday, that If I took my napkin and put on my plate on top of the left over food, what would you think and she quickly said, “You are finished eating and leaving”.   But I said, IF I fold my napkin neatly on the side of the plate , what does that say to you. 
Well, she said that it means that possibly you are not finished but will be back to finish.

 Let me take a moment to take preachers liberty, Let me pontificate,  let me isiegete for a moment, in comparison, Jesus, left a folded linen , separate from the burial clothe, left a folded napkin, left it to say  to us I finished on the cross, I fulfilled the prophecies of the OLD testament,  I said my 7 last words on the cross, they buried me in a borrowed tomb, I waited all night Friday, and All day Saturday, and all night Saturday, BUT EARLY on Sunday morning, I shook off death, got up , folded my winding grace cloth sheets, took the napkin off of my face folded it neatly and placed it away from the grave clothes.  I wanted everybody to know that there was no grave robber, I was not stolen, kidnapped but I did just what I said I would do and I got up from the grave………and I left you a clue that ONE DAY, I am coming back!    
One day, I am coming back for a church without spot or blemish, 
ONE day, I will come back not as a lamb but as a roaring lion, 
ONE Day I am coming back as Lord or Lord, King of Kings,  ONE DAY……………..ALL because of an empty tomb.
SONG:  The song writer said:
Living, He loved me
Dying, He saved me
Buried, He carried my sins far away
Rising, He justified freely forever
One day He's coming back what a glorious day!
EMPTY…..But one day HE is coming back!     AMEN.

God is Over All
March 25, 2018
Palm Sunday Sermon
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:1-16
I Kings 1:33
Example of persons who only come to church on holidays
I love when people come to church, and I give them a holiday hug
Should we just serve anything?
Some choose to serve any kind of gods
I thank God that you woke up and decided to come to church
Some of you could have slept
I want to wake up late, sleep as long as I can
If you start praying when you wake up
Playing the gospel music
I thank God for you! You are not just holiday saints
Jesus being the winner
He came in as King of Kings, Lord of Lords
He came to be beaten and then to die
He already set it up
You are already a winner, more than a conqueror
We are more than conquerors
We win! Before we step into the ring
We already know that it will be a fight
The Holy Ghost has been training us for the ring
Although we get knocked down and it looks like the last count
We get up!
Sometimes we cry, just through the towel in
We are in pain
We may be older than we were before
Lord, did you see the low blow?
The Lord says, I saw it you can take it!
Walk in the Spirit! Walk it out!
I know that you can take it
You have been built to fight
I am a winner!
When it is over, even Satan thinks that he is going to win
It has been fixed
You are more than a conqueror
When your hand goes in the air, you are proclaimed the heavy weight champion of the world!
God set us up! You have won! I am more than a conqueror
Jesus your King has arrived!

Jesus was brought in!
Behold your King is coming!
Matthew 21:5
Matthew 21:9
Hosanna in the Highest!
Save now! Please save! Save now!
Hosanna, Hayanna, Please save, Save, Save me now!
Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord!
Hosanna, Hayanna, save me, save me, save me now!
You need to be saved every day
The reports will make your blood boil
He is coming to save us all
To save you from thinking that doing good is enough
By your faith
You have to believe that he has come to save
He is the Son of God! I am saved!
Save me now Lord
Save us Jesus, the Jews were celebrating the power of God
They were celebrating a time of painting the blood on the door posts
Death would not touch them
The Lamb of God is coming to be sacrificed
The Jews wanted military power and might
Jesus had amazing power!
Raising people from the dead
I want to join an army where Jesus can bring me back from the dead
Stay focused and fight!
Listen to the Prophets, listen to the Pastors
Before you run into battle
You have to have skill before you are ready to fight
I ain’t scared of you!
All power has been given to me
Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world
I have on the armor of God
I am built for this!
The pillar in the church, build to hold the building
You were built for this!
No wonder the crowd was stirred up
If any man could make us free it is this man
What do you want from Jesus?
We want to be delivered from un-circumcised Gentiles
I want what belongs to me!
I will never own anything without the Gentile man having a piece of it
Slave is one who puts 100% work in and it all goes to the master
If I make too much they take more!
They have a slave bracket! 

