Studies by Stephen Reynolds Jr

All biblical studies and outlines by Stephen Reynolds Jr.

What Prayer Says

TEXT: Matthew 6:9-13

As we face life's challenges there is no better weapon available than prayer to God. Much attention has been given to what we should or could say in prayer, but the act of prayer itself "says something" as well.

To be a person of prayer is a mark of distinction and a testimony of how we view ourselves and or problems in light of the glory and power of God.

What does my prayer life say about my experience with God?

Introduction - The Closet

Jesus gives us some specific directives concerning the form and spirit of Biblical prayer. He calls us to the closet of intimacy with God. Prayer is not to be a performance made for social advantage among men but a drawing near to the Eternal.

vs. 5 Don't Be Like the Hypocrites

vs.6 Pray in Secret to Your Father

vs.7 Vain Repetition (heard for their much speaking)

vs. 8 Your Father Knows what we need BEFORE we ask

If it isn't to inform God what I need, why do I pray?

1. Prayer is Submission to the Master - SUBMISSION & THE PATTERN

Matthew 6:9 After this manner therefore pray ye:

Many live their lives with no confession of their NEED from God for guidance. In prayer and especially praying according to the PATTERN given is a testimony of submission.

The prayer of faith in low or high times recognizes it is truly God who is in control. He reigns Supreme over all my life and before I seek other help or advice, I go to the throne room in prayer. God's word is the final say in every situation of life.

2. God is Our Father and His name is to be Revered - CONFIDENCE & REVERENCE

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

How do we make our approach to God? As confidently and yet more reverently than we would approach our earthly father.

How I USE His name is a testimony of what He means to me. Some may carelessly address him, "Dear Dad..". But, He is more than a DAD to me!

"HIS NAME" - Jehovah (self-existent), Jehovah-M'Kaddesh (Sanctifier), Jehovah-jireh (Provider), Jehovah (Rophe), Jesus (Jehovah Saves).

3. God's Will is the Best Way - BREAK THROUGH THE RESISTANCE (IN ALL HEARTS)

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Intercession for the needs (even if they are blinded to it) of others.

4. Gratefulness and Moderation

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

Php 4:5 Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.

Knowledge of the nearness of the end and the closeness of the Lord, ought lead us to moderation in our desire for earthly things.

There is a profound and powerful truth in this request: Give us this day our daily bread.

5. The Debt of Sin and the Need for Forgiveness (God doesn't just forget) - CONFESSION & FORGIVENESS

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Something owed, a due, morally: a fault [1 John 1:9 - if we confess…]

vs. 14,15 God wont' forgive and unforgiving person

6. The Lord is Our Defense - RELIANCE & LOYALTY

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

It is not a well planned life, it is not a well-calculation of the risks and our best judgment. It is the all powerful arm of God on which our success rests.

I'M YOURS LORD!!!

7. Glorify Yourself in My Need - SACRIFICE & COMMITMENT

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

Matthew 26:42 Not my will, but your will be done [the cross]

ILLUSTRATION: During his reign, King Frederick William III of Prussia found himself in trouble. Wars had been costly, and in trying to build the nation, he was seriously short of finances. He couldn't disappoint his people, and to capitulate to the enemy was unthinkable. After careful reflection, he decided to ask the women of Prussia to bring their jewelry of gold and silver to be melted down for their country. For each ornament received, he determined to exchange a decoration of bronze or iron as a symbol of his gratitude. Each decoration would be inscribed, "I gave gold for iron, 18l3." The response was overwhelming. Even more important, these women prized their gifts from the king more highly than their former jewelry. The reason, of course, is clear. The decorations were proof that they had sacrificed for their king. Indeed, it became unfashionable to wear jewelry, and thus was established the Order of the Iron Cross. Members wore no ornaments except a cross of iron for all to see. When Christians come to their King, they too exchange the flourishes of their former life for a cross.

Conclusion

Prayer is a testimony that says, When it comes down to the meat of the matter, my life and its course is in God's hands and I'm so glad it is!

A partial treatment of this outline:

Our Sacred Trust

TEXT: 1 Chronicles 23:24-32; 1Ti 6:20

Live Stream recording of a treatment of this outline:

October 5, 2021

Our Sacred Trust

Posted by Deliverance Center - Arundel, Maine on Sunday Night, October 17, 2021

1 Chronicles 23:32 — And that they should keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the holy place, and the charge of the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the LORD.

1Ti 6:20 O Timothy, keep that which is committed to thy trust, avoiding profane and vain babblings, and oppositions of science falsely so called:

Phillipians 2:12 ¶ Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.

Introduction: A Charge to Keep, The Duty of Keeping Care

Time is Against Us ( So Little Time)

<<< Retirement for Levites -- from twenty and five years old and upward they shall go in to wait upon the service of the tabernacle of the congregation: from the age of fifty years they shall cease waiting upon the service thereof, and shall serve no more: 26But shall minister with their brethren in the tabernacle of the congregation, to keep the charge, and shall do no service. >>>

Seasons of Life are Against Us (I can't do what I use to)

Singers (Nehemiah 12: Dedication of the Wall)

Nehemiah 12:45-46 — And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God, and the ward of the purification, according to the commandment of David, and of Solomon his son. 46 For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

In Nehemiah 12, 2 Great Groups were divided to SING:

Numbers 12:27-43 — 27 And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites out of all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem, to keep the dedication with gladness, both with thanksgivings, and with singing, with cymbals, psalteries, and with harps. ... 30And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified the people, and the gates, and the wall. 31Then I brought up the princes of Judah upon the wall, and appointed two great companies of them that gave thanks, whereof one went on the right hand upon the wall ... 38And the other company of them that gave thanks went over against them, ... 40So stood the two companies of them that gave thanks in the house of God, ... And the singers sang loud, with Jezrahiah their overseer. 43Also that day they offered great sacrifices, and rejoiced: for God had made them rejoice with great joy: the wives also and the children rejoiced: so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard even afar off.

Psalm 92:4 —For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.

Psalm 96:1,2 — 1 O sing unto the LORD a new song: sing unto the LORD, all the earth. 2 Sing unto the LORD, bless his name; shew forth his salvation from day to day.

1 Chronicles 23:30 — And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at even;

Humanity is against Us

Porters

-- WARD

To "keep the ward" is to observe the regular times and seasons of sacrifice and thanksgiving. — Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

John 10:1-3 — Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.2 But he that entereth in by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out.

THERE IS NO OTHER HAND"

Psalm 84:10 — For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

A Bible Study Method

A Bible Study Method

If I am going to do more than nibble at the truth, then I am going to need a Bible study method. Search, study, learn, read, seek, receive the Word of God.

2 Timothy 2:15 :STUDY; Deuteronomy 17:19 :READ; Isaiah 34:16 :SEEK; John 5:39 :SEARCH; Acts 17:11 :RECEIVED, SEARCHED; Romans 15:4 :LEARNING

Studying by topic: like "Church Customs and Practices Inspired by Scripture":

Verse By Verse: 1. Observe 2. Investigate 3. Apply

1. READ: Observation - What does it SAY?

2. RESEARCH: Investigation - What does it MEAN?

3. REALIZE: Application - What can I DO with it?

Danger of Never Growing Up

Song 8:9 &mdsh; If she be a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she be a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.

Hebrews 6 read

I. The Danger is Real

II. Stunted Growth

  1. Genetics - Genetics account for 86% of height
  2. Environment - Diet, Habits of Life (Diet in child hood is crucial to height development)

III. How Do We Grow?

1. Not Enough to Hear the Word but are we "DIGESTING IT" (Chew your food!)

3. Worship

Man's Need for God and God's Need for Man

text: James 4:1-10, vs. 7

With more frequent violence in militant Islam and battle lines drawn over doctrinal differences, religion is increasingly being blamed as

I won't try to defend religion so much tonight as combat the most dangerous inference of these statement….that, for whatever reasons, man does not NEED God.

But not only does man severly need God, but God also in another sense needs man.

2. Man's Need for God

Man is Needy (In Time of Need)

Heb 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

How often do we face circumstances too much for us? Where can you run to?

Man Needs a Physician

Matthew 9:12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.

God is the Supplier

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

3. God's Need for Man

Why would an eternal God need anybody?

Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

God's need is born not out of a shortcoming in the Divine God, but out of His LOVE for His creation.

God willingly yokes up with the repentant.

Mt 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

He Has Born Our Need

John 4:4 And he must needs go through Samaria.

The Donkey

Matthew 21:3 And if any man say ought unto you, ye shall say, The Lord hath need of them; and straightway he will send them.

Daily Prepare to be Useful to God

Isa 43:10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.

illustrations in Scripture:

  1. Clay in the Potters Hand

Isa 64:8 But now, O LORD, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.

  1. A Trumpet to Sound Forth a Certain Sound

1Co 14:8,9 For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle? 9 So likewise ye, except ye utter by the tongue words easy to be understood, how shall it be known what is spoken? for ye shall speak into the air.

  1. A Nail in a Sure Place

Isa 22:23 And I will fasten him as a nail in a sure place; and he shall be for a glorious throne to his father's house.

  1. A Light in a Dark Place

Mt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

Celebrating Christ's Appearing

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

His Appearing

  1. Until His Appearing

1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7

  1. Having Appeared

2 Timothy 1:10 — But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Titus 2:11-13 — For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Possibly in September which would make his conception around December 25th.

Luke 2:7 — And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

  1. Day of Visitation

1 Peter 2:12; Luke 19:44

Our Celebration

John 15:11 — These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

(Let's celebrate!)

Psalm 118:24 — This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Matthew 2:11 — And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Keep the Feast

PRIORITY: "Keep the Feast" (Spiritual: Leading the Christian life of joy in Christ's finished work.)

1 Corinthians 5:7 — Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Proverbs 15:15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The early church had times of food and fellowship much as we do today, and it seems that these times were called "love feasts."

Memorialize with Scripture

Changes Before the Rain

“God gives us a timely word that produces faith.”

Changes Before the Rain

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come form the presence of the Lord; [so there may come a season of refreshing...]

INTRODUCTION

Why doesn’t it effect us like it use to?

The rain will effect GREAT CHANGE of it’s own. But before the RAIN are also changes that are made to better receive the rain.

Correct, “I turned this camp around.” Stephen, turned himself around, the rest is up to you.

I. SOWING & BREAKING

A. BREAKING UP YOUR FALLOW GROUND

The fallow are the UNDISTURBED areas of your heart. Farmers allow land to rest so that it may become more fruitful. But a lack of attention, results in an overgrowth of thorns and weeds. (Tillable but UNTILLED)

!!! SOW NOT AMONG THORNS.

Jeremiah 4:3 break up your fallow ground, and so not among thorns ===== WHY???

- The Seed Will Produce the Will of God, thorns choke it out (God must not be moving anymore like He used to…)

- What was intended for LIFE will produce JUDGMENT. (Ananias and Sapphira)

Break up the fallow ground

Break off evil habits, clear the weeds and roots.

B. so to yourselves in righteousness

Sow Good seed

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore and be converted...

Reap in Mercy (Faith & Obedience)

III. IT IS TIME TO SEEK THE LORD till He come…

How do we know it is time for the rain ???

Just because we set a date on a calendar for youth camp, it does not obligate God one bit to show up! It is only for God when the rain comes, but it is ours to seek HIM until He sends it!

I don’t feel anything… Do we need it? … I don’t see it … seek the LORD...

-----Sensitivity to the Spirit

- Change in pressure

- Subtle

- Some know it’s coming but most don’t

- A SOUND

1 Kings 18:41-45 (Before a rain, Elijah heard a sound!)

1 Kings 18:41 …Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

vs. 44 prepare they chariot and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

vs. 45 ...there was a great rain.

There is preaching, there is singing, there is testimony, but then there is a different sound to it when God is about to send the rain.

Ahab prepare your chariot and get thee down...

CONCLUSION

Acts 2 - What’s it look like?

Acts 1:8 - What’s it do? (dynamite power)


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“God gives us a timely word that produces faith.”

Changes Before the Rain

Hosea 10:12 Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come form the presence of the Lord; [so there may come a season of refreshing...]

INTRODUCTION

Why doesn’t it effect us like it use to?

The rain will effect GREAT CHANGE of it’s own. But before the RAIN are also changes that are made to better receive the rain.

Correct, “I turned this camp around.” Stephen, turned himself around, the rest is up to you.

I. SOWING & BREAKING

A. BREAKING UP YOUR FALLOW GROUND

The fallow are the UNDISTURBED areas of your heart. Farmers allow land to rest so that it may become more fruitful. But a lack of attention, results in an overgrowth of thorns and weeds. (Tillable but UNTILLED)

!!! SOW NOT AMONG THORNS.

Jeremiah 4:3 break up your fallow ground, and so not among thorns ===== WHY???

- The Seed Will Produce the Will of God, thorns choke it out (God must not be moving anymore like He used to…)

- What was intended for LIFE will produce JUDGMENT. (Ananias and Sapphira)

Break up the fallow ground

Break off evil habits, clear the weeds and roots.

B. so to yourselves in righteousness

Sow Good seed

Acts 3:19 Repent ye therefore and be converted...

Reap in Mercy (Faith & Obedience)

III. IT IS TIME TO SEEK THE LORD till He come…

How do we know it is time for the rain ???

Just because we set a date on a calendar for youth camp, it does not obligate God one bit to show up! It is only for God when the rain comes, but it is ours to seek HIM until He sends it!

I don’t feel anything… Do we need it? … I don’t see it … seek the LORD...

-----Sensitivity to the Spirit

- Change in pressure

- Subtle

- Some know it’s coming but most don’t

- A SOUND

1 Kings 18:41-45 (Before a rain, Elijah heard a sound!)

1 Kings 18:41 …Get thee up, eat and drink; for there is a sound of abundance of rain.

vs. 44 prepare they chariot and get thee down, that the rain stop thee not.

vs. 45 ...there was a great rain.

There is preaching, there is singing, there is testimony, but then there is a different sound to it when God is about to send the rain.

Ahab prepare your chariot and get thee down...

CONCLUSION

Acts 2 - What’s it look like?

Acts 1:8 - What’s it do? (dynamite power)

Following Jesus

“Following Jesus”

Text: Matthew 4:19; John 21:18,19

Matthew 4:19—And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

John 21:18,19–Verily, verily, I say unto thee, When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not. _This spake he, signifying by what death he should glorify God. And when he had spoken this, he saith unto him, **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Follow me</span>**._


THOUGHT: Christ has made us a promise, “I will make you fishers of men” and that promise was given with a condition, “If we follow.”


INTRODUCTION

There are no quick fixes in the work of God, but long term processes instead. People can get emotionally stirred and even get caught up in the ‘spirit of the moment’, but successful soul winning requires a season of sowing, followed by the labor of reaping.

We can enter into His promise of successful soul winning only as we follow Christ thereby 1)Knowing His Word, 2)Receiving his power, and 3)maintaining our faith and confidence steadfastly in Him. This is true because following Jesus results in becoming like Jesus.

  1. PROMISE: Made a Successful Soul Winner.
  2. CONDITION: Follow Me.
  3. Know His Word
  4. Receive His Power
  5. Trust His Word
  6. He Reveals his Promise through His Word

Christ travelled throughout Galilee (Matt. 4:23) and Palestine not only healing, but preaching and teaching. Christ’s disciples, in following their master, were enlightened to the truths of the kingdom of Heaven and God’s will. They were given:

  1. A Will to Submit To – CHRIST’S WILL

  2. A Law to Obey – CHRIST’S LAW

  3. A Promise to Have Faith For – CHRIST’S PROMISE

  4. He Relays his Promise with Power

    Mt 4:23 ¶ And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

    Lu 9:1 ¶ Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

    Lu 10:1 ¶ After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

  1. He Relates his Promise with Faith.

In our text, John 21:18,19, Christ gives a startling prophecy to Peter: When thou wast young, thou girdedst thyself, and walkedst whither thou wouldest: but when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

  1. Deny Reliance on Self

We could loosely restate Christ’s message to Peter as follows, “Peter, You are young and strong now, but later it is not going to be so. You cannot place your confidence in your own strength because, as a matter of fact, it is going to fail you. Follow me, Peter, and I will make you and teach you to be strong when you are weak.”

when thou shalt be old, thou shalt stretch forth thy hands, and another shall gird thee, and carry thee whither thou wouldest not.

  1. Place Hope in Christ
  1. Maintain Confidence in God’s Word.

He has promised to make those that follow Him effective witnesses. That is, witnesses with a real experience. This experience you will never forget and will win others.

The Liberty to be Christian

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The Liberty to Be Christian

1. The Bible's Influence in REASON

Founding Documents have the source of their ideas in the Bible -- rooted in Scripture. Over 100 Colonial Constitutions and Compacts written affirm depends on and authority of God, Jesus and the Bible. Many default to Scripture "if there be any lack of ordinance".

The Political ideas of 1760-1865 most quoted source was the Bible (34%). The majority sources (85%) where that of Biblically Informed and/or Christian scholars: Blackstone, Locke, Montesque.

1970's book "The Light and the Glory", by Peter Marshall Jr. and David Manuel (Did God have a plan for America). "U. S. had originated as a Christian nation, had had a special calling from God to be a light to the world, and had fallen away from God, forgetting the Lord’s “definite and extremely demanding plan for America.”"

2. The Bible's Influence in FOUNDING DOCUMENTS

The FORM of government set forth in the Constitution is harmony with God's view of man in the Bible: Man is a Sinner and Prone to Sin

Jer 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Thomas Jefferson explained the constitution acts as a chain to bind down the power of men. The U.S. Constitution is is regarded as the oldest written and codified national constitution in force. A Major part of the content of US Constitution is the LIMITATION and SEPARATION OF POWER.

7 Original articles gave the FRAME of government -- Articles 1-3 describe the 3 branches of government.

  1. LEGISLATIVE - bicameral Congress: Senate and the House (Article One) -- CREATES THE LAW
  2. EXECUTIVE - president (Article Two) -- CARRIES OUT THE LAW
  3. JUDICIAL - Supreme Court and other federal courts (Article Three) -- INTERPRETS THE LAW
  4. Articles Four, Five, and Six embody concepts of federalism describing the rights and responsibilities of state governments, the states in relationship to the federal government, and the shared process of constitutional amendment.
  5. Article Seven establishes the procedure used by the thirteen States to ratify it.

SUPREME COURT - In an 1892 Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, justice DAVID JOSIAH Brewer stated that America is a "Christian nation".

These, and many other matters which might be noticed, add a volume of unofficial declarations to the mass of organic utterances that this is a Christian nation. 143 U.S. 457 (1892)[3]

In a 1905 book titled: The United States: A Christian Nation, Brewer explained further:

But in what sense can it be called a Christian nation? Not in the sense that Christianity is the established religion or that people are in any matter compelled to support it. On the contrary, the Constitution specifically provides that "Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof." Neither is it Christian in the sense that all of its citizens are either in fact or name Christian. On the contrary, all religions have free scope within our borders. Numbers of our people profess other religions, and many reject all. Nor is it Christian in the sense that a profession of Christianity is a condition of holding office or otherwise engaging in public service, or essential to recognition either politically or socially. In fact, the government as a legal organization is independent of all religions. Nevertheless, we constantly speak of this republic as a Christian Nation—in fact, as the leading Christian Nation of the world. This popular use of the term certainly has significance. It is not a mere creation of the imagination. It is not a term of derision but has substantial basis—one which justifies its use.

3. The Bible's Influence on FOUNDING FATHERS

Who were the FOUNDING FATHERS?: There’s no official consensus on who should be considered a Founding Father. On the whole, though, it’s applied to those leaders who initiated the Revolutionary War and framed the Constitution. George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, Samuel Adams, John Jay, John Hancock, Joseph Warren, Nathanael Greene, etc.. <<Historian Thomas Fleming: "I find the term Founding Fathers trite. The Founding Generation did not view the "founding fathers" as we do. Adams was despised by half the people, Jefferson by the other half. At first, the men Americans most venerated were military heroes, Washington of course, and many local favorites: in New England, Old Put, the Fighting Quaker, Henry Knox, and the martyred Joseph Warren; in the South, Lighthorse Harry, the Swamp Fox, the Carolina Gamecock. Then, with Jefferson’s ascent to power and the politically inspired veneration of the Declaration of Independence, the 56 “signers.” Not until the 50th Jubilee, when both Adams and Jefferson died on the same day, did Americans begin to feature the small crew we know today.>>

Toward mid-century, The Great Awakening swept the English-speaking world, as religious energy vibrated between England, Wales, Scotland and the American colonies in the 1730s and 1740s. In America, the Awakening signaled the advent of an encompassing evangelicalism--the belief that the essence of religious experience was the "new birth," inspired by the preaching of the Word. It invigorated even as it divided churches. The supporters of the Awakening and its evangelical thrust--Presbyterians, Baptists and Methodists--became the largest American Protestant denominations by the first decades of the nineteenth century. Opponents of the Awakening or those split by it--Anglicans, Quakers, and Congregationalists--were left behind.

Another religious movement that was the antithesis of evangelicalism made its appearance in the eighteenth century. Deism, which emphasized morality and rejected the orthodox Christian view of the divinity of Christ, found advocates among upper-class Americans. Conspicuous among them were Thomas Jefferson and John Adams. Deists, never more than "a minority within a minority," were submerged by evangelicalism in the nineteenth century.

