How do those words taste coming out of your mouth? Usually spoken to you when you have to eat your words… like I was wrong, I am sorry or worse yet… the Bears still suck… but the truth is words do have a taste to them… its biblical. Did you know that some people taste words? No, its true, I am not making this up. Now before you say “oh yea like a cake that spells your name” NOPE. I mean there are people in the world today that when certain words are spoken their brain causes their mouth to taste certain tastes… but here is the weird thing… If I say Banana you don't taste bananas… it could actually be any key word that triggers the phenomena - for example every time you hear the word gymnasium your brain would tell your taste buds that you taste tomato soup - that would suck if you hated tomato soup. This actually has a scientific name… ready for this one? Lexical gustatory synesthesia… That makes me taste alphabet soup… JK But this was first recorded in 1907. It has now been studied by Neurologist Julia Sinner of the university of edinburgh. The case study was called “The taste of words on the tip of the tongue”. Now only 10 people in Europe and the United states have this condition… but how freaky! Here are some of the examples these ten people had: the word Castanets tasted like tuna fish Hearing the name John made one taste cornbread Another name William made someone taste potatoes and still another when hearing tomato would taste bananas… well at least they are both in the fruit family. But what's even more insightful is that the bible tells us our words can taste… good, salty sweet or even bitter Your words are like salt Col. 6:4 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, that you may know how you ought to answer each one. Prov. 16:24 Gracious words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones. Prov. 4:20My son, pay attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. 21Do not lose sight of them; keep them within your heart. 22For they are life to those who find them, and health to the whole body.… And James 3:10-12 says our words can be bitter or sweet depending on our heart. The truth is our words have the same type of response as Lexical gustatory synesthesia What I mean is - when we go to open our mouth to speak in certain situations people around us are already expecting what to taste. We all have had the person, boss, father, mother etc… that when they start to talk you can already taste the foul terrible taste. It just is an immediate reaction. You know its going to taste bad, so you already taste it before they even finish their first sentence. On the other hand we have people that speak into our lives even when we do deserve harsh tasting words… but they do so in such a way that it tastes good, it brings healing and it nourishes our soul to seek God more. Lets be there person who speaks words of great taste and humble pie - our world needs it more than ever!
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What does it really mean to be gentle? Whatever you're imagining, it's probably not what God meant when He commanded His people to be gentle. So join AMBrewster as he opens the Bible to help us better understand how we can be more gracious by being more gentle.The Year Long Celebration of God is part of the Evermind Ministries Family.Become a donor! https://www.truthloveparent.com/donate.html Join the conversation with AMBrewster on Wisdom: https://joinwisdom.audio/ambrewsterDiscover the following episodes by clicking the titles or navigating to the episode in your app:The Gracious Life Series https://www.celebrationofgod.com/the-gracious-life-series.html What is Worship? Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/what-is-worship-series.html Grow Your Worship Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/grow-your-worship-series.html The Discipleship Spiral https://www.truthloveparent.com/discipleship-spiral.html Click here for Today's Episode Notes, Transcript, and Discipleship Resources. http://www.celebrationofgod.com/blog/cog-145-the-gracious-life-part-4-be-gentleLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celebrationofgodFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrationofgod/Follow AMBrewster on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrewsterhome/
Big foot. Nessie. Area 51. Jackelopes. The realm of the unknown and mysterious piques the interest of our inner conspiracy theorist. Sons of God. Nephilim. Men of renown. Are we operating in the same category in Genesis 6:1-8? As we look more at why these verses are here than who is being referenced, we find we too need to be found by gracious eyes. Listen to Pastor Brett's sermon for more.