What do you want from the Lord?
When do you stop paying taxes? When you die!
Even after death, they tax whoever you leave it to
Tax your children for giving them a blessing
What kind of slaves are we?
Hosanna, Haysanna, Save me now Jesus!
What do we want from Jesus?
They wanted a King to help them
We are expecting something from our President!
Only one way to be free from the Gentiles
One day you will have a mansion without a mortgage
One day you will have a robe that you will never will have to wash
You will have hair that you never have to comb
Shoes that will never wear out
I don’t need a Lexus, Benz, Cadillac
Is the Lord good?
“One day”, get a sermon together!
Jesus did not come to deliver us from the Gentiles
The world hated him, it will hate you too
You have an enemy, he is on his job
He is thinking of ways to hurt you!
I joined the army of the Lord
You have to get spiritual, walk in the Spirit
Walking in the Spirit is not that difficult
Walking in the Spirit is to constantly recognize sin
It reminds me to repent of my sin
Just because I fall walking the Spirit, I get up!
I may fall thousands of times!
I fall and get back up
Nothing like seeing a good fight and seeing a person getting up
Example of Rocky! He got up!
Galatians 5:16
It is not given to the most skillful
It is given to the one who can take a punch
You will get hit!
He that endures to the end will receive the crown!
There was a triumphal entry!
The King of Kings is coming back again
He has successfully overcome the world!
He is the King of all Kings!
He has made us winners!
Joint airs to the throne
He is coming back! Don’t get hurt and upset
The fight gets difficult that means you are in it!
When it does not bother you, you are not here

I was born near the river, it’s been a long time coming, but I know my change gonna come! 
I work as hard as I can! I care too much for everybody!
Find out if you belong here, if you belong here you will not find a Shepherd to love you like I do!
Watch out for the false Prophets!
The Prophet who listened to the lying Prophet
God told him what to do in the beginning, you are going to die
He had his last meal! Then he died!
Prophet is a mighty man of God, but just as human as we are
There is power! You may listen to a television evangelist
Daily we fight against the foe
You are being shaped and molded
The sword has to be heated, beaten, shaped
The Karate teachers would try to toughen you up to prepare for a punch
When you go through it is because you are being trained
God will use you like a weapon
You are the sword sharpened, you word is sharp, it will cut
God using you! Don’t fight against the will of God!
Don’t get weary when doing good!
You are working for your own reward
The Triumphal Entry! Jesus won! Fight a good fight!
When the fight is over you will know, you will have scars
You will show your scars! You should see him!
Something about scars and wars, the warriors have scars!
I have been through! I am still here!
Jesus showed his scars, showing Thomas
He came back from the dead! He needed to show his scars
Be in the war and get some scars!

God is Over All
March 18, 2018
Sermon Notes
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
The Holy Spirit

John 14:13
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son
There is power in you tongue
You can command some things
I command an obedient spirit enter into my child
You have power and you need to start acting like it
I will be rich and not poor
I command poverty to leave in Jesus name
They carry the spirit of poverty
Some people carry it around, they see debt
There is power in your words
Whatever you command

If you say unto the mountain get up and be moved
I have begged and I have pleaded
I want to demand
Matthew 21:21
Lord, I know that you are able to do some things but are you willing?
God will do something soon
God will you do it now
How many persons want God to work now?
God knows the best time for everything
God keeps making us wait
Luke 18:8
The Lord will come speedily

You need to barely escape to know that God will do it
A lot of thanksgiving goes into it when you barely escape
Those who are the most sinful are the most grateful when they are saved
If God comes early, you are not as thankful
Although you have prayed day and night
God takes his time with us
I do not fully understand
I want the Lord to come early, I will thank him but not as much as if he came at the last minute
Jesus is coming
If you want to know about the Holy Spirit you know his name
“Slowwalker” I ask him to do some things and it takes time
You can learn more about them when you hear what they are called
We have nick names
Big head, Peanut, Booger…