DEISM: the religion of nature -- religious truth should be subject to the authority of human reason rather than divine revelation. . In his widely read The Age of Reason, Thomas Paine, the principal American exponent of Deism, called Christianity “a fable.” Paine, the protégé of Benjamin Franklin, denied “that the Almighty ever did communicate anything to man, by…speech,…language, or…vision.”

Whatever their beliefs, the Founders came from similar religious backgrounds. Most were Protestants. The largest number were raised in the three largest Christian traditions of colonial America—

  1. Anglicanism (as in the cases of John Jay, George Washington, and Edward Rutledge),
  2. Presbyterianism (as in the cases of Richard Stockton and the Rev. John Witherspoon), and
  3. Congregationalism) (as in the cases of John Adams and Samuel Adams).
  4. Other Protestant groups included the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Lutherans, and the Dutch Reformed. Three Founders—Charles Carroll and Daniel Carroll of Maryland and Thomas Fitzsimmons of Pennsylvania—were of Roman Catholic heritage.
  5. Most were baptized, listed on church rolls, married to practicing Christians, and frequent or at least sporadic attenders of services of Christian worship. In public statements, most invoked divine assistance.

The Great Awakening (Mid-17th Century to 18th Century)

Churches in eighteenth-century America came in all sizes and shapes, from the plain, modest buildings in newly settled rural areas to elegant edifices in the prosperous cities on the eastern seaboard. Churches reflected the customs and traditions as well as the wealth and social status of the denominations that built them. Hence, a new Anglican Church in rural Goose Creek, South Carolina, was fitted out with an impressive wood-carved pulpit, while a fledgling Baptist Church in rural Virginia had only the bare essentials. German churches contained features unknown in English ones.

The fundamental premise of evangelicalism is the conversion of individuals from a state of sin to a "new birth" through preaching of the Word. (John 3)

The first generation of New England Puritans required that church members undergo a conversion experience that they could describe publicly. During the first decades of the eighteenth century in the Connecticut River Valley a series of local "awakenings" began. By the 1730s they had spread into what was interpreted as a general outpouring of the Spirit that bathed the American colonies, England, Wales, and Scotland. In mass open-air revivals powerful preachers like George Whitefield brought thousands of souls to the new birth. The Great Awakening, which had spent its force in New England by the mid-1740s, split the Congregational and Presbyterian Churches into supporters--called "New Lights" and "New Side"--and opponents--the "Old Lights" and "Old Side." Many New England New Lights became Separate Baptists. Together with New Side Presbyterians (eventually reunited on their own terms with the Old Side) they carried the Great Awakening into the southern colonies, igniting a series of the revivals that lasted well into the nineteenth century.

George Whitefield (1714-1770) was ordained in the Church of England, with which he was constantly at odds. Whitefield became a sensation throughout England, preaching to huge audiences. In 1738 he made the first of seven visits to the America, where he gained such popular stature that he was compared to George Washington. Whitefield's preaching tour of the colonies, from 1739 to 1741, was the high-water mark of the Great Awakening there. A sermon in Boston attracted as many as 30,000 people.

George Whitefield used a collapsible field pulpit for open-air preaching because the doors of many churches were closed to him. The first recorded use of the pulpit was at Moorsfield, England, April 9, 1742, where Whitefield preached to a crowd estimated at "twenty or thirty thousand people." Members of the audience who had come to the park for more frivolous pursuits showered the evangelist with "stones, rotten eggs and pieces of dead cat" Nothing daunted, and he won many converts. It is estimated that Whitefield preached two thousand sermons from his field pulpit.

The Revival of Northampton Jonathan Edwards's( account of a revival in his own church at Northampton, Massachusetts, and in neighboring churches in the Connecticut Valley was considered a portent of major spiritual developments throughout the British Empire. Consequently, his Narrative was first published in London in 1737 with an introduction by two leading English evangelical ministers, Isaac Watts, the famous hymnist, and John Guyse. In their introduction the two divines said that "never did we hear or read, since the first Ages of Christianity, any Event of this Kind so surprising as the present Narrative hath set before us."

Jonathan Edward's Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God was not representative of his vast theological output, which contains some of the most learned and profound religious works ever written by an American. Like most evangelical preachers during the Great Awakening, Edwards employed the fear of divine punishment to bring his audiences to repentance.

Gilbert Tennent

Gilbert Tennent (1703-1764) was the Presbyterian leader of the Great Awakening in the Middle Colonies. Upon George Whitefield's departure from the colonies in 1741, he deputized his friend Tennent to come from New Jersey to New England to "blow up the divine fire lately kindled there." Despite being ridiculed as "an awkward and ridiculous Ape of Whitefield," Tennent managed to keep the revival going until 1742.

4. Evidences

The Debate and confusion at present regarding the faith of the founding fathers is due in part to this aspect of their lives not being taught in schools anymore.

An 1848 textbook, in use for decades, was titled Signers of the Declaration of Independence. It included a biography of each of the signers of the 1776 document declaring separation from Britain, openly discussing the Christian beliefs and faith of many of them.

Conclusion

Ps 119:45 ¶ And I will walk at liberty: for I seek thy precepts. 2 Co 3:17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. Ga 5:13 ¶ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

Safeguarding Our Espousal

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 11:1-4

2 Cor. 11:1-4—Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

INTRODUCTION

1. The ministry and responsiblities of the FAMILY/BODY towards his members.

2. Jewish Wedding

- 3 Stages: 1) Match Making 2) Bethrothal (1 year) 3) Consumation (week long)
- PRICE PAID
- [MOHAR] Father of groom paid "Dowry" / "BRIDAL PRICE" / "PURCHASE PRICE OF THE BRIDE" to father of the Bride <<< This Price is logical as the marriage was not view merely as an agreement between 2 individuals but between 2 families. <<< the newly married man did not found a new home for himself but occupied a "NOOK" in his father's house. So the groom's family GAINED and the bride's family lost a valuable household member. (no suggesting of slavery here.)
- [MATTAN] Gifts given by the groom to the Bride in addition to the MOHAR.
- It became customary for a "GOOD FATHER" to give the whole or at least part of the MOHAR to his daughter. If he didn't he was viewed as unkind and harsh.
- at Betrothal contract was signed
- IN RECEIVING THESE GIFTS WAS A LEGAL RESPONSIBIILTY
- "PUTTING AWAY and WRITING OF DIVORCEMENT"

3. THERE ARE UNDERCURRENTS OF DECEPTION (UNDERMINING OF THE WORK OF GOD)

2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (clean, innocent, perfect, pure) 6:1 “Workers Together” 9:2 “Boasted of your zeal in Macedonia” (visited twice and making 3rd trip) What defenses do we have against deception? Deuteronomy 11:16—Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived…

I. Family Meeting (the spirit Paul presents with in our text)

2 Cor. 11:1,2—Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me.

II. BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF DECEPTION

THE DANGERS ARE REAL & ARE MANY

3 But I fear, lest by any means, 2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices. 2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction. 🡪AS LOOSE AND CARELESS AS WE ARE, THE DANGER IS EVER SO REAL.

THE DANGERS ARE SUBTLE

II. GLORY IN THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST

as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (CORRUPT—PINE AWAY, WITHER) (Simplicity –completeness, singleness, purity) 1 Cor 2:2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. Satan makes additions to our godly profession that he might draw our attention away from Christ. --though eve was beguiled 1. (v. t.) To delude 3. to while away; to divert.

  1. works to our justification, Faith without works ( which stinks, dead! James 2:20)
  2. exceptions to our love
  3. detours to our walk
  4. dogma to our doctrine(such a stronghold)
  5. darkness to our light joy peace Matthew 6:23 ... the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! ( I Peter 2:9 Out of darkness into his marvelous light)
  6. distractions to our mission

IV. DON’T BE SO QUICK TO CHASE AFTER ANOTHER (ESPOUSED TO ONE)

1. Another PREACHER, JESUS

4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

know them which labor among us : Paul makes a directly personal plea to the Corinthians -to the flock not elders as Tim Titus revelation etc --substance or style??? Tho I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge rood: Not "impolite" in English Versions of the Bible ( 2 Corinthians 11:6 (idiotes, `though I lack technical training in rhetoric') --accepted in god or exceptional? Not a whit behind ... Gods ministers are some of his gifts to the church eph 4:12,13... Do we appreciate them and honor properly --heart or hirelings?? 2 Corinthians 12:15 Will gladly spend and be spent for you! 2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy...

2. ANOTHER SPIRIT

3. ANOTHER GOSPEL

Study the word of god --REALstudy of what is there instead of what you want to be told or have been told only looking for confirmation of your preconceptions. Real study allows the word to speak for itself. 🡪READ, STUDY, MEDITATE, MEMORIZE, BELIEVE

Safeguarded from Error

TITLE: Safeguarding Your Espousal (Safeguarded from Error)

TEXT: 2 Corinthians 11:1-4

2 Cor. 11:1-4—_Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. 2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. 3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. 4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him._

INTRODUCTION

  1. **THERE IS AN ELEMENT FIGHTING AGAINST PAUL **

    2 Cor. 11:1,2—_Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. _

  1. THERE ARE UNDERCURRECTS OF DECEPTION (UNDERMINING OF THE WORK OF GOD)

    2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (clean, innocent, perfect, pure)

  1. BE AWARE OF THE DANGERS OF DECEPTION
  2. THE DANGERS ARE REAL & ARE MANY

3 But I fear, lest by any means,

2Co 2:11 Lest Satan should get an advantage of us: for we are not ignorant of his devices.

2 Peter 2:1 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.

🡪AS LOOSE AND CARELESS AS WE ARE, THE DANGER IS EVER SO REAL.

  1. THE DANGERS ARE SUBTLE

🡪VULNERABILITY OF THE FLESH AND CARNAL MIND

🡪SO OFTEN IT IS WHAT THE DEVIL LEAVES OUT IN HIS OFFER THAT WILL DESTROY US.

-New Age Bible Versions: 1) I John 5:7 omitted 2)Phil. 4:13 “Christ” replaced “him”

-“The big print giveth, the small print taketh away!”

🡪MUST WATCH & PRAY!

  1. GLORY IN THE SIMPLICITY THAT IS IN CHRIST

as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. (CORRUPT—PINE AWAY, WITHER) (Simplicity –completeness, singleness, purity)

1 Cor 2:2For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.

  1. DON’T BE SO QUICK TO CHASE AFTER ANOTHER (ESPOUSED TO ONE)
  2. Another PREACHER, JESUS

4 For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him.

know them which labor among us : Paul makes a directly personal plea to the Corinthians
-to the flock not elders as Tim Titus revelation etc \

--substance or style???

Tho I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge \

rood: Not "impolite" in English Versions of the Bible ( 2 Corinthians 11:6 (idiotes, `though I lack technical training in rhetoric')

--**accepted in god or exceptional?** Not a whit behind ... Gods ministers are some of his gifts to the church eph 4:12,13... Do we appreciate them and honor properly


--**heart or hirelings**?? \

2 Corinthians 12:15 Will gladly spend and be spent for you!

2 Cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy... \
  1. ANOTHER SPIRIT
  2. ANOTHER GOSPEL

Study the word of god
--REALstudy of what is there instead of what you want to be told or have been told only looking for confirmation of your preconceptions. Real study allows the word to speak for itself.
🡪READ, STUDY, MEDITATE, MEMORIZE, BELIEVE

Youth Camp Thoughts

Youth Camp

Difference: Commands, statutes, principles, spirit of the rule Modest attire Entertainment - tv - movies - games Church involvement Standards of living Pertain to Male/female - distinction Sexual purity (important to God) Sanctification - practical holiness - godliness- Sacred Things - life, body, worship/service to God, - some things are sacred - how to handle sacred things? Music Is there a list or formula? Jow to live in a pleasing way to God? And walk in a deeper way. Essentials to drawing near to God. How to please God. A method? Guy

1 thessalonians 4 Furthermore then we beseech you, brethren, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus, that as ye have received of us how ye ought to walk and to please God, so ye would abound more and more. Holiness vs righteousness How now shall we live Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If our transgressions and our sins be upon us, and we pine away in them, how should we then live? Ezekiel 33:10 KJV Live godly in this present world

Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; Titus 2:12 KJV Ask for the old path Thus saith the Lord , Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Jeremiah 6:16 KJV Holiness/Sanctification: set apart from the profane and set apart for Gods use. Examples of practical holiness in bible: Hobbes is A topic that a lot could be said without saying practical .. practical holiness Psalm 86:11 Without holiness no man shall see God The challenges of faith in modern life "Holiness is something we DO" What are the best practices of living as a Christian? Pope Francis -- Needless to say, anything done out of anxiety, pride or the need to impress others will not lead to holiness. (28) Quietness and holiness- prayer and action

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The Consecrated Life

The consecrated Life

Christian duties … reasonable service … should be the rule and not the exception … the Christian ideals

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8. Rejoicing in hope

9. Patient in tribulation

10. Continuing instant in prayer

11. Distribution to the needs of saints … give where there is need … hospitality

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Christmas: How Do You Rejoice at His Birth?

Luke 1:14 — And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

Introduction

How do you rejoice at His Birth? If you don't at all, you are missing out. The Holy Bible may not command a holiday to made to the birth of Christ, but an event as wonderful as the first coming of Son of God has from the beginning inspired joy and cause for celebration.

Luke 2:8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

Not as a command but as a matter of personal, spontaneous worship, how do you rejoice at his birth?

  1. I Rejoice at His Birth with the Word of God
  2. I Rejoice at His Birth with Meaningful Traditions
  3. I Rejoice at His Birth with Singing

1. I Rejoice at His Birth with the Word of God

A. I revel in reminding myself what the Bible does tell us, instead of brooding over what it does not say.

1. The Messiah would come from the line of Abraham. Prophecy: Genesis 12:3. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1.

2. The Messiah's mother would be a virgin. Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:18–23.

Matthew 1:18 — Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

3. The Messiah would be a descendent of Isaac and Jacob. Prophecy: Genesis 17:19 and Numbers 24:17. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.

4. The Messiah would be born in the town Bethlehem. Prophecy: Micah 5:2. Fulfilled: Luke 2:1–7.

5. The Messiah would be called out of Egypt. Prophecy: Hosea 11:1. Fulfilled: Matthew 2:13–15.

6. The Messiah would would be a member of the tribe of Judah. Prophecy: Genesis 49:10. Fulfilled: Luke 3:33.

7. Jesus will enter the temple. This is important because the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and was never rebuilt. Prophecy: Malachi 3:1. Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27.

8. The Messiah would be from the lineage of King David. Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:6.

9. The Messiah's birth would be accompanied with great suffering and sorrow. Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:15. Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16.

Mattthew 2:16 — Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men._

10. Jesus will live a perfect life, die by crucifixion, resurrect from death, ascend into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God. Prophecies: Psalm 22:16; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10–11; Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1. Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:21–22; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:25–32; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3.

B. I like to re-examine assumptions, pressuppositions and separate the myths from the truths.

As a curiosity, there are some common misconsceptions about Christ's birth that I like to review, and I'm always on the lookout for more!

  1. "Were there Wisemen at the Stable?" The wisemen, it would seem, appear 2-3 years later AFTER the Nativity and were not present that night at all. The shepherds came to the manger (Luke 2:8-10), but not the wise men who came to Joseph's house.

  2. Christmas on December 25th  Jesus was almost definitely not born on December 25 and this glorious event may not have been associated with winter at all for hundreds of years following. (Christ's birth was elebrated about 250 AD in the Spring and on December about 325 AD ) December 25th had importance to pagans, it has since been hi-jacked successfully and used to celebrate Christ’s birth by many Christians.

What's in a day? It is great fun to consider all the different guesses and what possibilites lie behind each one.

- December 25, is used today by most people in the Western Hemisphere.
- Many Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on January 7.
- A deep dive the Biblical text has led some to conclude it was during September or October that Jesus was born.
- Some hypothesize it was in the Spring He was born.
  1. "Mary wanted to spend the night at an inn, but there were no "motel rooms" available because the inn was full." It was much more common for some homes to have a 'guest chamber' than it would be to find something akin to Motel 6. There was no space (room) in the "upper room" of a private house because other family members had got there first. The 'inn' in Luke 2:7 (as in Mark 14:14) was not a public inn, motel, hotel etc. but a 'guest chamber'.

  2. "Mary remained a virgin until the day of her death." If Matthew 13:55,56, is to be understood as the literal "brothers" and "sisters" of Jesus, then Mary and Joseph had many other children.

  3. "They spent the night in a separate building like a barn where the animals were kept." There was no room on the upper floor of the house so they spent the night on the main floor of the house where the animals were kept inside the house. Most ancient Jewish houses had a common area on the main floor, including a manger where animals ate and slept at night, and an upper room where everyone slept. It is possible that there was a separate barn, but this would often be attached to the house directly.

  4. "There were three wise men." There were three gifts, gold frankincense and myrrh. There may have been 10 wise men, we don’t know, but each of them likely brought some gold frankincense and myrrh. Since these were common currency items of value, each wise man, regardless of the actual number, may have brought a little of all three of these gifts.

  5. "The star of Bethlehem shone over the manger only on the night Jesus was born." The wisemen were able to follow the star all the way to Jerusalem.

c. I read Matthew 1-2 and Luke 1-2 particularly with my family.

Reading the Scripture with others is an awesome way to witness to the testimony of Scripture. Reading together what the Scriptures say helps us to see among other things where our traditions may or may not harmonize with the Bible.

2. I Rejoice at His Birth with Meaningful Traditions

a. What the Bible says about Tradition

There are both negatives and positives when it comes to tradition. The Bible speaks to us on both fronts.

1. Negative Side

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? [‘when prioritized before the commands of God.’]

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. [‘when the only reason is everyone is doing it’]

Some traditions are dangerous in a physical sense. Here are some examples of "Dangerous Traditions":

  1. New Year’s Eve Dive Each year, hundreds of Dutch make their way to the beach at Scheveningen, and charge into the freezing waters for the traditional New Year’s Dive.

  2. December is filled with occult practices across the world and history.

  3. Baby Dropping (Muslims in the India line up to drop their babies off a 15 meter tower in a shrine, catching them in a white sheet. The ritual, which has taken place for more than 500 years, is believed to make the children grow up healthy and strong. The Muslims claim there have never been any injuries during this ritual! )

  4. Fireworks Battle (In Greece in celebration of Easter, two Orthodox churches face each other, firing fireworks!)

  5. Christmas Trees (During 2003-2006, 240 homes fires per year took place, all of which started due to a Christmas tree, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On average 16 people died because of the fire, and 25 were injured each year. Christmas tree fires are rare, but when they do happen, they are usually catastrophic.)

Some traditions are dangerous in a spiritual sense, as they are not grounded in a Scriptural precedent they may be misleading concerning Spiritual truths.

1 Peter 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [when concerning matters of the soul, tradition is merely temporal, limited, (carnal)]

  1. Positive Side

There is a positive side to tradition as well and Christian history is rich with examples of these practices that howbeit are not essential to salvation but still are filled to the brim with meaning, value and sacredness to those who practice them.

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. [“A GODLY EXAMPLE”]

Joshua 4:6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? ["A Memorial to all generations of the Grace and Glory of God!"]

The traditions we keep, if done right, can serve as memorial stones and illustrations of the truths of God's Word. When it comes to tradition it is most effective when we can teach the next generation, "Why we do, what we do."

3. I Rejoice at His Birth with Singing

Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens**; for the LORD hath done it**: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. <<HE’S DONE IT!!!>>

Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

a. Psalms -

Literally, a psalm is a poem written to be sung to the accompaniment of stringed instruments. Sing the words of Scripture and take them as our pattern for other lyrics.

b. Hymns – (Carols) - Carol “dance in a ring” “song of joy” (around 1500) “Christmas Hymn of Joy”

In the Greek and Roman empires leading up to the time of the New Testament, hymns were sung in praise of heroes and gods. Hymns would not be foreign to these gentiles who were in the habit of celebrating the victories of their generals or exalting their false gods with "hymns".

Christians purposed the hymn for sacred use, and used them as songs of praise to one God of the Bible. The character of these "Christian hymns" puzzled the Romans. In 112 AD, when Pliny, a governor in Bythinia, wrote to Emperor Trajan, asking for advice on how to handle the rising number of Christians in the realm, he commented that the Christians were observed singing “a hymn to Christ as to a god.” In his mind hymns were songs for heroes and champions, not for one shamefully crucified on a cross! GLORY TO GOD!

In our modern time, I tend to think of "the classics" when I talk about Hymns. Some of my favorites are:

If you like good hymn stories, check this article out: Beloved Christmas Carols and the True Stories Behind Them

c. Spiritual Songs

The term "song" is a generic term in Greek meaning all kinds of songs. Paul added the descriptive "spiritual" to narrow its meaning. Not all music is composed for worship or should be used for worship. I think of spiritual songs as being personal, testimonial, and maybe even simple songs whose object is the glory of God.

Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

One of my great joys of the Christmas season is learning about a song I've never heard of before. Sometimes when so inspired, I like to put to pen an original poem and song about my Savior who died for me. Maybe you could write a spiritual song memorializing Jesus Christ and sing it!

Conclusion

How about you? How do you, if at all, rejoice at His Birth?

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The Remembrance of His Holiness

Psalm 30:4 Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. pk Our worship is in Spirit and in Truth Saints singing and giving thanks

Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

O ye saints of his His Saints His Holiness

1Ch 16:4 And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel: Ps 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.