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1 Epiphany First Psalm: Psalms 20–21 Psalms 20–21 (Listen) Trust in the Name of the Lord Our God To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 20 May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!2 May he send you help from the sanctuary and give you support from Zion!3 May he remember all your offerings and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah 4 May he grant you your heart's desire and fulfill all your plans!5 May we shout for joy over your salvation, and in the name of our God set up our banners! May the LORD fulfill all your petitions! 6 Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand.7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. 9 O LORD, save the king! May he answer us when we call. The King Rejoices in the Lord's Strength To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 21 O LORD, in your strength the king rejoices, and in your salvation how greatly he exults!2 You have given him his heart's desire and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah3 For you meet him with rich blessings; you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.4 He asked life of you; you gave it to him, length of days forever and ever.5 His glory is great through your salvation; splendor and majesty you bestow on him.6 For you make him most blessed forever;1 you make him glad with the joy of your presence.7 For the king trusts in the LORD, and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved. 8 Your hand will find out all your enemies; your right hand will find out those who hate you.9 You will make them as a blazing oven when you appear. The LORD will swallow them up in his wrath, and fire will consume them.10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth, and their offspring from among the children of man.11 Though they plan evil against you, though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.12 For you will put them to flight; you will aim at their faces with your bows. 13 Be exalted, O LORD, in your strength! We will sing and praise your power. Footnotes  21:6 Or make him a source of blessing forever (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalm 110; Psalms 116–117 Psalm 110 (Listen) Sit at My Right Hand A Psalm of David. 110 The LORD says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.” 2 The LORD sends forth from Zion your mighty scepter. Rule in the midst of your enemies!3 Your people will offer themselves freely on the day of your power,1 in holy garments;2 from the womb of the morning, the dew of your youth will be yours.34 The LORD has sworn and will not change his mind, “You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.” 5 The Lord is at your right hand; he will shatter kings on the day of his wrath.6 He will execute judgment among the nations, filling them with corpses; he will shatter chiefs4 over the wide earth.7 He will drink from the brook by the way; therefore he will lift up his head. Footnotes  110:3 Or on the day you lead your forces  110:3 Masoretic Text; some Hebrew manuscripts and Jerome on the holy mountains  110:3 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain  110:6 Or the head (ESV) Psalms 116–117 (Listen) I Love the Lord 116 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!” 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.6 The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. 10 I believed, even when1 I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”;11 I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.” 12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD! The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever 117 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! Footnotes  116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore (ESV) Old Testament: Isaiah 43:1–13 Isaiah 43:1–13 (Listen) Israel's Only Savior 43 But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are mine.2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.3 For I am the LORD your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior. I give Egypt as your ransom, Cush and Seba in exchange for you.4 Because you are precious in my eyes, and honored, and I love you, I give men in return for you, peoples in exchange for your life.5 Fear not, for I am with you; I will bring your offspring from the east, and from the west I will gather you.6 I will say to the north, Give up, and to the south, Do not withhold; bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the end of the earth,7 everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.” 8 Bring out the people who are blind, yet have eyes, who are deaf, yet have ears!9 All the nations gather together, and the peoples assemble. Who among them can declare this, and show us the former things? Let them bring their witnesses to prove them right, and let them hear and say, It is true.10 “You are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and my servant whom I have chosen, that you may know and believe me and understand that I am he. Before me no god was formed, nor shall there be any after me.11 I, I am the LORD, and besides me there is no savior.12 I declared and saved and proclaimed, when there was no strange god among you; and you are my witnesses,” declares the LORD, “and I am God.13 Also henceforth I am he; there is none who can deliver from my hand; I work, and who can turn it back?” (ESV) New Testament: Ephesians 3:14–21 Ephesians 3:14–21 (Listen) Prayer for Spiritual Strength 14 For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, 15 from whom every family1 in heaven and on earth is named, 16 that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, 17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, 19 and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Footnotes  3:15 Or from whom all fatherhood; the Greek word patria in verse 15 is closely related to the word for Father in verse 14 (ESV) Gospel: Mark 2:23–3:6 Mark 2:23–3:6 (Listen) Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath 23 One Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. 