Some of the names that God has called the Holy Spirit
II Thessalonians 2:7  The restrainer
Job 33:4 The breath of the Almighty
John 14:16 The Comforter
You can be convicted by the Holy Spirit
He tells you that you are wrong, not condemning you
Doubting Thomas, but Jesus showed up with his scars
Jesus had scars, he needed Thomas to see them
Thomas doubted until he saw the scars for himself
The other disciples gave him that nick name
Judas, the betrayer
No one names their children Judas
Some things will follow you all of your life

Acts 5:9
Annaias kept back money from a land purchase
He lied unto the Holy Ghost, and God
Nehemiah 9:20 Good Spirit
Psalm 51:11 The Holy Spirit
Luke 11:13 Ask for the Holy Spirit
Luke 1:35 Power of the highest
Matthew 4:1 The Spirit
II Timothy 4:1 Seducing spirit
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach…
Acts 5:9 The Spirit of the Lord
Genesis 1:2 The Spirit of God

What kind of spirit do you carry?
Some are hateful, loud, kind, angry, gentle, etc.
Grandmothers had a spirit cooking and warm hug
That spirit you enjoyed
Romans 8:9 Spirit of Christ
Galatians 4:6 Spirit of his Son
Romans 8:2 Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus
Revelation 11:11
Zechariah 12:10 The Spirit of Grace 
Revelation 19:10 The Spirit of Prophecy
Romans 8:15 The Spirit of Adoption
Isaiah 11: 2 The spirit of wisdom, might, fear, and understanding
The fear of God is to know how great God is
Romans 1:4
Isaiah 4:4 The Spirit of burning
Power in our hands

We walk in the Spirit it is with us
We can demand and command things to appear
Example of wanting a Corvette in high school
Calling something that is not as though it was
I began to call my Datsun a Corvette
Pastor asked someone to take the car in
The repair man said, this is not a Corvette
Someone asked to borrow the car, he said you can borrow the Corvette
There is no Corvette outside!
His brother got so angry, that the car was not a Corvette
Another brother wanted to sell his Corvette
1980 Corvette someone will buy it, God saying this is your Corvette and you are trying to sell it
Kept my Corvette! You can speak some things into existence
You can get what you want just start speaking it
Stop thinking that some job will get you what you need
Only God will give you what you need

We are working! My Daddy is rich! My brother acted up and we all have to work now!
God is ready to bless me if I make some demands
The Holy Spirit is here to bless you!

God is Over All
March 11, 2018
Sermon Notes
Apostle David Watkins
Being Led of the Spirit

Romans 8:14
For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God
Romans 8:15-16
We are children of God
Example: Someone in his youth saying that everyone is a child of God, but only those who are led
Mature son ship is weeas (Greek)
He that endures until the end will receive the reward
Not the best or the fastest runner
The one that runs until he gets to the end of the race
If you are eight years old in the Lord act like it
Act your age in the Lord

How long have you been serving the Lord?
Christianity is a way of life, but you may not be acting like it 
Christianity is filled with morals, a way of life
Even the world thinks that smoking is wrong
All things are lawful, but not all things are edifying
The bible says that we can eat pork, anything that we give thanks for can be eaten
I am giving you a spirit to lead you
Snickers are lawful, but too many are not good for you
Others may see you doing some things, but then talk about God
We are to let our light shine, not or sin shine

Keep your sin in the closet
I don’t have to accept your sin
I do not have to accept cursing
You are offending me
Black Panther did not go crazy did not curse, etc.
What will happen in the Millennium? Will there be movies?
Romans 8:14
Algo = led (Greek) We are controlled by God
God wants to lead us and guide us
Isaiah 48:17