Cross-bearing and self-denial are in the doctrine of holiness

1Co 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

1Pe 1:15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Ps 47:8 God reigneth over the heathen: God sitteth upon the throne of his holiness. Ps 48:1 ¶ <> Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness. Ps 60:6 ¶ God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Ps 97:12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. } Ps 108:7 God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth. Jer 23:9 ¶ Mine heart within me is broken because of the prophets; all my bones shake; I am like a drunken man, and like a man whom wine hath overcome, because of the LORD, and because of the words of his holiness. Am 4:2 The Lord GOD hath sworn by his holiness, that, lo, the days shall come upon you, that he will take you away with hooks, and your posterity with fishhooks. Heb 12:10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

His Holiness is Pure His Holiness is Perfect His Holiness is Powerful His Holiness is Beautiful

1Ch 16:29 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. 2Ch 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for his mercy endureth for ever. Ps 29:2 Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness. Ps 96:9 O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.

His Holiness is Eternal

His Holiness inspires our faith Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

His Holiness challengers, not to condemn but to change. His Holiness commands our love. His Holiness does not repel but attracts.

Christ’s Holiness must be Remembered, Christ’s Holiness must be Preached Christ’s Holiness must be Received Christ’s Holiness must be Lived

2Co 7:1 ¶ Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. Heb 7:26 For such an high priest became us, who is holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners, and made higher than the heavens; Christ’s Holiness must be A Call to Separation 2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

The Christian is not of this world

John 17:17 ¶ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

There are two great currents of influence in the world.

The indwelling, inward working, outward manifestation of the life and holiness of God Separate from the indwelling inward working, outward death and destruction of Satan The separated believer living for God, received by God and the unseparated believer living for self, rejected by God. Task of the Gospel and task of the world Good and evil Righteousness and unrighteousness Light and darkness Faith and sin Clean and unclean, filthy Spirit of Truth and a spirit of error Christ and the devil Believer and unbeliever- infidel The Holy Ghost and the spirit of the world Temple of God and Idols Perfect Holiness and the filthiness of the flesh, worldliness The church and the world The Christian and the sinner Witnesses of Christ to continue His work and the work of the devil.

Severed, cut off, disassociated, separated, get away from the influence of the world

1John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.

HOLINESS IS ATTAINED BY FAITH I. Run to Gain the Prize a. Everyone must run to gain the prize, b. Most believe just grace and that (there is no need to exercise faith diligently to gain the prize)
RUN to Him in worship for His Holiness and in His –Righteousness – understanding - knowledge Salvation is a gift- that cannot be earned. This prize is Christ – like character; only earned by running according to the rules to win the prize. There are conditions that have to be met in order to win. I Cor. 9: 24 “Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.”

Phil. 3: 14 “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. He has produced what we couldn’t – (now run in obedience)

2Ti 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, 10 But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: 11 Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. 12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day. 13 Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
II Tim. 2: 5 “And if a man also strive for masteries, yet is he not crowned, except he strive lawfully.” “Nomimos” – “Lawfully” – agreeable, contending and achieving according to the rules. 10 Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sakes, that they may also obtain the salvation which is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. 10 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also will deny us: 14 Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord that they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers. 2Ti 2:15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. Heb 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us. 1Pe 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 2Co 9:8 And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: Col 1:28 Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: 29 Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily. II. Fight the Good Fight of Faith I Tim. 6: 12 “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” a. You must Fight the Good Fight of Faith to be an overcomer.
There are forces that will fight against the believer, and for the believer to be an overcomer they must fight to keep what has been given to them by grace through faith.
b. This is a fight of faith. II Cor. 10: 4 “(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” Eph. 6: 12, 13
III. Live the Life a. Live life conformed to the Word of God, b. Live life conformed to the image of Christ.
Matt. 7: 21 “Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father which is in heaven.” Tit1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny Him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Jas. 1: 22 “But be ye doers of the Word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves.” IV. Make no Provision for the Flesh Flesh struggles desperately hard to survive in the best of men, but with the help of the Holy Spirit the flesh can, and will be overcome. The more of Christ that the believer has in his life, the less the flesh will rule. Rom. 13: 14 “But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof.” V. Perfect Holiness a. Perfect holiness-visible evidence in conduct b. Perfect holiness-visible evidence in character II Cor.7:1Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God. This is not perfecting holiness in order to be saved; but because the believer has been saved. Therefore, cleanse yourself “...from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” This is not something that we do in ourselves only, as Paul said in Phillipians, “Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.” (Phil. 2: 12, 13) God made great promises and provisions for the believer. We can achieve all that God requires and promises through accepting and acting upon them by faith. II Pet. 1: 4 “Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the Divine Nature...” VI. Crucify the Flesh a. Flesh has to be crucified, b. Flesh cannot reign in the life of the overcomer. Gal. 5: 24 “And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Rom. 6: 12 “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” Rom. 6: 16 –18
“his servants ye are to whom ye obey;” “obedience unto righteousness” II Cor. 4: 10 -11
Php 3:8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: 10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

Following Christ and continuing to seek after the excellency of the knowledge of Him—continuing to seek to know Him more and more. VII. Follow the Leading of the Spirit a. Know the voice of God b. Follow His leading. Rom. 8: 14 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons (huios) of God.” Jesus said in Jn. 10: 27 “My sheep (“Probaton” – advanced in years – distinct from “Arnia” lambs) hear My voice, and I know them, and they (the mature sheep) follow Me.” Jn. 10: 4, 5 “And when He putteth forth His own sheep, He goeth before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.” Rev. 14: 4 “...These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth...”

Importance of the Resurrection

Ro 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:

1Co 15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

  1. Christ’s Death & Resurrection was God’s Perfect Design for Redemption of Mankind

(near Caesarea Philippi) Mt 16:21-28; Mr 8:31-38; 9:1; Lu 9:22-27

(in Galilee) Mt 17:22,23; Mr 9:30-32; Lu 9:43-45

  1. Christ’s Death—Where was Jesus’ Spirit while His Body was in the grave?

KEY: Matthew 27 & 28, Mark 15 &16, Luke 23 &24, and John 19 & 20 do not give much details if any concerning the period of time that Christ’s spirit was separated from His Body. The EMPHASIS in these passages is the DEATH of CHRIST and the RESURRECTION of CHRIST. We must maintain the SAME EMPHASIS.

Because of the apparent mystery of this period (because of his secondary importance) much false doctrine has been concocted concerning it.

_Word of Faith theology has completely rewritten and redefined the atonement. _(Popularized by the modern leaders of the Faith Movement, especially Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin.) The Word of Faith movement’s doctrine of the visit of Christ to Hell is a full-scale attack on the efficacy of the Cross. In their version, Christ dies spiritually on the Cross as well as physically, and is transported to Hell to be tormented by demonic forces for three days as a final payment on the atonement. Jesus is abused by demons for three days, and wanders around hell in disgrace as a kind of “wormy, washed-up shell of a spirit,” until God allows Him to speak the “faith word” and overcome His enemies. “Jesus is “born again” in Hell”. <<John 19:30—“It is finished.” Atonement was COMPLETE.>>

No Where in Scripture is it said or inferred that the devil had the keys of ‘death and hell.’ God has always been in possession of them!

Revelation 1:18--_I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death._
  1. Arises from the dead (just outside Jerusalem)

            Mt 28:2-15; Mr 16:1-11; Lu 24:1-12; Joh 20:1-18
    
  1. Too Important not have been Witnessed by Many! God left nothing to chance or mystery concerning the fact of Christ’s resurrection.Those Who Saw Jesus After He Resurrected:
  2. Mary Magdalene (first evangelists of the resurrection!)** Luke 24:1-11**
  3. Appears to two disciples who journey to the village of Emmaus** Luke 24:13-3**5
  4. Is seen by Peter (near Jerusalem) Luke 24:34
  5. Appears in the midst of the disciples, when Thomas was absent (in Jerusalem)** Luke 24:36-49**
  6. Appears to his disciples, when Thomas was present (in Jerusalem) John 20:26-29
  7. Appears to his disciples at Lake Galilee** Mt 28:16**
  8. Appears to the apostles and more than five-hundred followers on a mountain in Galilee** Mt 28:16-20**
  9. Appears to James and also to all the apostles (in Jerusalem**) Acts 1:3-8**
  10. Appears to Paul (on the road to Damascus) Acts 9:3-17
  11. Appears to the Apostle John (on Patmos Island)** Revelation 1:10-18**
  12. The resurrection was the seal that He Keeps His Promises. HE WILL RETURN and judge this world. The resurrection is the seal of authenticity of the GOSPEL.

1Co 15:12 ¶ Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 ¶ But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

Celebrating Christ's Appearing

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

His Appearing

  1. Until His Appearing

1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7

  1. Having Appeared

2 Timothy 1:10 — But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Titus 2:11-13 — For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Possibly in September which would make his conception around December 25th.

Luke 2:7 — And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

  1. Day of Visitation

1 Peter 2:12; Luke 19:44

Our Celebration

John 15:11 — These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

(Let's celebrate!)

Psalm 118:24 — This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Matthew 2:11 — And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

Keep the Feast

PRIORITY: "Keep the Feast" (Spiritual: Leading the Christian life of joy in Christ's finished work.)

1 Corinthians 5:7 — Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Proverbs 15:15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The early church had times of food and fellowship much as we do today, and it seems that these times were called "love feasts."

Memorialize with Scripture

Christmas Lesson 2021

Celebrate Christ's Appearing

2 Timothy 4:8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

I. His Appearing

  1. Until His Appearing

1Ti 6:14 That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:

2 Timothy 4:1; Titus 2:13; 1 Peter 1:7

  1. Having Appeared

2 Timothy 1:10 — But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel:

Titus 2:11-13 — For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;

Possibly in September which would make his conception around December 25th.

Luke 2:7 — And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

  1. Day of Visitation

1 Peter 2:12; Luke 19:44

II. Our Celebration

John 15:11 — These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.

(Let's celebrate!)

Psalm 118:24 — This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.

Matthew 2:11 — And when they were come into the house, they saw the young child with Mary his mother, and fell down, and worshipped him: and when they had opened their treasures, they presented unto him gifts; gold, and frankincense, and myrrh.

III. Keep the Feast

PRIORITY: "Keep the Feast" (Spiritual: Leading the Christian life of joy in Christ's finished work.)

1 Corinthians 5:7 — Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us: 8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.

Proverbs 15:15 ¶ All the days of the afflicted are evil: but he that is of a merry heart hath a continual feast.

1 Corinthians 13:1-13

The early church had times of food and fellowship much as we do today, and it seems that these times were called "love feasts."

IV. Memorialize with Scripture

IV. How Do You Rejoice at His Birth?

Luke 2:8-14 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. 10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

I READ: << TRUTH: The scriptures do not tell us to celebrate the birth of Christ but to celebrate His death... and not once a year at "Easter" but every Sunday through the Lord's Supper. (Acts 20:7) >>

Luke 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.

  1. Rejoice with the Word

1. Jesus will come from the line of Abraham. Prophecy: Genesis 12:3. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:1.

2. Jesus’ mother will be a virgin. Prophecy: Isaiah 7:14. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:18–23.

Mary & Joseph -- Mt 1:18 ¶ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

3. Jesus will be a descendent of Isaac and Jacob. Prophecy: Genesis 17:19 and Numbers 24:17. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:2.

4. Jesus will be born in the town Bethlehem. Prophecy: Micah 5:2. Fulfilled: Luke 2:1–7.

5. Jesus will be called out of Egypt. Prophecy: Hosea 11:1. Fulfilled: Matthew 2:13–15.

6. Jesus will be a member of the tribe of Judah. Prophecy: Genesis 49:10. Fulfilled: Luke 3:33.

7. Jesus will enter the temple. This is important because the temple was destroyed in A.D. 70 and was never rebuilt. Prophecy: Malachi 3:1. Fulfilled: Luke 2:25–27.

8. Jesus will be from the lineage of King David. Prophecy: Jeremiah 23:5. Fulfilled: Matthew 1:6.

9. Jesus’ birth will be accompanied with great suffering and sorrow. Prophecy: Jeremiah 31:15. Fulfilled: Matthew 2:16.

Mt 2:16 ¶ Then Herod, when he saw that he was mocked of the wise men, was exceeding wroth, and sent forth, and slew all the children that were in Bethlehem, and in all the coasts thereof, from two years old and under, according to the time which he had diligently enquired of the wise men._

10. Jesus will live a perfect life, die by crucifixion, **resurrect **from death, ascend into heaven, and sit at the right hand of God. Prophecies: Psalm 22:16; Psalm 16:10; Isaiah 53:10–11; Psalm 68:18; Psalm 110:1. Fulfilled: 1 Peter 2:21–22; Luke 23:33; Acts 2:25–32; Acts 1:9; Hebrews 1:3.

  1. Rejoice with Traditions

  2. What the Bible says about Tradition

  3. Negative Side

Matthew 15:3 But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition? [‘when prioritized before the commands of God.’]

Col 2:8 Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. [‘when the only reason is everyone is doing it’]

ILLUSTRATION: Dangerous Traditions—

  1. New Year’s Eve Dive (Siberia Russia)
  2. Baby Dropping (Muslims in the India line up to drop their babies off a 15 meter tower in a shrine, catching them in a white sheet. The ritual, which has taken place for more than 500 years, is believed to make the children grow up healthy and strong. The Muslims claim there have never been any injuries during this ritual )
  3. **Fireworks Battle **(Greece two churches face firing fireworks at each other!)
  4. Christmas Trees (during 2003-2006, 240 homes fires per year took place, all of which started due to a Christmas tree, according to the National Fire Protection Association. On average 16 people died because of the fire, and 25 were injured each year. Christmas tree fires are rare, but when they do happen, they are usually catastrophic.)

1Pe 1:18 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; [when concerning matters of the soul tradition is merely temporal, limited, (carnal)]

  1. Positive Side

2Th 3:6 Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us. [“A GODLY EXAMPLE”]

Jos 4:6 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean ye by these stones? () [“A Memorial to all generations of Grace and Glory of God!”]

  1. “Caroling”

[PEW RESEARCH] About 16% of Americans say they go caroling, (32% said they did as children).

  1. “Decorating”

Homes, clothes, tree

  1. Rejoice with Singing

    Isa 44:23 Sing, O ye heavens**; for the LORD hath done it**: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel. <<HE’S DONE IT!!!>>

    Eph 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

    Col 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

    Psalms -

    Literally a psalm is a poem written to be sung to the accompaniment of stringed instruments. Sing the words of Scripture and take them as our pattern.

    Hymns – (Carols) - Carol “dance in a ring” “song of joy” (around 1500) “Christmas Hymn of Joy”

    Hymn was a term that would have been especially familiar to the Gentiles. In the Greek and Roman empires leading up to the time of the New Testament, hymns were sung in praise of heroes and gods. People would celebrate the military victories of great generals and exalt the false gods of mythology in hymns. But as the gospel swept across the known world, the church transformed the hymn into a song in praise to the one true God. Its transformation astounded the Romans. In 112 when Pliny, a governor in Bythinia, wrote to Emperor Trajan, asking for advise on how to handle the rising number of Christians in the realm, he commented that the** Christians were observed singing “a hymn to Christ as to a god.” **In his mind hymns were songs for heroes and champions, not for one shamefully crucified on a cross! GLORY TO GOD!

    Spiritual Songs

    Spiritual songs. The term song is a generic term in Greek meaning all kinds of songs. Paul added the descriptive adjective spiritual to narrow its meaning. Not all music is composed for worship or should be used for worship. (Personal, write one and sing it!)

    Psalm 95:1 O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation.

VI. Common Misconsceptions Surrounding Christ's Birth

  1. “Wisemen at the Stable” (3 years later)

  2. Christmas on December 25th  (not until 250 AD in the Spring, 325 AD December 25th ) December 25th had importance to pagans, it has since been hijacked and used to celebrate Christ’s birth.

  3. Mary wanted to spend the night at an inn, but there were no "motel rooms" available because the inn was full. was no space (room) in the "upper room" of a private house because other family members had got there first, not a public inn, motel, hotel etc. but a ‘guest chamber’ (Mark 14:14)

  4. Mary remained a virgin until the day of her death. Mary and Joseph had many other children: (Matthew 13:55-56)

  5. They spent the night in a separate building like a barn where the animals were kept. There was no room on the upper floor of the house so they spent the night on the main floor of the house where the animals were kept inside the house. Most ancient Jewish houses had a common area on the main floor, including a manger where animals ate and slept at night, and an upper room where everyone slept. It is possible that there was a separate barn, but this would often be attached to the house directly.

  6. There were three wise men. There were three gifts, gold frankincense and myrrh. There may have been 10 wise men, we don’t know, but each of them likely brought some gold frankincense and myrrh. Since these were common currency items of value, each wise man, regardless of the actual number, brought a little of all three.

  7. The star of Bethlehem shone over the manger the night Jesus was born.

The narrative implies that Jesus was born sometime between the first appearance of the star and the appearance of the Magi at Herod's court. That the king is said to have ordered the execution of boys two years of age and

  1. The wise men arrived the night Jesus was born in a manger. The shepherds came to the manger (Luke 2:8-10), but not the wise men came to Joseph's house. (at least two years to 3 years later)

  2. Vocabulary

    • “Christmas” – Christ Mass
    • “Xmas”
    • “Yuletide”

Yule or Yuletide ("Yule time") (pre-christian) is a pagan religious festival observed by the historical Germanic peoples, later undergoing Christianised reformulation resulting in, the now better known, Christmastide.

Yule log, Yule goat, Yule boar, Yule singing,

The Yule log was originally an entire tree, that was carefully chosen and brought into the house with great ceremony with the purpose being to provide maximum warmth and endurance. {celebration}

Set Up a Standard

Set Up a Standard

Introduction

Most Jeremiah's prophecies were literally fulfilled and during his lifetime. The literal nations of Babylon, Egypt and etc. faced the judgment of God, but also in the Panorama of this HISTORY is an MESSAGE for the church's present and future.

One

Ps 121:1 ¶ <<A Song of degrees. [steps, sung during journeys to Jerusalem]>> I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.

Jer 51:6 Flee out of the midst of Babylon, and deliver every man his soul: be not cut off in her iniquity; for this is the time of the LORD'S vengeance; he will render unto her a recompence.

Jer 50:23 How is the hammer of the whole earth cut asunder and broken! how is Babylon become a desolation among the nations!

Jeremiah 51:12 — Set up the standard upon the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the LORD hath both devised and done that which he spake against the inhabitants of Babylon.

Jeremiah's ministry was to MARK OUT EVIL.

Context of Jeremiah 51

Jer 50:2 Declare ye among the nations, and publish, and set up a standard; publish, and conceal not: say, Babylon is taken, Bel is confounded, Merodach is broken in pieces; her idols are confounded, her images are broken in pieces.

Jer 50:45 Therefore hear ye the counsel of the LORD, that he hath taken against Babylon; and his purposes, that he hath purposed against the land of the Chaldeans: Surely the least of the flock shall draw them out: surely he shall make their habitation desolate with them.

Producing Church

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I Love Church

This article is a consideration of some of my concerns related to production tools and standards in the context of the Christian church service. I am writing from a perspective which is my own. I do not claim to speak on behalf of anyone other than myself, but that does not mean I believe I am alone in these concerns. The truth is, although many of these concerns are indeed my own, they mostly did not originate with me as well.

"The Church" is indeed the people, but the service of corporate worship and preaching and teaching in a gathering together is also "church". I love old fashioned, praying, singing and shouting in the Holy Ghost. I love altar calls and testimony services. I love the laying on of hands and prophetic utterances that given direction and hope to the hearers. Nothing thrills me more than to see a sinner after hearing the simple Gospel are convicted of their sin and convinced of their need of a Savior in the person of Jesus Christ God's only son. Through the lens of all the possibilities and potential the Christian church service holds, I LOVE CHURCH. I'm not so deluded to think that the details of my own experience are the only way to "do church". I see all sorts of gaps and flaws in how I do it, but I am also 100& appreciative of my heritage. These are cornerstones to my faith.

When you love something, you will fight for its defense. we can "lose our minds" on some things. be angry and sin not. On matters of preference, most people I talk to do demonstrate alot of grace. And it is generally considered un-Christ-like for someone to be dogmatic or "lose their minds" on such matters.

When someone takes the voice of authority on a matter it is usually not that they view their position as a personal preference but have chosen to speak emphatically or demonstratively because to them it is a conviction.

A healthy and edifying Christian discourse can only be had in my opinion if we choose to emphasize those things that we are convicted of by the Word and the Holy Ghost. We are chasing our tails if the sum of our Christian discourse is opinions and preferences of man. Every man may have a right to his own opinion but that is not equal to saying that all opinions are accurate or even helpful for anyone else.

"Why have we lost our minds?" In this question is the inference that is without value to speak with authority on a matter as its silly for a teen age Greta Thunburg to scold and educate a world she's bearly experienced. Inexperience is not the only place boldness can be found. It is possible to meet God on the mountain and come away with clear directives for God's people.

Scenario 1 is someone applying a local remedy as if it were a generaly cure. "Because I have experienced it this way, it is therefore true for all." This is foolish, but this fact does not negate a second Scenario where God does still reveal his will to men and those men may with both wisdom and unction declare that will to others. The Bible is full of men who "lost their minds" for God.