24 And the Pharisees were saying to him, “Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath?” 25 And he said to them, “Have you never read what David did, when he was in need and was hungry, he and those who were with him: 26 how he entered the house of God, in the time of1 Abiathar the high priest, and ate the bread of the Presence, which it is not lawful for any but the priests to eat, and also gave it to those who were with him?” 27 And he said to them, “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath. 28 So the Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.” A Man with a Withered Hand 3 Again he entered the synagogue, and a man was there with a withered hand. 2 And they watched Jesus,2 to see whether he would heal him on the Sabbath, so that they might accuse him. 3 And he said to the man with the withered hand, “Come here.” 4 And he said to them, “Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do harm, to save life or to kill?” But they were silent. 5 And he looked around at them with anger, grieved at their hardness of heart, and said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” He stretched it out, and his hand was restored. 6 The Pharisees went out and immediately held counsel with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him. Footnotes  2:26 Or in the passage about  3:2 Greek him (ESV)
In order to be gracious people, we must learn what the Bible has to teach us about compassion. Join AMBrewster as walks through God's expectations for our tender-hearted mercies.The Year Long Celebration of God is part of the Evermind Ministries Family.Join the conversation with AMBrewster on Wisdom: https://joinwisdom.audio/ambrewsterDiscover the following episodes by clicking the titles or navigating to the episode in your app:The Gracious Life Series https://www.celebrationofgod.com/the-gracious-life-series.htmlWhat is Worship? Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/what-is-worship-series.html Grow Your Worship Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/grow-your-worship-series.html The Discipleship Spiral https://www.truthloveparent.com/discipleship-spiral.html Click here for Today's Episode Notes, Transcript, and Discipleship Resources. http://www.celebrationofgod.com/blog/cog-144-the-gracious-life-part-3-be-compassioante Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celebrationofgodFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrationofgod/Follow AMBrewster on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrewsterhome/
We all think we know what it means to be kind, but most of us have no idea. Join AMBrewster as he helps God's people understand the true meaning of kindness and — in so doing — helps us all to be more gracious.The Year Long Celebration of God is part of the Evermind Ministries Family.Join the conversation with AMBrewster on Wisdom: https://joinwisdom.audio/ambrewsterDiscover the following episodes by clicking the titles or navigating to the episode in your app:The Gracious Life Series https://www.celebrationofgod.com/the-gracious-life-series.html What is Worship? Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/what-is-worship-series.html Grow Your Worship Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/grow-your-worship-series.html The Discipleship Spiral https://www.truthloveparent.com/discipleship-spiral.html Click here for Today's Episode Notes, Transcript, and Discipleship Resources. http://www.celebrationofgod.com/blog/cog-143-the-gracious-life-part-2-be-kindLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celebrationofgodFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrationofgod/Follow AMBrewster on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrewsterhome/
Speaking on being Christian and extending grace in a wise manner to where you aren't feeling like you have to extend grace while tolerating mistreatment, being treated a certain way and having to stay in it because you have extended grace. Sharing how you can be Christian and assertive ♥️♥️♥️.
Episode 800 is both the last episode of the old year and the first episode of the new year. So we talked about the top stories of the year, but also talked about our own story and the grace that God has shown us in Jesus Christ. Visit Matthew Pancake's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/matthew.pancake Visit Pastor Gary Held's Facebook http://www.facebook.com/garyheld Visit our Website www.RadicalGraceRadio.com
If we want to be gracious as God is gracious, it's going to require that we understand who He is, who we are, and the implications that will have on our lives today. So join AMBrewster as he unpacks the necessary first step in becoming a gracious person.The Year Long Celebration of God is part of the Evermind Ministries Family.Join the conversation with AMBrewster on Wisdom: https://joinwisdom.audio/ambrewsterDiscover the following episodes by clicking the titles or navigating to the episode in your app:The Gracious Life Series https://www.celebrationofgod.com/the-gracious-life-series.html What is Worship? Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/what-is-worship-series.html Grow Your Worship Series https://www.truthloveparent.com/grow-your-worship-series.html The Discipleship Spiral https://www.truthloveparent.com/discipleship-spiral.html Click here for Today's Episode Notes, Transcript, and Discipleship Resources. http://www.celebrationofgod.com/blog/cog-142-the-gracious-life-part-1-be-humbleLike us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/celebrationofgodFollow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/celebrationofgod/Follow AMBrewster on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheAMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Twitter: https://twitter.com/AMBrewsterFollow AMBrewster on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thebrewsterhome/
Host: Breanne Fueling | Luke 2:39-40 | What blessings did Jesus have with him as he was growing up? Why do you think people are more comfortable to celebrate Jesus as a baby, than as their risen Savior?