God has to prepare us to be led
Acts 9:32 ESV
It is difficult to be prepared to be led because we think that we already know
The healing of Aeneas
Jesus saw this miracle and began to believe in Jesus
Acts 9:36-37
Tabitha got ill and died
Peter came and he found all these widows crying over her
They showed him all the works that she did
She woke up from the dead
The people began to believe in Jesus again
Acts 10:9
Even with anointing Peter had to be trained
Peter went upon the rooftop to pray
Acts 10:10

Peter went into a trance, he saw a sheet with all kinds of animals and birds of the air
Acts 10:14 He had never eaten any unclean or common thing
If you know too much you tend not to listen
You are not the one over it
Acts 10:15 What God provides is not common
It took three times before Peter understood
Peter did all these things and it still took time for him to
Obey God
Peter had to hear from God three times
He was inwardly perplexed
The men were sent to help him Cornelius
God had to get Peter ready
Acts 10:3
Thank God that he saved the common man
Thank God that he changed Peter’s mind
Thank God that he choose to save the unjust
Acts 10:4

Your prayers and your alms (money)
It has come before God as a memorial
Your prayers and your alms have ascended as a memorial   before God
 Jesus watched as people were giving
The basket is passed around, some drop a blank envelope in the basket
Our giving is going up before the Lord
It is a constant reminder of how much you have given this week
There is power in prayer, turn it over unto the Lord
Pray and give an offering!
Your prayers and your alms
Pray and give something!
Give God a praise, a shout!!!!
If you don’t have money give a testimony
God sent someone to go to Cornelius’s house
Peter knew that he had to talk to the Gentiles

God loves sinners
God loved you before you got saved
We must be careful on how we treat someone who rejects Jesus
It is not our job to hate the sinner
Have you ever had a problem that you hated?
Cursing, drinking, you hate it! You hate the sin and striving to walk in the Spirit
You have to work on this
It took time to learn how to curse, it will take time to stop
You have to fight and walk in it
You have to walk it off
Example of falling and getting up after being hurt
Walk it off! Walk it off!
When hands are laid on you, you do no have to fall down
A minister laid hands on pastor, and he was pushed down
Next time if he hits you twice go down
You feel the Spirit
There is so much to learn if you want to be mature in the Lord
Give them what they want

No arguments between husbands and wives if you give them what they want
Arguments are because you want something
We tend to fight the wrong people
Fighting our spouses, our children, etc
We have the right to go to war as parents
Peter knew what it was all about
Get ready to be prepared
Just because you know some things does not mean that God is not trying to teach you some things
If a man think he knows, he knows nothing
Esteem others greater than yourself
You are better than me


TOPIC:   My Purpose and Vision.  March 2018. 
Associate Pastor Peyton Harrison Jr

Habakkuk 2:2 ESV / 343 helpful votes 
And the Lord answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.

Jeremiah 29:11 ESV / 150 helpful votes 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

The Message Bible
Jeremiah 29:11 The Message (MSG)
10-11 This is God’s Word on the subject: “As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.

Ephesians 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

I came into this anointed wholistic ministry that later evolved into Grace Covenant Christian church over 27 years ago.  My life plans and career goals were much different than GODS plan for my life.  

11 The word, “San Diego”, was not in MY Life plan, I had plans to do great things in my previous denomination, to move up the ecumenical and ecclesiastical ladder to a prominent church and position in the community. 

But I remember getting almost to the top of my plan, to the pinnacle of mans success and I looked around my little kingdom and said, “Is this it?”  Is this all?  Why don’t I feel content?  One theologian wrote, “My soul is restless, until it finds its rest in God.!”   

 How can I be so unhappy when I have EVERYTHING that I wanted and asked for?  I thought that that was the plan. That was MY plan but not GODS plan.

(every now and then I have to remember that moment in life, when I feel a spirit of complaining and ungratefulness coming on me.)

This was the turning point for me when the WORD OF GOD became more real and applicable in my life. 