Why would someone "lose their mind" on a theological topic? One reason is that God gives conviction to men and women and those people find themselves in a world that has taken a different position and they find themselves wiht no gently or reasonable course. Then just say it like they feel it. I think is an honest and sincere approach even if it is not agreeable.

Imperfect on Purpose

Visited a shaker home as a child and saw a beautifully embroidered alphabet. The embroidery was absolutely beautiful and the great attention to detail by its maker was evident. Except for 1 small detail it was perfect. It was missing the letter v. Our tour guide explained that it was made "imperfect on purpose." The mother was teaching her daughter a lesson in humble worship. The young girl crafted with her utmost skill, but still maintained there is no perfection outside of God.

Isa 64:6 ¶ But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

Herein lies a caution to the Christian not to take ourselves too seriously. Saul before he was king hid among the luggage and had weighty sense of his own limits. Fast forward a few years and King Saul had bought entirely into the propaganda that he was somehow more than just a man. He lost sight of himself.

1 Samuel 14:43, He gives a command that is so nearsighted it condemens his greatest ally and son, Jonathan.

Saul even usurped the role of priest which was especially grievious he being a man of war.

King Saul and those around him produced a persona

It is an attitude of humble sincerity. Christian's should be the ultimate realists armed with the hope of the Gospe.

Enmity with the World

The church needs this fight. This resistance to all that is carnal and earthly helps define and give purpose to the church. The church borrowing the tools created or at least sharpened by Hollywood or Nashville is a concession.

Song: I'll stand for Jesus and let the world go by.

First Things First

Most value judgements cannot be made in a vacuum. On one hand its seems heavy handed to say you shouldn't use a camera or a screen in church. But if you place the question in the context of most of our lives, it isn't heavy handed at all.

Mt 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.

It is a less interesting question to me to to ask, "Can someone use production tools and principles to create a better church service?" Less interesting because its too broad and in my opionion the answer is just too obvious. Consider the question, "Should I utilize this[fill in the blank] particular production tool or principle to complement our church service."

Now the conversation gets interesting. Before I seek out a tool not mentioned in Scripture, am I fully implementing the tools explicitly given in Scripture? Before the Bible preacher seeks out a better library of sermon illustrations, he prays, searches the Scripture, waits on the message and meditates, seeks personal application and also for his congrgation. A good story is not out of place in Christian preaching, it just falls in much later in the process. The sermon illustration may ultimately be what most listeners will remember and will testify as what stuck with them or impacted them, but Christian preaching will then lose its authority and power to change lives if the preacher concludes, "I can skip all those old fashioned disciplines and get to the good part. I just need to be a better story teller because that is what the public wants to hear."

There is a real danger here that some things introduced into church will displace some much more important and valuable things.

There is also a potential reality that we could be over compensating for a shortage in "spiritual meat". We can be tempted to disguise our spiritual short comings with trimmings. People are often fooled by such things, we may even fool ourselves, but God sees straight through us. You can't make up for a lack of anointing by getting louder and angrier or even just by becoming more polished. Before we are ready to serve God in a cathedral, each minister must learn to worship Him from an altar of earth. No lights, people, music, production, script, schedule, decorations, and etc. just me, God and a pile of dirt. With so many production tools and princples rooted in phsycology and other sciennse of humna behavior, would't it be wise to seek God first the sanctuary of His creation before we add the noise of human invention?

Ex 20:24 An altar of earth thou shalt make unto me, and shalt sacrifice thereon thy burnt offerings, and thy peace offerings, thy sheep, and thine oxen: in all places where I record my name I will come unto thee, and I will bless thee.

Where are the lines?


Production values

Caution lights verses "don't touch any of it."

Comparison of Quakers Moving Toward "QUIET" meetings and Shakers holding on to trembling, shouting, singing, and other expressions of ecstatic spirituality.

Learn Religions: In addition to the principles and rules of daily life described above, Shakers conduct regular worship services in simple buildings similar to Quaker meeting houses. Initially, those services were filled with wild and emotional outbursts during which members sang or spoke in tongues, jerked, danced, or twitched. Later services were more orderly and included choreographed dances, songs, marches, and gestures.

Quaker song "Tis a Gift to Be Simple," https://hymnary.org/text/tis_the_gift_to_be_simple lyrics & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kk4M_d5MvOU

  1. a concern of losing a valuable culture.

  2. over production can kill off spontaneous and personal.

  3. whether highly produced or very little productionefforts we still are helping provide focus. over emphasis on talent beauty or charisma by definition distract from chriat as focal point.

  4. concern of losing what makes the Christian church unique.

  5. concern of losing the honesty of a naked truth. an altar of earth was required long before the luxurious temple of Solomon. whose to say that solomons temple was even the ideal? to begin with.

"Losing Our Minds" Over "Preferences"

"Can someone please explain to me why we’ve lost our minds. A preference is one thing. I got no problem with preferences."

  1. But so many are limiting the move of the presence of God to where lights, words projected on the wall, and a modern song is getting the displeasure of God.

  2. Why is a colored light or a projector such a distraction from worshipping God? Please, for the life of me I cannot figure out how a few spotlights on a stage is such a hindrance.

  3. I wonder if the singers and musicians, the tapestries and decorations of gold and exotic woods that decorated the house of God when Solomon dedicated it was such a distraction that they couldn’t worship God? Oh wait, it wasn’t! In fact the glory of God filled the house to where they weren’t even able to stand to minister. If electricity was a thing back then, Solomon would have had it. GUARANTEE IT!! So again, please tell me why a few colored lights or spotlights and a projector is such a hindrance and limits you from worshipping God. Why can Paul and Silas worship from a prison cell but you can’t worship from a comfortable chair and a pink light. I’ll be waiting….

What About Moderation?

https://www.learnreligions.com/the-shakers-4693219

CONTROVERSIAL POST BUT ALL RESPONSES ARE WELCOME… Please!!! Let’s discuss this!! Can someone please explain to me why we’ve lost our minds. A preference is one thing. I got no problem with preferences. But so many are limiting the move of the presence of God to where lights, words projected on the wall, and a modern song is getting the displeasure of God. Why is a colored light or a projector such a distraction from worshipping God? Please, for the life of me I cannot figure out how a few spotlights on a stage is such a hindrance. I wonder if the singers and musicians, the tapestries and decorations of gold and exotic woods that decorated the house of God when Solomon dedicated it was such a distraction that they couldn’t worship God? Oh wait, it wasn’t! In fact the glory of God filled the house to where they weren’t even able to stand to minister. If electricity was a thing back then, Solomon would have had it. GUARANTEE IT!! So again, please tell me why a few colored lights or spotlights and a projector is such a hindrance and limits you from worshipping God. Why can Paul and Silas worship from a prison cell but you can’t worship from a comfortable chair and a pink light. I’ll be waiting….

CONTROVERSIAL POST BUT ALL RESPONSES ARE WELCOME…

Please!!! Let’s discuss this!!

Can someone please explain to me why...

Posted by Kirk Powers on Friday, February 4, 2022

Why Can't We Be Friends with the World?

Jas 2:23 And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

James 4:4 — Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.

Introduction

a. The Christian and the World

The Christian should have at the very least an uncomfortable (awkward) relationship with the world.

The Christian needs this fight. This resistance to all that is carnal and earthly helps define and give purpose to the church.

The Christian borrowing the tools created or at least sharpened by Hollywood or Nashville is a concession.

b. Friendship

Exodus 33:11 — And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. …

De 13:6 — If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, … [which is as thine own soul]

Ex 11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.

Romans 12:18 tells us to live peacably with all men, "as much as possible".

Where are the conflicts with the world, Why are there such conflicts and should thse even be in the first place?

1. Agreement. Are We Agreed?

Amos 3:3 — Can two walk together, except they be agreed?

2 Pe 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. [Which way are we going?]

Isa 28:15 Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves: [vs. 18 your agreement with hell shall not stand;]

2Co 6:16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Joh 19:12 And from thenceforth Pilate sought to release him: but the Jews cried out, saying, If thou let this man go, thou art not Caesar's friend: whosoever maketh himself a king speaketh against Caesar. [Thou art not Caeasar's friend]

Are we in complete agreement on:

2. Their Portion in this Life

Proverbs 13-15 — Ps 17:13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword: 14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes. 15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

Matt 6:19 — Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: 6:20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

3. Their Trust is in their Prosperity

Not only having "their portion" in this life, but this portion "has them".

Ps 73:12 — Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches.

1Ti 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy;

Proverbs 11:28 — He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Jas 1:12 Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him. [The world says "something must be wrong" like Job's comforters.]

4. They Have Their God (no two Gods in one house)

Matthew 6:24 — No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Conclusion - The Resistance

The church needs this fight. This resistance to all that is carnal and earthly helps define and give purpose to the church. The Christian victim to the devil or in harmony with the world is a RED FLAG -- something is not how it should be!

Judg 5:12 ¶ Awake, awake, Deborah: awake, awake, utter a song: arise, Barak, and lead thy captivity captive, thou son of Abinoam.

Ro 13:11 ¶ And that, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep: for now is our salvation nearer than when we believed.

The church borrowing the tools created or at least sharpened by Hollywood or Nashville is a concession in the resistance.

2 Co 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) 5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; 6 And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled.

John Quincy Adams held more important offices than anyone else in the history of the U.S. He served with distinction as president, senator, congressman, minister to major European powers, and participated in various capacities in the American Revolution, the War of 1812, and events leading to the Civil War. Yet, at age 70, with much of that behind him, he wrote, "My whole life has been a succession of disappointments. I can scarcely recollect a single instance of success in anything that I ever undertook."

The Responsibility that Comes with Being Strong

The Responsibility that Comes with Being Strong

September 15, 2013 - Dogwood Church, Maryland (Pastor Andrew Parrett)

The Responsibility that Comes with Being Strong

Romans 15:1--We then that are strong ought to bear the infirmities of the weak, and not to please ourselves.

 

INTRODUCTION - Complaints that we have nothing to give.

 

 

I. WHAT IS IN YOUR HAND?

 

A. Moses - "A Rod" - Exodus 4:1-4

 

 

B. The Bride - "A Vineyard" S.O.S. 1:5-7

-My Own Vineyard I have neglected.

 

 

C. Elijah - "An Anointing" - I Kings 19:1-4-9-13

--What does thou here Elijah?

--In the lowest valley of his ministry, "Go Anoint a King for Syria, a King for Israel and a Prophet for the next Generation!"

 

 

II. WHEN CAN YOU DO?

 

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

James 4:17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.

Luke 16:1-8 (The Unjust Steward that did good.)

 

Luke 12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.

 

CONCLUSION--

USE WHAT GOD HAS PUT IN YOUR HANDS.

Victims and Victors

TITLE: Victims and Victors (How Are the Mighty Fallen?)

TEXT: I Samuel 30:19; 2 Samuel 1:19

2Sa 1:17-27—_And David lamented with this lamentation over Saul and over Jonathan his son: 18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow: behold, it is written in the book of Jasher.) _

19 The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen! 20 Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Askelon; lest the daughters of the Philistines rejoice, lest the daughters of the uncircumcised triumph. 21 Ye mountains of Gilboa, let there be no dew, neither let there be rain, upon you, nor fields of offerings: for there the shield of the mighty is vilely cast away, the shield of Saul, as though he had not been anointed with oil. 22 From the blood of the slain, from the fat of the mighty, the bow of Jonathan turned not back, and the sword of Saul returned not empty. 23 Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided: they were swifter than eagles, they were stronger than lions. 24 Ye daughters of Israel, weep over Saul, who clothed you in scarlet, with other delights, who put on ornaments of gold upon your apparel. 25 How are the mighty fallen in the midst of the battle! O Jonathan, thou wast slain in thine high places. 26 I am distressed for thee, my brother Jonathan: very pleasant hast thou been unto me: thy love to me was wonderful, passing the love of women. 27 How are the mighty fallen, and the weapons of war perished!

1. Victims - _How are the mighty fallen? _(2 Samuel 1:27)

1. Are we losing?

Are we losing ground in the battle? It is hard to convince church people that we are losing.

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2. Why are we losing? \

Saul and Jonathan were fighting while handicapped. They fought valiantly but a battle they were not fit to win.

Jonathan and Saul died valiantly as two heros
   Skilled men of war
    Courageous men of valor
 

But they fought a battle they couldn't win because of sin, unfit for battle & they were outmatched by the enemy.

How are the mighty fallen and the weapons of war perisheth?

One main cause of Israel’s defeat was the Philistines weaponry advantage with the bow. The Philistines were able to kill from long distance, while the courageous and veteran Jews were only prepared for close combat.

2 Samuel 1:[18 (Also he bade them teach the children of Judah the use of the bow:

Not knowing the skill of the bow was instrumental in their loss

Long range -- they were destroyed at long distance They fought a battle they couldn't win -- outmatched ,unprepared, unfit for battle

1 Samuel 31:3—_And the battle went sore against Saul, and the archers hit him; and he was sore wounded of the archers.

Because of this they Relied on flesh instead of the Spirit. (We need simple obedience) \

1Sa 10:11 … all that knew him beforetime saw that, behold, he prophesied among the prophets, then the people said one to another, What is this that is come unto the son of Kish? Is Saul also among the prophets?

18:10 … evil spirit from God came upon Saul, and he prophesied in the midst of the house: and David played with his hand, as at other times: and there was a javelin in Saul's hand.

19:20 And Saul sent messengers to take David: and when they saw the company of the prophets prophesying, and Samuel standing as appointed over them, the Spirit of God was upon the messengers of Saul, and they also prophesied.

21 And when it was told Saul, he sent other messengers, and they prophesied likewise. And Saul sent messengers again the third time, and they prophesied also.

**Saul humbled **himself but proved not himself in obeying the Word beyond that night

24 And he stripped off his clothes also, and prophesied before Samuel in like manner, and lay down naked all that day and all that night. Wherefore they say, Is Saul also among the prophets? \

2. Victors -David Recovered All (1Sa 30:19)

And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

David was returning from a victory while Saul was defeated
Saul fought philistines & fled to gilboa losing all. David fought the amalekites and recovered all. \

  1. Principle must be more important than Convenience.

1 Sam 24:10-Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord's anointed.

   
**2. Gods direction must be sought and followed.
**      Pray again about the big and small   David asked --should I go?
Saul was fighting God’s will while David was completely resigned to it \

2Sa 5:19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines? wilt thou deliver them into mine hand? And the LORD said unto David, Go up: for I will doubtless deliver the Philistines into thine hand.

2Sa 5:23 And when David enquired of the LORD, he said, Thou shalt not go up; but fetch a compass behind them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. 24 And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the LORD go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines. 25 And David did so, as the LORD had commanded him; and smote the Philistines from Geba until thou come to Gazer.


**3. We must learn of our master: Skills – prayer/bow
**Main cause of Israel’s defeat was the Philistine’s advantage of the bow, therefore David responds later by Teaching Judah the bow

Ps144:1_ Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:_ \

   We must be taught & We must learn. We must be taught how to trust God and learn.

Ho 4:6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Pray that ye enter not into temptation -- Have to pray – Truth -- Spirit of God
Solomon prayed the words that david spoke. II Chron.6:41-42; Ps 132:(1,) 8-10,(16)

4. Our goal must be absolute victory-- no compromise \

David recovered all. Saul lost all \

**Saul saved Agag. **1Sa 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag,

**David destroyed them **2Sa 22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.


**5. We must be winning at home if we are to win abroad
**David was fighting to recover his family and his mens families

Saul was tormented of the devil in his own mind. He could not pray for himself, let alone his nation.

**6. Favor with God must be sought after and protected at any cost.
**Sin makes us unfit for fellowship and battle. Saul went into battle with sin in his heart

Why did Saul lose favor with god?
 -Murder hate malice  -Envy jealousy  -pride and impatience -Disobedience

REMAIN HUMBLE BEFORE GOD AT ANY COST.

James 4:6—But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Our Duty to Each Other is to Love

Our Duty to Each Other—To LOVE

Mother's day Sermon (May 8, 2022)

Joh 19:25-30— Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. 26 When Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! 27 Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. 28 After this, Jesus knowing that all things were now accomplished, that the scripture might be fulfilled, saith, I thirst. 29 Now there was set a vessel full of vinegar: and they filled a spunge with vinegar, and put it upon hyssop, and put it to his mouth.30 When Jesus therefore had received the vinegar, he said, It is finished: and he bowed his head, and gave up the ghost.

INTRODUCTION

Ro 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

1Jo 4:7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

1 John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.

1. TO BE THERE

Both Mary and Jesus illustrate true love, by the very scenario at the foot of the cross. We find Mary who though most of the others have fled for their lives can be found with Jesus. Simply being there can most often be the greatest act of love.

John 19:25—_Now there stood by the cross of Jesus his mother, and his mother's sister, Mary the wife of Cleophas, and Mary Magdalene. _(Mary stood by.)

Matthew 27:55—And many women were there beholding afar off, which followed Jesus from Galilee, ministering unto him:

What were they doing there? Merely, waiting for an opportunity to help.

2. TO BE ATTENTIVE

“BEHOLD” to see to be aware of

Christ was attentive to Mary’s needs as a widow and as his mother while suffering greatly on the cross. Christ charged John to be attentive to Mary’s needs and care for her as his own mother. Mary is found attentively at the foot of the cross waiting for the smallest opportunity to minister to Jesus and is entrusted with John as her adopted son.

Jesus’ charge to John is not one of worship. Mary isn’t even mentioned in the Scripture after Acts chapter 1. She as a person is not pertinent to Christian doctrine. Our salvation rests no place in the person of Mary, but entirely in Jesus Christ. Christ’s words here are a practical and personal charge. Grassroots Christianity—“You are responsible for each other! Pay attention to each other’s needs.”

It seems we could be found guilty more often than not, of doing everything we can to “SAVE THE WORLD (and rightly so), but at the same time pay little or no attention to the needs of those closest to us.

Galatians 6:10—As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Psalm 32:8—I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.

3. TO BE SELFLESS & TO SACRIFICE

With no regard for what might happen to her, Mary isn’t found hiding under a rock for her life, but is found with Jesus.

Christ is dying upon the cross and crucifixion is unquestionably the most horrific way to die at the time. But Christ expends his final energies with six selfless expressions. Christ’s last words were:

  1. “Forgive them, for thy know not what they do.” Words of Forgiveness for his tormentors.
  2. “My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Psalm 22:1) To His Father expressing the deep heaviness and darkness of His atonement. That pain Christ felt of separation from the Father, was mine, not his to suffer.
  3. “To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.” A promise of eternal life for the thief.
  4. “I THIRST” (Psalm 69:21),

A SOUR WINE. This vinegar must not be confounded with the vinegar and gall mentioned Mt 27:34, and Mr 15:23. That, being a stupifying potion, intended to alleviate his pain, he refused to drink; but of this he took a little, and then expired, Joh 19:30.

  1. Woman, behold thy son! …Behold thy mother!”
  2. “IT IS FINISHED” (Father’s Will) Fulfilling every Scripture

Do we forego our own security for the well-being of others?

Even greater in number and even less recognized are our mothers who sacrificed health, comfort, girlish figures and endured great pain to bring us into the world. Child birth is not without pain!

Mothers have taught us over and over: It hurts to love, but our own hurt should be non-essential.

4. HONOR & RESPECT – “WOMAN”

Christ’s words convey no idea of idea of disrespect or detachment as is commonly supposed, but more so words of urgent compelling. Man! And Woman! Were titles of as much respect among the Hebrews as sir! And madam! are to us. Adam Clarke states about Christ’s words in this verse, “This was the language of pure natural affection.”

It is too often the wrong people get recognized and the real heros go without thanks. Let us not be guilty of this!

5. TO CARE FOR

It is most likely that Joseph, Mary’s husband is dead at the time, and Christ’s securing of Mary’s well-being is done so for his mother and widow.

Mark 12:40 — Which devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayers: these shall receive greater damnation.

They Devour Widow's Houses Scribes and Pharisess often instead of caring for the widows, they demanded gifts and salaries from them. There are definite times when we should not make ourselves burdensome on others, but the opposite should be the case. It would be more right that the scribes and Pharisees should have given of their salaries to help the widows. (Mark 12:43,44)

1Ti 5:3 ¶ Honour widows that are widows indeed.

1Ti 5:16 If any man or woman that believeth have widows, let them relieve them, and let not the church be charged; that it may relieve them that are widows indeed.

Jas 1:27 Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.

Ga 6:2 Bear ye one another's burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ.

John 19:27—…And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home._

This charge is given to the disciple whom “he loved” The greatest care possible. Christ entrusted Mary to the disciple most marked for his tenderness and devotion. Jesus knew that John would care for Mary as he would have done. Can the same be said for us, to whom Christ has entrusted the most precious of His creation?

CONCLUSION --- HOW ARE WE LOVING OUR GENERATION?

It is the testimony of Christian love that pierces the darkness.

Lu 23:47—Now when the centurion saw what was done, he glorified God, saying, Certainly this was a righteous man.

Mt 27:54—Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.

It is the person who loves, who best imitates Christ.

Eph 3:17—That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love,

Luke 6:32—For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Luke 11:42—But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.(agape—unconditional love; love feast)

2 Cor. 2:4—For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you.

2 Cor. 12:15—And I will very gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved.

Ro 13:8 Owe no man any thing, but to love one another: for he that loveth another hath fulfilled the law.

Ga 5:13 ¶ For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.