In today's episode, Doug Stuart chats with Neil Shenvi, a PhD in Theoretical Chemistry, about his work in Christian apologetics. If you think there's a disconnect between his education and his work, he explains a bit about that in the opening to the episode, as well as the basis for new found expertise in critical theory. Shenvi's concerns about the influence of critical theory rests in the influence (and resultant damage) to orthodox Christian doctrine by ideas developed by critical theorists. He offers a history of the philosophical discipline; many ways to discern the mechanics of it, how to think through and address the moving target certain nomenclature creates, and much more. If you know very little about the topic, or believe it's not as bad some say it is, this episode gives a great bird's eye view making connections you might not have previous thought to consider. Shenvi has a very gracious demeanor and way about speaking on this topic; he's sensitive to certain topics of valid concern (racism, abuse, etc), while recognizing the necessary distinctions and why this particular ideology is such a poison. Shenvi is apolitical in his approach. He comes at this with no agenda about politics or political theory. Main Points of Discussion: 00:00 Introduction 01:15 About Neil Shenvi 03:12 How Christians begin expressing wokism and the common trajectory 07:03 What is critical theory? 09:04 How culture effects economics - the connection to Marxism 11:15 How does post-modernism relate to critical theory? 14:11 The convergence of critical theory and post-modernism (and the significance of this) 16:31 Robin DeAngelo is critical race theorist?? 18:07 Academics and activists 20:10 Difference between critical theory and critical race theory? 22:18 James Lindsey's connection of critical theory to neo-Marxism? 25:49 Christians going woke are "just trying to deal with the poor and oppressed" 29:55 How lived experience can be wrongly interpreted 32:48 The woke have a "double consciousness" - lived experience is only valid for those liberated from their (white) blindness. 35:32 Wokeness is internally coherent even if it's realistically incoherent 37:48 Are there any ideas that are redeemable about crt? 42:00 there are some isolated ideas that are valid truth claims 42:43 Error in identifying problems, or just a matter of solutions? 46:55 Interest convergence theory? 50:39 CRT's biggest enemy is liberalism 52:00 Shenvi's book reviews and his professional writing 54:51 Concluding thoughts Resources Mentioned: https://shenviapologetics.com Audio Production by Podsworth Media - https://podsworth.com
Cf. Is 9: 1, 5; Lk 1: 33 Today a light will shine upon us, for the Lord is born for us; and He will be called Wondrous God, Prince of peace, Father of future ages: and His reign will be without end. Responsorial Psalm 66(67):2-3,5,6,8 O God, be gracious and bless us. O God, be gracious and bless us and let Your face shed its light upon us. So will Your ways be known upon earth and all nations learn Your saving help. O God, be gracious and bless us. Let the nations be glad and exult for You rule the world with justice. With fairness You rule the peoples, You guide the nations on earth. O God, be gracious and bless us. Let the peoples praise You, O God; let all the peoples praise You. May God still give us His blessing till the ends of the earth revere Him. O God, be gracious and bless us. The English translation of Psalm Responses from Lectionary for Mass © 1969, 1981, 1997, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. The music for the psalm is an original OLOR composition. Sing Psalms to the Lord podcast can be found at all your quality podcast providers. Sing Psalms to the Lord YouTube channel can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCELS1iG5t0qjs20JFugwdeQ Music by the Choir of Our Lady of the Rosary RC Church, Verdun, St. John, Barbados. Music (c) 2021 Michelle A. Sambrano. All rights reserved. Please feel free to each out to us at email@example.com
4 Advent First Psalm: Psalms 66–67 Psalms 66–67 (Listen) How Awesome Are Your Deeds To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm. 66 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;2 sing the glory of his name; give to him glorious praise!3 Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds! So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.4 All the earth worships you and sings praises to you; they sing praises to your name.” Selah 5 Come and see what God has done: he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.6 He turned the sea into dry land; they passed through the river on foot. There did we rejoice in him,7 who rules by his might forever, whose eyes keep watch on the nations— let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah 8 Bless our God, O peoples; let the sound of his praise be heard,9 who has kept our soul among the living and has not let our feet slip.10 For you, O God, have tested us; you have tried us as silver is tried.11 You brought us into the net; you laid a crushing burden on our backs;12 you let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. 