This was the defining moment for me where Jeremiah 29:11 became real…….I know the plans I have for you….

I have come to KNOW that our God is not a GOD of luck, randomness, or chaos but everything that HE does has a divine plan that leads to a destination.

Everything that GOD created in the book of Genesis was for a specific purpose, in divine order with potential, potency and power.

The world was set in motion out of the abyss of darkness, OUT OF NOTHINGNESS, and order, form and substance were birthed by the divine plan and purpose of GOD.

Out of the darkness of our sin, GOD saved us and brought light into our life, out the poverty of our sins, GOD gave us abundant life, peace and joy now and through eternity.

And like all things that this teleological God created, he created them with purpose and with an Addenduim of us having an abundant life for HIS GLORY! 

SOMEBODY NEEDS TO SAY ‘Abundant life”….but to get to abundant life, we have to go on a journey of sacrifice and service to GOD.

Everybody stay with me for a moment, as I tell this story of  Purpose and Vision.

The plan for me was meeting a woman by the name of Dr. Dorea Chara Dolan, who meet me in a hotel Hallelujah and when she finished ministering to me, I was born again and filled with the Holy Ghost, and I was shouting HALLEULJAH!   But the planned journey didn’t stopped there….

The planned journey is a process by which GOD takes us from the familiar and puts us in the unfamiliar that we will learn to trust him, serve HIM, love him and grow closer to him. 

GOD puts us on the anvil of crisis and challenges that we might develop joy, peace ,patience, long-suffering and humility.

Do you remember a man called Abram,  Genesis 12: 
12 Now the Lord had said to Abram:
“Get out of your country, From your family, And from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you
And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Thats my story…..leaving Chicago, Detroit Moving to San Diego. Left my house, my lucrative job, Left my father and mother, left my Fathers land and journeyed to an unknown land called San Diego where GOD BLESSED US ….that was GODS Plan, but it didn’t end there. 

Well, The teachings began and my planned purpose was being revealed as the Holy vision was poured into me. 

“GOD is calling us to arm a holy nation through continuous sanctification, to reconcile man back unto GOD as shown to us through the Holy Vision, authored and orchestrated by the Holy Spirit!”

Well, who am I in GOD, What am I suppose to do, what am I doing? What do I believe?

“We are joy spreading, devil stomping, Faith lifting, Yoke breaking, Life retrieving, Truth revealing, blessings transmitted, peace injected, SKEKINAHGLORY, holy ghost filled with fire, deliverance, healing, anointed ministries, and we believe in miracles, miracles, miracles, and we shall not be bought out because we are SOLD OUT TO JESUS!”

This is who I am, This is MY purpose, this is my direction, this is my present and my future!

Please understand that you and I have been set up…. my GOD has set us up!  He had Dr. Dorea travel to Atlanta to meet Pastor Deborah in a bathroom to ask her if she knew anything about the HOLY GHOST. 

Then Pastor Deborah invited Dr. Dorea to Glencoe  to have an Hosanna Party which Necodemius souls could be saved and Filled with the Holy Ghost, then the "twin sisters" of Pastor Deborah and Pastor Jerri hooked me up with the Holy Ghost, then we shared it with others, then we started Detroit and Chicago Hosanna Assembly church, Then Apostle David called an the Holy Ghost wave started from Cali to the Midwest, BECAUSE GOD HAS A PLAN………

We moved in 1999 to California With 40 families from Chicago and Detroit because we believed the Word of the Prophet, we believed GOD and GOD did just what he said HE would do. 
GOD promised 30, 60 and hundred fold!

We outgrew each facility until we got to 2885 Clay ave and where the ministries developed that souls might be saved, born again filled with the HOLY GHOST!    THIS IS WHY YOU ARE HERE RIGHT NOW!!! YOU BEEN SET UP FOR A BLESSING< SET UP FOR SALVATION< YOU HAVE BEEN SET UP FOR ABUNDANT LIFE!