1Th 4:9 ¶ But as touching brotherly love ye need not that I write unto you: for ye yourselves are taught of God to love one another.

1Jo 3:11 ¶ For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another. {message: or, commandment}

1Jo 4:7 ¶ Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God.

Joh 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

Thank God for the great illustration of Christian love we see in mothers!

A Clearer Vision of God

TITLE: A Clearer Vision of God

TEXT: Exodus 6:3

Ex 6:1 ¶ Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD:

3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers.

5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments:

7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.

  1. Our Need

Ex. 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.

80% profess Jesus as God.

Php 3:10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

A great deliverance, a great revelation—Jehovah.

  1. Our LORD

**Jehovah **Ex. 3:14 self-existent one YHWH; Eternal Loving One I AM

Jehovah-Jireh Genesis 22:14 The Lord will Provide Jehovah-Jireh

Jehovah-Rophi Jer. 8:22 The Lord Physician Physician

Jehovah-Nissi Ex. 17:15 The Lord our Banner Jehovah-Nissi

Jehovah M’Kaddesh Ex. 19:5,6; 23:5 The Lord doth Sanctify I the Lord do Sanctify

Jehovah-Shalom Jud. 6:24; Isa. 9:6 The Lord our Peace Jehovah-Shalom (Gideon)

Jehovah-Tsebaoth I Sa. 1:3; Jer. 11:20 The Lord of Hosts The Lord of Hosts

Jehovah-Rohi Ps. 23:1 The Lord my Shepherd Lord is my Shepherd

Jehovah-Tsidkenu Ps. 23:3 Lord our Righteousness Lord our Righteousness

  1. **We Learn as we Obey His Word - 1Jo 2:5 **But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.

Identify Yourself

IDENTIFY YOURSELF -

  1. God - Would You Identify Yourself?
  2. Person

Ge 32:24 ¶ And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day. 25 And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. 26 And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. 27 And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. 28 And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. 29 And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. 30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.

Introduction

Many people today want to exist in a no mans land of anonymity. By this they cam change their position to fit the mood.

ILLUSTRATION: Man I was working with stopped going to church because he said, the preacher kept saying how other religions were wrong.

It takes faith and great courage to be a Christian.

Before we can get the help we greatly need, we must be willing to step out of the shadow and Identify, align, define, make a clear cut.

To God "Identify Yourself"

Ge 31:11 And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob: And I said, Here am I. 12 And he said, Lift up now thine eyes, and see, all the rams which leap upon the cattle are ringstraked, speckled, and grisled: for I have seen all that Laban doeth unto thee. 13 I am the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a vow unto me: now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the land of thy kindred.

Ex 3:13 And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? 14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.

God to Individual

When addressed by a military you guard you might be required to identify yourself
Who are you?

1. Adam - Where Are You? Gen. 3:8

Confess Your problem.

Ge 3:8 And they heard the voice of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day: and Adam and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the LORD God amongst the trees of the garden. 9 ¶ And the LORD God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?

2. Jacob - What is your Name? Gen. 32:24-32

3. Cain - What hast thou done? Gen. 4:10

Acknowledge your wrong.

4. Saul - What should you be doing?(running from God’s will)

5. Esther - Who are your people? Esther 2:10; 7:3-6

Are you saved? Are you a Christian? (There are no mongrels)

Esther 2:10—Esther had not shewed her people nor her kindred: for Mordecai had charged her that she should not shew it .


Esther 7:3-6—Then Esther the queen answered and said, If I have found favour in thy sight, O king, and if it please the king, let my life be given me at my petition, and my people at my request: [4] For we are sold, I and my people, to be destroyed, to be slain, and to perish. …


Iranian Air Defense Radar: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.' 


**Aircraft**: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.' 


Air Defense Radar: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!' 


**Aircraft**: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'
  1. Disciples - Who is Jesus to You?

Disciples weWho is jesus to you? Matthew 16:13-17 \

  1. **Peter - Where do you stand? **

Peter stood before the servant girl and denied association with Jesus. Matthew 26:69-75

Rachel Scott was the first of 13 to be killed at Columbine High School. The day she died, Rachel Scott carried a notebook in her backpack, on which she’d written the words “I won’t be labeled as average.” The shooters shot her in the leg and asked if she believed in God. She replied, “You Know I do.”

Does God Hate Me?

Does God Hate Me?

TEXT: Romans 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.

The hatred of God is no secret and certainly not made a mystery in the Bible.. We desire His love, but can often place ourselves under the spout of his anger (Psalm 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. ) “Esau have I hated.” (Consider the context: Who is Esau? The rebel, always carnal and self-absorbed, unforgiving, and UNREPENTANT.) There is nothing especially unique about Esau’s position with God than any other sinner in Scripture. It is only because of the strong language in the text, that someone might read into it that God ESPECIALLY hated Esau. But the testimony of Scripture as a whole manifests God as an impartial and unchanging God. (Always love and yet always wrath: two sides of the one coin.) Remember Cain? Genesis 4:7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him. God’s opinion of us is relative to our response to His dealing. He hates sin and if we cleave to our sin we are judged with it. If we repent of our sin, then God separates our sin from us.

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

The devil tries to twist the truth to put us and keep us in bondage. For clarification place the anger or hatred of God in this perspective: Proverbs 8:13 The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.

God’s hatred is truly directed toward the abomination of sin and by association all that commit such are condemned and bear the anger and hatred of God. This is the paradox which is our awesome God. He is holy and must judge sin and he is love and forgives all that repent! He satisfies His holiness by Christ paying the price on the cross for us when we repent and believe!

Jeremiah 31:3 The LORD hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee.

The children of God loving you is also evidence God loves you... Romans 5:1-2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Ephesians 2:4 But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,

Sermon Illustrations

Evolution -- The Monkey's Viewpoint

Three monkeys sat in a coconut tree Discussing things as they're said to be.

Said one to the others, "Now listen you two, There's a certain rumor that can't be true.

That man descended from our noble race. The very idea! It's a dire disgrace.

No monkey ever deserted his wife, Starved his baby and ruined her life.

And you've never known a mother monk, To leave her baby with others to bunk,

Or pass them on from one to the other, Till they hardly know who is their mother.

And another thing you'll never see A monk build a fence around a coconut tree,

And let the coconuts go to waste, Forbidding all other monks a taste.

Why, if I put a fence around this tree, Starvation would force you to steal from me.

Here's another thing a monkey won't do, Go out at night and get on a stew.

Or use a gun or club or knife, To take some other monkey's life.

Yes! Man descended, the ornery cuss, But, brother, he didn't descend from US!

Husband, Love Your Wife And Do Not Be Bitter

2Timothy 3:1-9, NTME by J.B. Phillips:

“But you must realize that in the last days the times will be full of danger. Men will become utterly self-centered, greedy for money, full of big words. They will be proud and contemptuous, without any regard for what their parents taught them. They will be utterly lacking in gratitude, purity and normal human affections. They will be men of unscrupulous speech and have no control of themselves. They will be passionate and unprincipled, treacherous, self-willed and conceited, loving all the time what gives them pleasure instead of loving God. They will maintain a façade of “religion” but their conduct will deny its validity. You must keep clear of people like this.

“From their number come those creatures who worm their way into people’s houses, and find easy prey in silly women with an exaggerated sense of sin and morbid cravings—who are always learning and yet never able to grasp the truth. These men are as much enemies to the truth as Jannes and Jambres were to Moses. Their minds are distorted, and they are traitors to the faith. But in the long run they won’t get very far. Their folly will become as obvious to everybody as did that of Moses’ opponents.

Quotes on Selfishness

Selfishness is the root and source of all natural and moral evils. Nathanael Emmons

All selfishness is sin. Charles G. Finney

“ME” is always at the bottom of all sin. One little word M-E. It may spell drink, lust, pride, covetousness, self-will; but it is some form of “me”. Anonymous

The very heart and root of sin is an independent spirit.—We erect the idol self, and not only wish others to worship, but worship it ourselves. Richard Cecil

We men are all thieves who have stolen the self which was meant as a part of God and tried to keep it for ourselves alone. Joy Davidman: Joy on the Mountain, dr 1953—4, Joy Davidman, The Westminster Press

Every personal consideration that we allow, costs us heavenly state. We sell the thrones of angels for a short and turbulent pleasure. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every man for himself, and the Devil take the hindmost. English Proverb

That household god, a man’s own self. John Flavel

Selfishness is the greatest curse of the human race. William Ewart Gladstone

Every man for himself and God for us all. John Heywood: Proverbs, Pt. II, ch. 9

Selfishness, Love’s cousin. John Keats: Isabella, st. 31

Usually he is most empty who is most full of himself. A. G. Lawson

No one is happy or free who lives only for himself. Joy in living comes from immersion in something one recognizes to be bigger, better, worthier, more enduring than he himself is. True happiness and true freedom come from squandering one’s self for a purpose. Carl W. McGeehon: “How Free Are We?” Link

Our error is in making ourselves our own centre and thinking more of our claims on others than of our obligations to them. Christ teaches us that these are one. Alexander MacLaren

That which of all things unfits man for the reception of Christ as a Saviour, is not gross profligacy and outward, vehement transgression, but it is self-complacency, fatal self-righteousness and self-sufficiency. Alexander MacLaren

Every man brings an egg and every one wants an omelette—but without breaking his own egg. That poses a most difficult situation.

Frank Mar The world remains selfish enough, but it will not accept a selfish religion. Sir William Robertson Nicoll We are too much haunted by ourselves, projecting the central shadow of self on everything around us.—And then comes the Gospel to rescue us from this selfishness.— Redemption is this, to forget self in God. Frederick William Robertson

To set up self is to deny Christ; to exalt Christ is to reject self. Henry Sandham

You cannot be your brother’s keeper if you are caged by selfishness. Anonymous

One can be a miser or a savage and be selfish, but not a Christian. Anonymous

Self-preservation is the first law of nature, but self-sacrifice is the highest rule of grace. Anonymous

A man is quickly convinced of the truth of religion who finds it not against his interest that it should be true. Joseph Addison: The Spectator

Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for a man with self-surrender. Henri Frédéric Amiel

The world has been controlled by two parties: those who have governed by “love of self to the point of contempt of God” and those who have governed by “love of God to the point of contempt of self.” St. Augustine: The City of God

I think we have one foot in heaven and the other on the banana peel of self-interest. Lawrence W. Bash: Minneapolis Tribune

It is part of our human nature but there is that within us which always wants to make self the center of its own universe and, in that selfish way, wants to tear God from His throne and deny his brother and advance his own ambition. Robert R. Brown

The wretch concentred all in self, Living, shall forfeit fair renown, And, doubly dying, shall go down To the vile dust from whence he sprung, Unwept, unhonor’d and unsung. Sir Walter Scott: The Lay of the Last Minstrel, VI Twin-sister of Religion, Selfishness! Percy Bysshe Shelley: Queen Mab, Pt. V,

Selfishness is the great unknown sin. No selfish person ever thought himself selfish. Southern Churchman Mere tax-paying is not a substitute for the springs of human brotherhood. Collective self-indulgence cannot take the place of self- sacrifice. Robert E. Speer

He who lives only to tenefit himself confers on the world a benefit when he dies. Tertullian

Everybody thinks of changing humanity and nobody thinks of changing himself. Leo Tolstoy

The selfishness of man goes contrary to the spirit of nature and brings about all the evils for which men blame others rather than themselves. Arnold J. Toynbee

The most difficult thing the good Lord has to deal with in the man of today is his sense of self-sufficiency. He is too prone to think he can get along pretty well without God. Western Christian Advocate

If you wish to travel far and fast, travel light. Take off all your envies, jealousies, unforgiveness, selfishness and fears. Glenn Clark

Milton has carefully marked in his Satan, the intense selfishness which would rather reign in hell than serve in heaven. Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Most men are so possessed by themselves that they have no vacuum into which God’s deep water may rise. Thomas Erskine

Where Did It All Begin?

Let’s see...I think it started when Madeline Murray O’Hare complained that she didn’t want any prayer in our schools, and we said OK.

Then someone said you had better not read the Bible in school-the Bible that says thou shalt not kill, thou shalt not steal, and love your neighbor as yourself. And we said, OK.

Dr. Benjamin Spock said we shouldn’t spank our children when they misbehave because their little personalities would be warped and we might damage their self-esteem. And we said, an expert should know what he’s talking about so we won’t spank them anymore.

Then someone said that teachers and principals better not discipline our children when they misbehave. And the school administrators said no

faculty member in this school better touch a student when they misbehave because we don’t want any bad publicity, and we surely don’t want to be sued. And we accepted their reasoning.

Then someone said, let’s let our daughters have abortions if they want, and they won’t even have to tell their parents. And we said, that’s a grand idea.

And then some of our top elected officials said that it doesn’t matter what we do in private as long as we do our jobs. And agreeing with them, we said it doesn’t matter to me what anyone, including the President, does in private as long as I have a job and the economy is good.

And the entertainment industry said, let’s make TV shows and movies that promote profanity, violence, and illicit sex. And let’s record music that

encourages homosexuality, rape, drugs, murder, suicide, and satanic themes. And we said it’s just entertainment, it has no adverse effect,

and nobody takes it seriously anyway, so go right ahead.

Therefore, now we’re asking ourselves why our children have no conscience, why they don’t know right from wrong, and why it doesn’t bother them to kill strangers, their classmates, and themselves.

Probably, if we think about it long and hard enough, we can figure it out. I think it has a great deal to do with... “we reap what we sow.”

TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE Y2K

Twas the night before Y2K, And all through the nation

We awaited The Bug, The Millennium sensation.

The chips were replaced

In computers with care,

In hopes that ol' Bugsy

Wouldn't stop there.

While some folks could think

They were snug in their beds

Others had visions

Of dread in their heads.

And Ma with her PC,

And I with my Mac

Had just logged on the Net

And kicked back with a snack.

When over the server,

There arose such a clatter

I called Mister Gates

To see what was the matter.

But he was away,

So I flew like a flash

Off to my bank

To withdraw all my cash.

When what with my wandering eyes

Should I see?

My good old Mac

Looked sick to me.

The hack of all hackers

Was looking so smug,

I knew that it must be

The Y2K Bug!

His image downloaded

In no time at all,

He whistled and shouted,

Let all systems fall!

Go Intel! Go Gateway! Now HP! Big Blue!

Everything Compaq, And Pentium too!

All processors big,

All processors small,

Crash away! Crash away!

Crash away all!

All the controls

That planes need for their flights

All microwaves, trains

And all traffic lights.

As I drew in my breath

And was turning around,

Out through the modem,

He came with a bound.

He was covered with fur,

And slung on his back

Was a sackful of virus,

Set for attack.

His eyes-how they twinkled!

His dimples-how merry!

As midnight approached, though

Things soon became scary.

He had a broad little face

And a round little belly,

And his sack filled with virus

Quivered like jelly.

He was chubby and plump,

Perpetually grinning,

And I laughed when I saw him

Though my hard drive stopped spinning.

A wink of his eye,

And a twist of his head,

Soon gave me to know

A new feeling of dread.

He spoke not a word,

But went straight to his work,

He changed all the clocks,

Then turned with a jerk.

With a twitch of his nose,

And a quick little wink,

All things electronic

Soon went on the blink.

He zoomed from my system,

To the next folks on line,

He caused such a disruption,

Could this be a sign?

Then I heard him exclaim,

With a loud, hearty shout,

Happy Y2K to you all,

This is a helluva night!

Doing the Will of God Well

Doing the will of God well

Matthew 25:14-30

INTRODUCTION

Our value and success can only be measured in our profitability to God. Are we effective in our calling? Are we of any profit to Gods kingdom? Or, are we a liability? Many gifted and exceptional people have lived wasted lives and were rendered INEFFECTIVE because their primary concern was not their profitability to God.

2 Timothy 4:11 mark... Is profitable to me for the ministry

--> we must clear the table of our ambitions and be committed to a single great task: **DOING THE WILL OF GOD, WELL.**


**I. Live a Cross-Centered Life (not seeking a path of least resistance)**


**   --**every step Christ took was in the shadow of a cross. Swaddling clothes, my time is not yet, I must go to jerusalem, 


      We must not run from yhe reproach of christ the gospel the cross, WE MUST EMBRACE IT. "i will cherish the old rugged cross"


**II. Specialize in Your Calling (_this one thing I do)_**


**    **--i am a preacher, carpentry is just something I do to pay bills. Billy Graham "God never called me to build a university" "thats all you ever talk about! - well, that is all i have to say!"

60+ Apostle Paul defended his faith, worshipped God and exalted Christ Acts 24:14-16,24

80 year old Daniel

Daniel 5:12 Forasmuch as an excellent spirit, and knowledge, and understanding, interpreting of dreams, and shewing of hard sentences, and **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">dissolving of doubts</span>**, were found in the same Daniel, whom the king named Belteshazzar: now let Daniel be called, and he will shew the interpretation.

CONCLUSION

. Am I content with a good excuse why we I'm not effective in bringing Christ to MY generation?

-- the world is too sinful

--the devil is too busy

Or am I committed to doing the will of God WELL. Exactly as God intended. To be EFFECTIVE. Influence not just a debate be transformstive change. Turn the world upside down. I want God to see a profitable servant in me.

The profit of spreading the truth everyday shows up in the life of the believer.

Mt 25:30 “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness”

Pursue what is profitable not just allowable

Pursue what is most profitable

Jer 2:11 Hath a nation changed their gods, which are yet no gods? but my people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit.

God gave the privilege to the Jews to profit in the opportunity of leadership in spreading the truth among the Gentiles.

Ro 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

3:1 What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision?

2 Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God.

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

The opportunity of leadership in spreading the truth to this generation is upon us!!!

Many, most will miss their opportunity, some won’t.

Mt 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

The Profitable servant walking in the light to the praise of the Glory of God’s Grace is abundantly blessed to do the Will of God well.

Come

“COME” Psalm 65:1-5

Ps 65:1 ¶ <<To the chief Musician, A Psalm and Song of David.>> Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. 2 O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh come. 3 Iniquities prevail against me: as for our transgressions, thou shalt purge them away. 4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple. 5 By terrible things in righteousness wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation; who art the confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of them that are afar off upon the sea:

  1. GOD STANDS IN A MAJESTICLY HIGH & HOLY PLACE
  1. GOD SAYS “COME”
  1. A call to righteousness       No longer hiding

    Isaiah. 1:18 Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.

    Ge 17:1 ¶ And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.

    2Sa 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

    Heb 7:19 For the law made nothing perfect, but the bringing in of a better hope did; by the which we draw nigh unto God.

    1Pe 5:10 ¶ But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.

    Tit 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

HOW TO COME TO GOD There is a Process to Coming

--Line upon line, here a little, there a little, step by step

--prayer upon prayer, service upon service, reading God’s Word

Isa 28:9 ¶ Whom shall he teach knowledge? and whom shall he make to understand doctrine? them that are weaned from the milk, and drawn from the breasts. 10 For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little: 11 For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people. 12 To whom he said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear. 13 But the word of the LORD was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.


COME & KEEP COMING
  1. A call to service for God

The disciples “Come Follow Me” – Take up Cross, Willing to Deny Father & Mother NOT WORTHY OF ME

  1. **A call to refuge from the enemy
    **Ge 7:1 ¶ And the LORD said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.

    Ge 7:7 And Noah went in, and his sons, and his wife, and his sons' wives with him, into the ark, because of the waters of the flood.

  2. A call. To satisfaction (can't draw water from a dry well)
           Wells--graces of god promises
           River of god is full of life

    Adam & Eve found a Covering

    Woman with the Issue of Blood found healing

    Jesus Spoke one Word to Sinking Peter “COME”

     Mt 11:28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

  3. A call to be chosen

    2Co 6:17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,

    Joh 15:16 Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.

    Mt 22:14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

    IILUSTRATION: WHOM THOU CHOOSEST & CAUSEST TO APPROACH UNTO THEE

CONCLUSION

Re 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the <span style="text-decoration:underline;">water of life freely</span>

Christ’s Second Coming, YES HE IS (Ps. 24:7,9) but He is calling for us to COME.

Because

“BECAUSE”

Why I Serve the Lord – My reason for Worship and Service to God

One of the most important details of any endeavor is its MOTIVE. What is the driving force behind my love and service for God? Our REASON must be Christ!

1Jo 4:19 We love him, **because** he first loved us.


Ge 42:18 And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; **for** I fear God:


Ge 25:28 And Isaac loved Esau, **because** he did eat of his venison: but Rebekah loved Jacob.


Ge 39:23 The keeper of the prison looked not to any thing that was under his hand; because the LORD was with him, and that which he did, the LORD made it to prosper.


Ps 119:164 ¶ Seven times a day do I praise thee **because** of thy righteous judgments.


1Jo 4:17 ¶ Herein is our love made perfect, that we may have boldness in the day of judgment: because as he is, so are we in this world.


Joh 17:14 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.
  1. Why Did I Get Saved?

  2. Why Do I Serve the Lord Today?

  3. FEARED GOD BECAUSE

    Genesis 3:10—And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

    Lu 23:40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation?

    Re 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

  4. FEAR GOD BECAUSE

    Genesis 3:10—And he said, I heard thy voice in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked; and I hid myself.