13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings; I will perform my vows to you,14 that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals, with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams; I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah 16 Come and hear, all you who fear God, and I will tell what he has done for my soul.17 I cried to him with my mouth, and high praise was on1 my tongue.218 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart, the Lord would not have listened.19 But truly God has listened; he has attended to the voice of my prayer. 20 Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me! Make Your Face Shine upon Us To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song. 67 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah2 that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.3 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4 Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah5 Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 6 The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, shall bless us.7 God shall bless us; let all the ends of the earth fear him! Footnotes  66:17 Hebrew under  66:17 Or and he was exalted with my tongue (ESV) Second Psalm: Psalms 116–117 Psalms 116–117 (Listen) I Love the Lord 116 I love the LORD, because he has heard my voice and my pleas for mercy.2 Because he inclined his ear to me, therefore I will call on him as long as I live.3 The snares of death encompassed me; the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me; I suffered distress and anguish.4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “O LORD, I pray, deliver my soul!” 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous; our God is merciful.6 The LORD preserves the simple; when I was brought low, he saved me.7 Return, O my soul, to your rest; for the LORD has dealt bountifully with you. 8 For you have delivered my soul from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling;9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living. 10 I believed, even when1 I spoke: “I am greatly afflicted”;11 I said in my alarm, “All mankind are liars.” 12 What shall I render to the LORD for all his benefits to me?13 I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD,14 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people. 15 Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.16 O LORD, I am your servant; I am your servant, the son of your maidservant. You have loosed my bonds.17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD.18 I will pay my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people,19 in the courts of the house of the LORD, in your midst, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD! The Lord's Faithfulness Endures Forever 117 Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!2 For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD! Footnotes  116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore (ESV) Old Testament: Isaiah 11:10–16 Isaiah 11:10–16 (Listen) 10 In that day the root of Jesse, who shall stand as a signal for the peoples—of him shall the nations inquire, and his resting place shall be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will extend his hand yet a second time to recover the remnant that remains of his people, from Assyria, from Egypt, from Pathros, from Cush,1 from Elam, from Shinar, from Hamath, and from the coastlands of the sea. 12 He will raise a signal for the nations and will assemble the banished of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.13 The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart, and those who harass Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim.14 But they shall swoop down on the shoulder of the Philistines in the west, and together they shall plunder the people of the east. They shall put out their hand against Edom and Moab, and the Ammonites shall obey them.15 And the LORD will utterly destroy2 the tongue of the Sea of Egypt, and will wave his hand over the River3 with his scorching breath,4 and strike it into seven channels, and he will lead people across in sandals.16 And there will be a highway from Assyria for the remnant that remains of his people, as there was for Israel when they came up from the land of Egypt. Footnotes  11:11 Probably Nubia  11:15 Hebrew devote to destruction  11:15 That is, the Euphrates  11:15 Or wind (ESV) New Testament: Revelation 20:11–21:8 Revelation 20:11–21:8 (Listen) Judgment Before the Great White Throne 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. The New Heaven and the New Earth 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place1 of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people,2 and God himself will be with them as their God.3 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” 5 And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” 6 And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 7 The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. 8 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death.” Footnotes  21:3 Or tabernacle  21:3 Some manuscripts peoples  21:3 Some manuscripts omit as their God (ESV) Gospel: Luke 1:5–25 Luke 1:5–25 (Listen) Birth of John the Baptist Foretold 5 In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah,1 of the division of Abijah. And he had a wife from the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. 