Our purpose is found in the Words of Isaiah 61:1

The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek, he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and the opening of the prison to them that are bound!

We have been set up by GOD for a blessing!  
Not to be defeated, 
not to be broke, 
not to be discouraged, not to be frustrated, but to be victorious….because we were CALLED for this by GOD, we are protected by GOD…we are built for this…by GOD!

Jeremiah 29:11 
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Ephesians 2:10 New King James Version (NKJV)
10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

But the best is yet to come……as God moves on fulfilling the vision, with whoever is willing to work the vision ……as GOD sent Dr. Dorea to meet Pastor Deborah and Pastor Jerri in Atlanta at a Church women’s convention, so that Chicago, Evanston, Detroit, Glencoe and other parts of the country could experience a Holy Ghost explosion that they are STILL talking about to this day, then GOD moved us cross country, provided for us, got homes, got us jobs during 9/11, housing, and then saved and filled with the holy ghost NEW people in California, and the best is yet to come……because GOD is setting us set up again for a move of the Holy Ghost.....a blessings of favor and prosperity in 2018!


God is Over All
February 25, 2018
Sermon Notes
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Recap Sermons: Get Your Hands Up & Getting Into the Spirit!

Golden Nuggets:
Praise is always necessary
The bible translates thanks with praise
When people say, praise the Lord, they are also saying thank the Lord
Most people do not know what to do
Most people want you to just praise the Lord
They need your help
When someone says, praise the Lord, just start thanking God
Get Your Hands Up
Exodus 17:8
Moses hands were heavy, the enemy prevailed when his hands went down
We worshipped on Friday until our hands got heavy
Our hands were hurting, when it started hurting hold them higher
As someone lifted up their hands and received their healing
Hospital patient called and said, I could only lift one hand
Moses hands got heavy, they took a stone and placed it under him
Look at your hands, there is power in your hands, they are holy
Exodus 17:12
There is something about lifting up your hands
The person who raises their hands the Lord tends to recognize them
I just want to recognize that I have my hands up and you have been nothing but good
We are in a place where God recognizes us
Praise and thanksgiving is necessary
We praise to show our appreciation
Do you understand your Father? Do you understand his ways?
He made you to worship him
He did not make you to sit and do nothing
If you do not move no one knows your relationship
I see peoples relationship change with the Lord
It was not necessary to clap your hands, shout Hallelujah
Who says it is necessary to shout at a football game
You built a relationship with that team
I can’t move that much for the Lord
Wave when the singers get up
In church there are only a few people who want to run around the church
Some are doing things for another reason

Praise for yourself
You need to get God’s attention
You looking at God and he is looking at you wondering when you are going to do something
There is something about getting our hands up
We must give God 100%, 991/2 won’t do!
You are asking God, when are you going to work this out?
God is saying, I do not see you moving either
You are waiting God to bless you
I am giving you a small secret, get your hands up
Begin to wave our hands, it is me Lord standing in the need of prayer
Do not let your adversity neutralize your faith!
Get your hands up
Don’t let your circumstances determine your praise
When your hands stay lifted God neutralizes the enemy
You begin to thank God for what he is about to do
God sends angels to neutralize the enemy
Get your hands up and worship the Lord
Focused on praise and worship and we were getting blessed
Some still looking for the perks
Come up with words to convince yourself
When our hands stay lifted our finances will increase
Our church is strengthened, marriages healed
If you haven’t got your blessings, then get your hands up
How long do I wait on the Lord? They kept their hands up until the sun went down
Continual praise is forever in your mind and heart!
Any time you think about it, then you do it
Things are not going well, I will get my hands up
Lord, I found out that I am overqualified, get your hands up
I am overqualified as a child of the King, Father have them hire me anyway
Keep your hands up until you get an answer
God might say no!
God knows that you can’t handle some things
Some ask for the wrong things
Wait until you get a yes or a no
James 4:3
One way of knowing when God says no, they are taking my home, I do all and I lose my house
I am going to get my hands up again
In two years you can get your house back, after the two years you can get it back
You were built for war!
The beam was built to hold this building up