Prevailing Peace

TITLE: God’s Prevailing Peace TEXT: John 14:25-27 DATE: 20120729, 20240116

Joh 14:25 These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you. 26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. 27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

4 THINGS: The Promise, The Provider, The Power, & The Privilege of Prevailing Peace

INTRODUCTION

A. STATISTICS:

Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

B. **DEFINITION: **

Hebrew = SHALOM; greet and bid farewell; complete peace. It is a feeling of contentment, completeness, wholeness, well being and harmony. TO BE COMPLETE, PERFECT, OR FULL.

DICTIONARY: #12 Obsolete to be quiet.

I. The Promise of Prevailing Peace

Peace I leave with you, ...

Christ is going away. This is a time of great stress, danger, fear, anxiety for the Disciples. There is much UNKNOWN. ==>Peace in the midst of trouble, peace in the midst of the storms....

The disciples are threatened with a great VOID, how can they be COMPLETE?

Safety consists not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.

II. The Provider of Prevailing Peace =

...my peace I give unto you:...

A. “MY” → This peace is HIS to give! God has a monopoly on peace!

Isaiah 9:6 “_For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peac_e.”

B. “GIVE” → This peace is a gift of grace!

III. The Power of Prevailing Peace = ...not as the world giveth, give I unto you....

A. Herein lies a GREAT contrast!

B. False, Lies, Abuse = WORLD

**ILL: ⇒ “**Over 8,000 Peace treaties have been made and broken.””

C. God gives with the best intent and motive. HE WILL NOT LEAVE US HANGING.

Ro 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

IV. The Privilege of Prevailing Peace ...Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. <==A Solemn Charge

A. Receive It - GOD’S GIFT, but we must be in a position to RECEIVE IT!

  1. Confess and Repent of all sins known and hidden Ps 38:3 <FORGIVENESS> Mt 6:15

  2. **Praise the Lord **(Praise Makes Perfect) Ps 59:16

B. Keep It - LET NOT...(allowance)

⇒ The Quieting of my own spirit is an act of faith.
  1. Take Comfort in God’s Promises <I Am NOT ALONE> Ps 86:7; 2Co 1:20; 2Pe 1:4

  2. **Resist the Devil ** Jas 4:7 ….Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

C. Share it - Blessed are the peace makers....

(Num 6 =Nazarite) (3times=lord) Nu 6:24 The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: 25 The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: 26 The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace.

Nu 6:27 And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them.

And because the benediction, though pronounced by the lips of a fellow man, derived its virtue, not from the priest but from God, the encouraging assurance was added, "I the Lord will bless them."

CONCLUSION:

Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Peace of God

DATE: 20120717

TITLE: The Peace of God

TEXT: Php 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

INTRODUCTION

IS PEACE OBSOLETE? world has been at peace less than eight percent of the time!

Torment: Judas, Saul, Demoniac Peace: Peter, David, Paul

1. PEACE WITH GOD

Ro 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:

NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT--Is my heart right with God? Everything else is secondary.

2. THE PURPOSE OF GOD’S PEACE

Luke 12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? ...division:

**IS THE BELIEVER's PEACE _John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, …. Ps 4:8; _**Isa 26:3

→ The Quieting of Our own Spirit is an act of FAITH. → It is in God’s Hands!

UNKNOWN-- Safety consists not in the absence of danger but in the presence of God.

IILUSTRATION: In 1555, Nicholas Ridley was burned at the stake because of his witness....

3. COME IN PEACE....GO IN PEACE

Am I a whirlwind of trouble everywhere I blow? A QUIET SPIRIT----(A LOUD SPIRIT) ----

1Pe 3:4;1Th 4:11

IILUSTRATION: A Kentucky mountaineer fighting overseas in WW1...

4. HOLDING MY PEACE

Ps 39:2; Isa 42:14; Jer 4:19

5. WHEN GOD JUDGES:

Le 10:1-3...._And Aaron held his peace. _

6. Peace Within Doesn’t Have to be Hindered by the Trouble Without

Something wrong if everyday of life is a CRISIS --

<> Mt 8:26 ILL: Painting Peace TROUBLE WITHOUT----Nothing unique to me! Job 5:7 _ Mt 5:45 **2Ti 2:9 ** Job 14:1-15_

7. Calming the Storm Inside:

  1. Confess and Repent of all sins known and hidden Ps 38:3 _<FORGIVENESS> Mt 6:15 _

  2. Take Comfort in God’s Promises <I Am NOT ALONE> Ps 86:7; 2Co 1:20; 2Pe 1:4

  3. **Resist the Devil ** Jas 4:7 ….Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

  4. **Praise the Lord **(Praise Makes Perfect) Ps 59:16

CONCLUSION

Results God Requires Lu 13:6-9

Faith gives God the benefit of the doubt when life doesn’t make sense. Peace is the fruit of such faith! --- Ruby Hamilton, -- In the Shelter of His Arms

Before Everything Else You Must Know Jesus

Title: Before Everything Else, You Must Know Jesus

DATE: 20111211

Text: I Cor. 2:1-7; 3:1

1Co 2:1 ¶ And I, brethren, when I came to you, came not with excellency of speech or of wisdom, declaring unto you the testimony of God. <testimony : Gospel> 2 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified. <not only the messiah but the CRUCIFIED Messiah> 3 And I was with you in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power: 5 That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God. 6 ¶ Howbeit we speak wisdom among them that are perfect: yet not the wisdom of this world, nor of the princes of this world, that come to nought: 7 But we speak the wisdom of God in a mystery, even the hidden wisdom, which God ordained before the world unto our glory: 3:1 And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.

INTRODUCTION

THEME: The foundation of our faith MUST be Jesus Christ. He must be the apple our eye. It must Be Him and His sacrifice on the cross that attracts our devotion. Our religion must be rooted in a personal relationship with Jesus or it is a religion without salvation. There are a great many Bible truths and spiritual mysteries to be revealed, but all these follow KNOWING JESUS CHRIST and Him crucified. Until we do, everything else is a distraction and like a CHECKBOOK in the hands of a child.

We can be religious about many things. We can be religious about Church attendance, Bible study, Christian talk and even NASCAAR, but if it is not Jesus Christ who is the very start, end and pivot point of your life, you are not saved from sin and there is ONLY one thing to do---know Jesus Christ and Him Crucified.

  1. Jesus The I AM – He is God …the testimony of God

The God of Creation, The Great Deliverer, The Lamb Slain before the Foundation of the World, IT IS HIM. The Baby Jesus was not a new person, but was the incarnation of God. The Tabernacle and all the spiritual types of the OT talk about HIM!

**Joh 1:1** ¶ _In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 The same was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life; and the life was the light of men. …14 And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth._


**Ex 3:14** _And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you._


**Joh 18:4** _Jesus therefore, knowing all things that should come upon him, went forth, and said unto them, Whom seek ye? 5 They answered him, Jesus of Nazareth. Jesus saith unto them, I am he. And Judas also, which betrayed him, stood with them. 6 As soon then as he had said unto them, I am he, they went backward, and fell to the ground._
  1. Jesus The Christ

anointed, the Greek translation of the Hebrew word rendered "Messiah" (q.v.), the official title of our Lord, occurring five hundred and fourteen times in the New Testament. It denotes that he was anointed or consecrated to his great redemptive work as Prophet, Priest, and King of his people. He is Jesus the Christ (Ac 17:3; 18:5; Mt 22:42), the Anointed One. He is thus spoken of by Isaiah (Isa 61:1), and by Daniel (Da 9:24-26), who styles him "Messiah the Prince."

  1. Jesus The Personal Savior

    Joh 3:1 ¶ There was a man of the Pharisees, named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews: 2 The same came to Jesus by night, and said unto him, Rabbi, we know that thou art a teacher come from God: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except God be with him. 3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    Lu 18:22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

  1. Jesus The Lord
  2. He is Lord

Joh 21:22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? follow thou me.

The only right response to God is SURRENDER.

The Lord Will Never Make a Truce With Sin

After a splendid victory at sea, Lord Nelson confronted the French admiral who was surrendering. The admiral, dressed in all of his regalia, approached Nelson to surrender. With his sword swinging by his side, the admiral put out his hand to the British commander. Lord Nelson stepped back and said, “Your sword first.” There are a lot of people who think they can walk up and glad hand the Lord Jesus Christ. He says, “Your sword first.” Surrender first! Jesus is not an appeaser, and He will never make a truce with sin. Never! We have to abdicate the throne. We have to surrender. (Adrian Rodgers).

Mt 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Jesus does not keep us in bondage but liberates us. **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">True liberty is to walk with Jesus!</span>** (1838 William Knibbs, Island of Jamaica, Emancipation Proclamation)
  1. He Alone is Lord

For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. (ALL POWER)

….

Hallelujah CHORUS by Mandel

Re 11:15 And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.

Ways We Limit God

Preached: November 27, 2011 at Deliverance Center.

Ways We Limit God

Text: Psalm 78:41; Matt. 23:37; 13:57,58

Ps 78:41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

Mt 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Mt 13:57,58 And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

INTRODUCTION

Nothing we do can change God. But God chooses to deal with us according to our own choices. He shows great mercy to the bound and oppressed, but requires much to whom He has shown His mercy.

Luke 12:48 … For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:… - For the wicked, God waits for their cup of iniquity to become FULL. - For the Believer, God waits for us to apply His promises.

I. Knowing only the Doctrine and not the experiences of God.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

Acts 19:1 ¶ And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

II. Through unbelief and small expectations of God

Mt 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

WORRY-- Fewer than one "problem" in every ten that we worry about is a legitimate concern.

2Ki 13:14 Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. 15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. 17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. 18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. 19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice.

Faith is the Green Light for God to work.

Mt 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible. Mr 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 

III. Sin

Unclean Vessels –

1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

God has SET qualifications for service:

1Ti 3:1 ¶ This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

IV. How we Treat Each Other

1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered. 1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

V. Not Allowing God to be God in Our Life

No time for a miracle – the supernatural, too well and thoroughly planned

Take no script or purse, don’t think what to say before

2 Tim 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;

“If God will”

James 4:13 Go to now, ye that say, To day or to morrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain: 14 Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away. 15 For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that.

When did I last “Wait” on God

The 3 Hebrew Children, OUR GOD IS ABLE, but Even He doth not deliver…

Yea, before the day was I am he; and there is none that can deliver out of my hand: I will work, and who shall let it? Isaiah 43:13

The true sense is we limit ourselves from receiving good from God.


Title: Ways We Limit God

DATE: 20111127

Text: Psalm 78:41; Matt. 23:37; 13:57,58

**Ps 78:41_ Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel._**


**Mt 23:37** _O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!_


**Mt 13:57,58** _And they were offended in him. But Jesus said unto them, A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house. 58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief._

INTRODUCTION

Nothing we do can change God. But God chooses to  deal with us according to our own choices. He shows great mercy to the bound and oppressed, but requires much to whom He has shown His mercy. Luke 12:48 _… For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required:…_
  1. Knowing only the Doctrine and not the experiences of God.

John 8:32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

**Acts 19:1** ¶ _And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, 2 He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. 3 And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism. 4 Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. 5 When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. 6 And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied._
  1. Through unbelief and small expectations of God

    Mt 8:26 And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.

WORRY-- Fewer than one "problem" in every ten that we worry

about is a legitimate concern.

**2Ki 13:14** _Now Elisha was fallen sick of his sickness whereof he died. And Joash the king of Israel came down unto him, and wept over his face, and said, O my father, my father, the chariot of Israel, and the horsemen thereof. 15 And Elisha said unto him, Take bow and arrows. And he took unto him bow and arrows. 16 And he said to the king of Israel, Put thine hand upon the bow. And he put his hand upon it: and Elisha put his hands upon the king's hands. 17 And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened it. Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou have consumed them. 18 And he said, Take the arrows. And he took them. And he said unto the king of Israel, Smite upon the ground. And he smote thrice, and stayed. 19 And the man of God was wroth with him, and said, Thou shouldest have smitten five or six times; then hadst thou smitten Syria till thou hadst consumed it: whereas now thou shalt smite Syria but thrice._

Faith is the Green Light for God to work.

Mt 19:26 _But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible._

Mr 9:23 Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.

  1. Sin

1Co 1:29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

2Co 6:14 Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15 And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.

    **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">Ps 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.</span>**

God has SET qualifications for service: 1Ti 3:1 ¶ This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. 2 A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach; 3 Not given to wine, no striker, not greedy of filthy lucre; but patient, not a brawler, not covetous; 4 One that ruleth well his own house, having his children in subjection with all gravity; 5 (For if a man know not how to rule his own house, how shall he take care of the church of God?) 6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil. 7 Moreover he must have a good report of them which are without; lest he fall into reproach and the snare of the devil.

  1. How we Treat Each Other

    1Pe 3:7 Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered.

    1Jo 4:20 If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen?

  2. Not Allowing God to be God in Our Life

Real Salvation

DATE: 20110223A

TITLE: Real Salvation

TEXT: Acts 4:6-14

Acts 4:6 And Annas the high priest, and Caiaphas, and John, and Alexander, and as many as were of the kindred of the high priest, were gathered together at Jerusalem. 7 And when they had set them in the midst, they asked, By what power, or by what name, have ye done this?8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole. 11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner.12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. 13 Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them**, they could say nothing against it**.

INTRODUCTION – Another Jesus, Another Gospel, Another Salvation?

  1. The Popularity of the Alternative

Many follow after a substitute not because it is an improvement or a better choice, but purely because it is an ALTERNATIVE. What is proven and genuine is quickly discarded for what is NEW and DIFFERENT. Within Christianity the movement is great toward whatever is trendy at the moment.

This is illustrated in ALISTER MCGRATH’s comments, _The “Christian heretic” popularity derives largely from the fact that we picture it in ways that resonate with powerful ideas in contemporary culture. The heretic is the innovative underdog who challenges authority and freely chooses for himself what he will believe. The fundamental Christian is the oppressor who refuses both to see other possibilities and to allow others to explores those possibilities for themselves. <span style="text-decoration:underline;">Which would you rather be?</span>_

The devil has successfully turn the debate from WHAT IS TRUTH?, to WHAT FEELS GOOD? Or What fits my preferences best?

  1. The Deception of a Substitute for Real Salvation

  2. “We are Losing not Gaining”

  3. Give me that OLD TIME RELIGION

    1. Not because it is old and familiar but because it WORKS.

    Lu 24:30 And it came to pass, as he sat at meat with them, he took bread, and blessed it, and brake, and gave to them. 31 And their eyes were opened, and they knew him; and he vanished out of their sight. 32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?

    1. Because Truth is our standard not preference
  4. Real Salvation is Exclusive

An exclusive way. ONLY through Jesus. A Narrow Way.

_8 Then Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said unto them, Ye rulers of the people, and elders of Israel,9 If we this day be examined of the good deed done to the impotent man, by what means he is made whole; 10 Be it known unto you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom ye crucified, whom God raised from the dead, even by him doth this man stand here before you whole<span style="text-decoration:underline;">. **11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner. **</span>12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved._



    1. **The Narrow Mind**
1. Narrow minded? Is it narrow minded to say the sun will give its light tomorrow? Is it narrow minded, to say Birds have wings and most dogs bark? 
2. It is never considered narrow minded to state a fact having general consensus. If we all generally agree, then there is no complaint of narrow mindedness. 
3. The complaint of narrow mindedness against the Christian, comes not because the facts of the Gospel can be disputed, but because **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">they are in conflict with how the sinner WANTS  things to be</span>**

    **Nothing is more narrow minded, than to live your life guided soley by your own selfish and very deceptive heart.**


    ILLUSTRATION on the truly narrow mind:


    **PERSON:** (someone on the phone.) I’m trying to serve God but can’t find a church. I can worship God at home because there is no church good enough for me. 


    **ME**: You need to find a place of worship. If nothing else the church down the street will provide you with someone you won’t agree with you everytime. IF you are the only member in your congregation you won’t have the accountability and value of someone else’s opinion. 

The truly narrow mind, eliminates the heart and will of God from its thinking and is limited to the bounds of the temporal, earthly and that which is of human origin.

_Acts 4:11 This is the stone which was set at nought of you builders, which is become the head of the corner._

In their narrow mindedness, They have discarded this stone, and it is the very stone that has become the CORNERSTONE. The discarded because it didn’t FIT their system.

** **The Gospel confronts the sinner and exposes his WRONG and WEAKNESSES.

EXPOSES US. “I don’t none of that hard preaching!” If God anoints it, I want it! Why is the preaching and teaching always so challenging? Why can’t it be soothing and comforting? Because have a problem and real Gospel EXPOSES it!

    2. **The Narrow Way**

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Luke 13:23,24_—Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, 24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able._


Matthew 7:13—_Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:  14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it._
  1. Christianity is a straight and narrow way. A way bounded and restricted by TRUTH, Righteousness and Holiness. * Pr 4:14 ¶ Enter not into the path of the wicked, and go not in the way of evil men. * **AMOS’ PLUMBLINE **Am 7:8 And the LORD said unto me, Amos, what seest thou? And I said, A plumbline. Then said the Lord, Behold, I will set a plumbline in the midst of my people Israel: I will not again pass by them any more:

  2. **Being EXCLUSIVE, Christianity EXCLUDES. **

    1. The opportunity is all inclusive (WHOSOEVER), but God’s benefits are only for the redeemed. This leaves the sinner without the umbrella of God’s protection and the blessing of His favor.

    Joh 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

    Mt 7:21 ¶ Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

    Mr 10:15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

    **1Co 6:9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, 10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. **

  3. While modern preachers rework and try to re-write the manual on salvation:

     There is already a **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">definite formula for salvation</span>**: HOW are you Saved?
    

    Eph 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

    John 6:44 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

    Ro 3:24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:

    2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began,

  4. Real Salvation is an Experience

    Acts 4:13,14—Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marvelled; and they took knowledge of them, that they had been with Jesus. 14 And beholding the man which was healed standing with them**, they could say nothing against it**.

  5. It is not a club you join, a name tag you put on. It is something that Happens to you when full faith is placed in Christ out of a repentant heart.

  6. The Evidences of Salvation are a Great Contrast 1. Our sin must be past tense. Such WERE some of you!

     I Cor. 6:11 “And such **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">were some of you:</span>** but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
    
         1. Sinner Saved by Grace? You are either a SINNER or you are saved! If you are saved, The Life you NOW live,  must CONTRAST the life you use to live!
     1. It is not just a talk, it is a walk.
    
     v. 14 _they could say nothing against it._
    
         2. _THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS, v.13_
         3. _THE MAN HAD BEEN IMPOTENT, BUT NOW WAS WHOLE, v.14_
    
  7. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is Liberty. 2 Cor. 3:17

  8. Not the same, ever since the savior found me!

CONCLUSION – ALTAR CALL

If you have embraced a substitute there is still ROOM at the cross for you. REAL SALVATION. ALIVE, POWERFUL, LIFE CHANGING, ETERNAL.

Christ is in the business of changing lives!

JOSH MCDOWELL

Josh McDowell was a hard-nosed skeptic regarding the accuracy of the Bible and Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God. His intense quest to disprove it led him into a spiritual experience with Christ that radically changed his life. There were obvious changes in his behavior, but the most significant change happened as he faced the need to forgive people who had damaged him as a child.

DAD

The small community where the McDowell family lived knew his father as the town alcoholic. Josh hated him for the abuse and the shame he brought them. When Josh accepted Christ as his Savior, a powerful love consumed his life. He described how it affected his feelings for his father: “God’s love took that hatred, turned it upside down, and emptied it out. I looked my father in the eyes and said, ‘Dad, I love you,’ and I really meant it.”

A short time later, his dad visited him. “It was one of his few sober days,” Josh said. “Dad paced nervously around the room and finally blurted out, 'Son, how can you love a father like me?'”

Josh answered, “Dad, six months ago I despised you, but I have placed my trust in Christ, received God’s forgiveness, and invited Him into my life. He has changed me. God has taken away my hatred and now I love and accept you just the way you are.”

After they talked for almost an hour, Josh’s dad said, “Son, if God can do in my life what I’ve seen Him do in yours, then I want to trust Him as my Savior and Lord.”

His father’s life changed right before his eyes. Josh saw his father touch alcohol only once after that. The beverage got as far as his lips before his father thrust it away.

HIRED COOK

There was another person Josh needed to forgive. Between six and thirteen years of age, he was abused by a man hired to cook and clean on their farm. When his parents needed to leave for any reason, they would stand Josh in front of him and say, "You do everything Wayne tells you to do or you'll get a thrashing when we get home.” He was afraid of their punishment, so Josh did what Wayne told him.

When Josh told his mother what Wayne did to him, she didn’t believe Him. “I felt totally alone and unprotected,” he admitted. “Even at the young age of six, I knew what Wayne did to me was evil, and I hated him for it.”

Josh’s work on the farm made him stronger, so by the age of 13 he waited for an opportunity to confront his abuser. When his parents were out of sight, he walked into the house, cupped his hands around Wayne’s neck and pushed him against the wall. His grip tightened as he spoke. "If you ever touch me again, I will kill you!" Wayne never touched him after that.

Years later, as a new believer, Josh told his pastor about Wayne. His pastor looked at him sympathetically and said, “You need to forgive him.” Josh’s anger exploded. The years of abuse and his personal battle for his own protection had scarred him deeply. He admitted, “I hate the man! I want him to burn in hell!”

Josh faced his abuser once again, but this time he didn't threaten him. “Wayne, what you did to me was evil,” he said, “but I‘ve trusted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. I believe that Jesus died as much for you as He did for me, so I forgive you.”