6 And they were both righteous before God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and statutes of the Lord. 7 But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years. 8 Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty, 9 according to the custom of the priesthood, he was chosen by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. 10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. 11 And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. 12 And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. 13 But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer has been heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. 14 And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, 15 for he will be great before the Lord. And he must not drink wine or strong drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother's womb. 16 And he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God, 17 and he will go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, to make ready for the Lord a people prepared.” 18 And Zechariah said to the angel, “How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years.” 19 And the angel answered him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I was sent to speak to you and to bring you this good news. 20 And behold, you will be silent and unable to speak until the day that these things take place, because you did not believe my words, which will be fulfilled in their time.” 21 And the people were waiting for Zechariah, and they were wondering at his delay in the temple. 22 And when he came out, he was unable to speak to them, and they realized that he had seen a vision in the temple. And he kept making signs to them and remained mute. 23 And when his time of service was ended, he went to his home. 24 After these days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she kept herself hidden, saying, 25 “Thus the Lord has done for me in the days when he looked on me, to take away my reproach among people.” Footnotes  1:5 Greek Zacharias (ESV)
If God is grace, why do bad things happen in our lives? As with Job, He allows them … so we can know Him better. His grace always does the most constructive, redemptive thing for us … even if it hurts.
For additional notes and resources check out Douglas' website.The structure of James Watkins' arrangement (encompassing 90 of the 114 chapters in The Imitation of Christ) is:I. Imitating Christ (Introduction) -- 5 chaptersII. Imitating Christ's Character -- 85 chaptersLoving, Teachable, Wise, Trusting, Obedient, Self-sacrificing, Humble, Gracious, Forgiving, Patient, Peaceful, Pure, Disciplined, Self-controlled, Eternally Minded.Lead-in scripture: Romans 12:1-2Verses cited or alluded to: 1 Chr 29:11,17; Heb 9:14; Ps 25:11; 1 Pet 1:18-19. There is also a citation from the apocryphal 1 Macc 13:46.The Prayer of Manasseh, which I mentioned in my comments, is included in this podcast.To download a .pdf version of an alternate (an older) translation of The Imitation of Christ, click here.Application:1. Without being morbidly fascinated with our own wrongdoing, we can still pray for forgiveness for specific sins, and (even better?) for specific categories of sin, since harmful patterns tend to reoccur in our lives.2. Thomas à Kempis, although he was a productive and spiritual man, recognized himself as "lazy and useless." Do we take our own idleness and laziness seriously? A hard worker who is humble is usually aware of room for improvement. Are we too soft on ourselves?3. When I pray, do I seek only forgiveness, or also a good conscience? Without a purified conscience, it is difficult to take a stand for the Lord. We may struggle with insecurity or second-guessing ourselves.Tomorrow: "On Taking Up Christ's Cross" (Book 2, Chapter 11) Cool à Kempis quotes:To account nothing of one's self, and to think always kindly and highly of others, this is great and perfect wisdom.A man who truly knows himself realizes his own worthlessness, and takes no pleasure in the praises of men.
About Caroline: On her wedding day, Caroline's mom gave her a special gift, a handwritten cookbook of family favorite recipes. Flipping through the pages always brought back fond memories of growing up when supper time was family time. Those memories taught her that food brings people together. One day, while looking for a dessert to make for supper, she found her mother's apple pie recipe, and Caroline decided to bake one. It was a hit! Over the years, she's added a few things here and there to make it her own, and it quickly became her signature dish. Today, Caroline is known for her now famous apple pie and her many other delicious flavors! Where to Find Caroline: Website: Sweet Kaki's Instagram: Sweet Kaki's
A new MP3 sermon from Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church is now available on SermonAudio with the following details: Title: God's Gracious Promise Subtitle: Westminster Conference 2022 Speaker: Joseph A. Pipa Jr. Broadcaster: Westminster Orthodox Presbyterian Church Event: Sunday - AM Date: 11/6/2022 Bible: Isaiah 58:13-14; Isaiah 58:1-14 Length: 43 min.