I was built for war, it is my way of living
God would not give you armor if you were not suppose to fight
God has to send the military police angels to chase you
Your armor has nothing for the back, why not?
He does not want you to turn your back on the enemy
You were designed to fight
The pillar can’t say I am tired of holding this building
How many of our hands are heavy?
There is some power that I feel in these hands
I can feel the throbbing in my hands, I know that God is going to move
I saw the throbbing in my hands, not to look at
Just do the work
Our hands get tired, because we constantly are working
Get your hands up and keep them up until you get what you ate hoping for
You were praising God and God moved and blessed you
You did not even ask him, God moves anyway
The blind man cried out, Jesus thou Son of David have mercy on me
The disciples said, stop making so much noise
He got any louder, have you heard about your Savior?
I heard that Jesus was coming, I hear you Jesus
When he began to cry out, the Lord heard him!
He did not just sit there, he started shouting out
Jesus heard him, now the disciples changed their mind
They led him to Jesus, Bartimaeus was crying out
Jesus said, what would you have me to do
Some are blind, but you are asking God for the wrong thing
You see the answer is more money
He said, no. What do you want?
Bartimaeus said, I am blind I want to see
Have mercy upon me, if you want to you can make me whole
I can be changed, others can see the difference, have mercy upon me
Getting Into the Spirit
Mark 3:28-30 ESV
There is something about the Spirit
God says you can talk about my son all you want
If you say something bout my Spirit, I will never forgive you
There has to be something so very serious
Jesus was doing work by the prince of the devil
The work that Jesus was doing was through the Holy Spirit
The work that we do is through the Spirit of God
The Spirit of God comes and blesses you
In the name of Jesus, let it be done
All things are possible through Jesus Christ
Be careful when you say something about another church

When you call a church a cult, and they are working through the power of the Spirit
When things happened with the Pastors seem to fall, Pastor responded with that is none of my business
Mind your own business
Jesus was walking with his disciples, do what I tell you to do
You need to do what I ask you to do
If we just learn to mind our own business1
We want to clean up someone else’s mess, we have a beam in our own eye
Are you going to church today?
You are a part of my family, we go to church on Sunday
Learn what is not your business
The Spirit is so important, we need to get into it
The Spirit of a person is more honest and real
Romans 8:1
There is a spirit that you brought into the room
It can make people smile
You can feel the spirit when people are evil
You must recognize spirits, we recognize spirits more than people
I could see when things were about to go down
Some are so prideful, you can feel the Spirit of trouble coming
We can keep pride and play ball, or we can lose our pride and leave
Spirits are real, more real than the person
What does a boxer do before he enters the ring? He gets into the spirit
What does a runner do before the race? He gets into the Spirit of it
What does the Prophet do before? He gets into the spirit of it
How do you get into the Spirit? You have to focus on the scripture
Someone had trouble with the gleaners, get into the Spirit
Remembering scripture and what I have learned
If you and problems what scriptures can you pull up?
It is not about me, about praying for other people, the work of the ministry
Now I am in the spirit, I set some claims, do it soon!
Put the quarter into the gleaner, had to pray again
I prayed some more, because of being in the Spirit
Dreamed about the gleaners, taping the quarters in
It is necessary, the gleaners are real because I dreamed about it
God knows what is necessary! Apply the Word that you have learned everyday all day! Walk in the Spirit!
You remind yourself about Gods Word and what you have learned  and walk in it
To air out of a cup, just fill it up with liquid, all the air is out of it!
You want sin our of your life, fill yourself up with something else
God’s kingdom, God’s ways, how you live

God is Over All
February 18, 2018
Sermon Notes
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Topic: “Getting into the Spirit”

Golden Nuggets:
We talked about taking inventory and what we need to do to get closer to the Lord
We talked about getting our hands up and the power in lifting up our hands before the Lord!
Every Sunday we set aside our work so that we can worship the Lord on the Sabbath day!
Why am I here? I was made to worship the Lord!
Either we’re going to live eternal with God or live eternally in the lake of fire.
God does not send us to hell. We choose to go there.
The way that man thinks is  righteous, but it leads to destruction. Very few find the narrow to God…and it is the ONLY way.

