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Ines Franklin is passionate about teaching God's word and helping Christians mature in their faith. Here you'll find recordings of her sermons at Mariners Church and lessons for www.trochia.org. She shares vulnerably from her own life journey to emphasize the importance of strengthening our relationship with Jesus and trusting the Bible as our compass for life.
 
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A Divine appointment When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” John 4:7 GOD’S GREAT GIFT Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.” John 4:10 Human doubt GRACE: The gift that transforms! …
 
Does God need a name? Joshua said to all the people, “This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: ‘Long ago your ancestors, including Terah the father of Abraham and Nahor, lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods. Joshua 24:2 Not all “gods” are the same For even if there are so-called gods, whether in heaven or on earth (as in…
 
When waiting gets old Promise made “Comfort, comfort my people, says your God… A voice of one calling: ‘In the wilderness prepare the way for the LORD; make straight in the desert a highway for our God. …the glory of the LORD will be revealed, and all people will see it together. For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.’” Isaiah 40:1,3-5 “I will send …
 
Our last sane moment… Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 The enemy of gratitude The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. John 10:10 • Is God good? “Did God really say…?” Genesis 3:1 • Is God truthful? “You will not certainly di…
 
David’s heart ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ Acts 13:22 David’s last words: When the time drew near for David to die, he gave a charge to Solomon his son. 1 Kings 2:1 • Be strong “I am about to go the way of all the earth,” he said. “So be strong, act like a man…” 1 Kings 2:2 “Be…
 
…the LORD has sought out a man after his own heart… 1 Samuel 13:14 God removed Saul and replaced him with David, a man about whom God said, ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart. He will do everything I want him to do. Acts 13:22 NLT Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23 ????? > ? …
 
For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love. Galatians 5:13a NLT adelphós = brethren, siblings, brothers and sisters 22 “But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgme…
 
POTHOLES, SINKHOLES & DEAD ENDS Matthew 4:1-11 Am I on a detour? An unexpected, but required turn 16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well…
 
Where am I going? If you’re running on empty [Elijah] came to a broom bush, sat down under it and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life; I am no better than my ancestors.” Then he lay down under the bush and fell asleep. 1 Kings 19:4-5 • Food for the journey The angel of the LORD came back a second time and tou…
 
The wake up call When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”And Moses said, “Here I am.” Exodus 3:4 “Here I am” –best place to start Jacob (Genesis 31:11) Samuel (1 Samuel 3:4) Isaiah (Isaiah 6:8) God calls you at the right time The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people i…
 
The obstacle course of the Christian journey Peaks and valleys, joys and challenges, favor and persecution A warm reception When we arrived at Jerusalem, the brothers and sisters received us warmly. The next day Paul and the rest of us went to see James, and all the elders were present. Paul greeted them and reported in detail what God had done amo…
 
“Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 Two wrong strategies: • measure Dad by God’s standards • measure God by Dad’s standards If someone curses their father or mother, their lamp will be snuffed out in pitch darkness. Proverbs 20:20 No one has ever seen God, but the …
 
Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:46-47 …“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore…
 
Why Mother’s Day? “Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.” Exodus 20:12 Spiritual object permanence, remembering Mothering reveals God’s heart: So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27 I see you “Can …
 
The lie: The church isn’t for me, I’ve done too much/sinned too big. 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 …
 
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” “But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?” Matthew 16:13-15 Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the So…
 
A miracle: an extremely outstanding or unusual event, thing or accomplishment; an event manifesting divine intervention, a wonderful occurrence. Merriam Webster ??????? = “God helps” or “my God has helped” Now a man named Lazarus was sick. …So the sisters sent word to Jesus, “Lord, the one you love is sick.” John 11:1, 3 Now Jesus loved Martha and …
 
“so that you may believe that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in his name.” John 20:31 “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” ~Helen Keller As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. “Rabbi,” his disciples asked him, “why was this man born blind?…
 
Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:8-9 …the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspri…
 
Paul, an apostle—sent not from men nor by a man, but by Jesus Christ and God the Father, who raised him from the dead— and all the brothers and sisters with me, To the churches in Galatia: Galatians 1:1-2 [I was] circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee…a…
 
FREEDOM • mariners church chapel THE PRICE OF FREEDOM Acts 13 There’s no such thing as a free lunch Our freedom fighter “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the y…
 
“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all year.” ? Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol “It is funny how mortals always picture us as putting things into their minds: in reality our best work is done by keeping things out.” ? C.S. Lewis, The Screwtape Letters Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the …
 
Running a Marathon On the side line: naysayers, doubters and haters But when Sanballat, Tobiah, the Arabs, the Ammonites and the people of Ashdod heard that the repairs to Jerusalem’s walls had gone ahead and that the gaps were being closed, they were very angry. Nehemiah 4:7 • Their weapons: ridicule, anger, attacks They all plotted together to co…
 
Position Moreover, from the twentieth year of King Artaxerxes, when I was appointed to be their governor in the land of Judah, until his thirty-second year—twelve years—neither I nor my brothers ate the food allotted to the governor. Nehemiah 5:14 The great outcry of the people Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow …
 
You can’t eat walls Now the men and their wives raised a great outcry against their fellow Jews. Some were saying, “We and our sons and daughters are numerous; in order for us to eat and stay alive, we must get grain… Although we are of the same flesh and blood as our fellow Jews and though our children are as good as theirs, yet we have to subject…
 
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