This week we studied the beginning of Israel's journey with God through the wilderness. Following an amazing spiritual victory on the banks of the Red Sea, Israel celebrated with praise to the Lord lead by the men. However, it only took three days until Israel was frustrated again with the fact that they were thirsty and there was nothing to drink. They grumbled against Moses for being a poor leader and yet God graciously provided for them anyways. God is so merciful that He is always providing, however He was teaching Israel what they needed to do in order to experience His ongoing blessings. In the section of Scripture God was helping them understand what His requirements were for His children to continue to experience His best. If we want to experience God's gracious provision in our lives, He has given us the instruction necessary for us to obey. May this week's message speak clearly to you as you continue to seek the Lord. Speaker: Jeff Schwarzentraub
This weekend we continue in our march toward Christmas. We are studying through the first chapter of John's gospel in a series called "THE GIFT". Now we all know It is better to give than receive, that is unless you are receiving a gift that God gives. John the Apostle teaches us that God loved us so much that He gave himself to us. He did this so that we could be transformed into the people God created us to be. Our journey through this powerful chapter, brings us to verses 14-18. The big idea from this passage is that God gives gracious truth. When God comes to earth in Jesus he comes in a gracious, faithful, loving, and truthful manner. His intent is to connect with us and draw us to himself and restore the relationship by bringing us into His family. This week we will discover that God in Jesus, is a relational God who offers us the greatest of all gifts, the gift of himself. Join us as we continue to focus on the greatest of all gifts ever given, the gift of Jesus, given by God to save us all. For Scripture, notes, upcoming events, & more: http://bible.com/events/48993732
Barely a week after this year's midterm elections, in which the much anticipated Republican Red Wave never materialized, former President Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential election. The only president who succeeded in occupying the White House in two non-consecutive terms was Grover Cleveland. Yet, the story of his comeback is much different than Trump's. In fact, our immediate former president can learn a great deal from Cleveland in how to lose an election and in how to orchestrate his comeback. In addition to Cleveland, Andrew Jackson and Richard Nixon lost their presidential bids. But they stayed in the fight, rallied their support and had their comebacks to win the White House. By the way, when he lost to Kennedy, Nixon gave a brief but beautiful speech before both houses of Congress. Click this link to listen to it: Nixon announces JFK win to Congress 1961. To dig deep into this history, I spoke with Professor Michael Gerhardt of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is a Burton Craig Distinguished Professor of Jurisprudence at the school of law there. If Professor Gerhardt's voice sounds familiar to you, it's because you've seen him on TV, many times. During the Clinton and first Trump impeachment proceedings, Professor Gerhardt served as an impeachment expert for CNN. In the second impeachment trial of President Trump, he was an expert commentator for CNN, Fox, and MSNBC and served as special counsel to the Presiding Officer, Senator Patrick Leahy. In addition to all of that, Professor Gerhardt has testified more than 20 times before Congress, including as the only joint witness in the Clinton impeachment proceedings in the House; speaking behind closed doors to the entire House of Representatives about the history of impeachment in 1998. He also testified as one of the four constitutional scholars called by the House Judiciary Committee during President Trump's impeachment proceedings. He is the author of seven books, including the Forgotten Presidents, and also Lincoln's Mentors, and his forthcoming book is FDR's Mentors. To learn more about Professor Gerhardt, you can visit his academic homepage. In addition, below are links to two other interesting episodes: S2E39: History of America's Polarized Politics?, Dr. David Schultz S2E27: History of America's Election Disputes, Prof. Edwar Foley S2E37: U.S Classified Information - A History, Prof. Heidi Kitrosser I hope you enjoy these episodes. Adel Host of the History Behind News podcast HIGHLIGHTS: get future episode highlights in your inbox. SUPPORT: please click here and join our other supporters in the news peeler community. Thank you.