There are many people on the wide road.
Mark 3:29: foundation scripture
If you don’t know a church don’t talk about it. You could be blaspheming God by calling their works of Satan. 
You can’t talk about His Spirit!
People have to get to know your spirit. We must get to KNOW the Spirit of God and get into it.
A boxer had to psych himself up before he goes into the ring. He has to get into the spirit of it before he gets into the ring.

Even a preacher has to get into the Spirit before he comes into the pulpit.
I must get into the Spirit and become 100% of what I am in God! I must get into the Spirit of praise and worship!
Satan LOVES to come to church and talk to you and to distract you from getting things from God!
Getting into the Spirit of praise and worship attracts people and can cause them to want to lay hands on you. Pastor David has his armor bearers to protect him if this happens.
God has come to give us liberty!

How does one get into the Spirit? Focus on the scriptures and on what you have learned all your life.  You must also apply all that you have received in your life.
To get air out of a cup, you must only fill it with air. Likewise, to get sin our of your body, you must fill it  up with God’s Kingdom. But it will take time, because there is none good. WE are all defective cups. 
People wrongly think that being good can get them into the Kingdom, but there is none good but God!  (Mark 10:18) Being good is not enough!
Our flesh that holds the Spirit of God is not good. The flesh is a cell. 

God is with us and in us!
We want Jesus to come when things are difficult and hard!
But some don’t want Jesus to come back because things are good for them here right now.
Not everything good is godly. (Ex: Million Man March)
Peter declared, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God” and Jesus said that flesh and blood did not reveal that to him.

Mark 3:29: “but he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation.”
Come to church and be ready to get into the Spirit! Sometimes you must be ready to give a sacrifice of praise if you don’t feel that you are in the Spirit.
Don’t let the enemy take your mind off of getting into the Spirit.
The people we go out to witness to are in need. We must give them Jesus!
Our works will be tried by fire!
We are the bait, but the Word of God is the hook! Even if they are not “your type”, let God use you to lead them to the Lord...we are only the bait! 


God is Over All
February 11, 2018
Sermon Notes
Apostle David Watkins, Preaching
Get Your Hands Up

Golden Nuggets:
Don’t allow the enemy to trick you out of praising God
I come to church to worship the Lord on a Sunday
Valentine’s Day is a good time to remind spouse that you love them
Every morning is a Valentine’s Day!
Tell your family that you love them, tell your brother
Exodus 17:8 then came the Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.
Exodus 17:9 I will stand on top of the hill with my rod
The place where they were resting a war broke out
When you are trying to rest, remember that we are in a war
The Red Sea experience
Exodus 14:1
Exodus 16:15 This is the bread which the LORD hath given you to eat
They got sick of the manna
This miracle food that comes from heaven
Quail came, a bird  that they used for food
They were thirsty and needed water
God told Moses to strike the rock and water would come
They became confident, Rephidim a resting place
We should not look forward to resting until Jesus comes back
We are at war!!
You join the army of the Lord, you are at war!
You are a soldier of the Lord, on the front line
We cry out day and night. He will come speedily to help you
II Timothy 4:2 
We ought to fight on our own ground or foreign ground
Joshua did as Moses said to him and fought
Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill
Exodus 17:10-11
 Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let his hands were steady the Amolites began to win
I will he a helping hand, do you need a hand with this?
I can only help you with my mouth
We need hands to help, use your hands to help
Give God a helping hand
As long as he held up his hands he prevailed
When he got tired, his people began to lose
His people died when his hands went down
God gave them skill, they began to fight with skill