“I had no warm emotions,” Josh admitted. “I simply said the words in faith because I knew it would please my Heavenly Father. Faith carried me through both experiences of forgiving my father and Wayne. Through it all, I had the haunting conviction that the Bible was true and I could trust Jesus to give me victory.”

ITS NOT FOR SALE

During the Spanish-American War, Clara Barton was overseeing the work of the Red Cross in Cuba. One day Colonel Theodore Roosevelt came to her, wanted to buy food for his sick and wounded Rough Riders. But she refused to sell him any. Roosevelt was perplexed. His men needed the help and he was prepared to pay out of his own funds. When he asked someone why he could not buy the supplies, he was told, "Colonel, just ask for it!" A smile broke over Roosevelt's face. Now he understood--the provisions were not for sale. All he had to do was simply ask and they would be given freely.

GOD IS CHASING YOU

In 1981, a Minnesota radio station reported a story about a stolen car in California. Police were staging an intense search for the vehicle and the driver, even to the point of placing announcements on local radio stations to contact the thief. On the front seat of the stolen car sat a box of crackers that, unknown to the thief, were laced with poison. The car owner had intended to use the crackers as rat bait. Now the police and the owner of the VW Bug were more interested in apprehending the thief to save his life than to recover the car. So often when we run from God, we feel it is to escape his punishment. But what we are actually doing is eluding his rescue.

Joh 6:68 Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life. 69 And we believe and are sure that thou art that Christ, the Son of the living God.

You Can't Know God from There

DATE: 20110619P

TITLE: You Can’t Know God from There!

TEXT: Luke 19:1-10, v.5

Lu 19:1 ¶ And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho. 2 And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich. 3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature. 4 And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycomore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.** 5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.** 6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully. 7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner. 8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold. 9 And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

INTRODUCTION

  1. Our success in God depends so much on our approach to Him. We are on a journey of FAITH.

Heb 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

  1. Faith takes root in the HEART and not in the head .

Ro 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;

God and his ways are greatly mysterious to the carnal mind.

  1. We CAN find God by searching, but success depends on how and where you look. There are permanent obstructions to your spiritual life, unless removed, you CANNOT find God and never will.

Zacheaus was permanently prevented from knowing Christ. It was impossible for Zacheaus to know Christ!

3 And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.

1. Jericho

    Jericho his moon; his month; fragrant

Jericho is the lowest permanently inhabited site on earth. (846 feet below sea level.) It is also believed to be the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world. You cannot get any more earthly minded!

RELIGOUS

2. A Man Name Zacchaeus

    Zaccheus pure; clean; just


    Self-righteous, DISTANT, You have got to get close!

3. Chief Among the Publicans

    A traitor, bitterness, unforgiveness

4. He Was Rich

Things have you

CONCLUSION

Christ must be brought to your house

Lu 19:5 And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.

Lu 19:6 And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.

7 And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.

8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold

Allow Christ to influence EVERY part of your life.

Six Things God Won’t Do for You

DATE: 20110102P

TITLE: Six Things God Won’t Do for You

TEXT: I Samuel 30:19; 2 Samuel 1:19

1 Samuel 30:19—And there was nothing lacking to them, neither small nor great, neither sons nor daughters, neither spoil, nor any thing that they had taken to them: David recovered all.

2 Samuel 1:19_—The beauty of Israel is slain upon thy high places: how are the mighty fallen!_

INTRODUCTION

  1. BACKGROUND TO OUR TEXTS:

I Samuel 30:1-10 David’s Story David had been in hiding with the Philistines, but when it came time for the Philistines to engage in battle with Israel and king Saul, some of the Philistines became nervous about David being around. The Philistines sent David away and David on his return home found his city burnt down and his family and the families of his men stolen away. David calls for the ephod and prays Shall I pursue after this troop? shall I overtake them? And he answered him, Pursue: for thou shalt surely overtake them, and without fail recover all.

I Samuel 31:1-7  Saul’s Story

Saul and Isreal fought the Philistines. Israel was defeated. Saul and his sons fled to Gilboa and Saul, his armourbearer, and Saul’s three sons including Jonathan were all killed.

  1. INTRODUCTION OF OUR SUBJECT

It is miraculous and extensive the work God does in a person. He does great and mighty things to us and for us. He does those things for us that we cannot do for ourselves. Ultimately all the glory and credit for the victories of life belong solely to Him. He makes it possible, enables us and guarantees the victory. In comparing Saul’s Story with David’s Story, where is the disconnect from Saul and his victory?

As a measure of proving us, there are things God does not do FOR us. The Christian experience is not entirely reactionary or consisting of that which happens TO us. We are not still born infants. There are things (though by God’s grace) we must do for ourselves. And if we do not do these things, we absolutely can lose that which God gives us and does for us.

    REPENT – ASK – CHOOSE - LEARN** – **FIGHT** - **BELIEVE
  1. REPENT -Transparently deal with our sin before God.

    **Favor with God must be sought after and protected at any cost.
    **Sin makes us unfit for fellowship and battle. Saul went into battle with sin in his heart
    Why did Saul lose favor with God? Unrepented Sin PRIDE
    REMAIN HUMBLE BEFORE GOD AT ANY COST.

    James 4:6—… resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble.

Saul was mistaken for one of the prophets, but did not HUMBLE HIMSELF.

  1. PRAY - Ask, Revival, We have not because we ask not.

**Gods direction must be sought after and followed.
**      Saul was fighting God’s will while David was completely resigned to it
2Sa 5:19 And David enquired of the LORD, saying, Shall I go up to the Philistines?...

2Sa 5:24 And let it be, when thou hearest **the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees,** that then thou shalt bestir thyself: …
  1. CHOOSE - God will not move further until we have done what we already know to do. We must choose to do good. WILL to do

**Principle must be more important than Convenience.**

1 Sam 24:10-Behold, this day thine eyes have seen how that the Lord had delivered thee to day into mine hand in the cave: and some bade me kill thee: but mine eye spared thee; and I said, I will not put forth mine hand against my lord; for he is the Lord's anointed.

  1. LEARN - Our mastery of faith, truth and the life in the Spirit must be continuous.

**We must learn of our master: Skills – prayer/bow
**Main cause of Israel’s defeat was the Philistine’s advantage of the bow, therefore David responds later by Teaching Judah the bow

Ps144:1_ Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight:_ \

   We must be taught & We must learn. **We must be taught how to trust God and learn.
**Ho 4:6. My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.

Pray that ye enter not into temptation -- Have to pray – Truth -- Spirit of God
Solomon prayed the words that david spoke. II Chron.6:41-42; Ps 132:(1,) 8-10,(16)

  1. FIGHT/PURSUE - The battle is the Lord’s, but we must pursue the enemy.

**We must be winning at home if we are to win abroad
**David was fighting to recover his family and his men’s families

Saul was tormented of the devil in his own mind. He could not pray for himself, let alone 


his nation.


**WE Must Pursue the Enemy**


2Sa 22:38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them

**Saul saved Agag. **1Sa 15:9 But Saul and the people spared Agag,

We must Destroy the Enemy \

  1. BELIEVE/EXPECT – Raise our Level of Expectation from God.

Our goal must be absolute victory-- no compromise
Compromise will never win against satan. He will get the better end of the deal every time.

Pattern of Good Works

Standards: A Pattern of Good Works

Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Ultimately, Christ is the Pattern

1Pe 2:21 For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

What was the Pattern he left us?

  1. Humility & Meekness (came as a baby in the manger)
  2. Simplicity ( Mt 8:20 foxes,birds...the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.)
  3. Full Surrender (Gethsemane, not my will but thine)

The Work of Building Up the Church was only beginning when Christ ascended

John 16:13-14 —Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come. 14 He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you.

Titus 2:11,12 11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

**Titus 2:14 **Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.

The Holy Ghost works through the Word

(preached, read, memorized, revealed, etc.)

The Holy Ghost Works Through People

1 Timothy 1:16 Howbeit for this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering, for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.

Titus 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,

Php 3:17 Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.

Standards (Church, Camp, etc.)

Reasons for the Pattern (shewing thyself a pattern)

Usually standards are discussed in the following way, "If you wear ear rings you are going to hell."

Your testimony for Christ is Being Watched

Sinners are Watching (not just for the preacher, just started with Titus)

Christians are Watching

1 Timothy 4:12 Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.

Somethings Act as a Stumbling Block for Someone Else

God is Watching

Bring honor to our father. In his likeness!

Camp Rules Explained

What good are the camp rules as for the most part, we abide them for a week and then go home leaving off the better part of them.

You are being shown a pattern, an example.

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What are the reasons. Is the pattern worth continuing after camp? You are being shown a pattern

Fleeing Lust

2Ti 2:22 ¶ Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

Culture undervalues your body. When to God, it is the TEMPLE OF THE HOLY GHOST.

1Co 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?

We live in a time of great rebellion against God's design:

De 22:5 ¶ The woman shall not wear that which pertaineth unto a man, neither shall a man put on a woman's garment: for all that do so are abomination unto the LORD thy God.

Ge 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.

Distractions: "No Cell Phones, Electronics"

How could I possibly continue this pattern?

The Liberty of a Sanctified Life

Freeing Strongholds/Harbors for Sin

Pride is a tricky thing and is harbored by many things. And those things are not universal. What might be cause by pride in one, might be the result of insecurity in another.

Biblical Selfworth, value. Respect for your person.

Something in itself may not be a sin, but is it an in route to my spirit to sow seeds for sin? How is it effecting my spiritual walk.

The work of the devil hides behind many pretenses: fun, entertainment (the play with BS, walked out, parents wonder about his behavior.).

Freeing Distractions

Spiritual Emphasis - Not Self Emphasis - Right Focus

Freeing Weights

Heb 12:1 ¶ Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

The Lord's Prayer

Title: The Lord’s Prayer

TEXT: John 17:13,21

INTRODUCTION

John 17:13—And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

John 17:21—That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.

Christ Desires a one-ness or unity for his people as he shares with the Father.

Joh 17:11 ¶ And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.

Joh 17:22 And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them**; that they may be one**, even as we are one : Joh 17:23 I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one;…

ONENESS IN_: GLORY – POSSESSION – AUTHORITY – POWER – MISSION – TRUTH – SANCTIFICATION – JOY _

  1. SHARED EDIFICATION— BUILDING EACH OTHER UP— GLORY -- SPIRIT

    v.1 Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

    v. 4 I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5 And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.

    Joh 17:24 ¶ Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.

    Meal Time

    KINDNESS TO ONE ANOTHER:

    Ga 6:10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

    Repair the Breaches (Unforgiveness and Bitterness destroy UNITY)

    Ga 6:1 ¶ Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.

    Gain by Trading

    Lu 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

  2. SHARED CAUSE

    ONE THE GIVING OF ETERNAL LIFE – Power ability, authority

    v.3 It is Life eternal to know the only true God and Jesus Christ

    Joh 17:18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world.

    2Co 6:1—We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain.

    Joh 8:12 ¶ Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying**, I am the light of the world**: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.

    Mt 5:14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

  3. SHARED MESSAGE & DOCTRINE, TRUTH, SANCTIFY

    V. 8 For I have given unto them the words which thou gavest me;

    Eph 4:3 Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.

    Eph 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:

    persuasion, credence; moral conviction, the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself:--assurance, belief, faith

  4. SHARED POSSESSION – WE belong to each other, WE share all in common!

    v.10 And all mine are thine, and thine are mine; and I am glorified in them.

    Joh 17:6 ¶ I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word.<--We are Christ’s

  5. Joh 17:2 As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.

  6. Joh 17:13 And now come I to thee; and these things I speak in the world, that they might have my joy fulfilled in themselves.

  7. Joh 17:17 ¶ Sanctify them through thy truth: thy word is truth. 18 As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify myself, that they also might be sanctified through the truth.

  8. 17:23B and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them**, as thou hast loved me**. … 26 And I have declared unto them thy name, and will declare it: that the love wherewith thou hast loved me may be in them, and I in them.

CONCLUSION

This is not just our ambition to have unity. But this is our Lord’s Prayer!

The War on Sin

TEXT: Titus 2:11-14, v.12

THESIS: The grace of God teaches us to live above sin. (It is never a license for sin. Jude 4)

Titus 2:11 ¶ For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 ¶ These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.

INTRODUCTION: Epistle to Titus Background

Tit 1:5—_For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting…_

Crete was an island in the Mediterranean Sea. Crete means: carnal; fleshly

In common Greek speech, the expression, "to Cretanize," meant to tell lies;

Tit 1:12 _… a prophet of their own, said, **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">The Cretians are alway liars,</span>** evil beasts, slow bellies. 13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, <span style="text-decoration:underline;">that they may be sound in the faith;</span>_



            1. **Declare War and Recognize the dangers**,    

We must never take sin loosely, but SERIOUSLY.

The decision to go to war is always compelled by the extant of potential loss if action isn’t taken.

SOME OBJECTIVES: (Operation Enduring Freedom)

  1. Identify, locate and destroy terrorists along with their organizations
  2. Deny sponsorship, support and sanctuary to terrorists
  3. Diminish the underlying conditions that terrorists seek to exploit
  4. Defend US citizens and interests at home and abroad

We are at War! (The devil wants to discredit the fact that we are at war.)

    1. **The wages of is still death! Sin is an enemy!**

Ro 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

    2. **EVERY sinner is in imminent danger of the wrath of God.**

        The language of Scripture concerning sin is very VIOLENT: **Language of War**

* Dead to sin
* Destroy the body of sin
* Crucify the flesh
* Mortify
* Judge
* Wrathful vengeance
* Abomination

Ps 7:11 _God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day. _

Titus 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith;

  1. The war must be personal.

     Everyone is in need of DELIVERANCE --- redeemed from all iniquity
    

What should our disposition be toward sin? Seeking a deliverance from it! Sin is something to run hard from! Never toy with sin. Bring it immediately to the cross!

We must take sides against ourselves with Christ and His Holiness.

  1. Know and believe the path to victory.
    1. Denying ungodliness and Worldly Lusts

      There are certainly things we must deny at any cost. Deny this flesh his lustful cravings and desire. REJECT, REFUSE—SAY NO!

      Christian liberty is in part the ability to live above the law of sin and not God’s law!

In this Present World

  1. In Relationship to Our Self — soberly

  2. In Relationship to our neighbor — righteously

  3. In Relationship to our Maker — godly

  4. Believe and pursue total victory. -- “in this present world”

    ** Anything not purified in this life will not be purified in the next**

    Provide no quarter and accept no compromise with the enemy.

    Our denial of sin must be absolute! ZERO TOLERANCE

    ”The presence of terrorism anywhere in the world is a threat to our liberty.”

    Incomplete Conquest is fatal. --- ISRAEL

    We must not relent in our resolve against sin . The anser the first time must be the answer the 1000th time!

    1. IT IS POSSIBLE -- VICTORY OVER SIN IS ALWAYS POSSIBLE THROUGH CHRIST.

    1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

    Php 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Because a sin offering has been made!

1Jo 2:1 ¶ My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

CAIN’S SIN

 Gen. 4:7; “sin lieth at the door” or ACC “Sin-offering lieth at the door; Family Bible Notes:

Sin lieth at the door; according to some, crouched at thy door, like a beast of prey, ready to destroy thee; according to others, a sin-offering (such as I require) lieth at the door, by offering which in a right spirit, thou mayest gain my favor.

--“a sin offering in waiting, God provides atonement for sin. (as in Ho 4:8; 2Co 5:21; Heb 9:28).

SIN MUST BE DEALT WITH UNDER THE BLOOD OF JESUS!

4. **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">VICTORY OVER SIN is REQUIRED. God expects great things from us!</span>**

1Co 4:2  _Moreover it is **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">required</span>** in stewards, that a man be found faithful. (search will be made!)_


Col 4:12 _Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ, saluteth you, always labouring fervently for you in prayers, **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">that ye may stand perfect and complete in</span>** all the will of God. _


Titus 2:14—_Who gave himself for us, **<span style="text-decoration:underline;">that</span>** he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works._

As long as there is a parcel of territory we consider unconquerable in our life that is where the devil will always have a stronghold in our life and therefore be able to undermine every other victory.

The Difficulty of Hearing

TITLE: “The Difficulty of Hearing”

Text: I Timothy 4:1-16

  1. Hearing is Difficult:

  2. IF THEY WOULD ONLY HEAR!

    1. Joh 6:63 It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.
  3. Listening is Difficult: The Difficulty of Hearing 2. Often times, we are “NOT GETTING IT.”: OT Tabernacle, Ark of the Covenant, Priesthood.

  4. Israel didn’t hear was MOSES was hearing on that mount SINAI.

  5. Judas didn’t hear what Jesus and even what John the Baptist heard at Christ’s Baptism.

  6. Nicodemus wasn’t hearing what Jesus was saying: John 3:

  7. There are So Many Voices –WE NEED SELECTIVE HEARING.

    1. Paul instructs timothy to command, teach, instruct as if he is commissioning someone with a great military task.

    Galatians 1:8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed.

    1. Oh be careful little ears what you hear! You will miss God’s voice in the midst of the noise. DISTRACTIONS

    Lu 10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:

    1. ILLUSTRATION: AT one time, a family destroyed by false teaching. (They were hearing the good Word as Well. But it get’s lost in the multitude of voices.)
    2. We need a singleness of heart, eyes, & ears. (Laura’s cousin trying to fool me on the phone, but so far I’ve known who it wasn’t)—God just doesn’t speak that way!!!

    Mt 6:22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

  8. THE IMPERFECT HEART IS ALWAYS --IN VARYING DEGRESS-- DULL OF HEARING.

    1. We can be DULL of Hearing (Heavily dull, A load Abundance) 1. 3 Times this phrase is used: Matthew 13:15; Acts 28:27; Heb. 5:11 2. HEART is waxed gross (TO THICKEN, FATTEN, CALLOUS)—Doesn’t effect me like it use to! 3. It isn’t just the sinner on the street that is dull of hearing, but the servants of the lord 4. Sin not only blinds, it deafens our hearing! I cannot hear properly as long as there is sin in my life. 5. SPIRITUAL Hearing is directly related to the condition of the HEART.
  1. I Must get the STORMS INSIDE silenced if I am going to hear anything.
  1. God can speak in your language. (So You can Hear)

    CENTURION:

    Mat 8:8 The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. :9 For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

DISCIPLES:

Mt 4:19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.

PAUL:

1Co 9:22 To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

CONCLUSION:

The Marriage Metaphor

There is no ‘secret language’ or hidden message requiring ‘decoding’ in Scripture, but there is symbolism and metaphors that are consistently used, therefore by comparison of references a general comprehension can be achieved.

Have been saying it backwards? By portraying the union with Christ and his Bride as being ‘elite’ and an ultimate relationship. Do we exclude too many from the ‘opportunity?’ Should not the union of Christ with His Bride be taught as the ideal relation which Christ desires to have with ALL His people? ETC….

FIRST, what do we know about the marriage relationship that can parallel God’s relationship with His people?

Isa 62:5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.

1Pe 3:4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

Ps 45:13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

2Co 4:16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.

Ro 7:22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man:

Ro 2:29; 2Co 4:16; Eph 1:7;3:16; Col 1:11

Isa 49:18—thou shalt surely clothe thee with…[CHILDREN], as with an ornament… as a bride doeth.

Isa 61:10 ¶ I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.

Jer 2:32 Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet my people have forgotten me days without number.

The Bridegroom and the Bride

Jer 7:34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.

Jer 16:9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.

Jer 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.

Jer 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

Joe 2:16 Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.

Re 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Re 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Re 21:9 ¶ And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife.

Re 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.

You will go out into eternity knowing you had opportunities to be saved and were not saved.

Contract yourself a debt.

You have the promise of being born again, all that is you have a promise.

Espousal, Betrothal

2 Corinthians 11:2 — For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Mt 1:18 ¶ Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.

Luke 1:27 — To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.

Luke 2:5 — To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. {taxed: or, inrolled}

Marriage and Marriage Feast Distinction

Matthew 25:10 — And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.

- gamov: of uncertain affinity; nuptials:--marriage, wedding. (Matthew 22:2, 3,4,8,9,10,11,12; 25:10; Luke 12:36; 14:8; John 2:1,2; Hebrews 13:4; Revelation 19:7,9)

Luke 12:36 — And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. [KJV]

- The main idea of Luke 12:35-40 is the "Watchful Servant"
- Servants Waiting for their Master's return **from the wedding** in Luke 12 & Virgins Waiting for the Bridegroom to come **to the marriage** in Matthew 25.

Revelation 19:9 —

- deipnon [1173]: from the same as 1160; dinner, i.e. the chief meal (usually in the evening):--feast, supper. (Matthew 23:6; Mark 6:21; Mark 12:39; Luke 14:12,16,17,24; Luke 20:46; John 12:2; 13:2,4; 21:20; 1 Corinthians 11:20,21; Revelation 19:9,17)

The Importance of the Resurrection

TEXT: Matthew 28; Mark 16; Luke 24; John 20

 Ro 6:5 _For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:_


 1Co 15:21 _For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead._


 Php 3:10 _That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;_
  1. Christ’s Death was God’s Perfect Design for Redemption of Mankind

(near Caesarea Philippi) Mt 16:21-28; Mr 8:31-38; 9:1; Lu 9:22-27

(in Galilee) Mt 17:22,23; Mr 9:30-32; Lu 9:43-45

  1. Christ’s Death—Where was Jesus’ Spirit while His Body was in the grave?

KEY: Matthew 27 & 28, Mark 15 &16, Luke 23 &24, and John 19 & 20 do not give much details if any concerning the period of time that Christ’s spirit was separated from His Body. The EMPHASIS in these passages is the DEATH of CHRIST and the RESURRECTION of CHRIST. We must maintain the SAME EMPHASIS.