About Morgan: As one of the founding members and half the namesake of Jackson Morgan Southern Cream, a Spirits of Tennessee brand, Morgan has held many roles and duties. In the beginning, it was working promoting their brand across the country, on and off-premise sales, establishing our branding, and creating a marketing strategy for a start-up spirits company. Four years later, Morgan is particularly focused on building brand partnerships, managing their influencer marketing strategy, content creation, and marketing/advertising. In addition to all things marketing, she is the author of Jackson Morgan's blog, The Sip. Where to Find Morgan: Website: Jackson Morgan Instagram: Jackson Morgan
Psalm 67 (ESV)Andrew and Edwin explore one of the sources or streams of teaching feeding into this Psalm--the Aaronic Blessing from Numbers 6:24-26.Read the written devo that goes along with this episode by clicking here. Let us know what you are learning or any questions you have. Email us at TextTalk@ChristiansMeetHere.org. Join the Facebook community and join the conversation by clicking here. We'd love to meet you. Be a guest among the Christians who meet on Livingston Avenue. Click here to find out more. Michael Eldridge sang all four parts of our theme song. Find more from him by clicking here. Thanks for talking about the text with us today.________________________________________________If the hyperlinks do not work, copy the following addresses and paste them into the URL bar of your web browser: Daily Written Devo: https://readthebiblemakedisciples.wordpress.com/?p=11438The Christians Who Meet on Livingston Avenue: http://www.christiansmeethere.org/Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/TalkAboutTheTextFacebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/texttalkMichael Eldridge: https://acapeldridge.com/
Jen Wilkin, JT English, and Kyle Worley discuss what it means that God is merciful and gracious.Questions Covered in This Episode:Who is this God we are talking about?What is the difference between an incommunicable and a communicable attribute?What is mercy and grace and are they different?Where do we see God's mercy and grace?How do we practice mercy and grace?Helpful Definitions:Trinitarianism: God eternally exists as one essence and three distinct persons, God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit, each of which is fully God, yet there is One God.Incommunicable Attribute: Things that are true about God, that are only true of God and are not true of anyone else.Communicable Attribute: Things that are true about God, that can also become true of us.Justice: Given what we deserve.Mercy: Not getting what we deserve.Grace: Getting what we do not deserve. God doing for us that which we could never do for ourselves.Resources Mentioned in This Episode:Psalm 51:1, Matthew 18:21-35“Christian Theology” by Millard EricksonAmazon affiliate links are used where appropriate. As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases, thank you for supporting Knowing Faith.Sponsors:Discover how Midwestern Seminary can equip you to more faithfully serve your church through formal theological education or FREE For the Church resources we provide: mbts.edu/KnowingFaithFollow Us:Twitter | Instagram | Facebook | WebsiteOur Sister Podcasts:The Family Discipleship Podcast | Confronting ChristianitySupport Training the Church and Become a Patron:patreon.com/trainingthechurch
Zibby is joined by USA Today bestselling author Chris Cander about A Gracious Neighbor, a witty and suspenseful new novel about female friendships, misjudgments, and never really knowing what goes on behind closed doors. Chris describes the brilliant 1917 short story that inspired the novel and then contemplates her protagonist's actions (can we ever justify a murder!?). Then, she talks about the brutal attack she suffered while studying abroad in Spain, which inspired a career in martial arts and will serve as the premise of her next book, The Young of Other Animals. Purchase on Amazon or Bookshop.Amazon: bit.ly/3iif1PzBookshop: bit.ly/3ubjGFSSubscribe to Zibby's weekly newsletter here.Purchase Moms Don't Have Time to Read Books merch here. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
In this episode of Dear Alice, we share all you need to know about the art of gift giving. Learn a few of our "no-fail" gifts for the practical ones on your list and some luxury gifts that someone might not buy for themselves. It doesn't have to be big or over the top, it just needs to be thoughtful. Happy gifting!