Because of the apparent mystery of this period (because of his secondary importance) much false doctrine has been concocted concerning it.

_Word of Faith theology has completely rewritten and redefined the atonement. _(Popularized by the modern leaders of the Faith Movement, especially Kenneth Copeland and Kenneth Hagin.) The Word of Faith movement’s doctrine of the visit of Christ to Hell is a full-scale attack on the efficacy of the Cross. In their version, Christ dies spiritually on the Cross as well as physically, and is transported to Hell to be tormented by demonic forces for three days as a final payment on the atonement. Jesus is abused by demons for three days, and wanders around hell in disgrace as a kind of “wormy, washed-up shell of a spirit,” until God allows Him to speak the “faith word” and overcome His enemies. “Jesus is “born again” in Hell”. <<John 19:30—“It is finished.” Atonement was COMPLETE.>>

No Where in Scripture is it said or inferred that the devil had the keys of ‘death and hell.’ God has always been in possession of them!

Revelation 1:18--_I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death._
  1. Arises from the dead (just outside Jerusalem)

             Mt 28:2-15; Mr 16:1-11; Lu 24:1-12; Joh 20:1-18 
    
  1. Too Important not have been Witnessed by Many! God left nothing to chance or mystery concerning the fact of Christ’s resurrection.Those Who Saw Jesus After He Resurrecte:
  2. Mary Magdalene (first evangelists of the resurrection!)** Luke 24:1-11**
  3. Appears to two disciples who journey to the village of Emmaus** Luke 24:13-3**5
  4. Is seen by Peter (near Jerusalem) Luke 24:34
  5. Appears in the midst of the disciples, when Thomas was absent (in Jerusalem)** Luke 24:36-49**
  6. Appears to his disciples, when Thomas was present (in Jerusalem) **John 20:26-29 **
  7. Appears to his disciples at Lake Galilee** Mt 28:16**
  8. Appears to the apostles and more than five-hundred followers on a mountain in Galilee** Mt 28:16-20 **
  9. Appears to James and also to all the apostles (in Jerusalem**) Acts 1:3-8**
  10. Appears to Paul (on the road to Damascus) Acts 9:3-17
  11. Appears to the Apostle John (on Patmos Island)** Revelation 1:10-18**
  12. The resurrection was the seal that He Keeps His Promises. HE WILL RETURN and judge this world. The resurrection is the seal of authenticity of the GOSPEL.

1Co 15:12 ¶ Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 ¶ But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.

When God Speaks of Judgment

Text : Matthew 24:1-5, 37

** Mt 24:37 But as the days of Noe were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be.**

Jer. 25:1-9 Because you have not hearkened unto my Word.

Am 8:11 ¶ Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD:

  1. SOME NEVER EVEN HEAR HIM. Perished in the Flood

    1 Samuel 28:6—And when Saul enquired of the LORD, the LORD answered him not, neither by dreams, nor by Urim, nor by prophets. (Saul went to see the witch of Endor.)

BECOMING SENSUAL THEY ARE LED AWAY BY EVERY WIND OF DOCTRINE. Unbelief is directed by the senses and operates in a different realm than faith which is spiritual. Thoughts & Feelings that Destroy Faith must not rule our decisions, but GOD’s WORD.

Many live their lives out of earshot of God. It isn’t that God isn’t calling and reaching, but they have set themselves just out of range of their ability to hear Him.

**Stay where you can hear God. **It is MY responsibility to remain in the place I can hear His voice.

  1. SOME HEAR AFTER DIFFICULTY. Preserved Through

    Genesis 6:8—But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD. 13 ¶ And God said unto Noah,… I will destroy them with the earth.14 Make thee an ark of gopher wood;….

    Lu 12:36_—And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately._

    GOD HAS A PLAN OF KEEPING!3 Hebrew Children, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Obadiah & 700 prophets,

  2. SOME HEAR HIM WHEN HE SPEAKS. Escaped!

    Ge 5:21 ¶ And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: 22 And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: 23 And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: 24 And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him.

ENOCH: dedicated, teacher, METHUSELAH”When He is gone, it shall come” died just before the flood.

Lu 21:36 Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man. GOD HAS A PLAN OF ESCAPE!

Enoch, Lot, Elijah, Jesus, Philip

**CONCLUSION:

**STAY WHERE WE CAN HEAR HIM, KEEP SENSITIVE. Develop AN EAR TO HEAR WHAT THE SPIRIT IS SAYING…There is great advantage given to those who are listening and hearing what God is speaking.

Matthew 17:5—_While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him. _(Transfiguration.)

Things the Devil Would Like You to Forget

That We Must Remind Him Of!

  1. ** Satan has usurped his power and position and one day Christ will declare His right claim!**

God of this world, prince of this world, the devil==

Re 10:1 ¶ And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth, 3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer: <no more delay>

  1. The Day I got saved.

Ps 34:6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

  1. Every Victory We have Won!

  2. WE WERE SAVED BY FAITH

    Lu 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.

    Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Living an Overcoming Life

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;

Paul’s Testimony

Christ’s Testimony

Peter’s Testimony

How Many Promises in the Bible?

The difficulty of numbering the promises is due to questions like:

  1. “Is a promise with several parts counted as one or is each part counted as a promise?”
  2. “What is considered a promise?” If every verse of God’s Word is considered a ‘promise’, that would be 31,102 promises! Or, if each verse portion was considered a ‘promise’ that total 31,102-PLUS promises!

The Human Condition & Faith

TITLE: The Human Condition & Faith

TEXT: Hebrews 11:21—By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

What should the Believer’s Disposition be toward the human condition?

Our manner of life should not be domination by the human condition but by faith.

INTRODUCTION

  1. THE HUMAN CONDITION
  1. SIN  PRONE to SIN, Selfsih

Ps 51:5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.


Isa 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.


Ge 6:5 And GOD saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. (v. 8 “Noah found grace”)
  1. SICKNESS
  1. NEEDS

Joh 16:33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

  1. FAITH

    We are captives as long as our limits/liberty does not exceed the human condtion.

  2. Faith Reaches Beyond the Human Condition

A CRY FOR DELIVERANCE.

Heb 11:9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:

10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

There is only one profitable way to hide our weakness:

1Sa 25:29 Yet a man is risen to pursue thee, and to seek thy soul: but the soul of my lord shall be bound in the bundle of life with the LORD thy God; and the souls of thine enemies, them shall he sling out, as out of the middle of a sling.

Col 3:3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

  1. Faith is not influenced by the Human Condition

CONSUMED BY THE DECREE OF GOD.

  1. Faith is Guided by the Will of God.

…worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.

A CRUTCH???

Fallen, but not Finished

Proverbs 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.

  1. There have been times when we have fallen
  1. God can help us to get up after falling
  1. God can keep us from falling

When Safety is Far From You

TITLE: When Safety is Far From You

TEXT: Genesis 28:10-22, v.16

INTRODUCTION

16 ¶ And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not.

THESIS: God is an ever present help and we can abide in His presence. When safety is far from us, we can enter his presence! The Impossible has been spanned by Christ. FAITH CAN ALWAYS TOUCH GOD.

  1. Jacob Running for His Life

[trying to swim to the island, I panicked and tired so the canoe came to me.]

Jacob is RUNNING for his life. (That old trickster, supplanter) With the help of his mother, has dug his own grave!

  1. Jacob Far from Safety
  1. Jacob’s Ladder
    • Jacob wasn’t going to make it to the sanctuary of LUZ, but God gave him a dream! God with us wherever we are!
    • It was IMPOSSIBLE for Jacob to make it, so God showed him a ladder (staircase) built! (Jesus)
    • This ladder speaks of Christ: By him God comes down to man; through him man ascends to God. Our Lord applies the vision in this way himself, 1st, In that remarkable speech to Nathanael, Hereafter ye shall see the heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of man, Joh 1:51
    • Emanuel_—God with us_

All the while Jacob was doing his own thing trying to secure blessing through deception and trickery, God was at work.-angels ascending and decending.—much activity going on in the spiritual realm.

    God coming down to man.

CONCLUSION

After the dream, Jacob’s entire attitude changed. His fear turned to faith. His deceptive ways to commitment to God.

GOD IS IN THIS PLACE.

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS WHEN KNOW YOU ARE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

Ge 28:10 ¶ And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, I am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 ¶ And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven. 18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first. 20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

Living Outside the Gate

TITLE: Living Outside the Gate

Text: Genesis 28:16,17

Genesis 28:16—And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

INTRODUCTION

The Greatest privilege of the Believer is to dwell in the presence of God. There is no more desirable place than where you are fully aware of the awesome presence of God.

Ps 140:13 _Surely the righteous shall give thanks unto thy name: the upright shall dwell in thy presence._

INTO HIS PRESENCE

  1. THERE IS NOTHING PARTICULARY UNIQUE ABOUT JACOB AND HIS IGNORANCE, BUT WHAT IS TRULY REMARKABLE IS HOW OFTEN JACOB’ STORY IS REPEATED.

     _Surely the LORD is in this place; and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">I knew it not</span>_
    
    
     Most people live their lives entirely without the presence of God.
    
    
     Jacob was running for his life but getting nowhere!
    
  1. THERE IS NOTHING ESPECIALLY UNIQUE ABOUT THE LADDER TO HEAVEN, WHAT IS TRULY REMARKABLE HOW FEW EVER SEE IT.

God is omnipresent

He is never farther than a prayer faith can reach Him!

Matthew 18:20 For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.


Ps 139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.

BUT STILL CAIN WENT OUT FROM THE PRESENCE OF GOD. (Gen. 4:16)

Phineas’ wife with child “ Ichabod”

Livng outside the gate of God’s presence is always a personal problem.

The mole is not born without eyes or born blind, but has very good eyes. They merely deteriorate for lack of use.

CONCLUSION—“SHUT OUT”

**Zephaniah 1:6,7_—And them that are turned back from the LORD; and <span style="text-decoration:underline;">those that have not sought the LORD, nor enquired for him</span>. 7 ¶ Hold thy peace at the presence of the Lord GOD: for the day of the LORD is at hand: for the LORD hath prepared a sacrifice, he hath bid his guests._**

Leaning on the Lord

Job 8:15—He shall lean upon his house, but it shall not stand: he shall hold it fast, but it shall not endure.

Proverbs 3:5—Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

INTRODUCTION

Psalm 18:18—They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.

Psalm 37:23-24 Ps 37:23 The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way. 24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

Psalm 94:18—When I said, My foot slippeth; thy mercy, O LORD, held me up.

Isaiah 26:3-4Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. 4 Trust ye in the LORD for ever: for in the LORD JEHOVAH is everlasting strength:

Phil. 4:6-7—Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. 7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 4:15-16 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

The name "Jesus" means "the LORD our Salvation," a further revelation of the magnitude of the LORD. And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call His name JESUS: for He shall save His people from their sins. Matthew 1:21

Jesus’ seven I Am statements are:

  1. I Am the Bread of Life. (John 6:35, 48, 51)
  2. I Am the Light of the World. (John 8:12)
  3. I Am the Door of the Sheep. (John 10:7, 9)
  4. I Am the Good Shepherd. (John 10:11-14)
  5. I Am the Resurrection and the Life. (John 11:25)
  6. I Am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. (John 14:6)
  7. I Am the True Vine. (John 15:1, 5)

1. LEANING ON MY BELOVED - Never act as though I am alone.

Song of Solomon 8:5Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee.<to recline:--lean.>

The only means of enduring to the end is learning how to lean on God. Leaning on God requires us to get the relationship right with God.

“He’s so much more than just a swear word, more than just an I don’t care word, How could we use his name so recklessly, Our only hope is in his one word, Whosoever will be come word, He’s more than just a swear word, He is the precious son of God.” –NIEL ENLOE, 1970’S

=> WHO IS HE TO YOU? (But Whom say ye that I am? Matt. 16:15) BELOVED – Song 8:5 ¶ Who is this that cometh up from the wilderness, leaning upon her beloved? I raised thee up under the apple tree: there thy mother brought thee forth: there she brought thee forth that bare thee. Lean on God like HE Loves you and you love Him!

He is my MASTER TEACHER-- Joh 13:23 Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

HE IS THE TEACHER, I AM THE STUDENT.

NEVER Carry the Burden alone.

Never act as though I am alone. – He is with me every step of the way through this wilderness.

2. LEANING ON MY MASTER - Never act as though there is no answer.

John 13:23Now there was leaning on Jesus' bosom one of his disciples, whom Jesus loved.

Noah WEBSTER’s PREFACE to HIS 1828 DICTIONARY:

In my view, the Christian religion is the most important and one of the first things in which all children, under a free government ought to be instructed.. .No truth is more evident to my mind than that the Christian religion must be the basis of any government intended to secure the rights and privileges of a free people.

Never act as though there is no answer. – He has the answer and is the answer to every problem. LISTEN

* _When the student is ready, the teacher will appear_.—Buddhist Proverb
* **Dwight L. Moody's advice**: "Spread out your petition before God and then say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done.' The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me."  HE IS MY MASTER, TEACHER, GUIDE

1. THERE IS NO FAULT IN HIS COUNSEL. HE IS THE MASTER TEACHER – He Knows HOW to teach us (TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL THINE HEART)

**HIS instruction Can be trusted and He SHOULD be trusted -Kings, Priests, prophets, laborers, **

Dwight L. Moody's advice: "Spread out your petition before God and then say, 'Thy will, not mine, be done.' The sweetest lesson I have learned in God's school is to let the Lord choose for me." HE IS MY MASTER, TEACHER, GUIDE

What is He teaching you? What has he taught you?

Heb 2:1-4—Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. 2 For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; 3 How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him; 4 God also bearing them witness, both with signs and wonders, and with divers miracles, and gifts of the Holy Ghost, according to his own will?

Pr 6:23—For the commandment is a lamp; and the law is light; and reproofs of instruction are the way of life:

John 16:13—Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

2Ti 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:

John 8:32—And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.

HE SHOULD BE MORE THAN A SOMETIMES SOLUTION. There are Many sometimes, but God ALWAYS is!

Where is your advice coming from?

Ps 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

2. OUR REASONING IS FAULTY –

Lean not unto thine own understanding Whose trust shall be a SPIDER’S WEB

In comparison to God, I’m ignorant and dumb! –You don’t learn anything the 2nd time your kicked by a mule

BUT HOW do I not lean on my own understanding? We lean on the Lord in PRAYER.

1. WAIT ON THE LORD, NOT IMPULSE

Psalm 106:7-13 understood not…They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

You can do more than pray once you have prayed, but you can never do more than pray until you have prayed.—A.J. Gordon

"Sometimes we think we are too busy to pray. That is a great mistake, for praying is a savings of time." –Charles Spurgeon

2. Listen to the Lord

3. LEANING ON MY GOD - Never act as though God is not well in control.

 **Heb 11:21**—_By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff._


Ps 27:1—_The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid_?

Luke 20:38—For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Jacob Leaned upon the Top of His staff.

Never act as though God is not well in control. – God is not Dead.

Ps 24:1—The earth is the LORD'S, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein.

“We have come this far by faith, leaning on the Lord”

We've come this far by faith, Leaning on the Lord
Trusting in His Holy word, He never failed me yet
Oh' Can't Turn Around, We've come this far by faith \

“Leaning on the Everlasting Arms”

What a fellowship, what a joy divine, Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

Leaning, leaning, safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, leaning on the everlasting arms.

O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way, Leaning on the everlasting arms;
O how bright the path grows from day to day, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

What have I to dread, what have I to fear, Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

“I Must Tell Jesus”

I must tell Jesus all of my trials; I cannot bear these burdens alone;
In my distress He kindly will help me; He ever loves and cares for His own.

I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! I cannot bear my burdens alone;
I must tell Jesus! I must tell Jesus! Jesus can help me, Jesus alone.

I must tell Jesus all of my troubles; He is a kind, compassionate friend;
If I but ask Him, He will deliver, Make of my troubles quickly an end.

Tempted and tried, I need a great Savior; One Who can help my burdens to bear;
I must tell Jesus, I must tell Jesus; He all my cares and sorrows will share.

O how the world to evil allures me! O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me Over the world the victory to win.

READINGS:

Psalm 106:7-13 — Our fathers understood not thy wonders in Egypt; they remembered not the multitude of thy mercies; but provoked him at the sea, even at the Red sea. 8 Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power to be known. 9 He rebuked the Red sea also, and it was dried up: so he led them through the depths, as through the wilderness. 10 And he saved them from the hand of him that hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left. 12 Then believed they his words; they sang his praise. 13 ¶ They soon forgat his works; they waited not for his counsel:

Potential of Perfection

James 3:2

“The Potential of Perfection”

 

TEXT: James 3:2

 

Self interests prevent perfection.

Perfection is unattainable if our only motivation is self-centered; our motivation must be God-centered. For a life to be God-centered, it must first be God-sensitive.

 

Genesis 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

John 10:1 ¶ Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entereth not by the door into the sheepfold, but climbeth up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.

James 3:2 For in many things we offend all. If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.

 

 

      I. A Prideful City - “The Same is a Great City” Gen. 10:12

                definition of Resen: to curb, restrain ------- halter, bridle

  halt: hesitance, imperfect progress

               a. Nineveh---Resen---Calah

                     Jonah 1:2; 3:2, 3; 4:11  

 

               b. Calah---to be complete, maturity, full {old} age

                     Job 5:26; 30:2

 

               c. Ham ---the middle son of Noah

                             Shem    Ham   Japheth

                  definition of Ham: to enflame self

                   Ps. 105:23, 27; 106:22

 

     II. A Pitiful Case - “The Same is a Thief and a Robber”

 

         Acting through motives of self interest alone is highly criminal before God.

 

         Lk.10:30-37

                   1. Thieves —what’s yours is mine—I’ll take it.

                   2. Priest and Levite —what’s mine is mine—I’ll keep it.

                   3. Good Samaritan —what’s mine is yours—I’ll give it.

 

     III. A Perfect Man - “The Same is a Perfect Man”

                   1. Offend not in word v.2

                   2. Bridle the whole body ““

                   3. A wise man—good, clear, honest thinking v.13

                   4. Endued with knowledge ““

                   5. A good conversation—behavior, conduct ““

                   6. Meekness of wisdom—character ““

Laborers in His Harvest

Peter’s sermon outline on the Day of Pentecost:

Stephen G. Reynolds, Jr.

Homiletics II

May 11, 2005

 

 

TITLE: “Laborers in His Harvest”

TEXTS: Matthew 9:35-38

 

 

Introduction

“But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.” Verse 36

 

  1. His Laborers are Sensitive

“The Harvest truly is plenteous,”

 

  1. His Laborers are Scant

“But the laborers are few.”

 

  1. His Laborers are Sent

“that He will send forth laborers into His Harvest.”

 

Conclusion

“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19

A Mind for God to Work

A Mind for God to Work

TEXT: John 12:1-8 Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 12:1-8; && Luke 7:36-50

John 12:1-8—Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 2 There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 4 Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him, 5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein. 7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. 8 For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

THEME: Maintain a mind that allows God to work. Our mind can work contrary to God if we do not put it in submission to Jesus.

A Contrary Mind is Distracted

Where is your mind at? Been doing some thinking.

RELIGIOUS LEADERS: How can I Stop this? (Other Priorities)

In Mark 14 The Chief priests and the scribes was figuring how they might take Jesus by CRAFT.

Flesh screaming, "I need to get out of here." (preaching on Hell Sunday -- looking for an exit.)

I Can't Get Over How Much it Costs -If I was in Charge,would do Differently

I Don't See How I benefit from this? (JUDAS)

...This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

We benefit when Christ is glorified, but ultimately the primary purpose is the glory of Christ and not my comfort.

DENIAL of God's Handiwork: Can't be God, God wouldn't Use a Sinner Woman

How simple of a ministry, that really anyone could have done it. They were embarrassed they didn't think of it first before this woman. (Matthew 26 and Mark 14 a memorial unto her.)

**2 Cor 10:5 **—Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;

A Mind for God to Work

My Gift I BRING to the Master

My Work of Obedience is Much in the hands of the Master

Her anointing of Jesus was a prophetic act. She did not REALLY know what she was doing.

...against the day of my burying hath she kept this.

I'm Ready to Receive the Ministry of the Master

Just enough is said by the minister to get your attention toward God for Him to do the work. An example without becoming a Lord over your faith.

1 Cor. 3:6,7 I have planted, Apollos watered; but God gave the increase. 7 So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.

Vague challenges. "Give it all to God." But what does that mean, specifically for me? How do I work through this.

My Troubles I Give to the Master ("Troubled Mind" The Battle ground of the mind)

Jesus knows how deep the trouble runs.

Who is this woman? - Mary the sister of Lazarus? They loved her, but she seems to always make them look bad. - A Sinner? Her Tears and Hair washed the feet of Jesus, "Thy sins are forgiven."

Conclusion

Break the seal. Perfume. You have been holding back. Break the seal. Sensitivity to the move of the Spirit of God. Tarry at his feet.

Bible

Ending the Pattern of Defeat

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